Alibi V.27 No.39 • Sept 27-Oct 3, 2018

Good Luck at the Races

Gubernatorial debate offers clear delineation

Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce debate legalization while big business invests heavily in that future.


State of Travel

Day Tripper 2018

We asked our well-informed readers to share their favorite destinations outside of Albuquerque. Here, then, is the “Day Tripper” guide to New Mexico, featuring our readers’ picks for great places to eat, stay and visit all over the Land of Enchantment.


Nestled in the Tularosa Basin, at the top end of Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert, Alamogordo has its most prominent link to our country's military history as home to Holloman Air Base and gateway to White Sands Missile Range.


While most travelers are familiar with Carlsbad's famous caverns, some have yet to discover the city's other exciting sights.


Located on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, the conifer-ringed hilltop town of Farmington sits at the junction of the San Juan, the Animas and the La Plata rivers.


Gallup is filled with timeless landscapes, vibrant cultures, historic buildings and locations and one-of-a-kind eateries—as well as an old-west stage-stop feel that persists to this day.


For residents of Albuquerque, one of the quickest getaways lies just 78 miles due West in good 'ol Grants.


This tiny Southern New Mexico town is so known for its green chiles that the name of the town is synonymous with the spicy stuff itself.

Las Vegas

Only an hour and a half drive from Albuquerque (or an easy three and a half hour ride on Amtrak), Las Vegas offers a pleasant blend of natural vistas and small-town charm.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe has always been the symbol of everything that is authentic about New Mexico.


Bounded by national forest with mountains on practically every horizon, Taos has been a destination for outdoors enthusiasts, art buffs, history nerds, and many travelers just seeking out chill vibes in the northern New Mexico enclave.



Musical biopic sings a sad, romantic song

Blaze is lovingly handcrafted film that should appeal to those who just like to hear a sad, sad song once in a while.

Educational Film

Check out No Small Matter, The Joy Luck Club, Bless Me, Ultima and "The Power of Story."

Mysterious Ways

“God Friended Me” on CBS

There’s nothing remotely original going on in "God Friended Me", a low-blood-pressure, middle-of-the-road, mainstream-American effort where every flavorless moment feels recycled from other supernatural procedurals.


Always Show Up!

A life in music means it’s everywhere and holy too

This week, check out the Gathering of DJs, Tesla, Chelsea Wolfe, KBong and Ancient River.

It’s Ozzy Time!

Fabled rocker has brief chat with local music critic

A brief textual chat featuring rocanrol legend Ozzy Osbourne.


Sweet Talk

Fighting the urges at Thai Spice

Under the influence of Candida, Josh Lee visits Thai Spice and orders everything that has sweetness.

Re-Entry Burn

Eat your way from the Chile Cheese Festival to The Grove Cafe & Market.


Police Oversight Necessary

Citizen input ensures compliance, progress of department

Stubborn cops, less property crime, more homicides and a shout-out for citizen input to polish up the vision and mission of the city’s police department—these are just some of the local law enforcement happenings down at City Hall.

Lobos To Face Liberty University

After a bye-week the University of New Mexico's football squad looks to maintain its winning-record against Lynchburg,Virginia's Liberty University. UNM has outscored opponents by an average of six points throughout three games this season; partially due to an unimpressive performance in week two. However, with struggles on both sides of the field, UNM gave fifth-ranked Wisconsin a run during the first half before falling in the second.

Talking with Charlene Pyskoty

County commission race an important part of Burque’s future

Alibi talks to County Commission District 5 candidate Charlene Pyskoty about the world, its politics as they relate to Bernalillo County and why the Bernalillo County Commission is an important forum for progressive change, now.

Defensive Struggles Stifle Comeback In Lobo’s Homecoming Game

Let me begin by stating that the prior Lobos preview may have been a tad bit optimistic considering the final results. So while we get the sour taste from the homecoming game out of our mouths, we should focus on the always-needed room for improvement. Although injuries didn't help the University of New Mexico's football team this weekend, its defense furthered its already questionable reputation to boot.

