Alibi V.28 No.29 • July 18-24, 2019

Fuel Spill Committee Part I

Water Utility board looks into remediation efforts

In the midst of recent progress to monitor and contain the Kirtland jet fuel spill, transparency and inclusivity issues continue to be problematic. In order to better understand these issues—as well as to check up on the progress made in remediation efforts—Weekly Alibi chatted with County Water Utility Board member Maggie Hart Stebbins.

Best of Burque Restaurants Nominations are wide open until Aug. 28, 2019

Finalists square off starting Sept. 4

The venerable Best of Burque Restaurants returns yet again in 2019 to take the measure of the many and varied bistros, dives, hideaways, nooks, barns, big boxes, small boxes, coffee houses and food trucks. Albuquerque continues to evolve as a restaurant-based life form, a portion of its cells dying back to make room for healthy new growth. Some of last year’s faves have gone the way of the dodo. All of this year’s faves have yet to be made manifest. That’s your job! The nominations phase runs now through Wednesday, August 28, 2019 and you can nominate your favorites once each day. (Think of it as an applause-o-meter and get cracking!)



Transportation department shows that fatalities involving pedestrians remain high; thousands of needles have been collected at Albuquerque park needle disposal boxes; hundreds of Albuquerque guns were turned in at a buyback last weekend.


The Art of Self-Defense

Violent comedy finds humor in the hypermasculine

Twenty years ago Fight Club taught us the dangerous, contusion-filled consequences of toxic masculinity. Fifteen years ago, Napoleon Dynamite encouraged us to root for alienated dorks. Now the blackly comic indie film The Art of Self-Defense comes along to serve as the seemingly ill-conceived but somehow harmonious love child of those two cult favorites.

Fly Me to the Moon

See Jaws on a giant screen, "The Day We Walked on the Moon", The Right Stuff and a special class/lecture on costume aging and dyeing.

TV News

Tidbits from around the dial

TV shows become movies, movies become TV shows and AMC is starting another "Walking Dead" series.


Get With the Program

The recent Medical Marijuana Changes bill has the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board in an uproar and the first meeting of the governor's Cannabis Legalization Working Group went down last week.


Where Kansas Is a Band

Chatting with violinist David Ragsdale

Weekly Alibi chats with violinist David Ragsdale of American prog rock band Kansas.


Indigenizing Our History

The Monument Project of Da-ka-xeen Mehner

Weekly Alibi caught up with Da-ka-xeen Mehner while he was photographing Sunday afternoon at the Obelisk in Santa Fe Plaza to talk about his work and the histories that monuments like this represent.

Inviting Mystery

Considering Trace by Sloane Volpe

Trace by Sloane Volpe is an image that flirts with the upper zones of the photographic print.

You Can Find Him in the Club

Dave Attell talks hot dogs, porn and comedy

Weekly Alibi chats with Dave Attell, who for the last 35 years has been “finding the funny” and shoving it in his audience's face.

Found Objects

Check out The Cake, Scientific Illustration: The Intersection of Art and Science, Chalk Art Fest and the grand opening of Through the Flower Art Space.


Enchanting Brews

Enchanted Circle Brewing Co. offers selection and style

Every new brewery that comes to Albuquerque hopes they aren't the one that starts a chain reaction of people getting tired of new breweries. With Enchanted Circle Brewing expanding out of Angel Fire into Albuquerque, they had one distinct advantage going in: They’ve done this before, and they know their beer list is not only functional, but also well liked.

Make Green Chile Great Again

Green chile debate gives hope for upbeat news

Governor Jared Polis and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham have been taking potshots at each other through Twitter, and it’s not mean-spirited attack politics. It’s just playful.

Alibi V.28 No.28 • July 11-17, 2019

Suit Up

DEA gets sued and sued again

DAE sued over delays in cannabis research applications; Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the creation of the Cannabis Legalization Working Group; First 48 is perfect for those suffering from depression.


Craft Cocktail Week

The rise of the craft cocktail scene comes after decades of alcohol companies putting in the least amount of effort possible for mixed drinks, when bartenders had had enough. No longer were they tossing soda into a well whiskey, but looking at what made an Old Fashioned so iconic, and replicating that methodology with new flavors and experiences.


The Fall of the American Empire

Canadian crime caper gets philosophical by following the money

Though it doesn’t go for all-out laughs, it’s hard not to be amused by the situations and characters in the brainy socioeconomic thriller, The Fall of the American Empire.

A Soldier’s Screening

See A Soldier’s Passage: Conversations from the Last Mile of the Long Walk Home, blast off to E.T. and Spaceballs, and go to the Jewish Film Festival too.

Holiday Hell

Christmas in July on Hallmark

Hallmark has already launched its “Christmas in July” event, amounting to another 31 days of Santa hats, candy canes and kissing. And starting Friday, July 12 at noon, Hallmark goes full-on 24/7 with the Christmas crap.


Lowriders at the Sunport

An Interview with Curator Max Baptiste

Weekly Alibi sat down with curator Max Baptiste to find out more about the lowrider exhibit, the challenges of showing art at the airport and what we can expect in the future.

