El Paso Scene Weekly for July 3-9, 2017
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Celebrating the Fourth
East Side 4th of July Parade — Anyone can join the annual Independence Day People’s Parade sponsored by El Paso Del Norte Lions Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. The parade starts at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (at Montwood) and travels to Yarbrough then north on Album to Album Park. with floats, marching units, antique cars, horses and bicycles are among the entries. Sponsorships and donations welcome. Information: 204-5206 or on Facebook.
West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 21st annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Salute to Freedom – Texas Style,” with about 70 participating entries. This year’s Grand Marshals are Sheriff Richard Wiles and the men and women of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: 474-4241 or july4parade.com.
Hot Dog Cookout — El Paso Elk's Lodge #187, 2278 Trawood, Suites C-E, hosts a free cookout at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, after El Paso Del Norte Lions Club July 4th Parade, with hot dogs (while supplies last), children’s games, music and more. Information: 532-4441.
La Viña Fourth of July Picnic — The winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., will host its 17th annual picnic 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, featuring musical entertainment. Bring a picnic or buy a hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbeque. Croquet, badminton and a water slide. Wine, soda, water and wine margaritas for sale. No coolers and no pets. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
Ardovino’s Fourth of July — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, celebrates its 20th anniversary and Independence Day with a BBQ beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, with food, dancing and live music by Hypnosis, and a great view of surrounding fireworks displays. Reservations recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos.com.
Freedom Festival — John Mark Mcmillan and Social Club Misfits perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, in the parking lot at Harvest Christian Center, 1345 New Harvest Place (next to I-10 just north of Helen of Troy). Bring lawn chairs. Food trucks, fireworks after concert. Admission: $15. Information: 585-9934 or hccelpaso.com.
Fourth of July at the Chamizal — The Independence Day GECU presents Music Under the Stars performance of patriotic music is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial, with music by Neon Circus (Brooks & Dunn Tribute), and a fireworks show. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.
Abundant Living Faith Independence Day — The patriotic service is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at both Abundant Living Faith Center campus, 1000 Valley Crest (east), and 7100 N. Desert (West). Annual fireworks display follows service on the East campus only. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543, alfc.com or on Facebook.
‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic and Broadway pops music, conducted by EPSO Assistant Conductor James Welsch, at the annual event 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park, featuring USO Show Troupe, the 1st Armored Division Band and Mariachi Raices de America. Show is preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a Cannon Salute to the Union. Fireworks display follows performance. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Food and beer available for purchase. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776, 588-8247, epso.org or bliss.armymwr.com.
Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults.
Wet ’N’ Wild Fireworks — The water park in Anthony, Texas will host an Independence Day Fireworks Show at dusk (around 9 p.m.) Tuesday, July 4. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.
CONCERTS & MORE
Prince Royce — The Latin pop superstar returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with special guest Luis Cornel. Tickets: $36.50, $56.50, $76.50 and $96.50; VIP tickets also available starting at $246 (Ticketmaster).
In the past six years, Prince Royce has earned 11 No. 1 hits, 21 Latin Billboard Music Awards, 19 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, 19 Premios Juventud Awards and nine Latin Grammy Award nominations, behind such hits as “Corazon Sin Cara,” “Stand by Me,” “Las Cosas Pequeñas,” “Incondicional,” “Darte un Beso,” “Stuck on a Feeling” with Snoop Dogg and “Back it Up,” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com, holdmyticket.com or ticketfly.com.
• Born of Osiris — The progressive metal band’s New Reign Tour Part II is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6, with Volumes, Betraying The Martyrs and Widowmaker. Tickets: $19-$21.
• David Dondero — The American singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, in The Perch with KT Neely, Omar Cuellar and Gytrash. Dondero will play songs off his newest record Inside the “Cat’s Eye.” Tickets: $8.
Acoustic showcase — Singer/songwriters Sierra Blanca, Simeon Beardsley, Eric Romero, KT Neely and others from El Paso and beyond perform beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the Glasbox, 210 Poplar. Admission: $4 (all ages, BYOB for age 21+). Information: 920-0446.
La Parada — The monthly grassroots event celebrating local culture and lifestyles is 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, July 7, in the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Cover: $10; $5 in advance at eventbrite. Information: 351-6023 or on Facebook at laparadaep.
