Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Dec. 12-15, 2019.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Get into the holiday spirit with “A Christmas to Remember,” set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road.
Enjoy a performance put on by members of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s theater group. When the main character has no one with whom to share their Christmas dinner, some surprising historical guests from New Mexico’s past show up to make it quite memorable. Characters include a founder of two New Mexico townships, a curandera folk healer, a governor of New Mexico, a retired New Mexico Ranger, a cavalry soldier in the Punitive Expedition and others.
Admission is free; for more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 575-522-4100.
More than 60 local artists will participate in the Holiday Pop-Up Art Show, opening from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Bank of the West Building, 201 N. Church St., Las Cruces. Paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry and much more will be on display, live music and other entertainment will take place throughout the weekend, and food and beverages will be available. Admission is free, and the show continues through the weekend: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more, call 314-709-9445.
Thursday’s live music includes Jamie O’Hara at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Dec. 13
Las Cruces Catholic School and St. Mary’s High School, 1331 N. Miranda St., will host their Annual Christmas Fair, “Christmas Art from the Heart,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Guests can purchase unique crafts, vendor items and much more! Pictures with Santa will be available during the fair’s Breakfast with Santa.
For more, visit bit.ly/34bD4D9.
No Strings Theatre Company’s production of “Surviving Your Family at Christmas” — a Christmas comedy by William Missouri Downs, author of “Cockeyed,” “Mad Gravity,” “Seagulls in a Cherry Tree” and “Headsets,” all popular NSTC productions — continues with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St.
It’s Christmas, that wonderful time of year when families deck the halls, don their gay apparel, and pretend they don’t hate each other. College student Loretta hasn’t been home in two years mostly because she has nothing in common with her blue-collar parents. When she left to attend Harvard, she thought she’d never return, but then she fell in love with a cultivated Cambridge law student, and he wants to meet her parents. The difference between Loretta’s law student and her parents couldn’t be more profound. He loves yachting, while her parents never let her near water — growing up Loretta’s mother told her chlorine caused skepticism. “How to Survive Your Family At Christmas” is a crowd-pleasing comedy about family, love and the one thing we all need to survive the holidays: forgiveness.
Tickets are $15 regular, $12 seniors and students. Remaining performances of “How to Survive Your Family at Christmas” are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, bargain night, all seats just $10.
Visit no-strings.org for tickets and more.
Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St., continues its holiday production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The classic story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts — an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.
Tickets are $17 adults, $14 seniors, students and military, $10 children younger than 12 and $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. Showtimes of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21; and 2 p.m. SUndays, Dec. 15 and 22.
For tickets and more, visit lcctnm.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Stepping Up at The Game and Tequila Nights at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Dead Like Disco at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); CL Smith Duo at NM Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and Exclusive Soul at Little Toad Creek (8-11 p.m.).
Saturday, Dec. 14
Participants in the Colcha Embroidery Workshop — set for 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum — will learn the stitch for Colcha Embroidery. A take-home project will be using Colcha Embroidery to make a holiday ornament. Class fee is $35, which includes all materials, and space is limited. To register, or for more information, contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or email@example.com.
Do you still need a picture for your Christmas card? Head over to Petco, 3050 E. Lohman Ave., Las Cruces, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for Pet Photos with Santa. Receive a free photo of your pet with Santa when you donate $9.95. Proceeds benefit ACTion Programs for Animals, a local nonprofit animal rescue that has saved more than 4,300 animals since 2012. Every photo helps save pet lives in the community; for more, call 644-0505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rio Grande Theatre’s 2019 Classic Film Series returns at 7 p.m. Saturday for a screening of the 1955 film version of “Miracle on 34th Street.” In this holiday classic, one Kris Kringle, a department-store Santa Claus, causes quite a commotion by suggesting customers go to a rival store for their purchases. But this is nothing to the stir he causes by announcing that he is not merely a make-believe St. Nick, but the real McCoy. Doors open at 6 p.m.; admission is $5 per person. For more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); Wildcard at The Game and Locomotion at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Chelsea Beth and Maxwell Tretter at NM Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, Dec. 15
Students from the Las Cruces Academy of Music & Dance are featured dancing tap, ballet, hip hop and jazz with a Christmas flair at the 2019 Dancin’ Holiday Magic, set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets are $10 to $14, available at tututix.com/client/lcmusicanddance.
A free reception for the Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild’s new show “Local Color: Landscapes and Architecture” is set for 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Arts Corridor.
The show will be on display through April 5, 2020, and includes 27 colorful scarves, rugs, shawls and more. The Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild was formed to encourage interest in the artistic and technical development of the fiber arts and to raise community awareness of the textile arts. The guild includes weavers, spinners, knitters, basket makers and others interested in the textile arts. Members draw inspiration from the Southwest landscape and the environment in which they live. More information on the group is available at bit.ly/2PzSD1X.
For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 575-522-4100.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes CW Ayon Duo at NM Vintage Wines (3-5 p.m.); and Tulsa, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Dan Martin at Little Toad Creek. (5-8 pm.).
Next Weekend: Dec. 19-22
Next weekend, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will hold a Campfire Christmas Cookies event; catch the final performances of holiday productions “A Christmas Story” at Las Cruces Community Theatre and “How to Survive Your Family at Christmas” at the Black Box Theatre; and learn “A Brief History of Christmas Music” at the Rio Grande Theatre.