Alibi V.24 No.53 • Dec 31-Jan 6, 2015

City Council Ends Year

Raises, DOJ, Downtown, TV and development on agenda

Albuquerque City Councilors ended 2015 by approving a new senior housing project, polishing up Downtown and giving some well deserved raises at their Dec. 21 meeting.

Best of Burque 2019 Nominations Close Midnight, March 22

The original Albuquerque reader’s poll soon enters Phase Two

It’s still anybody’s game, Burqueños. Nominations run through Friday, March 22 and you can vote for your favorites each remaining day.

The top five nominees in each category are then promoted to a steel cage death match of competitive weekly voting madness March 27 through April 10. From this hardcore democratic exercise the winners will emerge victorious or die trying. Let the games begin!

Sounds Like Burque

Best of Burque Music Showcase soundtracks March 30

Our readers know what they like; and thanks to our annual Best of Burque Music reader survey, so do we. On Saturday, March 30, join us for Weekly Alibi’s 2019 Best Of Burque Music Showcase at über-popular Downtown venues Sister, Side Effex, KiMo Theatre, The Jam Spot, Corpus Arts and Launchpad.

Building the Cannatopia

RSVP to Weekly Alibi’s New Mexico Cannabis Expo

Since New Mexico legalized medical cannabis back in 2007, the Earth has circled the Sun a dozen times. Amid those revolutions, the sociocultural acceptance of using cannabis and derived cannabinoids—think THC, CBD and CBN—as legitimate medication has gained significant ground here in The Land of Enchantment. And, with the 2018 US Farm Bill’s passage, the licensed cultivation of hemp in New Mexico is now ostensibly legal.

Drawing Down the Future

Dating back to at least the 18th century, the cultural impact of comic art in the United States is undeniable. Founding father Ben Franklin’s darkly humorous 1754 “Join, or Die” comic is, after all, remembered as the first cartoon published in an American newspaper. The alt-weekly has long offered its readers incisive, strange, deadpan and riotously funny comic strips while providing cartoonists with access to a historically receptive audience.

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Newscity: A Year in Review

Though traditionally an enchanted place filled with natural wonder and wonderful people, the things we as readers and writers tend to remember are often sad, frustrating or perplexing.

food

Digesting 2015

Farmeries, food trucks and farewells

What does the sum of 2015, in terms of food, look like?

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Shiny and Chrome

The top 10 films of 2015

What do Mad Max: Fury Road and Inside Out have in common? They made Devin’s top 10 list.

Best o’ the Box

The Best TV of 2015

Was “guy who keeps mentioning he doesn’t watch TV” still a thing in 2015?

Week in Sloth

“Bordertown”, “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” and the brilliant “People’s Choice Awards 2016”

music

Rocking Like a Hurricane

Al and Al Jr.: A life in music

Let me be clear. Al Hurricane rocks. He's the father—officially the Godfather—of a brand of New Mexican music that blends diffuse influences, intense intuition and massive chops into a formidable music expression that has become the stuff of legend as the years have passed. He's also the father of a cohort of talented children, including son Al Jr.—who's worked as his primary collaborator, arranger and producer since the late 1970s.

Women in Jazz

Becker’s book strengthens the genre

Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz

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Art Beat Annual

A look back at 2015 in Arts & Lit

These are some of the events, exhibitions, plays and books that made 2015 such a rewarding year to be engaged with art and literature in our high desert city.

Gallery Guide

Check one resolution off your list on New Year's Day

This year, Albuquerque's First Friday ARTScrawl just so happens to coincide with the first day of 2016, and there are plenty of events to keep you occupied at local galleries throughout the month.

Alibi V.24 No.52 • Dec 24-30, 2015

The Meaning in the Metaphor

Jimmy Santiago Baca on anger, exercise and the poetry of Singing at the Gates

Like the warrior poets of old, Jimmy Santiago Baca and his poetry are mighty and complex.

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The Hateful Eight

Tarantino’s new Western is more than a little cold around the heart

Quentin Tarantino bloodies up the Old West with claustrophobic Western mystery The Hateful Eight.

Reel World

How about a look back at the year of film in New Mexico?

Holiday Helper

Christmas Day around the dial

Christmas Day around the TV dial means Andy Griffith, Doctor Who and some Disney action.

Week in Sloth

A Christmas Story marathon or “The Best of Larry Barker”? Hey, it’s your Christmas Eve.

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music

Ignite the Night

With these heavenly concerts

A Gene Corbin holiday special, a Mandopop jukebox, the Buh Humbug Fest at Blu Phoenix Venue and Black Label Society doomtrooping into 2016.

New Music, New Solidarity

2015 was rough, y’all. Between the attacks in Paris, the death and terror that the Islamic State has inflicted in the Middle East, the countless mass shootings, police shootings and rampant xenophobia in our own country, it has been a truly bad news year. Amidst all this violence and political turmoil, though, we learned to seek comfort in solidarity—and some of that solidarity came in the form of new music.

This year was “The Return of the Protest Song” according to The Atlantic, and a highly necessary return it was. Musicians stepped up to make their voices and their politics heard in the debates on police brutality, gun control and immigration, led by Janelle Monáe, Killer Mike, Kendrick Lamar and the ever-political M.I.A. In September, Monáe (who led a Black Lives Matter march in San Francisco earlier this year) and several other artists from Wondaland Records recorded “Hell You Talmbout,” a simplistically powerful drumline-march which included a chant of the names of the many people of color killed by police in the past several years. “Freddie Gray, say his name, Sandra Bland, say her name” shouts Monáe—citing the phrase used by protesters of Sandra Bland’s arrest and suspicious jail cell death in July. The phrase “say her name” is a plea to stop thinking of the deaths of people of color as mere statistics, but as the loss of real people with names, faces and families. Blood Orange (the musical project of Dev Hynes) released a song about Bland in October called “Sandra’s Smile.” In a series of lyric annotations to the song on Genius, Hynes said, “I had a somewhat delayed depression upon Sandra’s death. I was hurt and upset and mad instantly, of course … a few days later it hit me and I was unconsolable [sic].”

Alibi V.24 No.51 • Dec 17-23, 2015

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Davis Takes His Seat

New councilor arrives and other business at the Dec. 9 meeting

Pat Davis arrives, APD raises approved, breastfeeding legalized and more.

Odds & Ends

Funny because someone else wasn’t really the guy they were looking for.

film

Week in Sloth

“Luther” returns to BBC America, “The Soup” goes away, John Lennon has a “75th birthday Concert.”

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The Keepers of Stories

Wordcraft Circle celebrates and promotes Indigenous writing and storytelling

Wordcraft promotes the work of Indigenous writers and storytellers through a tremendous number of programs—from digital archives of oral stories to youth literacy projects to assisting people in their paths to becoming story keepers for their communities.

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David Bashwiner: A Theorist

Part II of the interview

In last week’s issue, Alibi interviewed David Bashwiner about his musical career with local band Cactus Tractor. On Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30pm, Bashwiner's folk ensemble plays the Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE). Cactus Tractor describes themselves as “a seven-person bohemian pop folk disco (beau-pop-faux-disc) band with four songwriters, toothsome harmonies and a multitude of fun, stringed and unstrung instruments.” For this week's interview though, we talked about his work in music theory.

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Farmery Forever

Community finds a home at Green Jeans Farmery

It may look like the world’s cleanest Mad Max encampment, but Green Jeans Farmery offers a modern take on “community.”