Alibi V.18 No.10 • March 5-11, 2009 
Potato Country   by Gunilla Heilborn, Sweden (week two)

Gallery Box

Harwood Art Center

Before the Harwood Art Center was Albuquerque's largest multi-media art space, the building housed the Harwood Girls School from 1925 to 1976. The former Methodist boarding school has been transformed into a community learning center and houses four galleries; the dorms and classrooms were converted into studio space, and the former dining hall now serves as a performance space. Harwood offers all-ages art classes, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, book making and graphic design. This spring's roster of weekend art workshops includes themes like "Boot Camp for the Imagination" and "Loosen Up! Intuitive Artmaking."

Harwood also maintains the spirit of a community center in its gallery space -- two of the galleries are community art galleries. The main gallery and the front gallery house works from local and national artists in all visual mediums, including installations.

March is Women and Creativity Month at Harwood and the center is hosting three exhibits through the 25th of the month: Santa Fe-based Lauren Camp debuts "Flinch: A Study of Yourself," an exploration of the unique experiences of being female executed in as quilted, near-photo-real self-portraits; Lindy Hirst, founder of The Studio, shows new paintings; "Synergy: Word + Visual Art + Printmaking" is collaboration between Harwood Art Center, Art Street and Tamarind Institute that documents the process of providing a formal technical grounding for artists in the homeless community who lack access to the arts and artistic instruction.

See the Harwood Art Center's Web site, including an archive of past exhibits and information on class registration, at harwoodartcenter.org.

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Harwood Art Center is located at 1114 Seventh St. NW. 242-6367; Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m, First Fridays and Artscrawls 6-8 p.m.

Culture Shock

There's quite the hubbub going on over at UNM. Something about cuts to faculty pay, votes of no confidence in the administration, the eliminating of ethnic student support services and a rumored rash of pantsing incidents in Hokona Hall. It seems like the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves that UNM is, aside from a hotbed of indignant controversy, a veritable machine of art. You may not be a Lobo (I'm not, and I'm OK), and you don't have to be to take advantage of our local uni's offerings.

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Potato Country   by Gunilla Heilborn, Sweden (week two)
Marko Mäkinen

Festival News

North by Southwest

Global DanceFest 2009

The upside of globalization is that it’s supposed to eliminate the distances between countries. The irony of the current economic state means that even the most budget-conscious of aspiring travelers will have a hard time venturing beyond their own cities, much less outside the country.

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Marga Gomez makes with the funny in   Long Island Iced Latina   on March 13.
David Wilson

Festival News

A Space of One’s Own

Women & Creativity 2009

Women’s History Month began as a week. It was 1981, and though the Equal Rights Amendment had failed to pass, Congress designated seven days to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women to our nation’s history and character. Which was swell of them. In 1987, this appreciation was expanded to an entire month.

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70 Years of Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama

Hear gospel classics, Christmas tunes and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.
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Life Could Be a Dream

The Doo-Wop Project Christmas

Five charismatic Broadway stars, backed by a hot five-piece band, perform the classics and add their versions of contemporary pop hits, with some “doowopified” Christmas classics sprinkled in.
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Zeroes, One and Disruption

Digital Disobedience: The Algorithm as Saboteur

Enjoy a group exhibition curated by Amy Traylor and Cat Hulshoff. Runs through 12/31.
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Seriously Cozy Fun

Stories by the Fireside

Traditional Pueblo culture places great value on storytelling as a means of entertainment, education and community, with storyteller being a venerated role canonized in the playful storyteller sculptures found in galleries and homes across this region. This tradition is on full, living, cozy display at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center this month, with Stories by the Fireside, every Sundayfrom 5 to 6pm. All ages are welcome to attend these free hearthside storytelling presentations, some accompanied by hands-on crafts, and all replete with hot cocoa. This week's story comes from the book Wild Wisdom: Animal Stories of the Southwest, by Rae Ann Kumelos, and includes an animal stencil craft activity, using tissue paper. Only two dates are left this month, so head out on Dec. 23 or Dec. 30 for a cozy evening with the fam.
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