Silver City Blues and Bikes Festival May 27-29



The Mimbres Region Arts Council’s (MRAC) FREE Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival moves into its third decade with Taj Mahal, Blues Hall of Famer, Lifetime Achievement and 2-time Grammy award winner headlining Saturday night, May 28.


The festival starts Friday, May 27, at 6 pm, in Gough Park with music by Las Cruces Blues guitarist CW Ayon. At twilight, the Busted Knuckles Harley-Davidson Stunt Tour will perform stunts that include wheelies, acrobatics, jumps, and more. Blues Fest food vendors and W & N’s beer garden will be open for business and will be available during the festival. The Kick-Off Dance will be at Q’s Southern Bistro with blues rockers Harlis Sweetwater Band from 8:30 -11 pm, tickets are $15.00.

Saturday starts with the Kneeling Nun Bike run at 10 am, with music in Gough Park from 12:15 – 9 pm, featuring Taj Mahal, Blues Hall of Famer headlining with his trio. Throughout the day, Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour will perform 3 different stunt shows full of thrilling tricks. http://bustedknucklestunttour.com/ The after-hours Blues Jam Session at Little Toad downtown with festival performers, Miller & the Other Sinners, will take place from 9 pm – 1 am, tickets are $15. Proceeds from evening music events help keep the festival free.


Sunday, May 29, there will be music in the park from 12-7 pm with New Orleans’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band headlining. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will offer a free limited seating workshop on the history of New Orleans’ music hosted by Seedboat Center for the Arts & Gallery at 3:00 pm. Workshop tickets are limited to 50 on a first come first serve basis and are available through MRAC. Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour will continue to entertain with 2 different stunt shows.


Also on Sunday, “The People’s Choice Bike Show” will take place with 3 categories: Antique/Vintage, New Custom and Hand Built will be on display down the center of Pope Street in the Bikes market. A $500.00 cash prize in each category along with a handmade trophy created by a local artist will be awarded. To enter the Bike Show call: 575-538-2505.

Money saving packages are now available. The Blues Package includes 2 tickets to the Friday Night Kick-Off Dance, 2 tickets to the Saturday night Jam Session featuring festival artists, 2 passes to Faywood Hot Springs, a $20 gift certificate to Vicki’s Eatery and a surprise gift. This


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package is a $110 value selling for $75. The Bikes package includes all of the Blues Package PLUS 1 pass to the Kneeling Nun Bike run, and 1 entry into the People’s Choice Bike Show. This package is a $166 value selling for $100. To purchase a Blues or Bikes package call: 575-538-2505.

Raffles this year include a Dan Swanson handmade guitar, Jean Beffort of ASpace Gallery’s one-of-a-kind mixed media mosaic collage entitled “All Aboard”, featuring the Grant County legend Madame Millie, 2 guitars from The Bedroom & Guitar Shoppe, a guitar from Brandon Perrault Music, a custom carved Blues & Bikes Festival knife from Lloyd Studios along with many raffle packages. All proceeds benefit MRAC programming, including the newly launched Music Matters program, and supporting music education in area schools.

The Blues & Bikes Festival could not happen without our sponsors. Our marquee sponsors are: Lawley Toyota of Silver City, Wells Fargo, J & J Signs, The Town of Silver City and the Silver City Sun News. Our hospitality sponsors are the Holiday Inn Express of Silver City, Comfort Inn of Silver City, Copper Manor, Murray Hotel, Adobe Springs Café, Vicki’s Eatery, Javalina and Yankie Creek Coffee Houses.  Media sponsor is Silver City Radio.


For details, tickets, photos and additional information visit our website at: www.mimbresarts.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/mimbresarts.org, or call us at 575-538-2505.

For the full lineup please visit: http://mimbresarts.org/blues-festival-homepage/.


Remembering Daniel Berrigan, with Gratitude

By Ken Butigan

Daniel Berrigan has died, and so we have lost our great teacher who, flinty and generous and relentlessly persistent, taught us how to live in a culture of death and madness:

“Find some people you can pray with and march with.”

He pronounced this simple sentence at the end of a mesmerizing three-hour conversation he and I had in his simple Manhattan apartment in 1981.  Ricocheting through my unsuspecting soul, this unadorned command dramatically changed my life.

I was a graduate student studying theology at the time, and our wide-ranging exchange was bracing and breathtaking, but the gift that was Dan Berrigan distilled itself into those ten words, compressing spiritual search, community, faith, and action into a pointed moment of decision.  Over the next few months I let that invitation settle into my being until I was ready to unswervingly say “Yes” to it.  Berrigan’s simple but profound haiku marked out a way forward for me and, more incisively, a beckoning new way of being.

