El Paso Scene Weekly for February 25-March 3, 2019

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Las Cruces Arts Fair — Doña Ana Arts Council’s 9th annual regional juried fine arts event is March 1-3 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 Hal Marcus.
  Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with entertainment by flamenco guitarist Jake Mossman Friday and Saturday, and food and beverages will be available to purchase.
  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; Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo; the Frame and Art Center, 1100 S. Main, and in El Paso at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon 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 16 artists creating art as the audience watches, with all pieces then available to purchase by silent auction.

Cowboy Days — The 20th 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 2-3, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, with two days of cowboy demonstrations, chuckwagon cooking, children's activities, mounted shooting, the 3rd annual CASI Chili Cook-Off, cowboy music, pony rides, gunfight re-enactments, and food and craft vendors. Admission: $5 per person; age 4 and younger free. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  Mechanical bull and mini-train rides are $3 each, and pony rides are $5.
  A new program is “Old West Melodramas” taking place in the museum’s Theater twice each day. Skits include “Evil Banker,” “Frontier Mortician,” “Pecos Bill and a Matter of Mistaken Identity,” and “Billy the Kid.”
  Also highlighted this year are two horseshoeing demonstrations each day. Chuckwagon cooking will be increased with an addition of a second chuck wagon added, the Lonely Goat Ranch near Roswell.
  Parade of Breeds is twice each day, with cowboy mounted shooting in the Roping Arena with a morning and afternoon session each day. The Back Country Horsemen of America’s local chapter will also be on hand.
  Sheep to Shawl program begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the shearing of one of the museum’s Debouillet sheep. The wool will be carded, and then spun by several demonstrators. A weaver or knitter will then use the yarn from the wool to create a shawl that will be raffled. The entire process should take about six hours and the activity will take place inside the Sheep & Goat Barn.
  Performers include Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment at noon, Enchantment Historical Production’s “The American Fashion Show,” cowboy musical performers Kenny Arroyos, Voz Vaqueros, the Ramblin’ Rangers, and Tom Foster Morris & Friends. Author appearances Ollie Reed, Carol Potenza, and Jim Jones of the Western Writers of America.
  Cowboy Days CASI Chili Cook-Off tasting is from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday (or until the chili runs out). Sampling: $5.

El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 36th annual games for those age 50 and older run March 2-May 22 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare, UTEP and Urgent Care Home Heath Inc. All participants have a chance to qualify for the Texas State Senior Games. Registration: $15 for 2 events and t-shirt, plus $5 for each additional event; $45 for all events. Includes t-shirt. Information, registration: 503-6544 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
• Opening Ceremony is 9 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg.
• Basketball Skills — 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Polly Harris Center.

Rabbit Hole’ — El Paso Community College Theater Ensemble presents Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama by David Lindsay-Abaire March 1-10 at Transmountain Campus Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North, directed by Matthew Smith. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($10 non-EPCC students and military; $7 EPCC students and staff and senior citizens). Ages 7 and older only admitted. Reservations: 831-5056.
  The drama delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart.


Chicago — The legendary rock band and El Paso favorite returns at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49.50-$89.50; VIP packages are $375-$450 (Ticketmaster).
  Chicago, came in at No. 9 as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, and is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.
  Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lifetime achievements include two Grammy Awards. Record sales top the 100 million mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five gold singles.

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets prices vary. Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/liberalarts/music/.
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs Tuesday, Feb. 26.
• UTEP Choirs perform Thursday, Feb. 28.

Jim Breuer — The stand-up comic and SNL alumnus performs his “Comedy, Stories and More” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $32-$62; VIP tickets $162 (Ticketmaster).

Tony Bennett — The Grammy Award-winning singer performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Plaza Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, with special guest Antonia Bennett. Tickets: $59.50-$$99.50(Ticketmaster).
  With more than 50 million records sold worldwide, Bennett has won ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His numerous singles include “Rags To Riches,” “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” and his signature “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” In the new millennium he has performed with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Bono, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, Lady Gaga and more.

