Things continue to evolve in New Mexico, with some small businesses being allowed to open on a limited capacity next week. We hope you consider supporting our local businesses! This issue of our e-newsletter tells how NMSU has adapted graduation, has links to our Home Tour and Feathered Friends stories from the new issue of Neighbors, plus great ideas for home entertainment and restaurants that give you a night off in the kitchen. Don’t miss the details about our book give-aways, too!
NMSU to hold first-ever virtual commencement May 16
While the ongoing coronavirus epidemic has brought about a great deal of uncertainty, it’s also bringing about some historic firsts. The community is encouraged to celebrate New Mexico State University’s spring 2020 graduates with the university’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony, to be broadcast live at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, on KRWG-TV.
Since an in-person commencement is not possible right now, KRWG Public Media — with the support of Picture Frame Outlet and Gallery, Amador Health Center, Nusenda Credit Union, and Pools by Design — are bringing the ceremony to the public.
Home Tour: Let the Sunshine In
Noted American architect Bruno Leon made a name for himself in the heyday of the modernist movement in the United States. After serving as an airport pilot in World War II, Leon attended the School of Design at North Carolina State University, where he espoused positivity, individualism, and the free flow of ideas. Those concepts resonated in his designs later in life — hallmarked by high ceilings, sweeping rooflines, large expanses of glass, and an abundance of natural light — including the four private homes he built in the Raasaf Hills neighborhood of Las Cruces. Jessica Salopek takes a look at one of them, the Nautilus House, beginning on page 50 of the May/June 2020 issue of Neighbors — read it online here.
Feathered Friends: Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden
Hummingbirds delight in our summer gardens filled with a wide variety of abundantly blooming flowers. However, we can provide more for hummingbirds than simply offering colorful blooms — water, food, shelter, and more — with tips from Jackye Meinecke in this issue’s Feathered Friends: Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden. Read it here or beginning on page 16 of the current issue. Once your welcome mat is out, sit back with an icy glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy your vivacious visitors.
Free home entertainment
- Though the museum remains closed, the Las Cruces Museum of Art’s Saturday morning Artventurous program is continuing — online! Visit the Las Cruces Museums’ Facebook page for step-by-step instructions on make-at-home “drip art.”
- For even more at-home fun, courtesy of the Las Cruces Museums, join the Museum at Home – Activities for Kids! group on Facebook for updates, online events, arts and crafts ideas and more.
- Game seller Asmodee is offering print-and-play versions of six popular games, including the escape-room adventure Unlock! and visual-storytelling game Dixit; or download a PG-rated version of the popular and irreverent game, Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition for free.
- Are you a Frida Kahlo fan? Now you can tour the Casa Azul from the comfort of your couch! Popularly known as the Casa Azul, or the “Blue House,” the Museo Frida Kahlo preserves the personal objects that reveal the private universe of Latin America’s most celebrated woman artist. The Blue House also contains some of the painter’s most important works: Long Live Life (1954), Frida and the Caesarian Operation (1931), and Portrait of My Father Wilhelm Kahlo (1952), among others.
- YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On is streaming a different Andrew Lloyd Webber musical each week. Each show is available starting Friday and will run for just 48 hours. Beginning Friday, May 15, is Cats the Musical.
Travel plans may be on hold, but you can still tour museums and galleries via Travel and Leisure and its list of 12 virtual tours through the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, MASP in São Paulo, and others.
Doña Ana Arts Council adds new online workshop
Kathleen Key, resident art historian of the Doña Ana Arts Council, recently added another free course, Nineteenth Century Art, to her Zoom schedule, set for 1:30 to 3 p.m. Fridays, May 15 through June 19.
“Nineteenth Century Art is a wonderful overview of some of the greatest artists who ever lived, including Claude Monet, Eugene Delacroix, Jacques-Louis David, Gustave Courbet, Gustav Klimt, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Vincent van Gogh, John Singer Sargent, and Pablo Picasso,” said Kathleen. “They all played a role in making 19th century art exceptional and ushered in 20th century modern art. Join us for six weeks of fun, inspiring, uplifting art.”
The five great periods of art covered in this series will be one lecture each on Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and two lectures on Post-Impressionism.
Key is also offering online classes on American Art and World Impressionism.
All DAAC online classes are offered via the video meeting application Zoom so that participants may ask questions and interact with the teachers and other students. Meeting IDs, passwords, and waiting room options are implemented for each Zoom session. Students may join at any time in the series. Visit daarts.org/classes-workshops for registration and more.
