Alibi V.15 No.49 • Dec 7-13, 2006 

Culture Shock

Tighty Whities—What does it mean to be white? Tough question. The provocateurs at Out ch'Yonda (929 Fourth Street SW) have produced an innovative event to explore this difficult question. It's called White History Weeks, and it runs through Dec. 10. A host of white artists from the community—including Bryan Konefsky, Bill Nevins, Ourania Tserotas, Mark LeClaire, Peter Chase and others—will use film, music, performance art, visual art and other creative techniques to examine white identity and race relations. Don't worry. Prussian Blue will not be performing. It's not that kind of event. 385-5634.

Slam It—Ten poets, one title, no prisoners. No, we're not talking about a new Hollywood blockbuster starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson (but wouldn't it be cool if we were?). We're talking about the Individual City Championship Poetry Slam. Sparks (and hopefully not too much spittle) will fly this Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE). Each poet will perform a four-minute-maximum poem, followed by a one-minute poem and a two-minute poem, capping off with a three-minute poem. The winner will compete at the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam in Vancouver. This could get heavy. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. $10 general, $5 Outpost members. 268-0044.

Sing Out—The New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus is gearing up for a string of holiday concerts. Titled Southwest Solstice, the show mixes comedy and music in a performance featuring everything from “Variations on Jingle Bells” to Leroy Anderson's “Sleigh Ride” to David Maddux' “Three Madrigals.” The chorus, which has been around for 26 years, currently contains 14 men. Southwest Solstice will occur Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Fe (107 West Barcelona); Saturday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. at UNM's Keller Hall; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at Monte Vista Christian Church (3501 Campus NE). Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance. $2 discounts for students/seniors. 296-9215,