Swiss architect (and more) Le Corbusier was the genius behind the celebrated Villa Savoye, a modernist home and architectural masterpiece located outside Paris. Everything about it is striking, from the smooth white façade and ribbon windows to the slender columns raising it above the earth. With Stretching Savoye, Frederick Pichon’s new show of mixed-media paintings opening at Palette Contemporary (7400 Montgomery NE), the French-born, Colorado-based artist pays naked homage to the 20th-century giant. Images of sleek, Corbusian buildings are painted with the realism and perfect geometries of an experienced draftsman, but they are rich with light, shadow and color. From his two-dimensional resin-coated panels, Pichon evokes a perspective so acute that the eye’s movement from “near” to “far”—the illusion of distance—can feel like the zooming of a camera. I find it fascinating that what Pichon renders in acrylics possesses such a solidity, a realism; meanwhile, the physical media he collages in adds a dimension of abstraction to his paintings. It’s a curious reversal and a conceptual conundrum that’ll be on display at the show’s opening tomorrow from 5 to 8pm, or until Feb. 6. Palette Contemporary Art and Craft • Fri Jan 3 • 5-8pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
“Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.” So said Sir Walter Scott a couple of centuries back, and who are we to argue? ArtBar brims over with cheer of the most festal sort this New Year’s Eve when a bevy of talented women from Paris A Gogo Burlesque bump and grind Burque right into 2014. The night of dance, music and surprises kicks off at 9pm with the synth rhythms and impish lyrics of Blame It On Rebekkah. A long lineup of performances follows from adroit lovelies like Mora Lee Gray, who’s been known to pantomime the Morgan Freeman “Titty Sprinkles” meme onstage to truly glittery effect, and Holly Rebelle, whose well-choreographed theatricality energizes the whole room. The evening also includes the expert extended-tease of Annie O’Roar, athletic Gabby O, uninhibited Perla Foxxx and adorably saucy Ri Ri Syncyr, plus Miss Behavin’s throaty croon and the transfixing lilt of Jenny Wren. And really, that’s just the tip of the burly-berg. The evening’s festivities will run ArtBar members a mere 15 smackeroos, but non-members’ $20 entrance fee will get them a toast at midnight and a one-month membership to ArtBar; get tix ahead of time at holdmyticket.com/#/e/158315. And party it up with all the festal cheer you deem advisable because affordable designated-driving service Buzz Home will be on hand to get you and your car home safely. So long, 2013. ArtBar • Tue Dec 31 • 9pm-1am • $20 • View on Alibi calendar
Pages from Flip the Script: A Guidebook for Aspiring Vandals & Typographers
Here at the Alibi, we suspect that the death of print has been blown a bit out of proportion. Whether you’re getting or giving this Christmas—or just going out for Chinese food—you can’t go wrong with the written word. Here are seven books in seven categories united only by their general awesomeness.
California transplant David Randolph describes himself as “a sculptor painter.” Not a sculptor-slash-painter, mind you, or a painter-slash-sculptor, but as both simultaneously. A few minutes in the cubed and multifaceted world of his new show, Visual Reports From the Digital Universe, and you'll grok the distinction: Randolph fuses dimensional form with planes of light and shadow no matter what medium he's working in. Tonight, at his artist's reception at Abbate Fine Art (713 Canyon Road, Santa Fe) at 5pm, plunge into a fragmented (yet aesthetically satisfying) reality with pieces like the acrylic painting “Santa Fe Descending a Staircase” and the limited-edition print “Canyon Road Goes Digital,” which connect cubo-futurism to landscape painting by way of Wreck-It Ralph. His series of “Catwize” cast-stone sculptures shiver with gem-sharp, light-refracting planes softened by affection. Like a Rubik's Cube, Randolph's art bends the mind just enough to make a game of seeing. Abbate Fine Art, Santa Fe • Fri Nov 29 • 5pm • View on Alibi calendar
Take two steps into the Festival of the Cranes Arts and Crafts Fair and you’re bound to eye something exquisite. So keep your moola handy—whether you’re in the market for stained glass or scented soap, the fair beckons with a medley of artsy/giftsy offerings from regional makers. You’re likely to appreciate the organic feel of Olaf Heintz’ deceptively simple woodwork furniture, or fall in love with the elegant, symbol-rich Acoma pottery of Caroline Lucario. Expect, also, expertly crafted jewelry from Leandro Garcia of Santo Domingo Pueblo, earthy clay vessels and décor from Cazuelas Pottery, eclectic natural imagery on A. Leon Miler’s paintings, t-shirts and cards, and plenty more. Open at the Historic Garcia Opera House (110 Abeyta Ave. West, Socorro) from 9am to 5pm tomorrow and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, and 10am to 2pm on Sunday, Nov. 24, the arts fair is completely free and jam-packed with a full schedule of musical entertainment. And while you’re down Socorro-way for the weekend, you might want to glance up at the sky—I hear it’s a good season for bird watching. Historic Garcia Opera House, Socorro • Fri Nov 22 • 9am-5pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
No matter how snow-sparkled and gingerbread-housed your childhood may have been, working a retail gig at Christmastime is enough to turn anyone into a total Scrooge. I spent a good 15-plus years vending knickknacks and gift certificates to an only occasionally grateful public, and I’ve gotta say—it changed me, maybe not for the better.
