New Mexico Heritage Series continues with Randy Granger

Randy Granger and Friends will perform a concert January 21. Courtesy photo. (Above) Mabel Dodge Luhan is the subject of a new documentary which will be screened at the Rio Grande Theatre January 28.
Randy Granger and Friends will perform a concert January 21. Courtesy photo. (Above) Mabel Dodge Luhan is the subject of a new documentary which will be screened at the Rio Grande Theatre January 28.
The historic Rio Grande Theatre kicks off the New Year with films, the continuation of the New Mexico Heritage Series with Randy Granger and Friends, and an event supporting local girls hosted by the American Association of University Women.

January 5, 7 p.m.: The Southwest Environmental Center presents Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests
A premiere screening of a short documentary, produced by Project Coyote, on underground unregulated hunting contests, followed by a panel discussion including scientists, activists, hunters, and elected officials, discussing the legislative effort to ban these contests in New Mexico. The film and discussion are free to the public.

January 7, 7:30 p.m.: El Paso Pro Musica presents The Complete Beethoven Trios
The El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival will kick off with the Complete Beethoven Trios with the incomparable trio of Zuill Bailey, cello, Kurt Nikkanen, violin, and Scott Rawls, viola. They have been sharing these amazing works by Beethoven on tour this summer. They will diagram the compositions and engage the audience in the journey of Beethoven during a pre-concert at talk at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at eppm.org, by calling (915) 833-9400, or at the door for $25 adults, $20 seniors and military, or $5 students.

January 20, 7:30 p.m.: Friends of the Organ Mountains—Desert Peaks present Telluride Mountainfilm
Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks present a film screening in conjunction with the Telluride Mountain Film Fest. Started in 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest running film festivals. Through the years, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring.

The tour will visit Las Cruces at the Rio Grande Theatre with a documentary films that will explore the themes connected to Telluride Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art, and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Tickets are $10. For tickets and event information, visit organmountainsdesertpeaks.org.

January 21, 7:30 p.m.: New Mexico Heritage Series: Randy Granger & Friends Native Music & Stories
Native American musician Randy Granger brings his storytelling, drumming, and flute-playing talents to the Rio Grande Theatre stage. Granger will be joined by several guest performers from the Mesilla Valley to bring you an unforgettable evening of entertainment by some of our best local talent: actor Algernon D’Ammassa; Flamenco guitarist Jake Mossman; musician, magician, and entertainer Jamie O’Hara; cellist and singer/guitarist Alison Reynolds; and some dancers.

This concert will feature Granger’s award-winning music as well as some Native American stories he shares with audiences around the U.S. He performs on the ethereal Hang drum, Native American and world flutes, world percussion, guitar, and voice as well as the ukulele.

A lifelong musician, he makes his living full time at music. Recently he won an Indian Summer Music Award for his recordings, his second award. He’s won the Great American Song Contest and flute playing competitions. He’s been nominated for several Native American Music Awards, New Mexico Music Awards, and broadcast industry awards.

Tickets are $12 – $17 and are available at riograndetheatre.com, at the Rio Grande Theatre box office on the second floor of the theatre, or at the door one hour prior to the event.

January 28, 6:30 p.m.: Awakening in Taos
Awakening in Taos, a New Mexico produced independent film, tells the story of Mabel Dodge Luhan’s personal evolution as a writer, salon hostess, art patroness, and social activist, and a resident of New Mexico. Born in Buffalo, New York, Dodge was a woman unique to her time. Her influence extended into the world of arts, music, literature, and activism for social change. In her late 30s, she experienced a life-altering arrival at a small town in Northern New Mexico and embraced a Native culture in a way that seized the attention of the artistic and literary world. Dodge helped put Taos on the world map as a place of distinctive beauty and transformative spiritual power.

The Friday pre-party and premier screening will be Friday, January 27. The following day, there will be a student workshop with filmmaker Mark Gordon, followed by another screening of the movie for the students. A public screening will take place Saturday evening. Ticket information at riograndetheatre.com.

January 29, 2 p.m: The American Association of University Women present One For the Girls
The American Association of University Women will hold a fundraiser to support programs and scholarships for local women. Performers include Remember Then…A Class Act, Michele’s Dance Academy, and ShowStoppers. The organization’s mission is to advance equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. More information about AAUW is online at lascrucesnm.aauw.net.

Tickets are $20 and are available at riograndetheatre.com, at the Rio Grande Theatre box office, or at the door one hour prior to the event.

The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main Street and is managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council. The theatre box office and Doña Ana Arts Council office is on the second floor of the theatre. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to show time. For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to riograndetheatre.com or call 523-6403.