Alibi V.28 No.13 • March 28-April 3, 2019

As Far as I Can Tell

Talking with Robyn Hitchcock

Weekly Alibi shares a very interesting encounter with legendary psych rocker Robyn Hitchcock.

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Best of Burque Music Showcase features nominees and winners Sat. 3/30

BoBM 2019 results show diversity, depth and dedication

At the end of the race, it was clear that music rules this town and this year, the rock, jazz, art music, Latinx, Americana, electronica, and hip-hop communities—as well as many others, although we didn’t hear much from many ukulele enthusiasts, dang it—came together, creating a wide-ranging spread that you all can check out for realz when we present our Best of Burque Music Showcase this weekend, March 30 in downtown Albuquerque starting at 6:30pm.

Best of the Best

Players and bands in this town are known for their prowess and musicality, even far from our town’s ostensible borders. This year our readers contributed to that historical conversation.

Individual Performers

Whether ripping out massive riffs on the guitar, writing epic symphonies or vocalizing all angelic or demonic, this town has a profoundly rich community in tune with that thing called chops. Here’s a list of folks our readers say hold the key to that interactive process.

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Function Follows Form

The challenge of Adaptive Biomedical Design

Weekly Alibi sat down with Heather Canavan to talk about her work and her team’s Adaptive Design Challenge.

The Art of the Living Flower

Annual Hanami Celebration and Ichiyo Ikebana Exhibition

Albuquerque has flowers, and this weekend offers the opportunity to take them in with two art forms that reflect the temporary nature of blossoming beauty.

Found Objects

This week, check out Pieces of Yellow, World Storytelling Day, “Goya’s Sketch Books – Folly and Fantasy” and Tell Me Your Secrets: Burque Poets.

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Try, Try Again

Recreational back in 2020

Legalization in New Mexico may return in 2020, cannabis linked to psychotic episodes, Republicans block banking bill and Josh quells anxiety with Orange Blossom Special.

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The Council and the Police

Ordinance governs oversight board

Maybe it was the planet Mercury going retrograde that inspired one citizen to sing for the Albuquerque City Council during its special meeting to discuss amendments and hear public input on updating the Civilian Police Oversight Ordinance.

UNM Faculty Organizing

Unions give workers a needed voice

Weekly Alibi met with associate professor Matías Fontenla, one of the UNM professors responsible for organizing his cohorts and calling for union representation.

Newscity

Environment Department issued a notice of violation to oil and gas giant Hilcorp Energy Company; Plans for a Rail Runner spur line have upset some North Edith area residents; Democratic legislator from Silver City said women who want abortions shouldn't have gotten pregnant in the first place.

Odds & Ends

Funny because being recalled and then winning your reelection on the same day happens to someone else.

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Hotel Mumbai

Well-packaged drama chronicles real-world horrors

Hotel Mumbai has the ensemble cast structure of an epic disaster movie and the disturbing visceral impact of a horror flick, but it leavens that with a white-knuckle narrative intensity and a respect for real-world events.

With the Assist

See The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, take a production assistant training class and take on the western film themed “Official State Ornament” Design Contest.

Send in the Rock Clowns

The Dirt on Netflix

The Dirt is the Animal House of hair metal with an extra helping of disaster. To ask this made-for-TV movie not to be vapid is like asking a skin flick not to be pornographic.

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Down the Rabbit Hole of Mixology

The first thing about Founders is this: no password, no entry. The speakeasy concept is in full swing here. No signage, no obvious hidden door, no indication you’re standing over a bar full of people while you’re inside El Rey Liquors.

A Taste Of South America

Tip your glass this week at a South American Wine Tasting, Sausage Smoke & Cajun Boil and Vara Winery's brunch celebration.

Alibi V.28 No.12 • March 21-27, 2019

So It Goes

Legalization bill fails

"Compromise" legalization bill dies and Scott Gottlieb resigns from FDA leaving CBD regulatory framework unfinished. Come to the 2019 New Mexico Medical Cannabis Conference!

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Sounds Like Burque

Best of Burque Music Showcase soundtracks March 30

Our readers know what they like; and thanks to our annual Best of Burque Music reader survey, so do we. On Saturday, March 30, join us for Weekly Alibi’s 2019 Best Of Burque Music Showcase at über-popular Downtown venues Sister, Side Effex, KiMo Theatre, The Jam Spot, Corpus Arts and Launchpad.

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The City and the State

Burque benefits from legislative luau

This year’s legislative session allocated $33 million to assist our city with many projects, including improving law enforcement, relieving Balloon Fiesta traffic and the redeveloping rail yards.

The Council in March

City lawmakers on sovereignty, downtown, TV and the police

As the March winds wailed and blustered, Albuquerque became the first city in the US to officially recognize Native American governmental sovereignty. Councilors put the brakes on Downtown traffic and seek your input on proposed revisions to the city’s civilian police oversight ordinance.

Same Time, Next Year

A recap from the Roundhouse

Well, you all can keep those pipes in your pocket and continue to stash that stash. Though that may seem like bad news to your typical New Mexican, it’s really just a small, smoky mote in the eye.

Newscity

Health Department sent a medical exam van to migrant family shelters; water official said he'll work with AG in water rights battle; Rep. Debra Haaland addressed Congress last week concerning the high rates of missing and murdered indigenous women on Native reservations.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a “BreedReady” status leak happens to someone else.

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Watcher of the Skies

Chatting with Dremon, a fellow who flows

We chat with the rapper named Dremon, born and raised in Albuquerque among a family of music-lovers.

