El Paso Scene Weekly for April 22-28, 2019

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EPSO’s ‘Latin American Tour’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, presents its season finale with mariachi at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, in the Plaza Theatre. Selections include Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”, Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, Ginastera’s Estancia Four Dances, op. 8a and Moncayo’ “Huapango” accompanied by mariachi. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The annual spring celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M.
  Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed. Admission: $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine); $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. All wines also available to buy by the glass or bottle. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  From I-10, take the Vinton Exit turn West on Vinton road, about 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery (do not park on NM 28).
  Saturday’s bands:
• Noon — Austin Jimmy Murphy
• 2:15 p.m. — 24/7 Blues Band
• 4:30 p.m. — Twisted Hams
  Sunday’s entertainment:
• Noon — Border Heat
• 2:15 p.m. — Frank Zona & Urban Edge
• 4:30 p.m. — Hypnosis.

El Paso Artists Studio Tour — The 12th annual tour or 18 studio locations is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27-28 for all artists west of University (West side and Upper Valley), and May 4-5 for all artists east of University Avenue (Downtown, Central, Northeast, East and Mission Valley). Sponsored by Hal Marcus Gallery and El Paso Scene. Admission is free; refreshments offered at each studio. Information: 533-9090.
  Full studio list and directions available at pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com, or email info@halmarcus.com.

Children of Eden’ — The El Paso Community College Theatre Ensemble presents the two-act musical April 26-28 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.

‘Oedipus El Rey’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex” written by Luis Alfaro April 26-May 5, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, and Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, and 3:30 p.m. Sundays April 28 and May 5. Directed by guest director Deanna L. Downes with choreography by Christina Goletti. Tickets: $14-$18 ($10 for April 26 performance). Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  Alfaro’s adaptation is set in the prison system and a barrio of Los Angeles, California. With seamless choral song and movement, Alfaro’s adaptation questions whether a Latino can change his tragic and predestined fate within the American culture.

FloraFest 2019 — The 25th annual native plant sale and fundraiser, the largest of its kind in the region, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at the UTEP Centennial Museum, Wiggins and University. Shoppers can purchase native plants, and visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at this event are not available at other local nurseries. Admission is free. Information: 747-8994. Plant list available at utep.edu/centennial-museum.
  The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens displays about 700 different plant species and horticultural varieties of the region. Proceeds from the sale benefit the maintenance and operation of the gardens.


Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Night Beats — The psychedelic/garage rock band performs 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, with Cosmonauts and Nalgadas. Tickets: $15.
• The Marias — The psychedelic-soul group from Los Angeles performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Tickets: $15.
• Lucki — 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25.
• The Drums — 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, with Tanukichan. Tickets: $25.
• Blac Rabbit — The psychedelic rock band performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Tickets: $10.

Sofar Sounds — The Sofar “secret, intimate” gigs, which celebrate live music in unique spaces, will host three diverse musicians at a secret location revealed the day before the show 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. BYOB Admission: $20 ($15 students). RSVP required at sofarsounds.com/el-paso. Student discount at myunidays.com.

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook.
• Trash band Graveyard Witch performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Admission: $5.
• Psycroptic — 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, with guest Cannabis Corpse, Gorod, Micawber and local band Soren. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.

Los Angeles Azules — The internationally popular cumbia sinfoncia group performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $40-$125 (Ticketmaster).
  Los Ángeles Azules was formed in Mexico City by the Mejía Avante family in 1976. The group, which specializes in grupera music, released the album “Inolvidables” in 1996 and have since produced more than 30 hit albums.


YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — Kendra Scott, entrepreneur and philanthropist known for her jewelry designs, is guest speaker for the 26th annual benefit luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 tables). Information: 519-0000, womensluncheon@ywcaelpaso.org or ywcaelpaso.org.
  Scott is chairman, CEO, and founder of Kendra Scott, LLC., known for its jewelry and home and beauty products. Her awards include EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Outstanding Mother of the Year by the Mother’s Day Council and Texas Businesswoman of the Year by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

‘Dining For Vida’ — Border AIDS Partnership’s 25th anniversary fundraising event is Thursday, April 25, at participating local restaurants. Restaurants are asked to donate a portion of the day’s food sales to BAP (excluding liquor sales). A local ambassador will be provided for each locale. Information on Facebook at BorderAIDSPartnership.
 Participating restaurants: Salt + Honey Bakery Café (breakfast/lunch), Mesa Street Grill (lunch/dinner), Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (dinner), L & J Café (dinner), Rulis International Kitchen (dinner), Park Tavern (dinner), and Pot Au Feu (dinner).

Last Thursdays Gallery Crawl — The Downtown monthly evening gallery crawl and art market includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries 6 to 10 p.m. the final Thursday of the month (April 25). Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.

Rio Grande Festival — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society presents the 3rd annual festival of art, culture, history and heritage, as part of the annual History and Dinner Conference Friday through Sunday, April 25-28, in the San Elizario Historic District. Reenactment of Oñate’s historical arrival, a four-day history conference, guided tours, old west shootouts, heritage booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and more. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariogenealogy.com.

