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 Jul 15 - 21, 2010 
“Coronacion de la Virgen,” Maria Sena

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By Patricia Sauthoff

Hoop Dreams

OMG! Burning Man is right around the corner. The basement is filled with camping supplies, thousands of gallons of water and enough body paint to cover an army. But there's one very important thing missing: the ability to hula hoop. (I don't know why hooping is so important, but it seems that next to every art bike, my Burning Man-bound friends have a hula hoop.) Even if you're not a Burner, there are plenty of reasons to get those hips in motion. Really. Hula hooping helps with coordination, it makes your tummy tighter, and it makes those bobby socks and saddle shoes you're always wearing totally in style. The Rhythm Dance Lounge (4821 Central NE) offers classes every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for only $10 a class. Reservations are recommended, so call 891-3748 to do just that or check out centerforcehoops.weebly.com if you're not yet convinced.

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“Coronacion de la Virgen,” Maria Sena

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Afterlife Remixed

Two Albuquerque artists take an unconventional approach to visions of death

By Samara Alpern

The devil may reach out with bristled claws to grab your hair. But, then again, he may not. It may be that butterflies carry you into the ether. It’s hard to say what happens after this life. But, either way, momento mori: Remember, you must die.

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“Lure/Forest,” Beili Liu

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Cool Threads

516 gussies itself up in Unraveling Tradition and Restoration

By Patricia Sauthoff

Yelizaveta Nersesova and I sit on the floor in front of her installation “A Rare Perfection of Form” for 516 ARTS’ upcoming show, Unraveling Tradition. The work is a hot-pink painted log balanced precariously on the ground. Green and yellow and blue thread encases a hook in the wood, connecting it to the wall, where the thread wraps around pins in an interwoven design. Looking at it, I’m overtaken by a sense of déjà vu.

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Freedom, Not Fear

No Borders: Social Struggles Across the USA

By Maggie Grimason
Engaging social and political interviews with organizations, individuals and musicians who share their histories regarding the social struggles in their cities.
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Baile Para Siempre

Latin Dance Festival

By Renée Chavez
A city-wide dance festival highlighting Latin and Hispanic cultures from around the world.
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Laugh It Off, Soldier

Bobby Lee

By Joshua Lee
A breakout star of Mad TV comedian and ping-pong enthusiast Bobby Lee performs live.
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Do Your Own Viewing

D.I.Y. P.I. Opening Reception

By Rini Grammer
As artist Jessamyn Lovell pursues her private investigator’s license, she uses photography and performance to draw attention to social and cultural power dynamics. Runs through 9/30.
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