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 Nov 25 - Dec 1, 2004 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

You can feign indifference all you want, Ebenezer. Nobody's going to believe you. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know—18 different productions of The Nutcracker Ballet roll through town every Christmas season. You moan and you groan about how all those sugar plums give you a stomach ache, but we're not fooled. You love The Nutcracker as if it were a sack of gold coins. You hum Tchaikovsky's tunes in your sleep every night from Thanksgiving through the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve.

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An electronic skate deck created by Brian

Gallery Review

Everyman is Invited

Skate Deck Show at 510 Second Street NW

By Steven Robert Allen

Rocky Norton is a fast talker and a digressive conversationalist, but you've got to give the guy credit: He knows how to sell a show. And in this case, I have to admit, he's got a pretty damn amazing show to sell.

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The great Houdini

Art Magnified

Houdini: American Icon

UNM Continuing Education Auditorium

By Steven Robert Allen

Abracadabra. On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Houdini, as played by Bill Martin, will offer audiences $100 if they can keep him contained with ropes, chains, handcuffs, locks and a straitjacket. It's a safe bet Houdini won't be giving away $100 that night, but don't let this dampen your enthusiasm for the spectacle of it all. As they say, it's fun to be fooled, at least every once in a while. After the re-enactment, Martin will step back on stage to present insights into the Houdini legend. This weird but intriguing show starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts about two hours. $20. 277-6440.

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Book Review

Dismembering the Past

Review by Steven Robert Allen

Chronicles, Volume One

Many books are written about Bob Dylan every year, and most of them, in one way or another, suck royal ass. Over the years, I've read at least half a dozen of them. Some were fairly well written. Many were pure hack jobs. All, in one way or another, were disappointing.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Nov 28)

Winter's Solemn Song

Annual Winter Solstice Concert

By August March
Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, Cantata BWV 151, a selection of beautiful Renaissance motets of the season and recent music from Irsee Monastery in Bavaria.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Dec 3)

Nutcracker on the Rocks

Opening with Tchaikovsky, the classic tale is re-imagined with a production filled with rock and roll hits by the Velvet Underground, Aretha Franklin and more.
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