El Paso Scene Weekly for March 27-April 2, 2017
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Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Generationals — American new wave duo, 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, with Raindeer. Tickets: $10-$12.
• A Thief Named Time — 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, with Deliah Blue, Hot Shot Kixx and State Limbo. A video release party for Hot Shot Kixx is also featured All ages show; 18 and older only for party. Admission is free.
• Blake — 9 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Tickets: $20 (meet and greet tickets $40).
• Badflower — The LA rock band performs at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 2, with Somewhat Lethargic and A Thief Named Time. Tickets: $10-$12.
UTEP Department of Music — 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.
• Symphonic Winds concert is Tuesday, March 28.
• Orchestra Concert is Thursday, March 30.
Chicago — The legendary rock band and El Paso favorite returns at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Plaza Theatre with opening band JD & The Straight Shot. Tickets: $49.50-$89.50 (Ticketmaster).
Self-described as the “rock ‘n’ roll band with horns,” Chicago celebrates their 50th anniversary this year, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 after receiving their first nomination.
First known as Chicago Transit Authority, the band’s first album was a double-disk debut that sold over 1 million copies its first year. The band has sold 100 million more albums since then.
The Americana band JD & The Straight Shot, featuring vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, is working on an album due out in 2017, with the first single “I Know, You Know, I Know.”
Cristian Castro — The Grammy-nominated Mexican vocalist performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at El Paso County Coliseum, with Aleks Syntek Tickets: $49.50 to $125.00 (Ticketmaster).
Castro, often referred to as “El Gallito Feliz” (the Happy Little Rooster), has performed with a variety of artists including Michael Jackson, Luis Miguel, Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin and Julio Iglesias.
UTEP Early Music Ensemble — The ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on period instruments. Presented by the UTEP Department of Music. Admission is free; age 21 and older only. Information: 747-6630.
Wind Symphony Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring the recipient of the EPWS Young Musician’s Award. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.
Yuridia — The Latin pop singer performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $42-$110 (Ticketmaster).
After winning second place on the popular Mexican reality show “La Academia,” Yuridia scored major success with her debut album, “La Voz de un Ángel,” selling 1.5 million copies.
‘In the Mood’ — The 1940s musical revue returns to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the era. Tickets: $29 to $60(Ticketmaster).
The show features the String of Pearls singers and dancers with a 13-piece big band orchestra. In the 1940s, the combination of up-tempo big band instrumentals and intimate, romantic ballads set the mood for a future filled with promise, hope and prosperity.
Piano Recitals — The El Paso Music Teachers Association hosts its students in recital at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, with piano or chamber music of various styles performed by K-12 students. Admission is free. Information: (915) 231-9581.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Circo Hermanos Vazquez — The circus runs March 31-April 10 at the El Paso County Coliseum. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31; noon, 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1; 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 2; 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 3-7; 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 10. Ticket prices are $15-$40, available at circovazquez.com. The website offers a free child’s ticket (age 10 or younger).
Circo Hermanos Vazquez was founded in Mexico City in 1969 and after years of touring Latin America, began touring in the U.S. in 2016.
Sun City Fair — The fair and music festival is March 31-April 16 at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays. Attractions and entertainment includes pig races, pony rides, a wolf show and tiger display, petting zoo, “marvelous mutts” show performers Rhinestone Roper, Kid Dave and Wade Henry. Admission: $10 ($5 youth) Saturday and Sunday; $5 Wednesday through Friday all ages; $10 Tuesday all ages. Closed Monday Wristband pass: $25 weekend; $20 Wednesday through Friday. Information: 1-866-993-2477.
César Chávez March —The annual Cesar Chavez March is 5 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Centro de Trabajadores Agrícolas, 201 E. Ninth Avenue. Information: 873-8933.
Women for Business Conference — “Shark Tank” star Kim Nelson is keynote speaker for the annual conference 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. The event features networking opportunities, El Paso's own version of Shark Tank, “Biz Tank!” and prizes. Sponsored by Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $75; $50 military and students. Registration: 629-6714 or elpaso.org.
