Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Feb. 14-16, 2020.
Friday, Feb. 14
Doña Ana Repertory Theatre will present “Tartuffe” at 7 p.m. Friday at the historic Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces.
So virtuous is Tartuffe that every form of pleasure is an abomination to him. Orgon, a rich merchant, is completely duped by the ruse and watches approvingly as the cunning Tartuffe “reforms” his whole family. So besotted is the merchant that he even plans to give Tartuffe his fortune, his house, and finally his daughter! Orgon’s wife finally exposes Tartuffe for the rogue he is — and her husband for being a gullible fool. By the time Orgon sees the light, only the courts can ensure justice.
Tickets are $15; showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16; for tickets and more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
Blank Conversations, one of Las Cruces’ newest theater companies, will continue its production of “The Last Five Years” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Isabel M. Crouch Reader’s Theatre on the New Mexico State University campus.
This one-act musical takes place in New York, and tells the story of Jamie, an up and coming author, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, as they reflect on their five-year relationship, telling the story from opposite sides. Cathy tells her story from the end to the beginning, while Jamie tells his story from the beginning to the end.
The musical was written by Jason Robert Brown and was inspired by his failed marriage. It opened at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2001 and went Off-Broadway in March 2002. A film adaptation was made in 2014, starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick.
Remaining performances of “The Last Five Years” are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at The Range, 3217 Camino Real Road (see therangelc.com). Tickets are $15.
For tickets and more on Blank Conversations, visit blankconversations.org.
Las Cruces Community Theatre’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” enters its final weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday. In “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. $17 adults, $14 seniors, students and military, $10 younger than 12. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 16.
For tickets and more, visit lcctnm.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Satisfied at The Game and Wild Card at The Game II (7-11 p.m.); Poet’s Row (6-8:30 p.m.) and Cajon Brothers (9-11 p.m.) at NM Vintage Wines; and Sierra Edminster at Little Toad Creek (8-11 p.m.).
Saturday, Feb. 15
The Las Cruces Museum of Art hosts its Artventurous program from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the connector between the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature & Science — a hands-on arts and crafts experience for the whole family. Each month features a different art appreciation theme and a different subject each week. February’s theme is “Fauvism,” and this week’s program is about Georges Braque. Call 541-2137.
Dozens of Las Cruces’ best creators open their doors for the second weekend of the 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’ three weekends — next weekend, Feb. 22-23, is your last chance! Find a map and more information at artformsnm.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Dora Reyes and Jose Sandoval at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.); Daisy Blues at The Game and Next to the Tracks at The Game II (7-11 p.m.); the Boys of Valentine’s Day at NM Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); Sage Gentle Wing at Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery (8-11 p.m.); and Derrick Lee Group at High Desert Brewing Co. (8-11 p.m.).
Sunday, Feb. 16
Sunday’s live music schedule includes brunch with DJ Mischievous at Little Toad Creek (1 p.m.); Manny & Maria Lozano at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.) Nicole Osborn at NM Vintage Wines (3-5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Feb. 20-23
Next weekend, enjoy the final weekend of the For the Love of Art Month Studio Tours and the debut of the ArtForms Member Show; visit the Las Cruces Museum of Art for a lecture on Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama by Claudia Preza, part of the museum’s “Listen to Your Art” lecture series; and head to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum for the annual Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show, featuring more than 60 vendors from across the Southwest.
Plan Ahead:Giddyap, cowboy — the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s annual Cowboy Days, a weekend filled with roping and riding demonstrations, “cowboy food,” dancing, and cowboy poetry, returns March 7-8.