But by the early 1980s, this had been the case for many, many others.

Dan had instructed people everywhere on a life beyond the script handed out by a system that thrives on war and cruelty.  We are called to live nonviolence and peacemaking, he told us, with his words—in 40 books and endless poetry—but especially through his communicative action.  Using the most powerful language at his disposal, his own vulnerable and creaky body, he unleashed a decades-long conversation with his society with every act of civil disobedience and divine obedience.

There was drama and surprise in these pilgrimages for peace, where he joined others in publicly calling out the well-oiled machinery of war and how almost everything conspires to keep it running. He wanted to interfere with its smooth functioning, its 24-7 relentlessness, and he found many ways to do this, from burning draft files to hammering on the gadgetry of nuclear annihilation.  These vignettes were shocking in the way that Flannery O’Connor’s grotesque literary characters were—designed to shock us into recognition and awareness, and to compel us to consider things anew.

Dan stood in a tradition of impresarios of vivid enlightenment, going back to the Hebrew prophets and Jesus—but also the Buddha and a long lineage of mystics and shamans in innumerable cultures and contexts—who have taken it upon themselves to stand in the withering glare of history and declare with their lives a profoundly better way.

I now see that this is what I was looking for when I made my way to his place, that summer day 35 years ago.

Researching the consequences of the nuclear arms race for a book project, I had traveled from California where I was based to the East Coast to visit a number of foreign policy think tanks. No one I spoke with could envision a world free of atomic weapons.  At most, they thought we might be able to cut back on nuclear weapons by dramatically increasing conventional ones. Each appointment left me more and more depressed, and finally, when I arrived in New York, I suddenly thought to call Dan.  I was in need of some pastoral counseling on the matter of nuclear weapons, and who better to see?  He didn’t know me, but he graciously welcomed me to his place in Manhattan.

For several hours, he shared with me his vision, which essentially boiled down to this: “We live in a culture of death — and it is up to us to resist it.”  There was a lifetime of experience behind these words and I felt the weight of them.   Then, as we were coming to the end of our time, I said, “Dan, I’m going back to the West Coast.  What can I do for you?”  And then he delivered the unexpected missive: “Don’t do anything for me. Find some people you can pray with and march with.”

Dan, that handful of syllables hit their mark all those years ago, and I have done my best to practice them.  Following orders, I did as you asked—and my life took an unexpected detour onto a road of nonviolent transformation that I am still, in fits and starts, traveling.  I am grateful for your pilgrimage and the one it inspired in me and countless others.

Ken Butigan is director of Pace e Bene, a nonprofit organization fostering nonviolent change through education, community and action. He also teaches peace studies at DePaul University and Loyola University in Chicago.


PVA meeting recap, calendar

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Also, please check out our calendar of events – find something you’re interested in and import it directly into your calendar! Link to the calendar here.


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          Thursday, May 26, 7:00pm

          Munson Senior Center, Las Cruces



SWEC: Prius Winner, Feds Release Wolf Pups

We have a winner!

Shirley Peroutka is the lucky winner in our 2016 annual Prius Raffle. Shirley recently retired to Las Cruces from the East Coast with her husband Ron. She went on one of our Back by Noon outings, became a member and bought a raffle ticket. Click here to read more. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket (we sold 490!) and helped to make it a great success.

Feds release Mexican wolf pups over state’s objections

In great news for Mexican wolves, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently placed two captive-born, 9-day old lobo pups with a wild wolf and her litter in Catron County, New Mexico in a process known as cross-fostering. The hope is that the pups will be raised in the wild by their foster family and become breeding adults. So far the pups appear to have been accepted. Biologists say such releases are urgently needed to improve the genetic health of wild Mexican wolves. The federal agency went ahead with the release despite protests by NM wildlife officials that the move was illegal.  Read more here.

Front page, above the fold

Did you see this great article about the Southwest Environmental Center’s La Mancha Wetland Project in the Las Cruces Sun-News? Just in time for our…

La Mancha BioBlitz—May 7

Want to help us identify the plants and animals that call our La Mancha Wetland Project home? You can, by participating in SWEC’s BioBlitz this Saturday, 5/7, starting at 7 am. You don’t need to be a biologist. Volunteers will be assigned to teams led by experts to identify plants, birds, small mammals, aquatic species, and insects. Within a few hours we should have a pretty good idea of what’s living there. Fun for adults and kids. Be prepared to get dirty. Contact Kallie at (575) 522-5552 or Kallie@wildmesquite.org to register.


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