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New Mexico State University events, Oct. 1-10

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 'MACHINAL'

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts will present "Machinal" Oct. 1-10 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.

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 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 NMSU music professor 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.

Children and their families can make rain sticks on Oct. 2 and puppet sticks on Oct. 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The workshops are free and no sign-up is necessary. All supplies are provided.

The museum 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.

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.

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.

CHOIR TO PRESENT 'PARLOR MUSIC' AT NMSU

The New Mexico State University Choirs will present "Parlor Music: From the Times Gone By" at 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 in the Music Center Recital Hall.

For the performance, the stage will be transformed into an intimate parlor suitable for "Hausmusik" as in the 16th through the 19th centuries.

Eric Liefeld and NMSU professor Kerry Alt will play music on period string instruments not seen often, such as lutes, guitars and mandolins. They will be joined by large and small choral groups to add to the atmosphere of parlor entertainment.

NMSU professor Nancy Joy will accompany a women's choir for "Heart I Will Forget Him" and a men's choir will perform American tunes "Black Is the Color" and "Seeing Nellie Home." There also will be string and choral pieces by composers such as Mozart, David Dickau, Ernest Charles and Antonio Vivaldi from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and early 20th century periods. An original composition by University Singer Carl Johnson, also will be featured.

Tickets are $3 for students and $10, $12 and $15 for others. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster outlets or the Pan American Center Ticket Office by calling 505-646-1420.

For more information call NMSU's choirs office at 505-646-1993.

MESILLA VALLEY CONCERT BAND TO PERFORM

The Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, in the New Mexico State University Music Center Recital Hall.

For more information call the music department at 505-646-2421.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY SHOWCASES TWO ARTISTS

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery is featuring two artists through Oct. 9.

The works are "The Churches of New Mexico" and "The Flowers in the Window," monoprints by H. Joe Waldrum and "Emergence," an installation by Matthew Sommerville.

In the 1970s, Waldrum began taking Polaroid SX-70 monoprints of New Mexico's churches to use as studies for future paintings. The monoprints of flowers were produced after Waldrum experimented with studies of flowers and color in his New York studio.

Sommerville's video and sound installation attempts to address the process of coming to consciousness in both its literal and metaphorical forms -- light -- by exploring a possible state of existence before language and thought.

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

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.

"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.