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December 2018

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

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 9th annual presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $15 to $25, available through Ticketmaster or the UTEP Ticket Office, 747-5234. Information: 760-6002 or elpasoballettheatre.com.

‘The Beginning of Advent’- Bruce Nehring Consort hosts its holiday concerts Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 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.

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The 28th annual bazaar featuring regional vendors is Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, with booths of homemade arts and crafts; raffles; holiday treats and more. 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 $5 per day; $12 for a weekend pass. Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.

‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the family holiday comedy based on the Barbara Robinson book Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors 62+, students, military; $9 12 and younger). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

‘The Snow Queen’ — Kids-N-Co. presents John Robledo’s original adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story Nov. 30-Dec. 16 at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison, directed by Raul Chavez. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citizens, military), available at the door. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.

‘Mary Poppins’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall presents the musical based on the Disney movie Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Directed by Janet Beatty-Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 ($12 students, seniors, military, $10 children under 12; $11 per ticket for groups of 10 or more). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1: Northwestern
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16: UC Riveside

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1: Arkansas State
• 2 p.m. Dec. 9: Portland State.

LCSO with Alex Richardson — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, performs with guest tenor Alex Richardson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program includes Neopolitan Art Songs, Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Holiday Festival encores. Tickets: $42, $47 and $57. Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). 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). Age 21 and older only. Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232, carlsbadwinterwine.com or on Facebook.

‘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. 1, 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.

Downtown Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza — The annual Las Cruces tree lighting festivities are 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main. Information: (575) 541-2444 or visitlascruces.com.

Turning Back The Sun — The winter solstice celebration hosted by Friends of Leasburg Dam, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and members of various Native American communities is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, two miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19, 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.

Elf Dash 5K and Toy Drives — The events, sponsored by Firstlight Federal Credit Union, are Dec. 1 in Mesilla and Dec. 2 in El Paso. Registration: $25; $35 on race day. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
• Mesilla: 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Old Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago.
• El Paso: 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Frist Light Federal Credit Union, 9983 Kenworthy.

Run For It 5K — Run For It, Inc’s 5K run and 1 mile run/walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Golden Key Park (Vista del Valle Park), 1300 Hawkins. Proceeds benefit the Assistance League of El Paso. Registration: $20 for 5K, $15 for 1 mile through Nov. 3; $25 for 5K, $20 for 1 mile Nov. 4-29; $30 on race day for 5K, $20 for 1 mile. Information: Alfredo Arellano at 494-4606, Thomas Chavarria at 867-1740 or RunForItEP.com.

George Lopez — The El Paso favorite bring his “The Wall Tour” to El Paso for two shows, at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $37.50-$89.50 (Ticketmaster).

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 14th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 200 local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artists. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.

Lowbrow Palace — 1101 Texas. Surcharge for ages under 21. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Buttertones — LA alternative band, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets: $12-$14.
• Bernhoft — Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets: $18-$20.
• The Garden — The experimental punk duo consisting of twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, with LE1F and Machine Girl. Tickets: $15.
• Ookay — The American electronic producers “Bat Habits” Tour is 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with Bonnie X Clyde and DNMO. Tickets: $20-$30.
• Spendtime Palace — The California surf-rock band performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, with Brazen Youth. Tickets: $10.

‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents a fresh approach to the 1967 classic based on the beloved Charles M. Schultz comic strip Dec. 4-9 for its Side Dish Student Production. No meals served. Show time is 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10; $7 UTEP faculty, staff, alumni association members, non utep students and military; $5 UTEP students with valid ID (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon. Showing Dec. 6-Feb. 28, 2019: “Latina Arte,” with works by Latina artists Teresa Fernandez, Carmen Navar, Romy Hawkins, Martha Arzabala, Leticia Luevanos, Lillian Sandoval, Erica Zamora and Isabel Olivares
  Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.

Mariachi Christmas — The Christmas season performance of traditional mariachi music and folklorico dance is Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Tickets: $18, $28 and $38. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Winter Ball on the Border — El Paso Choral Society hosts its 2nd annual dinner gala at 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 7, at Summit Hall, 120 N. Festival. Song auction by Messiah soloists and dancing to Azucar. RSVP by Nov. 18. Cost: $100, epchoralsociety.org. Information: 259-4999.

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 7-9 at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 544-2717 or epmgs.com.

Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting — The community tree lighting is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the plaza. Shops will be open until 8 p.m., with Christmas Caroling, hot chocolate & cookies. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

‘Life and Beth’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the play by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Autumn Gieb, Dec. 7-23, at the Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Dallas Snipers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-9, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $5-$30. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.

Arts and Craft Festival — Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, hosts its annual juried show and sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Information: 592-5977 or bcc-elp.org.

Christmas Festival & Market — The 2nd annual festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Information: substationep.com or on Facebook.

Handel’s Messiah — El Paso Choral Society’s Chorale and Orchestra hosts one of the world’s most beloved musical works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, with a 100-voice choir, orchestra and soloists. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and $40 (Ticketmaster). Information: 259-4999 or epchoralsociety.org.

