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New Mexico State University events for March


"The Shape of Things" and "On the Verge" will continue at New Mexico State University's Hershel Zohn Theatre through March 19.

The plays, which alternate performances, are produced by NMSU's Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC).

The first production is "The Shape of Things," by Neil LaBute. When Adam begins to date a rebellious art student and discovers a new-found self-confidence, Adam's longtime friends don't appreciate the chilling changes.

"On the Verge," the second alternating production, follows three Victorian female explorers who travel through time and space - from the depths of Africa to the New World to Terra Incognita and beyond. It is a wild and witty tale of yearning, courage and imagination.

Tickets are $8-$13, depending on performance time and date. For times and reservations call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515 or 1-800-525-ASTC.


The New Mexico State University Adapted Physical Education program will have a Wheelchair-Able Body Tennis League from 5-6 p.m. every Sunday from March 6 to May 1 at the university tennis center.

The league will feature a Wheelchair Division and a Wheelchair-Able Body Division that will allow wheelchair-users to compete against able-bodied athletes. A tennis tournament will be held in May for the two divisions.

The league is open to wheelchair-users and able-bodied people. To join or volunteer contact Pedersen at (505) 646-2071 or pedersen@nmsu.edu.


Published author Ron Carlson will be featured in New Mexico State University's La Sociedad para las Artes' spring 2005 reading series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in Hardman Hall Room 106.

Carlson is an English professor at Arizona State University and is the author of many story collections, including "The Hotel Eden," "Plan B for the Middle Class" and "The News of the World." He also wrote the novels "Truants" and "Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald."

His fiction has appeared in Harper's, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Esquire and "The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction." He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and The Los Angeles Times Book Review.

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information call the English Department at (505) 646-2027.


The New Mexico State University Women's Studies Program will host events in March in celebration of Women's History Month under the theme "Exploring the Feminine: Gender, Identity and Sexuality."

The Women's History Month opening reception will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Isabella M. Crouch Reading Theatre. Kate Briggs, instructor for the Women's Studies Program, will give a welcome address.

"Kate's Pants," a presentation celebrating the lives of 11 American women in politics, culture and society, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Hardman Hall Room 106. This presentation is co-sponsored by the NMSU History Department.

"Crossing: Notes of a Novice Woman" is a discussion based on the transformation of Deidre McCloskey from male to female. This event will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Corbett Center Otero Room and is co-sponsored by the NMSU Teaching Academy.

In honor of Latin American women, "Tres Vidas" will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the Music Center Recital Hall. It will profile the lives of Frida Kahlo, Alfonsina Storni and Rufina Amaya, and how they challenged traditional roles of gender, identity and sexuality. This event is co-sponsored by the NMSU Center for Latin American and Border Studies. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

A discussion on "The Female Orgasm: A Cultural Exploration of Women's Sexuality and Body Image" will focus on exploring contemporary attitudes and traditional beliefs about the female body and women's sexuality. This event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Corbett Center Auditorium. It is co-sponsored by NMSU student organization Feminists Reinventing Equality Everywhere and the Women's Resource Center at Mountain View Medical Center in Las Cruces.

All events except "Tres Vidas" are free. For more information about these events call (505) 646-3448.


New Mexico State University students will present their artwork in the Annual Student Art Show, which will run March 12-31 in the University Art Gallery.

An opening reception for the show will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the gallery.

For more information call the University Art Gallery at (505) 646-2545.


The Dona Ana Lyric Opera will present "La Serva Padrona" and "Bastien & Bastienne" March 4 and 5. For more information call (505) 646-2421.

The Jack Ward Invitational Concert will perform "Brahms Liebeslieder Waltz" at 8 p.m. March 11 and 12. For more information call (505) 646-2067.

The NMSU Jazz Ensemble will present "When Swing was King" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13. For more information call (505) 646-5341. All performances will be held in the New Mexico State University Music Center Recital Hall.