Alibi V.18 No.4 • Jan 22-28, 2009 

Culture Shock

While listening to “Studio 360” on the radio this morning (thank you, 89.1 KANW, for the awesomeness of your a.m. programming), I heard an interview with the poet Dana Gioia, departing chairperson for the National Endowment for the Arts. The program centered on artists' recommendations and wish lists for President Obama (say it with me, it's not a dream). Artists of all stripes are excited by the possibilities of this new administration; a commander in chief who confessed to not being a big reader has been replaced by one who is photographed with books of poetry tucked under his arm, his hands being full with BlackBerrys. It's become rote to say that America doesn't privilege art, but that's not necessarily endemic to our national character. Aside from Roosevelt's WPA program, Eisenhower recognized the importance of “soft diplomacy,” one that privileged cultural exchange, necessitating the development of our own artistic culture. Both Kennedy and Johnson were fierce proponents of arts funding as part of initiatives toward the realization of the New Frontier and Great Society. By the '80s, however, art had come to be seen as extraneous, or worse, un-American. My hard-earned tax dollars for a crucifix in a bottle of piss? Hell, no!

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Book Profile

A Necessary History of Beautiful Things

Nancy Benson’s New Mexico Colcha Club: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Women Who Saved It

When the first settlers made their way from Spain to what is now New Mexico in the early 1600s, they brought with them the essentials: sheep, seeds and fine embroidery. Embroidered textiles in some permutation or another are a part of nearly every culture, and New Mexico’s traditional embroidery, known as colcha, sprang from the detailed work found in Europe and hauled over an ocean to New Spain.

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Art News

Pins and Needles

Albuquerque tattoo artists unite

The way Noel Ortiz gushes about the tattoo culture in Albuquerque, you’d think his body was covered in ink.

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Dan Parsons

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Apr 30)

Why is Pie?

Pie

Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax and Tara Khozein come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally-driven clownish characters and their buffoon alter-egos.
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Don't Cry For Her, Albuquerque

Evita

A recount of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.
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Earnestly Yours

The Importance of Being Earnest

This classic play by Oscar Wilde is a celebration of life, love, wit and the theatre itself.
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Pentimento
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Altered Content

Pentimento

A variety of aerial apparatuses and stilt work with interactive projections performed to a choir of women’s voices.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, May 1)

“Is you a good witch? Or just a bad bitch?”

Straight Outta Oz

Todrick Hall brings to life the classic American tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by sharing his adventures from his small town in Texas all the way to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.”
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 6)

Laughter Therapy

The Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour

Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela discuss politics in a humorous way.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 7)

Nothing That Is So, Is So

Bard Crawl: Twelfth Night

See the Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identities leading to even weirder love triangles.
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