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Culture Shock

By Amy Dalness

Sexy Art

Pornotopia, Albuquerque's first independent erotic film festival, debuted to a cascade of controversy last year. Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center partnered with Guild Cinema to present Pornotopiaa weekend of film dedicated to showcasing sex as healthy, real and beautifulonly to have the city attempt to shut it down, citing a zoning code that had the Guild out of "nude approved" range. Pornotopia persevered and is gearing up for Year Two with some additions. One is an art show at STOVE centered on sexuality and censorship. Self Serve and STOVE are seeking submissions for the exhibit, and any work that is erotic and/or an honest representation of sexuality will be considered. Artists can drop off their submissions at STOVE (114 Morningside NE) from 1 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, or e-mail digital art to spiralelements@gmail.com by Friday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. Be sure to include your name, the piece's title and its sale price with your entry. If you have questions, call 265-5815.

On with the Show

There are so many theater productions up this weekend, it's staggering. Refer to this week's Arts Calendar for complete time, cost and contact details, but here's a rundown of all the shows to see. Get out and support your local theater.

Showtune, a musical celebrating the works of Broadway composer Jerry Herman, opens on Friday, Oct. 10, at the N4th Theater and runs through Oct. 26.

Blackout Tonight!, a late-night sketch comedy show, opens at UNM's Theatre X on Friday, Oct. 10, and runs every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 18.

Closer, a play by Patrick Marber, is in its last weekend at the Desert Rose Playhouse, closing Sunday, Oct. 12.

A … My Name is Alice, a musical review, is also in its last weekend at the Adobe Theater, closing Sunday, Oct. 12.

The Weir, a play by Conor McPherson (reviewed in last week's issue), has three more shows at The Filling Station, closing Sunday, Oct. 12.

Frankenstein, a play by R.N. Sandberg, continues at UNM's Rodey Theatre through Sunday, Oct. 12. Read the performance review for more.

Die Fledermaus, a performance by Opera Southwest, has two more shows at the KiMo Theatre Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12.

Improvviso, improv comedy by the Pajama Men and Friend(s), runs every Saturday night at STOVE through Nov. 22.

How I Learned to Drive, a play by Paula Vogel, takes the stage at The Box Performance Space for its last weekend.

The Mistakes Madeline Made, a play by Elizabeth Meriwether, opens this weekend at Aux Dog Theatre and runs through Oct. 26.

Electoral Dysfunctions: The Vortex Theatre's Political Playfest, opens at the Vortex Theatre for a four-week run.

 
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