Nelson, founder of Daisy Cakes, became America’s hottest entrepreneur and small business success story when she navigated her way through the “shark-filled waters” on the reality show “Shark Tank” and built a multimillion dollar business.
"Living the American Dream," entrepreneurship presenters include Sue Malone, national SBA lender and top lender to women-owned businesses; Lorraine Wardy, El Paso Business Hall of Fame; Suzanne Michaels, former El Paso news anchor now entrepreneur.
Presenters on "climbing the corporate ladder" include: Major General Heidi V. Brown and Aliana Apodaca of Positive Directions, and a “Power Circle” networking session with many of El Paso’s top corporate women.
Franklin Mountain Poppies Preservation Celebration — The 11th annual free family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). The family fun day includes hands on activities, nature tours, archery, live entertainment art vendors, food trucks, and a live wolf and hawk encounter. Exhibits and film screenings presented inside the museum. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or email@example.com.
Free parking at EPCC Transmountain Campus (Diana Exit & US 54), with free shuttle to and from event; no parking at the Archaeology Museum or Border Patrol Museum.
The Poppies Fest was created to bring attention to the need for long-term conservation and preservation of Castner Range, a former artillery range for Fort Bliss.
Upcycled Art Fair — Vendors specialized in upscale recycled art, clothing and more are needed for the event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Placita Santa Fe, 5024-5034 Doniphan. The fair will be held in the historic shopping center’s gazebo and parking lot. For information, contact Tamara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 274-6517.
Living Tour 2017 — Downtown Management District will give a first-hand experience of eight new downtown residential developments 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, Food and drink offered at each location from some of downtown’s dining establishments. Shuttle service offered between stops. Prizes drawings every hour for prizes like a $1,000 store credit at Mattress Firm, and Neon Desert or StreetFest tickets. Tickets: $15; available at downtownelpaso.com.
Locations: Abdou Building, 115 N. Mesa; Campbell Street Apartments, 501 S. Campbell; Essex Alley, 513 W. San Antonio; Franklin Avenue Apartments, 617 W. Franklin; Martin Lofts, 217 N. Stanton; The Mix, 518 W. San Antonio; Roderick Artspace Lofts, 601 N. Oregon and The Savoy, 120 S. Stanton.
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.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
Massing of the Colors — Veterans, school and civic organizations will participate the annual event 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar, sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. All civic, veteran, patriotic, Girl and Boy Scout organizations are invited to participate. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 755-4038 or email@example.com.
The Massing of the Colors is a non-sectarian ceremony, dating back to 1922, that recognizes the sacrifices of all Americans, military and civilian, in both war and peace.
Kermezaar — The juried arts festival returns 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, at the International Museum or Art, 1211 Montana, featuring arts and crafts, food trucks and live music. Admission: $5; age 12 and younger free. Information: 543-6747 or kermezaar.org.
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, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, firstname.lastname@example.org, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
Showing March 31-May 6: “Colors of the Wild — Roar!,” featuring work with a wild theme of creatures. Opening reception is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 31.
Agave Rosa Gallery — 905 Noble (next to the International Museum of Art). Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Showing in April is “Colores De Latinoamerica: Alebrijes,” exclusive collection of artworks by 16 artists from Guadalajara Jal. Mexico. Alebrijes are brightly colored Oaxacan-Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. Opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Information: 533-8011.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
CASAblanca – CASA of El Paso hosts its annual fundraiser gala 6 p.m. Friday, March 31, at 150 Sunset Event Center 150 Sunset, with cocktails, dinner and a silent and live auctions. Tickets: $100; tables are $1,000. Information: 225-5214 or casaofelpaso.com.
CASA of El Paso trains and supports volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children who need representation in the family court system.
Rock N’ Stroll for Epilepsy — The leisurely family walk to raise awareness of epilepsy is 8:45 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Walk kicks off with a rally. Participants asked to raise at least $35 for the cause. Participation is free. Information: (713) 789-6295 or eftx.org. Registration at strollforepilepsy.org.
Fiesta Fundraiser — El Paso Wind Symphony hosts its 3rd annual fundraiser event 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Double Tree by Hilton, 600 El Paso Street, with food, casino games, silent auction, karaoke, loteria, face painting, paper flower and piñata making and more. Portion of proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center. Cost: $20; $10 age 7-15; age 6 and younger free (includes play money for gaming tables). Information: 603-8437 or elpasowindsymphony.com.
