Alibi V.14 No.31 • Aug 4-10, 2005 

Culture Shock

A new exhibit of photographs by Brianna Johnson opens this weekend at Pearls of the Antilles (3716 Central SE) with a party featuring live poetry and drumming. Pearls is a pan-African artist collective that recently opened at the east end of Nob Hill. Rock your little world at the reception this Friday, August 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through August 31. 315-5341.

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Performance Review

Dead Poet's Society

Ainadamar at the Santa Fe Opera

At its finest, the reality portrayed in opera is a hyperreality. Plucking out the most dramatic, the funniest, the most extreme moments in life, opera pins these events to the velvet, expanding them, drawing them out, embellishing them, digging into their weird emotional heart until their most profound elements are so intense they'll make you dizzy. In this way, the best opera productions become less about momentous events than about the unruly emotions that boil up in reaction to those events. This, I suspect, is why people attend opera in the first place—for the shot of adrenaline you get from being exposed to this kind of emotional vertigo.

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Cary Herz Photography

Art Magnified

Reckless

Cell Theatre

Craig Lucas' enthrallingly warped play Reckless follows a woman named Rachel as she meets a series of strange challenges with unwavering optimism, continually searching for answers to some of life's most difficult questions. Ashleigh Hile, who is independently producing and directing the performance, says, "I fell in love with the play and I just wanted to go ahead and get it produced right now." And that's exactly what she did. Catch it now. It's running for one weekend only. $6 general, $5 students/seniors. Performances will be held on Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 7, at 2 p.m. at the Cell (700 First Street). For more info, call 270-9605.

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Art Magnified

Transitions

516 Central SW

A small group of art supporters in Albuquerque weren't about to let the 15-year tradition of showcasing Albuquerque's contemporary art die. Instead, they're carrying on with the 16th annual juried exhibition that was once hosted by the now defunct Magnífico. Aptly retitled Transitions and presented by the Harwood Art Center, this year's exhibit will be housed at 516 Central SW, the old Magnífico art space. It features 38 pieces by 27 local artists selected from more than 240 entries. Laura Steward Heon, incoming executive director of SITE Santa Fe, juried the show. She says the exhibit, which includes many surreal images, could be called Desert Dada. Come get your Dada on at the Saturday night opening featuring live gypsy jazz music from the Duke City Hot Club from 7 to 9 p.m. Transitions runs through September 17. For more information, call 883-9126 or go to contemporaryalbuquerque.com.

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Book Review

Armchair Traveling

The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-tempered Guide to the Victorian World

In today's world, where multiculturalism and political correctness reign, one wouldn't expect to see a book declaring that the Irish are drunks, Mexicans are lazy and Jews are greedy. Yet The Clumsiest People in Europe is just such a book. One of its authors, Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer, was a profoundly unhappy woman with very little good to say about anyone outside of England. But it's the research of the other author, Todd Pruzan, that makes The Clumsiest People in Europe an enlightening look at how Mrs. Mortimer, a long-forgotten Victorian writer, may have established in our forefathers' minds some of the ethnic and cultural stereotypes still perpetuated today.

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Book Review

Lighten Up, Will Ya?

Hardboiled & Hard Luck

From the beginning, Banana Yoshimoto has been eerily preoccupied with loss and slumber. Her blockbuster debut novel, Kitchen, which sold 2 million copies in Japan, conjured a Tokyo college student mourning the death of her grandmother. Other books explored suicide (NP), the premature death of a sibling (Amrita), comas (Asleep) and the plangent briefness of youthful friendship (Goodbye Tsugumi). It would be wrong to place Yoshimoto alongside some creature of the night like Stephen King. Still, it would be unwise to press a Yoshimoto novel upon a depressive in December.

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Dan Parsons

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Why is Pie?

Pie

Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax and Tara Khozein come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally-driven clownish characters and their buffoon alter-egos.
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Don't Cry For Her, Albuquerque

Evita

A recount of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.
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Earnestly Yours

The Importance of Being Earnest

This classic play by Oscar Wilde is a celebration of life, love, wit and the theatre itself.
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Pentimento
Courtesy of AirDance New Mexico

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Altered Content

Pentimento

A variety of aerial apparatuses and stilt work with interactive projections performed to a choir of women’s voices.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 29)

Kale for Your Ears

Tonal Relativity Games and Experiments

Prepared Ear collaborates with Death Convention Singers, Sounds Modern co-founder Elizabeth McNutt featuring frameworks for improvisation.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 29)

Just One More Chapter

Independent Bookstore Day

Seven New Mexican authors assist as guest booksellers to recommend books that have influenced them or that they've enjoyed reading, in addition to promoting their own titles.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, May 1)

“Is you a good witch? Or just a bad bitch?”

Straight Outta Oz

Todrick Hall brings to life the classic American tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by sharing his adventures from his small town in Texas all the way to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.”
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 6)

Laughter Therapy

The Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour

Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela discuss politics in a humorous way.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 7)

Nothing That Is So, Is So

Bard Crawl: Twelfth Night

See the Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identities leading to even weirder love triangles.
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