These may be the dog days of summer, but some area events are just starting to howl. For example, you can rev up your month at the 22nd annual Copper Country Cruizers' car show, August 17 at Gough Park in Silver City. "Run to Copper Country" is open to all vehicles 1978 and older (previously the cutoff was 1975). Registration for participants, at $35 per car, will begin on Friday, August 16, from 2-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express. Copper Country Cruizers, a non-profit club, uses revenues from the show to support a scholarship fund, toy drive and local charities. There's no charge for the public to stroll down automotive memory lane. In addition to the vehicles, the show will include vendors, refreshments and meals, raffles, 1950s and 1960s music and special events.
If you'd rather race ducks than cars (and where else in America would that phrase even make sense?), the Deming Duck Races return August 22-25 for the 34th straight year of feathered fun.
That's also a big music weekend hereabouts, with the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos presenting David Berkeley on August 24 as part of the New Mexico Music Series. Berkeley, an Ivy League grad who now lives in Santa Fe, is touring in support of his new release "The Fire in My Head," his fifth album. He penned a memoir called 140 Goats and a Guitar, which accompanied his last album, "Some Kind of Cure"; Goats tells 13 stories, which led to the writing of the album's 13 songs, and the concept allowed Berkeley to perform in bookstores across the country, as well as his usual clubs and theaters. Recently featured on "This American Life" and in The Huffington Post, Berkeley has opened/toured with Adele, Mumford & Sons, Ben Folds, Don McLean, Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Michelle Shocked, Ollabelle, Dido, Rufus Wainwright and others.
The next night, Sunday, August 25, the Dmitri Matheny Group performs at Seedboat Center for the Arts in downtown Silver City. Matheny was first introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer. He has since matured into "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Matheny's popular Jazz Noir project offers a fresh spin on familiar TV and movie themes (film noir, spy thrillers and crime dramas), plus a selection of new works, jazz classics and beloved standards. Concert highlights include a "Noir Medley" of cinematic favorites and Matheny's original "Crime Scenes" suite, a dreamlike series of vignettes linked together with voiceover narrative in the hardboiled detective style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
Then it's Labor Day Weekend already, which brings Silver City's 30th annual Gem and Mineral Show, August 31-Sept. 2, at the Grant County Business and Conference Center. Sponsored by the Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society, the free show features vendors, field trips and educational displays.
Also in Silver City, August 31 is the inaugural Chicano Music Project, with a car and bike show, live music, a photo and memorabilia exhibit, and the premiere of a documentary featuring Grant County musicians.
At the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds outside Las Cruces, the three-day weekend means the Harvest Wine Fest. Your adult admission includes a souvenir wine glass for sampling while you learn about wine and listen to Radio La Chusma, Nosotros, the Eli James Band, Josh Grider, Soulshine and Locomotion.
Hillsboro will be celebrating with a re-creation of the historic Fountain murder trial, August 31 and Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Hillsboro Community Center Theater, along with screenings of a film about the case at the 1891 Sheriff Murphy House and other events. Read more in the article in this issue.
That's also the weekend for the annual Hatch Chile Festival, of course. This issue's restaurant writeup on Sparky's in Hatch may inspire you to make the spicy trip for green chile cheeseburgers and more.