"What did the little bird say as it flew over Gorilla Tango Comedy Theatre?" Answer: "Cheap! Cheap!"
Dracula at the Tricklock Performance Space
As might be expected, a black coffin stretches across the middle of the room. As might not be expected, an attendant darts around the theater right before the show warning everyone in the front row that they'll probably get doused with blood. "Don't worry, though," she says. "It washes out." This is supposed to comfort us?
Yeah, it's got 18 syllables, but don't let that daunt you. G. Narendra and Mahalakshmi along with 14 other talented performers will bring this classic of East Indian literature to life through dance. This amazing show is being brought to Albuquerque by the New Mexico chapter of the Association for India's Development. Proceeds will help fund economic development programs in India. It all goes down at the KiMo Theatre this Friday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. $30, $25, and $15. $5 discount for students, kids under 12 years and Outpost members. 768-3522.
Outpost Performance Space
David Meltzer fell in with the Beats at the very beginning of the movement, reading his poetry in clubs and coffee houses in the late '50s in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. In Beat Thing, released this year by Albuquerque's La Alameda Press, he reflects on the accomplishments of his generation and the commodification of all things Beat. Meltzer will read from this far ranging poem on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Outpost, accompanied by bassist David Parlato. $5 suggested donation. Students free. 268-0044.
Nicholson Baker's Checkpoint
Checkpoint has received a lot of press over the last couple months, mainly because it revolves around a gimmick that will probably prove lucrative for its opportunistic author this election year. Nicholson Baker's thin new novel revolves around one man's ridiculous plan to assassinate George W. Bush.
Not Your Grandma's Guide to Sex
Em and Lo's Nerve's Guide to Sex Etiquette
Nerve's Guide to Sex Etiquette
Em and Lo, youngish femme fatale advice columnists, offer the reader a book that starts off like June Cleaver's guide to sex etiquette then slowly progresses to the type of sex guide that would make even Howard Stern blush. In between, they cover every little intimate detail from the "art of the pickup" to first dates, kisses and very explicit sexual encounters, some of which are too risqué even for the Alibi. Well, all right, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but I'll refrain from describing them anyway.
To the Stars
He might be the inventor of one of the world's lamest pseudo-religions, Scientology, but at least L. Ron Hubbard can boast that he created some of the finest sci-fi of the 20th century. Aficionados claim that To the Stars—which was originally published in 1950 in the pulp zine Astounding Science Fiction and has just been released for the first time in book form—is one of Hubbard's best.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival returns Wednesday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 20 at a number of venues around The City Different including Lensic Performing Arts Center, Center for Contemporary Arts, The Screen and more. Night one kicks off with a 60th anniversary screening of Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot at 3pm at Jean Cocteau Cinema and caps off with opening night film, Just Mercy at 7pm at Violet Crown. Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, O'Shea Jackson Jr. and Brie Larson star in this dramatic true story of Harvard grad Bryan Stevenson, who heads to Alabama to defend people who were wrongly condemned because they could not afford legal proper representation. Dozens more thought-provoking features, documentaries and shorts from filmmakers around the world follow. Tickets for the opening night film and party are $30. Learn more at santafeindependentfilmfestival.com
Little Tokyo, 1941
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar's four-night run at Popejoy Hall commences on Thursday, Oct 17 at 7:30pm and continues through the weekend with an Oct. 18 performance at 7:30pm. There are two performances of the Grammy Award-winning pop opera on Saturday, Oct. 19 with a matinee at 2pm and an evening show at 8pm as well as two shows on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2pm and at 6:30pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice wrote this one so, in concert with a national touring company, expect some high class musical hijinks as seen through the eyes of Judas, the most unreliable narrator of all time. Plenty of super-cool songs populate the narrative, including stuff you may vaguely recall from childhood if your folks were also going to guitar mass when the double-album version of this first appeared in American pop culture in the early to mid-1970s. Tickets for this all-ages theatrical experience cost between $58 and $98, so render unto Caesar and all that.