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Plundering the Bank and the Sacred
By Summer Olsson [ Thu Sep 8 2011 5:00 PM ]
If you and your buddy pulled a heist and need a place to hide the cash, you'd better pray for a dead relative. That's the way robbers Dennis and Hal play it in Loot by Joe Orton. The two men stash their spoils in Mom's coffin. Director Aaron Worley says the dark comedy, which first premiered in 1965, sparkles with snappy wit that still draws laughs from modern audiences. Toss in a gold-digging nurse, a corrupt inspector and a cadaver that keeps popping up around the house, and a fortune of farce unfolds.
Dragon Artist Flies Again
Thanks, person whose signature I can’t make out
By Summer Olsson [ Wed Sep 7 2011 10:00 AM ]
It was back at the end of June that a mystery artist created a 50+ foot NeverEnding Story-esque beast on the plastic wrap that masks the Anasazi building’s lower parts. It was beautiful, but I pass the intersection everyday. The piece stayed up so long that I got used to it. I don’t really know when it got washed away, but only looked up one afternoon and it was gone.
A replacement dragon appeared on Monday morning. This one is green! It’s not as long, but still impressive in size. It’s also lumpier. (That’s not really an insult to a dragon.) What I like about these pieces is their fuzziness, their ambiguity. The creatures could be from any mythology. They could be Asian, Eastern European, fictional or whatever. At first glance, I thought the dragon rider was wearing a sombrero. But it could be one of those old-timey jungle explorer hats. Or maybe a fantasy hat of the world from which the dragon hails.
The green behemoth has lips. Or does it? It definitely has teeth. Or maybe it’s just that brush-like stuff whales have. One thing’s for sure, it looks drowsy. I feel you, sleepy dragon. I’m glad we can commiserate as I walk to work each morning.
By Summer Olsson [ Tue Sep 6 2011 2:00 PM ]
The unshaven, messy-haired guy hunched over a desk, scribbling madly, bottle of booze at his elbow—it's a popular, romanticized image of a writer. Hemingway? Kerouac? Some cultivate this persona, and the monthly Poetry and Beer event even packages two of its hallmarks for you. But these things do fit nicely, whether you’re writing, reading or just listening. David Rowe, departing New Orleans on his Unsolicited Poetry Tour, fills the guest slot at P&B tonight at the Blackbird. Rowe has a bit of a reputation for upholding the hard-living poet standard, as well as being a melodious, meticulous wordsmith. To hear his gravely voice reading one of his poems, visit bit.ly/
David Rowe at Poetry and Beer
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m.
509 Central NW
Michael L. Miller
Make Your Own Fall Wardrobe
The Designer’s Lounge adds new classes
By Summer Olsson [ Mon Sep 5 2011 12:00 PM ]
If you have a hard time finding clothes that fit you just right, or special items that suit your taste perfectly, consider learning to make your own fashions. The Designer’s Lounge, which just produced the teen fashion show Fall Into the Stars, has added new classes for September. Read this week’s Arts story to get an idea of how far these classes can take you.
One of these additions, Embellishment Crochet, starts tomorrow—and more are coming right up— so check the Designer’s Lounge website soon.
The Daily Word in a new Woolly Rhino, 30 kidnapped Pakistani boys, Cosby clothes reviews and crime fighting!
Plus a massive NM pot farm
By Summer Olsson [ Fri Sep 2 2011 11:32 AM ]
A new species of woolly rhino discovered through fossils. (And an artist's cool rendering of said woolly creature.)
Gigantic pot farm found in the Jemez mountains.
A UK study says suicide bombers in Iraq have killed 12,000 civilians since the war began.
A self-identified clothing expert reviews the outfit choices of "The Cosby Show" characters. One episode at a time.
On a picnic near the Afghanistan border, 30 Pakistani boys were kidnapped by Taliban.
India is creating the world's largest biometric data base that will record their 1.2 billion citizens.
A fascinating article on palindromes and a self-knighted master palindromist: here.
"He's an otherworldly crooked senator who knows the secret of the alien invasion. She's a mentally unstable wisecracking soap star descended from a line of powerful witches. They fight crime!" Create your own wacky crime-fighting pair here.
Local DWI lawyer charged with DWI.
The world's only turbine-powered Batmobile. It's pretty loud.
Art From Unconsciousness
By Summer Olsson [ Wed Aug 31 2011 4:48 PM ]
In the Jungian theory of psychiatry, the anima is the female element or inner personality in the collective unconscious, and the manifestation of feminine attributes in men. It is also the title of Archer Dougherty’s solo show opening at Stranger Factory on Friday. In Anima she focuses what she calls her “pop surrealistic visions” around strong female themes. She says the characters she portrays are poised somewhere in limbo between childhood and the adult world, trying to tackle internal demons and outside influences. Figures of women surrounded by bright colors, theatrical details and whimsical—and somehow ominous—creatures mark her work.
Opens Friday, Sept. 2, 6 to 9 p.m.
Runs through Oct. 2
109 Carlisle NE
Andreanna Moya Photography
Seeking 9/11 Anniversary Poems
Your reflections, a decade later
By Summer Olsson [ Mon Aug 29 2011 4:50 PM ]
The deadline for submissions to the Alibi haiku contest has passed, but there’s still a chance to get your words out. We are seeking short poems about 9/11: tributes, reactions, aftermath and related angles. Our staff will choose a smattering of the best and publish them in the haiku issue, which happens to come out a few days before the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.
Email your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, Sept. 3.
The Daily Word in making fake puke, political cartoonist beatings and hurricane Irene
Also, Japan's prime minister quit.
By Summer Olsson [ Fri Aug 26 2011 11:29 AM ]
Japan's prime minister quits.
Is the US West coast next for a massive tsunami? This geographer thinks so.
A history of gays in the military and some moving firsthand stories.
The fake puke industry. Didn't know there was one? Read this.
Mexican police launch drug raids from inside US borders.
In some African countries mosquitoes and malaria rates are falling mysteriously.
Syrian political cartoonist is badly beaten and left on the roadside.
Learn about Ireland's history through 100 important objects.
C.I.A. demands cuts in memoir by former F.B.I. agent, bringing up questions about who gets to tell the 9/11 story.
C'mon Irene—hurricane threatens toward New York as the city battens down.
By Summer Olsson [ Fri Aug 26 2011 8:00 AM ]
If you like laughs and day trip adventures, head north to Teatro Paraguas Studio for Blackout Theatre’s new show <I>Let’s Blackout in Santa Fe (and call it sketch comedy)</I>. The ensemble will whip out audience favorites from the past couple of years, plus new material and outrageous video sketches. Musical guests Ericka Olvera and Lauren Poole join the giggle-fest. The performances are Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 p.m., so you have time to get a few Margaritas beforehand—always makes it easier to blackout.
Talisman group show reception Friday Aug. 26
By Summer Olsson [ Thu Aug 25 2011 12:00 PM ]
More than 18 artists are exhibiting at Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery, as part of the group show Talisman. Curated by Kris Mills, the pieces are the artists’ responses to the idea of a talisman—an item that influences or motivates one’s actions or thoughts. Some offerings are grotesquely humorous, others intricately whimsical. This manifestation of work is only in the gallery until Aug. 31, so get in there and see it, perhaps during the show’s reception on Friday, from 8 to 10 p.m. You can eat snacks and feast your eyes at the same time.
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