Happy Labor Day weekend! Help send summer off proper — here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2018.
Thursday, Aug. 30
No Strings Theatre Company’s production of “Indoor/Outdoor” enters its final weekend with a performance set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Black Box Theatre. In this unabashedly sentimental comedy, a cat named Samantha has just started living with a guy named Shuman who she believes is her true love. At first everything seems to be going great. Samantha can’t get enough of Shuman, and she can’t get enough of him. But soon Samantha realizes that Shuman doesn’t always seem to understand her. Worse yet, Shuman doesn’t always seem all that interested in trying to understand her. Things become truly problematic when one night Oscar, a sexy alley cat, shows up at the door. Suddenly Samantha begins to wonder whether she’s an indoor or an outdoor cat. To make matters more complicated, a quirky aspiring cat therapist named Matilda inserts herself into the mix, thinking she can solve everyone’s problems but only seems to make things worse. Eventually Samantha finds herself on a journey, both physical and emotional, that leads her to discover what having a home and being loved really mean to her. All tickets for Thursday showings are $10. “Indoor/Outdoor” continues with showings at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday — that’s it. no-strings.org.
Thursday’s live music includes Albuquerque-based singer/songwriter Eryn Bent at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Aug. 31
The final three performances of the No Strings Theatre Company’s production of “Indoor/Outdoor” are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and students. no-strings.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Martini Tones at Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); Blaze the Nation at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Smokin’ Mirrors at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); and local country superstar Chris Baker at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.).
Saturday, Sept. 1
Join Southwest Expeditions for Organ Mountains City to Sky Tours by plane, departing hourly from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday from the Las Cruces Airport. Climb aboard for a 30-minute sightseeing tour overlooking the beautiful Organ Mountains Desert-Peaks National Monument. Fly over the Uvas Mountains, the Robledo Mountains and then fly down the Rio Grande River valley and along side the majestic Organ Mountains before swinging West over downtown Las Cruces. $90 per person; minimum of two persons per flight to book. Tours will also be offered Sept. 8, 22 and 29. swexpeditions.com.
Taking to the skies not your scene? Southwest Expeditions is also hosting a fun, lazy Rio Grande River Float starting at 9 a.m. at Leasburg State Dam. Groups are outfitted with boats, paddles, and safety vests and given a short talk on river safety and paddling. Meet downriver for a shuttle back to the starting point. $25 per person. The Rio Grande River Float will also shove off at 9 a.m. Sunday. swexpeditions.com
The Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday on Downtown Main Street, features nearly 300 merchants across seven city blocks, selling local produce, farm-raised meat, fresh bread, pastries, coffee, arts and crafts and more, along with live music and entertainment. farmersandcraftsmarketoflascruces.com.
The annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of Hatch’s world famous chile crop, kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hatch Municipal Airport. Featuring live music, vendors, games, chile eating contests, folklorico dancing and, of course, lots of chile. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $20 per carload, good for both days. hatchchilefest.com.
The Museum of Nature & Science will host Saturday Family Science — Insects at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Insects may be small but they are quite significant to the food chain and agriculture. Participants will explore the lifecycle of insects from egg to pupae to fully formed bug in this one-hour family friendly program. “Saturday Family Science” is offered monthly, encouraging families to work as a team, problem solve, and experiment through participating in a wide range of STEM activities led by museum staff and volunteers. Free. 522-3120.
More than 80 artists, working in a variety of fine arts, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, wood works, jewelry and more, will show and sell their work at the annual Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road, Mesilla Park, about 2 miles south of University Avenue. The show also features an enchilada dinner and other of food vendors, a silent auction, a raffle, live music on two stages and a beer/wine garden. Set your GPS for 4889 South Main St. Mesilla Park, NM. holycrossretreat.org/festival.
At three-day Harvest Wine Festival — set for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at noon to 5 p.m. Monday — guests can sample and purchase more than 150 New Mexico wines along with live music and entertainment, food trucks, vendors, grape stomping, salsa lessons, wine education classes and more. Admission is $20, includes commemorative tasting glass. nmwine.com.
The Rio Grande Theatre will host the latest installment of its Mexican Cultural Series — Armando Merino, at 7 p.m. Saturday. The world-renowned pianist will perform romantic works from German composer Felix Mendelssohn and Mexican composer Ricardo Castro. Concessions including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits, are available. Admission is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. riograndetheatre.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jessica Flores at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); and 1980s and ’90s pop and rock with Dead Like Disco at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.). There’s also live music set for The Game and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.) and High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.), lineup TBA.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Southwest Expeditions takes to the skies again on Sunday, with Aerial Tours of World War II Bombing Targets leaving hourly from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meeting at the Las Cruces Airport, climb aboard an airplane for a 30-minute sightseeing ride above the desert near the Rough and Ready Hills and around the Sierra de Las Uvas Mountain to view World War II bombing targets etched in the desert by troops stationed at 338th Army Base/Airfield in Deming. $89 per person; minimum of two persons per flight to book. Tours will also be offered Sept. 16. swexpeditions.com.
Sunday also offers day two of the Hatch Chile Festival (11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.), the Harvest Wine Festival (noon to 6 p.m.) and the Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Travis Manning at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and raw, honest songwriting and soulful vocals with Calista at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Monday, Sept. 3
If you’re still going strong after the weekend, head out to the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds for the third and final day of the Harvest Wine Festival. Hours are noon to 5 p.m.