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“Big Bird Visits Cloudcroft on His Way to Moscow” Brown Bag Lecture, Aug. 14, 12 pm

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at 12pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. On August 14, Dave Dooling, Education Director of the Alamogordo Space Museum, will present “Big Bird Visits Cloudcroft on His Way to Moscow.”

Many of the best spies of the Cold War stopped in Cloudcroft to get their eyes checked before taking a tour of the Soviet Union. The most legendary was “Big Bird”, the nickname for the KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite. Recently released documents show that it, and earlier spy satellites, passed through Cloudcroft for alignment tests on their way to photograph the USSR’s military secrets. We also know that Big Bird made a hide-in-plain-sight appearance aboard the Space Shuttle in 1984 as well as helping the Hubble Space Telescope. Dooling, a veteran space writer who covered early Space Shuttle missions, stumbled onto this obscure bit of New Mexico’s history as he was developing summer camp programs.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.528.3444.

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“Study and Action: 50 years of the League of Women Voters in Las Cruces – Reminiscing,” August 9, 1 pm

Join us for our monthly lecture, “History Notes”, as the League of Women Voters presents “Study and Action: 50 years of the League of Women Voters in Las Cruces- Reminiscing,” on Thursday, August 9 at 1pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

LWVFor 50 years, the League of Women Voters have provided the Las Cruces community with various civic services. The League has studied issues such as affordable housing and public education and through those issues they motivate the community to be involved with government issues. They provide services for the community such as voter registration, candidate forums, and voter guides, to assist the community in having unbiased, nonpartisan information when exercising their right to vote.

For “History Notes”, a panel of women from the League will discuss their history over the past 50 years. They will also talk about their role in the lives of those in the Las Cruces community as well as their role in local, state, and national government activism.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The LWV.GLCmuseum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. Enjoy special summer evening hours when the museum is open until 8pm on Wednesdays. For addition information, call 575-541-2154.

Solar Ovens for Saturday Family Science, 8/4, 11:45 am

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “Saturday Family Science – Solar Ovens,” Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:45am. The program is free and open to the public.

Ever tried to fry an egg on the sidewalk? It may not get hot enough for that here in Las Cruces, but you can certainly use the sun to cook. Work together to build a solar oven and make a quick snack by harnessing the heat from the sun.

“Saturday Family Science” is offered monthly, encouraging families to work as a team, problem solve, and experiment through participating in a wide range of STEM activities led by museum staff and volunteers.

The museum is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesday from 10am to 8pm (June – August), and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the LCM Facebook event page or call (575) 522-3120.

Wednesday Evening Programs in August at the Branigan Cultural Center

The Branigan Cultural Center, as well as the other Las Cruces Museums, are open until 8pm every Wednesday night through August 2018. We encourage visitors to the museums to explore the exhibitions and join us each week for special evening programs.

Enjoy an evening of family fun and dance on Wednesday, August 1, from 5pm to 7pm for “Flamenco Dancing with Paco Antonio!” Join NMSU professor and flamenco dancer Paco Antonio for an evening of dancing and music.

Join us for a relaxing evening during “Yoga in the Courtyard” on Wednesday, August 15, from 5pm to 7pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced enthusiast, bring your mat for an evening of yoga at the museums with Dwell Yoga!

Try your hand during our “History Game Night”, on Wednesday, August 29 from 5pm to 7pm. Test your knowledge of the 1940s to the 1990s with a game called “Reminiscing” as well as a “Picture Bingo” game focused on the history of Las Cruces.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. Enjoy special summer evening hours when the museum is open until 8pm on Wednesdays. For addition information, visit the event info on our Facebook page or call 575-541-2154.

Artrageous August at the Museum of Art

Join us every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm in the atrium between the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature & Science for a hands-on art making experience! Each month features a different art appreciation theme and a different subject each week. August’s theme is about “Art & Writing”:

August 4 – “Bleezers Ice Cream” a poem by Jack Prelutsky
August 11 – Emotional Weaving
August 18 – Cinquain Poems
August 25 – The Best Part of Me

The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesdays 10am to 8pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit our Facebook page or call 575.541.2137.

Light Works: A Century of Photography opens in the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Light Works: A Century of Photography, opens with a reception during the Downtown Ramble on Friday, August 3, 5pm-8pm in the Las Cruces Museum of Art. All works on view are drawn from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, which also organized this exhibition. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, October 27, 2018.

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Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, gelatin silver print.

Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of the Photo Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, this exhibition spans the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and many other celebrated photographers will be included in this exhibition drawn from the KIA collection.

The museum is located at 491 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575-541-2137.

Wednesday Evening Programs in August at the Las Cruces Museum of Art

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is open until 8pm every Wednesday night through Summer 2018. Each week, we invite visitors to explore the exhibitions and join us for special evening programs.

Enjoy an evening of family fun on Wednesday, August 1, from 5pm to 7pm, for Family Art Night! Indulge your inner artist at the museum while you create a masterpiece as a family. Supplies and art inspiration are provided.

Join us for a documentary on one of the key people in the history of cinema, Eadweard Muybridge, on Wednesday, August 22 from 5:30pm to 7pm. A pioneering photographer, showman, and murderer, he did his most famous work in California, where his experiments in early film and the public projection of his images using the machine he invented astounded audiences worldwide. *Please note some themes may not be suitable for audiences under 13 years of age.    

The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesdays 10am to 8pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit our Museum Facebook page or call 575.541.2137.