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V.24 No.49 | 12/3/2015
David Bowie, circa 1980
Courtesy of the artist

I Like to Watch (Instantly)

Bowie Plays a Dead God

By Robin Babb

If there’s anything predictable in this chaotic world we live in, it’s that, given the chance, David Bowie will do something very strange. Bowie upheld this truism a couple weeks ago when he released the music video for “Blackstar,” the first track we’ve heard of his upcoming album, also titled Blackstar).

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V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
Storytellers of New Mexico

Event Horizon

Once Upon a Time in Burque

Tellabration

By Cerridwen Stucky [ Fri Nov 20 2015 4:00 AM ]
Albuquerque's annual celebration of storytelling featuring Ramona King, Ben Nurry, Kimberly Gotches, Liz Mangual and emcee Bob Kanegis.
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V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Event Horizon

Moc Power

Sunday, Nov 15: Rock Your Mocs

By Cerridwen Stucky [ Fri Nov 13 2015 1:00 PM ]
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
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V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015

Podcast Recommendation: Lore

"Lore" aims for the heart of the world's creepiest folklore

[ Thu Oct 29 2015 12:39 PM ]

The soft voice of Aaron Mahnke may strike the listeners of his podcast, Lore, as oddly disconcerting. Whether Mahnke is discussing axe-weilding murders in the deep south or the creeping monsters of New England's coastline, what is a mainstay of the broadcast is the question, "what is the implication of this story?"

Listen to a few episodes in anticipation of Halloween, but as Mahnke himself tweeted earlier this week, "Let’s remember: 'Lore' isn’t a 'scary story' podcast. It’s a narrative history podcast about the roots of common superstition & folklore." There's much more to these stories than a thrill; they offer a creative exploration of history lived by everyday people, whose lives were touched by traditions and beliefs with mysterious origins and powerful implications.

Listen to Lore here.

V.24 No.41 | 10/8/2015

news

The Daily Word: Tradition

By Robert Maestas [ Thu Oct 1 2015 11:04 AM ]
The Daily Word

All day.

Traditional birth.

Kinky.

Weird to you, routine to them.

Total Eclipse of the brain.

R.I.P Pablow.

Foreign Food.

The tradition of shame.

The secrets of tradition.

Appreciation.

V.24 No.24 | 6/11/2015
Cobain

I Like to Watch (Instantly)

Heck of a Montage, Kurt

By August March
Montage of Heck makes use of Cobain’s personal artifacts to tell a tale that rises up from the world of rock music and comes to reside in the realm of American culture as a portrait of one our nation’s great makers.
V.24 No.11 | 3/12/2015
Michelle Thornton

Arts Feature

A War of the Words Hits Home

Women of the World bout it out in Burque

By Mark Fischer
Two years of planning have brought an international battle of words—and a whole lot of fun—to the Duke City.
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V.23 No.42 |

news

The Daily Word in drive-thru house hunting, murderer look-alikes, and a very Kirk Cameron Halloween

By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Oct 22 2014 10:43 AM ]
The Daily Word

Some guy turned two apartments in the NE Heights into his personal garage. The current residents aren’t too pleased.

We at the Alibi are bored with freaking out about Ebola. Let’s freak out about tuberculosis instead.

Cop killer Eric Frein is still at large in the PA woods, which is especially bad news for this other guy who looks just like him and would like for the police to stop pointing guns at him and making him lie on the ground.

The cost of the Hobbit trilogy is edging ever-closer to the $1 billion mark, perhaps due to the enormous costs associated with feeding a live dragon.

Syria is the hot new vacation destination for theocracy-inclined teenagers in Colorado this fall.

Good news, everybody! Kirk Cameron says it’s okay to celebrate Halloween!

V.23 No.28 |

news

The Daily Word in fired cops, frivolous lawsuits and crimes against women, Asians and theater people

RIP Archie of Riverdale

By geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jul 15 2014 10:04 AM ]
The Daily Word

Two former APD cops say they were fired for political reasons and not for kicking the shit out of a suspected car-thief.

It seems like a good idea, but you are not allowed to take items left in front of thrift stores.

The Q-Staff theatre company was victim to theft of props and musical instruments.

Betty or Veronica? You might have a chance now they've killed Archie!

Could be you only like people who are like you.

