Alibi Volume 28, Number 49
December 5, 2019
News & Opinion
Runoff election offers choices for our city
After the discovery that the city's crime statistics erred on the side of optimism and as we approach the runoff election for City Council Districts 2 and 4, we asked candidates to speak to the issues of crime and homelessness in The Duke City.
Too many choices, not enough harmony
The stories of ranked voting, the new municipal runoff election and the idea of nonpartisan elections are already familiar ones for El Burque, but here’s our take on the issues.
Secretary of State admits that election regulators have yet to complete spot checks for campaign finance compliance; Attorney General warns organizers and participants of a coyote killing contest against following through with their plans; ART buses officially rolled out.
Funny because having your photo taken with Satan happens to someone else.
Film & TV
Scientific documentary sings the praises of our fungal friends
Consider the humble mushroom. That’s more or less the premise behind Fantastic Fungi, a hagiographic documentary aimed at elevating the status of spores, molds and fungus. Don’t think that mushrooms are the greatest thing on planet Earth? Well, you soon will.
This is the week for Warren Miller’s Timeless, Love Actually, a “!Colores!” documentary double feature and an educational lecture on everything you need to know about background talent and how to get booked on movies and television series.
The Irishman on Netflix
Though long and slow, The Irishman is a consistently absorbing drama about one man’s life in crime and serves as an elegiac capper to the mafia myth and Scorsese’s career.
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
Over the roofs of the world
We chat with one of The Yawpers about their broadly American, mythic in scale and gritty in character sound.
Whatever happens, go to a show
Live music is the cure and we urge you to take it in as the end of the year inevitably rolls around.
We review albums by Patema, HoneyWire and Alex Chavosaurus.
Arts & Lit
Albuquerque homelessness and An Adobe Christmas Carol
If art has a role in finding solutions to the problem of homelessness, its most useful tool may be offering perspective. Playwright Pete Parkin has adapted the Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, cast it with actors playing the homeless and set it in Albuquerque circa 2019 to do just that.
The antidote to the ugly Christmas sweater
A World of Wearable Art opened on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and will remain throughout the month, but I caution that it operates more like a sale than an art show. By this I mean people are buying what they like, taking it off the wall and taking it home with them. It is a constantly shrinking show of original, one-of-a-kind works. Best to see it while you can.
Check out the final forum of the regional exhibition Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Christmas in New Mexico, 12x12 and Relaxed Nights at the Museum.
Da Vinci’s is full of surprises
Da Vinci's Pizza Café does their level best to offset the pricey menu items with a terrific assortment of quality ingredients and portions that all but guarantee leftovers.
You’re on a deadline, eat while you can
Tired of turkey sandwiches? Have you felt left out in the cold by the boring options available to you? Turkey’s versatility shouldn’t be understated, with its gamier flavor than chicken, but subtle richness in the dark meats, you’ve got a wide profile of flavors to work with.
With family gatherings and office get-togethers occupying most of our time, the natural go-to is to bring food. So, dig out those recipe books, brace yourself for some dumb idiot to accidentally sign up for something you already signed up for at a potluck and let the holiday cheer run through you like wine down stone.
Weekly Alibi reports on how your status as a New Mexico medical cannabis patient can impact eligibility for employment with state government and the Dept. of Health’s proposal to establish cannabis consumption lounges.
Glaring flaws in the MORE Act are making many cannabis advocates nervous; New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program held a public meeting for comments on some proposed rule changes, but had to cut it short due to snow and icy weather.
Pucker Factor should be useful for temporary relief and distraction from pain or nausea, easing social anxiety, elevating overall mood and promoting creativity and productivity.