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RCLT Presents On Golden Pond The Sgt. Steve Meredith Fun Run

History

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Roswell Artist-in-Residence fellow Derek Chan has a gallery talk and opening reception on January 10. His exhibition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center runs through February 23. Photographer: Rey Berrones


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The Roswell Community Little Theatre kicks off 2014 with a fun comedy for the whole family

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By Rey Berrones Vision Editor he Roswell Community Little Theatre will open the 2014 year on Jan. 17 with a production of the play, "On Golden Pond." This award winning play is directed by Patti Stacy, and features Hugh Taylor as Norman Thayer, and Louise Montague as Ethel Thayer. Stacy is a community favorite, and has directed several plays with the RCLT. Stacy said that the RCLT has produced this play before, but it is a community favorite, and she wanted to put on a family oriented play that does not exclude younger audiences. Taylor returns to a leading role after taking many supporting roles. He has been acting in RCLT productions since 1969, and had been taking more minor roles due to concentrating on his sports hobbies. In early rehearsals, the comradery is evident and comes through with the cast easily hitting the comic beats. Also on the cast are Denise Samuels as Chelsea, Chris Samuels as Charlie, Cris Robles as Bill Ray and John Sny-

der as Billy Ray. For those not familiar with the story, it follows Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the fortyeighth year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her fiancĂŠ, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. Evening performances of "On Golden Pond" are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., on January 17, 18 and 24, 25, with Sunday matinees set for 2 p.m. on January 19 and 26. Admission prices are $10 for adults, and $7 for full-time students, payable at the door. Major credit cards are accepted. Reservations can be made by calling 6221982 and are particularly encouraged for evening shows. Parking lot security is provided during each performance. For more information on the RCLT, visit RoswellLittleTheatre.com or find them on facebook. THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 | VISION MAGAZINE / 3


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The Missed Roswell Connection to the Kennedy Assassination

By Katanna Zachry and Sara Peterson

Annual JFK Lancer Conference Bring New Information to Researchers - Part 2 of 2 he plane was suddenly headed south rather than west and a little over three hours later, Vinson looked down and recognized the city of Dallas. He made no connection to the city and the assassination at the time, but he was surprised to see the city skyline and even more surprised when the plane landed not at Love Field Airport but on “an area of sand inside the city limits, close to downtown just south of the Trinity River in the floodplain.” (4) Needless to say, the landing was a rough one, and the only building in sight was a small shed, the kind Vinson associated with highway crews. A yellow jeep with three men inside waited for the plane; two of them immediately jumped out and ran toward the plane. One of the

pilots left the cockpit to open the passenger door of the plane so that the two could enter. The two men were dressed in repairmen-like coveralls. One was tall and looked Cuban. The shorter one was Caucasian. Neither spoke as they sat down right behind the cockpit. (5) The plane took off , and although Vinson certainly wondered about the strange turn of events, he wasn't in a position to question anything that was happening. He assumed the two men and the pilots were just following orders. Near dusk the plane landed at an air base with which Vinson was unfamiliar. As soon as the plane came to a halt, the pilots and their two passengers hurriedly disembarked, leaving Vinson sitting alone on the plane at an unfa-

miliar air base with no idea what was happening. Peering out of the plane, Vinson saw that the base seemed deserted, even though it was only 6:30 in the evening. He spotted a small lighted building across the run way and headed toward it. The only person inside was an air policeman who informed Vinson that he was at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, NM and that the base was under full alert. No planes could leave or land. Bewildered, Vinson pointed out that a plane had just landed with him on it! “Well, I don't know anything about that. But you can't leave until the alert is lifted” the air policeman replied. (6) About three hours later the alert was lifted and Vinson caught a Greyhound bus to

Colorado Springs. He then found out the president had died and on Saturday, like the rest of the world, he watched the news broadcasts about the assassination. Stunned, he pointed to Oswald and exclaimed, “That guy looks just like the little guy who was on the airplane! I swear that's the guy who got on the plane.” (7) The couple agreed Vinson should keep what he had seen to himself. But they both worried that someone would eventually realize that he had seen something he shouldn't have, and it wouldn't be difficult to find his name on the travel log at Andrews Air Force Base. Planning to retire soon, Vinson was shocked to discover in l964 that his neighbors had begun receiving visits from military and

Works Cited . Ernest, B. Presentation at 2013 JFK Lancer Conference, November 21, 2013, Dallas, Texas. Jenkins, J. Presentation at JFK Lancer Conference, November 22, 2013, Dallas, Texas and Q&A Follow-up. Johnston, J. & Roe, Jon. (2003). Flight from Dallas. Bloomington, Indiana: 1stBooks. Endnotes 4. Johnston, J & Roe, J. Flight from Dallas, p. 25. 5. Ibid, p. 26. 6. Ibid, 27. 7. Ibid, p. 29.