Yes, I’ve endured hearing A Charlie Brown Christmas on repeat hour after hour, week after week, until the Vince Guaraldi Trio became the stuff of nightmares. I’ve borne customer bellyaches about out of stock items, pawing listlessly through the back room for products I knew perfectly well wouldn’t be unearthed until January. I’ve been on the receiving end of customer jeremiads for no other reason than that—shocker—the store was really busy. And by no means did I suffer the worst of what the season has to offer. Can you blame me for feeling decidedly meh this time of year, even if it’s been ages since I had to touch a cash register?
And the point is, folks, that Albuquerque’s Twinkle Light Parade is coming and you’ve got one more day to register your floats.
But I’m not entirely a lost cause, because one thing still has the capacity to rise above it all. One sparkling night of cheer, one public act of guileless sweetness. One word that cannot be said angrily or critically.
You’re with me, right? Twinkle is the most cheerful word I know. Twinkle twinkle twinkle. I get giddy just typing it. Twinkle! And the point is, folks, that Albuquerque’s Twinkle Light Parade is coming and you’ve got one more day to register your floats.
Choose from one of nine categories of (try “Misfit”—that sounds like a good one, doesn’t it?) and pay your entry fee (nada for government, $25 for single families and single vehicles of a non-commercial nature, $50 for nonprofits, schools and community entries, and $100 for commercial entries). Visit the city website for deets and the application—the deadline is mañana, Friday, Nov. 15. The parade happens in conjunction with Nob Hill’s Shop and Stroll on Dec. 7.
In 2012, it may have been the only event in New Mexico to involve milk jugs, sanding discs, hot air balloon material, bike tubes and a sailboat jib, all paraded down a catwalk by smiling models—so you can only imagine what Recycle Santa Fe’s Trash Fashion and Costume Contest will bring in 2013. Luckily we’ve made so much new trash in the past year! Participants, competing for cash and prizes, transform cast-off ephemera into works of wearable art. Extracting finery from refuse, some outfits are elegant, some are funny, and all flaunt a praiseworthy creative spark. Tonight's fashion show, which gets going at 7pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy Street), kicks off the 15th annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, a gathering of over 80 artists from all over the country to sell and exhibit their artworks made with, at a minimum, 75% recycled materials. Fashion show admission runs $15 to $20 and includes entry to the festival. If you can’t make it to the show, the festival’s $5 tonight and free Saturday and Sunday, so pick up some charming tin-can earrings and feel good about doing your part for the environment. Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe • Fri Nov 15 • 7pm • $15-$20 • View on Alibi calendar
“Chaos is a big part of how I psychologically operate,” Shawn Turung acknowledges. “We’re wandering through a vast sea of things; I like talking about it through my imagery.” Her large-scale paintings grapple with that vast sea by marshaling bursts of chromatic energy into checkered fields of color, and she distills many of the outlandish, though recognizable, figures populating them down to their simplest outlines. In the process, the chaos is tempered, but not quashed. To explicitly folkloric and allegorical symbols—what she calls “human condition stuff”—Turung adds a vivid dash of humor. In her 10-foot-plus “Epic,” for example, she situates a Pac-Man Pez dispenser and a leonine creature in fishnet stockings amidst self-conscious echoes of Picasso’s “Guernica.” “Every person we meet, every event that takes place,” she tells me, “it’s not a simple interaction. … Everybody uses humor to communicate with each other. It’s something we’re able to understand.” Turung’s exhibit Loaded, showcasing more than 15 pieces of playful and exploratory new work, unveils at Exhibit/208 (208 Broadway SE) tomorrow from 5 to 8pm. Exhibit/208 • Fri Nov 8 • 5-8pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
This is about the words. Words that cut across vast leagues of time and space to bring to life the history, triumphs and complexities of Cuba. Words that retain the beauty and mystery of the original Spanish. Coming off a two-week run at their Santa Fe theater, Teatro Paraguas brings Dos Patrias: la poesía de Cuba to Albuquerque this weekend only. Letting the words shine means relying on minimal staging—the floor painted to look like Spanish tile, the actors seated in a line like a second audience and the poems’ English translations projected simply onto a screen at one side. Standout pieces include Nancy Morejón’s haunting “Amo a mi amo” (“I Love My Master”), the waggish “Mirando un grabado erótico chino” (“Looking at an Erotic Chinese Engraving”) by Luis Rogelio Nogueras and Nicolás Guillén’s Santeria-inflected gambol “Sensemayá” (“Song to Kill a Snake”). With foot-stomping dance and the susurrations of flamenco guitar in addition to impassioned lyrical recitations, Dos Patrias is sure to please Spanish-language learners as much as lovers of language and poetry. Catch it on tonight or Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7pm and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2:30pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). Free, though donations are accepted. National Hispanic Cultural Center • Fri Oct 25 • 7-8:30pm • FREE, donations accepted • View on Alibi calendar
Back in September, the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW) opened a show culled from the Smithsonian's vast collection. African American Art in the 20th Century exhibits 103 diverse paintings, photographs, sculptures and prints by 43 black artists. Now, in conjunction with the exhibit, Albuquerque Poet Laureate and all-around arts champion Hakim Bellamy presents Hymns, Hers and Hip-Hop at the museum’s monthly 3rd Thursday event. He’s designed the evening around the idea that the complexity of the African-American experience and its ongoing impact can be best expressed only through an amalgamation of mediums. Poets, musicians, singers, rappers, DJs and b-boys will bring meticulous beats, keen observations and adroit movements that explore and expand on the exhibit’s themes and connect them to modern hip-hop culture. The free performances shake out from 5 to 8:30pm tonight, and African American Art in the 20th Century will be on view until next January. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History • Thu Oct 17 • 5-8:30pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar