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Telephone Museum Installs New Sign!
No longer must you be standing directly in front of doors to know there's a museum in the vicinity
By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Nov 13 2015 1:51 PM ]
Since opening in 1997, The Telephone Museum of New Mexico has been a hidden gem among Albuquerque museums –quite literally, due to its only signage consisting of two dimensional lettering on recessed entrance doors. Alibi is happy to report the long-time-coming of a three dimensional sign outside the downtown museum.
Museum vice-chair Tom Baker was overseeing the sign installation today and predicted that the improved signage would increase museum attendance, which he said has already increased since the removal of the 4th street pedestrian mall. For those who don't know, The Telephone Museum of New Mexico has three full floors of telephones, switchboards, paraphernalia, diaries and phone co. records and much much more. Among the telephones on display are some of the grooviest oddball phones from the '60s and 70's you will ever, ever see.
The Telephone Museum of New Mexico is open from 10:00am to 1:30pm every day and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Admission ranges from 1.00 to 4.00. The museum is located in Downtown Albuquerque at 110 4th NW, north of Central.
The Daily Word in Jeb! would kill baby Hitler, a slow speed car race at Albuquerque's Lantern Fest and where ice cream comes from
RIP Allen Tousaint
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Nov 10 2015 11:19 AM ]
There could be major changes to the bail system in New Mexico, from eliminating bail for non-violent crimes, to doing away with the informal parody between bail amounts and specific charges.
A transgender student in Cibola County will be allowed to use the restroom of her choosing after changes were made to the school district's code.
To get around a permit problem, Albuquerque's Lantern Fest will be holding a "slow speed race" all day at Sandia Speedway.
Yes, given the opportunity, Jeb Bush would kill baby Hitler.
You already knew Unicorns poop ice cream, but have you heard of the Squatty Potty?
"I am Cait" and "Here we are Hanging Out at Starbucks in Albuquerque, New Mexico"
Replied Caitlyn Jenner after I told her I worked for the local alt-weekly newspaper
By Geoffrey Plant [ Sat Nov 7 2015 5:33 PM ]
There were no lights, no cameras in the Starbucks on Lomas and Broadway in Albuquerque this morning, but there was more than a little action one couldn't help notice centered around a rather tall, slim and classy-looking lady who was giving her coffee order. I can't tell you who the young entourage was that surrounded Caitlyn Jenner, but they all seemed excited to be with America's most recognizable trans celebrity and, in my opinion, themselves exuded an aura of Hollywood. Perhaps the group was all involved in Caitlyn Jenner's new project "I am Cait", which has apparently been doing some filming in New Mexico.
Truth be told, quite a few cell phone cameras did start to appear as I asked for a photo with a celebrity I realized is a celebrity twice-over. Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner, a TV star and cultural icon. Having a brief face to face with Caitlyn really brought home to me how "real" her gender transition is. She's all woman. Judging from the comments she was getting in buckets—from fans she told one of her companions were starting to "come in a bit hot"—Caitlyn Jenner genuinely inspires people and, by being so public and open about her life, has helped give the trans community a degree of acceptability that mightn't exist right now. She's singlehandedly reduced some of the hate and bigotry in American culture. I could say the same about Dan Savage and "It Gets Better" but he wasn't in my local Starbucks this morning and he isn't as pretty as Caitlyn. Gush.
The Daily Word in Amazon bookstores, more VW fraud and Bad Brains' Dr. Know is on life support
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Nov 3 2015 11:05 AM ]
New Mexico may resolve its impending driver's license problem by offering undocumented immigrants "driving privilege cards".
Uber isn't always cheaper than a taxi, this Halloween reveler discovered.
Stu Walker, the announcer at UNM Lobo basketball and Albuquerque Isotopes games, passed away yesterday.
After destroying locally owned bookstores around the planet, dastardly Amazon begins opening their own brick and mortar stores.
Despite claims by VW that they had come clean about the scope of their emissions fraud, previously unimplicated Porsche and Audi vehicles are discovered to be running the illegal software.
Check out this nifty site that shows where your surname is most prevalent, how many people you share it with and where it originated.
The popular movie in Germany right now is a very funny Hitler comedy.
The IRS is using "Stingray" location software to build cases against its suspects.
King Khan & BBQ Demonstrate Stamina, Nipples
By Geoffrey Plant [ Mon Nov 2 2015 3:29 PM ]
Sometimes your favorite bands just don't draw a crowd in Albuquerque, for whatever reason, leaving you feeling a bit dispirited about your home town. Thankfully, King Khan & BBQ Show fans didn't stay home last night, though they were a bit tardy, most trickling into Sister during opening band Milk Lines –who played a nice, country-tinged set of psych/rock and roll.
Khan and Mark Sultan (AKA BBQ) came out sans uniforms—to the audible dismay of the packed floor—but it turned out they were simply performing a quick sound check and announced they'd be back after a wardrobe change. And, bam! a nearly naked Khan and a nipple-exposing, body-stockinged BBQ appeared in front of an enthusiastic crowd. The Bad News Boys opened with "Piss Slide", a tune new to me but a concept Khan made Alibi readers familiar with in an interview this week. "Piss Slide, Baby" indeed.