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government officials asking questions about him and his wife. Soon CIA agents approached him about working for the agency; despite Vinson's protests, they would not take “No” for an answer. Vinson and his wife couldn't help but wonder if this had anything to do with the flight from Washington to Roswell. Reassigned to a base near Las Vegas, Vinson worked counter-intelligence for eighteen months and kept his mouth shut---about experimental aircraft he observed in the Nevada deserts AND about the Oswald “look-alike” who had shared his flight to Roswell. He finally told his story in 2003 in his book “Flight from Dallas.”


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Jan 11

Todd Oliver and Friends Americaʼs Got Talent semi-finalist Todd Oliver is joined by his friends, Irving & Lucy, his talking dogs and a real cast of characters including Pops, Miss Lilly, Joey and the outstanding Smiling Eyes Band. The Whole family will enjoy this evening of outrageous comedy, audience participation and original music. The performance is from 7 p.m. 9 p.m. at the Flickinger Center, located at 1110 New York. for more information, call 4372202, or visit flickingercenter.com.

Tuesday Jan 21

Spencer Theater

Dream the impossible dream with Man of La Mancha at 8 p.m. Winner of five Tony awards including Best Musical, “Man of La Mancha” comes alive in this breathtaking new touring production by Columbia Artists Theatricals on the Spencer stage. Starring 30 singers, dancers and musicians, “Man of La Mancha” is a comic tragedy based on Miguel de Cervantes classic novel, a series of adventures set in southern Spain that never fails to enchant, inspire and enamor. Filled with heartbreaking hilarity, Quixote, a seeming madman, insists there are castles and knights and virtuous ladies, but others only see taverns and windmills and trollops. Where others see pain and despair, Quixote sees hope and a better life. Featuring a phenomenal score that includes “Dulcinea,” “Iʼm Only Thinking of Him,” and “The Quest (The Impossible Dream)” this is the story of gallantry and spiritual love ripe for our difficult times – and all the glorious times to come. The performance starts at 8 p.m., with an enchilada buffet before the show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $66 and $69. Pre-show buffet tickets are $20. For more information, call 1-888-818-7872 or visit spencertheater.com.

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Jan 17

New Mexico Philharmonic The New Mexico Phioharmonic comes to the Flickinger stage on Friday, January 17th at 7 pm. Enjoy an evening of classical favorites as guest conductor Andrew Grams leads the NM Philharmonic in Stravinskyʼs Concerto E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks.” Guest artist, vilinist Sefan Jackiw performs the Mozartʼs violi Concerto No. 5 and Lutoslawskiʼs Partita for Violin. The orchestra closes the evening with Mozartʼs famous Symphony No. 40 in G-minor. The performance is from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Flickinger Center, located at 1110 New York. for more information, call 437-2202, or visit flickingercenter.com.

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on Miguel de Cervantes classic novel, a series of adventures set in southern Spain that never fails to enchant, inspire and enamor. Filled with heartbreaking hilarity, Quixote, a seeming madman, insists there are castles and knights and virtuous ladies, but others only see taverns and windmills and trollops. Where others see pain and despair, Quixote sees hope and a better life. Featuring a phenomenal score that includes “Dulcinea,” “Iʼm Only Thinking of Him,” and “The Quest (The Impossible Dream)” this is the story of gallantry and spiritual love ripe for our difficult times – and all the glorious times to come. The performance starts at 8 p.m., with an enchilada buffet before the show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $66 and $69. Preshow buffet tickets are $20. For more information, call 1888-818-7872 or visit spencertheater.com.

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Bunnell Strings The Bunnell Strings are playing the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The Bunnell Strings transform the classical, pop, and rock 6 >>

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>>5 genres with their crossover blend of styles, the musical string quintet of five siblings attracts audiences of all ages to share their story of family, faith, and music. For more information on the Bunnell Strings, visit bunnellstrings.com. Tickets are $20. For more info, call the OPAC 575-746-4212

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Roberto Capocchi Roberto Capocchi, guitarist, is playing the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Guitarist Roberto Capocchi has performed to critical acclaim throughout his native Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, as well as Canada and Belgium. Mr Capocchi has played on radio on television in the United States and Brazil, and has performed at the Santa Fe Opera with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, and Bernard Rubenstein, with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale with Joshua Haberman and Mathew Tresler, John Kennedy at Santa Fe New Music, as well as with Tom OʼConnor, Tina Sandoval, and

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Milk Lovers Ball The United Dairy Women are hosting the 9th Annual Milk Loversʼ Ball at the Clovis Civic Center with cocktails starting at 6 p.m. with dinner and dancing starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 and benefit programs that supply dairy products to the local childrenʼs homes. This event is for adults 21 and over. For tickets or more details, call 505-670-7201.

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Figure It Out Portraiture Exhibition The Lea County Commission for the Arts would like to cordially invite you to the open-

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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 247-2464 or visit wafbmuseum.org.

