Alibi V.20 No.50 • Dec 15-21, 2011 ››
Stranger Factory’s Winter Salon is like an adorable nightmare
It's beckoningly grotesque, mischievously menacing and intriguingly oddball. That would be Stranger Factory's Winter Salon, host to the work of about two dozen artists, both local and international. Much of the work here, and continuously on display at the Factory, are resin sculptures of ghoulish, reptilian and space-age creatures. These figures have the perfection of assembly-line action figures, assuming that assembly line was on a planetary hybrid of Mars and hell—and situated in a bayou.
A counterculture perspective on raising children in the real world
“Rad Dad” is a submissions-based zine edited by father and veteran zinester Tomas Moniz. Its essays on parenting, radicalism and society stand in nicely for the mountain of traditional parenting books available at any bookstore. An anthology was published earlier this year combining the best of Rad Dad”—which has been around for six years—and selections from Jeremy Adam Smith’s Daddy Dialectic blog. Moniz will be reading from Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Winning Coffee. The Alibi caught up with him in advance.
Attack of the Octostash
With a name like W.C. Longacre, it's no surprise that he looks like Willie Nelson and talks like a wise journeyman. "I like the term ‘trader,’ ” he says. “I find ‘artist’ is a little presumptuous. I dabble in a lot of creative endeavors." The entrepreneur, craftsman and lover of creativity is also a professionally trained chef (he co-authored Great Bowls of Fire! with Dave DeWitt, aka “The Pope of Peppers”). In the mid-’70s he created the first line of cosmetics made in Albuquerque that was non-animal tested, petroleum-free and used no animal products. These days the 59-year-old lives with the younger artists Colleen O'Callahan and Patrick Stokes. Together, the unlikely fellowship create and trade for a bevy of handmade artifacts. You may be familiar with them if you've been walking around Downtown during your lunch hour. They work from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday—and sometimes Tuesdays and Thursdays, if weather and inclination permit—in the open air downstairs from the Anodyne (409 Central NW).
Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax and Tara Khozein come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally-driven clownish characters and their buffoon alter-egos.
A recount of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.
The Importance of Being Earnest
This classic play by Oscar Wilde is a celebration of life, love, wit and the theatre itself.
Courtesy of AirDance New Mexico
A variety of aerial apparatuses and stilt work with interactive projections performed to a choir of women’s voices.
Straight Outta Oz
Todrick Hall brings to life the classic American tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by sharing his adventures from his small town in Texas all the way to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.”
The Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela discuss politics in a humorous way.
Bard Crawl: Twelfth Night
See the Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identities leading to even weirder love triangles.