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New Mexico State University events, April 23 to May 2

LA SOCIEDAD PRESENTS POET PATTY SEYBURN


ico State University will present a reading by poet Patty Seyburn and master of fine arts fiction student Allison Frazier at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the University Art Gallery.

Seyburn will read from "Mechanical Cluster," "Diasporadic" and her unpublished "The Emergence of Hilarity."

Seyburn teaches writing and literature courses at the University of Southern California. Her poems have appeared in the Paris Review, the New England Review, Poetry, Field and Slate, and have been included in the anthologies "American Poetry: The Next Generation" and "American Diaspora: Poetry of Exile."

This reading will wrap up the La Sociedad para las Artes' Spring 2004 Visiting Writers Series. Admission is free. For more information call the English Department at (505) 646-3931.

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 showcased. At noon Friday, April 30, the feature will be "Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator," a documentary on the murder of professional skateboarder Mark "Gator" Rogowski.

Admission is free. Free parking will be provided and 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. For more information call the gallery at (505) 646-4010.

UNIVERSITY'S ARTHROPOD MUSEUM TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE

New Mexico State University's Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science will host an open house for its Arthropod Museum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Skeen Hall Room W168.

Visitors can view the facility, meet the staff and learn about the museum's history and its future.

UNIVERSITY BANDS WRAP UP WITH FINAL PERFORMANCE

The New Mexico State University Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band will wrap up the 2003-2004 season with the Season Finale concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in the Music Center Recital Hall.

Symphonic Band, directed by Greg Fant, will perform the first half of the concert, and Symphonic Winds, directed by Ken Van Winkle, will finish the concert. Led by guest conductor William Clark, members of both groups will join for a powerful ending to the "windy season."

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

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OFFERS 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 Dream Catcher Key Chains on April 24 and Egg Carton Bugs on May 1. Both 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 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) 646-5161 or (505) 646-3739.

HONORS PROGRAM TO HOST CHESS EVENTS

The New Mexico State University Honors Program will host a chess tournament on Saturday, April 24, with registration beginning at 9 a.m., and a chess lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the Conroy Honors Center.

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.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOST PHOTOGRAPHER CY LEHRER

The New Mexico State University Museum will hold a reception for photographer Cy Lehrer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. The reception coincides with Lehrer's exhibit "Bypassed Places: Route 66," which will run through Aug. 28.

Lehrer works exclusively in the black-and-white "fine print" mode. He has shown his work publicly since 1983. His exhibit "Places of HaShoah (Holocaust)" is on permanent display at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. His work has been exhibited in the Field Museum in Chicago, Yeshiva University in New York and the Milwaukee Public Museum.

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

FOLK ART EXHIBITION TO OPEN

"Folk Art Treasures," an exhibition of New Mexican and Mexican folk art from Mary and J. Paul Taylor's home in Mesilla, will open Thursday, April 29, in the New Mexico State University Museum. The exhibit will run through Aug. 28.

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

'ARCADIA' TO OPEN AT NMSU THEATER

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts will present its last production of the 2003-04 season with "Arcadia," playing from 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.

The play 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." It 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 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.

LAS CRUCES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT CLASSICS VI

The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra will present Classics VI, its final performance of the 2003-2004 season, May 1 and 2 in the New Mexico State University Recital Hall.

The performance will feature pianist Andrew Russo and include Lutoslawski's "Little Suite for Orchestra," De Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain," Mendelssohn's "Capriccio Brillant," Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess" and Respighi's "Pines of Rome."

Russo has performed in the Gewandhaus and Freylingshaus concert halls in Germany, Alice Tully Hall in New York, Kioi Hall in Tokyo and the Salle Cortot in Paris. He has appeared at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Kuhmo Festival, the Spoleto Festival and the International Piano Series.

For more information call the symphony orchestra office at (505) 646-3709.