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Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

By Amy Vogelsang Record Staff Writer inderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the three little pigs have never met until now. With a variety of fairy tale creatures, the stage looks a little, for lack of a better word,“Shrekian.” A term coined by director Daniel Wolkow, there is really no other way to describe “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol,” Eastern New Mexico University Roswell’s Christmas performance. The classic Charles Dickens tale just got a little more magical as a sprinkling of fairy tales bring Scrooge and other characters to life in an original and child friendly way. “It’s a kid’s show at heart, but still has humor adults will enjoy,” Wolkow said. Having been involved with eight other productions, he has earned a reputation, usually as the guy people direct one question toward: “Why so serious?” But the seriousness went out the window this time. He decided it was time to have a little fun. “I like to be a little more challenging: to push the envelope,” he explained. And this time he is directing a performance his daughter can see. His six-year-old daughter, Aliviah

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Wolkow, is not only going to watch the play; she is actually in it, along with a cluster of other young children. Aliviah, aka Humpty Dumpty, along with her friend Little Bo Peep — more publicly known as Mylie Juarez, also 6 — didn’t look a bit frightened at the prospect of performing on stage. “I’m OK with people watching me because I have lots of family,” Aliviah had previously told the paper matterof-factly. “Most people think Humpty Dumpty is a boy, but do you think he could be a girl?” she asked. Besides giving an affirmative answer, Mylie chimed in, “Maybe there is a boy and a girl Humpty Dumpty,” implying that Humpty Dumpty may have a girl counterpart. It’s open to interpretation, and this play is a chance to let the imagination run free with possibilities. Adults can become kids again, as proven by Ariel Atkinson who gets to spend a lot of time with the kids as the Ugly Duckling. “I’m a little nervous, but not too much,” Atkinson admitted. “I’m with the little kids so I’m supposed to be a little kid. They’re great little kids to be working with.”

Usually behind the scenes, this will be Atkinson’s first time actually under the spotlight. But for her husband, William Atkinson, the stage is a very comfortable place to be. As Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), William’s favorite part is working closely with Eric Johnston-Ortiz, an actor seen in many ENMU-R productions, and this time playing the Big Bad Wolf. But it’s not just the relationships built through his character that William enjoys. He also just loves the performing aspect in itself. “There is nothing better than getting reactions from the crowd when doing different things,” he said. Him and his wife are excited to be doing something together “in the same field.” As the cast jokes and laughs during rehearsal, it’s evident that it is not only the play that is comical: these actors and crew have fun through every phase of the play prepara-

tions. Even light man, Dallas Jeffers-Pollei, gets in on the fun, threatening those who talk smack about his lighting. “Who wants to be in the dark?” he jokingly threatens. “Keep talking, and I’ll make sure your parents can’t see you.” It’s a family atmosphere. And that was what Wolkow intended. As Wolkow likes to put it, it’s a “fun, energetic, playful Christmas show,” and it is meant to be an outing for the whole family. “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” will be showing at ENMU-R Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors and $5 for students. The tickets can be purchased at ENMU-R box office, by calling 6247398 or online at

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By Tess Townsend Record Staff Writer Roswellites have grown accustomed over the past two decades to ringing in the holiday season with a stream of cheerily lit floats moseying down Main Street. The 22nd annual Electric Light Parade and float contest will take place along Main Street between College and Alameda Streets Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. The second annual Christmas Caroling Contest on Main will precede the parade starting at 4 p.m. MainStreet Roswell held the first parade after MainStreet Director Dusty Huckabee visited a similar event in Lovington. "I went down there to check

The annual Electric Light Parade returns to Roswell with carols and lights. it out and to see what it was and they had 90 floats," Huckabee said. "The whole town was in the parade." He said he hopes the celebration will include even more floats than last year. He said that last year's parade included over 20 entries. He said he is particularly excited to see how a float with hot air balloon baskets turns out. He said operators of the float will shoot 10 to 15 foot flames from the baskets. "It is the wildest thing you have ever seen." To ensure striking visuals, merchants are asked to turn off their lights during the parade. MainStreet also aims

each year to have street lights and traffic lights extinguished. "We get it real dark," said Huckabee. Floats are asked to meet at the Wool Bowl parking lot near Main and College at 5 p.m. Huckabee said it takes time for floats to get lined up, especially since some contain critters. He said that past floats have included live camels. Float and caroling applications may be picked up at the MainStreet office or can be found online at

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Shroud Exhibit and Museum The Turin Shroud interactive exhibit at White Sands Mall in Alamogordo offers a backlit, fullsized 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 446-2113, or visit

Nov 21 - Dec 14

29th Annual Coming Home for Christmas Arts Festival Come see how this unique arts and crafts fair has transformed the Tularosa Basin Historical Society Plaza into an enchanting display of the most unique arts and crafts in the area. You will feel the magic of Christmas as you walk through the Plaza with themed Christmas trees, as well as Country, Victorian, and Southwestern items for sale. Christmas music will set the mood for this magical display of the finest handmade arts and crafts in the area. Bakers will be selling their culinary delights. All to delight your senses and make you truly believe you are Coming Home for Christmas. Experience it at Tularosa Basin Historical Society Plaza, 1004 White Sands Blvd. Times vary, please contact the Tularosa Basin Historical Society at 434-4438 for more information.

