Alibi V.17 No.36 • Sept 4-10, 2008 
Flower of Forest   by Ando Shinji

Culture Shock

Linen and Pearls

New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery is not asking for gifts to celebrate its 12-year anniversary. Instead, it’s hosting the works of Ando Shinji, a Japanese master printer who merges Western sensibilities with a Japanese aesthetic. This Friday, Sept. 5, New Grounds hosts an opening reception/anniversary party from 5 to 8 p.m., which includes music, food and a raffle for $250 in artwork. Shinji will be present on Friday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. for a discussion about his multi-plate etching process. The show is on display through Sept. 27. Call New Grounds at 268-8952 with questions.

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Danielle Chavez as Flower of the Orient in   The Pearl Fantasy
Steve Hurst

Performance Preview

The Pearl Fantasy

A circus tale retold

A decades-old cassette provided the script and the spark for The Pearl Fantasy. Local performer Amaya, in her early days, ran off to join the German circus Salome as a belly dancer. As she walked around an empty and luxurious Journal Theatre stage at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the cassette became the impetus of a performance that would take a year to put together.

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Two boys read   The Adventures of Tom Sawyer   and genuinely enjoy it.
Courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera

Art News

Take Me to the River

The Rio Grande Nature Center welcomes The Big Read and Currents of Change

A politically tinged eco-art piece and a large-scale reading project are taking the Rio Grande Nature Center by storm.

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Poetry Review

Ku of the Undead

Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum

Zombie Haiku

When you find a safe place to stop and reload your shotgun, take a minute to listen to what your zombie pursuers are moaning. Aside from the incessant braaaains, you may notice certain neatly doctored meditations about the everyday trials of the afterlife. Maybe you'll hear this:

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Navidad del Sur

Mariachi Christmas

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s acclaimed Ballet Folklorico dancers and Mariachi Aztlan bring Mexican Christmas traditions to the stage.
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Hopefully Better Than That Cringey Christmas Special

A Very Star Wars Christmas

Darth Vader becomes the director of the school Forcemas pageant after noticing the overwhelming materialism amongst everyone during the holiday season.
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Dance around the world in 64 beats

Richard Wilson's 70th Birthday Contra Dance

A special birthday dance followed with music from the SF Megaband and calling from Erik Erhardt, Will McDonald and other N.M. community caller.
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