Alibi V.28 No.47 • Nov 21-27, 2019

The Religion of Bacon

Bacon Jam will destroy your weight loss dreams

Bacon Jam serves the indulgent, over-the-top bacon-laden dishes your metaphorical heart has been looking for. The main pull here is simple: Bacon is amazing, and no dish has ever suffered from having bacon in it.


Winter Guide 2019

Get out and embrace the cold

We here at Weekly Alibi recommend that you use the coming winter season as an opportunity to head out to the four corners of our state in search of culture, food, sports and other entertaining activities. To assist you, here is a list of some of Alibi’s favorite annual winter events to engage in.



European idyll appears comfortable in first gear

Award-winning, non-Hollywood filmmaker Ira Sachs returns to theaters with all the trademark elements necessary for an art house drama in tow. His latest indie, Frankie, boasts a star-studded cast, an exotic locale, 90 minutes worth of dysfunctional family drama and a tone so low-key it couldn’t possibly overexcite its target audience of retirement age moviegoers.

The Penitent City

See the long-lost 1936 “New Mexploitation” film The Lash of the Penitentes, The Sword in the Stone and the made-in-Albuquerque short film "Expolo." High Desert Screening is on the hunt for locally made movie trailers, music videos, short films and student films for next year’s event.

Put a Ring on It

Deets about Amazon’s “LOTR” emerge

Amazon Studios' The Lord of the Rings production is finally beginning, and we’re getting our first, tantalizing facts about this much-anticipated fantasy series.


Crafting Jim Henson’s Vision

An interview with puppeteer and creature creator Michael McCormick

As part of the Albuquerque Museum’s new exhibit opening this Saturday, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, Michael McCormick (puppeteer and creature creator that worked with Jim Henson on some of his most memorable productions including The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) will be introducing The Dark Crystal at a film screening followed by a Q&A. Weekly Alibi sat down with McCormick in his Albuquerque home to talk about his work with Jim Henson, the craft of puppetry and the creatures he created.

Serendipity at the Wheel

The monotypes of Paula Panich

Falling somewhere between a painting and a print, the monotype is really neither. Paula Panich uses the monotype technique to embrace imperfection and the freedom that comes from chance.

YouTube Duo Dominate Media, Stage

Rhett & Link are ready to take Kiva by storm

From talk shows to podcasts, music videos and more, Rhett & Link have been keeping things fresh and always staying a step ahead. We were lucky enough to get a chance to talk with them before their upcoming show.

Found Objects

See So This Is Art, some other well-hyphenated-title art, learn tale of Francis Gary Powers and meet Jeffrey Haas, author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton.


Corruption, Tejana Style

Auditor’s investigation reveals issues

Late last week, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) issued a missive to the press announcing the end to and results from an investigation into settlement payments made during the tenure of former governor Susana Martinez.

A Multitude of Governance

City Council acts on a variety of items

November happenings at the Albuquerque City Council table included a shout-out to the Rock Your Mocs movement, more closed captioning on public TVs and bucks for a public engagement campaign to attract young professionals.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a North Korean St. Patrick's Day pub crawl happens to someone else.


Rocanrol Woman

Amy Guess on art and honesty

Weekly Alibi speak with singer-songwriter and total rocker Amy Guess.

The Fifteen Big Ones

New Mexican music awards

Weekly Alibi gave Albuquerque musician Gene Chavez a phone call to find out more about this year’s Los 15 Grandes de Nuevo Mexico.

Sonic Reducer

We review new albums by Michael Allan Baca, Marshal Lawrence and Cactus Warmuth.


Slice Of Turkey, Slice Of Heaven

Richie B’s Pizza debuts bizarre, amazing slice

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Slice: an entire Thanksgiving dinner worth of goodies decorating a single slice of pizza. Included are turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, cheddar cheese and, of course, gravy.

Food News, Good News

A couple of bite-sized pieces of good news to digest that should leave you feeling full of happiness.


