V.22 No.20 | 5/16/2013
Killer Road Trip
An interview with the husband-and-wife, acting/writing/producing team behind Compound FractureWrestler-turned-actor Tyler Mane brings his new horror film to Albuquerque’s Dark Matters Film Fest.
V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
SEEDS Exhibit Puts Down RootsMultimedia works of more than 60 artists represent and bring attention to the preservation of seeds.
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The Handsome Family’s Americana Gothic
Talking metaphor, Wilderness and Custer’s corpseGeoffrey Plant chats with The Handsome Family’s Brett and Rennie Sparks at their Albuquerque home.
V.22 No.17 | 4/25/2013
The Art of War
An interview with writer-director Kim Nguyen of the Academy Award-nominated drama War WitchWriter-director Kim Nguyen’s deeply affecting drama War Witch spent most of last year on the film fest circuit. Boasting beautiful cinematography and patient artistry, Nguyen’s flick doesn’t merely tell the tale of 12-year-old Komona, an African girl forced into becoming a child soldier. It envelops the audience in an entire world, playing out like a horror film set in paradise. Alibi was lucky enough to speak with the French-Canadian filmmaker prior to the film’s New Mexico premiere.
How Now? This is How!
An interview with Augusten BurroughsThe Alibi sits down to talk “self-help” with New York Times-bestselling author.
V.22 No.16 | 4/18/2013
TCM on the Road to Hollywood
An interview with Turner Classic’s Ben Mankiewicz
Turner Classic Movies is sponsoring its annual TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood April 25-28. In order to build up buzz for this fan-service festival filled with films and famous celebrities, the network honchos have organized a special “Road to Hollywood” tour. Touching down in 10 cities across America, the tour features cinema from Hollywood’s golden era (Forbidden Planet, On the Waterfront, Cabaret, Rio Bravo), hosts culled from TCM’s on-air talent pool (Ben Mankiewicz, Leonard Maltin, Robert Osborne) and big-name guest stars (Eva Marie Saint, Angie Dickinson, Liza Minnelli, Robert Wagner).
V.22 No.14 | 4/4/2013
Leaves and Asphalt
Stanley Crawford and the center of the universe
Stanley Crawford, novelist, memoirist and garlic farmer is telling me about the experience of driving back to his home near Dixon after a day of shopping, movie-going and dinner in Santa Fe. He talks of leaving the barrage of consumer goods and emerging into the Rio Grande canyon; the feeling of being suddenly surrounded by rocks and juniper and piñon.
V.22 No.7 | 2/14/2013
Siring Superlative Sound
An electronic exchange with Sir Richard BishopWe e-chatted with founding Sun City Girls member and guitar virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop in preparation for his V-Day gig with Om and Jeremy Barnes at Sister.
V.21 No.51 | 12/20/2012
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Follow the Spirit
The unique challenges of a startup distilleryWhat started out as two friends trying to prevent homegrown apple juice from spoiling grew into something bigger.
V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012
The Spark Behind Ruby Sparks
An interview with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Six years ago, music video superstars Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris took a break from making clips for Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins and R.E.M. to direct their first feature film. That indie dramedy, titled Little Miss Sunshine, went on to gross more than $100 million at the box office and locked down four Academy Award nominations.
V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
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Literary legend Max Evans on the landscape of Western writing
Age is relative for Max Evans. Technically 88, he’s many hundreds of years older, he says, if you count his extensive traversals of metaphysical time and space. When the Western Writers of America held its annual convention in Albuquerque the week of June 12, Evans—one of the association’s most acclaimed and long-standing members—didn't have to travel much further than his own backyard to attend.
V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012
Lando of Enchantment
An interview with actor Billy Dee WIlliamsIf we could put the suave, space-faring ladies’ man that is Lando Calrissian aside for a moment, we’d note that actor Billy Dee Williams has a long and distinguished career without the guy. Williams will be coming to town this weekend to sign autographs and to chat with fans as one of the guests at the 2012 Albuquerque Comic Expo. The Alibi talked with the actor before his arrival.
Photo by Kevin Neales
Queen-to-King of Comedy
Transgender funnyman opens up about laughing at lifeIan Harvie is living proof that comedy and catharsis go hand in hand. Billed as the world's first female-to-male transgender comic, Harvie routinely uses his experiences with discovering gender identity as the basis of his stand-up act. The Alibi caught up with Harvie in advance of Laughter Links Us Together, the Albuquerque Pride comedy show, which he'll be starring in on Saturday, June 9, alongside his friend Jason Dudey and Southwest FunnyFest founder Dana Goldberg.
V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012
The Skatalites Won’t Simmer Down
Although only around for a year and a half in its original 1964 permutation, The Skatalites is an institution. Its musicians formed the backbone of ska, as well as offshoots rocksteady and reggae, and developed many of the playing styles associated with the genres.
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
Talking at Ground Zero
Documentarian Chris Metzler on Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
After completing his award-winning 2004 documentary Plagues and Pleasure on the Salton Sea, San Francisco-based director Chris Metzler went out on tour, roadshowing the film, meeting audiences and doing Q & As. He passed through Albuquerque, stopping briefly at the Guild Cinema. He’ll be back again this weekend with his new film, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. The film chronicles the tumultuous, multidecade life of funk/punk/ska pioneer Fishbone—starting at the roots of L.A.’s punk rock scene, traveling through the ups and downs of success, and heading straight into the weirder realms of cult brainwashing, attempted kidnapping and theremin worship. The Alibi took the opportunity to chat with Metzler about the madcap, music-based documentary before his arrival in New Mexico.