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New Mexico State University events, Dec. 3-12

LA SOCIEDAD WRAPS UP FALL READINGS WITH POETS


ico State University will wrap up its La Sociedad para las Artes' Fall 2004 Visiting Writers Series with poet Aaron A. Abeyta and NMSU graduate poetry student John Chavez at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at La Alma de Artes High School.

The school, formerly the Court Youth Center, is located at 402 W. Court Ave. in Las Cruces.

For more information call Connie Voisine, English department, at (505) 646-2027.

MUSEUM ENDS FALL 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 in December.

Children and their families can make their own snow pals at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, which is the last of the museum's fall Saturday Family Workshops.

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.

NOCHE DE LUMINARIAS TO LIGHT UP NMSU CAMPUS

Noche de Luminarias (Night of Lights), one of the largest luminaria displays in southern New Mexico, will light up the New Mexico State University campus from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

More than 6,000 luminarias will line the International Mall and the path from the Pan American Center to Corbett Center Student Union. Las Cruces High School Band members will make and light the luminarias as a fundraising event.

"I can not think of a better way to begin the holiday season than by walking around the campus engulfed in the warmth of light provided by the luminarias and listening to the sounds of caroling and children laughing," said Bruce Vandevender, assistant director of campus activities.

Activities during the Night of Lights traditionally includes music, caroling, rides in a horse-drawn trolley and a visit with Santa Claus. Vibrations, Vista Middle School's handbell ringers, will perform during the event. Children can have a Polaroid picture taken with Santa for $1. All other activities are free and holiday refreshments will be served in the second floor lobby of Corbett Center.

Last year's festivities drew more than 2,000 students, faculty, staff and community members.

Sponsors for this year's event are the Union Program Council (UPC), the President's office, Corbett Center Student Union, the Associated Students of NMSU Activities and Housing and Residential Life.

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

'SEASON'S GREETINGS' AT NMSU THEATER

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts will present "Season's Greetings" through Dec. 5 in the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

"Season's Greetings" will take the audience on a journey back to favorite holiday moments with music and stories that will delight the entire family.

Curtain times will be at 7 p.m. for the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances. Friday and Saturday curtain calls will be at 8 p.m. and curtain calls for the Sunday matinee will be at 2 p.m.

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

NMSU MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO HOST PERFORMANCES

New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall will host three performances from Dec. 7-12.

An Honors Recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, the New Horizons Band will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and the Mesilla Valley Concert Band will have a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

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

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM CONTINUES TO HOST EXHIBITS

The New Mexico State University Museum will continue to host 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.

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

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY TO SHOW EXHIBIT

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will continue to show exhibits by Raul Dorn and Rob Rutherford 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.

SUSAN KING EXHIBITION RUNNING AT NMSU

An exhibition by artist Susan King, an NMSU alumna, titled "Susan King: Homecoming" is on display at the Conroy Honors Center Gallery through the end of the year.

King's exhibition is co-sponsored by the Honors College, the Department of Art, the Women's Studies Program, the Lilian Steinman Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists and the College of Arts and Sciences. MountainView Regional Medical Center's Women's Center also is sponsoring the event to support education about breast cancer.

For more information about the exhibit call the Honors College at (505) 646-2005.