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V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
Adrian Esparza, Superstructure, from installation Vitrina de Colonias, 2013, serape, plywood, nails, 18 x 16 feet

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

The fine unline

This week in Culture Shock, grab your straight razors, climb a mountain and confront your fluid borders.
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V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
When quarantine is unsuccessful
Blackout Theatre Company

Horrorshow

Zombie Outbreak Won’t Lower Chile Prices

But it will spook the bejesus out of you

By Jeremy Shattuck
Nights grow longer, drier, colder. Fall is upon us, and with it, a new and frightening October epidemic.
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Arts

Frontiers in Puppet Theater

Grownup puppetry comes to Albuquerque for one night

Poncili Creacion
Poncili Creacion deals in mystery.

A strange new breed of puppet makes its way to Barelas tonight. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Poncili Creacion is the latest experimental, transcendental, elemental act to grace the ring in the Tannex’s revolving circus of mysteries. What we know of their show “Sacred Candy” is wispy at best: Masks will be employed. Objects will be manipulated. Expectations will be subverted. Cosmic questions will be pondered via optics of encrypted meaning.

Blind Date
A glimpse from “Blind Date” by Josefus & Friends

“Sacred Candy” is a labyrinth you will enter in due time. First: Feast your eyes on “Blind Date,” a live puppet + projection sketch presented by Albuquerque’s own Josefus & Friends. Josefus is Joe Annabi, the multitalented member of former bands THEN EATS THEM and Yoda’s House, whose ingenious cartoons you may have spotted adorning the menu boards at Winning Coffee Co.

“I am a huge fan of the Henson style of puppetry, which was a style developed for television and film,” explains Annabi, who teaches puppet making for kids at the Zia Family Focus Center. “It's not just the technical side of the Henson school of thought that I find appealing, but also very much the aesthetic.” His “Blind Date” will feature two puppets of Annabi’s own creation, Foxi der Fuchs and Drabney Lodores (played by Jenni Bage).

The grown-up-only fun begins at 9pm at the Tannex (1417 Fourth Street SW). Cost is $5 to $10, sliding scale. “I think, between myself and Poncili, this will be a very unique performance for Albuquerque,” says Annabi. “Hopefully we can inspire more experimentation on the fringes of the usual.”

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“Sacred Candy” and Josefus

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9 to 11pm
The Tannex

1417 Fourth Street SW
Tickets: $5 to $10
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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.
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V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013

Go ahead, scratch it

Introducing Stage Whispers, your lowdown on the performance arts. This week, the ladies seize the spotlight.
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Theater

Did Someone Say Yearlong Party?

Tricklock Company’s got a lot to celebrate

Tricklock Company’s gearing up to launch their 20th season.
courtesy of Tricklock Company
Tricklock Company’s gearing up to launch their 20th season.

From Budapest to Seattle, Los Angeles to Belgrade, Edinburgh to Vancouver, Canada, Tricklock Company has planted their theatrical seed. More importantly, they’ve been a big player in the Albuquerque scene. As a local nonprofit, Tricklock has not only produced many original plays, talented actors, directors and musical scores, but was the first resident company in UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance. After 19 years of hard work, the folks at Tricklock have decided it’s time for a well-earned bash. However, unlike some party invitations that say to leave the drama at home, this is one bash where drama is welcome.

Tricklock kicks off its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 31 with a free performance at the Tricklock Performance Factory (110 Gold SW) that borrows from the company’s past shows. The short performance is an amalgamation of old and new, incorporating performances from current and founding members. Featuring slide shows, memorabilia and intertextual references, Tricklock merrily puns on its own history. A new, original score also accompanies this eclectic blend of multimedia and theater. However, it doesn’t end there. Afterwards, join the crew for toasts and general merriment as they continue the celebration at neighboring ArtBar (119 Gold SW), a bar that donates their profits to the arts.

The bash marks the beginning of a yearlong celebration that debuts Tricklock’s brand-spankin’ new ticket subsidies program. With help from the McCune Charitable Foundation, they will reserve a percentage of seats at every performance for the coming year. These seats will be offered to local non-profit and low-income communities, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizations like YDI, Big Brothers Big Sisters and many others can benefit from the reduced ticket prices.

Tricklock’s anniversary will also be followed by a month of solo performances. September will open with Juli Hendren’s Rot (Sept. 5 through 8), followed by Elsa Menéndez’ Cloud Cover, or Conversations with Harry (Sept. 12 through 14) and close with Kevin R. Elder’s Knit (Sept. 19 through 21). Whether you can take advantage of discounted seats, are an aspiring thespian or just wanna party, Tricklock’s bash will be a welcome change to your Saturday night. If you’ve ever spent much time around theater people, you may know how these kinds of celebrations can be almost too good of a time. Happy anniversary, Tricklock!

Tricklock Company’s 20th Anniversary
Celebration and Season Launch Party

Saturday, Aug. 31, 8pm

The Tricklock Performance Laboratory
110 Gold SW
254-8393, tricklock.com

ArtBar by Catalyst Club
119 Gold SW
catalystclubnm.org
V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
Torben Bjørn Hansen

Art Theater Preview

Leave the Kids at Home, Pearly Sweetcake

By Lisa Barrow
Did you know how twisted Shel Silverstein, the author of The Giving Tree, really was? A brand new Albuquerque theater would like to show you.
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V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013
courtesy of Working Classroom

Art Theater Preview

Is It Real, or Is It Just the American Dream?

Dreamlandia adapts old questions for a new century

By Holly Von Winckel
Working Classroom brings their own spin to the timeless tale of how we deceive ourselves and others just to get by.
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V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013

Art Theater Preview

Truths Found in Dreams

The cryptic origins of Secret Things

By Holly Von Winckel
Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, wherefore art thou? After more than 500 years, it’s easy to lose the threads from which a faith was once woven. Elaine Romero’s Secret Things picks them up again.
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V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Cast and crew of As You Like It from last year’s Youth Summer Shakespeare Intensive production

Arts Feature

Summertime Theater Dreams

By Leigh Hile
Leigh Hile reports on youth theater, The Vortex and The Bard.
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V.22 No.22 | 5/30/2013
Art Tedesco and Dehron Foster
George Williams

Arts Feature

Springtime for a Hit

A dynamic Producers pleases

By Julian Wolf
Musical mayhem comes to the Albuquerque Little Theatre stage with The Producers
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V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
From left: Sheridan Johnson, an Aux Dog student and Holly Adams
Victoria Liberatori

Arts Feature

Theater Training Ground

Students give Shakespeare full treatment this summer

By Eva Avenue
The Aux Dog Theatre’s youth summer program promises to empower and enlighten students with a range of sophisticated skills.
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