UNM Athletic Department’s New Take On Men’s Basketball Player Info

The University of New Mexico’s Athletic Department has recently begun featuring a new series titled, “Get to know your Lobos,” where, throughout the remainder of the off season, will be making its way across the men's basketball roster; asking personal questions of each individual player. So far the first installments contain arguably the three most highly-anticipated players for the 2018 season: Dane Kuiper, Anthony Mathis and Vance Jackson. As the first game approaches, players will continued to be featured by the site in order to provide fans an insight to our beloved Lobo athletes' interests and preparation heading into the season. Whether it relays a player's educational focus, a recreational activity or his preference in red or green chile, fans have also been encouraged to join in on the action by sending their direct questions to @UNMlobosMBB on Twitter.


Lawsuit filed against CYFD and HSD over treatment of children; Statewide unemployment has dropped but still lags behind rest of nation; Poll shows local voters are more concerned with the state's crime problems than education, homelessness or economy issues.

Odds & Ends

Funny because divorce due to Fortnite addiction happens to someone else.

Slow Down, Biker!

Riding the Bosque in the fall

While riding with a shiver that is no longer warmed by the 8:30 sun you begin to wonder … WTF happened to summer? Wasn’t it just last week that we reached another all time hellish high? Helmet hair was oh so much more then just flat, back then, just a minute ago. Well, welcome fall.

Local Museum Wins National Award

Writer in Residence, Paul Zolbrod, shares his experiences

Too often small gets lost in the big, yet sometimes it's just the opposite, and Albuquerque’s regionally-based Museum of Military Families can now boast on that score.


The Inside Scoop

AP photo editor and Pulitizer juror visits ABQ

Hal Buell shares his decades of photojournalism knowledge and its role in shaping our understanding of history.

By Many Means

The depth and power of Linqua Franqa

Weekly Alibi chats with Mariah Parker, AKA Linqua Franqa, the hip-hop artist, poet, writer, linguist (holding a master’s, currently working on a PhD) and legislator.

Intersections of Art and Activism

Artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo in conversation with journalist Juan D. González

Two brilliant individuals (Chemi Rosado-Seijo and Juan D. González) working in different fields—yet fields that very much speak to one another—will be in conversation thanks to a program hosted by 516 ARTS.


News on the Green

The DEA approves cannabis-derived drug Epidiolex which could have a positive impact on epilepsy patients’ lives. Also, after an almost decade-long decline, American cannabis drug arrests grew for a second successive year.

Alibi V.27 No.38 • Sept 20-26, 2018

We The Animals

Coming-of-age drama paints impressionistic portrait of preteen life

We the Animals speaks to both the resiliency and the impressionability of youth, with raw performances from the actors and symbol-laden cinematography that weaves a primal world of earth, water, leaves and rain.


A Progressive Engineer

Energy and education are priorities for Democrat Abbas Akhil

Weekly Alibi met with Abbas Akhil, an energy expert, former Sandia Labs engineer and candidate for New Mexico House District 20.

UNM E-mails Show Dissatisfaction with Sports Decision

With nearly one-third of the University of New Mexico's football season in the books and the much-anticipated basketball season rapidly approaching, there is a dark ambiance concerning other athletic problems lurking just around the corner. The aforementioned programs are arguably the two most coveted in Albuquerque, but many fans remain disgruntled about the decisions made regarding the recent cuts to other athletic organizations.

Buzzing Through Interpretation

Council works on issues related to helicopters, communication and jobs

Motorcycles, more about helicopters and hundreds of new jobs highlighted the chatter of a quick and easy Sept. 17 Albuquerque City Council meeting.


Gubernatorial candidate Rep. Steve Pearce says he plans to release his tax return statements; PED teacher evaluations result in higher ratings than in years past; Supreme Court blocks attempt to add a straight-ticket voting oo November's ballot.

