s Desert Exposure Events May 2006

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Wage War
The fight to raise the minimum wage moves to the local level.

Birth of the Blues
Behind the scenes of the Silver City Blues Festival.

Inside Stories
Voices from the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.

Going with the Flow
Get your feet wet at the Gila River Festival.

Magic Flute
Las Cruces musician Randy Granger plays his way to the top.

Getaways: Strip Tease
Can you have fun in Las Vegas without gambling? You bet.



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May 1-7 | 8-14 | 15-21 | 22-28 | 29 into early June

MAY

Monday 01

Silver City/Grant County

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Dracula—Through May 7. This funny, serious, scary, hilarious and bloody classic horror thriller is based on the novel by Bram Stroker. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre on Jordan St., 646-4515.

Mrs. Henderson Presents—Through May 4. The Windmill Theater in London's West End became a symbol of British resolve, proudly never closing despite German bombs and community pressure. It offered vaudeville entertainment with a twist, showcasing nude women posed like statues to skirt indecency laws. Judi Dench embraces the role of Laura Henderson, a widow who buys the Windmill and renovates it on a whim. The commotion caused by such artful nudity is quaintly humorous, with Christopher Guest affecting a stiff upper lip as the British lord complaining the most. Rated R for nudity and brief language. Nightly 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee 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.

The Mask of Perception—Through May 31. Art by Margaret Bernstein. Black Box Theater, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223.

The True Nature of Things—Mondays through May 15. Teaching, meditation and discussion with Western Buddhist Nun Kelsang Chenma. $8, 116 W. Las Cruces Ave. 292-5293, info@meditationinnewmexico.org.

Roxana Quinnell and Carol Bernstein—Through May 31. Paintings and photographs. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, 22-2933.

 

Tuesday 02

Silver City/Grant County

Members Only Art Show—Pinos Altos Church Gallery, Golden Ave, Pinos Altos.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Harvest Cooking—Carol Koenig will show creative ideas for beans, summer squash and apricots. Pre-registration required. $20. 2-4 p.m., Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Horn Choir Concert—$8, $5 students. 8 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St., 646-1420/646-2421, www.nmsu.edu/~music.

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

Meditation for Absolute Beginners—Tuesdays through May 16. $5, 116 W. Las Cruces Ave. 292-5293, info@meditationinnewmexico.org.

Peru Mestizo: Life and Art in a Colonial Kingdom—Through May 31. Photography and painting reflecting colonial life in Peru and the unique style of art produced by the Cuzco school of Peruvian-born mestizo and Indian painters in the 17th and 18th centuries. Also featuring works by Jose Higinion Perea. 12 p.m. 646-3739. www.nmsu.edu.

The Sass Dragons and The Answer Lies—6 pm. The Bean, 201 Avenida de Mesilla, 523-0560.

 

Wednesday 03

Silver City/Grant County

20th Annual Tour of the Gila—Through May 7. For daily schedule, see story in this section. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

Coping with Stress—The ancient practice of meditation. Donation. 7-8:15 p.m. The Church of What's Happening, 7th and Arizona. 538-0680.

Ribbon Cutting—Syzygy Tileworks. 7 p.m. 106 N. Bullard St.

 

Thursday 04

Silver City/Grant County

20th Annual Tour of the Gila—Through May 7. For daily schedule, see story in this section. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Aunt Raini—Through May 7. A play loosely based on the life of Leni Riefenstahl, who spent the early part of her career as the official documentarian of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2:30 p.m. and Thursday 7 p.m. $9, $8 students and seniors, Thursday $6. Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Bayou Seco—Southern Bayou Seco members Dennis Daily on guitar and vocals and Rus Bradburd on fiddle and vocals. 8-11 p.m. High Desert Brewing Company, 1201 W. Hadley, 534-0298.

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

 

Friday 05

Silver City/Grant County

20th Annual Tour of the Gila—Through May 7. For daily schedule, see story in this section. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

Annual Grant County Humane Society Yard Sale—Through May 6. Fundraiser for the HALT Spay and Neuter Program. 3050 Cougar Way, 538-9261.

Bayou Seco—Also May 6. European send-off. Come and hear Ken and Jeanie for the last time before they head north to their midwest tour, and eventually Europe for three months. 7-11 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

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

La Herencia—An exhibit featuring the first 40 covers of a magazine written and published by descendents of those Spanish-speaking people who began to settle in New Mexico over 400 years ago. Photographs and artworks on these covers provide a panoramic view of Hispanic culture, past and present. Reception 2-5 p.m., WNMU between the Martinez-Fall Building and the Phelps Dodge Building. 538-6336.

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.

WNMU Spring Commencement—7 p.m. Old James Stadium, W. College Ave. 538-6320.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

2006 Spring Showcase of Homes—Through May 7. Las Cruces Home Builders Association. Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. Various locations throughout the city. 526-6126, www.lchba.com.

