Alibi V.28 No.22 • May 30-June 5, 2019

The Promised Land

Summer concerts rock on and on

Let’s go for a ride, home piece. It will be free trip through the land where rock reigns. And whatever you pay for a concert, remember that—as those Lincolns and Hamiltons fly out of your pocket—you’ll be repaid in fun times forever.

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Where to Now, Sandia?

Key to the future or path to apocalypse?

Sandia National Laboratories are looking to hire up to 1,900 positions. Those new, high-tech engineering, math, research and technical jobs are just the kind of jobs our burg needs to earn its sustainability wings. Or are they?

The Council Approves

Mayor’s budget survives, mostly intact

Have you been asking yourself how the more than $1 billion dollars described in Mayor Keller’s budget will be spent by the City of Albuquerque in its fiscal year 2020 budget? Weekly Alibi was curious so we took a look at the over $1 billion budget that was approved by the Council at its May 20 meeting.

Let’s Get Polluted!

Methane emissions are concerning

A report published by the Environmental Defense Fund in April 2019 suggests that current EPA reporting of methane emissions is off by a factor of five, and the waste of leaking the greenhouse pollutant costs New Mexico about $43 million in lost tax and royalty revenue.


A judge has dismissed five misdemeanor charges against former New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla; A group of officials and commissioners sent a letter to the state's congressional delegation, saying they are facing an immigration crisis at the state's southern border; New Mexico State Police have made hundreds of arrests in Albuquerque over the past month in situations where city police would have been barred from acting.


Albuquerque Hear Here Festival

A collaborative production at Keshet offers artist and audience new opportunities

The Albuquerque Hear Here Festival can best be described as an intensive residency. In the mold of the 48 Hour Film Festival, Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts has launched a collaborative project that pairs dancers/choreographers with musicians/composers, sight unseen.

Haiku in Review

The Art of Haiku at the Open Space Visitor Center

The Art of Haiku exhibit, and Jane Lipman's poem in particular, pairs well with the purpose of the Open Space Visitor Center. How much time do we need to spend contemplating nature and our place within the greater scheme of the universe?

Quilt While You’re Ahead

This week, enjoy the Fiber Arts Fiesta, Jesús Muñoz Teatro Flamenco and Estaban: Eight Years Across the American Southwest. And then go help clean up the Rio Grande.



Olivier Assayas’ latest French dramedy is more interested in conversation than sex

Not every viewer will stay tuned in through this film’s talky back-and-forth. Those looking for smart, adult conversation (with a wink and a nod toward European sexual mores), however, will find themselves well served by the fiction of Non-Fiction.

Hollywood Via NM

See “Help!!! Hollywood I’m Trapped in New Mexico” and The Brill Building Movie. And beware the 2019 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival submission deadline is nearing.

Upfront Season

Nets announce new shows

The end of May brings with it tornados in the midwest and television’s annual “upfront week” in New York. Upfronts give the viewing public a chance to see what we’ll be watching (or avoiding) come fall.



You Dim Sum, You Lose Sum

It Dim Sum is your new favorite snack stop

It Dim Sum brings community to the meal, with an immense variety of choices and the opportunity to discover new things with every bite.

This Beer Isn’t for the Weak

ABQ Beer Week returns to help build your summer gut

ABQ Beer Week is about getting you engaged with the local beer scene and showing off the magic of what New Mexican breweries have to offer, both behind the bar and on the food scene.

Not Here For Beer

If you’re not the type to be down with beer, here are a couple recommendations to keep you on the path to hurting your liver the right way, without all for hunting for the right beer to fit your style.



Dems drop the ball on legalization

While our leaders sit around comparing donation receipts, their constituents suffer from crime and government overreach; UNM researchers are looking into how medical cannabis affects veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress; Diesel Dough is perfect for those suffering from depression or pain, just make sure to stay home.

Alibi V.28 No.21 • May 23-29, 2019

Planting Seeds

Student artists paint hotel rooms at Nativo Lodge

Through perseverance, lessons about the professional side of the art business and plenty of snacks, two hotel rooms at the Nativo Lodge now bear the distinct mark and creative expression of 15 young artists.


