Portales High students taking on ‘Les Miserables’

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales High School students present Les Miserables this weekend at the PHS Performing Arts Center. “It is very difficult,” said William Strong, PHS dramatic arts teacher. “The music is hard. It is basically an operetta, with maybe three lines that are actually spoken. Everything is done with music and […]

Art contests open to local students

By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Arts Council, Portales Municipal School District (PMSD), and Eastern New Mexico University are planning a sidewalk chalk art competition and juried art exhibition. Called “K through ENMU,” the event celebrates National Youth Art Month. A press release from the university said it will showcase artistic talents of […]

Beatles tribute band performing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Hailed as the No. 1 Beatles tribute act in the world, Yesterday brings its Beatle boots, velvet suits and on-spot vocals to Clovis for a special performance, which kicks off the 2009-2010 Cultural Arts Series presented by Clovis Community College. Yesterday will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. […]

Beatles tribute band part of cultural arts series

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Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College’s ninth year of bringing the world to Clovis kicks off Sept. 26 with a concert commemorating the Beatles. It’s all part of the college’s annual Cultural Arts Series. Cultural Art Director Christy Mendoza said she looks for variety when scheduling acts for the series. “We say we’re bringing the […]

ENMU introduces new dean of fine arts

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University’s new dean of fine arts sees art as what makes people most human and most special, he said. Joseph Kline is moving to ENMU from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. While he began acting in college, Kline said he has always […]

Press release: ENMU hires College of Fine Arts dean

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has chosen Joseph Kline of Savannah College of Art and Design as the new dean of the College of Fine Arts on the Portales campus. Kline will officially begin September 14 of the fall semester. Kline is enthusiastic about his new position at ENMU. “I was looking for a […]

Cultural Arts Series to end with ballet, folklore

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Freedom New Mexico Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a visual fiesta of culture and folklore at Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli de Veracruz 4 p.m. Sunday at Marshall Auditorium. This cultural event marks the final performance of Clovis Community College’s 2008-2009 Cultural Arts Series. Founded in 1985 by Maestro Hugo Betancourt, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli de Veracruz makes […]

Education feature: PHS students prepare for Calamity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Students in the Portales High School dramatic arts program are working hard on their latest stage production “Calamity Jane” the annual spring musical. Student performers have been rehearsing since January for the three-day play, which starts March 20. The musical comedy involves 35 students volunteering their time to run […]

Art committee meeting set

PNT staff The New Mexico Arts Local Selection Committee of the Art in Public Places program is scheduled to meet for finalist presentations tor the commission at Eastern New Mexico University’s Science Building. The public meeting is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Science Building, Room 231. An executive session is […]

Students collect phone cards

PNT Staff The Portales Schools Performing Arts Department is conducting its second annual Phone Card Drive for soldiers serving overseas. Members are collecting unused phone cards or donations to buy them to distribute to military personnel in Iraq or Afghanistan. Donation jars are to be available at winter performances. The concerts are free and at […]

Academy set for “Nutcracker” performance

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Freedom New Mexico The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is 7 p.m. on Friday. The play has been produced annually for 12 years, according to director Viola Cano. Cano is the dance teacher for Bella Vista, but she says the play is in no way a one-woman show. “We couldn’t […]

ENMU readies for year of fine arts events

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Fall 2008 Fine Arts series kicks off Friday. The series runs through the end of the fall semester, with the last event scheduled for Dec. 11. The series features events and exhibits from the theater, art and music departments. Some of the events include wind symphony performances, choral […]

Home Arts at heart of fair

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The Home Arts Building at the Roosevelt County Fair is the place numerous county residents make their fair connection. The variety of divisions and categories provide opportunities for a wide range of talents from baking and canning to handiwork and woodwork. Even though she’s entered items in the Roosevelt […]

ENMU Briefs July 15, 2008

Alumni/Employee BriefsTwo former employees recently died. John (Josh) Burdine and Maria Enriquez. Both worked with the physical plant.ENMU marketing graduate Katherine Kirkes, 27, was killed Saturday morning in a car crash south of Carlsbad. She participated in rodeo at Eastern. College of Fine Arts relocatedDue to the music building renovation, the dean’s office for the […]

Music Building to get makeover

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Thomas Garcia The Fine Arts Programs at Eastern New Mexico University will be getting a new home with renovations and additions to the Music Building. Floorplans for the new renovations still need to be approved and bid on, but construction should begin in September, said Michael Sitton, dean of the College of Fine Arts. The […]

Elida to hold flea market, arts and crafts fair

PNT Staff Report Elida will be holding a flea market and arts and crafts fair the third Saturday of June, July and August. “The goal is to bring the townspeople together one day out of the month and promote the town to outside sources,” event coordinator Judy Dukes said. Starting a summertime event seemed like […]

Pursuit to land “Suit” complete

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico In Ray Bradbury’s “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit,” six men see something they want and find a way to get it. It’s a similar situation for Clovis Community College. Its cultural arts program wanted the show, and landed it for 7 p.m. Friday. Marshall Auditorium hosts the free show. […]

Former Broadway performer takes show to Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico David Geist doesn’t just want to play music. He wants to teach others why he loves it so much. “I infuse dramatic intent when I play my music,” Geist said, “and that’s what I feel is part of the offering I am able to give.” Geist is playing at […]

Cultural mecca: Why not?

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales MainStreet officials say an arts and culture district in downtown Portales could provide a key ingredient for revitalization — downtown activity in the evening. In 2007 the New Mexico Legislature adopted municipal-enabling legislation that allows for the creation of arts and cultural districts recognized by the state. The […]

Sept. 18, 1961

• Local artist Vernon Acker was chosen to be the featured guest artist for the Fine Arts Show at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo. • Jimmy Terral, of Causey, showed the grand champion hog during the Roosevelt County Fair. • A 3-pound can of Crisco was 89 cents at G&G Food Market.