El Paso Scene Weekly for April 1-7, 2019
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EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
Something Rotten’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the comedy musical is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $30-$70(Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111 or visitelpaso.com/broadway.
Set in 1595, a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, so brother Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to write the world’s very first musical.
‘Cruzar la Cara de la Luna’ — El Paso Opera, in celebration of its 25th season, presents the world’s first mariachi-based opera, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at the Abraham Chavez Theater, featuring Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos. Sung in Spanish with English translation. Tickets: $25-$90 (Ticketmaster). Information: 581-5534, email@example.com, epopera.org or on Facebook.
“Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” is a blend of both opera and mariachi that chronicles three generations of a family separated by countries and cultures. The show premiered in Houston and has been performed around the country. As a Mexican-American man deals with the approaching death of his father, he is forced to face these questions about his own place in the world—straddling two cultures—as well as that of his immigrant father and his American daughter. As long-buried secrets are revealed, he finds himself dramatically re-evaluating his own understanding of what makes a family.
EPCC Community Open House — In celebration of its 50th anniversary, El Paso Community College invites all ages to its Open House 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter (Buildings A, B, C, Cafeteria and Courtyard). Information: epcc.edu.
Visitors can learn about a wide range of EPCC programs and classes, as well as enjoy a wide range of family activities, plus a “Creative Kiddie Corner.” Activities include a petting zoo, face painting, arts & crafts, jumping balloon and entertainment arts festival. Also offered are “mini-manicures,” blood pressure, glucose and anemia screenings.
Vitaly — The popular illusionist closes the 2018/2019 Premier Series season with “An Evening of Wonders” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Vitaly has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller whom he has successfully fooled on their hit TV show. Tickets: $18, $30 and $40. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
Kermezaar — The juried arts festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at the International Museum or Art, 1211 Montana, featuring arts and crafts, food trucks and live acoustic music. Admission is $5 (free for children under 12 and for military). Information: 543-6747 or kermezaar.org.
Super Kite Contest — The 17th annual kite flying contest, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. Prizes for most unusual and longest-time in the air and most beautiful kite. The event includes jumping balloons and face painting, as well as free kites for the first 50 kids attending. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000 or westsidecommunity.org.
Run Together 5K — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts its 3rd annual ”Colors of Cancer-Our Colors Run Together” 5K competitive run and non-competitive run/walk Sunday, April 7, at Sue Young Park, 9730 Diana. Cost: $30 non-competitive event ($35 race day); $35 ($40 race day_ for the competitive; $15 ($20 race day) non-competitive children’s event. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org. Registration at ourcolorsruntogether.com.
Participants are encouraged to wear a color associated with the ribbon color supporting the cancer. All the money raised from the 5K Run/Walk will stay in El Paso and will be administered through the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, the community’s local resource for cancer.
‘HELL OVER NORTH AMERICA’ Tour — Aborted’s tour concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana, with Cryptopsy, Benighted, Hideous Divinity and local band Beyond Terror. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers — The blues-rock band’s “Good to Be Bad Tour” celebrates 45 years of rock at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets range from $ $39.50 to $65 (Ticketmaster).
Since 1975, they’ve sold over 15 million albums, built a classic catalog of hits (including “Bad to the Bone”), and played more than 8,000 live shows, including 70 shows in 2018. Led by Thorogood on guitar, the band includes Jeff Simon on percussion, Bill Blough on bass, Jim Suhler on guitar, and Buddy Leach on saxophone.
The group is its fifth year of supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by donating $1 from each ticket and all of the net proceeds from the sale of LLS branded Destroyers shirts.
Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Slvthammer, Roger! and Nightshift perform 9 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.
Chayanne — The Latin pop superstar returns for the second leg of his “Desde El Alma” tour at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. His El Paso performance in September for the first leg of his tour sold out. Tickets start at $61 to $151 (Ticketmaster).
Chayanne, born Elmer Figueroa Arce in Puerto Rico in 1968, has released 21 solo albums and has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. The 49-year-old Latin music superstar, behind his romantic ballads and catchy pop and dance tracks, is known for his exciting, sold-out tours and entertaining concerts, having earned the Billboard Award for Best Tour.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Downtown Hotel Tour — The El Paso Downtown Management District hosts the tour of six of downtown’s most prominent hotels 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Participants will also sample various downtown food options, ride the El Paso Streetcars all day and have a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $15 through March 30, $20 after. Information, ticket sales: 400-2294 or downtownelpaso.com/downtown-living-tour.
The hotels are:
• Aloft El Paso Downtown, 303 Texas
• Stanton House, 209 N. Stanton
• Hotel Indigo, 325 N. Kansas
• Gardner Hotel, 311 E. Franklin
• Holiday Inn Express, 409 E. Missouri
• Courtyard El Paso, 610 N. Santa Fe’
Ticket pickup times: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1, at the DMD offices, 201 E Main, Suite 107; 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Aloft El Paso Downtown, 303 Texas; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, at District Coffee Co., 222 Texas or Brew Lab, 601 N. Oregon. Participant will receive credentials, a map, prize entry forms and a day pass for the Streetcar system.
March Against Child Abuse — Project CHANCE (Creating Hope for Abused and Neglected Children Everywhere) hosts the 6th annual walk to raise awareness and prevention of child abuse 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Cleveland Square, 510 N. Santa Fe. Participation is free and open to the public. Information: project-chance.org or on Facebook.
