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V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011
An entry in the eighth annual Alibi photo contest
Lahnjules

Arts

Eighth Annual Alibi Photo Contest

Enter. Now.

There is still time to impress us with your photo skills and win cool stuff. Enter the eighth annual Alibi Photo Contest.

It’s real easy. These are the rules.

1) Upload no more than three photos to our Alibi Photo Contest 2011 group on Flickr.com. Label them with their appropriate tag.

Most of this year’s categories are the same as last year’s:

• ¡Que Albuquerque!—Anything that profiles or captures the spirit of Burque (tag: quealbuquerque)

• Things Are Not What They Seem—For manipulated or Photoshopped images (tag: thingsarenotwhattheyseem)

• People Are People—Human-focused photos (tag: peoplearepeople)

• Land Ho—Landscapes of the natural world, flowers, a plant, etc. (tag: landho)

• This Modern Life—Architecture, street scenes, the weird and wonderful world of the man-made (tag: thismodernlife)

• Miscellaneous—Exactly that (tag: miscellaneous)

I’m adding two more themes, however.

• Birds—They love being photographed. The more obscure and endangered, the better. A roadrunner smashing a lizard into a rock is likewise also cool. (tag birds)

• From the Streets—Albuquerque, nay, New Mexico, is a crazy place. Photos of wrecks, fires and emergency situations are always fun to get. Caveat: Don’t interfere with the police or firefighters. Get the photos like a ghost. (tag: streets)

2) On Flickr, add “alibidotcom” as a contact and send us a FlickrMail with the following information:

Subject—Alibi Photo Contest 2011

Body—Your full name, titles of all photos you’ve submitted and contact info (e-mail and phone)

3) Photo resolution should be at approximately 360 DPI at a reproduction size of 5 by 7 inches (or 1,800 by 2,520 in pixels). If your photo is chosen for the cover, we’ll contact you for a higher resolution image. (In general, if you’re chosen as a winner and your Flickr image is not at the proper resolution, we’ll contact you for a higher resolution copy.)

In the interest of fairness, anyone who still shoots old school (with actual film) can send their pics to 413 Central NW, Albuquerque, N.M., 87102. Keep them 8 by 10 inches or smaller.

Entries must be received by Thursday, March 17, at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced in the March 31 issue. As always, Buena suerte.

V.20 No.8 | 2/24/2011
angry Lewis Black
Clay McBride

Interview

Mr. Black

The pre-eminent mad comedian talks with the Alibi

Lewis Black makes a living being angry on television. On a recent “Back in Black” segment on “The Daily Show,” he railed against the merchandise tie-ins surrounding Eat Pray Love. On another he lambasted Glenn Beck for his incessant Nazi imagery. Black throws his hands every which way, seemingly in the midst of a nervous breakdown. His eyebrows sink into a sharp V and you can’t help but think: Man, this guy looks pissed.

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V.19 No.41 | 10/14/2010
To boldly go where no undomesticated canine has gone before.
John Bear

Culture Shock

Space Coyotes? Oh My God, Those Are Space Coyotes

On Wednesday, I walked into The Normal Gallery in Barelas to view Scott Williams’ installation With Great Abandon. “Man,” I said with a good deal of exasperation. “That is some weird shit right there.” Williams laughed and said, “That’s the reaction I like.” Scott has placed two space coyotes, yes, space coyotes, in the middle of the gallery. Two stuffed coyote heads have been retrofitted to Williams’ handcrafted astronaut bodies. They’re shaking hands, but eyeing each other suspiciously. I don’t know if there is any way to make stuffed coyote heads eye one another suspiciously or if they do that naturally. Either way, they made my day. Scott said he’s making a statement on the fear people have that humanity won’t survive. He looks at the coyote as a symbol of survival; they flourish even when other species are in decline. Scott is holding out hope for people. Personally, I think we’re doomed, but that’s why Scott is an artist and I’m a writer. You must go see these coyotes. Come between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 24, or by appointment. Scott can be reached at 908-5526. The gallery is located at 1514 Fourth Street SW. They have a cat.

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