Rudolfo Anaya's answer to Zozobra has been burning each October in Albuquerque's South Valley for more than 20 years. You know the drill for these burning men, right? The bad vibes of the previous year are transcribed onto paper and used as kindling. When El Kookooee burns, we all get a fresh start. Traditionally, the design of the creature, which Anaya has called "an effigy of our own personal and communal fears," has been turned over to school children—a nice touch since we all know kids are especially talented at imagining monsters. And unlike Zozobra, each Kookooee has its own unique style. What will this year's boogeyman look like? I am afraid I can't tell you that, although the flyer art has a definite Lovecraftian cast. But there's one way you can find out for sure. See ya there! Rio Bravo State Park, Behind the South Valley Library • Sun Oct 27 • 6pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Rio Bravo State Park
If you happened to miss Santa Fe's Zozobra, you still have time to get your fear-burning effigy fix this year. El Kookooee, the South Valley's own 30-foot depiction of all things mal, sets ablaze this Sunday at Rio Bravo State Park (west of Isleta off Camino del Valle SW). Beginning at 6 p.m., catch performances by Sultry Kittens Belly Dancers, Bhangra Dance Group, Circulo Solar Ollin Xochipilli Aztec dancers and DJ Genius of Love. At 8 p.m., scribble down your fears, place them inside El Kookooee and watch them go up in smoke. For more info, e-mail email@example.com or visit elkookooee.org.