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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, Feb 11)

A Titillating Treat

Southwest Burlesque Pre Party! Featuring Bunny Galore

By Renée Chavez
The best burlesque dancers of the Southwest perform for the weekend.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Feb 13)

Nerd Out in More Ways Than One

Comic Book Shakespeare

By Maggie Grimason
This hands-on workshop leads participants through creating their own manga/graphic version of Hamlet's soliloquy, 'To be or not to be.'
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