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Features

Hunger at Home
New Mexico is among the nation's worst in the percentage of people who
must worry about their next meal.

Living on the Edge
Events bring new excitement to the ancient Gila Cliff Dwellings.

Every Picture Tells a Story
Theatrical photographer Tom Price's goal is to be invisible.

The Scorpion King
Science educator Paul Hyder knows all about the desert's scary stuff.

Giving a Lift
Area pilots lend their wings to the Young Eagles program.

Quest for Fire
Theresa Strottman filmed more than
70
nterviews with participants in
the Manhattan Project.

Columns & Departments
Editor's Note
Letters
Desert Diary
Tumbleweeds:
Teaching Outside the Box

Top 10
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Kitchen Gardener
Ramblin' Outdoors
Celestial Cycles
Borderlines
The Starry Dome
The People's Law
40 Days & 40 Nights
Clubs Guide
Guides to Go
Continental Divide


Special Section

Arts Exposure
Art Shorts
Pictures of Devotion
Fiesta de la Olla
Gallery Guide


Body, Mind & Spirit
When Love is Sacred
Running from Bears


Red or Green?
Desert Exposure's quarterly
dining guide.


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JULY

01

Silver City/Grant County

Melodrama Theatre--"Evil's Reward or The Taming of McGrew." Every Friday and Saturday. 8 p.m. Pinos Altos Opera House, 388-3848, www.pinosaltos.org/melodrama.

Compas--7 p.m. Penny Park, 534-0261/388-1677.

Diana--Singing and dancing her way through the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. 7:30 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

Gypsy Feet--7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

The Night Owls--Blues. Silver City Brewing Co., 101 E. College, 534-BREW.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Nobody Knows--Through July 7. Film based on a remarkable actual event involving four siblings who are abandoned by their mother. The children do their best to survive, but when they are forced to engage with the outside world the fragile balance that has sustained them collapses. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japanese with English subtitles. Nightly at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:30 and 5 p.m. $6, members $4, students and seniors $5; matinees $5; Wednesdays $4. Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, www.fountaintheatre.org.

2nd Annual 4th of July Booksale--Through July 4. Cultural Center of Mesilla, 2231 A Calle De Parian, 523-3988/524-2499, bbf@zianet.com, www.borderbookfestival.org.

Galleries Walkabout--In Old Downtown, from Griggs north to Hadley. See Arts Exposure section for details. 5-7 p.m.

White Sands

Evening Program--Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through the summer. 45-minute slide program or film at the amphitheater. Topics vary nightly. Adults $3. 8:30 p.m. White Sands National Monument, 45 miles east of Las Cruces on Hwy. 70, 679-2599, 479-6124, www.nps.gov/whsa.

Friday Night Star Talk--Every Friday at 8:30 p.m. Adults $3. White Sands National Monument, 45 miles east of Las Cruces on Hwy. 70, 679-2599, 479-6124, www.nps.gov/whsa.

02

Silver City/Grant County

Arizona-New Mexico Border Dispute--Through July 4. Cowboy Action Shooting competition, ground and mounted. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday 9 a.m.-noon. Gila Rangers Cowboy Action Shooting Club Range, Hwy. 35 milepost 10.5, Mimbres, 388-2531, gr@gilarangers.com, www.gilarangers.com.

Gypsy Feet--7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

La Capilla Open House--See story in June issue. Refreshments, speakers, music, guided tours of the "Little Chapel on the Hill." 10 a.m. Chihuahua Hill.

Melodrama Theatre--8 p.m. Pinos Altos Opera House, 388-3848, www.pinosaltos.org/melodrama.

Rhythm Mystic--7:30 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

Silver City Farmers' Market--Come sample the tastes of Grant County, with fruits and vegetables available from spring through first frost. Many organic growers, herb and flower vendors and other specialty stalls. 8:30 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 6th and Bullard St. 536-9681.

The Night Owls--Blues. Silver City Brewing Co.-101 E. College, 534-BREW.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Fire & Fiber--Opening of art exhibit, through July 30. See Arts Exposure section. Opening reception 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Director's Gallery, Museum of Fine Art, 490 N. Water St., 541-2160.

Big Blast Baseball Tournament--Through July 4. Hadley Complex, between Solano Drive and Walnut Ave.; Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid; Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road. 392-3644, usssa.home.att.net.

Curt Warren--Jazz guitar. 8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

My Darling Clementine--Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), Wyatt Earp (Fonda), and the Clantons are some of the best-known of all of the Old West's legendary figures, and almost any decent movie that features them would be watchable. But this 1947 classic is even better than you might expect, because in addition to the tense and interesting conflicts among its key figures, it gives both the characters and the setting some depth that show how the familiar events in Tombstone characterize much of the nature of the Old West in general. 1:30 p.m. Admission (includes museum) adults $3, seniors $2, ages 6 to 17 $1. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Alamogordo

Hobbit, the Musical--2 p.m. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202.

