El Paso Scene Weekly for July 10-16, 2017
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EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
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 13: Soul Sacrifice. 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.
‘Conciones y Corazones’ — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) hosts the event “celebrating the fire and passion of Spanish song “ at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava, pianist Karl Skymanovitz and pianist Samuel Maddox (Young Musicians Awards). Tickets: $19.50; $15.50 seniors, military; $8.50 students (Ticketmaster).
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.
• July 15: Kid’s Day/Pajama Day. Craft for the kids, story time, book exchange, games. Thank A Farmer Day presented by True Foods. Write or color a thank-you note to local farmers.
UTEP Alumni Pick-Nic — The 6th annual UTEP alumni gathering is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at McKelligon Canyon’s Pavilion. Miner alumni, family and friends are welcome. Tickets: $12 ($8 age 12 and younger and students). Information: 747-8600. Tickets available at alumni.utep.edu by July 1. Information: 747-8600 or email@example.com.
The Pick-Nic is one of several at 27 locations across the United States and Mexico for UTEP alumni in cities like Tucson, San Diego, Denver, Miami, New York City, Houston, Seattle, Chihuahua and Zapopan.
Arabesque 2017 — Snake Charmer and the Belly Dancer’s annual gala performance featuring belly dance superstar Aubre Hill and top regional dancers is 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Scottish Rite Temple Theatre, 301 Missouri. Tickets: $15 online; $20 day of show at the door. Information: 691-1938. Tickets: snakecharmerandthebellydancer.com.
Aubre Hill will host workshops are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for shopping and henna.
Summer Concerts — El Paso Parks and Recreation’s free outdoor music concerts are 8 to 10 p.m. selected Fridays and Saturdays through the summer months at various city parks. Bring chairs and picnic. No alcohol or glass-bottled beverages permitted. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Information, updates: 240-3325 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
• Friday, July 14: La Magistral Sonora at Westside Park, 7400 High Ridge.
• Saturday, July 15: 1st Armored Division Band at Veterans Park, 5301 Salem.
CONCERTS & MORE
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Prophets and Outlaws — The Texas country soul band performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Coast 2 Coast Live Interactive Artist Showcase is 10 p.m. Thursday, July 13. Tickets: $10.
• Big Business — The LA rockers perform at 10 p.m. Friday, July 14. Tickets: $13-$15
Terror Universal — The horror metal band’s Make Them Bleed Tour is 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana, with Kill the Precedent, the Grave Atheistic and Hear After the Wave. Tickets: $5 in advance; $10 at the door. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouseDiveBarKitchen.
Twisted Hams — The El Paso rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Star City Studio, 120 W. Castellano. Tickets are $20, sold at brownpapertickets.com.
Old School Throwback Jam — The Old School Jam is 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, featuring Morris Day and the Time, Dazz Band, SHOCK G “Humpty Hump,” Chubb Rock, Doug E. Fresh, Jalil and Ecstasy, Force MDS and Brenda K. Starr. Lineup subject to change. Tickets: $34-$56. (Ticketmaster).
GrUPO FANTASMA — The Grammy-winning Latin funk band performs at 9 p.m. Friday, July 14, with Frontera Bugalu at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso.. Tickets: $16-$20. Information: 351-9909, trickyfalls.com.
State Line Music Series — ? Max Stalling performs 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 ,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.
Alfresco! Fridays — The 15th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. July 14: Sayverse (Mexican pop). 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.
GECU presents Music Under the Stars — Chuco Soul Project (jazz, funk, reggae) performs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 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.
‘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 Seasons’ — Ballet in Session Academy presents an evening of classical ballet portraying a colorful display of the seasons through the eyes of a child at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Tickets: $10 general admission. Available in advance at 5640 Montana, Suite F (cash, credit, checks); and at the door (cash and credit only). Information: 356-6179 or on Facebook at Ballet in Session.
‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ — Players on the Wall, El Paso's newest theatre company, presents their first production by John Patrick Shanley July 14-16 and 21-22, at Glasbox, 201 Poplar. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Directed by Austin Savage. Tickets: $7-$12 at the door; $12 reserved at eventbrite.com. Information: 204-5356 or bordertheatre.org.
Shanley’s electrifying 1984 drama, Danny and Roberta are two lost souls who meet in a rundown bar in the Bronx to lick each other's wounds in an unexpected night of guilt, love, and redemption.
The event also features food trucks, and pre-show concerts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 22. El Paso musicians scheduled include Mountain Vibes, Nicholas Duron, and more.
