El Paso Scene Weekly for March 2-8, 2020

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Las Cruces Arts Fair
— Doña Ana Arts Council’s 10th annual regional juried fine arts event is March 6-8 in the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University. More than 100 artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in eight categories, including jewelry, mixed media, fabric, painting and drawing, print making and photography, porcelain-pottery-glass, recycled materials, and woodwork-metalwork-sculpture. This year’s featured artist is Abel Garcia, a Las Cruces and Tortugas Pueblo native who lives and works in Dallas and is recognized worldwide for his colorful images and innovative techniques.
  Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  A special procession and blessing by the elders and dancers of the Tortugas Indians and the Tortugas Parish Church will kick off the fair Friday. Visitors to the Fair are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. to participate in the procession that will start promptly at 5:10 p.m. Photos may be taken of the procession participants.
  Tickets: $10 at the door; $15 for a two-adult pass when purchased in advance; free for age 12 and under. Ticket holders may reenter the event one additional day at no charge. Tickets available in advance at DAAC offices, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla or online at daarts.org. Information: (575) 523-6403.
  The DAAC offers two student booths, representing emerging artists from New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College.
  Silent auction featuring works by each participating artist is 2 p.m. Sunday.
  A Quick Art contest is 11 a.m. to noon with 25 artists, including this year’s featured artist, creating art as the audience watches, with all pieces then available to purchase by silent auction.

‘The Music of Selena’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra celebrates the legacy of the trailblazing artist and “Queen of Tejano Music” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at The Plaza Theatre, with vocalist Isabel Marie Sanchez performing iconic Selena hits like “Dreaming of You,” “Colo la Flor,” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” Tickets: $30-$75 (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Sanchez was a participant on the international hit show ”La Voz Kids,” where she received a “3-chair turn” and standing ovation. In 2015, she was asked by the Quintanilla family to perform Selena’s hit “No Me Queda Mas” at the 35th Annual Tejano Music Awards. She released her second album “Sigueme” with the legendary Abraham Quintanilla (Selena’s father) alongside Grammy-winning producer Brian “Red” Moore.

Cowboy Days
— The 21st annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7-8, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, with chuckwagon cooking, children’s activities, cowboy music, stagecoach, mini-train, pony rides, Western authors, food and craft vendors, the Parade of Breeds cattle program, and more. Admission: $10 per vehicle; no discounts or passes. No pets. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  Charreada demos and trick roping by Daniel Castro and Lienzo Charro El Pedregal at 11 a.m., and horse training by world-renowned trainer Josh Armstrong at 1 p.m. both days.
  “How the West was Done!” stories, poetry, trivia and melodrama, are presented twice each day.


Itzhak Perlman
— El Paso Pro-Musica presents the “Reigning Virtuoso of the Violin” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $50-$150 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
  Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates. Itzhak Perlman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. His recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered 15 Grammy Awards.

Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Taco Sauce, from Tucson, performs at 9 p.m. Monday March 2. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.

Harry Connick Jr.
— Connick brings his “True Love: An Intimate Performance” tour to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Plaza Theatre, on the heels of his recently released No. 1 jazz album, “True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter.” Tickets: $62.50-$125.50 (Ticketmaster).
  After 30 million albums sold worldwide and a music, film, television and Broadway career spanning three decades, Connick returns with a new record that debuted atop the jazz charts.

Cher — Cher brings her “Here We Go Again Tour” to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with special guests Nile Rodgers & CHIC. Tickets: $84-$128.20. VIP packages: $393-$744. (Ticketmaster).

Lowbrow Palace
— 111 E. Robinson. Information: lowbrowpalace.com.
• Luna Luna — The folk rock band performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Tickets: $12.
• Generationals — The new wave duo performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, with Texas artist Sarah Jaffe. Tickets: $15.
• The Red Pears — The indie band performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Tickets: $12.
   Lowbrow’s outdoor venue at 1101 Texas presents the surf rock group The Growlers on their “Natural Affair Tour” at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Tickets: $30.

