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“Snowcapped Cactus” photograph by Nina Eaton

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Dreaming of a White Christmas in El Paso
Downtown Speed
Hundreds of
Christmas Zone Holiday Happenings!
El Paso, Las Cruces, Mesilla Artist Julie Speed
and other area communities showcased at El Paso D E C E M B E R
center their celebrations in Museum of art. 2 0 1 8
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the heart of the city.
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‘Eating Warhol’s Lunch’ by Julie Speed
Page 2 El Paso Scene December 2018
Magoffin Holiday Open House — The Sunday. Flint knapping, gold prospectors club
and kids spinwheel. Food vendors. Admission is

annual holiday season event at the Magoffin
Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is free. Information: 544-2717 or
december 2018 noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with music,
cookies and cocoa, and free activities for kids.
‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 24th
annual musical homage to the community’s
Admission is free. Information: 533-5147, visit-
ROUNDUP or on Facebook.
PBS Kids Fiesta — KCOS-TV hosts the 4th
Mexican and American Christmas traditions is
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at EPCC’s
Administrative Service Center Auditorium,
Behind the Scene
annual free event for children noon to 5 p.m. Building A, with song, dance, a Nativity and
Scene Spotlight 4
Saturday, Dec. 1, at El Paso Convention photos with Santa. Presented by El Paso
Center, with photo ops with Curious George Community College Senior Adult Program. Dance 13
and Nature Cat, live music, dance performanc- Admission is free, but seating is limited. Here’s the Ticket 14
es, and educational activities and games. Complimentary tickets available through the Music 16
Information: 590-1313 or Seniors Adult Program: 831-7801. Program Notes 17
Pecan Harvest Festival — The 16th annu- Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe History Lessons 18
al family harvest festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than Taking a Look Back 18
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at Ramirez 4,000 luminarias for its 27th annual event 6 to Sports 19
Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint, where 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Admission is free,
families can pick pecans from the orchard. but sightseers are invited to donate canned and
dry goods. Information: 545-7190. Downtown Holidays 21
Country store will sell pecans in and out of
shell, pecan candies and gift baskets, plus craft Scenic Drive will be open to one-way traffic Viva Juárez 23
Socorro Winter Fest — The Festival is 7 vendors. Admission is free. Information: 851- from Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Nature 24
At the Museum
p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Rio Vista Community
2003 or Facebook at Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC. Paso. Exit at Rim Road. Vehicles drive slowly 26
Center, 901 N. Rio Vista, Socorro, Texas, with
games, rides, arts and crafts and Santa photos. Holiday Extravaganza — El Paso Parks
westward past campfires manned by volun- Southwest Art Scene 28
Gallery Talk
teers, and toward Santa Claus. Old St. Nick will
Parade begins at 6 p.m. starting at Escontrias and Recreation hosts activities at downtown’s 31
be joined by Mrs. Claus, Santa’s cousin Pancho
Elementary School, 205 Buford. Information: San Jacinto Plaza 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday Claus, their elves, and a live nativity scene. Keep on Bookin' 32
860-8615 or on Facebook. through Sunday, Dec 6-9 and Dec. 13-16, Santa and Mrs. Claus will collect donations On Stage 33
Eastlake Christmas Parade — The
with live entertainment, food, and arts and (including cash or checks payable to “La Fe”). Stage Talk 34
crafts vendors and children’s activities.
Eastlake Lions Club’s “Horizon at 30”
Admission is free. Information: 212-1731 or ‘Island of Misfit Toys On Ice’ — El Paso Film Scene 35
Christmas Parade, is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Figure Skating Club presents the holiday ice Liner Notes 36
The parade starts at Darrington and skating show 3:30 t 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, January Preview 37
Ryderwood, heads down Horizon to Kenazo, El Paso Mineral and Gem Society
and ends at Carrol T. Welch School on Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry
at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, El Paso FishNet 38
4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $3 by Dec. 10, $5 at
McMahon. Information: 581-2994 or and bead show is Dec. 7-9 at El Maida the door; free for age 3 and younger. Advertiser Index 38 Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. Information: or on Subscription Form 38
The Horizon City Christmas Tree Lighting is 7 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Corky Corcoran Park. p.m. Sunday. Vendors offer designer jewelry,
Facebook. Scene User’s Guide 38
Parade float judging will be at 6 p.m. crystals, gemstones, equipment, geodes and Scene Distribution 30
more. Free gem identification Saturday and Please see Page 5

December 2018 El Paso Scene Page 3
Spectacular at the Plaza Theatre was recently invited to a local arts
• Dec. 8: El Paso Chorale and Orchestra organization meeting to hear and com-
present Handel’s ment on their “strategic plan” for the
next few years. Among their goals were
to gain new members and in particular
“Messiah” at Abraham Chavez Theatre.