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Neighbors book giveaway continues
Read anything good lately? Neighbors magazine’s book giveaway continues! During May and June, we’ll be giving away copies of four great books — titles and rules for entry are as follows:
- Tex Q, 100 Recipes for the Very Best Barbecue from the Lone Star State: One of our neighbors, well-known food writer Cheryl Alters Jamison, has contributed copies of her latest cookbook to give away to a barbecue-loving reader! Tex Q, 100 Recipes for the Very Best Barbecue from the Lone Star State, All Smoke-Cooked to Perfection, is packed with recipes for beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish and other seafood, plus vegetables, infused with robust flavor from rubs, mops, sauces, and spices. To enter to win a copy, post a photo or description of your favorite barbecue on our Facebook page. Be sure to like our page to get updates! If you don’t do Facebook, you can email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Black Pearl and Deadly Recall: Las Cruces suspense writer Donnell Ann Bell is featured in the May-June issue of Neighbors, and she’s providing two of her books for us to give away: a copy of her latest work, Black Pearl, and Deadly Recall, which is set in New Mexico. Want to try to win one? To enter, post the name of your favorite suspense or mystery novel on our Facebook page. Be sure to like our page to get updates! If you don’t do Facebook, you can email your entry to email@example.com.
- Best Wildflower Hikes in New Mexico: Naturalist, outdoor writer, and photographer Christina Selby has contributed two copies of her new book, Best Wildflower Hikes in New Mexico, for a couple of our lucky readers! This ultimate guide to great nature adventures includes wildflower descriptions and full-color photos with profiles and maps of over 40 scenic routes. Want to try to win a copy? To enter the drawing, post a photo or description of your favorite wildflower or hike on our Facebook page. Be sure to like our page to get updates! If you don’t do Facebook, you can email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library extends Books by Mail program
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is expanding its books by mail program to all patrons during the COVID-19 closure. Patrons can place holds on library materials through the library’s online catalog at chile.las-cruces.org using their library card. Visit bit.ly/2Wx3n4Y for more information.
Doña Ana Arts Council seeking artists for pandemic-themed exhibit
The Doña Ana Arts Council is accepting submissions for the juried online exhibit Metaphor for a Virus: Response to the Current Global Pandemic. Submissions will be accepted through the end of 2020. The online gallery will be hosted throughout 2020 at www.daarts.org, with a link under the “Artists’ Corner” tab. Visit https://bit.ly/2WFIJjc for more.
Even though their dining rooms are closed, a number of favorite Las Cruces restaurants — welcome back, Andele! — are still serving via delivery, either in-house, or with apps like UberEats, Grubhub, OrangeCrate, and DoorDash, and carryout. In times like these, your support of local businesses and their employees is crucial. Below are some Las Cruces restaurants still cooking in these trying times:
Andele Restaurant: Curbside Pickup, Delivery
Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine: GrubHub, DoorDash
Beck’s Roasting House & Creamery: 575-556-9850
Boba Cafe & Cabaret: UberEats, DoorDash, LoDel, OrangeCrate
Caliche’s Frozen Custard: LoDel, UberEats
Chachi’s Express: 575-522-7322
Chala’s Wood Fire Grill: 575-652-4143
Chilitos Restaurant: GrubHub, LoDel
Corner Deli: Las Cruces Delivery Solutions
D. H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro: UberEats
Day’s Hamburgers: GrubHub, LoDel, 575-523-8665
Dick’s Café: OrangeCrate, 575-524-1360
El Patrón Café and Catering: DoorDash, OrangeCrate, GrubHub, LoDel
El Sombrero Patio Café: Chow Now, DoorDash, GrubHub, LoDel
Hacienda de Mesilla: 575-652-4953
Jim Bob’s BBQ: 575-302-2685
La Posta De Mesilla: 575-524-3524
Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant: 575-521-3505
Luna Rossa Winery and Pizzeria: OrangeCrate, DoorDash, UberEats
Mama B’s Restaurant: 575-680-0201
Matteo’s Mexican Food: LoDel, GrubHub
Miguel’s Restaurant: Las Cruces Delivery Solutions
Mix Pacific Rim: LoDel, Orange Crate, 575-532-2042
Pecan Grill & Brewery: 575-521-1099
Pastaggio’s Italian Cuisine & Pizza by Lorenzo: 575-522-5522
Picacho Coffee Roasters: Order online
Pizza Palazzo: 575-382-4554, OrangeCrate, LoDel
Roadrunner Pizza: 575-522-3600
Salud de Mesilla: 575-323-3548
Santorini Mediterranean Cuisine: 575-521-9270
Sunset Grill: 575-521-1826
Sushi Freak: OrangeCrate, DoorDash, 575-222-0496
Taqueria Las Catrinas: OrangeCrate, Doordash, GrubHub, LoDel
The Pit Stop 292 Café: UberEats
Urban Café: LoDel