|Friday, August 3
Howling Coyote Coffeehouse & Open Mic
A staple of the downtown ArtRamble since February of 2006, the Howling Coyote started out as a jam session for local musicians and quickly grew into a showcase featuring some of finest talent Las Cruces has to offer. The monthly event now makes the Rio Grande Theatre its home and continues to feature primarily acoustic musicians, singers and songwriters with family-appropriate material. Showtime is 7pm. Admission is Free. For more information visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403.
Saturday, August 4
The Lady Of White Sands
The Pan American Dance Institute in association with New Mexico State University Dance Program presents The Lady of White Sands, an original ballet in two acts based on the legend of Pavla Blanca. The score and libretto were written by Alamogordo resident JD Droddy. Performers include dancers from NMSU, UTEP, Las Cruces and El Paso private studios. Choreography by Ann Gavit, Anne Bishop, and Sara Jackiewicz. For more information, call (575) 646-2070 or email the Pan American Dance Institute Director Ann Gavit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, August 7
Every Other Tuesday: East Mesa
A trio of “maturing” musicians whose individual talents and vocal styles blend to produce unique harmonies and musical interpretations, Michael Pritchard, Mark Sukontarak and Mark Courtney bring a combination of energetic guitar, accomplished bass fiddle, flute, high lonesome tenor, compelling bass and driving baritone to produce a unique program of traditional, folk, country, blues, cowboy and Celtic music. Every Other Tuesday is a showcase for local performers beginning promptly at 6:30 pm. Admission is FREE to the public. For more information visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403.
Wednesday, August 8
Film Las Cruces
The Rio Grande Theatre and the City of Las Cruces Film Liaison present a monthly film forum on the second Wednesday of each month, in which trailers for locally made films are screened alongside short films by student filmmakers, followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and industry news as it pertains to our area. Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation begins at 7pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403. To find out more about Film Las Cruces, visit www.Las-Cruces-Film.org.
Saturday, August 18
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Ever been curious what it takes to make a movie? “Blood, Sweat and Tears” is an evening featuring the work of native filmmaker and NYU Graduate Film student, Aimée Michele Schaefer. The event, “Blood, Sweat and Tears” will consist of 4 short films, a feature documentary, Q & A with the director, music and light refreshments. This event is promoted as a fundraiser to support Aimée in her upcoming short film endeavors at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program, the Maurice Kanbar School of Film and Television. Showtime is 7pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors and students with ID. Advanced tickets will be available at Lulu’s, Spirit Winds, and Mountain View Market Coop. (Some material may not be suitable for children.) For more information visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403.
Tuesday, July 24
Every Other Tuesday: Chris Baker
Local balladeer, Chris Baker is an acoustic artist with an eclectic style, playing original works encompassing sounds very similar to Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and even Johnny Cash. Baker will be performing songs from his new album, “I Wanna Fly,” with guest appearances by local musicians who helped him with the project. Every Other Tuesday is a showcase for local performers beginning promptly at 6:30 pm. Admission is FREE to the public. For more information visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403.
Saturday, August 25
White Sands International Film Festival
This year, Hollywood returns to the Rio Grande Theatre as part of the White Sands International Film Festival. Emmy Award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor will present a workshop entitled “Performing Your Life” at 10:30am, in which he will explore the art and process of performance with insight into human nature and Tambor’s professional experience. Later that evening, beginning at 6pm, the WSIFF Awards Gala will be presented, honouring the winners of the Festival alongside those who have contributed to the film industry overall. For more information and ticket prices, visit www.wsiff.com.
On Exhibit in the El Paso Electric Gallery
Peter de Vries
The work of multi-medium painter and glass artist Peter de Vries will be showcased in the El Paso Electric Gallery, South of the Rio Grande Theatre lobby, for the month of August, 2012. A well-rounded fine artist whose work has encompassed everything from jewelry and animation to glass carving and painting, de Vries is a self-taught practitioner of all things artistic, currently working in watercolor, oils, acrylics, clayboard engravings, silverleaf engraving and pen & ink, with occasional forays into glasswork. His sandblasted glass sculptures are currently on permanent exhibit in most of the major hotels in Las Vegas, including twelve panels in the High Roller Gambling Rooms of the Rio Hotel, which were showcased on the Discovery Channel. The exhibit will run through the month of August 2012, beginning with an artist reception on August 3, from 5 to 7pm, as part of the Downtown Art Ramble.
Also included that evening will be the Howling Coyote Coffeehouse/Open Mic, beginning at 7pm. On permanent display in the Clute/Muggenburg Gallery are memorabilia and photos from the Rio Grande Theatre’s long and illustrious reign in downtown Las Cruces.
The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main, in Las Cruces, NM. For clarification, photos or additional information, please visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or contact the Rio Grande Theatre Manager, David Salcido, at 575-523-6403.