Alibi V.21 No.16 • April 19-25, 2012 

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Bach to the Future

Pianist brings modern touch to a centuries-old classic

Most kids don't relish the thought of spending their entire Saturday glued to a piano bench. (It sounds like cruel, Victorian child torture if you ask me.) But that wasn't the case for Lara Downes, who grew up in San Francisco and began playing regularly at the age of 3. "I didn't know there was anything different," says Downes. "I always loved it, I never really wanted to do anything else."

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Book Review

Ante Establishment

Ted Heller’s poker “memoir” calls the literary world’s bluff

Written in the style of a memoir, Ted Heller’s Pocket Kings succeeds in creating one of the most wholly dislikable and irritating protagonists in recent fiction. It also paints a dark picture of gambling addiction and provides some hilarious criticism on the modern novel-writing landscape.
Work by Miguel Mejía
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Culture Shock

Festival Cervantes

If you've read one book in Spanish, chances are it's Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The classic account of delusional heroism is taught in high schools around the country, and it’s many a Spanish-as-a-second-language student's gateway into literary art set to a foreign tongue.

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Deep in the Ju Ju, Chasing the Train

Manuel Valera Trio

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera performs jazz.
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Banjo Jazz? Sure, Why Not.

Jayme Stone's Folklife

Two-time Juno award-winning banjoist and composer, Jayme Stone performs folk, jazz and chamber music while both defying and honoring the banjo's role in the world's music.
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