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Borderline Insanity
Is America's battle against illegal immigration backfiring?

Pie in the Sky
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Familiar Haunts
Getting to know the ghosts of Silver City, just in time for Halloween.

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01

Silver City/Grant County

Pinos Altos October Fiesta-Benefit for volunteer fire/rescue. Vendors, live music and other entertainment, food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pinos Altos. 538-0204, info@pinosaltos.org.

Astronomical Observation-Public presentation 6:30 p.m., observation after sunset at 6:46 p.m. Part of fall Star Party. This fall's event coincides with the grand opening of the new observatory at City of Rocks State Park. The event serves as an invitation to both serious amateur astronomers and those with a budding interest in astronomy to come together under the pristine dark skies of the state park. The four-day star party is sponsored by the National Public Observatory. City of Rocks State Park, jgilkiso@zianet.com, www.astro-npo.org/snp.shtml.

A Course in Miracles as a Problem Solving Tool-Presentation by Gwen Lyndsong about using A Course in Miracles along with meridian tapping to help solve personal and community problems. $10 donation. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1801 N. Alabama St., 538-3350.

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

Gallery Opening-Grand opening, featuring paintings by Nick Carter, sculpture by John Surra. 7 p.m. Gallery 400, Gila House, 400 N. Arizona, 313-7015.

Grant County Fair-Through Oct. 2. A celebration of Grant County's agricultural heritage and future‚ with animal and craft exhibits from schools and civic groups across the county. Cliff High School and adjoining fairgrounds.
388-1559.

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.

Programs in the Park Series-Fall Migration Bird Walk with David Beatty. Kids Bird Walk with Tricia Hurley. Gila Cliff Dwellings, 538-0203.

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 until first frost. 6th and Bullard St.
536-9681.

WNMU Mustangs Volleyball vs. St. Edwards-7 p.m. WNMU Fieldhouse, 538-6218.
www.wnmu.edu/athletic/w-volleyball/sporthome.htm.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Dia de los Muertos Exhibit-Through Oct. 28. Eight local artists will collaborate to present an eclectic mix of works dealing with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) subjects. Opening reception 2-4 p.m. Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.

Las Cruces Senior Softball Classic-Through Oct. 2. Harty Field, 1840 E. Hadley Ave., Maag Park, 1700 E. Hadley Ave., 523-4336, nmasa@zianet.com.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classics Series-Also Oct. 2. McGlaughlin: World Premiere; Massenet: Meditation from the Opera Thais; Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; Tchaikovsky: Serenade Melancolique; Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen ("Gypsy Airs"); Beethoven: Symphony No. 5. Alexander Markov, violin. 8 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St., 646-3709, jylenewright@lascrucessymphony.com, www.nmsu.edu/~music.

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

Mesilla Valley Maze-A Maze 'n' Pumpkins-Through Oct. 30. The most fun you can have in a corn field. Bring the kids and those who are "kids at heart" to this rural fun. Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to look for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern. Then discover the many twists and turns cut into the corn. Take the kids down giant slides, navigate the rope maze, and cool off in the Mystic Walk. For the little kiddos, there's Papa Corn's Playground and the Trike Trail. General store, covered picnic areas. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-dusk. Adults $7, 12 and under $5. 3855 W. Picacho Ave., 526-1919, www.mesillavalleymaze.com.

Metropolis-This is a classic silent film and is one of the best and earliest science fiction films ever made. Set around the apocalyptic year of 2000, the film has had a determining influence on science fiction and futuristic movies for more than 75 years. 3 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, www.frhm.org.

Sierra Vista Trail Walk-Join educator and botanist Jack Davis for an excursion along the Sierra Vista Trail, which runs along the foot of the Organ Mountains below Barr (Soledad) Canyon (Las Cruces side). Advance reservations required. $5 donation for non-members, free for members. Southwest Environmental Center, 275 North Downtown Mall, swec@zianet.com, 522-5552.

Silent Running-Bruce Dern stars as the caretaker of a greenhouse located on a group of similar space stations that are in orbit. The Earth has been stripped clean of foliage, and the greenhouses contain the last remaining greenery from the planet. When word arrives from Earth that the greenhouses are to be destroyed, Dern decides to ignore the order, much to the chagrin of his fellow astronauts. 1 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, www.frhm.org.

Underneath the Lintel-Through Oct. 23. No Strings Theatre Company presents the play by Glen Berger. Joe Denk stars as a Dutch librarian who is motivated to go on a worldwide search to solve the mystery of a book returned 113 years overdue. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 16 and 23, 2:30 p.m. $9, students and seniors $8, all seats on Thursday $6. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223,
www.no-strings.org.

Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo-Through Oct. 2. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Adults $7, ages 6-16 $4, 5 and under free. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 524-8602 / 524-8610, office@snmstatefair.com, www.snmstatefair.org.

