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The great issue facing the film industry these days is inclusion.  How to increase the involvement in the industry of underrepresented communities:  African-Americans, women, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans.  The question of inclusion is also central to Albuquerque's Pueblo Film Fest.  The fourth annual event takes place November 17-19 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Since last spring, Santa Fe Community College has had access to a stockpile of decommissioned firearms.  Using the college's forging and welding facilities, students and faculty in the Art Department have transformed these metal parts into sculpture and jewelry, works of art that will be displayed this month and then auctioned off to benefit New Mexicans To Prevent Gun Violence and SFCC scholarships. 

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His iridescent shapes float in 3-dimensional space, an exploration of the mysteries of light.  "Some people, it puts them in a state of almost infancy," says August Muth of his holographic art.  "They can't resist the temptation to touch the light."  The Santa Fe artist's latest works are on view through November 9 at the Canyon Road gallery, OTA Contemporary

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If you've visited the Maxwell Museum at the University of New Mexico, you might have noticed in its side courtyard a 40-foot-tall totem pole.  That pole has been standing outside on the Albuquerque campus for over 70 years.  This year, it was brought inside, not just for a much-needed restoration but also to answer some pressing questions about its provenance. 

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When he was a teenager living in northern New Mexico in the 1970's, Tom Joyce apprenticed himself to a local blacksmith.  Over the next decades, those skills, along with his unusual rapport with iron and steel, led Tom Joyce to a career as an artist of forged metal.  He was recognized with a MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2003.  His latest sculptures are on display through 2017 at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.

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On the night of September 23, the facade of the historic La Fonda Hotel in Taos will be illuminated by patterns and images created by the Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist Motomichi.  The display is part of the Paseo, Taos's 4th annual celebration of art and community.  And projected right alongside Motomichi's display, and complementing it, will be art created by Taos students. 

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The Montage Music Society commissions and performs music composed in response to visual art, and every concert includes projections of the art that inspired the music being performed.  Pianist Debra Ayers and her Montage colleagues wanted to address the fear many people have of new music.  "Let's help the audience get their imaginations going, hearing music and seeing the visuals that inspired the music."  Montage has found that the experience changes the way audiences listen.

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The late 1920's was the golden age of movie palaces, those elaborate showcases for films and stage shows.  Albuquerque got one in 1927, the KiMo, which this month celebrates its 90th birthday.  But the KiMo was different from other movie palaces, with a style all its own:  architecture and decoration unique to the Southwest.

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A new contemporary art museum is looking for an innovative light fixture to welcome visitors into its lobby.  That was the fictional problem posed to design students at universities throughout the country in the 2017 Robert Bruce Thompson Student Light Fixture Design Competition.  Two of the top three honors in the competition went to students at the University of New Mexico's School of Architecture & Planning, Madison Wickstrom and Arjun Bhakta.

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"One forges one's style on the terrible anvil of deadlines."  So said prolific writer Émile Zola.  Albuquerque's Blackout Theatre Company challenges local theater artists to a 24-hour deadline -- they have just one day to write and stage a new one-act play.  The various results, 24/7, will be performed for the public on August 12.

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One of the ways in which the University of New Mexico collaborates with the City of Albuquerque is through the City's Public Art Urban Enhancement Division, which supports Albuquerque's fine arts projects.  The Division and UNM joined forces in 2015 to create an off-campus gallery that showcases student artists alongside local artists.  The College of Fine Arts (CFA) Downtown Studio is located just off Central at 4th and Copper.

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For the past five years, young composers who are out on their own for the first time and discovering what it means to be professional have found themselves invited to spend a week at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  The seven-day workshop centers on a string quartet written especially for Santa Fe and includes rehearsals and discussions with the Flux Quartet and then a performance of the new works in a Festival concert.

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The world thrives on innovation, but what role can innovation play in an art form based on tradition?  Folk art is about traditional materials, traditional techniques, and generations-old ideas of craft and style.  The organizers of The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe struck a balance between innovation and tradition by creating a new section for the 2017 Market, taking place July 14-16 on Museum Hill.

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Subhankar Banerjee is an internationally known writer, environmental activist and scholar.  He is also an extraordinary photographer and has said that photography, for him, is a portal to activism and knowledge.  Several of his large-scale photographs of Arctic Alaska are now on display in Long Environmentalism in the Near North, Subhankar Banerjee: Activism – Photographs – Writing at the UNM Art Museum in Albuquerque.

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Four years ago, the Santa Fe Symphony collaborated with the local think tank, the Santa Fe Institute, on a program for all ages that combined music with entertaining educational demonstrations.  The Majesty of Music & Mathematics caused a lot of excitement and it will return to the Lensic Center on June 19.  The performance will be taped for broadcast on New Mexico PBS.

