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V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013
Eric Buss, ready for action
Photo by Al Tuaris

Arts Feature

More Than Hocus Pocus

Inventive performance tinkers with comedy and magic for all ages

“Imaginator” Eric Buss builds bubble-wrap bikes and wows audiences with his zany brand of magic.
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V.22 No.39 | 9/26/2013
Logan “Dirtyverbs” Phillips in action

Art Scenester

An Artist's Church

Fred Sturm and Logan Phillips bring artistic ruminations to Chatter Sunday

Sunday mornings have always been set aside for church, even for the people who organize and coordinate Chatter Sundays, the music-and-arts series that began as the Church of Beethoven.

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V.22 No.25 | 6/20/2013
Voces students line up to share their Twitter handles on the Twitter wall
Courtesy of @Voces2013

Art Magnified

Rhyme and Reason

Urban Verbs trio transforms Voces

Burque youth find their writing and speaking voices at the Voces Institute.
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V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
The cast left to right: Rebekah Wiggins, Alex Knight, Patrick Gozur, Kathleen Fontaine, Melissa Heiman, Devin Antonelli, Kara Clem, Will Toledo and musical director Seymour Muchmore
Frank Frost Photography

Performance Review

Funny Bunches of Jokes

Show up for The Show

Naming an improv troupe The Show means it’s destined for many, many Abbott and Costello “Who’s on first?”-style jokes. That bit was a classic, polished routine, but the new comedy team at The Box Performance Space & Improv Theatre lives in the unscripted and unexpected.

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V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
James T. Shields (clarinet) and Conor Hanick (piano) take a breather at Club Beethoven’s June 5 debut.
photo courtesy of Club Beethoven

Performance Review

Ludwig’s Hotspot

Church of Beethoven’s older, cocktail-swirling brother

When I found out I could hear live classical music and drink a beer and not get up “really early” on Sunday morning, I was totally in. Club Beethoven is the afternoon version of Church of Beethoven, the long-running Sunday morning event featuring classical music and a bit of spoken performance, usually poetry. The Club is held in the afternoon, at Casablanca, inside the Hotel Andaluz.

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V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
The Third Thursdays crew
Bruce Ying Wong

Performance Preview

Punch Lines, Not Punches

Rusty Rutherford celebrates another year of underground comedy shows

There is an “anything goes” vibe at the Third Thursdays Comedy Contest, a stand-up comedy night Rusty Rutherford has hosted monthly, in venues around Albuquerque, since 2007. At each event, he does a short set to kick off the night and then 10 other comics take turns performing. The audience votes to determine the night’s best three, and Rutherford invites these comics back the following month. He also schedules seven new performers. The anniversary show will feature the winning comics of the past year.

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V.20 No.25 |

arts

Smokes and Jokes

Stand-up at the hookah bar

If you're looking to do some heavy lounging and hearty laughing tonight, check out the Smokes and Jokes Stand-up Showcase. Terrene Hookah has a lot of pillows, smooshy chairs and other stuff you'd like to loll around on. The establishment allows in customers 18 years and over, but I have yet to see a giant crowd of dingbats wearing idiotic clothing flitting around in front, so you're probably safe from that. Smoke a hookah, play some cards and even surf the web if you want. And hear some jokes.
These fine comics will be performing:

Rusty Rutherford, who has performed across America, including on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He is known as a "comedic genius." By his mom.

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V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
DJ Diles
DJ Diles

Arts

Urban Verbs

An autobiographical hip-hop intersection of Hip-Hop and humanity in five acts

Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras, DJ Diles and Idris Goodwin: heavy hitters from the arts and music scene with many fingers in many pies at all times. Their newest confection, Urban Verbs, is a video, audio and physical performance piece that is dialogued entirely in poetic verse. Bellamy and Contreras play characters and interact, weaving over and under live electronic DJing from Dilesand under the sharp direction of Goodwin. The actor/creators call Urban Verbs an alternative to the brainless, heartless hip-hop of violence and exclusion. The Friday show also has live art creation, an auction and a DJ. Saturday’s show has a keg and musical guests BrokenBreadWinner.

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V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011

Theater News

Right on q

Longtime ensemble theater group finds new home

The typical formula for theatergoing is pretty simple in the States: You buy a ticket, are ushered to a seat, eat your Toblerone, watch the show and are ushered out. Aside from clapping, the experience is about as interactive as a game of solitaire.

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V.20 No.10 | 3/10/2011
I Drink the Air Before Me
Sarah Silver

Performance Preview

World Movement

They just wanna dance, dance, dance

Marjorie Neset is a self-described "obsessive traveler and geographer." In 2008, a research grant landed her in Maputo, Mozambique, to investigate the local dance scene. There she connected with Panaibra Gabriel Candaone of the country's foremost dance figures. A few weekends ago, Neset found herself on an 800-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, delivering Canda and his guitarist, Jorge Domingos, to the 11th annual installation of Global DanceFest.

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V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011
Sean Christopher Lewis

Culture Shock

Murder in the City of Brotherly Love

Sean Christopher Lewis says he came to Philadelphia after graduate school to work at a local theater company. While he was in town, he was asked to participate in the mural program at Graterford Prison. The inmates, mostly people serving life sentences, constructed murals on cloth that were hung around the city.

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V.19 No.22 |

dance

Dance, Dance, Dance

A lot of you out there are already sold on flamenco. That's great. Get thee to the National Institute of Flamenco's "Festival Flamenco Internacional." You've probably already got tickets.

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arts

Kazuo Ohno (1906-2010)

After he lost his ability to walk, in 2001, Japanese dancer Kazou Ohno simply danced in his wheelchair.

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V.19 No.2 | 1/14/2010

Feature

Long Live the Revolution

The 10th annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival

The mark of brilliance may just be that it stays with you. It affects the way you think about something or, perhaps, the way you look at everything. You contemplate it after you’ve engaged with it. Your future actions and interactions are, in some regard, altered by having experienced it. As it so happens, this is also the mark of revolution. Coincidence? Certainly not in the case of the Revolutions International Theatre Festival.

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