Weekly Alibi has been covering news, arts and entertainment for Albuquerque and the surrounding area since 1992, and we have no intention of slowing down. We are the independent media voice in Albuquerque print and we aim to stay that way.
The message could not be more clear: Black Lives Matter. With a peaceful gathering held in downtown Albuquerque this past weekend, the statement that rang truest with the crowd was, “We just want to live.”
Clearly shot in the puppeteers’ own homes and filled with a bit more improvisation than previous iterations, “Muppets Now” is mostly hit and miss. If the writers, producers and performers can find a way to break through the formulaic segments and embrace a bit more of the original show’s manic and anarchic spirit, “Muppets Now” will make for a joyful weekly treat.
A conversation with the new dean of the College of Fine Arts.
By Clarke Condé
It’s going to be a very different year at the College of Fine Arts at UNM, beginning with a new dean, Harris Smith, and obviously, continuing on with new ways to teach given the global pandemic. We sat down with Smith to talk about his background, his goals for the school and how students are going to be able to learn in this very different environment.
A relic of a different time valued only by dusty grandmothers, the era of school pictures may have already been behind us without the interference of a global, school-shuttering pandemic. But in the world of Ally Burke, school pictures are reimagined, much like Nirvana reimaged the pep rally.
The Key Lime Caipirinha is a tropical drink perfect for the dog days of August in the Northern Hemisphere. Of Brazilian derivation, it gets its flavor from the key limes and the Brazilian spirit Cachaça which is similar to rum, but made directly from raw sugarcane instead of molasses.
The White House’s special spiritual advisor weirdly ripped into presidential hopeful Joe Biden for his anti-cannabis history; Ultra Health recently commissioned an analysis of the COVID-19 medical cannabis boom in New Mexico; a recently passed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act could allow those in the military to use hemp products, including CBD.
Coronavirus, masks and computer screens line the path to Emerald City
By Gwynne Ann Unruh
APS teachers and school staff return to school on Aug. 5 to prepare for online and in-school teaching, and learning in a sanitized and safe setting that includes social distancing and wearing face masks. While safety must be the main consideration, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to school reopening.
New Mexico Civil Guard draws on unarmed protestors
By Dan Pennington
After a Sunday evening gathering against violence toward BIPOC from police, unarmed people were threatened by armed individuals. As things stand now, there is absolutely no evidence that justifies a gun to have been pulled, pointed and potentially discharged. Yet New Mexico Civil Guard is still out there, uninhibited by anything or anyone.
State Auditor says the City Councilor Klarissa Peña spent too much money on a trip; Michelle Lujan Grisham told reporters that she’d be willing to accept a role in Biden’s cabinet and as governor has extended a public health order that limits public gatherings through August.
People’s lives can be immensely impacted by what is shared on social media, as we’ve seen here very recently when the New Mexico Civil Guard, the local right-wing militia that has deputized themselves as armed peacekeepers, posted the home addresses of two members of The Red Nation last week on their public Facebook page. So how do you tell the difference between a genuine member of a movement and a bad actor looking to phish you?
Councilors return to tackle helping Burque businesses
By Carolyn Carlson
City Councilors faced down a packed Zoom agenda with no end in sight to the COVID pandemic, and many questions of how to help the city’s struggling businesses and residents were hanging in the virtual air.
Have a kid with a passion for foreign languages? How about a flair for the media or digital arts? Maybe a budding flamenco dancer? Or a young Einstein or a novice Marie Curie? Here in New Mexico there are 96 public charter schools that offer unique, top-rated educational opportunities for students with all kinds of passions.
School will open in-person day one, no masks required
By Dan Pennington
Legacy Church Academy, a private school centered around the namesake church, has announced that it will be doing in-person classes from day one of school reopening, and that it will not be enforcing masks.
Trump deploys feds against wishes of city officials
By Robin Babb
Sheriff Manual Gonzalez III was welcomed to the White House to speak with President Trump about a supposed surge of violent crime in Albuquerque and other US cities, and the possibility of deploying federal agents to those cities in response. Later, Attorney General William P. Barr confirmed this possibility when he announced the launch of Operation Legend.
“Brave New World” feels less like a farsighted glimpse into a future world of wonder and more like an unoriginal, corporate groupthink-produced sci-fi soap that uses successful contemporaries like “Westworld” as a photocopied blueprint.
Ellen Lesperance is a painter interested in the sweaters worn by the protesting women during the 19 years of an all-women anti-nuclear protest outside the gates of the Royal Airforce base Greenham Common in England throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Weekly Alibi sat down with Lesperance to talk about protests, knitting and the strength of sweaters.
