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For three years,
The Plaza Classic Film Festival
has been a phenomenal success.
This accomplishment has only been possible
through the amazing support
of our community.
To the volunteers who gave their time,
the celebrity guests who shared their stories,
and the people in the audience who enjoyed watching it all,
thank you.
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Fiesta de las Flores —The Hispanic
Cultural Center presents the festival 6 p.m. to
1 a.m. Sept. 3-5 at El Paso County Coliseum,
4100 Paisano, with food, vendors, music,
dances and more. Tickets: $12.50 (per day).
Information: 533-3730 or
The presentation of the Queen’s candidates is
7:30 p.m. Friday with the coronation of this
year’s Fiesta Queen is 7 p.m. Saturday.
A special Military Awards Ceremony is 9:15
p.m. Sunday.
Friday’s peformers are Magia Duranguese,
Latin Soul, Border Roots, Martha Mendoza Y
Su Mariachi, Pepe Rodrigues, Exito, Jorge
Amato, Groupo Luz De Luna, Fito y Martin
100% Cadetes and Los Silvers De Juarez.
Saturday’s performers are Jaqueline Mata,
Zonic Infiniti, Chicago Impression, Sonny
Powell and the Night Dreamers, Sonora
Dinamita and Group Intocable.
Sunday’s performers are Ballet Folklorico
Paso Del Norte, Players Band, Sonny Powell, El
Paso Band, La Sabrosura De Fito Olivares and
Los Rieleros Del Norte.
Minerpalooza 2010 — UTEP’s 20th annual
back-to-school bash and pep rally is 6 p.m. to
midnight Friday, Sept. 3, corner of University
and Hawthorne. The family-friendly event fea-
tures fall sports teams, games, information
booths and appearances by UTEP athletes. Live
music by Sleepercar, Brown Betty, Radio La
Chusma and Pan 8. Kids Zone hours are 6 to
10 p.m. Admission is free. Miner game tickets
will be sold. Information: 747-5670 or
Civic-Cultural Organization of Puerto
Ricans — The El Paso group’s traditional
Labor Day weekend family celebration is noon
to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at Biggs Park, Biggs
Army Airfield. The event includes salsa music,
traditional dancing troupes, domino tourna-
ment, souvenir sales and jumping balloon for
children. Puerto Rican food be sold. Admission
is free. Information: (575) 589-2389.
Kiwanis Skip Rock Championships —
Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso host its annual cham-
pionship and family fun picnic 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5, at Ascarate Lake. Judges for
the contest are members of the Diablos. Also
featured are information booths from groups
like Children’s Miracle Network and
Candlelighters, kids activities and a special
appearance by “Elvis.” Information: 549-4606
or Proceeds benefit Kiwanis schol-
arships and sponsored student programs.
Taste of El Paso and KLAQ BBQ — The
25th annual El Paso Restaurant Association
event is 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at
Western Playland in Sunland Park. The one-day
food fest features the area’s finest restaurants
in one location, offering samples from their
menus for the general public. Tickets: $20 at
the gate; advance tickets $15.95 (available at
area 7-11, Fina Pic Quik stores. Age 2 and
younger free. Information: 544-8864, (575)
589-3410 or
Concert headliners are Trapt, Since October
and Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights.
This year’s event also features El Paso Mayor
John Cook cooking with and selling his Señor
John’s barbecue sauce.
Other food presenters are Texas Roadhouse,
Ay Cocula, Fuddruckers, Famous Dave’s,
Delicious Mexican Express, Price’s Creameries
and Tropical Snow.
Fiesta San Elceario — The annual fiesta is
6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m., Sunday, Sept.
10-12, in the Veterans Memorial Placita in front
of San Elceario Catholic Church. Admission is
free. Information: 851-3105 or 851-2333.
The fiesta offers music and dancing, church
gorditas, other food and drinks, sweets, games,
novelty items, and rides for adults and children.
Bands include Grandeza Norteña, Mysterio
Musical, Chapter 13, Exito, Tony Ortiz &
Friends, SD Fuerza and Grupo Amistad.
El Paso Comic Con — Comic book great
Joe Benitez is the guest of honor for the first
ever EPCON, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday
and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, at the Wyndham
Airport Inn, 2027 Airway. Organized by Broken
Tree Comics, El Paso’s only nationally distrib-
uted comic book publisher, the event features
panel discussions, Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments, cult
classic horror films, Cosplay contests, live
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September Roundup 3-18
Behind the Scene 4
Scene Spotlight 6
Here’s the Ticket 19-21
Program Notes 22-23
Music, Comedy 24-25
Dance 25
Viva Juárez 26
El Paso Fishnet 27
Sports 28-31
Becoming Bicultural 32
Feature: 33-36
Do you know your local schools?
History Lessons 37
At the Museum 38-40
Nature 41-44
SW Art Scene 45-50
Gallery Talk 51-52
Keep on Bookin' 53-54
Racking Up History 54
On Stage 55
Stage Talk 56
Film Scene 57-58
Liner Notes 59
October Preview 60-61
El Paso Scene User’s Guide 58
Advertiser Index 62
Subscription Form 62
El Paso Scene Page 3 September 2010
Page 4 El Paso Scene September 2010
earing the news about stray bul-
lets from Juárez hitting El Paso
City Hall and UTEP buildings
reminds me how history repeats itself.
Nearly 100 years ago a few El Pasoans
were collateral damage due to similar
stray bullets from the Battle of Juárez that
raged in May 2011. Residents of Sunset
Heights climbed atop their roofs to watch
the Revolutionary forces led by Francisco
Madero win the decisive campaign
against the Federales. Today’s cartel vio-
lence is less visible but more deadly, with
nearly 6,000 victims killed since its out-
break in our sister city in early 2008.
So far the violence has stopped at the
border except for the occasional bullet
that has yet to cause any physical damage
other than two broken windows. The
damage to El Paso’s reputation has been
far worse — despite our ranking as one
of the safest cities in the United States,
we are constantly asked questions about
the danger from Juárez. Just this morn-
ing, as I started to write this column,
National Public Radio ran a story about
the UTEP incident.
The story, fortunately, was much more
subdued than local media coverage. One
TV station interviewed Sunset Heights
residents about their fears of being hit by
stray gunfire. Most were not alarmed, but
a couple of people said they were afraid
to let their children play outside. Of
course, if you are being asked such ques-
tions by a TV news crew, your anxiety
level tends to go up. A local newspaper
story carried a headline about city leaders
trying “to calm EP fears” but the story
itself reported that students were “oblivi-
ous” to any threat of gunshots.
Should we be afraid? As long as the
chance of harm is less than being struck
by lightning, we can ignore that particular
risk. Should we be concerned? Yes, but
it’s ironic that two broken windows in El
Paso raise more emotion among some
than 6,000 deaths across the river.
* * *
Maritza Jauregui-Neely emailed me a
copy of her “Viva El Paso” painting a
few weeks ago for consideration as a
cover image, and I quickly fell in love
with it. It reminded me of all that El Paso
Scene represents, and seemed especially
appropriate for September. September not
only is the month that all the event calen-
dars go into high gear, but also is the
Scene’s anniversary month — we cele-
brate our 17th anniversary this issue.
* * *
September is also the kickoff for
Celebration of Our Mountains, a series of
hikes, field trips and other outdoor events
aimed at cultivating an appreciation of
our natural attractions. All the events are
listed at — you can
get a preview on Page 36.
As part of the Celebration, El Paso
Scene once again sponsors its annual
“Hike Up Cristo Rey” Saturday, Oct. 2.
The hike begins around 8 a.m., and lasts
about 3 hours. It’s a relatively easy 5-
mile round trip. We’ll provide some talks
on local history along the way and at the
summit. A $5 donation ($2 for kids) is
requested for the Mt. Cristo Rey
Restoration Committee, a group of volun-
teers who have preserved and protected
the trail and monument for over 70 years.
Committee members who are also volun-
teer sheriff’s deputies will provide securi-
ty in the parking lot and along the trail.
No reservations are required. Just show
up at the trailhead. To get there, take
McNutt Road (NM 273) south from the
Racetrack Drive bridge, or north from the
NM 273/Sunland Park, N.M. exit off
West Paisano. Look for the sign indicat-
ing the turnoff for Mt. Cristo Rey.
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entertainment and more. Members of the Star
Garrison of the 501st Legion will also be pres-
ent. Costumes encouraged. Tickets: $15 one
day; $25 both days; available in advance at All
That Music, Bersals Chop of Horrors,
HappyRobbot, and Beanie Planet. A $5 dis-
count for all military with ID. Information: 422-
2846 or
Starr’s Country Fair — The 4th annual
Country Fair sponsored by Wrangler is 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11-12, at Starr Western Wear,
11751 Gateway West, featuring live entertain-
ment, demonstrations and more. Admission is
free. Information: 533-0113, ext. 27.
Proceeds benefit area 4H groups and other
youth programs.
Entertainment includes Six Guns & Shady
Ladies, live country and mariachi music, ballet
folklorico, hay rides, cowboy campground and
cowboy equipment demonstration, petting zoo,
kids’ roping lessons, free horse rides, games,
hourly prize giveaways and more.
Wrangler poster girl Magda Angel will sign
autographs and judge contests Saturday.
New this year is the Wheelbarrow Parade.
Schools and other youth-oriented non-profit
organizations are invited to create a float that
can be carried on a wagon and which illustrates
a theme from El Paso’s history. Cash prizes for
top three entries.
Mexican Independence Day — The
200th anniversary celebration of Mexican
Independence begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 15, San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El
Paso. Admission is free. Information: 533-6311.
The celebration commemorates the “Grito de
Dolores” that Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
gave the night of the Sept. 15 that ignited
Mexico’s rebellion against Spain. The Mexican
Consul General’s office honors Mexico’s inde-
pendence with this ceremony filled with live
music and ballet folklóricos dancing.
‘Mexico Lindo y Que Rico’ —The festival
celebrating the 200th anniversary of the
Mexican Revoultion is 4 p.m. to midnight
Thursday, Sept. 16, at El Paso County
Coliseum, featuring live music and entertain-
ment, Mexican food, a children’s area and
more. The coliseum’s parking lot will be trans-
formed into a traditional pueblo with cantinas,
tiendas and resturants. Tickets: $10 in
advanced ($3 childen 12 and younger); $15 at
the gate ($5 children). Advance tickets available
at all area Circle K locations. Information: 313-
9669 or
Organized by the MegaRadio radio stations
and their five sister stations.
Featured performers include Polo Urias y su
Maquina Norteña, Tropicalísimo Apache, Los
Rodhuiz, Banda Jerezana, Sonora Blue, Kristal
Martinez, Aaron (Juan Gabriel tribute artist),
Latido Musical, and Mariachi Chapala.
Oktoberfest — The annual celebration that
brings a taste of Bavaria to El Paso is Sept. 17-
19 in Building 747, Carter and Pleasonton
roads on Fort Bliss. Courtesy of the German
Air Force Air Defense Center at Fort Bliss, the
event includes Bavarian food, beer, music and a
souvenir shop. Information: 568-8923.
Live entertainment is provided each day by
“The Eyachtaler” band from Germany.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Proceeds go to the German Air Force Aid-for-
the-Needy. Tickets: $25 for Friday and
Saturday (includes beer stein, Bavarian dinner
and raffle ticket). Tickets available (advance
only) at BwBA USA/West, Bldg. 516 A, R. 111.
Military Appreciation and Family Day is noon
to dusk Sunday with a Catholic service at 10:45
a.m. Admission is free.
La Fe Chicano Heritage Festival —
Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe host its 7th
annual celebration of the Chicano culture 3 to
10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at La Fe
Preparatory School Grounds 616 E. Father
Rahm. Includes family games, Chicano educa-
tion events, live music and more. Admission is
free. Information: 545-7190.
Mestizo Chili and Backyard BBQ
Cook-Offs — San Elizario’s first chili and bar-
becue cookoffs are Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
18-19, at Peña Gallery and Studio, 1456 N.
Main, in San Elizario. The event features cash
prizes and trophies for winners, food, drinks
and more. Information/RSVP: Juan, 433-0592 or
Saturday cook-offs are chile ($40 entry) and
jack pot beans ($10 entry).
Sunday cook-offs are barbecue cook offs for
ribs, brisket and chicken ($20 per meat entry)
and jack pot salsa ($10 entry).
Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park
Conservation Committee hosts a car show and
art exhibit 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19,
at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno,
featuring the unveiling of a column mural
“Chuco Suave” by Gabriel S. Gaytan, a car
show with Latin Pride Car Club, Chicano art
exhibits, community, booths, Danza Azteca,
folklorico, matachines and live music.
Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or
El Paso County Fair and Junior
Livestock Show — The 58th annual County
Fair and Junior Livestock Show is Wednesday
through Saturday, Sept. 22-25, at the El Paso
County Coliseum fairgrounds, 4100 Paisano.
Admission is free. The fair and livestock show is
one of the oldest in the Southwest.
Information: 526-3791 or
Livestock Auction is 1 p.m. Saturday (with the
Buyers BBQ at noon).
El Paso Ford Dealers Southwestern
International PRCA Rodeo —The 81st
annual rodeo is Sept. 23-26 at Cohen Stadium
in Northeast El Paso. Cowboys and cowgirls
from all over the world are scheduled to partic-
ipate in El Paso’s only professional rodeo fea-
turing nightly performances and live entertain-
ment. Special fan promotion events are planned
for each performance. Performance times are
7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1:30 and 7:30
p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7
in advance; $10 day of performance; free for
ages 3 and younger. Group rate is $5 each for
groups of 50 or more. Information: 755-2000, or
Ysleta Renaissance Faire — The annual
festival will be Friday through Sunday, Sept.
24-26, at the Ysleta ISD Fine Arts
Amphitheater and Plaza, 8455 Alameda. Arts
and craft vendors, food booths, entertainment
and games for children are offered 6 to 10 p.m.
each evening. Attendee are encouraged to
wear period costumes. Admission to the Faire
is free. Information: 434-9715.
In partnership with Eden Enterprises,
Shakespeare on-the-Rocks will perform 8 p.m.
each evening during the Faire: “Twelfth Night”
Friday, “Romeo and Juliet” Saturday and
“Othello” Sunday.
Shakespeare-on-the-Rocks runs Sept. 3-27;
see “On Stage” for details. Tickets: $10 ($8 stu-
dents, military and seniors).
September Roundup
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Elephant Festival — Join Juno and Savannah
the Asian elephants in the 9th annual festival
that honors the zoo’s biggest residents 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26, at
the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, featuring bio-
facts from elephants, elephant-themed games
for kids, enjoy story times and demonstrations,
live entertainment and enjoy a meal from “A
Taste of the Wild.” Information: 532-8156 or
521-1850, or
Admission is $10 for ages 13 to 61; $7.50 ages
62 and older and active duty military (including
spouse) with ID; $6 ages 3 to 12; and free ages
2 and under. Zoo members admitted free.
A special “Breakfast with the Elephants” is
8:30 a.m. both days. Deadline to sign up is
Sept. 20. Breakfast: $25 ($15 zoo members;
$16 age 12 and younger ($10 zoo members);
includes zoo admission.
Produce Hunt is 12:30 and 2 p.m. both days.
Families can help feed the elephants by hiding
food for them during this special behind-the-
scenes tour: $10 per person (ages 7 and older
welcome). Reservations required. Information:
521-1881 or
Elephant presentations and bubble bath are
10 a.m. and noon in the elephant demo yard
and the Festival Parade is 11:30 a.m. starting at
the Franklin Canal Bridge.
Asia dance contests for different age groups
begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
‘National Alpaca Farm Day’ —La
Buena Vida Alpacas, 1090 Hwy 28, La Union,
N.M., will participate in the 3rd annual
“National Alpaca Farm Day” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25-
26. The public can meet the alpacas and learn
more about these inquisitive, unique animals
with art and craft vendors, baked goods, ranch
tours, and spinning and weaving demonstra-
tions. Admission is free. Information: (575)
589-4323, or
The alpaca ranch hosts free tours 10 a.m. to
noon Saturdays and Sundays.
La Viña Harvest Festival — The annual
fall celebration is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Oct. 2-3, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S.
NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. (one mile
north or Vinton Road). Admission: $15 ($5 ages
12-20; free for children under 12). Admission
for adults includes a commemorative glass and
tasting. Everyone under 21 must be accompa-
nied by adult parent, guardian or spouse).
Information: (575) 882-7632 or
Mount Cristo Rey: Hike Through Time
— A hike with presentations on Mount Cristo
Rey and local history is offered at 8 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland
Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3
hours). Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation
requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration
Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reser-
vations are required.
Hike leader is Randy Limbird, editor and pub-
lisher of El Paso Scene. Security is provided
along trail and in the parking lot.
The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is
suitable for all ages.
Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead
to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273).
Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross
the Rio Grande.
St. Luke’s Country Fair — The 27th
annual fair, featuring the popular “Running of
the Bulls: Great Dachshund Stampede 2010,” is
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at St.
Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7050 McNutt Road,
near Canutillo, featuring food, vendors, kids’
games, a barn sale and more. Admission is free
with a canned food item donation. Information:
(575) 874-3972 or
To get there: Take Farm Road 259 west from
Canutillo, which becomes McNutt Road. St.
Luke’s is a half-mile west of the state line.
Southern New Mexico
‘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.
Information: 1-800-548-9378 or silvercitymain- The Sept. 3 event features dedica-
tion of the Downtown Gateway Arch with live
music and entertainment.
All-American Gun & Western
Collectible Show — The 1annual show is 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5,
at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Hundreds
of guns, gun-related items, Indian artifacts,
knives, cowboy gear and more will be on dis-
play. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities.
Admission: $5 (free for age 12 & under free).
Information: (575) 257-6171 or
Cloudcroft Labor Day Fiesta — The
annual family party is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, on Burro
Avenue in Cloudcroft. Live music, games, a
sidewalk sale food and the chance to explore
and hike in the surrounding mountains.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733
or 1-866-682-8777 or
Free melodramas at the Open Air Pavilion in
Zenith Park are 7:30 p.m. nightly, Sept. 3-5.
This season’s feature is “Poultry in Motion.”
Cottonwood Festival —The 20th annual
Labor Day Weekend arts and craft festival is
Sept. 4-6 in Alameda Park, alongside White
Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo. The event offers
more than 80 booths of handmade arts and
crafts, entertainment, food, zumba and hip-hop
demonstrations, karaoke and more. Hours are
11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30
p.m. and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
Admission is free. Information: Alamogordo
Chamber of Commerce, (575) 437-6120, 1-
800-826-0294 or
An Ambassador Breakfast is 7 to 10 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, with sausage, eggs, pan-
cakes, juice and coffee. Cost: $6.50 per plate.
Harvest Wine Festival — The New
Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its
2010 Labor Day Weekend festival noon to 6
p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, at
the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds,
Las Cruces. Admission: $15, includes souvenir
wine glass; under 21 free accompanied by par-
ent of legal guardian. Monday is Military Day,
with $3 discount for active duty military with
ID. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of
age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets,
coolers or open containers allowed.
Information: (575) 522-1232, 1-800-494-6366
The festival features wines produced by New
Mexico’s leading wineries, available for tasting
and for sale by the glass, bottle or case, plus
live entertainment each day, specialty foods,
arts and crafts, and the University of Wine with
featured speakers and presentations.
Grape stomp contests are held on the hour
from 1 to 5 p.m.
September Roundup
Cont’d from Page 5
Please see Page 7
Arts International — The 43rd annual Arts
International Juried Exhibition is Sept. 22-
Oct. 8 at the Union Depot. Page 42.
Benise — The Nuevo Flamenco world
music and dance spectacular is Oct. 5 at The
Plaza Theatre. Page 64.
Humane Society Benefit — Art show is
Sept. 11 at Sasahara Gallery. Page 45.
Starr’s Country Fair — Sept. 11-12 at
Starr Western Wear. Page 9.
El Paso Convention and Performing Arts
Center — Jazz On The Rocks runs through
Sept. 12 and Movies in the Canyon runs
through Sept. 25 in McKelligon Canyon;
Disney Live! is Sept. 17-19 at Abraham
Chavez Theater; Bryan Adams is Sept. 30 at
the Plaza Theatre. Page 4.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
UTEP —The popular UTEP continuing edu-
cation program’s Fall 2010 semester classes
begin Sept. 13. Page 15.
Young Musicians Competitions — 2011
applications are available online beginning
Wednesday, Sept. 15. Page 25.
Square Dance Party — Southwest Area
Square and Round Dancers Association hosts
a free party Sept. 17 at Grace Lutheran
Church. Page 57.
El Paso Artisan Gallery —Showing
through Sept. 18: “Hues of Blue,” artistic
interpretations of the color blue by 15 area
artists. Page 48.
LYNX Exhibits — Sept. 18-Jan. 2:
“Cracking the Code: Human DNA.” Page 52.
Mission Trail Art Market — More than 80
area artisans and craftpersons Sept. 19 in
the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San
Elizario. Page 46.
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The Fall
French classes for children and adults ses-
sions begin the week of Sept. 20. Page 43.
Pena Gallery and Studio San Elizario –
Grand opening for Amado M. Pena Jr.’s new
gallery in San Elizario is Sept. 23. Page 3.
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino — A
Tribute to Elvis and Shakira is Sept. 23, and
a Tina Turner/Donna Summer/The Supremes
Tribute Concert is Oct. 21, in the Signature
Showroom. Page 11.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra – The sea-
son begins with guest pianist Valentina Lisitsa
Sept. 24-25 in the Plaza Theatre. Page 28.
The Maize at La Union —The cornfield
maze opens Sept. 24-Nov. 7 in La Union,
next to Zin Valle Winery. Page 25.
‘This is Flamenco’ — Spanish flamenco gui-
tarist Salvadora Velasco performs Sept. 26
at the Chamizal National Memorial. Page 5.
An Evening with Jack Hanna - El Paso
Zoo presents an evening with the acclaimed
animal expert and his animal friends Sept.
28 at The Plaza Theater. Page 17.
Arts Festival —Art & Frame Mfg. hosts its
first-ever event Oct. 1-2 at the company’s
showroom and patio. Page 49.
‘Spotlight 2010’ Gala — Border AIDS
Partnership’s musical gala is Oct. 2 at
UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Page 32.
‘Buddy Walk’ 2010 — EPCC Diversity
Programs’ walk benefiting disabled student
scholarships is Oct. 2 at EPCC’s Valle Verde
campus. Page 37.
St. Luke’s Country Fair — The 27th annu-
al fair, featuring the ”Great Dachshund
Stampede 2010,” is Oct. 2 at St. Luke’s
Episcopal Church. Page 18.
‘Bombay Bellywood’ —Bellydance
Superstars’ showcase is Oct. 6 at the
UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Page 16.
El Maida Fall Bazaar —The 2nd annual fall
show and sale is Oct 9-10 at El Maida Shrine
Auditorium. Page 8.
Native American Festival and Campout
— Oct. 16-17 at Cougar Park in Socorro.
Page 9.
Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery —
Showing through Nov. 5: “Drawing: The
Essence of Art” group exhibit. Page 48.
Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center —
Showing through Nov. 13: “Border 2010:
Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena and
David Rochkind.” Page 26.
Southern New Mexico
Branigan Cultural Center — Located in
the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Showing
Aug. 27-Oct. 9: “Frida Kahlo: Through the
Lens of Nickolas Muray.” Page 52.
Silver City MainStreet events — Street
Dance and Downtown Gateway arch dedica-
tion (Sept. 3); San Vicente Artists “Labor of
Love” Art Fair (Sept. 4-5); Gem and Mineral
Show (Sept. 4-5); Gila River Festival (Sept.
16-19). Page 27.
All-American Gun & Western Collectible
Show — The annual show is Sept. 4-5 at
the Ruidoso Convention Center. Page 29.
Cloudcroft Labor Day Fiesta — The
annual family party is 10 Sept. 4-6 on Burro
Avenue in Cloudcroft. Page 27.
Celestial Creations Open House — Sept.
11 in Truth or Consequences. Page 5.
Elephant Butte Celebration —The annu-
al celebration and balloon regatta “Honoring
America’s Heroes” is Sept. 11-12 at
Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Page 21.
Tularosa Basin Wine & Music Fest —The
4th annual event is Sept. 18-19 at Alameda
Park in Alamogordo. Page 19.
Hot Springs Festival — The 2nd annual
festival is Sept. 25 in downtown Truth or
Consequences. Page 19.
Pancho’s Car Show — The 5th annual car
show is Sept. 25 at Pancho Villa State Park
in Columbus. Page 7.
Mesilla Valley Maze & Pumpkin Patch —
The Las Cruces labyrinth is open Sept. 25-
Oct. 31. The 3rd annual New Mexico
Pumpkin festival is Oct. 9-10. Page 13.
Ski Run Road Challenge — The 4th annual
race featuring the highest finish in New
Mexico is Oct. 16 at the Eagle Creek Sports
Complex in Ruidoso. Page 55.
Scene Spotlight highlights events adver-
tised in this issue.
Featured entertainers begin at 12:15 and 3:15
p.m. daily. Saturday’s performers are Daddy Os
(rockabilly) and Nuevo Sol (southwest music);
Sunday’s are Terry Bullard (country) and The
Liars (80s and 90s music); Monday’s peformers
are Remember Then (classic hits) and C.W.
Ayon (one-man blues and roadhouse classic).
To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West
toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit
and follow the signs.
Hatch Chile Festival —The “chile capital
of the world’s” 38th annual celebration is
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, at the Hatch
Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of
Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts
and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and paint-
ing demonstrations, live music, beer garden and
fresh roasted Hatch green chile. Admission:
$10 per carload. Information: (575) 267-5483
The Hatch Valley Chile Festival Parade is 10
a.m. Saturday in downtown Hatch.
Live music includes the Simon Balkey 12:30
and 1:45 p.m. Saturday; Queen Priscilla
Banuelos at 12:30 p.m., Las Cruces High School
Mariachi at 1 p.m. and Clay Mac 3 to 5 p.m.
Contests are 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. Saturday and
1:30 p.m. Sunday, including chile eating, chile
toss and watermelon eating.
Horseshoe tournament is 12:30 p.m.
Saturday; registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
The Chile Festival auction is 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Hillsboro Harvest Festival — Percha
Creek Traders Artisan’s Cooperative hosts the
2nd annual Labor Day weekend festival 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, in Hillsboro, N.M.,
featuring works by area artists, artist demon-
strations, and a farmer’s market with local pro-
duce including newly harvest apples from the
Mimbres Valley. Guests can visit the Black
Range Museum and Ocean Grove Hotel, and
see historic adobe homes, churches, and ruins
dating from the late 1800s. Information: (575)
895-5797 or
Featured artists include Jane Dobrott (west-
ern hat shaping and wire sculpture) and Ray
Hamlett (native woodwork). Local, shops, gal-
leries and restaurants will be open.
Percha Creek Traders is in downtown
Hillsboro on Highway 152, 17 miles west of I-
25 at exit 63.
River Rendezvous — The outdoor craft fair
is Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, at
Chartreuse Moose gallery in Ruidoso, N.M.,
across from the tennis courts on Sudderth
Drive., featuring area arts and crafts and food.
Information: (505) 990-3550.
‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral
Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem
and Mineral Society’s 27th annual show in
Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 4-6 at the Grant
County Business and Conference Center, 3031
Hwy 180 East, in Silver City, N.M. The show
offers guided field trips, vendors, silent auc-
tions, exhibits and demonstrations. Hours are
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free.
Celestial Creations Open House — The
artspace and specialty shop at 220 N. Date
Street in Truth or Consequences, N.M. hosts its
4th anniversary with an open house event 6 to
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, with free sam-
pling of several gourmet items, artists meet-
and-greets, door prizes, live music and more.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-7591
The space features art, craft, jewelry, gourmet
foods and home decor from over 100 regional
artists, artisans, craftspeople and companies.
Doña Ana Doll Club Show & Sale —
The annual doll and doll accessory show is 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Days
Inn Conference Center, 901 Avenida de Mesilla,
Las Cruces. Includes dolls, doll accessories,
bears, toys and miniatures. Dolls may be
brought in for minor repairs, restringing and
advice. Door prizes offered. Admission: $2.
Information: (575) 523-1413.
Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta —The
30th annual regatta is 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 11-
12 at Lion’s Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State
Park. Events including a competitions, mass
ascension of around 50 hot-air balloons, ven-
dors, arts and crafts, food, music and more.
Admission: $5 per car. Information: (575) 744-
4708 or (505) 307-4142.
‘Red, White & Blue’ Chili Cook-Off —
New Mexico Museum of Space History in
Alamogordo and International Space Hall of
Fame Foundation will host it first chili cook-off
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in the
museum’s upper parking lot, open to all non-
profit and charity organizations, or teams rep-
resenting those organizations. Proceeds from
the sale of tasting cups will be split among the
teams. Registration is $15 per team. Tasting
cups: $2 each (includes 10 tasting tickets).
Information: (575) 437-2840, ext. 41153, or
Shop and Dine Mesilla Day — The
Town of Mesilla and Mesilla businesses host
their first day celebrated the area businesses,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The day
celebrates restaurants and businesses near the
Mesilla Plaza, at the Mercado area off of
Avenida de Mesilla and Calle de Mercado, the
Old Tortilla Factory at Calle de Parian and
Avenida de Mesilla, Caballero Plaza off Avenida
de Mesilla and businesses along Avenida de
Mesilla. Booths will be set up on the plaza, and
many merchants will feature discounts and
prizes. No pets, alcohol or smoking allowed on
the plaza. Admission is free. Information: Kristie
Garcia, (575) 524-3262 ext. 116.
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — The
40th annual rally is Sept. 15-19 in Ruidoso.
The rally includes poker runs, trade show, bike
judging, tours, parade, stunt show and other
events at Ruidoso Downs Sports Theater
Complex. The rally is sponsored by the
American Motorcycle Association National
Road Riding Convention. Information: (800)
452-8045, (575) 378-4140 or
Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta —
The annual Fiesta is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday
and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18-19, at the
Mesilla Plaza, with about 30 vendor booths
offering art, crafts, games, drinks and food.
There will also be a greased pole climb and
piñatas for kids. Attendees may bring folding
chairs. No alcohol, smoking and pets allowed
on the plaza. Information/entry forms: (575)
524-3262, ext. 116.
Opening ceremonies are at noon Saturday.
The Fiesta Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday
along Avenida de Mesilla, beginning at Four
Points Gin and ending at the Mesilla Town Hall.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Early
Generations.” Floats, ands, spirit squads,
antique vehicles, specialty units and other
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entries welcome. No entry fee. Deadline to
enter is Sept. 1.
Entertainment Saturday includes Ballet
Folklorico Tierra del Encanto, Mariachi Real de
Chihuahua, Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, Mariachi
Espuelas de Cobre, Las Perlitas del Pueblo and
Lucilene de Geus and Paco Antonio Flamenco
dance groups. The evening will conclude with
the variety band Dulce from 6 to 10 p.m.
Sunday’s entertainment headliners are Nuevo
Sol from 4 to 7 p.m.
Lumberjack Day — The 17th annual day-
long event is Saturday, Sept. 18 in Zenith Park,
Cloudcroft, with axe throw and standing block
chop and “hot saw” competitions, demonstra-
tions and more. Visitors can come test their
own lumberjack skills. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 682-2733.
Tularosa Basin Wine & Music Fest —
The 4th annual event takes place noon to 6
p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19, at
Alameda Park 1321 N. White Sands Blvd.,
Alamogordo. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12
at the gate (age 20 and younger must be
accompanied by adult). Information:
Wine tasting begins at noon, featuring New
Mexico wines from over 10 vineyards. The fes-
tival also offers arts and crafts and food ven-
dors. Live music featured each day.
White Sands Hot Air Balloon
Invitational —The 19th annual ballooning
event featuring around 50 hot air balloons is 7
to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19,
at White Sands National Monument and loca-
tions in Alamogordo. Launches begin at sunrise
both days, with a balloon glow Saturday night.
Park entrance fee: $3 (free for ages 15 and
younger). Information: (575) 679-2599 or 1-
Whole Enchilada Fiesta — Tasting the
World’s Largest Enchilada is just part of Las
Cruces’ 30th annual festival Sept. 24-26, at
Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 600 E. Hadley
in Las Cruces. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight
Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Events include live
entertainment, food, arts and crafts vendors,
carnival rides and “Enchilada Land” games and
rides for kids. Admission: $3 (free for age 6 and
younger). Information: (575) 526-1938 or
Enchilada Land offers kids’ activities. Separate
fees, up to $2, may be charged.
A beer garden is open 6 to 11 p.m. Friday,
noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday. Admission: $5 (ages 21 and older only).
Opening ceremonies are 6 p.m. Friday. Live
musical entertainment continues all three days
on two stages 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to
11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Friday’s headliners are Chente Barrera y
Taconazo 7:30 to 9 p.m. and Latin Breed 9:30
to 11 p.m. Saturday’s headliner is Los Lonely
Boys, 9:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday’s headliner is
Sunny and the Sunliners, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The annual Whole Enchilada Parade, “30
Years of Hot Stuff,” begins at 10 a.m. Saturday
at the Hadley Complex.
The making of the World’s Largest Enchilada
is 11 a.m. Sunday.
Huacha Tournament begins at 1 p.m. Saturday
on Hadley Ave., east of Unidad Park.
Registration at 10 a.m. Cost per player: $10.
Horseshoe Tournament begins at 4 p.m.
Saturday, same location. Entry fee is $15.
Registration begins at 10 a.m.
The Whole Enchilada 5K race and 1-mile runs
begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Meersheidt
Recreation center. Awards ceremonies follow
at 9 a.m. See sports listing for details.
Hot Springs Festival — The 2nd annual
festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25,
along Foch Street in downtown Truth or
Consequences, N.M. featuring live music by
country, blues, bluegrass and classic rock bands
from throughout Southern New Mexico. There
will be tours of the hot springs, a “Spa Poker
Run,” activities for children, contests, food and
arts vendors and a beer garden. Information:
(575) 740-3902 or
Formerly known as “Palomas Hot Springs,” in
1914 the town officially changed its name to
“Hot Springs” until 1950 when the town
changed its name in honor of the popular radio
Mesilla Valley Maze & Pumpkin Patch
— The 11th annual Las Cruces labyrinth, at
3855 W. Picacho, is open Sept. 25-Oct. 31.
Admission information: (575) 526-1919 or
To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West
(Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at
Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one
mile to the Maze on 6h4 Lyles’ family farm.
Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalley-
This year’s theme celebrates the discovery of
the dwarf planet Pluto, with an image designed
by Anna Lyles.
The farm’s 3rd annual New Mexico Pumpkin
festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Oct. 9-10, featuring, pumpkin painting,
slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and live
music, storytelling the Pumpkin Glow, and
Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The
5th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres
Valley Health Action League is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25, at San Lorenzo Elementary
School grounds, off Hwy 152 in the Mimbres
Valley, N.M. with music, storytelling, food,
crafts, kids activities, best pie contest, health
screenings, a farmers’ market and agricultural
workshops. Information: (575) 536-9681 or
Oktoberfest at Holloman — The
German Air Force at Holloman Air Force Base
near Alamogordo, N.M. invites the public to
enjoy German food, drink and music at its 14th
annual Oktoberfest 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 25, at the GAF Maintenance Hangar.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate
(includes mug and first filling). Advance tickets
available at the Alamogordo Chamber of
Commerce. Information: (575) 572-2612 or
(575) 437-6120.
The event features authentic German food
such as bratwurst, schnitzel, potato salad, pret-
zels along soft drinks and Oktoberfest beer,
and live music by the Die Lustigen Eyachtaler.
Pancho’s Car Show — The 5th annual car
show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25,
at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, N.M.
Trophies awarded in several categories, plus a
$100 Best of Show award. Food and drink for
sale at the park, raffles, door prizes, live music
and more also featured. Show admission free
with regular park admission of $5 per carload.
Information/entry fee: (575) 531-2711.
RGT Anniversary Celebration — The
Doña Ana Arts Council and the historic Rio
Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las
Cruces, celebrates the 5th anniversary of the
theatre’s reopening at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26,
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featuring music by Oldies But Goodies with
master of ceremonies Jim Shearer. Admission:
$10 donation. Information:(575) 646-4746 or
Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 29-
Oct. 3, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The
fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auc-
tion and a barbecue. Information: (575) 388-
4223 or (575) 313-5825.
