Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of April 25-28, 2019
Thursday, April 25
The NMSU Department of Theatre Arts and American Southwest Theatre Company’s musical production of “My Fair Lady” is set to open with a preview showing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. When Eliza Doolittle, a flower-seller on the streets of London, overhears phoneticist Henry Higgins joke that he could, by changing the way she speaks, turn her from a “guttersnipe” into a lady, she takes him up on the offer and approaches him for speech lessons. What ensues is a bet between Higgins and linguist Col. Pickering, with Eliza as its pawn. The classic and beloved Lerner and Loewe musical, adapted from Shaw’s Pygmalion, first opened on Broadway in 1956.
Further showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 26 and 27 and May 3; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5.
Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and NMSU faculty and staff, $11 students ages 3-17 and NMSU students with ID, and $5 high school students with ID.
For tickets and more, visit bit.ly/2VvShid.
Thursday’s live music schedule includes solo guitar with Danny Sanchez at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, April 26
The Las Cruces Home Builders Association’s annual Spring Showcase of Homes will begin with a Twilight Tour from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at various homes scattered throughout Las Cruces. The showcase continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 526-6126 or visit lascruceshomebuildersassociation.com.
The NMSU Dance Program will present “Rhythm Nights,” a dance concert with NMSU DanceSport and Sol y Arena, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rentfrow Hall, 3161 Williams Ave. on the NMSU campus.
This concert will be filled with many styles of ballroom and flamenco. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, $5 children.
Follow-up performances are set for 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
For tickets and more, call 646-6001 or visit kind.nmsu.edu/dance-main.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Stepping Up at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.); Steve Rowin and The Grooves at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); vocalist and pianist Nicole Osborn playing fun originals with pop, rock, jazz and blues flavor at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, April 27
The Cruces Kids Can Business Bazaar is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Plaza de Las Cruces. Through Cruces Kids Can, kids age 6-17 create a business plan, develop a product or service and then open for business at the Cruces Kids Can Downtown Marketplace. Visit the bazaar to see what business-minded kids have created! Visit bit.ly/2VvTc29.
Nothing says spring in the Mesilla Valley like the annual La Viña Spring Wine Festival, set for noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. Highway 28, La Union. In its 42nd year, the festival will feature more than 20 wines for tasting and purchase, live music, local arts and crafts vendors, delicious Southwestern food and winery tours.
Adult admission is $20 and includes a souvenir glass along with choice of nine samples or one full glass of wine. Admission for those 12-20 — with parent or guardian — is $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
The festival continues from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday — visit lavinawinery.com for tickets and more.
Join the Branigan Cultural Center at the Rio Grande Theatre for a celebration of the International Day of Dance at 5 p.m. Saturday. This popular event returns with an extensive lineup of dancers from within the community. From tap to flamenco, ballet folklórico to belly dancing, explore the world through movement. Admission is free; for more, visits las-cruces.org/museums or call 541-2154.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Crafts for Kids program, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, will feature 3D Bumblebees. Celebrate spring by making a paper bee and learning about why these creatures are so important. The Crafts for Kids program is free with regular museum admission — $5 adults, $4 seniors and $3 children ages 4-17. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
The museum will also host a two-session Basic Spinning Wheel Class in the education classroom from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to card, use a drop spindle, and try various kinds of spinning wheels. Fiber and equipment will be available to use, however if you have your own wheel please bring it. The second session is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Class is $20 per person and space is limited. For more, contact LuAnn Kilday at 522-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Frontera Jazz at Sombra Antigua Winery 2:30 to 5 p.m.); CW Ayon at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Triple Jack at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Daniel ‘Danyo’ Sanchez playing favorites of the 1980s, ’90s and today on an acoustic guitar at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and progressive blues with Los Dientes at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, April 28
The Rio Grande Theatre will screen the 2010 Colombian-Panamanian drama “The Colors of the Mountain” (“Los colores de la montaña”) at 1 p.m. Sunday, presented by ACLU of New Mexico, which will host a panel before the film.
Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, gives him a new ball. But an unexpected accident sends the ball flying into a minefield. Despite the danger, Manuel refuses to abandon his treasure. He convinces Julián and Poca Luz, his two friends, to rescue it with him. Amid the adventures and kids’ games, the signs of armed conflict start to appear in the lives of the inhabitants of “La Pradera.”
Admission is free; visit riograndetheatre.org.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Copy of Baku at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and Alison Reynolds playing classical, folk, pop and rock on cello at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: May 2-5
Next weekend is a busy one in Las Cruces! Mesilla is hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, and Downtown Las Cruces will be bustling, with the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble, seventh annual Blazin’ Brewfest, Star Wars “May the Fourth Be With You celebration and Main Street Sweet Fest all scheduled. Away from downtown, though, tour weekend two of the Las Cruces Home Builders Association’s Spring Showcase of Homes; take in an evening of classical music with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra’s Classics IV; catch opening night of No Strings Theatre Company’s apocalyptic human drama “Fallout”; and celebrate the opening of The Amador with a concert by AB Quintanilla III y los Kumbia Kings All Starz, with special guest Homegrown Boyz. Phew!