Cultural performance draws crowds to street

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Bella Vista fifth-grader Colleen Campos performs the Folkorico dance “Las Perlitas” during the second annual Brickroad to Cultural Friendship Saturday on Main Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sidewalks along Main Street were bulging with onlookers Saturday as students from 13 Clovis elementary school sashayed, twisted, and spun across […]

City celebrated in style for 50th anniversary

By Don McAlavy Here’s how the Chamber of Commerce announced plans for the 50th birthday celebration of Clovis: “Three nights and two days will be jam-packed with action for the thousands of visitors and old-timers expected to throng the streets of Clovis, June 6, 7, 8, 1957.” This is how the action stacked up: June […]

Reporter’s notebook: Chamber hosting music festival

Buddy Holly put Clovis on the musical map by recording several of his hit songs at the Norman Petty Studios on Seventh Street. In a tribute to the Lubbock-born Holly and Norman Petty, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a music festival Sept. 8-10. The 2005 Clovis Music Festival features a Sept. 9 […]

3/15 Business Digest

Southwest Cheese taking applications Southwest Cheese is beginning to hire key production personnel. Candidates should be interested in working in food production, have good communication skills, high work standards and be committed to a team where excellence is the standard, a press release from the company showed. “We aim to have a strong performance culture […]

Christmas performance makes religion personal

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist All of the children’s Christmas programs scheduled for December remind me of the time I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It really wasn’t a play, but a simple program with several of the farm children who lived in the area. On this particular pre-Christmas Sunday, Susie had […]

Rock ‘n’ roll teacher performs in Clovis

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Bovina High School music director, John Steinhardt will perform in Clovis as Schizoid Johnny, Saturday. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer After more than 20 years of touring as Schizoid Johnny, a one-man band, John Steinhardt became a music teacher at a school in California. “In order to do the art, I had to actually […]

Songs from the heart

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago — after singing backup for k.d. lang, the Gyspy Kings, Iggy Pop and others — Perla Batalla said she left the music industry because she was frustrated. The record companies were pushing her toward pop music and away from the part of her identity she wanted […]

Tops in Blue sets America to music

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Sr. Airman Starlett Johnson-Derr (left) and Sr. Airman Stacy Bensing perform a rhythm and blues song during Thursday’s “Tops in Blue” performance at Doc Stewart Park. Made up of Air Force personnel, the band tours all over the world. Photo:Rick White By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The military performers called one routine the “Musicology of […]

Blue jeans are not the issue; it’s control

Letters to the Editor As one of the silent six in the audience at last week’s school board meeting, I feel compelled to reply to the article published in Thursday’s News Journal. First, I commend Ryan Lengerich for accurately reporting what occurred at the meeting. As the education reporter he has done an excellent job […]

Musical drama returns to First Assembly

By Darrell Todd Maurina First Assembly of God in Clovis is bringing back a tradition this year. For many years the church sponsored holiday drama presentations, and this year will be resuming that practice with a free musical drama at 7 tonight and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. “That’s the Good News,” a drama presenting the […]

Lila Downs wows audience at Clovis concert

By Helena Rodriguez From deeply-moving to toe-tapping to whimsical, Golden-Globe winning songstress Lila Downs charmed a Clovis audience Tuesday night at Marshall Auditorium. Downs’ concert was well-attended, featuring unusual yet captivating numbers that ranged from jazzy to folksy to tropical Latin rhythms. Several items in her repertoire can be heard in motion pictures. The audience […]

State workers plan rally for Friday

By Gary Mitchell PORTALES — A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system […]

CHS Symphony Band wins Anaheim festival

By Gary Mitchell Clovis High School band members were on a mission for music excellence recently; and band members say: Mission accomplished. A highlight in the accomplishment of that mission included winning top honors in the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., the last week of April. The Symphony Band, directed by Bill Allred, received […]