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V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
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Alibi wins an AltWeekly Award for Sam Adams’ “Breaking Bad” arts feature!

Three cheers for the Alibi’s very own patriot / arts editor, Sam Adams! His fascinating profile on the Albuquerque-centric AMC show “Breaking Bad”—including candid insights from actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn—garnered a second-place spot in the super-competitive 2012 AltWeekly Awards. Take a moment to revisit “Raising Hell in the Land of Enchantment,” then raise a glass of Sam Adams to Sam Adams.

V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012

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Go for the Gold

“The Golden Globe Awards” on NBC

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V.20 No.39 |

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Fantastic Fest Day 5

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FANTASTIC AWARDS- Video credit Arts & Labor--Produced by Gates Bradley
The annual Fantastic Fest film festival is taking place in Austin this week. It’s the largest genre-based film festival in the United States. We sent special correspondent Brennan Foster to hunt down the weirdest films, the coolest parties and the biggest star sightings he could find.

Winning a major award is said to be a nerve-wracking experience. At the Fantastic Fest, winning is more liver-wrecking. Each recipient must chug a stein full of beer before making an acceptance speech.

This year, two films swept the Fantastic Fest: Bullhead, a thriller exposing the underbelly of the Belgian cattle industry, won Best Picture, Director and Actor in the AMD & Dell “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition; and You're Next, about a family on retreat being besieged by animal-masked killers, won Best Picture, Director and Screenplay for Horror Features.

This was very exciting and un-sobering news for Bullhead’s genial director, Michael R. Roskam, and Simon Barrett, the screenwriter/producer for You're Next.

"I can’t even remember what I said on stage," Roskam admitted. "I blacked out. What was I doing?" "Drinking beer until the end," he was assured.

Clown, one of my favorites (see previous blog), won Best Picture and Screenplay in the Gutbuster Comedy Features. Best Director went to Steffen Hars and Flip van der Kuil for another feature adapted from television, the mega-mega-mega idiotic New Kids Turbo.

The impeccably designed Milocrorze: A Love Story won Best Picture in the Fantastic Features category, while Noboru Iguchi took Best Director for an update of 70’s Japanese kid show (and the inspiration for "Transformers"), Karate Robo Zaborgar.

The Audience Award was given to Yoshihiro Nakamura’s family film, A Boy and his Samurai, about a time-traveling samurai who works to realizes his true talent lies in pastry making,

Belgium’s Bullhead and another Fantastic Fest feature, Brazil’s tremendous Elite Squad: The Enemy Within became their respective country’s official submission to the 84th Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Film.

After days of seeing more movies than I can logically process, I have yet to see many of these award winners--which gives me a lot to look forward to and makes me wonder what I’ve been doing with myself.

Bullhead director Michael Roskam takes a knee to finish his drink while AMD President Charlie Boswell, Extraterrestrial director Nacho Vigalondo, Tim League and Midori Inoue look on.

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V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011

You Are Going Down

Alibi contributors pick up 2011 AltWeekly Awards!

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced the winners of its nationwide alt.weekly journalism contest—and three Alibi contributors locked down four awards! Here’s how they did:

Best Food Writing (circulation under 50,000): Alibi restaurant critic and food columnist Ari LeVaux swallowed up third place. (“Le Fooding,” “An Offal Story” and “Chewing the Fat.”)

Best Column (circulation under 50,000): Our Miss Diagnosis column, penned by family nurse practitioner Whitny Doyle, took a healthy third place. (“Seduction of a Nurse,” “Robbins Burns Rubbers” and “Life and Death on the Night Shift.”)

• Cover Design (circulation under 50,000): Alibi graphic designer Jeff Drew hit the contest’s zenith with a first-place cover he did for Vermont’s Seven Days.

Illustration (circulation under 50,000): Jeff also picked up third place for artwork in the Pacific Northwest Inlander.

Well done and congratulations!

You Are Going Down

Three Alibi contributors pick up 2011 AltWeekly Awards nominations!

