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 Jul 14 - 20, 2005 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

Despite Spain's advanced age, the country only became a democracy in 1975 after a long hard struggle. The history of that struggle is commemorated in a new exhibit called The Art of Democracy: Fifty Years of Spain's Political Posters (1930s-1980s). The show is exactly what it says it is, marking roughly the period from the Spanish Civil War right up through the country's transition to democracy. The exhibit opens this weekend at UNM's Zimmerman library and will remain on display through Sept. 7. For details, call Teresa at 277-1010.

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Art Magnified

Artscrawl

Northeast Heights

By Katy June-Friesen

Head to the Heights for a Friday evening Artscrawl at Framing Concepts, Palette Contemporary Art & Craft, Weyrich Gallery, Galeria Artopia, and the Arts Alliance Gallery. The crawl will feature watercolors by Bud Edmondson, hand-blown glass sculpture by Katrina Hude, paintings by Sharon Craft, mixed media sculpture by Ilena Grayson and jewelry by Dennis Lee Gomez. Galeria Artopia presents the opening of Reveal, featuring works by Allan Rosenfield and Dan Nester. The Arts Alliance will feature work by members of the Digital Fine Art Society of New Mexico. Crawling happens between 5 and 9 p.m. For more information and a gallery map, go to www.artscrawlabq.org/current_artscrawl.html or call 244-0362.

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Art Magnified

Christmas in July! Or, How the Zombies Stole Christmas

Gorilla Tango Comedy Theatre

By Katy June-Friesen

Those crazy cats of the Eat, Drink and Be Larry troupe bring you another zombielicious late night comedy extravaganza. This weekend, the special guest is Leather Wilson. (We can't wait.) The troop will celebrate Christmas early with presents, sexy elves and Santa. But beware! Insane zombies wait on the rooftops! Will the Larry troop discover the true meaning of Christmas and keep the zombies at bay? If you're as impatient as Larry for yuletide cheer and aren't afraid of getting eaten, then head to Gorilla Tango. The show runs Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m., 519 Central NW. Tickets are $8. For more info, call 245-8600.

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Book Review

Oily and Mean

Review by Laura Sanchez

Petroleum Man

Leon Tuggs is lord of all he surveys, mostly because he never leaves the bubble of his possessions. Tuggs is closing in on his goal of becoming a Petroleum Man, one of the godlike creatures who finally obliterates nature with a triumphant, globe-swaddling blanket of consumer goods. But it's lonely being a multi-billionaire if you can't wring admiration from your nearest and dearest.

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Book Review

Grueling

Review by John Freeman

Novel

George Singleton's debut novel features a hero named Novel, two Irish cousins named James and Joyce and a baker named Maura-Lee who is famous for her Jesus Crust. You have to hand it to South Carolina's reigning poet laureate of the bizarre: He doesn't pussyfoot around with subtlety. He'd rather club us on the funny bone—again and again.

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Art Preview

Summer Smash

Bloc-Busta

By Steven Robert Allen

War of the Worlds, Fantastic Four and Mr. and Mrs. Smith cost bazillions of dollars to produce and are packed full of pretty people, impressive effects and lots of explosions. Still, if you're over the age of 12, odds are these summer flicks will bore the boxers off you.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 26)

Address the Hero in You

The Lady in Question

By Megan Reneau
A suspenseful tale of a world-famous concert pianist visiting Germany who finds herself enamored with a handsome professor and entangled in his attempt to rescue his mother from a Nazi prison.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 26)

Good for the Sole

Ars Longa: Vita Brevis

By Maggie Grimason
Vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance by international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.
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Spider

EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Mar 1)

Not Your Average Bug's Life

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

By Megan Reneau
A theatrical circus show following the life of insects.
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Erin Fussell

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Mar 3)

Splish Splash

Deep Waters, Thin Places Reception

By Renée Chavez
An immersive installation of video, performance, sound, lithography and sculpture. Artist Erin Fussell transforms an urban desert flood control dam into a creative site. Runs through 3/31.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Mar 7)

Philanthropically Phat

Eat, Drink and Be Charitable

By Megan Reneau
Raise money for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation while enjoying live music, brews and food.
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