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Tuesday Jan 21

Roswell Boys and Girls Club

Stanley and the Search, Scorsese and Marie Manning play a Unity Center show at the Roswell Boys and Girls Club. Stanley and the Search is a Pop-Punk band from Southern California that just released their EP, “Weight.” Scorsese hails from Las Cruces, and Marie Manning is a local singersongwriter. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, visit facebook.com/theunitycenter.

ing reception for our January portraiture exhibition... “Figure It Out.” “Figure It Out” is a month-long art exhibition featuring the portrait work of some of the most talented portrait artists in the U.S. The exhibition is a group show that includes work by national, regional, as well as local artists. Featured artists include Dean Buhler, Jim Clements, Geo Rhodes, Shelly Moore, Carol Galenbeck. The reception is free & open to the public on Jan 11 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Live music to be performed by local musician, Dane Wilker-

son. Light refreshments will be served. Come enjoy a wonderful evening and exhibition to start off the new year with us at the Center for the Arts located at 122 W. Broadway.

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Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years This Walker Aviation Museum

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.

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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 6238557

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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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Ritmo Latino at El Toro Bravo

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On Golden Pond

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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 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.

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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.

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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 roswellmuseum.org.

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Stoney LaRue Stoney LaRue is playing Way Out West, located at 4709 W. Second. For more information, call 627-2072.

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Jan 17 - 19, 24 - 26

Roswell Community Little Theatre

Roswell Community Little Theatre Production “On Golden Pond,” is playing Friday January 17 through Sunday, January 19 and Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26, at the Roswell Community Little Theatre, located at 1717 S. Union. On Golden Pond is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. Lessons are taught and learned and though time is against them, perhaps another summer on Golden Pond awaits. Friday and Saturday performances take place at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Reservations are advised for Friday and Saturday performances. For more information call 622-1982.

newal coarse through Roswell Artist-in-Residence Fellow Derek Chanʼs show Causation at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The show opens in the museumʼs Marshall and Winston Gallery with a lecture by Chan at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the RMAC, followed by a preview of the exhibition and reception for

museum members. The show runs until Feb 23. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org.

Jan 10

Sam Barnes Sam Barnes is playing an acoustic set at Pecos Flavors Winery. Admission is $5. For more information, call 627-

Sgt. Steve Meredith 5K Fun Run/Walk The 5k Fun Run/Walk for RPD Sgt. Steve Meredith starts at 9:30 a.m. The proceeds of the fun run will benefit Sgt. Steve Meredith who was injured in the line of duty on Oct. 21, 2013. The cost for those who pre-register is $20, for those who register “at the door” is $25. For more information, email Meredith5kFunRun@outlook.com or call 734-536-8727.

Jan 11

TC Fambro TC Fambro is playing Way Out West, located at 4709 W. Second. For more information, call 627-2072.

Jan 17

Open Mic Night Pecos Flavors Winery is hosting a free Open Mic Night, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, call 627-6265.

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On Golden Pond Roswell Community Little Theatre Production “On

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Golden Pond,” is playing Friday January 17 through Sunday, January 19 and Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26, at the Roswell Community Little Theatre, located at 1717 S. Union. On Golden Pond is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. Lessons are taught and learned and though time is against them, perhaps another summer on Golden Pond awaits. Friday and Saturday performances take place at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Reservations are advised for Friday and Saturday performances. For more information call 622-1982.

Jan 18

Lori Hines Author Lori Hines Visit, Saturday, January 18th, at 2pm, at the Roswell Public Library, located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. Lori Hines has written two books, “The Ancient One” and “Caves of the Watchers”. Both are supernatural mysteries. For more information call 6227101. 10 >>

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Derek Chan Themes of destruction and re-

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oswell is in for a treat as several of the featured musicians from the upcoming Red River Songwriters' Festival play an intimate warm-up show at Pecos Flavors Winer y the day before the festival. Drew Kennedy said in an interview, "We are traveling to Red River to take part in a songwriting f estival that a group of us star ted three years ago. Each year on the way up, we normally stop in Roswell and play the Wednesday bef ore the Thursday, Friday, Saturday festival. There is a group of us traveling together, so we make the stop in Roswell bef ore travelling up the mountain. "It is a pretty laid back and fluid arrangement. What we ussually do is We all get up there together. We are all friends, and all fans of each other's work. Enough so that we can back each other up on our songs. If Walt sings a song, the rest of us know the harmonies and the chords of the music to go behind it. So it ends up being a laid back evening where everybody is complimenting each other

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when it comes time to sing their selected songs. And its a lot of fun. Kennedy went on to say that playing Pecos Flavors is always a great way to kick off their weekend because it puts ever yone in a great mood. He elaborated, "I love Pecos Flavors. I look forward to playing there for weeks leading up to the show. I always walk away with the kind of fulfillment that can really get you through other shows in places that are a little less respectful of what it is to be a songwriter. "It is one of those spots that you wish you could clone and drop all over the countr y. T hen you would know that any town you were coming to had a place like Pecos Flavors, because it is a great experience. The first time I played there, I didn't expect it to be the way it was. It is a hidden gem in NM that all of have a soft spot in our heart for." Every musician in the show has released an album within the last year, and will be playing selections from their current work. Kennedy's most recent release is his sixth album, "Wide Listener." For more information on Kennedy, visit drewkennedymusic.com. Walt Wilkin's most recent release is "Plenty." For more information on Wilkins, visit waltwilkins.com.

