Alibi V.14 No.49 • Dec 8-14, 2005 

Culture Shock

A Shadow of Our Former ElvesSanta's elves have had enough with slave wages and lousy working conditions. They'll be letting off a little steam in a late-night Christmas variety show beginning this weekend at Sol Arts (712 Central SE). With live music, flicks from Basement Films and surprises around every corner, A Shadow of Our Former Elves should be a welcome alternative to the staid conventions of more typical holiday entertainments. Fridays and Saturdays at 9:45 p.m. through Dec. 17. $5. Proceeds to benefit United Elf Workers of the World, Northern Branch. 710-7724.

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Art Magnified

Wild and Sweet

Orpheum Art Center

A host of fine local artists will be opening their studios for a special holiday show called Wild and Sweet at the Orpheum Art Center (500 Second Street SW). Beyond the visual art, there will also be modern, belly, aerial hoop and burlesque dance performances along with comedy improv and short animation. Wild and Sweet opens Friday, Dec. 9, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Open studios will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. For a schedule of events, call 715-2602 or e-mail Courtney at bellcourt@yahoo.com.

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Performance Review

Giggle and Wince

Love & Beauty at the Tricklock Performance Space

A few years ago, the Tricklock Company staged a play called Dandelion Clockwork, a bizarre comic horror show that, from what I remember, was quite a bit more horrifying than comical. I liked it well enough, but it didn't exactly bowl me over.

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Book Review

A Brief Guide to Gift-worthy Recent Releases

Every winter in Iceland, friends and relatives give each other a book. It is a national tradition, this exchange of literary presents, which means that all the books in Iceland are published around Christmastime.

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Lost Boy, Super High and Belting Showtunes

Finding Neverland

The incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan.
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There Will Be Blood

In the Blood

A contemporary urban satire inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
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Hat Collector

Ken Jeong Live

See the nationally touring comedian live.
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Sowing Seeds for Next Year's Harvest

Winter Solstice Seed Mandala

An annual community art-making event to celebrate the coming of the winter season. Gather for the creation of a mandala using different kinds of grains and seeds to feed migratory songbirds.
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70 Years of Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama

Hear gospel classics, Christmas tunes and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.
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