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 May 10 - 16, 2012 
Son and father: Luis and Francisco Rodriguez

Arts Profile

Breaking the Mold

Inexpensive custom creations have kept Casa de Piñatas a UNM-area staple for 16 years

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In 1996, Francisco Rodriguez opened a little store at the intersection of Lead and Yale with his wife, Patty. Rodriguez handled the crafting, and his wife managed the business side. It's at that same location, 16 years later, that Rodriguez and his son continue the tradition of custom piñatas.

Aaron Worley as Charlie Fox, Marc Comstock as Bobby Gould
Courtesy of Alan Mitchell

Performance Review

Amoral in L.A.

The Vortex lines up David Mamet’s soulless film industry farce

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Speed-the-Plow is a play about the coke-addled, fortune-obsessed, power-crazed workings of late-’80s Hollywood, fortified with typical David Mamet misogynistic underpinnings. Also in true Mamet fashion, it’s a story in which all of the characters prove themselves despicable, some more than others. Yet Speed-the-Plow still manages to be light, frivolous fun.


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Culture Shock

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OctoMania!

Note to the world’s marketing geniuses: Place the prefix “Octo” in front of any word and you automatically have something people won’t stop saying. Try it. Octomom, Octoplex, OctoStash. See, it’s fun. You can even make up something like “Octodog” and I bet it’ll catch on. I’m not even sure what that is, but I’ve got to have one.


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Photo by Eric Tillinghast

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The Gravity of the Situation

Þyngdarljóð: Gravity's Poetry

By Maggie Grimason
A series of photographs of Icelandic waterfalls by Eric Tillinghast. Each waterfall is displayed in a light box containing internal mechanics that generate light and sound to simulate surging water.
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Courtesy of the artist

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A Fine and Fancy Ramble at the Zoo

Zoo Music: Grace Kelly

By August March
Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays genre-bending jazz. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic.
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Courtesy of the artist

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More Jazz, More Stars

Jazz and Blues Under the Stars

By August March
Live blues and jazz with dancing, food and libations.
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