El Paso Scene Weekly for March 19-25, 2018

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Kevin Johnson — The 2017-18 Premier Series closes with the ventriloquist at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo.  Recognized as one of the world’s top ten ventriloquists Kevin is mostly known from his appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. He started at San Diego’s Legoland California Theme Park where he performed 8,824 shows in nine years. He was twice honored as the “Best Male Performer” at any amusement park in the world. Tickets: $10, $20 and $30. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.


Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• The Marias — The psychedelic-soul band performs at 9 p.m. Monday, March 19, with Chamanas. Tickets: $10 general admission, $12 day of show.
• Acid Dad — The punk band performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, with Psychotic Reaction and Guantanamo Baywatch. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Two Owls: Reborn Tour — The electronic band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22, with Bare and KayOh. Tickets: $5-$10.
• Triathlon — The rock band performs 10 p.m. Saturday, March 24, with Inner Wave and L. Martin. Tickets: $25-$18.

Disney Junior Dance Party — Favorite Disney Junior characters appear live for their “Dance Party” on tour at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $29-$59; VIP tickets $139-$160 with tea party, character greeting and more options (Ticketmaster).

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Mobley — The producer, singer and songwriter performs 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Perch, with Sha’vonne. Tickets: $5.
• The Sword — The Austin-based doom band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, with King Buffalo. Tickets: $18-$20.

Bad Bunny — One of biggest rising stars in Latin trap music presents his ““La Nueva Religión Tour” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the El Paso County Coliseum. His Dec. 15 show at the Coliseum sold out. Tickets are $61-$141 (Ticketmaster).
  Bad Bunny, born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a singer, songwriter and producer of Latin trap, rap and hip-hop music. The 23-year-old emerged in 2016 and burst onto the music scene last year behind the hit songs, “Mayores,” “Soy Peor” and “Chambea,” as well as several chart-topping collaborations with some of the top names in reggaeton and rap, such as “Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola” with J Balvin and “Krippy Kush” with Farruko and Nicki Minaj. His success resulted in 15 songs appearing on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in 2017 alone.

Romeo Santos — “The King” bachata singer and former lead vocalist of Aventura presents his “Golden Tour” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $32.75-$103.75; includes some VIP tickets available (Ticketmaster).
  His “Formula Vol. 1” debut album put three singles on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, and also garnered a Grammy nomination. His sophomore album Formula, Vol. 2, became the best-selling Latin album of 2014. His latest solo single on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs is “Belly y Sensual,” with reggaeton artists Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam.

EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert — Performers from El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and El Paso Symphony Orchestra combine forces at the 11th annual Side-by-Side performance, conducted by Dr. James O. Welsch, at 3 p.m. March 25, at the Plaza Theatre, with musicians from the El Paso Symphony and El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Tocando. Tickets: $15-$34; free for age 3 and younger. Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.


Human Trafficking Awareness Forum — El Paso Chapter, Links, Incorporated hosts the forum 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Wyndham El Paso Airport’s Theater, 2027 Airway. A panel will share experiences and solutions designed for the El Paso border region. Admission is free. Information: ElPasoLinks@gmail.com.

‘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.

Ann James Massey talk and raffle
— A reception for Ann James Massey, who will talk on “Making of ‘The Blessing of the Animals’” is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7050 McNutt in La Union. The public is invited; RSVP by March 21 to Linda Larbi-Cherif, 240-5397 denty@elp.rr.com. Information: stlukeslaunion.org.
  Massey will talk about her recently completed award-winning painting, including her use of old masters’ techniques, the drawing process and paint application.
  Meet the artist reception begins at 5 p.m. with talk by Massey at 6 p.m., followed by raffle drawing at 7 p.m. for her original drawing “Between the Pyramids.” Raffle tickets are $1; available at pushpay.com.pay.stlukeslaunion. Winners need not be present. Proceeds benefit the church.

Women for Business Conference — Bestselling author Kate White is keynote speaker for Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s annual conference 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Marriot El Paso, 1600 Airway. The event features networking opportunities, prizes and more. Cost: $150 ($75 members); tables and sponsorships available. Information: 534-0500 or elpaso.org.
  White is author of “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion and Create the Career You Deserve,” as well as 12 mysteries and thrillers.

