Alibi V.21 No.28 • July 12-18, 2012 
Jason Deuter and Leslie Joy Coleman

Theater News

Like Water in the Desert

SouthWest Rural Theatre Project ain’t afraid of small-town drama

When Leslie Joy Coleman was an undergrad at New Mexico Highlands University, she had an experience that forever changed her understanding of theatergoing. Her professor arranged for buses to bring students from outlying schools to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. “The show was supposed to start in the dark, and the light cue would come on one of the first lines,” Coleman says. “So here we go, we’re going to start the show. Down come the house lights, and as soon as it goes completely dark, all the kids start hootin’ and hollerin’. We tried to start, but you couldn’t hear the first lines over the noise. And standing there in the dark, I thought to myself, They’ve never been exposed to this, so they don’t know.” That's when Coleman, who grew up north of Las Vegas, N.M., realized how little experience rural communities can have with theater.

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Book Review

Dark Days in Niceville

Carsten Stroud’s grimly satisfying tale awakens devilish mystery in a sleepy Southern town


Carsten Stroud's Niceville is damn-good poolside reading. And, to be fair, it even makes a go at tackling that whole literary merit thing.

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Grab A Tissue

A Good Cry

Performative videos and sculptural installations, the exhibition questions and scrutinizes the the nature of crying behavior.


Afropop Experts Come to Burque

Afropop Worldwide Welcome Party

Executive producers of the NPR radio show visit in conjunction with the Making Africa exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum.


Adjust the Climate

C19 Now!: The Climate for Indigenous Activism

renowned journalist and documentary film-maker specializing in coverage of Indigenous Peoples and events, Jenni Monet and Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale discuss climate issues.