Check out the flamboyance in this SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR night of foot-stompʼn, toe-tappʼn, bell ringing fun. Youʼll want to be a redneck, too! The performance starts at 8 p.m., with a Pot Roast Buffet before the show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the buffet are $20. Tickets for the performance are $76 and $79. For more information, call 1-888818-7872 or visit

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Grab the family and saddle up the olʼ sleigh for an unforgettable night of music and laughs with the boys. Yes, those singing angels in the trailer park are primping their festive mullets and will be dashing through the snow just in time for some down-home Christmas cheer! The “3 Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR” stars the singinʼ cousins, Billy Joe, Billy Bob, Billie Billee (real life Broadway and Opera stars) — the same gut-busting trailer park trio to last adorn the Spencer stage in their “Great Adventure.” The performance starts at 8 p.m., with a Pot Roast Buffet before the show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the buffet are $20. Tickets for the performance are $76 and $79. For more information, call 1-888-818-7872 or visit

Dec 14

Second annual Toy Drive for Alamogordo The Second annual Toy Drive for Alamogordo is at Palm Side Lounge located at 905 S. White Sands Blvd, featuring the 2DEEJAYS DAT SK8 live video

set. No cover with an unopened toy. Toys will be donated to local Otero County charities.


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Light Up Artesia Parade of Lights Artesiaʼs very first Light Parade will debut December 5 to kick off Light Up Artesia and the arrival of Santa Claus! This yearʼs theme will be “New Mexico Christmas.” The deadline to enter a float in the parade is November 29. To get an application visit or pick one up at the Artesia Chamber. For more information, call 746-2744.

Dec 7

Gingerbread House Workshop Artesia Arts Councilʼs ninth annual Gingerbread House Workshop is at the First Presbyterian Church located at 402 Grand Ave from 9 a.m. - noon. All houses are 100% handmade, rolled, baked and assembled by our volunteers. All materials are

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provided at the cost of $15 per house. Participants must preregister. Call the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 746-4212 to register.

Dec 14

Snow Globe Workshop Artesia Arts Council is holding a Snow Globew Workshop at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center located at 310 Main St from 9 a.m. - noon. All houses are 100% handmade, rolled, baked and assembled by our volunteers. All materials are provided at the cost of $15. Call the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 746-4212 to register.


Nov 29 - Dec 31

Christmas on the Pecos Take an evening boat ride on the Pecos River with illuminated backyards and islands of twinkling lights. The holiday spirit shines through as wise men and angles sparkle in a fairyland of lights. The tour starts at 711 Muscatel Ave. every night. The tour does not run on Christmas Eve. Adults 12 and over: $12.50 per person on SundayThursday, $17.50 per person on Friday and Saturday Children 211: $7.50 per child on Sunday Thursday, $12.50 per child on Friday and Saturday. For more 6 >>

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Keep the Home Fires Burning The Cloudcroft Light Opera Company presents the holiday melodrama, “Keep the Home Fires Burning.ʼ This is a chance to boo the villain, who is described as a “crabgrass on the lawn of life,” but more importantly root for the good girls. Directed by Arlan Ponder and told with the dramatic aplomb that only CLOC actors can muster, curtains open this month for the melodrama at the Cloudcroft Middle School commons area. CLOC presentations are normally free, with donations accepted that are given out in scholarships. For this show, entrance to “Keep the Home Fires Burning” is just a few cans of food. Whatʼs collected will be given to local organizations to provide to the less fortunate in our community. The plot involves dastardly Whipley Skidmore, who is spending his Christmas Eve evicting innocent families behind in their mortgages. Until, that is, Santa Claus, his young assistant Carol, and the Ugly Old Hag show up in the, pardon the pun, Nick of time. The cast list includes: Kathleen Crinklaw as Mother Kindlady, Kenzi Ponder


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as Mary, Jeremy Colbert as Will, and Michael Shinabery as Whipley Skidmore. The Ugly Old Hag is Scotty Courvoisier, Santa Claus is Zack Miller, with Hope Evans as his assistant Carol. Larry Evans is the Yuletide Yahoo, and Harry and Eddie Crinklaw are the stage managers. During intermission, local talent will perform, including vocalist Raini OʼConnor. The audience will be able to participate, as well, in holiday songs. Come join the fun when the curtains open on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., for “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” from Pioneer Drama Service and written by Charles E. Bright.

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6th Annual Christmas Traditions From Around the World The 6th Annual Christmas Traditions From Around the World is at the Western Heritage Museum from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and features the sites, sounds and tastes of the season. Entertainment, door prizes, and Santa Claus. For more information call Mary Lyle at 492-2679 or visit


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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 2472464 or visit

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The Liberty

The Texas Troubadour Josh Grider plays The Liberty located at 312 N. Virginia at 8 p.m. Josh Grider knows two things, he loves writing songs, and he loves playing them for people. Across the great southwest, Texas, and beyond, Josh has been delivering the goods non-stop since the release of his first album in 2005. Seven years, four full-length albums, and two EPs later, Josh is still going strong with no signs of slowing down. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

Army Airfield - The Early Years This Walker Aviation Museum display will remain through the 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

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Peace Through Strength This Walker Aviation Museum exhibit is a tribute to the 579th

Sing Out Loud at Club Revue Sing Out Loud, Wednesdays, from 9pm to 11:30pm, at Club Revue, located at 3905 SE Main. Enjoy karaoke night with no cover charge and drink specials. Sing Out Loud is a 21 and over event. For more information call 623-8557

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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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David and Tina at El Toro Bravo David and Tina plays El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 6229280.

Dec 5

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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.

