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“Silver City Community Theatre (SCCT) is going spooky for Halloween,” according to Phyllis McQuaide, President of the SCCT Board of Directors. “On Saturday, October 24 at 7pm, we’ll read “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” both by Edgar Allan Poe and an excerpt from “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. Presenting these spooky stories will be Ted Pressler, Gregg Jarrette, and Liz Mikols and Chellee Chase as "Chelvira, the Hostess with the Mostest." This is our most ambitious Zoom project yet. We think it will be a lot of fun.”

“Some people have had difficulty reaching our Zoom shows,” says McQuaide. “To see Spooky Halloween! go to silvercitycommunitytheater.com and click the link under events. Or enter https://zoom.us/j/95815971539 in the address bar at the top of the search page NOT in the search bar in the middle of the page.”

“Hostess with the Mostest,” Chellee Chase is keeping her costume secret,” McQuaide says. “She has a flair for the Gothic so look out!” 

American Graffiti First in Line Up of Pop-Up Showings on Campus

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University Cultural Affairs and the historic Silco Theater are partnering to offer drive-in movies for the local community.

On five different weekends throughout the fall, films will be projected onto a 24- by 36-foot screen on the southern wall of the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre for viewers in the parking lot.

Kicking off the series is American Graffiti on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17. Future dates for the Friday and Saturday movies at WNMU are October 23 and 24; October 30 and 31; November 6 and 7; and November 13 and 14.

The 2020 Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday October 20, 6-7 p.m. The subject is “Writing as Resistance: The Role of the Writer in Turbulent Times.” This year’s lecture will be a panel involving Dr.s Jack Crocker, Gilda Baeza Ortego, Alexandra Neves and Magdaleno Manzanárez, moderated by JJ Amaworo Wilson. It will take place online via Zoom and is free and open to all, no registration required: https://wnmu.zoom.us/j/93148572570.      

The lecture series is named in honor of WNMU’s former scholar-in-residence. Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca was a legendary figure in Chicano/a studies and the pioneer of the Chicano Renaissance in literature. Besides being a prolific writer, Ortego was an actor, musician, activist, university professor, and a U.S. Marine who saw action in three conflicts and served in the U.S. government. The son of migrant farmworkers, Ortego went on to earn a Ph.D in English and published work in numerous genres, including journalism, fiction, theater, essays and academic papers. He died in December 2018. 

wreaths across america 2019 8799(Photo by Mary Alice Murphy from 2019 placing of the wreaths )

(Photo by Mary Alice Murphy from 2019 placing of the wreaths )

The annual Wreaths Across America program is well underway for 2020 when members of the Grant County community will remember Fort Bayard National Cemetery veterans during the Christmas holiday season on Saturday, December 19. The mission of Wreaths Across America, a 501©3 organization, is to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH. Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve including their families who sacrifice and Teach our children the cost of the freedoms we enjoy each day.

The sixth annual HOLIDAY FIBER ARTS SALE sponsored by Southwest  Women’s Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC) will look a little different this year. It will be held on four weekends in October instead of the traditional Thanksgiving weekend. Each week will feature high quality handmade items from a diverse  group of talented local artisans.  

This event is free to attend and will be held on October 9 from 11:00 AM to 4:00  PM and on October 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 602 N. Bullard (the corner of Bullard and Sixth Street). 

Featured during the Weekend of the Galleries, October 9 and 10 will be: Blythe Whiteley with her painted silk, cotton and rayon clothing, painted silk scarves and  felted items; Vicki Gadberry will have her fiber art cards and hand dyed bamboo  socks and silk scarves; Carol Mills with be there with handwoven rugs; Mary Ragins will have handwoven scarves, tableware, totes and zipper pouches and  will also be demonstrating weaving techniques on her table loom; and Pat  Bouchard will be there with knitted garments and accessories as well as  embroidered hats and purses.  

The sixth annual HOLIDAY FIBER ARTS SALE sponsored by Southwest  Women’s Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC) will look a little different this year. It will be held on four weekends in October instead of the traditional Thanksgiving weekend. Each week will feature high quality handmade items from a diverse  group of talented local artisans.  

This event is free to attend and will be held on October 17, 24, and 31 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 602 N. Bullard (the corner of Bullard and Sixth Street). 

Featured at the next sale on October 17: Lynn Welsch will be there with her small framed fiber art landscapes, art quilt wall hangings, credit card cases, coin purses, fabric covered purse size notebooks, bitty baskets, humbug bags, lavender sachets and fiber art cards; Kathy Cole will have quilted placemats, table runners and small art quilts; Blythe Whiteley will have her painted silk, cotton and rayon clothing, silk scarves and felted items; Carol Mills with handwoven rugs; Donnie Endicott will have hand knitted fingerless gloves, hats scarves and socks, upcycled and original bags, eclectic belts, boxes and jewelry, hat/mask sets and unique masks and Vicki Sanow will have hand knitted hats, vests, wraps, shawls, cowls, and scarves along with unusual, colorful yarns.

The sixth annual HOLIDAY FIBER ARTS SALE sponsored by Southwest  Women’s Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC) will look a little different this year. It will be held on four weekends in October instead of the traditional Thanksgiving weekend. Each week will feature high quality handmade items from a diverse  group of talented local artisans.  

This event is free to attend and will be held on October 24 and 31 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 602 N. Bullard (the corner of Bullard and Sixth Street). 

Each week there will be high quality handmade items available for sale from a  diverse group of talented local artisans. Featured at the next sale on October 24  will be: Kathy Cole with quilted placemats, table runners and small art quilts;  Liza Kuecker will be there with her knitted socks, scarves, fingerless gloves and  sweaters; Lynn Welsch will have her small framed fiber art landscapes, art quilt  wall hangings, credit card cases, coin purses, fabric covered purse size  notebooks, bitty baskets, humbug bags, lavender sachets and fiber art cards;  Jean Hill will have handwoven items, ice-dyed shirts and hand dyed silk items;  and Vicki Sanow will have hand knitted hats, vests, wraps, shawls, cowls, and  scarves along with unusual, colorful yarns.

Western New Mexico University Department of Cultural Affairs Presents: The Mexican Rebozo: History and Artisans of Mexico 

Silver City, NM — As part of the ongoing commitment of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ to offer the Fiesta Latina community rich and engaging programming the Transcending Borders Film and Presentation Series has gone virtual. A lineup of documentaries on traditional Mexican crafts and techniques, Transcending Borders includes live Zoom presentations with the featured Fiesta Latina artisans. The second in a series of four presentations will take place on October 7 at 10 AM. All films are currently available online.

The presentation covers the topic of the Mexican rebozo. The film, Rebozos con Pluma of Ahuirán, features juried artisan Albertina Bautista fromMichoacán, Mexico. The live discussion, “The Mexican Rebozo: History and Artisans of Mexico" will be presented by Stephanie Schneiderman, Latin American tour guide, artisan advocate and rebozo collector. 

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