SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
PECOS LIFESTYLES & ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE
The 12th annual Dragonfly Festival Also Inside:
Seniors of the Sahara
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Thursday, September 5, 2013 Volume 20, Issue 17
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The Pecos Valley Kennel Club Dog Show
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Fall Film Series
Did you know?
The galaxy is probably teeming with life!
The Dragonfly Festival celebrates the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Pictured is a male Desert Whitetail at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photographer: Bill Flynt
Rio Pecos Kennel Club dog show
Story and photo by Vanessa Kahin Vistas Editor ore than 400 canines of all shapes, colors and sizes will soon arrive in Roswell to see which one rises above the rest as the cream of the crop; the top dog. Scheduled to take place Sept. 7 and 8 at the Roswell Industrial Air Center Park on Earl Cummings Loop, the Rio Pecos Kennel Club’s annual dog show has confirmed 451 entries as of publishing date, said Sarah Brinegar, the club’s treasurer. This year’s dog show — now in its 55th year — has had a steep increase in entries from last year, Brinegar said. This is great news, she said, not only because the show attracts entrants and judges from all across the U.S., but also because the event serves as an educational opportunity for those who may be considering adopting a particular breed of dog,
Jetta, a three-year-old female black Labrador who belongs to Sarah Brinegar.
The annual canine competition comes to Roswell
and best of all, the event is free to attend. “It’s a good opportunity to see what (one) might be getting if (you) are getting a purebred,” Brinegar said. “Come out, look at the dog (and) talk with the owners.” Those interested are welcome to contact Brinegar and ask when a particular breed will be showing. A concession and vendors will be available from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. during each day of the dog show. The only caveat to attending the show is that visitors may not bring along dogs, as they may be distracting to the ones who are competing. Canine competitors will be separated into seven categories: sporting, herding, working, toy, terrier, hound and non-sporting. Each category will have a winner, and these winners go
on to compete in the Best in Show round. This competition-throughelimination will take place on both days of the dog show; with the same dogs competing but being judged by different judges on each day. Part of the American Kennel Club, the RPKC puts on the dog show with Jack Onofrio Dog Shows, a company that helps coordinate and advertise dog shows nationwide. The event is also made possible with funds from the Roswell Lodger’s Tax. Although members of the RPKC plan to show their dogs in the show, the event will also include canines from across the U.S. In the case that a dog is not — or cannot — be shown by its owner, a handler will show it. Many handlers hail from all corners of the Earth. Often, dog owners send their dogs to be shown with a handler in order to show the dogs at various contests. Br inegar said dogs receive the titles of champion and grand champion through an accumulation of points. These points are awarded to dogs by competing in shows. Therefore, if a dog owner wants his or her
dog to gain these points, it may be best to employ the help of a handler. “You can get a title f aster if you send (the dog) out with a handler,” Brinegar explained. Such is the case with Bailey — an Australian shepherd from Roswell who has recently been sent out with a handler to be shown in Missouri. Bailey’s owner, Tomma Shumate, will be showing her other Australian shepherd, 3-year-old Shiloh, at the upcoming RPKC dog show. A champion dog, Shiloh is just 10 points shy of the grand champion title. Bailey, who is Shumate’s first show dog, is a bronze-level grand champion. “(I’m) passionate about the breed,” Shumate said in a written statement. “(I) love to travel, meet up with my fr iends at the shows (and meet) other fanciers of the breed.” Brinegar has been active working and showing dogs since the 1960s. Back then, she lived in Indiana, and worked extensively with Weimaraners, golden retr ievers, black SEE
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n September 19, there will be the opportunity to attend a test screening and focus group for the short film Mexicants. This is one of the final steps before the film starts making the rounds on the short film circuit. The short film, as it stands, is about a pair of ne'er-dowell buddies. They win the lotter y after having just heared about police officers using fake lottery prizes to lure fugitive criminals out of hiding. After the stage is set f or the classic misunderstanding, comedy ensues. While the short film stands on its own, in reality, it mainly serves as an introduction to the characters. We get to know Alejandro (Johnnie Hector) and Chico (Rick Ortega), who are a pair of stoners that fit the traditional movie mold of Cheech and Chong, Bill and Ted, Wayne and Garth, Jay and Bob, or Harold and Kumar. Also introduced is Omar (Fernando Urquides), who is a gangster with a soft spot for the musical â€œGrease.â€? The short film is the first ten pages of the Mexicants f eature film. T he eventual goal of producing the first act as a short film is to get exposure for the rest of the scr ipt to possibly secure
funding for the feature film. The full film has the structure of a classic chase caper. This allows them to film the scr ipt over an extended period because the locations change dur ing the chase, and the characters don't retur n to them. If the film gains traction in the film festival circuit, or they br ing investors, the plan is to shoot the full feature in the upcoming year. T he scr ipt does use the short film as a prequel and or igin stor y. Subsequent (yet-to-be-filmed) acts take the stoner chase movie concept and adds a layer of New Mexico culture that has not been addressed by many places. Hector said, "All of the movies that were happening at the time, like pineapple express, had the same characters time after time. They are always in all of them. What we wanted to do is bring it back to New Mexico and hispanic culture." Souther n New Mexico, as well as many border communities, have always dealt with the ebb and flow of cultures and heritages flowing in and out of the area. It is a crossroads of aspirations. Both the aspirations of those coming from the third world for new opportunities, and aspira-
