El Paso Scene Weekly for December 10-16, 2018 Click here for other weekly digests
EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
‘Finding Neverland’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the audience Choice Award for Best Musical, based on the Academy Award winning film, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11-12, at the Plaza Theatre. It tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: “Peter Pan.” Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. Tickets: $30-$70. Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. The punk band Street Sects performs at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, with Resin Cum, The Stalk and LUTO. Admission: $5.Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
6ix9ine — The hip-hop artist performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $40-$125 (Ticketmaster).
Dave Koz ‘A Smooth Jazz Christmas’ — The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El Paso favorite presents his 21st annual Christmas show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Plaza Theatre. This year’s guests include pop/blues saxophonist and singer Mindi Abair, South African guitarist and singer Jonathan Butler, Japanese keyboard sensation Keiko Matsui, and up and coming vocalist Shelea. Tickets: $45-$97 (Ticketmaster).
Koz, a multi-million-selling solo recording artist and composer, is considered one of the most expressive voices in contemporary music. His compilation holiday CD is “Ultimate Christmas.”
Lowbrow Palace —1101 Texas.. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.’
• The Garden — The experimental punk duo consisting of twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, with LE1F and Machine Girl. Tickets: $15.
• Ookay — The American electronic producers “Bat Habits” Tour is 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with Bonnie X Clyde and DNMO. Tickets: $20-$30.
2018 K-LOVE Christmas — The national Christian Music radio service’s Christmas Tour is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Abraham Chavez Theatre featuring Big Daddy Weave, Kim Walker Smith (of Jesus Culture), Brandon Heath and Sarah Reeves with special guests Becca Bradley and Jonathan Chu. The tour features favorites from these performers as well as holiday favorites. Tickets: $23-$75 (Ticketmaster).
Jesús Adrián Romero — The popular Latin Christian music singer performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with special guest Jon Carlo. Tickets: $25, $40, $55 and $75 (Ticketmaster.com).
Romero has been an author, singer, musician and composer for 25 years. He has released 14 albums, including his latest, “Soplando Vida” (Breathing Life) in 2012, as well as five compilations. He has been nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards, and has been a pastor for 16 years, including a stint as assistant pastor at Vino Nuevo in Juárez.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Lights of Love — Ronald McDonald House, 300 E. California, hosts its annual Christmas lights celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, presented by Providence Children’s Hospital. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 542-1522 or rmhcelp.org.
The open house and lighting ceremony includes Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald, music, choir, refreshments and more.
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. 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.
PhotoWalk 2018 exhibit — The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, 910 E. San Antonio, hosts an exhibition that captures the essence of the places and the community of the border region Dec. 13-Jan. 2. Opening reception is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, with jazz flamenco music by Euterpe. The exhibition consists of the work of 50 photographers, who participated in the Eleventh World Edition of the PhotoWalk on Oct. 6, with participants from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Canutillo, Alamogordo and El Paso. Admission is free. Information: 533-3644 or consulmex.sre.gob.mx/elpaso.
Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than 4,000 luminarias for its 27th annual event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Admission is free, but sightseers are invited to donate canned and dry goods. Cash or checks (made to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe”) also taken to benefit families served by La Fe. Information: 545-7190.
Scenic Drive will be open only to one-way traffic during the event, accessible from Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Paso, and exit a Rim Road. Vehicles drive slowly westward along Scenic Drive — past campfires manned by event volunteers, and toward Santa Claus. Old St. Nick will be joined by Mrs. Claus, Santa’s cousin Pancho Claus, their elves, and a live nativity scene. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be collecting donations.
‘Island of Misfit Toys On Ice’ — El Paso Figure Skating Club presents the holiday ice skating show 3:30 t 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $3 by Dec. 10, $5 at the door; free for age 3 and younger. Information: 490-6453elpasohockey.org or on Facebook.
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
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration — St. Mark Catholic Church; 11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its annual celebration Dec. 8-12, with several events open to the community. Admission is free. Information: 333-0891 or stmarkcatholicchurch.org.
The Guadalupe Parade is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Tamales served afterwards.
A theatre performance is 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, and the “Serenade to Our Lady” is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Misa con Mananitas a la Virgen Menudo is 6:30 a.m. (menudo served after) and an English language Mass celebration is 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, followed by tamales and coffee.
St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of Guadalupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 10-12, including pilgrimages, masses and a bazaar. The public is welcome. Information/times: 566-2261.
Christmas Celebration — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual Christmas presentation for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14-15, with music, dance and a live nativity. Admission is free. Information: 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com.
Sun City Ringers — The community handbell choir presents the Christmas Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood. Admission is free. Information: 592-5977.
Bazaars and fairs
Westside Welcome Club Holiday Bazaar — The club’s bazaar is 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, featuring local vendors and artisans. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
Krampus Fest — Kaleidoscope Art Space hosts its 2nd annual Art Show & Market 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the German Pub, 9530 Viscount, Suite 2K with local artists and artisans, food, live performances and the Krampus Walk with a “Krampus King and Queen” crowning. Information on Facebook at Kaleidoscope Art Space.
Winter Festival — The Hernando Middle School PTA presents the 3rd annual event 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the school, 3541 Rich Beem, with local vendors, live entertainment, food and family activities. Information: 937-9800, or sisd.net/rafaelhernandoms.
