Alibi V.20 No.2 • Jan 13-19, 2011 

Culture Shock

Enter the Valentine’s Day Card Contest or Die

Valentine’s Day is largely a corporate farce designed to sell cards, candy and conflict diamonds. If you are sans significant other, it’s guaranteed to make you feel worse about yourself.

On the other hand, the Alibi’s Eighth Annual Valentine’s Day Card Contest gives artistic folks an opportunity to express themselves, and, hopefully, freak out the arts editor. I like that creepy stuff.

Rules: We’ll only accept one entry per person, and cards can be no larger than an 8 1/2- by 11-inch piece of paper. Mail it to 2118 Central SE, P.O. Box 151, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106. Please, don't send any animal parts or bodily fluids. Entries must be received by Feb. 1.

Winners will receive fabulous prizes that we have not figured out yet. Extra points will be awarded for entries constructed out of currency, precious metals and stones—basically anything I can strip down and resell.

Check out the Feb. 10 issue of the Alibi for the winning entries.

Inmate Theater

The Actor Inside / Comienzos program has been working with a group of inmates at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center for the past couple of months. On Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., the inmates will put on a show, Lucid Dreaming / Sonando Lucido, using the works of Langston Hughes, D.H. Lawrence, Jorge Luis Borges, W.B. Yeats, Pablo Neruda and Walt Whitman—as well as some original works—as source material. The piece will be presented at the jail (100 John Dantis SW). Seating is extremely limited so call ahead, 304-8189.

Three Artists, High and Dry

Laila Cola Weeks had a painting of a dead badger hanging in a gallery a few months back. It gave me nightmares. Seriously, she's sick. That's why I like her. She said the pieces in High and Dry: Emotive Landscapes of the Desert South West, a collection of paintings and photographs by her and two other artists (Billy Joe Miller and Celeste LaForme), are not sick like the badger, but should have some eeriness and loneliness. That’ll do. The show opens at South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE) Thursday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. There will be ginger snaps.