Alibi V.29 No.13 • March 26-April 1, 2020

On the Front Lines

In Burque with the other humans

August March armors up and ventures out of his hidden fortress into the COVID-19 zone in search of surviving humans.

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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, May 16 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.


Home Theater

Global pandemic changes cinema scene

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has closed movie theaters nationwide and forced the ailing film industry into a premature coma, but Hollywood isn’t about to give up all its profits. Studios have rushed to get their films in front of viewers by collapsing the traditional theatrical/home window.

Cinematic Takeout

Albuquerque’s locally owned arthouse theater Guild Cinema has hooked up with a number of distributors who are now providing “theatrical at home” screenings. And owner Keif Henley has come up with a novel way to fill its movie poster boxes, offering them to “local graphic artists, weirdo picture makers, wack imagesters and the like.”


Corley’s Jazz

Emerson, EJazz and the community react

People behind the music and entertainment industry—the artists, musicians, technicians and a wide assortment of service workers—continue to suffer economically as well as perhaps emotionally and psychologically. So we were pleasantly surprised to see Entourage Jazz lighting up the social media world this week with a photo they took at St. John’s United Methodist Church.


Local Short Fiction by Subscription

Plot Duckies delivers literary goods

Staying in? How about reading a good story from a local author right here in New Mexico? That is the idea behind the new subscription service that brings a new short story by a New Mexican author to the tablet or other such e-reading device every week. We spoke with author and publisher Sonja Dewing.

Found Objects

Check out [from] a Little Free Library, see videos about lithography, donate to help artists shut down by COVID-19 and jack in to Albuquerque's library resources.


Home School Resources

Help on the home front

Weekly Alibi has taken the guesswork out of home schooling with a comprehensive list of resources for learning at home.

Trump Finally Stimulating Citizens’ Packages

What you need to know about the COVID-19 stimulus package

On Wednesday, Mar. 25, the unthinkable happened. Congress agreed to help average American citizens. How will they be doing that? By giving us money! The entire stimulus package totals 2 trillion dollars in rescue funding and is currently awaiting an official signature from President Trump. This would be his first time providing any stimulation for someone who’s not himself, so I expect he’ll be curious to experience what that’s like.


Residents could damage New Mexico's sewer systems by flushing toilet paper alternatives; officials are encouraging primary voters to take advantage of absentee ballots; lawmakers are expecting to hold a special legislative session to discuss the state budget.


On Metaphors and Pizza

Dion’s delivery is a welcome change during the end times

We’ve been told for years that it was logistically impossible. In terms of infrastructure, Dion’s just didn’t have any way to implement a delivery system. Yet, here in the midst of the storm, Dion’s rolled out the necessary changes to deliver, making sure pizzas got where they needed to be.


News on the Green

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is asking for guidance in establishing a standardized dose of THC, plus a UCLA researcher was awarded a grant to study if patients suffering from pain can use terpenes to reduce the amount of opioids they are using.

Nowhere To Go

Social distancing and dispensaries

New Mexicans have been smart enough not to lose their minds and blow out the state's supply, but COVID-19 is still changing the way we consume cannabis and straining the industry.

News on the Green

Cannabis sales in the United States and Canada have increased as consumers stockpile the magic substance in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Alibi V.29 No.12 • March 19-25, 2020

Coronavirus and Weed

Will COVID-19 affect cannabis supply?

Don't hoard pot; N.M. is asking itself for clarification on whether medical cannabis is exempt from gross receipts tax; New Mexico has one of the highest rates of dispensaries per capita in the nation.


Statewide Changes Going Into Effect

Governor addresses social distancing for residents and businesses

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham held a live-streamed press conference today after announcing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state had reached 28. Her message was clear: Reduction in interactions with others will continue to reduce transmission, and as such, will help prevent further spread of COVID-19. Due to this, new restrictions have been implemented statewide that will begin being enforced Thursday, Mar. 19 until April 10.