Seeing the Conflict

Denise Weaver Ross’s Hexagram 6: Sung (Creative Tension)

If there is a hexagram for our country’s current conditions, Denise Weaver Ross’ interpretation of the I Ching’s Hexagram 6 could be the one.

Found Objects

See all of Shakespeare’s plays condensed into a two-hour comedic escapade, the 505 Poetry Slam Scrimmage and a non-digital photography exhibition. Then find out why New Mexico is not the state with the fewest shark attacks.


News on the Green

Governor's new cannabis legalization team had their first strategy session and Albuquerque medical cannabis dispensaries suffer break-ins and vandalism.


Beating Swords into Ploughshares

Councilor Davis sponsors gun buy-back

Weekly Alibi caught up with Pat Davis to explain the upcoming gun buy-back event, and why preventing gun violence is key to Albuquerque’s healthy growth.

UNM Must Improve Its Record

University plagued by poor priorities and privilege

Though progress has been made, LULAC is right to call for an investigation into discriminatory hiring practices at UNM.


An audit of Albuquerque's public safety tax has raised concerns about spending practices; city leaders say that they are confident about the electric scooter program, despite the fact that some of the vehicles have gone missing; CYFD has postponed a hearing on a proposal to further limit income requirements for child care assistance.


It’s Only a Northern Show

Summer keeps on rocking

Go to live music shows that you can write about as your hair grows long and your memories more precious. Let’s go, rockers!

Time for Jazz

Festival begins this weekend

July means jazz in New Mexico. The New Mexico Jazz Festival, now in its 14th season, begins this Thursday.


Take Another Piece of My Kart

Dia De Los TaKos hides joy in plain sight

If ever you felt like there was a lack of weirdness in our food scene, as if the experimentation and intrigue that pushed us to inventive combinations was gone, fear not. Dia De Los TaKos is holding the torch high for all to see that creativity and boldness aren’t gone.

Patio Gaga

Enjoy your summertime patios

Some exceptional days aside, there’s not much better than eating outside on a summer evening in Albuquerque. The gentle warm air blowing by, the rainbow cascade of a sunset filling the sky, drink in hand while celebrating the beauty of life with a friend and a good meal.

Alibi V.28 No.27 • July 4-10, 2019

Two Tickets to Northeast Heights

Maurreen Skowran for District 8 City Council

This year, District 8 councilor Jones is being challenged by Maurreen Skowran, a progressive Marine Corps veteran with traditional values and an optimistic, forward-looking demeanor.


Living in the Plastic Age

BernCo bans, builds and brings the bosque

Bernalillo County Commission said bye-bye to single use plastic bags and polystyrene foam containers and hello to the Tiny Home Village.


Investigators with the New Mexico Attorney General's Office raided Las Vegas' City Hall offices as well as the home of its mayor; Gulf War refugee was allowed to leave an Albuquerque church without the fear of being deported; Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told those gathered at a Kids Count Conference that she wants to end child hunger in New Mexico within year.


Nitty and Gritty

Jeff Hanna’s Americana

Weekly Alibi had the opportunity to chat with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member Jeff Hanna ahead of the band’s headlining appearance at Albuquerque’s official Fourth of July celebration.


A Slice of Hope

Restoration Pizza makes an impact in the community

From their amazing mission to their high-end approach to casual dining to their amazing beer list, there’s not a part of Restoration Pizza that doesn’t work.

Pork of July

Pork & Brew is as patriotic as it gets

Never has an event been so succinctly titled. Barbeque. Beers.


Spider-Man: Far From Home

Marvel Universe swings on (while clinging to the past)

Marvel Cinematic Universe has offered up a postscript to the one-two punch that was Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in the form of Spider-Man: Far From Home. If you like Marvel movies, you’ll like this latest Spider-Man outing. Simple as that.

Strange Brew

There's a “Stranger Things” S3 marathon, Independence Day at the DynaTheater, the Skateway Massacre premiere and the Phoenix, Oregon tour. And filmmakers, your ¡Cine Magnifico! film submission deadline is at hand.

Feelin’ Patri-otter!

Independence Day Around the Dial

Given the combined dangers of stray fireworks, sunburn, mosquitoes and bad potato salad, you should consider spending the 4th of July inside, safely celebrating your patriotism with a marathon of red, white and blue TV.


Beneath the Surface

The Emerging Perspective of Dante Betsch

Weekly Alibi sat down with Dante Betsch, winner of the 2019 Harwood Art Center Solo Exhibition Award as well as the Valerie Roybal Award, to talk about where he is from, his work and what we can expect from him in the future.

Enter the Por:t(ə)l/Pohr:tahl

An Installation by Allyson Packer

Showing artwork that no one can buy presents a fresh set of parameters for both gallery and artist. In Portal/Portal we find an opportunity to consider a space not established to make money, but to be passed through, presumably on our way to some other place where we don’t need to use our imaginations quite so much.

Found Objects

Don't miss Through Her Eyes, Love, Art & Tortillas, A Journey into the Absurd and To Be Continued: A Conversation Series with New Mexico Artists.


Gestures and Moves

Lawmakers make weak signals

Three big pieces of legislation were introduced last week that could have a drastic effect on the marijuana industry and its consumers; New Mexico law decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis went into effect this week; Lemon OG is perfect for those suffering from depression or malaise.