Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of July 12-15, 2018.
Thursday, July 12
Start your weekend early at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (4100 Dripping Springs Road) for this month’s Culture Series, ‘The Pioneer Priest of Southern New Mexico,’ set for 7 p.m. Presented by local historian and author Dawn Santiago, the presentation is titled “The Voice in the Wilderness: The Life and Career of Father Pierre Lassaigne, Pioneer Priest of Southern New Mexico.” It examines the life and career of pioneer Catholic priest Father Pierre Lassaigne. Born in France, Lassaigne was recruited by Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy in 1864 to come to New Mexico Territory. For the next 45 years, Padre Pedro, as he became known, tended to the spiritual needs of the territory’s Catholics, mostly in southern New Mexico. Over the decades, he also witnessed or became embroiled in some of the seminal events of the frontier’s history. For more, visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Friday, July 13
Families can head north to Fort Selden Historic Site (1280 Fort Selden Road, Radium Springs) for a presentation on Bats of the Chihuahuan Desert, from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn all about these mysterious nighttime creatures. Experience echolocation and measure your own wingspan. Create and take home your own wearable bat mask. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required at least one week in advance. Ages 6-10. Admission is $5 cash or check only. For more, call 575-202-1638 or visit www.newmexicohistoricsites.org.
Celebrate the weekend with a screening of the classic 1980s comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at 7 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre (211 N. Main St.) Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara and Jeffrey Jones, the movie revolves around high school student Ferris Bueller (Broderick), who skips school with an incredible sophisticated plan. Along with his best friend Cameron (Ruck) and girlfriend Sloan (Sara), Ferris and company take in all the city has to offer — while Principal Ed Rooney (Jones), convinced Ferris is lying and hot on their trail. Admissilon is $8. Concessions, including refreshments, snacks, beer and wine, are available Doors open at 6 p.m. For more, call 575-541-2290 or visit www.riogtrandetheatre.org.
Saturday, July 14
On the second Saturday of each month, the Doña Ana Arts Council is coordinates 12 hours of art around Las Cruces during the 10-10 ArtsHop, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at galleries throughout town. Currently, participating galleries include are the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center (1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D), Rokoko Art Gallery (1785 Calle De Mercado), NMSU University Art Gallery, (1390 E. University Ave.), Cutter Gallery (2640 El Paso Road), Art Obscura (3206 Harrelson St.) and Four Points Perspective Art Gallery (3405 Highway 28). For details, visit www.daarts.org.
The Rio Grande Theatre (211 N. Main St.) will host two movie screenings on Saturday. First up is the 1980s family sci-fi classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” set for noon. A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. Admission is $1.
Saturday evening, head back to the theater for a showing of “Footloose” at 7 p.m. A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. Admission is $8. Concessions are served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits. For tickets and more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
The City of Las Cruces’ summer Movies in the Park series returns with a screening of “Justice League,” set for 7 p.m. at Young Park (1905 E. Nevada Ave.) Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Admission to Movies in the Park is always free. For more, visit https://bit.ly/2m9t6i8.
The Black Box Theatre (430 N. Main St.) will host a special performance called “Dancing in the Desert” at 8 p.m. Saturday. “Dancing in the Dark” is a creative and collaborative dance showcase from Mesilla Valley Dance Collective from Las Cruces and Human Nature Contemporary Ballet from El Paso. The idea for this show was originally started by Black Box Theater owner Ceil Herman who wanted to have more dance performances in her theater. It allows companies like Mesilla Valley Dance Collective and Human Nature Contemporary ballet to showcase pieces from previous shows that have not been seen in many years. It will also preview of a piece from the upcoming Mesilla Valley Dance Collective show in February choreographed by Janessa Player. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students. A matinee performance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15. For tickets and more, visit www.no-strings.org.
Sunday, July 15
Cool off and celebrate National Ice Cream day at the 15th Annual Ice Cream Sunday, set for noon to 4 p.m. in the courtyard of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (4100 Dripping Springs Road). The first 600 people to pay admission — $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children 4 to 17 and free for children 3 and younger — to Ice Cream Sunday receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard to use at the museum during the afternoon. Visitors are also invited to make their own ice cream using tin cans or plastic bags. Ingredients are provided and there will be instruction areas in the museum courtyard. Ice cream sandwich eating races are scheduled to start at 3 p.m., with registration from 12 to 2 p.m. The age categories for the races are: 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17 and 18-and-over. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each division. There also will be games, activities, regular museum offerings and a plant sale featuring plants grown in the museum’s greenhouse. Museum volunteer Jerry Schickedanz will be making ice cream using a washing-machine motor and handing out free samples. For more, visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 575-522-4100.
Also Sunday, don’t forget the matinee performance of the creative and collaborative regional dance showcase “Dancing in the Desert,” set for 2:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre (430 N. Main St.).
Keep in the “swing” of things with Swing on the Plaza, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Plaza de Las Cruces (100 N. Main St.). Enjoy music from good old big band to new age Electro Swing! There will be a beginners swing dance lesson at the start of every event, for those who want to learn. The one-hour lesson will teach all the basics of Jitterbug and have Las Crucens swinging in no time. After the lesson, enjoy several hours of swinging fun with the Las Cruces Community. Admission is free. For more, visit www.downtownlascruces.org.
Visit the Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center (1740 Calle de Mercado, Mesilla) for Get Artrageous! Art Class with Judi Martinez, set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind serving tray using decoupage and acrylic paint. Admission is $30 and includes all supplies. For registration and more, call 575-523-6403 or visit www.daarts.org.
Next Weekend: July 19-23
Next weekend, learn all about movies made in the Land of Enchantment with movie expert Jeff Berg’s “Made in New Mexico” at the Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center; enjoy and evening of folk and Americana with Las Cruces’ own Hard Road Trio at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts; and catch a screening of the film documenting the life and work of a master, “Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures,” at the Rio Grande Theatre.