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El Paso Scene Weekly for Dec. 2-8, 2019

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El PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS

Trans-Siberian Orchestra —
Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, presented by the Hallmark Channel. The “rock holiday tradition for a new generation” will showcase their unique combination of storytelling, musicianship and spectacular production effects. Previous shows in the area have sold out. Tickets: $38.25-$72.25 (Ticketmaster).

‘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 and Adriana Dominguez Dec. 5-13, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13; plus 4 p.m. matinees Dec. 7-8 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Student matinees are 9:30 a.m. and noon Tuesdays through Thursdays, Dec. 11-12, and Dec. 17-19, and Monday Dec. 16. Tickets: $12-$18 (All seats $10 on Dec. 5). Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  This holiday ghost story is filled with thrills and chills, but is also a tale of family, solitude, and redemption, with the unique flavor of the border.

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 11th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $20-$35 (Ticketmaster). Information: 760-6002 or elpasoballettheatre.com.

‘El Color de Nuestra Piel’ — Los Actores presents the Spanish-language play by Celestino Gorostiza, directed by Hector Serrana, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 6-15, at Loretto Academy, 1300 Hardaway. Tickets are $10. Information: 540-3813.

Magic Morning Market — The Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, hosts an indoor and outdoor market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with vendors, music, face painting and yoga. Food and refreshments sold. Information: 585-9296.
  The Marketplace will also host its Customer Appreciation Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, with refreshments, sales and Santa Claus in attendance.

Christmas Extravaganza — Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop hosts the annual holiday show and sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, with an ornament-making station for children, pictures with gallery pets Monet and Eli, visiting vendors, Christmas caroling, appetizers and more. Artists Alberto Escamilla, Robert Dozal and Romy Hawkins on site in their galleries. Admission is free. Information: 851-0742 or albertoescamilla.com.


CONCERTS

Rockhouse Bar & Grill
— 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook.
• Ensiferum and Kalmah Live — 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, for their Path To Vktory Tour, with Abigail Williams and Aenimus.
• NU-95 — 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.
• Three Bad Jacks — 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. For most events, tickets are $5 ($3 students, military and seniors, free for UTEP students, faculty, staff and children 12 and younger. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• UTEP Horn Choir Concert is Tuesday, Dec. 3, performing music written for four to 20 horns. Include new music written for horn ensemble and holiday favorites. Admission is free.
• Orchestra Concert presents “American Friends” Thursday, Dec. 5. UTEP’s Dr. Dominic Dousa will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” as well as music he composed for the UTEP Symphony Orchestra.

Scarlett O’Hara — The Welcome Back to the Brodeo Tour is 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson, featuring Sleep Walker and SomewhereToCallHome. Tickets: $15. Information: lowbrowpalace.com

The Monstercat Uncaged Tour — The Monstercat Uncaged Tour electronic indie music label tour featuring Gammer, Riot and Tokyo Machine is 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Green Door, 8750 Gateway East. Age 17 and older admitted. Tickets: $10; eventbrite.com.

‘Sounds of the Season’ — The First Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss presents its free annual holiday pops concert show, at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-6, Fort Bliss’s Soldier Hall. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are free and the public is invited. Information: 568-2263, 568-7001, or on Facebook at 1stArmoredDivisionBand.
  The concert features multiple genres and new takes on holiday classics.
  Thursday’s concert is preceded at 5 p.m. with family activities and the lighting of the Fort Bliss Tree in front of Chapel One.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony — The Grammy Award winning cutting edge rap group performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, made up of Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone and Flesh-N-Bone. Tickets: $29-$49 (Ticketmaster).

Musical Jams and Jokes — T.K. Kirkland, the “Underground King of Comedy,” headlines the music and comedy show at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Northgate Optimist Club, 4201 Skyline, hosted by Tommy Black, with comedy by Mando Man and musical guest Uplift Muzik Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance (general admission); $30 at the door. VIP table seating is $40. Early bird tickets (through Nov. 6) are $20 general admission; $30 VIP. Military discounts also offered. Available at eventbrite. Information: Paul, 241-6457, Mimi, 204-8028, Tommy (505) 730-2413 or Smooth, (832) 921-2788.

