Dec 9 - 15, 2010 
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Culture Shock

By John Bear

Sketch the Dead

Bodies ... The Exhibition has been up for about two months at the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 Second Street NW, Northwest Exhibit Hall). It features real preserved corpses in various, though usually sports-related, poses.

And now you can draw them.

From 4 to 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 14, artists will get a discounted ticket ($16 instead of the usual $22 at the door) if they mention “sketch night” at the box office. Artists are allowed to bring sketch books, easels and pencils. No paint or charcoal is allowed. That seems reasonable; I can imagine a whole lot going awry.

Turn in your sketch by 7:15 p.m. for a chance to win, oddly enough, two tickets to see Bodies ... The Exhibition. Second place gets one ticket.

Unhappy Holidays

If you need a break from Christmas cheer and its ubiquitous sappy art, check out the Unhappy Holidays juried group exhibition at Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery (147 Harvard SE). More than a dozen local artists have sent in their most creepy, deranged and sometimes downright disturbing holiday themed art. (Full disclosure: I’m one of the judges.) The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. Come out and meet the artists and, well, be kind of freaked out. You’ll never look at shopping, Santa or the Grinch the same.

Poetry the Way God Intended

My favorite thing about New Mexico is the seamless blending of bad English and bad Spanish. Some call it Spanglish. From a purely linguistic standpoint, it’s fascinating. The brain of a bilingual person who is perhaps not totally fluent in either language will jump back and forth between them in order to complete a sentence. Teatro Paraguas will celebrate poet Jim Sagel with four actors performing his poetry in English, Spanish and Spanglish. Two shows are happening at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW): Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. Best of all, it’s free.

 
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