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Councilor Maestas Recused From Mini Vote

Opposition to the bill that would ban the sale of alcohol bottles 8 ounces or less dwindles

Local NewsThursday, March 5, 2015 by Justin Horwath
City Councilor Joseph Maestas will recuse himself from voting on a bill that would ban the sale of miniature liquor bottles in Santa Fe because his family business owns a liquor license for sale, a reversal from his vote against the proposal during Monday's Finance Committee hearing.

The District 2 councilor will explain to the full council that he made the vote "in the belief that there was no conflict, in part because the city attorney had not advised me that there was," a statement drafted by the city attorney and sent to Maestas reads.

"Nevertheless, I did disclose the interest, to assure transparency," reads the statement. "A motion on the item failed, so my participation did not influence the outcome."

With Maestas out of the voting, the proposal is all but likely to pass. Five councilors in the nine-member body are sponsoring or co-sponsoring the bill. Besides Maestas, District 4 Councilor Ron Trujillo is the only member to have voted against it.

At Wednesday's Public Utilities meeting, Maestas recused himself from voting on the bill, says Assistant City Attorney Alfred Walker.

Councilors Patti Bushee, Peter Ives and Chris Rivera all voted for the measure Wednesday, says Walker, allowing it to clear that committee.

The proposal is set to be heard in front of the City Business Quality of Life Committee on March 11. That committee has no voting power, however, and the full council will consider it during its April 8 meeting.

Walker says an amendment has been added to the bill that would have banned the sale of minis to sites that don't allow "off-site" consumption.

Maestas is listed as a vice president of Vic's Bar Inc. The family business ran Vic's Bar in Santa Cruz, which Maestas says it stopped operating in 2006. The business still owns an inter-local dispenser license that's for sale, he says. 

The license can be sold to a Santa Fe buyer. The bill, sponsored by District 1 Councilor Sig Lindell, proposes to ban the sale of single-serve bottles of liquor 8 ounces or less within city limits. At Monday's Finance Committee meeting, Maestas "made the argument that small-family operated liquor stores could see their profits negatively affected by a ban on the sale of miniatures," City Attorney Kelly Brennan wrote to Maestas in a March 3 email.

"This effectively defined the benefit/loss that may be associated with the failure or enactment of the bill," Brennan wrote in the email.

Liquor licenses are in high demand in Santa Fe, she wrote. If the mini-ban impacts profits to liquor sellers, the value of Maestas' license "might be diminished," Brennan wrote, which triggers the requirement for Maestas to recuse himself from voting on the issue.

"If it were merely a matter of a point of view formed as a result of life experience, there would be no conflict," she wrote . "It is the existence of the license and its 'for-sale' status, together with the defined benefit, that creates the conflict."

Maestas says he approached Brennan after Monday's Finance Committee meeting to get assurance from her that he's able to participate in the discussion.

Maestas—who has disclosed his interest in the business and recused himself on liquor license matters in the past—says he was upset that Brennan did not  "pass me a note—didn’t advise me that I might have a conflict of interest."


"I’m not too happy about this," he says. "I would rather have her interrupt and embarrass me at a committee meeting than have to read this recusal at a council meeting."

Brennan—who was at the meeting during Maestas' vote—apologized in the email for the "confusion." 

"As I explained last night, I was under the impression that you took the item off the agenda in order to recuse yourself, and was surprised when you did not," she wrote. "However, I did not want to intervene at that point, although I fully intended to communicate with you on the subject as soon as possible after reviewing the code with the specific facts in mind." 

Right To Work Suffers Setback

Motion to blast bill to Senate floor fails

Local NewsThursday, March 5, 2015 by Joey Peters

The so-called "right to work" bill suffered a major setback today after a failed attempt by Republican state senators to bypass committees and hear the measure on the Senate floor.

Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Chaves, made the motion to refer the bill to the committee of the whole—words for the entire Senate body—late Thursday afternoon. Ingle argued that the legislation, which would eliminate mandatory union fees as a condition of employment, is too important to the state to go through the Senate committee process.

"Sometimes no matter what side we're on, there's an issue that affects the whole state and there’s something we all need to do," Ingle said on the floor. "This is one of those issues."

