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.

Who Walks with
the Warriors?

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.

Writer of the
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 23

Silver City/Grant County

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Transform Your Life—Through Jan. 30. See Jan. 16. 7-8:30 p.m. $8. 116 W. Las Cruces Ave, Suite A, 292-5293, www.meditationinnewmexico.org.

TUESDAY 24

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Jewish Pioneers of New Mexico—Through April 13. With rare vintage photographs and narrative text, the exhibit chronicles Jewish immigrants to New Mexico during the early 1800s who established themselves as merchants, bankers, miners, ranchers and even a Jewish governor of Acoma Pueblo. NMSU Museum, Kent Hall, University and Solano, 646-3739, www.nmsu.edu.

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

WEDNESDAY 25

Silver City/Grant County

WNMU Mustangs Men's Basketball vs. St. Mary's University—7:30 p.m. WNMU Mustang Fieldhouse,
538-6218, www.wnmu.edu/athletic.

WNMU Mustangs Women's Basketball vs. St. Mary's University—5:30 p.m. WNMU Mustang Fieldhouse,
538-6218, www.wnmu.edu/athletic.

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Bayou Seco—8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co. 1201 W. Hadley. 534-0298, bayouseco@aol.com.

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

FRIDAY 27

Silver City/Grant County

Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society Membership Drive—Dinner with Fort Bayard Commander Major Bushnell, MD, by living historian Dr. John Bell. 6 p.m. $12, $10 members. Copper Crest Country Club. 388-4477.

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

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

WNMU Mustangs Men's Basketball vs. Incarnate Word—7:30 p.m. WNMU Mustang Fieldhouse, 538-6218, www.wnmu.edu/athletic.

WNMU Mustangs Women's Basketball vs. Incarnate Word—5:30 p.m. WNMU Mustang Fieldhouse, 538-6218, www.wnmu.edu/athletic.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Hatching the Past—Through Jan 31. Take a look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nest and embryos. This hands-on exhibition offers an array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe, including those of each of the major plant and meat-eating dinosaur groups. "Hatching the Past" presents new discoveries about dinosaur reproduction and behavior. Las Cruces Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd., 522-3120, astafford@las-cruces.org.

Keith Lee Morris—La Sociedad para las Artes hosts this reading from Morris' novels and short stories. NMSU Hardman Hall room 106, 646-2027.

Thumbsucker—Through Feb. 2. Justin is 17 and still sucks his thumb. Though it upsets his parents (Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio) and threatens his prospects with his debate team crush, he can't stop sucking until his orthodontist (Keanu Reeves) hypnotizes him. But Justin still doesn't feel "normal." He experiments with Ritalin, pot, and sex but they provide only temporary solutions. Looking for guidance from his debate coach and even a TV star (Benjamin Bratt), he begins to wonder if there is such a thing as normal. 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

Todd Green—A multi-instrumentalist who performs nationally. His music is a blend of classical and improvised music from around the world. Live he uses four synchronized digital samplers to record and overdub himself live on stage to become a one-man-orchestra of instruments from all over the world. $7-28. 7:30 p.m., Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202, www.flickingercenter.com.

SATURDAY 28

Silver City/Grant County

Circus Luminous—A new circus project headed up by Wise Fool New Mexico‚ Circus Luminous is a dazzling original production based on the collaboration of three performance groups. Directed by Robbie Ann Pino‚ the circus features aerial acts‚ clowning‚ dance and acrobatics. Mimbres Region Arts Council members $12, non-members $15, students $8, children 7 under $5. 7:30 p.m. WNMU Fine Arts Theater. 538-2505, info@mimbresarts.com, www.mimbresarts.org.

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

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

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. City of Rocks State Park, 536-2800.

WNMU Mustangs Men's Basketball vs. Incarnate Word—7:30 p.m. WNMU Mustang Fieldhouse, 538-6218, www.wnmu.edu/athletic.

WNMU Mustangs Women's Basketball vs. Incarnate Word—5:30 p.m. WNMU Mustang Fieldhouse, 538-6218, www.wnmu.edu/athletic.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Ariathon—Annual art song/opera aria event. Students and community performers sing for pledges and donations, even taking requests from the highest bidders throughout the afternoon. 3 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, North Horseshoe Circle and Espina St. 646-1986/646-1420. delchris@ed.nmsu.edu.

All-State Youth Choirs Performance—10 a.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St.
646-1986.

Back by Noon—Visit Kilbourne Hole National Natural Landmark in the volcanic landscape of southwestern Dona Ana County with a local geologist. Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552, jdavis02rr@hotmail.com.

High Noon Soccer League—Through Jan. 29. 3 vs. 3 Live Soccer Tournament. High Noon Soccer Complex, Tashiro Road and Valley Road, 523-0261.

Horse Training Clinic—Learn the basic skills needed to teach your horse to relax, to bring out its athletic ability, and to improve your communication through effective horsemanship. Instructor Greg Ball, curator of livestock, will also touch on the care of horses, equipment and trailer loading. Enrollment is limited to five horses, spectators welcome. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

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

NMSU Aggies Men's Baseball vs. Aggie Alumni—1 p.m. NMSU Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

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

Red Sky at Morning—A little-seen gentle coming-of-age film starring Richard Thomas, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Catherine Burns and Richard Crenna, this story takes place in 1940s Santa Fe (where it was also filmed), and tells a story of three high school students during World War II. Thomas' family has relocated to New Mexico, and he is now in the awkward position of tending to his neurotic mother, dealing with a number of new cultural issues, heading up the family hacienda, and finding love for the first time. Based on a novel by Richard Bradford, who died in Santa Fe a few years ago. 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.

Sky Safari—Viewing includes Cassiopeia, Double Cluster, M35 and much more, with high-powered telescopes and expert guidance by the NMSU Astronomy Department. 7 p.m. La Llorona Park, W. Picacho Ave. and Rio Grande River, 522-3120, astafford@las-cruces.org.

Deming

Annual Adult Spelling Bee—Otherwise known as the Open Orthographic Exposition Competition. sponsored by the Deming Friends of the Library, a club open to everybody. Prizes and fun. 546-9202.

White Sands

Lake Lucero Tour—A three-hour trip to the dry lake that is the source of the white sands. Drive 18 miles (one way) and hike 3/4 mile to Lake Lucero. Explore the geology and biology of this unique area. Registration required. $3, $1.50 children. 2 p.m. 679-2599/479-6124.

SUNDAY 29

Silver City/Grant County

Puppet and Pinata Workshop—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grant County will host a puppet and pinata-making workshop by the Wise Fool Southwest, "a non-profit organization which uses art and theatre as vehicles for community building, self-determination, social and political change." Central Elementary in Bayard. gilamonsterbikes@yahoo.com.

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