Alibi V.28 No.5 • Jan 31-Feb 6, 2019

An Inspector, An Election, Pork

City and county leaders meet again

While most of the political action is happening up at the state legislative 60-day session, there are still local government deeds going down. Recent back to back Council and Commission meetings kept Albuquerque and Bernalillo County business rolling along.

The Latest

Best of Burque Music 2019 Voting Is Underway

Nominations are in, vote daily until Feb. 27

Yes, music fans, the Third Annual Best of Burque Music Showcase is upon us. Nominations closed Feb. 8 and voting is now open through Feb. 27, 2019 at midnight. This is step two of a process that culminates in a fabulous performance event on March 30.

news

Renew that Energy, New Mexicans!

Renewable Portfolio Standard should change

Under proposed legislation, the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard would be revised to require public utilities like PNM to get more of their resources from renewable sources like solar and wind. Weekly Alibi chats about it with Ben Shelton, the political and legislative director of New Mexico Conservation Voters.

Newscity

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham picks Karen Trujillo to head PED; Public outcry over a plan to build a temporary storage site for the nation's nuclear waste in New Mexico was heard by state judges last week; APDis is introducing a limit to the amount of overtime officers can work in an attempt to curb overspending.

Get Educated

The readers write about charter vs private schools, previous issues' letters, the wall and shutdown and how right-wingers are leftists.

film

Cold War

Oscar-nominated romance unfolds behind, in front of, the Iron Curtain

A sad ballad juxtaposing the intimate with the international, Cold War is a masterpiece of economy and image, mapping out the often seismic changes common to all affairs—the emotional as well as the political.

Sexy Shorts

Go to the HUMP! Film Festival, Groundhog Day and The Quiet American. Take "Acting 101 For Screenwriters."

Teen Steam

“Sex Education” on Netflix

The British-made, Netflix-distributed series “Sex Education” basically reinvents the teen sex comedy by turning it into an opportunity to analyze modern teenage hangups about sex—and by extension, the hangups of Western Civilization in general.

music

I’m Music Play Me

Local scene strikes a chord

This week it’s time for Sleepspent, Arcade Rivals, Quaker City Night Hawks, Dust City Opera, Vince Staples, Source and Ashes of Jupiter! Damn.

food

The Gruet Edition

A few of our favorite Gruet wines and what to eat with them

The art of pairing food with wine/beer/whatever you're drinking is a highly subjective one, based on whether Mercury is in retrograde, which way the wind is blowing and what model your first car was. With that in mind, here's our suggestion on what you should eat with what your drinking.

art

The Marvelous Mrs. Meyer

Famous author finds new career in comedy at age 83

Born in 1935, Carolyn Meyer is the newest and most unusual rising star on Albuquerque’s robust comedy scene.

Bodies in Motion

Keshet’s showcase features national choreographers

Albuquerque is positively bursting with dance excellence, including a highly regarded national gem in the contemporary dance world, Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts. So why aren’t more of us swooning about the dance scene here?

The Bead Goes On

Beadwork focus of events this weekend

Many spiritual traditions make use of beads, touched and held, in prayer or meditation, and as items for trade, storytelling, adornment and ceremony. This week people will have the chance through three separate events to learn more about the history of beads and beadwork, through a lecture, an exhibition and a class.

cannabis

Call to Research

An interview with Dr. Ben Daitz

We talk with Dr. Ben Daitz, co-writer, -director and -producer of The Medicine in Marijuana about the endocannabinoid system, barriers to research and how to improve the state's medical cannabis program.

Year of the Pig

President rants about drugs crossing the border and enumerates several of them. Marijuana isn't mentioned.

Hemp is Legal

Here come the regulations

n December of 2018, amid the holiday bustle and shutdown threats, President Donald Trump quietly legalized hemp by signing the 2018 Farm Bill.

Crushing Dissent

The politics behind the Controlled Substance Act

n 1970, President Richard Nixon's tongue lolled with contentment as Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act, making a number of chemical compounds illegal. Their hands were tied. Youths all over the nation were irresponsibly using psychedelic drugs and putting themselves in harm's way. Well that's how the narrative goes, anyway.