The motion failed on a 25-17 vote, with all Democrats voting no and all Republicans voting yes. The bill, dubbed the Employee Preference Act, is now assigned to three committees—Public Affairs, Judiciary and Finance—where it's widely expected to go down on party lines. 

The bill has been a priority of Republicans this session in the wake of the GOP takeover of the state House of Representatives and Gov. Susana Martinez' landslide reelection. Democrats, backed by organized labor, have largely opposed the bill. It's since passed the House on a party line vote, save one conservative state Rep. Donna Irwin, D-Doña Ana.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Valencia, made a pledge to kill the bill at the start of the session. Two key conservative Democratic senators—John Arthur Smith and Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, both of Doña Ana County—also vowed to vote against any attempt to bypass the committee process with right to work. 

Still, several Republican senators tried their damnedest to "blast" the bill to the floor.

"This motion to go to the whole helps the 42,000 [people] I represent have a voice," said state Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Chaves, who doesn't sit on any of the committees that the bill has been referred to. "It can go to all eight committees, but guess what? The committee of the whole is all eight committees meeting at once."

If the bill wasn't blasted, Pirtle argued that all his constituents would be "silenced." 

State Sen. Craig Brant, R-Sandoval, argued that the bill still hasn't being properly heard in the Senate so late in the session.

"We're on Day 44 of a 60-day session," Brant said. "We have a little more than two weeks left. And on an issue of this vital importance, we're going to send it to a committee so it can not be heard? I ask this body, is this really what you want to tell your constituents?"

At another point, state Sen. Bill Sharer, R-San Juan, claimed that "the whole country is watching what is happening in the New Mexico right now."

Near end of the debate, a few Democrats started speaking their opposition to the blast. State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Bernalillo, mentioned bills he supports that he's never gotten to vote on because of them dying in committees, including a state constitutional amendment to draw money from the Permanent Fund for early childhood education.

He added that the Senate Public Affairs Committee, which he chairs, will hear the bill Sunday and that the "everybody in the state is welcome to come."

Morning Word: SolarCity to Compete with PNM

Land commissioner and others accused of ethics violations

Morning WordThursday, March 5, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr
The sun could be providing energy for thousands more homeowners soon. The state didn't get Tesla, but here comes SolarCity. That plus, we've got the scoop on auditioning for the second season of Manhattan and a look at all the legislative news.

It's Thursday, March 5, 2015

Already under pressure from environmentalists and regulators, the Public Service Company of New Mexico could be facing some stiff competition soon. SolarCity plans to set up shop in the state in the next few months and offer homeowners affordable loans to purchase solar panels to generate their own electricity.
The timing of the new SolarCity announcement was a surprise for Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Bernalillo. On Tuesday, the New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill she sponsored that would expand the solar tax credits on purchases and leases of solar systems. The next day, SolarCity, which is one of the nation's largest residential solar financiers, announced its expansion to New Mexico. 
 US Sen. Martin Heinrich said he welcome company’s announcement.
“Solar energy’s future in New Mexico is as bright as our sun—our tremendous solar resources should be harnessed as an engine of economic and job growth for our state. SolarCity’s decision to come to New Mexico is great news for our residents, our economy and our environment.” 
Dan Mayfield has details at ABQ Business First  

A Kirtland Air Force Base spokesman has threatened to cut off KUNM reporters’ access to the base following the station’s report on pollution in the Rio Grande.

Read more here. 

The state public lands commissioner, his son and an Otero County commissioner are being accused of ethics violations.
Two Otero County residents have filed complaints with the state auditor and the state attorney general alleging that State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, along with his son, attorney Blair Dunn, and an Otero County commissioner, colluded for financial gain with public money and violated state law in connection with government contracts. 
Blair Dunn called the lawsuit "frivolous."

Staci Matlock has details. 

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez is in hot water. He’s accused of offering a co-worker $1,000 to have sex with him.

See more at KOB. 

If you’re planning to get out of town for business or spring break and thinking about parking your car at the Albuquerque International Sunport’s public garage, you better make sure your vehicles registration is current. Investigative reporter Matt Grubs found out travelers are getting a lot of tickets.

See it at KRQE. 

