October in our area has a little bit — or a lot — of something for every interest, from the serious to the silly, the visual to the audio. The month starts on that serious note, with observations of Domestic Violence Awareness Month beginning Oct. 1 at the Silver City Women's Club and Oct. 4 at Gough Park, sponsored by El Refugio. In Las Cruces, the Oct. 6 performance, Play Me: A Neil Diamond Tribute, featuring recording artist Chris Waggoner at the Rio Grande Theatre, is a benefit for La Casa Inc.
A new exhibit, the Stars Over New Mexico Quilt Show, opens Oct. 5 at the Silver City Museum, in conjunction with the Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild. The museum will also be presenting the last in Victoria Tester's New Mexico Ghost Play Cycle staged readings, Return, 1913, on Oct. 6 at the museum annex.
That's a busy weekend hereabouts. You can read more about the Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk, Oct. 5-8 throughout Grant County, in this month's Arts Exposure section. Saturday, Oct. 6, brings the seventh annual Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival at San Lorenzo School. It's a day-long "hoe down" when farmers put down their hoes for a celebration with valley growers, storytellers, musicians and craftspeople, all coming together to share their love of the Mimbres. You can enjoy kids' activities, agricultural workshops, a pie contest, bake walk, community greenhouse tours, a raffle and more. Music will be by Illusion Band, River's Bend and Bayou Seco. A free health fair offers testing for blood pressure, BMI, blood sugar, pulmonary, total cholesterol, dental and vision.
Also on Oct. 6, the Gila Monster Challenge Fun Ride takes hardy bicyclists along a 108-mile race course that starts in the Gila National Forest and ends in Pinos Altos at the annual Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Rescue October Fiesta. That evening in Pinos Altos, at the Buckhorn Opera House, the Virus Theater presents a staging of the cult favorite The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Other performances are Oct. 13, 19 and 26. Let's do the "Time Warp" again!
On Friday, Oct. 12, Gila/Mimbres Community Radio brings Amy Goodman and "The Silenced Majority Tour," with Denis Moynihan, to the WNMU Global Resource Center. Goodman is a progressive broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author who hosts "Democracy Now!," an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and online.
That evening, RT Dinner Theater presents "a delightful, almost-naughty comedy," The Play's the Thing, at the old Elk's Lodge in downtown Silver City. Performances Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20 include dinner; a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 14, is by donation, with desserts for purchase.
You can read all about the Natural History of the Gila Symposium, Oct. 25-27, in this month's Tumbleweeds section. Also on Oct. 26, the Mimbres Region Arts Council's performance series brings the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra to Silver City, with guest artist James Houlik, considered the leading tenor saxophone performer in the world, and maestro Lonnie Klein (whom you read about in "Meet the Maestro," December 2011).
Speaking of stories from our pages, if our feature on the reopening of Faywood Hot Springs ("Hot Springs Eternal," May 2012) got you curious, the springs' Halloween Grand Opening, Oct. 26 and 27, is the perfect time to plunge in and satisfy that urge. It's a combination open house and Halloween party. Oct. 27 is also the seventh annual Pancho's Car Show & Auto Parts Swap Meet at Pancho Villa State Park.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, you're invited to the Silver City Museum Society's annual meeting even if you're not a member — because following the meeting will be a Chautauqua performance, Centennial, by actress Van Ann. She will portray five women from New Mexico history at the Silver City Women's Club.
Finally, do we need to mention that Oct. 31 is Halloween? Here's hoping your holiday is all treats, no tricks.