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Performing Arts/ Books: December 5-11

December 5, 2007, 12:00 am
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***image1***POET'S LAST STAND***image2***
Vox Performa brings Gary Mex Glazner, along with poet/actor/musican hybrid reg e gaines, star of Def Jam Poetry, for a one-night performance of words, music and artistic noise. For aspiring poets and aged versifiers alike, these appearances keep us aware that poetry is a live, dynamic, confrontational art that's amenable to change.
Performance: 7 pm Thursday, Dec. 6. $6-$15. Workshops: gaines, 6 pm Friday, Dec. 7; Glazner, 10 am Saturday, Dec. 7. $30-$35. CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 982-1338

Yale University professor Rod McIntosh presents "When Cities Blow Away: Ecological Resilience in West Africa." The lecture explores the expansive reactions and counterreactions humans have generated to West Africa's interior floodplain along the Niger River.
7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 6. Free.
James A Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, 954-7203

Polygamy and Big Love aren't the only things we love about Mormons. Glen M Leonard, a Utah historian and author, presents "Joseph Smith: The Man and the Myth," a lecture about the first Mormon prophet and first leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Smith not only organized the church in 1830 and led a large population of believers into other areas besides Utah, he also ran for president in 1844. Part of his platform was to free slaves through a buy-out program. Shortly thereafter he was assassinated in an Illinois jail.
7 pm Friday, Dec. 7. Free.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Santa Fe Meetinghouse
410 Rodeo Road, 424-6026


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A panel discussion, "Fiction Into Film," features actor/director Edward James Olmos, and focuses on the process of transforming Joseph Boyden's novel Three Day Road into a screenplay. For all aspiring screenwriters and writers alike the discussion is sure to help and provide insight into making dreams come true and then having them shattered after submitting a screenplay over and over again to accolades of sincere rejection. It's all part of the Hollywood machine. Reservations are required.
7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 6. Free.
IAIA, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, 424-2365

Revert back to ancient healing mechanisms to combat the absurdity of living in today's western civilization. Ken Robinson presents "The Shamanic Astrology of Ceaseless Awakening" as a benefit to help the homeless this winter.
6:30 pm Friday, Dec. 7. $20.
Pavilion of Hope, Zambra Road, Tesuque, 505-685-0585

It's never too cold to hit the Santa Fe Community College Planetarium and take a look at where you came from or where you're headed. Tis the Season focuses on the Christmas Star, but the discussion also includes meteors, comets, exploding stars and the movement of the planets.
7 pm Friday, Dec. 7. $3-$5.
Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., 428-1677

For centuries Native Americans have kept their culture and history alive through the exacting art of storytelling. "Winterfest Celebration of Native Storytelling" features great storytellers, dance performances and hands-on bookmaking activities. Wait a minute, what happened to the oral tradition?
1 pm Sunday, Dec. 9. Free with museum admission.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, 476-1250


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The Santa Fe Opera is not just for the summer come-lately second-home owners. This winter, former members of the Opera fill the evenings with "Arias, Carols and Songs."
11:30 am Thursday, Dec. 6. Free.
St. Francis Cathedral, 213 Cathedral Place
6:30 pm Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. $100.
Vanessie's, 434 W. San Francisco St., 982-9966

If you're a dedicated groupie of choral concerts, listen to Santa Fe Community College Chorus and Chamber Singers give a winter concert in the name of disquietude. No stage diving, snorting cocaine or smashing tabernacles here.
3 pm Saturday, Dec. 8. Free.
Jemez Rooms, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., 428-1731

***image1***SANTA CLAUS IS GAY
The New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus encourages everyone to Come Out for Christmas. Performing throughout the continental and cultural divide, and making a cameo appearance in Hamlet II, the chorus never ceases to punctuate those "hallelujahs" with more than enough verve.
8 pm Saturday, Dec. 8. $10-$12. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, 107 W. Barcelona Road, 505-296-9215


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El Museo Cultural and Active Evil Productions take on uncompromising playwright Athol Fugard's award-garnering masterpiece, "Master Harold"…and the Boys. Witness why the British had to invade South Africa and never left. There's nothing better for holiday cheer than a play about a young irascible whiteboy and his beloved black servants condescendingly righting the wrongs of yesterday by reversing the irreversible (see SFR Picks).
8 pm Thursday, Dec. 6, 8 pm Saturday, Dec. 8 and 2 pm Sunday, Dec. 9. Through Dec. 16. $12-$18.
El Museo Cultural, 1615 Paseo de Peralta, 505-231-3682

Theaterwork hits the Santa Fe theater season once again with an uproariously dead serious piece called Hysteria, written by Terry Johnson. What happens when you put Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali in the same room just before World War II enters its most carnal phase? Answer:A lot of cocaine, gangbanging, posturing and subconscious surrealistic sensationalization. The Sunday Times in London has used words such as "blasphemous," reverential," "intellectual," and "black nightmare" in describing this work, making it perfect fodder for respectful holiday conversation.
7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. 2 pm Sunday, Dec. 9. Through Dec. 16. $10-$15.
James A Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, 471-1799

To Strike the World by St. John's College tutor Phil LeCuyer is a poignant performance piece depicting the atrocity of the Hiroshima annihilation. Twelve voices and 12 instruments accompany the 12 days of Christmas to commemorate our superiority in the world. Who's next on the list?
8 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 7-9. Free.
Great Hall, St. John's College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, 984-6000

Theater Grottesco presents puppets. An adult puppet show, Autumn Portraits by Eric Bass is a string of vignettes that take a single puppet and its manipulator and place them in direct opposition to find out what it means to be human. Eric Bass is part of Sandglass Theater, an internationally touring troupe of puppeteers and performers. He is in town to provide workshops for Grottesco's upcoming production of Twelfth Night (see SFR Picks).
8 pm Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. $10-$15.
Wise Fool Performing Space, 2778 Agua Fria St., 474-8400

Offset the winter delirium with a cabaret of circus performances. Wise Fool finishes off the year with a dazzling portrayal of acrobatic stunts and clownish desolation to entertain all in Welcome Winter With Wise Fool.
8 pm Saturday, Dec. 8. $10-$15.
Wise Fool Performing Space, 2778 Aqua Fria St., 992-2588

Ruth Zaporah's "Action Theater" is internationally recognized and applauded as vibrant, original and a masterful display of improvisational prominence. Zaporah hits Santa Fe for one night only in Once In A Lifetime, a collaboration with musician Peter Breslin and Chris Jonas. This is all improv!
8 pm Saturday, Dec. 8. $20.
Railyard Performance Space, 1611 Paseo de Peralta, 988-2676


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