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 May 5 - 11, 2011 
Virtual Realities

Culture Shock

By John Bear

My Farewell Column

It is time once again for me to bid you, my fair reader, adieu.

I am moving back to Oklahoma, a state apparently bent on my destruction. I had some great tornado jokes lined up for this column—real grade-A material.

Alas, I woke up the other morning and the damn things had laid waste to most of Alabama. Severe weather humor is horribly inappropriate at this particular juncture.

So we’ll skip the tornado jokes.

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Chad Christensen-Brummett gives Bill Sterchi an earful in   Virtual Reality.
David Sinkus

Performance Review

Virtual Realities

An exceptional pair of plays

By Christie Chisholm

Take two of the city’s finest actors, shake them together with an inspired and masterful theater company, slather on a large dollop of Academy Award-winning talent, and the chances you’ll end up with something satisfying and delectable are all but guaranteed. Such is the case with Mother Road Theatre Company’s newest offering, Virtual Reality.

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Book Review

Closing in on Death

An inconclusive report on the lifestyles of the rich and famous

Review by Sam Adams

Toxicology

It is peculiar that Jessica Hagedorn's fourth novel, Toxicology, is preceded by epigraphs about Lorca's idea of the duende—an enigmatic Spanish term "about the struggle and state of possession that go into making great art," as one of her characters puts it. "Duende's hard to explain. Sorta like when black singers are said to have soul." It’s peculiar because as the story unfolds, we are introduced to artists who have lost their passion—base creatures posing under the guise of genius whose real struggle seems to be between hedonism and self-pity.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Mar 30)

Personal and Political

Hands Up

By Maggie Grimason
A personal and political response to the deaths of unarmed black people, examining the long tenuous relationship between African-Americans and law enforcement.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

Music Mode

Alborz Trio: The Sound of Peace

By August March
A performance featuring the Iranian santour, Bb and G clarinets and various percussion instruments combined to create modern folk music based in the dastgãh tradition.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

Look Around at How Lucky We Are to be Alive Right Now

Looking Around: Photographs and Narratives Reception

By Taylor Grabowsky
Photographs and writings of people, places and things gleaned from artist Martha Heard's travels. Runs through 4/28.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Apr 2)

Eternal Organ

Fiftieth Anniversary Concert for UNM’s Pipe Organ

By Joshua Lee
Internationally acclaimed organist Maxine Thévenot performs on one of the largest organs in NM, the Holtkamp.
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The Gaither Vocal Band
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Apr 5)

Faith and Fine Music

The Gaither Homecoming Tour

By August March
See the award-winning group perform live.
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