Weekly Alibi
 Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2009 
Gene Grant mourns the loss of the greatest progressive opportunity in two generationssingle-payer health care.
NEWS/OPINION
Protesters and health care reform advocates clash at Rep. Martin Heinrich's packed town hall meeting. And mayoral candidate R.J. Berry pledges to stamp out government expansion.
Websclusive: Answer Me This
The Party Patrol's effect on your weekly news quiz.
Websclusive: Extras from the Berry Interview
Here's what the Republican mayoral candidate had to say about: the City Council, alternative energy, the arena, the modern streetcar, LGBT issues, recycling and red-light cameras.
MUSIC
Charlie Z takes off his headset after 31 years of hosting the "Hot Lix" oldies show on KUNM. Plus, Hollywood will attempt to harvest the ripe sonic fruit of New Mexico's tax incentive-supported loins with the Music in Film Summit.
FOOD
Pupuseria y Restaurant Salvadoreño doesn't serve its tamales with red or green chile. Instead, they're filled with olives, potatoes, capers and shredded chicken. Plus, munch some chocolate chip cookies with a hefty pinch of smoked salt.
FILM & TV
Taking Woodstock is a lighthearted, laid-back hippie-era biopic about the kid who helped get the most famous concert in history off the ground. Meanwhile, a reality star becomes a murder suspect and then hangs himself, prompting us to wonder what kind of vetting process these shows have.
ARTS/LIT
Fashion and visual art get to know each other in The Art of Fashion. And 14 local and national acts concoct humor on the fly at the Duke City Improv Festival.
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

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Personals

"I Saw You" at the Home Expo Show

Who saw? Who was seen? Was it you?

"I am a part of all I have met." Alfred, Lord Tennyson | Reply for free or see more “I Saw You” posts at alibi.com/personals.

To Doom from Gloom

I'm crazy about you, R. Although I've known you for over 20 years, these last 17 months with you have been amazing. You are the only man I want to kiss, hold hands and be with. You always make me smile and laugh no matter what mood I'm in. Every time you say we are soulmates, my heart lights up. We have a special connection that is so unique. You are gorgeous, sexy, charming and funny. I'd marry you tomorrow. I thank God everyday for bringing us together. Always Only You. Love T View post

Saw you at the expo home show aug 24th

You were running the booth for Blue Ridge Communication. I should have introduced myself! I’ve been regretting it ever since! Please reply! So mad at myself! View post

Hayashi + children

Hayashi on Sunday 8/24/14

Your daughter SO sweet and quiet

My kiddos that and NOT so much!

Your eyes in connection

Your smile at my startle

You remember that moment too

Lets establish contact!

TT View post

Happy Birthday My Future Wife

Happy Birthday Cheesecake.

You have made my life complete since I met you. I hope you have the best birthday week ever and I am soo lucky I get to marry you this year!!

Love Freckles View post

news

The Daily Word in EBOLA, OMG EBOLA

The Daily Word

A man pointed his finger at Santa Fe private school students and said “pew pew.” This didn’t go over well.

Albuquerque, as a whole, has been revealed to be a terrible driver. And Albuquerque, as a whole, gives a knowing laugh.

A Washington D.C. based consultant has some interesting ideas for making our Downtown more walkable.

A UNM professor is looking into why APD’s lapel cameras are always switching off at key moments, which is really weird, and must be because of, I dunno, a chip or something? Or a wire? Yeah, that's it. Probably a wire.

Air France has suspended flights because of… bum bum bum… EBOLA. Let's all freak out.

And a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an automatic Uzi during a practice session gone wrong.

Arts

A Peek Into Process

Christo gives a talk about innovation and invention

“Mein Kölner Dom, Wrapped” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
courtesy of the Tom Golden Collection, Sonoma County Museum
“Mein Kölner Dom, Wrapped” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Most artists have a specific medium, a way of rendering the world around them to be something more than what's already there. Whether it's painting, drawing, collage or something else, most artists are lucky to master one aesthetic. Bulgarian artist Christo, on the other hand, is a master of invention.

An artist in every sense of the word, Christo (and his late wife Jeanne-Claude) started with ideas, put them on sketches, collages and diagrams, then made these flat images into three dimensional installations that took over large plots of land. One need only see photos of Little Bay on the Australian coast with its cliffside entirely covered in fabric to grasp the magnitude of their work.

Christo answering questions
Mark Lopez
Christo answering questions
But the process is the interesting part, which is what Christo highlighted in a lecture at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW) on Friday, Aug. 22. Addressing a packed house, Christo detailed the many ideas that prompted his most famous works. He also discussed projects still in the making, including “The Mastaba,” a vast trapezoidal structure made up of oil barrels. If completed, it will stand near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Why are such projects still not completed? As Christo explained, “The difficult part is getting permission. Everywhere in the world belongs to somebody.”

What's impressive about these artworks is the time and planning that go into bringing them to fruition. Years are spent diagramming, speaking with engineers, getting permission from the people in power, and each detail is documented so as to make the outcome not only a structure for visible consumption, but a collaborative piece that invites viewers to become a part of it.

Then there’s the money side. Christo pointed out that for “The Gates” in Central Park, New York, they had to pay the city $3 million for three months of planning and building gates hung with saffron fabric in one of New York City's landmarks. That’s why his projects are funded by the ideas themselves, with Christo selling sketches of the structure's plans and earlier artworks to finance the new piece. If that's not ingenuity, I don't know what is.

The lecture provided fans and viewers with a deeper insight into these works. While it may seem arbitrary to see entire islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay surrounded by pink fabric or a mass of blue and yellow umbrellas inhabiting sections of Japan and Southern California, the ideas that prompt these works are not only visionary, but stand as testaments to the power of man to conceive, design and build something great. And hearing Christo talk so humbly about the process was a pleasure and a treat. Not to mention a privilege.

Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection

Showing until Sept. 14
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain NW
Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, 9am-5pm
Cost: $2-$4, FREE Sundays from 9am-1pm
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