Alibi V.28 No.14 • April 4-10, 2019

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Best of Burque 2019 Voting Is Underway!

Phase Two runs through April 10

Yes, sports fans, the final round of Best of Burque has begun! Cast your votes March 27 through April 10 up to once per day to push your choices to the top of the polls. It’s the one time when “vote early and vote often” can lead to victory instead of a prison term, so pump up the volume and make that social media diaspora happen. Free the butterflies of promotion and let them migrate to potential voters far and wide. Or something like that. Behold, we give you the Best of Burque 2019 Reader’s Choice Ballot!

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Ash Is Purest White

Chinese gangster saga evolves with its country’s economic history

Minimalist in nature and almost documentary-like in its visuals, Ash Is Purest White is a surprisingly light and engaging journey—one that evolves from revamped gangster film to contemplative character story to quietly observational look at modernity and the various discontents that come with it.

Poetry in Motion

This week, there are poetry-themed “¡Colores!” documentaries, American Graffiti on the big screen, “The Power of Story: Storytellers Game Show” and training for working in films' art departments.

Booze and Cheers

“Abby’s” on NBC

“Abby’s” tries to wed old school sitcom structure with edgy content, but the humor is just too mild to qualify as “edgy” or particularly “funny.”

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SuperGiant Status

The Tree of Life beckons band

Weekly Alibi has a conversation with Burque band SuperGiant.

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Celtic Cuisine With A Side Of History

Eric McBride is well-known for a reason

Dan Pennington attends a NM Renaissance Celtic Festival masquerade ball fundraiser and enjoys a full four-course traditional Celtic meal made by chef Eric McBride.

Burque Block Party

Coming up, there's the Taste of Nob Hill, 505 Food Fight, Hempowered Pineapple Gose limited release and possible market interference which would result in higher prices on fruits and veggies.

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Basketball, Bullets and Alvarado

Commission provides reasoned leadership

During the unpredictable month of March, Bernalillo County Commissioners put the ink to a $45 million renovation of their new digs, honored some top-notch high school basketball players and stayed strong and silent on the backlash against statewide firearm background check legislation.

Methane Goes Boom!

Profitable wells equal global warming

On a late March weekend, State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard headed out to the Permian Basin to visit oil wells on state trust lands. Not one facility visited didn’t have visible (with a FLIR camera) emissions pouring out from pipes or seeping out of valves.

Newscity

PED will remove "More Rigorous Intervention” designation from four of the state's schools; Aztec City Commission meeting to decide if the town should become a second amendment “sanctuary” became so heated that police ended it early; Albuquerque Open Space Division acquired 38 acres of protected land.

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The Myth of the Prairie Fisher King

The American Midwest and Chelsea Darter

In the American Midwest, things have changed. Chelsea Darter grew up there and is now looking through her lens at little pieces of what is recognizable, and much that has turned into something less. Is it a broken landscape undergoing economic decay and political contraction, or a wounded king barely doing his once noble job?

Grotesque Change in Seventies Splendor

Arts Hub Presents Sonder: Transformations

Transformation is something of an uber-theme at Arts Hub, with an end goal of building community and a process for now of producing shows like Sonder: Transformations that are unlike those commonly found in New Mexico.

Reverse Orientation

This week there's The Flick, Kukani (Red) Paintings on the Wall, Burque Revolt Poetry Slam LAST Chance SLAM and Sale of the Bowls for Soup is Love Project.

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Normalized

Drugstores Plan to Carry CBD

CVS and Walgreens want to start carrying hemp-derived CBD products on their shelves; New Mexico will add opioid use disorder to qualifying conditions for medical cannabis; Dreamin' OG makes Joshua Lee's aches and pains a distant memory at the cost of focus.

News on the Green

Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham signs House Bill 581, aka the Hemp Manufacturing Act, into law and outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issues an updated statement on the agency’s position on CBD.

Alibi V.28 No.13 • March 28-April 3, 2019

The Council and the Police

Ordinance governs oversight board

Maybe it was the planet Mercury going retrograde that inspired one citizen to sing for the Albuquerque City Council during its special meeting to discuss amendments and hear public input on updating the Civilian Police Oversight Ordinance.

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Best of Burque Music Showcase features nominees and winners Sat. 3/30

BoBM 2019 results show diversity, depth and dedication

At the end of the race, it was clear that music rules this town and this year, the rock, jazz, art music, Latinx, Americana, electronica, and hip-hop communities—as well as many others, although we didn’t hear much from many ukulele enthusiasts, dang it—came together, creating a wide-ranging spread that you all can check out for realz when we present our Best of Burque Music Showcase this weekend, March 30 in downtown Albuquerque starting at 6:30pm.

Best of the Best

Players and bands in this town are known for their prowess and musicality, even far from our town’s ostensible borders. This year our readers contributed to that historical conversation.

Individual Performers

Whether ripping out massive riffs on the guitar, writing epic symphonies or vocalizing all angelic or demonic, this town has a profoundly rich community in tune with that thing called chops. Here’s a list of folks our readers say hold the key to that interactive process.

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As Far as I Can Tell

Talking with Robyn Hitchcock

Weekly Alibi shares a very interesting encounter with legendary psych rocker Robyn Hitchcock.

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Function Follows Form

The challenge of Adaptive Biomedical Design

Weekly Alibi sat down with Heather Canavan to talk about her work and her team’s Adaptive Design Challenge.

The Art of the Living Flower

Annual Hanami Celebration and Ichiyo Ikebana Exhibition

Albuquerque has flowers, and this weekend offers the opportunity to take them in with two art forms that reflect the temporary nature of blossoming beauty.

