Alibi V.17 No.44 • Oct 30-Nov 5, 2008 

Culture Shock

Grand Guignol

Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol translates literally into "big puppet show." Horror isn't the first genre that comes to mind when thinking of puppets, but gore and taboo are specialties of Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol. The theater, located in Paris' racy Pigalle district, was known for its encounters with the law, having been shut down by police censors for such atrocities as portraying prostitutes and vagrants on stage. From 1898 to 1914, director Max Maurey measured the success of a Grand Guignol play by the number of audience members who fainted.

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Painting by Caitlin Padilla
Elaine Russell

Gallery Preview

Curiosities in Tandem

The grand opening of The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space

The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space slays the expectations set by its small, shopping-center setting. Works of art adorn the walls as a shifting mass of visitors admire acrylic and oil paintings, bronze sculpture, jewelry, photography and beckoning belly dancers. The gallery floor feels crowded—a reflection on the presentation of original works, the attending ArtsCrawlers and the ability to get large quantities of art into what appears tiny from the outside.

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NaNoWriMo creator Chris Baty

Book News

I Survived NaNoWriMo

And lived to tell the tale ...

Albuquerque and its environs are associated with artists of the painterly variety who come here for “the light.” Yet come November, it’s the writerly types who can be seen at quiet corners of cafés and kitchen tables littered with stale cups of coffee and whatever authorial talismans we hope will lure the muses. We are hunkered down over a keyboard or scribbling wildly into a journal, having accepted the colossal dare of /nanowrimo.org[/urlNational Novel Writing Month. Last year, 527 of us from all over the state participated in the national challenge and NaNoWriMo (as it is nicknamed) may attract more foolhardy scribes this year. We participating writers share one thing: A fervent hope for the fortitude to complete the required 50,000 words in an astonishing 30 days.

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Me Talk Pretty Friday

David Sedaris

The bestselling author reads selections from his newest book Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), and answers questions from audience members.
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Time and Again

Cross Pollination of Art and Science

Artist Stephen Auger presents his collaborative work with chronobiologist Dr. Benjamin Smarr that addresses the fundamental relationships between aesthetic perception, sensory wellness and the dynamic movement of light.
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Courtesy of Atlantic Records

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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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