February-March Calendar

January 31, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENTS. (To get your announcement in our events calendar, e-mail to grassrootspress@gmail.com   Priority will be given to events with a progressive or social justice theme or arts, music and cultural happenings that resonate with a sustainable lifestyle.)

Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano,
Roundtable Schedule for February 2011. Roundtables are held from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the library.
•    Feb. 6, Dennis Pricket:  Free Wheelchair Mission.  Free Wheelchair Mission manufactures and distributes inexpensive, practical wheelchairs to the disabled poor in developing countries around the world.  Dennis L. Prickett PT will provide an opportunity to view this remarkable wheelchair and describe past, present, and future activities in Las Cruces for fund-raising and wheelchair distribution.
•    Feb. 13, Dale Robison:  Thomas Jefferson: American Sphinx. Who was Jefferson: Enlightened Founding Father, Slaver, Misogynist, Native American Hater, Land grabber, Unitarian? This is a reassessment by a historian who some time ago replaced Lincoln with Jefferson as his favorite president.
•    Feb 20, David Soules: Hunting Versus Environmental Protection. David Soules will speak on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, with specific reference to topical issues regarding hunting and fishing in New Mexico today
•    Feb. 27, Anthony Grenko: Child Prostitution. Tony Grenko is a public school counselor who has given several excellent presentations to the roundtable. He will report on his work with an Amnesty Project investigating child prostitution in Juarez.

RECURRING EVENTS

•    EVERY WEDNESDAY from 4-6 p.m. Weekly Peace Vigil near the Federal Building, Church and Griggs, in downtown Las Cruces. Bring signs, water and sunscreen. Exact location may vary due to construction.

•    EVERY MONDAY from 5-6 p.m., Peace Vigil at Veteran’s Park, under the rotunda. For information visit http://clearmindzen.org

•    EVERY TUESDAY (ALBUQUERQUE) BE PEACE!  Join our Yang-style tai chi group each Tuesday evening 7-8 pm at the Harwood Art Center at 7th and Mountain Streets downtown Albuquerque.  For more info visit harwoodartcenter.org and click on the “classes” tab, or call 505 792.4519.

•    EVERY 1st and 3rd FRIDAY, 7 p.m. Howling Coyote Coffeehouse, New location: First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo, directly east and across the street from Las Cruces High. Open mic music and poetry, refreshments. Doors open at 6:30. More information, Bob Burns, 525-9333.

•    EVERY 2nd and 4th FRIDAY NIGHT from 7 pm to 9:30 p.m., Open Mic at Starbuck’s on University. More information, contact Larry Stocker, 496-3638.

•    FOURTH THURSDAY: Progressive Voter Alliance monthly meetings, Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite. Next meeting Thursday, Feb. 24. More information, www.pva-nm.org

•    EVERY SATURDAY, CineMatinee. Each and every Saturday afternoon, a quality-talking picture (with an occasional silent one) will be screened at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, one block south of the plaza. All screenings begin at 1.30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  Admission is $4, or $1 for Mesilla Valley Film Society members. For more information, please call 524-8287 or 522-0286 or visit our web site: http://mesillavalleyfilm.org

CineMatinee February

Feb. 5, Hi-Lo Country (1999, 114 minutes, rated R, made in New Mexico). Combustible elements – familial anger, sexual jealousy, and the clash between cowboys and businessmen – test the depth of the friendship between Pete Calder (Billy Crudup) and Big Boy Matson (Woody Harrelson), who are re-united after serving in World War II. Stephen Frears directs this leisurely paced film, which is based on a 1961 novel by New Mexico author, Max Evans. Strong and heart-felt performances by Crudup and Harrelson make Hi-Lo Country an immensely appealing drama, moved along by its beautiful cinematography and grand soundtrack. (spiritualityandpractice.com)

Feb. 12, Amélie (2001, 120 minutes, rated R – in French w/subtitles).   Amélie is a buoyant French film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. This creatively energized film presents an unforgettable portrait of a woman who demonstrates a remarkable talent for the spiritual practice of kindness. In a ten-minute introduction to this delightful fable set in Paris, a witty and omniscient narrator gives us an overview of Amélie’s origins and the forces that shaped her soul and imagination – an extraordinary birth; the strange antics of her father, a doctor; the bizarre accidental death of her mother at Notre Dame Cathedral; her schooling at home; and her childhood secret world of enchantment. Jeunet’s direction makes exquisite use of Paris as a delectable playground for Amélie’s missions of mercy. The screenplay he co-wrote has sparkle, fizz, and incredible ingenuity. From the magical opening to the enchanting closing scenes, Amélie is something special – a foolproof way to lift your spirits! (spiritualityandpractice.com)

