Alibi V.19 No.8 • Feb 25-March 3, 2010 

Culture Shock

Judy Chicago’s   The Dinner Party
Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party

A Toast! To Women!

Art, education and eating are, essentially, my entire life. Oh, and wine. It's good to see I'm not alone in setting these as priorities. The New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is joining Through the Flower to hold an event on Sunday, Feb. 28, to raise funds for Through the Flower's K-12 Dinner Party Curriculum. The curriculum's goal is to ensure that women's history becomes a standard component of children's education. Join them in their mission at Scalo Northern Italian Grill (3500 Central SE) at 3 p.m. Tickets to the event—which will include food, drinks, entertainment by the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble and a talk by Judy Chicago—are $75 and can be bought at ticketssantafe.org. The first 50 teachers who buy tickets can get them for $50. As Scalo owner Steve Paternoster is a significant supporter of women in the arts, the restaurant is also donating an in-home cooking demonstration. This limited-seat dinner with Judy Chicago, held Sunday evening, is $250 (price includes the afternoon event). All proceeds go to benefit the Dinner Party Curriculum. For information, call Susannah Rodee at 864-4080.

Just Don't Mention the “R” Word

Riverdance. Shudder. Any self-respecting Irish dancer will tell you the insanely popular Lord of the Dance-style of jigging is just a glossy, soulless version of the real thing. Like a high-stepping Las Vegas. Here's your chance to see relatively authentic Irish dance at the New Mexico State Championships and Feis (a feis is a Gaelic festival of arts and culture). In addition to a host of dance-offs, there will be a cultural competition, with entrants being judged on their mastery of the Celtic arts. You were going to make a drinking joke, weren't yah? Yah racist bastyerds! I'll fight yah, I'll fight the whole lot o' yah, I'll ... I'm sorry. Hurtful stereotypes like that really get my Irish up. Join the fun on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Radisson Hotel (2500 Carlisle NE). The dancing starts at 8 a.m., the cultural competition goes from 4 to 7 p.m., and from 7 to 10 p.m., an afterparty will be held at the UNM Continuing Education Building (1634 University NE). Admission to the feis is free for the public. Go to irishdancenm.org for more perfectly sober, nonviolent information.