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May 2018

The following events are just some of the events coming up this month. We generally post this list a month in advance, and do not update afterward so we can focus on the print edition instead. We leave the past monthly lists on the website just to give you some idea of what generally happens that month

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team’s home games are at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Regular game time is 7:05 p.m., 6:05 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
April 30-May 3: Reno Aces. Wednesday game 11:05 a.m.
May 8-11: Tacoma Rainiers.
May 17-20: Fresno Grizzlies.
May 30-June 3: Sacramento River Cats.

Hemlock — The Las Vegas metal band’s 25th anniversary tour is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, with Seveidmic, at Rockhouse Bar and Grill, 9828 Montana. Tickets: $10. Information: 591- All ages show.

El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame
— The Prices Give Em Five Hall of Fame Banquet is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Information: elpasoathletichalloffame.com.
  This year’s inductees:
Living Athlete: William Licon, Robert Rodriguez and Bradon Wolfram.
  Coach/Administrator: Marc Bombard and Rennie Rebe
  Media Supporter of Athletics: Manny Ontiveros
  Official Category: Bernie del Hierro
  Posthumous Category: Manuel X. Aguilar.

Gordon Lightfoot — The folk/pop legend performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2014, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $46.50-$86.50 (Ticketmaster).
  Lightfoot’s song catalog spans 50 years, including such immortals as, “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” "(That's What You Get) For Lovin Me," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Cold On The Shoulder." He has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. Lightfoot was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame which honored his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Child Crisis Center Gala — The center’s Casino Night and Celebration, is 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, May 4, at El Paso Firefighters Hall, 3112 Forney, with a casino night, dinner and more. All proceeds support the El Paso Child Crisis Center’s work to protect children. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dress is black, white and red casual attire. Tickets: $125 per person. Information, reservations: 562-7955, ssoto@childcrisisep or childcrisiselp.org.

oLotería — Creative Kids hosts a night of Bingo benefiting the Creative Kids program is 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at its Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco. This year’s event celebrates Creative Kids’ 20th Anniversary. Information: andrea@creativekidsart.org. Tickets: $45 ($500 VIP tables for 8); available at creativekidsolostore.bigcartel.com.

Alfresco! Fridays — The 16th season of free outdoor summer concerts runs Fridays, May 4-Aug. 24 at Convention Center Plaza. Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Schedule to be announced. Information: 534-0600, alfrescofridays.com or on Facebook.

T or C “Wild Wild West” Fiesta — The 69th annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Most events are at Ralph Edwards Park. Admission to most events is free. Information: (575) 497-9480, annualtorcfiesta.com or on Facebook at Truth or Consequences Fiesta.
  The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, through Downtown, followed by free live music in Ralph Edwards Park with Syd Masters & the Swing Riders, Antonio Reyna, Knifewing, On Call, Sawmill Canyon, Desert Dogs and more. Basketball, horse show, volleyball and skateboard tournaments, kids fishing derby, junk boat race and vendors.

Enrique Bunbury — One of Spain’s most respected rock singers performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $39.50, $59.50 and $79.50. (Ticketmaster).
  Bunbury got involved in music in the early 1980s, and joined the group Zumo de Vidrio, in 1984 as lead vocalist. After adopting the nickname of Bunbury, taken from the Oscar Wilde stage play “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the musician teamed up with Héroes del Silencio, becoming a major number in the Hispanic rock scene. The band eventually broke up in 1996 and Bunbury started his solo career in 1997.

‘Mozart by Moonlight’— El Paso Opera presents a night of opera under the stars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater.Metropolitan opera tenor Brian Downen, baritone Ricardo Herrera, mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke, soprano Kellie Rumba Rattay and the Young Artists of El Paso Opera collaborate with conductor Bohuslav Rattay and orchestra for a concert of arias and ensembles from various Mozart operas. Tickets: $30; $15 children; $50 VIP seating (epopera.org or Ticketmaster). Information: 581-5534 or on Facebook at Epopera.

