Alibi V.18 No.12 • March 19-25, 2009 
Eric Svingen entices passersby on Wednesday, March 11.

Newscity

Freedom Food

Peace group cited for dishing up meals for the homeless without a permit

A short line of young adults forms in front of a table covered with platters of cake, fruit salad, soup and bread. A few folks sit on the steps near the UNM Bookstore, noshing on their midday snacks while a man shouts, “Come have some free food.”

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Answer Me This

What was found in a Westgate Heights yard? What’s the good news for people without a job? Who gave up his top spot? Why should APD be pleased?

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Thin Line

Bailout Upskirts

The usual bread and butter of trash media is the nip slips of pop tartlets. Lately these ferocious attack cameras have shifted their focus to looking up the metaphorical skirts of crooked companies.

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Making Sausage

Making Sausage

Dropping Death Row

Something finally passed this session. Gov. Bill Richardson signed Rep. Gail Chasey’s controversial death penalty repeal into law on Wednesday, March 18, calling it the "most difficult decision" of his political career. According to the ACLU, 130 inmates on death row were proven innocent and released in the last 30 years. New Mexico is now the 15th state with no death penalty. (CC)

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Mike Smith

Council Watch

A Lot of Talk for a Little Action

If city councilors were not aware before their short Monday, March 16 meeting that Albuquerque residents love their neighborhood parks, they know now.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Indonesia—Fundamentalist anti-porn protesters are threatening to ban a traditional Indonesian folk dance because it allows female dancers to expose their “erotic” underarms. West Java Governor Ahman Heryawan has warned practitioners of the jaipong dance—performed at official ceremonies and cultural festivals—to tone down their sexy moves and hide their underarms. Islamic parties in the multi-island nation are targeting the dance ahead of April general elections, after Parliament passed a controversial anti-porn law in December. “The worry is that once the anti-porn bill is fully implemented, the dance may be banned because it’s too erotic,” a senior leader of the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party told Agence France-Presse. Outraged professional dance groups have called on Indonesians to teach the protesters a lesson at the ballot box come April. “What are they talking about?” Mas Nanu Muda of the Jaipong Care Community said. “The dancers are all covered up in long-sleeved traditional kebayas, not sexy tubes.” Bandung Tourism and Culture Office Chief M. Askary Wirantaatmadja admits, “Without shaking or gyrating, you can’t call it jaipong. I don’t consider it erotic, titillating or lustful. That’s all in the mind.”

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Letters

Correction: Last week's issue of the Alibi [March 12-18] included errors in the Community Calendar regarding free services on the Rail Runner and free events at the Convention Center on St. Patrick's Day. This information was incorrect. The Alibi regrets the errors and any confusion they may have caused.

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Councilor Debbie O’Malley

City Boss Fight 2009

Councilors Out

It has been a surprising week with Councilors Debbie O’Malley and Michael Cadigan dropping out of the mayoral race. Both said it would be impossible to collect the more than 3,280 petition signatures and $5 donations required by the end of the month to qualify for public election financing. Those who qualify will get about $328,000 to run their campaigns.

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Silk and Lights and Everything Nice

Dragon Lights Albuquerque

Formerly known as the Chinese Lantern Festival, see the all new larger-than-life, fully-illuminated lanterns, Chinese cultural performances and special handicrafts.
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Riding the Big, Tin Goose

Fly the Ford TriMotor

Experience what was the height of flying luxury in 1928, at the start of commercial air travel. Book a flight or just view the aircraft.
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Show Your Colors

Con-Jikan

A pop-culture festival focused on the world of anime and gaming, emphasizing fun and fandom.
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A Consensual Cuddle Puddle

The Cuddle Revolution

This is a completely platonic experience for adults only. Please arrive on time. Use a series of exercises to practice consensual and safe touch, as well as authentic connection.
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It's Not a Hula

Tahitian Dance Workshop

Don't get it twisted. Tahitian dance is not the hula. Tahitian dance is centered around the hips for storytelling instead of the hands, and it's from … wait for it … Tahiti, not Hawaii. This style, also called 'Ori Tahiti, is a far more aggressive style in most cases, especially from the male dancers. Shock. Kellie Villicano of the Ka Lā Kapu Polynesian Dance School brings this Tahitian Dance Workshop
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