Alibi Volume 22, Number 11
March 14, 2013
a squirrel's death in the mountains
i was driving in the mountains at dawn. there were spots of ice and snow. i spotted two dark lumps in the road that looked like chunks of ice that had fallen off the bottom of a truck. i slowed down. then the chunks moved, just slightly, and i realized, now less than 50m away, that the chunks of ice were in fact a pair of squirrels.
Funny because it happens to someone else.
James Franco books a return trip to Oz in Sam Raimi’s fantasy prequel
The massive success of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland three years ago kicked off an at-times wearying string of fairy tale updates (Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jack the Giant Slayer, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”). That film’s $330 million domestic box office certainly incentivized Disney to come up with more family fantasy reboots. Oddly enough, instead of dipping into the deep well of already Disneyfied fairy tales, the company has decided to go with a story made famous by crosstown rivals at MGM.
“Vikings” on History Channel
History Channel, having exhausted the possibilities of Nazi-based documentaries, long ago turned its attention to reality television—both faintly historical (“American Pickers”) and not-at-all-historical (“Big Rig Bounty Hunters”). Sadly, they missed the window of opportunity on a Nazi hunter reality show. (Tracking down 90-year-old mass murderers sounds kinda depressing.) Now, the network is giving fiction a try with its first scripted, episodic series, “Vikings.”
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
Plan your weekly live music consumption—be it post-punk, electro-industrial, rockabilly, psych-rock, doom or Irish pub songs—with a little help from Music to Your Ears.
An Alibi mega-scene report
DJ, DIY promoter and music writer Derek Caterwaul delivers the first installment of his monthly scene report.
This week, we listened to new releases from Devendra Banhart, Waxahatchee and The Men.
Ask & You Shall Receive
Santa Fe-based multimedia collaborative Meow Wolf brings dreams to Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.
Anatolia Doner Kebab Restaurant
Downtown joint serves up authentic Mediterranean cuisine with pride.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): "If it's stupid and it works, it's not stupid." That could turn out to be a useful mantra for you in the coming week. Being pragmatic should be near the top of your priority list, whereas being judgmental should be at the bottom. Here's another mantra that may serve you well: "Those who take history personally are condemned to repeat it." I hope you invoke that wisdom to help you escape an oppressive part of your past. Do you have room for one more inspirational motto, Aries? Here it is: "I am only as strong as my weakest delusion."