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Go Ahead, Show It All Off at ShowOff 3.0

And the blue ribbon for a whizz-bang good time goes to Emerge ABQ, who’ve assembled a night of artistry at full tilt, “inspired by the talent shows and science fairs of our youth.” For ShowOff 3.0: Hypothesis Unknown, the arts council volunteers have corralled a heady array of entertainers, booths, exhibits and participatory projects into Downtown venue ArtBar (119 Gold SW). Look for the Amsterdam Ham Collective and their cabine photographique, talented aerialist Kaeti Frady in graceful contortions, an installation from Hand Eye Collective, plus music, dance, poetry, silk screen printing and quasi-science projects. RSVP at bit.ly/emergeabq for free entry, or buy a monthly membership to ArtBar for five bucks at the door. But consider pitching in a bit more—the organizers suggest $15—because 75 percent of contributions will go to the National Institute of Flamenco, still recovering from that craptacular fire last December. Nurture the arts and hobnob with the doers, movers and shakers at this 21-and-up event tomorrow at 7:30pm. ArtBar • Fri Feb 21 • 7:30pm • Donations accepted • View on Alibi calendar

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Give 2013 the Kiss-Off

Paris A Gogo Burlesque's New Year's Eve Gala

“Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.” So said Sir Walter Scott a couple of centuries back, and who are we to argue? ArtBar brims over with cheer of the most festal sort this New Year’s Eve when a bevy of talented women from Paris A Gogo Burlesque bump and grind Burque right into 2014. The night of dance, music and surprises kicks off at 9pm with the synth rhythms and impish lyrics of Blame It On Rebekkah. A long lineup of performances follows from adroit lovelies like Mora Lee Gray, who’s been known to pantomime the Morgan Freeman “Titty Sprinkles” meme onstage to truly glittery effect, and Holly Rebelle, whose well-choreographed theatricality energizes the whole room. The evening also includes the expert extended-tease of Annie O’Roar, athletic Gabby O, uninhibited Perla Foxxx and adorably saucy Ri Ri Syncyr, plus Miss Behavin’s throaty croon and the transfixing lilt of Jenny Wren. And really, that’s just the tip of the burly-berg. The evening’s festivities will run ArtBar members a mere 15 smackeroos, but non-members’ $20 entrance fee will get them a toast at midnight and a one-month membership to ArtBar; get tix ahead of time at holdmyticket.com/#/e/158315. And party it up with all the festal cheer you deem advisable because affordable designated-driving service Buzz Home will be on hand to get you and your car home safely. So long, 2013. ArtBar • Tue Dec 31 • 9pm-1am • $20 • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013
Jesse Philips • jessephilips.com

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Did Someone Say Yearlong Party?

Tricklock Company’s got a lot to celebrate

Tricklock Company’s gearing up to launch their 20th season.
courtesy of Tricklock Company
Tricklock Company’s gearing up to launch their 20th season.

From Budapest to Seattle, Los Angeles to Belgrade, Edinburgh to Vancouver, Canada, Tricklock Company has planted their theatrical seed. More importantly, they’ve been a big player in the Albuquerque scene. As a local nonprofit, Tricklock has not only produced many original plays, talented actors, directors and musical scores, but was the first resident company in UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance. After 19 years of hard work, the folks at Tricklock have decided it’s time for a well-earned bash. However, unlike some party invitations that say to leave the drama at home, this is one bash where drama is welcome.

Tricklock kicks off its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 31 with a free performance at the Tricklock Performance Factory (110 Gold SW) that borrows from the company’s past shows. The short performance is an amalgamation of old and new, incorporating performances from current and founding members. Featuring slide shows, memorabilia and intertextual references, Tricklock merrily puns on its own history. A new, original score also accompanies this eclectic blend of multimedia and theater. However, it doesn’t end there. Afterwards, join the crew for toasts and general merriment as they continue the celebration at neighboring ArtBar (119 Gold SW), a bar that donates their profits to the arts.