Ángela Aguilar — The mariachi/ranchera singer, daughter of Pepe Aguilar, performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Plaza Theatre, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $40-$110 (Ticketmaster).
  At 15 years old, Aguilar was named a Latin Artist on the Rise by Billboard, and received nominations at the 19th annual Latin Grammy Awards for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album and Best New Artist.

Metallica — Heavy metal legend bring their Worldwired tour to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Each show begins with the Light It Up pre-show party hosted by comedian Jim Breuer. Ticket information via Ticketmaster.

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen. Leftover Crack, Days N Daze, Dayglo Abortions and Cop/Out perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular — The popular laser rock show returns with a special celebration of 50 years of Pink Floyd at 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic. Tickets: $25, $30 and $35 (Ticketmaster).

‘Music Beyond Borders’ — NMSU Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd Juárez merge for “Music Beyond Borders” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe. Admission is free, but donations will be directed to scholarships for future NMSU music students, as well as purchasing instruments for the Esperanza Azteca program, among other needs. Information: (575) 646-2304 or music.nmsu.edu.
  The concert is an initiative led by the Mexican consulate in El Paso, Maestro Simon Gollo of NMSU, Maestro Jové García of OSEA, and the “Amigos de la Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez” asociation

Bill Maher — The “politically incorrect” comic returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $59 to $99 (Ticketmaster).
  For more than 20 years, Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. As the host of “Politically Incorrect,” and for the last 14 years as host of HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher has garnered 38 Emmy nominations. He won an Emmy in 2014 as executive director of the HBO series “Vice.”
  His swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” became the 8th highest grossing documentary of all time.


Roma Calatayud-Stocks book signing — The author and composer will discuss and sign her new book “A Symphony of Rivals” 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Barnes & Noble (East Side), Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West, Suite 120. She will address the artistic and musical contributions of some of the greatest composers and conductors, the rise of Nazism and the role of art in the public arena. Information: 594-3024.

Mesita Health Fair — The 19th annual health fair is 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday,  Feb. 28, at Mesita Elementary School 3307 N. Stanton, in the auditorium,. Admission is free. Information: 449-8028.

‘Community Encounters: Justice’ — El Paso Holocaust Museum, in partnership with Temple Mount Sinai, the Interfaith Alliance and the YWCA Racial Justice Program, presents an evening of dinner and dialogue Thursday, Feb. 28, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. The event invites participants to share a meal and their own stories, viewpoints, and perspectives. Admission and dinner is free; please RSVP at 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.

Power of the Purse — The Women’s Fund of El Paso annual event is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1, at EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills, with shopping and a silent auction. Tickets: $53.08 (eventbrite.com) Information: 218-2610 or womensfundofep.org.
  Women’s Fund of El Paso was established in 2004 to connect women with resources available in the community and offer educational advancement and leadership development opportunities for their economic advancement.

Rocky Mountain Music Scholars Conference — The annual conference is Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at UTEP’s Student Union, with the joint chapter meetings of the Rocky Mountain Chapters of the American Musicological Society, Society for Music Theory, and the Society for Ethnomusicology. The event includes music education, lectures and other events. Details to be announced. Information: Lindsey Macchiarella, 747-6630 or lmacchiarella@utep.edu.

UTEP Clarinet Day — UTEP Department of music hosts a day of clarinet-related events 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Building, with recitals, Master classes, vendors and more.  Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with rehearsal  conducted by Andrew Hunger 9 to 10 a.m.; all clarinet players invited to bring their instrument and join in.  Registration is free at music.utep.edu. Information: 747-5606.
  The Festival Clarinet Choir performance begins at 4 p.m., preceded at 3 p.m. by a UTEP Clarinet Studio Recital.
 Other events:
• Clarinet Repair 101 presentation by John Pleasant at 10 a.m.
• Clarinet Recital by Dr. James Logan, DMA accompanied by Dr. Dominic Dousa, Piano at 11 a.m., with a Master Class by Logan at 1 p.m.
• “Another World: A look at the German Clarinet" By Dr. David Ross presentation. at 2 p.m.

