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September 1-8 | 9-15 | 16-22 | 23-29 | 30 into October

SEPTEMBER

FRIDAY 01

Silver City/Grant County

A Tango in Buenos Aires—Photographic works by Carmen Ruiz. The StudioSpace and Gallery, 109 N. Bullard, 535-4548, gallery@jessgorell.com.

Annual Retreat—Through Sept. 7. Voice of the Turtle Retreat Center. Teachers from the Sufi, Tibetan Buddhist, Sikh/Kundalini Yoga, Jewish and Native American sacred traditions come together for this retreat. See July Desert Exposure. $325. 538-5034

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Franciscan Festival of Arts—Through Sept. 3. Holy Cross Retreat, 600 Holy Cross Road, 524-3688/524-3688, francisan@zianet.com, www.zianet.com/francisan.

Life and Liberty After 9-11—Through Nov. 18. Five years later our nation reflects on the significance of events of Sept. 11, 2001 in a national juried exhibit by artists working a variety of media. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Museum of Art, 490 N. Water St., 541-2137, museums.las-cruces.org.

New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival—Through Sept. 3. Celebrate New Mexico's wine harvest with grape stomping, wine tasting, live entertainment and lots of local flavor. Musical lineup: Saturday—Noon-3 p.m.: Azucar; Latin jazz, funk; 3:15-6 p.m.: The Mixx Band, country and rock. Sunday—12-3 p.m.: Captain Radio and the Flyers, oldies; 3:15-6:00 p.m.: Tim Murphy, Nashville rising star. Monday—12-3 p.m.: G.E.M.; 3:15-6 p.m.: Billy Townes and Modern Session, jazz. Admission $13 for adults 21 and older; under 21 free but must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. $3 discount for active duty military on Monday. 12-6 p.m. daily. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 11 miles west on I-10 exit 132. 522-1232, Dawn@HelpingHandsEvents.com, nmwine.com/festivals.htm.

NMSU Aggies Volleyball vs. Florida A&M—7 p.m.
646-1420/(866) 672-8524. www.nmstatesports.com.

Two Donuts—Also Sept. 2. Local premiere of a bilingual fantasy play by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, the magical story of Pepito, a young boy from the barrio, who learns to take pride not only in his cultural heritage but also in himself. His adventures begin when he is transported to the magical land of Cuate-Malo where all beauty is literally being stamped out by the tyrannical Commandante Boots. With the help of friends he meets along the way, Pepito faces his fears to restore happiness to the oppressed land. American Southwest Theater Company and Creede Repertory Theatre. Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $5, under 12 $4. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theater,
646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

Wordplay—Through Sept. 7. An in-depth look at <i>The New York Times</i>' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base. 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

Annual Alamogordo Cottonwood Festival—Through Sept. 3. Three days of arts and crafts, music, food and fun. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 437-6120.

Hatch

Hatch Chile Festival—Through Sept. 2. A celebration of Hatch Valley's famous chile. Sample some of the finest chile while you enjoy crafts, an auction, live music and more. Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight, Sunday 10 a.m.-midnight. 267-5050 / 267-4322 /
267-8230, www.hatchchilefest.com.

Hillsboro

Hillsboro Apple Festival—Through Sept 3. Hillsboro is famous for its apples. Sample everything from world-class apple pie to apple juice, caramel apples and much more. This is an open-air arts and crafts event along with lots of food vendors. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

White Sands

Evening Program—Through Sept. 3. A 45-minute slide program or film at the amphitheater in the heart of the sands. Relax on a white sand dune and experience an entertaining look at the history or natural history of the area. Topics vary nightly. $3 (17 and over). White Sands National Monument, 679-2599/479-6124, www.nps.gov/whsa.

 

SATURDAY 02

Silver City/Grant County

San Vicente Art Fair in Big Ditch Park—Through Sept 3. Artists and crafters show and sell their wares in the shaded park. A selection of paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, wood turning, fiber art, jewelry and more. Children's programs, food vendors and artists "in action." 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Big Ditch Park. 388-1082, www.silvercityartists.org/artfair.html.

23rd Annual Gem and Mineral Show—Through Sept. 4. More than 40 dealers and educational displays are expected. There will be a wheel of fortune for kids of all ages and a silent auction all day, every day, ending every 30 minutes. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1016 N. Silver St., 538-3216, www.silvercity.org/dest_gem_and_mineral_show.php.

Furniture as Art—Through Sept. 30. Robert Winston, master craftsman. Modern sculptured furniture from aged woods. Reception 4-7 p.m. Lois Duffy Art, 211-C N. Texas St.,
534-0822, www.loisduffy.com.