25 Years of Mud, Sweat and Tears—Through May 27. Las Cruces Potters Guild 25th anniversary exhibit. Reception 5-7 p.m. Museum of Art, Main Gallery, North Downtown Mall, 541-2137, museums.las-cruces.org.

Aunt Raini—Through May 7. See May 4. 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Better Off Dead—Almost Midnight Film Series. 9:45 p.m. Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8278, www.fountaintheatre.org.

Off the Beaten Path: Desert Landscapes from Back Country Trails—Through June 5. Works by William Seager. Branigan Cultural Center, Richardson Gallery, 500 N. Water St., 541-2155, museums.las-cruces.org.

Perla Batalla—$12.50. 8 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, 213 N. Main St. 523-6403, www.nmsu.edu/~music, www.perla.com.

Transamerica—Through May 11. Felicity Huffman plays character, Bree, a pre-operative transsexual who lives in a modest bungalow in Los Angeles. A week before her gender-reassignment surgery, Bree, formerly and reluctantly known as Stanley, discovers that a long-ago relationship has produced a previously unknown son named Toby, who is now a teenage street hustler living in New York. Told by her therapist that this is a loose end that must be tied up, Bree flies East to help the boy, who has run away from home after his mother's suicide. Allowing him to think that she is a Christian missionary, she decides to take him back to rural Kentucky, where his stepfather lives. Nightly 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee 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.

USSSA—Cinco de Mayo Tourney. Men's Class C, D, E; Women's Class D. 8 am. Harty Fields Complex, 1840 E. Hadley Ave., 541-1889, www.nmusssa.com.

Watercolor Society Exhibit—Through May 31. Reception 5-7 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, Richardson Gallery, 500 N. Water St., 541-2155. museums.las-cruces.org.

Alamogordo

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

Truth or Consequences

Old Time Fiddlers Association Annual Fiesta Fiddle Contest
—Through May 7. Friday all-day jam, dance at night. Saturday and Sunday fiddlers contest. Saturday night dance. $3/event. Civic Center, 894-1002 / 894-1506.

 

Saturday 06

Silver City/Grant County

20th Annual Tour of the Gila—Through May 7. For daily schedule, see story in this section. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

Annual Grant County Humane Society Yard Sale—Fundraiser for the HALT Spay and Neuter Program. 3050 Cougar Way, 538-9261.

Bayou Seco—7-11 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

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

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

Rotary Club Annual Golf Scramble—Golf, lunch and prizes. $100 per person, teams of four. Proceeds benefit El Refugio, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. 538-3777/534-0429.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta—Through May 7. Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May, commemorates the victory of Mexican soldiers over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. 30 vendor booths will line the plaza offering a variety of products including art, crafts, games, drinks and food. Music and events throughout the day: Saturday: Noon-12:15 p.m. Opening ceremonies; 12:15-1 p.m. Flamenco Duet, Lucilene de Geus and Paco Antonio, accompanied by guitarist Jacob Mossman; 1-1:30 p.m. Eduardo Chavez; 1:30-2 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico; 2-3 p.m. Mariachi Espuelas de Cobre and Mariachi Espuelas de Plata; 3-4 p.m. Oscar Pena; 4-6 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Tierra del Encanto and Mariachi Rayos del Sol; 6-6:30 p.m. Sonido Rivereno; 6:30-7 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Mukwi; 7-8 p.m. Greased pole climb; 8 p.m.-midnight Dulce. Sunday: 12-12:20 p.m. San Albino Church Choir; 12:20-12:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Tierra del Encanto and Mariachi Rayos del Sol; 2:30-3 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Quetzatcoatl La Academia Dolores Huerta and Los Aztecas de Norte; 3-4 p.m. Greased pole climb; 4-7 p.m. Macho. Special recognition of the 100th anniversary of the present San Albino Church building; members of the choir will sing from the church steps Sunday at noon. Saturday noon-midnight, Sunday noon-7 p.m. Mesilla Plaza, 524-3262.

2006 Spring Showcase of Homes—Through May 7. Las Cruces Home Builders Association. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Various locations throughout the city. 526-6126, www.lchba.com.

Aunt Raini—Through May 7. See May 4. 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Black and White—A show in line and tone. Reception, 1-4 p.m. Patio Art Gallery, University and El Paseo, 541-7401, www.patioartgallery.com.

Drum-Making Workshop—Yolanda Martinez is an Apache/Hispanic Indian who has been making drums since 1987 and is considered a Master Drum Maker. You will complete a 14-inch hand drum using traditional Native American techniques. All materials are included. Adults only. Pre-registration required. $120. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Jules Floss—Through May 31. Prints. Reception 5-7 p.m. Laughing at the Sun, 1910 Calle de Parian, 523-1890, www.laughingatthesunmesilla.com.

Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market Founders Day Celebration—Local and in-state growers sell produce in season as well as honey, herbs, baked goods, spices, salsa, chile ristras and landscape plants. Crafters sell a variety of handcrafted items including jewelry, woodwork, candles, pottery, fine art, needlework, furniture, leather works, clothing, bird houses and knives as well as photography and gourds. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Downtown Mall and Las Cruces Ave., 541-2288/541-2554, ohenessey@las-cruces.org, fcmarket@las-cruces.org.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classic Series: Classic VI—Through May 7. Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St.

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

Living Tree Wine Festival Fundraiser—Music, activities and booths. See story in Body, Mind and Spirit section. $10, ages 12 to 20 $5, under 12 free. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Blue Teal Winery, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla.

National Astronomy Day—Rocket launching, solar telescopes and more. 1-4 p.m. Museum of Natural History, 700 S. Telshor Blvd., 522-3120. www.las-cruces.org/Public-Services/museumnh.

Of Life and Culture: a Journey Begun—Works by Laura Wegkamp. Through June 3. Reception 1-4 p.m. Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road,
524-4300, glenncutter@aol.com.

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

Southern New Mexico Regular Season Racing-Modifieds—Street Stocks, Super Trucks, Legends. 5 p.m. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 11 miles west on I-10, exit 132. 524-7913, www.snmspeedway.com.

Support Your Local Gunfighter—A funny, good-natured 1969 parody of classic Westerns, starring James Garner as the reluctant hero, tackling crises with his wits, not his fists. Garner plays a drifter who is gradually making his way to Australia. He arrives in an unruly western town that's been through three sheriffs in the past two months and is now in desperate need of another. The town council is not choosy, and he is hired immediately. He picks the most incompetent man in earshot (Jack Elam) for his deputy, and sets about cleaning up the town. The trouble begins when he arrests a whiny ruffian (Bruce Dern) for murder, and books him in one of the cells without bars. In the true Western fashion, his crotchety pop (Walter Brennan) and all his brothers ride into town to engineer a jailbreak. $3, seniors $2, ages 6 to 17 $1, includes museum admission. 1:30 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Three Documentary Films on Border Issues—11 a.m. Walking the Line; 12:30 p.m.: El Inmigrante; 3 p.m.: Letters from the Other Side. Each film $4, all-day pass $10 ($6 MVFS members). Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287/522-0286, www.fountaintheatre.org.

Alamogordo

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

Truth or Conserquences

Annual Truth or Consequences Fiesta—Golf tournament, rodeo, parade, car show, baseball tournament, bowling, arts and crafts, vendors, live stage performances, street festival, dancing, kids activities and food. 740-0315.

Old Time Fiddlers Association Annual Fiesta Fiddle Contest —Through May 7. Fiddlers contest, dance. $3/event. Civic Center, 894-1002 / 894-1506.

 

Sunday 07

Silver City/Grant County

20th Annual Tour of the Gila—For daily schedule, see story in this section. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

Open Mic—Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

2006 Spring Showcase of Homes—Las Cruces Home Builders Association. 12-5 p.m. Various locations throughout the city. 526-6126, www.lchba.com.

Aunt Raini—Through May 7. See May 4. 2:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Beach Boys in Concert—$19-$25, 7 p.m., NMSU Aggie Memorial Stadium on Payne St. 646-1420, bawelch@nmsu.edu, www.nmsu.edu.

Book Signing—The new edition of Las Cruces: An Illustrated History features 100 historical and present-day photographs as well as the artwork of well-known artists Fred Chilton, Joseph Ireland and Bob Diven. 2 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 522-2348, lindaharris@zianet.com.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta—See May 6. Music and events throughout the day: 12-12:20 p.m. San Albino Church Choir; 12:20-12:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Tierra del Encanto and Mariachi Rayos del Sol; 2:30-3 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Quetzatcoatl La Academia Dolores Huerta and Los Aztecas de Norte; 3-4 p.m. Greased pole climb; 4-7 p.m. Macho. Noon-midnight. Mesilla Plaza, 524-3262.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classic Series: Classic VI —3 p.m. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe Circle and Espina St.

Works by Terry Wolfe—Digital photos, watercolors, pen and ink, prints. Reception 4-6 p.m., Tombaugh Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 Solano, 522-7281, www.uuchurchlc.us.

Alamogordo

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

Hillsboro

Sierra Club Day Hike—Meet for breakfast, then hike to Robinson Cave near Percha Creek. This is an easy hike along an interesting drainage. Non-members welcome; bring lunch and water. 8 a.m., General Store in Hillsboro, 744-5860.

La Union

Music on the Patio—A little bit of folk, a little bit of country, and a little bit of rock and roll. 1-5 p.m. La Vina Vineyard Winery, 4201 South on Hwy 28, La Union.
882-7632, denise@lavinawinery.com.

Truth or Consequences

Old Time Fiddlers Association Annual Fiesta Fiddle Contest —Fiddlers contest. $3/event. Civic Center,
894-1002 / 894-1506.

 

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