Alibi V.18 No.8 • Feb 19-25, 2009 

Gallery Box

The Trillion Space

The Trillion Space is a contemporary gallery and studio that features an array of urban artwork by local up-and-coming artists, as well as others from across the nation. The gallery, located Downtown at 510 Second NW, was originally founded and operated by Rocky Norton, who has since passed the torch to current head of affairs James Black. There are two artist collectives currently working within the Trillion Space— Paper Chase Press and Saba & Endemic—who specialize in screen printing and graphic design. Black is also the visual art projection guru for his own Projecta Selektaz, providing projection visuals for music events and parties in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas.

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Culture Shock

Well, it's become clear—this "Internet" is here to stay. I was dubious for 11 or 12 years, but looks like this thing's got legs. The Alibi's long made the print version of our paper available online, along with our late-breaking, trend-making, controversy-stoking blogs. And now there's more. In addition to what you see in the paper, the Arts and Literature section will feature weekly online-exclusive content at alibi.com, such as:

• "I on Books" vlog: Two-minute reviews with a book snob, a giant chair, guest readers and sometimes prizes, new every Tuesday. The inaugural edition tore The Other Boleyn Girl a new hole. This week's vlog tells you what to think about Sandra Cisneros' Caramelo.

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Book Profile

That Good Night

Let There Be Night

As a child, Paul Bogard spent summers with his family at a lake in Minnesota, surrounded by the still of nature and the sound of wind feathering through trees. He was surrounded also, he remembers, by stars he couldn't peel his eyes off of. It was during these marathon stargazing sessions that Bogard says he "learned about the night sky, learned about the importance of darkness." Without it, constellations grow so distant as to be mythical. They get lost.

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Book Review

Here for You

The Mercy Papers

Writing about death is a tricky business, especially when the format is memoir and the death is premature and robs the author of her own mother. Yet local writer and College of Santa Fe instructor Robin Romm deftly avoids the pratfalls of self-pity and sentimentality in her powerful new book The Mercy Papers. While subtitled “A Memoir of Three Weeks,” this particular death by cancer is protracted, agonizing, and up close and personal. This is the tale of a woman who does not go gently into that good night.

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Book Review

Sándor Márai’s Beloved Hungarian Novel

Esther's Inheritance

The story of Esther's Inheritance's English publication is as intriguing as the tale of guilt and ghosts that the novella tells. Author Sándor Márai was popular in his native Hungary, but his antifacist beliefs made him a target for the Communists who took over the country in 1945.  They banned Márai's books and destroyed all copies, including 1939's Esther's Inheritance. The author fled in 1948 and ended up in America, where he lived in relative anonymity until he committed suicide in 1989. French translations of Marai's work surfaced in the mid-1990s, reintroducing Márai's writing to the world of publication.  

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Art Schmart

Carnival in the Desert

The celebration preceding the Catholic ritual of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Christ's rise from the grave might be the most bitchin' thing about Christianity. While Lent represents the time Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by Satan, Carnival and Mardi Gras are geared toward indulgence in sin—exactly what Lent aims to avoid.

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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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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 26)

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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