Filming Mexicants in Roswell, November of 2012
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Mexicants films in Roswell
Roswell residents get to be part of a focus group for the short film Mexicants before it begins showing on the film circuit. By Rey Berrones Vision Editor
From left, Johnnie Hector, Fernando Urquides and Rick Ortega star in Mexicants
tions of those in the first world wanting to build the American dream with cheaper labor. Of course, the labor is only cheap until they step up the ladder and "Americanize." Because of this, the popular logic 40 or 50 years ago was that the new Americans shouldn't teach their children the Spanish language, because it would put them at a disadvantage. When writing the film, Hector said, "We were more f ocused on the sublety of something deeper. I'm Hispanic, I'm 38 years old, and I don't speak Spanish. Fenando is 22, he doesn't speak Spanish. My buddy Rick, he's
39, he doesn't speak Spanish. My buddy Carlos, he doesn't speak Spanish. The subcontext of this is that half of the actors my age did not learn to speak Spanish because we were not allowed to speak Spanish in school. So the whole theme of Mexicants in the end ... when the chase takes them to Mexico, they end up in a hospital, that's when you realize that they don't speak Spanish. "That was the main thing we were trying to touch on, because half of the actors that come out of here don't speak spanish. You see them on TV, they learn it, because they are actors that can learn
lines and dialogue, and they have acting coaches, but they don't speak it. "If we spoke it in school, we would get in trouble, so our parents never taught it. Which apparently happened everywhere. That's us trying to show the world that. "I can sit there, and people come up to me and start talking. If I stop and f ocus on them, I know exactly what they are talking about, but I just can't relay it back in Spanish. ... and that is where the real Mexicant story came from, and that is where it really hits, and that is the meat of it. SEE MEXICANTS ON PAGE 15
Clovis Music Festival
Every Week, Tues - Sun
Shroud Exhibit and Museum The Turin Shroud interactive exhibit at White Sands Mall in Alamogordo offers a backlit, full-sized picture, the only interactive VP8 Image Analyzer 3D experience. The exhibitʼs goal is make Turin Shroud available to all including the vision impaired. Hours are Sunday from 2 p.m. -4 p.m., Tuesday - Friday from 1 p.m. 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 4462113, or visit ShroudNM.com.
Sept 13 - 15
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest is at Griggs Sport Complex Alamogordo on Sept 13 from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. and Sept 14 from 3 p.m. - 12 a.m. Those in attendance from 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. must be 21 or older. In advance 1-Day Ticket $17, 2-Day Ticket $29; At the venue 1-Day Ticket $20. Children under 16 free. For information, call GAF Public Affairs at 572-2612, or visit facebook.com/GermanAirForceOktoberfestAlamogordo.
Artesia Sept 12
Little Texas Concert The Little Texas Concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Artesia High
spirit. For more information, visit carlsbadxc.org or facebook.com/BleedBlueCavemen5k.
Clovis Sept 7
Rotary Rummage & Arts in the Park The Rotary Rummage & Arts in the Park is at Hillcrest Park from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year will mark the 26th anniversary of the Clovis Music Festival which honors one of Clovisʼ most influential and successful residents, world renowned recording artist Norman Petty and his wife, Vi Petty. The event is scheduled to take place September 5th to 7th. For more information visit clovismusicfestival.net.
School Auditorium, 105 S. 15th St. Get your tickets today to this rockinʼ country concert. For advance tickets, go to www.artesiaartscouncil.com. For more information call the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 746.4212.
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Bleed Blue 5K The Bleed Blue 5K Walk / 5K Run being presented by CHS Cross Country. $20 (18 years & up) $10 (17 yrs & under) before Monday, August 26 to get 5K t-shirt. Check in at 8 a.m. at Beach Band Shell. Races start at 9 a.m. Show your caveman
Rockinʼ the Bags The Rockinʼ the Bags Cornhole Tournament is 10:30 a.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. For more information, call Misty at 935-5000 to register your Competitive or Recreational Team in the Rockinʼ the Bags Cornhole Tournament.
Clovis music festival This year will mark the 26th anniversary of the Clovis Music Festival which honors one of Clovisʼ most influential and successful residents, world renowned recording artist Norman Petty and his wife, Vi Petty. The event is scheduled to take place September 5th to 7th. Local bands will be featured on Thursday night, September 5th at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Be sure to come out and enjoy the “Clovis Sound” and support our local musicians to include “No Refund”, “Junkyard Rhino”, “Last Flight Out” and “StateLine”. On Friday night, September 6th at
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7 p.m., “The Worldʼs Best Young Elvis,” Travis LeDoyt, will perform. Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers will also perform. Cost is $35 for reserved seats tickets, and $30 for general admission in advance and by August 31st. Tickets will increase to $35 for general admission and $40 for reserved seats on September 1st. Featured Saturday night, September 7th at 7 p.m. will be Night Ranger and Jack Russellʼs Great White. Cost is $35 for reserved seats tickets, and $30 for general admission in advance and by August 31st. Tickets will increase to $35 for general admission and $40 for reserved seats on September 1st. For more information visit clovismusicfestival.net.
