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 V.13 No.44 | October 28 - November 3, 2004 
Jan Johnson and Sina-Aurelia Sajiid Soul will perform in   Dionysus   during the   Words Afire   theater festival.

Culture Shock

For the fifth year in a row, the Words Afire theater festival sets Albuquerque ablaze with a host of new work by up and coming UNM playwrights. From 10-minute wonders to full-length plays, Words Afire presents some of the best theater UNM's prestigious Robert Hartung Dramatic Writing Program has to offer. Every piece is written, directed, designed and performed by over 100 UNM students.

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"Farewell and Hello" by Allan Rosenfield

Gallery Review

Home Made

Galeria Artopia

We can dream, can't we, of some better world where art rather than money is king? Sure we can. Allan Rosenfield isn't some lazy armchair artopian, daydreaming about impossible societies built on a foundation of art. Since last year, he's succeeded in transforming his modest Near Northeast Heights home into his very own bona fide Artopia.

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Belly Dance Superstars and the Desert Roses perform at the South Broadway Cultural Center.

Art Magnified

Bellydance Superstars and the Desert Roses

South Broadway Cultural Center

There'll be a whole lotta shakin' goin' on when the Bellydance Superstars and the Desert Roses return to Albuquerque on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. to present one of the biggest belly dance spectacles on Earth. Performing a cross-section of Tribal, Egyptian and Cabaret styles, this popular show has rock star cred because it's produced by Miles Copeland, who served as manager for acts ranging from the Police to the Sex Pistols to REM. This one should be a doozy. $25 advance, $30 at the door. (800) 594-TIXX.

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A staged version of George Orwell’s novel   1984   will be performed this weekend at SolArts.

Art Magnified



Just in time for Big Brother Bush's re-election, the folks at ConLab—Conspiracy Laboratory Theatre—are putting up a staged version of George Orwell's chilling negative utopian novel, 1984, adapted by playwright Wayne Rawley. Directed by Rafael Gallegos, this multimedia production, which incorporates work by video artists and sculptors, should offer a nice escapist relief from pondering the dire consequences of a second Bush term. The show will occur at SolArts (712 Central SE) every evening at 8 p.m. through Nov. 2 with an additional show on Halloween at 2 p.m. $10 general, $8 students/seniors. 244-0049.

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Book Review

It's About the Evil, Stupid!

Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, New Edition

As a historical document, Lords of Chaos does a fine, detailed job of contextualizing black metal in terms of its cousins, namely death metal and heavycore. It dedicates several chapters to the history of the genre, focusing mostly on Venom and Bathory, the two bands most widely credited with having spawned a more radical scene in Norway. Both Venom and Bathory, however, were so tongue-in-cheek about their “Satanism,” one would have to be a moron to buy into it. Apparently, though, a rather large handful of Norwegian kids didn't see it that way back in the early '90s. Or they were morons.

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Book Review

Something Wicked

The Night Country

Writing fiction is an occult art, and no American novelist wields his Ouija board quite like Stewart O'Nan. In just 10 years, O'Nan has published 11 books, each one embracing an entirely new perspective. Everyday People conjured a blighted Pittsburgh neighborhood, while The Speed Queen spoke from the perspective of a death-row felon recording her final appeal.

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Speed Reader

Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter with Reality

Both a Cambridge physicist and an Anglican priest, Polkinghorne has already written extensively on connections between science and Christianity. In his latest book, he uses simple language to explain his complex ideas about how Christians should understand objective reality as revealed by scientific inquiry.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 9)

Get Your Gay Geek On

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Out actor/comedian Tom Lenk (star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” The Cabin in the Woods and Transformers) is the special guest at this year's 13th Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He'll be talking about his “dorkumentary” Nerdgasm, in which he travels to England to fulfill his lifelong dream…
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 11)

Catch Khachaturian

Chatter Sunday: Khachaturian and Finnish Songs

Featuring performances by Leevi Madetoja, Heino Kaski, Ruxandra Marquardt, James T Shields, Paul Marquardt, Timothy Mix and poetry from V.B. Price.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Altars, Ofrendas y Mas

Dia de los Muertos Art Workshop: Altars

Learn about the history, traditions, symbols and how to paint your face like a calavera.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 18)

Just a Sweet Transvest-Nite

The Rocky Horror Show

Feeling down? Perhaps a visit to the doctor is in order—with Dr. Fran-N-Furter that is! The perfect way to celebrate Halloween (it's just a jump to the left) is to get a ticket to Musical Theatre Southwest's production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the film and seeing a local production will make the musical come to life. With tickets only $20-22, this show is a local gem. So put your hands on your hips and do the pelvic thrust over to the MTS box office or
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Legally Blonde: The Musical at Albuquerque Little Theatre

Crosscurrents at Lensic Performing Arts Center

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