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 V.15 No.4 | January 26 - February 1, 2006 

Culture Shock

Write Side UpYou'd better rent yourself a cabin in the woods and finish off that masterpiece you keep telling everyone about. It's time once again for SouthWest Writers' annual writing contest. This year, they're offering 19 different categories, including a new one for work written in Spanish. The competition is open to anyone and everyone. All you need is a pulse, along with a deep-rooted lust for literary glory.

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San Jose Taiko

Art Magnified

San Jose Taiko

Popejoy Hall

Taiko—the traditional Japanese drum—was once used by priests to repel evil spirits and insects from rice fields. Samurai used it to scare their enemies and bolster their own courage. Ordinary farmers used to drum to pray for rain for their crops. For three decades, San Jose Taiko has taken this ancient drum and applied a contemporary beat to it. The Californian group will make a thunderous, intricately choreographed appearance at UNM's Popejoy Hall this Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $33, $26 and $19. Reserve yours by calling (800) 905-3315.

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The Brazilian Guitar Quartet

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Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Simms Center for the Performing Arts

This weekend, Chamber Music Albuquerque presents performances by four Brazilian masters of the guitar. The Brazilian Guitar Quartet perform classical pieces on several different versions of the instrument, including a special eight-string guitar, displaying both virtuosity and passion. The performances occur on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. The Simms Center is located on the campus of Albuquerque Academy (6400 Wyoming NE). For tickets, call 268-1990 or go to www.cma-abq.org.

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Book Review

Killing Fields

Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846-1890

Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846-1890

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Book Review

Building Green

Econest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber

Econest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber

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Laira Morgan is a founding member of Sol Arts.
Wes Naman

Theater News

Nothing Like the Sun

Sol Arts' True Believers

Broadway's most profitable year in history was 2005. Here in Albuquerque, 2005 saw the first full year of Sol Arts' current, permanent location at 712 Central SE. The scrappy project has come a long way. In 2001, Sol Arts' first show took place in a parking lot on Second Street. There, amid the trapeze performers and women eating fire, Sol Arts introduced its particular brand of live theater to Albuquerque.

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