Alibi V.18 No.33 • Aug 13-19, 2009 
The major players in   High School Musical 2  . From left to right: Gigi Guajardo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Amanda Morales, Caleb Horst, Caitlin Wees and Joey Sean Montoya. Those smiles could power a factory.

Culture Shock

Awww ... Babies!

Babies love salsa. The dance. Please don't give your baby salsa to eat, even if you think the crying is funny. Instead, scoop up your little pooper and head over to the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) for Baby Loves Salsa! With José Conde on Saturday, Aug. 15, at noon. Brought to you by the NHCC, ¡Globalquerque! and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, an imaginary band of cats and dogs weaves together a hearty mix of Afro-Latin musical styles that your wee bairn won't be able to resist. Come for the music, stay for the baby dancing. Have you seen babies dance? It's hilarious. Tickets range from $5 to $15 and can be had at the NHCC box office or through ticketmaster.com. For more, see nhccnm.org.

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The major players in   High School Musical 2  . From left to right: Gigi Guajardo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Amanda Morales, Caleb Horst, Caitlin Wees and Joey Sean Montoya. Those smiles could power a factory.
Alan Mitchell

Performance Review

God, I Wish Real High School Was This Fun

High School Musical 2 at Albuquerque Little Theatre

My cultural tastes are strikingly similar to those of a tween-age girl.

Please keep that in mind during the course of this review. When I say Albuquerque Little Theatre's production of High School Musical 2 is a beguiling and delightful family-friendly play, I'm not being facetious. It's well-cast, well-sung and should be seen by anyone who's been swept up by High School Musical fever.

I understand there’s skepticism surrounding a play based on a sequel of a made-for-TV Disney movie. Admittedly, it would be unfair to assert that you’d enjoy this production if you 1) hate musicals, 2) dislike teen dramas or 3) don't find high school catfights exhilarating. But those folks stopped reading this review immediately after the reality of the opening sentence set in. For those of you still onboard this train, stocked with adolescent intrigue, let's continue on down the track.

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Jenifer Rae Vernon

Book Review

A Hard Knock Life

Rock Candy

Rock Candy, the newest release from Albuquerque's West End Press, is a collection of 32 poems by Jenifer Rae Vernon that meditates on the lives of working-class Americans, primarily in the writer's native Pacific Northwest. The book is populated by the kinds of characters that pop up in a Raymond Carver story: the long-suffering who stew in alcohol and silence. Rock Candy exists as if to say that even out of such hardness, a little beauty can be found.

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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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Death? Then What?

Ana Pacheco: New Mexico Death Rituals

The author discusses the history of Christmas death rituals, roadside descansos, communal smallpox graves, Civil War memorials and more.
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It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore!

Dosed: Screening and Psilocybin Mushrooms and Iboga Panel Discussion

Learn how underground healers are using entheogens to treat depression, anxiety and opioid addiction with psilocybin and iboga and view the award-winning documentary.
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Four Eyes

Niyaz: The Fourth Light Project

Who doesn't love a full sensory experience that challenges the mind? National Hispanic Cultural Center hosts an evening of immersive and groundbreaking multimedia that combines live music and dance performance with projection and body-mapping that responds to sound and movement in real time. Electroacoustic ensemble Niyaz presents The Fourth Light Project on Sunday, March 1 at 7:30pm. Onlookers also experience the words of legendary Sufi poets and ancient wisdom of Middle Eastern folk songs. Walk away from the philosophical adventure with a new outlook into the human depths. Tickets for this all-ages event range from $12 to $32.

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