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 V.18 No.19 | May 7 - 13, 2009 
“Nightsongs II” by Cynthia Cook

Gallery Box

Artspace 116

Artspace 116, nestled on the second floor between the First and Second block of Central, is a community service gallery that features artists without a gallery affiliation. Past Artspace 116 exhibits include mixed media, photography, oil painting, lithography, and porcelain and iron works. Gallery showings are typically one-person exhibits of work by New Mexico artists. Don and Pamela Michaelis opened the gallery in November 2004. It's now run by the staff of The Collector's Guide, a website and print magazine focused around the visual art of northern New Mexico and the Southwest.

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Culture Shock

Brevity Is the Soul of Winning

It's that time of year. You can feel it in the air, smell it on the 50-mph winds whipping your skull. It smells like ... brief spurts of genius. That's right; it's time for the Alibi's annual Flash Fiction Contest. Every year we ask our creative readership to strip their prodigious prose down to its essence. In this case, that's 119 words’ worth of story nuggets. Too limiting? Then consider this Hemingway treasure: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." That would give you another 113 words with which to blabber on. Come to think of it, 119 words seems a bit much, but such are our long-established rules.

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“Minotaur Leaves the Labyrinth” by Thomas Christopher Haag
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Gallery Review

Through the Labyrinth

Paintings by Thomas Christopher Haag at Cirq

In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull. His birth story starts with Minos. Minos prayed to Poseidon, highly temperamental god of the sea, to send him a sign that the throne of Crete would be his. Poseidon sent a snow-white bull intended for sacrifice, but instead, Minos decided to keep it for its beauty and sacrifice another. Naturally, Poseidon was peeved, and in spectacularly weird Greek myth fashion, made Minos' wife Pasiphaë fall in love with the bull. She in turn asked the famed architect Daedalus to build her a wooden cow that she climbed inside of in order to mate with the bull. The progeny of this cursed coupling was the Minotaur, who was later imprisoned in a labyrinth and killed by the hero Theseus for various assorted, well, labyrinthian reasons.

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Tooo-daaaay, as I walk down the streeeeeet!

Author Interview

Good Fences

Best-selling author Michael Datcher and the fear of being real

Los Angeles-based writer Michael Datcher has a roving eye, at least as far as genres are concerned. He's equally enamored with memoir, fiction, poetry and journalism and refuses to commit to just one. His 2001 autobiography Raising Fences: A Black Man's Love Story was featured as part of the Today Show Book Club series and caught the eye of none other than Dame Oprah. Raising Fences chronicles Datcher's childhood growing up fatherless, given up by his birth mother for another woman to raise. It takes a naked look at how black boys become black men often without any men around. It's a cycle that Datcher hopes, through honest examination, will be broken.

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Local Lexicon

New Reads by New Mexico Authors and Publishers

Sonoran Rage

Sonoran Rage

It’s New Mexico Territory, 1861. Brothers and stagecoach drivers James and Trace Colton are captured by Apaches. One Colton is used as a bargaining chip by the great Apache Chief Cochise to win freedom for his brother, imprisoned by the Army. Tempers rage across the Sonoran Desert, and blood stains the sand.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 9)

Get Your Gay Geek On

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Out actor/comedian Tom Lenk (star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” The Cabin in the Woods and Transformers) is the special guest at this year's 13th Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He'll be talking about his “dorkumentary” Nerdgasm, in which he travels to England to fulfill his lifelong dream…

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 11)

Catch Khachaturian

Chatter Sunday: Khachaturian and Finnish Songs

Featuring performances by Leevi Madetoja, Heino Kaski, Ruxandra Marquardt, James T Shields, Paul Marquardt, Timothy Mix and poetry from V.B. Price.

Today's Events

Cambodian Son at African American Performing Arts Center

As part of The Migration Experience, this film captures the inspirational story of Kosal Khiev’s journey from prisoner in America to world-class poet in Cambodia.

Thor (2011) at KiMo Theatre

Finding Nemo at South Broadway Cultural Center

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