By Steven Robert Allen
Creepy No, Crawly Yes
Not so familiar with our city's growing art scene? Maybe it's time you got up close and personal. You'll have your chance this Friday, Aug. 3, during the monthly First Friday gallery tour. From enamel art at Downtown's Sumner & Dene (517 Central NW, 842-1400) to mixed media work at Old Town's Weems Gallery (303 Romero NW, 764-0302) to handmade jewelry at Nob Hill's Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central SE (Nob Hill, 268-6828), there's a wee bit o' something for just about everybody. For a full roster of participating galleries, call 771-4006 or go to www.artscrawlabq.org.
Raymundo Sesma and his Working Classroom apprentices unveil an innovative Downtown public art project
By Steven Robert Allen
The sad truth about public art is that it's often a lowest common denominator affair. The municipal committees that rubber-stamp these projects might have a deep appreciation for the revolutionary possibilities of contemporary art, but you rarely see it manifested in the decisions they make. Mostly, these committees just don't want to be hassled by vocal critics from the public at large, those loudmouth cretins who habitually take offense at any aesthetic flavor other than vanilla.
Back to Nature
Review by Thomas Gilchrist
Mission to America
The Aboriginal Fulfilled Apostles, masters of Edenic Nutritional Science, have a problem. Desperate for smarter children from the wombs of new women outside their gene pool, the quasi-pagan religious sect from Bluff, Mont., elect to send Mason Plato LaVerle, whose penis is the largest known to exist in town, and his partner Elder Elias Stark on the mission of their lives. They are to go to America and convert new women into Apostles, insuring the future of the ailing colony of natural nutritionists.
Review by John Freeman
Armed & Dangerous
On TV and the big screen, law enforcement officers kick down doors fearlessly, produce warrants instantaneously, and never, ever get stopped for speeding. But reality is different. If you want a reality check, pick up a copy of Armed & Dangerous, William Queen’s latest chronicle of his years as an ATF agent. The ostensible subject of this book is Queen’s hunt for a gun-toting, back-to-the-land marijuana grower named Mark Stephens.
Inaugural D.H. Lawrence Lecture
By Renée Chavez
Award-winning author Mark Doty reads and discusses his work.
Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues
By Taylor Grabowsky
Zen Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple give a world-class performance of martial arts.
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.
Ars Longa: Vita Brevis
By Maggie Grimason
Vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance by international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.
Aliento: Carnaval 2017
By Megan Reneau
The musical group PANdemonium takes participants on a journey through the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.
The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics
By Devin D. O'Leary
A film about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality and features interviews with leading experts in the fields of Catholic theology, philosophy and ethics.
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The Modern Poster: Integrating Art, Advertising, and Design at UNM Art Museum
Dr. Ruth Iskin will discuss the unique convergence of art, advertising, and design in the modern poster.
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