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New Mexico State University events, March 12-21

LECTURE, STUDENT ART EXHIBITION AT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY


Mexico State University Art Gallery will have an opening reception for Student Exhibition 2004 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the University Art Gallery.

Student Exhibition 2004 is a juried exhibition and will consist of artwork by NMSU students. 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.

This year's juror is Philip Zimmerman, a professor of design at the State University of New York and the current artist-in-residence for the Border Art Residency in La Union, N.M. He will choose from students' submitted works and for inclusion in Student Exhibition 2004, 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.

NOVELIST TO BE FEATURED AT LA SOCIEDAD READINGS

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 the University Art Gallery.

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

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY 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 also 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 in Cuahtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, will perform some regional Mexican dances.

On Saturday, March 13, weavers from Chiapas, Mexico, will have a display and items will be available for purchase. Also, 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 call the Office for International Programs at (505) 646-2017.

CHESS TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

New Mexico State University's Honors Program is hosting 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 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 13, children and their families can make a Foil Standing Sculpture and on March 20, they can make Magnetic Bendy Statues. 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 is located in Kent Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive. For more information call (505) 646-5161 or (505) 646-3739.

"CONDUCTOR'S CHOICE" BRINGS IN AREA 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 NMSU's Symphonic Band, conducted by music department head Greg Fant. For more information call the Band Office at (505) 646-2304.

INFORMATION MEETING FOR PROSPECTIVE GRAD STUDENTS

New Mexico State University's Department of Government will hold an informational meeting for prospective graduate students from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the Conroy Honors Center. For more information, contact Neil Harvey at (505) 646-3220 or nharvey@nmsu.edu or visit www.nmsu.edu/~govdept/.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM CONTINUES LECTURE SERIES

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

Calk, who created Las Cruces' "Roadrunner" sculpture, will discuss the relationship between a community and its public art. The lecture coincides with the exhibit "Preserving Memory: America's Monumental Legacy," 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.

KEYBOARD CONCERT SERIES CONCLUDES

New Mexico State University's Keyboard Concert Series will conclude its 2003-2004 concerts with a recital by pianist Andrea Anderson at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Music Center Recital Hall.

The program will include Mozart's Variations on Christoph Gluck's "Unser dummer Pobel meint," the Op. 76 Klavierstucke by Brahms, "Souvenir de Porto Rico" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Maurice Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit" and "Deux Etudes De Senorite" by Francois Morel.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, contact the Pan Am Ticket Office at (505) 646-1420 or visit http://panam.nmsu.edu.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY TO HOLD FILM PRESENTATION

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will host a film presentation during its lunchtime program Art a la Carte at noon Friday, March 19, showcasing the work of director Chris Cunningham. Admission is free. 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 (505) 646-4010.

LAS CRUCES SYMPHONY TO PERFORM CLASSICS V

The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra will perform Classics V with guest conductor Guven Yaslycam and Benny Kim, violin, Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, in New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall.

Kim is an associate professor of violin at the University of Missouri/Kansas City Conservatory of Music and graduated from the Juilliard School.

Kim is a member of the recently-formed quintet "V to ONE," which also features Salerno-Sonnenberg, Anne-Marie McDermott, Evan Wilson and his brother Eric Kim.

For more information or for tickets, call the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Office at (505) 646-3709.

"WHAT THE BUTLER SAW" AT HERSHEL ZOHN THEATRE

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts presents the comedy "What the Butler Saw" through March 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.

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 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" will run through March 27 in the New Mexico State University Museum. The exhibit of 20 full-color panels tells 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.