Southern New Mexico State Fair —
The 44th annual fair is Wednesday through
Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, at the Doña Ana
County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las
Cruces off I-10. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight
Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday. Admission to fair and special events
includes the Speedway, rodeo and live enter-
tainment: $10, $8 ages 7-12. Children age 6
and younger free. Information and event times:
(575) 524-8602 or
The fair offers livestock exhibits and shows,
live entertainment, carnival rides, arts and
crafts, food and more. This year’s headline
concert is Reckless Kelly at 9:30 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 2.
Aspenfest — The Village of Ruidoso’s cele-
bration of fall colors, is Saturday and Sunday,
Oct. 2-3. This year’s theme is “A Red, White
and Blue Ruidoso Valley.” Events include a chili
cook-off, arts and crafts fair, street vendors,
Aspenfest Parade and vintage car show.
Information: (575) 257-7395
The Aspenfest Parade starts at 10 a.m.
Saturday, at Sudderth and Mechem.
Arts and crafts booths will be open 9 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 to 5 p.m. Sunday at
Schoolhouse Park on Sudderth. Admission: $2
(free for children under 12). Information:
Bonnie Richardson, (575) 378-4661
The Rod Run Car Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track.
Admission is free. Information: Ron Duscha,
(915) 598-0621.
The Ruidoso Chili Society’s annual Chili
Cook-Off is all day Saturday at the Ruidoso
Downs Race Track. Information: Rick Thomas
(575) 336-8399.
Cloudcroft Octoberfest — The 33rd
annual Octoberfest Juried Art Show is 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 2-3, at Zenith
Park in Cloudcroft. About 60 booths will range
from oil paintings to sketches, pottery to black-
smithing, leather to yarn spinning and blown
glass. Live music and family activities also fea-
tured. Admission is free. Information: (575)
Kodak Albuquerque International
Balloon Fiesta —The 2010 fiesta, “Earth,
Wind and Flyers,” is Oct. 2-10 in Albuquerque.
Mass ascensions each morning at 7 a.m.
Tickets: $6 (free for ages 12 and younger).
General parking: $10/car. All-event ticket and
parking packages available. Balloon Fiesta
Hotline: (888) 422-7277 or
Pinos Altos October Fiesta — The
mountain village of Pinos Altos, N.M. will host
its 12th annual fall fiesta 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2. Most events are in the his-
toric Main Street area. The fair offers live
entertainment, “Old West” shootouts and reen-
actments, children’s activities, arts and crafts,
collectibles, gold-panning, antiques and various
food vendors. Proceeds benefit the Pinos Altos
Volunteer Fire Department. Information: gila-
The Grant County Art Guild will have an arts
& craft sale/exhibit.
Taste of Downtown Silver City — The
annual event featuring a “walk-about tour” of
15 area restaurants, cafes and coffeehouses is
Saturday, Oct. 2, in downtown Silver City. The
event features food samples from various menu
items from different restaurants and shops, a
fake/bake sale and music showcase, vendors
and more. Information: (575) 534-9005 or sil-
• Taste of Downtown Walk-About Tour is 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. at 15 participating locations.
Cost is $15; information: (915) 534-9005.
• Non-Profit Fair & Music Showcase is 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. in the Morning Star parking lot.
Continuous entertainment.
West Texas
Marfa Lights Festival —The 24th annual
festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious
lights is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 3-5 in
Marfa, Texas. This year’s theme is “For
Marfans, By Marfans,” celebrating local talent.
Activities over the Labor Day Weekend include
food and crafts booths, a main street parade,
contests, concerts and street dances in the
Presidio Courthouse area. Information: (432)
729-4942, 1-800-650-9696 or Web:
The festival opens Friday with music by Sally
Thieves of Midland, followed by street dance
with Tex-Mex music by Max Rios and the
The festival 10K run and 5K walk are 6:30
a.m. Saturday. Information: marfalights-
The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, fol-
lowed by live music and a pet contest.
A performance by conjunto and cumbia band
Grupo Exito is 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The festival concert is Saturday with Little Joe
y La Familia at Vizcaino Park with special guest
Nightlife. Ticket information: (432) 729-4445.
Sunday’s entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m.
with Dry Creek Diggers and The Mystic
Gitanas. Sunday’s night’s street dance features
tejano band Los Matadors.
The Sunday Night concert and dance at the
MAC Building features music by Wayne West.
Admission: $15 ($25 couples).
Big Bend Balloon Bash — The 2010 hot
air balloon festival in Alpine, Texas, will feature
nearly 30 colorful balloons Saturday through
Monday, Sept. 4-6 at the Sierra La Rana com-
munity 2 miles south of Alpine on State Hwy
118. Gates open at 7 a.m. mass ascension at
7:30 a.m. each day. Admission to the launch
site is free. Information: (432) 837-7486 or big-
A star party is 8 p.m. Saturday at the launch
field, and a Fire Concert is 8 p.m. Sunday, at
Buck Stadium.
Wild West Chile Fest — The 52nd annual
Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair Sept. 17-18,
on the fairgrounds in Dell City. Information:
Mountain Man Rendezvous — The 26th
annual event celebrating the mountain man cul-
ture is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at
Sproul’s Campground in Fort Davis. Includes
various black powder shooting competitions
including a pistol and blanket shoot, dinner, trail
walk and more. Information: Charlie, (432)
426-3272 or
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Bazaars and fairs
St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 47th annual
Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, at the St.
Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at
Crescent). The event offers food, games and
live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a
Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is
planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is
free. Information: 566-2261.
Proceeds from the event go directly to the
education, housing and living expenses for the
Woman’s Club Fall Festival — Woman’s
Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, will host its
annual Fall Festival bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
11-12, featuring a variety of vendors offering
arts and crafts, books, antiques and more.
Proceeds benefit the preservation and restora-
tion of the club, built in 1916. Admission: $3.
Information: 532-6131.
St. Frances Fiesta — St. Frances Xavier
Cabrini Catholic Church’s 12th annual bazaar is
Sept. 17-19 at 12200 Vista del Sol at Peter
Cooper, between Zaragosa and Loop 375. The
event includes live entertainment, food, games
and raffle. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to midnight
Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 2 to 10
p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information:
Breakfast booth opens at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Art in the Park —The City Parks &
Recreation Department’s Fall arts & crafts fair
is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
18-19, at Memorial Park Reserve, 3100
Copper, featuring continuous entertainment,
food and craft vendors. Admission by donation.
Information: 533-3311.
Father Yermo Bazaar —Father Yermo
schools, 220 Washington), hold their 12th
annual bazaar noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and
noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18-19. Activities
include games, food, raffles, entertainment and
more. Information: 533-3338.
St. Mark’s Artisan Fair - St. Mark’s
United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road,
will host their 2nd annual “fair like no other
holiday fair” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
18, in the church Fellowship Hall, featuring 40
fine artists and craftspersons offering original,
hand crafted art works. Door prizes offered
throughout the day and breakfast, lunch and
snacks available for purchase. Admission is free.
Information: 581-4444 or
Mission Trail Art Market — More than 80
area artisans and craftpersons display their fine
arts and crafts during the monthly open-air
market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in
the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San
Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario.
Items include pottery, jewelry, painting, sculp-
ture, photography, gourmet treats, seasonal
decorations, home accents. Food and drink
concessions, entertainment and guided tours of
historic San Elizario offered. Admission is free.
Information: 594-8424 or missiontrailartmar-
‘The Garden’ at The Maze — The Maze
at La Union, 1101 Hwy 28, in La Union (next
to Zin Valle) hosts a farmer’s market featuring
five acres of chilies, vegetables, and watermel-
ons through Sept. 22, before the fall opening
of The Maze. Five varieties of hot and medium
chile featured, as well as tomatoes, sweet corn,
squash and more. Twenty percent discount on
“U-pick” vegetables. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Information:
549-1323 or
Socorro Mission Bazaar —The annual
event is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24-26 at
La Purisima Catholic Church, 328 S. Nevarez
(next to the Socorro Mission). The event is
held annually in honor of the feast day of Saint
Michael. Information: 859-7718.
Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to
midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free.
The event offers food, games, live entertain-
ment, mechanical rides, matachines dancers
and more. Headline entertainment offered
each evening.
The Celebration Mass of San Miguel is at 5
p.m. Saturday, followed by a procession with
the statue of St. Michael accompanied by mat-
achines around the church cemetery.
Kermezaar — One of El Paso’s longest-run-
ning and best reqarded juried arts and crafts
shows is Sept. 25-26 at El Maida Shrine, 6331
Alabama, benefiting International Museum of
Art. Artisans of various media will be repre-
sented, and a silent auction will be held. Hours
are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Sunday. Admission: $4 ($3 military, free
for age 12 and younger. Information: 543-6747
Artwork featured includes clay, drawing, fiber,
glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, pastels,
photography, sculpture, textiles and all media
painting. All art is original and created by the
artist exhibiting the work.
Dominic’s Midtown Farmers Market
— Dominic’s Italian Restaurant hosts a farmers
market 7 a.m. to noon Sundays through mid-
October at its central El Paso location, 6901
Montana (at Texas Highway 62 and Airway).
Area growers will offer fresh bread, locally
grown vegetables and fruits, gourmet home-
made salsa, arts and crafts, ice cream, fruitiki
and more. Admission is free. information: 778-
0011 or
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing — The 8th annual market is 7:30
a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid-October.
This “producers only” market features quality
farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans such
as Cactus Mary’s soap and crafts, Mysterious
Horizons Farm herbs and Villa Simplicity hand-
made spa products. The CoffeeStream will
serve breakfast and coffee on the patio until 11
a.m. Information: Luis, (575) 589-0653, ext. 6.
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
Arts Festival —Art & Frame Mfg., 1769
Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. will host its
first-ever event 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, and noon to
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1-2, at the company’s
showroom and patio. About 25 artists will dis-
play works in various media, including paintings,
interior design, jewelry, pottery, silk flowers
and custom framing. The event also includes
wine tasting presented by Luna Rossa Winery.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-1214.
The company is located off Futurity Drive
across from the Sunland Park Racetrack and
Our Lady of Refuge celebration — The
annual event is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.2 at the
church at 1320 Mercantile in La Union, N.M
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(one mile west of Highway 28, near Canutillo).
The celebration features live music, games,
gorditas, enchiladas and other food. Food sales
begin shortly after noon. Information: (575)
St. Luke Craft Bazaar — St. Luke’s United
Methodist Church, 9915 Montwood, hosts its
fall bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.
The “new, improved” bazaar includes more
vendors, as well as many seasonal crafts, a
sweet shop. and a Granny’s attic. Lunch served
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 598-6821.
St. Paul’s Arts & Crafts Bazaar —The
St. Paul’s Methodist Women’s fall bazaar is
Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. Paul’s United Methodist
Church, 7000 Edgemere. Light lunch for sale.
Information: 772-2734.
St. Francis Bazaar —St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church, 5750 Doniphan, will host its
annual Fall Bazaar 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10
a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2-3. Information:
La Union Farmers Market — The market
featuring locally-grown produce, arts and craft
vendors is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays
through October, at the La Union (N.M.)
Town Park on Telles. La Union is west of NM
Hwy 28 about 2 miles north of Canutillo.
Information: (915) 412-8005.
So. NM bazaars
Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts — Holy
Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in
Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of over
60 area artists celebrating sacred and religious
art 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 4-5. The event includes painting, pottery,
jewelry, stained glass, woodworking and textile
art. Admission is free; donations taken at the
door. Food, music and a silent auction also
offered. Information: (575) 524-3688 or holy-
‘Labors of Love’ Art Fair — The San
Vicente Artists group presents its 18th annual
juried arts and crafts show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
4-5, in the Silco Theater in Silver City N.M.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 534-4401
Arts in the Orchard — The 13th annual
event, combining arts, crafts, live music and fall
harvest foods, pie contests and magic shows is
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
11-12, in the field next to Dr. Woods house,
mile marker 96.6 on State Highway 380 in
Lincoln., N.M. Admission is free, donations
encouraged. Information: 1-800-653-6460.
St. Genevieve’s Fiesta —The church’s
annual fiesta celebrating the church communi-
ty’s 151st year, is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11-12, at
St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces
Ave., Las Cruces, with live entertainment,
including gorditas and other Mexican food,
mariachi, children’s and family activities and
more. Admission is free. Information: (575)
524-9649 or
Mass is 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the pro-
cession to the fiesta.
A horseshoe tournament is 9 a.m. Saturday,.
Entry cost: $5.
Expo-Fiesta Mexicana 2010 — Grupo
Cultural Hispano de Ruidoso, 1925 Sudderth in
Ruidoso, N.M., will host a celebration of
Mexican Independence Day noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12, featuring mariachi music,
piñatas, Mexican food, local and international
handicrafts, folklorico dancing, raffles and more.
Information: (575) 257-9965.
Silver City Farmers Market — The mar-
ket runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the
New Main Street Plaza (6th and Bullard).
Market continues through the first frost in
October. Information: (575) 536-9681.
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market
— Arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and
other food items are offered at the market in
Las Cruces’ Downtown Mall, 8 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, featuring
approximately 200 area vendors. Information:
(575) 541-2288 or
Something for everyone
Nonprofit Enterprise Center — The
center is now located at UTEP’s Benedict Hall,
Rm. 101, 500 W. University. All workshops and
classes at the center, unless otherwise listed. As
space is limited, NpEC members and SCF
grantees given first priority Registration
required: 590-1333 or
The center’s monthly Nonprofit Connection is
4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Xceed
Resources, 5310 El Paso. RSVP encouraged;
participants encouraged to bring brochures,
announcements and giveaways.
‘Rum-N-Reggae Bash’ — Ardovino’s
Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in
Sunland Park, hosts a rum sampling at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 2, featuring live music by El
Paso’s Border Roots. In addition to sampling
various rums, sno cones available with mango,
coconut of pineapple Coruba flavored rum.
Admission: $15; ages 21 and older welcome.
Information: (575) 589-0653.
Sun Valley Baptist Anniversary — Sun
Valley Baptist Church, 9901 McCombs, will cel-
ebrate its 50th anniversary, Sept. 3-5, with a
Friday night chuck wagon dinner, breakfast and
all-day activities Saturday and guest speaker Dr.
David C. Gibbs, Jr., founder and president of
Christian Law Association, at the 10:30 a.m.
Sunday service. The public and all ex-NECA
students and their families invited. Information:
Maldonado Maze — The family-owned
maze is open Sept. 4-Nov. 7, on Hwy 28 in La
Union, N.M. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11
a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 6
p.m. Sunday. Open for field trips 9 a.m. to 1:45
p.m. Monday through Friday, by appointment
only. A petting zoo, hayrides, slides, pedal car
maze, mini mazes, jumping balloons and other
attractions also featured. Admission: $9 ($7
ages 4-12; free for age 3 and younger).
Information and group rate/field trip reserva-
tions: 203-0515.
This year’s theme is a “Tribute To The
American” Soldier; and features four mazes
geared to toddlers through adults. Roasted
corn, hamburgers, hot dogs and food and drink
offered. Military receive $2 off admission
prices; with valid ID.
Each weekend highlights various charity
organizations. Special activities include:
• Sept. 4-5 — Live jazz bands (American
Cancer Society)
• Sept. 18-19 — Mariachis (LULAC)
• Sept. 25-26 — Battle of the Bands
(American Lung Association)
• Oct. 2-3 — Bike run (Canutillo Scholarship
Fund, Our Lady of Refuge Church)
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STARS Volunteer Advocate Training
— The Rape Crisis Center seeks volunteers
age 18 and older for its next training session 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 4-25, at the
STARS Office, 710 N. Campbell, for anyone
wishing to become a victim’s advocate.
Registration is free. Applications available at the
STARS office. Information: 533-7700 or stars-
The comprehensive 40-hour training course,
certified by the Texas Attorney General’s
Office, teaches volunteers to assist STARS
(Sexual Trauma & Assault Response Services)
staff in providing hospital outreach crisis inter-
vention services to victims of sexual assault.
Bassett Place — 6101 Gateway West.
Information: 772-7479 or
• The National Geographic film “Restrepo” will
be featured Friday, Sept. 3, to honor Fort Bliss
Troops. The USO’s Mobile RV/Canteen will be
at the North Side of the Mall in the parking lot
between Café Plaza and the cinemas.
• The Kiwanis Club will be at the Community
Cart in front of Premiere Cinemas Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 3-4, to promote their upcom-
ing fund raisers.
• “Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Talent Contest” for
kids age 3 to 12 is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 4, with finals 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
5. Chosen winner receives a prize package
including a family four-pack to Disney Live’s
“Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show.”
• Autumn Arts and Crafts show is Friday
through Sunday, Sept. 9-12.
• El Paso Community College’s Grandparents
Day Celebration is Saturday, Sept. 11, with
entertainment, informational booths and more.
• Mariachi and Folklorico will perform
Thursday, Sept. 16, in honor of Mexico’s
Independence Day. EPCC’s Spanish Guitars
perform 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• Karaoke with Antonio B Entertainment
begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.
• A Psychic Fair is Sept. 24-26.
• The annual Power of Pink exhibit of El Paso
breast cancer survivors’ portraits is Tuesday
through Thursday, Sept. 28-30, in front of
Family Caregiver Support Group — Rio
Grande Area Agency on Aging host the support
group for family caregivers at the agency’s east
and westside offices. Groups meet 9 to 11 a.m.
Information: Miriam Maldonado, 533-0998.
Westside: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2930 N.
Stanton. Eastside: Thursday, Sept. 9, 10880
Southwest Character Council — The
council’s monthly luncheon is Wednesday,
Sept. 8, at Great American Land and Cattle
Company, 701 S. Mesa Hills. Cost: $10 (lunch is
free for those bringing a first-time guest).
Information/RSVP: 779.3551.
Governor Richardson’s Job Expo — The
City of Las Cruces and several area agencies
will host a job expo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 9, at NMSU’s Pan Am Center,
allowing job seekers and employers to net-
work. Information: NM Workforce Solutions,
(575) 524-6250 or
‘Gathering of Eagles’ — Yucca Council
Boy Scouts hosts the Eagle Scouting Alumni
Dinner and 100-year Boy Scouts Celebration
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the
EPCC Administration Building-Auditorium,
9050 Viscount, with featured speaker Paul
Foster. The public is invited. Admission: $20.
Information: 772-2292 or
‘Dog Day’ swimming event — City of El
Paso Parks and Recreation Department will
host dog swim days 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, at Nations Tobin
Aquatic Center, 8831 Railroad Drive. Social
dogs will be allowed to enjoy a pool day inter-
act with other friendly pets. Information/pool
rules for pets: 544-3556 or
Gun Show — The Paso Del Norte Gun
Collectors Fall Gun Show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
11-12, at El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331
Alabama. Admission is $5, $4 active military
with ID, $3 for under 18. Information: 598-
Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Awareness
Motorcycle Ride - The 3rd annual ride from
Alamogordo to Cloudcroft and Tularosa and
back is Saturday, Sept. 11. Departure sites are
10 a.m. at Barnett Harley Davidson in El Paso
and Alamogordo Cycle Center in Alamogordo
and 11 a.m. at Barnett Harley Davidson in Las
Cruces. Registration begins one hour prior to
departure time at each site. Ride ends for all
three sites at the Elks Lodge in Las Cruces.
Cost is $10 single/$15 double. Information:
Dusty, (915) 590-2161, Gary (915) 799-7691 or
Vehicle VIN etching — El Paso Police
Department and Palma Agency Allstate, 632
Sunland Park Drive, will offer free VIN etching
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Vehicle
Identification Number etching tags on parts of
the car make it difficult for thieves to profit
from selling windows and windshields as well as
making it harder to dispose of if stolen.
Information: 581-4494.
Rattlers Scooter Club — Scooter owners
are invited to join in Rattlers Scooter Club rides
open to any size or model of scooter. No fee
to participate. Information/meeting locations:
Jeff or Gloria Bero, 309-2875 or scooter- Destinations:
• 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, to Jazz on the
Rocks at McKelligon Canyon
• 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, or UTEP Tailgate
Party at Sun Bowl Stadium
Latinitas — The non-profit group offers reg-
ular media-related workshops, exhibits, camps
and more. Information: 239.5051, or latinitas-
• Alliance of Latinitas orientation is 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Latinitas
Headquarters, 1359 Lomaland, Suite 502. Pre-
registration required: call 239-5051 or latini-
• Saturday Camp for grades 4-8 — 1 to 3 p.m.
the second Saturday of each month (Sept. 11)
at Judge Marquez Public Library, 610 N.
• Teen girls interested in writing for meet 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday
the second Saturday of each month (Sept. 11)
at Judge Marquez Library.
Club Latinitas are free weekly after-school
clubs for girls in grades 4-8 at various public
library branches starting the week of Sept. 20.
Information: 239-5051, latinitaselpaso@ or
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
UTEP —The popular UTEP continuing edu-
cation program, now celebrating its 20th
anniversary, offers non-credit classes for people
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age 50 or older. Fall 2010 semester classes
begin Sept. 13.
Formerly Center for Lifelong Learning, the
program is part of UTEP’s Division of
Professional and Continuing Education and sup-
ported in part by the Bernard Osher
Foundation. Enrollment deadline is Feb. 26.
Spring registration: $60, plus $25 for the one-
time CLL membership fee.
Members may take as many classes as they
want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no
required homework. The fee includes parking
permit, UTEP library card and discounts to
UTEP events. Classes are open to residents of
El Paso, Juarez and southern New Mexico age
50 or older.
The Center’s office is in Miners Hall, Room
209. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday. A catalog of classes is available
at all public library branches. Information: 747-
6280, 747-8848 or
Fall classes offered in history, languages, arts,
philosophy, sociology, science, literature, cur-
rent events and computers. Classes include
“The Great Pass of the North (local history),
“The Civil Rights Journey-The Conquest of
Mexico (in Spanish and English), “The Spanish
Empire in the Americas,” Conversational
Spanish, Italian, French and Ingles; acrylics,
repujado, portraiture, landscapes with oil paint,
watercolors, woodworking and digital photog-
raphy, “Creativity of Man Explored: 17th.
Century and the New World, 19th Century
Conflicts,” “All That Jazz,” “Grand Opera,”
“Spirituality,” “Religions of the Borderlands,”
“Non-Violence v. Violence as a Human
Response,” “Happiness and Finding It,”
“Modeling the Universe,” “Shakespeare’s
Macbeth,” “Chaucer: on Women and The
Medieval Church,” Tai-Chi, Feng Shui, medita-
tion, enneagram, yoga, memoirs writing,
genealogy, “Our Changing World,” “Films With
a Mind of Their Own,” “Afghanistan,”
Introductory & Remedial classes Windows, the
Internet, Digital Photos, E-bay, E-Mail.
Off-campus classes planned at Nazareth Hall,
Loretto, The MonteVista at Coronado and
Burges and Acosta Moreno public libraries.
EPCC Career Services Expos — El Paso
Community College Career Services hosts its
2010 services expo 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday,
Sept. 14, at the EPCC Administrative Service
Center, 9050 Viscount. The event allows stu-
dents a chance to meet with potential employ-
ees, learn about job opportunities, network
with managers and more. Information: 831-
2636 or
“Marfa Dialogues/Dialogos en Marfa”
— Ballroom Marfa, 108 E. San Antonio Street
in Marfa, and Washington Spectator hosts the
“Marfa Dialogues/Dialogos en Marfa” Politics
and Culture of the Border conference Sept.
16-19, with films, panels with leading journal-
ists, and conversations with writers Charles
Bowden and Mark Danner. Information: (432)
729-3700 or
• A welcome reception is 5:30 p.m. Friday fol-
lowed by conversation and book signing with
Bowden 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Crowley Theatre.
• Saturday events at the Crowley Theatre
include a journalist panel discussion moderated
by Dahr Jamail 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; presenta-
tion by photographer David Taylor 2 to 3 p.m.;
conversation and book signing with Mark
Danner 3:30 to 5 p.m. and a film screening
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• La Santa Cecilia performs 9 to 11 p.m.
Saturday (location to be determined).
Sunday events include a reading by poet
Dolores Dorantes 10:30 a.m. at the Marfa
Book Company, and a public brunch and clos-
ing reception of the exhibit “In Lieu of Unity”
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ballroom Marfa.
Chamizal Saturday Morning Crafts —
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial, invites families to explore various
world cultures through arts and crafts. Each
month is based on different craft concept cen-
tered on cultural diversity. Admission is free,
but space is limited. Reservations recommend-
ed. Information/reservations: 532-7273, ext.
112 or
This month’s craft is Greek worry bead at
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.
Women’s Wellness Expo — Desert Sun
Chiropractic’s 3rd annual expo is 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at 3800 N. Mesa,
Suite C-1, featuring information on general
wellness care, spinal screenings, free blood glu-
cose and pressure testing, acupuncture, body
fat assessment, massage, foot health, weight
loss, exercise, hearing evaluations, pilates, vita-
mins, dental health, handmade jewelry and
facials. Admission is free. Information: 838-
1500 or
Borderland Tradeshow —The 24th annu-
al show is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21,
at the El Paso Convention Center. The trade
show serves maquila/production industries in
West Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua, with
more than 100 companies represented featur-
ing the New Generation of Industrial Suppliers.
A variety of seminars will be offered. Admission
is free for industry professionals. Information:
771-7061 or
UTEP Career Expo — UTEP will host a
career expo 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23-24, at the Don
Haskins Center. Information: 747-7503.
Singles Game Night — Peggy Kligman,
inventor of “The Goat Game” will host an
evening for singles at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.
24, at Fuddrucker’s Restaurant, 5030 N.
Desert (backroom). Bar service and dinner
menus available. Seating is limited. Cost: $10
(cash only). Information/RSVP: 239-4224 or Web:
The Maize at La Union —The 15-acre
cornfield (actually sorghum) maze is open for
its 11th season Sept. 24-Nov. 7, on at 1101
Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin
Valle Winery. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays,
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6
p.m. Sundays. Cost: $9; free for age 5 and
under with paid adult ticket. Group rates: $7
per person (15 persons or more). Field trips
and private party tent available. Information: 1-
888-383-6393 or
This year’s double maze is the largest double
maze yet, featuring family activities, mini maze,
playground, farm animals and concessions.
The “U-Pick” Garden farmer’s market featur-
ing five acres of chilies and other vegetables run
through watermelons through Sept. 22,
before the fall opening of The Maze. Hours are
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
‘A Better Beginning Conference’ —
UTEP’s College of Education sponsors the 6th
annual ABC event 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 25, at the Tomas Rivera Conference
Center in the UTEP Student Union. The con-
ference is open to all teachers, UTEP student
interns, faculty, and staff. Information: or 747-6368.
Keynote speaker is LouAnne Johnson. A com-
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plimentary viewing of Johnson’s movie
“Dangerous Minds” is 1:15 p.m. at the Student
Union Movie Theater. Complimentary book by
Johnson will be handed out to the first 320 reg-
istered participants, as well as a complimentary
Blessing of the Animals - The annual
event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25,
at St. Francis on the Hill Church, 6280 Los
Robles, featuring a petting zoo, food booths,
music and more. Admission is free.
Information: 584-5967 or
Visitors are invited to bring their pets. The
ceremony also will bless animals from the
Humane Society (which can be adopted) and
the animals in the petting zoo.
‘¡Pena de Muerte No Más!’ Speaking
Tour — El Pasoans Against the Death Penalty
hosts the “Death Penalty No More” tour Sept.
25-27, featuring internationally-known exoner-
ated former U.S. death row inmate Juan
Roberto Melendez. Melendez will share his
story of being sentenced to death for a crime
he did not commit. Upon discovery of a long-
forgotten transcript of a taped confession by
the real killer, Melendez was released on Jan. 3,
2002, having spent over 17 years on death row.
After each talk he will be available to answer
questions from the audience. Admission is free.
Information: 740-7076 or
Spanish language talks are 11 a.m. to 12:40
p.m. Saturday (location to be announced) and
2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Pius X Catholic
Church. An English language talk is 10 to 11:30
a.m. Monday, at El Paso Community College
Transmountain Campus.
‘Respect and Attitude’ Young Adult
Workshop — El Paso motivational speakers
Marcello Perez and Bruce Villarreal will host
the workshop for ages 13-25 on “Fine-tuning
Communication and Relationships through
Circumspect Awareness” 1 to 4:25 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25, at Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, sponsored by the
nonprofit Attitudinal Dynamics Team, ARYBA
TX-NM. Admission: $5 on-line preregistration;
$7 at the door. Information: 996-1119. Pre-reg-
istration at
Singles in Christ — The singles ministry
meets 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at
Harvest Christian Center, 1345 New Harvest
Place, for singles age 30 to 45. This month’s
meeting features a guest comedian, meet and
greet, appetizers and door prizes. It will focus
on the mission of a single Christian. Admission
is free. Information: 630-6930.
Tiger Cub Field Day —Yucca Council of
Boy Scouts of America will host a field day for
first grade boys and their parents or guardians
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Bowen
Ranch, off Stan Roberts Road. Activities include
crafts, games, archery, fishing, a petting zoo, BB
range, geocaching and trading post. Registration
begins at 8:30 a.m. with a hot dog lunch at
noon. Cost: $5 per cub; includes one lunch,
patch and program. Information: 772-2292 or
1 Smart Noodle Game Night — The
education toy store, 5380 N. Mesa, will host a
free family game night 5 to 6:45 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 27. Information: 253-2383 or
A Wikki Stix Creation free craft event is
planned 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14,
ideal for ages 3 to 7. Admission is free, but pre-
registration required as space is limited.
ECI Stroller-A-Thon — The annual Early
Childhood Intervention event is 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25, at Ascarate Park, 6900
Delta. Participants may bring their strollers and
babies for a one-mile stroll around the lake.
Free t-shirt for first 150 participants; additional
shirts are $5 by Sept. 20; $10 after.
Participation is free. Registration begins at 9:30
a.m. Award presentations follow at 10:45 a.m.
with a Diaper Derby at 11 a.m. Registration/
information: 534-4324 or
Discover El Paso Awards — Discover El
Paso Association, Inc., the non-profit group
dedicated to promoting things to do and see in
and around El Paso, will host its annual awards
and grants banquet at noon Tuesday, Sept. 28,
at Holiday Inn-Airport, 6655 Gateway West.
This award honors the people and organiza-
tions that promote El Paso. Recipients to be
announced. Cost: $20; reservations required.
Information: 584-3126 or 584-3858.
Life Coaches needed — Community
Solutions is seeking life coaches for citizens
returning to routine life after incarceration. Life
coaches, both male and female, are needed to
assist with the re-entry challenges that so often
discourage and thwart many who genuinely
wish to become productive members of our
community. Interested individuals may call
Carolyn Esparza, 861-7733 or visit solutions-
Recovery Month Candlelight Vigil — A
vigil in observance of September of National
Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month is 6;30 to 8
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, on the grounds of
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial. The vigil will honor all of those lives
lost as a result of alcohol and/or drugs. This
year’s theme is “Hands of Hope Across the
Peace of Art will have their exhibit on site at
the Recovery Month Fair, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Information: 544-7933 or
‘Terror Trail’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball
Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its
two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House Oct. 1-
31. Times to be announced. Ages 10 and older
welcome; no costumes may be worn to the
trail. Trail not set up for paint balls, designed
only for haunted attraction. Admission: $13.
No children under the age 10, and no cos-
tumes may be worn. Cost: $13 per person.
Information: 861-9585 or
Kern Place Fall Picnic — The Kern Place
Association’s annual autumn picnic is 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3, in Madeline Park, between
Baltimore and Cincinnati. The family event
includes free refreshments and live music by
Brilliant Mistake. All Kern Place residents are
invited and encouraged to bring a side dish.
Mind Body Studio — 910 E. Redd Road (at
Westwind). Hot Yoga, Power and Vinyasa Yoga
and Pilates classes offered seven days a week.
Information: 585-6362 or
Zumba classes are 9 a.m. Mondays and
Saturdays, 7:40 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:15 p.m.
Wednesdays and 10 a.m. and 7:40 p.m.
Thursdays. Zumba is a dance fitness class that
incorporates Latin and international music and
dance movements,
Prenatal Yoga Classes taught by a certified
instructor are offered at 5 p.m. on Mondays
and Thursdays. Register by phone.
Iron Yoga sculpting classes are 10 a.m. Fridays.
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For a good cause
Special Olympics Extravaganza Gala
— Special Olympics Texas Greater El Paso
Area-19 will host its annual gala fundraiser 7 to
11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Wyndham El
Paso Airport, 2027 Airway Blvd, with cocktails
at 7 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing, live and
silent auctions and live music. Master of
Ceremonies is Tony Bravo. Tickets: $45 ($500
tables for 10). Information: 533-8229, or
All proceeds go towards programs for Special
Olympics Texas athletes in El Paso.
Gospel Singing Fundraiser — Sierra
Blanca Christian Academy hosts an evening of
gospel music and snacks 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 19, at Flying J Ranch, in Alto, N.M.
Admission is free; donations accepted.
Information: (575) 630-0144.
FEMAP Gala — The Friends of FEMAP, a
binational organization that seeks to improve
the quality of life for the less fortunate in Juarez
and El Paso, will host its 5th annual gala 7 p.m.
to 2 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Grace Gardens,
6701 Westside Drive. Tickets: are $125
($1,500 tables). Information: 544-4151 or
A free information session related to the gala
will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at
Hope and Anchor, 4012 N Mesa.
The session is aimed at young professional to
inform them on ways to help Juárez through
non-profits such as FEMAP.
Memory Walk 2010 — The Alzheimer’s
Association of El Paso’s annual walk/run is noon
Sunday, Sept. 26, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S.
Hwy 28, La Union, N.M. Registration starts at
11 a.m. Social activities at the winery continue
through 4 p.m. There is no cost to walk, but
individuals and teams are encouraged to collect
pledges benefiting the association. All walkers
raising $100 or more receive a free t-shirt.
Information: 544-1799,
On-line team registration/donations:
Wine and Tapas —El Paso Villa Maria,
transitional housing for women and children in
need located in south El Paso, hosts its 2nd
annual fundraising gala event 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2, at El Convento Courtyard,
Loretto Academy, 1400 Hardaway, featuring
guitarist Julio Ortiz, wine from Italian Imports
and tapas from Sacred Heart Tortilleria & Grill
A silent auction will feature an opportunity to
enjoy dinner for six people with a local celebri-
ty. Tickets: $35. Information 584-5018 or epvil-
Border AIDS Partnership Gala — The
“Spotlight 2010” gala is 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 2, at the Plaza Theatre. The performing
arts showcase features dancers, actors, musi-
cians and singers form El Paso, Las Cruces and
Juarez. Tickets: $25; $100 VIP. (Ticketmaster).
Information: 533-4020
Since 1996, the Partnership has distributed
more than $1 million to support innovative HIV
education and prevention programs in our
communities. For every two dollars raised
locally, the Partnership gets a one-dollar match
from the National AIDS Fund through the Elton
John AIDS Foundation.
Celebrity Chef Dinner — The best cre-
ations from 19 of the region’s most celebrated
chefs will be served at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2,
at the El Paso Convention Center for the 17th
annual benefit event presented by the seven
Rotary Clubs of El Paso. Proceeds benefit the
Rotary Club Scholarship Fund for the Texas
Tech Medical School—El Paso Campus.
Tickets: $100. Maxine Johnson, 544-2582.
Peace and Justice Banquet —The 12th
annual “Option for the Poor” award banquet is
at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Our Lady of
Mount Carmel Church, 131 South Zaragoza.
Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Ministry of
the Diocese of El Paso. Tickets: $25 ($250
table for 10). Information: 872-8422.
Keynote speakers are Charles and Pat Doyle,
and Father Charles McCarthy, OFM
Bishop Armando Ochoa will present two
“Option for the Poor” Awards and “Oak of
Justice” Awards. Certificates of Recognition will
be presented to Jail Ministers.
The Fair Trade Marketplace will sell Fair Trade
items from around the world.
Fort Bliss
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must obtain a gate
pass. Driver’s license, car insurance and regis-
tration required.
Gate hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday for Jeb Stuart entrance
and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekends for
Sheridan Gate. Cassidy Gate permanently
Prenatal Yoga classes — Bliss MWR hosts
prenatal yoga classes for women throughout
their pregnancy 1:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Wednesdays, Sept. 8, at the Stout Physical
Fitness Facility. Students explore poses, breath-
work, meditation, and sound to develop flexi-
bility, calm, enjoyment, comfort, and confi-
dence during pregnancy and in preparation for
labor and childbirth. Information: Teia Mack,
744-5785 or
Civilian Fitness Program— The Civilian
Fitness Zone at Fort Bliss’s Stout Physical
Fitness Center is accepting applications from
civilian Fort Bliss employees for the annual civil-
ian physical training program. Packets may be
picked up at Stout Gym, room 103, and
returned by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. No late
packets will be accepted. First come first serve,
space is limited. Information: 568-6458.
