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New Mexico State University events, Feb. 13-22


Mexico State University Art Gallery's lunchtime program Art a la Carte will feature the work of director Spike Jonze at noon Friday, Feb. 13, in the gallery.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be provided and guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

The University Art Gallery is located in Williams Hall near the intersection of Solano Drive and University Avenue. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the University Art Gallery at (505) 646-4010.


New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts will present the play "Of Mice and Men" Feb. 13-22 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

George and Lennie are two drifters with delusions of "living off the fat of the land." They have just arrived at a ranch where they plan to earn enough money to buy their own place. But Lennie, with "the strength of a gorilla and the mind of an untutored child," can't seem to keep out of trouble, and the two men realize that sometimes the best laid plans "of mice and men" can go terribly and tragically awry.

Tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances and Sunday matinees are $11 for adults, $8 for students and $10 for senior citizens, faculty and staff. Tickets for Friday and Saturday performances are $13 for adults, $9 for students and $11 for senior citizens, faculty and staff.

Curtain calls will be at 7 p.m. for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances. Friday and Saturday curtain calls will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m. There will be no Monday performances.

For more information or tickets, call the theater box office at (505) 646-4515.


New Mexico State University will feature a poet this month as part of La Sociedad para las Artes' Spring 2004 Visiting Writers Series.

Poet Daisy Fried and NMSU master's of fine arts fiction student Amy K. Smith will read their work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the University Art Gallery.

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, call the English Department at (505) 646-3931.


New Mexico State University's Symphonic Winds will present "Love is in the Air" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Music Center Recital Hall.

The band will perform beautiful music this Valentine's evening, featuring Laroy Borchert on clarinet. Borchert is the principal clarinet in the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra and an associate professor of clarinet at NMSU.

Tickets are $7 for general admission, $4 for students and $6 for senior citizens. For more information or tickets, call the Pan American Center Ticket Office at (505) 646-1420.


The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will close the exhibit "Kozloff and Kozloff: Joyce and Max Kozloff" on Feb. 22.

Joyce Kozloff is a distinguished painter and mixed media artist and Max Kozloff is an internationally recognized photographer, editor, art historian and critic. They travel the world together and are working to visually map the globe, integrating popular culture and high art. The two have been married for more than 30 years but rarely collaborate or show their work together.

Joyce Kozloff's featured works include "Targets," a walk-in globe whose interior is plastered with aeronautical charts of the countries the United States has bombed since 1945; and "Selections from Knowledge," comprising small frescos inspired by earlier maps.

Max Kozloff included 30 color photographs that celebrate international urban life including carnivals, festivals, street fairs, market places, parks and zoos for the exhibit.

The University Art Gallery is located in Williams Hall near the intersection of Solano Drive and University Avenue. For more information, contact the gallery at (505) 646-2545.


The New Mexico State University Museum is hosting three exhibits that will run through March.

"Images From the Streets: Portraits of Albuquerque Homeless" by Oscar Lozoya features black-and-white studio photographs of homeless people in Albuquerque and will run through March 27. Lozoya specializes in commercial and fine arts photography and has a personal interest in photographing homeless people for his gallery exhibits.

The traveling exhibit "Preserving Memory: America's Monumental Legacy" will run through March 27 in the University Museum. The exhibit of 20 full-color panels features almost 200 artworks that tell the stories behind America's public sculptures, monuments and memorials. One of the panels features Las Cruces' "Roadrunner" sculpture by Colin S. Calk, who was chosen as representative of New Mexico monumental art.

"The African-American Community of Las Cruces, 1890-2002," running through April 15, shows the history of the Las Cruces African-American community. Through text and photographs, the exhibit depicts segregation and integration, early settlers, homesteaders, community leaders, neighborhoods and businesses.

The exhibit was compiled by Terry Moody, who recently earned her master's degree in anthropology at NMSU, and Clarence Fielder, an instructor of African-American history.

The University Museum Gallery, located in Kent Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive, is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to the gallery is free.

For more information about the exhibits, call the University Museum at 646-3739.