Alibi V.29 No.8 • Feb 20-26, 2020

Forget About It

Recreational bill tabled

Senators Joseph Cervantes and Richard Martinez shoot down Cannabis Regulation Act and a patient enrolled in the Colorado medical cannabis program was arrested for marijuana possession near Farmington, N.M.

Cannatopia 2020

RSVP to Weekly Alibi’s 2nd annual New Mexico Cannabis Expo

Weekly Alibi’s second annual Northern New Mexico Cannabis Expo happens on Saturday, April 4 from 11am to 5pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Hyperlocal cannabis expos hosted by your favorite local alt.weekly provide an opportunity for meaningful consumer exposure and interaction in addition to a B2B platform for vendors and sponsors across New Mexico and Colorado. For medical cannabis card holders and cannabis-curious attendees alike, the Expo offers access to quality speakers and content from the industry’s top companies and educators.


Immigration, Crime, Barr and Burque

A backlash is noted in recent border news

Albuquerque's immigrant-friendly status is causing trouble that reaches down from the federal level, and may prevent the city from accessing federal grants having to do with everything from increased police staffing to the testing of rape kit evidence. In order to get a better handle on this complex, culture-changing series of events, Weekly Alibi spoke with a number of city and government leaders on the subject, including City Councilors Pat Davis and Klarissa Peña.

Goodbye, Legislature Number 54

Highlights from the latest 30-day session

Public safety, education and finances were the big themes at this 30-day session. And although the Lujan Grisham administration had several successes during this year’s short-lived session, the Dems in charge also faced a couple of notable letdowns.


Trip by City Councilor Peña has raised concerns after it cost was revealed; DOJ threatens to withhold anti-crime grants; federal judge approved a settlement that ended a 40-year-old civil case that enforced reforms in New Mexico's prisons.


Plame Blame

The readers write about Valerie Plame, Republican Senators, Nancy Pelosi, APD and the Albuquerque Housing Authority.


The Assistant

Low-key drama examines office politics in #MeToo era

If The Assistant were a documentary, it would be deadly dull. As a drama it’s … well, it’s still pretty dull.

Student Becomes Teacher

See Are We There Yet? with director Q&A or The Breakfast Club. Apply for a grant from the John Pinto Native Filmmakers Memorial Fund.

Locked and Loaded

“Locke & Key” on Netflix

“Locke & Key” offers up some clever dark fantasy—imaginative, original and occasionally quite spooky. And if it puts you in the mood to read/re-read Hill and Rodriquez’ original comic afterward, all the better.


Dweezil, Son of Frank

The Zappa legacy includes Hot Rats

Weekly Alibi rang up Dweezil Zappa to find out where he stood in relation to subjects like foaming goo and reaching nirvana tonight.

Turn Out the Lights

Local nights get louder

If you are feeling the urge to listen to live music, the upcoming week of concerts in Albuquerque and the vicinity should definitely satisfy that primal feeling.


The Sweet Sound of Color

Tania Candiani’s Cromática

Cromática started with artist Tania Candiani’s investigations into traditional Mexican modes of textile and ceramic production. As she began working with traditional weavers to create the textiles for the exhibit, the sounds of their work became part of the exhibit itself: synesthesia.

Lost and Found

Michael P. Berman’s Perdido Sierra San Luis

Since entering the Anthropocene, the art world has produced untold volumes considering the imprint of humanity on nature. Perdido Sierra San Luis deviates from the common approach in a rare, marked and existentially unsettling way.

Found Objects

This is the week to see Puppeteers of New Mexico, ABQ Unidos Poetry Slam, Keshet's 2020 Choreographers' Showcase and The Old White Lady Tells It.


A New Nob Hill

Nob Hill Bar & Grill reinvents itself with the help of NM Capital Partners

Daydream and Nob Hill Bar & Grill are two sides of the same coin, in the sense that they have found the need for Nob Hill to be built back up with new ventures, one a reimagining, one a bold new addition. Both manage to stick the landing when it comes to impressing.


