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 V.17 No.16 | April 17 - 23, 2008 

Culture Shock

Spicy Words

As a former student of theater at UNM, I vividly recall the excitement generated by the Words Afire Festival. It meant an opportunity for more aspiring actors to get stage time and budding playwrights to see their works actually performed. Months of preparation madness followed by weeks of performances created a draining, frenzied chaos worth every moment. Words Afire is a boon to the Albuquerque theater scene and we're lucky to have it. This year's festival opens on Thursday, April 17, with Pajaros de Mi Sangre: My Blood Birds by Don Garcia at Rodey Theatre and The Feather by Mars Mråz at Theatre X. Tickets to all shows at Rodey are $15 general, $10 seniors and $7 students, and $10 general, $8 seniors and $7 students at Theatre X, available at the UNM ticket office (925-5858). Keep an eye on the Arts Calendar for a complete list of all Words Afire productions or visit Support our university's theater program—it cultivates the future of performance art in our city.

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King Lear (Paul Ford, right) and his Fool (Alan Ware)
Courtesy of the Vortex Theatre

Performance Review

Family Ties

King Lear at The Vortex

For every Romeo, there is a Juliet. For every Othello, a Desdemona. For every Cleopatra, an Antony.

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Poetry Review

Man's Best Friend

Failure by Philip Schultz


Now here is a subject one doesn’t see poetry address all that often—especially with such a warm, complicated embrace. To Philip Schultz, recent co-winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, failure is not a pejorative but a state of being. Try to appreciate the bounty of the world, several of these poems suggest, and you will likely fail; try to ignore it and you will fail as well.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Oct 27)

Rock and Roll and Education

Let's Roll This Train: My Life in New Mexico Education, Business, and Politics

Lenton Malry, educator and public servant talks about and signs his memoir.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

There Will Be A Time Warp

2nd Annual Rocky Horror Siren Show

A live performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show's soundtrack by Siren Shipwreck. Costumes encouraged.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Anthro on the Streets

Spreading the Gospel: Graffiti and the Public Space

Learn about the complexities of public representation and contestation among ideological factions in the Balkans. Runs through 10/31.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

I Wool Survive

Fiber Arts Guild Demo Day

Learn about wool, see demos, samples and hands-on activities in knitting, crochet, felting, weaving, spinning.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Want Some Candy?

Strangers with Candy

See burlesque performances, Halloween video mapping by Ethnograph, tarot card reading, a haunted house installation with music from Tropical Girls and Homegirls Records.
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Indigo Sky by Cody Augustine
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Supreme Sexy

The Rebelle Alliance Presents: Aftermath

A burlesque show featuring local favorites Joy Coy and Mayo Lua de Frenchie as well as One Chance Fancy, RiRi Syncyr, Mr. Valdez and comedian Maverick McWilliams.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Nov 5)

Fetish Formal

The Weekly Alibi presents an immersive theatrical experience featuring fetishistic delights around every corner. The location will ​only ​be disclosed ​after registration. ​After approval, the invitation will be mailed to you featuring original, limited edition artwork by award winning artist, Darla Halmark​.
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