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April 1-9 | 10-16 | 17-23 | 24-30 | Early May

APRIL

SATURDAY 01

Silver City/Grant County

The Importance of Being Earnest—Through April 8. In this Oscar Wilde classic, Algernon Moncrief and Jack Worthing engage in a sometimes suspenseful and always comical game of identity swapping. Each pretends to be a man by the name of Ernest in hopes of winning the affections of the women they pursue. But when little Cecily and Gwendolen (the targets of their affection) meet in the rose garden, it becomes clear that something is not right. Wilde's play takes place at the turn of the 19th century when the Victorian era was on the decline and new ideas about the world, including the marvels of the scientific age, were just coming into being. Wilde's play on language and poking fun of society maintains its wit and humor to this day. Presented by Western New Mexico University's Expressive Arts Department Drama Discipline. April 1, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 matinee at 2:30 p.m. Admission to all performances is by donation to the Herb McCraff Foundation Drama Fund or a gift of food to support the Grant County animal shelter. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 538-6502.

Diverse Views—Opening of art exhibit by San Vicente Artists, through April 29. Reception 3-5 p.m. Rejuvenations, Broadway and Bullard.

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

Melodrama Theatre—"Billy the Kid or It's Just a Little Gun Play." Every Friday and Saturday. See the March 2006 Desert Exposure. 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.

Silver Heels Community Dance Band—Featuring Bayou Seco, Fiddling Friends and Fiddle Club. Polkas, waltzes, chotis, the Broom dance, the Handkerchief dance, la Bastrange and more. 7:30-10:30 p.m. UU Fellowship Hall, 3845 N. Swan, 534-0298, bayouseco@aol.com, www.bayouseco.com.

WNMU Mustangs Men's Tennis vs. Sull Ross State—10 a.m. WNMU Tennis Courts.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

42nd Annual American Indian Week—Through April 2. NMSU Campus. 646-4207. amerind@nmsu.edu or www.nmsu.edu/~aip/amerindweek.html

Alan Carrison Landscapes Exhibit—Through April 5. Convention and Visitors Bureau, 211 N. Water St.
541-2444. www.lascrucescvb.org.

Annual Aggie Day at NMSU—Unify NMSU and the greater Las Cruces community and celebrate the founding of the university 115 years ago. University recognition, entertainment performances, group activities, philanthropy, food and other activities. A family event. University Ave. from Jordan to Espina St. 646-3616 / 430-2503 /
646-0111.

Back by Noon—Fool around all morning looking for the local and migrating birds at Hueco Tanks State Historic Park. $5 non-members. Southwest Environmental Center, 522-5552, www.wildmesquite.org.

Cowboy del Amor—A documentary comedy about a cowboy-turned-matchmaker who can't manage his own love life. It follows self-proclaimed "Cowboy Cupid" Ivan Thompson, as he finds Mexican brides for disillusioned American men searching for the perfect wife. His clients include Rick, an ex-Marine long-distance truck driver, and Lee, a hopeful 70-year-old Vietnam veteran. They pay $3,000 for a 600-mile bus ride into the heart of Mexico in a search for true love. Thompson will appear in person for this screening to talk about his adventures in matchmaking. See the February 2006 Desert Exposure. 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.

Fuddy Meers—Fridays and Saturdays through April 15. Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Her chipper husband comes in, explains her condition and hands her a book filled with all sorts of essential information. A limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask, pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her. She's hustled off to the country house of her mother (a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish.) Claire's journey gets even more complicated when a dimwitted thug, her driven husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop that they've kidnapped. This poignant and brutal new comedy traces one woman's attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters. $5. 8 p.m. Southwest Fitness Center, 1309 E. Foster Road, 650-3496 / 312-6164, lo_fiproductions@hotmail.com.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classics Series: Classic V—Through April 2. Wagner: Die Meistersinger; Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche; Ravel: Bolero; Lucille Beer, mezzo-soprano. $25. Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St., 646-3709, www.lascrucessymphony.com.

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

New Works by Raul Dorn—Through April 9. Abstract imagery. White Raven Studios, 425 W. Griggs Ave.
525-9543, www.white-raven-studios.com.

