El Paso Scene Weekly for April 15-21, 2019

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EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS

‘FRIENDS! The Musical Parody’ — The Off-Broadway hit is 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Plaza Theatre. The comedic musical lovingly pokes fun at TV’s “Friends” celebrating the adventures of a group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets: $19.50 to $74.50 (Ticketmaster).
  It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear. The new musical recreates favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp. Songs include “We’re On a Break!,” “How you Doin’?” “Oh. My. God. It’s Janice!” and more.

Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 18th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 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.

‘Children of Eden’ — The El Paso Community College Theatre Ensemble presents the two-act musical April 18-28 at Transmountain Campus Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20 ($15 non-EPCC students; $10 EPCC students; $6 staff and senior citizens); available at the door (cash only). Information: 831-5056. For tickets call 831-5147.
  The family-friendly musical is based on the Book of Genesis, with Act I telling the story of Adam and Eve, Cain, and Abel, while Act II deals with Noah and the Flood.
  The show is staged by guest director/choreographer Greg Thompson, designed by Dom Pagano with costumes by Valerie A. Ramirez. Children of Eden boasts a book by John Caird, the Tony and Olivier award-winning director of the original production of “Les Miserable,” and music and lyrics by multiple Oscar, Grammy and Tony award winner Stephen Schwartz, known for his musicals “Wicked,” “Godspell” and “Pippin,” and for the Academy Award-winning songs he wrote for the animated features “Pocahontas” and “The Prince of Egypt.”
  Adam, Eve, Noah, and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children in this frank and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children.


CELEBRATING EASTER

Mount Cristo Rey — The mountain trail will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Good Friday, April 19. 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 21.

Explore Easter — The 10th annual Easter event geared towards children age 2 through fifth grade, and their families is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at First Christian Church, 901 Arizona (St. Vrain entrance), with Easter crafts, an Easter story moment and egg hunt. Admission is free; donations of canned goods for local food pantry encouraged. Information: 533-6819 or elpasofirstchristian.org.

Golden Egg Hunt and April Pools Day — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Golden Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20, at Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team will provide before the egg hunt an important water safety presentation to talk to families about the importance of learning to swim and how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Admission is free. Information: 212-0397 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
  Hunt schedule is 10:15 to 10:25 p.m. (age 4 and under); 10:30 to 10:40 p.m. (age 5-7); 10:45 to 10:55 p.m. (age 8-12). Free swim is 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Northeaster Parade — The 41st annual Transmountain Optimist parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, along Dyer Street from Hercules (by Magoffin Middle School) to the former Northpark Mall site. This year’s theme is “Sports Eggtravaganza” with the El Paso Rhinos as Grand Marshals. Co-sponsored by Mimbela Contractors. Lineup for participants begins at 8 a.m.
  Registration deadline is April 5 Registration fee is $55 ($90 double entry). Late fee is $10. 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, April 20. Children divided into different age groups. All events are free. Information, schedule: 212-0393 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

CONCERTS

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
  Admission: $5 Adults, $3 students, military and seniors; free for UTEP students, faculty, staff, and age 12 and under, unless listed otherwise.
• The annual UTEP Choralfest is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 15-16.
• UTEP Horn Choir performs Friday, April 19.
• Layali Al-Sham, the Middle Eastern music ensemble, performs its spring recital Saturday, April 20.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Ben Kweller with Little Dan — 9 p.m. Monday, April 15.
• Kristian Nairn — The Irish actor (Hodor in “Game of Thrones”) and DJ performs 10 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Tickets: $20.
• US Girls — The experimental pop project of American-Canadian musician and record producer Meghan Remy is 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Local acts TBA. Tickets: $12.

King & Country — The Christian rock band performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, in support of their 3rd studio album, “Burn the Ships.” Tickets: $20-$65; VIP tickets $100 (Ticketmaster).
  This theatrical, laser/led video wall-filled concert features the band’s hits such as “God Only Knows,” “joy.,” “Fix My Eyes,” “Shoulders,” and “Priceless.”

