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

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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.

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FEBRUARY

WEDNESDAY 01

Las Cruces/Mesilla

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.
Giddy for Art—Through February. Paintings by Margaret Bernstein. Convention and Visitors Bureau, 211 N. Water St.

My World As I See it—Through February. Pastels and oils by artist Caryl Porter. Black Box Theatre Gallery, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223.

Outside the Box—Through March 11. Las Cruces Arts Association Membership Show. Terrace Gallery, 524-2329.

Pam Segura: Photographs—Through Feb. 28. Reception 6-8 p.m. Laughing at the Sun, 1910 Calle de Parian, 523-1890, www.laughingatthesunmesilla.com.

THURSDAY 02 [GROUND HOG DAY]

Silver City/Grant County

Brandon Perrault—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Astronomy Mentoring Program—Through March 9. This mentoring program is for children ages 9-13, who show interest in the area of astronomy. Students learn about astronomy and how to use a telescope. Registration required. $50. Las Cruces Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd. 522-3120.
Cultural Series—Eric Bibb and Ruthie Foster. $12.50, $10 NMSU students, faculty and staff. 8 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, Downtown Mall. 646-1420 / 646-2421, www.nmsu.edu/~music.

Live Music—8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W Hadley, 534-0298.

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

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

NMSU Cultural Series—Eric Bibb and Ruthie Foster. $12.50, $10 students, faculty and staff. 8 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, Downtown Mall, 646-1420/646-2421, www.nmsu.edu/~music.

 

 

FRIDAY 03

Silver City/Grant County

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.

Brandon Perrault—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Native People of the Southwest—Through Feb 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. $310. Bear Mountain Lodge, 877-620-2327, mgonsior@tnc.org, www.bearmountainlodge.com.

Wally Lawder—8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway,
388-2828.

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

2006 Membership Show—ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico honors the ninth annual For the Love of Art Month. The show features works of 36 local artists, in a wide variety of media. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center. 373-1971.

Art of the Cosmos—Through April 8. Three art exhibitions open: The Art of Space, Rocketland, AstroVisions. The space-inspired programs feature imaginative spacecraft originating from the minds of artists whose visionary designs lead to engineering drawings, then rockets that leave the launching pad. The exhibitions showcase the partnership of art and science through the aesthetics of space, space travel and visionary aspects of the future. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Las Cruces Museum of Art, 490 N. Water St., and Branigan Cultural Center. 541-2160, tbillman@las-cruces.org.

Capote—Through Feb. 9. In 1959 novelist Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman, nominee for Best Actor in the 2006 Golden Globe Awards) travels with his childhood friend Harper Lee to Kansas to write an article about the Clutter family murders. Though his childlike voice and fey mannerisms arouse initial hostility, Capote quickly wins the trust of the locals, including Alvin Dewey of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. After Capote visits killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock in jail, he begins work on In Cold Blood, his acclaimed work of nonfiction. 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.fountaintheater.org.

Hearts & Daggers—Through February. Show of artworks by local and regional artists on the theme of lovers, passions, and plights. Reception 5-7 p.m. Director's Gallery Las Cruces Museum of Art, 490 N. Water St., 541-2137.

Janette Jones and Cassandra Lockwood—Opening of art exhibit, through Feb. 28. Reception 6-8 p.m. Blue Teal Winery, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, 524-0390.

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, 646-5151, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Women's Tennis vs. Idaho—1 p.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, 646-5151, www.nmstatesports.com.

Volunteer Social—Get together with some of our current volunteers for an informal social gathering and appetizers. 3-5 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

SATURDAY 04

Silver City/Grant County

Friends of the Library Book Sale—Benefits the Silver City Public Library. Preview Sale limited to Friends of the Library members, Saturday 9-10:30 a.m. Bookstore open to the general public 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Also Feb. 7, 9, 14, 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. FOL Bookstore, 1510 W. Market St.

Bats—Bats are often misunderstood, feared and hated, but are in fact wonderful animals. Join a ranger for a slide show to discover the truth about bats and how they help us. City of Rocks State Park, 744-5998.

