There's more to musicals than the all-too-familiar over-homogenized triteness of Oklahoma! and My Fair Lady. In honor of Ana Chavira, a frequent Musical Theatre Southwest (MTS) performer and contributor, MTS recently opened its brand spanking new Ana Chavira Theatre in the Frank A. Peloso Performing Arts Center, which also houses the much larger Hiland Theatre. The purpose of this intimate 85-seat theater is to provide a new and appropriate venue to stage alternative musicals for Albuquerque audiences.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Many conservatives, I've noticed, are hypocrites. Half an inch beyond the American flag lapel pins, the pretentious sanctifying of our Founding Fathers, and the blathering defenses of the Republican party's narrow, hyper-corporate brand of liberty lurks a world view that runs contrary to most of the basic principles of American democracy. When they aren't busy stripping us of the so-called inalienable rights granted to us by our Constitution, many conservative politicians busy themselves with the dismantling of one of America's finest legacies: the setting aside of federal lands for the benefit of future generations.
The Taming of the Shrew
Vortex Theatre and Albuquerque Little Theatre
Theatre-in-the-Making, the hardest working youth theater group in Albuquerque, presents a new production of Shakespeare's comedic battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew. Paul Ford directs this lunatic play about a mean-spirited woman and the eccentric weirdo who tames her. The Taming of the Shrew runs Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at the Vortex Theatre. $5. 247-8600. The next week the show hops over to the Albuquerque Little Theatre, running Wednesday, April 14, through Friday, April 16, at 10 a.m. and Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m. $6. 242-4750.
MFA Open Studio Night
Graduate Art Annex and the Maddox
UNM's talented graduate art students will open their studios to the public on the evening of Friday, April 9. Two separate buildings will host the event: the Graduate Art Annex, accessed by entering UNM at Yale and Central, and the Maddox, located at the corner of Ash and Copper. The Annex will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Maddox will open its doors from 7 to 9 p.m. Casadimanza will provide live music. Set aside a couple hours to see what some of New Mexico's better up-and-coming artists have created. 277-5861.
Big Macs, Dope, Sex and Immigrants
An interview with Eric Schlosser
Eric Schlosser's first book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal, spent three years on the New York Times bestseller lists. The book follows our burgers from pasture to plate, and it documents damage the junk food industry inflicts on our waistlines, workers, environment and children. Book number two, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market, tours our nation's bizarre, often horrifying, trillion-dollar, underground illegal drug economy.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Musical Theater Southwest continues their run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a seminal rock opera—or rock musical, if you prefer—at the MTS Center for Theatre on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30pm and on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2pm. The award-winning show by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell continues through next weekend with performances scheduled for the first and second weekends of November, as well. The story concerns the life of East German male-to-female transgender bandleader Hedwig Schmidt as they confront and transcend life, love and an addiction to glam rock that drives Hedwig's soulful searching. Jonathan Gallegos stars in the title role, and Kir Kepness portrays Yitzhak. The Angry Inch band is comprised of local musicans Laurie Lopez (keyboard), Chris Deminsky (guitar), Matt Jaeger (bass) and Hovey Corbin (drums). Tickets for this wickedly funny and wildly culturally relevant theatre outing cost between $20 and $25, and all ages are welcome.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan
Late in the night on Saturday, Oct. 26, reptile people take to the stage in dangerous and unruly performances of debauchery to shock and entertain in Albuquerque’s longest-running showcase of nocturnal cabaret and variety known as The Reptilian Lounge. Onstage at Tricklock Performance Laboratory, see fire-breathers, poets, dancers, jokesters, actors and other such people (depending on who actually turns up) with brief but extraordinary acts the likes of which are rarely seen together. The madness begins at 10pm and admission is $9 and cash is preferred. For more information, see tricklock.com.