Music by Nocando, Myrlin, Bloodshot Bandits, Taebo Manuhs, The Fifth Estate, Ralph The Ruckus and DJ Bless 1NE, with live art by Dead Punk.
Sam O.B. — The Brooklyn-based musician performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Tickets: $10-$12. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Admission is usually free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.
• Rockers Faster Pussycat performs at 8 p.m. Monday, July 3.
• American indie rock band Minus The Bear performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8.
State Line Music Series — ? Brian Mars performs 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 ,at State Line Restaurant, 1222 Sunland Park Drive. Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. All customers asked to bring non-perishable food donation or monetary donation for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Information: 581-3371, WTxFoodBank.org or countyline.com.
Cool Canyon Nights — The 7th annual series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through July 27 at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre, sponsored by WestStar Bank. July 6: Fungi Mungle. Patio performance begins at 6 p.m. with headliner at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Craft beers and food truck, vendors, photo booths and more also offered. Admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or kisselpaso.com.
VIP ”Star Lounge” tickets are $10 at neonticket.com with a special seating area, private bar, plus mini appetizers while supplies last.
Alfresco! Fridays — The 15th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. July 7: Joe King Carrasco (Tex-Mex). Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633, alfrescofridays.com or on Facebook.
Recorder Concert and Workshop — Rio Grande Recorder Society hosts a performance and workshop 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Judge Marquez Public Library, 610 N. Yarbrough, featuring a concert of Renaissance and Baroque music accompanied by historical commentary by Dr. Lindsey Macchiarella. Recorder workshop to follow. Admission is free. Information: (915) 747-6630 or rgrecorders.org.
Summer Concerts —Windy City performs 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Westside Park, 7400 High Ridge, in the El Paso Parks and Recreation’s free outdoor music concerts series. Bring chairs and picnic. No alcohol or glass-bottled beverages permitted. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Information, updates: 240-3325 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
GECU presents Music Under the Stars — Team Havana (Salsa Night) performs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The 34th summer concert series is sponsored by GECU and presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.
THEATRE & DANCE
‘Viva El Paso!’ — El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Live and EPCC present the summertime outdoor musical extravaganza with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 29, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Tickets: $20 ($12 ages 2-12, seniors 65 and older and military with valid ID) (Ticketmaster). Information: ElPasoLive.com.
The show features a refreshed script by Tony-winning El Paso playwright Marty Martin and chronicles the 400-year history and cultural evolution of the El Paso region. This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun. The Native American, the Spanish Conquistador, the Mexican and the Western American cultures and their histories come alive through drama, song and dance by a cast of over 50 performers, including live mariachis with Mariachi Paso Del Norte and EPCC’s Mariachi Real De El Paso.
Keith Townsend, director of EPCC’s theatre and forensics program, is artistic director. The show features music by Jim Ward and Gabriel Gonzalez. New this year is a group of young performers, VIVA Kids, led by Margaret Barreras.
‘A Masterpiece of Comic ... Timing’ — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio 2017 summer repertory presents the play by Robert Caisley 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30-July 9, at EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre, 9570 Gateway North, directed by Matthew Smith. All proceeds go to scholarships for Performance Studies students at EPCC. Admission: $15 general admission: $10 non-EPCC students, military; $7 EPCC students, faculty, staff and seniors. Available at the door; box office opens two hours before each performance. Information: 831-5056.
“A Masterpiece of Comic … Timing” is about a Broadway producer who wants to write the next comedy hit. He hires a writer who is suffering from depression and no one knows why.
‘Sister Act’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre closes its season with the hit musical based on the movie by Joseph Howard July 7-23, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner. The theatre is in the UTEP Student Union West building.
Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. July 16 and 23; dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9. Tickets: $31.50 to $41.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday discount dinner performances; $34.50 to $46.50 (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and $17.50 to $27.50 no-dinner matinee performances. Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
Based on the hit Whoopi Goldberg film, “Sister Act” The Musical tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent.
‘The New Hip Club’ — Discover El Paso hosts a fundraising performance of a “hip” comedy Sunday, July 9, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and performance. Performance features Discover El Paso member and other local talent. Cost: $30. Information: Darci, 261-9648.