A Navajo lawmaker doesn’t want medical marijuana legalized in his nation because it contradicts tribal values and traditions. While other tribes are considering the option, Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie thinks legalizing marijuana would "drive up crime rates and drug addiction" on the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

Read more at the Las Cruces Sun-News. 

Employees working in the medical marijuana industry here in New Mexico may have to submit their fingerprints and undergo criminal background checks.
House Bill 527, sponsored by Rep. Paul Pacheco, R-Albuquerque, would authorize the state Department of Health to use the National Crime Information Center for criminal background checks of primary caregivers, employees and certain contractors of licensed nonprofit producers. Also subject to the checks would be manufacturers, couriers and laboratories approved for the medical marijuana program. Those found to have convictions for trafficking or distributing illegal drugs would be permanently disqualified from working in the program. 
Steve Terrell has more. 

Former professional football player Nate Jackson want the National Football League to drop its ban on marijuana.
Jackson said he avoided opiate painkillers as much as he could during his six-year career from 2003-08. Instead, he self-medicated with marijuana so that he wouldn’t retire addicted to prescription drugs like so many of his contemporaries.  
Read more here. 

Gov. Susana Martinez is pushing new initiatives to protect caseworkers at the Children Youth and Families Department.
Under current law, it is a felony to commit assault or battery on paramedics, school employees, and sports officials like referees and umpires. However, assault and battery on a child abuse caseworker is not a specific offense, even though they routinely find themselves in stressful and potentially dangerous situations involving child custody and safety. 
Read more at KRWG. 

Good news for uninsured New Mexicans. Joey Peters found out that folks who missed out on the initial signup will be eligible to take advantage of a second open enrollment period March 15 to April 30.

More at SFR. 

Laura Paskus has a new essay on her recent journey and experiences at Chaco Canyon.
For centuries, this landscape has yielded what people needed. Once it was corn and beans, clean water, sandstone and timber. Then came the drought. There were wars and conquests. And in the past half-century, while the San Juan River irrigates thousands of desert acres, we’ve also forced the land to surrender coal and uranium, oil and gas. 
Read it at SFR. 

Members of the Independent Community Bankers of America have elected the CEO of Centinel Bank to head their association this year.

Read more at the ABQ Journal. 

New Mexico Legislative News: 

  • An effort to raise the minimum wage has failed in the state Senate. Milan Simonich has more on the Democrats voted against it – Santa Fe New Mexican
  • It looks like the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce is prepared to call for a special session if their priority bills don’t get passed before the regular session ends – New Mexico Political Report
  • After years of saying no, lawmakers now think it’s ok to purchase lottery tickets using a debit card – Las Cruces Sun-News
  • Senators also want to limit college lottery scholarship funding and use more of the revenue to increase prize amounts – Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Retired police officers who return to work could cost the state Public Employees Retirement Association almost $69 million next year – Dan Boyd
  • The Senate Conservation Committee has passed a bill that would give lawmakers more oversight of a Gila River diversion project – Ollie Reed. 
  • Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that requires hospitals to make prices more transparent – Santa Fe New Mexican

The Albuquerque Isotopes have a new logo for the upcoming season, but not everyone likes it.
John Traub, the 'Topes general manager, told Business First on Wednesday that the team is not replacing the old, beloved logo but simply adding more logos, and more branded merchandise, to sell. "People are not realizing it's an addition," Traub said. "The old uniforms, white, black and gray will stay." 
Read more at ABQ Business First. 

Fans of Sam Shaw’s Manhattan have a chance to appear in the WGN America show. Producers are looking for extras and casting for the second season gets underway Saturday in Santa Fe.

Details on the auditions are online. 


Editor’s Note: An earlier report of this story listed the wrong reason why Kirtland’s spokesman is mad at KUNM.

Obamacare Enrollment Extended

Those without insurance can register from March 15—April 30

Local NewsWednesday, March 4, 2015 by Joey Peters

Uninsured New Mexicans who missed out on enrolling in health coverage this year are in luck.

Though the latest open enrollment period under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) ended last month, a new special enrollment period will now begin on March 15 and last through the month of April. 

