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New Mexico State University events, Feb. 20-29

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY TO HOLD LUNCHTIME FILM PRESENTATIONS


Mexico State University Art Gallery will showcase the work of director Michel Gondry at noon Friday, Feb. 20, as part of its lunchtime program Art a la Carte.

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 (505) 646-4010.

POET TO BE FEATURED AT NEXT LA SOCIEDAD READING

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

Poet Greg Glazner and NMSU master's of fine arts fiction student Sean Branson will present their work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in Hardman Hall Room 106. The reading is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the English Department at (505) 646-3931.

HONORS CENTER TO HOST CHESS TOURNAMENT

The New Mexico State University Conroy Honors Center will host a chess tournament Feb. 21. Registration for the tournament will begin at 9 a.m.

The tournament is organized by Las Cruces chess champion and NMSU philosophy major Lior Lapid. He won the National Chess Championship twice during high school.

For more information, call Lapid at (505) 524-3201.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOLD SATURDAY FAMILY WORKSHOPS

The New Mexico State University Museum invites families to spend Saturday afternoons at the museum to participate in arts and crafts activities and view current exhibits.

On Feb. 21, the Saturday Family Workshop project will be Graphics and Design and on Feb. 28, the project will be Tinker Sculptures. Both workshops are from 2 to 3:30 p.m. They are free and no sign-up is necessary. All supplies are provided.

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.

For more information on the Saturday Family Workshops or the University Museum, call (505) 646-5161 or (505) 646-3739.

STUDENTS CAN MAKE THEIR OWN MUSIC VIDEOS

New Mexico State University students will be able to make their own music videos with Fun Flick Total Interaction Video from 5 to 11 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in the Aggie Underground in Corbett Center Student Union.

NMSU's Union Program Council will sponsor the free event and provide music, tapes and costumes. Aramark will provide food items for purchase including sodas, hot dogs, hot wings, chips and salsa and nachos with cheese.

For more information, call UPC at (505) 646-3235.

PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OF OPERA AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

Dona Ana Lyric Opera will present the world premiere performance of "Beautiful Princess Available for Rescue" Feb. 27-29 in the New Mexico State University Music Center Recital Hall.

Written by Randall Shinn, who composed the opera "Sara McKinnon," this comedy tells the story of Prince Wilbur, who is encouraged by his older brother to spend more time rescuing maidens and killing unwanted creatures. During his travels, Wilbur meets Primrose, a vain princess who demands to be rescued from Bullstrode, an ogre who is holding her captive.

Tickets for "Beautiful Princess Available for Rescue" are $10, $15 and $18 depending on seating. The Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, performances will begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday, Feb. 29, performance will begin at 3 p.m.

For more information or tickets, call the Dona Ana Lyric Opera Ticket Office at (505) 646-1993.

LAST DAYS TO SEE KOZLOFF EXHIBIT AT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

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 they rarely collaborate or show their work together.

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.

"OF MICE AND MEN" CONTINUES AT HERSHEL ZOHN THEATRE

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts presents the play "Of Mice and Men" through Feb. 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 are 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. For more information or tickets, call the Hershel Zohn Theatre Box Office at (505) 646-4515.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM HOSTING THREE EXHIBITS

The New Mexico State University Museum is presenting 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 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 artworks which 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.

"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.