Alibi V.14 No.19 • May 12-18, 2005 

Book Reviews

Goin' Up on a Mountain

Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains and Mike Coltrin's Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide

When I first moved to Albuquerque several years ago, I bought a hiking map of the Sandias at the base of the tram. It's that simple one with red lines marking the trails, the map most people have used if they've spent much time traipsing around our mountains. It's old and battered, but I still have it. My copy is a bit worse for wear, though—it's dirty, it's torn, and it's got a big old nasty cigarette burn located about an inch from South Peak. It's a nice artifact, but it's ready for retirement.

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Culture Shock

For years, Mark Garcia collected random found objects but had no idea why. These things just piled up in his home until, just a few years ago, he decided to manipulate them into a series of shadowboxes.

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Gallery Review

Smears and Splatters

Descontrolado at the Visiones Gallery

In a way, abstract expressionism is the perfect vehicle for venting adolescent aggression. Back in its heyday in the '50s, it was a highly masculine, testosterone-poisoned movement fueled by a handful of more or less disturbed visionaries. Jackson Pollack's giant drip paintings convey almost pure turbulent emotion. Many of Willem de Kooning's best-known paintings feel and look openly savage. In other words, abstract expressionism, at its root, is almost a visual equivalent to speed metal.

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Book Review

Crossing Over

Death of an Ordinary Man

Given that no one lives forever, it is remarkable how infrequently novelists imagine what greets us on the other side. Those who have tried to fathom death's mysterious contours break down into two camps. There are writers like Dante or J.M. Coetzee, who believe we have plenty of company in the afterlife. Then there are folks like Alice Sebold, Ali Smith, and now Glen Duncan, who in his creepy fourth novel, Death of an Ordinary Man, imagines for us a world that has one salient quality—loneliness.

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Photo by Eric Tillinghast

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The Gravity of the Situation

Þyngdarljóð: Gravity's Poetry

A series of photographs of Icelandic waterfalls by Eric Tillinghast. Each waterfall is displayed in a light box containing internal mechanics that generate light and sound to simulate surging water.
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Courtesy of the artist

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Doll Parts

Trixie Mattel

In support of the "Now With Moving Parts Tour," enjoy an evening of music, comedy and drag.
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Courtesy of Desert Rose Playhouse

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Songs to Overthrow the Status Quo To

Beehive: The '60s Musical

The ultimate celebration of '60s female empowerment in the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power as told from the perspective of six young women.
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Courtesy of the artist

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More Jazz, More Stars

Jazz and Blues Under the Stars

Live blues and jazz with dancing, food and libations.
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Maria Bamford

The well-known, ground-breaking comic performs live stand-up.
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New Mexico Entertainment's Morning Toons

Wear pajamas, bring a blanket and take part in this Saturday morning event with the family and friends and enjoy cartoons on the big screen. Have some breakfast and enjoy the toons.
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