A Children’s Theatre of Mesilla Valley performs Don Coyote

20140515__LSN-L-CAMPS-0516~p1_500This month the Rio Grande Theatre features watercolor art, two free Every Other Tuesday performances, the monthly gathering of Film Las Cruces, and performances of Don Coyote by A Children’s Theatre of Mesilla Valley. The gallery is open weekdays during business hours, when listed events are taking place, and during the first Friday
Downtown Ramble from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, June 6, 5 – 7 p.m.: Artist Reception, El Paso Electric Gallery in the Rio Grande Theatre

Patricia Black is the featured artist for the month of June in the Rio Grande Theatre’s El Paso Electric gallery. An award winning artist, Patricia’s artwork ranges from realistic to dynamic. Her work includes watercolor paintings and crafted detailed gourd works. Featured in this month’s show will be her watercolors.

Black has won many awards for her artwork and has also been spotlighted in North Light Books. She has worked as a graphic artist designing cards and gift ware in California, as well as owning her own gallery and gift shop in a busy tourist area in southern Colorado.

Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.: Every Other Tuesday:Kim Lytton

Kim (Briggs) Lytton considers Las Cruces her home-town. Even though she was born in Columbus,Ohio, her family moved here while she was in high school. So she is a proud graduate of both LCHS and NMSU. During her years in Las Cruces she often graced the stages of both NMSU and the Las Cruces Community Theatre to perform in musicals. In 1991 she and her husband Don Lytton, along with their two young daughters, Alison and Melissa, moved to China for a year. That “year” stretched into 21 years of high adventure living in various places around China doing a multitude of different things. One of those things included an eight-year sojourn for Kim in the world of Chinese show business: singing, acting and hosting both stage and TV shows. Kim and Don returned to Las Cruces in 2012. Locally, Kim works as a freelance musician using her skills on the voice, violin and piano to entertain in restaurants and parties as well as teaching.

Kim will present a program of well-known songs from many different genres. She and Don will use a variety of instruments and a lot of humor to give you a fun, enjoyable concert.

Every Other Tuesday (EOT) is Doña Ana Arts Council’s showcase for local performers beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit RioGrandeTheatre.com or call 523-6403.

Wednesday, June 11, 7 p.m.: Film Las Cruces

The Doña Ana Arts Council presents a monthly film forum at the Rio Grande Theatre on the second Wednesday of each month, in which trailers for locally made films are screened alongside short films by student filmmakers, followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and industry news as it pertains to our area. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit RioGrandeTheatre.com or call 523-6403. To find out more about Film Las Cruces, visit Las-Cruces-Film.org.

Friday & Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m. and June 28 at 1 p.m.: ACT presents Don Coyote

A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley will present Don Coyote , tales about a favorite Southwest trickster. Tickets are $7 per person and available online at RioGrandeTheatre.com, from ACT ($1 discount applies) or at the door. Call Pinky at 644-9561 or email roditikos1@aol.com for additional information.

Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.: Every Other Tuesday: Sunlight

Sunlight is a folk trio spreading love and sunlight through their music. Aaron Lewis and Paula Manning-Lewis are soul mates as well as musical partners and Ray Gutierrez is a lifelong friend and like-minded musician. Aaron is a classically trained guitarist who has released two full length CDs of solo guitar music and one CD of experimental music, Aaron plays guitar, and provides backup vocals. Paula sings and together with Aaron they write many of their own songs. Ray was in one of the premier bands of Resin Records through the ‘90s, Ray is a harmonica player
first, a percussionist and left handed slide guitarist as well. Sunlight is Ray’s first performing group since ‘98. Mixing original songs with traditional folk music, Sunlight uses vocal harmonies and uplifting lyrics to bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main. For additional information, visit RioGrandeTheatre.com or contact the Doña Ana Arts Council at 523-6403.