Alibi V.17 No.25 • June 19-25, 2008 

Culture Shock

Ridiculously Short Fiction

In case you didn't catch the announcement last week, the Alibi's Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest winners will be featured in next week's issue (June 26-July 2) instead of the one in your paws. We thank everyone who entered this year's contest—which was fiercely hard to judge, you silver-penned wordsmiths—and understand that waiting isn’t the fun part. We promise it will be worth the extra week of anticipation. Get those reading chairs ready.

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Courtesy of Frederick Swiftbird

Art News

Mostly True: Tales from the Rails

Organizer inspired by the tragedy of a famed graffiti writer; and Verb Collective closes

Kids all over the country have seen Diar's work rolling down the tracks of their train yards, says Frederick Swiftbird. "Being prolific, he's painted thousands of trains, whole cars, full cars," he says.

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The cast of "Homesick," a one-act play by Daniella Vinitski
Zygote Pro-Creations, Inc.

Performance Preview

The Seven: Something Left Unsaid

Ten minutes to make an impression

The assignment isn't easy: Create a coherent, fully developed play adhering to a theme and lasting only 10 minutes. The task is challenging, but the Fusion Theatre Company got scripts from more than 400 people who wanted to try anyway.

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Marianne Wiggins
Lara Porzak

Author Profile

A Lens Through a Lens

A conversation with Marianne Wiggins

In her novel The Shadow Catcher, just released in paperback, Marianne Wiggins echoes themes from her earlier work with the keen eye and sure hand of a writer at the peak of her powers. A National Book Award- and Pulitzer-finalist, Wiggins uses the enigmatic life of photographer Edward Curtis as a springboard for a layered exploration of such timeless themes as the collision of legend and reality, the intangible lure of the solitary landscape of the American West, and the complex emotional dances between fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and writers and their subjects. Blending historical biography with personal narrative, Wiggins examines how time, distance, memory and desire can alter the truth.

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70 Years of Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama

Hear gospel classics, Christmas tunes and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.
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Life Could Be a Dream

The Doo-Wop Project Christmas

Five charismatic Broadway stars, backed by a hot five-piece band, perform the classics and add their versions of contemporary pop hits, with some “doowopified” Christmas classics sprinkled in.
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Zeroes, One and Disruption

Digital Disobedience: The Algorithm as Saboteur

Enjoy a group exhibition curated by Amy Traylor and Cat Hulshoff. Runs through 12/31.
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Image courtesy of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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Seriously Cozy Fun

Stories by the Fireside

Traditional Pueblo culture places great value on storytelling as a means of entertainment, education and community, with storyteller being a venerated role canonized in the playful storyteller sculptures found in galleries and homes across this region. This tradition is on full, living, cozy display at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center this month, with Stories by the Fireside, every Sundayfrom 5 to 6pm. All ages are welcome to attend these free hearthside storytelling presentations, some accompanied by hands-on crafts, and all replete with hot cocoa. This week's story comes from the book Wild Wisdom: Animal Stories of the Southwest, by Rae Ann Kumelos, and includes an animal stencil craft activity, using tissue paper. Only two dates are left this month, so head out on Dec. 23 or Dec. 30 for a cozy evening with the fam.
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