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
• Oh Sleeper and the Agony Scene — 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, with Earth Groans and local support.
• Payless Ghouls — The Ghost tribute band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Tickets: $10.

Lincoln Trio – The 2-Time Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio will close out Pro-Musica’s 2018-2019 season wit performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Tickets: $25 ($20 senior/military; $5 students) Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
  Formed in 2003, the trio consists of violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe and pianist Marta Aznavoorian. Their latest CD “Trio’s From Our Homelands” was nominated for a 2017 Grammy in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance Category. They also earned a 2014 Grammy nomination for their role in the Naxos recording of James Whitbourn’s Annelies.

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony directed by Ron Hufstader presents “Let’s Go to the Circus” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Eastlake High School, 13000 Emerald Pass, with concerto competition winners. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors (Ticketmaster). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.

Spring Piano Recitals — The El Paso Music Teachers Association hosts its students in classical piano recitals at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: (915) 532-7273.

ALSO THIS WEEK

EPCC Spring Arts Festival
— The 40th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May. Most events are free, some may have nominal admission fee. Information: epcc.edu/events/artsfestival or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
• Spring EPCC Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico Gala is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the ASC Building A Boardroom. Information: (575) 650-3200.
• “Alfredo Corchado: from EPCC Borderlands Editor to Renowned Author and International Journalist,” is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northwest Campus Library, and 5:30 to 7 p.m. at El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, Thursday, April 18. Information: 831-8886.

Four2Zero Fest Art Show & Market — Kaleidoscope Art Space presents the 2nd annual show and market 6 p.m. to noon Friday, April 19, at German Pub, 9530 Viscount, with local art, pro-cannabis education, live performances and more. Admission is free; pet friendly. Sponsored by El Paso NORML, Four2Zero Soap, and Buena Vida Wellness. Information: 630-4867 or KaleidoscopeArtSpace@gmail.com.

Junior Ranger Day — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, presents family and children’s programs 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, as part of National Junior Ranger Day. The event encourages kids to learn, explore, and protect national parks. Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

‘Party for the Planet and EggstravaganZoo’ — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, combines its annual Earth Day and Easter weekend events into one celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. 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.

Turkish Food and Crafts Festival — Raindrop Foundation will host a food and crafts fair 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Raindrop Turkish House, 1030 N. Zaragoza, Suite V, featuring authentic Turkish food, kids activities, water marbling show, folk dances and other live performances. Admission is free. Information: 400-7450, elpaso@turkishhouse.org or on Facebook at raindropelpaso.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market —  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset.. Information on Facebook.

ON STAGE

‘Mamma Mia!’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the hit musical inspired by the music of ABBA April 19-May 19. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 1:30 p.m. April 28, May , 12 and 19; dinner matinee is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Tickets: $33.50 to $43.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday discount dinner performances; $36.50 to $48.50 (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and $19.50 to $29.50 no-dinner matinee performances (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
  The musical tells the story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding on a Greek island paradise, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Featuring classic ABBA songs including “Dancing Queen,” “SOS,” “Mamma Mia,” “Super Trouper,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes it All.”

SPORTS

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso.
  Game times are 7:05 p.m. (11:05 a.m. April 17; 1:05 p.m. April 21). Sunday games are 1:50 p.m. Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
April 16-18: Tacoma Rainiers
April 19-22: Reno Aces

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  The 60th season of the live racing runs through May 5. Post time is 12:50 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.Stakes races:
• Saturday, April 20: West Texas Derby
• Sunday, April 21: Neon Desert Handicap


SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO

Red, White and Blues Festival — Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society hosts its 6th annual blues festival 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. Clair Winery and Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, in Mesilla, N.M. with headliner Lucky Losers. Line up includes Rockabilly Strangers, Border Blues All Star Band and Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase. Bring a lawn chair or blankets and sunscreen; no outside food or drink allowed; food and drink available for purchase.
  Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Information: mvjazzblues.net.

MRAC Indie/Folk Series — Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Indie/Folk Series performance series concludes the bluesy husband and wife duo of Case and Heather Tanner 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos, near Silver City, N.M. Tickets: $20 per show. Three-show pack available for $55. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.

 







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