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 Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2006 
Laira Morgan (rifle) and Kristen Loree (moustache) both deliver admirable performances in Sol Arts' production of   As You Like It  .

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

As We Liked It—Last weekend, I tried my luck with Sol Arts' production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Colleen McClure. Honestly, it took me a while to get into the spirit of the thing. In my experience, most Shakespeare productions in New Mexico suffer from uneven performances, and this one was no exception. I dug the music, though, both live and canned, and hot damn if Kristen Loree didn't play a smokin' Rosalind.

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Teatro Nuevo Mexico’s performance of   zarzuelas   runs this weekend at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Zarzuela Cabaret

National Hispanic Cultural Center

By Abigail Blueher

What is a zarzuela? Glad you asked. It's a form of Spanish opera that got its start in the mid-1600s and is usually short and comic. Director Salomé Martínez-Lutz and conductor/pianist Pablo Zinger have put together a showcase of this classical music genre that features a variety of zarzuela music consisting of archetypal Spanish beats as well as Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Perhaps best of all, special seating will be available to enjoy a glass of wine during the performances at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1707 Fourth Street SW) this Saturday, July 29, at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The show is produced by Teatro Nuevo México. Tickets are $10 to $25, available in person at the NHCC box office, or through Ticketmaster at 883-7800 or ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 724-4771.

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Joe Delucia performs at the Great Southwest Laff Off.
Wes Naman

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The Laugh Track to Stardom

The Great Southwest Laff Off

By Amy Dalness

Hilarity is an art. It takes skill, hours of creative energy and constant rehearsal to be a stand-up comic. Comedians must also be memorable. If they aren't funny, confident and original, they're forgotten as soon as the lights dim. It's a cutthroat industry, and for anyone looking to make a living in stand-up, it takes the same thing every wannabe in Hollywood needs: a big break.

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Untitled by Shawn Pham-Warrick

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War Paint

N4th Gallery

By Abigail Blueher

A unique combination of Southwestern landscape, pop culture and ancient mythologies come together in New Mexican artist Shawn Pham-Warrick’s exhibit, War Paint. Opening this week at N4th Gallery (4904 Fourth Street NW), the show is composed of large allegorical paintings that explore timeless issues such as greed, violence and relationships to the natural world. There will be an opening reception on Friday, July 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. and an artist talk on Saturday, July 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. Runs through Sept. 2. 345-2872.

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Howdy, Neighbor

Doublewide, Texas

By Joshua Lee
A hilarious, fast-paced comedy, where residents of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them.
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Photo by Rachel Garcia

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Esmail and Dvorak

Chatter Sundays

By August March
Reena Esmail's Rang De Basant for solo piano and Antonin Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor.
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Photo by Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer

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1, 2, 3, 4

Jasper String Quartet

By August March
The Oberlin-trained quartet performs the works of Beethoven, Mozart and Debussy.
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courtesy of Page One Events

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An Ode to Space Opera

Persepolis Rising: The Expanse Book 7

By Maggie Grimason
Local authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under a pseudonym James S.A. Corey talk about and sign their latest space opera novel.
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