By Christina Stock
Happy New Year 2020 — nobody knows for sure what a new year will bring. Hopefully peace, less violence, kindness and more fun. Here are some highlights for the new year, details will be featured in the Daily Record’s community calendar (for Roswell) on Thursdays, the Go and See calendar (outside of Roswell) on Fridays and in the Vision Around Town calendar (local club meetings and free programs) on Sundays:
Theater, museums, galleries and movies
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The first theater performance of the new year is presented by Roswell’s oldest theater group, Roswell Community Little Theatre. Under the guidance of Alethea Hartwell, the parody of the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, “The 39 Steps,” will be performed on stage with the premiere on Jan. 31. Thus ends the season of the theater. The new season has not been announced as of press time. The theater is always looking for new faces on and off stage; its active Facebook page is the best source to learn about auditions.
Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre (WWOB) has announced its new productions for the upcoming year. Audition details will be posted on its Facebook page. The season kicks off in spring with Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical,” which is based on Dahl’s 1988 children’s novel about a smart little girl with imagination and psychokinetic powers.
Next up is WWOB’s production of the iconic Tony Award-winning musical “My Fair Lady” — a classic, premiering on Broadway in 1956. Ever since, the musical was performed on stage throughout the world and was brought on the big screen in 1964, featuring iconic film stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison as leads.
The big finale will be WWOB’s version of “Elf The Musical,” in winter. The musical is adapted from the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell. The musical had its premiere on Broadway in the Christmas seasons of 2010 to 2011.
The first Roswell Artist-in-Residence exhibit this year at the Roswell Museum and Art Center (RMAC) will be in January by SV Randall. The Brown Bag Lunch Talk at RMAC continues in February. There will be another popular murder mystery event in February at RMAC benefiting its foundation with performers of Neverland Theatre Company. The innovative museum is planning a wide variety of events and classes, not to forget the popular ceramic classes under the guidance of RMAC’s ceramic manager Aria Finch.
The Anderson Museum for Contemporary Art will feature its popular classic concerts this year as well as programs and exhibitions, including some surprises. The newest museums, Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum and Bone Springs Art Space, are planning a variety of exhibits with hands-on experiences and art classes.
Some of the movies to look forward to in the new year: “Doolittle” — Robert Downey Jr. puts down his iron mask and steps into the role of eccentric Dr. John Dolittle who can speak to animals.
A serious look into World War I is the epic movie “1917,” which is directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes.
Jim Carrey returns to the big screen as evil foe to the video game character Sonic in the movie “Sonic the Hedgehog.”
A darker side of the iconic 1970s television series “Fantasy Island” hits the movie theaters in “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island.”
The characters of author Jane Austen get a new life in the comedy “Emma,” that features Austen’s world as a glittering kaleidoscope of mishaps and misguidances.
After the successful release of 2018’s “A Quiet Place,” a second part will be released in spring, picking up the story of a silent dystopian world where creatures hunt by sound.
Insiders who have seen first clips of Disney’s “Mulan,” say that this movie is the best adaptation from animated movie to live-action feature film yet.
English film director Joe Wright is leaving the classics — he is best known according to IMDb.com for “Pride & Prejudice” (2005) and “Anna Karenina” (2012) — and brings to the big screen the thriller, “The Woman in the Window.” Cast as the agoraphobic hero is Amy Adams.
The summer brings a return to Navy’s best, in “Top Gun: Maverick.” Not a remake of the original movie, but a jump forward 30 years, where Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is still flying as test pilot “Maverick.”
The moviegoers can cool off from the heat of the summer by watching, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” The movie ignores the all-female version of 2016 and is a continuation of the original 1980s movies.
Later this year, Milla Jovovich, the star of the “Resident Evil” franchise, returns to the screen in the science-fiction movie, “Monster Hunter.”
Either in December 2020 or latest in early 2021, fans of the movie “Avatar,” can look forward to a new franchise, with not only a sequel planned this year, but three additional movies. According to the production company Lightstorm Entertainment and IMDb.com, the last movie, Avatar 5 (a working title) should come out in 2025.
Janice Dunnahoo, chief archivist at Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico (HSSNM), will continue to surprise the readers of her weekly column with stories of Roswell’s past and its unique characters.
Historian John LeMay said he always works on several ideas and will bring the unusual lore of the region to paper and online.
The readers and subscribers of the Daily Record will learn more about historic and up-to-date UFO theories that are “out of this world” by Donald Burleson in his Looking Up column this year.
Aubrey Hobart, RMAC’s curator of collections and exhibitions has many special exhibits planned, which will be featured in her column, From the Vault.
Native American researcher Veronika Ederer from Austria who visited the area this year, and zoo expert Ray Pawley agreed to continue writing for the Daily Record.
Teachers and mentors are asked to propose their finest students to be featured in the Young artists to watch column.
The new column introducing nonprofit organizations will continue.
The Vision editor’s column, “Comfort Food and Books for Comfort,” will feature new recipes and new books. The next books in line for review are Sue Nelson’s “Wally Funk’s Race for Space” — a story of a female aviation pioneer; “The Sun,” a mystery by J. Courtney White and New Mexico native historian Donna Birchell’s newly released book, “Frontier Forts and Outposts of New Mexico.”
Kiwanis Roswell and Roswell Rotary each celebrate their centennial anniversary this year.
Altrusa International of Roswell presents the annual Denim and Diamonds celebration.
The Roswell Symphony Orchestra continues celebrating its 60th anniversary with concerts, including the grand season finale on April 18.
Cinco de Mayo will bring dancers and entertainment to Roswell as does Rise Over Roswell, the annual balloon festival. Last year was the first time that the Chamber of Commerce and Hispano Chamber of Commerce collaborated, bringing both events together.
The highlight of the summer will be the UFO Festival. Each year, new speakers, new events and new theories about the alleged UFO crash of 1947 are featured. Highlights for families are the Alien Pet Contest and the Human Alien Contest.
Fans of the insect world look forward to the annual Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Reserve in September.
When the days get shorter and the chile crops ripen in the fields, it’s time for the Chile Cheese and Piñata Festival. The scent of the first roasting of green chile saturates the air.
With fall comes the annual Eastern New Mexico State Fair: all events are featured in the Daily Record’s annual fair tab. Entertainment and details about the artists performing will be featured in the Vision section.
The highlight of fall is the annual Roswell Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
Who will the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico honor this year at its Heritage Dinner? Last year it was the entire dairy industry and its families that were honored.
In addition to the mentioned highlights, the Vision section will feature the newsworthy musicians performing at different venues in town, as well as special fairs, rodeos, readings, movies made in town and events that are open for the public.
Out of town:
The year 2020 is a special year for women in the U.S. One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, recognizing the right of American women to vote. Special celebrations honoring the Suffrage Centennial and League of Women Voters are planned in Albuquerque in August, which includes a parade on Aug. 22 and events at Civic Plaza. Albuquerque is not the only location of events — an updated list of statewide events can be found at abqtodo.com/event-category/wvc.
Hagerman invites the public to its annual Old Timers’ Day in June. The place to be in summer is at Artesia’s annual Smokin’ on the Pecos barbecue contest and Red Dirt Black Gold Festival.
Artesia’s Ocotillo Performing Arts Center has concerts, circus performances and classes lined up, starting with Mediterranean guitar virtuoso Pavlo and The Great Dubois: A two-person circus.
The Spencer Theater in Alto has a variety of concerts and shows lined up, including performances by T.G. Sheppard and his band and tribute shows to legendary musicians.
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