NMSU Aggies Men's Baseball vs. Fresno State—6:05 p.m. Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU Aggies Softball vs. Louisiana Tech—12 p.m. and 2 p.m. NMSU Presley Askew Complex, Stewart St., 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

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

NMSU Aggies Men's Tennis vs. New Mexico—11 a.m. NMSU Tennis Courts, 646-5151, www.nmstatesports.com.

Preseason Scramble—Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Super Trucks, Legends. 5 p.m. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 524-7913, www.snmspeedway.com.

Saturday Family Day—Cuzco Placemat. 2-3:30 p.m. NMSU Museum, Kent Hall, 646-5161/646-3739, www.nmsu.edu/~museum/event.htm.

Trudell—Through April 6. Cherokee director Heather Rae spent a dozen years filming this biography of American Indian activist, poet, songwriter and actor John Trudell, who was the public voice of the tribes occupying Alcatraz in 1969. He calls Western civilization a ''great lie'' and Christopher Columbus a ''virus.'' His outspokenness has earned him a 17,000-page FBI dossier. He was chairman of the American Indian Movement during the occupation of Wounded Knee and was deeply involved in efforts to free Leonard Peltier, convicted in 1977 of killing two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Indian. Trudell began writing poetry and published his first book in 1981. Preceding the April 1 screening, singer/songwriter and Native American flutist Randy Granger will perform. Nightly 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee 2:30 p.m. $6, members $4, students and seniors $5, matinees $5, Wednesdays $4. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8278, www.fountaintheatre.org.

Alamogordo

Trinity Site Tour—A National Historic Landmark, the Trinity site is open to the public in April and October. The 51,500-acre atomic bomb testing landmark includes base camp, ground zero and the McDonald ranch house, where the core to the bomb was assembled. Visit these sites and a part of the original crater left by the explosion. 8 a.m. Meet at Otero County Fairground. (800) 826-0294 / 437-6120, www.alamogordo.com.

Elephant Butte

Civilian Conservation Corps: They Built the Park—Today marks the anniversary of the CCC's creation. Join Park Ranger Eric Weisman to discover how the young men of the CCC helped shape Elephant Butte Lake State Park. 11 a.m.-noon. Elephant Butte State Park Dam Site Recreation Area, 744-5998.

Hatch

April Fool's Spring Art Festival—A juried fine arts and crafts festival. Hatch Airport Fly-in, Southwest Regional Spaceport Celebration Launch, artist demonstrations, beer and wine garden, children's Make and Take Corner, art raffle, battle of the high school bands. 267-5050, connectionearth@peoplepc.com.

Radium Springs

Stars-n-Parks—Join members of the National Public Observatory for a green-laser tour of the cosmos and telescopic views of the three-day-old Moon, Mars and Saturn. 7:30-9 p.m. Leasburg Dam State Park, 524-4068.

SUNDAY 02 [DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS]

Silver City/Grant County

Mustang Stampede—Two-mile walk, 5K run. $15. 8 a.m. WNMU PE Complex.

The Importance of Being Earnest—Through April 8. See April 1. 2:30 p.m. Donation. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 538-6502.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

42nd Annual American Indian Week—NMSU Campus. 646-4207. amerind@nmsu.edu or www.nmsu.edu/~aip/amerindweek.html

First Sunday Reading—Leo Romero, Santa Fe poet, fiction writer and bookseller painter, and Gwendolyn Mintz, Las Cruces poet and fiction writer, read from their work. Followed by reception and book signing. 3 p.m. Branigan Library, 521-9314 / 528-4049.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classics Series: Classic V—See April 1. $25. 8 p.m. Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St. 646-3709, www.lascrucessymphony.com.

Mesilla Valley Track Club 5K Run/25K Bike/500M Swim—Start and finish at NMSU Natatorium. USA Triathlon sanction. 8 a.m. 524-7824, doneugenia@aol.com.

NMSU Aggies Men's Baseball vs. Fresno State—6:05 p.m. Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

Alamogordo

Frog and Toad—Arnold Lobel's beloved characters hop from page to stage in a musical. 2 p.m. $7. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202, www.flickingercenter.com.

MONDAY 03

Silver City/Grant County

2006 Spring Fitness Challenge Kickoff—Snacks, walk the track, photo op. Wear funny hats, costumes or carry a team banner, sign up and obtain your starter kits. 5 p.m. Fox Field. 388-9708.

