El Paso Scene Weekly for March 26-April 1, 2018

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Chicago — The legendary rock band and El Paso favorite returns at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49.50-$89.50 (Ticketmaster).
  Chicago, came in at No. 9 as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, and is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.
  Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lifetime achievements include two Grammy Awards. Record sales top the 100 million mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five Gold singles. Of their 36 albums, 25 have been certified platinum.
  Portions of ticket sales also benefit the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, which seeks a cure for a fatal children’s disease.

Super Kite Contest — The 17th annual kite flying contest, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 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.

Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 17th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Hunt begins at noon. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-0288 or westsidecommunity.org.


Zuill Bailey, Kurt Kikkanen and Scott Rawls – El Paso Pro-Musica presents “The Ultimate Trio” in special residency March 26-30 with concerts, educational outreach and more. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
  Main performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, and Friday, March 30, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
  The string trio also will perform a free Bach’s Lunch Jr. concert noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza, designed for children ages 6 and up and their families.

UTEP Department of Music — UTEP Wind Symphony Concert is 7:30 Tuesday, March 27, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets:e $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff). Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/liberalarts/music/.

Triarchy CD release party — 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, with Satanic BBQ, Magnakin and Hyperfyre, at Rockhouse Bar and Grill, 9828 Montana. Free for age 21 and older; $5 minors. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.

Alicia Villarreal — The Grammy-nominated Mexican singer performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the Plaza Theatre for her “La Villarreal Tour.” Tickets: $45-$110 (Ticketmaster).
  Villarreal’s success includes an 8-year stint with Grupo Limite as the lead singer before branching out to launch several chart-topping solo projects.

Celebrating Easter

Eggstravaganza at the Zoo — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, hosts Easter weekend activities 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1, with candy stations, food, live entertainment and family activities. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 212-0966, elpasozoo.org, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo.

Northeaster Parade — The 40th annual Transmountain Optimist parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, along Dyer Street from Hercules (by Magoffin Middle School) to the former Northpark Mall site. This year’s Grand Marshal is El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles in celebration of the theme “First Responders ‘R’ Super Heroes.” Co-sponsored by Mimbela Contractors. Lineup for participants begins at 8 a.m.
  Registration deadline is March 23 Registration fee is $55 ($90 double entry), plus $10 late fee after March 23. Application information: northeasterparade.wix.com/northeasterparade.

Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunts — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts several Easter egg hunts and carnivals for youth 17 and younger at various recreation centers and parks 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Children divided into different age groups. All events are free. Information, schedule: 212-0393 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
   Locations are Armijo, 700 E. 7th; Officer David Ortiz, 563 N. Carolina; Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge; Galatzlan, 650 Wallenberg; Gary del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood; Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri; Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista del Sol; Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount; Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell; Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia; Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda; Seville, 6700 Sambrano, San Juan, 701 N. Glenwood, and Veterans, 5301 Salem.
  Additional hunts are 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Chihuahuita Recreation Center, 417 Charles, and Friday, March 30, at Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana.
  The Golden Easter Egg Hunt and April Pools Day is 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team will provide water safety presentation beforehand. Information: 212-0397 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
  Hunt schedule is 12:15 to 12:25 p.m. (age 4 and under); 12:30 to 12:40 p.m. (age 5-7); 12:45 to 12:55 p.m. (age 8-12). Free swim is 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Community Easter Sunrise Service — The 42nd annual interdenominational service is 7 a.m. Sunday, April 1, at Oz Glaze Center, 13969 Veny Webb, in Horizon City, with area churches participating. The event includes a presentation of colors, and Christian flags and a children’s choir. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Horizon City. Continental breakfast follows service. Information: 433-7506.

Mount Cristo Rey — The mountain trail will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Good Friday, March 30. The trail features stops for the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross, as well as shrines to Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Guadalupe. The trail is 5 miles round trip. Information: 252-9840.
  People are also invited to walk the trail 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 1.
  The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross tops the mountain, 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler, the monument is accessible off McNutt Road (Highway 273) in Sunland Park — take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.


‘Ending Poverty is Within Your Reach’ — Borgen Project, a non-profit organization fighting to downsize global poverty, hosts the free event 2 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at UTEP Centennial Plaza (by Liberal Arts Building). Participants can learn how to advocate for the world’s poor in 45 seconds. Information: Celeste Gomez, 867-4535.

EPCC Faculty Art Showcase
— El Paso Community College Art Discipline Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition runs through March 29, at the Administrative Service Center Foyer, Building A, 9050 Viscount, as part of the Spring Art Festival. Closing day reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Admission is free. Information: 831-2393 or epcc.edu/events/artsfestival.

La Union Ecospirit Fest — El Paso Permaculture hosts the family friendly gathering of healers, artists, musicians, vendors, and change makers of all kinds coming together to share their gifts noon to midnight Friday through Sunday, March 30-April 1, at 3125 NM-28 in Anthony, N.M. Cost: $40 three-day passes; $15 per day; age 12 and younger free. Information: 204-9963 or launioneco.com. Regular updates on twitter @LaUnionEco_2018.

Franklin Mountain Poppies Preservation Celebration — The 12th annual free family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Admission is free. Information: 755-4332.
  Free parking at EPCC Transmountain Campus (Diana Exit & US 54), with free shuttle to and from event; no parking at the Archaeology Museum or Border Patrol Museum.
  The Poppies Fest was created to bring attention to the need for long-term conservation and preservation of Castner Range, a former artillery range for Fort Bliss.

One World Water Lantern Festival — The premier water lantern festival is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Ascarate Park 6900 Delta. All lanterns are biodegradable and will be cleaned up after the event. Tickets: $40 through March 15; $45 day of event; includes entry into festival area, floating water lantern, LED flashlight keychain, marker and wristband. Information: waterlanternfestival.com/elpaso.
  Food trucks and music and activities from 4 to 7, with lantern designing at 7 and lantern launch at 7:30 p.m.

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, ardovinos.com.
  Easter Egg Hunt is March 31 for kids. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. with games at 10:30 a.m.

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.


Padres vs. Chihuahuas Exhibition Game — El Paso Chihuahuas will kick off their fifth season with an exhibition game against The San Diego Padres at 6:35 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Ticket information: 533-BASE or epchihuahuas.com.

UTEP Softball — The Miners softball team’s home games are at UTEP’s Helen of Troy Complex. Ticket information: 747-6065 or utepathletics.com. March 30-31: UTSA. Game times are 2 p.m. Friday (doubleheader) and noon Saturday.

Southwest Brawl 7 — The American Fight League presents professional and amateur mixed martial arts fighters 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, featuring Randy McCarty, Andy Varela, Andre Herrera, Rick Maynez, and other local fighters. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30; available at holdmyticket.com. Information: americanfightleaguemma.com.

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. Saturday, March 31: West Texas Derby, Sunburst

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