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Avoid performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, with Motives and local openers. Tickets: $10. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.

Club Here I Love You — 115 S. Durango. Nick Warren performs  Friday, March 6. Admission: $12-$18.Information: 307-7736 or Facebook.

Dokken and Lynch Mob  — The metal bands’ reunion tour is 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Information: 860-7777, speakingrock.com or on Facebook.


Home and Garden Expo
— The 20th annual expo is March 6-8 at the El Paso Convention Center. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Area companies display the latest products and services for homeowners including builders, remodelers, contractors, building materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage solutions, landscape displays, kitchenware and home accessories. Admission: $7 ($6 for age 65 and older; free for 16 and under and active and retired military and first responders with ID). Information: (361) 882-2071 or elpasohomeandgarden.com.
  Celebrity guest is designer Sara Bendrck of DIY Network’s “I Hate My Yard” and “Lawn and Order.”
  Kid Zone features activities for families for various exhibitors. Curious George photo ops are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Big Red Comic Con — Bel Air High School’s Anime/SciFi Clubs and Hanks Cosplay Club hosts the 2nd annual comic con 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Bel Air High School’s new events center, 731 N. Yarbrough, showcasing and celebrating all local talent from El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez. Tickets: $5; free for age 5 and younger. Information: 434-2031, sites.google.com/yisd.net/bigredcomiccon/ or on Facebook.
  The event features live music, gaming tournament, cosplay Contest, artists, comic book creators, discussion panels, DJs, food, vendors, door prizes, and more.

Monster Jam – The Monster Truck show is 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7-8, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Gates open one hour before event. Pit Party starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday; separate tickets required. Tickets start at $20-$45; ages 2 and older must have tickets (Ticketmaster). Information: monsterjam.com.

EPCC Spring Arts Festival
— The 40th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College. Most events are free, some may have nominal admission fee. Information: epcc.edu/Campaigns/spring-arts-festival or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
• “Draw Your Day: Mindfulness in Creative Expression” is Monday, March 2, at Rio Grande Campus, 100 W. Rio Grande, A121. Participants learn how drawing helps achieve peace of mind during the day. Time: 831-4523, ckazanji@epcc.edu.
Dr. Mimi Gladstein and photographer Carol Eastman will discuss their book ‘The Women of Smeltertown” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Northwest Library Multipurpose Room, 6701 S. Desert, in conjunction with Women’s History Month.

Bazaars and markets

Magic Morning Market — The Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, hosts an indoor and outdoor market 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of the month (March 7). Food and refreshments sold. Information: 585-9296.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 19th annual market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers, meat producers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.

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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.


‘Conversaciones y emociones a color’
—Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, 910 E. San Antonio, and the Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte presents the exhibit by renowned border artist Adriana Peraldi, March 5-April 3 with opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Admission is free. Information: 747-3257 or consulmex.sre.gob.mx/elpaso/.
  Peraldi, born in El Paso and raised in Juárez, leads an artistic studio on both sides of the border, with more than 30 exhibitions over the years. In her paintings, she captures with vivid colors, movements, saturations, and transparencies to express sensations and emotionalities.

Crossland Gallery
— The El Paso Art Association’s gallery is at 500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
  An opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, for “Group Scholarship Exhibit 2020,” hosted by EPAA and the Huthsteiner Fine Arts Trust. The exhibit, featuring works by students from the Anthony, Canutillo, San Elizario, Fabens and Tornillo school districts, runs through March 27.

El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Festival Plaza. Admission is free. Information: 212-0300 or epma.art. “Talks and Reception: Mexican Modernism to Latinx,” focusing on new artists and their works featured at the museum, is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Speaker is Dr. E Carmen Ramos, Smithsonian American Art Museum Deputy Chief Curator. Guest artists are Celia Álvarez Muñoz and Adrian Esparza.


‘The Illusionists — Live From Broadway’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the world’s best-selling magic show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Plaza Theatre, showcasing the top Illusionists on earth. Tickets: $32.50-$72.50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111 or visitelpaso.com/broadway.

