El Paso Scene Weekly for December 3-9, 2018

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— Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, hosts its annual Christmas music presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 7 and 9. Orchestra prelude begins a half hour before event. Admission is free; early arrival recommended. Information: 584-3912 or coronadobaptist.org.
  Audiences can be part of an interactive musical dramatization of the Christmas story from the wise men’s point of view.

Mariachi Christmas — The Christmas season performance is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Flickinger Center, 1110 New York, Alamogordo, featuring traditional mariachi music and folklorico dance. Every year they share December traditions such as the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Ave Maria, and more. Tickets: $18, $28 and $38. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

‘Christmas Wonderland’ Holiday Spectacular
— Broadway in El Paso present the special holiday performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Plaza Theatre. Santa and his merry helpers take audiences on a nostalgic journey of holiday favorites like “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and more. Tickets: $25-$60. Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.


Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon. Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, for “Latina Arte,” with works by Latina artists Teresa Fernandez, Carmen Navar, Romy Hawkins, Martha Arzabala, Leticia Luevanos, Lillian Sandoval, Erica Zamora and Isabel Olivares. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com. The exhibit continues through February.

Virgen de Guadalupe art gala — A gala opening and awards presentation is 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, for the 21st annual juried art award exhibit at La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú, The Ysleta ISD gallery at 8455 Alameda. Folklorico dance and mariachi student groups will perform. Admission is free.
  The exhibit is on display Dec. 3-Jan. 14 (closed for Christmas break). Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on Facebook at YISDFineArts.

Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Paso artist Candy Mayer and photographer Charlie Mayer will host their 4th annual open house at her home studio at 1317 Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9. All of Candy Mayer's work will be available for purchase, including large pieces not usually displayed at shows. Available will be her game, “Loteria El Paso,” with 50 different El Paso images, along with the new “Día de Los Muertos” loteria. Featured are new landscapes, new religious collages and new Día de los Muertos paintings and jigsaw puzzles. Gift items include 2019 “Classic Images of El Paso” calendars, Día de los Muertos coloring pages, new porcelain Christmas ornaments & small cards, mouse pads, coasters, purses and placemats.
  Also on display will be her husband Charlie's photographs, many from Mexico and Spain. Information: 581-4971, candymayer.com or on Facebook at Candy Mayer Art.
  To get there: Take I-10 to Redd Exit. Take Redd east to Resler, turn left at Franklin High School, right at Tierra Taos, then left at Tierra Roja. Fifth house on top of hill.

Escamilla Fine Art Gallery —1445 Main Street in San Elizario. The annual Christmas Extravaganza is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, with a children’s art decorating station, special discounts, music by Rocio Manriquez and other, guest vendors, appetizers and refreshment.. Information: 851-0742 or 474-1800, or albertoescamilla.com.

Nina Eaton Photography Open House — Nina East will host her annual holiday open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-9, at her studio at 506 Shadow Willow Drive in the Upper Valley, with photos of El Paso’s favorite places on gift items such as Coaster, trivets, magnets, mouse pads, note cards, ornaments, prints and canvas. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served. Information: 630-3013, elpnina@elp.rr.com or Ninaeatonphotography.com
  Guest artist Catherine Waterhouse will feature her one-of-a kind gemstone jewelry.

Art and Framing Gallery — 6519-A N. Mesa (Palm Court). Information: 833-5250 or on Facebook. Opening Dec. 8 are works by America Cano, Michelle Zaragoza and Maria Savitsky.

Terry Wright Mosaic Studio Open House — Mosaic artist Terry Wright will host the event at her Upper Valley studio, 630 Gary Lane, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Several other artists will also show and sell their work. Information: 731-6730 or terrywrightstudio.com.


Lowbrow Palace —1101 Texas.. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.’
• Buttertones — LA alternative band, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets: $12-$14.
• Bernhoft — Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets: $18-$20.

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performance at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Tickets prices vary. Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/liberalarts/music/.
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs Tuesday, Dec. 4, under the direction of Dr. Lowell Graham. Featuring music by Mozart, Bennett and Dvo?ák with Dr. Stephen Nordstrom, conductor, and Greg Luffey, saxophone. Admission: $5 ($3 students and military (free for UTEP students, faculty and staff, and ages 12 and younger).
• Flute Studio Recital is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, with Barbara Lambrecht. Admission is free.

First Armored Division Band Holiday Concert — The First Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss presents its free annual holiday show, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Fort Bliss’s Sage Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are free and the public is invited; available at 1adband.eventbrite.com. Information: 568-2263, 568-7001, or on Facebook at 1stArmoredDivisionBand.
  The concert features multiple genres and new takes on holiday classics.