Summer Film Guide 2019

Cops and Kaiju, Superheroes and Scary Toys, Piano Men and Pets

This summer has already been a record-smasher at the movie box office, but movie lovers should not despair; there are plenty more blockbusters to come in the official Memorial-Day-to-Labor-Day summer movie season. Theaters will be overflowing with comedies, action films, horror movies, dramas, biopics and animated features. Which ones should you pick?


The Commodified Emergency

City’s 2020 budget charges for emergency services

Mayor Keller’s proposed 2020 budget calls for an update to the city’s fire code ordinance, which would institute charges for certain emergency services and the money raised would be used to fund 12 additional firefighter positions.

Patterns of Force

On violence and policing in Albuquerque

Mayor Keller met with leaders from all over the state and at all levels and stations of responsibility to discuss plans to bring violence, particularly gun violence, under control in Albuquerque. Among the strategies to be employed: 50 New Mexico State Police officers would be stationed in Albuquerque from various parts of the state.


PRC won't rehear Facebook transmission line case; Deming City Council voted to declare a state of emergency in response to hundreds of asylum-seekers being dropped off there by US Border Patrol agents; oil and gas advocates Power the Future claims emails concerning renewable energy legislation between environmentalists and a member of the governor's cabinet represent a conflict of interest.

Odds & Ends

Funny because being asked to stop French kissing cows happens to someone else.


An Outrageous Proposal to Save the United States

A reader asks Sanders and Biden to drop out of the presidential race to become unconstrained leaders.

Sundowner Provides Housing

Rout 66 hotel restored to service

Gone is the corrugated, slate-grey concrete parking lot. Gone are the roaches, rats, bedbugs and other afflictions.


They’re manhigh

Here, there and everywhere with three rockers

Weekly Alibi meets the beast known as manhigh to talk about the thing called rocanrol.

Monolith on the Mesa

A high desert metal experience

We sent our art department to Monolith on the Mesa. Then they submitted this killer review with photos!

The Musical Summer

UNM brings the strings

UNM Music’s Summer Music Institute is on the way, with concerts, workshops and educational opportunities worthy of the school’s fabled reputation as a cultural hub for Burque.



Independent Indian romance favors simple interaction over lavish affairs

Those who require hearts, flowers and elaborate musical numbers in their romantic films probably won’t be satisfied by Photograph, but patient viewers sick of overly scripted rom-coms and the unrealistic expectations put upon the characters therein should be happy to drink in this film’s subtle moments of simple human interaction.

We Want Our MTV!

Drink to the Burque Music Video Fest and See One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on the big screen. Locally-made time travel Western series “Back to Billy” has found a home on Amazon Prime Video and it's time to register for the 24 Hour Film Project.

The End

“Game of Thrones” Goes Away

Last Sunday HBO aired its final episode of “Game of Thrones,” the cable network’s eight-season adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire.”


Intimate Public Acts

Miguel Gandert’s Jesus with Romans, Good Friday, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Miguel Gandert’s photograph Jesus with Romans, Good Friday, Santa Fe, New Mexico in the new exhibit Constructed Realities at April Price Projects Gallery offers the viewer a rare opportunity to consider both a perfect photograph and the way photography has changed in recent years.


Burque Burgers Bonanza

All the best burgers in the 505, all in one convenient place

For Burger Week, a bunch of restaurants are bringing out their best, and Dan Pennington busted his guts trying them all.

Off the Top Ropes

Last Call’s small menu seriously satisfies

It’s a gamble to limit what’s on offer, but it seems Last Call does exactly what they want to do, and they do it damn well.


Testing the Wind

Even cannabis opponents are giving in

Legalization is starting to look inevitable; restrictions cause product shortages; Bayside Purple appears helpful for those who are suffering from pain but don't want to get put down for the count.

Alibi V.28 No.20 • May 16-22, 2019


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.


Love and Hate (Take Two)

The readers write about the causes of immigration and the Clean & Green Retail Ordinance.



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.


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.

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.


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.