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 V.18 No.4 | January 22 - 28, 2009 

Culture Shock

While listening to “Studio 360” on the radio this morning (thank you, 89.1 KANW, for the awesomeness of your a.m. programming), I heard an interview with the poet Dana Gioia, departing chairperson for the National Endowment for the Arts. The program centered on artists' recommendations and wish lists for President Obama (say it with me, it's not a dream). Artists of all stripes are excited by the possibilities of this new administration; a commander in chief who confessed to not being a big reader has been replaced by one who is photographed with books of poetry tucked under his arm, his hands being full with BlackBerrys. It's become rote to say that America doesn't privilege art, but that's not necessarily endemic to our national character. Aside from Roosevelt's WPA program, Eisenhower recognized the importance of “soft diplomacy,” one that privileged cultural exchange, necessitating the development of our own artistic culture. Both Kennedy and Johnson were fierce proponents of arts funding as part of initiatives toward the realization of the New Frontier and Great Society. By the '80s, however, art had come to be seen as extraneous, or worse, un-American. My hard-earned tax dollars for a crucifix in a bottle of piss? Hell, no!

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Book Profile

A Necessary History of Beautiful Things

Nancy Benson’s New Mexico Colcha Club: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Women Who Saved It

When the first settlers made their way from Spain to what is now New Mexico in the early 1600s, they brought with them the essentials: sheep, seeds and fine embroidery. Embroidered textiles in some permutation or another are a part of nearly every culture, and New Mexico’s traditional embroidery, known as colcha, sprang from the detailed work found in Europe and hauled over an ocean to New Spain.

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Art News

Pins and Needles

Albuquerque tattoo artists unite

The way Noel Ortiz gushes about the tattoo culture in Albuquerque, you’d think his body was covered in ink.

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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 26)

Sisters of the Southwest

The Women on The Mother Road

Re-examine iconic Route 66 from a female, New Mexican perspective.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Oct 27)

Rock and Roll and Education

Let's Roll This Train: My Life in New Mexico Education, Business, and Politics

Lenton Malry, educator and public servant talks about and signs his memoir.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

There Will Be A Timewarp

2nd Annual Rocky Horror Siren Show

A live performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show's soundtrack by Siren Shipwreck. Costumes encouraged.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Anthro on the Streets

Spreading the Gospel: Graffiti and the Public Space

Learn about the complexities of public representation and contestation among ideological factions in the Balkans. Runs through 10/31.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

I Wool Survive

Fiber Arts Guild Demo Day

Learn about wool, see demos, samples and hands-on activities in knitting, crochet, felting, weaving, spinning.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Want Some Candy?

Strangers with Candy

See burlesque performances, Halloween video mapping by Ethnograph, tarot card reading, a haunted house installation with music from Tropical Girls and Homegirls Records.
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Supreme Sexy

The Rebelle Alliance Presents: Aftermath

A burlesque show featuring local favorites Joy Coy and Mayo Lua de Frenchie and comedian Maverick McWilliams as well as One Chance Fancy, RiRi Syncyr, Mr. Valdez and many more.
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Today's Events

Quarantine: The Curse at Expo New Mexico

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