Rockhouse Bar and Grill
— 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
• Ghoul — The masked death metal band performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, with The Stalk, Angrist, and SAC. Tickets: $10 in advance (limited number available); $15 at the door.
• A Very Merry Krampus 2018 is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with El Paso bands Bayan, Signs of Abnormality, La Muerte and Beyond Terror, Diosdeira of Juarez, Genocaust of Arizona and Malicyde of Oklahoma. Admission: $5 or a new unopened, unwrapped toy.

Horacio Franco — The world-renowned flutist presents a concert at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium, 500 W. University, and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, 211 N. Main, presented by Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte. Admission is free. Information: 532-5385 or on Facebook at CCMPDN.

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony directed by Ron Hufstader opens its 2018-2019 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with its “Tis the Season” holiday concert. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors (Ticketmaster). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.

Winter Ball on the Border — El Paso Choral Society hosts its 4th annual gala 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 7, at Summit Hall, 120 N. Festival, with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a savory dinner and song auction by Messiah soloists, and dancing to Azucar. RSVP encouraged by Dec. 1. Cost: $100 ($1,000 pr table); available at epchoralsociety.org. Information: 259-4999 or epchoirs@gmail.com.

Handel’s Messiah — El Paso Choral Society’s Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, hosts one of the world’s most beloved musical works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, with a 100- voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and $40 (Ticketmaster). Information: 259-4999 or epchoralsociety.org.

Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Age 21 and older, unless otherwise listed. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915. The local ska band La Chupaza’s 10th Anniversary Party is 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with Fixed Idea, Viva Las Vegas, Pilots of Venus, WOAR2 & DJ Surreal. Admission is free.


Christmas Street Gala
— The 45th annual fundraiser for the Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at El Paso Country Club. Several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees will be on display. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction. Dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire. Live auction of trees, plus silent auction of other items, will be held. Tickets; $100; RSVP by Nov. 28. Information: christmas.street@pdnchildrens.org or pdnchildrens.org.

Holiday Extravaganza
— El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts weekend activities at downtown’s San Jacinto Plaza 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Dec 6-9 and Dec. 13-16, with live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: 212-1731 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

Luminarias by the Lake — More than 2,500 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. 7-8, with holiday music, sweet treats and hot cocoa. Proceeds benefit the park. Characters will stroll the gardens in Victorian costume. Admission: $4 ($1 children). Information: 581-7920 or keystoneheritagepark.com.

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 7-9 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 offering designer jewelry, crystals, gemstones, equipment, geodes and more. Free gem identification Saturday and Sunday. Flint knapping, gold prospectors club and kids spinwheel, food on grounds. Admission is free. Information: 544-2717 or epmgs.com.

‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 24th annual musical homage to the community’s Mexican and American Christmas traditions is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A, with song, dance a Nativity and photos with Santa. Presented by El Paso Community College Senior Adult Program. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Complimentary tickets available through the Seniors Adult Program: 831-7801.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 6 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. This year’s ice rink offers interactive features, along with holiday shopping, seasonal food and drinks, lights, décor and more. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Open seven days a week. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com.
  Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

Church programs

‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, presents the 54th annual Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-9. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Tickets: $5 at the church office; $6 online. Tickets available at the door if seats available. Information: 533-1465 or fbcep.com
  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.

Christmas Celebration — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual Christmas presentation for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, with music, dance and a live nativity. 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. 8, with original works by several area artists, as well as a Trash to Treasure sale. Admission is free. Information: 592-5977 or bcc-elp.org.

Christmas and Yule Log Celebration —Boardwalk Food and Truck Market, 1773 Pali Drive, hosts its holiday food truck celebration 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with vendors, seasonal music, ugly sweater contest, photos with Santa and a classic holiday movie. Pets welcome. Information on Facebook at The Boardwalk Market.

Christmas Extravaganza — Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop hosts the annual holiday show and sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, with a children’s art decorating station, special discounts, music by Rocio Manriquez and other, guest vendors, appetizers and refreshments. Information: 851-0742 or albertoescamilla.com.

Christmas Festival & Market — The 2nd annual festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset, with music, giveaways, games, pictures with The Grinch, food, and more. Admission is free. Information: substationep.com or on Facebook.

OES Craft Fair — Wallace Hughston Chapter #1100, Order of the Eastern Star hosts a craft fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Wallace Hughston Masonic Lodge, 5502 Hondo Pass. All proceeds support local charities. Information: 740-6174. Vendors reservations: $20 (must supply own table).

