Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Sept. 27-30, 2018.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo kicks off Wednesday evening at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The annual fair includes a midway, auction, food, livestock shows, rodeo, student arts exhibits, live music and entertainment, vendor booths and much more. The fair is open daily through Sunday, Sept. 30. Tickets are $14 adults, $10 children ages 7-14. For daily schedules and more, visit snmstatefairgrounds.net.
Thursday, Sept. 27
Catch a special 20th anniversary screening of the Coen Brothers’ cult comedy classic “The Big Lebowski” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rio Grande Theatre. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. Rated R. Admission is $8, concessions including beer, wine, snacks and refreshments are available. Visit riograndetheatre.org for tickets and more.
Thursday’s live music includes pop covers with solo guitar with Galveston, Texas’ own Robert Kuhn at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Sept. 28
Las Cruces Community Theatre will debut its production of Teddy Aspen-Sanchez’s “Parallel Lives” at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they’ve decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation.
From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother’s funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar.
With boundless humor, “Parallel Lives” reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods — or in this case, goddesses.
Showtimes of “Parallel Lives” are 7:30 p.m Fridays, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 and 12; 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 13; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and 14. Tickets are $15 adults; $12 seniors, students and military; $11 per person for groups of 10 or more; and $10 for children 12 and younger. For more, visit lcctnm.org.
The Rio Grande Theatre will host Empty Spaces Live Pink Floyd Tribute Show, at 8 p.m. Friday. The group will perform songs from Pink Floyd’s catalog, including “The Dark Side of The Moon,” “Animals,” “The Wall,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Live at Pompeii” and other timeless tracks. Experience the sights and sound of a live Pink Floyd rock concert complete with a state of the art laser light show. Tickets are $30 advance, $35 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concessions including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits will be served. Visit riograndetheatre.org for tickets and more.
Entering its final weekend, the American Southwest Theatre Company and NMSU Theatre Arts Department will continue its production of 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 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. For tickets and more, visit nmsutheatre.com.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); reggae, rock and dub with Blaze the Nation at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Stepping Up at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); 1980s, ’90s and contemporary acoustic guitarist Daniel “Danyo” Sanchez at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Chris Baker at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, Sept. 29
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 Weavers 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 fee is $15; bring a sack lunch. Space is limited to 4 and registration is required. Call 522-4100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Celebrate World Animal Day beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science. World Animal Day was created in 1931 in Florence, Italy by a convention of ecologists seeking to highlight the plight of endangered species. They chose Oct. 4 as World Animal Day because it is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Since then, World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals, as well as the people who love and respect them. It is celebrated in a variety of ways in every country, with no restriction in nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.
Mesilla Valley Maze, New Mexico’s original corn maze and pumpkin patch, reopens for the season on Saturday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 28. A full day of family fun includes a giant corn maze, pick-a-pumpkin patch, hayrides and more fun for the whole family. Admission is $12 adults, $10 children 2-12. Visit mesillavalleymaze.com for more.
Praised as “one of the most outstanding talents coming up today,” American pianist Katie Mahan is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the world for her innovative musical personality, poetic interpretations and graceful, charming stage presence. She’s bringing her show to the historic Rio Grande Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $20, doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits will be served. Visit riograndetheatre.org for tickets and more.
Also Saturday are performances of the American Southwest Theatre Company’s production of “The River Bride” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts; and “Parallel Lives” at 7:30 p.m. at Las Cruces Community Theatre.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Skivi Meredith at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); Latin Funktion at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Malcolm Tense at The Game II; traditional bluegrass with tight picking and vocal harmonies with Rio Grande Bluegrass Band at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); classic rock with Soulshine at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and XKE Band at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Sunday, Sept. 30
The Doña Ana Arts Council will host “Feed the Body, Feed the Soul,” a benefit concert featuring Nosotros along with other local musicians and plenty of local food trucks, at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center in Mesilla. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the gate, and are available, along with more event info, at daarts.org.
Also Sunday are performances of the American Southwest Theatre Company’s production of “The River Bride” at 2 p.m. at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts; and “Parallel Lives” at 2 p.m. at Las Cruces Community Theatre.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes David Olguin live at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and vocalist and pianist Nicole Osborn performing originals with pop, rock, jazz and blues flavor at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Oct. 4-7
Next weekend, get ready to begin October with a bang. The Mesilla Valley will be a flurry of activity, with the annual Mesilla Jazz Happening taking over restaurants around the town, along with the historic plaza. Head downtown on Friday to catch new artwork during the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble. Visit the Black Box Theatre for two new productions — “The World Goes ‘Round” and a special limited engagement of “Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” Dine, dance and donate for a good cause at Cowboys for Cancer Research hosts its annual dinner and celebration at the Las Cruces Convention Center… and much more.
Plan ahead — during the rest of October, we’ve got to look forward to the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, La Vina Harvest Wine Festival, the return of Look Who’s Dancing, the Food Truck Fiesta and, of course, the Las Cruces Country Music Festival.
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