Alibi V.27 No.18 • May 3-9, 2018

The Kosmos is Big on Atmosphere

New arts-forward restaurant serves local brews and tasty burgers

In a busy Downtown dining scene, The Kosmos is a secret getaway. The menu is simple, and like the artists around them, seems to focus on doing whatever they do well.

Best of Burque Restaurants 2018 voting phase is on!

Votes may be cast daily until September 26—so get crackin’!

The great day has come, the great day has come at last. The nominees are on the ballot and the polls are officially open for Best of Burque Restaurant, 2018 edition. Participants may vote daily until September 26. Yes, daily! Yes, this IS a popularity contest! (And may the most delicious contestants win.)

news

Supreme Court Reverses Vetoes

10 bills from 2017 enacted as law

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously last week that Gov. Susana Martinez illegally vetoed 10 different bills last year, clearing the way for the bills to go into effect.

PED Plans Future for Failing Schools

The New Mexico Public Education Department has announced plans to restructure and redesign two failing schools; Victims of sexual assault can now retain information regarding their case by inquiring the status of their sexual assault evidence kits.

The Animals of Albuquerque

Stories of desperation and hope from a place filled with both

A new director of the Animal Welfare Department needs to be found and brought to the table.

Odds & Ends

Funny because brains living outside of one's body happens to someone else.

food

Israeli Couscous Salad

An easy summer side recipe from Jan Laird

Pasta salads are perfect for bringing to picnics or outdoor lunches at home, when something cold is often what sounds the tastiest.

cannabis

The End is Nigh

Hemp vetoes overturned, federal legalization looms

New Mexico has enacted a law allowing for hemp research to be conducted at the state's universities and establishes a fund for hemp research, and another law which calls for the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. Next US Farm Bill is expected to remove barriers to hemp production as well, removing New Mexico's economic lead.

film

What Would Willy Do?

An interview with novelist, musician Willy Vlautin

Foregoing Hollywood-drama fodder for the more realistic victories and defeats of the working class, each of Willy Vlautin's books and films quietly breaks your heart while scraping out a measure of redemption.

Blurred Lines

Viacom goes digital

Viacom—the ninth largest broadcasting, cable and media company in the world—is jumping into the online world with both feet. Welcome to the crosshairs of a new target demographic, millennials.

Memorial Day

New Mexico is safe from graboids. Enjoy Paper Lanterns, Wonder or a Sci-Fi Film Festival.

music

Oh, Sweet Darlin’

You get the best of our gigs

Having the best gigs west of the Troubadour is a blessing in a town that grasps the approaching summer dryly with a windy heat and long, too-sunny days.

art

Returned to the World

Craig Childs' latest book explores pre-history and what it means to modernity

Craig Childs is in wonder of pre-history in all its obscurity, as presentiment to life as we know it today. Relating to ancient humans is an exercise in empathy and stretches the imagination.

Feeling for the Edge

Survey of Patrick Nagatani's early photograhy illumines a master

We speak with curator Mary Statzer about Patrick Nagatani, who created smart, often surprising photographs that hummed with their questions on spirituality, the construction of self, how we heal and how we fit into the puzzle of the natural world.

Drunk in Love

Friday, May 4 is a busy day! Will you go to Bard Crawl, Thrown and Sewn, Cunning Folk or Fortitude: Portraits of the Perseverant?

Alibi V.27 No.17 • April 26-May 2, 2018

Love Letters

The sweetest leaf at Everest Apothecary

Joshua Lee relaxes his back and arm muscles with King Louis the XIII x Copper Chem and Candyland lifts a previously unnoticed pressure.

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Best of Burque 2018

Our readers flaunt their faves

Here are Alibi’s 2018 Best of Burque winners in a wide variety of areas—from Night Life to Arts to Services to Cannabis. Our editorial staff has jumped in as well, spilling details on each “Best Of” winner. And if you don’t agree with what your fellow Alibi readers chose, be sure and vote for your favorites next year!

art

Stories in Clay and Canvas

A legacy of creativity is illustrated in Three Generations

Tammy Garcia's works on canvas are inspired by the pottery she and her family have been making for generations.

Putting Form to the Past

The adult students at Gordon Bernell share their personal narratives in Telling Stories

For seven years Gordon Bernell Charter School has produced an art show to show their adult students' perspectives. This time around the show is called Telling Stories, and many students in this exhibition have used their tattoos and scars as an avenue to share their histories.

Art on Point

Go to Arrows on Point or Sonder, celebrate Independent Bookstore Day and learn at Coffee + Creatives.

food

How Not to Starve in the Wild

Pack light but nutritionally dense food while camping

Whether you’re car camping or backpacking, there are three different kinds of food you should bring on your trip: food for cooking over a campfire, food for cooking on a camp stove and food that’s ready-to-eat.

Charcuterie Joint Serves Fancy Fare

Prices notwithstanding, Salt and Board’s food and drink is excellent

If you love good food and drink, Salt and Board has both in spades, the star of the show being the charcuterie board featuring three cured meats and three cheeses.

