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April 2017

The following events are just some of the events coming up this month. We generally post this list a month in advance, and do not update afterward so we can focus on the print edition instead. We leave the past monthly lists on the website just to give you some idea of what generally happens that month

TRINITY SITE TOUR — White Sands Missile Range. The semiannual tour to the site of the first atom bomb explosion is Saturday, April 1. Admission is free; no reservations required. Information: (575) 678-1134 or wsmr.army.mil.

UPCYCLED ART FAIR — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Placita Santa Fe, 5024-5034 Doniphan. Information, tamajesyoar@gmail.com or 274-6517.

LATIN COMEDY JAM — National Touring comedians perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, featuring Martin Rozo, Jerry Garcia, Flaco Martinez. hosted by Mike G. Tickets: $20-$35; holdmyticket.com or riograndetheatre.com.

FRANKLIN MOUNTAIN POPPIES PRESERVATION CELEBRATION — The 11th annual free family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain. The family fun day includes hands on activities, nature tours, archery, live entertainment art vendors, food trucks, and a live wolf and hawk encounter. Exhibits and film screenings presented inside the museum. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or maloofgo@elpasotexas.gov.
Parking at EPCC Transmountain Campus (Diana Exit & US 54), with free shuttle to and from event.

MASSING OF THE COLORS — Veterans, school and civic organizations will participate the annual event 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar, sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. Information: 755-4038 or theattache@aol.com.

HOPE BRINGS CHANGE 5K — The inaugural 5K run walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Hope City Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

SUNLAND PARK RACETRACK & CASINO — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live racing runs every Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday through April 18. Post time is 1:30 p.m. with nine races each day.

COLORS OF CANCER RACE — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts its ”Colors of Cancer-Our Colors Run Together” 5K competitive run and non-competitive run/walk at Sunday, April 2, at Cohen Stadium. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org. Registration at ourcolorsruntogether.com.

MARCH MADNESS SYMPHONY FUNDRAISER — The 19th annual fundraiser benefiting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach programs is Monday, April 3, at El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals. Pre-game activities and dinner at 6 p.m. Live and silent auctions and raffles. Tickets: $110. Information, reservations: 532-3776 or epso.org.
The annual March Madness Golf Tournament is earlier Monday.

MICHAEL MCDONALD — The five-time Grammy winner performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $38 to $85. (Ticketmaster).

CHIHUAHUAS CHAMPIONSHIP DINNER — Steve Garvey, Former Los Angeles Dodgers MVP & World Series Champion, headlines the El Paso Chihuahuas’ annual pre-season event benefiting the Chihuahuas Foundation 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $100. Tickets, information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.

EL PASO CHIHUAHUAS — T Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. The 2017 season runs April 6-Aug. 31. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
• April 6-10: Las Vegas 51s. Game time is 7 p.m. April 6-8, 1 p.m. April 9 and 11 a.m. April 10.
• April 18-21: Tacoma Rainiers. Game time is 6:35 p.m. April 18-20 and 7 p.m. April 21.
• April 22-25: Reno Aces. Game time is 7 p.m. April 22, 1 p.m. April 23, 6:35 p.m. April 24-25.

21 SAVAGE — The Atlanta rapper’s “Issa Tour” stops at El Paso Thursday, April 6, at El Buchanan’s Event Center, 11540 Pellicano. Also performing are Young M.A. , Tee Grizzley and Young Nudy. Tickets: $30 to $130. Available at toozany.com.

DESERT HEAT CLASSIC – Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts in Alamogordo, hosts the body building competition all day Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, with local, regional and national competitors. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

‘HIJAS DE SU MADRE’ — Ariane Pellicer stars in the Spanish language comedy at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $39.50 and $69.50 (Ticketmaster).

VIVA ESPAÑA — The African music celebration is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8-9, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $12-17 at riograndetheatre.com. Information: (575) 523-6403.

MOZART’S REQUIEM — El Paso Choral Society presents the Mozart masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and $40 (Ticketmaster). Information: epchoralsociety.org.

LOWER VALLEY HEALTH FAIR — The 35th annual health fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Socorro High School, 10150 Alameda. Admission is free. Information: 937-7707.