LULAC Women’s Forum — LULAC District IV hosts its annual conference 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Hilton Garden Inn, 111 W. University (next to UTEP), featuring talks on immigration, law enforcement, education, healing herbs, ancestors and spirituality, along with a fashion and hair show, and vendors. Registration: $30 (includes lunch). Information: Rebeca Bustamante, 422-4115; Chris Fraga, 999-2743; Ruth Ramirez, 252-3917 or Mary Yanez, 329-1967.
  A dropoff box will collect toiletries, including shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, etc., to be donated to Annunciation House to help immigrants.

Brazilian Carnaval — Sol Studio, 4106 Montana, hosts a celebration of Carnaval and Brazilian culture 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 2, with free Samba dance lessons, Capoeira, live music by Samba Alma de Fogo, costume contest, food, kids activities, vendors and more. Admission is free; donations accepted. Information: 996-1814, solstudioep.com or on Facebook.

The Art of Entertainment — The Art of the Arts Society presents a performance by pianist Laurie Koval at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at International Museum of Art parlor, 1211 Montana, with a Name That Tune and requests session. Admission is free; donations welcome. Museum membership encouraged. Information: 543-6747.

‘A oscuras me da risa’ — The contemporary Mexican comedy directed by Daniel Chavez and Ariel Miramontes Albertano, is 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Plaza Theatre, starring Alexis Ayala, Raquel Bigorra, Armando Araiza, Benito Castro, Jose Luis Guarneros and Diana Motta. Tickets: $35-$90 (Ticketmaster).

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. 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.

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.


Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.  The 60th season of the live racing runs through May 5. Post time is 12:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.

Monster Jam – The Monster Truck show is 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2-3, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Gates open one hour before event. Tickets start at $15; ages 2 and older must have tickets (Ticketmaster). Information: monsterjam.com.
  Pet Party access starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with party 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pit party early access is $35 (general pit party passes are $15).
  Fans can vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions on their smartphones.

Brain Injury Support Group 5K — El Paso Brain Injury Support Group’s 8th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $25; $20 per person for teams of 10 or more. ($2 gate fee for park) Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com.


‘Silent Sky’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents true story of New England astronomer Henrietta Leavitt Feb. 22-March 3 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Written by Laruen Gunderson and directed by Claudia Billings. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $17 ($14 seniors; $10 students; $5 high schools students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-41420 or nmsutheatre.com.
  Leavitt leaves the comforts of her rural home for the Harvard Observatory, Her ambition leaves both her family and her new colleagues perplexed. But with a single discovery, their views of themselves, each other, and the universe itself will be upended for all time.

Ilya Yakushev — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the award-winning Russian pianist at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The program features compositions by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin as well as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, plus a multi-media presentation. Tickets: $25; $5 students 18 and older with I.D. (available at the door only); free for age 17 and younger with paying adult. Information: (575) 405-7429 or lascrucescca.org.

Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community March 1-3, on “Burro-bon Street” (Burro Avenue) with this year’s theme “History of America.” The family celebration includes food, music, vendors, games a parade and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com, or on Facebook.
  A Cajun cook-off is 6 p.m. Friday. Tasting trays; $7. Street dance is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Annual parade is 3 p.m. Saturday.

‘Music Beyond Borders’ — NMSU Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez merge for “Music Beyond Borders” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe. Admission is free, but donations will be directed to scholarships for future NMSU music students, as well as purchasing instruments for the Esperanza Azteca program, among other needs. Information: (575) 646-2304 or music.nmsu.edu.
  The concert is an initiative led by the Mexican consulate in El Paso, Maestro Simon Gollo of NMSU, Maestro Jové García of OSEA, and the “Amigos de la Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez” association.


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