Civilians who take part in this program will be
allowed three hours of administrative leave per
week for a total of six months to participate.
As part of the program, participants will have
health education classes, activity classes includ-
ing yoga and spinning.
Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club — The
social club for spouses of retired
Commissioned or Warrant Officers will host a
Fashion Show at noon Tuesday, Sept. 21, at
the Centennial Club at Biggs Field. Fashions
provided by Dress Barn. All members and
guests are welcome; reservations required by
Sept. 16. Cost: $18. Information: 593-3809.
Soldier sponsor training — Those inter-
ested in becoming a mentor for inbound sol-
diers and their families may attend monthly
training sessions at 6 a.m. the last Thursday of
the month (Sept. 30) at the Army Community
Service ballroom on Fort Bliss. Information: Joe
Hess, 568-1132 or
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-
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able at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there:
Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right.
Information: 568-2983.
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.
Club news
UTEP Woman’s Auxiliary —The auxil-
iary will host its Membership Coffee 10 a.m. to
noon Saturday, Aug. 28, at the home of Drs.
Dean and Christine Smith, 5900 Quinta Real.
Anyone interested in joining the auxiliary is
welcome to meet the members and enjoy cof-
fee, tea and goodies. Information: Marilyn
Munden, 433-9227.
Singles in the Son - The group develops
friendships between Christian singles from 25
to 45 years old. All denominations are wel-
come and there are no costs for membership.
Information: Andy, 471-1997 or
• Friday, Sept. 3 – Movies in the Canyon
• Saturday, Sept. 11 – Dinner and a play
• Saturday, Sept. 18 – Dinner and UTEP vs.
NMSU Football
• Sunday, Sept. 26 – Dinner and flamenco gui-
Westside Welcome Club —The group is
open to both newcomers and long-time resi-
dents. The club’s monthly free newcomers’
coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at 941 Vereda
del Valle. Information: 820-6779, 581-2314 or
The September luncheon and Activity Fair is
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at El Paso
Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. The
new president and board of directors will be
introduced, and individual can see displays and
learn about the club’s activities. Cost: $19.
Reservations (Sept. 3): 581-2314.
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). The Sept. 4 fea-
tures “How to Set Up a Simple Web Site” with
Rocky Melendez. Admission is free for visitors.
Information: 566-2201, 564-5906 or
Project Linus — The charitable group which
has donated thousands blankets and quilts to
seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the
El Paso area meets 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first
Saturday of each month (Sept. 4 ), at
University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler.
Knitters, crocheters, quilters sewers and non-
sewers welcome. Donations of yarn, cloth and
other supplies welcome. Information: Annette
Wooters, 474-2845, or
Woodworkers Club of El Paso —The
club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 7, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building),
featuring woodworking demonstrations, and a
show-and-tell segment for items created by
members. Information: 760-6536 or 564-5915.
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). The Sept. 9 program is a “burrito”
pillowcase. The non-profit organization pro-
motes quilting among interested persons, and
brings the beginner, experienced, younger and
older quilters together for various events and
projects. Information: 751-2132 (leave mes-
El Paso Scale Model Society — The soci-
ety will host its monthly meeting at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12, in the St. Paul’s United
Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 7000
Edgemere. Formed in 1969, it is a chartered
chapter of the International Plastic Model
Society, U.S. Branch. Information: 598-6957.
West El Paso Moms — The monthly play
date group meets 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 16, at Francisco Delgado Park, 7020
Imperial Ridge. All moms and their kids wel-
come; group membership is $5 a year (first
meetup is free). Information:
L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The
group promotes French culture and offers fran-
cophiles the opportunity to use the French lan-
guage in a variety of activities. Information:
585-1789, 845-6535 or
The monthly dinner is 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
25, at University Presbyterian Church, 244
Resler. This month’s dinner is a County
Western theme. Prize for best western attire.
Cost: $17 for members; $22 for guests.
The Fall 2010 French classes for children and
adults sessions begin the week of Sept. 20, for
both beginners and adults. Ten-week adult
classes held on both the East and West Side,
and children’s classes on the West Side.
Information: Christine, 566-8042 or Maud,
Conversation and film in French is 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 1. Call for location: 833-8705.
El Paso Christian Women’s Connection
— The group hosts its “Fall Kick-off luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at El
Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway, with inspira-
tional speaker Mary Beth Maifield. Ruben
Sanchez will discuss this luncheon’s outreach,
West Texas Food Bank. Reservation deadline is
Sept. 15. Cost: $13. Information/reservations:
(915) 613-1882 or 598-0811.
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Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group,
founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting
things to do and see in and around El Paso.
The annual Awards/Grants luncheon is noon,
Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Holiday Inn Airport,
6655 Gateway West. This award honors the
people and organizations that promote El Paso.
Cost: $20; reservations required. Information:
584-3126 or 584-3858.
Mothers and More — The West El Paso
Chapter meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of
each month at Jaxon’s, corner of Mesa and
Castellano (upstairs). The group hosts play
dates, mom’s nights out, discussion meetings,
guest speakers and more. Information: mother- or
Amateur Radio Clubs — Two
amateur/Ham radio clubs meet monthly in El
• Sun City Amateur Radio Club (ARC) —
Business meetings for this Ham Radio club are
7 p.m. the first Friday of the month, with “pro-
gram nights” 7 p.m. the third Friday of the
month at 3709 Wickham. Information: 585-
8132, or
• El Paso Amateur Radio Club — Meetings are
8 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of the
month at 2100 San Diego. Information: or
Individuals interested in earning a Ham Radio
license may contact either club. Morse Code is
no longer required for operators.
Bridge leagues — Duplicate bridge events
are hosted every day except Saturday, at
Decker Bridge Center, Unit 159, 2216 East
Yandell. Duplicate bridge events are hosted
everyday except Thursday and Saturday.
Admission: $5. Information: 544-6565 or elpa- Managers: Peggy Craig, 581-
0371 or Steve Nordberg, 833-5915.
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-
Parents of Multiples Club — The club’s
new El Paso Chapter meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. the
third Thursday of the month at St. Mark’s
United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road.
Parents of twins, triplets or more are invited to
join this support, education and research non-
profit organization. Meetings are free to
attend. Club membership is $20 a year. Free
childcare provided during meeting.
Information: 760-6955 or
Area attractions
Western Playland — The amusement park
is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M.
(next to the racetrack). Take Sunland Park Exit
13 from I-10. Tickets: $15.95, plus tax (pay
one price); $5 non-rider admission; free non-
rider passes for ages 2 and younger and age 60
and older, includes train and sky ride admis-
sion. Individual ride tickets are $2. Information:
(575) 589-3410 or
September hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays and
2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays.
The 25th annual “Taste of El Paso” KLAQ
BBQ is Sunday, Sept. 5, featuring live music by
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Trapt, Since October and Jonathan Tyler and
Northern Lights. Gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets:
$15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Advance tick-
ets at all area 7-11 Fina stores in El Paso and
Pic Quiks in Las Cruces.
Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld — The water
park is at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10
at Exit 0). Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Information: 886-2222 or
The water park is open weekends only
through Sept. 6.
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-
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
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of
the 17 historical sites district also offered,
including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail
(where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in
1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks
and more. Free guides available at all galleries
and museum.
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 features a museum
on the Tigua tribe, including its relationship to
the Tiwas of northern New Mexico. Admission
is free. Information: 859-7700 or
Native American Dances are performed 11:30
a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every weekend.
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 from Ranger Peak, eleva-
tion 5,632 feet. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for
children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop
one hour before closing. Hours of operation
are noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and
Sundays, and noon to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays
and holidays. The tram is closed Tuesdays and
Wednesdays. Information: 566-6622.
To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and
turn toward the mountain.
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.
“Music On the Patio” with “Live by Request”
is 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on selected Saturdays and
Sundays through September. (see music listing
for schedule).
The annual Harvest Festival is noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3. Admission: $15
($5 age 12-20; free for ages 12 and younger).
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
Free Music Sundays are 1 to 4 p.m. on select-
ed Sundays.
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Stephanie Fix — The award-winning root-
rock Austin singer-songwriter performs at 7
p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Black Box
Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las
Cruces. Fix has been a finalist in eight different
national songwriting competitions including the
USA Songwriters Competition and the
International Billboard Songwriter’s
Competition. Admission: $10 at the door;
reservations recommended. Information/reser-
vations:(575) 523-1223 or
Elektro Bash — South Beat presents an all-
ages dance and music event 6 p.m. to midnight
Friday, Sept. 3, at the wave pool at Wet N
Wild Waterworld, I-10 Exit 0 in Anthony, Texas.
The “Back to School” event features a large
concert stage, sound system, light show, visual
effects and giant video screens with a continu-
ous line-up of guest DJs available and go go
girls. Tickets are $10 6-8 p.m. and $15 after-
ward. No pre-sale. Information: 630-2206 or
Michael Martin Murphey — The cowboy
music legend performs as part of the Colors
Las Cruces Plein Air Festival VIP Artist
Reception 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the
Rio Grande Theatre, at 211 Downtown Mall in
Las Cruces. Patrons can sample food and wind
from local restaurants and wineries prior to the
performance beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets: $40
($70 couples; $34 military). Information: (575)
523-6403, (575) 630-2206 or
Murphey is today’s No. 1 selling Singing
Cowboy Poet and is a six-time Cowboy Hall of
Fame Award winner.
Cracker — The alternative rockers perform
at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Rio
Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in
Las Cruces. Proceeds benefit the J. Paul Taylor
Juvenile Detention Center. Tickets: $15 in
advance; $18 day of show; available online at and
Information: (575) 523-6403 or
Best known for their top indie hits “Low” and
“Teen Angst,” Cracker’s 13th album, “Sunrise
In The Land Of Milk And Honey’ has been
receiving rave reviews.
Disney Live! “Mickey’s Rockin’ Road
Show — The Disney family musical comes to
El Paso Sept. 17-19, at Abraham Chavez
Theatre, Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday, and noon
and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets:
$24.21-$46.92, plus service charges.
(Ticketmaster). Information:
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy hit the
road on a zany trip that runs into several
favorite characters including Tigger, Cinderella
and Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, in this
high-energy performance by Feld
Dwight Yoakum— The legendary “Honky
Tonk Man” performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept.
17, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center,
122 S. Old Pueblo Road. Admission is free.
Information: 860-7777.
The Grammy-winning artist has more than 15
albums, with more than 45 singles including
“Street of Bakersfield” (with Buck Owens), “I
Sang Dixie,” “Honky Tonk Man,” “Little Sister,”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and many
‘Elvis and Shakira Superstars’ tribute
— Harry Shahoian and Inez Zak, tribute artists
direct from Las Vegas’s “Superstars Live In
Concert,” perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
23, at, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s
Signature Showroom. Tickets: $20.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
Shahoian has been perfecting his tribute to
the King of Rock n Roll. His adaptability as a
performer allows him to portray the legend in
different eras throughout his career.
Zak has performed in many different produc-
tion shows as well as on on national tours,
including backup singing for International
Spanish artist Chao and Mexican recording
artists Ulises, and Luis Arcaraz IV. She has also
been the opening act for Mexican legends such
as La Prieta Linda, La Sonora Santanera and
Maria del Sol all throughout Mexico.
Blue Oyster Club — The classic rock band
at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Ruidoso
Downs Race Track and Casino in Ruidoso
Downs, N.M, as the finale to the track’s sum-
mer concert series. Tickets start at $25.
Information: (575) 378-4140 or
The band is best known for their iconic
“Don’t Fear The Reaper.” Other hits include
“Burnin’ For You,” “In Thee,” “Astronomy” and
Stone Temple Pilots — The Grammy-win-
ning alternative rock band performs at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 21, at El Paso County
Coliseum, with guests Black Rebel Motorcycle
Club. Tickets: $44.50-$49.50, plus service
charges (Ticketmaster).
The band won the 1994 Grammy for Best
Hard Rock Performance and the Favorite
Rock/Pop New Artist American Music Award
that same year. Hits include “Sex Type Thing,”
“Plush,” “Creep,” “Vaseline,” “Interstate Love
Song,” “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart,”
“Lady Picture Show” and “Days of the Week.”
Fuga! - NMSU Cultural Series presents the
world music band at 8 p.m. Sept. 23, at Rio
Grande Theatre. Fuga fuses rock and Mexican
music in a combustive mix of rhythm and politi-
cally charged Spanish lyrics. They use traditional
and experimental accordion licks combined
with ska/punk guitar, driving bass lines, haunting
female lead vocals, and cumbia sazon. Tickets:
$15 ($13.50 seniors, NMSU faculty/staff, chil-
dren age 2-12; $10 NMSU students).
Information: (575) 646-1420 or
Little Joe y la Familia — The band will
perform “An Evening por el Bien de la Mujer”
at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Abraham
Chavez Theatre to benefit Centro Mujeres de
la Esperanza. Tickets are $25, $40 and $50,
plus service charges (Ticketmaster).
Information: 545-1890.
Little Joe y La Familia have been described as
“the Tex Mex equivalent of the Carter Family.”
Little Joe Hernandez has been performing for
40 years, recording 50 albums.
An Evening with Jack Hanna - El Paso
Zoo presents an evening with the acclaimed
animal expert and his animal friends is 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 28, at The Plaza Theater.
Tickets: $20-$50, plus service charges
Special VIP reception tickets are $100; avail-
able through the Society. Information: 532-
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John Davidson — Grant County
Community Concert Association presents the
well-known performer 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 29, at WNMU’s Fine Arts Center
Theater. Davidson is an established star who
has made his name in Hollywood, Las Vegas,
Broadway and on television. He and his appear
in a dynamic one-man show. Tickets: $20.
Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.
‘Broadway in El Paso’ tickets — Season
tickets are now on sale for the 2010-2011
Broadway series at the Plaza Theatre. Four-
show and five-show packages available. Five
show packages: $145, $215 and $270. Four
show packages (not including “Beauty and the
Beast”): $115, $.170 and $215. Individual tick-
ets to be announced; available through
Ticketmaster. Season ticket information: 231-
1111 or
Season includes Disney’s “Beauty and the
Beast” (Nov. 29), Monty Python’s “Spamalot”
(Jan. 25), “All Shook Up” (Feb. 13), “Legally
Blonde” (March 14) and Blue Man Group
(April 27-28).
Bryan Adams — The legendary rock will
brings his highly successful solo-acoustic con-
cert tour to El
Paso at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Plaza
Theatre. The tour features Adams with an
array of acoustic guitars, performing an inti-
mate concert of some of his greatest hits.
Tickets: $35 to $70, plus service charges.
Adams has sold more 65 million records,
toured six continents and achieved No. 1 status
in more than 40 countries with hits like “Cuts
Like A Knife,” ‘Summer of ‘69,” “Kids Wanna
Rock,” “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started,”
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” “Open
Road” and recently “Thought I’d Seen
John Davidson — Showtime! El Paso opens
its season with the television/stage performing
legend at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the
Abraham Chavez Theatre. His charismatic
looks and talent quickly catapulted Davidson
more than 40 years ago from the musical stage
to television, where he is best remembered as
host of such shows as “That’s Incredible,” “The
New Hollywood Squares,” “One Hundred
Thousand Dollar Pyramid,” “The Tonight
Show” (which he guest-hosted 80 times) and
his own talk show. Tickets: $25 ($10 students
with ID; ages 6-25). Information: 544-2022 or
Sponge — The alternative band performs at
7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at House of Rock,
8838 Viscount with special guests to be
announced. Tickets: $18 in advance; $20 day of
show; available through
The Detroit-based band is best known their
hits “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain)” and
Benise — The Nuevo Flamenco world music
and dance spectacular perform at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 5, at The Plaza Theatre, featur-
ing Benise’s Spanish guitar, Emmy-award win-
ning costumes and a new look on Spanish
Dance. Tickets: $28-$48, plus service charge.
Directed by a team from “Dancing with the
Stars,” Yanni, Madonna and Ballet Hispanico,
the show has been hailed the “Latin
Bellydance Superstars —The showcase
of Middle Eastern dance in their “Bombay
Bellywood” tour is 7:30 Wednesday, Oct. 6, at
the UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. The show
mixes the pageantry of cultures from Bombay
to Cairo. Tickets: $28-$34, plus service charge.
(Ticketmaster). Information: bellydancesuper-
Disney on Ice ‘Let’s Celebrate’ —
Mickey and Minnie and friends host their colos-
sal party in Disney on Ice’s latest show Oct. 6-
10, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100
Paisano. Performances are 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday and noon, 3:30 and
7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Thursday’s per-
formance in Spanish. Tickets: $15 and $21
(reserved seating), $26 balcony and box seats;
$30 VIP and $42 front row, plus service charge.
available starting Aug. 28. (Ticketmaster).
Group ticket information: 1-888-770-1876.
Shakira — The international superstar per-
forms at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct.
12-13, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Shakira
has more than 214 global award nominations
and more than 50 million albums sold world-
wide. Tickets: $152.50, $102.50, $72.50,
$42.50 and $9.50, plus service charge.
Texas Tornados and Rick Trevino —
Two of Texas’s best perform at 8 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 15, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch
Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las
Cruces. Tickets: $35 general admission
Rachel Sedaca — The folk music artist per-
forms at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Black
Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las
Cruces. Tickets: $10. Reservations recom-
mended. Information/reservations: (575) 523-
1223 or
‘Simply the Best’ tribute show — The
tribute show saluting divas Tina Turner, Donna
Summer, and The Supremes is 8 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 21, at, at Sunland Park Racetrack and
Casino’s Signature Showroom. Admission: $25.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
‘Singin’ In The Rain’ – UTEP Dinner
Theatre opens its season with one of the best
loved musicals of all time, based on the 1952
MGM film Oct. 22-Nov. 7 with music by
Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics and Arthur
Freed. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through
Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30
p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24; non-dinner matinees are
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7. Tickets
$26-$38 dinner shows; $12-$22 non-dinner
matinee. Information: 747-6060.
Cirque du Soleil: ‘Alegría’ — The leg-
endary performance troupe will give eight per-
formances of its internationally acclaimed pro-
duction Dec. 1-5, at Don Haskins Center.
“Alegría” is a Cirque du Soleil classic that has
entertained more than 10 million people
worldwide since its world premiere in
Montreal in 1994. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $28-$99.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live — DJ Lance Rock
and the cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba” bring their
“There’s A Party in My City” state-of-the-art
production with music, singing, dancing and ani-
mation to El Paso at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at
Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ticket: $38.70-
$41.26; under age one admitted free if sitting in
parent’s lap. (Ticketmaster)
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Venues & series
Club 101 — 1148 Airway. Advance tickets for
most events available at Club 101, All That
Music, Psycha and online at,
unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-2101
• Panteon Rococo — The band celebrates its
15th anniversary during its “USA Summer Tour
2010” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. All ages
show. Tickets: $25.
• Malevolent Creation — The Florida death
metal band performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
9. Tickets: $10.
• Drumcode with Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg
— 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Tickets: $16.
• Depeche Mode Tribute — The tribute featur-
ing Blasphemous Rumours is 8 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 11. Tickets: $10.
• All Lives Saved Benefit Show — 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12, featuring local entertainers
Billy Townes, Alive in Chains, Cowboys from
Hellpaso, Radio La Chusma, Aftermath, Hot
Rod Boobie, Our Vegas and more. Cost: $10.
• As I Lay Dying — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14,
with All That Remains, Unearth and Carnifex.
Tickets: $20.
• Sander Kleinenberg — The Dutch DJ per-
forms at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Admission: $21.
• Spoon — Austin-based indie rock band per-
forms at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, with spe-
cial guest Dale Watson. Tickets: $26. in
advance; $30 day of show.
• I Wrestled A Bear Once — 6 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 19, with Eyes Set to Kill, Chelsea Grin,
The Chariot and Vallan. All ages show. Tickets:
• Paul Oakenfold, — The world famous DJ and
producer who helped define the mainstream of
“trace” performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21,
with Calvin Harris, Kenneth Thomas.
Admission: $21.
Speaking Rock metal shows — Speaking
Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo
Road, hosts of series of free concerts featuring
some of the 80’s most iconic rock bands.
Information: 860-7777.
• Dokken — Thursday, Sept. 2
• Great White — Friday, Sept. 3
• Ratt — Saturday, Sept. 4
• L.A. Guns — Oct. 16.
Whiskey Dick’s — 580 George Dieter.
Showtime is 10 p.m.; early arrival recommend-
ed. Tickets available at (
Information: 921-9900.
• Rehab — The band is known for its mixes of
Southern rock, rap and more, and the
“Bartender Song (Sittin’ At A)” — Tuesday,
Sept. 14. Cost: $10.
• John Michael Montgomery — The country
star performs Friday, Sept. 24. Montgomery
has sold more than 16 million albums with 30
singles on the Billboard charts (15 that hit No.
1) such as “I Swear,” “Angel In My Eyes,” “Hold
On to Me” and more. He’s also been nominat-
ed for two Grammys and won several CMA
and ACM Awards. Tickets: $30.
• Eli Young Band — The Denton-based coun-
try music band performs at Wednesday, Oct.
27. Tickets: $15.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and
Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older
admitted. (Ticketmaster) Information: 1-877-
277-5677 or
• The Black Crowes — The Georgia rock and
roll band who has sold more than 20 million
albums performs at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6.
Tickets: $25-$100.
• Gary Allan — The country rocker performs
at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Allan has produced
seven studio albums with 22 singles reaching
the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, includ-
ing three that reached No. 1. His latest album
“Get off the Pain” include singles “Today” and
the title track. Tickets: $25-$75.
• Styx — The classic rock band performs at 8
p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, featuring Tommy Shaw,
James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd
Sucherman and Ricky Phillips. Tickets: $40-
• Vince Gill — The County Music Hall of Fame
member performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
13. Tickets: $25-$125.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts
— Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12
miles north of Ruidoso). Information: (575)
336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or
• Nearly Neil & The Solitary Band — 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28 — Singing Neil Diamond’s
hits like “Sweet Caroline,” “Holly Holly,” “Red,
Red Wine,” and “Song Sung Blue,” vocalist
Bobby Bruce not only looks like Diamond, but
also matches note for note. Tickets: $66- $69.
• Ray Price — 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.
31. The great western crooner’s hits go back
decades, and Price continues to release new
recordings of western standards and swinging
country. A member of the Grand Ole Opry
since 1952, his early songs include “Crazy
Arms,” the 1956 country song of the year. In
2007, Price recorded the Grammy-winning hit
CD “Last of the Breed” with Willie Nelson and
Merle Haggard. Tickets: $66 and $69.
• “The Buddy Holly Story” — 2 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 26. The story spans three years in the
life of Buddy Holly from a young man in
Lubbock to the peak of his fame and includes
hits like Holly’s “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The
Day,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and Big
Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Tickets: $56-$59.
• “A Celebration of Jazz” - 7 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 2, as part of Aspenfest Weekend. The
program features internationally renowned
classical and “stride” pianist Rossano Sportiello
and cabaret-style jazz with Rebecca Kilgore
Quartet. Tickets: $36 and $39. A buffet is at 5
p.m. in the Crystal Lobby. Cost: $20.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts
— 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. All per-
formances at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information:
(575) 437-2202 or
• Robert Michaels — Canada’s most accom-
plished Latin jazz guitarist performs Saturday,
Sept. 11. Michaels has won two Junos
(Canada’s Grammy) and sold millions of
records worldwide.
• Dean Regan — The modern-day crooner
performs Friday, Oct. 1, with music ranging
from Cole Porter to Andrew Lloyd Webber.
NM Tech Performing Arts Series —
Performances are 7:30 p.m. at the Macey
Center, 801 Leroy Place, in Socorro, N.M.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Information: (575) 835-
5688 or
• Presidential Chamber Music Series I, String
Quartets — Monday, Sept. 20. Violist Willy
Sucre will be joined by violinists Roberta
Arruda and Carol Swift-Matton with Joan
Zucker on cello, performing works by Janacek
and Beethoven. Admission is free.
• Emeline Michel — Thursday, Sept. 23.
Named the “Joni Mitchell of Haiti,” Michel’s
songs merge native Haitian compas and rara
with jazz, pop, bossa nova and samba. Tickets:
$14 ($12 seniors; $10 youth).
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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
• Rhonda Taylor, saxophone — Wednesday,
Sept. 1, as part of its faculty recital series.
• Ron Stabinsky, saxophone — Thursday,
Sept. 2, as part of its guest artist recital series.
• “A Pair of Docs” — Monday, Sept. 20, as
part of its faculty recital series. Trombonist Alan
Kaplan performs with guest trombonist and
UTEP music professor Steve Wilson.
• “Golden Age of Trombone” — Guest artist
Ken Shifrin performs at Sunday, Sept. 26.
El Paso Chopin Music Festival —The
2010 fall series of piano concerts is sponsored
by El Paso Community College and the El Paso
Chopin Festival Society. This year’s concerts
are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, Oct. 2 and
Oct. 23, at the Chamizal National Memorial,
800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free, but peo-
ple are advised to arrive early because the con-
certs are almost always standing room only.
Information: 584-1595 or chopinfest@sbcglob- Web:
• Sept. 4 — Claire Huangci, Winner of the
2010 U. S. Chopin Piano Competition.
• Oct. 2 — Agustin Anievas. Dubbed a “Lion
of the Keyboard” by The New York Times,
Anievas was selected by Angel Records to mark
the centennial of Rachmaninoff’s birth by
recording all of his concertos and preludes.
• Oct. 23 — Lucy Scarbrough, founder and
director of the El Paso Civic Orchestra and the
El Paso Chopin Music Festival.
Opera For All / Amor por Juárez — El
Paso Opera’s season opens with a tribute to
9/11 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at The Plaza Theatre.
The evening features tributes to the victims of
9/11 and the victims of the Juarez violence with
a theme of global unity through the music of
Puccini, Verdi and many other great favorites
Highlights include the love duet “Un bel di”
from “Madama Butterfly.” Special guests
include New York City Opera star, soprano
Lauren Flanigan. Tickets: $25. Information:
581-5534 or
UTEP Department of Music —
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts
Recital Hall, unless listed otherwise.
Information: 747-5606 or
• Larry White, percussion — 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 12, as part of its Faculty Recital Series.
Joining White is NMSU percussion professor
Fred Bugbee, band directors and UTEP percus-
sion alumni Calvin Edwards and Art Avila, El
Paso Symphony principal percussionist Leo
Valenzuela, UTEP graduate assistant Jesus Diaz
and fellow faculty members Dena Kay Jones
and Steve Wilson. Tickets: $3-$8.
• Carmen Diaz Walker, soprano — 3 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 17, as part of its Faculty Recital
Series. Tickets: $3-$8.
• Megumi Masaki — The guest pianist per-
forms as part of the “Ivories on the Border”
series Saturday, Sept. 18. The award-winning
Canadian pianist Megumi Masaki presents
music written exclusively for piano and videos.
Masaki has established herself as an internation-
al artist renowned for her warmth and rapport
with audiences and her superb musicianship.
Tickets: $5-$12 (free for UTEP faculty/staff).
• “Pair of Docs 3” — 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
19, as part of its Faculty Recital Series. Dr.
Steve Wilson presents the third concert in the
“Pair of Docs” series with guest Dr. Allan
Kaplan of NMSU. The concert will feature a
variety of trombone solo and ensemble selec-
tions from Baroque to contemporary. Tickets:
• UTEP Jazz Ensembles — Wednesday, Sept.
29, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, hosted by the
UTEP Department of Music. Tickets: $3-$5
(free for children, UTEP students, faculty and
• UTEP Wind Symphony — Thursday, Sept.
30. Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children, UTEP stu-
dents, faculty and staff).
• “Celebrating Melody” — 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 3, as part of its Faculty Recital Series.
UTEP Music Professors flutist Melissa Colgin-
Abeln, pianist Dominic Dousa, and guests oboe
player Andrea Shaheen and flutist Luke V.
Franco gather for an entrancing afternoon of
works by Beethoven, Milhaud, Saint-Seans,
Dring and more. Tickets: $3-$8.
• UTEP Orchestra - Tuesday, Oct. 5. Tickets:
$3-$5 (free for children, UTEP students, faculty
and staff).
2011 Young Musicians Competitions —
El Paso Summer Music Festival 2011 seeks clas-
sical musicians age 8 to 19 in all instruments
and voice for its Young Musicians Competitions.
Six finalists will be chosen and winner receives
$2,000 as well as the opportunity to perform in
the Festival. Applications available online begin-
ning Wednesday, Sept. 15 at
Information: 449-0619.
Mesilla Valley Musical Art Benefit —
Mesilla Valley Musical Arts will host its inaugural
fundraising concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19,
at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown
Mall in Las Cruces to help launch the organiza-
tion, under the direction of NMSU’s Lisa Van
Winkle. Complimentary champagne reception
follows the performance. Tickets: $15.
Information: (575) 523-6403.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra – The
Symphony’s 2010-2011 season begins with
guest pianist Valentina Lisitsa at 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, in the Plaza
Theatre. Maestra Sarah Ioannides conducts.
Selections include Wagner’s “Ride of the
Valkyries,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5, op.
67, C minor and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.
2, op. 83, B-flat major. Tickets: $11-$37, plus
service charges (Ticketmaster). Information:
532-3776 or
Born in Kiev, Lisitsa began to study piano at
the age of three and performed her first solo
recital at four. Lisitsa has recorded eight CDs
and three DVDs, including her best-selling set
of Chopin’s 24 Etudes.
Assistant Conductor Andres Moran will lead
the “Opening Notes” discussion of the
evening’s program 6:30 p.m. prior to both per-
formances in the Philanthropy Theatre.
‘Amazing Magical Musical Adventures’
— Las Cruces Friends of Chamber Music and
No Strings Theatre Company present a month-
ly series of children’s programs at 2 p.m. select-
ed Saturdays at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N.
Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Material is
aimed at audiences age 4-10, but all ages wel-
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come. Admission: $5. Reservations recom-
mended: (575) 523-1223 or
The Sept. 25 performance is “Green Eggs
and Ham” in celebration of the 50th anniver-
sary of Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic, featuring sin-
galong music, a story and a “surprise” snack.
Daniel Narducci — Las Cruces Civic
Concert Association presents the classic
American baritone at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 30, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Narducci per-
forms songs of legendary heroes and villains
from Broadway to Hollywood, including Don
Quixote, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and the
Phantom Of The Opera. Ticket information:
(575) 521-4051.
LCSO with Judith Ingolfsson - Las
Cruces Symphony Orchestra opens its season
with the guest violinist Oct. 2-3 at NMSU’s
Atkinson Music Recital Hall. The Gold Medal
winner of the prestigious International Violin
Competition in Indianapolis 1998 performs
works by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Márquez and
Rimsky-Korzakov. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35, $40
and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or
A luncheon with Maestro Lonnie Klein is
11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Ramada
Palms Hotel Conference Center, featuring a
preview of the performance’s music. Cost: $16.
A Friday at the Symphony dress rehearsal is at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $15 ($5
students with ID).
Mark O’Connor — El Paso Pro-Musica
opens its 2010-11 season with the violinist-fid-
dler Friday, Oct. 1, at the Scottish Rite Temple,
301 W. Missouri. Tickets: $25 ($20 senior/mili-
tary, $5 student). Information: 833-9400 or
A product of America’s rich aural folk tradi-
tion as well as classical music, O’Connor has
melded and shaped these influences into a new
American Classical music, and a vision of an
entirely American school of string playing.
‘Music Then and Now’ — The Bruce
Nehring Consort’s opening season concerts are
7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1
and 3, at The Chapel at Loretto Academy,
1400 Hardaway at Trowbridge. Bruce Nehring
directed the Consort Singers. Guest perform-
ers are Lester Ackerman, organist, and a brass
quintet. Tickets: $15 ($10 senior/military; $5
students). Information: 534-7664.
Fall Music Festival — Bethany Christian
Church’s music ministry under the direction of
Vicki Myers hosts its annual festival at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3, at 10453 Springwood Drive.
This year’s theme is “Higher Ground.”
The Chancel Choir and other church groups
will perform. Day care provided. Refreshments
will be served afterward. Admission is free,
donation taken. Information: 592-5977.
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Alfresco! Fridays —The free outdoor con-
certs begin at 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept.
10 at Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso
Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). Presented
by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural
Affairs Department. No outside food or bever-
ages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0689,
541-4481, or
• Sept. 3 — Marcelo & Friends (salsa/Latin)
• Sept. 10 — Fungi Mungle (70’s
AC/DC Tribute Band — The heavy metal
tribute band performs at 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 3-4, at Hotrods and Wheels,
1510 Bengal. Ages 21 and older welcome.
Tickets: $10. Information: 591-7637.
Kern Place Music in the Park — The
Kern Place Association presents Guitar Slim
and Nando and the Line Up at 7 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 11, as part of its summer-long music
series in Madeline Park, 900 Baltimore. Bring a
lawn chair, blanket or picnic basket. Admission
is free. Information:
All Lives Saved Benefit Show — El Paso
hottest bands will perform a special benefit for
at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at Club 101, 1148
Airway. featuring local entertainers Billy
Townes, Alive in Chains, Cowboys from
Hellpaso, Radio La Chusma, Aftermath, Hot
Rod Boobie, and Our Vegas along with food
drinks and more. Cost: $10. Information: 544-
2101 or
Bob Burns and Mike Caranda
Orchestra — The big-band style orchestra
led by Bob Burns and featuring Judy Day will
host its afternoon Tea Dance 2 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12, at El Paso Country Club,
5000 Country Club Place. Admission: $15.
Information: 799-5684 or (575) 525-9333.
Jazz on the Rocks — The live jazz music
series is 8 p.m. on the second Sunday of the
month through October, at McKelligon
Canyon. The Sunday, Sept. 12 concert fea-
tures Latin jazz with Willie Hernandez & Jazz
Puerto Rico and The Havana Quintet. Seating
open three hours prior to showtime. Tickets:
$9 in advance; $10 day of show, plus service
charge. (Ticketmaster). Season ticket packages:
$40. Information:
‘Our Neverending Story’ —International
recording artists Armand and Angelina perform
their World Peace Opera Overture, at 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 13, at Unity El Paso, 1420
Alabama, at Gold, featuring a mix of classical,
popular and world music influences. The pair
will sing their versions of “Ave Maria,” theme
from “Romeo and Juliet,” songs from “Phantom
of the Opera” and many of their original love
songs. Admission is free; love offering accept-
ed. Information: 566-5544 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Thursday) or
El Paso International Mariachi Festival
— The first ever festival celebrating the
region’s mariachi heritage is Sept. 15-19, with
mariachi and folklorico workshops and live
music throughout Arts Festival Plaza. The Main
“Mariachi Extravaganza” is 7 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 18, in the Plaza Theatre, with headliners
Mariachi Traditional de Guadalajara. Tickets:
$20, $30, $40, $50 and $60 in advance ($3 dis-
count for seniors and military); day of event
tickets increase by $5. Information:
Workshops for musicians and dancers are
planned Wednesday through Friday at various
locations downtown, with a student dinner and
showcase 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Plaza
Theatre. Registration: $70.
The inaugural gala commemorating the
Bicentennial of the Mexican Revolution is 7
p.m. Thursday in the Camino Real Hotel
Ballroom. Tickets: $50.
A Plaza Garibaldi event is noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, in Arts Festival Plaza, with mariachi
music every half-hour, dance performances in
the Philanthropy Theatre, food, arts and craft
booths, and a tequila garden in the Camino
Real hotel. Tickets: $12.
A Mariachi Mass is planned at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Details to be announced.
‘Jazz’tory at the Philanthropy’ — El
Paso Friends of Jazz society presents Billy
Townes and Ruben Gutierrez in a tribute to
famous jazz piano composers at 6 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 19, at the Philanthropy Theater in the
Plaza Theatre Annex. Tickets: $25; available
through Ticketmaster. Information: elpa- or
Featured selections from piano greats Scott
Joplin, Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans,
Chick Corea and others will be performed, in
addition to originals by Townes and Gutierrez.
Also performing are jazz vocalist Monica
Gutierrez and other guests.
Mariachi Sundays in Mesilla — The
Town of Mesilla and the Las Cruces
International Mariachi Conference host the
16th annual fall series in the Plaza at historic
Old Mesilla. Concerts are 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays
Sept. 26-Oct. 14, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 7. Admission is free. Bring folding chairs
or blankets. Pets and alcohol not allowed in
plaza. Information: (575) 525-1735.
