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 Dec 8 - 14, 2005 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

A Shadow of Our Former ElvesSanta's elves have had enough with slave wages and lousy working conditions. They'll be letting off a little steam in a late-night Christmas variety show beginning this weekend at Sol Arts (712 Central SE). With live music, flicks from Basement Films and surprises around every corner, A Shadow of Our Former Elves should be a welcome alternative to the staid conventions of more typical holiday entertainments. Fridays and Saturdays at 9:45 p.m. through Dec. 17. $5. Proceeds to benefit United Elf Workers of the World, Northern Branch. 710-7724.

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Art Magnified

Wild and Sweet

Orpheum Art Center

By Steven Robert Allen

A host of fine local artists will be opening their studios for a special holiday show called Wild and Sweet at the Orpheum Art Center (500 Second Street SW). Beyond the visual art, there will also be modern, belly, aerial hoop and burlesque dance performances along with comedy improv and short animation. Wild and Sweet opens Friday, Dec. 9, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Open studios will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. For a schedule of events, call 715-2602 or e-mail Courtney at bellcourt@yahoo.com.

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Performance Review

Giggle and Wince

Love & Beauty at the Tricklock Performance Space

By Steven Robert Allen

A few years ago, the Tricklock Company staged a play called Dandelion Clockwork, a bizarre comic horror show that, from what I remember, was quite a bit more horrifying than comical. I liked it well enough, but it didn't exactly bowl me over.

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Book Review

A Brief Guide to Gift-worthy Recent Releases

By John Freeman

Every winter in Iceland, friends and relatives give each other a book. It is a national tradition, this exchange of literary presents, which means that all the books in Iceland are published around Christmastime.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Slammin’

OutSpoken Queer Poetry

By Monica Schmitt
The slam is open to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and queer-questioning poets. Featuring Queer Xicana poet, Tannia Esparza. Hosted by Erin Northern.
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courtesy Australia's Thunder From Down Under's Facebook Page

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Package For Mom

Thunder from Down Under

By Joshua Lee
The internationally-acclaimed male revue of dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 13)

Trolling for Sharks

Swimming with the Big Fish

By Devin O'Leary
Ray Troll discusses the practical realities of making a living as a full-time artist.
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Painting by Joseph Karl Stieler / Public Domain

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

Roll Over, Beethoven!

Beethoven Festival

By August March
A tribute to one of the most influential classical composers. Guest Conductor Ryan McAdams leads the program with special guest, Van Cliburn Crystal Award winner, Sean Chen. Preview talk at 3pm.
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/ Creative Commons

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 15)

Classic Albuquerque

32nd Annual New Mexico Council of Car Clubs Classic Auto Show

By Megan Reneau
Hundreds of antique, classic, exotic and sports cars, along with trucks, motorcycles and vintage camper trailers are on display in the museum parking lot.
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