Tax Talk

Legislators eye recreational market

Lawmakers met in Santa Fe to discuss the economics of legalizing recreational marijuana; nonresident medical cannabis patients are a reality in New Mexico; FDA warns companies to stop making unsubstantiated medical claims about CBD products; poll found that support for marijuana legalization rose again among US voters.

Paradox at Cannaceutics

Paradox would be a good strain for those who need a slight boost in productivity, creativity, appetite and pain relief.

Alibi V.28 No.46 • Nov 14-20, 2019

Local Gift Guide 2019

Give the gift of stuff and more stuff

Whether you’re looking to give presents on Hanukkah or Festivus or Christmas or Kwanzaa or whatever holiday you celebrate, it’s nice to support the local economy. So we’ve asked our wise and generous Alibi editors to offer up some of their favorite New Mexico-made/New Mexico-sold products, suitable for wrapping up and giving away.



In The Neighborhood

August James and the Lovesick Symphony

Weekly Alibi invited August James and drummer Peach Tauzer of up-and-coming country-inflected The Lovesick Symphony to our headquarters for a chat.

Itchy-O and Albuquerque

Love and light for ever

To find out more about the musical phenomenon coming our way, we struck up a conversation with one of the members of Itchy-O. There are 57 of them in case you want to know and this unit’s name, like all the others involved, is Itchy-O.


Sadie’s Earned Their Crown

It's time to rectify a gap in our review catalogue

Sadie’s is New Mexican food royalty, where they reign from a castle made of love and good cooking, offering the authentic experience that you need to convince anyone who lives outside of New Mexico that their food will always pale in comparison.

Love Thy Neighbor and Their Snacks

Annual Food Swap offers local culinary trading

Slow Food ABQ and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center are hosting their Annual Food Swap, where bring three to five homemade or homegrown food items to trade.

Fortunate Cookies

Sometimes in life, you come across a bag of 1000 fortune cookies, and realize that you're only hungry enough for five. So we're sharing the rest with you. Crack open this cookie and let's see what your future holds.


The “M” Word

Study finds no one cares

While the term “marijuana” unarguably has racist origins, those implications disappeared from the group mind generations ago.


A Center for Hope and Recovery

Peer-run nonprofit builds productive citizens

Previously treated with punitive measures by the city, the circumstances and predicaments that arise from chronic poverty and drug use are now being looked at as public health issues. Weekly Alibi reached out to Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery to learn more about their program and progress.

Where to Now, St. Voter?

One election ends, another looms

24 percent of citizen voters in Bernalillo County submitted a ballot in last week's municipal election that covered four City Council districts, three CNM Governing Board districts, numerous city and scholastic spending proposals, a tax question and two proposed amendments to the electoral public finance law currently in effect in Burque.

ART Begins Its Run

The city has finally brought the ART project together, and it's celebrating with free rides from Nov. 30 until Dec. 31.

Odds & Ends

Funny because an arrest warrant for overdue library books happens to someone else.


No Safe Spaces

Conservatives cry over “cancel culture”

If you’re terribly saddened by the idea of Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopoulos and the like not being allowed to host rallies for their drinking-age fanboys on a campus near you, No Safe Spaces is the film for you.

Now We’re Cooking

Check out Soufra, The Mesopotamian Tale in Performance and the Furry Burque Film Festival. And the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is now accepting submissions for next year's event.

High School Apocalypse

“Daybreak” on Netflix

For the most part, “Daybreak” counts primarily as comfort food for teenage audiences. It mixes together a lot of familiar elements, coming out the other end as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off combined with “The Walking Dead” with a dash of Night of the Comet tossed in for good measure.


Don’t Fence Me In

Sam Truett on Species in Peril on the Borderlands

Weekly Alibi sat down with Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico and expert panelist for Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, to talk about the history of the US/Mexico border and what borders mean for the animals that must cross them.

