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August 2016

The following events are just some of the events coming up this month. We generally update this list once a month, and stop updating about a month before so we can focus on the print edition instead.

The Piano Guys — The Piano Guys bring their highly original blend of classical music with pop to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50
  Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys are four dads who became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They've made over 50 since early 2011, including their hit video, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. They’ve become an Internet phenomenon with more than 500 million YouTube views.

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. The 2016 season runs through Sept. 5. Game tickets: $5 lawn seating; reserved seats begin at $12 in advance. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
Aug. 3-6: Tacoma Rainiers. San Diego Chicken appearance Aug. 3, Family Night Sleepover Aug. 5, and Swingin’ with the Rat Pack Night Aug. 6.
Aug. 7-10: Fresno Grizzlies. Lucha libre mask giveaway Aug. 10.
Aug. 20-23: Salt Lake Bees.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Las Vegas 51s. Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias salute Aug. 31.

‘Viva El Paso!’ — El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Live and EPCC present the summertime outdoor musical extravaganza with performances at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 7, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Sunday performances also planned July 3 and Aug. 7.
  Tickets: $18 and $24 ($14 and $20 for age 2-12, and per person for groups of 10 or more; $16 and $22 for seniors 65 and older and military); available via TicketMaster. Information: ElPasoLive.com

‘The Sorcerer’ — Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso’s 47th annual production is July 29-Aug. 7, at Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 students, seniors and military) in advance; $12 ($10 students, seniors and military) at the door. Information: 584-9319, 695-6210, GSelPaso.org or on Facebook at GandSElPaso.

State Line Music Series — ?1222 Sunland Park Drive. Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. All customers asked to bring non-perishable food donation or monetary donation for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Information: 581-3371, WTxFoodBank.org or countyline.com.
  After party held following each concert at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan.
Aug. 3: Jackie Venson
Aug. 10: Radio La Chusma
Aug. 17: Frontera Bugalu
Aug. 24: Mike Ryan.

Plaza Classic Film Festival — El Paso Community Foundation’s 9th annual classic and ”semi-classic” movie festival returns Aug. 4-14. Information: 533-4020 or plazaclassic.com.
  This year features all three original Star Wars trilogy films.

Concerts at the Park — 911 N-Effect performs rhythm and blues at the City Parks & Recreation Department’s final free summer concert of the season 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at San Jacinto Plaza, 111 Mills, Downtown. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

Park After Dark — Voz de Mando performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive). Tickets: $15 general admission; $20 reserved. Information: (575) 874-5200 or Sunland-Park.com.

‘Gregg Austin’s M Town & More’ — The Motown Music Tribute is 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, direct from the Showroom at The South Point Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $29.50. Information: (575) 520-8776, (575) 523-6403 or riograndetheatre.com.
  This show celebrates the music of Motown artists like “The Temptations,” “The Spinners,” “Smokey Robinson,” “Marvin Gaye” and more.

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com and ticketfly.com.
• Holy Grail — The metal legends perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, with Exmortus, Spellcaster and Dark Aria. Tickets: $10.
• Tinderbox Circus Sideshow — The modern sideshow act performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, with Bug. Tickets: $5-$8.
• Promised Land Sound — The Nashville psychedelia band performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
• Touche Amore — The American post-hardcore band performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, with Ceremony and Gouge Away. Tickets: $16 in advance; $18 at the door.
• David Bazan — The songwriter and driving force behind the indie band Pedro the Lion performs Wednesday, Aug. 17, with Michael Nau. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15.
• Explosion in the Sky — The Texas post-rockers perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in support of their latest album, “The Wilderness.” Tickets: $25.
• ‘68 — The rock duo performs at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, with Before I Die, Bird Stone, Cloud 49, and State Limbo. Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the door.
• Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears — The Austin blues and fund artist performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, with Black Range. Tickets: $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. (show time at 10 p.m.). Surcharge for ages under 21. Online tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• The Mystery Lights — The garage rockers perform Thursday, Aug. 4. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Culture Abuse — The “kitchen sink punk” band performs Tuesday, Aug. 9, with Ralpheene and Back of a Car. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Lincoln Durham — The roots-rock revivalist and multi-instrumentalist performs Friday, Aug. 19. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Futurebirds — The Georgia indie rock band performs Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets: $12-$15.
• The Peach Kings — The L.A. rock duo performs Monday, Aug. 22. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Smile Empty Souls — The alt metal trio performs 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, with Romantic Rebel and the everyday losers. Tickets: $13-$15.

Alfresco! Fridays — The 14th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633 or alfrescofridays.com.
Aug. 5: Sorry About Your Sister (Rockabilly)
Aug. 12: Tejas Band (Spanish Variety)
Aug. 19: Toll Booth Willie (Ska, 80's, Pop-Rock)
Aug. 26: Billy Townes (Jazz).