Meet me in Atlantic City, but not at a casino because they're closing down.

Behold the worst-written and most meandering peripheral tale to Orange is the New Black.

Here is a man that can live on bread alone.

"I was only sleeping...."

John&Yoko were right, this world hates women.

A short education on an extremely offensive and common slur.

Skynyrd kinda did it first, but what if record covers were missing the deceased members?

V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
The Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe
Matt Wright

Arts

Saddle Up: Moving Forward, Looking Back travels the Old Spanish Trail

By Lisa Barrow [ Fri Mar 21 2014 10:56 AM ]

Janire Nájera apparently likes her road trips 19th-century-style. The Spanish photojournalist and curator is taking a cue from Antonio Armijo—who laid the groundwork for successful trade along what's now known as the Old Spanish Trail when he successfully hoofed it from New Mexico to California and back (and managed to make a profit in the process)—with a voyage through northern New Mexico, parts of Utah and Arizona, and into Southern California. For the journey, Nájera's own pack animal of choice is an RV from 1984, a bit of an upgrade from the 100 mules of Armijo's trip in 1829-1830. Her goals are social and artistic in nature as she explores, according to the description on her website, how “the traditions of the first settlers [of European descent] ... have merged with domestic cultures, influencing the creation and identity of today's pueblos and modern cities.”

Nájera's journey began in Santa Fe on March 10, and she's already building a fascinating portrait of modern-day descendants of our region's Spanish heritage. See Nájera's video below featuring Julia Gómez talking about the famous Colcha stitch, and her latest blog entry has another great one with Santa Fe hairdresser Faustino Herrera de Vargas, entirely in Spanish, speaking about his storied life.

Follow Janire Nájera's travels along the Old Spanish Trail at her blog Looking Forward, Moving Back, and keep a weather eye out for the book and photography exhibit that will be the eventual result.

V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014

Couch Potato

Now Streaming: The Returned

By Jerry Cornelius [ Sat Mar 15 2014 7:00 AM ]

If you’re lucky enough to have dodged the recent spate of mysterious streaming throttling happening in previously stream-happy homes across America, there’s some good shit on out there in streamtopia.

Devin O’Leary called The Returned (Les Revenants) "the best horror on TV in 2013" and he’s dying for season two. All eight episodes appeared in the streamoverse a couple of weeks ago, quietly and without fanfare, much like Camille’s return from the dead in episode one. In French with subtitles, but don’t worry, there are lots of pregnant pauses.

V.23 No.10 |

Alibi Picks

This One's for You, Sam

By Kathy Freise [ Wed Mar 12 2014 12:08 PM ]

Think hair, think people whose names start with “Sam,” and you might think of Samson (tricked into a haircut by Delilah, who knew it was the source of his strength, or so goes the Biblical tale). If your name is Sam or any variation of it, you’re likely to have a better haircut experience than Samson’s at the “Sam-Tastic” Free Haircuts for Sams weekend at the newest local Fantastic Sams salon. Show an ID that proves your name is a variation of “Sam,” such as Sami, Samantha or Samuel, and you get a free haircut. Seriously—free.

Those of us whose names don’t have much to do with Sam can simply pay for a cut, trim or other service from the full salon menu. With some luck, we’ll all leave worthy of a compliment like the one The Stranger gave in The Big Lebowski—“I like your style, Dude.” The Stranger, by coincidence—or not—is played by Sam Elliott. “Sam-Tastic” event hours are 9am to 7pm today, 9am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday at 330 Eubank NE, Suite A. Fantastic Sams • Fri Mar 14 • 9am • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014

Arts Feature

Under the Cover of Mountains

The secret life of Los Alamos

By Nora Hickey
Los Alamos, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, comes alive in TaraShea Nesbit’s debut novel The Wives of Los Alamos. The fictional story depicts a Los Alamos that hums with secrets, slights and insights.
V.23 No.1 | 1/2/2014
Painting the swan
Lance Ryan McGoldrick

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

Blackbird buffaloed

See some art, be some art, and give the gift of art with this week’s Culture Shock.

Book Review

Love, Death and Other Causes of Indigestion

Review by Suzanne Buck

How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life

Searching for insight into such universal topics as love, family, work and nature, Roman Krznaric reaches back to the Greeks, through Medieval and Renaissance philosophers and on through the Victorians and modern thinkers.
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