Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of March 7-10, 2019
Thursday, March 7
Thursday’s live music schedule includes pop and blues with Jamie O’Hara at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, March 8
Join NMSU Gender and Sexuality Studies for two days of film, filmmakers, conversation, and food during the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, set for Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.
The festival will begin March 8 — International Women’s Day — with a three-hour video program that will play on repeat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Williams Annex 107, 1390 E. University Ave.
The festival will feature four filmmakers in a showcase from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the CMI Digital Theater, 2915 McFie Circle, that will highlight their work and puts them in conversation with each other. This event will be moderated by filmmaker Aimée Schaefer. A dessert reception will follow after.
The festival will continue Saturday will a full day of film screenings — see below or visit genders.nmsu.edu/film-festival for more.
A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley will present “The Hobbit,” based on the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien tale, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets are just $8 per person. Additional showtimes are set for 1 p.m March 9; 7 p.m. March 15; and 1 p.m. March 16. For tickets and more, visit achildrenstheatre.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Latin Funktion at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Steven Rowin and The Grooves at the Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Buddy Akin with Tim McKellar & Dave Ferris presenting a broad spectrum of original material anchored in guitar-based blues traditions at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and country, pop and everything in between with Lyndy Minitrez at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, March 9
Back by Noon hikers will explore one of the nation’s largest desert grasslands, the Otero Mesa grasslands, located east of El Paso, on an all-day trip beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Bixby will lead the group to a site in the Cornudas Mountains; along the way, hikers can expect to see wildlife including pronghorn and raptor, and learn why the mesa in under threat from oil and gas development.
The Mesilla Valley Stamp Club will host its annual two-day Mesilla Valley Stamp Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The event showcases stamps, postal stationery, ephemera, picture postcards, postal cards and much more. Admission is free; for more, call 202-1937.
The NMSU Gender and Sexuality Studies’ Feminist Border Arts Film Festival continues Saturday, with a full day of film screenings from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the CMI Digital Medial Theatre.
All screenings are organized into thematically linked programs that include a mix of documentary, live action narrative and animation. After a reception at 6 p.m., the festival will conclude with a finale featuring films selected as festival finalists. Audience and jury members will vote for their favorites. Please join us for screenings throughout the day and this very special finale event at 6.30 p.m. Drinks and refreshments will be served throughout each day/evening.
Learn about Oñate the “Spanish” Conqueror at 10 a.m. Saturday at Leasburg Dam State Park. Meet Park Ranger Alex Mares at the visitors center and find out little-known facts and history about the often-glamourized, often-demonized historical figure of Don Juan de Oñate. Come ready to have common misinformation, myth and legend disproven and debunked. Also, hear a Native American perspective on the legacy concerning this “larger than life” New Mexican. This will be a 2-mile hike of moderate difficulty. Bring at least two quarts. of water per person, and good some sturdy hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car day-use fee. For more, visit nmparks.com and emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/leasburgdamstatepark.html.
New Mexico State University Theatre Arts Department and the American Southwest Theatre Company will present “Broadway Onstage,” a one-night-only musical revue highlighting what’s on Broadway now, and traditional favorites from years gone by, performed by students, faculty and friends, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.
The evening of Broadway musical favorites is a fundraiser for NMSU students and the university’s theater program which supports guest artists and scholarships for students to travel to theater events around the nation.
Tickets are $15 for balcony seats, and $20 for orchestra and mezzanine. Tickets can be purchased at the Pan Am Center and by calling 575-646-1420.
The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra’s Classics III program is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Atkinson Recital Hall on the NMSU campus, with a repeat performance set for 3 p.m. Sunday. The Classics III program will feature Frederic Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 performed by guest soloist Andrea Padova, piano, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Francesca da Rimini” and more. Tickets start at $42; visit lascrucessymphony.com.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jessica Flores at Sombra Antigua Winery 2:30 to 5 p.m.); Tanner Huston at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Chris Baker at the Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); singer/songwriter Jamie O’Hara at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); blues with CW Ayon at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and blues, funk and rock with ALTO (A Lifetime to Overcome) at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Sunday, March 10
Sunday’s live music schedule includes The Two of Us at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and C.L. Smith playing classical, folk, pop and rock on cello at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: March 14-17
Next weekend, catch the world premiere of new plays by local playwrights at the Las Cruces Community Theatre One-Act Play Festival; enjoy a performance by The Goldsbury-Kaplan Quintet in celebration of the latest CD by Allan Kaplan and Mack Goldsbury at the Rio Grande Theatre; screen an exciting selection of films from around the world at the NMSU International Film Festival; and support dance students at New Mexico State University, along with NMSU dance alumni, in performing pieces choreographed by NMSU dance faculty at the “Desert Spring” dance concert.
The bi-annual Trinity Site Tour is set for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 6 at the Trinity Site outside of San Antonio, New Mexico, a few hours north of Las Cruces. The Trinity site is the location of the first atomic bomb explosion on earth. For more information, call 678-1134 or visit wsmr.army.mil.
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