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Open Mic at Ginsberg Music Ginsberg Music opens up the 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.

Sept 7, 2013 - March 9, 2014

Tweeting Elations Join us in celebrating Aria Finch and her exhibition, soon after she receives the 2013 Governorʼs Awards for Excellence in the Arts. 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. For more information, visit

Nov 22, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014

The Sculptorʼs Model Jessica Kirkpatrickʼs recent paintings explore the body as transformed into art. She questions the genre of nude figure painting and how the gaze is sanctioned through art. Working out of a collage ethos, figures and spaces collide to create living myths as the conjunction

between the past and present. Jessica will give a talk in Bassett Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Reception to follow, with refreshments provided by the Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation. This is a free event. Call 575-624-6744 x 22 for more information.

Dec 6, 7, 8

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The ENMU-Roswell Theatre Department is proud to present their fall production, A Fairy tale Christmas Carol, December 6 (7:30), 7 (7:30) and 8 (2:30). In A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol, everyoneʼs favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy tale treatment. All the famous fairy tale characters take on all of the memorable roles of Dickensʼs A Christmas Carol. This fun-filled adaptation stays true to the warmth and heart of the classic. Tickets are on sale now at the box office in the Performing Arts Center on campus. The box office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. General admission tickets can also be purchased at Ticket prices are; $10 General Admission, $8 Kids under 10 and seniors, $5 ENMU Students (any campus) with ID, $5 Groups of 10 or more. For more information, contact the box office at 624-7398 or email

Posada 2013 The Goddard High School Spanish Club proudly presents “Posada 2013,” at 6:30 p.m., in the Goddard High School Little Theatre, located at 701 E. Country Club. Posada 2013 is a cultural event for the whole family. The posada will feature the play “El Despertar,” (The Awakening), which deals with the everyday problems of urban life. Students and teachers will perform. This will be followed by St. Johns church matachines folk dancers. Also, the St. Johnʼs childrenʼs choir will bring holiday cheer. Music will be provided by the all-female mariachi “Las Alazanas.” Tamales and refreshments will be provided, and donʼt forget, the piñata will be filled with candy for the children. Donations will be greatly


appreciated. All donations will benefit the Spanish Club. For more information call 627-4800.

Dec 6

KAPS Variety Show The Kids Art Programʼs CoverUp Company Variety Show is at 6 p.m. at the Roswell Community Little Theatre located at 1717 S. Union. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Dec 6

Josh Grider Josh Grider plays The Liberty located at 312 N. Virginia at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

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rt is a vague term. To some, art brings to mind paintings, while others see clay sculptures. The point is that art means something different to everyone. However, art doesn’t just mean physical and aesthetically pleasing pieces. There are also artistic masterpieces constructed of chords and sound waves: music. An art in its own right, music also comes in many forms; but one of the most unique forms of music that combines literary art with musical talent is opera. Starting in Italy in the late 16th century, opera is a dramatic performance done by singers and musicians. And since all opera tells a story, as is also true with paintings, what better way to enjoy both than to combine the genres of art? The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art will be hosting the Santa Fe Opera in a holiday performance of

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combining musical art with painted art. “To hear live opera gives you goose bumps,” said Nancy Fleming, co-director of the Anderson Museum. “(The singers’) talent is always amazing, and the museum is the perfect place because when you’re surrounded by art and hear music going around the room it’s a beautiful experience.” As part of the museum’s Xcellent Music Series, sponsored by Xcel Energy Arts and Culture Grant and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation, “Arias, Carols and Songs” will be a free, festive concert containing everything from musically involved pieces to traditional carols the audience will recognize, explained Santa Fe Opera’s Music Director Kirt Pavitt. This year’s talent consists of three singers: soprano Sara Heaton and “The Tenor Twins,” — as Pavitt would like to call them — Joshua and Joseph Dennis. All three were

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By Amy Vogelsang Record Staff Writer participants in the Santa Fe Opera apprentice program, but have never performed at the Anderson Museum before. Because the opera has been coming to Roswell for almost a decade, Pavitt said they have built relationships here, and are excited to return. “It’s like coming home, almost,” he said. And this holiday “tour” is a

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perfect way to spread music, and their particular focus is to be ambassadors of opera. “Our ‘metropolitan city’ is the entire state of New Mexico,” Pavitt explained. And he describes Anderson Museum as an “interesting space,” because although his focus as a musician is more on the acoustics rather than the art — “At some point you don’t see (the art) while performing,” — he thinks having the art around probably enhances the experience for the audience. Overall, they aim to enter-

tain while also spreading opera during the holiday season. “I think the holidays are a great time for music,” Pavitt stated. And really, who can argue? The Santa Fe Opera will be performing at the Anderson Museum, 409 E. College Blvd., on Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free, but there will be limited seating. The musicians will be available afterwards for questions at a reception.



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NM native, Josh Grider plays his Country hits at The Liberty inger/songwriter Josh Grider has become a rising Country music star after more than half a decade of paying dues in the Texas music scene. Currently, Grider is in the studio, laying down tracks for the album he plans on releasing in 2014. He will be taking a short break to perform at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. and will play a show on Dec. 6 at The Liberty in Roswell en route. Grider was born and raised

in NM, and he always looks forward to playing in his home turf. According to Grider, "I love coming home. I left home when I was 18. So, you couldn't play in clubs or bars or anything because you had to be 21 to do all that stuff . Now that we are older, we can play the clubs and all of our friends can come out and see us play." He went on to say that there is a pocket of fans in Roswell that went to his shows in Las Cruces while they were

attending New Mexico State University. Coming back gives him an opportunity to show the people that supported him during his early days what he has been up to. Grider has been busy in the last few years. Having posted a few singles at number one on the Texas music charts, being featured on the reality show "Troubadour TX" and playing bigger venues is all the result of his recent hard work and growth as a singer/songwriter.

