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Best Revolutions Curator: Summer Olsson. Now this is my first Revolutions, and there’s only one festival curator this year, so it’s not entirely fair to say it like it was a real contest. But Summer did a remarkable job organizing this year’s festival. I saw every show except for two, and I was pleasantly surprised at the realization that the festival felt curated. Beautifully curated. It wasn’t a this-
Best Revolutions Majordomo: Kristen D. Simpson. I’d like you to take a moment to have your mind blown. Imagine this: 28 performances that accepted reservations. A conservative average of 50 tickets per show. Which, if we say there were 2 people to each group, translates to a conservative average of 25 reservations and/or sales for each show. So 25 X 28 = 700 transactions (and 1400 tickets). All of which Kristen arranged. Not super-hero-y enough for you? She was at what felt like every performance to ensure that those tickets got into every one of those 700 reservers’ hands. If you haven’t coordinated an event, you still might not understand what this really means. If you have, you know Kristen is amazing. And either way, you can join me in saying: Yay for Kristen!
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Best Revolutions Politicians: Mimi Stewart and Martin Heinrich. Forgive me if I’m missing someone, because any politician who supports the arts in a meaningful way – and demonstrates that support by attending events (in addition, of course, to voting ‘yes’ on legislation in favor of the arts and sustainable arts funding) – deserves our collective appreciation. But I actually saw Mimi at Flamingo/Winnebago and The UnPossessed and Martin at Catgut Strung Violin. So yay for Mimi and Martin!
Best Revolutions Soundtrack: This is a tough category. Why? Because I’m still humming the title track to Countries Shaped Like Stars and Le Chat Lunatique’s “Viva Las Vegas” rendition from Flamingo/Winnebago. But no one likes a tie (let’s face it: they suck.), so I’m going to break this category into two… Best Revolutions Most Beautifully Heartbreaking Soundtrack Ever goes to Countries Shaped Like Stars (Mi Casa Theatre Company). Best Revolutions Snazzy Jazzy Gypsy Swing Soundtrack Ever goes to Flamingo/Winnebago (Lucidity Suitcase and Le Chat Lunatique). Yay for Stars and Flamingos!
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Best Revolutions Crowd: Albuquerque. You are amazing, my city-mates. Amazing. Pretty much every show I attended was sold out (and if it wasn’t, it was very very close to), and that’s – of course – you’re doing. And I just want to say from one arts fanatic to another: Good going. You probably already know this, but it’s crucial that we support the things that make Albuquerque so rich and vibrant and exciting. Like exhibitions and performances and readings and seminars and workshops. And you so enthusiastically supported Revolutions. So yay for Albuquerque!
*Yeah. I said it. Highs and highs. I couldn’t think of any lows. Except maybe that the festival ended. But if it went on forever, it wouldn’t be what it is, and we wouldn’t love it as we love it. So its conclusion can’t count as a low.
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