EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the hit comedy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 5-6, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $30-$70 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
Getting away with murder can be so much fun … and there’s no better proof than the hilarious hit show that won the 2014 Tony for Best Musical. It’s the story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way ... and be done in time for tea.
Mannheim Steamroller — Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis, America’s favorite holiday tradition for more than 30 years, performs Tuesday, Dec. 5, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, in Las Cruces. Grammy winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. ?Tickets: $42.80-$53.50 (Ticketmaster).
The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album, and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra — Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, sponsored by the Hallmark Channel. The “rock holiday tradition for a new generation” will showcase their unique combination of storytelling, musicianship and spectacular production effects. Previous shows in the area have sold out. Tickets on sale Sept. 15 (Ticketmaster).
‘Venite!’ — Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, will host its annual Christmas music presentation, based on “The Star of Bethlehem” documentary by Rick Larson, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 8, and 10. Admission is free; early arrival recommended. Information: 584-3912 or coronadobaptist.org.
Take a look into the ancient heavens through the lens of Scripture and the Hubble telescope, as the wise men of old follow the Star leading them to the Christ Child.
Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with music, cookies and cocoa, and free activities for kids. Ticket information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or on Facebook.
Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Paso artist Candy Mayer and photographer Charlie Mayer will host their 4th annual open house at her home studio at 1317 Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10. All of Candy Mayer's work will be available for purchase, including large pieces not usually displayed at shows. Gift items include 2018 "Images of El Paso" calendars. Also on display will be her husband Charlie's photographs, many from Mexico and Spain. Information: 581-4971 or candymayer.com.
Krystyna Robbins Studio — Krystyna Robbins will host her annual Christmas Miniature Sale noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Robbins Studio, 5070 Yucca.
Retablos, slates, miniatures and small paintings and other works will be for sale. Information: 584-0953, 309-1898 or krystynarobbins.com.
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com, holdmyticket.com or ticketfly.com.
• Pale Waves — Manchester rock band, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, with The Candescents. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Whitechapel — The deathcore band’s “Decade of Defilement Tour” is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with guests Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Entheos, and So This Is Suffering. Tickets: $24-$26.
• The Drums — The New York indie pop band performs 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, with Hoops. Tickets: $20 ($40 balcony).
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Surcharge for ages under 21. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• AJJ — The folk-punk band performs 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, with Treasure Mammal. Tickets: $15-$17.
• Prayers — Electronic rock duo, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, with Wars of Icaza. Tickets: $17-$20.
• MC Chris — The rapper performs at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $14-$16.
• Mark Farina — Chicago disc jockey, 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with Joe N. Tickets: $20-$25.
Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Admission: $5 at the door. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouseDiveBarKitchen.
• WVRM — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, with Funeral Chic and Pickwick Commons, with local bands Hereafter the Wave, Monrowe and the Grave Aesthetic. Tickets: $5.
• Lifelink — The melodic hardcore band performs 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, with Blood Between Us, Know Suffer and Monrowe. Tickets: $5.
Holiday Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, opens its 22nd season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with its holiday performance. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.
Club Here I Love You — 115 S. Durango. Specializing in electronic and DJ music. Tickets on eventbrite.com. Information: 307-7736 or on Facebook.
• Justin Jay — The electronic music artist performs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. All ages show. Tickets: $12-$15.
• refused. Showcase — The dubfire showcase featuring Justin James, Chris Rusu and Dustin Holtsberry is 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $12.54.
• Gabriel & Dresden — The electronic duo and winner of International Dance Music Awards’ “Best American DJ” will play a four-hour set for their “The Only Road Tour” at midnight, Saturday, Dec. 9. Opening act Pete Soul goes on at 10 p.m. and Ado at 11 p.m. Tickets: $25 ($4 extra for minors).
Sin Bandera — The Grammy-winning Latin pop duo’s “Última Vez” Tour is 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: %59.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $125. (Ticketmaster).
The duo was formed in 2000 by Leonel Garcia and Noel Schajris, and released the hit single “En Mi Vida,” used as the theme for the telenovia “Cuando Seas Mia.” The disbanded from 2008 to 2015, and were nominated for a 2017 Billboard Latin Music Award for Pop Songs Artist of the Year.