Elephant Butte

They Built the Park: Civilian Conservation Corps-Find out how the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape Elephant Butte Lake State Park. 3-4 p.m. Dam Site Recreation Area, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 744-5998.

San Antonio

Trinity Site Tour-The second of two annual trips to ground zero where the first atomic bomb was tested. See story in July issue. Call for times, directions. White Sands Missile Range, www.wsmr.army.mil/pao/TrinitySite/trinst.htm, or call 678-1134.

Truth or Consequences

Destination Sierra County-Through Oct. 2. Showcases the cultural diversity, natural beauty and rich history of Sierra County through art shows, music, dance and theatrical performances by regional artists of all ages, a presentation by internationally renowned artists on their local public artworks, a farmers' market Fall Harvest Fest, book signings, films and more. Tour studios, galleries and museums. Events are scheduled in Hillsboro, Elephant Butte and Truth or Consequences. Walking tours will highlight T or C's historic downtown area, homes and gardens of the east side, and projects completed at Elephant Butte dam by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Events are free (with the exception of a Black Tie Yard Sale, $5 at the door). Sierra County Arts Council, 894-2739, www.sierracountyart.org.

White Sands

White Sands Star Party-7 p.m. $3. White Sands National Monument, 679-2599 / 479-6124, www.nps.gov/whsa.

02

Silver City/Grant County

Harvest Tea-Fall tea served in the style of the 1880s. Entertainment by Silver High Chorale. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce. Fort Bayard Theatre, 2 p.m. 534-0794, www.fortbayardhistoricpreservationsociety.org.

Grant County Fair-See Oct. 1. Fairgrounds in Cliff.
388-1559.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classics Series-See Oct. 1. 8 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St., 646-3709, www.nmsu.edu/~music, jylenewright@lascrucessymphony.com.

Mariachi Sunday-4 p.m. Old Mesilla Plaza, 525-1735, 524-3262, kristiemedina@yahoo.com, www.oldmesilla.org.

Rocket Boys-NASA engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr.'s autobiography provided the basis for this drama about a teenager coming of age at the dawn of the space race. In 1957, Homer Hickam is a high school student in Coalwood, WV, when the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first manmade satellite. While most of his friends and neighbors react with fear or distrust, Homer is instantly fascinated and begins studying everything he can find on jet and rocket design. 1 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, www.frhm.org.

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders-Reading features local poet Elizabeth Hamel and novelist Lee Merrill Byrd. 3 p.m. Branigan Public Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave, 528-4049.

Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo-8 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $7, ages 6-16 $4, 5 and under free. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 524-8602, 524-8610, office@snmstatefair.com, www.snmstatefair.org.

Truth or Consequences

Destination Sierra County-See Oct. 1. Sierra County Arts Council, 894-2739, www.sierracountyart.org.

03

Silver City/Grant County

Friends of the Library Book Sale-Benefits the Silver City Public Library. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. FOL Bookstore, 1510 W. Market St.

Andrew Dahl-Bredine-7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

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

Terry Riley, Piano-8 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, Downtown Mall, 646-2421. www.nmsu.edu/~music.

05

Silver City/Grant County

Scott Van Linge-Oldies. 8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Annual Candlelight Vigil-One of many nationwide events to raise awareness about domestic violence and remember its victims. Victor Rivas Rivers, author of A Family Affair, will discuss his triumph over domestic violence. 6-9 p.m. Young Park. 526-2819, schavez@lacasainc.org, gruiz@lacasainc.org.

Deming

Southwestern New Mexico State Fair-Through Oct. 9. This community-wide event showcases youngsters and their year-long projects. Youth who have raised animals get the chance for glory in the judging area. Other crafts and skills are also showcased in the exhibit areas. Events include fair queen/royalty pageant, parade, homemade foods and hand-crafted items, produce, rodeo events, Barnyard Scramble, livestock auction, entertainment, horse shows, carnival, dances. 546-8806.

06

Silver City/Grant County

Friends of the Library Book Sale-Benefits the Silver City Public Library. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. FOL Bookstore, 1510 W. Market St.

Russian State Chorus-Community Concert Association presentation.7:30 p.m. WNMU Fine Arts Theatre, 538-0203.

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Flight-Through Oct. 27. ArtForms fall membership exhibit features works by 21 local artists, interpreting the theme in a variety of ways. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Branigan Memorial Library, 541-4353.

Jose Feliciano with Mariachis Espuelas de Plata-6:30 p.m. $40, $100 front row. NMSU Pan American Center, University Ave, 646-2421, www.ticketmaster.com.

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

Luncheon with Victor Rivas Rivers-Rivers will give a presentation on domestic violence and his book. $25, reservations required. Mesilla Valley Inn. 526-2819, gruiz@lacasainc.org.

