Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of March 22-24, 2019
Friday, March 22
No Strings Theatre Company will open its production of “Alice in Wonderland,” conceived by The Manhattan Project under director Andre Gregory, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre. This classic, avant-garde play is not the Wonderland you’re familiar with, full of truth, fun, terror and an uncanny pertinence to these topsy-turvy times. Tickets are $15 regular, $12 students and seniors. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 22, 23, 29 and 30 and April 5 and 6; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, March 31 and April 7; and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4. For tickets and more, visit no-strings.org or call 523-1223.
Start spring break off right with Teen Splash Night from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Las Cruces Aquatic Center. Teens 13 to 17 will enjoy swimming, music and games, and admission is just $1 per person. For more, call 541-2782.
Bring current work-in-progress or unfinished objects to Fiber Arts Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Cruces Creatives, for an open work session. Lab tools and equipment will be available, or participants can bring their own. This is a great chance to socialize with like-minded members and advance work. All fiber arts are welcome, from applique to weaving and beyond. Admission is free; call 448-1072 or visit crucescreatives.org for more.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Dirty Brown Jug Band at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Caliente at the Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Chris Smith-Escarcega at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and The Casual Fridays’ Spring Break Tour at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, March 23
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host a three-day Weaving Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, with a follow-up meeting set for Saturday, March 29. Students will learn how to warp their looms and create different patterns throughout their piece. First-time weavers are welcome. The class is open to those 14 and older; fee is $60 per person. Bring a sack lunch. To register, contact LuAnn Kilday at 522-4100 or email@example.com. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Celebrate the release of the latest CD by Mack Goldsbury and Allan Kaplan with a performance by The Goldsbury-Kaplan Quintet, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rio Grande Theatre. The group features Mack Goldsbury, an award-winning, Grammy-nominated saxophonist, piccolo player and composer; NMSU Professor Allan Kaplan, the principal trombonist for the Las Cruces Symphony and a member of the El Paso Brass Quintet; Curt Warren, former UTEP Professor and guitarist; Eric Unsworth, UTEP Jazz Professor, bassist and composer; and Ricky Malachi, who has played drums all over the world, performing with greats such as Jack Sheldon, Joe Newman and Tommy Newsome.
Admission is $10; concessions including beer, wine, snacks and refreshments, are available. Visit riograndetheatre.org for more.
Join a park ranger from the Franklin Mountains State Park for this week’s Back by Noon Outing to Explore the Aztec Caves, sponsored by Southwest Environmental Center. This 1.5-mile round-trip morning hike up the west side of the Franklin Mountains will take guests to explore three small caves. On the way to Aztec Cave — which likely has nothing to do with the Aztecs — hikers will navigate up rocky slopes with lots of loose rocks and be rewarded with a stupendous view of El Paso.
Admission is $5 per carload, and advance reservations are required. Call 522-5552 or visit wildmesquite.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Frontera Jazz at Sombra Antigua Winery 2:30 to 5 p.m.); Rosewater Blues at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Dirty Brown Jug Band at the Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Daniel ‘Danyo’ Sanchez at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and jazz with the Derrick Lee Group at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, March 24
The Las Cruces Civic Concert Association will present the internationally-acclaimed Sergei Teleshev and Natasha Popova, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at the Rio Grande Theatre.
Teleshev will performs works by Bach, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky and more. He was classically trained at the Academy of Music in Voronezh, Russia, and has won many regional and international accordion competitions. An engaging entertainer, Teleshev collaborates with world-renowned artists, ensembles and orchestras.
Admission is $25 adults, $5 students 18 and older with ID and free for those 17 and younger with a paid adult. Concessions including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits are available. Visit riograndetheatre.com for more.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Baku at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and Alison Reynolds at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: March 28-31
Next weekend, don your cowboy hats for a screening of “Pure Country;” help the Aggies kickoff of the NMSU Rodeo Rally with barrel racing, roping and more; catch a performance by local legends Hard Road Trio; celebrate the spring equinox at Leasburg Dam State Park; and view the Milky War, Orion, Cassiopeia and other heavenly bodies at the park’s Night Skies presentation.