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El Paso Scene May 2012

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A monthly guide to community entertainment, recreation and culture in the El Paso/So. NM/Juarez area
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Your monthl y gui de to communi ty
entertai nment, recreati on & cul ture
On the cover:
“My El Paso”
by Hal Marcus
Creating an
Arts advocates hope to
make Downtown a creative
center for visual artists.
— Page 31
Exhibit at Chamizal National
Memorial gallery celebrates
the festive decorations we
love to beat up.
— Page 47
Summer Fun
for Kids
Don’t wait until school’s out
to figure out what to do with
the kids!
— Pages 16-19
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El Paso Scene Page 3 May 2012
‘Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros’ —
The 16th annual children’s day/book day 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at
Washington Park, next to the El Paso Zoo. A
free new book will be provided to each child
who attends the event, along with other free
goodies. Special guest this year is Spider-Man,
who will make ten-minute appearances at
10:50 a.m., 12:20, 2 and 2:50 p.m. Admission is
free. Information: 543-5468 or
Entertainment includes the Little Darlings,
Valle Del Sol, Bassett Dance Crew, Just for
Kicks, Kristen Moreno Ballet Folklorico
Tonatiuh, Jacqueline Mata, New
Generation/Golden Generation, Bowie Dance
Ensemble, OMC Productions, El Paso Pride and
The idea for “Dia de los Niños, Dia de los
Libros” comes from Latin America where
Children’s Day honors young people in the
same way in which Mother’s Day and Father’s
Day are celebrated. Mora started America’s
celebration of Children’s Day in 1996 to cele-
brate children and promote literacy.
El Chamizal Festival — Los Paisanos del
Chamizal will host a celebration of the people,
stories and community of the Chamizal 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Chamizal
National Memorial Amphitheatre, 800 S. San
Marcial, with live music, food, family activities,
demonstrations and ranger talks. Admission is
free. Information: 532-7273, ext. 129 or
‘First Thanksgiving’ —The annual reen-
actment is 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the San
Elizario Plaza, presenting the arrival of the first
Spanish settlers in this area in April 1598.
Directed by Maria Del Pilar Munoz, the histori-
cal reenactment of the arrival of the first
Spanish settlers in the area in April 1598.
Costumed actors and dancers portray the
Native Americans and Spaniards, who give
thanks and celebrate after the perilous crossing
of the Chihuahuan Desert and the arrival at the
banks of the Rio Grande. Admission is free.
Information: Los Portales Museum, 851-1682.
The event is offered in conjunction with the
San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society
Conference. See “History Lessons” for details.
La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The
annual spring celebration of music, arts and
crafts, food and award-winning New Mexico
wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
April 28-29, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM
Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. one mile north
of Vinton Road on Highway 28. This year’s
poster artist is Maria Cristina of Las Cruces.
Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic
baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed.
Admission: $15 for adults, includes compli-
mentary glass and choice of nine tastes of more
than 20 wines (or a glass of wine of one’s
choice); $5 ages 12-20; free for ages 12 and
younger. Be prepared to show ID. Information:
(575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
Saturday’s music:
• Noon — Dusty Low
• 2:15 p.m. — Radio La Chusma
• 4:30 p.m. — Frank Zona & Urban Edge
Sunday’s music:
• Noon — Muddy Hands Blues Band
• 2:15 p.m. — Guitar Slim
• 4:30 p.m. – Kat Crosby.
K-9 Classic — The Humane Society of El
Paso’s 23rd annual one-mile pet walk “Walk for
Animals” is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6,
at Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood.
Proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Pet walk
begins at 10 a.m. with pet fashion show and
competitions, grand prize giveaway and other
prize drawings at 11 a.m. Lunch available for
purchase. All well-behaved leashed pets wel-
come; clean up bags provided Entry fee is $25
for first pet ($30 day of event), $5 for each
additional pet; includes t-shirts for owner and
goodie bag. Walkers raising pledges of $60 or
more eligible to win special gift packs.
Information: 532-6971, Ext. 12 or humanesoci-
Several pet-related vendors will be on hand,
as well as animal rescue groups and a pet adop-
tion area. Microchipping offered for $20 (cash
Mother’s Day at 150 Sunset — The
event center/nursery at 150 Sunset (former
Nash Nursery location), hosts a Mother’s Day
event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, with
R O U N D u p
Please see Page 5
Roundup 3-15
Behind the Scene 6
Scene Spotlight 6
Summer Fun for Kids 16-19
Program Notes 20
Here’s the Ticket 21-23
Music, Comedy 24-25
Viva Juárez 25
Dance 26
Sports 27-30
Art & Downtown 31-35
El Paso FishNet 35
Nature 36-38
Becoming Bicultural 39
At the Museum 40-42
SW Art Scene 43-46, 48
Gallery Talk 47-48
Racking up History 49
On Stage 50-51
Stage Talk 51
Keep on Bookin' 52
History Lessons 53
Film Scene 54-55
Liner Notes 56
June Preview 57
El Paso Scene User’s Guide 55
Advertiser Index 58
Subscription Form 58
Page 4
El Paso Scene
May 2012
plants and paintings for sale by El Paso artists
Krystyna Robbins, Nina Walker, Corinne
Abeyta-Spinnler, Rudy Leidelmeyer and Gary
Boggs. Brunch available for purchase.
Information: 585-0801.
Miss El Paso USA — The pageants for Miss
El Paso USA and the Miss El Paso Teen USA are
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, at the
Abraham Chavez Theatre. The pageants are
the official preliminaries to the Miss Texas USA,
Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss USA Pageants.
Ticket information: Laura’s Productions, 845-
2894 or misselpasousa@aol.com.
Armed Forces Day — The community is
invited to Fort Bliss for the annual Armed
Forces Day activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, at Biggs Park, featuring
equipment static displays, demonstrations by
Military Police Work Dog Teams, entertain-
ment, the Fred Stafford Memorial Chili cook-
off, car show, historical tours, food and drink
concessions and more. Admission is free and
the public is welcome. Information: 568-4505.
Feast in the Middle East — The 46th
annual May dinner and festival is Saturday and
Sunday, May 19-20, at St. George Antiochian
Orthodox Christian Church and the Summit
Ballroom & Conference Center, 120 N.
Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon
to 7 p.m. Sunday. The event includes live
Arabic music, authentic Middle Eastern food,
full bar, bake table and guided church tours.
Admission is $2 (free with advance purchase
of $15 in food tickets); children 9 and under
admitted free. Information: 584-9100 or 544-
2570, or stgeorge-elpaso.org.
Kids to Park Day — The City of El Paso
Parks and Recreation Department host
National Kids to Parks Day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, at McKelligon Canyon Park,
1331 McKelligon Canyon, with family activities,
bird watching, a McKelligon Canyon trek and
more. Admission is free. Information: Keith
Hall, 544-0653.
The event is being promoted by the National
Park Trust, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the
City of El Paso Parks and Recreation
Department to encourage children and families
to visit a city park, improve health and fitness
and connect to nature through outdoor activi-
Sergeants Major Association Chili
Cook-off — El Paso Sergeants Major
Association’s 29th annual Fred Stafford
Memorial Chili Cook-off is Saturday, May 19,
at Biggs Park in Fort Bliss, as part of Team
Bliss’s Armed Forces Day observance, at Biggs
Park, on Sergeants Major Boulevard on East
Fort Bliss. Cooking begins at 8 a.m. with judg-
ing at 12:30 p.m. (CASI blind judging rules
apply) and awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship
Admission is free; registration cost for cook-
ing teams is $50 (includes 15 pounds of meat
per team for cooking). Information: Sergeants
Major Association at 568-6739 or Dale
Thompson at 821-6945, 539-3821 or
Youth Performing Arts Festival —
Outcry International host its second annual fes-
tival featuring performing art groups from
around the city in support of the organization
Glory Reborn 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19,
at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch
Auditorium, 501 N. Oregon (second floor).
Admission is free. Information: 820-3507, out-
cryinternational.org or gloryreborn.com.
Outcry International is a non-profit organiza-
tion that works in the El Paso area to promote
education to impoverished populations around
the world.
Glory Reborn provides low cost maternal care
to women in the Philippines. The group will
share information on their work during the
Airbourne Summer Carnival — The
Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter,
82nd Airborne Division Assn., Inc. hosts a
fundraising carnival May 25-June 10, at
Ascarate Park 6900 Delta, benefiting education-
al scholarships and community projects. Hours
are 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3
p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.
Admission: $2 per ride; $10 pay-one-price (all
day). Information: 240-8104 or
KLAQ International Balloonfest — The
27th annual festival is Saturday through
Monday, May 26-28. The event includes color-
ful mass balloon launches each morning as well
as balloon rides, water rides, vendors and live
concerts nightly. Information: 544-9550 or
Morning launches are 6 a.m. all three days at
Santa Teresa Country Club, with concerts at
Wet N’ Wild Waterworld in Anthony, Texas.
Headliners this year are Buckcherry with Dead
Sara (May 26); P.O.D. (May 27) and Hellyeah
(May 28). Tickets: $15, plus tax; on sale at
area 7-11 stores.
A free balloon glow is 8 p.m. Saturday, May
26, at Outlet Shoppes at El Paso (I-10 at
Concordia Cemetery Memorial Day —
Concordia Heritage Association hosts Memorial
Day activities at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at
Concordia Cemetery, 3700 Yandell including
placing of flags on veteran graves, a tribute in
memory of the MIA soldiers by Manny
Navarrete, and the dedication of a new
Interpretative sign, donated by the Rotary Club
of Franklin Mountains, chronicling Camp
Concordia (Early Fort Bliss) and honoring U.S.
military veterans buried at Concordia.
Admission is free. Information: 581-7920, 591-
2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
Southern New Mexico
‘AvenueArt New Mexico’ — The chalk
art event showcasing both New Mexico and
Texas artists is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April
28, on north end of Main Street in Downtown
Las Cruces, in conjunction with the City of Las
Cruces’ Farmers & Crafts Market. Admission is
free. Information: downtownlascruces.net.
British Car Days Show — The British
Motorcar Club of Southern New Mexico’s 19th
annual car show is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
April 28, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. Several
British cars will be on display, including Mini
Coopers, MGs, Jaguars and Morgans.
Admission is free to spectators. Information:
(575) 647-0122 or (575) 526-7807.
Community Earth Day Fair —The 17th
annual event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April
28, at Alameda Park Zoo, 1021 N. White Sands
Blvd., Alamogordo, with hundreds of exhibits
on alternative energy and fuels, a mini health
fair and screenings, interactive games for kids,
live entertainment and more. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 434-6296 or
May Roundup
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Renaissance Festival — The Shire of
Ghillie Shu and Gallery 408 hosts a renaissance
festival Saturday, April 28, at Spider Park along
12th Street in Carrizozo, N.M. The family
event features artisans and craft vendors, per-
forms and more. Visitors are encouraged to
dress in their fantasy wear for the event.
Information: (575) 937-6957 or
Mescal Roast and Mountain Spirit
Dances — History and legend are celebrated
annually with colorful costumes and the
Mescalero Apache traditional Dance of the
Mountain Spirits around a blazing bonfire
Thursday through Sunday, May 3-6, at Living
Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, Carlsbad,
The Mescal Roast demonstrates a traditional
method used by the Apache people — called
mescal makers (Mescaleros) by the Spaniards
— to survive the harsh desert environment.
The Apaches used the mescal plant, also
known as the agave or century plant, as a
major staple of their diet.
Events begin at 10 a.m. Thursday with prayer
ceremony, mescal pit blessing and placing of
mescal in roasting pit.
Friday and Saturday events include a Native
American arts and craft show beginning 10
a.m., an Interpretive Roundtable at 2 p.m.,
Feast Dinner and Apache War Dance at 6 p.m.
followed by Apache War Dance and Dance of
the Mountain Spirits.
Tickets for the dinner and dances are limited
to 300 each night and are $15 each. To pur-
chase, call (575) 887-5516.
The mescal pit will be opened for the free
tasting ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, and the
mescal removed and shared among those in
Park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daytime
admission is the regular park entrance fee: $5
($3 ages 7-12, free for 6 and under).
To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad;
follow signs to the park, which is in the
Ocotillo Hills overlooking Carlsbad.
Information: (575) 887-5516.
‘First Fridays’ in Silver City — Several of
historic Downtown Silver City’s restaurants,
shops and “Red Dot” galleries will stay open
late the first Friday of each month as part of
the monthly “First Friday” shopping event. Free
live music and other special events also planned
each month. Information: 1-800-548-9378 or
• May 4: Tour of the Gila Kick-off Expo with
street dance and special activities in celebration
of the annual bicycle event.
Smokey Bear Days — The Village of
Capitan will host two days of family fun and fire
prevention and conservation exhibits during its
8th annual festival Friday and Saturday, May 4-
5, at Smokey Bear Historical Park and through-
out the community, about 20 miles north of
Ruidoso. Events include live music, vendor
marketplace, kid’s Smoke House, U.S. Forest
Service games and giveaways, karaoke, parade,
conservation exhibits, chainsaw carving contest,
auction, raffle and street dance. All events are
free. Information: (575) 354-2748 or sbhacapi-
Vendor area open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, with Chainsaw
carving 9 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Smokey Bear Historical Park hours are 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. daily with playground and picnic
areas. Regular park admission: $2 ($1 children).
Celebration of Spring Expo — The 16th
annual event of art and music begins at 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 5, in historic downtown Silver
City, N.M. Admission is free. Information: 1-
800-548-9378 or (575) 534-1700.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — The Town of
Mesilla’s annual celebration is noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, May 5-6, at the Mesilla Plaza. The
event includes live entertainment, and more
than 20 vendors of arts and crafts, games and
food booths. Children’s activities include
amusement rides, jumping balloon, piñata bash
and a greased pole climb. Visitors are advised
to bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or
pets allowed in the plaza. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 vic-
tory of Mexican soldiers over the French army
at the Battle of Puebla.
T or C Fiesta — The 63rd annual fiesta is
Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Truth or
Consequences, N.M. Events include a rodeo,
music, carnival, games in the park, kids fishing
and rodeos, junk boat races and more.
Admission is free, unless listed otherwise.
Information: (575) 894-5555 or torcfiesta.com.
This year’s fiesta celebrates the New Mexico
statehood centennial with the theme “100
Years of Southwestern Hospitality.”
The Fiesta begins Friday with the Hard
Knocks Blues Band performing at Ralph
Edwards Park, 7-9 p.m.
Other performers during the weekend
include Iron Chihuahua (rock-and-roll), On Call
(country, folk), The Casual Fridays (punk/ska),
Jaylah Danielle (country), Daragh Vaughn
(Celtic), Makeshift Innocence (reggae/rock),
Sons of the Rio Grande (folk), Knock Out (reg-
gae/punk), Antonio Reyna and a full mariachi,
Iya Kahn (rock-and-roll), The Yarbrough Band
(country) and Designated Mind (rock and roll).
The Fiesta Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, in
downtown, Truth or Consequences. Other
events include volleyball and basketball tourna-
ments, the Fiesta junk boat race and Fiesta
duck race, a skateboard contest, kids’ fishing
derby and poker tournament.
The NMRA-sanctioned Fiesta Rodeo is Friday
and Saturday at the Sierra County Sheriff’s
Posse Arena on Rodeo Arena Road.
Fiesta Golf Tournament is Saturday and
Sunday at the Truth or Consequences Municipal
Golf Course, 685 Marie. Shotgun starts are
8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday’s play is a
scramble; and Sunday’s is a 2-man Best Ball.
Cost: $200 per two-person team.
Information/registration: (575) 894-2693 or
When Hot Springs, N.M., accepted a game
show’s invitation for a town to change its name
to Truth or Consequences, part of the reward
for doing so was to have the show’s host be
the guest of honor at a festival each year. Ralph
Edwards fulfilled the promise for 50 years, and
the community continues to celebrate every
first weekend in May.
Cattle Drive of the Century — Carlsbad
Museum & Art Center, hosts the cattle drive
celebrating New Mexico’s Centennial
Wednesday through Saturday, May 9-12,
beginning at the Pitchfork Ranch in Lea County
(about 30 miles west of Jal). Over the next four
days, the drive will trek across open country to
the Sheriff’s Posse Arena in Carlsbad Eddy
County. The drive will include 100 head of
Longhorn cattle, each branded with a special
Centennial brand to be auctioned to the high-
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El Paso Scene
El Paso Scene Page 6 May 2012
owntown El Paso has been a
frequent theme in El Paso Scene
feature stories over the years.
This month’s feature story focuses on
another aspect of improving downtown
by creating more opportunities for visual
artists. The city now hosts a weekly
Downtown Artist Market and plans are
under way to build a place where artists
can live and work together.
These are a few more steps in one of El
Paso’s top success stories during the 16-
plus years the Scene has been around.
The “renaissance” of downtown, in my
opinion, began with the opening of the
new El Paso Museum of Art in 1998, fol-
lowed by renovations of the Convention
Center and establishment of the Union
Plaza District, the reopening of the Plaza
Theatre and then the opening of the El
Paso Museum of History as part of the
Cleveland Square redesign. More recent-
ly, downtown celebrated the reopening of
the DoubleTree Hotel (formerly the
International Hotel) and the elegantly
renovated Mills Building.
There is more to do downtown now than
ever before. The Plaza Theatre has helped
El Paso attract more touring shows than
ever before. This year’s run of “Wicked”
proved the strength of our market for
high-quality, large-scale productions.
The Abraham Chavez Theatre is a solid
backup venue for downtown shows. More
recently, the El Paso Scottish Rite Temple
has booked a series of smaller shows that
would get lost in a larger setting. The
Museum of Art, History Museum and
Public Library also host smaller events.
The Union Plaza area has added more
nightlife to the downtown scene as well.
Both the city and the El Paso
Convention & Performing Arts Centers
have added a variety of events to the
downtown summertime calendar, includ-
ing Alfresco Fridays!, Dancing in the
City and noontime concerts at San
Jacinto Plaza.
Festivals such as Chalk the Block,
Kidspalooza and the Downtown Street
Festival have brought many families to
downtown for the first time. The appeal
of downtown is evident when private pro-
moters choose it for an event like this
month’s Neon Desert Music Festival.
The massive improvements at Cleveland
Square have created one of the best
places just to hang out. Outdoor public
art enhances the nearby attractions of the
El Paso Public Library, El Paso Museum
of History, El Paso Museum of Art, El
Paso Holocaust Museum and Insights El
Paso Science Museum. A few blocks
away are the El Paso Holocaust Museum
and Lynx Exhibits.
The downtown renaissance is still a
work in progress. The recent fire that
destroyed the First National Bank build-
ing at San Antonio and El Paso streets
dramatized the vulnerability of many his-
toric buildings downtown that are vacant
and neglected. Yet the good news of
downtown not only far outweighs the
bad, it also gives hope that these and
other issues will be addressed as well.
* * *
Hal Marcus’s recent El Paso painting
graces this month’s cover. Hal explains
that “My El Paso” was inspired by his
1995 work “Four Seasons of El Paso” as
well as his desire to re-explore his own
* * *
El Paso Scene lost a great friend and
long-time contributor April 17 when
Richard Campbell died. He had written
the “Becoming Bicultural” column since
1995. This month’s “El Paso Fishnet”
column on Page 35 is a tribute to him.
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Deadline for news for the
June issue is May 21
The June issue comes out May 30
San Elizario Art District — Several gal-
leries and artist studios are located along
Main Street near the San Elizario Plaza on
the Mission Trail. The First Friday ArtWalk is
May 4 with evening ghost tour and monthly
Art Market’s May 20 with a Bill the Kid
reenactment at the Old Jail. Page 59.
El Paso Performing Arts and Convention
Center events — Page 4.
• The Rat Pack is Back! (May 5)
• Barbara Driscoll School of Ballet (June 2)
at The Plaza Theatre.
• Alfresco! Fridays (May 4-Sept. 28) and
Dancing in the City (June 2-July 28) in Arts
Festival Plaza.
• Cool Canyon Nights (May 31-Aug. 23) in
McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre.
UTEP P3 — UTEP’s P3 Kidz on Campus
half- and full-day camps for kids start with a
kickoff event May 5 in Kelly Hall. Page 32.
Bazaart Show — The art market and con-
cert is May 5-6, at Wet N’ Wild Waterworld
with 50 to 100 pop-up art galleries and live
music. Page 12.
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino —
Kentucky Derby simulcast and Cinco de
mayor Fiesta are May 5; Hugo Cortes and
Lily dinner show is May 10. Page 9.
EPCC Continuing Education — The 2012
Children’s College and Personal Enrichment
Summer begin May 7 at all El Paso
Community College campuses. Page 10.
Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets Art
Show — The internationally recognized
Russian artists celebrate their 20th anniver-
sary in El Paso with an art show of more
than 25 paintings May 10-20 at Sotoa
Gallery. Page 14.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Grand Re-Opening — The historic build-
ing, closed for restorations for more than a
year, reopens with a public celebration and
ribbon cutting May 12. Page 23.
El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy’s
Spring May Showcase — The gala dinner,
dance and “Dancing with the Stars” show is
May 12 at Sunland Park Race Track & Casino
Signature Showroom. Page 3.
La Tierra Café Dinner Shows — Flor
Garcia guitar serenade May 12. Page 49.
Mother’s Day Brunch — 150 Sunset hosts
“Plants and Paintings” May 13. Page 29.
Feast in the Middle East — The 46th
annual May dinner and festival is May 19-20
at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian
Church and Summit Ballroom & Conference
Center. Page 15.
UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin
Center for the Visual Arts — Showing
May 24-Aug. 31 is “With That Ass They
Won’t Look at Your Eyes,” in the Rubin
Gallery; “Actions Speak Louder Than Talk,”
in the L Gallery and “Imagining Science,” in
the Project Space. Page 35.
Western Impressions Art Show - The El
Paso Art Association’s annual juried show is
on display through May 26 at The
Crossland Gallery. Page. 37.
Sasahara Gallery — Showing through
May 26 is Winfrey Hearst’s “Pathways;”
Artisan event May 19 features Mary Trail’s
mixed media mosaics. Page 43.
Memorial Day Mass — Mt. Carmel
Cemetery’s Memorial Day service is May
28. Page 7.
LYNX Exhibits —Showing through May
28: “The Science of SuperCroc.” Page 33.
Lynx is also home to El Paso Artisan Gallery.
Page 43.
Summer Cre-Arte Academy — Teresa
Fernandez will host bilingual art classes for
youth June 4-July 20 at her Art Academy
and Studio. Page 44.
Zoo Camp — El Paso Zoo is taking registra-
tion for its 2012 Zoo Camp June through
August for ages 6-10. Page 34.
El Paso Summer Music Festival - The fes-
tival’s 2012 Potpourri Concert featuring the
pianists Jeremy Mims and Melissa Loehnig
along with the winners of the 2012 Young
Musicians Competition is June 8 in El Paso
Museum of Art Auditorium. Page 21.
Southwest Student String Institute —
The summer string camp is June 11-15 at
Da Vinci School for Science & the Arts with
final camp concert June 15. Page 57.
YMCA Summer Program - El Paso YMCA
branches offer summer programs June 11-
Aug. 17 for ages 6-12 at all local branches.
Page 57.
Mad Science of El Paso Summer Camps
— Mad Science’s 7th hosts annual week-long
summer science camps for ages 6-12 in July
at El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde
campus and Transmountain Campuses. Page
Southern New Mexico
T or C Fiesta — The 63rd annual fiesta,
“100 Years of Southwestern Hospitality,” is
May 4-6 in Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Page 7.
Silver City MainStreet — First Friday
events are the Downtown Expo and kickoff
is (May 4) and the Rideo parade and wild
west events (June 1) in historic Downtown.
Also Downtown is the Tour of the Gila
Downtown Expo (May 5) and the Bikers
and Blues Bike Show (May 25). Page 20.
Silver City Blues Festival — The 17th
annual event sponsored by the Mimbres
Region Art Council is May 25-27 at Gough
Park in Silver City with live music artisan’s
alley and more. Page 14.
Mayfair —The 36th annual juried arts &
crafts show is May 26-27 at Zenith Park in
Cloudcroft, N.M. Page 19.
Southern New Mexico Wine Festival —
The 20th annual festival is May 26-28 at the
Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds in
Las Cruces. Page 11.
Summer Art Workshops — Cloudcroft
Art Workshops hosts fine art workshops
June 11-Aug. 17 at the “Old Red School
House” in Cloudcroft, N.M. Page 5.
Scene Spotlight highlights events
advertised in this issue.
est bidders at the end of the event.
Information: (575) 887-0276 or cityofcarlsbad-
“City Slickers” may purchase tickets for
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for $75 (dis-
count for groups of 10 or more) available at
Tickets include bus fare from either Hobbs or
Carlsbad to the camp site, a chuck wagon din-
ner, and entertainment by Michael Martin
Murphy and other notable musicians. No pri-
vate vehicle allowed at the camp sites; bring a
small chair or blanket for seating.
Admission to Saturday event at the Eddy Co.
Sheriff’s Posse Arena is free.
2012 AspenCash Motorcycle Rally —
The annual trade show and motorcycle rally is
Thursday through Sunday, May 17-20, at the
Ruidoso Convention Center. Information: 1-
800-452-8045 or motorcyclerally.com.
The trade show is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Admission: $8 (cash only).
Half-day poker runs begin at noon Thursday
through Saturday.
Pre-registration is $21 (by May 1); $26 at the
gate. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Fee includes
one run sheet, pin and 4-day trade show pass.
CMA non-denominational church services are
at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m.
Silver City Blues Festival — The 17th
annual event is May 25-27 at Gough Park, cor-
ner of Pope and 12th Streets in Silver City.
Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council,
with live acoustic and electric blues music, arti-
san’s alley, raffles, food vendors and a beer gar-
den. Performances are noon to 9 p.m. Saturday
and 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is
free, unless otherwise listed. No dogs or alco-
hol allowed in park area. Information: (575)
538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
The Friday Kickoff is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at
Buffalo Dance Hall featuring Pat “Guitar Slim”
Chase. Tickets: $12.
Saturday’s headliner is Trampled Under Foot
at 7:15 p.m. Other performers are The Muddy
Hands Blues Band, The Kas Nelson Trio featur-
ing Sunny James, Big Daddy D and the
Dynamites and Jason Elmore and Hoodoo
Sunday’s headliners are Rosie Ledet and the
Zydeco Playboys at 5 p.m. Other performers
are The Greenwood Misses, Country Blues
Revue, Hazel Miller and Rosie Ledet and the
Zydeco Playboys.
A Saturday Night Jam Session is 9 p.m. to 1
a.m. at the Buffalo Dance Hall. Tickets: $12.
Mayfair —Cloudcroft’s 36th annual juried
arts & crafts show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, May 26-27, at Zenith Park, with
new and returning art vendors showcasing
sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more
as well as music, food, children’s activities and
more. Admission is free. Information: 1-888-
874-4447 or cloudcroft.net.
Southern New Mexico Wine Festival
— The 20th annual festival is noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday through Monday, May 26-28, at the
Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las
Cruces. The Memorial Day Weekend festival
offers sampling of wines produced by 17 New
Mexico wineries as well as local food and ven-
dors. Wine may be purchased by the glass, bot-
tle or case. No pets or coolers.
Admission: $15 (includes souvenir glass). Must
have valid ID; free for under 21 with parent or
legal guardian. Active duty and retired military
receive $3 discount on Monday, with valid ID.
Information: (575) 522-1232 or snmwinefesti-
Live music begins at noon daily with Cadillac
Kings and Fire and Ice Saturday; Ryan Beaver
and John Arthur Martinez Sunday; and Kung Fu
Treachery and Guitar Slim Monday.
To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West
toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit
and follow the signs. Free parking.
First New Mexico Bank Wild Wild
West Pro Rodeo — The annual PRCA
Rodeo rides into Silver City, May 30-June 2, at
Southwest Horseman’s Park, U.S. 180 East (at
Caballero Road). Tickets/time to be announced.
Information: (575) 534-5030.
Downtown Ramble — The City of Las
Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7
p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Las
Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575)
Bazaars and fairs
Northeast Country Fair – Northeast
Christian Academy, 9901 McCombs, hosts its
annual “Old Fashioned Country Fair” 5 to 10
p.m. Friday, April 27. The fair includes games,
arts and crafts and vendor booths, food and
entertainment. Admission is free. Information:
Desert View Spring Fest — Desert View
United Church of Christ, 11160 Montwood,
will host its spring event 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 28. The “trash and treasure”
rummage sale begins at 7 a.m. Kids’ extravagan-
za begins at 9 a.m. with face painting, jumping
balloon, “clayground,” martial arts and dance
demonstrations, vendors and children’s servic-
es. A Bark and Meow pet event is also planned
with adoptions, pet blessings, contests and ven-
dors. Information: 593-1169.
Spring Arts and Craft Fair — Our Lady
of Mt. Carmel School, 131 S. Zaragoza, will
host the fair 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29,
with food, music, and a variety of arts and
crafts vendors. Admission is free. Information:
859-9848, ysletamission.org.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing — The 11th annual market is 7:30
a.m. to noon Saturdays, beginning May 26.
This “producers only” market features quality
farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans.
Interested vendors may pick up applications 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. No re-
selling permitted. The CoffeeStream will serve
breakfast and coffee on the patio until 11 a.m.
Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing is at One
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M.; from El
Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio
Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273),
continue past the post office and turn left on
A vendors meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May
1, in the Sunset Hall; all interested farmers,
backyard gardeners and artisans should bring
samples of their products and be prepared to
leave them. Vendor space is limited.
Gallery showing and rummage sale —
City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts and
open house, gallery show and rummage sale 1
to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Eastside Senior
Center, 3200 Fierro, showcasing the work of
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area seniors. Admission is free; cost for vendor
tables is $5. Information: 591-4292.
Bazaart Show — The art market and con-
cert is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
May 5-6, at Wet N’Wild Waterworld, 8804 S.
Desert in Anthony, Texas, allowing area artists
and musicians to connect with each other and
the public. In addition to live music, the mar-
ket features around 50 to 100 pop-up art gal-
leries. Admission free for participating artists
and helpers. Information: 866-2222 or
Saturday’s entertainment features Amplified
Heat, The Wreck and Emily Davis. Sunday’s
performers are Not in the Face, Radio La
Chusma and Steady Shakedown.
May Festival Show & Sale — The 6th
annual antique, collectible, art and Western
memorabilia show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5-6, at El
Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama, with
more than 180 tables with antique firearms,
coins, gems, jewelry, antique toys, military,
sports, and western memorabilia, artwork, fur-
niture and more. Food concession and beer
and wine bar open both days. Admission: $3
($2 with military ID). Information: 443-0824 or
St. Paul’s Book Fair — St. Paul’s United
Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, will host
its annual book and rummage sale 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, May 5. Items range from 10¢ to
several dollars. Admission is free. Information:
Art in the Park - The City Parks &
Recreation Department’s semi-annual arts &
crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, May 12-13, at Memorial Park, 1701 N.
Copia (off Copper). Continuous entertainment.
Vendor spaces being taken through May 3.
Admission is free. Information: 252-9031 or
Live music acts begin every half hour.
Saturday’s acts: Artistic Stylz, GDP Tribal,
Otilia Aguilar, Bassett Dance Crew, Mrs.
Baker’s Dance Studio, El Paso Pride, OMC
Productions, New Generation & Golden
Generation, Bowie Dance Ensemble and
Brandon Johnson.
Sunday’s acts: Kristen Moreno, Jessie
Espinoza, Bassett Dance Crew, Ballet
Folklorico Flor Y Canto, Brittney Gamboa,
Romie Rincon, Brandon Johnson, Just for kicks
and Bowie Dance Ensemble.
La Union Mercado — La Union
Elementary, 875 Mercantil Avenue in La Union,
will host its annual fundraising mercado 9:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, featuring
game booths, food and other activities.
Proceeds help go towards field trips, schools
supplies and other items. Monetary donations
as well as food items and gift cards are wel-
come. Information: (575) 874-3592 or Victor
Gonzalez at (575) 589-0861.
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans
and craftspeople display their fine arts and
crafts during the monthly open-air market 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the historic
Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario
Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and
drink concessions and entertainment. Pistoleros
de San Elizario will perform a Billy the Kid
reenactment at 1 and 3 p.m. at the old county
jail. Admission is free. Information: 594-8424 or
Downtown Artist Market — The City of
El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs
Department’s market for area artists are
Saturdays on Anthony Street in the Union Plaza
area along Anthony Street. Summer hours are
8 a.m. to noon. Space for about 53 artists avail-
able each month. Information: 541-4481.
Booth space costs $2, and artists will be
required to prove they produce their own
work. Artists must obtain a sales permit and
attend one of the monthly orientation sessions
offered 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each
month in the City Hall third floor training
room. Information/guidelines online at elpaso-
texas.gov/mcad at “Cultural/Heritage Tourism
& Initiatives.”
Vinton Farmer’s Market — the seasonal
market with fresh produce and handcrafted
items runs 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday year round beginning in June at 7810
Doniphan (former Pat’s Country Store loca-
tion), in Vinton. Most vendors will indoors with
chile roasting and some other vendors outside.
Information: 613-8039.
El Paso Psychic Fair —The fair is 11 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, at the
Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway (at Boeing).
Admission: $5 for both days (private readings
not included with admission). Free admission
with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-
6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
The fair features aura photos, handmade New
Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, spirit writ-
ing, Feng Shui products, aromatherapy and
readings by 14 professional psychic readers and
mediums from across Texas and New Mexico.
Readings offered in English and Spanish.
El Paso Mineral and Gem Society
Rummage Sale — The society’s fundraising
sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the
month at Memorial Park Senior Citizen’s
Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose garden.
Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.
Fox Plaza Flea Market — The city’s old-
est and largest flea market runs 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Sundays at the Fox Plaza Shopping Center,
5559 Alameda, featuring weekly entertainment
with music, shows, drawings and special
events. Information: 779-8424 or foxplazamer-
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market
— Arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and
other food items are offered at the market 8
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays
on Main Street from Las Cruces Avenue to the
roundabout on the north end. The market was
recently voted America’s Favorite Farmers
Market of all large markets in the nation in
annual online contest hosted by American
Farmland Trust. Information: (575) 541-2288 or
Silver City Farmers Market — The mar-
ket runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays early May
through the first frost in October in the Main
Street Plaza (intersection of 6th and Bullard).
Information: (575) 536-9681 or
Something for everyone
Latinitas — The nonprofit dedicated to
empowering Latina youth offers regular cre-
ative expression workshops, exhibits and more.
Information: 219-8554,
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or latinitas-
• Girl Power Fest, a confidence-building day
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for girls, is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April
28, at UTEP’s College of Business. Guest
speakers will help girls learn about issues girls
face and discover real solutions on how to
overcome these challenges in addition to, pan-
elists, a booth fair and live entertainment, a
fashion show, multimedia presentations led by
local female leaders on topics such as body
image, confidence, peer pressure, media litera-
cy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural
identity and bullying. Tickets: $5 in advance;
$10 at the door (limited number of scholarships
• Free Multimedia Art After-School Club for
girls grades 4 to 8 are 4 to 5:45 p.m. every
Friday after school at the Ysleta Public Library,
9321 Alameda, and Irving Schwartz Public
Library, 1865 Dean Martin.
• Chicas Advancing in Media Project free
biweekly workshops for ages 13-18 are 10:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and 19, at
Latinitas Headquarters, 1359 Lomaland, #502,
for teen girls (13-18) to develop their photog-
raphy, writing and filmmaking skills.
• Creative Girls classes are 1 to 3 p.m. at Judge
Marquez Public Library, 610 N. Yarbrough, and
10 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the
month (May 19) at Richard Burges Public
Library, 9600 Dyer and monthly (May 26) 1 to
3 p.m. at Judge Marquez Public Library, 610 N.
Yarbrough for girls in grades 4-8 (age 9-14).
Girls are encouraged to learn creative ways to
express themselves, from designing fashion to
taking photos and making a movie to creating
art projects. Five sessions planned. Cost: $5
material feel per workshop; $15 for entire five
The organization seeks volunteer mentors in
various areas.
Registration is being taken for the Multimedia
Arts Summer Camp in July at the Latinitas
Headquarters for girls in grades 4-8. Pre-regis-
tration required; limited number of scholarships
Law Day Chess Match — Children in
grades 1-8 from throughout West Texas will
compete in a Regional Chess Tournament spon-
sored by the El Paso Bar Association 9 a.m. to
noon Saturday, April 28, at St. Clement’s
Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell. Any ele-
mentary or middle school-aged child living in
West Texas is invited. Entry is free. Advance
registration appreciated, but not required.
Information: Gerald Georges, Assistant County
Attorney, 546-8185, or
ggeorges@epcounty.com. Web: elpasobar.com
Winners will compete against the association’s
chess team of local judges, lawyers and parale-
gals in a final match. Team is open to all area
lawyers and paralegals interested in playing
Spit & Whittle Centennial Celebration
— The Kingston Spit & Whittle Club celebrates
100th anniversary of New Mexico statehood
with Centennial Celebration all day Saturday
and Sunday, April 28-29, at the Old Kingston
Schoolhouse in the historic community of
Kingston, N.M..
Events include a historic building tour, treas-
ure hunt, gold panning, mine and cemetery
tours, history fair and silent auction of art,
crafts, curios and collectibles. Vendors along
“Centennial Avenue” will offer regional art,
crafts and books, geodes and crystals and food.
Horse-drawn stagecoach rides offered Sunday.
Visitors are encouraged to dress in period cos-
tumes, and have their photograph taken in
front of historic buildings. Information:
Other events include historic Kingston photo-
graphs and memorabilia at
Percha Bank Museum, book signings and pot-
tery and archery demonstrations at The Black
Range Lodge and live music both afternoons.
Nearby Hillsboro will celebrate with an art
show at the Percha Creek Traders.
A concert by banjo virtuoso Jeff Scroggins and
bluegrass band Fresh Horses Featuring is 7
p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Hillsboro
Community Center in Hillsboro. Proceeds will
help renovate the old Kingston schoolhouse,
currently the meeting place of the Spit &
Whittle Club. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 for
youth and seniors.
The Kingston Spit & Whittle Club is one of
the oldest continually-active social clubs in the
western United States, with its inception dating
back to the 1880s.
‘Voice of Voiceless’ Awards — Mexican
journalist, poet and activist Javier Sicilia will
receive the 2012 Voice of the Voiceless Award
by Annunciation House at a special dinner at 6
p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Santa Lucia Parish’s
Amistad Hall, 518 Gallagher. Tickets: $50; avail-
able at Casa Teresa, 815 Myrtle or online at
annunciationhouse.org. Information: 533-4675.
On March 28, 2011, Sicilia’s son, Juan
Francisco, a university student, was massacred
with several other students. In response to the
killing of his son as well as tens of thousands of
others killed in Mexico’s war on drugs, Sicilia
launched the movement of peace known as “El
Pacto Por la Paz” that expressed itself through
public caravans that gave a public platform to
victims and their families.
A forum on immigration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
that day at St. Patrick’s Multi-Center, 1118 N.
Mesa. Admission is free.
Grant workshops — Thomas Branigan
Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces,
will hold a free workshop presented by region-
al training coordinator Scott Ullman on key
components of a proposal to a foundation, with
special focus on how to effectively present a
proposal budget, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May
23, in the library’s Roadrunner Room, second
floor. Information: (575) 528-4005. Online reg-
istration at
The library will also offer grant foundation
classes for adults interested in gaining knowl-
edge of foundation fundraising 10 to 11 a.m. on
the following Tuesdays:
• May 1 — Introduction to Philanthropy
• June 5 — Proposal Writing Basics
Registration required; available online at
SNM Pride nominations — Southern
New Mexico Pride Planning Committee is
seeking award nominations through May 1 for
the 2012 Southern New Mexico Pride Festival,
including nominations for Parade Grand
Marshal and Pride Award recipients. These
awards honor members of Southern New
Mexico who, through their volunteerism,
activism and/or community involvement, better
the lives of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-
gendered community. Send nominations to
chamblen@nmsu.edu. Information:
This year’s Pride event is planned for
Saturday, June 16, at Pioneer Women’s Park,
500 W. Las Cruces Avenue, in Las Cruces, with
a walking parade through the Farmer’s Market
leading to a festival celebration that includes
entertainment, speakers, dancing and vendors.
