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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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Dan Parsons

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Apr 27)

Why is Pie?

Pie

By Renée Chavez
Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax and Tara Khozein come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally-driven clownish characters and their buffoon alter-egos.
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White Man's Moccasins by Lee Marmon

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Apr 27)

Grande Route 66

Then and Now: Rediscovering Route 66 Opening Reception

By Megan Reneau
View the work of internationally recognized Laguna photographer Lee Marmon, New Mexican photographer Sondra Diepen and New Mexican painter Carol L. Adamec. Runs through 6/25.
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via Pixabay

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Don't Cry For Her, Albuquerque

Evita

By Taylor Grabowsky
A recount of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Earnestly Yours

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Megan Reneau
This classic play by Oscar Wilde is a celebration of life, love, wit and the theatre itself.
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Pentimento
Courtesy of AirDance New Mexico

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Altered Content

Pentimento

By August March
A variety of aerial apparatuses and stilt work with interactive projections performed to a choir of women’s voices.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 29)

Kale for Your Ears

Tonal Relativity Games and Experiments

By Renée Chavez
Prepared Ear collaborates with Death Convention Singers, Sounds Modern co-founder Elizabeth McNutt featuring frameworks for improvisation.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 29)

Just One More Chapter

Independent Bookstore Day

By Maggie Grimason
Seven New Mexican authors assist as guest booksellers to recommend books that have influenced them or that they've enjoyed reading, in addition to promoting their own titles.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, May 1)

“Is you a good witch? Or just a bad bitch?”

Straight Outta Oz

By Megan Reneau
Todrick Hall brings to life the classic American tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by sharing his adventures from his small town in Texas all the way to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.”
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