Evidence at hand says familiar documentary subject deserves one more look
By Devin D. O’Leary
West of Memphis, the new film from Amy Berg (director of 2006’s Catholic abuse exposé Deliver Us from Evil), is a bit of a cheat. Berg didn’t exactly pull her subject out of thin air. The trial of the West Memphis Three has been the subject of not one, but three award-winning, HBO-produced documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. What about the infamous case of three Arkansas teens convicted of murder—mostly because they liked heavy metal and wore black—is left for Berg to explore in the wake of Berlinger and Sinofsky’s exhaustive Paradise Lost trilogy? As it turns out, a lot.
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.
RSVP to Weekly Alibi’s 2nd annual New Mexico Cannabis Expo
By Samantha Anne Carrillo
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.
Alibi’s film editor analyzes the top five Oscar races
By Devin D. O’Leary
By the time the local news rolls around this coming Sunday night, we’ll know who the big winners are at this year’s Academy Awards. Until then, it’s just one big guessing game. But it’s a game a lot of people like to engage in. Who deserves to win? Who deserves to lose? Who got snubbed? Let’s break down the “Big Five” categories and see what the races hold.
New private club, the ArtBar is the innovative brainchild of the Catalyst Club, an organization of four men and women who met one another through the Tricklock Theater Company, where three out of the four serve as board members. Licensed to sell liquor under the non-profit club by-laws of the state of New Mexico's Alcohol & Gaming Commission, ArtBar will operate as a non-profit, private club whose mission is to raise money for the arts through the sales of the bar.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is once sponsoring an officially sanctioned Oscar party at Albuquerque’s historic KiMo Theatre. New Mexico Film and Media Day will take place at the State Legislature in Santa Fe on Friday, Feb. 22.
The annual Academy Awards telecast strikes again this coming Sunday. Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out golden statues to the films and filmmakers its members think are most deserving. And every year, millions of Americans wonder if they should care—and if so, how much?
It’s not like we’re lacking in options. A quick google search brings up eight different places, six of which I’ve eaten at more than once, two of which I go to regularly. That’s not counting the many that have, over the years, popped up and then faded away. And now, a ninth has entered the Albuquerque scene.
The stage is a scuffed square in the middle of a black-painted room. Rows of chairs rise around it, bleacher-style, on all four sides. No curtains or fancy sets divide those watching the action from the action itself. This is the Vortex, Albuquerque’s highly regarded community theater now in its 36th year—and, as it happens, a fitting home for the stripped-down intimacy of Anton Chekhov’s classic drama-comedy, The Seagull.
Everything you need to know about love is on "Star Trek." First off, love is illogical. Second, Kirk gets the girl. Third, aliens learn about love by making us fight in the arena.
Like a dispassionate alien entity, the Weekly Alibi captured many specimens of amorous artwork for its Tenth Annual Valentine's Day Card Contest. The ensuing battle was deadly and illogical with few survivors. Behold now the victorious entries.
Many quinoa-lovers have hit the existential skids recently, thanks to a story in England's Guardian about the supposedly negative effects of buying imported quinoa. But, The idea that worldwide demand for quinoa is causing undue harm where it's produced is an oversimplification at best.
Emotionally draining French drama confronts life, love and (most of all) death
By Devin D. O’Leary
Amour, the lavishly praised, Oscar-nominated film from Bavarian/French director Michael Haneke, is really no fun at all. Not for a second. It’s a brutal, unflinching tearjerker about end-of-life issues. It may be one of the best films you’ll see all year. But will you see it? That’s the million-dollar question.
The New Mexico Film Office, in partnership with the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts, kicks off the New Mexico Filmmakers Experience this Sunday, Feb. 17. Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, “Taxi,” Back to the Future) headlines a pair of acting workshops this weekend in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Friends of Film, Video & Arts is hosting another knowledge-dropping get together on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m.
The National Treasure films weren’t good by any conventional definition of the word, but they were fun. After all who doesn’t love a globe-hopping treasure hunt—especially when it comes wrapped in a conspiracy and painted over with a few layers of historical significance? Just ask Indiana Jones. Or Tom Hanks in that Da Vinci thing. These clue-dropping treasure hunts aren’t something episodic television has had much luck recreating. But ABC’s new thriller “Zero Hour” certainly gives it the old college try. And if the pilot episode is any indication, the network might have something halfway decent on its hands.
The art and grandeur of burlesque is at its best when it's “classy,” when sexy ladies in illustrious, vibrant costumes can entertain and entice you, as the world of the mundane drifts far into the background. That’s the impression given by Gypsy Louise, burlesque legend, hall-of-famer, and performer in the 7th Annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase at the Kimo Theater this Friday and Saturday night.
Arabesque animated fable offers a feline’s take on Middle Eastern religion
By Devin D. O’Leary
From the very first frames, viewers can tell the adult-oriented French cartoon The Rabbi’s Cat is going to feature some lovely, bright animation and an exotic setting. That’s almost but not quite enough to leaven a muddled story that requires a bit too much contemplation. The film is based on the work of French comic book artist Joann Sfar, who wrote and directed the lavishly animated, mostly successful biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. Sfar co-writes and co-directs The Rabbi’s Cat, ensuring the artist’s vision is, for better or worse, fully preserved.
