V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013
Photo by Al Tuaris
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.
V.22 No.39 | 9/26/2013
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.
V.22 No.25 | 6/20/2013
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Rhyme and Reason
Urban Verbs trio transforms Voces
Burque youth find their writing and speaking voices at the Voces Institute.
V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
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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.
V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
photo courtesy of Club Beethoven
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.
V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
Bruce Ying Wong
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.
V.20 No.25 |
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.
Rusty Rutherford, who has performed across America, including on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He is known as a "comedic genius." By his mom.
V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
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 Diles—and 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.
V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011
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.
V.20 No.10 | 3/10/2011
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 Canda—one 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.
V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011
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.
V.19 No.22 |
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.
Kazuo Ohno (1906-2010)
After he lost his ability to walk, in 2001, Japanese dancer Kazou Ohno simply danced in his wheelchair.
V.19 No.2 | 1/14/2010
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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