In the American Midwest, things have changed. Chelsea Darter grew up there and is now looking through her lens at little pieces of what is recognizable, and much that has turned into something less. Is it a broken landscape undergoing economic decay and political contraction, or a wounded king barely doing his once noble job?
Weekly Alibi has been covering news, arts and entertainment for Albuquerque and the surrounding area since 1992, and we have no intention of slowing down. We are the independent media voice in Albuquerque print and we aim to stay that way.
Yes, sports fans, the final round of Best of Burque has begun! Cast your votes March 27 through April 10 up to once per day to push your choices to the top of the polls. It’s the one time when “vote early and vote often” can lead to victory instead of a prison term, so pump up the volume and make that social media diaspora happen. Free the butterflies of promotion and let them migrate to potential voters far and wide. Or something like that. Behold, we give you the Best of Burque 2019 Reader’s Choice Ballot!
Transformation is something of an uber-theme at Arts Hub, with an end goal of building community and a process for now of producing shows like Sonder: Transformations that are unlike those commonly found in New Mexico.
CVS and Walgreens want to start carrying hemp-derived CBD products on their shelves; New Mexico will add opioid use disorder to qualifying conditions for medical cannabis; Dreamin' OG makes Joshua Lee's aches and pains a distant memory at the cost of focus.
During the unpredictable month of March, Bernalillo County Commissioners put the ink to a $45 million renovation of their new digs, honored some top-notch high school basketball players and stayed strong and silent on the backlash against statewide firearm background check legislation.
On a late March weekend, State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard headed out to the Permian Basin to visit oil wells on state trust lands. Not one facility visited didn’t have visible (with a FLIR camera) emissions pouring out from pipes or seeping out of valves.
PED will remove "More Rigorous Intervention” designation from four of the state's schools; Aztec City Commission meeting to decide if the town should become a second amendment “sanctuary” became so heated that police ended it early; Albuquerque Open Space Division acquired 38 acres of protected land.
Chinese gangster saga evolves with its country’s economic history
By Devin D. O’Leary
Minimalist in nature and almost documentary-like in its visuals, Ash Is Purest White is a surprisingly light and engaging journey—one that evolves from revamped gangster film to contemplative character story to quietly observational look at modernity and the various discontents that come with it.
BoBM 2019 results show diversity, depth and dedication
By August March
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 ourBest of Burque Music Showcase this weekend, March 30 in downtown Albuquerque starting at 6:30pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best of Burque Music Showcase soundtracks March 30
By Samantha Carrillo
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
City lawmakers on sovereignty, downtown, TV and the police
By Carolyn Carlson
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.
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.
Disco-fueled drama looks for love in several wrong places
By Devin D. O’Leary
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.
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 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.