Deming

Third Annual Music Festival--Through July 4. Music under the stars in the cool of the evening with 15 different New Mexico and Texas accomplished musicians including: Brandon Perralt, acoustic guitar/songwriter; Desert Trabudors, country-western swing; Raised by Wolves, soft rock and country; Tim McAndrews, original Cowboy tunes; Joe Hunt, Mandolin, Country Western; Benji Revis and B.B.R., bluegrass, blues and rock; Gene Keller, poet, singer/songwritter; Jimmy Helm, classic Western singer; Gary Hart, cowboy, country and folk; Wally Lawder, 12-string guitar and harmonica; Richard Polamares, acoustic guitar, oldies rock; Joyful Sounds, gospel music; Buffalo-Grass Hee-Haw, comedy and music; Knocking on Heaven's Door, dance troupe. Plus food and, on Saturday, second annual Carzalia Sweet Onion Cooking Contest; judging starts at 11 a.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. nightly. Joe Perk, 122 E. Spruce St., 544-0141.

Elephant Butte

4th of July Fireworks--40-minute display begins at dusk. Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 744-5923.

Glenwood

Catwalk Trail Project Celebration--New interpretive exhibits and landscape design will be celebrated with programs throughout the day. No parking fee charged for the day. 8:30 a.m.: Roland Shook, professor at WNMU, "Insights into the Birds of the Catwalk"; 10:30 a.m.: Bob Schiowitz, archaeologist, Gila National Forest, "Graham Mill"; 12 p.m.: Catwalk Trail dedication; 1:30 p.m.: Lou Naue, San Francisco River Association, "Whitewater Project"; 3:30 p.m.: Dick Weaver, "Campfire Smoke," Nat Straw, the Mogollon Mountain Man. Whitewater Picnic Area and Catwalk National Recreation Trail, 539-2481, bodonnell@fs.fed.us.

23rd Annual Western Art Auction, Barbecue and Dance--Presented by the Frisco CowBelles. Barbecue dinner begins 5:30 p.m.; adults $7, under 12 $4 includes dance. Western art auction at 7 p.m. Dance with music by Spur Ride begins at 8:30 p.m.; couples $5, singles $3. Glenwood Park, Catwalk Road.

Radium Springs

Animals of the Southwest--Slide show at the park amphitheatre. 8:30-9:30 p.m. Leasburg Dam State Park, 524-4068.

Upham

Deep Sky Observing--In Upham, 30 miles north of Las Cruces, 8:30 pm. Car caravans leaves from Lowe's in Las Cruces about an hour before sunset. View the skies with astronomers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces. Weather permitting. 532-5365, rrichins@zianet.com.

03

Silver City/Grant County

Independence Day Fireworks--Weather permitting, at nightfall, from Hill Top Road. 538-3785, info@silvercity.org, www.silvercity.org.

Arizona-New Mexico Border Dispute--Through July 4. See July 2. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hwy. 35 milepost 10.5, Mimbres, 388-2531, gr@gilarangers.com, www.gilarangers.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Annual 4th of July Electric Light Parade--Theme is "American Heroes--Past, Present, Future." Begins at Apodaca Park, corner of Solano Drive and Madrid St., 9 p.m. Heads south on Solano Drive, turns left on Spruce Ave. 528-3170/541-2200.

Southern New Mexico Veterans of Foreign Wars Poker Run--To benefit the Veteran's of Foreign Wars National Home for children. Food, door prizes. Registration begins at noon at Barnett Harley Davidson. $10 per driver, $5 per passenger. 644-8595, wburrell@zianet.com.

Deming

Third Annual Music Festival--Through July 4. See July 2. Includes second annual Carzalia Sweet Onion Cooking Contest; judging starts at 11 a.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Joe Perk, 122 E. Spruce St., 544-0141.

Arts in the Park Music--6-8 p.m. Courthouse Park. Deming Arts Council, 546-3663, demingarts@swnm.com.

Melanie Zipin & Jeff--Including new, unrecorded songs. 1-4 p.m. Saint Clair Winery.

04: INDEPENDENCE DAY

Silver City/Grant County

Independence Day Celebration--Theme is "Silver City, Pride and Joy of the Southwest." Kiwanis Club Cowboy Breakfast 7-10 a.m. Parade through downtown starts at 10 a.m. Food‚ arts and crafts and entertainment 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Fashion show, music, dancers, karate demonstration. Kiwanis BBQ lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Gough Park.
538-3785, info@silvercity.org, www.silvercity.org.