State Dems Move Forward

Primary election and women leaders shape race

We talked with the leadership cadre of the Democratic Party of New Mexico as elections loomed and a viral threat emerged here at home.

The Council in March

COVID-19, emergency powers and a new councilor

March came in like a lamb and will go out like a lion because, in our unprecedented times, local governments are infused with national and global concerns. The March 16 Albuquerque City Council meeting was held in a vacant chamber due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


New restrictions on public gatherings were enacted this week by New Mexico Department of Health; Mayor Tim Keller directed city employees to practice social distancing while completing tasks; Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued five executive orders authorizing up to $3.25 million in emergency response and disaster relief funding.


No Time For Panic

Locals come together and create community support

With rapid shifts in what can and cannot happen within a restaurant, there is unease from everyone about what will happen to our favorite dining establishments as eating out will evaporate over the next few weeks.

Toilet Paper Won’t Save You

A guide on stocking up responsibly

Let’s say maybe you’ve never had to rely on cooking at home for two weeks straight before, and you don’t want to risk going out to eat. What should you grab to be stocked up and happy, without overstocking?


News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on the impact COVID-19 could have on medical cannabis patients’ choice of cannabinoid delivery method and how social distancing and “shelter in place” orders are impacting cannabis-friendly residents of San Francisco and Baltimore.


Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Health restrictions alter immediate future of film industry

Ever-evolving health restrictions are wreaking havoc with the entertainment industry in cities big and small. So where does the state of the film industry, the weekly focus of this here section of the Alibi, stand?

Netflix and Chill (Seriously Chill)

TV is here for you

Thanks to COVID-19, we're staying home from our jobs, maintaining proper “social distance” and avoiding large gatherings. This leaves us with a lot of time on our hands. Once you’ve sanitized the bathroom and alphabetized your hoarded disaster supplies, what is there left to do? The entertainment industry has already responded to our plight, delivering TV like a USAID airdrop on a war-torn nation.


It Was Beyond Ordinary

Brad Cole discusses Burque’s scene

We talked with preeminent DJ and impresario Brad Cole about the history of the music scene in Burque.

Music Videos to the Rescue

It may not be live but it is real

No matter what else you have planned for the first night of this gloriously introverted yet illuminating weekend, you can get it all started in a “Grand Royale” way by spending a couple hours checking out some of the most amazingly entertaining and totally def videos out there in YouTube land.


New Mexico’s First State Poet Laureate

A conversation with Levi Romero

Weekly Alibi sat down with Levi Romero to talk about the people of New Mexico, what makes this place endure and the plans he has for his tenure as the state’s first poet laureate.

The Art of Washing Your Hands

Thirty seconds of sanity while the world goes mad

At times of stress, we have been told a million times to take a deep breath and count to 10. It usually works. Washing your hands can do more than that. There is no act of devotion that is as universally understood as mindful washing. Let that devotion be to yourself.

Found Objects

This is a good time to check out Albuquerque Museum’s online collection, to get curbside pickup of your purchased books and games, to take part in MindWell Global Open Mic and to support your local theater production.

Alibi V.29 No.11 • March 12-18, 2020

Trinity Downwinders Seek Compensation

Atomic event spawned health issues

In the years that have passed since, some of the people in the inhabited areas within a 150-mile radius of the Trinity test have come to call themselves “downwinders.” They say that the radioactive fallout from the Trinity device poisoned their towns and their land, and in the process, created a perfect storm of cancerous proportions.


Northern New Mexico Cannabis Expo rescheduled

Due to the Governor's restrictions on large gatherings for the state that were announced yesterday, Weekly Alibi has decided to postpone the New Mexico Cannabis Expo that had been originally scheduled for April 4th, 2020. The new date of the event will be Saturday, May 16 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to that date. Thank you all for supporting the event, and we look forward to seeing you in May.


Heinrich on Poverty and Education

Senator works for two-generation empowerment

Late last week, Senator Martin Heinrich held a press conference to note the introduction of the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act and the Pathways to Health Careers Act, powerful pieces of legislation designed to ameliorate multigenerational poverty.


