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AUGUST

01

Las Cruces/Mesilla

A Grand Illusion—Opening of new exhibit of photographs by Tom Price, showing the Doña Ana Lyric Opera's production of Carmen, on view until Sept. 1. See story in July issue. NMSU Corbett Center Gallery.

A Summer Show—Opening of art exhibit on view through Aug. 29. Work from the Patio Art Gallery's Monday Studio, an ongoing art workshop, under the tutelage of artists Carolyn Bunch, Julia Ford Oliver and Annetta Hoover. Reception Aug. 14, 2-4 p.m. Tombaugh Memorial Gallery, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano.

02

Las Cruces/Mesilla

National Night Out—An evening to promote activities involving crime and drug prevention, strengthening police-community relations, and encouraging neighborhood camaraderie as part of the fight for safer streets. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces Ave. and Church St., 541-2288, ohennessey@las-cruces.org, www.las-cruces.org.

Live Music—8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

Upham

Deep Sky Observing—In Upham, 30 miles north of Las Cruces, 8:15 p.m. 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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

From On High—Opening of art exhibit by Mel Johnson, on view through Aug. 30. See Arts Exposure section. Director's Gallery, Museum of Fine Art, 490 N. Water St. in the Downtown Mall, 541-2137.

04

Silver City/Grant County

Wally Lawder and the Flying Coyotes—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Fountain Theatre Film Series—Through Aug. 7. Free movies and popcorn on the plaza in Old Mesilla. Opens with a film in Spanish by Pedro Infante. Aug. 5: Cinema Paradiso; Aug. 6: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Aug. 7: The War of the Worlds. Begins at dusk. 524-3262/541-9606.

Live Music—8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

05

Silver City/Grant County

A Meeting of the Ways: A Closer Walk with the Beloved—Western Sufi tradition calls us to honor the light in all religions. In response to this call, the Southwest Sufi Community presents this annual retreat, bringing together teachers from the Sufi, Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Native American sacred traditions. Share the blessings of practices and teachings from each of these paths as well as the power and beauty of the elements and the land. $290. Voice of the Turtle Retreat Center, 538-1798, rashadwilson@mac.com.

Brandon Perrault—8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway,
388-2828.

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.

Wally Lawder and the Flying Coyotes—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Man of La Mancha—Through Aug. 13. On the 400th anniversary of our introduction to Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Doña Ana Lyric Opera opens its 2005-2006 season with Man of La Mancha, winner of five Tony Awards. This production will be the first presentation offered by a merged Doña Ana Lyric Opera and NMSU Choirs. Friday, Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. $10, $12, $15, students $5. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, North Horseshoe Circle and Espina St. 646-1420 / 646-2421, panam.nmsu.edu/tickets.html.

TOO!Fest The Original One-Act Festival—Also Aug. 6, 12-13. Silent Treatment by Mike Sepulveda, directed by Tom Smith; Therapy by Brian Armstrong, directed by Shay Lydick; Left Unsaid by Rachel Space, directed by Laura Brunette; Caffeinated Love by Tom Smith, directed by Julia Swatman; Pic Quik! by B.J. Andersen, directed by Brandon Brown; Smoke 'N' Joe II by B.J. Andersen, directed by Les Boyse; Fetish Fever by Peter Davis, directed by Dave Edwards; Life As A Springer Show by Tom Smith, directed by Tom Smith. lo-fi productions presentation. 8 p.m. $5. Southwest Fitness Center, 1309 E. Foster Road. 650-3496, lo_fiproductions@hotmail.com.

Celebremos Juntos/Celebrate Together—Celebrating the first phase of opening the downtown mall to vehicle traffic. Speakers, refreshments and music. Master of Ceremonies is Dr. Michael Martin, president of NMSU. Invited guests include Gov.Bill Richardson, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, Mayor Bill Mattiace, City Manager Terrance Moore. 5-6:30 p.m. North end of the Downtown Mall, 524-1968 / 541-2200, chamber@lascruces.org.

Amateur Softball Association Co-Rec State Tournament—Through Aug. 6. Hadley Complex, east on Hadley Ave. 523-4336, nmasa@zianet.com, www.zianet.com/nmasa.

Fountain Theatre Film Series—Through Aug. 7. Cinema Paradiso. Free movies and popcorn on the plaza in Old Mesilla. Begins at dusk. 524-3262/541-9606.

Millions—Through Aug. 11. When a railroad heist goes wrong and an enormous bag of money falls into the hands of two young men, they decide there's only one thing to do—spend it all fast. But how can a seven- and nine-year-old unload a fortune in a week? Will they manage to spend it all or will the robbers get to them first? Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting). 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.

Old Downtown Ramble—Art openings and exhibits, music and entertainment, shopping and refreshments. 5-7 p.m. Griggs north to Hadley.

Otero Mesa Photos—Opening of exhibit, with reception 5-7 p.m. Cottonwood Gallery, Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552; www.wildmesquite.org.

Painting With Words with Benjamin Alire Saenz—Also Aug. 6. Beginning writers and painters welcome. Friday 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Centro Cultural de Mesilla, 2231-A Calle de Parian, 523-3988, bbf@zianet.com, www.borderbookfestival.org.

The Dining Room—Also Aug. 6. MissionaryNCo presents this play by A.R. Gurney. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. both days. $6, students and seniors $5. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 527-0207.

Alamogordo

Oklahoma—7:30 p.m. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202.

White Sands

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.

06

Silver City/Grant County

Summer Fling—Co-sponsored by and KRWG public radio and Desert Exposure. Wine tasting courtesy of Twisted Vine proprietor Jim Kolb, with summer hors d'oeuvres by the Courtyard Cafe at Gila Regional Medical Center and music by Mark Martin. 4-6 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway.

