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V.22 No.17 | 4/25/2013
2012 Miss Indian World talent competition
Derek Mathews

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Powwow Power

Gathering reps Native culture

Celebrate 30 years of Indian tacos, competitive dancing and paying tribute to tradition this year at Albuquerque’s own Gathering of Nations. The Gathering is North America’s most prominent powwow, and it will host tens of thousands of guests and representatives from more than 700 Native and Aboriginal tribes throughout the United States, Canada and all over to honor Indigenous cultures and traditions through dance, music, food and the crowning of the next Miss Indian World

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Arts

Confessions of a King

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For this week’s arts profile, writer Blake Driver interviewed “Lawrence Welk Show” dancer Cissy King. She shared insights about Welk’s famous ability to butcher a phrase, and talked about her transition from the Hollywood spotlight to doing community theater here in her hometown. Check out the above video to see what King was up to roughly half a century ago, then go see her in Albuquerque Little Theater’s Singin’ in the Rain this weekend.

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V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Courtesy of Cissy King

Arts Profile

Ballroom Blitz

The beat goes on for dancer Cissy King

For Cissy King, remembering lines has always presented a host of challenges. But the veteran dancer-turned-actress has no trouble firing off some of the funnier misspeakings of her former boss, television variety show icon Lawrence Welk. King, who grew up in Albuquerque, danced on the program for more than 11 years.

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V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012
Pastora Galván
Courtesy of Festival Flamenco

Music to Your Ears

Twenty-Five Years of World-Class Flamenco

In 1987, UNM's College of Fine Arts partnered with the National Institute of Flamenco (located Downtown on Gold) to found the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque. Now in its 25th year, the week-long silver jubilee—and observation of New Mexico's Spanish ancestry—is bustling with activity.

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Arts

Wild Dancing West tonight at VSA

Meshi Chavez and Chip Sherman in   We Two Boys
Stephen Miller
Meshi Chavez and Chip Sherman in We Two Boys

This year’s installation of Wild Dancing West opens with Burque native Meshi Chavez’ We Two Boys at VSA North Fourth Art Center (4904 Fourth Street NW). Shows run tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and are part of VSA’s three-week extravaganza highlighting the work of Southwestern dancers and choreographers. Click the above link to read about Chavez and the fest’s other offerings.

V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012
Meshi Chavez and Chip Sherman in   We Two Boys
Stephen Miller

Performance Preview

Desert Dancing

VSA’s regional series returns with Whitman, war and psychology

Meshi Chavez moved to Portland, Ore., at the age of 18. Sixteen years later, he’s returning with We Two Boys to Wild Dancing West, VSA North Fourth Art Center’s contemporary dance festival. Now in its seventh year, Wild Dancing West is “the sibling of Global DanceFest,” says Kearny, referring to VSA’s international spectacle that began in 2001. After celebrating dance from around the world, creators decided “it was important to also focus on contemporary dance happening in our region,” she says. 

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Arts

From UNM to Joffrey

Dalton Valerio
Max Woltman
Dalton Valerio

In this week’s Arts Profile, the Alibi spoke with Dalton Valerio, a UNM pre-med sophomore who was recently accepted into a program at the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet School. Valerio performs this weekend at UNM’s Carlisle Gym. For showtimes and more on his story, click the above link.

Group Hug

Free tickets to Scorsese's "Hugo" at 11.11.11 party

Hugo
Hugo

We'll be giving away 50+ pairs of tickets to Scorsese's latest, Hugo, at our steampunk party tomorrow at Launchpad!

First come, first served.

The steam-powered ball

featuring

Burlesque:
September Smith
Godiva Bleu

Dance:
Bianca Lily and Strong Man Sam

Music:
Squash Blossom Boys
The Ladies' Society of Grenadiers
Small Game
DJ Caterwaul

And a costume contest with prizes from Free Radicals!

RSVP here.

Alibi Picks

Double Gourd Dance!

The United Native Council of New Mexico hosts an all-day celebration of native culture, featuring singing, dancing and eating in Old Town Plaza. Festivities begin at noon on Saturday with a Gourd dance—Southern Drum—followed by a Gourd dance—Northern Drum. The ceremonial rug cutting, consisting of four sets of four songs, probably originated with the Kiowa people, but it's spread throughout many tribes. At 2 p.m. the Jemez Pueblo Singers and Drummers help you work up an appetite; grab some dinner at one of the Old Town eateries. Finally, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there’s a full-on intertribal powwow. For more info on this free event, visit: cabq.gov/cultural.

V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
Someone here is up to no good.
Max Woltman

Performance Review

A Little Love Hexagon

Landmark Musicals’ latest is well-acted and well-sung

A Little Night Music is a show that will likely appeal to more mature audiences. Maybe it’s the tone of the show, which is surprisingly wholesome given the subject matter. Maybe it’s the near-constant, often operatic singing. In either case this one’s probably not for a thirtysomething crowd. That said, Landmark Musicals has done a fine job with it. While not all the actors are fantastic, there aren’t any sore thumbs that stick out, and a handful of them are obvious pros.

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V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
A member of Los Voladores
Photo courtesy of El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Art News

¡México Tiempo!

Four men fling themselves off of a 30-meter pole and swing around and around, tethered to the top by ropes. A fifth performer balances on the end of the pole, dancing on one foot and playing the flute. These are Los Voladores, or the flying men of Veracruz. Their thousand-year-old ritual is just part of the ¡Viva México! this weekend at Rancho de las Golondrinas.

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V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011

Mina's Dish

Route 66 Malt Shop Gets Into the Rhythm

Dance studio and diner combo comes out swinging

In 1927, Lindberg crossed the Atlantic and the world began dancing the Lindy. Energetic devotees swing on—and Rachel Green makes a career of the obsession. Green and I are chatting over lunch at the Route 66 Malt Shop, one door down from her dance space. I’m sipping a chocolate egg cream while Green enjoys a toasty crab cake sandwich.

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V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Fuensanta La Moneta

Festival Preview

¡Viva Bailar!

Flamenco festival brings home the passion and soul of Spain

Festival Flamenco Internacional 2011 is upon us. Jose Maya and his company, who hail from Madrid, Spain, are some of this year’s guests. Eva Encinias Sandoval says that Maya is an icon. “Flamenco artists are on a real high level of notoriety there, in Spain, so these artists that are coming are young, but very, very renowned ... he’s like a rock star.”

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V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011
San Francisco’s ODC/Dance
RJ Muna

Festival Preview

Wild West Moves

N4th unveils variety at sixth annual contemporary dance festival

Athleticism. Dynamic shapes. Seductive rhythms. Thrilling feats. Wild Dancing West is curated and produced by VSA North Fourth Art Center and takes to the stage now through June 11.

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