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 V.18 No.4 | January 22 - 28, 2009 

Culture Shock

While listening to “Studio 360” on the radio this morning (thank you, 89.1 KANW, for the awesomeness of your a.m. programming), I heard an interview with the poet Dana Gioia, departing chairperson for the National Endowment for the Arts. The program centered on artists' recommendations and wish lists for President Obama (say it with me, it's not a dream). Artists of all stripes are excited by the possibilities of this new administration; a commander in chief who confessed to not being a big reader has been replaced by one who is photographed with books of poetry tucked under his arm, his hands being full with BlackBerrys. It's become rote to say that America doesn't privilege art, but that's not necessarily endemic to our national character. Aside from Roosevelt's WPA program, Eisenhower recognized the importance of “soft diplomacy,” one that privileged cultural exchange, necessitating the development of our own artistic culture. Both Kennedy and Johnson were fierce proponents of arts funding as part of initiatives toward the realization of the New Frontier and Great Society. By the '80s, however, art had come to be seen as extraneous, or worse, un-American. My hard-earned tax dollars for a crucifix in a bottle of piss? Hell, no!

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Book Profile

A Necessary History of Beautiful Things

Nancy Benson’s New Mexico Colcha Club: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Women Who Saved It

When the first settlers made their way from Spain to what is now New Mexico in the early 1600s, they brought with them the essentials: sheep, seeds and fine embroidery. Embroidered textiles in some permutation or another are a part of nearly every culture, and New Mexico’s traditional embroidery, known as colcha, sprang from the detailed work found in Europe and hauled over an ocean to New Spain.

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Art News

Pins and Needles

Albuquerque tattoo artists unite

The way Noel Ortiz gushes about the tattoo culture in Albuquerque, you’d think his body was covered in ink.

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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Mar 28)

Philanthropically Phat

Eat, Drink and Be Charitable

Raise money for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation while enjoying live music, brews and food.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Mar 30)

Personal and Political

Hands Up

A personal and political response to the deaths of unarmed black people, examining the long tenuous relationship between African-Americans and law enforcement.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

Music Mode

Alborz Trio: The Sound of Peace and Persia

A performance featuring the Iranian Santour, Bb and G clarinets and various percussion instruments combined to create modern folk music based in the dastgãh tradition.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 1)

Look Around at How Lucky We Are to be Alive Right Now

Looking Around: Photographs and Narratives Reception

Photographs and writings of people, places, and things gleaned from artist Martha Heard's travels. Runs through 4/28.
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via Wikicommons

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Apr 2)

Eternal Organ

Fiftieth Anniversary Concert for UNM’s Pipe Organ

Internationally acclaimed organist Maxine Thévenot performs on one of the largest organs in NM, the Holtkamp.
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The Gaither Vocal Band
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Apr 5)

Faith and Fine Music

The Gaither Homecoming Tour

See the award-winning group perform live.
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Today's Events

Reptilian Lounge at Tricklock Performance Laboratory

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Cabaret and variety show featuring local poets, musicians, actors, performance artists, fire-breathers, butter dances, shrimp acts, contortionists, burlesque acts and more.

XXXIII at Jan's Art Shop

Artist Workshop: Abstract Landscapes and Images from Thought at Sorrel Sky Gallery

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