Grider first records were impulsive and written primarily to please himself. Grider said, "Originially, I was writing these songs about what I felt. I would write records, record them, and that was that. Then I would just hope." That hope didn't translate into much success, or as Grider said, "I certainly didn't have any number one hits on the Texas music charts with that approach." Having since moved to Nashville to hone his songwriting craft, Grider learned that he had to consider what his audience wants out of him, and use that to create stronger music. That meant that he was writing better hooks, and deeper lyrics, and incorporating that into his music, which has been met with a very positive response by his growing fanbase. Grider expanded, "It took looking at songs that everybody knows and loves and asking, 'what does that song have that my song lacks, and what does my song have that that song lacks?' Then you find the place that I'm shooting for as an artist. The goal is to write songs that have artis-

tic integrity and mass appeal. "The bar that I set for myself is that if I could just tell you the lyrics of one of my songs, would you get it? Sometimes people put words to melody, and I think that wouldn't make any sense if you just told that to me. "It is a challenge for me as a writer. I want to write a song that is general enough f or everybody to identify with, but it needs to be unique enough so that it is me singing it. "This is what I want to do. I want to write songs that catch the ear of a lot of people, but when you sit down and dig into the lyrics, you realize that there is some meat on these bones." His current single from the EP is “Smallest Town On Earth,� which can be found on iTunes along with the rest of his music. For more information on Grider and his music, visit Admission to the Roswell show is $10. To get tickets, or for more information on the Roswell show, visit


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Dec 7

Animal Welfare Alliance Breakfast Fundraiser The Animal Welfare Alliance Breakfast Fundraiser is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Applebeeʼs, located at 2212 N Main St. For $5, enjoy a breakfast including pancakes, sausage, juice and all the coffee you would like. Start your day early with a good breakfast and give to a good cause to help others in the community spay and neuter their animals for very low cost. For more information call 317-7439.

Dec 7

29th Rio Pecos Medical Reindeer Run The 29th Rio Pecos Medical Reindeer Run is at 9 a.m., at the Roswell Convention Center, located at 912 N. Main. The run is a 10k- 2 mile. For more information call 624-6720.

Dec 7

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Discovery Tour The Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Discovery Tour is at 9 a.m., at the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center. This is an opportunity to see closed areas of the refuge and learn how the refuge maintains and improves habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals. The tour will include light walking, and will last approximately two and onehalf hours. For additional information and to reserve a place on the tour, call the visitors center at 625-4011 or 625-4009 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Dec 7

KAPS Highly Theatrical Terms The Kids Art Programʼs Enchantment Company presents ʻHighly Theatrical Termsʼ at 4 p.m. at the Roswell Community Little Theatre located at 1717 S. Union. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Dec 7

Roswell Museum and Art Center Holiday Open House The Roswell Museum and Art Center Holiday Open House is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, located at 100 W. 11th St. Prepare for the holidays by warming up at the RMAC with hot chocolate, warmed mulled cider, hors dʼoeurves and festive music. Children are wel-

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come to participate in supervised hands on activities as you visit the galleries and Museum Shop, where storewide discounts are available to all members. For more information call 624-6744.

Dec 7

Friday Dec 13

Way Out West

Tyler Farr is playing Way Out West, located at 4709 W. Second. Columbia Nashville breakthrough artist Tyler Farr, whose debut album, Redneck Crazy, marked the biggest debut by a new male country artist since 2011, celebrated two milestones recently with a Platinum-certification for his hit #1 single “Redneck Crazy.” Following up the title trackʼs chart-topping success, which The New York Times called “one of the signature country songs of the summer,” Tylerʼs debut album had an impressive debut at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, making it the yearʼs highest entry by a debut male country artist on the all-genre Billboard 200 album sales chart and tying in ranking for the highest ranking chart position on the Billboard Country chart by a new male artist this year. His music video for “Redneck Crazy,” which features Willie Robertson, Lee Brice and Colt Ford, also reached nearly 8 million VEVO views. Currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line and scheduled to begin touring with Jason Aldean in the new year, Tylerʼs current single , “Whiskey in my Water” was the most-added song at country radio on its impact date and is currently making its way up the charts. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 6272072.

Christmas Caroling Contest and Electric Light Parade Get your Christmas mood on in downtown Roswell. The caroling contest begins at 4 p.m. Enjoy the music while you shop at the local stores. Accidental Harmony will be at the Chaves County Courthouse entertaining the crowd prior to the parade as well. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and runs from College Blvd to Alameda St. For more information, visit

Dec 8

Flying J Wranglers The Flying J Wranglers Concerts are at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at Christʼs Church, located at 2200 N. Sycamore Ave. Celebrate Christmas the western way! The Flying J Wranglers will provide an evening of great music, humor and yuletide cheer as they sing and play a mix of western, spiritual and popular Christmas classics. For more information visit

Dec 9

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>>10 Concert at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Musical selections include “The Fairest of the Fair” by Sousa, “On A Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss” by Holsinger, “Colonel Bogey March” by Alford, “Kensington Square” by Strommen, and “All the Bells Shall Ring” arranged by Romeyn. The concert will be followed by a reception in the PAC lobby. Musical conductors for the group are Sandra Weikel and Kevin Everitt. The band is especially grateful to Captain William Lamb and the NMMI administration for the use of rehearsal space in the NMMI Band Hall. Members of the group include community members, high school band members, and university students. The group is always recruiting additional band musicians. For information, contact Jane Batson at 624-7233 or John Bitner at 624-7435.

