Alibi V.27 No.40 • Oct 4-10, 2018

Attitude Adjustments

No complaints at Sacred Garden

Snow White relaxes Joshua Lee and slows him down, but with little headiness, leading to a pleasant body high to fight minor aches and pains, then Strawberry Fields locks him into the couch.

Best of Burque Restaurants Nominations are wide open until Aug. 28, 2019

Finalists square off starting Sept. 4

The venerable Best of Burque Restaurants returns yet again in 2019 to take the measure of the many and varied bistros, dives, hideaways, nooks, barns, big boxes, small boxes, coffee houses and food trucks. Albuquerque continues to evolve as a restaurant-based life form, a portion of its cells dying back to make room for healthy new growth. Some of last year’s faves have gone the way of the dodo. All of this year’s faves have yet to be made manifest. That’s your job! The nominations phase runs now through Wednesday, August 28, 2019 and you can nominate your favorites once each day. (Think of it as an applause-o-meter and get cracking!)


Our Health is Our Future

City Council approves Medicaid buy-in resolution

Luckily for Burqueños and Burqueñas, a forward-thinking City Council is on your side, on the side of the future. This past week Council newcomer Cynthia Borrego introduced a resolution urging our leaders to support a statewide healthcare for all initiative sponsored by NM Together Healthcare.

City/County Lawmakers in The House

Local legislative bodies moving forward and the sound’s so soothing

Councilors gave the green light to electric scooters and other kinds of shared transportation vehicles such as bicycles and small, wheeled vehicles to operate in the public rights of way.


The state Court of Appeals ruled that government agencies who fail to adequately respond to requests for public records could be fined up to $100 a day—and other tales of suspense.

Lobos Set to Begin Season

As we further approach the University of New Mexico's basketball season, fans are hoping to keep the team's significant momentum, shown earlier this year. While ultimately falling short in the Mountain West Conference tournament championship game against San Diego State, UNM appears to have a roster worthy of an NCAA tournament bid in February.

UNM Still Very Much Alive With Rout of UNLV

The University of New Mexico Lobos silenced its critics Saturday after a beat-down in Vegas. Especially UNM's quarterback, Sheriron Jones, who became the first to throw for four touchdowns in two consecutive games in program history.The offense has acquired its struggles throughout the season; however, numerous plays, made by Junior QB, Jones, against a conference rival have not only made him a candidate for the “Manning Award Quarterback of the Week,” but also a hopeful turnaround for the general program.

Albuquerque Woman is a Finalist in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50 Contest

Albuquerque, N.M.—PETA Prime is preparing to crown this year's Sexiest Vegans Over 50—and Albuquerque resident Vicki Garay is vying for the women's title. She beat out entrants from across the country to advance to the final round of six contestants. Visitors to PETA Prime's website can now help the group select the lucky winners (one man and one woman), who will each receive an eight-day adventure through northern India, courtesy of VegVoyages—Vegan Adventure Tours.

Odds & Ends

Funny because getting pistol whipped over an extremely important issue happens to someone else.

Bus Stopped

The readers write about ABQRide, candidates' position on cleaning up the jet fuel spill and exactly which helicopter really flew to Krispy Kreme.

But Wait … There's No THC in My CBD!

Cannabis use is on the rise and the biking community is feeling the impact. The USADA, a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency, has made changes this year that affect a multitude of riders. There is an updated Banned Substance List that took effect at the beginning of this year and it's leaving some dazed and confused.

Eat Your Food, Kids

Children are starving in America

There is a tremendous issue plaguing the University of New Mexico, the United States and indeed, the entire world. Regrettably, this worrisome trend is also one that isn’t often at the forefront of the collective consciousness of our eco-obsessed generation. Perhaps the most troubling aspect is the relative ease with which our society can confront this multifaceted problem, and yet it persists as a maddeningly irksome horse-fly orbiting around our heads.


News on the Green

Dr. Oz discusses the CBD oil boom and a recent study shows that cannabis has lasting cognitive functioning problems in teens.


A Star is Born

A star is rebooted in familiar musical melodrama

This tale of a faded musical icon who discovers a talented young ingénue, mentors her, falls in love and then becomes despondent when her star eclipses his own is a familiar cliché. Thankfully, the 2018 revamp of the age-old entertainment industry story offers up a respectable number of un-guilty pleasures before succumbing to its manipulative emotions and unabashedly old-fashioned drama.