Cantina 10K — The 4th annual Marks Cantina 10K run and 2K walk benefiting the Archer House is 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at in the Rudolph Plaza Shopping Center, 3233 N. Mesa. Cost: $30 through May 3; $35 May 4-5. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com. Information: Chris Rowley, 478 5663. Chili cook-off will also be held.

Jazz Unlimited Big Band — The band’s 14th annual concert is 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road. Guest vocalists, Cheryl Tomczuk and Andre Hunter join the band to present swing, Latin, rock and jazz tunes. Admission is free; donations welcome. Seating is limited. Information: 637-4569.

Braden Aboud Memorial Run — The 12th annual 5K run and 5K/1-mile fun run/walk benefiting the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 6, at 5265 Roxbury (parking lot of Zach White Elementary), with multiple vendors, music, inflatable attractions, dog adoptions, and more at the race site. Registration: $20 ($10 19 and younger). No race day registration for competitive run. Information: 833-0393 or bradenaboud.com.
  Registration at bradenaboud.eventbrite.com.
  The foundation, named after a local middle school student killed in a skiing accident, is dedicated to improving the health and educational development of El Paso’s youth.

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the 35th Anniversary Production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber musical for the whole family through May 6.
  Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. April 29 and May 6; dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. 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.

‘In the Next Room’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the Sarah Ruhl comedy through May 6, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Adult content Tickets: $14; $12 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, Alumni with card, non-UTEP Students; $9 UTEP students and children. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

‘Rent’ — American Southwest Theatre Company closes its season with Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award winning Broadway hit through May 6 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts’ Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high schools students with current I.D.)  Tickets: (575) 646-41420 or nmsutheatre.com.

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Beach House — The dream pop band performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Tickets: $28
• Morbid Angel - The death metal band’s Disdained Tour is Saturday, May 12, with Origin, Dreaming Dead, Hate Storm and Annihilation. Tickets: $25-$35.

Lara Downes – El Paso Pro-Musica closes its season with the pianist’s celebration of the music of Leonard Bernstein at 8:29 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10,at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.

Juanes — The multiple Latin Grammy Award, Grammy Award and Billboard Latin Music Award winner and nominee’s “Amarte Tour” is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at El Paso County Coliseum with Mon Laferte. Tickets: $36.95-$126.95; VIP packages start at $375 (Ticketmaster).
  Born in Colombia, Juanes fronted the band Ekhymosis for more than 10 years before breaking out on a successful solo career with his 2000 release, “Fijate Bien,” and his certified platinum second release, “Un Día Normal,” in 2002. He won his first of 23 Grammy Awards in 2008.
  This year, his nominations included Album of the Year and Best Pop/Rock Album for “Mis Planes Son Amarte”; Record of the Year for “Amárrame” with Mon Laferte, and “El Ratico” with Kali Uchis; and Song of the Year and Best Alternative Song for “Amárrame.”

Fleet Foxes — The American indie-folk band performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, in support of their first album in six years, “Crack-up.” Tickets: $25.50- $39.50 (Ticketmaster).

Ha*Ash — The sister duo, known to by their fans as the “Sold-Out Queens,” bring their 100 Años Contigo Tour to El Paso 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Plaza Theatre. Their latest album is “30 de febrero.” The album's first single debuted No. 1 in iTunes and entered Spotify's Top 50 Viral Chart. Its official music video has over 27 million views.Tickets: $49.50 to $89.50 (Ticketmaster).

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Shows start at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets through Yapsody.com or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Kutless — The Christian alternative band performs Friday, May 11. Tickets: $29-$89.
• Cirque Zuma Zuma — The America’s Got Talent semi-finalists, hailed as an “African Cirque du-Solei” performs Saturday May 12.  Tickets: $29-$79.

