Alibi V.28 No.11 • March 14-20, 2019

Portrait of a Creative Community

Forever Now: New Portraits by Andrew Fearnside

Weekly Alibi sat down with visual artist Andrew Fearnside to talk about community and what drives his interest in bringing community into his work.


A Dream Deferred

Recreational Marijuana in 2020?

The tents were packed up. The elephants and donkeys have trouped back out to their homes on the range or in the mountains of the desert and back to the cities too. The circus was over, but recreational marijuana never made it into the ring-master’s inner circle.


Just Words and Some Tunes

Let’s get there soon

This is the week when time catches up, when there is light again, well past supper. The evening activities that await seem to stretch across the mind’s eye like the lonesome stretch of old Route 66 that trails off into nothingness at the edge of Burque.


Roasted Byrd

Local comedian catches insults for cancer

Why on Earth would anyone invite a group of vicious local comedians to roast her in public?

Found Objects

This week, you can check out an Open Poetry Reading, Enchanted Coloring and Crafts, Antiquarian Book Fair and Yjastros 34: The Rise of Flamenco.


Four Moons Farm in Los Lunas

Molly Mendenhall aims for healthy soil and crop diversity

In her first year as a grower, Molly Mendenhall convinced 10 friends to support her budding occupation by signing up for her newly formed Community Supported Agriculture cooperative. And then “it just kind of spiraled,” she says. “I didn’t think it would become a career.”

Next Door to the Brewery

Sweets and sandwiches at Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds is about as close to a deli as there is in Albuquerque. They do breakfast and lunch and, cleverly, stay open late to cater to the Tractor Brewing crowd as well. You can order at TLB, take a number and let them know that you’ll be at the brewery, and they’ll bring your order over to you.


Dare We Hope?

House passes legalization bill

New Mexico House passes compromise bill to legalize cannabis, the 450-plant limit ruled arbitrary and inadequate and House also passes hemp bills to expand production and innovation.


The Plume that Would Not Die

New Mexico Environment Department has a plan

The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking public comment on its draft strategic plan to address the contamination and cleanup of the Kirtland jet fuel leak.

Talking with Donkeys

Democrats revisit recent successes and envision a hopeful future

Weekly Alibi met with Democratic Party communications director Joel Kasenetz and the current chair of the party, Marg Elliston to discuss the legislature, the state and the future.

A Real Emergency

Global warming must be addressed with urgency

Without a WWII-level effort to reduce CO2 emissions, we will soon approach a point where we can’t affect any meaningful change by controlling emissions, as the feedback loop cascades beyond control. Ignoring this problem is akin to waiting until the Nazi Wehrmacht is in Pennsylvania as opposed to France.


Luna County commissioners unanimously approved a county resolution backing the president's emergency; Española water levels tested high for nitrates in November but not in January; Armed security guards began patrolling Rio Rancho Public Schools campuses this week.


Gas is Good

The readers write about natural gas, the wall vs the Green New Deal and the need for policy-makers' financial disclosure.


Ruben Brandt, Collector

Animated film folds art history lessons into Hitchcock-style thriller

Like all great works of art, your appreciation of Ruben Brandt, Collector may depend on what you bring to it. Watched as a casual, technically proficient imitation of a classic, Hitchcock-style move caper, it's a breezy, stylish diversion. Push past the surface and dive deep into its multiple layers and it's a Stendhal syndrome-inducing intellectual exercise.

Funny Films

This week there's the New Mexico Actors Showcase and screenings of Dinner at Eight and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Funny Fest is looking for people and KiMo Theatre is offering guided tours.

Girl, Uninterrupted

“Shrill” on Hulu

“Shrill” balances its amusing pop cultural observations with some harsh realities about how cruel we can be—both to others and, ultimately, to ourselves.

Alibi V.28 No.10 • March 7-13, 2019

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.


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.


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.


Save the Electoral College

A reader writes about the Electoral College.


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.


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.



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.”


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.

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.

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.


American People Are Not Stupid!

The readers write about not being stupid, cringy videos and Obama not being the Messiah.


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.