Alibi Volume 22, Number 04
January 24, 2013
New Mexico’s learning a new game.
You need balls of steel to play this game, but don’t let that stop you.
Pétanque (pronounced pay-tonk) is played by millions of people around the world, especially in France where it’s a national pastime. Ask Christophe Descarpentries, owner/chef of P’tit Louis Bistro and rabid pétanque enthusiast. He and team partner Todd Haagenstad met over a backyard game on Derby Day in Kentucky. Descarpentries learned to play as a child in France and quickly imparted his obsession to Haagenstad.
The two began recruiting other players in New Mexico nearly three years ago—Descarpentries through P’tit Louis Bistro, and Haagenstad though his family and Los Alamos network. The sport grows on folks that way. Haagenstad and crew have been known to forge through winter games whetted by frozen tankards of brew—it’s that compelling.
Help us map the love-scape of Albuquerque with your totally anonymous responses
So, I've been meaning to ask you this for a while now: How many dates do you usually go on before having sex? Too personal? That's OK, I won't tell. But have you ever made out with a stranger? What about talking dirty? I mean, you look the type. I'm pretty sure you're down with sex toys, aren't you? No? Well, that's surprising, considering your libertine attitude in other areas. I've got a few other questions, but I guess we should stop beating around the (ahem) bush and (ahem) plunge right in to the Alibi's first ever Sex Survey. Wait, let's make that FIRST EVER SEX SURVEY!!! It's fast, cheap and anonymous, just like your last booty call. Or was that my last booty call? I can't keep it all straight.
Last Thursday, members of the local media were invited to the Jackson/Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts academy in honor of three team members who will be compete for the UFC on Jan. 26 in Chicago. Jesus-haired Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will make his Featherweight (145 lb) debut against Japanese star Hatsu Hioki. Then, in a lightweight (155 lb) bout with important title implications, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will face Anthony Pettis. Headlining the card will be Albuquerque native John “The Magician” Dodson, who battles Demetrius Johnson for the UFC’s Flyweight (125 lb) title.
“Coral: Rekindling Venus” at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History
The world-famous Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City, Utah, Jan. 17 through 27. Drive fast, and you can still catch the tail end. Most years, though, the average person has no chance of seeing any of the films being screened in this rarified setting. Movie houses are jam-packed with celebrity guests and studio executives looking for the next indie hit. That leaves little room for average Joes. But this year, you’ve got a chance to see a Sundance premiere. And you don’t even have to go to Utah to catch it.
“Banshee” on Showtime
Acoustics of a social experiment
La Cumbre Brewery’s Jeff Erway talks about the camaraderie in Albuquerque’s microbrew scene
Community is a tricky thing. You have to balance a little of this with a little of that to make it work. Beer helps, of course, so it may not come as a surprise to learn that many of the makers of your favorite local beers know each other. In fact many of them learned their trade together and have remained friends even as they've established competing businesses. Jeff Erway, president of La Cumbre Brewing Company, sat down with me at his taproom recently and talked about this camaraderie among brewers. “It's the nature of our industry,” he says. “We as brewers aren't trying to beat each other. Them being successful is a success for me.”
Mixologists have long had a secret behind their bars that most casual drinkers aren’t aware of: small bottles of cocktail bitters. Bitters are intensely aromatic combinations of herbs and spices which give unique flavor profiles to mixed drinks, and they’ve been an important part of cocktail culture since its beginning. In fact, the earliest written definition of a cocktail, from back in 1806, was “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits … sugar, water, and bitters.” You only add a few drops of bitters to a drink, but Bill York, son of a Santa Fe chef, is betting his business on them.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): The German government sponsored a scientific study of dowsing, which is a form of magical divination used to locate underground sources of water. After ten years, the chief researcher testified, "It absolutely works, beyond all doubt. But we have no idea why or how." An assertion like that might also apply to the mojo you'll have at your disposal, Aries, as you forge new alliances and bolster your web of connections in the coming weeks. I don't know how or why you'll be such an effective networker, but you will be.