Gilded Cage Burlesk and Varieté is definitely getting on Santa's Naughty list with Yule Logs and Jingle Balls: A Very Risqué, Very Glittery, Very Burlesque Ode to the Holidays. Burlesque dancers, sideshow performers, drag acts and more join forces to celebrate this most sparkly of holidays in grand style… [ more >> ]
Ameripolitan—or juke joint swing as the genre is known by some Tejanos— advocate extraordinare Wayne Hancock descends loudly but lovingly onto the stage at Sister (407 Central NW) on Saturday, Dec. 10. Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been startling audiences, beating up boots and brandishing a guitar since he was a young one; his affinity for finding, deconstructing and then delivering honestly raw and rambunctious roots music is without equal in the land of hillbilly-backed, Grand Old Opry-certified swinging sounds. As the artist himself put it, “Man, I'm like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That's me.” If that weren't enough to get your toes tapping or your blood boiling, then check out Hancock's supporting act, Steve Hammond and His High Plains Grifters. Hammond, one of the highly evolved yet totally insane brains behind Burque phenomenon Leeches of Lore, took a much needed and totally twisty detour with this side project, combining a love for tradition with a perverse proclivity to destroy everything in his path. The result sounds kinda like country-Western, but unlike the work of say, Merle Haggard or Porter Wagoner, Hammond's work will burn a hole in your head that leads to another dimension. Entrance to this rodeo-like environment of sights, smells and sounds will run typical 21+ listeners $12 in advance and $15 at the door; god's representatives hit the stage at 9pm.
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Ever wonder what will happen to that priceless Pez collection you've been building for over 20 years when you go to that big toy box in the sky? Or the box of orphaned electronics cables that went to … something? I'll tell you what happens: Some poor doofus has to lug them to the curb… [ more >> ]
You know that he was dead, to begin with. Dead as a doornail, in fact. You may also know that he was played beautifully by Statler and Waldorf, even by Gary Oldman and Martin Sheen. But before now, few people have accessed much depth in the character of Jacob Marley from Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The Santa Fe Playhouse is turning all that around with their production, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, a tale that plunges the depths of one doomed soul… [ more >> ]
Is it just me or do people have way more narrishkeit around the holiday season? I know there are some people agree, because “OY! A Comedy with Chutzpah,” written by Rich Orloff and directed by Harry Zimmerman is a sketch show being performed at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque that pays comedic tribute… [ more >> ]
“We the people,” Idris Goodwin intoned, his voice rendered a decibel quieter through the phone line connecting our voices between Denver and Albuquerque. “We the people. My people. All people.” The way Goodwin speaks, his background in poetry, hip-hop and spoken word is apparent from the rhythms and repetitions of his conversation. “People on a planet, as opposed to people of a nation. I'm reminded how flexible that word is.” We were talking about Chaz Bojórquez' painting, “We the People,” a large piece awash in blue oil paint, a globe affirming the words rounding across its shape and in the galactic black background once again: “We the People.” “What I always respond to first in Chaz' work is that it's text-based. For me, words are my paint,” Goodwin explained as we discussed the spoken word piece (“kind of lecture, but kind of poem, but kind of rap” as he described it) that he's creating for 516 ARTS' SHOUT-OUT Redux, a night of spoken word featuring not just Goodwin, but a whole cadre of talent both local and from afar, including Michelle Otero, Hakim Bellamy and Dahlak, from LA.
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Get into the spirit of the holidays by visiting Congregation Nahalat Shalom for a Hanukah party and fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 10. from 5:30 until 9pm. This mega event, entitled Hanukat Shalom, features a vast variety of diversions and activities that are good for the community and nourishing to the soul… [ more >> ]
In the words of Dean Martin, “Baby, it's cold outside.” So lend a helping hand to the homeless folks in Burque by contributing to Astro-Zombies' 8th Annual Holiday Sleeping Bag Drive. Now through Saturday, Dec. 24, drop off new, adult-sized cold weather sleeping bags at the comic store to help local homeless people weather the winter cold. The bags will be distributed throughout the community on Christmas Eve. And for each bag you donate, you'll also be entered in a raffle to win awesome prizes from the likes of Masks Y Mas, Rude Boy Cookies, Archetype Dermigraphic Studio and more. After all, when told, “Baby, you'd freeze out there,” even Dean's lady asked him to lend her a coat. (Renée Chavez)