Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces from July 11-14, 2019.
Thursday, July 11
The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department is expanding the popular Music in the Park Series with the addition of Music on the Plaza, set for 8 p.m. every other Thursday on Plaza de Las Cruces. This week’s Music on the Plaza features El Paso rockers Rust and Las Cruces variety act Pure Magic. Admission is free; for more, call 541-2550.
Thursday’s live music includes solo singer-songwriter Danny Sanchez at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.)
Friday, July 12
Weight. Why does the occupation of our physical space hijack our mental health? “Weighing In” by Monika Mojica — debuting at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre — delves into the expectations and critical judgment comparison renders. By uncovering the nagging ticker of self doubt, we strip it of its potential to sabotage our power. Laugh, cry, sweat and weigh in.
Showtimes of “Weighing In” are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, July 12, 13, 19 and 20; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, July 14 and 21; and 7 p.m Thursday, July 18. Tickets are $15 regular, $12 seniors and students, and $10 on Thursdays.
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Friday’s live music schedule includes live music in the courtyard with Alan Kuncel at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); Triple Jack at The Game and Eli James Band at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Rio Grande Bluegrass Band at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.) and Tucson’s best R&B band Connie Brannock at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.).
Saturday, July 13
The Las Cruces Museums are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with Over the Moon/Apollo 50 Celebration events all week long, including a Live Apollo 11 Launch Reenactment from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Pat and Lou Sisbarro Field on the NMSU campus.
The NMSU Department of Astronomy presents a special Apollo 11 Anniversary public presentation, with the Fellowship of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts — FLARE — conducting an Apollo 11 launch reenactment. FLARE member Dave Kovar will bring a motorized replica of Saturn V Launch Complex 39, and scale model Saturn V Rocket. The event includes an audio track of President John F. Kennedy’s “We Choose to Go to the Moon” speech, and the actual final minute of the Apollo 11 countdown to launch. A star party is set for 8:30 p.m.
Admission is free. For more on this — and all Over the Moon/Apollo 50 Celebration events — visit bit.ly/2YHlgxA.
The City of Las Cruces’ Summer Movies in the Park series continues with a screening of “Incredibles 2” at dusk — around 7:30 p.m. — Saturday at Young Park. The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world. The series continues with free, family-friendly movies each week; call 541-2550 for more.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Juilo Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 6 p.m.); live music in the courtyard with Damian Luna at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); Dirty Brown Jug Band at The Game and Smokin’ Mirrors at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); The Two of Us at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); honest, raw singer-songwriter Calista at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.); and jazz with Josh Carter Quartet at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, July 14
The City of Las Cruces’ Music in the Park series continues with performances by Blaze the Nation and Dead Like Disco at 7 p.m. Sunday at Young Park. Free and family-friendly, Music in the Park continues on Sunday evenings all summer long — call 541-2550 for more.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Travis James Manning at Vintage Wines (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and Minda Lacy — a lyrically driven singer/songwriter with vaguely morbid psychedelic undertones and a lighthearted sweetness — at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.)
Next Week: July 18-21
Next week, enjoy an evening of music and dancing with Swing on the Downtown Plaza Wednesday on Plaza de Las Cruces; toast three summer favorites at the Fifth Annual Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Summer Festival; continue the 50th anniversary celebration of the first moon landing with various Over the Moon events, including “50 Years of NASA” by Safety Engineer at the Johnson Space Center Victor Murray and a Spaceport America Tour; and cool off at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s biggest event of the year — Ice Cream Sunday.
No time like now to plan ahead! The Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso will return to Las Cruces for a special production of “The Pirates of Penzance” on Aug. 3 and 4 at the Black Box Theatre. The following week, Las Cruces Community Theatre opens its production of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues” the evening of Aug. 9.