Alibi V.21 No.16 • April 19-25, 2012 

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Bach to the Future

Pianist brings modern touch to a centuries-old classic

Most kids don't relish the thought of spending their entire Saturday glued to a piano bench. (It sounds like cruel, Victorian child torture if you ask me.) But that wasn't the case for Lara Downes, who grew up in San Francisco and began playing regularly at the age of 3. "I didn't know there was anything different," says Downes. "I always loved it, I never really wanted to do anything else."

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Book Review

Ante Establishment

Ted Heller’s poker “memoir” calls the literary world’s bluff

Written in the style of a memoir, Ted Heller’s Pocket Kings succeeds in creating one of the most wholly dislikable and irritating protagonists in recent fiction. It also paints a dark picture of gambling addiction and provides some hilarious criticism on the modern novel-writing landscape.
Work by Miguel Mejía
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Culture Shock

Festival Cervantes

If you've read one book in Spanish, chances are it's Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The classic account of delusional heroism is taught in high schools around the country, and it’s many a Spanish-as-a-second-language student's gateway into literary art set to a foreign tongue.

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Jasper String Quartet

The Oberlin-trained quartet performs the works of Beethoven, Mozart and Debussy.
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Howdy, Neighbor

Doublewide, Texas

A hilarious, fast-paced comedy, where residents of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them.
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“Mr. Sandman, Bring Me a Dream”

Irrational Exuberance Barbershop Quartet

Irrational Exuberance brings a fun show with barbershop harmony to the Albuquerque public.
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An Ode to Space Opera

Persepolis Rising: The Expanse Book 7

Local authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey talk about and sign their latest space opera novel.
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