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EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 35th
annual spring festival of performing, visual and
literary arts offers events at various venues of
El Paso Community College throughout the
spring semester. Most events are free.
Information: Charlie Miller: 831-2028 or
• EPCC Student Film Fest — 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday, May 4, in the Administrative Service
Center Boardroom. Information: 831-2345.
• MCAD presents Ceiba in concert — 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 19, in the Northwest Campus
Library, 6701 S. Desert Blvd. Information: 831-
• Letting off Steam: Musicfest — 4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22, in the Northwest Campus
Library. Information: 831-8840.
‘Go Purple Day’ hot dog sale — The 2nd
annual chili tasting and hot dog sale in obser-
vance of Texas Elder Abuse Prevention Month
is Friday, May 4, in the Downtown Holiday Inn
Parking Lot
409 E. Missouri, hosted by Texas Department
of Family & Protective Services Adult
Protective Services, Region 10, El Paso. Cost:
$5 a plate. Information: dfps.state.tx.us.
Citywide CPR event — Price’s
Creameries will sponsor the Drowning
Prevention Coalition’s May Day Citywide CPR
Event Saturday, May 5, at select El Paso Fire
Stations. This joint effort with the El Paso Fire
Department and the American Red Cross, El
Paso Chapter along with the membership of
the Drowning Prevention Coalition, provides
free CPR sessions at 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4 and
4:30 p.m. Give-aways also offered. Information:
George de la Torre, 485-5665.
Participating fire stations are at 721 Rio
Grande, 1850 Firehouse, 3200 Pershing, 115
Shorty Lane, 7901 San Jose, 8301 Edgemere,
6500 N. Mesa, 5315 Threadgill, 1498
Lomaland, 10800 McCombs and 12230 Pine
Free Comic Book Day — The annual
nationwide free comic book giveaway encour-
aging readers to discover the comic book art
form is Saturday, May 5. Several local comic
book stores and distributors will offer free
comics (while supplies last) and other activities.
Information: freecomicbookday.com.
• Asylum Comics and Books, 5360 N. Mesa,
Suite L-12, will celebrate the 11th annual
nationwide event with family activities 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m. featuring free comic giveaways (while
supplies last), live music, food and drinks while
they last, local artists, hourly drawings and
more. Appearances by select comic book char-
acters are 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m.
Book signings and sketches done by local artist
656 Comics and Adversary Comics Admission
is free. Information: 875-8600.
• Daxie Boy Toys, 126 Shadow Mountain Dr.
Suite D, will feature local artists noon to 6 p.m.
as well as snacks and drinks. Discounts offered,
toy and card sales and some “special guests”
for kids. Admission is free. Information: 996-
3296 or daxieboytoys.com.
Stateliners Car Club dinner — Anthony
Texas’s Stateliners Car Club’s dinner/dance is 6
p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 5, at the
American Legion Hall, 221 Poplar, in Anthony,
Texas. Cost: $20; proceeds benefit Children’s
Miracle Network. Information: 383-2571, (575)
201-8082 or (575) 874-3593.
BBB Ethics Contest — El Paso students in
grades 1-12 are invited to enter the Better
Business Bureau’s annual ethics contest
through May 9. Students are asked to take a
picture where one has to choose between
“right and wrong” and include a caption.
Grades 1-3 may choose to draw their picture
instead. Winner from each grade receives a
$500 Savings Bond. Entrants should include
their name, phone number/email, grade,
teacher and school. Information: 577-0195,
490-0672 or communications@bbbelpaso.org.
Send entries to Better Business Bureau, c/o
Annabelle Estrada, 720 Arizona, 79902 or to
Children’s Mental Health Awareness
Day — El Paso Mental Health Coalition will
join more than 1,000 communities across the
country in celebrating the National Children’s
Mental Health Awareness Day 4 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9, at Ascarate Park, 6900
Delta. More than 300 recipients of mental
health services and their families are expected
to participate with entertainment, food, and
informational booths from mental health agen-
cies. The public is welcome. Information: 843-
For the past six years, El Paso Mental Health
Coalition has offered children and youth with
mental health challenges the services and sup-
port they need to thrive at home, at school,
and in the community.
Southwest Character Council — The
council’s monthly luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1
p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Great American
Land and Cattle Company, 701 S. Mesa Hills.
Cost: $10 (includes lunch, networking and
training). Cash or check only. Information/RSVP:
The new East Side meeting is 11:45 a.m. to 1
p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Great American,
2220 N. Yarbrough.
VNA Nurse’s Day — The annual celebra-
tion luncheon honoring the area’s dedicated
nurses is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May
9, at the El Paso Marriott Hotel as part of
National Nurses’ Week. Information: 543-6276
or vnaelpaso.org.
Southwest Regional Technology
Symposium— The 2012 symposium is 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the
Memorial Civic Center in Alamogordo, N.M.,
featuring presentations in technological topics
from medicine to aviation. Information/registra-
tion: Tommy Truong, (317) 513-7846 or
Mom & Me Fest — The 2nd annual festival
celebrating El Paso moms is 5 p.m. Friday, May
11, at Jungle Jaks, 1700 Zaragoza. Registered
moms receive mini massages, free professional
photo, admission for two for two of their kids
to Jungle Jacks and more. Information: 856-
3763 or junglejaksfun.com.
Moms must register for a free VIP e-vite on
epparent.com to participate.
Memorial Day Mass and Ceremony —
The Golden Bear Social Club hosts its 30th
annual Catholic Mass and Memorial Day
Ceremony, at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at
Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial. The
ceremony honors former Bowie students who
died in the defense of the country, and includes
Mass, speaker, 21-gun salute, roll call of the fall-
en and playing of Taps. All veteran, scout, mili-
tary and civic organizations are invited to
attend and bring organizational colors.
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Information: 755-4038.
Ardovino’s Mother’s Day Brunch —
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino
Drive in Sunland Park, will host its Mother’s
Day brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May
13. Reservations required, space is limited.
Information/reservations: (575) 589-0653.
El Paso Police Officer Memorial — El
Paso Police Department and El Paso Municipal
Police Officers Association honors the 27 El
Paso Police Officers who gave the ultimate sac-
rifice with its annual ceremony 9 to 11 a.m.
Friday, May 18, at Chuck Heinrich Park, 11055
Ofc. Andrew Barcena. After presentation of
colors, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen will give
opening remarks and family members of fallen
officers will address the audience. Allen and El
Paso Municipal Police Officers Association
President Ron Martin will lay a wreath at the
base of the police monument. Admission is free
and the public is invited. Information: Officer P.
Pacillas, 564-7065 or eppd.org.
May is a Memorial Month for both the Armed
Services and Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Peace Officers Memorial Day and in obser-
vance of National Police Week pay tribute to
local, state, and federal law enforcement offi-
NSAL Convention — The El Paso Chapter
of National Society of Arts and Letters hosts
this year’s National Convention Friday and
Saturday, May 18-19 at the Camino Real
Hotel, 101 S. El Paso, in which potential stars
of the future will compete for a $10,000 first
prize. A finale Awards banquet is 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, in the Camino Real’s
Ballroom, with the top three contestants per-
forming. A Lifetime Achievement Award to an
individual to announced who has made a signifi-
cant contribution to the arts in America. The
banquet is open to the public. Tickets: $75
(reservation deadline is May 1). Tickets/infor-
mation: 532-5700 or arts-nsal.org.
This year’s judges are Joshua Bergasse, a
teacher and the choreographer of the upcom-
ing NBC series “Smash”; Paulette Haupt, co-
founder and artistic director of the O’Neill’s
National Music Theater Conference and Karen
Mason, award-winning vocalist who has starred
in Broadway and off-Broadway productions as
well as in the TV drama “Law & Order: SVU.”
Master Class Chairman is George Pinney,
Professor of Stage Movement and Head of
Musical Theatre at Indiana University and an
Emmy-winning choreographer .
Chamizal Saturday Morning Crafts —
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial, invites families to explore various
world cultures through arts and crafts for kids
age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19. The
monthly program offers a different craft con-
cept each month centered on cultural diversity.
Admission is free, but space is limited.
Reservations recommended. Information/reser-
vations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The
Humane Society of El Paso hosts a happy hour
for dogs and their owners 4 to 8 p.m. the third
Saturday of each month (May 19), at Aceitunas
Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be
well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from
every drink sold goes to the society.
Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org.
2012 Governors’ Small Business
Forum— The Texas Governor’s Office, The
Texas Workforce Commission and El Paso
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host the
interactive small business event 7:30 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Marriott Hotel,
1600 Airway, to provide the borderland busi-
ness community an interactive business summit
featuring diverse seminars on important topics
to take local businesses to the next level. Cost:
$75 all day pass; $20 per session; $25 breakfast;
$35 entrepreneurial lunch. Information: Lorena
Ramos, 566-4066, lramos@ephcc.org or
The event kicks off with a welcome breakfast,
followed by presentations, interactive discus-
sions on Social Media, Marketing and Sales &
Customer Service featuring state and national
experts, a luncheon with recognition of five
local businesses honored for making valuable
contributions to the state. The event concludes
with a series of breakout sessions.
Father John Dear — Pax Christi El Paso
hosts and evening with the peace activist at 7
p.m. Thursday, May 24, at St. Pius Catholic
Church Community Center, 1050 N. Clark.
Dear will speak on his new book, “Lazarus,
Come Forth!” exploring the violent culture of
war, and calling humans to live in peace and
nonviolence. Event concludes with questions
and answer session and book signing.
Admission is free. Information: 740-3962.
Doña Ana Arts Council Arts Awards
—The annual Arts Awards event, “Havana
Nights,” is 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, outside at
the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las
Cruces Downtown Mall. This year’s event is a
Cuban theme street party with reception fol-
lowed by awards presentation and dancing to
DJ Checo. Tickets: $15 ($25 per couple).
Information: (575) 523-6403 or las-cruces-
Awards include the Papen Family Award, Debi
True Rounds Newcomers’ Award, Arts in
Education Award, Community Arts Award, Art
in Public Places, and Excellence in Public
Service to the Arts.
Project Save a Kitten — The cat adoption
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effort runs through mid-June at several loca-
tions in the Las Cruces area. Several local busi-
nesses have agreed to display a litter of kittens
at their locations for adoption. Information:
(575) 524-1886
• Better Life Pet Foods, 365 Avenida de Mesilla
• Calista Animal Hospital, 1889 Calle de Ninos
• Southwest Environmental Center. 275 N.
Main (Saturdays only)
• Enchanted Gardens, 270 Avenida de Mesilla.
Individuals may also sponsor a litter of kittens
for $50. Cash or check donations may be made
to Community Foundation of Southern New
Mexico, P.O. Box 1176, Las Cruces, N.M.
88004 or delivered to Community Foundation,
301 S. Church, Suite H.
Samhain Celebration volunteers —
Volunteers are sought to help plan for the 4th
annual ball set for October at Unitarian
Universalist Church, 4425 Byron. To volunteer
for more information, contact Joe Lorentzen,
Bridge leagues - Duplicate bridge events
are hosted at Decker Bridge Center, Unit 159,
2216 East Yandell. Admission: $6. Information:
544-6565 or elpasobridge.com. Managers:
Peggy Craig, 581-0371 or Jack Neumann, 204-
Del Valle High School Retirees — All
Del Valle High School retirees, former faculty
and staff are invited to no-host luncheons at
11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.
Call for location: Marsha Labodda, 629-7063.
El Paso Night Shift Nights — The weekly
car and motorcycle club showcase is 8 p.m.
Wednesdays, at Fox Plaza (back parking lot),
5559 Alameda. The family event food, live
music, jumping balloons and cars and motorcy-
cles of many types. No alcohol allowed at
event. Admission: $3 per person or car; free
for ages 12 and younger. Information: 779-
GED classes — High School Equivalency
Program and UTEP will host free GED classes
for migrant and seasonal farmworker families 9
Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham
Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times
available are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 9 a.m. to
noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Information: 747-5567
and studentaffairs.utep.edu.
Life Coaches needed — Community
Solutions is seeking live coaches for citizens
returning to routine life after incarceration.
Interested individuals may call Carolyn Esparza,
861-7733 or visit solutionsforelpaso.org.
Marijuana Anonymous – The 12-step sup-
port group for those desiring to quit using mar-
ijuana meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at
Counseling Services of Texas, 10761 Pebble
Hills, Suite D. (Pull into TJ Center Parking
Lot). Information: 594-8685 or
Medieval-Themed games — Amtgard,
Kingdom of the Burning Lands hosts role-play-
ing games and crafts 2 to 6 p.m. every Saturday
at Memorial Park, 3200 Copper. The club has
met every Saturday at Memorial Park for most
of the past 30 years. Visitors are always wel-
come; admission is free. Information: 544-2034
or amtgardinc.com.
PainHELP Support Group — The group
for anyone experiencing pain, and their family
and friends meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first
Monday of every month at 1035 Belvidere, Ste
170. Pain affects more people than diabetes,
heart disease, and cancer combined. Services
provided by American Pain Foundation State
Pain Advocates. Participation is free.
Information: 383-3297 or painfoundation.org.
Paso del Norte parenting classes —
Paso Del Norte Children’s Development
Center, 1101 E. Schuster, hosts training classes
for parents of children with disabilities. Topics
cover information on special education, advo-
cacy and more. English and Spanish courses
offered. Information: Delia Blanco, 544-8484,
ext. 195.
Rio Grande Adelante Inc. — The organi-
zation serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender
and supportive people in the El Paso region.
Participation is free, unless listed otherwise.
Information: rgadelante.org or
San Elizario Ghost Tours — Paso Del
Norte Paranormal Society hosts educational
guided tours to go on real life paranormal
investigations in the San Elizario Historic
District at 10 p.m. the first Friday of every
month. Cost: $10. Reservations/information:
851-6012 or elpasoghosttours.com.
Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners,
cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic
Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of
traffic 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays. Safety barrels
will line the area and the El Paso Police
Department will provide security along this
popular path. Dogs on leash permitted. Hosted
by the office of city Rep. Susie Byrd. Admission
is free. Information: 541-4416 or
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous — The
SCA (Sexual Compulsives Anonymous) support
group meets 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Las
Cruces GLBTQ Center, 1210 N. Main, in Las
Cruces. The group is a fellowship of men and
women who share their experience, strength,
and hope with each other, that they may solve
their common problem and help others recov-
er from sexual compulsion. Twelve-step meet-
ing. Information: (575) 635-4902 or
VFW Bingo — VFW Post 8919, 8535 Saluki,
hosts bingo games 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every
Tuesday and Friday in their Bingo hall. Doors
open at 5:30 p.m. and the public is welcome.
Information: 751-5871.
For a good cause
Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner with
Friends’ — Animal Rescue League of El
Paso’s 11th annual fundraising gala is Saturday,
April 28, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso
Street. Yappy Hour silent auction is 6 p.m. with
dinner and festivities 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $65
($650 table for 10). Reservations and payment
due by April 13. Information: 821-7283 or
info@arlep.org. Web: arlep.org.
This year’s event features a “Dancing With
the Paws” video contest. Anyone with pets
may enter online at arlep.org/newsandevents.
Cinderella Prom Dress Project —
NMSU Housing & Residential Life’s 4th annual
prom dress donation project is 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Saturday, April 28, at NMSU Rhodes-
Garrett-Hamiel Halls (on Locust off University).
Those with prom dresses they no longer need
may donate them to make high school prom
more special for girls in need. Dresses should
be clean and no more than 10 years old.
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Information: (575) 527-1193.
Dresses may also be donated to La Tienda
(335 Colonia (at Alameda and Main).
March for Babies — The annual March of
Dimes fundraiser is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5,
around Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive.
Proceeds help fund prevention of birth defects.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Information: 249-
2275 or marchforbabies.org.
The Las Cruces March for Babies is 8 a.m.
Saturday, April 28, at Young Park, 1905 E.
Nevada. Registration is 7:30 a.m. Information:
(575) 523-2627.
‘Walk Like MADD’ 5K — Mothers Against
Drunk Driving will host its 5K walk in partner-
ship with El Paso Community College 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 28, at EPCC’s Valle Verde cam-
pus, 919 Hunter. The walk benefits MADD’s
Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, through
the support of fundraising pledges made by the
Individuals may also register to be a “virtual
walker” to create their own “virtual team” or
join an existing team at support.madd.org.
Information: walklikemadd.org.
‘Power of the Purse’ Party — The
Women’s Fund POP 2012 fundraiser and shop-
ping celebration is 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at
Sotoa Building, 500 W. Overland in Union
Plaza, with live and silent auction of designer
bags, celebrity bags and more. Proceeds from
ticket and purse purchase go towards scholar-
ships for local single mothers and other
women. Tickets: $75. Information: 532-4673 or
A VIP Men’s event is $100 (regular ticket, plus
$25 event cost) with a cigars and cash-bar bev-
Veterinary Community Awards
Banquet - The 26th annual banquet hosted
by the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association is
Tuesday, May 8, at Camino Real Hotel,
Downtown. This year’s Master of Ceremonies
is KDBC meteorologist Robert Bettes.
Cocktails and reception begin at 6 p.m.; dinner
served at 7 p.m. followed by awards and enter-
tainment. The banquet is held in conjunction
with National Pet Week, with the 2012
Veterinary Community Award and Pet Hall of
Fame inductee to be announced. Tickets: $40.
Information: 593-1245.
Skate Deck Art Show — The non-profit
El Paso Skatepark Association will host its 2012
fundraiser 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at
the Low Brow Palace, 112 E. Robinson. More
than 80 artistic skate decks will be sold at a
silent auction; minimum bid $20. Live music
and door prizes also featured. Proceeds benefit
local skatepark maintenance and development.
All ages welcome. Admission: $5. Information:
356-0966 (Low Brow) or elpasoskatepark.org.
For-the-love-of-radio Barn Dance and
Art Show — Marfa Public Radio KRTS hosts
a fundraising evening of music, dance, food and
art Saturday, May 12, at the Sproul Ranch in
Fort Davis, Texas. Cocktails and appetizers
served at 5:30 p.m. with a gourmet dinner at 7
p.m. on the lower terrace by Dickerson’s
Catering of Las Cruces. Barn dance with live
music by Doug Moreland and his western swing
band at 8 p.m. Tickets: $125.
Information/reservations: (432) 426-2500 or
Artwork by local artists available for purchase
for $93.50 each. A custom-make pair of boots
by Marfa bootmaker Colt Miller of Cobra Rock
Boot Co. will be auctioned off at 9:35 p.m.
Letter Carriers’ Food Drive - The 20th
annual food drive is Saturday, May 12, spon-
sored by the National Association of Letter
Carriers, the U.S. Postal Service and other
organizations to benefit area food banks. To
participate, individuals can leave non-perishable
food items in a bag near their mailbox; items
also can be donated at local post offices.
Information: 533-2434 or 593-1396.
‘A Trip to the Moon’ — Ballroom Marfa’s
2012 Benefit, “A Weekend with Aliens and
Astronauts” is set for Friday through Monday,
May 25-28 in Marfa, Texas, recognizing and
celebrating nine years of presenting art, film
and music. The centerpiece will be an “other-
worldly” dinner under the West Texas skies, as
well as musical performance and several inti-
mate parties. Information: (432) 729-3600,
(212) 243-7300 or benefit@ballroommarfa.org.
Paws, Listen & Dance —The music and
dance benefit for the Humane Society of El
Paso is at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the El
Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N.
Oregon. Admission is $15 ($7.50 for children,
$5 for children with library card). Tickets,
information: 204-7228 or 474-3790.
‘52 Weeks of Giving’ brunches —
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Drive
in Sunland Park, will donate a portion of the
proceeds from the food sales to a local non-
profit during each Sunday brunch this year. A
different charity will be represented each
month. Brunch time is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Information/reservations: (575) 589-0653.
El Paso Humane Society —Regular
adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, at 4991 Fred Wilson. All pets are
spayed/neutered, microchipped, licensed and
vaccinated. Adoption fees: $100 (additional $10
for pets four months age or older for city
rabies certificate). Information: 532-6971 or
Fort Bliss
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid
driver’s license, car insurance and registration.
Check beforehand to see which gates are open
to the public. The Robert E. Lee Gate at
Airport and Airway is usually always open.
Martini and a Manicure — An evening of
pampering for men and women is 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11, at the Centennial Banquet and
Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. Churchill on
Fort Bliss. Guests receive one free specialty
martini with purchase of manicure by Tri-State
Cosmetology. Cost $10; available at ticketbul-
ly.com. Information: 744-8427.
‘Speed Dating for Dogs’ — Fort Bliss
MWR and Animal Rescue League of El Paso
hosts the adoption event where families can
meet their “soulmutt” at noon Saturday, May
12, on Freedom Crossing’s Grand Lawn to find
your next “soul mutt.” Plan to arrive at least 20
minutes prior to the start time to receive
nametag and “speed dating” scorecard.
Adoption fee is $125. Information: 588-8247 or
Prospective owners will chat with each dog’s
handler and have a chance to ask questions
about the pooch while checking out your fami-
ly’s “chemistry” with each four-legged friend.
Fort Bliss Veterinary Services will also be on-
site to answer questions and showcase their
on-post services.
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5051, corner of
Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The
Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are
relived through replicas of the original adobe
fort buildings and military artifacts,
Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Admission:
free. Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information: 568-3137.
A Mother and Daughter Open House and
Victorian Tea is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Admission is free, but reservations are required
by May 9; seating is limited. Information/reser-
vations: 568-4518, 588-8482, or oldfortblissmu-
Mother’s Day brunch — The Centennial
at Fort Bliss will host its Mother’s Day brunch
buffet 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13.
Reservations required. Cost: $18.95 ($9.5 for
children ages 7-11, and free for children ages 6
and under). Information/reservations: 744-
Also this month:
A Cinco de Mayo lunch buffet 11 4a.m. to 1
p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Cost: $8.95 per person.
Military spouses can pick up a free slice of
cake 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 11, in
honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
Wagon Trails Market at Old Fort Bliss
— The farmer’s market is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fridays through Sept. 28 (excluding federal
holiday weekends) at the Old Fort Bliss Replica,
corner of Pershing and Pleasonton. Information:
568-4518 or 588-8482.
Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — Rifle and
pistol shooting competitions are held almost
every weekend at the Fort Bliss Rod & Gun
Club — visitors can watch for free, food avail-
able at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there:
Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right.
Information: 568-2983.
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Club news
Doña Ana Camera Club — The club
meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of
the month Southwest Environmental Center,
275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.
Meetings are free and open to all interested
photographers. Information: (575) 532-1919 or
“New Camera Technology” by Paul Schranz
• May 1 — “Photoshop, color and levels” by
Ron Wolfe.
• May 15 — “Photographing at the zoo” by
Will Keener.
• June 5 — Preparation for the club’s Photo
Exhibition at the Branigan Cultural Center.
Discussion led by President Ron Wolfe.
• June 19 — “Converting digital photos to
black and white” with Storm Sermay and
“Photos of Children” with Epp Harmon, both
club members.
Woodworkers Club of El Paso —The
club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
May 1, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building).
This month’s meeting includes a video presen-
tation on woodcarving techniques with Paul
Robson. Admission is free. Information: 760-
6536 or 564-5915.
Germania Club —The Germania Club of El
Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday,
May 4, at the Soldatenstube (German Club),
Robert E. Lee Road, Building 5095, Fort Bliss.
Newcomers always welcome.
The club’s Wurstfest is 6 p.m. Saturday, May
19. Information/reservations: 595-1108 or 755-
Westside Welcome Club —The group is
open to both newcomers and long-time resi-
dents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com
The club’s free monthly newcomers’ coffee is
10 a.m. Friday, May 4, at 441 Cross Canyon
Place. Information: 581-2314 or 433-9011.
The May luncheon and Spring Fashion Show is
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at El Paso
Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place.
Speakers Ashley S. Bangert, PhD, Research
Assistant Professor in the UTEP Psychology
Department, and UTEP graduate student
Nazanin Heydarian will discuss “Aging and
Cognition in the 21st Century.” Cost: $19
(reservation deadline is May 1).
Information/reservations: 740-9725.
Singles in the Son - The group develops
friendships among Christian singles ages 25 to
45. All denominations are welcome.
Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-
1997 or SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com.
• Saturday, May 5 – Dinner and bowling
• Saturday, May 12 – Hueco Tanks hike
• Saturday, May 19 – Amigos de Dressage
Horse Show
• Friday, May 25 – Dinner and a movie
A white water rafting trip is planned for early
June. Call for details.
Women Uplifting Women Luncheon —
The Christian-based women’s organization’s
monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11, at El Paso Club, 201 E. Main
(top floor, Chase Building). Luncheons are
designed for women to network and come
together to listen and learn from
uplifting/encouraging speakers in various fields
of business and callings. Cost: $25. Information:
329-6733 or thewomenupliftingwomen.com.
Norwegian Society of Texas — The soci-
ety’s Sol Hjem Chapter in El Paso will celebrate
Norwegian Constitution Day, “Syttende Mai,”
Thursday, May 17. Call for time/location: Lila
Grossinger, 449-6757.
The society hosts several Norwegian-oriented
programs throughout the year and is open to
anyone of Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or
Finnish descent or birth, are married to one of
the above, are interested in NST objectives, or
who make an annual donation. Annual dues are
$15 for individuals; $25 for a family (includes all
members age 16 and younger).
Borderland IONS — The Borderlands
IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community
Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at
Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd.
The month’s topic is “Pilgrimage as Sacred
Journey.” Admission is free and open to the
public. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.
Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group,
founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting
things to do and see in and around El Paso.
The monthly luncheon is noon Tuesday, May
22, at the Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway.
Reservations required. Information/reserva-
tions: 584-3126.
El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild —
Regular monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the
second Thursday of the month, at Trinity
Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at
Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30
p.m. The non-profit organization promotes
quilting among interested persons, and brings
the beginner, experienced, younger and older
quilters together for various events and proj-
ects. Information: 751-2132 (leave message).
El Paso Philatelic Society —The stamp
club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of
every month at St. Clement’s Episcopal
Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana).
Meetings include educational presentations and
an auction of materials submitted by club mem-
bers. Admission is free for first-time visitors.
Information: 227-2126 or
International Coin Club — El Paso’s only
coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first
Monday of the month at Travelodge-La
Hacienda, 6400 Montana. Meetings include
educational presentations and an auction of
materials submitted by members. Visitors
always welcome, and admission free for first-
time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or 526-
Macintosh Users Group — The El Paso
Macintosh Users Group is open to anyone
interested in Apple Macintosh computers. The
group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is
9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the
month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement,
1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free
for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or
Mom & Me Play Group — The group for
moms with children age birth through 5 meet 9
to 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of every month
at Scottsdale Baptist Church, 10015 Lockerbie,
for a time of exploration, games, crafts, songs
and an interactive Bible story. Admission is free.
Information: 595-2811 or scotsdale-baptist.org.
PFLAG El Paso — The El Paso chapter of
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and
Gays, PFLAG El Paso, meets three times a
month in various LGBT affirming congregations.
The meetings are designed for both the LGBT
community and straight allies. Admission is free.
Information: 209-AMOR (2667), 525-3435 or
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Area attractions
Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water
park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at
Exit 0), opens for the season Saturday, May 5.
The park is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends
in May and daily beginning June 4. Season pass-
es are $39.95; available at area 7-11 locations.
Individual day tickets to be announced.
Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.
The Bazaart Show art market and concert is
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 5-
6, allowing area artists and musicians to con-
nect with each other and the public. In addition
to live music by bands like Austin’s Not In The
Face, the market features around 50 to 100
pop-up art galleries.
The Norteno group Los Rieleros perform
Sunday, May 20.
The 2012 KLAQ Balloon Fest concerts are
Saturday through Monday, May 26-28.
Headliners this year are Buckcherry with Dead
Sara (May 26); P.O.D. (May 27) and Hellyeah
(May 28). Tickets: $15, plus tax; available at
local 7-11 stores.
Musical group Los Horoscopos de Durango
performs Sunday, June 3.
A. B. Quintanilla II and the Kumbia King and
Allstarz perform Sunday, July 8.
La Union Maze —The maze is open for
private events and field trips through late April
to the end of May at 1101 Highway 28 in La
Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Call for
details. Information: 549-1323 or launion-
Western Playland — The amusement park
is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M.
across from the racetrack. Tickets: $16.70,
plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admis-
sion; free non-rider passes for ages 2 and
younger and age 60 and older, includes train
and sky ride admission. Individual ride tickets
are $2. Information: (575) 589-3410 or west-
ernplayland.com. Take Sunland Park Exit 13
from I-10.
May hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays; 2 to 7
p.m. Sundays and 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 28.
Indian Cliffs Ranch —The working cattle
ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo,
longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and
the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to
the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse.
Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattle-
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
The copper-domed casino offers slot machines,
and video-machine versions of poker, keno and
other games. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday and Saturday. Lounge is open, with live
entertainment and dancing, until 2 a.m. week-
ends. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. every-
day. General admission and parking are free.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from
I-10, go south (left turn coming from
Downtown) and follow the signs.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305
Yaya Road, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta
Mission. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday. The center fea-
tures a museum on the Tigua tribe, including
its relationship to the Tiwas of northern New
Mexico. Admission is free. Information: 859-
7700 or ysletadelsur.org.
Native American Dances are performed
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11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every weekend.
Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center,
which also offers family-operated gift shops,
feature jewelry, pottery and other crafts.
Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only pub-
licly accessible mountain tramway gives passen-
gers a view of 7,000 square miles, two coun-
tries and three states (Texas, New Mexico and
Chihuahua) from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632
feet. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children
12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour
before closing. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Closed Monday through Thursday. Information:
Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed
by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of
Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there:
Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the
Mount Cristo Rey — The four-story-tall
statue of Christ on the cross tops the moun-
tain, 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland
Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas
and New Mexico. Built in 1938-40 by sculptor
Urbici Soler, the monument is accessible off
McNutt Road (Highway 273) in Sunland Park —
take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross
the Rio Grande.
Because of safety concerns, people are
advised to hike only in groups. The best time to
hike is when volunteers are working on trail
maintenance, usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.
For information on hiking times, call 252-9840.
La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest
winery is just across the state line from El Paso,
at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of
Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
The tasting room and patio are open for sales
and tasting of wines from 12 to 5 p.m.
Thursday through Tuesday (closed
Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is
offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the
$10 fee includes tasting.
The 2012 La Viña Spring Wine Festival is noon
to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular
for its homemade asadero cheese products is
located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario
and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday. The dairy also features an exten-
sive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing
hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge
for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or
San Elizario Historic District — The dis-
trict at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the
Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven
artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the
Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales
Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most loca-
tions open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041,
594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of
17 historical sites also offered, including the
Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid
broke out a friend in 1876). Free guides avail-
able at all galleries and museum.
Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in
Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tast-
ings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.
Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
Free Music Sundays are 1 to 4 p.m. selected
Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
Summer fun for kids
UTEP P3 Kidz On Campus — UTEP’s
Professional and Public Programs (P3) offers
half- and full-day camp for children entering
kinder through 12th grades. Extended day
option availale. Course fees vary.
Information/registration: 747-5142 or
ppp.utep.edu for full schedule.
Super Saturday Kickoff Event is 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 102 Kelly Hall, UTEP.
Phone and in-person registrations that day
receive $10 off weekly camp registration (call
for list of qualified athletic camps).
Creative Kids’ summer classes —
Creative Kids will offer a variety of summer art
classes at the Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco
Street in Union Plaza. Pre-registration required,
space is limited. Information: 533-9575 or cre-
Sacramento Summer Camps —
Sacramento Methodist Assembly, 30 miles
southeast of Cloudcroft, N.M., is taking regis-
tration for its 2012 summer camps for children
and teens during the summer months.
Information: 1-800-667-3414. Registration
forms available online at
New programs this year include programs
paintball, ATV trail rides, challenge course with
high and low ropes, giant swing, climbing wall,
fly fishing, archery and more.
Las Cruces Museum Summer Art
Classes — Registration begins May 15 for the
2012 summer classes at Las Cruces Museum of
Art, 491 N. Main. The one-week sessions meet
Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning the week
of June 4. Information/cost: (575) 541-2137;
on-line registration at museums.las-cruces.org.
Classes for adults and older teens include
weaving, ceramics, drawing, and painting.
Classes for young artists include ceramics,
mixed-media, drawing and painting, and comic
book art.
“Saturday Art Fiesta” classes for ages 5-12
meet every Saturday.
Diablos camps — El Paso Diablos host the
summer camps and clinics at Cohen Stadium.
Call for cost: 755-2000 or diablos.com.
Diablos Baseball clinics are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 27 and Monday, July 30.
Registration is 9 a.m.
Diamond Girl Dance camp is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 and July 21.
Las Cruces Summer Recreation
Program — The City of Las Cruces Summer
Recreation Program at Meerscheidt Recreation
Center, 1600 E. Hadley Session I runs May 29-
June 29 and Session II runs from July 2-Aug.
3. The program provides activities for youth
such as swimming, arts and crafts, games and
tournaments, as well as field trips for bowling,
museums and movies. Information: (575) 541-
2563 or 541-2550.
The program for age 6-12 are at the following
school sites (space is limited at each site):
• Meerscheidt Recreation Center: ages six to
12 — noon to 5 p.m. Cost:$90. Specialty
camps (include golf, soccer, basketball, football,
baseball, volleyball and cheerleading) 8 a.m. to
noon. Cost is $45.
• Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center,
304 W. Bell: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $145.
• East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter: 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $90.
Selection for the program is based on a lot-
tery process. Only parents or legal guardians
will be allowed to enter one application per
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family (up to five children) for the lottery.
Interested participants may apply noon to 8
p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday, and April 25-28 and May 2-5,
at Meerscheidt Recreation Center.
Swim lessons are also available June 11-22
and July 9-20. Cost for
infant/toddler/preschool levels is $45; interme-
diate and advanced levels is $60. Names of
selected participants will be drawn on May 7.
St. Mark’s ‘Great Summer Adventure’
Camps — St. Mark’s United Methodist
Church, 5005 Love Road, will host its 2012
children’s summer camps for ages 3-12 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. weekdays, May 29-July 27. Special
activities for two-year-olds already enrolled at
St. marks. Before and after care may be offered
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for additional fee. No
camps July 4. Cost: $145 per week, plus one-
time registration fee (includes t-shirt). “Space”
Adventure half-day camp: $75. Space is limited.
Information/registration: 581-4444, ext. 237 or
Adventure themes are “Treasure” or “Potty
Camp” (May 29-June 1); “Happy Feet” or
“Potty Camp” for age 2 and 3 (June 4-8);
“Time Traveler’s” (June 11-15); “Safari” (June
18-22); “Lone Star” (June 25-29); “New
Years” (July 2-3 and July 5-6), “Space” (noon
to 3 p.m. July 16-20) and “Rolling” (July 9-13).
Christian Sports Camps “Beyond The Gold”
and “Best of the Best” are July 23-27, for ages
4-12. Cost: $75 for Beyond the Gold; $70 for
Best of the Best.
Teen and adult volunteers needed. A volunteer
meeting is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2.
‘What’s Up Zak?’ Kids Summer
Musical Program— Western Hills United
Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird, hosts a
music program for children entering pre-K
through eight grade 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Sundays June 10-July 29; plus Saturdays, July
21 and 28. Registration deadline is May 31;
late registration through June 17, if space avail-
able. Participation is free. Information: 584-
2133. Registration forms and permission slips
available at the church office or online at west-
Students will help put on an upbeat, jazzy
musical about Zacchaeus the Tax collector. Kids
will learn to dance, sing, act, and build props
and sets. The presentation will be at 11 a.m.
Sunday, July 29.
Pre-casting auditions are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, June 2-3, for solos and major
roles. Previous experience not necessary; par-
ticipants need to be of Christian faith.
YWCA Summer Camps — YWCA El
Paso Del Norte Region camps are Monday
through Friday through the summer months.
Girls and boys ages 5 to 12 can enjoy indoor
and outdoor sports and recreation, arts and
crafts, swimming and field trips. A healthy
breakfast, lunch and snack offered every day.
Cost: $100 per week; $22 per day. Additional
siblings in same family receive 10 percent dis-
count. Enrollment forms available online at
ywcaelpaso.org and can be brought to the
nearest YWCA branch.
Camp locations/information:
• Mary Ann Dodson Camp, 4400 Boy Scout
Lane, 584-4007.
• Shirley Leavell Branch, 10712 Sam Snead,
• Myrna Deckert Branch, 9135 Stahala, 757-
• Dorothy Woodley Hunt Branch, 115 N.
Davis, 859-0276.
Library Kids Summer programs — The
El Paso Public Library will host a series of pro-
grams for kids at all library branches, June 2-
July 28. Information: 351-4435. For complete
schedule, visit the Kids Zone at
This year’s programs/presenters include
Asombro-Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, Bob
King, Chet Gecko, Chinese Calligraphy, Daisy
the Party Clown, Desert Weeds’ Printmaking
Workshop with Oscar Moya and Lydia Limas,
Doug Wilson’s Magic Show, “Draw Like A
Maya” with Gabriel Gaytán, Jaime O’Hara: The
Magic Guy, Karuna Warren and the New World
Drummers, Mad Science, Martha’s Dinosaur
Origami, Nancy Green, Randy Collins, Teresa
and Monica Ortiz, Turtles, Turtles with Max
Soto, Zakia (Belly Dancing) and Z-Z the Clown.
Summer Reading Club — The El Paso
Public Library’s free Summer Reading Club for
children completing grades 5 through age 12
runs June 2-July 14 at all public library facili-
ties. The theme for this year is “Get A
Clue...At the Library!/¡Investiga...En La
Biblioteca!.” Youth 13 years and older (or
younger if entering 7th grade) may participate
in the Teen Summer Reading Club. Registration
forms available at any public library, and kids
can register anytime through July 7. Completed
logs must be turned in by July 14. Information:
Laurel Indalecio, 543-5470 or elpasolibrary.org
“Kids Zone”.
Participating youth are encouraged to read at
least eight books or eight hours depending on
their reading level. At the end of the summer,
each child who meets or exceeds these goals
will receive a certificate of completion. Some
branches offer other reading incentives such as
prizes, goodie bags and toys for those complet-
ing the program.
Summer Cre-Arte Academy — Teresa
Fernandez will host bilingual art classes for ages
4-10 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 4:30 to 7;30
p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 4-July 20,
at her classrooms at 300 N. Resler, Suite A.
Students learn drawing, painting, sculpture and
more. Cost: $120 per week (materials includ-
ed) Information: 613-7817 or elpasoartacade-
Summer Nature Camp — Las Cruces
Museum of Natural History’s four different
summer Nature Camp for ages 5 to 12 June 4-
29 at the museum, Mesilla Valley Mall. Camps
focus on engineering, forensic science, botany
and dinosaurs. Information: (575) 522-3120 or
Education Curator Kim Hansen, khanson@las-
cruces.org. Web: las-cruces.org/museums/nat-
• June 4-8 — “Dream It! Build It! Test It!” for
ages 10-12. Students design, build and test their
own inventions. Challenges include construct-
ing a kinetic sculpture or a small race car and
experimenting with precision bombing and
electric circuits. Cost: $150.
• June 11-15 — “Crime Scene Detective” for
ages 7-9. Each day covers a different aspect of
forensics with Graduation Day on Friday.
Campers will gather and examine evidence
from a crime scene. Cost: $125.
• June 18–22 — “Fantastic Flora!” for ages 7-
9. Each day covers a different aspect of botany
including native plants, wildflowers, plants of
the ancient world and carnivorous plants. Cost:
• June 25–29 — “Junior Paleontologist” for
ages 5-6. Campers learn about many kinds of
dinosaurs through hands-on demonstrations
and interactive activities Cost: $75.
