Alibi V.20 No.52 • Dec 29-Jan 4, 2011 

Year in Review: Arts & Lit

Best in Show

Our favorite arty endeavors of 2011

Outrageous improv, a futuristic nautical vessel, black humor, an alligator-infested ode to dying swampland. In 2011, we at the Alibi covered some astonishing works ranging from theatrical spectacles to ambitious visual arts projects to impressive contributions to the literary canon. Our current Arts and Lit editor reached out to the previous two, as well as our resident theater critic. They put their nerdy, critical noggins together, and the result is this brainstorm of the more outstanding creative output we covered over the last 365.

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The Glory of the Grime

Gallery Review

The “I” and the Beholder

Eclectic group show at Matrix focuses on identity

It’s the early-morning hours before the zoo opens. Many of the animals are still indoors. The lone mammal in the zebra pen is a beautiful girl, completely naked but for black-and-white-striped body paint.

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Image courtesy of Albuquerque Museum

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Domo Arigato Mr. Burqueño

Little Tokyo, 1941

Stroll through a mini-fall festival with arts and crafts booths, taiko drumming, street dancing, crooning by the “Japanese Bing Crosby,” swing music by the Yokohama Sisters and much more.
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Image courtesy of Evan Zimmerman, Murphymade

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What's the Buzz?

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.

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The Queen

Queen Aries Tributes The Women Of Soul

The Queen Of Las Vegas pays tribute to such legends as Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Aretha Franklin and many more.
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Seven and Seven

Virtue and Vice

A pop-up exhibit featuring visual representations of the seven virtues and seven deadly sins with a mini artist market and performance by A Cluster Of Funks. Light refreshments are available.
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