V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
Reel World

Reel World

War memorial

KiMo celebrates Veteran’s Day, Pornotopia offers sex ed on screen, PBS pops up Autism in Love.
V.23 No.46 | 11/13/2014

Reel good time

Bagdad Cafe screens, Pornotopia returns uncensored and The Last Peyote Guardians comes to town.
V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
Reel World


Whether you’re in the mood for some “drought-tolerant film and music,” local horror/comedy or other delights, Reel World keeps you informed of local film doings.
V.23 No.1 | 1/2/2014

Year in Review

The Very Best Thing

2013 was a great year for artistic freedom in the Duke City.
V.22 No.38 | 9/19/2013


Beyond Pleasuredome

Pornotopia survives “erogenous zoning”

Managing editor Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on what the NM Supreme Court’s reversal of the Guild Cinema’s Pornotopia conviction means for the fest, Albuquerque and New Mexico.
V.21 No.3 |


The Daily Word in the State of the Union, $100 hotdogs and Lego Minecraft

The Daily Word

President Obama gave the State of the Union last night. Also, bad jokes.

The owner of the Guild is appealing his 2008 fine for showing an adult movie during the Pornotopia Festival.

Navy Seals rescue an American held by Somali pirates.

Apple earned $13 billion last quarter.

You can't hide behind your encrypted computer anymore.

A Georgia Representative is trying to pass a law making it illegal to Photoshop heads on naked bodies.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma a lawmaker wants to ban the use of human fetuses in the production of food. Wait, what?

Awesome article on President Garfield's assassination.

Lego Minecraft? Yes please!

Epic interview with Maurice Sendak on Colbert last night. EPIC!

You don't have to be a douchebag to enjoy this $100 cognac-infused bratwurst, but it helps.

Soon we'll be stealing cars from the Pirate Bay.

Buffalo chicken wing cupcakes.

The Cranberries are back?

Finally "his schlong" is a Family Feud answer.

How The Return of the Jedi should have ended.

R.I.P. Dick Tufeld, voice of Robot from Lost in Space.

Happy Birthday to The Honky Tonk Man!!!

V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011


The Daily Word in violent soda, MC Hammer’s search engine, a swarm of fleeing Elvis

The Daily Word

Former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is buried in a secret location.

Michael Moore says Obama’s first presidential term is a disappointment.

60 Elvis impersonators fleeing from a fire sounds like the punchline to a joke, but it’s not.

GOP candidates Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain set to square off, Lincoln-Douglas style.

The more soda teenagers drink, the more violent they become. What?

A 14-year-old girl is assaulted at Occupy Dallas, while the Occupy Maine camp is attacked with a chemical bomb.

You, too, can pay up to $16,000 for John Lennon’s tooth.

Should young boys get vaccinated against human papilloma virus?

MC Hammer launches a search engine he hopes will top Google and Bing.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa screws up the bullpen, costing the Cards a World Series win.

The Pornotopia Adult Film Festival is canceled for the second consecutive year.

Take a look at this sweet Tim Burtonized Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.

This Ohio dentist will buy back your Halloween candy, up to $1 per pound.

V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010
Dan Savage


Dan Savage says the city harassed Pornotopia out of existence

Internationally syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage opened his free weekly podcast today with a discussion of Burque.

Albuquerque’s city administration moved behind the scenes to shut down Pornotopia, he said. Savage called that harassment and censorship.

We covered the fest’s closure as it unfolded. We wrote about Pornotopia again when the city put the screws to the protest event planned in its place.

The city administration is protecting people from “a communal experience of porn,” Savage said, adding that there’s something kind of beautiful about that experience. “If you want to keep porn out of Albuquerque, you need to rip the internet out of Albuquerque,” he said. “Everything is a porn delivery system now that we rely on to take part in our modern world.”

Savage encouraged his many fans across the country begin sending letters to Mayor Richard Berry and directed them to the online letter submission form. He also suggested Pornotopia’s purveyors sue the city for a fat payout that could “endow” Pornotopia for many years.

V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010


Pornotopia CENSORED has been cen ... canceled

As we reported two weeks ago, the city’s zoning enforcers spanked the yearly porn festival put on on by Self Serve. In response, Molly Adler and Matie Fricker, the sex shop’s owners, assembled a showcase of burlesque and music, and promised to put the First Amendment to use. This was all supposed to happen tomorrow night at Sunshine Theater.

But earlier this week, the city informed the Sunshine that it would be attending and scrutinizing the event. Thinking it was unfair to put the venue and the performers at risk, Adler and Fricker called off Pornotopia CENSORED. Read their take here.

I spoke with Fricker today after she and Adler sat down with Tito Madrid, one of Mayor Richard Berry’s representatives, and Matthew Conrad, code enforcement manager. Fricker said they talked about how the zoning code is confusing and requires clarification. “It was our first meeting with someone who kind of understood where we were coming from,” she said.

Last night, a group of about 40 people met with the Self Serve owners and formed the Citizens United For Free Speech, or CUFFS. They’ll be outside Sunshine Theater tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as Self Serve refunds tickets. (You can also get a refund anytime at the shop: 3904 Central SE). CUFFS will be talking to people and gauging interest.

V.19 No.44 | 11/4/2010


Thank you so much for bringing this story to the attention of the public [News, “Porn Festival Screwed,” Oct. 28-Nov. 3]. I had been looking forward to attending the festival and was shocked and confused to hear that it had been canceled. I'm glad to hear an explanation as to why, although that explanation was a depressing one.

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V.18 No.45 | 11/5/2009
Tristan Taormino

News Profile

The Feminist Pornographer

Vivid Entertainment director in Albuquerque to talk pleasure positivity at the Pornotopia film festival

Tristan Taormino is trying to take a deep breath. When we speak, she's about to embark on a four-week tour and is using the day to read books. The titles are telling: When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön, an ordained Buddhist nun, and Wide Open: On Living With Purpose and Passion by Dawna Markova, described on as teaching "how to live with heart and mind wide open to all life's possibilities."

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V.16 No.50 | 12/13/2007


[RE: Letters, “Perverting the Porn Supply,” Dec.6-12] Excellent commentary, Ed. My boyfriend and I were planning to attend Pornotopia to see John Holmes in 3-D, but eventually decided not to, largely for the reasons Ed detailed. Two main reasons, actually.

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