Dec 13 - 19, 2007 

Culture Shock

By Amy Dalness

So Long, Sol Arts

The newsletter-style e-mails from Sol Arts always start with the same headline: "Here's what's next at Sol Arts!" The e-mail I received last week was no different, except what's next at Sol Arts is nothing. While it's sad to see a local, grassroots art space close its doors, the folks at Sol Arts are doing it for a positive reason. The members, including UNM theater professor and Sol Arts founder Kristen Loree, have decided to devote their time and focus into their own artistic creations and put running art space on hold, at least for now.

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Ross Kelly as the funky-fresh elf, Crumpet.
Courtesy of The Box Performance Space

Performance Review

Jaded for the Holidays

The Santaland Diaries at The Box Performance Space

By Amy Dalness

There should be a bumper sticker that reads "Take the mas out of Christmas." More gifts. More decorations. More shopping. More debt. The season of giving often means more stress than celebrating, so why not say "No mas!" and hit the eggnog? Or just take a holiday breather with The Santaland Diaries—a one-man, one-act based on an essay by David Sedaris that says "Up yours!" to the mas.

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Book Reviews

Twelve Books for Christmas

Or Yule, or Kwanzaa, or no reason at all

By Lisa Lenard-Cook

Got some impossible-to-buy-for types on your list? One of these twelve books should satisfy even the most difficult name on your list. Plus, you’ll be supporting a Southwest writer at the same time.

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