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December 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.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Black Pussy — The rock band performs 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, with Brother Strange and Foxy Mojo. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Assuming We Survive — 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $8-$10.
• CRX — The LA rock band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, with Streets of Laredo. Tickets: $12-$15.

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre’s 7th annual presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2-4, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium, featuring original choreography. Artistic director is Marta Katz. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25, available through Ticketmaster or the UTEP Ticket Office, 747-5234. Information: 760-6002 elpasoballettheatre.com.

Wind Symphony Holiday Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, opens the season with its holiday concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.

‘Holidazzle’ — One Sisterhood hosts its popular “Girls Night Out” Christmas event Friday, Dec. 2, 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.

San Elizario ChristKindleMarket — San Elizario Artist Guild’s 6th annual holiday market is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2-4, on the historic plaza, with crafts, gifts, German food and drink. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org.

‘Carols and Arias’ – Santa Fe Opera presents its holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.

Gary Allan — The country singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $30-$125. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

‘The Beginning of Advent’
- Bruce Nehring Consort hosts their holiday concerts Dec. 2-4, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 pershing. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15. Information: brucenehringconsort.org.

El Paso Coyotes — El Paso’s new Major Arena Soccer League team’s home games are at the El Paso County Coliseum.
  Information: 229-1416, elpasocoyotes.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
• 7:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2: Dallas Sidekicks
• 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10: Sonora Soles.

Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team hosts Dallas Baptist at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dec. 2-3, at El Paso Events Center, next to the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $10-$20. Information: 491-7879 or info@mindershockey.com.

El Paso Mineral & Gem Club Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 2-4 at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. The show features hundreds of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools and equipment, door prizes, and more. Admission is free. Information: Gem Center USA, 533-7153 or epmgs.com.

‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’ — Kids-N-Co. presents a Dr. Seuss take on the Christmas classic, written by Peter Bloedel Dec. 2-11, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Directed by Mia Carreon. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citizens, military), available at the door. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.

‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre in the UTEP Student Union presents the groundbreaking rock musical Dec. 2-11, for its Side Dish student production. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The musical is about a fictional punk rock band fronted by a transsexual East German singer named Hedwig. For mature audiences. Tickets: $10-$15. Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, presents the musical based on L. Frank Baum’s classic play, Dec. 2-18. Directed by Janet Beatty-Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.Tickets: $14 ($13 student, senior, military, $11 children under 6. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

Arts and Craft Show - Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, hosts its show and sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Information: 592-5977.

Putnam Holiday Fair — Putnam PTA hosts the holiday fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta. Information: 203-4683 or putnam.episd.org.

UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Games are 7 p.m. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Saturday, Dec. 3: Northwestern State
• Tuesday, Dec. 13: NMSU
• Saturday, Dec. 17: Northern Arizona

‘Feliz Navidad! A Christmas Celebration’ — An evening of traditional song, dance, and music that reflects the Hispanic culture of the Borderland is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $16.25. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.

‘Tis the Season for Opera’ — El Paso Opera presents its Holiday Opera Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Plaza Theatre. Artists will sing various holiday-themed arias. Tickets: $15-$70, age 7 and older welcome (Ticketmaster). Information: 581-5534 or epopera.org.
  The cast will perform free carols prior to the performance at 7:30 p.m. in San Jacinto Plaza.

Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and evolve Federal Credit Union present the 81st annual evolve Credit Union “Celebration of Lights” Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. 3, at San Jacinto Plaza. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotex.gov/parks.
  The program starts at 4:30 p.m. counting down to the Tree Lighting at 5:55 p.m., followed by the Celebration of Lights Parade.

Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, with vendors, choirs and bands, and free kids’ activities. Tickets: $3 at the door; free for age 4 and younger. Information: 533-5147 or visitmagoffinhome.com.

‘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. 3, at the Hillsboro Community Center Information: (575) 894-1698.

The Super Run 5K — The superhero-themed 5k run is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Superhero cape and finishers medals for all runners. Runners may run for fun, or choose their favorite charity. Music and activities begin at 8 a.m. Car fee for Ascarate park is $2. Registration at TheSuperRun.com.

National Mexican Festival and Rodeo — “La Dynastia Continua” is 8 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-4, at El Paso County Coliseum, with Vicente Fernandez Jr., Antonio Aguilar Jr., Jose Manuel Figueroa and Shalia Durcal. Tickets: $35-$65; $17.50-$32.50 for ages 2-12. (Ticketmaster).

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com and ticketfly.com.
• “The All Star Indie Band” honors Led Zeppelin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets: $30.
• Sonata Arctica — The Finish power metal band Tuesday, Dec. 6, with Leaves Eyes, Omnium and Gatherum. Tickets: $26-$67.
• The Sounds — The Swedish indie rockers perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, with Zipper Club and My Jerusalem. Tickets: $23-$25.
• Nick Waterhouse — The singer/songwriter performs 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Tickets: $13-$16.

