Alibi V.13 No.51 • Dec 16-22, 2004 

Culture Shock

Everybody knows that the holidays are a lousy time of year for a lot of people. If you aren't in a satisfying romantic relationship, or if your last name isn't Walton, this might not quite be the season of limitless bliss.

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Performance Review

Jane Doe

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues at the Cell Theatre

For some reason, most people just assume Santa Claus has the moral authority to compile a list every year of who's been naughty and nice. But what gives him that authority? What do we really know about the jolly fat fellow? He only makes an appearance below the 48th parallel once a year for a few hours in the middle of the night. What's he up to the rest of the year?

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Gallery Review

This House is Not a Home

No Rule of Thumb at the Downtown Contemporary Art Center

English common law allowed a husband to legally beat his wife with a rod the width of his own thumb. That barbaric law is long gone, yet the rule of thumb serves as an appropriate entry point for Stephanie Lerma's current one-woman show at the Downtown Contemporary Art Center. The rule reminds us how past acceptance of domestic violence has been soaked up into the roots of our culture, growing a fresh harvest of bitter fruit with each new generation.

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Art Magnified

Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats

Popejoy Hall

China has been honing the fine art of acrobatics for millennia, and the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are the most famous Chinese acrobatics troupe in the world. They've been here in Albuquerque before, and crowds loved them. They're returning this Sunday, Dec. 19, for two performances—at 2 and 7 p.m.—at UNM's luxurious Popejoy Hall. Combining incredible costumes, dazzling choreography and some of the most jaw-dropping acrobatic moves on the planet, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats do not disappoint. $22, $18 and $12 for adults, $15, $12 and $6 for kids. Pick up tickets by calling 925-5858 or logging on to www.unmtickets.com.

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Art Magnified

Recycle

Inpost Artspace

This Friday, Dec. 17, is Albuquerque's monthly Artscrawl tour, when local art geeks and freaks come out en masse to meander through the city's many fine galleries. One of the best exhibits on display this time around will undoubtedly be the 2004 edition of the yearly Recycle exhibit over at the Outpost's Inpost Artspace. Artists Mitch Berg, Kristin Diener, Matt Jones, Stephanie Lerma and Joe Nickels offer up a range of innovative work constructed from found materials, including rubber dolls, paper, wood, glass, rubber hoses, bicycle inner tubes, zip ties and grape seeds. A reception will be held Friday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Runs through Jan. 15. For details on this exhibit, call 242-6781. For info on the rest of the Artscrawl tour, log on to www.artscrawlabq.org.

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Book News

Another Life

Roberta Price's Huerfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture

According to the Associated Press, approximately 3,000 active communes once dotted the United States. At one time, as many as three million people were involved in these diverse social experiments that sought to branch off in some significant, sustainable way from the destructive, militant, consumer-driven culture of mainstream America.

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Rocking it all Folk-style

Midwinter Ballads

Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee present an all new program of ballads and stories of winter, light and darkness.
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The Ghost of Christmas Presents

Holiday Toy Drive and Craft Workshop

Make laser cut reindeer, 3D printed ornaments, screen printed ugly sweaters, and more. Reservation recommended. Donate an unwapped gifts.
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Navidad del Sur

Mariachi Christmas

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s acclaimed Ballet Folklorico dancers and Mariachi Aztlan bring Mexican Christmas traditions to the stage.
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Hopefully Better Than That Cringey Christmas Special

A Very Star Wars Christmas

Darth Vader becomes the director of the school Forcemas pageant after noticing the overwhelming materialism amongst everyone during the holiday season.
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Dance around the world in 64 beats

Richard Wilson's 70th Birthday Contra Dance

A special birthday dance followed with music from the SF Megaband and calling from Erik Erhardt, Will McDonald and other N.M. community caller.
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