Alibi V.29 No.10 • March 5-11, 2020

After ART

On the road to rapid transit in Albuquerque

How has the ART project in its current incarnation (up and running with various successes and challenges) affected business up and down its route along Central Avenue?

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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, May 16 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.


Youthful Activism and the World

Felina Romero proves her mettle

Activist Felina Romero stopped by Weekly Alibi to talk about her history and future, her intent and what it’s like to be a young human on the cusp of radical change in a world.


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed “red flag” gun bill and said sheriffs who refuse to enforce it should resign; Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office is starting a new program to lower crime in southeast Albuquerque; Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans still haven’t applied to receive a Real ID.

Odds & Ends

Funny because viruses in farts that are unfiltered by pants happen to someone else.


No Water For Oil

A reader writes about golf courses and fracking.


Let’s Roll, S-A

S-A BBQ brings the smoke to Green Jeans

S-A BBQ is still fresh, having been open for just over three months and they’ve hit the mark with good food, carving out a unique identity at Green Jeans.

A Dark Roast Is Rising

Casa De Luna preps to open Downtown

It’s fair to say that when it comes to being iconic in Albuquerque, our coffee shops hold the award. Now, we face new contender, Casa De Luna.

Sharp Behind

Take a class in Knife Skills Basics, go to a chili cook-off and enjoy Jazz Brunch.


A Fresh Start

New FDA commish comments on CBD

FDA is open to value of CBD; cannabis use among seniors over the age of 65 doubled between 2015 and 2018; Department of Agriculture announced it will be delaying a hemp rule that would limit who could test plants.

News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on new research into the anatomy of stress and anxiety and the slated start date for New Mexico to begin offering reciprocal access to medical cannabis patients from other states.



Steve Coogan fiddles while Rome burns in broad satire

Greed has definite moments of pointed humor, but the target of the film’s humor and outrage is just too broad. We don’t need a comedy to tell us the Kardashians are stupid or a drama to tell us that billionaires don’t care about the 99 percent.

Casting the Net

Vote in Marvel March Madness and see "¡Colores!" documentaries about prominent New Mexico women. Actors, get your foot in the door at an open casting call for a Netflix series that will be shooting in Albuquerque and then go to the Performers Forum the next day.


In the American Vernacular

Merican Slang Is Back

Merican Slang is a band that features the saxophone, an instrument that, until recently, was considered to be Satanic. More than that, this fresh and phat collection of longtime Burqueño musicians plays a sort of rock and roll that may indeed be described as devilish. We asked the band to stop by our headquarters.

Marching Into March

We’re as far as we can tell

This weekend, the highs will be in the low 70s and Daylight Saving Time begins. Those are both good reasons to go see a show this week.


A Pirate in the Desert

Juliana Coles at Ghostwolf Gallery

Juliana Coles’ pirate name is Captain Morgan Le Fay. Weekly Alibi sat down with Coles to talk about pirates, scars, blue skies and her paintings.

The Dark Side of Town

Looking into Santa Fe Noir

Santa Fe Noir could have easily gone wrong with a lesser editor veering down a well-trod road, but Ariel Gore finds us stories about people we know, or think we know, reflected in the shady, more complex moments in Santa Fe.

Found Objects

This week you should check out Family Resemblance, Fun-A-Day, A Quiet But Not Empty Place, Upshot reading & signing and Women Fashion Designers and the Birth of Modern Dress.

Alibi V.29 No.9 • Feb 27-March 4, 2020

Impractical Jokers: The Movie

Why, God, why?

The guys in Impractical Jokers: The Movie are clearly having some stupid fun. Unlike the Coronavirus, however, the fun is not all that infectious.


Now accepting nominations for Best of Burque 2020

Once again, back is the incredible!

As it ushers in daffodils, gale force winds and that funny feeling that makes you want to tear all your clothes off and run through the greening meadows, Spring also heralds the return of the mighty Best of Burque Reader’s Choice Ballot! This year the rules are a little different. During the nomination phase, March 4 through 25, readers, wannabe readers and those who don’t even know how to read can vote for their favorites in any category up to ONCE each day. During the voting phase, April 1 through 29, our ad hoc electoral commission has commanded that each voter gets but ONE BALLOT to cast. You know, like a democracy! So, to reiterate, nominate early and often, but VOTE once. Let the games begin!


Story Time

This is the week for a “Showdown in Lobo Village" sitcom live reading, a Tribesourcing discussion, NMFF Indie Screening and Jim Henson in Performance. And it's time to submit your entry to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

Don’t Cross the Streams

Latest media merger changes channels

The mildly successful CBS All Access (home to all things “Star Trek”) is now set to merge with all of Viacom’s other brands to offer a wide slate of movies and TV in a brand spankin’ new, yet-to-be-named streaming service.


At the Show

To which you better go

False spring is one of the things they call the month of February here in New Mexico, but it’s still winter. At a show, it’s possible to forget all about those things called seasons, false or not. All you have to do is show up.


Danny Loves Choche

Don Choche brings authentic Mexican to Nob Hill

Don Choche has brought their style to Nob Hill in a location brimming with restaurants and they’ve found a niche that allows them to stand uniquely above others with their immense servings and incredibly affordable pricing structure. You owe it to yourself to get in there now, before it becomes the next go-to spot that has you waiting outside for a chance to sneak in for a bite.

Feeling Hot

It’s time for the Fiery Foods & BBQ Show, Tea 101 Class & Tasting and the NM Furry Golden Corral Meet.


