Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Oct. 4-7, 2018.
Friday, Oct. 5
The monthly First Friday Downtown Art Ramble, held from 5 to 7 p.m., will feature 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 www.downtownlascruces.org/art-ramble.
Hosted by the Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society, the 18th annual Mesilla Jazz Happening will kick off Friday night with live jazz performances from some of the area’s best musicians from 6 to 9 p.m. at Café Don Felix, The Double Eagle, Hacienda de Mesilla, La Posta, Josefina’s and St. Clair Winery & Bistro. Enjoy dinner, drinks and great live jazz all weekend. Performances are free, and the Mesilla Jazz Happening continues through Sunday— visit mvjazzblues.net for more.
No Strings Theatre Company will open its production of “The World Goes ’Round” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces. “The World Goes ’Round” takes audiences through a stunning revue of the songbook of beloved showtunes from the duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb.
Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. “The World Goes ’Round” continues through the weekend with another show at 8 p.m. Saturday; other showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 12 and 19; 8 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21; and Thursday, Oct. 18.
For tickets and more, visit no-strings.org.
Las Cruces Community Theatre continues 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.
Remaining performances of “Parallel Lives” are set for 7:30 p.m Saturdays, Oct. 6 and 13; 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 7 and 14; at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. 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 tickets and more, visit lcctnm.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); songs from a new, upcoming EP by Buddy Akin at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and XKE Band at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, Oct. 6
The second day of the Mesilla Jazz Happening features live music on the plaza from Jimmy Olivas and Friends (Noon to 2:10 p.m.), Billy Townes Quartet (2:25 to 3:35) and Ruben Gutierrez Quintet (3:50 to 5 p.m.). Sponsored by the Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society. Visit mvjazzblues.net.
The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra will present “Classics I” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Atkinson Recital Hall on the NMSU Campus. The performance will feature Astor Piazzolla Le Quattro Stagioni performing “Four Seasons” performed by guest soloist Philippe Quinto on Violin, and Heitor Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7. A special matinee performance of “Classics I” is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, sponsorships and more, visit lascrucessymphony.com.
Mesilla Valley Maze, New Mexico’s original corn maze and pumpkin patch, is open 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.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jessica Flores at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and The Game II; country and bluegrass solo artist Catfish Fry at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and XKE Band at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Sunday, Oct. 7
For one day only the Black Box Theatre will host Irma Herrera’s one-woman show “Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
When Irma Herrera gives her name its correct Spanish pronunciation, people sometimes assume she’s not a “real” American — never mind that the native English-speaker’s family has been in South Texas for generations, or that she is an award-winning social justice activista, lawyer and journalist.
“Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” is one woman’s journey from a small segregated South Texas town to California’s multicultural mecca. What part of Irma’s identity is she asked to give up for the sake of fitting in and getting along? How can a simple introduction turn into a potential battle to be heard and seen? Weaving history and comedic insights into stories about names, this solo performer invites us to consider how open and welcoming we really are.
Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. For tickets and more, visit no-strings.org.
Closing out the weekend Mesilla Jazz Happening on the historic plaza is live music from Organo Ambiente (12:45 to 1:45 p.m.), Big Band on the Rio Grande (2 to 3 p.m.), Mack Goldsbury Quartet (3:15 to 4:15 p.m.) and Supersax of the Southwest (4:30 to 6 p.m.) Sponsored by the Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society. Visit mvjazzblues.net.
LCSO Classics I
Sunday’s live music schedule includes The Two of Us live at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and local country superstar Chris Baker at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Oct. 11-14
Next weekend, catch Old Dominion’s “Happy Endings” World Tour with Michael Ray and High Valley; head south along the Mesilla Valley wine trail to the La Viña Harvest Wine Festival, raise funds for KRWG Radio at the Cutter Gallery’s Border Artists Art Show and Benefit; catch local celebrities and NMSU DanceSport dancers strutting their stuff at Look Who’s Dancing!; and enjoy traditional music on the historic plaza at Mariachi Sundays in Mesilla.
The Las Cruces Country Music Festival — featuring Dwight Yoakam, Randy Houser, Sawyer Brown, Rick Trevino, King Leg, Frankie Ballard, Brennin and more — is right around the corner, set for Oct. 19-21.