Sep 18 - 24, 2008 
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Culture Shock

By Amy Dalness

Dragons, Sci-Fi and Skills, Oh My!

The New York Times review of Christopher Paolini's dragon-loving Eragon perhaps describes it best: "For all its flaws, is an authentic work of great talent." Paolini, for all his nearly 25 years, is an arguably talented fantasy writer whose skills, we can hope, are refined in his upcoming book, Brisingr. The third installment of the Inheritance Cyclewhich was originally billed as a trilogy but is now a four-parterreleases on Saturday, Sept. 20, and two Albuquerque Barnes and Noble locations (600 Menaul NE and 3701-A Ellison NW) are celebrating with dragon-related events. Both gatherings start at 10 a.m.

After you've gotten your fantasy fill, stick around the Coronado Barnes and Noble for a sci-fi fix at 1 p.m. Melinda Snodgrass and Walter Jon Williams, two members of New Mexico's gaggle of award-winning science fiction authors, will sign their latest works The Edge of Reason and Implied Spaces, respectively. No worries about honed skills here, these two are pro.

Opera on the Big Screen

The Santa Fe Opera's 2008 season has closed, but the Metropolitan Opera is just getting started. Given that manynay, mostof us can't jet out to New York every weekend to take in the Met, Fathom Events offers a gateway to N.Y.C. on a more reasonable budget. Starting on opening night, Saturday, Sept. 20, Cottonwood's Starport and Century Downtown 14 present live HD screenings of the Metropolitan Opera performances throughout the season until May of 2009. Tickets are $22 general admission, $20 for seniors, $18 for students and $15 for children. For a complete schedule of screenings and ticket info, visit fathomevents.com, call (800) MET-OPERA or visit a participating theater's box office.

You on the Small Stage

Make that the biggest-little stage in town. Our very own Albuquerque Little Theatre in its very own 78th season is hosting auditions for Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies. The play will be ALT's last of the year and aims to find a huge cast. Performers of all ages, sizes and abilities are encouraged to audition on Friday, Sept. 26, Saturday, Sept. 27, or Sunday, Sept. 28. Or if you’re ready to audition now, ALT is hosting auditions for The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant) this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 242-1435 to schedule a slot or to have any questions answered.

 
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