El Paso Scene Weekly for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2017

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Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting
— The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and evolve Federal Credit Union present the 82nd annual evolve Credit Union “Celebration of Lights” Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. 2, at San Jacinto Plaza. Information: 212-0092 or on Facebook at El Paso Parks and Recreation.
  The program starts at 4:30 p.m. counting down to the Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Celebration of Lights Parade.
  Parade begins north of Campbell on Main Street, and proceeds left on Mesa Street to Overland, and left on Campbell to Myrtle.

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 13th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 100 local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artists. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.
  There is also an additional tent with more vendors on the new Camino Real Deck, as well as cooking demos by Chef Patrick Rosser from El Paso Community College.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 1 in Downtown 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; $1 skating discount for military personnel. Open seven days a week. Season passes: $35, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or on Facebook at EPWinterfest.
  Discount days include $2 off Tuesdays with canned good donation. Skating fee with small toy donation Nov. 27-Dec. 3.
  Free holiday movies offered at the Plaza Theatre Sundays.
  Skating hours this week: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.


Chamber of Commerce Gala — The 118th annual Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce gala featuring 80s band Spazmatics! is 6:30 to 11:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $100. Dress is cocktail attire. Table sponsorships available starting at $1,000. Information/RSVP: 534-0500. Registration at elpaso.org.

Dickens Style Walkabout — In-COG-nito  Steampunk Group hosts the Victorian style Downtown and bar walk 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at downtown skating rink around the Downtown ice rink and surrounding establishments, to sing some Christmas carols and visit some local watering holes, and expect and appearance by the Ghost of Christmas present. Dickens “A Christmas Carol” style attire required. All activities outside of the drinking establishments are family friendly. Admission is free. Information: 241-4359  on Facebook at incognitoep.

 ‘The Fountains of Dream: Women in Business’ — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Border Business Center, 2401 E Missouri, host the luncheo 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Ruth’s Christ Steak House, 889 Gateway West Ste 400 (Fountains at Farah). The luncheon will focus on women behind successful organizations. Cost: $30 advance, $35 day of event. RSVP: Adriana, 566-4066.

— One Sisterhood hosts its popular “Girls Night Out” Christmas event Friday, Dec. 1, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, with, shopping fair, fashion show, holiday ideas, munchies, and more. Shopping begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free; child care provided. Information: 532-8543 or theonesisterhood.com.

La Parada — The monthly grassroots event celebrating local culture and lifestyles is 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Vendor booths 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets: $5 at the door, age 18 and older admitted with ID. Information: 351-6023 or on Facebook at laparadaep.
   Live music by Chris Ojeda (Hardpop), Brian PD (Hardpop/ Pastillo Digital), Get the Honey, Crybaby, Free David Casto, and Ledezma. Live art by Cimi.

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 1-3 at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The show features hundreds of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools and equipment, door prizes, and more. Admission is free. Information: 544-2717 or epmgs.com.

Eastlake Christmas Parade — The Eastlake Lions Club’s Christmas Parade, is 10 a.m.  Saturday, Dec. 2. This year’s theme is “American Folklore.” The parade starts at Darrington and Ryderwood, heads down Horizon to Kenazo, and ends at Carrol T. Welch School on McMahon. Information: 581-2994 or horizoncity.org
  The Horizon City Christmas Tree Lighting is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Parade float judging will be at 6 p.m. 

PBS Kids Fiesta — KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, host the 3rd annual event for area children noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, with photo ops with Curious George and Buddy from “Dinosaur Train,” live music, dance performances, and many educational activities and games. Admission is free. Information: 590-1313 or kcostv.org.

‘The Wall VR’ — Implied Motion presents the premiere of the Virtual Reality Film 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Fab Lab, 601 N. Oregon, Suite 2. The 18-minute film will be screened several times. Admission is free; space is limited. Information: Contact: Claudio Lai clai@impliedmotion.com, 270-6834 or thewallfilm@gmail.com. 

‘From Boomtown to Metropolis: The Architecture of Downtown El Paso’ — The Texas Trost Society’s newest downtown exhibit dedicated to educating the public about the architectural heritage of our region opens with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the corner of Oregon and Mills, with free tours and giveaways through 2 p.m. texastrost.org or on Facebook at Texas Trost Society.
  The bilingual exhibition explores the diverse architectural styles of downtown El Paso by analyzing 21 unique buildings and eight architectural drawings, and comparing several of the buildings to iconic historical prototypes in other American cities and in Europe.

Pro-Musica Progressive Dinner — El Paso Pro Musica Guild’s 3rd annual Holiday Progressive Dinner benefiting Pro-Musica’s education programs begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park, for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner entree, and champagne and desserts follow at private homes. The public is invited; reservations required. Cost: $100. Tickets and reservations: 747-8163 or eppm.org.  
  Special Guests include Johns Hopkins University and Peabody School of Music Young Artist, Guitarist Nathan Cornelius, and Zuill Bailey.

