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May 1-6 | 7-13 | 14-20 | 21-27 | 28 into June 2007

MAY

Tuesday 01

Silver City/Grant County

Echoes of Spring—Spring vocal concert. The music styles will vary from classical, jazz and Broadway to contemporary choral selections. Both the Heard Vocal Ensemble and the University Singers will be performing. Members from the string program will also perform a violin concerto from Vivaldi. 7 p.m., WNMU Fine Arts Theater.

Wine, Women and Song with Brandon—7:30 p.m., Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

COOL Series—Lecture by Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra conductor Lonnie Klein. $10. 5:30 p.m., Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn, 901 Avenida de Mesilla, 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com.

Harvest Cooking—Learn new recipes using onions, tomatillos and apricots in this class taught by Carol Koenig. Pre-registration required, $20. 2-4 p.m., Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org.

The Painted Veil—Through May 3. Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, this film is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young English couple, Walter (Edward Norton), a middle-class doctor, and Kitty (Naomi Watts), an upper-class woman, who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. $6, $5 seniors/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.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?—Through May 6. A ferocious drama. Adults $15, students/seniors $13, children $10. Call for times. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theater, 646-4515.

Gila Cliff Dwellings

San Lorenzo Elementary Photo Show—Through May 30. Student photo show in honor of New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month. Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center, 536-9461, www.nps.gov/gicl.

Wednesday 02

Silver City/Grant County

21st Annual Tour of the Gila Bike Race — Through May 6. The Ben D. Altamirano Tour of the Gila is the biggest and most prestigious cycling event in New Mexico, annually attracting 450 to 550 participants to Silver City from all over North America and the world. Last year, cyclists from 32 states and 13 foreign countries participated. See complete schedule in this issue. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

Public Meeting on YCC Cleanup of Pinos Altos Creek—Town staff and project partners will present maps, images of the creek and proposed plans for the project that will begin in mid-May and last until mid-October. Area residents will have the opportunity to learn about the project and provide input. 6 p.m., Town Hall Annex conference room, 534-6373/534-1388.

Vistas of Black Hawk and Saddle Rock Canyons—Friends of the Burros Hike Series. Once you climb a ridge, it's easy walking the rest of the way. Great views of two beautiful canyons in the north Burros. Moderate hike, four miles. Bring water, lunch, good walking shoes, hat and sunscreen. No dogs, please. 9 a.m., Visitors' Center on Hudson and Broadway, carpool to the site. 388-5296, donnastevens@aznex.net.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Kurt Van Wagner—Opening of exhibition of digital prints, through May 30. Reception Sunday, May 13, 12-3 p.m. Tombaugh Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive, 522-7281.

Thursday 03

Silver City/Grant County

21st Annual Tour of the Gila Bike Race—Through May 6. See complete schedule in this issue. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Big Love—Through May 13. This play combines comedy, drama, and dance to deal with justice, revenge and the enduring power of love. $9, students $8, Thursday $6. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m., Sundays 2:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Friday 04

Silver City/Grant County

21st Annual Tour of the Gila Bike Race—Through May 6. See complete schedule in this issue. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

High Desert Humane Society Rummage Sale—Also May 5. 8 a.m., 3050 S. Cougar Way, off Hwy. 90 near Ridge Road, 538-9261.

Melodrama Theatre—Every Friday and Saturday. See the March 2006 Desert Exposure. 8 p.m. Pinos Altos Opera House, 388-3848, www.pinosaltos.org/melodrama.

Mother's Day Inspirations—Through May 7. Works by Christana Brown, Patty McDonnell, Betsy Resnick, Zoe Wolfe and Melanie Zipin. Reception Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Leyba & Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725, www.zianet.com/LeybaIngallsART.

Raised By Wolves—7:30 p.m., Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Viva La Gila Pasta Bar—A selection of pasta and sauces, assorted toppings, tortellini soup, Caesar salad, garlic bread, beverage and desert. Lions Club fundraiser, $6/plate. 5-7 p.m., Lions Clubhouse behind Domino's at the Big Ditch.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

33rd Annual 2007 Spring Showcase of Homes—Through May 6. More than 60 homes in this year's Showcase are presented to the public by the builder members of the Las Cruces Home Builders Association. The homes exemplify the house styles, interior and exterior design, interior decorating, modern features and products, and workmanship available in the area's new home housing market. Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. 526-6126/644-2501.

And Then There Were None—Through May 6. In this mystery comedy by Agatha Christie, statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the 10 "soldiers" met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead. $8, students $7, under 6 $5. Fridays & Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m., Las Cruces Community Theatre, 523-1200, www.lcctnm.org.

