El Paso Scene Weekly for March 20-26, 2017

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Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• MC Lars — American rapper, producer, writer, cartoonist, 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, with Mega Ran and Big O. Admission is free.
• Norma Jean — Metalcore band, at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 23, with He Is Legend, Capsize and Comrades. Tickets: $18-$20.
• It Loves It Breathes, Avion Roe — Electroncore band and American rock band, 10 p.m. Friday, March 24, with Ghost Parade. Tickets: $13-$15.

Elton John — The pop superstar’s first El Paso performance in ten years is 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Don Haskins Center with “Wonderful Crazy Night Tour.” Tickets: $32.75 to $142.75 (Ticketmaster).
  One of the most successful artists on the road today, Elton and his band perform his much-loved classic songs such as “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and more.
  The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John spans five decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with 38 gold records and 31 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. John holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ‘97,” which sold over 37 million copies. Since his career began in 1970 he has played over 4,000 concerts worldwide in more than 80 countries.

Newsboys — The Christian pop band’s “Love Riot” Tour is 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $25-$100 (Ticketmaster).
  The band started over 20 years ago in Australia, and has since earned four Dove Awards and four Grammy nominations. They were featured in both “God’s Not Dead” movies.

Blink 182 — The pop punk favorites perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, with special guest The Naked and Famous. Tickets: $36.50, $46.50 and $52.50.(Ticketmaster). NMSU students eligible for discount.
  Having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide (with more than 13 million of those in the United States alone), Blink 182’s second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, “California,” was released in 2016.
  Indie electronic band The Naked and Famous’s music has been featured in Pitch Perfect, Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Degrassi, and the FIFA 12 video game.

EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert — Performers from El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and El Paso Symphony Orchestra combine forces at the 11th annual Side-by-Side performance at 3 p.m. March 26, at the Plaza Theatre, in conjunction with Downtown KidsPalooza. Conducted by Dr. James O. Welsch, there will be more than 100 musicians from the El Paso Symphony and El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. Tickets: $15-$34; free for age 3 and younger. Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

PERCUSSION CONCERT — UTEP Music Department’s Pandemonium Steel Band and Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble concert is 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Calypso, Panorama, and contemporary selections with special guest artist Joe Galvin, one of the premier pan players in the U.S. Galvin, a specialist in Afro-Cuban music, will also perform folkloric rumba, bembe, and other styles with members of the UTEP Percussion Ensemble. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Pouya + Fat Nick — The rap “Drop Out of School” Tour is 8 p.m. Sunday, March 26, with Ghostemane, WYBMF and Flexatelli, at TrickY Falls, 209 S. El Paso. Tickets: $20. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com, holdmyticket.com or ticketfly.com.


Milagro Gala — Paralympic skier Josh Sundquist is guest speaker for the 6th annual benefit gala is 6 p.m. Friday, March 24, at El Paso Convention Center. Proceeds from the event benefit sick and injured children at El Paso Children’s Hospital. Tickets: $150; $1,500 table for ten. Information, reservations: 521-7229, ext. 80523, leslie.lujan@elpasochildrens.org, or elpasochildrensfoundation.org.
  Sundquist, who lost a leg to cancer when he was 9 and was given a 50 percent chance to live, went on to be a paralympic ski racer for the U.S. Team and best-selling author. He has spoken across the world to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House.

Sunland Derby Gala — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino’s 14th annual gala Keep Memory Alive and regional Alzheimer’s Organizations is 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the Signature Showroom. Tickets: $100; tables available; online at sunland-derby-gala.eventbrite.com.
  Celebrity guests include Las Vegas Hallof Fame Entertainer, impressionist Bob Anderson as Frank Sinatra, and celebrity chef Scott Conant of Food Network’s “Chopped” Silent Auction begins at 7 p.m. with live auction at 9 p.m.
  The running of the 2017 Sunland Derby and The Oaks (for fillies) is Sunday, March 26.

‘Kidspalooza’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra hosts the 10th annual family art and music festival 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, throughout Downtown. Most activities are free; minimal fee for some events. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  The event includes a “Star Wars Concert,” kiddie rides, scavenger hunts, games, acrobats and more. “Fun at the Park” is sponsored by MattressFirm.
  In conjunction with the event is the annual EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15-$34.

Super Kite Contest — The 17th annual kite flying contest, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. Prizes for most unusual and longest-time in the air and most beautiful kite. The event includes jumping balloons and face painting, as well as free kites for the first 50 kids attending. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000 or westsidecommunity.org.

‘I Have a Voice’ — GiGi’s Playhouse’s International Gala is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airway, with guest speaker Ellena Ashmore, one of the cast members of “Born This Way.” Proceeds benefit GiGi’s Playhouse. Black tie optional. Tickets: $80. Information: 833-4029 or gigisplayhouse.org.
  GiGi’s Playhouse, El Paso provides therapeutic and educational programs to children and adults with Down Syndrome. All programs provided at no cost to the families.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26 at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.

