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Frontiers in Puppet Theater

Grownup puppetry comes to Albuquerque for one night

Poncili Creacion
Poncili Creacion deals in mystery.

A strange new breed of puppet makes its way to Barelas tonight. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Poncili Creacion is the latest experimental, transcendental, elemental act to grace the ring in the Tannex’s revolving circus of mysteries. What we know of their show “Sacred Candy” is wispy at best: Masks will be employed. Objects will be manipulated. Expectations will be subverted. Cosmic questions will be pondered via optics of encrypted meaning.

Blind Date
A glimpse from “Blind Date” by Josefus & Friends

“Sacred Candy” is a labyrinth you will enter in due time. First: Feast your eyes on “Blind Date,” a live puppet + projection sketch presented by Albuquerque’s own Josefus & Friends. Josefus is Joe Annabi, the multitalented member of former bands THEN EATS THEM and Yoda’s House, whose ingenious cartoons you may have spotted adorning the menu boards at Winning Coffee Co.

“I am a huge fan of the Henson style of puppetry, which was a style developed for television and film,” explains Annabi, who teaches puppet making for kids at the Zia Family Focus Center. “It's not just the technical side of the Henson school of thought that I find appealing, but also very much the aesthetic.” His “Blind Date” will feature two puppets of Annabi’s own creation, Foxi der Fuchs and Drabney Lodores (played by Jenni Bage).

The grown-up-only fun begins at 9pm at the Tannex (1417 Fourth Street SW). Cost is $5 to $10, sliding scale. “I think, between myself and Poncili, this will be a very unique performance for Albuquerque,” says Annabi. “Hopefully we can inspire more experimentation on the fringes of the usual.”

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“Sacred Candy” and Josefus

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9 to 11pm
The Tannex

1417 Fourth Street SW
Tickets: $5 to $10
thetannex.com
V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013
Never judge a book by its cover.

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Music

MaximumCaterwaul reports on the state of the scene

Mark Beyer
Mark Beyer

DJ, DIY promoter and music writer Derek Caterwaul joins live music fanatic Mike Smith in providing Alibi readers with 505 music scene reportage. Between these two cats, our readers are getting the best that Albuquerque music journalism has to offer. Read all about it in the inaugural mega-installment of MAXIMUMCATERWAUL. Scope related A/V below.

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The Lord Dog Bird - "The Gift of Song in the Lion's Den"
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Caethua - "Sons of the Hounds"
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James Kalm on Brion Gysin's Dream Machine exhibit at the New Museum
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Dungeon Broads at PR Matrix Hex, 2013
UraRider - "The Fool"

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Music

Low Culture, genre-palooza and popular music

Low Culture
Ryan Maddox
Low Culture

This week’s Music to Your Ears dishes up the 411 on shows in genres ranging from poppy garage-punk to doomcream R&B to indie rock to folk. Listen to tracks from featured acts below. Synchro Studio • Low Culture • Pregnant, Again • Harbors • Downplay Music • Sat Jan 12 • 7:30 pm • $6 • ALL-AGES!

Low Culture - “Low Culture”
Bigawatt - Bigawatt
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Telegraph Canyon - “Safe on the Outside”

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Music

New Mexico News author takes on live music

Mike Smith is a font of hyper-local writ. His long-running My Strange New Mexico column and his current project, New Mexico News, aim to shed some light on the wonderfully weird Land of Enchantment. Smith will contribute a monthly local music column to the Alibi in 2013. Read his first, belated Burque music round-up: This Month in Music. Listen to tracks from featured artists below.

CanyonLands - “I’ll Make You Feel This”
Sad Baby Wolf - “8th Level”
Bigawatt - “Fight Me Then”
mr. Gnome - “The Way”
Jenny Invert - “Stamp Collector”

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Music

Sonic reductions of Horse Lords, Samantha Glass and Chris Schoen

Music writer Peter Mezensky and I checked out new releases from Horse Lords, Samantha Glass and Chris Schoen and share our opinions in this week’s Sonic Reducer. Check out audio from featured acts below.

Horse Lords - “Wildcat Strike”
Samantha Glass - Rising Movements
Chris Schoen - Heaven or Hell or Wherever

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Music

DJ Tahnee spins an all-vinyl Roulette

Tahnee Udero
Tahnee Udero

Old-school DJ and noise musician Tahnee Udero played Song Roulette with us this week. She has a serious holiday music fetishspecifically Halloween and Christmasthat makes me dig her shows even more. Hear Udero spin Christmas music with DJ Mello on KUNM’s Afternoon Freeform on Monday, Dec. 24, from 1:30-4 p.m. Listen online at kunm.org or tune your dial to 89.9 FM. Night owls can also tune in to Udero’s Christmas edition of Music to Soothe the Savage Beast on Tuesday, Dec. 25, from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Check out sound and video from her random tracks below.

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Quicksilver Messenger Service - “Gold and Silver”
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Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes - “Desert Nights”
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Ray Barretto - “Acid”
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Can - “Dizzy Dizzy”
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Ohio Players - “Ecstasy”

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Read to the Dogs at South Valley Public Library

Children can practice their reading in a relaxed atmosphere with a registered therapy dog.

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