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Downtown Events from April 30, 2018 to May 13, 2018

Contact: Armando Morales, economic development specialist; Phone: 575/528-3476 or Leslie Gabaldon, office assistant senior; Phone: 575/541-2425.

Main Street Downtown:

  • Farmers and Crafts Market
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9.
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
  • Plaza De Las Cruces
    • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6: Sundays with CARE.
    • 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10: Oñate High School & United States Air Force Band.
    • 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11: Blazin’ Brewfest.
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12: Edible Education School Garden Youth Farmer’s Market.
  • La Placita
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Downtown Vendors Emporium.

Las Cruces Museum System: Free admission!

  • Railroad Museum. Information: 575/541-2154 or 575/647-4480.
    • 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5: Saturday Story Time.
    • 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10: Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time.
    • 10 a.m. to Noon Friday, May 11: Coloring Club for Adults.
    • 10 a.m. to Noon Saturday, May 12: Family Game Day.
  • Branigan Cultural Center. Information: 575/541-2154.
    • Vision Revision: New Mexico Poets on the Page – Dennis Daily and Connie Voisine.
    • April 3 to June 9: Life Along the Rio Grande.
    • April 6 to June 2: Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites, from Minnesota Children’s Museum.
    • 10 a.m. to Noon Thursdays, April 6 to June 2: Storyland Scavenger Hunt.
    • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5: Pictograph: The Art of WarPrayer. Enjoy the fifth annual Pictograph street art festival in the courtyard. Watch live aerosol painting demonstrations and participate in educational and interactive programming.
    • 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10: “Creating an Art Quilt,” by Linnea Edgbert.
    • 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 8: Film screening: “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, & Politics.”
    • 10 a.m. to Noon Saturday, May 12: Geography Club – Maine.
  • Museum of Art. Information: 575/541-2137.
    • May 11 to July 21: Here & Now Regional Juried Exhibition.
    • 10 a.m. to Noon Saturday, May 5: Artrageous – Shapes & Abstraction.
    • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9: Reading Art Book Club – “Disarmed: The Story of Venus de Milo,” by Gregory Curtis.
    • 10 a.m. to Noon Saturday, May 12: Artrageous – Streetscapes, inspired by Marc Chagall.
  • Museum of Nature & Science. Information: 575/532-3371 or 575/522.3120.
    • 9 a.m. Thursday, May 3: Pre-K Thursdays – Grandma Mona’s Science Story Time/Big Old Bones: A Dinosaur Tale by Carol Carrick.
    • 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5: Animal Encounters – Birds.
    • 9 a.m. Thursday, May 10: Pre-K Thursdays - Planeteers/Mars.
    • 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12: Animal Encounters – Mammals.
    • 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, May 12: Saturday Family Science – Food Science 1, Energy and Glucose.

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. Information: library.las-cruces.org, 575/528-4005 or 575/528-4010.

  • 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Read to Me.* Story time for ages 3 to 7 (at Branigan Cultural Center).
  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1: Introduction to Computer Class — MS Word Basics.
  • 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, May 9: Doña Ana County Genealogical Society.
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9: Design & Create: Macramé Plant Hanger.
  • 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 9: Teen Makers.
  • 10:30 a.m. Fridays: Rhythm Roundup.* Music and mMotion for ages 2 to 5.
  • 3:30 p.m. Fridays: Library Lab.** Activities and stories for ages 6 to 10.
  • 1 p.m. Saturday May 12 and May 19: Sound Sessions. Guitar Instruction for Teens.
  • 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20: Las Cruces Scrabble Players.

    * Children must be accompanied by their well-behaved adult caregiver.

** Caregivers welcome.

Live theater:

  • Black Box Theatre. Information: http://www.no-strings.org or 575/523-1223.
    • No scheduled performances.
  • Las Cruces Community Theatre. Information: lcctnm.org.
    • 7 p.m. Friday, May 4: 2018-2019 Season Reveal Party. Enjoy snacks, wine, and beer and hear the exciting things LCCT has planned for the upcoming season. Those in attendance will also be the first to be able to buy season passes and subscriptions.
  • The event is free, but LCCT requests attendees RSVP.
  • Rio Grande Theatre. Information: riograndetheatre.com.
    • 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2: N.M. Democratic Forum. Public forum. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission: free. Concessions will be sold.
    • 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3: Orland Madrid Quintet (Thursday Night Music presented by Friends of Visit Las Cruces). Orlando Madrid has performed quite regularly in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area with nationally renowned guests and many of the best jazz musicians in both areas. In 2012 Orlando competed in the ISSAC International Saxophone Symposium and Solo Classical Competition and was Semi-Finalist in the Regional MTNA Music Teachers National Association Solo Wind Competition.A recent graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Contemporary Media, Madrid studied with world-renowned performer and teacher, Charles Pillow. Recently, Orlando has completed a project that paid homage to the great artist, Mark Rothko. The quintet is made up of Orlando Madrid, saxophone; Carlos Barba, piano; Shaun Mahoney, guitar; Bruno Avitia, bass; Eddie Provencio, drums. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $5, cash only at the door. Concessions, including beer, wine and spirits will be sold.
    • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4: First Friday Art Ramble Opening Reception: “Living Art,” by Carl Coker. Esteemed and respected as a professor of art, Carl Coker spent 40 years teaching art in a variety of institutions of higher learning, including Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Lima, Peru; East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas; Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; New Mexico State University, and Tulsa University, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Coker received his education at the Art Students League in New York, the University of North Carolina, and the University of New Mexico, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history, and a Master of Arts in painting. He was a doctoral teaching assistant while working on a doctorate degree in studio arts at Illinois State University. He retired from the University of Tulsa in 1989 and returned to live once again in Las Cruces. After retirement, he taught at El Paso Community College.As a teacher, Coker told his students that painting, and art in general, are explorations of ideas, colors, and forms. He believes that creativity is a very powerful force in all our lives, the vehicle by which we are able to communicate our understanding of this world in which we live and die. For Coker, the most captivating aspect of painting is the evolution of the work itself; when the dialogue between the painter and the painting reveals itself. The work then becomes the subject and painting evolves itself into a finished work. His most recent works are an exploration of the oft, deliberately, overlooked ubiquity of death in our lives and the ways in which different cultures deal with this shared experience. The exhibit will be on display May 4 through June 30
    • 6 p.m. Friday, May 4: Esto es me Mexico. Mexican Consulate event. Ballet, ballet folklorico, mariachi. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission: free. Concessions, including beer, wine, and spirits will be sold.
    • 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6: The Get Down. Dance performance show by Dancers Unlimited of NMSU. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets available only from club members by calling 575/517-9088, or online at: www.dancersunlimited1985.nmsu.edu. Concessions, including beer, wine, and spirits will be sold.
    • 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 8: Why Quilts Matter, Episodes 5 & 6. “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” is an exciting and thought-provoking nine-part documentary series that will change the way you think about quilts. Uncover the unsuspected size and depth of quilt culture. Delve into the inner workings of the art world, explore behind the scenes in the quilt marketplace, and journey into the complicated, kaleidoscopic world of quilts. Explore two centuries of history, watch as women gain power from their handiwork, and consider the nature of art itself. Presented in conjunction with “Life Along the Rio Grande,” an exhibit on display at the Branigan Cultural Center from April 3 to June 9. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Admission: Free. Concessions including beer and wine will sold.
    • 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 9: N.M. Democratic Forum. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission: Free. Concessions will be available.
    • 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19: C.M. Adams and the Revelators (Thursday Night Music presented by Friends of Visit Las Cruces). These Las Cruces natives were recently nominated for a New Mexico Music Awards in three categories: Americana, Religious/Gospel, and Best (album) of the Year. They’ve been together going on two years now. Since the beginning of the fall of 2015, their mission has been to reveal hope to the hopeless, shine a light in the darkness, and a take the message of Christ's love and light to the dark, lonely, and forgotten places. The music that they play reflects their own journey and path of healing and recovery over our addictions, hurts, and habits. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of this journey, the group wants to use their music to support those who are currently struggling with addiction, those who are hurting, and the downtrodden. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $5, cash only at the door. Concessions will be available.
    • 7 p.m. Friday, May 11: The Long Run. The Long Run is a group of professional Colorado-based musicians dedicated to the faithful reproduction of the music of America’s most iconic band, The Eagles. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission: $20. Concessions including beer, wine and spirits will be sold.
    • Noon Saturday, May 12: Children’s Matinee – The Incredibles. In this Pixar animated film, married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr after all super-powered activities have been banned by the government. While Mr. Incredible loves his wife and kids, he longs to return to a life of adventure, and he gets a chance when summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot. Soon, Mr. Incredible is in trouble, and it's up to his family to save him. Doors open at 11 a.m. Admission: $1, cash only at the door. Concessions will be available.
    • 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12: Classic Film – North by Northwest (1959). This classic suspense film finds New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent. Hunted relentlessly by Vandamm's associates, the harried Thornhill ends up on a cross-country journey, meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission: $8 available online at riograndetheatre.org, or at the door. Concessions including beer, wine and spirits will be sold.
    • 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13: Mesilla Valley Chorale. The Mesilla Valley Chorale, directed by Nancy Ritchey, presents “Music from the Heart.” Celebrate this Mother’s Day Sunday with a beautiful choral program featuring “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “Long Ago and Far Away,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” “All the Things You Are,” “Blue Skies,” and much more. Featuring drummer Derrick Lee, the Mesilla Valley Chorale is an exciting venue for experienced singers who share a passion for performing choral music. Known for its excellence and diverse programs, this community chorale features four-part music from classical to pops. Doors open at 2 p.m. Admission: $10, open seating. For information, or to hold tickets, call Nancy at 575/647-2560. Concessions will be available.