Stories of Humanity

This week: Humanity on the Move film series comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre; Heritage Farm at ABQ Biopark hosts its first-ever movie night, and it’s Hotel Transylvania at the Central and Unser Library.

The Doctor Is In

“Doctor Who” on BBC America

Legions of “Doctor Who” fans are waiting in something between eager anticipation and deep trepidation for Season 11 of their favorite sci-fi show to return. The source of this uncertainty is the fact that the BBC is giving “Doctor Who” its biggest reboot in series history, recasting its main character as a woman.


Lost in the Flow

Let’s go and find peace of mind at a show

Wouldn’t you like to check out shows by Ought, Mat Kearney, The Birthday Massacre and Frankie & the Witch Fingers? We thought so! Rock on, readers.

Garbage Matters

The mind and vision of Butch Vig, translated into what remains

Butch Vig talks about Garbage, grunge and greatness with Alibi Music Editor August March.


Think Small

Tinyscapes gives viewers new, smaller perspectives

In Tinyscapes, Hallee Nguyen will document 101 staged, miniscule landscapes throughout the city.

Print Magic

ABQ Zine Fest year eight with Lawrence Lindell and many others

“It's the perfect medium,” artist, musician and educator Lawrence Lindell said over the phone from Oakland, Calif., where he had just returned home after participating in Maryland's Small Press Expo. “There's a wide range of what you can do with zines, you can experiment without too much pressure.” And Lindell himself has used the medium for many years to explore topics that relate to identity, mental health, accessibility and representation—primarily through his comics.

The Monday Poem: Howl 2018

I saw the worst men of my generation waving their small limp dicks at the flag

high on money and war, the logic and bitter drivel of their solipsist words.

Bury yourself in chenille throws and wool blankets children, it's time to hide.

Drag yourself through asphalt rush hour panoply of cars not listening to NPR.

In Baltimore, ODs and homicide erupt. In Washington, Senators masturbate.

I miss my old Underwood. It sits in a Colorado cabin and mice live there now.

I could stab and whack and tap tap tap the plutocrat's names in jazzy red ink.

Stretch that ribbon! Strike the keys, bash the return bar into place, ring the bell!

The Cold War's simplistic tropes no match for demon-memes of demagogues.


Tacos and Ice Cream In One Place?!

El Cotorro combines concept and craftsmanship

When it comes to crowd-pleasing ideas to build a restaurant around, the concept of El Cotorro is hard to beat. "Craft tacos and craft ice cream" is a simple enough idea, while still one that can easily go wrong if you don't deliver on either front. But with a bustling Nob Hill location, ever-changing (but always tasty) specials and an outdoor patio that seats about 15, El Cotorro delivers.

Fêting Greek Life

Immerse yourself in Greek culture at Albuquerque Grecian Festival, mingle with high desert creatives at the print release party for 1905’s Home Issue and celebrate Southwestern harvest tradition at El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ 2018 Harvest Festival.

Alibi V.27 No.39 • Sept 27-Oct 3, 2018

Sweet Talk

Fighting the urges at Thai Spice

Under the influence of Candida, Josh Lee visits Thai Spice and orders everything that has sweetness.


State of Travel

Day Tripper 2018

We asked our well-informed readers to share their favorite destinations outside of Albuquerque. Here, then, is the “Day Tripper” guide to New Mexico, featuring our readers’ picks for great places to eat, stay and visit all over the Land of Enchantment.


Nestled in the Tularosa Basin, at the top end of Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert, Alamogordo has its most prominent link to our country's military history as home to Holloman Air Base and gateway to White Sands Missile Range.


While most travelers are familiar with Carlsbad's famous caverns, some have yet to discover the city's other exciting sights.


Located on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, the conifer-ringed hilltop town of Farmington sits at the junction of the San Juan, the Animas and the La Plata rivers.


Gallup is filled with timeless landscapes, vibrant cultures, historic buildings and locations and one-of-a-kind eateries—as well as an old-west stage-stop feel that persists to this day.