SPACEPORT AMERICA RELAY RACE — Spaceport America hosts a two-day, 200-mile, USA Track and Field sanctioned relay race event along the historic Rio Grande Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9. Race begins Saturday at El Paso County Coliseum, and ends Sunday in Sierra County. Information: spaceportamerica.com or gatewaytospace.com.

GARTH BROOKS — The country music superstar and 2016 CMA Entertainer of the Year returns to Las Cruces for the first time in 21 years for a five-show run as part of his World Tour at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 7-9, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, with guest Trisha Yearwood. Tickets: $74.98 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575)646-1420.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S ‘OVO’ — The Cirque du Soleil brings its newest touring arena show April 12-16 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35, $95 and $145 (Ticketmaster, UTEP Ticket Center). Information: 747-5234.

SESAME STREET LIVE ‘ELMO MAKES MUSIC’ — The Sesame Street Live annual Easter week shows are April 14-16 at the Plaza Theatre. Presented by VEE Corporation. Showtimes are 2 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$35(Ticketmaster); all children over age 1 must purchase ticket. Information: 1-800-745-3000 or sesamestreetlive.com.

NORTHEASTER PARADE — The 39th annual Transmountain Optimist parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, along Dyer Street from Hercules. Co-sponsored by Mimbela Contractors.
Registration deadline is April 7. Application information: northeasterparade.wix.com/northeasterparade.

SIGLO DE ORO DRAMA FESTIVAL — The 42nd annual celebration of the Spanish language dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age runs Wednesday through Saturday, April 19-22 at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets to be announced. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
• April 19: “The Heresy of Love,” by Helen Edmundson. Performed by Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance. In English.
• April 20: “¿Qué con Quique Quinto?,” by Andrés Carreño, based on Shakespeare’s Henry V. Performed by EFE Tres Teatro & Cabaret Misterio from Mexico City.
• April 21: “La Reunión de los Zanni” by Daniel Tapia and Miguel Ángel Batista.
Performed by Compañía de Teatro Reymala of Spain.
• April 22: “El Retablo de las Maravillas” by Cervantes, an adaptation. Performed by Morfeo Teatro of Spain.

EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — The Symphony, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, closes its season with “Expressions of Love” featuring guest pianist Alon Goldstein at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, in the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $16-$42 (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

EL PASO COMIC CON — The 2017 EPCON is April 21-23, at El Paso Convention Center, featuring guests Lou Ferrigno, Rikishi, Camillie Keaton and more. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 Friday; $30 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Three-day pass: $60. Information: (575) 405-0461, epcomiccon@gmail.com and elpasocomiccon.com.

THE 1975 — The UK art-pop quartet brings their North American tour to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $44.95 to $59.95 (Ticketmaster).

EL PASO ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR — The 10th annual tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22-23, at Eastside, Northeast & Mission Valley studios, and April 29-30 at Westside, Upper Valley and Downtown studios. Information: 581-4971. Full studio list and directions available online at pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.

BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Paso’s 19th annual Bowl for Kids Sake is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano. Information, donations: 544-4203 or bbbsep.org.

UTEP TRACK INVITATIONAL — Top-ranked university track teams and other athletes compete in the annual all-day track meet Saturday, April 22, at Kidd Field, UTEP. Information: utepathletics.com.

MENTAL HEALTH IN MOTION 5K — The 2nd annual 5K race, 1 mile fun run and kid dash are 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde Campus. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

‘MIGHTY MUJER’ TRIATHLON — The all-female “sprint” and “super sprint” events benefiting the Center Against Family Violence begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Information: 229-5656. Registration at raceelpaso.com/mighty-mujer.

‘OLÉ’ — Showtime! El Paso closes its season with the globetrotting, award-winning flamenco comedy trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $30. Information: 544-2022 or showtimeelpaso.com.