Lemon Skunk at CG

Lemon Skunk would be great for newcomers or patients who experience anxiety, as the mild effects are easily approachable and make for a comfortable high.

News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on the passage of SB 139 and the NFL’s proposed changes to drug testing players for THC and resulting punitive consequences.

Alibi V.29 No.7 • Feb 13-19, 2020

Revíva Con Pizza!

Band makes big plans over big pie

Revíva, Albuquerque’s premier New Mexican reggae and ranchera outfit, has a gig planned for Valentine’s Day. Weekly Alibi met with them to talk about their history and future, music in Albuquerque and what it really means to play on the upbeat.


Ending Domestic Violence

Coalition faces cuts, keeps striving

Before the Legislature met, Governor Lujan Grisham published a proposed budget which included $3.5 million to be spent in conjunction with New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence to provide educational and support services to domestic violence programs. To find out more, Weekly Alibi met with NMCADV Executive Director Pam Wiseman and Board of Directors Community Representative Quintin D. McShan.

A New Mexico Green Amendment

Van Rossum in the Land of Enchantment

Green activst Maya van Rossum is in New Mexico this week to talk about her new book, The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment. She stopped by Weekly Alibi to talk about the book and how it applies to the state of New Mexico, where she hopes to foster the introduction of legislation to amend our state’s constitution.


APD is clarifying its body cam policy after officers muted their cameras; scammers stole nearly a half-million dollars from Bernalillo County last year; city has now hired a supervisor to monitor bus speeds after complaints of speeding.


Will Trump Pull a Lincoln?

A reader writes about speculative abuse of the Presidential Emergency Act.



Icy European dramedy gets watered down stateside

Downhill is an English language reshoot of Ruben Östlund’s 2014 film Force Majeure, by the writing-directing team of Nat Faxon & Jim Rash. Yet where Östlund’s packed a primal punch, Faxon & Rash’s offers only a light slap.

Pitch Imperfect

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” on NBC

Ultimately, your enjoyment of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” will depend upon how much deep-seated wisdom you ascribe to random pop music lyrics.


It’s Showtime

A look at this week in live music

This year the lover’s holiday happens to fall right at the beginning of the fabled weekend. That means there are plenty of shows to check out in Albuquerque's thriving live music scene.


Interview About a Vampire

Patricia Dickinson Wells on Dracula, A Love Story

Weekly Alibi sat down with choreographer Patricia Dickinson Wells to talk about ballet and Dracula, A Love Story.

(In)Post Process

Peter Voshefski’s Deep Research

As captivating and intricate as Peter Voshefski’s new exhibit Deep Research: Drawings, Collages and Paintings is individually, collectively it seemingly serves a more complex purpose.

Found Objects

This is the week for Voices in the Barrio, Asking For It, Asteroid!, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Great Backyard Bird Count and Sonia Luévano's sacred heart paintings.


Tonari No Mise Brings Unique Flavor to City

The store next door is amazing for sure

This is the ice cream that genuinely stops you in your tracks to take a minute and appreciate all that it is. There is probably a long and complicated German word for that feeling, but in that moment of trying it, only one simple word came to mind: Bliss.

Where the Valentines Are

We did the math so you don’t have to

You forgot to make Valentine's Day plans again! You buffoon! Here's an Idiot’s Guide to Last-Minute Valentines Plans.

Follow-Ups, Freak-Outs and Flowers

Like many weekly specials, this one shall be constructed with a mish-mash of leftover pieces. Here is the local news that you need to be on the move, so keep on it and keep that support in your favorite neighborhood places!


Show Us the Green

Reports say legalization brings profitability

Though legalization of recreational cannabis proves profitable to businesses and communities in counties that border states where the drug is still banned, relaxed cannabis laws also result in higher abnormal stock returns, improved employee productivity and increased innovation.

News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s tabling of a hopeful recreational cannabis bill and new research on how THC can affect human memory formation.

