El Paso Scene Weekly for Feb. 5-11, 2018

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Jo Koy
— The comedian Jo Koy brings his wild and energetic show to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $30-$45; VIP packages available (Ticketmaster).
  Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings at a Las Vegas coffee house. He pulls inspiration from his family, especially his son. This year, the comedian broke a record for the most tickets sold by a single artist at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, with 11 sold-out shows and over 23,000 tickets.

‘Iconic Pop’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents its faculty dance program Feb. 9-17, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre (2nd floor). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Tickets: $14; $12 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, Alumni with card, non-UTEP Students; $9 UTEP students and children. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  The program presents a celebration of pop music legends and those breaking new ground in the genre, choreographed by the dance faculty. Special guest artists are Mountain Movement Company.
  Myron Howard Nadel pays homage to music greats like Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. Lisa Smith’s “Psychdelia” is a tribute to the music and culture of the late 1960s. “Heartstrings,” choreographed by Leanne Rinelli, explores the ideas of love, lust and heartache through the music of Latino pop icons such as Julieta Venegas, Natalia Lafourcade, Mana, and Juan Gabriel.

Lovin’ The Art Annual Valentine Festival — The artists and businesses Placita Madrid, 1445 Main Street in San Elizario, host their annual festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10-11, in historic San Elizario. Featured will be the unveiling of paintings of “The Kiss” by artists Alberto Escamilla, Robert Dozal, Erica Zamora Murrill and Romy Saenz Hawkins with their version of the “Kiss.” Wine and cheese offered; prizes given with purchase. Information: 851-0742.
  Guest artists on site: Romy Saenz Hawkins during regular hours with metal-embossing and other art; and Nacho Garcia 1 to 4 p.m. both days, available for humorous caricatures and serious portraits.
  A wedding minister will be available both days; Advance reservations required by Feb. 6; text (915) 355-2680.
  Performing 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. is David Cerros Saturday, and Arturo Garibay Sunday.

Star City Studio
— The music studio and gallery is at 120 W. Castellano. Information: starcitystudioproductions.com, or 240-5756.
  Showing through Feb. 3: “4 Diverse Women,” featuring works by Estelle Goldman, Marie Livingston, Vanessa K. Clark and Lu Allen.
  An opening reception is noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, for “Sleeping with Lions,” an exhibit of new works by gallery owner Pat Olchefski-Winston. The paintings are inspired by Pat’s trip to Africa in October 2017, which included a five-day safari and another five days living on preserve for endangered giraffes. The exhibit, which includes images of lions, cheetahs, hippos, rhinos, Cape buffalo, crocodiles and even owls, runs through March 31.

Bert Saldana Art Gallery — The gallery featuring Southwestern Art is at 1501 Main Street in the San Elizario Arts District. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 479-2926 or bertsaldana.com.
  The gallery celebrates its 3rd Anniversary Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, with live music 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday with Juan Romero and Sunday with Fab4Cezz.

‘Amor’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents a Valentine’s Day-theme program from El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre).Mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke, guitarist George Salas and violinist Sandra Rivera perform songs and music about love and romance. Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
  The thematic program includes the Beatles’ Let It Be, Cole Porter’s I Love You, Nat “King” Cole’s version of Nature Boy, Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango, the Mexican standard Besame Mucho and the popular aria Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen.

‘Love is a Drag’ — UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance hosts the musical benefit performance with Josey Pickett and Allen Thompson at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the UTEP Dinner Theatre in the student union. Tickets: $20; $15 UTEP students (Ticketmaster). Proceeds go to help UTEP’s production of “Lydia” at KCACTF. Information: 747-5234.


UTEP Department of Music
— Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets prices vary; most performances are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff). Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• Jazz Concert is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.
• Horn Choir performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.
• UTEP Percussion and Pandemonium Steel Band performs at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Valentine’s Super Love Jam
— Rose Royce, Peaches and Herb, GQ, Color Me Badd, Lighter Shade of Brown, Malo, JoJo/Mary Jane Girls, The Chi-Lites, The Moments and Eddie Holmanare are featured at this year’s Love Jam at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $28 and $50 (Ticketmaster).

Black Sabbitch — The all-female Black Sabbath Tribute performs with arsonkill at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Information: lowbrowpalace.com.


Black History Month at UTEP —  This year’s highlights include An Evening with Angela Y. Davis, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at UTEP Union Cinema, first floor, Union Building East. Davis, distinguished professor emerita from the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a renowned scholar, author and advocate for civil and women’s rights, who become prominent in the 1960s as an activist. Information: African American Studies Program, 747-8650 or utep.edu/aasp.

Valentine dinner and dance — Santa Lucia Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher, will host its annual Valentine fundraiser 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the church’s Centro Amistad Hall, featuring a dinner and live music by Tejas Band. Dinner served 7 to 8 p.m.; dance 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. BYOB for wine and liquor only; set-ups, sodas and beer available for purchase. No outside beer or coolers allowed. Cost: $30 ($300 per table for 10); reservations recommended. No refunds. Tables for 10 available with advance reservation. Information: 592-5245 or santaluciachurch@sbcglobal.net.

