El Paso Scene Weekly for Nov. 18-24, 2019


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Blue Man Group — The wildly popular performance group present their new show, “Speechless,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 19-20 at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the Broadway in El Paso Series. More than 35 million people worldwide have enjoyed Blue Man Group’s combination of comedy, music and technology to produce their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts. Tickets: $30-$75. Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
  The “Speechless” Tour features new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in “joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and profound absurdity.”

NJCAA Half Marathon — El Paso Community College will host the 19th annual National Junior College Athletic Association men’s and women’s half marathon championships Saturday, Nov. 23, featuring EPCC’s and other schools’ nationally ranked Half Marathon athletes. Race time is 9 a.m. for women; 9:15 a.m. for men. Spectator admission is free; Ascarate park entrance per vehicle is $2. Information: njcaa.org.

hONEy hoUSe — The acoustic trio performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, in Alamogordo.  Tickets: $10, $17-$25. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Las Artistas — Las Artistas 50th annual Art and Craft Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23-24, Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E Mills, with more than 90 artists and craftspeople, and art students from El Paso and around the country. Cost: $5; free for age 17 and younger. Information: 319-4541 or lasartistas.org.
  More than 100 artists and craftspeople, including students from the UTEP Metals and Ceramics program. You will see a wide range of art and fine crafts: paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, wood, wearable art and more.

HomeGrown — The 6th annual New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23-24, at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces, with more than 70 vendors. Admission: $5 per vehicle; first 100 vehicles each day receive a free burlap shopping bag. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  Award-winning salsas are featured, as well as wine, pies, cookies, sauces, jams, honey, jerky, pecans, pistachios, gift baskets and more. Food trucks on site, and the Red Hot Chile Contest will be held.
  NMDA’s Chef Ambassadors John Hartley and Rocky Durham will demonstrate various recipes (using products that will be available for sale by vendors) at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 and 2 p.m. each day.


UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. For most events, tickets are $5 ($3 students, military and seniors, free for UTEP students, faculty, staff and children 12 and younger. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• Guest recital featuring Ernest Salem violin, is Monday, Nov. 18. Salem, Professor of Violin at California State University-Fullerton, will be accompanied by Alison Edwards, piano. The recital will feature works by Bloch, Schubert, Wienwiaski, and Ravel.
• Commercial Music Ensemble concert is Tuesday, Nov. 19, with original music composed by music students for a UTEP Dance performance, with dance student collaborators.
• UTEP Jazz Ensemble concert is Thursday, Nov. 21, with guest artist Scott Whitfield, known for his work with many contemporary big bands.
• Fall Studio Recital from the Studio of
Stephanie Meyers is Friday, Nov. 22.

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen. • Enterprise Earth — The deathcore band performs at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, with Know Suffer, Beyond Terror, Signs of Abnormality, and Armaros.
• Authority Zero performs Thursday, Nov. 21. Tickets to be announced.
• Koffin Kats — The psychobilly band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Admission: $10.

Lowbrow Palace — 1101 Texas (outdoors) and 111 E. Robinson (indoors). Information: lowbrowpalace.com or Facebook.
• Ed Maverick — The Mexican folk singer-songwriter performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tickets: $14.
Pinback — The indie rockers perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. Tickets: $20.

Jay Pharoah — The six-season SNL alum performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-23, at El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Tickets: $25; $30 VIP.
Information: 779-LAFF (5233) or laff2nite.com.
  Known for his impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay Z, Denzel Washington, Kanye West, and many others, Pharoah also made a splash with his memorable character, Principal Daniel Frye, based on Pharoah’s actual high school principal.

Newsboys — The Christian pop band’s “Greatness of Our God” Tour is 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, featuring Ryan Stevenson, with Adam Agee and special appearance by Kevin Max. Since beginning in their native Australia in 1985, the Newsboys have amassed six gold albums among their recordings. Tickets: $20-$100 (Ticketmaster).

