Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces from June 6-9, 2019.
Thursday, June 6
The Rotary Clubs of Las Cruces and Casa de Peregrinos will present the 12th annual Taste of Las Cruces from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Las Cruces Convention Center.
Taste of Las Cruces offers attendees a chance to sample the wares of a number of local restauranteurs in one location while fighting hunger in our community. The beneficiary of this year’s event is Casa de Peregrinos.
Local restaurants participate by donating food to be sampled by attendees; this is a way for restaurants to showcase their wares and to aid the community in supporting a worthy cause.
Tickets are $41.20 per person at bit.ly/2QPijrI.
Thursday’s live music schedule includes blues with Derrick Harris at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, June 7
The monthly 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 and refreshments.
For a map of locations and more, visit downtownlascruces.org/art-ramble.
Friday night brings the premiere of Las Cruces Community Theatre’s production of “Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World” at 7:30 p.m.
In 1940’s New York, the performer everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins — an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Referred to as “the first lady of the sliding scale,” she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, and was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.
Based on a true story, the play spins from Jenkins’ charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall.
Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military and $10 children 12 and younger. Showtimes are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22; and 2 p.m. Sundays, June 9, 16 and 23.
For tickets and more, visit lcctnm.org.
No Strings Theatre Company continues its production of “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces.
Tonight, 18th-century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the questions with which she died — love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.
Tickets are $15 regular, $12 students and seniors and $10 all seats on Thursdays. Remaining showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 7, 8, 14 and 15; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, June 9 and 16; and 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13.
For tickets and more, visit no-strings.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Smokin’ Mirrors at Amaro Winery (7 p.m.); Eli James Band at The Game and Tequila Nights at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); and musician singer/songwriter Jamie O’Hara at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.);
Saturday, June 8
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host its Crafts for Kids program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Children of all ages are welcome to come to the museum and create their own craft to take home. This week, crafters will create a peanut butter snack for visiting birds. The program is free with paid museum admission of $5 adults, $4 senior citizens and $3 for children 4-17.
The museum will also host a Felting Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. 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. Class fee is $10, and registration is required to 522-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rio Grande Theatre will host its Children’s Matinee and Classic Film series Saturday.
Children (of all ages) can visit the theater for a screening of the 1998 Pixar film “A Bug’s Life” at noon. A misfit ant, looking for “warriors” to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. Admission is just $1, cash only at the door.
The theater’s Classic Film series will feature the 1954 crime drama “On the Waterfront” at 7 p.m. Directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando, the film follows an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman who struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Admission is $8.
For more, visit riograndetheatre.org or call 541-2290.
The City of Las Cruces’ Summer Movies in the Park series continues with a screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet at dusk — around 7:30 p.m. — Saturday at Young Park. The series continues with free, family-friendly movies each week; call 541-2550 for more.
Amador Live — at 302 S. Main St. — will host its first Country Night from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring performances by Frank Ray with special guest Frequenzia. Admission is free; visit amadorlive.com.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Line Five Band at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5 p.m.); Locomotion Band at The Game and Carbie at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Fort Worth singer/songwriter Ricky Allnight at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); folk rock and Americana with Pero No! at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and Chris Baker Band at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.).
Sunday, June 9
The City of Las Cruces’ Music in the Park series will continue with performances by The Mixx and Ziggy Lovah — the former an El Paso-based top-40 dance band, the latter a homegrown, Las Cruces rapper and R&B artist — beginning 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 Jerry & Ed at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and an all-day open jam at Vintage Wines (noon to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: June 13-16
Next weekend, join hundreds of amateur boatbuilders as they set sail during the annual Raft the Rio; catch a performance by heavy metal/mariachi hybrid Metalachi at the Rio Grande Theatre; combine two of summer’s best pastimes with the Las Cruces Police Department’s Backyard BBQ Cookoff and Cornhole Tournament, with proceeds benefiting New Mexico Special Olympics; and watch public safety personnel duke it out at the annual Battle of the Badges.