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V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013
Winter of the Metal People

Book Review

Gold and Souls

Winter of the Metal People

A novel of the bloody events that followed the arrival of Coronado’s advance expedition as it barreled through the Southwest.
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Arts

Come Over, Karl: Andrew Wyeth’s painting to be housed at Albuquerque Museum

“Karl” by Andrew Wyeth
“Karl” by Andrew Wyeth

In our Instagram world, it is rare to come across a piece of art which clearly and deliberately took many painstaking hours to create, but Albuquerque is privileged to exhibit such a work for the next five years. Andrew Wyeth's “Karl,” an egg tempura painting lent by a private curator, is now on display at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW).

Wyeth is one of the most popular US painters of the last century, known for his dark, somber themes and intricately detailed work. “Karl,” the portrait of a German immigrant farmer, follows suit. The painting causes the audience's eyes to focus on every last color and wrinkle in this man's face, while necessarily noting the dramatic meat hooks on the ceiling. The piece moves audiences to an appreciation of its eeriness and depth.

The portrait is displayed between notable work “A Shower in a Dry Year,” by Peter Hurd, Wyeth's brother-in-law, and the work of Wyeth's sister, Henriette Wyeth. This classic representation of American art can be viewed at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History located on 19th Street and Mountain NW in Old Town.

V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013
courtesy of Working Classroom

Art Theater Preview

Is It Real, or Is It Just the American Dream?

Dreamlandia adapts old questions for a new century

Working Classroom brings their own spin to the timeless tale of how we deceive ourselves and others just to get by.
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V.22 No.31 | 8/1/2013
Author James Reich in Heritage Park
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Arts Interview

Dropping a Bombshell

Thriller author explodes nuclear tourism and genre archetypes

Author James Reich reveals the friction and fission at the nuclear heart of his new novel.
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V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013

Art Theater Preview

Truths Found in Dreams

The cryptic origins of Secret Things

Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, wherefore art thou? After more than 500 years, it’s easy to lose the threads from which a faith was once woven. Elaine Romero’s Secret Things picks them up again.
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V.22 No.27 | 7/4/2013

Book Bite

Four on the Fourth

The American story in fact and fiction

Short Nights of the Shadow Hunter: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

Four writers tackle four recent books that explore our multifaceted nation.

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V.22 No.19 | 5/9/2013
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

Show Up!

Many Shades of Gray

Shrubsall deconstructs the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism

Steven Robert Allen reports on the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism and Wayne Shrubsall’s 70th birthday party.
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V.22 No.9 | 2/28/2013
If good fences make good neighbors, then scary giant walls are probably twice as effective.

Film Review

Harvest of Empire

Polarizing issue of immigration has its origins exposed in historical doc

New, PBS-style documentary by Peter Getzels & Eduardo López, tries to tackle the issue of immigration from a fresh perspective. Based on the book by award-winning journalist Juan González (“Democracy Now!”), Harvest of Empire asks one very simple question: What are these people doing here in the first place? The knee-jerk, surface-layer answer is that people from poor countries emigrate to America to make more money. Simple, no? But why are so many Latin American countries riddled with civil war, organized crime and overwhelming poverty in the first place? The answer, as in so many cases, lies in America’s neo-colonial government policy.
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News

Japanese American history in New Mexico

Easter, 1941: Roy Ebihara (at far left, with siblings Mary, Kathy and Bill) was part of a tight-knit Japanese community living in Clovis, N.M. After Japan declared war, the families were threatened by neighbors and forced to move to a small camp in Lincoln County. They were finally interned at Topaz Relocation Center in Utah.
Courtesy of Roy Ebihara
Easter, 1941: Roy Ebihara (at far left, with siblings Mary, Kathy and Bill) was part of a tight-knit Japanese community living in Clovis, N.M. After Japan declared war, the families were threatened by neighbors and forced to move to a small camp in Lincoln County. They were finally interned at Topaz Relocation Center in Utah.

Though a lifelong New Mexican, I had no idea before reporter Margaret Wright embarked onthis story that our state was home to internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is working to rectify that kind of widespread cultural ignorance. Salazar has been speaking about how minority history is largely left out of monuments countrywide. Less than 3 percent of the United States’ landmarks are dedicated to minority groups.

The National Park Service is offering grants to people looking to memorialize sites within their communities. The Japanese American Citizens’ League of New Mexico secured funding to recognize the camps in New Mexico.

V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
Easter, 1941: Roy Ebihara (at far left, with siblings Mary, Kathy and Bill) was part of a tight-knit Japanese community living in Clovis, N.M. After Japan declared war, the families were threatened by neighbors and forced to move to a small camp in Lincoln County. They were finally interned at Topaz Relocation Center in Utah.
Courtesy of Roy Ebihara

News Feature

Dark Days of Detention

The legacy of Japanese American internment in New Mexico

Advocacy group raises awareness about internment camps during WWII in our state.

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news

The Daily Word in Mullet vs. beard, man vs. fish, woman vs. sandwich and Fiona Apple vs. The Man

New Mexico's Spaceport development has problems.

Yes, you can play golf at the Angola Penitentiary golf course.

The ex-controller of the New Mexico Finance Authority has been indicted.

Unintentional, run-away double entendre strikes when Jill Biden introduces the Vice-President.

The Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department planned to buy a boat three days after cutting hours of service due to lack of funds.

150 years of lesbians photo gallery.

Verdict in the Amish beard-cutting case: "Mullet guilty in beard case."

A woman ate a "Stellanator" in Omaha.

A weird effigy of Obama was lynched in Austin.

This may be the first good, in-depth news item about bath salts.

Groundbreaking video illustrates the best way to clean mushrooms.

Not so groundbreaking: we are running out of fish.

An Intel worker called the police because a coworker put a "kick me" sign on his back. And people kicked him.

Some companies are instructing employees NOT to use work email after hours.

Snoop Dogg was the celebrity guest on The Price is Right yesterday.

Like many before her, Fiona Apple was busted for pot possession at the Sierra Blanca border checkpoint.

Hypnotic map of the 2012 presidential election swing states.

"Girls have got balls. They're just a little higher up, that's all." Happy birthday Joan Jett and Nick Cave.

V.21 No.36 | 9/6/2012
Family keepsakes form the centerpiece of Vita Candelaria’s living room.
Margaret Wright

News Feature

Hermanas de los Duranes

Remembrances from the North Valley

Ninety-year-old sisters recall a North Valley from back in the day.

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