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A special Songwriters Evening is on tap at the winery

Brandy Zdan is one of several performers slated to play in the songwriters evening at Pecos Flavors Winery.

Pecos Flavors Winery plays host to an intimate show, with several musicians that will be featured at the Red River Songwriters Festival. By Rey Berrones Vision Editor Brandy Zdan's most recent release is "Lone Hunter." For more information on Zdan, visit brandyzdan.com. Josh Grider's most recent release is "Smallest Town on Earth." For more information

on Gr ider, visit joshgrider.com. Drew Kennedy, Walt Wilkins, Josh Gr ider and Brandy Zdan will be playing a special Songwr iters Evening set at Pecos Flavors

Winery on Jan. 22. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $15. Reservations are recommended, which can be made by calling 627-6265. For more information on the Songwriter's Festival, visit redriversongs.com.

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Stanley and the Search play a Unity Center show in Roswell tanley and the Search is just starting its winter tour, and according to guitarist Zakk Abrams, "We're all scrambling to prepare for the cold weather. Boots, parkas, snow gloves, long johns, zero degree sleeping bags, anything we can think of to keep warm!" One of the earliest stops on the tour will be a Unity Center show in Roswell, which, according to Abrams, they are "very, very excited to play and be IN you Roswell." He continued, "...and seriously we can't wait. Johnny

[Liu, Drummer] is a HUGE Xfiles fan and most of the band will probably be very adamant on exploring the town and playing the 'tourist' role." While visiting Roswell, they will be playing their signature pop-punk tunes from their latest release, "Weight." Abrams elaborated, "The album was written very quickly between June and August, between emails from us to Dominic. He still lived in Oregon at the time and was figuring out his move. Our guitarist, Andretti, wrote the songs that we knew

would be Stanley's new sound. We didn't think too hard about the direction. Instead we put all our trust in Andretti and just ran with anything he felt like expressing at the moment. Punch the Clock and Calander vocals were written by Dominic. Leave it and Sinking Feeling vocals were written by Johnny. For the first time ever the band had a collaborative effort in putting this record together. Looking back it may seemed like we rushed it. But we had given our selves a deadline to have something

out before our tour in August." They recently signed on with Artery Global, which is creating better touring opportunities. That band has been hard at work both touring, and writing new songs that will come out in a planned 2014 summer release, which is coming together in a different way than past albums. Abrams said, "Our band has always had a unique way of putting songs together. Even with the old lineup we would basically take any ideas someone had and record it straight into Pro-Tools, without jamming the songs live first. We always went straight ahead and produced, chopped, composed all of our parts in the studio. Once we were happy with it we would begin drums then guitars and so on. Our entire first record was written this way. Recently, we've been writing for our upcoming summer release and there has been way more of a focus on jamming the songs live first. There is an organic nature to the songs that you can't cheat in the studio. If you haven't seen Sound City, a documentary by Dave Grohl, I suggest you go see it. The movie has a strong

emphasis on keeping songs feeling human and committing to ideas quickly without dwelling or relying on technology to fix your songs. We're all pumped on this new route we've taken and cant wait for everyone to hear." The new material is an extension of their recent growth, and the new singer, Dominic Padilla, said of the lyrics that he is writing, "To me Chris Conley has an amazing way of describing areas, landscapes, and emotions. I've always loved that and tried to strive for that lyrical visual ride the listener takes. But, I'm also a fan of straight forward blue collar aggressive lyrics. My mission has always been to find a balance between the two. Somewhere between Saves the Day and Propaghandi." For more information on that band, and to hear their music, visit facebook.com/ stanleyandthesearch. Stanley and the Search will be playing a Unity Center show at the Roswell Boys and Girls Club on Jan 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $6. Scorsese and Marie Manning will also be playing.

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Paul Rodriguez Paul Rodriguez will be performing at 8pm, at the Roswell Convention Center, located at 912 N. Main. The event will also feature Juan Villareal and special guest Adrian Washington. General admission is $30 and VIP tickets are $45. Tickets are available at Best Western Sally Port, Los Cerritos and online at www.showtimeconcerts.com For more information call 622-4919.

Jan 21

Stanley and the Search Stanley and the Search, Scorsese and Marie Manning play a Unity Center show at the Roswell Boys and Girls Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, visit facebook.com/theunitycenter.

Jan 22

Red Cross Youth Club The first meeting of the Red Cross Youth Club will be at the Subway located at 200 N. Main St. at 5:30 p.m. The club is for ages 12-18. Benefits for club members include college and career skills, networking opportunities with community leaders, service learning experiences, community service hours, leaderships skills, vol-

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Songwriters Evening

Jan 25

Music of Sound 2 Music of Sound 2 featuring Ven Voisey is going to be part of the Xcellent Music Series at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art at 2 p.m. bringing of found noise making objects (no instruments) encouraged. Participants will briefly experiment as a group, finding interesting sounds from our objects, then, with a score of computer triggered lights acting as cues, we will put our objects and sounds into action. (the audience will be split into four sections in a round: four lights, one for each section, will be controlled by my

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Drew Kennedy, Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider and Brandy Zdan will be playing a special Songwriters Evening set at Pecos Flavors Winery on Jan. 22. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $15. Reservations are recommended, which can be made by calling 627-6265.

