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 Sep 1 - 7, 2005 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

On the train line from Paris to Frankfurt, a well-known novelist comes into contact with one of his biggest fans in Yasmina Reza's play The Unexpected Man, opening Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Cell Theatre (700 First Street NW). Directed by Jacqueline Reid and starring Gary Houston and Laurie Thomas, the play is the latest production by the Fusion Theatre Company, one of our city's most reliably excellent theater groups. The Unexpected Man runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., through Sept. 25. Tickets are $22 general, $17 students/seniors, with a $10 student rush (with valid ID) and $15 actor rush (with professional résumé) on Thursdays that excludes the catered opening reception. For details, call 766-9412.

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Gallery Review

God is Almost Dead

Prelude to Spanish Modernism: Fortuny to Picasso at the Albuquerque Museum

By Steven Robert Allen

I've heard a lot of people griping about how much the Tricentennial celebration is costing our city. Get over it. Question: How often does the city's 300th birthday come around? Answer: Only once in 300 years. We've got reason to celebrate.

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Art Magnified

Out of the Past Into the Future

By Steven Robert Allen

An exhibit celebrating the 10-year history of the art group Mezcla opens this weekend at the KiMo. Mezcla banded in 1995 to explore their diverse styles of work in and around Albuquerque. Since then, they've also shown their work in Florida and Denver. Methods of art-making include pastels, sculpture, cut paper and pointillism. There also will be a public forum on Friday, Sept. 2, at the South Broadway Cultural Center on 1025 Broadway SE from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in which everyone is invited to meet the artists and discuss their work. Attend the group's reception at the KiMo the next day from 10 a.m. to noon. For details, call Patricia at 232-8900.

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Art Magnified

Batman Starts or Something

Gorilla Tango Comedy Theatre

By Steven Robert Allen

Tonight, the Eat, Drink and Be Larry comedy troupe performs a madcap parody of Batman at Gorilla Tango Comedy Theatre, located Downtown between Fifth and Sixth Streets. Batman Starts or Something will be partly scripted and partly based on suggestions from the audience. Everyone's going to be there—Joker, Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Superman and Aguaman! Bring the whole family, the in-laws, the outlaws—everyone. Kids can come dressed as their alter-ego superhero. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. ($10) and Sundays at 6 p.m. ($8) through Sept. 11. 245-8600.

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Book Review

Spelling the Blues

Review by John Freeman

M-a-c-n-o-l-i-a

Thanks to Langston Hughes, most Americans know what happens to a dream deferred. It dies. But what about a dream misspelled? For this we must look to the life of Akron, Ohio, resident MacNolia Cox, who, at age 13, advanced to the final round of America's national spelling bee championship. The year was 1936. She was black, and the judges could not have a black girl winning. The final word they gave to undo her?

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Book Review

Depressingly Hilarious

Review by Jessica Cassyle Carr

Ice Haven

Are comics a valid form of expression? The jury's still out, I'm afraid. There exists for some an uncomfortable impurity in the combination of two forms of picture-writing (i.e. letter shapes that form "words") while to others it's not that big a deal.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Mar 30)

Personal and Political

Hands Up

By Maggie Grimason
A personal and political response to the deaths of unarmed black people, examining the long tenuous relationship between African-Americans and law enforcement.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

Music Mode

Alborz Trio: The Sound of Peace

By August March
A performance featuring the Iranian santour, Bb and G clarinets and various percussion instruments combined to create modern folk music based in the dastgãh tradition.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

Look Around at How Lucky We Are to be Alive Right Now

Looking Around: Photographs and Narratives Reception

By Taylor Grabowsky
Photographs and writings of people, places and things gleaned from artist Martha Heard's travels. Runs through 4/28.
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via Wikicommons

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Apr 2)

Eternal Organ

Fiftieth Anniversary Concert for UNM’s Pipe Organ

By Joshua Lee
Internationally acclaimed organist Maxine Thévenot performs on one of the largest organs in NM, the Holtkamp.
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The Gaither Vocal Band
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Apr 5)

Faith and Fine Music

The Gaither Homecoming Tour

By August March
See the award-winning group perform live.
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