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El Paso Scene Weekly for March 12-18, 2018

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‘Dirty Dancing’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the worldwide smash hit at 7 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11-12, at The Plaza Theatre, with smash hits “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Tickets: $35-$70 at(Ticketmaster).
  It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of the resort dance instructor.

Las Cruces Arts Fair — Doña Ana Arts Council’s 8th annual regional juried fine arts event is March 16-18, in the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University. This year’s featured artist is award-winning local artist Nancy Frost Begin. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Entertainment offered Friday and Saturday, and food and beverages available for purchase.
  Admission: $10 for any 2 days; advance tickets available at 2 for $15 through March 16 at Hold My Ticket, at the Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, or at the DAAC office, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite B-D. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Information: (575) 523-6403 or DAArts.org.
  One hundred artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in numerous categories, including fiber arts, jewelry, mixed media, prints and photography, pottery and glass, painting, drawing and woodwork, metalwork and sculpture.
  Kickoff event if 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, to see and buy work directly from the artists.
  Returning this year is a Quick Art contest 11 a.m. to noon Sunday. Artists will create a work of art on the spot, which then will be sold at a silent auction. New this year will be the youth Quick Art contest 1 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, for artists aged 18 and under. Space in each category is limited to 20 artists.

Wyler Aerial Tramway Anniversary — The Tramway’s anniversary celebration is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the parking lot, 1700 McKinley, celebrating 17 years of becoming a State Park. Live entertainment, family activities, guided hikes, exhibitors and food trucks. Parking at Bien Vivir Senior Health (2300 McKinley). The event is free, but cost for tramway rides ($8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under) still applies. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.

Ardovino’s St. Patrick’s Day — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, hosts its 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day event Saturday, March 17, with live music food and drink. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cover charge. Information: (575) 589-0653 ext. 3, ardovinos.com.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo – One of rock’s most successful unions presents and intimate acoustic show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $39.50 to $92; (Ticketmaster). VIP tickets available online only: $192-$392.50
  Spanning close to 35 years, Giraldo and Benatar’s repertoire includes chart-topping hits such as ”Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Invincible.” Benatar and Giraldo, both successful as a rock duo and in marriage, will present a stripped-down, intimate performance of their classic hits.


Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Hippie Sabotage — The EDM group’s Path of Righteousness Tour is 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Tickets: $15 early bird general admission; $80 VIP.
• Jenny and the Mexicats — Spanish fusion band, 8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Tickets: $15-$18.
• Ookay — San Diego EDM DJ, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Tickets: $19.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• The Frights — The California surf punk band performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, as part of their “Road to SxSW’ show with Kat Suicide and Medvedi. Tickets: $13 general admission, $15 day of show.
• Sadgirl — The rock band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, with Cry Baby and Les Order. $10-$12.
• Shopping — The post-punk band performs 10 p.m. Friday, March 16, with French Vanilla. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Buttertones — The LA alternative band performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 17, with De Lux.
• Kolars — The pop/rock group performs at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 18, with Escondido. Tickets: $12-$15.

‘Sunday in the 40s’ — Paso Del Norte Big Band, a 17-piece group, hosts 1940s style dancing and music 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio, 120 N. Paragon, Suite 201.Attendees are encouraged to “Get Your Green On” in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. All ages welcome; BYOB, food and snacks. Admission: $15. Information: 532-2043, 203-7292, music@pdnbigband.com or on Facebook at PDNbigband.

St. Paddy’s Music Fest — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, 1611 Pleasonton Road, hosts a two-day music festival Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18. Information: FreedomCrossingatFortBliss.com or on Facebook.

La Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga — The popular Mexican group performs at 8 p.m. March 17, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $39, $59, $79, $99 and $129. (Ticketmaster).

‘Tejano Legends’ — Grammy winners Ruben Ramos and Johnny Hernandez headline the Tex-Mex music style tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $25 to $45(Ticketmaster).


Texas Showdown Festival — The 8th tattoo and music festival is noon to midnight Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, at El Paso County Coliseum, with 300 tattoo artists from around the globe, tattoo competitions, food vendors, beer and tequila tents, vendors, car show, live music, the Border Bike Run and show, and Showdown Freakshow. Tickets: $25 per day; $60 weekend pass; free for children under 12. Information at showdownfest.com.
  This year’s headliners: Vince Neil performing all the Mötley Crüe hits Friday; Long Beach Dub All Stars. Saturday; Jack Russell’s Great White, Sunday.
  Other live performers include Not My Master, Cold Kingdom, Sleep Signals, Gold Frankincense & Myrrh, the Speed Kings, Andromeda Theory, Dicodec, Afro Pick, Trip Wire, Pro “O”, Sancho Villa, King Octopus, Rawger North and “One” Metallica Tribute.

El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa Fe. Information: 212-0320 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
  A Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Women in the Arts is 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 16. Learning to edit articles related to El Paso as well as write your own while focusing on Woman in El Paso. Admission is free; participants should bring their own tablet or laptop.
  A “History on the Run” Bike Tour, “Through the Eyes of Kate Moore Brown” is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17. Tickets: $10 ($5 museum members); available in the History Shop.

