Alibi V.28 No.42 • Oct 17-23, 2019

Kathy Griffin Comes Out

Scrap-happy comedian attends Way OUT West Gay & Lesbian Film Fest

Weekly Alibi spoke to Kathy Griffin prior to her Albuquerque visit about fickle fame, enduring humor, “the unshockable gays” and, of course, The Donald.


Ending the Silence

Investigating Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

A recent report examines the continuing crisis concerning murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls throughout our nation. Weekly Alibi met with the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Cabinet Secretary Lynn Trujillo, who will be overseeing the new task force to determine the scope of the problem.

Time to Vote!

Municipal Election Is a Beginning

Early voting for Albuquerque’s 2019 municipal election begins on Saturday, Oct. 19, providing an opportunity to inject some cultural meaning into you life. Citizens have the power to make decisions regarding local, state and regional governance; here’s your chance to participate.

APS Board Elections

Albuquerque Public Schools is holding an election for members of the Board of Education in school board Districts 1, 2 and 4



To bee, or not to bee: that is the question

Shot over the course of three years, Honeyland follows Hatidze Muratova, an older woman of Turkish descent who scratches out a living as a wild beekeeper, hiking dutifully up the cliffsides to capture wild honeybees and spirit them back to her traditional, cone-shaped beehives.

Reel World

For some reason, October is film festival central. This week, in particular, is jammed full of them.

The Land of Entrapment

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

What was going through Jesse’s addled mind in that sudden, unexpected moment of freedom when his former boss, drug kingpin anti-hero Walter White rescued him from enslavement at the hands of some white supremacists? Well, now we know (more or less), thanks to El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.



Photography in Interesting Times

Center’s Review Santa Fe Photo Festival

When everyone has a camera in their pocket why would you need a professional photographer? For 25 years, Center has kept photographers one step ahead of the turbulent and often overwhelming curse and blessing of living in these modern, interesting times.

The Crane in Abstract

“Hidden Duo” by P. K. Williams

To the crane, New Mexico may feel like an oasis. To P.K. Williams, the crane’s appearance may be an oasis in her work, as autumn turns colder and the vibrance of plant life no longer makes for a viable subject.

A Tale of Two Rivers

Renny Golden’s The Music of Her Rivers

The Music of Her Rivers is a two-part book of poetry about the history of two rivers: the Rio Grande and the Chicago River.

Found Objects

Come to the Unconference Kickoff Party, Spooky Slam, Through the Lives and Ghost, Ghost, Come Out Tonight.


Ever Hear The One About The Taco Shop?

Nevermind, it’s too cheesy

Guaca Guaca does two things really well: Making traditional food well without worrying about overdressing it into something it isn’t, while also finding ways to add a bit of fun and change to time-tested formulas.

Cheese Off

You gave us a tie, we’re giving you the tiebreaker

How do we resolve Best of Burque Restaurants' tie in the Best Grilled Cheese category? A taste test, obviously.



DOH places warning on vapes

DOH ordered cannabis producers to start labeling their THC vaping products with warnings; upcoming device will reportedly show if a driver has smoked cannabis within a three-hour window; Justice Department report concluded that legalization wasn't harmful.

Durban Poison #2 at Southwest Wellness

Durban Poison #2 is a strong and reliable sativa that would be good for those suffering from cases of fatigue or depression and will certainly help to treat anxiety in social situations or help boost productivity.

News on the Green

Wherein we report on the findings of Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s legalization working group and a common drug test method that doesn’t distinguish CBD from THC.

Alibi V.28 No.41 • Oct 10-16, 2019

A Nashville Cat

Justin Moore: Clean as Country Water

Weekly Alibi had a chance to sit down for a chat with Justin Moore. Besides being a country gentleman par excellance, our talk revealed many reasons why country music—and Moore in particular—is so relatable to fans looking for music that they can carry around in their hearts.


You Voted, We Repo’ted

Our readers rock, basically

Here is our comprehensive list (compiled by you) of the latest, greatest and tastiest food here in Albuquerque.



“Revolutionary” origin story reimagines itself back into familiar territory

For all its hype about focusing solely on the Joker, for all its controversy-courting, for all its dogged insistence on ignoring DC Comics canon in order to spin its own “new” mythology, Joker adds next to nothing fresh or original.


This week you've gotta see Way OUT West, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Hocus Pocus and Being Leonardo da Vinci: An Impossible Interview.

Detecting Sarcasm

“Stumptown” on ABC

“Stumptown” doesn’t exactly break new ground in the jokey TV P.I. biz but it’s got a wisecracking lead and a colorful cast of characters.


No Ordinary Venue Menu

One night in Tokyo Bangkok made Hosho humble

What Tokyo Bangkok delivers is a baseline, default setting of fresh fish, quality ingredients and a true, workmanlike competence across their entire ambitious menu.
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Where Am I?

Here are the food events Dan Pennington found while surfing the web at 4am in the morning.


Community College Election

Virginia Trujillo Reps CNM in District 6

We talk with CNM board District 6 incumbent candidate Virginia Trujillo about what her incumbency offers stakeholders moving forward, as well as to get an idea of some of the programs CNM offers.

Zoning, Guns, Traffic and Parties

Councilors Hear From Citizens, Debate Measures

A full house of citizens greeted the Albuquerque City Council as it worked on development rules, traffic on the one-ways and sports tourism as hot topics of discussion.


