July 05--LAS CRUCES -- After a week of fireworks, this is a good weekend to chill out, ramble, see art exhibits or catch a show or concert.
Here's a sampling of what's happening. For more ideas, check today's SunLife section, Pulse in every Thursday's Sun-News, or visit online at lcsun-news and click on Entertainment, Pulse and Things To Do.
--The Boba Jazz Cooperative returns today to the Boba Cafe & Cabaret, 1900 S. Espina St. to perform a variety of jazz, spanning from standards of the 1930s and '40s to modern jazz fusion. This month, the group will feature: Karl Tonander on trombone, Jamie Fee, saxophone, Daniel Rodriguez, trumpet, Miguel Torres, keyboards and Dave Haeker, drums.The dinner show seats at 6 p.m. with showtime at 7 p.m. Cost is $27.50 and includes appetizer for two, beer or wine, entree and gratuity. The cocktail show seats at 8:15 p.m. with showtime at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10. All drinks and food are ala cart. For reservations, call 575-647-5900
--Grimes Reunion event. The Border Book Festival, now located at 314 S. Tornillo St., will host an event honoring Lula Yancy Grimes and her family today. This first Grimes family reunion runs through Sunday and will honor Lula and her husband, Alonso, who once lived at the house on Tornillo Street.
"They are a pioneer family of the Mesilla Valley. The Border Book Festival wants to give the family recognition and as part of our continuing mission to celebrate families of the Camino Real we want to
honor this family," said BBF founder and director Denise Chavez.
While the reunion is a family event, those with questions or information to share are invited to contact Karen Alexander, granddaughter of Lula Grimes at email@example.com or 623-217-3367.
--Exhibit: Artist Ouida Touchon will host an exhibit of a series of paintings inspired by a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in honor of J. Paul Taylor, and featuring the children of J. Paul Taylor Academy, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 2615 Calle de Guadalupe, two blocks south of the Mesilla Plaza, Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
"I couldn't believe how beautiful the children were in the late afternoon light, with their costumes and funny hats and mustaches for the boys. I grabbed my camera and started shooting, knowing that I was being inspired for a series of paintings that capture the essence of the rhythms, the costumes, the shadow patterns and the innocence of the children," Touchon said.
--A Children's Theatre of the Mesilla Valley presents "The Music Man, Jr." at 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets are $7.
A Children's Theatre founder, Constance Hasapopoulos (Suter) returns to direct for ACT's 20th season.
The play has special meaning for Hasapopoulos since she's a native of Mason City, Iowa, which was chosen to represent the mythical River City, Iowa, in the blockbuster 1962 movie version of "The Music Man," which starred Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold and a very young Ron Howard.
Hasapopoulos remembers how excited she was to have been part of the show when the Hollywood cast came to town. "Not to mention, just about every kid marched in a band in that parade," she recalled. "It's a tremendously fun and old fashioned rollicking musical."
Hasapopoulos is a long-time Las Crucen who now lives in San Francisco.
For information, contact ACT artistic director Kelly King at 575-571-1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450. Follow her on Twitter @DerricksonMoore.
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