On the Town: 6 Fun Ways to Get into the Spring of Things

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Fun | Scarlet ballet show

Ready to try something new?
Here are some fun options happening around
town this season

1. See a Classic Book Come to Life

Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00pm
NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall

Ballet 5:8 brings its film/dance hybrid production Scarlet inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ​The Scarlet Letter to Las Cruces. Ballet 5:8’s dramatic adaptation of the famous novel pairs original choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager and a stunning score by American modernist composer Charles Ives with film elements directed by Preston Miller, and spoken word created by Chicago artist Kylla Pate. ​​

Scarlet delves into the timeless struggles of hypocrisy, shame and ultimately, the hope of redemption. After the performance, audience members are invited to discuss their experience and ask questions during an open panel discussion with Slager and artists of the company. The single Las Cruces performance is made possible in part by Wanda Bowman and Ashley Homestore.

Tickets are $25 adults, $20 students/seniors, and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available through ballet58.org, by calling 312-725-4752, or in person at the Ashley Homestore (3299 Del Rey Blvd).

Fun | jewelry pieces2. Adorn Yourself For a Good Cause

Kitty Glitter
Friday, March 9, from 5:30pm to 8pm
Saturday, March 10, from 9am to 1pm
Griggs & Reymond Event House
504 W. Griggs Ave.

Folks don’t get a win, win, win situation every day. However, Kitty Glitter, a fundraiser for felines, could make that claim. Women dig through their jewelry boxes to donate items for an annual sale, where people purchase lovely and fun jewelry at great prices. Local cat rescue groups receive the raised funds.

Kitty Glitter features gently used jewelry for sale, from fun costume finds to real gold and silver treasures. You will surely discover something you want to get your paws on in the hundreds of pairs of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Jewelry boxes and decorative items available, too!

Want first crack at the best stuff? The pre-sale is Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm. Admission is $10 and light munchies will be served. The sale continues from 9am to 1pm on Saturday with no admission charge.

Project Save a Kitten raises funds for local nonprofit organizations with missions to spay, neuter, rescue, and adopt kittens and cats. Beneficiaries may include Cat’s Meow, Doña Ana Big Kitty Fix, Broken Promises SW, and other cat-specific programs. –Jackye Meinecke

Fun | musical poster3. Rock Out!

Friday, April 27 – Sunday, May 6
for the Arts
1000 E. University Ave.

ASTC and the New Mexico State University department of Theatre Arts presents the mega-hit rock musical Rent from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, May 6.

Rent is a wildly popular musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village. NMSU’S production is directed by Theatre Arts Department Head Wil Kilroy and will feature singers and actors from NMSU and the community. Will says NMSU has been wanting to do this musical for several years, but has been unable to get the production rights until now. “We jumped on it when the rights became available,” he notes. “Our students are so excited to be able to sing and dance the songs they love and have grown up on.”

Rent is presented at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts in the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre. Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 27 & 28 at 7:30pm; Friday May 4 at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 5 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Sunday, May 6 at 2pm.

“Our students are so excited to be able to sing and dance the songs they love and have grown up on.”

Fun | people holding ukulele4. Learn a New Instrument

Las Cruces UkeFest
May 18-20
Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 18

What’s the most fun you can have on four strings? Playing the ukulele, of course! The Las Cruces Ukes, a non-profit community group of ukulele enthusiasts, hosts the Las Cruces UkeFest, May 18-20, bringing nationally-known instructors and ukulele lovers from across the country together for three days of ukulele fun.

The weekend kicks off with a Friday evening concert at the Atkinson Recital Hall at NMSU, which features renowned instructor/performers Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Lil’ Rev, Mark Baker, and Rachel Manke. Then, all day Saturday and Sunday morning the festival moves to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum where there will be workshops on a wide range of topics for all levels of players, plus an open mic, jam session, and marketplace with vendors. A catered lunch on Saturday is included with full festival registration.

Ukulele festivals are popular throughout the world and last year’s Las Cruces UkeFest brought over 100 aficionados to the Mesilla Valley to learn and play together. Because they sold out the concert at the museum last year, they moved this year’s performance to a larger venue.

Tickets are available separately for the concert for those who don’t play, but want to enjoy an evening of amazing ukulele music. As a special incentive to register by the early bird deadline of April 18, one full festival registrant will be selected by drawing to perform on stage with Lil’ Rev. – Cheryl Fallstead

5. Admire Blooming Beauties

Aril International Society Convention
April 6-7 at
Hotel Encanto
972-816-3418, seandellirises@

Mesilla Valley
Iris Show
April 21 from 1pm-4pm @ Mesilla Valley Mall

Fun | Iris Garden

Nothing says spring like colorful flowers. The Mesilla Valley Iris Society has been in Las Cruces since 1971. One of the founding members is still with the club and there are several life members who have been active for many years. In early April, the group is sponsoring an Aril Trek, with tours of four gardens and two-year clumps, as part of the Aril International Society convention at Hotel Encanto which will draw in national participants and international growers. Later in the month, the group will be holding an American Iris Society sanctioned flower show open to the public.

6. Show Off Your Acting Skills

Auditions for Legally Blonde, The Musical
Saturday, March 10
from 3pm-5pm;

Sunday, March 11
from 6pm-8pm

Callbacks, if needed: Sunday March 11 @ 8pm

For information, contact
the LCCT online at lcctnm.org.

The Las Cruces Community Theatre is holding auditions for Legally Blonde, The Musical, based on the hit movie of the same name. Director Wil Kilroy asks auditioners to prepare 16 bars of a ballad and 16 bars of an up-tempo song for the audition. An accompanist will be provided, so please bring music. A group dance audition will be held after vocal auditions.

“Come join us for this award-winning musical based on the hit movie with Reese Witherspoon,” says choreographer Janet Beatty-Payne. “Follow Elle Woods as she shatters stereotypes, and finds meaning and purpose pursuing her dreams.”

Actors interested in auditioning for the role of Elle, who is “eternally optimistic and full of energy and enthusiasm, must be willing to be blonde, must be ok with dogs, and must dance—tap preferred,” Wil says.

Vocal range: soprano belt (Gb2-G5). Other roles being cast are Emmet (male 20-27); Professor Callahan (male 45-60); Paulette (female 35-50); Vivienne (female 20-27); Warner (male 20-27); Brooke (female 25-40); Kyle (male 35-50); and a variety of roles for men and women 18-60. Wil is also seeking actors and technical support for lighting, sound, stage management, and stage crew. – Susie Ouderkirk

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