Las Cruces Wild Weekend! (List of Events of Feb 21st to 23th)

February 21, 2020 Carlos Arreola

Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Feb. 21-23, 2020.

Friday, Feb. 21

Artist Sally Quillin will lead the One-day Artist Workshop: Fundamentals of Watercolor Part II from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center in Mesilla. While this class is a continuation of Fundamentals of Watercolor Part I, the first class is not a prerequisite. This class is appropriate for beginning artists, or for those who wish to refresh their skills in watercolor painting. Cost is $65 — 20% discount for DAAC members — and all materials and light refreshments are provided. 

For registration and more, visit or call 575-523-6403.

The Las Cruces Museum of Art will host a lecture on Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama by Claudia Preza at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The lecture is a part of the Listen to Your Art art history lecture series, with 2020’s theme featuring influential women artists past and present. The program will be tailored for an adult audience, but all are welcome to attend.

Kusama is a multidisciplinary artist from Japan who works primarily in sculpture and installation. She is sometimes referred to as “the polka dot lady,” due to her iconic use of many circular shapes in her work. With a career spanning more than 60 years, Kusama is considered one of the most influential artists from Japan.

Preza is an independent curator and art writer based in El Paso. She has worked with various cultural institutions such as Flor de Barro Gallery, the El Paso Museum of Art, Art Provocateur Gallery, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Walsh Gallery and the Morris Museum. Currently, she is one of the House Curators for Ungalleried, a global online gallery, where she primarily represents artists and art from the US/Mexico border region. 

Visit or call 575-541-2137 for more info. 

ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico — the group behind this month’s 22nd annual For the Love of Art Month — will host a reception for its ArtForms Members Exhibit from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Big Picture, 2001 E. Lohman, Suite 109A. Featuring pieces from the organization’s numerous artists — many of whom are participating in the Artist Studio Tours running Friday and Saturday in their final weekend — the exhibit will remain on display through March 30.

For ArtForms and For the Love of Art Month, pick up a copy of our January/February issue, read it online here, or visit 

Friday’s live music schedule includes Natajja at The Game and Steppin’ Up at The Game II (7-11 p.m.); CL Smith Duo at NM Vintage Wines (8-10:30 p.m.); and Daisy Blue with Chris Baker at Little Toad Creek (8-11 p.m.).

Saturday, Feb. 22

Head to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum for the seventh annual The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Featuring more than 60 vendors from throughout the southwest, the show brings together wholesale and resale dealers cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and educational displays on the art and science of rocks and gems. The show also features geology discussions and films, children’s activities, and food and beverages for sale. Admission is $7 for those 12 and older, $4 ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and younger. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; visit

On Feb. 21, 1920, New Mexico ratified the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote; to mark 100 years since that milestone, the 2020 Southern New Mexico Suffrage Alliance will host If Every Woman Voted… 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the downtown Plaza de Las Cruces. This family friendly event will feature a suffrage walk, a keynote address from Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and more. Find out more at 

The Las Cruces Museum of Art hosts its Artventurous program from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the connector between the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature & Science — a hands-on arts and crafts experience for the whole family. Each month features a different art appreciation theme and a different subject each week. February’s theme is “Fauvism,” and this week’s program is about Robert Antoine Pinchon. Call 541-2137.

Dozens of Las Cruces’ best creators open their doors for the final weekend of the For the Love of Art Month Artist Studio Tours, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studios and artists will vary across the tours’ three weekends. This is your last chance; visit for a map, a list of participating artists and more, before For the Love of Art Month ends! 

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum and the Museum of Nature & Science are partnering to host an Engineering Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, with hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages. 

Guests will explore the many areas of engineering: mechanical, civil, aeronautical, electrical, and more; investigate civil engineering by designing a bridge that will support a model train; act as a chemical engineer and make their own slime; and design a simple circuit and discover electrical engineering. This free, family event is open to the public; materials for all activities are provided. Visit or call 575-528-3444.

Learn all about navigation, how to read maps and how a compass works in a fun, hands-on Wayfinding Workshop for all ages, set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Branigan Cultural Center. Admission is free; visit or call 575-541-2154.

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is hosting another of its Education Stations — this one for adults 18 and older — from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Branigan Cultural Center. 

This hands-on art experience will have participants create pictorial landscape collages from magazine clippings, crafting memento of home, a dream destination, a favorite outdoor spot, or anything they can imagine. No registration is required for this free workshop, and all materials are provided. For more, visit,or call 575-541-2137.

The Rio Grande Theatre will screen two movies on Saturday — first up, the 1989 family comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids at noon. Professor Wayne Szalinski, the scientist father of a teenage girl and boy, accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects testing his state-of-the-art matter-shrinking machine. A mere quarter-inch in size, the teens fight off diminutive dangers through their now-immense backyard. Admission is just $1; doors open at 11 a.m. 

As part of its 2020 Classic Film Series, the Rio Grande will screen the 1954 Billy Wilder comedy Sabrina at 7 p.m. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden, the film centers around a playboy who becomes interested in the daughter of his family’s chauffeur; however, his more serious brother would be the better man for her. Admission is $5; doors open at 6 p.m.

For tickets and more, visit 

Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jessica Flores during the Mardi Gras Festival at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.); Karlos y La Ley at The Game and Perfect on Paper at The Game II (7-11 p.m.); Cooper V’s Birthday at NM Vintage Wines (7-10 p.m.); France’s Wonderboy with Sister Black Lagoon at Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery (8-11 p.m.); and surf jazz with Denver’s Whole Milk at High Desert Brewing Co. (8-11 p.m.).

Sunday, Feb. 23

On Sunday, catch the final day of the For the Love of Art Month Artist Studio Tours from noon to 4 p.m., and the second and final day of The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. 

Sunday’s live music schedule includes David Olguin at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.) and Keith Rea at NM Vintage Wines (3-5:30 p.m.).

Next Weekend: Feb. 27-March 1

Next weekend, the El Paso Opera brings its comedic, culinary show “Bon Appétit!” to the historic Rio Grande Theatre; Marisa Sage, director and head curator of the New Mexico State University Art Museum, will lead a Curatorial Walkthrough of the new exhibit Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 in conjunction with the grand opening of Devasthali Hall; and New Horizons Symphony will perform the “Sister Cities Concert” with approximately 35 members of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Torreón, a youth orchestra from Torreón, Mexico.

Plan Ahead:

The five-day Las Cruces International Film Festival, set for March 4-8, will feature film screenings, special guests including actor Richard Dreyfus — who stars in opening-night film Astronaut — actress Krista Bridges, Bella Heathcote and Chelah Horsdal and writer/producer Tom Schulman, workshops, parties and, most of all, a chance to support local and independent filmmakers; visit for a complete schedule, tickets and more. 
The same weekend, March 6-7, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host its annual spring Cowboy Days: a two-day tribute to the state’s ranching traditions featuring cowboy demonstrations, charreada demos and trick roping, horse training, chuck wagon cooking, children’s activities, cowboy music, stagecoach and pony rides, living history, Western authors, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and more. Visit

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