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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 (Wednesday, Jun 29)

Get Lost

What Are Fractals?

By Joshua Lee
Learn about fractals through presentations and hands-on activities.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 1)

Beyond the Shadows

Beyond the Shadows

By Maggie Grimason
A nonverbal shadow puppet show for the whole family. Follow Paloma on her journey across the land on a quest to find a new place to call home.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Ballads and Bottle Rockets

Battle of the Bands

By Monica Schmitt
Local bands compete to be the group that is most talented. Cash prizes offered to first and second place. Fourth of July celebration follows.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 8)

Under the Ancient Sea Atlantis Reception

Contemporary artist Ralph Greene presents his newest body of work.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 9)

Guffaw, Chuckle, Giggle

Laughs for Literacy

By Renée Chavez
Comedian Marty Smith and friends present comedy with a bookish theme. All proceeds benefit Reading Works, a nonprofit adult literacy program.
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