EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
Paul Anka — The legendary singer and songwriter performs at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Anka wrote songs for artist like Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis and Buddy Holly in addition to his own hits like “Put Your Head on My Shoulder, “Lonely Boy,” “Puppy Love” and more. Tickets: $49-$169 (Ticketmaster). Event rescheduled from Nov. 5.
Anka’s two most recent albums, “Rock Swings” and “Classic Songs, My Way,” feature songs created by rock performers like Nirvana and Van Halen.
‘Iconic Pop’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents its faculty dance program 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre (2nd floor). 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.
Coin Show - The International Coin Club of El Paso’s 55th annual Coin Show is Feb. 16-18 at El Maida Hall, 6331 Alabama, with tables of coins, paper money, medals and tokens by dealers from around the country. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 241-6977, 533-6001 or on Facebook at International Coin Club of El Paso.
The annual kids auction is 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 7 to 14. The kids auction is a no-cost auction; script provided for the bidding.
This year’s Coin Show commemorative medal will highlight the “Return of the Streetcars.”
Mariachi Festival — The 3rd annual festival and music competition is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. Professional mariachi competition for cash prizes. Additional live entertainment and dancing follow at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
This year’s performances include Mariachi Aguilas de Las Cruces, Mariachi Flores Mexicanas, Arturo Guerrero y su Mariachi Loco and Mariachi Son de Mexico.
UTEP Wind Symphony — Concert is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 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.• •
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 or trickyfalls.com.
• David Dondero — The American indie folk singer and songwriter performs Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the Perch, with Javier Martinez, Sleepspent and Gytrash. Tickets: $8.
• Grails — The experimental rock band performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Perch. Tickets: $14-$17.
• Eyes Set to Kill — The post-hardcore band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Tickets: $10-$13.
Mako — The LA DJ duo, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Tickets: $15-$20. Information: lowbrowpalace.com./
Club Here I Love You — 115 S. Durango. Tickets on eventbrite.com. Information: 307-7736 or on Facebook. Volac’s Russia Style North American Tour is 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Tickets: $14.71.
‘Spirit Power’ — Open Arms Community presents a morning concert with singer, songwriter and three-time Grammy nominee Marty Rotella at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Open Arms/Centro Santa Fe, 8210 North Loop. Admission is free; offerings are accepted. Information: email@example.com
Rotella is the founder of Spirit Power Music and producer of 18 CD’s. He composed the score of “The Passion Play,” the longest running musical version of the Passion in America.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Bourbon Street on Cincinnati Street — The annual Mardi Gras celebration in Kern Place is Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13. Cincinnati Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the outdoor celebration featuring food, live outdoor music, drink specials and, of course, beads. Details to be announced. Updates on Facebook at Cincinnati Entertainment district.
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. 17: Animal and Human Valentine's Day Celebration. Bring a beloved animal and/or human and celebrate Valentine's Day at the Market. Toni Marie Photography will be on site to snap pictures of pets for $10 ($5 goes to charity).
BorderRAC Topgolf fundraiser — BorderRAC hosts a fundraising event where guests can be some of the first to experience Topgolf, at 365 Via Rambla Drive, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $100 (includes breakfast and competitive tournament style play); available at borderrac.org/fundraising. Information: (BorderRAC) 838-3200.
The Walk for the Future — The walk benefitting Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Development scholarship fund is Saturday, Feb. 17, at Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Waves begin at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 a.m. Registration: ephccef.org. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Packet pick up (after registering) at The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2401 E. Missouri on site the day of the event.
Galentine’s Day — Women’s Fund of El Paso hosts a fundraising event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Top Golf, 365 Vin Rambla. Guest of honor is pro golfer and former LPGA player Kristi Albers, director of First Tee and golf coach at Cathedral High School. Gals and guys welcome. Tickets: $55 (includes entry, golf and food); available at eventbrite.com.
Valentine’s Day Soiree — Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery, 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. hosts a fine dining experience 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, with a sit-down steak dinner (vegetarian option available), live music and dancing by Frontera Jazz Two in a tented venue. Tickets (includes two complimentary glasses of wine or beer): $70 ($60 wine club members). Information: (915) 309-7219 or sombraantigua.com.
Valentine’s in Valentine — The 6th annual music event is 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Old Mercantile in Valentine, Texas, with performances by Doug Moreland Band, The Doodlin’ Hogwallops, and Beebe & Carrasco, presented by Big Bend Brewing Company. Information: bigbendbrewing.com.
Seniors Love Conference — El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s 23rd annual conference, “Making Connections, where there is love, there is life,” is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at EPCC Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount, featuring speakers, exhibitors, entertainment, and art exhibit and more. Food donations accepted at the door. Information, conference passes are free: 831-7801 or eventbrite.com.
Black History Month
EPCC Black History Month — El Paso Community College will host events in February in celebration of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “African Americans in Times of War” at EPCC’s Administrative Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount. Admission is free, unless otherwise listed. Information: 831-3324, email@example.com or epcc.edu/diversityprograms.
• 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12: Soul Night featuring historical Black Greek Letter Organizations and live hip hop DJ).
• Fab. 15-28: Black History Month Art Exhibit runs during regular building hours.
La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on Facebook at YISDFineArts.
The Black History Month Annual Art Contest and Exhibition, “Continuing the Dream: African Americans who have Changed the World,” is Feb. 1-23. Awards presentation and reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.
