El Paso Scene Weekly for June 24-30, 2019

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Closer than EveR’?El Paso Community College Theatre Ensemble presents the musical revue by Richard Maltby Jr. and David June 27-July 7 at Transmountain Campus Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($8 children, students, military and seniors). Information: 831-5147.
  “Closer Than Ever,” which has no dialogue apart from its songs,  deals with such topics as security, aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, working couples, and unrequited love.

Crossland Gallery —500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso). Opening reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, for “American Expression: Artworks to Artwords.” On display through Aug. 2. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.

El Paso Ice Cream Festival — El Paso Live hosts the family event Sunday, June 30, in Convention Center Plaza, Downtown, with a variety of ice cream and other frozen treats, gelato, churro splits, snow cones, a toppings bar, live music, ice cream-inspired arts, contests, food trucks, and more. Tickets available at icecreamfestep.com.


Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.• Paul Gilbert — The guitar virtuoso’s Behold the Electric Guitar tour is 7 p.m. Monday, June 24. All ages. Tickets: $15.
• Amarionette — 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, with Find Yourself, and the Seafloor Cinema. Tickets: $7.
• Three Sixes — 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, with War Boy, Brother Strange and more. Age 18 and older. Admission: $5.
• Creeping Death — The death metal band performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, with Fuming Mouth and Languish. Admission: $10.

Lowbrow Palace —1101 Texas. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com or eventbrite.com. Rap metal singer Ghostemane performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, with Ho9909 and Horus the Astroneer. Tickets: $20.

State Line Music Series — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and State Line Restaurant, 1222 Sunland Park Drive presents the Rudolph Chevrolet-Honda-Mazda-VW outdoor concert series 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. June 26: Kody West. Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. All customers asked to bring non-perishable food donation or monetary donation for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Information: 581-3371.

Cool Canyon Nights — The 9th annual series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre, sponsored by WestStar Bank. Patio performance begins at 6 p.m. with headliner at 7 p.m. on the main stage. June 27: Soul Sacrifice Santana Tribute. Admission is free but space is limited. VIP tickets are $10. Information: elpasolive.com.

Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. No cover Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.
• Pro Teens — Arizona band, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 27.
• Gleewood — NM rock band, 10 p.m. Friday, June 28.

Carlos Mencia — The superstar standup comic and creator of Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia” performs June 27-29 at the Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $27.50 ($37.50 VIP, and $47.50 front meet and greet) Thursday and late shows Friday and Saturday; $32.50-$52.50 for early shows Friday and Saturday. Information: 779-LAFF (5233), elpasocomicstrip.com or on Facebook at El Paso Comic Strip.
  “Mind of Mencia” debuted in early 2005, and became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers.

Los Pachamama y Flor Amargo — Consulate General of Mexico, in partnership with Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte, UTEP and NMSU presents the innovative Mexican music project in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and Saturday, June 29, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Center. Admission is free. Information: 533-3644, consulmex.sre.gob.mx/elpaso or on Facebook.

Sleepspent — The El Paso based indie rock trip celebrates the release of its latest singles, “Home,” and “Upside Down,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Information: sleepspent.com.

Club Here I Love You — 115 S. Durango. Information: 307-7736 or on Facebook. Yousef performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Tickets: $15-$20.

Music Under the Stars — The 36th summer concert series sponsored presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department presents Noche Ranchera with Mariachi Alegre 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.

Jaripeo sin Fronteras 2019 — Pepe Aguilar hosts the concert and charreada event at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, featuring Angela Aguilar, Madison McDonald, Antonio Aguilar, Leonard Aguilar, Mariachi Zacatecano, Banda Azul Tequila, and Jinetes. Tickets: $60.50-$180.50; VIP packages start at $225 (Ticketmaster).


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 other than Sunday are 7:05 p.m. Sunday games are 6:05 p.m. Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
June 25-28: Sacramento River Cats
June 29-July 3: Fresno Grizzlies

EPCC 50th Anniversary Gala — El Paso Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary with gala event at 6 p.m. Friday, June 28, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, Building A, 9050 Viscount, showcasing fine food, live music and dancing. Proceeds support EPCC student success scholarships. Tickets: $125; $625-$1,250 tables. Information: epcc.edu/50.

Pride Gala and Awards Ceremony — Borderland Rainbow Center hosts its first gala and awards event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4001 E Paisano, with food and drinks, live and silent auctions. Master of Ceremonies is Del Shores. Ages 18 and older welcome. Tickets: $100($1,000 table for ten); available at borderlandrainbow.org. Information: 263-4623.

Miss El Paso USA — The pageants for Miss El Paso USA and the Miss El Paso Teen USA are 8 p.m. Friday (preliminaries) and Saturday (finals), June 28-29, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Ticket information: Laura’s Productions, 845-2894, 820-3734, laurasproductions.com or elpasopageants.com.
  The competition is divided into three categories: Personal interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. In addition to choosing Miss El Paso and Miss El Paso Teen with awards in Most Photogenic, and Miss Congeniality. The pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Texas USA, Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss USA Pageants.

Bazaars and fairs

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing —  7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos.com.

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.

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.


‘The Graduate’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents Terry Johnson’s adaptation based on the comic movie through June 30. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors 62+, students, military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
  Benjamin Braddock is a recent college graduate who finds himself confused and adrift about his future amidst his upper-class, suburban, “plastic” life. When Mrs. Robinson, the charismatic and alcoholic wife of his father’s business partner, temps him into an affair, he ultimately relents.

‘Viva El Paso!’ — El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Live present the 42nd season of the summertime outdoor musical extravaganza with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 27, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, directed by Keith W. Townsend. June 29, and July 19-20 performances in Spanish. Tickets: $24 ($16 ages 2-12, seniors 65 and older and military with valid ID). Tickets opening weekend (June 15-16) are $10. All tickets available at Ticketmaster. Information: ElPasoLive.com.
  Created by Hector Serrano in 1978, “Viva! El Paso” depicts 400 years of the El Paso area’s rich history. The show will combine many of the popular songs, dances and characters from the past, such as the iconic deer dance, with a new one. The updated script is by Tony Award-winner Marty Martin, with music by Jim Ward, Gabriel Gonzalez and Cody Ritchey.

Southern New Mexico

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
• The 1st Armored Division Band performs 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. Tickets are free; limit of four.
  • Pablo Cruise — The kings of 1970s disco-rock perform 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, with hits like “Whatcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye,” “Love Will Find A Way,” “Place In The Sun.” Tickets: $39 to $69.

Ruidoso Downs Summer Concerts — Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. hosts Blue Light Drive, featuring Dirty River Boys and Kody West, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29,  Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com. Tickets: $20.

Music in the Park Series — The city of Las Cruces’ series features performances by local, regional, and national acts at 7 p.m. Sundays at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada. June 30: Borderless Brass Band (variety) and Powerswitch (rock-Las Cruces). Admission is free; all ages welcome. No pets. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.

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