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 V.13 No.25 | June 17 - 23, 2004 

Culture Shock

I'm folk. You're folk. He's folk. She's folk. Folk music, folk art and folk culture can be made and played by anyone. That's the beauty of it. Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the Albuquerque Folk Festival, and I have to tell you I had a sweet banjo-pickin' good time from morning 'til night.

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Performance Review

One Flew East, One Flew West

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Vortex Theatre

At one point or another in their lives, many otherwise normal people have felt like they could use some time in a mental institution. I know I have. Mental illness isn't black and white. Those suffering from it are capable of moments of startling lucidity. Those who usually behave sanely are capable of skipping off the brink into the abyss.

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Art Magnified

Seventeenth Annual El Ancon Outdoor Sculpture Show

Nicasio and Janet Romero's Gallery and Sculpture Park

The heat down here in Albuquerque is driving locals north in droves. This weekend many of them will be driving up to the El Ancon Outdoor Sculpture Show in the picturesque Pecos River Valley. In its 17th year, the show has become a staple on the calendar of many New Mexican art enthusiasts. The show opens this Sunday, June 20, with a party featuring live music as well as paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings by over 40 artists. After Sunday, the show will be open to the public by appointment only through August 1. For directions call (505) 421-7057.

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Art Magnified

Angus Macpherson

MoRo Gallery

Nobody conjures up a stormy landscape better than Angus Macpherson. There's nothing static about a Macpherson painting. In his vision of the world, nature is in a constant state of flux. His often brightly colored landscapes also seem to crackle with emotion. An exhibit of paintings from Macpherson's "Rain Series" opens this Friday, June 18, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at his own MoRo Gallery. The show will run through July 15. 242-6272.

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Book Review


Enslaved by Ducks

In a way, I can almost understand why certain people relate better to animals than to other humans. Climb a rung or two up the evolutionary ladder above the lowly clam, and you'll soon come into contact with creatures of astonishing behavioral complexity. Except for parrots and an occasional gorilla with a yen for sign language, animals also have the added attraction of being unable to talk. You can spend all day long dumping all your pent up emotional baggage onto your favorite hound or kitty, and you never have to return the favor by listening to their annoying problems.

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The company meeting is less than 10 minutes away. Your guts churn. Frankly, blowing chunks would be a huge relief. You use your Palm Pilot to log onto and are treated to "Worm": "naked in soil / writhing red wet and blind / puckering tip and tapering tail / i wonder if there's any of you / left in its belly / as I bring down the shovel / on your collarbone / splitting you both in two."

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Speed Reader

The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver

After marrying into the Kennedy clan, Shriver directed the Peace Corps, headed Johnson's War on Poverty, founded the Special Olympics and served as ambassador to France. By most accounts, Stossel has created an admirable biography of one of America's most compassionate public servants.

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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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Indigo Sky by Cody Augustine
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

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

[Tension-Building Music] at Outpost Performance Space

The recent work of Noah McLaurine, featuring photographs of public lands and monuments in New Mexico. Runs through 11/5.

Bill Johnson Solo Exhibit at Eye on the Mountain Gallery

Life Drawing at Duel Brewing

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