Alibi Volume 22, Number 14
April 4, 2013
Dear Best of Burque, you sure are a Lot of Worque.
We all love our Burque, but sometimes we forget to say so out loud. For 20 years and counting, the Weekly Alibi has told the Burque Monster that we love it by counting up thousands and thousands of votes and boiling them down into the definitive things our readers love about living here. Some things are different, some things stay the same. You can think of it as a love letter. To the Burque.
Amelia Olson (Neblina founder, musician): “At Forever 21 in Coronado Mall, music plays so loudly from every direction that you’re like a small animal locked in an ill-timed demise. By the time you’re safely in your car, you find yourself with awkward fitting faux silk dresses and weird smelling cardigans. What happened to you? Who were you in those dark moments, aimlessly walking from room to room trying to decipher if you’re an S, M or L?”
Best Bike Trail, Best City Politician to be Awarded a Medal, Best News Anchor We Want to Wear a Cowboy Hat for an Entire Broadcast, Best "Breaking Bad" Location and more winners in essential Burqueñosity.
Manny Rettinger (Studio recording engineer and music technology lecturer, University of New Mexico): “I'm not sure if Nauman considered the sonic possibilities in his conception of the piece, but I am obsessed with the desire to explore them.”
Best Art Gallery, Best Theater Space, Best Comedy Troupe and Best Pointillist-Cubist-Structuralist Work of Art Created in a Vacuum Tube. Kidding.
Jessica Billey (Multi-instrumentalist, The Grave of Nobody’s Darling, Phantom Lake, Veery and more): “Doing Tai Chi next to hundreds of giant birds on a cold morning, facing east towards the mountains and the climbing sun, turned out to be pure magic.”
Best Bakery, Best Butcher/Meat Counter, Best Liquor Store and other besty tastes—er, tasty bests.
Gordy Anderson (Guitarist, Black Maria): “In a town where a local band's guarantee is a couple of drink tickets and perhaps a slice of the take at the door, the green room at Sister will help you fulfill your rock star fantasies and momentarily forget you have to lug all your crap back to the practice space at 2:30 a.m.”
Best Bar Staff, Best Swanky Bar, Best Bar for Dancing and other bars that are the best, bar none.
Peter Mezensky (KUNM DJ, Duke City Tech co-founder): “This town is in dire need of more/better tech jobs or any kind of jobs, really. In order to attract those jobs, we need to show off our local talent and help them network with the right people.“
Best Adult Shop, Best Comic Book Store, Best Yoga or Pilates Studio, Best Pest Control and all them other bestests that you pay people for.
Michael Henningsen (PIO/Media and Marketing Director for Expo New Mexico and Former Alibi Editor/Music Editor): “Bill Richardson is a true craftsman, perhaps the only real one in the whole state. Take your guitars to him or sell them and buy new ones and just hope for the best from the factory. What Bill's got working is a thing called magic.”
Nora Hickey (Editor-in-Chief of the Blue Mesa Review Literary Magazine): “Winning Coffee has it all: slams, open mics, OUTspoken Word, Works In Progress (UNM creative writing graduate students and professors) and an eclectic cast of regulars.“
Eric Castillo (Blogger at Followeric.com): “Going in, I never know what I'll end up with, but I always find something fun and funky. I've walked out with everything from a handmade hand warmer to a vintage necktie.”
Sarah Kennedy and Sarah Mowery (Stand-up comedians, hosts of Broad Humor Comedy Show): “This half-treehouse, half-bar is the perfect atmosphere for wise-cracks and story-telling after shows. If you’re out on a Friday or Saturday night, Dan Rascon is surely standing at the bar. Anodyne’s beer selection and friendly staff make it an obvious pick for energetic, post-show folk.”
Chris Silva (Weekly Alibi Circulation Driver): “Six bucks will get your tire fixed, and it never takes more than ten minutes. Once, these guys found me a particular and much-needed rim in their salvage pile that the dealer had on backorder for over a month.”
South of the border political drama sells audiences on the idea of revolution
Your knowledge of late-’80s Central American politics isn’t really an issue when it comes to the new political drama NO. In fact, the less you know about the rule of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the more thrilling the film will be. If your closest connection to the material is Dennis Miller’s “Pinochet Countdown” contest from “Saturday Night Live,” then you’re primed and ready to watch NO spoiler free.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is celebrating the 20th annual César Chávez Day with a free screening of the film Fight in the Fields on Thursday, April 4. This hour-long documentary will help viewers learn more about César Chávez and the movement he inspired among American farmworkers. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local labor union leaders, DREAM activists, clergy and minimum wage campaign organizers.
Tidbits from Around the Dial
Saint Strikes Back—Leslie Charteris’ long-running book series character “The Saint” is returning to TV. The Robin Hood-esque super-spy/super-thief was brought to life, famously, by Roger Moore in the ’60s. A 1997 movie version starring Val Kilmer failed to revive the franchise. But now a new weekly take is being lensed. It stars Adam Rayner (“Hunted,” “HawthoRNe”) as do-gooder Simon Templar and Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dollhouse”) as his on-again-off-again love interest. No word on where it might be airing, but producers are screening it this month at the MIPTV market in Cannes.
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
An editorial/mixtape for CNM
Alibi Music Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo editorializes Chronicle-gate and slips a mixtape into CNM’s locker.
Whether you’re hankering for hardcore/hip-hop, world music, psych-rock, surf, Elvis homage, singer-songwriters or acoustic folk inflected with punk and stand-up comedy, Music to Your Ears has you covered.
This week, we listened to new releases from Low, Wardruna and CHVRCHES.
Internationally-renowned artist collective opens its doors again to offer a twin lecture featuring Candice Hopkins and the Product Division.
New self-help book takes 250 pages to make the same point every coach makes at halftime: “There’s no ‘I’ in Team!”
Thriving and writhing at El Pinto
El Pinto is a busy place and therefore generates a lot of food waste. Owners Jim and John Thomas didn’t want to keep throwing all that biodegradable material into the trash, so about six years ago they started experimenting with a form of composting they’d learned about on a visit to Chihuahua—vermicomposting. Composting with worms.
Stanley Crawford and the center of the universe
Stanley Crawford, novelist, memoirist and garlic farmer is telling me about the experience of driving back to his home near Dixon after a day of shopping, movie-going and dinner in Santa Fe. He talks of leaving the barrage of consumer goods and emerging into the Rio Grande canyon; the feeling of being suddenly surrounded by rocks and juniper and piñon.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Art cannot be modern," said Austrian painter Egon Schiele. "Art is primordially eternal." I love that idea. Not all of the artifacts called "art" fit that scrupulous definition, of course. Katy Perry's music and the film Wreck-It Ralph may have some entertainment value, but they're not primordially eternal. I bring this up, Aries, because I think you have entered a particularly wild and timeless phase of your own development. Whether or not you are literally an artist, you have a mandate to create your life story as a primordially eternal work of art.