Wild Weekend! (List of Events 09/20 – 09/23)

September 19, 2018 Julian Nunez

Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Sept. 20-23, 2018.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Thursday’s live music includes pop covers with Alan Raintree at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Friday, Sept. 21
The American Southwest Theatre Company and NMSU Theatre Arts Department will open the curtain on the grim Latino fairy tale “The River Bride” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.
Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister Belmira’s wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. And she knows that her sister only wants to escape their sleepy Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river — a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of true love, regret, transformation and the struggle to stay true to family while staying true to oneself.
Tickets to “The River Bride” are $17 adults, $14 seniors and NMSU faculty and staff, $10 students ages 3 to 17 and NMSU students with ID, and $5 high school students with ID. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. For tickets and more, visit nmsutheatre.com.

Friday night, enjoy the kickoff of the third annual La Gran Fiesta — CARE Las Cruces’ three-day fundraiser and celebration of southern New Mexico’s traditions, people and great food with live music and entertainment, kids booths, dancers, competitions, carnival, chile-eating contest, games, fashion show, golf tournament and lots more. Friday’s event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on the Plaza de Las Cruces, and features live music from Las Cruces Gents, Natajja, Phat Soul and Karlos Saucedo.
Visit carelascruces.org for a full schedule, tickets and more information.

Friday’s live music schedule includes Sam & Rex singing the blues at Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); Derrick Harris Band at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and DAMN Union at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Latin music with solo guitar from Damian Luna at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Dan Lambert at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).

Saturday, Sept. 22
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host a Basic Weaving Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Mesilla Valley Weaver’s Guild is partnering with the museum for this one-day class. Looms will be warped and yarn will be provided with which to weave. Participants will take home their woven piece when they finish. The class is offered to adults and children 14 and older (accompanied by an adult). Class is $15; bring a sack lunch. Space is limited to 4 and registration is required. Please contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or luannr.kilday@state.nm.us. Another workshop will be held the following weekend, on Sept. 29.

Take a trip south and support your New Mexico State University Aggies, set to take on the rival UTEP Miners at Saturday’s Battle of I-10, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. at Sun Bowl Stadium. For tickets and more, visit nmstatesports.com.

The Branigan Cultural Center will host the Fifth Annual Navajo Rug Auction beginning at noon Saturday. Hosted by the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums, the auction features approximately 250 items — rugs, baskets, jewelry and other handmade items. Preview the pieces from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Navajo weavers and Las Cruces Museums. For more, visit foundationlcm.com.

Saturday, CARE Las Cruces’ annual La Gran Fiesta continues from 3 p.m. to midnight with a celebration of southern New Mexico’s traditions, people and great food with live music and entertainment, kids booths, dancers, competitions, carnival, chile-eating contest, games, fashion show, golf tournament and lots more. A parade along Campo Street kicks off Saturday’s fun, which also includes performances by Orlando Antonio Carrillo-Jimenez and Mariachi Aguilas, Steppin’ Up, Caliente, Los Latinos and headliner AB Quintanilla and The Kumbia King Allstarz.
Visit carelascruces.org for a full schedule, tickets and more information.

Saturday’s live music schedule includes XXXX at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); Ghetto Blaster at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Eli James Band at The Game II; upbeat, jazzy bossa nova with Abby Nayra at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); country and folk with Austin, Texas’ Danny Santos at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); Pecan Grill and Brewery will also host live music (9 p.m.).

Sunday, Sept. 23
On Sunday, a beloved tradition returns to downtown Las Cruces as part of CARE Las Cruces’ annual La Gran Fiesta — the third annual Roberto’s enchilada cook-off contest. Sunday’s fiesta hours are noon to 5 p.m. and includes performances by mariachis and folklorico dancers, Double Trouble Neal McCowan Band, Salvador Hernandez and Mariachi Alma de Jalisco and Eli James Band.
Visit carelascruces.org for a full schedule, tickets and more information.

Sunday’s live music schedule includes singer and guitarist Christopher Smith-Escarcega rocking it out at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).

Next Weekend: Sept. 27-30
Next weekend, get the whole family ready for the annual Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo; “get lost” during the opening weekend of the Mesilla Valley Maze; and catch the premier of “Parallel Lives” at the Las Cruces Community Theatre.

Plan Ahead:
October is a big month in the Mesilla Valley — plan ahead for the No-Strings Theatre Company production of “World Goes Round” at the Black Box Theatre, the annual Mesilla Jazz Happening, the Las Cruces Country Music Festival, Zombie Walk and the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Mesilla.

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