Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Sept.13-16, 2018.
Thursday, Sept. 13
Following his induction into the Grand Ole Opry and the release of his acclaimed seventh album “Losing Sleep,” platinum-selling entertainer Chris Young takes his Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour on the road, with a stop at 7 p.m. Thursday at the NMSU Pan American Center, featuring special guests Kane Brown and Morgan Evans. Tickets start at $39. For more, visit panam.nmsu.edu/young.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host its Culture Series: Maud Hawk Wright & Villa’s Raid at 7 p.m. Thursday. Author Michael Hays will recount the true story of a young American woman, Maud Hawk Wright, who was kidnapped from her ranch in Chihuahua during the Mexican Revolution by Villista raiders. The raiders forced Maud and her husband off of their land, leaving their infant child with a hired hand and, shortly afterward, murdered her husband. A grieving Maud was taken to Pancho Villa’s encampment in the mountains where hundreds of revolutionaries were preparing for action. To her surprise, Maud was chosen to ride with Villa and 400 of his soldiers to the north. Enduring a brutal nine-day trek through the mountains of northern Mexico with Villa and his small army, Maud witnessed the violent mania of Villa and his officers and learned that she will become a participant in Villa’s grandiose plan to invade the United States. Before dawn of the ninth day of Maud’s captivity, she found herself riding as a member of Villa’s army as it crossed the border to attack a small New Mexican town, Columbus. Admission is free; visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org for more.
Thursday’s live music includes Madison, Wisconsin solo singer-songwriter Roger Wendover at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Sept. 14
The historic Rio Grande Theatre will host the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Join the Friends of the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks for a slate of inspiring and humorous films, alongside a silent auction with plenty of great items. Admission is $15 per person, and doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets and more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
The Las Cruces Symphony Pops Under the Stars is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Plaza de Las Cruces. Get there early — gates open at 5:30 p.m. for food, beer and wine before 70 musicians take the stage and fill the night sky with music. Tickets are $16 general admission; VIP table seating is $51 single seat, $510 table of 10. For more, visit lascrucessymphony.com.
Legendary singer-songwriters Stephen Stills and Judy Collins will come together on the stage at the NMSU Pan American Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter Stills met singer-songwriter Collins, known for her piercing ocean blue eyes. Their tumultuous love affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Both artists would go on to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a transformative era for both artists. This once in a lifetime tour pulls from both artists’ catalogs. Tickets start at $35.50. Visit panam.nmsu.edu for tickets and more.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Chris Baker at Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); Tequila Nights at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and The Mixx Band at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); eclectic jazz with Coolside Collective at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and XKE at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, Sept. 15
A beloved site in the Mesilla Valley returns as the 2018 White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational takes flight at dawn on Saturday and continues through the weekend. Balloons will launch from White Sands National Monument between 7 and 7:30 a.m. daily, with gates open at 6 a.m. A balloon glow will take place Saturday evening at Ed Brabson Balloon Park, with vendors on site. This is a free event; however, White Sands National Monument park fees apply.
Kicking off Saturday afternoon and continuing through Sunday, the town of Mesilla hosts its annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta on its iconic plaza. This year’s fiesta begins with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of food, fun, vendors, ballet folklorico, mariachi music and more. Admission is free. For more, visit mesillanm.gov.
The Las Cruces Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set to get moving at 7 a.m. Saturday at Young Park. Held annually in more than 600 communities around the United States, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. For more, call 575-647-3868 or visit bit.ly/2LXx1gx.
The two-day DogCruces Pet Expo takes over the Las Cruces Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pet lovers can discover what type of services and products are available in the area when it comes to their pet. Whether thinking about adopting a new pet, obedience classes, veterinary care or even family pet photos, all of the information and contacts needed are in one place. Admission is $5 per person age 5 and older. Head to dogcrucespetexpo.com for more.
The Rio Grande Theatre will screen “The LEGO Movie” at noon on Saturday. An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as “special”, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis. Admission is just $1, cash only at the door. Concessions are available. Visit riograndetheatre.org for more — everything is awesome!
The Battle of I-25 returns with the NMSU Aggies vs. University of New Mexico Lobos set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Tickets start at just $5. Visit nmstatesports.com.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jessica Flores at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); Sage Gentle Wing at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Phat Soul at The Game II; classical, folk, pop and rock — on cello — with Alison Reynolds at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); folk strings with Dan Lambert & The Creatures of Habit at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and Soul & Rhythm at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Sunday, Sept. 16
On Sunday, check out day two of the White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational, the town of Mesilla’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta and the DogCruces Pet Expo!
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Cajon Brothers playing rocking originals and cool tunes mixing jazz, blues and acoustic rock at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Sept. 20-23
Next weekend, CARE Las Cruces’ grand fundraiser, La Gran Fiesta, takes over Plaza de Las Cruces; the American Southwest Theatre Company and NMSU Theatre Arts Department draw the curtain on “The River Bride”; and the NMSU Aggies head to the famed Battle of I-10 as they take on the UTEP Miners.
Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo
LCCT “Parallel Lives”