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 Dec 10 - 16, 2009 
“More or Less,” paper cut by Mary Sundstrom

Culture Shock

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Enter the Matrix

Put down those bath beads—no one wants those for Christmas. Instead, pick up some one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork for the loved ones left on your list. Neighboring galleries Matrix Fine Art and New Grounds Print Workshop (3812 Central SE, Suites 100 A and B) invite you to their holiday show and sale. The reception on Friday, Dec. 11, goes from 5 to 8 p.m. Artwork is priced from $25 and up. For more information on these galleries and this event, go to newgroundsgallery.com or matrixfineart.com.


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Performance Preview

Holiday Theater Preview

Your guide to the plays about town

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This time of year is perfect for gathering up your friends and family and heading as far from the mall as possible. So in between your last minute holiday purchases, put on your crushed velvet and patent-leather finery (universal Christmas attire still, right?) and go see a play. There are so many great ones in town this month, I just couldn’t choose one. Maybe you shouldn’t, either.


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Demetria Martinez

Author Interview

Bearing Witness

An interview with Demetria Martinez

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New Mexican poet, author and journalist Demetria Martinez has one or two stories to tell. Martinez was the religion editor at the Albuquerque Journal in the ’80s, working part-time while writing poetry. In 1987, she was indicted on charges of conspiracy relating to smuggling refugees from Central America to the U.S. She was acquitted the following year.


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Image courtesy of Finding Neverland the Musical

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Lost Boy, Super High and Belting Showtunes

Finding Neverland

By Alisa Valdes
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

By Maggie Grimason
A contemporary urban satire inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
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Image courtesy of the City of Albuquerque

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Sowing Seeds for Next Year's Harvest

Winter Solstice Seed Mandala

By Robin Babb
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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Photo courtesy of the artist

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70 Years of Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Hear gospel classics, Christmas tunes and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.
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