After a couple of grueling hours in the ring, Tony Santiago emerged as the city poetry slam champion for the second year in a row. The final Grand Slam contest took place on Saturday, May 1, in front of a sold out audience at the Outpost Performance Space. The contest determined not only the reigning champ, but also the additional four members of the Albuquerque team who will compete at the National Poetry Slam in St. Louis in August.
Hold Me, Bat Boy
Bat Boy at the Ana Chavira Theatre
No, he can't see through walls. He can't leap tall buildings in a single bound. He doesn't even wear a cape or brightly colored leotards. The famous Bat Boy is more super freak than super hero.
Harwood Art Center
Artist Edie Tsong has hauled all her personal stuff, including books, clothes, toiletries and teddy bear, into the Harwood Art Center for Territory/American Frontier, a performance and installation in which she will use her belongings as building blocks to make different constructions. Tsong will visit the gallery every day with the final outcome of the show determined in part by interaction with viewers. A reception for Territory/American Frontier, and other exhibits featuring art by Jimmy Pontzer, Karen Mazur, Nick Tauro, Jr., Granny Jean Markin and Marian Berg, will be held on Friday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Runs through May 27. 242-6367.
For the last several weeks, santero Arturo Olivas has instructed nine Working Classroom students in the traditional techniques of retablo art. Using these techniques, the students created a series of icons representing the new American trinity of consumerism, utilitarianism and militarism. A show of this work, curated by Tey Nunn of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, will open at Visiones Gallery on Friday, May 14, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Runs through July 16. For details, call 242-9267.
Without a Trace
Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty
Born in 1914 into a tight-knit bohemian family of artists and free thinkers, Everett Ruess was encouraged by his parents from a young age to live his life on the largest scale imaginable. His mother, a talented printmaker, did much to encourage his early artistic aspirations and lust for nature.
From what I've seen of the current generation of feminist magazines—Bitch, Bust and now Fierce—they have no aversion to the physical beauty of women. In the case of the amazing Angie Lin on the cover of the recent "Spirit" issue, C. Noel's photos are distinctive, sensuous and ethereal. Accompanied by editor-in-chief Asata Reid's poetic and uplifting "The Liberation of My Spirit," which is peppered with inspiring quotes from such diverse sources as Anais Nin and Mother Teresa, there is, in my humble opinion as a mere man, something special here.
American Judaism: A History
Spiced with an effective blend of anecdotes and analysis, Sarna's book tells the often troubled story of the 350-year history of Jews in America. It's the first such history to be published in the last half century, and by most accounts it's superior to its outdated predecessors.