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Opening Our Hearts—Also April 10. Meditation, teaching, and discussion on learning to love with Western Buddhist Nun Kelsang Chenma. $8. 7-8:30 p.m. 116 W. Las Cruces Ave., 292-5293, www.meditationinnewmexico.org.

Pharmacy—6 p.m. The Bean, 201 Avenida de Mesilla. All Ages 523-0560.

TUESDAY 04

Silver City/Grant County

Meet the Author—Bob Swisher. See story in this issue's Tumbleweeds section. 4-6 p.m. Silver City library conference room.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Harvest Cooking Event—Chef Carol Koenig will give creative ideas for preparing garlic, salad greens and rhubarb. $20, registration required. 2-4 p.m. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. 522-4100. www.frhm.org.

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

Alamogordo

Alamogordo High School Choir—7:30 p.m. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202, www.flickingercenter.com.

WEDNESDAY 05

Silver City/Grant County

Making QuickBooks Work for You—Seminar by Heather Grandgeorge. $150. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 1203 N. Hudson. 524-6893 in Las Cruces, GrandBusiness@aol.com.

THURSDAY 06

Silver City/Grant County

Cobre Community Learning Showcase—A forum for helping Cobre students in grades K-12 and their families learn more about programs and services in the schools and communities, including youth employment opportunities. Entertainment, refreshments, information on programs and resources. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bayard Community Center, 574-4695 / 538-8085 / 388-1022.

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

Sacred Circle Dance—Learn simple dances from around the world designed to deepen our connection with community, ourselves, the divine and all of life. $5 donation. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas St.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Jamburgler—Ramada Palms Resort, 201 E. University Ave., 526-4411, www.zatmusic.com/BANDS.html.

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

FRIDAY 07

Silver City/Grant County

Folk Series at the Opera House: Tracy Grammer—Grammer plays from "Flower of Avalon," her first full-length album since her musical partner Dave Carter died suddenly in July 2002. Performing with her is Jim Henry, long-time collaborator, playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, mandolin and vocals. Mimbres Region Arts Council. $15 members, $18 non-members. Pinos Altos Opera House. 538-2505, info@mimbresarts.org, www.mimbresarts.org.

Brandon Perrault and Friends—8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Color and Joy—Through April 30. Paintings by Toni Garland. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. The StudioSpace Gallery, 109 N. Bullard, 535-4548.

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

Second Annual Spring Counseling Conference—Through April 8. Two marriage and family therapists from Minnesota. Friday, one-day workshop on "The Art of Creating Relationships." Saturday, half-day supervision workshop. WNMU. Information, hallL@wnmu.edu.

The Importance of Being Earnest—Through April 8. See April 1. 7:30 p.m. Donation. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 538-6502.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

6th Annual Border Cup Soccer Tournament—Through April 9. High Noon Soccer League and New Mexico Rush Soccer Club. All-day event. High Noon Soccer Complex, 2004 Bruins Lane, 649-0321, nmrushlc@yahoo.com, www.zianet.com/soccerlc.

Aggies Men's Baseball vs. Sacramento State—6:05 p.m. NMSU Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

Ancient Ruins, New Vistas—18 local artists focus on archeological excavations in the Monticello Box Canyon. 5-8 p.m. Blue Gate Fine Art Gallery, 311 N. Downtown Mall, 524-9456.

Black Range Artists—Opening of exhibit. 5-7 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, 500 N. Water St., 541-2155.

Blithe Spirit—Through April 23. Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife never dreamed that by holding a seance, they would summon back Charles' first wife, now "passed over" for seven years. The first wife has a ghostly plot in mind: If she can get Charles into an automobile accident and make a ghost of him, life in the spirit world will have more appeal for her. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. $8, students and seniors $7, children six and under, $5. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall. 523-1200. www.lcctnm.org.

Cache—Through April 13. A famous Parisian TV presenter receives menacing, mysterious ''surveillance videos'' at his home, showing scenes from his private life. The film is partly a parable for France's repressed memory of la nuit noire, the night of Oct. 17, 1961, when hundreds of Algerian demonstrators in Paris were beaten and killed by the police. Rated R for brief strong violence. French with English subtitles. Nightly 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee 2:30 p.m. $6, members $4, students and seniors $5, matinees $5, Wednesdays $4. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8278, www.fountaintheatre.org.