Time was one of the crazier places you could go in New Mexico was the Tinkertown Museum. There you would find an amorphous structure and grounds that displayed a genuine fear of blank spaces and the unbounded creative output of its creator, Ross Ward. Sadly, Ward died in 2002 but the new book The Tinker of Tinkertown: The Life and Art of Ross Ward is a tribute to his work and a creative life well lived.
If the monsoons have sent your garden into overdrive in the last few weeks, you're likely looking for a way to deal with the bounty once your crisper drawers fill up. One quick option is to pickle something!
The New Mexico Restaurant Association needs to know
By Andrea J. Serrano
A few weeks ago, the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) hosted a virtual protest urging restaurants across the state to post pictures of their employees outside of their establishments with signs that read “Let Us Serve.” This action came after Governor Lujan Grisham announced reimposing the ban on indoor dining at eateries and breweries.
For the past 50 years, Arora Crisis Center has supported those in crisis to face and understand their demons rather than trying to escape them through suicide. Their certified volunteer crisis hotline specialists provide compassionate, non-judgmental help for anyone in need of emotional support. Agora volunteers won't tell you how to solve your problem, but they will help you figure out what options you might have.
PED Secretary told reporters that the department is working on a plan to reopen schools and get kids back into the classroom; the New Mexico Restaurant Association is continuing to battle health orders that ban indoor dining; the federal Bureau of Land Management has been surrendering land in New Mexico and Arizona to the US Army for use in the construction of a border wall.
Joe Biden is turning the Democratic Party into “Republican-lite"; a CBD company is recalling dozens of hemp products after notified of lead contamination; two cannabis producers, a cannabis manufacturer, a testing laboratory and a cannabis patient filed petitions against the New Mexico Department of Health’s new set of rules.
A study found that CBD could be an effective treatment for cannabis dependency; another study has reportedly found a correlation between regular cannabis use among women and increased sexual gratification.
There is nothing like a global pandemic to keep musicians home recording albums. Those making electronic music may have it a bit easier than those requiring a full band in these times of social distancing, but Clark Andrew Libbey found a workaround for this problem on his new album Small Town Famous by playing all the instruments himself.
Weekly Alibi speaks with Jimmy Santiago Baca, who lived in one of the toughest prisons alongside men that our society deems the worst of the worst. He has partied with movie moguls, taught at Yale, rubbed elbows with literary snobs, and he still walks the dusty New Mexico streets with us looking for green chile.
Just as Julius Caesar is the eponym for the Cesarean section and Humphrey Bogart is known for holding a joint too long, golfer Arnold Palmer, while surely not the first person to mix ice tea with lemonade, now extends his legacy to the beverage that bears his name.
NORML told our presidential candidates what’s what last week; New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health Inc. is suing the New Mexico Department of Health over new regulations; the House Appropriations Committee just released directives that were attached to spending legislation and included a number of cannabis provisions.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced a new program to make hemp testing more accurate; Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood is suing a number of CBD companies for using his name and image.
Preventing substance use begins with education and early intervention
By Nickolaus Hayes
Many Americans coming out of this pandemic will need assistance, along with those in recovery and anyone struggling with addiction. There could be a potential surge of people needing help, and substance use treatment providers should be prepared to adapt to the increased need.
State fails to dismiss Yazzie/Martinez case, plans to meet court mandate
By Robin Babb
Last Wednesday, July 15, the NM Legislative Education Study Committee met via Zoom to discuss the Public Education Department’s goals around the Yazzie/Martinez case. Ryan Stewart, New Mexico’s secretary of education, gave a presentation to the committee on the initial steps the PED is taking.
APD receives scrutiny amid overtime investigation, public comment
By Robin Babb
Two City Council committee meetings last week brought up the subject of police department budgets, a topic receiving attention nationwide as protests against police violence continue in many cities. The Albuquerque Police Department’s budget is now under review, with a state investigation into the department’s use of overtime hours raising questions about ethics and accountability.
As unemployment supplement ends, many fear what's next
By Dan Pennington
Our government needs to step up and ensure people have some semblance of protection right now, or we’re looking at another Great Depression. We can’t expect everything to just kick in to full again, so maybe another New Deal is in line.
A number of agencies are investigating APD of overtime fraud; New Mexico’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate is rising, but that number includes patients who have been sent here from Arizona; the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee says state spending on a nursing expansion program has paid off.
The Luna Project is a group of a dozen women artists working in a variety of mediums that meet frequently to share techniques and critiques, showing once or twice a year since 2003. Lightscape is packed with recent two-and three-dimensional works from all 12 artists. It is underestimated how groups like this can push individual artists to improve and, most importantly, finish their works.