Rio Grande Theatre December 2011 Calendar of Events
Thursday, December 1
LCCCA presents Carpe Diem String Quartet
Carpe Diem String Quartet is quickly becoming the premiere American “indie” string quartet. The group performs the classical string quartet repertoire, but their musical passion has led them down the paths of Gypsy, Tango, Folk, Pop, Rock and Jazz-inspired music. Carpe Diem String Quartet, in residence at Ohio Wesleyan University, is an exciting group that has captured the imagination of audiences, the respect of critics and is becoming one of the most versatile ensembles of their generation. Carpe Diem has earned critical acclaim with innovative programs, electrifying performances and a passion for audience engagement. Showtime is 7:30pm; doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (575)521-4051.
Friday, December 2
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, directly following the Literary Open Mic. Admission is Free. For more information visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403.
Saturday, December 3
Ballet Folklorico Quetzales
El Paso’s Ballet Folklorico Quetzales, directed and choreographed by Jaime Carrasco, invites you to live the vibrancy and color of the Mexican Traditions through “Fiestas de Mexico,” an astonishing extravaganza and a must-see show!Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation begins at 7pm. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information call (915) 307-0617 or (575) 639-3508.
Wednesday, December 7
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.
Friday, December 9
Outrageous Fortune Theatre Company presents its original and slightly silly adaptation of William Shakespeare’s greatest works, featuring various characters and scenes from such well-known plays as Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream modified for modern audiences and adventurous thespians alike. A treat for the entire family! Admission is $1 for all ages. Bring canned goods for our Casa de Peregrinos food drive. Showtime is 7pm; doors open at 6:30pm. Call (575) 523-6403 for more information.
Sunday, December 11
Mesilla Valley Chorale
The Mesilla Valley Chorale, under the direction of Nancy Ritchey, presents its annual holiday concert. The theme this year is Deck The Halls and, as in past years, will include classic holiday offerings, alongside up-beat spirituals and sing-alongs. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to benefit the Rio Grande Theatre. Showtime is 3pm; doors open at 2:30pm. Call (575) 647-2560 for more information.
Monday, December 12
New Horizons Band & Goodtime Singers
Celebrate the holidays with beautiful seasonal music from the New Horizons Band, under the direction of John Schutz, and The Goodtime Singers (a community chorus), under the direction of Diane Schutz, with special guests the Belle Choir from Alma de Arte, under the direction of Megan McQueen. Donations accepted. Showtime is 7pm; doors open at 6:30pm. Call (575) 523-1652 for more information.
Tuesday, December 13
Every Other Tuesday: Alma de Arte Singers
Students from Alma de Arte’s choir, under the direction of Megan McQueen, present an evening of song with the theme: Positivity! Included will be a performance by The Belle Choir (Alma’s after school girl ensemble), with back-up by Brandon Brown on percussion and members of Las Cruces’ Oldies But Goodies: Tim Davis on guitar and Doug Edwards on bass. 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, December 14
KRWG presents El Paso Brass
KRWG presents one of the longest continually-performing brass quintets in America, composed of key members of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and other distinguished artists from across the Southwest. Showtime is 7:30pm; doors open at 7pm. For more information or to purchase tickets call (575) 646-2222.
Tuesday, December 27
Every Other Tuesday: One Piano, Many Voices
Pianist Donny Prosise will present original works, then will be joined onstage by vocalists and fellow musicians for a modern salon/jam session performing classic standards and reworked pop hits. 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.
On Exhibit in the El Paso Electric Gallery
The diverse personal work of filmmaker/photographer Steven Kaeppler will be on display in the El Paso Electric Gallery, South of the Rio Grande Theatre lobby, for the month of December, 2011. The show will range from traditional color landscapes to non-traditional digital imagery. “This showing of 16 Photographs at the Rio Grande Theater represents both my diverse background, and a return to Artistic Creativity as the main focus of my life,” Kaeppler says. “I qualify it as Artistic Creativity because, there has never been anything in my life that didn’t go better with a twist of Creativity.” The exhibit will run through the month of December 2011, beginning with an artist reception coinciding with WinterFest on December 2, 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.