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies runs a notoriously tough, nationwide alt.weekly journalism contest—and the Alibi is kicking some unprecedented ass in it. This year, more than 88 publications submitted their very best stuff in design and writing categories. Here’s how Albuquerque is representing:

• Alibi restaurant critic and food columnist Ari LeVaux is one of four finalists duking it out for Best Food Writing, circulation under 50,000. (The three stories we submitted: “Le Fooding,” “An Offal Story” and “Chewing the Fat.”) Masticate the competition, Ari!

• Registered nurse and recent UNM family nurse practitioner program graduate Whitny Doyle writes our Miss Diagnosis column. She’s been selected as a finalist for Best Column, circulation under 50,000. (The articles we submitted: “Seduction of a Nurse,” “Robbins Burns Rubbers” and “Life and Death on the Night Shift.”) Draw some blood out there, you phlebotomist!

• Last but not least, Alibi graphic designer Jeff Drew is up for awards in two distinct categories. His cover for Vermont’s Seven Days and illustrations for the Pacific Northwest Inlander are both heavy contenders. Render those other fools into a vanishing point of pain, you X-ACTO knife-wielding art-school murderer!

V.19 No.28 | 7/15/2010

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No Statue for You!

The 2010 Emmy Award nominations

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V.19 No.27 | 7/8/2010

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The Alibi Wins National Awards!

Competing against newspapers across the U.S., the Weekly Alibi placed first in the nation for food writing and lifestyle/entertainment page editing. The National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest geve us the nods. (The NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men in the press and media fields.) The Alibi also secured second place awards for publication editing and section editing.

This comes on heels of sweeping the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest with 12 awards. The Alibi's food writing, arts and entertainment coverage, news reporting, features, columns and editing were chosen as superlative in New Mexico.

Here's a list of the Alibi's 2010 winners:

2010 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest

First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux

First Place: Lifestyle/entertainment page editing, Laura Marrich

Second place: Publication editing, Laura Marrich

Second Place: Section editing, Erin Adair-Hodges

2010 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest

First Place: News reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Enterprise reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Feature story, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Section edited by entrant, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux

First Place: Publications regularly edited by entrant, Laura Marrich

First Place: Single page regularly edited by entrant – Lifestyle or Entertainment, Laura Marrich

First Place: Organizational Sweepstakes

Second place: Personality profile, long-form, Marisa Demarco

Third Place: Arts and Entertainment articles, Erin Adair-Hodges

Honorable Mention: Investigative reporting, Marisa Demarco

Honorable Mention: Columns, Alex Limkin

V.19 No.11 | 3/18/2010

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The Alibi Wins 7 First-Place New Mexico Press Women Awards

Competing against newspapers across the state, the Weekly Alibi swept the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest with 9 awards. The Alibi's food writing, arts and entertainment coverage, news reporting, features, columns and editing were chosen as superlative in New Mexico.

Seven of the entries are first-place winners and will go on to the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest, where they'll square off against every other Press Women chapter in the country. (The NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men in the press and media fields.) We expect to do well there, as we've done every year that we've entered.

Here's a list of the Alibi's winners:

First Place: News reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Enterprise reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Feature story, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Section edited by entrant, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux

First place: Publications regularly edited by entrant, Laura Marrich

First place: Single page regularly edited by entrant – Lifestyle or Entertainment, Laura Marrich

Second Place: Columns, Alex Limkin

Third Place: Arts and Entertainment articles, Erin Adair-Hodges

V.19 No.5 | 2/4/2010
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Things I Thought Were a Dream But Actually Happened: The Swedish Grammys

As is customary, I made a snack and turned on the TV this weekend after coming home late from the bar. (This is probably the source of many Things-I-Thought-Were-a-Dream-But-Actually-Happened moments.) And then I went to bed, probably around 3:30 a.m.

Come Sunday, I’m at my parents house with the family, and “The Soup” is on in the background. And I look up and see a clip from the TITWaDBAH. Turns out, the Swedish Grammys (P3 Guld) really did happen. And, it turns out, the winner of dance artist of the year really did accept her award like this. And the crowd really did seem kind of charmed but ultimately unfazed by it. ... Hunh.

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