El Paso Scene Weekly for Jan. 2-7, 2018
EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its annual festival Jan 4-28 at various venues in El Paso and Las Cruces. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
Tickets to individual performances are $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 youth. Tickets for all El Paso performances are $125; $100 seniors, military; $25 youth; for all Las Cruces performances is $50; $40 seniors, military; $10 youth; and for all concerts in both cities is $175; $140 seniors, military; $35 youth.
This year’s performers include cellist Zuill Bailey (Pro-Musica’s Artistic Director and recent Grammy Award winner), guitarist Jaxon Vieaux, pianist Yuliyra Gorenman, Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio and the Chiara String Quartet. Oboist Thom Moore presents a special tribute to Mozart in EPPM’s 12th annual collaboration with El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
• The Lincoln Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jan. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. They will perform works by contemporary composers, Irish folk tunes, works by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola and classical treasures by Beethoven and Brahms.
Free Bach’s Lunch events are noon Thursdays at the El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza. Jan. 4: Lincoln Trio.
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic’ — The new Disney Live! presentation comes to El Paso for five performances Jan. 6-7, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and 25 favorite Disney characters. Show time is 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20-$60 (Ticketmaster).
The show features special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell, Aladdin’s Genie, and more.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive — The 18th annual citywide effort to restock area food pantries runs Jan. 2-15. Canned and other nonperishable food items can be dropped off at various locations throughout town, including local grocery stores, public library branches, City Hall, and other locations. The food will then be collected, sorted and distributed among agencies serving the less fortunate, including the Salvation Army, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, El Paso Rescue Mission and others. Information: 212-3201 or elpasolibrary.org.
El Paso Public Library’s Food for Fines program will give patrons the opportunity to pay library fines by donating canned and nonperishable food during the event. Fines reduced by $1 for every can of food donated up to $5 per day, provided that library books and materials have been returned in good condition.
Sex, Drugs, and Arachnids — Dr. Lauren Esposito of the California Academy of Science will journey into the surprising world of arachnids 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Geogeske G2, 2701 N Stanton, as part of Insights and UTEP’s Centennial Museum’s new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education mission, “Nerd Nights.” Age 21 and older welcome. Admission is free, but space is limited; RSVP at insightselpaso.org/nerd-nights/. Information: 534-0000.
Participants enjoy a spider-themed cocktail while learning all about the sordid sexual habits and mind blowing medicinal properties of arachnids! Arachnids (scorpions, spiders, and their kin).
The Yale Whiffenpoofs — The world's oldest collegiate a cappella group performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, featuring El Paso native David Torres. Tickets are free with a $10 suggested donation ($25 for priority seating); available at the door or at ticketbud.com. Information: Whiffenpoofs.com or on Facebook under “The Whiffenpoofs, Live in El Paso.”
Each year, 14 Yale seniors are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs. Those selected carry on an over-a-century-old tradition with more than two hundred performances each year in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Broadway, Lincoln Center, the World Series and the Rose Bowl. The Whiffenpoofs have been featured on television shows such as NBC, the Sing Off, West Wing, the Today Show, 60 Minutes, and SNL.
‘Irish of El Paso’ — The Family event is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa Fe. Admission is free. Information: 212-0320 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
Twelfth Night – The Celebration of Twelfth Night and Southern War Practice is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Bethel Family Ministries, 6301 Alabama. This year’s event, presented by the Barony of Citadel of the Southern Pass, is a medieval festival that includes a bazaar, medieval arts and sciences and a target archery range. A five-course feast also offered. This year’s theme is “The Wonders of Jerusalem,” and will celebrate Muslim, Jew and Christian cultures. Admission: $20 ($10 ages 6-17, free for 5 and under); $50 maximum per family. Feast is $10 ($5 age 6-17). Feast reservations: Lord Rafael Chavira (505) 803-8033 (call 1-9 p.m.). Merchant fee is $15. Information at southernpass.org.
War practice will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Park.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market is 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos..
A Fitness Faire is Jan. 6, with cooking demonstration by Chef Patrick Rosser of El Paso Community College.
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.
Dino Tracks Tour — Insights Science Center host its monthly Dino Tracks tour 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at Mt. Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, open to the general public. The tour covers topics such as “Dinosaur & Crocodilian Trace-fossils,” “Volcanism,” “Plate Tectonics,” “Sedimentation & Metamorphic Processes” and more. Cost: $15 per person. Information: 534-0000 or email@example.com.
The 3-mile hiking tour promotes learning in the STEAM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live hose racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and. Post time for the season is 12:30 p.m. Nine races will be carded each day. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
Howling Coyote Open Mic — The open mic event is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Center for Spiritual Living, 575 N. Main, on Las Cruces Downtown Main Street, following the monthly Downtown Arts Ramble. Doors open for jam session at 6 p.m.; signup begins at 6:30 p.m. The community event is on the first Friday of the month. Free admission to participants and audience. Information: Melody Burns (575) 525-9333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Howling Coyote,” now in its 13th year, is open to acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers, and singer/songwriters for material that is family friendly.
Lasagna dinner served 5:30 to 7 p.m.; suggested donation is $5.