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 V.19 No.5 | February 4 - 10, 2010 
Understanding Genius

Culture Shock

Heart Attack

Though the official holiday is still a bit down the road, there's no denying that Valentine's Day is in the air. Retailers have broken out their sign-holding cupids, romantics are making reservations and the cynical are busy thinking about the perfect counterpoint to V-Day's saccharine saturation (my fave activity is watching a Leprechaun marathon and eating vegetarian pigs in a blanket while wearing sackcloth). But Valentine's Day also provides us with a perfect opportunity to demonstrate a larger kind of love for all humans. OK, most humans; let's not get carried away.

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“Noire et blanche,” Man Ray, 1926 ©2010 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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Understanding Genius

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens

Regarded as one of the 20th century's most important and mind-bendingly influential artists, Man Ray was a painter, avant-garde photographer, sculptor and pal of Salvador Dalí. An exhibit of his work, Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens, makes its only stop west of the Potomac River here in Albuquerque at the UNM Art Museum beginning Feb. 5.

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“Bayahibe” by Joan Weissman

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The Art/Design Distinction

Waxing philosophical on 516 ARTS’ Form & Function

There’s a puzzling distinction made between art and design. It seems to be based on the often unstated assumptions that: 1) Artists and designers do different things; 2) both the processes and the outputs of each are inherently different; 3) beauty of form and utility of function cannot exist equally in a single object, which means that one must always eclipse the other (so when beauty is dominant, the object is art, and when utility is dominant, the object is design). But fundamentally, both artists and designers are responsible for an object’s creation; both utility and beauty are equally present in most everything around us—and are mutually reinforcing, at that.

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Book Review

Art That’s With You

Josh MacPhee’s Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today

Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today

There's a sense sometimes that "real" art is far away. It hangs in climate-controlled galleries. It’s expensive. It's created by someone divinely gifted. Real art is timeless in this paradigm, and timeless translates to "not obviously connected to things that happen in your time." It's left to pop culture to converse with what's going on in the world today. Or so the outdated thinking goes.

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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 26)

Sisters of the Southwest

The Women on The Mother Road

Re-examine iconic Route 66 from a female, New Mexican perspective.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Oct 27)

Rock and Roll and Education

Let's Roll This Train: My Life in New Mexico Education, Business, and Politics

Lenton Malry, educator and public servant talks about and signs his memoir.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

There Will Be A Timewarp

2nd Annual Rocky Horror Siren Show

A live performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show's soundtrack by Siren Shipwreck. Costumes encouraged.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Anthro on the Streets

Spreading the Gospel: Graffiti and the Public Space

Learn about the complexities of public representation and contestation among ideological factions in the Balkans. Runs through 10/31.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

I Wool Survive

Fiber Arts Guild Demo Day

See demos, samples and hands-on activities in knitting, crochet, felting, weaving, spinning and learn about everything wool related.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Want Some Candy?

Strangers with Candy

Featuring burlesque performances, Halloween video mapping by Ethnograph, tarot card reading, haunted house installation and music from Tropical Girls and Homegirls Records.
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Indigo Sky by Cody Augustine
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Supreme Sexy

The Rebelle Alliance Presents: Aftermath

A burlesque show featuring local favorites Joy Coy and Mayo Lua de Frenchie and comedian Maverick McWilliams as well as One Chance Fancy, RiRi Syncyr, Mr. Valdez and many more.
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Today's Events

Alchemy Harvest at Cerrillos Station

JoAnna Conte presents her spiritually inspired paintings. Runs through 10/29.

New Mexico Designs at Molecule

Once Upon A Time in Kazimierz at Photo-Eye Gallery

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