The decision for this "extra enrollment" period comes from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

"I think they were beginning to realize that many people are still not aware of health option changes and still certainly not aware of the penalty changes," says Barbara Webber, executive director of Health Action New Mexico

The ACA imposes penalties on people who don't have insurance and don't qualify for subsidies. For 2015, that penalty jumps from $95 per adult to $325 per adult and is imposed during taxes for 2016. But uninsured people who didn't register for coverage are eligible to sign up during the extra enrollment period at BeWellNm.com, the website of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange.

And if uninsured people register for coverage during the extra enrollment period, they can get out of most of the fees for next year. They'll instead pay a prorated fee to cover the time they weren't enrolled in an insurance program in 2015.

Webber says that despite the health care law being in effect for nearly two years, a sizable segment of the country still isn't aware of the ACA's requirements. 

"We know that, based on polling, 30 percent of people are still not aware that they have to have health insurance," she says. "It's just hard to reach everyone. Not everyone reads the papers. Like any federal program, it takes a while for people to get on board with it."

Spokeswoman Amanda Molina says the same resources that were available during the latest open enrollment period, namely staff support from enrollment counselors and certified agents, will be available during the extended period.

A total of 51,857 New Mexicans signed up through the exchange during the latest enrollment period, which occurred from Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15 of this year.

Morning Word: Pearce Votes Against Funding Homeland Security

Supreme Court reconsiders Obamacare

Morning WordWednesday, March 4, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr
Thousands of federal workers in New Mexico are breathing a little easier today now that their salaries have been fully funded. Is today the beginning of the end for Obamacare? The Supreme Court takes another look at the law. That, plus the latest from inside the Roundhouse.

It's Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A few days after funding the Department of Homeland Security for another week, Congress has approved the full $40-billion budget, but not with the support of US Rep. Steve Pearce, R- New Mexico. He remains opposed to the president’s executive action that defers immigrant deportations.
“DHS plays a vital role in our national security. However, the Congress cannot allow President Obama to continue acting without regard for the law. The House did not live up to its commitment today. When sworn in as a Member of Congress, each individual takes an oath to uphold and honor the Constitution. We failed in that mission with this vote.” 
Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham, both Democrats, voted for the budget.

Read it at the Albuquerque Journal. 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is headed back to the US Supreme Court today and there’s a lot at stake with federal subsidies for people enrolled in health care exchanges, which could collapse if the plaintiffs prevail.

Read it at The New York Times.  

Gov. Susana Martinez has settled a lawsuit with the Associated Press that will make some of her security officer’s travel records public.

The AP has details. 

Construction is about to get underway for some big water projects in Las Cruces.

Read more at the Las Cruces Sun-News. 

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and three city councilors have racked up thousands of dollars in out of state travel expenses in the last year.

Read more at the Santa Fe New Mexican. 

Carol Wight, the executive director of the New Mexico restaurant association, believes the state has a big problem with new unemployment insurance program rules that have tripled premium prices. She says New Mexico's economic recovery will continue to lag if it's not fixed.
Read her view at ABQ Business First. 

Sarcastic remarks made by Public Lands Commissioner Aubrey Dunn’s son Blair Dunn, an American Lands Council attorney who wants federal lands transferred to the state, have offended some groups opposing the transfer.
Native American leaders are highly motivated to be well schooled legally, in order to protect their peoples' interests against the further diminishment of rights and treaties by the dominant white establishment. Native leaders should be applauded, not disparaged, for their eloquent and determined defense of their people, lands and culture. 
Read Jim Klukeert’s take here. 

Students around the state continue to protest PARCC tests, but they’re being warned if they go to another school’s campus they could be charged with trespassing.

See more at KRQE. 

Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the tests only measure what is being taught in class.

See her interview with Ryan Luby. 

In Carlsbad, health officials are working to make the transition to a new mental health and substance abuse treatment company as seamless as possible.

Read more at the Carlsbad Current-Argus. 

San Juan County commissioners have approved $775,000 for new programs to combat homelessness and substance abuse.

Read more at the Farmington Daily Times.  

