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Arts/Lit
‹‹ V.15 No.26 | June 29 - July 5, 2006

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen
Demetria Martinez
Demetria Martinez

Kudos to Demetria—New Mexico author Demetria Martinez won big at this year's International Latino Book Awards, scoring the prize for best biography for her book, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana (University of Oklahoma Press, paper, $14.95). The book consists of a series of essays examining conditions on the U.S.-Mexican border, Catholicism, the Spanish language, Martinez' legendary social activism and other topics near and dear to her heart. Nice work, Demetria.

Shorties—The Cell Theatre announced the winners of its First Annual 10-minute New Play Competition. There are seven victors, sent in from as far away as California and New York. The plays will be staged one-weekend-only, July 27-30. Tickets are $20, but playwrights who bring in a submission for next year's contest will get a $5 discount. For details, call 766-9412.

Tricklock Update—After getting booted out of their crappy old theater at the corner of Washington and Central, the Tricklock Company has now taken up residence at UNM, giving them much more room to maneuver. Artistic Director Joe Perrachio points out, however, that Tricklock will remain an independent nonprofit entity. It will simply be operating in cooperation with the university. Company members will teach acting and writing techniques to undergraduate and graduate students while continuing to create experimental theatrical productions to be unveiled in town then toured around the world. Watch for new productions from the Tricklock crew late summer to early fall.

CORRECTION—Bad, bad, very bad. In last week's Ridiculously Short Story Contest issue, we printed a story called “Proust and His Goddamn Madeleines; Sal and the Goddamn K-Mart” as an honorable mention. Unfortunately, we wrongly attributed the story to Emily Minkin. The actual author is Molly Terrell. The Alibi deeply regrets the error. After discussing the matter via e-mail with Ms. Terrell, we've agreed to compensate her with a nifty Alibi bottle opener. Sorry, Molly!