Alibi V.28 No.10 • March 7-13, 2019

La López Returns

Famed Chicana painter Póla López is back for Qué Chola exhibit

Born and raised in Las Vegas, N.M., Póla López nows lives in Los Angeles and is one of the best-loved painters in contemporary Chicanx art. She’s back in New Mexico this week, as one of her pieces is being featured in the Qué Chola exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Sounds Like Burque

Best of Burque Music Showcase soundtracks March 30

Our readers know what they like; and thanks to our annual Best of Burque Music reader survey, so do we. On Saturday, March 30, join us for Weekly Alibi’s 2019 Best Of Burque Music Showcase at über-popular Downtown venues Sister, Side Effex, KiMo Theatre, The Jam Spot, Corpus Arts and Launchpad.

Building the Cannatopia

RSVP to Weekly Alibi’s New Mexico Cannabis Expo

Since New Mexico legalized medical cannabis back in 2007, the Earth has circled the Sun a dozen times. Amid those revolutions, the sociocultural acceptance of using cannabis and derived cannabinoids—think THC, CBD and CBN—as legitimate medication has gained significant ground here in The Land of Enchantment. And, with the 2018 US Farm Bill’s passage, the licensed cultivation of hemp in New Mexico is now ostensibly legal.

Drawing Down the Future

Dating back to at least the 18th century, the cultural impact of comic art in the United States is undeniable. Founding father Ben Franklin’s darkly humorous 1754 “Join, or Die” comic is, after all, remembered as the first cartoon published in an American newspaper. The alt-weekly has long offered its readers incisive, strange, deadpan and riotously funny comic strips while providing cartoonists with access to a historically receptive audience.


The Fractured Earth

Fracking bill would stop drilling to investigate process

We asked citizen activists who had been at the Senate Conservation Committee hearing on SB 459 to stop by Alibi HQ and spend the morning telling us why fracking is so dang bad for New Mexico.


Going Down, Concert Time

Your friends are gonna be there too

As the air around you heats up and life returns all greenly, graciously to foothills and river forests, so too does the volume on locally stacked banks of Marshall amplifiers get turned up a notch.

Sonic Reducer

We review new releases by KBenally/LETSJUSB, Heaven For Less and a compilation from local label Blues Funeral Recordings.


He’s Bringing Funny Back

Comedian Will Spottedbear is back in Burque

We chat with joke-slinger Will Spottedbear, returning for a gig in Albuquerque where weird people try to act normal.

Creative Conjuring

Local artists talk process

Lisa Valdes posed the question “What is your creative process like?” to four local artists. Here are the answers they gave.


Thanks for All the Memories

Nostalgia, noses and Natural Rx

Mystery #1 takes Joshua Lee back in time, and Banana Liquor relieves ocular pressure and joint pain, leaving him in a dreamy, relaxed state.


Inmates, Bees and Behavioral Health

Bernalillo County Commission has a busy month

Bernalillo County Commissioners heard good news about a 24-year-old lawsuit, expressed support for saving bees and toads, funded new behavioral health housing and affirmed the county is immigrant friendly, all as part of a busy February.

The Valid Contrarian, Part II

Apodaca dishes on statewide issues

We present part two of our long conversation with Jeff Apodaca, New Mexico citizen and acute political observer.


Board of Veterinary Medicine opposes bill that legalizes first responders giving first aid to animals; Sheriff Gonzales says he's taking part in 2nd Amendment sanctuary county movement; N.M. lawsuit against EPA can go forward.



Gaspar Noé gets down with his bad self in one freaky acid trip

Half Bob Fosse and half Marquis de Sade, Climax will be a torture test for the average moviegoer. But for those in the market for something unshakably original, this is one very bad trip you might want to check out for yourself.

Get High

This festy week has the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the March Indie Screening, CatVideoFest 2019 and the Italian Film & Culture Festival.

TV News

Tidbits from around the dial

CBS All Access is shaping up as the classic sci-fi lovers channel; Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen to adapt T.C. Boyle’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel The Tortilla Curtain; Netflix is reviving childhood fave “The Baby-Sitters Club"; Disney’s proprietary streaming service will launch with “Book of Enchantment.”


Downtown Wine Bar: Redux

New bar Wine.Dive has great food and diverse wine list

Wine.Dive's diverse but curated wine list makes for an easier experience without decision paralysis and the food menu is equally well-considered.

Food on the Airwaves

Reading is for chumps. Tune into these four food podcasts instead.

There’s a wealth of excellent storytelling about food happening these days, and podcasts seem to be the medium of choice.

Alibi V.28 No.9 • Feb 28-March 6, 2019

Burque vs. Plastic

Proposed ban expensive, but may save Earth

Toss that straw and it could add to the at least 8 million pieces of plastic added daily to the oceans, contributing to an estimated 269,000 tons of mini, micro, small and large clumps of plastics filling up our oceans. While we are not an ocean community, our fragile desert landscape is filling up with plastics just as fast. But do paper containers or bags work well for transporting liquid red or green chile?


The Point of Safe Return

An update on governance in New Mexico

With two weeks left at this year’s state legislative session, Weekly Alibi provides an update on the bills that we ranted about at the end of last month.


Former UNM athletic director Paul Krebs appears to face fraud charges; Governor and Metro Court Chief Judge tell ICE to stop arresting people in courthouse; Cannon Air Force Base contaminates dairy cows.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a booby trap set by "a genius, like Stewie" scares someone else.