‘This is Flamenco’ — Spanish flamenco
guitarist Salvadora Velasco performs an after-
noon of traditional guitar at 3 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 26, at the Chamizal National Memorial,
800 S. San Marcial. Galan not only sings flamen-
co but also accompanies herself on the guitar
often unheard of in the flamenco world.
Tickets: $8. Information: 532-7273.
Mesilla Jazz Happening — The annual
event is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3, at the
old Mesilla Plaza. Hosted by Mesilla Merchants
Association and the Mesilla Valley Jazz and
Blues Society. Admission is free. Information:
(575) 526-2620.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
Live music is offered 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays in
the Franklins Lounge. No cover; no live music
Sept. 10. Information: (575) 874-5200.
Disco with local DJs is 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Sundays. Karaoke offered with Antonio B 8
p.m. to midnight every Thursday.
• Friday, Sept. 3 — Last Minute
• Saturday, Sept. 4 — Animo
• Sunday, Sept. 5 — Mariachi Los Toritos
• Saturday, Sept. 11 — The Starliners
• Sunday, Sept. 12 — Mariachi Real de Jalisco
• Friday, Sept. 17 — Rhapsody
• Saturday, Sept. 18 — Juntos Unidos
• Sunday, Sept. 19 — Mariachi Raices de
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Big Band Dance Club — The club spon-
sors dances at Las Cruces Country Club, 2700
N. Main, Las Cruces. Age 21 and older wel-
come. Dress code enforced; refreshments
served. Information: (575) 526-6504, 522-1438
Ballroom, swing and Latin dances are 8 to 10
p.m. Thursdays with beginners dance lessons at
7 p.m. Cost: $7 members; $9 non-members.
• Sept. 2 and 16 — High Society Orchestra
• Sept. 9 and 23 — Bob Burns-Mike Caranda
• Sept. 30 — Country music with Mark
Coker; western attire recommended; t-shirt
contest planned. Refreshments offered.
The Argentine Tango Group’s dances are 7 to
9:30 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 7-28). Lesson
included with admission at 7 p.m. Beginners,
single and couples over 21 welcome. Dress
code enforced. Cost: $10 ($8 members; $5
students). Information: (575) 642-1699 or mus-
Ballet Folkorico Tonatiuh — The folklori-
co group performs at 7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 10-12, at Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $5.
Information: 478-0141 or
Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte —The
sights and sounds of Mexico are expressed
through dance and music, 6 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 24-25, at the Chamizal
National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial.
Admission: $5. Information: 588-5743.
‘Flamenco and More: A Visit to
Southern Spain’ — Oros Studio presents
an encore engagement with Barbara “La
Flamencista” Schuessler at 7 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 26, at Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard in
Silver City, N.M. “La Flamencista” appears in a
return engagement. La Flamencista has studied,
performed, and taught flamenco for more than
20 years in Tucson and has attended the
Biennial Flamenco Festival in Sevilla three
times. Included is a slide show of Southern
Spain and historical information about flamenco
by Frank Milan. Admission: $10. Information:
534-9005 or
Bellydance Superstars —The showcase
of dance from Bombay to Cairo is 7:30
Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the UTEP’s Magoffin
Auditorium. Tickets: $28-$34, plus service
charge. (Ticketmaster). Information: belly-
The new “Bombay Bellywood” show merges
traditional, and Tribal Bellydance with Indian
dance styles rich in costuming and exciting
emotive, infectious music.
Bollywood dance classes — Classes in the
Bollywood style are 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays at
Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio, 2719 N.
Stanton. Call for cost. Information: 831-9623.
• Friday, Sept. 24 — Los Dukes
• Saturday, Sept. 25 — Ekiz
• Sunday, Sept. 26 — Mariachi Femenil Las
• Friday, Oct. 1 — Tejas
• Saturday, Oct. 2 — Skarabajo
• Sunday, Oct. 3 — Mariachi Alegre.
Padre’s Marfa — 209 W. El Paso Street in
Marfa, Texas. The West Texas venue hosts
regional and national acts. Information: 432-
729-4425 or
• Saturday, Sept. 4 — The Moonlight Towers,
Austin-based rock and roll. Cover: $5.
• 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 — Folk icon
James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards.
Cover: $10.
• 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 — David Beebe
and The Conrads. Cover: $5.
• Saturday, Sept. 18 — Ballroom Marfa pres-
ents La Sana Cecilia, U.S./Mexico crossover
music combining jazz, tango, bossa nova, rock,
cumbia and rhumba.
• 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 — Dungen, psy-
chedelic rock from Sweden. Cover: $8.
• 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 — The Gourds,
Austin alternative country. Cover: $12.
The Percolator — 217 N. Stanton.
Information: 351-4377 or
• Chris Johnson and Titus Andronicus — 8
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.
• Thriftstore Cowboys and Jack Hearn
Lusitania — 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4.
• The Iveys — 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Guests
include Silk Flamingo and the Beat.
• Stranger Family Band — 8 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 20.
‘Every Other Tuesday’ — Doña Ana Arts
Council hosts musical performances 5:30 to
6:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at the historic
Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las
Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575)
523-6403 or
• Sept. 7 — Las Cruces String Quartet
• Sept. 21 — Natalie Masters.
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-$12.
Reservations: 779-5233 or
• Sept. 4-8 — Co-Headliners Skip Clark and
Quinn Dahle. Both comics have been seen on
Comedy Central, BET and The Tonight Show
with Conan O’Brien.
• Sept. 8-12 — Lowell Sanders. Sanders has
opened for such notables as Luther Vandross,
The Temptations, Whitney Houston, George
Lopez and more. Feature act is Richard Villa.
• Sept. 15-19 — Roy Wood Jr. The “Prince of
Prank” is one of today’s fastest rising stars. He
has opened for “Blue Collar” favorites Ron
White and Bill Engvall, and was a top 3 finalist
this year in “Last Comic Standing.” Feature act
is Maronzio Vance.
• Sept. 22-26 — Joey Medin, host and pro-
ducer of the DVD “Latin Palooza.” He also
released the award-winning CD “Below the
Belt” and starred in “The Original Latin Kings
of Comedy.” Feature act is Rene Garcia.
Comedy open mic —Sun City Comedy
hosts open mic stand-up comedy contests at
9:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month
(Sept. 18) at Maverick’s Bar and Grill, 6999
Montana. Information/sign-up: 281-OPEN-MIC
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All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.
Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park,
Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas).
The museum features an exhibit of pre-
Columbian artifacts, as well as paintings and
sculptures from well-known local and interna-
tional artists. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free
except as listed. Information: 611-1048.
• The monthly Arte en el Parque is 4 to 10
p.m. on the last Saturday of the month (Aug.
28, Sept. 25). The event includes live music,
food, arts and crafts, and activities for children.
Admission is 40 pesos (30 children).
Information: 611-2390 or
• 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3: exhibit by the 40 par-
ticipants in this summer’s photography camp
for teenagers.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9: exhibit by painters
Yanira Bustamante and Ricardo Fernandez from
Festival Internacional Chihuahua —
The 6th annual festival of performing arts offers
events throughout September. The festival is
part of the statewide celebration. Information: Admission prices
vary; some events are free. Check with the
Centro Cultural box office.
The festival’s main event is Friday, Sept. 17, at
Estadio Benito Juárez: “Voces de America para
Juárez, with singers Lila Downs of Mexico,
Silvio Rodriguez of Cuba and Willie Colon of
Puerto Rico. Tickets are 10 pesos, with pre-
ferred seating 200 to 1,500 pesos.
All other events are at Centro Cultural Paso
del Norte, Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf,
across from the Red Cross
• 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1: Singer Facundo
• 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6: Concert celebration
the Mexican Revolution Centennial, with
singers Aida Cuevas and Jose Luis Ordoñez
accompanying the Chihuahua State Orchestra.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9: The Aluminum
Show from Israel.
• 5 and 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10: Necrotono, an
avant-garde theater company, presents
• 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12: Necrotono pres-
ents the children’s play “Madre Corajuda” by
Bertolt Brecht.
• 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19: Dance company of
Miguel Robles of Argentina presents
“Something Beneath” and “Tabula Rasa.”
• 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19: Music by Amanecer
of Juárez, Ruta de Villa of Mexico City and
Fundacion Ajé of Venezuela.
• 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20: Omáwari, a
encounter of sister nations, with a massive cir-
cus, matachines, Guillermo Velazquez y sus
Leones de la Sierra de Xichú and Coro Ne
• 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20: Music and dance
by Coreana with Sounds of Korea.
• 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21: Multidisciplinary
show La Orilla del Mundo from Chihuahua,
with Purple People.
• 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22: Music by The
Skatalites de Jamaica, founders of the ska
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23: Cuban singer
Omara Portuondo.
• 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23: Kronos Quartet,
a contemporary string chamber ensemble from
the U.S.
• 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24: Las Vegas, contem-
porary dance from the U.S.
• 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24: Café Colá, music by
artists from Cuba, Venezuela, Peru and Mexico.
• 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25: Singer Salif Keita
from Mali, Africa.
• 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26: “The Marriage of
Figaro,” opera performed by UACJ.
• 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26: Ballet Folklorico de
Antioguia, from Colombia.
Estadio Benito Juárez —Av. Heroico
Colegio Militar at Costa Rica, Zona Chamizal.
An exhibit of photography by Holga Lizet
Olivas opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.
Olivas works for Museo del INBA and is the
host of the radio show Amor al Arte.
Centro Cultural Universitario —
Plutarco Elias Calles and Av. Hermanos
Escobar, Juárez (5 minutes from Bridge of the
Gracia Pasquel presents a show of Polynesian
and Arab dances at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
4. Admission is 50 pesos.
Juárez Limpio —The citywide cleanup
campaign is Sept. 4-11, organized by Centro
Humano de Liderazgo (CEHLIDER). For infor-
6112173 or
Universidad Autonoma del Noreste —
Plutarco Elias Calles (near Hermanos Escobar).
The university is the fastest growing college on
the border.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8: Exhibit of pho-
tographs from the Saturday workshop.
• 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10: Writers confer-
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21: Photography
exhibit by alumni of the Communications pro-
Information: Yessica Felix, cel. 1818698, yessi-
Indios Soccer — The Mexican pro soccer
team Indios de Juarez host their home games at
Estadio Benito Juárez, Av. Heroico Colegio
Militar and Panama. Information: 6181824 or
The team plays Correcaminos at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18.
‘Por Amor al Arte’ —The radio show,
covering all aspects of the arts in Juárez, airs 3
to 5 p.m. Sundays on 860 AM. The show
includes music, interviews, reviews of events,
recommendations of books and movies, con-
ducted by Hogla Lizet Olivas, Lupita Filet and
Alex Briseño. Information:
— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
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rowing up in the Cold War era, I
always associated atheism with
Communists because it seemed
like they were always described as “god-
less.” By the time I got to college, athe-
ism was a bit more accepted, at least in
the academic circles, but it was still
associated with far-left thinking.
In recent years, atheism has become
less marginalized. Atheist intellectuals
such as Richard Dawkins and
Christopher Hitchens have published
best-selling books and particularly in the
case of Hitchens, have embraced conser-
vative politics as well. One atheist, S.E.
Cupp, recently came out with a book
criticizing the “liberal media” for its
attacks on Christianity.
From the typical Christian perspective,
however, atheists simply were lost souls
in need of conversion. The immediate
response to atheism is to quote Psalm 14
(or its twin, Psalm 53), which opens
with “The fool says in his heart, ‘There
is no God.’”
The problem with programmed
responses to something that is contrary
to our own beliefs is that they do not
allow for understanding. The psalmist
saw denial of God simply as a tool used
by those who sought license to do what-
ever they wanted. Yet in our time, there
is no shortage of people who embrace
religious belief and do what they want,
and there are plenty of atheists who live
by a stricter code than the average
Here a couple of my observations
regarding why people might opt for
• The best form of one belief system will
always seem more attractive than the
worst form of another.
Many people are raised in a toxic reli-
gious environment, contaminated by
fundamentalism, legalism, superstition,
conformity and meaningless ritual. If
they are exposed to another world-view
that seems free of such poisons, they
will run to it. If all I had to choose
between was a thoughtful, ethical athe-
ism and an irrational, immoral version
of Christianity, of course I would choose
atheism. A garden salad may be healthi-
er in principle than a cheeseburger, but I
will always choose a fresh cheeseburger
off the grill over a wilted salad buzzing
with flies.
• We judge belief systems by the actions
of their professed followers. While in
theory a certain belief system may be
true on its own merits, despite the folly
of its followers, in practice we look for
truth made real by those who profess it.
Altruistic atheists trump suicide-bomb-
ing Muslims. Peace-making Muslims
trump war-mongering Christians.
Christians helping the poor trump
pagans playing the stock market. Pagans
taking care the sick trump Jews beating
their children. Jews teaching the illiter-
ate trump atheists running sweatshops.
In other words, bad theology and bad
practice make a perfect breeding ground
for atheism.
Instead of simply dismissing atheism,
Christians ought to listen and learn what
drives a person to disbelief.
“Tell me about the God you don’t
believe in. I probably don’t believe in
that God either” is an often recommend-
ed way to respond to an atheist. To that
we might add, “Tell me about the
Christian behavior you can’t stand. I
probably can’t stand it either.”
That doesn’t mean we have to join the
atheists in dumping on all things
Christian. But listening first almost
always works better than talking first.
(See James 1:19: “Everyone should be
quick to listen, slow to speak and slow
to become angry.)
M. Scott Peck, who became a Christian
after he wrote his famous book “The
Road Less Traveled,” wrote a follow-up
book that described certain stages of
faith. Skepticism, even atheism, often
were healthy responses to an earlier
stage of rigid belief, and may indeed
lead to a more mature faith that can
incorporate mystery and doubt. Peck
also noted that fundamentalism of any
kind, whether religious or secular, can
stymie spiritual growth.
Randy Limbird is editor of
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Verizon Copa Alianza Tournament —
The soccer tournament is Saturday and Sunday,
Aug. 28-29 and Sept. 4-5, at Westside Soccer
Complex at Gallegos Park, 7361 Bosque, in
Canutillo. Cash prizes awarded to first and sec-
ond place winners. Information: 356-0654 or
Tournament champions will play against the
Juarez Indios at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, in
Patriots Stadium, 6841 Industrial.
All American Futurity — The running of
the 51st All American Futurity is Labor Day,
Monday, Sept. 6, which marks the end of the
racing season at Ruidoso Downs. From 160 to
180 quarterhorses compete in the trials, with
the 10 fastest advancing to race for a $2 million
Live racing is Thursday through Sunday,
except on holiday weekends when the horses
run Friday through Monday. First post is noon.
General admission and parking are free;
reserved seating ranges from $5-$7; Turf Club
admission is $10; valet parking is $5.
Information: (575) 378-4431 or (575) 378-4140
El Paso Desert Open — The pro golfing
event sponsored by El Paso Association of
Home Builders is Tuesday through Saturday,
Sept. 7-11, at Painted Dunes Golf Course,
12000 McCombs, as part of the Adams Golf
Pro Tour Series. Proceeds benefit El Paso Red
Cross. Around 85 golfers are expected to par-
ticipate. VIP packages and sponsorships avail-
able. Information: 778-5387 or ray@elpa-
The Pro Am Tournament is Tuesday, Sept. 7,
with the Adams 72-Hole event Sept. 8-11.
Sun City Regional Classic — The body-
building and figure championships 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11, at UTEP’s Magoffin
Auditorium. Entry forms/information: 449-7688
Weigh-ins are 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept.
10, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso
MUDD for Matches — Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Southwestern New Mexico hosts its
first mud volleyball fundraising event 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Southern NM
State Rodeo Arena. Space open for 30 teams
on a first-come, first serve basis. Deadline to
enter is Sept. 10. Information: Misty Snipes:
(575) 523-9530, ext, 1003.
College sports
UTEP Football — The Miners’ first home
game of the season is Saturday, Sept. 4 vs.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Sun Bowl Stadium.
Ticket information: 747-5234, 544-8444 or Other home games:
• Sept. 18 — New Mexico State
• Sept. 25 — Memphis
NMSU Aggies Football — The New
Mexico State University Aggies’ 2020-2011 sea-
son opens at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, against
San Diego State at Aggie Memorial Stadium in
Las Cruces. Tickets: $13-$30. (Ticketmaster)
Information: (575) 646-1420 or nmstates-
Season tickets available at $44-$117.
The Aggie take on The UTEP Miners at 7:05
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at UTEP.
Sun Bowl Volleyball Invitational — The
6th annual collegiate volleyball tournament fea-
turing UTEP and teams from top women’s pro-
grams across the nation is Friday and Saturday,
Aug. 27-28, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center.
Teams/game times to be announced. Tickets:
$5 per day. Information: 533-4416, ext. 15.
UTEP Volleyball — All home games are at
Memorial Gym. Tickets information: 747-6150
or Individual tickets available
through Ticketmaster.
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 — NMSU
• Noon Sunday, Oct. 3 — Houston
The Miners take on NMSU Friday, Sept. 3, at
the Pan American Center in Las Cruces.
NMSU Volleyball — The Aggies volleyball
team’s home games are at the NMSU Pan Am
Center. Times to be announced. Individual
game tickets: $5-$10. (Ticketmaster)
Information: (575) 646-1420 or nmstates-
• Wednesday, Sept. 1 — CSU Bakersfield
• Friday, Sept. 3 —- UTEP
• Saturday, Sept. 25 — Louisiana Tech
• Friday, Oct. 1 — Hawaii
The Aggies take on UTEP at UTEP’s
Memorial Gym at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.
UTEP Women’s Soccer — Home games
are at UTEP’s University Field. Tickets: $7 ($3
children). Information: 747-6150 or utepathlet-
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 — North Dakota
(part of the 11th annual Border Shootout).
Border Bash games:
• 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 — Lamar
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 — Alabama A&M
• 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 — UAB
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 — Memphis.
El Paso Bicycle Club — Rides are open to
the public; helmets required. Unless listed oth-
erwise, rides begin at River Run Plaza on
Country Club Road. (Mesa becomes Country
Club; go west past the Rio Grande; River Run is
on the right.) Web:
Leaderless rides are at 6 p.m. Wednesday
nights. Rides are 18 to 27 miles at various
paces depending on the group. Optional dinner
afterward at Hello Pizza. Sept. 1 ride offers
optional beer break at La Union Station; pub
riders may want to begin at 5:30.
• 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 - Hueco Call. Meet
at Atom Cyclery, 1886 Joe Battle, Suite 205.
Moderate to fast ride to Hueco Valley. 40
miles. Rebecca Reza, 491-0977.
• 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 - Leaderless ride
from River Run. Distance, pace and route
determined by riders.
• 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 - Fort Selden/BIG
Century ride. The 100-mile ride leaves from
the mall at Artcraft and Upper Valley and goes
to Ft. Selden Monument and back. Riders
should be at the start by 6:15 a.m. Road bike
recommended, must be able to ride with a
group in a paceline. Course is primarily flat
with rolling hill or two on the way back on
Shalom Colony Road. Rest stops at La Mesa
(mile 19), Shorty’s in Mesilla (mile 35), Ft.
Selden (mile 50), The Bean (mile 68), and La
Mesa (mile 80). Margaret O’Kelley, 588-3825.
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• 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6 - Labor Day Ditch
and Levee Ride. From River Run, ride to Rio
Grande levee road for meandering ride along
ditches and levees between Sunland Park Dr.
and Montoya. Fat tires required (mountain
bike, hybrids, cyclocross). 15-20 miles, easy
pace (12-15 mph). Randy Limbird, 542-1422.
• 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 - Rollers to the
Gap. Meet at Redd and Westwind strip center.
Head for the rollers and Anthony Gap. Return
on rollers. 30 miles, moderate pace. Brunch at
Mar y Sol. Sylvia Mejia, 740-9033.
• 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 - Border Dash.
Meet at River Run for fast (19 mph plus) ride to
border crossing via La Union. 35 miles. Randy
Limbird, 542-1422.
• 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 - Chile Pepper
Volunteer Ride. Meet at one of two locations
to ride portions of the Chile Pepper route:
— 40 Mile Preview starts at Artcraft & Upper
Valley Road to preview most of the route from
Santa Teresa to La Mesa and return. 40-45
miles, moderate pace (15-17). Bob Clark, 833-
— Century Preview starts in La Mesa (park-
ing lot on NM 28 north of Eagle Grocery. Fast
(18-20 mph) 40 to 60 miles (depending if you
want to do Gap/Transmountain). Randy
Limbird, 542-1422.
• 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 - Mesilla to Hatch.
Meet at the Mesilla Municipal Parking Lot just
south of The Bean for 75 mile ride to Hatch
and back. Lunch at Sparky’s in Hatch.
Moderate (16-18 mph). Rick Rivas, 581-9896.
• 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 - Chile Pepper
Warmup. Meet at River Run for flat, moderate
35-mile ride to Anthony Country Club. Linda
Price, 433-4188
• Sunday, Sept. 26 - Chile Pepper Challenge.
See separate listing.
Beginner/Intermediate Group (BIG)
Rides - The El Paso Bicycle Club offers a spe-
cial training program for beginning and interme-
diate riders. Rides begin at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at
the strip center on Upper Valley Road and
Artcraft. Helmets required; participants should
park cars in spaces marked for cyclists. A dis-
cussion on a selected cycling topic will precede
each ride. Information: Margaret O’Kelley, 588-
3825, or Wyona Turner, 204-4835.
• Sept. 7 - Intervals, Margaret, 588-3825
• Sept. 14 - Hills, Margaret, 588-3825
• Sept. 21 - BIG Graduation. Meet at River
Run Plaza for a short ride leaving at 5:45 p.m.
and getting back around 6:45. BIG graduation
will start about 7-7:15 at Hello Pizza. Margaret
O’Kelley, 588-3825
Fort Davis Cyclefest — The 34th annual
bike tour series is Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
18-19, in Fort Davis. Most rides depart from
Prude Ranch, 5 miles west of Fort Davis Texas
on Highway 118.
Rides begin at 8 a.m. Saturday ranging from
10 to 75-mile rides including scenic loops,
mountain climbs and rolling hills.
The Mt. Locke Hill Climb to the McDonald
Observatory begins at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Registration at 8 a.m.
Rest stops stationed along the routes Saturday
until 4 p.m. with fruit, water and ice. Limited
SAG service provided. Massages available after
the tour.
A dinner at the Prude Ranch is 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, featuring door prizes and a raffle for
the latest Giro Atmos helmet.
On-site registration is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 19; and 6:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday at the
Prude Ranch Office. Cost is $30 (free t-shirt for
those registering by Sept. 5). Saturday meal is
$12 ($5 for children under 10). Mount Locke
Hill Climb registration is $10.
Information: 1-800-373-4764 or peytons- Registration also available at
Marfa 100 — The charity bicycle 100K bene-
fiting the Livestrong Foundation and Marfa
Public Radio is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25,
beginning at The Pavilion on El Paso Street in
Marfa, Texas. The El Cosmico Weekend/Music
Festival follow the event at 8 p.m. at El
Cosmico in Marfa. Rider check-in is 7 to 9 a.m.
at the starting point. Cost: $100; includes race
t-shirt and admission to the music festival.
Advance rider check-in is Friday, Sept. 24, at
Marfa Public Radio on Highland Ave.
Tour de Ruidoso — The 4th annual 100-
mile, 100K and 20-mile bicycle rides benefiting
Ruidoso Hospice Foundation are Saturday,
Sept. 25, in Ruidoso, N.M. Cost: $40 for 100-
mile or 100K; $25 for 20-miler ($10 extra for
late registration). All participants receive t-shirt;
and post-ride meal ticket at The Lodge.
Information/registration (575) 258-0028, or
The 100-mile and 100K (62-mile) rides begin
at 8:10 a.m. at White Mountain Sports
Complex (soccer field parking lot). A flat 20-
mile course begins at the airport rest stop on
Hwy 220.
The 100-mile and 100K rides begin at an ele-
vation of 6,900 ft and tours through one of the
most scenic and challenging cycling routes in
New Mexico.
Late registration is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept.
24, at The Lodge at Sierra Blanca or 6 to 7
a.m. on race day.
Chile Pepper Challenge —The El Paso
Bicycle Club’s annual Big Ride is Sunday, Sept.
26, with ride distances of 100, 66, 40 and 10
miles, all beginning and ending at Santa Teresa
High School, 100 Airport Road, in Santa Teresa.
The 100-mile (Century) ride goes north to
historic Mesilla NM, passing through the pecan
orchards, chile, cotton and alfalfa fields along
the Rio Grande then climbs through the
Anthony Gap pass and returns via
Transmountain Road, reaching an elevation of
exactly one mile high in the middle of El Paso’s
Franklin Mountains. The 64-miler also includes
both climbs, while the shorter distances will
stay on flat valley roads.
Entry fees are $20 by Sept. 10, $25 Sept. 11-
21 and $30 day of race. Entry is free for riders
age 15 and younger if accompanied by parent.
Approved helmets are required for all rides.
Package pick-up and registration at River Run
Plaza 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 25.
Additional information, route maps and regis-
trations forms will be available at or www.elpa- Registration also offered at
Southwest Trauma Tour — The bike ride
benefiting the Far West Texas and Southern
New Mexico Regional Advisory Council on
Trauma is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at West
Valley Fire Station, 510 Vinton Rd. in Vinton.
Upper Valley rides of 15, 30 or 60 miles
offered. Information: 838-3201 or
Proceeds benefit Border Rac, the service that
aids injured bike riders in the Upper Valley and
western New Mexico, as well as hosts Safety
on Wheels kids’ bicycle safety programs and
youth helmet giveaways.
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Anthony Rotary Benefit Golf
Tournament — The 13th annual tournament
is Friday, Sept. 3, at Dos Lagos Golf Course in
Anthony, N.M. Call for tee times: (575) 882-
2830. Money from the tournament funds col-
lege scholarships for area seniors, scholarships
for students to attend Rotary’s leadership
camp, as well as funding for community and
international projects.
Stormy Edwards Partnership — The
two-man golf tournament runs Sept. 17-19, at
Cree Meadows Golf and Country Club in
Ruidoso, N.M. Friday players play Scramble,
Saturday and Sunday are best ball Cost (by
Sept. 15): $330. Information: Melissa, (575)
257-5815 or
Practice rounds are on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Cost: $14 cart fee per person.
Loretto Academy Golf Tournament —
The 10th annual tournament benefiting the
Loretto Academy Athletics Department is
Friday, Sept. 24, at Vista Hills Country Club,
2210 Trawood. Registration is 11 a.m. with
shotgun start at 1 p.m. This year’s event fea-
tures professional golfer and Loretto Academy
golf coach Kristi Albers. Reception and awards
dinner at 5:30 p.m. Registration information:
566-8400, ext. 1104 or
Swing for Scholarship — Leadership El
Paso Class XXXII will host a golf tournament
benefiting the Junior Leadership program.
Friday, Oct. 1, at Painted Dunes Golf Course,
12000 McCombs. Information: 534-0526.
Recreational Sports
Rudolph Cup Rugby — Teams are now
forming for the men’s city league on the
Eastside, Westside and Northeast as well as
military and Las Cruces teams. No experience
needed. Information: 833-1322, or
Greater El Paso Tennis Association —
Information: 532-5524, or Advance registration at tourna-, Call or visit website for other
tennis programs.
• September’s Grand Prix is Sept. 1-5, at
Tennis West Sports and Racquet Club, 1 Tennis
Lane. Registration (ID# 759402910); deadline
is Aug. 28. Cost: $20 singles; $19 per player
doubles. Information: Ross Walker, 581-5471 or
• The El Paso Country Club Sweet Sixteen
tournament is Oct. 2-3, at El Paso Country
Club. Level 5 tournament for National Ranking;
the 16 players accepted based on decision of
USTA Southwest Section Ranking and Seeding
Committee. Registration: (ID# 759405310):
deadline is Sept. 19. Information: Aitor
Zubiarrain, 581-3422, 240-8919 or jau-
Junior Tennis
• Coronado Junior Tennis Championships are
Sept. 9-12, at Coronado Country Club, 1044
Broadmoor. USTA level 6 tournament.
Registration: (ID#759400610); deadline is Sept.
4. Cost: $19 singles; $15 each for doubles.
Information: Vedran Vidovic, 581-2225, 581-
1171 or 252-4083.
• Tennis West Junior Open is Oct. 7-10, at
Tennis West Sports and Racquet Club. Level 6
tournament. Registration: (ID#759403010);
deadline is Oct. 2. Entry fee: $18 singles; $15
each for doubles. Information: Ross Walker,
581-5471 or
Miracle League of El Paso —The non-
profit baseball league for children begins its Fall
Challenger season at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
14. The non-competitive league begins
Saturday, Sept. 18. The league is for persons
with disabilities ages 3 years old and up.
Volunteers need to assist players during the
games, as well as umpires and coaches.
Information: 779-4770.
Registration for returning players must be
completed by Saturday, Aug. 29.
Public Ice Skating — Skating offered noon
to 4 p.m. daily, plus 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and
Saturday at the Sierra Providence Event Center
next to the Coliseum, 4100 Paisano.
All ages welcome. Admission: $8 (skate rental
included). Skate sharpening, fitting and consul-
tation offered for $5. Spectator admission is
free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpa-
Motor sports
El Paso Speedway Park — 14851 Marina
(off Montana 7 miles east of Loop 375). Races
are 7:45 p.m. Fridays. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 ($7 seniors/military with
ID/students age 11-15 or with UTEP ID). Free
for children 10 and under. Information: 791-
8749 or
The last points race of the season is Friday,
Aug. 27.
FJ Cruiser Rally — The 4th annual “Thrill
on the Hill” offroad rally and campout for FJ
Cruisers is Sept. 3-6 in Cloudcroft, N.M.
Registration: $95 per vehicle. Information/regis-
tration: Brandon at Desert Sun Toyota, (575)
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
The Southwest Superchargers will host their
ninth race Sunday, Sept. 5.
Speedway of Southern New Mexico —
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. races at 7:45 p.m.
Saturdays. The Speedway is 11 miles west of
Las Cruces exit 132, off I-10. General admis-
sion: $10 ($7 seniors, military, students age 11-
15 or with NMSU ID; ages 10 and younger
free). Information: 1-800-658-9650 or snm-
Runs and walks
Marfa Lights 10K — The 10K run and 5K
walk is 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the
Court House in Marfa, Texas. Registration
/information: Elbert Bassham: (432) 294-2811.
The event is in conjunction with the Marfa
Lights Festival Sept. 3-5.
will host a 5K run and 1-mile walk at 8 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4, at Ascarate Park, 6900
Delta. Registration: $20 ($15 ages 10 and
younger; team members). Late registration
after Sept. 2 is $25 ($20 children/team mem-
bers). Park entry fee is $1 per vehicle.
Yucca Triathlon — The 10K run/50K bike
and 400 meter swim is 7:30 a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 4, at White Sands Missile Range’s Bell
Gym. Participants must be at security gate by 6
a.m. Cost: $45 individuals; $65 teams. Deadline
is Aug. 20. Information: (575) 678-3374. Web: (click on “Bell Gym”).
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Eagle in the Sun Triathlon — El Paso’s
only USA Triathlon-sanctioned multisport race,
with a 400m swim, 20K bike ride, and 5K run
benefiting El Paso Diabetes Association, is 7:30
a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, starting and ending at the
Tigua Recreation and Wellness Center. Entry
fee: $65 individuals by July 1 ($75 after). No
race day registration. Information: 433-3439.
Online registration at
German-American Night Run —The
17th Annual German-American Oktoberfest
Night Run’s 8K run and 5K fun walk is at 6
p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at Kelly Park on Fort
Bliss. A corporate/military team division 8K Run
will also be held. Registration: $15. Information:
568-0259, 568-4508 or
Food, music and games offered 4 to 8:30 p.m.
including German coffee and pastries, moon
jump, miniature golf and other games.
Post-race events and food served at 6 p.m.
Healthy Heart Walks — The city’s Parks
and Recreation Department’s monthly family
walks begin at 8 a.m. on selected Saturdays
through November at various local park and
recreation centers. Registration starts at 7:30
a.m. Everyone is welcome; registration: $5
one-time fee (includes all walks). Information:
Eliseo Duran, 544-0753, ext. 21 or 23.
This month’s walk is Sept. 11 at Gary Del
Palacio Center, 3001 Parkwood, 3200 Fierro,
featuring a health awareness fair.
Run For the Beach — The 5K run for
breast cancer education is 8 a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 11, in Ruidoso, N.M. (along Sudderth).
Proceeds used to defray mammogram costs
and expenses for residents of Lincoln County.
Trot for Tots — The Child Crisis Center’s
4th annual 5K competitive run and 1 mile
Family Lake Walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11,
at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration is
6:30 to 7:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the cen-
ter. First 1,000 participants receive a free t-
shirt. Registration: $20; $10 military and law
enforcement; $5 children 6-12.
Information/registration: 562-7955, ext. 218.
Online registration at or
The annual Mascot Race is 9 a.m. with awards
ceremony at 10 a.m.
Packet pickup is noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 8, Walgreens (Geronimo and Gateway
West), and Thursday, Sept. 9, at Walgreens
(Mesa and Glory Road), and 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.
on race day at Ascarate Park.
Stephanie Olivo Memorial 5K — The 5K
run and 1-mile fun walk benefiting El Paso Red
Cross is 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at Ascarate
Park, 6900 Delta. Cost: $20 per event; $25
race day. Information: 274-5222.
Forrest Leamon Memorial Run — The
10K and 5K runs and 1-mile fun walk benefiting
the Survivors Benefit Fund of the DEA is 8 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18, at Marwood Park, 4325
Riverbend. Top male and female runners in 10K
and 5K receive one Southwest Airlines
roundtrip ticket. Registration: $20 in advance;
$25 on race day. Information: Chris Rowley:
478-5663. Online registration at raceadventure-
Special Agent Forrest Leamon died last year in
the front lines of drug law enforcement in
Afghanistan, along with two other agents.
Packet pick-up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 17, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the starting line
on race day.
‘Run, Walk and Roll’ 5K Run, Walk and
Wheelchair Race —The 18th annual event
is Saturday, Sept. 25, at Ascarate Park, 6900
Delta. Starting times are 8 a.m. for 5K runners
and walkers; 8:45 a.m. for 5K wheelchair race
(manual users only). Entry fees: $20 in advance,
$25 day of race. No fee for Kid’s 1K.
Information/registration: 474-8449 or
Pre-registration packets may be picked up 11
a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Up and
Running, 3233 N. Mesa. Race day registration is
6:30 to 7:45 a.m.
Whole Enchilada Fiesta runs — The 5K
Race and 1-mile Fun Run are Saturday, Sept.
25, at Meersheidt Recreation Center, Hadley
and Hermosa, Las Cruces. Hosted by Mesilla
Valley Track Club. Registration begins at 6:30
p.m., fun run starts at 7:30 a.m., 5K at 8 a.m.
Awards ceremonies follow at 9 a.m. on the
Meersheidt Stage. Free t-shirt for all 5K partici-
pants. Information: (575) 526-1938.
Registration available at
Elephant Man Triathlon — Elephant
Butte’s 3rd annual 1-mile swim/26.5-bike and
6-mile run is Sunday, Sept. 26, at Elephant
Butte Lake. The USAT-sanctioned event begins
at 8 a.m. with awards ceremony at 1 p.m.
Registration: $100-$165, due by Sept. 15.
Temporary USAT membership available for
$10. Information: (575) 744-5187 or (575) 744-
0055 or On-line registra-
tion at
The “Elephant Kids Tri” kids race is 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25. Registration is 4 to 4:45
p.m. Participation is free.
‘Buddy Walk’ 2010 — EPCC Diversity
Programs host the walk benefiting disabled stu-
dent scholarships 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at
EPCC’s Valle Verde campus, 919 Hunter.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost: $40 family;
$20 individual; $10 EPCC students, military and
seniors. Information: 831-6531.
Sembra Salud 5K — The 5K run and 1-
mile Fun Walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at
Ascarate Park. Entry fee is $20 by Sept. 27;
register at, or
mail to Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa Ste 205.
Late and onsite registration is $25. Teams of 10
or more must register as a group by Sept. 28.
Information: Lily Limón, 253-1616 or
The run/walk promotes fitness and raises
funds for the Centro de los Trabajadores
Agricoles Fronterizos.
