Alibi V.17 No.24 • June 12-18, 2008 
Michael Lash and Rachel Hroncich in   Yellow Cab  .

Culture Shock

I Want My Short Stories!

All right, fiction fans. I know we said we'd run the winners of our Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest in next week's issue, June 19, but we lied. OK, we didn't really lie, we were telling the truth (to the best of our knowledge). But, like many things in the publishing world, reality has since changed. Now you'll have to wait one more week to read tiny tales about streetwalkers, sour relationships and spaceships told in 119 words or less. Use the extra week to prepare your favorite reading spot, ’cause on June 26 the best short short short stories this side of the Mississippi hit stands.

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Michael Lash and Rachel Hroncich in   Yellow Cab  .
Ossy Werner

Performance Review

Flat Rate

Yellow Cab at the Adobe Theater

A hapless character is on a quest to find a woman who thinks the taxi-driving profession is romantic. People in the audience laugh when he says this because they’re working under the assumption that no one could ever think of taxi driving as romantic. But that’s ridiculous.

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Clay Shirky

Book Review

Net Power

Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

Millions of citizens around the globe contribute to an online encyclopedia for free. Hundreds of young people show up simultaneously in a city square to happily lick ice cream. Computer programmers from Sweden to the Silicon Valley collaborate online to build an operating system that outdoes even Microsoft—none of them pocketing a penny. What do these things have in common?

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 23)

Taking It On the Chin

The Piñata Exhibit Opening Reception

Traditional, iconic and contemporary piñata artists illustrate how piñatas maintain historical and social importance while reflecting transnational shifts in popular culture.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jun 25)

Do the Lit 'n' Lunch

Luncheon for Literacy

Reading Works and author Jimmy Santiago Baca celebrate literacy to raise money for the nonprofit that provides free literacy tutoring to adults.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jun 27)

I'll pray for you

How Do You Pray?

Celeste Yacoboni discusses her latest work regarding how leading spiritual, shamanic, scientists, guides and activists pray and contemplates the intention of prayer.
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