Paulina Rubio — The singer’s Ellas Mandan Tour is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with guest Ivy Queen. Tickets: $30-$120 (Ticketmaster).

A Big Band Christmas Concert — Jazz Unlimited Big Band hosts its annual holiday concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road. The 17-piece band plays seasonal favorites in swing, rock, Latin and jazz styles. Admission is free, donations welcome. Information on Facebook at JazzUnlimited.

STEVE LAWLER — 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8., at Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango. Tickets: $20-$25. Age 18 and older. Information: 307-7736 or on Facebook.

Dirty Circuits and General Mojo — The psychedelic rock concert is at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Love Buzz, 3011 Pershing. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook.


ALSO THIS WEEK

WinterFest
— El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 5 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. San Jacinto Plaza and El Paso Street will be decorated with holiday lights, and food trucks and the Holiday Cafe will offer treats for purchase.
  Regular ice skating hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
  Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Season passes; $45, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600,winterfestep.com, or on Facebook.
  Fiesta Fridays are 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday with live music at the ice rink.
  Pictures with Santa are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday in San Jacinto Plaza.

Holiday Open House
— El Paso County Historical Society hosts its annual open house 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the historic 1912 Richard Burges House, 603 W. Yandell, with snacks and beverage, including the famous Burges eggnog. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 764-3537 or elpasohistory.com.
za Theatre on Sundays in December. See “Film Scene” for schedule.

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 6-8 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. The show features vendors from across the United States and Mexico offering designer jewelry, crystals, gemstones, equipment, geodes and more. Free door prizes, raffle and kids spin wheel. Admission is free. Information: 544-2717 or epmgs.com.

Holiday Festival — The family outdoor event is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Biggs Park, 1388 Sgt. Major Blvd., Fort Bliss. This year’s theme is “Underneath the Northern Lights,” with train rides, free photos with Santa, hot cocoa, sled racing. Bring a blanket and chair to watch a holiday movie in the park. Cocoa and coffee offered. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 588-8247.

Socorro WinterFest — The City of Socorro’s tree lighting event is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Rio Vista Community Center, 901 N. Rio Vista, in Socorro, Texas, with a parade and live entertainment. Parade is 6 p.m. followed by tree lighting at 7 p.m. Information: 860-8615 on Facebook at City of Socorro.

Luminarias by the Lake — Thousands of luminarias will line the walking paths at Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, with holiday music, and refreshments Proceeds benefit the park. Admission: $4 ($3 military, $1 children). Information: 581-7920 or keystoneheritagepark.com.

Horizon City Christmas Parade — The Centennial Lions Club’s Christmas Parade, is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme is “A Thousand Points of Light.” The parade starts at Darrington and Ryderwood, heads down Horizon to Kenazo, and ends at Carrol T. Welch School on McMahon. Information: 581-2994 or horizoncity.org.
  The Horizon City Christmas Tree Lighting is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Corky Corcoran Park. Parade float judging will be at 6 p.m.

Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with live music, performers, cookies, hot cocoa, and free activities for kids. Admission is free. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or on Facebook.

PBS Kids Fiesta — KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, hosts the 5th annual event for area children noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, with photo ops with PBS Kids favorites like Jet from “Ready Jet Go” and Luna from “Let’s Go Luna,” live entertainment and many educational activities and games. Admission is free. Information: 590-1313, kcostv.org or on Facebook.

Historic Tour of Homes — The Fort Bliss Spouses’ Association hosts its holiday tour of historic Fort Bliss houses 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Walking tour includes stairs and uneven surfaces. Proceeds benefit the association’s grand and scholarship programs. Tickets: $15 in advance (include complimentary Christmas ornament, while supplies last); $18 at the door; age 12 and older admitted. Tickets available at squareup.com or TheFBSA.org.

Pecan Harvest Festival — The annual family harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, and Dec. 14-15, at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint, where families can pick pecans from the orchard ($3 per pound). Country store will be open with pecans in and out of shell as well as pecan candies, gift baskets, and craft vendors. Admission is free. Information: 851-2003 or on Facebook at Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC.

Santa at the Zoo — Santa will visit El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, Santa At the Zoo is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, with “snow,” live entertainment, treats for the animals, crafts and more, hosted by El Paso Winterfest. Activities are free with zoo admission: $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 212-0966, elpasozoo.org, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo.

