Alibi V.27 No.30 • July 26-Aug 1, 2018

The Road That ART Built

A primer on the history and culture of ART

Weekly Alibi took a drive along the proposed designated 9-mile ART route. What we saw is a hodge-podge of varying degrees of blight, some businesses doing well, other businesses struggling—with bursts of new hopeful future development and construction here and there.

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Weekly Alibi Presents the 2nd Annual Hemp Fiesta

Saturday, August 4 from noon to 9pm

In its second year, Hemp Fiesta comes into its own with more than 75 vendor booths and 8 sponsors, including Weedmaps as the title sponsor and Four Peaks Brewing as the beer garden sponsor. There are documentaries showing, medical professional and political speakers, live music, food trucks, free bike valet, DIY tie-dye shirts, jumpies for the little ones and even a “dank” tank—with local favorite Lauren Poole. The band line-up includes Red Light Cameras, SuperGiant, The Talking Hours, Revíva and Adam Hooks. We’ll see you at Balloon Fiesta Park: Be there or be square! Visit NMHempFiesta.com for more info about this year’s event!

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

True-life tale of alcoholism and cartoons is unexpectedly uplifting

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot is a disarmingly empathetic biopic that surprises with its sincerity and its down-to-earth charm.

The Carless Drive-In

See Basement Films' Open-Air Picture Show #2, Coco with the 505 Fridas or My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust. Then get your Jeff Berg autograph on Historic Movie Theatres of New Mexico.

Civil War

DC Comics launches its own network

Marvel and DC Comics properties are going to become available only through their own proprietary streaming services.

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Five Fab Flavas

Burque’s diversity is dialed!

Our music editor digs Radiohead, rap and really good shows. Find which ones he’s tumbling towards in this week’s edition of Show Up!

Sonic Reducer

The works of John Donald Robb and Song Burds are discussed in this week’s record review column.

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News on the Green

Foundation for an Informed Texas argues that cannabis “really is a medicine” rather than a gateway drug, and N.M. dispensaries are told to lay off of out-of-state-made CBD.

Won't Somebody Please Think of the Adults?

CO adults using more cannabis

Legalization leads to fewer kids using cannabis in Colorado but more adults, and also appears to help fight crime; N.M. dispensaries warned about CBD sales; first cannabis company IPO in USA.

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Building Dreams!

BYD and the future

Getting involved with BYD means committing to a lifelong commercial relationship with a global economic giant.

La Gente and El ART

But what do the people think, oh wise ones?

Weekly Alibi hit the streets of Burque to find out how the people of Albuquerque are handling the ART news coming out of city hall.

Master of Puppets

For-profit prisons pulling the strings behind immigration policy

Americans love to preach from their self-proclaimed pedestals. From there, cocooned in a cozy shroud of worldly and spiritual comforts, we have free reign to leisurely peruse world news and give unasked-for, half-assed advice on the “right” way to do things.

Royal Rumble

The readers write about the Royal Wedding, Supreme Leader’s mistakes and bus stops.

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Future’s Made of Virtual Insanity

A very special summer virtual reality sampler

If you’re lucky enough to have an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift hooked up at home, here are a few excellent entry level experiences to explore and thrust your non-virtual friends into.

Public Domain

Browse local mural art in your browser

Local designer Sandy Hill was inspired to highlight and honor Albuquerque's public art with a sleek website that catalogues our city's murals.

Free Verse

Chelsea Bunn unpacks the power of poetry

For many, poetry feels inaccessible. As a teacher, Chelsea Bunn hopes to share that poetry doesn't have to be “abstruse or inaccessible,” but instead a vehicle to find greater understanding of both ourselves and the world around us.

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Food Waste Stops Here

A chat with Andrea Spacht on Save the Food campaign

While food waste is a systemic problem that will require large-scale solutions, those solutions start with the individual decisions we make on a daily basis. Robin Babb speaks with Andrea Spacht about the Save the Food campaign and its origins.

