Word Up!
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

Columns and Departments

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

Special Sections

40 Days & 40 Nights
The To-Do List

Red or Green
Dining Guide
Table Talk

Arts Exposure
Red Dot Studio Tour
Arts Scene
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind
& Spirit

Diary of a Caregiver, pt 2
Staffing Up
The Wisdom of Gardens

About the cover

to do list

Unless you're one of those folks who reads from back to front, by the time you've arrived here your September to-do list is probably already pretty darned full. Elsewhere in this issue you've read all about the new Southwest Festival of the Written Word, along with returning Silver City-area favorites Pickamania!, the Red Hot Children's Fiesta, the Gila River Festival and Fort Bayard Days. You've already made plans to take advantage of this month's Red Dot Studio Tour, in and around Silver City.

Plus of course you already know about the 30th Annual Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Show, which began August 31 and continues through Sept 2. The popular free event at the Grant County Business and Conference Center on Highway 180E features vendors, day trips on local geology and mining, and educational displays.



Here's hoping, though, there's still a little room in your schedule for another annual Silver City favorite, MainStreet's Taste of Downtown. On Saturday, Sept. 7, from 1-5 p.m., you can sample 20 different establishments for just $20. Advance tickets are available at Yankie Creek Coffee House, Curious Kumquat, Alotta Gelato, the Visitor Center and Ambank.

September is also Hispanic Heritage Month, which features a special concert on Sept. 14 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater. Tickets, $15 at the Smoke Shop, Visitor Center, Ambank, First New Mexico Bank and Food Basket, benefit a LULAC scholarship fund. In the week leading up to the concerts, WNMU's Parotti Building will also host a pair of workshops, Sept. 12 and 13.


If you've had enough of summer movie blockbusters and are ready for some substantive filmgoing, Gila/Mimbres Community Radio has the screening for you on Sept. 4 at the WNMU Global Resource Center. It's showing Dirty Wars, a documentary from Jeremy Scahill of "Democracy Now!" Plus there's a special second film, How Do You Surrender to a Drone?, also featuring Scahill. The films are a fundraiser to help get the station on the air, and proceeds at $25 a ticket will go toward a $10,000 matching-fund goal. You can get tickets online at gmcr.org, at the studio on Bullard Street, or at Alotta Gelato or Gila Hike & Bike.

This month also launches a "Cult Classic Film Series" at the Silco Theater in downtown Silver City, with admission by donation benefiting the theater's renovations. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and programs begin at 6 p.m., Saturdays beginning Sept. 7. The schedule: Sept. 7 — Office Space; Sept. 14 — This Is Spinal Tap; Sept. 21 — The Big Lebowski; Sept. 28 — Rocky Horror Picture Show; Oct. 5 — The Princess Bride.

Movie buffs in Las Cruces will be heading over to the White Sands International Film Festival, Sept. 4-8. The festival will honor actor Lou Diamond Phillips and feature outstanding short and feature-length documentaries and narratives of all genres from around the world, with a special focus on Latino and New Mexican film-making.




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