Relay for Life — The American Cancer Society hosts the annual event 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 6, at Burges High School, 7800 Edgemere. Team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Participation is free for all ages. Information: 633-1231 or relay.acsevents.org.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — 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 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset.. Information on Facebook.
Ron ‘Tater Salad’ White — The cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking stand-up comic from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon makes his return to El Paso with his new show at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $43 to $53 (Ticketmaster).
White has three Grammy nominations, two of the top-rated specials in Comedy Central history, a bestselling book, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. White also be seen in the new Showtime series “Roadies.”
El Paso Nuevo Siglo Drama Festival — The festival will offer a range of plays April 6-7 and 10-13 at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273, nps.gov/cham or nuevosiglo-elpaso.org.
Festival performances are 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Each performance will be followed by a brief question and answer session, moderated by park staff.
• Saturday, April 6: “The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales.” Based on actual events in late 1970s central Texas. The play takes place in a courtroom. Told through flashbacks, each witness and the defendant relate a different version of events leading up to the death of a young man in police custody. The Chicano Theatre dramatic reading is presented in partnership with UTEP Theatre. The playwright, Carlos Morton, will be present for questions and-answers after the show. In English with some Spanish.
• Sunday, April 7: “A Bicycle Country” by Nilo Cruz. Three Cuban nationals dream of leaving for Miami. Witness their harrowing journey over the Caribbean Sea. Presented in partnership with UTEP Theatre. In English with some Spanish.
‘Wait Until Dark’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Frederick Knott suspense thriller adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher through April 7. 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.
El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team opens its season versus the Las Vegas 51s April 4-8 at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Game time is 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Sunday). Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
The 60th season of the live racing runs through May 5. Post time is 12:50 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Upcoming Stakes races:
• Saturday, April 6: Sunburst Stakes
• Sunday, April 7: The Peppers Pride Stakes
Hope Brings Change 5K — The 3rd annual 5K run and 1 mile run/walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Hope City Community Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Registration: $25; $20 age 12 and younger; $30 all runners after March 29. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com. Information: 600-6251, ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Packet pick up and registration is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, and 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on race day a the church.
Tutus for Kidneys 5K — The 5K run walk, 1 mile walk and health fair benefiting Amigo Kidney Foundation is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Braden Aboud Memorial Park, 4325 Riverbend. Registration: $20 by April 4; $25 April 5-6. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com
Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.
Refreshments available at finish line.
Prizes for the best tutu.
Coach Archie Duran Memorial — The 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk benefiting Archie Duran Memorial Fund is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 7, at Nations Tobin Park, 8831 Railroad. Registration: $25 through April 5; $30 on April 6 and on race day at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
JackRabbit Classic — The 19th annual trail race is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 7, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Unit. 4- and 8-mile trail options available. Registration: $25 through April 4; $30 April 5-6; no race day registration. Park entrance fee: $5. Information: tpwd.state.tx.us or Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa.
SOUthERN NEW MEXICO
‘Starry Night: The Stars of Arts and Sciences’ — The fundraising gala event for NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences is Friday, April 5, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces, 1000 E. University. Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is at 5:30 p.m., followed by awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Funds raised go towards Aggie Jumpstart program, intended to provide a head start for at-risk incoming freshmen. Tickets: $25. RSVP at (575) 646-5886 or email@example.com.
This year’s honorees: Price Kagey, physicist and former CIA member; Don Foster, Golden Globe-winning television writer and producer; Alejandro Lugo, sociocultural anthropologist ; and Wanda Bowman, president of Ashley Home Furnishings in Las Cruces.
Entertainment includes a performance from “My Fair Lady” by students of NMSU’s Department of Theatre Arts.
Inn of the Mountain Gods — Mescalero, N.M. Most shows begin at 8 p.m. and are limited to age 21 and older. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Urban Cowboy Reunion featuring Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee is Friday, April 5. Tickets: $29-$49.
• Yolanda Del Rio — The Mexican actress and ranchera singer performs Saturday, April 6, with Beatriz Adriana. Tickets start at $29.
La Muerte de Las Cruces — Las Cruces’ Women’s Football Alliance team hosts the Rio Grande Heat Saturday, April 6, at the Las Cruces Public Schools’ Sports Complex’s “Field of Dreams,” 2501 Tashiro. The team is part of the WFA’s Mountain Conference. Ticket, times: (575) 639-0750, firstname.lastname@example.org, wfafootball.net or on Facebook at La MuerteDeLas Cruces.
Oldies But Goodies — The group performs hits from the 1950s and 60s at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.
Spaceport America Open House – Spaceport America will host an open house and Fly-in is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, to help launch the 2019 Las Cruces Space Festival. Reservations required; open to first 40 planes and first 1,200 vehicles on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations at lcspacefestival.com/open-house-days-registration-form/. Information: spaceportamerica.com. Spaceport America is 25 miles north of I-25 exit 32.
In addition to the fly-in, events include radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations, rocket launches, robotics demonstrations, opportunities to meet the team of Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic, gallery tours including G-shock Simulator offered by Final Frontier Tours, and other activities. Cost for gallery tour and simulator is $10 (5 under age 12).
Vitaly — The popular illusionist performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $25; $15 12 and younger. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ — No Strings Theater Company presents a version of Lewis Carroll’s classic, created by The Manhattan Project, through April 7 at the Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Direction by Karen Caroe Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
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