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Songwriters Evening Pecos Flavors Winery is hosting a songwriters evening, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., featuring Drew Kennedy, Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider and Brandy Zdan. Admission is $15. For more information, call 6276265.

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Jan 25

Bruce Robison The Liberty presents An Evening with Bruce Robisonʼs A Beer and A Bar Stool Tour. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 627-6265 to make table reservations.

Jan 31

Secret Circus Secret Circus is back. Come out and let us play you some of our new material and your favorite Secret Circus songs at a full night of music and party. The Seek Band is opening with music from their

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.

Jan 10, 11

Secret Circus Come enjoy Folkadelic Gypsy Rock from Sweden at Grace OʼMalleyʼs. Fans and press have described Secret Circus as a mix between Johnny Cash and Dire Straights with a hint of Hendrix. The sound has a vintage 70ʼs flavor, but with a unique twist. All members are all from Sweden, but they have made the Southwest US their musical home and primary hunting grounds since our first US tour in 2011. Support by Gleewood.

Jan 18

Joe Castillo “Americaʼs Got Talent” finalist Joe Castillo brings his 11 >>


>>10 extraordinary storytelling art to the Inn. Using nothing but a light table,sand and music, Castillo creates powerful images that tell epic stories unlike anything youʼve seen before. Castillo creates captivating, fluid illustrations for large audiences with an overhead video camera projected on a large screen. Born in Mexico City, Castillo developed a passion for telling stories using live artwork to illustrate them at a young age. He has become an accomplished motivational artist, performer and speaker in both English and Spanish. His latest innovation “SandStory,” is almost impossible to describe to one who has never seen it live – which is exactly why you donʼt want to miss his rare and intimate performance at Inn of the Mountain Gods.Choreographed to music, Castillo creates beautiful images from sand and transforms them into ever-changing pictures. “SandStory” is an awe inspiring, captivating, inspirational stand up and cheer experience. Catch Joe Castillo, Saturday, January 18 at Inn of the Mountain Gods. This show will be accompanied by dinner at 7 p.m. consisting of country fried chicken, mashed potatoes with country gravy, macaroni and cheese, and

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If country superstar Chris Young could hear himself described, heʼd want to hear, “Heʼs fun to hang out with!” And sure enough, fun, good times, and more is exactly what he plans to bring to Mescalero, New Mexico during Martin Luther King Weekend. At just 28 years old, Young already has five number one songs under his ten-gallon hat, like the current chart-topper party song “Aw Naw” and the frisky love song, “Getting You Home (The Little Black Dress Song).” With his spunky personality, romantic croonerʼs voice, and party anthems aside, Chris Young is nothing short of straight country. Acoustic guitar? Check. Story in the song? Check. Touring with Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Brad Paisley? Check. Check. Check. Other great country hits you might recognize from Chris Young include “Tomorrow,” “You,” and “I Can Take It From Here,” which are all part of his five consecutive number one hits. Donʼt miss your chance to be a part of boot-scootinʼ history when Inn of the Mountain Gods presents Chris Young on Sunday, January 19. The show starts at 8 PM. Tickets start at $25. For more information call 575-464-7053 or visit innofthemountaingods.com

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Chris Young If country superstar Chris Young could hear himself described, heʼd want to hear, “Heʼs fun to hang out with!” And sure enough, fun, good times, and more is exactly what he plans to bring to Mescalero, New Mexico during Martin Luther King Weekend. At just 28 years old, Young already has five number one songs under his tengallon hat, like the current chart-topper party song “Aw Naw” and the frisky love song, “Getting You Home (The Little Black Dress Song).” With his spunky personality, romantic croonerʼs voice, and party anthems aside, Chris Young is nothing short of straight country. Acoustic guitar? Check. Story in the song? Check. Touring with Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Brad Paisley? Check. Check. Check. Other great country hits you might recognize from Chris Young include “Tomorrow,” “You,” and “I Can Take It From Here,” which are all part of his five consecutive number one hits. Donʼt miss your chance to be a part of boot-scootinʼ history when Inn of the Moun-

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tain Gods presents Chris Young on Sunday, January 19. The show starts at 8 PM. Tickets start at $25. For more information call 575-464-7053 or visit innofthemountaingods.com

Jan 23

Luke West Local musician Luke West performs his “Sing Me Back Home” concert with special guest Tyler Jones. Acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals at the Ruidoso Public Library located at 107 Kansas City Road. Admission is free. The show starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 2583704.

