Rockin' in Candyland
Nutcracker on the Rocks at the Rodey Theatre
For the last seven years, the Keshet Dance Company has gloried in injecting a heavy dose of straight-up rock and roll into Tchaikovsky's classic ballet The Nutcracker. Innovation, of course, comes naturally to this award-winning dance company. Keshet's specialty of placing its own professional repertory dancers and acclaimed guest artists on stage with beginning dancers and dancers with disabilities has gained it well-deserved national renown. No arts organization in Albuquerque can claim to more successfully meld fun with philanthropy, and Nutcracker on the Rocks, in many ways, celebrates this essential spirit better than any other Keshet production.
Many Nob Hillers were surprised to learn that a church called City on a Hill had moved into the historic Lobo Theatre. To tell you the truth, I was puzzled myself. I could imagine a church moving into Kelly's Brew Pub before I could imagine one inside the Lobo.
Oooo, Love Those Hairy Toes
Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America
Loren Coleman is a leader in the field of Bigfoot research. He has worked with the stars of cryptozoology, the study of undiscovered animals, since the '60s. He teaches anthropology at a university. No one is better qualified to write the biography of Bigfoot. But while Coleman's impressive résumé lends authority to some of his assertions, over his more inventive moments it has the opposite effect of casting an embarrassing, you-should-know-better air.
December bookstore events
Sure is getting cold out there, isn't it? We're barreling toward the roll-down-the-shades-build-up-the-fire-wrap-yourself-in-a-bearskin-and-hunker-down-with-a-book season. (I believe I just won a prize for the longest adjective ever printed in the Alibi.)
Rumpole and the Primrose Path
Mortimer's bumbling barrister is back in action. Even though he's on the edge of death following a recent heart attack, Rumpole still has plenty of spunk left. While recuperating in a rest home, he soon uses his legal skills to unravel one mystery after another. Fans of this popular British series will be pleased.
Baca Street Art Tour
Canyon Road gets a lot of attention as Santa Fe's leading art mecca, but little Baca Street, just off Cerrillos Road, deserves some love too. The Third Annual Baca Street Arts Tour takes place this Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 30, and features more than two dozen painters, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and glass makers. As in years past, a percentage of tour sales will benefit First Contact Street Outreach. For details, call Michelle Ouellette at the Box Gallery at (505) 989-4897.
The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters
This collection samples some of the best articles from one of the most brilliant magazine writers of our time. With sharp profiles of Joe DiMaggio, George Plimpton and Frank Sinatra and some beautiful autobiographical essays, The Gay Talese Reader is a clever and readable book from a writer with an ingenious talent for small but significant details.
Keep your eye on the swinging medallion. You're getting sleepy, sleepy, sleepy ... Now go wash my car. Flip Orley, master comic hypnotist, sweeps into the Isleta Casino and Resort for two nights of hypnotic humor on Friday, Nov. 28, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. Orley will be dragging a series of volunteers on stage for some good old-fashioned public humiliation. I'm told this guy is for real. Tickets are $15 and $20. 244-8191.
Nine Alexandiras (Pocket Poet Series, No. 56)
Mehmedinovic emigrated to the United States from the former Yugoslavia in 1996. City Lights published his well-received poetry collection, Sarajevo Blues, in 1998. His latest highly accomplished collection focuses on his adopted country, and on living in exile after escaping the torments and contradictions of his blood-drenched homeland.
Marks first novel, The Walls, received a lot of praise for its intellectual thrills. This time out Marks has produced a wrenching story set in war torn Bosnia and revolving around a romance between an American journalist and a Bosnian woman. Marks talent for historical dissection makes this one of the more celebrated novels of the season.