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Summer Alternatives

Sports to enjoy right now

In the doldrums of summer, there's a dearth of new sports activity for true diehards to embrace. The NHL and NBA championships have long passed and the NFL season is still months from truly starting. While MLB's All-Star Game just occurred—with a stirring tribute to retiring Yankee Derek Jeter as one of the hallmarks—the season doesn't get really interesting, even for baseball lovers, for at least another month.

However, there are a couple notable events that are worth the sports fan's attention and effort. First of all, the WNBA has taken to branding itself the “Summer Break” of basketball. While condescending in at least one light, the All-Star Game was played just last weekend, with the East winning in overtime. The story behind the game-winner by Tamika Catchings is worth it even for a casual fan: While Catchings had been ruled out of the WNBA season until July 5, she was still voted into the game by fans and hit the crucial layup. The highlights package of the game includes a look at one of the most surefire locks as a future star in the league—All-Star Game MVP Shoni Schimmel. It even features the circus shot in the 4th quarter with 3 minutes remaining that everyone should be—but probably isn't—talking about.

Don't simply satisfy yourself with tracking your next fantasy football team or counting down to baseball's playoffs; enjoy some of the sports that are happening right now.

Meanwhile, many Americans still feel the sting of having cared about soccer once a quadrennium. And that oh-so-familiar defeat doesn't hurt any less for being so consistent. So Grantland has published a handy guide on how to continue being a soccer fan in America. This is especially useful so we can hope to avoid another spate of articles in approximately three years and 300 days about how this is finally the World Cup where soccer breaks through in America. The MLS may not have a team in New Mexico, but the PDL does—and there may be some exciting news from the Albuquerque Sol FC coming up soon.

Last but not least, it's never too early, especially in a self-billed fishbowl town like Albuquerque, to think about collegiate sports. With Cameron Bairstow signing a contract to play on the Chicago Bulls with fellow ex-Lobo Tony Snell, there's plenty of reason to believe the Lobos will continue to push out great talent. And the Lobo football team looks to continue their upward swing.

Don't simply satisfy yourself with tracking your next fantasy football team or counting down to baseball's playoffs; enjoy some of the sports that are happening right now.

V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
Roasted carrot and ginger with chive from Vinaigrette
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Summer Dining

Some Like it Cold

Our summer soup spectacular

By Gail Guengerich
Gail Guengerich searches for our town’s most refreshing soups.

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V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013
"Popsicle of love / Gimme gimme gimme one of those (hoo!)"
Pink Sherbert Photography

Aural Fixation

I Scream, You Scream

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
Stream our summery ice cream playlist while savoring your favorite quiescently frozen treat.

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GIF me a break

How You Know It’s Summer in the Duke City

1. Construction starts on every single major street simultaneously

2. Your neighbors begin their xeriscaping projects

3. Droves of hipsters hit the Paseo del Bosque Trail

4. The Downtown Growers Market opens at 7 a.m.—or so you hear

5. You wonder when “monsoon season” is actually going to show up

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V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Cast and crew of As You Like It from last year’s Youth Summer Shakespeare Intensive production

Arts Feature

Summertime Theater Dreams

By Leigh Hile
Leigh Hile reports on youth theater, The Vortex and The Bard.
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V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
From left: Sheridan Johnson, an Aux Dog student and Holly Adams
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Arts Feature

Theater Training Ground

Students give Shakespeare full treatment this summer

By Eva Avenue
The Aux Dog Theatre’s youth summer program promises to empower and enlighten students with a range of sophisticated skills.
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V.21 No.36 | 9/6/2012

Film News

Cinematic Superheroes and Box Office Bozos

A look back at the winners and losers of summer 2012

By Devin D. O’Leary

The last day of summer hits Sept. 21. But for most folks, the season has a Memorial-Day-to-Labor-Day symmetry to it: 15 glorious weekends to luxuriate in swimming pools, ice cream trucks and air-conditioned movie theaters. For the box office, however, summer petered out weeks ago, coming to a dead stop the weekend after The Bourne Legacy got released and limping forward for another three weeks on cheap-ass horror movies (The Apparition, The Possession). So, now that it’s all over, who triumphed and what got marked as a tragedy in the dog days of 2012?

