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 V.13 No.47 | November 18 - 24, 2004 

Untitled pencil drawing by Bill Bennett

Culture Shock

This weekend you can get a jump on holiday shopping simply by taking the 25-mile drive northward up to Placitas. Artists and art lovers of all stripes will be infesting this little burg during the 23rd Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale.

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From left to right: Brandy Slagle, Edward B. Dean, Dixie Mayfield, Patrick McElwee and Tristana Gonzalez in SolArt’s   Blue Surge  .

Performance Review

Out of the Blue

Blue Surge at SolArts

As a theater critic in Albuquerque, I've got plenty of blessings to count, and the number keeps rising every month. For some reason, new theaters have been popping up all over town recently. One of the newest is a hip space at 712 Central SE operated by SolArts, a local nonprofit visual and performing arts organization.

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Fantasy Masqueraders, Venice, Italy, 2001; photograph by David and Shirley Rowen.

Art Magnified

¡Carnaval!

Museum of International Folk Art

Every year just before the Catholic season of Lent, communities all over the globe let loose during one version or another of carnival. An amazing new traveling 10,000-square-foot multimedia exhibit opening this weekend at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe gives participants the opportunity to experience the many different faces of the annual event as it is celebrated in Venice, Spain, Switzerland, New Orleans, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia and Northern Africa. The only difference is that at this exhibit you won't be allowed to get either drunk or naked. $5 for New Mexico residents, free on Sundays. (505) 476-1200.

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“Return to Flanders” by Angus Macpherson

Art Magnified

Cities

MoRo Gallery

Angus Macpherson brings his talent for creating haunting ambient landscapes to a series of urban scenes in an exhibit opening this weekend at MoRo Gallery (806 Mountain NW). As is often true of Macpherson's natural scenes, these views of artificial, man-made architectures are often captured at night or in half-light. From Chicago to Tucson to San Diego to his home base in Albuquerque, Macpherson takes us with him on his nocturnal ramblings through these fascinatingly varied cityscapes. Cities opens this Friday with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring a jazz performance by Jeff Solon. Runs through Dec. 31. 242-6272.

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Book Review

Culture of Fear

The Fall of Baghdad

The Fall of Baghdad

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Speed Reader

The Children's War

The Children's War

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New Mexico Books & More opens at Cottonwood Mall on Monday, Nov. 22.

Book News

Land o' Books

New Mexico Books & More

In years past, I've managed to largely avoid doing any Christmas shopping at malls. The crowds, the crappy plastic music, the generic chain stores—it just doesn't seem worth the migraine. This year, though, I think I'm due for an attitude adjustment.

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Davy Rothbart, founder of   FOUND

Arts Interview

Lost and FOUND

An interview with FOUND magazine founder Davy Rothbart

Three years ago, Davy Rothbart started a little, self-published zine called FOUND. In it, Rothbart reproduced the best items he had found lying in the street: old love letters, shopping lists, kids' drawings, mangled photographs, stained postcards. Each item, separated from its creator, took on a mysterious life of its own. A humorously mutilated “Lost Kitten” flyer could share gutter space with a suicide note. Each one, a tiny riddle.

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