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zombies are heading downtown for the Zombie Walk, which will be at 5:30 p.m. The organizers are asking parents to keep an eye on the children, who can get easily distracted. “We couldn’t do it without the support of the Parks and Recreation department and the Street and City,” Halvorson said. “If you have a store and would like to have our zombies walk through, contact MainStreet.”  For more information, visit or email 

Zombie Walk 2016.

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Get Your Zombie On

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The annual Thrill the World, Zombie Walk and contest brings out “Thrill the World” Zombie Dance 2016. zombies big and small. By Christina Stock Vision Editor he annual Thrill the World, Zombie Walk and costume contest is going to benefit the Chaves County Cancer fund, which is doing the registration for the event at Pioneer Plaza, Oct. 29.  Working together with the organizer MainStreet Roswell is the newly founded Neverland Theatre Company. They are holding a free zombie makeup workshop on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in the backroom of Stellar Coffee Co., 215 N. Main St. “To sign up email us at,” said Maryl McNally. McNally is the president of the theatre company.  “Our two young volunteers who were helping with the dance practice are at college and can’t help us. We recommend to learn the dance online on our webpage,,” said Juliana Halvorson, who has been organizing the event from the beginning. “The dance is more difficult than you think. We are also looking for volunteers to help.” Anybody who registers on their webpage will be entered to win one of the iconic T-shirts. Registration for the dance is $5. Last minute dancers can also sign up on location by 3 p.m. There will also be a small workshop before the Thrill the World dance at 2 p.m. to help with last minute makeup. At 4 p.m. the zombie dancers on Pioneer Plaza will be joining the worldwide attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous performance of the Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance.  After the dance the free costume contest begins. “Categories are for adults and kids for the scariest, most creative and best overall,” said Halvorson. “Each winner can only win in one category. Special bonus for those who have fun, who are creative and really get into character.” Last year, 30 entries showed off their slouching, growling and limb-losing zombie skills. “We have trophies and zombie survival kits for the best in each category,” Halvorson said. After the costume contest it’s time to scare some humans. The brain-hunting






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Submitted Photo. History is fun with the children of Roswell Kids’ Arts ProgramS. 

Culture Fun ahead with Roswell Kids’ Arts ProgramS

History and Comedy, the Roswell Kids’ Arts ProgramS has two events planned for the entire family. By Christina Stock Vision Editor


he Roswell Kids’ Arts ProgramS is geared for children from 5 years to young adults up to 18 years of age. “We have the theater program, we are trying to start a choir program and would have an art and band program and promote the arts in Roswell because kids in public school only get about an hour of art a week,” said KAPS board president, Chris Samuels.  Samuels is a well-known actor, who has recently performed in Roswell Community Little Theatre’s play “Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure.” “We have about 35 kids right now in our theater program,” said Samuels. “We have two programs, one for ele-

mentary and one for middle and high school kids. It is $65 a semester and we would love to be able to have a scholarship fund to where we can get it down to $20 per semester and have a scholarship that covers the rest. But right now we do not have a scholarship fund. We are non profit – any donations we get are tax deductible.” The next event KAPS is working on is a walk through Roswell’s past, “Graveside Manor,” on Oct. 22 at the South Park Cemetery, 3101 S. Main St. Tickets are $5 and available at the gate. Call 435-229-6873 for more information.  “It is not a spooky one,” said Samuels about the tour. “We

have actually a lot of famous people buried in our cemetery. We were contacted by Tim Williams who is one of our board members — he is over at the Parks and Recreation Department. We thought about it. We went out there and looked around and found exciting gravestones. I found stories there I didn’t know about and I have lived most of my life here. It’s exciting to hear and see what is out there. We are hoping we can make this a yearly event.” “We are going to be able to run it from 3 p.m. until dusk,” Samuels said. “Tours will be leaving every 10 minutes. However many people we can get through during that

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time. We love to be able to get through 500 to 1,000 people.” Fifteen of the KAPS children are going to portray famous Roswell citizens who are buried at South Park Cemetery which includes 19 areas. “The kids are going to represent the historical figures,” Samuels said. “Joe Bauman (he hit 72 homers when he played in Little League) is one character. The baseball field where the Invaders play was named after him. Bob Crosby (aka “Wild Horse Bob” or “King of the Cowboys”) is another. The KAPS are presenting a comedy “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The play is going to take place at the Roswell Community Little Theatre, 1717 S. Union Ave., with showings on Nov. 4-6 and 11-13. Tickets are available at or by calling 575-622-1982.  “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was written by Barbara Robinson and is directed by Lynetta Zuber. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.

Books ‘The Revelations of Tomás Gunam’ By Christina Stock Vision Editor he saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I would add to this saying, “Don’t judge a book by its writer.” When I first opened the copy of Tom McDonald’s novel, I was expecting a book that a longtime newspaper man would write, or rather what I thought he would, something cynical or funny — perhaps even a mystery. I should have known better, after all, I am working with the author. He is my editor-in-chief, the editor of the Roswell Daily Record. McDonald is anything but predictable. The First sign that this book is unusual was that I had to almost wrangle it from McDonald. He did not want me to write a review, being concerned that, if it is a good review, people would think he influenced me. And, as any author, the fear that somebody didn’t like your work was also there, though he didn’t say so. Well, he had to learn that even though he is my boss, I decide what to review. And — I am writing about this novel. McDonald brings true three-dimensional characters to page that come to life in their sincerity, starting with the main character, the reporter Tomás Gunam. Gunam is assigned to cover a typical court case in a small town in New Mexico. A cult leader and his group has moved into the area. Gunam is assigned to get to the bottom of the story. His encounter with the cult leader and his followers tears open wounds from his childhood that reaches into the present and his troubled relationship with his devout Catholic wife.




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World Class Jazz Returns to Roswell The 11th annual Roswell Jazz Festival is kicking up the music with drums, sobbing cool winding saxophones and dueling pianos.

By Christina Stock Vision Editor


t the 11th annual Roswell Jazz Festival coming up Oct. 19-25, fans of jazz can expect to experience only the best of the best. thirty-six traditional, mainstream and Latin jazz titans are going to perform at seven free concerts and at locales that require tickets throughout the city at 10 different venues. Tickets range from $10 for students to $20-25 for adults. There are additional discount package options available. Tickets can be purchased online at or at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main St. For more information, call Michael Francis, executive director of the Roswell Jazz Festival at 505-359-4876 or 575-808-9336. The original American beat has been around for more than 100 years traveling from the streets of New Orleans to the concert halls of Europe, Asia and Africa.The world listens when a jazz musician falls into the rhythm like falling into his lover’s arms. The Roswell festival shows that out of despair during a catastrophe good can come. The original

