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 Apr 17 - 23, 2008 

Culture Shock

By Amy Dalness

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)
Courtesy of the Vortex Theatre

Performance Review

Family Ties

King Lear at The Vortex

By Amy Dalness

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

By John Freeman

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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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jan 19)

Slay Me With Words

Annihilation Songs

By Renée Chavez
Santa Fe writer and award-winning filmmaker Jason DeBoer presents anagrammatic takes on The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Hamlet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jan 20)

We're All Mad Here

Alice in Wonderland

By Devin D. O'Leary
A new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic.
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Courtesy of Keshet Center for the Arts

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jan 20)

Dancing Through Life

Together and Apart: An Albuquerque Urban Journey Through Dance

By Rini Grammer
Dancer Silva Laukkanen explores how environment impacts choreography.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jan 20)

Science + Art = Molecool

Collected Works: Michael Wallace Opening

By Maggie Grimason
Featured works include pastels, oils, acrylics, mixed media and electronic media from the earth scientist and creator of the Calabacillas Arroyo public art. Runs through 1/31.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Feb 13)

Weekly Alibi's Kinky Curiosities

We'll be showing off some of Albuquerque's biggest fantasies, fetishes, kinks, curiosities and the results of our online-exclusive sex survey. Live performers and demonstrations run the gamut from leather to lace, from bondage to burlesque, from domination to drag queens. There will be information tables featuring the city's most sex-positive resources and some very naughty vendors.
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