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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by the possibilities of this new administration; a commander in chief who confessed to not being a big reader has been replaced by one who is photographed with books of poetry tucked under his arm, his hands being full with BlackBerrys.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 (Saturday, May 7)

Slammin’

OutSpoken Queer Poetry

The slam 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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courtesy Australia's Thunder From Down Under's Facebook Page

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Package For Mom

Thunder from Down Under

The internationally-acclaimed male revue of dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 13)

Trolling for Sharks

Swimming with the Big Fish

Ray Troll discusses the practical realities of making a living as a full-time artist.
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Painting by Joseph Karl Stieler / Public Domain

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

Roll Over, Beethoven!

Beethoven Festival

A tribute to one of the most influential classical composers. Guest Conductor Ryan McAdams leads the program with special guest, Van Cliburn Crystal Award winner, Sean Chen. Preview talk at 3pm.
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/ Creative Commons

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 15)

Classic Albuquerque

32nd Annual New Mexico Council of Car Clubs Classic Auto Show

Hundreds of antique, classic, exotic and sports cars, along with trucks, motorcycles and vintage camper trailers are on display in the museum parking lot.
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Today's Events

Friday Night Comedy at Lodge at Santa Fe

Mother's Day-themed comedy show with T.A. Burrows and Danielle Williams.

Santa Fe Community College Fashion Show at The Lodge

Of-ten at Keshet Center for the Arts

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