Nerd Nights — Insights El Paso hosts monthly social and educational events for age 21 and older. Information: insightselpaso.org/programs/nerd-nights/ or 534-0000.  ‘Tales Too Weird To Be Told’ is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin. Bring a blanket and beverages. Chair seating for first 50 guests. Admission $10 at eventbrite.com.

‘Hearts on the Gila’ screening — El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival hosts a screening of the work-in-progress documentary “Hearts on the Gila” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Doors open at 6 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres served; cash beer and wine bar available. Parking at the Chase/Mills Plaza Parking Garage on Oregon Street. Admission: $10. Proceeds benefit the documentary. Information: 533-4020
  “Hearts on the Gila” takes place four years after three mothers lost their teenage children in a tragic plane crash. The women embarked on a 36-mile kayak journey down the Gila River into the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico.

El Paso Original Lobster Festival — The festival with fresh live Maine lobster, prepared in the World’s Largest Cooker, is April 26-28 at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, with live music, children’s stage with inflatables (Saturday and Sunday), food court, signature drinks like the “Screaming Lobster,” dance floor and lessons, and children’s magic show, and Auzzy Blood Freakshow.
  Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Admission: $13 general admission per day; free for active military, veterans and children under 8 (includes free souvenir e-photo). Lobster feast (includes admission): $30 for 1.25 lb. lobster; $58 for 2.25 lb. lobster, with trimmings. Discounts and packages available online only. Information: (575) 439-7100 or LobsterMusicFest.com.

Circus Saurus — Dinosaurs and unicorns come alive at the Carson & Barnes Circus April 26-28 at Mercado Fox Plaza, 5559 Alameda, with Asian elephants, tumblers, wheel of destiny, jugglers, clowns and aerial artists. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free elephant bath 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $20; $12 kids at the gate; $14; $6 kids in advance at Mercado Fox Plaza, Cafeteria Saul, and El Cru cero Grill or bigtopshow.com. Information: (580)743-7292.
  Additional performances are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Sunland Park Sports Complex, 4700 McNutt, with elephant wash at 3 p.m.

‘Step Out’ EDPA Diabetes Walk — El Paso Diabetes Association’s annual fun walk, is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $25 per person. Both individual and group registration available. Registration at epdiabetes.org. Information: 532-6280.

‘Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros’ — The 23rd annual children’s day/book day is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in Washington Park (next to the El Paso Zoo). Various activities, food booths, free books, crafts and more. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or elpasolibrary.org.

Water Festival — El Paso Water Utilities hosts the annual festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at TecH2O Learning Center at 10751 Montana. Music, dance, food arts & crafts, and film presentations. Activities will include making rain sticks, an edible aquifer, dance performance by Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, and a wood water drop exhibit..Admission is free. Information: 621-2000 or tecH20.org.
  The Festival promotes awareness and protection of water resources in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Massing of the Colors — El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars hosts the 44th annual ceremony at 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar. All veterans, Boy and Girl Scout troops, high school ROTC units and other civic organizations are invited to participate with their unit colors. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 755-4038 or 449-8994.
  The Massing of the Colors is a non-sectarian ceremony, dating back to 1922, that recognizes the sacrifices of all Americans, military and civilian, in both war and peace.

Whole Hog BBQ — Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), hosts its 4th annual fundraising barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Keepa’s Park, 5199 Grove East in Sunland Park, with barbecue and vegetarian offerings, cornhole tournament, live music and raffle drawings. Guests are encouraged to wear cowboy boots and jeans and come ready to eat and dance. Cost: $100; sponsorships available. Information: dscep.org.

El BugO in El Paso Car Show — The 9th annual show to benefit Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center is all day Sunday, April 28, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity. In addition to Volkswagen vehicles of all shapes, sizes and models. Spectators admission is free. Information, registration: Jacob Fourzan, 252-8977 or on Facebook.
  El BugO in El Paso is an organization of Volkswagen vehicle fans. Rudolph Volkswagen is presenting sponsor.

K-9 Classic —
The Humane Society of El Paso’s 30th annual one-mile pet walk “Walk for Animals” is 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 28, at Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood. Walk begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Walk finishes at Gary del Palacio Recreation Center with vendors, food trucks, games, entertainment and pet contests. All well-behaved leashed pets welcome; clean up bags provided. Dogs must have current rabies vaccination and city license.
  Registration; $25 for one pet in advance; $30 day of walk; $5 for each additional pet. Register at hselpaso.org. Information: 532-6971, ext. 117.
  The individual who raises the most funds for the shelter will be named “Leader of the Pack” and receive a grand prize.

Easter Tardeada — St Pius X Parish Colonia Ministry hosts the dance 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at St. Pius, Geronimo at Clark. Dance to Latin, country, and the oldies with music by the El Paso Starliners. BYOB and snacks. Sodas provided. Cost: $10. Tickets available at the office at 1055 Clark until April 26 and at the door on April 28. Information: 772-3226.


