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December 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

Virgen de Guadalupe exhibit — The exhibit runs Dec. 1-Jan. 11, with awards reception 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú, the Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery, 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on Facebook at YISDFineArts.

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 8th annual presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $15 to $25 (Ticketmaster). Information: 760-6002 or elpasoballettheatre.com.

‘Holidazzle’ — One Sisterhood hosts its popular “Girls Night Out” Christmas event Friday, Dec. 1, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, with shopping fair, fashion show, holiday ideas, munchies, and more. Shopping begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free; child care provided. Information: 532-8543 or theonesisterhood.com.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ — Kids-N-Co. presents the holiday show through Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Tickets: $5-$7, available at the door. Show times and other information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.

Horizon Tour featuring DJ Seven Lions — 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, with Tritonal and Kill The Noise at Buchanan’s Event Center, 11540 Pellicano. Tickets: $16 (Eventbrite.com).

Gary Allan — The country singer performs 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $49-$69.
Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The 27th annual holiday bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 1-3 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, Las Cruces,\. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 (free for children under 12). Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.

San Elizario ChristKindleMarket and Tree Lighting — San Elizario Artist Guild’s 6th annual ChristKindle, a German tradition, is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1-3, on the historic plaza, with crafts, gifts, German food and drink. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org.

Chamber of Commerce Gala — The 118th annual Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce gala featuring ’80s band Spazmatics! is 6:30 to 11:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $100. Dress is cocktail attire. Information/RSVP: 534-0500. Registration at elpaso.org.

‘The Beginning of Advent’- Bruce Nehring Consort hosts its holiday concerts Dec. 1-3, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the door, or in advance at brucenehringconsort.org. Information: bwnehring@msn.com.
  The annual musical celebration ushers in the Advent Season with classical choral masterpieces and holiday favorites, featuring the Consort Singers, with Bruce Nehring, conductor and organ, along with Five for Brass and other instrumentalists. The audience is in invited to join in singing familiar carols.
  Five For Brass also will play 30 minutes before each performance.

UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games are 7 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Saturday, Dec. 2: New Mexico
• Saturday, Dec. 9: Washington State
• Tuesday, Dec. 19: Incarnate Word
• Thursday, Dec. 28: North Texas
• Saturday, Dec. 30: Rice
  The WestStar Band Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Dec. 21-22, with invited teams Howard, UNC Wilmington and North Dakota State. Game time is 7 p.m. Thursday; Friday game time to be announced.

UTEP Women’s Basketball – The team’s only December home game is 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, against Houston Baptist at the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.

Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team hosts the University of North Texas at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2-3, at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7-$20. Information: 491-7879, info@mindershockey.com, or minershockey.com.

El Paso Coyotes — El Paso’s new Major Arena Soccer League team plays home games at the El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $12 ($20 box seating); kids free with adult. Information: 229-1416, elpasocoyotes.com.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2: Turlock Express
• 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15: Monterrey Flash

Molotov — The band performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrock.com.

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 or trickyfalls.com.
• The Creepshow — The psychobilly band performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with Ian Rosewood and extremity. Tickets: $10.
• Pale Waves — Manchester rock band, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Prayers — Electronic rock duo, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $17-$20.
• Whitechapel — The deathcore band’s “Decade of Defilement Tour” is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with guests Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Entheos, and So This Is Suffering. Tickets: $24-$26.
• The Drums — The New York indie pop band performs 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, with Hoops. Tickets: $20 ($40 balcony).
• Suicide Silence — The deathcore band celebrates the Tenth Anniversary of their album “The Cleansing” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, with Upon A Burning Body, Winds Of Plague, Slaughter to Prevail, Prison and Violent Vendetta. Tickets: $22-$25.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. DTickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Giraffage — The electronic music producer performs 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with Sweater Beats and Wingtip. Tickets: $20-$25.
• AJJ — The folk-punk band performs 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. Tickets: $15-$17.
• Mark Farina — Chicago disc jockey, 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Tickets: $20-$25.
• Skating Polly — The alt rock band performs 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, with Starcrawler. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Fleetmac Wood — The remix project dedicated to Fleetwood Mac is 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Night Drive with Bogan Via — Synth-pop group, 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Tickets: $10-$12.

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. Features wines from New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday entertainment. Tickets available from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232 or carlsbadwinterwine.com.
  A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).

‘A Christmas Story’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the comedy by Philip Grecian Dec. 1-10. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11 ($9 seniors; $8 students and military). Iinformation: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

‘Annie’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main, Las Cruces, presents the beloved musical Dec. 1-17. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 ($12 student, senior, military; $10 age 12 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

‘Crimes of the Heart’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents the Beth Henley play through Dec. 10 at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.

‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ Craft Fair — Pebble Hills Elementary School, 11145 Edgemere, hosts its annual holiday arts and crafts fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, along with a Winter Carnival, blood drive and health fair. Information: 434-5605.

Putnam Holiday Fair — Putnam PTA hosts the holiday fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta. Information: 203-4683 or putnam.episd.org.