Punk Rock Flea Market — 5 to 10 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, 100 Pitt Street (in front of Whole Foods). Information: elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  The annual Eff The Mall holiday market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The Grinch will be available for photos 3 to 5 p.m.

Putnam Christmas Fair — Putnam PTA hosts the holiday fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta, with local vendors, bake sale, live music and more. Information: 236-3225 or putnam.episd.org.

Christmas Craft Fair — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will host its 49th annual bazaar and craft fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, with a variety of crafts and holiday gifts including crochet, decoupage pottery, sterling silver jewelry, art clay creations, Baltic amber, food and treats, original music CD's and metaphysical items. Admission is free. Information: 562-4001 or uuelpaso.org.

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. 9, at St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, with jewelry, baked items, and handicrafts made by resident artists. Information: Letty, 929-1034.
  The annual Blessing of the Nacimentos (Nativities) will also be held.

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.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. 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.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.


— El Paso Community College Dance presents its annual fall concert 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, at EPCC’s Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North, featuring original choreography from faculty and students. Admission: $10 ($5 students, seniors, veterans, and kids; free for children under 5). Information: 831-3237 or on Facebook.

K’AAY Ballet Folklorico — The ballet celebrates the culture of Mexico through traditional song and dance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $10. Information: 727-7406 or kaayballetfolklorico.com.


‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’
— El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the family holiday comedy based on the Barbara Robinson book Nov. 30-Dec. 16. 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.

‘The Snow Queen’ — Kids-N-Co. presents John Robledo’s original adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story Nov. 30-Dec. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison, directed by Raul Chavez. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citizens, military), available at the door. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.
  Adapted from the classic fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen and narrated by the ever-present Aurora Borreal, the story focuses on two best friends: Kai & Gerda. When Kai falls under an evil spell and mysteriously disappears, just a few days before Christmas, Gerda goes on a journey to find her lost friend.

 ‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’
— UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents a fresh approach to the 1967 classic based on the beloved Charles M. Schultz comic strip Dec. 4-9 for its Side Dish Student Production. No meals served. Show time is 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10; $7 UTEP faculty, staff, alumni association members, non-UTEP students and military; $5 UTEP students with valid ID (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
  Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this revue of vignettes and songs, including two new songs “Beethoven Day,” and “My New Philosophy,” along with favorites “My Blanket and Me,” “The Baseball GAme,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime” and “Happiness.”

‘Pick Your Fancy’ — Burlesque on the Rio presents its 8th biannual show at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Touch Bar & Nightclub, 11395 James Watt, featuring Tifa Tittlywinks from Houston and Miss Mary Jane Green from Dallas, as well members from Burlesque on the Rio’s sister production company in Albuquerque, Unicorn Productions. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10; $15 at the door, age 18 and older only. Limited amount of VIP tables available for $100 (includes treats, bottle of champagne and four chair); one or two additional chairs available for $10 each; space limited to six per table. Information:burlesqueontherio.weebly.com.

‘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 & Adriana Dominguez Dec. 8-16, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Directed by Stratton, choreographed by Leanne Rinelli. Showtime is 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Tickets: $12-$18 ($10 on Dec. 8). 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.

‘Icarus Was a Rookie’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents the play by the Border Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre) Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
  Director Austin Savage and the Rio Grande Writers team up to create an interactive experience where the audience orders plays from a menu — 30 plays in 60 minutes. No costumes. No sets. Just five actors responding to what’s ordered. And they’ll be on the clock. If it sells out, they’ll order pizza for the audience.


McDonald’s Classic Basketball Tournament
— The national high school tournament is Dec. 6-8, at Del Valle High School, with 180 of the country’s best student-athletes in boys’ and girls’ basketball from 13 high schools around the country, including El Paso. Information: 373-6708. Full schedule at elpasoclassic.com or on Facebook at McDonald’s Classic - El Paso.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Dallas Snipers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-9, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano.
  Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.

Pearl Harbor Triathlon — White Sands Missile Range Bell Gym presents the 5K Run/30K Bike/400M Swim is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at White Sands Aquatic Center, Building 462 Flagler Street. Cost: $60 individual; $70 team ($10 military discount). Registration at itsyourrace.com. Information: (575) 678-3374 or wsmrmwr.com (click on “Sports & Fitness”).

Lady of the Mountain — The 5th annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at Saturday, Dec. 8, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Registration at active.com. Information: ladyofthemountainrun.com.

