Alibi V.29 No.4 • Jan 23-29, 2020

Risk and Reward

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.

Cannatopia 2020

RSVP to Weekly Alibi’s 2nd annual New Mexico Cannabis Expo

Weekly Alibi’s second annual Northern New Mexico Cannabis Expo happens on Saturday, April 4 from 11am to 5pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Hyperlocal cannabis expos hosted by your favorite local alt.weekly provide an opportunity for meaningful consumer exposure and interaction in addition to a B2B platform for vendors and sponsors across New Mexico and Colorado. For medical cannabis card holders and cannabis-curious attendees alike, the Expo offers access to quality speakers and content from the industry’s top companies and educators.


Fostering Peace

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.

CNM Rocks

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.


The Song of Names

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.

Poetic Justice

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.


Exquisitely Strange

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.”

Found Objects

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.

Chatting Up America’s Dad

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.


Paying for Pensions

Funding state retirement dreams

Jan Goodwin of the state’s educational retirement board corrects us on how HB46 is intended to fund pensions.

Plame From District 3

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.

Odds & Ends

Funny because porn lacking subtitles is seen, but not heard, by someone else.


Days, Decades and Rivers, Too

A conversation with Stephanie Hatfield and Bill Palmer

Weekly Alibi chats with Stephanie Hatfield and her bandmate and co-producer Bill Palmer.


Umami, Ooh Daddy

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.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

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.

Don’t Slaughter Me For Calling It A Meatanza

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.


Cannabis Legalization Not a Sure Thing

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.

News on the Green

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.

Alibi V.29 No.3 • Jan 16-22, 2020

The Top Five

Online at Weekly Alibi

Weekly Alibi's online presence continues to grow and gain traction in an internet-dominated media landscape that has made news available to truth-hungry audiences all of the time.



Newest version of animal-filled fable does a little

Dolittle has just enough fantastical visuals and innocuous one-liners to appease the family audiences it’s aimed at.

Start ’Em Young

Go see No Small Matter, Le Havre, Canes of Power and the No Man's Land film festival.

Primetime Is Crime Time

“Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For the Bone Collector” on NBC

Glossy, silly and awfully familiar, “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For the Bone Collector” is exactly the sort of unbelievable but entertaining crime series TV viewers go for.


Reclaiming Disposable Beauty

Sayaka Ganz’s Reclaimed Creations

Sayaka Ganz takes old spatulas, spoons, clothes hangers and other such ubiquitous household plastics and finesses them into graceful sculptures of animals in motion. Weekly Alibi sat down with Ganz at the museum to talk about plastic, process and the tyrannosaurus in the lobby.

Gilded Aging

Happy Birthday by Jana Opincariu

In Jana Opincariu’s Happy Birthday, we find our view smack-dab in the middle of an emergence scene of the invertebrate kind.

Found Objects

This is the week for Bad Dates, Punch Out the Casket, Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano and Sea Turtle Awareness Day.


Having Fun With Noods

Fun Noodle Bar sets perfect example of how to do noodles

With the University area having the Noodle District comfortably operating at this point, the expansion has to begin in new places. Fun Noodle Bar fits perfectly in the Heights and residents will be having fun there for a long time.

It’s Time To Let Go of Bags

Plastic bag ban is step in right direction for city

Many don’t remember, but there was a time in New Mexico history when people said the state bird was a plastic bag, because wherever you went, you would be sure to see one lazily drifting through the sky, hanging in a tree and flapping its metaphorical wings noisily above the streets.
Justin Ryberg

Soup for Your Soul

There are few things more terrible in this world than being cold, but thankfully, we as a people have come up with soup, the great equalizer of cold. It fills us not just with nourishment, but also heat.


The City’s State

Celebration notes progress, marks challenges

Though the Keller administration has indeed been successful in a multitude of ways and there are a solid set of reasons to be hopeful, his speech made clear the problems the local administration faces.


