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UP COMING EVENTS
Las Cruces Public Libraries invites residents to join us from 2- 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8 for a presentation about hiking safety and preparedness at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

Take a hike

Hiking 101: Beginning Adventure Las Cruces Public Libraries invites residents to join to a presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8 about hiking safety and preparedness at Thomas Branigan …
Fire and Fiber show opens at the Tombaugh Art Gallery The 2024 Fire and Fiber Show at the Tombaugh Art Gallery features artisans and more than 30 artworks. Works vary from elaborate pottery and …
To close its 2023-24 season, Las Cruces Community Theatre opens a three-weekend run of the musical comedy “Sister Act: A Divine Comedy” on Friday night. With book by Cheri and Bill …
The Western New Mexico University signature cultural event, ¡Fiesta Latina!, returns to the Silver City campus June 6-9.
The Legacy of Liberty Airshow will occur at Holloman Air Force Base Sunday, June 2. The airshow is free and open to the general public. According to a news release, gates open at 9 a.m. The …
Summer Fun: National Paper Airplane Day Las Cruces Public Libraries invites residents to join in from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Albert Johnson Park, at the southeast corner of …
Borderlands Ballet Company’s 2024 production of the classic ballet, Coppélia, is about to open in Las Cruces. If you haven’t heard of the comic ballet, …
The chamber music ensemble Camerata del Sol will perform Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet Op. 18, free to the public, in El Paso and Las Cruces this month. Camerata del Sol was founded in …
Faeries, came take me out of this dull world,  For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame! — William Butler …
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Scenes from the inaugural New Mexico Tamale Festival

Tamale Festival returns downtown

The beloved tamale, a traditional dish of corn-based dough steamed in corn husks or sometimes banana leaves, will be celebrated in Las Cruces on Cinco de Mayo at the second annual New Mexico Tamale …

Environmental activist comes to town playing his tunes

When Bill Oliver was a kid, he couldn’t decide between Smokey Bear and Chuck Berry so instead of trying to choose, he just did a little of both. “They were my heroes early on,” …
Brandon Bell

Raising voices, bringing classical style to the borderlands

When Jorge Martinez-Rios started with music as a child, he had no use for opera. But then, as a musician, he started hearing it. “As soon as I started listening – one aria and …

Arts roundup

"Glass in the Garden” open house fundraiser The Mesquite Street Amigos are holding several community events to celebrate the 175th birthday in the Las Cruces original townsite …

‘In the Next Room’ offers good vibes at Black Box

Few plays brilliantly tie together multiple thought-provoking themes. Fewer elicit consistent laughter. No Strings Theatre Company’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room does both.

‘Addams Family’ a creepy, kooky crowd-pleaser

Something spooktacular is brewing at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, but only for a limited time. The latest production by the American Southwest Theatre Company and the New Mexico State University …

At NMSU, trio debuts new musical works

Modern music with a local vibe will once again fill NMSU's music halls this weekend. As middle and high school students from all across the country gather for a weekend of high intensity …

‘In the Next Room’ opens at the Black Box

This weekend, the No Strings Theatre Company opens its production of the Tony-nominated play, “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” by Sarah Ruhl. According to the producers, the …

Mobile children’s museum hits the road

Vamos Niños - Play to Learn Mobile Children’s Museum is hitting the road with a focus on serving rural and remote communities. The museum is set to make a lasting impact on childhood …

Arts Roundup

Friday, April 12 General Federation of Women’s Club Progress Club, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., WIA Building 340 N. Reymond, Info: 575-649-4869. Las Cruces Pecan Festival, 3-9 p.m. at Young Park, …

The Addams Family’ to play at NMSU

The bizarre fictitious family created by cartoonist Charles Addams delighted New Yorker readers over five decades. They also inspired a television series, movies, toys and other merchandise. They are …

NMSU theater seats for sale to benefit theater company

The American Southwest Theatre Company, in residence at New Mexico State University, is selling seats in the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre as part of ASTC’s 2024-25 Seat of Honor …

Bringing some light to darkness

Christine Woods, Make-A-Wish Southern Ambassadors chair, works every day to bring a moment of joy into the lives of children in the area who have a critical diagnosis. The small group of …

Film festival guests bring inspiration to Las Cruces

Ross Marks loves bringing experience to the New Mexico State University campus to inspire students.

