Alibi Volume 29, Number 13
March 26, 2020
News & Opinion
Help on the home front
Weekly Alibi has taken the guesswork out of home schooling with a comprehensive list of resources for learning at home.
In Burque with the other humans
August March armors up and ventures out of his hidden fortress into the COVID-19 zone in search of surviving humans.
What you need to know about the COVID-19 stimulus package
On Wednesday, Mar. 25, the unthinkable happened. Congress agreed to help average American citizens. How will they be doing that? By giving us money! The entire stimulus package totals 2 trillion dollars in rescue funding and is currently awaiting an official signature from President Trump. This would be his first time providing any stimulation for someone who’s not himself, so I expect he’ll be curious to experience what that’s like.
Residents could damage New Mexico's sewer systems by flushing toilet paper alternatives; officials are encouraging primary voters to take advantage of absentee ballots; lawmakers are expecting to hold a special legislative session to discuss the state budget.
Funny because scarebees happen to someone else.
Film & TV
Global pandemic changes cinema scene
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has closed movie theaters nationwide and forced the ailing film industry into a premature coma, but Hollywood isn’t about to give up all its profits. Studios have rushed to get their films in front of viewers by collapsing the traditional theatrical/home window.
Albuquerque’s locally owned arthouse theater Guild Cinema has hooked up with a number of distributors who are now providing “theatrical at home” screenings. And owner Keif Henley has come up with a novel way to fill its movie poster boxes, offering them to “local graphic artists, weirdo picture makers, wack imagesters and the like.”
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
Emerson, EJazz and the community react
People behind the music and entertainment industry—the artists, musicians, technicians and a wide assortment of service workers—continue to suffer economically as well as perhaps emotionally and psychologically. So we were pleasantly surprised to see Entourage Jazz lighting up the social media world this week with a photo they took at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Arts & Lit
Plot Duckies delivers literary goods
Staying in? How about reading a good story from a local author right here in New Mexico? That is the idea behind the new subscription service that brings a new short story by a New Mexican author to the tablet or other such e-reading device every week. We spoke with author and publisher Sonja Dewing.
Check out [from] a Little Free Library, see videos about lithography, donate to help artists shut down by COVID-19 and jack in to Albuquerque's library resources.
Dion’s delivery is a welcome change during the end times
We’ve been told for years that it was logistically impossible. In terms of infrastructure, Dion’s just didn’t have any way to implement a delivery system. Yet, here in the midst of the storm, Dion’s rolled out the necessary changes to deliver, making sure pizzas got where they needed to be.
Madness reigns in the hall of Dan Pennington.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is asking for guidance in establishing a standardized dose of THC, plus a UCLA researcher was awarded a grant to study if patients suffering from pain can use terpenes to reduce the amount of opioids they are using.
Social distancing and dispensaries
New Mexicans have been smart enough not to lose their minds and blow out the state's supply, but COVID-19 is still changing the way we consume cannabis and straining the industry.
Cannabis sales in the United States and Canada have increased as consumers stockpile the magic substance in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.