Looking Out for Our Furry Friends

CBD for pets

CBD isn't psychoactive, so it won't make your pet high, but is it safe? Unfortunately, that question is a long way from being answered definitively. There's been little research made regarding CBD's effects on animals.

An Interview with Tim McGivern

Sacred Garden manager knows his medicine

As the general manager of Santa Fe based medical dispensary, Sacred Garden, Tim McGivern is tasked with common management skills, but also has an acute and fascinating knowledge base at his fingertips.

Waiting For the Train

To smoke or eat cannabis?

When you smoke or vape marijuana, THC enters the bloodstream through the lungs and moves on to bind with the body's endocannabinoid receptors. When you eat it, though, the THC gets metabolized by the liver before it hits the bloodstream, and what the liver does to it makes all the difference.

Mindfully Elevated

Cannabis and yoga

At first glance, yoga and marijuana seem made for each other: They're both commonly described as being “relaxing,” practitioners of both like to make outrageous claims about their medical efficacy and the cultures of both are rife with people who smell like patchouli. But there's an odd rift in the yoga community over whether the two should be mixed or not.

Hemp History

Now that hemp is legal again, you might be asking yourself how we got to such a bizarre point where criminalizing a natural resource that doesn't even get you high could seem like a reasonable act.

Winter Fruit

Whether you're suffering from cold tension or just trying to get over the winter blues, our good old buddy cannabis can cure what ails you.

It’s Nice to Feel Needed

The many uses of hemp

For the most part, we've been interested in marijuana's efficacy as a medicine or in its ability to get you high. But now that the 2018 Farm Bill has legalized hemp, we can go back to admiring the amazing physical traits of cannabis—which most of us have all but forgotten.

News on the Green

UltraHealth wins lawsuit against N.M. State Fair, and if Senate Bill 204 passes, it would allow medical cannabis in schools.

Alibi V.28 No.4 • Jan 24-30, 2019

Stan & Ollie

Genial showbiz biopic examines aging comics, changing times

Stan & Ollie is a film about passion, about loving what you do so much that you can’t give up on it no matter what happens. There’s a lot of laughter to be found, as well as a tear or two.

feature

Views from the Bridge

A tale of two visions

Educators and lawmakers are coming out of the woodwork to greet a Legislature primed to change the tree called public education in New Mexico from the roots down below to the leaves up above.

news

The Singleton Rule

Court ruling sets stage for education reform

With a billion dollars up for grabs and a stinging District Court decision to live up to, education is front and center at the 2019 New Mexico Legislature.

Newscity

The controversial PARCC is being replaced by an older test; N.M.'s child poverty rate continues to be one of the worst in the nation; a large number of public educators have quit mid-year.

Odds & Ends

Funny because Adolph Hitler appropriating your symbol happens to someone else.

music

The Music is Never Over

So dance on fire as it intends

This week, you can see Thollem, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Peter Murphy and Robb Bank$.

food

A Big Brewery with Bigger Vistas

New Bosque Brewing in Bernalillo expands food menu, provides haven for the outdoorsy

Sip a pint on the patio at Bosque Brewing’s latest venue and you’ll be awestruck by the spectacular sight of the Rio Grande Bosque and the Sandia Mountains.

Bristol Doughnut Co. Parks in Nob Hill

Gourmet doughnut shop opens their double-decker bus for business

It’s certainly hard to miss the double-decker bus now parked at the corner of Central and Bryn Mawr, which is exactly what Coy and Sara Trammel were hoping when they opened up Bristol Doughnut Co.

Education Happens in the Kitchen

It’s never too late to learn how to cook (or how to cook better), and there are a hundred reasons why you should. Thankfully there are cooking classes offered through UNM’s Continuing Education department year-round.

film

Queen of Hollywood

See The Queen of Spain at NHCC, a “sing-along” Grease screening and The LEGO Movie in 3D at DynaTheater.

Crash Into Me

“Roswell, New Mexico” on The CW

Star-crossed romance, sci-fi thriller, murder mystery: “Roswell, New Mexico” isn’t sure which genre it wants to commit itself to.

art

Not Asked, Not Told

Acclaimed Baldwin documentary dogged by accusations of bi-erasure

I Am Not Your Negro has been lauded and applauded for its many merits by mainstream critics; but others take issue with its erasure of James Baldwin’s sexuality.