Big Love—Through May 13. See May 3. 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Downtown Ramble—Through galleries, shops, businesses and restaurants. 5-7 p.m., Downtown Mall.

Flowers—Art show by Las Cruces Arts Association members. Reception 4-5:45 p.m., Branigan Public Library, 200 Picacho.

From the Ground Up XXIII—Through June 30. Juried regional ceramics exhibition. Ceramic works by 25 artists representing five states in the Rocky Mountain region range from utilitarian ceramics to ceramic sculpture and installation works. Reception 5-7 p.m., Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.museums.las-cruces.org.

Las Cruces Arts Association Member's Show—A juried exhibit of artwork by members. Reception 5-7 p.m., Shannon Room, Branigan Cultural Center, Downtown Mall.

Las Cruces Symphony Classics VI—Final dress rehearsal. Featuring Beethoven and Bartok works. $15. 7:30 p.m., NMSU Music Recital Hall, 646-3709.

New Mexico Watercolor Society/Southern Chapter Spring Show—Through May 28. The works of 39 local artists will be judged by two signature members of the NMWS in Albuquerque. Reception 5-7 p.m., Branigan Cultural Center, Richardson Room, 500 N. Water St., 526-5374.

Venus—Through May 10. Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside- down after they meet a brash teenager. $6, $5 seniors/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.

Truth or Consequences

New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association Annual Fiesta Fiddle Contest—Through May 6. Fiddling, food and dancing. Friday: all-day jam and dance at night. Fiddlers contest on Saturday and Sunday, dance on Saturday night. Civic Center. $3 per event. 894-1002, 894-1506.

Truth or Consequences Fiesta 2007: Heroes—Through May 6. Truth or Consequences Fiesta is celebrated each year to commemorate the town changing its name, in 1950, from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences, after a popular game show of the same name that aired on radio and TV. Events all weekend. 894-5555, torcfiesta@gmail.com, www.torcfiesta.com

Saturday 05

Silver City/Grant County

21st Annual Tour of the Gila Bike Race — Through May 6. Including kids' races and citizens' criteriums. See complete schedule in this issue. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

Benefit Concert—To benefit Gila/Mimbres community radio. Family event featuring Bayou Seco, The Funk Farmers, Roots Skankadelic. Donation, 4-8 p.m., Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard St., 534-9005, www.gmcr.org.

Big Flea Market—In front of the Buckhorn Store. 535-4315, VLW_72@gilanet.com.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration—Afternoon and evening entertainment. Isaac's Bar & Grill, Bullard and Broadway St., 313-1700.

Free Eye Exams—Lions Eye Van. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., PNM parking lot on Hudson.

High Desert Humane Society Rummage Sale—8 a.m., 3050 S. Cougar Way, off Hwy. 90 near Ridge Road, 538-9261.

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

Silver City Farmers' Market—Opening for the season. Enjoy fresh produce from local growers. Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Grant County Admin Center, 1400 Hwy 180E., 534-0882.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

12th Annual Las Cruces Tour of Gardens—Begin the tour in any garden and proceed in any order. Signs are placed in front of each home to help identify the garden. Children on the tour should be closely supervised. There are no bathroom facilities available at the homes on the tour. $7, age 12 and under free. Tickets available at Ashley Furniture, 3861 N. Main St., Plaza Del Rey; Enchanted Gardens, 270 Avenida de Mesilla; Glenn Cutter Jewelry & Gallery, 2640 El Paseo; Guzman's Garden Centers, 540 N. Telshor and 655 E. University Ave.; White Sands Missile Range ITR Office; and from local garden club members. On the day of the tour, tickets also will be available at each garden. 521-3621.

33rd Annual 2007 Spring Showcase of Homes—Through May 6. See May 4. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 526-6126/644-2501.

And Then There Were None—Through May 6. See May 4. $8, students $7, under 6 $5. 8 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 523-1200, www.lcctnm.org.

Big Love—Through May 13. See May 3. 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta—Through May 6. The town of Mesilla's annual celebration of the 1862 victory of Mexican soldiers over the French army at the Battle of Puebla. The fiesta features folklorico dancers, mariachi musicians and other musical performances, and more than 30 vendors of arts and crafts, games and food. Visitors are advised to bring folding chairs. No alcohol or pets allowed. Old Mesilla Plaza, 524-3262.

Dessert Smorgasbord and Fashion Show—Textile sale and fundraiser for Mayan weaving cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico, presented by the Las Cruces-Chiapas Connection and Sophia's Circle. Enjoy homemade desserts; learn about the history, symbolism and social context of Mayan weaving; purchase artisan works from Chiapas, Peru, Cameroon and New Mexican women's groups; and enter raffles for donated artworks, including Mescalero Apache Camp Dresses. Money raised is for the creation of a house for weavers in Chiapas. $5. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri Ave., 525-3700, deserthealer@zianet.com.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra—Also May 6. Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m., NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, 646-3709.

