Alibi V.17 No.18 • May 1-7, 2008 
Untitled (Four Heads and Two Animals),   by Patrocinio Barela

Culture Shock

Albuquirky

See inside some of Albuquerque's artful and funky abodes during OFFCenter's third annual Albuquirky House Tour on Saturday, May 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour will visit three art-filled homes around the city, including one designed by Bart Prince. For more information and tickets ($30, benefits OFFCenter), call OFFCenter between noon and 4 p.m. at 247-1172.

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Untitled (Four Heads and Two Animals),   by Patrocinio Barela

Gallery Review

Diamonds and Wood

Caminos Distintos at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

The April cover of Artforum depicts Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God, a skull made of platinum, diamonds and human teeth. It’s dazzling. Its function is to start conversations about art and money; or, more pointedly, conversations about how money is the religion that defines the value of art. The work is emblematic of the conflation of money and meaning in our current art market—come on, it cost more than $16 million to make; how could it not mean anything?

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Book Reviews

Prelude to Insanity

Cleaver by Tim Parks

Where do the humiliated hide out in the 21st century? It's not just a question for ex-governors and gadflies, since public personae flee the same thing that hounds us all in a more minor fashion—the constant swirl of the media and its appetite for scandal and vengeance. Is it possible for us to unplug from this electronic drip feed (not to mention our BlackBerries), and if we do, what happens to our minds?

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Lost Boy, Super High and Belting Showtunes

Finding Neverland

The incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan.
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There Will Be Blood

In the Blood

A contemporary urban satire inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
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Sowing Seeds for Next Year's Harvest

Winter Solstice Seed Mandala

An annual community art-making event to celebrate the coming of the winter season. Gather for the creation of a mandala using different kinds of grains and seeds to feed migratory songbirds.
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70 Years of Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama

Hear gospel classics, Christmas tunes and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.
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