Transmountain Challenge — GECU pres-
ents the 34th annual race Sunday, Oct. 10. The
race across Texas’ highest highway is a 20K and
5K competitive and non-competitive run or
walk, for individuals or relay teams. Bicyclists
are also invited to participate. Information:
274-5222 or
Ski Run Road Challenge — The 4th annu-
al race featuring the highest finish in New
Mexico is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Eagle
Creek Sports Complex, Hwy 532, in Ruidoso.
The 20K foot race (solo or relay) up Ski Run
Road (Hwy 532) has an elevation gain of 2,660
feet. Proceeds benefit Ski Apache’s Disabled
Skiers Program. Early registration (by Sept. 30):
$20 solo; $100 relay, Registration costs rise
after Sept. 30. Information: (575) 937-7106 or
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Editor’s note: This is one of Richard
Campbell’s favorite columns, so we are
re-running it to kick off Hispanic
Heritage Month.
couple of years ago the
“Albuquerque Journal” pub-
lished an article by Dale Auten,
a business management expert and
researcher. The article, apparently from
some survey, provided lists of how
Anglo Americans see their Hispanic
American neighbors, how Hispanics see
their Anglo American neighbors, and
how Latinos see each other. When I fin-
ished reading the article, I thought,
there is a future “El Paso Scene” article.
A request for permission to publish the
work brought no reply. Therefore, let us
hope silence means permission given.
For sure, these snapshots are very
broad-brushed and wide open to excep-
tions. These descriptions are not a seri-
ous, academic, technical, sociological
report. The critical word is “see.” Also,
the use of “Americans” is the author’s,
not mine. Aren’t Hispanics also
How do Americans see Hispanics?
• Religion: slavish, vaguely pagan (an
ill-informed minority report)
• Food: hot and fattening
• Money: not enough
• Children: too many
• Pets: cruelly treated
• Homes: loud, crowded
• Elders: omnipresent
How do Latinos see “Americans”?
• Religion: Sundays only
• Food: boring, shelf-table
• Money: highest priority
• Children: treated like pets
• Pets: treated like children
• Homes: antiseptic, cold
• Elders: disposable burden
How do Latinos see other Latinos?
• Religion: spiritual, social center
• Food: exuberant, rich
• Money: functional
• Children: glorious
• Pets: functional
• Homes: for heart, not investment
• Elders: revered
So much for these simple, sometimes
irreverent, lucid and provocative
What do these snapshots tell us?
The late Dr. S.R. Ulibarri, celebrated
author and former professor in the
Department of Modern and Classical
Languages at the University of New
Mexico, years ago made this statement:
“There are cultural differences, and
thank God for [them]. Differences are
what make life worth living and death
worth dying.”
Cultural differences are as natural as
different flavors in food. They add rich-
ness to the national whole and are sub-
ject to blending, not into a generic melt-
ing pot, but rather into a many-hued
mosaic. Of course, differences can cre-
ate problems, too, but that is a subject
for another time.
Back in the ’70s, an El Paso Times
article appeared that probably jarred
many readers. I recall a title something
like “Spanish culture could add color to
American life.” Each culture in this
land of ours has something to offer to
each other. Society’s task is to absorb
from various cultures the good and
avoid the ugly — and all cultures have
both. We’re all in this together, to get to
know and value each other in all cultures.
In an Op-Ed column in the
Albuquerque Journal, one writer wrote
to oppose vigorously the idea of creat-
ing a recently suggested Hispanic
Affairs Department in the New Mexico
government. Strong reaction followed a
few days later in a group letter signed
by 17 people from Albuquerque, Las
Cruces, Santa Fe, Las Vegas and
Carlsbad — and not all Hispanics at
that. That letter pointed out the needs of
Hispanics in New Mexico. The state
has a visible level of poverty, a high
uninsured population, insufficient
health care, and a failing educational
system, as well as a disproportionate
allocation of state resources to Hispanic
Even in a state with a 46 percent
Hispanic population and with a
Hispanic governor, the writers of the
group letter insist on the existence of a
cultural problem. Toward the end of the
article, the writers make this statement:
“Today, few understand [that means all
other ethnic groups and particularly
Anglos/Europeans] the problems of the
new majority [that is, Hispanics]
because of a lack of comprehensive
data that includes understanding of
Hispanic cultural differences.”
One more time, listen to Ulibarri. He
states that “here in the Southwest we
have three main currents of cultural life.
From the south flows the very strong
and vital current of Hispanic culture.
From the north and east [two currents]
flow ... very strong, dynamic, even
aggressive, currents of Anglo Saxon
culture. These currents meet, reject,
embrace and ultimately join to form the
very unique heritage, the very unique
culture, that we have in the Southwest”
— all of which we should treasure.
In spite of many who fear a coming
Hispanic majority, and despite what
major demographic changes can
involve, we have many others who
exclaim, “¡Vivan las diferencias!” —
“Hooray for the differences!”
Richard Campbell’s “Two Eagles in
the Sun” is available at The Bookery,
Barnes & Noble, b&,
We’re closer,
but not there yet
El Paso Scene Page 33 September 2010
t’s back-to-school time, and thousands of
El Paso–area students are swarming the
familiar halls of their schools. How
much, however, do they actually know
about their schools or school districts?
Is their school the first to do college prep
in the city? How historic is the campus? Is
this the most or least crowded school in
the district? Will there be a pop quiz on
this later?
Each of the area’s school districts has its
own bragging points, from historic build-
ings to notable programs to national and
state recognitions, and even geographic
oddities. Here’s a little education on each
of the area districts, including the biggest,
smallest, most tech savvy, and other
schoolhouse odds and ends.
Anthony: Small but strong
Anthony Independent School District has
just three campuses: a high school, middle
school and elementary school, with the
elementary school erected in 1959 and the
most recent high school in 2001.
None of the district’s campuses is facing
overcrowding issues, with the high school
hosting 225 students, the middle school
180, and the most crowded school, the ele-
mentary, with 425 students enrolled.
“All of our schools are technologically
equivalent, with all classrooms having
Smartboards, Infocus projects, Internet
access, multiple workstations for students
in the classroom, and two to three multi-
station labs,” Anthony Superintendent Ron
Haugen said. “The high school would be
the most high tech, as every student has a
laptop issued to them for the school year
as part of a Vision 2020 grant we
Haugen said that the district has received
Recognized Texas Education Agency
(TEA) status for the current year, as well
as other distinctions.
“This past year, our high school was
rated one of the top 100 high schools in
Texas by U.S. News and World Report,”
he said.
Canutillo: Texas west of the Rio
Canutillo Independent School District
holds the distinction of being the only dis-
trict in Texas with school campuses west
of the Rio Grande.
The district itself is fairly young, having
been created in 1959. Its oldest official
building, the Lone Star, actually dates back
to 1911, as part of El Paso County
Schools. Now the site of the district’s
Student Support Division and alternative-
and adult-education programs, the building
once served students in elementary, junior
high and high school with just 16 class-
rooms and a cafeteria. The first Canutillo
High School building, now the site of
Canutillo Elementary School’s gifted-and-
talented program, was not built until 1962.
One of the district’s newest campuses, the
Northwest Early College High School,
established near the existing high school in
2008, is a collaborative effort between the
district and El Paso Community College,
District Communications Specialist Kim
Guzman noted.
“Our smallest
campus is
NECHS, with an
enrollment of
about 265,” she
said of the special-
ized school for
ninth- through
11th-grade stu-
dents. “This is
only their third
year, and we only
add up to 100 students each year. The first
graduating class for NECHS will be
The district’s newest elementary, Gonzalo
and Sofia Garcia Elementary, was also
completed in 2008.
Today, the current Canutillo High School,
on South Desert Boulevard, is the district’s
biggest and most crowded campus, with
about 1,650 students. This new building
has come a long way from the first high
school, as well as from the second
Canutillo High School, built in the mid-
1970s and now used as the current
Canutillo Middle School.
“Our students at the high school level are
offered a wide array of electives, including
many courses in the career and technology
education program,” she said “Our state-
of-the-art theater … consists of a high-tech
lighting and sound system that is operated
by our drama students.”
Guzman said that the school is also one
of the first high schools in the region with
an artificial-turf football field.
Clint: Fast growing in the Valley
Both the oldest and newest schools in the
Clint Independent School District are jun-
ior high schools.
“Clint Junior High was built in 1921 as
‘Clint School,’” Clint Director of
Communications Laura Cade said. “The
red-brick building still stands today in the
town of Clint.”
In addition to being the oldest, Clint
Junior High is also the district’s smallest
school, with just 480 students in grades
four through six. The most crowded is
Frank Macias Elementary, with 1,250 stu-
dents in grades pre-K through third, which
also makes it the most crowded elementary
in the area.
The newest campus, Ricardo Estrada
Junior High, has four computer labs,
COWS (Computers on Wheels) and inter-
active whiteboards.
Clint will soon have one of the newest
high schools in the county.
“The new Clint High School, currently
under construction a few miles from the
old high school, will have a unique archi-
tecture and site plan for the students and
community,” Cade said.
Some of the district’s specialized pro-
grams include cosmetology at all three
high schools, agricultural at Clint High
School, and criminal justice at Horizon
and Mountain View high schools.
The district has received Recognized sta-
tus with 11 of its 12 campuses rated either
Exemplary or Recognized.
Something old, something new ...
The ABCs of our ISDs
Schools blend best of tradi tion & technology
Story by Lisa Kay Tate
Above: El Dorado Ninth Grade Academy is
one of Socorro ISD’s new campuses.
Below: L.G. Alarcón Elementary in the San
Elizario ISD dates back to 1936.
Above: Eastlake High School is another
addition to Socorro ISD. Below: Escontrias
Early Childhood Center im Socorro is now a
designated historic landmark.
El Paso High School, designed by famed architect Henry Trost, remains as one the
area’s best-known landmarks.
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El Paso: Ci ty’ s biggest employer
El Paso Independent School District,
which turned 125 years old in 2008, is
home to the first high school in El Paso, El
Paso High.
The distinction of the oldest campus,
however, goes to San Jacinto Adult
Learning Center, 1216 Olive, which was
first known as the Central School.
Public Relations Executive Director
Berenice Zubia noted that the campus has
served students of all ages. “It was built in
1905 and served elementary school stu-
dents before providing GED and ESOL
classes to adults.”
Vilas Elementary School, which is still in
operation in its original location at 220
Lawton, is the district’s oldest traditional
school, having celebrated its centennial in
The newest building, the new Hornedo
Middle School, opens its doors to students
for the first time this year; the old Hornedo
building is now the Ninth Grade Center for
the fast-growing Franklin High School.
The new building is the latest of five
financed through the 2007 bond programs
and joins four other schools that opened
last year: Herrera, Lundy, Powell and Tom
Lea elementary schools.
The sizes of the district’s schools vary
greatly, with Franklin High School the
largest, with 3,078 students (including
those at the Ninth Grade Center), and
Schuster Elementary serving a more inti-
mate population of just 241 students.
Zubia said that the schools work to keep
up with technological advances, and the
Transmountain Early College High School
is their most “technologically savvy”
“All students and teachers are provided
with laptop computers,” Zubia said.
“Classrooms have video conferencing
capabilities, interactive whiteboards and
digital data projectors.”
Other specialized schools in the district
include six magnet schools ranging from
pre-engineering and business schools to
criminal justice, dual language, health
fields and the International Baccalaureate
El Paso became a TEA Recognized
School District this year with 38
Exemplary-rated campuses and 42
Recognized campuses. As the largest dis-
trict in the TEA’s Region 19 area, it has
more than 63,000 students on 94 campus-
es. This makes EPISD the tenth-largest
district in Texas and 61st in the United
“It also is El Paso’s largest employer,
with nearly 9,000 employees, and has an
annual operating budget of $475 million,”
Zubia said.
Fabens: A brief history
The history of Fabens dates back to its
first Spanish settlements in the 16th centu-
ry, but its first school was built in 1927.
According to district information, all of
the pupils except those who could not
speak English attended this school.
“Non-English-speaking pupils continued
using the Cobos School until it was demol-
ished to make way for the new high
school, now the junior high, which was
erected in 1947,” according to the district’s
Prior to integration, Fabens also had
schools, in buildings acquired from the
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, for
both non-English-speaking students and
black students.
Other early schools include the Primary,
built in 1953, later named Risinger
Primary and now Risinger Early
Childhood Center. The new high school
and junior high buildings were completed
in the late 1980s.
Today, the district is home to one high
school, middle school and elementary
school, plus two primary schools for
grades pre-K through three.
Accommodating mostly rural areas, the
entire student population for all six cam-
puses put together is a little more than
2,600 students.
District facilities, such as the Fabens ISD
Community Library, are used by both the
schools and area residents.
Gadsden: New Mexico neighbor
Gadsden Independent School District,
although not part of El Paso County, sur-
rounds the county on the west and north,
from Sunland Park to Anthony, N.M., to
Its oldest and biggest school, Gadsden
High School, was built in 1929 and is a
common sight for travelers along Highway
28. Originally called “Valley High
School,” the building was listed in 1992
with the New Mexico State and National
Registered Properties.
It currently has 1,670 registered students,
and the district’s smallest school, La
Union Elementary, has 274 students. Its
newest school, Gadsden Elementary, wel-
comed students this August.
According to district representative
Raphael Gallegos, the district also serves
Chaparral, and its Chaparral High School
has a cyber café at the end of each of its
six wings. The school also has a media
room that produces daily news programs.
Gallegos said that the building itself uti-
lizes computer technology for its everyday
“The majority of the building’s heating,
cooling and lights are controlled via an
online computer program called Tracer ES
(a Web-based multiple-building control
system),” he said.
San Elizario: Fighting for students
The San Elizario Independent School
District’s buildings date back to 1936 with
the erecting of L.G. Alarcón Elementary.
Its newest school, Borrego Elementary,
opened in 2001.
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The schools range in population from
1,029 students (San Elizario High School)
to 435 (Josefa L. Sambrano Elementary).
As with other districts in the area, dis-
trict officials emphasize that technology is
taking an increasing role.
San Elizario ISD Communications
Officer Cynthia P. Marentes said that
Garcia-Enriquez Middle School (GEMS)
added interactive Promethean whiteboards
in 2007, complete with ActivInspire
software in all rooms, allowing for a
multimedia learning experience for stu-
“GEMS students are also piloting the
use of iPods for classroom reading
assignments,” Marentes said, adding that
other technology initiatives include tele-
vision production studios at Borrego and
Sambrano elementary schools. The stu-
dios are operated by fourth- and fifth-
grade students who create and broadcast
daily campuswide newscasts.
Marentes said that the district caters to
the education of community members of
all ages and is home to both the L.G.
Loya Primary School for students ages 3
to 5, and the Excell Academy Adult
Learning Center, which includes every-
thing from workforce skills to citizenship
Named a TEA-Recognized district in
2010, the district, established in the
1870s, isn’t known for shying away from
a fight.
“In 1984, the district was one of the
original plaintiffs represented in the
landmark case of Edgewood Independent
School District et al. v. Kirby et al., citing
inequity in school funding,” Marentes
said. “Since then, the district has been an
active participant in ensuring that prop-
erty-poor school districts, such as San
Elizario, receive equal access to state
Socorro: Ever expanding
Socorro Independent School District
dates back to 1924 with its oldest school,
which is now the Early Childhood Center.
Today, the district features the second-
most-populated school in the city,
Montwood High School, with 2,765
students enrolled.
The district’s growth has been so sig-
nificant that two new high school cam-
puses opened this school year to battle
overcrowding, Socorro Public Relations
Specialist Daniel Escobar said.
“With the first day of school this year,
we opened two new high school facilities
to relieve overcrowding and accommodate
the rapid growth we’ve experienced,”
Escobar said, “Eastlake High School and
the El Dorado Ninth Grade Academy.”
The district also has the smallest cam-
pus in the city, as its alternative school
houses less than 100 students. 
Socorro has always worked to integrate
technology into its campuses, and the new
Eastlake High School has taken full
advantage of this with its own wireless
network and Apple equipment.
“In addition to iMac computer labs, the
school is equipped with iCOW’s or
Computers on Wheels that contain sets of
iPod Touches for use in classrooms,”
Escobar said. ”
Although each high school is host to its
own magnet schools, in addition to
Mission Early College High School,
students from the entire district may
enroll in any of the schools or programs
that best fists his or her specialized needs.
Curriculum Opportunities for Science
and Math Oriented Students, a college-
preparatory plan rich in science and
mathematics, with a strong interdiscipli-
nary structure that encourages high moral
and ethical values, is offered at both
Americas and Socorro high schools.
El Dorado High School has the
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Program. Also offering college-level
learning are the Mission Early College
High School and Montwood High’s
Montwood Advanced Studies Institute.
Other specialized programs include
Socorro High School’s Health Professions
Academy, a partnership with area col-
leges, universities and health-care facili-
Escobar said that the district has
received “back-to-back” TEA-Recognized
status. It also has been named as a finalist
for the Broad Prize for Urban Education
by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.
This is the second straight year for this
Ysleta: A magnet for magnets
Like EPISD, Ysleta Independent School
District’s first high school, Ysleta High
School, has historic status, dating back to
1927. Its newest school, Ysleta Pre-K,
completed this year, houses its smallest
students, but its smallest school is
Cadwallader Elementary, with a student
population of just 340. Hanks High
School boasts the most students, with
2,189 enrolled in June 2010.
Ysleta ISD Public Relations Staff Writer
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Christy Flores-Jones said that all seven of
the district’s high schools boast some sort
of magnet or specialized academy. Bel
Air’s magnets include health professions;
global enterprises; professional and public
services; math, science and engineering;
and arts, communication and media. Del
Valle has Multinational Business and
Systems academies. Eastwood (the dis-
trict’s most high-tech school) offers the
Mass Media and Communications and
Business academies. Academies at Hanks
include Information Technology and Law
Enforcement. Parkland features the T-
STEM Academy for math, science and
engineering. Riverside’s academies focus
on business management, finance,
accounting, law, public safety and secu-
rity, government and public administra-
tion. Riverside is also home to the
Socratic Academy. Finally, Ysleta High
itself has magnets in environmental sci-
ences, visual performing arts, professional
studies and business, management and
Like other area districts, Ysleta works
closely with EPCC on an early-college
high school program, with Ysleta’s stu-
dents attending classes at the Valle Verde
This variety of specialized learning has
earned Ysleta national recognition.
“The Ysleta Independent School District
is one of five school districts named as a
finalist for the 2010 Broad Prize for
Urban Education, an annual $2 million
award that honors urban school districts
making the greatest progress in America
in raising student achievement,” Flores-
Jones said.
“The distinction as a finalist for this
prize guarantees YISD a minimum of
$250,000 in college scholarships for 2011
high school graduates,” she said.
Landmarks of learning
Many area schools play a part in the
borderland’s colorful history, whether it is
their architectural style, longevity or
prized possessions. From the first high
school, Henry Trost masterpiece El Paso
High School, to the most unique, J. M.
Whitaker Elementary, there are a number
of stand-out schools.
The city’s most recognizable high
school is El Paso High. Built in 1916, it
is the oldest operating high school in the
area and is listed in the National Register
of Historic Places.
“Reminiscent of Greek and Roman
architecture, El Paso High has become an
historical benchmark for EPISD,” Zubia
Other historic schools include Austin
High School, which celebrated its 80th
anniversary this year and is recognized by
its large domed bell tower. It is the alma
mater of former Supreme Court Judge
Sandra Day O’Connor, and the school’s
Criminal Justice/Public Academy is
named for her.
“The most historically significant
campus in the Ysleta school district is
also our oldest: Ysleta High School,”
Flores-Jones said. “Constructed in 1927,
the original school, which included
hardwood floors and a wooden roof
structure, was designed by Henry Trost,
one of the most noteworthy architects in
El Paso and the Southwest.”
Trost’s influence is notable, she
explained, as he was among the first
architects in the area to consciously
design buildings adapted to the desert
Another landmark of education was
built in the 1990s: Whitaker Elementary,
considered a new concept in school
construction. Its colorful pencil-and-open-
book façade was a successful experiment
in how schools don’t need to be somber
to be effective.
After its construction, Whitaker’s stu-
dents actually showed a 20 percent
improvement in test scores, according to a
write-up on architecture’s impact on
learning in a 1994 issue of School
Administrator. The school also has one of
the city’s most interesting mascots — The
In Canutillo, many of the historic school
buildings, which even preexisted the
district, have been lost to demolition or
fire. This doesn’t mean there aren’t still
visible signs of the area’s history. One
item that holds significant value to the
district is the historic School Bell.
According to Guzman, the bell was
made in Ohio in the 1940s and hung in
the old school house, referred to as “The
Alamo” due to its distinctive look, in
“The bell would ring and all the stu-
dents would line up outside to say the
pledge of allegiance before entering the
building to start school every day,”
Guzman said. “Even though the old
school house no longer exists, the bell
was kept and has survived throughout the
years. After being held in storage for
many years, the bell was resurrected and
used as a celebratory bell for touchdowns
during football games.”
When the new Canutillo Elementary
School was built in 1998, school officials
asked the architects to include the bell in
the design, and the bell remains over the
school’s entrance today.
San Elizario’s oldest school, as well as
its namesake, Lorenzo Garcia Alarcón, is
a prominent part of the historic commu-
“The campus sits in the middle of the
San Elizario Historic District, a town
founded in the late 1700s, on the El Paso
Mission Trail,” Marentes said. “It is the
oldest school in the district and was the
only campus in the district for several
years. It is named after Lorenzo Garcia
Alarcón, who was the longest-serving
superintendent in San Elizario.”
She said that the school also features
old adobe construction and mission-style
façades that are prevalent along the El
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History Notes —The monthly program is 1
to 2 p.m. the second Thursday of 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
The programs are informal discussions on
local and regional history led by staff and volun-
teers. The 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 topic
is “Local Architectural Styles.”
Fort Selden Frontier Day —The annual
celebration at Fort Selden State Monument, 13
miles north of Las Cruces, is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The event includes liv-
ing history demonstrations, a special presenta-
tion on the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at the fort
after the Civil War, reenactments of frontier liv-
ing history, entertainment and more.
Fort Selden also will host a special 100th
anniversary event that day with stagecoach
rides to the fort from Old Mesilla Plaza in
Mesilla, N.M. throughout the event.
The 19th-century adobe fort was established
to protect early settlers from Indian raids. The
state monument seeks to preserve the remain-
ing ruins, and has a visitors center with exhibits
of military life at the post.
The monument, in Radium Springs 13 miles
north of Las Cruces, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. Wednesday through Monday (closed
Tuesday). Admission is $3; (ages 16 and under
free). Sunday admission for New Mexico resi-
dents is $1. Information: (575) 526-8911 or
El Paso Corral of the Westerners —
The monthly dinner program is at 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 17, in the Staff and Faculty
Lounge, second floor, UTEP Student Union.
Deen and Hamilton Underwood present “A
Walk Through Concordia.” Cost: $20. Dinner
served at 6:40 p.m. Information or reservations
(before 5 p.m. Sept. 15): Marilyn Gross, 755-
Fort Bayard Days —The annual two-day
living history festival is Sept. 17-18 at Fort
Bayard, N.M., six miles east of Silver City, offer-
ing games, reenactments and other activities for
the entire family. Visitors may bring their own
picnic. Admission is free both days, unless listed
otherwise. Information: (575) 388-4477, (575)
956-3294 or
Fort Bayard was established as a US Army post
in 1866. Many of the 1900 built buildings are
still in use.
Friday’s events begin at 9 a.m. with a flag cer-
emony followed by learning and living history
centers around the parade grounds until 3 p.m.,
including old-fashioned games, crafts and
dances, and reenactments.
Saturday’s events begin at 9 a.m. with tours of
the Commanding Officer’s Home, gift shop and
museum, guest speakers and presentations in
the New Deal Theater.
The annual Buckles and Bustles Military Ball is
7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the historic
theater, featuring dance lessons with Cel Potter,
including the Grand March and Virginia Reel.
Civilian or military costume circa 1866-1920
encouraged, not required. All ages welcome.
Cost: $2.50; refreshments available for a nomi-
nal fee.
El Paso Archaeological Society Awards
Banquet — The annual Award of Distinction
banquet is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at
Holiday Inn at Sunland Park, 900 Sunland Park.
Registration begins at 6 p.m. Guest speaker
David Legare, District Archaeologist for the Las
Cruces District of the Bureau of Land
Management, will talk about the BLM’s recent
work on the Camino Real and the new walking
trails that will be opening to the public in
October. Reservations (by Sept. 15) payable to
Bettye Barnhart, 2200 Febrero 79935. Cost:
$23. Information: 755-4332 or
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the
Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail
Association (CARTA), and Human Systems
Research, Inc. undertook a data collection pro-
gram along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
(El Camino) to collect artifacts that were in
danger of being lost to looters. This project
resulted in new information about portions of
El Camino that was either unknown or report-
ed but never verified. These portions of El
Camino will soon be formally opened for her-
itage recreation.
Fort Bayard Weekly Tours — Fort Bayard
Historic Preservation Society hosts free guided
tours of the historic fort 9:30 a.m. to noon
Saturdays through September at Fort Bayard
National Historic Landmark, 6 miles east of
Silver City, N.M. Society members will tell
about the beginnings of Fort Bayard in 1866,
the Buffalo Soldiers, and history including
famous and non-famous residents its medical
history. Entrance to the Commanding Officer’s
home and 1939 New Deal Theater included.
All ages and leashed dogs welcome. Wear walk-
ing shoes. Donations welcome; gift shop avail-
able. Information: or fortbayard-
Trinity Site Tour — White Sands Missile
Range. The semi-annual tour to the site of the
first atom bomb explosion is Saturday, Oct. 2.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 678-1134.
Two options are available for visitors: caravan
from Alamogordo through the south end of the
range (Tularosa Gate), or enter off U.S. 380 on
the north end of the range (Stallion Gate
The line-up for the car caravan begins at 7:15
at the Otero County Fairgrounds parking lot on
U.S. 54/70 in Alamogordo; departure is 8 a.m.
Arrive at Trinity site at 10 a.m. and depart by
caravan at 1 p.m. The Alamogordo Chamber of
Commerce offers bus transportation for $35 a
seat. A museum docent will be on board to
answer questions. Information: (575) 437-6120.
The Stallion Gate entrance off U.S. 380 is
open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are allowed to
enter and exit unescorted.
Visitors are encouraged to have a full tank of
gasoline and a spare tire for the trip, which is
85 miles one way. There are no service stations
on the route. Department of Defense police
will direct traffic. Limited food and drink sales
will be available on site. Pets allowed on leash
On July 16, 1945, the U.S. government
exploded a bomb on the White Sands Missile
Range that forever changed the nature of war
and peace. Twice a year, on the first Saturday of
October and April, the public is allowed to car-
avan to Trinity Site, home of the first atom
bomb detonation.
The tour includes the McDonald House, part
of the National Historic Landmark, where the
plutonium core of the bomb was assembled. In
1984, the house was restored to its 1945 con-
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Centennial Museum — University at
Wiggins, UTEP. Changing exhibits are on the
second floor, Lea and Discovery Galleries.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-
5565 or
Showing through Sept. 18:”Rio Grande,
Bravo!” works by West Texas photographer
John Smith. Smith presents the river in 22
panoramic photographs. He spent three years
traveling and photographing the 1,900-mile
river that rises in southwestern Colorado and
runs to the Gulf of Mexico.
Showing through Sept. 23: “Making Sense
of Remote Sensing.” UTEP students from the
Department of Electrical Engineering have cre-
ated an exhibit to present the history of
remote sensing: how it is used to track global
warming by measuring glaciers; how spy planes
and satellites were used to spy on the Soviet
Union during the Cold War; and many other
interesting topics.
Showing Sept. 28-Dec. 18: A pair of exhibits
intended to remind viewers that there is more
to El Paso’s Sister City than current sad state of
affairs making headlines.
• “Fire and Spirit/Fuego y Espíritu,” photogra-
phy from El Diario de Juárez. The exhibit
focuses on the spirit of Cd. Juárez that lives in
spite of the violence troubling the city.
• “Chihuahua, Land of Ancient Wonders,” a
photographic exhibition highlighting the natural
and archaeological treasures of the state of
Chihuahua, enhances by objects from the
Centennial’s collections.
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
The El Paso museum depicts Jewish life in
Europe before World War II, Hitler’s rise to
power, the expulsion of Jews into ghettoes, life
in concentration camps, prisoner resistance to
the Nazis and liberation of the camps. Also fea-
tured is a local survivors exhibit. Docents avail-
able for guided tours.
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.
Admission is free. Information: 755-4332.
Showing through Sept. 12: “Unknown
México/México Desconocido.” The exhibit
introduces ancient and contemporary cultures
of west México. The ancient West Mexico Shaft
Tomb Cultures in the modern Mexican states of
Nayarit, Jalisco, and Colima, flourished at the
same time as the Aztec and Maya civilizations.
Also included: the oldest known culture in
West Mexico, Chupicuaro, the Tarascan Empire
that flourished from A.D. 1100 to 1530; and
the 21st century Cora and Huichol Indians liv-
ing in the Sierra Madre del Norte.
A free Zip Tour with curator Richard Durshlag
is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4.
R. Ben Brown will present the free lecture
“Carl Lumholtz: Norwegian Explorer in North
and West Mexico” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.
In addition to collecting ethnographic informa-
tion on the indigenous people, Lumholtz also
visited ancient sites and collected artifacts, pro-
ducing a substantial expansion of knowledge of
the cultures and regions of North and West
México. A sign language interpreter will be
available for this program.
Showing Oct. 2-24: “Ancient Traditions,
Modern Expressions.” In honor of October as
Texas Archaeology Month, the exhibit features
Santa Clara Pueblo artist Jody Folwell’s pottery
and photographs illustrating her pottery and
her Naranjo family members.
Folwell will give an demonstration and inter-
pretive talk on traditional and contemporary
pueblo pottery-making techniques 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the auditorium.
Regardless of changes in form and decorative
styles, the techniques of pueblo pottery making
have not changed in nearly 2,000 years.
Zip tours of the exhibit with curator Richard
Durschlag are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 and
Saturday, Oct. 16 and 23.
The museum tells the 12,000-year-old story
of prehistoric human habitation in the region,
with five dioramas and exhibits of tools, pot-
tery, rock art and other materials.
Free docent-led family tours of the museum
are 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9, and
Sunday, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24, as part of
Celebration of Our Mountains, geared towards
families with elementary-school-aged children.
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Santa Fe. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Special fee for Fashion
exhibit; other exhibits are free. Information:
351-3588 or
Showing through Sept. 15:
• “Los de Abajo,” an exhibit highlighting the
first novel set during the Mexican Revolution.
• “Vernacular Houses in Ciudad Juárez:
Itinerant Images,” a photographic record of the
traditional architecture of Juárez.
Showing through Sept. 16: “50 Years for
Fashion.” The exhibit features vintage designer
apparel from the 1950s through the ‘90s, and
pays tribute to local retail giants whose fashion
expertise influenced the way El Pasoans
“dressed-to-the-nines.” Free to museum mem-
bers. $5 for nonmembers.
A free screening of “Valentino: The Last
Emperor” is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. The
film is about the famous Italian fashion designer
in the last years of his career.
The museum hosts beginning level Tai Chi
classes instructed by Hsio-Ying Hines 9 to 10
a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, Early regis-
tration encouraged. Cost: $20 ($10 members).
Hines will also teach special lunchtime Tai Chi
classes noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 8-
Nov. 10. Cost: $20 ($10 members).
The museum is hosting a series of events
commemorating the centennial of the Mexican
Revolution. Events are free.
• A panel discussion on “Reflections on the
Independence Movement in the State of
Chihuahua,” a collaboration with the Mexican
Consulate, is 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.
• David Romo, author of “Ringside Seat to
the Revolution,” will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 16.
• Polka on the Museum Patio with Elias Bonilla
is 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.
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.
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The easy-to-hike trail, with spectacular panoramas of
two countries and three cities, leads 2.5 miles to the
summit to the famous statue of Christ on the Cross.
The trail will be open 8 a.m. to noon, Sat. Oct. 2
All hikers should begin no later than 9 a.m.
Plan on 2-3 hours for the hike.
El Paso Scene Editor Randy Limbird will lead
a guided hike beginning at 8:15 a.m. with talks
on area history, environment and geology
offered on the trail and at the summit.
Security will be provided
at the parking lot and on the trail.
No reservations needed.
Requested $5 donation ($2 children) to support
the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee.
To get there: Take Sunland Park Drive to Doniphan, turn south,
then west on Racetrack Drive. Cross the Rio Grande bridge, then
turn south on McNutt Road (Highway 273). Go about 1 mile and
turn right on road leading to the Mt. Cristo Rey parking lot.
Sponsored by El Paso Scene, CelebratIon oI Our HountaIns
and the Ht. CrIsto Rey RestoratIon CommIttee
HIke Up CrIsto Rey
Saturday, Oct. 2
Admission is free. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
daily. Information: 568-3390 or 568-5412.
Also on Fort Bliss is Old Fort Bliss, Building
5051, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton, a
reproduction of the Magoffinsville Post of 1854
to 1868. Information: 568-4518.
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
Now showing are “Toolville,” a hands-on
guide through six simple tools for ages 5-12;
and “Games” an interactive exploration of
games from around the world and across the
century for all ages.
Also showing is “To the Ends of the Earth,
UTEP at the Poles.
LYNX Exhibits —The exhibit space is at
300 W. San Antonio (just south of Convention
Center). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to
9 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Closed Monday. Last admission is one hour
before closing time.
Admission is $10 for adults; $8 seniors, mili-
tary and students with ID; and $6 ages 4 to 11.
Children 3 and younger are free. Information:
533-4330 or
Extended through Sept. 5: “Color Play,
Exploring the Art and Science of Color. The
exhibit features an array of color-themed activi-
ties and games for the entire family. Also fea-
tured is “Lazer Frenzy,” a challenging, arcade-
style laser maze.
Showing Sept. 18-Jan. 2: “Cracking the
Code: Human DNA.” Special opening day
events are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
18, in the parking lot with crafts booths, jump-
ing balloon, police and sheriff’s department
giveaways and more.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site —
1120 Magoffin. The adobe home, built around
1875 by Joseph Magoffin, tells the story of a
multicultural family that influenced the develop-
ment of the Southwest borderlands. It includes
authentic art and furnishings reflecting the daily
lives of the Magoffin family.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m.
Spanish language tours offered Wednesday
through Sunday. Cost: $4 ($3 ages 6-18).
Group tours available with advance registration.
Information: 533-5147 or
Active duty military personnel and their fami-
lies with ID admitted free through Sept. 6 as
part of the Blue Star Museum Program.
“Spirit Tours” are offered by the Casa
Magoffin Compañeros at 10 a.m. the second
Saturday of every month. Cost: $5.
Reservations required.
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, including hands-on exhibits for
kids. The Border Patrol was founded in 1924 in
El Paso. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and
major holidays. Admission is free. Information:
759-6060 or
Railroad and Transportation Museum
of El Paso — More than 100 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 or
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
Las Cruces Museum of Natural
History —Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces
(take Lohman exit east from 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. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-
Showing through Sept. 12: “Hatching the
Past,” dinosaur nests, eggs and their young.
Showing Sept. 24-Jan. 23: “Bats, Wolves and
Wildflowers.” Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 24.
The monthly hands-on Saturday Science Class
for elementary children is 11 a.m. Sept. 4
(Earth Science and Geology).
The monthly Sky Safari program begins at 8
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the NMSU
The monthly hands-on Animal Encounters are
4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
Science Cafe round table discussion hosted by
Sigma XI is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.
Las Cruces Railroad Museum— The
museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N.
Mesilla, (at Las Cruces avenue west of the
Downtown Mall). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is
free; donations encouraged. Information: (575)
647-4480 or
Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the
second Saturday of each month through
November. Families can try their hand at a vari-
ety of early 20th century games.
Story Time for children of all ages is 11 a.m.
to noon the third Saturday of the month. Listen
to a “Thomas the Tank Engine” book and com-
plete a related activity. RSVP encouraged.
The museum’s brown bag lecture series is at
noon the second Tuesday of each month. Light
refreshments served; RSVP encouraged. The
Sept. 14 lecture is “Food, Family, and Culture
in the Mesilla Valley, 1910” presented by
anthropologist Lois Stanford.
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 for
adults, $3 seniors 60 and older, $2 for children
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(575) 522-4100 or
Nancy Benson presents “A Stitch in Time”
illustrated biography of the colcha embroidery
tradition in New Mexico at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 9, as part of the museum’s lecture series.
