Alibi V.20 No.24 • June 16-22, 2011 
Perez’ work, close-up
Joaquin Zihuatanejo

Poetry News

Southwest Guest

NHCC’s resident word-slinger will join Southwest Shootout

Joaquin Zihuatanejo radiates enthusiasm. When I was introduced to him at a poetry reading two weeks ago, he looked like a kid who just got a great present. In fact, he did: Zihuatanejo won an artist residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which pays for him to live in Albuquerque for a month and work on his various artistic projects. Not only did he perform the night we met, but, serendipitously, he’ll be here during the Southwest Shootout regional poetry slam (see this week’s issue). Zihuatanejo spoke by phone about the irons he has in the fire and his plans for the slam.

Culture Shock

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I always want to see more art in the streets. Sometimes I walk past a banged-up paper distribution stand, electric box or dumpster and I think, Man, I could sure make that look cooler. I bet you do too. Since we just had a contest for writers (“Thanks for Flashing Us,” pg. 26 of this week’s issue), we thought we’d have a little fun with visual artists. We also need to do something to spruce up some of these old Alibi boxes.

Festival Preview

BANG BANG!

Slam poets shoot each other with words

Poets from around the country will take aim and fire at one another, turning Albuquerque into an O.K. Corral of lyricism. The 2011 Southwest Shootout features wordsmiths from Louisiana, Colorado, Texas and, of course, New Mexico performing their particular flavor of poetry.
Perez’ work, close-up
Chiquita Paschal

Gallery Review

Taco and a Haircut, Two Bits

Fades are out, Rough Edges are in

This month's tasty (and tasteful) exhibition at Ace Barbershop, Rough Edges, features the beefy, cheesy works of Gabriel Luis Perez. The taco and cheeseburger art—or more precisely, painted collages of beef, lettuce and tortilla colors—has inspired fresh gab topics in the tiny Downtown shop.

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Mum's the Word

Mummenschanz: you&me

The world-renowned mime group performs a witty and wordless performance that explores human communication with only body language and props.
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Courtesy of the artist

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Realease the Funk!

Afriquerque

Rodey Bowe performs his favorite funky jams traversing the spectrum from R&B to jazz to funk.
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Gunning for a Good Time

Bonnie and Clyde: A New Musical

An exciting and mischievous new experience on the classice rebel love story.
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courtesy of Aureole Photography

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The Painted Lady Sent Me …

Sophia's Speakeasy

A rotating curated cast of local and traveling burlesque entertainers perform to live music from Silver String Jazz Quartet.
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New Stages

Confess and Conspire

Count Harry Kessler and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer are kidnapped by two sisters who, rather than uncovering a plot to kill Hitler, provoke confessions of sexual identity, desire and murder.
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Boom Boom Clap

STOMP

The troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments like matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
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