Alibi V.18 No.46 • Nov 12-18, 2009 
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Culture Shock

Tomorrow's Classics

Now in its 10th year, the Words Afire Festival puts the spotlight on the work of student playwrights in UNM's MFA Dramatic Writing Program. The Directed Readings, held this Friday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, Nov. 15, allow the public to hear these pieces voiced for the first time. Here's the schedule of events, held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). All readings are free, and three of the plays will be fully staged in April. For a synopsis of each play, got to theatre.unm.edu/waf.

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Book Review

A Fine Mess

The Year of the Flood

The end of the world is very in right now. Along with zombies, apocalyptic tales are enjoying another heyday. But iconic Canadian poet and novelist Margaret Atwood isn’t a trend follower; her first foray into speculative fiction was 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Her newest book, The Year of the Flood, a companion book to her 2003 novel Oryx and Crake, explores the same late 21st-century dystopia as the earlier work.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jul 20)

Spirited Outpost

New Mexico Jazz Festival: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Multiple Juno Award winner, flutist, saxophonist and pianist, Jane Bunnett and her group comprising some of Cuba's most promising female musicians perform live.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 21)

Let’s Mess with Texas

Greater Tuna

Brennan Foster and Shawn Boyd play over 20 of Tuna, Texas', eccentric inhabitants from gun-clubbers to church ladies.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 23)

Jazz Pizazz

New Mexico Jazz Festival: César Bauvallet's Cuban Jazz Project

The renowned trombonist, percussionist, singer, composer, arranger and bandleader performs live.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 23)

Not Just Rabbits in Top Hats

David Blaine

An unforgettable interactive experience that both shocks and amuses.
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