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he Steve Meredith 5K Fun Run will be held on the Jan. 11, at Cielo Grande Recreational Area, 1612 W. College Blvd. The proceeds of the fun run will benefit Sgt. Steve Meredith who was injured in the line of duty on Oct. 21, 2013. He was helping with traffic control in a section of Hwy 285 while officials conducted an investigation, when a commercial vehicle plowed into a pickup truck which was legally stopped at the road block, killing the driver. The truck then careened into the median strip and hit the RPD sergeant. Meredith was flown out of state for treatment. The race will encompass two loops or trails. The first track is about 1 mile long while the second larger loop is 2 miles. Runners will start with the smaller path and end with the large track. Amanda Mason, whose husband is a police officer, said: “It’s not just the financial support; it’s the emotional support. It is a way to thank the law enforcement community for the work they do and the sacrifices they make every day. Sometimes people forget just how dangerous this job can be.” The pre-registration cards appeared on Dec. 27. A total of 65 people have already registered. Mason said she has received calls from people in Santa Fe, Hobbs and Eddy County who plan to run. She estimates that there may be 150 participants on the day of the race. The cost for those who pre-register is $20, for those who register “at the door” is $25.

“We will hold a bake sale with baked goods made by police officers’ wives and coffee donated by Starbucks,” she said. “People can pay by check, cash or credit card,” she said. Latecomers can “pay at the door.” The Fun Run will also include a 50:50 raffle with cash prize, 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the raffle’s winner and the other 50 percent will go to Sgt. Meredith. The raffle tickets are a dollar each or six tickets for $5. “You don’t have to be present to win the raffle,” she said. The Fun Run will have first and second prizes for both men and women runners. They will have prizzes all donated by businesses around town, such as a free hair cut from Hair by Heather, a free manicure also provided by Hair by Heather; two months’ free membership at Crossfit Vision, Big Five gift cards and a seamless faucet complete with installation from Fergie’s Plumbing. Donovan-Fulkerson Photography has offered a free portrait session which normally costs $200 or a free Glam session ($300). Mason and her husband, a recent graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, are recent transplants from Michigan. She is happy to become involved in the community that has become their adoptive home. “I’ve gotten tremendous support with this.” The times of “package pickup” when participants can obtain their racing bibs and their gift certificates include Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7

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p.m. at Hair by Heather, 111 E. Third St., and on Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Cielo Park. For those whose idea of running consists of an enthusiastic meander, or sitting on the sidelines and cheering a favorite runners, there are other ways of contributing to this cause -- such as direct donations. Mason said 100 percent of all these casj donations go to Meredith to help pay for his medical expenses. For more information, contact Amanda Mason at (734) 536-8727 or e-mail Meredith5kFunRun @outlook.com


CULTURE

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By Tess Townsend Record Staff Writer igures topple from a collapsing tower in an acrylic paint collage; the logos of energy companies TEPCO, Halliburton and BP hover in a slide show scene devoted to the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima; acrylic paintings of planets remind viewers of the rhythms of nature. Themes of destruction and renewal coarse through Roswell Artist-in-Residence Fellow Derek Chan's show Causation at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The show opens in the museum's Marshall and Winston Gallery with a lecture by Chan at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the RMAC, followed by a preview of the exhibition and reception for museum members. The multimedia pieces on display center on the imbalance of man-made systems in context of natural systems. Causation conveys that such discord results in a collapse of societal structure, but that

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Chan's exhibition Causation an optimistic warning against imbalance with nature natural forces ultimately restore order. “The systems that man has created are really vulnerable to kind of larger forces of nature,” says Chan. “Man has created man-made disasters.” Work by Chan has been displayed at museums and galleries throughout the country, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Whitney Museum in New York City. Hailing from San Francisco, Ca, Chan adopted Chicago as a home base in 2005, when he began his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois. He completed the degree in 2007. Chan says living in the rural area of Roswell has influenced his work by giving him the opportunity to observe the movement of the sun and feel closer to nature in a way he could not in the past. “Having only lived in the city, this is the closest to nature I've ever been,” says Chan. “It is such a dramatic

landscape here.” He sites a visit to Three Rivers as particularly inspiring: viewing the ancient rock engravings at the Otero County location gave him a sense of the “collapsing of time” by allowing him to connect to the past through artifacts. The compression of time into an interdependent, fluid continuum is a key motif in Causation. Serving as a guide in the show are three collages of acrylic paint with gold leaf accents on amate, a paper made from the bark of fig trees. The collages are modeled on the Maya codices, which functioned as historical records, almanacs and for other purposes. Chan's trio of codices represents past, present and future. The codex devoted to the present is heavy with digital imagery, such as barcodes. The “future” codex conveys an image of unity, with shadows of human figures arranged in a semi-circle,

reaching out to a whirling blue vortex. The “past” codex presents a graph rising and falling in steep peaks of marbled acrylic, reflecting drastic changes occurring in societies throughout history. Chan says the message of the “past” codex is that even in the present, there is possibility for change. “People will still find a way to find happiness and to have optimism,” he says. The incorporation of Mayan symbolism into Causation stems from Chan's deep interest in indigenous cultures. Past works by the artist have centered on Tibetan culture and the Hopi and Novajo nations. In May 2010, he presented his performance art piece

