Alibi V.17 No.16 • April 17-23, 2008 
King Lear (Paul Ford, right) and his Fool (Alan Ware)

Culture Shock

Spicy Words

As a former student of theater at UNM, I vividly recall the excitement generated by the Words Afire Festival. It meant an opportunity for more aspiring actors to get stage time and budding playwrights to see their works actually performed. Months of preparation madness followed by weeks of performances created a draining, frenzied chaos worth every moment. Words Afire is a boon to the Albuquerque theater scene and we're lucky to have it. This year's festival opens on Thursday, April 17, with Pajaros de Mi Sangre: My Blood Birds by Don Garcia at Rodey Theatre and The Feather by Mars Mråz at Theatre X. Tickets to all shows at Rodey are $15 general, $10 seniors and $7 students, and $10 general, $8 seniors and $7 students at Theatre X, available at the UNM ticket office (925-5858). Keep an eye on the Arts Calendar for a complete list of all Words Afire productions or visit wordsafire.unm.edu. Support our university's theater program—it cultivates the future of performance art in our city.

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King Lear (Paul Ford, right) and his Fool (Alan Ware)
Courtesy of the Vortex Theatre

Performance Review

Family Ties

King Lear at The Vortex

For every Romeo, there is a Juliet. For every Othello, a Desdemona. For every Cleopatra, an Antony.

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Poetry Review

Man's Best Friend

Failure by Philip Schultz

Failure

Now here is a subject one doesn’t see poetry address all that often—especially with such a warm, complicated embrace. To Philip Schultz, recent co-winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, failure is not a pejorative but a state of being. Try to appreciate the bounty of the world, several of these poems suggest, and you will likely fail; try to ignore it and you will fail as well.

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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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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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