El Paso Scene Weekly for April 17-23, 2017
El Paso Comic Con — The El Paso native actor and voice actor Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Con Man, Moana) will appear at the 2017 EPCON is April 21-23, at El Paso Convention Center, also featuring guests Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Carribean), Rikishi, Camillie Keaton and more. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 Friday; $30 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Three-day pass: $60. Information: (575) 405-0461, firstname.lastname@example.org and elpasocomiccon.com.
Other special guests include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle creator Kevin Eastman (Saturday and Sunday), 2015 Eisner Hall of Fame winning comic writer Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men), voice actor D.C. Douglas, actors Steve Cardenas, Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, and Kevin Grevioux, artist Ian McGinty (Adventure Time), writers Mat Nastos and Natalie Wright, and artists Jay Fotos, Jaime Carrillo and Ben Jones.
Other guests include the Harp Twins and cinema makeup effects artist Walter Welsh. Several professional cosplayers, fan groups, celebrity vehicles and speed dating events are also planned.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lounge will feature charging stations, wi-fi hotspots, a massage therapist, couches, the latest movie trailers, and free swag.
‘FIRST THANKSGIVING’ — The 28th annual reenactment of the First Thanksgiving of the Southwest of Juan de Oñate and his expedition the first Spanish settlers in this area in April 1598, are presented by El Paso Mission Trail Association at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at its new location at Socorro Mission, 328 S. Nevarez (at Socorro Road).
The Pebble Hills High School choir students, directed by Joe Estala, will perform the reenactment at 3 p.m. Zarzuela arias will be performed beginning at 3:45 p.m. Food, music and historical booths are also part of the event. Admission is free. Information: 851-9997 or visitelpasomissiontrail.com. Booths will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Exhibits include Birth of the American Southwest, Ysleta Native Arts, Vaquero History, Buffalo Soldiers and the Parkland H.S. Fencing Club.
Also: Rio Bosque, El Paso Archaeology, El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Railroad, Tigua Wine Tasting, Desert Archery Club and Ysleta Drum Corps.
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 22-23, 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.
Saturday’s performers are Twisted Hams at noon, Frank Zona and Urban Edge at 2:15 p.m. and Slick Reynolds at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday’s performers are Guitar Slim at noon, Austin Jimmy Murphy at 2:15 p.m. and 24/7 Blues Band at 4:30 p.m.
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).
Vodka Festival — Sample a variety of vodka 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. The indoor event includes live music. Free admission. Tasting samples are $20 for 10 tickets, includes souvenir glass. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
K-9 Classic — The Humane Society of El Paso’s 28th annual one-mile pet walk “Walk for Animals” is 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 23, at Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society, with music, food, pet contests and vendors and more. All well-behaved leashed pets welcome; clean up bags provided. Dogs must have current rabies vaccination and city license.
Registration; $25 for one pet; $5 for each additional pet; free for people without pets. Onsite registration (8:30-9:30 a.m. April 23) is $30, and $5 for each additional pet. Team discount (5 or more) available. Register at hselpaso.org. Information: 532-6971, Est. 104 or 110.
Fun and festivities begin at 9:30 a.m.; walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Awards for Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Pet Trick, Best Kisser and Best Swimsuit.
Rescue groups will have adoptable pets on display.
Sun City Bacon Festival — KLAQ and KISS-FM host the food event 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Union Plaza, Downtown, more than 25 local restaurants and food trucks will have a variety of sample-sized bacon-inspired eats, drinks and sweets available for purchase. Bacon menu items range from $2 to $16; admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.
MUSIC & DANCE
UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday) at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, unless listed otherwise. Tickets prices vary; most performances are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• Commercial Music Ensemble Recital is Monday, April 17.
• Trumpet Studio Recital from the studio of Nancy Taylor is Tuesday, April 18.Students perform music for as few as three to as many as 18 trumpets. Admission is free.
• Chris Reyman Faculty Recital with the Koan Ensemble is Wednesday, April 19. The Koan Ensemble is a music and dance improvisation ensemble.
• UTEP Guitar Ensembles Concert is Thursday, April 20. The ensemble will be joined by New York jazz musicians Herb Robertson (trumpet) and Lou Grassi (drums). Admission: $3-$8.
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com. CJ Ramone with Big Eyes perform Saturday, April 22.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Twin Peaks — Chicago indie band, 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, with Chrome Pony and Post Animal. Tickets: $14-$16.
• San Fermin — The indie rock band performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29, with Low Roar. Tickets: $12 ($66.14 VIP).
