Alibi Volume 28, Number 05
January 31, 2019
News & Opinion
City and county leaders meet again
While most of the political action is happening up at the state legislative 60-day session, there are still local government deeds going down. Recent back to back Council and Commission meetings kept Albuquerque and Bernalillo County business rolling along.
Renewable Portfolio Standard should change
Under proposed legislation, the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard would be revised to require public utilities like PNM to get more of their resources from renewable sources like solar and wind. Weekly Alibi chats about it with Ben Shelton, the political and legislative director of New Mexico Conservation Voters.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham picks Karen Trujillo to head PED; Public outcry over a plan to build a temporary storage site for the nation's nuclear waste in New Mexico was heard by state judges last week; APDis is introducing a limit to the amount of overtime officers can work in an attempt to curb overspending.
Funny because Doctor Pence happens to someone else.
The readers write about charter vs private schools, previous issues' letters, the wall and shutdown and how right-wingers are leftists.
Film & TV
Oscar-nominated romance unfolds behind, in front of, the Iron Curtain
A sad ballad juxtaposing the intimate with the international, Cold War is a masterpiece of economy and image, mapping out the often seismic changes common to all affairs—the emotional as well as the political.
Go to the HUMP! Film Festival, Groundhog Day and The Quiet American. Take "Acting 101 For Screenwriters."
“Sex Education” on Netflix
The British-made, Netflix-distributed series “Sex Education” basically reinvents the teen sex comedy by turning it into an opportunity to analyze modern teenage hangups about sex—and by extension, the hangups of Western Civilization in general.
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
Local scene strikes a chord
This week it’s time for Sleepspent, Arcade Rivals, Quaker City Night Hawks, Dust City Opera, Vince Staples, Source and Ashes of Jupiter! Damn.
Arts & Lit
Famous author finds new career in comedy at age 83
Born in 1935, Carolyn Meyer is the newest and most unusual rising star on Albuquerque’s robust comedy scene.
Keshet’s showcase features national choreographers
Albuquerque is positively bursting with dance excellence, including a highly regarded national gem in the contemporary dance world, Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts. So why aren’t more of us swooning about the dance scene here?
Beadwork focus of events this weekend
Many spiritual traditions make use of beads, touched and held, in prayer or meditation, and as items for trade, storytelling, adornment and ceremony. This week people will have the chance through three separate events to learn more about the history of beads and beadwork, through a lecture, an exhibition and a class.
New distillery serves infused liquors and a chef-driven food menu
Whether you should come visit Hollow Spirits for the food or for the drinks is a toss-up, so go for both.
Five wines with a dark side in the tasting room
Robin Babb tastes five of Gruet wines, all made with Pinot Noir grapes.
A few of our favorite Gruet wines and what to eat with them
The art of pairing food with wine/beer/whatever you're drinking is a highly subjective one, based on whether Mercury is in retrograde, which way the wind is blowing and what model your first car was. With that in mind, here's our suggestion on what you should eat with what your drinking.
An interview with Dr. Ben Daitz
We talk with Dr. Ben Daitz, co-writer, -director and -producer of The Medicine in Marijuana about the endocannabinoid system, barriers to research and how to improve the state's medical cannabis program.
President rants about drugs crossing the border and enumerates several of them. Marijuana isn't mentioned.
Here come the regulations
n December of 2018, amid the holiday bustle and shutdown threats, President Donald Trump quietly legalized hemp by signing the 2018 Farm Bill.
The politics behind the Controlled Substance Act
n 1970, President Richard Nixon's tongue lolled with contentment as Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act, making a number of chemical compounds illegal. Their hands were tied. Youths all over the nation were irresponsibly using psychedelic drugs and putting themselves in harm's way. Well that's how the narrative goes, anyway.
CBD for pets
CBD isn't psychoactive, so it won't make your pet high, but is it safe? Unfortunately, that question is a long way from being answered definitively. There's been little research made regarding CBD's effects on animals.
Sacred Garden manager knows his medicine
As the general manager of Santa Fe based medical dispensary, Sacred Garden, Tim McGivern is tasked with common management skills, but also has an acute and fascinating knowledge base at his fingertips.
To smoke or eat cannabis?
When you smoke or vape marijuana, THC enters the bloodstream through the lungs and moves on to bind with the body's endocannabinoid receptors. When you eat it, though, the THC gets metabolized by the liver before it hits the bloodstream, and what the liver does to it makes all the difference.
Cannabis and yoga
At first glance, yoga and marijuana seem made for each other: They're both commonly described as being “relaxing,” practitioners of both like to make outrageous claims about their medical efficacy and the cultures of both are rife with people who smell like patchouli. But there's an odd rift in the yoga community over whether the two should be mixed or not.
Now that hemp is legal again, you might be asking yourself how we got to such a bizarre point where criminalizing a natural resource that doesn't even get you high could seem like a reasonable act.
Whether you're suffering from cold tension or just trying to get over the winter blues, our good old buddy cannabis can cure what ails you.
The many uses of hemp
For the most part, we've been interested in marijuana's efficacy as a medicine or in its ability to get you high. But now that the 2018 Farm Bill has legalized hemp, we can go back to admiring the amazing physical traits of cannabis—which most of us have all but forgotten.