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Politics as Unusual Show Benefits Ilfeld Auditorium


Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands University presents local elected officials in the “Politics as Unusual” variety show to benefit the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld.

Ilfeld Auditorium, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year, is at 900 University Ave. Tickets for “Politics as Unusual” are $10.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan is scheduled to be the master of ceremonies for the night of stand-up comedy, dancing, singing, drumming and much more.

“You may think you know our local politicians, but come see their hidden talents at this fun variety show,” said Sharon Caballero, executive director of the Highlands University Foundation. “Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to upgrade the sound system in Ilfeld, where the university and community merge in this beloved, iconic building.”

Ilfeld Auditorium is the premier performing arts venue in northeastern New Mexico, and holds its place in history as the oldest occupied building on the university’s campus. With its imposing, graceful lines of Romanesque Revival architecture, Ilfeld is a local historical treasure.

“Politics as Unusual” is the community kickoff for a jam-packed week of diverse homecoming festivities that include a Highlands University 130th birthday bash on Oct. 18 and the homecoming football game Oct. 19, with the Cowboys taking on Adams State.

During homecoming, the university’s Foundation is celebrating 30 years of offering scholarships and support to deserving students.

All the homecoming details are online at www.highlandsbirthday.com

“Some of the people participating in the variety show are so talented that they’re still deciding which talent to showcase, but whatever they do it will be in the spirit of fun,” Caballero said.

Performers taking the stage at Ilfeld Auditorium include Highlands University President Jim Fries; State Sen. Pete Campos, also the Luna Community College president; Las Vegas City Council members Tonita Gurule-Giron, Joey Herrera, and Vince Howell; Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education members Luis Ortiz and Ernesto Salazar; West Las Vegas School District Board of Education member Christine Ludi; Luna Community College Board of Trustees Chairman Abelino Montoya; and San Miguel County Commissioners Ron Ortega and Gilbert Sena.

Following the one-hour show, the audience gets the chance to vote for their favorite act by making a donation to the performer’s jar, with all proceeds benefiting Ilfeld Auditorium. The performer who wins the most votes will be announced at the Highlands birthday bash.

Caballero said there’s another reason for the variety show.

“People don’t realize how much time and effort elected officials give to their jobs. The variety show is also a way to say a big thank you to our local elected officials for the dedicated contributions they make to the community through their tireless – and sometimes thankless – work,” Caballero said.

Tickets for “Politics as Unusual” are available the night of the show or may be purchased online at www.highlandsbirthday.comTickets are also on sale at the university’s Alumni/Foundation Office at 905 University Ave. or at the campus radio station, KEDP 91.1 FM, 901 University Ave., studio 103.

For more information about “Politics as Unusual,” call 505-454-3248. 

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