We start this week with a bit of bad news; as concern over coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, the annual Bataan Memorial Death March, the country concert with Gary Allan and Lee Brice, and other associated events have been cancelled.
In a statement, White Sands Missile Range said, “Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Army made the decision to cancel this year’s Bataan Memorial Death March scheduled for March 15, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 threat. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause to our guests, race participants, volunteers, sponsors and other stakeholders, many of whom are traveling from outside the state of New Mexico.
“The Army is taking precautionary measures to protect the health of the force and the march’s participants, and is following the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control to cancel gatherings of 250 participants or more in locations where there is minimal to moderate threat of the virus spreading,” the statement continued. “The safety of our soldiers, civilians, families and the march’s participants is our top priority.”
On Wednesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a statewide public health emergency after New Mexico confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in the state.
For more, visit bataanmarch.com; read more on the Bataan Memorial Death March in the March/April issue of Neighbors Magazine, now available.
In better news, Las Cruces still has lots going on this weekend, starting with A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley’s production of Lewis Caroll’s beloved “Alice in Wonderland” with a public performance at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the historic Rio Grande Theatre.
Other performances are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Tickets are $8; visit achildrenstheatre.org or riograndetheatre.org for more.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is set to host Human Systems Research’s Ninth Annual Buffalo Roast Fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, with cash bar and silent auction at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and a presentation by Museum Director Mark Santiago at 7 p.m. Santiago’s talk is called “Labyrinth of Blood: Apaches and the Spanish Empire.” Over the course of several centuries, the Apache peoples repeatedly confronted and confounded the northern movement of the Spanish Empire into what is now the Southwestern Borderlands. This talk will examine the origins, course and results of this long, bloody struggle.
Tickets are $50 per person, with funds supporting Human Systems Research, a nonprofit for anthropological research and preservation. Call 524-9456 — tickets are only available in advance.
The Las Cruces Symphony’s Classics III — set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall — will feature Ferruccio Busoni’s “Concerto for Flute” performed by guest soloist Mario Carbotta, Claude Debussy’s “Rhapsody for Clarinet” performed by guest soloist Jon Manasse, Giovanni Bottesini’s “Fantasia for Flute & Clarinet” performed by Carbotta and Manasse, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.”
Tickets start at $42; for more, visit lascrucessymphony.com.
Also this weekend, Branigan Cultural Center will host its monthly History Notes Lecture: The History of Camp Cody with Jim Eckles at 1 p.m. Thursday; the New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and American Southwest Theater Company production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” enters its closing weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts; No Strings Theatre Company continues its production of John Guare’s satire “Bosoms and Neglect” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Black Box Theatre; the Mesilla Valley Stamp Club sponsors the 30th Annual Postage Stamp Show from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14-15, at the Las Cruces Convention Center; and Alan E. Solomon, a photojournalist for the New York Times and the Associated Press, presents “Showing and Discussing a Variety of Photos” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 15, part of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces’ Roundtable Series.
Live Music Schedule:
Thursday, March 12
Sage Gentle Wing: 8-11 p.m., High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W. Hadley Ave.
Friday, March 13
Blaze the Nation: 7-11 p.m., The Game, 2605 S. Espina St.
Mixx: 7-11 p.m., The Game II, 4131 Northrise Drive.
The Rudy Boy Experiment: 8 p.m., Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, 119 N. Main St.
Daisy & M.F. Rhythm Section: 8-10 p.m., NM Vintage Wines, 2461 Calle de Principal, Mesilla.
Saturday, March 14
Julio Ortiz: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Sombra Antigua Winery, 430 La Vina Road, Anthony.
Triple Jack: 7-11 p.m., The Game, 26 S. Espina St.
Next to the Tracks: 7-11 p.m., The Game II, 4131 Northrise Drive.
Drag Queen Downtown: 8 p.m., Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, 119 N. Main St. $5.
Hooligans, Irish Celebrations: 7:30-10:30 p.m., NM Vintage Wines, 2461 Calle de Principal, Mesilla.
Bryan Beilanski: 8-11 p.m., High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W. Hadley Ave.
Chris Baker Band: 8-11 p.m., Pecan Grill & Brewery, 500 S. Telshor Blvd.
Sunday, March 15
Line Five Band: 2:30-6 p.m., Sombra Antigua Winery, 430 La Vina Road, Anthony.
Ricky & Emily: 3:30-5:30 p.m., NM Vintage Wines, 2461 Calle de Principal, Mesilla.
Next week/end, March 17-22
Next week — and weekend — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will host its Mini Film Noir Festival Tuesday through Sunday, March 17-22; Las Cruces Community Theatre opens its production of “Harvey” on Friday, March 20; the Branigan Cultural Center hosts a Nature Photography Workshop; and Star Wars Ships Creator Colin Cantwell — responsible for some of the most iconic vessels in the franchise’s history, including the Death Star and X-Wing — pays a visit to Zia Comics.
The March/April issue of Neighbors magazine is now here, packed with lots of great ideas for a springtime brunch, plus stories about the Bataan Memorial Death March and a few of its illustrious participants, our new series on staycations, Project in Motion, a new local distillery, beautiful homes that are on the market, flying on a tour or as a hobby, and so much more! Pick it up for free at over 300 locations!
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