Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Aug. 23-26, 2018.
Thursday, Aug. 23
Thursday’s live music includes singer songwriter Sage Gentle-Wing at Verde Ale House (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) and solo guitar with Danny Sanchez at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Aug. 24
The Las Cruces Community Theatre’s production of “The Laramie Project” enters its final weekend, beginning with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday. In October 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. For tickets and more, visit www.lcctnm.org. The final two shows of “The Laramie Project” are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
No Strings Theatre Company continues its production of “Indoor/Outdoor” at 8 p.m. Friday at Black Box Theatre. In this unabashedly sentimental comedy, a cat named Samantha has just started living with a guy named Shuman who she believes is her true love. At first everything seems to be going great. Samantha can’t get enough of Shuman, and she can’t get enough of him. But soon Samantha realizes that Shuman doesn’t always seem to understand her. Worse yet, Shuman doesn’t always seem all that interested in trying to understand her. Things become truly problematic when one night Oscar, a sexy alley cat, shows up at the door. Suddenly Samantha begins to wonder whether she’s an indoor or an outdoor cat. To make matters more complicated, a quirky aspiring cat therapist named Matilda inserts herself into the mix, thinking she can solve everyone’s problems but only seems to make things worse. Eventually Samantha finds herself on a journey, both physical and emotional, that leads her to discover what having a home and being loved really mean to her. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and students. “Indoor/Outdoor” continues with showings at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. www.no-strings.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes The Cajon Brothers at Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); DAMN Union at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Triple Jack at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); groovy old-school tunes with Skivi Meredith at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Derrick Harris at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, Aug. 25
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host its annual Community Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum offers free admission on this day each year to thank the community for its support. Demonstrations are a big part of the day, as well as the Parade of Breeds cattle program, pony rides, children’s games, a greenhouse plant sale and more. Admission is free. For more, visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 575-522-4100.
The Rio Grande Theatre will screen two beloved classic films of Saturday — “The Little Mermaid” at noon (admission is free) and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at 7 p.m (admission is $8). Doors open one hour before showtimes; concessions served including snacks and refreshments, beer, wine and spirits. For more, visit www.riograndetheatre.org.
The City of Las Cruces’ summer Movies in the Park series will continue Saturday with a 7 p.m. screening of “Wonder” at Young Park. Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Admission to Movies in the Park is always free.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Frontera Jazz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); Milagro Band at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Phat Soul at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); classical pieces, pop and rock on cello with Alison Reynolds at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and blues rock with Moments Notice at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, Aug. 26
Sunday’s live music schedule includes David Olguin at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and folk, country, blues and rock with C.L. Smith at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Aug. 30-Sept. 3
The Mesilla Valley is filled with end-of-summer celebrations next weekend. Head north of Las Cruces for the Hatch Chile Festival, celebrating the region’s world-famous chile crop; then make your way back south to sample a plethora of award-winning New Mexico wines at the annual Harvest Wine Festival.