A X-Mas Weekend in Las Cruces (List of events (12-08 – 12-09)

December 8, 2018 Carlos Arreola

Las Cruces Community Theatre continues its production of “Mary Poppins: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect.

Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military, $11 each groups 10 or more; and $10 children 12 and younger. Showtimes are 7:30 pm. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16. For tickets and more, visit lcctnm.org.

Friday’s live music schedule includes Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); Derrick Harris Band at The Game and Tequila Nights The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); local country superstar Chris Baker at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill and Brewery (7 to 10 p.m.).

Saturday, Dec. 8

The Mesquite District Fiesta, set for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Mesquite Historic District, will feature shopping, food, horse-drawn carriage rides, geocaching, tours of San Jose Cemetery, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. A free shuttle will circulate on Mesquite and Campo Streets between Amador and Spruce. Admission is free. For more, visit the Mesquite District Business Association on Facebook.

The monthly 10-10 ArtsHop — set for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday — promotes art viewing and activities in greater Las Cruces with free and open to the public art exhibits, kids programming and entertainment. This month’s event is the perfect place to find a unique gift for that special someone. Participating galleries include University Art Gallery, Cutter Gallery, DAAC Arts and Cultural Center, Rokoko Art Gallery, Four Points Perspective and Art Obscura. uag.nmsu.edu/10-10-arts-hop.

Children can head to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to join in making and decorating graham cracker pueblos at the museum’s Crafts for Kids program, set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The program is free with regular museum admission of $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children 4-17. Call 522-4100 or visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

Saturday’s live music schedule includes Chris Baker at The Game and DAMN Union at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Rio Grande Bluegrass Band playing traditional bluegrass with fast pickin’ and tight vocal harmonies at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and Derrick Harris at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.).

Sunday, Dec. 9

The Mesilla Valley Chorale, directed by Nancy Ritchey, will present its annual holiday concert “Ring Those Bells” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rio Grande Theatre. This festive holiday revue features favorites like “What Star is This?,” “Silent Night” and “New Fallen Snow” featuring Carol Eberhart on Violin, plus “Medieval Noel,” “Down in Bethlehem,” “Christmas Bells are Ringing” and many more. Tickets are $10; for more, call 647-2560, or visit riograndetheatre.org.

From the creators of The Rock & Worship Roadshow comes the all-new holiday-themed musical extravaganza, The Roadshow Christmas Tour, making its Las Cruces stop at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Pan American Center. The tour features Matthew West, Matt Maher, Building 429, Plumb, Josh Wilson and Leanna Crawford. Tickets are $20 to $55; for more, visit panam.nmsu.edu.

Just in time for the holidays, the Doña Ana Arts Council will host A Dickens Tea and Fashion Show from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the council’s Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, in Bulletin Plaza.

Volunteer Sherry White — well known to Renaissance ArtsFaire attendees as Queen Chérie de la Colletage —  is a retired high school history teacher and living history reenactor who enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. For this tea, she has arranged for food appropriate for Dickens’ time in the 19th century: scones, watercress sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches and tea. There will also be a fashion show featuring examples of the attire women would have worn from the antebellum period, through the Civil War and up to 1910. The models for the fashion show come from Susan Jewells’ Desert Dancing Troupe, which practices at My Place Jewell. After the fashion show, White will give a presentation on the morals and manners of the 19th century.

Tickets are $10 adults and $5 children 12 and younger. There is only space for 30 guests, so get your tickets early. Visit www.daarts.org or call 523-6403.

Sunday’s live music schedule includes Midwest-bred, Southwest-based vocalist, lyricist, DJ and beatmaker A. Billi Free at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).

Next Weekend: Dec. 13-16

Next weekend, make plans to attend the perennial holiday favorite, the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” and try to solve the holiday whodunit Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or: Holmes for the Holidays” at the Rio Grande Theatre.

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