Black El Paso Democrats — The 35th annual Political Awareness and Awards Banquet is Saturday, Feb. 17, at Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets: $55 until Feb. 4; $75 Feb. 5-15. Information: bepd.org.
Speaker is Texas State Rep. (District 120) Barbara Gervin-Hawkins.
‘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.
The audience will witness a murder and uncover clues throughout the night to reveal the murderer. Dinner and dessert will be served. BYO wine event (no liquor or beer).
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. Sunday, Feb. 18: NMHBA Quarter Horse Stakes, The Peppers Pride Stakes
Hueco Tanks Rock Rodeo — The 25th anniversary of the bouldering competition is Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16-18, at Hueco Tanks, with cash and prizes offered. Registration and other events are at Hueco Rock Ranch; competition is at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, along with a party, demonstrations, food trucks and pro climbers present. Passes are $60 for the weekend; $40 for Saturday night only. Information, registration: huecorodeo.com.
Hueco Rock Ranch, operated by American Alpine Club, is at 17498 Bettina, about 3 miles from the state park.
Primetime El Paso Boxing — Boxing superstar and world champion Victor Ortiz take on world champion Devon Alexander, plus El Paso’s Jennifer Han vs. contender Lizbeth Crespo at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $25, $40, $60, $100 and $200 (Ticketmaster). Information: premierboxingchampions.com.
For the first time ever, El Paso will host a live Boxing event in PRIMETIME on a major network (FOX).
Han is defending her title against No. 1 world-ranked Crespo, a bout originally scheduled for Jan. 27.
Featured on the undercard is a super middleweight showdown between unbeaten contender Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant and Rogelio “Porky” Medina; as well as Tony Harrison versus Jorge Cotain in a 10-round super welterweight showcase.
Disc Golf Ice Bowl — El Paso Disc Golf Club will hold its 4th annual El Paso Ice Bowl, with tee off is 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Lionel Forti Park, 1225 Giles. All levels of players welcome. Proceeds go to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Entry fee: $30 at elpasoansfightinghunger.com (write “Ice Bowl” in memo box). Information: Victor Villalobos (tournament director)Vvillalobos43@gmail.com.
Player pack, event shirt and disc, for each player registered by Feb. 1. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Player meeting at 9 a.m. Tournament is 2 rounds of 18. Second round will be an alternate course.
Michelob Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K — The annual races are 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, starting and finishing at Southwest University Park. Information: elpasomarathon.org.
Registration (through Feb. 17) is $110 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half Marathon; and $40 for the 5K; and 10 for a kids dash. Entry fees at the Race Expo the day before the race go up $10.
The Race Expo and packet pickup is 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, with over 30 exhibitors and vendors.
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.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com. ABBA Mania, The world’s No. 1 touring ABBA tribute concert comes, to Alamogordo at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Tickets: $19-$40.
Las Colcheras Quilt Show — The quilt show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 University, with judged quilts three special exhibits of small quilts, workshops, demonstrations and appraisals. Admission: $7 one day; $12 two day fees; free for age 12 and younger. Information: LasColcherasQG@aol.com.
‘The Scarab Thief’ — Mesilla Valley Dance Collective presents the family-friendly show about friendship, adventure, and sacrifice at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N Main in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors 65 and over). Reservations: (575) 523-1223. Information:
‘The Odyssey’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents Homer’s classic Feb. 16-25, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts. Directed by Mary Zimmerman. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $17 ($14 seniors; $10 students; $5 high school students with current I.D.) Information: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.
The Odyssey, as adapted by Zimmerman, makes thrilling, playful and new one of the most memorable epics of all time. The adventure story features cyclopes, sea-monsters, shipwrecks, gods and goddesses.
Blake Shelton — The country superstar’s “Country Music Freaks” Tour comes to Las Cruces, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, with Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and special guest Trace Adkins. Tickets: $43-$92. VIP packages (starting at $179), and 3D collector tickets also offered.
The tour will showcase Shelton’s fan favorites along with music from Shelton’s latest project “Texoma Shore,” featuring the hit single “I’ll Name the Dogs.”
Eldredge brought his 2017 self-titled album to the top of Billboard’s all-genre Top Album Sales and Country Albums charts. Pearce released her debut album “Every Little Thing” and was one of only three females to reach Top 10 this year on country radio. Adkins, a star on the country scene for over 20 years with several No. 1 hits, has also acted on TV and films.
Slaid Cleaves — The Austin folk singer performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos, N.M. as part of the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Indie/Folk Series. Tickets: $20; $15 MRAC members. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
The Museum Rocks Gem & Mineral Show — The annual gem and mineral show is Feb. 17-18, at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, with wholesale and resale dealers of both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and educational displays on the art and science of rocks and gems. Sponsored by Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 age 5 and older; includes museum admission. Information: (575) 522-4100 or lcmuseumrocks.com.
Spanish Colonia Art Market — Spanish Colonial Art Society in Santa Fe hosts the 4th annual Las Cruces market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17-18, at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, 705 S. Telshor. The two-day event allows the public to interact personally with the artists, view their work and observe demonstrations of 400 years of Hispanic culture. Admission information: (505) 982-2226 or spanishcolonial.org.
The Society runs the traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe the last full weekend of July every year, and Winter Market in Albuquerque the weekend after Thanksgiving.
‘Cox and Box’ — Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso presents the one-act operetta with libretto by F.C. Burnand and music by Arthur Sullivan, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65). Reservations: (575) 650-7915.
The other “act” will be a celebration of the various guises of love through the lens of Gilbert and Sullivan songs.