musician who started the Roswell Jazz Festival is returning. “I arrived in Roswell in 2005 just after Hurricane Katrina,” composer and jazz pianist Roger Dickerson said in a phone interview. “I was just reminded of it with Hurricane Matthew that went up the East Coast. Hurricane Katrina went through New Orleans and I ended up exiting New Orleans going through the Superdome. “There is a flipside to the coin. Staying two nights too long in the Superdome, we have a Roswell Jazz Festival. Looking back, having celebrated last year the 10th anniversary of the festival was a great landmark for us.” When you listen to Dickerson speak his clear voice is energetic and fast-paced. He jumps lightning fast through his memory. Only when he says the word “jazz” his voice drops an octave and he adds a smooth vibe. “When I was leaving the Superdome, I went to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio and started making telephone calls around the country,” Dickerson said. He got many invites but chose to come to Roswell, because of his former military friend, Frank Schlatter. Both had been stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. “Frank was my dear friend. Him and his wife Carol were some of the key people of the festival. Others are yet in Roswell, some have relocated and some left the planet,” Dickerson said. “After I got there (Roswell) I got to meet some people like Paula Grieves, she is another person that was very important to the start of the festival,” Dickerson said. “She is the one who introduced me to the minister of the First Presbyterian Church. Another person is Michael Francis, who should be acknowledged regarding the beginning of the festival. He was on the ground at the beginning. And Father Tally who was at the Episcopal church. There were about three or four churches at the beginning that were part of the festival getting started. That’s what made it happen.” Dickerson was born and raised in the cradle of jazz, New Orleans. “Jazz was everywhere, you breathed it,” he said with a laugh. “That was before television and all the kinds of media that we have now. “People had pianos in their house. You learned to play an instrument and so, on special days like Thanksgiving and Christmas or any other special occasions, the family would get together and we would entertain ourselves by performing. This included church music. My grandmother could sing and play church hymns. I was introduced to this music early on and learned to play it before I had piano lessons,” Dickerson said. “Finally it was decided that I would get formal piano lessons., which I started,” Dickerson said. “That was the beginning of my formal music career. I learned jazz by growing up in New Orleans and I remained in school for formal studies.” A relative, Wallace Davenport, who played in the Lionel Hampton Band, furnished him with a basic knowledge of harmony, counterpoint and orchestration. He went on to study at Dillard University achieving a bachelor’s degree in music in 1955 and a master’s degree in composition from Indiana University in 1957, where his teachers included composer Bernhard

Heiden. During military service Roger Dickerson continued to perform, compose and arrange music. A Fulbright Fellowship enabled him to pursue further study at the Vienna Academy of Music under Schiske and Uhl. In 1975, he co-founded the Creative Arts Alliance. He has taught at Southern University, New Orleans, and served as a consultant in the humanities for the Institute for Services to Education. Among his honors are a John Hay Whitney Fellowship and the Louis Armstrong Memorial Award. “After that I was conscripted into the military – in those days if you were in school you were to be drafted and so I went into the military and that is how I ended up after basic training at the U.S. headquarters in Heidelberg and becoming friends with Frank,” Dickerson said. “I tell you, it is a small world. My life and musical experience in New Orleans focused on the formal side and the secular side was jazz. I came by it as a very natural side of my development and culture. I always found that it fits very well with learning about Bach and Beethoven. There was always harmony between them and the jazz players. This has affected my music tremendously,” Dickerson said. “When I was in Roswell I would be playing at Pecos Flavors now and then,” he said. “That place became part of the festival from the beginning. Michael and I would be playing the two-piano gig there. Now we made it a mainstay of the festival the first night after the kick-off.” Dickerson explained that he doesn’t perform very often anymore, working rather as a composer, which he considers his forte. He has just finished writing the final version of a comedy musical, called “Preacher Man, Preacher Man.” The musical is set see


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Calendar Ongoing Events Roswell Every first Wednesday of the month Pecos Valley Quilting Guild business meeting The meeting is at 10 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Center in room #22. For more information, call Sue Carter 575-624-1854.






Every first Thursday of the month

Every first Friday of the month

Every first Friday of the month

Every Week, Mon

Every Week, Wed

Meeting of the Sand Diver Scuba Club at 6:30 p.m. The location changes. For details, call the Scuba Shop at 575-973-8773 or visit scubashoproswell. com.

Pecos Valley Steam Society Social Everybody is invited. No dress code. The meeting is usually at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N Main St. at 6 p.m. For more information, follow them on Facebook.

Downtown Market at Reischman Park Call for food trucks and musicians to join the volunteer-driven, notfor-profit event which is sponsored by MainStreet Roswell among others. The goal is to introduce Roswell residents to all downtown Roswell has to offer. The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

8 Ball Pool League Roswell Ball Busters is Roswell’s own local BCA sanctioned 8 ball pool league. They play every Monday night at 7. Venues are Farleys, Variety, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Center City bowling alley. For more information, call 575-650-2591 or email

Weekly Knockout The Roswell Fighting Game Community presents Weekly Knockout at The Unity Center located at 108 E. Bland St. every Wednesday from 7 p.m. midnight. All games are welcome. For more information, visit facebook. com/RoswellFGC.


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Every Week, Mon - Sat

T-Tones at El Toro Bravo The T-Tones play at El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280.

Roswell Every third Tuesday of the month Sgt. Moses D. Rocha Marine Corps League Detachment 1287 Meeting Marine Corps League Meeting at 1506 E. 19th St. at 7 p.m. For more information, call 575-578-4689. Roswell Every Wednesday — all season Men’s Senior Golf tournament The tournament takes place in the morning for Spring River Men’s Senior Golf at the Spring River Golf Course.Call the golf course at 575-622-9506 for additional information. Roswell Every second Wednesday of the month Roswell Woman’s Club Meeting The Roswell Woman’s Club meets at Los Cerritos Restaurant, 2103 N. Main St. at noon. For more information about the club, “like” their new Facebook page or call Rhonda Borque Johnson at 505-917-1292.

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Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years This Walker Aviation Museum 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 347-2464 or visit Roswell Every Week, Mon - Sat 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 museum is open from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 347-2464 or visit


Roswell Every Week, Thu Bingo at the Elks Lodge Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner service. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Open for the public. 1720 N. Montana Ave. 575-622-1560. Roswell Every Week - Thu Dart Tournament at the Eagles Open for the public. 3201 S. Sunset Boulevard. For more information, call Mike and Donna Ramey at 575-910-5895 or Leigh Humble at 575-627-7350 or visit or email roswelldarts@ Roswell


Every Week, Thu, Sat

Every Week, Tue, Wed, Thu

Live music at Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen Tom Blake performs at Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen, 2010 S. Main St., 575-208-0543.

Games at Pair-A-Dice Pair-A-Dice game shack, located at 309 N. Main St., holds weekly gaming events. For more information, call 575-623-4263 or visit their Facebook page.

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Calendar Roswell Every Week, Fri Tina at El Toro Bravo Tina Williams performs at El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280. Roswell Every Week, Fri The GIG “God Inspired Gathering” — The GIG happens every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Courthouse. For more information, find them on Facebook at Roswell Every Week, Sat Gospel Jubilee The public and musicians are invited to join in the Gospel jubilee at Tabernacle of David Church at 7 p.m. Live feed starts at 7:30 p.m. at 24-7christian. org/ This is for everybody. The church is located at 424 E. Fifth St. at Shartell. For more information, find them on Facebook at Roswell Ongoing until June 18, 2017 Duty, Honor, Art: The New Mexico Military Institute Collection While the New Mexico Military Institute has a long history of engaging the Roswell Museum and its holdings, NMMI also has its own significant collection of art and historical objects, including paintings, prints, and sculpture. Encompassing works created by both faculty and alumni, as well as prominent southwestern artists such as Laura Gilpin and Kenneth

Miller Adams, this collection is an important facet of Roswell’s vast cultural heritage, and emphasizes the Institute’s ongoing interest and commitment to art as well as education. In recognition of NMMI’s 125th anniversary, this exhibit will showcase the school’s art collection, and highlight the Institute’s interaction with the Roswell Museum. The exhibit opens at 5 p.m. at the Hunter Gallery of the Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St. Roswell Ongoing throughout October Art classes at The Gallery at Main Street Arts The Gallery at Main Street Arts, 223 N. Main St., is offering various classes and activities throughout the month. For more information, call 575-625-5263 or 575-623-3213.