Are bicycles sexy? I don't think so, and we were fairly careful not to ask about bicycles when we developed our First Ever Sex Survey. That notwithstanding, bicycles came up … along with graveyards, pancakes, rimming and other seemingly endless whatnots in the mountainous avalanche of data our survey produced. And cars. It seems like lots of people in Albuquerque are having sex in cars, so pay attention, and lock up next time you're in the parking garage.
Nearly 1,500 people responded to our survey. Who were these people? Let's consult the pie charts.
What did we learn? I'll leave that to our panel of experts.
If Albuquerque were a man, he would be an ass man. Based on the results from the sex survey, it was the highest reported sexiest body part. But don’t worry if you’re wishing you had more junk in the trunk, the second-highest rated sexiest body part were the windows to your soul.
The results are in, and it comes as no surprise that the Duke is one kinky city. The purpose of sex has evolved for many into a recreational activity, rather than a species-perpetuating endeavor. Note that, of the 800+ answers, not a single response included “procreation.” Instead, we see a varied, colorful list of hedonistic sensory indulgences, elaborate fantasies, yearnings for specific body parts, items of clothing, bodily fluids, and appetites for complicated sex acts that would challenge even the most adept multi-tasker.
While reviewing the results from the Alibi's first sex survey, I was delighted to see that many of our neighbors play very well with others. Within the confines of relationships and randomness of delightful happenstance, friends are hooking up with friends, couples with couples and sometimes just inviting others to watch. In addition to these delightful tromps into the land of non-monogamy, my heart was warmed by the dozens of contributions that gush about partners, husbands, wives and every combination therein.
Call it “The List,” call it a “hall pass,” slap whatever name on it you like: Even the most committed couples can make concessions for their partners sleeping with other people. So long as those other people are celebrities. The thinking is twofold. Firstly, long-term relationship or not, you’d be a fool to pass up an opportunity to manhandle People Magazine's “Sexiest Man Alive.” Secondly, your odds of meeting, seducing and actually closing the deal with a famous person are slim-to-none—so what’s the harm in a little fantasy fling?
The rampant popularity of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey has moved BDSM and fetishism from taboo to mainstream. However, the fetish community had a fairly negative reaction to this book for multiple reasons. Aside from painting the community in a negative light, the book conveys the grave misconception that any goober in possession of necktie can magically become a dungeon master overnight. The reality is that BDSM, a compound acronym for Bondage, Discipline, Dominance/submission, and Sadomasochism, is very much a delicate art form and can be potentially dangerous without the proper protocol and precautions. Here are a few tips for those adventurous lovers hoping to expand their horizons this Valentine's.
Curious about consensual non-monogamy? Well, you've come to the right place. In a world where there is open communication and negotiation no one has to cheat, and the likelihood of having your needs met (and even your fantasies and desires) is very high. We're going to cover the basics, and if that whets your appetite or peaks your interest, we'll include some easy ways to find out more.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, what are you going to do with the information? Learning about sex can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Self Serve is Albuquerque’s Best Sexy Shop, as voted by Alibi readers, and can offer an alternative to the old-school sex shop. Now that you have some of the intimate details of your fellow Albuquerqueans, you can proceed with confidence and dive into your fantasies head first. Here are some of our tips based on the survey results, but feel free to check us out online for more info at selfservetoys.com
We had more sexy graphs that we could fit in print!
By Hunter Riley
Three really is the lucky number according to survey takers. The third date was the most common answer for number of dates before you get physical with a lucky friend. But don’t worry, second and first dates were the next most popular times to break out the condoms and lube.
The Sun Never Sets, a documentary about a weekly paper in Española, N.M., plays Saturday, Feb. 9, at Guild Cinema. Albuquerque Film Club hosts their next screening Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Word is that Oscar host Seth MacFarlane (creator of “Family Guy”) will be shooting his next feature film (following the mega-successful Ted) right here in New Mexico.
A blackout, an army of Beyoncés and an intentional safety: Super Bowl XLVII may have been the first Super Bowl in a long time that was more interesting than the multi-million-dollar commercials surrounding it. In fact, this year’s ads weren’t a very standout collection, consisting of mostly rehashed and underwhelming entries. What’s the point of spending millions on a 30-second spot if people aren’t going to be buzzing about it the next day?
The Gila Wilderness unfurls from the northernmost point of Silver City for miles, untouched and untamed. Along with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness and the Blue Mesa Wilderness, the Gila forms the almost three million acres of the Gila National Forest. A haven to Ponderosa pines, a coursing river and native fauna, the Gila Wilderness has been unmarred by human touch since it was declared the country's first wilderness area in 1924. There are no roads, no paths—even bikes are prohibited in the undeveloped wilds of the Gila.