‘He’s Home Alone...Again’ — El Paso Figure Skating Club presents their holiday ice skating show 4 t 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Admission: $3; free for age 2 and younger. Information: 490-6453 elpasohockey.org or on Facebook.


Church programs

‘Living Christmas Tree’
— First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, presents the 55th annual Christmas concerts, “Through the Eyes of a Child,” at 7 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Tickets: $5at the church office; $6 online; available at the door if seats available. Information: 533-1465 or fbcep.com, or on Facebook at FirstBaptistChurchElPaso.
  The concerts are complete with a live Christmas chorus comprised of over 160 students and adults, performing traditional and new holiday music. It is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the country.

‘The Initiative: Come and See What God Has Done’ — Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, hosts a musical journey proclaiming “The Light of the World” from creation to the Birth of Jesus at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 and 8. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: Information: 584-3912, or cbcelp.org.

Buddy the Elf’s Christmas Celebration — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual Christmas presentation for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-14, featuring Buddy as he learns what Christmas is truly about through dance, drama, music, and live animals. Admission is free. Information: 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com.


Bazaars and fairs

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. 7, with original and homemade works by area artists and craftspersons. Information: 592-5977 or bcc-elp.org.

Christmas Craft Fair — The Rowdy Rose Society hosts its craft fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Park East Clubhouse, 1725 Mosswood, featuring handmade Christmas crafts. Sales benefit a local charity. Information: 549-4079.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair — Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West, hosts the holiday fair 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with handcrafted items from several vendors. Information: 772-7106 or on Facebook.

‘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. 7, along with a blood drive. Sponsored by the Pebble Hills PTO. Information: 434-5605.

Robin Hood Mobile Home Park Craft Bazaar — The mobile home park at 9716 Dyer, hosts its craft bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the park’s party room, with door prizes, food for sale, and handmade crafts. Information: Mary Doerr, 637-0532.

Star Wars Christmas — Boardwalk Food and Truck Market, 1773 Pali Drive, hosts its holiday food truck celebration with a Star Wars theme 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with vendors, and photos with Santa. Information on Facebook at BoardwalkMarketElPaso.

St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual arts and crafts fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, with handcrafted items, food and other wares. Information: Letty, 929-1034.

Jolly Holiday Fair — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will host its 50th annual bazaar and fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, with sterling silver and amber jewelry, metaphysical gemstones, art clay jewelry, decoupage pottery, paparazzi paper art, abstract pencil art works, wreaths, wildlife photographs, mosaic glass, baked goods and a white elephant sale. Admission is free. Information: 219-9279, uucep@sbcglobal.net, uuelpaso.org or on Facebook at UnitarianUniversalistCommunityOfElPaso.

Farmer’s Markets

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
— The 19th annual market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers, meat producers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.

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.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.

Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market — More than 230 permanent vendors in arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and other food items are offered at the market 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays along a 7-block area of Main Street, Downtown. Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org.


For a good cause

Christmas Street Gala
— The 46th annual fundraiser for the Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center is Tuesday, Dec. 3, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, featuring the live auction of several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees, and a silent auction of other items. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and served at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Cost: $100. Information:544-8484, ext. 189, christmas.street@pdnchildrens.org or pdnchildrens.org.

Guild and Friends Luncheon — El Paso Opera Guild and Friends hosts a winter luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Anson 11, 303 N. Oregon (complimentary parking in Mills Garage). Cost: $30. RSVP for luncheon by Dec. 3 at info@epopera.org.


ON STAGE

‘Dogfight’
— UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the hauntingly beautiful musical as part of its Side Dish Student Production at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 3-7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, with music and lyrics by Academy and Tony Award winning team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (”Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Greatest Showman,” ”A Christmas Story”) and book by Peter Duchan. Tickets: $10; $7 UTEP alumni Association members; $7 non-UTEP students and military; $5 UTEP students. All seats general admission; no meal served (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
  Adult subject matter and language; not recommended for children. Age 3 and younger not admitted.
  The musical won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, ”Dogfight” takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair, and a genuine and charming soul. In 1967, Eddie Birdlace returns to San Francisco where four years earlier he spent his last night before shipping out for Vietnam. He and two friends had made a bet: Who could find the ugliest girl in town and bring her to a party where she will be judged?

