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UP COMING EVENTS
Trilogies from Morocco.

Connecting through the earth: Rock, gem and mineral show

Frank Parrish grew up in El Paso. A self-identified rockhound by the age of 7, he scoured the Franklin Mountains for rocks and fossils as he grew up, ultimately picking up degrees at the University …
Facts are something that many might argue are in very short supply in the fabric of today’s society. Between politicians spouting “alternative” facts, and the ease with which the …
Wilderness areas take us back to how the world looked before the advent of cars, roads and the many conveniences of civilization that we enjoy today. They are essential places where we can leave …
The idea of science embedded in movies is not new, and when the board of the Mesilla Valley Film Society (MVFS) noticed an available grant pairing science-related movies with real scientists, the …
When Giovanni Maria de Agostini was found murdered near his cave at La Cueva at the foot of the Organ Mountains on May 2, 1869, a compelling story abruptly ended. Found with his meager …
The second annual Damsite Day in Elephant Butte, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17, begins with the Polar Bear Plunge at noon. Last year saw a record number of jumpers and more are expected this year. …
Once a year, Las Cruces artists come together and flow apart to show their love of their craft by celebrating for a whole month, For the Love of Art Month. February became a month of activity and …
The Tombaugh Gallery will present an exhibition titled “Between Heaven and Earth” in February, featuring works by Karl Kohl and Roy Van der Aa.
New Mexico Arts, a division of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, has offered two residential fellowships to support the work of local and national artists. Las Cruces-based artist Marcus …
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Coming Up This Month

Friday, Jan. 26 Kyna Bryn Book Tour: Author reads and speaks on her books “Broken Not Shattered” and “Healed Not Broken,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Downtown Blues Coffee, 130 S. …

Visually impaired artist signs books at COAS

George Mendoza, a Las Cruces resident who overcame blindness to become an accomplished athlete and painter, will be signing a trilogy of books he has written, inspired by his life experiences, at …
Las Cruces-based painter Vicki Henley is designing the poster for the 2024 Las Cruces International Film Festival. The artist will be on hand to sign limited edition prints at a poster reveal party Friday, March 1.

Film fest poster artist shares the joy in her heart with her work

Vicki Henley came to Las Cruces to raise her children. With a criminal psychology degree, she was floating around delving into possible careers but never found herself content with any job she found. …
Avery Johnson, Christian Nieves and Ethan Trujillo appear in “Once,” by the Blank Conversations Theatre Company, at the Rio Grande Theatre, downtown Las Cruces.

REVIEW: ‘Once’ More, With Feeling

Once upon a time, there was a little independent film that took the world by storm, racking up critical accolades and winning a plethora of international awards, including a little trinket called an …

Arts roundup

A Still Small Voice brings a musical treat to the Doña Ana Arts Council on Saturday, Jan. 20. The live music concert is from 7-8:30 p.m. at 230 S. Water St. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Joe …

Coming Up this Month

Thursday, Jan. 18 Film: “Saltburn,” 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla. Info: mesillavalleyfilm.org. Friday, Jan. 19 Art opening: “A …

First-time homebuyer’s workshop to answer questions

Las Cruces Real Estate Brokers Laurel Brandi & April Hernandez of New Mexico Properties will host a free first-time homebuyer's workshop at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Las …

Visit Las Cruces video contest returns

The “Visit Las Cruces stories” video contest is back, and the call for entries is open until Feb. 28. The second annual contest invites entrants to draw from the “rich folklore …

Auditions for ‘Home’ at No Strings Theatre Co.

The No Strings Theatre Company, based at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces, will hold open auditions later this month for a production of “Home,” written by David Storey and …

King Legacy to be Celebrated

Rosmary Dupray of Silver City looked around, listened to what is happening in the country and was confused by what she saw. She heard that some places are discussing censoring books and information …

XOCOLATL: Mayan Chocolate

The Mimbres Region Arts Council presents Chocolate Fantasia, XOCOLATL: Mayan Chocolate, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Febr. 10. Xocolatl is the Mayan word for chocolate. This word was chosen …

County NAACP celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

The Doña Ana County NAACP will host a rally honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, followed by its annual MLK breakfast Monday morning. The rally will gather at Plaza de …

Joe Jencks to play concert at Doña Ana Arts Council

The Doña Ana Arts Council will present a live concert by folk musician Joe Jencks on Saturday, Jan. 20, in association with the nonprofit A Still Small Voice. Jencks is a Chicago-based …

Super Secret improv troupe returns for 2024

The Super Secret Improv Show returns for the new year with a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street. The group, founded in 2020 and making its debut in 2021, makes …
A 127-room privately-owned manor in Northamptonshire was used as the Saltburn estate.

