Alibi V.28 No.20 • May 16-22, 2019

The White Crow

Choppy ballet biopic moves through time with wild abandon

The White Crow is an elegant and energetic portrait of an artist, well staged and shot in brief snippets, but the jarringly fractured storytelling, the aggressively choppy editing and the generally unlikable subject keep the film from adding up to much more than the sum of its parts.


Televised Triumph

Quote Unquote conundrum comes full circle

The city council’s decision to declare some of the current community cable bidders as non-responsive opens the option of using multiple providers for local public access and community cable content, including Quote Unquote.

Municipal Election Looms

Even-numbered council districts prepare

This November, 2019, voters will decide who will take four seats at the Albuquerque City Council table.

Untroubled Lives

Keller’s agenda continues its advance

Things have changed at city hall, and in no place is that clearer than in official communications coming from the city.


Border Patrol officers dropped off around 100 asylum-seeking migrants at a private bus station in Las Cruces, despite a request from the city to halt the practice; a judge ordered the state to pay the legal fees of two groups that filed a lawsuit alleging the Education Department failed to provide an adequate education; a closed-down prison in Torrance County might reopen to hold Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a misspelling on national currency happens to someone else.


The Art of Kindnesses

Small, positive overt acts of empathy

It was seeing the impact that small, positive, overt acts had on a school day that prompted Melinda Forward to begin the Kindness Club. Weekly Alibi sat down with her to talk about empathy and the role of small, positive things.

Throwing It All Away

McGoldrick’s dumpster full of clouds

Approaching any dumpster is not exactly a thrill, but maybe if you were walking along the path by the river, and then back to your car at the Pueblo Montaño Trailhead with an empty cup in your hand, it might be a welcome sight. Lance Ryan McGoldrick’s dumpster will offer you no comfort in that task. You will be denied. It does not work as a dumpster. You will leave this dumpster full-handed.

Found Objects

Coming up, there's a pinhole photography demo, Fiber Crawl, Pumpgirl, Constructed Reality and the South American Folk Fair.


Bank on This

Support for SAFE Act on the rise

House Financial Services Committee votes to advance SAFE Act to floor; Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act reintroduced; Candy Rain enlivens and stimulates.


Jews in the Desert

Among this week's opportunities are “¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas” festival and “Cli-Fi: Altered Futures Through Film and Literature."

Yossarian Lives

“Catch-22” on Hulu

Like Heller’s borderline absurdist novel, "Catch-22" jumps around quite a bit, giving it an overall air of chaos, but casual viewers and nonreaders of Heller may still be at something of a loss trying to piece it all together. Over the course of its six episodes, though, the series really rewards viewers with its mature take on a black comedy classic.



Chicken Hotter Than A Phoenix

FireBird Hot Chicken lives up to the name

FireBird is a great addition to the Heights, offering a wide array of heat choices for some killer chicken.

Vegetarian Options on the Rise

Vegetarians are changing the beef game

When you think about the amount of water and time and energy used to raise beef for the US, and it becomes easy to see why there’s been a race to find truly effective vegetarian substitutes for normal meat offerings. With a dramatic shift in the way vegetarian options are created, we’re seeing more originality and variety in the products available.

Destination: Santa Fe

Getting out of your home and comfort zone and into the world at large will help expand your horizons and give you something new to carry with you. This week, we challenge you to take a trip up to Santa Fe and try out one of these cool events they’re holding up there.

Alibi V.28 No.19 • May 9-15, 2019

Building a Monolith on the Mesa

Heavy music festival rocks Taos next weekend

Weekly Alibi chats with the organizers of Monolith on the Mesa, a three-day heavy rock music festival being held at Taos Mesa Brewing, a funky and far-out venue in El Prado, N.M.


Summer Guide 2019

Hit the road or staycation for fun in the sun

New Mexico is a seasonal wonderland—whether you stick to the warming concrete environs of Albuquerque or head out into our neighboring counties in search of shade and greenery. To assist you in choosing your summer destinations, Alibi staff members have assembled a calendar of diverse events.

If You Want Shows (You’ve Got Them)

Summer concert season rocks

There are great concert opportunities, inside and out, throughout the summer—and almost every night of the week—in a state that blossoms every year with fresh musical produce rising from the ground here in the high desert.


From the River to the Valley

The inspiration of Mitch Berg

Weekly Alibi sat down with Mitch Berg among the crumbling adobe, repurposed shipping containers and reclaimed scrap metal of his South Valley compound for a conversation about what brought him there.

A Dream of a Tree

The slow, considered art of bonsai

The Albuquerque Bonsai Club shares their work with the public in what has been one of the best-attended bonsai shows in the country.

Found Objects

Coming up there, Bard Crawl: Romeo and Juliet, All I Ever Had of You Were Shadows, Sum of All reception and Out of Doors: Acts of Ecology.



Big Money Is on Hemp

NM investors psyched for new industry

Hemp to “play a key role” in the diversification of New Mexico's economy and Texas is considering big changes to marijuana policy.


Asylum, Keller, Comcast

Council approves funds, Mayor approves

It was a packed room filled with lovers and a few haters that greeted the Albuquerque City Council at its May 6 regular meeting.

