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V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014

Book Review

(Almost) Never Buy Beforehand

Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan

“Frugal Fan” Motez Bishara shares his tips for enjoying the best NBA seats at the best deal possible.

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V.21 No.49 | 12/6/2012

Reel World

Film Fête in Fe

Our neighbor to the north hopes to lure film lovers to the City Different for the 13th annual Santa Fe Film Festival. The viewing party unfolds Dec. 6 through 9 at a number of venues including The Screen, the Center for Contemporary Arts, The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the New Mexico History Museum.
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V.21 No.8 | 2/23/2012

Film News

Academy Awards Rolls Out the Red Carpet in Albuquerque

KiMo Theatre’s Oscar Night America fundraiser

Not a lot of New Mexicans get the opportunity to attend the Red Carpet Soiree to End All Red Carpet Soireesotherwise known as the Academy Awards. Most of us simply watch from the decidedly unglamorous comfort of our living room couch. But this year, the city of Albuquerque is teaming up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bring us the closest thing to being there. Oscar Night America is a series of officially sanctioned Academy Awards parties held in 49 cities across the United States. The events are done in conjunction with the Academy’s philanthropic arm, allowing proceeds to go to various charities around the U.S. Albuquerque is one of the elite few hosting one of these Oscar Night parties. The event will take place this Sunday evening as a benefit for Friends for the Public Library and the historic KiMo Theatre.

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Tech

TEDxABQ Expands

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TEDxABQ, the annual “big idea” presentation by dozens of 505 movers and shakers, has sold out its event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center this coming Saturday, Sept. 10. No surprise there. The good news is organizers have added two simulcasts of the eventone in Santa Fe and one here in Albuquerque at UNM’s School of Architecture & Planning. There are 200 seats up for grabs at UNM. In order to get one, you need to RSVP right away to the TEDxABQ website. Tickets for the simulcast are free, but will go fast. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside the Architecture & Planning School’s Garcia Honda Auditorium. Among the inspiring speakers rattling off their brief, brilliant ideas about art, technology, social change, medicine, finance and more are Dr. Arthur Kaufman, Henry Rael, Ries Robinson, Nancy Judd and Hakim Bellamy. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Listen, learn, meet and greet and be inspired! For more groundbreaking ideasfrom discovering new planets to rescuing penguins to ending the war in Afghanistanhead to TED.

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Culture

Top TED Talks and Tickets!

This is the one folks, start your engines.

Jill Bolte Taylor brought a human brain to her TED talk
Jill Bolte Taylor brought a human brain to her TED talk

TED: Ideas Worth Sharing. The TED website is awesome. It lets you search all the talks and even organize them based on criteria like how much they’re watched , number of comments people have posted on them or the date they were filmed.

I was excited to see that one of my favorites, Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity, was in the top ten most viewed. I was also ecstatic to see that there were nine much loved talks I hadn’t seen at all, and proceeded to spend most of a morning cramming my brain with inspirational fuel.

Elizabeth Gilbert”s TED talk on genius
Elizabeth Gilbert”s TED talk on genius

The others currently in the top ten most watched are:

Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight

David Gallo shows underwater astonishments

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense

Arthur Benjamin does "Mathemagic"

Hans Rosling shows the best stats you've ever seen

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth

Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?

Check these out, and then click around at random to watch more. I have never stumbled upon a TED talk that was less than thrilling. After you get really jazzed about TED, you’ll want to get tickets to TEDx Albuquerque. Get the details here. It’s a chance for us to absorb some of the TED talk energy live.

AND, yes, this is the blog on which you should comment if you want FREE tickets! Just tell us what your favorite TED talk is, and the Alibi will give a pair of tickets to the first two people who leave a comment. Then I can spend the afternoon watching your favorite talks. Sweet.

News

Red Light Cameras to be Taken Down

Big Brother is watching you.
Big Brother is watching you.

A state commission has just passed a ban on red light cameras as a way to enforce traffic on state-operated roads in parts of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This ban includes Coors Blvd, Paseo del Norte, and interstates I-25 and I-40. The cameras that the policy would effect must be removed within 60 days upon implementation of the ban.

No word yet on whether any tickets previously received in the infracting intersections will now be considered null and void.

Today's Events

The Piano in a Factory at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Zhang Meng's whimsical film about a father's attempt to build a piano for his daughter in the wake of his unending marriage.

Lindy Gold • piano at Ranchers Club

Physicians for a National Health Plan at Domenici Center for Health Education Auditorium

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