Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of June 1-June 3, 2018.
Friday, June 1
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.
Actress Erin Sullivan brings her one-woman tribute to screen goddess Marilyn Monroe “With Love, Marilyn” to the stage of the Rio Grande Theatre, at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Reprising her role from Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff’s “Marilee And Baby Lamb: The Assassination Of An American Goddess,” Sullivan continues her exploration of the icon with this playful and sensual musical journey that weaves together stories of Monroe’s life, loves and legacy. Tickets are $27.50. Another performance is set for 5 p.m. Saturday. For tickets and more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Las Cruces Community Theatre’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will debut at 8 p.m. Friday. This comedy musical, based on the hit movie, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams in a production that’s equal parts hilarious and heartwarming. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military, $11 each for groups of 10 or more, and $10 children 12 and younger. “Legally Blonde” continues with performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; the show runs through June 17. For tickets and more, visit www.lcctnm.org.
No-Strings Theatre Company continues its run of “The Rivals” at 8 p.m. Friday on the stage of the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. A “comedy of manners,” “The Rivals” satirizes sentimentalism and sophisticated pretensions — without the typical 18th-century moralizing. The dialogue crackles with wit even today, over two hundred years after it was first penned. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. “The Rivals” continues through the weekend with shows at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; the show runs through June 11. For tickets and more, visit http://no-strings.org.
Saturday, June 2
Hometown country artists Alyssa Newton, Bri Bagwell and Josh Grider will come together at 7 p.m. on the Plaza de Las Cruces stage downtown for Homeward Bound: Country on the Plaza. This evening of country music and dancing will also include food from a variety of downtown eateries and food trucks, along with a cash bar. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the gate — or purchase a ticket for Thursday night’s screening of “Urban Cowboy” and the concert for $20. Children 12 and younger are free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2JEXviA.
Community LGBTQA choir Singing Out Las Cruces’ Spring Concert “I Write The Songs” is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri Ave. This musical spectacular features beloved songs from Joan Baez, Carole King, Elton John, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Pink and more, performed by this inclusive community chorus. All tickets are $10. For tickets and more, visit www.singingoutlascruces.org. An encore performance is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.
The City of Las Cruces will kick off its summer Movies in the Park series with a 7 p.m. screening of “Wonder Woman” at Young Park. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. Movies in the Park screenings take place at 7 p.m. or dusk Saturdays and are always free. For more, call 541-2550.
Also on Saturday, catch the second and final performance of “With Love, Marilyn” at 5 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre; “The Rivals” at 8 p.m. the Black Box Theatre; or “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at 8 p.m. at Las Cruces Community Theatre.
Sunday, June 3
Sunday afternoon offers theatergoers matinee showings of both “The Rivals” (2:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre) and “Legally Blonde: The Musical” (2 p.m. at Las Cruces Community Theatre), along with an afternoon encore of Singing Out’s Spring Concert (3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church).
Next Weekend: June 6-9
Next weekend, sample cuisine from Las Cruces’ best chefs at the annual Taste of Las Cruces; relive Beatlemania with a musical tribute by Reunion Beatles; and get in shape for summer at the 2018 Health & Fitness Expo.
The return of the annual Raft the Rio is set for Saturday, June 16, so it’s best to start your boat now! For more information, visit Raft the Rio sponsors Kiwanis of Las Cruces at https://kiwanis-lascruces.org.