Ranked Choice Voting and Burque

Local Election Act creates options

Under the Local Election Act reforms, city voters no longer have to worry about different dates for nonpartisan municipal elections, November runoffs, school board or water conservation district elections that happen in the middle of February or randomly throughout the year. But perhaps the most important part of this new law involves the implementation of ranked choice voting.


Judge Heath White has been charged with embezzlement; PED says student test scores will no longer be included as part of annual teacher evaluations; an executive order was signed that protects thousands of acres of state land surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historic Park from oil and gas drilling.

Odds & Ends

Funny because all these butt and poop stories are about someone else.



Literary biopic fast-forwards through author’s youth

Brit lit biopic Tolkien is aimed most squarely at the well-mannered BBC set. Those hoping for geeky insider info into the creation of Tolkien’s most enduring literary legacy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, are advised to quest elsewhere. Those looking for some polite costume drama and a quick run-through of turn-of-the-century British history will find satisfactory fulfillment.

Digital Movies

Historic Guild Cinema goes high-tech (hopefully)

Guild Cinema is fundraising to buy proprietary servers to play encrypted and time-locked movies.

Digital Media Debuts

You should go to UNM Film & Digital Media Department Capstone Premiere, freshmen with a passion for storytelling should checked out the the GRRM "Newcomer" Scholarship and it's no mistake to watch Big Mistake.

Streaming gets specialized

Amidst the balkanization of streaming services, an indie & art house film specialist appears.


Slayer: Final World Tour

A final look into the abyss

In review: Slayer and Lamb of God at Isleta Amphitheater, Friday May 3, 2019

Alibi V.28 No.18 • May 2-8, 2019

Same as the Old Boss

Biden a bad choice for cannabis advocates

Democratic presidential candidates' stances on cannabis legalization varies; Blueberry Gum relieves tension in sinuses and lowers blood pressure.



Disorienting history lesson trades clarity for chaos

Anyone with a strong understanding of the art of film will recognize that Sunset is the work of a master filmmaker, but by digging into his country’s complicated history, Nemes may be too close to the subject to offer a clear perspective.

May the Fourth

Book it to the DynaTheater to see Star Wars, join the Better Call Saul Book Club and party at the KiMo Theatre: Fact & Folklore book launch.

What the Heart Wants

“Chambers” on Netflix

Though it bills itself as a horror series, “Chambers” is more of a dark, moody, slow-moving mystery that probably would have worked better as a one-off feature film.


It’s a Ukulele Thing

Jim D’Ville reflects on four strings

Jim D’Ville met with Weekly Alibi about the upcoming ukulele weekend and what it offers both the casual player and the greater audience of plucky, string-loving Americans.

Josh Ward is from Texas

CW star gigs in Burque

Josh Ward new record, More Than I Deserve, has got an old-school vibe that’s tightly and tunefully woven together with modern nuance and crystal clear production that makes listening to county music joyfully sad and memorably rocking.


Vara-way From Ordinary

Vara preps food service launch

Malagueña’s Latin Tapas, which has been making waves in the local food truck scene since 2017, made a surprising announcement recently: They found a permanent home at Vara Wines.

You Can Taste the Excitement

Taste of Nob Hill offers culinary tour of the best on offer

One of the big street events kicking off the season is the Taste of Nob Hill, the food festival celebrating the latest and greatest.

Brews and Noodz

You can eat Oni Noodles at Marble Brewery, take pasta-making classes, enjoy Tasty Tuesday at Hyder Park and go to Mothers’ Day Pop Up Brunch.


Money, Guns and Weeds

BernCo Commission meets to govern

Money, guns and weed control were the super-sexy April agenda items for the Bernalillo County Commission at their last meeting. No, not that kind of weed was involved, but yes, big money was discussed.

Davis in District Six

Councilor dishes on building communities with service and action

Weekly Alibi meets with city councilor Pat Davis about his announcement to seek a second term.

Heinrich on Housing

Affordable housing equals progress

Senator Heinrich and 40 of his fellow legislators urge action on Section 4 of the Capacity Building Program, an affordable housing and small business finance program that has been marked for elimination by the Trump administration.


Otero County threatening to sue state for not responding to request for emergency declaration; PNM is asking state regulators to reconsider their decision to charge Facebook the full price of installing a proposed transmission line; APD opened the doors to a new training and events facility.


Street-Level New Mexico

The Photography of Jessica Roybal

Jessica Roybal possesses a rare advantage as a photographer; she lives somewhere interesting. As an architecture student, she came to photography to better understand how buildings interact with the street. As a New Mexican, she already knew what was there.

Found Objects

Coming up in the next few days are Albuquerque: A City Seen, Georgia O’Keeffe in EnChroma-vision, On the Topic of Infinity and May The 4th/Free Comic Book Day Block Party.


News on the Green

The latest batch of cannabis journalism has something for everyone. From the Gray Lady’s economic reporting to a think tank op-ed to peer-reviewed research and beyond, read on for documentation of our evolving relationship with cannabis.