Wild Weekend in Las Cruces (April 18-21)

April 17, 2019 Carlos Arreola

Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of April 18-21, 2019

Thursday, April 18

Thursday’s live music schedule includes solo guitar and ukulele with Christopher Smith Escarcega at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Friday, April 19

Let’s do the Time Warp again! The Las Cruces Shadow cast will assemble to present Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8 p.m. Friday at the Rio Grande Theatre. Grab your friends, don your drag and see a spectacular showing of the cult classic film. A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence  of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Concessions, including beer, wine, spirits, snacks and refreshments, are available. Visit riograndetheatre.org.

Friday’s live music schedule includes Ryan Painter at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.); Locomotion at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); and sweet and salty harmonies over blues-inspired folk covers with Ricky Luna & Emily at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.).

Saturday, April 20

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, but Las Cruces will host its Earth Day Celebration from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at the downtown Plaza de Las Cruces. Guests will learn about zero-waste and recycling programs and how to do their part to be a more sustainable citizen. Expect food trucks — with vegetarian and vegan options — giveaways, raffles, live music and dance, kids activities and much more. The annual March for Science will be held at 9 a.m., in conjunction with the Earth Day Celebration, and stick around after for the annual Reuse and Recycle Fashion Show, featuring fun and fantastic upcycled fashions, set for noon at Plaza de Las Cruces.

Springfest — the greatest egg hunt in the great southwest — is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at Young Park. The event features egg hunts for all ages, arts and crafts, rides, games, live entertainment, family activities, a visit from the Easter Bunny and more. Admission is free, call 527-1111 or visit bravomic.com for more.

The Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society will host the sixth annual Red, White and Blues Festival from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at St. Clair Winery & Bistro. The afternoon’s lineup includes Blusin’ It with The Rockabilly Strangers from 3 to 5 p.m.; The Border Blues All Stars from 5 to 7 p.m.; and The Lucky Losers from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition to plenty of great blues music, enjoy wine and food on St. Clair’s lush lawn — bring a lawn chair, blanket and small umbrella! Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door; visit mvjazzblues.net for tickets and more.

Catch a screening of the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rio Grande Theatre. In it, a wheelchair-bound photographer (James Stewart) spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. Also starring Grace Kelly. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $8. Concessions, including beer, wine, spirits, snacks and refreshments, are available. Visit riograndetheatre.org.

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Crafts for Kids program, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, will feature Woven Magazine Coasters. Celebrate Earth Day by recycling old magazines into useful coasters. The Crafts for Kids program is free with regular museum admission — $5 adults, $4 seniors and $3 children ages 4-17. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

Saturday’s live music schedule includes Chris Baker at Sombra Antigua Winery 2:30 to 5 p.m.); Blaze the Nation at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Ryan Painter and Jake Phillips at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); one-man south Texas blues band Los Dientes at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and a Latin and Americana jam with La Maldita Union and Alister M at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Sunday, April 21

Sunday’s live music schedule includes The Two of Us at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and classic acoustic tunes from the 1980s, today, with Cooper Vlazny at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).

Next Week:

Next week, the Rio Grande Theatre will host a trip through some of American music’s golden years with “Timeless: The Ladies of Motown,” set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24. This Las Vegas-based group covers hits from The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, Mary Wells, The Supremes, The Chantels, The Crystals and many more. Doors open at 6 p.m.; tickets are $23.50. Concessions, including beer, wine, spirits, snacks and refreshments, are available. Visit riograndetheatre.org for tickets and more.

Next Weekend: April 25-28Next weekend, catch the premiere of the Las Cruces Community Theatre production of Mel Brooks’ comedy classic “Young Frankenstein”; take a grand tour of area house during the first weekend of the Las Cruces Home Builders’ 2019 Showcase of Homes; sample some of the valley’s finest vino at the La Viña Spring Wine Festival; and enjoy a tribute to Selena, The Queen of Tejano Music.

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