Education, Poverty, Oil and Gas

Funding the state with fossil fuels

For public education, what the governor asked for and what the legislature approved ended up being two different, if intrinsically related, things. But no matter what perspective one looks at the current situation from, one thing is clear: most of the money comes from the awesomely powerful yet highly volatile oil and gas industries of New Mexico.

Proclamations, Travel, Crime

Council moves forward in 2020

February brought a mixed bag of weather to the Albuquerque City Council as it adjusted to a newly elected member and an empty seat left by Councilor Ken Sanchez’s January death.


N.M. Attorney General sued Google for collecting children's personal data; US Attorney General William Barr has appointed Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III to chair the Mental Illness Working Group as part of a national effort to fight crime; state Republican leaders said that they will take the House back from state Democrats.

Odds & Ends

Funny because newlywed cops eating at the restaurant that you're robbing happens to someone else.


Drop by Drop

The readers write about the Albuquerque Housing Authority, Daylight Saving Time and a charlatan.


Revolutions as Diplomacy

Juli Hendren on the theater festival’s 20th anniversary

Revolutions International Theatre Festival is not simply about the theater the festival includes, it is about bringing together the people involved. Weekly Alibi sat down with Juli Hendren to talk about diplomacy, theater and this year’s Revolutions.

Printing Present

Seeing Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration

In Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration, Nine Native printmakers with vastly different aesthetics are brought together to display work that is a sampling a of some of the finest examples of contemporary printmaking created by anyone.

Found Objects

Go to the META/PHYSICAL dance concert, The Rio Grande: Wetlands/Borderlands, 1984 and Variation on the Theme of Cranes.


Cannabis in the Roundhouse

Not quite a winning year

Department of Health is no longer required to issue medical cannabis cards; bills to legalize recreation cannabis, protect Native cannabis patients living on tribal land from federal prosecution and allow research facilities to grow or buy cannabis for research purposes were all three strangled like mad dogs.

News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on new research that reveals the cannabinoid CBG’s effectiveness against MRSA and coronavirus’ potential impact on cannabis commerce.

Alibi V.29 No.8 • Feb 20-26, 2020

Immigration, Crime, Barr and Burque

A backlash is noted in recent border news

Albuquerque's immigrant-friendly status is causing trouble that reaches down from the federal level, and may prevent the city from accessing federal grants having to do with everything from increased police staffing to the testing of rape kit evidence. In order to get a better handle on this complex, culture-changing series of events, Weekly Alibi spoke with a number of city and government leaders on the subject, including City Councilors Pat Davis and Klarissa Peña.


Goodbye, Legislature Number 54

Highlights from the latest 30-day session

Public safety, education and finances were the big themes at this 30-day session. And although the Lujan Grisham administration had several successes during this year’s short-lived session, the Dems in charge also faced a couple of notable letdowns.


Trip by City Councilor Peña has raised concerns after it cost was revealed; DOJ threatens to withhold anti-crime grants; federal judge approved a settlement that ended a 40-year-old civil case that enforced reforms in New Mexico's prisons.


Plame Blame

The readers write about Valerie Plame, Republican Senators, Nancy Pelosi, APD and the Albuquerque Housing Authority.


Dweezil, Son of Frank

The Zappa legacy includes Hot Rats

Weekly Alibi rang up Dweezil Zappa to find out where he stood in relation to subjects like foaming goo and reaching nirvana tonight.

Turn Out the Lights

Local nights get louder

If you are feeling the urge to listen to live music, the upcoming week of concerts in Albuquerque and the vicinity should definitely satisfy that primal feeling.


The Sweet Sound of Color

Tania Candiani’s Cromática

Cromática started with artist Tania Candiani’s investigations into traditional Mexican modes of textile and ceramic production. As she began working with traditional weavers to create the textiles for the exhibit, the sounds of their work became part of the exhibit itself: synesthesia.

Lost and Found

Michael P. Berman’s Perdido Sierra San Luis

Since entering the Anthropocene, the art world has produced untold volumes considering the imprint of humanity on nature. Perdido Sierra San Luis deviates from the common approach in a rare, marked and existentially unsettling way.

Found Objects

This is the week to see Puppeteers of New Mexico, ABQ Unidos Poetry Slam, Keshet's 2020 Choreographers' Showcase and The Old White Lady Tells It.


The Assistant

Low-key drama examines office politics in #MeToo era

If The Assistant were a documentary, it would be deadly dull. As a drama it’s … well, it’s still pretty dull.

Student Becomes Teacher

See Are We There Yet? with director Q&A or The Breakfast Club. Apply for a grant from the John Pinto Native Filmmakers Memorial Fund.

Locked and Loaded

“Locke & Key” on Netflix

“Locke & Key” offers up some clever dark fantasy—imaginative, original and occasionally quite spooky. And if it puts you in the mood to read/re-read Hill and Rodriquez’ original comic afterward, all the better.


A New Nob Hill

Nob Hill Bar & Grill reinvents itself with the help of NM Capital Partners

Daydream and Nob Hill Bar & Grill are two sides of the same coin, in the sense that they have found the need for Nob Hill to be built back up with new ventures, one a reimagining, one a bold new addition. Both manage to stick the landing when it comes to impressing.


Forget About It

Recreational bill tabled

Senators Joseph Cervantes and Richard Martinez shoot down Cannabis Regulation Act and a patient enrolled in the Colorado medical cannabis program was arrested for marijuana possession near Farmington, N.M.

Lemon Skunk at CG

Lemon Skunk would be great for newcomers or patients who experience anxiety, as the mild effects are easily approachable and make for a comfortable high.

News on the Green

Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on the passage of SB 139 and the NFL’s proposed changes to drug testing players for THC and resulting punitive consequences.