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Film

Summer Film Guide 2012

Now that Memorial Day is come and gone, the official summer movie season is in full swing. From now until Labor Day, we’ve got dozens of big-budget, explosion-filled films vying for our attention. Hidden among those Will Smith-filled blockbusters are assorted smaller-budgeted indie films worth your attention as well. To help guide you through this crowded battlefield of Hollywood offerings, we give you Alibi’s Summer Film Guide. Week-by-week Film Editor Devin D. O’Leary will provide you with all the pertinent info. Plus, we’ve got trailers! Read it over, mark up you calendar and get to the movies.

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V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012

Feature: Film Guide

Summer Movie Smackdown

Your Seasonal Cinema Guide

By Devin D. O’Leary
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, movie studios will be sending their best fighters to duke it out at your local theater.

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Feature: Film Guide

Batman vs. Spider-Man

The Match-Up: Director Christopher Nolan’s grown-up adaptation of DC’s Darknight Detective closes out with a trilogy-ending juggernaut. Marvel’s Friendly Neighborhood Web-Slinger, on the other hand, launches a ground-up reboot with The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield taking over for Tobey Maguire. The Dark Knight took in more than $1 billion worldwide. Spider-Man 3, on the other hand, left a bad taste in a lot of viewers’ mouths. Do people really want to see Spider-Man’s origin story again? Probably not.
The Winner: Batman

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Feature: Film Guide

The Animals of Madagascar 3 vs. The Animals of Ice Age 4

The Match-Up: Both of these CGI cartoon series are getting a bit long in the tooth. Both pulled in just under $200 million domestically on their last releases. Both boast all-star voice talent. So far, this is looking like a tie. But DreamWorks has done a better job of keeping its Madagascar franchise fresh in viewers’ minds with a TV show (“The Penguins of Madagascar”), video games and more. By a nose, it’s ...
The Winner: Madagascar

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Feature: Film Guide

The Avengers’ Hawkeye vs. Brave’s Princess Merida

The Match-Up: Which bow-wielding hero will reign supreme? OK, this one’s a bit of an unfair fight, pitting a studly superspy against a little red-haired girl. The Avengers has already joined the billion dollar club, making it virtually unbeatable this summer. However, Avengers star Jeremy Renner will be stripped of his bow for The Bourne Legacy in August. Still, he looks pretty bad-ass there too. Brave, being a Pixar movie, will make plenty of money. But so will The Bourne Legacy. Jeremy’s looking strong (if a bit like a bully) in this fight.
The Winner: Hawkeye.

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Feature: Film Guide

Battleship vs. G.I. Joe: Retaliation

The Match-Up: Two time-tested militaristic toys go head-to-head. Mattel’s G.I. Joe became an action figure in 1964. Milton Bradley’s Battleship became a board game in 1967. Joe’s got multiple toy lines, several successful TV cartoons and a previous film (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra). Granted, Rise of Cobra wasn’t all that good. But Battleship? What’s it got—other than a bunch of plastic pegs and a $35 million opening weekend? The trailer for Retaliation actually makes it look like fun. Plus, Bruce Willis climbs on board to play “Joe Colton”—that’s the official name of the original 12-inch G.I. Joe figure!
The Winner: G.I. Joe

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Feature: Film Guide

Heavyweight Champion of Summer: Bruce Willis

Plenty of actors have two films being released this summer (Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig). But good old Bruce Willis tops them all with roles in three feature films (Moonrise Kingdom, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Expendables 2). If you throw in the time-traveling hit man drama Looper (which hits theaters on Sept. 28), the guy logs four features. Throw in three other completed-but-not-released films (Lay the Favorite, The Cold Light of Day and Fire With Fire) and the man’s got seven films on the books for 2012. The people’s champion!

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V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011

Miss Diagnosis

The Slow Burn

By Whitny Doyle, R.N.

For those of us trapped in the 8-to-5 grind, there is nothing more luxurious than sleeping in on Saturday morning and awakening to the twittering birds and the clear sunlight filtering through the window. Pure bliss, right?

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