Jun 30 - Jul 6, 2011 
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Culture Shock

Fill Up Your Dance Card

By Summer Olsson
“Dark Omegas” by Cynthia Cook
“Dark Omegas” by Cynthia Cook

Do It

Kids love Mr. Stinky Feet. I know this because last week I took my 7-year-old niece to see him. Not only was she over the moon about it, but so were the other hundred kids who were present. Mr. Stinky Feet plays guitar and sings about spitting out gum and boppin’ dinosaurs, sometimes with prerecorded backing music, and all his numbers are participation-friendly. At one point he invited a gaggle of children to join him onstage and arrhythmically beat tambourines for five minutes. Later, citing “leading by example” as a good move, he coerced a dozen adults up. Guess who seriously got down to an Aretha Franklin-style song about drinking water? Mr. Stinky Feet played at the Erna Fergusson library, and admission was free. This was one event in a summer schedule chock-full of free programming at Albuquerque public libraries. If you need something fun to do with a little one, check here: cabq.gov/library.

Thursday is your last chance to view the mixed media art of Cynthia Cook while it hangs in the Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central SE, 268-6828). Cook mixes organic materials like stones and bones with metal and other recycled bits. Her shadow boxes are little worlds of strangeness and beauty, tinged with ominous wonder. mariposa-gallery.com.

If you’re looking for a sexy way to celebrate your independence from Britain, you might try Red, White and Buxom opening Friday at the Orpheum Arts Space (500 Second Street SW). Easy Bake Betty and the Sugar Babies will striptease, sing, dance, tell jokes, manipulate fire and do some aerial work on the lyra and silks. All this will be underscored by the sultry Latin American sounds of La Jaula. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10, or $7 for students. Reservations: 715-2460, ladyluckproductions@gmail.

Hey, You, Artist!

Nob Hill Art Gallery (7400 Montgomery NE) is looking for new artists to join their co-op. More than 30 members exhibit regularly in the space, all of them juried in to the group—so you know you’re in good company. For more info, call 268-9969.

We’re still accepting design submissions for the Alibi art boxes, but the deadline is Friday. Hurry and get us your ideas—we know you’ve got ’em!

Send to summer@alibi.com.

 
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