By Zak Hansen
Las Cruces Bulletin
There’s a lot of pressure to perform for Valentine’s Day.
With cards to buy, candy to pick out, teddy bears and roses to pick up last-minute, the holiday can be a bit overwhelming. For those of you who’ve left it until the week before – it’s OK, we do it too, so we’ve put together a preliminary list of just a few of the numerous things going on around town.
From fine dining to live music and theater to art exhibits and studio tours, there’s sure to be something for you and your sweetheart to do this Valentine’s Day.
A number of higher-end restaurants throughout the city are offering special menus and dinners to celebrate Valentine’s Day, including St. Clair Winery & Bistro, Savoy de Mesilla, De la Vega’s Pecan Grill and Brewery and Sombra Antigua Winery in Chamberino, N.M. With just a week to go before the big day, space is filling rapidly, so reservations should be made as soon as possible by calling the restaurants.
If this finer fare isn’t your thing, why not head to one of our great, local restaurants? There’s bound to be something great left undiscovered, so take a chance and fall in love with something new.
In the mood to take in a play? Las Cruces has got you covered. At 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 14, and Saturday Feb. 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday Feb.16, the Las Cruces Community Theatre will show “The Foreigner,” which won a number of prestigious awards during its off-Broadway run beginning in 1984. The theater is located at 313 N. Main St., and tickets are $7 to $10, and can be reserved by calling the theater at 523-1200.
For something a bit more romantic, the No Strings Theatre Company, which makes its home at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St., presents “Romance/Romance,” playing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The play – a musical divided into two one-act plays, “The Little Comedy” and “Summer Share,” which both deal with themes of love and life – is sure to be a lively, lovely way to spend Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $10 to $12 and can be reserved by calling 523-1223.
If live music is more you and your valentine’s style, a number of bars, wineries and restaurants around the City of the Crosses have performances scheduled for Valentine’s Day.
Th eDoraReyesDuowillplayatSombra Antigua Winery from 2 to 6 p.m. Helen Sachs is scheduled to sing at 7 p.m. at Amaro Winery. The Muddy Hands Blues Bands takes the outdoor stage of The Game Sports Bar & Grill from 7 to 11 p.m. Las Cruces Salsa band Animmo performs at Palacio Bar at 8 p.m. Cover charges vary, so be sure to check with the venue beforehand.
Also that evening, at 9 p.m., Hurricane Alley will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with the Valentine’s Night Stoplight Party, sponsored Southern New Mexico Pride and Partytenders Inc. Music will be provided by DJ Gene-E-Ous and DJ Espy. Singles should wear green, those in a relationship will be decked in red, and for those unsure, yellow is your color. Cover is $5 at the door. For more information, contact Patrick at 915-2588.
Every February, Las Cruces celebrates all things art during For the Love of Art Month, and, as such, local galleries will continue their love-letter to the arts. Each of the galleries dotting Main Street Downtown, as well as those farther f lung, have special exhibits up for the 28 days of February.
Why not take your honey out and see some of the stunning talent we’ve got here in the Mesilla Valley. For a complete list of participating galleries, as well as a map, visit www.artforms.org/ love_of_art.htm.
On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, a number of artists around town will open their personal workspaces for the annual For the Love of Art studio tours. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, artists including Roy van der Aa, Jeri Desrochers, Marilyn Hansen, Storm Sermay, David Jaquez and Jean Reece Wilkey – and many more – will give special tours of their creative environments. A full list and schedule can be found at www.artforms.org/love_of_art.htm.
If you and your special someone aren’t able to make it, the studio tours will run between the same hours the following weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23.