New Mexico Legislative News: 

  • A new poll shows that three-quarters of New Mexico’s business leaders support an independent ethics commission – KUNM
  • The House Safety and Public Affairs Committee has approved a measure that would require political action committees to reveal the names of their donors – New Mexico Political Report
  • Senators have blocked a bill that would give the governor more say on capital spending – Santa Fe New Mexican
  • But lawmakers have approved another measure that would give local small businesses a better shot at landing state contracts – ABQ Business First
  • A bill that would restrict the use of solitary confinement in New Mexico has advanced – Santa Fe New Mexican

Street View

03.04.15

Street ViewTuesday, March 3, 2015 by SFR
Somebody is promoting bike safety with street art.

We see what you’re up to, and we like it! Send you best shots to streetview@sfreporter.com or share with #SFRStreetview for a chance to win movie passes to the CCA Cinematheque.

Something Strange in Your Neighborhood?

Call John Lorenzen

PicksWednesday, March 4, 2015 by Alex De Vore

“Santa Fe is one of the most haunted cities and there are more ghosts here per acre than in any other city in the country,” Santa Fe Hauntings’ John Lorenzen tells SFR. “But it’s not like Hollywood movies at all…spirits aren’t really concerned with people and most are pretty friendly.”

A lifelong fan of the paranormal, Lorenzen has led walking tours of the spookier aspects of downtown Santa Fe for the past 15 years and provides ghost-lovers with an inside peek at the spooky and eerie events that have occurred in places such as La Posada, La Fonda, The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, the Palace of the Governors, the Oldest House and more.

“It’s all based on the supernatural buildings that are reportedly haunted—I know they’re haunted,” he says. “For example, one night at The Palace a manager and waitress were closing up at three in the morning and they both very clearly saw the shadow of a 6-foot tall cowboy crossing the foyer, or I was told by a security guard at the Palace of the Governors that they saw an empty dress flying down the hallway one night.”

Lorenzen says that ghosts can be categorized as either intelligent spirits who can speak with the living, revenants who utilize objects to communicate or poltergeists.

“In German it means ‘noisy spirit,’ and they don’t usually show themselves,” he says. “There are also demons, but they’re fairly uncommon; I’d say something like 1 percent of spirits are evil or negative.”

The walking tour lasts about two hours and comes with a coffee or tea drink included to help fight off the parched feeling that comes along with ghost proximity. Lorenzen stresses that wearing comfortable shoes is a must, and children under 5 might not enjoy the subject matter.

“You’ll learn about the history of the city in addition to the ghosts,” Lorenzen adds. “I’m basically a reporter and a storyteller rolled up into one.”


Santa Fe Hauntings
5:30 pm Saturday, March 7. $10-$20
Liquid Outpost
211 Old Santa Fe Trail,
995-0165


3 Questions

with Candice Hopkins

3 QuestionsWednesday, March 4, 2015 by Enrique Limón
On Wednesday, IAIA/MoCNA’s Brown Bag it series contienes with a free chat with Candice Hopkins, the interim chief curator at the Cathedral Place cultural institution. Along with her post there, Hopkins has the distinction of being one of three curators for SITE’s hugely successful Unsettled Landscapes exhibit.
                                          
There is so much talk about the extinction of the curator. As a young curator on the forefront, how do you react to this?
If there is an extinction, I haven’t heard it! However, the over-emphasis placed on curators over the past few years is starting to wane and this is a good thing. A curator’s job is to create a resonant context for art, and traditionally be the caretaker for a collection, not be the star of the show.

Unsettled Landscapes in particular was an all-female curated exhibit. Will this be a theme in upcoming SITE biennials?
The next curators for SITE’s new biennial series were just announced on e-flux. There are five: four women and one man. The consistent trends, I think, are sense of collective exhibition-making as well as the focus on Latin America and Native North American art. Three of the five curators were born in Latin America, and one, Kathleen Ash-Milby is Navajo, originally from Albuquerque..

What’s the importance of local series like Brown Bag it?
Brown Bag it was formed as a way to showcase the great ideas and talents of staff at IAIA. By offering the talks during the lunch hour and on the Plaza, it is a way to share knowledge in an informal setting. In my case, I will reflect on two major exhibitions that I have been a part of, one in Canada and one in Santa Fe, and consider how these exhibitions have shaped understandings of art by Indigenous artists. 

