El Paso Scene Weekly for April 23-29, 2018

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Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon. The gallery specializes in local and early El Paso art. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday or by appointment. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com. Showing April 26-Aug. 24: “4 Amigos,” works by Daniel Padilla, Francisco Romero, Mauricio Mora and Hal Marcus. Reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26.

David Sedaris
— The best-selling comic author and humorist appears at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $24.75 to $52.50 (Ticketmaster).
  Sedaris, known for his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, has become one of America’s prominent humor writers. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” and “Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).” He also is the author of “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,” a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer.
  He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written a half-dozen plays.
  A forthcoming book of essays, “Calypso,” is set to be published June 2018, and a second volume of his diaries is expected for summer 2019.

La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The annual spring celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M.
  Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed. Admission: $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine); $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. All wines also available to buy by the glass or bottle. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  From I-10, take the Vinton Exit turn West on Vinton road, about 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery (do not park on NM 28).
  Saturday’s bands:
• Noon — Frank Zona and Urban Edge
• 2:15 p.m. — Twisted Hams
• 4:30 p.m. — Slick Reynolds
  Sunday’s entertainment:
• Noon — Mosaic
• 2:15 p.m. — 24/7 Blues Band
• 4:30 p.m. — Guest Band.

Lend Me A Tenor’ — El Paso Community College Theater Ensemble presents the comedy by Ken Ludwig April 27-29 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); available at the door. Ages 7 and older only admitted. Reservations: 831-5056.

‘In the Next Room’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the Sarah Ruhl comedy April 27-May 6, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Adult content 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.

FloraFest 2018
— The annual native plant sale and fundraiser is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at the UTEP Centennial Museum, Wiggins and University. Shoppers can purchase native plants, and visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at this event are not available at other local nurseries. Admission is free. Information: 747-8994 or utep.edu/centennial-museum.
  The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens displays about 700 different plant species and horticultural varieties of the region. Proceeds from the sale benefit the maintenance and operation of the gardens.


Vance Joy
— The multi-platinum Australian singer performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at The Plaza Theatre in support of his new album “Nation of Two.” Joy’s hits include “Riptide,” “Mess Is Mine” “fire and flood” and “Georgia.” Tickets: $35-$49.50; “Platinum” tickets: $80-$100.(Ticketmaster).

Tricky Falls
— 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• The Wailers — Legendary reggae band, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Tickets: $20-$22.
• Hail The Sun — The progressive rock band performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Tickets: $13-$15 ($2 minor fee).
• Slaughter to Prevail — The Russian deathcore band performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, with Defleshed and Gutted, Texas Gigantism, Eye of the Bermuda and Infinite Plague. Tickets: $25-$30.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets for most shows are $10 general admission; $12 day of show, unless otherwise listed. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Ron Gallo — The garage punk artist performs 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, with The Nude Party and Twen. Tickets: $12-$15.
• Maxo Kream — The rapper’s Punken Tour is 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, with Cuz Lightyear. Tickets: $15 general admission; $50 VIP.
• The Distillers — The punk band performs at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Concert sold out at press time.

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 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 utep.edu/liberalarts/music/.
• UTEP Choralfest is 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24.
• UTEP Wind Symphony Concert is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26.
• Guest composers Erberk Eryilmaz and Arthur Hernandez present a recital of original chamber music 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. Admission is free.
• Trombone Choir Concert is 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Admission is free.
• Layali Al-Sham present their Spring concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28.
• UTEP Horn Choir concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
• Commercial Music Ensemble performs popular repertoire from the 1940s-present, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, including original material composed and arranged by student ensemble members.

Zoé - The Latin Grammy-winning alt rock band from Mexico performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Plaza Theatre. Hits include “Deja te Conector,” “Miel,” “Asteriode,” “Luna,” Bésame Mucho and more. Tickets: $49.50 to $89.50 (Ticketmaster).

Hanks Jazz Festival — The 26th anniversary of the annual festival runs all day Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28, in the Hanks High School auditorium, 2100 Lee Trevino Regional middle and high school students will perform throughout the festival, with guest artists Willie L Hill, Dave Pietro, Phillip Alvarado, Mario Casanova, Art Ruangtip, Brian Swartz, Mark Taylor and Steven Jones. Audience admission is free. Information: 434-5000 or hanksband.com or on Facebook.

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit — The two-time Grammy Award winner and his band perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Plaza Theatre, in support of their highly acclaimed album “The Nashville Sound.” Special guest is Richard Thompson. Tickets: $30-$57.50 (Ticketmaster).
  Isbell started his music career in Alabama with the Drive-By Truckers. He has been called by critics one of America’s “thoroughbred songwriters” for hits like “If We Were Vampires.”
  “The Nashville Sound” has been nominated for two 2018 Grammy Awards – Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song.
Thompson Square — The country music duo presents an acoustic performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Centennial Club, 1199 Sgt. E. Churchill, at Fort Bliss. Doors open at 5 p.m. with free pre-show activities. Tickets: $15 (starting April 2 for the general public) at both LTS locations at Freedom Crossing food court and Soldier Activity Center (SAC) or online at eventbrite.com. Ages 12 and older admitted. Information: 588-8247.