Rezz — The Canadian DJ/producer returns for her “Beyond the Senses” Tour at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at El Paso County Coliseum, with special guests Black Gummy and Peekaboo. Rezz’s debut album “Mass Manipulation” won a 2018 Juno Award for Best Electronic Album, and her latest album “Certain Kind of Magic” was released last fall. Tickets: $20 floor standing room; $25 general admission stands; $50 VIP standing room(Ticketmaster).

Jeremy Olander —  9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango. Tickets: $10-$15.

‘The Wizards of Winter’ — A “Holiday Rock Event for the Whole Family,” featuring former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Def Leppard, the Irish Tenors Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper Band and others, is 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. The group will perform a rock opera “The Christmas Dream.” Tickets: $39-$69.

‘Chichester Psalms’ and ‘Missa di Gloria’ — El Paso Choral Society’s Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, presents an extended choral composition in three movements by Leonard Bernstein Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, along with “Missa di Gloria” by Giacomo Puccini. Time and ticket information: 259-4999 or epchoralsociety.org.
  Bernstein scored the work, arranged from the Book of Psalms in the original Hebrew, for a reduced orchestra, but also made a version for a smaller ensemble of organ, one harp, and percussion.


Celebration of Lights — The annual parade and lighting of San Jacinto Plaza is Saturday, Nov. 23, as the official kickoff for El Paso WinterFest, with live entertainment and family activities throughout the day. Information: epwinterfest.com.
  The traditional lighting of San Jacinto Plaza is at 5:55 p.m. and the “Scherr Legate Presents Celebration of Lights Parade” begins at 6:05 p.m. on Texas Street, going through the Segundo Barrio neighborhood, the Paseo de las Luces (El Paso Street). The 1.5-mile route ends back at Texas Street, with more than 60 attractions and walking groups adorned in lights participating.
  The Plaza will be filled with more than 400,000 mini-lights adorning 120 trees, along with a 30-foot tower tree filled with holiday decorations.
  The skating rink opens noon to 8 p.m. Cost: $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Regular ice skating hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 5. Special holiday hours to be announced. Fiesta Fridays are 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday with live music.
  Other activities include Holiday Downtown Art & Farmers Market 2 to 4 p.m.; Winter Snowflakes making at Museum of Art 4 to 5 p.m.; and a WinterFest celebration at the Main Library at 4:30 p.m.

German Advents-Bazaar — The annual “Christkindlmarket” arts and crafts festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Building 747 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss (former Oktoberfest venue). Admission is free. Information: 201-5939 or betreuunginelpaso.com.
  The traditional German Christmas fair features vendors selling handmade products ranging from decorations, handmade greeting cards and quilts to woodcraft products. German bratwurst, smoked fish, waffles and Christmas stollen, German beer and Glühwein, German coffee, cakes, pastries and cookies will also be sold.
  All proceeds go towards social projects on both sides of the border through the German Air Force’s charity organization “Aid for the Needy.”

Big Bosque Bird Bash — Friends of the Rio Bosque hosts the free community event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, 10176 Socorro Rd. in El Paso’s Mission Valley, to learn about the river-valley environment through tours, presentations, exhibit and interactive activities. Information: 747-8663 or riobosque.org.

Bazaars and fairs

Las Cruces Potters’ Guild show — The group’s 39th annual holiday art show and sale is noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at St. Paul’s United Methodists Church, 225 W. Griggs, in Las Cruces, with functional pottery, sculpture and decor, mosaics, jewelry, and textiles from more than 25 artists. Holiday treats offered. Admission is free. Information: pottersguildlc.org or on Facebook.
  Las Colcheras Quilt Guild raffle tickets available for handmade quilt; proceeds benefit El Caldito Soup Kitchen.

Calvary Chapel Craft Fair — Calvary Chapel of El Paso, 1771 Zaragoza, hosts its annual craft fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, featuring local vendors, food and entertainment. Information: 855-4565 or calvaryep.com.

Farmer’s markets

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
— The 19th annual market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653 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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.