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Summer Science Camps 2012 — The
New Mexico Museum of Space History in
Alamogordo’s week-long science camps run
June 4-Aug. 3 for youth in grades K through
12. Eight one-week sessions offered; no camps
week of July 4. Both day camp and overnight
options available; discounts for multiple reser-
vations and military families. All camp activities
include building and launching rockets and a
field trip to local facilities, based on availability.
Registration/information: (575) 437-2840 ext.
41132, 1-877-333-6589 or
nmspaceacademy@live.com. Web: nmspace-
Three different camps are offered for 2012:
• “Mars Base One” — Teaches about astrobiol-
ogy and how scientists hunt for life on other
worlds, including the illusive Mars bug. Cadets
learn how New Mexico helped put Americans
on the Moon and get to know their local star at
the National Solar Observatory.
• “Spy Camp,” covers the basics of covert
operations and espionage as well as how spy
satellites work. Cadets build a working model
of the KH-9 Big Bird spy satellite and launch
rockets with small cameras on board.
• “Dino Camp,” shows cadets how the
dinosaurs lived and died. They will learn about
Coelophysis, the state dinosaur, and how tele-
scopes in New Mexico watch for asteroids that
might threaten earth. They will make a big
splash creating craters, then launch rockets to
save Earth from an asteroid.
El Paso Museum of Art summer class-
es and camps — The museum’s 2012
Summer classes for children begin the week of
June 5 at the museum at One Arts Festival
Plaza. Information: Marie Livingston, 532-1707,
ext. 27. Online registration at elpasoartmuse-
Youth Art Camps are $75 ($60 museum
members), unless otherwise listed. Includes art
JP Morgan Chase Foundation will provide 100
scholarships for youth to attend 2012 summer
art classes. Each scholarship, for one class, will
be used to cover the cost of tuition and sup-
plies. Awarded on a need basis. Qualified appli-
cants will receive scholarships in order of
requests until all 100 are distributed.
Information: 532-1707 ext. 27 or
Scholarship forms available online at elpaso-
June 5-8:
• Creative Clay, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 6-8.
Cost: $85 ($68 museum members).
• Pet Portraits, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 6-8.
• Wrap it Up (yarn artwork), 1 to 3:30 p.m. for
age 6-8.
• Art of Design, 9:30 a.m. to noon, ages 9-12.
• Acrylic Painting, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12.
• Exquisite Corpse, 1 to 3:30 p.m. ages 9-12.
June 12-15:
• Colored Shadows, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age
• Surrealist Painting, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 6-
8.• Play with Clay, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 9-
12. Cost: $85 ($68 museum members).
• Monoprints, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 9-12.
• Pillow Portraits, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12.
• Wax Batik, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12. Cost:
$85 ($68 museum members).
June 19-22:
• Action Painting, 9:30 a.m. to noon, ages 6-8.
• I’m All Chalked Up, 9:30 a.m. to noon for
age 6-8.
• Found Art Objects, 1 to 3:30 p.m. ages 6-8.
• I-Phone Art, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 9-12.
• Paper Pulp Painting, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-
• Four Days of Clay, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-
12. Cost: $85 ($68 museum members).
June 26-29:
• Sculpture, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 6-8.
Cost: $85 ($68 museum members).
• Decoupage, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 6-8.
• 3D Mixed Media, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age
9-12. Cost: $85 ($68 museum members).
• T-Shirt Art, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 9-12.
• Sculpture, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12. Cost:
$85 ($68 museum members).
• All Pastels, All the Time, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for
age 9-12.
July 17-20:
• Oil Pastels, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 6-8.
• Musical Instruments in Art, 9:30 a.m. to noon
for age 6-8.
• Crayon Batik, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 6-8.
• Henna Art, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 9-12.
• Portraiture, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12.
• The City, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12.
July 24-27:
• Murals for All, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 6-8.
• Self Portraits, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 6-8.
• Papier-mâché Tea Pots, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age
• Mixed Media, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 9-12.
• Self Portraits, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12.
• Murals 101, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12.
July 31-Aug. 3:
• Super Heroes, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 6-8.
• Oil Pastels, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 6-8.
• Let’s be Witty, 9:30 a.m. to noon, ages 9-12.
• Printmaking, 9:30 a.m. to noon for age 9-12.
Super Heroes, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for age 9-12.
• Scraps to Masterpieces, 1 to 3:30 p.m. for
age 9-12.
NJTL Tennis Camp — National Junior
Tennis League hosts summer camps for tennis
players age 6 to 18 8 to 11 a.m. June 6-July 9,
at schools throughout the city.
Information/locations: Robert Tapia, 820-6227
or rtapia02@sisd.net.
The USTA/National Junior Tennis League
(NJTL) is a nationwide network of community
tennis organizations seeking to develop the
character of young people through tennis and
education. It offers a variety of on and off-court
programming, emphasizing educational and life-
skill components to enhance overall develop-
ment at little or no cost to the participant.
Sports Camps for Children with
Disabilities — City of El Paso Parks and
Recreation Department has worked with sev-
eral area organizations to create Motor Skills
and Sports Camps for children age 8-12 with
disabilities through June 7. Registration: $32;
scholarships available for those who qualify.
Information: 544-0753.
Soccer camps:
• 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
at Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center, 901 N.
Virginia. Information: 533-1611.
• 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at
Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg.
Information: 581-5182.
• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
at Multipurpose Recreation Center, 9031
Viscount. Information: 598-1155.
Basketball camps:
• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
at Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem.
Information: 821-8909.
• 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Marty
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Robbins Recreation Center, 11600 Vista Del
Sol. Information: 855-4147.
Mesilla Valley Bosque Summer Camps
— Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle
del Norte in Mesilla, hosts summer camps for
grades 3-5 in June. Early registration encour-
aged; space is limited. Registration includes
snacks and other goodies. Information: (575)
• Summer Nature camps are 8 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 1 to 6:30
p.m. Thursday, June 18-21. Students learn
about animal tracks, mammals of the Bosque,
bird identification, bats and invertebrate identi-
fication. Activities include nature hikes, nature
journaling, sketching, and making crafts.
Registration: $50 by June 4; $60 after.
• Naturalist Camp is 8 a.m. to noon Monday
through Friday, June 25-29. Students learn
about animal tracks, mammals of the Bosque,
bird identification and invertebrates, and will
collect insects from pitfall traps on Thursday.
Other activities include making tracks, nature
journaling and crafts. Cost: $30 by June 11; $40
YMCA Summer Youth Sports — El Paso
YMCA’s Summer Youth Sports events run June
9-Aug. 4 at all YMCA locations. Practices are
held one evening each week with games on
Saturdays. YMCA Youth Sports is the YMCA’s
progressive youth sports program, based upon
a games approach to teaching skills and coach-
ing sports. It consists of a noncompetitive
Developmental Sports Leagues for ages 4 -12
and a Competitive Sports League for ages 8-16.
Sports include basketball, volleyball, T-ball and
Registration deadline is May 13. Cost: $80
($50 YMCA members) for Developmental
League ; $80 ($60 YMCA members) for
Competitive League. Financial assistance avail-
able. Information: elpasoymca.org
• Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth, 755-
• Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood, 590-
• Westside Family YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa, 584-
Camp Sparkle writing camps — The
summer writing camps are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. for ages 10-12 and 1 to 5 p.m. for ages
13-14 Mondays through Fridays, June 11-Aug.
24, with instruction by an experienced English
Teacher with M.Ed. in Psychology and
Guidance. Learn dynamic, effective techniques
that “sparkle,” taking writing styles to higher
levels. Location to be determined. No camps
the week of July 2-6 or July 30-Aug. 3 Cost:
$100 for 20 hours of instruction; space is limit-
ed. Information/reservations: 422-8793 or 532-
Southwest Student String Institute —
The summer string camp is 9 to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday, June 11-15, at Da Vinci School
for Science & the Arts, 785 Southwestern. The
camp is open to all string students age 5-18 and
features orchestra and sectional training. parent
workshop, student talent show, ice cream
social, sports and games and other music activi-
ties. Registration is 8 a.m. Monday, with the
final camp concert at 4 p.m. Friday. Cost: $225.
Information/registration: 584-9499 or burnham-
UTEP Summer Theatre and Dance
camps — The UTEP Department of Theatre,
Dance and Film will host its 2012 summer
camps June 11-29. Tuition: $225 per camp;
late fee after June 1 is $25. Information:
Adriana Dominguez, 747-6213 or
Youth registering for more than one camp
before June 1 can do so for $400
Scholarship and documents available at the-
• Summer Acting Camp is 9 a.m. to noon for
ages 7 to 12, and 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 13-18,
Mondays through Fridays, focusing on the act-
ing and rehearsal process. Technical Theatre
Camp is 9 a.m. to noon (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. final
week of camp) for ages 13-18, focusing on the
technical aspects of the theatre. All theatre
camps end with a live performance for family
and friends.
• Summer Dance Camps are 9 a.m. to noon
for ages 13-18, and 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 7-12.
The camps emphasize the dance and the
rehearsal process, and focus on Ballet and
Character Monday, Contemporary and Improv
Tuesday, Ballet and Jazz Wednesday,
Contemporary and Choreography Thursday,
and Jazz and Dance History Friday. Camps end
with a live performance for family and friends.
YMCA Summer Program- El Paso YMCA
branches offer summer programs June 11-
Aug. 17 for ages 6-12. Camps run Monday
through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration
during regular office hours. Registration: $135
($105 members). Extra fees for field trips.
Financial assistance available. Information/costs:
584-9622, ext. 21 or elpasoymca.org.
Camps follow a different theme each week
and include act ivies like swimming, arts and
crafts, field trips, environmental activities, fami-
ly nights and other special activities.
• Fred and Maria Loya Branch, 2044 Trawood.
• Westside Family Branch, 7145 N. Mesa. 584-
• Bowling (Northeast) Family Branch, 5509
Will Ruth. 755-5685.
• W.C Snow Rec Center, 6400 Crawford (Santa
Teresa). (575) 589-4496.
Insights Summer Discovery Camps —
Summer camps run Tuesdays through Fridays
June 12-July 27, at Insights Science Museum,
505 N. Santa Fe. The camps offer variety of
topics for youth age 6 to 12, with several
hands-on activities. Sessions are 9 a.m. to noon
or 1 to 4 p.m. Class size is limited to 15; mate-
rials and light snacks provided. Cost: $75 per
session ($68 members). Information/registra-
tion: 534-0000, ext. 0 or
• June 12-15: “Lego Mania I.” Build a city or
space station with houses, skyscrapers, pyra-
mids, bridges, tunnels, towers and more.
Explore the possibilities of Legos building sys-
tems and learn scientific principles.
• June 19-22: “Chemistry in the House.”
Learn the basic of chemistry through experi-
ments using common household materials.
• June 26-29: “Dino Track Lab.” Go back 200
million years when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Step on a rocky path, dinosaurs once roamed
and become a paleontologist to uncover
dinosaur tracks.
• July 10-13: “Reach for the Stars.” Learn
about stars and the universe and how
astronomers search the farthest reaches of
• July 17-20: “NASA Space Exploration.”
Learn about space exploration, gravity and
rocket power.
• July 24-27: “Lego Mania II.” The more chal-
lenging version of Lego Mania I.
Summer Archaeology Day Camp — El
Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301
Transmountain Road in Northeast El Paso (west
of U.S. 54), hosts its 2012 interactive youth
summer camps for ages 7 to 12 (grades 2-7) 9
a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Fridays, June
12-July 27. Participants learn the science of
archaeology, its tools, and the prehistory of the
Americas, especially the El Paso-Juárez region,
from the Ice Age to European contact. Off-site
field trip to be announced.
Cost per youth: $70 ($55 museum members).
Space is limited, registration taken on a first
come, first serve basis. Camps fill quickly.
Information/registration: 755-4332 or
• Camps for ages 7 to 9 years (grades 2-4) are
June 12-15 and July 10-13.
• Camps for ages 10-12 (grades 5-7) are June
26-29 and July 24-27.
Summer Zoo Camp — The weeklong
camps for ages 6 to 10 are 9 a.m. to noon
Monday through Friday June 18-Aug. 17, at
the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. Campers will
learn about conservation and experience live
education animals, behind-the-scenes tours,
crafts, games and more. Cost: $100 per week
(includes t-shirt and snacks); $90 for zoo mem-
bers. Advance reservations needed.
Information: 532-8156 or elpasozoo.org.
This year’s two camps are “Kudus and
Gazelles” or “Ostrich and Rheas.”
Viva El Paso Kids Camp — Viva El Paso’s
annual performance camp for youth is 8 a.m. to
noon Monday through Friday, June 18-22 in
the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Cost:
$125 (includes t-shirt and snacks). Information:
433-3684 or viva-ep.org. Participants will be
showcased at the Viva! El Paso performance at
8:30 p.m. Friday, June 22.
Summer fun
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‘Mariachi Madness’ — El Paso Wind
Symphony closes its 2011-12 “Spicy Season” at
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at UTEP’s Magoffin
Auditorium. Tickets $12.50 ($7.50 military, stu-
dents and seniors). Information: 760-5599 or
2012 Young Musicians Recital — The six
finalists for this year’s Young Musicians
Competition will perform in recital at 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, at University Presbyterian
Church, 244 N. Resler. Cost: $10 donation at
the door. Information: 449-0119 or epsmf.org.
• Juan Garza, Bass-Baritone, El Paso
Community College.
• Jasmine Gomez, Violin, Americas High School
• Lauren Lozano, Soprano, Coronado High
• Cruz Lujan, Acoustic Guitar, El Paso
Community College
• Joshua Saenz, Tenor, Franklin High School
• Georgia Smits, Piano, Las Cruces High
NMSU Department of Music —
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at NMSU’s
Atkinson (Music Center) Recital Hall, unless
listed otherwise. Ticket information: (575) 646-
2421 or nmsu.edu/~music/.
• Flute Studio Recital — 3 p.m. Sunday, April
• NMSU Guitar Ensemble — Tuesday, May 1.
‘Sing Cuckoo!’ — Celestial Sounds’ spring
concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Good
Samaritan Auditorium, 3011 Buena Vida Circle,
and May 6 Peace Lutheran Church, 1701
Missouri, featuring folk songs, spirituals, madri-
gals, and other spring favorites by John Rutter,
Irving Berlin, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Mozart
and more. Admission is free. Information:
Jeannine Vigerust (575) 524-0930.
The choir is seeking a new volunteer director.
Interested individuals may attend either per-
formance or contact Vigerust for more infor-
UTEP Department of Music —
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts
Recital Hall, except as noted. Tickets for most
performances are $5 ($3 seniors/military/non-
UTEP students; free for children/UTEP stu-
dents/faculty/staff), unless listed otherwise.
Ticket information: 747-5606 or
• Tuesday, May 1 — UTEP Symphony
Orchestra. The “At the Movies” program will
feature classical music used in movies or com-
posed for movies. Featured musicians are
David Ross, Melissa Colgin-Abeln, Vanessa
Gong, Orit Eylon, Carmen Walker, Elisa Wilson,
Zuill Bailey, Gregg Luffey and Larry White. A
pre-concert lecture by Charles Leinberger on
music in the movies begins at 7 p.m.
• Thursday, May 3 — Symphony Band
LCSO presents ‘Carmina Burana’ —
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by
Lonnie Klein, with guests El Paso Chorale,
Jonathan Blalock, Heather Hill and Robert Kerr,
performs Carl Off’s “Carmina Burana” at 7:30
p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5-6.
“Carmina Burana” is a cantata based upon a set
of medieval poems which conjure images of the
fickleness of fortune and wealth, the transitory
nature of life, the joy of the return of spring,
and the pleasures and debauchery of drinking,
philandering, gambling, and gluttony. Tickets:
$15 open seating. Information: (575) 646-3709
or lascrucessymphony.com.
A luncheon with Maestro Klein is 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 3, at Ramada Palms Hotel
Conference Center, featuring a preview of con-
cert music. Cost: $16; no reservation needed.
The public is invited to the dress rehearsal
performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the
recital hall. Tickets: $15 ($5 students with valid
Songs for All Seasons’ — Music Forum El
Paso presents Jaime Solano, baritone, in collab-
oration with Ben Loeb, pianist, in a program of
classical vocal music at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May
6, at the El Paso Museum of Art auditorium,
One Art Festival Plaza.
Solano and Loeb will perform music by Bellini,
Gounod, Schubert, Milhaud and others.
Admission is free. Information: 755-0724 or
‘Sentimental Journey’ — The Mesilla
Valley Chorale performs its annual spring con-
cert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Rio Grande
Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces,
featuring return appearances by past alumni
and the unveiling of a new piece commissioned
exclusively for this show from Chris Sanders,
“Eternal Harps.” Tickets: $10; proceeds benefit
the theatre. Information: (575) 647-2560.
EPSYOs Season Finale Concert — El
Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras’ season finale
is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Plaza
Theatre, featuring all 285 members of the
orchestras performing masterworks of the
orchestral repertoire. Tickets: $12 ($7 seniors,
students, military). Information: 525-8978 or
‘Mariachis for Mom’ — Maestro Phillip G
Garcia and EPYSO presents a festival with its
5th annual celebration of Mother’s Day 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, at the El Paso County
Coliseum. Tickets: $15-$45. Information: 820-
2952 or myspace.com/epyso.
Mesilla Valley Concert Band — The 95-
piece band performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, May
13, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, Las
Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575)
Piano Recital —The students of Alfredo
Poblano will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, May
13, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S.
San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 1-
Sun City Singers — The chorus presents
an afternoon of patriotic and Mother’s Day
music at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at St. Alban’s
Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1810 Elm.
Admission is free; donations welcome.
Information: Carl Smith, 261-3963 or sunci-
Sun City Singers is in its third year of perform-
ing a wide variety of choral music. The chorus
welcomes singers from age 8 and up to
rehearsals Monday evenings, St. Alban’s
Episcopal Church Parish Hall.
‘Media Blitz’ — The Young El Paso Singers
host a concert of classic television and movie
hits at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Western Hills
United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird,
with commercial jingles, television and movie
themes of the past and present. Admission is
free; donations accepted. Information: 227-
6002 or youngelpasosingers.org.
Lucy Scarbrough performance — The
celebrated pianist performs at 4 p.m. Sunday,
May 20, Biggs Field Chapel on Fort Bliss.
Scarbrough has performed as a soloist with
major orchestras, has taught at the Chicago
Musical College, and is the founder and direc-
tor of the El Paso Civic Orchestra and the El
Paso Chopin Music Festival. Admission is free.
Information: 584-1595 or chopinfest@sbcglob-
New Horizons Symphony — The sym-
phony performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at
NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 522-5571
or nhsocruces.com.
El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras
auditions — The El Paso Symphony will host
membership auditions for EPSYOs’ 2012-2013
season Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3.
Auditions are open to all qualified musicians age
8 to 22 with at least one year of musical expe-
rience on an orchestral instrument. Call for
audition appointment/location: 525-8978.
Audition forms and requirements online at
The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras
were founded in 2005 as an Educational
Program of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
Its current director is Andres Moran.
Vocal Recital — Bass-baritone Juan Garza
will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at First
Christian Church, 901 Arizona (enter from
Ange). Accompanist is Susan Beehler, piano.
Admission is free. Information: 542-1110.
El Paso Summer Music Festival - The
festival’s 2012 Potpourri Concert featuring
pianists Jeremy Mims and Melissa Loehnig along
with the winners of the 2012 Young Musicians
Competition is 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, in the
El Paso Museum of Art Auditorium. The event
includes presentation of the Young Musicians’
Awards, a special honor and recognition Bruce
Nehring and a piano puzzler. Tickets: $15 ($10
seniors/military; $5 students); available at the
door of through the festival at 449-0719 or
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For event tickets sold through Ticketmaster,
call 1-800-745-3000 or go to ticketmaster.com.
The UTEP Ticket Center number is 747-5234.
Pan Am Center Box Office is (575) 646-1420.
Many clubs sell tickets through ticketbully.com.
Unless indicated, prices listed do not include
service charges.
El Chido Fest — El Tri headlines the
Mexican rock fest at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at
El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano also
featuring Alejandro Lora, often called the
“Rolling Stones of Mexican rock.” Also per-
forming are ska band Inspector, alternative rock
band La Lupita and cumbia artist Celso Pino.
Tickets: $25, $37 and $47. (Ticketmaster).
NM Regional Music Series presents
Round Mountain — The 2nd annual series
focusing on New Mexico and Arizona artists
presents the folk Americana group Round
Mountain at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the
Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House in Pinos
Altos, N.M.. Local opening act is Melanie Zipin
and the Sugar Leafs. Co-sponsored by Mimbres
Regional Arts Council. Tickets; $10 in advance.
Information: (575) 538-9911.
Upcoming shows:
• July 21 — Cathryn McGill with John Rangel
(Rhythm & Blues), with local opener Rodney
Henderson & the Roadrunners.
• Aug. 25 — Le Chat Lunatique (“filthy, mangy
jazz”) with local opener Báxtalo Beng with
Alma Zazz.
BYU International Folkloric Dancers
— The celebrated world dance troupe per-
forms at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the
Abraham Chavez Theatre. This 39-member
dance group highlights dance and music from
around the globe. Tickets: $13 at Plaza Box
Office; $18.20 (with service charge) at
The group will perform a high-energy show-
case of dance and music with styles ranging
from Irish Riverdance and Indian Bollywood to
Romanian Gypsy and Mexico’s Jalisco and Vera
Cruz states. Electrifying percussive pieces will
highlight American clogging and tap as well as
French Canadian. The ensemble’s signature
piece is the exuberant and colorful national
dance of Ukraine-Hopak. This year one of the
IFDE’s dancers, Sam Alva, is from El Paso.
Sleeping Giant — The Christian hardcore
band performs at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at
Open Gate Church of the Nazarene, 9821
McCombs, with First Blood, in the Midst of
Lions, Betrayal and Gideon. Tickets: $12; all
ages shows. Information: 751-2403 or epopen-
Mariachi Buenaventura —The NM Tech
Performing Arts Series concludes at 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, May 4, with a special Cinco de Mayo
show at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center,
801 Leroy Place, in Socorro, N.M. Mariachi
Buenaventura features singer Reynaldo Maestas
& Baila Baila. Tickets: $16 ($14 seniors; $8
youth). All seats general admission. Information:
(575) 835-5688 or nmtpas.org.
‘The Rat Pack is Back’ — Broadway in El
Paso presents a look back in time at the Las
Vegas Sands Hotel show with Frankie, Dean,
Sammy and Joey at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday,
May 5, at the Plaza Theatre. Five performers
join composer Neil Berg in hits by Cole Porter,
Andrew Lloyd Weber and many more.
(Ticketmaster). Tickets: $30 and $47.50.
Information: 231-1111 or theplazatheatre.org.
Experience the glitzy allure of classic Vegas
circa 1960 when four show business legends —
Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and
Dean Martin — converged at the Sands Hotel
in Las Vegas for the first time.
This uncanny recreation of the Rat Pack’s rau-
cous, antic-filled performances features
Bishop’s comedy and performances of such
standards as Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So
Young,” “A Foggy Day,” Martin’s “That’s
Amoré” and Davis’ “Mr. Bojangles.” Backing the
singers is a swinging 12-piece live orchestra
performing period perfect orchestrations.
‘Guys and Dolls’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre
presents the audience favorite through May 6,
directed by Jamie Barba. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday. Non-dinner mati-
nees are 2:30 p.m. April 29 and May 6. Tickets
$28-$40 dinner shows; $14-$24 non-dinner
matinee. Information: 747-6060.
This classic Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows and
Frank Loesser musical with its great score and
hilarious book was one of the theatre’s biggest
hits when first presented in 1996. Set in Damon
Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball
romantic comedy soars with the spirit of
Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid
characters who have become legends in the
canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight
“mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of
Time Square.
Maná — The Guadalajara-based rock band
performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at El Paso
County Coliseum, in support of their album
“Drama y Luz.” Maná, winner of both Grammy
and Latin Grammy Awards, has a career span-
ning more than three decades. The group’s
sound ranges from hard rock to mellow Latin
pop with influences from calypso and reggae.
Tickets: $59-$121.50 (Ticketmaster).
Hugo Cortes and Lily — Hugo Cortes, “La
JG de Juarez” and Lily present the music/come-
dy dinner show tribute to Juan Gabriel and
Rocio Dural Thursday, May 10, at, at Sunland
Park Racetrack and Casino’s Signature
Showroom. Tickets: $20 ($140 table for 8).
Information: (575) 874-5200.
An Evening with Leo Kottke — The
renowned acoustic guitarist performs at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 11, at Scottish Rite Theater, 301
West Missouri Theater Parking available next
door at City Hall and behind Insights Museum
after 5 p.m. Tickets: $25; available at tick-
etswest.com or 1-800-992-8499.
Information/reservations: All That Music &
Video, 594-9900.
Roberto Carlos — The Brazilian music star
performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at El Paso
County Coliseum. Tickets: $37, $57, $77 and
$97. (Ticketmaster).
Celebrating more than 50 years in music,
Carlos has recorded more than 40 (mostly self-
titled) albums in Portuguese, English, Spanish
and Italian, and has appeared in 12 Spanish-lan-
guage films. In 1989, Carlos became one of the
only Brazilians ever to win a Grammy Award in
the category of “Best Latin Pop Album” for his
release “Roberto Carlos: Tolo.”
‘El Chavo Del 8 Animado: En Vivo’ —
The popular Spanish language children’s show
comes to life on stage at 8 p.m. Friday, May
18, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E.
Paisano. Tickets: $22.50, $37, $42 and $47.
M’s Lips Lounge — 510 N. Stanton. Regular
showtime is 8 p.m. Information: 566-0376.
The ska/reggae band Hub City Stompers per-
forms Thursday, May 24. Admission: $8.
Neon Desert Music Festival — Moby,
Sparta, Ghostland Observatory and Belanova
are among the headliners coming to the 2nd
annual music festival benefiting Amor Por
Juarez, Creative Kids and El Paso Parks and
Recreation is Saturday, May 26, in San Jacinto
Plaza and Cleveland Square Park.
Other acts appearing include Argentina’s
Babasonicos, Chile’s Los Bunkers, Brazil’s The
Twelves, Spain’s The Pinker Tones and
Venezuelan Grammy nominee La Vida Boheme,
along with Yacht, Sussie 4, Classixx, Toy
Selectah, Mexican Institute of Sound, Chico
Mann, Mexicans with Guns, New York DJ
Penquin Prison, pop group Class Actress,
Mexican dance group Dependientes del Beat
and local acts D.A, Kontre Golpe Manifesto and
DJ Estaeban Carrasco.
Tickets: $55 (VIP tickets: $150); available at all
Western Beverage locations and The
Headstand, as well as online at neondesertmu-
Discounted military tickets for active military
and their families at all Fort Bliss ticketing out-
lets for $48.
Presented by Mazda and Rudolph Mazda, the
all-day outdoor event will be held on five of El
Paso’s historic downtown blocks, with 30
bands on four stages, including some of the
biggest acts in rock, Latin, pop and electronic
Neon Desert will donate a portion of all rev-
enues to the El Paso Parks and Recreation
Department and to the non-profit organiza-
tions, Amor Por Juarez and Creative Kids.
Vendor applications also available online.
Tia McGraff — The folksinger/songwriter
performs at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at
Scottish Rite Temple Theatre, 301 W. Missouri,
with opening act Applejack. Tickets: $15($10
students). Advance tickets available at All That
Music and Video or at the theatre. Information:
All That Music & Video, 594-9900.
Vans Warped Tour 2012 — The 18th
annual music and extreme sports event is 11
a.m. to dust Friday, June 29, at the NMSU
Intramural Field (next to Aggie Memorial
Stadium), featuring more than 80 bands on
eight live music stages and Several extreme
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sports and lifestyle events and displays also fea-
tured. Tickets: $34 in advance; $36 day of
show. Information: (575) 646-1420. Web:
This year’s line up includes Taking Back
Sunday, Blessthefall, Breathe Carolina, It Boys,
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Dead Sara,
Transit, Ballyhoo, Matt Toka, G-Easy, I am the
Avalanche, Sleeping with Sirens, A Loss For
Words, Tonight Alive, Tomorrows Bad Seeds,
All Time Low, the Used, New Found Glory,
Anti-Flag, Mayday Parade, Bayside and Senses
Dream Theater — The Grammy-nominated
progressive metal band brings its summer tour
to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at
Abraham Chavez Theatre, promoting its latest
album “A Dramatic Turn of Events” with the
single “Build Me Up, Break Me Down.”
Tickets: $31.50 to $52.50 (Ticketmaster).
Classical Mystery Tour — The Beatles
Tribute band, backed by El Paso Symphony
Orchestra, performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24,
at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $30, $45, $60
and $75 (tickets are half price for new EPSO
season subscribers) Information: 532-3776 or
Disney’s ‘Phineas and Ferb Live: The
Best LIVE Tour Ever!’ — The hit Disney
Channel animated show brings its live action
musical tour to El Paso Sept. 14-16, at
Abraham Chavez Theater. Showtimes are 7
p.m. Friday, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4
p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$40 (all patrons age 2
and older must purchase ticket). Available
through Ticketmaster.
Il Volo — The Italian singing group performs
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at The Plaza
Theatre. The group’s latest CD and DVD is “Il
Volo Takes Flight — Live From The Detroit
Opera House.” Tickets: $37-$77
VIP “Meet and Greet” packages include auto-
graphed photo and personal photo with group,
collectible tour poster, reserved seats in first 10
rows and tour shirt. Cost: $275.
Their first PBS Special “Il Volo Takes Flight”
was a huge hit, and the band begins their first
North American headline tour this summer.
Eddie Vedder — The Pearl Jam frontman
performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at
The Plaza Theatre, as part of his solo tour, with
opening act is Academy Award winning Irish
vocalist/guitarist Glen Hansard of the movie
“Once.” Vedder’s latest album is “Ukelele
Songs.” Tickets: $75. (Ticketmaster).
Postponed from April 17; tickets purchased
for this date will be honored.
‘Broadway in El Paso’ tickets — Season
tickets are now on sale for the 2012-2013
Broadway series at the Plaza Theatre. Four-
show, five-show and six-show packages avail-
able. Individual tickets to be announced; avail-
able through Ticketmaster. Season ticket infor-
mation: 231-1111 or theplazatheatre.org.
• “A Chorus Line – Monday, Nov 19
• Cirque Dreams “Holidaze” – Tuesday, Dec
• “Hair” – Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013
• “The Midtown Men” – Wednesday, Feb 6,
• Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” –
Sunday, March 24, 2013
• “Elvis Lives!” – Saturday, April 27, 2013
• “The Addams Family” – Friday and Saturday,
May 24-25, 2013.
Venues & series
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
- 122 S. Old Pueblo Road. Ages 18 and older
welcome for most shows. Showtime is 8 p.m.,
unless otherwise listed. Admission to all shows
is free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrock-
• Cafe Tacuba — The Mexican indie rock band
performs Saturday, May 5, in conjunction an all
day Tequila Fest. Ages 18 and older welcome.
• Calle 13 — The Puerto Rican hip-hop band
performs Sunday, May 6. All ages show.
• Fleetwood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Band) and Rushhour (Rush Tribute Band) per-
form at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10.
• War and Tower of Power horns — 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13.
• Puddle of Mudd — The alternative hard
rockers perform Friday, May 25. All ages show.
The new Socorro Entertainment Center, at
11200 Santos Sanchez (5 miles east of Speaking
Rock) will host all events formerly set for out-
doors. Admission is free; age 18 and older wel-
The center’s first show is the metal band
Godsmack at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27.
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Doors open at
7 p.m.; showtime at 8 p.m. for most shows. All
shows are all-ages, unless listed otherwise.
Information: 351-9909. Tickets for most shows
available at All That Music, Bowie Feathers and
Maria’s Closet, and online at holdmyticket.com.
• Neon Desert Battle of the Bands competition
is 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Winner will per-
form at the Neon Desert Music Festival
Downtown on May 26.
• Girl In A Coma — The girl rockers perform
Thursday, May 10, with opening acts Piñata
Protest, Sara Radle and Gentlemen. Tickets:
• Sleeping Giant — The Christian metal band
performs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, with
First Blood,
In the Midst of Lions, Betrayal, Gideon, No
Bragging Rights, Hand Guns, Kills and Thrills,
Barbarian and Northbound. Tickets: $14.
• The Royalty — The CD Release Party for the
local band is 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4.
• Chuckie — The international DJ performs at
9 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Tickets: $32-$45.
• The Headliners Comedy Jam is 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, featuring Big Leslie, Chelsea
Lately, Joe Clair, Paula Bel and Ronnie Jordan.
Ages 18 and older admitted. Tickets: $25-$35.
House of Rock East — 8838 Viscount.
Tickets: $10 ($20 age 18-20), unless otherwise
listed. Advance tickets available at
• Death Angel — The metal band performs at
9 p.m. Friday, May 4, with The Sixth and All
That Bleeds. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at
the door.
• Rock and Roll Over — The ultimate Kiss
Tribute band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, May
19. Tickets: $10.
• Supersuckers — The American rock band
performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6.
Tickets: $10.
• Dying Fetus, Revocation and Six Feet Under
— The metal bands perform Tuesday, June 26.
Details to be announced.
• Reverend Horton Heat — The punkabilly
legends host a Fourth of July event at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4. Tickets: $15.
Low Brow Palace — 111 E. Robinson.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Age 18 and older wel-
come ($3 ticket surcharge for age 18-21),
unless listed otherwise. Tickets available online
at ticketbully.com. Information: 356-0966 or
“Supernite” events featuring internationally-
known DJ and producers are selected
Saturdays. Cost: $12.
• Dear Tick and Turbo Fruits — The roots-
rock band Deer Tick and the garage-band style
rockers perform Wednesday, May 2. Deer
Tick’s latest album is Divine Providence. Turbo
Fruits, known for their hit “Get Up on Get
Down,” has appeared in the movie “Whip It”
and will release their new album “Serpents &
Snakes” this year.
• Low Brow hosts Boston DJ Soul Clap at 9
p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the new 1914, 115
Durango, downtown. Tickets: $14.
El Buchanan — The event center is at
11540 Pellicano. Tickets for most events avail-
able at groovetickets.com or ticketbully.com.
(ages 18 and older, unless otherwise listed).
Information: 633-1117.
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• Kottonmuth Kings and Twiztid — The bands’
“Kaos and Kronic Tour” is 6:30 p.m. Sunday,
May 13, with guests Blaze and Big B. All ages
show. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of
• Rusko — The British DJ performs at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 26. Tickets: $20.
• Bow Wow — Club 101 presents the rapper
at Sunday, June 3, with special guest Ace
Hood. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30 in
advance; $35 day of show.
• Kaskade — The house DJ’s “Freaks of
Nature Tour” is Tuesday, July 24. Tickets to be
Whiskey Dick’s — 580 George Dieter. Early
arrival recommended. Tickets available at (tick-
etbully.com). Information: 921-9900.
• Shooter Jennings — Wednesday, May 16.
Known for his hits “4th of July” and “It Ain’t
Easy,” Jennings’ latest album is “Family Man.”
Tickets: $15 ($25 ate 18-20).
• Bart Crow Band — (“Forever,” “Run with
the Devil.” Friday, May 18. Tickets: $10 age 21
and older.
• Josh Abbott Band — (“She’s Like Texas”
“Touch.”) Wednesday, June 6. Tickets: $15
($25 age 18-20).
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts
— Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12
miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Free public
guided tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and
Thursdays (except show dates). Information:
(575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencerthe-
• Coppélia’ — Ruidoso Dance Ensemble pres-
ents the comic ballet at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday,
April 28. The classic tale is heart-warming
story about two young lovers and a romantic
toymaker. Old Dr. Coppelius lets everyone
believe his creation, Coppélia, a mechanical
doll, is a real person, and so captivating is she
that young Franz falls in love with her. Tickets:
$28. Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-
7872 or spencertheater.com.
• Gary Puckett and the Union Gap — The
1960s chart-toppers perform at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 5. The group forged a series of
massive chart ballads with six consecutive gold
records and 10 top Billboard hits for tunes such
as “Young Girl,” “This Girl Is A Woman Now”
and “Keep The Customer Satisfied.” Tickets:
$66 and $69. Information: (575) 336-4800,
(888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.
A $20 pre-show Angus burger buffet dinner
Upcoming Summer 2012 performances (sea-
son tickets available):
• Gregg Rollie — The Santana alumni and for-
mer Journey Foreigner lead singer performs an
outdoor Memorial Day weekend concert at 8
p.m. Saturday, May 26. Rollie was a key com-
ponent in the success of Santana 1968-1971. In
1971, he became a founding member of the
‘70s & ‘80s hit-maker Journey, with chart-top-
pers like “Wheel In The Sky,” “Open Arms”
and “Look to the Future.” Tickets: $49 general
admission; $59 table seats.
Enchilada buffet served at 6 p.m. for $20.
• Doug Montgomery — The New Mexico
Piano Man presents a cabaret-style show at 8
p.m. Saturday, June 2. Montgomery is equally
at home trilling complicated compositions of his
own creation and classics from Rachmaninoff to
Debussy and Puccini, Gershwin to Porter,
Rogers & Hart, Billy Joel and the Beatles.
Tickets: $46 and $49.
Lasagna buffet served at 6 p.m. for $20.
• “Steel Magnolias” — The dinner theatre
presentation of the box-office hit by Robert
Harling play is 8 p.n. Friday, June 8, presented
by Wayland University Theatre Ensemble. This
comedy-drama is about a clutch of six vivid
beauty shop regulars in a sleepy little Louisiana
parish. Tickets: $30.
Catfish buffet served at 6 p.m. for $20.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts
— 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo.
Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickinger-
• BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble —
The folk legend performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
May 1. The BYU ensemble offers a broad
spectrum of folk dance from throughout the
world. Tickets: $10, $17, $22 and $35.
• Santa Fe Opera Apprentices — The annual
performance by the famed apprentice program
is 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. Two fully staged
scenes are presented, showcasing the works of
apprentice designers, technicians, stage man-
agers and vocalists. Admission is free.
• Cipriano Vigil — The Alamogordo musician
performs New Mexico ritual musical at 7 p.m.
Friday, May 11, as part of the NM Humanities
Council Chautauqua program and Alamogordo
Speaker Series.
• “Alice in Wonderland” — The Academy of
Ballet’s ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s fantasy
world is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May
18-19. The ballet takes Alice down the rabbit
hold into this magical world and beyond. Call
for ticket information.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and
Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Shows begin at 8
p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Prices listed
do not include service charge. (Ticketmaster)
Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemoun-
• Ray Price — The Country Music Hall of
Famer performs Thursday, May 10. Price’s
well-known recordings include “Release Me,”
“Crazy Arms,” “Heartaches by the Number,”
“City Lights” and “Walking Back to You.”
Tickets: $25-$60.
• Kellie Pickler — The country star and former
American Idol 6th-place finisher performs at 8
p.m. Monday, June 4. Pickler is known for her
breakthrough hit “I Wonder,” as well as hits
“Best Days of Your Life (with Taylor Swift)” and
“Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful.” Tickets:
• Alison Krauss and Union Station — The blue-
grass superstar and her band perform Tuesday,
June 19. Tickets: $50-$125.
• Ronnie Dunn — The country artist, formerly
of Brooks and Dunn, performs Wednesday,
Aug. 15. Tickets: $30-$150.
• Sammy Kershaw — The country artist per-
forms with guests Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin,
at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets: $25-$60.
• Ray Stevens — The country music
musician/comic performs at 8 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 13. Tickets: $25-$125.
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MINI of El Paso Battle of the Bands —
The competition is Saturday, April 28, at Tricky
Falls, 209 S. El Paso Street, during an all ages
shows. Winners based on crowds and judges
votes, and will get to perform as part of the
May 26 Neon Desert Music Festival.
Information: neondesertmusicfestival.com/bob.
Jazz Unlimited Big Band — The band’s
7th annual concert is 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29,
at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005
Love Road. This year’s “Next Generation” con-
cert showcases younger musicians. Admission is
free. Information: 637-4569.
