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V.25 No.4 | 1/28/2016
Gauge
Sarah McNair-Landry

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What We Listen For

In Lightning Speak Raven Chacon composes music that celebrates silence

By Maggie Grimason
While Lightning Speak’s pieces are charged with meaning, Raven Chacon insists that his reading doesn't have to be the one that audiences take away from the exhibit.

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Winter's Rapture

February art openings celebrate the unconventional

By Maggie Grimason
Enjoy the opportunity this season brings to stay inside, to create and to take in the offbeat and wonderful art that our city has to offer.
V.25 No.3 | 1/21/2016
Grey Blanco and Caroline Graham
Christy Lopez

Culture Shock

The Trappings and the Suits of Woe

The Vortex Theatre tackles immense emotion in Hamlet

By Maggie Grimason
Hamlet's incipient yearning—yes, paired with intrigue and bloody vengeance, too—is exactly what you make of it, and so many of us find deep resonance, or at least the memory of it, in the weight shouldered by the title character.
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V.25 No.2 | 1/14/2016
Goby Sick
Jim Lynch

Culture Shock

The Space Between the Images

7000 BC teaches a new kind of literacy

By Maggie Grimason
7000 BC is a support group for people who make comics.
V.25 No.1 | 1/7/2016
Aztec Economy
Scott Eslinger

Culture Shock

Around the World in 21 Days

Three week festival brings theater from four continents to Albuquerque

By Maggie Grimason
With travel plans and interviews thwarted, the idea of the world coming to visit me for Revolutions 2016 in the dark of Tricklock’s theater sounded attractive.
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V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015
Camus the Whale

Year in Review: Arts & Lit

Art Beat Annual

A look back at 2015 in Arts & Lit

By Maggie Grimason
These are some of the events, exhibitions, plays and books that made 2015 such a rewarding year to be engaged with art and literature in our high desert city.

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Gallery Guide

Check one resolution off your list on New Year's Day

By Maggie Grimason
This year, Albuquerque's First Friday ARTScrawl just so happens to coincide with the first day of 2016, and there are plenty of events to keep you occupied at local galleries throughout the month.
V.24 No.52 | 12/24/2015
Singing at the Gates

Culture Shock

The Meaning in the Metaphor

Jimmy Santiago Baca on anger, exercise and the poetry of Singing at the Gates

By Maggie Grimason
Like the warrior poets of old, Jimmy Santiago Baca and his poetry are mighty and complex.
V.24 No.51 | 12/17/2015
Wordcraft

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The Keepers of Stories

Wordcraft Circle celebrates and promotes Indigenous writing and storytelling

By Maggie Grimason
Wordcraft promotes the work of Indigenous writers and storytellers through a tremendous number of programs—from digital archives of oral stories to youth literacy projects to assisting people in their paths to becoming story keepers for their communities.
V.24 No.49 | 12/03/2015
ercwttmn via flickr

Event Horizon

A Pretty Obscure Fair That You Probably Haven't Heard Of

Saturday, Dec 12: Hipster's Craft Fair

By Ty Bannerman [ Thu Dec 10 2015 11:00 AM ]
Local crafters sell holiday decorations, jewelry, greeting cards, purses, wallets, tablet covers, aprons and other fashion and home accessories.
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V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015
“Curacao Perched Bird” by Angie Poynter Rehnberg

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Spaces on the Edge

Pop-Up Collective creates fleeting experiences in the city's vacant places

By Maggie Grimason
Albuquerque's Pop-Up Collective, which has existed in different incarnations for years, was officially formed in 2014 by locals Jodie Herrera and Angie Poynter Rehnberg. The group's explicit mission is to create one-night-only exhibitions that promote or utilize under-appreciated and under-the-radar spaces in the city and gather the community around art and other worthy causes.
V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
La Bajada Bluff
Scott Greene

Culture Shock

Presence and Absence in the Landscape

Local painters take on climate change in diverse works

By Maggie Grimason
Two painters use landscape to explore a complex topic, incorporating abstraction and metaphor into their respective pieces to foster reflection and discussion.
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Works by Dahl Delu

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Welcome the Holiday Season

Visit Old Town for First Friday and more festivities

By Maggie Grimason
Take the opportunity to foster a merry spirit and visit the multitude of great galleries in Old Town during December's First Friday festivities.
V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
Katy Houska and Hannah Kauffmann
Dahveed Torres

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The Proximity of Passion and Death

Her Murder Ballad explores where sensuality and violence intersect

By Maggie Grimason
The traditional narrative of women falling victim to violence at the hand of their lover is subverted, and instead we are largely presented with the tales of women who commit violent acts.
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V.24 No.45 | 11/5/2015
Aaron Gonzalez
Wes Naman

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What the Camera Reveals

Photographer Wes Naman explores New Mexico's identity through portraiture

By Maggie Grimason
A small crew of photographers and writers strive to capture the spirit of New Mexico through the distinct stories and faces of the people who have made their homes here.
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