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 V.16 No.24 | June 14 - 20, 2007 

Book Reviews

Short Story Roundup

It’s a small misnomer to label this new book by MacArthur "Genius" fellow Lydia Davis a collection of stories. Many of the pieces are a paragraph long, some less. And Davis doesn’t often follow a story from one place to the next. There are certainly no cliff-hanger endings.

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Culture Shock

Cornstalk—The Alibi's editorial staff voted the Cornstalk Institute the “best nonprofit you've never heard of.” The South Valley organization provides experiential education and prevention programs to local middle and high school kids. We're talking everything from ropes course training to outdoor adventuring to organic gardening. A fundraising event for Cornstalk is going on this Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to midnight. Tickets are $30 (two for $50) and include live entertainment by Burqueños such as Daddy Long Loin and Damien Flores as well as out-of-towners like New York's Emory Joseph and Tucson's Greyhound Soul. There'll also be a silent auction for a Fender Stratocaster signed by both Robert Cray and Eric Clapton. The institute is located at 3011 Barcelona SW. Tix are available at Bookworks and Natural Sound. For details, e-mail cornstalkinstitute@yahoo.com.

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Art News

Folk on the Rocks

Albuquerque Folk Festival comes to Expo New Mexico

I have to admit that the term “folk music” gets under my skin, but it’s still the best broadly recognizable label for noncommercial music created in a communal environment. The word “folk” might be annoying, but it signifies a crucial aspect of cultural experience for ordinary people. Participation and sharing becomes more important than competition and wanky virtuosity. Tradition and social conscience get higher marks than mass market fame and fortune.

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Book Review

One Little Indian Boy

Flight

In the early ’90s, when I was teaching writing at Fort Lewis College in Durango, I discovered a slim book of short stories in Maria’s Bookshop with the marvelous title The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Not only did the collection live up to its flamboyant name, it made me an instant and unrepentant Sherman Alexie fan. The man not only stood myths—Native American and otherwise—on their heads, but managed to show the humor and pathos in both reservation life and our country’s sorry mistreatment of its first occupants, all in the same breathtaking stroke.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 19)

Address the Hero in You

The Lady in Question

A suspenseful tale of a world-famous concert pianist visiting Germany who finds herself enamored with a handsome professor and entangled in his attempt to rescue his mother from a Nazi prison.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 19)

Even Bubbe Will Shake It

Fifteenth Annual KlezmerQuerque Festival

Enjoy dance and instrumental music rooted in traditional wedding ceremonies of the Eastern European Jewish people.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Wild and Well Read

Inaugural D.H. Lawrence Lecture

Award-winning author Mark Doty reads and discusses his work.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 24)

Ka-Ra-Te

Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues

Zen Buddhist monks hailing from the Shaolin Temple give a world-class performance of Shaolin martial arts.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 24)

Good for the Sole

Ars Longa: Vita Brevis

Vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance by international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 24)

Party Like it's the End of the World

Aliento: Carnaval 2017

The musical group PANdemonium takes participants on a journey through the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 24)

Does Masturbation Really Make Baby Jesus Cry?

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

A film about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality and features interviews with leading experts in the fields of Catholic theology, philosophy and ethics.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Mar 1)

Not Your Average Bug's Life

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

A theatrical circus show following the life of insects.
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Tomorrow's Events

Monday Night Film Club at Tractor Brewing Wells Park

Flyer

Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles star in this film based on Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew."

The Dynamics of Love and Jewelry Design at Sorrel Sky Gallery

Recycled Heart at Harwood Art Center

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