‘The Good Doctor’
— El Paso Community College Theatre presents the Neil Simon comedy March 6-15, at the Forum Theatre on the Transmountain Campus, 9570 Gateway North. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. The March 13th performance will be interpreted for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Directed by Ted Karber, Jr. Ticket: $15 ($7 EPCC students, staff, and seniors; $10, Non-EPCC students and military); cash or checks only. Information: 831-5056 or on Facebook.
   “The Good Doctor,” written by Neil Simon, and including music, consists of a series of short plays, based on short stories and other works of Russian writer Anton Chekhov, framed by a writer making comments on them.

Musical Jams and Jokes — Kelly Kellz from HBO’s All Def Jam Comedy headlines the “The New Divas of Comedy Tour” at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Northgate Optimist Club, 4201 Skyline, with Queen of the Mic and Keisha Hunt, Miller Lite Contest Winner of 2007 of “We Got Next Laff Mob Laffapalooza.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance (general admission); $30 at the door. Early bird tickets through Feb. 27 and military discounts: $20. Reserved tables available for 6 or more tickets purchased at the same time. Available at eventbrite. Information: Paul, 241-6457, Mimi, 204-8028, Tommy (505) 730-2413 or B. Smooth, (832) 921-2788.

‘Seven Deadly Shorts’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents the series of seven 10-minute plays from Palmore Productions at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre). Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
  What could aliens, yoga, fortune telling, Cracker Jack, baggage, chess and murder possibly have in common? Sin! From Mark Watts and Stephanie Karr, the team that opened the first Jewel Box Series in 2014.


El Paso Golden Gloves Boxing — The showcase for regional amateur boxers is March 6-8 at El Paso County Coliseum. Bouts start at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Competition will be held in the Junior Olympic, Novice, Masters and Open Classes for both males and females. Tickets: $5 at the door. Information: Ladislao Vicencio, 203-0493 or on Facebook at Golden Gloves Boxing.

El Paso Rhinos - The Junior League ice hockey team’s season home games are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. The final home games are March 6-8 against San Diego Sabers. 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.

Blue-Grey All-Star Combine — The All-Star Combine is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Hanks High School’s Excalibur Stadium, 2001 Lee Trevino, featuring several NFL veterans including former defensive back Mark McMillia, and former quarterback Seneca Wallace. Players who play well at the All-American Combine will earn an invitation to the brand’s All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium. All interested players must sign up at bluegreyfootball.com to receive invite and approval.
  The NFL veterans will provide instruction to student-athletes (Class of 2021-2023) during each of the planned 3-to-4-hour workouts, as well as one-on-one sessions and a meet-and-greet with coaches, players, friends and families.


Las Cruces International Film Festival —
Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Graham Greene, Krista Bridges, Bella Heathcote and Judge Reinhold, and writer/producer Tom Schulman are special guests at the 2020 Las Cruces International Film Festival, presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces March 4-8. Screenings at the Las Cruces Allen Theatres Cineport 10, 700 South Telshor.
  VIP passes are $150 for all events. Film and workshop access passes are $75. Daily screening passes are $20. Tickets and full schedule available at lascrucesfilmfest.com. Information: (575) 646-6149
  Single screening tickets, as available, are $10; available in advance at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall.
  Las Cruces International Film Festival
  Dreyfuss, Green, and Bridges are all cast in “Astronaut,” the Opening Night film at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Dreyfuss plays an elderly widower who has always been intrigued by space. Although he is beyond the age requirement, he enters and wins a competition hosted by a billionaire entrepreneur and company founder on the first commercial space flight. Director/writer Shelagh McLeod and the film’s producers will join Dreyfuss, Greene, and Bridges in a Q&A after the film. Virgin Galactic staff plan to join them as well.
  Films and workshops are scheduled Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7, with the Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the las Cruces Downtown Mall.
  Dreyfuss (”Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus) will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Allen Theatres Cineport 10.
  The festival ends with screenings of the 2020 Award Winners (Screenplay, Short Film, Documentary, Director, Audience Choice and Grand Jury Winner) beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 8, at Cineport 10.