Valentine’s Dinner — Rotary Club of Silver City’s Valentine’s Wine Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road in Silver City, N.M., including a four-course meal, each course to be accompanied by a paired wine. Ticket information, reservations (by Feb. 6): Linda Brewer at the Bear Mountain Lodge at (575) 538-2538.

Mardi Gras Celebration — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss; 1611 Haan, hosts a free Mardi Gras celebration 2 to 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
  Feb. 10: Mardi Gras Day. Zydeco and Cajun music, food and drink specials and El Paso Photo Bus will be out to snap Mardi Gras pictures.


‘A Chorus Line’
— UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the Michael Bennett musical, winner of the 1976 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Jan. 26-Feb. 11. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11; dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. 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.
  “A Chorus Line” captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Can Do That,” ”At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.”

‘On Golden Pond’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Ernest Thompson drama Feb. 9-March 4. Directed by Veronica Flores. 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.
  Ethel and Norman Thayer return home to Golden Pond for the 48th year, in a love story made famous on film by Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater — i-Suspect presents an Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theater running weekends in February, as well as Valentine’s Day at the Venue Events & Ballroom, 6633 N. Mesa, Suite 400. Shows are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Cost: $52.50 plus tax; early Saturday dinner show, $49.99 plus tax; Valentine’s Day Show $55. Information: 519-4854 or i-suspect.com.


UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners host UTSA at 7 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.

UTEP Women’s Basketball - The Miners host Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.

El Paso Coyotes
— The Major Arena Soccer League team hosts the Ontario Fury at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $12 general admission; $20 box seating; kids admitted free with purchase of adult ticket. Information: 229-1416, elpasocoyotes.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team’ hosts the Tulsa Jr. Oilers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday , Feb. 9-11, at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com. Paint the Ice following Sunday game.

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 will be carded each day. Saturday, Feb. 10: Budweiser Handicap, El Diario Handicap

Loretto Academy Nun Run — The 5K competitive run, and noncompetitive walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Loretto Academy, 1300 Hardaway. Part of More Than a Marathon Series. Entry fee is $20 through Jan. 20, $30 after. Information: 566-8400 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Pre-event registration and packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Loretto Academy High School Foyer, second floor.
  Race day registration is 7 to 8 a.m. in the Loretto Gym.

Southern New Mexico

‘For the Love of Art month’ — February is “For the Love of Arts Month” in Las Cruces, celebrating the city’s various performing and visual arts. The month, sponsored by ArtForms, is highlighted by several special studio tours, exhibits, readings and performances. Information: artformsnm.org.
  Major events include:
• Studio tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays each weekend is February. See artformsnm.org for map.
• ArtForms and Las Cruces Arts Association Member Exhibits at Mas Art, 126 S. Main; Rio Grande Theatre Gallery, 211 N. Main; Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite; Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano; Art Obscura, 3206 Harrelson; and The Big Picture, 2001 E. Lohman, Ste. 109.

‘Photograph 51’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents the story of Rosalina Franklin and DNA by Anna Ziegler Jan. 26-Feb. 11 at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 3 and 10; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
  “Photograph 51” is the story of Rosalind Franklin and DNA and neatly coils a scientific detective story around a rumination on how sexism, personality, and morality can impact collaboration and creativity.

For the Love of Arts Fiesta — The town of Mesilla will host its annual art show 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Old Mesilla Plaza, as part of For the Love of Art Month. The show features original works created by area artists. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or irenep@mesillanm.gov.
  In 1999, February was declared For the Love of Art Month in Las Cruces in an effort to promote art and the business of art.
  Artists interested in applying may do so through Feb. 6. Must have a business license. Set up begins at 12:15 p.m. for artists.

Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 9-10, on “Burro-bon Street” (Burro Avenue) with this year’s theme “Love and Magic on The Mountain.” The family celebration includes food, music, vendors, games a parade and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com, or on Facebook.
  A Cajun cook-off is 6 p.m. Friday. Cost for tasting trays; $10 ($18 for couples; $7 each for family of four or more).
  Street dance with DJ Rico is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
  Annual parade is 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by Battle of the Bands 3 to 6 p.m.

Bettman & Halpin and Chocolate Buffet
— The folk/Americana duo perform for the annual Valentine’s Day event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Tickets: $10, $20 and $30. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
  Their concerts combine upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, ballads and feel-good song. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry.

Chocolate Fantasia – Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 19th annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in historic downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “Travel Through Time.” While strolling through downtown, participants can enjoy 20 unique, locally made, handcrafted chocolates. Tickets sell out every year. Tickets: $25 for 20 individual pieces of chocolate; available at eventbrite.com. Information: (575) 538-2505 or chocolatefantasia.org.
  Closing ceremonies and award winners announced at 4:30 p.m. at Little Toad, corner of Bullard and Broadway.



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