A group of older friends all move into a retirement home after hip replacements. When they discover one of friend’s son has gambled away all his money, they decide to put on a talent show to raise money to help him out.
ALSO THIS WEEK
National Parks and Recreation Month — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July. Events are free. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
• Stars and Stripes Horseshoe Tourney for age 50 and older is 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Eastside Senior Center, 3200 Fierro.
• Trailblazers Outdoor Challenge is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Memorial Park, 3105 Grant. Learn fishing and casting, camp set-up.
Ysleta Mission Festival — The annual fiesta is July 7-9 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 131 S. Zaragoza (at Alameda), with live music, southwest cuisine cooked by mission families, game booths, carnival rides and more. Admission is free to all events. Information: 859-9848, ysletamission.org or on Facebook.
This year’s headliners are Fungi Mungle, Phat Soul and Azucar.
Ysleta Mission is the second oldest practicing church in the United States and the oldest mission in Texas. Proceeds from the annual festival go towards maintaining the mission and surrounding grounds.
Roda-a-Thon — Capoeira El Paso’s annual fundraiser for Projeto Kirimure is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Sol Studio, 4106 Montana. The roda-a-thon works like a bowl-a-thon; for every amount an individual donates, one of the students will play a capoeira game. The goals is to raise as much money as possible. Spectator admission is free; donations requested. All donations are tax deductible; cash, check, and online payments accepted. Information, donations: 996-1814 or capoeiraelpaso.com.
Projeto Kirimure is a sister non-profit organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that provides food, housing, and education for street children.
Red, White and Blue Tardeada — San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo, will host the tardeada 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 8, with live music by Border City Band, BYOB, food and raffle prizes. Tickets $5. Information: Maria or Brenda, 772-8365.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, firstname.lastname@example.org or ardovinos.com.
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.
La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., hosts a farmer’s market noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Live music, wine tasting. Bring picnic; no outside alcohol. Admission is free. Information: (575) 582-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Game time is 7:05 p.m. except as listed. Tickets: $5-$24. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
• June 30-July 3: Reno Aces. ”Chihuahuas Baseball: The Musical is Friday; Kids Day and Fireworks Sunday; and Independence Day Celebration Monday.
• July 7-9: Salt Lake Bees. July 9 is 10:05 a.m. (Breakfast at the Ballpark). Millennial Night is Friday; Breakfast at the Ballpark & Pajama Day is Sunday with Arm Compression Sleeve giveaway for age 12 and younger.
Fourth of July Run — Up and Running, hosts the 11th annual 5K run/walk 7:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, beginning at Up and Running in the Rudolph Shopping Plaza, 3233 N. Mesa. Proceeds benefit Run El Paso Club. Sports drink, watermelon and hot dogs available at finish line. Registration: $20 through July 2; $25 July 3-4. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick-up is noon to 5 p.m. Monday, July 3, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. race day at Up and Running.
Arm wrestling — The competition begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Hiney's Restaurant, 8220 Gateway East. Information: 590-0115
‘Verano Caliente III’ wrestling showcase— Two of the best-known professional wrestlers and former WWE superstars headline the Lucha Libre style showcase at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 9, El Paso County Coliseum, 100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $20, $25, $35, $65, $75 and $95 (Ticketmaster).
Rey Mysterio and Alberto “El Patrón” Del Rio, along with close to 20 other competitors, will step into the ring for the professional wrestling showcase. Other wrestlers from the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico expected to compete include Carlito, Sergio “El Bombon” Samaniego, Eldragón Luchador, Jack Swagger, Jose Gaona, Zafiro Solis, Samuray Perez, Rey Fenix, Hermes Jr., Hijodelimpostor Delgado, Magno, Espanto V and Chavo Guerrero Jr., among others.
Glow Run — Gymnastics Elite, 12115 Rojas, hosts the evening 3K run benefiting the AWFC annual summer trip for local foster children at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7. Bring a neon or glow-in-the-dark gear. Cost: $25 ($15 age 15 and younger). Information: gymnastics-elite.com.