‘Aztec Myths & Legends’ — A narrated concert by OME and Boutique Concerts is 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 14-15, at The Host, 409 Executive Center Blvd, Suite A. OME means “two” in the Aztec language Nahuatl. Cost: $45; available at boutiqueconcerts.ticketspice.com. Information: 242-7824, omeworld.com or on Facebook.
Formed by composers, producers, writers and singer/songwriters Paola Treviño Todd and Rodrigo Garcia MZ, from Mexico City, OME is a music fusion that combines ethereal, ethnic and operatic voices with electronic sounds, pre-Hispanic instruments and orchestral elements, more commonly associated with film music.
Winter Ball on the Border — El Paso Choral Society hosts its gala event 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 9, at Summit Hall, 120 N. Festival, with dinner, drinks, and dancing to Azucar with the highlight of arias performed by professional opera singers.
Cost: $100. Information: 433-7897 or epchoralsociety.org.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Christmas Street Gala — The 44th annual fund-raiser for the Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees will be on display. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and no host bar. Dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire. Tickets; $100; RSVP by Nov. 27. Information: 544-8484, ext. 101. Information: email@example.com or pdnchildrens.org.
A live auction of trees will be held; silent auction of several items also held.
UTEP Alumni Holiday Party — UTEP Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations host the El Paso Chapter Holiday Part from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at The Venue Events and Ballroom, 6633 N. Mesa Suite 400. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7 and dancing from 8 to 11. Door prizes, cash bar, silent auction. Cocktail attire. Advance tickets through Dec. 5 at alumni.utep.edu or call 747-8600.
Non-perishable food items will be collected for the UTEP Food Pantry.
Holiday Extravaganza — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts weekend activities at downtown’s San Jacinto Plaza 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec 8-9, and Dec. 15-16, with live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: 252-9031 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
Luminarias by the Lake — More than 2,000 luminarias will line the walking paths at Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, with sounds of the Holidays,
sweet treats and hot cocoa available. Proceeds benefit the park. Characters will stroll the gardens in Victorian costume. Admission to be announced. Information: 581-7920 or keystoneheritagepark.com.
‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 23rd annual musical homage to the community’s Mexican Navidad and American Christmas traditions is 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A. Presented by El Paso Community College Senior Adult Program. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Complimentary tickets available through the Seniors Adult Program: 831-7801.
Lights on the Lake — The display of holiday lights at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, runs through early January. Food vendors available on weekends. Park closes at 8 p.m. Car entry fee is $2. Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at epcountyparks.
The 3rd annual Lighting Ceremony is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with food trucks and musical entertainment, followed by a showing of “A Christmas Story.” Bring chairs and blankets. Santa and his elves arrive in the park on his Santa Ship float provided by the El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department. They will be available for photos with visitors. Admission is free.
The Jingle Bell Jog precedes the lighting at 5 p.m. for people of all ages and pets, to run, walk or stroll in their craziest holiday outfits around the 1.5-mile path around Ascarate Lake.
WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 1 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. This year’s ice rink offers interactive features, along with holiday shopping, seasonal food and drinks, lights, décor and more. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger); spectator admission is free; $1 skating discount for military personnel. Open seven days a week. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com. Discount days include $2 off Tuesdays with canned good donation.
Salsa Night with live music by Team Havana is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the El Paso Museum of Art. Social dancing, salsa lessons and live performances by El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy.
Free screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Plaza Theatre.
Skating hours this week are 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 2-5 and 8-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m..
‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, presents the 52nd annual Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-10. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. The event usually sells out early. Tickets: $5 at the church office; $6 online. Tickets available at the door, only if seats available. Information: 533-1465 or fbcep.
The concerts are complete with a live Christmas chorus comprised of over 160 students and adults, performing traditional and new holiday music. It is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the country.
Coffeehouse Christmas — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual holiday gift to the community at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-10, with music, dance and holiday treats. Separate Christmas celebration offered to kids age 9 and younger. Admission is free. Information: 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com.
