Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Nov. 15-18, 2018.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Known for their sibling harmonies and high-energy show, two-time Canadian Country Music Award nominees Twin Kennedy will take the stage of the Rio Grande Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Carli (guitar) and Julie (fiddle) blend their classical training with their country roots to create a program that covers everything from classical to country, enjoyed by all ages. Tickets are $25 adults, $5 students 18 and older with ID; 17 and younger free with adult admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and concessions will be served. For tickets and more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
Thursday’s live music schedule includes Nicole Osborn at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Nov. 16
The Artists of Picacho Hills will host their beloved, annual Holly Day House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The Holly Day House is the perfect place to find a unique, handmade gift, with pieces available in a variety of media including paintings and prints, decorative knives, computer-generated art, reed weavings, quilted items, fused glass, metalwork, ceramics, decorative gourds, jewelry and more. The Holly Day House continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more, visit artistsofpicachohills.com.
The Potters Guild of Las Cruces 2018 Holiday Sale is set to kick off from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri Ave. This annual sale of ceramics made by members of the Potters Guild makes a great place to begin your holiday gift-giving season. Sale continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; for more, visit pottersguildlc.com or call 524-1146.
The New Mexico State University Theatre Arts Department and American Southwest Theatre Company will open the madcap holiday satire “Inspecting Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of “A Christmas Carol,” rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. An irreverent homage to Charles Dickens’ tale of a redemptive old miser, “Inspecting Carol” might be the perfect antidote for the grinch seeking to destroy the joys of the holiday season.
Tickets are $17 adults, $14 seniors and NMSU faculty/staff, $10 students ages 3-17 with ID, $5 high school students. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 and Dec. 1; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. 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.); Eli James Band at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Tequila Nights at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); and Americana singer-songwriter Tell Runyan combining country, rock and folk at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.).
Saturday, Nov. 17
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at HomeGrown — A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. This fifth-annual, two-day event showcases the food grown in New Mexico. More than 60 vendors from around the state will sell their products and offer free samples as the gift-giving season approaches. Award-winning salsas are featured, as well as wine, pies, cookies, sauces, honey, jerky, cheese, and much more. The museum partners with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for this event. Admission is $5 per vehicle. The event returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
The lecture “Freedom is Ours Now” by Patricia Woodard is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the historic Rio Grande Theatre. According to organizers, “Christ Jesus’ teachings are practical today. Divine Love releases us from fear and pain and frees us to soar!” Doors open at 1 p.m. Concessions will be served. Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Las Cruces. Admission is free. Visit riograndetheatre.org for more.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); La Maldita Union and Alister M at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Tanner Huston at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Little Table Contraband and their signature blend of rock ‘n’ roll, Americana and folk at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); Dan Lambert and the Creatures of Habit at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and Elaine Wiggins at Pecan Grill and Brewery (7 to 10 p.m.).
Sunday, Nov. 18
The town of Mesilla hosts its El Tratado de la Mesilla Reenactment at 2 p.m. Sunday on the historic plaza, a re-enactment of the 1854 ratification of the Gadsden Purchase, which included the $10 million purchase by the U.S. of 45,535 square miles from Mexico, including present-day Mesilla and Las Cruces. Admission is free. mesillanm.gov.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and honest and singer and guitarist Chris Smith-Escarcega at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Nov. 22-25
Next week, get a head start on getting rid of that holiday weight — and for a good cause — at the annual Thanksgiving day Turkey Trot 1-mile Fun Run, 5K and 10K Race (Nov. 22); and continue your holiday shopping at the two-day St. Genevieve’s Annual Christmas Fair (Nov. 24-25).
Forget the cold weather — the holiday season is warming up in the Mesilla Valley! Up ahead, get in the holiday spirit with the annual La Casa Holiday Bazaar (Nov. 30-Dec. 2); the Las Cruces Community Theatre production of “Mary Poppins”; the annual City of Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting (Dec. 1); New Mexico State University’s 34th Annual Noche de Luminarias (Dec. 2); and the “Light Up Downtown” Chanukah concert and menorah lighting hosted by Chabad Jewish Center of Las Cruces (Dec. 2).