Odds & Ends

Funny because an escaped elephant invasion happens to someone else.


The Music is Loud

The electric shock of Burque’s bands

Burque’s live music scene is shockingly good, it’s nearly intergalactic, another dimension.

Sonic Reducer

This week, Alibi music critic August March spins new local recordings by SubTractor and Tesuque Revolt.



Stream On

Disney digital dawns

It’s looking increasingly like 2019 will be known as The Great Fracturing in the entertainment industry as Hollywood megacorps ask: Why distribute their TV shows and movies on Netflix or Hulu along with everybody else when they can start their own proprietary streaming service and charge you $9.99 a month for it?


Art as a Weapon

Lynnette Haozous' mural work aims to inspire

Combining her two passions for social justice and creative expression may seem like a natural fit for Lynnette Haozous, but the path to arriving there wasn't easy.

Young Detectives

Complex play opens at Vortex Theatre

As the cast and crew of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time prepared for opening night, director Leslee Richards took the time to talk to Weekly Alibi about Vortex' iteration of the work.

Found Objects

Enjoy The Legend of Juan Tabo, Reflections on Dance, “Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment" or Dirty Zine Reading (no kids!).


Stay Home, Canadians

Cannabis investors are not welcome here

US Customs and Border Protection threatens to ban-for-life Canadians from entering USA if they work for or invest in Canadian cannabis; Department of Health secretary defies Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on opioid dependence as conditions to qualify for medical cannabis card; Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign finance filings show a number of contributions from state medical cannabis companies.

News on the Green

From face masks to soda, major brands are starting to incorporate CBD into their products; and the South African Constitutional Court rules that government prohibition of adult cannabis use is illegal.

Alibi V.27 No.37 • Sept 13-19, 2018

When Fusion Cuisine Grows Up

Poki Poblano Fusion serves original, tasty dishes in classy atmosphere

Poki Poblano has hit a lovely balance in this new restaurant: It not only has great food, but it also happens to be a very cool place to hang out.


A Date with the Senator

Martin Heinrich visits the State Fair

Senator Martin Heinrich talks about education, renewable energy and frustration in Washington.

Whirlybirds and Proclamations

City Council met after Labor Day

If one listened carefully at the City Council meeting you might have heard the buzz of about $5.2 million flying towards a new police department helicopter.


Attorney General releases report revealing numerous Inspection of Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act violations allegedly perpetrated by UNM officials; CYFD announces grievance process for children to complain about abusers; both presidential candidates for the Navajo Nation have endorsed Michelle Lujan Grisham for governor.

UNM Men’s Basketball Poised For A Rebound

Sept.,16 UNM will kick-start its season

Amidst a series of debatable decisions, the University of New Mexico looks to retain a respectable start and finish for each of the sports' programs. While there are many mentionable programs, the attention usually seems to rest on the lap of the UNM Men's Basketball Team, who have recently provided much-needed revenue for a struggling athletic department.



The Wife

The family that writes together fights together in A-list acting display

They say that, “behind every great man there is a great woman.” That axiom gets taken apart like a Swiss watch and examined under the loupe in the high-class literary drama/handcrafted Oscar bait The Wife.

Space is the Place

“The First” On Hulu

"The First" is an occasionally stirring character drama thanks to its solid cast, but the whole thing remains resolutely earthbound when it should soar.


Sweet! Judy Blue Eyes

Judy Collins talks about a life in music

On the telephone with the legendary American songstress Judy Collins.


Stand Up for What You Believe In

Comedian Hari Kondabolu brings truth, visibility to the stage

Comedian Hari Kondabolu's hyper nuanced art is like a time bomb. You might not realize why you're laughing until later.

“Victory of the Spirit”

A classic poem gets a theatrical treatment

Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes has adapted the epic poem Yo Soy Joaquin to the stage.

Found Objects

See Welcome to Retroland or alteredstates/alteredscapes; meet Caroline Fraser or Aram Han Sifuentes.