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 May 10 - 16, 2012 
Son and father: Luis and Francisco Rodriguez

Arts Profile

Breaking the Mold

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

By Sam Adams
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.
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

By Christie Chisholm

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

By Sam Adams

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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Tis the Season to Get Spooked

Dracula The Musical?

By Taylor Grabowsky
A hilarious spoof of the classic horror tale.
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Courtesy of the Artist

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Bring Back the Balkans

21st Annual Halloween Balkan Bash

By August March
Celebrate Halloween Balkan-style with the exciting and exotic music of the Southwest’s premier five-piece Balkan dance band Goddess of Arno.
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via Youtube

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A World of Music

The Rahim AlHaj Trio

By August March
The award-winning, highly skilled Middle Eastern musical group performs traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary style and American influence.
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