Alibi Volume 29, Number 04
January 23, 2020
Foreign exchange students champion cultural understanding
AFS Intercultural Programs has a critical mission: “to help prevent future conflict through cultural exchange and understanding.” For over 70 years, they have facilitated American students going abroad and foreign students coming to America. We spoke with Rio Rancho high school student Eleyna Maves about her scholarship to go to a Japanese high school and spend a year living and learning about what it is to grow up in that culture.
New programs and administration
With four campuses and a workforce training center, Central New Mexico Community College has been a beacon of light for more than 50 years.
News & Opinion
Funding state retirement dreams
Jan Goodwin of the state’s educational retirement board corrects us on how HB46 is intended to fund pensions.
Former CIA agent seeks NM Dem nod
To get the scoop on the whys and wherefore of an unlikely but substantial candidate, Weekly Alibi met with Valerie Plame.
A task force to review the state's pretrial release and detention program met for the first time; a watchdog group names the biggest New Mexico lobbyists; protesters gathered to block traffic on Central Avenue and speak out against jaywalking tickets.
Funny because porn lacking subtitles is seen, but not heard, by someone else.
Film & TV
Historical drama plucks at heartstrings but buries tune
Those interested in stories of love, family, forgiveness and faith will be swayed by the backstory but The Song of Names gets lost somewhere in its construction, working far too hard to deliver an emotional payoff that should have been immediate and effortless.
This week you can see Neruda, a sing-along version of The Sound of Music, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Ratatouille. And it's time to send in your 2-minute audition for the Actors Showcase.
NBC goes streaming with Peacock
NBC, the network you currently get for free over the airwaves, would like you to start forking over some more of that sweet subscription video on demand money.
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
A conversation with Stephanie Hatfield and Bill Palmer
Weekly Alibi chats with Stephanie Hatfield and her bandmate and co-producer Bill Palmer.
Look up the concert
Here are some of the shows that rise to the top over the coming week.
We review new albums by WURM, Here, Now and Abstract Lion.
Arts & Lit
VJ Liberatori on the QSolo Festival
The Aux Dog is in the midst of its annual solo-performer festival, QSolo, and solo performers are always a gamble for a theater. In talking with Producing Artistic Director VJ Liberatori, though, it is clear that she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Mario Romero’s “Dark Depths II”
Made in New Mexico IV is not a horror show and to see it as such dismisses the elegance of craft displayed in so many of these works. One piece that reflects that elegance is a watercolor by Mario Romero titled “Dark Depths II.”
Go to Update on the Legacy of Uranium Mining Native American Lands in New Mexico, Arbol de La Vida, The Women’s Vote: Latina Suffragists Who Fought for the Right to Vote and That Poet is Dope.
Bob Saget brings variety to Santa Ana Star
Weekly Alibi had the pleasure of getting to chat with Bob Saget about all that’s going on with him and about his upcoming shows in New Mexico.
Umami Moto finds new home in New Mexico
Umami Moto has a burrito and they have curry. There are sandwiches and stir fry, pot stickers and tots. The idea is to have a little bit of something for everyone. The twist is that all these things have an Asian street food angle to them.
Dia de Los TaKos and Hollow Spirits Work Together
We talk to Chef Dominic Valenzuela about the collaboration between Dia de Los TaKos and Hollow Spirits.
World’s Largest Matanza Boosts Community
The World’s Largest Matanza is an all-out pig cooking celebration, with red chile-marinated pork in a variety of New Mexican styles, such as carne adovada, ribs and carnitas. Each dish will be accented by fresh tortillas, chicharrones, calabacitas, potatoes, green chile stew and other tasty items, plus live music, dancing, arts and crafts.
Republicans could spoil the whole thing
A new bill to legalize recreational cannabis in New Mexico has been officially filed but may lack sufficient support in the Senate; Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima opposes legalization; DoH held a public hearing about proposed changes to the medical program.
London Poundcake would be a good strain for those suffering from depression, anxiety, nausea, pain or stress.
Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on the impending arrival of Weekly Alibi's redesigned Cannabis Manual and the theft (and subsequent supervised return) of amnesty box cannabis at a Chicago airport.
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