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 V.18 No.19 | May 7 - 13, 2009 
“Nightsongs II” by Cynthia Cook

Gallery Box

Artspace 116

Artspace 116, nestled on the second floor between the First and Second block of Central, is a community service gallery that features artists without a gallery affiliation. Past Artspace 116 exhibits include mixed media, photography, oil painting, lithography, and porcelain and iron works. Gallery showings are typically one-person exhibits of work by New Mexico artists. Don and Pamela Michaelis opened the gallery in November 2004. It's now run by the staff of The Collector's Guide, a website and print magazine focused around the visual art of northern New Mexico and the Southwest.

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Culture Shock

Brevity Is the Soul of Winning

It's that time of year. You can feel it in the air, smell it on the 50-mph winds whipping your skull. It smells like ... brief spurts of genius. That's right; it's time for the Alibi's annual Flash Fiction Contest. Every year we ask our creative readership to strip their prodigious prose down to its essence. In this case, that's 119 words’ worth of story nuggets. Too limiting? Then consider this Hemingway treasure: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." That would give you another 113 words with which to blabber on. Come to think of it, 119 words seems a bit much, but such are our long-established rules.

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“Minotaur Leaves the Labyrinth” by Thomas Christopher Haag
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Gallery Review

Through the Labyrinth

Paintings by Thomas Christopher Haag at Cirq

In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull. His birth story starts with Minos. Minos prayed to Poseidon, highly temperamental god of the sea, to send him a sign that the throne of Crete would be his. Poseidon sent a snow-white bull intended for sacrifice, but instead, Minos decided to keep it for its beauty and sacrifice another. Naturally, Poseidon was peeved, and in spectacularly weird Greek myth fashion, made Minos' wife Pasiphaë fall in love with the bull. She in turn asked the famed architect Daedalus to build her a wooden cow that she climbed inside of in order to mate with the bull. The progeny of this cursed coupling was the Minotaur, who was later imprisoned in a labyrinth and killed by the hero Theseus for various assorted, well, labyrinthian reasons.

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Tooo-daaaay, as I walk down the streeeeeet!

Author Interview

Good Fences

Best-selling author Michael Datcher and the fear of being real

Los Angeles-based writer Michael Datcher has a roving eye, at least as far as genres are concerned. He's equally enamored with memoir, fiction, poetry and journalism and refuses to commit to just one. His 2001 autobiography Raising Fences: A Black Man's Love Story was featured as part of the Today Show Book Club series and caught the eye of none other than Dame Oprah. Raising Fences chronicles Datcher's childhood growing up fatherless, given up by his birth mother for another woman to raise. It takes a naked look at how black boys become black men often without any men around. It's a cycle that Datcher hopes, through honest examination, will be broken.

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Local Lexicon

New Reads by New Mexico Authors and Publishers

Sonoran Rage

Sonoran Rage

It’s New Mexico Territory, 1861. Brothers and stagecoach drivers James and Trace Colton are captured by Apaches. One Colton is used as a bargaining chip by the great Apache Chief Cochise to win freedom for his brother, imprisoned by the Army. Tempers rage across the Sonoran Desert, and blood stains the sand.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Feb 25)

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 (Saturday, Feb 25)

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 (Saturday, Feb 25)

Party Like it's the End of the World

Aliento: Carnaval 2017

The musical group PANdemonium takes participants on a journey through the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.
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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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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 (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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Tomorrow'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.

The Lady in Question at Vortex Theatre

ChamberChops Concert at Congregation Albert

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