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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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Stephen Ausherman

Art Magnified

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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Dan Parsons

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Why is Pie?

Pie

By Renée Chavez
Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax and Tara Khozein come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally-driven clownish characters and their buffoon alter-egos.
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White Man's Moccasins by Lee Marmon

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Grande Route 66

Then and Now: Rediscovering Route 66 Opening Reception

By Megan Reneau
View the work of internationally recognized Laguna photographer Lee Marmon, New Mexican photographer Sondra Diepen and New Mexican painter Carol L. Adamec. Runs through 6/25.
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Don't Cry For Her, Albuquerque

Evita

By Taylor Grabowsky
A recount of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.
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Earnestly Yours

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Megan Reneau
This classic play by Oscar Wilde is a celebration of life, love, wit and the theatre itself.
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Pentimento
Courtesy of AirDance New Mexico

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Altered Content

Pentimento

By August March
A variety of aerial apparatuses and stilt work with interactive projections performed to a choir of women’s voices.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 29)

Kale for Your Ears

Tonal Relativity Games and Experiments

By Renée Chavez
Prepared Ear collaborates with Death Convention Singers, Sounds Modern co-founder Elizabeth McNutt featuring frameworks for improvisation.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 29)

Just One More Chapter

Independent Bookstore Day

By Maggie Grimason
Seven New Mexican authors assist as guest booksellers to recommend books that have influenced them or that they've enjoyed reading, in addition to promoting their own titles.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, May 1)

“Is you a good witch? Or just a bad bitch?”

Straight Outta Oz

By Megan Reneau
Todrick Hall brings to life the classic American tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by sharing his adventures from his small town in Texas all the way to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.”
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