Pecan Harvest Festival — The 15th annual family harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint. Country store will be open with pecans in and out of shell as well as pecan candies, gift baskets and tins, and craft vendors.  Admission is free. Information: 851-2003 or on Facebook at Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC.


Lindsey Stirling
— The YouTube sensation bring her ‘Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour” to El Paso at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $39.75 to $59.75. VIP experiences; including four-person packages some meet & greet experiences) range from $121.50 to $271.50.
  Stirling is a classically trained violinist, dancer and electronic music aficionado. She has grown from web star to 2017 Dancing with the Stars contestant, to New York Times bestseller for her book “The Only Pirate at the Party.”

UTEP Department of Music — The UTEP Virtuosi Concert, “String Passages,” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu. The concert features a variety of string music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Hovhaness, Telemann and Bridge. Soloists are Johanny Barbosa and Amy Miller with guest conductor Dr. Stephen Nordstrom.

Ozuna — One of the hottest reggaeton and trap singers in Latin music performs Thursday, Nov. 30, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, for his “Odisea Society USA Tour.” Tickets: $61, $81, $101 and $126.50. (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-9899.
  The 25-year-old Dominican-Puerto Rican singer broke into the Latin music scene with his No. 1-ranked debut album, “Odisea,” and his 11 singles on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Se Preparó,” “Tu Foto,” “En La Intimidad,” “El Pecado,” “No Quiere Enamorarse” and “Te Vas.”

Ricardo Montaner — The Argentinean singer-songwriter known for his romantic ballads performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $59-$200 (Ticketmaster).

‘A World of Guitar’ — Guitarist Nathan Cornelius is this year’s featured artist for El Paso Pro-Musica’s Young Artist Development Series in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory and John Hopkins University, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The residency features appearances at schools, senior centers, and pop-up performances at various locations. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
• “Twilight Tour Concert” is 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Double Eagle restaurant, 2355 Calle de Guadalupe on the Mesilla (NM) Plaza. Tickets: $25.
•  Main performance, is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 youth.

Horizon Tour featuring California DJ Seven Lions — 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, with Tritonal and Kill The Noise, at Buchanan’s Event Center, 11540 Pellicano. All ages show. Tickets: $16 (eventbrite.com).

First Armored Division Band Holiday Concert — The First Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss presents its free annual holiday show, “An American Holiday Festival” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. No tickets required. Information: 568-2263, 568-7001, or on Facebook at 1stArmoredDivisionBand.
  The concert features holiday “pops” music with different genres, including blues, jazz, country, Latin and rock.

THE CREEPSHOW —  The psychobilly band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Tricky Fall, 209 S. El Paso. Tickets: $10. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com, holdmyticket.com or ticketfly.com.

Giraffage — The electronic music producer performs 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with Sweater Beats and Wingtip, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Tickets: $20-$25, at at lowbrowpalace.com.

A Big Band Christmas Concert — Jazz Unlimited Big Band, with vocalist Jachin Ford, hosts its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road.The 17-piece band plays seasonal favorites in swing, rock, Latin and jazz styles. Admission is free, donations welcome. Information: 637-4569.

Bazaars and fairs

Christmas Extravaganza — Impressionist artist Alberto Escamilla hosts the annual holiday show and sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3 at the Placita Madrid Building, 1445 Main Street, in historic San Elizario. Escamilla will feature his newest paintings. Admission is free. Information: 851-0742 or albertoescamilla.com.
  This year’s event includes all the galleries and shops in the building including Escamilla’s Fine Art Gallery, Dozal’s Fine Art Gallery, Café Arte “Mi Admore” and House of Positive Karma, with discounts, guest vendors, Christmas music, and refreshments. There will be Christmas art decorating events for children.

Arts and Craft Show
- Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, hosts its show and sale 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1-2. The juried show and and sale features original works by several area artists, as well as a Trash to Treasure sale. Admission is free. Information: 592-5977 or office@bcc-elp.org.

German School Christmas Market — The annual market, organized by the German School of El Paso, is 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Hangar 747, Carter Road, at Fort Bliss, with German cakes, Christmas cookies, bratwurst and hot Glühwein and Christmas punch. Raffle prizes offered. Twenty-five percent of proceeds benefit charity. Information: SoerenWiebe@Bundeswehr.org.

‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ Craft Fair — Pebble Hills Elementary School, 11145 Edgemere, hosts its annual holiday arts and crafts fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, along with a Winter Carnival, blood drive and health fair. Sponsored by the Pebble Hills PTO. Admission is free.Information: 434-5605.

Putnam Holiday Fair — Putnam PTA hosts the holiday fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta, with more than 25 local vendors showcasing jewelry, art, woodworking, bake sale, face painting and free crafts for children, pictures with Santa and performances by the Putnam Falcons. Information: 203-4683 or putnam.episd.org.

