Happenings around the region in February

First Friday February 3 Concert salutes Love in the month of February “Hooray for Love” is the theme of the First Friday concert at 6 pm on February 3 at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Alpine.

Laura Ashley Anderson, soprano, and Lana Cartlidge Potts, piano, will explore the many faces of love with songs by Stephen Sondheim, Harry Warren, Frank Loesser and others, the music of Claude Debussy and poetry by Robert Frost, Katherine Mansfield, Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, Amy Lowell and others.

The event begins with a 5:30 service of Prayers for Evening and the Healing of the World. After a short break, the concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.

Members of the community are invited to both the service and the concert, or they are welcome to arrive at 6 o’clock for the concert. The church is located at N. 6th St. and Avenue A in Alpine.


WRITERS, WRANGLERS, RANGERS, AND MURAL PAINTERS! Big Bend Natural History Association’s 23rd Annual Pioneer Reunion will take place in the gymnasium of San Vicente School in Panther Junction, Big Bend National Park, from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM on Saturday, February 4. There will be a change in both venue and agenda this year in that no lunch will be served, and the price will be dropped to $15 for the affair.

This year’s speakers include cowboy and singer Craig Carter of the Spring Creek Ranch; Diane Garner of Houston, author of Letters from the Big Bend, a collection of letters from her grandfather who worked in the Big Bend and disappeared during the Mexican Revolution; Maisie Lee of Marathon, who lived in the park at Hot Springs during the late 40’s and painted the murals in the Hot Springs Cabins run by Maggie Smith; and Dan Sholly, who grew up in the park when his dad, George Sholly, was Chief Ranger, and who went on to become Chief Ranger of Yellowstone National Park before retiring and becoming Deputy Director of Texas State Parks. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, there might also be a distinguished surprise speaker.

Reservations are required, as seating is limited to 110 people, and can be made by calling 432-477-2236 with a credit card number. Coffee and refreshments will be served by Espresso y Poco Mas of Terlingua, and there will be books for sale and door prizes galore.

Come and join us for one of the best events of the year in Big Bend National Park.


DELINQUENT TAX SALE, COUNTY OF BREWSTER, February 7 at 10 am, Courthouse Steps in Alpine.


What do rattlesnakes, raging rivers, and mermaids have in common? They are all seductive…and all dangerous. They are terribly beautiful in the truest sense.

I recently overheard someone say “Wasn’t the sunrise terribly beautiful this morning?” When I asked what was so terrible about it, an annoyed grin chased a blank stare across the person’s face. What about when someone says “She’s awful pretty;” is it awful that she’s pretty or is she really just pretty awful?

This concept is not limited to the visual sense alone. I find the smell of a skunk to be terribly beautiful. A jalapeño creates a kind of frightening pleasure in one’s mouth. The sound of a baby crying, the texture on the skin of a dead agave, driving a 1978 Camaro way too fast down a gravel road with the headlights off during a full moon…all are terribly beautiful to me.

Realizing that I’d hit upon the perfect theme for a group art show, that is exactly what I have planned for February 25 at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua. It so happens that DJ VAPoCRuNCH is available that very evening, who will join BoWFLeXX (my true alter-ego) to create a TERRiBLY BEAUTiFUL Dance Experience later in the evening, complete with locally fabricated videos of awesome cloudscapes, firescapes, and who-knows-what.

Where you, the reader, come in is in the creative department: if you’re inclined to participate with visual arts, a performance piece, sound recordings, a video, or anything else terribly beautiful you want to try, email me at raindogfalls@yahoo.com and we’ll figure out how to get it in the show. Hanging day is Thursday, February 23, so I’ll need art at the Starlight by 2 pm that day.

Otherwise, you could involve yourself by getting “Dressed to Kill” for the evening of the event. You won’t be alone, as we’ve had a lot of costumery at past shows. I myself will be looking bloody fantastic that night, so please join me.

February 25 at the Starlight Theatre in the Terlingua Ghost Town, a terribly beautiful place indeed. 7 pm: meet and greet the artists whilst letting your eyeballs drool on the Awful Pretty Art and eating customized hors d’oeuvres (made by the Culinary Artists of the Starlight Kitchen Staff). 10 pm: get your frighteningly good dance moves out for the booty shakin’ beats and thrill to some locally fabricated freaky videos with DJ VAPoCRuNCH and BoWFLeXX.

The “TERRiBLY BEAUTiFUL” Art Party/Dance Party will take place at the Starlight Theatre on February 25….art needs to be delivered to the Starlight on February 23rd when I’m hanging it….so get your brains lubricated and make some AWFUL PRETTY ART for the show. —Mark Kneeskern


MUSEUM OF THE SOUTHWEST FEATURES THE WORK OF CONTEMPORARY ARTIST LINDA VALLEJO. Open to the Public Saturday, January 28 –Sunday, March 18, 2012. Linda Vallejo’s A Prayer for the Earth will be open for public viewing as of Saturday, January 28. A Prayer for the Earth is a mixed media installation and is the first of five exhibits featured in the Museum of the Southwest Contemporary Series 2012, “Tribal Stories.”

These are visual stories told by and about Native Americans using a variety of contemporary and traditional media. “Each artist energizes their particular story from a cultural point of view reflecting an ancestral past. Linda Vallejo is our first artist because her imagery respects the importance she finds in the collective Native American ceremony,” states Cristi Branum, Adjunct Curator of Art for the Museum of the Southwest.

According to Vallejo, “A Prayer for the Earth embodies the wisdom of indigenous peoples which sees all of existence as animated by a common energy and related together as part of one family.” Vallejo was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Europe, and attended college at the University of Madrid, Whittier College and California State University at Long Beach where she earned her MFA in printmaking. An interest in her family heritage and the cultures of the indigenous peoples in Mexico and the Americas deeply inspired this work. The installation, consisting of paintings and sculptures, is sure to stun the senses and stimulate the mind with its vibrant colors and creative insight.

The Contemporary Series 2012, “Tribal Stories” has been made possible by the Arts Council of Midland and the Beal Foundation. The Museum of the Southwest welcomes the community to experience Linda Vallejo’s A Prayer for the Earth and the other exhibitions currently on view.

The Museum of the Southwest, founded in 1965, is a nonprofit organization located in Midland, Texas. The Museum of the Southwest seeks to excite the senses through discovery in art, culture and science. The Museum of the Southwest is comprised of an Art Museum, a Children’s Museum, a state of the art Planetarium and Sculpture Park. Hours of operation are 10 am to 5 pm on Tuesday through Saturday, 2 to 5 pm on Sundays, and closed Mondays. The Planetarium is closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information on the Museum, membership, upcoming exhibitions and events, call 432.683.2882 or send an email to info@MuseumSW.org.


The Texas Mountain Trail Writers will meet Tuesday, February 21, in Alpine, 7 to 9 pm at the Fiesta Room in the Hallmark Apartments (2001 State Hwy 118, north side of Alpine). Our speaker is to be announced. All you writers out there who long to be in like company, please join us. Refreshments will be served. Contacts: Jackie Siglin (432)364-2399 in Alpine or Eleanor Taylor in Fort Davis (432) 426-3050.

• Terlingua Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday 9 am to 1 pm in the Ghost Town Community Garden. Fresh baby greens and cilantro, transplants, quiche, local cheese, organic gluten-free breads, jalapeño bread, biscotti, homemade pies, canned goods, native plants, handcrafted leather, knit gifts, arts and crafts. Watch for informative gardening demonstrations offered monthly! On February 7, the kindergarten and first grade class from Terlingua CSD will spend their lunch-time in the garden, after harvesting greens that will be consumed. After lunch, students will plant flowers in advance of the Green Scene, Saturday April 7th. One Way Plant Nursery in Alpine recently donated seeds to the community garden. (John Waters, photo)

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