Local Briefs March 9, 2008

Kit Carson coming to ENMU
Hampton Sides, acclaimed author of “Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West,” will speak in the Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business Building at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on Monday.

There will be a meet-and-greet from 4-4:30 p.m., his presentation from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and a reception from 5:30-6 p.m.
The presentation is free and open to the public.

Information: Peggy Hardman, 562-2642.

ENMU hosting Jazz Fest
The music department at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is presenting Jazz Fest at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, on the main stage in the University Theater Center.

The event will include performances by the Gallup High School Band, ENMU Jazz Combo, as well as guest vocalist Michael Herndon, who is known for his style influenced by jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel. Herndon has opened for many acclaimed artists including Coco Taylor, Kenny Neil Band and the Kinsey Report.

Also performing will be guest percussionist Michael Carney, who is the director of percussion studies at California State University, Long Beach.