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 Dec 15 - 21, 2011 
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Gallery Review

Freak Show

Stranger Factory’s Winter Salon is like an adorable nightmare

By Sam Adams
It's beckoningly grotesque, mischievously menacing and intriguingly oddball. That would be Stranger Factory's Winter Salon, host to the work of about two dozen artists, both local and international. Much of the work here, and continuously on display at the Factory, are resin sculptures of ghoulish, reptilian and space-age creatures. These figures have the perfection of assembly-line action figures, assuming that assembly line was on a planetary hybrid of Mars and hell—and situated in a bayou.

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Fatherly Advice

A counterculture perspective on raising children in the real world

By Geoff Plant
“Rad Dad” is a submissions-based zine edited by father and veteran zinester Tomas Moniz. Its essays on parenting, radicalism and society stand in nicely for the mountain of traditional parenting books available at any bookstore. An anthology was published earlier this year combining the best of Rad Dad”which has been around for six years—and selections from Jeremy Adam Smith’s Daddy Dialectic blog. Moniz will be reading from Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Winning Coffee. The Alibi caught up with him in advance.

Culture Shock

By Sam Adams

Attack of the Octostash

With a name like W.C. Longacre, it's no surprise that he looks like Willie Nelson and talks like a wise journeyman. "I like the term ‘trader,’ ” he says. “I find ‘artist’ is a little presumptuous. I dabble in a lot of creative endeavors." The entrepreneur, craftsman and lover of creativity is also a professionally trained chef (he co-authored Great Bowls of Fire! with Dave DeWitt, aka “The Pope of Peppers”). In the mid-’70s he created the first line of cosmetics made in Albuquerque that was non-animal tested, petroleum-free and used no animal products. These days the 59-year-old lives with the younger artists Colleen O'Callahan and Patrick Stokes. Together, the unlikely fellowship create and trade for a bevy of handmade artifacts. You may be familiar with them if you've been walking around Downtown during your lunch hour. They work from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday—and sometimes Tuesdays and Thursdays, if weather and inclination permit—in the open air downstairs from the Anodyne (409 Central NW).

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Water you doing this weekend?

Cirque Italia

By Rini Grammer
Acrobatics, dance, contortion, high-performance BMX and roller-skating that push t., which leaves audiences amazed and astonished.
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Can I Get a Volunteer from the Audience?

Hocus Pocus Magic Show 2017

By Robin Babb
Sophisticated magic, comedy, juggling and unusual acts from around the world.
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“From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical”

The Pirates of Penzance

By August March
A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General.
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Indies Always (and First)

Indies First

By Maggie Grimason
Eight local authors recommend books that have influenced them or that they've enjoyed reading in addition to promoting their own titles.
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Las Patronas come to the NHCC

All of Me/Llévate mis Amores

By Maggie Grimason
Follow a group of women from the Mexican village of La Patrona who prepare food, bag and toss it to migrants traveling on top of the freight train known as La Bestia as it makes its way to the US.
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Warrior in Two Worlds

A Night of Harmony

By August March
One of America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians and Grammy award winner Joanne Shenandoah performs live.
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This is where we draw the line

The Zen of Abstraction

By Rini Grammer
A brief guided meditation followed by a tour of select works in the exhibition, When Modern Was Contemporary.
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¡Feliz Navidad, folks!

The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style Opening Reception

By August March
Approximately 430 handmade ornaments from over 125 New Mexican artists, collected by the Duran family. Runs through 1/7.
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