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Gloria Bell

Disco-fueled drama looks for love in several wrong places

Gloria Bell is about seeking out and accepting joy in life’s tiny moments, not wallowing in misery. Its empowering coda is mild and delivered as a spur-of-the-moment whim in an act that leads less to a life-changing epiphany and more to a moment of Zen-like acceptance.

Submit to the State

See A League of Their Own on the big screen; film and TV sets need medics (not just people who play them) and it's time for local residents to submit films for the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase; learn how to join the union for professional film technicians working “below the line” on TV and movie productions.

“Love, Death + Robots”

No Kids “Zone”

“Love, Death + Robots is “adult” in the sense that it’s super violent, loaded with cuss words and shows lots and lots of boobies. If you’re looking for an antecedent, it’s like Heavy Metal, but with less of the arty European fantasy stuff and more old-fashioned American exploitation.

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Exploring Our Own Backyard

516 ARTS looks to our local past

While many works included have come directly from Ray Graham’s personal collection, In Our Own Backyard seeks to go beyond merely exhibiting an archive by bringing in current work to demonstrate a continuum and inspire the next generation of collectors, curators and artists.

Reading and Hiking

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque

Topping many Burquenos’ list of why they love living here is access to the great outdoors, but what if you’re at a loss for an excursion that fits your desired length, landscape and difficulty, or if you’re just tired of hiking the same trails every weekend?

Found Objects

This week there's I Am Harvey Milk, the annual Wikipedia edit-a-thon, Fronteriza poet Scenters-Zapico comes to read selections of her work and you can finally get your Albuquerque Solid Waste Management T-shirt.

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Get Baking, Get Baked

A layman’s guide to cooking with cannabis

Thinking of making your own cannabis edibles? Learn from others' mistakes and you can avoid throwing away hundreds of dollars in ingredients.

Freight House Kitchen + Tap

Beer and BBQ are the key to elevated pub grub

Bernalillo may not be the first spot that springs to mind when considering your next bite to eat, but the Freight House could certainly change that. You'll certainly find much to like with a menu and a vibe that's easy-going yet inviting.

Alibi V.28 No.11 • March 14-20, 2019

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Animated film folds art history lessons into Hitchcock-style thriller

Like all great works of art, your appreciation of Ruben Brandt, Collector may depend on what you bring to it. Watched as a casual, technically proficient imitation of a classic, Hitchcock-style move caper, it's a breezy, stylish diversion. Push past the surface and dive deep into its multiple layers and it's a Stendhal syndrome-inducing intellectual exercise.

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A Dream Deferred

Recreational Marijuana in 2020?

The tents were packed up. The elephants and donkeys have trouped back out to their homes on the range or in the mountains of the desert and back to the cities too. The circus was over, but recreational marijuana never made it into the ring-master’s inner circle.

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Funny Films

This week there's the New Mexico Actors Showcase and screenings of Dinner at Eight and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Funny Fest is looking for people and KiMo Theatre is offering guided tours.

Girl, Uninterrupted

“Shrill” on Hulu

“Shrill” balances its amusing pop cultural observations with some harsh realities about how cruel we can be—both to others and, ultimately, to ourselves.

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Just Words and Some Tunes

Let’s get there soon

This is the week when time catches up, when there is light again, well past supper. The evening activities that await seem to stretch across the mind’s eye like the lonesome stretch of old Route 66 that trails off into nothingness at the edge of Burque.

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Four Moons Farm in Los Lunas

Molly Mendenhall aims for healthy soil and crop diversity

In her first year as a grower, Molly Mendenhall convinced 10 friends to support her budding occupation by signing up for her newly formed Community Supported Agriculture cooperative. And then “it just kind of spiraled,” she says. “I didn’t think it would become a career.”

Next Door to the Brewery

Sweets and sandwiches at Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds is about as close to a deli as there is in Albuquerque. They do breakfast and lunch and, cleverly, stay open late to cater to the Tractor Brewing crowd as well. You can order at TLB, take a number and let them know that you’ll be at the brewery, and they’ll bring your order over to you.

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The Plume that Would Not Die

New Mexico Environment Department has a plan

The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking public comment on its draft strategic plan to address the contamination and cleanup of the Kirtland jet fuel leak.

Talking with Donkeys

Democrats revisit recent successes and envision a hopeful future

Weekly Alibi met with Democratic Party communications director Joel Kasenetz and the current chair of the party, Marg Elliston to discuss the legislature, the state and the future.

A Real Emergency

Global warming must be addressed with urgency

Without a WWII-level effort to reduce CO2 emissions, we will soon approach a point where we can’t affect any meaningful change by controlling emissions, as the feedback loop cascades beyond control. Ignoring this problem is akin to waiting until the Nazi Wehrmacht is in Pennsylvania as opposed to France.

Newscity

Luna County commissioners unanimously approved a county resolution backing the president's emergency; Española water levels tested high for nitrates in November but not in January; Armed security guards began patrolling Rio Rancho Public Schools campuses this week.

Gas is Good

The readers write about natural gas, the wall vs the Green New Deal and the need for policy-makers' financial disclosure.

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Portrait of a Creative Community

Forever Now: New Portraits by Andrew Fearnside

Weekly Alibi sat down with visual artist Andrew Fearnside to talk about community and what drives his interest in bringing community into his work.

Roasted Byrd

Local comedian catches insults for cancer

Why on Earth would anyone invite a group of vicious local comedians to roast her in public?

Found Objects

This week, you can check out an Open Poetry Reading, Enchanted Coloring and Crafts, Antiquarian Book Fair and Yjastros 34: The Rise of Flamenco.

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Dare We Hope?

House passes legalization bill

New Mexico House passes compromise bill to legalize cannabis, the 450-plant limit ruled arbitrary and inadequate and House also passes hemp bills to expand production and innovation.