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“Los Angeles Dance Company” by “Benita Bike’s DanceArt,” Feb. 25, 2 pm

Los Angeles modern dance company Benita Bike’s DanceArt will present an interactive dance program at the Branigan Cultural Center on Saturday, February 25th at 2:00pm. The program will teach audiences how dancers create their dances. This free dance show is suitable for adults, children, seniors.

Benita Bike’s DanceArt has performed across New England, in Europe and throughout California during its 35-year history. This five-member modern dance company has screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-11-31-24-amreceived praise for its quality concert work and its extensive community outreach programming. Like a string quintet, the dancers of Benita Bike’s DanceArt perform with uncommon sensitivity to one another, bringing intense beauty and vibrancy to each delicately crafted, expressive movement.

The Las Cruces performance will feature “Renaissance 5,” “On Beat 3,” and “Old Postcards from Europe.” “Renaissance 5,” set to bawdy 16th century drinking music is a dancey quintet infused with energy and innocence. Dance reviewer Jeff Slayton of SeeDance.com describes “On Beat 3” as “a rapid-fire movement piece driven by the music Tin Play by Swedish composer Per Andreessen.” “Old Postcards from Europe” is a romantic interpretation of found antique postcards with a remembrance of those who perished in the Holocaust (WWII).

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm. For additional information about this program, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 818.353.5734.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Peggy Swoveland Talk, Feb. 25, 1 pm

Dr. Peggy Swoveland, a third-generation Japanese American, presents “Finding Our Roots” on Saturday, February 25 from 1 PM- 2PM. Peggy will talk about recent trips she took with her sister to Japan and to Mitchell, Nebraska to discover where their grandparents came from, and to learn something about the lives of their ancestors. The talk will be in conjunction with Issei and Beyond: The Nakayama Family’s Journey in the Mesilla Valley on display at the Branigan Cultural Center February 3 – May 20, 2017.

Dr. Swoveland is a graduate from Las Cruces High School, Pomona College, University of California and University of Maryland School of Medicine, she received her BA in Biology, MA in Zoology and PhD in Microbiology. Her professional career has been as a medical researcher, specializing in virus infections of the brain.

Dr. Swoveland has strong connections to Las Cruces and the surrounding area. Her Nakayama grandparents began farming in the Mesilla Valley in 1918. Her mother’s family, the Yabumotos farmed in Chamberino near Anthony, NM where her mother was born.

As a member of the third-generation of the Nakayama family, Dr. Swoveland has inherited the family artifacts which are presented in the exhibit Issei and Beyond: The Nakayama Family’s Journey in the Mesilla Valley.

Peggy Swoveland has now retired and is currently living in Las Cruces, NM. She has served on the Board of Directors of First Step Center, a non-profit healthcare clinic for low-income women and children, chaired the Board of Trustees of Memorial Medical Center, served on the Healthcare Alliance for the county Health and Human Services Department, and am currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Academy for Learning in Retirement (ALR).

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575.541.2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

“Anything Goes – Everything’s Connected” Brown Bag Lecture, Feb. 14, 12 n

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at 12:00 noon on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. On February 14, Lynn Moseley will present “Anything Goes – Everything’s Connected.”

lynn-moseleyMoseley has been quilting for over 40 years, and has crafted several hundred quilts, which she gives as gifts, donates, and occasionally sells. She has created a wide variety of sizes, from tiny 7” hexagonal quilts, up to a 90” x 72” quilt, which will be on display during her presentation.

She is often inspired by patterns she sees in the world around her, and by the wonderful combination of colors found in nature. Her adaptation of standard quilt patterns has often resulted in unique designs. She enjoys creating something useful out of scraps, using many materials already on hand.

In 2016, her red and white hobo symbol themed quilt was used by the Railroad Museum for its holiday poster. Many of her quilts will be on display during her presentation.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:30pm. and Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 647-4480.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Art Tales, “Uncle Andy’s Cats,” Feb. 14, 10 am

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is pleased to offer “Art Tales” on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am. Please join us on February 14 for an art themed story, followed by a related activity.

This month will feature Uncle Andy’s Cats by James Warhola and a cat craft activity.

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Admission to the Museum of Art is free. 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 on the exhibition and related programming, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575.541.2137.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

“Perfect Harmony on the Skies and on Earth: Native Southwest Complex Architecture” by Dr. Elizabeth Zarur, Feb. 10, 1 pm

Dr. Elizabeth Zarur will present a lecture entitled “Perfect Harmony on the Skies and on Earth: Native Southwest Complex Architecture” Friday, February 10 at 1pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

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Dr. Elizabeth Zarur graduated from the University of Georgia in 1981 with a MFA in Fiber Arts and a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Art in 1989. Her BFA is from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Dr. Zarur’s academic appointments include assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil, and, in the United States, she has held the positions of assistant professor at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and is, presently, an associate professor at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Department of Art.

Dr. Zarur has received several honors in nominations and grants awards. She has been included in the listings of the Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education, NMSU Arts and Sciences Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Laspau-Fulbright Fellow, Ford Foundation, National Council of Research and Technology from the Brazilian Government (CNPQ), Hewlett Mellon Research, Rockefeller Foundation, Office of Cultural Affairs, Stockman Foundation among many others.

Her research focuses on the arts and culture of Latin American and Portugal with the publication of books and articles on the retablo and ex-votos of Mexico, the colonial architecture and religious rituals of Brazil, women artist in baroque Portugal, and the feather art of the Indians of Central Brazil. She has also curated national and international exhibitions accompanied by comprehensive catalogues. Elizabeth has attended several conferences and delivered lectures in Brazil, Portugal and the United States.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575.541.2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

African American Read-In at the Museum of Art, Feb. 8, 1 pm

The first annual Las Cruces African American Read-In will be held in the classroom at Museum of Nature and Science at 1pm on Wednesday, February 8.

Envisioned by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in 1989, the African American Read-In encourages schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting a read-in event. Readers of all ages are encouraged to bring a short literary selection by an African-American author or poet to the museum for a public reading.

During the Read-In, the Las Cruces Museum of Art’s monthly Reading Art Book Club will host an open, group discussion on the book Black Art: A Cultural History by Richard J. Powell. This book explores the visual representations of black culture throughout the 20th and into the 21st century.

To jump start the discussion, the Museum of Art will show the documentary The Art of Romare Bearden at 2pm. This documentary traces Bearden’s entire career, including his paintings, collages, murals, and landscapes.

Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums are free. The museums are located on the downtown mall and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum provides activities for people of all ages!

The Las Cruces Railroad museum is hosting several activities in early February for people of all ages to enjoy! Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time will be offered on Thursday, February 9 for children at 11:00 am; Coloring Club for adults will be held on Friday, February 10 at 10:00 am; and the whole family is invited to participate in Family Game Day on Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 am.

On Thursday, February 9, at 11:00 am, join Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time and her delightful puppets as they read books and tell stories. A related activity appropriate for pre-school children will follow the story.

On Friday, February 10, between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, adults are encouraged to color outside the lines or use unexpected colors! Adults across the country are discovering that this is a fun way to recapture one of the joys of childhood.

On Saturday, February 11, between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, challenge your family and friends to a round of old-fashioned fun! The museum hosts a variety of old-fashioned games such as Cup-and-Ball Toss toys, Jacks, and Dominos.

The Railroad Museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 647-4480.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.