Alibi V.28 No.49 • Dec 5-11, 2019

Found Objects

Check out the final forum of the regional exhibition Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Christmas in New Mexico, 12x12 and Relaxed Nights at the Museum.


Make Up Your Mind

Runoff election offers choices for our city

After the discovery that the city's crime statistics erred on the side of optimism and as we approach the runoff election for City Council Districts 2 and 4, we asked candidates to speak to the issues of crime and homelessness in The Duke City.

Don’t Run Off Like That!

Too many choices, not enough harmony

The stories of ranked voting, the new municipal runoff election and the idea of nonpartisan elections are already familiar ones for El Burque, but here’s our take on the issues.


Secretary of State admits that election regulators have yet to complete spot checks for campaign finance compliance; Attorney General warns organizers and participants of a coyote killing contest against following through with their plans; ART buses officially rolled out.

Odds & Ends

Funny because having your photo taken with Satan happens to someone else.



Da Vinci’s is full of surprises

Da Vinci's Pizza Café does their level best to offset the pricey menu items with a terrific assortment of quality ingredients and portions that all but guarantee leftovers.

Limited Time Leftovers

You’re on a deadline, eat while you can

Tired of turkey sandwiches? Have you felt left out in the cold by the boring options available to you? Turkey’s versatility shouldn’t be understated, with its gamier flavor than chicken, but subtle richness in the dark meats, you’ve got a wide profile of flavors to work with.

Weekly Specials

With family gatherings and office get-togethers occupying most of our time, the natural go-to is to bring food. So, dig out those recipe books, brace yourself for some dumb idiot to accidentally sign up for something you already signed up for at a potluck and let the holiday cheer run through you like wine down stone.


MORE Act Hurts Legalization Efforts

Glaring flaws in the MORE Act are making many cannabis advocates nervous; New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program held a public meeting for comments on some proposed rule changes, but had to cut it short due to snow and icy weather.

Pucker Factor at Organtica

Pucker Factor should be useful for temporary relief and distraction from pain or nausea, easing social anxiety, elevating overall mood and promoting creativity and productivity.


Fantastic Fungi

Scientific documentary sings the praises of our fungal friends

Consider the humble mushroom. That’s more or less the premise behind Fantastic Fungi, a hagiographic documentary aimed at elevating the status of spores, molds and fungus. Don’t think that mushrooms are the greatest thing on planet Earth? Well, you soon will.

No Business Like Snow Business

This is the week for Warren Miller’s Timeless, Love Actually, a “!Colores!” documentary double feature and an educational lecture on everything you need to know about background talent and how to get booked on movies and television series.

Under the Gun

The Irishman on Netflix

Though long and slow, The Irishman is a consistently absorbing drama about one man’s life in crime and serves as an elegiac capper to the mafia myth and Scorsese’s career.


Our Barbaric Yawpers

Over the roofs of the world

We chat with one of The Yawpers about their broadly American, mythic in scale and gritty in character sound.

A Holiday Reminder

Whatever happens, go to a show

Live music is the cure and we urge you to take it in as the end of the year inevitably rolls around.


The Ghost That Haunts

Albuquerque homelessness and An Adobe Christmas Carol

If art has a role in finding solutions to the problem of homelessness, its most useful tool may be offering perspective. Playwright Pete Parkin has adapted the Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, cast it with actors playing the homeless and set it in Albuquerque circa 2019 to do just that.

A World of Wearable Art

The antidote to the ugly Christmas sweater

A World of Wearable Art opened on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and will remain throughout the month, but I caution that it operates more like a sale than an art show. By this I mean people are buying what they like, taking it off the wall and taking it home with them. It is a constantly shrinking show of original, one-of-a-kind works. Best to see it while you can.

Alibi V.28 No.48 • Nov 28-Dec 4, 2019

I Wanna Be Your Dog

Petition: Give pets access to cannabis

There's a petition to open the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program up to pets suffering from epileptic seizures; Joe Biden calls cannabis a “gateway drug”; sales for OTC sleep aids have declined in areas where recreational marijuana is readily available.


Holiday Film Guide 2019

Bombshells, Bad Boys and a Black Christmas

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Hollywood figures most Americans have a decent amount of vacation time on their hands. As a result the coming month (or so) is crammed with epic popcorn movies and small-scale Oscar bait. So what do we have waiting for us at the cineplexes this holiday season? Let’s take a look!


Knives Out

Old-fashioned murder mystery plays by the rules

If you like your mysteries done up old school, Knives Out is the genre-loving homage you’ve been searching for.


This week is your chance to go to Video Store’s fictional going out of business sale, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, a sneak preview of In Their Own Words: Billy the Kid & the Lincoln Country War and Jurassic Park at the DynaTheater.

Daemon Seed

“His Dark Materials” on HBO

All in all “His Dark Materials” is a seriously produced, professionally acted version of its source material.


Beer Can Art

What makes a great Albuquerque can?

In a city that has always thrived on the high/low approach to art, it is no wonder that inexpensive, accessible work of high caliber is now available in a cooler near you.

The Art of Shoes

Giving Tuesday in Albuquerque

Flamenco Works is among more than 100 Albuquerque-based non-profits that would be delighted for your donation of money, but this year, they want your shoes.

Found Objects

It's a busy week with New Mexico Artisan Market, Small Business Saturday, A World of Wearable Art and International Cheetah Day.



To the South Valley With Love

Senior Center celebrates health, will provide respite

We visited the South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center to take part in the Health Care and Open Enrollment Resource Fair, and took the opportunity to chat with our representatives.

Oh Say Can You See Bandelier?

From monument to park and preserve

Late last week, US Senator Martin Heinrich announced plans to put forward legislation that would designate Bandelier National Monument as a National Park and Preserve.


Civilian Police Oversight Agency former board member criticized agency's mishandling of cases; governor's Climate Change Task Force's report examines the results of climate-related initiatives and outlines future plans; Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced a new plan to address the city's high violent crime rates.


Swirling and Vibrating

Mayling Garcia and her glass armonica

Albuquerque’s Mayling Garcia waded into the history and mythology of the glass armonica to become proficient on the rare instrument. Weekly Alibi invited her over to talk about it and her music and a sound that ultimately defies description.

Get Into It

Holiday hootenanies are happening

After that ton of turkey has been rendered harmless but before the real nature of the holiday become evident with rituals of commerce and athletics dominating, do yourself a solid and go see a show.


The Donut Run

The local donut guide no one asked for

The goal became clear: A donut run, to find the greatest donut in Albuquerque.
Senior Airman Austin Harvill

Thanks For Giving

This is the biggest week for eating out of the entire year, no doubt about it, but would you be interested in some other events? Y’know, stuff happening that isn’t a big family dinner with a roasted turkey and potatoes?

Alibi V.28 No.47 • Nov 21-27, 2019


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.