Alibi 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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C. Elliott Photography

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 26)

Cool Outpost, Cool Show

Fifth Annual Outpost Gala Fundraiser

Enjoy the renowned music of Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton. Catered by Slate Street Café.
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Young Love and Sweet Songs

The Last Five Years

Follow a love story in an untraditional format, with one story moves forward in time while while the other story moves backwards meeting in the middle when they get married.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 26)

Plan Like Picasso

Lines of Thought Opening Reception

See how artists have used drawing to record and provoke thought, from the 15 century to today. Featuring work from Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso and many more. Runs through 9/27.
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