"The Last Folk Singer" Comes to Pinos Altos
There may be more creativity packed in the Grant County, NM, area per square inch than any other location worldwide. There are artists and musicians spilling over into the Big Ditch, world famous cartoon animators hiding out in the hills, poets and authors migrating in, like bunnies to a salad bar. A new discovery up in Pinos Altos is someone claiming to be "the last remaining true folk singer in America." As part of the Mimbres Region Arts Council's "Our Talented Neighbor" program, singer/comedienne Mona Little (aka Twana Sparks) will engage in an hour or so of take-no-prisoners entertainment on Friday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pinos Altos Opera House.
You may have caught "Mona Little's" debut performance at this year's $1.98 No Talent Required Follies, which was met with rave reviews. "Well, two guys said they liked it a lot," according to Little spokesperson Twana Sparks, who adds: "Aficionados of tunes that make a universal statement describe her music as painfully heart rending. Many bring a supply of antacid to her shows. Her humor during the show will fall into two categories: intellectual and biological. Intellectual humor touches on politics, religion and philosophy. Biological humor, the kind making the show possibly unsuitable for those under 18, leans more toward drugs, sex, rock and roll."
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. "It would be wise to purchase a ticket early," we're warned, "as the citizenry is expected to jump on this show like crows on a French fry." Should "a miraculous early show sellout occur," a 10 p.m. show will be added. The opening act will be Eric and Susan Patterson, local musicians who own and operate the Unicorn Press.
"Our Talented Neighbor" is the brainchild of Hollywood agent and manager David Gershenson, who has relocated to the Silver City area. Michael Kunz and his Native American flute music, accompanied by Joe Kenneally, Bill Stites and Eric Schatz
on various instruments were the first in the series, in 2004. The venue gives talented locals who are not professional performers a chance to show their skills.