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V.23 No.33 | 8/14/2014
Big flood = the perfect time for a boat ride?
courtesy of Kevin Fedarko

Culture Shock

Reckless endangerment

Adventure runs high, Hamlet goes for the testosterone, and vintage baubles keep things pretty in this week’s Culture Shock.
V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013

Stage Whispers

Twain mocks art from grave

Let’s hear it for the old dead dudes of drama in these three hilarious Albuquerque comedies.
V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012
Ray Orley, Ed Chavez and Brian Haney are a comedic tour de force in   The Winter’s Tale  .
Photos by Alan Mitchell
Ray Orley, Ed Chavez and Brian Haney are a comedic tour de force in The Winter’s Tale .

Arts

All hail the bard

The Vortex Theatre is on its last weekend of shows in its last installment of the Will Power series—a run of Shakespearean productions. Leigh Hile reviewed The Winter’s Tale in this week’s Alibi. Check out her write-up to see why this might be one of the best slices of Shakespeare you’ll catch this year. Then head to one of the remaining three performances, including tonight’s at 7:30 p.m.

Ray Orley, Ed Chavez and Brian Haney are a comedic tour de force in   The Winter’s Tale  .
Photos by Alan Mitchell

Performance Review

In the Head of Winter

Vortex cures a case of bipolar Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale is a fascinating yet problematic play. But director Paul Ford boldly tackles its challenges in The Vortex’s final installment of Will Power, the theater’s annual summer Shakespeare festival.
V.21 No.20 | 5/17/2012
“Welcome to the Col. Kurtz Crazy Ex-Military Guy Training Camp. Step one: Shave your head.”

Film Review

Coriolanus

Ralph Fiennes takes Shakespeare’s most obscure tragedy and adds a lot of firepower

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V.20 No.45 | 11/10/2011
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Film

Film Review: Anonymous

Speculating on whether Shakespeare actually penned the plays for which he is justifiably famous is the academic equivalent of wondering if Elvis is still alive. Famous people aren’t allowed to simply expire—they must be resurrected via silly conspiracy theories concerning their life, their death and the veracity of both. Now, Roland Emmerich, the blockbuster filmmaker who gave us Stargate and Independence Day, weighs in on the Shakespeare conspiracy.

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V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011
“We are not amused.”

Film Review

Anonymous

Shakespeare was a fraud, says the man who showed us space aliens building the pyramids

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V.20 No.25 |

news

The Daily Word: Killer Clown For President, Baby Jumping, UFO over London

The Daily Word

Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez will run for congress.

Air quality alert issued for Albuquerque, so don't breathe between 4 and 8 tonight.

The Las Conchas fire is 3% contained.

Taliban attack luxury hotel in Kabul.

Hackers expose Arizona police officers personal info.

No one likes dollar coins.

Albuquerque named one of America's most sedentary cities.

Michelle Bachmann and John Wayne Gacy have a lot in common.

The company behind FarmVille and Mafia Wars is preparing for an IPO.

Some sort of devil jumping over babies party in Spain.

Read all about the first meteorite recorded in Egypt.

This Princess Diana issue of Newsweek is not at all weird.

Bill Clinton: Brony.

The Daily Beast could only think of eight appalling things about The Bachelorette.

Finally, a combination elliptical machine/office desk chair, and it's only $8,000!

Do gay bars make money?

Florida fishermen catch a 23-foot squid.

Your 4th of July menu.

Hipster Lord of The Rings is awesome.

One hundred mummies from the 16th century found buried in an Italian church.

Should we dig up Shakespeare to see if he smoked pot?

What is ganache?

The mothership is in London.

Happy Brithday Gary Busey!!!

V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011
They look so in love. Seriously though, don’t get attached.
Aux Dog Theatre

Performance Review

Moor Shakespeare

Othello bodes well for Aux Dog

Aux Dog’s fifth season, called Life and Chances, vows to set a new course for the theater. If its most recent production, Othello, is any indication, that course is a damn fine one.
V.20 No.6 | 2/10/2011
Katherina (Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin) and Petruchio (Frank Taylor Green) duke it out in a battle of the sexes.
Amelia Ampuero

Performance Review

A Woman Scorned

Duke City Repertory tries to tame Shakespeare’s Shrew

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V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010
Beatrice (Kate Costello) and Benedick (Peter Diseth) strike a Jazz Age pose for an unconventional   Much Ado About Nothing  .
Image courtesy of Vortex Theatre

Performance Review

With Further Ado

The Vortex Theatre tests its “Will Power”

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V.19 No.24 | 6/17/2010
Christina Slyter and Andrew Leith play a game of “Strangers on a Train.”
Patricia Sauthoff

Performance Review

Don't Make Me Come Back There!

All the train's a stage

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V.19 No.16 |

history lesson

DayBird - April 23rd

303 – Saint George, Roman soldier and Christian martyr, is beheaded. When he appeared before Diocietian, it is said that St. George denounced him for his cruelty and injustice. The Emperor sent George to prison with instructions that he be tortured until he denied his faith.

St George, having defended his faith was beheaded at Nicomedia near Lyddia in Palestine. He didn’t really slay a dragon. They don’t exist.

1014 - King Brian of Ireland is murdered by Vikings hordes. His forces, under his kiddo’s command annihilated the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf, near Dublin. As the Norsemen were running from their defeat, they stumbled on the king’s tent and slaughtered him. Was his tent just lying there? Whatever. Victory at Clontarf broke Norse power in Ireland forever, and ever.

1564 / 1616William Shakespeare, English writer and actor was born (traditional birth date based on baptism) and died on this day. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Although the plays of William Shakespeare may be the most widely read works in the English language, little is known for certain about the playwright himself.

He never went to University, I did not know that.

At age 18 married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. Their first daughter, Susanna, was born six months later, and in 1585 he had twins. He became an actor and writer in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and eventually died.

He is buried at Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford. On the stone slab that covers his grave a curse is carved:
Don’t move my bones or I’ll wreck you.

Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Blese be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.

I don’t know if that last part is true. Why not a plague a' both your houses? I would of gone OG.

Some scholars believe the plays were not written by William Shakespeare but by some other well-educated, aristocratic writer. snobs.

1616 – Miguel Cervantes, Spanish author of Don Quixote rambles on.

1899 - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born American novelist and critic born. Nabokov's Lolita has become one of the best-known and most controversial examples of 20th century literature, about dirty old men.

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