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 May 24 - 30, 2012 
Desert Dancing

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Desert Dancing

VSA’s regional series returns with Whitman, war and psychology

By Christie Chisholm
Meshi Chavez moved to Portland, Ore., at the age of 18. Sixteen years later, he’s returning with We Two Boys to Wild Dancing West, VSA North Fourth Art Center’s contemporary dance festival. Now in its seventh year, Wild Dancing West is “the sibling of Global DanceFest,” says Kearny, referring to VSA’s international spectacle that began in 2001. After celebrating dance from around the world, creators decided “it was important to also focus on contemporary dance happening in our region,” she says. 

Book Review

Show Me the Way to Go Home

Toni Morrison’s tale of siblings searching for solace has character but lacks resolution

Review by Sam Adams
Like pretty much everything else she's written, Morrison's most recent novel is a work of historical fiction deeply ingrained in social injustices. Home’s story revolves around brother and sister Frank and Ycidra (aka "Cee") Money, who grew up in the destitute shantytown of Lotus, Ga. It was a place where, as Frank says in one of the book's many internal monologues, "There was no goal other than breathing, nothing to win and, save for somebody else's quiet death, nothing to survive or worth surviving for."
“Oranges, Box, and Painting on Door” by John Chervinsky
Courtesy of Richard Levy Gallery

Culture Shock

By Sam Adams

Last Saturday Arts Crawl

John Chervinsky's Frames of Reference is an exquisite contemplation on the interplay between scientific principles and their worldly manifestations. In one of the series' subsets, Studio Physics, the Harvard applied physics professor went to great lengths for his final photographic prints. Chervinsky set up studio still lifes, then photographed portions of them. He mailed those photos to a painting factory in China and incorporated the reproductions of his photos by anonymous artists back into the still lifes. Elements of decay (a bowl of rotten bananas half covered by a painted “before” version of the ripe fruit) exhibit the enigma of impermanence in a visually straightforward way.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 29)

Who Needs Picasso?

ArtsUnexpected

By Monica Schmitt
This student-curated event features over 250 artists including filmmakers, dancers, thespians, visual artists and musicians performing and showcasing their works across campus.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 30)

Rise and Rezonate

Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience

By Maggie Grimason
Learn about Indigenous art processes. More than 60 Indigenous artists and art-related professionals representing the US, Canada and Latin America participate.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

OutSpoken Queer Poetry

The slam portion 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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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Thunder from Down Under

The internationally-acclaimed male revue of dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs perform.
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