Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of April 12-15, 2018.
Thursday, April 12
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, continues its monthly Culture Series with the talk “Early Civilization and the National Parks in New Mexico” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Over the past several years, New Mexico State University History Professor Jon Hunner has traveled more than 20,000 miles visiting our National Parks. In this presentation, he focuses on those parks that are in New Mexico, especially the pre-contact Native American units of the NPS. Hunner will explore the civilizations that existed before the 16th century, what happened upon contact with the Spanish and how the NPS helps to preserve and interpret the rich history and heritage of New Mexico. The presentation is free. For more, visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Friday, April 13
Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St., will present its annual, one-weekend-only One-Act Play Festival, with showtimes 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. This year’s festival features a slate of six short, one-act plays, each written, directed by and starring some of Las Cruces’ brightest stage stars. At the close of the festival, the Best Original Play of the LCCT One Act Play Festival 2018 will be selected, based on audience votes. The festival is free and open to the public, though donations are greatly appreciated and go back to the great programming we see year-round on the stage of the Las Cruces Community Theatre. For more, visit www.lcctnm.org or call 575-523-1200.
Continuing this weekend with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday is the No-Strings Theatre Company production of “Waitless,” on stage at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. Directed by NSTC Artistic Director Ceil Herman, “Waitless” is a unique new play exploring the challenges of uprooting. This backwards love story starts with a happy ending — blissful newlyweds Shelly and Trent find love, top-notch careers and excitement in New York City — but with a transfer to London for Trent, they must swap this for a new life in London. Shelly gives up her dream job to follow her heart, only to find expat life is not all it’s cracked up to be. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. “Waitless” continues
through Sunday, April 19. For tickets and more, visit http://no-strings.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Christopher Smith-Escarega from 8 to 10 p.m. at Vintage Wines; Soul and Rhythm from 9 to 11 p.m. at Pecan Grill & Brewery; and Bailey Rardin from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Clair Winery & Bistro.
Saturday, April 14
On Saturday, the Doña Ana Arts Council will kick off its new, monthly 10-10 ArtsHop, featuring 12 hours of art galleries throughout the Mesilla and University areas on the second Saturday of every month. So far, participating galleries include the NMSU Art Gallery, Rokoko Art Gallery, Art Obscura, Cutter Gallery and Four Points Perspective Art Gallery, along with the DAAC’s own Arts & Cultural Center. In addition to new monthly exhibits, the 10-10 ArtsHop will feature live music and entertainment, food trucks and other attractions. For more, visit https://bit.ly/2qmZPC7.
The annual Great American Cleanup is set for Saturday morning across the U.S., hosted here in Las Cruces by the Parks & Recreation Department’s Keep Las Cruces Beautiful and the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful programs. Hundreds of volunteers will assist with a city-wide cleanup and collect litter at parks, schools, streets and businesses. Volunteers will then be treated to a free lunch hosted by Walmart. The lunch will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Walmart, 571 Walton Blvd. For more, visit www.bit.ly/2G9usF9 or call 528-4506.
NMSU International and Border Programs will hold the 2018 Las Cruces-NMSU International Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Plaza de Las Cruces. The festival will feature food, music, entertainment and educational materials from NMSU students from China, Libya, Jordan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Kuwait, Iran and, for the first time at the festival, Malawi. In addition, a number of community and university organizations will participate in the festival. For more, visit http://ibp.nmsu.edu/international-festival.
The Doña Ana Arts Council’s “Hamilton” lecture series continues at 11 a.m. Saturday at the DAAC Art & Cultural Center with a discussion and analysis of the choreography and design elements of sequences of the musical. This is the second of four sessions. For more, visit www.daarts.org or call 523-6403.
Also Saturday, the Rio Grande Theatre will continue its popular Children’s’ Matinee and Classic Film series. At noon, the theatre will screen the Pixar favorite “Toy Story.” Imagination runs rampant when toys become mobile when not watched. Two toys, Woody and Buzz Lightyear despise each other like no other. But, when the toys are separated from their home, a truce is formed between them all in an effort to journey home. Admission is $1 per person.
Later, at 7 p.m., the Rio Grande will screen the 1956 John Wayne western “The Searchers.” Ethan Edwards, an ex-Confederate soldier from the Indian Wars, finds that his family has been massacred and his niece captured by the Comanches and vows to bring her back and kill everyone of the Indians who did this to him. He travels for five years in order to find her and when he does realizes even though she has been found she has become one of them. Admission is $8. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Paul Walter Kimball from 8 to 10 p.m. at Vintage Wines.
Sunday, April 15
The annual Jewish Food and Folk Festival, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth-El, 3980 Sonoma Springs Ave., gives the Las Cruces community the chance to sample traditional Jewish foods like pastrami sandwiches on rye, kosher hot dogs, challah, chicken matzo ball soup, falafel, hummus, potato knoches, kugel, rugelach, hamantaschen and mandelbread, to name a few. There will also be folk dancing, live music and entertainment, a family fun area for kids and more. Admission to the festival is $3; children 12 and younger are free. For more, visit www.lcjewishfestival.weebly.com, call 575-649-4356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Buddy Akin from 3 to 5 p.m. at Vintage Wines.
Next Weekend: April 19-22
Next weekend, A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley will present “Peter Pan” at the Rio Grande Theatre; the Southern New Mexico Earth Day Festival — including the sixth annual Reuse and Recycle Fashion Show — takes its new home at Plaza de Las Cruces; and some of Las Cruces’ most talented take the Rio Grande stage for the annual Mesilla Valley’s Got Talent show.
The NMSU Theatre Arts Department and American Southwest Theatre Company will bring to the stage of the ASNMSU Center for the Arts the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent” beginning April 26, with shows through May 6. Based on the opera “La Boheme,” residents of the East Village in New York City struggle through the end of the millennium, but ultimately realize their experiences need to be measured in love. For tickets and more, visit www.nmsutheatre.com/201718_rent.php.
Also on the horizon, the 2018 Showcase of Homes, presented by the Las Cruces Home Builders Association, kicks off Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, and will continue the following weekend, May 4-6. For more information, visit www.lascruceshomebuildersassociation.com.