Benson is an award-winning writer and author
of “New Mexico Colcha Club.” Admission $2
Showing through Dec. 6 in the Arts
Corridor: “Rural Skylines and Byways of New
Mexico,” works in various media by the City of
Artists Promotional Association.
Showing through Sept. 10: “Colcha:
Embroidered Connections,” Colcha is an
embroidery method traced back to the 1700s
in New Mexico.
Showing through Nov. 28: “What in the
World?”, a fun and informative journey through
an array of unusual objects from the museum’s
collections. These peculiar-looking gadgets
were used for a variety of tasks and museum
visitors are invited to answer the challenge to
identify their uses in this interactive exhibit.
Harvest Cooking Class is 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 7, with Carol Koenig. Cost: $35.
NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art
Center, 1390 E. University Ave, (Williams Hall)
on the NMSU campus, Las Cruces (east of
Solano). Summer hours are noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. Information: (575)
646-2545, (575) 646-5423 or
Showing through Oct. 1: “Unmute: Text and
Image in American Art 1970-2000.” With
images from the gallery’s permanent collection
this exhibit addresses the ways in which images
and texts operated in post-Minimalist late 20th
century art.
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
Fall 2010 Exhibitions:
• “Southwest Native American Silver and
Turquoise Jewelry,” featuring concho belts,
necklaces, bracelets, rings, bow guards, bolo
ties, earrings, and pins/pendants show the his-
torical development of the cultural artistry of
Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Kewa.
• “Rock Art of the Southwest,” photographs of
the enigmatic petroglyphs and pictographs left
by the prehistoric Jornada Mogollon culture at
the rock art sites of Pony Hills, Three Rivers,
and Hueco Tanks.
• “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in
the Americas,” Traveling Exhibit created by
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the
American Indian, National Museum of African
American History and Culture, and the
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition
• “Counting Change: Currency of the Mexican
Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 16.
Family workshops are 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-
3:30 p.m. selected Saturdays. Call for schedule.
White Sands Missile Range Museum
and Missile Park — Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. 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-
The monthly speaker series is 7 p.m. the third
Thursday of the month. The Sept. 16 topic is
“Matanzas: A Traditional Hispanic Custom.”
Admission is free, but donations welcome.
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 5 p.m. every day. Admission: $6 ($5 for
seniors, military; $2 children 6-16; free for chil-
dren 5 and younger). Information: (575) 378-
4142 or
Showing through Oct. 3: “Ancient New
Mexico,” an in-depth exhibit of the peoples
who inhabited the southwest from pre-histori-
cal periods up to Spanish exploration.
The 19th annual photography show runs
Sept. 25-Dec. 12, hosted by the Lincoln
County Photographic Society.
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 off Indian
Wells Blvd. Center closed Aug. 30-Sept. 1 for
Currently showing: “Space Frontiers,” a look
at the heritage and future of space exploration
in New Mexico.
Space center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors and military, $4
ages 4-12, children 3 and younger free).
Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840
Showing at the IMAX Dome Theater are the
films “Hubble” and “9 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): $3,50 for planetarium show.
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).
Sacramento Mountains Historical
Museum— U.S. 82 across from the
Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M.
The museum will host Living History Day
events 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, fea-
turing demonstrations of life skills from the
1800s presented by reenactors.
Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday. Closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and
Saturday. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6 to 12).
Group rates and tours available with prior
notice. Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloud-
Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway,
Silver City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $3 suggested
donation. Information: (575) 538-5921or sil-
Showing through Sept. 26: “Free Flow: The
Gila River in NM,” photographs by Jan Haley.
Showing through Oct. 30: “From the
Mines,” 15 steel sculptures by Barbara L.
Harrison constructed from objects found at
area mines.
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Celebration of Our Mountains - The
17th annual Celebration of Our Mountains
offers events to encourage appreciation of the
El Paso region’s environment. Information: or email, 525-7364.
Upcoming events:
• Saturday, Sept. 4: Hike to B-24 Crash over
Rough Terrain; Hike to the Aztec Caves
• Sunday, Sept. 5: Smuggler’s Pass Hike
• Saturday, Sept. 11: Pancho Villa State Park,
Spring Canyon & Deming Birding Trip
• Saturday, Sept. 11: Ron Coleman Trail; Dino
Tracks, Insights El Paso Science Museum; Night
Time Is the Right Time
• Saturday, Sept. 18: 6th Annual Chihuahuan
Desert Fiesta; Family Tours of the Archaeology
• Sunday, Sept. 19: Schaeffer Shuffle Hike
• Thursday, Sept. 23: Artistic Celebration of
Our Mountains at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing;
Thursday, Sept. 23: Full Moon, Hiking and
Coffee at the Palisades; Bat Watch
• Saturday, Sept. 25: Your First Step to Hiking;
Audubon Society trip to Rattlesnake Springs;
Night Time Is the Right Time; Moon Hike and
Picnic; Cloud Climbing Rail Trail Hike
• Sunday, Sept. 26: Sunset Hike at the Crest
of the Franklins.
Garden Talks at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will host free
talks on various aspects of gardening with Texas
AgriLife Extension Service Master Gardeners 8
to 8:30 to 9 a.m. Saturdays on the patio during
their weekly farmers’ market. Information:
• Sept. 4 — “So, You’re Going to Plant a
Tree” by Sandi Colman.
• Sept. 11 — “Garden Goodies on the Grill”
by Jim Hastings.
• Sept. 18 — “Garden Tool Care and
Maintenance.” Presenter to be announced.
• Sept. 25 — “Rainwater Harvesting” by Bill
Bottomless Bubblefest — Bottomless
Lake State Park, 13 miles east of Roswell, (via
U.S. Hwy 380 and NM Hwy 409), will host its
4th annual Labor Day weekend event 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6,
featuring underwater “dive poker,” underwater
games, snorkeling, beach volleyball, nature
hikes, ranger talks and more. The New Mexico
State Police Dive Team will host a presentation
Saturdays, during the “Enchanted Evenings”
program. Day-use fee is $5. Camping fees: $8
for primitive site; $10 for developed site (elec-
trical hookup $4 extra). Reservations for camp-
ing recommended. Information: (575) 624-6058
El Paso Native Plant Society —The
society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9,
at El Paso Garden Center, 3105 Grant.
Horticulturist Cheryl Garing presents
“September is for Planting Bullet Proof Native
Plants.” Free and open to the public.
Information: 240-7414.
Master Gardener Course — The Texas
AgriLife Extension Service will host an 11-week
master gardener course 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18, at El Paso Garden
Center, 3105 Grant, in Memorial Park. The
course offers intensive horticultural training in
exchange for at least 60 hours of volunteer
service after the course’s completion.
Application fee: $150 ($195 for those in the
horticulture industry). Fee covers course text
and various handouts. Enrollment space is limit-
ed; application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 30.
Information/applications: 860-2515 or
‘Amazing Texas Hummingbirds’ work-
shop — Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Outreach
and Educational Programs will host an introduc-
tory workshop on the 18 species of humming-
birds in West Texas 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
11, at the El Paso Water Utilities’ Carlos M.
Ramirez TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana.
Learn identification tips, hummingbird ecology,
gardening for hummingbirds with drought-tol-
erant plants, dealing with pets and identification
training at hummingbird feeders. Cost: $5; pre-
registration required. Information/reservations:
621-2000, or
Iris Society Sale —The Mesilla Valley Iris
Society will hold its Fall Sale 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11-
12, at the south end of Mesilla Valley Mall,
Telshor and Lohman Avenues, Las Cruces (Cine
10 entrance). The Iris Society will have a wide
variety of rhizomes for sale. Proceeds benefit
the society and its services.
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park —
5000 Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Winter hours:
beginning Sept. 1, winter are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
daily. Day use fee: $5 per vehicle ($40 annual
pass). Information: (575) 523-4298 or
Birding tours are 8:15 a.m. Saturdays,
(depending on volunteer guide availability) bring
hat, water, binoculars and insect repellent.
Master Gardener Sylvia Hacker will give a talk
on “Pots and Pails, Berms and Swales Simple
ways to harvest rainwater for your garden and
landscape” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in
the classroom.
Naturalist Richard Quick of the Las Cruces
Museum of Natural History will talk on
“Aquarium Science” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept.
25, in the classroom.
Friends of the Mesilla Valley Bosque Park
meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13. Master
Gardener and park volunteer Sylvia Hacker
presents a program on waterwise trees in the
area. Park fee waived for those attending meet-
ing. Information: (575) 523-8009.
SunScape Landscape Seminar —
UTEP’s Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the
Centennial Museum will host a landscaping
seminar 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
11, at the museum, University and Wiggins.
Participants learn to use native plants and gar-
dening in harmony with the desert; and covers
selecting native plants, placement in the garden,
tree pruning, irrigation tips, soil content and
more. Garden tour and question and answer
period include. Registration: $35 (class size lim-
ited). Bring lunch; drinks provided. Information:
Kay Mullins, 747-8994 or
Labor Day Trail Ride — The Chihenne
Ranch’s 8th annual Labor Day ride is Sept. 12-
18 beginning with dinner Sunday, and ending
with breakfast Saturday. This ride base camp
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ride returns back to the Lodge headquarters
each day. No electricity or water hookups for,
but flush type toilets and shower “house”
offered. Evening programs with musical enter-
tainment as well as dancing will be available
each night. Registration (due by Sept. 1): $300.
Information/registration: Greg Evans, (575)
743-1602 or
The Chihenne Ranch is in the foothills of the
Black Range near the Gila National Forest, New
National Parks and Nature Series –
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial, will show a free video on Mount
Rainier National Park and Mount Saint Helen
National Volcanic Monument at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 15. Information: 532-7273
ext. 127 or
Gila River Festival — The Gila
Conservation Coalition will host its 6th annual
river festival Thursday through Sunday, Sept.
16-19, at the Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard, in
Silver City, N.M. and other locations. The event
raises awareness of the Gila River with hikes,
workshops, kids’ activities, panel discussions
and more that foster an appreciation of Aldo
Leopold’s conservation ethic. Information:
(575) 538-8078 or
Keynote address is “Connections: The
Marvelous Complexity of Place” by writer,
teacher and earth activist Mary Sojourner 7 to
9 p.m. Thursday. Cost: $10 at the door.
The “Red Hot Children’s Fiesta” is 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Saturday, at Penny Park, 1305 N. Grant,
with activities, informational booths, face paint-
ing, crafts and more. Admission is free.
The 2010 “Wild and Scenic Environmental
Film Festival” is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the
Silco Theater. Cost: $8; free for ages under 12.
A book signing, talk and photo exhibit for
“Free Flow: the Gila River in New Mexico” by
Jan Haley 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Silver City
Museum. Admission is free.
Check website for field trip and lecture sched-
ule and other details.
‘Reel Rock Tour’ — NMSU Outdoor Rec
presents the “global tour” at 7 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 17, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Tickets: $8 in
advance; $10 at the door. Information:(575)
646-4746 or
Reel Rock turns five this year and co-founders
Sender Films and Big Up Productions are cele-
brating with death-defying speed link-ups of the
wildest faces in the Alps, to Olympian displays
of strength and tenacity on the hardest boul-
ders ever climbed.
Aggie Youth Climbing — New Mexico
State University Outdoor Recreation will host a
kids’ rock climbing class for ages 6 to 17, taught
by experienced climbers 10 a.m. to noon
Saturdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 9, at the NMSU
Activity Center, 1600 Stewart in Las Cruces.
Cost: $55. Information: (575) 646-4252 or out-
This class is the first of four classes planned
through April.
Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta — The
Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition
(CDEC) will host its 6th annual fiesta highlight-
ing the animals and plants of the Northern
Chihuahuan Desert 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 18, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s
Tom Mays Section at the western base of
Transmountain Road.
Hosted by the Franklin Mountains State Park,
members of the Chihuahuan Desert Education
Coalition will be on hand to offer free presenta-
tions and demonstrations. Park fees will be
waived during the event, but donations are
welcome. The event is also part of and Franklin
Mountains State Park Lone Star Legacy.
Information: 217-4233 or
New this year are 10-minute presentations on
a variety of topics on the desert’s natural histo-
ry 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as a special appear-
ance by “Takota”, a Golden Eagle from the El
Paso Zoo and the park’s 3rd Annual Chili
El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
trips — The Society’s monthly public meeting
is at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Room 119
(Building 4010 of the Rio Grande campus of El
Paso Community College, 100 W. Rio Grande.
Scott Cutler, Curator of Collections and
Exhibits at the UTEP Centennial Museum, will
present a program on “Big Bangs and
Monumental Moves: Geological Events in the El
Paso Area.” Admission is free. Non-members
welcome. Information: 526-7725 or trans-
Upcoming field trips:
• Pancho Villa State Park, Spring Canyon and
Deming field trip departs at 7 a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 11, from Keystone Heritage Park, 4200
Doniphan. Information: Mark Perkins, 637-3521
• Rattlesnake Springs field trip is Saturday,
Sept. 25, departing at 7 a.m. in front of
Evergreen Cemetery, 12400 Montoya. RSVP by
Sept. 22: Mark Perkins, 637-3521 or
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
The 9th annual Elephant Festival that honors
the zoo’s biggest residents is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26, featuring
bio-facts from elephants, elephant-themed
games for kids, enjoy story times and demon-
strations, live entertainment, and meal from “A
Taste of the Wild. A “Produce Hunt” behind
the scenes tour and “Breakfast with the
Elephants” events also offered for and addition
fee. Information: 532-8156 or 521-1850, or
A giraffe exhibit has joined the new Africa sec-
tion’s lion exhibit, meerkat habitat and the El
Paso Electric Kalahari Research Center.
Daily encounters include California Sea Lion
Training and Meet the Keeper presentations at
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Asian Elephant Training Encounters scheduled
daily. Information:
An Evening with Jack Hanna - El Paso
Zoo presents an evening with the acclaimed
animal expert and his animal friends is 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 28, at The Plaza Theater.
Tickets: $20-$50, plus service charges
Special VIP reception tickets are $100; avail-
able through the Society. Information: 532-
8156, 521-1850 or
Hanna’s hands-on approach has won him
widespread acclaim as Director Emeritus of the
Columbus Zoo, conservationist, author, televi-
sion personality, and lifelong adventurer. After
12 years hosting “Jack Hanna’s Animal
Adventures,” he launched his latest syndicated
TV series, “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.” In
2008, Into the Wild received an Emmy for
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Outstanding Children’s Series, and Jack was
nominated for Best Host of a Children’s Series.
Recognized around the country as America’s
favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless
television appearances since 1983 on shows
such as Good Morning America, The Late Show
with David Letterman, Larry King Live, The
Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Maury Show, Fox
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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
White Sands Institute — White Sands
National Monument and NMSU-Alamogordo
hosts a new series of community education
classes during the summer months, ranging
from art to natural history. All classes meet at
White Sands National Monument.
Information/registration: (575) 439-3842 or
Classes are geared towards grade 10 through
adult, and include easy-level hikes, with some
off-trail walks.
White Sands Watercolors are offered
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 21-23,
instructed by Dan Stouffer. Cost: $175.
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 Garden, which opened in
1958, has many types of roses at the sprawling
park area with a waterfall, shade canopy and
many other amenities. Admission is free.
Information/rentals: El Paso Parks and
Recreation, 541-4331.
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 year
round. Admission: $2 ($1 children, seniors and
military). Information: 584-0563, keystone- or
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 at dawn on
the last Saturday of the month and dusk on the
last Sunday of the month.
Keystone’s Chihuahuan Desert Experience
(immediately west of the wetland) is open daily
from 7 a.m. to noon for walking and bird
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 $4 per person, free for age 12
and under (with family). Group rates available.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information:
The 6th annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta is 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept 18, featuring
demonstrations, informational booths, chil-
dren’s activities, a chili cook-off and more. Park
fees waived during the event.
Guided hikes begin at 9 a.m. on selected
days; reservations required:
• Aztec Caves, Saturday, Sept. 4.
• Smugglers Pass, Sunday, Sept. 5.
• Schaeffer Shuffle, Sunday, Sept. 19.
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- Upcoming events:
• Bird Tour, 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4.
• A Community Workday is 8 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18.
• Introductory Tour, 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.
• Monthly faunal monitoring is 8 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25.
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 are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
through Sunday. Admission: $5 (free for chil-
dren 12 and younger). Additional cost for tours
(including birding tour and morning hike): $1
for ages 5 and older. Information: 857-1135 or
The park’s campground is closed for utility
upgrades and will reopen in October.
Pictograph, rock-climbing bouldering and hik-
ing tours are available at 9 and 11 a.m.
Wednesday through Sunday, by prior arrange-
ment. Call 849-6684.
The monthly birding tour is 7 to 9 a.m. on the
third Saturday of the month (Sept. 18).
Advance sign-up encouraged.
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. There is an
annual orientation program for visitors. Guided
access is offered to the rest of the site.
Picnicking allowed at ten tables closest to head-
quarters. Wood and charcoal fires are not per-
mitted. Camping is available. Bicycles permitted
only on designated paved areas. Pets allowed
only in camping or picnic areas. Call for reser-
vations and other information: 857-1135.
Feather Lake Wildlife Sanctuary —
9500 North Loop, near Loop 375. The 43.5-
acre site is managed by El Paso’s Audubon
Society. A variety of migratory birds, as well as
some year-round species, can be seen there.
The sanctuary is open to the public 8 a.m. to
noon Saturdays and 2 p.m. to dusk Sundays.
Admission is free. Information: 545-5157 or
White Sands National Monument —
The glistening gypsum dunes are about 15 miles
southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Hours (through Sept. 6) are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
for the Dunes Drive; 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept.
7-25; a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 26. Visitor
Center hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through
Sept. 12; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Sept. 13
All visitors must exit the park by one hour
after sunset.
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
Ranger-guided Sunset Stroll Nature Walks
begin one hour before sunset daily. Experience
a sunset over the white sands and observe the
plants, animals and geology of the dune field.
Walks last about one hour.
Patio talks are 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and
Sundays at the Visitor Center. Rangers will
answer questions and give tips on enjoying the
A Star Party is 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
A Full Moon Hike is 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 23.
Full Moon Night is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24,
featuring “White Sands in 3D,” with Resource
manager David Bustos. Fly through the dunes,
see a tarantula up close, and explore crystal
pedestals in a 3-D visual journey of White Sands
National Monument. 3-D glasses will be provid-
ed; question and answer period will follow. No
reservations accepted.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last
weekend of each month. This month’s tour is 9
a.m. Sunday, Sept 26. Participants drive their
own vehicles 17 miles beginning at the Small
Missile Range gate on U.S. 70, 25 miles west of
the White Sands Visitor Center, then hike 3/4
mile to the source of the white sands.
Reservations are required. Cost is $3 per adult;
$1.50 age 16 and under.
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
Hours 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.
A star party is 6:30 to 10 p.m. the second
Saturday of each month.
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).
For an extra fee ($8 adults, $4 youth and sen-
iors with card), visitors can go on a ranger-guid-
ed tour of the King’s Palace, Papoose Room,
Queen’s Chamber and Green Lake Room;
reservations are required.
The “bat season” generally lasts from late May
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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.
Guided tours also are available for Slaughter
Canyon Cave, an undeveloped cave 23 miles
from the main cavern. Call for reservations.
Cost is $15 ($7.50 ages 6-15, seniors with
card). The 1-1/4-mile tour lasts about 2-1/2
hours. Flashlight with fresh batteries required.
Wear good walking shoes and bring water.
Other special guided tours are available,
including “Wild Cave Tours.”
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, the first
and one of the largest wilderness areas. The
slow, winding mountain road between Silver
City and the dwellings takes about 1-1/2 hours
to drive. Long trailers are advised to come up
the back way via NM 152 and 35 through the
Mimbres Valley. Entrance fee: $3 per person;
$10 per family. Information: (575) 536-9461 or
Winter hours: The trail to the cliff dwellings is
open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone must be
off the trail by 5 p.m. Visitor center is open 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Regular tours offered at noon. Early arrival
requested (allow 20 to 30 minutes to hike to
dwellings where tour begins).
“Trail to the Past” guided tours are 1:30 p.m.
Saturdays at the Lower Scorpion Campground.
This 1/4-mile walk visits a small Mogollon
alcove dwelling and a large pictograph panel.
A ranger-guided tour of the TJ Site, an unexca-
vated surface pueblo, is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept.
“An Evening of Astronomy” begins at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4, with a “Make Your Own
Star Wheel” activity, followed by evening talks
and night viewing.
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.
Camping for tents and RVs, a nature trail, and
ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail Station
are nearby. McKittrick Canyon Visitors’ Center
is seven miles east of Pine Springs, and offers
nature, canyon and geology trails. Winter hours
are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On the north side of the park, accessible by a
110-mile drive around Carlsbad Caverns, is
Dog Canyon Visitor Center and Campground.
One of the best examples of a Permian Period
fossil reef, the national park offers camping and
more than 80 miles of trails. Hikes range from
easy, wheelchair-accessible nature trails to
moderate (level, but rocky) canyon hikes to
strenuous mountain hikes.
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
• Mesilla Valley Bosque Park — 5000 Calle del
Norte, Mesilla. Guided bird tours are first
Saturday of every month.
• 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.
• Oliver Lee State Park, Highway 54 south of
Alamogordo at the Dog Canyon turnoff.
Information: (575) 437-8284.
A look at Venus and Mars at Sunset is 7:30 to
9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, with the Amateur
Astronomers Group, at Group Shelter.
A “Bat Factor” evening lecture is 6:30 to 8
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Group Shelter.
An “Animals of Dog Canyon” presentation is
10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the
Group Shelter.
A “Rattlesnake Tales” presentation is 10 to
11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Group
A Trail Journaling walk is 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2, beginning at the Visitor
• 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 use hours: 7:30 a.m. to sunset.
Information: (575) 546-6182 or (575) 744-
• Elephant Butte Lake State Park —
Information: (575) 744-5998.
The Hot Air Balloon Regatta is 7 a.m. to noon
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, launching
from Lion’s Beach.
A free Boating Safety class is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25.
Drag boat races are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Sept. 18-19.
The Socorro Bass Club’s Bass Tournament is 6
a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.
The Elephantman Triathlon is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26.
• Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M.,
State Roads 11 and 9. Information: (575) 531-
2711. Day use hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The 5th annual Pancho’s Car Show is 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, with vintage to
late model show cars, live music, food and
drink for sale and more.
• Brantley Lake State Park — 12 miles north of
Carlsbad, N.M., on US 285. Includes 51 sites
with water and RV hookups, visitors’ center,
fishing dock and boat ramps. Information: (575)
A Star Party is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 4.
• Bottomless Lakes State Park — 13 miles east
of Roswell, (via U.S. Hwy 380 and NM Hwy
409). Information: (575) 624-6058 or
The Summer Enchanted Evening interpretive
program series runs 8 to 9 p.m. Saturdays,
through Sept. 4.
The annual Bottomless Bubblefest three-day
scuba event is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
through Monday, Sept. 4-6, with underwater
poker competition, demonstrations and more.
• Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs,
two miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19.
Information: (575) 524–4068. Day use hours: 7
a.m. to sunset.
• Caballo Lake State Park, 60 miles north of
Las Cruces on Interstate 25. Information: (575)
• Percha Dam State Park, 60 miles north of Las
Cruces on Interstate 25. Information: (575)
Dripping Springs Natural Area — The
recreational area is at the base of the Organ
Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road
(the eastern extension of University Avenue),
about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area,
run by the federal Bureau of Land Management
in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy,
includes the A.B. Cox Visitors’ Center, several
hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. During
the late fall and winter months, visitor center is
open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Access to the main
trail to Dripping Springs is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
the park is closed promptly at 5 p.m.
Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed
(except for assistance animals). Information:
(575) 522-1219.
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. Fifty-five
family camping and picnic sites, plus two group
areas. Day-use fee is $3 per vehicle.
The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding)
and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the camp-
Information, group reservations: (575) 525-
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State
Park — Carlsbad, N.M. Admission: $5 ($3
ages 7-12; free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. daily (last entry at 3:30 p.m.).
Information: (575) 887-5516.
To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad;
follow signs to the park.
International Vulture Awareness Day activities
are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, featuring
children’s crafts, turkey vulture displays and
A full moon walk is 7 to 7:30 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 24. A free outdoor concert with classic
rock band Celestial Remnants begins at 5:30
A star party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.
A fall plant sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Oct. 2-3, featuring ornamental
houseplants, and native and other xeric plants
for desert landscaping.
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.
Alameda Park Zoo — Alameda Park, 1321
North White Sands Blvd., 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). Annual memberships
available. Information: (575) 439-4290.
The oldest zoo in the Southwest (established
in 1898), covers about 12 acres and features
about 250 exotic and indigenous animals.
Chihuahuan Desert Resource Institute
— The CDRI center and botanical gardens are
four miles south of Fort Davis on Hwy 118.
Admission: $5 ($4 seniors 65 and older; free
children 12 and younger, members).
Information: (432) 364-2499 or
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Adair Margo Fine Art —215 Stanton,
Suite 602 (Martin Building). Hours are 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information:
533-0048 or
Adair Studio and Gallery —5750 N.
Mesa (at the Summit). Information: 471-2271,
587-8646 or Showing Sept.
1-Oct. 5: “A Journey Through The Summer’s
Creative Expressions,” works in various media
from Clarissa Adair and the Adair Artist Group.
Classes for adults in drawing, oil and acrylic
Artistic Celebration of Our Mountains
— Opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 23, for the 13th annual invitational exhib-
it at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. Light hors
d’oeuvres and cash bar offered.
Information: (575) 589-0653.
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing is at One
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M.
Arts International — The 43rd annual Arts
International Juried Exhibition, Texas’s largest
international juried art exhibit, is Sept. 22-
Oct. 8, at the historic Union Depot, down-
town. Information: 534-7377 or
Opening reception is Saturday, Sept. 25.
The exhibition presents artworks from the
finest artists in Texas, New Mexico and the
neighboring State of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Chamizal galleries - Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Hours are 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for
Abrazos Gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday for Paisanos Gallery. Admission
is free. Information: 532-7273 or
Showing through Sept. 4 in Los Paisanos
Gallery: “The Romantic Realist Artists” group
show, featuring works by eight artists who
study under the instruction of Lyuba Titovets.
Each work depicts the theme “El Paso:
Crossroad to the Southwest and Mexico.”
Showing through Oct. 23 in the Abrazos
Gallery: “Retablos: A Cultural Legacy,” artwork
by Virginia Maria Romero
Showing Sept. 10-Nov. 6 at Los Paisanos
Gallery: “Beauty in the Abstract” group exhibit,
featuring works by Evelyn Ainsa, Tommy
Alford, Sally Avant, Ho Baron, Holly Cox, Lee,
Kolliker, Win Korf, Babbie Mitchell, Carmen
Navar, Pat Olchefski-Winston, Marie Otero,
Mark Paulda, Schuyler, Joan Shepak, A. Stein,
Linda Markuly Szilvasy and Brigitte von Ahn.
Opening reception is 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 11.
Crossland Gallery — 500 W. Paisano (in the
Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are noon to 4
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is
free. Information: 351-2811.
Showing Aug. 28-Sept. 18: “Where I Come
From: My Inspiration to Become an Artist,”
works by Bob Adams. Adams was born in rural
Oklahoma down the road from a Kiowa family.
Adams and his best friend roamed the back
rural roads until he entered the Navy in 1955.
It was from these early years, Adams gained his
inspiration. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28.
Showing Sept. 25-Oct. 16: “Ves Tres” “You
See Three”), featuring three mixed-media
artists showing their later creations. Opening
reception is 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
El Paso Artisan Gallery — Lynx Exhibits,
300 W. San Antonio. The gallery features works
by local painters, jewelers, crafters and photog-
raphers. Lynx hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10
a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday. Gallery admission is free. Information:
533-4330 or
Showing through Sept. 18: “Hues of Blue,”
artistic interpretations of the color blue by 15
area artists. The exhibit is held in conjunction
with Lynx’ “Color Play” exhibit that runs
through Sept. 5. Exhibit admission: $6-$10.
El Paso Museum of Art Classes and
Workshops — The museum’s Fall 2010 class-
es for adults, youth and families run Sept. 2-
Dec. 16. Cost per class is $77 ($62 members),
unless otherwise listed. Information: 532-1707,
ext. 27 (ext. 16 to register), or elpasoartmuse-
“Life Drawing” classes for ages 18 and older
are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Dec.
16 (no Nov. 25 class). Cost: $10 per session
($5 members).
Adult classes open to ages 15 and older:
• Clay Explorations — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dates to
be announced. Cost: $90 ($72 members).
• Pastel Possibilities — 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Thursdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28.
• Introduction to Ceramics — 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Sundays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7. Cost: $90 ($72
• Digital Photography — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays, Sept. 25-Nov. 13.
• Watercolor Painting “Made Easy” — 1 to
3:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 26-Nov. 14.
• Ekphrastic Workshop — 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 6. Cost: $5 per session
($2 members).
• Embossed Metal Art (Repujado den Lamina)
— 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Cost:
$38 ($30 members).
Dates to be announced:
• Beginning Portrait Oil Painting — 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m.
• “Learning to See” Beginning and Intermediate
Acrylic Painting — 1 to 3:30 p.m.
• Clay Explorations — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost:
$90 ($72 members).
Youth classes:
• Clay Works and Portfolio Development —
9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 30
for ages 13-16. Cost: $90 ($72 members).
• Packing Tape Figure Sculpture — 12:30 to 3
p.m. Sundays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7 for ages 10-12.
• Self Portraits for Kids — 1 to 3 p.m. for ages
9-12. Dates to be announced.
El Paso Museum of Art Collectors’
Club — The Foundation Collectors’ Club
hosts a trip to the Albuquerque and Acoma
Pueblo Oct. 15-18. Cost: $1,020 ($1,800 cou-
ples or shared room). Includes meals, airfare,
pick-up and transfers, hotels, guided tours,
museum and attraction admission and more.
Verbal commitment due by Sept. 1; full pay-
ment due by Sept. 24. Information: 532-1707,
ext. 13.
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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, except for “Earth Water Fire
Air” ($5 for ages 12 and over). Information:
532-1707 or
Showing through Nov. 7: “Earth Water Air
Fire: The Work of Carole Feuerman.”
The exhibition derives its name from the four
basic elements in ancient worldviews, which
may also be considered the primary elements
of Carole Feuerman’s sculptural work regarding
process and theme. Feuerman works with
materials such as bronze, marble and resin as
they change states transitioning from solid to
liquid and liquid to solid.
This exhibition includes 51 sculptural works in
oil painted resin, cast marble, and bronze from
the 1980s to the present.
Since the 1980s, Feuerman has created hyper-
realist, figurative sculpture, predominantly of
women. Feuerman uses hyperrealism to
address personal, rather than social topics and
in doing so, portrays women as confident,
healthy and introspective. Feuerman’s honors
include the Betty Parsons Award in Sculpture,
the Lorenzo de Medici Prize at the 2001
Biennale di Firenze, and First Prize at the 2008
Beijing Biennale.
Showing through Sept. 19: “Native
American Works On Paper.”
Showing Sept. 26-March 20, 2011:
“Transforming the Figure: Post WWII Prints.”
Showing through Oct. 10: “The Holy
Family/La Sagrada Familia.”
Showing through Nov. 29: “Hari Kidd:
Entrepreneurs of War.” Hari (Harry) Matthew
Kidd introduced the aesthetics of Modernism
to El Paso in the early 20th Century. The
gouache on paper paintings in this exhibition
exemplify the artist’s modernist aesthetics, as
well as, his opinions on war and social inequity.
Cita Schuster will host a free lecture on Hari
Kidd at 2 p .m. Sunday, Sept. 19.
Free Zip Tours are 12:15 p.m. selected
Wednesdays led by staff members. Admission is
free. A tour of the “Hari Kidd” is Sept. 26, led
by curator Christian Gerstheimer.
Encaustic International Gallery — 7100
Westwind, Suite 120. The gallery is the studio
of El Paso encaustic artist Brigitte von Ahn.
Information: 833-0454, 581-4737 or brigit-
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-
‘First Fridays’ call for artists — Local
artists, organizations and art lovers are sought
for the arts-based series’ first outdoors event in
Downtown El Paso 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept.
3. The event is open to artists of any medium,
as well as independent, grassroots and other
organizations. Information/applications: firstfri-
Artists are responsible for bringing whatever
they need to properly display their work; no
electricity available. Vending fee: $20; limited
number of 10’ by 10’ tents available for an addi-
tional fee.
Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery — 800
N. Mesa, second floor (at Yandell). Hours are
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Information: 533-9090 or
Showing through Nov. 5: “Drawing: the
Essence of Art” group exhibit. The exhibit fea-
tures all black and white works of various
An ARTalk is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.
Forty artists from the exhibit will be present to
discuss their works. Refreshment served; wear
black and white.
The gallery exhibits works by owner Hal
Marcus, a native El Pasoan who has been paint-
ing for over 40 years and is famed for such
locally inspired works as “El Mercado,” “El Paso
Navidad” and “Avenida Juárez.”
Other featured artists include Teresa
Fernandez, Bill Sullivan, Manuel Acosta, Bill
Rakocy, Candy Mayer, Vincent Peterson, Evelyn
Ainsa, Mark Paulda, Francisco Romero and
Mauricio Mora.
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. Admission is
free. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmu-
The Heritage Gallery (lower level) features
“The Mexican Revolution Exhibition: 1910-
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.
Manny Guerra will hosts sketching classes
with a live model 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Students may use media of their choice. Cost:
$10 per class.
The newly-formed “Sketch Book Club” creat-
ed by Bill Rakocy for enthusiasts of Black and
White Drawing meets regularly at the museum
meets Sunday through Sept. 12. Anyone wish-
ing to improve their drawing skills is welcome
(bring pencils and a sketch pad), and the partic-
ipants’ work will be featured in a special exhibi-
tion. Cost: $15 (for four-week class).
La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú —
The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery
is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
Information: 434-9711 or
Showing Sept. 16-Nov. 19: The 3rd Annual
YISD Faculty Exhibition, featuring works by dis-
trict faculty and staff. Opening reception is 5:30
to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.
‘Mining Minds’ dedication — The dedica-
tion for the newest piece of permanent public
art at University of Texas at El Paso, “Mining
Minds,” by Denver-based artist Michael
Clapper, is Friday, Sept. 17, with Clapper and
UTEP President Diana Natalicio present. The
sculpture is a 25-foot-tall pickaxe head partly
buried in a rock garden within the new campus
roundabout at University Avenue and Sun Bowl
Drive. Sunlight will shine through the perforat-
ed numbers at day, and LED lights will illumi-
nate the pick’s ends at night. Time to be
announced. Information: 747-7503.
Pena Gallery and Studio San Elizario –
Renowned artist Amado M. Pena Jr.’s new
gallery is 1456 N. Main in San Elizario (in front
of the mission). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
daily or by appointment (closed Tuesdays).
Information: 851-8400 or kim@sanelizariope-
Grand opening is 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
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23. In addition to works by Pena, featured
artists include Frank Howell, Malcom Furlow,
Candy Mayer, Manuel Franco, Helen Hall and
Carla Romero as well as bronzes, wood sculp-
ture, ethnic pots, gourd art.
The first ever Mextizo Chili and Backyard
Barbecue Cook-offs are Sept. 18-19 at the
gallery. Information: Juan, 433-0592.
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 and noon to
5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 747-6151 or
Showing through Dec. 11 in the L and Rubin
Galleries: “Contra Flujo: Independence and
Revolution” in the L and Rubin galleries. The
exhibition, meaning “Against the Flow,” features
seven contemporary artists from Mexico City
who use new media to explore the centennial
of the Mexican Revolution and the bicentennial
of Mexico’s independence. The artists in this
exhibition create pieces that directly engage
and challenge the discourse of progress.
Featured artists include Marcela Armas, Ivan
Abreu, Arcangel Constantini, Gilberto Esparza,
Ivan Puig, Rogelio Sosa and Laura Valencia.
Showing through Nov. 13 in the Project
Space: “Border 2010: Photographs by
Alejandro Cartagena and David Rochkind” in
the Project Space. Photographs by the award-
winning photographers have been selected
from Cartagena’s People of Suburbia and
Rochkind’s Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit. All
were created within the past few years and
depict the people and places of Mexico, with a
particular focus on its northern border.
