The Preacher Councilor
Salvation on Sunday, politics on Monday
Hundreds showed up at the Soul Rio Church to rock out in honor of the resurrection of Jesus. The church is tucked in a strip mall in southern Rio Rancho, and the pastor is Dan Lewis, Albuquerque’s Westside city councilor.
LGBT Students Center Stage at UNM
He stood under the spotlight in front of 150 audience members at UNM’s Student Union Building. He cleared his throat, tugged at his short, lacy black dress, straightened his tights and grabbed the microphone with painted fingernails. “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, Ruby Sanchez.”
Goodwill for the Feral
Abandoned cats cluster and form colonies in Albuquerque neighborhoods. The unfixed felines mate; the population grows exponentially. Without adequate food, they lead short, violent lives.
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Denmark—Warehouse staff at the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen staged a series of walkouts last week in protest of a new company policy limiting beer-drinking at work to just lunch breaks. Jens Bekke, a spokesperson for Carlsberg, told England’s Sky News, “We think times have changed and we need an alcohol policy that is accepted by society—93 percent of Danish companies have an alcohol policy.” Last Wednesday, beers were removed from all refrigerators at the brewery. “The only place you can get a beer in future,” said Bekke, “is in the canteen at lunch.” In response, 800 workers walked off the job. By Thursday, at least 250 remained off the job. The Confederation of Danish Industry and trade union 3F agreed the strike was illegal and would impose fines on workers. Although warehouse staff is now on the wagon, drivers for the brewery are still allowed “up to three” beers a day outside of lunch hours. According to Bekke, alcohol locks on Carlsberg’s delivery trucks prevent the drivers from drinking too much and getting behind the wheel.
[Re: Feature, “Best of Burque,” April 8-14] What happened to best stripper????
Blue Cross customers battle price hikes against a backdrop of health reform
The national debate on health care hit home for 40,000 New Mexicans with individual coverage through Blue Cross. In February, customers received notice of premium increases as high as 30 percent. Some of them have contacted my office to say they’ve already been forced by earlier premium increases to switch to less generous coverage plans and higher deductibles. They have no options left and can’t afford more increases. The Public Regulation Commission directed Morris Chavez, the superintendent of insurance, to give the Blue Cross hikes a formal review. The increases were suspended pending a Monday, April 26 hearing that will be held at the PRC’s offices in Santa Fe.
Albuquerque Turkish Festival
Weekly Alibi's Fetish Formal
This year's Weekly Alibi Fetish Formal is sponsored by Hustler Hollywood, an esteemed adult products organization whose founder Larry Flynt is well known in popular American culture—by some as a prurient provocateur but by most as a staunch and unyielding advocate for the weight of constitutional rights like those espoused in the Bill of Rights. We get Flynt, and we get kink. The sexual and culture freedom repped by Flynt—and as a consequence, we like to think, by many Americans and Alibi readers—is on nonstop watch and repeat for this annual excursion into what's kinky, but especially right here in The Duke City…
Ninja Egg Hunt
The legendary ninja egg—supposedly laid once each year by every ninja—is a rare find that can elude even the most diligent egg-hunter. That's why every egg connoisseur in a 200-mile radius will be at the Ninja Egg Hunt this weekend, searching for Easter eggs hidden in the Ninja Park obstacle course. If you're trying to find Easter eggs that were possibly laid by ninjas (or you're just a ninja looking for Easter eggs), come down…