September 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21
Cabaret Willkommen, bienvenue and welcome! Come to the Kit Kat Klub, where Sally Bowles (Kristen Hester) and the mysterious Emcee (Miles Wiseman) sound the clarion call to decadent fun. But even as Sallyʼs attraction to American writer Cliff Bradshaw (Jonathan Bertschinger) turns into a passionate ro6 >>
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>>5 mance, outside the Nazi party begins its rise into a brutal force, and events are set into motion that will lead to one of the darkest chapters in human history. From the director of Fiddler on the Roof and A Dollʼs House comes a musical experience like no other, featuring classic songs such as “Willkommen”, “Two Ladies”, “Money”, and “Tomorrow Belongs to Me.” Welcome to the end of the world. Tickets are on sale now. Show dates are September 13, 14 (8 p.m.), 15 (2 p.m.), 19, 20, 21 (8 p.m.). Cabaret is intended for mature audiences, parental discretion is advised. For more information, visit communityplayersofhobbs.com.
Dog Daze of Summer The Dog Daze of Summer is presented by Parks & Rec Hobbs at Del Norte Park/Pool from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Bring your Pooch to the Pool for a howlinʼ good time. With a Shot Clinic, pet info booths, contests and more. 397-9291 for more info.
Every Week, Mon - Sat
Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years This Walker Aviation Museum display will remain through the
If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (575) 623-9322
end of the year. This exhibit features a short history of the base and many items from the WWII era, as well as information about the planes that flew at Roswell Army Airfield from 1941-1945. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 2472464 or visit wafbmuseum.org.
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Peace Through Strength This Walker Aviation Museum exhibit is a tribute to the 579th Strategic Missile Squadron assigned to Walker Air Force Base during the early 1960s. The squadron was responsible for operating and maintaining 12 Atlas missile silos around the greater Roswell area. The exhibit was funded through a grant from the Association of Air Force Missileers. The museum is open from 10 a.m. 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 247-2464 or visit www.wafbmuseum.org.
Every Week, Wed, Sat
Karaoke at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge Karaoke at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge at 118 East Third St. from 9 p.m - until people stop singing.
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Susan Gibson plays Pecos Flavors Winery from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, call 627-6265.
Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280.
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Los Band Dʼ Dos at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen Los Band Dʼ Dos playing Latin Pop and Country music at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen at 2103 N. Main from 6 p.m - 9 p.m. For more information, call Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen at 622-4919.
Farmersʼ Gardenersʼ Market The Farmersʼ and Gardenersʼ Market is one of our largest successes. Here you will find the freshest fruits and vegetables available anywhere. We also have local crafters and just good old-fashioned atmosphere. Purchase your home grown/home made items at the Chaves County Courthouse Lawn from the first Saturday in July until late September. This family event features high quality fresh produce, flowers, and crafts that are produced by families in the Pecos and Hondo Valley. We also accept WIC coupons and Senior Citizen stamps. Each week, hundreds of locals and visitors visit our market. This direct relationship between the producer and the consumer contributes to strengthening our local economy, keeping agricultural land and water in production and providing fresh, healthy food to our community. Vendors at the market must follow strict food safety guidelines, thus protecting the health and safety of our wonderful customers. For more information contact our market manager Lester Peck at 575-627-2239.
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Seniors of the Sahara
Roswell Community Little Theatre
The Roswell Community Little Theatre presents Seniors of the Sahara, a comedy by Barbara Pease Weber, directed by Louise Montague. This comdey features many of the Roswell Community Little Theatre regulars doing what they do best. Underwritten by Pepper Grill and Bar, evening shows are Sept 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are on Sept 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Call 622-1982 for Friday and Saturday reservations. >>6 stage every Saturday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. P.A. system and drums are provided, all other instruments must be brought by the musician.
Feb 8 - Sept 28
Vision: 2013 Invitational Exhibition On Friday, February 8 from 5-7 pm the Roswell Museum and Art Center opens the exhibition Vision, featuring the work of five artists from northern New Mexico who practice traditional techniques, yet make their art relevant to todayʼs society. Kevin Burgess de Chávez (tinwork), Drew Coduti (tinwork), Catalina Delgado-Trunk (papel picado), Damian Velasquez (furniture), and Frederico M. Vigil (true fresco) are represented in the exhibition that continues through September 28, 2013. For more information, call 624-6744
Aug 9 - Sept 18
Unfinished Animal Ven Voisey is pleased to present “Unfinished Animal” at the Roswell Museum and Art Center: an exhibition of new work created while taking part in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. Exhibition runs through Septem-
ber 18th, 2013. No animals are on display here unfinished or otherwise; only structures, skeletal instruments, fossils with only hints of their fleshy fullness. Bring some quarters with you, itʼs possible they may come in handy. For more information visit roswellmuseum.org.
Aug 16 - Sept 24
Other Places Again Isaacʼs Pipe and Supply Gallery, located at 309 N. Virginia, is pleased to present a group of paintings by the New York based artist Glenn Goldberg. Glenn Goldberg was born in the Bronx, Studied at the New York Studio School and received an MFA from Queens College. He was named the 1996 Heilman Artist and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Edward Albee Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. His works are the product of an attempt to trust oneʼs complexity, the unspoken, the intangibles, wile combining the imagination and experience of the curious mind. The mesmerizing dot matrix into and over meaningful shape is reminisce of Aboriginal art. Often present in his abstractions are the elements of
natural objects, such as flowers, birds or water. He has shown throughout Europe and USA, recently exhibited with Jason Mccoy Gallery in New York and Hill Gallery in Michigan. Goldbergʼs work is held in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Nelson Atkins in Kansas City and High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Glenn teaches drawing at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, he also teaches at Queens College, Parsons Master of Fine Arts Program and New York Studio Residency Program. Please contact Sandi Miller at 575 317 1049 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Business After Hours The Roswell Chamber of Commerce presents Business After Hours at Cattle Baron located at 1113 N. Main Street, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Bring your business card for this great networking op-
portunity. For more information, call 6235695.