Matthew Drutt, executive director of Artpace
in San Antonio, presents “Felix Gonzalez-
Torres: Billboards” about the artists’ billboards
currently on view in El Paso at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 11. The Cuban-born artist combined
elements of Conceptual art, Minimalism, politi-
cal activism, and poetic beauty in a variety of
media, including public billboards, give-away
piles of candy and posters, and ordinary
objects, such as clocks, mirrors, and light fix-
tures. His billboards are on view in San
Antonio, Dallas, Houston and El Paso through
December. Drutt’s presentation is followed by
a guided bus tour of the billboards 3 to 4:30
p.m. with a reception in Drutt’s honor at 4:30
p.m. at the Rubin Center. Admission is free.
San Elizario galleries — Three galleries
are now open near the San Elizario Plaza on
the Mission Trail. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Information. 851-0041.
• Main Street Gallery, 1456 Main. 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.
• Golden Eagle Gallery, 1501 Main.
• Horseshoe Gallery — 1500 Main.
Information: 345-5594.
Sasahara Gallery — The new gallery is at
7100 Westwind Drive, Suite 135, features fine
art paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography,
prints, cards and portraits. Art classes offered.
Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4
p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 584-
4222 or Web: sasa-
The gallery’s Humane Society Benefit noon to
7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. A portion of pro-
ceeds from sales go towards the Humane
Society. More than 40 artists have contributed
art for a special show fundraiser. Manny Guerra
will do on-site and commissioned pet portraits
from pet photos, and Stephanie Conroy, artist
of the HSEP mural, will take commissions on
murals and pet portraits. Also featured is the
jewelry of Patricia Vaupel of DeFranco Designs.
Social is 4 to 7 p.m.
Artist submissions being taken through Sept.
18 for the Autumn Show, highlighting fall
events such as Halloween, Day of The Dead,
Thanksgiving, Autumn landscapes, Mexican
Revolution, Oktoberfest, Grandparents Day,
back-to-school, etc. The exhibit will run Oct.
9-Nov. 7 with opening reception 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9. Submission cost: $20 first
work; $5 each up to two additional works.
Sun Bowl Art Exhibit 2010 submis-
sions — The International Museum of Art,
1211 Montana, is taking submissions through
Sept. 29 for its annual international juried
competition to run Nov. 5-Jan. 4. This year’s
judge is artist Oween Rath. Deadline to turn in
accepted entries is Oct. 20. Top three prizes
are purchase awards, and the paintings become
part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
Entry fee: $45 for submission of three photo-
graphs or slides to be considered.
Information/prospectus/entry forms: 543-6747,
543-9222 or Web:
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
Showing Sept. 3-28: “Vivid Expressions,”
works by Melinda Etzold. Etzold uses pastels,
acrylics, and encaustics to create landscapes,
still lifes and animals. She is known for her
bright, vibrant colors. She is a member of the
Sunland Art Gallery, the El Paso Art Association
of El Paso, the Plein Air Painters of El Paso, and
the Pastel Society of El Paso.
Opening reception is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 3.
Las Cruces/Mesilla
‘5,000 Flowers’— The 9th annual 9-11 com-
memorative exhibit is Sept. 3-25 at the
Branigan Cultural Center’s Shannon Room, 500
N. Water Street in Las Cruces. The non-politi-
cal exhibit, sponsored by the GFWC Progress
Club, features work of all mediums with a floral
emphasis. An opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m.
at the center Friday, Sept. 3, as part of the
First Friday Ramble. Information: (575) 522-
8243 or (575) 541-2155.
This year’s show features the first of two
large towers covered in colorful painted flow-
ers and poetry. Small blocks of wood were
painted with 10 flowers each and placed on the
wooden towers that replicate the World Trade
Center. Each tower holds 2,500 flowers. The
second tower will be finished for the tenth
anniversary show in September of 2011.
Also Branigan Cultural Center will commemo-
rate The Pentagon and the tragedy in
Pennsylvania with a special display.
A special reception for all participants is 10
a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 11, at the center.
The public is invited.
Bonnie Mandoe Labor Day Art Studio
Tour — Mandoe will host a tour of her studio
at 825 Quesenberry Street in Las Cruces 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept.
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4-6. Mandoe displays recent and retrospective
oil painting at her historic Quesenberry
Farmhouse. Refreshments served. Admission is
free. Information: (575) 523-9760.
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
The center will host its 75th Birthday
Extravaganza 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, cele-
brating the construction of the Branigan
Cultural Center (then the Thomas Branigan
Memorial Library) in 1935.
Showing Aug. 27-Oct. 9: “Frida Kahlo:
Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray.” During
his career, Muray photographed many impor-
tant people from the political, artistic, and
social arenas and his work was regularly fea-
tured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, McCall’s
and the Ladies Home Journal. The photographs
of Kahlo, from 1937 to 1941, explore Muray’s
unique perspective; in the 1930s and 1940s he
was Frida Kahlo’s friend, lover and confidant.
Reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Cinematinee
at the Fountain Theatre on the Mesilla Plaza
will host a special screening of “The Life and
Times of Frida Kahlo,” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 25. Admission: $4 ($1 Mesilla Valley Film
Society members).
The monthly “History Notes” program is 1 to
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. This month’s topic is
“Local Architectural Styles.”
The permanent display, “Las Cruces:
Crossroads of History,” features a comprehen-
sive look at the history of Las Cruces and the
Mesilla Valley.
‘Color Las Cruces’ Plein Air
Competition and Community Arts
Festival — Dona Ana Arts Council present
the weekend arts event Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 11-12. The first-ever event will be two
full days of activities in Downtown Las Cruces,
featuring an artist workshop, a “Quickdraw”
competition, two Plein Air competitions, a VIP
artist reception and a Citywide gallery hop.
Information/registration: (575) 523-6403 or
Artists compete for cash in two categories,
and will go to an outdoor location in Las
Cruces during a four-hour period on Saturday
morning, where they will begin and complete a
painting, then return with the finished piece. A
Quickdraw competition will also take place
during the Farmer’s Market, in front of the Rio
Grande Theatre.
Winners announced Saturday at the VIP Artist
Reception at the Rio Grande Theatre.
Attendees will sample food and wine area
restaurants and wine wineries, and enjoy live
A public exhibit and sale of completed paint-
ings is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
In conjunction with the event, Denver artist
Kevin Wechbach will host a two-day plein air
workshop for all levels Thursday and Friday,
Sept. 9-10. Class size is limited; early registra-
tion encouraged. Cost: $150 (for two persons).
The French expression “plein air” refer to
painting on site, in the “open air.”
Dia de los Muertos exhibit submis-
sions — Branigan Cultural Center in Las
Cruces is taking submissions through Sept.
24 for its 2010 juried exhibit celebrating Day of
the Dead to run Oct. 19-Nov. 27 Artists may
submit up to three entries via CD or email.
Include artist name and artwork title with jpeg.
No perishable items (foods/liquids) allowed in
galleries. Works must have been completed
within the past 2 years and have not previously
been shown at the Branigan Cultural Center.
Mail to: Branigan Cultural Center, Attn: Día de
los Muertos Exhibit, PO Box 20000, Las
Cruces, 88004 or
Information: Mary Kay Shannon, (575) 541-
Galeria Tepin — The Border Book Festival’s
new gallery is at 2220 Calle de Parian in
Mesilla, N.M. (part of the Cultural Center de
Mesilla). The gallery’s mission is to feature the
work of multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary
and multi-genre artists. Information: (575) 523-
3988 or Web:
Opening reception for “Mensajes/Messages,”
works by Liliana Wilson is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 25. Wilson was born in Valparaiso, Chile
and now lives in Austin, Texas. The exhibit
explores the ethereal signposts of life, the hid-
den and sometimes not so hidden messages of
our conscious and unconscious living.
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
Showing Sept. 3-Nov. 21:
• “ArtToones: Narrative Sculpture,” works by
Merry ArtToones. Her influences include Lewis
Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and J.R.R.
Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”
• “Shreddings,” painting, prints and sculpture
by Abraham Gelbart.
• “Down Every Side Street: New Directions in
Southwestern Art” by the Ghost Town Arts
• “Abstracts,” paintings by Joel Smith.
Artist’s reception for all exhibits 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3, during the First Friday Ramble.
Fall art classes run the weeks of Sept. 6-Oct.
18 for session one and the weeks of Oct. 25-
Dec. 13 for session 2. Class schedules and reg-
istration forms available at the museum or
Las Cruces Museum of Art classes —
Las Cruces Museum of Art’s Fall art classes run
Sept. 6-Oct. 18 for the first session and Oct.
25-Dec. 13 for the second session. Class
schedules and registration forms available at
the museum, 491 N. Main, Las Cruces or
online at Information:
(575) 541-2137.
Classes for adults include ceramics, drawing,
and several painting classes: acrylics, pastels,
weaving and classical oil painting, as well as an
expanded Digital Photography program. Older
teens may attend all adult classes.
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
September’s featured artists are stained glass
and jewelry artist Hetty Smith, painter Ray
Baird, fabric and mixed media artist Meredith
Loring and watercolorist Penny Duncklee.
Baird and Smith will participate in “Mesilla
Appreciation Day” in a special reception 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
Michael Poncé open studio — The Las
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Mesquite, Las Cruces, from noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, for
“Compositions in Grey: Paintings done with a
limited palette.” Information: (646) 345-1169
New Mexico Watercolor Society,
Southern Chapter — The Society meets at
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, in the Arts and Crafts
Room at Good Sam’s Retirement Home, 3011
Buena Vida Circle. The public is welcome.
Cost: $5 ($3 members). Information: Carolyn
Bunch, (575) 532-9310.
Also at the meeting is an interactive figurative
drawing workshop presented by local art
instructor Lorenzo Zepeda.
Preston Contemporary Art Center —
1755 Avenida de Mercado (end of Calle de
Mercado). Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday; by appointment only Sunday
and Monday. Information: (575) 523-8713 or
Showing through Sept. 25: The 2010
Summer Exhibition featuring six artists of vari-
ous media Ho Baron, sculpture; Judith Content,
fiber; Richard Heinsohn, painting; Tom Millea,
photography; Lewis Ocepek, mixed media; and
Valente Francisco Saenz, painting.
Rio Grande Theatre Galleries — 211
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Hours are 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information: (575) 523-6403.
Showing in September: Plein Air Painters of El
Paso group show. Thirteen artists will exhibit
their works, all created in locations throughout
the El Paso area, some done in the Mesilla
Valley. Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 3.
Tombaugh Gallery —First Unitarian
Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S.
Solano. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Information:
(575) 522-7281 or
Showing Aug. 29-Oct. 1: “Is That You?” the
4th Annual juried all-media exhibition. This
year’s theme considers concept of a the non-
figurative portrait juried by acclaimed regional
portrait painter Carolyn Bunch. The challenge
was to present the characteristics of a person
without use of the human form. Participating
artists are Ryan Ames, Jia Apple, Peggy Brown,
C. Copeland, Flo Hosa Dougherty, Penny
Duncklee, Glenn Holgerson, Lynn M. Kelly, Karl
Kohl, Diane LeMarbe, Judy Licht, Meredith
Loring, Tom McFarland, Rosemary McKeown,
John B. Northcutt, Deborah Welch Prickett and
Roy van der Aa.
Artist’s reception is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 3.
Unsettled Gallery and Studio —905 N.
Mesquite, in Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, and by appointment.
Information: (575) 635-2285 or unset-
Showing Aug. 28-Oct. 2: “Intense Dialogue,”
the 20th anniversary exhibit of The Border
Artists Group, featuring works of various media
by the group’s new members. Gala opening
reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28,
with music by Brack Morrow.
An Artists’ Talk is 1 to 3 p.m. p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 18 with artists Tauna Cole-Dorn, Jenni
Higgenbotham, Rosemary McLoughlin, Jo-an
Smith and Dan Tapper.
Art Hop — The Truth or Consequences
Downtown Gallery District Association hosts
the event 6 to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of
each month (Sept. 11), featuring seven art gal-
leries and other venues in the downtown
gallery district. Various receptions, refresh-
ments and musical entertainment will be fea-
tured during these monthly events.
Information: (575) 894-0528,
Venues include The Living Room, Parisi, Main
Street, M, Art Galore, Bradley Gallery and
Blue Dome Gallery — 307 N. Texas Street
in Silver City, N.M. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. Sunday. Information (575) 534-8671 or
Opening Saturday, Sept. 18 in conjunction
with the Gila River Festival: “The Web of Life,”
nature prints on rice paper by Carlene Roters.
Opening reception is 3 to 6 p.m.
Fall American Photography Exhibition
— The 19th annual photography show runs
Sept. 25-Dec. 12 at the Hubbard Museum of
the American West, 841 Highway 70, in
Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Lincoln
County Photographic Society. The juried show
features photos pertaining to the American
West through “People,” “The Natural World,”
“The Built Environment” and “Ranching and
Farming.” Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
daily. Information: (575) 378-4142 or online at
JW Art Gallery — 99 Cortez Ave. in Hurley,
N.M., 11 miles southeast of Silver City on U.S.
180. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday. Information: (575) 537-0300 or
Showing through Sept. 26: Western New
Mexico University Juror’s Choice Winners.
New Mexico Watercolor Society
exhibit — The society’s Southern Chapter
will host an exhibit and sale of works by 16
local watercolorists through Sept. 14 in the
new Adobe Cafe, in the Caballero Plaza, 2521
Avenida de Mesilla in Las Cruces. Featured
artists are Janey Walch, Jan Addy, Donna Ayres,
Laurel Weathersbee, Bill Coon, Cynthia
Copeland, Beegee Brandhorst, Barbara Howe,
Lynn Souza, Lois Smith, Melanie Jack, Pat
Bonneau-White, Mary McCoy, Carlos West,
Phil Yost and Donna Wood. Information: (575)
Percha Creek Traders — NM 152 in
downtown Hillsboro, N.M. (18 miles west of I-
25 at exit 63). Percha Creek Traders are local
artists who operate a cooperative store. Hours
are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through
Sunday. Information: (575) 895-5116 or per-
Pinos Altos Church Gallery — The his-
toric Pinos Altos Church gallery on Golden
Ave. in Pinos Altos, N.M., operated by the
Grant County Art Guild, features arts and
crafts by local artists. The gallery remains open
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 3.
Information: (575) 538-8216.
The gallery hosts “Meet the Artist” events
throughout the month highlighting a different
gallery artist’s work.
Rio Bravo Fine Art — 110 Broadway in
Truth or Consequences, N.M. Gallery hours
are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Information: (575) 894-0572 or riobravofin-
Art Scene
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El Paso Scene Page 51 September 2010
vents portending a year of celebra-
tion for the Golden Anniversary of
the El Paso Museum of Art will
begin with a kickoff party Dec. 4, 2010,
marking 50 years since the museum first
opened to the public.
An evening of holiday festivities will be
climaxed by the announcement of the
Members’ Choice Award, going to the
piece of art that museum members choose
as the one they would like to see added to
the museum’s permanent collection.
Additionally, the museum will present
“Charles Russell: Transportation in the
West,” drawings that were in the inaugural
exhibition of the museum in 1960.
With this kind of a beginning, 2011
should be an exciting year at the EPMA. In
fact, it’s truly amazing to realize that this
priceless institution has been a member of
the El Paso art community since it official-
ly became the El Paso Museum of Art in
1960, the result of the gift of 57 works of
European art from the Samuel Kress
Honoring that milestone, the museum has
scheduled an outstanding exhibition focus-
ing on the golden age of Dutch and
Flemish art in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Opening March 6 and running through
May 22, 2011, these works explore the
richness of 200 years of painting and cul-
ture in the Netherlands and the area now
known as Belgium. Combining a rich mix
of portraiture, still-life and landscape
paintings by artists such as Frans Hals, Jan
Steen, Anthony Van Dyck and Peter Paul
Rubens, the exhibition also investigates
what was then a popular new genre depict-
ing the simple beauty of the everyday lives
of soldiers, musicians and even the peas-
antry, and the growing prosperity of the
Dutch society as well as the impact of the
Dutch War of Independence with Spain.
The exhibition also has a special signifi-
cance in that it was curated entirely by our
own museum, which brought together
works from collections of Texas museums
such as the Kimbell Museum of Art and
the Blanton Museum of Art, with the
majority of paintings coming from the col-
lection of Sarah Campbell Balaffer in
Museum Director Michael Tomor relates,
“We are very excited about exhibiting
Dutch and Flemish art which we view as a
complement to the Southern European art
in our Kress Collection.”
This exhibition will also celebrate the
publication of a full-color catalog with
scholarly writing about the museum’s
European-art collection. The previous cata-
log was published in 1960, is out-of-date
and is no longer available. The bulk of
funding for the publication comes from the
Samuel H. Kress Foundation, with the
remainder from the National Endowment
for the Arts and the EPMA Foundation.
(Look for more information on the
anniversary celebration as it becomes
Now that the gorgeous jewelry from
“Bedazzled” has found its way back to the
Walters Museum in Baltimore and the
event itself has been filed under
“Memories,” Tomor reports that he was
more than pleased with the response to this
groundbreaking exhibition.
“‘Bedazzled’ generated 4,000 plus paid
admissions. I had hoped for a bit more, but
the good news is that community members
made up the majority of these admission
receipts, confirming that not only is the
public interested in exhibitions focusing on
crafts as fine art, but that they will most
likely come back again.”
Proceeds from “Bedazzled” added
approximately $35,000 to $40,000 to the
museum’s exhibition funds, a sum that will
help cover two exhibits coming in
September. One is from the Aperture
Foundation, the leading research institute
for photography in this country, and will
showcase photography from fine-art pho-
tographer Paul Strand. His “Portfolio
1940” contains the complete photographic
works made by Strand during his
1932–1934 visit to Mexico, and the 1967
reissue “Mexican Portfolio” is a presenta-
tion of the classic film “Los Redes”
(1936), including still shots taken during
the film’s production in Veracruz.
The second exhibition highlights two col-
lections from the Norman Rockwell
Museum: “Picturing Health” and “Norman
Rockwell: Behind the Lines.”
“These are less familiar Rockwell works,
but I just love interesting exhibitions like
this one,” Tomor confides.
“Picturing Health” showcases 12 original
Rockwells commissioned by Pfizer Drug
commenting on health care in a positive
way. Additionally, 30 original images by
post-1960 artists also relate to the market-
ing and promotion of health in American
culture. Basically, the exhibition is a com-
mentary on how health care has evolved in
the United States from the days of the
grandfather-like physician who made
house calls to modern medicine’s increased
focus on new drugs and technology. This is
an interesting discussion that is especially
timely in that it helps viewers see what has
happened in the health-care industry.
“Norman Rockwell: Behind the Lines”
features another 35 original paintings. This
exhibition also comes with all the sketch-
ing materials Rockwell used to complete
the work, mostly for the covers of the
Saturday Evening Post, and also deals with
Rockwell’s use of photography as a
sketching tool.
Art Museum begins 50th celebration Dec. 4
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Arts and ends
Brigitte von Ahn has long been known
for her penchant for pushing the envelope
when it comes to working in the medium
of encaustic, so it should be quite interest-
ing to hear about the exciting new experi-
ences she and two of her students (Lori
Wertz and Margarete Cronauer) will
encounter as they take part in a course of
instruction being offered at the Encaustic
Academy in Weilheim/Teck, Germany
(near Stuttgart) Sept. 20–24.
Brigitte is especially enthusiastic about
this opportunity because Academy
Director Monika Romer has designed a
course of instruction that is “tailor made”
for the type of encaustic painting that is
popular in the U.S. (Encaustic, also known
as hot-wax painting, uses heated beeswax
with colored pigments.)
“We are going to concentrate on color
applications with instruction by artists
from Austria and other parts of Germany
who do specialized work, which will defi-
nitely give us insights into how techniques
differ in terms of European influences,”
says von Ahn.
She relates that not only will they have
the opportunity to master new skills, such
as working with the palette knife, but they
will also have the opportunity to experi-
ment with a giant hot plate — one large
enough for six students at one time.
“Rather than heating the wax with an
iron, this unique tool gives artists the abili-
ty to place paper or canvas directly on the
hot surface, which in turn melts the wax,
allowing them to apply colors directly with
the brush,” she explains.
Work inspired by this trip to Germany,
much of it abstract still life, will be dis-
played at an exhibition scheduled for Nov.
13 at von Ahn’s studio at 7100 Westwind.
The artist wants to encourage visitors to
broaden their knowledge about tencaustics,
one of the world’s oldest art forms.
She notes, “Archaeologists have found
2,000-year-old portraits done in encaustic
on wood in Egyptian tombs. When people
died, they put these portraits on the heads
of the mummies so others would know
what they looked like in life. Interestingly,
what’s old has become new again, so what
we are really emphasizing using these new
techniques is that encaustic is just another
medium in which to express your own free
Saturday, Aug. 14, marked the kickoff of
a new series of events at the Sasahara
Gallery, also at 7100 Westwind, which
owner Linda Noack has christened
“Second Saturdays.” Noack has pro-
grammed a full slate of interesting shows
on the second Saturday of each month,
stretching into 2011. Gallery hours will
extend from noon to 7 p.m., with a recep-
tion to begin at 3 p.m. that Saturday.
Animal lovers will want to attend the
special Humane Society Benefit Exhibition
scheduled for Sept. 11. Linda has planned
a variety of activities to benefit the ani-
mals in the shelter, including a special
grouping of paintings dedicated to pets
that will hang until Oct. 2, with part of the
sales going to the society.
In addition, Manny Guerra will paint
portraits of pets (from photos brought in
by interested persons). The highest bid in a
silent auction will garner that person a
commissioned portrait of their pet. Winner
can choose between the work of artists
Stephanie Conroy, Manny Guerra and
Linda Noack. Another commissioned pet
portrait will be raffled with the winning
ticket to be drawn at 6 p.m. Each visitor to
the gallery may complete a raffle ticket.
On Oct. 9, visitors can look forward to a
double-feature event. Gallery artists will
offer work inspired by the fall season to
complement a solo show of contemporary
paintings by A. Stein.
Congratulations to Melinda Etzold,
whose first one-woman-show, “Vivid
Expressions,” opens with a reception, 5:30
to 8 p.m. Sept. 3, at the Sunland Gallery,
Sunland Park Mall. The exhibition title is a
perfect choice for an artist known for her
bright colors and passionate interpretations
of landscapes, still lifes and animals,
employing a wide range of mediums,
including pastel, acrylic and encaustic. As
an aside, Melinda also painted two of the
chile peppers that will be auctioned off for
the benefit of El Paso Hospice Sept. 10.
The Plein Air Painters of El Paso
(which includes Bob Adams, Corrine
Spinnler and Krystyna Robbins) will
exhibit work in the two Rio Grande
Theatre galleries during September. El
Pasoan Janet Jackson and Kathleen
Squires of Las Cruces (former members of
The Five Painters, who were students of
Earline Barnes) will also show their color-
ful, impressionistic paintings. This exhibi-
tion will open with a reception on Friday,
Sept. 3, as part of Las Cruces’ regular
“Downtown Ramble.”
Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
specializing in the visual arts.
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The Percolator — 217 N. Stanton (between
Texas and Mills). Information: 351-4377 or
A Barbed Wire poetry reading by Roberto
Santos is 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sept.
Poetry slam led by Ray Ramos is at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 7 and 21.
‘Chicano Movement’ tertulias — Border
Book Festival will host a series of monthly ter-
tulias (social gathering with literary or artistic
overtones) looking at books and writers of El
Movimiento Chicano beginning at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 29, at Cultural Center of Mesilla,
2231 Calle de Parian in Mesilla, led by writer
Denise Chavez. The “movimiento” refers to
the youth movement in various social issues.
Cost: $10. Information: (575) 523-3099 or bor-
The first night celebrates the life of journalist
Rubén Salazar, who died 40 years ago on Aug.
29 during the Chicano Moratorium in Los
Angeles to protest the Vietnam War. Reading
list available at the Cultural Center de Mesilla.
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
• Monica Perales will sign copies of her history
on Smeltertown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4.
• Author Roberto Avant-Mier will sign his book
“Rock The Nation” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
• Sasha Chacon will sign her book of poetry
“Insides She Swallowed” at 1 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 18.
Recurring events:
• Sisters in Crime mystery reading group meets
at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13.
• Third Monday Book Group will meet at 10
a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, to discuss “Cutting for
Stone” by Abraham Verghese.
• En la Sombra de Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
bilingual reading group meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 21.
• The Eckankar new age book group meets at
2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays.
The 2010 Summer Reading Program for kids
entering grades 1 through 6 runs through
Sept. 7. Free reading club forms may be
picked up at Barnes & Noble during the sum-
mer months or on-line at
City of Night Book Club — Rio Grande
Adelante hosts the book club and social gather-
ing for LGBT community and friends at 7 p.m.
the first Monday of the month. The meetings
include a social, usually a dinner, as well as book
discussion. Information/location: 929-9282 or
The Sept. 6 book is “Running With Scissors:
A Memoir” by Augusten Burroughs. Host is
Allen Phelps.
Barnes & Noble (East Side) —9521
Viscount. Information: 590-1932.
• Eastside Sisters in Crime reading club meets
at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. The
Sept. 7 book is “Pious Deception” by Cecilia
Martinez. Information/schedule: 629-7063.
• Little One’s Storytime is 11 a.m. every Friday.
Barnes & Noble (Las Cruces) — 700 S.
Telshor in Mesilla Valley Mall. Information: (575)
• Yarn Junkies Conversation Group meets at 10
a.m. Mondays.
• Children’s storytimes are 10 a.m. Fridays.
Dr. William Eamon book signing — The
“National Geographic” author and Dean of
NMSU Honors Program will host a free public
signing noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at
NMSU’s Barnes & Noble in Corbett Center
Student Union, Las Cruces. Eamon will auto-
graph his new National Geographic title, “The
Professor of Secrets: Mystery, Medicine, and
Alchemy in Renaissance Italy.” Information:
(575) 646-1427 or
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. The Sept. 8 book is
“When the Whistle Blows” by Fran Cannon
Slayton. RSVP appreciated: (575) 647-4480.
Reading Art Book Club — The book club
of the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main
St., will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8,
to discuss “Dancing for Degas” by Kathryn
Wagner. The club meets the second
Wednesday of the month. Information: (575)
541-2322, (575) 541-2137 or museums.las-
BPEP School for Authors — Book
Publishers of El Paso hosts “How to Write and
Publish” workshops 2:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Saturdays at 912 Texas, Ste C. Registration
deadline is one week prior to class. No work-
shops Sept. 4 or Sept. 18. Information/registra-
tion: 472-7480.
• Sept. 11 — Children’s Books
• Sept. 25 — Family Memories.
Adult classes for Composition and Excellence
with English offered weekday evenings and
Saturday mornings.
EPCC Literary Fiesta - El Paso Community
College’s 2nd annual “Celebration of Books,
Readers, and Writers” is Saturday, Sept. 18, at
EPCC ASC Bldg. A, 9050 Viscount. The event
features a Literary Mercado 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
book sellers, food vendors, music, arts and
crafts, Children’s Corner, story telling and
more. Admission is free. Information: 831-
The Fiesta opens with a free reception for
author, educator and poet Pat Mora, winner of
this year’s “Literary Legacy Award,” 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 17.
“Literary Salon” events:
• “Women Voices Rooted in El Chuco,” read-
ing performances by Christine Granados,
Claudia Guadalupe Martínez, Carolina
Monsiváis and Beatriz Terrazas at 9:30 a.m.
• Conversation with Pat Mora and Jacquelyn
Stroud Spier at 11 a.m.
• “Community Stories from El Paso and
Beyond, panel with Selfa Chew, Dr. Maceo
Crenshaw Dailey, Jr., Marcia Daudistel and Lex
Williford at 12:30 p.m.
• Celebration: Presenting at 2 p.m. of EPCC
“Community Spirit Award” to Cinco Puntos
Press for 25 years of publishing.
Authors Luncheon —The Friends of Thomas
Branigan Library host the 27th annual luncheon
at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the NM Farm
and Ranch Museum, Las Cruces. The “Author
of the Year” award will be presented to Jon
Hunner, NMSU history professor and author of
“J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Cold War and
the Atomic West.” Speaker is Constance Falk,
“Sustainable Agriculture — The Way Forward.”
Tickets are $25. RSVPz: or
(575) 430-4515.
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BPEP Book Club —The club meets 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Luby’s,
3601 N. Mesa (back room). Featured this
month are authors Annette Sanchez with her
first book, poetry, “From Inside the
Whirlwind,” Maria Elena Gordon with her sec-
ond book, poetry, “When Cultures Clash,”
Cindy Holmes and Kira Gosnell with their sec-
ond book, “A Compilation of Creepiness.” Both
Gordon and Sanchez have written about the
many sides of life and put emphasis on our cur-
rent Border problems. Writer Holmes and illus-
trator Gosness have done a Halloween book
for adults. Open question and answer session
follows presentation. No charge for the Book
Club, lunch available on one’s own. Sponsored
by Book Publishers of El Paso. Information:
Holocaust Museum book club — The El
Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center’s
new book club meets at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug.
29, to discuss “The Forger’s Spell: A True Story
of Vermeer, Nazis and the Greatest Hoax of
the Twentieth Century” by Edward Dolnick.
Discussion leader is El Paso Museum of Art
Director Michael Tomor, The public is wel-
come, but RSVP (by Aug. 25) required as seat-
ing is limited: 351-0048 ext. 24 or
Lunchtime Stories in the Park — Local
celebrities and other special guests share their
stories during a brown bag presentation noon
to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 30, in San
Jacinto Plaza, Downtown. Admission is free.
Information: Sandy Rodriguez, 544-5436.
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. Newcomers
of all ages welcome. Information: 328-5484 or Web: tum-
Children’s Storytime — Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, will host free
storytimes for pre-school and first-grade chil-
dren 10 to 11:30 a.m. the third Thursday of
each month hosted by “Ranger Dora.” The 45-
minute story session is followed by a 30-minute
activity period. Admission is free, but reserva-
tions strongly recommended: Dora Martinez,
532-7273, ext. 128.
The Sept. 16 theme is Hispanic Heritage
with readings of “Alejandro’s Gift,” “Growing
Up with Tamales,” “My Mexico” and “Salsa
Stories. Craft includes making Papel Picado
(banners) and paper flowers.
Literary Open Mic - Area poet and editor
Wayne Crawford will host literary open-mic
nights during the monthly Downtown Ramble
5:30 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at
The Rio Grande Theatre in the Las Cruces
Downtown Mall. Everyone is invited.
Information: (575) 541-8073 or
‘Magic Carpet StoryTime’ — Doña Ana
Arts Council hosts free storytelling events
11:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Branigan
Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, in Las Cruces,
hosted by Dave Edwards. Information: (575)
541-2154 or
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n 1978, the El Paso Archaeological
Society compiled an amazing book-
let on our prehistoric treasures at
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
Site. This valuable booklet gathered
together for all time details, photos and
copy telling of our amazing early
Southwestern Native Americans —
their art and insight into early Native
American lifestyle at the Pass.
Hueco Tanks State Park, located some
35 miles east of El Paso, is one of the
most important archaeological sites in
this area of the Southwest. Its three
irregular rock masses cover nearly one-
half square mile and offer an oasis-like
environment for man, animals and plants
in a hostile desert. Its many natural hol-
lows, or huecos, filled with rainwater
have attracted man for several millennia.
The archaeological importance of
Hueco Tanks lies in its unique use by
prehistoric and historic man. Inventory
of private and museum collections shows
that most, if not all, of the cultures
known to have existed in West Texas,
Southwestern New Mexico and northern
Mexico within the last 10,000 years are
represented. Rock shelters within the
park have yielded, in addition to artifacts
of later prehistoric peoples, well-pre-
served cordage, fabrics, food items,
wood and stone artifacts attributed to the
early Desert Culture lifeway. These per-
ishable items more than double the infor-
mation that can be extracted from the
artifact record.
The area also contains numerous picto-
rial and graphic representations made by
its prehistoric and historic inhabitants.
When coupled with its other materials,
these pictographs provide one of the
most outstanding sources of research
material in the Southwest. One can find
the homes and campsites of prehistoric
man in situ with his perishable house-
hold items and, in addition, find a pic-
ture of him rendered by one of his con-
Art and symbolism were used to
express their times, lifestyles, and man’s
relation to self and nature. They used
rock walls as paper, pigment born of ani-
mal fat as paint, and burned charcoal
sticks as pen. Their art was purely an
expression of their lifestyle and being …
rather than doing art as artists are prone
to do today.
In view of the fact that these primitives
had little to work with in terms of tools,
mechanics, paper, pen and ink, clay or
pigments — they did rather well by uti-
lizing rock walls and great stones on
which to express their emotion and
lifestyle vis-à-vis the hunt, the dance,
religious ritual relative to nature, dress
and personal adornment, and colored
decorations. All these activities became
insight and expressions for their art. Art
to them was a kind of religious belief, as
they felt one’s art is and should be about
these aspects of their being.
Their religious beliefs, their wars, their
loves, likes and thinking were expressed
on a very basic and abstract level.
In their art, as a means of communica-
tion and expression, a strong use of line,
texture and tone can be found. Their art,
therefore, sprang from their primitive
minds and basic existence.
The archaeological potential of Hueco
Tanks is not always appreciated and
respected by all. Recent picnic fires in
rock-shelter areas and spray-painted
graffiti are still major destructive forces
on the pictographs, and a number of pri-
vate collectors are known to be active in
the park. Each artifact destroyed or car-
ried away represents a part of the unwrit-
ten story of man that has been lost forev-
er. Hopefully, the protective sanctions of
the Texas State Parks system and an
awareness of the potential of this pre-
cious resource will bring this destruction
to an end, and preserve one of the most
important archaeological sites in El Paso
and the Western United States. We need
your help to keep these art treasures
available for future generations.
Bill Rakocy is an El Paso artist and
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‘The Fantasticks’ — El Paso Community
College’s Performers Studio presents and
encore performance of the longest running
show in the world at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday, Sept. 2-4, at the EPCC
Transmountain Campus Forum Theater (take
Diana exit off Patriot Freeway). Directed by
Keith Townsend. Tickets: $10 ($5
students/seniors/military). Information: 637-
4029, 831-3272 or
Two fathers build a wall between their homes
hoping their children will fall in love because
children always do as their parents forbid..
Cloudcroft melodramas — Cloudcroft
Light Opera Company’s melodrama season fea-
tures “Poultry in Motion” Sept. 3-5 and Sept.
17-18 at the Open Air Pavilion at Zenith Park
on Burro Ave. Admission is free, but seating is
limited. Information/times: (575) 682-2733 or
‘Crimes of the Heart’ - Beth Henley’s
tragic Southern comedy is Sept. 3-25 at El
Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Directed by
Ted Karber. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket informa-
tion: 532-1317,
See “Stage Talk” next page.
‘A Man Having A Baby’ — The premiere
of the new romantic comedy by El Paso play-
wright Martin R. Cardenas is 7 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Aug. 28-29, and Sept. 4-5, at the
Scottish Rite Theater, 301 W. Missouri. The
play is about “the world’s biggest bachelor”
dealing with the reality of becoming a parent.
Ages 13 and older recommended. Tickets:
$12.50; available on
‘Cinderella’ — Sun City Youth Opera per-
forms the romantic fairy tale Sept. 10-12 and
Sept. 17-19 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 301
W. Missouri. Directed by Kira Leigh Lafoe.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and
7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The
opera features the talents of area youth ages 10
to 18. Tickets: $10. Information: 449-4069.
Reservations: 274-8797.
‘Shakespeare on the Rocks’ Theater
Festival — The 2010 theater festival is Sept.
10-25 at the Ysleta ISD Fine Arts
Amphitheater, 8455 Alameda. Performances
are 8 p.m. preceded by a musical interlude and
pre-show talk at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $6-$10.
Information: 434-9715 or shakespeareonthe-
“Othello” is Friday, Sept. 10, Saturday, Sept.
18 and Sunday, Sept. 26.
“Twelfth Night” is Saturday, Sept. 11, Sunday,
Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 24.
“Romeo and Juliet” is Sunday, Sept. 12,
Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 25.
A Renaissance Fair is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday,
through Sunday, Sept. 24-26, in the Fine Arts
Kids-N-Co. classes — Fall semester theatre
classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced
students are Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 1305 Texas.
Showchoir Singing classes for ages 7-18 are
Sept. 13-Nov. 28. Information: 351-1455 or
¡Viva México! — The 17th annual celebra-
tion of Mexican Independence Day directed by
Malena Cano is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17-19, at the Chamizal
National Memorial. The celebration features
singers, dancers, choral groups and actors.