Calendar Roswell October 19 Live music at Pecos Flavors Winery Amy Lavere performs at 7 p.m. at Pecos Flavors Winery, 113 E. Third St. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit or call 575-627-6265. Roswell October 19 Backyard BBQ Show For the bands Filth, Bury the rod and Reign fundraiser. Bobby Garcia is the host. The free bbq and live music is in exchange for donation for the touring bands. Merchandise for cash is available. Location is 610 W. Gayle St. For more information, visit their event page on Facebook.

Roswell October 19 - 23 Roswell Jazz Festival Thirty-six Exciting worldclass musicians from all over the nation perform throughout the city at nine venues which include seven free events, a school of jazz workshop, piano showcase, worship in jazz and jam sessions. For more information or tickets, visit holdmyticket. com, visit or call 505-3594876. Roswell October 20 Roswell Adoption/Foster Information Meeting The Children, Youth and Family Department is hosting their Adoption/ Foster Information Meeting at 5:30 p.m. at their office, #4 Grand Avenue Plaza. If you are interested in adopting or fostering a child, this is the best opportunity to learn more about this important service. For more information, visit, or call 800-691-9067. To report child abuse, call 855-3337233 or #SAFE from a cell-phone. Carlsbad October 21-23 Smokin Spurs Productions presents: Youth Classic 2016 Entries are now accepted for the Youth Classic. Cash for up to $500 and many other prizes await participants to this fun youth event that includes barrel racing, mutton bustin’, goat team roping and for kids under five years a stick horse barrel race. Adults can participate at the midnight run goat team roping. Proceeds will benefit the youth.The event will be held at the


gency Relief, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Packs of Love. For more information call the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, 575-746-2744.

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“Young Frankenstein” — The Musical

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Eddy County Sheriff Posse Arena. For more information, call Larissa Jackson at 575-365-5733.

Way Way Off-Broadway presents the electrifying adaption of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film that will leave you in stitches. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit our website This production is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.

“So You Think You Know Genealogy” the Wilson-Cobb History & Genealogy Research Library presents its fall workshop with Judy G. Russell, “The Legal Genealogist.” at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. cost for members of the library is $45 and $50 for nonmembers. Registration after Oct. 15 is $55. For more information, call 575-622-3322 or email The library is located at 301 S. Richardson Ave. Their webpage is Roswell October 22 Chalk Art Festival “Art Cosmos” and Art Block Party The Roswell Museum and Art Center celebrates its annual Chalk Art Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The festival celebrates creativity and offers a great

opportunity to work sideby-side with artists to make art on the sidewalk at RMAC. The Block Party takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes music, performances, art and craft activities for everybody. Participants may register at the RMAC in person or through mail. Pre-registration is recommended as spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants may register the day of the event as space allows. The fee is $10 per person. There will be a free, non-competitive community area provided, no registration required. For more information, visit or call 575-624-6744. RMCA is located at 100 W. 11th St. Roswell October 22 Fall Fun Day Join the New Mexico Autism Society for their Fall Fun Day At Graves Farm and Garden, 6265 Graves Road. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There will be games, hay ride, corn maze. To reserve your spot, text “pumpkin” to Krista Smith at 575-810-1626 or email

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Artesia October 22 FEED Artesia Altrusa Club of Artesia invites the public to their event FEED Artesia from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everybody can bring their canned goods and individual serving-sized foods to the West Main Baptist church parking lot, 1701 W. Main St. There will be free face painting for the children with any canned good item donated. All donations go to Artesia Emer-

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Continued from Page 5 in 1948 New Orleans and its lead characters are a black minister and a white minister who doesn’t know how to preach. Next to music, Dickerson is very proud of his son. “He is into the now music of his time. He is a producer and has a recording studio. He is also a DJ. This is how he makes his living. Dickerson’s son has a two-year-old son of his own. “They just had this past July 5 twins,” Dickerson said.  This year Roswell Jazz Festival has a record-turnout of artists, among them John Allred, Joe Barriga, John Bartlett, Pepe Carmona, Bill Cunliffe, Bert Dalton, Roger Dickerson, Floyd Domino, Michael Francis, Paul Glasse, Willie Hernandez, Milo Jaramillo Jon-Erik Kellso, Becky Kilgore, Juan Lechuga, Ricky Malichi, Eddie Metz Jr., Ceci Noel, Frank Otero, Nicki Parrott, Houston Person, Russ Phillips, Chuck Redd, Jim Shearer, Richard Simon, Rossano Sportiello, Raziel Tortolo, Erik Unsworth, Allan Vaché, Petra Van Nuis, Johnny Varro and Curt Warren. Harry Allen will be the guest of honor at this year’s Jazz Festival. The hard-swingin’ sounds of New York City-based tenor saxophone player are going to get those feet tapping. Allen didn’t start out with the saxophone. His first instrument, and one of the hardest to master, was the accordion. Allen comes from a music-loving family. His sister also played the accordion while his father, Maurice, was a big band musician on the drums. Even before Allen went to kindergarten his father would play jazz records every day. Allen had a very short excursion into the world of clarinets before finding his calling with the saxophone. In a previous interview he said, “Long before I started playing accordion I knew I wanted to play saxophone.” Allen played in a school band at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he studied saxophone with Sahib Shihab, Bob Mintzer and John Purcell. In 1989, he graduated from RU with a degree in jazz tenor saxophone. He landed his first professional gig with the help of master bass player Major Hol-

ley, when Bucky Pizzarelli hired him to replace Zoot Sims at a New Jersey gig. “Dizzy Gillespie walked in,” Allen recalls. “I was so scared, I was shaking like a leaf.” Allen accompanied Oliver Jackson on his first of many tours to Europe. The year 1986 marked the beginning of his first recording date. After that he had 19 recordings to his name from the best labels in the industry, such as RCA-Victor. Three of his discs have been awarded a Gold Disc by Swing Journal Magazine and his CD “Tenors Anyone” won both the Gold Disc and New Star awards. He has recorded as a sideman with Bucky Pizzarelli (with whom he performs quite frequently), Warren Vaché and Jeff Hamilton. Allen’s musical inspiration and interpretive approach come from the giants and innovators of mainstream saxophone, including Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Illinois Jacquet, and Lester Young. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Allen has pretty much eschewed the modern, avant-garde, and impressionist schools of jazz of John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and Ornette Coleman. Allen continues to record extensively and makes frequent appearances at jazz festivals and concerts. Allen has been identified as one of the “finest exponents of swing tenor alive today” and described by C. Michael Bailey as “the ‘Frank Sinatra’ of the tenor saxophone: A master interpreter of standards”. Fellow artist Rossano Sportiello said about Allen: “Harry is a great guy and he carries himself well in any type of situation, musical or social. Most of all he is a very loyal person, a distinguished gentleman.” Jazz guitarist Andy Brown will be for the first time in Roswell. Brown was available for a phone interview. “I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and played guitar from a young age,” Brown said. “There were two really exceptional jazz guitarists in Cincinnati. One was named Cal Collins and another was named Kenny Poole. Cal Collins had worked with Benny Goodman and Rosemary Clooney and all kinds of fantastic legendary jazz musicians as had Ken Poole. They inspired me and I tagged along with them. They never taught me lessons but they showed me through example. It was just a very inspiring place to be as a young guitarist. That is

