Alibi V.21 No.25 • June 21-27, 2012 
Max Evans was the subject of a panel event ("Coffee and Hot Biscuits with Ol' Max Evans") on June 14 that honored the author and his oeuvre. Evans is pictured here outside his Nob Hill home.

Author Interview

Cowboy Classic

Literary legend Max Evans on the landscape of Western writing

Age is relative for Max Evans. Technically 88, he’s many hundreds of years older, he says, if you count his extensive traversals of metaphysical time and space. When the Western Writers of America held its annual convention in Albuquerque the week of June 12, Evans—one of the association’s most acclaimed and long-standing members—didn't have to travel much further than his own backyard to attend.

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Clockwise from left: Marvin (Ray Orley), Harry (Phil Shortell), Jerry (Scott Claunch) and Sidney (Tim Reardon, seated)
Photos by Richard Atkins

Performance Review

New Country for Old Men

Foreign becomes familiar in Adobe Theater’s Men of Mah Jongg

Richard Atkins has been bugging the Alibi for months to see his show. Atkins is like a one-man band of the theater world, with a hand in playwriting and another in acting while his feet flit between directing and composing. Atkins was so persistent in his requests for our attendance that we actually started to get annoyed. But then we submitted. Now we understand why he was so adamant—The Men of Mah Jongg may be one of the best pieces of theater to come out of Albuquerque this year.
Jennifer Caven from Angel Fire is the featured artist at this year’s fair.

Culture Shock

Tricklock's New Home

Good news, theatergoers. Back in November, Tricklock's Co-Artistic Director Kevin R. Elder told the Alibi that the company was looking to open a Downtown performance space. That vision will be realized at a soft opening for Tricklock Performance Laboratory (110 Gold SW, next door to The Box), featuring three short plays from alumni of the company's Manoa Project: Teen Playwriting and Apprenticeship Program. The triple feature, A Digital Silhouette, explores relationship dynamics in the tech age through the works of Dani Mettler, Kyle Paoletta and Shannon Rogers. Tricklock members will act and direct, and shows run Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. All performances are $10. Look for the new digs to be officially unveiled in August.

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