An Armchair Tour of the Southwest
New Photography Books
Something about the Southwest lends itself to great photography. Photographers talk in romantic terms about la luz, the light, but surely the allure of this part of the country can't wholly be explained by our light. I mean, New Jersey has light, doesn't it? And that's one of the ugliest places on Earth.
A wealthy merchants daughter and a Jamaican slave dress up as pirates and hit the high seas in search of wild adventure in this swash-buckling, cross-dressing pirate story set in the early 18th century. Aimed at young adults, this novel should bring a sparkle to the eyes of adventurous, brave-hearted young lasses everywhere.
Lounge lizards should really consider slithering out of their holes on Saturday, Dec. 13, or Saturday, Dec. 20, for the latest installment of Tricklock's infamous Reptilian Lounge. The long-lived variety show gives local acts—some amazingly accomplished, some merely bizarre—the chance to shine before a crowd of rowdy admirers. For a mere $5.77, you too can take part in this subterranean cultic ritual. The show starts late, at 10:30 p.m. For complete details, or to make reservations, call the Tricklock Performance Space at 254-8393.
One of the most popular Christmas shows each year in Albuquerque is the Ovation Series' extravagant Mariachi Christmas at UNM's Popejoy Hall. This year the all-female Mariachi Las Adelitas de Jose Luis Salinas provides the music and Ballet Folklorica Paso del Norte returns to offer folkloric dances and a rendition of a traditional posada. Have yourself a Mariachi Christmas by checking out this performance on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Jump on it! It always sells out fast. $19, $26, $29. Order online at www.ovationseries.com or by calling (800) 905-3315.
Shards of Pain
Such a Sad Box at the Walls Gallery
The writing is on the wall, along with fragmented photographic images and Joel David Waldrep's cartoonish icon of a sad empty box, arms drooping lifeless at its sides, teetering on the brink of tears. An undergraduate at UNM, Waldrep has constructed an installation inside the Walls Gallery that fits in perfectly with this alternative venue's guiding philosophy.
New Mexico: Then & Now
The grand sugar daddy of photography books this season is William Stone's extraordinary New Mexico: Then & Now. Stone's tome has been getting truckloads of well-deserved press over the last couple of months.
When We Were Saints
Here's a weird little novel for young adults about a pair of teens who are led to believe that they're the reincarnation of St. Francis and St. Clare. Reviewers have said it's a well-written book that will definitely appeal to teens with an interest in spiritual and philosophical matters.
Albuquerque's Artscrawl gallery tour comes to Old Town during the month of December.
Over at the Weems Gallery (303 Romero St. NW, 764-0302), local artist Dan Stoffer will be demonstrating his watercolor technique. An exhibit of his work will run through Jan. 3. The Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW, 242-6367) will host a fundraiser along with a joint reception for several new exhibits that evening. The fundraiser centers around an exhibit of small-scale work. Fifty percent of proceeds from sales will go to fund the center's worthwhile programs. A host of other new exhibits include work by Glen Gunderson, Jill Christian, Carol Klimek and Suzanne Hruschka.
How to Pick Up Chicks
Tricklock Performance Space
How does one go about picking up chicks? I've been around the block a few times, and I still haven't figured this out. Thankfully, Rusty "The Chick Magnet" Rutherford, a graduate of the Tricklock's 2003 Manoa Project, reveals his devious secrets for fooling the fairer sex into affection in his goofy one-manly-man show, How to Pick Up Chicks. Kids: Do not try this at home. The show runs one weekend only: Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. $8 general, $6 students/seniors. For details, call 254-8393.
The Pueblo Imagination: Landscape and Memory in the Photography of Lee Marmon
As a 10-year-old growing up on Laguna Pueblo, Lee Marmon earned his first money—a whopping $2—photographing a truck wreck for a local insurance company. It took many years for him to realize his dream of working as a full-time professional photographer.
In this young adult science fiction novel, the city of London goes mobile. Traveling over the surface of the earth the city sucks up all smaller cities in its wake. Reeve's debut is said to present a chillingly inventive story aimed at readers grades seven through 10.
Over the ages, most of the best-known classical composers were of Germanic origin, and several were French, British and Russian. Patriots will be proud to recall that we can boast a few musical geniuses of solid American stock. On Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., UNM's University Chorus, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band joins forces for a performance in Keller Hall of music by American composers Aaron Copeland, Daniel Pinkham, Ralph Vaughn Williams and others. An American Holiday should be a smashingly good show. Tickets are $12, $10 and $7 and are available at the UNM Bookstore (277-5451) or by logging onto www.tickets.com.
American Route 66: Home on the Road
I love the cover: a photograph by Bernard of Arizona's "Miss Historic Route 66 Beauty Queen." Even with the tiara and royal, fur-lined cape, she looks noticeably distraught, probably because the ribbon she's clutching in her hand isn't blue. The queen stands next to two red convertibles, the U.S. and Arizona flags flapping in the background against a deep blue sky.
Originally published in Sweden 10 years ago, Nilsson's young adult novel, Heart's Delight, is an honest look at teenage love and sexuality minus the usual sentimental bullshit. According to people who know about such things, Nilsson's much-lauded book is appropriate for high schoolers.