Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of July 26-29, 2018.
Thursday, July 26
The New Mexico State University Art Gallery (D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University Ave.) will host an opening reception for “Jenny Morgan: A Higher Ground” from 6 to 8 p.m. This exhibition tracks the development of Morgan’s body of work, starting from graduate school at the School of Visual Arts to more recent paintings exploring the individual through high-def glimmering layered portraits that tackle the real and surreal. “A Higher Ground” remains on display through Sept. 21. For more, visit http://uag.nmsu.edu.
Thursday night Music in the Park returns at 7 p.m. to Plaza de Las Cruces (100 N. Main St.) for Mexico Vive! featuring Mariachis Antonio Reyna, folklorico dancers and more. Admission is free. For more, call 541-2250.
The Rio Grande Theatre (211 N. Main St.) will host a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film “The Shining” at 7 p.m. In Kubrick’s adaptation of the story by Stephen King, a family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Admission is $8; concessions including snacks, refreshments, beer and wine are available. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Thursday’s live music schedule includes Sage Gentle-Wing at Verde Ale House (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) and blues/rock fusion with Jamie O’Hara at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, July 27
Fort Selden State Monument (1280 Fort Selden Road, Radium Springs) will present Games & Toys of the Past from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring the whole family and play with toys and learn games that kids played more than a century ago. Snacks will be provided. Admission is $5 per person. For more, call 526-8911 or visit www.newmexicohistoricsites.org.
Break out the costumes and enjoy the Las Cruces Shadow Cast performing alongside the 2001 film “Moulin Rouge!” at 7 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre. In Baz Luhrmann’s lush jukebox musical, a poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets. Admission is $10; concessions including snacks, refreshments, beer and wine are available. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
The Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center will host Teen Splash Night from 7 to 11 p.m. Teens ages 13 to 17 are invited for swimming, music, games and more. Admission is $1. For more, call 541-2782.
This month’s White Sands National Monument Full Moon Nights, set for 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., will feature Iron Will, the First Armored Divisions Band, playing upbeat R&B, pop, classic rock and more. Iron Will has performed across Southwestern Texas and abroad, entertaining deployed troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Program is free; monument entrance fees apply. For more, visit www.nps.gov/whsa.
Friday’s live music schedule includes jazz with Alan Kuncel at St. Clair Winery & Bistro (6 p.m.); Las Cruces blues rockers Triple Jack at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.); regional reggae with Blaze the Nation at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); the dynamic duo of Orlando Madrid and Carlos Barba performing jazz standards and pop classic at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.),
Saturday, July 28
The Rio Grande Theatre’s Turn Back the Clock in July Saturday Matinee will feature beloved fantasy comedy “The Princess Bride” at noon. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by befriended companions along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. Admission is just $1; concessions are available. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Join in a family-friendly evening of stellar local songwriters followed by discussion and Q&A with the Classic Country and Folk Songwriting Showcase, set for 6 to 9 p.m. at Cruces Creatives, 205 E. Lohman Ave. The evening features 30-minute sets from four of Las Cruces’ classic country and folk songwriting community — Eddy Harrison, inductee into the Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame; Tom Foster Morris, Clay’s Country Radio entertainer of the year 2016; Pat DeSimio, Santa Fe Bluegrass & Old-Time Songwriting Competition winner (2014) and four-time Great American Song Contest finalist; and Mark Courtney, 2016 Great American Song Contest finalist. Admission is $12 and the door, or $10 advance. For tickets and more visit www.crucescreatives.org/event-2993694.
Head back to the Rio Grande for a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at 7 p.m. In our first meeting with the famed archaeologist and adventurer, Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government in 1936 to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler’s Nazis can obtain its awesome powers. Admission is $8; concessions including snacks, refreshments, beer and wine are available. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Head to Young Park (1905 E. Nevada Ave.) for a 7 p.m. screening of “The Lego Ninjago Movie” as part of the City of Las Cruces’ summer Movies in the Park programming. Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas. Admission is free. For more, call 541-2550.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Work In Progress at Verde Ale House (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); five-piece Las Cruces family band UnLyshed at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.); Latin and Caribbean music with Caribe at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Smokin’ Blues at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Americana desert ballads with Southwest Orchestra at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, July 29
The City of Las Cruces’ series continues at 7 p.m. at Young Park, featuring the Latin Funktion Project with Ray Anthony & Powerslyde. Las Cruces’ own Latin jazz, funk and rock band joined by the jazz, funk and rock band based out of Corrales, NM. Admission is free. For more, call 541-2550.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes folk, blues and rock with C.L. Smith at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.)
Beat back the mid-week blues with Tuesday night Swing on the Plaza, set for 7 p.m. at Plaza de Las Cruces. Then, on Wednesday, enjoy a spectacular Sunset Stroll through the dunes of White Sands National Monument.
Next Weekend: Aug. 2-5
Next weekend, kick off a new month with the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble, close off your weekend with Sunday Funday at the Plaza, and fill the time in between with more events coming soon, right here.
Mark your calendars — in August, two of Las Cruces’ longstanding theatre companies will open the curtains on their latest productions. Las Cruces Community Theatre will debut “The Laramie Project” on Aug. 10. Penned by Moisés Kaufman, “The Laramie Project” tells the true story of Laramie, Wyoming, in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard. The following week, on Aug. 17, No Strings Theatre Company, from its home at the Black Box Theatre, will open “Indoor/Outdoor,” Kenny Finkle’s sentimental and quirky comedy about a cat named Samantha, who has just moved in with who she thinks is the love of her life — her human owner, Shuman. Things get… complicated.