Artisan Fair — Mesilla Valley Artisan/Crafters Guild hosts its inaugural craft fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Cruces Creatives Makerspace, 205 East Lohman. with handmade clothing and accessories, riveted jewelry, pendants, quilts, pottery and other handmade items. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-5744, email@example.com or crucescreatives.org.
Also featured is holiday music by local performers, children's craft activities, photo op with Santa, face painting, quilt raffle, and food trucks.
Clendenin Christmas Craft Fair — The Clendenin Elementary School PTA hosts its 17th annual fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the school at 2701 Harrison, with food, crafts, music and more. Admission is free. Information: 236-5300.
Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts its 48th annual Happy Holidaze Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15-16, with local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to come in hippie garb. Admission is free. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
Vendors include Kathy Anderson, Vicki Drennan, Cactus Mary, Gene Keller, Sandra Lee, Soozen Lee, Lolly Rancich, Barbara Burgess & Friends, Veg Society of El Paso, Chino & Yoli Zapata, Rebecca Ayers, Harry Schulte, Leah & Mary Wood, Chance, Shelly & Brandon Bailey Johnson, Nienna, Eric Boseman & associates, Ben and Terri Avalos, Mo Malone, Estela Flores and Mae Nelson.
Marcus’s calendars for 2019 are available for $5.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Christmas dinner and performance — Olga’s Russian Ballet Schools hosts a performance of the Grand Divertissement from “The Nutcracker” at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Summit Ballroom and Conference Center, 120 N. Festival, with Mediterranean food, live music and a cash call bar. Tickets: $55 (maximum 8 people per table). Information: 408-3405 or balletelpaso.com.
‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Ballet Company of the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez presents the holiday classic at 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at Adobe Horseshoe Theatre, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Saturday’s showing is a dinner show with seating at 5:15 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. with cash beer and wine bar available. Doors open for Sunday’s non-dinner show at 11:30 a.m. Admission: $45.95 Saturday dinner show; $24.95 non-dinner matinee Sunday. Parking lot is private. Tickets on sale online beginning Nov. 1. Information: 976-7077, AdobeHorseshoe.com or on Facebook.
‘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.
‘Señora Tortuga’ — El Paso High School Tiger Theatre Troupe presents the English/Spanish bilingual play using the wisdom tales of Mexican culture to give hope to a family faced with too much reality at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at El Paso High School, This 45-minute play is suitable for all ages. General admission: $5. Information: 236-2500
Young Pedro and his family make their home in a barn on the Mexican border. One evening, his mother invites a hungry woman to share the family dinner. This señora returns time and again to eat and tell fantastic stories of the enchanted serpent and Cucuy of Mexican legend. Pedro is learning from these wisdom tales, but his mother is suspicious of the señora until it is revealed that Señora Tortuga holds the thread that ties their past dreams to their future.
‘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.
Dinner Detective Holiday Season Show — The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show presents the Christmas-themed show 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 22, at Holiday Inn Sunland Park, 900 Sunland Park Drive. Actors are hidden in the audience in plain sight. Tickets: $59.95 at eventbrite.com. Information: dinnerdetective.com.
Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 12th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Runners encouraged to wear a Santa Hat. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration: $25 through Dec. 14; $30 Dec. 14-15. at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 14, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.
UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners host UC Riverside at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $8-$28. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
Southern New Mexico
Victorian Christmas Evening — The 34th annual event is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway in the historic H.B. Ailman House with decorations, costumed characters, activities, and entertainment representative of when the Ailman family built the house in 1881. Admission is free. Information: (575) 538-5921 or silvercitymuseum.org.
Musical guests will perform holiday and other traditional music. Christmas cookies and warm spiced cider will be served in the kitchen. Children can participate in holiday activities and visit with Father Christmas.
New this year is Scrooge’s Gift Swap. Visitors are encouraged to bring a small wrapped gift to put under the tree, and to take one in exchange.
Las Cruces Ukes — The non-profit ukulele group performs their holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the auditorium of Good Samaritan, Las Cruces Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circle. Admission is free. Information: lascrucesukes.com or on Facebook.
The performance includes many favorite holiday songs as well as some lesser known tunes, such as the Hanukkah song “Ocho Kandelikas,” and a parody of “All I Want for Christmas” written by two club members. The Las Cruces Ukes Teen Club will also perform.
‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 35th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, and Holiday Spectacular featuring Oñate High School Choral Department is Dec. 14-16 at the NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe and Espina. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. All seats reserved. Information: (575) 646-1420. Tickets: $22 at michelesdanceacademy.regfox.com.
‘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.
‘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.
‘The Game’s Afoot’ — Doña Ana Repertory Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s “Holmes for the Holiday” comic whodunnit at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $10 (eventbrite.com). Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheaftre.com.
It’s December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.
‘Las Noches de Las Luminarias’ — The annual holiday event is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Fort Selden Historic Site, 1280 Fort Selden Road in Radium Springs, 13 miles north of Las Cruces. The trails and ruins of the 19th-century fort will be lit by 800 luminarias, and visitors will be treated to hot chocolate, a warm campfire and decoration making and more. Admission is free that evening. Information: (575) 202-1638 or nmmonuments.org.
From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. The monument, which preserves the ruins of the 19th century fort, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $3 (age 16 and under free).
Nacimiento Open House — The Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property Nacimiento Open House with J. Paul Taylor is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2346 Calle Principal on the Old Mesilla Plaza. View more than 175 nacimientos (nativity scenes) from Taylor’s collection from all over the world. Admission: $5. Information: ftfm-mesilla-nm.org.
‘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.”
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