Glenn Miller Orchestra — The world famous big band performs many of the original arrangements of hits by the legendary Glenn Miller at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $30 (Ticketmaster).
  Miller was the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and ’40s. The orchestra, with 20 musicians and singers, performs such classics as “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “String of Pearls” and “Tuxedo Junction.”

‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents the musical comedy March 5-15 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with book by Rachel Sheinkin, music and lyrics by William Finn, and additional material by Jay Reiss. Directed by Wil Kilory. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and Sundays. Preview night is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high school students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.

Harlem Globetrotters — The Globetrotters return to the area at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Since 1927, the Globetrotters have visited 115 countries and played before more than 100 million fans. Tickets: $20-$90 (Ticketmaster).

Camp Furlong Day and Cabalgata Binacional — The 104th anniversary of Pancho Villa’s raid in 1916 will be celebrated 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pancho Villa State Park, off State Roads 11 and 9, Columbus, N.M. Historical presentations and educational activities are scheduled at Pancho Villa State Park, the Village of Columbus Plaza and the Columbus Train Depot Museum. The Friends of Pancho Villa State Park will host a birds of prey presentation by Laura McCann of New Mexico Raptors. Admission is free to community center complex; state park fee is $5 a carload. Information: Pancho Villa State Park (575) 531-2711 or PanchoVillaStateParkFriendsGroup.org.
  Professor Glenn Minuth will give a talk at 1 p.m. on “Uniforms, Tactics, and Equipment of the Mexican Revolution: 1910-1920.”
  The 17th annual Camp Furlong Day is a binational friendship event, commemorating the March 9, 1916 early morning attack on the village of Columbus and the adjacent military camp by Mexican General Francisco “Pancho” Villa and his men. Within days of the raid, General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing began the Punitive Expedition into Mexico.
  The 21st Annual Cabalgata Binacional will be hosted in the Village of Columbus plaza. Cavalcade riders are expected to arrive in Columbus at about 10 to 10:30 a.m. followed by festival and entertainment in the village plaza throughout the day. Information: (575) 343-0147 or columbuschamberofcommerce@yahoo.com.

Vines In The Pines — The Art and Wine Festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 at Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca, with samples of New Mexico wines, local art, crafts, food, boutique vendors and other local brews. Live music 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday from Chris Baker. Tickets: $20 through March 6; $25 at the door per day. Weekend passes are $30 in advance; $35 at the door; available at eventbrite.com.

The TriFecta Omnium
— The Las Cruces/Hillsboro, N.M. cycling event is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, with a time trial and criterium Saturday and road race Sunday. Fees: $15 for time trial, $20 for criterium and $25 for road race ($50 for all three); late fee after March 5. No race day registration. Information, registration newmexicosportsonline.com or ziavelocycling.com. USAC license required; no race day registration.
  Saturday’s events begin on REA Road in Las Cruces. Time Trial course is out and back on a frontage road for 20K, and the criterium course is a flat, square 1-mile circuit near the time trial course.
  Sunday’s race course starts in Hillsboro, goes toward Lake Valley and returns to Hillsboro, then finishes with 9 miles uphill to Kingston. Distance is 35 or 53 miles depending on category.

‘Bosoms and Neglect’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the comedy by John Guare, directed by Monte H. Wright, March 6-22, at Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19. This play is a biting study of modern mores. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

Abbie Gardner — Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Indie/Folk Series 10th anniversary season presents dobro player Abbie Gardner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Buckhorn Opera House, 32 Main in Pinos Altos, near Silver City, N.M. Tickets: $25 ($20 MRAC members) Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
  Gardner, famed for her tales of love and loss, has performed solo and with Americana darlings Red Molly. Her latest CD, “Wishes on a Neon Sign” was released in January 2018.

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