Ice Cream Social and Exhibit Opening--The Silver City Museum's 23rd annual Ice Cream Social will be held following the Independence Day parade. Ice cream, floats, cold drinks and old-fashioned fun will be served up in the museum's tree-shaded courtyard. Live entertainment, children's games, the traditional cakewalk. A new exhibit, "Good For What Ails You: A Golden Climate Cures Silver City's Economic Blues," will open in the museum's main gallery. The show focuses on the impact of the health-seeker era of the early 20th century in the Silver City area. Ice Cream Social 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, info@silvercitymuseum.org, www.silvercitymuseum.org.

Arizona-New Mexico Border Dispute--See July 2. 9 a.m.-noon. Hwy. 35 milepost 10.5, Mimbres, 388-2531, gr@gilarangers.com, www.gilarangers.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks--Call for schedule. Hadley Complex, 1605 Hadley St., 528-3170/541-2200.

2nd Annual "In Song and Story"--Presented by Voz Vaqueros, The Singing Men of Las Cruces. 10 a.m. Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave., 524-3004/524-3916.

4th Annual Bling Bling Car Show--Open to the public beginning at 6 p.m. Hopping contest at 7:30 p.m. Low Rider (custom and street), hot rods, muscle cars, euro, classics, full size trucks, 4X4s, motorcycles. Hadley Complex, on Hadley St., 541-5181.

Deming

Third Annual Music Festival--See July 2. 7 p.m. Joe Perk, 122 E. Spruce St., 544-0141.

Fireworks--Call for times. (800) 848-4955, chamber@demingchamber.com.

Glenwood

Fireworks--Beginning at dusk. Glenwood Community Park. 539-2711.

La Union

5th Annual Country Picnic--Bring your own picnic or enjoy a hamburger or hotdog from K & B Barbeque, with beverages from La Vina. Musical entertainment, croquet, badminton, water slides, jumping balloon, nine-hole putting green. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. La Vina Winery, 4201 S. Highway 28, La Union, 882-7632. Email stark@lavinawinery.com, on the web: www.nmwine.net/wineries/lavina.htm.

Lordsburg

Independence Day Activities--Orchestra, 5K run, dance, parade, fireworks.

05

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Curt Warren--Jazz guitar. 8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

06

Silver City/Grant County

Gerry Carthy--Playing at least eight traditional instruments, traditional and popular Irish music. 7:30 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Willie Mays State Baseball Tournament--Through July 10. Las Cruces Youth Baseball Association, 10 and under. Paz Park, 1875 E. Hadley Ave., www.lcyba.com.

07

Silver City/Grant County

Boris McCutcheon--7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Tony Movsesian--Jazz. 8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

08

Silver City/Grant County

Mona Little--"The last remaining true folk singer in America." See story in June issue. $10. 8 p.m., Pinos Altos Opera House. 538-2505, info@mimbresarts.org, www.mimbresarts.org.

Street Dance--7-10 p.m. on Yankie Street. Dos Baristas Coffee Gallery, 112 W. Yankie.

Boris McCutcheon--7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Local Youth Bands--7 p.m. Penny Park, 534-0261 /
388-1677.

Melodrama Theatre--8 p.m. Pinos Altos Opera House,
388-3848, www.pinosaltos.org/melodrama.

Wally Lawder--7:30 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Wonder of the World--Through July 24. No Strings Theatre Company presents a play by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Ceil Herman. Cass leaves her husband after seven years of marriage to find a new life. On the way to Niagara Falls she meets Lois, a young woman traveling with a pickle barrel, determined to end her life. The two team up, meet strange and wonderful people, and find a new way of seeing the world. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays, July 17, 24 2:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m. $9, $8 students and seniors, $6 all seats on Thursday. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223,
www.no-strings.org.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest--Also July 9, 15-16, 22-23. Script by Dale Wasserman, directed by Rachel Space, presented by lo-fi productions. $5. 8 p.m. Southwest Fitness Center, 1309 E. Foster Road, 650-3496, lo_fiproductions@hotmail.com.

Up and Down--Through July 14. A multicultural social comedy of manners that entwines three stories around the illegal purchase of a baby from a Prague pawnbroker when its Indian immigrant parents are forced to flee. Jan Hrebjk's film skips from buoyant satire to domestic melodrama. Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film in 2004. In Czech with English subtitles. Nightly at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:30 and 5 p.m. $6, members $4, students and seniors $5; matinees $5; Wednesdays $4. Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, www.fountaintheatre.org.

09

Silver City/Grant County

Programs in the Park Series--"Apache Culture Day," with performances, cultural talks, Apache artisans. See story in this section. Call for times and place of programs and for reservations, when necessary. Gila Cliff Dwellings,
536-9461, www.nps.gov/gicl.