Admission: $12. Information, advance ticket
locations: 772-3905, 329-7774.
‘The Comedy of Errors’ – American
Southwest Theatre Company opens its 2010-
2011 season with William Shakespeare’s come-
dy Sept. 23-Oct. 10 at the Hershel Zohn
Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10-$15.
Information: 1-800-525-ASTC (2782).
‘Lone Star’ and ‘Laundry and
Bourbon’ — No Strings Theatre Company
presents a pair of one-act comedies by James
McLure Sept. 24-Oct. 10, at Black Box
Theatre, 420 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces.
Directed by Dale Pawley. Performances are 8
p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 3 and 10, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7.
Tickets: $7-$10. Information: (575) 523-1223.
“Lone Star” takes place behind a rundown bar
featuring two rambunctious Texas brothers.
“Laundry and Bourbon” shifts the scene to the
front porch of couple Roy and Elizabeth’s home
on a hot summer afternoon.
‘Rabbit Hole’ - El Paso Community
College’s Performers Studio opens is regular
season the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize win-
ning play by David Linsay-Abaire 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, at the EPCC
Transmountain Campus Forum. Directed by
Keith Townsend and featuring Elizabeth Gaidry.
Tickets: $10 ($5 students/seniors/military).
Information: 637-4029, 831-5056 or
An accident turns the Corbetts’ world upside
down and leaves the couple drifting apart.
‘Wit’ —UTEP Theatre and Dance presents
Margaret Edson's semi-autobiographical work
Oct. 1-10, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre,
2nd floor of Fox Fine Arts Center. Directed by
Carlos Saldana. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, plus 7 p.m.
Oct. 10. Tickets: $9-$12. Information: 747-
5118 or
Vivian is an English professor with ovarian
cancer. The play details both her external treat-
ment and internal transformation.
‘Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play’
— Las Cruces Community Theatre presents an
evening of “radio” adaptations of Alfred
Hitchcock classics Oct. 1-17. Directed by Les
Boyse. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($9
seniors/students/military; $8 groups of 10 or
more; $7 children 5 and younger). Information:
(575) 523-1200 or
Hitchcock’s early films “The Lodger,”
“Sabotage” and “The 39 Steps” come to life in
the style of a 1940s radio broadcast.
‘The Wise Men of Chelm’ — Kids-N-Co.,
1301 Texas, opens its season with the stage
adaptation of Jewish Folk Tales by Sandra
Fenichel Asher Oct. 2-24. Directed by
Francesca Moore. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
Ticket information: 351-1455 or
Death Before Dessert — El Paso
Playhouse’s comedy group performs mysteries
the last Saturday of the month at Il Posto
Italiano Ristorante, 7128 N. Mesa. Reservations
required: 585-2221.
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ed Karber returns to directing
after a five-year hiatus with the
Beth Henley dramedy “Crimes of
the Heart” Sept. 3–25 at El Paso
“After five years, I felt it was time to
try my hand at being a director again,”
Karber said. “My beloved friends (and
longtime playhouse supporters) Mike
and Carol Bernstein encouraged me
to submit a play title to the playhouse
for consideration. So I submitted
“Crimes of the Heart” to the play-selec-
tion committee at the playhouse and
was accepted for their current season.”
The play has a long history as a win-
ner. A friend of Henley’s submitted it to
the Great American Play Contest at the
Actors Theatre of Louisville, and it was
named co-winner and performed in
February 1979 at the company’s annual
Humana Festival of New American
Plays. It won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for
Drama and the 1982 Tony Award for the
best play on Broadway.
Karber also brings a long list of suc-
cess to his effort. With both bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in theater from
UTEP, Karber founded his own theater,
Aardvark Theatre (housed where KIDS-
N-CO. is now), which provided the
community with outstanding modern
and classic theater from 1997 to 2005.
He now owns and teaches acting at
EPStageBusiness. He also is a recog-
nized playwright. His shows were semi-
finalists at the Eugene O’Neill Theater
Center National Playwrights Conference
in 1993 and 2007.
That experience is applied to the com-
plexity of the story.
“I’ve always liked ‘Crimes of the
Heart’ and have always felt it is a
deceptively powerful script,” Karber
said. “The script functions as a comedy
but underneath the frivolity of the play
there is this incredibly tender and seri-
ous story of three sisters who are able to
reestablish their relationship with one
another. It is a very Chekhovian script,
using comedy to teach us a basically
tragic lesson.” 
“Crimes” tells the story of the three
Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe and Lenny,
who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home
in Hazlehurst, Miss., after Babe shoots
her abusive husband. The stories of
their dysfunctional family surface in
both amusing and tragic ways as they
deal with Babe’s problems.
Karber said that he was excited about
his cast.
• Lenny, eldest of the three Magrath sis-
ters, is played by Emily Piperato: “She
is quite enchanting to work with. She
has great instincts on the stage.”
• Meg Magrath — Sylvia Prieto: “One
of my former EPStageBusiness stu-
dents. It is fun to watch her grow as an
• Babe Magrath — Alexandra Welch
Quarm: “… who has the most exquisite
complexion I have ever seen and HUGE
energy on stage.”
• Chick Boyle (their cousin) — Megan
Gotham: “… who has proved to be
riotously funny in rehearsal.”
• Barnette Lloyd (Babe’s lawyer) —
Manuel Monreal: “A growing actor.  It
is fun to watch Manny learn as he pre-
pares for his role.”
• Doc Porter (Meg’s old flame) —
Matthew Minnich: “This guy is really
wonderful. He has taken a relatively
small part and elevated it to a true sup-
porting role.”
The Bernsteins also support him as
assistant directors.
Karber relishes turning his talents back
to directing.
“As with any production, learning to
work with a new group of actors is
always a challenge,” Karber said, “and,
similarly, allowing the actors to go
through their process as they learn to
work with me. It is all a big, complicat-
ed give-and-take. It is exciting and
somewhat scary at times.”
* * *
Another Pulitzer Prize–winning play
will be on the boards at El Paso
Community College. The EPCC Theatre
Ensemble will open their main stage
season beginning Sept. 24 at the
Transmountain Forum with the 2006
Tony Award– and 2007 Pulitzer
Prize–winning play “Rabbit Hole” by
David Lindsay-Abaire.
Professor Keith Townsend directs the
story, which features the return to the
stage of El Paso theater legend
Elizabeth Gaidry as Nat, the mother of
one of the main characters.
“Gaidry has theater-production credits
too numerous to list, but has worked at
one time or another with almost every
local theater company, past and present,
as well as the school districts and the
college and UTEP,” Townsend said.
Veronica Sontoyo plays Nat’s daugh-
ter, Becca Corbett, and Joel Anguiano is
Howie Corbett. Sontoyo is a Colombia
University graduate who acted profes-
sionally in Mexico City with Teatro de
Arena and K-OZ Producciones, while
Anguiano is a performance-studies stu-
dent at EPCC who recently won nation-
al honors at the 2010 Phi Rho Pi
National Intercollegiate Forensic
EPCC Performer’s Studio will be
doing an encore performance run Sept.
2–4 at the Transmountain Forum of
their summer repertory production of
“The Fantasticks” to help fund EPCC
Carol Viescas is a veteran of
community theater and teaches
journalism at Bel Air High School.
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Movies in the Canyon —Free movies will
be shown Friday and Saturday nights at the
McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. Showtimes
are 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. and later showings are
Fridays and Saturdays. Movies range from G to
PG-13-rated features. Concessions available
(no food or beverages may be brought in).
Information: 534-0665 or
• Aug. 27 — “Nacho Libre” and “School of
• Aug. 28 — “Hook” and “The Goonies”
• Sept. 3 — “Raiders of The Lost Ark” and
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
• Sept. 4 — “Madagascar 2” and “Journey To
the Center of the Earth 3-D”
• Sept. 10 — “Field of Dreams” and “The
Blind Side”
• Sept. 11 — “Little Big League” and “The
• Sept. 17 — “March of the Penguins” and
“Dirty Dancing”
• Sept. 18 - “Happy Feet” and “Footloose”
• Sept. 24 — “Shrek” and “The Great
• Sept. 25 — “Shrek 2” and “Pee Wee’s Big
‘Including Samuel’ — Arc of Texas and
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
will host a free screening of the documentary
by photojournalist Dan Habib 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28, in the LifeGate Church
gymnasium, 10555 Edgemere. The film docu-
ments Habib’s family and their special needs
son in the social and educational inclusion of
special needs kids. It also features four other
families. Information: Sandie Olivar, 779-4770
Holocaust Museum Cinema Sundays
— El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study
Center, 715 Oregon, hosts free showings of
Holocaust, genocide and racism-related films
the last Sunday of the month. Age 18 and
younger not permitted without parent or
guardian. Admission is free. Information: 351-
0048, ext. 24 or maribel@elpasoholocaustmu- Web:
The 1997 documentary “The Long Way
Home” will be shown at 2 p.m. Aug. 29. The
Oscar-winning documentary examines the
post-World War II period from 1945 to 1948
and the plight of tens of thousands of refugees
who survived the Nazi Holocaust but whom
most of the world left to fend for themselves.
‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ — The Guillermo del
Toro fantasy is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, as
part of the Hot Topic film series at Chamizal
National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial.
Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.
‘A Day at the Movies’ —The Jewish
Federation of El Paso and the Inter-American
Jewish Studies Program present recent Jewish
films 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at
the Rubin Center on the UTEP campus. Cost is
$20 ($14 members, UTEP students) for all day,
or $12 ($8 members, students) for one feature
plus shorts. Advance discount available.
Reservations recommended: 584-4437 or jew-
• 10:30 a.m. “Divan” (all ages)
• 12:15 p.m. — “180 Degrees of Jerusalem”
(teens and older)
• 1 p.m. — “Nora’s Will” (preteens and older)
Pax Christi Film Series —The series
presents “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low
Price,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, 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, dona-
tions welcome. Information: 497-0384.
Queer Cinema — Frontera Pride Film
Festival and Rio Grande Adelante will host the
film series 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth
Tuesday of the month at Fellini Film Cafe, 220
Cincinnati. Viewing is free with $7 purchase.
Information: 929-9282 or
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; all seats for matinees; $5 society members
and children); $5 on Wednesday. Information,
schedule: (575) 524-8287 or
• Aug. 27-Sept 2 — “The Wind Journeys.”
The film tells the story of an aging accordion
player and a young musician accompanying him
on his trek north. Rating equivalent to PG-13.
• Sept. 3-9 — “Solitary Man.” Michael
Douglas plays a tormented New York car deal-
er. He deals with aging, a job scandal and a
heart problem by seducing women, the
younger the better. His own daughter has given
up on him, as has his ex-wife (Susan Sarandon).
Yet when he hits bottom, working the counter
at the diner of a friend (Danny DeVito), he
can’t quit lying to himself. Rated R.
• Sept. 10-16 — “Spoken Word.” Made in
New Mexico. A San Francisco spoken word
artist returns to New Mexico to be with his
dying father, only to find he loses his “voice” as
he is sucked back in to the dysfunctional life of
drugs and violence he left behind.
• Sept. 17-23 – “The Girl Who Played With
Fire.” Lisbeth Salander, the punked, pierced,
dragon-tattooed heroine of Stieg Larsson’s tril-
ogy, is back in an ever more treacherous game
with villains more depraved, mysteries much
murkier and family ties more dark. Rated R.
• Sept. 24-30 — “Agora.” Hypatia of
Alexandria (Rachel Weisz) is a famous female
philosophy professor and atheist in Roman
Egypt. One of her slaves turns to the rising tide
of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing free-
dom, but also falls in love with his master.
The society presents “Made-In-New-Mexico
Westerns Part 2” at noon Monday, Sept. 6,
featuring clips from 22 Westerns that were
shot at least in part in New Mexico (including
two in Las Cruces) between 1930 and 2004.
Film clips include scenes from “Sea of Grass,”
“Billy the Kid” (1930), “The Outlaw,” “When
the Legends Die,” “Cave of Outlaws” and
“Hang ‘em High.” Admission: $3 ($2 MVFS
CinéMatinee Film Series — Films with
western, rural or New Mexico themes (as well
as other special selections) are shown at 1:30
p.m. Saturdays at the Fountain Theatre, 2469
Calle de Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the
plaza in Mesilla. Admission: $4 ($1 for Mesilla
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Valley Film Society members), unless otherwise
listed. Information: (575) 524-8287 (leave mes-
sage) or
• Sept. 4 — “The Red Machine.” The special
New Mexico screening features appearances by
the film’s co-directors, co-producers and co-
screenwriters, Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm.
At the height of the Great Depression, hot-
headed Eddie Doyle, an ace safecracker, is fac-
ing prison. Enter a cool-as-ice Navy man with a
problem only Eddie can solve. This event also
features a special encore screening of the short
film, “Gandhi at the Bat.” Tickets (in advance):
$7 ($6 MVFS members).
• Sept. 11 — “Lonely are the Brave” (1962).
Made in New Mexico. Kirk Douglas is an out-
of-place cowboy in the modern west. He rides
his horse into Albuquerque to visit friends Mike
Kane and Gena Rowlands. Rowlands’ husband
has been jailed for helping Mexicans enter the
U.S. illegally. Douglas gets himself into jail to
help Kane, but Kane refuses so Douglas breaks
out himself and heads for the hills.
• Sept 18 — New Mexico Filmmakers
Showcase, the annual screening of the films that
won the NM Filmmaker’s Showcase earlier this
year from State of New Mexico Film Office.
Showcase runs about three hours. Movies
include “Freeing Joshua” by Freedom A.
Hopkins (Albuquerque); “Red Mesa” by Ilana
Lapid (Las Cruces); “Dissident” by Jeremy Orr
(Farmington); “Genetic Chile” by Chris Dudley
(Albuquerque) and “Delivery Date” by Matt
Page (Santa Fe). Lapid and Dudley will be pres-
ent at the screening. Admission is free.
• Sept 25 — “Life and Times of Frida Kahlo.”
Presented in conjunction with the Branigan
Cultural Center, this documentary provides an
intimate, detailed portrait of one of Mexico’s
most famous women artists. The film is narrat-
ed by actress Rita Moreno, while singer Lila
Downs provides the voice of Kahlo. The
screening includes a meet-and-greet for the
winner of the BCC’s Frida lookalike contest.
New Mexico Museum of Space
History — Alamogordo, N.M. The museum’s
Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater presents:
• “Hubble” (11 a.m., noon and 2, 4 and 5
p.m.). Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, audi-
ences will blast off alongside the Atlantis STS-
125 crew, witness some of the most challenging
spacewalks ever performed, and experience
firsthand Hubble’s awe-inspiring imagery.
• “9 Planets and Counting” (1 and 3 p.m.).
Learn amazing facts about planets, moons and
stars in the solar system. Featured with plane-
tarium show.
Tickets: $6 ($5.50 for seniors and military;
$4.50 ages 4-12). Ages 3 and under free for all
shows. Planetarium show is $3.50. Information:
(877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-2840 or nmspace-
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.
Sept. 3:
• The American (Focus) — George Clooney,
Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido. Directed by
Anton Corbijn.
• Machete (20th Century-Fox) — Danny Trejo,
Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro. Directed
by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez.
Sept. 10:
• Resident Evil: Afterlife (Screen Gems) in 3D
— Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller.
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. (4th film in
• The Virginity Hit (Columbia) — Matt
Bennett, Nocole Weaver, Jacob Davich.
Directed by Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland.
Sept. 17:
• Alpha and Omega (Lionsgate) — CG
Animation. Featuring the voices of Justin Long,
Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis
Hopper (final role). Directed by Anthony Bell
and Ben Gluck.
• Catfish (Rogue Pictures) — Directed by
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
• Devil (Universal) — Chris Messina, Caroline
Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine. Directed by
Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle. Written
and produced by M. Night Shyamalan.
• Easy A (Screen Gems) — Emma Stone, Penn
Badgley, Amanda Bynes. Directed by Will
• Jack Goes Boating (Overture) — Philip
Seymour Hoffmann, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz.
Directed by Hoffmann (debut).
• Never Let Me Go (Fox Searchlight) — Keira
Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield.
Directed by Mark Romanek.
• The Town (Warner Bros.) — Ben Affleck,
Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm. Directed by Affleck.
Sept. 24:
• Buried (Lionsgate) — Ryan Reynolds,
Samantha Mathis, Stephen Tobolowsky.
Directed by Rodrigo Cortes.
• It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Focus) — Keir
Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Zach Galifianakis.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
• Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of
Ga’Hoole (Warner Bros.) CG Animation.
Featuring the voices of Hugo Weaving, Helen
Mirren, Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Zack
• Waiting for ‘Superman’ (Paramount Vantage)
— Documentary on the state of public educa-
tion in America, featuring actual families and
archival footage of George (TV’s “Superman”)
Reeves. Directed by Davis Guggenheim.
• Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (20th
Century-Fox) — Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan,
Michael Douglas; Directed by Oliver Stone.
(Postponed from April 23; followup to Stone’s
1987 Wall Street).
• You Again (Touchstone) — Kristen Bell,
Jaimie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver. Directed
by Andy Fickman.
DVD Releases
Sept. 7:
• Solitary Man / R
• MacGruber / R
Sept. 14:
• Just Wright / PG-13
• Prince of Persia: Sands of Time / PG-13
Sept. 21:
• Robin Hood / PG-13
• The Secret in Their Eyes / R
Sept. 28:
• Iron Man 2 / PG-13
Film Scene
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El Paso Scene Page 59 September 2010
Local: Los Lonely Boys, Whole
Enchilada Festival, Las Cruces
It is again time for the annual Whole
Enchilada Festival. Every September, Las
Cruces promises to keep our bellies full and
our ears buzzing. The first is achieved with
their monstrous world-record enchilada, plus
plenty of food vendors of all kinds. The sec-
ond is just as delicious, but it heats the soul
and tingles in a completely different way.
The headlining entertainment will be Los
Lonely Boys. This Texas-born trio’s most
recent release, the EP “1969,” was a very sat-
isfying half-order of tunes. They paid hom-
age to their favorite morsels from that year,
putting their unique spin on classics by the
Beatles, the Doors, Buddy Holly and Tony
Joe White. When it came to one of their
heroes, Santana, it was closer to an actual
flashback in time. Their combination of rock,
Tex-Mex, country, R&B, blues and Latin
music has made them a standout in an
extremely crowded worldwide music scene.
Make sure not to miss this show, and help
the boys not feel so lonely.
National: Ozzy Osbourne,
“Scream,” Epic Records
Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne returns
with his tenth solo studio disc, and in classic
Ozzy tradition he has turned over another
stone and found himself a new guitarist. It
seems that ever since he lost his guitar virtu-
oso, Randy Rhodes, in a plane crash, he has
never been able to keep a lead guitarist in his
stable. “Scream” offers up the debut of the
fifth axeman (counting “Speak of the
Devil’s” Brad Gillis) in Gus G. from Greece,
coming in at half Ozzy’s age. He’s lit a fire
under the former lead vocalist of Black
Sabbath, creating some of the heaviest music
since Ozzy left the hostile and bitter band out
of Birmingham, England, more than three
decades ago. There are a couple of song titles
that come directly from the Ozzy Osbourne
book of live banter. The first being the single
“Let Me Hear You Scream,” a mantra that is
heard throughout all his concerts, and “I
Love You All,” a sentiment always uttered at
shows, is a one-minute ballad on the disc.
Ozzy Osbourne has been rocking us out for
more than 40 years now, and I think it’s time
we move this Prince of Darkness up the
royal ladder and start calling him the King.
Alejandro Escovedo, “Street
Songs of Love,” Fantasy
His name alone should start some bells ring-
ing due to his lineage of musical talent, but
his most famous relation simply chose a let-
ter to represent her last name. His niece
Sheila E. achieved the most notoriety, as
Prince’s drummer, but in terms of longevity,
it’s no contest. Alejandro has been chugging
away since the mid-’70s with the Nuns, and
then Rank and File, and after that with True
Believers. It has been close to two decades
since he decided to make it out on his own,
with the exception of his brilliant 1997
garage-rock band, Buick Mackane. His lat-
est, “Street Songs of Love,” finds him dis-
secting some sounds of his past, with a
down-tempo number, a stripped-away ballad,
some ruckus hell-raising and some fantastic
Americana. He has invited a few friends
back from 2008’s “Real Animal.” Roots-rock
guitarist Chuck Prophet co-wrote more than
half the album. Tony Visconti, best known
for his work with David Bowie and T. Rex,
returned as producer, and Mott the Hoople
frontman Ian Hunter joined him on “Down in
the Bowery.” Even The Boss, Bruce
Springsteen, lent his vocal talents on the
barn-burner “Faith.” It is no wonder why
Alejandro found the street of love — with
friends like these, who could go wrong?
The Rolling Stones, “Stones in
Exile,” Eagle Rock
I know you’re thinking “Enough with the
Stones already … you covered this last
month.” Actually, I gave you a month off,
and that was about the “Exile” album itself;
this is “Stones in Exile,” a video that delves
deeper into the lore and legend of the “Exile
on Main Street” sessions themselves. This is
a documentary that covers the band unlike
any other previous entry on the subject. It
combines terrific archival movie footage
with copious amounts of stills. The theme is
all about the glorious 1972 double-disc set
and how they came together in fleeing from
their mother England and its harsh tax struc-
ture. The general consensus was that the
most conducive way to make a record does
not include drug abuse, the constant flow of
riff raff and simple homesickness, not to
mention the poor excuse for a studio. The tri-
als and tribulations of recording in what was
Keith Richards’ mansion is the real meat, and
even casual fans will be awestruck by the
process. There are also interviews with Jack
White, Sheryl Crow,, Caleb
Followill of Kings of Leon and director
Martin Scorcese, who chose the Stones as
the subject of a concert film. The DVD of
course has a few bonus features, with extend-
ed interviews, etc., but not to be missed is a
very amusing return back to the studio with
an extremely confused Charlie Watts and
Mick Jagger. You’ve heard the masterpiece
— now witness how it was created.
Collectibles: Sand Rubies,
“Best of the Sidewinders &
Sand Rubies 85-10,” San
It has been about three years since the album
“Mas Cuacha” marked the return of the Sand
Rubies, bridging a decade-long gap from
their previous outing. They also had taken
five years off, from 1993 to 1998. The guys
seem to work best with extended absences;
the outcome has always been consistently
brilliant, so we will always wait patiently.
This 25th anniversary five-CD collection
puts it all here in one place, with the best of
all incarnations of the band and their studio
work, a platter of primarily obscure tracks,
and a double live show from Germany. The
rarities are worth the price of admission
alone, with a slew of cover versions, acoustic
tracks and unreleased material. The cake gets
a double layer of icing with the 1999 per-
formance featuring El Paso’s very own New
Texican Ken Andre on bass during their
“Return of the Living Dead” tour. The band
is hitting on all cylinders and Rich’s guitar
playing is simply on fire. The compilation is
housed in a double-thick DVD-style pack-
age, with the memorable “Witchdoctor” art
emblazed on the cover. The Sand Rubies
1985–2010 are better than a treasure chest
filled with all the rubies in the world.
Brian Chozick is owner of Tumblin’
Dice Music. Drop him a line at
Oct. 1-3 events are listed elsewhere in
this issue.See Performing Arts Guide
for more October events.
UTEP Volleyball — All home games are at
Memorial Gym. Tickets: $7 ($3 children).
Information: 747-6150 or
• Noon Sunday, Oct. 3 — Houston
• Oct. 8-9 — Marshall. Game time is 6 p.m.
Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
• 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 — Memphis
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 — UAB
Benise — The Nuevo Flamenco stars per-
form at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at The Plaza
Theatre. Tickets: $28-$48, plus service charge.
Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
Bombay Bollywood—The showcase of
Middle Eastern dance in the “Art of Bellydance”
tour is Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the UTEP’s
Magoffin Auditorium (Ticketmaster).
Disney on Ice ‘Let’s Celebrate’ —
Mickey and Minnie and friends host their colos-
sal party in Disney on Ice’s latest show Oct. 6-
10, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100
Paisano. Performances are 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday and noon, 3:30 and
7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Thursday’s per-
formance in Spanish. Tickets: $15-$42-
Fiesta of the Nations — Open Arms
Community of El Paso presents its 6th annual
weekend of ethnic variety, with traditional
foods, crafts, folk music and dance, family
games and fun Oct. 8-10, at 8240 North Loop.
Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and
Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Information:
595-0589 or
‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ — The
wild British farce by Alistair Foot and Anthony
Marriot is Oct. 8-30 at El Paso Playhouse,
2501 Montana. Directed by Mario Rodriguez.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2
p.m. Sunday. Ticket information: 532-1317,
Chupacabras — The 14th annual 100K
mountain bike race in Juarez is 8 a.m. Saturday,
Oct. 9, at Club Veteranos de Futbol (near
Estadio Benito Juarez). Information: chu-
Dog Lovers Fair —The Humane Society of
El Paso’s 4th annual benefit fair and Dog
Adoption Extravaganza is Saturday, Oct. 9, at
El Paso Saddleblanket Co. parking lot, 6926
Gateway East. Admission is free. Information:
532-6971, ext. 15.
‘Gotta Swing!’ — Shundo Dance Studio
presents the stage show highlighting the pas-
sion and fire of the tango at 7 p.m. Saturday
and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9-10, at Chamizal
National Memorial. Admission: $10 and $15.
Information: 532-2043 or
Fall Antiques, Collectibles, Arts &
Western Memorabilia Show & Sale —
The fall show and sale is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 9-
10, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331
Alabama. Proceeds benefit the Shriners’ organi-
zation. Admission: $3; ages 6 and younger free.
Information: 851-0687 or
UTEP Football — Home games are
Saturdays at Sun Bowl Stadium. Ticket informa-
tion: 747-5234, 544-8444 or
• Oct. 9 — Rice (Homecoming)
• Oct. 23 — Tulane
‘Chalk The Block’ — The 3rd annual out-
door art event is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-
10, throughout Downtown El Paso. The event
includes various art projects, art vendors,
music, performance art, kid’s zone, food and
refreshments and a Pecha Kucha (local creative
individuals sharing work and ideas).
Information: 541-4257 or
Transmountain Challenge — GECU pres-
ents the 34th annual race Sunday, Oct. 10. The
race across Texas’ highest highway is a 20K and
5K competitive and non-competitive run or
walk, for individuals or relay teams. Bicyclists
are also invited to participate. Information:
274-5222 or
Price’s Give ‘Em Five Punt, Pass and
Kick — The annual sectional competition
hosted by the El Paso Sun Bowl Association is
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Sun Bowl
Stadium. Boys and girls ages 8-15 years will
compete separately in punting, passing, and
place kicking skills. Information: 534-0254.
Shakira — The international superstar per-
forms at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct.
12-13, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets:
$152.50, $102.50, $72.50, $42.50 and $9.50
Biz Tech 2010 —The El Paso Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce presents the 12th
annual business technology show Wednesday,
Oct. 13, at the El Paso Convention and
Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
Information: 566-4066. Web:
‘Power of the Purse’ Party — The
Women’s Fund POP 2010 fundraiser and shop-
ping celebration, “The Thrill of the PURSEuit,”
is Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Union Depot,
downtown. The event includes a handbag mer-
cado with designer handbags, some donated by
celebrities. Information: 532-4673 or wom-
Momentum Dance Company — The
company performs at 7 p.m. Thursday and
Friday, Oct. 14-15, at Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $8.
Information: 532-7273.
Concordia Cemetery Walk Through
History — The annual “living” history tour is
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at
Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell
(between Boone and Stevens). Proceeds bene-
fit the ongoing preservation and improvements
at the cemetery. Volunteers dress in period
costume and share historical vignettes “in char-
acter” of many of Concordia Cemetery’s eter-
nal residents. Information: 591-2326 or concor-
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Amigo Airsho 2010 —The United States
Air Force Thunderbirds precision jet demon-
stration team will appear at the 29th annual air
show is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, at
Biggs Army Airfield. Tickets/information: 562-
6446 or
Native American Festival and
Campout — The United Native American
Nations’ celebration of the Native American
culture is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, at
Cougar Park, 10664 Socorro Road. The event
includes arts and crafts, jewelry, dancers, music,
Inter-tribal Dance, food booths, and an
overnight campout Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m.
to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free. Information: Suky
Ramos, Eagle Feather, 422-1700.
Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair —The
2010 fair at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is
Oct. 16-17 with traditional Native American
song and dance, folklorico and matachine
dancers, pictograph and birding tours, campfire
program, cowboy skills demonstrations, climb-
ing demonstrations, environmental and cultural
booths, children’s activities, food and gifts for
sale. Free admission. Information: 857-1135.
Chamizal Border Folk Festival — The
musical celebration is 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, at the Chamizal
National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial.
Admission is free to all events. Information:
Richard Blades Back to the 80’s
Dance Party — The 1980s icon and “first
wave” DJ performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22,
at MBar 3233 N. Mesa. Guests are encouraged
to dress in ’80s style. Admission: $5.
Information: 309-2480.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra – Guest
violinist Joan Kwuon performs with the
Symphony, conducted by Sarah Ioannides, wel-
comes gat 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct.
22-23, in the Plaza Theatre. Ticket informa-
tion: 532-3776 or
‘Singin’ In The Rain’ – UTEP Dinner
Theatre opens its season with one of the best
loved musicals of all time, based on the 1952
MGM film Oct. 22-Nov. 7 with music by
Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics and Arthur Freed.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through
Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30
p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24; non-dinner matinees are
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7. Tickets
$26-$38 dinner shows; $12-$22 non-dinner
matinee. Information: 747-6060.
El Paso Rhinos — El Paso’s Junior League
ice hockey team’s first home games of the sea-
son are Oct. 22-24 against the Boulder Bison
at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to
the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Game times are
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday. Tickets: $5-$20. Information: 479-
PUCK (7825) or
Indian and Spanish Market — El Paso
Saddleblanket, 6926 Gateway East, hosts the
4th annual event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 23, with entertainment, dancers, cos-
tumes, multicultural exhibits, arts and crafts,
food, music and more. Keynote artist is Amado
Peña. Admission is free. Information: 541-1000
Boo at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoo, 4001
E. Paisano, will host its 5th annual “merry, not
scary” safe trick-or-treating event 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24.
Children age 2 to 12 are invited to dress in cos-
tume. Information: 532-8156, 521-1850 or
Spooktacular 2010 — The Junior Woman’s
Club’s 21st annual fall family fiesta is Saturday
and Sunday, Oct. 23-24, at the El Paso County
Coliseum. Information: 526-3296 or elpasoju-
Cross Art Auction - St. Stephen Deacon &
Martyr Catholic Church, 1700 George Dieter,
presents its 3rd annual Cross Art auction 2 to 6
p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Information: 855-1661
Clean and Scary Fun Run —The 3rd
annual Halloween 5K race and 1-mile walk to
benefit Keep El Paso Beautiful begins at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24, at Up and Running, 3233 N.
Mesa. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 day of
race. The route will go up and down Stanton.
Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.
Tour de Tolerance — The 5th annual bicy-
cling and running event, benefiting the El Paso
Holocaust Museum and Study Center, is
Sunday, Oct. 24, at Fort Bliss. 100K, 50K, 10K
rides and 5K run. Information, entry fees and
start times: 351-0048, or
Eli Young Band — The Denton-based coun-
try music band performs at 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Whiskey Dick’s, 1700
George Dieter. Tickets: $15 (
Information: 921-9900.
‘The Great American Songbook’ —
Showtime! El Paso presents a journey through a
century of American music at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Abraham Chavez
Theatre. Tickets: $25 ($10 students with ID;
ages 6-25). Information: 544-2022 or
‘An Evening of Mystery at Chez
Woman’s Club’ — The Woman’s Club of El
Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, hosts its 3rd annual dinner
theater event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.
Reservation deadline is Oct. 21. Tickets: $20.
Information/reservations: 532-6131.
Mariachi Los Toritos — Mariachi Los
Toritos performs traditional Mexican mariachi
music at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 30-31, at the Chamizal National
Memorial Theater. Tickets: $10. Information:
532-7273 or 731-2454.
Mount Cristo Rey pilgrimage — The
largest pilgrimage each year is on the last
Sunday in October (Oct. 31), for the Feast Day
of Christ the King. Information: (575) 523-
KLAQ 24th annual Halloween Parade
— The parade is Sunday, Oct. 31, at Album
Park, and returns there. Information: 544-8864.
‘Howl-O-Wine’ Dog Walk — Pets Alive El
Paso will host its 6th annual fall dog walk at
Sunday, Oct. 31, at La Viña Winery in La
Union, N.M. Information: 546-8315. Register
online at\
1071 Country Club Rd. Ste T
915. 584. 1018
October preview
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A & S Fun Tours 26
Affordable Chiropractic 49
All American Gun Show 29
Alma Calderon 12
Ann’s Estate Sales 22
Antonio Soegaard-Torres 41
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing 30
Ardovino’s Pizza 10
Around and About Tours 57
Art & Frame Mfg. Co. 49
ATMAS Healing 30
Avance 52
Barnett Harley Davidson 14
Baskin Robbins 61
BeadCounter 23
Beauty Solutions 55
Benise 64
The Book Rack 53
The Bookery 53
Border Aids Partnership 32
Branigan Cultural Center 52
Cattleman's 39
Cecila Burgos LPC 10
Celebration of Our Mtns. 36
Celestial Creations 5
Cert. Training with Danny 43
Cloudcroft Labor Day 27
Collectibles 8
Cornfield Maze 25
The Crystal Store 8
Domino’s 42
Edible Arrangements 17
El Paso Art Association 47
El Paso Artisan Gallery 48
El Paso Bicycle Club 35
EP Cellulite Center 34
EP Fencing 7
EP Community College 37
EP Conv & Perf Arts Ctr 4
El Paso Playhouse 58
El Paso Saddleblanket 39
EP Summer Music Fest. 25
El Paso Symphony 28
El Paso Zoo 17
Elegant Consignments 23
Elephant Butte 21
Etcetera 12
Executive Singles 28
Facial Spa by Susana 22
Fall Antiques Show 8
Fed. Cths Bar & Grill 24
Fountain Theatre 59
Furrs Family Dining 44
Geico 20
Georgetown Cabins 13
Glass Goodies 23 49
Hal Marcus Gallery 48
Hans Martial Arts 24
HC Kiwanis Bingo 59
Health Matters 55
Hike Up Cristo Rey 38
Hot Springs Festival 19
Inn of the Mountain Gods 22
Inside Out Designs Inc. 37
Int'l Quality Products 14
Jr. League of El Paso 55
Keeble Services 12
L’Alliance Française 43
La Tierra Café 37
Lancers Club 50
Laura Wiener 26
Lola Productions 16
Lyles Family Farms 13
Lynx Exhibits 52
The Marketplace 23
Martha Garcia 39
Mesa Street Antique 29
Mesilla Book Center 53
Metta Massage 57
Miguel Valenzuela 9
Mind/Body Studio 15
Mr Motorcycle 18, 40
Myriam’s Faux Finishes 14
Nathan Young Violins 57
Native American Festival 9
Nayda’s Gems & Stones 23
New Image Laser 18
New York Life 44
Pat Olchefski-Winston 30
Osher Lifelong Learning 15
Marie Otero 24
Pancho Villa State Park 7
Paseo Christian Church 58
Pena Gallery+Studio 3
Perkins Jewelry Supply 57
PhiDev Inc 42
Phoenix Dawn 44
Pizazz 51
Plaza Theatre 2
Postal Annex 10
Precision Prosthetics 54
Prestige Women’s 50
Quilt Square Shop 16
Bill Rakocy 40
Real Estate El Paso 54
Reidsan Dog Training 10
Ronda Brown 28
Rubin Gallery 26
Ruidoso River Resort 31
Salt Box Antiques 23
Salvadora Galan 5
San Elizario artists 46
SF's Cosmetics 32
Sasahara Studio 45
Sexy Jeans 13
Shundo Dance Studio 8
Silver City MainStreet 27
Ski Run Road Challenge 55
St Luke’s Country Fair 18
Stahmanns Farms 7
Starr Western Wear 9
Sun. Pk Racetrack 11
Sunrise Games & Comcis 38
SWA Square Dance Asso. 57
SW Liposculpture 17
Telemates 59
Teresa Fernandez 16
Tularosa Wine Festival 19
Tulip’s Antiques 20
Unity Bookstore 56
UTEP Athletics 62
UTEP Special Events 29
Vanities 63
Village Inn 38
Walgreens 61
Warren M Pulner 7
Western Traders 26
Wholesome Body 62
Wyler Aerial Tramway 44
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