Celebre Segundo Barrio Festival — Celebre Segundo Barrio hosts a health fair and family day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Lydia Patterson Institute, 517 S. Florence, with free family-friendly event with live entertainment, games, food booths, free health fair including health screenings, and food giveaway for registered Southside households. Admission is free; food costs vary. Information: 533-8268 or lpi-elp.com.

Kidtona Power Kar Race — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts its Power Kar Race for ages 4 to 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Marty Robbins Park, 11600 Vista del Sol. Helmets are mandatory for racing and recreational fun. Registration: $10. Information: 212-1731 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
  St. Patrick’s Day and “Spring Forward to a Healthy Lifestyle” is March 17, with a celebration of spring produce, a Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt, video on “The Real Story of St. Patrick’s Day,” and kids’ crafts and snacks.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.

Sunday Salon
— The open space event for the presentation of poems, acoustic music and short fiction is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at El Paso International Museum of Arts’ Turney Gallery, 1211 Montana. Admission and participation is free. Information: 861-7294 or 542-6747.
  The format will be a circle, wherein each artist will be given five minutes to read, recite, or perform. The Sunday Salon will also feature a different writer or singer each month.
  March’s featured poet is Robin Scofield, reading from her most recent book, “FLOW,” as well as new work.


‘Hellman v. McCarthy’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents the new play by Brian Richard Mori at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre), directed by Camilla Carr Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
  The play is about the legal battle that raged after writer Mary McCarthy accused fellow author Lillian Hellman of lying during an appearance on Dick Cavett’s PBS talk show.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ — Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell Suite C, presents the classic musical based on L. Frank Baum’s story through March 11. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $12 ($10 children); Saturday matinees (available at the door on a first come, first serve basis only): $10 ($5 children). Information: 637-1618, suncitymusicaltheatre.com or on Facebook.

‘La Vida Flamenca: Life in the Upbeat
’ — ¡Linda Gallegos Flamenco!, takes to the stage at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at El Paso Public Library Main Branch Auditorium, 501 N. Oregon. Authentic flamenco dance, song and guitar during a one-hour special program. Sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Admission is free. 755-1414

‘Hand to God’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the Obie-winning play by Robert Askins March 21-25, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $14; $12 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, Alumni with card, non-UTEP Students; $9 UTEP students and children. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.


UTEP Softball — The Miners softball team’s home games are at UTEP’s Helen of Troy Complex. Ticket information: 747-6065 or utepathletics.com. March 17-18: UAB. Game times are 2 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and noon Sunday.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through April 17. Post time for the season is 12:30 p.m. Nine races each day. Saturday, March 17: La Coneja Stakes

St. Patrick’s Shamrock 5K — St. Patrick’s A.C.T.S. host the competitive 5K run and 1-mile walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa. Registration: $20 ages 15 and older; $15 ages 10 to 14; free for age 9 and younger. Discount of teams of 10 or more. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Southern New Mexico

‘Middletown’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents the new play by Will Eno through March 18 at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Autumn Gieb. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11 and 18; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
  Mary is settling in nicely to her new home, but wants to know more than what the tiny local library can offer. Then John, an inquisitive jack-of-all-trades, enters her life forming a connection like no other.

‘An Enemy of the People’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall presents the Arthur Miller play, adapted by Henrick Ibsen, March 9-25. Directed by Patrick Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 ($12 student, senior, military). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

‘An Enemy of the People’
— Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall presents the Arthur Miller play, adapted by Henrick Ibsen, March 9-25. Directed by Patrick Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 ($12 student, senior, military). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

NMSU Department of Music — Most performances are at the Atkinson. Information: (575) 646-2304 or music.nmsu.edu. The NMSU Choirs Spring Concert, “Peace,” is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, with Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” performed by Women’s Chorus and Statesmen, Schubert’s “Mass in G: by University Singers, and featuring La Catrina String Quartet. Admission is free.

Cheech & Chong — The comedy duo performs at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. Shows start at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets: $29-$89 through Yapsody.com or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
  At their peak in the 1970s, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s controversial comedy reflected the lifestyle and attitudes of the underground drug culture. They released a chain of hit records and created several cult classic films, including their debut movie, “Up in Smoke.”

Wheels of Dreams — The Las Cruces Rodrunners hosts its annual show and car swap meet 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road in Las Cruces. Family event; no alcohol allowed. Information, registration (575) 382-5463 or lascrucesrodrunners.org.
  This year’s raffle is for a GM 350 rebuilt engine. Tickets: $3 (four for $10; 10 for $20).

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Havana Quintet at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo in Las Cruces. The music begins after a short business meeting. Admission: $10 ($5 members; $1 students with ID). Coffee and dessert reception precedes the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer. Information: Larry Brooks, (575) 640-8752 or mvjazzblues.net.
  The Latin jazz band consists of musicians trained at the Havana Conservatory.

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