Bar Campo’s Elegant Drinks

The bar at Los Poblanos serves herby, fresh-tasting cocktails

Bar Campo has herb-forward, fragrant cocktails made from good, fresh ingredients in simple pairings that produce tasty results.

What is pomegranate molasses?

And what should I do with it?

Pomegranate molasses is pomegranate juice that’s cooked down or reduced to a thick, dark syrup, often with a little sugar and lemon juice for flavor.

Alibi V.27 No.29 • July 19-25, 2018

Room to Grow

Artists Daniel A. and Gert Walters find space to share and encourage creativity

The dream for Daniel A. Walters and Gert Walters is simple: to continue their work as artists, and to have Shi Yazhi Sage continue to be a sustainable business.

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Watching the Detectives

City’s Police Oversight Committee meets

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency grills Police Chief Mike Geier over the Victoria Martens case, use-of-force case backlog and homicides.

A Timely ART Update

Notes from Monday’s press conference … and then some

Mayor Keller announces that FTA is providing at least some ART funding. Transit Director Toon reminds drivers to avoid colliding with the buses. COO Lawrence Rael announces additional charging stations so the buses don't run dry. And some day you will be able to ride ART too!

Newscity

New oversight and reporting procedures for the state's guardianship system released; former head of Taxation and Revenue Department appears in court for charges of public corruption; state's new water plan draft released for public comment.

Red Light Love

The readers write about lightyears as a unit of time, and how silly or brilliant other readers' letters are.

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Finding Things to Do

With trunks of memories still to come

See live musical presentations by local bands like Suspended, Nosotros and Ashes of Jupiter plus check out national acts like Gemini Syndrome and Julianna Barwick!

Sonic Reducer

A. March interacts with recorded material furnished by Marsupious, Ras Elijah Tafari and NeverDrive.

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Satisfying Salvadoran Food

El Papaturro makes mouthwatering Central American fare

Robin Babb visits El Papaturro and gets the best possible drunk food (pupusa) rounded out with refried beans, fried plantain and fried eggs. Naptime soon followed.

What is an heirloom tomato?

And why are they so tasty?

Do you remember the first time you tasted a homegrown tomato, when you realized that the styrofoam-flavored red things you buy at the supermarket had been lying to you about how good a tomato can be?

Five Books on Food

Alibi Food Editor’s favorite food reads

Since it’s summer and, according to Instagram, the season for reading by the pool or on the beach, here’s a list of some of Robin Babb's favorite food books.

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Sorry To Bother You

Upward mobility gets weird in off-kilter comedy

Sorry to Bother You is not the work of a practiced, disciplined filmmaker. It’s the work of a manic, committed, wildly creative first-timer.

Catching Eyre

See Jane Eyre and vote for a book, see That Thing Your Do! even though it's not based on a book, take a sneak-peek at Numbskull Revolution and learn how to be a background artist.

King’s Domain

“Castle Rock” on Hulu

“Castle Rock” favors slow-building chills, with complex, deeply tangled storylines (full of Easter Eggs) that don’t offer a lot of narrative closure, episode to episode.

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A Sanctuary for Self-Expression

Southwest Shootout Poetry Slam invites the best of the West

This week, Albuquerque welcomes slam poetry teams from all over the region to the 15th Annual Southwest Shootout Poetry Competition. Stellar poets from Colorado, Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona and—of course— New Mexico will be braving the spotlight in order to flex their metrical prowess for the public.

From Here to Eternity

Shitty Infinity opens at GRAFT

Taking on a culture of celebrity in the contemporary art scene, Shitty Infinity challenges how value is assigned to art, and do it with a sense of fun that underpins their core ideas.

The Art of Music

The diverse creative modes of local musicians

Tom Guralnick unpacks this year's Musicians Making Art and the legacy of the exhibitions that happen in conjunction with the New Mexico Jazz Festival.

