Alibi V.17 No.16 • April 17-23, 2008 
King Lear (Paul Ford, right) and his Fool (Alan Ware)

Culture Shock

Spicy Words

As a former student of theater at UNM, I vividly recall the excitement generated by the Words Afire Festival. It meant an opportunity for more aspiring actors to get stage time and budding playwrights to see their works actually performed. Months of preparation madness followed by weeks of performances created a draining, frenzied chaos worth every moment. Words Afire is a boon to the Albuquerque theater scene and we're lucky to have it. This year's festival opens on Thursday, April 17, with Pajaros de Mi Sangre: My Blood Birds by Don Garcia at Rodey Theatre and The Feather by Mars Mråz at Theatre X. Tickets to all shows at Rodey are $15 general, $10 seniors and $7 students, and $10 general, $8 seniors and $7 students at Theatre X, available at the UNM ticket office (925-5858). Keep an eye on the Arts Calendar for a complete list of all Words Afire productions or visit wordsafire.unm.edu. Support our university's theater program—it cultivates the future of performance art in our city.

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King Lear (Paul Ford, right) and his Fool (Alan Ware)
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Performance Review

Family Ties

King Lear at The Vortex

For every Romeo, there is a Juliet. For every Othello, a Desdemona. For every Cleopatra, an Antony.

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Poetry Review

Man's Best Friend

Failure by Philip Schultz

Failure

Now here is a subject one doesn’t see poetry address all that often—especially with such a warm, complicated embrace. To Philip Schultz, recent co-winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, failure is not a pejorative but a state of being. Try to appreciate the bounty of the world, several of these poems suggest, and you will likely fail; try to ignore it and you will fail as well.

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Hots On For Nowhere

The Music of Led Zeppelin

The NMPhil performs a symphonic rock experience featuring an array of favorites from the Zeppelin catalog.
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You don't know until you know, you know?

Tellabration: A World Wide Celebration of Storytelling

Loren Niemi, Regina Ress and Nash Jones present stories that touch on the theme of blessings and blessings in disguise.
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Water you doing this weekend?

Cirque Italia

Acrobatics, dance, contortion, high-performance BMX and roller-skating that push t., which leaves audiences amazed and astonished.
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Can I Get a Volunteer from the Audience?

Hocus Pocus Magic Show 2017

Sophisticated magic, comedy, juggling and unusual acts from around the world.
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“From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical”

The Pirates of Penzance

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General.
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Indies Always (and First)

Indies First

Eight local authors recommend books that have influenced them or that they've enjoyed reading in addition to promoting their own titles.
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