Alibi V.19 No.43 • Oct 28-Nov 3, 2010 

Culture Shock

The Fat Man Cometh: Hitchcock at the KiMo

Halloween: spooky, creepy, blah, blah, blah.

If you don’t have kids to take trick-or-treating and don’t feel like getting drunk, what to do can be a real quandary.

I’ve got you covered.

The KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW), creepy enough to begin with because of that whole “haunted by a child’s ghost” thing, is hosting Hi-Def Hitch. Alfred Hitchcock was a weird guy. Actress Tippi Hedren has said she was the unwanted object of his obsession. His films are disturbing. Airplanes dipping out of the sky trying to run Cary Grant over. Birds eating people’s eyes out. People eating dinner with a corpse stuck in the table. Jimmy Stewart.

Topaz shows at 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 28. The Trouble with Harry is screening at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, followed by Frenzy at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, will feature Rear Window at 7 p.m. Psycho is showing at midnight on Saturday.

These films are all fine and dandy. But if you really want to be igged, go see The Birds at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. My mom hates this movie. Seagulls killed her father and sold her mom to lake pirates. But seriously, birds are everywhere. Did you see Jurassic Park? A road runner is nothing but a small velociraptor. Birds flock together and seem to possess a singular consciousness. If the little bastards one day decide to eat us, we’re screwed.

Tickets to Hi-Def Hitch cost $8 a film, or get a $35 weekend pass for all of Friday and Saturday’s showings. For more information on Hi-Def Hitch, call 768-3544 or visit kimoabq.org.

I’ll See You in Hell, or at the Theatre X

If maniacal birds destroying humanity is too light for you this Halloween weekend, there’s some French existentialist theater playing at Theatre X on UNM campus.

“No Exit,” by Jean-Paul Sartre, concerns three people who are sharing a room in hell.

I saw this play about 10 years ago at The Vortex Theatre, before it was air conditioned. It was so hot in there, I began to think that I had died in a car crash on the way to the theater. My punishment was to watch French existentialist theater for all eternity. At least it wasn’t “Friends.” I would have snapped before the first commercial break.

This may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but it is. “No Exit” has a cool premise: Three people must share a small, railroad-car-like room forever. Their punishment is each other. The French. They are so sunny.

“No Exit” plays at Theatre X in UNM’s Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 through 30; and Sunday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. Tickets (before fees): $12 general, $10 faculty and seniors, $8 staff and students. For more information, call 925-5858 or go online at unmtickets.com.