Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of May 10-13, 2018.
Thursday, May 10
Get the weekend started early with the Rio Grande Theatre’s Thursday Night performance series featuring CM Adams & The Revelators, set for 7:30 p.m. Since 2015, C.M. Adams & The Revelators’ mission has been to reveal hope to the hopeless, shine a light in the darkness and a take the message of Christ’s love and light to the dark, lonely and forgotten places. Concessions will be served including snacks, refreshments, beer and wine. Admission is $5 per person. For more, call 541-2290 or visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Friday, May 11
The New Mexico Brewers Guild will return to southern New Mexico during the 2018 Blazin’ Brewfest, set for 5 to 9 p.m. downtown in Plaza de Las Cruces. The annual event will feature nearly 20 of New Mexico’s best breweries along with live music, food and crafts vendors and more. $15 general admission gets you a commemorative pint glass and beer samples. Designated drivers pay just $5. Advance tickets are available online at holdmyticket.com/event/310490. For more, visit www.nmbeer.org.
After you’ve enjoyed a sampling of the state’s best brews, stick around downtown to catch The Long Run, Colorado’s tribute to The Eagles, at 7 p.m. on the state of the historic Rio Grande Theatre. The Long Run is a group of professional Colorado-based musicians dedicated to the faithful reproduction of the music of America’s most iconic band. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, and concessions including beer, wine and spirits and snacks, will be available for purchase. For tickets and more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Saturday, May 12
The Rio Grande Theatre’s children’s matinee series will return at Noon Saturday with a screening of Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” In it, a family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. Admission is just $1 per person, with concessions available. Visit www.riograndetheatre.org for more.
In the second of two film screenings on Saturday, the Rio Grande Theatre’s classic film series will feature a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “North by Northwest” at 7 p.m. A hapless New York advertising executive, played by Cary Grant, is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. Admission is $8 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. Head to www.riograndetheatre.org for more.
In celebration of Mother’s Day weekend, Fort Selden — located 13 miles north of Las Cruces in Radium Springs — will host “Amazing Women of the Wild West” from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet famous — and infamous — women who lived on the New Mexico frontier. Featuring Van Ann Moore. Enjoy tea and cookies. Old-fashioned hats and clothing are encouraged, and mothers receive a special gift. Presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Pavilion. Cost is $3 per person, free for 16 and younger. For more, call 202-1638.
White Sands National Monument’s weekend program “Skins and Skulls” begins this weekend, at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Visitor Center. In this free program, join a ranger for an informative discussion about the animals that live at White Sands. The ranger will have pelts, skulls, props and interesting facts to provide a hands-on look and feel of the elusive wildlife of White Sands. The program will be held at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 26. For more, visit bit.ly/2IlvDCm.
Sunday, May 13
The Mesilla Valley Chorale, under the direction of Nancy Ritchey, will present “Music from the Heart” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rio Grande Theatre. The Mesilla Valley Chorale is a venue for experienced choral singers who share a passion for performing good choral music. Known for its excellence and diverse programs, this community chorale features four-part music from Classical to Pops. Admission is $10 per person, available from Chorale members, at the door or by phone to 647-2560. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org and www.mesillavalleychorale.org.
The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum will host its annual Blessing of the Fields at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 15. The museum celebrates the traditional feast day of San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers and laborers. Visitors can join the colorful, music-filled procession around the museum’s campus as the livestock, plants, water, and bread are blessed in the tradition of the day. The procession will be led by Most Rev. Oscar Cantu, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. Piñata making — and busting — is also part of the fun. The procession is the start of a weeklong celebration commemorating the opening of the museum on May 17, 1998. Admission to participate in the procession is free. For more, visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Next Weekend: May 17-20
Get a double dose of blues next weekend beginning with a Friday-night screening of “The Blues Brothers” at the Rio Grande Theatre, in anticipation of the Plaza Blues Festival, set for Saturday on the downtown Plaza de Las Cruces and featuring blues legend Tracy Nelson along with The Bel Airs and Ruben V.
On Sunday, the New Horizons Symphony will take to the stage of the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, and the Artists of Picacho Hills will host their ever-popular annual Art in the Garden Tour.
New community theater productions are on the horizon! “The Rivals,” a “comedy of manners” that satirizes sentimentalism and sophisticated pretensions –without the typical 18th-century moralizing — will open at the Black Box Theatre on May 25. The following week, the award-winning comedy “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will open at Las Cruces Community Theatre on June 1.