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February 1-4 | 5-11 | 12-18 | 19-25 | 26 into March 2007

Monday 19 PRESIDENTS DAY

Deming

Art Class–10 a.m.-12 p.m., Deming Arts Center, 100 S. Gold St. 546-3663, demingarts@swnm.com.

Tuesday 20

Silver City/Grant County

Volunteer Training–GRMC Hospice Program. See Feb. 6. 3-5:30 p.m., County Building, 1400 Hwy. 180 E. 574-4934.

Old Guns & Whispering Ghosts: The Spirit Of The West–An entertaining dinner presentation by New Mexico author and historian (and frequent Desert Exposure contributor) Jesse L. Wolf Hardin. He will recount the dramatic history of his namesake, the tormented Southwestern gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, balanced against the hopeful tale of the role-busting trick-shooter Annie Oakley. Most of the year the presenter can be found seven river crossings from the nearest road, surrounded by national forest land in an isolated canyon of the Gila. For the first 10 years the only means that Hardin had for getting into his property was via horse and burro, during which time he learned first hand what it was like living in the Southwest from the 1830s until well into the 20th century. Sponsored by the Westerners Silver City Posse. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and the free presentation begins an hour later, followed by the signing of his new book Old Guns & Whispering Ghosts. Red Barn Steakhouse, Hwy.180. 538-2327.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Cooking with Class–Anthony Garcia of the Sunset Grill Cafe teaches a menu of roasted garlic tomatoes, antipasta salad, fresh spinach minestrone. $30, registration required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., 522-4100, www.frhm.com.

Descubra el Desierto–Lecture on the Robledo Trackway, presented by Jerry McDonald. 7 p.m., Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 522-3120.

NMSU Aggies Men's Baseball vs. UNM–1:05 p.m., NMSU Presley Askew Field, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

Wednesday 21    ASH WEDNESDAY

Las Cruces/Mesilla

4X4 Chile Challenge Rock Climbing–Through Feb. 24. Off-road rock-climbing event. 523-0646, www.lascrucesfourwheeldriveclub.com.

Thursday 22

Silver City/Grant County

Volunteer Training–GRMC Hospice Program. See Feb. 6. 3-5:30 p.m., County Building, 1400 Hwy. 180 E. 574-4934.

WNMU Mustangs Women's Basketball vs. Colorado State at Pueblo–6 p.m., Mustang Fieldhouse, www.wnmu.edu/athletic/m-basketball/sporthome.htm.

WNMU Mustangs Men's Basketball vs. Colorado State at Pueblo–8 p.m., Mustang Fieldhouse, www.wnmu.edu/athletic/m-basketball/sporthome.htm.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

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

Saving the Gila River–Dutch Salmon, published author, fisherman and Gila River advocate, presents a slide talk outlining the natural and cultural history of the Gila, current threats to the river, and the importance of leaving it free-flowing. 7 p.m., Southwest Environmental Center, 275 W. Downtown Mall, 522-5552.

Science Cafe–Monthly roundtable discussion of science topics. 5:30 p.m., Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall,
522-3120.

Friday 23

Silver City/Grant County

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Mr. Roberts–Through March 11. This rowdy, realistic saga of group of American sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific shows the crew suffering from that deadly boredom that is part of the routine of war. To the ship's company, the Skipper is a cantankerous, small-minded man, and every one of them conspires against him. That Lt. Roberts shares the crew's dislike for the captain–one reason for his popularity. Roberts joined to fight; he hates being inactive almost as much as he hates the captain. Privy to the crew's hijinks against the Skipper, Roberts still feels it's his duty to retain some discipline. $8, $7 students, $5 under 6. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1200, www.lcctnm.org.

NMSU Aggies Men's Baseball vs. Temple–Through Feb. 25. 1:05 p.m., NMSU Presley Askew Field, 646-1420, www.nmstatesports.com.

The Last King of Scotland–Through Mar. 1. Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, exuberantly portrayed by Best Actor nominee Forest Whitaker, has a fateful encounter with a Scottish physician. Amin has an affinity for the Scots, whom he sees as victims of British oppression much as he is, leading him to grandiosely refer to himself as "the last king of Scotland." $6, $5 senior/students, $4 members/children, Wednesday $4. 7:30 p.m. nightly, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, www.fountaintheatre.org.

