Alibi V.16 No.27 • July 5-11, 2007 

Culture Shock

Freedom Rock—My eternal gratitude to everyone who came out for the Alibi's Festival of Opinions last Saturday on the Fourth Street mall. To paraphrase Bob Dylan, it was hotter than a crotch out there, so the folks that participated truly showed their dedication to free speech and the First Amendment. I lost four pounds in sweat, one pound for each hour in the heat, but the music was especially fantastic. Thanks to Selsun Blue, Fast Heart Mart and Daddy Long Loin for the tunes. And a big burlap sack stuffed with gratitude for the drummer from Selsun Blue who climbed up the light pole to plug in the extension cord. That was impressive. As you all know, freedom without electricity really isn't worth celebrating.

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That’s Joseph West in his mesh “bed” surrounded by his new friends. Don’t they look pleasant?

Performance Review

We're Here to Help!

Friends at SolArts

My personal vision of hell pretty much matches that network sitcom about a bunch of white-bread “friends” living in grotesque intimacy with each other in a nightmarishly sanitized New York. Kobo Abe's vision of eternal damnation shares the title of that horrible show but is starkly different in almost every other respect.

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Book Review

The Wendigo

What’s that smell?

The Wendigo

As Algonquin legend would have it, the frozen forests of Canada are home to the Wendigo, a malignant Yeti-like spirit that heaps fear and misfortune upon all who encounter it. Stephen King touched on the Wendigo in Pet Sematary and Marvel Comics based a villain on it, but Algernon Blackwood’s “The Wendigo” remains one of the most interesting fictional treatments of Canada’s best-known monster next to Céline Dion.

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Book Review

How My Childhood Was Not At All Like Anne of Green Gables

Why illiteracy is sometimes best

Anne of Green Gables

Last week on vacation we stumbled across this funny street sign depicting a dude holding a book with a lightning bolt on the cover. The message was either something like, "Reading will spark your imagination" or "Danger! Books electrocute."

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 23)

Taking It On the Chin

The Piñata Exhibit Opening Reception

Traditional, iconic and contemporary piñata artists illustrate how piñatas maintain historical and social importance while reflecting transnational shifts in popular culture.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jun 25)

Do the Lit 'n' Lunch

Luncheon for Literacy

Reading Works and author Jimmy Santiago Baca celebrate literacy to raise money for the nonprofit that provides free literacy tutoring to adults.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jun 27)

I'll pray for you

How Do You Pray?

Celeste Yacoboni discusses her latest work regarding how leading spiritual, shamanic, scientists, guides and activists pray and contemplates the intention of prayer.
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