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March events at New Mexico State University

CHORAL FESTIVAL TO FEATURE AREA HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS


ico State University will feature El Paso's Americas High School and Las Cruces' Mayfield High School at this year's Jack Ward Invitational Choral Festival Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, in the Music Center Recital Hall. Performances will begin at 8 p.m.

Choir students from Americas and Mayfield high schools, along with Mayfield's orchestra, will come together with the NMSU Choirs to perform the Faure Requiem. Members of the University Singers will also perform three pieces: one Latin American piece, one rocking spiritual and a tricky fugue called "A Dog Known as Ego."

Ticket prices are $10, $12 and $15. For more information call the Choir Office at (505) 646-1993.

LECTURE, STUDENT ART EXHIBITION AT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will present a lecture and feature student artwork in Student Exhibition 2004 in March.

Philip Zimmerman will present a lecture at noon Friday, March 5, in Williams Hall Room 212. Zimmerman is a professor of design at the State University of New York and is the current artist-in-residence for the Border Art Residency in La Union, N.M.

An opening reception for Student Exhibition 2004 will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the University Art Gallery. Cash prizes and gift certificates will be awarded in an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The prize for "Best-In-Show" will be $600.

Student Exhibition 2004 is a juried exhibition and will consist of artwork by NMSU students. Zimmerman, this year's juror, will choose from students' submitted works for inclusion in the exhibition, which will run from March 12 through April 1 in the University Art Gallery.

For more information, call the University Art Gallery at (505) 646-2545.

VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ TO MERGE AT NMSU

The New Mexico State University Vocal Ensemble and soloists will join Jazz II to merge vocal and instrumental jazz for "Vocal Jazz Joins the Big Band" at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, in the Music Center Recital Hall.

Arrangements by Singers Unlimited, Rob McConnell and Manhattan Transfer will be included in an evening of vocal melodies meant to soothe the soul. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Band Office at (505) 646-2304.

HONORS PROGRAM TO PRESENT ROBERT KENNEDY JR.

Environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at New Mexico State University's Pan American Center.

Kennedy's presentation, "Our Environmental Destiny," is part of the University Speakers Series, which brings prominent speakers to Las Cruces each spring. No tickets are required and admission is free.

Kennedy serves as chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance. He also is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law in New York.

For more information call the Honors Program at 646-2005.

NMSU MUSEUM CONTINUES LECTURE SERIES

The New Mexico State University Museum continues its spring 2004 public lecture series with "Homeless in the Neighborhood" by Oscar Lozoya at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, and "Public Art and the Community" by Olin S. Calk at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the museum auditorium.

Lozoya specializes in commercial and fine arts photography and has a personal interest in photographing homeless people. His style and technique have earned him numerous awards, including the Eliot Porter Fine Arts Award, the Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence and the Fuji Masterpiece Award. He was named Photographer and Director of the Year for five consecutive years by the Professional Photographers of New Mexico.

This lecture coincides with Lozoya's exhibit "Images From the Street: Portraits of Albuquerque Homeless," which will be on display in the museum through March 27.

Calk, the artist who created Las Cruces' "Roadrunner" sculpture, will discuss the relationship between a community and its public art. Using examples of his own work and the work of others, he will illustrate the connection between an artist's creative process and the creative process a community might recognize in its relationship to its public art.

Calk's lecture coincides with the exhibit "Preserving Memory: America's Monumental Legacy," which will be on display in the museum through March 27.

The University Museum is located in Kent Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive. For more information, call the museum at (505) 646-3739.

"WHAT THE BUTLER SAW" OPENS AT HERSHEL ZOHN THEATRE

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts will present "What the Butler Saw" March 11-21 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

Dr. Prentice, a sex-obsessed psychiatrist, is attempting to seduce a prospective secretary but is frustrated by the arrival of his nymphomaniac wife, an overly enthusiastic hospital inspector, a blackmailing bellboy and a dim-witted policeman. The clinic quickly becomes a bedlam of mistaken identity, undressing, cross-dressing disappearances, disguises, seductions, screwball antics, dropped trousers and heightened libidos.

Tickets for the preview on Thursday, March 11, are $7. 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, 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. There will be no Monday performances. For more information or tickets, call the Hershel Zohn Theatre Box Office at (505) 646-4515.

NOVELIST TO BE FEATURED AT LA SOCIEDAD READINGS

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

Novelist Percival Everett and NMSU master's of fine arts fiction student David MacLean will read their work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the University Art Gallery. Admission is free. For more information call the English Department at (505) 646-3931.

"CONDUCTOR'S CHOICE" BRINGS IN HIGH SCHOOL BAND DIRECTORS

New Mexico State University's special spring concert "Conductor's Choice" will highlight the talents and musicianship of Las Cruces' high school band directors and the university's Symphonic Winds at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in the Music Center Recital Hall.

Band directors Neil Swapp from Mayfield High School, Shawn Silva from Onate High School and Brian Theodorson from Las Cruces High School will guest conduct the Symphonic Winds band through some of the most well-respected band music of our time.

"Conductor's Choice" will also feature the rich tones of NMSU's Symphonic Band, conducted by music department head Greg Fant.

For more information contact the Band Office at (505) 646-2304.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY TO HOLD FILM PRESENTATION

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will showcase the work of film director Chris Cunningham during an Art a la Carte lunchtime program at noon Friday, March 19. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be provided and guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

Art a la Carte features performances from the literary, music, dance and experimental arts community.

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 gallery at (505) 646-4010.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM HOSTING THREE EXHIBITS

The New Mexico State University Museum is hosting three exhibits during 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. His style and technique have earned him numerous awards, including the Eliot Porter Fine Arts Award, the Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence and the Fuji Masterpiece Award.

Lozoya was named Photographer and Director of the Year for five consecutive years by the Professional Photographers of New Mexico.

The traveling exhibit "Preserving Memory: America's Monumental Legacy" will run through March 27 in the New Mexico State University Museum.

The exhibit of 20 full-color panels features almost 200 art works that tell the stories behind America's public sculptures, monuments and memorials. One of the panels will feature Las Cruces' "Roadrunner" sculpture by Olin S. Calk.

A joint project of the Heritage Preservation program and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this exhibit depicts how Americans commemorate major historical events and cultural icons. The exhibit was developed by Save Outdoor Sculpture, a national project devoted to caring for and learning from America's collection of outdoor sculptures.

"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 at NMSU.

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 is free.

For more information about the exhibits, call the University Museum at (505) 646-3739.