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 Nov 24 - 30, 2011 
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Art Review

A Lot With a Little?

Bryce Hample’s Paintings at Winning Coffee

By Sam Adams
Bryce Hample's collection of six 50-by-50-inch paintings at Winning Coffee is a study in abstract minimalism. He employs vast plateaus of muted tones shifting across large canvas and plywood backdrops. Of the six pieces, the majority are large fields of black, gray, white and ochre rust, some with subtle tone gradations. The paint might have been slathered on with a palette knife in a freeform fury. Three of the pieces are marked with splintery holes. One looks like it was riddled with bullets, another like it was beat and stomped upon by an angry dwarf.

Book Review

Twilightification

Heather Brewer’s First Kill adds to the pool of hormonal vampirism

Review by John Bear
This whole vampires-with-problems craze has gotten out of hand. The Twilight series is like the British Invasion of pretty-boy bloodsuckers and sexy werewolves. Think of the merchandise alone: key chains, socks, cardboard cutouts. Bookstores should sell books, not Team Edward T-shirts. It's as omnipresent and irritating as Harry Potter was 10 years ago.  For casual readers who sharpen their bedposts any time they see a pale man lurking outside their bedroom window, there is The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill by Heather Brewer.

Culture Shock

Lounge Lizards

By Sam Adams

Downtown has a lot of live entertainment going on Saturday nights. A vibrant music scene, strip clubs, drunk people throwing cheap hot dogs at each other ... . But what if you want something a little more eclectic? What if you want to laugh? What if you're just doggone lonely and you want to be a part of something? ... While drinking.

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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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