Alibi V.16 No.52 • Dec 27-Jan 2, 2007 
A turn-of-the-century Albuquerque carnival

Culture Shock

New Year, New Art

Jump, dive, leap into your 2008 New Year's resolution to listen more attentively to the creative muse chiming in the back of your head. With the New Year come new gallery shows, new theater company seasons and opportunities for new artists to come out of hiding ... like these:

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A turn-of-the-century Albuquerque carnival
Courtesy of The Albuquerque Museum

Museum Review

Step Right Up

Human Volcano at the Albuquerque Museum

These days, polite people feel guilty about the natural human tendency to stare at other people with physical deformities or quirks. Jump back a hundred years, though, and it’s an entirely different story. Back then, gawking at so-called “freaks” wasn’t just socially acceptable, it was good, wholesome family entertainment. Well, maybe not wholesome per se, but folks certainly didn’t feel bad about it, paying good money for the chance to see human oddities up close and in the flesh.

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Book Review

A Comet's Tale

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black by Nadine Gordimer

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

There are short stories that feel like tales and others that feel like fiction. Then there’s the kind of work Nadine Gordimer has been publishing for nearly 70 years—which is best described as a weather system. Her voice travels across the page, darkening certain regions, changing the barometric pressure in others, and then, just as quickly as the voice arrived, it moves on, leaving you with the memory of an occurrence so vivid and yet ephemeral it takes on the lived quality of real experience.

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Book Review

Fractured Fiction

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

Diary of a Bad Year

Having written one perfect novel, Disgrace, and several others that can easily be read annually without blunting their spell, prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee seems to have decided to spend his remaining years poking and prodding the limits of his form. Elizabeth Costello came in the shape of essays delivered by an aging writer. Slow Man was a perfectly functional story, until Elizabeth Costello elbowed in (with a recurring character appearance) and called the whole enterprise her own. Now, with Diary of a Bad Year, Coetzee has fractured a novel into three discrete parts that allow the audience to choose how to read it.

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Me Talk Pretty Friday

David Sedaris

The bestselling author reads selections from his newest book Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), and answers questions from audience members.
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Time and Again

Cross Pollination of Art and Science

Artist Stephen Auger presents his collaborative work with chronobiologist Dr. Benjamin Smarr that addresses the fundamental relationships between aesthetic perception, sensory wellness and the dynamic movement of light.
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Courtesy of Atlantic Records

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Hots On For Nowhere

The Music of Led Zeppelin

The NMPhil performs a symphonic rock experience featuring an array of favorites from the Zeppelin catalog.
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You don't know until you know, you know?

Tellabration: A World Wide Celebration of Storytelling

Loren Niemi, Regina Ress and Nash Jones present stories that touch on the theme of blessings and blessings in disguise.
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Water you doing this weekend?

Cirque Italia

Acrobatics, dance, contortion, high-performance BMX and roller-skating that push t., which leaves audiences amazed and astonished.
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Can I Get a Volunteer from the Audience?

Hocus Pocus Magic Show 2017

Sophisticated magic, comedy, juggling and unusual acts from around the world.
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“From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical”

The Pirates of Penzance

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General.
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Indies Always (and First)

Indies First

Eight local authors recommend books that have influenced them or that they've enjoyed reading in addition to promoting their own titles.
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