attract younger members, and also to
• Dec. 12: ‘Finding Neverland’ the Musical
at the Plaza Theatre
increase their profile in the community.
• Dec. 17: Merry-Achi Christmas at the It hit me how much nearly every organi-
Scene Spotlight highlights events Plaza Theatre zation I have been a part of has faced
advertised in this issue. • Dec. 22-23: Moscow Ballet’s ‘Great similar challenges. I’ve been on the
Russian Nutcracker’ at the Plaza Theatre. boards of a local church, a bicycling club
‘A Christmas Carol el la Frontera’ — and a performing arts group, and they
UTEP Department of Theater and Dance Krystyna Robbins open house — The have more in common than you think.
presents the border style adaptation of the Upper Valley artist hosts her annual Since the 1960s, when social and civic
Charles Dickens classic Dec. 8-16 at the Christmas open house and miniature sale groups in America were at their peak,
membership has fallen by half. This over-
that doesn’t work is trying to do business
Dec. 9 at her home studio. Page 28.
all phenomenon was best described in
Wise Family Theater. Page 40.

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 85th annual Sun Happy Hippie Holidaze — Hal Marcus Robert Putnam’s landmark 2000 book as usual. Here are a few suggestions:
Gallery’s annual arts and crafts fair is Dec. “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and • Don’t waste time giving answers to
questions that people aren’t asking.
Bowl is Dec. 31, with pregame activities at
Revival of American Community.” The
Younger people rarely seek organizations
15-16, featuring several area artisans and
title itself refers to one example: People
Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive. Page 20.

used to primarily go bowling as members to belong to. They still want to learn
• WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl vendors. Page 16.
Invitational is Dec. 21-22 at the Don
Customer Appreciation Open House — of a league; now they bowl much less, things, participate in activities or serve
Haskins Center. and when they do, they go with family or causes. So provide opportunities to learn,
participate and serve, but don’t demand
Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe open house
• Fan Fiesta is Dec. 30 at El Paso friends but not in a league.
In his book, Putnam cited a number of commitment.
is Dec. 16 with gifts with purchase, raffles
Convention Center.
and Santa Claus. Page 35.
factors. The rise of technology has led to • Embrace technology and social media.
El Paso Streetcar — The streetcars are greater individualization of leisure time If your organization has speakers, create
a video and share it on YouTube or other
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino —
now operating daily with free weekend fares — we rely on devices to entertain us and
not so much spending time with other platforms. You’ll be surprised at how
Live racing returns for its 60th season
through Winterfest. Page 39.
Tuesdays and Fridays through Sundays open-
people. Social changes have led to fewer many more people you can reach. Don’t
‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ — El Paso ing Dec. 28-30. Page 8.
people willing to commit to becoming rely on one method of communication —
Playhouse hosts the family holiday comedy members of any organizations. some people like email, some prefer texts
I’m part of a bicycle club whose mem- and others prefer Facebook posts.
Hike Up Cristo Rey — El Paso Scene and
Nov. 30-Dec. 16, directed by Janet Beatty-
Payne. Page 28.
Destination El Paso host the annual hike
bership has dropped by more than 50 per- • Don’t’ be afraid to re-invent yourself.
Dec. 30 benefiting Mt. Cristo Rey
cent over the past 10 years. It used to be Maybe your organization will become a
Eckankar events — Eckankar: The Path to Restoration Committee. Page 12. that a club was the easiest way for people network of smaller groups, and that’s
Spiritual Freedom hosts a Light and Sound to find other cyclists to ride with. With OK. If you’re primarily made up of sen-
Service Dec. 1, and a Spiritual Book discus-
El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida
social media and cell phone texts, it’s just ior citizens, don’t waste a lot of time and
Shrine Temple’s annual celebration is Dec.
as convenient to find and establish small- energy trying to pull in much younger
people. Figure out how to serve the needs
sion Dec. 15 at El Paso Public Library’s
31 with music by Phat Soul. Page 9. er groups of riders who fit your speed and
distance preferences. So more people are of your older membership, and grow by
Memorial Park Branch. Page 35.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site
The Forum New Year’s Eve — The
riding, but in smaller groups. getting their friends to join.
