D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e  December 2005

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Running on Empty
Peak oil globally inspires sustainability efforts locally.

Silver and Bells
Does the name
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ring a bell?

Church Potluck
Inside the 1st Church of What's Happening.

Flexing the Faith Muscle
Battling Juárez' poverty and disease—
and a land grab.

Making Water
Run Uphill

Gene Simon has
done it all.

Living and Dreaming in the American West
Blame our stories for the confusion that is the modern West.

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December 1-4 | 5-11 | 12-18 | 19-25 | 26 into 2006

DECEMBER

THURSDAY 01

Silver City/Grant County

Live Music—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

A Christmas Carol—Through Dec. 4. American Southwest Theatre Company presents the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's redemption in this Charles Dickens classic. Call for dates and times. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre, Jordan St., (800) 525-2782.

Bygone Dwellers of the Chihuahuan Desert—Through Jan. 11. Take a look back in time at early man in New Mexico through artifacts from LCMNH collections and area museums. Artifacts from the Clovis, Mogollon and Apache peoples will be on display. Las Cruces Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 522-3120.

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

Living History Tours: Christmas in New Mexico—8-10 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Steel Magnolias—Through Dec. 11. A bittersweet comedy about friendship and life. Thursdays 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $9, students and seniors (over 65) $8 and Thursdays $6. 523-1223. www.no-strings.org.

Columbus

Christmas Fiesta—Fashion show, business open house, craft show. 531-2236.

FRIDAY 02

Silver City/Grant County

Funk Farmers—Benefit dance for Project Amigo, helping send a local team of specially trained social workers, counselors, substance abuse and early childhood specialists, occupational, massage, play, art and drama therapists, students and clergy to do crisis support during the holidays with hurricane victims in the Gulf. 8-11 p.m. $6. New Mexico College of Natural Healing, 310 West 6th St.

Volunteer Management Training—Rick Lynch, an internationally renowned management consultant and author, will be facilitating the training. Participant space is limited; register early, 534-0665 or send email to gretta@wellnesscoalition.org. $40. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Silver City Forest Service Offices. Wellness Coalition, www.wellnesscoalition.org.

Gypsy Feet—8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 Broadway,
388-2828.

Live Music—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

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.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Annual Old Fashion Holiday La Casa Christmas Bazaar—Through Dec. 4. Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday $3, under 12 free. Sunday $2, under 12 free. Dickerson's Event Center, 3920 W. Picacho Ave., 526-2819, 524-1222, 523-4286.

Beaded Sculpture—Work by Jan July. Reception 5-8 p.m. Unravel Yarn Shop & Gallery, 300 N. Downtown Mall,
647-1181.

Confession Expressions—An evening of contemporary dance. 7 p.m. $,; $5 students and seniors. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 646-2070, emaildekapp@nmsu.edu, www.education.nmsu.edu/perd/dance.

Cultural Christmas Show—Through Dec. 3. Art crafts of the Huichole, Oaxacan/Zapotec and Tarahumara. Beaded jewelry, alebrijes (carved painted folk animals), basketry and reproductions of the vintage photographs will be offered for sale. All proceeds will benefit indigenous community members associated with the Fundación Rarámuri in Juárez, Chihuahua. Friday12-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cottonwood Gallery, Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552, swec@wildmesquite.org.

Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony—Albert N. Johnson Park, Main St. and Picacho Ave., 541-2200, www.las-cruces.org.

Holiday Winter Social—Mesilla Park Center, 304 Bell Ave., 541-2553.

Landscapes, the Face of Biodiversity—Through Jan. 27. A collection of watercolors by Las Cruces artist Penny Duncklee. Cottonwood Gallery, Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552.

Living History Tours: Christmas in New Mexico—8-10 p.m. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. 522-4100. www.frhm.org.

Oldboy—Through Dec. 8. An uncompromising portrait of an unruly drunkard who is abducted one rainy night and imprisoned in a room for no apparent reason, where he spends the next 15 years in a state of near madness. Suddenly released, he sets out to unleash his long-festering vengeance on an unseen captor, but his pursuit of the reasons behind his captivity leads him into a game of physical and emotional violence with his equally determined tormentor. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. In Korean 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, 524-8278, www.fountaintheater.org.