‘FIRST THANKSGIVING’ — The 27th annual reenactment of the First Thanksgiving of the Southwest of Juan de Oñate and his expedition the first Spanish settlers in this area in April 1598, are presented by El Paso Mission Trail Association at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at its new location at Socorro Mission, 328 S. Nevarez (at Socorro Road).
The Pebble Hills High School choir students, directed by Joe Estala, will perform the reenactment at 3 p.m. Zarzuela arias will be performed beginning at 3:45 p.m. Food, music and historical booths are also part of the event. Admission is free. Information: 851-9997 or visitelpasomissiontrail.com.
 History exhibitor booths will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SHEN YUN 2017 — The celebration of the Chinese culture through music and dance is 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $70-$120. Information: ShenYun.com/El-Paso.

STEVEN ISSERLIS – El Paso Pro-Musica closes its season with one of only two living cellists feature in Gramophone’ Hall of Fame at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 at First Baptist Church in El Paso. Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.

2017 WORSHIP NIGHT IN AMERICA TOUR — Grammy winner Chris Tomlin headlines the tour that “Seeks to Unite the Church in Worship and Prayer” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, featuring Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach Williams, Mosaic MSC and Jason Barton. Ticket: $15-$69.75 (Ticketmaster).

YWCA WOMEN’S BENEFIT LUNCHEON — The 24th annual benefit luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza. Keynote speaker is actress Ashley Judd. Tickets: $100. Reservations: 533-2311 or ywcaelpaso.org.

HANKS JAZZ FESTIVAL — The 25th anniversary of the annual festival runs all day Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, in the Hanks High School auditorium, 2100 Lee Trevino Audience admission is free. Information: 434-5000 or hanksband.com.

LAS CRUCES COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL — Travis Tritt, Kacey Musgraves, the Eli Young Band headline the 2017 festival April 28-30, along Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces, with two stages of music, food trucks, vendors, a kids area and more. Festival gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. VIP passes are $150 ($145 in advance). Festival passes for Friday and Saturday are $60 ($55 military with ID); day passes are $35; $30 with military ID. Tickets available at lccountryfest.com.
Friday’s performers include Travis Tritt, Marshall Tucker Band and Tanya Tucker.
Saturday’s performers include Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves and Alyssa Newtown.
Rodeo performances are 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday on the NMSU campus.

RIO GRANDE FESTIVAL — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society presents the inaugural festival of art, culture, history and heritage, as part of the annual History and Dinner Conference, Friday through Sunday, April 28-30, in the San Elizario Historic District, with reenactment of Oñate’s historical arrival, history conference, guided tours, old west shootouts, heritage booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and more. Information: sanelizariohistoricdisttric.org.

PALOMA AND DI BLASIO — The Argentinean Latin jazz pianist and Spanish singer Paloma San Basilio perform together for the first time in their “Tal Como Somos Tour” that sings to love and friendship at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $79.50 and $149.50 (Ticketmaster).

FLORAFEST 2017 — The annual native plant sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, at the UTEP Centennial Museum. Admission is free. Information: 747-5565, 747-8994 or museum.utep.edu.

SUN CITY CRAFT BEER FEST — The Downtown El Paso celebration of craft beer is 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the El Paso Convention Center Plaza. Tickets: $25 early bird; $10 designated driver; VIP tickets: $80.
Information: SunCityCraftBeerFest.com.

GIDDYUP GALLOP — The 5K, Half Marathon and 1 mile fun run is Saturday, April 29, at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, as part of the Las Cruces Country Music Festival. Registration at lascrucescountrymusic.com. Information: (575) 541-2361 or on Facebook at Giddyup Gallop.

RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM — Southwest Chapter of the Autism Society of America will host its 9th annual awareness and fundraising 5K run and walk and one-mile family fun walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Ascarate Lake. Information: 772-9100 or on Facebook at AutismSocietyEP.

‘FOAM WONDERLAND’ — The Ultimate Foam Party Experience and Electronic Dance Music event Climax Tour 2017, is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at El Paso County Coliseum, with music by TJR. Tickets: $15 general admission; $30 VIP (Ticketmaster). Information: foamwonderland.com.

SHOWTIME DINNER FUNDRAISER — Showtime! El Paso’s 3rd annual dinner concert featuring Paso Del Norte Big Band is 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at EPCC Administrative Service Center. Tickets: $50. Information: 544-2022 or showtimeelpaso.com.

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