Forum Ballroom’s annual New Year’s dance
That’s typical of trends for so many • The organization’s methods may
change, but not the mission. Do whatever
December events: Page 12.
is Dec. 31 with music by Tejas Band. Page organizations nationwide. Younger people
in particular don’t relate as well to larger, it takes to instill your passion in the next
• Dec. 1: Cooking Class (English Fruit Cake)
institutionalized associations. So service generation, whether it’s about art, sport or
• Dec. 12: Braintrust Bag Lunch talk
• Dec. 15: Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Crossland Gallery —El Paso Art
clubs, recreational groups and volunteer helping others.
Club Association’s gallery is taking submissions organizations typically have grown grayer ***
• Dec. 20: Make-A-Thing (bread dough through Jan. 9 for the exhibit “con.FIG- and grayer, and as people drop out, fewer Reminder: Our annual Hike Up Cristo
ornaments). URE.ation.five.2019.” Opening reception is newcomers replace them. Rey, winter edition, is 11 a.m. Sunday,
Jan. 18. Page 28. I don’t have great solutions for these Dec. 30 — see details on Page 5 or 12.
‘Venite: Come and See’ — The Christmas trends, but I’ve learned that the one thing Our sponsor is Destination El Paso.
worship experience is Dec. 4, 7 and 9 at ‘The Magic Flute’ — El Paso Opera pres-

December 2018
Coronado Baptist Church with orchestra ents a Mozart opera in concert form Jan.
preludes. Page 5. 11-12 at El Paso Scottish Rite Temple Randy Limbird
Theater. Page. 3. Editor and Publisher
Hal Marcus Gallery — Opening Dec. 6 is El Paso Scene is published by Cristo
Rey Communications as a monthly guide
(915) 542-1422
“Latina Arte,” works by eight regional Latina Paso del Norte Trail — The new Playa
artists, with an ARTalk Jan. 31. Page 26. Drain Trail is now open stretching 3.4 miles
to entertainment, recreation and culture in Albert Martinez
the El Paso area. Copies are provided Advertising &
Luminarias by the Lake — The annual hol-
from Ascarate to Riverside Park. Page 17. free at selected locations. Subscriptions Circulation Director
iday event at Keystone Heritage Park is Dec. are $10 a year, sent by 3rd class mail. (915) 920-7244
Circulation: 38,000 copies.
UTEP Sports — UTEP’s Women’s and
7-8 with hundreds of luminarias, music and Men’s basketball hosts home games during Lisa Kay Tate
Deadline for news for the
refreshments. Page. 13. the month of December. Page 24. News Editor

January issue is Dec. 17
(915) 542-1422 ext. 4
Christmas Extravaganza — The artists of
Editorial Associates:
Placita Madrid in San Elizario Art District Southern New Mexico The January issue comes out Dec. 27 Yvonne T. Herrera, Will Summers
host the annual Christmas event Dec. 8-9
Advertising Executive:
along the Historic Main Street with a chil-
‘Mariachi Christmas’ — The “New Mexico El Paso Scene
Roman Martinez
dren’s art decorating station, guest vendors,
Tradition” is Dec. 6 at Flickinger Center for P. O. Box 13615
refreshments and live music. Page 31.
Performing Arts in Alamogordo, as part of its El Paso, Texas 79913 Circulation Associate:
Randy Friedman, Leo Marquez
Premier Series. Page 39. PH: 542-1422
Holiday Open House — Candy and Charlie • Jan. 25: Pianist Robin Spielberg E-mail: Contributing Writers:
Mayer host their annual artists’ open house • Feb. 14: The “Official Blues Brothers Carol Viescas, Brian Chozick,
Dec. 8-9 at their West Side home studio. Revue” and Chocolate Buffet Myrna Zanetell, John McVey Middagh
Jay Duncan
Page. 37.
Fountain Theatre — Mesilla Valley Film Subscription Form is on Page 38
El Paso Live! — El Paso Live events: Page Society’s theatre on the Plaza in historic Old
22. Mesilla shows independent, art, foreign and
Visit El Paso Scene Online at
• Dec. 8: ‘Christmas Wonderland’ Holiday other non-mainstream films. Page 36. sponsored by Phidev, Inc.
© 2018 Cristo Rey Communications

Page 4 El Paso Scene December 2018
December Roundup food and drinks, lights, décor and more. Skating
is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger).
