Alibi V.28 No.39 • Sept 26-Oct 2, 2019

Considering the Species in Peril

Cannupa Hanska Luger on His Part in the Bigger Picture

Weekly Alibi spoke with Cannupa Hanska Luger while he was installing Be(Longing) at 516 ARTS to talk about where his work fits into Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande and beyond.


We Are, We Are, We Are

SOMOS Festival lights the way home

This year’s SOMOS is going to be more inclusively complex than ever, promising participants as well as sponsors, performers—and everyone else in a 10-mile radius—a glimpse into what Albuquerque is or could be and what it very likely will evolve toward under continued progressive governance and consequent cultural expression.

The Art at SOMOS

Installations, Activations and The Mother of Jellies

SOMOS is primarily a music festival, but swimming through the crowd this year in pulsing, color-changing LED fashion will be eight mermaids holding eight jellyfish made from umbrellas and festooned with shedding, colorful boas.


Fernandez from District 3

On Elections, Democracy and El Norte

Weekly Alibi talked to Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat and a progressive who’s running to become the Democratic nominee in District 3.


Proposal would remove tuition and fees for local undergraduate and community college students; AG wants a unit to battle domestic terrorism and cyber crime; District courts are requesting funds to fill a number of vacant staff positions, including five judgeships.

Odds & Ends

Funny because having your photo classified as "unwanted" by a computer happens to someone else.



Water you waiting for? Global documentary looks into, around and under the wet stuff.

Aquarela, the new documentary from Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, focuses on water in its various Earthly forms—frequently frozen and immobile, but occasionally raging and tropical.

Are You Experienced?

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience really gets going this weekend with film screenings, parties, workshops, events, concerts and even a film-based panel discussion “Moses on the Mesa: Filming Across Cultures in New Mexico."


Autumn Is Hear

Listen to music as leaves invariably fall

Even with summer gone, there’s plenty of time to go see a concert. Here are some suggestions.

Sonic Reducer

We review new releases by S.m.i.t.h. W. F.a.n.g., Alien Space Kitchen and DayTrippers.


Art You Want to Live Inside

Robyn A. Frank’s Sky seeker, dawn

What we get from Sky seeker, dawn is what we get from all truly great decorative art. It is a respite from the mental fatigue of daily life and an inducement to calmly seek a better integration between our inner and outer selves.

Found Objects

This week, there's Random Notes, Fall Rose Bloom Exhibition, Ancestral Transmissions and Dr. El Ocio's Exhibitus Termino.


Sugar and Spice Where Everything Is Nice

Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Cafe brings quirk to Nob Hill

Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Cafe has found the magic that makes cafes like theirs stand out. It embraces the quirkiness and loses any pretense of being remotely corporate, giving it a sense of being truly local and a piece of the community.

The Rise of Fall Spice

Pumpkin spice is here to stay

Here's a guide to help take you through the mystical world of pumpkin spice blend, and we’re keeping it local.


Friends and Enemies

SAFE Act finds new support and opposition

Does incremental marijuana policy reform—like the SAFE Act, or New Mexico's decriminalization law—only serve to slow progress in general by making the need for more substantial reforms less urgent?

Alibi V.28 No.38 • Sept 19-25, 2019

Iron Clad Quality

Iron Cafe is just plain amazing

Iron Cafe and their amazing food has found a strong foothold in Albuquerque’s Noodle District.


Serna Runs for Congress

A Conversation About Justice and Prosperity

Weekly Alibi sat down with Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna, currently the District Attorney up in Santa Fe and Los Alamos Counties.

A Glimpse of Albuquerque

All the News That’s Fit to Print

Electric vehicles, a Spanish Twitter feed, gun violence, postponing city biz and a reminder to be kind are just some of the happenings in the city of Burque over the last few weeks.


Regulators will join NMSU researchers to look into treating and reusing waste water produced by gas and oil companies; new state education secretary began work; some Albuquerque areas have seen improvements since the introduction of police bike patrols.


Mr. Benton’s Neighborhood

The readers write about Housing & Neighborhood Economic Development money moved to mitigate ART and the Employee Wellness Act.


All Is One: ¡Globalquerque! Returns

15 Years, One Planet, Many Sounds

To find our more about the 15th year celebration of ¡Globalquerque!, Weekly Alibi sought out Tom Frouge, the the man who—with his company, Avokado Artists—came up with the global music festival we know and love today.

Oak Tree, You’re in My Way!

Lynyrd Skynyrd Makes Me Feel Right at Home

We had the chance to sit down and talk to Rickey Medlocke, one of three guitarists who lead Lynyrd Skynyrd’s sultry Southern sing-along of pure American music.


Strike a Pose

Legalization Task Force Talks and Talks

Cannabis Legalization Working Group nears end of its investigation/PR campaign; first Arizona resident receives valid New Mexico medical cannabis card; DEA accused of delaying science applications; Reps call for FDA to stop going after CBD businesses.

Arise at Everest

Arise brings one to an elevated state of attentiveness and vivacity, and would be of benefit for those who suffer from depression or anxiety.


The Whistle

Filmmaker StormMiguel Florez premieres flashback documentary on Albuquerque queer culture

StormMiguel Florez, a trans man filmmaker who came out and came of age in '80s Albuquerque, tells the story of the “dyke whistle" in The Whistle. As a lead-up to the film’s upcoming premiere, Weekly Alibi spoke with Florez about culture, communication and coming out.

