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 V.18 No.11 | March 12 - 18, 2009 

Culture Shock

Freaking Skeksis Are the Worst

Puppeteers practice an ingenious breed of artistry that blends playfulness, resourcefulness and beauty to practical ends. That's a fancy way of saying "Puppeteers are my favorite." Michael McCormick is a native New Mexican who's built puppets, masks and props for The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi. He'll show his personal and commercial work and reconstruct part of his studio space at the William Platz Gallery in the Art Center Design College (5000 Marble NE). The exhibit will be on display through Friday, April 17, and the gallery is open on Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m., Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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“Baja Kali”by Einar and Jamex de la Torre; 2001Blown glass, mix media

Gallery Review

Borderless

The de la Torre Brothers’ Meso-Americhanics at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Tamil Tiger

When nine-months pregnant M.I.A. performed at the Grammy Awards a few weeks ago, it seemed a real possibility that she could have her baby on stage while Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I. and Lil Wayne danced around the afterbirth. And while the big-bellied Sri Lankan/British artist sang vocals on “Swagga Like Us,” with a riff from her 2008 hit “Paper Planes,” it felt like it could happen. I wanted it to happen.

The friend who gave my wife a copy of M.I.A.’s 2005 Arular called the album the next big thing; everyone was talking about it. At first listen, what clawed through the synth arrangements was the mix of world music and retro beats and a lyrical sense that fell somewhere between teen angst and child soldier. It’s like her words were flowing straight out of the sexiest, danciest war zone ever.

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One of the pieces by ArtStreet participants featured as part of   Synergy  .

Art News

Synergized

ArtStreet’s Synergy: Word + Visual Art + Printmaking

Community is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the art world—how art brings community together, how community fashions dialogue, etc. It gets so much play that its meaning can be lost or rendered redundant. But the thing is, ArtStreet is really, really about community.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 1)

Beyond the Shadows

Beyond the Shadows

A nonverbal shadow puppet show for the whole family. Follow Paloma on her journey across the land on a quest to find a new place to call home.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Ballads and Bottle Rockets

Battle of the Bands

Local bands compete to be the group that is most talented. Cash prizes offered to first and second place. Fourth of July celebration follows.
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Maggie Grimason

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 8)

Ancient, Art, History

Under the Ancient Sea Atlantis Reception

Contemporary artist Ralph Greene presents his newest body of work.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 9)

Guffaw, Chuckle, Giggle

Laughs for Literacy

Comedian Marty Smith and friends present comedy with a bookish theme. All proceeds benefit Reading Works, a nonprofit adult literacy program.
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Courtesy of Sidewinder's Facebook Page

EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Jul 13)

SweetHeart Fashion Show

A benefit for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico featuring locally made clothes, an auction and a catwalk contest.
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Today's Events

Guardians of the Galaxy at South Broadway Cultural Center

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

A Medieval Murder at Foul Play Cafe

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical at National Hispanic Cultural Center

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