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 Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2009 
Gustave Baumann, hand-carved mixed-media marionettes, circa 1930s. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Jane Baumann.

Culture Shock

By Erin Adair-Hodges

S.W.A.K.

Sinatra may have sung “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing,” but I tend to think Nazareth had it right with its classic version of “Love Hurts.” Where do you fall on the love-spectrum? Has it brought you untold happiness, moments of ecstasy, or has it repeatedly re-enacted the scene from Alien, with you as John Hurt and your heart and everything you believe in as the alien? The world needs to know. Share with us here at the Alibi by entering our sixth annual Valentine's Day Card Contest. Send in your entry, measuring no larger than 8 ½-by-11, by Feb. 2, to our offices at 2118 Central SE, Suite 151, Albuquerque, N.M. 87106. Our cracker-jack staff of experts will assess your work and divy up the bounty that is your birthright, fair artist. But hurry. One entry per person, please.

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Gustave Baumann, hand-carved mixed-media marionettes, circa 1930s. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Jane Baumann.

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The World by a String

New Mexico Museum of Art presents Pulling Strings: The Marionettes and Art of Gustave Baumann

By Erin Adair-Hodges

Marionettes are strange things. The most complex type of puppet, they are carved from wood, jointed and controlled by a “manipulator” who works the strings from above the marionette's head. The movements of marionettes are otherworldly; never purely realistic, they evoke the sense that nothing is completely within one's control. A master manipulator takes years to develop his or her skill, as does the craftsman who carves the forms. Gustave Baumann was both.

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Author Interview

Liberals Drink Here

The Nation: Guide to the Nation

By Erin Adair-Hodges

The Nation: Guide to the Nation

Founded in 1865, The Nation is America’s oldest continuously published political weekly for liberals, lefties and progressives. About 10 years ago, Richard Lingeman, the magazine’s senior editor and longtime executive editor, came up with the idea of providing readers with a way to connect with the history of the left, as well as with other like-minded Americans. The result is a resource that includes a national listing of musical action committees, farmers’ markets, watering holes, sex shops, graves of famous liberals and much more. Guidelines for various activities are also provided, making planning that anarchist film festival a whole lot easier.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 23)

Taking It On the Chin

The Piñata Exhibit Opening Reception

By Joshua Lee
Traditional, iconic and contemporary piñata artists illustrate how piñatas maintain historical and social importance while reflecting transnational shifts in popular culture.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jun 25)

Do the Lit 'n' Lunch

Luncheon for Literacy

By Renée Chavez
Reading Works and author Jimmy Santiago Baca celebrate literacy to raise money for the nonprofit that provides free literacy tutoring to adults.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jun 27)

I'll pray for you

How Do You Pray?

By Rini Grammer
Celeste Yacoboni discusses her latest work regarding how leading spiritual, shamanic, scientists, guides and activists pray and contemplates the intention of prayer.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 30)

Let’s Mess with Texas

Greater Tuna

By Adam Wood
Brennan Foster and Shawn Boyd play over 20 of Tuna, Texas', eccentric inhabitants from gun-clubbers to church ladies in a town where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
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