For residents of Albuquerque, one of the quickest getaways lies just 78 miles due West in good 'ol Grants.


This tiny Southern New Mexico town is so known for its green chiles that the name of the town is synonymous with the spicy stuff itself.

Las Vegas

Only an hour and a half drive from Albuquerque (or an easy three and a half hour ride on Amtrak), Las Vegas offers a pleasant blend of natural vistas and small-town charm.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe has always been the symbol of everything that is authentic about New Mexico.


Bounded by national forest with mountains on practically every horizon, Taos has been a destination for outdoors enthusiasts, art buffs, history nerds, and many travelers just seeking out chill vibes in the northern New Mexico enclave.



Musical biopic sings a sad, romantic song

Blaze is lovingly handcrafted film that should appeal to those who just like to hear a sad, sad song once in a while.

Educational Film

Check out No Small Matter, The Joy Luck Club, Bless Me, Ultima and "The Power of Story."

Mysterious Ways

“God Friended Me” on CBS

There’s nothing remotely original going on in "God Friended Me", a low-blood-pressure, middle-of-the-road, mainstream-American effort where every flavorless moment feels recycled from other supernatural procedurals.


Always Show Up!

A life in music means it’s everywhere and holy too

This week, check out the Gathering of DJs, Tesla, Chelsea Wolfe, KBong and Ancient River.

It’s Ozzy Time!

Fabled rocker has brief chat with local music critic

A brief textual chat featuring rocanrol legend Ozzy Osbourne.


Good Luck at the Races

Gubernatorial debate offers clear delineation

Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce debate legalization while big business invests heavily in that future.

News on the Green

The DEA approves cannabis-derived drug Epidiolex which could have a positive impact on epilepsy patients’ lives. Also, after an almost decade-long decline, American cannabis drug arrests grew for a second successive year.


Police Oversight Necessary

Citizen input ensures compliance, progress of department

Stubborn cops, less property crime, more homicides and a shout-out for citizen input to polish up the vision and mission of the city’s police department—these are just some of the local law enforcement happenings down at City Hall.

Lobos To Face Liberty University

After a bye-week the University of New Mexico's football squad looks to maintain its winning-record against Lynchburg,Virginia's Liberty University. UNM has outscored opponents by an average of six points throughout three games this season; partially due to an unimpressive performance in week two. However, with struggles on both sides of the field, UNM gave fifth-ranked Wisconsin a run during the first half before falling in the second.

Talking with Charlene Pyskoty

County commission race an important part of Burque’s future

Alibi talks to County Commission District 5 candidate Charlene Pyskoty about the world, its politics as they relate to Bernalillo County and why the Bernalillo County Commission is an important forum for progressive change, now.

Defensive Struggles Stifle Comeback In Lobo’s Homecoming Game

Let me begin by stating that the prior Lobos preview may have been a tad bit optimistic considering the final results. So while we get the sour taste from the homecoming game out of our mouths, we should focus on the always-needed room for improvement. Although injuries didn't help the University of New Mexico's football team this weekend, its defense furthered its already questionable reputation to boot.

UNM Athletic Department’s New Take On Men’s Basketball Player Info

The University of New Mexico’s Athletic Department has recently begun featuring a new series titled, “Get to know your Lobos,” where, throughout the remainder of the off season, will be making its way across the men's basketball roster; asking personal questions of each individual player. So far the first installments contain arguably the three most highly-anticipated players for the 2018 season: Dane Kuiper, Anthony Mathis and Vance Jackson. As the first game approaches, players will continued to be featured by the site in order to provide fans an insight to our beloved Lobo athletes' interests and preparation heading into the season. Whether it relays a player's educational focus, a recreational activity or his preference in red or green chile, fans have also been encouraged to join in on the action by sending their direct questions to @UNMlobosMBB on Twitter.


Lawsuit filed against CYFD and HSD over treatment of children; Statewide unemployment has dropped but still lags behind rest of nation; Poll shows local voters are more concerned with the state's crime problems than education, homelessness or economy issues.

Odds & Ends

Funny because divorce due to Fortnite addiction happens to someone else.

Slow Down, Biker!