‘Every Other Tuesday’ — Doña Ana Arts
Council hosts musical performances 6:30 p.m.
every other Tuesday at the Rio Grande
Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-6403
or riograndetheatre.com.
• May 1 — Guitar Greg. Classic country west-
ern, cowboy, and ballads from the sixties.
• May 15 — Mesilla Valley Teen Singers pres-
ent their springtime concert “Primavera.”
• May 29 — Kelcee Covert Senior Recital.
State Line Music — 1222 Sunland Park.
The Rudolph Chevrolet-Honda outdoor con-
cert series is 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
Admission is free; all customers asked to bring
non-perishable food donation or monetary
donation for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.
Information: 581-3371, WTxFoodBank.org or
• May 2 — Whiskey Myers
• May 9 — to be announced
• May 16 — Radio La Chusma
• May 23 — Joe Barron Band
• May 30 — to be announced
Alfresco! Fridays —The 10th season of
free outdoor concerts begin at 6 p.m. Fridays
May 4-Sept. 28 at Arts Festival Plaza
(between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza
Theatre). Presented by the El Paso Convention
and Performing Arts Centers and the El Paso
Convention and Visitors Bureau. No outside
food or beverages, or pets allowed. No per-
formance May 25. Information: 534-0675, or
• May 4 — La Banda Jerezana de Don Nicho
Ayala (cumbia).
• May 11 — La Explosion Lagunera
• May 18 — 1st Armored Division Show Band
(big band)
• June 1 — Sange Gitana (flamenco).
Howling Coyote — The open mic for musi-
cians, poets, writers, storytellers and perform-
ance artists is 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Rio
Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in
Las Cruces, as part of the monthly Downtown
Ramble. Performer sign-up is 6:30 p.m. Coffee
and light snacks provided. Admission is free,
but donations welcome. Information: Bob
Burns, (575) 525-9333, (575) 523-6403 or
(915) 799-5684.
Literary Open Mic is 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rio
Grande Theatre auditorium.
Clude Bourbon — The British finger-picking
guitarist will perform a concert of medieval and
Spanish blues at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the
Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in
Las Cruces. Born in France in the early 60s,
Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was
classically trained. He has crafted a fusion of
classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influ-
ences, Spanish and Latin elements plus strains
of Western folk. Tickets: $10.
Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223.
Robert Earl Keen — The iconic Texas
singer/songwriter kicks off the 2nd annual Let
Freedom Sing free family-friendly summer con-
cert series Saturday, May 12, at Fort Bliss’s
Freedom Crossing’s event lawn. Opening acts
begin at 7 p.m. The public is welcome; early
arrival is encouraged. Information: 564-5311 or
Keen is known for songs infused with insight
and humor, such as “The Road Goes on
Forever”, “Merry Christmas from the Family”,
and “Corpus Christi Bay.”
To access Fort Bliss, show a valid driver’s
license and U.S. plated vehicle at the Robert E.
Lee or Cassidy gate. All adults are required to
present identification at the gate.
Mission Hills Mariachis for Mom— The
Mission Hills Association will host a Mother’s
Day celebration with mariachi music 5 to 7
p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Mission Hills Park,
3800 O’Keefe. Admission is free. Information:
Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society
— The society presents a monthly concert
series at 7 p.m. the third Sunday of the month,
First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo (across
from Las Cruces High School) in Las Cruces.
Admission: $8 ($5 members; $1 students with
ID). Information: Bob Burns, (575) 525-9333 or
The May 20 concert is the Candice Reyes
Quintet featuring Reyes on vocals accompanied
by jazz instrumentalists.
Cool Canyon Nights —The summer
series of free outdoor summer concerts are
Thursdays beginning May 31 at McKelligon
Canyon. Performers to be announced.
Information: 544-9550, 231-1100 or cool-
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
1249 Futurity Dr. (at and Sunland Park Drive),
Sunland Park, N.M.
Live music is offered 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and Mariachi 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sundays in the Franklins Lounge. No cover.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
Disco with local DJs is 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Sundays. Karaoke offered with Rock The House
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday.
• Friday, May 4 — River City Band
• Saturday, May 5 — Cinco de Mayo
Celebration with Mariachi Tapatio 6 to 7 p.m.
and BJ Pando La Mezkla Show Band 9 p.m. to 1
• Sunday, May 6 — Mariachi Zacatecano
• Friday May 11 — Los Dukes
• Saturday, May 12 — Inolvidable
• Sunday, May 13 — Mariachi Tapatio
• Friday, May 18 — Destiny
• Saturday, May 19 and June 2 — BJ Pando
La Mezkla Show Band
• Sunday, May 20 — Mariachi Los Toritos
• Friday, May 25 — El Paso Band
• Saturday, May 26 — The Starliners
• Sunday, May 27 — Mariachi Flores
• Friday, June 1 — Alex Martinez Band
• Sunday, June 3 — Mariachi Alegre.
Zin Valle Free Music Sundays — Zin
Valle vineyard, 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4
mile north of FM 259), hosts free live music 1
to 4 p.m. on selected Sundays. Guests may also
enjoy wine tastings. Information: 877-4544 or
• April 29: Greg Gonzalez
• May 13: Julio Ortiz
• May 20: Dusty Low
• June 3: Dan Lambert and the Double Drum
Padre’s Marfa — 209 W. El Paso Street in
Marfa, Texas. Shows begin at 9 p.m. Show
admission: $5, unless listed otherwise.
Information: 432-729-4425 or
Texas music legend Joe Ely performs at 8 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, May 17-18. Tickets: $25
in advance; $30 day of show.
The El Cosmico Family Songwriter’s
Workshop Showcase concert with guests
Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Kevin Welch is
Saturday, May 19.
Other shows:
• Daniel Hart — Saturday, May 12. $5.
• Thunderado — The Texas rock power trio
featuring Paul Beebe, Hunter Perrin and “Chili”
Billy Walters is Thursday, May 24.
• Acuario — The cumbia/conjunto act from
Ojinaga Mexico performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday,
May 26. $10.
Matinee gospel shows are planned for 12:30
p.m. Sundays.
Railroad Blues — 504 W. Holland, Alpine,
Texas. Performances begin at 10 p.m.
Information: (432) 837-3103 or
• Tidal Waves — The ska band from
Johannesburg, South Africa performs Friday,
May 4. Admission: $10.
• Los P*$% Gringos — The area band per-
forms for a Cinco de Mayo celebration
Saturday, May 5. Admission: $6.
• Ryan Turner Band — The Texas country
rockers perform Thursday, May 10. $5.
• Radio La Chusma — The El Paso Latin reggae
rock band performs Saturday, May 12.
Admission: $10.
• Kevin Ochs Band — The alt country and
blues band performs Friday, May 18. $6.
• Loudfinger — The classic rock band per-
forms Saturday, May 19. Admission: $7.
• Dash Rip Rock — The New Orleans rock
band performs Saturday, May 26. $8.
• Grupo de la Paz — The Latin/pop/rock band
performs a Memorial Day weekend show
Sunday, May 27. Admission; $6.
• Brown Betty — The classic rock/R&B band
performs Saturday, June 2. Admission: $6.
Crowley Theatre — Ballroom Marfa’s the-
atre is at 106 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa.
Ticket information: (432) 729-3700 or ball-
roommarfa.org. Classical pianist Kimball
Gallagher performs at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, as
part of his International 88-Concert Tour.
Outdoor performance.
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El Paso Comic Strip —1201 Airway.
Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday,
8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Military admitted free
Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets: $6
Wednesday through Thursday; $12 Friday and
Saturday, $8 Sunday, unless listed otherwise.
Reserved tickets at ticketweb.com.
Information/reservations: 779-LAFF (5233) or
• April 25-29 — G. Reilly. Feature act Julio
• May 2-6 — Flip Shultz. Feature: Longhorn.
• May 9-13 — Gerald Kelly. Feature act is
Isiah Kelly.
• May 16-20 — Adam Hunter. Feature: Skillz.
• May 23-27 — Co-headliners Terrell Battle
and Francisco Ramos.
• May 30-June 3 — J.R. Brow with feature act
Howard Beecher.
Headliners Comedy Jam — The Laughing
Stock presents five of the nation’s funniest
headliners 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Tricky
Falls, 209 S. El Paso. Headliners are Big Leslie
(“Lottery Ticket,” “National Security”) Chelsea
Lately (“Mind of Mencia,” “Girlfriends”); Joe
Clair ; Paula Bel; Ronnie Jordan and Nate
Jackson (2010 winner of the Bay Area Black
Comedy Competition on Showtime). Ages 18
and older welcome. Tickets: $25-$35
Information: 1-888-316-0722, (619) 708-7975
or thelaughingstockonline.com.
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Museo de INBA — Circuito Jose Reyes
Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Information: 616-7414.
Showing all month: Estampas de la
Independencia y la Revolucion. The group
exhibit features more than 50 national graphic
Opening at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27: “El Rio
del Si,” paintings by Annabel Livermore.
Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park,
Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas).
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Admission is free except as listed.
Information: 611-1048.
• Arte en el Parque opens is 2012 season 2 to
8 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Bazaar, food and
drinks, art , children activities. Admission is 40
pesos (30 pesos age 13 years and under).
• An exhibit by painter Ramon Ismael Padilla
opens at 7 p.m .Thursday, May 3.
• An exhibit by painter Olga Guerra Padilla
opens at 7 p.m .Thursday, May 10.
• Arte en el Parque continues 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 26.
Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez — Calle
Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio
Ramirez). Information: : 639 11 00/01 or ciu-
dadjuarez.af.org.mx. French movies with
Spanish subtitles are shown at 7 p.m. Friday,
May 4 and 18. Admission is free.
Histeria Beer and Rock — Ferrocarril Av.
and Mejia downtown. Nationally renowned
band Luzbel, plus Ditedemons and Victum,
performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Advance
tickets are 120 pesos per couple, or 70 pesos
per person day of show. Ages 18 and older.
Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente
Guerrero at Gregorio M. Solis (near Cordova
Bridge). Nationally known rock group La
Gusana Ciega performs at 5 p.m. Sunday, May
6. Tickets at donboleton.com.
Amnesia Concert Hall — Lincoln Av.
Pronaf Zone (at the Corbova Bridge). “Noches
de Cabaret” is at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday,
May 10. Nationally famed singers Lucia
Mendez, Manoella Torres and Rocio Banquells
will perform. Tickets at donboleton.com
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte —Av.
Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the
Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or
• 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10 — 1970s superstar
Angelica Maria
. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 — Lady in
Black Theather
• 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20 — Esperanza Azteca
Orchestra. The youth music program, spon-
sored by Azteca Television, is a social action
program to encourage excellence and self-
esteem in youth through music.
• 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, May 24-27
— Symphonic Orchestra from the Juarez
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 — “Marcelino Pan y
Vino” (Famous theater play).
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 — “Hay Buen
Rock Esta Noche (Good Rock Tonight),” with
several local groups.
Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás
Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and
Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• Restaurant will be open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 (traditional Mexican
Mother’s Day.)
• Mother’s Day buffet is Sunday, May 13, in
the Terraza Garden (breakfast beginning at 7
a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m.). Reservations avail-
able for groups of 10 or more.
Information: 6 250267 0r 6 253363,
Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos
—Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant, in front of
IADA from the Juarez University. Banda Jerez
performs at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Hotel Fiesta Inn —Paseo Triunfo de la
Republica (across from El Diario). Information:
686-0700 ext. 6543. The Secret and the Health
workshop with Juan Carlos Quezada is at 6
p.m. Tuesday, May 15. Tickets at
Auditorio Civico Municipal Benito
Juárez —Calle Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente
Guerrero, across from Parque Borunda.
“Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs” is pre-
sented 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27.
Tickets at donboleton.com.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera
(MUREF) — Zona Centro, Av. 16 de
Septiembre at Ave. The history museum docu-
ments the Mexican Revolution. Hours are 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Information: muref.org. Guided tours and pup-
pet shows offered Sundays. Free admission.
— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
2 022988 (cobracollectionag@hotmail.com or
Hispanic Heritage Gala — El Paso City
Ballet with Artistic Director Lisa Skaf, hosts its
fundraising performance and gala is 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 27, at Sunland Park Racetrack and
Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive, with pieces such
as “Paquita,” “Huapango,” the pas de deux
from “Don Quixote,” with local dancers and
choreographers such as Lisa Skaf, Erick
Campos and Marta Katz as well as guest
dancers Gerardo Gil of City Ballet of San
Diego, Guillermo Garcia of Mexico’s National
Dance Company and Daymel Sanchez of
Mexico. Tickets: $50 (includes dinner).
Information: 204-0482, 637-3704 or elpasocity-
International Day of Dance — The 7th
annual celebration of dance is 10 a.m. to noon
Saturday, April 28, at Branigan Cultural Center,
Branigan Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown
Mall) Las Cruces, featuring performances from
local and international dance troupes from a
variety of styles and cultures such as Hellenic
Greek, Flamenco, Tap, Gypsy, Middle Eastern,
Peruvian, Indian, Appalachian, Belly, Jazz, Irish
Jig, Country Line and Native American.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154
or las-cruces.org/museums.
Elena Baker Dance Company — Local
teacher Elena Baker’s dance studio presents
her students in performance 5 p.m. Sunday,
April 29, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800
S. San Marcial, with selections from “Phantom
of the Opera” and more. Admission is free.
Information: 740-1392.
The studio is now open at 1814 Trawood,
Suite D (Plaza De la Fuerte); limited registra-
tion for zumba, ballet and hip hop classes.
Moonlight Ball — Ysleta High School Tribal
Rhythm Ballroom Dance Team, under the
direction of S. Solis, will host a fundraising din-
ner and dance 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at
Ysleta Cultural Arts Center, 9600 Sims, with
dinner, performance by Tribal Rhythm, Jack and
Jill contest and general dancing. Semi-formal
attire. Proceeds benefit the team’s summer trip
to San Diego. Call for cost. Information: 434-
8146 or Ssolis@yisd.net.
BYU International Folkloric Dancers
— The celebrated world dance troupe per-
forms at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the
Abraham Chavez Theatre. This 39-member
dance group highlights dance and music from
around the globe including Mexican folklorico,
Irish step dancing and Indian Bollywood style.
Tickets: $10.50 (Ticketmaster).
Big Band Dance Club — The club spon-
sors dances 8 to 10 p.m. selected Thursdays or
Fridays, at Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court,
in Las Cruces. Age 21 and older welcome.
Beginners, singles and couples welcome; no
dance partner necessary. Cost: $7 (CD music
nights); and $9 ($7 members) on live music
nights. May is the club’s membership drive;
non-members invited to attend the May 3
dance for free. Information: (575) 526-6504 or
May is the club’s membership drive; non-
members invited to attend the May 3 dance for
Beginner’s group dance lesson at 7 p.m. led
by John Giusto; free with paid admission.
Dances with CD music are Friday, May 11,
and Thursday, May 31.
Live music nights with High Society Orchestra
are Thursdays, May 3 (Fiesta Night with special
entertainment during intermission) and May 17
(Spring Prom formal). Refreshments served.
Floralia Belly Dance Festival — Three
days of workshops, performances and a dinner
show with live music by Sadaqah is Friday
through Sunday, May 4-6, at Elephant Butte Inn
and Spa in Elephant Butte, N.M. Details to be
announced. Information: Selena, (575) 743-
2048 or selenakareena.com.
Coronado Spring Dance — Coronado
High School dance company presents their
annual spring production at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
May 6, in the Chamizal National Memorial
Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free.
Information: 834-2460.
Burges Spring Dance Recital — The
Burges High School Dance Company, Amici
Chorea, presents its annual recital,
“Kaleidoscope,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
May 11-12, at the Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, featuring several
dance styles. Admission: $5. Information: 309-
El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy’s
Spring May Showcase — The gala din-
ner/dance/show is Saturday, May 12, at
Sunland Park Race Track & Casino Signature
Showroom, 1200 Futurity Dr, Sunland Park.
The Showcase will include a “Dancing with the
Stars” lineup in which top professionals will
showcase their students. The event will begin
with a sit-down dinner and will include special
student/professional performances with social
dancing available all evening. Doors open at
5:30 p.m. Music provided by El Paso Ballroom
Dance Academy. Sponsorships available.
Tickets: $55 in advance, available at
EPTickets.com or at El Paso Ballroom Dance
Academy, 7220 North Mesa; or $65 at the
door. Information: 585-0090 or
Academy of Music & Dance Annual
Recital — Students from the Academy of
Music & Dance give their annual recital at 7
p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Rio Grande
Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces
Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 525-2909.
Contra Dancing —The Southern New
Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly
contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, May
18, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle
de Santiago, Mesilla. This month’s callers are
Lonnie Ludeman and Lewis Land, with music
by Dell City’s The Muletones. The dance
begins with beginners’ lessons; no partner
needed. Cost: $6 ($5 age 17 and younger).
Information: (575) 522-1691 or snmmds.org.
The contra dances are old-time dances are
done in long lines, accompanied by live,
Appalachian-style music.
British Ballet Academy - The academy’s
annual recital is 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday,
May 19, at the Plaza Theatre featuring a vari-
ety of dance styles. Tickets needed for admis-
sion and can be picked up at the academy at
9714 Montana. Information: 591-4472, 433-
3620 or britishballetonline.com.
‘Gotta Dance’ — Students of all ages and
teachers from M&M Productions will perform
ballroom dancing at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, May
20, at the Chamizal National Monument, 800 S.
San Marcial. Admission: $15 ($12 military/stu-
dents). Information: 494-5485.
Dance Extravaganza — The Las Cruces
Chamber Ballet’s annual performance is 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, at NMSU’s
Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces.
Tickets: $15 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575)
Dancing with the YHS Stars — The
Ysleta High School Tribal Rhythm Dancers host
the dance competition with YISD faculty
teamed with a dance team member to com-
pete for a top prize at 6 p.m. Thursday, May
24, at the Ysleta High School Auditorium, 8600
Alameda. Admission: $3 in advance; $5. at the
door. Information: 434-8146 or
Ballet Folkorico Tonatiuh — The folklori-
co group performs “Estampas y Recuerdos” at
7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May
25-26, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800
S. San Marcial, with dances from various
regions of Mexico in colorful costumes, accom-
panied by live music. Admission: $10.
Information: 478-0141 or
El Paso Conservatory of Dance’— The
classic ballet group’s annual recital is 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June
1-3, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial. Tickets: $6-$8. Information: Marta
Katz, 760-6062.
Barbara Driscoll School of Ballet —
The ballet school presents its 51st annual stu-
dent recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the
Plaza Theatre, featuring students from pre-
school to adult, in technique performances and
a children’s ballet. Admission is free.
Information: 584-9903.
Dancing in the City — The City of El Paso
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and
Conventions and Visitors Bureau present the
outdoor dance concerts 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays
June 2-July 28, at Arts Festival Plaza, featuring
local and regional performers. No event June
30. Admission: $6 ($10 per couple); cash only,
no outside food or drinks. Information: 541-
• June 2 — Calle 66 (Salsa) from Albuquerque
• June 9 — La Magiztral Sonora (Cumbia)
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Lucha Libre Live — The Mexican-style
wrestling event is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at
El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $15-$20
general admission; $25 reserved.
Special Olympics Spring Games —The
Area 19 2012 Spring Games’ main events are 8
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Burges High
School, 7800 Edgemere. Events include basket-
ball, track and field, motor activities. The
“Athlete Village” will feature different games,
music and entertainment. Admission is free.
Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.
Opening Ceremonies are 6:30 p.m. Friday,
May 4, at Burges High School, featuring recog-
nition of athletes, sponsors, coaches and other
volunteers. A Victory Dance follows.
Dinner with the Miners — The 38th
annual Dinner with the Miners is 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2, at the Wyndham El Paso
Airport, 2027 Airway Blvd. The program will
feature UTEP coaches and athletes. Tables are
$500, and seat ten persons (six for the sponsor
and four for the athletes); $275 half table.
Individual seats, if available, are $75.
Information: Susan Driscoll, 581-7892
The event is sponsored by the El Paso
Downtown Lions Club. Proceeds benefit schol-
arships for student athletes.
Pecos League baseball — The New
Mexico and West Texas league’s 2012 season
runs May 2-July 31 with regional teams, Las
Cruces Vaqueros, Alpine Cowboys, Roswell
Invaders, Santa Fe Fuego, Trinidad Triggers, and
White Sands Pupfish). Information/schedules:
(575) 680-2212 or pecosleague.com.
Las Cruces Vaqueros home games are at
Apodaca Baseball Complex, 801 E. Madrid, in
Las Cruces.
Alpine Cowboys play at Kokernot Field, 400
Loop Road in Alpine, Texas.
White Sands Pupfish home games are at
Griggs Park in Alamogordo, N.M.
El Paso Diablos Baseball - The American
Association minor league team regular home
game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.)
at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso.
Tickets: $7 general admission; $8 box seats;
free for ages four and younger (season pack-
ages available for $285 per person): 755-2000
or diablos.com.
• May 9 — Exhibition Game. Free admission
• May 17-20 - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
• May 28-30 - Kansas City T-Bones
The team kicks off the season with a free
Diablos Kid’s Day Thursday, May 17, with
interactive health and wellness booths, conces-
sions, giveaways and more.
Chivas El Paso Patriots Soccer —The
team’s home games for their 22nd season are 8
p.m. at Patriots Stadium) 6941 Industrial. The
Patriots are an affiliate team with Chivas de
Guadalajara. Information/tickets: 771-6620 or
• Saturday, May 12 vs. Austin
• Tuesday, May 15; opponent to be deter-
• Friday, May 25 vs. West Texas
• Saturday, May 26 vs. New Orleans
• Thursday, May 31 vs. Texas
El Paso Roller Derby - The roller derby
league’s next bout between Hometown 1 and
Hometown 2 is Saturday, May 12, at El Paso
County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. For times,
prices and other information: 474-1666 or elpa-
Mescalero Warrior Challenge — Inn of
the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in
Mescalero, N.M. will host the cage fighting
bouts at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12. The event
features 10 bouts with main event pitting New
Mexico’s Coty “Ox” Wheeler against Freddie
Lux. Tickets: $75-$100 (Ticketmaster).
Memorial Day Hang-Gliding Fly-In -
The 31st annual fly-in is Saturday through
Monday, May 26-28, at Griggs Sports
Complex/Dry Canyon, Alamogordo. Several
hang-gliding pilots will ride the thermals above
Alamogordo at the Rio Grande Soaring
Association’s spring fly-in. To watch them, head
for the landing zone at the Griggs Sports
Complex (Florida Ave. and Fairgrounds Road).
Call for details: 1-800-826-0294 (Alamogordo
Chamber of Commerce) or rgsa.info.
El Paso Bicycle Club - Club events are
open to the public; helmets required.
Information: elpasobicycleclub.com.
Monday Training Rides meet at Rio Plaza
(6205 Upper Valley Rd at Artcraft) at 5:45 p.m.
for a one-hour hard-core leaderless ride up
Artcraft to Border Crossing and back. 20 miles.
Wednesday night rides leave from Rio Plaza
(6205 Upper Valley, at Artcraft) and go 18-20
miles through the Upper Valley to
Vinton/Anthony and back. Most riders leave
from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Some riders begin from
River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club Rd. No
official leader - find a group that matches your
pace. Optional dinner afterward at Hello Pizza,
River Run Plaza.
• 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28 - Meet at Crazy
Cat Cyclery, 5650 N Desert (North of Redd at
I-10). Store will open early for browsing.
Presentation on bicycle gear, accessories at
8:45. B/IG ride starts at 9 a.m. 20-mile Upper
Valley ride follows. Beginner/Intermediate pace.
Margaret O’Kelley, 588-3825. Moderate to fast
riders will head to Vinton and Gadsden High,
30 miles. Randy Limbird, 542-1422.
• 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29 - Meet at
Horizon Vista Market, Horizon and Kanazo, for
40-mile ride at about 17 mph to Montana and
Hueco Tanks turnoff. Option for about 15
more miles for those who want to ride to the
park. Dan Post 915-526-8364
• 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5 —Three distances
at three different paces, all scheduled to arrive
at The Bean in Mesilla at the same time. Group
1 meets at 7:30 a.m. at Rio Plaza (Artcraft at
Upper Valley), leaving no later than 7:40 to ride
the 32 miles to Mesilla at 20+ mph. Leader:
Randy Limbird, 328-4110.Group 2 meets at
7:30 a.m. across from La Union Station, leaving
promptly at 7:45 for 25-mile ride at about 17
mph. Leader TBA. Group 3 meets at 8 in La
Mesa across from Eagle Grocery, leaving
promptly at 8:15 for 12-mile ride at about 14
mph. Leader: Terry Campbell, 497-0882. After
coffee/snack break, groups will return at rough-
ly similar paces.
• 8 a.m. Sunday, May 6 — Meet at Rio Plaza.
Ride up NM 28 to Afton Road (the 10-mile
road that climbs up the mesa and continues
west), then return on same route. 45 miles,
moderate to fast. Rick Rivas, 867-7199.
• 8 a.m. Saturday, May 12 — B/IG Distance
ride — Leave from Rio Plaza for 38-40 mile
Upper Valley Ride. Start out on back roads past
the Anthony Country Club to La Mesa and
return via Hwy 28. Pace will be very intermedi-
ate at 14-16. This is the second distance ride
for Beginning/Intermediate Group riders, who
will have opportunities to work their way to a
full century ride by September. Margaret
O’Kelley, 588-3825.
• 8 a.m. Sunday, May 13 — Meet at La Union
(parking lot at NM 28 and NM 83). Ride to
Vinton, then take rollers to Anthony Gap,
return via O’Hara and NM 28. 27 miles, mod-
erate. Linda Price, 433-4188.
• 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19 — Meet at
Cimarron Park (Northern Pass one block east
of Resler). Explore the ups and downs of the
West Side. 25 miles, moderate pace. Blanca
Harp, 422-2238.
• 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 20 — Meet at
Christi’s house, 4509 Fairbanks (near Starbuck’s
in Northeast El Paso). Ride MLK out to
Anthony Gap and back. Return to Christi’s for
BBQ lunch (burgers, hot dogs and sodas). Bring
your favorite drink. 35 miles, moderate pace.
Christi Ruebush, 915-920-7263.
• 6 a.m. Saturday, May 26 — Early Bird Gets
the Balloon. Meet at River Run Plaza (1071
Country Club) at 6 a.m. (yes, 6 a.m.) and ride
to Santa Teresa Country Club to watch the hot
air balloons take off at the annual Balloon
Fiesta. Ride to La Union afterward. 25 miles,
very moderate pace — great for B/IG riders!
Faster riders can break out for a ride to the
border crossing. Bob Clark, 915-204-2531.
• 7:45 a.m. Sunday, May 27 — Holiday Gap
Ride. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Rio Plaza, leave
promptly at 8 a.m. for ride to Anthony Gap, via
valley roads up and back. 35 miles, moderate
pace. Danny Cavazos, 422-0172
• 8 a.m. Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) —
Gallop to the Gap. Meet at 8 a.m. at Rio Plaza
for ride to Anthony Gap, via rollers up and val-
ley roads back. 35 miles, fast pace. Fidel
Villalpando, 203-8923.
Beginner/Intermediate Group (B/IG)
Rides - The El Paso Bicycle Club offers a spe-
cial training program for beginning and interme-
diate riders at 5:50 p.m. Thursdays at Rio Plaza,
6205 Upper Valley Road (at Artcraft). Helmets
required; participants should park cars in
spaces marked for cyclists. Information:
Margaret O’Kelley, 588-3825.
May 3: Interval Training. May 10: ABC Quick
Check and introduction to bike maintenance.
May 17: Hold That Line. May 24: Road and
Safety Hazards. May 31: Hill Climbing
SRAM Tour of the Gila Bike Races —
The 26th annual stage bicycle races are May 2-
6 in Silver City, N.M. Professional and amateur
bicycle races includie three road races, and
individual time and men’s’ and women’s criteri-
um races. Registration fees: $115-$140,
depending on category. Information: (575) 388-
3222 or racemistress@tourofthegila.com. Entry
forms available online through April 29 at
El Paso Bicycle Co-op — The YMCA of El
Paso’s community bike building area in the
Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth, is open
4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1
p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, depend-
ing on volunteer availability. Donations of parts
accepted. Information: Kevin Pearson: 532-
9622 or elpasoymca.org.
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The co-op is not bike shop, but a place to
earn a bike and build it from the ground up.
Riders may bring their bikes by to fix it them-
selves (or learn to fix it), as well as to connect
with other bicyclists. Volunteers staff will help
people look for odd parts, teach people about
repairing and maintaining their equipment, and
help children and adults appreciate the free-
dom and fun that bike riding offers.
Junior Woman’s Club Golf
Tournament — The 10th annual “Spring
Swing” tournament benefiting local charities is
Friday, May 4, at Painted Dunes Golf Course,
12000 McCombs. Four-person scramble for-
mat. Cost: $400 per team of four. Information:
494-2293 or jwclepaso@yahoo.com.
Golf Scramble — The Building Industry
Association of Southern New Mexico hosts its
28th annual 4-player scramble Friday, May 9,
at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, 1274 Golf Club
Road in Las Cruces. Registration/information:
(575) 522-1232 or biasnm.org.
Chapin Volleyball Golf Tournament —
The 2nd annual four-man scramble benefiting
the Chapin Volleyball Booster Club is 1:30
p.m. Friday, May 11, at Painted Dunes Golf
Course, 12000 McCombs. Information: Wayne
Shaw, 637-6928 or Dave Chandler, 731-1002.
Candlelighters charity golf tourna-
ment — The 7th annual Charity Golf
Tournament begins with a shotgun start at 1
p.m. Friday, May 18, at Fort Bliss Underwood
Golf Complex’s Sunrise and Sunset courses,
3200 Coe. Registration and lunch is 11:30
a.m., dinner and awards are at 6 p.m. Four-
man scramble format. Cost: $150 per player;
$600 per team. Registration deadline is May
15. Information: (Underwoood) 562-2066 or
Ronald McDonald House Golf
Tournament — The Ronald McDonald
House of El Paso will host its 20th annual Golf
Tournament Monday, May 21, at Coronado
Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Shotgun start
at 12:30 p.m. Registration: $250 per person.
Sponsorships available. Information: 542-1522
or rmhcelp.org.
The annual “Passport to Paradise” dinner and
auction is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at
Coronado Country Club with a silent and live
auctions and a station dinner featuring the
city’s best restaurants and chefs. Admission:
$40 ($400 table); reservations required.
Spencer Golf Tournament — The
Spencer Theater’s 6th annual benefit golf tour-
nament is Thursday, May 24, at Inn of the
Mountain Gods Championship Course, in
Mescalero, N.M. Lunch and registration is
noon; shotgun start at 1 p.m. Scramble format.
All proceeds benefit children’s programming at
the Spencer. Cost: $125 through May 11.
Information/registration: (575) 336-0014 or
Horse Sports
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park.
Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-
Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday.
General admission and parking are free.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
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The simulcast of the 138th running of the
Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 5. Turf Club
Packages are $30 per person (includes lunch
buffet and commemorative glass).
Tall Pines Endurance Ride - The 32nd
annual AERC sanctioned competitive horse ride
in the Gila National Forest is Saturday, May 5.
Riders will travel through on well-marked jeep
roads and forest trails in the Burro Mountains,
around 13 miles southwest of Silver City, N.M.
Awards banquet is 6 p.m. that night. Entry fee:
$80 (for 30 and 55 mile rides). Fees are $15
more for non-AERC members. Extra meal tick-
et for guests: $10 each. Information/ride times:
Jeff and Nancy Trickle, (575) 526-5262 or (575)
642-3309. Online entry forms at
The 9th annual non-competitive 12-mile Fun
Ride begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee:
$30 (includes banquet).
Amigos de Dressage Horse Shows —
The Paso del Norte Dressage Society will host
its 18th annual shows Saturday and Sunday,
May 19-20, at Sunland Park Racetrack and
Casino, benefiting Therapeutic Horsemanship
of El Paso. Spectator admission is free.
Information: 373-9179 or pasodelnortedres-
Dressage, occasionally referred to as “Horse
Ballet,” develops, through standardized pro-
gressive training methods, a horse’s natural ath-
letic ability and willingness to perform.
Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — Live
racing starts at 1 p.m. Thursday through
Sunday, except on holiday weekends when the
horses run Friday through Monday. The season
runs Memorial Day weekend through Labor
Day weekend with the running of the All
American Futurity. Opening day is Friday, May
25. Grandstand admission and parking are free.
Turf club reservations are $15. Information:
(575) 378-4140 or raceruidoso.com.
Recreational Sports
YMCA swim classes —The YMCA hosts
swim lessons for kids levels May 1-31 at all
area YMCA locations. Class categories are
Parent-child lessons (6-36 months old), Pre-
school lessons (3-6 year olds), and Youth swim
lessons(6 year old and up). Morning, evening
and weekend classes available. Cost: $48 pro-
gram members; $32 YMCA members (Saturday
classes $30 program members; $20 YMCA
members). Financial assistance available.
Information: elpasoymca.org or any local
YMCA branch.
Summer Volleyball Leagues — City of El
Paso Parks and Recreation Department offers
volleyball leagues for adults and teens June 4-
Aug. 15. Information: Gregory Edmunds 757-
2743, 757-1483 or
edmundsgx@elpasotexas.gov. Web: elpaso-
Leagues include 10 season games with double
elimination playoffs. Registration through May
30. Coaches must attend one meeting May 2,
9, 16 or 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Nations Tobin.
• Youth Club Volleyball runs Tuesdays and
Fridays at Gary Del Palacio, Don Haskins and
Nations Tobin recreation centers. Entry fee:
$220 per team.
• Adult Coed Volleyball are at Marty Robbins,
Gary Del Palacio and San Juan recreation cen-
ters. Games planned Mondays, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays or Thursdays. Entry fee; $270 per
‘Cinco De Mayo’ Pool Tournament —
El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s San
Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo, hosts a
pool tournament 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May
4, open to individuals age 60 and older. The
tournament will be single elimination with
awards for first, second and third place.
Registration ongoing through May 4 at the cen-
ter. Information: Annette Campos or Ray
Alvarado at 772-8365 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
‘Cinco de Mayo’ Softball Tournament
— El Paso Parks and Recreation’s annual ASA-
sanctioned fast pitch softball tournament is
Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, at Blackie
Chesher, Marty Robbins and Northeast
Regional athletic fields. Registration deadline is
April 30. Cost: $310 per team; six games guar-
anteed. Information/registration: 240-3315,
757-2743 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
Don Haskins Youth Basketball
Tournament — YMCA El Paso hosts its 2nd
annual tournament for boy and girl players age
8-18, May 4-6, at various venues. More than
195 teams are expected from the Southwest.
Games are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Team
participation is $250; financial assistance avail-
able. Information: 845-BALL (2255) or don-
Miracle League Basketball —Miracle
League of El Paso non-profit sports league for
children with mental or physical disabilities age
6 or older and the YMCA hosts its Basketball
Program May 5-June 23, at First Church of
the Nazarene, corner of Alabama and Gold.
Cost: $25 per player. Financial assistance avail-
able. Register at YMCA Metro Office, 808
Montana Information: 532-9622 or elpasoym-
Mini Sports T-Ball — Registration for City
of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s
Mini Sports T-Ball season for boys and girls ages
4-7 runs through May 9 at city recreation
centers. Cost: $37 per child. Volunteer coaches
also needed. Coaches/Parents meeting planned
for May 9 and season runs May 12-June 30.
Information: 544-0753.
Greater El Paso Tennis Association —
Information: 532-5524, gepta@sbcglobal.net or
elpasotennis.org. Advance registration at ten-
The Tournament of Champions Benefit dou-
bles tournament is May 16-20. must be USTA
member to participate. Cost: $30 (ID#
Junior Tournaments:
End of the School Year Junior Open Tennis
Tournament is May 10-13 at the Bill Ellis Tennis
Center (formerly El Paso Youth Tennis Center),
4770 Woodrow Bean. Level 6 tournament
open to all junior tennis players. Cost: $18 per
event for singles; $13 per player for doubles.
Registration deadline is May 6
(ID#750077012). Information: 635-9704.
Braden Aboud Memorial Jr. Tournament is
May 17-20 at El Paso Country Club for all jun-
ior USTA members. Cost: $23 for singles; $18
per doubles per player. Registration deadline is
May 13. Information: Aitor Zubiarrain, 581-
3422 or jauria2000@sbcglobal.net.
This month’s 10 and Under Tennis Play Day is
noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Bill Ellis
Tennis Center . Prizes offered. Cost for the
non-elimination format tournament is $5 per
Gus Macker Basketball Tournament —
The annual 3-on-3 tournament is 8 a.m.
Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19-20, at
Washington Park in Alamogordo, N.M.
Information: (575) 437-6120. Team fee: $136.
On-line registration (by April 30): macker.com.
Tournaments are also planned for June 9-10
in Artesia, N.M. and July 28-29 in Hobbs, N.M.
YMCA Swim Team— The 2012 competi-
tive swim team practice runs May 21-July 28
at Monday and Thursday evenings and meets
on Saturdays at various YMCA locations. Cost:
$100 ($70 YMCA members. Financial assistance
available. Information: elpasoymca.org or call
any local YMCA branch.
Las Cruces Ciclovia — The first free
monthly public fitness event of 2012 is 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Young Park, inter-
sections of Walnut and Lohman. Activities
include Hula Hoops, gunny sack races, jump
roping, dancing, volleyball, parachute games
and more for all ages. Bikes and skates wel-
come. Information: (575) June Donohue, 522-
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Public Ice Skating — Skating offered 7 to
10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10
p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays at
the Sierra Providence Event Center next to the
Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome.
Admission (includes skate rental): $8 ($6 mili-
tary). Spectator admission is free. Information:
479-PUCK (7825) or elpasohockey.org.
Motor sports
El Paso Speedway Park — 14851 Marina
(off Montana 7 miles east of Loop 375). Regular
racing season starts Friday, April 27, with races
at 7:45 p.m. Fridays, and include wing sprints,
super stocks, street stocks, modifieds, super
trucks, limited late models, and legends. Season
runs through September. Gates open at 5:30
Admission is $10 ($7 seniors/military with
ID/students age 11-15 or with UTEP ID). Free
for children 10 and under. Season tickets (21
events) are $189 ($133 senior/military/ students
11-15 and UTEP students). Information: 791-
8749 or epspeedwaypark.com.
X Motoball — The motocross and paintball
center is at 4452 Cummings (near Krag Street
and Cassidy Drive in far East El Paso — take
Montana east of Zaragoza). Information: Gabe,
355-0271, or xmotoball.com.
The 2012 dates are April 28, May 26, June
30, July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22. Check
website for hours.
Speedway of Southern New Mexico —
The track features modifieds, super stocks,
speed stocks and more at 7:45 p.m. Saturdays.
Gates opens at 5:30 p.m. The Speedway is 11
miles west of Las Cruces exit 132, off I-10.
Take south frontage road to Southern New
Mexico Fairgrounds. Regular season begins
Saturday, May 5.
Admission is $10 ($7 seniors/military with
ID/students age 11-15 or with UTEP ID). Free
for children 10 and under. Season tickets (21
events) are $189 ($133 senior/military/ students
11-15 and UTEP students). Information: 1-800-
658-9650 or snmspeedway.com.
El Paso Motorplex — The drag strip is at
13101 Gateway West, (east of El Paso at I-10
off Clint exit #42). Drag races are 6 to 10 p.m.
Sundays. Spectator admission varies.
Information: 588-8119 or southwestdrags.com.
Runs and walks
5 de Mayo Diabetes run — El Paso
Diabetes Association’s 5K run and 5K and 1-
mile fun walks begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 5,
at The Garden, 511 Western Court in Union
Plaza, Downtown. Registration (by April 28):
$20 for competitive run; $10 for walk ($5 for
walk for ages 12 and younger); includes t-shirt
for first 1,000 registrants and refreshments at
finish line. Registration increases by $5 per
event April 29-May 5. Pets welcome on leash
for a $3 registration fee (include free scarf for
pets while supplies last). Information: Chris
Rowley, 478-5663. Online registration at
raceadventuresunlimited.com through May 2.
Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday
and Friday, May 3-4, at Up and Running, 3233
N. Mesa. Race day registration and packet
pickup is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site.
Knights 5K4PK — Competitive 5K Run and
fun walk in remembrance of Danny Pecquet to
benefit Rio Grande Cancer Foundation is 8 a.m.
Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Hanks High School,
2001 Lee Trevino Registration: $20 ($15 per
member for teams of 10 or more). Race day
registration: $25. Information: 881-4590.
Online registration through May 10 at racead-
Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May
11, at Up and Running East, 1475 George
Dieter or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the race
Online registration through May 10 at racead-
Braden Aboud Memorial Run — The
annual 5K and 10 K runs and 5K/1-mile fun
run/walk benefiting the Braden Aboud
Memorial Foundation begin at 8 a.m. Sunday,
May 20, in the Zach White Elementary School
parking lot, 4256 Roxbury. New course this
year through the Willows and Stonehedge
neighborhoods. T-shirts for first 6,000 regis-
trants; dog tags for first 3,000 finishers refresh-
ments, back packs for all participants. Trophies
and medals for race winners. Registration: $20
($10 age 19 and younger).
Registration deadline is May 13 by mail; May
17 in person at the foundation office in Placita
Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan, #2 or online through
May 18. Information: 833-0393. Online regis-
tration at bradenaboud.eventbrite.com.
Packet pick up is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, May 18-19, at Jack in the Box, 655
Redd; or 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line on race
The foundation, established in the name of a
local middle school student killed in a skiing
accident, helps young people in their athletic
activities by providing shoes and other assis-
Fort Bayard Wilderness Run - The 41st
annual 8-mile wilderness run and 5K run and
walk begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the
historic parade grounds of Fort Bayard Medical
Center (off U.S. 180, 5 miles east of Silver City,
N.M.). The challenging and scenic course is on
trails and unpaved roads in the Gila National
Forest. Awards offered for winners of each age
group. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m.
Entry: $25 ($15 without t-shirt). Information:
(575) 388-2325, zianet.com/ftbayardrun. Online
registration (through May 24) at active.com.
Hosted by the Grant County Striders with
sanction of Road Runners Club of America.
Proceeds benefit the Silver High School Cross
Country Team and Aldo Leopold High School.
Historic House run/walk — The 2nd
annual 10K and 5K competitive runs and 5K
and 1 mile fun run and walk are 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 26, at Woman’s Club of El Paso,
1400 N. Mesa, benefiting restoration of the
Woman’s Club historic clubhouse. Information:
Chris Rowley, 478-5663.
Families in Crisis Walk/Run — The Lee
and Beulah Moor Children’s Home hosts the
9th annual 8K competitive race and 1-mile fun
walk 8 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Sunland Park
Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive in
Sunland Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Information: Renee Tanner, 544-8777 or
Running clubs:
• Run El Paso maintains information on local
races at runelpaso.com. Information: Luis
Zaragosa, 543-2017.
• El Paso Triathlon Club is open to everyone
interested in triathlons and similar events,
Information: elpasotriclub.org. Challenge series:
Hash clubs combine trail running with social
(i.e. beer-drinking) activities. See bjhash.com or
elpasohash.com for details
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or many local artists, Downtown El
Paso is a still incomplete canvas.
The Downtown area has seen many gal-
leries and other art venues come and go, as
well as a variety of proposed art districts.
While performing arts have been on an
upswing thanks to the addition of The
Plaza Theatre, continued use of the
Abraham Chavez Theatre and success of
downtown festivals and events, the city is
still working on ways to make the visual
arts more visible in the heart of the city.
Recent success stories include more pub-
lic art in the Downtown area and the cre-
ation of a weekly Downtown Artist
Market. The El Paso Museum of Art has
stepped up the prominence of local and
regional art in its exhibitions. Visual art is
the focus of the annual Chalk the Block
Festival, and is becoming more of a com-
ponent in other performing art events.
One of the biggest hopes for the future of
local art Downtown is the proposed resi-
dential Artspace on Oregon Street.
The driving forces behind a renewal of
the visual arts Downtown include a range
of artists, business owners and city offi-
cials, who believe the creative sector is an
essential element of both economic and
cultural growth.
Planning for the future
When the City of El Paso’s Museums and
Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) cre-
ated its Strategic Agency Plan in 2005, its
first and foremost goal was “to bring the
arts to all El Pasoans.” This included the
promotion and development of the city’s
“creative sector”: artists and cultural
Performing arts-related objectives includ-
ed the continuation and evolution of events
such as Music Under the Stars, and
Alfresco! Fridays, but the visual arts com-
munity was not overlooked. The plan
called for the creation of artist networking
opportunities and the development of a
Public Arts Program. It also sought ways
that creative sector and the city’s economic
development effort could benefit each
The city’s Public Art Program was set
into motion five years ago, and has helped
to establish public art projects in city
squares, parks, traffic roundabouts and
other public areas.
“It’s about place-making,” MCAD Art
Coordinator Patricia Dalbin said. “The
experience of having a piece of public
work in an area can redefine that space.”
Several public art installations have been
dedicated throughout the city in the past
couple of years. Dalbin notes that all of
these have been the result of several
months — or even longer — of hard work
and planning on the part of both the city
and the artists.
“These works just don’t come up
overnight,” she said. “They take a long
time to create.”
One of the most recent pieces dedicated
is the mural “El Paso Port-All” by Juarez-
born and El Paso-raised artist Werc, to be
placed at the Stanton Port of Entry. Dalbin
said works like this do a better job of sum-
ming up the spirit of a city and region than
any words.
One ongoing public art project is the Art
& Sol Project. The project was spearhead-
ed by the private arts organization Impact
Programs of Excellence and later handed
over to MCAD. The project features more
than a dozen large-scale “suns” playing on
El Paso’s “Sun City” reputation, each
made unique by a prominent artist. The
orbs rotate periodically to different areas
of the city, including Downtown spaces
like the El Paso Library’s Main Branch
and the El Paso Convention Center.
“They help us define who we are as a
city and where we are going,” Dalbin said.
“They are expressions of civic pride.”
MCAD has also worked to encourage
further public art ideas by hosting special
events for local artists including a free
Public Art Symposium and networking
event at the Plaza Theatre with guest
speaker Lynn Basa, a Chicago based large-
scale public artist and author of “Public
Art: How to Find and Win Commissions.”
A successful arts community doesn’t just
affect the quality of life in terms of aes-
thetic value, it can be an economic boost
for a city, as confirmed in the latest
Economic Impact Arts and Culture Study
of El Paso, conducted by Americans for
the Arts.
Released in 2007, the study said the total
amount spent by the area’s 65 participating
arts and culture organizations and their
audiences that year was $91.5 million.
“This spending is far-reaching: organiza-
tions pay employees, purchase supplies,
contract for services and acquire assets
within their community,” the report stated.
“These actions, in turn, support jobs, cre-
ate household income and generate rev-
enue to the local and state governments.”
Dalbin said the economic impact will
continue to grow thanks to the city’s ongo-
ing investment in the arts, noting that
“since the last study we’ve increased artis-
tic projects by 66 percent,” Dalbin said.
MCAD Director Sean McGlynn said one
of the most exciting projects in the works
is an affordable live-work space housing
project for artists that he feels is going to
have a “definitive and dramatic impact” on
the pulse of the local arts.
This partnership of the El Paso
Community Foundation, City of El Paso,
and a Minneapolis based, national non-
profit organization called Artspace Projects
will create more than 40 living and work-
ing spaces for artists to help bring them
into downtown.
Artspace, part of a Minneapolis-based
national nonprofit organization that bills
itself as “building better communities
through arts” has created about 45 afford-
able commercial and residential properties
where artists can network, live, work or
exhibit their art in a centralized location.
The El Paso Artspace property in the
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Art in the Heart of El Paso
More public art, art-related events and a place for artists
to live and work together are some of the ways El Paso
hopes to make Downtown a home for the visual arts
Story by Lisa Kay Tate
Above: “Sombras and Luz” is a new public
art project installed at Cleveland Square, cre-
ated by Bill and Mary Buchen.
Center: Artists work on chalk projects at the
fall “Chalk the Block” festival.
Right: Cesar Ivan is an artist who lives and
works downtown.



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works is at the site of the former El Paso
Saddleblanket building at 601 Oregon.
Although there is no set date for the com-
pletion of this project, it has a growing
number of supporters including the Artists’
Communities in the Downtown Core
(AC/DC) volunteer committee who has
conducted feasibility surveys for the space
and El Paso Community Foundation.
The committee’s market survey in
October identified around 400 artists seek-
ing living and working space. The
Artspace goal is to blend 50 to 70 interior
units where artist and their families can
live and work, as well as around 15 roll-up
“kiosk-style micro-galleries” to create an
outdoor artwalk.
“These talented folks will live and work
downtown,” McGlynn said. “The critical
ingredient in creating a vibrant 24/7 envi-
Another MCAD program aiding both
visual and performing artists in the
Downtown area is the “kickstART”
Funding Program, an initiative with the
mission of providing support to El Paso’s
recurring arts, cultural and sporting events
that enrich the area’s quality of life. Those
eligible for this aid must be located in
either the Downtown Cultural District bor-
dered by Durango, Wyoming, Mesa and
Overland, or in the surrounding Downtown
area south of Wyoming from the Union
Plaza area to Octavia.
Visual artists may be best served through
the kickstART Artist Incubator Program
that promoted contributions made by indi-
vidual artists in the community, but other
programs are available for Operating
Support, Project Support and Community
El Paso’s role in serving as an example
for urban and public arts advocacy recently
received a boost when McGlynn was elect-
ed as president of the U.S. Urban Arts
Federation Executive Committee, a com-
mittee within the nonprofit Americans for
the Arts. The committee is an alliance of
the chief executives of local arts agencies
in the nation’s 60 largest cities.
McGlynn credits his election as a direct
reflection on the “talent and dynamism” of
the city’s artist community.
“Specifically, I look at a downtown event
like Chalk the Block (which held its 4th
annual event last October), which features
our local talent,” McGlynn said. “The
backbone of the event is our local artists
who come and transform downtown’s side-
walks into their canvases, and, this year,
took over vacant storefronts and trans-
formed them into pop-up galleries.”
Chalk the Block’s offerings also gained
state and national attention by receiving
awards and recognitions from Texas
Downtown Association and the
International Downtown Association.
“Our artists are extraordinary and folks
all around the country are taking notice,”
McGlynn said.
Making visual artists visible
One of the goals of creating a more arts-
friendly atmosphere Downtown was help-
ing the public to discover not just the
works created by local artists, but giving
them a chance to connect with the artists
themselves. In October 2011, MCAD
launched its Downtown Artist Market in
Union Plaza to do just that as it features 53
local artists showing and selling their
works each week. Booth space is very
inexpensive for the artists ($2 per space
per day).
Artist Market Coordinator Gloria King
said she has seen a great deal of communi-
ty involvement since the market first
opened last fall.
“Most individuals who visit the artist
market tell me that they are ecstatic to see
this (weekly) outdoor event happening in
El Paso,” King said. “I can tell that this
program has in fact been something that
people in El Paso have been waiting for,
for quite some time and I am happy we
can bring this to them.”
King feels the program has definitely
helped revitalize both the local arts scene
and the location of Downtown Artist
Market in Union Plaza, along San
Francisco Street and Anthony Avenue.
The market’s logo, “DWNTWN Artist
Market” maintains a similar look to the
five-year marketing campaign “DWNTWN
El Paso,” funded by the Downtown
Management District. The campaign’s goal
is to help redefine the Downtown area as
an active city center, a goal in which visual
arts will continue to play a part.
She said her goal has been to make the
market accessible and enjoyable for every-
one in the El Paso community, but added it
has been the rapport between participating
artists and the market patrons that really
help to make it soar.
“I think that the key in making any pro-
gram successful is open communication
and team work,” King said. “In my opin-
ion, the artists and the community have
shown so much support which is the rea-
son why this program continues to suc-
Downtown’s museum district, now desig-
nated as the Downtown Cultural District,
has also created venues for visual artists,
including recent public art installations
surrounding El Paso Museum of History in
Cleveland Square and the private exhibit
space Lynx Exhibits’ addition of the El
Paso Artisan Gallery to its lobby area. El
Paso Holocaust Museum and El Paso’s
Downtown Library also regularly feature
visual arts events such as traveling exhibits
or student art shows.
Tom Lea Institute founder Adair Margo
has also made use of the historic Mills
Building on San Jacinto as a temporary
exhibit space such as last year’s exhibit of
rarely seen Tom Lea works from the pri-
vate collection of Peggy and W.E. Wilcox
in the promenade and the “Windows at the
Mills” group show in the building’s lobby
Other Downtown spaces currently being
used for visual arts include the upstairs
Downtown art
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The “Sombras and Luz” public art
project uses a “papel picado” style.
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space at the Glasbox Theatre, La Parada at
the San Carlos Building, and art space at
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, all on Texas
Avenue; the El Paso Art Association’s Art
Junction and its Crossland Gallery on
Paisano; The Percolator café and Lips
Lounge nightclub on Stanton; Loft Light
Gallery on El Paso St; Creative Kids’
OLO Gallery and the Sotoa Gallery, both
in the Union Plaza area.
New venues are also in the works such
as the Second Floor Contemporary Art
Center at 205 E. San Antonio, where both
local and national artists will be represent-
Promoting local artists
According to El Paso Museum of Art
Director Michael Tomor, the museum
remains very aware of promoting local
public arts.
The museum stages 12 to 14 exhibitions
each year from both its permanent collec-
tions and from other sources such as
accredited institutions, reputable art gal-
leries, private collectors or individual
“Approximately one quarter of the (exhi-
bitions) is dedicated to art in the United
States and this is where we meet our inter-
est in exhibiting and educating the public
about the art and ‘urban’ artists of El
Paso,” Tomor said.
In the past five years, the museum has
held solo exhibitions for local and regional
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Downtown art
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Ghosts of arts past
Even with new visual arts opportunities being unveiled in the
Downtown area, Downtown also is haunted by the ghosts of
former galleries, studios and arts projects.
Local artist Cesar Ivan has lived and maintained his studio in
the heart of Downtown El Paso for the past few years and has
seen artists and art venues come and go.
“Some of those artists have moved on to other cities, while
others remain in the shadows in El Paso and a new generation
of young artists have surfaced over the years,” he said.
He said many former Downtown venues were part of a wave
of artists coming into the area in the early 2000s.
After the Bridge Center for Contemporary Art closed back in
2003, a renaissance of sorts was just sprouting in the downtown
area that included the Shine Gallery, Avant Gallery, The Forum,
Art Junction and other makeshift art gatherings in spaces like
the San Carlos Building on Fridays, as well as one-night art
shows in the building where Lynx Exhibits is now located.
Other art venues that closed their doors Downtown in previous
years included the El Paso Independent School District gallery
in the Blue Flame Building and the Americana Museum at the
Convention Center. In more recent years, Adair Margo closed
her gallery to focus on the Tom Lea Institute; and Hal Marcus
downsized his gallery at Mesa and Yandell, then moved it a few
blocks further away on Oregon.
Even though many of these galleries are now gone, Ivan said
their Downtown presence helped influence the city’s current
cultural undertakings.
In 2005, the city scheduled open meetings at the Shine Gallery
on Texas Avenue to present a strategic master plan to revamp
the city’s Arts and Culture Department, which previously had
been known as the Arts Resources Department.
“Representatives of arts organizations who were funded by the
department and an assortment of artists were in attendance with
concerns about the future of the arts in El Paso,” Ivan said.
“The few gallery owners would question how this new master
plan would somehow benefit their galleries and draw people
into downtown. The result was the Arts and Culture Department
was merged with the El Paso Museum of Art under one umbrel-
la now called Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.”
Unfortunately for many of the galleries involved, some artistic
activities funded by the Arts and Culture Department were
eliminated and Ivan said the art galleries then in downtown
were left to fend for themselves.
As some doors closed, however, others opened. City council
adopted a public art ordinance by MCAD in April 2006. This
led to employment opportunities for both national and local
artists through public art projects, as well as the eventual for-
mation of successful Downtown arts-centric events such as
Chalk the Block and the Downtown Artists Market.
As an artist, Ivan said continued support and advocacy from
the community and the city are needed to make sure current
events like the Artist Market don’t become another thing of the
past, like the once-promising Culture Cruise. At one time a city-
wide event, MCAD brought it back as a downtown gallery and
studio tour that lasted only a couple of years.
For example, Ivan said, the Artists Market needs to integrate
better with other events. He noted that little or nothing was
mentioned of the market when the downtown KidsPalooza
event was held in late March. Not many people who attended
the family event in Arts Festival Plaza realized there was a mar-
ket happening just a block or two away in Union Plaza.
“I saw people walking back to their cars and leave, having no
idea that a few streets away they could have included a walk
through the Downtown Artist Market,” he said. “All these
changes are exciting but, without other components at work, I
would hope that it doesn’t turn out to be just another short-lived
renaissance of the downtown arts. The results sometimes are,
one step forward, two steps back.”
Although annual events are a good start, Ivan said people need
to have something more permanent to keep coming back
Downtown. Building owners should also be encouraged to pro-
vide and create affordable studio and/or living space for artists.
This, he said, could help prevent more Downtown buildings
from remaining empty or falling into disrepair.
“People are creatures of habit and unless they know there are
artistic activities as well as places to eat, shop and be enter-
tained, things will remain the same,” he said.
artists, including both former and current
El Paso residents such as Jose Cisneros,
Tom Lea, Hari Kidd, Michael Berman,
Woody Crumbo, Annabel Livermore,
Gabriel Villa, Gaspar Enriquez, and James
Drake. The museum also staged a ten-year
review of the work of El Pasoan Margarita
Cabrera, a two-person exhibition featuring
the work of El Paso artists Susie Davidoff
and Rachelle Thiewes.
In addition, Tomor said the group shows
also center on El Paso artists both in the
past and present including last year’s “Into
the Desert Light: Early El Paso Artists
1850-1960,” and this summer’s upcoming
“Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Artists 1960-
He said regionally focused exhibits such
as the “Border Biennial/Bienal Fronteriza
2010,” held at both El Paso Museum of
Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad
Juarez, has allowed the museum to discuss
trends-in-common among El Paso artists
and their colleagues.
“Each demonstrates the roll of El Paso
art in the region, state and country as well
as providing an opportunity for the artists
to participate as a lecturer during educa-
tion programs highlighting their contribu-
tion to the arts,” he said.
He added the museum’s quarterly rotat-
ing “Artists on Art” talks featuring local
artists are scheduled where an El Paso
artist’s work is featured in the Museum’s
upstairs sculpture gallery.
Permanent and rotating displays by El
Paso’s most famous artists from Tom Lea
to Manuel Acosta are also a museum
Cesar Ivan, downtown artist
Local artist and musician Cesar Ivan,
who maintains his home and studio in the
Downtown area, has long been an advo-
cate for the local visual arts community,
especially since he understands the need
for artists to have a suitable space for their
“It’s interesting to see young artists pop
up in downtown with that enthusiastic
devotion, looking to display their artwork
on the any wall space available,” he said.
Although Ivan has seen many galleries
come and go, but he believes the need for
artists to have a place they can use as a
creative outlet is imperative.
“Artist of all sorts continue to come into
downtown looking to either showcase their
artwork, music, dance, writings or to find
studio/living space or simply for social
gatherings at art related venues,” he said.
Ivan said he tries to be a part of as many
area arts projects as he can, including pub-
lic art commissions, participating in
exhibits and contributing his ideas and
opinions on arts-related projects or events.
“Anyone that has known me over the
years, can attest to that,” he said. “I contin-
ue to maintain an art studio downtown and
make work that is exhibited at different art
venues, this includes the making of my
calaca (skeleton) marionettes that I set up
to sell during Chalk the Block and even
was featured as part of the Smithsonian
Virtual Art Museum in Washington D.C.”
Ivan will also be part of the Museum of
Art’s “Inquisitive Eyes” exhibit and
recently completed a public art project for
the Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center on
701 Montana with MCAD in which he
redesigned the whole open courtyard with
new stained concrete, mosaic tile, concrete
tables, seating and metal tree sculptures.
He said if given the opportunity and
approval, he would do even more.
“I’ve tried to pitch an idea of sealed rust-
ed metal design tables that could be
anchored down to the concrete sidewalks,
like in front of coffee establishments, so
that people can stop and eat, drink, play
chess or just sit,” he said. “I’ve yet to see
anyone take me up on my offer. Some peo-
ple just don’t see what I see, while others
can’t afford to invest when they are just
getting by in downtown.”
Merging of the arts
Downtown events concentrating on other
disciplines like the performing arts have
made an effort to incorporate visual arts in
their programming, as the allure for bring-
ing more art Downtown continues to
Chalk the Block found its niche allowing
arts of all types to come together in one
weekend, from performing arts, live
music, theatre and sidewalk artists and
other visual arts from fine artists to folk
arts and contemporary arts installations.
The visual arts are becoming part of other
downtown events as well.
The Neon Desert Music Festival live
music event, which drew more than 10,000
fans during last year’s inaugural event, has
added a High School Art Competition with
cash prizes awarded to area students as
well as an opportunity to show off their
work in an art exhibit featured during the
“We want people from all over the coun-
try to know what El Paso has to offer in
regards to many genres in the arts,” festi-
val representative Lizette Porras said. “We
couldn’t think of a better way than to have
our young talent showcase in the heart of
our city. There is so much talent here,
we’re just trying to help aid its exposure.”
Porras said the response to the contest
has been so overwhelming they decided to
change their original “one entry per high
school” guideline to allow more students
from each school to participate.
“As soon as word got out, however, there
were multiple students — and teams of
students — from the same high school
wanting to participate,” Porras said. “We
simply could not turn them down, and
decided to change the guidelines. Needless
to say, we began accepting work from any
high school student or students who want-
ed to be a part of our competition.”
Merging of the arts is one of the things
the Glasbox, a creative arts space at 1500
Texas, concentrates on regularly.
Glasbox’s name refers to its “transparency;
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Downtown Art
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Plaza de los Lagartos by Luis Jimenez
is one of the most prominent public art
installations downtown.
as a facility that allows all types of art dis-
ciplines to mingle together through dance,
music, theatre, spoken word and visual
Artist Chris Bevins, one of the driving
forces behind Glasbox, said he considers
all forms of creative expressions as artistic
equals, both in the visual and performing
“Although my background is in the visu-
al arts, I have never seen them as superior
to, nor even essentially distinct from any
other creative form,” Bevins said. “This is
my personal outlook and it is not necessar-
ily a popular viewpoint for many reasons.
But I have always encouraged a more
holistic approach to the creative process.”
He did say, however, the importance of
visual arts as a specialized component in
that process can’t be disputed, and should-
n’t be overlooked by performers and audi-
ences of other artistic genres. In contrast,
he said musical, dance, and theatrical
groups usually share the spotlight at
Glasbox with art objects, either as back-
drops, props, or costumes. In addition,
Bevins said Glasbox audiences rarely wit-
ness the events from a “detached perspec-
tive,” as participation with the performers
is routinely welcome.
“Most of the events that happen at
Glasbox tend to ignore traditional distinc-
tions between disciplines, in any sense
other than the strictly pragmatic, but I usu-
ally caution those who approach things
from a non-visual arts background not to
ignore the visual aspect of their show,” he
said. “The visual arts are a set of tools that
are simply too powerful not to use. Art
objects also have a unique capacity to
carry within themselves a narrative, inde-
pendent of the time element.”
Bevins said he is now starting to see the
arts community come together more
through some of the Downtown efforts.
“The multiple mural projects, Chalk the
Block, and the Artspace project are all
promising signs that the diffuse El Paso art
community is beginning to see the down-
town area as a logical and viable focal
point,” he said. “Artistic collaboration,
inspiration and cross pollination will all be
enhanced through this focus.”
He said one of the most vital things area
residents can do to help local visual artist is
simple: buy local art.
He emphasized he would never advocate
someone purchasing something they don’t
want or avoiding buying art by out-of-town
artists, but he said those in the market for
art should try to look at the work of artists
in the El Paso region first when in the mar-
He added the El Paso art community is
much broader than many people thing
think. Purchasing works locally is, in a
sense, a “vote” for the city’s artistic future.
“There is a pervasive and well-founded
frustration among El Paso Artists that if
they want to survive they either have to
export their art or export themselves to
other markets,” he said. “There is a perva-
sive and ill-founded perception among
many El Pasoans that ‘if it grew up in our
back yard, it must be a weed.’ This is sim-
ply not statistically defensible given the
current demographics of our region.”
Bevins believes Glasbox does do its share
of “heavy lifting” in supporting the work of
as many local artists as possible, but he
feels all artists, art projects, galleries and
events need go beyond only focusing on
their own pursuits and better call attention
to and promote each other’s efforts.
“We will grow together, or not at all,” he
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Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center in
downtown El Paso.
ust a few days before this issue of El
Paso Scene went to press, I received
an email from Pat Campbell letting
me know that her husband, Dick, had
died April 17 after coming down with
pneumonia. He was 84 years old.
Richard Campbell wrote the
“Becoming Bicultural” column for El
Paso Scene for over 16 years. The col-
umn was an outgrowth of his book,
“Two Eagles in the Sun,” which in turn
was the product of his many years work-
ing amid the Hispanic culture of the
Southwest. The book was a reference
guide covering nearly every aspect of
Hispanic life, from “abrazo” to
We met when his book first came out
and the Scene helped sponsor a book-
signing event. The topics in the book
lent themselves easily to a newspaper
column format, so we launched
“Becoming Bicultural” in Novmber
1995. Over the years, the column tack-
led a broad range of subjects, including
hot topics such as healthcare, globaliza-
tion and immigration. The column also
struck a lighter note as well, such as hol-
iday traditions and foods, the history of
chocolate and favorite dichos (proverbs).
In his early life, Dick was an unlikely
candidate to become an expert on
Hispanic culture. He grew up in Grand
Rapids, Mich., became a Methodist min-
ister and pastored congregations in his
home state. Then in 1961 his life took a
new direction when he was called to a
church in Española, N.M., where he
remained for 17 years. He arrived in El
Paso in 1978 to serve as chaplain and
religious studies teacher at Lydia
Patterson Institute. He retired in 1992
and remained an active volunteer with
the Houchen Community Center. In
2004, Dick and Pat moved to
Albuquerque to be closer to family.
Most people who read his column in
the Scene probably never realized he
was a retired minister, yet it was obvious
that the column was another avenue of
ministry for him. Both his book and the
“Becoming Bicultural” column were his
way of encouraging people to under-
stand each other, and to even go the
extra mile of appreci-
ating each other. He
came to the
Southwest as a
stranger to Hispanic
culture, and
embraced it so fully
that it became his
lifelong passion.
If you met Dick,
you might have
guessed he was either a
minister or maybe a professor. He was
gracious and humble, but also a bit of a
perfectionist. He would send in his
columns well in advance, but he could
not resist reviewing them and then send-
ing me one or two revisions. His last
column is on Page 39 of this issue.
He did not reveal much about himself
in his columns over all these years. The
one that struck me as the most revealing
was when he wrote about his unconven-
tional approach to improving his
Spanish after a few years of living in
New Mexico. He made arrangements for
a 15-year-old Costa Rican boy to come
live with his family. Within months the
boy was speaking English so well the
teenager lost his usefulness as a Spanish
tutor. He lived with the Campbells two
years, and eventually became a physi-
cian. Two of the boy’s brothers would
later take their turns living two years
each with the Campbell family, which
by then was part of an extended family
merged with their Costa Rican one.
I decided that this column was the
appropriate place to pay tribute to Dick,
because he was one of those people who
truly lived out his faith. He shared his
gospel by listening to, understanding
and appreciating others.
Randy Limbird is editor of
El Paso Scene. Comments?
Send to randy@epscene.com
by Randy Limbird
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El Paso Zoo — 4001 E. Paisano. Zoo sum-
mer entrance hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
daily. Zoo admission is $10 for ages 13 to 61;
$7.50 for ages 62 and older and active duty mil-
itary (including spouse) with ID; $6 ages 3 to
12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo mem-
bers admitted free. Information: 532-8156,
521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
The new Giraffe Encounter feedings are 11 to
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and
Sundays. Token sales begin one half hour before
feeding times. Cost: $2 per token.
“African Star” Train ride tickets are $2 plus tax
($1.50 for children and society members).
Daily activities for Year of the Bat in 2012
include bat games, arts and crafts, bat enrich-
ment programs and more.
“Get Moving” encounters with the California
Sea Lion Training are 10:50 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.
Asian Elephant Training Encounters scheduled
at noon daily.
Meerkat Enrichment presentations are 2:15
p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday.
Arbor Day —The City of El Paso Parks and
Recreation Department will celebrate Texas
Arbor Day at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, at
Nations Tobin Park, 8831 Railroad. The public
is invited to join in the celebration of planting
and nurturing of trees, featuring guest City
Council representative Susie Byrd and Master
of Ceremonies Parks and Recreation Director
Nanette Smejkal. Information: 541-4331.
FloraFest 2012 — The UTEP Centennial
Museum’s annual native plant sale is 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at the
museum, Wiggins and University. Nursery-
grown native trees, shrubs, flowering perenni-
als and other plants will be sold. Proceeds ben-
efit the museum’s Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.
Customers may bring their own wagons.
Admission is free. Information: 747-5565 or
Celebrate Urban Birds — A celebration
of the 20th year of International Migratory Bird
Day is 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Jenna
Welch and Laura Bush Community Library on
the EPCC Northwest campus, 6701 S. Desert
Blvd. campus, as part of its Northwest Family
Literacy Center grand opening. Refreshments
provided. Information: 831-8840 or
With the financial assistance of The Cornell
Lab of Ornithology Celebrate Urban Birds
Mini-Grant, the library provides native plants,
hummingbird and seed stations and fresh water
features to attract urban birds to the Children’s
Reading Garden.
Workshops include bird species viewing and
recognition, bird-friendly landscaping and plant
identification, and how to create artistic water
features out of recyclable and low-cost materi-
El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
— The Society’s general meeting is 7 p.m.
Monday, May 21, at El Paso Garden Center,
3105 Grant. Eddie and Lucretia Chew will
present “Birds of Belize,” their impressions of
the country and photographs. Birds pho-
tographed include jabiru (stork), red-lored par-
rot, magnificent frigatebird, and bat falcon.
Places visited were Belize City, Monkey Bay,
Caye Caulker and Crooked Tree. Admission is
free. Non-members welcome; refreshments
served. Information: Eddie Chew, 587-9589 or
The annual Birdathon weekend of birding and
fundraising id Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6.
See separate listing below.
The society hosts field trips to various birding
sites in the region. Non-members and guests
welcome on all field trips. Information: Mark
Perkins, 637-3521 or mperkins@elp.rr.com.
• An all day trip Percha & Caballo Dam State
Parks birding hot spots departs via carpool at 7
a.m. Saturday, April 28, from the Shell station
at I-10 and Transmountain. Caballo always has
gulls and other water birds. Percha should have
Vermillion Flycatchers and Summer Tanagers.
• A trip to Memorial & Arroyo Parks departs at
7 a.m. Saturday, May 12, from the Memorial
Park Garden Center. Warbler migration should
be in full swing and the orioles, vireos and tan-
agers should have arrived. Arroyo Park may
have flycatchers and Gambel’s Quail.
• A weekend trip to Chiricahua Mountains and
Southeastern Arizona is May 25-28, to look for
blue-throated and magnificent hummingbirds,
sulfur-bellied flycatchers, painted redstarts, yel-
low-eyed juncos and elegant trogon. Camping
available at Cave Creek and lodging at Cave
Creek Ranch. Call for itinerary.
• A trip to Rio Bosque Park in El Paso’s Lower
Valley is Saturday, June 9. The Rio Bosque
Park is noted for being the westernmost point
of migration for the painted bunting. There may
also be burrowing owls, Harris’s hawk, white-
tailed kite, Mississippi kite and possibly a west-
ern screech owl. Meeting place to be deter-
• A weekend trip to Gila National Forest and
the Glenwood and Luna areas is June 22-24,
with birding at the Pueblo Campground Friday
to look for mountain chickadee, steller’s jays
and cassin’s kingbird. Meet at 11 a.m. Saturday
at the Ranger Station at the south end of
Glenwood to visit the Luna-Reserve area, the
catwalk and more. At least five people must be
signed up for this trip.
Birdathon! 2012 — The El Paso/Trans-
Pecos Audubon Society is sponsoring its annual
weekend of birding and fundraising Saturday
and Sunday, May 5-6. Volunteers raise money
by collecting pledges for each species spotted
during a single 24-hour blitz. Participating spon-
sors and counters will be eligible for drawings
and prizes. Everyone is welcome to be part of
the “Birdathon Flock.” Information: Jane
Fowler, 598-2448 or Eddie Chew, 587-9589.
The annual potluck dinner for all participants
is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at 813 Montclair Dr.
Las Cruces Tour of Gardens — The 17th
annual Las Cruces Tour of Gardens hosted by
Desert Daubers and Mesilla Valley Garden
Clubs of Las Cruces is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, at six Las Cruces area gar-
dens. This year’s home are located behind “A”
Mountain. Proceeds benefit garden-related
beautification and educational projects in the
community. Visitors may begin the tour in any
garden; signs will identify the gardens. No toilet
facilities available at the homes on the tour.
Children should be supervised, as many plants
are fragile and some may be poisonous.
Tickets: $7 (free for children 12 and younger).
Available in advance in Las Cruces at Enchanted
Gardens, 270 Avenida de Mesilla, or during the
tour at any of the homes. Information: (575)
TecH2O Volunteer Orientation —
TecH2O Water Resources Learning Center,
10751 Montana, hosts a free orientation for
individuals age 16 or older interested in volun-
teering 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
Volunteers help in leading and assisting with
tours, activities, and presentations, as well as
for special events, educational outreach in the
community and schools, summer camp, and
after-school programs. Topics include water
resources, conservation and treatment, the
Chihuahuan Desert and Rio Grande watershed.
Information: Diane Perez, 621-2008 or
deperez@epwu.org. Web: tech2o.org.
‘Texas: The State of Water’ — El Paso
Water Utilities hosts a free viewing of the docu-
mentary produced by the Texas Department of
Parks and Wildlife 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday,
May 26, at TecH2O Water Resources Learning
Center; 10751 Montana. The film is an in-depth
study of the current state of water resources in
the rapidly growing state and examines local
issues throughout the state to increase aware-
ness of the varied and complex demands being
made on Texas aquifers, rivers and bays.
Information: 621-2008, deperez@epwu.org or
White Sands Science Symposium —
The two-day event on scientific research at
White Sands National Monument (WSNM)
Thursday and Friday, June 7-8, at Days Inn and
Suites Mesilla Valley Conference Center, 901
Avenida de Mesilla, in Las Cruces. Lectures,
panel discussions and a poster session will
showcase research from a diversity of scien-
tists. Information: Erica Rosemblum, rosen-
The Science Symposium seeks to encourage
new collaborations among White Sands
researchers, highlight recent discoveries at
WSNM for the general public, and synthesize
recent findings into a “state of the science
report” that can be used by WSNM for staff
trainings and interpretive programming.
First Friday film screenings — Southwest
Environmental Center, 275 N. Main in Las
Cruces, hosts free screenings of environmental-
ly-themed films with popcorn and juice at 7:30
p.m. the first Friday of the month. Admission is
free, but space is limited. Call for schedule.
Information: (575) 522-5552 or
Municipal Rose Garden — The garden at
3418 Aurora (at Copia), opens to the public 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 30, except for
official holidays. The gardenias many types of
roses at the sprawling park area with a water-
fall, shade canopy and many other amenities.
Admission is free. Information/rentals: El Paso
Parks and Recreation, 541-4331.
Franklin Mountains State Park - The
24,000-acre park extends north from the heart
of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The
highest point is North Mt. Franklin, 7,192 feet
above sea level.
Most hiking and mountain-biking trails begin in
the Tom Mays area, off Transmountain Road on
the west side of the park (east of I-10).
Entry fees are $5 per person, free for age 12
and under (with family). Group rates available.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information:
Guided hikes are offered at 8 a.m. selected
weekends, unless listed otherwise. Cost is $3
($1 ages 5-12; under 5 free), plus $5 park entry
fee for ages 13 and older. Reservations
required: 566-6441 ext. 21. or
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• Anthony’s Cave Caving Trip — Saturday,
May 5: Anthony’s Cave Caving Trip. Difficult
hike; must be in good physical condition, not
claustrophobic and experienced in hiking. Space
is limited to six people.
• Mine Shaft Exploration hike — Sunday, May
6, beginning at the West Cottonwood Springs
Trailhead. Easy to moderate hike and explo-
ration with initial short belly crawl through the
• Women’s Only hike — Thursday, May 10,
departing from the Nature Walk Trailhead in
the Tom Mays Unit. Easy.
Camping in the Tom Mays Area of the park,
with both traditional tent sites and RV areas
(no hookups). Site fee is $8 (limit of four
campers), plus the park entrance fee.
Picnicking in the Tom Mays Area, with picnic
tables and restrooms that are accessible to the
No ground fires are permitted.
Rio Bosque Wetlands Park — UTEP’s
Center for Environmental Resource
Management offers free guided walking tours
and other activities at Rio Bosque Wetlands
Park in El Paso’s Mission Valley. Tours last about
two hours. Information: 747-8663 or rio-
bosque.org. Upcoming events:
• Bird Tour, 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6.
• A Community Workday is 8 to 11 a.m.,
Saturday, May 19.
• Introductory Tour, 8 a.m. Sunday, May 20.
• Monthly faunal monitoring is 7 to 10 a.m.,
Saturday, May 26.
Meeting place is a bridge crossing Riverside
Canal. Take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan
American Drive, turn left and travel 1.5 miles.
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
Site — The site is famed for many Native
American rock paintings and unique geology.
Summer hours (beginning May 1) are 8 a.m. to
6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to
7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission: $7
(free for children 12 and younger). Additional
activity cost for tours (including morning hike):
$2 (free for age 4 and younger). Information:
857-1135 or texasstateparks.gov. Reservations
are recommended for the self-guided area and
for camping: (512) 389-8900.
Tours offered Wednesday through Sunday, by
prior arrangement at 849-6684. Participants
must carry at least one bottle of water per per-
Pictograph, rock climbing/bouldering and hik-
ing tours are 9 and 11 a.m. through the sum-
mer, by request only.
Birding tours are 7 a.m. on the third Saturday
of the month (May 19). Advance sign-up
To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S.
Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco
Mountains then turn left on Ranch Road 2775.
North Mountain is available for self-guided
day use, for up to 70 people at a time; reserva-
tions recommended. There is an annual orien-
tation program for visitors. Guided access is
offered to the rest of the site.
Area hiking websites —A variety of
organizations in the El Paso/Las Cruces area
offers hiking opportunities. Hikes typically are
rated as easy, moderate, or strenuous. Solo or
new hikers are welcome.
• Meetup.com offers a variety of groups for all
activities, including the El Paso hiking meetup
club (meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking) and the Las
Cruces hiking meetup club (meetup.com/hik-
• El Paso Ridgewalkers — The group posts its
hikes at elpasoridgewalkers.com. Or contact
Carol Brown at 630-1424.
• Celebrations of Our Mountains now offers an
ongoing calendar of hiking and related events at
• elpasonaturally is a blog by Jim Tolbert on
various environmental topics, with a calendar
of events that also includes the Sunrise Hikers
Tuesday morning group. See
elpasonaturally.blogspot.com or contact tol-
• The El Paso chapter of the Sierra Club posts
its hikes at sierraclub.org/elpaso.
• Outdoorelpaso.com offers an interactive
map, of El Paso County hiking and running
trails, calendar of events and more.
Information: 546-2098 or epcounty.com.
Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso
Desert Botanical Garden — 4200
Doniphan (across from Frontera). Hours are 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission: $3 (free for members). Information:
584-0563, keystoneheritagepark.org or elpa-
The park’s 2-acre Botanical Garden, funded
by the Rotary Club of El Paso and the Junior
League, features native plants, amphitheater,
butterfly garden, wedding garden, children’s
maze, and a Butterfly House.