Cristela Alonzo — The comedian, actress, writer and producer brings her “My Affordable Care Act” stand-up comedy tour to El Paso at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Philanthropy Theatre, in the Plaza Annex. She will also host a book signing for her new memoir, “Music of My Years,” at the event. Tickets: $40 (Ticketmaster).
  Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, “Cristela,” for ABC. During that same year, she split her time between Los Angeles and New York City to serve as one of ABC’s favorite guest hosts on the hit daytime talk show, “The View”.
She voiced the part of “Cruz Ramirez” in Cars 3. Her first stand-up special, “Lower Classy,” is currently streaming on Netflix.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents its “Gift of Christmas Tour” at 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $29-$99(Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.
  Moscow Ballet’s latest tour features such “gifts of Christmas” such as a life-sized Kissy Doll, red-eyed Rat King; Russian Troika Sleigh bringing Masha through the Snow Forest to the Land of Peace and Harmony populated with 10-foot-tall dancing puppets, exotic flying birds and dancing couples.

Steve O — The comic and stuntman who first gained fame on MTV’s stunt-based reality show “Jackass” performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Tickets: $30; $40 VIP; $50 Front 50.Information: 799-LAFF (5233) or laff2nite.com.
  Steve O was college dropout and homeless couch-surfer for three years before attending Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College to further his goal of becoming a stuntman. After graduating Clown College, he began to pitch his home videos to producers. Eventually his videos made it into the hands of Jackass creator Jeff Tremaine.

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents its adaptation of the classic film celebrating the true spirit of Christmas Dec. 6-21. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, students, military and teachers; $9 children). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
  Kris Kringle finds himself working as a Santa Claus for Macy’s. A perfect job for him, since Kris says he really is Santa Claus. Can he convince the psychologist that wants to lock him up? And can he win over little Susan Walker, who has been taught by her mother to always be rational and not believe in fantasies?

‘Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel Back’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents the return of the Border Theatre’s comic performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre). Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
  This irreverent bit of interactive, improv theater debuted last year, and has evolved to include more local talent. The audience still gets to order from a menu of 30 short pieces, which are performed in 60 minutes.
  Next month’s performance is the trio of one-acts, “We Have Each Other” by Felix Arenas on Jan. 12.


SPORTS

UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners travel to Las Cruces for a return match against NMSU at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5 general admission. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: Weber State
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Arizona

Gage Schroeder Memorial Wrestling Tournament — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at El Paso County Coliseum. Donations benefit scholarships. Information on Facebook at The Gage Memorial Wrestling Tournament.
  The Compassion Club was established in September 2017 to honor the memory of Gage Schroeder, who passed away when he was 14 years old.

Pearl Harbor Triathlon
— White Sands Missile Range Bell Gym presents the 5K Run/30K Bike/400M Swim is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at White Sands Aquatic Center, Building 462 Flagler Street. Cost: $60 individual through Nov. 25; $65 after. Team fee: $70 through Nov. 25; $75 after ($10 military discount). Registration at itsyourrace.com.


Southern New Mexico

Jolly Gingerbread Challenge and Lightshow
— Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, 3501 Arrowhead in Las Cruces, hosts its annual holiday event 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, with a gingerbread house decorating competition ($500 grand prize), pictures with Santa, a holiday photo booth, festive food and drinks, and holiday light show. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: (575) 674-2266
  Advanced registration required to participate in Gingerbread Challenge at bcomNM.org/GingerbreadChallenge.

Jim Shearer and the Second Line Survivors — The benefit jazz concert for KRWG radio at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main, in Las Cruces’ Downtown Mall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.
  The Second Line Survivors specialize in the famous street beat grooves of New Orleans that laid the foundation for modern jazz. Led by vocalist and tuba player Jim Shearer and featuring the drumming of Ricky Malichi, the group plays a wide array of music from the entire recorded history of jazz.

Las Cruces Festival of Trees — The 4th annual holiday family celebration benefiting local nonprofits is Dec. 6-7 at Centennial High School, 1950 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces. Tour dozens of whimsically decorated trees and vote for favorites, as well as see a gingerbread village, meet Santa, and enjoy crafts and live music. Hours 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Select trees available for auction and raffle. Admission: $5 ($3 students, kids; under age 2 free) Information: lctreefestival.weebly.com or on Facebook at lctreefestival.

Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting — The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec. 6, in the plaza. The Mesilla Mayor will switch on the tree at 6 p.m. Shops will be open until 8 p.m. for holiday shopping that day, with Christmas Caroling, hot chocolate & cookies compliments of Salud de Mesilla. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262 or mesillanm.gov.

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 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.
  A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The annual bazaar featuring regional vendors is 3Dec. 6-8 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, with booths of homemade arts and crafts, live music, gift wrapping station and cookie cupboard. 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; free for children under 12. Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.

‘How to Survive Your Family at Christmas’ — No Strings Theater Company presents Christmas comedy by William Missouri Downs, directed by Ceil Herman, Dec. 6-22, at Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
  College student Loretta hasn’t been home in two years mostly because she has nothing in common with her blue-collar parents. When she left to attend Harvard, she thought she’d never return. Then she fell in love with a cultivated Cambridge law student who wants to meet her parents.

Christmas in Cruces — The annual Las Cruces tree lighting festivities are 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main, with live music by UnLyshed, food trucks, craft vendors, family activities and pictures with Santa. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Information: (575) 541-2444 or visitlascruces.com.
  Calvary Baptist Church will present live Christmas music at 4:15 p.m. followed by a message and group candle lighting 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, on the Plaza. Information: christmasinlascruces.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. 7, 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 or awama123@gmail.com.
  The event includes the popular $49.99 Art Show and Sale. Proceeds support several area nonprofit organizations.
  Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants will celebrate the day with food, music, and special holiday offerings. Signs, holiday greeters in Santa hats, and village maps will direct visitors to Christmas in the Foothills and other village holiday events.
  Hillsboro is on Highway 152 about 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63.

Dickens’ Tea & Fashion Show — Doña Ana Arts Council volunteer Sherry White (Queen Cherie de la Colletage of the Renaissance Arts Faire) hosts the tea 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, in Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza, with food appropriate for Dickens’ time in the 19th century: scones, cucumber sandwiches, and tea. There will also be a fashion show featuring examples of the attire women would have worn from the ante-bellum period, through the Civil War, and up to 1912. Tickets: $15 ($5 children under 12). Space is limited, early registration encouraged. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
  The tea will feature food familiar to Dickens’ 19th century era, and a fashion show of period clothing.

Chinese Acrobats of Hebei — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $20-$60. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Ruidoso (from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring floats packed with seasonal decorations and lights. Toys for Tots will have a float for the event; parade-goers are encouraged to bring a toy to donate. This year’s theme is “A Disney Christmas.”
  The Parade After Party follows at Wingfield Park, with food and drinks, Santa photos and a showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
  Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or ruidosonow.com/festival-of-lights.

Silver City Holiday Market — The 6th annual artisan market is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at 3031 Silver Heights, in Silver City, featuring shopping from several local artisans. Information: scholidaymarket@gmail.com or on Facebook at SilverCityHolidayMarket.

LCSO with Barbara Padilla — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, presents a compilation of great arias from Italy, Mexico and Venezuela with guest soprano Barbara Padilla at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program features music by Puccini, Bizet, Velazquez, Lara, and Rota, along with Holiday Festival encores. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.
 
‘A Christmas Story’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall presents the musical based on the classic holiday movie Dec. 7-22. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cake and non-alcoholic beverages with the cast and crew follow opening night performance. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
  The play is about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

‘A Christmas Carol’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents the musical adaptation of Dickens’ holiday classic with book and lyrics by Tom Smith and music by Roger Butterly through Dec. 8 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Directed by NMSU student Xodia Choate. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sundays. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high school students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.

‘Three Ring Bells” — Mesilla Valley Chorale’s annual holiday concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces, directed by Nancy Ritchey. Admission: $10 from any chorale member or at the door. Information: (575) 647-2560 or riograndetheatre.com.
  The performance features “What Star is This?,” “Silent Night” and “New Fallen Snow” with Carol Eberhart on violin, plus “Medieval Noel,” “Down in Bethlehem,” “Christmas Bells are Ringing” and more.

 

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