Cont’d from Page 3
Spectator admission is free. Open seven days a
week. Season passes; $35, good for one session
St. Anthony’s Seminary Posada — The per day. Tickets online at
seminary, at Crescent and Hastings in Central Information: 534-0600 or
El Paso, celebrates the traditional custom of Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sundays (2 to 8
the posada at about 6:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 16- p.m. Dec. 2 and Jan. 6), 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays
23, with rosary, songs by Los Franciscanos and through Thursdays Dec. 4-19; noon to 10 p.m.
procession, followed by the breaking of piñatas. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 26-Jan. 3), 4
The posada is conducted in Spanish. The semi- to 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, noon to 11
nary’s famous Nativity scene will be on display p.m. Fridays, Dec. 21-Jan. 4 and Saturdays.
through Christmas Day. Information: 566-2261. Holiday hours are noon to 6 p.m. Christmas
Posadas Celebration and Luminaria Eve, 4 to 10 p.m. Christmas Day, noon to 1
Lighting Festival — San Elizario Genealogy a.m. New Year’s Eve and noon to 10 p.m.
& Historical Society hosts the traditional New Year’s Day.
Christmas luminarias, Las Posadas celebration Specials include Military Monday (half off skat-
and Christmas bazaar noon to p.m. Saturday, ing), Chico’s Tiny Tuesday mini skating sessions
Dec. 22, with Christmas music, annual bike at 4 and 4:30 p.m. for kids 5 and under ($2 kids
giveaway, reenactment, and cultural presenta- skate rentals), Warm Wednesday $2 off skating
tions. The lighting of more than 5,000 luminar- and free mini bag of donuts with warm clothing
ias in the San Elizario Historic District will take donations, Student Thursdays $2 off with stu-
place shortly after sundown. Information: 851- dent ID or school apparel, Fiesta Fridays with
1682 or live entertainment, Social Saturdays (chance for
prizes using #EPWinterfest in pictures), and
Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time Sunny Sundays holiday music from Sunny 99.9.
— A guided hike is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, The Holiday Cafe events include Princes party
at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Cost: Thursdays, cookie and gingerbread house dec-
$5 ($2 for children) donation for the Mt. Cristo orating Fridays, and breakfast with Santa and
Restoration Committee. Information: 542- Stories with Mrs. C Sundays.
1422. No reservation is required. El Paso Streetcar fares are free every week-
The hike is led by El Paso Scene Editor Randy end through Jan. 6.
Limbird, who will give commentary on area his- The WinterFest express shuttle runs every 10
tory and geography. A brief talk on the history t 15 minutes 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11
of the monument will be given at the summit. p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays,
The hike is sponsored by Destination El Paso with free pickup at Father Rahm & El Paso and
and El Paso Scene. Security is provided along drop off at corner of El Paso and Overland.
the trail and in the parking lot. The 5-mile El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic
round trip hike (2-3 hourse) is easy to moder- Film Festival and El Paso Live are teaming up to
ate, and is suitable for all ages. show free Holiday Movies selected Sundays at
Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead the Plaza Theatre as part of the 3rd annual
to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). . WinterFest. See “Film Scene” for schedule.
Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 85th annual
football classic begins at noon, Monday, Dec. Our Lady of Guadalupe
31. Teams will represent the Pac 12 and ACC.
Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration —
Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or St. Mark Catholic Church; 11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its annual celebration Dec. 8-12, with
Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with several events open to the community.
food and drinks, live music, giveaways and uni- Admission is free. Information: 333-0891 or
versity bands, at the corner of Glory Road and
Sun Bowl Drive. VIP Tent party also planned. The Guadalupe Parade is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
YMCA Sun Bowl Basketball Skills Camp is 9 Saturday, Dec. 8. Tamales served afterwards.
a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 21, at UTEP’s A theatre performance is 5:30 p.m. Sunday,
Memorial Gym for selected area youth. Dec. 9, and the “Serenade to Our Lady” is 6 to
Information: Wayne Thornton, 541-4331. 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The 57th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Misa con Mananitas a la Virgen Menudo is
Sun Bowl Invitational is Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 (menudo
Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. served after). English language Mass celebration
Games are 5 and 7 p.m. both days. UTEP hosts is 8 a.m. followed by tamales and coffee.
East Tennessee State, Wyoming and Norfolk. Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The
Tickets: (available Dec. 3): $13-$22 for two annual religious festival in Tortugas, N.M. is
game package; $22-$44 four game package. usually held Dec. 10-12. The festival is the
Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge is biggest event of the year in Tortugas, a small
Friday, Dec. 28, at Vista Hills Country Club, village near Mesilla Park that’s home to the
2210 Trawood. Information: 592-6565. Tortugas Indians. Events are centered at Our
Price’s Give “Em Five Cheer Camp is 2:30 to Lady of Guadalupe Church. Information: (575)
4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at El Paso 526-8171 or on Facebook at Tortugas Pueblo.
Convention Center. Information: 541-4331.
The annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of
Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center, with Guadalupe Pueblo — Events celebrating
live performances, Battle of the two University the Virgin of Guadalupe are Dec. 10-12 at St.
bands, activities for kids and more. Admission is Genevieve’s Church and Parish Hall, 100 South
free. Activity wristbands are $5 for unlimited Espina and 1025 E. Las Cruces, in Las Cruces.
inflatables and interactive games. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649.
A procession of the virgin is Monday and
WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Tuesday from the hall to the church.
Hospitals of Providence and Providence A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be
Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and vari- celebrated Wednesday followed by dancing by
ous winter events through Jan. 6 in the matachines (Los Danzantes) and Piro-
Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surround- Manso-Tiwa Tribe members.
ing areas. This year’s ice rink offers interactive
features, along with holiday shopping, seasonal
Please see Page 6

December 2018 El Paso Scene Page 5
December Roundup formance. Tickets: $5 at the church office; $6 was a winner of “The Great Christmas Light Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighbor-
online. Tickets available at the door if seats Fight,” competition, sponsored by ABC. hood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest
Cont’d from Page 5
available. Information: 533-1465 or Families are welcome to take photos and self- to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly
The concerts are complete with a live ies with Santa Claus and his elves, and compli- into the circle.
St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of Christmas chorus comprised of over 160 stu- mentary hot chocolate and cookies provided
Guadalupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, dents and adults, performing traditional and after every show.
Eastridge Christmas lights — The resi-
Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will dents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge
new holiday music. It is one of the longest-run-
host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe ning events of its kind in the country.
Luminarias by the Lake — More than participates each year in an elaborate neighbor-
Dec. 10-12, including pilgrimages, masses and 2,500 luminarias will line the walking paths at hood-wide holiday lights display. Lights are usu-
a bazaar. The public is welcome. Sun City Ringers — The community hand- Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert ally lit around the first week of December, and
Information/times: 566-2261. bell choir presents the Christmas Concert at 5 Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 6 to 9 p.m. run through the holiday season.
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Bethany Christian Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, with holiday The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west
Virgen de Guadalupe art gala — A gala Church, 10453 Springwood. Admission is free. music, sweet treats and hot cocoa. Characters on Eastridge.
opening and awards presentation is 5-9 p.m. Information: 592-5977. will stroll the gardens in Victorian costume.
Friday, Dec. 7, for the 21st annual juried art
Southern New Mexico
Admission: $4 ($1 children). Information: 581-
award exhibit at La Galeria de la Misíon de Living Christmas Cards — Harvest 7920 or
Senecú, the Ysleta ISD gallery at 8455 Christian Center, 1354 Harvest Place, hosts a
‘Rock of Ages’ — The living history guided
Alameda. Folklorico dance and mariachi student luminaria-lit drive through of Christmas 6:30 to Lights of Love — Ronald McDonald House,
tours are 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays,
groups will perform. Admission is free. 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 21-23, 300 E. California, hosts its annual Christmas
Nov. 30-Dec 15, at Carlsbad Caverns National
The exhibit is on display Dec. 3-Jan. 14 with live actors and animals. Admission is free. lights celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
Park, 160 miles east of El Paso, off the Carlsbad
(closed for Christmas break). Gallery hours are Information: 585-9934 or 12, presented by Providence Children’s
Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information: (575) 785-
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hospital. Information: 542-1522 or
Christmas Celebration — CrossPoint The free open house and lighting
2232 or Dressed in historic cos-
Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on
Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual tumes, park staff will guide visitors on a lantern-
Facebook at YISDFineArts. ceremony includes Santa Claus, Ronald
Christmas presentation for all ages at 6:30 p.m. lit tour of the front half of the Big Room. Cost:
McDonald, music, refreshments and more.
Fridays and 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7- $10 ($5 ages 5-16); no children under 5 admit-
Church programs 8 and Dec. 14-15, with music, dance and a live Lights on the Lake — The display of holi- ted. Reservations required; space is limited.
nativity. Admission is free. Information: 857- day lights at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, runs Reservations, tickets: (575) 236-1375.
‘Venite!’ — Coronado Baptist Church, 501 7492 or through Jan. 6. Food vendors available on This annual tradition, brought back in 2000,
Thunderbird, hosts its annual Christmas music weekends. Park closes at 11 p.m. Car entry fee gives visitors the chance to “meet” some of the
presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and
Let There Be Lights
is $2. Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at men and women who helped weave the fabric
6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 7 and 9. Orchestra epcountyparks. of the park. Visitors will be immersed in total
prelude begins a half hour before event.
