Alibi V.20 No.50 • Dec 15-21, 2011 
Vexadorae by Jon Mcnair

Gallery Review

Freak Show

Stranger Factory’s Winter Salon is like an adorable nightmare

It's beckoningly grotesque, mischievously menacing and intriguingly oddball. That would be Stranger Factory's Winter Salon, host to the work of about two dozen artists, both local and international. Much of the work here, and continuously on display at the Factory, are resin sculptures of ghoulish, reptilian and space-age creatures. These figures have the perfection of assembly-line action figures, assuming that assembly line was on a planetary hybrid of Mars and hell—and situated in a bayou.

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Fatherly Advice

A counterculture perspective on raising children in the real world

“Rad Dad” is a submissions-based zine edited by father and veteran zinester Tomas Moniz. Its essays on parenting, radicalism and society stand in nicely for the mountain of traditional parenting books available at any bookstore. An anthology was published earlier this year combining the best of Rad Dad”which has been around for six years—and selections from Jeremy Adam Smith’s Daddy Dialectic blog. Moniz will be reading from Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Winning Coffee. The Alibi caught up with him in advance.

Culture Shock

Attack of the Octostash

With a name like W.C. Longacre, it's no surprise that he looks like Willie Nelson and talks like a wise journeyman. "I like the term ‘trader,’ ” he says. “I find ‘artist’ is a little presumptuous. I dabble in a lot of creative endeavors." The entrepreneur, craftsman and lover of creativity is also a professionally trained chef (he co-authored Great Bowls of Fire! with Dave DeWitt, aka “The Pope of Peppers”). In the mid-’70s he created the first line of cosmetics made in Albuquerque that was non-animal tested, petroleum-free and used no animal products. These days the 59-year-old lives with the younger artists Colleen O'Callahan and Patrick Stokes. Together, the unlikely fellowship create and trade for a bevy of handmade artifacts. You may be familiar with them if you've been walking around Downtown during your lunch hour. They work from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday—and sometimes Tuesdays and Thursdays, if weather and inclination permit—in the open air downstairs from the Anodyne (409 Central NW).

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New Stages

Confess and Conspire

Count Harry Kessler and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer are kidnapped by two sisters who, rather than uncovering a plot to kill Hitler, provoke confessions of sexual identity, desire and murder.
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Boom Boom Clap

STOMP

The troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments like matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
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Cats Rock Out With a Cock Out

The Amazing AcroCATS

Check out the only all-cat band in the world, now featuring Cluck Norris, the chicken.
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Gunning for a Good Time

Bonnie and Clyde: A New Musical

An exciting and mischievous new experience on the classice rebel love story.
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