Alibi V.28 No.41 • Oct 10-16, 2019

You Voted, We Repo’ted

Our readers rock, basically

Here is our comprehensive list (compiled by you) of the latest, greatest and tastiest food here in Albuquerque.

Weekly Alibi’s Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo lands in Las Cruces Nov. 1, 2019

Inaugural event connects businesses

Here at Weekly Alibi, we love the sweet leaf and everyone who makes access possible. That’s why we’re hosting the very first Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo presented by Rich Global Hemp Company in Las Cruces, NM. Educate yourself on the medical cannabis and hemp industry. Meet the faces behind the business on Friday, November 1st at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Visit over 30 vendors from New Mexico and west Texas from 12:00PM to 5:00PM and learn all about the benefits of medical marijuana and industrial hemp.




“Revolutionary” origin story reimagines itself back into familiar territory

For all its hype about focusing solely on the Joker, for all its controversy-courting, for all its dogged insistence on ignoring DC Comics canon in order to spin its own “new” mythology, Joker adds next to nothing fresh or original.


This week you've gotta see Way OUT West, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Hocus Pocus and Being Leonardo da Vinci: An Impossible Interview.

Detecting Sarcasm

“Stumptown” on ABC

“Stumptown” doesn’t exactly break new ground in the jokey TV P.I. biz but it’s got a wisecracking lead and a colorful cast of characters.


No Ordinary Venue Menu

One night in Tokyo Bangkok made Hosho humble

What Tokyo Bangkok delivers is a baseline, default setting of fresh fish, quality ingredients and a true, workmanlike competence across their entire ambitious menu.
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Where Am I?

Here are the food events Dan Pennington found while surfing the web at 4am in the morning.


Community College Election

Virginia Trujillo Reps CNM in District 6

We talk with CNM board District 6 incumbent candidate Virginia Trujillo about what her incumbency offers stakeholders moving forward, as well as to get an idea of some of the programs CNM offers.

Zoning, Guns, Traffic and Parties

Councilors Hear From Citizens, Debate Measures

A full house of citizens greeted the Albuquerque City Council as it worked on development rules, traffic on the one-ways and sports tourism as hot topics of discussion.


First human case of the plague discovered in New Mexico since 2017; over 100 Eldorado High School students appeared at APS board meeting calling for improvements in mental health resources; company owned by the late Jeffrey Epstein is asking a judge to reverse the cancellation of grazing contracts near Epstein’s Zorro Ranch.


A Nashville Cat

Justin Moore: Clean as Country Water

Weekly Alibi had a chance to sit down for a chat with Justin Moore. Besides being a country gentleman par excellance, our talk revealed many reasons why country music—and Moore in particular—is so relatable to fans looking for music that they can carry around in their hearts.

Uncanny Valley

At the Holographic Concert

Seeing hologram Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison was fun but also sort of creepy, not quite magical but totally technological.


Zebra Couture

The Fashion of Balloon Fiesta Launch Directors

“In the land of color, black and white rules,” or so say the Zebras of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Like the yellow shirts on an aircraft carrier, nothing takes flight without a firm go ahead from the Zebras. After all, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hit in the head by a descending balloon.

Waiting Out the Anthropocene

The Poetry of Refugia by Kyce Bello

Refugia is not the excitable alarm we often find in works about climate change, but rather a beautiful reflection of the calm and matter-of-fact persistence of people that have already endured plenty over the centuries from the climate in New Mexico.

Found Objects

This week, check out Laura Robbins: A Sense of Place, Readings, Mamma Mia! and Confusionite Sediment.


Vaping Scare Continues

DOH issues further warning

The number of vaping injury cases in the state has risen to 15; three licensed cannabis producers are suing the state of New Mexico over what they say are arbitrary plant limits; a recent paper suggests that small amounts of marijuana can increase libido and extend orgasm.

News on the Green

Wherein we report on our own Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo and a blockbuster cannabis industry deal that went bust.

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Ryan, Isaac and Their Friends

Making Jazz and Soul Count

Weekly Alibi had a chat with Isaac Aragon and Ryan Montaño about their Balloon Fiesta gig, soul and R&B and Burque’s jazz and blues communities.


The Hot Air Balloonatics

A Chat with Balloon Man Buzz Biernacki

We asked commercial pilot Buzz Biernacki to let us in on the secret of The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and this is what he told us.


Trump, Energy, Defense and Hope

Senator Heinrich Meets with Weekly Alibi

Weekly Alibi met with Senator Martin Heinrich over coffee. We talked about trouble and we talked about hope.

Tale of the Tape

The Interview and After

From our political interviews, Weekly Alibi learned the importance of a true representation of the text of the recording; we knew then and we know now that the act of recording must be as focused and accurate as the process of transcription.


Rainbow flag was recently removed from display in capital; New Mexico’s congressional delegation is asking the US Forest Service to speed up a resolution concerning a threatened owl species; Some of the businesses given loans during construction of ART system weren't actually eligible to receive them.


Sonic Reducer

We review new releases by The High Desert Playboys, Nobody Particular and OK Grandpa.


Piñon Schminon

Is this the start of a slippery slope for the Fiesta?

This year, a tradition is breaking. New Mexico Piñon Coffee made the choice to not renew their sponsorship of the Balloon Fiesta.

