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V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015
Bouncin' Booties

Planet Booty Bounces into Town

By Megan Reneau [ Fri Oct 23 2015 12:17 PM ]

I was surprised at the amount of people that were at Stereo, some of the people I talked to before the show didn’t know a band was going to play but by the end of the first song most of the people were dancing. The electro-funk trio that completes Planet Booty was extraordinarily energetic and charismatic during their performance. Seeing them reminded me of seeing a friend’s show. It felt personal when they would motion at individuals, dance with people and chatted and (especially) approached and thanked individuals for coming to the show and the entire audience collectively.

If they weren’t wielding an instrument, they stood at the front of the stage facing the crowd trying to get everyone to “bounce that ass” but not in a disrespectful way like I’ve encountered at venues before. Planet Booty wanted everyone to have as much fun as they were having. I’m not sure that was possible because, it seemed to me that Dylan Charles Germick (vocals, trumpet, beats), Josh Cantero (vocals, keyboard, trombone) and Rob Gwin (bass, percussion, software) were having the time of their lives. Germick mainly sang at the front of the group but was joined by Cantero often. Germick is exceedingly personable and effectively gets the crowd going. Cantero would return to his keyboard and sing when needed, but was unfailingly animated the entire show. Gwin was the heartbeat, keeping them all together and moving forward, all while maintaining as much enthusiasm as he had at the beginning. I was stunned by all of them sustaining the very high energy they begun the show with.

Their vigor and passion is incredible and virtually unmatched by any show I’ve been to (shows that I’ve paid to see!). They all are performers and they are ready to party with their fans. Germick would join the crowd throughout the show to dance with the audience, forming a delightful relationship and, overall, loving vibe with the crowd. Their proclaimed genre is “Sweat” and I felt that by the end of the show. Afterwards they mingled with the crowd for as long as they could, but they had to head out for their next gig in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 24. I hope they come back to Albuquerque soon so I can see them again.

V.24 No.13 | 3/26/2015
Hal Holbrook as himself

Art Scenester

Making His Mark

Hal Holbrook brings legendary Twain act to Popejoy

By Sam Adams
Beloved actor Hal Holbrook pulls no punches when it comes to Twain, communist presidents, painful inspirations and everyone else’s opinions.
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V.24 No.2 | 1/8/2015
Beau & Aero

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

Tricklock treat

A truly dizzying array of awesome performance unleashes at the Tricklock Revolutions Festival, plus a visual whammy from You’re On TV and Wes Naman.
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

By Shirl Sazynski
“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

By Mark Lopez
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
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

By Shawna Brown
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

By Summer Olsson
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

By Summer Olsson
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
The Third Thursdays crew
Bruce Ying Wong

Performance Preview

Punch Lines, Not Punches

Rusty Rutherford celebrates another year of underground comedy shows

By Summer Olsson
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

By Summer Olsson [ Sat Jun 25 2011 12:53 PM ]

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.

Matt Peterson, who appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and played a lead role in the comedic film Bigfoot Election.

Curt Fletcher who won the Great Southwest Laff Off in 2003, beating out 21 other comics. In 2007, he advanced to the semifinals of HBO's Lucky 21 contest. He also advanced twice to the semifinals of the New Faces contest at Comedy Works.

James Morrow has performed on multiple occasions at Terrene’s 3rd Thursdays Comedy Contest and is a regular at Hallenbrick Brewery’s Young, Dumb and Full Comedy show. Morrow can also be seen Saturday nights on My50 TV’s Duke City Comedy League.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and $10 gets you admission and bottomless hookah!
Terrene Hookah is at 106 Vassar SE. or

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


Urban Verbs

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

By Summer Olsson [ Thu Jun 16 2011 3:00 PM ]

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.

These are bitty bios of the performers:

Hakim Bellamy – two time national champion slam poet, father, rapper, political journalist, community advocate and organizer.

Diles – Professionally certified, passionately motivated sound engineer, producer, beat junkie, rapper, and all around chemist of sound.

Carlos Contreras – Two time national champion slam poet, educator, artist, community organizer and activist, host of the NHCC’s Voces program.

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

Theater News

Right on q

Longtime ensemble theater group finds new home

By Sam Adams

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

By Sam Adams

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.

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

Culture Shock

By John Bear

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

By Patricia Sauthoff [ Tue Jun 8 2010 10:47 AM ]

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.

Now, the rest of you. What's your problem? I hope it's not some kind of misguided idea that traditional equals boring. Here's the thing. You probably think you know something about flamenco, but there's a lot more to learn. That's right, grab your glasses and a notebook, it's time for a lesson.

First, flamenco isn't Spanish dance. It's an Andalusian musical style that's accompanied by movements with gypsy, Moor, Byzantine, Andalusian (and a few others) roots.

Wait, what? The Moors. Those are Muslims, right? Yuppers, you got it. Back in the day, when this little thing called the Crusades was going on, Muslim armies came to Spain where they got along pretty well with the Christian natives. (One big difference was that no one levied taxes on those of other faiths.) So the two groups shared music and art, making some really unique stuff. Like flamenco.

That's fascinating! What else?

So glad you asked. Flamenco flourished during the late 1800s, with guitarists and dancers performing in public, rather than the previous when-the-mood-strikes kind of get together.

In the 1920s Federico García Lorca, a huge flamenco fan, organized a festival called "Concurso de Cante Jondo," which featured flamenco from many different traditions, rather than just the popular ones that were seen by the public. After Lorca's fest, flamenco got all sort of theatrical and there is a plethora of academic drama about whether it lost its spark, which I shall spare you. Your welcome.

Today, flamenco is often known for its bright red costuming and dramatic style. It has these things, yes, but flamenco isn't just some stuffy performative art. It is style itself. So now that you've got your little history lesson, go check out some flamenco!

"Festival Flamenco Internacional" runs from Wednesday, June 9 to Sunday, June 13. Tickets range from $20 to $90, depending on the performance. A complete schedule is available right here.

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