what inspired me to do the music that I do now. ”All musicians that are playing at the Roswell Jazz Festival — national and international musicians and favorite players of mine that I admired for many, many years,” Brown said. “That style of jazz is often called mainstream jazz. It is an interesting word. It originally meant something. Now it is used all over the place. It used to be a particular type of jazz. A lot of swing music. It meant many things combined, like modern jazz, Dixieland jazz. That is what I like.” Talking about his choice of instrument, Brown said, “I definitely see the guitar as a tender instrument and lend itself to that, even that the perception of the guitar has changed with rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal. The guitar is a tender, very quiet instrument. I definitely enjoy that side of it.” “I am really looking forward to meeting all the wonderful people in Roswell I heard about,” Brown said. “I heard it is a really fantastic town from other musicians that I know that have been there. I am looking forward to being there, making music, interacting with the musicians, and all the nice people who are in Roswell. I have never been in New Mexico, so I am sorry that I can’t stay longer. Maybe this will entice me to stay longer next time.” Western swing musician Floyd Domino is one of the most famous musicians in his style of music. Domino’s dazzling boogie-woogie piano styling is known to audiences around the world earning him acclaim and awards for more than three decades. Domino brought home his Best Keyboards Award this April to keep company with the two Grammy Awards won for featured work with his band Asleep at the Wheel. “I grew up in Berkley California and I started with Asleep At The Wheel at 19. I was a founding member,” Domino said during his phone interview with Vision Magazine. “The first job I got was a country band playing swing, and I brought in a jazzy influence. Western Swing has a lot of jazz in it. It was a good fit for me.” Domino has recorded and worked with Merle Haggard, George Strait, The Texas Playboys, Waylon Jennings, jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Monte Warden, Don Walser and the Crickets. Domino has played at the Kennedy Center inaugural events and see Jazz on page 9

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Submitted Photo The band members of Spice of Life. From left: Juan Lechuga, Raziel Tortolo, Cecilia Noel, Michael Francis, Joe Barriga, Charles Gordon and Frank Otero.

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Continued from Page 8 has even been heard in outer space by way of George Strait’s No. 1 hit, “Ace In The Hole,” which was transmitted to the crew of the space shuttle Columbia in a wake-up call. Domino is looking forward to meeting his fans in Roswell. “Come on out and listen to me playing with champion mandolin player Paul Glass,” he said. “We are going to have a great time.” One of the founding fathers of the Roswell Jazz Festival is Michael Francis, who is a jazz musician performing with his band “Spice of Life.” Francis had been the music director of the Roswell Jazz Festival and was appointed last year as the event’s executive director. “There are going to be some new musicians on scene,” Francis said. “We tried doing western swing last year. We got a couple of real great stars from Austin coming in. Floyd Domino who was a pianist with Asleep at the Wheel for many years and his partner will be Paul Glass who is a virtuoso mandolin player. We have a brand new venue we are excited about, the Hi-Q. We are looking forward to working with the people down there. It is really, really nice. That is where the main stage is going to be on Friday and Saturday.” Francis’ band is going to perform during the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s Chalk Art/Block Party. “It is going to be a nine-piece band. Working with the museum is great. They are going to have us outdoors at the Block Party,” he said. “We got some new faces, Andy Brown and his wife Petra Van Nuis from Chicago,” Francis said. “They have never been at our festival before. They are interesting characters. “The church service this year is going to be really special. It is going to be held over at the First Methodist Church instead of where we usually had it. It is going to be a New Orleans Band. We are going to play New Orleans type traditional jazz. Roger (Dickerson) and I both will be present for that, playing piano and the rest of them will be the world-class guys. Organizing an event such as the Roswell Jazz Festival takes a large amount of time. “It is a labor of love. We work on that festival right after the next.”  Submitted Photo of Floyd Domino.

Roswell Jazz Festival Overview: Wednesday, Oct. 19 7 p.m. Bert Dalton Trio. The Liberty, 312 N. Virginia Ave. Tickets are only available at The Liberty, 575-627-2121. Thursday, Oct. 20 5-6:30 p.m. The New Impressions. 7-9 p.m. Xcel Energy Presents: World Class Jazz. Friday, Oct. 21 Noon-2 p.m. Concert on the Courthouse lawn. 4-4:45 p.m. Austin Outer Limits.  5-7 p.m. Piano Duels.  5-7 p.m. 400 Penn Plaza presents: Jazz On The Patio. 6:30 p.m. Doors open for a night of Jazz.

Trio Reischman Park, 318 N. Main St. - Free Pecos Flavors Winery, 412 W. Second St. Chaves County Courthouse, 400 N. Main St. - Free Reischman Park, 318 N. Main St. - Free Pecos Flavors Winery, 412 W. Second St. Peppers Grill & Bar, 500 N. Main St. The Hi-Q, 208 N. Virginia Ave.

Saturday, Oct. 22 9 - 11 a.m. School of Jazz. Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St., Bassett Auditorium - Free Noon - 1:30 p.m. Los Rhumber.  Reischman Park, 318 N. Main St. - Free 1:45-3:45 p.m. Spice of Life salsa concert. Roswell Museum and Art Center, Outdoors at the RMAC Block Party Stage 11th Street - Free 6 p.m. Doors open for the Jazz Dinner Show.  The Hi-Q, 208 N. Virginia Ave. Sunday, Oct. 23 10:30-11:30 a.m. Worship in Jazz. 2-4 p.m. Roswell Jazz Festival Finale: Bösendorfer Piano Showcase.

First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave. - Free The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd.

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Roswell October 22 Graveside Manor Join the talented children of the Roswell Kids’ Arts Program at Southpark Cemetery, 3101 S. Main St., for a walk through Roswell’s past and learn about the famous people buried here. 15 children at 19 areas will impersonate the historical figures, such as Bob Crosby. The tours start at 3 p.m. and go until dusk. Tickets are $5 at the gate. For more information, call 435-229-6873. Roswell October 22 Live music at Stellar Coffee Co. Psilocybin Jam performs at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main S., at 9 p.m. For more information, call 575-623-3711 or visit or their Facebook page. Roswell October 22, 23 and 29-30 Mini Farm Festival at Graves Farm The mini farm festival take place Oct 22 and 29 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Oct. 23 and 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Graves Farm and Garden, 6265 Graves Rd. For more information, vis-

it gravesfarmandgarden. com or call 575-622-1889. Ruidoso October 23 Brett Eldredge in Concert The Inn of the Mountain Gods presents country musician Brett Eldredge in concert, 287 Carrizozo Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. Eldredge is known for his hit singles “Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me.” For more information, visit or call 1-800-545-9011. Roswell October 25 Live music at The Liberty Stryper is coming to town as part of their 30th anniversary tour “To Hell With The Devil.” This is for members of The Liberty Club and their invited guests only. The Liberty is located at 312 N. Virginia Ave. Artesia October 28 - 29 “Sleepy Hollow” — The Musical The Ocotillo Comedy Troupe presents “Sleepy Hollow” — The Musical — at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W Main St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children. Performances are on Oct.

