September 2019

Behind the Scene

by Randy Limbird
Editor & Publisher, El Paso Scene


The other day I was walking my dog Buddy along the Montoya Main Canal that runs behind my neighborhood. The canal was full of muddy runoff water from the previous night’s thunderstorm that had dumped nearly two inches of rain.
About 150 yards down the canal, I noticed some unusual visitors (see below). Ten head of cattle were meandering toward me and my dog. I assumed they were from the nearby Coronado High School FFA Farm that abuts the canal; I’ve encountered stray cows before from the farm, but it had been a few years since I had seen any get loose. Maybe the storm spooked them enough to force their way through the fence.
I called the school on my cell phone to let them know they might be missing some cattle. A couple of minutes later, a young man appeared on the canal on the other side of the cattle and seemed to be trying to herd them.
I asked if he needed me to help, and he shouted back, in a very garbled voice, that he wanted me to yell at them. Sure enough, that did the trick — they immediately turned around and headed back to their home. That turned out not to be the high school farm, but a private property on Lindbergh Street next to the canal. I called back Coronado High to let them know these weren’t their cattle.
The young man, Efron, explained that the cattle had knocked down the fence during the storm. I also found out why he was so hard to understand — he was a bullrider and had gotten a few teeth knocked out earlier that week after being kicked off a bucking bull.
He was very appreciative of my help and offered to pay me back with some pomegranates and pears from his fruit trees. I told him no compensation was required — the opportunity for this city slicker to herd some cattle was reward enough.

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This issue marks our 26th anniversary. I can’t think of any great milestone represented by 26 years, except in college our dorm’s Resident Advisor threw a big party for his 26th birthday because he was no longer eligible for the draft.
Inside this issue is our 19th annual Performing Arts Guide. In the early days of El Paso Scene, I tried putting out an annual guide to events in January. But the only groups who plan a year in advance are performing arts organizations, and they work on a school-year type schedule that begins in the fall. So I shifted gears in 2001 and launched the Performing Arts Guide as part of the September issue.
Special thanks go to El Paso Live and Broadway in El Paso, which once again are the Season Sponsors. Returning Major Sponsors are El Paso Symphony and El Paso Pro-Musica, and returning co-sponsors are the El Paso Chopin Piano Festival, El Paso Opera and UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance.
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In 2001 we led our first public Hike Up Cristo Rey and 600 hikers showed up that morning! We’ve kept leading hikes twice a year ever since; this year’s fall hike starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Details are in our October Preview on Page 33.

Here's the Ticket
Program Notes
On Stage
Southwest Art Scene
At the Museum
History Lessons
Film Scene
Keep on Bookin'
Becoming Bicultural
Liner Notes
Stage Talk
Gallery Talk
Better Parenting


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