Bazaars and fairs
Winter Festival — The Hernando Middle School PTA presents the 2nd annual evening of shopping, holiday entertainment, activities and games, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the school, 3541 Rich Beem. Information: 937-9800,
Festival of Trees — Guadalupe Montessori School’s 5th annual celebration of creativity, and community is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8-10, and Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 14-17, at the Old Curious Kumquat, 111 E. College in Downtown Silver City. Live trees, handmade crafts and bake goods will be for sale. Information: guadalupemontessori.org.
Christmas Art and Craft Fair — The Christmas fair is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10, at Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery, 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M., with local artists and crafts, wine and several classes hosted throughout the day. Admission is free. Information: (915) 309-7219 or Sombraantigua.com.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Fall and winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Upper parking lot for Handicap Parking only. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, firstname.lastname@example.org, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts its 47th annual Happy Holidaze Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-10, with 25 local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. This year’s event also features original art by Tom Lea. The 2018 “Amor Sin Fronteras” calendars available for $5. Visitors are encouraged to come in hippie garb. Admission is free. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
Live entertainment includes Gene Keller, the Beamers, Jorge Guzman, Cowboy Gospel Band, Brandon Bailey Johnson (Saturday only) and Nienna.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The annual three-day religious festival in Tortugas, N.M. is Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 10-12. The festival is the biggest event of the year in Tortugas, a small village near Mesilla Park that’s home to the Tortugas Indians. Events are centered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Information: (575) 526-8171 or olgturtugas.com.
The fiesta traditionally begins on its first day with a procession taking the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the little chapel to the community house rosary and vigil.
The pilgrimage to the Tortugas “A” Mountain usually follows on the second day with a procession at 5 a.m. from Casa del Pueblo to the church. At sundown, pilgrims will light luminarias along the mountain path.
A fiesta Mass will be held followed by dances, traditional dinner and afternoon procession. Call for schedule.
To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.
Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo — Events celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe are Dec. 10-12 at St. Genevieve’s Church and Parish Hall, 100 South Espina and 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave., in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649.
A procession of the virgin is Sunday and Monday from the hall to the church.
A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be celebrated Tuesday, followed by dancing by the matachines (Los Danzantes) and Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe members.
The Virgin de Guadalupe figure is kept in the church until New Year’s Day, when she will be taken out at 2 p.m. in a procession accompanied by dancing and pageantry. The figure is then taken home until next December.
St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of Guadalupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 10-12, including pilgrimages, masses and a bazaar. The public is welcome. Information/times: 566-2261.
International Museum of Art — 1211 Montana. An opening reception is 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, for “Visions,” works of Chilean and North American contemporary Art by Veronica Leiton and Marino. The exhibit continues through Jan. 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmuseumofart.net.
La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. The annual Virgen de Guadalupe exhibit runs Dec. 1-Jan. 11, with Awards reception 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on Facebook at YISDFineArts.
Star City Studio/OM Gallery — The music studio and gallery is at 120 W. Castellano. An opening reception is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, for “4 Diverse Women,” featuring works by Estelle Goldman, Marie Livingston, Vanessa K. Clark and Lu Allen. The exhibit continues through Feb. 3. Information: starcitystudioproductions.com, or 240-5756.
‘Evening of Fiesta’ — K’AAY Ballet Folklorico celebrates the culture of Mexico through traditional song and dance in a vibrant performance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $5. Information: 727-7406.
‘Nocturnal’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents the show by the contemporary dance group Tumbleweed Collective at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-10, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre). Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
The group’s program of new choreography is inspired by the night, exploring themes of hope, dreams, celebration, isolation, romance, heartache, refuge and home.
Afternoon Ballroom dance - USA Desert Dancers Chapter 5017 hosts a dance 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane. Cost (check or cash only): $23 ($20 students and military, free for members). Social hour is 2 to 3 p.m. with dancing starting at 3 p.m. Music provided by Jack Welch. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks provided; BYOB. Dress is semi-formal. Information: Georgena, 328-0527, Raquel, 345-6432, or usadance.org.
