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 V.14 No.31 | August 4 - 10, 2005 

Culture Shock

A new exhibit of photographs by Brianna Johnson opens this weekend at Pearls of the Antilles (3716 Central SE) with a party featuring live poetry and drumming. Pearls is a pan-African artist collective that recently opened at the east end of Nob Hill. Rock your little world at the reception this Friday, August 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through August 31. 315-5341.

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Kelley O’Connor (left) and Dawn Upshaw star in the Santa Fe Opera’s production of   Ainadamar  .

Performance Review

Dead Poet's Society

Ainadamar at the Santa Fe Opera

At its finest, the reality portrayed in opera is a hyperreality. Plucking out the most dramatic, the funniest, the most extreme moments in life, opera pins these events to the velvet, expanding them, drawing them out, embellishing them, digging into their weird emotional heart until their most profound elements are so intense they'll make you dizzy. In this way, the best opera productions become less about momentous events than about the unruly emotions that boil up in reaction to those events. This, I suspect, is why people attend opera in the first place—for the shot of adrenaline you get from being exposed to this kind of emotional vertigo.

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From left to right: Isabel Mahoney, Rebecca Navarro and Benjamin Liberman star in   Reckless  , running for one weekend only at the Cell Theatre.
Cary Herz Photography

Art Magnified


Cell Theatre

Craig Lucas' enthrallingly warped play Reckless follows a woman named Rachel as she meets a series of strange challenges with unwavering optimism, continually searching for answers to some of life's most difficult questions. Ashleigh Hile, who is independently producing and directing the performance, says, "I fell in love with the play and I just wanted to go ahead and get it produced right now." And that's exactly what she did. Catch it now. It's running for one weekend only. $6 general, $5 students/seniors. Performances will be held on Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 7, at 2 p.m. at the Cell (700 First Street). For more info, call 270-9605.

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Untitled by Iva Morris, on display in   Transitions

Art Magnified


516 Central SW

A small group of art supporters in Albuquerque weren't about to let the 15-year tradition of showcasing Albuquerque's contemporary art die. Instead, they're carrying on with the 16th annual juried exhibition that was once hosted by the now defunct Magnífico. Aptly retitled Transitions and presented by the Harwood Art Center, this year's exhibit will be housed at 516 Central SW, the old Magnífico art space. It features 38 pieces by 27 local artists selected from more than 240 entries. Laura Steward Heon, incoming executive director of SITE Santa Fe, juried the show. She says the exhibit, which includes many surreal images, could be called Desert Dada. Come get your Dada on at the Saturday night opening featuring live gypsy jazz music from the Duke City Hot Club from 7 to 9 p.m. Transitions runs through September 17. For more information, call 883-9126 or go to

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Book Review

Armchair Traveling

The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-tempered Guide to the Victorian World

In today's world, where multiculturalism and political correctness reign, one wouldn't expect to see a book declaring that the Irish are drunks, Mexicans are lazy and Jews are greedy. Yet The Clumsiest People in Europe is just such a book. One of its authors, Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer, was a profoundly unhappy woman with very little good to say about anyone outside of England. But it's the research of the other author, Todd Pruzan, that makes The Clumsiest People in Europe an enlightening look at how Mrs. Mortimer, a long-forgotten Victorian writer, may have established in our forefathers' minds some of the ethnic and cultural stereotypes still perpetuated today.

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Book Review

Lighten Up, Will Ya?

Hardboiled & Hard Luck

From the beginning, Banana Yoshimoto has been eerily preoccupied with loss and slumber. Her blockbuster debut novel, Kitchen, which sold 2 million copies in Japan, conjured a Tokyo college student mourning the death of her grandmother. Other books explored suicide (NP), the premature death of a sibling (Amrita), comas (Asleep) and the plangent briefness of youthful friendship (Goodbye Tsugumi). It would be wrong to place Yoshimoto alongside some creature of the night like Stephen King. Still, it would be unwise to press a Yoshimoto novel upon a depressive in December.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 9)

Get Your Gay Geek On

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Out actor/comedian Tom Lenk (star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” The Cabin in the Woods and Transformers) is the special guest at this year's 13th Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He'll be talking about his “dorkumentary” Nerdgasm, in which he travels to England to fulfill his lifelong dream…

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 11)

Catch Khachaturian

Chatter Sunday: Khachaturian and Finnish Songs

Featuring performances by Leevi Madetoja, Heino Kaski, Ruxandra Marquardt, James T Shields, Paul Marquardt, Timothy Mix and poetry from V.B. Price.

Today's Events

Cambodian Son at African American Performing Arts Center

As part of The Migration Experience, this film captures the inspirational story of Kosal Khiev’s journey from prisoner in America to world-class poet in Cambodia.

Thor (2011) at KiMo Theatre

Confessions of a MEXPatriate at National Hispanic Cultural Center

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