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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 201u The Branil;an Cultural Center in Las Blown away Submitted by ELIZABETH RICHINSlHidalgo County Herald The high winds in Hidalgo County continue to cause damage, as is seen at the home of Wayne and Kim Roark of Animas when strong gusts ripped the roof from their home, dropping it on their car, on Thursday, January 21, 2010. MRAC to present "Strings & Stories" Feb. 5 At 10:30 a.m., Friday, the Bach, Paganini and Fritz Kreisler. 1772 in Turin, Italy by J.B. Mimbres Region Arts Council with generous sponsorship from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage-- Neysa Pritikin; the Mimbres Re- gion Arts Council and Holiday Inn Express - Silver City, Will offer a Community Outreach Per- formance, "Strings & Stories," at the Westem New Mexico Univer- sity Fire Arts Center Theater. In order to give the opportunity for community members of every type to experience this unique performance event, all attendees will be charged only one 'dollar. Commissioned in .1995 by the Education Department at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., "Strings & Stories" contin- ues to delight audiences of all ages. Initially created as a children's concert, "Strings & Sto- ries" offers a great variety of styles and sounds ranging from classi- cal short stories, insightful letters and prose by Leonard Bernstein and Beethoven to the music of The show includes "Ferdinand the Bull," "The Town Where Sleeping Was Not Al- lowed," "The Emperor's New Clothes" and other beloved clas- sics. Violinist Linda Rosenthal performs' throughout North America, Europe and Asia in re- citals, as a soloist with orchestra and as a chamber musician. She is the Founder and Artistic Direc- tor of the annual nationally-ac- claimed Juneau Jazz & Classics music festival in Juneau, Alaska, where she makes her home, as well as being the Artistic Direc- tor of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar. Rosenthal has commis- sioned and premiered more than a dozen works in the past decade, including pieces for solo violin, violin and narrator, and a concerto for violin and jazz big band. She has recorded five solo CDs and plays on a violin made in HAPPY 1 ST BIRTHDAY ALICE.-MARTI N EZ ! !! Celebration in honor of 1 year of your new life, We are so happy that it has been ] year since your kidney transplant. To us, we consider It a miracle! We never imagined the difference in your new lifell We give thanks to God and your sister Nellie, She was so brave and very generous to give you this wonderful gift. Guadagnini. Actor Bill Blush, a native of Los Angeles, has performed "Strings & Stories" with Rosenthal throughout the United States for more than five years. He has long been involved in all aspects of the theater from acting; writing and directing to techni- cal theater and theater arts edu- cation. As an actor, Blush has played a variety of roles ranging from the classics to original works ... including the kitchen sink. As a playwright, his written works have enjoyed successful Southem California runs includ- ing the plays "This Above All, About What?, Ziggy's Right and KENNY!!" He is currently work- ing on the book to a new musi c cal. Blush's love for comedy has inspired him to perform in and direct several improvisational "theater troupes and, more re- cently, to venture into the arena of stand-up comedy where he has performed at The Laugh Factory, The Improv and The World Fa- mous Comedy Store in Holly- wood. About The Piatigorsky Foundation: Evan Drachman es- tablished The Piatigorsky Foun- dation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky. Piatigorsky deeply believed in the healing and inspiration power of classical music. He once said, "Music makes life better. Music is a necessity. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone." The Piatigorsky Foundation is com- mitted to carrying on Piatigorsky's mission by evoking cultural curiosity through educa- tional and accessible live perfor- mances. For more information about the performance or to make youth group reservations, call the MRAC at 538-2505 or stop by that MRAC Office located inside the Wells Fargo Bank Building, 1201 Pope St. Cruces: Tt e Old Library Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDO I Lordsburg The Branigan Cultural Cen- ter in Las Cruces was built in 1935, with funds bequeathed to the City of Las Cruces by Mrs. Alice Montgom- ery Branigan in memory of her hus- band, Thomas Branigan. Her will provided $35,000 for the construction of a library for Las Cruces The Spanish Pueblo Revival style building was designed by the noted architect Percy McGhee of E1 Paso, Texas and dedicated as the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library on October 31, 1935. l \\; Three years later, it was L-. i recognized in the pub- lication, Small Public Library Buildings, as one of the 24most beau- tiful libraries in the country. The building, located in the historic district at 501 N. Main St., will celebrate its 75 m anniversary this year. In the lobby of the building, above what was once the library's ....... children's area. This area be- came known as the Swartz Room named for the City's li- The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library when it was built in 1935. circulation desk, is a The building today as the Branigan Cultural Center. large mural painted in 1935 by the celebrated E1 Paso artist, Tom Lea. The mural was commissioned by the architect specifically for the building and funded by the Branigan Estate. It depicts a Franciscan Friar showing a book to early 17 'h century Indians, while Spanish conquistadors look on. Considerable changes have been made to the building's in- terior over the years. The present Shannon Room, origi- nally an auditorium with an out- side entrance, was once used for civic functions. It was named in honor of Edmund Shannon, attorney for the Branigan Es- tate. His portrait, along with the large painting of the Shan- non daughters painted by their mother, Las Cruces artist Aileen Shannon,. hangs in the room. The east part of the building originally housed City offices and later was occupied by The Las Cruces Chamber of Com- merce. In 1961, the facility was renovated and remodeled to meet the needs of the City's growing population. A new roof was put on the building 'and the library became the sole ten- ant. The auditorium was rede- signed into a reading room, while the offices on the east side were incorporated into a larger brarian, Sara Swartz. In 1979, when the library moved to its present location at Picacho and Main Streets, there was much community discussion about the future of the Branigan building and, coincidentally, for the need of an art and history center. With the support of the city commission and Mayor Albert Johnson, the Dofia Ana Arts Council, the Library Board, the Dofia Ana County Historical Society and interested citizens, the facility was dedi- cated on January 25, 1981, as the Branigan Cultural Center. From the beginning, the Cultural Center has served as both an art and history museum, as well as the home of the Ballet Folklorico de la Tierra del Encanto. It has seen the reading rooms be- come galleries, featur- ing art and history ex- hibits; the storage area shift from a repository for books to that of historical artifacts and art; and the Shannon Room revert to its original purpose as a locale, for music, dance and lectures, as well as exhibit space. In 1998, the building again was renovated, acquiring a new roof, new wood components to replace those that had deteriorated and walls to enclose the galleries for security purposes. Further development saw the art collections move to the new Museum of Fine Art. In 2003, the building was listed on the New Mexico + State R'eister of Cultural Properties an d the National Register of Historic Places. As former mayor Ruben Smith stated in 1979, when he was Dofia Ana Arts Council president, "The building is rec- ognized as one of the major landmarks of the City." Today, the building continues to be much beloved by the commu- nity, fondly remembered by long-time residents as "The Li- brary," where they checked out books and visited the reading rooms. Photos: and Information Courtesy: The Branigan Cul- tural Center Interior view of the library in 1935 showing the mural by artist Tom Lea above the circulation desk. 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