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28 at 7 p.m. and on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for more information, visit or call 575-746-4212. Roswell October 28 - March 5 Bravo / Grande Exhibition Bravo / Grande is an interdisciplinary project by Zeke Peña. It examines the relationship between regional communities and the river with creative practice and site-responsive art project. Roswell  October 29 Fall Festival The City of Roswell and the Friends of the Roswell Zoo will be having our their Annual Fall Festival from 5-7 p.m. It will be held at the Roswell Convention Center located at 912 N. Main St. There will be game booths, face painting, a costume contest,  cake walk, and the creepy crawly corner sponsored by the Friends of the Zoo and of course lots of candy. Some activities will cost tickets and tickets will be .25 & the number of tickets will vary depending on activity. So please come join the fun and remember to be safe when out trick or treating. For more information contact the Roswell Recreation Center at (575) 624-6719.  Roswell October 29 Live music at Pecos Flavors Winery Nathan Kalish performs at 7 p.m. at Pecos Flavors Winery, 113 E. Third St. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit or call 575-627-6265.

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Roswell October 29 Live music at Farley’s Food, Fun and Pub Jordan Matthew Young and his band Candy’s River House are performing at Farley’s Food, Fun and Pub, 1315 N. Main St. The band is an award-winning blues/rock act from Utah. For more information, call 575-627-1100 or visit the band’s Facebook page. Carlsbad October 29-30 ‘Turning MS Barrel Race


Shelsey Polito Benefit Barrel Race takes place on both days at the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Arena. Saturday books open at 3 p.m., expos at 4 p.m. Youth starts at 5 p.m. Open at 6 p.m. On Sunday books and expos open at 8 a.m. Youth starts at 9:30 a.m. Open is at 10:30 a.m. Cash entries and cash payout. The payout is 70 percent. 100 percent added money. This is a separate race from Spurs N Denim and Desert Sky with separate rules and entry fees. On Saturday there will be also a costume contest with $100 prize for the winner. For more information, call Lacy Wilson at 575-9101692. Ruidoso November 1 Ruidoso Adoption/Foster Information Meeting The Children, Youth and Family Department is hosting their Adoption/Foster Information Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at their office, 507 Mechem Drive. If you are interested in adopting or fostering a child, this is the best opportunity to learn more about this important service. For more


Institute Army ROTC. Donations will be accepted with all proceeds to benefit Operation Comfort Warrior New Mexico. For more information, call Barbara Gomez at 575626-8033.

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‘Elf’ The Musical

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“Elf” the musical, premieres at the Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Road, both days at 7 p.m. It is based on the movie with Will Ferrel as “Buddy” who thinks he is an Elf not a human. These performances kick-off a major coast-to-coast national tour, a marvelous journey destined to spread the old-time feel and fantastic joys of Christmas to young and old alike. Seats are available for $39 and up. Call the Spencer at 888.818.7872 or visit for tickets.

John Anderson in Concert

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The Inn of the Mountain Gods presents John Anderson with special guests Ben and Noel Haggard and The Strangers, 287 Carrizozo Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. The award-winning country star, John Anderson, has slated more than 40 singles and recorded 22 studio albums throughout his 39-year career. His top hits include “I’ve Got a Feelin’,” “Wild and Blue,” “Straight Tequila Night,” and Money in the Bank.” For more information, visit innofthemountaingods. com or call 1-800-5459011.

Roswell Chamber of Commerce Tailgate Party


The Roswell Chamber of Commerce is having their annual tailgate party at 131 W. Second St., parking lot, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a cook-off with prizes and music. For more information, visit the chamber’s office, call 575623-5695 or email sarah@

67th Annual All Civic Club Luncheon

Roswell November 5 Veteran’s B.R.A.V.E5K


Veteran’s Day kicks off corner Main and 4th Streets with a free walk or 5K run at 7:30 a.m. First 200 who register at get a free T-Shirt. The event is sponsored by the New Mexico Military

November 29

The Kiwanis Club of Roswell is hosting the 67th annual all civic club luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Roswell Civic and Convention Center, 912 N. Main St. Tickets are $18 per 8 person table. For more information, call Barbara Gomez at 575-626-8033, email or Robert Sherman at 575420-3789. If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email vision@rdrnews. com or call 622-7710 ext. 309.  

Halloween events


t’s that time of year, when children and adults are having fun dressing up as superheroes or zombies, cowboys, firemen or ghosts. Unfortunately, we don’t live in the ‘50s anymore when children could go from house to house trick or treating. Instead, we have churches, charitable organizations who do “Trunk or Treat” events.  Roswell: One of those organizations is the Chaves County JOY Center. It is one of the first organizations holding its second annual Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the JOY Center, 1822 N. Montana Ave. There will also be food, lots of candy, a costume contest and bike giveaway. For more information, call 575-914-0285. The JOY Center organized this event last year for the first time to raise awareness for seniors. Its endeavor is to promote independence and to improve and maintain quality of life for the elders of the community. During the snowstorm, Goliath, the staff went above and beyond the cause, bringing food and medication to seniors trapped inside their homes. On Oct. 22, Neverland Theatre Company is holding its first workshop at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main St., in the back room at 1 p.m. If you are going to join the upcoming Zombie Walk that is organized by MainStreet Roswell, this is where you can learn how to get zombified. For more information, visit On Oct. 26, Pecos Flavors Winery invites everybody to their free ghost storytelling event at its new location, 412 W. Second St. Local authors will present their favorite tall tales. The public is invited to share their own stories —  if they dare. On Oct. 28, Stellar “Hollow’s” Eve invites the public for its costume contest. There will be music, magic and comedy. The event starts at 8 p.m. Stellar Coffee Co. is located at 315 N. Main St. Adults 21 and over: On Oct. 28, the new Hi-Q Venue, 208 N. Virginia Ave., is the place to be for Moonlight Madness at 8 p.m. Moonlight Madness is a Halloween night of music, dancing and costumes. Black

Betty BBQ and The Hi-Q Venue invite everybody to join. There will be a costume contest with over $500 in prizes. Costume contest divisions are spookiest, silliest, weirdest, most original and best couple. Music is provided by Michael Highes of Soundwaves. There will be a cash bar by EPIQ Night Club. For more information, call 575-625-8761.


On Oct. 29, from 2-4 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 505 N. Pennsylvania Ave. is having its Trunk or Treat festivities. The event is hosted by the New Mexico Autism Society Roswell and MECA Therapies, LLC for those affected by autism and their families. For more information, visit or email


Oct. 29, from 5-7 p.m. The Roswell Recreation Staff presents the annual Fall Halloween Festival at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. Costumes are welcome.The festival is filled with game booths, a costume contest, cake walk and the creepy crawly corner sponsored by the Friends of the Zoo, and of course, lots of candy. This event is free, family focused and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 575-624-6860.

On Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m., join the sixth annual Community Safe Stop Trick or Treat event in downtown Lovington. The event is organized by Lovington MainStreet Corp. For more information, call 575-3961418.

