As is appropriate during For the Love of Art Month, there’s a lot going on at the Rio Grande Theatre in February. ArtForms members will exhibit their work in the El Paso Electric Gallery, opening during the First Friday Ramble on February 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. But live performances take certain stage with Janis Ian returning to Las Cruces, Las Crucen Josh Grider singing country, and Frank Lovato performing a poetry recital accompanied by classical guitar, and much more.
Friday, February 6, 5 – 7 p.m.: Artist Reception
The regular monthly artists’ reception, taking place in the El Paso Electric Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Downtown ArtRamble, will feature works by ArtForms members in celebration of For the Love of Art Month.
Friday, February 6, 7 p.m.: Short Film Showcase
The Doña Ana Arts Council will help kick off For the Love Of Art Month with a special screening of local films produced and shot in southern New Mexico by Las Cruces-based production company PRC Productions. Included in the line-up are trailers, webisodes and short films, including Aron Hethcox’ mutant thriller Quimera, Cody Dalton’s critically acclaimed Anti-Minute and Troy Scoughton Jr’s directorial debut Last Night On Mars. Tickets are $2 and may be purchased at the box office during the First Friday Ramble preceding the screening. For more information, visit RioGrandeTheatre.com or PRCProductions.com.
Saturday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.: Josh Grider
The Doña Ana Arts Council continues the 2014/2015 Performance Series with the return of hometown boy Josh Grider. The AMP recording artist will spend an intimate evening sharing songs and stories from his near 10-year career as a band leader and songwriter in the trenches of the Red Dirt Music Scene — a career that has included five number one songs on the Texas Country Music Charts, five full length albums and two EPs. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seat tickets are $32.25 (main floor) or $22.00 (balcony) in advance, all fees included, or $37.50/$27.25 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased in person at the box office (9 – 5 Monday through Friday) on the second floor of the Rio Grande Theatre, by calling 523-6403 or online at RioGrandeTheatre.com.
Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.: Every Other Tuesday: Frank Lovato
A well-traveled troubadour whose work has been influenced by everyone from the Beatles and Charlie Pride to Andres Segovia and the Polynesian traditions of Hawaii, the composer, teacher and life-long music maker will present a poetry recital — from cowboy to Lord Byron — with accompaniment on classical guitar. Every Other Tuesday is a Doña Ana Arts Council program that showcases local performers beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit RioGrandeTheatre.com or call 523-6403.
Friday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.: Janis Ian
The Doña Ana Arts Council continues the 2014/2015 Performance Series with a repeat performance by legendary Grammy Award-winner Janis Ian. Playing to a full house on her first visit to the Rio Grande Theater in March 2010, Janis Ian has had a long and distinguished career, beginning in 1967 when her first release, Society’s Child, went to number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. A Grammy Award for her song At Seventeen in 1975 cemented her place as an American Folk icon and she has continued recording well into the 21st century. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seat tickets are $42.50 (main floor) or $32.25 (balcony) in advance, all fees included, or $46.75/$37.50 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased in person at the box office (9 – 5 Monday through Friday) on the second floor of the Rio Grande Theatre, by calling 523-6403 or online at RioGrandeTheatre.com.
Thursday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.: Living Legends
Brigham Young University presents Living Legends, a celebration of Native American, Polynesian and Latin American music and dance. Through lavish costumes and intricate choreography, talented performers of native descent dazzle the senses with a spectacular display of energy and rhythms, authentically representing the cultures of Polynesia and the Americas. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $12. For tickets or more information call 523-6403 or visit RioGrandeTheatre.com.
Friday & Saturday, February 27 & 28, 7 p.m.: World Premiere of Truth
The world premiere of a feature film produced and shot right here in southern New Mexico by Las Cruces-based PRC Productions. Written and directed by Michael J. Cramer (Weird Science, Summer Camp Nightmare) and starring William McNamara (Dream a Little Dream, Copycat), along with local actors Johnny Tabor, Sabrina Gomez, Rob Dean, Marcelle Bowman, Jack Lutz, Adam Ostland, Eric Young and many more, Truth follows a diverse group of college students who stumble into a top secret facility somewhere deep in the Gila wilderness and become infected with a deadly virus that, if released, could have devastating effects on the world population. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., screening begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.50. For advance tickets or more information call 523-6403 or visit RioGrandeTheatre.com.
The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main Street and is managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council. For additional information, visit RioGrandeTheatre.com or contact the Doña Ana Arts Council, 523-6403, located on the second floor of the Rio Grande Theatre.