El Paso Scene Weekly for Aug. 21-27, 2017
EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
ALfresco! Fridays — The 15th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. Aug. 25: Fixed Idea (ska). Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633, alfrescofridays.com or on Facebook.
Tailgate 2017 — Big Band on the Rio Grande performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the finale of the annual concert series in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, 3198 State Road 200l, Alamogordo. Tickets available for $45 per vehicle. Walk up tickets are $10 ($15 couples). Proceeds benefit the Flickinger Center. Patrons should bring their own food, lawn chair and beverages. Gates open 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Information: (575) 437-2202. Online reservations at flickingercenter.com.
‘Once on this Island’ — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio 2017 summer repertory presents the musical with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24-Sept. 3, at EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre, 9570 Gateway North, directed by Keith Townsend. All proceeds go to scholarships for Performance Studies students at EPCC. Admission: $15 general admission: $10 non-EPCC students, military; $8 EPCC students, faculty, staff and seniors. Available at the door; box office opens two hours before each performance (cash or checks only; age 7 and over only admitted).Information: 831-5056 or forumtheater.wix.com/epcc.
The Caribbean love story is based ”My Love, My Love; or The Peasant Girl.” A peasant girl on a tropical island uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes.
Movies in the Canyon — El Paso Live hosts the 9th annual free movie season at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater Fridays and Saturdays. Showtimes are at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.). Concessions available; no food or beverages may be brought in. Bring a blanket or light jacket in case it cools off in the canyon. Information: 534-0674, elpasolive.com, moviesinthecanyon.com.
• Aug. 25: The Secret Life of Pets
• Aug. 26: Dumb & Dumber
State Line Music Series — ? Bri Bagwell performs at the finale of the outdoor concert series 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23. Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. All customers asked to bring non-perishable food donation or monetary donation for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Information: 581-3371, WTxFoodBank.org
Emmanuel — The Mexican singer performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at The Plaza Theatre. The pop star is known for his love songs and ballads, and his ability to convey subtle emotions with his voice. his music has drawn from a variety of sources like soul, R&B and Gospel, and has been releasing hit albums since 1976. Tickets: $59-$231. (Ticketmaster).
Summer Concert — El Paso Parks and Recreation presents a free outdoor music concert with Dream Merchants 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Pavo Real Park, 9301 Alameda. Bring chairs and picnic. No alcohol or glass-bottled beverages permitted. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Information, updates: 212-1704 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
Farruko — The popular reggaeton and Latino trap singer brings his “TrapXFicante Tour” to the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. The 26-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter began his career at the age of 16 by posting his music on Myspace and creating a massive fan base. Tickets: $49.50, $59.50, $69.50 and $89.50 (Ticketmaster).
Born Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado, Farruki rose to fame behind his debut studio album, “El Talento Del Bloque” (“The Talent of the Block”), and collaborating with reggaeton heavyweights Daddy Yankee and J Balvin.
He has been nominated 16 times for Billboard Latin Music Awards, winning 2015’s Latin Rhythm Song of the Year for “6 AM” with J Balvin. The young star also has his own clothing line, Carbon Fiber Clothing.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Shabazz Palace — Seattle hip-hop duo, 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, with Porter Ray. Tickets: $15-$17.
• Pelican — 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 23, with Inter Arma. Tickets: $12-$15.
• Dead Country Gentlemen — The rock band performs Sunday, Aug. 27, with Trost House and Frenzi. Tickets: $8-$10.
Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625. Information on Facebook at RockHouseDiveBarKitchen.
• Greg Howe — The legendary guitarist’s Wheelhouse Tour is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, with bass guitar legend Stu Hamm and drummer Gianluca Palmieri. Admission: $20 at the door (no pre-sales).
• Make Them Suffer — The Australian deathcore band’s Worlds Apart North American Tour is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, with Enterprise Earth and Sprite. All ages show. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 day of show.
• Hemlock in El Paso, TX — 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24.
ALSO THIS WEEK
St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival — The 31st annual festival of vibrant Greek culture is Aug. 25-27 at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, 124 S. Festival. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; advance food ticket online for $20 with POC; $22 when purchased pre-festival. Information: 833-0882, 539-1491 or on Facebook at EP Greek Food Fest.
Food is always the star of the show at the Greek Festival, including chicken and lamb entrees, shishkabobs and more, as well as baklava and other pastries, plus ice cream and baklava sundaes.
Wines and souvenirs sold in the country store, Greek music and dancing entertainment with Greek and Mediterranean dancers.
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. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, firstname.lastname@example.org or ardovinos.com.
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.