Flor de Toloache push the spirit of mariachi into the future

Think you know everything there is to know about mariachi? Chances are, you’ve only scratched the surface.

‘Little Brother’ rings true to sibling dynamics

What is a road trip movie? It might be about camaraderie, growth, changes and some unfolding insight. The New Mexico-made film, “Little Brother,” becomes the epitome of road trip …

Historical luminaries spar in new show at LCCT

American founder and slaveholder Thomas Jefferson and the writers Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy are stuck together in a room. It’s not the beginning of a joke, but of the comedy set to …

Arts roundup

Cooking corned beef and cabbage at Fort Seldon This program highlights outdoor cooking techniques and a history of this unique dish and its relation to Fort Selden Historic Site and New Mexico. …

Gold medalist headlines Henson breakfast

The Boys & Girls Club announced that its annual breakfast fundraiser, scheduled for April, will feature three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings as keynote speaker. The 16th …

Bataan memorial event this weekend

White Sands Missile Range is revving up for the 35th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March on Saturday, March 16. More than 5,000 people are signed up to participate in the memorial march conducted …

Name, rank and serial number: Ron Perlman has more to say

If aliens landed and found Ron Perlman in the desert, he would give them no information other than rank and serial number. When asked what his rank is, he said corporal. “In the big …
Practice makes for professional sounds for New Horizons Orchestra.

Piano virtuosi join New Horizons for March performance

Director and conductor of the New Horizons Orchestra in Las Cruces, Jorge Martinez-Rios, an associate professor at New Mexico State University, came across an idea. Having been introduced to a man …

Poster reveal party kicks off film fest

On March 1, the Las Cruces International Film Festival began its season with a poster reveal party at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The crowded room full of people cheered both as …

"Chalk Walk” comes to the museum

The Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main Street, hosts the second annual “Chalk Walk” event from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The free event features guest artists in the …

Libraries present spring gardening workshop

The Las Cruces Public Libraries announced a weekend spring garden workshop open to the public from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. The workshop consists of crafting activities …

24th Cowboy Days Festival saddles up

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is gearing up to welcome the public to the 24th annual Cowboy Days event. The event celebrates and showcases New Mexico ranching traditions with …

‘Home’ opens at the Black Box

The No Strings Theatre Company’s production of “Home,” by British playwright David Storey, opens at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces on Friday, March 1. The production, …
Maiya Corral

Playwrights Corral, Benne in residence at NMSU

New Mexico State University’s theatre arts department is welcoming playwrights Maiya Corral and Benjamin Benne, who will develop new works at the university and work with students of the …
Native Copper from Santa Rita, N.M.

Connecting through the earth: Rock, gem and mineral show

Frank Parrish grew up in El Paso. A self-identified rockhound by the age of 7, he scoured the Franklin Mountains for rocks and fossils as he grew up, ultimately picking up degrees at the University …
A.J. Tumminaro plays Jim Fingal in “The Lifespan of a Fact,” currently running at the Las Cruces Community Theatre.

REVIEW: 'The Lifespan of a Fact' explores the concept of truth

Facts are something that many might argue are in very short supply in the fabric of today’s society. Between politicians spouting “alternative” facts, and the ease with which the …
Middle Fork of the Gila River in the Gila Wilderness Area.

Why Wilderness?

Wilderness areas take us back to how the world looked before the advent of cars, roads and the many conveniences of civilization that we enjoy today. They are essential places where we can leave …
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

The Perfect Pairing

The idea of science embedded in movies is not new, and when the board of the Mesilla Valley Film Society (MVFS) noticed an available grant pairing science-related movies with real scientists, the …

Hermit who traveled world by foot honored at festival

When Giovanni Maria de Agostini was found murdered near his cave at La Cueva at the foot of the Organ Mountains on May 2, 1869, a compelling story abruptly ended. Found with his meager …
Polar Bear Plungers take to the lake in February 2023 during Elephant Butte Damsite Day.