Grand Opening—Smith-Benton Gallery. Door prizes, music, flowers, food. 211-D N. Texas St., 590-2200.

People, Places & Things—Through Oct. 2. New oils by Crystal Foreman Brown. Opening reception 4-7 p.m. Eklektikas Gallery, 104 W. Yankie, 538-8081, www.eklektikas.com.

Second Anniversary Party—Live music by the Night Owls and Tres Hombres, pig roast and Hot Rod Car Show. Silver City Brewing Company, 101 E. College, 534-2739.

Silver City Farmers' Market—Come sample the tastes of Grant County, with fruits and vegetables available from spring through first frost. Many organic growers, herb and flower vendors and other specialty stalls. 8:30 a.m.-noon every Saturday.
536-9681.

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Franciscan Festival of Arts—Through Sept. 3. Holy Cross Retreat, 600 Holy Cross Road, 524-3688/524-3688, francisan@zianet.com, www.zianet.com/francisan.

Museum Expedition—Through Sept. 4. Leaves Las Cruces for Big Bend National Park Saturday at 9 a.m. and returns by Monday at 6 p.m. $150 for all expenses. Under 18 must be accompanied. Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd. 522-3120, www.las-cruces.org/Public-Services/museumnh, astafford@las-cruces.org.

New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival—Through Sept. 3. See Sept. 2. 12-3 p.m.: Captain Radio and the Flyers, oldies; 3:15-6:00 p.m.: Tim Murphy, Nashville rising star. $13. 12-6 p.m. daily. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 11 miles west on I-10 exit 132. 522-1232, Dawn@HelpingHandsEvents.com, nmwine.com/festivals.htm.

NMSU Aggies Volleyball vs. Santa Clara—7 p.m. 646-1420/(866) 672-8524. www.nmstatesports.com.

Salt of the Earth—Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in Grant County, this 1954 film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses. The film is an early treatment of feminism, because the wives of the miners play a pivotal role in the strike, against their husband's wishes. Immediately following this screening, the 55-minute documentary <i>Heavy Metal</i> will screen; it explores the haunting controversy behind a century of silver-lead-zinc mining in Idaho's panhandle and reveals the dangerous health impacts it left behind for its inhabitants. $3, free for Mesilla Valley Film Society members. 1:30 p.m. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe,
524-8287 / 522-0286.

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

Southwest Quarter Horse Association—Open amateur, novice amateur, select. 7 a.m. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 524-8610. www.swqha.com.

Two Donuts—See Sept. 1. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $5, under 12 $4. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theater, 646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

Alamogordo

Annual Alamogordo Cottonwood Festival—Through Sept. 3. See Sept. 1. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 437-6120.

Hatch

Hatch Chile Festival—See Sept. 1. 10 a.m.-midnight.
267-5050 / 267-4322 / 267-8230, www.hatchchilefest.com.

Hillsboro

Hillsboro Apple Festival—Through Sept 3. See Sept. 1.
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

SUNDAY 03

Silver City/Grant County

San Vicente Art Fair in Big Ditch Park—See Sept 2.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Big Ditch Park. 388-1082, www.silvercityartists.org/artfair.html.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Franciscan Festival of Arts—Holy Cross Retreat, 600 Holy Cross Road, 524-3688 / 524-3688, francisan@zianet.com, www.zianet.com/francisan.

Music in the Park—Big band dance music with Big Band on the Rio Grande. 7 p.m. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court Ave., 541-2200, www.las-cruces.org.

New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival—See Sept. 1. 12-3 p.m.: G.E.M.; 3:15-6 p.m.: Billy Townes and Modern Session, jazz. $13, $3 discount for active duty military on Monday. 12-6 p.m. daily. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 11 miles west on I-10 exit 132. 522-1232, Dawn@HelpingHandsEvents.com, nmwine.com/festivals.htm.

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour—A joint effort between NMSU and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein features original members of the "Beatlemania!" Broadway hit. Jim Owen, Tony Kishman, Chris Camilleri and Tom Teeley will join the Las Cruces Symphony to perform faves by the Fab Four, including "Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby," "Yellow Submarine," "A Day In the Life" and several other Beatles hits. $15-$25. 6 p.m. Aggie Memorial Stadium, Payne St., 646-1420, panam.nmsu.edu, www.lascrucessymphony.com.

Alamogordo

Annual Alamogordo Cottonwood Festival—See Sept. 1. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 437-6120.

Hillsboro

Hillsboro Apple Festival—See Sept. 1. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

MONDAY 04 [LABOR DAY]

Silver City/Grant County

WNMU Mustangs Volleyball vs. Panhandle State—2 p.m., www.wnmu.edu/athletic/w-volleyball/sporthome.htm.