Keystone Heritage Park has 189 species of
migratory and local birds, and a 4,500-year-old
archaeological site.
The site is open for bird watching 9:30 a.m.
to noon the second and last Saturday of the
Keystone’s Chihuahuan Desert Experience
(immediately west of the wetland) is open daily
from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for walking and
bird watching.
Natural History Outings — The
Southwest Environmental Center of Las Cruces
offers several “Back by Noon” Saturday field
trips departing on selected Saturdays from the
center at 275 Downtown Mall. The family-
friendly outings showcase some of natural fea-
tures of the Las Cruces/El Paso area led by an
regional expert in wildlife, plant life, art or
other field. Hikes range in difficulty from “easy”
to “strenuous.” Usual departure time is 8 a.m.
Bring sturdy shoes, water and a hat. Binoculars
recommended. The outings are open to the
public, but space is limited. Advance registra-
tion required. Information/reservations: (575)
522-5552 or Lauren@wildmesquite.org. Trip
details: wildmesquite.org.
• April 28 — Medicinal plants of Dripping
Springs with Deborah Brandt
• May 5 — Fire Ecology discussion with Pat
• May 12 — Rio Bosque and Border Fence
with John Sproul.
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park —
5000 Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Summer hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. All
events free with park admission. Day use fee:
$5 per vehicle ($40 annual pass). Information:
(575) 523-4398.
• A Native Plant Tour is 9 a.m. Saturday, May
5, led by Ranger LuAnn Kilday.
• A Home “Tweet” Home look at Birds as
Builders talk with Master Naturalist Sylvia
Hacker is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the
• A Photo Clip Exhibit hosted by Friends of
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park and Doña Ana
Camera Club opens Saturday, May 19.
Dress accordingly for all hikes; wear close-
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• Birding tours are 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5,
12, 19 and 26, led by park volunteers.
• Ranger-led Nature Hikes are 6 p.m. every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Summer camps for grades 3-5 are June 18-
21 (Summer Nature Camp) and June 25-29
(Naturalist Camp). Early registration encour-
aged as space is limited.
Aguirre Spring Campground — The
Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the
federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S.
70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Day-use
fee is $3 per vehicle. Information, group reser-
vations: (575) 525-4300.
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park —
The park, part of Asombro Institute for Science
Education, is northeast of Las Cruces, off
Jornada Road. Admission is free; donation box
at trailhead. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. Information: (575)
524-3334 or asombro.org.
Dripping Springs Natural Area — The
recreational area is at the base of the Organ
Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road,
about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area
includes the A.B. Cox Visitors’ Center, several
hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area.
The visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Access to the main trail to Dripping Springs is 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. and the park is closed promptly
at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets
allowed (except for assistance animals).
Information: (575) 522-1219.
White Sands National Monument —
The glistening gypsum dunes are about 15 miles
southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Monument hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. through
May 24; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 25-Sept. 3.
Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
through Sept. 9.
Entrance fee: $3 age 17 and older. Free for
children. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236
or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to
Sunset strolls are offered daily beginning at
6:45 p.m. through May 11, 7 p.m. May 12-
Aug. 5.
A Full Moon Hike is 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May
5. Admission is free with monument admission,
but space is limited. Reservations accepted
online two weeks in advance.
The first Full Moon Night summer program of
the season is 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the
amphitheatre. This month’s presentation is
about the famous gambling hall of Doña Tules.
This month’s Lake Lucero tour is 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 26. Reservations required
(accepted online only). Cost is $3 per adult;
$1.50 age 16 and under.
The Adventure Rangers safety and survival
skills nature hikes are 5 p.m. Saturdays, May
26-Sept. 2, at the Dunes Life Nature Trail for
ages 8-12 accompanied by parent.
“Skins and Skulls” mammal identification talks
are 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through
May 20 and daily May 26-Sept. 2, in the
Visitor Center.
Map Talks are 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and
Sunday through May 20 and daily May 26-
Sept. 2.
Crafty Kids craft and interpretive programs
are 10 a.m. Sundays for ages 6-10. Parents wel-
come to participate.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park — The
park is about 160 miles east of El Paso, off the
Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information:
(575) 785-2232 or nps.gov/cave.
Winter hours(through May 24) are 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. daily; tours available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Last entry into cave via natural entrance is
2 p.m. with last entry into cave via elevator
3:30 p.m. Summer hours (May 25-Sept. 3) are
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; tours available 8:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. Last entry into cave via natural
entrance is 3:30 p.m. with last entry into cave
via elevator 4 p.m.
Summer Night Programs begin in June, with a
viewing of Venus in transit Tuesday, June 5, and
a Star Party Saturday, June 16. Call for times.
Elevator renovations will continue through the
summer months; visitors taking elevator
entrance should expect longer waits.
Plan 3-1/2 hours for a walk-in tour and 1-1/2
hours for Big Room tour. Cost is $6 ($3 for
ages 6-15 or seniors with discount card). The
park’s audio self-guided tour is $3 extra (also
available in Spanish).
The “bat season” generally lasts from late May
through mid-October. Daily bat flight talks
(about 15 minutes long) are offered just before
sunset at the amphitheatre outside the natural
entrance. Then — bats willing — visitors are
treated to the sunset spectacle of clouds of bats
flying out of the cave entrance.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National
Monument — 44 miles north of Silver City
on NM Highway 15, the dwellings are in the
middle of the majestic Gila Wilderness,
Entrance fee: $3 per person; $10 per family.
Information: (575) 536-9461 or nps.gov/gicl.
The trail to the cliff dwellings is open from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. year round. Everyone must be
off the trail by 5 p.m. Visitor center is open 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visitors for the 1 p.m. guided tour, which
begins at the cliff dwellings, need to arrive at
the trailhead by at least 12:30 p.m. to walk up
the trail to the dwellings.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to
Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the
highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749
feet. Entry fee: $5 for ages 16 and older, good
for one week and all trails. Camping is $8 per
site per night. Information: (915) 828-3251.
The park’s headquarters, visitors’ center and
museum are at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (open until 6
p.m. beginning May 26). Camping for tents and
RVs, a nature trail, and ruins of the Butterfield
Overland Mail Station are nearby. McKittrick
Canyon Visitor’s Center is seven miles east of
Pine Springs, and offers nature, canyon and
geology trails.
On the north side of the park, accessible by a
110-mile drive around Carlsbad Caverns, is
Dog Canyon Visitor Center and Campground.
New Mexico State Parks — Day-use fee
is $5 when visiting any state park. Camping
fees: $8 for primitive site; $10 for developed
site (electrical hookup $4 extra). All programs
are free with park entrance, unless otherwise
listed. Information: (575) 744-5998 or
• Oliver Lee State Park, Highway 54 south of
Alamogordo at the Dog Canyon turnoff. Most
hikes depart from the Visitor Center.
Information: (575) 437-8284.
A Water Trail Walk is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday,
May 12.
Heritage Preservation Days activities are 1 to
4 Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13.
A sky tour of Saturn in Virgo is 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12.
• Rockhound State Park, five miles south of
Deming on State Road 11 and then east on
Rockhound Road (State Road 141) for nine
miles. Day hours: 7:30 a.m. to sunset.
Information: (575) 546-6182.
Stars-N-Parks Program is 8:30 p.m. Saturday,
May 12.
Music in the Park is 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19,
with Deming country/rock trio Three’s
• Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M.,
State Roads 11 and 9. Day use hours: 7 a.m. to
9 p.m. Information: (575) 531-2711.
Heritage Preservation Month events are 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Stephen F.
Watson, Kirtland AFB archivist, will talk about
the role of aviation during the Punitive
Expedition, and Harlan Geronimo, great-grand-
son of Geronimo, will talk about the use of the
Chiricahua and Gila mountains by the Apache
• Caballo Lake State Park, 60 miles north of
Las Cruces on Interstate 25. Information: (575)
527-8386. Storytelling and music with Native
American Storyteller and musician Ernie
Dogwolf Lavato, harmonica player Neil
Hasslacher and military historian Earl Watters
are 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
• Percha Dam State Park, 60 miles north of Las
Cruces on Interstate 25. Information: (575)
744-5998. Storytelling and music with Ernie
Dogwolf Lavato, Neil Hasslacher and Earl
Watters is 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and
May 26.
• Elephant Butte Lake State Park —
Information: (575) 744-5998.
The season opener and archery tournament is
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 4-
6. Prizes awarded to top shooters in different
American Bass Association Team Tournament
is 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
The Fly Freedom’s Flag Boat Parade is 10 a.m.
Saturday, May 26, from Damsite Marina. Boats
decked out in red, white and blue will go to
Marina del Sur, where ceremonial wreaths will
be dropped in the lake honoring our nation’s
• City of Rocks State Park, north of Deming off
U.S. 180. Information: (575) 536-2800. A
“Rattlesnake Myths” presentation is 3 to 4 p.m.
every Saturday.
Alameda Park Zoo — Alameda Park, 1321
North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70),
Alamogordo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Admission: $2.50 ($1.50 ages 3-11 and 60 and
older; free for ages 2 and younger).
Information: (575) 439-4290.
The annual Community Earth Day event is
Saturday, April 28. Admission is free.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State
Park — Carlsbad, N.M. Admission: $5 ($3
ages 7-12; free for 6 and under). Summer
hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last entry at 3:30 p.m.).
Information: (575) 887-5516.
The 25th annual Mescal Roast and Mountain
Spirit Dances are Thursday through Sunday,
May 3-6. Admission to the feast dinner and
dances is $15 Friday and Saturday; seating is
limited to 300.
To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad;
follow signs to the park.
While most zoos feature exotic animals from
faraway countries, Living Desert offers visitors
an up-close look at the mammals, reptiles and
birds that inhabit the Chihuahuan Desert.
A large greenhouse is devoted to succulents
and cactus from around the world. The head-
quarters building includes exhibits on minerals,
history, archaeology and other subjects.
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Editor’s note: Richard Campbell, who
began this column in 1995, died April
17, 2012. He submitted this column at
the end of February. Please see this
month’s “El Paso Fishnet” column for
more about him.
oon after we moved to
Albuquerque in 2004, I presented
in the “El Paso Scene” a compari-
son between El Paso and Albuquerque,
two cities so very important in my life.
Now, nine years later, here is version
two. Now I understand what the simi-
larities and differences might mean.
Histories: Both have footprints of
Native American tribes, Spanish con-
quistadors, Mexican settlers,
Confederate soldiers, and American
Origins: El Paso began in the mid-
1600s, Albuquerque in 1706, quite
close together. Each had a wild adoles-
cence until both grew into adulthood.
Location: Both cities straddle the Rio
Grande. Mountains hover over both.
Size: The two cities are quite similar in
size, neither sprawling metropolis nor
small town.
Street names: Street signs everywhere
sing picturesque Spanish titles.
Climate: Both cities celebrate bright
sunshine, low humidity, mild winters,
spring sandstorms and hot summers.
Water: Both desert cities face serious
future water shortages.
Poverty: Large populations in each city
live below the poverty level.
Social issues: Both struggle with crime,
drunken drivers, gangs, and drugs.
The differences are significant also.
Name: El Paso began as El Paso del
Río del Norte, or “The Pass of the
River of the North,” after a Spanish
conquistador crossed the river in 1598.
Albuquerque’s name honors a Spanish
duke from Alburquerque, a city in
Spain, a name spelled later without the
pesky first “r” — so Anglos could pro-
nounce it.
Location: The Rio Grande meanders
alongside El Paso and makes an inter-
national border. Juárez lies on the other
side. From high elevations one can
view three states and two countries. But
Albuquerque is further north on the
same river, far away from any state or
international border.
Elevation: El Paso is only 3,800 feet
above sea level, while Albuquerque
rises to 5,312 feet, 6,700 in the
Crime: Despite nearby Juárez violence,
El Paso is one of the safest cities in the
nation. A decade ago, Albuquerque’s
crime rate was a true concern, but has
improved significantly today.
One huge difference: That difference
is Hispanic presence and influence.
Instead of Hispanics (often called
Hispanos in New Mexico) at nearly 48
percent in Albuquerque, in El Paso it’s
82 percent Hispanics, and rising.
Albuquerque: In one poll Albuquerque
rates third best place to live in the U.S.
for Hispanics. Hispanics, though, are
not as widely scattered throughout the
city as in El Paso and are most concen-
trated in the southwestern part of the
city. That explains why, except for the
southwest area, one hears very little
Spanish on the streets or in the stores.
When Spanish is spoken, however, it
could be traditional Spanish, the caló of
the Chicano barrio, Spanglish or north-
ern New Mexico’s uniquely archaic
15th century Don Quixote Spanish.
Some Hispanics neither speak nor
understand the tongue of their fathers.
In small towns just north of
Albuquerque, a small group of
Penitente men conduct 200-year-old rit-
uals and customs during Holy Week.
“Burque” boasts the internationally
known Hispanic Cultural Center that
presents programs in Hispanic arts,
drama, music, dance, and film. Down in
Old Town, the arrangement is Spanish
colonial: historic central plaza, sur-
rounded by restaurants and shops, with
the San Felipe de Neri Church (est.
1793) across the plaza.
El Paso: Juárez refugees fleeing to El
Paso have made parts of the city look
even more Mexican. Sixty-one percent
of the businesses are Hispanic. Spanish
language Mexican radio and television
are more dominant, including telenove-
las (soap operas), commercials, news,
and sports (especially boxing). Many
store signs are in Spanish. Spanish is
spoken everywhere.
Beyond the language, the city express-
es an unmistakable Hispanic influence.
Architecture might be Spanish style or
Mexican-style adobe. In the barrios and
with families who maintain their her-
itage, one will find the old traditions
and customs, especially during the
Christmas season. Bakeries always
offer tasty Mexican bolillos (rolls) and
sweet goods. Chile is the dominant fla-
vor, and nearly every menu includes
enchiladas red or green, tamales, burri-
tos, chile rellenos, mole, tres leches,
flan and more. Drinkers wash down the
food with margaritas, Mexican beer or
Mexican coffee.
Important? Acculturated Hispanics may
not relate to these differences. They are
comfortable in either culture or either
city. But, what about those others who
need a kind of community where they
feel culturally comfortable? For them,
this “Tale of Two Cities,” might help
some Hispanics understand why they
live where they do and why they “feel
at home.”
A Tale of Two
Museum Scavenger Hunt — The El Paso
museum collective’s 4th annual hunt is May 18-
July 29 at 20 participating museums in the El
Paso/Las Cruces area. The hunt encourages
participants of all ages to learn more about the
area’s history, art, desert, and other subjects
while exploring the region’s museums, and
kicks off on International Museum Day, May
18. Contestants have two months to visits the
museum, find mystery objectives, and have
form validated at each site. Forms available at
all participating museums. Museum fees vary;
many are free. Information: 351-8226.
Participating El Paso museums: Concordia
Cemetery, El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El
Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of
History, Holocaust Museum, Insights Science
Museum, International Museum of Art, Lynx
Exhibits, Magoffin Home, National Border
Patrol Museum, Old Fort Bliss Replica, Railroad
and Transportation Museum, TecH2O Center,
UTEP’s Centennial Museum, Rubin Center for
the Visual Arts and War Eagles Air Museum.
Participating Las Cruces museums: Branigan
Cultural Center, Las Cruces Museum of Art,
Las Cruces Museum of Natural History and
Railroad Museum.
Forms with at least ten objects correctly iden-
tified entered in a drawing for prize baskets
from museum shops. Contestants who find at
least 15 objects will be eligible for a special bas-
ket in a separate drawing.
Centennial Museum — University at
Wiggins, UTEP. Changing exhibits are on the
second floor, Lea and Discovery Galleries.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Tuesday through
Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-
5565 or museum.utep.edu.
Showing through May 5: “Raramuri, The
Foot Runners of the Sierra Madre,” photogra-
phy by local artist Diana Molina. The Raramuri
are an indigenous people of Chihuahua, who
have become world-renown for their prowess
as ultra-distance runners. Based on Molina’s
nearly three decades of collaboration with the
Raramuri, the exhibition examines their culture
of running and includes 33 examples of Molina’s
photography as well as Raramuri artifacts.
Showing through Dec. 6: “Nuestra Casa,”
collaborative effort between UTEP Assistant
Professor of Social Work Dr. Eva Moya, and
South Africa-based photographer and artist
Damien Schumann. Filling the museum foyer,
“Nuestra Casa” is a full-size “colonia” (shanty-
town) style house that allows visitors to experi-
ence the worldwide living conditions that con-
tribute to the spread of tuberculosis and other
health disparities.
Chamizal galleries — Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Los Paisano
hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Admission is free. Information: 532-
7273 or nps.gov/cham/.
Now showing the Abrazos Gallery: “The
Chamizal of the 1960s,” showcasing stories,
photographs and maps from the Chamizal land
tract and Cordova Island during the 1960s.
Showing April 28-July 28 in the Los Paisanos
Gallery: “El Paso Piñata Extravaganza.” The
exhibit celebrates piñatas from the people who
make them, the locations where they are
made, and how they are used in El Paso events.
The multimedia exhibit combines artist L.B.
McKay’s original paintings with photographs
and video shot in collaboration with photogra-
pher Matt Scullin, as well as piñatas designed by
the artists in an installation. Opening reception
is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology —
4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west
of U.S. 54). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Closed Mondays and city holidays. Admission is
free. Information: 755-4332 or
The museum will celebrate International
Museum Week May 15-19 with free docent
tours of the museum at 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday, as well as other activities:
• A free Indian Uses of the Chihuahuan Desert
Trail Tour is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16.
• A “Coyote, Pottery, and the Night Sky”
Family Program for children grade 3 and older
and adults is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 18,
in celebration if International Museum Day.
Registration required; space is limited. Cost: $5
($2 children) for non-members; $3 ($1 chil-
dren) for museum members).
• A free lecture on “Slings and Slingstones, The
Forgotten Weapons of Oceania and the
Americas” by Robert York is 2 p.m. Saturday,
May 19.
Showing through June 3 in the auditorium
gallery: “Watercolor Paintings of Rock Art at
Hueco Tanks,” Forrest Kirkland’s images of
rock art at Hueco Tanks. Kirkland was the first
artist to systematically document prehistoric
rock art in Texas.
A tour of the exhibit led by Alex Mares is 2
p.m. Saturday, May 12.
A free “What Do YOU Think It Means” art-
inspired creative writing workshop with Mónica
Gomez is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28.
Discover what inspires artists such as Renoir,
Kandinsky, Magritte and Ansel Adams to create
while putting impressions and observations in
writing. Space is limited; registration required.
A presentation on “The Destruction of the
Past” is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, as part of the
El Paso Archaeological Society’s monthly meet-
ing. Admission is free and the public is invited.
A free “Desert Weeds” Basic Printmaking
Workshop led by Oscar Moya and Lydia Limas
is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Make a design with
paint, leaves, weeds and pencils the press and
transfer it onto paper resulting in a unique col-
lagraph print or monoprint. Registration
required as space is limited at 755-4332 or
Registration is open for the 2012 Summer
Archaeology interactive youth summer camps
for ages 7 to 12 (grades 2-7) 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesdays through Fridays, June 12-July 27.
Cost per youth: $70 ($55 museum members).
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday (open until 9 p.m. Thursdays),
and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Museum admission is free. Information: 351-
3588 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
Showing through June 30:
• “Traces: A Visual Record of the
Deconstruction of the Asarco Smelter.”
• “Healing Hands & Healing Ways: Traditional
Medicine in the Borderlands,” presented in
conjunction with the University of Texas at El
Paso and Museo Urbano.
A free lecture on “Mexicayotl: Living a Natural
Reality” is Saturday, May 5, with author Carlos
Aceves, a Canutillo teacher and director of the
Xinachtli Project for the Indigenous Cultures
A free “What Do YOU Think It Means” art-
inspired creative writing workshop with Mónica
Gomez is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Space
is limited; registration required.
A free Art of Belly Dance program with Sonia
Flores and her daughter Senee of Snake
Charmer and Belly Dancer is 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, celebrating the heritage of
the Middle East.
Tai Chi lunch classes taught by Hsio-Ying are
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, May 2-
June 27, for all levels. Cost: $20 ($10 mem-
Insights El Paso Science Museum—
505 N. Santa Fe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Admission: $6 ($5 seniors, students and
military; $4 ages 4-11). Information: 534-0000
or insightselpaso.org.
Science Saturday event for parents and chil-
dren are 10 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of
each month (May 12), for ages 6 to 8, spon-
sored by the museum and Junior League of El
Paso. Children learn about telling time by read-
ing a story about time and participate in a
“Veggie Clock” science experiment. Limited to
the first 30 children; must be accompanied by
parent. Cost: $2 per person; $5 family of four.
Now showing is El Paso Fire Department’s
History and Science gallery with hands-on
exhibits featuring safety in the home and in the
environment. Also new are exhibits from
Explora! a children’s museum in Albuquerque,
and the Tornado Machine.
Also showing is “To the Ends of the Earth,
UTEP at The Poles.”
The 2012 Summer Discover Camps for ages 6
to 12 run June 12-July 27. Each camps runs
Tuesday through Friday; morning or afternoon
sessions available. Cost: $75 per session ($68
Insights museum members). Information: 534-
0000, Ext. 0 or info@insightselpaso.org.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Grand Re-Opening — The historic building
at 1120 Magoffin, which has been closed for
restorations for more than a year, is scheduled
to reopen with a public celebration 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Ribbon cutting at 10
a.m. Staff is available for school outreach pro-
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The celebration includes food, interactive
booths demonstrating historic trades like black-
smithing, sewing, quilting, twining, and adobe
making as well as community vendors and
entertainment by The Fort Bliss Brass
Ensemble and other music and dance groups.
The Casa Magoffin Compañeros will host a
book release and signing of “Family Life in the
Magoffin Home,” written by Leslie Bergloff and
Judy Hampton, and illustrated by Hampton.
The family activity book combines a history of
the home with puzzles, crafts and more.
LYNX Exhibits —The exhibit space is at
300 W. San Antonio (just south of Convention
Center). The space is El Paso’s only traveling
exhibit museum, and features the Lazer Frenzy
laser maze game. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday. Closed Monday. Last admission is one
hour before closing time. Information: 533-
4330 or lynxexhibits.com.
Showing through May 28: “The Science of
SuperCroc,” with the world’s largest crocodile,
40-foot-long. SuperCroc brings together
“Sarcosuchus and Suchomimus,” two of the
fiercest prehistoric predators that lived 110
million years ago. Included are original fossil
specimens, life-sized skeletons, a flesh recon-
struction of SuperCroc, and field tents mimick-
ing life on a field expedition. Live animal dis-
plays by Dennis Breyer, of Noah’s Ark Pets and
Supplies, include dwarf caimans and a Nile
crocodile. Supercroc admission: $10; $8 for
seniors, students and military, and $6 for chil-
dren 4 to 11; free for ages 3 and younger.
Coming June 16-Sept. 9: “Conservation
Quest.” Through intriguing games, a giant maze
and hands-on displays, this exhibit tackles con-
servation in all forms: energy, environment, ani-
mals, resources and many more. Entry includes
a ride on a 25-seat platform simulator.
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study
Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.
Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or
Extended through May 31: “A Child
Survivor’s Legacy” sculptural exhibit by
Holocaust survivor Maria Jutasi Coleman.
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts
Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. For exhibit
information, see “Southwest Art Scene.”
Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center
— Building 1735, Marshall Road (old PX build-
ing), Fort Bliss. Exhibits range from Civil War
artifacts to the Patriot Missile System.
Admission is free. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
daily. Information: 568-3390 or 568-5412.
National Border Patrol Museum and
Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain
Drive. The museum, in Northeast El Paso just
west of U.S. 54, features the history of the
Border Patrol with uniforms, equipment, pho-
tographs, guns, motor vehicles, airplanes, boats
and other items. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Information: 759-6060 or borderpatrolmuse-
Railroad and Transportation Museum
of El Paso — More than 150 years of El Paso
railroad history are on display at Union Depot
Transit Terminal, 400 W. San Antonio, at
Durango. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Information: 422-3420, 256-4409 or elpaso-
War Eagles Air Museum— 8012 Airport
Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Sunday. Admission: $5; $4 senior citizens and
military; free for children under 12.
Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-
The warbirds of World War II and Korea, and
other historic military aircraft, are displayed in a
54,000-square-foot building and surrounding
area. The collection of more than 30 aircraft
and 40 automobiles includes the P-51 Mustang,
P-38 Lightning, A-26 Invader and the German
Fieseler-Storch. Among later aircraft are the F-
86 Sabre and MiG-15s.
To get there: Take the Artcraft exit off
Interstate 10, head west past the Rio Grande to
Santa Teresa and follow signs to the airport and
Las Cruces area
Branigan Cultural Center — Branigan
Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las
Cruces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154
or las-cruces.org/museums.
Showing through April 28:
• “Journey Stories in the Mesilla Valley” fea-
tures objects from local individuals to comple-
ment the traveling Smithsonian exhibit.
• “Russell Lee’s Road.” Photographer Bruce
Berman retraces the photographic journey of
FSA photographer Russell Lee.
Showing May 4-June 9: The New Mexico
Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter’s 2012
Spring Show, “El Camino Real,” juried by David
Drummond. Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, May 4, during the Downtown Ramble.
The monthly Centennial Notes lecture is 1
p.m. Thursday, May 10, on Zebulon Pike’s
Santa Fe expedition with George Matthews.
Las Cruces Museum of Natural
History —Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces
(take Lohman exit east off I-25). Hours: 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and
Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; 1 to 5
p.m. Sundays. All events are free unless other-
wise noted. Closed May 28 for Memorial Day.
Information: (575) 522-3120 or museums.las-
Showing through May 6: “To The Moon:
Snoopy Soars with NASA.”
Grandma Mona’s science stories are 9 to 10
a.m. Thursday, May 3, relating to the “Snoopy
Soars with NASA” exhibit.
Opening 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 is
“The Rift and the River: Geology of Southern
New Mexico.”
• The museum’s three-party family “Explore:
Light and Color” program is 2 p.m. Saturday,
May 19, with Explore: Fire. The program will
investigate the subject of Light and Color
through 90-minute demonstrations and discus-
sions led by Dr. Vincent Gutschick of the Las
Cruces Academy.
• The Animal Encounters hands-on introduc-
tion to desert animals is 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday,
May 26.
• The monthly Sky Safari is 8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 26, at the Tombaugh
Observatory on the NMSU campus to look for
Saturn and Mars.
Registration is underway for Summer Nature
Camp 2012. Information: Education Curator
Kim Hansen, khanson@las-cruces.org.
NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
— 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 ($3 sen-
iors 60 and older, $2 for children 5-17; free for
age 4 and under). Information: (575) 522-4100
or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Film reviewer Jeff Berg presents a screening
of “Made in New Mexico Westerns, Part 4” at
7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, as part of the muse-
um’s lecture series. Part 4 features films such as
“The Man From Laramie,” “Heaven With a
Gun,” “My Name is Nobody,” “City Slickers,”
“Death Hunt,” ‘Silverado’ and more. Berg will
show clips of the movies and discuss their con-
nection to New Mexico. Donation: $2.
The annual Blessing of the Fields is 10 a.m. to
noon Tuesday, May 15, with a colorful, music-
filled procession around the museum’s campus
to bless the animals, orchards and vineyard, led
by Bishop Ricardo Ramirez. Ballet Folklorico
Colores de Cristo will perform after the pro-
cession. Admission is free.
Showing through Sept. 16: “The Land of
Enchantment: Commemorating the Centennial
of New Mexico Statehood.”
Showing in the Tortugas Gallery: “Green
Machines: Celebrating 175 Years of John
Deere,” with tractors from 1929-1952, as well
as other implements and toys.
Pony rides for children offered 10 a.m. to
noon Saturdays, near the Horse and Cattle
Barn. Tickets: $5 per ride (available in the
lobby or near the barn).
Las Cruces Railroad Museum— The
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Mesilla, (at Las Cruces avenue west of the
Downtown Mall). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30
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p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is
free; donations encouraged. Information: (575)
647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org//rrmuse-
• Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon
Saturday, May 12. Families can try out early
20th century games.
• Story Time is 11 a.m. to noon the third
Saturday of each month (May 19). Listen to a
Thomas the Tank Engine book, and enjoy a
Thomas video while completing a related free
craft activity. Children of all ages welcome.
RSVP requested.
NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art
Center, 1390 E. University Ave, (Williams Hall)
on the NMSU campus, Las Cruces (east of
Solano). Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday through Saturday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to
8 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: (575) 646-
2545 or nmsu.edu/artgal.
Showing through May 20: 2012 Spring MFA
Show with works by Ben Brooks, Kally Malcom
and Stephanie Smith.
Showing May 25-Sept. 1: “Thinking New
Mexico: A Centennial Exhibition,” commemo-
rating 100 years of New Mexico Statehood.
Opening reception is 5 p.m. Friday, May 25.
NMSU Museum —Kent Hall, University at
Solano, Las Cruces. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 646-5161 or
nmsu.edu/museum/. Free family workshops
are 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays in the museum
courtyard (weather permitting).
White Sands Missile Range Museum
and Missile Park — Exhibits feature the his-
tory of the Trinity Site (site of the first atomic
bomb test), the V-2 rocket, ranchers on the
range and missile optics. An outdoor Missile
Park displays rockets and missiles tested on the
range. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Closed May 28. Free admission.
To get there: take U.S. 54, and after the free-
way ends, keep going north on Martin Luther
King, which leads directly to the range. Or
enter from the north off U.S. 70 east of Las
Cruces. Visitors must provide a current license,
car registration and proof of insurance.
Information: (575) 678-8824 (local call) or
Geronimo Springs Museum— 211 Main
in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon
to 4 p.m. Sunday. Features prehistoric, historic
and military exhibits about the area. Museum
admission: $5 ($2.50 students 6 to 18; free for
ages 5 and younger). Family rates: $15.
Information: (575) 894-6600 or geronimo-
Showing in May is the Centennial Committee
Exhibit in celebration of the state’s 100th
An open house is Friday through Sunday, May
4-6, in conjunction with the city’s fiesta.
The free Third Thursday program is 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, with Forest Service
Archaeologist Chris Adams speaking on
“Searching for Apache and Buffalo Soldier Sites
Along the Black Range Mountains-Gila
Archaeological Project 2011.” Refreshments
Hubbard Museum of the American
West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to
Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Hours: 9
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. Docent-led tours
of permanent exhibits are 10 a.m. Fridays.
Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors, military; $2 chil-
dren 6-16; free for children 5 and younger).
Information: (575) 378-4142 or hubbardmuse-
Showing through May 20: “Underground of
Enchantment,” a 3-D photo exhibit of
Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico.
Showing through July 15: The 2nd annual
“Biennale Grade” juried fine art competition
highlighting excellence in the contemporary
visual arts of the American West.
Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway,
Silver City, in the historic H.B. Ailman House.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Open until 7 p.m. the first Friday of the
month. Admission: $3 suggested donation.
Information: (575) 538-5921, 1-877-777-7947
(out of town), or silvercitymuseum.org.
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum— 301
S. Silver, Deming, N.M. An actual chuckwagon,
gems and minerals, turn-of-the-century fash-
ions, military mementos and Mimbres Indian art
are among the exhibits at the museum. Other
attractions in the former National Guard
Armory include a doll room, transportation
annex and quilt room. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Saturday, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (575)
546-2382, 1-800-848-4955 or deminglunamim-
Museum of the Big Bend — Located on
the campus of Sul Ross State University
(Entrance 3), Hwy 90 in Alpine, Texas. Hours
are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours available.
Admission is free, donations accepted.
Information: (432) 837-8143 or museum@sul-
ross.edu .
Permanent exhibits include fossil exhibits
“Conquistador to Cowboy” exhibit with arti-
facts that tell the story of the settlement of the
Big Bend, a Native American exhibit focusing
on the Jumanos and Apache tribes, and a chil-
dren’s Discovery Center play area with a repli-
ca of Tall Rock Shelter.
New Mexico Museum of Space History
— The museum features the International
Space Hall of Fame and the Tombaugh IMAX
Dome Theater and Planetarium, and is located
on the northeast side of Alamogordo (two
miles east off Indian Wells and White Sand Blvd.
intersection). Space center hours are 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors and mili-
tary, $4 ages 4-12, children 3 and younger
free). Call for school tours and group ticket
arrangements. Information: (877) 333-6589,
(575) 437-2840 or nmspacemuseum.org.
Showing at the IMAX Dome Theater are the
films “Everest,” and the Planetarium Show,
“Nine Planets and Counting.” Showtimes are
on the hour, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets: $6
($5.50 for seniors and military; $4.50 ages 4-
12). Ages 3 and under free for all shows.
Combo tickets available (included museum
entrance and one IMAX ticket): $10 ($9 seniors
and military, $7 children).
Registration is under way for Summer Science
Camps 2012 June 4-Aug. 3 for youth in grades
K through 12. Three different camps are
offered for 2012: “Mars Base One” “Spy
Camp”, and “Dino Camp.” Both day camp and
overnight options available; discounts for multi-
ple reservations and military families. All camps
include building and launching rockets and a
field trip to local facilities.
Sacramento Mountains Historical
Museum— U.S. 82 across from the
Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M.
Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and
Saturday. Summer hours begin Memorial Day
weekend; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,
Friday and Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays,
weather permitting. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6
to 12). Group rates and tours available with
prior notice. Information: (575) 682-2932 or
Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991 N.
White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. An actual train
depot built in 1898, the building now houses a
gift shop and model shop, with more than
1,200 feet of model railroad track and hun-
dreds of model and toy trains on display. Hours
are noon to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through
Sunday. Admission: $4. Information: (575) 437-
2855 or toytraindepot.homestead.com.
The 1/5 scale train track offers rides around
Alameda Park 12:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $4.
Tularosa Basin Historical Society
Museum— The museum, featuring collec-
tions, photos and archives relating to the histo-
ry of Otero County and the Tularosa Basin, is
next door to the Alamogordo Chamber of
Commerce, 1301 White Sands Blvd. (U.S.
54/70). Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 436-4438.
Overland Trail Museum— Exhibits at the
Fort Davis, Texas, museum include a replica of
a barbershop that was once on the site, historic
surveying equipment, early medical parapherna-
lia, a restored pioneer kitchen and early ranch-
ing tools. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and
Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Information:
(915) 426-3161.
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Affordable Art Show — The 8th annual
juried art show and sale is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5-6,
at Bethany Christian Church, 10453
Springwood. The show features works by local
artists with affordable prices. Works include
oils, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, photog-
raphy, sculpture, pottery and more.
Information: 592-5977.
An artists’ reception is 6 to 8 p.m. p.m.
Friday, May 4. The public is invited.
Agave Rosa Gallery — 905 Noble (next to
the International Museum of Art). Hours are 11
a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery features
paintings, sculpture, jewelry and photography
by area emerging artists. Information: 533-8011
or martha@agaverosagallery.com.
Showing through April 28: VSA Texas’s 3rd
annual “Distinguished Artist Veterans” group
exhibition by Texas Veterans with disabilities.
Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets Art
Show — The internationally recognized
Russian artists celebrate their 20th anniversary
in El Paso with and art show or more than 25
paintings May 10-20 at Sotoa Gallery, 500 W.
Overland, Suite 130. Proceeds from the sale
benefit El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
Information: 532-3776.
Opening public reception is 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 10. Complimentary wine and
hors d’oeuvres by Chef Victor Rodriguez will
be served.
In May 1992, Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets
left their homeland, St. Petersburg, Russia,
where they had each studied and relocated to
El Paso. Since then, both have achieved
National recognition. Their work has been
included in exhibitions all over the world and
recently has been added to the collections of
the King of Spain, Juan-Carlos, and actress
Sophia Loren.
Private viewing of the artwork can be sched-
uled May 11-20; digital catalog is available
upon request.
Art Windows of El Paso — The City of El
Paso’s art space in El Paso at El Paso
International Airport’s main lobby. Information:
780-4781 or flyelpaso.com.
Showing through June 15: Works by artists
Isadora Stowe and Rhonda Dorè.
Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio
Street in Marfa. Hours are noon to 6 p.m.
Thursday through Sunday. Information: (432)
729-3700 or ballroommarfa.org.
Showing through July 29: “Data Deluge,”
celebrating the beauty of information through
sculpture, furniture, painting, photography,
video and sound. Works featured by Jon
Brunberg (Stockholm, Sweden), Anthony
Discenza (Oakland, Calif.), Scott Hug
(Brooklyn, N.Y.), Loren Madsen (Redding,
Calif., Michael Najjar (Berlin, Germany) and
Adrien Segal (San Francisco, Calif.), with com-
missions of new work by Anna Von Mertens
(Peterborough, N.H), Jennifer Dalton
(Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Roberto Pugliese (Naples,
‘Break Yo’ Self’ Aerosol Art Show —
The Silos Aerosol and Public Art Space, 1943
W. Paisano (at Ruhlin, next to the Rescue
Mission), and Border Youth host the 4th annual
aerosol art show and Contemporary Mural Art
Benefit Show benefiting the El Paso Rescue
Mission and El Paso Food Bank 4 to 9 p.m.
Friday, June 15. Family-friendly event; no alco-
hol permitted at show. Admission is free,
although non-monetary donations encouraged
at the door including non perishable canned
food items, bottle water, cooking oil, coffee,
cream, sugar, recycled paint, dry goods, etc.
Information: 731-2791 or
After party follows Friday’s show; venue to be
Chinati Foundation — Marfa, Texas.
Created by artist Donald Judd, the Chinati
Foundation houses one of the world’s largest
collections of permanently installed contempo-
rary art. The collection is open for guided tours
throughout the year at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $10 ($5
for students, seniors). Full tour is $25 ($10 stu-
dents). Information: (432) 729-4362 or chi-
The collection includes Dan Flavin’s untitled
Marfa project, a monumental work in colored
fluorescent light that occupies six buildings.
A Community Day is Sunday, April 29, with
open viewing of the collection, dinner and
music in the arena, lectures, art activities and
more. All events are free and open to the pub-
Community Exhibit Space — The city’s
“People’s Gallery” is on the first floor of El
Paso City Hall, Two Civic Center Plaza. Hours
are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. Supported by City of El Paso
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and
Texas Commission on the Arts. Information:
MCAD, 541-4481 or elpasotexas.gov/mcad.
Showing June 1-27: “Romancing El Paso,” the
first one-woman show by Maritza Jáuregui. The
collection includes paintings in oil, acrylic,
watercolor, gouache, mixed media collages and
photography that represent El Paso scenes in a
romantic way, incorporating memories and
inspiring the audience to “see” into the details,
with the same metaphor and symbolism char-
acteristic of poetry, remarking on the beauty of
the city, people, traditions and El Paso’s most
recognizable icons. Opening reception is 4 to 6
p.m. Thursday, June 7.
Cre-Arte Art Academy & Studio —
Artist Teresa Fernandez offers bilingual drawing
and painting classes for children, teenagers and
adults at her classrooms at 300 N. Resler, Suite
A. Cost: $100 per month (materials included).
Free lesson offered in October. Information:
845-2783 or
Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art
Association gallery is at 500 W. Paisano (in the
Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturdays. Information: 534-7377.
Showing through May 26: Annual Western
Impressions Art Show and Sale.
Showing June 1-23: Works in various media
by Cre-Arte Art Academy Students. Gala open-
ing is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 1.
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Drive-In Art — The new gallery, 510 W, San
Antonio in Marfa, Texas, hosts a reception for
the new installation by Chinati Institute intern
Grace Davis 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
Information: (432) 295-1933 or l
El Paso Artisan Gallery — Lynx Exhibits,
300 W. San Antonio. The gallery features works
for sale by local painters, jewelers, crafters and
photographers. Lynx hours are 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 6
p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Gallery admission
is free. Information: 533-4330 or
Featured artists include Bonnie D. Kaber,
Grace Gibson, Carolyn Parker, Brittany Girle,
Raven Escobedo, Candy Mayer, Ruthye Droke,
Tony Skarlatos, Ladonna Apodaca, Steve Jolly,
James Paternoster and Tori Scott.
