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Car show logo by Derek Smith

If you like cars…food…bands…art…COME TO THE NORTH 4TH CAR SHOW on AUGUST 10TH from 10-4PM at the NORTH FOURTH ART CENTER at 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque 

 The North 4th Car Show is a new venture for North Fourth Art Center, planned by Exploratory Arts as another cool way to explore our world. We are expecting at least 50 new/old/interesting/funky/fancy cars to appear; a variety of food including Sebastiano’s Food Truck and others; local bands in the theater (more about them later) and some unusual and attention-grabbing artwork. Artists from the community and from North Fourth are offering up some of their most exciting pieces for display in the lobby/gallery. Also…there are tables available for $15 for your group, organization, or business to share information.

 We’ll back with more about this big new adventure next week. Meanwhile here are a few images for a sneak preview.

A tiny view of Juliana Coles absolutely great piece.

A tiny view of Juliana Coles absolutely great piece.

Soon James Dean's image will materialize here.

Soon James Dean’s image will materialize here.

Grace Sedillo, ready to drive away.

Grace Sedillo, ready to drive away.

Danny Chavez, on the road.

Danny Chavez, on the road.

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Two Worlds Theater 2013

Dancing with Fire

Dancing with Fire

The multi-talented Kimberly Gleason is back in town (from her new job and life in Spain) to recreate Two Worlds, the theater and film program produced for some years by the North Fourth Art Center.  Kim is partnering with Carmen Tsabetsaye, filmmaker and business professional in this ongoing venture.

 For these two weekends in July, last weekend and coming up on the 19th and 20th, Two Worlds Theater 2013 is offering a Staged Reading Festival with plays by Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq), Diane Glancy (Cherokee) and Kimberly Gleason (Navajo)—yes, in addition to producing, Kim is also a budding playwright.

 This coming weekend, Kim’s “Dancing with Fire” will be Friday at 7pm; Diane Glancy’s “Mask Maker” is Saturday at 5pm; and Lucas Rowley’s “William, Inc.” is Saturday at 7pm.

 I saw both “Dancing with Fire” and “William, Inc.” last weekend and previously read “Mask Maker.” These readings are all well worth attending; the work is original in that it comes straight from the brains, hearts and fingers of these able playwrights, and original in telling new stories effectively and old stories with a new twist.

 The readers/actors are certainly all capable and some of them are downright brilliant in their reading roles. In the two plays I watched, the serious topics (alienation, alcoholism) and the humor inherent in everyday life were well incorporated with relatively little chance for preparation by the readers. I was impressed.

 The following photos should further entice you all to come over to North Fourth Art Center Friday and/or Saturday nights. It’s good theater and there’s a chance to meet the cast of characters over refreshments after each performance.

Cast: William Inc.

Cast: William Inc.

William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna

William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna

William Inc., Lynnette Haozous

William Inc., Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett

Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett

Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck

Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck

William Inc., Lucas Rowley

William Inc., Lucas Rowley

William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore

William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore

Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore

Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore

Carmen Tsabetsaye

Carmen Tsabetsaye

Kimberly Gleason

Kimberly Gleason

FRIDAY AFTERNOONS

As in organizations, schools, businesses, government bureaucracies and art centers the world over, Friday afternoon is just not quite like the rest of the week here at North Fourth. It’s anticipation of the whole weekend ahead that makes us all a little restless and silly and happy.

For example Drum Circle today:
To the rhythm of some very fine drumming, restaurant names were chanted with vigor and expectations of weekend visits to some of the favorites. “I like Pizza Hut”… “I like Sadies”…and 37 or 100 more! After awhile the exercise switched to music with rock ‘n roll definitely coming out on top and the drumming intensifying.

Here are some of the North Fourth Drummers:

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KP, KEVIN, SOFIA

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PHILLIP, RUTH

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CASEY

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NICK

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ISAIAH, KP, KEVIN

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MATT

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CARMELA, PHILLIP

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MATT, ISAIAH, KP, KEVIN, SOFIA, SHERILYN

Marisol’s Wedding

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The North Fourth Art Center theater serves all kinds of classroom, rehearsal, reading, performance and meeting purposes. And every now and then there’s a special event…like today when Marisol married Devin in a happy ceremony of laughter and commitment.

Of course her mom and dad were there as well as sister and brother-in-law and beautiful Jasmine, her daughter.

The Lobby looked spectacular…you would not have recognized it—all turquoise and white satin and fancy decorations.

There was plentiful and tasty food and delicious cupcakes. Dancing went on into the evening and a good time was had by all.

Congratulations Marisol and Devin.

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Jasmine, beautiful daughter of the bride.

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Gloria

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Devin, the groom.

Omar, father of the bride.

Omar, father of the bride.

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Mom & sister of the bride.

Mom & sister of the bride.

The last dance......

The last dance……

Flags for the Fourth. Flags on North Fourth.

The day before a holiday is almost better than the holiday itself…you have it all to imagine…you can taste the hot dogs, hear patriotic music—maybe Sousa marches from a nearby park, hang out with friends and family and thrill to the snap crackle and pop of fireworks. Best of all the flags waving all over the city and the big bright splashes of magical colors and shapes in the night sky.

So. Happy Fourth of July. Enjoy…and Be Safe!

Linda’s Painting and Drawing class made some flags especially for the occasion.

Rosie

Rosie

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Linda and Jolene

April

April

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Denise

Steve's Fireworks

Steve’s Fireworks