Loya Light Show — 450,000 holiday lights The 4th annual Lighting Ceremony is 6 p.m. darkness as mysterious voices fill the cavern,
Admission is free; early arrival recommended. Saturday, Dec. 1. Free family activities include singing the hymn “The Rock of Ages.”
choreographed to music are displayed in the
Information: 584-3912 or a snow patch, Santa’s arrival,music and other
12th annual display at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Fridays
Audiences can be part of an interactive musi- entertainment and a showing of “The Santa
Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The
through Sundays Nov. 30-Dec. 23, plus
cal dramatization of the Christmas story from festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at
Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Clause.” Fun zone begins at 4 p.m.
the wise men’s point of view. the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711
Christmas night at 12001 Paseo de Oro (home The Jingle Bell Jog precedes the lighting at 3
Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas
‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist businessman Fred Loya, one block north of p.m. for people of all ages and pets, to run,
on the Pecos boat rides). Features wines from
Church, 805 Montana, presents the 54th annual Montwood, off Bob Mitchell). Park at walk or stroll in their craziest holiday outfits
New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday
Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and Montwood High School. Information on around the 1.5-mile path around Ascarate Lake.
entertainment. Tickets available from the

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Cumberland Circle — Luminarias and
7-9. Doors open one hour prior to each per- The 7-minute spectacle, now in its 13th year,
Christmas lights adorn the circle each Please see Page 7

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Page 6 El Paso Scene December 2018
December Roundup Dam, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and
members of various Native American commu-
Cont’d from Page 6
nities is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at
Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, two
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission:
miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19, with live
$10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10
demonstration and sampling of traditional
tastings and souvenir glass). Age 21 and older
Pueblo adobe oven bread baking during the
only. Information: Helping Hands Event
day, as well as Pueblo Indian social dances.
Planning, (575) 522-1232,
Admission: $5 per vehicle. Information: (575) or on Facebook.
524–4068 or
Christmas in Cloudcroft — The Visitors enjoy sunset, campfires in an outdoor
Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday sea- amphitheatre, as well as Coyote/Winter stories.
son events include: Night Sky viewing with ASLC-Astronomy
• Christmas Tree lighting is Saturday, Dec. 1 Society of Las Cruces.
at dusk (around 5 p.m.) on Burro Avenue, with
Yuletide in Chloride — The historic ghost
bonfires, hot chocolate and cookies, stores
town of Chloride’s 13th annual holiday event is
open, Santa pictures, and the Cloudcroft High
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1-9, at the Monte
School Choir. Bring an ornament for the tree.
Cristo Gift Shop and Gallery, on Wall Street in
• Santa Land, presented by Cloudcroft Light
Chloride. Many of the community’s original
Opera Company and Kiwanis Club, is 4:30 p.m.
1880s buildings will be decorated for the
Saturday, Dec. 15, in Zenith Park behind the
Christmas season. Chloride is off NM 52, 40
Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus
miles northwest of Truth or Consequences.
arrive at 5 p.m. with treats, games, prizes, holi-
Information: (575) 743-0190 or montecristo-
day lights and vendors. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-886-874-
4447 or Las Cruces Festival of Trees — The 3rd
annual holiday family celebration benefiting
‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The his- local nonprofits is Dec. 6-8 at Centennial High
toric Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M.
School, 1950 S. Sonoma Ranch, Las Cruces.
hosts a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tour dozens of whimsically decorated trees
Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Hillsboro Community
and vote for favorites, as well as see a ginger-
Center, with vendors selling arts and crafts.
bread village, meet Santa, and enjoy crafts and
Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-1698.
live music. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 4
Hillsboro is on Highway 152 about 17 miles
to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
west of I-25 at exit 63.
Saturday. Trees available for auction and raffle.
Downtown Tree Lighting and Admission: $5 ($3 students, kids; under age 2
WinterFest — The annual Las Cruces tree free) Information: or
lighting festivities are 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, on Facebook at lctreefestival.
Dec. 1, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main. Special events:
WinterFest activities are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, • Senior Day for age 55 and older is 1 to 3
Dec. 21. Information: (575) 541-2444 or visit- p.m. Friday. Tickets: $2. • Movies with the Trees event is 8 to 10 p.m.
“Christmas in Las Cruces” hosted by Las Friday featuring holiday B-movies, B-Movie
Cruces Main Street and Calvary Baptist Church Bingo, nerf-gun alien shoot-off and other
is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, with games. Tickets: $3.