El Paso Museum of Art adult classes —
The museum’s 2012 summer classes for adults
begin June 9 at the museum at One Arts
Festival Plaza. Information: Marie Livingston,
532-1707, ext. 27. Online registration at elpa-
Classes are open to age 15 and older.
• Narrative Collage and Watercolor — 9:30
a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 9-July 14. Cost:
$59 ($47 members).
• Introduction to Oil Painting —
1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 9-July 14. Cost:
$59 ($47 members).
• Wheel-throwing with Clay — 12:30 to 3:30
p.m. Saturdays June 9-July 28 or Sundays,
June 10-July 29. Cost: $95 ($75 members).
• Working from Life — 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, June 10-July 15. Cost: $59 ($47
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts
Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to
9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays.
Admission is free for most exhibits. Admission
to “Magnificent Mexico” is $10 ($5 members;
free for ages 12 and younger, active duty mili-
tary and their families with ID).Information:
532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org.
Showing through May 27: “Magnificent
Mexico: 20th Century Modern Masterworks,”
presented by CommUNITY en Acción. The
program contains three masters’ exhibitions
from Mexico City representing the largest gath-
ering of Modern Mexican Masters ever in El
Paso, with 92 original works of painting and
drawing by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente
Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino
Tamayo, among 46 others.
International Museum Day for families is 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, with the
theme “Museums in a Changing World: New
Challenges, New Inspirations.” The museum
will offer free activities and entertainment
inspired by Magnificent México. Admission is
free for all exhibitions this day only.
A free lecture on “Gesture, Style and Function
in Modern Mexican Drawing, 1900-1950” by
Dr. Karen Cordero Reiman is 6 p.m., Thursday,
May 24, in the auditorium. Reiman discuss the
works of art from 1900 to 1950 included in
“Dibujos Divinos” and their relationship to the
Mexican Revolution and its aftermath.
Showing through July 8: “Hans Erni
Lithographs.” Erni, often called the Swiss
Picasso, is one of the best-known Swiss artists
of the 20th century. The chronology of his
many achievements could be spread among the
careers of several artists. In addition to his art,
Erni worked as an anthropologist and lobbyist
for humanity. His work in all its various forms is
largely public and speaks of his respect for his
fellow humans in a simple and powerful way.
Showing through Oct. 7 in the Dorrance and
Olga Roderick Gallery: Retablo Niche “Veil of
Veronica,” which portrays a relic related to the
story of St. Veronica.
Zip Tours and Focus Talks of the exhibits are
12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on selected Wednesdays;
limited to first 40 attendees. Upcoming talks
include “Veil of Veronica” presented by
Christian Gerstheimer (May 2) and ”David
Alfaro” presented by Georgina Alva (May 23).
Architectural Design Lecture Series featuring
talented building designers are 6:30 p.m. the
first Thursday of the month in the museum’s
auditorium. Admission is free, but space is lim-
ited. The May 3 lecture features Michael
The public opening of the new Algur H.
Meadows Library in the El Paso Museum of Art,
One Arts Festival Plaza, is 1 p.m. Sunday, May
6. The library is an affiliate of the El Paso Public
Library and is the first public library dedicated
to art in the United States.
The monthly Reading the Easel Book Club is 4
to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 on “The Art
Spirit” by Robert Henri. Cost: $10 (free for
museum members) and includes admission all
museum exhibits. RSVP to reserve a seat.
The museum’s 2012 summer workshops for
children and adults begin the week of June 5 at
the museum at One Arts Festival Plaza.
Information: Marie Livingston, 532-1707, ext.
27. Online registration at
Encaustic International Art Studio and
Gallery — 7100 Westwind, Suite 120. The
gallery is the studio of El Paso encaustic artist
Brigitte von Ahn. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday. Information: 833-0454, 584-4222 or
Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and
Gift Shop — Award-winning Impressionist
Alberto Escamilla’s studio is 1500 Main Street
in San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and by
appointment. Information: 474-0752 or alber-
Students are being accepted at both the Main
Street location and the artist’s home gallery at
1457 Amstater Circle (open by appointment).
Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday. Information: 533-9090 or
The gallery is owned and operated by local
artist, Hal Marcus and his wife, Gallery Director
Patricia Medici. Gallery Manager is artist Kelly
Marcus’s home and studio, located across the
street, is available for personal tours.
Specializing in local art, other featured artists
include Daniel Padilla, Teresa Fernandez,
Francisco Romero, Mauricio Mora, Mark
Paulda, Willibald de Cabrera, Friar Vincent
Petersen, Bill Sullivan and L.B. Porter, as well as
a room dedicated solely to early El Paso art
with works by Manuel Acosta, Tom Lea, Jose
Cisneros, Bill Rakocy, Eugene and Fern
Thurston and others.
A gift shop offers art-related gifts, books and
calendars featuring art by Marcus and other
local artists.
A free “What Do YOU Think It Means” art-
inspired creative writing workshop with Mónica
Gomez is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 3.
Discover what inspires artists such as Renoir,
Kandinsky, Magritte and Ansel Adams to create
while putting impressions and observations in
writing. Space is limited to first 15 participants;
registration required.
International Museum of Art —1211
Montana. The museum is operated by the
International Association for the Visual Arts in
the historic Turney Home. Hours are 1 to 5
p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Free guided
tours available on a walk-in basis. Admission is
free. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmu-
Showing May 6-27: Pastel Society of El Paso’s
16th annual members show, with new works
by members including Candy Mayer, Mitzi
Quirarte, Tina Yetter Jones, Nancy Bissell,
Winfrey Hearst, Bob Zeissel and Ruthanna
Droke. This year’s judge is nationally known
pastel artist Mike Mahon of Santa Fe.
Opening reception and awards ceremony is 2
to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Refreshments served.
Pastel demonstrations will be given 2 to 4
p.m. Sunday, May 20 with Candy Mayer and
May 27 with Krystyna Robbins.
The show will travel to the Sunland Art
Gallery in Sunland Park Mall June 1-29.
The Heritage Gallery (lower level) features
“The Mexican Revolution Exhibition: 1910-
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1920” featuring murals by Bill Rakocy and
Mario Parra depicting various events from the
Mexican Revolution, a collection of rare, mat-
ted photographs and Pancho Villa’s death mask.
Marjorie Foster School of Art Show —
The 13th annual show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, at the Park East Clubhouse,
1725 Mosswood, featuring works by Foster’s
students Celia Al-Tahan, Leslie Beeman, Sherri
Bonilla, Elora Brotherton, Barbara Goodbrake,
Sara Long, Jiommie Malone, Arlene Poyner,
Irene Rice, Laurel Roberts and Lois Willgins
Entertainment provided by folk singer/song-
writer Charlie McDonald. Admission is free and
the public is invited. Information/venue direc-
tions: Marjorie Foster, 592-5122.
Museum summer camp scholarships —
El Paso Museum of Art will offer 100 student
scholarships from JP Morgan Chase
Foundations for youth to attend 2012 summer
art classes. Each need-based scholarship, for
one class, will be used to cover the cost of
tuition and supplies. Qualified applicants will
receive scholarships in order of requests until
all 100 are distributed. Information: 532-1707
ext. 27 or ElPasoArtMuseum.org
Rio Bravo Watercolorists – The group
will celebrate its 40th anniversary at its monthly
luncheon and installation, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 16, Great American
Steakburger, 701 S. Mesa Hills. .
Information/reservations: 630-9947.
Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is next to Sun
Bowl Stadium (off Dawson Drive). Hours are
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; by appoint-
ment only Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Information: 747-6151 or
Showing through May 11:
• In the Rubin and L galleries — Annual UTEP
Juried Student Art Exhibition. This year’s jurors
are Andrew Lewis (graphic design) and Cheryl
Hartup (fine art).
• In the Project Space — Annual UTEP
Alumnus Exhibition: “Middle Ground” works by
Eli Arenas. Arenas’s jewelry and installation
work explores the capabilities of human beings
to adjust to difficult situations. Her work has
been exhibited throughout the United States
and Australia and is included in the collection of
the Museum of Contemporary Craft in
Portland. The exhibit includes mixed-media
wall installations and brooches that combine
semi-precious and mundane materials.
Showing May 24-Aug. 31:
• In the Rubin Gallery — “With That Ass They
Won’t Look at Your Eyes,” paintings by Mark
• In the L Gallery — “Actions Speak Louder
Than Talk,” works by Slanguage (Mario Ybarra,
Jr. and Karla Diaz). During the 2011-2012
school year, internationally recognized, the Los
Angeles-based artist collective Slanguage have
engaged high school students in El Paso and
Juarez in a bi-national youth art initiative that
challenges youth to use art explore identity and
communicate across borders. Ybarra and Diaz
will use the content generated from this
exchange as raw material in an exhibition that
reflects youth culture on the U.S.-Mexico bor-
• In the Project Space — “Imagining Science,”
prints and mixed media drawings by Sean
Caulfield. Caulfield, Centennial Professor in the
Department of Art and Design at the University
of Alberta, presents works inspired by technical
scientific language, inspired by conversations
with bio-ethicists and stem-cell researchers.
San Elizario Art District — Several gal-
leries and artist studios are located 1445 to
1501 Main Street near the San Elizario Plaza on
the Mission Trail. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 474-1800
or 851-0093.
Take Loop 375 South from I-10, exit Socorro
Rd., 7 miles east to Main Street.
The first Friday Art Walk is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday,
May 4, with refreshments, music and open
houses at various galleries.
Galleries include Main Street Gallery, Golden
Eagle Gallery, Pena Gallery and the galleries/stu-
dios of Maria Branch, Al Borrego, Alberto
Escamilla and Alma Rosa Miranda.
Featured artists are Bert Saldana, Rob Mack,
Rosa Maria Burgos, Warren Smart, Manuel
Alvarado, Nasario Olvera, Susan Wester Petez,
Bill Rakocy, Sergio Acosta, Roberto Estrada,
Candy Mayer, Frank Moreno, Margarett Pence,
Alberto Trevizo, Brenda Johnson Roberts, Jaime
Lujan, Sam Rodriguez, Mark Yerrington, Sergio
Acosta and Arturo Avalos.
Sasahara Gallery — 7100 Westwind Drive,
Suite 135. Fine art paintings, jewelry, sculpture,
photography, prints, cards and portraits.
Owner is artist Linda Noack. Hours are 1 to 7
p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; other
days by appointment. Information: 584-4222 or
sasahara.gallery@live.com. Web: sasahara-
Showing through May 26 is “Pathways,”
paintings by Winfrey Hearst.
A Special Artisan Event is noon to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, with Mary Trail, mixed
media mosaics; and “Magic Stitch” artist Sandra
Sunland Art Gallery — The El Paso Art
Association co-op gallery is in Sunland Park
Mall, second level across from The Greenery,
with 30 El Paso artists represented. Hours are
10 a.m. to 8.m. Monday through Saturday,
noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 584-3117,
474-0053 or sunlandartgallery.com.
Showing June 1-29: The Pastel Society of El
Paso’s 16th annual members show with new
works by members Candy Mayer, Mitzi
Quirarte, Tina Yetter Jones, Nancy Bissell,
Winfrey Hearst, Bob Zeissel and Ruthanna
Droke and more. Opening reception is 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1.
Pastel demonstrations with society members
are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays:
• June 2 — Corinne Abeyta-Spinnler
• June 9 — Connie Weaver
• June 16 — Melinda Etzold
• June 23 — to be announced
The show was also featured in May at the
International Museum of Art in May.
Urban Art Show — Urban Art El Paso will
host a show of edgy, urban art for inner-city
dwellers located in the Downtown El Paso area
5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 25-26, at 820 N. Mesa (at
Montana), with tattoo artists, graffiti artists,
stencil graffiti art and other urban art. Some
exhibitor spaces available. Information: Ryan,
Western Impressions Art Show - The El
Paso Art Association’s annual juried show will
be on display through May 26 at The
Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano. Gallery
hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free. Information: 534-7377 or
The show features art with a western theme,
including paintings, drawings, mixed media,
sculpture, collage and photography. This year’s
judge is famed El Paso artist Bassel Wolfe.
Participating artists are Barbara Butler, Paulina
Castillon, Birgit Cudahy, Phyllis Davis, Nina
Eaton, Helen Heye Edwards, David Fickett,
Katherine Flowers, Samuel Garcia, Judy
Hampton, Margaret Heath, Sandra Martin,
Thomas Meidinger, Manuel Panta, Bruce Porter,
Wanda Richardson, Andrea Rios, Patty Rust,
Eduardo Saucedo, Paul Sierra, Karma Smith,
Ruth Ann Sugarman, David Trimble, Kurt Van
Wagner, Nina Cobb Walker, James Ward,
Connie Weaver and more.
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Las Cruces/Mesilla
Adobe Patio Gallery and Studio —
1765 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. The
gallery, owned and operated by artists Carolyn
and Henry Bunch, features works by Carolyn
Bunch, Anthony Pennock, Kelley S. Hestir,
Cheryl Derrick and other local and regional
artists. Information: (575) 532-9310.
Showing through May 12: “The Illuminated
Landscape,” new watercolors by David
Also showing for the Spring 2012 show are
works from members of the area chapter of
New Mexico Watercolor Society: William
Coon, Robin Makowski, Beverley Pirtle, Marie
Siegrist, Penny Simpson, Janey Walch, Laurel
Weathersbee and Phil Yost, as well as by area
artists Bill Baker, Carolyn Bunch, Linda Giesen,
Kelly S. Hestir, Annetta Hoover, Jim Hunter,
Joyce T. Macrorie and Tony Pennock.
Cutter Gallery — 2640 El Paseo (at
University), Las Cruces. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday. Information: (575) 541-0658.
Showing through June 2: “Just Friends,”
works by Better Hummer and Virginia Roach.
La Mesa Station Gallery — 16205
Highway 28 in La Mesa, N.M. (north of
Chope’s). Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, or by
appointment. The gallery occupies an 80-year-
old former gasoline station that has been
restored as an art gallery, representing local
area artists including paintings, photography,
woodturning and weavings. Information: (575)
233-3037 or the gallery manager at (575) 644-
Las Cruces Museum of Art —491 N.
Main (Downtown Mall). Hours are 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed
Sunday and Monday. Information: (575) 541-
2137 or las-cruces.org/museums.
Showing April 27-May 3: Works by graduat-
ing Las Cruces area high school seniors.
Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April
Showing May 11-29: “Artscool” NMSU
BFA/BA Exhibition 2012. This graduation exhib-
it features works in a variety of media and
styles. Selected artists will discuss their work in
the show at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, followed
by an opening reception 5 to 7 p.m.
Family Art Adventures are 10 a.m. Saturdays,
for families with children age 6-12 with projects
and films related to current exhibits.
The Reading Art Book Club meets at 2:30
p.m. Wednesday, May 9 to discuss “...isms
Understanding Art” by Stephen Little.
Registration begins May 15 for the 2012 sum-
mer classes. The one-week sessions meet
Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning the week
of June 4.
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery — 2470-
A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, across from
the Fountain Theatre. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5
p.m. Sunday. New works displayed every three
months. Information: (575) 522-2933 or
Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite
in Las Cruces. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday. Information: (575)
640-3502 or mesquiteartgallery.com.
Showing May 3-31: Photographs by the Santa
Fe photographer’s group, Untitled XII, featur-
ing images from their recently published portfo-
lio “The Lost Years.” Described as “cerebral,
witty and often surreal,” the images reflect the
diverse experiences of the artists, who range in
age from their mid twenties to late seventies.
Reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
New Mexico Watercolor Society,
Southern Chapter — The chapter meets 2
to 4 p.m. one Sunday each month at Good
Sam’s Arts and Crafts Room, 3011 Buena Vida
Circle in Las Cruces. The May 20 meeting is a
presentation by Silver City artist, designer and
instructor Marilyn Gendron, who will demon-
strate techniques to “Create Glowing Color” in
watercolor. Members and Guests are welcome.
Fee: $5. Information: (575) 522-6382, (575)
649-3502 or mayannahoward@comcast.net.
The society’s 2012 Spring Show, “El Camino
Real” runs May 4-June 9 at Branigan Cultural
Center, 501 N. Main in Las Cruces, juried by
David Drummond. Opening reception is 5 to 7
p.m. Friday, May 4, during the Downtown
Policy on Art hearing — The City of Las
Cruces is developing a policy on art that will
cover various aspects of art in Las Cruces
including city-owned art, the Art on Loan pro-
gram and public art. A hearing to gather public
input is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Las
Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main, conference
rooms 2007 B and C. Information: (575) 528-
Comments may be sent to: Lori Grumet,
Community & Cultural Services Director, P.O.
Box 20000 Las Cruces, 88004 or to
Rio Grande Theatre — 211 Downtown
Mall in Las Cruces. Gallery in theatre lobby.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
Showing in May: works by expressionist
painter Luis Navarro. Artist’s reception is 5 to
7 p.m. Friday, May 4, as part of the First Friday
Downtown Ramble.
Rokoko Art Gallery — 1785 Avenida de
Mercado in Mesilla. The gallery features the
work of Mitch and A.me Alamag. Hours are
noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, or by
appointment. Information: (575) 405-8877 or
rokokoart.com. Showing through June 23:
“Gods, Goddesses, Gurus and Gremlins,”
Artwork finding faith and fantasy.
Tombaugh Gallery —First Unitarian
Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S.
Solano. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Information:
(575) 522-7281 or uuchurchlc.org.
Showing April 29-May 25: “unsplintered,”
life-size expressionistic self portraits by Lyle K.
West. West works in ways that fragment the
image, either physically or conceptually, to cre-
ate artwork that is evolving in time rather than
being a static portrait. Public reception is 11:30
a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
Summer Art Workshops — Cloudcroft
Art Workshops are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays
through Fridays at the “Old Red School House”
Public Library in Cloudcroft, N.M. June 11-
Aug. 17. Cost per workshop varies; registra-
tion fee is $50. Discount for registration 30
days prior to workshop. Information: (575)
687-2453 caw@CloudcroftArt.com or
The Village of Cloudcroft has hosted the sum-
mer art workshops for more than 60 years.
Workshops offered for all levels, led by accom-
plished area artists.
• June 11-15 — Motivational Drawing with
David Barranti
• June 18-22 — Mixed Media with Pat Dews
• June 25-29 — Watercolor with Jo Beth
• July 9-13 — Pastel/oil painting with Alan
• July 9-13 — Watercolor with Jan Hart
• July 16-20 — Watercolor with Ken Hosmer
• July 23-27 — Watercolor with Cathy
McAnally Lubke
• July 30-Aug. 3 — Watercolor with Sterling
• Aug. 6-10 — Acrylic/oil painting with
Caroline Jasper
• Aug. 13-17 — Oil painting with Krystyna
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Art museum
library now
part of public
library system
t’s always impressive when El Paso can
claim a first. That’s why the El Paso
Museum of Art (EPMA) is pleased to
announce that the museum’s Algur H.
Meadows library will be linked to the El
Paso Public Library beginning May 6,
making the museum home to the first pub-
lic library in the United States dedicated to
With a collection of some 4,000 books
and an equal number of exhibition cata-
logues accrued over the past 50 years, the
EPMA has long offered impressive
research opportunities to its members.
Since becoming the museum’s director in
2006, Michael Tomor had a goal of mak-
ing that collection available to the general
public by linking the museum library to
the public library system. Thanks to a
$133,670 grant from the Institute of
Museums and Library Services, that dream
has now come to fruition.
While this remains a non-circulating col-
lection (books may not be checked out),
those wishing to do research or simply
learn more about art may visit the museum
library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
though Saturday. Hopefully the public
soon will be able access these materials at
the downtown location of the El Paso
Public Library or any branch through
inter-library loans in the near future.
Tomor also has invited artists and/or their
families to donate biographical material
about El Paso artists to be archived at the
museum library. The museum gift shop has
created a book registry and also stocked a
wide selection of titles not already in the
collection, making these easily available
for purchase and donation. Anyone who
wants to donate money to the library can
make out a check to the El Paso Museum
of Art Foundation designated specifically
for the library endowment fund.
Although the city of El Paso owns and
maintains the museum building, it’s the
Foundation that largely provides funds for
exhibitions, acquisitions and educational
programs. Galleries such as the Peter and
Margaret de Wetter and the Woody and
Gail Hunt Family Gallery are often named
in honor of those able to make larger con-
tributions while businesses or other organi-
zations often choose to sponsor a specific
event. Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry and
Watches sponsored the stunning
“Bedazzled” exhibition while
CommUNITY En Accion was the under-
writer for “Magnificent Mexico”.
Individuals may also establish a fund
dedicated to a specific interest through the
Foundation. Earlier this year, Hal and
Patricia Marcus created the Hal Marcus
Early El Paso Art Collectors Fund in honor
of the EPMA’s 50th anniversary. The
endowment fund is restrictedto the pur-
chase and preservation of works of art cre-
ated 40 years prior to the date of acquisi-
tion. Hal and Patricia envision that the
fund, as it grows, will not only allow
works to be purchased for the permanent
museum collection, but also enable the
museum to create a study center focusing
on the work of these artists. The most pos-
itive aspect of this type of endowment
fund is that others may make contributions
(large or small) knowing their donations
will further that specific mission.
Piñata Extravaganza
To see a sample of how the artists who
receive grants through El Paso’s Museums
and Cultural Arts Department use those
funds, drop by the Los Paisanos Gallery at
the Chamizal National Memorial between
April 28 and July 28 to experience the col-
orful and highly informative El Paso
Piñata Extravaganza produced by local
painter L. B. McKay and photographer
Matt Scullin. The exhibition opens with a
gala celebration 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April
McKay notes that the Piñata
Extravaganza is a multi-faceted visual pro-
gram that celebrates an integral but under
appreciated aspect of El Paso’s artistic cul-
tural life: piñatas, the people who make
them, the locations where they are made,
and how they are used in El Paso events.
While many of us along the border asso-
ciate the piñata with traditions of our
neighbors to the south, piñatas may actual-
ly have originated in China. Journeying
there in the 13th century, Marco Polo
encountered Chinese people fashioning
figures of cows, oxen or buffaloes covered
with colored paper and adorned with har-
nesses and trappings. Special colors were
traditionally used to greet the New Year,
with the Mandarins knocking the figures
with hard sticks spilling out a variety of
seeds. After burning the remains, people
gathered the ashes for good luck through-
out the year. When this custom passed into
Europe in the 14th century, the first
Sunday was celebrated as “Piñata Sunday.”
Bright and colorful tissue paper, old
newspapers, discarded cardboard, and a
mix of flour and water are the basic ingre-
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“Dangling Piñatas” by L.B. McKay
dients required to make a piñata. From
these humble origins, piñata-makers in El
Paso are keeping the centuries-old tradi-
tion of these colorful icons of Hispanic
culture alive and well.
In spite of the popularity of the piñata —
they are found at local celebrations includ-
ing birthday parties, posadas, quinceañeras
and weddings — buyers often know very
little about the creative artists who make
them, known as piñateros. Most of the
piñateros in El Paso are talented artists that
brought their craft with them from Mexico.
In El Paso, piñateros may be found work-
ing in piñata stores and candy stores that
sell piñatas known as dulcerías, and some
work out of their own private homes. El
Paso’s piñateros create piñatas both for
local consumers and for export to other
parts of the United States. Following the
close of the exhibition, McKay will donate
25 piñatas to the Child Crisis Center and
20th anniversary for
Titovetses in El Paso
Little more than a year after Russian born
artists Aleksander (Sasha) and Lyba
Titovets arrived in El Paso in May 1992,
El Paso Scene was already sharing the
amazing news that these newcomers had
garnered Best of Show and a number of
Purchase Awards at the Sierra Medical/El
Paso Art Association Exhibition. From that
point forward, we have documented their
successful rise in status from that of
regional artists to having their work shown
in galleries all across the nation.
In honor of this success, Sasha and Lybua
will celebrate their 20th anniversary by
presenting an exciting exhibition of new
work which will hang at the Sotoa Gallery,
500 W. Overland May 10-20.
Lyuba enthuses, “Sasha and I are always
excited about showing our work in El Paso
because this is the place we got our start.
This exhibition is our way of saying thank
you to all the people who have believed in
and supported us from the very beginning.
“Over the past 20 years our artwork has
changed, and we are different people as
well so we chose to create an entirely new
series of paintings inspired by our life in
El Paso. Each piece of work will have a
different theme, and as a whole it will give
our audience an opportunity to see how we
have matured as artists, and how our work
has evolved.”
Also at EPMA
The El Paso Museum of Art will open
“Inquisitive Eyes: 1960 – 2012” June 17.
Work created by El Paso artists working
from 1960 to the present will be displayed
in the Woody and Gale Hunt Gallery and
the Tom Lea Galleries.
Opening June 10 in the Peter and Mardee
de Wetter Gallery is a somewhat lighter
exhibition looking at the work and life of
another El Paso artist, Jake Erlich. At 8
feet, 6 inches, Erlich was recognized as the
tallest man in the world at that time and
traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus.
He died at age 46 in 1952.
A student of Hari Kidd, another early El
Paso artist, Erlich produced oil on canvas
images depicting his life with the circus. In
addition to his paintings, the exhibit will
also feature interesting memorabilia
including photos and magazine and news-
paper articles.
Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
specializing in the visual arts.
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Art Hop — MainStreet Truth or
Consequences sponsors the event 6 to 9 p.m.
the second Saturday of each month (May 12)
in the downtown gallery district. The event fea-
tures the monthly art opening of new shows
throughout the galleries of Truth or
Consequences, including fine arts, pottery, and
fabric arts. Many shops and restaurants stay
open late for this monthly event, with live
music in several locations. Information: (575)
740-2794 , torcmainstreet.org.
Deming Arts Center — The Deming Arts
Council’s gallery and gift shop is at 100 Gold
Street in Deming, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4
p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 546-3663 or
The council hosts art workshops 1 to 3 p.m.
the first and third Saturday of each month for
amateur and professional artists in various
A Centennial celebration presentation on
New Mexico Western Ranch Life through Art is
Sunday, May 13. Call for time.
Pinos Altos Church Gallery - The historic
gallery in Hearst Church gallery on Golden Ave.
in Pinos Altos, N.M., operated by the Grant
County Art Guild, is open for the season 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and hol-
idays, April 27-Oct. 7. The gallery features
works by local artists, and highlights a different
artist each week. Information: (575) 538-8216
or gcag.org.
Rio Bravo Fine Art — 110 Broadway in
Truth or Consequences, N.M. Home of the
Estate of Harold Joe Waldrum. Gallery hours
are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday,
or by appointment. Information: (575) 894-
0572 or riobravofineart.net.
‘Seeking God Through Visual Art’ —
ENMU-Ruidoso hosts a two-day art seminar
with keynote speaker Peter Rogers 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, at San
Patricio (N.M.) Retreat Center in the Hondo
Valley. Area artists will share thoughts on the
transcendent relationship between God and
mankind and to demonstrate how they mani-
fest the spiritual in their own works. A
“Spiritual Art” exhibit will follow the seminar.
The seminar may be taken for college credit or
audited. Call for tuition cost. Information/regis-
tration: (575) 257-2120, Student Services at
(575) 257-3007 or 1-800-934-ENMU (3668).
Lodging and meals available for additional fee at
Rogers is a visionary painter who lives on the
area’s Hurd Ranch. He is author of “A Painter’s
Quest: Art as a Way of Revelation.” Students
are encouraged to bring their own work as the
basis for discussion.
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May 2012 El Paso Scene Page 49
he El Paso Museum of History
now occupies a new two-story
building in Cleveland Square in
downtown El Paso, but the museum’s
own history began as the Cavalry
Museum, located on the far east edge of
town. Back in the early 1970s, as the
new Art and History Curator for the City
of El Paso, I helped to get the museum
started, along with the new Wilderness
Park Museum (now known as the El
Paso Museum of Archeology).
My interest in the cavalry goes much
further back then the Cavalry Museum.
My dad told me his war stories with the
7th U.S. Cavalry as part of the Punitive
Expedition into Mexico under General
John J. “Blackjack” Pershing. The expe-
dition was a response to Pancho Villa’s
March 9, 1916, raid on the border town
of Columbus, N.M. My dad, Sgt. Joe
Rakocy, was activated at once. He was
on active duty for one year in Mexico
and at times was reduced to eating horse
corn when other rations were unavail-
able. He also told of the great respect he
had for his mount as on a night foray
along lonely mountain trails, when he
played close attention to the horse’s ears
that could pick up any irregularity.
Of course, the modern cavalry bears lit-
tle resemblance to my dad’s days riding
a horse. Tanks and other machines long
replaced the four-legged transport.
But some things don’t change. Here are
some highlights of a U.S. Cavalry
Journal report written in 1904 by Major
George Morgan of the 9th Cavalry (as
retold in a recent issue of the U.S.
Cavalry magazine):
“As the Journal is only read by profes-
sional men, I may not be misunderstood
when stating that it is worth twenty years
of peace to feel the joy of entering into a
real campaign with a command of real
soldiers, fully organized, equipped and
drilled by or directed by under one’s
“This joy is tempered, if any of the
conditions are unfilled, and any officer
who had omitted from his calculations
that he must expect to be judged as if he
were thus perfectly equipped, has either
had no experience, has not studied histo-
ry, or is too sanguine for real work in
this world.
“There can be no better test to apply to
our regulars or to the organized militia
than the test of simulated war as found
in the big maneuvers, as everything up
to the point of actual contact may be
made as real as the same thing in war
itself. The game comes in when we meet
the human equivalent of bullets, the
umpire and here at the point of contact is
where he ought to be met. In effect, war
is a mixture of emotions, philosophies
and personal loves and hates.”
Major Morgan emphasized on the train-
ing of scouts and sharpshooters:
“The necessary disciplinary training for
scouts and sharpshooters is preferably
two years in the line. They must be good
horsemen, and for that reason would
mostly, but not
come from the
cavalry serv-
ice. The men
should first
have the disci-
plinary train-
ing, because in
this corps, dis-
cipline would
be enforced
but not taught.
Cavalry sol-
diers are special.”
Morgan was also critical of those who
would sit in judgment on the ways of
cavalry commanders:
“Indeed, whose is the Napoleon gift to
decide what is an offensive mission?
Unless specifically confined by orders, a
commander is given a mission to carry
out according to his own best judgment,
and merely because of the author of the
article in question has differed from
some engineer officer as to whether in
certain circumstance the best plan was to
act on the offensive or on the defensive,
he should not issue an ukase (edict) con-
demning Lee, Meade, McPherson,
Wright, Humphreys, and many other
illustrious officers as unfit ‘for the com-
mand of a mobile force.’
“Inferentially, the writer condemns
‘looking for a position.’ Has any battle
been fought in which one force was not
in ‘position,’ selected with a view to tak-
ing advantage of a clear field of fire,
secure flanks, screened maneuvering
space, and as many as possible of the
other advantageous features of the defen-
sive? If so, it will serve as an example of
what not to do in war.”
* * *
My military service was a bit more
mundane, although it was in the middle
of World War II. After training at Naval
Station Great Lakes near Chicago and a
small “bump up” in rating, I shipped off
to the Construction Battalion (SeaBee)
camp at Oxnard, Calif.
Hundreds of us G.I.’s were “put upon
the 8-hour-war treadmill” of training for
sea and island duty. We were going to
join a few hundred more men and
embark to the south Pacific and the
Philippines. Our goal was to occupy
Mactan Island, build airfields and
Quonset hut villages. (Mactan was the
island where Magellan was slain by
chief Lapu Lapu, thus ending Magellan’s
trek around the world.)
I carried a small sketchpad, a set of
pastels and a watercolor kit that I often
used in off-duty hours sketching dozens
of shipmates whose portraits were some-
times mailed back to the States in a con-
trived three-inch bamboo shipping tube.
I still have some of those early drawings
and watercolors in my sketchpad memo-
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‘Guys and Dolls’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre
presents the audience favorite through May 6,
directed by Jamie Barba. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday. Non-dinner
matinees are 2:30 p.m. April 29 and May 6.
Tickets $28-$40 dinner shows; $14-$24 non-
dinner matinee. Information: 747-6060.
This classic Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows and
Frank Loesser musical with its great score and
hilarious book was one of the theater’s biggest
hits when first presented in 1996. Set in
Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this
oddball romantic comedy soars with the spirit
of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of
vivid characters who have become legends in
the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but
uptight “mission doll” out to reform the evildo-
ers of Time Square.
‘Open Range’ — Deming Performing Arts
Theater presents the drama at 7 p.m. Saturday,
April 28, in Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine, in
Deming, N.M. Call for ticket prices.
Information: (575) 545-8872 or dpat.org.
‘Noises Off’ — The UTEP Department of
Theatre and Dance presents the hilarious
British “back stage” comedy through April
29, in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre,
presented by UTEP Department of Theatre
and Dance. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets:
Tickets: $12 ($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors,
military, groups of 10 or more and non-UTEP
students; $9 UTEP students and children age 4
to 12). Information: 747-5118 or the-
Written by English playwright Michael Frayn,
“Noises Off” features a play within a play. All
three acts of “Noises Off” center on the first
act of an awful sex comedy titled “Nothing
On.” The first act is the dress rehearsal, where
everything goes wrong; Act II is a matinee per-
formance where offstage and onstage antics
continue; and Act III comes at the end of the
play’s run, when performers are too burned
out to hide their miscues.
Frayn said the inspiration of his 1982 play
came from watching one of his own farces, and
he realized the offstage goings-on were more
hilarious than what was happening on stage.
‘Belles’ — The Las Cruces Community
Theatre presents the “play in two acts … and
45 phone calls” by Dan Thornton through
April 29. Directed by Gail Wheeler.
Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7-$10.
Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
The six Walker sisters hail from Memphis, but
now are scattered all over the country. Only
Peggy still lives in Memphis, where she cares
for Mama. The play begins with Peggy phoning
her sisters to tell them that Mama is in the hos-
pital after eating some bad tuna.
‘Shout!’ — American Southwest Theatre
Company presents the mod musical through
May 6 at NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($13 sen-
iors; $10 student with school ID), plus service
charge. Information: (575) 646-4515 or 1-800-
525-ASTC (2782).
This smashing 1960-style revue by Phillip
George, David Lowenstein and Peter Charles
Morris tracks five groovy gals as they come of
age during the liberating days that made
England swing.
‘Nobody Loves an Albatross’ — El Paso
Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the come-
dy by Ronald Alexander through
May 12. Directed by Mario Rodriguez.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and
2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 mil-
itary/students with ID). Information: 532-1317,
A television show producer uses ghostwriters
to keep his name at the top of the charts, but
will his bluff be called when he is asked to pro-
duce next big hit?
‘The Secret Garden’ - Kids-N-Co., 1301
Texas, presents the Tony-winning musical ver-
sion of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book April
28-May 13 and May 25-27. Directed by Ceci
Schlesinger. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets:
$7 ($5 children, students, military and seniors).
Information: 351-1455.
The enchanting classic of children’s literature
was re-imagined by composer Lucy Simon and
Marsha Norman.
Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox
returns to Yorkshire to live with her embit-
tered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid
son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include
a magic garden, which beckons the children
with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,”
spirits from Lennox’s past who guide her
through her new life.
‘Tick, Tick…BOOM!’ - No Strings Theatre
Company presents the musical by Jonathan
Larson May 4-20 at the Black Box Theatre in
Las Cruces. Directed by Dale Pawley. Jonathan
Larson’s autobiographical tale of a young com-
poser on the brink of turning 30 and falling into
oblivion. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 and 20, and
7 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Tickets: $10 ($9 stu-
dents and seniors; $7 all seats Thursdays).
Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
Most people are familiar with Larson as the
writer and composer of the 1996 rock opera
”Rent,” a sensation on Broadway that ran for
more than ten years and was made into a suc-
cessful movie in 2005. Tragically, Larson died at
age 35, just two days before his greatest suc-
cess had its opening night.
“Keep Fit” — Kids Excel’s annual “Event-of-
The-Year” dance performance is Wednesday,
May 9, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring 260
fourth-grade students from Douglass, Lamar,
and Zach White as well as Tiny Tots. This
year’s event features songs from the ‘80s.
Ticket information: 351-6999 or kids-excel.org.
‘Annie Get Your Gun’ — Mesilla Valley
Christian School presents their annual musical
at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 10-12, at the Rio Grande
Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in Las
Cruces. Admission: $10, at the door.
Information: (575) 525-8515.
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Annie Oakley is an incredible riflewoman who
was raised “Doin’ What Comes Naturally.” But
Frank Butler, the star sharpshooter in Colonel
Buffalo Bill’s show, knows full well that’s not
how “The Girl That I Marry” must be. The vic-
tor at the end is love — after all “There’s No
Business Like Show Business.”
‘The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare Abridged’ —El Paso
Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the parody
of the Bard’s works May 25-June 16. Directed
by Vanessa Keyser. Showtimes are 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets:
$10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID).
Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
The wildly shortened plays by William
Shakespeare are played by only three actors.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ fundraiser — El
Paso Playhouse hosts its Kickstarter fundraiser
through June 8 for its 49th season’s produc-
tion of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Donations of
$1-$100 are being accepted to cover extra
expanses. Those making a pledge to the show
can receive “thank you” rewards such as signed
programs, coffee mugs, pens, bumper stickers
and more. Information: 204-6766 or
kck.st/IbCdWs to make a donation.
‘Piecemeal’ — Las Cruces Community
Theatre present the musical comedy by
Howard Odentz June 1-17. Directed by
Autumn Gieb. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7-
$10. Information: (575) 523-1200 or
This musical comedy takes a new look at
Mary Shelley’s classic novel about the events
leading to the creation of the Frankenstein
monster. The plot follows Igor, the hunch-
backed son of the local undertaker, who yearns
to be a doctor. He crosses paths with Victor
Frankenstein, who is expected to uphold family
tradition and attend medical school, but would
prefer to pursue a career in fashion. The two
swap identifies to get what they want, and
along the way complications ensue.
Auditions & classes
‘Introduction to Improv’ — A workshop
lead-in to a longer improv workshop and show-
case is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at
the Black Box Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 717-A
North Mesquite Street. Students will learn the
basic ground rules of successful improvisation
for character development and scene building.
Exercises consist of short-form improvisational
structures. Instructor is Algernon D’Ammassa.
Cost: $40; space is limited. Information/regis-
tration: (575) 545-4665 or nogate@gmail.com.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ auditions – El
Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, announces
auditions for the Agatha Christie play at 7 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, April 29-30. Parts avail-
able for actors and actresses age 18 and older.
Performers must have a 1 or 2 minute mono-
logue prepared; no cold readings. Information:
532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
Performance dates are June 29-July 21.
‘Othello’ auditions — UTEP Department
of Theatre and Dance hosts auditions for its
September production of the Shakespeare
tragedy Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6.
Information/audition appointments:
‘Fat Chance’ auditions — No Strings
Theatre Company hosts auditions for the com-
edy at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8-
9 at the Black Box Theatre at the Downtown
Mall in Las Cruces. Directed by Jim Eckman.
Auditions consist of cold readings from the
script. Performance Dates are July 6-22.
Information: jiminie44@comcast.net. Roles are
available for all three main characters plus off-
stage voices.
heater elevates tragedy and none
more so than when Jonathan
Larson died unexpectedly from a
torn aorta just before the premiere of
what would become the Tony- and
Pulitzer-prize winning musical, “Rent.”
But one of his fans, director Dale
Pawley, who directs Lawson’s earlier
autobiographical show, “tick, tick…
BOOM!” this month at No Strings
Theatre Co. in Las Cruces, isn’t so sure
that it is his greatest work.
