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What’s so fun about living in Socorro? Plenty!

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Socorro and its environs are rich in arts, culture and entertainment. And if you have a yen to take to the stage yourself, where better?

New Mexico Tech hosts an outstanding Performing Arts Series (PAS), which brings a wide variety of performers every year. Cajun, Celtic, and classical are always popular, but PAS branches out into the unusual as well. Children’s theater, Chinese acrobats, magic shows, singer/songwriters, jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and Santa Fe Opera singers are just some of the types of shows that have appeared. PAS puts its emphasis on variety. No matter what you like, you’ll find something you like here.

Want to perform yourself? Socorro has a number of performance groups to get involved with. Socorro Community Theater, Community Band, Tech choral and instrumental groups (which are open to community members), and pick-up bands among friends are just some of the possibilities that beckon. Tech hosts a musical production every spring that welcomes performers from the town as well as the college.

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Maybe your idea of art is to paint a picture or make a piece of jewelry — or buy something that someone else has made. Either way, you’re in luck! New Mexico Tech’s Community College offers classes in stained glass, pottery, painting, drawing, photography, jewelry making, and many other arts. Call them at (575) 835-6581 for their latest schedule.

Many artists live and work in the area, drawn by the growing gallery scene in Socorro, Magdalena, and San Antonio. The artists, jewelers, and weavers of Alamo Navajo Reservation are active practitioners of traditional arts.

Art shows and sales happen throughout the year, but some of the best and biggest occur during SocorroFest (early fall), the Festival of the Cranes (mid-November), and the Luminaria Arts Crawl (early December). These are great times to visit galleries, including the Fullingim-Isenhour-Leard Gallery just off the plaza, where works of nationally recognized artists in media from oil and watercolor to metal sculpture are displayed. Tech’s Macey Center has a gallery with monthly shows.

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Magdalena hosts its own art festival every spring and fall, and stages a number of original plays by the London Frontier Theater Company, a local mainstay since 1996, which brings to life, through story and song, tales from days gone by.

For the latest schedule of plays, concerts, festivals, fairs, and general fun, look for Steppin’ Out, Socorro’s bi-monthly arts magazine, free at local businesses!

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