Elephant Butte Damsite Doings

The second annual Damsite Day in Elephant Butte, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17, begins with the Polar Bear Plunge at noon. Last year saw a record number of jumpers and more are expected this year. …
“Bad Hair Day” by Heather Murphy

All For the Love of Art

Once a year, Las Cruces artists come together and flow apart to show their love of their craft by celebrating for a whole month, For the Love of Art Month. February became a month of activity and …
“Neon Noon” by Roy Van der Aa.

Tombaugh presents 'Between Heaven and Earth'

The Tombaugh Gallery will present an exhibition titled “Between Heaven and Earth” in February, featuring works by Karl Kohl and Roy Van der Aa.

Arts roundup

New Mexico Arts, a division of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, has offered two residential fellowships to support the work of local and national artists. Las Cruces-based artist Marcus …

Coming Up This Month

Friday, Jan. 26 Kyna Bryn Book Tour: Author reads and speaks on her books “Broken Not Shattered” and “Healed Not Broken,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Downtown Blues Coffee, 130 S. …

Visually impaired artist signs books at COAS

George Mendoza, a Las Cruces resident who overcame blindness to become an accomplished athlete and painter, will be signing a trilogy of books he has written, inspired by his life experiences, at …
Las Cruces-based painter Vicki Henley is designing the poster for the 2024 Las Cruces International Film Festival. The artist will be on hand to sign limited edition prints at a poster reveal party Friday, March 1.

Film fest poster artist shares the joy in her heart with her work

Vicki Henley came to Las Cruces to raise her children. With a criminal psychology degree, she was floating around delving into possible careers but never found herself content with any job she found. …
Avery Johnson, Christian Nieves and Ethan Trujillo appear in “Once,” by the Blank Conversations Theatre Company, at the Rio Grande Theatre, downtown Las Cruces.

REVIEW: ‘Once’ More, With Feeling

Once upon a time, there was a little independent film that took the world by storm, racking up critical accolades and winning a plethora of international awards, including a little trinket called an …

Arts roundup

A Still Small Voice brings a musical treat to the Doña Ana Arts Council on Saturday, Jan. 20. The live music concert is from 7-8:30 p.m. at 230 S. Water St. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Joe …

Coming Up this Month

Thursday, Jan. 18 Film: “Saltburn,” 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla. Info: mesillavalleyfilm.org. Friday, Jan. 19 Art opening: “A …

First-time homebuyer’s workshop to answer questions

Las Cruces Real Estate Brokers Laurel Brandi & April Hernandez of New Mexico Properties will host a free first-time homebuyer's workshop at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Las …

Visit Las Cruces video contest returns

The “Visit Las Cruces stories” video contest is back, and the call for entries is open until Feb. 28. The second annual contest invites entrants to draw from the “rich folklore …

Auditions for ‘Home’ at No Strings Theatre Co.

The No Strings Theatre Company, based at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces, will hold open auditions later this month for a production of “Home,” written by David Storey and …

King Legacy to be Celebrated

Rosmary Dupray of Silver City looked around, listened to what is happening in the country and was confused by what she saw. She heard that some places are discussing censoring books and information …

XOCOLATL: Mayan Chocolate

The Mimbres Region Arts Council presents Chocolate Fantasia, XOCOLATL: Mayan Chocolate, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Febr. 10. Xocolatl is the Mayan word for chocolate. This word was chosen …

County NAACP celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

The Doña Ana County NAACP will host a rally honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, followed by its annual MLK breakfast Monday morning. The rally will gather at Plaza de …

Joe Jencks to play concert at Doña Ana Arts Council

The Doña Ana Arts Council will present a live concert by folk musician Joe Jencks on Saturday, Jan. 20, in association with the nonprofit A Still Small Voice. Jencks is a Chicago-based …

Super Secret improv troupe returns for 2024

The Super Secret Improv Show returns for the new year with a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street. The group, founded in 2020 and making its debut in 2021, makes …
A 127-room privately-owned manor in Northamptonshire was used as the Saltburn estate.

