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

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

JANUARY

SUNDAY 01 NEW YEAR'S DAY

Las Cruces/Mesilla

2046—Through Jan. 5. Wong Kar-wai's new movie is an extension to his In the Mood for Love, starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. They were in 1960s Hong Kong poignantly drawn together because their respective spouses were having an affair. It brings us back to Hong Kong in the mid-60s: Chow (Leung) has fled to Singapore where he had a fling with a gambler Su Li-zhen (Gong Li) who mysteriously has the same name as Maggie Cheung's original character. Now Chow has come back and become a cool, cruel heartbreaker himself, unable or unwilling to return the passionate love he inspires in a beautiful prostitute played by Zhang Ziyi. His entire emotional life is poured into the sci-fi novel he is writing. A time-travel train takes people to the year 2046 to reclaim memories; it is on this train that one refugee falls in love with a robo-attendant who, tellingly, is unable to feel anything for him. Rated R for sexual content. Nightly at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee at 2:30. $6, members $4, students and seniors $
5, matinees $5, Wednesdays $4. Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8278, www.fountaintheatre.org.

My World As I See It—Pastels and oils by Caryl Porter. Black Box Theater, 430 N Downtown Mall, 523-1223.

MONDAY 02

Silver City/Grant County

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

TUESDAY 03

Las Cruces/Mesilla

For the Love of Our Precious Water—Through March 28. New Mexico Watercolor Society group show. Reception 5-7 p.m. Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552.

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

NMSU Aggies Men's Baseball vs. Utah—1:05 p.m. NMSU Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Men's Tennis vs. Idaho—1 p.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, Gregg St. & Williams St., 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Women's Tennis vs. Idaho—1 p.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, Gregg St. & Williams St., 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

WEDNESDAY 04

Las Cruces/Mesilla

NMSU Aggies Men's Baseball vs. Utah—1:05 p.m. NMSU Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Men's Tennis vs. North Texas—1 p.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, Gregg St. & Williams St., 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Women's Tennis vs. North Texas—9 a.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, Gregg St. & Williams St., 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

THURSDAY 05

Silver City/Grant County

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 Men's Baseball vs. Utah—1:05 p.m. NMSU Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Tennis vs. Utah State—Noon. NMSU Tennis Courts, Gregg St. & Williams St., 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

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

FRIDAY 06

Silver City/Grant County

Annual 12th Night Dance—With Bayou Seco and the Fiddling Friends. All dances will be swiftly taught and children are welcome. Spanish Colonial dances, Cajun two-steps, polkas, rancheras, waltzes and Here Comes Zodiac (a southeastern play party dance). Many of these dances have been danced in New Mexico and the Southwest for over a hundred years. Presented by Silver Nights Concert Series. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $6, ages 5-12 $3. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 3845 Swan St. 534-02987.

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

Monumental—Through Jan. 12. Conservationist David Brower's fight for the wildlands of America was a major force behind the campaigns to establish and protect our treasured national parks. At the center of the film are the themes that absorbed this master of influence throughout his life: the threatened beauty of the American earth, the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors, and the moral obligation to preserve what is left of the world's natural wonders. 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.

Nickel and Dimed—Through Jan. 22. A touching look at minimum-wage workers in America, based on a bestselling book. Thursdays 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $9, students and seniors $8, Thursdays $6. No Strings Theatre Company, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Rockin' in the New Year Teen Dance—Club Fusion, 101 East Union Ave. 541-5181, www.las-cruces.org/public-services/recreation.

The Eyes Have It—Through Jan. 31. Nine artists from northern New Mexico with contemporary views will exhibit mixed media and fine crafts. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Director's Gallery, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, 490 N. Water St., 541-2137.

SATURDAY 07

Silver City/Grant County

3rd Annual Red Paint Powwow—Through Jan. 8. Competition powwow featuring contestants from many tribes. Native American vendors with food and arts and crafts. Doors open 9 a.m. Gourd dancing, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Grand entries, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Closing 11 p.m. $5. WNMU Intramural Gym. 534-1379, apache@redpaintpowwow.net, www.redpaintpowwow.net.

Annual Community Meeting of the Gila Valley Library—In a report from the board of directors, learn about new acquisitions, view the new logo, and enjoy refreshments. The board of directors is seeking new members. 10 a.m. Gila Community Center on Hwy 211, 535-4120, gilalib@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, 388-3848, www.pinosaltos.org/melodrama.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

A Saturday of Love—Two documentary films about different topics surrounding love. Why Get Married? is the first of a series in which producer/director Anne Stirling takes a fresh look at the social, historical and emotional themes of marriage. Stirling will be on hand to talk about her work, and to facilitate a discussion. The second documentary, What Babies Want, is a one-hour film about the opportunity we have in bringing children into the world. The film demonstrates how life patterns are established at birth, and at times, even before. The entire program will run about three hours. 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.

Botany—Saturday Science Class for elementary students. 11 a.m. Las Cruces Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 522-3120.

First Sunday Library Reading—J.B. Bryan and Wayne Crawford read from their work. 3 p.m. Dresp Room, Branigan Public Library, 521-9314/528-4049, thomasff@msu.edu, scowan@las-cruces.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 Men's Baseball vs. New Mexico—3:05 p.m. NMSU Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

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

St. Genevieve's Antique and Collectible Show and Sale—Through Jan. 8. Fifty dealers from five states offer items for sale. Free appraisals. Food available. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1.50. St. Genevieve's Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave, 526-8624.

SUNDAY 08

Silver City/Grant County

3rd Annual Red Paint Powwow—See Jan 7. Doors open 9 a.m. Gourd dancing, 10 a.m. Grand entries, 1 p.m. Closing 6 p.m. $5. WNMU Intramural Gym. 534-1379, apache@redpaintpowwow.net, www.redpaintpowwow.net.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Nickel and Dimed—Through Jan. 22. See Jan 6. 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $9, students and seniors $8. No Strings Theatre Company, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

St. Genevieve's Antique and Collectible Show and Sale—See Jan 7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1.50. St. Genevieve's Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave, 526-8624.

 

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