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 Feb 2 - 8, 2006 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

Say Cheese—During the first few decades following the invention of photography, photographers scoured the world in an attempt to document our planet's varied human inhabitants. Examples of these early images will be on display starting this week at the UNM Art Museum in an exhibit titled First Seen: Portraits of the World's Peoples (1848-1880). The show opens Tuesday, Feb. 7, and runs through May 14. A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. 277-7312.

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Gallery Review

Six Ways to Fondle an Elephant

New German Photography at the Richard Levy Gallery

By Steven Robert Allen

World War II ended more than 60 years ago, long before most of us were even born, yet the big mama of global industrialized conflicts still colors our ideas about Germans. An exhibit of recent German photography is currently running at the Richard Levy Gallery Downtown. Appropriately titled New German Photography, you would expect this show to have at least some bearing on the national personality, both actual and perceived, of the German people. It doesn't disappoint.

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Art Magnified

The Scale Wallah

Harwood Art Center

By Steven Robert Allen

Our friends over at the Italian American Home Theater are once again stepping outside the living room for a performance at the Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW) starting this weekend. The Scale Wallah, written and performed by Frank Melcori, is a piece involving a mysterious scale and a man who appears to be homeless. Find out more at the show running Fridays at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 17. The performance features DJ Outlaw, and a portion of proceeds will benefit Albuquerque Rescue Mission. $10. 242-6367.

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Art Magnified

Trinity Plus One

Mariposa Gallery

By Steven Robert Allen

Vicki Bolens specializes in prints and collages. Renee B. Gentz creates elaborate quilted wall pieces. Susan Kennedy makes highly original jewelry out of semiprecious stones and sterling. The work of all three ladies will be on display at the Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central SE) at an exhibit opening with a reception this Friday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 28. While you're there, check out some paintings and pastel pieces by Margi Weir upstairs. 268-6828.

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Book Review

Bow-chi-ca-bow-bow

Review by Jessica Cassyle Carr

The Big Book of Porn: A Penetrating Look at the World of Dirty Movies

First, let's get one thing straight: This book, which came out last month, is not pornography—it's about pornography. Whether you take one of the religious, feminist, repressed or missionary positions, or that of the enthusiast, it is undeniable that human sexual behavior is incredibly interesting. Just imagine this book on your coffee table. Think of how many people would thumb through it when they popped in for a (much sexier) visit. "It's not porn, ladies. I'm not really into porn, I'm just interested in learning," you might say, as you mentally snicker about all of the clever hiding places and disguises this book has clued you into. Now imagine scrambling to remove the book from your coffee table when mumsie drops by. Mom doesn't want to see that kind of thing, so maybe, like actual porn, you shouldn't keep this fantastic coffee table book on the coffee table.

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Book News

Word Party

Authors' Month in Albuquerque

By Steven Robert Allen

By this point in our city's year-long birthday bashola, you probably realize that every month has a different cultural theme. We've been through Food Month and Theater Month and Dance Month, and I think there was even a Plumbing Month thrown somewhere in the mix. (Did you catch that one?) During February, we're celebrating local authors.

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Book News

Spit-shine Your Writing 'til It Gleams

By Steven Robert Allen

On three Saturdays throughout the month of February, various hotshot local authors will teach a series of writing workshops on a range of subjects for the low, low price of $35 per session. To make reservations, contact Lucinda Lucero Sachs by calling 768-3557 or e-mailing lsachs@cabq.gov.

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Dancin' for a Cause

Blues Winter Charity Ball

By Robin Babb
Live music from Joe Daddy and Hoodoo Jeff, delicious food and photo booth to raise money for the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico.
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Rocking it all Folk-style

Midwinter Ballads

By August March
Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee present an all new program of ballads and stories of winter, light and darkness.
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The Ghost of Christmas Presents

Holiday Toy Drive and Craft Workshop

By Maggie Grimason
Make laser cut reindeer, 3D printed ornaments, screen printed ugly sweaters, and more. Reservation recommended. Donate an unwapped gifts.
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Navidad del Sur

Mariachi Christmas

By August March
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s acclaimed Ballet Folklorico dancers and Mariachi Aztlan bring Mexican Christmas traditions to the stage.
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Hopefully Better Than That Cringey Christmas Special

A Very Star Wars Christmas

By Robin Babb
Darth Vader becomes the director of the school Forcemas pageant after noticing the overwhelming materialism amongst everyone during the holiday season.
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Dance around the world in 64 beats

Richard Wilson's 70th Birthday Contra Dance

By Rini Grammer
A special birthday dance followed with music from the SF Megaband and calling from Erik Erhardt, Will McDonald and other N.M. community caller.
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