Khan & BBQ proceeded to rock the pants of the crowd for nearly two hours, playing hits like "Waddlin' Around" and "Invisible Girl" with panache and without flaw. Though they didn't play "Animal Party", they did perform one of the sickest tunes in the history of the world, "Taste Buds". Nothing like a crowd singing along to that one. Best show I've seen since Black Lips played Sister. Mark Sultan fairly steals the show with his amazing voice and jiggling nipples, something to be admired considering his partner is one of the more infamous wild-men of contemporary rock and roll. Here's hoping these two make it back to Albuquerque in some capacity, as the King Khan & BBQ Show or with King Khan & The Shrines or BBQ, solo.
Halloween DWI Checkpoint in Downtown Albuquerque This Saturday Night
By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Oct 30 2015 4:19 PM ]
Albuquerque Police want Halloween revelers to know that there will be a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the Downtown area this Saturday night. Regulars and those living in the area can probably guess that APD will set up their checkpoint at either Central and Broadway or Coal and Broadway. No matter how many news outlets publish this information, APD will still bust some folks driving under the influence. So dress up in your sexy Donald Trump costume and hit the bars downtown, dance, see some music, but if you get too intoxicated to drive—and with the BAC limit at .08%, "too intoxicated" isn't hard to achieve—find another way to get home or to your booty call or dealer's house.
Have a safe Halloween by simply starting your night with a ride from one of Albuquerque's taxi services or, if you're under thirty, Uber. Unfortunately, AAA's Tipsy Tow service appears to have been discontinued in Albuquerque, but Albuquerque Cab does offer a free ride home (10pm-2am, Fri & Sat) through their Tavern Taxi service.
Tavern Taxi: (505)-999-1400
ABQ CAB: (505)-883-4888
Yellow/Checker Cab: (505)-247-8888
Green Cab: (505)-243-6800
The Daily Word in tripping witches, Trump effigies in the South Valley and Halloween
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Oct 27 2015 10:03 AM ]
The Southwest Chief will continue to roll through New Mexico as usual.
The Green Jeans Farmery shipping container plaza was red-tagged by the city on the eve of its grand opening.
The City is offering "haunted jail tours" at the old metro court.
The South Valley's El Kookooe was a Trump effigy this year, El Koko Trump.
Some dude in Grants, NM got really drunk and killed a friend he thought was transforming into a zombie.
The sex abuse trial of the man who was hired by APS w/out a background check, Jason Martinez, ended in mistrial.
No eggs for minors at this store during Halloween.
Happy Halloween, don't electrocute yourself.
Chewbacca was arrested in Ukraine after violating election laws by campaigning for Darth Vader on Election Day.
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. Let's take a moment to remind ourselves why witches ride broomsticks and what really makes them fly.
The World Series begins tonight with the Mets vs the Royals in Kansas City.
The Daily Word in Christmas drones, Billy the Kid and Meatloaf's puppy
Liberal Party candidate Justin Trudeau will be Canada's next Prime Minister
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Oct 20 2015 10:41 AM ]
Another supposed picture of Billy the Kid was the subject of a TV documentary last night.
There was a macabre apparent murder-suicide in Phoenix last Sunday.
Meatloaf picked up an abandoned puppy during his tour stop in Albuquerque.
The trailer for the new Star Wars film is out.
Biodregadable urns make it easier to become an oak tree. Or a peach tree.
Liberal Justin Trudeau will be Canada's next Prime Minister after defeating Conservative Steven Harper in a landslide.
Drones are the big christmas item this year and the US government wants them all registered.
Texas driver swerves and hits a passing motorcyclist. "Doesn't care".
Sad, cute or just weird: this kid had a CVS pharmacy-themed birthday party.
The Daily Word in Playboy's never-nude future, Gloria Steinam's new gig and Kmart tapes
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Oct 13 2015 9:04 AM ]
An Albuquerque cop hit a fleeing suspect with his personal vehicle.
Local bar Sneakerz is closed for the time being.
Local police neglected to locate a .45 in a man's waistband before booking him into MDC.
Playboy will no longer have nude pictures, just near-nude pictures. And articles.
British authorities will no longer have guards posted 24/7 at the Ecuadorian embassy where Julian Assange is still holed up.
This collection of '80s/'90s Kmart in-store music is worth a listen. Really.
California has stringent new rules limiting the use of antibiotics on livestock.
81 year old Gloria Steinam is now a Vice correspondent.
The Daily Word in a prairie dog playground, killifornia and circuitous "right to bear arms" arguments
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Oct 6 2015 10:57 AM ]
Albuquerque's Huning Highland neighborhood gets Burque on a list of "secretly cool cities".
The playground at Chelwood Elementary has really gone to the prairie dogs.
Balloon Fiesta truly underway now that there have been some balloon collisions with power lines and vehicles.
The father of the man who allegedly went on a shooting rampage last week in Oregon blames, in part, the country's gun laws. Ironically, the mass-shooting suspect's mother was stockpiling guns out of fear that stricter gun laws in response to mass shootings would make it impossible to stockpile guns.
There's no such thing as a "sexy Donald Trump costume".
Watch this man set his apartment on fire while live streaming a demo of cigarette lighters.
Check out this groovy coffee table book of grindhouse cinema posters!
Sandra Cisneros Exhibition Tour at National Hispanic Cultural Center
Author of The House on Mango Street shares her thoughts and perspectives about both her own writing and the exhibit.
Stories and Fun with Laura Metzler at Tony Hillerman Library
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