No need to wait for Labor Day and the kick-off of fall festival season, not this year. You can read more about the inaugural Silver City Clay Festival, August 3-6, in this issue's Arts Exposure section and last month's behind-the-scenes feature and preview. The following weekend, August 11-12, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church holds its annual fiesta with a theme of Old New Mexico. The program at Gough Park in Silver City features traditional food, music by local performers, a cake walk, train rides, raffle and a Saturday-night Tardeada dance.
That same weekend, August 10-12, Randy Carr brings his one-man show about "Dangerous" Dan Tucker, Tuck, to the stage at the Seedboat Center for the Arts. Tucker, a real-life Wild West lawman, was a rootin'-tootin', gun-toting character right out of legend, and Carr brings him to life in a fun and exciting two-act drama. The script deftly mixes history and personality, with just enough bits of humor and recollected gunplay.
On Sunday, August 12, you can work off the gorditas from the St. Vincent de Paul fiesta by cycling the Signal Peak Challenge, with this year's theme of "Apocalypse Cow." Riders start and finish the USA Cycling contest off Signal Peak Road, 14.5 miles north of Silver City on Hwy. 15.
Next up on the calendar, August 18 at Gough Park, is the Run to Copper Country Car Show. You can read more about it and meet two ex-Chicago cops who now join in the Copper Country Cruizers fun in this issue's Tumbleweeds section.
Then it's "filthy, mangy jazz" with Le Chat Lunatique at the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos on August 25, part of the New Mexico Music Series. These "cats" are vocalist and violinist Muni Kulasinghe, guitarist John Sandlin, bassist and vocalist Jared Putnam and drummer Fernando Garavito. They got together in Albuquerque ("that secret haven of hot jazz") back in 2005 and have been prowling nightspots ever since.
More hot times can be had in Las Cruces on August 26 at the fourth annual SalsaFest on Main Street downtown. Music to sizzle your tastebuds by will be provided by Feral Root at 11 a.m. and Animmo at 2 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the fest features a salsa contest and tasting, salsa music and dancing, a car show, kids' activities, food vendors and crafts.
If you're up to venturing farther afield, the 38th annual Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival livens up the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds August 24-26. Performers include the Gibson Brothers, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Mystic Lizard, Dan and Rayna Gellert, Soda Rock Ramblers and our own Deming Fusiliers. Find out more at www.Southwestpickers.org.