Construction is finally underway on a tiny home village in Albuquerque that will serve the city’s underprivileged and homeless residents; New Mexico has activated the Health Department’s operations center to help prepare for potential emergency situations related to the novel coronavirus outbreak; the state's Democratic and Republican parties hosted pre-primary conventions to select candidates to appear on the primary ballot.


Hostile Nation in NM

A reader writes about Zia Pueblo vs tourism.



Arty reimagining of Peter Pan grows up fast

Wendy is a fantastical and wholly original work of art but its mixture of gritty, down-to-earth realism and dreamy childhood reverie are two strong flavors that aren’t always easy to swallow together. If you prefer your fairy tales fractured, however, Wendy definitely fits the bill.

Buster + Beer

This week there's the GRAL Brothers, My Beautiful Stutter, The Boondock Saints party and screening, A Nightmare on Elm Street and “Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Oppression.”

Mama Drama Hits Hulu

“Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu

It’s clear that the dramatic stakes on “Little Fires Everywhere” are rather low. Those looking to find a substitute for their hardcore “Big Little Lies” addiction aren’t likely to be completely fulfilled by this nicotine patch of a show.


A Food Hall For All

Sawmill Market is set to be the next big thing in eating

Locally owned businesses growing into huge spaces is fantastic, but isn’t it more fun to have a location with a little bit of everything for everyone? Smaller local businesses can finally get a foothold and step up with a new place called Sawmill Market, New Mexico’s first food hall.

St. Patrick’s How To Guide

As next week is the unofficial spring kick-off, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), we’ve got some celebration tips to help keep you green and happy.


Late for Lindy Vision

Hangin’ with the cool kids

Weekly Alibi chats with Lindy Vision, the indescribably unique electronic no wave with funky super chops attached trio, who has just released part two of Adult Children of Alcoholics to local and regional acclaim.

Not Scared, Still Dancing

Out in the wider world

There are plenty of gigs, shows and other events out there this weekend, just waiting for you to joyously attend. Be safe but don’t be scared as you party on in a world that is always abruptly changing.

Sonic Reducer

We review albums by Full Speed Veronica and In Blue, as well as a local hip hop compilation.


Photographing Mescalero Apache Maidens

Jan Butchofsky’s Ceremony: Coming of Age

Jan Butchofsky’s series Ceremony: Coming of Age documents two Mescalero Apache girls as they are initiated by their community into womanhood. Invited by the family, it is rare to have people from outside the Native community witness this ritual, and rarer still to see photographs of this four-day ceremony. Weekly Alibi sat down with Butchofsky to talk about making pictures, establishing trust and photographing the Mescalero Apache maidens.

Art in the Time of Corona

Holly Roberts at UNM Hospital

On the fifth floor of the Ambulatory Care Center at UNM Hospital there is a contemporary art gallery. Three works of collage within Holly Roberts' and Robert Wilsons’ portion are of particular interest: “Big Head Listening, “Big Head Worrying” and “Big Head Thinking.” They speak to the cognitive side of health care, if not intentionally, certainly within the context of a hospital art exhibit.

Found Objects

Nice week! There's Joel Sartore talking about his photo ark, El Fuego Fatuo, the Antiquarian Book Fair and Reptilian Lounge.


Talking But Saying Nothing

FDA reports on CBD progress

FDA says little in update for Congress; Banking associations from all over are urging lawmakers to advance a bill that would protect financial institutions that service cannabis businesses; Department of Health signs off on rule to allow out-of-state patients to go to any New Mexico dispensary and register as a reciprocal patient.

Eagle Scout at Verdes Foundation

The main terpenes present in Eagle Scout can aid in the treatment of various pain, stomach and inflammation issues, and it would also be a good strain for fending off fatigue and improving overall mood and productivity.

News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on the economic impact of COVID-19, a disease caused by infection with new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, and the local and national industries, employment and events being hit hardest and earliest.