Pro-Musica ‘Soiree ’18’ — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild will host its annual soiree Saturday, May 12, at the Upper Valley home of James O. Stewart III. Special guests for this year's event include Grammy Award winning cellist Zuill Bailey (the artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica) and pianist Lara Downes. All proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica. Reservations: $125 ($300 for two; $600 for four; $1,200 for eight). Information: 747-8163, eppm.org or on Facebook at EPPM El Paso Pro Musica.

‘Voice of Voiceless’ Awards — Annunciation House’s Solidarity Dinner celebrating their 40th anniversary, is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Santa Lucia Amistad Hall, 518 Gallagher This year’s award goes to Father Ismael “Melo” Moreno, S.J.  Tickets: $50 ($400 tables). Information: 922-8305  or annunciationhouse.org.
  An outdoor mass is planned for noon that day at the Annunciation House, 1003 E. San Antonio.
  Moreno is director of Radio Progreso in Honduras, an independent station that gives voice to human rights activists, trade unionists, small farmers and others. He also directs ERIC (Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación), a center for social action and analysis.

‘Love From a Stranger’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, closes its season with the Agatha Christie mystery through May 12. Directed by Frieda Voeks. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors 62+,students, military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

‘La Arpias’ — A live performance of the Spanish language comedy mystery is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Plaza Theatre.  Tickets: $48 to $90 (Ticketmaster).
  Relive the mysterious murder of Marcelo, a millionaire who is found dead in his isolated country house. Eight women are suspects, all of them close to the deceased. Each has a potential secret motive.

Thunder from Down Under — The internationally acclaimed male revue from Australia presents their 2018 “Desert Dreams” World Tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Plaza Theatre, with dance, gymnastics, break dancing, colorful costumes, humor and hard bodies. Tickets: $19-$49 (Ticketmaster).

Natalia Lafourcade — The Grammy & Latin Grammy winner performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring acoustic guitar duo Los Macorinos. Her October 2017 show at the Plaza sold out. Tickets: $35-$50 (Ticketmaster)
  Lafourcade has won nine Latin Grammy awards, including “Best Folk Album” in 2017 for “Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1)”. Lafourcade won “Best Long Form Video” for “Musas, El Documental.” She was featured on Disney Pixar’s “Coco” soundtrack.
  Lafourcade led all Latin Grammy 2016 winners with five awards for “Hasta La Raiz” including "Song Of The Year," "Recording Of The Year," "Best Alternative Music Album," "Best Alternative Song," and "Best Engineered Album.”

Orange Fever Fiesta — The Miner Athletic Club’s annual celebration and fundraiser for UTEP student-athlete scholarships is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Grace Gardens Ballroom, 6701 Westside Drive. Join UTEP coaches, student-athletes and supporters for this an evening of  food, drinks, live music and live and silent auctions. Tickets: $100; $1,000 table for ten; sponsorsthips $3,500- $5,500; sponsorship packages also available. information: 747-8759, mac@utep.ecu or minerathleticclub.com.

Blues Spectacular — The blues show featuring national recording artists Ruben V, The Bel Airs, and Tracy Nelson is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate; advance tickets available at visitlascruces.com/destination-downtown. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.
  Ruben V has released solo albums and has shared the stage with many Blues legends. The Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic sound. Nelson first received acclaim as part of a San Francisco-based band “Mother Earth.”
   A screening of the 1980’s classic “The Blues Brothers” starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd is 7 p.m. Friday, May 18. Admission: $8. Combo tickets for both movie and concert available in advance for $20.

Rockpack Legends of Rock — The rock tour is 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at El Paso County Coliseum, Bobby Kimball (formerly of Toto), Kevin Chalfant (formerly of Journey), Bill Champlin (formerly of Chicago), and John Elefante (formerly of Kansas). Tickets: 40, $50, $65, $80, $90, $120 and $165 (Ticketmaster).

