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Copper Country Cruizers to hold annual "Run to Copper Country" Aug. 20, 2022

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Copper County Cruizers will hold its 30th Annual "Run to Copper Country" Car Show on August 20, 2022, at Gough Park in Silver City, NM. For more information, please visit the website

Contacts:

Cruz Bustillos- (575) 574-2186

Mark Castillo- (575) 313-4493

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Billy the Kid comes back to life August 13 for one night only in Rodeo, NM

Relive the life and trial of Billy the Kid, the West's most notorious outlaw, at a special one-night dinner-theater performance of "The Trial of Billy the Kid" by Las Cruces historian David G. Thomas, featuring the music of Dan Crow.

The "Kid" will come back to life on Saturday, August 13, starting at 5 p.m. at the Geronimo Event Center at the Chiricahua Desert Museum in Rodeo. 

Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Bill Cavaliere will portray the prosecuting attorney. 

The event kicks off with a barbecue pulled-pork dinner featuring a musical performance by Dan Crow, who won Emmy Awards for his songs for Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" and "Dumbo's Circus." Crow has entertained in concerts across the country and around the world. He is a composer and Western music historian and has recorded dozens of songs about the American frontier. 

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and will feature barbecue pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, rolls, and iced tea or water. The play begins at 7:30 p.m.

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WNMU Back Together Bash August 19-20, 2022

The Western New Mexico University Back Together Bash is a pair of live, outdoor concerts kicking off the fall 2022 semester. The lineup of country and Tejano/Latin artists is meant to bring students and the community together on the WNMU campus.

On Friday, August 19, Frank Ray will open for Tenille Arts. On Saturday, August 20, Monica Saldivar will open for La Mafia.

The concerts will take place at Regents Square near where College Ave. meets E St. On both nights, the gate will open at 6:30 p.m., one hour ahead of the 7:30 p.m. concerts. Advance tickets ($30) will be for sale both in person at Hunter Hall or online at https://wnmu.edu/events/back-together-bash-2022/. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate for $35 per night.

Food trucks will be serving both nights. There will be minimal seating, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

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Expanding Infrastructure Announcement: Southwest Safety Improvement Project

SILVER CITY – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be holding an Infrastructure Expansion Announcement for the upcoming 4-lane safety improvement project on US 180. 

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Intersection of US 180 and Carrasco Ave., milepost 127,

in front of the Gateway Café, Hurley, NM.

PARKING: Will be available along Carrasco Ave. and in front of the Gateway Motel.

(Due to uneven terrain and loose gravel, please plan for proper footwear)

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to the safety of the traveling public and thanks you for your cooperation during all roadway construction work.

Show this weekend - the Virus Original, "Void"

The Virus Theater back in El Sol with a new Virus Original: Void!

Void is the product of a playful and thought-provoking collaborative process, five weeks from pre-conception to performance. We'd be delighted if you'd join us for one of the five performances:

  • Friday, July 15, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, July 16, 4:00pm and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 17, 4:00pm and 7:30pm

Tickets will be available at the door only.

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Arte Chicano Exhibit Opens Friday at the Silver City Museum

Silver City -- The latest Arte Chicano exhibit opens Friday in the Besse Forward Gallery at the Silver City Museum, featuring the work of clay artist Catherine Acosta Russo and mosaic artist Lydia Villegas, and curated by Diana Ingalls Leyba. This is the sixth Arte Chicano exhibit, which this year coincides with the observation of Latino Conservation Week,  July 17 - 25.  

The exhibit, which runs through October, features several mosaic selections of varying sizes from Villegas, owner of LV Studio, 505-A N. Bullard Street, as well as highly-textured ceramic sculptures by Acosta Russo, co-owner of Seedboat Center for the Arts, located at 214 W. Yankie Street. 

A multi-talented painter and founder of the Youth Mural Program, Ingalls Leyba created Arte Chicano to celebrate Chicano artists whose artistic accomplishments, she says, are underrepresented in Grant County.

"There are so many talented Chicano artists in Grant County, yet I felt their art wasn't as accessible as it could be," said Ingalls Leyba.

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Summerfest: Back to School Event

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CLAY Festival Activities to be Held at the Silver City Museum 

Mata Ortiz Pottery Demonstration and Sale; Children's Activity

Silver City -- Master pottery artist Oralia Lopez of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, will demonstrate the signature Mata Ortiz style of painting intricate designs on pottery at the Silver City Museum Annex on Saturday, July 16, from 10 am to 4 pm as part of the 11th annual Silver City CLAY Festival, which begins Monday, July 11. A large selection of Mata Ortiz pottery will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum. The Museum Annex is located at 302 W. Broadway in historic, downtown Silver City.

Children and families are invited to join in the fun and make their own hand-built clay vessels from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. This activity is free, and will take place in the courtyard on the east side of the museum.  

For more information please contact Melody Collins, museum store manager, at (575) 597-0223.

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