• Deerhunter — Rock band, 9 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Tickets: $15-$17.
Young Artist Development Series — Trio Jinx is this year’s featured artists for El Paso Pro-Musica in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory and John Hopkins University, Young Artists Development Series residency with appearances at schools, senior centers, and pop-up performances at various locations April 4-8. Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.
The residency concludes with a Special Family Concert 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $5.
A performance “Pop Up” concert and champagne toast celebrating Grammy winner Zuill Bailey is 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the El Paso Museum of Art.
La Parada — The monthly grassroots event celebrating local culture and lifestyles is 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, April 7, at 501 Bar and Bistro in the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Performers include Daedelus, MVNNERS Amy G. Dala, Frythm, U?thotof, The Swell Kids, Ledezma and Sound Mind Soulutions (SMS), with live art by Pablo Hernandez. Cover: $5. Information: 351-6023 or on Facebook at laparadaep.
Talisman’ — Human Nature Contemporary Ballet performs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7-9, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. “Talisman” is a reimagining of the legend of La Llorona. The show explores the origins of La Llorona in a brand new one act ballet. Admission: $10; available online at humannatureballet.com.
Also featured are Cello Suites by the El Paso Ballet Theatre, #Pulse, a dance in memory of those lost in Orlando to the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub, and other dances performed by HNCB and guest artists.
Mozart’s Requiem — El Paso Choral Society presents the Mozart masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. The 100+ voice El Paso Choral Society Chorale and Orchestra has been performing the major choral and orchestral works in El Paso for over 70 Years. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and $40 (Ticketmaster). Information: epchoralsociety.org.
The performance also features The Barber of Seville Overture, John Williams Tango (with dancers), and the Intermezzo and Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s Opera Cavalleria Rusticana. EPCS General Director Prentice Loftin will conduct, with Dr. Stephanie Meyers as concertmaster and violin soloist. Guest soloists will be Heather Dials, soprano; Melissa Parks, alto; Gregory Schmidt, tenor; and Levi Hernandez, bass.
The 1975 — The UK art-pop quartet brings their North American tour to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $44.95 to $59.95 (Ticketmaster).
The band is nominated for two Brit Awards and their current single, “Somebody Else,” is Top 10 at Modern Rock Radio, while the video has racked up more than 16 million views.
‘A Night in the 40s’ — Paso Del Norte Big Band, a 16-piece group, hosts 1940s style dancing and music, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Shundo Ballroom, 120 N. Paragon. TBOYB; food and snacks allowed. Admission: $15. Information: 532-2043, 203-7292, email@example.com or on Facebook at PDNbigband.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra — The Symphony, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, closes its season with “Expressions of Love” featuring guest pianist Alon Goldstein at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, in the Plaza Theatre, with Schumann’s Piano concerto, op. 54, A minor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, op. 64, E minor. Tickets: $16, $21, $32, $37 and $42 (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
Goldstein is an Israeli native and winner of the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Nena Wideman Competition in the U..S and the Francois Shapira competition in Israel. Goldstein will record two new CDs on Naxos this year, featuring works by Dvorak and Mozart.
Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.
Following the concert is the “Symphony Street Celebration” at Arts Festival Plaza, with food trucks.
USAF Rampart Winds — The United States Air Force Academy Band Rampart Winds will present a free public concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Coronado High School Lee Ross Capshaw Auditorium,100 Champions. Tickets encouraged but not required, and can be obtained the Coronado High School front office, or by calling (915) 236-2000.
The USAF Academy Band Rampart Winds features a variety of musical styles including original works, standard and contemporary classical literature, traditional American classics, and patriotic songs.
Claudia Nygaard — The country/folk singer-songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Star City Studio, 120 W. Castellano. Tickets are $20. Information, tickets: starcitystudioproductions.com or 539-0761.
‘Olé’ — Showtime! El Paso closes its season with the globetrotting, award-winning flamenco comedy trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, as part of its U.S. Debut Tour. Tickets: $30; general admission. Information: 544-2022 or showtimeelpaso.com.
The group offers a unique combination of frantic slapstick, dueling guitars and virtuoso musicianship. The fast-paced, interactive performance is fun for the whole family.
