Alibi V.15 No.4 • Jan 26-Feb 1, 2006 

Culture Shock

Write Side Up—You'd better rent yourself a cabin in the woods and finish off that masterpiece you keep telling everyone about. It's time once again for SouthWest Writers' annual writing contest. This year, they're offering 19 different categories, including a new one for work written in Spanish. The competition is open to anyone and everyone. All you need is a pulse, along with a deep-rooted lust for literary glory.

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Art Magnified

San Jose Taiko

Popejoy Hall

Taiko—the traditional Japanese drum—was once used by priests to repel evil spirits and insects from rice fields. Samurai used it to scare their enemies and bolster their own courage. Ordinary farmers used to drum to pray for rain for their crops. For three decades, San Jose Taiko has taken this ancient drum and applied a contemporary beat to it. The Californian group will make a thunderous, intricately choreographed appearance at UNM's Popejoy Hall this Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $33, $26 and $19. Reserve yours by calling (800) 905-3315.

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Art Magnified

Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Simms Center for the Performing Arts

This weekend, Chamber Music Albuquerque presents performances by four Brazilian masters of the guitar. The Brazilian Guitar Quartet perform classical pieces on several different versions of the instrument, including a special eight-string guitar, displaying both virtuosity and passion. The performances occur on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. The Simms Center is located on the campus of Albuquerque Academy (6400 Wyoming NE). For tickets, call 268-1990 or go to www.cma-abq.org.

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Book Review

Killing Fields

Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846-1890

"If we know anything about man," writes Larry McMurtry in this grim, but stirring little book, "it's that he's not pacific." As evidence, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author points to six famous massacres that took place in the West after 1830, beginning with the Sacramento River Massacre of 1846 and ending with the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. Drawing on his prodigious reading and the memory of growing up in Texas, McMurtry brings these terrible times back to life, gory deathbed scenes and all.

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Book Review

Building Green

Econest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber

I admit it: I'm a home design book junkie. Such books appeal not only to my imagination but to my appetite for character and setting. Better still, every once in a while a home design book appears with ideas that mesh with my own home design vernacular: natural materials combined with uncluttered simplicity to create unexpected beauty. Paula Baker Laporte and Robert Laporte's Econest is just such a book.

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Wes Naman

Theater News

Nothing Like the Sun

Sol Arts' True Believers

Broadway's most profitable year in history was 2005. Here in Albuquerque, 2005 saw the first full year of Sol Arts' current, permanent location at 712 Central SE. The scrappy project has come a long way. In 2001, Sol Arts' first show took place in a parking lot on Second Street. There, amid the trapeze performers and women eating fire, Sol Arts introduced its particular brand of live theater to Albuquerque.

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Tis the Season to Get Spooked

Dracula The Musical?

A hilarious spoof of the classic horror tale.
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Bring Back the Balkans

21st Annual Halloween Balkan Bash

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

The award-winning, highly skilled Middle Eastern musical group performs traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary style and American influence.
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