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WILL, the Mimbres Region Arts Council and the WNMU Expressive Arts Department continue with their successful Artist Lecture Series.
Get to know some of America's finest artists - learn about an artist's motivations, techniques and history while being genuinely entertained. The series offers a range of accomplished individuals. Light refreshments will be served.
Location: Presentations EXCEPT Mark Medoff's are held in WNMU Parotti Hall
FREE and Open to the Public [ Get a printable map PDF ]
Playwright, Screenwriter, Director, and Teacher
Saturday, September 28, 10:00am
Silco Theatre, 311 N. Bullard
Mark Medoff is a playwright, screenwriter, director, and teacher. He received a Tony Award for Children of a Lesser God as well as London's Society of West End Theatre Award (now Olivier) for Best Play. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Award for the film script of Children and for a Cable ACE Award (now EMMY) for his HBO Premiere movie, Apology. He received an OBIE Award, Outer Critics Circle, and John Gassmer Playwriting Award for When you comin back Red Ryder? In 1980, he was honored with the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, New Mexico's most prestigious lifetime artistic honor. In 2005, he received The Kennedy Center Medallion for Excellence in Education and Artistic Achievement, an award given periodically to a practicing artist who is also a career teacher. Part of the Artist Lecture Series and Southwest Festival of the Written Word
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WNMU Jazz Studies Professor
Thursday, October 10, 6:30pm
WNMU Parotti Hall
Danny Reyes, a faculty member at Western New Mexico University, will be lecturing on the history of jazz. He received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University where he studied with world renowned musicians Mulgrew Miller, Bill Mobley, Bill Goodwin, Rich DeRosa, Gene Bertoncini, and Paul Meyers. While playing lead trumpet in the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, he played with guest artists Steve Wilson, Maria Schneider, Rich Perry, Scott Robinson, Benny Golson, Frank Wess and Joe Lovano. Danny has played trumpet in small ensembles, big bands, and brass bands in New Jersey and New York. He was a member of a quintet with guitarist Arath Corral, saxophonist Brian Cornish, bassist Charlie Dougherty and drummer Joe Spinelli in which they played original music composed by the members and arrangements of jazz standards. [ www.dannyreyesmusic.com ]
Jean Biddick, Quiltmaker
Teacher, Lecturer, and Author
Thursday, November 14, 6:30pm
WNMU Parotti Hall
Jean Biddick is an award-winning quiltmaker, author and teacher whose specialty is creating stunning machine-pieced masterpieces. Her many years of classroom experience, first as a math teacher than as a teacher of quilting, have given her the ability to present detailed information in a clear, easy to understand way that encourages success in quilting students. For the past ten years, Jean's passion has been designing quilts inspired by intricate mosaic tile work seen in cathedrals and historic buildings worldwide. She has received numerous accolades for her beautiful machine-pieced and mosaic tile quilts, including the American Quilter's Society and the International Quilt Festival in Houston. She is the author of Blended Quilt Backgrounds and Master ful Machine Pieced Quilts, both published by AQS. [ www.jeanbiddick.com ]
A Baroque Feast of Art, Music and Food
A Multimedia Presentation
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 6:30pm
WNMU Parotti Hall
A Baroque Feast of Art, Music and Food", multimedia presentation. Focusing on the Baroque period of Rembrandt and other notable artists, this special event will pair period music, and food with with a period piece from the BBC documentary, The Private Life of a Masterpiece, telling the story behind great works of art. Judith Meyer will display her 250 year old lute and will also provide some art instruction.
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:30pm
WNMU Parotti Hall
Gary Trousdale, Storyboard Artist/Director gained prominence in his field with the success of his animated film directorial debut Beauty and the Beast, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a LAFCA Award. Beauty and the Beast is often considered one of the greatest artistic successes of the Disney Renaissance. He later directed other features such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996 and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Leaving Disney after Atlantis: the Lost Empire (released by Disney in 2001), Gary moved to DreamWorks Animation where he has written, directed, and storyboarded ever since.
Laughing in the Face of Death
Friday October 11, 7:00 - 8:30pm
WNMU Global Resource Center, 12th Street and Kentucky
"We plan our finances, our families, our retirement, just about everything except our funerals," explains Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death™. "Without end-of-life planning, life's other plans can come undone. Funeral planning is the 'elephant in the room' for many families. Just as talking about sex won't make you pregnant, talking about funerals won't make you dead - and those who love you will benefit from the conversation."
Gail Rubin is coming to Silver City to encourage us all to have that conversation.
After event planner and "Matchings, Hatchings and Dispatchings" columnist Gail Rubin realized her articles about death generated enormous reader response, she started [ The Family Plot Blog ] a chipper online resource with information, inspiration and tools to pre-plan a healing and meaningful funeral or memorial service.
Gail has spoken at, planned, and attended hundreds of funerals and memorial services. Her interviews on TV and radio include affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and National Public Radio.
A breast cancer survivor, she is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the Chevra Kaddisha, a group that ritually prepares Jews for burial, and the cemetery committee for her synagogue.
Her new book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die,
shows you how to:
This presentation is underwritten by Baca's Funeral Chapels, serving your family with locations in Silver City, Deming and Las Cruces. Learn more at [ www.BacasFuneralChapels.com ]