Dec 13

Tyler Farr Tyler Farr is playing Way Out West, located at 4709 W. Second. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 627-2072.

Dec 14, 15

Larryʼs Gun Shop Coyote Hunt The Larryʼs Gun Shop Coyote Hunt is Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15. The entry fee is $300 per two man team only; Big Dog/Little Dog is $25 per pot per team. Registration opens Friday, December 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Larryʼs Gun Shop, located at 2708 N. Main. Teams must be present to register. Rules will be given upon registration. AR-15 Rifles to 1st place. For more information call 622-2564.

Dec 15

The Texas Tenors The Roswell Symphony Orchestra presents The Texas Tenors in Deep in the Heart of Christmas at Pearson Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, $35, and $40. Any student 8 years or older accompanying adult(s) are admitted free. For

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and the Sunday rides begin at 6 p.m. with the last one loading at 8:30 p.m. Call 317-8211 for tickets and ride reservations.


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Karaoke at Cree Meadows Lounge Karaoke with DJ Pete, every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. 11 p.m. at Cree Meadows Lounge. There is also an all you can eat taco bar for $5.95 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday Dec 8

Inn of the Mountain Gods

Reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald, the multi-platinum country music quartet, Lonestar, will play at Inn of the Mountain Gods on December 8 with six-time Vocal Group of the Year, Diamond Rio! Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed sales in excess of ten million album units since their birth and achieved ten #1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” and their crossover smash “Amazed.” When they debuted in 1991 with the hit “Meet in the Middle,” Together the bands will perform a powerhouse of country musicʼs greatest hits and even some Holiday classics at Inn of the Mountain Gods! Tickets start at $25 and are available by clicking the link below. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Doors for the concert will be at 6pm and the show will start promptly at 7pm. For more information, call 464-7777 or visit

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Dec 13-15, 20-22

Horse Drawn Christmas Light Tours Get in the Christmas spirit and support the Roswell Midday Lions Club help the youth of Roswell with the purchase of eye exams and eye glasses. Take a Wagon ride to see the lights of a Roswell country neighborhood. For only $10, you will ride behind a two-horse team while singing along to Christmas carols. Warm drinks and a hot fire will greet you at the loading stable. Bring your family and friends too. Christ-

mas Light tours start at the Boy Scout office at 2603 N. Aspen on December 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. Friday and Saturday rides begin at 6 p.m. with the last one loading at 9:30 p.m.

Dec 6-8, 13-31

Grindstone Stables Sleigh Rides Join Grindstone Stables for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through historic Upper Canyon from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. With jingle bells ringing and the horses breath fogging in the air, everyone is sure to enjoy the crisp winter evenings while riding through the oldest part of Ruidoso. Sleigh Rides depart from Marthaʼs Fabrics parking lot. Located at the top of the “traffic circle”, at the the west end of Sudderth Dr. Rides start each evening at 5:30 pm. Blanket are furnished for all riders. Although snow is not always abundant in our southwest resort town, we are always able to offer our sleigh rides. With or without snow. With the addition of a few hidden wheels, our sleighs will travel smoothly, even on dry pavement. They are always pulled by a team of draft horses


adorning bells, ensuring a magical evening. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 257-2241. Visit to find out which nights the sleigh rides will be offered.

Dec 8

Lonestar and Diamond Rio Lonestar will play at Inn of the Mountain Gods on December 8 with six-time Vocal Group of the Year, Diamond Rio. Tickets start at $25 and are available by clicking the link below. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Doors for the concert will be at 6pm and the show will start promptly at 7pm. For more information, call 464-7777 or visit If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email or call 622-7710 ext. 309.



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ecos Valley residents, get ready to be titillated by what has been descr ibed as a blend of country, gospel, classical and broadway music this holiday season. The Texas Tenors will perf orm their holiday show "Deep in the Heart of Christmas" at Pearson Auditorium on the New Mexico Military Institute campus in Roswell Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 Romancing the Pecos season. "They have a combination of styles," said Kate Graham, oboist and operations manager for the symphony. "They definitely have a wide variety that a lot of people would like." The Tenors perf ormed a special event concert hosted by the symphony last year. This is the first year the group has performed one of the symphony's subscription concerts. "They were such a hit with

Courtesy Photo the city fo Roswell, with the people from the area, that we decied to bring them in to do their Christmas show here," said Graham. She said the concert will largely focus on Christmasthemed music. The Tenors were finalists on “Amer ica’s Got Talent” in 2009. Since then, they have been to more than twenty countries, including tours in the United Kingdom and China. When not on tour, the Tenors can be found in cities across the country. They've done extended runs including over 60 concerts each fall at the Starlite Theatre in Branson, Missouri where they were Critic’s Choice Group of the Year and Ensemble of the Year in 2011 and 2012. The band's concert is the second of four subscription concerts offered by the symphony this year. The next concert is Feb. 22. Graham said the "romantic" theme of the current sym-

phony season draws from two inspirations. First, the symphony aims to present a repertoire that is romantic in the colloquial sense; second, much of the music performed by the symphony orchestra this year is compr ised of compositions from the Romantic era of Wester n classical music that began at the turn of the 19th century. The Dec. 15 concert is sponsored in part by Xcel Energy, a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. Tickets for the show can be purchased by contacting the symphony office at 575-6235882, online at or at the door the day of the concert. Prices are $30, $35 and $40 per ticket. Listen to the Tenors and learn more about their music at