Citizen Artists

Instagram democratizes New Mexico photography

Ansel Adams once said of New Mexico that it was “the most completely beautiful place I have ever seen.” It should come as no surprise, then, that with the radical democratization of visual art afforded by the internet in recent years there has been a blossoming of photographic talent native to this state.

You’re Fired

Entire staff of Warehouse 508 laid off without notice

In a move Friday that stunned the local arts community, the board of directors for New Mexico Xtreme Sports Association, Inc. (NMXSports) laid off the entire management team of its arts wing, Warehouse 508, effective immediately.

cannabis

Getting Schooled

American colleges look to cannabis education

In Half Baked, Dave Chappelle's character asks his marijuana dealer, “What? Did you go to weed college?”—a joke that no longer makes any sense, because cannabis classes have actually been popping up at colleges.

News on the Green

N.M. House Bill 356, a recreational cannabis regulation act, was introduced this week in the Legislature; and the NFL rejects medical cannabis Super Bowl ad—how shocking.

Alibi V.28 No.3 • Jan 17-23, 2019

Health Security Can Happen

Legislation would create a self-insuring state

We interview Max Bartlett, chair of the group working on the Health Security Act, which would have the state set up one large health insurance pool for all N.M. citizens.

news

Plastic, Pets and De Anza

City and county government news you can use

With the 525,600 minutes of 2019 ticking away, the Bernalillo County Commission and the Albuquerque City Council held their first meet ups of the New Year.

Newscity

An order that eased restrictions on natural gas well locations was suspended last week; hundreds of New Mexicans employed by the federal government have applied for unemployment; City of Albuquerque wants to transform the empty Rail Yards in Downtown into a campus for film students.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a smartphone-empowered Antichrist happens to someone else.

food

Drool-Worthy Deals in the Off Hours

Indigo Crow delivers satisfying small plates and sammies

Indigo Crow passes the off-hour reconnaissance test, suitable for a special occasion brunch with drinks or a fancy dinner for your favorite folks.

Chocolate Cartel Keeps it Local

“High-quality dark chocolate” sets the shop apart

Chocolate Cartel specializes in locally-made high-quality dark chocolate, with a variety of unique ingredients like New Mexico chile and lavender mixed into some bars.

Food Resolutions for 2019

Diets suck. These goals don’t.

All of us could approach food with more flexibility and joy in 2019. Here are some diet-related new year’s resolutions, guilt- and deprivation-free.

cannabis

Unsmart

Figuring it out at Seven Clover

Joshua Lee gets an appetite and novel trains of thought with Reba, and Ice Cream Cake provides a blissful state of painless limbo—a formless awareness adrift in a trance. Then Strawberry Blonde gets his feet moving.

News on the Green

The first biannual Cannabis Media Summit was held in New York City a few weeks ago; and Duke University says THC exposure can trigger a change in users’ sperm via DNA methylation.

film

Replicas

Keanu Reeves goes old school in retrograde sci-fi thriller

Replicas feels more like a Syfy Channel “mockbuster” parody of a sci-fi film than an actual sci-fi film. The effects grow increasingly junky, and the whole thing devolves into a poorly staged string of chases scenes involving lots of interchangeable guys in black suits with guns.

Native Rock

This week, see Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold and a new local shorts showcase.

Coke and a Smile?

“Black Monday” on Showtime

“Black Monday” takes viewers back to Oct. 19, 1987, when the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history wiped out economies across the globe.

music

Go To These Concerts!

The local music scene is better if you’re there

There are heaps of great shows that are part of scene that is part of your city, so Show Up!

art

From Pain, Graceful Compassion

Sparrow Dance Productions seeks to heal community trauma through dance

Christina Daly-Smith founded Sparrow Dance Productions for healing community trauma.

A Rich, Real Read

Sarah Viren’s award-winning essays

The connecting thread among all the essays in Mine seems to be the concept of ownership. What does it mean to own a thing? How do things come into our ownership? What happens when we realize we do not own the things we believed we owned? What can be owned? And by whom?

Found Objects

After Comic Con, go see the Sandhill Cranes and then write a poem because the Open Space Visitor Center wants your poetry.