Jordan World Circus The Jordan World Circus is at the Bob Crosby Arena with shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the F.O.P. Pecos Lodge #55. For more information, visit thejordanworldcircus.com.
LMAO Comedy Tour Twin Eagle Promotions and Phfilmer Flungbucket Present the LMAO Comedy Tour at the Roswell Convention Center at 8 p.m. It features Ponchi Herrera, Iggy Samaniego, Adam Dominguez and Phfilmer Flungbucket. Tickets $15 in advance (you can purchase tickets at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center) $20 at the door Military are 1/2 price at the door. For more information call the Roswell Convention & Civic Center at 624-6860.
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“How do I Get the Most for Something I Want to Sell?” A limited number of Mr. Rinker’s books will be available for purchase and autograph by the author.
Saturday, September 14 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bondurant Room at Roswell Public Library APPRAISAL CLINIC: 1 Item appraisal - $10 3 Items - $25 (Selling Quickly) Walk-through home appraisal - $100 (SOLD OUT) (Friday afternoon & Saturday evening – limited number available)
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his fall, the Roswell Museum and Art Center is showing several documentaries about art and identity in their film series, Standing Out. Each film will be shown in the Bassett Center at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, 19, 26. This collection of films all ask similar questions about how the expression of art drives culture and individuality. For some, the expression of self comes from the car they drive, or the tattoos on their body, or the objects that they collect. The films are as follows. September 12: Automor phosis (2009) introduces its audience to intentionally whimsical art car aficionados and their unusual art form. With persistence and creativity, a vehicle transforms into a multi-ton statement of identity. Automorphosis looks into the minds and hearts of a delightful collection of eccentrics, visionaries, and just plain folks who have transformed their autos into artworks. On a humorous and touching journey, we discover what drives the creative process for these unconventional characters. And in the end, we find that an art car has the power to change us — to alter our view of our increasingly homogeneous world. Subjects featured include: Harrod Blank and his Camera Van; World-renowned spoon bender Uri Geller and his
f o r k - a n d - s p o o n - c ove re d “Peace Car”; Howard Davis’s “Telephone Car” an obsession-driven telephone collection; & Leonard Knight, a religious folk artist who’s painted his vehicles as well as most of an entire mountain in the desert as a testament to his faith. 2009, United States, Color, 77 minutes, Directed by Harrod Blank, Not Rated, 77 minutes. September 19: Tattoo Nation (2013) follows three tattoo artists as it examines the roots, changing perceptions, and rising popularity of tattoos. Tattoos, historically a generic skin stamp with limited possibilities, develop into the deeply personal signifiers they are today. In 2006, Eric Schwartz started a photographic project with the working title The Tattooed. This project began with large-scale portraits and later involved interviews that explain how people, especially the Chicano community, express themselves through tattoo. It was Eric’s interest in different peoples’ motivations, the power of imagery and his life long interest in art that led to the making of Tattoo Nation, as his directorial debut. 2013, United States, Color, 86 minutes, English, Directed by Eric Schwartz, Not rated. September 26: Herb & Dorothy (2008), a couple who could otherwise be brushed off as normal
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Fall Film Series
Courtesy Photo from the film Tattoo Nation, showing on Sept. 19
Art and identity are explored through the fall film series at the RMAC middle-class New Yorkers, awe the world with their visionary contemporary art collection. In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a worldclass art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels
launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states. This came sixteen years after the Vogels had transferred their entire collection to NGA, the majority as a gift, making headlines in 1992. During those years at the NGA, the collection had grown to nearly 5,000 pieces, too large for any one museum to contain. As a solution, a national gift project titled The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel
Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States was conceived. Though their collection was now worth millions of dollars, the couple did not sell a single piece, instead giving fifty works to one museum in every state. Having worked their whole lives as civil servants, their wish was to give back to the people of the United States. 2008, United States, Color, 87 minutes, English, Directed by Megumi Sasaki, Not Rated. For more information on the film series, visit roswellmuseum.org.
By Rey Berrones Vision Editor
Seniors of the Sahara
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The Roswell Community Little Theatre presents a comedy romp he Roswell Community Little Theatre presents Seniors of the Sahara, a comedy by Barbara Pease Weber, directed by Louise Montague. The story follows Sylvia Goldberg (Gina Amos), who is a respectable retired New Jersey school teacher who brings home souvenirs from her grandson’s wedding in Israel for her three best friends, Thelma, Mabel and Fannie (Denise Samuels, Patti Stacy, and Jeorganna Simoes). The four ladies live in a seniors’ condominium and are us
to their ears in each other's business. Sylvia gets more than she bargained for when a teapot she bought at an outdoor market in Israel turns out to be a priceless relic wanted by Savalas (Ty Whatley), who is willing to resort to violence to get what he wants. The teapot contains a geriatric genie named Eugene (Nate Banks), who has a bad back and a taste for vodka and V8. Sylvia wants her new genie to go away before her friends find out, but Eugene
enjoys his new lifestyle in the seniors condo, with his favorite drinks always available and ibuprofen on hand to relieve his aching back. Can Sylvia keep herself and Eugene out of trouble? Find out at any one of the RCLT shows. Underwritten by Pepper Grill and Bar, evening shows are Sept 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are on Sept 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Call 622-1982 for Friday and Saturday reservations.
