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 Nov 2 - 8, 2006 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

Tropicana Havana—As the New Mexico air turns frigid, your imagination will soon start to wander to warmer, more tropical locales. No need to whip out the plastic to pay for a flight to the Caribbean. Just drive on up to Santa Fe for the annual benefit for the Museum of International Folk Art's education and outreach programs. This Sunday, Nov. 4, mojitos and other exotic drinks will be served along with grub from a host of Santa Fe's finest caterers. Live music will be provided by Nosotros. It's a hundred bucks per person, but $75 of that is tax deductible and it's for a very good cause. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling (505) 982-6366 ext. 112.

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One–I mean, three–of J.L. Johnson’s freaky little friends.

Gallery Review

Double Your Displeasure

Double Trouble at the Yale Art Center

By Steven Robert Allen

Throughout most of the history of Western art, it's generally been assumed that good art cannot and should not be grotesque. In the last century or so, however, that guiding principle has largely been thrown out the window. These days, the most interesting contemporary art often contains at least some element of aesthetic deformity. A couple years ago SITE Santa Fe even hosted a biennial called Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque specifically to celebrate art that is fantastically incongruous, even ugly.

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Book Review

Queen in Shining Armor

Review by John Freeman

Inés of My Soul

France had Marie Antoinette, England Queen Elizabeth. But in the pantheon of great female leaders from history, Doña Inés Suárez of Chile might have been the most adventuresome of all. Born in Plascencia, Spain, in 1507, she came to the Americas at the age of 30 looking for a lost husband, who was lured to the New World in search of false gold. Inés never found him, but stumbled into the arms of Pedro de Valdivia, the Spanish conqueror of Chile.

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Book News

Giving Names to the Land

Barry Lopez’ Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape

By Lisa Lenard-Cook

Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape

The seed for Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape was planted when National Book Award winning author Barry Lopez went to the University of Oregon library to look up the definition of the geographical term “blind creek.” To Lopez’ surprise, “No one had ever published a dictionary of American landscape terms.” Though Lopez had neither the time nor the inclination to take on such a daunting project, the idea stayed with him. “It occurred to me … that I might invite a group of writers—as opposed to geographers—to define these words and give people a feeling for this language.”

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You have the bridge, Mr. Sulu.

Art News

Dear Mr. Sulu

By Marisa Demarco

It is I, a humble reporter and grudging "Star Trek" fan, who worked more than a month in advance to set up an interview with you. Yes, Sulu, your real name is George Takei, and you do not utter dramatic statements in your space jammies all day long while your captain gets it on with hot alien women. I understand all this—but only barely.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 11)

A Titillating Treat

Southwest Burlesque Pre Party! Featuring Bunny Galore

By Renée Chavez
The best burlesque dancers of the Southwest perform for the weekend.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Feb 13)

Nerd Out in More Ways Than One

Comic Book Shakespeare

By Maggie Grimason
This hands-on workshop leads participants through creating their own manga/graphic version of Hamlet's soliloquy, 'To be or not to be.'
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