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With digital projections and multi-channel videos, electronic artist Marcus Zúñiga is offering us a unique look at the cosmos.  His installation Ya Veo (Spanish for "I see") is on view June 10 and 11 at the No Land Art Space on the Santa Fe Plaza, as part of the opening weekend for the 2017 Currents New Media Festival. 

Courtesy Paul A. Hutton

Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico Dr. Paul A. Hutton specializes in U.S. history and history of the American West.  But he is also a scholar of film and popular culture, and he has curated an exhibit on view through August at the Albuquerque Museum, Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television.

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The colors and patterns she creates are inspired by the landscape surrounding her studio in White Rock, in the mountains south of Los Alamos.  There, Anne Podlesak hand knits with yarn she spins and dyes herself.  Her work will be featured May 19-21 in the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council Fiesta at EXPO New Mexico.

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In the 1960's and 1970's, young people from both coasts, borne on a passionate wave of new ideas, traveled to the Southwest and settled into a landscape and mix of cultures that they found enticing and inspiring.  Their migration was part of what's now known as the "counterculture," and it's the subject of a new book from Museum of New Mexico Press and a new exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum.

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When the New Mexico Philharmonic closes its 2016-2017 Classics Season on April 22 at Popejoy Hall, the concert's conductor will be under greater scrutiny than usual.  Brazilian-born Roberto Minczuk is the last of six candidates under consideration to become the orchestra's first Music Director.

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It was during his time in the forests of Northern New Mexico that Aldo Leopold first formulated his pioneering ideas about the environment.  New Mexico continues its kinship with the great conservationist with a state-wide program that engages 6th to 12th graders in ecological issues.  The 2017 Aldo Leopold Writing Contest will culminate as part of a special Leopold event on April 23 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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An exhibit on view through April 14 in UNM's Zimmerman Library gives individuals living with mental illness a chance to share their stories with the public.  Mentored by working photographers, these 18 amateur artists are each represented by a 12" x 12" photograph as well as a personal narrative of that photograph.  Untold Minds was put together by the Santa Fe non-profit, Compassionate Touch Network.  

The music might not be what you expect.  For six years now, the Iridium Quartet has been exploring new works for multiple saxophones.  What they've found is not jazz, not band music, but classical chamber music for the 21st Century.  This month, the Iridium will be in concert at Albuquerque's Cathedral of St. John and also take part in the 2017 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium

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After a successful premiere in Barcelona in 1911, the music disappeared.  Cant de les Estrellas (Song of the Stars) by Spanish composer Enrique Granados wasn't heard again until almost 100 years later, in a new recording on the Naxos label.  Responsible for that recording, and for retrieving this lost score, is New Mexico pianist, and Granados scholar, Douglas Riva. 

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In Washington D. C., the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company is a cultural institution.  Performances marking its 25th anniversary will take place this year at the Kennedy Center and the National Portrait Gallery.  The celebration will also include a special week-long residency this month in New Mexico.  That's because choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess is a native son -- he grew up in Santa Fe and received his dance degree from the University of New Mexico. Company performances and workshops will be held at NDI New Mexico in Santa Fe and UNM in Albuquerque.

Women On War

Feb 24, 2017
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Starting in the 1990's, women became eligible for a greater number of positions in the military than ever before, including, since 2013, combat.  What have been the challenges for these women?  Eight local veterans shared their stories with a group of New Mexico poets recently, and the poems inspired by these conversations make up Women on War, presented in early March by the Albuquerque organization Artful Life.

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The Surface Design Association, a New Mexico-based alliance of fiber and textile artists, recently asked its members to express their feelings about "place" -- the suddenly explosive topics of borders, bridges and sanctuaries.  The result is SDA's third international juried exhibition, Shifting Landscapes, on display February 24 - May 20 at the Santa Fe gallery, form & concept

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What can we do as a community to make education accessible and effective for everyone?  Students at the Working Classroom in Albuquerque have spent the last year looking for answers to that question -- through interviews, research and discussions.  The result is Solving for X, an original bilingual theater piece on stage February 16-26 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Heavy Metal is the story of one very difficult week in the life of Danny, a 15-year-old growing up in a Midwestern town.  Author Andrew Bourelle has published 20 short stories in literary journals and anthologies, but this is his first novel.  And it's the winner of the 2016 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, offering publication to young writers Autumn House believes will become the important voices of their generation.

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Containing 10,000 photographs covering the complete 175-year history of the art form and representing its most important artists, the photography collection is the dominant element in the art holdings of the University of New Mexico.  A small portion of it is now on display in Stories From The Camera at the UNM Art Museum.

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