The bash marks the beginning of a yearlong celebration that debuts Tricklock’s brand-spankin’ new ticket subsidies program. With help from the McCune Charitable Foundation, they will reserve a percentage of seats at every performance for the coming year. These seats will be offered to local non-profit and low-income communities, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizations like YDI, Big Brothers Big Sisters and many others can benefit from the reduced ticket prices.

Tricklock’s anniversary will also be followed by a month of solo performances. September will open with Juli Hendren’s Rot (Sept. 5 through 8), followed by Elsa Menéndez’ Cloud Cover, or Conversations with Harry (Sept. 12 through 14) and close with Kevin R. Elder’s Knit (Sept. 19 through 21). Whether you can take advantage of discounted seats, are an aspiring thespian or just wanna party, Tricklock’s bash will be a welcome change to your Saturday night. If you’ve ever spent much time around theater people, you may know how these kinds of celebrations can be almost too good of a time. Happy anniversary, Tricklock!

Tricklock Company’s 20th Anniversary
Celebration and Season Launch Party

Saturday, Aug. 31, 8pm

The Tricklock Performance Laboratory
110 Gold SW
254-8393, tricklock.com

ArtBar by Catalyst Club
119 Gold SW
catalystclubnm.org
Arts

Prepaid Party

ArtBar stimulates thirst for arts endeavors

Jeremy Shattuck
Artists famously drink to stimulate inspiration. However, at ArtBar, the money artists spend goes into the community and perhaps back into their own pockets as well.

ArtBar, an arm of Catalyst Club Inc., is a members-only performance space and bar created to support local art. They accomplish this by donating their annual net profits to various art-based nonprofits around New Mexico. (See previous Alibi coverage here.) It’s a unique idea that came to fruition last week when ArtBar opened its doors on July 11 to its founding members.

The venue was spacious, accentuated by high ceilings and sizeable windows that skirted much of the building. A large chandelier hung near the stage, refracting light onto excited art lovers, sponsors, organizers and artistes alike. The alluring aroma of Lobster Mac n Cheese drifted from a small kitchen operated by The Supper Truck. Large black comfy couches provided space to sip Bulleit Bourbon and people watch: skinny jeans-wearing hipsters, artsy girls in bright summer dresses, suited professionals and sandal-wearing vacation types. A well-stocked bar, despite its small beer selection, quenched the thirst of members as they danced to Carlos the Tall, a local cover band.

Jeremy Shattuck

Though the opening night party went off without a hitch, ArtBar is still finding its footing in terms of target audience. The decor felt a little sterile, aside from a cool red light along the bar and a few paintings. It was suggested to me that the lack of original music and art on display represented a missed opportunity to get the local art community involved. Striking a balance between a youthful, beer-drinking, artistic crowd and an older and likely wealthier one will be essential to ArtBar’s survival. Hopefully, further artist involvement will become an integral part of this balance as they continue to grow.

With membership at $30 per year, ArtBar is an easy way to give back to the art community. A membership can be purchased at the door or from their website. I mean really, where else can you practice philanthropy by simply drinking a delicious beverage?

ArtBar by Catalyst Club

119 Gold SW
254-8393 - catalystclubnm.org

Hours: 4 p.m.to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m.to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Membership: $30 per year. Includes personal guests for members.
V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013
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An International Stage

Revolutions International Theatre Festival kick-off party

This weekend marks the beginning of the Tricklock Theatre Company's 12th annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Each year, artists from around the globe gather to participate in giving audiences an unforgettable experience with performances, workshops and special events. Tonight, Tricklock invites you to help kick off the festival with a bang. Party attendees receive a special swag bag, a performance preview, gourmet food and free drinks. Starting at 8:30, the bar will be open to the public for a rockin' dance party with a cash bar, munchies and live music. Visit tricklock.com/revolutions for more details and help support local, national and international theatre. ArtBar • Tue Jan 15 • 7 pm • $20-$25 • View on Alibi calendar

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