Big Bend Road Trip

Best places to eat on the drive down south

If you have a road trip to southern Texas, here are a few places where you might want to eat along the way.

news

Let’s Send Pat to Congress

Weekly Alibi endorses Davis for District 1

Weekly Alibi met with Candidate Davis last week to discuss his run for US House of Representatives District 1.

Program to Improve High Schools Under Way

New Mexico high schools to participate in a new program to increase graduation rates and student performance; Democratic Party of New Mexico elected Marg Elliston as chairwoman; Officials with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant claim the facility is working at a “new normal” for the first time since it reopened last year.

film

You Were Never Really Here

Art house action flick and its main character both feel bad

You Were Never Really Here enters the genre of cathartically violent shoot-’em-up story of emotionally wounded assassins and their doomed betrayers/targets but fails to provide an overall logic to the bloody proceedings.

Photos on Film

Go to Living in the Story, Taos Film Day: New Mexico Voices or the Albu-CRAZY Film Fest Fundraiser.

Yes, Nanny!

“Muppet Babies” on Disney Junior

Cute, simple-minded and upbeat to a fault, the new “Muppet Babies” is clearly aimed at very young kids. Grown ups may be tempted but they aren’t likely to stick around for long.

music

Two Tickets to BoB

There will be concerts, of course

Here’s a look at the best shows readers can hope to see and hear in this town during the heady, heady week of BoB.

Because I Can’t Get Enough

The world, through Money-colored lenses

At the end of the day Eddie Money is and remains just who he says he is. Honest to a fault, hardworking, damn funny, musically literate and possessed of the kind of spirit that one doesn’t get from striking a deal with the devil, but rather from outrunning the bastard. Eddie Money rocks.

Alibi V.27 No.16 • April 19-25, 2018

Final Portrait

Artistic biopic revels in surface details

Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.

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Best of Burque Music 2018 Winners

A big thanks to Showcase participants and attendees

Winners and nominees—23 of them— rocked over a thousand attendees at five venues on March 24, 2018. It was a blast and we’ll see you at next year’s shindig. Here for posterity (and your browsing pleasure) are the winners and runners-up.

Brave New World Vulture

Beauty the Turkey Vulture does work to make her species proud

Hawks Aloft is a local nonprofit that deals in conservation of birds of prey.

Healthy Plants, Healthy Kids

Water conservation project at Barelas school

The students in the Dolores Gonzales Gardening Club will be going home with not only some fresh fruits and vegetables from their beds, but also with some plants they can continue to nurture at home, learning to be stewards for nature.

art

Conjuring Wonder

Paper engineer Matt Shlian brings new work to Tamarind's Wonder Cabinet

We interview Matt Shlian about his work and the convergence of arts and sciences.

Death and Coffee

Adobe Theater's Black Coffee satisfies the craving for traditional noir

Adobe Theater's Black Coffee creates the appropriate mood, renders its characters nicely and doles out clues artfully.

Found Objects

See Her Dirty Dishes, connect with the Center for Cartoon Studies, learn about bullet journals go to a talk with Jane Lackey.

food

Food Waste (and How Not to Waste It)

Tips on reducing and reusing the stuff you’d normally throw out

If you cook at home at all, you likely throw away a lot of food waste. But there’s plenty of clever ways you can reuse scraps to keep them out of the landfill and save yourself a few bucks in the process.

news

An Immigrant Friendly Town

Plus all sorts of other interesting city business

Immigrant tears and fears topped the agenda and made for a very interesting Albuquerque City Council meeting.

To The Future Governor

This year’s essential truths, revealed

The outcome of the governor’s race in N.M. will give direction to our culture’s movement, but it's going to take some work to embrace progress.

DA Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

Bernalillo County's District Attorney is calling for expanded limits on existing gun laws; a judge has ruled that state Sen. Joseph Cervantes qualifies to run for the Democratic nomination in the state's Gubernatorial race; a bill expanding a national child abduction alert service's coverage to include tribal lands was signed into law by President Donald Trump last week.

Odds & Ends

Funny because speeding tickets given to parked cars happen to someone else.

Letters

The readers write about Trump's tax records and one of last week's articles.

film

Blood Relatives

This week, see La Novia or Beyond the Border: The Story of Ettore Castiglioni; go to a talk about production assistants.

Back From the Dead

“Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC

Reset, restaffed and injected with a long-overdue sense of humor, “Fear the Walking Dead” now feels like a dusty undead Western and it might actually be the jolt of zesty ranch flavor this show’s bland mix of rotting corpses and bad decisions has been needing.

music

One Divine Hammer

Chatting with Kelley Deal

August March speaks with Kelley Deal of The Breeders about how things have changed since 25 years ago.

cannabis

Incremental Freedom

Cannabis decriminalized in ABQ

A measure to decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of cannabis passed by a hair, though four City Councilors still felt it's a good idea to lock people in a cage for using a substance that doesn't harm anybody.