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This week's sponsor: Shen Yun 2018
The celebration of 5,000 years of Chinese culture through music and dance returns to the area for three shows March 3-4, at The Plaza Theatre, with an all-new program with live orchestra. Performances are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $80-$120. Information: 1-800-380-8265 or ShenYun.com/El-Paso
The performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops together in one performance “heavenly realms, ancient legends and modern heroic tales.”
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EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENT
EPSO ‘A Night of Requiems’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, in the Plaza Theatre, with the UTEP Concert Chorale. Selections include the Best of Requiems and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, op. 92, A major Tickets: $16-$45. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.
An “Artful Preludes” program will link the “Requiems” theme with the El Paso Museum of Art’s “Ethics, Excess, Extinction” exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the El Paso Museum of Art.
Danielle Talamantes – El Paso Pro-Musica presents the Metropolitan Opera Star 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Information: lowbrowpalace.com.
• Money Chicha — The Austin chicha band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, with Dos Santos. Tickets: $10 advance/$12 day of show.
• J.I.D. + Earthgang — The hip-hop artists perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, with Chaz French and Lute. Age 16 and older admitted. Tickets: $15 (VIP $65).
Conan — The British doom metal band performs Thursday, Feb. 22, at Neon Rose, 2430 Wyoming, for their “The Ditch and The Delta” Tour. Information on Facebook.
Aaron Watson — The Texas country musician performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. The West Texas native and up-and-coming country star’s new album is “Vaquero.” Tickets: $22-$108 (Ticketmaster).
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. The Texas band Dirty River Boys performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Age 18 and older welcome. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrock.com.
Club Here I Love You — 115 S. Durango. Tickets on eventbrite.com. Information: 307-7736 or on Facebook. Billy Kenny’s “Milky Way Tour” is 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Tickets: $17.95.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Be My Neighbor Day — KCOS, El Paso’s public television station, hosts its “Kids and Family festival” with special guest Daniel Tiger from PBS Kids’ hit series “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West. Local businesses and organizations serving families will host information booths and interactive areas, all with the theme of reinforcing a strong community and being a good neighbor. Guests can meet and take photos with Daniel Tiger. Live performances on stage throughout the event. Presented by the Fred Rogers Foundation, KCOS and Bassett Place. Admission is free. Information: 901-1313 or kcostv.org.
Pet Festival — El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual event to help pet owners respect and care for their pets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Westside Community Park, 7400 High Ridge, with vets, adoptions, local pet-oriented vendors on-site promoting their programs, live entertainment and food vendors. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
El Paso Bridal Showcase — The longest-running bridal-focused event in the area is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E. Mills, with fashion shows, a VIP area, vendor rooms and more. Admission is free; VIP area tickets: $20. Information: 544-9550 or elpasobridalshowcase.com.
Last Thursdays — The Downtown monthly evening art walk includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries. Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.
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. Fall and winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
Safari Nights Gala — El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International hosts its 15th annual gala, auction and expo at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with 30 outfitter booths from around the world, wildlife artists and outdoor equipment specialists. Tickets: $100 ($40 ages 12-17; age 12 and younger admitted free but must acquire a ticket). Group tables available for $400-$1,200; available at 584-9300 or at scielpaso.org.
‘A Spanish Knight’ —El Paso Mission Trail Association an evening of flamenco dancers and music, Zarzuela arias, poetry and guitarist Tlaloc Polo, with a special performance of “Retorno Al Hogar” presented by Danzas Espanolas, directed by Nina Gomez, beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at La Cueva Theatre, 10180 Socorro Road, in Socorro. Cost is $25. Sangria will be served. Tickets sold at the door or in advance at Studio Metropolis, 2308 N. Piedras; Mission Valley Visitors Center, 9065 Alameda; and Escamilla’s Fine Art Gallery, 1445 Main, San Elizario. Information: 851-0742.
‘On Golden Pond’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Ernest Thompson drama through 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 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. Cost: $52.50 plus tax; early Saturday dinner show, $49.99 plus tax. Information: 519-4854 or i-suspect.com.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ — Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell Suite C, presents the classic musical, Feb. 24-March 11. A gala opening night is Friday, Feb. 23. Ticket prices and other information: 637-1618, suncitymusicaltheatre.com or on Facebook.
WWE Live Road to WrestleMania — The professional wrestling event returns at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, to UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $15-$100 (Ticketmaster).