Steel Magnolias—Through Dec. 11. See Dec. 1. 8 p.m. $9, students and seniors (over 65) $8. 523-1223.
www.no-strings.org.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown—Through Dec. 18. Based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz. Gala opening night party Dec. 2 after the show. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. $9, $8 students and seniors, $6 children under 6. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown, 523-1200, www.lcctnm.org.

 

SATURDAY 03

Silver City/Grant County

25th Annual Mimbres Hot Springs Ranch Studio Sale—Through Dec. 4. 25 artists offer unique handmade gifts for your home and holiday giving. Live music, food and door prizes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Six miles south of San Lorenzo off Hwy. 61; follow signs 2 1/2 miles to MHSR.

Festival of Trees—Through Dec. 4. A fundraiser for Penny Park. Live decorated and undecorated trees will be for sale in the park; activities for kids, bake sale, holiday concessions. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Penny Park, 534-0261/538-5242, gift@gilanet.com.

Live Music—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

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

Peak Oil and Local Sustainability, a Community Response—See story page B1. Video footage of the recent second annual Peak Oil Conference on local sustainability in Yellow Springs, Ohio, followed by a presentation by William Joseph and discussion. 1-4 p.m. WNMU Global Resource Center.

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

WNMU Mustangs Basketball vs. New Mexico Highlands University—7:30 p.m. WNMU Mustang Fieldhouse,
538-6218, www.wnmu.edu/athletic.

WNMU Thundering Herd Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band Concert— Featuring guest vocalist Valdeen Wooton and John Tank on saxophone. 7 p.m. WNMU Fine Arts Theater, 538-6617.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Aden Crater—Join naturalist/author Greg Magee for a hike around Aden Crater. This wild and scenic volcanic landscape is part of a BLM-managed Wilderness Study area. $5 donation for non-members. Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552, jdavis02rr@hotmail.com, www.wildmesquite.org.

Amahl and the Night Visitors—Also Dec. 4. A production of Gian Carlo Menotti's beloved Christmas opera tells the story of a poor, crippled shepherd boy and the miracle that occurs when he offers his crutch for the Christ Child. Though the musical language is contemporary, Menotti makes opera accessible and exciting for all ages. The accompaniment involves woodwinds, strings and harp. Saturday 3 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children, maximum $20/family. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs, 526-6689.

Amateur Softball Association Santa Icebreaker—Through Dec. 4. Girls fast pitch tournament (10U-18U). Hadley Sport Complex, Hadley Ave., 523-4336. nmasa@zianet.com.

Annual Old Fashion Holiday La Casa Christmas Bazaar—Through Dec. 4. See Dec 2. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dickerson's Event Center, 3920 W. Picacho Ave., 526-2819 /
524-1222 / 523-4286.

Bosque del Apache Trip—Join the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History on an all-day nature trip to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. 6 a.m.-4 p.m. $30.
522-3120, pio@las-cruces.org.

Children's Book Festival—Join many local authors and publishers showcasing their works. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Desert Treks—Bus tour to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for birding and other wildlife watching. $30. Las Cruces Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 522-3120.

Dessert and Show—7 p.m. show; 8:15 p.m. dessert. $15. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 646-2070, dekapp@nmsu.edu, www.education.nmsu.edu/perd/dance.

Dona Ana Modular Railroad Display—Through Dec. 4. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Good Samaritan Village, 3025 Terrace Drive, 532-1751, troeller@zianet.com.

From Water into Light: Paintings by Diane McGregor—Originally from Hawaii, McGregor moved to New Mexico four years ago and was affected by the intense desert light and the atmospheric effects of the sky. Reception 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Director's Gallery, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, 541-2221, jmiller@las-cruces.org.

Heritage Kitchens—Through Dec. 4. New Mexico holiday traditions from the past. Make arroz con pollo and bunuelos. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Individual Expressions Exhibit—Through Dec. 31. Exhibit by Photographic Society 505. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classics Series: Classics III—Also Dec. 4. Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St., 646-3709, jylenewright@lascrucessymphony.com.

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

New Works by Janette Jones and Cassandra Lockwood—Reception 6-8 p.m. The Bean, 2011 Avenida de Mesilla, 523-0560.

Our Favorite Things—Artists Carolyn Bunch, Julie Ford Oliver, Annetta Hoover, Winfrey Hearst and Anne R. Ford celebrate their third seasonal show of affordable art. Reception 1-4 p.m. Patio Art Gallery, Hadley Art Centre, El Paseo at University Ave.