Shen Yun 2017 — The celebration of the Chinese culture through music and dance is 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at The Plaza Theatre, featuring 5000 years of Chinese culture, athletic classical Chinese dance, a groundbreaking East-West orchestra with an elaborate backdrop and setting. Tickets: $70-$120. Information: 1-800-380-8265 or ShenYun.com/El-Paso.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. The April Forum features three speakers and a short documentary film entitled “El Cacao” by filmmaker Michelle Aguilar. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• “Native Plants of the Chihuahuan Desert and FloraFest 2017 Native Plant Sale” talk with John White, Garden Curator of UTEP’s Centennial Museum & Gardens.
• “Transform Ed: An Educational Urban Food Forest” with Facilitator Meghan Curry and students of El Paso Leadership Academy
• “Creating a Sustainable Table, the Importance of Local Food Production” with Adriana Clowe, Director of Operations at El Paso True Food.
EPCC Spring Arts Festival —Information: 831-6479, 831-2220, email@example.com, epcc.edu/events/artsfestival or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
• Closing reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, for the annual juried Student Art Exhibitio in the Administrative Service Building, 9050 Viscount, A Foyer.
• EPCC Poetry Slam is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 21, in Valle Verde A Building Amphitheater.
• Chrysalis Release and Faculty Reading, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Rio Grande Little Temple.
Ladybug Release — Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint, will release lady bugs into the orchard hourly, starting at noon through 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. Smoked brisket, brick oven pizzas, music and kids activities offered. Pecan candies and baked goods for sale. Parking fee is $2. Information: 851-2003 or ramirezpecanfarm.weebly.com.
March for Science El Paso — Border Alliance for the Advancement of Science hosts a walk celebrating the impact science has on the community is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, starting at Mundy Park, 1299 Yandell, and concluding at San Jacinto Plaza Downtown for a Science Festival featuring live science experiments, booths with local organizations, and hands-on demos geared towards enriching El Paso's science experience. Family and pet friendly event; admission is free. Information: 245-7738.
Days of Remembrance ceremony — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center’s annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Days of Remembrance) commemoration is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. Survivors, as well as 2nd and 3rd generation survivors, will share their memories and reflections on the impact of the Holocaust on their lives, while imparting the message of hope, peace, and action in our world today. Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Fort Bliss Traders’ Market – The Traders’ Market at Old Fort Bliss Replica (OFBR) runs 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays with shopping and eating opportunities. Information: 588-8482.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round 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.
Earth Day activities are April 22, with a cooking demonstration with Fresh Farmer's Market Produce and Earth Day craft for the kids.
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.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Human Rights Award Dinner — Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center will host its 30th Anniversary awards event 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton, with, dinner, live music and a silent auction. Tickets: $100 ($800 table for 8). Early bird tickets (before April 6) are $87. Information, RSVP: 544-5126, ext. 22, email@example.com or las-americas.org.
Honorees are El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and Rev. Dr. Robert Mosher, S.S.C.
Child Crisis Center Gala — The center’s Casino Night and Celebration, is 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, April 21, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2203 E. Mills, with music, dancing, and entertainment by Abe Mac Band, food from Crave; and a full casino. All proceeds support the El Paso Child Crisis Center’s work to protect children. Tickets: $100 per person; tables, $1,000. Sponsorships available. Information, reservations: 562-7955 or childcrisiselp.org.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Paso’s 19th annual Bowl for Kids Sake is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano. Community members form bowling teams, and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring services. The all day party includes food, bowling, a live DJ, singing, dancing, prizes and more. Spots fill up quickly, early arrival encouraged. Information, donations: 544-4203 or bbbsep.org.
Stuff the Truck — The Salvation Army hosts a housewares and clothing drive 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Fill the donations truck with gently used housewares and clothing. For every 20 pounds of donations, donors will get a raffle ticket good towards 40 prizes, including restaurant meals, and a weekend getaway. First 300 donors receive a free meal from sponsors and goody bag. All proceeds will help provide shelter, clothing, and food for El Paso’s homeless families and individuals. Information: 565-6532 or salvationarmytexas.org/elpaso.
Women’s Hall of Fame — The El Paso Commission for Women’s annual Hall of Fame induction banquet and ceremonies are noon Saturday, April 22, at El Paso Community Center Administrative Bldg. Proceeds benefit scholarships for women graduating from high school in El Paso. Ticket information, RSVP: Triana Olivas, 373-7994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BPW Fashion Show — Business Professional Women Paso Del Norte hosts a fundraising Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 23, Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Vendors available. Donation: $35; includes brunch meal. Information: 422-6685.
Art Auction 2017 — KCOS-TV public television’s annual on-air juried art competition and fundraising auction is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23 and April 29-30. Local artists display their best artwork while giving viewers the chance to bid and win their favorite pieces. Information: 594-5345, or kcostv.org/artauction.