Riding the Bosque in the fall

While riding with a shiver that is no longer warmed by the 8:30 sun you begin to wonder … WTF happened to summer? Wasn’t it just last week that we reached another all time hellish high? Helmet hair was oh so much more then just flat, back then, just a minute ago. Well, welcome fall.

Local Museum Wins National Award

Writer in Residence, Paul Zolbrod, shares his experiences

Too often small gets lost in the big, yet sometimes it's just the opposite, and Albuquerque’s regionally-based Museum of Military Families can now boast on that score.


The Inside Scoop

AP photo editor and Pulitizer juror visits ABQ

Hal Buell shares his decades of photojournalism knowledge and its role in shaping our understanding of history.

By Many Means

The depth and power of Linqua Franqa

Weekly Alibi chats with Mariah Parker, AKA Linqua Franqa, the hip-hop artist, poet, writer, linguist (holding a master’s, currently working on a PhD) and legislator.

Intersections of Art and Activism

Artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo in conversation with journalist Juan D. González

Two brilliant individuals (Chemi Rosado-Seijo and Juan D. González) working in different fields—yet fields that very much speak to one another—will be in conversation thanks to a program hosted by 516 ARTS.


Re-Entry Burn

Eat your way from the Chile Cheese Festival to The Grove Cafe & Market.

Alibi V.27 No.38 • Sept 20-26, 2018

Stay Home, Canadians

Cannabis investors are not welcome here

US Customs and Border Protection threatens to ban-for-life Canadians from entering USA if they work for or invest in Canadian cannabis; Department of Health secretary defies Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on opioid dependence as conditions to qualify for medical cannabis card; Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign finance filings show a number of contributions from state medical cannabis companies.


A Progressive Engineer

Energy and education are priorities for Democrat Abbas Akhil

Weekly Alibi met with Abbas Akhil, an energy expert, former Sandia Labs engineer and candidate for New Mexico House District 20.

UNM E-mails Show Dissatisfaction with Sports Decision

With nearly one-third of the University of New Mexico's football season in the books and the much-anticipated basketball season rapidly approaching, there is a dark ambiance concerning other athletic problems lurking just around the corner. The aforementioned programs are arguably the two most coveted in Albuquerque, but many fans remain disgruntled about the decisions made regarding the recent cuts to other athletic organizations.

Buzzing Through Interpretation

Council works on issues related to helicopters, communication and jobs

Motorcycles, more about helicopters and hundreds of new jobs highlighted the chatter of a quick and easy Sept. 17 Albuquerque City Council meeting.


Gubernatorial candidate Rep. Steve Pearce says he plans to release his tax return statements; PED teacher evaluations result in higher ratings than in years past; Supreme Court blocks attempt to add a straight-ticket voting oo November's ballot.

Odds & Ends

Funny because an escaped elephant invasion happens to someone else.



News on the Green

From face masks to soda, major brands are starting to incorporate CBD into their products; and the South African Constitutional Court rules that government prohibition of adult cannabis use is illegal.


We The Animals

Coming-of-age drama paints impressionistic portrait of preteen life

We the Animals speaks to both the resiliency and the impressionability of youth, with raw performances from the actors and symbol-laden cinematography that weaves a primal world of earth, water, leaves and rain.

Stream On

Disney digital dawns

It’s looking increasingly like 2019 will be known as The Great Fracturing in the entertainment industry as Hollywood megacorps ask: Why distribute their TV shows and movies on Netflix or Hulu along with everybody else when they can start their own proprietary streaming service and charge you $9.99 a month for it?


The Music is Loud

The electric shock of Burque’s bands

Burque’s live music scene is shockingly good, it’s nearly intergalactic, another dimension.

Sonic Reducer

This week, Alibi music critic August March spins new local recordings by SubTractor and Tesuque Revolt.


Art as a Weapon

Lynnette Haozous' mural work aims to inspire

Combining her two passions for social justice and creative expression may seem like a natural fit for Lynnette Haozous, but the path to arriving there wasn't easy.

Young Detectives

Complex play opens at Vortex Theatre

As the cast and crew of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time prepared for opening night, director Leslee Richards took the time to talk to Weekly Alibi about Vortex' iteration of the work.

Found Objects

Enjoy The Legend of Juan Tabo, Reflections on Dance, “Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment" or Dirty Zine Reading (no kids!).