We have plenty of ways to help you ring in the New Year and keep your resolution to have fun in 2014. Start with a special performance at A SPACE Gallery in downtown Silver City, Jan. 3 and 4, of Bunny Bunny: GILDA RADNER: A Sort of Love Story. Performed by Rosaruby Kagan and directed by Tanner Harvey, the production is their stage abridgment of Alan Zweibel's book, by the same name. An homage to his long-time friend, "Saturday Night Live" star Gilda Radner, it recounts his "most cherished memories" in vignettes sketched in dialogue. Actress Kagan grew up in the Mimbres Valley and has worked with theater companies in New York City, Austin and Montreal, where Bunny Bunny debuted to stellar reviews. Following these special hometown performances, the show will tour to Lawrence, Kan., and Victoria, BC, as part of the internationally recognized Uno Festival. Tickets are available in advance at the Mimbres Region Arts Council office and at the door.
On Jan. 10, MRAC's Folk Series brings Mike + Ruthy to the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos. Self-described as folk roots musicians and hailing from Woodstock, NY, Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda have performed more than a thousand concerts including at Carnegie Hall accompanying Arlo Guthrie (with their former band The Mammals) and Madison Square Garden as part of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration. In 2012, Mike + Ruthy released their fourth EP, "The NYC EP," featuring the premiere recording of "My New York City," a revived lyric from the Woody Guthrie Archives.
This is also the month Silver City's Western Institute for Lifelong Learning cranks up for a new season of education and inspiration. You can sign up for classes — choosing from an impressive 74 different offerings — at the WILL Signup Social on Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. WNMU's Global Resource Center. WILL's Lunch & Learn series kicks off that same day with a talk on classical music by James L. Smith, also at the Global Resource Center. On Jan. 22 the series continues with Julian Lee on the 1959 Decker Wildfire and Jan. 29 with three WNMU professors on Latino families and education.
On Jan. 24, the Grant County Community Concert Association presents Jesse Lynch and "Jazz 101." Celebrating 101 years of jazz in song, words and onscreen, the concert features Lynch on piano, Joe Michaels on bass and Matt Smallcomb on drums.
That same day in Las Cruces, as well as Jan. 25, seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner and two-time Emmy recipient Loretta Swit will perform their Roosevelt biographical plays, Eleanor & FDR, as a benefit for New Mexico State University Theatre Arts scholarships, local choir Singing Out! and the Safe Haven animal shelter at NMSU's Center for the Arts. The Theatre Guild, the legendary New York producing organization, has presented the two plays separately on tour throughout the US during the past three years. Ron Nash, supervising director, developed the idea of shortening the two plays and presenting them as an evening with the Roosevelts. The creative team is interested in Eleanor & FDR as a pre-Broadway tryout of a possible New York run.
Asner is perhaps best known as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the character he originated on the landmark TV comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and continued in the spin-off "Lou Grant." Swit earned her own TV fame as the quick-witted, impassioned Major Margaret "Hot-Lips" Houlihan of television's most honored series, "M*A*S*H."
Another double play, so to speak, runs Jan. 24-Feb. 16 at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces: Romance/Romance, a musical composed of two one-act plays linked by the common theme of love. First is The Little Comedy, based on a short story by Arthur Schnitzler set in late 19th century Vienna. It focuses on Josephine and Alfred, who have both become bored with their comfortable lifestyles and decided to take on new personas. Alfred takes on the role of a struggling poet and Josefine, a working-class woman. The plot centers around their budding relationship as they meet during a weekend in the country. Second, Summer Share, is based on a Jules Renard 1898 play, made into a modern-day musical, set in the Hamptons, about two married couples in their 30s who are spending the summer in a rented cottage.
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