Oct 27 - Nov 2, 2005 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

Durang, DurangA pair of one-acts penned by Christopher Durang, the master of creepy comedy, is currently playing at the Desert Rose Playhouse (formerly the Glenn Rose Playhouse). "An Actor's Nightmare" and "Dentity Crisis" should help you get your freak on during this Halloween season. Expect tricks and treats. The double bill runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Nov. 5. $10 general, $8 students/seniors. 6921-E Montgomery NE. 881-0503.

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A traveling solo exhibit of work by UNM alumnus Robert ParkeHarrison is currently on display at the UNM Art Museum.

Gallery Review

Other Worlds

The Architect's Brother at the UNM Art Museum

By Steven Robert Allen

Fantasy isn't necessarily escapist. From Shakespeare to William S. Burroughs, artists throughout the ages have developed elaborate imagined worlds to explore aspects of our real world.

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Rich van Schouwen performs in   Snake Oil for the Lovelorn  .

Art Magnified

Snake Oil for the Lovelorn

Q-Staff Theatre

By Steven Robert Allen

The talented weirdoes over at Q-Staff are reviving their extraordinary musical-theatrical creation Snake Oil for the Lovelorn starting this weekend. If you didn't catch it the first time around, you really should check this out. The show is running Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. $12 general, $9 students/seniors. Sunday performances are at 7 p.m. and are pay-what-you-can shows. Q-Staff is capping off the run with an intriguing open workshop on Sunday, Nov. 13, that will allow the curious to gain some insight into the groups, er, unconventional creative methods. 255-2182.

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"Mambo III" by Tom Tyler

Art Magnified

Rumba, Samba and Mambo!

Earthly Finds Gallery

By Steven Robert Allen

Fifteen paintings by Tom Tyler go on display starting this weekend at Earthly Finds (400 Central SE, Suite 106). Tyler's expressionistic, colorful work is inspired by his affection for the land of Cuba, dancing and musical performance. Rumba, Samba and Mambo! will mark the gallery's first major exhibit since opening its new digs last March. The show opens Thursday, Oct. 27, with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Runs through Dec. 15. 243-9968.

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Cody Polston

Author Interview

Bust a Ghost

An Interview with Cody Polston

By Steven Robert Allen

You could be forgiven for expecting the president and founder of the Southwest Ghost Hunters Association to be, umhow should I put this?a bit of a weirdo. When I tracked down Cody Polston, I certainly expected to be crossing the border into Kooksville. Happily, this didn't turn out to be the case. During our brief telephone conversation, Polston came across as a fairly down-to-earth fellow.

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Book News

Spooky Book Sampler

From the collection of Devin D. O'Leary

By Steven Robert Allen

It's not all that surprising that the Alibi's illustrious film editor possesses several tomes dedicated to New Mexico's dark spiritual forces. After all, O'Leary's entire wardrobe is black. Likewise, everyone thinks he's so pale because he spends the daylight hours watching movies in dark movie theaters, but there could be other explanations. I've heard rumors that he sleeps in a coffin; that he owns a 12-foot boa constrictor named Carl; that he was born and raised in a remote castle in Ireland. Makes you wonder. Anyway, Devin was kind enough to supply me with a few of the more intriguing titles from his collection. Here's a quick run-down.

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