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Jody Nix Jody Nix is playing Way Out West, located at 4709 W 2nd St. $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Call 627-2072 for more information.
Susan Gibson Susan Gibson plays Pecos Flavors Winery from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, call 627-6265.
Tweeting Elations Well known to all, Finch will present a new body of work in clay that borders on the mystical, often. Through her medium, she evokes the viewer to ponder unanswered questions by entering her world to participate in the narrative of our own imagination. Aria Finch: Tweeting Elations opens on Saturday, September 7, but the reception will not be held until September 28.
Dragonfly Festival The free festival is the perfect place to learn more about dragonflies and damselflies. Dragonfly specialists will also teach everything you would want to know about dragonflies. The festival will also feature kid activities, crafts, dragonfly tours
and more. Reservations are required for the dragonfly tours. To make a reservation or for more information call 625-4011 or visit friendsofbitterlake.com
Sept 7 - 8
Rio Pecos Kennel Club The Rio Pecos Kennel Club All Breed Dog Shows is in Roswell. To enter, visit onofrio.com/entry. For more information about the dog show, call 623-9190.
Sept 12, 19, 26
Standing Out For its Fall Film Series, RMAC will present three independent films that focus on individuals who steal the spotlight in lesser recognized facets of American contemporary art. Admission into the films is free and generously sponsored by the RMAC Foundation. Popcorn and beverages provided. September 12: Automorphosis (2009) introduces its audience to intentionally whimsical art car aficionados and their unusual art form. 2009, United States, Color, 77 minutes, Directed by Harrod Blank, Not Rated, 77 minutes. September 19: Tattoo Nation (2013) follows three tattoo artists as it examines the roots, changing perceptions, and rising popularity of tattoos. 2013, United States, Color, 86 minutes, English, Directed by Eric Schwartz, Not rated. September 26: Herb & Dorothy
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Jody Nix is playing Way Out West, located at 4709 W 2nd St. $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Call 627-2072 for more information.
(2008) tells the story of a couple in Manhattan who amassed an impressive contemporary art collection on a surprisingly modest budget. 2008, United States, Color, 87 minutes, English, Directed by Megumi Sasaki, Not Rated. All films start at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org.
Harry L. Rinker Harry L. Rinker, a “nationallyknown antiques and collectibles expert,” will visit Roswell Friday,
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Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. He will give a presentation, “How Do I Get the Most for Something I Want to Sell?” at the Civic Center. The event is through the Friends of the Roswell Public Library.
Retro Fit Retro Fit plays Pecos Flavors Winery from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, call 6276265.
Sept 13 - 15
Pinatafest Piñatafest, Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th, on the Chaves County Courthouse Lawn. The Piñatafest features live Mexican entertainment, mariachis, ven-
dors, food, salsa making contests, jalapeno eating contests and more. A parade will take place on Saturday, September 14th, and a Mariachi Mass will take place on Sunday. The Hispano Chamber of Commerce is selling raffle tickets at $1.00 for a $1,000.000 filled Pinata. To purchase your tickets stop in our office at 327 N. Main St. Roswell. For more information, call the Hispano Chamber of Commerce at 624-0889, or visit facebook.com/RoswellHispanoChamberOfCommerce
Unfinished Animal, An Unfinishing Ven Voisey presents a multichannel audio performance within his current RMAC exhibition, Unfinished Animal. Utilizing a dense ensemble of manipulated karaoke backing tracks, Voiseyʼs composition is a reorientation & reexamination of these disposable, inauthentic and often overly-mechanical reproductions of original songs created to back the untrained voices of aspiring barroom entertainers. This manipulation of manipulated pop culture will be broadcast through a varied array of home stereo equipment strewn throughout the museum. Serving as a closing event for the exhibition, this performance presents a circumstance in which it is incomprehensible to remember the words, futile to fill in the missing voices, and impossible to finish. The performance is free at the the 11 >>
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Elks Supporting New Mexico Wounded Warriors 2nd Annual Roswell Elks Lodge “Elks Supporting New Mexico Wounded Warriors” Charity Golf Tournament at NMMI golf course. It is a 8am shotgun start 4 person scramble. All donations to this fund raiser go to support the New Mexico Elks Association Veterans Services Wounded Warrior Project. The NM Elks WWP exists to honor and empower Wounded Warriors from New Mexico who incurred service-connected injuries. The Roswell Elks Lodge is identifying local Wounded Warriors from any war; all funds donated will be used to assist local Wounded Warriors.
Bleu Edmondson Bleu Edmondson plays Pecos Flavors Winery from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, call 627-6265.
Hemlock Ginsberg Music welcomes Hemlock back for a performance on Sept 20, with special
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Friday Sept 13
Inn of the Mountain Gods
For 20 years, Intocable has paved the way for Tex-Mex groups, with catchy melodies, vocal harmony, and tight instrumentation. Catch them live at the Inn on September 13. Youʼre sure to leave knowing why Billboard Magazine named Intocable the “Group of the Decade.” Donʼt miss Intocable, live at the Inn of the Mountain Gods stage on September 13. Tickets are on sale now.
guests Kingdoms Fall, Odd Man Out, and Wednesday Never Comes. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $10. This is an all ages show.
