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Dare to Dream: Project Dreamscape opening reception
By Christopher J. Johnson [ Fri May 10 2013 11:30 AM ]
Project Dreamscape is a collaborative installation that takes the form of nine different rooms, each representing a stage in the dream life of Lance Flansberg, an accountant with a humdrum lifestyle. At night, Lance’s dreams come alive. The installation includes sound, video, black lights, diorama and a giant spider. Twelve high school students from the Albuquerque area created the elaborate artwork in conjunction with Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf and the Lead with the Arts program. Fans of Meow Wolf’s major productions (such as 2011’s The Due Return, an immense inter-dimensional ship) will enjoy this new fully immersive installation. It’s truly the stuff of dreams. The opening event is free to the public. Come see this vision of Albuquerque’s youth and partake in Lance’s awe-inspiring and scary dreams. Project Dreamscape opens tonight at 6 p.m. at The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (2000 Mountain NW) and will run through June 9. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History • Fri May 10 • 6-8 pm • View on Alibi calendar
Injunuity’s 5th Annual Show
By Christopher J. Johnson [ Thu Apr 25 2013 4:30 PM ]
Injunuity’s 5th annual show is tomorrow night. From 8 p.m. to midnight, artist Josh Jones and friends (Eroi Bitter, Xavier Quintero, Trystan Martinez, Peter Ramirez, Stephanie Galloway, Paul Jameson, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Peanut, Vanessa Ramirez and more to be announced!) will be set up at the Nativo Lodge with plentiful activities for all. Native arts are changing. They are becoming more urbane and more worldly. Injunuity will be a showcase for emerging Native talent that will be hard to forget. Live art will enact in the form of onsite painting. A fashion show hosted by Trystan Martinez, BMG gear by the awesome Rick Lujan will be presented. Spoken word poetry will be offered by Sylvian and live music will be abundant (Nick Fury, Bandwidth No Name, Zack Freeman, Government Cheese, Lindy Vision and more). Also, live body art, two floors, two bars! This event can’t be missed. Nativo Lodge • Fri Apr 26 • 8 pm • FREE • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Or on suicide awareness
By Christopher J. Johnson [ Wed Apr 24 2013 10:08 AM ]
In the words of poet Miguel Hernández, “If it weren’t for… I don’t know what/ my heart would write one last note…/ and I’d say to the world, you stay here.” [Editor's note: He probably wrote this in Spanish.] He went on to survive the Spanish Civil War and imprisonment by a fascist government, and he never gave in to the life's darker pull; he held fast to hope in the face of heartbreak.
Today in Albuquerque, people will take on a symbol of hope and permanence that will never wash off. At King's Kreation tattoo shop, an estimated 150 people will partake in Albuquerque's first-ever semicolon event; it's a project aimed at advocating against suicide by tattooing a semicolon somewhere on the body.
Why a semicolon? It's an enigmatic punctuation mark, and it means a series of commas, a verbal pause—greater than a comma—approaching the pause after a period. It also denotes conjoined, related ideas. Poets are fond of semicolons because they allow for the splicing of childbirth with sunrise in a single thought. “I never thought that I would get a tattoo that couldn't be covered by a shirt. Then this project came along. The metaphor is beautiful," says event organizer Jonathan Cottrell. "I've been a grammar geek for my entire life, and to use punctuation symbolically is something I have just never thought of.”
I think a semicolon tattoo is brilliant symbol of solidarity. A suicidal person needs breathing room, but they also need to talk; it's a way to work the emotional slivers out. The best thing you can do for a suicidal loved one is to listen to them. Tattoos are permanent, sans lazer; so even if there's a long, sad pause, there is no separation.
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