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 V.17 No.44 | October 30 - November 5, 2008 

Culture Shock

Grand Guignol

Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol translates literally into "big puppet show." Horror isn't the first genre that comes to mind when thinking of puppets, but gore and taboo are specialties of Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol. The theater, located in Paris' racy Pigalle district, was known for its encounters with the law, having been shut down by police censors for such atrocities as portraying prostitutes and vagrants on stage. From 1898 to 1914, director Max Maurey measured the success of a Grand Guignol play by the number of audience members who fainted.

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Painting by Caitlin Padilla
Elaine Russell

Gallery Preview

Curiosities in Tandem

The grand opening of The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space

The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space slays the expectations set by its small, shopping-center setting. Works of art adorn the walls as a shifting mass of visitors admire acrylic and oil paintings, bronze sculpture, jewelry, photography and beckoning belly dancers. The gallery floor feels crowded—a reflection on the presentation of original works, the attending ArtsCrawlers and the ability to get large quantities of art into what appears tiny from the outside.

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NaNoWriMo creator Chris Baty

Book News

I Survived NaNoWriMo

And lived to tell the tale ...

Albuquerque and its environs are associated with artists of the painterly variety who come here for “the light.” Yet come November, it’s the writerly types who can be seen at quiet corners of cafés and kitchen tables littered with stale cups of coffee and whatever authorial talismans we hope will lure the muses. We are hunkered down over a keyboard or scribbling wildly into a journal, having accepted the colossal dare of /nanowrimo.org[/urlNational Novel Writing Month. Last year, 527 of us from all over the state participated in the national challenge and NaNoWriMo (as it is nicknamed) may attract more foolhardy scribes this year. We participating writers share one thing: A fervent hope for the fortitude to complete the required 50,000 words in an astonishing 30 days.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Slammin’

OutSpoken Queer Poetry

The slam is open to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and queer-questioning poets. Featuring Queer Xicana poet, Tannia Esparza. Hosted by Erin Northern.
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courtesy Australia's Thunder From Down Under's Facebook Page

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Package For Mom

Thunder from Down Under

The internationally-acclaimed male revue of dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 13)

Swimming with the Big Fish

Ray Troll discusses the practical realities of making a living as a full-time artist.
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Painting by Joseph Karl Stieler / Public Domain

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

Roll Over, Beethoven!

Beethoven Festival

A tribute to one of the most influential classical composers. Guest Conductor Ryan McAdams leads the program with special guest, Van Cliburn Crystal Award winner, Sean Chen. Preview talk at 3pm.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 15)

32nd Annual New Mexico Council of Car Clubs Classic Auto Show

Hundreds of antique, classic, exotic and sports cars, along with trucks, motorcycles and vintage camper trailers are on display in the museum parking lot.
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Today's Events

Features plein air paintings of the Southwestern landscape by New Mexico artists Stephen Day and Peggy Immel. Runs through 5/31.

Friday Night Comedy at Lodge at Santa Fe

Youth Poetry Slam at Warehouse 508

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