Found Objects

This week, check out Pieces of Yellow, World Storytelling Day, “Goya’s Sketch Books – Folly and Fantasy” and Tell Me Your Secrets: Burque Poets.

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UNM Faculty Organizing

Unions give workers a needed voice

Weekly Alibi met with associate professor Matías Fontenla, one of the UNM professors responsible for organizing his cohorts and calling for union representation.

Newscity

Environment Department issued a notice of violation to oil and gas giant Hilcorp Energy Company; Plans for a Rail Runner spur line have upset some North Edith area residents; Democratic legislator from Silver City said women who want abortions shouldn't have gotten pregnant in the first place.

Odds & Ends

Funny because being recalled and then winning your reelection on the same day happens to someone else.

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Hotel Mumbai

Well-packaged drama chronicles real-world horrors

Hotel Mumbai has the ensemble cast structure of an epic disaster movie and the disturbing visceral impact of a horror flick, but it leavens that with a white-knuckle narrative intensity and a respect for real-world events.

With the Assist

See The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, take a production assistant training class and take on the western film themed “Official State Ornament” Design Contest.

Send in the Rock Clowns

The Dirt on Netflix

The Dirt is the Animal House of hair metal with an extra helping of disaster. To ask this made-for-TV movie not to be vapid is like asking a skin flick not to be pornographic.

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Down the Rabbit Hole of Mixology

The first thing about Founders is this: no password, no entry. The speakeasy concept is in full swing here. No signage, no obvious hidden door, no indication you’re standing over a bar full of people while you’re inside El Rey Liquors.

A Taste Of South America

Tip your glass this week at a South American Wine Tasting, Sausage Smoke & Cajun Boil and Vara Winery's brunch celebration.

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Try, Try Again

Recreational back in 2020

Legalization in New Mexico may return in 2020, cannabis linked to psychotic episodes, Republicans block banking bill and Josh quells anxiety with Orange Blossom Special.

Alibi V.28 No.12 • March 21-27, 2019

Exploring Our Own Backyard

516 ARTS looks to our local past

While many works included have come directly from Ray Graham’s personal collection, In Our Own Backyard seeks to go beyond merely exhibiting an archive by bringing in current work to demonstrate a continuum and inspire the next generation of collectors, curators and artists.

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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.

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The City and the State

Burque benefits from legislative luau

This year’s legislative session allocated $33 million to assist our city with many projects, including improving law enforcement, relieving Balloon Fiesta traffic and the redeveloping rail yards.

The Council in March

City lawmakers on sovereignty, downtown, TV and the police

As the March winds wailed and blustered, Albuquerque became the first city in the US to officially recognize Native American governmental sovereignty. Councilors put the brakes on Downtown traffic and seek your input on proposed revisions to the city’s civilian police oversight ordinance.

Same Time, Next Year

A recap from the Roundhouse

Well, you all can keep those pipes in your pocket and continue to stash that stash. Though that may seem like bad news to your typical New Mexican, it’s really just a small, smoky mote in the eye.

Newscity

Health Department sent a medical exam van to migrant family shelters; water official said he'll work with AG in water rights battle; Rep. Debra Haaland addressed Congress last week concerning the high rates of missing and murdered indigenous women on Native reservations.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a “BreedReady” status leak happens to someone else.

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Reading and Hiking

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque

Topping many Burquenos’ list of why they love living here is access to the great outdoors, but what if you’re at a loss for an excursion that fits your desired length, landscape and difficulty, or if you’re just tired of hiking the same trails every weekend?

Found Objects

This week there's I Am Harvey Milk, the annual Wikipedia edit-a-thon, Fronteriza poet Scenters-Zapico comes to read selections of her work and you can finally get your Albuquerque Solid Waste Management T-shirt.

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Gloria Bell

Disco-fueled drama looks for love in several wrong places

Gloria Bell is about seeking out and accepting joy in life’s tiny moments, not wallowing in misery. Its empowering coda is mild and delivered as a spur-of-the-moment whim in an act that leads less to a life-changing epiphany and more to a moment of Zen-like acceptance.

Submit to the State

See A League of Their Own on the big screen; film and TV sets need medics (not just people who play them) and it's time for local residents to submit films for the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase; learn how to join the union for professional film technicians working “below the line” on TV and movie productions.

“Love, Death + Robots”

No Kids “Zone”

“Love, Death + Robots is “adult” in the sense that it’s super violent, loaded with cuss words and shows lots and lots of boobies. If you’re looking for an antecedent, it’s like Heavy Metal, but with less of the arty European fantasy stuff and more old-fashioned American exploitation.

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Watcher of the Skies

Chatting with Dremon, a fellow who flows

We chat with the rapper named Dremon, born and raised in Albuquerque among a family of music-lovers.

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Get Baking, Get Baked

A layman’s guide to cooking with cannabis

Thinking of making your own cannabis edibles? Learn from others' mistakes and you can avoid throwing away hundreds of dollars in ingredients.

Freight House Kitchen + Tap

Beer and BBQ are the key to elevated pub grub

Bernalillo may not be the first spot that springs to mind when considering your next bite to eat, but the Freight House could certainly change that. You'll certainly find much to like with a menu and a vibe that's easy-going yet inviting.

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So It Goes

Legalization bill fails

"Compromise" legalization bill dies and Scott Gottlieb resigns from FDA leaving CBD regulatory framework unfinished. Come to the 2019 New Mexico Medical Cannabis Conference!