Alibi V.16 No.20 • May 17-23, 2007 
A painting of musician Eric McEuen by Leo Neufeld

Culture Shock

A Gay Ol' Time—For a quarter century, the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus has been singing like angels for appreciative audiences in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and beyond. Founded in 1981 as the Brash Ensemble, the group has gone through plenty of changes over the years, but one thing has always remained consistent: the high quality of the music.

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A painting of musician Eric McEuen by Leo Neufeld

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Leo and Loin

An oddball collaboration comes to the Blue Dragon

Leo Neufeld and Daddy Long Loin make for an unusual duo. Neufeld is perhaps Albuquerque's best-known portrait painter, a soft-spoken neo-realist with an enviable knack for capturing the intellect, personality and emotions of his subjects. As an artist, he strives to do more than merely replicate the outward appearance of the diverse people he paints. You don't look at one of Neufeld's paintings; you look into it.

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Marisha Pessl

Book Review

The Devil’s in the Details

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

The quotation-spouting, citation-dependent young narrator of Marisha Pessl’s debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, can be forgiven her tendency toward attribution. With a peripatetic, charismatic, cynical and movie-star-handsome professor father who is given to haughty pronouncements (“It might remind us that no matter the tragedy there’s always the world beyond it. ‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’”) and a beautiful mother who died far young, Blue van Meer is a teen who not only has learned her lessons too well but has taken them to telltale (Poe, E. A.) heart.

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Let’s Mess with Texas

Greater Tuna

Brennan Foster and Shawn Boyd play over 20 of Tuna, Texas', eccentric inhabitants from gun-clubbers to church ladies.
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Jazz Pizazz

New Mexico Jazz Festival: César Bauvallet's Cuban Jazz Project

The renowned trombonist, percussionist, singer, composer, arranger and bandleader performs live.
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Not Just Rabbits in Top Hats

David Blaine

An unforgettable interactive experience that both shocks and amuses.
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Sharing Refuge

PhotoVoice

Refugee students discuss and showcase their personal histories through photography.
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April Hartford

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Holding Moments Still

Transgender: One Person’s Journey Opening Reception

Photographer April Hartford leads viewers into an immersive exploration of gender dissonance and transition portraying the inner psychological journey as much as the outer one. Runs through 10/7.
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