Ongoing until 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.
Ongoing until Feb. 8
New Mexico Music Awards
The 2018 New Mexico Music Awards will be accepting entries Jan.1 to Feb. 8. Entry forms will be available Jan. 1. Each year, the NMMA recognizes excellence in recorded music in more than 40 categories including the Norman Petty Producers Award, Best Recording Engineer, Best Song and Best of the Year. For entry rules and information, visit newmexicomusicawards.com.
Daved Thomas book release
Local author Daved Thomas introduces his book “I Lived A Lie” about his journey and fight against addiction. Thomas speaks at Cross Church International, 1109 W. Fox St. at 11:15 a.m. For more information, call 575-689-8219.
Kira Shcherbakova concert
Kira Shcherbakova performs at the Garden Street Baptist Church, 2806 Garden St. at 5 p.m. Shcherbakova is a gospel singer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved at age 10 with her parents from the Ukraine to the U.S.
STOMP performs at the Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Rd., 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.
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.
Wait for What?! concert
Wait for What?! is performing at Pecan Grill & Brewery, 500 S. Telshor Blvd., at 8 p.m. Wait for What?! calls its music new grass. The audience can enjoy classic rock, country, and a crazy variety of music, mixed in with originals songs. For more information, visit waitforwhat.com.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal
Cirque du Soleil Crystal performances are at the Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and on Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. For the first time, Cirque du Soleil pushes the boundaries of performance, redefining the artistic possibilities of ice. Watch as world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their frozen playground with speed and grace, challenging the laws of gravity with daring acrobatics. For more information, visit santaanastarcenter.com.
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/.
A Night to Shine
The Night to Shine is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and takes place at 7 p.m. at the Carlsbad Civic Center, 4012 National Parks Hwy. This event is a prom for those in our community with special needs. For more information, visit its Facebook event page.
Bettman & Halpin concert
Bettman & Halpin are an original folk/Americana band. Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter. Bettman & Halpin are known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry. They have been touring as a duo since 2008, incorporating a trio and quartet since 2013. The concert takes place at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit flickingercenter.com.
“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.
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.
Jan. 27 and Jan. 30
‘IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System’
“IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System” is a full-dome film accompanied by a star presentation at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, 100 W. 11th St., on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. Join scientists as they investigate and map the boundary between our solar system and the rest of our galaxy using NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org or call 575-624-6744, ext. 10.
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.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Pennsylvania impressionists
Join Roswell Museum and Art Center’s curator of collections and exhibitions Sara Woodbury for a free presentation on the exhibition Pennsylvania Impressionists at RMAC Auditorium, 100 W. 11th St., from noon to 1 p.m. On loan from the James A. Michener Art Museum, this show is on view in the Founders Gallery while several works from our Hurd and Wyeth collection are in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, for the retrospective, Magical and Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd. Sara will offer an overview of Pennsylvania Impressionism while discussing specific artists and works featured in the show. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org or call 575-624-6744.
Side Effects will perform at The Unity Center, 108 E. Bland St., at 5 p.m. Side Effects is a musician from Oklahoma specializing in acoustic guitar. He will perform with support from King, Nova Rush and Matthew Palmer. For more information, visit The Unity Center’s Facebook page or call 575-208-8603.
Live and Let Die
The Roswell Symphony Orchestra brings the music of Paul McCartney to stage in A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartner, 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.
The second annual Father-Daughter Dance takes place at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., at 6 p.m. Dwain & Jill will be performing country and western dance music. For more information, call 575-624-6718.