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


Have Spacesuit, Will Travel
Is space tourism the ticket to success for the proposed spaceport?

For Love and Money
Ivan Thompson, the "Cowboy Cupid," stars in an award-winning documentary.

Connecting the Threads
The Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective weaves together area fabric artists.

Blooming in the Desert
"Little Vampire" author and painter Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.

Out of Africa
Festus Addo-Yobo, new director of NMSU's Black Studies Program.

Columns & Departments
Editor's Note
Desert Diary
Tumbleweeds in Brief
Top 10
Celestial Cycles
The Starry Dome
Ramblin' Outdoors
People's Law
40 Days & 40 Nights
Chocolate Fantasia
$1.98 Show
Clubs Guide
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

Special Section
Arts Exposure:
Deming's Art Bloom
For the Love of Art Month
Arts News
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Secrets of Romance
Echinacea & Colds
Lifelong Learning

Red or Green?
Dining Guide
Si Italian Bistro
Patio Café
Table Talk


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Toy Story

The $1.98 Follies returns with "Babe Toys in Phantom Land," Feb. 18.

Take one part "Babes in Toyland," one part "Phantom of the Opera," dress it all up in drag and leaven with sharp satire, and what do you get? The Ninth Annual Benefit $1.98 "No Talent Required" Follies, of course—Silver City's annual opportunity to howl, strut your stuff and be a little bit naughty. (Well, maybe more than a little bit—but it's all for a good cause.)

This year's $1.98 Follies, entitled "Babe Toys in Phantom Land," will play for one night only at 8 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre.

Directed and produced by Ward Rudick and hosted by his alter ego, Ms. A'gusta Wind, with Janey Katz as Mr. Brake Wind, the Follies is a vaudevillian revue written by and starring local talent and featuring the incredible Follies house band Jazz Orgy. The Follies began nine years ago as a small, one-time community event and has evolved from talent contest and drag show to the professionally produced and directed show that fills the Fine Arts Center Theatre today. The show features many talented residents of the Silver City area and has donated thousands of dollars to local programs such as Literacy Link-Leamos, First Born Program, Mimbres Region Arts Council Youth Mural Project, Casa Mia Ranch, El Refugio and the Herb McGrath drama scholarship fund.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 at Shevek and Mi, 602 N. Bullard, and the Broadway Boutique, 116 N. Bullard, or by phone at 534-1114.




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