The Devil You Say!

Come to “Who Stole the Tasmanian Devils?”, "Judy Chicago: The Birth Project", New Mexico Student Filmmaker Showcase, Gaza Fights For Freedom and Albuquerque Film & Music Experience opening night.

Time For Change

“Undone” on Amazon Prime

Is "Undone" a psychological drama, a dark family sitcom or a head-trippy time travel paradox filled with stunning visual flights of fancy? Fortunately for viewers, it’s all three.


Karen Comes to Tricklock

A Conversation with Playwright Gregory Moss

Weekly Alibi sat down with Gregory Moss to talk about Karen, Hunter S. Thompson and the changing ways he is trying to tell stories as a playwright.

What Would Jesus Do in a Cage?

The Power of Sandoval’s Send Her Back

If you want to get your point across and stir up a controversy, placing the baby Jesus in a cage and the Virgin Mary in handcuffs is a great way to start.

Found Objects

Go to Climate Crisis Expression Session, Global Warming is REAL, Defying Gravity and To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults.


Pizza, Community, and Everything In Between

Speaking with Eric Brower, winner of a free year of pizza

Eric Brower is the lucky winner of a year of free pizza from Richie B's, a local quiz master for Geeks Who Drink and an all around great guy, so we took the chance to sit with him and talk pizza, life and community work.

So Long, Summer

Here are some of our favorite places to get a little more summer loving into your heart. Let the warmth and sunshine wash over you a bit more before that familiar chill in the air takes hold and transitions all of us into our good flannel.

Alibi V.28 No.37 • Sept 12-18, 2019

Official Secrets

Government whistleblower drama is realistically disappointing

Official Secrets isn’t as thrilling or tragic or uplifiting as you might hope. It’s just a bummer—the exact sort of bummer we’ve come to expect these days from our government.


More Data from District 3

Joseph Sanchez on energy and infrastructure

Weekly Alibi sat down with Joseph Sanchez, to get a better idea of who he is and what he represents in a crowded Congressional District 3 field that demands attention as the June 2020 primary nears ever nearer.

Vigil’s Quest

Focusing on homelessness and addiction

Connie Vigil is the only elephant running for City Council District 2, but she happens to champion certain platform issues that sound progressive.


Details of a 2014 report that the New Mexico Department of Corrections attempted to conceal have become public; Albuquerque will be replacing current eligible city vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles; APS to initiate a new energy-saving plan.


Easy Breezy, See a Show

Live amongst the concerts in your week

At least the nights are beginning to stretch out. With that in mind, we remind you that a caper is indeed afoot but really begins in earnest when you walk through the door of your favorite venue and start jamming the funk out.

Jay Leno Returns To Burque

Jay Leno brings the laughs to The Showroom

Jay Leno is still on the road and performing with his poignant style for highlighting the oddities of day-to-day life. Having the chance to sit down and talk with him, we dug into what keeps him touring, his past projects and his thoughts on a few things.

Dancing with Baracutanga

A groovy movement forward through cumbia and kindness

We chat with three of the septet of local postmodernist polymorphic, Latinx hipsters Baracutanga.


Finding the Heart of the Art

What You Might Have Missed at the State Fair

For the adventurous fair-goer, the New Mexican art lover or the seeker of the creative spirit that can only be found in New Mexico, Clarke Condé suggests marching right out the doors of the arts buildings and into the nearest agriculture building.

Through the 1920s and Into Albuquerque

Karil Bovée’s Grace in the Wings

Grace in the Wings takes its readers on a train ride from New York City to Los Angeles with an eventful stop in Albuquerque. This highly entertaining book offers tropes from romance, murder mystery, film noir, melodrama and historical fiction.

Found Objects

This week, check out Blood & Water, Cuatro Corazones One Spirit, Head of a Woman, Becoming and a reading from Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest.


International Cinema

Check out the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, a Scooby Doo movie marathon, Vietnam: An Inner View and The Medicine in Marijuana.

Building a Flashback

“A Very Brady Renovation” on HGTV

More than 45 years after the iconic TV series “The Brady Bunch” was canceled, HGTV went out and spent $3.5 million ($1.6 million over asking price) for the original “Brady House.”


Taco Tuesday Is For Weaklings

Join us for #AlibiTacoWeek and prove you stand with giants

Learn the intricacies that makes each of these tacos wonderful and unique and then go out and find them.

Roll Your Own

Hosho finds light bites appealing at Spring Rollin’

At first glance you probably wouldn't think you could successfully build a restaurant around what, in America, is basically considered an appetizer, but that's exactly what Spring Rollin' has done. With spring rolls made right before your eyes and egg rolls flash fried as you pick your spring roll ingredients, they've combined traditional with inventive to a pretty delicious effect.
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Freedom From Tacos

Maybe you’re not feeling tacos and want something different. That’s why this week’s The Dish is on all things not taco.


Clear the Air

Officials narrow in on vaping danger

Authorities may have figured out the problem behind a spate of lung disease cases that were apparently related to vaping; Eric Cantor predicts federal legalization not happening soon; only 33 patients suffering from opioid addiction have been accepted into the medical cannabis program since June; London Poundcake should help those suffering from joint pain and tension.

News on the Green

Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez becomes the first Arizonan to be issued a New Mexico medical cannabis card. Also, researchers need more pot!