Storming Area 505

Wagner Farms corn maze gives aliens a place to rest

Knowing they can't abduct everyone at once, Dan Pennington storms Area 505.

Smile and Say “High”

Doug Benson comes to the 505

When it comes to weed-centric comedy, there aren’t many who can hold a candle (or a lighter) to Doug Benson. We were lucky enough to talk with Benson about his collective works and his upcoming show.


The War at Home

Filmmaker Glenn Silber’s Vietnam era protest documentary returns with scary relevance

What lessons can be gleaned by casting our collective memory back half a century? It’s a question that comes vividly to life watching The War at Home, a documentary co-produced and co-directed by Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown and first released in 1979. Weekly Alibi took the opportunity to chat with Silber about his newly-restored film and its history.

What’s a Quibi?

Streaming for Millennials

Aiming for “the quality of HBO” combined with “the convenience of Spotify,” the billion dollar mobile platform streaming service Quibi hopes to deliver streaming movies and TV shows to today’s ADD-addled Millennial audiences. And who better to know the tastes of modern-day tweens, teens and twentysomethings than a couple of sixtysomething CEOs?


Bones of Grief

The Scrimshaw of Adri De La Cruz

Weekly Alibi sat down with Adri De La Cruz to talk about bone carving, loss and the therapeutic power of scrimshaw.

A Secret You Share

ABQ Zine Fest 9

Part of the purpose behind curating Zine Fest is to bring in a widest variety of zinesters to Albuquerque. These zinesters share a commonality in composition, but not content. Zine Fest gets its greatness from its diversity of voices.

Found Objects

This week, check out author Elizabeth Kolbert, Burque Revolt Poetry Money Slam, zinester Bijou Karman, R U LOOKING? and The Many Faces of Mary.


Still At It

DOH told to issue cards to non-residents, again

A state judge has ordered the New Mexico Department of Health to issue Medical Cannabis Program cards to out-of-state patients; Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act has passed the House with bipartisan support; public awaits Cannabis Legalization Working Group's recommendations.

Whitewalker Kush at Ultra Health

The strong body relaxation coupled with the perky alertness of White Walker Kush would be great for people dealing with nausea, depression, anxiety and pain.

Alibi V.28 No.39 • Sept 26-Oct 2, 2019

Friends and Enemies

SAFE Act finds new support and opposition

Does incremental marijuana policy reform—like the SAFE Act, or New Mexico's decriminalization law—only serve to slow progress in general by making the need for more substantial reforms less urgent?


We Are, We Are, We Are

SOMOS Festival lights the way home

This year’s SOMOS is going to be more inclusively complex than ever, promising participants as well as sponsors, performers—and everyone else in a 10-mile radius—a glimpse into what Albuquerque is or could be and what it very likely will evolve toward under continued progressive governance and consequent cultural expression.

The Art at SOMOS

Installations, Activations and The Mother of Jellies

SOMOS is primarily a music festival, but swimming through the crowd this year in pulsing, color-changing LED fashion will be eight mermaids holding eight jellyfish made from umbrellas and festooned with shedding, colorful boas.


Fernandez from District 3

On Elections, Democracy and El Norte

Weekly Alibi talked to Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat and a progressive who’s running to become the Democratic nominee in District 3.


Proposal would remove tuition and fees for local undergraduate and community college students; AG wants a unit to battle domestic terrorism and cyber crime; District courts are requesting funds to fill a number of vacant staff positions, including five judgeships.

Odds & Ends

Funny because having your photo classified as "unwanted" by a computer happens to someone else.



Water you waiting for? Global documentary looks into, around and under the wet stuff.

Aquarela, the new documentary from Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, focuses on water in its various Earthly forms—frequently frozen and immobile, but occasionally raging and tropical.

Are You Experienced?

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience really gets going this weekend with film screenings, parties, workshops, events, concerts and even a film-based panel discussion “Moses on the Mesa: Filming Across Cultures in New Mexico."


Autumn Is Hear

Listen to music as leaves invariably fall

Even with summer gone, there’s plenty of time to go see a concert. Here are some suggestions.

Sonic Reducer

We review new releases by S.m.i.t.h. W. F.a.n.g., Alien Space Kitchen and DayTrippers.


Considering the Species in Peril

Cannupa Hanska Luger on His Part in the Bigger Picture

Weekly Alibi spoke with Cannupa Hanska Luger while he was installing Be(Longing) at 516 ARTS to talk about where his work fits into Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande and beyond.

Art You Want to Live Inside

Robyn A. Frank’s Sky seeker, dawn

What we get from Sky seeker, dawn is what we get from all truly great decorative art. It is a respite from the mental fatigue of daily life and an inducement to calmly seek a better integration between our inner and outer selves.

Found Objects

This week, there's Random Notes, Fall Rose Bloom Exhibition, Ancestral Transmissions and Dr. El Ocio's Exhibitus Termino.


Sugar and Spice Where Everything Is Nice

Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Cafe brings quirk to Nob Hill

Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Cafe has found the magic that makes cafes like theirs stand out. It embraces the quirkiness and loses any pretense of being remotely corporate, giving it a sense of being truly local and a piece of the community.

The Rise of Fall Spice

Pumpkin spice is here to stay

Here's a guide to help take you through the mystical world of pumpkin spice blend, and we’re keeping it local.