May 26 - Jun 1, 2011 

Culture Shock

Solar Selections

Old Town is back with another round of Cultural Sunsets summer programming, which brings culturally edifying entertainment to the plaza most Thursdays through early October. Featuring colorful costumes, elaborate and often ancient choreography, and groups that are committed to fostering traditions, Cultural Sunsets gives patrons a chance to experience customs that are likely new to them. This Thursday, May 26, you can see performances from the New Mexico branch of Miyagi Ryu Nosho Kai school of Okinawan cultural dance and music. The kids can learn to make Japanese paper dolls too, in a “make and take” workshop. This free event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Keep tabs on upcoming Cultural Sunsets by calling 311.

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A few of Hussack’s pieces
Photo by Chiquita Paschal

Arts Profile

The Small Engine Roars

Rogue road trip inspires 100-painting retrospective

By Chiquita Paschal

Sounds like the same old story: Yet another weary traveler, lured into the sandy valley of the Sandias, finds it impossible to leave. However, artist and Small Engine Gallery co-operator Lucas Hussack's new series, New Mexico in Five Years in a Hundred Pieces, explores how the land of entrapment provided the perfect backdrop for some of the most colorful experiences of his life.

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San Francisco’s ODC/Dance
RJ Muna

Festival Preview

Wild West Moves

N4th unveils variety at sixth annual contemporary dance festival

By Summer Olsson
Athleticism. Dynamic shapes. Seductive rhythms. Thrilling feats. Wild Dancing West is curated and produced by VSA North Fourth Art Center and takes to the stage now through June 11.
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