Never Look Away

German director examines the war of art

As an Oscar-nominated epic conflating art and history, Never Look Away is impressive in size and scope, but shortcuts keep this film from being a penetrating, nuanced work.

Work Hard, Play Hard

This week in Albuquerque you should see two PBS “¡COLORES!” documentaries or 9 to 5 on a big screen. Up in Santa Fe there's The Providers and the “NMFF Indie Screening."

Live and Let Spy

“Whiskey Cavalier” on ABC

"Whiskey Cavalier" is exactly what you’d get if you crammed a bunch of “Moonlighting” scripts and a couple of Roger Moore era James Bond movies into a blender and filmed the slurry that plopped out after a quick purée.


Show Mining

If the sweat pours out, just shout

This week you should listen to John 5, Dust City Opera, Lone Piñon, Kikagaku Moyo and, of course, go to Carnaval Latino 2019.

Animating The Beatles

Ron Campbell draws pop culture

Roll up for the Ron Campbell Exhibit next week at Weem’s; it’ll be gear!


The Secret Painter

Vicente Telles grapples with growing fame

When you call Vicente Telles an artist, he seems surprised that anyone would place this word upon him, even though he makes a good living doing nothing but painting.

A Brilliant Burque Ballet

Ballet Rep Shines in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico is once again staging the full-length classical ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the KiMo Theatre, and you gotta see it.

Jenn Meditation

Poet Jennifer Givhan writes us a thing

When you’re writing about a writer as deft and decorated as Albuquerque’s Jennifer Givhan, the most sensible thing to do is to throw 10 ingredient words at her, and ask her to cook you something to put in the paper.


Where the Neighborhood Goes for Dinner

The Shop turns into nightshift on Friday and Saturday nights

There is something unshakably punk and unpretentious about The Shop’s demeanor, despite all the critical praise and popularity, and they've pared down their menu to nothing but the greatest hits. And then on Friday and Saturday nights, The Shop becomes nightshift …

Thirty-One Years of Heat

Fiery Foods Show founder Dave Dewitt on the spiciest show on Earth

Over 30 years ago after covering a chile pepper festival in the Las Cruces area, Dave Dewitt realized he had the skills and the connections to make a spicy foods trade show happen: Fiery Foods.

Essential Habañero Hot Sauce

A chile pepper concoction for you to make at home

Dave Dewitt, the founder of the Fiery Foods Show, was kind enough to share one of his many hot sauce recipes with Alibi readers.


Cannabis in the Roundhouse

Marijuana legislation in N.M.

The Roundhouse is splitting at the seams with cannabis-related Legislature this year. Count them: 13 bills are on the table relating to marijuana or hemp. Let's take a run at the most pertinent pieces of legislation.

News on the Green

UNM researchers mine data from a symptom relief-tracking app for cannabis users; and, by the way, don’t expect a nationwide cannabis brand.

Alibi V.28 No.8 • Feb 21-27, 2019

Experiencing Lindy Vision

The world regarded glamorously, with a groove

We interview Lindy Vision in preparation for their upcoming album release at Meow Wolf.


Oscars 2019 Pull-Out Ballot

Here’s your complete listing of all the films nominated in this year’s Academy Awards. To assist you in your office betting pool, we’ve also included the top awards already nabbed by the night’s top eight categories.

Award Seasoning

The lowlights of this year’s Oscars

The Academy Awards are no stranger to controversy. As always, there was plenty of kerfuffle leading up to this Sunday’s telecast.


This is Not an Emergency

State sues over Trump’s power grab

In an effort to check the power of an absurd and dangerous president, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham along with Attorney General Hector Balderas led New Mexicans in joining 16 states that filed suit to block the Trump administration’s unconstitutional use of emergency powers to fund a border wall.


Armed security guards are training to patrol campuses; Rio Grande Foundation disagrees with APS about how much money thay have; AG Balderas readies for battle with Texas over Rio Grande water.

The Valid Contrarian

Jeff Apodaca dishes on issues including education and taxes

Weekly Alibi spent a snowy morning chatting with Jeff Apodaca about the issues.


Albee Damned (Good)

Local actresses dish on their roles in Pulitzer-winning play

We chat with the cast of the Pulitzer-winning play, Three Tall Women.

Poetry Out Loud

ABQ local teens compete in nationwide poetry competition

Unlike slam poetry, Poetry Out Loud asks students to select existing works from an anthology of 900 poems edited by The Poetry Foundation. The focus of the competition is performance, not composition.

Found Objects

See the dance of Forefront, the comedy of Kevin Kennedy and a talk about The Other Slavery.


Red Carpet Countdown

The Oscars on ABC

Believe it or not, you can start your Oscar binge seven hours before the official telecast.


Better, Better, Bobcats

The word, I finally heard

Here are this week’s maelstroms of meaning, lurking, as they may well be, in the dark but admittedly fecund existential pool of uncertainty.


Carri Phillis’ New Nightlife Concept

Bring all your boys to the Salt Yard. And all your other people, too.

Albuquerque nightlife doyenne Carri Phillis has done it again bringing a new concept to the city’s bar scene with The Salt Yard.

On the Right Track

Tasting brews with Sidetrack

It remains to be seen if the Duke City can support all of these burgeoning microbreweries, but there is no doubt that Sidetrack Brewing Company has put down roots in the Downtown business scene, with a devoted neighborhood clientele and owners that are dedicated to their work.


Young and Restless

Verdes battles birthday blues

Shoki provides Joshua Lee with immediate relief from pains in his back and hands, along with a significant boost in mood. Then Rare Dream makes him a giggly mess without anxiety, standing on his feet too.