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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


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


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

Forget WMD and yellowcake. Forget imperially obsessed chicken hawks, Blame America First-ers and that movie by the guy in the baseball cap. Just don't forget the Iraqi people.

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Speed Reader

The Children's War

Novels about World War II are a dime a dozen. Charlesworth avoids treading on familiar literary ground by focusing on intricate personal relationships forged by a communist Jew, his estranged wife and their 13-year-old daughter, Ilse, who is sent to an uncle in Morocco to escape the clutches of the Nazis.

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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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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Altars, Ofrendas y Mas

Dia de los Muertos Art Workshop: Altars

Learn about the history, traditions, symbols and how to paint your face like a calavera.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 18)

Just a Sweet Transvest-Nite

The Rocky Horror Show

Feeling down? Perhaps a visit to the doctor is in order—with Dr. Fran-N-Furter that is! The perfect way to celebrate Halloween (it's just a jump to the left) is to get a ticket to Musical Theatre Southwest's production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the film and seeing a local production will make the musical come to life. With tickets only $20-22, this show is a local gem. So put your hands on your hips and do the pelvic thrust over to the MTS box office or
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Today's Events


Concurrent exhibitions focused on navigating changing environments. Part of the HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts Series.

Finger Weaving/Spool Knitting at Main Library

Jesse Cook at KiMo Theatre

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