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 Jan 21 - 27, 2010 

Culture Shock

By Erin Adair-Hodges

Help for Haiti

At the time of this writing, the full devastation wreaked by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti is not yet known. What is clear is that, at a minimum, tens of thousands of people have lost their lives in the initial destruction. I say initial because, inevitably, more will pass due to starvation, infection and disease in the days and weeks to come. Though no place can be fully prepared for a cataclysm of this proportion, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and much of its infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed.

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Thane Kenny and Alexa Bauer act up in “Hip Replacement” by Kerry Gildea Beck.
Alan Mitchell

Performance Review

Ladies’ Night

Womensworx at The Vortex Theatre

By Christie Chisholm

Last year The Vortex Theatre put out a nationwide call for short plays for a brand-new festival called Womensworx, which would feature only pieces both written and directed by women. It received 186 submissions and culled eight winners from the pile, with playwrights from seven states (Virginia, California, Massachusetts, Indiana, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico). At the end of the festival’s four-week run, two plays will receive honorariums, one for being an audience favorite (you get to vote) and another for winning the hearts of a panel of judges.

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Deep in the Ju Ju, Chasing the Train

Manuel Valera Trio

By August March
Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera performs jazz.
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Banjo Jazz? Sure, Why Not?

Jayme Stone's Folklife

By Robin Babb
Two-time Juno award-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone performs folk, jazz and chamber music while both defying and honoring the banjo's role in the world's music.
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