Like Water for Chocolate—Based on the best-selling novel by <http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=B168074> Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale's heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family's disapproval, and he instead marries Tita's elder sister. The lovestruck young woman is brutally disappointed, and her sadness has such force that it infects her cooking: all who eat it her feel her heartbreak with the same intensity. $3, Mesilla Valley Film Society members admitted free. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287/522-0286, www.fountaintheatre.org.

Slab Construction and Surface Techniques Workshop—$30 guild members, $45 non-members, 9 a.m., Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.museums.las-cruces.org.

Teresa Fernandez—Through May 31. Paintings and story boxes. Reception 5-7 p.m., Laughing at the Sun Gallery, Old Tortilla Factory.

Water in the Desert—Opening of art exhibit featuring several El Paso established and emerging artists. Reception 1-4 p.m., Patio Art Gallery, University and El Paseo, 541-7401, www.patioartgallery.com.

Zia Middle School Walk—Also May 6. Level and easy trail along roads and canal banks. Suitable for strollers with large wheels. Zia Middle School, 521-7304.

Alamogordo

Rayos del Sol—Mariachis. $8. 7:30 p.m., Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., 437-2202.

Hillsboro

Makeover Demo—With natural, healthy make-up made for our climate. Indulge yourself with natural skincare by Two Sisters Creations, Super Salve Co. and Desert Goddess products. Refreshments and door prizes. Percha Creek Traders. 12-2 p.m., Hillsboro Community Center, 895-5116.

Truth or Consequences

New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association Annual Fiesta Fiddle Contest—Through May 6. See May 4. Fiddlers contest, dance. $3 per event, 894-1002/ 894-1506.

Truth or Consequences Fiesta 2007: Heroes—Through May 6. See May 4. 894-5555, torcfiesta@gmail.com, www.torcfiesta.com.

Sunday 06

Silver City/Grant County

21st Annual Tour of the Gila Bike Race — Includes citizens' road race of 32.5 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing. See complete schedule in this issue. 388-3222, www.tourofthegila.com.

24 Club Home Tour—The annual 24 Club home tour features five area homes. Tickets and maps are available at Western Bank. $15. 1 p.m.

Mother's Day Inspirations—See May 4. Reception 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Leyba & Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725, www.zianet.com/LeybaIngallsART.

Music at the Gallery—Brandon Perrault. 3-6 p.m., JW Art Gallery, Old Hurley Store, 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0330, gallery@thetown.com, www.thetown.com.

The Lives of Others—A political thriller and human drama, this film begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. The film traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler, a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany's all-powerful secret police. His mission is to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple. WNMU-Silver City International Film Society. $7, 4 p.m., Real West Cinema II, Hwy 180E. www.silverfilm.org.

WNMU Concert Band—3 p.m., WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater, 538-6614.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

33rd Annual 2007 Spring Showcase of Homes—See May 4. 12-5 p.m. 526-6126/644-2501.

AAAA State Golf Championship—NMSU Golf Course, 923-3275.

And the Beat Goes On—Mesilla Valley Chorale concert to benefit the Community of Hope. $10. 3 p.m., Rio Grande Theatre, 523-0807.

And Then There Were None—See May 4. $8, students $7, under 6 $5. 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 523-1200, www.lcctnm.org.

Big Love—Through May 13. See May 3. 2:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta—See May 5. Old Mesilla Plaza, 524-3262.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra—Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. 3 p.m., NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, 646-3709.

Mesilla Valley Chorale Spring Concert—$10. 3 p.m., Rio Grande Theatre, 523-0807/647-2560.

New Mexico Activities Association AAAA State Golf Championship—Through May 8. NMSU Golf Course.

Steve Smith & Hard Road—7 p.m., St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

Truth or Consequences

New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association Annual Fiesta Fiddle Contest—See May 4. Fiddlers contest. $3 per event, 894-1002/894-1506.

Sierra Club Hike—Easy day hike to Straight Gulch Canyon at 8,500-feet elevation off the Beaverhead Road in the Black Range. Bring lunch and good shoes. 8:30 a.m. Forest Service Office parking lot. 744-5860/772-5655.

Truth or Consequences Fiesta 2007: Heroes—See May 4. 894-5555, torcfiesta@gmail.com, www.torcfiesta.com.

 

May 1-6 | 7-13 | 14-20 | 21-27 | 28 into June 2007

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