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 V.19 No.5 | February 4 - 10, 2010 

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.

On Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m, Habitat for Humanity invites you to its ReStore (200 San Mateo SE) for Will You Be Mine?, a recycled objects art exhibit and sale. Pieces in the show have been created from found and recycled items, and the sale of the art goes to help Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity continue its mission of assisting our fellow citizens in procuring affordable and healthy housing. For more about what GAHH does, go to

Need more art? Of course you do. Head over to OFFCenter's A Heart Day's Night. The community arts center's annual Valentine's Day sale features work by dozen of the studio's artists. Stop by OFFCenter (808 Park SW) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and find a one-of-a-kind gift your honey pie will think is sweet. Call 247-1172 or go to for more.

And while loving each other is important, caring for the land is vital, too. That's just one of the lessons of The Ballad of Sucio's Frog, the tale of a viejo farmer who, in order to save his crops, turns to science. Weird science. Antics then do what antics will do. See the New Mexican tale, suitable for young and old, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) this weekend only. Performances will be held Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $25 (with a $5 discount for NHCC members). Get them at or at the NHCC box office. Call 724-4771 or go to for details.


Today's Events

When the regional Mexican government violently put down a peaceful teacher’s strike in Oaxaca de Juárez in 2006, the brutality of the police inspired a group of artists in the community to form themselves into a collective called the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) to protest the bloodshed. Two current exhibits in Albuquerque showcase their work. One exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center was curated by the University Libraries and Learning Sciences Curator of Latin American and Iberian Collections Suzanne Schadl and her graduate student Michael de la Rosa. One at the Herzstein Gallery on the second floor of Zimmerman Library on the UNM campus was curated by graduate student Megan Jirón. She writes “Unlike the European or Anglo-American perspective, Mexico’s inhabitants embrace death. They confront it with a sense of playfulness, defiance and acceptance.”

Reg Loving Contemporary Landscapes at Sumner & Dene

Above the East China Sea at Bookworks

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