Oil and Water Do Mix!-Group show of oil painting, watercolor and stained glass. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Emerald Isle Boutique & Gallery, Mercado de Mesilla, 525-9177.

Personal Spaceflight Symposium X-Prize Event. NMSU will host a series of high-level discussions with leaders in industry, government and academia about the vision and challenges of our future in space. See story in this issue. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. www.xprize.org.

Deming

Southwestern New Mexico State Fair-Through Oct. 9. See Oct. 5. 546-8806.

Truth or Consequences

Sierra County Fair-Through Oct. 9. Information, 894-2375.

07

Silver City/Grant County

9th Annual Weekend at the Galleries-Through Oct. 10. 200 artists and 25 galleries. Friday: 5-7 p.m. A Taste of Wine Gala; 5-9 p.m. gallery openings. Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Art Walk; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Compas, Buffalo Dance Hall. Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Art Walk. Monday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Art Walk. See the Arts Exposure section for detailed schedule and map of galleries. Mimbres Region Arts Council, 538-2505 /
(888) 758-7289, info@mimbresarts.org, www.mimbresarts.org.

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

Rhythm Mystic-8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway, 388-2828.

Santa Clara Catholic Church Fiesta and Matanza Feast. Through Oct. 9. Vendors, food. Fort Bayard Bataan Memorial Park. Information, 537-3297.

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

4th Annual Mesilla Jazz Happening-Through Oct. 9. Celebrate jazz music and dance in free concerts on the Mesilla Plaza and Mercado stages. Friday reception featuring New Mexico Sparkling Wines and hors-d'oeuvres and entertainment by Curt Warren and Helen Sachs, followed by film Fountain of Jazz at the Fountain Theatre; tickets $50, limited. Wine gardens at each location featuring a variety of New Mexico wines. Saturday, special performance starting at 9:30 at El Patio: Bobby Shew, renowned trumpet player, ($15 advance, $20 at the door). Saturday, Plaza Stages: 12 p.m. Melonius Funk; 2 p.m. Michelle's Dance Academy Jazz Troupe; 2:30 p.m. Jazz Q; 5 p.m. fashion show; 5:30 p.m. Billy Townes and Modern Session. Saturday, Mercado Stage: 12:30 p.m. Border Jazz Quintet; 3 p.m. Nova; 5 p.m. Emerald Isle Fashion Show; 5:30 p.m. Ruben Gutierrez Quartet. Sunday, Plaza Stage: 12 p.m. Jazz Works; 2 p.m. Colin McAllister Trio; 3 p.m. Azucar. Sunday, Mercado Stage: 12 p.m. Creole Jazz Band; 2 p.m. Joe T. Meier Trio; 3:15 p.m. NMSU Jazz Ensemble. Sunday, 5-7 p.m., the Border Book Foundation will host a special jazz reading, featuring local jazz poets and authors. Old Mesilla Plaza, 524-3524 / 524-3262 / 522-1232, www.vivamesilla.org, kristiemedina@yahoo.com, jerean@zianet.com.

Jazz on a Summer's Day-Through Oct. 14. The definitive jazz documentary. An array of musicians performing at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Opening night tickets $50 as part of Jazz Happening. 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. 524-8278, www.fountaintheater.org.

Red, White and the Blues-Also Oct. 8. NMSU Choirs kick off their 20th season under the direction of Dr. Jerry Ann Alt with a choral journey through American music: blues, gospel music, Broadway tunes and choral music by American composers. $10, $12 and $15, students $3. 8 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall. Tickets at Pan Am Center, 646-1420. Information, 646-1306, choirs.nmsu.edu.

The Big Sound Downtown-Free concert designed to provide young people with the opportunity to get involved in the local original music scene. 7-11 p.m. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces Ave., 541-2288, ohennessey@las-cruces.org.

Underneath the Lintel-Through Oct. 23. See Oct. 1. 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Whole Enchilada Tournament-Through Oct. 9. Men's and women's Slow Pitch Softball Class B, C, D. Harty Baseball Fields, 1700 E. Hadley Ave., Paz Baseball Fields, 1875 E. Hadley Ave., Maag Park Softball Fields, 1300 E. Hadley Ave. 541-1889, www.nmusssa.com.

Alamogordo

X-Prize Events. 9 -10 a.m. Launch of countdown to the X-Prize Cup and dedication of New Mexico Space Trail. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. "Go. Experience Space." See story this issue. New Mexico Space History Museum. www.xprize.org.

Deming

Southwestern New Mexico State Fair-Through Oct. 9. See Oct. 5. 546-8806.

Truth or Consequences

Sierra County Fair-Through Oct. 9. Information, 894-2375.

 

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