Sky Safari—View the night sky with the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History. We furnish high-powered telescopes and expert guidance from the NMSU Astronomy Department. 7 p.m. La Llorona Park, 522-3120.

Steel Magnolias—Through Dec. 11. See Dec. 1. 8 p.m. $9, students and seniors (over 65) $8. 523-1223.
www.no-strings.org.

Susi Nagoda Bergquist and Richard Bergquist Artwalk—Clay folklore animals and paintings and clay Santos. 1-4 p.m. Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery, 2600 El Paseo Road, 524-4300, glencutter@aol.com.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown—Through Dec. 18. 8 p.m. $9, $8 students and seniors, $6 children under 6. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown, 523-1200, www.lcctnm.org.

NMSU Aggies Women's Basketball vs. UT-Arlington—5 p.m. NMSU Pan American Center, University Ave., 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Men's Basketball vs. UNM—8:05 p.m. NMSU Pan American Center, University Ave., 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

Alamogordo

Sons of the Pioneers—With special guests Clint, Cheyenne and the Daybreak Express. 7:30 p.m. $15-20, $10-15 students and seniors. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202, flickinger@zianet.com, www.flickingercenter.com.

Columbus

Community Gathering—10 community organizations present and discuss responses to migration through the desert. 1:30 p.m. Andrew Sanchez Youth Center on the Columbus Plaza.

Radium Springs

Stars-n-Parks—Join members of the National Public Observatory for a green-laser tour of the cosmos and telescopic views of Mars high in the east, Uranus and Neptune in the west and the fall night sky. 8:30-10 p.m. Leasburg Dam State Park, 524-4068.

Truth or Consequences

Sierra Club Day Hike—Easy day hike in the foothills of the San Mateo mountains northwest of Truth or Consequences. 8 a.m. Black Range Forest Service office, 744-5860.

 

SUNDAY 04

Silver City/Grant County

25th Annual Mimbres Hot Springs Ranch Studio Sale—See Dec. 3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Six miles south of San Lorenzo off Hwy. 61; follow signs 2 1/2 miles to MHSR.

Festival of Trees—See Dec. 3. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Penny Park, 534-0261 / 538-5242.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Amahl and the Night Visitors—See Dec. 3. 7 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children, maximum $20/family. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs, 526-6689.

Annual Old Fashion Holiday La Casa Christmas Bazaar—See Dec 2. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dickerson's Event Center, 3920 W. Picacho Ave., 526-2819 / 524-1222 / 523-4286.

Dona Ana Modular Railroad Display—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Good Samaritan Village, 3025 Terrace Drive, 532-1751, troeller@zianet.com.

First Sundays Library Reading Series—Connie Voisine and Lawrence Welsh. 3 p.m. Branigan Library Dresp Room, 521-9314, 528-4049.

Flying J Wranglers Annual Christmas Show—Back by popular demand, the Flying J Wranglers will perform their annual Christmas show. 7 p.m. $30 advance, $35 day of the show. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classics Series: Classics III—3 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Cir and Espina St., jylenewright@lascrucessymphony.com, 646-3709

Noche de Luminarias (Night of Lights)—One of the largest luminaria displays in southern New Mexico. Activities, refreshments, performances. 6-9 p.m. NMSU campus, various locations, 646-2070, www.nmsu.edu.

Steel Magnolias—Through Dec. 11. See Dec. 1. 2:30 and 7 p.m. $9, students and seniors (over 65) $8. 523-1223. www.no-strings.org.

The Lady Troubadours of Rural New Mexico—Jen Exten and Vyktoria Pratt Keating. 3 p.m. $5. Hillsboro Community Center, 895-5797 / 743-3841, bobship@secpower.com, bussmann@zianet.com.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown—Through Dec. 18. 2 p.m. $9, $8 students and seniors, $6 children under 6. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown, 523-1200, www.lcctnm.org.

Columbus

Columbus Christmas Festival—Information, 531-2236.

Radium Springs

Chihuahuan Desert Plants & Animals—Presentation and slide show on desert plants and animals. 10-11 a.m. Leasburg Dam State Park, 524-4068.

Truth or Consequences

Sierra Club Outing—View petroglyphs in the Tonuco Uplift in the San Diego Mountains north of Las Cruces. Black Range Forest Service office, 744-5860.

 

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