YMCA Dodge Ball Tournament — The annual tournament is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood, benefiting the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign. Teams of maximum 8 people, ages 16 and older. Cost: $250 per team; deadline to register is Nov. 21. Information: (915) 590-9622 or elpasoymca.org.

Lady of the Mountain — The 5th annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs are Saturday, Dec. 8, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Registration at active.com. Information: ladyofthemountainrun.com.

‘Christmas Wonderland’ Holiday Spectacular — Broadway in El Paso present the special holiday performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Plaza Theatre. Santa and his merry helpers take audiences on a nostalgic journey of holiday favorites like “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more. Tickets: $25-$60. Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

‘A Christmas Carol en la Frontera’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday season classic by Jay Stratton & Adriana Dominguez Dec. 8-16, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Directed by Stratton, choreographed by Leanne Rinelli. Showtime is 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Tickets: $12-$18 ($10 on Dec. 8). Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

Tracy Lawrence — The county star performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $29-$89 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Roadshow Christmas Tour — The Christian music tour featuring Matthew West, Matt Maher, Building 429, Plumb, John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, and Leanna Crawford is 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Tickets: $20-$160; VIP packages available.

‘Icarus Was a Rookie’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents the Border Theatre play at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre) Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org. Director Austin Savage and the Rio Grande Writers team up to create an interactive experience where the audience orders plays from a menu — 30 plays in 60 minutes.

‘Finding Neverland’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the musical based on the film at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11-12, at the Plaza Theatre. It tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: “Peter Pan.” Tickets: $30-$70. Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

Krampus Fest — Kaleidoscope Art Space hosts its 2nd annual Art Show & Market 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Mobile Kitchen lot, 9715 Montana.

‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Ballet Company of the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez presents the holiday classic at at 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at Adobe Horseshoe Theatre, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Saturday’s showing is a dinner show with seating at 5:15 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. with cash beer and wine bar available. Doors open for Sunday’s non-dinner show at 11:30 a.m. Admission: $45.95 Saturday dinner show; $24.95 non-dinner matinee Sunday. Information: 976-7077, AdobeHorseshoe.com or on Facebook.

Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts its 48th annual Happy Holidaze Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15-16, with local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.

Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 12th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Registration: $25 through Dec. 14; $30 Dec. 14-15. at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

2018 K-LOVE Christmas — The national Christian Music radio service’s Christmas Tour is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Abraham Chavez Theatre featuring Big Daddy Weave, Kim Walker Smith (of Jesus Culture), Brandon Heath and Sarah Reeves with special guests Becca Bradley and Jonathan Chu. The tour features favorites from these performers as well as holiday favorites. Tickets: $23-$75 (Ticketmaster).

Jesús Adrián Romero — The popular Latin Christian music singer performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with special guest Jon Carlo. Tickets: $25, $40, $55 and $75 (Ticketmaster.com).

A Merry-Achi Christmas — Mariachi Sol de Mexico presents its holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Plaza Theatre, with traditional carols played by the 13-piece ensemble. The show includes a fusion of the traditional holiday spirit Mexican and American Christmas songs and carols. Tickets: $27-$57 (Ticketmaster).

Il Divo — The tenor group’s “Timeless Tour” is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. First discovered and mentored by Simon Cowell of American Idol fame 15 years ago, Il Divo has since sold more than 30 million albums. Tickets: $47-$107; with VIP packages $292-$593 (Ticketmaster).

Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera — The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mraz and alternative rock artist and “vocutionist” Rivera present their “Live in Stereo” Tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Plaza Theatre, with special guest Gregory Page. Tickets: $39.50 to $95 (Ticketmaster).

WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational — The 57th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts East Tennessee State, Wyoming and Norfolk. Tickets: (available Dec. 3): $13-$22 for two game package; $22-$44 four game package; military, UTEP student discounts offered. information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center). Website: sunbowl.org.
  Friday’s games are East Tennessee vs. Wyoming at 5 p.m. and Norfolk vs. UTEP at 7 p.m. Saturday is Consolation Game at 5 p.m. and Championship Game at 7 p.m.

Sesame Street Live ‘Let’s Party’ — The Sesame Street Live returns with a new show Dec. 22-23, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, presented by Feld Entertainment. Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $20 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1100 or sesamestreetlive.com.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents its “Dove of Peace Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $28-$89. (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.

‘The Nutcracker’ — Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic featuring Ruidoso’s Dalí Ballet Company is 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22-23, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $30. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 85th annual football classic begins at noon, Monday, Dec. 31. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
  Teams will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences (to be announced Dec. 2).
YMCA Sun Bowl Basketball Skills Camp is 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 21, at UTEP’s Memorial Gym for selected area youth. Information: Wayne Thornton, 541-4331.
  The 57th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Games are 5 and 7 p.m. both days. UTEP hosts East Tennessee State, Wyoming and Norfolk. Tickets: (available Dec. 3): $13-$22 for two game package; $22-$44 four game package.
  Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge is Friday, Dec. 28, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Information: 592-6565.
The annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center.
  Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 31 with food and drinks, live music, giveaways and university bands, at the corner of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive. VIP Tent party also planned.

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