V.23 No.21 | 5/22/2014
The gods are crazy in Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard
When Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard hit the Western literary scene in 1952, it must have seemed conjured from oblivion, totally alien and without precedent.
V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013
Photo by Al Tuaris
More Than Hocus Pocus
Inventive performance tinkers with comedy and magic for all ages
“Imaginator” Eric Buss builds bubble-wrap bikes and wows audiences with his zany brand of magic.
V.22 No.7 | 2/14/2013
Siring Superlative Sound
An electronic exchange with Sir Richard Bishop
We e-chatted with founding Sun City Girls member and guitar virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop in preparation for his V-Day gig with Om and Jeremy Barnes at Sister.
V.21 No.47 | 11/22/2012
Stage Magician of the Year talks beauty and mentalism
Former Possum Dixon frontman has spent the last decade as a magician. His old-school methods have brought him much acclaim.
V.20 No.41 | 10/13/2011
3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Hyperland
Cosmic synth pop act embarks upon its maiden voyage
Hyperland wants to take you on an intergalactic pleasure cruise. The Alibi was alerted to the synth pop duo's celestial plans via a colorful in-flight manual delivered to our music desk. The band releases its six-song EP on Tuesday, Oct. 18, but Burqueños can experience “Tomorrow, Today” at the band's live debut on Saturday.
V.20 No.37 |
The Daily Word in freed hikers, geniuses and suicide by rollercoaster
Two years after accidentally hiking into Iran, Josh Fattal and Shan Bauer have been freed.
Is Troy Davis's scheduled execution America's worst miscarriages of justice?
Masked gunmen dump 35 dead bodies in the middle of a busy Boca Del Rio street.
Gary Johnson gets a spot in tomorrow's presidential debate.
Federal prosecutors call online poker site a global Ponzi scheme.
Republican leaders sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Chairman asking him to “resist further extraordinary intervention in the U.S. economy.”
A mother abducted her eight children in New York.
Personnel board votes to lay-off 27 state workers.
New questions in the deadly Reno air show crash.
Once again, I was not named a MacArthur Genius.
Here's a video flyover of the asteroid Vesta.
Facebook changed again last night.
Nobody wants a ginger baby.
Steven Colbert really really wants to broaden the tax base.
Most epic post-car accident interview ever.
This roller coaster is the future of suicide.
23 rejected covers of famous books.
I know you're lazy, but are you lazy enough for Forever Lazy?
I think this may be exciting news for fans of Magic: The Gathering.
If you're interested in getting some Venture Bros. action figures you should read this.
Gordon Ramsay gets another TV show.
This is awesome. And weird. But still awesome.
R.I.P. Tom Wilson, creator of Ziggy.
Fox is considering creating a 24-hour Simpsons channel.
Mike Tyson broke Steve-O's nose at the Charlie Sheen roast.
There have been some pretty terrible Star Wars video games, but was this one the worst?
This one is for fans of The Wire only.
V.20 No.6 |
Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day
V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010
PHOTO COURTESY OF DANNY COLE
Illusion, Manipulation and Sleight of Hand
The life of a magician’s assistant
V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010
Found on Santa Fe Craigslist: slightly used magical spell supplies
This week in Santa Fe Craigslist shopping, the “barter” section yields pay dirt. ... Or rather, magical luck dirt.
I have a small box of spell supplies, still quite useful to one who would use them. These items have been opened and partially used. They are commonly used by practitioners of urban folk magic in casting spells for various purposes.
V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010
Ortiz y Pino
Sleight of Mouth
V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
The Daily Word 8.02.10: Afghanistan, Lohan and Batman all end with “an.”
Ahmadinejad wants to debate Obama live on the Crazy Channel.
The Dutch pulled out of Afghanistan.
“I wear my sunglasses at…” Huh? Different Corey Hart.
Cuddly albino raccoon free to good home.
MIT students assisted in the Wikileaks leak.
Escaped Arizona killers are on the loose.
Magic bracelets make your bike go faster.
A Romanian woman was tortured by Commies. With photo.
A man was killed by the Rail Runner.
BP may seal the well today.
Westsiders' water is dark pee yellow.
Shark week at the aquarium.
The RNC is running out of dough.
Man robs Wendy's, then calls back to complain.
Senator wants to repeal the 14th amendment.
Los Alamos is launching its Smart Grid project for solar power development.
It’s Edward Furlong’s birthday. He played a young John Conner in Terminator 2. Here’s a song from his CD.
V.19 No.21 | 5/27/2010
The Boston Celtics: Green Machine Smash
The Boston Celtics, a team merely two years removed from winning a title, were counted out this postseason. The Celts were seen as aging: Their coach was maybe making his move to retirement; their star players were either considered too old to make any more serious contributions (Kevin Garnett), or a bad fit for this team (Ray Allen), or just the echo of something that used to be great but now would have to fill the veteran role for a new squad (Paul Pierce).
Their second-round opponent was the Cleveland Cavaliers—they of the best record in the NBA this season, they of the MVP LeBron James. Cleveland was the most serious contender for the crown.
The Cavs-Celtics series was many things, but a coronation of King James it was not. The Celtics, miraculously peaking at exactly the right time, took out LeBron and the Cavs and turned their sights to the previously-undefeated-in-these-playoffs Orlando Magic. The Magic went to the NBA Finals last year without their star point guard Jameer Nelson playing at a high level, as he'd just come back from injury. They're equipped with the Defensive Player of the Year, Dwight Howard. The Magic have homecourt advantage in the series, thanks to a superior record in the regular season.
Yet, somehow, again, the Celtics found a way to win.
Garnett, Allen and Pierce were joined in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals by Rajon Rondo, who is in the midst of completing a serious bid for “Player most able to transform from a pellet gun to a fully automatic weapon of death in the playoffs.”
They smashed the Magic in Game 1, building a 20-point lead and looking like the Incredible Hulk showing up to battle the local middle-school bully. The finished up by four, and won 92-88. Game 2 was closer but ultimately got the same result: a Celtics win. The Magic are now heading to Boston to play on Team Green's home floor, down in a best of seven series 2-0.
Not only have the Celtics found a way to win, but they've been doing so (other than the pretty close, but never truly in doubt Game 2 of the ECF) in dominating fashion. It's much akin to the last player off the bench somehow coming into the game and turning in a virtuoso performance—and then doing the same thing for the next five games in a row.
This Celtics team, which no one gave much credit at all to, looks primed to ride its hot hand into the NBA Finals, where they will either meet the upstart Phoenix Suns and their point guard extraordinaire, Steve Nash, or set up a rematch of the public's most beloved series in basketball: the Los Angeles Lakers versus the Boston Celtics. This in no way counts out the Orlando Magic, who have some serious heft on their side. But it should serve at least as a mea culpa from at least one writer who didn't take the Celtics seriously enough.
Like Bruce Banner, this team is playing very, very angry ball right now. And they seem to be getting better.
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