Being/Becoming at the Whitney Museum in New York. The work was influenced by Chan's research of Tibetan Buddhist traditions and consisted of him wearing a monastic robe and painting a roughly 75 square foot grid of tiny rectangles filled with ideograms fabricated by Chan himself. Chan has long held an interest in Asian art and history. He majored in Asian American Studies and Studio Art as an undergraduate at University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated in 2004. His study of religions and spiritual practices in Asia eventually bled into readings on those in the West. American Indian history and traditions, especially of the SEE

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Hopi, played an influential role in Chan's work later in 2010. That year, Chan visited the Four Corners region of the Southwest, where he spent a portion of his travels meandering through Hopi territory. In November 2010, he produced an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, titled Golden Age, that was based on his experiences with American Indian nations. He wrote and illustrated the book Cries and Whispers from the Salt Song Trail to accompany the show. A critic writing for Chicago cultural weekly Newcity wrote of the exhibition, “Avoiding the pitfall of solipsism as well as the self-righteousness that is de rigueur of much social and political protest art, Chan's show is ultimately an optimistic one. Despite the loss of land rights and repression of cultural heritage he recognizes several indigenous peoples have suffered, he finds their hope, faith and charity for

continued sustainability inspirational.” While critics read political messages in Chan's pieces, the artist denies that his body of work has an activist bent. “I think of this more as creating a dialogue or an experience for the viewer,” he says. Chan eschews the title of activist in favor of identifying as someone who believes in “working with communities.” During his time in Chicago, Chan volunteered with community groups in Chicago's Chinatown, helping immigrants prepare for the naturalization process. Yet reading political messages in Chan's work can be hard to avoid. “The Big Bang,” an acrylic paint collage on display in Causation, shows a grey marbled acrylic cloud shaped like the tail of a commercial airplane billowing from a tower splitting in its neck, anonymous shadows of human figures falling like ants from a quivering tree branch. The collage is constructed of 22 by 30 inch sections of paper painted with or mar-

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bled by acrylic, and cut down to various sizes to fit the constraints of the canvas. Chan sometimes spends days working on one marbled section to get the right balance of colors. When pressed, Chan admits, “You probably can't help look at this and not think of 9/11.” He says the shape of the cloud was unintentional and that any resemblance to the Sept. 11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York is incidental. He attributes the possible interpretation to the archetypical imagery of a tower in the throws of destruction. He notes that towers are recurring symbols that appear in sources as varied as the Bible, Tarot card sets and Jungian psychology. The tower, he explains, is a cautionary symbol. Seeing one collapse war ns us against forging a megalith we cannot support, and awakens a sense of the traumatic experiences of every culture or group of people. Causation will be on display until Feb. 23. For Chan, the show is a presentation of a year of reflection. He says he has appreciated his time at his first artist's residency, noting that the RMAC and Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art-sponsored program is rare for its length. Most residencies last only one to three months, according to Chan. The artist completed his residency Dec. 15 but is staying in Roswell for a spell as he prepares for his next venture. Chan will teach at a children's art class alongside residency fellow Jessica Kirkpatrick at the RMAC on February 2. His next exhibition is slated to begin March 22 at the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago.

MUSIC

Secret Circus migrates to NM for the winter.

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This winter the Circus is traveling to a town near you and playing new music.

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By Amy Vogelsang Record Staff Writer ou’re favorite, talented and yes, handsome twins from Sweden are back in town, and they have wasted no time in securing performances around the state for their band, Secret Circus. For those who perhaps are not in the know with the hottest new sounds and local music trends, Secret Circus is, by their own definition, a Folkadelic Gypsy Rock band — a sort of traditional seventies rock meets modern Indie rock. Their unique sound hasn’t happened over-night, but after originally making their way

around Europe with nothing but a couple guitars, Klas and Joel Åhman went from only having three songs, to suddenly having 20. They have expanded their careers on their own, even having their own recording equipment. Spending winters in Roswell, the brothers have been writing songs and popping “surprise” concerts around town. “When I write a song, it just kind of happens,” Klas explained. “(When writing) you go on a trip.” He uses the emotions he witnesses from the circumstances of people around him as inspiration for


lyrics. Both brothers also have rather vivid imaginations, a trait that “comes in handy when writing,” Joel elaborated. Although a lot of magic happens in the studio, it’s the live performances Secret Circus lives for. “(At a live performance), if you have part of a song that doesn’t reach (the audience), the worst thing they can do is to talk to the person next to them,” Klas said. Much less stressful than in a studio, where people expect perfection. Not including those little surprise concerts, their first big kick off is happening Jan. 10 in Ruidoso. But that is only the beginning of their concert schedule: Jan. 10-11 Grace O’Malley’s, Ruidoso Jan. 16, 8 p.m. Cowgirl BBQ, Santa Fe

Jan. 17, 7 p.m. Albuquerque’s Alternative Folk Showcase, KiMo Theatre Tickets: $10-$15 at kimotickets.com/ event/156537 Jan. 18 Capitol Bar, Soccoro

Jan. 23, 8 p.m. High Desert Brewing Company, Las Cruces

HISTORY

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By Stu Pritchard Roswell Historian

Prairie Fire!