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Above: Tailed Director, Donovan Fulkerson (second from left) with principal cast members (from left) Boyd Barrett, Dominic Batista and Rachel Graves Right: Boyd Barrett and the Tailed crew accepts an award at the 2013 Roswell Filmfest and Cosmicon

Tailed Film Series

The locally filmed Tailed Film Series pilot has been released, additional episodes are releasing on iTunes in the coming months.

By Amy Vogelsang Record Staff Writer Suspense has audiences enthralled, wondering how Martin will keep his wife Corey safe, and if they will ever def eat the aliens and find their baby girl. In a new sci-fi film series, New Mexico locality meets reptilian-humanoid aliens, and the drama has only just begun. “TAILED” launched it’s premiere episode on Thanksgiving, and now are looking toward filming the second episode. Even after being released for less than a week, they have already passed 300 views of the first episode, something Director Donovan Fulkerson was quite happy about. “I’m actually pleased that we had several hundred viewers without any major push,”

he said of their opening weekend. He said they wanted something for the holidays to build momentum before the other episodes are released, and that having the premiere finally gives Roswell a product to see. “We’re not just talking, but really delivering something,” he elaborated. Directed by Donovan Fulkerson and with an original story written by Boyd Barrett, “TAILED” plans to take watchers on an unexpected journey. So far, we have learned that Martin (Dominic Batista) and his wife (Rachel Graves) were hiding in a refuge from an alien species that is holding the world hostage. After their baby is taken,

Martin joins the rebellion. He lands in prison, but escapes. Of course, he couldn’t escape without strings attached. Turns out Corey’s father is one of them, a creature that looks human but has the tail of a reptile. So now, Martin is being “TAILED.” The first part of episode one is free to watch on their YouTube channel,, but all future episodes will be sold on iTunes in segments. The Pilot is just enough to grab that natural bit of curiosity residing inside everyone. It leaves you asking the question, what will happen next? Don’t lie. You know you’ll keep watching it just for the closure of how everything will end. As the story continues, Bar-

rett said the characters develop and the story takes on a life of its own. It’s hard to say if even he knows exactly what will happen next. One thing is for sure though; the storyline will throw in little New Mexico surprises, and also stick to the Roswell appropriate theme of aliens. Fulkerson wanted it to be a strong series too, not just a swirl of sci-fi. So in a model based off of “Breaking Bad” or “The Walking Dead,” he has tried to make it an actionpacked drama with focus on a strong plot. The sci-fi tid-bits are secondary. As the new episode prepares to be filmed, there is one other plan Fulkerson has up his sleeve. In cooperation with actors Eric Martinez (“TAILED”) and Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”) Fulkerson and the cast of “TAILED” has offered a young boy, Malachai, the chance to be an actor. On Nov. 22, the Baltimore Raven’s Ray Rice hosted an anti-bullying event outside of Baltimore. During the event, bullied kids were granted some wishes, and for Malachai, who has always

been interested in filmmaking, his dream was to be an actor. In a video, Fulkerson offered Malachai the opportunity to star in a future episode of “TAILED.” Applause went up as the atmosphere was overcome with excitement for the boy, all eveident in a video of the invite posted on the “TAILED” Facebook page. It’s uncertain at this point whether Malachai will accept the offer, but you may have some new talent to look forward to in an upcoming episode. Fulkerson and the entire SEE


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cast and crew are very excited to begin the next steps of production for “TAILED,” and as always, Fulkerson said they are trying to include and give back to the community, just as the community has given and been supportive of the film series. “This is a great opportunity for the community,” Mayor Del Jurney had said at a sponsors viewing of the pilot episode. “Quite by accident we really may have landed on a gold mine here.” For the film series to continue — and it would be a shame to never learn what happens to Martin and his family — Fulkerson said he needs continued sponsorship from the community. So far, the community support has been overwhelming, but it can’t stop yet. “We need people to say we’re proud of what you’re doing,” he had said at a sponsors viewing of the pilot episode. Even just liking the Facebook page or viewing and commenting on the Pilot is helpful. In short, post it, repost it and tell friends about it, Fulkerson said. It helps promote “TAILED” and gain it the popularity needed to hopefully, one day, be profitable. Right now, everyone on the cast and crew are merely volunteers: from actors, to the special effects crew. They are almost all locals from Roswell, and none of them paid, the latter being something Fulkerson would like to change. For more information about “TAILED” or to find out how you can be involved, contact Donovan Fulkerson at 817-946-5689.