Saturday 24

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 9-11 a.m. Bookstore open to the general public 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Also Feb. 27 and March 1, 9 a,m.-3 p.m. FOL Bookstore, 1510 W. Market St.

Joe Lara–8 p.m.-midnight. Isaac's, Bullard and Broadway,
313-1700.

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

Michael and His Flutes–Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway,
388-2828.

WNMU Mustangs Women's Basketball vs. Adams State College–1 p.m., Mustang Fieldhouse, www.wnmu.edu/athletic/m-basketball/sporthome.htm.

WNMU Mustangs Men's Basketball vs. Adams State College–3 p.m., Mustang Fieldhouse, www.wnmu.edu/athletic/m-basketball/sporthome.htm.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Animal Encounters–4 p.m., Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall, 522-3120.

Magic Carpet StoryTime–11:30 a.m., Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall. 523-6403, daarts.org , info@daarts.org.

Mr. Roberts–Through March 11. See Feb. 23. 8 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall. 523-1200. www.lcctnm.org.

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

White Dawn–This 1974 film is set in 1896. An American whaling ship in Arctic waters loses one of its boats when a harpooned whale carries the small craft too far into the ice. Only three of the crewmembers survive. They are rescued and graciously absorbed into the life of an Eskimo (Inuit) tribe living on the coast of Baffin Island. The leader of the clan, Sarkak, hopes that they will bring good fortune. Of the three, only the young Daggett adapts to the ways of the Eskimos. He begins to learn their language, entertain them with his drawings, wins the friendship of Sarak's son, Kangiak, and falls in love with Sarak's youngest wife, Neevee. But the wandering Shaman suspects the three outsiders. His fears prove to be well founded. The whalers introduce gambling to the Eskimos, a wrestling match with an Eskimo boy turns violent, and the strangers create havoc in the camp with some homemade liquor. The resultant clash between the three men and the tribe is tragic and mirrors the results of many such clashes of culture around the world. $3, free for Mesilla Valley Film Society members. 1:30 p.m., Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287 /
522-0286, www.fountaintheatre.org.

Cuchillo

16th Annual Pecan Festival–Arts, crafts and food vendors, famous pecan pies, orchard tours, local pecans and pecan candy. Music by Country Praise. Sponsored by Ritch's Pecans & Candy Shoppe. Benefits New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Village of Cuchillo, 15 miles from T or C on Hwy. 52. 743-3201.

Deming

Nacio Herb Brown's Annual Birthday Party–An event in honor of Deming's own Hollywood composer. Dance to some of his music including "Singin' in the Rain," "Pagan Love Song" and "Temptation." 2 p.m., Deming Performing Arts Theater, Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine St.

Truth or Consequences

Annual Gathering of Quilts–Through Feb. 25. Raffles, demonstrations, vendors and lots of quilts by local quilters on display. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, Ralph Edwards Civic Center, 744-4372, gng@riolink.com.

Historic Forts Day–Re-enactments, chuckwagon food, living history demonstrations. $5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., El Camino Real International Heritage Center, I-25 exit 115, 854-3600.

Sunday 25

Silver City/Grant County

Brewer Hill Baptist Church–Celebrate Black History Month with an evening of gospel music followed by food cooked by church members. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Second Annual Oscar Party–Sponsored by the WNMU-Silver City International Film Society. Wear your finest or gaudiest special occasion clothing and come ready to party, dance and watch the Academy Awards on the giant projection TV. Red Carpet entry, a separate room for Oscar program watching, movie posters, a silent auction, a six-foot-tall Oscar trophy cutout around which couples can have their picture taken, a Best Costume contest, and memento tickets to hold as keepsakes of the night when downtown Silver City "outshines Hollywood!" $25 ticket (available at selected downtown businesses that display the Oscar Party poster) includes buffet dinner. 5 p.m.-midnight, Isaac's, Bullard and Broadway.
388-4378 / 534-1071 / 534-0724, www.silverfilm.org.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Mr. Roberts–Through March 11. See Feb. 23. 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall. 523-1200. www.lcctnm.org.

NMSU Percussion Ensemble–With Dr. Fred Bugbee. 3 p.m., St. Paul's, 255 West Griggs Ave., 526-6689.

Truth or Consequences

Annual Gathering of Quilts–See Feb. 24. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ralph Edwards Civic Center, 744-4372, gng@riolink.com.

 

February 1-4 | 5-11 | 12-18 | 19-25 | 26 into March 2007

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