 

TUESDAY 05

Silver City/Grant County

Farmer's Market at La Tienda—New weekly market on Tuesdays. 5-7 p.m. San Lorenzo School, 536-9424 /
536-2842 / 536-9450 / 536-9935 / 536-3999.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Harvest Cooking—This hands-on cooking class focuses on different ways of preparing seasonal foods, with creative recipes for leeks, green chili and raspberries. Pre-registration required. $20. 2-4 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Money Management—Free homebuyer education workshop to help assist individuals and families who are contemplating home ownership. Call to register. 5:15-7:15 p.m. YWCA Credit Counseling and Homeownership Center, 1401 S. Don Roser, Building A, Suite 1, 532-1222.

 

WEDNESDAY 06

Columbus

Mexican Independence Day Celebration—Vendors, car show, food. 9 a.m. Pancho Villa State Park.

 

THURSDAY 07

Silver City/Grant County

Angela S. Bodenburg—Art opening 5-7 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Silver City Storytellers—Acoustic Cafe. 7 p.m. Dos Baristas Coffee Gallery, 112 W. Yankie St., 388-5952.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

NMSU Aggies Volleyball vs. Wyoming—7 p.m. 646-1420/(866) 672-8524. www.nmstatesports.com.

 

FRIDAY 08

Silver City/Grant County

Meet and Greet—Western Institute for Lifelong Learning will host a social event and informational gathering. 5:30-8 p.m. WNMU Graham Gym. 538-6835, info@will-learning.com, www.will-learning.com.

Basic Mediation Training—Through Sept. 10. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 40 hours. $500. See story in August Desert Exposure. Restorative Justice Community Center, 505 N. Bullard, Suite A. 534-0336, rjcc@rjnm.org, www.rjnm.org.

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

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

13th Annual Artshop—Sponsored by the Dona Ana Arts Council, this event is a fundraiser for the Career Art Path (CAP) summer art program for 40 middle school students. A special CAP reception will be held at the Las Cruces Public Schools Main Office, 500 S. Main. See story in Arts Exposure section. Participating galleries: M. Phillip's, 300 N. Downtown Mall; Tombaugh Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano; Rising Sky Artworks, 415 E. Foster; Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery, 2640 El Paseo; Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470A Calle de Guadalupe; Blue Gate Gallery, 311 N. Downtown Mall; Julienne Jewelry, 2329 Calle de Guadalupe; Connie Hines Interior Design, 665 E. University, Hadley Center; White Raven Studio, 425 W. Griggs. 5-9 p.m. $15 advance, $20 door. 522-6382 / 523-6403, mayanna989@aol.com

Dona Ana Doll Club Show and Sale—Also Sept. 9. Dickerson's Event Center, 3920 West Picacho Ave., 526-8624 / 524-4203.

Five Galleries, One Roof—Celebrate the end of summer with new works in the Old Tortilla Factory galleries. 5-7 p.m., 1910 Calle de Parian, 523-1890.

Mountain Patrol Kekexili—Through Sept. 14. When Beijing journalist Ga Yu arrives at the mystical camp of the Kekexili Mountain Patrol, he witnesses a Tibetan funeral and a village in mourning. Ga Yu is determined to uncover the real story behind the mysterious disappearance of patrol volunteers, the killing of rare Tibetan antelopes and the rumor that the Mountain Patrol collaborates with the poachers. Ga Yu joins a patrol headed out into 40,000 square kilometers of wilderness. At first an observer, distanced by the lens of his camera, Ga Yu slowly becomes personally involved in the struggle. He gradually becomes aware that this is not just a regular patrol but a journey about life. 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.

NMSU Aggies Volleyball vs. San Diego—7 p.m. 646-1420 /
(866) 672-8524. www.nmstatesports.com.

Playing with Blocks—Through Sept. 30. A collection of fiber and metal art based on the theme of blocks. Traditional weavings by Maria Navarra-Pino, quilting using a mixture of hand embroidery and machine stitching by Cynthia Clark, sculptured metal and fiber jewelry by Eric McKinley, and multimedia jewelry as well as three-dimensional, contemporary needlework by Gail Mestas. 5-8 p.m. Unravel Yarn Shop & Gallery, 300 N, Downtown Mall, 647-1181, www.unravel-yarn-shop.com.

Stars and Stripes Celebration—A dance held at Club Fusion to celebrate American heritage. $3. 7-11 p.m. Club Fusion, 101 E. Union Ave., 541-5181.

Volunteer Round-Up—Free food and fun. 3-5 p.m. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road,
522-4100, www.frhm.org.

Radium Springs

Chautauqua Speaker—1-2 p.m. Fort Selden State Monument, 526-8911 / 800-429-9488.

 

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