‘Saltburn,’ not everybody’s flavor

In creating a movie, one must plan and imagine the sensations and visuals that will flow forth and carry the audience forward. In “Saltburn,” the forward momentum moves in a slow, roiling …

Grupo Control will play ¡mira! Las Cruces

Houston-based cumbia and norteño-style band Grupo Control will headline the second annual ¡mira! Las Cruces event in April, the city announced Monday. Last year’s festival …
Locally grown pecans and area growers to be focus of upcoming Las Cruces Pecan Festival in April.

Pecan Art needed for Upcoming Festival

The newly minted Las Cruces Pecan Festival is coming up April 19-21. Developed to highlight the importance and impact of the pecan industry on the local economy, the event will feature the talent and …
Glenn Schwaiger – A porcelain vase crafted by Glenn Schwaiger from a potter’s wheel, hand carved and glazed with celadon

‘For the Love of Art’ Returns in February

The ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico announced that its 25 th annual “For the Love of Art” celebration will open on Feb. 2 and run through the month. The events include …

Wild West Shootout at Speedway brings cars from around the country for competition this weekend

Three classes of race cars descended on the Vado Speedway track last week as the 17 th Annual Wild West Shootout came to New Mexico bringing racers from across the country, and from Canada, to give …

EVENTS: Things to do this week

"Ben Hur," "The Sound of Music," "Holiday Traditions in Southern New Mexico," " Dissecting a Chinese Ink Painting," "Noche de las Luminarias," "Nutcracker," "The Three Musketeers" …

NMSU commencement ceremonies to recognize fall 2023 graduates

Corwyn Shaughnessy embarked on his educational journey at New Mexico State University more than 20 years ago. Early on, he grappled with personal challenges that greatly impacted his academic …
S’mores and trolleys will be part of the entertainment at the second annual Farm La-La at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Farm La-La offers holiday family festivities

The Farm & Ranch Museum’s second annual Farm La-La will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. The event will feature thousands of Christmas lights, trolley rides, crafts, s’mores, hot …

EVENTS: Getting busy for Christmas

“Art of the Yellow Springs;” Eighth Annual Holiday Art Sale; Luminarias at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park; “A Snow White Christmas;” “The Nutcracker;” and more.
Cleve, left, and Mary, far right, jam with some friends recently at Downtown Blues Coffee, where on Sept. 8 Cleve will read from and sign copies of his book,

Las Crucen pens memoir: 'Life is a Butt Dial'

“You realize, after a certain point, that you have lived a life extraordinary,” is Cleve Hattersley’s excuse for writing a book.

Community of Hope begins Tents to Rents fundraiser: Jennifer’s story

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about residents of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope’s Camp Hope tent city and the 2023 Tents to Rents fundraising campaign, which began …

Blue moon, supermoon coming up

If you’ve expecting something that only happens “once in a blue moon,” get ready, ‘cause there’s a blue moon a’comin’. And this one is real special – …

NMSU retiree lunch is Sept. 28; provost, athletic director among guests; topics will include retiree reorganization

New Mexico State University retirees (faculty and staff) are invited to a lunch just for university retirees, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse, 3000 Herb …

State Historic Sites hosts Aug. 26 birthday party for J. Paul Taylor

Earlier this year, we said goodbye to J. Paul Taylor, one of the most stalwart advocates for art, culture, and education in New Mexico’s history. He would have been 103 on Aug. 24. To celebrate …

REVIEW: ‘Bat Boy’ the Musical

There are many reasons to see “Bat Boy: The Musical” at Las Cruces Community Theatre, and one of the best is the performance of Christian Nieves. He is beyond outstanding in this …
Toby Rue and his family served up Cobra Kai tacos for Men Who Cook Aug. 12 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

Men Cooked!

The Men Who Cook event held Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, was a benefit event for Mesilla Valley Hospice.

NMSU legal counsel connects Juneteenth from Galveston to Las Cruces and beyond

New Mexico State University General Counsel Roy Collins III has a special connection to Juneteenth, the holiday that will be celebrated in Las Cruces June 16-19. Collins is a native of …

2nd Annual Spring Literacy Extravaganza

Coming events in Las Cruces

Friday, March 3 “The Brave Little Tailor,” 7 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. Downtown Las Cruces. A Cilerendn’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley production. Cost: …
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