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 Dec 15 - 21, 2005 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!—Under the direction of Guillermo Figueroa, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Chorus whips up a complete rendition of Handel's holiday classic, The Messiah, for two performances at UNM's Popejoy Hall on Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m., and one at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. Experience the story of Jesus in all its operatic splendor. Tickets range from $10 to $57. They're available online at, by calling (505) 881-8999 or in-person at the Symphony Store (4407 Menaul NE).

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Art Magnified

The Nutcracker

KiMo Theatre

By Amy Dalness

Like eggnog and candy canes, the holiday season just isn't complete without The Nutcracker. The Ballet Theatre of New Mexico's version of this Christmas classic opens this weekend at the KiMo Theatre. Join Clara and her nut-cracking dreamboat in a winter wonderland filled with dancing snowflakes, entertaining sweets and the ever-lovely Sugar Plum Fairy. Runs through Dec. 24. Call for dates and times. The Saturday, Dec. 24, performance will be followed by the Nutcracker Tea, where kids can sample offerings from the Kingdom of Sweets and meet characters from the ballet. Tickets are $15 to $20 ($5 extra for the Nutcracker Tea). Discounts available. Order by calling 768-3544. Visit for more information.

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Performance Review

Don't Go Home for Christmas

The Long Christmas Ride Home at the Cell Theatre

By Steven Robert Allen

Along with all the carols, the shopping, the decorations and the fat, jolly old guy in the unflattering red suit, you can bet your last dollar you'll be subjected to a big pile of whining this Christmas season. Something about the holidays brings out both the best and the worst in us. Many people choose this time of year to write checks to charities, donate cans to food banks and generally direct a little extra kindness toward their fellow humans. Others get mean drunk and bicker idiotically for hours on end with their families. Some are so estranged from their relatives they skip Christmas altogether.

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Book Review

Dealing in Death

Review by John Freeman

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

The first time Robert Fisk met Osama bin Laden, the future public enemy of the United States was sitting in a tent in rural Sudan, wearing a gold-fringed robe, surrounded by Muslim elders and children. Fisk's initial impression was of a "shy man," wary of meeting his first Western reporter. "My time in Afghanistan was the most important experience in my life," Bin Laden quietly told Fisk that day. But all that was behind him. He was building roads now.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 23)

Vinyl Fetish

Albuquerque Record Convention

By Devin D. O'Leary
Find LP, 45s, EPs, 78s, T-shirts, music-related books and posters, turntables, cassettes, 8-tracks, reel-to-reel tapes, DVDs, VHS and miscellaneous rock'n'roll debris.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 26)

Sisters of the Southwest

The Women on The Mother Road

By Renée Chavez
Re-examine iconic Route 66 from a female, New Mexican perspective.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Oct 27)

Rock and Roll and Education

Let's Roll This Train: My Life in New Mexico Education, Business, and Politics

By Megan Reneau
Lenton Malry, educator and public servant talks about and signs his memoir.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

There Will Be A Timewarp

2nd Annual Rocky Horror Siren Show

By Devin D. O'Leary
A live performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show's soundtrack by Siren Shipwreck. Costumes encouraged.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Want Some Candy?

Strangers with Candy

By Devin D. O'Leary
Featuring burlesque performances, Halloween video mapping by Ethnograph, tarot card reading, haunted house installation and music from Tropical Girls and Homegirls Records.
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Indigo Sky by Cody Augustine
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Supreme Sexy

The Rebelle Alliance Presents: Aftermath

By Devin D. O'Leary
A burlesque show featuring local favorites Joy Coy and Mayo Lua de Frenchie and comedian Maverick McWilliams as well as One Chance Fancy, RiRi Syncyr, Mr. Valdez and many more.
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