Alibi V.27 No.31 • Aug 2-8, 2018

Collected Works

Past Lives brings new energy to repertory pieces

Past Lives involves a lot of reflecting on the past—returning to crafted dances with the might of muscle memory and the persistent questioning of what has come to pass, how things might have been different and how things might be better.

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More Than Our Share

Proposed waste storage site meets opposition

Public outcry against a proposed plan to build a nuclear waste facility in southeastern New Mexico seemed overwhelming last week as citizens spoke at numerous public meetings held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission across the state.

Always With You

Progressive politics must include the poor and homeless

As many homeless advocates have noted, the problem is a problem of access to affordable housing, healthcare and education.

ART is Good

Urbanist advocate speaks his mind

David Dabney of Griffith and Associates explains why he supports ART.

Odds & Ends

Funny because your hedge sculpture getting banged by neighbors happens to someone else.

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Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham studies tweenage angst in writing-directing debut

Hilarious and painful and perfectly well-observed, Eighth Grade takes the tired “coming-of-age” indie dramedy genre and refreshes it for the iPhone age.

Quick Shot

View the results of The 48 Hour Film Project, the 5th annual Native Film Series and Wonders Are Many (the making of the Doctor Atomic opera).

“Lodge 49” on AMC

Fraternal Disorder

"Lodge 49" is mostly just a leisurely hangout among mismatched friends, an hourlong sitcom with the punchlines boiled away by sadness and surreality.

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Scaled Up

Fox Richards' paintings put matter under a microscope

“My paintings are an abstracted look at what we see in everyday life, as if viewed under a microscope, but projected onto a larger surface,” Fox Richards explains about her exhibition of oil paintings titled Micro & Macro.

Secret Sounds

The audio art of Jeph Jerman

For several decades, Jeff Jerman has been delving into the mysterious potential of the matter that surrounds us, culling sonic qualities from his collection of discarded and unexpected instruments.

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The Flaming Lips and August

OKC Art punks on the way to Taos for the Vortex

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips talks about career longevity, his bandmates and controlling our own lives.

Globo de Sonidos

Mariposa Music Presents World Beat Spectacular

There’s a globe’s worth of new sounds out there and that ain’t just hot air from a pretty balloon.

The Vortex Beckons

A young man’s dream is finally realized

I grew up in the heart of Albuquerque, soaked in sunlight and surrounded by a tight-knit crew of neighborhood amigos. We lived on the brink of the “War Zone,” close enough to hear gun shots but far enough to know they never posed a personal threat.

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On the Road Again

El Vado offers a wide variety of eats and drinks

Plucked from the bulldozer's path and renovated to a high shine, the El Vado is a proud piece of once-crumbling Route-66-era Americana, with many casual dining options.

N.M. Route 66 Eats

Classic diners on the Mother Road

In honor of the recent reopening of the El Vado Motel, a little bit of Albuquerque Route 66 history, Robin Babb talks about some of the quality eats and drinks that exist along the historic Route 66 in New Mexico to this day.

What is coconut sugar?

And why is everyone obsessed with it?

Coconut sugar is the latest to get the coconut product spotlight, and thus a lot of varying opinions and incongruous facts have been thrown around about it. Here's a little primer on this alternative sweetener.

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Current Interrupted

A mood change from Natural Rx

Joshua Lee breaks the silence in Rio Rancho. PH-C melts his tension and Wookies makes him forget the the summer sun.

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

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!

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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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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.

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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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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Sonic Reducer

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

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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.

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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.

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.