‘Into the Woods’ — Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell Suite C, closes its season with the musical, July 14-30, in collaboration with UTEP. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and military, $10 for children 12 and younger). Information: suncitymusicaltheatre.com or on Facebook.
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.
• Music and dance cultural event is 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, 4435 Maxwell, with music by Ceiba.
• A Trailblazers Outdoor Family Campout is Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, at Memorial Park reserve area, 3100 Copper, with camping and swimming activities. Activities begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Cost: $10 ($5 children).
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.
Christmas In July Bazaar — Skyline Optimist Club hosts its bazaar 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Skyline Optimist Youth Park, 5050 Yvette. Information: 751-8003.
Christmas in July Craft Fair — El Paso Elk's Lodge #187, 2278 Trawood, Suites C-E hosts its annual craft fair 9 a.m. to3 p.m. Saturday, July 15, with many unique gift items. Admission is free. Information: 532-4441 or elpasoelks187.org.
Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15-16, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Admission: $6 (under 10 free). Information: 241-1761.
Days of Remembrance Summer Expo — The annual Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 summer expo is 11 a.m. 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, July 16, at El Paso Convention Center, with more than 66 vendors for cakes, hairstyling, bridal gowns, tuxedos, ballrooms, decorations, catering, photography, videography, deejays, floral arrangements, invitations, limousines and other services and products. One Quinceañera or Sweet 16 Grand Prize, one Bridal Grand Prize and door prizes offered. All door proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Hosted by Elegant Penguin Enterprises. Admission: $5; age 12 and under free. Information: 740-4349. Grand prizes to be announced on elegantpenguinenterprises.com or on Facebook.
There will be three fashion shows with the latest trends in bridal gowns, tuxedos and bridesmaid dresses.
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (July 16) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.
Southern New Mexico
White Sands Burgers & Brews — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce hosts the summer event is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Jim R. Griggs Sports Complex, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, featuring Craft Beer Tractor Brewing Co., live musical entertainment, food trucks and more. Tickets: $10 ($15 for two) in advance; $15 ($20 for two) at the gate. Information: (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294, or alamogordo.com.
The O’Jays — The classic group, whose members belong to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and R&B Music Hall of Fame, perform 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $30-$115. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
Festival of Dance in the Borderland — Mesilla Valley Dance Collective presents a creative and collaborative dance festival 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 Sunday, July 15-16, to the Black Box Theater, 430 N Main Street in Las Cruces, with guest companies from El Paso, Las Cruces, and Alamogordo. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65). Reservations: (575) 523-1223
The concept of the showcase originally grew from a request put forth by Ceil Herman, owner of the Black Box Theater. She and her husband solicited Mesilla Valley Dance Collective to put choreography to a Swedish song “Ett Annat Hav,” by a singer they had met when they lived in Sweden. From that single conceived piece, the show has grown into a curated exhibition of local talent.
The Mesilla Valley Dance Collective will showcase favorite pieces from previous shows as well as a special sneak peek performance from their upcoming February show choreographed by their newest member, Janessa Player. Featured guest performers include Jessica Trembly, of 575 Dance in Alamogordo, Human Nature Contemporary Ballet of El Paso and others.
Bluegrass Festival — The 22nd annual all-day festival is Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, at the Weed Community Center in Weed, N.M. Continuous live music, food, arts and crafts, plus entertainment for kids. Call for admission price: (575) 687-3316, (575) 687-4189, weednm.org or on Facebook.
Open mic is 8 to 8:45 a.m. Saturday with guest bands beginning at 9 a.m. Featured bands include Vintage, Duke City Swampcoolers, Blue Sky Country, Bobby Giles and Music Mountain, Simple Gifts and Higher Ground Bluegrass.
A Bluegrass gospel devotional service is 9 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
To get there: take Hwy 130, turn right at Cloudcroft, and follow the signs to Weed, which is 23 miles southeast of Cloudcroft.
Ruidoso Art Festival — The 46th annual event is Friday through Sunday, July 21-23, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca (NM Highway 48), with more than 100 artists from across the nation. New this year, the festival will feature some New Mexico wineries; with free wine tasting at many locations.
Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission: $6 per day; $4 for military; $1 ages 10 and younger. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15. Military discount of $4. Tickets with wine tasting are addition $10. Sponsored by the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Information: (575) 257-7395, 1-877-RUIDOSO (784-3676) or RuidosoNow.com.
Rated as one of the country’s top 100 juried art shows, the festival features acrylics, oils and other media paintings; fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings of all media, photography, pottery, sculpture and woodwork.
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