Headline bout is the WWE Championship Match: WWE Champion A.J. Styles vs. Kevini Owens and Sami Zayn, plus a two-on-three handicap match featuring Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers. Other WWE superstars also featured. Card subject to change.
UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Games are 7 p.m. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, Feb. 22: Louisiana Tech
• Saturday, Feb. 24: Southern Miss
UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com. Friday, Feb. 23: UTSA, 7 p.m.
El Paso Coyotes — The Major Arena Soccer League team hosts the Kansas City Comets at ’ p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the El Paso County Coliseum. 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.
El Paso Rhinos - The Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Dallas Snipers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23-25, at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. 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.
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. 25: Curribot Handicap, The Island Fashion Stakes, Mine That Bird Derby
El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 36th annual games for those age 50 and older run Feb. 24-May 19 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 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg.
• Basketball Skills is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Polly Harris Center.
• Road Race (1500m and 5K runs) are 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Polly Harris Center.
Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout — Four-time World Champion Bull Rider and El Paso native Tuff Hedeman presents the 12th annual Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge bull riding event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Top ranked professional championship bull riders in the world will compete. This event sells out every year. Tickets: $10-$75; VIP seating available (Ticketmaster). Information: 534-4329 or CBRbull.com.
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.
• ‘The Great Gatsby’ — National Players present the play based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. This fast-paced adaptation of Fitzgerald’s novel brings the Jazz Age of New York to life as Daisy’s cousin Nick guides the audience through a world where love, opportunity, deception, and tragedy are always just around the corner.
• The Imago Dei Academy presents “Shakespeare” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Call for admission.
For the Love of Arts Fiesta — The town of Mesilla will host its annual art show 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Old Mesilla Plaza, as part of For the Love of Art Month. The show features original works created by area artists. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1999, February was declared For the Love of Art Month in Las Cruces in an effort to promote art and the business of art.
Artists interested in applying may do so through Feb. 6. Must have a business license. Set up begins at 12:15 p.m. for artists.
Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 9-10, on “Burro-bon Street” (Burro Avenue) with this year’s theme “Love and Magic on The Mountain.” 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. Cost for tasting trays; $10 ($18 for couples; $7 each for family of four or more).
Street dance with DJ Rico is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Annual parade is 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by Battle of the Bands 3 to 6 p.m.
Bettman & Halpin and Chocolate Buffet — The folk/Americana duo perform for the annual Valentine’s Day event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Tickets: $10, $20 and $30. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
Their concerts combine upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, ballads and feel-good song. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry.
Chocolate Fantasia – Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 19th annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in historic downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “Travel Through Time.” While strolling through downtown, participants can enjoy 20 unique, locally made, handcrafted chocolates. Tickets sell out every year. Tickets: $25 for 20 individual pieces of chocolate; available at eventbrite.com. Information: (575) 538-2505 or chocolatefantasia.org.
Closing ceremonies and award winners announced at 4:30 p.m. at Little Toad, corner of Bullard and Broadway.
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.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com. The Ten Tenors, Australia’s most debonair musical export, performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Tickets: $39-$69.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Country star Josh Turner performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets through Yapsody.com or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
Gathering of Quilts — The Winter Quilters of Sierra County’s annual quilt Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at Ralph Edwards Convention Center, 400 W. Fourth, in Truth of Consequences, N.M., with around 125 quilts by local quilters, vendors and door prizes. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-2959.
The Quebe Sisters — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the “triple threat fiddle champs” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Tickets: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.
The three sisters, all in their 20s, present all-Americana vocal and instrumental performances.
Las Cruces Home and Garden Show — The Las Cruces Home Builders Association’s annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24-25, at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Spring in Las Cruces. The regional public marketplace showcases home improvement and construction businesses. Exhibitor booths, food concession stands and how-to demonstrations also will be featured. Information: (575) 526-6126 or lascruceshomebuildersassociation.com.
New Horizons Symphony — The symphony concert, conducted by Dr. Marianna Gabbi, Joseph Flores and Kathy Hill, is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 Horseshoe. Admission is free; donations accepted. Information: (575) 521-8771 or nhsocruces.com.
The program features classical guitarist Javier Calderon from University of Wisconsin-Madison performing the Rodrigo guitar concerto. Also on the program are pieces by Mancayo, Marquez, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, and Larsson.