Feb. 19, MVFS presents… Russian History Day! The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010, 80 minutes, in Russian and English, w/subtitles). FREE ADMISSION as part of Love of Art Month! Sponsored in part by the Law Offices of Beverly Singleman and M. Phillips Fine Art Gallery, 221 N. Main St., Las Cruces.  How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals or Gulags. Intercut with recollections of the artists’ children and rare archival footage, the film takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom. Followed at 3.15 by Kravchenko’s Trial (2008, 52 minutes, presented by author Gary Kern, one of the interviewees in the film). In Paris, January 1949. Soviet defector Victor Kravchenko’s libel suit against the French communist weekly, Les Lettres Françaises, became the “trial of the century.” In a courtroom packed with journalists, Kravchenko called on witnesses who spoke for the first time about the famine in Ukraine, the purges, and, 15 years before Solzhenitsyn, the hell of the Soviet gulag. Gary Kern who lives in Las Cruces, has published widely on Russian literature and history. Working behind the scenes, he helped The Washington Post expose the Soviet agent Theodore Hall, a scientist in Los Alamos who in 1945 passed the design of the plutonium bomb to a Soviet contact in Albuquerque. Kern’s book The Kravchenko Case uses documents won in a six-year lawsuit against the FBI.

Feb. 26, North Country (2005, 120 minutes, rated R, partially shot in New Mexico). Nicki Caro and screenplay writer Michael Seitzman have turned to a book called Class Action: The Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law to create a superb fictionalized account of one of America’s most groundbreaking sexual harassment lawsuits that comes to the screen in this hard-hitting drama. There are many fine performances in North Country, including those by Charlise Theron, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson, which help carry this tense drama to its unique conclusion.

OTHER EVENTS

•    Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Randy Sabien and Mike Dowling (amazing fiddle/guitar duo) in concert at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets are available at Hubbard’s Music ‘N More, Enchanted Gardens or by calling Marc Robert at 575-571-7435.
http://www.randysabien.com/enternew.html, http://www.mikedowling.com/

•    Feb. 12, Standing on the Side of Love – A Call to Action Event, 2-4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S Solano. Join the UUCLC Welcoming Congregation Committee for our “Standing on the Side of Love Call to Action” event, celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in our community. The event calls us to actively write letters/valentines in support of marriage equality and domestic partnership benefits to our state and local representatives. It features personal stories from LGBT people and their families, local representatives and clergy, urging us to action and making Valentines/writing letters. The event is sponsored by the UUCLC Welcoming Congregation Committee with the help of PFLAG of Las Cruces and the GLBT Center of Las Cruces.

•    Feb. 12, Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc. (MVP) presents Casas de Antaño (Houses of Yesteryear), a tour of historic homes in Mesilla and Las Cruces on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 1-5 p.m. The tour includes four homes in Mesilla (the Reynolds/Chavez/Fountain House, The Bermudez Home Place, the Padilla House, and the McDowell Farm House), as well as the Frenger and Rynerson Houses and the Phillips Chapel CME Church in Las Cruces.  Cost of the tour is $15 per person, and tickets may be purchased at any one of the homes on the day of the tour. Mesilla Valley Preservation (MVP) is dedicated to preserving the architectural legacy of the Mesilla Valley in Southern New Mexico, with a focus on education and training regarding the value of preservation, preservation techniques, traditional construction technology, local architectural history, and the history and culture of southern New Mexico. For more information about MVP or the Casas de Antaño tour, including maps, visit the MVP website http://www.mvpres.org or contact wtrevath@gmail.com or 575-644-0599.

•    Feb. 12, Jackie St. Joan, author of My Sisters Made of Light, a book about Women in Pakistan, will introduce her book in El Paso.  All are invited to attend a book signing on Saturday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., at St. Pius X Parish, 1050 North Clark Drive.  Tel: 915-772-3226. In My Sisters Made of Light, Jacqueline St. Joan uses her extensive travels and research in Pakistan – as well as her own experiences as a human rights activist, lawyer, and judge – to share with readers a compelling, heartbreaking, and sometimes terrifying look into the lives of women and men in the social, political, and religious maze that is Pakistan. The novel centers on three activist sisters who dedicate themselves to helping the women of Pakistan. The author will donate half of her proceeds from the sale of this book to a personally known grassroots community organization in Pakistan to pay for the construction of a safe shelter for women and children escaping abuse.

•    Feb. 13, Pax Christi Film Series presents At the River I Stand (Martin Luther King Jr. Movie), Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. in commemoration of Black History Month. This is a documentary that recounts the two months leading to Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968. The film will be screened at the Mother Teresa Center, 2400 East Yandell Drive in El Paso. Admission is free. Sponsors are Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace & Justice Ministry of the El Paso Catholic Diocese. For information, call (915) 532-0527.

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