Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Nov. 21-24, 2019.
Thursday, Nov. 21
The New Mexico State University Theatre Department and the American Southwest Theatre Company will open their 2019 holiday production, “A Christmas Carol,” with a special preview performance at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, with all tickets just $5, and free for high school students with ID.
Based on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale and directed by graduating theater major Xodia Choate, this spectacular and touching holiday musical is back and better than ever. Join Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they help curmudgeonly old Ebenezer Scrooge discover the magic of Christmas.
“A Christmas Carol” continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30 and Dec. 6 and 7; and 2 p.m. matinees Sundays, Dec. 1 and 8, and Saturday, Nov. 30. Tickets are $17 adults; $14 seniors 65 and older and NMSU faculty/staff with ID; $10 students ages 3-17 and NMSU students with current school ID; and $5 for high school students with current school ID.
For tickets and more, visit http://bit.ly/2O0P5q1 or call 646-1420.
The New Horizons Symphony at NMSU, along with the NMSU Masterworks Chorus, will present Mozart’s “Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Atkinson Recital Hall on the NMSU Horseshoe. The performance will feature soloists Mary Brzenzinski, soprano, Annie Pennies, contralto, Brian Downen, tenor, and Alfredo Beltran, bass. Tickets are $10 adults, free for students. For more, call the NMSU Department of Music at 646-2067.
Thursday’s live music includes solo singer-songwriter Danny Sanchez at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Nov. 22
The Doña Ana Arts Council’s monthly Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley series, an educational/networking meeting for all those interested in the arts, continues from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center in Mesilla. This month’s topic is “ A Celebration of Pastel Painting: Painting with Pure Pigment,” a presentation by Carolyn Bunch and other pastel painters who have an exhibit in the DAAC gallery during November. The event is free and open to the public; for more, call 523-6403 or visit www.daarts.org.
The 39th Annual Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces Holiday Sale is open noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The annual holiday show and sale showcases beautiful ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures and other crafts, available for purchase directly from the local artists themselves. For more, visit www.pottersguildlc.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Foggy Memory Boys at The Game and Satisfied at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Dead Like Disco at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); Tanner Huston at NM Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and Dusty Low at Little Toad Creek (8-11 p.m.).
Saturday, Nov. 23
HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market returns for the sixth year at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with more demonstrations, more samples, food trucks and many new vendors.
With the holidays right around the corner, HomeGrown is an opportunity to sample and shop for New Mexico award-winning food products. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture partners with the museum to co-host the show.
Approximately 70 vendors a variety of food and beverage companies from around the state, and all of which are New Mexico — Taste the Tradition and Grown with Tradition members. Each booth will offer locally produced products, such as award-winning salsas and wine, for attendees to sample and purchase. The show also features crafts made from agriculture resources and handmade art.
The event will also feature cooking demonstrations and recipes using vendor products; food trucks serving breakfast and lunch and competing in the Red Hot Chile Contest; native food documentary screenings in the museum’s theater; visits and photos from Cowboy Santa Claus; craft activities; $5 pony rides; and much more made-in-New Mexico fun.
Admission is $5 per vehicle, and the first 100 vehicles at the event each day will receive a free burlap shopping bag. For more, visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
The 39th Annual Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces Holiday Sale continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. For more, visit www.pottersguildlc.org.
The Rio Grande Theatre will host screenings of “Finding Nemo” and “An American in Paris” on Saturday.
In the Pixar kids classic “Finding Nemo,” set for noon Saturday, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home after his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney. Admission is just $1, cash only, at the door; doors open at 11 a.m. and concessions are available.
Part of the theater’s 2019 Classic Film Series, “An American in Paris” — set for 7 p.m. — is a 1951 American musical film inspired George Gershwin’s 1928 orchestral composition. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli. Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is “discovered” by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry’s art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist, while romantic complications abound. Admission is $8, doors at 6 p.m. Concessions and beer, wine and spirits available.
For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org or call 541-2290.
The Las Cruces Museum of Art will host its Adult Education Station at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, giving adults a hands-on art experience making woodblock prints. No registration is required, and all materials will be provided by the museum. For more, call 541-2137.
The annual El Paso WinterFest returns to downtown El Paso with the official kickoff WinterFest Celebration of Lights & Parade from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. The festival runs daily through Jan. 5, 2020.
This kickoff event includes the Holiday Downtown Art & Farmers Market, the official opening of the ice skating rink, music from First Armored Division Band and St. Anthony Franciscanos Choir, the EP Locomotives present Sun City Express, all leading up to the holiday lighting ceremony and parade, followed by main stage entertainment in San Jacinto Plaza. Admission to El Paso WinterFest is always free, though some events carry an admission charge. Visit epwinterfest.com for a schedule and more.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Wait for What? at The Game and Third Seven at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); TBA at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); Doug Adamz at NM Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); CW Ayon at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and The Rudy Boy Experiment at Little Toad Creek (8-11 p.m.).
Sunday, Nov. 24
HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, a great time to stock up on made-in-New Mexico holiday gifts.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Jerry & Ed at Sombra Antigua Winery (2-6 p.m.); and CW Ayon at NM Vintage Wines (3-5 p.m.); and Daniel Sanchez acoustic at Little Toad Creek. (5-8 pm.).
Next Weekend: Nov. 28-Dec. 1
Next weekend, the NMSU Theatre/American Southwest Theatre Company continues its holiday production of “A Christmas Carol” Friday through Sunday at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts; the Farmers and Crafts Market of Las Cruces celebrates Shop Small Saturday, where shoppers will find unique, handmade gifts while supporting small local family businesses; Ardovino’s Desert Crossing hosts its 15th Annual Holiday Market on Saturday, with more than 100 vendors, live music, pictures with Santa and more.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Kick-off the holiday season with the debut of the Jolly Gingerbread Challenge and Lightshow on Dec. 5 at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine; the Mesilla Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 6 on the historic plaza; new and returning Christmas classics from No Strings Theatre Company, Las Cruces Community Theatre and the NMSU Theatre Department and American Southwest Theatre Company; and the Christmas in Cruces holiday celebration Dec. 7 on the Plaza de Las Cruces.