By Blake de Pastino
GRAND SLAM: So you think slam poetry is the coolest thing
to happen to Albuquerque since Daryl Strawberry came to town?
Or maybe you're just looking for a team to root for since the
Dukes have left you without a hope? Either way, now's the time
to show some hometown pride by being on hand to witness the formation
of Albuquerque's 1998 Poetry Slam Team. This Monday, find your
way down to the Fabulous Dingo Bar, where local poets will gather
for the mother of all verbal bouts, the annual Grand Slam. Poets
who have won the top slots in the city's monthly competitions--like
the Dingo's Poetry & Beer or Gold Coast Coffee's Words
on Wednesday--will go head to head, mouthing off one poem
at a time, to be judged Olympic-style. The winners will then be
carried away on the shoulders of admiring fans and eventually
sent to Austin, Texas, where this year's National Poetry Slam
Championships will be held in August. But it will mean nothing
unless you're there, looking on, swilling beer, pulling for your
local favorite and starting fights in Peanut Heaven.
The 1998 Grand Slam takes place Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m. at
the Dingo Bar (313 Gold SW). Admission $2. For more information,
call the Slam Team at 924-1038.
SMART ALEC: Both practical and fashion-conscious as a kid,
Michael Thomas Ford once planned a special wardrobe for the Second
Coming, just in case. Sometime later, he became convinced that
the eerily cheerful woman on "Romper Room" was out to
destroy him. Today, Ford spends his time writing award-winning
books and obsessing over a certain Hollywood actor who's known
for making mediocre movies and being married to "the human
equivalent of cotton candy." In his new collection of essays,
Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me & Other Trials From My Queer
Life, Michael Thomas Ford takes autobiography, turns it inside
out and gussies it up to fit the description of "queer"
in every sense of the word. With catty humor and a decent dose
of insight, the author proves himself to be a sharp wit who takes
everything--except himself--too seriously. And he is probably
the first writer in history to describe Alec Baldwin as "masculine."
If you like the sound of such essays as "Diary of a Would-Be
Porn Star" and "If Jesus Loves Me, Why Hasn't He Called?"
then don't miss this opportunity to meet Michael Thomas Ford this
Michael Thomas Ford will sign copies of Alec Baldwin Doesn't
Love Me & Other Trials From My Queer Life, Thursday, May
21 at 6:30 p.m. at Sisters & Brothers Bookstore (4011 Silver
SE). Call 266-7317.
--Blake de Pastino
May 20 - May 26, 1998
House of History
Weekly Alibi's ramblin' Arts and Lit man visits The Museum of Archaeology and Material Culture
Fielding Worldwide's The World's Most Dangerous Places
Artsy-fartsy news, views and spews.
Reviewed: "More Than a Champion" by Jan Phillip Reemtsma; "The Powers That Be" by Walter Wink; "A Stranger's Neighborhood" by Donald Morrill; and "A Wave" by John Ashbery.
See, we told you art isn't a dead medium.
The 1998 Grand Slam at the Dingo (not Denny's) and Michael Thomas Ford is here, he's queer, get used to it.