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Intocable GRAMMY™-Award-Winning Tejano band shakes up New Mexico with all of their big hits! For 20 years, Intocable has paved the way for Tex-Mex groups, with catchy melodies, vocal harmony, and tight instrumentation. Catch them live at the Inn on September 13. Intocable has also made music history by being the first of its genre to perform during a halftime show at the famed Dallas Cowboys Stadium in 2011 and winning a GRAMMY™ for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album in 2005. This high-energy band, whoʼs lead singer rocks the accordion, will be performing #1 hits such as “Robarte Un Besito,” “Dame Un Besito,” “Eres Mi Droga,” and “Suena,” is sure to entertain. Youʼre sure to leave knowing why Billboard Magazine named Intocable the “Group of the Decade.” Donʼt miss Intocable, live at the Inn of the Mountain Gods stage on September 13. Tickets are on sale now.
American West is proud to announce the opening of the inaugural “Celebracion del Arte” juried art show and exhibit in the Museumʼs Green Tree Gallery. Original art from some of New Mexicoʼs best artists will be on display from May 4 through September 9. The Celebracion del Arte is a juried fine arts competition that seeks to recognize and honor excellence in the contemporary visual arts of the American West. Thirtytwo (32) artists, representing 54 pieces of original art, were selected as finalists for the show. These artists and their works will benefit from regional recognition and exposure through New Mexicoʼs first Smithsonian Affiliate museum, as well as the opportunity to sell their work(s) during the exhibition. For more information, call The Hubbard Museum of the American West at 378-4142, or visit hubbardmuseum.org. If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email email@example.com or call 622-7710 ext. 309.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Dragonfly Festival Schedule
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The Twelfth Annual Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Dragonfly Festival is this weekend, Saturday, September 7 and Sunday the 8th. On Saturday there will be presentations in the Joseph Skeen Visitor’s Center, an Early Bird Tour at 6:30 a.m., Wildlife Tours at 8:00, 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00 and Dragonfly Tours at 8:00, 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30, along with an arts and crafts tent, archery for the kids and a Kid’s Treasure Hunt. There will also be arts and crafts for the kids to do at the Visitor’s Center. Dragonfly Tours will also be held on Sunday at 9:00, 10:00 and 12:00 noon. The Early Bird Tour will be approximately three hours and the Refuge Wildlife Tours and Dragonfly Tours are all two hours in duration. The Saturday presentations in the Visitor’s Center are: Invertebrates of Bitter Lake NWR Brian Lange Dragonflies of the Southwest Robert Larsen World of Vultures Steve West Bitter Lake/Hondo River Restoration Floyd Truetken Hummingbirds of New Mexico Bill Flynt Reptiles and Amphibians of New Mexico Scott Bulgrin
9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
The Boy Scouts will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for sale at lunchtime, so gather up the kids and come out for the day as there will be plenty to do. The various tours require reservations and you need to call the Refuge at (575)625-4011 in advance to make your reservations.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Patricia S.M. O'Bryon Photo Participants on the Kid’s Treasure Hunt during the 2012 Dragonfly Festival
Female Commanche Skimmer
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Time to Celebrate Fall
By Jeff Sanchez Refuge Biologist his summer has been interesting for the Roswell area this year. Mother Nature provided a few much needed recent rainstorms that have given us some relief from the three year drought we find ourselves in. Some of us (including myself) are struggling with itchy eyes and runny noses from the many pollen particles blowing around our area as a result of the maturing pigweed and kochia plants growing throughout Roswell. Soon, noticeably shorter days will be blessed with the unmistakable sounds and sights of migrating cranes, geese and ducks making their way from the cold northern states to our moderately warm southern state in search of food and open water. Dragonflies, damselflies and other flying insects will be frantically in
The Dragonfly Festival celebrates its 12th year
search of a last minute meal and opportunity to lay eggs to ensure that their young will be around next year to start the cycle over again. This time of year brings frantic change to everyone and everything alike, all of which are preparing for the colder winter months. With these noticeable changes comes the annual Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Dragonfly Festival. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday September 7th, with most activities starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Skeen Visitor Center here at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We will have wildlife arts & crafts, and an exhibitor’s tent, providing a family-friendly atmosphere with a pleasant view of the Refuge wetlands and bluffs. Examples of exhibitors participating this year include: the Wild Spirit
Wolf Sanctuary, with their live wolf for everyone to view and the New Mexico Herpetology Society, who will be showcasing live snakes and other reptiles. We will also be offering many fun and hands-on opportunities for kids, including: a kids’ fishing tank loaded with hungry catfish; an archery shooting training area for kids; arts and crafts and educational booths; and the wildlife treasure hunt specifically for kids seeking adventure in learning/handling wildlife. The Refuge will also provide the ever popular dragonfly tours and early morning birding tours, as well as Refuge wildlife tours featuring native fish, reptiles, small mammals, dragonflies, bird banding techniques, and close encounters with a variety of other animals. Presentations will be available at the visitor
Female twelve-spotted Skimmer center auditorium focusing on the Hondo River restoration project, hummingbirds of New Mexico, the world of vultures, dragonflies of the southwest and invertebrates of Bitter Lake NWR. There will be hotdogs and refreshments available for purchase at the festival as well. Lastly, a photography workshop will be available for those of you who
Bill Flynt Photo want to learn how to effectively photo document the beautiful changing of the seasons here at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. All activities except for the photography workshop are free. For tour information, reservations, or questions call (575) 625 – 4011. Make your tour reservations early, since they fill-up fast.