Brandon Perrault—7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

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

Rhythm Mystic—8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

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

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

WNMU Mustangs Women's Softball vs. Adams State—12 and 2 p.m. WNMU Mustang Fieldhouse, 538-6218, www.wnmu.edu/athletic.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Beyond Five Senses—In this documentary, Joyce Libutti of Santa Fe visits with three New Mexican women who have made public their emotional and social struggles as "ET contactees." Along with personal accounts and insights by noted physicists, journalists, filmmakers, religious leaders and businesspeople, the film presents a collective narrative of ordinary people and their expanded awareness from very candid and personal perspectives. 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.

Down in the Valley—Through Feb. 25. Paintings of the Mesilla Valley. Las Cruces artists combine talents to capture the valley's beauty and charm. Reception 1-4 p.m. Patio Art Gallery, 665 E. University Ave., Hadley Center, 541-7401, www.patioartgallery.com.

Ground Hog Paper Puppet—Family Day at NMSU Museum. 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Kent Hall, University Ave. and Solano Drive, 646-5161 / 646-3739, www.nmsu.edu/~museum/event.htm.

Live Music—8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W Hadley, 534-0298.

My Masterpiece—Participating artists choose a famous artist and either paint in his/her style, or copy a painting by that artist. Reception 2-4 p.m. Mesilla Valley Fine Art Gallery, 2470A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.

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

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

NMSU Aggies Men's Tennis vs. Utah State—1 p.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, 646-5151, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Women's Tennis vs. North Texas—9 a.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, 646-5151, www.nmstatesports.com.

Rock the Rio Grande—A benefit to raise funds for the newly restored Rio Grande Theater. At least eight different bands will perform, ranging in genre from rock to ska. All ages. $10. 12-8 p.m. Rio Grande Theater. 491-3850 / 312-5709.

Saturday Science—Dinosaurs, a hands-on science program for elementary school children. Registration required. 11 a.m. Las Cruces Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd, 522-3120,
www.las-cruces.org/museums/natural-history, astafford@las-cruces.org.

Sun Country Striders—This easy trail follows city sidewalks through neighborhoods, past a hospital, golf course, university campus, malls and a bike path. Suitable for strollers. Registration 8-11 a.m. Las Cruces Hilton, 705 S. Telshor Blvd. 525-0495, ranlinranels@zianet.com, www.ava.org.

Sweets for Your Sweetheart—Family workshop. Enjoy working together to prepare desserts and simple gifts for that special Valentine. Registration required. $20. 9 a.m.-noon. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Elephant Butte

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. 7-8 p.m. Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 744-5998.

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. 7-8 p.m. Leasburg Dam State Park, 524-4068.

SUNDAY 05 [SUPER BOWL SUNDAY]

Silver City/Grant County

Super Bowl Potluck—Big screen TV and lots of food. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Annual Super Bowl Sunday 5K and 10K Runs/5K Fitness Walk—524-7824, doneugenia@aol.com.

Buffalo Soldiers: Military Heroes of the Southwest—4 p.m. NMSU Corbett Center Room 210. 646-4208.

Light and Shadows—Opening of art exhibit on view through February. Watercolors by Hope Newhouse and Louise Lockhart. Representational watercolors on a variety of subjects by two regionally recognized artists. Reception 2-4 p.m. Tombaugh Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr., 522-7281, www.uuchurchlc.us.

Music for the Mesilla Valley—95-plus piece wind ensemble performs a varied program of classical and contemporary music as well as traditional march selections. 3 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St., 646-2421 / 521-7833, www.nmsu.edu.

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. Northern Colorado—12 p.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, 646-5151, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Women's Tennis vs. Utah State—12 p.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, 646-5151, www.nmstatesports.com.

Sun Country Striders—See Feb. 4. Registration 8-11 a.m. Las Cruces Hilton, 705 S. Telshor Blvd, 521-7304 /
525-0495.

 

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