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Museum explores the mystery of owls

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Albuquerque
Ongoing until Sept. 25
Owls in the Land of Enchantment
Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey. For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition. For more information, call 505-841-2800.

Carlsbad
Ongoing until Sept. 30
Childhood Classics
The Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, 418 W. Fox St., presents “Childhood Classics,” 100 years of original art from the Art Kandy Collection, including the study for “The Cat In The Hat” by Dr. Seuss. Entry is free. For more information, call 575-887-0276.

Carrizozo
Ongoing until Sept. 30
Carrizozo Gallery Competition
The Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, 401 12th St., hosts New Mexico Magazine’s 16th annual photography competition winners. For more information, call 575-937-1489.

Hobbs
Ongoing until Nov. 5
“The Beauty in Energy”
“The Beauty in Energy” is a new photography exhibit of oil and gas landscapes at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1 Thunderbird Circle. The photographer, Bob Callender, is an internationally recognized oilfield photographer. For more information, call 575-492-2678.

Santa Fe
Ongoing until Jan. 21
‘Quilts of Southwest China’ coming to Santa Fe
The Museum of International Folk Art will host the national touring exhibition “Quilts of Southwest China.” While both highly-valued and culturally significant, Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors and museums and little is known about them outside of the communities that make them. They embody layers of history, identity, expertise and culture. MIFA is located at 706 Camino Lejo. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org or call 505-476-1200.

Albuquerque
Sept. 7-17
New Mexico State Fair
The New Mexico State Fair is the biggest fair in the state. Parking fills up fast, organizers recommend to use the shuttle service, the secure bike route or bus service. The bus schedule is posted at myabqride.com. Highlights in live entertainment are: Aaron Lewis, Midland with special guest The Last Bandoleros, Sawyer Brown, KANSAS, Big and Rich and Kenny Loggins. There will be several opportunities to see the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls and Rodeo competition. Highlights are the parade on Sept. 9, the Battle of the Salsas 2017 at the New Mexico Expo on Sept. 9 between 1 and 3 p.m. The public is asked to taste test all the jarred varieties that will be offered in the NM Taste the Tradition Country Store and vote for their favorites. The top three placing salsas win trophies and special recognition throughout the year. Another highlight is the European circus act Ma’Ceo by Cavallo. Performances of the Gypsy themed acrobatics and equestrian stunt show feature Cossack trick riding among others. The circus tent is located at the creative arts lot with three performances daily. On Sept. 16 it’s Hot Rod & Custom Cars Day. For more information and to plan a schedule, visit statefair.exponm.com.

Ruidoso / Mescalero
Sept. 8 and 9
Wait For What?! in concert
The music duo T David Wiggins and Elane Wiggins are known as Wait for What?! They are going to perform in the 1852 Treaty Room today at 8 p.m. and at Wendell’s Lounge on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Wait for What?!

Albuquerque
Sept. 12
508 Mural Fest
The 508 Mural Fest is a new, free public art mural festival set to take place in several locations in Albuquerque. It is hosted by Warehouse 508 and Worldwide UnderGround. Their aim is to unite and beautify the city while empowering the youth. There will be 12 locations with over 25 muralists painting throughout the city with a focus on downtown. There will be activities for the entire family, with opportunities for community members to participate in art installation pieces at several mural sites. Events will be held throughout the painting process with two block parties, concerts, theater, walking and bike tours. Donations will support the muralists and Warehouse 508 by NMX Sports youth after-school programming. For more information, visit 508muralfest.com or email info@508muralfest.com.

Ruidoso
Sept. 13-17
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally
Rally for motorcycle riders with poker run, events and vendors. A tradition in Ruidoso for more than 40 years.
The event takes place at the Inn of the Mountain Gods and includes an 86,000 square foot trade show, seven different poker runs and tours, bike judging, free meals and a new bike giveaway sponsored by Barnett Harley Davidson of El Paso. For more information, visit innofthemountaingods.com or call 1-800-545-9011.