Oct. 31, from 3-5 p.m. Dress in your scariest, funniest or best Halloween costume and come to Midtown Ruidoso for trick or treating. For more information, contact the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce, 575-2577395 or email  

Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., doors open for the annual haunted house of The Unity Center, 108 E. Bland St. Entry fee is $10, children 5 years and younger get in for free. Group rates are available. For more information, call 575-208-8603. On Oct. 31, Grace Community Church is celebrating its Blocktoberfest with Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m. GCC is located at 935 W. Mescalero Road. For more information, call 575-623-5438. Artesia: Oct. 29, there are also several events in our neighboring community, Artesia. Join Artesia’s Historical Museum and Art Center for its Dia de los Muertos celebration from 1 to 5 p.m., 505 W. Richardson St. The Artesia Public Library celebrates free Halloween fun for the family, at 4 p.m., 205 W. Quay Ave. Open for all ages. Then it’s Trick or Treating time from 5 to 7 p.m. on Artesia Main Street. For more information, contact the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, 575-746-2744. Dexter/Midland: Open every weekend in Oct. Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m. to midnight is the haunted house of the Alien Evolution Dance Crew, 209 E. Crockett Yard Road. 17 rooms guaranteed to make you scream or send chills down your spine. Entry is $8. For more information, call 575-578-9007. Lincoln: Oct. 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dia de los Muertos in historic Lincoln invites the public for music, food and entertainment. Three live bands perform: Lubbock’s All-Star Mariachi band, La Ultima and Mariachi Univo. The Hondo Dancers will perform. There will also be face painting and cultural presentations. For more information, call 575-653-4045.

Submitted Photo Winner of the Chaves County JOY Trunk or Treat decoration was the team of Tobosa in 2016.

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Christina Stock Photo Above: Inga (Summer Souza) is all over Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Tony Souza during their hayride. Below: No foot will be still during the dances when the townsfolks put down their pitchforks and swing their skirts.


It’s Alive!

Way Way Off Broadway Theatre Company brings the naughty musical comedy, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” to stage. By Christina Stock Vision Editor n 2007, comedy genius Mel Brooks adapted his legendarily funny film into a brilliant Broadway stage creation – “Young Frankenstein!” What Brooks could not put in the original movie he added to his show. Way Way Off Broadway is bringing the original Broadway production to the stage of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center, Oct. 21-23 and 28-30 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at If you know the works


of Mel Brooks, you know his outrageous style and his child-like rejection of subtleties which made him a comedic icon with movies like “Blazing Saddles” and “Springtime for Hitler.” Political correctness is nonexistent in his work. Brooks is like your favorite uncle at weddings and birthdays who has the naughty jokes ready to make everybody roll their eyes and blush. You want to be offended, but it’s just too funny. “This is a show for grown-ups.” said director Summer Souza. “It is not for kids.” The musical comedy is officially rated PG-13. The story of “Young

Frankenstein” is based on the book and film by Brooks, which makes fun of the horror genre.

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Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, “Young Frankenstein” has all the of panache of the screen sensation with extra theatrical flair added. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Young Frankenstein” is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment. Tony Souza is cast as Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein. He is also the managing director of WWOB. “Every show has its challeng-

es,” Souza said. “Some shows, such as our recently performed play “Those Unforgettable Black Rims,” depend on the development of the characters. A musical is a spectacle and has different challenges. We are trying to be faithful to the original story, honoring the characters that the audience are expecting to see but making the performance our own. Per example, in “Young Frankenstein,” every time Frau Blücher says something there is whinnying in the background. “It is every time a challenge to adapt a full Broadway show to our scale. But we must love that challenge,” said Souza and laughed. Jessica Haynes plays the wickedly funny fiancée of Frankenstein, Elizabeth. This character is perfect for Haynes, who loves to play the over-the-top high-society lady falling in love with the monster. Who can’t resist this large hunk of a male monster, played by Kendall Hellmers? Hellmers is known in the community as being part of the music band Retrofit. “Elizabeth is a lot of fun and such a tease,” said Haynes. “She is

everything that is fun to play. She is so full of it and shallow.” Haynes had watched the movie during her college days. “The musical and the songs are so much funnier than the movie,” she said. Cast as hunchback Igor is John Bitner. Bitner performed last year in WWOB’s “Seussical The Musical“ as Grinch. Summer Souza shines in the role of Frankenstein’s new assistant and love-interest, Inga. Frau Blücher is Michelle Massey, Inspector Von Kemp is David Rocha. Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein is Brady Crump and Ziggy is played by Spencer Wilden. Supportive roles go to Cheyenne Hellmers, Tony Simoes, Kamdyn Bishop, Aubrey King, Gabriel Perez, Jose Perez, Rebekah Bitner, Paige Huddleston, Kylee Clements, Mia Huddleston and Jamie Alexander.  

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Regarding La Llorona in Roswell

By Reynaldo R. Martinez Winner of the spooky story contest 2016.


t. John’s Catholic School was located deep in Roswell’s Llorona country. This small, four-classroom school was situated on the corner of South Lincoln Avenue and East Albuquerque Street on the southeast side of town. If you walk north from the school on Lincoln Avenue for one block you will run into the Hondo River. Turn right and walk along the river bank and in short time you will reach the railroad tracks. This is where the sorrowful, wailing mother could be found. This is not the story of La Llorona. That tale has been retold and written about extensively. This is my recollection about how the crying lady caused extreme fear and panic among the first- and second-grade students at St. John’s

Catholic School in the early 1960s. If you want to hear the full story of La Llorona you should hang around after Mass and ask any old gnarly person. I must warn you, however, not to ask this question in passing. You must be prepared to sit down and listen. There will most likely be coffee or cold beer involved. Stick around, it’s a good story. The two accounts, we had heard, regarded a woman who drowned her children in the Hondo River or tied them to the railroad track when the train was coming. Either version resulted in the same outcome: A lamenting mother, wandering the banks of the river or walking on the tracks seeking her dead children or looking for others to take their places. We were all thoroughly

convinced that she existed. There were endless testimonials from nearby residents who had seen or heard her at some point in their lives. I was enrolled at St. John’s school in 1964 and 1965. We were the last students to attend, as this was the year the school closed. We had PE outdoors, every day. There was no lawn anywhere on the school grounds. We would barricade Lincoln Avenue and use the street for kid games such as kickball, red rover, hopscotch, jump rope and tag. At lunchtime we would play on the ground behind the school. The younger kids would mostly have intense and competitive marble games. The older boys would spin wooden tops. It never failed, at least once or twice each month during PE or lunch there would be a Llorona sighting. Some kid would come running down the sidewalk or street fast enough to combust their hair, screaming “La Llorona, La Llorona” over and over again. That would then set off a cacophony of screaming, panicking six- and seven-yearold children. We would all bound up the stairs of the school house and stack up like a bunch of cattle walking into the corner of a ranch fence. The door was usually locked and we were stuck outdoors. Eventually everyone would settle down and we would get details from the kid that saw La Llorona. She was usually sighted walking around a corner behind the bathrooms or was seen moving along the river bank. The account always scared us terrifically. The rest of the day was spent with nervous kids looking out the second floor win-

dows to make sure it was safe to leave the school. When class would let out, kids quickly ran home or to their parent’s waiting cars. There was no lingering. You did not want to have to stay after school on the day of a Llorona sighting. Our teachers were nuns from Germany. All year they wore their long habits. This garment included a flowing skirt that reached shoe level. Some of the older community women, consistent with fashion of the time, also wore long dark skirts. Most likely kids were catching a fleeting glimpse of one of the nuns or a neighborhood woman. Imagination would quickly run wild, therefore, resulting in elementary age hysteria. The nuns walked quickly and sometimes all you saw was a glimpse of a skirt edge going around a corner. Some of the ladies living near the river would use the bank as a shortcut to hike over to a comadre’s house to drink coffee and watch soap operas on TV such as “General Hospital” or “As The World Turns.” After St. John’s closed I started going to a school near our home on South Garden Avenue. Much to my relief, there were never any Llorona sightings at that location. As I got older and heard many variations of this cuento, I eventually realized it was told to keep children from wandering into dangerous areas like rivers and railroad tracks. The strategy worked. The fear we experienced was palpable and it definitely kept most of us close to school and away from these potentially dangerous places. 