Alto Artists Studio Tour — The artists of the Alto, N.M., area will open their studios for the 13th annual free public tour Aug. 5-7. The self-guided tour features studios and galleries in Alto, Ruidoso and throughout Lincoln County. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: altoartistsstudiotour.com.
  A free public preview party is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Spencer Theater in Alto, with a chance to meet the artists, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, art for sale and musical entertainment.
  Alto is 5 miles north of Ruidoso on Highway 48. The tour route takes visitors through pine forests onto a mesa with views of Sierra Blanca and the Capitans. A brochure with artists’ names and a map of the studio locations is available at Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce, participating studios and all sponsor locations.

‘1776’ — Alamogordo Music Theatre’s presents the musical by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5-7; and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, at the Flickinger Center, 1110 N. New York in Alamogordo, N.M. Tickets: $10. Information: amt88310@gmail.com or alamogordomusictheatre.org.
  “1776” puts a human face on the pages of history by showing the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

‘Make America Rock Again’ – The ’90s alternative rock tour featuring Trapt, Saving Abel, Saliva, Alien Ant Farm, 12 Stones, Tantric and Crazy Town begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the amphitheater at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com. Free entry.
Tribute bands are 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com. All shows start at 8 p.m., unless otherwise listed:
•• Tanya Tucker — The country legend performs Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7. Tickets: $39-$89.
• “Andy Williams Moon River and Me! Starring Jimmy Osmond” — Friday, Aug. 12. Tickets: $39-$89.
• “Rich Little: Little by Little” — Little’s newest comic stage show is Saturday, Aug. 20. Tickets: $39-$99.
• Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jóse Hernàndez - The multiple Grammy-winning group performs Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25-26. Tickets: $39-$75.

Art & Wine in the Cool Pines — The wine and art festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6-7, at Sacramento Mountain Historical Museum in Cloudcroft, N.M. with art, wine, food and live music. Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door (includes wine glass). Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com.

Pic Quik Music in the Park — The Las Cruces summer concert series is 7 p.m. Sundays during summer months. No pets allowed. Schedule subject to change. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org. All August performances are at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada.
Aug. 7: Remember Then-A Class Act (oldies) and Cantelina Plena (folklorica, jazz, Irish)
Aug. 14: Fat City (R&B,v ariety) and Slippery Jack (Blues, Rock, Country)
Aug. 21: Beaux Peep Show (pop, rock, country, rockabilly) and Red House T (rock)
Aug. 28: Ghetto Blasters (’80s, ’90s dance) and Gold Hearted Crows (acoustic folk).

San Judas-St. Jude’s bazaar — St. Jude Catholic Church, 4006 Hidden Way (off Doniphan), hosts its 38th annual kermess Aug. 12-14, with live music, Lotería, Gorditas, Enchiladas, aguas frescas and more. Admission is free. Information, hours: 584-1095 or on Facebook at StJudeElPaso
  Music includes Chapter 13 and Sonora Skandalo on Friday, Los Incredibles and Majestral de Chihuahua on Saturday, and Grupo Exito and Texas Band on Sunday.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14 at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, Feng Shui products, and readings by 12 or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Carrizozo Festival and Artists’ Studio Tour
The inaugural artists tour is Sunday, Aug. 14, featuring more than 15 Carrizozo, N.M. artists’ studios. Artists will open their studios, sculpture gardens, and other art spaces to view paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery, sewing, jewelry furniture, fiber art and other handcrafted items. Details to be announced. Look for streamers marking the locations. Information: CarrizozoWorks.org.

Dr. Cesar Lozano — The motivational speaker will host a Spanish language presentation on “Una Vida Con Valor Agregado” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. No translations available.Tickets: $50 and $70 (Ticketmaster).

St. Mark Church Bazaar — St. Mark Catholic Church, 11700 Pebble Hills, hosts it annual bazaar 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19-21, with food and drinks, family activities, rides and games, and local musical acts.
Admission: $2; $1 of which will be donated to a local kitchen pantry. Information: 857-2955 or stmarkcatholicchurch.org.

OV7 Kabah Tour — The Latin Pop Group OV7 and Mexican pop group Kabah team up for their 2016 U.S. Tour at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $59.50, $89.50, $99.50 and $125. (Ticketmaster).
  OV7, formerly known as “La Onda Vaselina,” is a Latin pop group from Mexico. With a career spanning more than 25 years, OV7 remains as one of the most successful pop bands in the Latin pop industry.
  Kabah was formed in 1992 by Federica Quijano and her brother Andres. Hit songs include “La Calle De Las Sirenas,” “Mai, Mai,” “Una Ilusión,” and “Esperanto.” They are now on a reunion tour, having played a farewell tour in 2005

Dia de los Muertos poster call for artists — The Calavera Coalition seeks artists’ original artwork submissions through Aug. 20 for its 2016 Dia de los Muertos on the Mesilla Plaza official t-shirt and poster design. Artists of all ages and regions are eligible. Submitted work must reflect the spirit and celebration of El Dia del los Muertos, be in black and white format in any media that can be easily converted for screen printing. Winner will receive one free booth space at the celebration, valued at $175.
  Entries submitted on a CD or through e-mail as JPEG or PDF files and list artwork title, size, a brief description and artist’s name, e-mail address, mailing address and phone number. Send CDs to P.O. Box 1308, Mesilla, N.M., 88046 or email digital files to calaveracoalition@q.com.