Dos Baristas Grand Opening—Official grand opening for new coffeehouse. Dos Baristas Coffee Gallery, 112 W. Yankie, 388-5952.

Mark Martin—Piano. 8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

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

Programs in the Park Series—"Native Seeds/SEARCH" presentation with Kevin Dahl, NSS executive director, and a native plant walk with Loretta McSween and Jim Ransom. See story in July issue. Call for details. Gila Cliff Dwellings, 536-9461, www.nps.gov/gicl.

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.

Wally Lawder and the Flying Coyotes—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Benjy Rivas and the BBR Band—Acoustic bluegrass, blues and rock. 8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

Beach Party Tea for Children—Storyteller Terry Alvarez. 2 p.m. Enchanted Gardens, 413 W. Griggs Ave., 524-1886.

Booksigning of The Butterfield Trail in New Mexico—Gallery talk at noon by author George Hackler. 1-4 p.m. Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery, 2600 El Paseo Road, 2600 El Paseo Road, 524-4300, glenncutter@aol.com.

Dona Ana Modular Railroad Display—Also Aug. 7. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Trails West Mobile Home Park, 1450 Avenida de Mesilla, 532-1751, troeller@zianet.com.

Double Feature About the Atomic Bomb—The 1986 film Desert Bloom is a bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of the atomic bomb. Rose is a shy girl measuring out her teenage days in Las Vegas, Nev., circa 1950. Both Rose and Las Vegas are on the cusp of change—the girl is experiencing the first awkward pangs of maturity thanks to a local boy, while the town is suddenly abuzz with scientists en route to the nuclear testing facilities at White Sands and Alamogordo. Her stepfather (Jon Voight) is a traumatized World War II veteran whose drinking and nightmares are leading to physical abuse, and her mother has a gambling addiction that threatens to tear down her sunny veneer. 1:30 p.m. This will be followed by Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Japanese animation), which opens on an evening in 1945, after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II; in a train station, the young Seita dies alone. The rest of the movie tells, in flashback, how things have come to this. Seita and Setsuko a
re two young Japanese children growing up in the waning days of World War II. At first, Seita and his little sister enjoy their idyllic lives in the country, but harsh reality eventually settles in as Seita begins to understand the difficulties of taking care of a young child when both food and compassion are scarce. 3:30 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.

Fountain Theatre Film Series—Through Aug. 7. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Free movies and popcorn on the plaza in Old Mesilla. Begins at dusk. 524-3262 / 541-9606.

Man of La Mancha—Through Aug. 13. See Aug. 5. 8 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, North Horseshoe Circle and Espina St. 646-1420 / 646-2421, panam.nmsu.edu/tickets.html.

NMSU Museum Family Event—Opportunity to participate in arts and carfts activities and view exhibits. "Sprial Snakes" is the theme. 2-3:30 p.m. NMSU campus on Jordan Street, 646-3739, www.nmsu.edu.

Painting With Words with Benjamin Alire Saenz—See Aug. 5. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Centro Cultural de Mesilla, 2231-A Calle de Parian, 523-3988, bbf@zianet.com, www.borderbookfestival.org.

Sky Safari—View the night sky with high-powered telescopes and expert guidance from the NMSU astronomy department. 8:30 p.m. Llorona Park, W. Picacho Ave. and Rio Grande river, 522-3120, astafford@las-cruces.org, www.las-cruces.org/museums/natural-history.

Summer Fun 5K/10K Run/Fitness Walk—7:15 p.m. Buena Vida Park, 524-7824, doneeugenia@aol.com.

The Dining Room—See Aug. 5. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 527-0207.

TOO!Fest The Original One-Act Festival—See Aug 5. lo-fi productions presentation. 8 p.m. $5. Southwest Fitness Center, 1309 E. Foster Road. 650-3496, lo_fiproductions@hotmail.com.

Alamogordo

Oklahoma—7:30 p.m. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202.

Columbus

Columbus Farmers' Market—Every Saturday. New market selling local fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, berries, honey, eggs, livestock and feed, seeds, herbs, plants, flowers, regional food and crafts, and more. 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.

Reserve

Catron County Gun Show—Through Aug. 7. New, used and antique guns, ammo, knives, archery/hunting/reloading equipment, Indian jewelry, cowboy collectibles, books. Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Reserve Community Center, 533-6387.

Radium Springs

Max Dunn—Sing-along, oldies and country. Featuring the dancing dolls. 8 p.m. Amphitheater, Leasburg Dam State Park, 524-4068.

07

Silver City/Grant County

60th Hiroshima-Peace Day Remembrance—The Gila Friends Meeting (Quakers) will sponsor a gathering for peace. Silence will be followed by worship sharing. 12:30 p.m. Gough Park, 536-9934.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Dona Ana Modular Railroad Display—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Trails West Mobile Home Park, 1450 Avenida de Mesilla, 532-1751, troeller@zianet.com.

Fountain Theatre Film Series—The War of the Worlds</i>. Free movies and popcorn on the plaza in Old Mesilla. Begins at dusk. 524-3262/541-9606.

Man of La Mancha—Through Aug. 13. See Aug. 5. 3 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, North Horseshoe Circle and Espina St. 646-1420/646-2421, panam.nmsu.edu/tickets.html.

Steve Smith—Music in the Park presents bluegrass/Cajun music. 8 p.m. Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave., 541-2200/541-2178, pio@las-cruces.org, www.las-cruces.org.

Deming

Mariachu Corazon Del Desierto and Danzantes del Corazon—Arts in the Park program. 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Park. Deming Arts Council, 546-3663, demingarts@swnm.com.

Reserve

Catron County Gun Show—See Aug. 6. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Reserve Community Center, 533-6387.

 

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