Boris McCutcheon--7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

John and Johnny--7:30 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

Melodrama Theatre--8 p.m. Pinos Altos Opera House,
388-3848, www.pinosaltos.org/melodrama.

Silver City Farmers' Market--8:30 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 6th and Bullard St. 536-9681.

Tour of Historic Ft. Bayard--9:30 a.m. Meet at Ft. Bayard Theater, northeast corner of the hospital. 388-4477.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

New Mexico Filmmakers Short Film Showcase, Part 2--Includes: Blood Sport, filmed in Mexico by Hans Rosenwinkel, follows a cockfight breeder as he takes his birds from arena to arena. Enchanted Dreams, by photographer and author Frank Parrish, who has been taking pictures of the land around us since 1990. In Their Own Words, David James Baker of Las Cruces made this documentary, which captures the love and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their family members. The George Mendoza Story, shows how Mendoza, a Las Cruces artist who is legally blind, shows how he became an author, Olympic contender, painter and motivational speaker. El Cochero, by Miles Merritt and Judy Kempler of Santa Fe, is loosely based on a short story by Chekhov. 1:30 p.m. Admission (includes museum) adults $3, seniors $2, ages 6 to 17 $1. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Big Sound Downtown--Featured acts include The Answer Lies, 10 Seconds to Lift Off, Damn Rathers. 6-11 p.m. Downtown Mall on Las Cruces Ave., 541-2288, ohennessey@las-cruces.org, www.las-cruces.org.

Birdwatching--Join photographer Ken Stinnett and John Douglas at New Mexico's newest state park, the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, located just west of the Mesilla between the Mesilla bridge and the Mesilla Dam. For information and to sign up, call the Southwest Environmental Center, 522-5552.

Ernie Castillo--Saxophone. 8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

Jazz For Peace--Featuring Rick DellaRatta. $25. 6 p.m. Rivers Academy, 1501 N. Solano Drive, (650) 274-1131, pmtjazz@yahoo.com, www.jazzforpeace.org/currenteventes.php.

MoonGaze--8:30 p.m., International Delights, Idaho and El Paseo. Weather permitting. 532-5365, rrichins@zianet.com.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest--See July 8. $5. 8 p.m. Southwest Fitness Center, 1309 E. Foster Road, 650-3496, lo_fiproductions@hotmail.com.

River Run 8K Run/Walk--7:15 a.m. La Llorona Park, W. Picacho Ave. and Rio Grande River. 524-7824.

Robert Peters Booksigning--Author signing Mortal Deception. 1-5 p.m. Jo Ott Designs, Calle de San Albino and Calle de Santiago, 523-1382.

Sky Safari--View the night sky with high-powered telescopes and expert guidance from the NMSU Astronomy Department. 8:30 p.m. La Llorona Park, W. Picacho Ave. and Rio Grande River. 522-3120, astafford@las-cruces.org.

Wonder of the World--Through July 24. See July 8. 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Alamogordo

Summer Tailgate Party--Second and fourth Saturdays all summer. Concerts in the parking lot of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. 437-2840.

Columbus

Columbus Farmers' Market--Opening of new market selling local fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, berries, honey, eggs, livestock and feed, seeds, herbs, plants, flowers, regional food and crafts, and more. See story in May issue. Every Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Grounds of the Columbus Historical Depot Museum, Hwy. 11 and 9, 531-2435 /
531-2637, farmersmarketcolumbusnm@yahoo.com, www.columbus.lib.nm.us/farmersmarket.

Elephant Butte

Creatures of the Night--8:30-9:30 p.m. Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 744-5923.

Magdalena

Old Timers Reunion--Also July 10. Parade, rodeo, arts and crafts, fiddlers, Indian village, street dance, melodrama, horseshoes, Waldo Mine tours, barbecue. 854-2719, www.magdalena-nm.com/html/events.html.

10

Silver City/Grant County

Second Anniversary Party--Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Inventing Los Alamos--Lecture by Jon Hunner of NMSU, who has studied the social and cultural history of Los Alamos. 2 p.m. Adults $3, seniors $2, ages 6 to 17 $1. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Al Hurrican and Al Hurrican Jr. and Mariachi Espuelas de Plata--Music in the Park . 8 p.m. Klein Park, 155 N. Mesquite St. 541-2200/541-2178, pio@las-cruces.org, www.las-cruces.org.

Deming

Arts in the Park Music--6-8 p.m. Courthouse Park. Deming Arts Council, 546-3663, demingarts@swnm.com.

Hillsboro

Erica Wheeler--Singer-songwriter who's been likened to Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Cheryl Wheeler. 3 p.m. Hillsboro Community Center, Eleanora Street.

Magdalena

Old Timers Reunion--See July 9. 854-2719,
www.magdalena-nm.com/html/events.html.

 

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