‘A Christmas Story’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the comedy by Philip Grecian. Dec. 1-10. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors 62+, students, military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
A young boy named Ralphie Parker only wants one thing of Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. It’s not sure he will ever make it to Christmas, between his brother Randy and the school bully, Scut Farkus.
‘Tick, Tick..BOOM!’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the autobiographical musical by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of “Rent,” Jonathan Larson, Dec. 1-10, as its Side Dish Student Production. Show time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. No dinner served; all seats general admission. Tickets: $15 ($12 UTEP faculty, staff, alumni assoc. members, ages 4-12, non-UTEP students and groups of 20 or more; $10 UTEP students with valid ID) Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt (Ticketmaster).
“Tick, Tick...BOOM” follows the playwright-composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster. Set in 1990, this story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical. Adult subject matter and language.
Holiday Comedy ShowHoHo — The Jesters League of America presents the improv show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Glasbox Theater 210 Poplar. BYOB, Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Information: facebook.com/elpasoimprovleague
‘A Christmas Carol’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents its popular holiday season production Dec. 9-17, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 and 17. Tickets: $14; $12 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, Alumni with card, non-UTEP Students; $9 UTEP students and children. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
McDonald’s Classic Basketball Tournament — The national high school tournament is Dec. 7-9, at Del Valle High School, with 180 of the country’s best student-athletes in boys’ and girls’ basketball from 13 high schools around the country, including El Paso. Information: 373-6708. Full schedule at elpasoclassic.com or on Facebook at McDonald’s Classic - El Paso.
El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Oklahoma City Blazers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-10, at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.
UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners hosts Washington State at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
UTEP Women’s Basketball - Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com. UTEP takes on NMSU at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Pan American Center in Las Cruces.
Southern New Mexico
El Paso Brass — KRWG presents one of the longest continually performing brass quintets in America, composed of key members of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and other distinguished artists from across the Southwest, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Information: (575) 646-2222 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
Harpeth Rising — The “chamberfolk” band hosts a debut performance promoting their new album “Against all Tide” in the Las Cruces House Concerts series 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Performance begins at 7 p.m. with a 6 p.m. social potluck hour. Cost: $20 suggested donation. RSVP, location: email@example.com. Information: harpethrising.com.
‘The Nutcracker’ — Dali Ballet Company presents their original adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, at 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8-9, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. A Victorian dreamscape is filled with dancing nutcrackers, feisty mice, stalwart soldiers and dazzling sugar plum fairies. Tickets: $30. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
Pancho Villa Luminaria Tour — Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M. at State Roads 11 and 9. Tours are 5 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Meet in front of the Exhibit Hall, for cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, and enjoy a
luminaria display, and annual free raffle of five baked hams. Star party begins at 6:15 p.m. at the group shelter. Regular entrance fee applies. Information: (575) 531-2711.
Astronomer John Gilkison with the National Public Observatory will give a laser guided bright star and constellation tour ending at 7:45 p.m.
Turning Back The Sun — The winter solstice celebration hosted by Friends of Leasburg Dam, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and members of various Native American communities is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, two miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19, with live demonstration and sampling of traditional Pueblo adobe oven bread baking, Pueblo Indian social dances, during the day. Admission: $5 per vehicle. Information: (575) 524–4068 or nmparks.com.
Visitors enjoy sunset, gathering around several warm campfires in an outdoor amphitheater, as well as traditional Coyote/Winter stories from Dine, Apache, Pueblo and Blackfeet peoples. Sample of Buffalo stew and oven baked Pueblo bread and hot chocolate - as long as they last. Night Sky viewing with ASLC-Astronomy Society of Las Cruces.
Nosotros — The Las Cruces Latin band performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Admission: $10. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.
‘Annie’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, presents the beloved musical Dec. 1-17. The story of the lovable orphan is by Thomas Meehan, with music by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Directed by Janet Beatty-Payne, with musical direction by Meagan Higgins. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 ($12 student, senior, military; $10 age 12 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.