A number of sheriffs across New Mexico are speaking out against proposed “red flag” gun legislation; New Mexico Environment Department is fining the Air Force for contaminating water at a base near Clovis; New Mexico Homeland Security came under fire when officials asked an Iranian American cultural group if they'd seen any suspicious activities.


The Devil Made Don Do It

A reader writes a short letter about Trump's sense of responsibility, as well as his honesty, sanity and benevolent nature.


The Ground Beneath Rises

Steve Civerolo is back in black

Here’s a bit of what Steve Beneath—and new drummer Seth Beneath—told Weekly Alibi about being in a metal band in Burque in the year of our metal lord 2020.


EXPO New Mexico Backs Down

Settlement details released

Details have been made public about a settlement that was reached last summer between EXPO New Mexico and Ultra Health; a state senator and lawyer is asking a judge to allow medical cannabis patients under house arrests to have access to their meds; Florida state agencies are trying out a THC testing kit to distinguish "hemp" from "marijuana."

News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on a first-of-its-kind congressional subcommittee hearing on cannabis policy and new research that suggests early onset cannabis users exhibit impulsivity when driving.

Alibi V.29 No.2 • Jan 9-15, 2020

Copper Canyon Cafe Holds Tradition

How we find joy in simplifying

The plate hits the table and you feel as if you’re in Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, with its straightforward presentation and simplicity lending an air of ’50s diner status to your meal. You don’t have to overthink it, there’s not such a complex palette of flavors at work that your mind is required to process. It’s just good in the way it should be, direct and upfront.


The Next Blue Wave

Chatting with Miranda van Dijk of DPNM

To find out more about the direction the Democratic Party in New Mexico is taking as 2020 carries us toward the November election, Weekly Alibi chatted with Miranda van Dijk, the new Communications Director for Democratic operations.


AG appeals appeals Heath White warrant invalidation and asked legislators to update current hate crime statute to protect homeless; complaints filed against Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute over lab monkey deaths.

Odds & Ends

Funny because being flayed for your tattoos happens to someone else, mercifully dead.


ABQ as Crime Mecca

A reader writes about cops, courts and politicians.

Sex in the Burque

Ask a drag queen your burning questions in Alibi’s exclusive advice column

Nothing is hard about drag.


Smooth Style of Syncopation

Kristy Hinds and her Strange Religion

Weekly Alibi speaks with Kristy Hinds to find out more about her music, her life and her ability to create and perform knowing, no-nonsense pop-jazz with a kick.


The Art of Signs

Finding a deeper meaning in their words

Consider four of the seemingly most confusing of Albuquerque’s street signs and see if we can find a deeper understanding in what they are trying to tell us.

Found Objects

See Reclaimed Creations, Motherhood, Barbells & T-Shots, Made in New Mexico IV: Annual Group Show, The Peking Acrobats and Bauhaus: Art and Design for the Future.


A Look Underwater

See "Hidden Pacific", the Madrid Film Festival, "Get Tony Scarboni" and "Ageless Living."

TV News

Televised tidbits from around the dial

Several new shows are coming to TV.


Get Busy Noshing

NoshFest prepares for 3rd annual celebration

Despite our estimated population of over 24,000 Jews currently living in Albuquerque, we’re a bit hard up for Jewish-centric eateries but at NoshFest, a mix of local and Jewish cuisine will come together all in one convenient space to help get you the nosh you need.

Weekly Specials

Now that we're in The Roaring ’20s 2: Electric Boogaloo, it's time to get back to the usual pace. Here are three events for your viewing pleasure, and hopefully at least one of them fills your need to get out and explore.


Start Your Engines

Legalization bill to be pre-filed

Bill to legalize recreational marijuana is pre-filed; Coca-Cola denies CBD soda rumor; Major League Baseball removes marijuana prohibition; regular cannabis use can cause dangerous changes in heart.

News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on a first amendment ruling in favor of a local medical cannabis provider and its international reflection in cannabis tech companies’ fight to be included at the world’s largest consumer tech expo.