First human case of the plague discovered in New Mexico since 2017; over 100 Eldorado High School students appeared at APS board meeting calling for improvements in mental health resources; company owned by the late Jeffrey Epstein is asking a judge to reverse the cancellation of grazing contracts near Epstein’s Zorro Ranch.


Uncanny Valley

At the Holographic Concert

Seeing hologram Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison was fun but also sort of creepy, not quite magical but totally technological.


Zebra Couture

The Fashion of Balloon Fiesta Launch Directors

“In the land of color, black and white rules,” or so say the Zebras of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Like the yellow shirts on an aircraft carrier, nothing takes flight without a firm go ahead from the Zebras. After all, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hit in the head by a descending balloon.

Waiting Out the Anthropocene

The Poetry of Refugia by Kyce Bello

Refugia is not the excitable alarm we often find in works about climate change, but rather a beautiful reflection of the calm and matter-of-fact persistence of people that have already endured plenty over the centuries from the climate in New Mexico.

Found Objects

This week, check out Laura Robbins: A Sense of Place, Readings, Mamma Mia! and Confusionite Sediment.


Vaping Scare Continues

DOH issues further warning

The number of vaping injury cases in the state has risen to 15; three licensed cannabis producers are suing the state of New Mexico over what they say are arbitrary plant limits; a recent paper suggests that small amounts of marijuana can increase libido and extend orgasm.

News on the Green

Wherein we report on our own Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo and a blockbuster cannabis industry deal that went bust.

Alibi V.28 No.40 • Oct 3-9, 2019

Still At It

DOH told to issue cards to non-residents, again

A state judge has ordered the New Mexico Department of Health to issue Medical Cannabis Program cards to out-of-state patients; Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act has passed the House with bipartisan support; public awaits Cannabis Legalization Working Group's recommendations.


The Hot Air Balloonatics

A Chat with Balloon Man Buzz Biernacki

We asked commercial pilot Buzz Biernacki to let us in on the secret of The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and this is what he told us.

Weekly Alibi’s Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo lands in Las Cruces Nov. 1, 2019

Inaugural event connects businesses

Here at Weekly Alibi, we love the sweet leaf and everyone who makes access possible. That’s why we’re hosting the very first Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo presented by Rich Global Hemp Company in Las Cruces, NM. Educate yourself on the medical cannabis and hemp industry. Meet the faces behind the business on Friday, November 1st at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Visit over 30 vendors from New Mexico and west Texas from 12:00PM to 5:00PM and learn all about the benefits of medical marijuana and industrial hemp.


The War at Home

Filmmaker Glenn Silber’s Vietnam era protest documentary returns with scary relevance

What lessons can be gleaned by casting our collective memory back half a century? It’s a question that comes vividly to life watching The War at Home, a documentary co-produced and co-directed by Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown and first released in 1979. Weekly Alibi took the opportunity to chat with Silber about his newly-restored film and its history.

What’s a Quibi?

Streaming for Millennials

Aiming for “the quality of HBO” combined with “the convenience of Spotify,” the billion dollar mobile platform streaming service Quibi hopes to deliver streaming movies and TV shows to today’s ADD-addled Millennial audiences. And who better to know the tastes of modern-day tweens, teens and twentysomethings than a couple of sixtysomething CEOs?


Bones of Grief

The Scrimshaw of Adri De La Cruz

Weekly Alibi sat down with Adri De La Cruz to talk about bone carving, loss and the therapeutic power of scrimshaw.

A Secret You Share

ABQ Zine Fest 9

Part of the purpose behind curating Zine Fest is to bring in a widest variety of zinesters to Albuquerque. These zinesters share a commonality in composition, but not content. Zine Fest gets its greatness from its diversity of voices.

Found Objects

This week, check out author Elizabeth Kolbert, Burque Revolt Poetry Money Slam, zinester Bijou Karman, R U LOOKING? and The Many Faces of Mary.


Trump, Energy, Defense and Hope

Senator Heinrich Meets with Weekly Alibi

Weekly Alibi met with Senator Martin Heinrich over coffee. We talked about trouble and we talked about hope.

Tale of the Tape

The Interview and After

From our political interviews, Weekly Alibi learned the importance of a true representation of the text of the recording; we knew then and we know now that the act of recording must be as focused and accurate as the process of transcription.


Rainbow flag was recently removed from display in capital; New Mexico’s congressional delegation is asking the US Forest Service to speed up a resolution concerning a threatened owl species; Some of the businesses given loans during construction of ART system weren't actually eligible to receive them.


Ryan, Isaac and Their Friends

Making Jazz and Soul Count

Weekly Alibi had a chat with Isaac Aragon and Ryan Montaño about their Balloon Fiesta gig, soul and R&B and Burque’s jazz and blues communities.

Sonic Reducer

We review new releases by The High Desert Playboys, Nobody Particular and OK Grandpa.


Piñon Schminon

Is this the start of a slippery slope for the Fiesta?

This year, a tradition is breaking. New Mexico Piñon Coffee made the choice to not renew their sponsorship of the Balloon Fiesta.

Storming Area 505

Wagner Farms corn maze gives aliens a place to rest

Knowing they can't abduct everyone at once, Dan Pennington storms Area 505.

Smile and Say “High”

Doug Benson comes to the 505

When it comes to weed-centric comedy, there aren’t many who can hold a candle (or a lighter) to Doug Benson. We were lucky enough to talk with Benson about his collective works and his upcoming show.


Whitewalker Kush at Ultra Health

The strong body relaxation coupled with the perky alertness of White Walker Kush would be great for people dealing with nausea, depression, anxiety and pain.