The Inner War

'Queen and Country' picks up where 'Hope and Glory' left off

YayWednesday, March 4, 2015 by David Riedel

War is hell. And preparing for war is hell. At least, it was in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. In Queen and Country, preparing for war—that is, basic training—is dull, dreary, and an excellent opportunity to make mischief. For that matter, the time after basic training is ripe for shenanigans, too.

 

Picking up nine years after Hope and Glory leaves off, John Boorman’s latest (and last) film, Queen and Country, carries its predecessors same traits. It’s a comedy set during war, and it’s highly effective considering most great war movies focus on the horrors or the battles or the psychological torture (Saving Private Ryan, Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai). There aren’t as many war comedies, and somehow the worst war comedy ever, Life is Beautiful (and one of the worst movies ever made), walked off with a slew of Academy Awards.

 

Hope and Glory, on the other hand, is a fine war comedy. Set during the blitz, its protagonist is nine-year-old Bill Rohan, and one of the greatest days of his life is the day his school is demolished by a German bomb. Boorman, who also wrote Hope and Glory, manages to make the London bombings a playground for Bill without disguising the terror that goes along with randomly being attacked in the night.

 

Now Bill (Callum Turner) is 19 and being shipped off to fight in Korea, but first there’s basic training. Queen and Country, like its predecessor, is sweeter than most war films, and more sentimental. But like Hope and Glory, there’s a gravity to it that eventually rears its head. Though Great Britain had a smaller stake in Korea (and therefore the events of Queen and Country necessarily don’t have the same stakes), there’s still something about being locked away for two years without say in the matter (Bill is conscripted) that makes life unbearable.

 

So Bill, who doesn’t believe in the Korean War—or in capitalism or communism—sets out to make life as bearable as possible while stuck teaching typing to other conscripts. At least he doesn’t have to go off and fight; that would be quite a different movie.

 

Bill makes friends with a like-minded scallywag, the delightfully named Percy Hapgood (Caleb Landry Jones), and as non-commissioned officers, they have a sweet set-up; they can make trouble for their overbearing boss, Sgt. Major Bradley (David Thewlis, who disappears into this showy character role), who likes to write them up for offenses such as not having the top button done up on their uniforms.

 

Along with Redmond (Pat Shortt), a lazy corporal, they make Bradley’s life hell. Until they discover that Bradley suffers from post-traumatic stress. And Percy gets in serious trouble for a prank involving the regimental sergeant major. And Bill falls in love with a woman who suffers from severe depression.

 

This film is laugh-out-loud funny, but its sadness sneaks up on you. Even the minor wars—if there is such a thing—are ultimately hell. Queen and Country is a fitting end to Boorman’s storied career.


 

QUEEN AND COUNTRY

Directed by John Boorman

With Turner, Jones and Shortt

The Screen

R

115 min.


Vampires, Transcended

What We Do in the Shadows is an unexpected take on old favorites

YayWednesday, March 4, 2015 by David Riedel

You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you skipped out on What We Do in the Shadows if you’re skeptical of vampire films or fake documentaries. What We Do in the Shadows is both, but it transcends the tired tropes of mocks and bloodsuckers and turns into an uproarious movie about petty grievances—when those with the grievances happen to be hundreds of years old and survive on human blood.

 

Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Petyr (Ben Fransham) are a group of vampires living in a house in Wellington, New Zealand, barely tolerating each other, and waiting for a large gathering of other vampires that takes place each year. Bored one night and looking for fun (and food), the guys turn Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) into a vampire.

 

But Nick is kind of an idiot and the guys hate him. However, they love Nick’s human friend Stu (Stuart Rutherford), so they don’t kill Nick in order to hang out with Stu, who’s friendly and shows them how to use the Internet (excepting Nick, the vampires are all at least 150 years old).

 

That ain’t the half of it. There’s also a spurting jugular or two, lots of dirty dishes, bat fights, vampire hunters, werewolves (who, whenever they use bad language, admonish each other by saying “we’re not swearwolves”), and true love. Hilarious. See it.


 

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

With Clement, Waititi and Brugh

CCA Cinematheque

NR

85 min.


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