Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2019
Thursday, Jan. 31
Thursday’s live music schedule includes High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Feb. 1
There’s no better way to kick off For the Love of Art Month — Las Cruces’ 28-day celebration of all things art — than the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble, held from 5 to 7 p.m. The monthly gallery walk features new shows and exhibitions at nearly 30 art galleries, shops and businesses throughout Downtown and the historic Mesquite District, along with live music and entertainment, refreshments, shuttle service and more. For a map of locations and more, visit downtownlascruces.org/art-ramble.
Las Cruces Community Theatre’s production of “The Crucible” will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Arthur Miller’s story focuses on a young farmer, his wife and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie — and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
Tickets to “The Crucible” are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military, $11 per person for groups of 10 or more, and $10 children 12 and younger. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 3, 10 and 17. For tickets and more, visit lcctnm.org.
Regarded as one of the world’s premiere alt-classical chamber ensembles, Break of Reality will bring its renowned show to the Rio Grande Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The band’s signature cello rock sound has bridged the gap between classical, rock and world music listeners, and in 2015, the members of Break of Reality were appointed music ambassadors by the U.S. State Department.
Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors and military and $5 students and federal employees. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; concessions including beer, wine, snacks and refreshments, are available. For tickets and more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
No Strings Theatre Company continues its production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre. The play, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name, follows 15-year-old Christopher, a boy with an extraordinary brain, exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Performances of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 1, 2, 8 and 9; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 3 and 10; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $15 regular admission and $12 seniors and students; all seats are $10 on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Black Box Theatre is located at 430 N. Main St. For tickets and more, visit no-strings.org or call the theater at 523-1223.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); The Game and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill and Brewery (7 to 10 p.m.); and vocalist with piano Nicole Osborn playing fun originals with pop, rock, jazz and blues flavor at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.).
Saturday, Feb. 2
Have you ever looked at a plant or animal and wondered what it could be? Well, there’s an app for that! Head to Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main St., from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, and Become an iNaturalist. The free phone app iNaturalist helps users identify species and contribute to citizen science. Snap a photo and the app will suggest identifications based on location. NMSU biologist Dr. Donovan Bailey will give an iNaturalist tutorial indoors before heading to “A” Mountain to try it out. Bring a laptop/tablet or smartphone for the full experience. This event is part of the Southwest Environmental Center’s Back By Noon series. All trips are free and open to the public. Register at wildmesquite.org.
Saturday, Feb. 2
The Foundation for Las Cruces Museums’ fifth annual Navajo Rug Auction is set for 9 a.m. Saturday on the Branigan Cultural Center patio. Approximately 250 lots of rugs and other Native American art will be offered for sale. The preview will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and the auction will begin at noon. Appraisals of Native American rugs, jewelry and baskets (sorry, no kachina dolls or paintings) will be available the night before the sale, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, for a donation of $10 per item. foundationlcm.com.
The Rio Grande Theatre will bring the old west to life with the Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival, set to begin at noon Saturday. Explore the life, controversies and legacy of Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman. Best remembered for killing Billy the Kid, Garrett lived in Dona Ana County for 12 years, served as county sheriff for 4 years, and was killed here on February 28, 1908. The day’s full schedule of events include musical performances, movie screenings, reenactments, presentations, readings and much more — visit riograndetheatre.org for a complete schedule.
Meet at the Leasburg Dam State Park visitors center at 10 a.m. Saturday for “Buffalo Soldiers, Outlaws and Apache,” a ranger-guided tour of exhibits and a 2.5-mile hike. Learn about African-American history of the area from the present to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800s, and learn about the unique flora and fauna and geothermal springs. $5 per vehicle day use fee applies; visit bit.ly/2P8Hnr8 for more.
The Las Cruces Museum of Art’s Artventurous Program meets from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday, in the lobby between the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature and Science. Each month features a different art appreciation theme and a different subject each week. For more, call 541-2137.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Crafts for Kids program, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, welcomes children of all ages to make their own pop-up groundhog, in celebration of Groundhog Day. The program is free with regular museum admission of $5 adults, $4 senior citizens and $3 children ages 4-17.
The museum will also host a Felting Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Participants are invited to create their own piece of felted artwork out of wool. The felting process includes matting, condensing and pressing fibers together by using soap, warm water and agitation. All materials will be provided and artwork can be made into a wall hanging or table placemat. Class fee is $10, and registration is required to 522-4100 or email@example.com.
For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); The Game and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); an evening of eclectic and energetic james with The Cajón Brothers at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, Feb. 3
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and raw and honest singer-songwriter Calista at Vintage Wines (5 to 7 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Feb. 7-10
Next weekend, catch a screening of films by Las Cruces artist and filmmaker Ed Breeding; continue For the Love of Art Month with a For the Love of Music performance at the Branigan Cultural Center; and catch an incredible performance by some fantastic felines as The Acro-Cats take the stage of the Rio Grande Theatre.
Plan Ahead:American Southwest Theatre Company and the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts will open “Silent Sky” on Friday, Feb. 22, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. “Silent Sky” is the incredible true story of how boundary-shattering New England astronomer Henrietta Leavitt trades with comforts of her rural home for a job at the Harvard Observatory in Massachusetts. Her ambition leaves both her family and her new colleagues perplexed. But with a single discovery, their views of themselves, each other, and the universe itself will be upended for all time.
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