Cesar Chavez Day at Lincoln Park — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee hosts the outdoor picnic in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno, with live music, picnic in the park, “Wheela, Pedel Car and Vicla” and more. Canned food donations taken for Sin Fronteras Organizing Project. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584 or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.


‘Driving Miss Daisy’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the classic drama by Alfred Uhry March 24-April 16. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11 ($9 seniors; $8 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
  The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. A warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. Winner of the 1988
Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.

‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jr.’ — Kids-N-Co. presents their musical take on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book March 24-April 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Directed by Anthony Michael Stokes. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citizens, military), available at the door. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.

— El Paso Opera presents the Giochino Rossini’s opera based on the tale of Cinderella “La Cenerentola,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, March 23 and 25, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. This 1930s Hollywood take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella will be sung in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles. Complimentary pre-opera lecture by director Garnett Bruce at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $90; discounts for groups of ten or more, student, military, senior and subscribers. Age 7 and older welcome. (Ticketmaster). Information: 581-5534 or epopera.org.
  A special complimentary showing open to students of all ages is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, during El Paso Opera’s annual Youth Night at the Opera. Tickets are free, but must be pre-arranged by contacting Justin@epopera.org.
  The El Paso Opera production will follow world-renowned director Garnett Bruce’s adaptation of Rossini’s 1816 “La Cenerentola” and will be set in 1930s Hollywood.
  El Paso Opera’s production will be conducted by Maestro Robert Tweten who is also the head of music staff at the Santa Fe Opera. In this production, Stephanie Lauricella will be the lead Angelia and Randall Bills will be Ramiro. Lauricella has recently performed in Berlin and Paris with an upcoming performance in Hong Kong. Other cast members include John Boehr, Kyle Albertson, Adrian Smith, and local UTEP Professor Cherry Duke. The production will also include the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and 16 local chorus members led by Joe Estala.

‘Tierra Flamenca’ — Linda Gallegos Flamenco, one of the Southwest’s leading flamenco troupes, performs the art form of the gypsy dance, guitar and song at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Presented by MCAD and Texas Commission on the Arts. Admission is free. Information: 755-1414.
  The show brings percussive footwork, swirling skirts and the castanets that are synonymous with the passionate and fiery gypsy art form. Sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum of Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
— 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing runs every Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday. Post time is 1:30 p.m. with nine races each day.
• Friday, March 24: West Texas Futurity Trials
• Saturday, March 25: Copper Top Futurity Trials
• Sunday, March 26: Sunland Derby and The Oaks (for fillies) is

Insane Inflatable 5K — The inflatable obstacle challenge run is Saturday, March 25, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Waves are every 15 minutes 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Adult and kids obstacle courses will be set up. No age requirement; but minimum height requirement 42”.
  Cost begins at $49. All access pass is $100; participants can sign up for any wave time, even if it’s full. Team registration available. Spectator admission is free. Information, registration: insaneinflatable5k.com/west-texas.

Run United 5K — The run benefiting Parkland High School Athletics is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Parkland High School, 5932 Quail. Cost: $25 through March 23; $30 March 24-25. Discount for teams of 10 or more registering in advance. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Parkland High School, and 7 to 7:30 a.m. race day at the race site.

Jackrabbit Classic and Javier Arana Jr. Memorial — The 17th annual trail and road runs are 8 a.m. Sunday, March 26, at Franklin Mountains State Park, Tom Mays Unit, off Transmountain Road. Events include a 7-mile trail run and a 5K paved road run. Cost: $25 for 5K; $30 late registration. No race day registration. Spectators pay regular $4 park entrance fee. Information: Chris, 478-5663 or tpwd.state.tx.us. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa. All runners must pick up packets and park entrance permit prior to race day.

Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ next bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, with Sexecutioners vs. La Viudas Negras. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger); available in advance at the Pershing Inn, All That Music, Blue Panda Tattoo, Uptown Cheapskate or any Roller Girl. Information: suncityrollergirls.com.

Southern New Mexico

‘The Conference of the Birds’
— No Strings Theatre Company presents the play by Peter Brooks and Jean-Claude Carriere, based on the poem by Farid ud-Din Attar, March 17-April 2, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Karen Caroe. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sundays March 26 and April. 2; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
  The play, based on a 12th century Sufi poem by Farid ud-Din Attar and adapted for the stage in 1979 by Peter Brook is an exuberant experiment in ensemble storytelling. The Hoopoe has called the birds of the world together in order to undertake the journey to find their true king—a benevolent and beautiful bird known as Simorgh.

Carl Bernstein and Marilyn Priddy — The evening of jazz, blues, classical and bluegrass originals is at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Tickets: $9 ($4 children). Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Masters of Soul — 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo.  The audience will take the ultimate stroll down memory lane with the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts. Tickets: $16, $26 and $36. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

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