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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.

Art Magnified

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

Performance Preview

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

Art Magnified

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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Dan Parsons

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Why is Pie?

Pie

By Renée Chavez
Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax and Tara Khozein come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally-driven clownish characters and their buffoon alter-egos.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Don't Cry For Her, Albuquerque

Evita

By Taylor Grabowsky
A recount of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Earnestly Yours

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Megan Reneau
This classic play by Oscar Wilde is a celebration of life, love, wit and the theatre itself.
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Pentimento
Courtesy of AirDance New Mexico

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Altered Content

Pentimento

By August March
A variety of aerial apparatuses and stilt work with interactive projections performed to a choir of women’s voices.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 29)

Kale for Your Ears

Tonal Relativity Games and Experiments

By Renée Chavez
Prepared Ear collaborates with Death Convention Singers, Sounds Modern co-founder Elizabeth McNutt featuring frameworks for improvisation.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 29)

Just One More Chapter

Independent Bookstore Day

By Maggie Grimason
Seven New Mexican authors assist as guest booksellers to recommend books that have influenced them or that they've enjoyed reading, in addition to promoting their own titles.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, May 1)

“Is you a good witch? Or just a bad bitch?”

Straight Outta Oz

By Megan Reneau
Todrick Hall brings to life the classic American tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by sharing his adventures from his small town in Texas all the way to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.”
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 6)

Laughter Therapy

The Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour

By Maggie Grimason
Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela discuss politics in a humorous way.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 7)

Nothing That Is So, Is So

Bard Crawl: Twelfth Night

By Taylor Grabowsky
See the Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identities leading to even weirder love triangles.
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