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N.M. Book Award—The New Mexico Book Co-op is unveiling a new book award to draw attention to the best books connected to our literary state. Judged by a panel of scholars and librarians, the contest is open to any author or publisher, as long as the book submitted has some tangible connection to New Mexico or the Southwest. Entries must have been published from 2005 through the present. Deadline is July 1, 2007, with a discount for entries submitted by April 15. For more information and categories, go to nmbookaward.com.
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Top 10 arts picks for 2006
Thankfully, 2006 was about more than just a dead-end war in the Middle East. Here in Albuquerque, our little art scene continued to blossom. It wasn't easy to narrow down, but here are my top 10 local arts events of 2006, in no particular order.
Top 10 Books of 2006
1. 2006 was so crowded with megawatt names in American fiction that it was easy to overlook (in my opinion) that the best fiction came from overseas. The very best of these imports was Alaa Al Aswany’s hilarious and terribly sad novel, The Yacoubian Building (HarperCollins, paper, $13.95), which depicts a cross-section of Egyptian life around the Gulf War as Dickens would, had he have been an Egyptian, of course.
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.
A recount of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.
The Importance of Being Earnest
This classic play by Oscar Wilde is a celebration of life, love, wit and the theatre itself.
Courtesy of AirDance New Mexico
A variety of aerial apparatuses and stilt work with interactive projections performed to a choir of women’s voices.
Tonal Relativity Games and Experiments
Prepared Ear collaborates with Death Convention Singers, Sounds Modern co-founder Elizabeth McNutt featuring frameworks for improvisation.
Independent Bookstore Day
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.
Straight Outta Oz
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.”
The Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela discuss politics in a humorous way.
Bard Crawl: Twelfth Night
See the Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identities leading to even weirder love triangles.