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 Jun 15 - 21, 2006 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

House of Folk—My dictionary claims that “folk” means “of, originating among, or having to do with the common people.” Sounds kind of Marxist, doesn't it? For the organizers of this weekend's Albuquerque Folk Festival, however, “folk” has precious little to do with hairy ol' Uncle Karl. “Folk” is more a creative ethic, a DIY attitude that involves plenty of public participation. The festival isn't just about showing up and listening to a bunch of music or looking at art created by other people. It's about learning how to make your own damn music and art, while interacting with others of like mind.

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Art News

The Art of Video Games

I Am 8-Bit

By Steven Robert Allen

At the dawn of the video game era, lots of kids spent hundreds of hours inside cramped, noisy arcades staring at pixeled screens until the otherworldly images of aliens, spaceships, gargantuan centipedes and traffic-dodging frogs burned permanently into their impressionable brains. Some of these kids grew up to be artists. A few of them began incorporating imagery from their favorite games into their artwork. The eye-popping result is I Am 8-Bit.

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The Jungle Book, Kids   opens this week at Gorilla Tango.
The Jungle Book, Kids opens this week at Gorilla Tango.

Art Magnified

The Jungle Book, Kids

Gorilla Tango

By Abi Blueher

It’s the jazziest jungle around with some pretty cool cats singing about the bare necessities and all that jive. Take a trip into this hep jungle and attend The Jungle Book, Kids, opening this week at Gorilla Tango. Based on the classic Disney film (which in turn is based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling), the performance follows the story of Mowgli, the kid who talks animal, and his bear friend, Baloo. Gorilla Tango has created a musical that's fun for the whole family. Twelve young local actors star in the colorful and energetic musical that features such tunes as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” The show runs tonight through June 25, Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8, and the show is rated G. 245-8600.

Boca de Arena   opens this week at Working Classroom.
Boca de Arena opens this week at Working Classroom.

Art Magnified

Boca de Arena

Working Classroom

By Steven Robert Allen

Fred Wilson's ceramics have been exhibited around the world. Starting this week, his work can be seen at Working Classroom alongside ceramics created by students from Washington Middle School and six high schools around Albuquerque. Boca de Arena features a collection of contemporary ceramic sculptures ranging from slabs to masks, sculptures of human heads to animal heads. To create these pieces, the students and their mentor have practiced ancient ceramic techniques by which they explore figure, texture and shape. The show opens Friday, June 16, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. 242-9267.

Book Reviews

Would It Kill You to Read a Book?

By John Freeman

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 9)

Best in Snow

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

By Maggie Grimason
A retelling of the classic tale from the messenger's perspective.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 9)

“The bigger the crime, the greater forgiveness.”

Simon Gronowski

By Megan Reneau
Hear the harrowing expierence of the Belgian holocaust survivor and jazz pianist followed by a performance and a question and answer session.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Twirling Skirts of Tradition

Mariachi Christmas

By Nina Ferrell
Ring in the holiday season with exuberant music and dances from Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán and Ballet Folklórico University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
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Hanukkah Menorah
Gil Dekel via Wikimedia / Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Chag Urim Sameach! • חג אורים שמח

Hanukat Shalom

By August March
A Hanukah party with food, silent auction, activities for kids, live klezmer music with dancing and a sing-along with The Neo-Weavers.
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Courtesy of the JCC

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Oy Vey

OY! A Comedy with Chutzpah

By Megan Reneau
A collection of short comedies which are a comic tribute to all things Jewish and all things human.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

No Good At Goodbyes

Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die

By Joshua Lee
Death educator Gail Rubin discusses her newest book on organizing your life, death and legacy.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 16)

Handel's Messiah

By Nina Ferrell
Roger Melone conducts the New Mexico Philharmonic performing the beloved, sacred symphonic work.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 16)

Get Crackin'

The Nutcracker Ballet

By Megan Reneau
Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells and full live orchestra under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, present the classic ballet set in the late 1800s in territorial New Mexico.
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First Annual Humble Holidays Arts and Crafts Show

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 17)

Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale feat. Really Great Coffee

Second Annual Humble Holidays Arts and Craft Show

By Robin Babb
Browse the works of over 30 local artists, vendors and food trucks while listening to the sounds of the talented Rock 101 Academy musicians.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Dec 18)

Helping Kids in a Single Bound

Superhero Benefit Show

By Joshua Lee
Face painting, Superhero photo booth, prizes, performances and a special appearance by Comic Crusaders for NM to benefit UNM Children's Hospital Child Life.
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