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 Nov 17 - 23, 2011 
Francisco "Pancho" León draped in his handmade belts at Masks y Más

Arts Profile

Pancho Libre

Master craftsman and ex-luchador’s stitchwork is seamless

By Sam Adams

The first thing that struck me about Francisco "Pancho" León were his hands. Callused and scarred, his palms look like they belong to a cattle roper or someone who escaped a fire. Perhaps a knife fighter. Or maybe ... a man who's worked a sewing machine for the past 40 years.

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David Garver as Elvis
Courtesy of David Garver

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Goofing on Elvis

One-man show at The Filling Station personifies mid-life crisis

By Christie Chisholm

It was on a plane back from Paris that David Garver felt his life shift. His wife had taken him to the city as a surprise gift for his 50th birthday. “My first and only time to Europe was Paris,” he says, “and it just blew my head wide open.”

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Book Review

Thrilled to Death

Chris Hedges’ Empire of Illusion occupies the mind

Review by Michael Henningsen

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

I will never look at porn (the same way) again. Not after reading Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chris Hedges’ timely polemical tome Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. For that matter, I’ll never look at pro wrestling, “Top Chef," higher education, corporate America or much of anything else in quite the same light as I once did. I’ll be too busy stocking my underground bomb shelter with blankets and canned goods ... and books.

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Courtesy of the Artist / jaymestone.com

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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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Tis the Season to Get Spooked

Dracula The Musical?

By Taylor Grabowsky
A hilarious spoof of the classic horror tale.
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Courtesy of the Artist

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Bring Back the Balkans

21st Annual Halloween Balkan Bash

By August March
Celebrate Halloween Balkan-style with the exciting and exotic music of the Southwest’s premier five-piece Balkan dance band Goddess of Arno.
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A World of Music

The Rahim AlHaj Trio

By August March
The award-winning, highly skilled Middle Eastern musical group performs traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary style and American influence.
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