Christmas Street Gala — The 43rd annual fund-raiser for the Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees will be on display. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and no host bar. Dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire. Tickets; $100; RSVP by Nov. 30. Information: 544-8484, ext. 101. Web: pdnchildrens.org.

‘Elf the Musical’ — The Broadway in El Paso series opens its season with the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7-8, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $47.50 and $75 (Ticketmaster).

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Christmas classic based on the Frank Capra film Dec. 8-18. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11 ($9 seniors; $8 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

Christine D’clario — The Christian music singer performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $9-$23 (Ticketmaster).

La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. The 19th annual Lady of Guadalupe exhibit is Dec. 1-Jan. 12. Opening reception is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 434-9703.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team host the Valencia Flyers Dec. 9-11 at Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5-$20. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.

Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• Academy of Ballet perform “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-11. Call for tickets.
• Mariachi Christmas — The holiday performance featuring Mariachi Aztlan is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. The group has been one of the top mariachi bands in the Southwest since 1989. Tickets: $20, $30 and $40.

“It’s Not Over’ Christmas event — Books Are Gems, 7744 North Loop Ste B (behind Compass Bank), a nonprofit organization that sells and gives away new and used books, hosts its holiday event 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, with free toys and books for children, family activities, a street dance competition, food, antojitos, and vendors. Vendors will also offer free activities. Information: 497-9501 or itsnotover.us.

Lady of the Mountain — The 3rd annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at Saturday, Dec. 10, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Registration at active.com. Information: ladyofthemountainrun.com.

The Howling Wolfmen — The German psychobilly band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Mesa Music Hall, 4151 N. Mesa, with the Car Bombs and Lucky Machetes. Tickets: $8. Information: 599-8585 or on Facebook at Mesa Music Hall.

Barrio Christmas — 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at the Philanthropy Theatre, as part of El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series. Los Actores presents an El Paso-based bilingual production taken loosely from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
• Daily & Vincent — The bluegrass supergroup performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets: $39-$69.
• ‘The Nutcracker’ — Dali Ballet Company of Ruidoso presents the holiday classic at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-18. Tickets: $30.
• Asleep At The Wheel ‘Merry Christmas Y’all’ — The Texas swing legends present their Christmas show 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. Tickets: $39-$79.

‘Humbug & Sugar Plum’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents its new two-part holiday event featuring “Old Scrooge” and “Jazz Nutcracker” Dec. 11-17, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Directed by Rebecca Rivas and choreographed by Lisa Smith. Show time is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18. Tickets: $9-$14. Information: Information: Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  “Old Scrooge” is a one-act version of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” and “Jazz Nutcracker” is a jazzy suite of dances based on the quintessential holiday ballet, set in the Big Band era of the 1940s.

Magic Men Live! — Premier Gentlemen presents the “ladies’ night” dance event at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Plaza Theatre, with choreographic displays and themed acts set to the hit music and original compositions. Age 18 and older admitted. Tickets: $20-$75 (Ticketmaster).

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15: NMSU
• 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28: CSU Bakersfield

Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts its 46th annual Happy Holidaze Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, with local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to come in hippie garb. Admission is free. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.

Grapplefest 25 — Combat Sports Club hosts the grappling event 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Las Cruces High School, 1750 El Paseo, with Elite, Gi and non-Gi divisions for all ages and skill levels. Spectator admission is $15. Participant registration online at combatsportsclub.com.

Senior All-Star Football Classic — The 25th annual greater El Paso football showcase game is Saturday, Dec. 17, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl stadium. The Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Game features El Paso area football athletes playing on East/West teams. Also featured are cheerleaders, band, dancers, trainers, and JROTC cadets.

Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 10th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Runners encouraged to wear a Santa Hat. Hot chocolate and tamales at finish line. Best-dressed Santa and elf receive a $50 gift card. Cost: $25 per event by Dec. 15; $30 Dec. 16-17. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Christmas Tardeada — Golden Bears Social Club hosts the annual holiday tardeada 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Scenic View Ballroom, 1340 Murchison, with music by Rhapsody Band. Refreshments offered; BYOB. Doors open at 4 p.m. Cost: $17. Information: 755-4038 or 519-0399.

Deby Lewis Memorial Holiday Light run — The evening 5K and 1-mile runs are 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Eastwood High School, 2430 McRae, coursing through the Eastridge neighborhood to enjoy the holiday lights, ending in the Eastwood stadium lit with luminarias. Enjoy Christmas carols with the Eastwood band and choir and a cup of hot chocolate. Information: 218-2642 or debylewisfoundation.org.

WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational — The 55th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts Maryland Eastern Shore, Akron and UC Irvine. Tickets and game times to be announced. Information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center). Website: sunbowl.org.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents the 24th annual performances of the holiday classic at 3 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, and noon Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets start at $30. (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.
  The performance features 40 Russian dancers performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

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