Finally Friday!—Live performances hosted by the City of Las Cruces. Bayou Seco and others. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Downtown Mall. 541-2288, ohennessey@las-cruces.org.

Fuddy Meers—See April 1. 8 p.m. Lo-Fi Productions, Southwest Fitness Center, 1309 East Foster Road, 650-3496 / 312-6164.

Magic at the Symphony—With Lyn Dillies. Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Family Concert begins with an instruments "petting zoo" in the Recital Hall lobby at 6 p.m. $5. 7 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, 646-3709, jylenewright@lascrucessymphony.com, www.lascrucessymphony.com

Signs of Hope—For the past decade Sterling Trantham has photographed indigenous religious ceremonies in the western highlands of Guatemala. 5-7 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, 500 N. Water St., 541-2155.

The Flower Garden—Mixed media by Sally Quillin. Show runs April 3-28. Reception 5-7 p.m. Tombaugh Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 642-3009.

Alamogordo

Craicmore—A contemporary, traditional Celtic band rooted in the music of Scotland and Ireland, with the critically acclaimed vocals of contralto Nancy Johnston. $7-28. 7:30 p.m. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202, www.flickingercenter.com.

Columbus

The Miracle of the Tortilla—Through April 9. Musical by Ruth Smith presented by RoadRunner Hispanic Theater (in English). Friday and Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Food and beverages served beginning two hours prior to show time. $8. San Jose Pancho Villa Salon, east end of Broadway. 531-2704.

SATURDAY 08

Silver City/Grant County

Department of Peace Campaign—The national campaign to create a US cabinet-level Department of Peace is a grassroots effort in the mold of the women's suffrage, civil rights and other movements based on nonviolent principles that challenged the paradigms of their times. All are invited to learn about and participate in the campaign. 10-11:30 a.m. 505 N. Bullard,
534-1381, r_mansbach@hotmail.com.

Archery Spring Shoot—8 a.m. Fort Bayard, 388-2737, www.mangusbowmen.com.

Designing and Planting a Kitchen Herb Garden—$25 for workshop and herb plant. 1-3 p.m. Silco Theater. Registration required, 538-5317.

Friends of the Underground—8 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

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

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

Rally Obedience Seminar with Eileen Jaffe—Hosted by Wilderness Kennel Club. Rally Fun Match 1 p.m. Registration deadline April 1. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 538-0287 / 534-3981, www.zianet.com/wkc, kblisard@hotmail.com.

Second Annual Spring Counseling Conference—Half-day supervision workshop. WNMU. Information, hallL@wnmu.edu.

The Importance of Being Earnest—See April 1. 7:30 p.m. Donation. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 538-6502.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

17th Annual Frontier Day—Demonstrations of 1865-91 Indian Wars military life including cavalry, infantry, artillery and camp life. Further demonstrations illustrate the daily life and trials of women at the post and children's period games and toys, as well as historic/contemporary musical entertainment. Staff dress up and recreate life in the Old West as they honor the Buffalo Soldiers, an all-black cavalry sent to Fort Selden to protect settlers from the Apache raids after the Civil War. Fort Selden State Monument, 526-8911 / 800-429-9488.

Aggies Men's Baseball vs. Sacramento State—6:05 p.m. NMSU Presley Askew Complex, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

Artist Show & Demonstration—Dan Stouffer, watercolor artist. 1-4 p.m. Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, 524-4300, glencutter@aol.com.

Back by Noon—Otero Mesa: ecology and petroglyphs. Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552, www.wildmesquite.org.

Blithe Spirit—Through April 23. See April 7. 8 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall. 523-1200. www.lcctnm.org.

Dan Stouffer—Artist reception 1-4 p.m. Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road, 524-4300.

Fuddy Meers—See April 1. 8 p.m. Lo-Fi Productions, Southwest Fitness Center, 1309 East Foster Road, 650-3496 / 312-6164.

Hetty Smith and Corry McKissack—Reception for two Dutch artists working in stained glass and ceramics. 2-4 p.m. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.

Jazz Extravaganza—NMSU Jazz Ensemble joins local school musicians for an evening of sharing the jazz experience. $7, seniors $6, students $4. 7 p.m. Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St., 646-1420 /
646-2304, www.nmsu.edu/~music/ensembles/winds.

