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 Dec 11 - 17, 2008 

Culture Shock

By Erin Adair-Hodges

Every story needs conflict. For the good to emerge, it must struggle valiantly against the often overwhelming bad. Christmas proves this rule, way back to the beginning. Jesus managed to avoid King Herod's infanticide net, allowing the young lad to grow up and say some stuff and do some things. Kris Kringle faced the perpetually unjolly at every turn and was denied bank loans for reindeer 12 times before securing a U.N. microloan. Don't even get me started on the guy with the mustache who wanted to steal Frosty's hat. Christmas has its share of grumpy baddies, so I welcome you to the Christmas Villain edition of Culture Shock to witness the transformative power of tiny beseeching children on green, miserly Republicans.

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The Dolls’ dramatization of the apocryphal book of Elvis.
Russell Maynor

Performance Review

Dreaming of a White Trash Christmas

The Dolls present Christmas at the Yucca Vista

By Erin Adair-Hodges

The gloom of recession is everywhere, and the holidays, rather than providing a respite from the powerful reality of the financial crisis, may seem to exacerbate it. People are losing their jobs. Bindles are replacing briefcases. It ain’t pretty out there.

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“Sex Dream” by Tuscany Wenger, part of   Mind the Gap  , currently showing at Santa Fe’s Eight Modern.

Art Schmart

Yes, We Can?

These days, even art might need a government bailout

By David Leigh

The students, faculty and staff (myself included, as I work at the college’s Fine Arts Gallery) at the College of Santa Fe are presently waiting to hear the fate of the private school, founded in 1859 by the Lasallian Christian Brothers. Last year’s proposed buyout of the college fell through, and the short of it is that CSF needs a financial partner in order to remain solvent. By the time Christmas rolls around, the college may be on a path to becoming a part of New Mexico Highlands University or UNM, or perhaps on the path to closure—though, I think the latter scenario is doubtful. My vote is that CSF becomes a part of one of the state schools, retaining its continued focus on the arts, which I think is what the community at the college and greater Santa Fe are hoping for as well.

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John Leech

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Dec 11)

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 (Sunday, Dec 11)

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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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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