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April events at New Mexico State University

UNIVERSITY BANDS WRAP UP WITH FOUR PERFORMANCES


Mexico State University Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band will wrap up their 2003-2004 seasons with four performances in April in the Music Center Recital Hall.

At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 3, NMSU Jazz I will share the stage with Las Cruces, Mayfield and Onate high school jazz bands for the Las Cruces Jazz Extravaganza.

At 8 p.m., Friday, April 16, the 35th Annual NMSU Jazz Festival will feature world-renowned jazz artist Vincent DiMartino on trumpet.

At 3 p.m., Sunday, April 18, the Symphonic Winds Chamber Ensembles will present a collage concert of music with the gems of chamber ensemble literature. From Strauss to Torke, this fast-paced recital will offer tremendous musical variety.

Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds will have a Season Finale concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. Symphonic Band, directed by Greg Fant, will perform the first half of the concert, and Symphonic Winds, directed by Ken Van Winkle, will follow. Led by guest conductor William Clark, both groups will join for a powerful ending to the "windy season."

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

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOST 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.

Children and their families can make Dazzling Dangling Dancing Koi on April 3, a Toy Maker on April 17 and Dream Catcher Key Chains on April 24. The workshops will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. They are free and no sign-up is necessary. All supplies are provided.

The University Museum will be closed for spring holiday April 9 and 10.

Located in Kent Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive, the museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information call (505) 646-5161 or (505) 646-3739.

HONORS PROGRAM TO HOST CHESS EVENTS

The New Mexico State University Honors Program will host four weekly chess lectures and a chess tournament in the Conroy Honors Center in April.

Chess lectures will be held at 3:30 p.m. each Monday this month. A chess tournament will be held Saturday, April 24, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

The chess events 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.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOST LECTURES

The New Mexico State University Museum will host three lectures during April in the museum auditorium.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, Clarence Fielder will present "The African-American Community in Retrospect." Fielder, an instructor of African-American history at NMSU, was the project historian for "The African-American Community of Las Cruces, 1890-2002" exhibit, which runs through April 15.

At 3 p.m. on Tuesday April 13, archaeologist Alice Gorman will present a public lecture titled "Space Exploration and Indigenous People in Australia" in the University Museum Auditorium. Gorman is a professor at the University of New England in Australia and a member of the World Archaeological Congress Task Force on Space Heritage.

A reception to meet photographer Cy Lehrer will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. The reception coincides with Lehrer's exhibit "Bypassed Places: Route 66," which will run from April 13 to Aug. 28. Lehrer works exclusively in the black-and-white "fine print" mode.

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

ARTIST RECEPTION, LEADERSHIP LECTURE AT NMSU

New Mexico State University's Union Program Council (UPC) will hold an artist's reception and a public lecture in the Corbett Center Student Union in April.

A reception for artist Olivia Medina is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Corbett Center Art Gallery. Medina's exhibit "Art and Soul" will be on display in the gallery through April 27.

UPC will present a public lecture at 7 p.m.,Tuesday, April 20, titled "Leadership and Motivation" by Delatorro L. McNeal II. McNeal will discuss leadership and motivation for college students, including leadership techniques and ways to define self-worth.

For more information, contact UPC at (505) 646-3200.

LA SOCIEDAD READINGS TO WRAP UP AT UNIVERSITY

New Mexico State University will wrap up the La Sociedad para las Artes' Spring 2004 Visiting Writers Series with readings by a fiction writer and a poet.

Fiction writer Helena Maria Viramontes and NMSU master's of fine arts fiction student Jill Stukenberg will read their work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, in Hardman Hall Room 106. Poet Patty Seyburn and master's of fine arts fiction student Allison Frazier will read their work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the University Art Gallery.

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

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOST THREE EXHIBIT OPENINGS

The New Mexico State University Museum will have three exhibit openings in April.

On Thursday, April 8, the museum will open the exhibit "Bypassed Places: Route 66" by photographer Cy Lehrer, which will run through Aug. 28.

On Thursday, April 29, the museum will open "Folk Art Treasures," which will run through Aug. 28. The exhibit includes a collection of New Mexican and Mexican folk are from Mary and J. Paul Taylor's home in Mesilla.

For more information call the museum at (505) 646-3739.

NMSU'S 2003-04 CULTURAL SERIES PRESENTS TERRANCE SIMIEN

The New Mexico State University Cultural Series comes to an end with a performance by Terrance Simien at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Music Center Recital Hall.

Simien is one of the world's top zydeco players, mixing African, French, Spanish and Native American heritages into an accordion and rub board-fueled Creole explosion.

Tickets are $12.50 for general admission and $10 for students, faculty and staff. For more information or tickets, call the Pan American Center Ticket Office at (505) 646-1420.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY TO HOST THESIS EXHIBITION

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the MFA Thesis Exhibition at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, April 16.

The exhibit, which will run through May 16, will feature the master's theses of fine arts students Mel Hall, Terry Wolfe, Irene Doconti, Amanda Douglass, Rebecca Thorton, Chad Davis. For more information call the gallery at (505) 646-2545.

NMSU PROFESSOR TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE

Jon Hunner, the director of New Mexico State University's Public History Program, will present the Time Traveling through New Mexico's Past program to the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance (NMHPA) at its 8th Annual Statewide Conference.

The conference, titled "Crossroads of Culture," will be held Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn, 901 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces.

Hunner and students in NMSU's Public History Program will be dressed in period costumes and Hunner will do a slide show presentation aimed at getting New Mexico teachers interested in the Time Traveling through New Mexico's Past program.

During the NMHPA conference, Hunner also will act as a tour guide of the Mesilla plaza and will discuss the history and heritage of the village. He will assist Pat Taylor and Susan Kruger with a lime plaster workshop during the conference. People taking the Mesilla tour with Hunner will visit a nearby adobe house that has been re-finished with lime plaster.

For more information call Hunner at (505) 646-2490.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY TO HOLD FILM PRESENTATIONS

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will show two documentaries during its lunchtime program Art a la Carte in April.

At noon Friday, April 23, "Dark Days," a documentary by Marc Singer about homeless people living in a train tunnel that runs beneath Manhattan, will be featuured.

On Friday, April 30, "Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator" will be featured. It is a documentary about the murder of professional skateboarder Mark "Gator" Rogowski,

Both presentations will be in the University Art Gallery in Williams Hall, near the intersection of Solano Drive and University Avenue. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

For more information call the gallery at (505) 646-4010.

PLAY TO OPEN AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts will present "Arcadia," the last play of its 2003-04 season, April 29 to May 9 in the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

"Arcadia" presents two intriguing groups of characters -- a collection of 20th century scholars researching the past and an early 19th century household wondering about the future -- on stage in the same room, but existing in their own distinct periods.

"Arcadia" takes the audience back and forth between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between romantic longings and mathematical and physical theories and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits of life -- "the attraction Newton left out." "Arcadia" was written by Tom Stoppard, the author of "Shakespeare in Love."

Tickets for the preview for "Arcadia" on Thursday, Feb. 12, are $7. Tickets for other performances range from $8 to $13.

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. For more information or tickets, call the Hershel Zohn Theatre Box Office at (505) 646-4515.

LAST DAYS TO SEE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXHIBIT

The exhibit "The African-American Community of Las Cruces, 1890-2002," will conclude April 15 at the New Mexico State University Museum.

The exhibit shows the history of the Las Cruces African-American community through text and photographs. It was compiled by Terry Moody, who earned her master's degree in anthropology at NMSU, and Clarence Fielder, 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. For more information call (505) 646-3739.