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 Sep 10 - 16, 2009 
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Culture Shock

By Erin Adair-Hodges

School’s In

It's important to try new things. I'm somewhat of an expert at this. I've tried seven art forms, six sports, five languages and cooking. It is safe to say that I'm fairly horrible at all but one of these (hint: not cooking), but I'm better for having tried. In fact, I’m always on the lookout for the next thing I can be not very good at. Join me, won’t you?

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Book Review

They F**k You Up, Your Mom and Dad

Review by Erin Adair-Hodges

That Old Cape Magic

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo is a New Englander, a pertinent fact because place is a character in all of his books. The Northeast, be it the Upstate New York of Bridge of Sighs or small-town Maine of Empire Falls, is Russo's muse. It's both the backdrop and crucible for his work, characterized by class, clapboard and intergenerational conflict. His newest, That Old Cape Magic, doesn't stray from the successful formula.

That Old Cape Magic focuses on middle-aged screenwriter-turned-professor Jack Griffin and his relationships with his wife and daughter. But it's his parents, appearing mostly through memory, who move the story's action. As East Coast intellectuals doomed (in their estimation) to suffer teaching college in the "Mid-fucking-west," Griffin's parents' snobbery and snarkiness leave him, as an adult, eager to be whatever and wherever they're not.

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Puppets at rest.

Festival Preview

Thirty Giant Puppets Can’t Be Wrong

We Art the People Folk Art Festival

By W. Jacob Divett

Several years ago, art therapist Janis Timm-Bottos was inspired when she learned about Depression-era “community art studios.” These studios were created in response to the economic hardships of the day and gave people a free place to come together and express themselves. In 2001, Timm-Bottos founded OFFCenter, an art studio that provides supplies and studio space at no cost to just about anyone who wants to create.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Slammin’

OutSpoken Queer Poetry

By Monica Schmitt
The slam is open to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and queer-questioning poets. Featuring Queer Xicana poet, Tannia Esparza. Hosted by Erin Northern.
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courtesy Australia's Thunder From Down Under's Facebook Page

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Package For Mom

Thunder from Down Under

By Joshua Lee
The internationally-acclaimed male revue of dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 13)

Trolling for Sharks

Swimming with the Big Fish

By Devin O'Leary
Ray Troll discusses the practical realities of making a living as a full-time artist.
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Painting by Joseph Karl Stieler / Public Domain

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

Roll Over, Beethoven!

Beethoven Festival

By August March
A tribute to one of the most influential classical composers. Guest Conductor Ryan McAdams leads the program with special guest, Van Cliburn Crystal Award winner, Sean Chen. Preview talk at 3pm.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 15)

Classic Albuquerque

32nd Annual New Mexico Council of Car Clubs Classic Auto Show

By Megan Reneau
Hundreds of antique, classic, exotic and sports cars, along with trucks, motorcycles and vintage camper trailers are on display in the museum parking lot.
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