Alibi V.21 No.14 • April 5-11, 2012 

Best of Burque 2012

Arts & Lit

Best Theater Performance

A Christmas Carol: A Christmas Classic Reinvented , performed by Blackout Theatre Company at VSA North Fourth Art Center

Ben Adams
Blackout Theatre infused this traditional holiday tale with insight, imagination, an original score and a lovable (and sometimes terrifying) cadre of puppets. It was the cure for common Christmastime cheese.
2) A View From the Bridge, performed by Mother Road Theatre Company at The Filling Station
3) Satan's School for Girls: The Reunion, performed by The Dolls at Aux Dog Theatre

Best Art Gallery

516 ARTS

516 Central SW
Leave Southwest sunsets and Georgia O’Keeffe mimicries for other galleries. 516 basks in innovation, strange objects and esoteric imaginings.
2) Stranger Factory
3) Mariposa Gallery

Best Museum

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

1801 Mountain NW
Permanent displays transport visitors through our state’s ancient history alongside a roster of top-notch 3D documentaries, planetarium shows and traveling exhibits. There are also all-ages activities, workshops and outdoor guided tours.
2) Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
3) ¡explora!

Best Art Gallery / Gift Store Hybrid

Stranger Factory

109 Carlisle NE
Though still new in town, Stranger Factory has cemented its rep as a cutting-edge space to see the hippest lowbrow art exhibits this side of Los Angeles, as well as the funkiest selection of designer vinyl toys Albuquerque has ever seen.
2) The Octopus and the Fox
3) Sumner & Dene Gallery

Best Theater Space

The Box Performance Space

114 Gold SW
Perhaps the best thing about The Box is that it’s a space for everyone. Find adorable and well-crafted children’s theater or late-night (and occasionally naughty) improv. Plus, some of the nicest theater owners around—Doug Montoya and Kristin Berg—are sticklers for quality. When you see a show at The Box, it’s all but guaranteed to be good.
2) KiMo Theatre
3) Popejoy Hall

Best Author

Rudolfo Anaya

The godfather of Chicano literature, Anaya creates work that’s perennially relevant and imbued with sense of place. Tucson Unified School District can’t handle the truth of his words, but Albuquerque is proud to claim him as our own.
2) Tony Hillerman
3) Tie: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, George R.R. Martin

Best Poet

Hakim Bellamy
Bellamy is not just one of our most beloved young wordsmiths—he’s a contemporary Renaissance man, cross-pollinating his lyrical work with pursuits in film, theater, journalism, music, youth education and community activism.
2) Levi Romero
3) Mary Oishi

Best Photographer

Rip Williams

500 Second Street SW, Suite 9
Williams is a Jack of all trades. A staple in the Burque photo scene for more than 20 years, he shoots exquisite glamour shots, has a corner on the commercial market and hosts the popular-and-free weekly Guerrilla Photo Group.
2) Wes Naman
3) Kyle Zimmerman

Best Dance Troupe

Keshet Dance Company

214 Coal SW
By mentoring low-income and at-risk kids as well as putting on a kick-ass, rock and roll version of the Nutcracker (16 years and counting), this nonprofit repertory has kept Albuquerque audiences on their toes since 1996.
2) Burlesque Noir
3) DXS Dance Company

Best Comedy Troupe

Blackout Theatre Company
Blackout has really made a name for itself in the five years it’s been in existence. Although the company knows its way around a dramatic script, its members infuse all of their work with the graceful humor found in the best comedic teams.
2) The One Night Stanleys
3) Comedy?

Best Comedian

Sarah Kennedy
Readers love Sarah Kennedy for her casual, observational, consistently hilarious brand of humor. We agree: This lady has got to be one of the most likable people we’ve seen on stage.
2) Rusty Rutherford
3) Curt Fletcher

Best Theater Troupe

Blackout Theatre Company
Original scripts, constant interaction with the community through trainings and workshops, and don’t forget “Sh*t Burqueños Say”: ABQ <3s Blackout.
2) Mother Road Theatre Company
3) Tricklock Theatre Company

Best Actor

Lauren Poole
You should know by now that Lauren is also known as Lynette, the star of a certain New Mexico-themed viral video. You should also know that the sick-ass Burqueña is just one of many in Poole’s collection of sharp, authentic and captivating characters.
2) Neil Patrick Harris
3) Steven Michael Quezada

Best Arts Nonprofit

Blackout Theatre Company
Scrappy, hilarious and daring, Blackout was founded as an educational venue and performance laboratory by a cadre of multimedia-savvy young performers. (YouTube views to-date: half a million and counting.)
2) YDI Mi Voz
3) Tie: Creative Albuquerque, Keshet Dance Company

Best Ongoing Arts Event

Guerrilla Photo Group
Every Wednesday night, shutterbugs and models from around the Duke City flock to the Orpheum Arts Space. The free six-hour session they show up for is professionally astute, and it’s also a great way to network or just have a good time with like-minded artists.
2) Artscrawl
3) Blacklab Comedy Laboratory