Stay Tooned—Comics legend Scott McCloud will make a rare appearance at the Art Center Design College (5000 Marble NE) this Wednesday, July 18, in an event sponsored by the North Fourth Art Center and 7000 BC, a collective of New Mexico comics creators. Locus Magazine once called McCloud “arguably the most important cartoonist alive.” He's been on a marathon tour of all 50 states promoting his new book Making Comics, and the final leg is bringing him to New Mexico. Tickets are $10 and McCloud's presentation begins at 7 p.m. For details, call 254-7575 (College) or 344-4542 (North Fourth).
Dana Goldberg follows her stand-up dream across controversial territories
By Marisa Demarco
Bubbly and frank, Dana Goldberg makes the counter guy laugh as she orders her coffee. She's got so much energy this weekday morning, it's hard to believe she needs any wake-up juice. I stir my own cup and hope I'll be able to keep up with her speedy, nimble conversation style and worry that she's going to be shooting for flashy and funny the whole time.
Sometimes it's hard to tell where the line between videogames and art is drawn (just check out this week’s feature, “Applied Ludology”). It may be easy to argue that blood and guts and gore in gaming isn't art but gratuitous violence, but what do you suppose early critics of Hamlet or Macbeth said about the bodies lying on the floor? Many videogames are visually appealing and jam-packed with detailed storylines and character development. While videogames may not traditionally be art, they surely have crossed into the artistic domain, and with the rise of free, casual gaming on the Web, it's never been easier to indulge in some modern art.
Legend has it that Puddles began his journey into the land of kitsch with a chance encounter in an Atlanta bar in 1998. The bartender heard him sing after taking a show flyer and tracking him down at his gig at a flea market. The sad clown singing karaoke on a boombox blew him away and now that bartender and Puddles travel the world together. His career exploded in 2013 when he was featured on Postmodern Jukebox's cover of “Royals” by Lorde. The YouTube video instantly went viral and has over 22 million views to date. They call him the “sad clown with the golden voice.” But don't be frightened by the seven foot clown. He soulfully serenades you into the evening as Puddles Pity Party takes over the KiMo Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 18 with beautifully arranged covers of rock and pop classics. The show is from 8 to 10pm for an all-ages crowd. Puddles won't be so sad if you can cough up the asking price of $35 to $100 for a ticket. Don't let Puddles be sad.
Thrill the World is hitting Albuquerque! Come out to the learn the choreography and help break the world record for the world's largest simultaneous dance via the six-minute Michael Jackson smash hit at Tiguex Park on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The free Thriller Class requires a waiver to be filled out prior to the session, which can be found at the link below. The big event is on Oct. 27, but registration closes at midnight on Oct. 24, so make sure you register. This event is for all-ages, so look for Lina and Karen by the stage at the park and get ready to get zombie-fied for the record shattering event. Find the waiver at: sites.google.com/site/thrilltheworldalbuquerque/learn-the-dance/forms