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  • Theater expert at NMHU

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    Well-known theater activist, actor and playwright Cynthia Ruffin is teaching on the New Mexico Highlands University campus through April 29 through the university’s Nina Telsa Ballen Visiting Professor Program.

    Ruffin will also present a free public lecture, Ungagged, at 6 p.m. April 25 in the Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall in Donnelly Library. Ruffin will lead the April 29 performance of Voices of Transformation at Sala de Madrid.

    Ruffin was born in Montreal and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

  • Tome hosts writer-poet Baca

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    Award-winning writer, poet and activist Jimmy Santiago Baca will be in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Sinninger Hall. He is hosted by local bookstore, Tome on the Range.

  • Little Miss seeking donations

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    Samantha Romero, the reigning Little Miss Las Vegas, is coordinating a team for the upcoming Relay for Life Cancer Event that will be held on June 10 and June 11 at the West Las Vegas Track Field.  

    The donations that are collected will be use for cancer research. This dreaded disease has impacted each and everyone one of us in one way or another.  

    As the team captain, it is her desire is to promote cancer awareness to the youth as well as adults.  

  • Basic Training Graduate

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    Air Force Airman Arthur Vigil graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

    He is the son of Joseph and Kathy Vigil of S. Pacific, Las Vegas.

  • UWC concert features Perich

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    In a crossover of music and art, United World College-USA presents Tristan Perich, performing his electronic magnum opus, 1-Bit Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22 in the Kluge Auditorium.
    Called both “high-brow” and “brilliant” by New York Magazine, Perich’s Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements, programmed onto a single microchip. Projections on five screens accompany the music, displaying Perich’s binary digital tapestries. The concert is free and open to the public.

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  • Concert choir set to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir will perform ‘Brahms, White and Blue’ at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The first part of the concert features Highlands University music faculty member Linda King on piano performing Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor, opus 25 with a string quartet.

    Santa Fe musicians in the string quartet include Carol Hawkins, violin, Elena Sopoci, viola, and Dana Winograd, cello.

  • Holocaust discussion Sunday

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    How could the Holocaust have happened?  Why did it happen? Is there a possibility it could happen again?

    And in Challenging Our Inhumanity, can we prevent Holocausts and Genocide from happening to any group of human beings?

    In remembering the now-silent voices, the Las Vegas Jewish Community invites the public to join the first interfaith dialogue on the Holocaust or Shoah, the Hebrew word.

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  • Comedian to perform Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents acclaimed stand-up comedian Gary Owen at 7 p.m. on April 15 in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The Highlands University Office of Campus life is sponsoring Owen’s performance.

    Campus Life Director Margaret Gonzales said Owen performed on campus during Homecoming 2010 and was very popular, adding that Owen’s comedy contains adult language and is not suitable for young children.