V.23 No.40 | 10/2/2014
The World Is Ending or Light Is Dying
Lev Grossman’s journey to lit magic
To become a bestselling fantasy novelist, Lev Grossman (who’s coming to Santa Fe) first had to realize what he wasn’t.
V.23 No.38 | 9/18/2014
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Passion Play of a Wandering Man
Tull’s Anderson mulls past and present
Alibi music stringer August March interviews Ian Anderson, the prime mover of prog-rock icon Jethro Tull, about his new solo work, his legendary career and retaining hope for humanity.
V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
Postmodern Black Spirituals
Oakland duo’s pilgrimage Of Deconstruction
August March talks composition, deconstruction and artistic evolution with Black Spirituals’ Marshall Trammell and Zachary James Watkins. Experience the Oakland, Calif. duo at Spirit Abuse this weekend.
V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014
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Darkness Becomes Him
Xiu Xiu prime mover talks Genesis, gang violence and autoerotic asphyxiation
M. Brianna Stallings chats with Jamie Stewart, the inimitable frontman of Xiu Xiu, in preview of the group’s Albuquerque concert.
V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
Play MSTie For Me
An interview with “Mystery Science Theater 3000” creator Joel Hodgson
“Mystery Science Theater 3000” creator Joel Hodgson is a special guest at this year’s Albuquerque Comic Expo. We interview the writer/comedian on the eve of ACE.
V.23 No.25 |
Albuquerque's Newest Team: The Sol FC
And since local is the best reflection of the national, this is an apt time to mention that Albuquerque is developing their own semi-professional soccer team, the Sol FC.
In an exclusive interview with the Alibi, Sol FC General Manager Larry Espinoza shared his vision for the future of the team in Albuquerque, reveled in a bit of local pride and reflected on the beginning of this year's World Cup and this new venture in the 505.
The Sol opened their inaugural season on May 3 in Las Vegas, playing against the Mobsters of the USL Premier Developmental League (PDL). Before that, though, there was a lot of work before the season began—and before the team was even formed. Espinoza says that he and Ron Patel, president of the team, have put in the work, but they haven't been alone. The team runs with the help of an extensive network of volunteers: everyone from high school students to a social media guru, running both the official Twitter account as well as their Instagram.
Albuquerque Sol FC may be merely a fourth-tier team this year, but Espinoza says the attendance in our fair city is smashing the competition. “The average [attendance] for PDL is 200. Our first home game, we had more than our five opponents’ previous games combined.” Not surprising, given the documentation of fans' desire for a local, professional soccer team.
However, the transition up the ranks of the PDL obviously will not—and cannot—happen overnight. Espinoza says the plan is to continue to move up the ranks: “Probably not next year, but maybe the year after, really make a push to go USL Pro.” That, however, will involve getting a 5,000-seat stadium into the picture. So the team and its affiliates plan to go before the New Mexico State Legislature. “We'll do our homework. We'll go before the legislature again this February. We believe we'll get the money. There's a lot of things that have to be included to build an MLS team. We believe we can build that.”
The biggest signs that this team is already a success, though, can't be counted, unlike attendance figures. Nor can those successes be summarized as succinctly as Espinoza's repeated afirmations. The true success of the team shines when you get to see a game in person, where you'll hear the PA guy 'sponsoring' yellow cards with bail bonds companies and hear about a highlighted charity at each game. The intensely personal feel of both the physical and mental spacemakes this a truly Albuquerque team.
That local spotlight will grab an even bigger stage at the last home game of the season on Saturday July 12. Espinoza claims, “If you played soccer in Albuquerque, you know the name Pat Grange.” Grange was a local soccer legend, whose tragic diagnosis with ALS led to his untimely death at 29 years of age. ESPN showcased his story recently. The game on Saturday, July 12 will be dedicated to Pat Grange and the Albuquerque Sol FC will retire his jersey. Espinoza says he's in talks to make sure Grange's parents are guests of honor. And the charity the Sol will be partnering with for their last home game? The ALS Association.
As a great way to celebrate the legacy of soccer in the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico, the Sol FC's last home game stands head and shoulders above any other options. And, while you're at the game, think about what this team could mean for the future as well.
The Sol have five home games remaining, all of which are played on the Ben Rios field at St. Pius high school. Tickets can be obtained at the gate for $10 on game day. Children's tickets are only $5, and they can both be bought ahead of time online, but you will pay a handling fee.
V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014
An interview with The Signal director William Eubank
With the sci-fi mindbender The Signal hitting theaters this Friday, we chat with director William Eubank about shooting the film right here in New Mexico.
V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014
Smith Tapes: I'm Not The Beatles: John & Yoko Interviews 1969-72
Wherein Alibi stringer August March reviews renowned journalist (and AOR DJ) Howard Smith’s collected interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
David Correia updates KAFB jet fuel spill story on KUNM
One of our biggest stories of 2013 was “The Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of: Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill” (v.22, i.48). In it, author David Correia lays out a mountain of evidence about a fuel spill right here in ABQ that’s twice the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Correia recently appeared on KUNM’s The Spitz Report to discuss his Alibi article, just how big the ongoing hemorrhage of jet fuel has been, the impact on the aquifer and what’s most frustrating about Kirtland’s response. As he explains to host Stephen Spitz,
“They were leaking jet fuel and aviation gas. ... Kirtland Air Force Base agreed to an estimate of 8 million gallons a few years ago; the New Mexico Environmental Department suggested it could be as high as 24 million gallons, so it’s somewhere in there, in that range. … But even if it’s a conservative estimate, it still makes this the largest underground toxic release in US history. That’s uncontested.”
If you missed our in-depth look at this shocking environmental catastrophe in Burque’s own backyard, catch it here, as well as the response from an Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority board member in our Letters section. Listen to Correia’s informed and informative full broadcast on KUNM here.
V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
Amy Goodman speaks truth to power
Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, talks journalism, corporate media, public radio, America’s “secret wars” and the surveillance state with the Alibi.
The F-Word and the Happy Life
Rapture, Blister, Burn lays out all the options
Now on its final weekend, Aux Dog Theatre’s Rapture, Blister, Burn makes you laugh while it makes you think.
V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
Under the Cover of Mountains
The secret life of Los Alamos
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.8 | 2/20/2014
Pixies’ Second Chance Bash
Evolving band hits open road
Wherein Mark Lopez gabs about aural history, science magic and, yes, Kim Deal with Pixies drummer Dave Lovering.
V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014
The Punk Singer Keeps On Livin’
An interview with Kathleen Hanna
Wherein music writer M. Brianna Stallings converses with iconic punk singer Kathleen Hanna about riot grrrl, Bikini Kill, feminism, The Julie Ruin and more.
V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014
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The Voice that Was Already There
Ruth Ozeki investigates truth in fiction
Ruth Ozeki can lay down a prescient vision of the world. She can weave disparate facts, languages and people into a story that is both time-bound and timeless.
Bassekou Kouyate & The Ngoni Blues Band at Outpost Performance Space
The Postwar Transformation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1945-1972 at Page One Bookstore
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