Las Cruces Wild Weekend (Weekly List of Events Jan 23-26)

January 21, 2020 Carlos Arreola

Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Jan. 23-26, 2020.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Thursday’s live music schedules includes solo singer-songwriter Alison Reynolds at High Desert Brewing Co. (8-11 p.m.).

Friday, Jan. 24

Dr. Samuel Fee engages in a discussion “Considering the Future of Public Lands” from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. The discussion is free and open to the public; call 575-541-2154 for more. 

Opening at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St., No Strings Theatre Company’s production of Eugene Ionesco’s “The Killing Game,” directed by NSTC mainstay Marissa Bond, takes a piercing, frighteningly funny look at the proclivity of a small, previously comfortable community to gossip, paranoia, hypocrisy and opportunism in the face of crisis. 

Showtimes of “The Killing Game” are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 24, 25 and 31 and Feb. 1, 7 and 8; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 2 and 9; and special bargain night performances at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 and 18. Tickets are $15 regular, $12 seniors and students. 

For tickets and more on No Strings Theatre Company, visit or call 575-523-1223.

Friday’s live music schedule includes Cold Cash at The Game and Derrick Harris Band at The Game II (7-11 p.m.); and blues and hard rock from Albuquerque’s The Rudy Boy Experiment at Little Toad Creek (8-11 p.m.).

Saturday, Jan. 25

Whether it’s learning how to best preserve a family heirloom, identifying an archaeological discovery or looking to find a special antique to purchase, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s annual Antique Treasures Show, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, is a two-day celebration of all things old, unique and precious.

The show is a mix of antique and collectible vendors from throughout the region, along with preservation and identification activities.Some vendors may offer free, unofficial, independent appraisals.

Visitors are invited to bring family heirlooms, artifacts or objects from home to learn more about them and how to preserve them. Visitors can also play “Stump the Curator” by bringing in objects to see if the museum’s curators — Director Mark Santiago, Chief Curator and Program Manager Lisa Pugh, former Chief Curator Toni Laumbach or History Curator Leah Tookey — can identify them. Santiago will also have an antique gun presentation each day at 1 p.m.

Representatives from Fort Selden Historic Site, a sister agency to the NMFRHM, will be at the show with some unusual objects to play “Identify It.”

The show also features demonstrations such as sewing, weaving, wool spinning and blacksmithing. 

Regular museum admission — $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children 4 to 17, $2 veterans and active U.S. military, free for children 3 and younger — applies, and Antique Treasures Day continues Sunday.

Call 575-522-4100 or visit for more. 

Visit Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to celebrate Lunar New Year and kick off the “Year of the Rat!” Admission is free; call 575-541-2154 or visit for more. 

“Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas,” an exciting traveling exhibition by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, showcasing the world of modern paleontology by introducing a dynamic vision of dinosaurs and the scientists who study them, roars into the Las Cruces Museum of Art from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Visitors explore paleontology through the lens of 21st century scientists and see how technology has influenced current understanding of dinosaur biology and ancient environments. 

“Dinosaur Discoveries” runs through Sept. 12. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays. Admission to the museum and event is free; call 575-541-2137 or visit for more.

The Las Cruces Museum of Art will host two additional events on Saturday. The museum’s Artventurous program, from 10 a.m. to noon, concludes its month-long series on surrealism with a program on Max Ernst and a hands-on arts activity. Then, from 2 to 3 p.m., Education Stations will allow families and youth to make fossil casts; DIY fossil casting, using plaster, can transform the impression of just about any object into a solid piece that can last for years. Both programs are free; for more, visit, or call 575-541-2137. 

El Paso Pro Musica will present the Catalyst String Quartet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D, Mesilla. Catalyst String Quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble playing,” the ensemble has toured throughout the U.S. and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. The quartet also appeared as concerto soloists with the Bogota Filarmonica, The Sphinx Virtuosi and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors and military, $5 students. Visit for tickets and more. 

Saturday’s live music schedule includes Line Five Band (2:30-6 p.m.) at Sombra Antigua Winery; Sage Gentle Wing at The Game and Guitar Slim at The Game II (7-11 p.m.); central Texas singer-songwriter Dallas Burrow at Little Toad Creek (8-11 p.m.); and solo singer-songwriter Reverend Justin Hylton at High Desert Brewing Co. (8-11 p.m.).

Sunday, Jan. 26

Need ideas for a wedding, quinceañera or special events? Las Cruces Event Planning, the Las Cruces Convention Center and the Las Cruces Bulletin partner to host the Las Cruces Bridal and Special Events Showcase, set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

This showcase brings the best businesses and contacts to get every element of your special day taken care of in one place. Along more than 50 exhibitors, the showcase will feature entertainment, events, giveaways and more throughout the day. Brides and quinceañeras can register at the entrance for drawings for special prizes throughout the day, and will receive a bridal bag and “Perfect Southwest Weddings” guide to help with all their planning needs. 

Tickets are $5 in advance at Renee’s Bridal, 855 Spruce Ave., and Enchanted Occasions Event Rentals, 1333 E. Amador Ave., $7 at the door. For a complete list of vendors and more, visit 

Las Cruces Civic Concert Association will present pianist Alina Kiryayeva at 3 p.m. Sunday at the historic Rio Grande Theater, 211 N. Main St. Kiryayeva is a professional concert pianist and chamber musician globally renowned for her command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound. Her new program, “Modern Piano,” is a fusion of classical and popular styles from the most exciting and colorful master works by Liszt, Chopin and Beethoven. Brilliant, light-classical music. 

Tickets are $25 adults, $5 students 18 and older with ID, free for children 17 and younger with an adult. Doors open at 2 p.m.; snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits, will be available. Visit 

Sunday’s live music schedule includes Edgar & Amy at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.).

Next Week:
The New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series will continue at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Rio Grande Theatre with “Redesigning Desert Agriculture for Climate Change: Biomimicry, Nurse Plant Ecology & Succulent Plants” with keynote speaker Dr. Gary Nabhan, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona. 

Nabhan’s talk will explain the process of re-diversifying our desert food systems to increase community resilience in the face of climate change. He will also outline the disruptions the global climate change phenomenon will cause to land health, human health and rural economies.

Admission is free; doors open at 6 p.m., call 575-541-2290 for more. 

Next Weekend: Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Next weekend, kick off Las Cruces’ month-long For the Love of Art Month celebration; catch the premiere of Las Cruces Community Theatre production of “Arsenic and Old Lace”; join Saturday Family Science at the Museum of Nature and Science; come together with old friends at the Remember Then… Reunion at the Rio Grande Theatre; and cheer on the New Mexico State University Aggies Men’s Basketball squad as they face off against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at the Pan American Center. 

Plan Ahead:

Start planning for February — Las Colcheras Quilt Guild’s annual show is set for Feb. 7; the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Culture Series tells the story of the Killing of Pat Garrett; the City of Las Cruces’ 50-Plus Day Tripping Series visits the Ghost Town at Lake Valley and Hillsboro on Feb. 14; and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum hosts its annual, two-day The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show on Feb. 22-23. Oh, and don’t forget Valentine’s Day!

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