Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Aug. 10-12, 2018.
Friday, Aug. 10
The Rio Grande Theatre will host its August Mexican Cultural Series — Tango for a Piano — at 7 p.m. Friday. Mexican pianist Astrid Morales and cellist Jason Mooney will premier a new masterpiece for cello and piano by the renowned tango composer Sonia Possetti. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions served including snacks and refreshments, beer, wine and spirits. Admission is free. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
Las Cruces Community Theatre will open the curtain on its production of “The Laramie Project” at 7:30 p.m. Friday. In October of 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, an openly-gay University of Wyoming student, was found brutally beaten and tied to a fence just outside Laramie, Wyoming. His tragic death sparked nationwide outrage and a conversation about homophobia and gay rights, love, hate and the gray areas in between. Ten members of the Tectonic Theater Project of New York City went to Laramie, Wyoming, and from a compilation of hundreds of their interviews and the theater members’ personal diaries and news reports, a manuscript was developed that was to become “The Laramie Project.” Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military, and $10 for those 12 and younger. “The Laramie Project” also shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets and more, visit www.lcctnm.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Perfect on Paper at Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); Phat Soul at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Caliente at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Abby & Calista at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Dr. Floyd Band at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, Aug. 11
Saturday is the perfect day for art in the Mesilla Valley! The 10-10 Arts Hop features 10 hours of art in Las Cruces every second Saturday. Galleries include Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center, Rokoko Art Gallery, NMSU University Art Gallery, The Cutter Gallery, Art Obscura and Four Points Perspective Art Gallery. The participating University-area galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Mesilla Mercado-area galleries are open from 4 to 7 p.m. and the south Mesilla/Mesilla Park galleries are open from 7 to 10 p.m. For more, visit www.daarts.org or contact any of the individual galleries.
The Great American Pizza Festival will make a stop at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum from 5 to 11 p.m. The festival features 250 different craft beers and 100 wines available for purchase, along with samples from local and regional pizzerias, live music and more. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the gates and include 10 pizza samples plus a Pizza Fest T-shirt. This is an all-ages event. For tickets and more, visit www.gapizzafest.com.
Mesilla Valley Hospice will host its popular annual Men Who Cook fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Sample entrees, sides and desserts from talented area community leaders, businesspeople and local celebrities, all raising funds for Mesilla Valley Hospice. Tickets are $75 per person, available in advance or at the door. For more, visit www.mvhospice.org.
Young Park will host this week’s Movies in the Park — “Beauty and the Beast,” the 2017 reimagining of the beloved Disney classic, set for 7 p.m. (or dusk). A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner. Rated PG. Movies in the Park are always free. For more, call 575-541-2550.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); Sage Gentle Wing at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Stepping Up at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); La Maldita Union at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Rio Grande Blues Band at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, Aug. 12
Sunday’s Music in the Park featuring Tequila Nights and the Johnny Hernandez Band is set to kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday at Young Park. Bring a blanket, picnic and the whole family for an evening of live music. For more, call 575-541-2550.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Yadira Del Campo at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and indie folk rock with Alister M at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
During the week, head downtown for Swing on the Plaza at 7 p.m. Tuesday; catch a free screening of the classic “Jaws” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rio Grande Theatre; and visit the opening of “Jacob Pfeiffer: My Long Journey” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
Next Weekend: Aug. 16-19
Next weekend, No Strings Theatre Company will open its production of “Indoor/Outdoor” on Friday, and the first-even combination SalsaFest and Summer Beer Fest will take over downtown on Saturday.