‘Saltburn,’ not everybody’s flavor

In creating a movie, one must plan and imagine the sensations and visuals that will flow forth and carry the audience forward. In “Saltburn,” the forward momentum moves in a slow, roiling …

Grupo Control will play ¡mira! Las Cruces

Houston-based cumbia and norteño-style band Grupo Control will headline the second annual ¡mira! Las Cruces event in April, the city announced Monday. Last year’s festival …
Locally grown pecans and area growers to be focus of upcoming Las Cruces Pecan Festival in April.

Pecan Art needed for Upcoming Festival

The newly minted Las Cruces Pecan Festival is coming up April 13-14. Developed to highlight the importance and impact of the pecan industry on the local economy, the event will feature the talent and …
Glenn Schwaiger – A porcelain vase crafted by Glenn Schwaiger from a potter’s wheel, hand carved and glazed with celadon

‘For the Love of Art’ Returns in February

The ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico announced that its 25 th annual “For the Love of Art” celebration will open on Feb. 2 and run through the month. The events include …

Wild West Shootout at Speedway brings cars from around the country for competition this weekend

Three classes of race cars descended on the Vado Speedway track last week as the 17 th Annual Wild West Shootout came to New Mexico bringing racers from across the country, and from Canada, to give …

EVENTS: Things to do this week

"Ben Hur," "The Sound of Music," "Holiday Traditions in Southern New Mexico," " Dissecting a Chinese Ink Painting," "Noche de las Luminarias," "Nutcracker," "The Three Musketeers" …

NMSU commencement ceremonies to recognize fall 2023 graduates

Corwyn Shaughnessy embarked on his educational journey at New Mexico State University more than 20 years ago. Early on, he grappled with personal challenges that greatly impacted his academic …
S’mores and trolleys will be part of the entertainment at the second annual Farm La-La at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Farm La-La offers holiday family festivities

The Farm & Ranch Museum’s second annual Farm La-La will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. The event will feature thousands of Christmas lights, trolley rides, crafts, s’mores, hot …

EVENTS: Getting busy for Christmas

“Art of the Yellow Springs;” Eighth Annual Holiday Art Sale; Luminarias at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park; “A Snow White Christmas;” “The Nutcracker;” and more.
Cleve, left, and Mary, far right, jam with some friends recently at Downtown Blues Coffee, where on Sept. 8 Cleve will read from and sign copies of his book,

Las Crucen pens memoir: 'Life is a Butt Dial'

“You realize, after a certain point, that you have lived a life extraordinary,” is Cleve Hattersley’s excuse for writing a book.

Community of Hope begins Tents to Rents fundraiser: Jennifer’s story

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about residents of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope’s Camp Hope tent city and the 2023 Tents to Rents fundraising campaign, which began …

Blue moon, supermoon coming up

If you’ve expecting something that only happens “once in a blue moon,” get ready, ‘cause there’s a blue moon a’comin’. And this one is real special – …

NMSU retiree lunch is Sept. 28; provost, athletic director among guests; topics will include retiree reorganization

New Mexico State University retirees (faculty and staff) are invited to a lunch just for university retirees, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse, 3000 Herb …

State Historic Sites hosts Aug. 26 birthday party for J. Paul Taylor

Earlier this year, we said goodbye to J. Paul Taylor, one of the most stalwart advocates for art, culture, and education in New Mexico’s history. He would have been 103 on Aug. 24. To celebrate …

REVIEW: ‘Bat Boy’ the Musical

There are many reasons to see “Bat Boy: The Musical” at Las Cruces Community Theatre, and one of the best is the performance of Christian Nieves. He is beyond outstanding in this …
Toby Rue and his family served up Cobra Kai tacos for Men Who Cook Aug. 12 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

Men Cooked!

The Men Who Cook event held Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, was a benefit event for Mesilla Valley Hospice.
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