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 May 20 - 26, 2004 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

Lovelier and lovelier! Set in an attractive 7,000-square-foot loft near the corner of Fourth Street and Central Avenue, Fort 105 Studios contains 16 studio spaces and a large gallery. Since it opened in 1998, this unique cooperative venture has become a staple of Downtown Albuquerque's arts scene, catering to the needs of a wide range of art professionals. Photographers, painters, sculptors, carpenters, jewelry makers and musicians all call Fort 105 home.

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Art Magnified

Flow

Coleman Gallery

By Steven Robert Allen

There's still one week left to catch a three-person exhibit of abstract art at the Coleman Gallery. Diane McGregor paints dreamy wave-like oil canvases. Joyce Shupe specializes in constructing distinctive banded pieces with highly textured surfaces. Don Verynay creates polished vertical works with saturated pigments mixed with lava gel. Flow, a show of work by these three artists, runs through May 29. Swing through the gallery before this exhibit comes down. 232-0224.

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Art Magnified

Música Antigua de Albuquerque

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal

By Steven Robert Allen

Josquin des Prez was one of the finest Flemish composers of the Renaissance. This Sunday, May 23, Música Antigua de Albuquerque, our city's premiere interpreter of antique music will present a concert of sacred and secular music by this distinguished master. As always, the compositions will be performed on period instruments. The show begins at 4:30 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal (601 Montaño NW). $15 general, $12 seniors, $8 students. 842-9613.

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Art News

Outside the Gallery

Contemporary Arts in the Public Realm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and 516 Magnífico Artspace

By Steven Robert Allen

A couple months ago, a few Albuquerque city councilors and their supporters made a big stink about a sculpture consisting of two giant neon green cones that the city planned to install at the Louisiana and I-40 interchange. Whether you side with the complainers or with Tom Waldron, the project's designer, it's nice to see people get worked up over art for a change. It's the kind of conflict we don't see often enough in Albuquerque. Everyone should care about public art in our city, and we should all be willing to air our own views in public.

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Book Review

Not Invited

Review by Don McIver

In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960

In looking over In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960 what strikes me most is not the poems, or even the all-star line up, but the poets who are missing. Since I am an award-winning poet, host of a monthly reading for five years, award-winning producer of a spoken word/poetry radio show for four years and resident of Albuquerque for 13 years, some of my dismay is personal. Ever since I heard about the book's release, my indignation has been building. But now, with the actual book, I'm incredulous, and my ire is aimed squarely at the editors: Lee Bartlett, V.B. Price and Dianne Edenfield Edwards. I smell a rat.

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alt.press

By Kane S. Latranz

Clamor

It takes courage to expend the energy to create, come what may of one's efforts. The same is true of creative activism. Clamor addresses art, activism and courageous creativity in general.

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Speed Reader

Review by Steven Robert Allen

The Laws of Invisible Things

Huyler, a practicing emergency physician, creates a gripping medical thriller about a mysterious infectious disease and a young doctor's heroic attempts to trace its cause. Poetic and suspenseful, The Laws of Invisible Things is a promising debut from a talented young writer.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Slammin’

OutSpoken Queer Poetry

By Monica Schmitt
The slam is open to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and queer-questioning poets. Featuring Queer Xicana poet, Tannia Esparza. Hosted by Erin Northern.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Package For Mom

Thunder from Down Under

By Joshua Lee
The internationally-acclaimed male revue of dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs.
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