The big, bad wolf can huff and puff and bust his lungs trying to blow the little brick house of art down, but that shack is solid. The Harwood Art Center, God bless it, is here to stay.
Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth
This country is at war, and I'm not talking about the war on terrorism, or, as President Bush used to call it, the War on Tara. (Poor Tara!) The war I'm talking about is a very different war. I'm talking about Civil War II, the battle between the left and the right that's brewing around the 2004 elections. At this point in history, the United States is almost evenly divided between liberals and conservatives. Moderates seem to have completely vanished from the landscape. In terms of sheer numbers, there still seems to be more people who are attracted to liberal ideas, but until recently conservatives fought harder and smarter. That may be changing. Joe Conason's new book, Big Lies, has been getting a lot of press lately. For many liberals, myself included, the lies and distortions of the right seem all too obvious. Advance readers, though, have said that the virtue of Conason's new tome is that it concentrates details about the biggest lies into a single well-researched reference. All the standard right-wing bullshit about how the media is controlled by liberals, how Clinton was soft on al Qaeda, how liberals are elitists and how conservatives fight for the little guy are dissected in painful detail. This should be an effective salvo in the continuing battle for the soul of America.
North Korea, the West Nile virus, SARS, monkey pox and al Qaeda—to say nothing of the Tush Administration. Nightmarish developments on the world stage aside, having suffered the trauma of setting foot outside my home on numerous occasions, I am in league with those who aspire to ultimate creative success, staggering wealth and fame achieved in one's bathrobe, rising only occasionally to freshen one's drink.
More Bangs For Your Buck
Mainlines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader
Music critics don't get much respect. They're usually relegated near the bottom of the cultural heap next to McDonald's employees, child molesters and Home Shopping Network hosts.
Richard Boehler, director of the new production of Julius Caesar currently playing at the Vortex, says: "While I very much feel this piece reflects obviously on American politics and culture, I don't think you have to have people running around in business suits with guns or have the cast wrapped in flags, rapping, for the parallels to come through." Good point. Boehler sets the play in the period Shakespeare intended, but it should be easy to draw connections between the performance in the theater and the political backbiting in the world at large. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., $10 general, $8 seniors/students, Sundays at 6 p.m., $7, through Oct. 5. 247-8600.
Periphery at the Coleman Gallery
A quick glance at Alan Paine Radebaugh's latest paintings suggests he's made a dramatic reversal. Radebaugh's previous paintings were extremely subdued in both color and form. Deceptively simple abstracts, they consisted of topographical shapes captured in the earthiest of tones.
Up in Los Ojos, Tierra Wools is hosting their annual Fall Harvest Festival this Saturday, Sept. 20. An opening reception for a new exhibit of fabulous blankets and rugs will occur that afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Steve Chavez will be supplying plenty of music. Tracy Martinez will give a spinning demo. Lupe Valdez will show you how to dye, and numerous Tierra Wools artists will teach you the ins and outs of weaving. It's going to be a cool event. Among its other accomplishments, this worker-owned company helps preserve the local sheep herding and weaving traditions of the area. For details, call (505) 588-7231.
Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America
Need more evidence of the Republican Party's hostility toward the common man? Pick up the latest tag team release from Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose. The pair teamed up just before the 2000 election on the excellent book Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, which detailed Dubya's performance as governor of Texas and how his life of extreme privilege shaped his politics. In Bushwhacked, Ivins and Dubose illustrate how the president has blurred the line between corporate America and the federal government, with disasterous consequences across the board. Like their previous effort, this one should be both hilarious and terrifying.
Cuentos y Encuentos: Paintings by Ray Martín Abeyta
National Hispanic Cultural Center
A lot of people will do a double-take when they see the new exhibit opening this Saturday at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Much of Ray Martín Abeyta's work incorporates the superficial aesthetics of Spanish Colonial paintings from the 16th through the 19th centuries. Yet his images are flushed with contemporary subject matter and Indian themes. In this way, Abeyta, who once studied at UNM, uses his paintings to explore the intricacies of Hispanic culture. A reception will be held Friday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through April 25, 2004. 246-2261.