Alibi V.16 No.52 • Dec 27-Jan 2, 2007 
A turn-of-the-century Albuquerque carnival

Culture Shock

New Year, New Art

Jump, dive, leap into your 2008 New Year's resolution to listen more attentively to the creative muse chiming in the back of your head. With the New Year come new gallery shows, new theater company seasons and opportunities for new artists to come out of hiding ... like these:

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A turn-of-the-century Albuquerque carnival
Courtesy of The Albuquerque Museum

Museum Review

Step Right Up

Human Volcano at the Albuquerque Museum

These days, polite people feel guilty about the natural human tendency to stare at other people with physical deformities or quirks. Jump back a hundred years, though, and it’s an entirely different story. Back then, gawking at so-called “freaks” wasn’t just socially acceptable, it was good, wholesome family entertainment. Well, maybe not wholesome per se, but folks certainly didn’t feel bad about it, paying good money for the chance to see human oddities up close and in the flesh.

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Book Review

A Comet's Tale

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black by Nadine Gordimer

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

There are short stories that feel like tales and others that feel like fiction. Then there’s the kind of work Nadine Gordimer has been publishing for nearly 70 years—which is best described as a weather system. Her voice travels across the page, darkening certain regions, changing the barometric pressure in others, and then, just as quickly as the voice arrived, it moves on, leaving you with the memory of an occurrence so vivid and yet ephemeral it takes on the lived quality of real experience.

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Book Review

Fractured Fiction

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

Diary of a Bad Year

Having written one perfect novel, Disgrace, and several others that can easily be read annually without blunting their spell, prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee seems to have decided to spend his remaining years poking and prodding the limits of his form. Elizabeth Costello came in the shape of essays delivered by an aging writer. Slow Man was a perfectly functional story, until Elizabeth Costello elbowed in (with a recurring character appearance) and called the whole enterprise her own. Now, with Diary of a Bad Year, Coetzee has fractured a novel into three discrete parts that allow the audience to choose how to read it.

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Image courtesy of National Museum of Nuclear Science

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General Ripper Exceeded His Authority

Design Zone Exhibit

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History unveils a new exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 1 and continues through April 26. Titled Design Zone, the new topical display features a somewhat ironic investigation into the processes that drive creation, especially in regard to video games, roller-coasters and EDM music. This exhibit was designed at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and it has a youthful, productive vibe to it. We get that. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists just announced that the hands on the doomsday clock were closer to midnight than ever. Even though nuclear power showed some promise in solving the world's energy needs, nuclear science still means the study of a type of war that would kill billions if put into action. Nuclear history equals the story of devising ever more efficient killing devices. It's wonderful to know citizens have a museum where they can learn all about that while also acquiring knowledge about the human creative urge. Admission to the museum, which is open daily from 9am to 5pm, ranges between $7 and $14. Go science!

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Image by Orlando Fernandez

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The Sound of Broken Glass

The Glass Menagerie

This reimagining of the masterpiece departs from tradition and casts the central character, Tom, as a 70-year-old, intensifying the memory aspects of the play with an innovative perspective to this classic.
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Feather Boas in February

Carnaval

Deep down, we are all just looking for excuses to create elaborate costumes that we can celebrate in. Halloween is the easy sell, Christmas has its ugly sweaters, Saint Patrick’s Day brings the green and you can dress up like a baby Cupid for Valentine’s Day. So why not do the same to pregame the 40 days and nights that Jesus Christ himself spent in the desert? Do precisely that at Carnaval Celebration 2020 on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30pm at National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Journal Theatre. This over-the-top, colorful festival is the best way to get those pre-Lent jitters out by letting it all loose for a couple days. Tickets for this all-ages event range from $15 to $27 and are the perfect way to say goodbye to chocolate for 40 days. For more info, call 724-4771.

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Image courtesy of OT Circus

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Reach Out and Touch Art

Reaching Out to Embrace the Rhythm: Jacob Spill and Syd Linkletter

This rad show features graphic pop art with light refreshments for guests.
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Image by Clarke Condé

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Out There

Alien Hour with Dr. Howard Live Taping

The acclaimed ufologist, veterinarian and host discusses the year of UFO disclosure and covers recent sightings with special guests, surprises and live music from Ribcage.
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