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Downtown Events Mar 5 to Mar 18 2018

Main Street Downtown:

  • Farmers and Crafts Market
    • 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

    • 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10.

    • 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14.

    • 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

  • Plaza De Las Cruces
    • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 9: Native Voices Music.

    • 9 p.m. Saturday, March 10: Las Cruces International Film Festival After Party.

    • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17: Butterfly Dress Project Vendor Fair.

  • La Placita
    • 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17: Downtown Vendors Emporium.

Las Cruces Museum System: Free admission!

  • Railroad Museum, 575/541-2154 or 575/647-4480
    • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8: Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time.

    • 10 a.m. – noon Friday, March 9: Coloring Club for Adults.

    • 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, March 10: Family Game Day.

    • Noon Tuesday, March 13: Brown Bag Lecture Series.

      • Robert Diaz, vice president of the El Paso Historical Society presents “Contextualizing the Past: The Burges House, the El Paso County Historical Society, and the Importance of Local History.”

    • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17: Saturday Story Time

  • Branigan Cultural Center, 575/541-2154
    • Through March 10: MakeShift by Los Dos.

    • Through March 24: Mirage.

    • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. March 8: History Notes Lecture. Wendell Chino, the Mescalero Nation, and Native American Politics in the 20th Century, by Jeff Shepherd, Ph.D.

    • 10 a.m. – noon. Saturday, March 17: Culture Club.

    • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10: Archaeology Day.

    • 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17: Mirage Paper Marbling Workshop.

  • Museum of Art, 575/541-2137
    • Through April 7: Politics on Paper: Art with an Agenda from the Syracuse University Art Collection.

    • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, March 17: Artrageous – Paper Color Prism.

    • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10: Inter-Arts Collaboration Workshop.

Visual art, creative writing, and performance art come together in one workshop to explore the possibilities of collaboration. In this workshop, participants will choose a piece of art from the exhibit Politics on Paper to discuss the elements of art. Through collaboration, participants will write a reflective composition, create a new piece of artwork from the composition, or add music or dance elements, creating an original collaborative pieces of artwork. Pre-registration required! Class size limited to 12 participants.

    • 10 a.m. – noon Wednesday, March 14: Art Mash Up, Celebrating National Youth Art Month.

Join us for an evening of music, art, spoken word, and storytelling. This "open mic" event is for all ages, but youth are especially encouraged to attend this event in celebration of Youth Art Month! The theme for the event is "Building Community through Art."

    • 10 a.m. – noon Wednesday, March 14: Reading Art Book Club.

  • The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee.

    • 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, March 17: Artrageous – Mandala Rocks.

  • Museum of Nature & Science, 575/532-3371 or 575/522-3120
    • 9 a.m. Thursday, March 8: Pre-K Thursdays.

      • Planeteers: Venus.

    • 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10: Animal Encounters – Birds.

    • 9 a.m. Thursday, March 15: Pre-K Thursdays.

      • Dinosaur Train: Saltasaurus.

    • 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15: Teen Science Café.

    • 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17: Animal Encounters – Mammals.

    • 11:45 a.m. Saturday, March 17: STEAMpunk – Leonardo Fibonacci & Mathematics.

      • Discover the stories behind science's greatest rebels and explore the modern-day applications of their research through hands-on activities and discussions.

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library 575/528-4005 or 575/528-4010; www.library.las-cruces.org.

  • 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Read to Me*; story time for ages 3 to 7.

  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6: Introduction to Computer Class; “The Basics.”

  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13: Introduction to Computer Class; “Windows 10.”

  • 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Teen Game Night; games for teens.

  • 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays: Toddler Time*; story time for ages 1 to 3.
  • 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Mother Goose Time*; activities for infants.
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14: Design and Create; Papier Mache Eggs.
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14: Doña Ana County Genealogical Society.
  • 10:30 a.m. Fridays: Rhythm Roundup*; Music/Motion for ages 2 to 5.
  • 3:30 p.m. Fridays: Library Lab**; Activities and stories for ages 6 to 10.
  • Noon Saturday, March 10: Read to Scout*; Scout, the dog loves to have kids read to him!
  • 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10 and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17: Sound Sessions; Guitar Instruction for Teens.
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, March 9: The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Book Sale; only for members of The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (memberships will be available at the door).
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10: The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Book Sale; open to the public.

