Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of March 15-17, 2019
Friday, March 15
Easton Corbin and special guest Honey County will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the NMSU Pan American Center Friday, in honor of the 30th annual Bataan Memorial Death March held at White Sands Missile Range.
With two No. 1 singles, four top-5 singles, multiple awards and nominations, performances on some of the biggest stages in the world and a spot on Carrie Underwood’s 2016 “The Storyteller Tour,” Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. Tickets are $15 each — for tickets and more, visit panam.nmsu.edu.
The NMSU Dance Program’s 2019 spring concert “Desert Spring,” with faculty works set on the three dance companies, is set for 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.
The concert will include performances by Sol y Arena, Contemporary Dance Theater and DanceSport. Advance admission is $5 children 12 and younger, $10 students and seniors and $15 adults; admission is $5 more at the door.
For more, call 646-6001 or visit kind.nmsu.edu.
Join the NMSU Office of International and Border Programs and the NMSU International Community for a day of fun and entertainment from around the world with the annual NMSU International Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza de Las Cruces in downtown Las Cruces. A perfect complement to the weekly Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces.
A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley will present the first of two final shows of “The Hobbit,” based on the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien tale, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets are just $8 per person. A final matinee show is set for 1 p.m. March 16. For tickets and more, visit achildrenstheatre.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Eli James Band at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Stepping Up at the Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); The Hooligans Irish Party Band featuring Nicole Osborn at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Chris Baker with Jessie Springer at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Saturday, March 16
Get ready for an early spring with a Seed Paper Making Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Cruces Creatives. The whole family is encouraged to get hands-on experience making seed paper to take home. Wear clothes you can get dirty! Admission is $5 general, $4.50 members — visit crucescreatives.org for more.
In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, visit the Fourth Annual Buddy Day, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pioneer Women’s Park. Celebrate the differences in all of us with horse- drawn carriage rides, music, face painting, clowns, games, petting zoo, jumpers, magicians and much more. Admission is free and all are welcome!
Cruces Creatives will host a Songwriting Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday with Pat DeSimio, an award-winning Las Cruces songwriter who specializes in traditional-sounding folk, Celtic, and bluegrass music. Guests 18 and older (or 12-17 with a parent or guardian) will learn and practice a comprehensive strategy for writing catchy melodies and matching them to lyrical ideas. Through demonstration followed by group and individual practice with instructor support, guests will develop new options for writing songs and leave with the start of a melody, ideas for lyrics, and options for overall song structure — or more. The workshop is $10 to the public or free for members; register at bit.ly/2JgVOf5, and find more information at crucescreatives.org.
Catch a screening of the 1974 American neo-noir classic “Chinatown” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rio Grande Theatre. Starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, “Chinatown” follows a private detective hired to expose an adulterer who finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. Admission is $8 per person, and concessions including beer, wine, snacks and refreshments, are available. Visit riograndetheatre.org for more.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery 2:30 to 5 p.m.); Sage Gentle-Wing and The Cajon Brothers at The Game (7 to 11 p.m.) and Smokin’ Mirrors at the Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Dead Like Disco performing pop/rock music from the 1980s and 90s at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); Still The Weather and Haley Noel at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and The Hooligan’s Irish Party Band at Pecan Grill and Brewery (9 p.m.).
Sunday, March 17
Sunday’s live music schedule includes The Two of Us at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and raw and honest singer-songwriter Calista at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Next week, catch Sarah Shook & The Disarmers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Rio Grande Theatre. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers is an old school outlaw country/Americana band with punk tendencies, featuring and opening performance by Los New Mexico Playboys. Concessions served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine, and spirits, are available. Tickets are $10 to $12 — visit riograndetheatre.org.
Next Weekend: March 21-24Next weekend, take a trip down the rabbit hole with the No-Strings Theatre Company production of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Black Box Theatre; trek to the Aztec Caves in the Franklin Mountains with Southwest Environmental Center’s Back by Noon series; Discover Camp Robledo at Leasburg Dam State Park; and enjoy a Las Cruces Civic Concert performance by internationally-acclaimed accordionist Sergei Teleshev at the Rio Grande Theatre.