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 Aug 13 - 19, 2009 
The major players in   High School Musical 2  . From left to right: Gigi Guajardo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Amanda Morales, Caleb Horst, Caitlin Wees and Joey Sean Montoya. Those smiles could power a factory.

Culture Shock

Awww ... Babies!

By Erin Adair-Hodges

Babies love salsa. The dance. Please don't give your baby salsa to eat, even if you think the crying is funny. Instead, scoop up your little pooper and head over to the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) for Baby Loves Salsa! With José Conde on Saturday, Aug. 15, at noon. Brought to you by the NHCC, ¡Globalquerque! and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, an imaginary band of cats and dogs weaves together a hearty mix of Afro-Latin musical styles that your wee bairn won't be able to resist. Come for the music, stay for the baby dancing. Have you seen babies dance? It's hilarious. Tickets range from $5 to $15 and can be had at the NHCC box office or through ticketmaster.com. For more, see nhccnm.org.

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The major players in   High School Musical 2  . From left to right: Gigi Guajardo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Amanda Morales, Caleb Horst, Caitlin Wees and Joey Sean Montoya. Those smiles could power a factory.
Alan Mitchell

Performance Review

God, I Wish Real High School Was This Fun

High School Musical 2 at Albuquerque Little Theatre

By By Simon McCormack

My cultural tastes are strikingly similar to those of a tween-age girl.

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Jenifer Rae Vernon

Book Review

A Hard Knock Life

Review by Erin Adair-Hodges

Rock Candy

Rock Candy, the newest release from Albuquerque's West End Press, is a collection of 32 poems by Jenifer Rae Vernon that meditates on the lives of working-class Americans, primarily in the writer's native Pacific Northwest. The book is populated by the kinds of characters that pop up in a Raymond Carver story: the long-suffering who stew in alcohol and silence. Rock Candy exists as if to say that even out of such hardness, a little beauty can be found.

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Dancin' for a Cause

Blues Winter Charity Ball

By Robin Babb
Live music from Joe Daddy and Hoodoo Jeff, delicious food and photo booth to raise money for the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico.
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Rocking it all Folk-style

Midwinter Ballads

By August March
Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee present an all new program of ballads and stories of winter, light and darkness.
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The Ghost of Christmas Presents

Holiday Toy Drive and Craft Workshop

By Maggie Grimason
Make laser cut reindeer, 3D printed ornaments, screen printed ugly sweaters, and more. Reservation recommended. Donate an unwapped gifts.
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Navidad del Sur

Mariachi Christmas

By August March
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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