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 V.13 No.33 | August 12 - 18, 2004 
Contracts with America
On the bright side, outsourced government jobs are generating huge profits in the private sector. On the dark side, no-bid contracts routinely come with padded invoices, lax oversight and a hefty bill to the taxpayer.
Blowing the Whistle on the Bureau
A recent spate of whistle-blowing ex-Feds charge the FBI with dangerous mismanagement.
Blue Note
Monk in Paris: Live at the Olympia is a "wondrous" collaboration between a legendary jazz hound and the son of a Monk.
Dining In
Guess the secret ingredient in "truckstop steaks" and win a new patch of chest hair, a confederate flag bandana and an incurable case of coffee breath.
Idiot Box: Olympic Fever Could Cause Greece Fire
NBC's prime-time Olympic coverage guarantees lots of ass-kicking action in sports categories we invented. Let's just hope the USA basketball team doesn't absorb another Italian stompin' before they abscond with the gold.
Art Festival Preview
The spirit of YardFest is alive and well in OFFCenter's We Art the People: Folk Arts Festival. You and your kin definitely won't want to miss this one.
Author Interview
Left-wing rabble-rouser Jim Hightower squares off againtst another famous Texan in his new book, Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush!

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Books

Ninja Meets Navajo Code Talker

The YA collisions of Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani

Shojo and Leza, international authors of mystery
Shojo and Leza, international authors of mystery

I think maybe Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani have the coolest marriage ever. The pair not only travels back and forth between homes in Tokyo and Santa Fe, but they’re both writers and translators with a host of titles under their respective belts. I recently had the chance to chat with Leza via email about a new young adult novel she and her husband worked on together, Jet Black and the Ninja Wind (Tuttle, $17.99). The first in a planned trilogy, it’s both a balls-out adventure tale and an intriguing portrait of multiple cultures. It’s also the recent winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, putting it in company with folks like Ruth Ozeki, whose A Tale for the Time Being won for Adult Fiction.

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Cranes and Songbirds: Chatter Sunday

Alice Popkorn

Using a combination of wind instruments and percussion to describe the essentially airborne, song-like life of birds, composers John Luther Adams and Shirish Korde have succeeded in creating musical interludes that signify the delicate balance and struggle involved in the natural existence of the avians with whom we share this planet. On Sunday, Aug. 3, at 10:30am at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW), Chatter presents a concert of airy music of these composers’ works, as well as delving into a selection of sonatas by Bach. This musical experience is preceded by a poetry reading by John Macker.

The concert, featuring flautists Jesse Tatum and Shelley Brown, as well as Alexis Corbin, Hovey Corbin and Jeff Cornelius on percussion, focuses on naturalistic interpretation as well as the ornate restraint typical of Bach’s sonatas. The musicians will perform Adams’ songbirdsongs, Korde’s Tenderness of Cranes and “Trio Sonatas” from The Musical Offering. While Pulitzer Prize-winner Adams' work is directly inspired by nature, Korde took his inspiration for Tenderness of Cranes from Japanese shakuhachi flute techniques, created by a wooden instrument used in the Edo period and by Zen monks. The elegant subtlety of the Sonatas provide a rich counterpoint to the proceedings. As always, the prices range from $5-$15, and the happening includes gratis espresso. The Kosmos • Sun Aug 3 • 10:30am • $5-$15 • View on Alibi calendar

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Be a Running Hero

Courtesy of Paws and Stripes

Now that summer is slowly starting to wind down and those Back to School sales are picking up speed, there's no better way to bask in the tidings of the season than a good run. If you're the kind of person who likes to climb rocks, walk on tightropes or take your dog for a 5K, then the Helping Dogs Helping Heroes 5K is right up your alley. In an effort to kick off International Assistance Dog Week, Paws and Stripes have put together this little fun run for those who want to show their athletic chops and those who want to do something special with their canine companions, all while supporting military veterans, of course.

The event will have food trucks, family activities and dog washes. The run itself is dog-friendly, so you and your barking buddy can go for the gold together. The sprinting commences Sunday, Aug. 3. Check-in is at 7:30am, and the race starts at 8am at the Aperture Center Park at Mesa del Sol (5700 University SE). To participate, adults pay $30, and it's $15 for young ones ages 10-15. Be sure to stretch. Aperture Center, Mesa del Sol • Sun Aug 3 • 8am • $15-$30 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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