The final 2013 running event is here


By Vanessa Kahin Vistas Editor t’s like Santa’s sleigh but on foot; runners and walkers, many in festive costumes, braving December’s chill as they dash through Roswell. The rewards at the end of their trek are plentiful: prizes for the top contenders, drawings to win coveted items and the knowledge that one has helped local food banks stock up before the winter holidays. The 29th annual Reindeer Run is set to take off from the Roswell Convention and Civic Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. Participants will make use of the Spring River Corridor to complete one of four Reindeer Run races: the 10k run, the 10k walk, the twomile run or the two-mile walk, before making their way back to the Convention Center. Cost to participate is $20 plus a non-perishable food item; after Dec. 5, the cost to register is bumped up to $25. The food donation would still be a requirement. A $1 discount applies to members of the Roswell Runners Club — the organization mostly

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Festive costumes are encouraged for the Roswell Runner’s Club Reindeer Run.


responsible for the event — as well as for members of groups of 10 or more. A commemorative, embroidered sweatshirt is afforded to those who register for the race. There will be two chances for registrants to pick up their Reindeer Run packets — on Dec. 6 at the Roswell Convention Center from 4-6 p.m., or the day of the race from 7-8:30 a.m. There will be prizes for overall winners — one male, one female — in each race. There will also be prizes for winners from each age division. Additionally, there will be a series of drawings after the races for a variety of highly contested prizes, such as gift certificates for Pecos Flavors Winery, Peppers Grill & Bar, and a variety of other merchants. People are invited to come in their costumes; in fact, the more silly the get-up, the better. Reindeer Run organizer Bob Edwards said people choose to run in appropriate reindeer antlers. Others have come dressed as Christmas

presents. “It can be festive,” Edwards said. He also noted that the event is open to both competitive and non-competitive runners. The Reindeer Run food collection efforts will help local organizations such as Harvest Ministries, Community Kitchen and the Salvation Army. The key word here is local, Edwards said. Another key term here is “giving back to the community,” words that the comically inclined Edwards avoids at all cost. “We don’t like to say we give back to the community, because (people) might think we stole something,” he said with a chuckle. Still, put plainly to minimize the possibility of any misunderstanding, The Roswell Runners Club encourages helping local entities. “The club always felt that our goal was to provide assistance within the community; keep money as local as possible,” Edwards said. The Reindeer Run is just one of six annual, altruistic races

put on by the Roswell Runners Club. Beneficiaries of these other races include the Spring River Park and Zoo, The New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy, Altrusa’s efforts to increase breast cancer awareness, the Roswell Humane Society, and efforts to raise funds to help multiple sclerosis research. The Reindeer Run helps collect on average 250 pounds of food each year, Edwards said. Aside from its efforts to help local food banks, the Reindeer Run will further help the community by providing free glucose and cholesterol tests will be offered free the morning of the race by one of the event’s major sponsors — Rio Pecos Medical Associates. The test, which involves that blood be drawn, will require that the person be fasting (no liquid or food) since midnight before the race. “(We ask people) don’t eat or drink, so that the test will be reasonably valid,” noted Edwards. Afterwards, he said, it’s encouraged that those who have fasted eat a small snack or that at the very least they rehydrate before participating in the race. Members of the Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club, the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy and the New Mexico Mounted Patrol help guide people and traffic where the Spring River corridor intersects with actual streets. Pre-registration is encouraged. This can be done by visiting, or by picking up a flier at local business such as Pecos Flavors Winery, Pepper Grill & Bar, Hastings, Big 5, or the Roswell Parks and Recreation office at Cahoon Park. For more information about the Reindeer Run, call Edwards at the Parks and Recreation Department at 624-6720, or Rio Pecos Medical Associates at 622-6322.

HISTORY By Stu Pritchard Roswell Historian

Charles Goodnight

Part four in a series on Charles Goodnight


lthough Goodnight and Willbur n escaped because they had no herd to protect, a trail herd they met the next day was not so lucky. They lost their herd and several trailherders. A few days later J.D. Hay also lost his herd at Horsehead Crossing. Oliver Loving would be among those to lose his life in an Indian attack which took place not far south of Roswell. He and Oliver Loving had trailed one herd, Goodnight another, and now they would try a third. Goodnight and Loving hoped for a peaceful and profitable third dr ive, but were barely beyond frontier settlements when the Comanches attacked and stampeded the herd. T hey f ought off one attack and then another, losing only 160 cattle. The fidgety cattle stampeded several times enroute and at least 200 more were missing by the time they reached the Pecos. As the herders were late, Loving and "One-

Gunnor Petersen Illustration Armed" Wilson decided to ride ahead to be present at a cattle bidding scheduled for Santa Fe. Traveling at night they approached a spot on the Pecos near present-day Carlsbad. Deciding to make a daylight run across a tableland, they were spotted by Comanches who pursued them to the river bend where they holed-up under an overhang. Sur rounded by several hundred Indians, Loving and One-Armed Wilson's chances seemed hopeless. Loving attempted a parlay but was immediately struck by a bullet which tore through his wrist and plowed into his side. Trapped under the bluff , Loving pleaded with Wilson to ride for help. Dur ing the night the onearmed man swam coolly by Indian guards and finally reached Goodnight. Loving, too weak and wounded, fought off the Indians for two days, swam the Pecos with a shattered wrist and eventually reached Fort Sumner, only

to die of gangrene a short time later. When it became obvious that Loving would not survive he asked his partner to make cer tain his remains would not be "laid away in a foreign country." Goodnight promised that Loving would be buried in a cemetery near his home. Loving was temporarily buried in Fort Sumner and, several months later, Goodnight returned to New Mexico and had the body exhumed. He had an immense tin casket made from old metal cans, placed a rough wooden one inside, packed the whole thing in powdered charcoal, and carefully loaded the casket into a specially bolstered wagon. Six mules then hauled Loving's remains six hundred miles across the western desert in one of the strangest and most touching funeral cavalcades in cowcountry history. T he impact of the Goodnight-Loving trail on the Rosweil area was enormous.