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Return Trip

Eternal recurrence at Fruit of the Earth Organics

Joshua Lee goes to Santa Fe and scores a strong, calming relaxant with Blueberry Headband without losing attention or energy. Then the sticky and fresh Strange Brew tickles his brain.

News on the Green

The East Coast delivers big news, as efforts to expand New Jersey’s medical cannabis program caught the eye of the press this week because of the evolutionary support of Democratic Governor Phil Murphy.

Alibi V.27 No.28 • July 12-18, 2018

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The Monsoon Approaches

But the drought persists

Wetter weather may be approaching, but our state’s drought is a persistent one.

The Summertime Blues

Lord, I got to raise a holler

Electing more Democrats and tilting the pendulum toward a saner set of oscillations is clearly a goal for citizens as we all move toward the general election in November.

Newscity

Remains found near West Mesa murders burial site are unrelated, N.M. faces unpleasant precedent in conflict with Texas, PNM's spending on PRC ad campaigns questioned on legality.

Odds & Ends

Funny because "bullet-proof" magic charm testing happens to someone else.

Support For All

Readers write about supporting human rights, lightyears as a unit of time, and the consequences of using "zero tolerance" as an alternative to thought.

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Music for Living

2018 NM Jazz Festival offers something for everyone

Weekly Alibi previews a New Mexican musical tradition.

Yeah, I Was There

When they were starting the show ...

You should really really really go to these fantastic shows, even if it is in disguise.

Sonic Reducer

This Week, A. March considers new local work by Foster Dog, Nizhóní Girls and Glitter Vomit!

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Stitching New Vocabulary

Rattler uses symbol to create pieces with power

Talismanic motifs that might summon all sorts of things in their wearer—from strength to an increased awareness of the natural world to simple aesthetic pleasure—are some of the images that find prominence in Tiran Sahar's garments created for Rattler.

Traveling for Truth

Voices from the Margins fosters collaboration between New Mexico and New Delhi

We chat with organizer Sarah Wilkinson and artist Adam Gutierrez about Voices from the Margins, a group show by exchange students in Albuquerque and New Delhi, India.

Found Objects

Attend a workshop on comic books, apply for a Fulcrum Fund grant, celebrate the poetry and prose of Simon Ortiz and pick up a book with a creative take on Annie Oakley.

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Eating Animals

Farming documentary hopes to influence food choices

Eating Animals spends its time talking about sustainable alternative solutions to factory farms, giving in to neither hardcore carnivores nor militant animal lovers.

Jews on Film

This week you can go to the Jewish Film Festival, Family Movie Night (Jurassic World), NMFF's annual Summer Soiree Fundraiser and Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood returns with Almost Famous.

TV News

Tidbits from around the dial

Sacha Baron Cohen returns to TV with “Who Is America?”, there's a new TV show where people talk about TV shows and Netflix announces a packed slate of new and returning Japanese animated series.

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Making Chocolate with Eldora

Steve Prickett is making bean-to-bar chocolate in north ABQ

Robin Babb visits Eldora Craft Chocolate in the North Valley, and guess what they make there!

Farm-to-Table at Hotel Albuquerque

Farmer’s Daughters and Chef Gilbert Aragon create unique dinner series

Despite the growing farm-to-table movement in recent decades, most farmers are still facing an uphill battle to be profitable due to rising land costs, increased development and climate change. Ashley and Chantelle Wagner created their company Farmer’s Daughters to get more local produce served in New Mexico restaurants, breweries and food trucks.

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Bad News is So Hard to Find

Even the FDA is playing ball

FDA says it doesn't need a "negative monograph" for cannabis; Republican Party of Texas puts cannabis decriminalization into platform; Chuck Schumer introduces bill in US Senate to decriminalize cannabis and give control to states; Senate Appropriations Committee criticizes Jeff Sessions for blocking research.

News on the Green

Utah takes steps towards legalization and former New Mexico Human Services Secretary Duke Rodriguez talks weed with the Journal.