D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e  January 2006

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Grease is the Word
With biodiesel, restaurant grease can be made to go places.

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A hike through the rugged ridges of the Florida Mountains.

Double Feature NMSU and DABCC train tomorrow's filmmakers.

Natural High
Bear Mountain Lodge
-pampering plus wilderness.

A Different 'Toon
The Bakshi School of Animation trains future cartoon creators.

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Purple Sage

Confessions of a cowboy poet.

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January 1-8 | 9-15 | 16-22 | 23-29 | 30 into February

JANUARY

MONDAY 16 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Silver City/Grant County

St. Petersburg Classical Ballet—The St. Petersburg Ballet has done several tours across Russia, the former Soviet states, Europe and Scandinavia and is currently touring the US It was formed early in 1996 and although a relatively new company, the artists and staff are a cross-section of the best of the Russian tradition in classical ballet. Community Concert Association. 7:30 p.m. WNMU Fine Arts Theatre. 538-0203.

Open Mic—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Transform Your Life—Mondays through Jan. 30. Teaching, meditation and discussion with Western Buddhist nun Kelsang Chenma. 7-8:30 p.m. $8. 116 W. Las Cruces Ave., Suite A, 292-5293, www.meditationinnewmexico.org.

TUESDAY 17

Silver City/Grant County

Meet the Author—Bob Alexander, author of Six-Guns and Single-Jacks. See Tumbleweeds section. 4-5:45 p.m. Silver City Public Library.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Artists Reception—Carol Lopez and Joyce Key, featured artists of the month. 1-4 p.m. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470A Calle de Guadalupe.

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

Santa Teresa

Stepping into the Stream—Also Jan. 21. Douglas Ramsey presents a meditation workshop, designed to provide participants with a tool to allow external energies to interplay with internal energies. $65. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa de Suenos Country Inn, 405 Mountain Vista Road, 571-2108.

THURSDAY 19

Silver City/Grant County

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Merrill Gilfillan—The author reads from his award-winning nature essays and demonstrates his subtle observation of the American landscape. 7 p.m. Court Youth Center auditorium, 402 West Court Ave.

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

Nickel and Dimed—Through Jan. 22. See Jan 6. 7 p.m. $6. No Strings Theatre Company, 430 N. Downtown Mall,
523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Elephant Butte

Birders Breakfast—Whether you've been birdwatching for years or this will be your first time, this exploration with expert birders will be fun for everyone. Meet at Paseo del Rio Recreation Area for a pancake breakfast and afterwards take an easy stroll along the river. Coordinated by the Sierra Club. 7:30-11 a.m. Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

FRIDAY 20

Silver City/Grant County

Merrill Gilfillan—The author reads from his award-winning nature essays and demonstrates his subtle observation of the American landscape. 7 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, Silver City. www.silvercitymuseum.org,
538-5921.

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.

Native People of the Southwest—Through Jan 22. Also Feb 3-5. This workshop sheds light on the lives and stories of the Apache and Mimbreño Native American tribes. A local archaeologist and astronomer will help participants look for clues of these people's lives scattered among the stones and in the stars. See story in this issue on Bear Mountain Lodge. $310. Bear Mountain Lodge, 877-620-2327, mgonsior@tnc.org, www.bearmountainlodge.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast—NMSU Black Programs presents this annual event with keynote address by John Lucas, former NBA player and coach. $15. 7:30 a.m., Corbett Center Ballrooms, 646-4208.

Nickel and Dimed—Through Jan. 22. See Jan 6. 8 p.m. $9, students and seniors $8. No Strings Theatre Company, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

The Squid and the Whale—Through Jan. 26. In 1986 Brooklyn, Walt Berkman is coming of age in his chaotic home. Both his father (Jeff Daniels), a once-successful novelist, and his mother (Laura Linney) have taken lovers and are rapidly heading for divorce. So it's up to Walt and his younger brother to grapple with what has become of their family. Co-starring Ana Paquin and William Baldwin. Nightly at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. $6, members $4, students and seniors $5, matinees $5, Wednesdays $4. Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8278, www.fountaintheatre.org.

Alamogordo

Acoustic Eidolon—Every once in a while a music group will come along with a sound so unique that it requires an entirely new and unheard-of instrument. The revolutionary instrument is called the guitjo. Its double neck and 14 strings gives the guitjo incredible tonal range. $7-$28. 7:30 p.m. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202, www.flickingercenter.com.

SATURDAY 21

Silver City/Grant County

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.

Mogollon Rim Fiber Guild meeting—Refreshments and show and tell for fiber artists. 9:30 a.m. WNMU Chino Building Room 206. 388-4839, 538-3138, engelhill@zianet.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Newcomers' Intro to the Desert—Not just for newcomers to the area, but for anyone who wants to know what is out there. Come for a nature walk to learn about some of the plants and animals that live in our desert. 10 a.m. Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, 6 miles north on Jornada Road off Hwy. 70 east, 524-3334, www.cdnp.org.

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

Nickel and Dimed—Through Jan. 22. See Jan 6. 8 p.m. $9, students and seniors $8. No Strings Theatre Company, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

NMSU Aggies Women's Basketball vs. Louisiana Tech—7:05 p.m. NMSU Pan American Center, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

Tea Tasting—Warm up a winter afternoon learning about brewing and serving tea. Learn some tea history as you sip white, green, black, red and herbal teas. Taste five different teas served with sweet or savory treats. $15. 3 p.m. Enchanted Gardens, 270 Avenida de Mesilla,
524-1886.

The Dark Wind—Noted documentary filmmaker Errol Morris made his dramatic feature debut with this story about murder and other dirty dealings on an American Indian reservation. Jim Chee (Lou Diamond Phillips) has just taken a job with the Navajo Reservation Police, where he helps keep the peace with his superior Joe Leaphorn on land earmarked for joint use by Navajo and Hopi tribes. Filmed in New Mexico and based on a novel by noted crime author and New Mexico resident, Tony Hillerman. Admission (includes museum) adults $3, seniors $2, ages 6 to 17 $1. 1:30 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Woodcarvers Workshop—Learn basic woodcarving skills in this introductory workshop led by the Dona Ana Woodcarvers. Learn about tools and techniques and take home a handmade decoration and a fixed-handle woodcarving knife. Participants must be over 16. Limited enrollment. $20. 9 a.m.-noon. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Columbus

Stars n Parks—Join members of the National Public Observatory for a green-laser tour of the cosmos and telescopic views of Mars and Saturn. 6:30-8 p.m. Pancho Villa State Park, 531-2711.

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 and Saturn. 6:30-8 p.m. Leasburg Dam State Park, 524-4068.

SUNDAY 22

Las Cruces/Mesilla

New Mexico History Class—Sundays through March 26. Dr. Jo Bloom, an accomplished historian and adjunct associate professor at NMSU, teaches this class on New Mexico's history and heritage. Limited enrollment. $30, foundation members $25. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Jazz All-State Concerts—Noon. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall. 646-2421.

Nickel and Dimed—See Jan 6. 2:30 and 7 p.m. $9, students and seniors $8. No Strings Theatre Company, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

 

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