Alibi V.13 No.12 • March 18-24, 2004 

Culture Shock

Unseen Gallery—a new exhibit space specializing in fantasy, art nouveau, erotica, surrealism and other fringe art—opens this week at 108 Morningside SE, just east of the Nob Hill Shopping Center. During the grand opening from Wednesday, March 17, through Saturday, March 20, you can chow on homemade cookies, fudge, chips and dip and slurp unseen punch while browsing original work by Darla Hallmark, Josie Mohr, Jess Taddick, Daral Crowne and Rita Coleman. Call 232-2161 or log onto unseengallery.com for details.

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Gallery Review

Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Gauchos

Memory Boards: Exploring Hybrid Histories at Trevor Lucero Studio Artspace

The primary motif galloping through these paintings is the gaucho, the cowboy of the southern South American grasslands. In these complex, multi-layered images, artist Fabrizio Bianchi, whose parents are Argentinean, explores countless surprising facets of this romantic icon from his ancestral motherland.

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Art Magnified

Methods to Madness

Vortex Theatre

Two actors, Max and Mercy, attempt to claw, bite and growl their way to success in the jackal eat jackal world of modern Hollywood. Methods to Madness is a dark comedy about the nasty side of Tinsel Town. The play, written by Joel Murray and directed by Gabrielle Johansen, opens this week at the Vortex. The director promises audiences the recommended daily allowance of sex and violence. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. $10 general, $8 students/seniors. Sundays at 6 p.m. $8. Runs through April 4. 247-8600.

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Book Review

All the World's a Stage

A Company of Three

Most people don't love, or even like, the theater. I know this. I encounter people every week who are utterly indifferent to it, yet for some reason I'm always surprised to learn this about them. What's wrong with these people? Someone once told me that only 15 percent of the population will even consider spending their money on tickets to the theater. Most people in our society, let's be blunt, just can't be bothered. Why see Hamlet for $15 on stage when you can see a scintillating rerun of "Friends" on the idiot box for free?

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alt.press

Singapore's Christina Sng writes dark verse. While I have seen her work in such distributed titles as Space and Time, among those sci-fi, fantasy and horror periodicals not carried in stores, such as Wicked Hollow and Hadrosaur Tales, it seems difficult to pick one up without coming across her name.

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Speed Reader

Writing the Southwest

Originally published in 1995, Writing the Southwest incorporated interviews, excerpts and criticism on some of our region's most prominent scribes. This newly revised edition includes expanded information and a 74-minute compact disc filled with tantalizing literary excerpts.

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We Sang Every Song That Driver Knew

Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers

The work of American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has resounded through generations of this nation's popular music. He performs works from his massive and notable oeuvre on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8pm with the late Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers, at Kiva Auditorium. Kristofferson's brightest moments came at the end of the '60s and the beginning of the '70s: He wrote “Me and Bobby McGee,” released his classic album The Silver Tongued Devil and I, appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival and also became a highly visible actor in films like Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea. At 83, this may be your last chance to see a living legend, the man who dated Janis Joplin, live onstage, playing his heart out y todo. Tickets for this all-ages show range in price from $33 to $60.

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New Tricks for Old Dogs

Adult DJ Class with DJ Flo Fader

Learn to DJ from Best of Burque winner DJ Flo Fader, with years of experince. Proceeds benefit youth arts programming.
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