Alibi V.18 No.28 • July 9-15, 2009 
Ousmane Macina grins for the camera during the artists' procession at the 2008 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Macina has participated in the market for five years.

Culture Shock

Santa Fe Way

Put on your broomstick skirt and take out a loan to buy dinner—in honor of the International Folk Art Market, it's Culture Shock, Santa Fe-style.

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Ousmane Macina grins for the camera during the artists' procession at the 2008 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Macina has participated in the market for five years.
Judith Cooper Haden

Art News

Travel the World in the City Different

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Ousmane Macina has been making jewelry since he was 7 years old.

Unlike American students who decide what careers they'd like to pursue, Macina says he was destined to be a goldsmith. "I didn't have a choice," Macina explains. "I had to do it because it's tradition, and I'm glad I'm doing it."

Macina was born in Nioro, Mali. The men in Macina's family have been designing gold jewelry for more than 10 generations. People wear his creations at traditional ceremonies and during the holy month of Ramadan. Macina keeps his familial legacy alive by selling his work at functions like the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. The event draws crowds of 20,000 people and, in its sixth year, the market will feature 136 artists from 46 countries.

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Book Review

Shit Lit

The Husband Habit

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, former reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, has churned out another book as part of her chick-lit moneymaking machine. This one's called The Husband Habit. Because I forced myself to read it, I know that it's about Vanessa Duran, a chef at an upscale Albuquerque restaurant. And—wouldn't you know it?—she has the unlucky habit of unknowingly dating married men. What is a thirtysomething to do? Swear off men, that's what! Of course, that's when a handsome man enters the scene. I wonder what happens?

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Danny Solis versifying at the 2009 Slam Poet Laureate Finals

Poetry News

Hardly Resting

An interview with newly crowned Slam Poet Laureate Danny Solis

On Saturday, June 13, some of Albuquerque's top slam poets met at the KiMo to battle it out for the title of Albuquerque Slam Poet Laureate. Danny Solis, longtime slammer and dreadlock connoisseur, emerged as the winner. Solis talked with me over expensive coffees at Flying Star about what the future holds for this newly made-up position.

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Photo by Eric Tillinghast

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The Gravity of the Situation

Þyngdarljóð: Gravity's Poetry

A series of photographs of Icelandic waterfalls by Eric Tillinghast. Each waterfall is displayed in a light box containing internal mechanics that generate light and sound to simulate surging water.
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Courtesy of Quantum Mechanix

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Someone Shat the Voting Booth

William Shatner Live

The Canadian actor, author, producer and director brings his talents and antics to the stage.
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Doll Parts

Trixie Mattel

In support of the "Now With Moving Parts Tour," enjoy an evening of music, comedy and drag.
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Courtesy of Desert Rose Playhouse

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Songs to Overthrow the Status Quo To

Beehive: The '60s Musical

The ultimate celebration of '60s female empowerment in the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power as told from the perspective of six young women.
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More Jazz, More Stars

Jazz and Blues Under the Stars

Live blues and jazz with dancing, food and libations.
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