March Madness symphony fundraiser — The 19th annual fundraiser benefiting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach programs is Monday, April 3, at the El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals on several wide-screen televisions. Games begin about 7 p.m., pre-game activities and dinner at 6 p.m. Live and silent auctions and raffles will be held before the game and during halftime. Individual tickets; $110; sponsorship opportunities available. Information, reservations: 532-3776 or epso.org.
The annual March Madness Golf Tournament is earlier Monday. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and 18 holes of golf at 1 p.m. Hole sponsorships star at $150.
‘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.
April Fools! Show — Jesters League of America, hosts an April Fools Day performance 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Glasbox, 210 Poplar. Doors open at 6 p.m. Mature content. Donations: $10; BYOB. Information: 261-4060, email@example.com or on Facebook.
The Jesters League of America is a group of improv comedians who perform live, unscripted comedy throughout El Paso.
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. Saturday, April 1: West Texas Derby and Sunburst Stakes
Hope Brings Change 5K — The inaugural 5K run walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Hope City Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Registration: $20; $15 military, child 12 and younger; per person groups 5 or more; $25 everyone after March 26. Information: 600-6251 ext. 107 firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pickup and registration is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the church or 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on race day.
Colors of Cancer race — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts its “Colors of Cancer-Our Colors Run Together” 5K competitive run and non-competitive run/walk at Sunday, April 2, at Cohen Stadium. Registration at 7 a.m. with competitive run at 8:30 a.m. and non-competitive run at 9 a.m. Cost: $30 non-competitive; $35 for the competitive; $15 non-competitive children. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org. Registration at ourcolorsruntogether.com.
Participants are encouraged to wear a color associated with the ribbon color supporting the cancer. All the money raised from the 5K Run/Walk will stay in El Paso and will be administered through the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, the community’s local resource for cancer.
Coyote Classic XC Mountain Bike Race — The annual race, starting the New Mexico Off Road Series, is 8 a.m. to 4 .m. Sunday, April 2, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Round House (Bowen Ranch), off Martin Luther King Jr. Categories for expert, sport, beginner and single speed. All racers must have a USAC License: day license available for $10. Registration starts at $45 through April 1; $15 juniors 18 and younger. No race day registration. Gate fee at Round House is $5. Information: 544-2453 or on Facebook at The Coyote Classic.
Packet pickup is 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Bicycle Company, 3443 N. Mesa, Suite A.
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
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.
One-Act Play Festival — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, hosts its one-act showcase Thursday through Sunday, March 30-April 2, featuring original works by area playwrights and directors; plays to be announced. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra — Grant County Community Concert Association, Mimbres Region Arts Council and WNMU hosts the orchestra’s annual performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Conductor is Lonnie Klein. Admission: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (MRAC), (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org, or Grant County Community Concert Association, (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.
Tumbleweed Run — The 5K run and 1 mile fun run is Saturday, April 1, at Mesilla Elementary, 2363 Calle Del Sur in Mesilla. All skill levels and age groups are welcome. 5K begins at 9 a.m. with run at 9:30 a.m. Registration: $30 5K; $15 fun run. Online registration at active.com.
Trinity Site Tour — White Sands Missile Range. The semiannual tour to the site of the first atom bomb explosion is Saturday, April 1. The tour includes the McDonald House, part of the National Historic Landmark, where the plutonium core of the bomb was assembled, and visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero where a small obelisk marks the exact spot where the bomb was exploded. Historical photos mounted on the fence surrounding the area.
Admission is free; no reservations required. Information: (575) 678-1134 or wsmr.army.mil.
‘Imparables’ — The hit Spanish-language comedy show featuring Adrian Uribe and Omar Chaparro is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Ages 18 and older. Tickets: $55-$85 (Ticketmaster)
Gentri — The classical-pop crossover trio of vocalists and Broadways stars present their “Cinematic Pop” sound Saturday, April 1 at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $39-$79. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
‘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, through 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.
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