Dry winds cultivated big burns on the ranches around Roswell rairie fire! The high grass countr y has always f eared the br ight red line that races across the prair ies and ranges at the speed of the wind. There were many recorded "big burns." It took little to star t them, especially during the dry season, but it took tremendous effort and coordination by the ranchers and settlers to extinguish a prairie fire once it was star ted. Ever yone f ought them. Many range hands rode for miles to help. One of the techniques said to or iginate in the SpurMatador country was to kill a cow - the first available

one, then split it open end to end. One cowboy would rope the front legs; another the back legs. They would then ride the flame line, one on the burned-off side of the prairie fire the other on the unburned side. This would generally rub out the fire line. Men and women on foot followed along to get the "break outs" with wet gunny sacks, brooms, saddle blankets or slickers. One big burn almost cost the life of one of Roswell's most distinguished early settlers, J. Phelps White. While driving a buckboard pulled by a team of mules and looking over the 300,000 acre spread called

the Yellow house, White noticed a dark speck on the horizon. There was a stiff breeze blowing over the grassy plains of the large ranch, which he owned together with his brother Tom and their uncle Major George Littlefield. As the mules jogged along, the speck began to take on the appearance of a low-hanging cloud. White squinted in the breeze. "That doesn't look good," he said to himself . Then his instincts told him "prairie fire!" He turned the team toward the evil-looking black clouds with licking red flames now discer nable at the bot-

tom. At first only apprehensive and intent on determining a way f or fighting the blaze together with other rangehands he knew would soon gather, White suddenly gasped. T he wind, unexpectedly and ironically, had shifted. A circle of fire suddenly trapped the cattleman. Realizing he was in mortal danger, the rancher unhitched the mules, pulled his hat down over his face and threw himself face down on the ground. Fire roared around and over him. The mules, badly burned, were spotted by YH cowboys who rode out to find "J.P." He was cr itically injured. A Lubbock doctor tended him - keeping him bathed in ointment and suspended in a hammock. When he was able to travel White, still in great pain, was taken to Portales and then by train to Roswell. His wife, the former Lou Tomlinson of Roswell, whom he had married the previous July, nursed him back to health. T he couple, who were expecting their first child, never returned to the ranch but remained in the Roswell area as one of its most distinguished families.

Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Zinc, Albuquerque

Jan. 31, 8 p.m. (21+ only) The Liberty, Roswell Tickets: $13.50 at thelibertyinc.com/ event/158310

Be sure to “Like” Secret Circus’ Facebook page so you can see what they’re up to, and you’ll never miss any of their surprise concerts again!

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UFOLOGY

Farewell to the Starchild DNA projectʼs Lloyd Pye Looking Up

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By Donald Burleson ne of the tragic ironies of human existence is that our frail, perishable bodies can, on rare occasions, play host to brilliant minds that by all rights should live on for centuries but cannot live on at all because the body fails. The

poet John Keats died at the age of 26. Frederic Chopin composed arguably the greatest piano music ever written, but only lived to be 39. Biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, died at 37 bef ore she could share a Nobel Prize. The body, prey to disease and other calamity, lets such minds perish far too early. Let me mention a case in point, a valued but now sadly departed friend. Many people interested in UFO studies and related subjects will know the name Lloyd Pye, who for many years not only was the caretaker of the f amous Starchild skull (unearthed in a mine shaft in Mexico around 1930) but was

also the tireless promoter of scientific research, at his own expense, into this bizarre 900-year-old relic’s nature and origins. But he ran out of time. Having been gravely ill for some months, Lloyd died of cancer on December 9, 2013, in Destin, Fla., surrounded by f amily and friends. I will miss his wry humor, intellectual honesty, and dedication to his goals. We can’t afford to lose people like Lloyd. A few years ago, because he well understood that DNA is where the real story resides, he engaged a professional geneticist to work on the monumentally important job of extracting and analyzing DNA from the Starchild skull. Lloyd’s earlier research

had already revealed several physiological anomalies in the skull, including the existence, in its bony tissues, of a pervasive microscopic organic mesh of uncannily strong fibers that could only have made the Starchild a robust survivor in terms of natural selection, wherever it evolved. That organic mesh is unlike anything ever seen in the animal life of this planet. But again, Lloyd knew that nothing tells the tale like DNA, and startling genetic revelations have indeed come to light, including the recovery of a 211-base-pair fragment of the Starchild’s allimportant FOXP2 gene. This is the point at which I myself got involved as a mathematician, volunteering to do sta-

tistical analysis on the gene fragment and bolstering the already emerging view that the Starchild could not possibly have been human, contrary to what one may read on certain websites appallingly replete with misinformation and unfounded claims. Despite Lloyd’s untimely death (he was only 67 and should have had many more years of productive work to look forward to), the work on Starchild DNA recovery will proceed, as he left the project in capable hands. The new year 2014 is one which he did not quite live to see, but he left a profound imprint upon it nonetheless, and upon the years to come. When the details about Starchild DNA all come out, Lloyd Pye’s place in the history of science will be assured. Peace, my friend.

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