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New Mexico State University events for October

LA SOCIEDAD PRESENTS POET PATRICK DONNELLY


ico State University will continue the La Sociedad para las Artes Fall 2004 Visiting Writers Series with a reading by poet Patrick Donnelly and NMSU graduate student Shauna Osbourn at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in the University Art Gallery.

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

NMSU THEATER TO PRESENT TWO PRODUCTIONS

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts will present "Machinal" from Oct. 1 through Oct. 10 and "Ladder to the Moon" from Oct. 21 through Oct. 23 in the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

Inspired by the sensational 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, "Machinal" focuses on a young stenographer's struggle for life and love. trapped by the machine-like life surrounding her, she finds herself desperate to survive and be free. Told with bold theatricality, "Machinal" is a modern-age tragedy of isolation turned to murder.

In "Ladder to the Moon," a cranky, mysterious woman takes a young neighbor girl on a wild journey into and through the paintings of American master Georgia O'Keeffe. Along the way, the girl discovers how to put her family troubles aside and become an artist in her own right. The mysterious woman, who just might be O'Keeffe herself, learns her own lessons in patience, generosity and the value of her own work. This production will be presented by the Creede Repertory Theatre from Creede, Colo.

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

LAS CRUCES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM

The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) will present "Classics 1," featuring Russian cellist Nina Kotova, Oct. 2 and 3 in New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall.

Kotova gave her first public performance and began studying composition at 9 years old and won first place at the "Concertino Praha" International Competition at 15. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and composer at such places as Carnegie Hall, New York Town Hall, the Barbican Centre in London and the Great Hall of the Moscow Observatory.

Under the direction of LCSO music director and conductor Lonnie Klein, the orchestra will perform Glinka's overture to "Russlan and Ludmilla," Haydn's "Concerto in C Major" and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique."

For more information call the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra office at (505) 646-3709.

MUSEUM CONTINUES 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 during October.

Children and their families can make rain sticks on Oct. 2, puppet sticks on Oct. 9, dreamcatchers on Oct. 16, pottery on Oct. 23 and dancing spiders on Oct. 30. The workshops will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. They are free and no sign-up is necessary. All supplies are provided.

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.

ART A LA CARTE TO SHOW 'ERASERHEAD'

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will feature "Eraserhead" during its lunchtime program Art a la Carte at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 6.

"Eraserhead" is set in an industrial town where giant machines are constantly working, spewing smoke and making noise. Henry Spencer lives in a building that, like all the others, appears to be abandoned. The lights flicker, he has bowls of water in his dresser drawers and as his only diversion he watches and listens to the Lady in the Radiator sing about finding happiness in heaven. His girlfriend, Mary X, gives birth to his child, a frightening looking mutant, which leads to the injection of sexual imagery into the already depressive and chaotic mix.

The University Art Gallery is located 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.

NMSU MUSIC DEPARTMENT HOSTS PERFORMANCES

New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall will host several performances this month.

The Vocal Chamber Choir will present "Parlor Music: From the Times Gone By" at 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and9. The Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. The trombone studio will hold a recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11.

The Associated Students of NMSU Cultural Series will present the Aquiles Baez Quintet at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. NMSU's Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensembles will hold their annual Scholarship Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.

NMSU associate music professor Allan Kaplan, trombone, will present a faculty recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18.

For more information, contact the music department at (505) 646-2421.

NMSU TEACHING ACADEMY TO HOLD SPECIAL EVENTS

The Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University will hold four special events this month.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, the academy will present "Visual Communication for Effective Teaching and Learning" from 9 a.m. to noon in Milton Hall Room 50, "Paradigm Busters: Instructional Design Strategies for Online Learning" from 1 to 2 p.m. in Hardman Hall Room 106 and "Writing for the Web" from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Milton Hall Room 50.

The academy also will present "Discussion as a Way of Teaching and Learning" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in Milton Hall Room 85.

For more information call the Teaching Academy at (505) 646-2204.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY TO HOST RECEPTION, OPEN NEW EXHIBIT

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will host a reception for Raul Dorn and Rob Rutherford from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. Exhibits featuring paintings by the artists will run through Dec. 17.

Both Dorn and Rutherford are high school art teachers -- Dorn teaches in the Las Cruces Public Schools and Rutherford teaches at a private school in Idylewild, Calif. Both painters incorporate found objects into their work, building surfaces with layers of paint and other materials. They are both interested in the narratives created by placing disparate objects on a canvas or in a construction and how these narratives are completed by the viewer.

For more information call the University Art Gallery at (505) 646-2545.

NMSU TO HOST 27TH ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF BANDS

New Mexico State University's Pride Band will sponsor the 27th Annual New Mexico Tournament of Bands Saturday, Oct. 23, at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Twenty-eight high school bands from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California will participate in this year's tournament.

Performances will begin at 9 a.m., with NMSU's Pride Band performing at 5:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. Finalists will be announced at 6 p.m. and the final competition will begin at 8 p.m. Tournament winners will be announced at 10:30 p.m.

For more information call the band office at (505) 646-2304.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOST ARTIST LECTURE, RECEPTION

The New Mexico State University Museum will host a lecture and reception for Navajo weaver Morris Muskett Oct. 28 and 29.

His lecture, titled "Engineering and Art: Interwoven Threads," will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the University Museum Auditorium. The museum will host an artist reception for Muskett from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. His exhibit, "The Parallel World of Morris Muskett," will run through Dec. 15.

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

DONA ANA LYRIC OPERA TO PERFORM

Under new director Philip Christiansen, a New Mexico State University assistant music professor, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera will perform "Closer Than Ever" Oct. 29-31 in the university's Music Center Recital Hall.

For more information call Christiansen at (505) 646-1986.

HALLOWEEN HOWL AT NMSU

New Mexico State University's Union Program Council (UPC) will host its annual Halloween Howl from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

NMSU student organizations will have booths for children to play games and win candy or prizes. A haunted house and costume contest also will be available for children.

Alpha Xi Delta sorority will help UPC to organize the event and the haunted house.

The event is open to the public and a donation of one canned food item per child is requested. The canned items will be donated to Las Cruces food banks.

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

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM HOSTS TWO EXHIBITS

The New Mexico State University Museum is hosting two exhibits through Dec. 15.

"Nuevo Mexico Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland" is a collection of black-and-white photographs by award-winning photographer Miguel Gandert.

The exhibit provides a broad historic and folkloric context for the sacred and secular rituals, performances, dances and pilgrimages celebrated by the Indo-Hispano community, some dating back to New Mexico's Colonial period of 1598-1821. The photos illustrate the cultural and spiritual history of the Indian and Hispano communities from the San Luis Valley of Colorado to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

This exhibit was organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico and circulated under the auspices of TREX, the Traveling Exhibitions Program of the Museum of New Mexico, with additional support from the MetLife Foundation.

"The Parallel World of Morris Muskett" features the traditionally inspired weavings of self-taught Navajo weaver Morris Muskett. All of the weavings are done on traditional vertical Navajo looms in a weaving style that is contemporary and classical Navajo, yet highly innovative for color and design.

Muskett, who received his degree in civil engineering from NMSU, will also exhibit photographs documenting his contributions to building award-winning bridges on Interstate 40 as an engineer with the N.M. Department of Transportation's Bridge Design Section.

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