Las Cruces Wild Weekend (May 16th – May 19th)

May 16, 2019 Carlos Arreola

Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of May 16-19, 2019

Thursday, May 16

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host a four-hour Colonial Colcha Embroidery Workshop with Julia R. Gomez and Gutierrez Turk from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Thursday.

This class will feature Colcha embroidery using wool yarn on linen. Attendees will learn the technique and its historical significance, unique to colonial Spanish settlers in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Students will learn or hone their technique, leaving with the skill to finish the class project independently.

“The Colcha Handbook,” published by the Albuquerque Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America, will be included in the kit, as well as needle, imprinted fabric and yarn sufficient to complete the project. No hoops are utilized in colcha embroidery. Scissors will be available. Participants are asked only to bring their enthusiasm.

Gomez and Turk are juried, award-winning artists in the Spanish Colonial Arts Society who exhibit nationally and have won awards from as far away as China.

Cost is $40, plus a $10 materials fee, payable to the instructors. For registration and more, contact LuAnn Kilday at 522-4100 or

No Strings Theatre Company will present a special bargain night performance of Laura King’s “Fallout” at 7 p.m. Thursday, with all seats just $10.

Two damaged strangers take shelter from an unknown menace in a re9lic from the Cold War. In the claustrophobic confines of a family bomb shelter, Anna and David will have to decide if what is outside is more terrifying than what they are hiding inside themselves.

“Fallout” is entering its final weekend — remaining showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 regular admission, $12 students and seniors.

For tickets and more, visit or call 523-1223.

Thursday’s live music schedule includes Alison Reynolds on solo strings and vocals at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Friday, May 17

The Las Cruces Ukes will kick off their annual Las Cruces UkeFest with a public concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe Drive on the NMSU campus.

Enjoy jazz, folk, and other genres of music on the mighty ukulele, featuring professional ukulele instructor/performers Victoria Vox, Kevin Carroll, Abe Lagrimas Jr., and The Quiet American — Aaron and Nicole Keim.

Admission is included with full festival registration and tickets are available separately for $10, children 12 and younger free with a paid adult.

For more on Las Cruces UkeFest and its slate of weekend activities, visit

The New Mexico Brewers Guild returns to Las Cruces for the fifth annual Blazin’ Brewfest, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Plaza de Las Cruces.

Each guest will receive a souvenir pint glass and samples from great New Mexico breweries with admission — $15 advance, $20 at the door — along with live music, Las Cruces’ best food trucks, homebrewing demonstrations and more. Full pints and package sales are also available.

Tickets are available locally at Bosque Brewing Taproom, Spotted Dog Brewery and High Desert Brewing Co., and online at

The historic Rio Grande Theatre will host a performance of “Bullshot Crummond” — a parody of the low-budget 1930s detective movies that typifies British heroism at its dumbest — at 7 p.m. Friday.

The dashing Captain Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond — World World I ace fighter pilot, Olympic athlete, racing driver, part-time sleuth and all round spiffing chap — must save the world from the dastardly Count Otto von Bruno, his wartime adversary. And, of course, win the heart of a jolly nice young lady.

Further performances of “Bullshot Crummond” are set for 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 per person, available online at and at the Rio Grande box office. Doors open one hour before showtime. For more, visit

Friday’s live music schedule includes Triple Jack at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.); Designated Mind at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Nicole Osborn at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.).

Saturday, May 18

It’s a Las Cruces tradition — enjoy fun in the sun, good food, competition for awards and special events and meet new friends at the annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, taking place all day Saturday and Sunday at the Field of Dreams Sports Complex, 2501 W. Tashiro Road.

For registration and more, visit

Kids of all ages are invited to Crafts for Kids: Paper Plate Dairy Cow from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Visit the dairy barn at the museum and take home a dairy cow craft of your own. 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

For more, visit

Race through the vineyards and trails of the beautiful La Viña Winery and Vineyards in La Union, New Mexico, during the Wicked Wine Run, set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the winery, 4201 Highway 28. The 1K Wicked Tasting Walk begins at 7:00pm. 5K participants are required to finish in one hour or less. Runners and all attendees must be 21 or older to participate. For registration and more, visit

The years’ first Full Moon Nights at White Sands National Monument — beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday — focuses on astronomy!

Guests will enjoy the radiance of the dunes beneath a full moon with, ranger programs and the chance to observe amazing astronomical objects through telescopes. Full Moon Nights share the cultural legacy of Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico, as well as the rich natural resources of White Sands National Monument.

Full Moon Night programs are free, but monument entrance fees apply — $10 per person 16 and older or $20 per car, $15 per motorcycle. All National Park passes will be accepted.

Saturday’s live music schedule includes Chris Baker at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5 p.m.); Red Shadow at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Designated Mind at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Los Dientes at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); Quel Bordel’s Bonjour Tour at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); and American jukebox with Status Crowes at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Sunday, May 19

Music director and conductor Jorge Martinez-Rios will lead the New Horizons Symphony Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall.

The symphony orchestra will welcome back guest artist Joseph Seth Zamora. Zamora, who graduated from NMSU in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance, will perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2.

Zamora won first place in the New Horizons Symphony Young Artist Competition in 2015, and has earned several other awards in Texas and New Mexico competitions. Zamora is also a composer, collaborative pianist/accompanist and private piano teacher.

The concert is free and open to the public; for more, visit

Sunday’s live music schedule includes Travis Manning at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and Calista at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).

Next Weekend: May 23-26

Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — and there’s no better way to celebrate the new season than the annual Las Cruces Wine Festival, set for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 25-27, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The 2019 Mayor’s Jazz Fest, set for Sunday, May 26 at the Plaza de Las Cruces, will serve as the kickoff for the City of Las Cruces’ summer Music in the Park series, which continues June through August.

Plan Ahead: On the horizon, new productions from two of Las Cruces’ community theater organizations! No Strings Theatre Company will open “Emile: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends her Life Tonight” on Friday, May 31; the following week, Las Cruces Community Theatre returns to its production schedule with “Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World” on Friday, June 7.

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