EPSYOs ‘New World Rhythms’ — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, performs its season finale concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 students, seniors and active duty military); tickets required for age 3 and older. information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

Patriotic Celebration Honoring Our Armed Forces — The Bruce Nehring Singers present the pre-Memorial Day Weekend concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3500 McRae. The 32-member chorus will be accompanied by Bruce Nehring, organ, and the Brass Quintet, with a color guard opening the program. Admission is free; an offering will be taken. Information: 532-5874.

Better Business Bureau and Torch Awards — The BBB’s 64th Anniversary luncheon meeting and Torch Awards for business ethics is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airway. Tickets: $100; $1,000 corporate tables for 10. Information: 577-0195 or associate@bbbelpaso.org.
  Keynote speaker is Louis Efron, author of “Purpose Meets Execution.” Efron is former Head of Engagement for Teslas Motors, and a contributing writer for Forbes and Huffington Post.

‘The Rivals’ — No Strings Theatre Company closes its season with the play by Richard Brinsley Sheriden May 25-June 10 at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Monte H. Wright. This comedy of manners satirizes sentimentalism and sophisticated pretensions, without the typical 18th-century moralizing.
  Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday June 4 and 11; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.

Neon Desert Music Festival — Martin Garrix, At The Drive In, Gucci Mane, and Dillon Francis are among the performers at the 8th annual music festival 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, in Downtown El Paso, presented by Southwest University. Tickets: $119 two day general admission; VIP packages available. Tickets available at The Headstand, Happy House and online at neondesertmusicfestival.com. Information: neondesert.com or on Facebook.
  Other performers include Cardi B, Cafe Tacvba, Third Eye Blind, Farruko, Playboi Carti, GTA, Malaa, The Drums, Bomba Estero, Lany, Lecrae, Caloncho, Cuco, Nao, Cults, Little Jesus, JID, Earthgang, Boogie, Buddy, The Garden, Nick Hirsch, The Swell Kids, Great Shapes, Dulce Mal, Sick.Life, A. Billi Free, Space Captains Collective, Pilots of Venus, Gila Monster, Medvedi, Divine Kegel, Soul Parade, Fat Camp, Sleepspent, Young Deluxe, Wildsters, Mikey Cloud, Mountain Vibes, The Fifth Estate, Cry Baby, Stangus, Matt O. Johnson and The Sandy Ohms.

Las Cruces Wine Festival — The 26th annual festival (formerly Southern New Mexico Wine Festival) is Saturday through Monday, May 26-28, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd, Las Cruces. Information: nmwine.org.

Mayor’s Jazz Fest — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation’s Music in the Park summer concert series opens with the annual jazz event at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27, Plaza de Las Cruces on Main Street, featuring headliner Grace Kelly, saxophonist, singer and composer from Boston, along with Las Cruces’ Oñate High School Jazz Workshop and El Paso’s Side Effects Organ Trio. Admission is free; all ages welcome. No pets. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
  The 2018 Music in the Park Series features performances by local, regional, and national acts each Sunday June 3-Aug. 25. Artists and locations  to be announced.

Timbiriche — The Mexican pop group performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at El Paso County Coliseum. Considered one of the most iconic Latin pop acts of the 1980s and 1990s, Timbiriche started as a children’s group in 1982 and managed to evolve successfully into adulthood.  Tickets: $50 to $275 (Ticketmaster).

National Health and Fitness Day — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts the 24th annual National Health and Fitness Day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Pavo Real Senior Center, 9311 Alameda, with businesses, physical therapists, insurance agencies, and other sources providing information for a healthier and better living. Entertainment will take place throughout the day.  Admission is free. Information: 860-9131 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  National Health and Fitness Day is the nation’s largest older adult health and fitness event.

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the borderland premiere of the World Number One Musical May 30-June 10, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $35-$80. (Ticketmaster). VIP packages: $127. Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
  Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 6), Wednesdays, and Thursday (May 31); 8 p.m. Friday shows; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday (June 7).
  More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon, which has won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Tony-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Music by Tony-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

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