Almost within one season it became a prominent route for cattle drives. Western bankers were handling tremendous amounts of cattle money. Old nor thsouth animosities had broken, but new hatred between Westerners and Indians had awakened with the swarms of hostile tribes who swept down on the cattle trails. The toll was fr ightful. Near Roswell in 1869 a young cowboy was killed in a trail outfit's fight with Indians. For years you could make out his epitaph carved in sandstone. It read: "He was young, and brave, and fair But the Indians raised his hair." It's true the Indians didn't care much for cattle but they traded them for horses. The Comancheros made certain that plenty of horses were available f or the literally thousands of cattle the Indians stole. T he Comanches even stole from the Indians on the Bosque Redondo Reser vation, at one time raiding in broad daylight to r un of f the entire Navajo herd. And so of course they also raided both Goodnight and Chisum's herds. Goodnight entered in an ar rangement with John Chisum, who brought in some 600 head to the Bosque Grande on his first drive. The agreement, to receive Chisum's subsequent drives on a 50-50 basis, was a significant one in Pecos Valley history. As for Goodnight, he went on to other trail drives and one of the most f amous ranches in history at the Panhandle Palo Duro. His experiments in cattle breeding, and even buffalo/cattle breeding, made him one of the West's earliest scientific breeders. He died at 94 - vigorous and productive almost till the day he died.

Just a f ew postscr ipts on Charlie Goodnight: If ever Charlie was afraid of anything it was stampede: The psychology of a stampeding herd is hard to fathom, he'd say. Once they star ted stampeding, they could almost become chronic. Night after night, they have been known to r un one minute they would be dozing in peace, only a few restless old fellers on their feet - then "something" happened. As quick as the flush of a covey of quail, with an unearthly roar they were up and gone. At that electric instant man and horse become one. "The combination of f eats they accomplished would be utterly impossible under ordinar y circumstances," Charlie would say. T hose wild r ides amidst two or three thousand cattle, in a night so dark the r ider couldn't see the horse beneath him, were among the most nerveracking experiences of range life. Charlie loved to tell tales of old associates - one of his favorites was when he was a guide to General Jack Baylor. The general and his frontier "Army of Def ense" were attacked by a group of Indians out on the Llano Estacado. One Indian was sporting a huge war bonnet of eagle f eathers and to show his braver y kept r iding back and forth, closer and closer to Baylor's group. The general decided the Indian had come within rifle range so he told his men he'd get this one himself . After taking long and careful aim the general squeezed off a shot. When he f ired a bunch of feathers from the war bonnet flew into the air. "Damn you," the general said in disgust, "if I can't kill you, I can pick you clean!" and apparently he had to be satisfied with that.



Why are aliens reportedly so similar to us?

Looking Up


By Donald Burleson n the world of film, books, and magazines, alien UFO occupants have been described various ways, often by people who claim to have seen them, as in the case of the Roswell bodies. Descriptions do vary intriguingly, from fairly presentable-looking humanoid

figures to sinister-sounding “reptilian” or snake-skinned beings walking upright. In most cases there are striking differences between those organisms and humans. But there are also striking similarities, and in my view the similarities are much more interesting and problematical than the differences. Sure, aliens as described by reputed witnesses may have large, dark eyes, with only vestigial traces of a mouth and ears, differences prominent enough that if these creatures appeared at a concert or a ball game they would be astonishing to see. But even so, they reportedly do have a head, two arms, and two legs, all situated as they are in humans, and that itself


is what’s amazing when you think about it. This commonality of overall form bespeaks an undeniable genetic similarity. In humans there is a suite of genes called the “hox” (short for “homeobox”) genes giving us a general structure involving a cylindrical body with a head on one end and, well, a different arrangement on the other end. Everything on the planet having this general form possesses some version of the “hox” genes. Given that alien organisms as described by witnesses do have this cylindrical morphology terminating in a head, it seems quite likely that they have this suite of genes too, or some variation on it. Likewise, we share a certain gene with everything else in

the terrestrial animal kingdom having limbs of any sort, everything from a fly to a spider to a rhinoceros. This gene has been named, oddly enough, the Sonic Hedgehog gene, so called because it was first discovered in flies, where if deliberately mutated in the laboratory it produces stubby-looking flies resembling tiny hedgehogs. The Sonic Hedgehog orchestrates the asymmetry of our limbs and is the reason why we have thumbs, and why cats have a dew-claw. It seems probable that alien creatures have some homologue of this gene as well. The tantalizing thing is that somebody somewhere almost surely knows all the f acts about this. I’m convinced that the alien bodies from the

Roswell and Aztec UFO crashes have by now had their genomes fully recovered and their DNA thoroughly sequenced, whether the public will ever hear of it or not. And I suspect that the gene sequencing shows that these creatures and we share a great deal of our genetic makeup. We would have to, given the bodily similarities. But then what accounts for that, especially if these beings are from somewhere other than Planet Earth? Are we somehow related? Alternatively, could they be time travelers, future versions of ourselves? These are possibilities we cannot altogether ignore. Or perhaps advanced life, even when arising independently in diverse parts of the galaxy, tends to have similarly organized DNA because that structure survives better than others.

Vision Magazine for December 5, 2013  

Vision Magazine for December 5, 2013, featuring articles on the Tailed Film Series, Josh Grider, the Santa Fe Opera Artists and more.