Clendenin Craft Fair — The Clendenin Elementary School PTA hosts Mother’s Day Celebration Craft Fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the school, 2701 Harrison. Children will perform about every 45 minutes. Food also sold. Information: 236-5300.

Lower Valley Health Fair — The 37th annual health fair is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at Americas High School, 12101 Pellicano, with more than 80 agencies providing free health screenings such as blood sugar, cholesterol, pap smears, blood pressure, immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, family fun walk and more Admission is free; immunizations are $10, Information: 937-2018.

VFW 8919 Spring Bazaar — The bazaar benefits VFW projects for veterans and their families 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at VFW 8919 Post, 5535 Saluki, with indoor and outdoor vendors, food trucks, music and entertainment, and raffles Admission is free. Information: 346-2567 or VFWAUX8919@gmail.com.
  Document shredding service for a limited amount of paper offered for a small donation.

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.


UTEP Opera Spring Production — The Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s act opera “Sister Angelica” and Act II of his “La Boheme” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26 and 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Both works performed with chamber orchestra, under the direction of James Welsch. Admission: $12; $8 seniors and military, non-UTEP Students; $3 UTEP students, faculty & staff. Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/opera.
  The program includes “Sister Angelica” presented in its entirety, directed by Jay Scratton. Sung in English. Act II of “La Bohéme” is directed by Cherry Duke. Sung in Italian.

‘Mamma Mia!’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the hit musical inspired by the music of ABBA through May 19. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 1:30 p.m. April 28, May 5, 12 and 19 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.”


El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts the Reno Aces at 7 p.m Monday, April 22, hat Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.

El Paso Locomotive FC —  El Paso’s professional soccer team’ hosts Reno 1868 FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Southwest University Park. Tickets: $5 to $49. Information: 235-GOAL, eplocomotivefc.com, or tickets@eplocomotivefc.com.

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.Sunday, April 28: Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap

DMRS Breaking Walls 5K — The 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk benefiting Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Registration begins at 8 a.m. First 200 people to register by April 16 will receive a free T-shirt. Registration (through April 16); $20; $25 on race day. information: 532-3975, ext. 1005, or dmrs-ep.org/5k/.

Run for the Kids Color Run — The 5K color fun benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Penny Park, 1305 N. Grant, in Silver City. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $25 through March 31; child walk is free with paid adult. Information: (575) 449-2728 or DAG@BBBSMountainRegion.org. Registration: BBBSMountainRegion.org/ColorRun.

Run/Walk for Autism — Southwest Chapter of the Autism Society of America will host its 11th annual awareness and fundraising 5K run and walk and one-mile family fun walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Registration to be announced. Information: 772-9100, autismsocietyep.org or on Facebook at AutismSocietyEP.

Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K — Spartyka Nation Apparel hosts the 7th annual USATF-sanctioned 5K run and 1-mile fun walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 28, at El Paso Community College, 9570 Gateway North. Registration: $25 per event through April 26; $30 April 27 and on race day. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and race day packet pick up and registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site.


Timeless - Ladies of Motown — The Las Vegas-based group sings Motown classics, with a splash of DooWop at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The four singers perform hit from the Shirelles, Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Supremes, Chantels, Crystals and more. Tickets: $23.50. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.

Selena Tribute — The concert starring Karla Perez is 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, following an opening band,  at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N Main, Las Cruces.
  Perez, originally from Guadalajara, won first place at age 18 in a Selena singing competition and her career exploded, taking her to some of the biggest stages in Mexico and the U.S. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
  Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Two-show packages are $20 through April 25. Admission is free for age 12 and under. Tickets at VisitLasCruces.com. Information: (575) 541-2361.

International Day of Dance — Branigan Cultural Center’s 11th annual celebration of dance is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, featuring multicultural performances for all ages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or Facebook (Branigan Cultural Center).

‘Jump Jive & Wail’ – The Jive Aces, a 6-man British swing band, performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Spencer Theater, Alto, N.M. Decked out in Zoot suits and armed with big brass horns, the Jive Aces are renowned for its arrangements of big band classics and rockabilly rhythms, including “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Boogie Woogie Country Girl” and more. Special guest: actress/vocalist Makinna Ridgeway. Tickets: $39-$65. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

‘Young Frankenstein’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre presents the musical based on the Mel Brooks comedy April 25-May 12. Directed by Susie Ouderkirk. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Ticket information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org. Tickets: $15 ($12 students, seniors and military; $11 groups of 10 or more, $10 children under 12). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
  Grandson of the infamous Victor, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestor.

‘My Fair Lady’ — American Southwest Theatre Company closes its season with the beloved Lerner and Loewe musical April 26-May 5 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Directed by Megan McQueen. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high school students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-41420 or nmsutheatre.com.
  When Eliza Doolittle, a flower-seller on the streets of London, overhears phoneticist Henry Higgins joke that he could - by changing the way she speaks - turn her from a “guttersnipe” into a lady, she takes him up on the offer and approaches him for speech lessons.

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