Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of April 6-8, 2018.
–Friday, April 6–
Almost 30 galleries, studios and businesses throughout Downtown Las Cruces and the historic Mesquite District will throw open their doors for art openings, exhibits, live music and entertainment, shopping, refreshments and more during this month’s First Friday Downtown Art Ramble, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. For a map of participating locations and more, visit https://downtownlascruces.org/art-ramble.
Friday is also opening night of the No-Strings Theatre Company production of “Waitless,” set for 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. Directed by NSTC Artistic Director Ceil Herman, Waitless” is a unique new play exploring the challenges of uprooting. This backwards love story starts with a happy ending — blissful newlyweds Shelly and Trent find love, top-notch careers and excitement in New York City — but with a transfer to London for Trent, they must swap this for a new life in London. Shelly gives up her dream job to follow her heart, only to find expat life is not all it’s cracked up to be. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. “Waitless” continues with shows at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and will run through Sunday, April 19. For tickets and more, visit http://no-strings.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Little Table Contraband from 8 to 10 p.m. at Vintage Wines; Perfect on Paper from 9 to 11 p.m. at Pecan Grill & Brewery; and Christopher Dale from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Clair Winery & Bistro.
Saturday, April 7
At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Doña Ana Arts Council will kick-off its four-part lecture series on the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” held at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Mesilla. This first session will have participants discuss the team who created “Hamilton” and summarize the massive impact it had on American culture. Cost is $50 for all four lectures, which will continue at 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 14, 21 and 28. For more, visit www.daarts.org or call 523-6403.
The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra will continue its season with its Classics Five program, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe Drive on the NMSU campus. The Classics Five program will feature Joseph Haydn’s “Concerto in C major” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion & Libertango” performed by guest soloist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 “Polish.” Tickets are $35 to $45. A second performance is set for 3 p.m. April 8. For tickets and more, visit www.lascrucessymphony.com.
Saturday night will be a trip back in time with a performance by legendary girl group The Crystals, set for 7 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. When Phil Spector discovered The Crystals, not one was yet out of high school. Their first recording, “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)” was also their first hit which catapulted them straight to the Apollo theatre. They continued their successful recordings with five more top-10 records: “Uptown,” “He’s A Rebel,” “He’s Sure The Boy I Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “And Then He Kissed Me.” Two of the top-50 most popular records in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame belong to The Crystals. The group has scaled from five members to three. The Crystals now consist of Dee Dee Kenniebrew, who was there from the very first recording, Patricia Pritchett-Lewis and Mel Soul Tree. Local 1950s and ’60s group Remember Then… will open the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.com.
Country fans will have lots to look forward to as ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett brings his “Life Changes Tour” to the Pan Am Center with special guests Brett Young and Jillian Jacqueline. Tickets start at $39. For more, visit http://bit.ly/2Cf5GPC.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Orlando Madrid and Carlos Barba Duo from 8 to 10 p.m. at Vintage Wines; and Phillippe Holmes from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Clair Winery & Bistro.
Sunday, April 8
The Piatigorsky Foundation and the Doña Ana Arts Council will host a performance by soprano Erika Wueschner at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Mesilla. The program will include pieces by Wagner, Strauss and Puccini as well as some favorites from Broadway musicals. Wueschner will be accompanied by Richard Dowling on piano. The concert is free; donations will be accepted at the door to defray expenses. Doors open at 2:40 pm. For more, visit www.daarts.org or call 523-6403.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes a feisty mix of folk and Americana with high energy by singer/songwriter Spanky from 3 to 5 p.m. at Vintage Wines; and MST Jazz Trio from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pecan Grill & Brewery.
Next Weekend: April 13-15
Next weekend, get ready for the return of Las Cruces Community Theatre’s One-Act Play Festival; help keep Las Cruces beautiful during the Great American Cleanup; get a taste of another culture at the Las Cruces International Festival; and head to Temple Beth-El for its annual Jewish Food and Folk Festival.
The Town of Mesilla’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is set for May 5-6 on the historic Mesilla Plaza. Thousands make their way to the town square for a weekend of live music, mariachis, folklorico dancers, games and carnival rides for kids and more, in celebration of the 1862 Mexican victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Visit www.mesillanm.gov for more information.