Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of April 11-14, 2019
Thursday, April 11
The April History Notes Lecture, set for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Branigan Cultural Center, will feature local author and historian Trisha Stanton presenting on “The Zoot Suit Murders of 1943.” Stanton will talk about the Zoot Suit Riots that erupted in Los Angeles in June 1943. The riots occurred in Southern California over racial tensions between American servicemen and Mexican-American youth who dressed in broad-shouldered zoot suits. The five-day riot resulted in more than 500 arrests and approximately 150 injuries. Stanton will discuss the cause of the riots and their eventual conclusion. Admission is free; for more, visit https://bit.ly/2P8jaTL.
As part of the Las Cruces Space Festival, the Rio Grande Theatre will host a screening of the 1997 science-fiction film “Contact” at 7 p.m. Thursday. After years of searching, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine. Rated PG-13. Admission is free; visit lcspacefestival.com for more.
Thursday’s live music schedule includes solo folks and Americana with Larry Woellhart at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, April 12
The Las Cruces Space Festival continues with Yuri’s Night beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rio Grande Theatre. The evening will include an excerpt of the theatrical production “Yuri,” “Space: Our Dream and Our Reality” talk by Alires Almon, and an excerpt of the theatrical production “Silent Sky.” Concessions including beer, wine, snacks and refreshments, are available. Visit riograndetheatre.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); folk rock de la frontera with Papayas con Chile at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Coolside Collective at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, April 13
Groups across Las Cruces will beautify various locations around the city during the annual Great American Cleanup, set for 8 a.m. to noon, with a 1 p.m. volunteer celebration lunch at Walmart, 571 Walton Blvd. Free. For mre, visit bit.ly/2U7PdE9.
Kids of all ages are invited to Crafts for Kids — Cardboard Satellite from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. In honor of the Las Cruces Space Festival, kids will learn all about how satellites are used in agriculture, then make a model satellite to take come. Crafts for Kids is free with regular admission of $5 adults, $4 seniors and $3 children ages 4-17.
The museum will also host a Felting Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Participants are invited to create their own piece of felted artwork out of wool. The felting process includes matting, condensing and pressing fibers together by using soap, warm water and agitation. All materials will be provided and artwork can be made into a wall hanging or table placemat. Class fee is $10, and registration is required to 522-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
The Rio Grande Theatre will host a screening of “WALL-E” at noon Saturday, part of the Las Cruces Space Festival. In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Rated G. Admission is free; visit riograndehteatre.org for more.
“Why, what is to live? Not to eat and drink and breathe, but to feel the life in you down all the fibres of being, passionately and joyfully.”
Martha Jane Wofford will perform as Elizabeth Barrett Browning at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Roadrunner Room of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. Many have heard the famous line, “How do I love thee, let me count the ways,” written by Browning, but there are several surprises in store for even the most dedicated fan of the poetess and her work. Admission is free. Call 528-4005.
The Las Cruces Space Festival continues with a screening of the 2015 science-fiction hit “The Martian” at 7 p.m. Saturday. An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Rated PG-13. Admission is free, visit riograndetheatre.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery 2:30 to 5 p.m.); The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); back-porch-simple songs with Doug Adamz at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Nomadic world music with TGTG at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, April 14
Dinah Swan’s deep appreciation of animals is reflected in her beautiful artwork, and 34 of the artist’s pastel paintings are featured in the show, “Animals of the Southwest” at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The show opened April 12, but a free artist’s reception, including refreshments, is scheduled for 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org for more.
Mesilla Valley’s Got Talent is Mesilla Valley Rotary Club’s 18th annual youth talent show competition, set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rio Grande Theatre. Children from all over Doña Ana County are invited to participate, with song, dance, acting, music and more. Admission is $5. Concessions will be available for purchase. Visit riograndetheatre.org.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Jerry & Ed at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); indie-rock-folk with Alister M at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.); and Wait for What? at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Next Weekend: April 18-21
Next weekend, it’s all about our earth! Celebrate Earth Day at Plaza de Las Cruces and participate in the March for Science; take a tour of White Sands’ Lake Lucero; enjoy a day of Easter fun at the annual Springfest at Young Park; and enjoy an evening of wine and music at the annual Red, White and Blues Festival at St. Clair Winery & Bistro.