UTEP Early Music Ensemble — The ensemble performs 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical 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 or on Facebook at UTEP Early Music Ensemble.

Layton Giordani — 9 p.m. Friday, April 27 with Dustin Hotsberry, at Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango. $10-15. Tickets on eventbrite.com. Information: 307-7736 or on Facebook.

‘Carmina Burana’ — El Paso Choral Society and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, presents the Carl Orff cantata, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Abraham Chavez Theater, accompanied by the Orquestra Sinfonica de la UACJ. The concert will also include the “Carmen Suite” by Georges Bizet. Tickets: $10-$40 (Ticketmaster). Information: epchoralsociety.org.
  The music will be performed by a 100-voice El Paso Chorale, professional orchestra including the professional orchestra of Juarez, and professional soloists.

The Organ Symposium — The symposium celebrating organ music is at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, corner of Espina and Idaho, in Las Cruces, featuring organists from El Paso, Las Cruces and Chihuahua. Refreshments and fellowship follow. Program is free to the public; contributions welcome. Organ players invited to participate. Information: 532-5874.

Spring Piano Recital
— Students of Mariko Reider perform piano arrangements at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.


Rio Grande Festival — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society presents the 2nd annual festival of art, culture, history and heritage, as part of the annual History and Dinner Conference, Friday through Sunday, April 26-29, in the San Elizario Historic District, with reenactment of Oñate’s historical arrival, a three-day history conference, guided tours, old west shootouts, heritage booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and more. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdisttric.org.

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 through May. Most events are free, some may include nominal admission fee. Information: 831-6479, 831-2220, cwoolf@epcc.edu, epcc.edu/events/artsfestival or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
• Senior’s Creative Talents in Motion is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex.
• EPCC Poetry Slam is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 27, in the Valle Verde campus Amphitheater.
• Release event for “Chrysalis” literary magazine is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Rio Grande Campus Little Theatre.
• Rio Grande Concert Series presents the Eryilmaz Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center. A Master class is 1 p.m. in Valle Verde Campus Room A1201.

San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society Conference and Dinner
— The 27th annual event, “April 1598, Birth of the American Southwest,” is Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, at the Adobe Horseshoe Theatre, 1500 Main, in the San Elizario District. Conference dinner is 7 p.m. Friday, and luncheon is 1 p.m. Saturday. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdisttric.org.
  Many of this year’s talks focus on the Camino Real.
  “La Feria Noche Española Mestiza,” a night of flamenco, folklorico and folk faire at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Adobe Horseshoe Dinner Theatre. Call for ticket information.

'Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros' — The 22nd annual children’s day/book day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Washington Park (next to the El Paso Zoo). Various activities, food booths, free books, crafts and more. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or elpasolibrary.org.
  The idea for “Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros” comes from Latin America where Children’s Day honors young people in the same way in which Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated. Author Pat Mora started America’s celebration of Children’s Day in 1997 to celebrate children and promote literacy.
  Smaller celebrations also planned at Armijo Branch Library, Sergio Troncoso Branch Library, and the Esperanza Acosta Moreno Regional Library. Call for details.

El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (open until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and city holidays. Museum admission is free, except for selected exhibits. Information: 212-0320, elpasotexas.gov/history or on Facebook.  International Day of Dance activities are 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

Miss Texas Earth and Teen Earth — The ”beauty with a cause” pageants are 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. The winner of Miss Earth Texas serves as the ambassador to environmental protection campaigns statewide. Tickets: $20-$35. (Ticketmaster). Information: missearthtexas.com.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays 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, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.

Upscale Rummage Sale - Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing, hosts an indoor yard sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28. More than 50 families will sell gently used items from furniture and antiques to clothing. There will also be food trucks, a raffle of hand-crafted items, and a bake sale. Proceeds go to support Zion Day School and Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care. Information: 566-4667 or www.zionelpaso.org/news.

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.


YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — Crisis management expert Judy Smith, the real life inspiration for the hit television show “Scandal,” is guest speaker for the 25th annual benefit luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza. Tickets: $100. Reservations: 519-0000, womensluncheon@ywcaelpaso.org or ywcaelpaso.org.
  Smith, the inspiration behind “Scandal” character Olivia Pope, has served as consultant for several high-profile individuals including Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and Michael Vick. Smith served as a special assistant and press secretary to President George H.W. Bush, and is founder and president of the firm Smith and Company.

