It's a big month for learning new things, starting with WILL and WNMU's One-Day University on April 4. You can go back to college to hear lectures by WNMU faculty: Jennifer Coleman, "Positive Psychology"; Jim Pendergast, "The Emotional Differences Between B&W and Color Photography"; and William "Bill" Norris, "The Role of the Citizen Scientist in Botany for the 21st Century." Then enjoy a cookout lunch and a post-lecture tour of Mustang Village with Matthew Lara.
Then, April 10-11, Dan Shilling, author of Civic Tourism and past executive director of the Arizona Humanities Council, will speak at the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber monthly meeting Thursday at Little Toad Tavern. Friday he'll give a brown-bag talk followed by a community workshop, both at the WNMU Global Resource Center.
On April 25, New Mexico mystery writer Michael McGarrity (right) returns to Silver City as part of WILL's Reflections of an Artist Series, also at the Global Resource Center. McGarrity also talks the following day at the Public Library.
Not that there isn't plenty of musical entertainment to fill up your April datebook. Steve Smith and Tim May perform at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces on April 3, then in the Silver City Public Library's concert series on April 6. Smith is known as one of this country's top mandolin players and for his work with the roots/bluegrass group The Hard Road Trio. Flatpicker Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. He has toured with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and worked as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. The library's final concert of the season follows April 27 with Steve Cormier singing old and traditional cowboy fare in "Music From the Ranch and Open Range."
The Grant County Community Concert Association wraps up its regular season April 3 with Pavlo at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. Last performing here in 2009, Pavlo introduced his signature "6-string VS Greek Bouzouki" sound in 1998 when record company executives told him he would never find a market for his music. Viewing this as a challenge, Pavlo created his own record label, and now, 16 years and nine albums later, he performs over 150 shows each year around the world.
But the GCCCA isn't quite done for the year, tacking on a special, non-subscription concert on April 21 featuring the world-famous violinist Midori. She made her debut at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta in 1982 and recently celebrated 30 years of performing.
Violin fans will also want to catch Jack Glatzer, who performs April 12 at Morgan Hall in Deming and April 13 at the Hillsboro Community Center. Glatzer has been performing internationally since 1968 including at the Sydney Opera House, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, St. Martin's in the Fields, and the National Arts Center Ottawa.
In downtown Silver City, Little Toad Creek Tavern serves up a series of popular performers. Awna Teixeira — familiar to Silver City audiences from performances with Po' Girl — and Ja Speed kick it off April 3. Then April 5 it's Azaima Anderson, whom you read about in this issue's feature on local musicians. On April 18, Zoe Muth and The Lost Highrollers visit from Seattle, where Seattle Weekly called her "our own Emmylou Harris." That's followed by the Greenwood Misses on April 19 and Las Cruces band Soulshine on April 26.
April also launches our area's busy spring calendar of annual events. In Silver City, April 19 is Earth Day in Gough Park. WNMU's 47th annual Great Race will take place April 26. And of course the Tour of the Gila bike race begins April 30, running through May 4. The downtown races and citizens' races on Saturday, May 3, are always an annual highlight.
In Las Cruces, the Border Book Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with a Community Corn Festival at Klein Park in the heart of the Mesquite historical District and on the Camino Real on April 24-27.
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