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 Sep 2 - 8, 2004 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

It kind of feels like a bomb has been dropped in Albuquerque, leaving a charred, smoking hole right in the middle of Downtown. Financial problems have motivated Magnífico—one of Albuquerque's best nonprofit arts organizations—to close its Downtown gallery at 516 Central SW. The organization's board also decided to lay off its three-person staff.

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Art Magnified

Burning Green Wood

Donkey Gallery

By Steven Robert Allen

A group of enterprising young artists has opened up a new gallery space at 1415 Fourth Street SW in Albuquerque's historic Barelas neighborhood. The Donkey Gallery's first show is called Burning Green Wood and will feature work by its three co-directors—David Leigh, Larry Bob Phillips and Sherlock Terry. A grand opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. I'm told there will be tacos. Rex Hobart will provide live tunes. The event will also serve as a launch party for the Donkey Journal, a monthly, limited edition, two-sided poster with interviews, art criticism, creative writing and reviews. The show runs through Oct. 3. 243-0502.

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Restless Tribes

Café Au Lait

By Steven Robert Allen

Former Alibi contributor Stephen Ausherman has just released a new collection of travel essays called Restless Tribes (Central Ave. Press, paper, $14.95). Several of the essays included in the book first appeared in earlier incarnations in the Alibi. Swing by Café Au Lait this Friday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet Ausherman, pick up a signed copy of his book, and check out an exhibit of photographs from his extensive travels to India, Korea, Borneo, Iraq, Vietnam, China, Tanzania and other exotic locales. The exhibit will run through Sept. 30. 248-0707.

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Poetry News

The Family Vibe in Missouri

St. Louis Hosts the 2004 National Poetry Slam

By Don McIver

It's official: I've got baseball fever. In the ninth inning, the Expos hit a two run homer to tie the game, and it's extra innings. We're sitting in the cheap seats at Busch Stadium and sweat is pouring down my face. Wait, this isn't baseball fever; it's August in St. Louis. Busch Stadium is a bowl of soup, and sweat is pouring from my why-didn't-I-buzz-my-hair-this-summer head as if I'm running laps. And I'm not. I'm watching a baseball game, and I'm drinking the local brew (namely Budweiser) in St. Louis the night before the National Poetry Slam begins.

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Book Review

The Wild World of Bush

Review by John Dicker

Sore Winners (And the Rest of Us) in George Bush's America

It's a pity the Bush-bashing book genre is dominated by screeds that have as much to do with their author's vanity as with their politics. While this vituperative oeuvre took its cue from the spate of titles birthed during those seemingly innocent years when Clinton hatred comprised an ideology unto itself, they're hardly the most substantive reads. In the context of today's starkly polarized electorate—where pollsters claim only about 18 percent remain persuadable—a book that, albeit anti-Bush, offers eloquent bitch slaps to everyone from milquetoast Democrats (paging Sen. Daschle!) to robotic radicals (is there a Dr. Chomsky in the hizzouse?) ... well, such a work seems destined to be pulped in the rush toward partisan fervor.

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Bookstore Events

Reading Your Rights

By Steven Robert Allen

With John Ashcroft in charge, the Justice Department barely deserves its name. We're living in a scary new America. Learn your rights now before they're stripped away forever.

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Speed Reader

Review by Steven Robert Allen

The Last Day of the War

By most accounts, this novel, set in the closing days of World War I, is a strikingly accomplished debut. The Last Day of the War emphasizes historical accuracy while still delivering a lush story about a young Jewish woman who falls in love with an Armenian-American soldier eager to avenge the Armenian genocide of 1915.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle … Art

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

By Maggie Grimason
A showcase of art created from discarded materials.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Healing One Word at a Time

Women of the World Poetry Slam Championship

By Megan Reneau
Ten of the best female performance poets in Albuquerque compete to claim the title of Best Woman Slammer in Albuquerque.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Dec 8)

Best in Snow

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

By Maggie Grimason
A retelling of the classic tale from the messenger's perspective.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 9)

“The bigger the crime, the greater forgiveness.”

Simon Gronowski

By Megan Reneau
Hear the harrowing expierence of the Belgian holocaust survivor and accomplished jazz pianist followed by a performance and a question and answer session.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Twirling Skirts of Tradition

Mariachi Christmas

By Nina Ferrell
Ring in the holiday season with exuberant music and dances from Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán and Ballet Folklórico University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
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Hanukkah Menorah
Gil Dekel via Wikimedia / Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Chag Urim Sameach! • חג אורים שמח

Hanukat Shalom

By August March
A Hanukah party with food, silent auction, activities for kids, live klezmer music with dancing and a sing-along with The Neo-Weavers.
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Courtesy of the JCC

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Ay-Yay-Yay

OY! A Comedy with Chutzpah

By Megan Reneau
A collection of short comedies which are a comic tribute to all things Jewish and all things human.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

No Good At Goodbyes

Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die

By Joshua Lee
Death educator Gail Rubin discusses her newest book on organizing your life, death and legacy.
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