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 V.17 No.28 | July 10 - 16, 2008 

Culture Shock

The Big Poetry Show

At least that's the title for now, according to Danny Solis, the man behind the reason Tuesday is the new Thursday. The Big Poetry Show kicks off on Tuesday, July 15, at One Up Lounge (301 Central NW) at 8 p.m., but this isn't your average slam. On top of the usual open mic and slam bouts, there'll also be music by Cultura Fuerte, a featured performance by poet/roustabout Buddy Ray McNiece, crazy big prizes (Solis says bikes, grills and trips to Las Vegas have been discussed—no joke) and the first-ever "Sake Slam"—an event designed by Solis to challenge poets to create poetry on the spot with music, in haiku form and other brain-expanding ways. After July 15, The Big Poetry Show (or whatever it's called in the future) will continue every Tuesday night at One Up, with a grand shindig once a month.

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Heather Yeo (left) as Juliet, Benjamin Liberman as Othello, Lori Stewart as Desdemona and Bridget Kelly (seated) as Constance Ledbelly in   Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)  .

Performance Review

Serving Up Shakespeare

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and I Hate Hamlet at the Vortex

The study of Shakespeare is inevitable in theater. From literary studies to vast acting intensives, the Bard is with us—like it or not. This double-carbon bond has inspired many plays, including titles like The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and provides countless opportunities for playwrights to bring Shakespeare's classic world into modern theater. The Vortex Theatre presents two such plays in repertory, I Hate Hamlet and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), throughout July. Both productions gaze into Shakespeare's world through a less-than-original lens, and both do it with a touch of humor.

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Book Review

Undead In L.A.

Life Sucks by Jessica Abel and Gabe Soria, illustrated by Warren Pleece

Life Sucks

Vampires, oh boy! In a day and age obsessed with the zombie genre (the 2000s), once in a while it's nice to revisit a good, old-fashioned vampire tale (like in the '90s). When it comes down to it, zombies are pretty dern boring, and stories involving them are all the same: The living protagonists fight swarms of gooey, flesh-hungry reanimated corpses, the end. Vampires are much more malleable and, therefore, more interesting. They span time periods, character profiles and evilness levels and adhere to varying lore. Vampires can be and do anything as long as they are in accordance with the fundamentals: being nocturnal and subsisting on blood.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 25)

Quitar lo Bailado

Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture

Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Jun 29)

Get Lost

What Are Fractals?

Learn about fractals through presentations and hands-on activities.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 1)

Beyond the Shadows

Beyond the Shadows

A nonverbal shadow puppet show for the whole family. Follow Paloma on her journey across the land on a quest to find a new place to call home.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Ballads and Bottle Rockets

Battle of the Bands

Local bands compete to be the group that is most talented. Cash prizes offered to first and second place. Fourth of July celebration follows.
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Today's Events

Meet adoptable kittens and create playful cat crafts with Albuquerque cat lovers.

Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture at National Hispanic Cultural Center

12 Angry Jurors at Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill

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