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 V.21 No.19 | May 10 - 16, 2012 

Son and father: Luis and Francisco Rodriguez
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Arts Profile

Breaking the Mold

Inexpensive custom creations have kept Casa de Piñatas a UNM-area staple for 16 years

In 1996, Francisco Rodriguez opened a little store at the intersection of Lead and Yale with his wife, Patty. Rodriguez handled the crafting, and his wife managed the business side. It's at that same location, 16 years later, that Rodriguez and his son continue the tradition of custom piñatas.

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Aaron Worley as Charlie Fox, Marc Comstock as Bobby Gould
Courtesy of Alan Mitchell

Performance Review

Amoral in L.A.

The Vortex lines up David Mamet’s soulless film industry farce

Speed-the-Plow is a play about the coke-addled, fortune-obsessed, power-crazed workings of late-’80s Hollywood, fortified with typical David Mamet misogynistic underpinnings. Also in true Mamet fashion, it’s a story in which all of the characters prove themselves despicable, some more than others. Yet Speed-the-Plow still manages to be light, frivolous fun.

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Culture Shock

OctoMania!

Note to the world’s marketing geniuses: Place the prefix “Octo” in front of any word and you automatically have something people won’t stop saying. Try it. Octomom, Octoplex, OctoStash. See, it’s fun. You can even make up something like “Octodog” and I bet it’ll catch on. I’m not even sure what that is, but I’ve got to have one.

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