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Cali Yuga

Head on over to Burt’s Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW) tomorrow night at 9pm for a wide-ranging gig showcasing a number of touring bands from Cali along with local stalwarts. Headliner Modern Pantheist, a psychedelic outfit, hails from LA. The trio features singer/songwriter Chris Anderson, drummer Dave Ferrara and multi-instrumentalist Chris Sandler. Their sound has been described as mind-bending and trippy, but you should also expect some pop sensibility and sentimental narrative thrown into the mix.

On the other hand, Cuddle Formation is a bit more esoteric with a spacious sound that has its basis in electronic vocals and choral experimentation. Contrariwise, Emily Reo composes and performs music that takes a more traditional approach to instrumentation and vocalization, although her recent Auto-Tuned version of Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams” is notable for its syncopated percussion track and ennui-generating, plaintive vocal style. With local dream-makers Ballets and Holy Glories starting things off, this show promises to make the generally dreamy summer nights in these parts specifically space-oriented. There is no cover for this concert, except the vault of stars above. Burt's Tiki Lounge • Wed Jun 11 • 9pm • FREE • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in APD protest, rabid bats and Mel Gibson

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As part of his conditions for release from MDC, UNM professor David Correia—who is a regular contributor to the Alibi—is banned from City Hall. Correia has also been forbidden from discussing Monday’s police brutality protest with other protesters or potential witnesses.

Two South Valley bats have tested positive for rabies.

Mel Gibson is making a movie at our city’s very own Desert Sands Motel.

Burque's first Trans March took place at the end of May, as part of this year’s Pride activities.

New Mexico legislators are reviewing our state’s telecom laws.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) will visit the local Sitel facility tomorrow.

Yesterday, temperatures reached 110 degrees in Carlsbad, N.M. but only hit 95 degrees in the Sandia Foothills.

A newspaper out of South Carolina says our recent primary election “brings out unusual candidates."

King and Martinez hit the general election campaign trail.

In Aztec, N.M., Chubby Chicken has closed.

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Sacred Sound: The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Tomorrow night, the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will culminate four days of ritual practice at UNM’s Center for the Arts with a performance at Popejoy Hall (203 Cornell NE). That upcoming event is a reminder to me, and an opportunity for you, dear reader. It’s been nearly 20 years since I trekked through the Kingdom of Mustang, on my way to the Thorung-La Pass. Though I never quite made it—distracted by altitude sickness and a lodge in Muktinath that featured electric lights, flush toilets and Bon Jovi posters—I had many opportunities to engage the local culture.

I found the ritual music and dance of the Tibetan Buddhists in the area to be more than just fascinating. It was a deluxe experience, at once otherworldly and deeply human, and by turns frightening, calming and transcendent. In the intervening years, the traditional arts of Tibetan Buddhism have gained much recognition in America, mostly due to the continuously joyful touring of certain monastic representatives, tasked with both preserving and maintaining a culture that has richly elaborate and intensely transformative qualities. The coming week’s activities begin with the construction of a sand mandala on Wednesday and end with a once-in-a-lifetime tour-de-force that includes nine sonic pieces designed to engender peace and healing tomorrow evening. Observation and participation in the mandala ritual is free and open to the public, but the performance begins at 8pm, and tickets cost between $20 and $44. Popejoy Hall, UNM Center for the Arts • Sat May 31 • 8pm • $20-$44 • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in space travel, radiation and la grifa

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Virgin Galactic is one step closer to landing spaceflights in New Mexico.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

There’s a website called “Did APD Kill Someone Today?.”

Dodger reliever Chris Withrow is sent down to Burque, hoping to improve a 2.95 ERA.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris briefly mentioned his former life in Albuquerque.

Questions are being raised about the cause of a radiation leak at WIPP.

Police are searching for medals stolen from a local veteran of WW II.

The sale of Lovelace to Blue Cross will close on Sunday.

One hundred-and-fifty-six pounds of la grifa was confiscated by federal authorities in Antelope Wells, N.M.

Local restaurateur Tim Harris is featured in the Chicago Tribune.

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¡Que Viva El Godfather!

Illustration by Julia Minamata

We here at the Alibi were hip to Al Hurricane and his son, Al Hurricane Jr., long before it was hip to be into traditional Hispanic music. In fact some of us remember watching the Godfather of New Mexican Music perform live in the KOB-TV studios when the “Val De La O Show” was a popular Saturday diversion in Burque. Now’s your chance to get a load of some of the most original, heartfelt and truly jamming outfits in these parts.

Hurricane and his namesake successor/right-hand man take the stage at Caravan East (7605 Central NE) tomorrow at 5pm for an early start to what promises to be a late night of intensely homegrown musical encounters. Hurricane’s brand of music mixes rocanrol with ranchera and cumbia with country for a sound that says "dance” in an idiom that is at once familiar and unique to our state. Tickets are 10 bucks. Caravan East • Sat May 24 • 5pm • $10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in commie ride-sharing plots, bitey baseball players and Rio Rancho foreclosures

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Lyft, a commie ride-sharing plot, is ordered to cease operations in the state.

Veteran backstop Miguel Olivo, sent down to Burque after a lackluster season upstairs in LA, is suspended after biting off part of the ear of Isotope’s teammate Alex Guerrero (who was also demoted to the farm squad after performance concerns from Dodger management).

