Not so familiar with our city's growing art scene? Maybe it's time you got up close and personal. You'll have your chance this Friday, Aug. 3, during the monthly First Friday gallery tour. From enamel art at Downtown's Sumner & Dene (517 Central NW, 842-1400) to mixed media work at Old Town's Weems Gallery (303 Romero NW, 764-0302) to handmade jewelry at Nob Hill's Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central SE (Nob Hill, 268-6828), there's a wee bit o' something for just about everybody. For a full roster of participating galleries, call 771-4006 or go to www.artscrawlabq.org.
The sad truth about public art is that it's often a lowest common denominator affair. The municipal committees that rubber-stamp these projects might have a deep appreciation for the revolutionary possibilities of contemporary art, but you rarely see it manifested in the decisions they make. Mostly, these committees just don't want to be hassled by vocal critics from the public at large, those loudmouth cretins who habitually take offense at any aesthetic flavor other than vanilla.
The Aboriginal Fulfilled Apostles, masters of Edenic Nutritional Science, have a problem. Desperate for smarter children from the wombs of new women outside their gene pool, the quasi-pagan religious sect from Bluff, Mont., elect to send Mason Plato LaVerle, whose penis is the largest known to exist in town, and his partner Elder Elias Stark on the mission of their lives. They are to go to America and convert new women into Apostles, insuring the future of the ailing colony of natural nutritionists.
On TV and the big screen, law enforcement officers kick down doors fearlessly, produce warrants instantaneously, and never, ever get stopped for speeding. But reality is different. If you want a reality check, pick up a copy of Armed & Dangerous, William Queen’s latest chronicle of his years as an ATF agent. The ostensible subject of this book is Queen’s hunt for a gun-toting, back-to-the-land marijuana grower named Mark Stephens.