A Deep Dive Into Fog

Bryce Emley’s A Brief Family History of Drowning

A Brief Family History of Drowning is a time spent considering the cold, damp and salty world of grief and a moment to float in its heightened stillness.

Found Objects

Check out Strange as it Seems, Alice, an Adventure of Wonder and Wondering and There Must Be Other Names for the River.

Alibi V.28 No.45 • Nov 7-13, 2019

Harvest Time

USDA Releases Hemp Regulations

USDA finally released regulations for hemp farming; NM DOH to hold public meeting about proposed changes to medical program; researchers studying effects of marijuana use on pregnant women; study has found that cannabis might not be very helpful with treating mental health problems.


Oil and Gas Regulations Rebuffed

NMENV Takes on Trump’s EPA

Weekly Alibi had a conversation with New Mexico Environment Department Environmental Protection Division Director Sandra Ely about natural gas and the rollback of pollution regulations.

A City Full of News

Varied Activities Shape Burque’s Future

Here's the hopeful news coming out of Albuquerque, N.M., while la politica momentarily retreats retreats from view.


A lawsuit is asking a judge to force PED and legislators make a specific plan to improve education for at-risk students by March; Republican Party wants New Mexico Secretary of State and the Doña Ana County Clerk to halt the counting of absentee ballots in Las Cruces; a state agency spent nearly $12,000 of taxpayers' money on a mandatory meeting that included laser tag, bowling and arcade games.

Odds & Ends

Funny because having your million dollar bill called "counterfeit" happens to someone else.


Conflate Church and State!

The readers write about the American flag and how great everything must be there.


John Donald Robb of New Mexico

Musicologist, Composer Left His Mark

Weekly Alibi chatted with UNM Distinguished Professor Emeritus Enrique Lamadrid to find out more about Dean John Donald Robb.

Mark Battles Rap

Indiana Hip-Hop Artist Rocks

When Weekly Alibi received an e-mail late Friday afternoon, offering an exclusive interview with up-and-coming hip-hop artist Mark Battles, you’re dang straight we jumped at the opportunity.


The South Valley Studio Tour 2019

An Interview with South Valley Artist John Gallegos

The South Valley Studio Tour is an ad hoc group of artists who got together three years ago to invite people into their homes and studios. Weekly Alibi sat down with John Gallegos to talk about making art in the South Valley.

There Will Be Honking

A Downtown United Mural in Process

Noé Barnett’s mural in progress at the corner of Second Street and Coal Avenue earns a moment of distraction every cycle of the traffic light.

Found Objects

After enjoying Burque Revolt, Orangutan Awareness Day and Speechless this week, give your New Mexico Poet Laureate nominee suggestions.


Pain & Glory

Celebrated Spanish filmmaker offers “autofictional” story of celebrated Spanish filmmaker

Inward-looking and overwhelmingly elegiac in nature, Almodóvar’s Pain & Glory still manages to feel more like a life-affirming wake than a glum funeral—offering at least as much glory as pain.

Pretty Fly For a White Guy

Check out the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, Indigipop X free preview night and Little. And maybe learn about your next job at the Film and Television Career Connection.

Passing the Cape

“Batwoman” on The CW

So far, "Batwoman" has done an credible job finding an identity of its own and it gives longtime bat-fans some hope that there are still fresh stories left to tell in the Batman universe.


Building Friendships and Enchiladas

The Jealous Fork Gives You the Power To Make the Perfect Dish

The Jealous Fork, a build-your-own enchilada place, is a step away from the regularity we see in other New Mexican restaurants. It feels good to have control and choice.

Green Chile Versatility

Our Fave Garnish Has Many Uses

Green chile has a versatility that you so rarely see stretched to its limit, so Dan Pennington scoured the darkest corners of forgotten tombs within the state to find unique uses for green chile that you might have missed.

Weekly Specials

It takes a special restaurant to find constantly changing and evolving dishes that have bold flavor combinations to keep things interesting in the dining room. Take some time to honor these pioneers in the field who constantly strive to make your usual visit a little more interesting.