The board of directors at the local water authority has approved a rate hike.

A hiker from Albuquerque was found dead near Taos.

Foreclosures in the large city to the northwest of Albuquerque have risen.

No video record of Mary Hawke’s fatal encounter with APD is available.

Over at Salon, a BrBa actor discusses his many deaths.

An old bottle found at our local flea market will be auctioned off for thousands of dollars.

A local mother of two and part-time math tutor says, “People who have enough money to run for Congress are only in it for themselves."

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The Daily Word in Saul, Moz and Pistol Pete

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In a stunning coup for the forces of economic development and truthful urban depictions, it was announced that BrBa prequel "Better Call Saul" will film in Albuquerque.

PBS covers the Kirtland fuel leak debacle and wonders if said aromatic hydrocarbon plume threatens city drinking water safety.

The Convention Center remodeling project should be completed by August (the month not the writer).

The Innovate Albuquerque program is designed to jump-start our city’s economy.

Beginning today, ABQ Ride buses will feature a new logo and depictions of Albuquerque landmarks.

Veteran Dodger backstop Miguel Olivo is sent down to Burque’s Isotopes.

I’m not happy and I’m not sad: Before his Wednesday night concert at the Sunshine, Morrissey sent his first tweets from Albuquerque.

This week’s fishing report contains mention of two 21-inch rainbow trout, caught with a nightcrawler and a black Pistol Pete, respectively.

Today may be Albuquerque the Magazine Day, but en serio, every day is Alibi Day in Burque!

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Ayéré Yéré With Oumar Konaté, Afro-pop guitarist

Guitar virtuoso Oumar Konaté puts on two concerts in Burque this week. Tomorrow, May 15, Konaté performs a high-noon gig at Ernie Pyle Library (900 Girard SE) and an evening show at The Cooperage (7220 Lomas NE), a swanky steakhouse at the edge of the Northeast Heights. Konaté is from Goa, Mali, and he represents a new generation of phenomenal instrumentalists and performers rising up out of Africa with a sound that renders world music a postmodern force driven by passion and intensity matched with awesome chops and classically educated sophistication, too.

Addoh, the guitarist’s first international release, explores the tenuous political situation in his homeland, and his searing guitar lends evocative, narrative weight to the struggle for peace and justice this man has witnessed. Besides gigging as a totally awesome solo performer, Konaté has worked with legendary African artists Roberto Magic and Siddi Toure as well as serving a stint as guitarist and arranger for the prestigious orchestra of Mali’s National Institute of Arts. His first US solo tour in 2012 featured a performance at Lincoln Center. Duke City is honored to have the likes of Konaté perform anywhere in town. The all-ages library concert is free, but tickets for the 21-plus concert at The Cooperage are 17 clams in advance and $22 on day of show. Tickets are available via AMP Concerts and Hold My Ticket. Doors swing wide at 6pm, and the concert begins at 7:30pm. The Cooperage • Thu May 15 • 7:30pm • $17-$22 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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Cello, Everyone!: Chatter Sunday

CC by Susana Fernandez

Chatter presents a concert titled “The Cello” on Sunday, May 11, at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW). Featuring work by Haydn and Britten, this concert aims to demonstrate the crucial fluency of the instrument between distant ends of the classical and modern canons. With tonal qualities similar to the human voice, the cello’s primacy as an orchestral, chamber and solo instrument has never been in dispute. Even the likes of Cobain and Lennon were privy to the mysterious gravitas this instrument is capable of producing. Composers of more esoteric genres have long regarded the cello as a sublime interpreter of human emotion; as director of narrative, the selections on offer in this latest cello-themed offering demonstrate that empathetic capacity with charm and urgency.

Haydn's “Divertimento for Horn, Violin and Cello” is ebullient but contemplative, recalling an Arcadian adventure full of natural wonder. Contrariwise, Britten’s “Opus 72,” his first “Suite for Unaccompanied Cello,” demonstrates all the complexity, ennui and anxiety of the age and culture that gave it life. James Holland is featured cellist on the Britten piece, while horn player Nate Ukens and Burqueño violinist/maestro David Felberg sit in on the Haydn trio. The music starts promptly at 10:30am. Tickets are $15. There's a $6 discount if you’re under 30, and children get in for a fiver. UNM music prof David Bashwiner will read before the curtain rises on this stringed extravaganza. The Kosmos • Sun May 11 • 10:30am • $5-$15 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in grasshopper clouds, millennial habitats and synthetic drugs

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Swarms of grasshoppers have been observed in many areas of Albuquerque.

Hello and goodbye, Nicolas Gregory Chili Buss.

A drought advisory has been issued by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.

A new pool for the South Valley is needed but is not funded.

The DEA is busy busting local synthetic-drug pushers.

Some bad men who beat and then kidnapped an El Paso man, driving him to Albuquerque in the process, have been sentenced to long prison terms.

There is a job fair for veterans today at the Convention Center.

Millennials have a habitat. Knowledge of that habitat can be exploited by capitalists seeking to acquire more feria.

UFO expert Alejandro Rojas posted this letter about Kirtland Air Force Base and the Paul Bennewitz controversy.

Journal columnist Leslie Linthicum, writing about the recent City Council meeting takeover, is criticized by a commenter for “keeping with Albuquerque Journal's longstanding policy of presenting uninformed corporate stoogery as journalism."

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