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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 gorelets.com 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."
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.