Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces Aug. 8-11, 2019.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Rick Hendricks, New Mexico state records administrator and former state historian, will present on what Tortugas was like a century ago through the examination of correspondence during the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Culture Series, set for 7 p.m. Thursday.
In 1919 Rev. William H. Ketcham, director of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, visited the Mesilla Valley, including the community of Tortugas. Following his return to the bureau’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., there was an extensive exchange of correspondence between individuals in the Las Cruces area, prominent among them Eugene Van Patten and Father Vandermaesen of St. Genevieve’s, and Father Ketcham regarding the nature of the people of Tortugas, the activities of Catholic clergy in the village, and other interesting aspects of the community. This talk on the Tortugas of a century ago is based on an examination of this correspondence.
Tortugas, in Las Cruces, is home to the Shrine & Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic Church and Los Indigenas de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
Admission is free. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
The new Music on the Downtown Plaza series will return at 8 p.m. Thursday with a performance by Mariachi Real de El Paso. The series is free and open to all; for more, call 541-2550.
Thursday’s live music includes music in the courtyard with Damian Luna at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); and High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.)
Friday, Aug. 9
Las Cruces Community Theatre will open its production of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues” at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
New York City teenager Eugene Jerome enlists in the U.S. Army and is sent to basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi during the last year of World War II. Expecting the army to be dolls, donuts and USO dances, he instead encounters a sadistic drill sergeant and a platoon of often hostile recruits. He learns the hardships of war through boot camp, to accept other people’s differences, falls in love and loses his virginity to a prostitute. Armed with only his sense of humor, he is determined to leave camp with everything he came with, as he and the other recruits must endure the rigorous training and abuse from their instructor.
Showtimes of “Biloxi Blues” are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24; and 2 p.m. Aug. 11, 18 and 25. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military and $10 children 12 and younger.
For tickets and more, visit lcctnm.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes music in the courtyard with Calista Singley at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); Nicole Martinez at Amaro Winery (7-10 p.m.); Locomotion at The Game and Latin Funktion Project at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Cooper at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); Dead Like Disco at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); and Chris Dracup Trio at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.).
Saturday, Aug. 10
Kids of all ages are invited to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Crafts for Kids program, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Get ready for “back to school” by making a bookworm. Crafts for Kids is free with regular admission of $5 adults, $4 seniors and $3 children ages 4-17.
The City of Las Cruces’ Summer Movies in the Park series continues with a screening of “Bumblebee” at dusk — around 7:30 p.m. — Saturday at Young Park. On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. The series continues with free, family-friendly movies each week; call 541-2550 for more.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 6 p.m.); music in the courtyard with Dan Lambert at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); Rosewater Blues at The Game and Bill Palmer’s Killer TV at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); local country star Chris Baker at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); Colours of Monochrome at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.); and High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, Aug. 11
The City of Las Cruces’ Music in the Park series continues with Boss and Roger Ortega at 7 p.m. Sunday at Young Park. Free and family-friendly, Music in the Park continues on Sunday evenings all summer long — call 541-2550 for more.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Baku at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 6 p.m.); Catfish Fry Blues at Vintage Wines (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and Steve MacIntyre at Little Toad Creek (5 to 7 p.m.).
Next Week: Aug. 15-18
Next weekend, visit the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum for a busy weekend including its Crafts for Kids program, Weaving Workshop, the opening of the new exhibit “Captivating Color” and the Las Cruces Hops & Hemp Festival.