By Erin Adair-Hodges
Every story needs conflict. For the good to emerge, it must struggle valiantly against the often overwhelming bad. Christmas proves this rule, way back to the beginning. Jesus managed to avoid King Herod's infanticide net, allowing the young lad to grow up and say some stuff and do some things. Kris Kringle faced the perpetually unjolly at every turn and was denied bank loans for reindeer 12 times before securing a U.N. microloan. Don't even get me started on the guy with the mustache who wanted to steal Frosty's hat. Christmas has its share of grumpy baddies, so I welcome you to the Christmas Villain edition of Culture Shock to witness the transformative power of tiny beseeching children on green, miserly Republicans.
Dreaming of a White Trash Christmas
The Dolls present Christmas at the Yucca Vista
By Erin Adair-Hodges
The gloom of recession is everywhere, and the holidays, rather than providing a respite from the powerful reality of the financial crisis, may seem to exacerbate it. People are losing their jobs. Bindles are replacing briefcases. It ain’t pretty out there.
Yes, We Can?
These days, even art might need a government bailout
By David Leigh
The students, faculty and staff (myself included, as I work at the college’s Fine Arts Gallery) at the College of Santa Fe are presently waiting to hear the fate of the private school, founded in 1859 by the Lasallian Christian Brothers. Last year’s proposed buyout of the college fell through, and the short of it is that CSF needs a financial partner in order to remain solvent. By the time Christmas rolls around, the college may be on a path to becoming a part of New Mexico Highlands University or UNM, or perhaps on the path to closure—though, I think the latter scenario is doubtful. My vote is that CSF becomes a part of one of the state schools, retaining its continued focus on the arts, which I think is what the community at the college and greater Santa Fe are hoping for as well.
Inaugural D.H. Lawrence Lecture
By Renée Chavez
Award-winning author Mark Doty reads and discusses his work.
Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues
By Taylor Grabowsky
Zen Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple give a world-class performance of martial arts.
The Lady in Question
By Megan Reneau
A suspenseful tale of a world-famous concert pianist visiting Germany who finds herself enamored with a handsome professor and entangled in his attempt to rescue his mother from a Nazi prison.
Ars Longa: Vita Brevis
By Maggie Grimason
Vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance by international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.
Aliento: Carnaval 2017
By Megan Reneau
The musical group PANdemonium takes participants on a journey through the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.
The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics
By Devin D. O'Leary
A film about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality and features interviews with leading experts in the fields of Catholic theology, philosophy and ethics.
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