Artesia
Sept. 15-17
‘Suite Surrender’
The Artesia Community Theatre presents “Suite Surrender” at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St. “Suite Surrender” is a farce by Michael McKeever. The story: It’s 1942 and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel, including assistants, luggage and a legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance. That is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, visit its event page. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.

Alamogordo
Sept. 16
Formal Japanese Tea Party
A formal Japanese Tea Party will be held at the Patron’s Hall, 1106 New York Ave., from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, email HTransition@hotmail.com or contact the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, 575-437-6120.

Hobbs
Sept. 16
Ruffles and Rust Expo
Ruffles and Rust Expo takes place at the Lea County Event Center & Fairgrounds, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy., featuring vintage, handcrafted home decor and boutique items. For more information, visit Lea County’s Facebook events page.

Hobbs
Sept. 16
Family Fun Day
The Family Fun Day takes place at the Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 5317 N. Lovington Hwy. There will be a Staked Plains Roundup and Chuck Wagon Cook-off. The Western Heritage of the Llano Estacado or Staked Plains experience will be on display. Presenters include a blacksmith; Billy the Kid expert; cowboy music sing-a-long; western dance demonstrations; Native American dancers and trick roper Brice Chapman. The event is free for the public. For more information, call 575-492-2678.

Cloudcroft
Sept. 16 and 17
Lumberjack Day
The Lumberjack Day in Cloudcroft takes place both days at the Zenith Park. There will be logging competitions, children’s competition, food, vendors and a photo booth among others. Competition entry forms are available at lumberjacknm.wixsite.com/lumberjackday/event-application. For more information, visit its Facebook page or call 575-921-6442.

Rio Rancho
Sept. 23
WWE Championship matches
World Wrestling Entertainment Live is returning to Santa Ana Star Center at 7:30 p.m. Matches will be WWE Champion Jinder Mahal versus Shinsuke Nakamura and United States Champion AJ Styles versus Kevin Owens, to mention a few of the WWE superstars. Tickets start at $15 and are available at the box office. For more information, visit santaanastarcenter.com or call 1-888-694-4849.

Ruidoso
Sept. 23
Brews, Blues & BBQ
The Inn of the Mountain Gods is bringing great food, cold beers and soulful tunes together for Brews, Blues & BBQ festival. The event starts at noon. Alongside Ruidoso’s best barbecue and blues jams, visitors can sample more than 200 beers from the likes of Ballast Point, Santa Fe Brewing, Sierra Nevada and Rio Bravo Brewing Co. For more information, visit innofthemountaingods.com or call 1-800-545-9011.

Carrizozo
Sept. 30
Photo exhibits in Carrizozo
Last day to view New Mexico Magazine prize winning photographs — exhibit in Carrizozo, at the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, 401 12th St.

Carrizozo
Sept. 30
Darlins of the Desert vintage market
Darlins of the Desert is holding its fourth annual vintage market at 407 Central Ave. There will be antiques, vintage items, art and glass. Vendor spaces are still available. For more information, call 575-937-6555.

Hobbs
Sept. 30
FlyHobbs Aviation Day and Fly-In
The third annual FlyHobbs Aviation Day and Fly-In kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Lea County Regional Airport, 6601 W. Carlsbad Hwy. The day features planes of all shapes and sizes flown in by their pilots. The event is free to enter. There will be booths with vendors and food. To sign up or for more information, visit FlyHobbsAviationDay.com.

Rio Rancho
Oct. 6
Gala of the royal horses
The gala of the royal horses returns to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho at 7:30 p.m. Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, René Gasser has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna, Austria and Spain. Gala of the royal horses will feature performances to include Lippizaner stallions, the Spanish Andalusian, Friesian and the intelligent Arabian breeds, as well as the American Quarter Horse, which was recently added. For more information, call 888-694-4849.