“I think there has been this great leg-
end built up around Larson,” Pawley
said. “His death just before the opening
of ‘Rent’ has been used to great effect
in making that particular show a suc-
cess. I think the music represented in
that show and in this one is very good,
and shows a lot of potential; perhaps if
he had lived long enough, he could have
become another Sondheim. But (and I
know I’m going to take a lot of heat for
this from the die-hard ‘Rent’ fans out
there) I think that ‘tick, tick… BOOM!’
is a better show. It’s certainly not as
ambitious as ‘Rent,’ but its simplicity
allows it to show more heart, and allows
its message to shine through more clear-
Pawley, who has worked in communi-
ty theater in Las Cruces since 1996, said
he chose this earlier work because it is a
show unfamiliar to most, which means
they won’t know what to expect.
“Also, I really find myself drawn to
the message of the show, the theme of
finding the courage to follow your
dreams, even if doing so entails some
The story follows the main character,
Jonathan, on the last week before his
30th birthday.
“He is not only trying to figure out
what to do with his life and his dreams,
but also attempting to put together a
workshop presentation of a musical he’s
just written,” Pawley said. “At the same
time, his best friend, Michael, is trying
to convince him to go to work at the
same ad agency where Michael works,
and his girlfriend, Susan, is trying to
talk him into moving away from New
York City and settling down to a more
‘normal’ life.”
Philip Alvarez, who was in “The
Spitfire Grill” and “The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the
Black Box Theatre, plays Jonathan.
“Originally, I had cast him in the role
of Michael, but when the actor I had
cast as Jon failed to show up, I promot-
ed Philip,” Pawley said. “It was the best
decision I could have made, especially
since he plays the piano very well, and
has been instrumental in helping the
other actors learn their songs.”
Recasting the lead wasn’t his only
bump in the road.
“My biggest challenge with this pro-
duction has primarily been what I usual-
ly deal with when directing musicals
and that is the coordination of so many
different elements. Music, acting, chore-
ography, tech, and the busy schedules of
everyone involved all have to be taken
into consideration. For someone like
me, who usually takes a ‘let’s see where
this leads and play things by ear’ atti-
tude, maintaining control over every-
thing is a huge challenge.”
But he loves and continues to do musi-
cals despite the hard work.
“I love watching a movie or a play
where, at any moment, the characters
could burst into song and thus clarify a
point or express an emotion that simple
dialogue and action won’t convey. The
reason I direct musicals is because it’s a
form of storytelling that I feel a great
passion for, and most of the actors I end
up working with feel the same way.”
He notes that people should realize
that this musical, centered on the
author’s 30th birthday, is not just a pre-
midlife crisis story.
“I’d like to make sure that everyone
realizes that the whole turning 30 aspect
of the show is merely a framework for
the bigger picture, which is making the
tough choice between following your
dreams and giving them up in favor of
society’s perception of what is normal
and right,” Pawley said. “I’m going to
be turning 40 myself later this year, and
I still deal with those questions all the
“Tick, Tick…BOOM!” showtimes are
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday May 4-19;
2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 and 20; and
7 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Tickets: $7-
$10. Information: (575) 523-1223 or
Carol Viescas is a veteran of
community theater and teaches
journalism at Bel Air High School.
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‘How to Get Published’ workshop —
Lee Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press and Jeanie
Glenn of Book Publishers of El Paso present a
two-hour workshop for aspiring writers at 9:45
a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Cinco Puntos Press,
710 Texas, followed by a question-and-answer
period. Cost: $20 (space is limited; advance
registration required). Information/registration:
838-1625 or 778-6670.
Book sale — Friends of the Northeast
Library host a book sale 1 to 4 p.m. Friday,
May 4, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5,
at the Richard Burges Library, 9600 Dyer.
Information: 759-2410 or 759-2406.
Algur H. Meadows Library opening —
El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Public
Library host the public opening of the first pub-
lic library dedicated to art in the United States
with a reception at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in
the El Paso Museum of Art’s Ginger Francis
Seminar Room. Information: 532-1707 ext. 34
or ElPasoArtMuseum.org.
A welcome from El Paso Museum of Art
Director Michael Tomor is 1:45 p.m. with com-
ments from MCAD Director Sean McGlynn,
City of El Paso Director of Libraries Dionne
Mack-Harvin and El Paso Museum of Art librar-
ian Adrian Moralez.
Reception follows at 2 p.m. in the seminar
The Algur H. Meadows Library is named in
honor of the area entrepreneur and art collec-
tor, is an affiliate of the El Paso Public Library
made possible by a grant from the Federal
Institute of Museum and Library Services with
additional support from the City of El Paso. A
registry of books that may be purchased at the
Museum Store for those wishing to donate to
the Library’s collection has also been created.
Library hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Admission is free; no library
card required.
Branigan Library book reviews — The
Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
will host a review and discussion of “El Sicario,
The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin” edit-
ed by Molly Molloy and Charles Bowden at
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the library’s
Roadrunner Room, 200 E. Picacho.
Refreshments served. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 496-0264.
Tumblewords Project — The writing
workshops are 12:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Saturdays at Memorial Park Public Library, 3200
Copper. Workshops are free; donations for the
presenter are encouraged. Now in its 13th
year, the group is open to all writers in a non-
critique, non-caustic forum. Information: 328-
5484 (Donna Snyder), 566-1034 (Memorial
Park Library) or
Tumblewords will host an evening or readings
with poet Michael C. Fort Friday, June 22, at
Santa Teresa Country Club. Details to be
GLBT book group — The newly formed
bimonthly book group meets at 7 p.m. the sec-
ond Monday of odd-numbered months. Open
to all GLBT and GLBT-friendly people interest-
ed in book discussions. Information/location:
566-5549, 861-2909 or 471-9396.
The inaugural May 14 meeting discussion is
on “A Single Man” by Christopher Isherwood.
Participants can also help plan future meetings.
Meeting months are January, March, May, July,
September and November.
Moreno Library book sale —The Friends
of the Esperanza A. Moreno Library will host a
spring book sale 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Saturday, May 19, at the library, 12480 Pebble
Hills. Used hardcover and paperback books,
magazines and more offered mostly at 25 and
50 cents. Information: 921-7001.
Friends of the Westside Libraries
membership drive — The nonprofit
Friends of the Westside Branches of the El Paso
Public Libraries hosts an ongoing membership
drive. Members receive a 10 percent discount
on all purchases at The Bookmark and are eligi-
ble for special “members only” sales. Annual
membership: $5 ($10 families; $1 students age
12-18; 50¢ children). Information: 833-2342.
Memberships taken at The Bookmark, 7348
Remcon, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 3 to 8 p.m.
Marfa Book Co. — 105 S. Highland in
Marfa, Texas. The book store and art space
hosts a variety events including book readings,
art exhibits and live performances. Events are
free unless otherwise listed. Information: (432)
729-3906 or marfabookco.com.
Barnes & Noble (Las Cruces) — 700 S.
Telshor in Mesilla Valley Mall. Nook tutorials
are 7 p.m. Thursdays. Information: (575) 522-
Children’s storytimes are 10 a.m. Fridays:
• May 4 — Costumed character Curious
• May 11 — Mother’s Day storytime and craft
• May 18 — Summer fun
• May 25 — Storyteller’s surprise.
Barnes & Noble (West Side) — 705
Sunland Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10
p.m. Sunday. Information: 581-5353 or bn.com.
• Hipolito Acosta will sign copies of hit book
“Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates
Mexico’s Deadly Crime Cartels” at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 28. Acosta is the most highly
decorated officer in the history of the U.S.
Immigration and Nationalization Service.
• Third Monday Book Group will meet at 10
a.m. Monday, May 21, to discuss the bestseller
“The Submission” by Amy Waldman.
Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays.
• April 28 and May 26 — Kids-N-Co. Story
• May 5 — Sun City Center for the Deaf
• May 19 — All Star Readers.
Barnes & Noble (East Side) —9521
Viscount. Information: 590-1932.
Author Melissa Rodriguez will sign copies of
her book about living with hearing loss, “Hear
Your Life,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
Sisters in Crime Book Discussion Group meet
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, to discuss “Still Life”
by Louise Penny.
Little One’s Storytime is 11 a.m. every
Saturday with Miss Bonnie:
• April 28 — National Poetry month story-
time with poetry by Shel Silverstein.
• May 5 — Cinco de Mayo
• May 12 — Doodle Day
• May 19 — “Earth to Stella”
• May 26 — “A Sick Day for Amos McGee.”
Reading the Easel Book Club —The El
Paso Museum of Art’s book group meets 4 to
5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month
in the museum’s seminar room to discuss art-
related books. Cost: $10 per session (free for
museum members), includes admission to all
exhibits. Participants must provide their own
books. Space is limited; call to hold a seat.
Information: 532-1707 ext. 16.
The May 17 selection is “The Art Spirit” by
Robert Henri.
Rail Readers Book Club — The club
meets at 11 a.m. the second Wednesday of the
month at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351
N. Mesilla in Las Cruces, to discuss a different
railroad themed mystery. RSVP appreciated:
(575) 647-4480.
Junior Ranger Storytime — Chamizal
National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, will host
free storytimes with a thematic craft for pre-
school and first-grade children 11 a.m. the first
Saturday of the month (May 5). Admission is
free, but reservations strongly recommended:
532-7272, ext. 131 or nps.gov/cham.
The Bookery — 10167 Socorro Road,
Socorro. The Bookery, inside the Mission Trail
Trading Post about a half-mile past the Socorro
Mission, specializes in children’s books, story-
telling puppets, teachers’ resources and region-
al interest books. Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Information: 859-6132 or 859-4066.
‘Magic Carpet StoryTime’ — Doña Ana
Arts Council hosts free storytelling events
11:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at its new loca-
tion at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main,
in Las Cruces, hosted by Dave Edwards. A new
book is read each week, followed by a drawing
for that book. Coupons for a free book at
COAS are also distributed at the event.
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First Thanksgiving Conference and
Celebration — The Genealogy Society of
San Elizario’s 21st annual conference “El Paso
Del Norte Confluence of Cultures throughout
the Centuries” is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at
the L.G. Alarcon Elementary cafeteria, 12501
Socorro Road. Admission is free. Call for cost
of luncheon. Information: 851-1682.
Food, genealogy exhibits, craft, kiddie rides,
live entertainment and more featured in
Veterans Memorial Plaza 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, April
28-29, with a car show Sunday and workshops
both days at Los Portales Museum near the San
Elizario Plaza.
The Genealogy Society will unveil “Museum
Family Genealogy Exhibits Room” at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday at the museum.
The annual “First Thanksgiving” reenactment
is 5 p.m. Saturday in the plaza, presenting the
arrival of the first Spanish settlers in this area in
April 1598. Costumed actors and dancers por-
tray the Native Americans and Spaniards.
Produced and directed by Maria Del Pilar
Featured speaker at Saturday’s conference is
Dr. Felix D. Almaraz Jr. Other presenters:
• Peter T. Flawn distinguished professor
Emeritus of Borderlands History, University of
Texas at San Antonio.
• Dr. Keith Erekson, UTEP, “Alternatives to
encourage inclusion of local history and cultures
into the curriculum by our schools, K-12”
• Maria Del Pilar Munoz, “The First
Thanksgiving; A New Approach”
• Jose Gutierrez, “History Stations”
• Panel discussion scheduled with Dr. George
Torok, EPCC and Dr. Maceo C. Daily, UTEP.
A presentation on “Our Original Cultures”
with an art exhibition and reception for
“History and Culture as depicted by the Arts”
is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Alarcon
Elementary Gym.
Chamizal Oral History Project —
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial, invites people to share stories, photo-
graphs, video and other objects of Chamizal
History with Park Rangers and historians 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Individuals,
businesses and organizations relocated off the
Chamizal land tract and those who witnessed
the Chamizal ceremonies of the 1960s may
record their stories and share their mementos.
Participation is free. Information: 532-7273,
ext. 129 or nps.gov/cham.
Fort Bayard Tours — Fort Bayard Historic
Preservation Society hosts guided tours of the
historic fort at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday in May
at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, 6
miles east of Silver City, N.M. Society members
will tell about the fort’s beginnings in 1866, the
Buffalo Soldiers, and other history. Most tours
start at the front porch of the museum and last
around two hours. All ages and leashed dogs
welcome. Cost: $3 suggested donation ($10
per family). Information: (307) 640-3012, (575)
388-4477 or fortbayard.org.
Each May tour will focus on a different topic:
• May 5 — Fort Bayard: Botanical Gold Mine
• May 12 — Nurses and Doctors
• May 19 — Ribbon Cutting for new pathways
at 9:30 a.m. with a recognition for Neta Pope
and Andrea Jaquez, authors of “The Fort
Bayard Story.” Book signing and sale follow
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• May 26 — Music at Fort Bayard - Bands and
Concordia ghost tour — Concordia
Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte
Paranormal Society hosts its monthly ghost tour
of the historic Concordia Cemetery 9 to 11
p.m. Saturday, May 5. Visit the haunted sites
where people have reported seeing a Lady in
White, and other ghostly apparitions. Tours
start under the big tree near the Yandell Street
entrance at 8:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older wel-
come. Cost: $10 per person donation.
Reservations required as space is limited.
Information: 373-1513 or
Bring recording equipment, cameras, extra
batteries, flashlight, comfortable (closed toe)
walking shoes and jacket in cooler months.
A midnight tour is midnight to 3 a.m. the night
of Saturday, May 12, for ages 18 and older. All
proceeds benefit the restoration and preserva-
tion of Concordia Cemetery. Meet at 11:30
p.m. at the Yandell entrance. Cost: $10.
Information: 373-1513 or ghosts915.com.
Centennial Notes—The monthly program
is 1 to 2 p.m. one Thursday each month at the
Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, north
end of the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154
or las-cruces.org/museums.
The programs are informal discussions on
local and regional history led by staff and volun-
teers. The May 10 lecture is on “Zebulon
Pike’s Santa Fe Expedition” with George
‘Remembering the Past’ series —
Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, N.M. will
host history-related speakers 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, as part of Heritage
Preservation Month. Admission is free with reg-
ular day-use fee of $5 per vehicle.
Information/schedule: Sylvia Brenner, 531-2711
or emnrd.state.nm.us/prd/panchovilla.htm.
Speakers are Kirtland AFB Archivist Stephen F.
Watson on the role of aviation during the U.S.
Punitive Expedition into Mexico in pursuit of
Pancho Villa, and the organization of Army avia-
tion before and after the Punitive Expedition;
and Geronimo’s great-grandson Harlan
Geronimo on historical and traditional use of
the Chiricahua, Sierra Madre, and Gila moun-
tains by various Apache bands, including their
importance to modern Apaches.
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of
Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The
Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are
relived through replicas of the original adobe
fort buildings and military artifacts,
Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Admission:
free. Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information: 568-4518.
A Mother and Daughter Open House and
Victorian Tea is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Admission is free, but reservations are required
by May 9; seating is limited. Information/reser-
vations: 568-4518, 588-8482, or oldfortblissmu-
El Paso Archaeological Society — The
society’s monthly meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday,
May 20, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology,
4301 Transmountain. This month’s program is
“The Destruction of the Past,” concerning the
science of archaeology, archaeological ethics,
and the importance of preservation of historic
and prehistoric heritage. Admission is free.
Information: 755-4332 or epas.com.
Dolly Dingle’s Tea Party — El Paso
County Historical Society will host its 7th annu-
al tea party for girls 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May
20, at the historic Burges House and Gardens,
603 W. Yandell. Garden opens at 1 p.m. Girls
should be at least 5 to attend. Tickets: $20
(paid reservations due by May 14).
Information/reservations: Carmen Stearns, 533-
3173 or info@elpasohistory.com.
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Santa Fe. For exhibit and special event informa-
tion, see “At the Museum” listing.
San Elizario Veterans Museum and
Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in
San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission
is free. Information: Ann Lara, 345-3741 or Ray
Borrego, 383-8529.
Mission Trail — Three historic churches lie
within eight miles of each other in El Paso
County’s Mission Valley.
• Mission Ysleta — Spanish and Tigua Indian
refugees from northern New Mexico founded
the community in the 1680s. The first mission
was built in 1692 and rebuilt completely in both
the 18th and 19th centuries. The current struc-
ture was built in 1851. It’s near Zaragoza and
Alameda on the Tigua Reservation. Information:
851-9997 (El Paso Mission Trail Association).
• Mission Socorro — The first adobe structure
in Socorro was built in 1692, and like nearby
Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later
centuries. The current structure dates back to
1843, with additions completed in 1873. It’s off
Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
• San Elizario Chapel — Established in 1789 as
a Spanish presidio, or fort, to protect the
Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county
seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877,
replacing a church built about 25 years earlier.
Technically, San Elizario Chapel is a presidio
church, not a mission. It’s on the San Elizario
plaza, off Socorro Road, 5.5 miles southeast of
Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail that
Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a
friend. Group tours are available. For San
Elizario tour information, call 851-1682.
Los Portales Museum and Visitor
Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. The muse-
um is housed in an 1850s Territorial-style build-
ing across from the San Elizario church. Hours
are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is
free. Information: 851-1682.
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Film Salon — The Film Salon at Trinity First
United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa (at
Yandell) celebrates its 10th anniversary at 7
p.m. Saturday, May 5, in Resler Hall, with a
reception, film screenings, DVD giveaways and
more. Admission is free. Information: 533-2674
or filmsalon.org.
The new summer film series begins at 7:30
p.m. Saturday, June 2.
Pax Christi Film Series —The series
presents the PBS film “American Experience:
The Triangle Fire” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services’
Mother Teresa Center, 2400 E. Yandell
(between Piedras and Cotton). Hosted by Pax
Christi El Paso and the Peace & Justice Ministry
of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. Admission is
free, donations
The film chronicles the 1911 fire that tore
through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New
York City, killing 148 young women and forever
changed the relationship between labor and
industry in the United States.
Film Las Cruces — The Rio Grande
Theatre and the City of Las Cruces Film Liaison
present the monthly film forum at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9. Locally made films are
screened alongside short films by student film-
makers, followed by Q&A sessions with the
filmmakers and industry news as it pertains to
the area. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is
free. Information: (575) 523-6403 or Las-
‘Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The
Desert’ — New Mexico GLBTQ Centers
host a fundraising screening of the road movie
that put drag on the map at 7 p.m. Friday, May
18, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in
the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The film fol-
lows three drag queens as they head out across
the Australian outback on their way to one last
big show, in a bus they have lovingly christened
Priscilla. A drag show and charity auction will
also be held. Tickets: $10. Information/reserva-
tions: (575) 635-4902.
Youth In Film Festival — Court Youth
Center, 402 West Court in Las Cruces hosts a
film festival for middle and high school students
to showcase their work 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, June 22. This year’s theme is
“Reflections of Youth;” an awards ceremony
and party are planned that evening. Submission
fee is $10 per student (school submission fee is
$20); deadline is May 22. Admission for movie-
goers is free. Information: (575) 541-0145, ext.
Students can submit a film up to 11 minutes
long in the following film genres: Animation,
Comedy, Drama, Horror, Music Video,
Narration or Romantic Comedy. Entry forms
available online at courtyouthcenter.com.
Movies at Branigan Library — Thomas
Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las
Cruces, shows films at 2 p.m. on the fourth
Sunday of every month in the Dresp Room.
Admission is free. Information: Elise Vidal,
(575) 528-4014 or evidal@las-cruces.org.
The April 22 movie is “The Colors of the
Mountain,” a modern-day portrayal of daily life
set in a remote part of the mountainous
Colombian countryside. It focuses on the
friendship between Manuel and Julián who,
while playing a game of football, kick the ball
into a minefield and do everything they can to
recover their prized belonging.
Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de
Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in
Mesilla. The historic theater, operated by the
Mesilla Valley Film Society, features films at
7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Foreign language films include subtitles.
Admission: $7 ($6 seniors and students with
ID; $5 society members and children); $5 on
Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-
8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
• April 27-May 3 — “Garbo: The Spy.” The
former manager of a chicken farm, Juan Pujol,
sets himself up as a German agent, operating
out of Lisbon but pretending to the Nazis that
he was based in London.
• May 4-10 — “My Afternoons with
Margueritte.” Gerard Depardieu plays
Germain, the village idiot in a provincial town.
A frail old woman introduces herself as
Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus) and introduces
the barely literate man to the pleasures of liter-
ature read aloud.
• May 11-17 — “Reuniting the Rubins.” In
this comedy, a stressed-out lawyer Lenny
(Timothy Spall) staves off retirement in order
to reunite his estranged children at the behest
of his aging, emotionally manipulative mother
(Honor Blackman).
• May 18-24 — “Oranges and Sunshine.”
During the 1950s and 1960s, England shipped
thousands of children, unbeknownst to their
parents, to Australia, where they mostly ended
up living in terrible conditions at institutions.
This movie is a fictionalized account of how
one social worker (Emily Watson) stumbles
upon the tragedy and dedicates her life to help-
ing these now grown-up children find their real
• May 25-31 — “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
Tucked away in a Tokyo subway concourse is
the first-ever sushi-only establishment to be
accorded the Michelin Guide’s highest rating.
David Gelb’s documentary explores the dedica-
tion of the 85-year-old chef, Jiro Ono, who
prepares simple trays of raw fish and rice with
an obsessive quest for perfection.
CinéMatinee Film Series — The Saturday
series showcases various themes, including life
in the West, old and new; notable movies that
have been overlooked; and films with New
Mexico connections. Screenings are at 1:30
p.m. Saturdays at the Fountain Theatre, 2469
Calle de Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the
plaza in Mesilla. Admission: $5 ($2 for Mesilla
Valley Film Society members), unless otherwise
listed. Information: (575) 524-8287 (leave mes-
sage) or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
• 1 and 3:30 p.m. May 5 — “El Sicario.” In this
documentary by director Gianfranco Rosi, a
nameless hitman based in Cd. Juárez, candidly
acknowledges his own responsibility for the
execution of hundreds of individuals, as well as
his immediate role in the torture and kidnap-
ping of those victims. Not rated.
In conjunction with the film, authors Molly
Molloy and Charles Bowden (one of the film’s
producers) will sell and sign copies of their
• May 12 — “The Learning Tree.” This 1969
film is a coming-of-age tale of a black teen-aged
boy in 1920s Kansas, who witnesses his friend’s
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father commit a murder. Rated PG.
Special guest is Silver City resident Kyle
Johnson, who stars as “Newt.” Johnson is the
son of actress Nichelle Nichols, who played
Uhura in Star Trek for many years.
• May 19 — “Under the Boardwalk: The
Monopoly Story.” A documentary on the classic
board game, with narration provided by
Zachary Levi, star of NBC’s “Chuck” and
Disney’s “Tangled.” Rated G.
• May 26 — “The Thin Red Line.” A wide-
ranging adaptation of a World War II novel by
James Jones directed by Terrence Malick. The
battle for Guadalcanal Island gives Malick an
opportunity to explore nothing less than the
nature of life, death, God, and courage. Starring
Nick Nolte, Elias Kote, Ben Chaplin, Sean Penn
and Jim Caviezel. Rated R. Admission is free for
all veterans.
CineMarfa Festival — CineMarfa’s second
film fest is Wednesday through Sunday, May
16-20, at the Crowley Theater in Marfa. The
event features a variety of short and feature-
length films, personal appearances, selected
film clips and more. All screenings are free, but
seating is limited. RSVP requested. Information:
(432) 729-3212 or cinemarfa.org.
Appearances include filmmakers Harmony
Korine presenting his film “Trash Humpers” and
“Gummo,” Mark Flood presenting his art
videos and more. Screenings this year include
Werner Herzog’s documentary about Texas
Death Row inmates “Into the Abyss,” Peter
Watkin’s “Punishment Park” and Tobe
Hooper’s first film “Eggshells.”
Also offered: contemporary art videos curat-
ed by writer and artist Trinie Dalton, tribute to
abstract filmmaker Jordan Belson, and docu-
mentaries by Blaine Dunlap and Sol Korine
Also: a survey of underground film legend
George Kuchar, the portrait of Native
Americans living in downtown Las Angeles
“The Exile,” a collection of indigenous-pro-
duced short films from around the world, a
short documentary about Sister Corita by
Aaron Rose and various short films.
New Mexico Museum of Space
History — Alamogordo, N.M. The museum’s
Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater presents:
• “Everest” (11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m.). The
documentary narrated by Liam Neeson follows
a 1996 Everest expedition as three climbers
train and travel to Katmandu through the
Himalayas and finally reach the Everest summit.
• “Hubble.” In this classic IMAX film, narrated
by Leonardo DiCaprio, audiences will blast off
alongside the Atlantis STS-125 crew, witness
some of the most challenging spacewalks ever
performed and experience Hubble’s awe-
inspiring imagery, from the heart of the Orion
Nebula and Milky Way to the edge of the
observable universe. The film with rotate with
the showings of “Everest” and “Nine Planets
and Counting” May 3-25. Call for schedule.
The new Spanish language version of the film
is at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily through May 24.
• Planetarium show: “Nine Planets and
Counting” a journey through the solar system
(noon and 2 and 4 p.m.).
Tickets: $6 ($5 for seniors and military; $4
ages 4-12). Ages 3 and under free for all shows.
Museum/Max combo tickets available.
Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-2840
or nmspacemuseum.org.
Theatre closed April 30-May 2 for mainte-
Jay’s Film Forecast — Film historian Jay
Duncan prepared this list of top monthly
“Coming Attractions” for movie fans, listed by
studio and release date. Release dates are sub-
ject to change.
May 4
• The Avengers (Paramount) — Robert
Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson.
Directed by Joss Whedon.
• The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox
Searchlight) Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie
Smith. Directed by John Madden.
• First Position (Sundance Selects) —
Documentary. Follows six young dancers from
around the world as they prepare for one of
the most prestigious ballet competitions, the
Youth America Grand Prix. Directed by Bess
• A Little Bit of Heaven (Millennium) — Kate
Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Kathy Bates.
Directed by Nicole Kassell.
May 11
• Dark Shadows (Warner Bros.) — Johnny
Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green. Directed by
Tim Burton. Based on the 1960s cult daytime
TV show and the two 1970s theatrical releases.
• The Dictator (Paramount) — Sasha Baron
Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly. Directed by
Larry Charles.
• God Bless America (Magnolia) — Joel
Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke
Smith. Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.
• Hick (Phase 4) — Chloë Grace Moretz, Rory
Cilkin, Blake Lively. Directed by Derick Martini.
• Where Do We Go Now? (Sony Classics) —
Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Nadine
Labaki. Directed by Labaki.
May 18
• Battleship (Universal) — Alexander
Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson.
Directed by Peter Berg.
• Hysteria (Sony Classics) — Maggie
Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones.
Directed by Tanya Wexler.
• What to Expect When You’re Expecting
(Lionsgate) — Cameron Diaz, Matthew
Morrison, J. Todd Smith. Directed by Kirk
May 25
• Chernobyl Diaries (Warner Bros.) — Jesse
McCartney, Olivia Dudley, Jonathan Sadowski.
Directed by Bradley Parker.
• Men in Black III (Columbia) — Will Smith,
Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin. Directed by
Barry Sonnenfeld. Sequel to original 1997 and
2002 box office hits.
• Moonrise Kingdom (Focus) — Jared Gilman,
Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis. Directed by Wes
• The Intouchables (Weinstein Co.) — François
Cluzet, Anne Le Ny, Omar Sy. Directed by
Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano.
DVD Releases
May 1
• Joyful Noise / PG-13
• New Year’s Eve / PG
• Haywire / R
• W.E. / R
May 8
• Underworld: Awakening / R
• Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie / R
May 15
• The Grey / R
• One For The Money / PG-13
• Albert Nobbs / R
• Rampart / R
May 29
• We Need to Talk About Kevin / R
• Coriolanus / R
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Local: Memorial Day Weekend
has never sounded better
Our ears will be overflowing with choices
this Memorial Weekend as two multi-day
shows duel to attract fans. The Neon Desert
Music Festival, now in its second year,
focuses primarily on electronic music. One
of the genre’s founding fathers, Moby, is the
headliner. Moby was about a decade into his
career when he was finally embraced by the
mainstream with his hit “South Side,” featur-
ing Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. The event
will also feature a good deal of rock, and
marks the return of our city’s very own
Sparta. The other way to spend the three-day
weekend is to test the strength of your tym-
panic membrane with the KLAQ Balloon
Festival. It starts out with Buckcherry whose
performances can best be described as
molten lava spewing out of a volcano at a
million miles an hour. Next up is nu-metal
religious rockers P.O.D. The decibels get
cranked to the max with the closing headlin-
ers, heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah, which
consists of equal parts Mudvayne,
Nothingface, Damageplan and Pantera mem-
bers. Whichever way you spend the holiday,
it will be music to your ears.
National: Chickenfoot,
“Chickenfoot III, eOne Music
There has been much made about the recent
release of the newest Van Halen disc with
original vocalist David Lee Roth, and
deservedly so — it is an exceptional album.
The other side of the brothers Van Halen
saga is Sammy Hagar, who has managed a
successful solo career. His most recent ven-
ture is Chickenfoot, which features a guitar
virtuoso of its own in Joe Satriani. The skins
are handled by Chad Smith, with a pedigree
steeped deep in Red Hot Chili Peppers, and
the bass is slapped by Van Halen alum
Michael Anthony. The newest release is
Chickenfoot III (don’t worry if you missed II
— they pulled a Traveling Wilburys and con-
veniently skipped the sophomore slump).
The album is very reminiscent of Hagar’s
output between that infamous mid ’80s to
mid ’90s sound that he hasn’t been able to
recapture since. It’s nice to hear him return to
what he is best at — this album would fit
comfortably between 5150 and OU812,
which is a very cozy place to be. If you were
on team “Van Hagar” and never really got
over his abrupt departure, dig into a heaping
bowl of Chickenfoot stew.
Nada Surf, “The Stars are
Indifferent to Astronomy,”
Barsuk Records
The irony of Nada Surf is that the very song
that got them into the one-hit wonder catego-
ry was a tune titled “Popular.” The summer
anthem of 1996 served as a satirical guide to
teenage popularity, complete with a video
that played incessantly on MTV. A second
album was slated for the following year and
the classic label/artist debacle unfolded. The
band broke contract and slipped back into
mainstream society for a few years. It wasn’t
until 2000 that the sophomore effort saw a
proper release. Since then they have had a
steady independent following and are now on
their seventh disc, “The Stars are Indifferent
to Astronomy” is far and away an absolute
masterpiece, with every cut keeping the lis-
tener in eager anticipation of what is to fol-
low. They just came off a covers album in
2010 and perhaps it was performing some of
their all-time favorites that ignited the spark
to take their game to the next level. This is
their crowning achievement with old school
college rock meeting power pop and combin-
ing forces like never before. The Stars may
be Indifferent to Astronomy but Nada Surf
should not be indifferent to anyone.
Willie Nelson, “Heroes,”
Legacy Records
At the age when most are waiting for their
card to be punched, a few are acting as if
they are just arriving on the scene. This is the
case for the latest venture by Willie Nelson
and Legacy records. Nearly 80 years old,
Nelson has just signed a new deal and
“Heroes” is the first testament to the con-
tract. Willie started out as a DJ playing his
favorites on the radio, and within two years
he was on those very same airwaves. In the
late ’60s Ray Price helped kick his career
into overdrive, and his songwriting credits
also began to take hold of the charts. Billy
Walker, Faron Young and, of course, Patsy
Cline’s performance of “Crazy” solidified
him as a top songwriter. In the ’70s he
teamed up with Waylon Jennings and dab-
bled in the pop arena. In the ’80s he co-
founded The Highwaymen with his old
friends Waylon, Johnny Cash and Kris
Kristofferson. This new collection brings
back some of those familiar faces and
embraces new ones. The roster includes
Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow and Snoop
Dogg. Sons Lukas and Micah Nelson share
the spotlight on most tracks. There are a few
new shots at some old classics, a handful of
shiny new originals and a couple of outstand-
ing cover versions. Willie’s spin on Coldplay
and Pearl Jam are not to be missed. The Red
Headed Stranger’s unmistakable talents are
instantly recognized on “Heroes.”
Collectibles: David Bowie,
“The Rise & Fall of Ziggy
Stardust & The Spiders From
Mars,” EMI Records
When it comes to the extensive reworking of
an artist’s catalogue, Bowie fits right in with
Elvis Presley and 2Pac, except he is still is
alive and well, just on an extremely extended
hiatus. Bowie has had everyone’s hand in the
pie, from RCA to Ryko to Sony. This one is
brought to us by the fine folks at EMI, which
has been doing a brilliant job of reissuing
some of his greatest studio works. Their lat-
est offering is the 40th anniversary edition of
the groundbreaking and hugely influential
album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
and The Spiders From Mars.” While it only
peaked at No. 7 stateside, it featured cuts like
“Starman,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” and the
relentlessly covered “Suffragette City.” It
featured Mick Ronson on guitar and eventual
Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The album
instantly intrigues as we attempt to follow
the life and ultimate death of an androgynous
alien rock star, and it is evident that the
author has done his fair share of substances
in creating this tale. This revamped offering
arrives in two configurations: a remastered
CD and the ultimate fan pack vinyl set, with
a 5.1 mix and high resolution audio DVD
complete with rare mixes. The prescribed
dose is to take both, and rise and fall with
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
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Other June items are listed elsewhere
in this issue.
El Paso Diablos Baseball —Game time is
7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.) at Cohen
Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Ticket informa-
tion: 755-2000 or diablos.com.
• June 7-10 — Grand Prairie AirHogs
• June 11-13 — Amarillo Sox
• June 22-24 — Laredo Lemurs.
El Paso Summer Music Festival - The
festival’s 2012 Potpourri Concert featuring
pianists Jeremy Mims and Melissa Loehnig along
with the winners of the 2012 Young Musicians
Competition is 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, in the
El Paso Museum of Art Auditorium. Tickets:
$15 ($10 seniors/military; $5 students).
Information: 449-0719 or epsmf.org.
Freedom Crossing Summer Concert
Series — The free monthly concert series
runs through the summer months at Fort Bliss’s
Freedom Crossing begin Friday, June 8.
Schedule to be announced. Information: free-
Academy Sports & Outdoors Sun
Bowl International Soccer
Tournament —The 13th annual youth soc-
cer tournament for boys and girls is June 8-10
at various fields throughout El Paso.
Information: 533-4416 or sunbowl.org.
Billy The Kid Festival — The 3rd annual
festival named for the infamous outlaw is Friday
through Sunday, June 8-10, in San Elizario.
Admission is free. Information: 594-8424 or bil-
Chivas El Paso Patriots Soccer —The
professional soccer team’s takes on West Texas
at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Patriots Stadium)
6941 Industrial. The Patriots are an affiliate
team with Chivas de Guadalajara. Information:
771-6620 or elpasopatriots.com.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake — Big Brothers and
Big Sisters of El Paso will hold its 13th annual
Bowl for Kids Sake Saturday, June 9, at Bowl El
Paso, 11144 Pellicano. Information: 544-4203,
ext. 104.
PrideFest 2012 — The annual parade and
festival in honor of National Gay Pride Month is
Saturday, June 9. Other events this year
include the Official Kick Off Party Thursday,
June 7; Pride Dance Party Friday, June 8, and
Pride Day at Wet N Wild, Sunday, June 10.
Information: elppride.org.
‘Melodies at the Park’ — El Paso Parks
and Recreation’s free outdoor music concerts
are at 7 p.m. on selected Sundays. Information:
• June 10 — Four Dreamers at Eastwood
Park, 3001 Parkwood
• June 17 — Magnum Blues at Shawver Park,
8100 Independence
• June 24 — Billy Townes at Westside
Community Park, 7400 High Ridge.
Music Under the Stars — The 29th sum-
mer concert series, Music Under the Stars
World Festival, presented by the City of El Paso
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
returns 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays, June 10-
Aug. 12, at the Chamizal National Memorial
amphitheater. (no performance July 1).
Admission is free. Information: 541-4481
(MCAD), 532-7273 (Chamizal) or elpasoart-
• June 10 — Ivon Ulibarri and Café Mocha
(salsa/merengue) from Albuquerque
• June 17 — Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliners
(oldies) from San Antonio
• June 24 — Grupo Fantasma (Latin funk)
from Austin
St. Anthony’s Day Celebration — The
annual commemoration of the feast day of St.
Anthony is all day Wednesday, June 13, at
Ysleta del Sur Reservation (near Zaragoza and
Alameda). Dancing, food and more.
Information: 859-8053.
‘Nuestras Tradiciones’ — Ballet Folklorico
of El Paso performs at 7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, June 15-16, at Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $7.
Information: 532-7273.
‘Viva El Paso!’ —The summertime pageant
celebrates its 35th Anniversary at McKelligon
Canyon Amphitheatre Fridays and Saturdays
June 15-Aug. 12. Information: 433-3684 or
Big Daddy Car Show —Sunland Park
Racetrack and Casino will host the 13th annual
Father’s Day event Sunday, June 17. Admission
is free. Information: (575) 874-5200.
Ballet Folklórico Churuhui and Paso
del Norte — The groups perform dances
from the different regions of Mexico at 7:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, at the
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial. Information: 588-5743.
Tia McGraff — The folksinger/songwriter
performs at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at
Scottish Rite Temple Theatre, 301 W. Missouri,
with opening act Applejack. Tickets: $15($10
students). Advance tickets available at All That
Music and Video or at the theatre. Information:
All That Music & Video, 594-9900.
Downtown Street Festival — Live music
will fill the main stage, rock stage and Latin
stage, along with food, games 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday and Saturday, June 29-30. Information:
544-9550 or klaq.com.
Outdoor Concerts at the Plaza — The
City Parks & Recreation Department’s free
family-oriented summer lunchtime concert
series is noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in June
and early July at San Jacinto Plaza, 111 Mills,
Downtown. Information: 252-9031 or 240-
‘Alice in Wonderland’ – El Paso Playhouse,
2501 Montana, presents the Lewis Carroll clas-
sic June 29-July 21. Information: 532-1317,
Miss Fort Bliss pageants — The first Miss
Fort Bliss and Miss Fort Bliss Teen will be
crowned at the inaugural pageant events noon
to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Camino
Real Hotel, 101. S. El Paso. Information: 820-
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Cert. Training with Danny 39
Chase Suite Hotel 47
Cloudcroft Art Workshops 5
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El Paso Art Association 37
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Executive Singles 42
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Furrs Family Dining 35
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Glass Goodies 25
Hal Marcus Gallery 43
Hans Martial Arts 22
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Inside Out Designs Inc. 41
Int'l Quality Products 45
Jewelry Gallery 29
Johnson Jewelers 33
Johnson Jewelers 49
La Tierra Café 49
Leo’s Mexican Food 42
Life Steps OBGYN 28
Lynx Exhibits 33
Mad Science 16
Magoffin Home St. Hist Site 23
Marie Otero 22
The Marketplace 25
Martha Garcia 23
Mesa Street Antique 26
Mesilla Book Center 52
Meth. Children’s Home 22,40
Mimbres Reg. Arts Council 14
Mind/Body Studio 27
Moody Travel 41
Mt Carmel Cemetery 7
Nayda’s Gems & Stones 24
New Image Laser Cosmetics 3
New Mexico Wine & Chile 11
Paseo Christian Church 40
Paws Listen and Dance 42
Perkins Jewelry Supply 48
Pet Guardian Angel 5
Petland El Paso 46
PhiDev Inc 38
Physician’s Vein Care 60
Pizazz 30
Precision Prosthetics 26
Prestige Women’s Health 18
Prints Charming 53
Psychic Lynn 53
Real Estate El Paso 58
Krystyna Robbins 29
Ronda Brown 26
Rubin Gallery 35
Salon Saleh 47
San Elizario artists 59
San Francisco's Cosmetics 13
Sasahara Studio & Gallery 43
Sheldon Jewelry 16
Shundo Dance Studio 20
Silver City ACD 16
Silver City MainStreet 37
Sun City Women's Health 48
Sunland Park Racetrack 9
SW Student String Inst. 57
T or C Fiesta 7
Telemates 55
Teresa Fernandez 44
Thunderbird Digital 45
Touch of Class 53
Tulip’s Antiques 12
Unity Bookstore 52
UTEP Athletics 58
UTEP P3 32
Vanities 2
Village Inn 50
Walgreens 46
Western Traders 26
Wet & Wild 12
Wyler Aerial Tramway 23
Yoga for Life 41
Advertiser Index
El Paso Scene Page 59 May 2012

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