Alibi V.25 No.1 • Jan 7-13, 2016

Around the World in 21 Days

Three week festival brings theater from four continents to Albuquerque

With travel plans and interviews thwarted, the idea of the world coming to visit me for Revolutions 2016 in the dark of Tricklock’s theater sounded attractive.

Weekly Alibi’s Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo lands in Las Cruces Nov. 1, 2019

Inaugural event connects businesses

Here at Weekly Alibi, we love the sweet leaf and everyone who makes access possible. That’s why we’re hosting the very first Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo presented by Rich Global Hemp Company in Las Cruces, NM. Educate yourself on the medical cannabis and hemp industry. Meet the faces behind the business on Friday, November 1st at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Visit over 30 vendors from New Mexico and west Texas from 12:00PM to 5:00PM and learn all about the benefits of medical marijuana and industrial hemp.

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Toward a Peaceful Life in Burque

I don't want to dream about what a fantastic place Albuquerque could be; I want to live in the place that I expect our town to become: diverse, growing and ultimately, safe and peaceful.

food

Not a Party Yet

Matanza has bountiful beers but issues with spices and prices

The rainbow of tap handles represent over a hundred beers from a seriously expansive lineup and the ideas behind the entrées are innovative, but can plated reality measure up?

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Film Threat

The worst movies of 2015

What do 50 Shades of Grey, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Fantastic Four have in common? They suck.

Reel World

Albuquerque Film Festival returns, New Mexico Film Foundation offers post-production grant.

You’re the Worst

TV’s lousiest offerings of 2015

How bad did TV suck in 2015? How much Donald Trump did you see?

Week in Sloth

Jane Lynch is an “Angel From Hell,” Jennifer Lopez looks good in “Shades of Blue.”

music

Cold Times, Hot Shows!

Four rockin’ gigs for a wintry town

Something for everyone! An electro-pop paradise at Sister, punk at the Launchpad, trip-hop at Low Spirits and tech metal at the Co-Op.

More Than Reality Allows

A conversation with Jessica Mills

As we stood on the sidewalk off Central, well after I had stopped recording our interview, Jessica Mills turned to me and said, “You know, for a mediocre musician, I've had really good luck.” Whether you chock it up to luck or talent, Mills is an affable powerhouse, a Renaissance woman whose resume includes a book—My Mother Wears Combat Bootspublished by AK Press in 2007, over a decade of work with the ultimate punk fanzine, Maximum RocknRoll and her own long-running zine, Yard Wide Yarns.

Alibi V.24 No.53 • Dec 31-Jan 6, 2015

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.

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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.

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.

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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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”

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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.

food

Digesting 2015

Farmeries, food trucks and farewells

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

Alibi V.24 No.52 • Dec 24-30, 2015

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film

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.

art

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.

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].”