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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 (Sunday, Feb 19)

Address the Hero in You

The Lady in Question

By Megan Reneau
A suspenseful tale of a world-famous concert pianist visiting Germany who finds herself enamored with a handsome professor and entangled in his attempt to rescue his mother from a Nazi prison.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 19)

Even Bubbe Will Shake It

Fifteenth Annual KlezmerQuerque Festival

By Joshua Lee
Enjoy dance and instrumental music rooted in traditional wedding ceremonies of the Eastern European Jewish people.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Wild and Well Read

Inaugural D.H. Lawrence Lecture

By Renée Chavez
Award-winning author Mark Doty reads and discusses his work.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 24)

Ka-Ra-Te

Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues

By Taylor Grabowsky
Zen Buddhist monks hailing from the Shaolin Temple give a world-class performance of Shaolin martial arts.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 24)

Good for the Sole

Ars Longa: Vita Brevis

By Maggie Grimason
Vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance by international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 24)

Party Like it's the End of the World

Aliento: Carnaval 2017

By Megan Reneau
The musical group PANdemonium takes participants on a journey through the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Feb 24)

Does Masturbation Really Make Baby Jesus Cry?

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

By Devin D. O'Leary
A film about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality and features interviews with leading experts in the fields of Catholic theology, philosophy and ethics.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Mar 1)

Not Your Average Bug's Life

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

By Megan Reneau
A theatrical circus show following the life of insects.
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