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 V.18 No.4 | January 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by the possibilities of this new administration; a commander in chief who confessed to not being a big reader has been replaced by one who is photographed with books of poetry tucked under his arm, his hands being full with BlackBerrys.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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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Feb 27)

Good for the Sole

Ars Longa: Vita Brevis

Vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance by international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Mar 1)

Not Your Average Bug's Life

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

A theatrical circus show following the life of insects.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Mar 3)

Kids Will Be Kids

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

Listen to this funk, rock, jazz, hip-hop band from New Orleans.
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Erin Fussell

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Mar 3)

Splish Splash

Deep Waters, Thin Places Reception

An immersive installation of video, performance, sound, lithography and sculpture. Artist Erin Fussell transforms an urban desert flood control dam into a creative site. Runs through 3/31.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Mar 3)

Address the Hero in You

The Lady in Question

A suspenseful tale of a world-famous concert pianist visiting Germany who finds herself enamored with a handsome professor and entangled in his attempt to rescue his mother from a Nazi prison.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Mar 7)

Philanthropically Phat

Eat, Drink and Be Charitable

Raise money for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation while enjoying live music, brews and food.
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Today's Events

Ars Longa: Vita Brevis at Rodey Theatre

Vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance by international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.

Monday Night Film Club at Tractor Brewing Wells Park

Love and Loss at Art.i.fact

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