El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Information: 212-0300 or elpasoartmuseum.org. Art Talks: Contemporary Art event is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, with live musical performances. A floating basketball, a beeswax sculpture, and a large pink painting constitute three contemporary artworks now on view at EPMA. With live musical performances, art historian Samuel Rodriguez guides a conversation in how to understand these works and explains their impact on the art world in the late twentieth century. No reservations required.

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, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, and feng shui products, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Harry Potter Meet at Platform 9 3/4 Market — A vendors market celebrating the world of Harry Potter is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Boardwalk Food and Truck Market, 1773 Pali Drive, with food and vendors, costume contests and more. Admission is free. Information: 588-0386.

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.

Cesar Chavez Day at Lincoln Park — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee hosts the outdoor picnic in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno, with live music, picnic in the park, “Wheela, Pedel Car and Vicla” and more. Canned food donations taken for Sin Fronteras Organizing Project. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584 or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.
  Setup time for car show participants is 8 to 11 a.m.; registrations taken day of event.


Springtime Track Invitational
— The annual UTEP spring field and track meet is all day Saturday, March 24, at Kidd Field. The event features men’s and women’s college teams as well as the top qualifying high school athletes from the region. Information: 747-5812 or utepathletics.com.

Tony Hawk skateboarding exhibition and competition — Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk hosts an exhibition at noon Saturday, March 24, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Pueblo Rd. with other guest pro-skaters. Skating competition at 11 a.m. (registration begins at 10 a.m.) All ages event. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrock.com.

Coyote Classic XC Mountain Bike Race — The annual race, starting the New Mexico Off Road Series, is 8 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Round House (Bowen Ranch), off Martin Luther King Jr. Categories for expert, sport, beginner and single speed. All racers must have a USAC License: day license available for $10. Registration starts at $35 through March 18; $45 starting March 19; $15 juniors 18 and younger. No race day registration for adult race. Gate fee at Round House is $5. Information: 544-2453 or on Facebook at The Coyote Classic.
  Packet pickup is 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Bicycle Company, 3443 N. Mesa, Suite A.

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. Sunday, March 25: NMSU Stakes, Harry W. Henson Handicap, Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes, NM Breeders’ Oaks, NM Breeders’ Derby, Sunland Derby.

Father Yermo Spartan Run — The 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk is Saturday, March 24, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Proceeds benefit the Father Yermo Schools Capital Campaign. Cost: $25 in advance; $30 on race day. $2 park entrance fee per car. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Father Yermo School, 220 Washington, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line on race day.

Javier Arana Jr. Memorial — The 5th annual Fallen Trooper 5K run and 1-mile walk is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration: $20 ($15 kids). Bag pickup begins at 12:45 p.m. No race day registration; $2 vehicle fee for Ascarate Park. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Southern New Mexico

‘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.

Two on Tap Las Cruces Civic Concert Association closes its season with the tap duo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Rio Grande Theater, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $25 ($5 students with ID). Information: (575) 405-7429, or lascrucescca.org.
  Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano go back to the days when Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the screen with chemistry, effortless harmony and precision tap dancing.
  The duo also performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City, presented by the Grant County Community Concert Association. Tickets: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

Chili Pepper Series — The 4-day series offers five events each day is Wednesday through Saturday, March 21-24, at La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Each day includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon and 50K run beginning at 7 a.m. Walkers welcome. The courses are multiple laps with one central food/aid station. Entry fee: 5k: $30 by March 15 $40 after; 10K: $40/$50; Half Marathon: $110/$130; Marathon: $130/$150; 50K: $140/$160. Information, registration: deadrunning.net.
  Optional early start at 6 a.m. (bring flashlight). Race day packet pickup/registration begins at 5:30 a.m.

Robert Earl Keen — The veteran Texas singer-songwriter performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M.  Keen’s songs have spotlighted coarse characters living the high-life; arrogant fools falling into the down-and-out, and the humbling struggles of mid-life. Tickets: $39-$69. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

Bataan Memorial Death March — The 29th annual marathon-length (26.2 miles) march is 7 a.m. Sunday, March 25, starting at 1318 Aerobee at the White Sands Missile Range to honor U.S. and Filipino troops captured by the Japanese in WWII. Marchers should arrive at 5 a.m.; opening ceremony begins at 6:35 a.m. A 14.2-mile honorary march also offered. Information: (575) 678-4654 or bataanmarch.com.

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