Southern New Mexico
Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — The city’s annual Electric Light Parade and 4th of July Celebration are Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4, with the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Fireworks, grills, staked shade canopies, and RV/Campers not allowed in the events. Admission to all events is free. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
The Electric Light Parade, “Celebrating Freedom, Our Patriots, and America!” is 9 p.m. Monday, July 3, beginning at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid, and traveling south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley ending at the Maag Softball Complex.
Las Cruces Running Club’s Electric 5K Fun Run precedes the event 7:30 p.m. Monday along the Parade Route, starting at the Meerscheidt Recreation Center. 1600 E. Hadley. Information: lascrucesrunningclub.com.
Fourth of July events begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, at the Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro, with youth activities on the Soccer filed, and live entertainment.
Headliners Blue Oyster Cult perform at 8:30 p.m., with Gap X The Band opening at 6:40 p.m.
The mayor’s welcome is 9:45 p.m. followed by the annual fireworks display.
Mesilla Independence Day — The annual fireworks display is 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the historic old Mesilla Plaza. Bring a lawn chair; no pets or alcohol. Live music and food vendors, 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or mesillanm.gov.
The town’s fireworks display will be launched from the field on Calle de Mercado, accessed from Avenida de Mesilla.
Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “Heroes: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” is 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, snaking down Pope, Bullard, Broadway, Hudson and 12th Street in Silver City. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast precedes the event in Gough Park; activities and entertainment continue throughout the day. Fireworks at dusk. Information: (575) 538-3785 or silvercity.org.
Silver City Museum’s 34th annual Ice Cream Social is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 in museum’s courtyard, with live music, children’s activities and more. Cake walk, ice cream cones, root beer floats, beverages and popcorn.
Clay Walker — The country star performs 8 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $30-$65. Information: 1-
Fort Stanton Live! — The fort’s annual celebration of living history, hosted by Fort Stanton, Inc./Fort Stanton Foundation is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Fort Stanton, 20 miles northeast of Ruidoso on Hwy 220. The event offers costumed re-enactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, live entertainment, along with artisans and food vendors. No pets or alcohol allowed. Military ball planned Saturday evening, and church service Sunday morning. Admission: $5 (free for age 15 and younger). Information: (575) 354-0341, fortstanton.org or on Facebook.
Fort Stanton was established and built in 1855 by troopers of the 1st Dragoon Regiment to serve as a base of operations against the Mescalero Apache Indians. The site served various purposes through 1995.
Full Moon Nights — White Sands National Monument, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts monthly full moon programs through October. Entrance fee: $5 age 16 and older. Free for children. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to nps.gov/whsa.
“Songs and Stories of National Parks,” is 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, with rangers Megan and Gary presenting storytelling and music from the nation’s parks.
Tailgate 2017 — Radio La Chusma performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the annual outdoor concert series in Alamogordo, N.M in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, 3198 State Road 200l. Patrons should bring their own food, lawn chair and beverages. Gates open 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Information: (575) 437-2202. Online reservations at flickingercenter.com. Single event tickets, if available, are $45 per vehicle. Walk up tickets are $10 ($15 couples). Proceeds benefit the Flickinger Center.
Crafts, Collectibles and Antiques Show — La Mesa Lions Club Las Cruces de Noche Lions Club host the show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8-9, at Las Cruces Convention Center 680 E. University. Proceeds will be donated to the NM Lions Operation KidSight project and other club community service projects. Admission (good for both days): $5; free of age 12 and younger). Table space available for $50 (deadline in June). Information: (575) 525-5631 or nmlionskidsight.com.
July Jamboree — The annual celebration is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, with more than 60 area artisans selling original art, pottery, jewelry and more, food and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.
‘Baggage’ — No Strings Theatre Company closes its season with the play by Sam Bobrick through July 8 at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Nikka Ziemer. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. selected Sundays; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
“Baggage” follows two annoying thirty-somethings who accidentally take each other's bags at JFK airport, then - for reasons known only to the playwright - decide to start dating. The title has more than one meaning, referring not only to a mix-up of luggage at the airport, but also the emotional impediments people tend to carry through life.
‘Pippin’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, closes its season with the hit musical by Robert O. Hison and Stephen Schwartz, through July 9. Directed by Nora Thomas. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $14 ($13 student, senior, military, $11 children under 6. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great).
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