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The Circuit — ­ An Ultimate Fan Event

A new medium, a first pop-culture convention anthology film is looking for writers, participants and sponsors worldwide with an interest in Roswell’s Galacticon and talent.

By Christina Stock Vision Editor


ow long is Hollywood and the moguls in TVland keeping the power? A new medium and new consumer behavior is changing the scene already. This generation is using Netflix to watch shows, they are streaming and binge-watching. The industry is at a critical point of change. This brings out entrepreneurs who are trying to reach a new audience. They are also looking for new talent that may have been overlooked before. The first pop-culture convention anthology film is in the pre-production phase. It is based on the convention circuit with the fans of those ComiCons directly involved and well-known actors have already signed up. Many are from the Star Trek universe, such as Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek shows, Bob Picardo, who played the hologram doctor in “Voyager,” Armin Shimerman, who played Quark in “Deep Space Nine” and Terry Farrell, who played Jadzia Dax in “Deep Space Nine.” Some of the recent TV personalities who joined are Mindy Robinson, a Los Angeles based actress who has appeared in more than 150 TV shows and films, many in network reality shows. She was the recurring see Circuit on page 14

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Continued from Page 13 guest star character Pom Pom Kitty on all three seasons of TBS’s “King of the Nerds,” and a series regular on FOX’s “Take Me Out” with George Lopez. She has the upcoming lead role in the film “Range 15” with William Shatner next year. Another actor participating is Robert Archer, who played the recurring role of Bio-Man on “Defiance,” seasons one, two and three and the recurring role of Bruce on “Lost Girl.” Archer’s credits also include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Kickass 2,” “Flashpoint,” “Alphas,” and “Repo Men.” An entire list of all the actors is available at Manu Intiraymi is known as an actor and producer. He starred on “Star Trek Voyager” and “One Tree Hill.” He recently produced “Benjamin Troubles and the upcoming “5th Passenger.” “The Circuit” is based on his observations during the many ComiCon’s he was part of. In a phone interview with the Vision editor, Intiraymi talked about the project. He was also interested in filming part of it at the Roswell Galacticon. “It would be fantastic to shoot an episode out there. It would be fun,” he said. “An alien story that turns itself on its head would be different. I would love to get some filmmakers and writers from Roswell. That would be awesome.” “I came off of Star Trek���s Voyager when I was 22 and started going to science fiction and Star Trek conventions, ComiCons and pop-culture conventions,” Intiraymi said. “I saw so many surreal things behind the scene. I think this idea has been in my mind for 15 years or more.” “I was in Germany thinking about how this is going to be a movie about all those crazy stories that actors told me that happened to them,” Intiraymi said. “But then I thought, that the genre, the convention scene in itself is a celebration of genre films, fantasy films, sci-fi films, horror films, comedies even and comic book films and I thought, I love anthology stories, like ‘The Twilight Zone,’ Stephen Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” I don’t think that enough of them get made. So I thought, when I tell a multi-movie story why not do multi-genre stories and that was going to be the whole idea until I was standing on stage in Germany last year at FedCon with about 7,000 people out there in the audience and we had the closing ceremonies. “I had a great weekend and people shared stories with me and their lives growing up in that country. A bunch of amazing personal stories. I was on stage with other actors. Shatner was there, George Takei and Walter Koenig, who is also in “The Circuit.” The Germans started clapping, the flash bombs were going, the Star Trek theme was playing and it was enough light that I could look in the audience and started making eye-contact with all these different people that I have seen. I realized that their stories were powerful and I was missing half of what the circuit, or the convention circuit is, which is the fans and their stories,” Intiraymi said. “It’s the 50 year history of the convention scene as we know it and the anniversary of the 50th year that we were doing these media conventions. If I am going to tell that story, I have to include the fans and their stories. “So we opened it up, we were getting the whole project together. I started to attach actors and then we opened up the screenwriting competition for fans to send in their stories. “I made it real simple. Just 1-20 pages (per admitted story). The story has to take place over the weekend of a pop-culture convention. You got to tie it into a pop-culture convention somehow. It can be on the way there, on the way home, in the hotel room, maybe you step into a different dimension when you get there. No rules what happens or what genre. Let us just tie it together to a convention weekend somehow. People started to submit their stories and we got professional writers and started our own. We came up with this really fun crossgenre film that takes place during a fictional MegaCon. To make the entire show the organizers need to raise $1,3 million, which is very low cost. “The reason that we can do that, is Mike Phillips and Jason Newfield and Jason McKinley from Bayou Pictures and Radical 3D are doing all my visual effects. They have interest in the film,” Intiraymi said. “These are the guys who did the visual effects from “Iron Man,” “Spiderman II,” Disney’s “Planes” franchise, “Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” These are visual effects wizards. They loved the idea so they came on board. We can produce those visual effects that would cost us $5,000 to $7,000 a shot for $500 to $750 a shot because those guys are working for their interest making the film, instead of working for the paychecks they would normally receive,” Intiraymi said. As soon as the producers have enough money through their Kickstarter page and have finished the first three episodes, a red-carpet event is planned in San Francisco and New York City. Intiraymi has high hopes for the quality of the show

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Submitted Art and is open to it becoming a Netflix show or an Amazon or HBO show. “At any time, if some big player comes along that wants to partner with us and go TV-show, we probably will go in that direction,” Intiraymi said. “What we are doing has never been done before. It is a multi-genre anthology — we are going to have a sci-fi story that holds the entire story together but we will also have room for fantasy, supernatural, superhero, plain drama and comedy, vampires, zombies — this is a mega convention so the genres will cross. If you have ever seen an anthology film, it is multiple episodes put together that encompass the whole film. And these different genres will intertwine and a dramatic story will cross over. You will see one moment a vampire story happen, you may not even know it until you see the vampire story later. It should be a lot of fun. What I thought when I make all these genre movies, what better place is there to have different genres than a pop-culture convention, where people are celebrating them. A perfect setting. “You pick the genre, write 1-20 pages, we have free screenwriting software on the site, You can also write a short story up to 20 pages in novel format. If we like that, we will bring you on and give you story credit and we will work with the screenwriters to adapt it,” Intiraymi said. Every interested artist who pledges to the campaign can contact Intiraymi at and tell him personally how they would like to be involved in the film. For every episode of the 10 that are planned, they will bring one person per department onto set to collaborate on the show. These can be makeup, art or visual effects. “People who are interested in filmmaking can come on set, get a credit in the film and get to learn what a professional set and the working department is like. And they get to learn from some of the best in their business of what they do,” said Intiraymi. “We just hope that the fans get as excited about this as we are and come to the Kickstarter page and donate. It is a numbers thing. The more who are interested, the better chance we have to make a big budget film. Super fun.”


