Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Nov. 7-10, 2019
Thursday, Nov. 7
Mark Medoff’s “Time and Chance,” the last play written by the late Tony Award-winning playwright, will hold its premier at 7 p.m. Thursday at the historic Rio Grande Theatre.
The cast will be led by Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Quinlan (“Apollo 13,” “The Doors,” “American Graffiti”) and Medoff’s daughter, Jessica Medoff, along with New York actresses Jane Elias and Frances Ramos.
“Time and Chance” is the story of three women and a girl — a famous artist, an art curator, an anthropologist and an artistic prodigy — who all find themselves unmoored from the lives they’ve been leading due to fractured relationships and circumstances beyond their control. Time, chance and the universe conspire to bring them together to accept their destiny, redefine family and rediscover hope. It is a story of the healing power of love and the role artistic expression plays in making the unbearable bearable.
This will be the first full production of the play which is being co-produced by the Medoff family and the Rio Grande Theatre.
Showtimes of “Time and Chance” are set for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7-8, and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Tickets are $25, $15 students.
For tickets and more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
El Paso Pro Musica will present the Bergamot String Quartet in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Doña Ana Arts Council’s Arts & Cultural Center. The program will include Caroline Shaw’s “Valencia,” Suzanne Farrin’s “Undecim,” Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s “String Quartet in E flat Major final movement” and other pieces.
Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors and military, $5 students and federal employees. More information is available at daarts.org and elpasopromusica.org.
Thursday’s live music includes High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Nov. 8
The Artists of Picacho Hills will host their annual Holly Day House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The annual holiday show and sale will feature work in all media by artists who live and work in the Picacho Hills area, including Karen Conley, Sharon Cunningham, Larry Felhauer, Cherie Gamboa, Karen Harper, Linda Lee, Jeffie Mackey, Michelle Marshall, Jan Severson, Wanda Sparks, Jan Minow, Paul Maxwell, Rosemary McKowan and Marilyn Payne. A raffle of artwork by members of Artists of Picacho Hills will benefit Mesilla Valley Hospice. There is no admission charge. To preview items and view other work by participating artists, visit artistsofpicachohills.com.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Stepping Up at The Game and Eli James Band at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Las Papayas at Vintage Wines (7:30-10:30 p.m.); After Effect Acoustic at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); Smokin’ Blue at NM Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and We Don’t Know Yet? at Little Toad Creek (8-11 p.m.).
Saturday, Nov. 9
The NMSU Native American Business Student Association student organization and conservation nonprofit Friends of the Organ-Mountains Desert Peaks will host the seventh annual Native American Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the historic Mesilla Plaza. This event showcases the diverse culture within Native American communities along with vendors demonstrating their arts, crafts and dances. Dance performances are set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day; visit bit.ly/32p1HuU for more.
The Agave Artists Holiday Bazaar, a small exhibit of small works and wearable art, will open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Agave Artists, 2250 Calle de San Albino, during the Experience Mesilla Arts Hop. The exhibit features works for $100 or less and will run through Dec. 2; visit agaveartists.com for more.
The Doña Ana Arts Council will host Classical Drinking with Dena Kay Jones on Piano from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at its Arts & Cultural Center in Mesilla.
Jones has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in Spain, Italy, Mexico and Canada. She joined the music faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002, where she is a professor of applied piano, chamber music and classical piano.
This is the third of a new live music series that will feature regional musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. Dry Point Distillers will offer a cash bar with cocktails and nonalcoholic options. Admission is $15 at the door, guests 21 and older only. Visit daarts.org for more.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); Ryan and The Resistors at Little Toad Creek (7-10 p.m.); Tanner Huston at The Game and Triple Jack at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); CL Smith at NM Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, Nov. 10
The Second Saturday Arts Hop, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, will feature new exhibits and openings at participating galleries including 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), and Art Obscura. Visit daarts.org.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host its Sunday Story Time from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the museum’s lobby. Story time is free with admission, $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children 4-17. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Edgar & Amy at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.); Poet’s Row at NM Vintage Wines (3-5 p.m.); and Jaime Sol at Little Toad Creek (5 p.m.).
Next week, Alexandra McKinney will present “If These Walls Could Talk: A History of the Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property” at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum’s Brown Bag Lecture, set for noon Tuesday, Nov. 12 (bit.ly/2JUHrv6); Southwest Environmental Center and the NMSU Art Museum will host a screening of the film “Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction” followed by a panel discussion at the Creative Media Institute Theater on the NMSU campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 (wildmesquite.org); and the Rio Grande Theatre will host Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 (riograndetheatre.org).
Next Weekend: Nov. 14-17
Next weekend, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Culture Series returns with “Tracking Telescopes & the Forgotten Legacy of Clyde Tombaugh at White Sands Missile Range” (Thursday); La Emi, New Mexico’s “Rising Star of Flamenco,” will perform at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces (Friday); the Centennial High School Choir will perform music from the Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Carpenters, Carole King, The Andrew Sisters, Patsy Cline, Elvis and more during its “Hits Through History” at the Rio Grande Theatre (Friday); Centennial High School will host its annual Shoppes at Centennial Holiday Craft Fair (Saturday and Sunday); SWEC’s Back By Noon series will host an eye-opening trip to area World War II-era bombing targets (Saturday); the NMSU Gospel Choir will host its Unity Concert at Peace Lutheran Church (Saturday); and KTAL-FP 101.5 FM will present “The Roadrunner Revue” Benefit, featuring KTAL radio hosts and performers including CW Ayon, Gene Keller, Teresa Tudury, Doug Adamz, Chris Sanders and The Cosmic Troubadours (Sunday).
Plan ahead — New Horizons Symphony, in collaboration with the NMSU Masterworks Chorus, will present the Mozart Requiem on Nov. 21-22 at Atkinson Recital Hall; and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host its signature fall event, HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market on Nov. 23-24.