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 Apr 29 - May 5, 2004 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

If it seems hard to believe that it's already been a year since Steve White's last Yardfest, that's because it hasn't. Although White's beloved front-yard celebration of all things folksy is usually held in early September, he pushed it forward this year to Saturday, May 1, to accommodate a trip he plans to make in September to another folk festival in Georgia.

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Performance Review

Hole in the Head

Ivanov at the Rodey Theatre

By Steven Robert Allen

Just before the curtain rises, director Eugene Douglas hops on stage to address the crowd.

"I can't tell you how excited I am you're all here tonight," he says. "I'm pumped. I am so pumped!"

For me, it's always heartening to see creative types express this kind of enthusiasm for their projects. Douglas' passion seems to have fueled the action on stage. In Ivanov, he's managed to coax some smart and energetic performances from an accomplished student cast.

Douglas' production plays through this weekend at UNM's Rodey Theatre. Chekhov's first full-length play to be staged, Ivanov has never been considered a masterpiece on par with his later, better-known plays such as The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters or The Cherry Orchard. That said, the play, composed when Chekhov was only 27 years old, still contains some remarkable displays of the Russian writer's innate literary wit.

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Art Magnified

The Dance of the Mt. Taylor Mustangs

House O' Fire Sculpture Garden and Gallery

By Steven Robert Allen

This is news to me: Apparently the area around Mt. Taylor, which is located just west of Albuquerque near Grants, is home to a herd of wild mustangs called mestaños. This is an interesting factoid in itself. What's even more amazing is that these mestaños are the likely descendants of escaped horses originally brought to New Mexico by Don Juan de Oñate himself over 400 years ago. Award-winning photographer Lynne Pomeranz presents an exhibit of photos of mestaños at House O' Fire Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Corrales. The show opens on Saturday, May 1, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The Dance of the Mt. Taylor Mustangs runs through May 21. Stop by for a rare glimpse of these elusive animals. 890-3141.

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Art Magnified

Grand Slam

Outpost Performance Space

By Steven Robert Allen

And so it comes down to this. All year long local poets have been locked in a deadly struggle for the distinctive honor of joining this year's Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. This Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m. at the Outpost Performance Space the battered and bruised survivors will stumble into the ring to beat each other to poetic pulp. Join co-hosts Danny Solis and Kenn Rodriguez for the poetry highlight of the season. Admission is $7. These poets will rock your socks off. 268-0044.

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Author Interview

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An Interview with Amy Goodman

By Steven Robert Allen

Amy Goodman opens her new book, The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (Hyperion Books, hardcover, $21.95), with a hair-raising account of her 1991 trip to East Timor. The trip was hardly a vacation. Goodman visited the tiny island country to cover the atrocities committed there by the Indonesian military, which, in 1975, began massacring 200,000 Timorese—two-thirds of the entire country—largely with U.S.-supplied arms.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 24)

Coloring Outside The Lines

Roy G Biv Reception

By Monica Schmitt
Jamie Brunson, Robert Townsend and Fausto Fernandez use color as the visual language of artistic ecstasy with watercolors, oil paint, collage techniques and more. Runs through 7/10.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 25)

Quitar lo Bailado

Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture

By Taylor Grabowsky
Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Jun 29)

Get Lost

What Are Fractals?

By Joshua Lee
Learn about fractals through presentations and hands-on activities.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 1)

Beyond the Shadows

Beyond the Shadows

By Maggie Grimason
A nonverbal shadow puppet show for the whole family. Follow Paloma on her journey across the land on a quest to find a new place to call home.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Ballads and Bottle Rockets

Battle of the Bands

By Monica Schmitt
Local bands compete to be the group that is most talented. Cash prizes offered to first and second place. Fourth of July celebration follows.
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