Secret Circus concert
Secret Circus and a special surprise guest perform at 7 p.m. at Milton’s brewing, 108 E. Mermod St. For more information, visit Secret Circus’ Facebook or event page.
Jan. 19 and Jan. 26
Pre-school story time at the zoo
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park are holding their pre-school story time on both days starting at 9:30 a.m. The story on Jan. 19 is “Maggie’s Birthday and on Jan. 26 it’s “Footprints in the Snow.” A short walk in the zoo, weather permitting, and an activity will follow the story. There is no fee for the Visitor Center program; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo. For more information, call 575-887-5516.
Championship Bull Riding
The 2018 Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding takes place at the Lea County Event Center, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit selectaseatlubbock.com or call 575-391-2900.
Secret Circus & friends concert
Secret Circus & friends will perform at Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House, 2704 Sudderth Drive, at 6 p.m.
STOMP performs at the Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Road, at 7 p.m. Garnering armfuls of awards in all aspects of theatrics, STOMP is explosive, witty and utterly unique. Household items and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in this exhilarating combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It is a journey through sound, the pulse of humanity. For more information, visit spencertheater.com.
Jan. 19 – May 13
In the Dark
In the Dark is the new, interactive exhibit at the Western Heritage Museum, 1 Thunderbird Circle. Visitors will be surrounded by the sights, sounds, smells and sensation of ecosystems at night. Sometimes scary, but always intriguing, darkness beckons exploration and represents the unknown. It’s also a natural evolutionary selective pressure that has caused plants and animals to adapt to ecosystems like caves, the deep sea, the forest at night and underneath the ground. For more information, visit nmjc.edu or call 575-492-2678.
Wait for What?! concert
Wait for What?! is performing at St. Clair Winery, 1325 De Baca Road SE, at 5 p.m. Wait for What?! is kicking off 2018 Friday music nights at St. Clair. The audience can enjoy classic rock, country, and a crazy variety of music, mixed in with originals songs. For more information, visit waitforwhat.com.
New Mexico Men’s & Lady State Championship Chili Cook-off
The 2018 New Mexico Men’s & Lady State Championship Chili Cook-off takes place at the Hobbs Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, 2920 W. Maryland Blvd. There is plenty of space for dry camping; the RV hook-ups are on a first come basis. If the weather is bad, the cooks can move inside the lodge. Friday night kicks off with Soup Cook-off and everyone can join. No entry fee. Friday night is the Chili Cook-off with turn-in at 7 p.m. Saturday night turn in is 2 p.m. and there will be a free Saturday night meal for all registered cooks and their spouses. On Sunday turn in is noon. The Chili Appreciation Society International rules apply. For more information, call Paul Mulkey at 575-390-6184 or Jennifer Sherfield at 575-441-0535 or visit the CASI event page on Facebook.
Feb. 9 to 10
Mardi Gras in the Clouds
The annual Mardi Gras in the Clouds has this year the theme “Love and Magic on The Mountain.” The events include Cajun cooking contest, children’s parade and mask contest, including baby contest and dance on Friday. On Saturday, there will be a scavenger hunt, cake walk, battle of the bands and the official parade. For more information, visit coolcloudcroft.com/mardigras/.
“Singin’ The Blues”
Brenda Hollingsworth-Marly is performing in “Singin’ The Blues” as Billie Holiday at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. The late great Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day, was born to sing the blues in a jazzy sultry tones from coast to coast. Hollingsworth-Marly brings Holiday back to life and to stage with her famous hits. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com.
ABBA MANIA is not only for life long, diehard ABBA fans but the new generation of fans, who never had the opportunity to see the band ABBA live. Hits include “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Winner Takes it All,” “Super Trouper,” “Fernando” and “Take A Chance On Me.” Songs that continue to fill dance floors worldwide. The show opens at 7 p.m. at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. For more information, visit flickingercenter.com or abbamania.com/abba-mania-the-show.
Third annual feBREWary fest
The third annual wine and beer festival, benefits the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce and takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Lea County Event Center & Fairgrounds, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 1. For more information, call 575-397-3202.
Ongoing until Jan. 28
Broadway Bound kids
Registration is open for Way Way Off-Broadway’s Broadway Bound kids youth performing group for the spring 2018 semester. The BBK final concert is scheduled for April 21. For more information, visit waywayoffbroadway.com.
Kids in Arts ProgramS spring class
Spring registration is now open for the Kids in Arts ProgramS theater class. The class fills up fast and only 30 students are accepted. Students will be working on the production of the “Mystery Club, Cases 1 & 2.” Performances will be held April 20 and 21. For more information, visit roswellkaps.org.
Esham at The Unity Center
The Detroit artist Eshem specializes in acid rap, horrorcore, alternative hip-hop, electronic and metal. Eshem is going to perform at The Unity Center, 108 E. Bland St., at 6 p.m. For more information, visit bandsintown.com.
Ben Danaher concert
Red River singer and song writer Ben Danaher performs for the first time at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit pecosflavorswinery.com.
New Mexico School for the Arts
The public is invited to the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd., at 2 p.m. for a free performance of the students from the New Mexico School for the Arts. The students present their works in music, theater, dance and visual art. For more information, call 575-623-5600.
Live and Let Die
The Roswell Symphony Orchestra brings the music of Paul McCartney to stage in A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pearson Auditorium at the New Mexico Military Institute. For more information, visit roswellsymphony.org or call 575-623-5882 or 800-300-9822.
Mardi Gras dinner and dance
All Saints Catholic School Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance fundraiser event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Peter Church gym on East Deming Street. Activities include dancing, king cakes, costume contest, crowning of a king and queen, cash bar and a silent auction. Tickets are available at All Saints Catholic School, 2700 N. Kentucky Ave. or at the St. Peter Church office, 111 E. Deming St. For more information, visit allsaintsmardigras.com or call the school office at 575-627-5744.