Alibi V.17 No.38 • Sept 18-24, 2008 

Culture Shock

Dragons, Sci-Fi and Skills, Oh My!

The New York Times review of Christopher Paolini's dragon-loving Eragon perhaps describes it best: "For all its flaws, is an authentic work of great talent." Paolini, for all his nearly 25 years, is an arguably talented fantasy writer whose skills, we can hope, are refined in his upcoming book, Brisingr. The third installment of the Inheritance Cycle—which was originally billed as a trilogy but is now a four-parter—releases on Saturday, Sept. 20, and two Albuquerque Barnes and Noble locations (600 Menaul NE and 3701-A Ellison NW) are celebrating with dragon-related events. Both gatherings start at 10 a.m.

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Still from   Metropolis 3   by Jordan Glazer and Spencer Neale

Gallery Review

Biogenic

Cosmic Maintenance and Executions and Democracy at [AC]2 Gallery, and Metropolis 3 at MOV-iN Gallery

I’ve always been fascinated with artist biographies—poring over who did what, when and at what age. Like how Joseph Kosuth wrote Art After Philosophy and After when he was 24 or how Gordon Matta-Clark did his amazing architectural cuts before dying at the age of 35. This historical research matters when you make art. It’s barometric; using the lives of the artists you admire as a way to put your own career (or lack thereof) in context. If you’re 25 and you read that Picasso painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon when he was 26, it creates a kind of historical chip on your shoulder and you grumble back into the studio to try to one-up the bastard.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz
Nancy Crampton

Author Interview

Ilk and Cookies

A brief and wondrous interview with Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz is the “It Kid” in literature today. The author of the 1996 short story collection Drown, he was awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead). The novel chronicles the journey of an overweight, sci-fi loving, Lord of the Rings-obsessed, first-generation Dominican-American whose hopes as a writer are crushed by his inability to find love (or even a little action).

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Mum's the Word

Mummenschanz: you&me

The world-renowned mime group performs a witty and wordless performance that explores human communication with only body language and props.
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Courtesy of the artist

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Realease the Funk!

Afriquerque

Rodey Bowe performs his favorite funky jams traversing the spectrum from R&B to jazz to funk.
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Gunning for a Good Time

Bonnie and Clyde: A New Musical

An exciting and mischievous new experience on the classice rebel love story.
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courtesy of Aureole Photography

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The Painted Lady Sent Me …

Sophia's Speakeasy

A rotating curated cast of local and traveling burlesque entertainers perform to live music from Silver String Jazz Quartet.
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New Stages

Confess and Conspire

Count Harry Kessler and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer are kidnapped by two sisters who, rather than uncovering a plot to kill Hitler, provoke confessions of sexual identity, desire and murder.
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Boom Boom Clap

STOMP

The troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments like matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
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