The Lost Skeletons of Southeastern New Mexico

By John Le May


n the collections of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico archive building at 208 N. Lea are something we call the morgue files. As the name suggests, “morgue files” was a term first used by detectives who kept files full of newspaper clippings and information on a pertinent case. However, as time went on, the term morgue file was adopted by other institutions who kept files of newspaper clippings and articles on various topics. In other words — though it sounds macabre — a morgue file can be on any subject. In the HSSNM we have morgue files on topics such as Bottomless Lakes, Bitter Lakes Wildlife Refuge, and we even have six whopping folders on Billy the Kid. We also contain a morgue file on archeology in the southeastern New Mexico region. A popular 1920s, 30s and 40s newspaper subject in the archeology file is that of mys-

terious skeletons and burial sites around this portion of the state. “Skeleton Giant Indian Found in Sacramentos,” dated Oct. 20, 1927, relates how Joe Richards was doing some road work when a large rock caught his eye in the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft. Richards flipped the rock over and began digging. He found a large skeleton buried in a sitting position. In 1933 a group of Native American skeletons was found by a Roswell man. The article, titled “Roswell Man Finds Many Skeletons” was one of several from the era and nothing special in the annals of history. Slightly more interesting was another article entitled “Skeletons Baffle Wisdom Officers from Roswell” from 1946. The only reason said skeletons were baffling was because they weren’t 100 percent positive that they belonged to ancient Native Americans. The

burial site, discovered near Hagerman on the Vest Ranch, was investigated by Sheriff Pat O’Neill, Harry Thorne and Frank Young (sensational newspaper reports claimed that the FBI might even be called in to investigate). The article relates: “Sheriff O’Neill and Messrs. Young and Thorne, with Mr. Thorne doing most of the shoveling and other hard work, went to the place where a cowboy had found a skull that had been exposed by the action of the wind on the sandy soil, and without wearing themselves down with hard work, uncovered the bones of three and possibly four adults, apparently buried in a common rude grave. There wasn’t a single thing near the skeletons that could give any information to such skilled criminologists. They were at a loss to tell what manner of the people they were, how long they had lain there, how they died, or anything else.

“Of course, all sorts of theories were turned loose by the incident. Most of the cow persons believed it to be the assembled bones of a group of Indians, who met their death on the lone parries and were covered up by their tribesmen. The bones had evidently been buried so long that it could hardly have been rustlers who had been run down by cowboys, wiped out and covered up. “Their condition did not warrant the conclusion that they were prehistorics wandering on the desert and perhaps dying of thirst or something. That is all guess work too. “All in all the find seems to be one of those mysteries of the open range that are never solved. Like the group found on Salt Creek, nearly a half century ago, people wondered about it and then forgot all about it. There were six skeletons at the Salt Creek burials, with no a work-

Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. Ann Finley investigates a skull she found in the vicinity of Lake Arthur (date unknown). Image#1478B.

able or resultful clew.” A humorous follow up article on the enigma said, “Earl Dixon, who has done his share of exploring southeastern New Mexico, says the solution of the skeletons out at the Vest Ranch east of Hagerman is simple. They are Indians,

he reports, basing his contention on the fact that many Indian relics are found in the area. ‘Of course, if they were white folks, they probably had a flat tire and shot themselves. I never saw such a country!’ he concluded.”


Continued from Page 4 The story leads the reporter on a journey and he finds out what faith really is. Gunam is described in the first chapters as an ethical honest man. Then the cracks in the facade are shown and the reader gets a glimpse into the soul of a real human being with flaws and sins. The reader worries with Gunam if the cult leader is a dangerous person, too good to be true. It is easy to feel empathy when Gunam is suddenly pulled from the story by his editor. There are action scenes that make the reader cringe as they are written so vividly. The cult leader is described on page 67, and a good example of how McDonald paints the picture of the characters: “His face looked mature, older than his years, but there was an unusual softness to it, and his complexion was dark enough for obvious non-white ethnicity, though categorizing him racially appeared impossible. His name didn’t help, with a first name straight out of the Old Testament, a middle name I’d never heard before — Xanté had kind of an African sound to it, I thought — and a Caucasian surname with working-class roots. I imagined his appearance to be futuristic, as though his bloodline was thoroughly multi-ethnic.” I do not want to give the full story away and the surprising twists and turns of

the story. I would, however, love to send this reporter back 2,100 years to cover the story of a different cult leader. I read the novel in four hours. I highly recommend it, not only for being an intensely entertaining story with a strong message of love and understanding, but for its background. The background becomes a character in itself. The reader gets a glimpse into small town politics in New Mexico combined with the realistic insight of what it means to be a reporter in our days with corporations taking over the independent newspapers. The style that McDonald uses is a blend of vivid novel-writing with factual news reporting. McDonald says at the beginning that the story is pure fiction. I wish it wasn’t. That Xanté is somewhere out there, if not in me, somewhere. To know what I mean, you’ve got to read the novel. The novel, “The Revelations of Tomás Gunam,” was published in 2016 by Dreamcatcher Books out of Las Vegas, New Mexico and is available for purchase at The cost is $15.95 plus shipping and handling.

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Biohazard Problems: Weird Alien Encounters in Brazil

Looking Up


nvestigators of the UFO phenomenon have become aware, over the years, that human encounters with extra-terrestrials are fraught with danger, and that the chief danger is a biological one. It seems feasible, even likely, that these technologically advanced beings have manipulated their own genome to make them immune to human viruses, but unfortunately we humans have no corresponding immunity to alien viruses. Tragically, experience has proven this on a number of occasions, including the 1947 Roswell crash retrieval

By Donald Burleson

(four technicians died from exposure to alien body fluids) and the 1974 Coyame, Mexico crash retrieval, where over twenty people similarly died and the retrieval site in the Mexican desert was nuked to sanitize it and prevent a wider outbreak of infection. But perhaps the most bizarre episode, or series of episodes, happened in Brazil in January 1996. Robert Wood and Nick Redfern describe this in great detail in their excellent book “Alien Viruses.” It all began on January 20, when in the Varginha area of Brazil, military authorities start-

ed getting calls from people claiming to have seen a half-man, half-animal creature. Military people went in, took charge, and ordered curious civilian onlookers to leave. Reportedly the officers in charge used an animal net to capture the strange creature, placed it in a wooden box, and trucked it away. Evidently there was not just one such entity, because later that day a group of girls spotted another one leaning against a wall, a creature with large, lidless eyes. As the girls’ story circulated, two Intelligence Service officers named

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Marco Chereze and Eric Lopes were sent back in to check things out. While they were patrolling the area, something exceedingly strange ran out in front of them in the road and ducked into a pasture. They accosted the horribly deformed-looking being, finding it sluggish and apparently dying. Putting it into their car, they drove it to an animal aid station, but the attendant there found it so repellent-looking that he wanted nothing to do with it, and suggested they take it to the zoo. They ended up transporting it to the Hospi-

tal Regional de Minas in Varginha, where military personnel were suddenly swarming onto the scene and preventing the usual emergency admissions doctor from attending to the creature. Apparently reacting badly to administered oxygen, it subsequently died. But for Chereze the story didn’t quite end there. He had inadvertently touched the creature without his protective gloves on, and within a few days he became gravely ill and passed away in a hospital. The autopsy showed that he had succumbed to “acute respiratory deficiency, septicemia

and bacterial pneumonia,” and had appeared to have an acquired immunodeficiency. In the days and weeks that followed, more sightings were made of the grotesque creatures that had so disturbingly obtruded upon the scene, with multiple witnesses and a considerable consistency in the appearance and nature of the beings as described by those who saw them. Government authorities attempted, without much success, to cover all this up.

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