Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Nov 1 -Nov. 3, 2019.
Friday, Nov. 1
The town of Mesilla hosts its annual Dia de los Muertos Festival beginning at 2 p.m. Friday on the historic plaza. Friday includes altars, art, food, music from Latin Funktion at 6:30 p.m. and dancers. Free. Dia de los Muertos continues on the plaza through Sunday. For more, visit facebook.com/CalaveraCoalitionNM.
The First Friday Downtown Art Ramble is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Featuring new shows and exhibitions at nearly 30 art galleries, shops and businesses throughout downtown Las Cruces and the historic Mesquite District, along with live music and entertainment, refreshments and shuttle service. For a map of locations and more, visit downtownlascruces.org/art-ramble.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Jason “Gordo” Gordon at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); and Las Papayas at Vintage Wines (7:30-10:30 p.m.).
Saturday, Nov. 2
Hear ye, hear ye! The Doña Ana Arts Council will host the 48th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday at Young Park. Medieval festival features two fun-filled days of food, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, jousting, beer and wine garden for adults, royal procession and more. Admission is $10 adults. Children 12 and younger are free. For more, visit daarts.org. The fun continues Sunday.
The Dia de los Muertos Festival continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday on the Mesilla plaza. Saturday features altars on the plaza, Day of the Dead art and artists, food, opening ceremony, folklorico dancers and, beginning at 6:45 p.m., the candlelight procession to the cemetery, followed by pan de muerto and coffee on the plaza. Free. facebook.com/CalaveraCoalitionNM.
The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, 56501 N. Jornada Road, Las Cruces, will host Scientist Saturday Morning from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. At this free, drop-in event, learn how plants and animals defend themselves in the desert and join an Asombro Institute scientist to investigate nature through fun, hands-on activities. Free. Call 524-3334 or visit asombro.org.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host a Felting Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants are invited to create their own piece of felted artwork out of wool. The felting process includes matting, condensing and pressing fibers together by using soap, warm water, and agitation. All materials will be provided and artwork can be made into a wall hanging or table placemat. Cost is $10, space is limited. To register, call 522-4100 or email email@example.com.
Casa Camino Real Bookstore, 314 S. Tornillo St., will host photographer Ann Murdy from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, who will sign copies of and read from her book “On the Path of Marigolds.”
Featured will be altars to La Madre/The Mother, honoring mothers, grandmothers and female ancestors. Participants are invited to bring a photo to place on the altar.
Photographer Ann Murdy has been documenting the celebrations around Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos in México for more than 20 years. A native of southern California, she first started collecting Chicano art in the 1990s, and was drawn to México by the vibrancy of its culture and traditions. She loved the rich color she found everywhere, from the brilliant reds and pinks of the flowers adorning the ofrendas or altars to the dead, to the dusky yellow of the marigolds lining the ofrendas and the pathways to them in private homes and cemeteries.
The ceremonies depicted here may not be the same in a few years. Hence, On the Path of Marigolds is at once a gorgeous photography book and a valuable record that provides an authentic experience of this mysterious and soulful holiday that is such an integral part of México’s cultural history and identity.
Author Denise Chávez has written the Introductory essay to the book, “In the House of Prayer,” and the book also includes a conversation with the author by Cesáreo Moreno.
The book is published by George F. Thompson Publishing in a Bilingual English/Spanish edition and sells for $40.
For more, contact Denise Chávez at 523-3988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jessica Flores at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); Jason “Gordo” Gordon at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.); Con Sal y Limon at Vintage Wines (7:30-10:30 p.m.); High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); Exclusive Soul at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.); and Dead Like Disco at Little Toad Creek (9 p.m.).
Sunday, Nov. 3
If you didn’t make it Saturday, the 48th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire continues from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday at Young Park. See above or visit daarts.org for more.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Travis Manning at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.); Danyo at Vintage Wines (3-5 p.m.); and Captain Klas at Little Toad Creek (5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Nov. 7-10
Next weekend, Mark Medoff’s “Time and Chance,” the final play produced by the late Tony Award-winning playwright, will open at the Rio Grande Theatre; the Artists of Picacho Hills will host their annual Holly Day House at St. Paul’s; the annual Native American Market returns to the historic Mesilla plaza; and the 26th Annual Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference offers a week of workshops, concerts, student showcases and a mariachi mass.