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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 (Sunday, Feb 26)

Address the Hero in You

The Lady in Question

By Megan Reneau
A suspenseful tale of a world-famous concert pianist visiting Germany who finds herself enamored with a handsome professor and entangled in his attempt to rescue his mother from a Nazi prison.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 26)

Good for the Sole

Ars Longa: Vita Brevis

By Maggie Grimason
Vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance by international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.
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Spider

EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Mar 1)

Not Your Average Bug's Life

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

By Megan Reneau
A theatrical circus show following the life of insects.
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Erin Fussell

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Mar 3)

Splish Splash

Deep Waters, Thin Places Reception

By Renée Chavez
An immersive installation of video, performance, sound, lithography and sculpture. Artist Erin Fussell transforms an urban desert flood control dam into a creative site. Runs through 3/31.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Mar 7)

Philanthropically Phat

Eat, Drink and Be Charitable

By Megan Reneau
Raise money for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation while enjoying live music, brews and food.
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