Champion Studio — The studio presents its annual “Folklórico Summer Fiesta” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial, with music and dances from old Mexico performed by students from Champion Studio. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Feasts with Beasts Fiesta — Western Refining hosts a night of food, spirits, and live entertainment by Los Arrieros Mariachi, Kikimora, Frontera Bugalu, Julio Ortiz Jazz, and CROMO 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. Proceeds benefit the zoo. Tickets: $125; adults only. VIP tickets: $275 (includes 6 p.m. early admission and evening bird show and sit-down dinner). Information: 212-0245.
Fashion for Food — Jacelyn's Rose Boutique, 819 West Sunset, hosts a fundraiser for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Multiple vendors will be available, with giveaways on the hour (one donated can of food for each raffle ticket. Admission is free (canned goods donations welcomed). Information: (469) 371-8577 or jacelynsrose.com.
Brunch & Bingo at the Museum — The fundraiser for International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, with host comedian Nico Adjemian. Cost: $5 (includes mimosas and appetizers). Information: 543-6747 or internationalmuseumofart.net.
El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Tickets: $5-$24. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com. Aug. 24-27: Sacramento River Cats. Thursday, Aug. 24 is 6:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26 is 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27 is 6:05 p.m.
‘Irish Run’ — Cathedral High School’s 5K competitive run and 1-mile fun run and walk begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Cathedral High School, 1309 N. Stanton. Cost: $20 per event ($15 military, students and seniors, with ID at packet pickup). Race day registration is $25. Information: Tricia Brittain, 433-4818. Register at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Pre-race registration and packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at Cathedral High School. Race day registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. Sunday at race site.
Southern New Mexico
Great American Duck Race — The 38th annual running of the ducks is Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 24-27, in Deming, N.M. This year’s theme is “Race the Rail.” Admission is free for spectators, and anyone can be a duck racer for just $5. The ducks are provided; don’t bring one. Call for entry forms. Information: (888) 345-1125, (575) 544-0469 or demingduckrace.com.
The Tournament of Ducks Parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Deming.
Live Duck Races and Water Races are noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at McKinley Duck Downs. Duck Race eliminations and finals are 3 p.m. Sunday.
Other events include Duck Royalty Pageants Thursday, carnival and vendors daily, hot air balloon rally, 5K race, outhouse races, tortilla toss and more.
Las Cruces Comic Con — Actors Gary Busey and Mindy Sterling are featured guests for Las Cruces Comic Con 2017 Aug. 25-27, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University, Las Cruces, with an artists alley, autographs and photo ops, crafting, panel discussions, seminars and workshops, gaming and more. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 Friday; $25 Saturday; $20 Sunday; $50 three-day pass or $80 VIP pass (prices at the door increase by $5). Ages 10 and younger free. Information: (575) 405-0461 or lascrucescomiccon.com or on Facebook.
Featured artist is Patrick Ballesteros, known for his nostalgic pop culture paintings.
Other guests include artist David Finch, writer Meredith Finch, Ming Chen of “Comic Book Men,’ and actor Dante Basco.
Costume contest is 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Online registration ends Aug. 1 (no on-site registration).
‘Headsets: A View from the Light Booth’ — No Strings Theatre Company opens its season with the comedy Aug. 18-Sept. 3 at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sundays Aug. 27 and Sept. 3; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
This hilarious and charming backstage comedy was written by William Missouri Downs, author of “Cockeyed,” “Mad Gravity” and “Seagulls in a Cherry Tree.”
Trails & Rails Run — The 8-mile run, 5K and 1 mile kids dash is Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Trestle Recreation Area (near intersection of HWY 84 and 130), near Cloudcroft, N.M. The 8 mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. with 5K at 8:40 a.m. and kids dash at 8 a.m. Registration: $30 ($10 kids dash). Night before or race day registration is $35. Proceeds benefit Cloudcroft students. Information: Cindy Preslar (575) 430-7634; Amy Collins, (575) 202-2343 or on Facebook at “Cloudcroft Runners.”
Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the Trestle Recreation area.
The 8-mile course is all on trail and old railroad bed. There will be two aid stations along the way with fruit and water. The Kid’s Dash will be a series of laps around the paved parking area of the Trestle Recreation area.
Divas 2017 — Megan McQueen presents the fundraising event for New Mexico State University Theatre Arts and the American Association of University Women at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 and $20 (Ticketmaster).
McQueen will emcee the evening featuring Della Bustamante as Country Diva, Janet Beatty-Payne as Broadway Diva, Amanda Bradford as Opera Diva, and Marybeth Torres as Soul Diva - several of Las Cruces favorite singing females - stunning with hit after hit from Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand classics to Patsy Cline and Whitney Houston favorites.