UTEP Women’s Basketball – The team hosts Portland State at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.

Southern New Mexico

‘Rock of Ages
’ — The living history guided tours are 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec 15, at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 160 miles east of El Paso, off the Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information: (575) 785-2232 or nps.gov/cave. Dressed in historic costumes, park staff will guide visitors on a lantern-lit tour of the front half of the Big Room. Cost: $10 ($5 ages 5-16); no children under 5 admitted. Reservations required; space is limited. Reservations, tickets: (575) 236-1375.
  This annual tradition, brought back in 2000, gives visitors the chance to “meet” some of the men and women who helped weave the fabric of the park.
  The tour will feature a re-creation of the historic Rock of Ages Ceremony, which was regularly conducted in the Big Room from 1928 to 1944. Visitors will be immersed in total darkness as mysterious voices fill the cavern, singing the hymn “The Rock of Ages.”

‘Mary Poppins’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall presents the musical based on the Disney movie Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Directed by Janet Beatty-Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 ($12 students, seniors, military, $10 children under 12; $11 per ticket for groups of 10 or more). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
  Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Las Cruces Festival of Trees — The 3rd annual holiday family celebration benefiting local nonprofits is Dec. 6-8 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 are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 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.
  Special events:
• Senior Day for age 55 and older is 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $2.
• Movies with the Trees event is 8 to 10 p.m. Friday featuring holiday B-movies, B-Movie Bingo, nerf-gun alien shoot-off and other games. Tickets: $3.
• Teddy Bear Tea is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, with treats, a private tour of displays, and interactive story-time with Santa. Each child guest receives a commemorative Teddy Bear as a memento. Space is limited; recommended for ages 2-10. Tickets: $10 ($35 family of four); available at brownpapertickets.com.
  A VIP wine a cheese auction for the trees is planned for Saturday; raffle winners will named at event. Details and tickets to be announced.

Christmas Tree Lighting - Alamogordo’s 2nd annual community tree lighting event is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Washington Park, 100 Washington Ave., with food, contests, music and family activities. Admission is free. Information: (575) 437-6220, or alamogordo.com.
  The annual Christmas Parade of Lights is 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting — The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec. 7, 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, ext. 116.

Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet Truth or Consequences’ annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Evelyn Renfro Park with an art hop, bonfires, parade, wagon rides, carolers, prize drawings, Santa Claus and refreshments at downtown Truth or Consequences businesses. Tree lighting begins at 6 p.m. with light parade along Broadway at 6:15 p.m. Information: (575) 740-3902 or torcmainstreet.org.
  Artisans and vendors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Pictures with Santa available. Hay rides begin at 6:45 p.m. throughout Downtown.
  Elephant Butte’s luminaria beach walk and parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

‘Life and Beth’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the play by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Autumn Gieb, Dec. 7-23, at the Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16 and 23. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
It’s Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. When David, the local vicar, says a prayer, he unwittingly summons Gordon's ghost. It soon becomes apparent, however, that his return is not altogether welcome.

Elephant Butte Beach Walk and Floating Light Parade — Elephant Butte State Park’s annual luminaria walk is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The event features about 3,000 luminarias, a boat and RV parade, host 25 campfires with free refreshments like hot cider, chili and posole, Santa Claus, hayrides, caroling and more. Cost: $5 per car. Information: (575) 744-5923, or ebcocnm.com.
  The Floating Lights Parade and RV Lighting Contest is 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Sur.

Pancho Villa Luminaria Tour — Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M. at State Roads 11 and 9. Tours are 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Meet in front of the Exhibit Hall, for cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, and enjoy a
luminaria display, and annual free raffle of five baked hams. Regular entrance fee applies. Information: (575) 531-2711.

Tracy Lawrence — The county star performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $29-$89. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Dickens’ Tea & Fashion Show — Doña Ana Arts Council volunteer Sherry White (Queen Cherie de la Colletage of the Renaissance Arts Faire) hosts the tea 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, in Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza. Tickets: $10 ($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.

Roadshow Christmas Tour — The Christian music tour featuring Matthew West, Matt Maher, Building 429, Plumb, John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, and Leanna Crawford is 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Tickets: $20-$160; VIP packages available.

‘Ring Those Bells’ — Mesilla Valley Chorale’s holiday concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Directed by Nancy Ritchey, the concert features “What Star is This?,” “Silent Night” and “New Fallen Snow” featuring Carol Eberhart on violin, plus “Medieval Noel,” “Down in Bethlehem,” “Christmas Bells are Ringing” and more. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 647-2560 or riograndetheatre.com. 


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