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V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
Arlo Apatosaurus

Film Review

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar stumbles following after a (dinosaur) boy and his (human) dog

Is it really an insult to say something is one of Pixar’s least good efforts?
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015

Restaurant Review

Self-Love One Lunch Special at a Time

Vital Foods serves up gratifying vegan fare

Our in-office vegan checks out this new eatery near Downtown.

Film Review


Claustrophobic, mother-and-son drama traps the world between four walls

Claustrophobic mother-and-son drama Room reduces the world to a 10-by-10 space.
V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015

Restaurant Review

Not Quite There

Ponderosa Brewing Company serves great beer, but the food is lacking

This Portland emigré brings great beer to the Sawmill district, though the food needs some improvement.
“Well, it still beats working at Chipotle.”

Film Review

The 33

Real-life drama about trapped miners can’t dig itself out of “inspirational biopic” trap

Real-life mine collapse drama The 33 digs itself an inspirational hole.
V.24 No.45 | 11/5/2015
Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore

Film Review

Miss You Already

Anemic drama looks at friendship, illness

Cancer is bad but drama is formulaic in Miss You Already.
V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015

Restaurant Review

Where the Bus Stopped

Boiler Monkey Bistro

This crêperie may have lost its wheels, but it’s still going strong.
V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015
Bouncin' Booties

Planet Booty Bounces into Town

I was surprised at the amount of people that were at Stereo, some of the people I talked to before the show didn’t know a band was going to play but by the end of the first song most of the people were dancing. The electro-funk trio that completes Planet Booty was extraordinarily energetic and charismatic during their performance. Seeing them reminded me of seeing a friend’s show. It felt personal when they would motion at individuals, dance with people and chatted and (especially) approached and thanked individuals for coming to the show and the entire audience collectively.

If they weren’t wielding an instrument, they stood at the front of the stage facing the crowd trying to get everyone to “bounce that ass” but not in a disrespectful way like I’ve encountered at venues before. Planet Booty wanted everyone to have as much fun as they were having. I’m not sure that was possible because, it seemed to me that Dylan Charles Germick (vocals, trumpet, beats), Josh Cantero (vocals, keyboard, trombone) and Rob Gwin (bass, percussion, software) were having the time of their lives. Germick mainly sang at the front of the group but was joined by Cantero often. Germick is exceedingly personable and effectively gets the crowd going. Cantero would return to his keyboard and sing when needed, but was unfailingly animated the entire show. Gwin was the heartbeat, keeping them all together and moving forward, all while maintaining as much enthusiasm as he had at the beginning. I was stunned by all of them sustaining the very high energy they begun the show with.

Their vigor and passion is incredible and virtually unmatched by any show I’ve been to (shows that I’ve paid to see!). They all are performers and they are ready to party with their fans. Germick would join the crowd throughout the show to dance with the audience, forming a delightful relationship and, overall, loving vibe with the crowd. Their proclaimed genre is “Sweat” and I felt that by the end of the show. Afterwards they mingled with the crowd for as long as they could, but they had to head out for their next gig in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 24. I hope they come back to Albuquerque soon so I can see them again.

Restaurant Review

The New Traditions

Central Grill and Coffee House

Ty Bannerman checks out this modern diner on East Central.
Chen Daoming & Gong Li

Film Review

Coming Home

Zhang Yimou directs unforgettable Chinese drama about the power of forgetting

Chinese director Zhang Yimou looks back at the Cultural Revolution with heartbreaking results in Coming Home.
V.24 No.42 | 10/15/2015

Restaurant Review

Worth the Wait

Café Caribe

Ty Bannerman takes a trip to the islands, in the heart of Downtown.
National Lampoon

Film Review

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Dynamic documentary traces the rise and fall of a comedy empire

Raunchy rag gets royal treatment in Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon
V.24 No.41 | 10/8/2015
Malala Yousafzai

Film Review

He Named Me Malala

Documentary exalts, humanizes teenage activist

He Named Me Malala reminds us how much better and stronger good is than evil.
V.24 No.40 | 10/1/2015

Film Review


Blunt, brutal drug war drama finds cops and robbers (but not good guys and bad guys) along the US-Mexico border

Sicario moves at fever pitch and with expectation-confounding confidence.

Restaurant Review

Fill ‘Er Up

A dose of chile at La Salita Restaurant

Ty Bannerman explores this Northeast Heights institution.

Today's Events

Annual Winter Solstice Concert at First United Methodist Church

Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, Cantata BWV 151, a selection of beautiful Renaissance motets of the season and recent music from Irsee Monastery in Bavaria.

Gonzalo • Spanish, New Mexican, variety at First Turn Lounge @ The Downs Casino

A Night in the '40s: Big Band Swing at New Mexico Veterans Memorial

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