St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual arts and crafts fair 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, with jewelry, baked items, and handicrafts made by resident artists. The annual Blessing of the Cribs will also be held. Information: 929-1034.

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.


‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 8th annual presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $15 to $25, available through Ticketmaster or the UTEP Ticket Office, 747-5234. Information: 760-6002 or elpasoballettheatre.com.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ — Kids-N-Co. presents the holiday show Nov. 24-Dec. 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison, directed by Arazelia “Sally” Perez, with musical direction by A.J. Kumar. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citizens, military), available at the door. Show times and other information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.

‘A Christmas Story’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the comedy by Philip Grecian. Dec. 1-10. 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.
  A young boy named Ralphie Parker only wants one thing of Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. It’s not sure he will ever make it to Christmas, between his brother Randy and the school bully, Scut Farkus.

‘Tick, Tick..BOOM!’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the autobiographical musical by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of “Rent,” Jonathan Larson, Dec. 1-10, as its Side Dish Student Production. Show time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. No dinner served; all seats general admission. Tickets: $15 ($12 UTEP faculty ,staff, alumni assoc. members, ages 4-12, non-UTEP students and groups of 20 or more; $10 UTEP students with valid ID) Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt (Ticketmaster).     
  “Tick, Tick...BOOM”  follows  the playwright-composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster. Set in 1990, this story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical. Adult subject matter and language.


UTEP Men’s Basketball
- The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27: Lamar
• 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30: NMSU
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2: New Mexico

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, Nov. 30: New Mexico, 5:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 2: Houston Baptist.

Luchas Frontera — Lucha Libre wrestling sets are 8 p.m. every Friday at El Paso County Coliseum Pavilion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 ($5 kids) in advance; $15 ($7 kids) at the door. Information: 850-4002 or emptypocketsentertainment.com

El Paso Coyotes
— El Paso’s new Major Arena Soccer League team hosts Turlock Express at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the El Paso County Coliseum, vs. Rio Grande Valley Barracudas. Individual 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.

Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team hosts University of North Texas at  3:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2-3, at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7-$20. Information: 491-7879, info@mindershockey.com, or minershockey.com.


Mark ‘Porkchop’ Holder
— The blues/punk artist, and founding member of Black Diamond Heavies performs Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Art Obscura Gallery, 3206 Harrelson, in Las Cruces, as part of his “Death and the Blues” Tour. Call for time and cost. Information: (575) 494-7256.

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The 27th annual holiday bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 1-3 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, with booths of homemade arts and crafts; raffles; holiday treats and more. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 (free for children under 12). Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.

Sexy Seniors Party featuring ‘The Original Cornell Gunther’s Coasters’ — The high energy group performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Flickinger Center, 1110 New York, in Alamogordo, N.M., with with hits “Charlie Brown,” “Searchin’,” “Poison Ivy,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Yakety Yak,” plus Motown and soul. Admission: $27.50. Information: (575) 437-2202 or (575) 520-8776. Tickets available at flickingercenter.com.

Ruidoso Festival of Lights —Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or ruidosonow.com/festival-of-lights. The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Ruidoso (from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring floats packed with seasonal decorations and lights. Toys for Tots will have a float for the event; parade-goers are encouraged to bring a toy to donate. This year’s theme is “Christmas Candyland.”

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). Features wines from New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday entertainment. Tickets available from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232 or carlsbadwinterwine.com.
  A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).

‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The historic Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M. invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Hillsboro Community Center, with a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts and hand-crafted gifts. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-1698.
  The event includes the popular $49.99 Art Show and Sale, which began many years ago as a way for Hillsboro’s many artists, authors, and craftspeople to give back to the community at Christmas time. Each item in the Art Show will be sold for $49.99 to a winning ticket holder, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that.  
  Proceeds support several nonprofit organizations serving Hillsboro and the surrounding areas.
  Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants will celebrate the day with food, music, and special holiday offerings. Signs, holiday greeters in Santa hats, and village maps will direct visitors to Christmas in the Foothills and other village holiday events.
  Hillsboro is on Highway 152 about 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63.

Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs Nov. 24-Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 26th annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m.  
  The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The village includes a gallery full of Southwestern gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 5-12 (4 and younger free with lap pass). Discounts for Eddy County residents. Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516 or christmasonthepecos.com.

‘Crimes of the Heart’
— No Strings Theatre Company presents the Beth Henley play, winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Nov. 24-Dec. 10 at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Nikka Ziemer. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
  Set in a small town in Mississippi, in 1978,the play focuses on the life of three sisters who face crisis after crisis separately and together.

‘Annie’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, presents the beloved musical Dec. 1-17. The story of the lovable orphan is by Thomas Meehan, with music by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Directed by Janet Beatty-Payne, with musical direction by Meagan Higgins. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 ($12 student, senior, military; $10 age 12 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.



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