El Paso Scene Weekly for Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2020
EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
‘Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the hit musical based on the original film Jan. 29-Feb. 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30-$70 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
Features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a new score from the songwriters of “Hairspray.” Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory … to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams.
Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon. Showing through Feb. 27: “20/20 Visionary” featuring 20 artists. An ARTalk is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
Joan Sebastian Tribute — The musical tribute to the Mexican singer-songwriter featuring Fernando Olea is at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M.. No cover; age 21 and older admitted. Information: (575) 874-5200, Sunland-Park.com/entertainment or on Facebook.
Magic Morning Market — The Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, hosts an indoor and outdoor market 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Food and refreshments sold. Information: 585-9296.
El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival — The festival concludes with Lynn Harrell, the “Dean of American Cellists," performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Ticket in nformation: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
Free Bach’s Lunch is noon Thursday, Jan. 30,, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza.
Young People’s Concerts — The El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents its 80th season of free programs for 5th-graders at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 29-31, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up program for the 9th year, and directed by James Welsch. The public is invited on a space-available basis; call for availability. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Information: lowbrowpalace.com.
• “... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead” — The alternative rock band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Tickets: $15.
• The final Battle of the Bands round is 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, indoors. Admission is free.
• La Gusana Ciega — The Mexican alt rock band performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Tickets: $25.
Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
• Bleed the Sky — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, with Skin Lab, Arise in Chaos, and So This is Suffering. All ages show. Admission: $15.
• Blacktop Mojo — 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, with Fusebox, The Fallen and Edison’s Ear. Tickets: $10.
• Higher Power — 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, with Life’s Question, Knowsuffer,
Linger, and Curse. Tickets: $12.
• Wicked Garden — The Stone Temple Pilots tribute is at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Pebble Hills High School, 14400 Pebble Hills. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors. Information: elpasowindsymphony.com or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.
EPSYOs Winter Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 active military, students, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.
ALSO THIS WEEK
An Evening with Tracy K. Smith — UTEP’s Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing, and English at UTEP programs host the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Tomas Rivera Conference Center in the UTEP Student Union, Room 308. Smith will read from her poetry novel, “Wade in the Water,” with a special Spanish translation from Andrea Cote Botero. A Q&A moderated by Professor Sasha Pimental follows, and copies of Smith’s poetry collections will be available for purchase. Information: events.utep.edu.
Her collection “Life on Mars” won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
Eastside Rattlesnake Market — The grand opening of the new market at 1661 North Zaragosa (across from Oasis Lanes) is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, with performance by Elvis tribute artist Bud Sanders at 11 a.m. vendors, food trucks and free jumping balloon for kids. This market will be held the first and third Saturday of each month. Admission is free. Information: Tracey, 667-0842 or Deanna, 1-219-506-3267.
Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “Twentieth Century” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of its Screwball Comedies series. Tickets: $7, available at drafthouse.com. Information: filmsalon.org or on Facebook.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live - MST3K’s “Great Cheesy Movie Circus” Tour featuring original host and the creative vision behind the show Joel Hodgson is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Plaza Theatre, with the with the never-before-screened film “No Retreat, No Surrender” starring a young, fresh-faced Jean-Claude Van Damme as a brooding hit man and a Bruce Lee lookalike...who looks nothing like Bruce Lee. Tickets: $30-$65; VIP meet and greets start at $215 (Ticketmaster).
The show gives fans the chance to sit in the same theater with their favorite characters and promises all of the MST3K signatures and rapid-fire hilarity that have built MST3K’s loyal following over more than 30 years: a cheesy B-movie, hilarious riffing, wisecracking robots, silly sketches, and Hodgson in the red jumpsuit as host Joel Robinson.
‘Saturday Night Fever’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the Broadway and West End smash hit based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 film Jan 31-Feb. 16, featuring music by the Bee Gees. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 16; dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. 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.
A talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. Saturday Night Fever includes an “all hit” disco-era score featuring favorites by the Bee Gees such as “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “More Than a Woman,” along with many other disco era classics featured in the original film. Adult subject matter and language.
UTEP Men’s Basketball - Homes games are at the Don Haskins Center at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10-$24. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, Jan. 30: Middle Tennessee State.
• Saturday, Feb. 1: UAB
Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team hosts Texas Tech at 11 a.m. Friday, and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7. Information: 491-7879 or minershockey.com.
UMC Health Start — University Medical Center’s 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at UMC West Clinic, 6600 N. Desert. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.
Super Bowl Sunday Run VIII — The Las Cruces Running Club will host the 8th annual 1-mile fun run, 5K and 5-mile race is 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Road. Registration: $20 online through Jan. 30. Free for kids fun run. Register at lascrucesrunningclub.com. Information: email@example.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 horse racing begins at 12:25 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays.
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. Local farmers, meat producers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, firstname.lastname@example.org, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.
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.
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. Last Sunday of the month is at The Substation, Sunset & Doniphan. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
‘The Killing Game’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the play by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Marissa Bond, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, at Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
Set in a small town during an outbreak of plague, citizens fall one after another, and the town is transformed from a gossipy, boring burg (where the townspeople all speak in clichés) into a maelstrom of paranoia and horror, as hundreds of citizens literally drop dead.
Search for a Star 2020 — Boba Cafe and Cabaret, 1900 E. Espina in Las Cruces, presents the talent showcases Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and Feb. 7-8, consisting of 12 contestants from age 10 to 50, including singers, musicians, a comedian, actor, and dancers competing for a cash prize. Audience members have the opportunity to vote by ballot for their favorite star at the end of each show (final voting concludes after the Feb. 8 show). Dinner shows start at 6 p.m. and cocktail shows begin at 8:30 p.m. each night. Tickets: $25 dinner show; $12.50 cocktail show. Reservations: (575) 647-5900.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall presents the classic Joseph Kesselring play Jan. 31-Feb. 16. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cake and non-alcoholic beverages with the cast and crew follow opening night performance. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, students and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
The nephew of two spinster aunts is in love with a reverend’s daughter. The nephew’s family, descended from the Mayflower settlers, is composed of insane individuals, from homicidal aunts to a cousin who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt.
Heroes & Hoops for CARE — The charity basketball event benefiting Las Cruces CARE’s Support Program for local cancer patients is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Oñate High School gym, in Las Cruces. Doors open at 9 a.m. The event features local first responders who will battle it out on the basketball court to raise money and awareness for CARE, cancer prevention and all types of cancer. Tickets: $5 at eventbrite.com.
Championship Star Series — The boxing bouts are 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Welterweight Austin “No Doubt” Trout will face Rosbel Montoya; bouts feature Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler, Abel “King Abel” Mendozo and Triple A Attack. Tickets: $50 ($25 standing room only) Age 21 and older welcome. (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
Las Cruces Symphony Gala — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra’s annual Gala, “Sassy, Brassy & Classy,” is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, with cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction. Live music by LSCO’s Pancho Romero, principal trumpet, and his jazz band, the Footprints. Tickets: $50 ($500 table for 10) available at lascrucessymphony.com or HoldMyTicket.com. Information: (575) 646-3709.