Alibi V.20 No.46 • Nov 17-23, 2011 
Francisco "Pancho" León draped in his handmade belts at Masks y Más

Arts Profile

Pancho Libre

Master craftsman and ex-luchador’s stitchwork is seamless

The first thing that struck me about Francisco "Pancho" León were his hands. Callused and scarred, his palms look like they belong to a cattle roper or someone who escaped a fire. Perhaps a knife fighter. Or maybe ... a man who's worked a sewing machine for the past 40 years.

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David Garver as Elvis
Courtesy of David Garver

Performance Preview

Goofing on Elvis

One-man show at The Filling Station personifies mid-life crisis

It was on a plane back from Paris that David Garver felt his life shift. His wife had taken him to the city as a surprise gift for his 50th birthday. “My first and only time to Europe was Paris,” he says, “and it just blew my head wide open.”

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Book Review

Thrilled to Death

Chris Hedges’ Empire of Illusion occupies the mind

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

I will never look at porn (the same way) again. Not after reading Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chris Hedges’ timely polemical tome Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. For that matter, I’ll never look at pro wrestling, “Top Chef," higher education, corporate America or much of anything else in quite the same light as I once did. I’ll be too busy stocking my underground bomb shelter with blankets and canned goods ... and books.

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Image courtesy of National Museum of Nuclear Science

EVENT HORIZON ()

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 Clarke Condé

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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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