Alibi V.16 No.18 • May 3-9, 2007 
Elsa Menendez and this navel orange star in Kevin R. Elder’s   Black River Falling  .

Culture Shock

Arrrrrrbuquerque—Everybody's favorite swashbuckling musical comes to UNM's Popejoy Hall Wednesday, May 9. If Gustavo “The Mexican” Arellano isn't quite your bag (see the books section in this week's Alibi), this classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta should satisfy your more traditional entertainment instincts. The plot's pretty simple: Our hero Frederic is apprenticed to a band of pirates after his nursemaid misheard instructions from Fred's father, who asked that he be apprenticed to a pilot. Hijinks ensue. England's Carl Rosa Company mounts this rum-soaked spectacle to the accompaniment of a full orchestra. Tickets range from $25 to $42. Order by calling 925-5858 or going to unmtickets.com.

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Elsa Menendez and this navel orange star in Kevin R. Elder’s   Black River Falling  .

Performance Review

Beautiful Misery

Black River Falling at Theatre X

Human suffering is alluring. Struggle. Loss. Torment. Misfortune. Misery. It thrills us to a point of disgust and retreat, then enthralls us again. There's a subtle beauty in anguish—a beauty Kevin R. Elder attempts to capture in Black River Falling.

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Book News

Word of the Lord

Photographer Diane Alire will discuss and sign her new book, The Cross Garden, at New Grounds Print Workshop on Friday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. In the book, Alire documents a Christian roadside attraction in Prattville, Ala., created by the self-ordained Reverend W.C. Rice, who, under instructions from God, painted his fiery proclamations on everything from refrigerators to abandoned vans and placed them in his oddball garden. The book is an engrossing and often disturbing collection of images in which Alire faces up to her own background as a former Southerner and Baptist. Prints from the book will be on display through May 26. For more information, call 268-8952.

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Book News

Dear Gabachos

Love him or despise him, Albuquerqueans have paid close attention to the inflammatory wisdom of Gustavo “The Mexican” Arellano since we began running his column last year. He just published a new book called ¡Ask a Mexican!—a hilarious compendium of his finest columns. He's traversing the solar system on a monster tour to promote his new baby.

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Courtesy of Musical Theater Southwest

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Bring It On, Cheer It Up

Bring It On The Musical

See the bitingly relevant stage version of the popular cheerleading-themed film.
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See You, Space Cowboy

N.M. Entertainment Movie Night Presents Cowboy Bebop

A special screening of the anime classic, in honor of comic-con season.
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Courtesy of the Oddities and Curiosities Expo

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The Strange and Unusual

Oddities and Curiosities Expo

For lovers of the strange and unusual—local and national vendors, taxidermy, preserved specimens, odd antiques, artwork, animal and human bones, sideshow performers, live human suspension and more.
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Radiant Reveries Revealed

Lost in a Dream: Fantasy and Abstracted Images by Joan Fenicle

Pixels and paint bring to life dreamscapes that spring from Fenicle’s imagination. Her images of forest dwellers and landscapes, like dreams, invite you to add your own meaning. Runs through 01/27/19.
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