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 V.18 No.4 | January 22 - 28, 2009 

Culture Shock

While listening to “Studio 360” on the radio this morning (thank you, 89.1 KANW, for the awesomeness of your a.m. programming), I heard an interview with the poet Dana Gioia, departing chairperson for the National Endowment for the Arts. The program centered on artists' recommendations and wish lists for President Obama (say it with me, it's not a dream). Artists of all stripes are excited by the possibilities of this new administration; a commander in chief who confessed to not being a big reader has been replaced by one who is photographed with books of poetry tucked under his arm, his hands being full with BlackBerrys. It's become rote to say that America doesn't privilege art, but that's not necessarily endemic to our national character. Aside from Roosevelt's WPA program, Eisenhower recognized the importance of “soft diplomacy,” one that privileged cultural exchange, necessitating the development of our own artistic culture. Both Kennedy and Johnson were fierce proponents of arts funding as part of initiatives toward the realization of the New Frontier and Great Society. By the '80s, however, art had come to be seen as extraneous, or worse, un-American. My hard-earned tax dollars for a crucifix in a bottle of piss? Hell, no!

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Book Profile

A Necessary History of Beautiful Things

Nancy Benson’s New Mexico Colcha Club: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Women Who Saved It

When the first settlers made their way from Spain to what is now New Mexico in the early 1600s, they brought with them the essentials: sheep, seeds and fine embroidery. Embroidered textiles in some permutation or another are a part of nearly every culture, and New Mexico’s traditional embroidery, known as colcha, sprang from the detailed work found in Europe and hauled over an ocean to New Spain.

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Art News

Pins and Needles

Albuquerque tattoo artists unite

The way Noel Ortiz gushes about the tattoo culture in Albuquerque, you’d think his body was covered in ink.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jan 19)

Slay Me With Words

Annihilation Songs

Santa Fe writer and award-winning filmmaker Jason DeBoer presents anagrammatic takes on The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Hamlet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jan 20)

We're All Mad Here

Alice in Wonderland

A new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic.
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Courtesy of Keshet Center for the Arts

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jan 20)

Dancing Through Life

Together and Apart: An Albuquerque Urban Journey Through Dance

Dancer Silva Laukkanen explores how environment impacts choreography.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jan 20)

Science + Art = Molecool

Collected Works: Michael Wallace Opening

Featured works include pastels, oils, acrylics, mixed media and electronic media from the earth scientist and creator of the Calabacillas Arroyo public art. Runs through 1/31.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Feb 13)

Weekly Alibi's Kinky Curiosities

We'll be showing off some of Albuquerque's biggest fantasies, fetishes, kinks, curiosities and the results of our online-exclusive sex survey. Live performers and demonstrations run the gamut from leather to lace, from bondage to burlesque, from domination to drag queens. There will be information tables featuring the city's most sex-positive resources and some very naughty vendors.
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Today's Events

Small footprint Big views at Ricardo Studios

Artist Ricardo Gutierrez shows his series of petite paintings celebrating the New Mexico landscape and palette, the exhibition features small acrylic works painted with a putty knife. Runs through 2/10/17.

Mikael Ann Lamond Art and Glass at Tractor Brewing Wells Park

Original Instructions: Pueblo Sovereignty and Pueblo Governance at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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