Remember: Set clocks one hour ahead Saturday night, March 10. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11.

  • 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11: Play SCRABBLE!

*Children must be accompanied by their well-behaved adult caregiver.
** Caregivers welcome
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Live Theater:

  • Black Box Theatre, 575/523-1223. http://www.no-strings.org.

    • March 2 — March 18: Middletown, by Will Eno, Directed by Autumn Gieb.

Regular Admission: $15, Students/Seniors: $12

    • 8 p.m. Friday March 9

    • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10

    • 2:30 p.m. Sunday March 11

    • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15

    • 8 p.m. Friday, March 16

    • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17

    • 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18

      • March 9 – March 25: An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen, Adaptation by Arthur Miller, Directed by Patrick Payne.

        Tickets: Adults, $15; Seniors/Students/Military, $12; Groups of 10 or more, $11; Children younger than 12, $10.

        • Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

    • March 9: Seven Samurai (1954).

This film is presented by New Mexico State University, the City of Las Cruces Museum System and the Rio Grande theatre as part of the 2018 Big Read. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese samurai adventure drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The story takes place in 1586 during the Sengoku Period of Japanese history. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven ronin (masterless samurai) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.

      • Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m.

      • Admission: Free

      • Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available.

  • March 10: Las Cruces International Film Festival

      • Inside Breaking Bad.

Join Breaking Bad actors RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr.), Charles Baker (Skinny Pete), writers, directors and designers from the seminal show as they take you behind the scenes of the break-through series that put New Mexico’s entertainment industry on the map. For information, call the Las Cruces International Film Festival at 575/646-6149.

        • Doors open at 1 p.m., panel discussion begins at 2 p.m.

        • Admission: Free

        • Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available.

      • A Conversation and Musical Interlude.

Billy Boyd is best known to international audiences as Peregrin “Pippin” Took in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Boyd first became involved in the performing arts as a teenager. He earned a diploma in Dramatic Arts from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and would go on to extend his talents into a variety of theatre, from modern roles to Shakespeare. Today, Boyd serves as a patron of Scottish Youth Theatre as well as the National Boys’ Choir of Scotland. For information, call the Las Cruces International Film Festival at 575/646-6149.

        • Doors open at 3:45 p.m., event begins at 4 p.m.

        • Admission: Free

        • Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available.

      • Award ceremony.

An award ceremony will be at the Rio Grande Theatre, followed by the Day 4 after party at Plaza De Las Cruces. For information, call the Las Cruces International Film Festival at 575/646-6149.

        • Doors open at 6 p.m., ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

        • Admission: Free

        • Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available.

  • March 11: The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza.

    Two battling narrators attempt to cover the entirety of Greek mythology using audience participation, cross-dressing, and general theatrical insanity. Creation myths such as Pandora’s Box and Cronos and the Titans jostle for space with other famous myths like Jason and the Argonauts. Culminating in a heart-pounding, five-minute, two-actor version of The Iliad, this fast-paced, free-wheeling play is wild, silly, and a complete blast for all ages. Presented by A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley.

      • Two performances at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open one hour before showtime.

      • Admission: $6 in advance, $7 at the door, $8 online. Tickets only available from ACT: www.achildrenstheatre.wixsite.com/achildrenstheatre.

      • Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available.

  • March 15: Olio (Thursday Night Jam).

    Influenced by Prince, The Police, Jimi Hendrix, and funk bands and punk bands. These guys stir up an eclectic blend of rock/funk/pop music and serve it up hot! Whether it’s songs about break-ups, make-outs, shake-ups or four-letter words, Olio produces electrifying, positively fun music from their studio in Los Angeles, California. On stage, Arif Hodzic sings and breaks strings (sometimes his right hand gets heavy), DeHaven Carrington grooves on drums and croons (when the lights are low and the mood is right), and Kelley Hill is a fireball of energy, bouncing on one leg and just tearing the bass up. http://www.oliomusic.com/

      • Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m.

      • Admission: $5 cash only at the door.

      • Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available.