Ongoing until Jan. 21
The Museum of International Folk Art will host the national touring exhibition “Quilts of Southwest China,” beginning July 9 through Jan. 21, 2018. While both highly-valued and culturally significant, Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors, and museums and little is known about them outside of the communities that make them. They embody layers of history, identity, expertise, and culture. MIFA is located at 706 Camino Lejo. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org or call 505-476-1200.
Cruisin’ 2 Cure Cancer
Cruisin’ 2 Cure Cancer is a free cancer memorial ride. Motorcycles, cars and trucks are all welcome to take part in this ride to help show support for those affected by this disease. The ride will start in the parking lot of the BelAire shopping center at 905 E. Bender Blvd. and will go to the New Mexico Junior College, 1 Thunderbird Circle. There will be a large board with the names of the survivors and lost ones. Anybody who would like to have a name put on that board can email email@example.com or call 575-408-2903. Participants may also write the name on the board themselves at the beginning of the ride. There will also be a list with names on the Cruisin’ 2 Cure Facebook page with everyone’s permission.
Ruidoso – Alto
Missoula Children’s Theatre
The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents, “The Tortoise Versus The Hare,” at 7 p.m. Performance is at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road, Airport Highway 220, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for children and $18 for adults. Approximately 50-60 children, ages 6-17, are needed for the musical’s various parts. Auditions take place July 10, 9 a.m. No experience necessary. The weeklong theater workshop is free. For more information and tickets, visit spencertheater.com or call 575-336-4800.
White Sands Burgers & Brews Festival
White Sands Burgers & Brews Festival takes place at Jim R. Griggs Sports Complex, 3000 N. Florida Ave. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be live music, burgers, a green chile cheeseburger cook-off and food trucks. Advance tickets are $10 per person or two for $15. Tickets at the gate are $15 per person or two for $20. Designated driver ticket is $10. For more information, visit alamogordo.com or call 575-437-6120.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Dawn of the bats
One special morning each year, curious visitors join park rangers at the entrance of Carlsbad Cavern to witness the homecoming of hundreds of thousands of Brazilian free-tailed bats. Between April and October these bats call Carlsbad Caverns National Park home. Each sunset, hundreds of people witness their mass exodus from the cave in search of food and water, but far fewer people are present as these creatures of the night return at sunrise with their bellies full. The Dawn of the Bats is a special event celebrating the bats as they arrive home in small groups and dive back into the safety of the cave. The main event begins at 5:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day with activities and programs. A full schedule of events will be posted at nps.gov/cave. For more information, visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park on Facebook and Twitter.
The O’Jays in concert
R&B band The O’Jays, are performing at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. The O’Jays were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 and honored with BET’s Life Time Achievement Award in 2009. In 2013, they were inducted into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame. Today, the songs of The O’Jays are still being used in many movies, commercials and TV shows. “For The Love of Money” continues to be the theme song for the TV show, “The Apprentice.” Eddie Levert Sr., Walter Williams Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the group in 1995, continue to thrill fans today. Throughout their career The O’Jays have achieved 10 Gold albums, nine Platinum albums and 10 No. 1 hits. Tickets start at $30. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and tickets, visit innofthemountaingods.com.
Rally In The Weeds
Every year the little town of Weeds turns into the center of attention during its annual Rally In The Weeds. There will be live bands, DJs, food and retail vendors, as well as mud bogs. The town of Weeds is located eight miles West of Artesia on Highway 82. For more information, visit its Facebook event page.
Early Days gas engine and tractor show
The Pecos Valley Classic AG Tractor Club is hosting the 2017 Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association Southwest regional show at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. There will be antique tractors, machinery and engines from all over the Southwestern United States. Interested individuals can get further information from the Club website, at classicag.org or by contacting Ralf Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruidoso Wine and Art Festival
Starting this year a handful of New Mexico wineries are joining the festival. There are different choices for tickets. The tickets that include the wine tasting also includes a free wine glass and free tastings at each vendor. One hundred of the nation’s most talented artists showcasing a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. This year there will be a variety of new artists participating in the show. The festival takes place at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive. For more information, visit ruidosonow.com.
July 21, 31, Aug. 5, 8, 12, 16 and 24
“Lucia di Lammermoor”
The Santa Fe Opera presents, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Beauty and darkness collide in this bel canto masterpiece. The opera is sung in Italian with opera titles in English and Spanish. This is a new Santa fe Opera Production. The opera is located at 301 Opera Drive. For more information and tickets, visit santafeopera.org or call its box office at 800-280-4654.
National Day of the Cowboy
Artesia Arts Council invites the public to celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy at the First American Bank Parking lot, 303 Main St. There will be craft and food vendors, music and prizes. Learn how to rope and meet cowboy poet, W.C. Jameson at Bennie’s Western Wear. The festivities start at 9 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. A show with W.C. Jameson follows at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. Tickets for the evening show are $20. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.
July 24-July 29
Eddy County Fair
The 72nd annual Eddy County Fair takes place at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, 3402 S. 13th St. June 30 is the deadline for 4-H inside exhibits, 4-H and FFA livestock forms. Bull riding will take place at 8 p.m. on July 28. The carnival is open each day from 5 p.m. There will be a dance on July 27 and 28 starting at 8:30 p.m. On July 28 a Chili Cook-off takes place at 4 p.m.
Warrant and Winger in concert
Warrant and Winger are going to rock the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. Warrant is a metal band formed in 1984 in Hollywood, which experienced success with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their two times platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich and one of its singles, “Heaven,” reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the two times platinum album Cherry Pie which provided the hit album titled song and music video. Winger is a rock band that has combined elements of glam metal and progressive metal. Formed in New York City, Winger gained popularity with two platinum albums, Winger and In the Heart of the Young, along with charting singles “Seventeen,” “Headed for a Heartbreak” and “Miles Away,” put the band on the top of the charts by the early 1990s. In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for “Best New Heavy Metal Band.” Tickets start at $25. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and tickets, visit innofthemountaingods.com.
Old Lincoln Days
The Old Lincoln Days include “The Last Escape of Billy the Kid” at the pageant grounds next to the museum. There will be also free wagon rides in the village, arts and crafts, music and colorful characters from the wild days when Lincoln was the center of the Lincoln County War. For more information, visit billythekidpageant.com.