Relay for Life — The American Cancer Society hosts the annual overnight event beginning 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Andress High School, 5400 Sun Valley. Participants, including cancer survivors, friends, caregivers and families from throughout El Paso, will walk or run the track in teams to raise funds for cancer research. Information: 633-1231, relayforlifeelpaso@gmail.com or relayforlife.org/elpasotx.

Tour de Holloman — The cycling event is Saturday, Aug. 20 at Domenici Fitness Center, 1051 Conneticut, Bldg 588 on Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, N.M. Teams of two are $45; Teams of four are $70. Information: (575) 572-7383 or holloman.af.mil. Online registration at active.com.

Stephanie Olivo Memorial 5K — The annual 5K run and 1-mile fun walk benefiting El Paso Red Cross disaster relief efforts is 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Information: 592-0208.

Julión Alvarez — The Norteño-Banda singer performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $62, $128 and $153 (Ticketmaster).
  Julión Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda are a regional Mexican band from the state of Sinaloa.

Tour de Tolerance — The 11th annual bicycling and running event, benefiting the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, is Sunday, Aug. 21, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park, with 100K at 7:30 a.m. and 50K ride at 9 a.m. and 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Information: 351-0048, ext. 24 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
  Registration (through Aug. 13): $35 bike rides; $25 run/walk. Discount through Aug. 13 for military, museum members and groups of 15 or more.
  Registration Aug. 13-20: $40 for rides; $30 for run/walk. No race day registration.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets sold through TicketMaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• The Bellamy Brothers & Gene Watson — The country music double bill is 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets: $25-$60.
• LOCASH — The country duo performs. 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. Tickets: $20-$40.
• Justin Shandor — The “Ultimate Elvis Impersonator” and his concert band perform “Elvis’s Blue Hawaii” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets: $50.

Southwest Skin and Beauty Expo exhibitors — The 2nd expo is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, with exhibitors in the health, fitness, skin or beauty industry. Live stage performances, door prizes, raffles, fitness celebrity appearance and food truck vendors also planned. Information: 626-4299 or swsbexpo@gmail.com.

Miller Lite El Paso Blues and Jazz Festival — The two-day music fest is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Performance schedule to be announced. Admission is free.
Information: 526-0719, jrfmurphy@gmail.com or on facebook at epbluesandjazz.

Great American Rockabilly Riot — The 5th annual Kustom Kulture Extravaganza hosted by Hardknocks Car Club, is
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Ascarte Lake, 6900 Delta, with a rockabilly concert, Kustom Car Show featuring Rat Rods and more, Auto Swap Meet, vendors, pin-up girl contest. All ages welcome. Tickets: $20; available online at rockabillyrioteptx.com.
  In conjunction with the event is a pre-shindig Friday, Aug. 26, at Great American Land and Cattle, 7600 Alabama; and a free Hot Rod Run Sunday, Aug. 28.

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta — The 35th annual regatta is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28 at Lion’s Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Events include competitions, mass ascension of hot-air balloons, vendors, arts and crafts, food, music and balloon-boat relay and more. Admission: $5 per car. Information: (575) 821-8558 or ebbr.org.

Run/Walk for Life — The 5th annual 5K run/walk and 1 mile family walk it 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at House of Hope, 1204 Montana. Registration: $20; $15 kids under 10 ($5 increase after Aug. 25). All entry fees proceeds benefit House of Hope. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.

Symphonic Springsteen — El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring classic Springsteen songs arranged for and performed by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the No. 1 Springsteen Tribute Band in The World. Tickets: $45, $60 and $70(Ticketmaster). Information: 532-2776 or epso.org.
  Tickets to the King Michael show originally scheduled for Feb. 27 will be honored.

Sun City Roller Girls — Las Catrinas take on the Sexecutioners at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $10 ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger). Information: suncityrollergirls.com.

Juan Gabriel — One of the world’s best-known Latin singers brings his “MeXXico Es Todo” Tour to El Paso at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $69.75, $89.75 and $195. 25 (TicketMaster).
  Gabriel has performed for nearly 40 years, with many top-of-the-chart hits to his credit. As a Juárez singer, Gabriel used to record at El Paso’s El Adobe Studio. He has been nominated for six Grammy awards, including for his song “El Noa Noa,” based on a Juarez night club.

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