Alibi V.13 No.53 • Dec 30-Jan 5, 2004 

Culture Shock

No one will ever accuse Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the former Stanford students who founded the Internet search company Google, of a lack of ambition. Brin once said that he hoped Google could be "like the mind of God, everywhere and knowing everything." When the company went public earlier this year, the pair promised to organize all information.

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Gallery Review

Bigger is Sometimes Better

Common Ground: Art in New Mexico at the Albuquerque Museum

Pity the permanent collection. Locked away for most of its sad life in a dark, lonely temperature- and humidity-controlled vault, it only rarely gets to feel the warmth of artificial light on its fragile skin.

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Art Magnified

Duke City Comedy Cabaret

Mr. K's Chinese Restaurant

Longtime Albuquerque comedy producer Ronn Perea inaugurates his Duke City Comedy Cabaret on New Year's Eve, Friday, Dec. 31, at Mr. K.'s Chinese Restaurant, formerly New Chinatown. The Red-Headed Divas will be singing jazz and blues numbers. Local comic Goldie Garcia will tell a few jokes. Brenda Hollingsworth Picket will be doing her Lena Horne impression. And comic Bobby Bedard headlines the evening. "After the show," says Perea, "we'll be partying until the midnight hour." A steal at $15. www.rt66cabaret.com, 265-8859.

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Author Interview

Old School

An interview with Tom Wolfe

Sitting cross-legged on a couch in the library of his Upper East Side apartment, wearing the trademark white suite, navy tie and spotless two-tone spats, Tom Wolfe is about as far from a college keg party as one can be in the United States of America. He should know, since this 74-year-old chronicler of the zeitgeist spent the past four years listening to wasted 20-year-olds recite lines from Old School and spin their game at co-eds. The result of this anthropological masochism is I am Charlotte Simmons, a hulking, hilarious, exclamation point filled tale that is probably every suburban dad's worst nightmare. The novel follows college frosh Charlotte Simmons from her small hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sex-obsessed campus of fictional DuPont University, where a college basketball player, a frat boy and a nerdy editor of the campus newspaper vie for her hand. Wolfe explained why young co-eds fascinated him so.

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Speed Reader

In the Night Room

No one does literary horror like Straub. His latest novel is a sequel to last year's Lost Boy Lost Girl. This time out Straub's protagonist, an author named Tim Underhill, meets up with a character he's creating in his journals. The results, as usual, are stranger than fiction.

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Me Talk Pretty Friday

David Sedaris

The bestselling author reads selections from his newest book Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), and answers questions from audience members.
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Time and Again

Cross Pollination of Art and Science

Artist Stephen Auger presents his collaborative work with chronobiologist Dr. Benjamin Smarr that addresses the fundamental relationships between aesthetic perception, sensory wellness and the dynamic movement of light.
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Courtesy of Atlantic Records

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Hots On For Nowhere

The Music of Led Zeppelin

The NMPhil performs a symphonic rock experience featuring an array of favorites from the Zeppelin catalog.
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You don't know until you know, you know?

Tellabration: A World Wide Celebration of Storytelling

Loren Niemi, Regina Ress and Nash Jones present stories that touch on the theme of blessings and blessings in disguise.
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