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 Feb 12 - 18, 2009 
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MUSIC
The theatrical, meaty Americana of Murder by Death plots the perfect crime at the Launchpad. And Omar Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta releases Old Money, a psychedelic barrage of Latin and funk-based roots.
FOOD
In an area weighed down by chains and big brands, Blue Cactus Grill rekindles the love affair between New Mexicans and New Mexican food. And sticky-sweet fried baby beets will get your sweetheart's blood pumping.
FILM & TV
Following the year of the vampire, we take a look at a gem from the golden era of Blaxploitation: Blacula. Meanwhile, there’s no avoiding the cultural impact of the Snuggie.
ARTS/LIT
The Strauss/Warschauer Klezmer Duo headlines the weekend of music, dance and instruction that is Klezmerquerque. Plus, with President's Day fast approaching, we play Do, Date or Dump with America's commanders-in-chief.

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Alibi Picks

Disco, Glitter and Roller Skates: Xanadu Jr. at N4th Theater

A Greek muse inspires love, laughter and the world's first Roller Disco in this 1980s glitter explosion of a play. Runs through 6/7.
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Comedy Matters

Chris Thayer on dry humor and being in the moment

I think every comedian has that moment when they watch a stand-up set from a particular comic and think, “This is my life now.” “I always had an interest in comedy when I was growing up, but I never thought of it as something I could or would do,” says comedian Chris Thayer. “When I was 18, I heard David Cross' album Shut Up You Fucking Baby!, which was conversational in a way that made me think that maybe I could do stand-up too.” Thayer, who will be at The Guild (3405 Central Avenue NE) on June 1, moved to San Francisco, a city that has spawned such comedy legends as Robin Williams at Margaret Cho, at the age of nineteen but waited three whole years before trying comedy. He finally sat down one night and began to write; a week later he did an open mic, and “within a year I had done over 200 sets,” says Thayer. “Now I’ve been doing comedy for seven years.”

It’s this dedication that got him a writing gig on the Pete Holmes show. Thayer has a dry sense of humor and often talks about his life on stage. His uncompromising style is reflected in his ideas on comedy. “The thing that terrified me most when I started performing was the fear that an audience would hate me,” says Thayer. With time this slowly abated and Thayer began to focus more on what he thought was funny rather than appealing to any given crowd. “I'd like as many people as possible to like me without having to compromise myself or what I think is funny. I would drive myself crazy if I were trying to change my stuff to get 100% of people to love me, so if only maybe 67% of people are into me, I'm totally okay with that,” says Thayer. “Not sure if that number sounds too high or too low. I'm trying to be modest without sounding unambitious.”

It’s not an unwavering ambition though. Thayer sees comedy as something that needs to avoid stagnation. “My favorite parts of performing are the times when I'm present enough and comfortable enough to try or add new stuff,” says Thayer. “I enjoy doing my material that I've been working on, but there's always a danger of feeling like you're on autopilot when you're doing stuff that you've memorized and said hundreds of times before. Thinking of new stuff for old jokes or trying to talk out new bits lets me know that I'm engaged in the moment and makes it fun for me.” Thayer has a way of balancing his strong and steadfast ideas on comedy with being open and present in the moment so he can engage with the live audience. “I want the audience to think, ‘Wow that guy is really funny despite being boringly sincere in interviews.’”

Chris Thayer: No One Asked for this Tour
The Guild (3405 Central Avenue NE)
Monday June 1 10:30 pm $5
guildcinema.com

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