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 V.22 No.45 | November 7 - 13, 2013 

Stage Whispers

Upward mobility

One of the coolest things I’ve seen on an awards show was a few years ago when Pink did a fabric aerial dance while singing “Glitter in the Air.” You can see that graceful art form in person starting Friday, Nov. 8, when AirDance New Mexico presents Whichever Way the Wind Blows at the AirDance ArtSpace (3030 Isleta SW). The show embodies how the winds of change push and pull us, spin us and transport us from one experience to another. In addition to aerial fabric dance, performers will show off their trapeze, hammock and hoop skills, and unveil a new custom-made aerial cube (yepI’m intrigued). More than just performers, the dancers collaborated to create the show under the direction of Debra Landau. The result: Choreography, creativity and crazy skills intertwine for an extraordinary aerial dance theater experience. That thrill could have you, too, dancing on air. Tickets run just $10 to $15, so catch the show before it breezes byFriday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. See for more. (Kristi D. Lawrence)

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Debrianna Mansini, Lorri Oliver and Jean Moran
Debrianna Mansini, Lorri Oliver and Jean Moran

Crashing the American dream

Good People, which debuted on Broadway to great critical acclaim in 2011, reunites two people from the same rough neighborhood in Boston whose lives have diverged dramatically since they last saw one another. Mike found the good life, while Margaret has all the troubles. When they compare notes at Mike's canceled birthday party, one has to wonder: What is the connection between being a good person and having the good life? Is it just luck of the draw? From the opening scene in a junked-out alley behind a dollar store, director Janet Davidson brings David Lindsay-Abaire's all-too-relatable drama to life. Good People runs through Nov. 24; showtimes Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. $18 general admission, students $12. Catch a talkback after the show on Sunday, Nov. 10. For tickets and info, go to or call 247-8600. The Vortex Theatre is across from the UNM main campus, 2004 1/2 Central SE. (Holly Von Winckel)

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Hugh Panaro and Cristiane Noll
Hugh Panaro and Cristiane Noll

Pop into Broadway

You don’t have to travel to New York City to see two of Broadway’s biggest starsthey’re coming to you. Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro lend their golden voices to a special performance at Popejoy Hall, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 6pm. This is the New Mexico Philharmonic’s second concert in its Pops Series. Noll’s resumé includes a Tony nomination for her role as Mother in Ragtime, numerous awards and worldwide performances. Panaro has spent much of his impressive Broadway career playing various stints as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera (not a bad gig if you can get it). The talented pair will belt out Broadway tunes past and present, from “I Got Rhythm” to “Music of the Night,” accompanied by the accomplished musicians of the NM Philharmonic and led by notable guest conductor Christopher Confessore. And with tickets ranging from $20 to $68 at or by calling 925-5858, you’ll feel the exhilarating rush of seeing a Broadway show without having to shell out money for airfare. Call it your own mini-Broadway staycation. (Kristi D. Lawrence)

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Today's Events

When the regional Mexican government violently put down a peaceful teacher’s strike in Oaxaca de Juárez in 2006, the brutality of the police inspired a group of artists in the community to form themselves into a collective called the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) to protest the bloodshed. Two current exhibits in Albuquerque showcase their work. One exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center was curated by the University Libraries and Learning Sciences Curator of Latin American and Iberian Collections Suzanne Schadl and her graduate student Michael de la Rosa. One at the Herzstein Gallery on the second floor of Zimmerman Library on the UNM campus was curated by graduate student Megan Jirón. She writes “Unlike the European or Anglo-American perspective, Mexico’s inhabitants embrace death. They confront it with a sense of playfulness, defiance and acceptance.”

Above the East China Sea at Bookworks

LandMarks: Indigenous Australian Artists and Native American Artists Explore Connections to the Land at Tamarind Gallery

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