Christmas music, hot chocolate, candlelight • Teddy Bear Tea is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday,
service and luminarias. Admission is free. with treats, a private tour of displays, and inter-
Information: active story-time with Santa. Each child guest
receives a commemorative Teddy Bear as a
Luminarias on the Plaza — The City of memento. Space is limited; recommended for
Socorro, N.M. will host its 14th annual arts ages 2-10. Tickets: $10 ($35 family of four);
stroll is 4 to 8 p.m. p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, on available at
the historic plaza and surrounding shops. The A VIP wine a cheese auction for the trees is
event features, live music, artwork, hay rides planned for Saturday; raffle winners will named
food and beverages. Admission is free. at event. Details and tickets to be announced.
Information: (575) 835-8927 or
Winter Wonderland on the Plaza is 6 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting - Alamogordo’s
Monday, Dec. 24, with luminarias, lights and 2nd annual community tree lighting event is 6
decorations in the Historic District. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Washington Park,
100 Washington Ave., with food, contests,
Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The annual music and family activities. Admission is free.
“Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. Information: (575) 437-6220, or
1, in downtown Ruidoso (from
Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut). The Parade The annual Christmas Parade of Lights is 5
After Party follows at Wingfield Park, with food p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
and drinks, Santa photos and a showing of “It’s
A Wonderful Life.” Information: 1-888-714- Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting
4448 or — The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec.
7, in the plaza. The Mesilla Mayor will switch
Tamal Fiesta y Mas — The 5th annual fies- on the tree at 6 p.m. Shops will be open until 8
ta is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, along p.m. for holiday shopping that day, with carol-
Bayard Street in Santa Clara, N.M., hosted by ing, hot chocolate & cookie. Admission is free.
the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.
Commerce, with tamale and craft vendors and
other traditional Christmas and Borderland Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet
favorites such as capirotada, bizcochos, Truth or Consequences’ annual Old-Fashioned
Mexican hot chocolate and red-chile kettle Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting is 6 to 9
corn. Information: (575) 537-2443 or 575-654- p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Evelyn Renfro Park with
9889, or on Facebook. an art hop, bonfires, parade, wagon rides, car-
Santa Clara is about 8 miles east of Silver City olers, prize drawings, Santa Claus and refresh-
along U.S. 180. ments at downtown Truth or Consequences
businesses. Tree lighting begins at 6 p.m. with
Turning Back The Sun — The winter sol-
stice celebration hosted by Friends of Leasburg
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December Roundup in exchange for canned goods, gloves, socks or
flashlight donations. Information: (575) 541-
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2444 or
light parade along Broadway at 6:15 p.m. Luminarias and Christmas Carols on
Information: (575) 740-3902 or torcmain- the Plaza — Old Mesilla, N.M., turns into a wonderland of 6,000 luminarias, with music
Artisans and vendors open at 6:30 p.m. at the and caroling beginning at dusk Christmas Eve
Visitor Center. Pictures with Santa available. Monday, Dec. 24, at the historic plaza. Shops
Hay rides begin at 6:45 p.m. will stay open for last-minute gifts. Information:
Elephant Butte Beach Walk and (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.
Floating Light Parade — Elephant Butte
State Park’s annual luminaria walk is 5 to 8 p.m. Christmas on the Pecos — One of
Saturday, Dec. 8. The event features about America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour
3,000 luminarias, a boat and RV parade, host 25 along the Pecos River runs through Dec. 31 in
campfires with free refreshments like hot cider, Carlsbad, N.M. The 26th annual event show-
chili and posole, Santa Claus, hayrides, caroling cases the winter wonderland of more than 100
and more. Cost: $5 per car. Information: (575) festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours
744-5923, or are offered nightly 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; ticket
The Floating Lights Parade and RV Lighting office opens at 4:30 p.m. No tours Dec. 24.
Contest is 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Sur. The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River
Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The
Pancho Villa Luminaria Tour — Pancho village includes a gallery full of Southwestern
Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M. at State Roads gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket
11 and 9. Tours are 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20
Dec. 8. Meet in front of the Exhibit Hall, for Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 5-12
cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, and enjoy a (4 and younger free with lap pass). Discounts
luminaria display, and annual free raffle of five for Eddy County residents. Tickets should be
baked hams. Regular entrance fee applies. purchased in advance; many dates are sold out.
Information: (575) 531-2711. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad
Dickens’ Tea & Fashion Show — Doña Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516,
Ana Arts Council volunteer Sherry White or on Facebook.
