V.22 No.34 | 8/22/2013
Alan F. Beck
By Lisa Barrow
Get your plague on
From va-va-voom to vermin, Culture Shock highlights the week’s artworld finest.
V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
He’s got character, enigmatically simple and dance dance la revolución
By Lisa Barrow
He’s got character
Get an art-smart jump on your week with Culture Shock. Khaled Hosseini reads, clay artist Andrew Van Assche’s new show opens and Festival Flamenco Internacional dances onstage.
V.22 No.20 | 5/16/2013
By Lisa Barrow
This week is your chance to travel in time, see how dance can fuse with film and take in a thought-provoking art exhibit that explores man’s imprint on the natural world.
V.22 No.17 | 4/25/2013
Gathering reps Native culture
By Leah Sneider
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
V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Confessions of a King
By Sam Adams [ Thu Jun 14 2012 2:48 PM ]
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.
Courtesy of Cissy King
The beat goes on for dancer Cissy King
By Blake Driver
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.
V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012
Courtesy of Festival Flamenco
Music to Your Ears
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
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.
V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012
Wild Dancing West tonight at VSA
By Sam Adams [ Fri May 25 2012 5:37 PM ]
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.
VSA’s regional series returns with Whitman, war and psychology
By Christie Chisholm
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.
V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
From UNM to Joffrey
By Sam Adams [ Fri May 4 2012 6:11 PM ]
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.
V.20 No.45 |
Free tickets to Scorsese's "Hugo" at 11.11.11 party
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Nov 10 2011 12:51 PM ]
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
And a costume contest with prizes from Free Radicals!
V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
Double Gourd Dance!
By Summer Olsson [ Thu Aug 11 2011 2:00 PM ]
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
A Little Love Hexagon
Landmark Musicals’ latest is well-acted and well-sung
By Christie Chisholm
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.
V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
Photo courtesy of El Rancho de las Golondrinas
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.
V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
Route 66 Malt Shop Gets Into the Rhythm
Dance studio and diner combo comes out swinging
By Mina Yamashita
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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