Lucy Acosta Humanitarian Awards — The annual awards gala from Project Amistad is Friday, April 27, at Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for 10) Reservations, Sonia Morales, 532-3406 or erios@projectamistad.com.
  This year’s winners are Maggie Morales-Moody, Dr. Dwayne Aboud, David and Flo Buchmueller, and Eleanor Poe of El Paso Baptist Clinic.

Whole Hog BBQ — Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), hosts its 3rd annual fundraising barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Keepa's Park-5199 Grove East, in Sunland Park, with barbecue and vegetarian offerings, pitmaster contest, cornhole tournament, raffle drawing and music by Rod Crosby and the Intruders and Dusty Low. Guests are encouraged to wear cowboy boots and jeans and come ready to eat and dance. Cost: $100. Information: 478-0908 or dscep.org.


‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the 35th Anniversary Production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber musical for the whole family through May 6.
  Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. April 29 and May 6; dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Tickets: $33.50 to $43.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday discount dinner performances; $36.50 to $48.50 (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and $19.50 to $29.50 no-dinner matinee performances (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

‘Love From a Stranger’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, closes its season with the Agatha Christie mystery April 20-May 12. Directed by Frieda Voeks. 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.
  Cecily Harrington has led a staid and proper existence, and yearns for adventure after winning a large amount of money. When a charming stranger sweeps her off her feet, she soon learns a ghastly truth about her new love.


El Paso Chihuahuas
— The city’s AAA baseball team’s home games are at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Regular game time is 6:35 weekdays, 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com. April 25-29: Salt Lake Bees. Cooling towel giveaway Wednesday. Bark at the Park (bring your dog) Sunday.

Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series — El Paso Chihuahuas and Sarah Farms hosts the inaugural high school series through April 24 at Southwest University Park Downtown with 14 schools participating. Games are free and open to the public. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
• 6 p.m. Monday, April 23: Chapin vs. Andress
• 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24: “Battle of the Southside” with Bowie vs. Jefferson

Texas Hammerfest — The two-day USAC Sanctioned Road Stage Race for cyclists is Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, in Fort Davis, Texas. Registration: $75-$125; closes April 26. Information: texashammerfest.info or usacycling.org.
  Stage 1 is the Mt. Locke Mountain Climb, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Stage 2 is the Crow’s Nest starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Stage 3 is the Scenic Loop Road Race. All races start in front of Hotel Limpia.

Run/Walk for Autism — Southwest Chapter of the Autism Society of America will host its 10th annual awareness and fundraising 5K run and walk and one-mile family fun walk at 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday, April 28, at Southwest University Park, 1 Ballpark Plaza, Downtown. Registration (by April 12): $20 ($15 military and students; $10 child with autism); $25 April 13 and after for everyone. Information: 772-9100 or on Facebook at AutismSocietyEP.
  Entry forms are available and can be turned in at the Autism Society of Texas-El Paso’s office, 9915 Montwood and Up and Running, 3233 North Mesa #205.

Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K — Spartyka Nation Apparel hosts the 6th annual USATF-sanctioned 5K run and 1-mile fun walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at El Paso Community College, 9570 Gateway North. T-shirt for the first 250 registered participants; food and drinks at the finish line. Registration: $25 per event through April 21; $30 on race day. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and race day packet pick up and registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site.


Eastern Corbin — The country artist performs Friday, April 27, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $29-$89, Yapsody.com or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Silver City Trail Days — Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Coalition hosts a weekend of festivity that brings together hikers and outdoor enthusiasts in southwest New Mexico during the 4th annual festival April 27-29, at Western New Mexico University, 1000 W College in Silver City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (303) 996-2759. Full schedule at continentaldividetrail.org.

Celestial Sounds — Celestial Sounds Women’s Choir presents their spring concerts, “Poet’s Corner,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. James Episcopal Church, 102 St. James, both in Las Cruces. Explore the world of poetry set to song from Shakespeare to Robert Frost. Suggested donation: $5. Information: Carol Nike, (575) 202-9646, carol_nike@hotmail.com or on Facebook.

‘Rent’ — American Southwest Theatre Company closes its season with Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award winning Broadway hit April 27-May 6 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts’ Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high schools students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-41420 or nmsutheatre.com.
  This rock musical is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème.” It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village.

British Car Days Show — The British Motorcar Club of Southern New Mexico’s 27th annual car show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. About 100 British cars and motorcycles will be on display, including Mini Coopers, MGs, Jaguars and Morgans. Admission is free to spectators. Information: bmc-snm.org or on Facebook at British Motor Car Club Las Cruces New Mexico.

Train Day — The 11th annual event, celebrating the anniversary of the first train coming to Las Cruces, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the New Mexico Railroad and Transportation Museum in the Santa Fe Train Depot at Mesilla and Las Cruces avenues, west of the Downtown Mall (351 N. Mesilla). Learn about the role trains played in history, and meet re-enactors to discover what it was like to live and work in the early 20th century. Admission is free. Information, times: (575) 647-4480 or las-cruces.org/museums.

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