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 V.14 No.19 | May 12 - 18, 2005 

Book Reviews

Goin' Up on a Mountain

Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains and Mike Coltrin's Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide

When I first moved to Albuquerque several years ago, I bought a hiking map of the Sandias at the base of the tram. It's that simple one with red lines marking the trails, the map most people have used if they've spent much time traipsing around our mountains. It's old and battered, but I still have it. My copy is a bit worse for wear, though—it's dirty, it's torn, and it's got a big old nasty cigarette burn located about an inch from South Peak. It's a nice artifact, but it's ready for retirement.

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Culture Shock

For years, Mark Garcia collected random found objects but had no idea why. These things just piled up in his home until, just a few years ago, he decided to manipulate them into a series of shadowboxes.

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Gallery Review

Smears and Splatters

Descontrolado at the Visiones Gallery

In a way, abstract expressionism is the perfect vehicle for venting adolescent aggression. Back in its heyday in the '50s, it was a highly masculine, testosterone-poisoned movement fueled by a handful of more or less disturbed visionaries. Jackson Pollack's giant drip paintings convey almost pure turbulent emotion. Many of Willem de Kooning's best-known paintings feel and look openly savage. In other words, abstract expressionism, at its root, is almost a visual equivalent to speed metal.

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Book Review

Crossing Over

Death of an Ordinary Man

Given that no one lives forever, it is remarkable how infrequently novelists imagine what greets us on the other side. Those who have tried to fathom death's mysterious contours break down into two camps. There are writers like Dante or J.M. Coetzee, who believe we have plenty of company in the afterlife. Then there are folks like Alice Sebold, Ali Smith, and now Glen Duncan, who in his creepy fourth novel, Death of an Ordinary Man, imagines for us a world that has one salient quality—loneliness.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 1)

Beyond the Shadows

Beyond the Shadows

A nonverbal shadow puppet show for the whole family. Follow Paloma on her journey across the land on a quest to find a new place to call home.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Ballads and Bottle Rockets

Battle of the Bands

Local bands compete to be the group that is most talented. Cash prizes offered to first and second place. Fourth of July celebration follows.
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Maggie Grimason

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 8)

Ancient, Art, History

Under the Ancient Sea Atlantis Reception

Contemporary artist Ralph Greene presents his newest body of work.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 9)

Guffaw, Chuckle, Giggle

Laughs for Literacy

Comedian Marty Smith and friends present comedy with a bookish theme. All proceeds benefit Reading Works, a nonprofit adult literacy program.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Jul 13)

Fashionable and Fabulous

SweetHeart Fashion Show

A benefit for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico featuring locally made clothes, an auction and a catwalk contest.
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Tomorrow's Events

Beyond the Shadows at 10601 Performance Space

A nonverbal shadow puppet show for the whole family. Follow Paloma on her journey across the land on a quest to find a new place to call home.

Art in the Afternoon: Skip Batchelor at Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical at National Hispanic Cultural Center

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