‘My Sister in This House’
— El Paso Community College Theatre presents the play by Wendy Kesselman as its first production of the season Nov. 15-24, at the Forum Theatre on the Transmountain Campus. Nov. 23 will include signing for the hearing impaired. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Directed by Ted Karber, Jr. Ticket: $15 ($7 EPCC students, staff, and seniors; $10, Non-EPCC students and military). Information: 831-5147 or on Facebook.
  The play tells the story of Christine and her little sister Lea, the maids who were known as the gems of 1930s’ Le Mans society. In the crucible-like atmosphere of this home, the sisters become more isolated and less human. One afternoon their rage surfaces in a horrifying and shocking manner.

Jesters League of America — El Paso’s improv comedy group, presents a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Glasbox, 210 Poplar. Tickets: $5 at the door. The JLA is in its third year of completely unscripted hilarity. Information on Facebook at jestersleagueofamerica.


UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners the New Mexico Lobos at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, New Mexico
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23: New Mexico State.

UTEP Football — The Miners travel to Las Cruces to play NMSU at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Aggie Stadium. Information: 544-5234 or utepathletics.com.

Flying Horse Half Marathon — The half-marathon, 10K and 5K runs hosted by Race El Paso are 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 23, at the “Gateway to Texas,” 100 Richard White in Anthony, Texas for runners of all levels. Registration: $75 half marathon; $45 10K; $35 5K. Military discounts offered. Online registration at raceelpaso.com.
  The race crosses into New Mexico and takes runners along a flat, fast, and scenic course.
  Flying Horse will also offer the 6th Annual Workplace Race, an opportunity for workplace groups of all sizes to get active and accomplish a common goal.

Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic — The 45th annual event is Nov. 24-26 at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. The event features America’s top college golfers. Ping putting contest and Titleist Long Drive Contest is 9 a.m. to noon Sunday; with rounds beginning at 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Admission for spectators is free. Information: 533-4416, ext. 205, or sunbowl.org.
  The classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country, and has featured many future PGA stars such as Jerry Pate, Billy Mayfair, Davis Love III, Notah Begay, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Nicholas Thompson and Chris Kirk.

Southern New Mexico

Festival of the Cranes — The 32nd annual event is Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 19-24, at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, N.M (near Socorro). Events also are at the Macey Center on the New Mexico Tech Campus in Socorro, and other area locations. Information, schedule: (575) 835-2077 or friendsofthebosque.org.
  Tour loop entry fee for the refuge is waived for private vehicles during the festival.
  The Festival celebrates the yearly return of thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese, ducks and whooping cranes among the 325 species found at the Bosque.
  The festival schedule includes 140 events, most requiring advance registration, plus the annual expo and wildlife art show and silent auction.
  A variety of birding tours of Bosque del Apache will be offered from dawn to dusk.
  Expo Tent is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, on the Bosque del Apache Plaza.
  The annual friends dinner is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Bodega Burger Co. Restaurant, 606 N. California, Socorro. Keynote presentation follows dinner, at 7:30 p.m. featuring Gina Dello Russo. Cost: $37 for dinner; $10 speech.
  Friends Friday Night Keynote Social is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, with speaker David La Puma. Cost: $30.

New Horizons Symphony — The symphony presents Mozart’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22, at NMSU’s Aktinson Recital Hall, 1075 Horseshoe, directed by Jorge Martinez-Rios and featuring Masterworks Chorus directed by Randi Bolding. Admission is free; donations accepted. Reception follows. Information: (575) 521-8771 or nhsocruces.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents the musical adaptation of Dickens’ holiday classic with book and lyrics by Tom Smith and music by Roger Butterly Nov. 22-Dec. 8 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Directed by NMSU student Xodia Choate. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sundays. Preview night is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high school students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.

‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’ — T or C Community theatre hosts presents the one-man play Nov. 22-24 at, T or C Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth Street, in Truth or Consequences. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Seating is limited. Admission: $12 ($10 seniors and students). Pre-show dinner at 6 p.m. is available before the two Saturday night shows, by reservation at 609-226-5387, Information: tcctheatre@gmail.com.
  The story begins when Jacob Marley finds himself dead and condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s given his own private tormentor: a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: to escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge.


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