Have Yourself a Gay Little Christmas
The New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus and the New Mexico Women's Chorus
There's no merrier way to get into the Christmas spirit than by catching annual holiday concerts by the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus and its sister chorus, the New Mexico Women's Chorus. Every year the groups put on accomplished, eclectic shows to ring in the season. This year, I'm happy to say, will be no different.
This silent night might not be a holy one, but since it's filled with great art, who the hell cares? The University of New Mexico's Graduate Art Association will host its Seventh Annual Silent Art Auction on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Harwood Art Center. You can come for the excitement of bidding on fantastic art by local artists. You can come for the tasty edibles provided by Albuquerque Catering. You can come for the live music by Casadimanza or for the print by an artist from the Tamarind Institute that will be raffled off.
The Master is Back
As an ignorant undergraduate, I'd never heard of Toni Morrison when I spotted her novel Beloved on a list of required books for a contemporary American literature class. When I glanced at the first page, it looked like gibberish to me ("124 was spiteful." Huh?), but I tried to keep an open mind.
A Time of Our Choosing: America's War in Iraq
Synthesizing writings from various staff reporters from the New York Times, the single largest newsgathering organization in the history of humankind, Purdum has compiled a surprisingly readable account of the Iraq War. He also explores the consequences of Bush's radical doctrine of pre-emptive war and what it might mean for the future.
A Little Nightcap
The Cell Theatre
The Cell's famed multimedia cabaret returns on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. with an evening of film, music and comedy. Alan Arkin debuts a short digital film called "Blood," starring local actor Tom Schuch. Tenor Jay Hill performs some Spanish songs with guitarist Julia Peterman. Julia Thudium and Catherine Haun play for laughs in a sketch called "Feminism for the 21st Century and Beyond." And there's plenty more where that came from, all for the bargain price of $5. Have yourself A Little Nightcap. For more information, call 766-9412.
It's that time once again. For the past 20 years, the Arts Alliance has honored the best of the best of Albuquerque's arts community by bestowing worthy organizations and individuals with Bravos Awards. This year nominations must be post-marked by Friday, Dec. 19. Nomination packages should include an official form, two letters of support, and an address, phone number and (if available) an e-mail address. Categories include dance, music, visual arts, theater arts, literary arts, outstanding arts volunteer or philanthropist, arts education and outstanding arts organization. I'm sure you know a person or organization that deserves some credit for their creative efforts in the community. If so, get off your duff and get busy. For more details, and to get your hands on a nomination form, call the Arts Alliance at 268-1920. Winners will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Albuquerque Marriott on Saturday, April 17.
Filled with juicy villains and some nicely hard-boiled plot turns, Dynamite Road is a cold-blooded thriller about a private eye digging into corruption at a California airport. Tough guys, or guys who like to pretend they're tough in the privacy of their own homes, will love this one.
Second Annual Invitational
I'm sure you've already got Thursday, Dec. 4, marked on your calendars. That's the evening of Nob Hill's much-anticipated Shop and Stroll, when most area galleries and shops will open their doors to folks who want to get a jump on holiday gift buying. One of the cooler events will be the Coleman Gallery's reception for its Second Annual Invitational, a show featuring work by 10 contemporary abstract artists from New Mexico. The reception starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. If you can't make it that night, the exhibit will run through Dec. 31. 232-0224.
The Latin Beat: The Rhythms and Roots of Latin Music from Bossa Nova to Salsa and Beyond
Morales' new book has already been called a classic. The New York music critic digs deep into the history of Latin culture and comes up with a treasure trove of stories about the roots of this varied musical landscape.
Advance word is that this may be the best book Koontz has ever written. In Odd Thomas, the newly dead converse with a short order cook in a fictional California town. Blessedly free of Koontz' tendency to overwrite, this simple, character-driven narrative is designed to entertain.