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Combining Ceramics and Textiles
Rey Berrones Photos Above: Nathan Craven and Don Anderson inspect the Wacky cloth
Local artist Nathan Craven collaborated with Pollack and Associates, to create a fun and unique set of textiles.
By Rey Berrones Vision Editor
regg Boyd is noticably surprised as Nathan Craven stands on top of a ceramic installation that he is in the process of building and starts jumping up and down. Boyd, just a few minutes earlier, was inspecting the Craven pieces in the studio with a hands-off respect that one normally approaches fine art. Craven's pieces, while fine art, are designed with interaction in mind. Craven is a ceramist that creates intricate pieces that have been displayed and installed in galleries and museums all over the world. Many of his installations are intricate floors that gallery visitors are expected to walk over, which breaks some of the traditional fine art boundaries. Craven said, "I design and fabricate architectural ceram-
ics. I build walls, or screens, or floors out of extruded ceramic components. They are more than the thickness of a tile. It is a lot more like brick work." The extrusion process has taken Craven the better part of six years to develop and refine. He elaborated, "I'm finally getting the hang of it. I'm finally getting to the point to where it should be, and now I can stop worrying about the technical aspect of how to make it or how to get it to work. I can start to explore different options, and different things that I can do to it. "I don't have to worry about the logistics of getting the clay to come out of the die right, I only need to worry about what I can do with it. "I enjoy making dies, and designing patter ns. I have about 300 different shapes."
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While most artists would be content with letting each shape stand on its own as a finished piece, Craven uses each piece as a building block to create larger creations. Craven recently collaborated with Pollack and Associates over the course of the last two years to create two textiles, Odyssey and Wacky. Asking a ceramic maker that builds large scale installations to design fabric might seem strange, however, Craven's process adapts well to the new medium. Craven elaborated, "He [Mark Pollack] contacted me, and at first I thought it was an odd request, but I researched it a little bit and realized that he was a big time textiles producer, and this was a serious thing that he was doing. He was fully committed to it, and
I got excited about it." "I thought it is kind of a perfect match. I spent a lot of time looking at quilts. I studied the patterns of quilting, and so it made sense to me once the process got going as to why I was asked. "Within a couple of weeks we hammered out the details and went forward from there. "Then I started working with his design team. I sent them pictures of my work, as well as physical samples, and we went back and forth. I'd send them the design, and they would come back and tell me, 'textiles can do this, and can't do that.' They would give me all kinds of fabric considerations that I didn't think about. "So we went back and forth with designs for about a year deciding on colors and layouts, as well as what kind of
fabrics. We decided on what kind of fabric, and then we refined the design." Of course, in this modern world, most of this collaboration was done over Skype and email. Craven said, "Up until I actually saw them, my experience with the fabrics was just pictures. "That was something that we went over in the design process. With my work, there is a lot of depth, and how were we going to get that in a textile that could only be so thick. "When they brought them here, there was a lot more depth. I was really more impressed with them in person." Which brings us back to Gregg Boyd. Boyd has dropped by Craven's Roswell
ceramics studio to show Craven final production samples of the Makers Collection fabrics produced by Pollack and Associates. Craven explains, that Pollack and Associates "decided to do a makers collection. Which is making textiles based on the work of five artists that don't work in textiles, for example ceramics, metal, glass, etc. "Mark Pollack, who is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, founded his own textile company called Pollack and Associates in New York City decades ago." Pollack said, "The designers who work with me - all RISD grads - and I pride ourselves on being 'makers' rather than mere surface designers. We understand how a fabric is made from the ground up, its structure and how it relates to the surface/pattern. I’d like to think that our knowledge of process and materials informs our designs in a way that sets them apart from the rest, hopefully for the better." Craven, who is a RISD graduate, came to Roswell as a fellow in the Roswell Artist-inResidence program. He opted to stay in Roswell after his residency ended. Craven said of Roswell, "This last year, its really starting to feel like home. When I was on the residency, I was really intense and working, and I hardly got to know anybody. I didn't start getting to know people until after I got off the residency. I've got to know a lot more people here in the art community and realized how much of a gem the art community is here. It is a hidden treasure that no one knows about. So we have gotten very comfortable and very happy here." To find out more about Nathan Craven and his work, visit nathancraven.com. To find out more about the Makers Collection, visit pollackassociates.com.
“I come from places where (people) only wanted pureContinued from Page 3 breds,” Br inegar said, Labradors, and once owned adding that she’s proud of Roswell’s more accepting a Norwich terrier. attitude toward dogs of all Brinegar has shown dogs The RPKC is backgrounds. in several types of shows, also open to anyone and any including obedience, hunt kind of dog, including tests and confirmation. The latter is a type of event in mixed breeds A source of inf ormation which dogs are judged priand suppor t f or all dog mar ily on how well “they owners in the immediate display the ideal of the area, the RPKC even offers breed both physically and obedience classes for dogs. mentally,” as stated in an Meant to target canine RPKC press release. behavioral issues, Brinegar The upcoming RPKC dog said these classes have show is a confirmation show. helped many people work The work Brinegar has put in to her dogs is evident in through behavioral chalall the awards they have lenges and keep the dogs garnered, including many they’ve adopted. Aside from behavioral ribbons and trophies. classes, the RPKC also puts “It’s been my life,” Brineon two dog walks a year, gar said about her work and was instrumental in the with dogs. She based her creation of Roswell’s dog decision to relocate to park near the Wool Bowl. Roswell about 13 years ago “I’m ver y proud of that largely on the f act that club,” Brinegar said. “It’s a Roswell not only has an lot of work for the members, active theatre community, but it’s something we really but also its own kennel club. enjoy.” Br inegar said she’s not For more inf ormation only proud of the RPKC, but about the dog show, call she’s also proud of the 623-9190. Roswell community, which leans mostly toward adopting dogs from shelters.
