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Friday, January 6
Howling Coyote Coffeehouse & Open Mic

A staple of the downtown ArtRamble since February of 2006, the Howling Coyote started out as a jam session for local musicians and quickly grew into a showcase featuring some of finest talent Las Cruces has to offer. The monthly event now makes the Rio Grande Theatre its home and continues to feature primarily acoustic musicians, singers and songwriters with family-appropriate material. Showtime is 7pm. Admission is Free. For more information visit or call (575) 523-6403.

Saturday, January 7
Centennial Cinema: Made In New Mexico

As part of the weekend-long Centennial Celebration, professional Film Historian Jeff Berg, who also sits on the board of the Mesilla Valley Film Society and is a frequent freelance writer for several publications in the area, will present portions of his critically acclaimed Made In New Mexico film series, featuring clips and fascinating narratives concerning the history of New Mexico filmmaking from 1898 onward. Showtimes are 1pm (Westerns, Chapter 4) and 3pm (The Good, The Bad And The Curious). Admission is $5 and proceeds go toward continued renovation of the Rio Grande Theatre. For more information visit or call (575) 523-6403.

Wednesday, January 11
Film Las Cruces

The Rio Grande Theatre and the City of Las Cruces Film Liaison present a monthly film forum on the second Wednesday of each month, in which trailers for locally made films are screened alongside short films by student filmmakers, followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and industry news as it pertains to our area.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation begins at 7pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information visit or call (575) 523-6403. To find out more about Film Las Cruces, visit

Saturday, January 14
Le Chat Lunatique

Playing a combination of Gypsy Swing, Western Swing and whatever else they damn well please, Le Chat Lunatique claims that their forte is Filthy, Mangy Jazz, the result of a mutual love for the great Hot Club of France–a gypsy swing group from 1940s Paris, which included the combined genius of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli–fused with Western Swing and Latin rhythms to create a formidable groove. Showtime is 7pm; doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

Tuesday, January 24
Every Other Tuesday: Mariachi Real de Chihuahua

Founded in January of 2005, Mariachi Real is dedicated to preserving and promoting the beautiful culture if the Mesilla Valley through their intense love of the music and the people it represents. Every Other Tuesday is a showcase for local performers beginning promptly at 6:30 pm. Admission is FREE to the public. For more information visit or call (575) 523-6403.

Sunday, January 29
Nifty Fifties Benefit

The Dona Ana Arts Council presents a benefit fundraiser for the Rio Grande Theatre. On tap will be classic cars lining Main Street, 50’s food sold at 50’s prices, a 50’s fashion show and a special performance by 50’s DooWop band, Remember Then. The seven piece group is in their fourth year together and specializes in top favorites of the era, with powerful vocal harmonies and full instrumentation. Outdoor events begin at 1pm, with the concert inside the Rio Grande Theatre taking place at 2pm.  Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to benefit the Rio Grande Theatre. Call (575) 647-2560 for more information.

Tuesday, January 31
Magical Mystery Show

Professional illusionist Garry Carson returns with his crowd-pleasing Las Vegas-style show, as a fundraiser for Jornada Elementary School. From the premiere opening of the MGM Grand Hotel and over 8,000 shows over a 2 ½ year period, to appearances on national and international television shows including Good Morning America, Inside Edition and the Fox special Masters Of Illusion, Gary Carson presents a family friendly show that will have audiences talking for years to come. The Reality Magic Show will be a fundraiser with 100% of proceeds going to Jornada Elementary School PTO. Doors open at 6pm; show time is 6:30pm. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by calling (575) 621-3205.

On Exhibit in the El Paso Electric Gallery
Bobby Johnson

The fantastic three- and two-dimensional Kachina art of Bobby Johnson will be on display in the El Paso Electric Gallery, South of the Rio Grande Theatre lobby, for the month of January, 2012. Featured in the show will be woodwork Kachina dolls and two-dimensional Kachina-inspired illustrations, all from the fertile imagination of the artist, who uses Native American myth and legend as a springboard for his wholly original creations. The exhibit will run through the month of January 2012, beginning with an artist reception on January 6, from 5 to 7pm, as part of the Downtown Art Ramble.

Also included that evening will be the Howling Coyote Coffeehouse/Open Mic, beginning at 7pm. On permanent display in the Clute/Muggenburg Gallery are memorabilia and photos from the Rio Grande Theatre’s long and illustrious reign in downtown Las Cruces.

The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main, in Las Cruces, NM. For clarification, photos or additional information, please visit or contact the Rio Grande Theatre Manager, David Salcido, at 575-523-6403.

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