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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.
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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 (Monday, Aug 29)

Meow On

Twelfth Night: Ducdame Ensemble

By Monica Schmitt
Immersion performance in which audience members follow actors through Meow Wolf, eventually settling in the stage area.
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Courtesy of Noah McLaurine

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 2)

Reaching a Crescendo

[Tension-Building Music] Opening Reception

By Maggie Grimason
The recent work of Noah McLaurine, featuring photographs of public lands and monuments in New Mexico. Runs through 11/5.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 2)

Building Bridges

Bridge: Arts and Social Justice

By Maggie Grimason
Three exibitions centered around photography, cultural traditions and sculpture. Runs through 9/29.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Sep 3)

Ready, Set, Print

Southwest Print Fiesta

By Megan Reneau
This inagural event will feature original fine art prints, letterpress creations and printed wearables. Local and regional artists and studios will be demonstrating, producing and selling their works.
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