Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Feb. 8-9, 2020.
Friday, Feb. 7 – Kicking-off the Love of Art Month
There’s no better way to kick-off For the Love of Art Month than that downtown mainstay, the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble, 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 — and find out more about For the Love of Art Month in the January/February issue of Neighbors Magazine, on newsstands and at theneighborsmagazine.com
Saturday, Feb. 8
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park will host a Bird Walk led by park ranger Tom Johnson at 8 a.m. Saturday. The park is located on the Rio Grande and offers opportunities to view wildlife in natural surroundings while strolling one of its self-guided nature trails, along with ranger-led tours and more. Day-use fee $5 per vehicle, and free for those on bicycle or on foot. Visit bit.ly/39htOjw for more.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum hosts its Crafts for Kids program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, featuring a Valentine’s Day craft just in time for the holiday! The program is free with paid museum admission — $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children 4-17, free for children 3 and younger. For more, call 522-4100 or visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Dozens of Las Cruces’ best creators fling open their doors for the annual For the Love of Art Month Artist Studio Tours, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studios and artists will vary across the tours’ two more weekends — Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 22-23. Find a map and more information at artformsnm.org.
The Rio Grande Theatre’s “Sounds of New Mexico” Series, a showcase of musicians and music inspired by life in New Mexico, kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday with “Ritual and Traditional Folk Music and Song of Northern NM.” This concert-style presentation on ritual and traditional folk music and songs of New Mexico spanning from the Spanish Colonial era through the present, including La Nueva Canción (“The New Song Form”) of New Mexico. Each song will be explained so the audience can learn the origin and purpose. This is done in a storytelling format.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-6:30 p.m.); Triple Jack at The Game and Derrick Harris Band at The Game II (7-11 p.m.); Abby & Friends at NM Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and High Desert Brewing Co. (8-11 p.m.).
Sunday, Feb. 9
From 2-3 p.m. Sunday, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host Reading Roundup in the lobby, welcoming children of all ages to listen and learn. The program is free with paid museum admission — see above. For more, call 522-4100 or visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Using modern materials, Jacques Barriac, a watercolor artist from El Paso, will give a demonstration on Chinese Painting and Mounting on Rice Paper from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Good Samaritan Society, 3011 Buena Vida Circle, Las Cruces.
Hosted by the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter, Barriac will demonstrate how to mount a very thin Chinese painting on a rigid backing. He will also review various aspects of Chinese watercolor paintings, including traditional and Western Chinese painting techniques, brushes, and the great many papers that can be used. Admission is free; visit nmwatercolorsociety.org.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes brunch with DJ Mischievous at Little Toad Creek (1 p.m.); Jerry & Ed at Sombra Antigua Winery (2-6 p.m.) Adrianmuzik at NM Vintage Wines (3-5:30p.m.).
Next week, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Culture Series, set for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, will feature award-winning author and historian David Thomas, discussing the death of legendary lawman Pat Garrett, from his new book “Killing Pat Garrett: The Wild West’s Most Famous Lawman — Murder or Self-Defense?”; and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum’s Brown Bag Lecture, set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, will focus on “Harvey Girls and their Impact on the Southwest.”
Next Weekend: Feb. 13-16
Next weekend, celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart — or solo — with an inside look at the creative process during weekend two of the For the Love of Art Month Artist Studio Tours; and catch Las Cruces Community Theatre’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” in its final weekend.
Plan Ahead: Rookie rockhounds and professional pebblers rejoice — The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show returns to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23.