El Paso Artists Studio Tour — The 10th annual tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22-23, at Eastside, Northeast & Mission Valley studios, and April 29-30 at Westside, Upper Valley and Downtown studios. Look for the bright yellow signs. Sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of El Paso and El Paso Scene. Admission is free; refreshments offered at each studio. Information: 581-4971. Full studio list and directions available online at pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.
• Ho Baron, 2830 Aurora, 562-7820
• Kathryn Johnson, 3147 Wheeling, 565-2245, with guest artist Julie Caffee-Cruz
• Joe Langston, 9006 Rancich, 751-7085, with guest artist Frank Garcia.
• Alberto Escamilla, 1445 Main, B1-2 in San Elizario, 851-0742.
• Robert Dozal, 1445 Main in San Elizario, 777-5237.
Siglo de Oro Drama Festival — The 42nd annual celebration of the Spanish language dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age runs Wednesday through Saturday, April 19-22at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Early arrival encouraged, as seating is limited. Ticket information to be announced. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival is the only festival in the world completely dedicated to presenting works drawn from Spain’s Golden Age, generally considered as spanning the late 15th century to the late 17th century.
• April 19: “The Heresy of Love,” by Helen Edmundson. Performed by Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance. In English.
• April 20: “¿Qué con Quique Quinto?,” by Andrés Carreño, based on Shakespeare’s Henry V. Performed by EFE Tres Teatro & Cabaret Misterio from Mexico City.
• April 21: “La Reunión de los Zanni” by Daniel Tapia and Miguel Ángel Batista. Performed by Compañía de Teatro Reymala of Spain.
• April 22: “El Retablo de las Maravillas” by Cervantes, an adaptation. Performedby Morfeo Teatro of Spain.
‘Anything Goes’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre in the UTEP Student Union presents the Cole Porter musical April 21-May 7. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday dinner show is 1:30 p.m. April 23; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. April 30 and May 7. Tickets: $31.50 to $41.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday discount dinner performances; $34.50 to $46.50 (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and $17.50 to $27.50 no-dinner matinee performances. Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set of on the course of true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, and exotic disguise and some good old fashioned blackmail. Features classes like “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “You’re The Top,” and of course “Anything Goes.”
‘Idol’ — The Border Theatre in conjunction with Glasbox presents Joel Murray’s play “Idol” at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April 21-23, at the Glasbox, 210 Poplar. The play re-imagines an encounter between Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in 1957, exploring the passions and insecurities of both men and the courage it takes to not only be an artist, but be yourself. Contains strong adult language. Tickets are $10 at the door and online at bordertheatre.org. Student tickets are $7 at the door.
Murray, former chair of the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance, is now chair of the Department of Theatre at Florida International.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
The live racing ends Tuesday, April 18. Post time is 1:30 p.m. with nine races schedules.
El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays at Southest University Park in Downtown El Paso. Individual game tickets: $5-$24. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
• April 18-21: Tacoma Rainiers. Game time is 6:35 p.m. April 18-20 and 7 p.m. April 21. Youth Baseball Night is Tuesday; Fleece blanket giveaway Wednesdays; Salute to Service Thursday and Boy Scout Sleepover Friday.
• April 22-25: Reno Aces. Game time is 7 p.m. April 22, 1 p.m. April 23, 6:35 p.m. April 24-25. Faith & Family Night is Sunday with sunglasses for age 12 and younger; Youth Football night is Monday and the 20th Anniversary of Men in Black night is Tuesday.
AO’s Gift of Life Walk/Run — The 5K walk and run to raise organ donor awareness is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Skyline Optimist Youth Park, 5050 Yvette. This year’s run remembers Maile Rae. Gates open at 4 p.m. Pre-registration: $25 through April 15; free for ages 12 and younger. No late registration. Register in person at Skyline Gym (at the park) or online at aofia31.wixsite.com/aosgiftoflife. Information: 867-8620 or on Facebook at AO's Gift of Life.
Packet pick up is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, April 17 and 19; and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Skyline Gym.
Mental Health in Motion 5K — The 2nd annual 5K race, 1 mile fun run and kid dash are 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Proceeds go towards providing an integrative wellness program at Family Service of El Paso. Registration: $25 per event; $20 per runner for teams of four or more in the 1 mile; $10 youth in the 1 mile. Free for age 13 and younger in the 1 mile and kids dash. Information: Family Service, 781-9900; Mike Coulter, 274-5222, or familyserviceofelpaso.org. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Family Service, 6040 Surety.
‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-female “sprint” and “super sprint” events benefiting the Center Against Family Violence begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Two distances offered this year: 300-yard swim/18 mile bike/3-mile run; or 300-yard swim/9.3 mile bike/2-mile run. Cost for either distance: $100 through March 31; $110 April 1-21. Information: 229-5656. Online registration at raceelpaso.com/mighty-mujer.
Teams of 2, 3 or 4 women can compete against others in three separate categories: mother/daughter; family; girlfriends (must indicate category and team name at time of registration). Participants must be 12 or older. USAT rules apply.
Trailblazer 5K — The 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting Spinal Cord Injury Foundation’s Gridiron Heroes is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 23, at Americas High School, 12101 Pellicano. Registration: $25 per event ($30 on race day). Information: Mike Coulter, or 274-5222, email@example.com or racedaventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick-up is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the school; race day pick up and registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line.
Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ next bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, with Las Diablas vs. Las Catrinas. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger); available in advance at the Pershing Inn, All That Music, Blue Panda Tattoo, Uptown Cheapskate or any Roller Girl. Information: suncityrollergirls.com.
Southern New Mexico
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Tays Center. Admission is free.
• Alamogordo Music Theatre’s spring performance of “Damned Yankees” is April 21-29. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10. Information: alamogordomusictheatre.org.
• Santa Fe Opera Apprentices Tour is 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Admission is free.
‘The Meatball Chronicles’ — The solo show by Santa Fe's most prolific actress, Debrianna Mansini, is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21-23, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Mansini steps out in her own unique way — sharing a culinary adventure of finding love through a meatball. Ticket information: (575) 523-1223.
“The Meatball Chronicles” follows Mansini through a culinary journey of her childhood, her relationships with men, and in particular, her complicated relationship to her mother. As she kneads the dough and thickens the sauce through each Italian recipe, the stories associated with those recipes reveal the complex ways that families cope, laugh, grieve, and show their love through food.
‘Damned Yankees’ — Alamogordo Music Theatre’s presents the musical comedy at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21-23 and April 28-29, at the Flickinger Center, 1110 N. New York in Alamogordo. Directed by Keith Dodson. Tickets: $10; available at flickingercenter.com. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or alamogordomusictheatre.org.
With a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, the modern retelling of Faust is based on Wallop’s novel “The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant.”
Drew Thomas Magic — The illusionist performs 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Spencer Theater, Alto N.M. Thomas uses ordinary objects like power tools and spray paint in fresh, electrifying magic. A finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” Drew and his crew have entertained more than 100 million+ worldwide. Tickets: $39-$89. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com
Living Desert Earth Day Festival — Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, N.M. host an Earth Day festival 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22. The U.S. Forest Service will give away free tree seedlings, Party for the Planet hosts children’s activities including sunspot viewing through a telescope with solar filters, crafts, face painting, and microscopes to look at pond creatures. Raffle drawing also planned. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 7-12; free for 6 and under). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last entry at 3:30 p.m.). Information: (575) 887-5516.
In conjunction with the festival, Carlsbad Horticulture Society hosts is “A Taste of the Living Desert,” featuring a variety of New Mexico foods. Native landscaping plants will be for sale. Local artists will sell hand-made crafts. The festival also features New Mexico authors.
Vendors featured both Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23.
Red, White and Blues Festival — Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society hosts its 4th annual blues festival 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at St. Clair Winery and Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, in Mesilla, N.M. featuring performances from C.W Ayon at 4 p.m., Muddy Hands Blues Bands and Friends at 6 p.m. and Todd Tijerina at 8 p.m..
Bring a lawn chair; no outside food or drink allowed; food and drink available for purchase.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door Advance tickets available in at St. Clair Winery & Bistro at 1720 Avenida de Mesilla in Las Cruces; White’s Music Box, 200 Downtown Mall in Las Cruces and 7040 N. Mesa in El Paso; and Hubbard’s Music-N-More, 108 Wyatt Drive in Las Cruces, and online at mvjazzblues.net.
Reuse and Recycle Fashion Show — Keep Las Cruces Beautiful’s 5th annual Reuse & Recycle Fashion Show in honor of Earth Day is noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, on the Main Street Downtown Plaza. The show will present outfits made from reused and recycled materials. Information: Bethanie Gonzalez (575) 528-4723 or email@example.com.