Pro-Musica Progressive Dinner — El Paso Pro Musica Guild’s 3rd annual holiday fundraiser is Saturday, Dec. 2. Cost: $100. Tickets and reservations: 747-8163 or eppm.org.

Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and evolve Federal Credit Union present the 82nd annual evolve Credit Union “Celebration of Lights” Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. 2, at San Jacinto Plaza. Information: 212-0092 or or on Facebook at El Paso Parks and Recreation.
  The program starts at 4:30 p.m. counting down to the Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Celebration of Lights Parade.

‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The historic Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M. invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Hillsboro Community Center, with a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts and hand-crafted gifts. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-1698.

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 13th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Sunset Hall, Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.

St. Pius X Bazaar — The annual arts and crafts fair is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark. Information: 929-1034.

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the hit comedy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 5-6, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $30-$70 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

Mannheim Steamroller — Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis performs Tuesday, Dec. 5, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, in Las Cruces. Grammy winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. ?Tickets: $42.80-$53.50 (Ticketmaster).

Trans-Siberian Orchestra — Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, sponsored by the Hallmark Channel (Ticketmaster).

Holiday Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony opens its 22nd season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with its holiday performance. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.

Sin Bandera — The Grammy-winning Latin pop duo’s “Última Vez” Tour is 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: %59.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $125. (Ticketmaster).

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Oklahoma City Blazers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-10, a at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $5-$30. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
• ‘The Nutcracker’ — Dali Ballet Company presents their original adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, at 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8-9. Tickets: $30.
• Flying J Wranglers — The regional favorites perform their holiday show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Tickets: $29-$39.

Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Paso artist Candy Mayer and photographer Charlie Mayer will host their 4th annual open house at her home studio at 1317 Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10.

Deck Your Halls Holiday Blitz - All four museums in the Las Cruces Museum system will host holiday activities 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with crafts, learning about holiday traditions and more. Information: las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.

Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 5 to 8p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with with music, cookies and cocoa, and free activities for kids. Ticket information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or on Facebook.

Pancho Villa Luminaria Tour — Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M. at State Roads 11 and 9. Tours are 5 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Star party begins at 6:15 p.m. at the group shelter. Regular entrance fee applies. Information: (575) 531-2711.

Turning Back The Sun — The winter solstice celebration is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, with live demonstration and sampling of traditional Pueblo adobe oven bread baking, Pueblo Indian social dances, during the day. Admission: $5 per vehicle. Information: (575) 524–4068 or nmparks.com.

Lady of the Mountain — The 4rd annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs are Saturday, Dec. 9, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Registration at active.com. Information: ladyofthemountainrun.com.

Pearl Harbor Triathlon — 5K Run/30K Bike/40M Swim is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at White Sands Missile Range’s Bell Gymnasium. Registration information: (575) 678-3374 or wsmrmwr.com (click on “Sports & Fitness”).

Afternoon Ballroom dance - USA Desert Dancers Chapter 5017 hosts a dance 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane. Cost: $23 ($20 students and military, free for members). Information: 328-0527 or 345-6432.

Christmas Art and Craft Fair — Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery, 430 La Viña Road in Chamberino, N.M.. Admission is free. Information: (915) 309-7219 or Sombraantigua.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’ — UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents its popular holiday season production Dec. 9-17, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 and 17. Tickets: $9-$14. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

Mariachi Christmas — The holiday performance is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts inAlamogordo. Tickets: $18, $28 and $38. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live racing begins the weekend of Dec. 15-17 and runs through mid-April General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 11th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

A Very Electric Christmas — Impact|Programs of Excellence presents Lightwire Theater’s all-age adventure at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Lee Ross Capshaw Auditorium (in Coronado High School). Dancers and glow-in-the-dark puppets tell a magical story of family and friendships featuring music by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carkey and Tchakovsky. Ticket information: 545-5068 or impactprogramsofexcellence.org.

No Silent XMas Show — Davey Suicide headlines the show benefiting Toys for Tots Sunday, Dec. 17, at Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana. Tickets: $10; $5 with a new unwrapped toy. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouseDiveBarKitchen.

‘A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour’ — The show starring contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race on VH-1 is 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $20-$50 (Ticketmaster).

WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational — The 56th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts Howard University, NC-Wilmington, and North Dakota State. Games begin at 5 and 7 p.m. both days. Tickets: $22-$22 four game package; military, UTEP student discounts offered. information: 533-4416 or sunbowl.org.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents the 25th anniversary performances of the holiday classic at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, and noon Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets start at $28 (Ticketmaster). Information: nutcracker.com.

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 84th annual football classic begins at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29. Teams, to be announced Dec. 4, will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
  Pre-game fan party is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with food and drinks, live music, giveaways and university bands. Location to be announced.
  The Hospitals of Providence Rotary Sun Bowl Team Luncheon is 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Convention Center. Tickets: $50. Information: Arlene Carrion (Rotary Club), 504-9013.
  The 21st annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at El Paso Convention Center, with live performances, Battle of the two University bands, activities for kids and more. Admission is free. Activity wristbands: $5.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 1 in Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. Tickets at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or on Facebook at EPWinterfest.

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