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 Dec 8 - 14, 2005 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

A Shadow of Our Former ElvesSanta's elves have had enough with slave wages and lousy working conditions. They'll be letting off a little steam in a late-night Christmas variety show beginning this weekend at Sol Arts (712 Central SE). With live music, flicks from Basement Films and surprises around every corner, A Shadow of Our Former Elves should be a welcome alternative to the staid conventions of more typical holiday entertainments. Fridays and Saturdays at 9:45 p.m. through Dec. 17. $5. Proceeds to benefit United Elf Workers of the World, Northern Branch. 710-7724.

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Art Magnified

Wild and Sweet

Orpheum Art Center

By Steven Robert Allen

A host of fine local artists will be opening their studios for a special holiday show called Wild and Sweet at the Orpheum Art Center (500 Second Street SW). Beyond the visual art, there will also be modern, belly, aerial hoop and burlesque dance performances along with comedy improv and short animation. Wild and Sweet opens Friday, Dec. 9, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Open studios will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. For a schedule of events, call 715-2602 or e-mail Courtney at bellcourt@yahoo.com.

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Performance Review

Giggle and Wince

Love & Beauty at the Tricklock Performance Space

By Steven Robert Allen

A few years ago, the Tricklock Company staged a play called Dandelion Clockwork, a bizarre comic horror show that, from what I remember, was quite a bit more horrifying than comical. I liked it well enough, but it didn't exactly bowl me over.

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Book Review

A Brief Guide to Gift-worthy Recent Releases

By John Freeman

Every winter in Iceland, friends and relatives give each other a book. It is a national tradition, this exchange of literary presents, which means that all the books in Iceland are published around Christmastime.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

He Vants To Suck Your Blood

Dracula, A Love Story

By Monica Schmitt
A 21st century version of the 19th century love story that continues to capture the imaginations of young and old alike.
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DIY Adventures

24 Hour Comics Day

By Devin D. O'Leary
Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 7)

Get With It

Little Shop of Horrors

By Joshua Lee
Florist Seymour Krelborn discovers a demonic new breed of plant that has a taste for blood.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 7)

Don't Be a Wimp

Quarantine: The Curse

By Joshua Lee
The Forrester Home for Girls is dedicated and is about to re-open in honor of the founder. However, something evil resides in the walls and it needs blood. Voted "Best Live Performance" by the Weekly Alibi readers three years in a row.
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American Murder Song
Courtesy of the artist

EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Oct 10)

Murder, American Style

American Murder Song

By August March
A nilistic theatrical performance based on death and suffering.
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