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New Mexico State University events, March 5-14

LECTURE, STUDENT ART EXHIBITION AT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY


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

Philip Zimmerman will present a lecture at noon Friday, March 5, in Williams Hall Room 212. Zimmerman, a professor of design at the State University of New York, is the 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 and for inclusion in Student Exhibition 2004, which will run from March 12 through April 1.

For more information, call the gallery at (505) 646-2545.

DANCERS UNLIMITED PRESENTS "DANCE NOW ... THINK LATER"

New Mexico State University's Dancers Unlimited presents its 16th annual spring concert "Dance Now ... Think Later" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, in the Onate High School Performing Arts Center.

The performance will feature diverse music, costuming and styles of dance, including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet and salsa.

The production will feature several student-choreographed pieces including a lyrical piece titled "Truth Is Standing" with music by Matchbox 20, a jazz piece titled "Only One" with music by Alanis Morissette and "Pump it Up" with music by Joe Budden.

Dancers Unlimited is a non-profit organization that is student-run and student-organized. The group has been at NMSU for more than 20 years and currently has 14 members.

Tickets are $5 for children, students and senior citizens, and $6 for others. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office or at Onate High School the day of the show. For more information, contact Becca Hoage at (505) 453-3352.

CHORAL FESTIVAL TO FEATURE AREA HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS

New Mexico 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.

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 March 6, students are invited to Make a Terrific Totem Pole and on March 13, they can make a Foil Standing Sculpture. Both workshops are from 2 to 3:30 p.m. They are free and no sign-up is necessary. 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.

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.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY 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, in the museum auditorium.

Lozoya 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.

The museum is located in Kent Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call (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 $8 for students, $10 for senior citizens, faculty and staff, and $11 for others. Tickets for Friday and Saturday performances are $9 for students and $11 for senior citizens, faculty and staff and $13 for others.

Curtain calls will be at 7 p.m. for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. There will be no Monday performances. For information or tickets, call the Box Office at (505) 646-4515.

NOVELIST TO BE FEATURED AT LA SOCIEDAD READING

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

Novelist Percival Everett and NMSU master of fine arts fiction student David MacLean will read their work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, 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.

NMSU TO HOST INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2004

New Mexico State University's Office for International Programs will host International Festival 2004 Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

International Festival provides the local community with an opportunity to experience the different cultures at NMSU, which has an international population of more than 700 students from 70 countries.

Festival visitors will be entertained by music, dancing, weaving and games. Native art, clothing, artifacts, jewelry and photos will be on display. International students participating in the festival will be dressed in their native fashions.

The Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico Agropecuario No. 90 school of Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, will perform regional Mexican dances.

On Saturday, weavers from Chiapas, Mexico, will have a display and items will be available for purchase. Aramark Dining Services will prepare native foods and beverages that can be purchased at various booths Saturday.

Las Cruces area children are invited to attend the festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, March 12, and the public is welcome from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Admission to the festival both days is free.

For more information, contact the Office for International Programs at (505) 646-2017.

CHESS TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT NMSU

New Mexico State University's Honors Program will host a series of chess tournaments in the Conroy Honors Center. Registration for the next tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 13.

The tournaments are organized by Las Cruces chess champion Lior Lapid, a senior at NMSU majoring in philosophy. He won the National Chess Championship twice during high school. For more information call Lapid at (505) 524-3201.

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.

The traveling exhibit "Preserving Memory: America's Monumental Legacy" also will run through March 27. 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 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 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 call (505) 646-3739.