Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Oct. 12-14, 2018.
Friday, Oct. 12
The Pan American Center will host Old Dominion’s “Happy Endings” Tour with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The tour follows the release of Old Dominion’s acclaimed sophomore album Happy Endings, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and at No. 7 on the Top 200 after its release. “Happy Endings” includes their current singles “Written in The Sand” and “No Such Thing As a Broken Heart”, which also hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and MediaBase charts. This achievement marks the platinum-selling country quintet’s fourth total and third consecutive No. 1s. The band recently won the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards for “Best Vocal Group,” as well as received the nomination for “Top Country Duo/Group Artist” at the upcoming 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
Joining Old Dominion are Michael Ray and High Valley.
Tickets are $29.50 to $59.50.
For tickets and more, visit panam.nmsu.edu.
Catch the world premiere of “Radio Silence” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rio Grande Theatre.
A select team of U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers are sent on a mission to retrieve pieces of a downed U.S. spy satellite from a remote desert region of northern, Mexico. They are accepting a routine, even boring on a mission, asking only “on a Sunday, sir?”
What they encounter is the sudden loss of half their team, their Mexican escorts and nearly all of their equipment. They are forced to retreat on foot and spend a long night hiding in a local restaurant trying to understand what they are up against and how to survive with no gear, no support and no time.
Admission is $8.50. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions including beer, wine, spirits and refreshments, are available.
For more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
The NMSU Jazz Ensembles’ “Time and Space,” under the direction of Dr. Pancho Romero, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Atkinson Recital Hall on the NMSU campus. The program will feature music by Count Basie, Bob Mintzer, Fred Sturm and others. This is the fourth concert in the department’s fourth annual concert series, “Autumn Overture.”
Admission is free; for more, visit music.nmsu.edu.
Don’t miss the final weekend of the Las Cruces Community Theatre production of Teddy Aspen-Sanchez’s “Parallel Lives” at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they’ve decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation.
From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother’s funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar.
Remaining performances of “Parallel Lives” are set for 7:30 p.m Saturday, Oct. 13; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $15 adults; $12 seniors, students and military; $11 per person for groups of 10 or more; and $10 for children 12 and younger.
For tickets and more, visit lcctnm.org.
No Strings Theatre Company continues its production of “The World Goes ’Round” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces. “The World Goes ’Round” takes audiences through a stunning revue of the songbook of beloved showtunes from the duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb.
Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. “The World Goes ’Round” continues through the weekend with shows at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Other showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
For tickets and more, visit no-strings.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); vocalist with piano Nicole Osborn playing pop, rock, jazz and blues-flavored originals at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, Oct. 13
Mesilla Valley Maze, New Mexico’s original corn maze and pumpkin patch, is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. A full day of family fun includes a giant corn maze, pick-a-pumpkin patch, hayrides and more fun for the whole family. Admission is $12 adults, $10 children 2-12. Visit mesillavalleymaze.com for more.
Purchase beautiful art and help support public radio at the Border Artists’ Art Show Benefit for KRWG, set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cutter Gallery. Nineteen regional artists will exhibit a variety of paintings, watercolors, prints, 2D and 3D works, ceramic sculpture, pastels and more, with a portion of proceeds of each artwork sold will be donated to KRWG Radio. For more, visit borderartists.org.
The NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Simón Gollo, will present a program titled “Capriccio a Quattro” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Atkinson Recital Hall. “A Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor” will feature soloists Jose Nevarez, Jessie O’Hara, Ana Maria Quintero and Amalia Zeitlin. Other works on the program include Mendelssohn’s “String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.” Admission is free.
For more, visit music.nmsu.edu.
The two-day La Viña Harvest Wine Festival is set for noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at La Viña Winery, located south of Las Cruces in La Union, New Mexico. More than 20 wines will be available for tasting and purchase. Adult admission to the festival is $20 and includes a souvenir glass and a choice of 9 tastes or a full glass. There is a $10 admission charge for guests 12-20 years of age, and guests 11 and under are admitted free of charge. The festival also features food, arts and crafts vendors and live music both afternoons.
For more, visit lavina.wolfep.com.
The Rio Grande Theatre will host a performance by Eli Cook at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Eil was named one of the top three solo blues artists worldwide by UK’s Blues Matters Magazine. With his slick slide guitar sound and a husky voice that is sexy and heartfelt, this young bluesman opened many times for B.B. King. Eli was christened “the best blues singer of his generation” by All Music Guide, and was featured recently in Vintage Guitar Magazine.
Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice. Eli recorded and released 6 albums between 2004 and 2014.
Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions including beer, wine, spirits and refreshments, are available.
For more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
Look Who’s Dancing
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Chris Baker Band at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and The Game II; The Smokin’ Blues Band at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and Chris Baker Band at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Sunday, Oct. 14
Every sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., the town of Mesilla hosts Mariachi Sundays on the historic plaza. Enjoy free performances from local and regional mariachi groups and stunning folkloric dances while you browse the town’s many shops. Continues through Nov. 17.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Travis Manning live at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and honest and raw singer-songwriter Calista at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Oct. 18-21
Strap on your boots for a busy weekend in the Mesilla Valley, starting with the sixth annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival, featuring Dwight Yoakam, Randy Houser, Sawyer Brown, Rick Trevino, King Leg, Frankie Ballard, Brennin and more kicking off Friday night. Also next weekend, El Caldito Soup Kitchen will host its popular annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 19; and celebrate the unique traditions of dozens of cultures represented in the Las Cruces community at the 2018 Cultural Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The end of October is right around the corner, and with it, two of the spookiest special events of the year: the 2018 Zombie Walk in downtown Las Cruces; and the Town of Mesilla’s Dia de los Muertos celebration.