Las Cruces Sun Kings vs. Albuquerque Razorbacks—Location TBA. 639-0750, avalos2801@msn.com.

Leather Working Event—Cindy Shewmake from Shewleather Handcrafted Leather Goods gives a hands-on introduction to leather working. Adults only. $25, registration required. 1-3 p.m. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

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

Masquerade Ball—The Junior League of Las Cruces Annual Gala presents this Masquerade Ball. Cocktails, dinner and entertainment featuring The Liars. $100. 6:30 p.m.-midnight. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. 524-4725.

Saturday Family Day—Peruvian Bird Feather Art. 2 and 3:30 p.m. NMSU Museum, Kent Hall, 646-5161/646-3739, www.nmsu.edu/~museum/event.htm.

Some Pretty Good Art—Through April 30. Patio Art Gallery, University and El Paseo Ave., 541-7401.

The Civil War in New Mexico—Two documentary films. Gettysburg of the West focuses on the pitched battle that took place at Glorieta. The Civil War in New Mexico offers an interesting overview of the politics and battles that took place here in 1862. $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.

The Zincs—El Patio, on the plaza in Mesilla.

Trail Work Day—National Volunteer Month work day. Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, six miles north on Jornada Road off Hwy. 70 east. 524-3334, www.cdnp.org, cdnp_rink@zianet.com.

Columbus

The Miracle of the Tortilla—Through April 9. Musical by Ruth Smith presented by RoadRunner Hispanic Theater (in English). 7 p.m. Food and beverages served beginning two hours prior to show time. $8. San Jose Pancho Villa Salon, east end of Broadway. 531-2704.

Deming

Annual Watercolor Society Exhibit—Artists' reception, 2-4 p.m. Deming Arts Council, 100 S. Gold, 546-3663.

Desert Alive: Springtime in the Desert—An annual program to celebrate the return of spring. Displays and things to do including native garden tours, face painting, native plant sale. Rockhound State Park, 546-6182, jmranch@vtc.net.

Gallery Hop—1-5 p.m. Deming Arts Council, 546-3663.

Elephant Butte

Fish Species and Techniques—Find out what fish you might find in Elephant Butte Lake and get tips on how to catch them. 11 a.m.-noon. Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 744-5998.

Radium Springs

Music Under the Stars—Live music presented by local musicians. 8 p.m. Leasburg State Park Amphitheater, 524-4068.

Truth or Consequences

Rio Bravo Fine Art Annual Expo 2006—Director Eduardo Alicea has curated a special selection of artworks from prominent Silver City artists. See Arts Exposure section. Reception 6-9 p.m. Rio Bravo Fine Art, 110 Broadway Ave., 894-0572.

SUNDAY 09

Silver City/Grant County

Family Kite Flying Day—Kite flying, lectures on kite flying and demonstrations. See Tumbleweeds section in this issue. 1 p.m. Benny Altamirano Soccer Fields, 32nd St. Bypass. Grant County Community Health Council, 388-9708.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

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

Big Band on the Rio Grande—All-volunteer 17-piece band plays all types of traditional and contemporary swing dance music. $5. 2-4:30 p.m. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court Ave., 373-2188.

Blithe Spirit—Through April 23. See April 7. 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall. 523-1200. www.lcctnm.org.

Lesli Zerr—Interactive program with sculptor. 1:30 p.m. Dresp Room, Branigan Public Library, 524-2329.

Machinas & White on Black—Artwork by Dennis Lujan. Sculpture and colored pencil portraits. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Hecho Art & Decor. 1910 Calle de Parian in old Mesilla. 526-2401.

Sunday Family Fun: Antique Treasures Day—Museum visitors are invited to bring in their treasured items to learn more about them and how to preserve them. The museum's curators will also provide a tour of our collection facility. Children are invited to bring their own collections and display them for visitors. (No live animals or firearms).) 12-4 p.m. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100. www.frhm.org.

Trombone Studio Recital—8 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, 646-2421, www.nmsu.edu/~music.

Columbus

The Miracle of the Tortilla—Musical by Ruth Smith presented by RoadRunner Hispanic Theater (in English). 2 p.m. Food and beverages served beginning two hours prior to show time. $8. San Jose Pancho Villa Salon, east end of Broadway. 531-2704.

 
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