(Queen Cherie de la Colletage of the
Renaissance Arts Faire) hosts the tea 2 to 4 New Year’s Eve
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the DAAC Arts &
Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, in Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash —
Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza. Tickets: $10 ($5 chil- Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino
dren under 12). Space is limited, early registra- Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2018 begin-
tion encouraged. Information: (575) 523-6403 ning at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with a four-
or course menu, live music and champagne toast
The tea will feature food familiar to Dickens’ at midnight. Reservations recommended: (575)
19th century era, and a period fashion show. 589-0653, ext. 6, or

Victorian Christmas Evening — The Forum Ballroom Dance — Tejas Band
34th annual event is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, headlines the New Year’s Eve dance 8 p.m. to
Dec. 13, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at The Forum, 3800
Broadway, with decorations, costumed charac- Mattox (at Hawkins). Cost: $50; includes party
ters, activities, and entertainment representa- favors, beer and set-ups, door prizes and
tive of when the Ailman family built the house menudo. Information: 598-4220.
in 1881. Admission is free. Information: (575) Inn of the Mountain Gods — Inn of the
538-5921 or Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in
Musical guests will perform holiday and other Mescalero, N.M. will host its “Decades of Fun”
traditional music. Cookies and spiced cider New Year’s Eve Bash with gourmet dinner and
served in the kitchen. Children can participate concert beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31,
in activities and visit with Father Christmas. with live music from Aquarius and Boombox
New this year is Scrooge’s Gift Swap. Visitors Heroes playing hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s
may bring a small wrapped gift to put under and ‘90s. Guests encouraged to dress like their
the tree, and to take one in exchange. favorite decade of the past. Tickets: $125
‘Las Noches de Las Luminarias’ — The (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-545-9011.
annual event is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — El
at Fort Selden Historic Site, 1280 Fort Selden Paso’s Fungi Mungle, the “superstars of disco”
Road in Radium Springs, 13 miles north of Las perform 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31,
Cruces. The trails and ruins of the 19th-century celebration. Admission is free; age 21 and older
fort will be lit by 800 luminarias, and visitors only. The casino is at 1200 Futurity Dr.
will be treated to hot chocolate, a warm camp- Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 874-
fire and decoration making and more. 5200 or
Admission is free that evening. Information:
(575) 202-1638 or El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida
Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosts a New Year’s Eve
Nacimiento Open House — The Taylor- show celebration Monday, Dec. 31, with music
Mesilla Historic Property Nacimiento Open by Phat Soul. Cost: $25 ($40 couple). Event
House with J. Paul Taylor is 1 to 4 p.m. offers $1,500 balloon drop, door prizes and raf-
Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2346 Calle Principal on fles. Information: 562-1444 or
the Old Mesilla Plaza. View more than 175
nacimientos (nativity scenes) from Taylor’s col- Las Cruces Chile Drop — The 5th annual
lection from all over the world. Admission: $5. New Year’s Eve Festival is 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Information: Monday, Dec. 31, in Plaza de Las Cruces, with
entertainment, food, beer, dancing, and the
Las Cruces Winterfest — The holiday cel- Chile Drop at midnight. Free party favors at 11
ebration is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, on the p.m. while they last. Admission is free.
Plaza de Las Cruces on Main Street, with food Information: (575) 640-8283 or on Facebook at
trucks, vendors, special pricing for “Kiddo Las Cruces Chile Drop.
shopping,” free picture opportunity with Santa
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December Roundup the first and third Saturday of the month, 100 Also featured is holiday music by Something for everyone
Pitt Street (in front of Whole Foods). local performers, children’s craft activities,
Cont’d from Page 8 Public Relations Association of the
Information on Facebook. photo op with Santa, face painting, quilt raffle,
The annual Eff The Mall holiday market is 10 and food trucks. Southwest — Eli Garcia, Director and Senior
Bazaars and fairs a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The Grinch Lecturer with UTEP’s Department of
will be available for photos 3 to 5 p.m.
Clendenin Christmas Craft Fair — The Communications, will speak on “From Theory
La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The 28th annual Clendenin Elementary School PTA hosts its to Practice” at the association’s monthly meet-
bazaar is Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Las Cruces Putnam Christmas Fair — Putnam PTA 17th annual fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. ing 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at El Paso
Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, hosts the fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 15, at the school at 2701 Harrison, with food, Club, 201 W. Main, 18 Floor. Space is limited;
Las Cruces. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta, with crafts, music and more. Information: 236-5300. walk-in space limited. Cost: $30 ($20 PRSW
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. vendors, bake sale, music and more.
Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House members). RSVP at
Sunday. Admission is $5; $12 for weekend pass. Information: 236-3225 or
— Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts The annual Holiday Pajama Party mixer is 6 to
Information: (575) 526-2819 or
its 48th annual Happy Holidaze Open House 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at 500 N. