Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Aug. 16-19, 2018.
Thursday, Aug. 16
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host an opening reception for “Jacob Pfeiffer: My Long Journey” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Pfeiffer’s long journey covers 80-plus years and two continents. During the course of his amazing life, he developed his artistic talent. Pfeiffer, who moved to Las Cruces in 2013, specializes in oil painting on canvas and linen. His works in the show feature scenes of Native Americans and early settlers, animals, and even scenes of local sites like the Museum and the Las Cruces Farmers’ & Crafts Market. There are 26 included in the show. Refreshments will be served; admission is free. For more, visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 575-522-4100.
Thursday’s live music includes singer songwriter Chris Baker at Verde Ale House (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) and solo guitar with Benjy Rivas at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Aug. 17
No Strings Theatre Company will open the curtain on its production of “Indoor/Outdoor” at 8 p.m. Friday at Black Box Theatre. In this unabashedly sentimental comedy, a cat named Samantha has just started living with a guy named Shuman who she believes is her true love. At first everything seems to be going great. Samantha can’t get enough of Shuman, and she can’t get enough of him. But soon Samantha realizes that Shuman doesn’t always seem to understand her. Worse yet, Shuman doesn’t always seem all that interested in trying to understand her. Things become truly problematic when one night Oscar, a sexy alley cat, shows up at the door. Suddenly Samantha begins to wonder whether she’s an indoor or an outdoor cat. To make matters more complicated, a quirky aspiring cat therapist named Matilda inserts herself into the mix, thinking she can solve everyone’s problems but only seems to make things worse. Eventually Samantha finds herself on a journey, both physical and emotional, that leads her to discover what having a home and being loved really mean to her. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and students. “Indoor/Outdoor” continues with showings at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. www.no-strings.org.
Las Cruces Community Theatre continues shows of “The Laramie Project” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. In October of 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, an openly-gay University of Wyoming student, was found brutally beaten and tied to a fence just outside Laramie, Wyoming. His tragic death sparked nationwide outrage and a conversation about homophobia and gay rights, love, hate and the gray areas in between. Ten members of the Tectonic Theater Project of New York City went to Laramie, Wyoming, and from a compilation of hundreds of their interviews and the theater members’ personal diaries and news reports, a manuscript was developed that was to become “The Laramie Project.” Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military, and $10 for those 12 and younger. For tickets and more, visit www.lcctnm.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Malcolm Tense at Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); The Mixx Band at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Tequila Nights at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); singer songwriter Jamie O’Hara at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, Aug. 18
Downtown Las Cruces is the place to be this weekend, with the first-ever combined Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival and SalsaFest, set for 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. With the price of admission, guests will get 10 1-ounce beer samples and five salsa samples. There will be more than 200 beers to sample, and salsas are courtesy of 10 local restaurants, battling it out for the best. There will also be live music, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, salsa music and salsa dancing and more. General admission is $20 online at www.lcbeerfest.com or $25 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are free.
The Rio Grande Theatre will screen two beloved classic films of Saturday — “Mary Poppins” at noon (admission is free) and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at 7 p.m (admission is $8). Doors open one hour before showtimes; concessions served including snacks and refreshments, beer, wine and spirits. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); Chris Baker at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Derrick Harris Band at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Americana singer-songwriter Tell Runyan at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and rockabilly with Double Clutchers at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, Aug. 19
Sunday night’s Music in the Park series, set for 7 p.m. at Young Park, features Reviva and Bubba Kush Band. Admission is free, as always. For more, call 575-541-2550.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes indie folk rock with Perfect on Paper at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Aug. 23-26
Next weekend, enjoy free admission at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Community Appreciation Day; catch the first game of the season as the NMSU Aggies take on Wyoming; and take a Full Moon Hike at White Sands National Monument.