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Silver City's Southwest Festival of the Written Word

Seeing the Elephant
Circus rope-trick performer Darrell Hawkins has lassoed life for 85 years

¡Ah, Chihuahua!
The changing character of the vast Mexican state that's our neighbor

The Queen of Brewer Hill
Remembering Madame Rebecca Brewer, healer, philanthropist, spiritualist

Under the Dome
Twenty years ago, the first crew emerged after two years in Biosphere 2

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Desert Diary
Southwest Gardener
100 Hikes
Henry Lightcap's Journal
The Starry Dome
Talking Horses
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Guides to Go
Continental Divide

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Dining Guide
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Diary of a Caregiver, pt 2
Staffing Up
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Table Talk

Greek food will be on the menu at Shevek & Co's latest wine-tasting dinner, Friday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Six courses of Greek food will be matched with appropriate international wines. Reservations highly recommended; $80 per person ($45 food without wines). You can follow up (though the dinner's not a prerequisite) with a cooking class at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3 featuring all six dishes. The class fee of $75 (due at class time) includes laminated recipes, demonstration and hands-on practice, and a meal of the dishes taught at the end. Preregistration required. 602 N. Bullard St., Silver City, 534-9168, www.silver-eats.com.

Italian nights with Chef Nico are back at Billy's in Silver City, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hwy 180E, 388-1367.

The name of the new Vietnamese restaurant in Las Cruces, A Dong, comes from "Pho A Dong," meaning "Asian soup." But there's much more than soup on the menu, which boasts nearly 100 choices. Owners Joe and Nancy Nguyen brought their recipes from their native Vietnam, with a stopover in San Diego where they also ran a restaurant. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 504 E. Amador Ave., 527-9248.



Gina's Cantina in downtown Las Cruces at 300 N. Downtown Mall — the former site of Ono Grindz — has closed its doors. Owner Regina Hollars tells the Sun-News that she felt it was time to get out of the restaurant scene and take a step back, although she did struggle with signage issues and letting people know that the restaurant was there. She does have interest from potential buyers, however, so the restaurant location may yet have a third life.

Now open in Las Cruces is Genghis Grill, a Mongolian-barbecue chain based in Dallas. Described as a "build-your-own bowl, fast, casual, Asian stir-fry concept," the chain already had two locations in Albuquerque and one in El Paso. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 840 S. Telshor Blvd., 532-1413.


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