being made available to the Continued from Page 4 production crew, with the rest of the tickets going to "That's the main cultural fans through special promoaspect of it, and we wanted tions and contests. For more the world to see that, information on the film, visit because it is funny, but it's mexicantsthemovie.com. If not." you would like to see the Fer nando Urquides was screening of the short film, surpr ised to find out how visit the Mexicants f acemany non-Spanish speaking book page at second generation Ameri- facebook.com/1mexicants. cans are around, saying "I Vision Magazine will be always thought that my par- also be giving away a pair ents didn't teach me so that of tickets through the Vision they could talk about me." Magazine Facebook page The film will be shown at the week of the show. 7:30 p.m. at Icon Cinemas. This event is by invite only, with most of the tickets
Did you know?
By Stu Pritchard Roswell Historian oswell was the site of the nation's first automobile stage line developed through private financing and the car first used was created in the local blacksmith shop and was a conglomeration of several different autos. Named the "Yellow Devil", the vehicle lacked shock absorbers and a windshield. Passengers who withstood the bumps and potholes were covered with dirt after even a short journey and were sure to be baked in summer and half frozen in winter. Since there were no genuine roads an ingenious "drag" was devised which rendered the trails smooth enough for the odd vehicle and for the 24 horsepower Wintons which later took over the route to Torrance and Artesia. The fare to Torrance was $10.00, to Artesia $2.50 for the first hour, $2.00 each additional hour. Buicks were later added and the towns of Alamorgordo, Vaughn, Carrizozo and Albuquerque were included before busses took over for the auto vans. At first there was no such thing as a modern bridge, so a rude contraption composed of logs and planks was rigged for passage. The shooting of antelope from the auto was an
A pair of historical vignettes
almost daily occurance. A halfway house was established between Roswell and Torrence which was at first just a huddle of tents. Then later, in 1907, a station house was constructed. Cramped in between mail bags and freight, the auto car passenger did not soon forget a trip in this early mode of public transportation.
atches were unknown on the frontier. The most common method of obtaining fire was punk and steel. When no punk was available the cowboys would bur n red corncobs to ashes and mix the ashes with a bit of water, then add colored calico to the mush. When the calico dried it would catch fire easily from flint and steel. Charred cotton carried in a joint of cane also caught easily from flint and steel. Soft cotton wood root also catches fire easily but the easiest was a dampered cloth saturated with half melted explosive powder which as soon as it dried could be started with the proper blow of a spur rowell.
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The galaxy is probably teeming with life!
By Donald Burleson hose of us who have spent a lot of time studying the UFO phenomenon have had much reason to think about the possibilities of life on other worlds. Only a ludicrous arrogance could make us think humankind is alone in the universe. But what really are
the chances? Science fiction films often talk about creatures from other galaxies, but our own Milky Way Galaxy is as far as we really have to look, because it has excellent conditions for life, and we need not imagine voyagers from other galaxies to suppose that we could be visited by aliens. Our galaxy contains at least 100 billion stars, of which our own sun is one. We know now that even our closer stellar neighborhood contains a number of stars having planets in the “Goldilocks Zone”—reasonable size and gravity, temperatures compatible with the existence of liquid water, physical and thermo-chemical conditions not unfriendly to the development of hydrocarbon life
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forms. Even if only one galactic star in a million had a planet favorable to life (far too pessimistic), that would still imply 100,000 such stars. Even if we make yet another unduly pessimistic assumption and suppose that on any one of these life-possible planets there was only a probability of 0.0001 that life would eventually develop (i.e. a probability of 0.9999 that the planet would remain lifeless), the likelihood of all 100,000 of the planets remaining lifeless would work out to about 45 chances in a million. That is, the probability that at least some of the planets would develop life is about 0.999954, a near certainty. But why is a probability of 0.0001 for developing life so
pessimistic an assumption? Because we know better. In 1953 an experiment was conducted in which a mixture of water, hydrogen, ammonia, and methane (imitating the early earth’s chemical environment) was circulated and periodically zapped with electricity. After only a week, this inorganic “primordial soup” had spontaneously produced a variety of organic compounds, including all the amino acids that serve as the building blocks of life. Since then, more elaborate experiments have produced even more impressive results. And remember, life-friendly planets have had billions of years, not just a week. All it takes is producing one simple self-replicating molecule, which it would be surprising
not to see happen, given the spans of time involved. That simple self-replicating molecule would exponentially copy itself into countless billions of such molecules, and life would be under way. Depending on the particular planet’s conditions, that could well mean highly intelligent life in the long run. Are any of these possible life forms visiting our skies in UFOs? Strictly speaking, we have no absolute proof of that, despite some of the more extravagant claims one hears. But chances are good that some UFOs are extraterrestrial. After all, they often exhibit flight characteristics no conventional craft would be capable of. We most likely share the galaxy with a great variety of living creatures. Do they sometimes visit us? I’m betting yes.
Published on Sep 4, 2013
Vision Magazine for Sept 5, 2013, featuring articles on the Dragonfly Festival, Nathan Craven, Mexicants, Seniors of the Sahara and more.