Can you smell the sweet scent of testosterone wafting through the clear winter air? Then you must be Downtown on Fourth Street. Follow the smell to the Downtown Contemporary Art Center (105 Fourth Street SW) for the He Show, an exhibit of work by New Mexican photographers, all of whom happen to be male. The show, which just went up last week, features innovative images by some very talented photographers such as Barry McCormick, Steve Malavolta, David Ondrik, Lincoln Draper, Pat Berrett, Kip Malone, Rick Scibelli, Wes Naman, Benjamin Winters and Steve Bromberg. The center is located at 105 Fourth Street SW. For details, call 242-1983.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants at the Wizard's Playhouse
By Steven Robert Allen
It's human nature to enjoy being fooled. We might not appreciate being fooled by our spouses, our accountants or our presidents, but most of us relish being bamboozled by magicians. The feat can be as simple as a card trick or as elaborate as hacking a pretty young damsel in half with a chain saw before magically piecing her back together again. It doesn't matter much. I don't care how many times a wizard pulls a rabbit out of his hat or a nickel out of your nose. For most people, the classics of magic never get old.
Charles Sheeler's photographs don't get exhibited nearly as often as those of his better known modernist peers, photo legends like Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand. Even so, Sheeler is a recognized master of 20th-century photography who brought cubist aesthetics into the realm of photographic image making. An exhibit of his work opens this week at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. Admission is $4 for New Mexico residents with ID. The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist runs through May 1. (505) 946-1017.
Legend has it that Puddles began his journey into the land of kitsch with a chance encounter in an Atlanta bar in 1998. The bartender heard him sing after taking a show flyer and tracking him down at his gig at a flea market. The sad clown singing karaoke on a boombox blew him away and now that bartender and Puddles travel the world together. His career exploded in 2013 when he was featured on Postmodern Jukebox's cover of “Royals” by Lorde. The YouTube video instantly went viral and has over 22 million views to date. They call him the “sad clown with the golden voice.” But don't be frightened by the seven foot clown. He soulfully serenades you into the evening as Puddles Pity Party takes over the KiMo Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 18 with beautifully arranged covers of rock and pop classics. The show is from 8 to 10pm for an all-ages crowd. Puddles won't be so sad if you can cough up the asking price of $35 to $100 for a ticket. Don't let Puddles be sad.
Thrill the World is hitting Albuquerque! Come out to the learn the choreography and help break the world record for the world's largest simultaneous dance via the six-minute Michael Jackson smash hit at Tiguex Park on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The free Thriller Class requires a waiver to be filled out prior to the session, which can be found at the link below. The big event is on Oct. 27, but registration closes at midnight on Oct. 24, so make sure you register. This event is for all-ages, so look for Lina and Karen by the stage at the park and get ready to get zombie-fied for the record shattering event. Find the waiver at: sites.google.com/site/thrilltheworldalbuquerque/learn-the-dance/forms