Alibi Bucks

 Jun 14 - 20, 2007 

Book Reviews

Short Story Roundup

By John Freeman

It’s a small misnomer to label this new book by MacArthur "Genius" fellow Lydia Davis a collection of stories. Many of the pieces are a paragraph long, some less. And Davis doesn’t often follow a story from one place to the next. There are certainly no cliff-hanger endings.

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Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

Cornstalk—The Alibi's editorial staff voted the Cornstalk Institute the “best nonprofit you've never heard of.” The South Valley organization provides experiential education and prevention programs to local middle and high school kids. We're talking everything from ropes course training to outdoor adventuring to organic gardening. A fundraising event for Cornstalk is going on this Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to midnight. Tickets are $30 (two for $50) and include live entertainment by Burqueños such as Daddy Long Loin and Damien Flores as well as out-of-towners like New York's Emory Joseph and Tucson's Greyhound Soul. There'll also be a silent auction for a Fender Stratocaster signed by both Robert Cray and Eric Clapton. The institute is located at 3011 Barcelona SW. Tix are available at Bookworks and Natural Sound. For details, e-mail

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Art News

Folk on the Rocks

Albuquerque Folk Festival comes to Expo New Mexico

By Steven Robert Allen

I have to admit that the term “folk music” gets under my skin, but it’s still the best broadly recognizable label for noncommercial music created in a communal environment. The word “folk” might be annoying, but it signifies a crucial aspect of cultural experience for ordinary people. Participation and sharing becomes more important than competition and wanky virtuosity. Tradition and social conscience get higher marks than mass market fame and fortune.

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Book Review

One Little Indian Boy

Review by Lisa Lenard-Cook


In the early ’90s, when I was teaching writing at Fort Lewis College in Durango, I discovered a slim book of short stories in Maria’s Bookshop with the marvelous title The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Not only did the collection live up to its flamboyant name, it made me an instant and unrepentant Sherman Alexie fan. The man not only stood myths—Native American and otherwise—on their heads, but managed to show the humor and pathos in both reservation life and our country’s sorry mistreatment of its first occupants, all in the same breathtaking stroke.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 11)

Catch Khachaturian

Chatter Sunday: Khachaturian and Finnish Songs

By August March
Featuring performances by Leevi Madetoja, Heino Kaski, Ruxandra Marquardt, James T Shields, Paul Marquardt, Timothy Mix and poetry from V.B. Price.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Altars, Ofrendas y Mas

Dia de los Muertos Art Workshop: Altars

By Maggie Grimason
Learn about the history, traditions, symbols and how to paint your face like a calavera.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 18)

Just a Sweet Transvest-Nite

The Rocky Horror Show

By Sarah Bonneau
Feeling down? Perhaps a visit to the doctor is in order—with Dr. Fran-N-Furter that is! The perfect way to celebrate Halloween (it's just a jump to the left) is to get a ticket to Musical Theatre Southwest's production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the film and seeing a local production will make the musical come to life. With tickets only $20-22, this show is a local gem. So put your hands on your hips and do the pelvic thrust over to the MTS box office or
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