Alibi V.29 No.6 • Feb 6-12, 2020

Sic of Naysayers

Legalization bill passes first hurdle

“Cannabis Regulation Act” passed through the Senate Public Affairs Committee and despite past problems, experts still say the hemp market is set to improve drastically this year.


Revisiting the West Mesa Murders

Local journalist begins podcast

Eleven years after a grisly discovery was made on the West Mesa, a suspect in those lonely deaths has yet to be positively identified. No trials have been held to provide closure for the families of those women. In the nearly score of years that have passed since their discovery, people have moved on and memories have faded.

The Session Continues

NM Legislature update number 2

The Legislature of the state of New Mexico’s session started on Tuesday Jan. 21 and it continues through Thursday, Feb. 20. Here’s a look at some of the activities as seen through the eyes of an observer.


Congressional members toured a Border Patrol facility following deaths of a migrant children in US custody; UNM is asking lawmakers for medical school scholarship and outpatient program funding; also, UNM will not be sending students to China due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Odds & Ends

Funny because animatronic ground hogs predict weather for someone else.


A Conversation About Life’s Music

With Robert Bruce Jackson Caruthers

What is it that makes a record great? Defining the qualities that go into forging a great record on the rock and roll fire can be a trying task. We invited Robert Bruce Jackson Caruthers to stop by and talk about the music he makes.

Old Time Pianos and Wheels

Concert presents ragtime and boogie woogie

Adam Swanson will be playing a special solo piano concert with themes centered on transportation and the nation’s railroads, much of it consisting of ragtime compositions.

Live Music News

For the week ending Feb. 12

Here are recommendations for local live concerts that you should show up for during the upcoming week.


Whiskey Away

Taylor Garrett Whiskey changes the rules of distilling

What if someone had found a secret to cut down the time needed to barrel age whiskey dramatically? Well, Scott Feuille of Taylor Garrett Whiskey claims he has.

WInging It As We Go

Wing It Up brings chicken and waffles to the street

Wing It Up has genuinely refreshing takes on wing sauces that break the mold and try something a little different. Hunt them down, don’t wait for their magic to find you. This is the food truck your life has been missing.


Oscar Odds

Who could win, who might lose?

Who should you pick in your office’s Oscar pool? To see how the 92nd Annual Academy Awards are shaping up in the “Top Five” categories, we turn to the various critics organizations who handed out their own golden statues during Award Season and to New Jersey-based sports betting provider DraftKings (odds listed as of 1/31).

Oscars 2020 Ballot

Here’s where your popcorn habit pays off

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Here are the nominees from some of the top categories.

No Hosts Is Good Hosts

“The Oscars” on ABC

Citing the success of last year’s host-free 91st presentation, ABC said it will once again dispense with the “traditional host.”


This week there's the Books to Big Screen film series, “Art of War” test screening/fundraising event, Harriet and a 50th Anniversary Celebration in honor of “Sesame Street."


The Tears of a Clown

A Family Band for a Clown Funeral

Darlin’ and the Rodeo Runners have raised enough to give their beloved Ma and Pa the grand send-off that rodeo clown royalty deserves. Son and band leader Hondo Baca wants his parents’ funeral to be a celebration of their lives, so he and the family have invited the community to the funeral at their parent’s home located inside the Tricklock Performance Laboratory.

A Lesson in Living a Creative Life

The creative world of Judith Weichsel Carr

Lily Tomlin quipped, “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.” Being an artist can often seem like that when commercial considerations swamp your art.

Found Objects

This week you can see Coyote: A Solo Exhibition of Jesse Littlebird, First Friday's Comedy Contest - Battle of the Sexes 2020, Tania Candiani: Cromática and “Josephine Baker: A Black Venus in Europe.”


News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on state lawmakers’ latest efforts to legally redefine eligibility for New Mexico’s medical cannabis program and VICE’s coverage of cannabis possession penalties outside the US.