Las Cruces Wild Weekend (March 5th to 8th)

March 5, 2020 Carlos Arreola

Check out these events happening in your town. From March the 5th to Sunday 8th.

More than 100 artists from around the country will set up shop inside the Las Cruces Convention Center from March 6-8 for the 10th Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair, hosted by the Doña Ana Arts Council. Artists, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in jewelry, mixed media, fabric, painting and drawing, printmaking and photography, porcelain/pottery/glass, recycled materials, and woodwork/metalwork/sculpture.

This year’s fair will also feature work from this year’s featured artist Abel Garcia; a student booth with work from up-and-coming artists from New Mexico State University; a silent auction of participating fair artists’ work, with proceeds benefiting the Doña Ana Arts Council’s children’s art programs; a “quick-art” contest; and food and drink available for purchase throughout the weekend. 

The fair begins with a special preview evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, giving collectors the first chance to see — and buy — work directly from the artists; the fair continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8. Tickets are $10 adults; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Admission is good for all three days. 

For tickets, artist info and more, visit daarts.org. 

Cowboy Days Photo(s)

Also this weekend, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s signature spring event, Cowboy Days, is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The two-day weekend event is packed with 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 much more. 

Cowboy Days Photo(s)

Admission is just $10 per carload, making Cowboy Days perfect for families eager to take a trip back in time and dive deep into the Land of Enchantment’s rich cowboy history. While you’re there, make time to tour the museum and its many exhibits, including “Local Color: Landscapes & Architecture,” “Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets,” “Grist for the Mill” and “The Cowboy Way: Drawings by Robert ‘Shoofly’ Shufelt,” alongside its historic Green Bridge, sheep and goat barn, and greenhouse. For a complete schedule of Cowboy Days events — and more on the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum — visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org

Putnam County Spelling Bee Photo

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre arts and American Southwest Theater Company will open “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with a special preview show at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. 

A group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves. At least the losers get a juice box.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 6, 7, 13, 14; and 2 p.m. Tickets are $18. 

Bosoms and Neglect Photo 

From its home at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces, No Strings Theatre Company will open the curtain on its production of John Guare’s brilliant, biting satire of modern mores “Bosoms and Neglect” with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6. 

The play follows Scooper, a successful but emotionally insecure man, edging reluctantly into his 40 and discovering his aged, blind mother, Henny, has been hiding that she has cancer. With some difficulty he persuades her to undergo surgery, and then turns his attention to Deirdre, a beautiful but extremely neurotic girl whom he picks up in the waiting room of their shared psychiatrist. Their conversation, which is alternately funny, caustic, outlandish and filled with sharp observations of jet-set foibles, centres on their nervous anxiety about the impending vacation of their “shrink,” a man without whose services neither can function. 

Tickets are $15 regular, $12 seniors and students, $10 Thursday shows. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, March 15 and 22; and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19. For more, visit no-strings.org.

Also this weekend, Branigan Cultural Center will open “Lucha Libre: Stories from the Ring,” an exhibit that tells the history of lucha libre, its connections to the border region, and the stories that have come from the sport (5-8 p.m. Friday); the Harlem Globetrotters’ “Pushing the Limits” Tour comes to the NMSU Pan American Center (7 p.m. Friday); the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble (5-7 p.m. Friday) highlights art galleries throughout downtown and the historic Mesquite District with brand-new exhibits, along with live music and entertainment, snacks and more; the Museum and Nature and Science and Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will hold a joint celebration of Dr. Seuss Day (10 a.m. to noon Saturday); and Mike Tapia, Ph.D.,  graduate program director and associate professor in Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University, will present on “Gangs of the  El Paso-Juarez Borderland Region” (10:30 a.m. Sunday) as part of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces’ roundtable series. 

Live Music Schedule, May 5-8:

Thursday, March 5

Winnie Brave: 8-11 p.m., High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W. Hadley Ave. 


Friday, March 6

Triple Jack: 7-11 p.m., The Game, 2605 S. Espina St. 

Caliente: 7-11 p.m., The Game II, 4131 Northrise Drive. 

Dr. Floyd: 8 p.m., Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, 119 N. Main St. 

CW Ayon Duo: 8-10 p.m., NM Vintage Wines, 2461 Calle de Principal, Mesilla. 

Saturday, March 7

Jessica Flores: 2:30-6 p.m., Sombra Antigua Winery, 430 La Vina Road, Anthony. 

Locomotion: 7-11 p.m., The Game, 26 S. Espina St. 

Nikki May: 7-11 p.m., The Game II, 4131 Northrise Drive. 

Baracutanga: 8 p.m., Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, 119 N. Main St. $5-$7

John T. Davis: 8-10 p.m., NM Vintage Wines, 2461 Calle de Principal, Mesilla

Mike Oregano: 8-11 p.m., High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W. Hadley Ave.

Perfect on Paper: 8-11 p.m., Pecan Grill & Brewery, 500 S. Telshor Blvd. 

Sunday, March 8

The Two of Us: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Sombra Antigua Winery, 430 La Vina Road, Anthony. 

CL Smith & CW Ayon: 3:30-5:30 p.m., NM Vintage Wines, 2461 Calle de Principal, Mesilla. 

Next weekend, thousands will descend on White Sands Missile Range for the grueling, 26-mile Bataan Memorial Death March, set for Sunday, March 15. This year’s march marks the 78th anniversary of the Bataan Death March, honoring the tens of thousands of servicemembers who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II and sacrificed their freedom, health and, in many cases, their lives. To kick off Bataan weekend, country musicians Gary Allan and Lee Brice will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Pan American Center, with tickets as low as $35.50. For more, visit bataanmarch.com.

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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