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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 wordsafire.unm.edu. 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

Failure

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 (Saturday, Jul 30)

Y'all City Slickers Listen Up

Edgewood Music and Arts Fest

Sunset Chuckwagon barbecue, Western swing music, raptor show and wildlife zoo.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Aug 4)

Smart Arts

Night of the Arts

Art exhibit featuring Lynne Laier, P.K. Williams, Rebecca Nolda, Roger Green and Jeff Laird along with music by Moonhat and a screening of the documentary End of the Century. 
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Today's Events

Chatter: Eight Stories at Banque Building Event Center

Featuring music from Johannes Brahms, Toru Takemitsu, Salvatore Sciarrino and Magnus Lindberg

Edgewood Music and Arts Fest at Wildlife West

Movies in the Park: The Force Awakens at Los Duranes Community Center Park

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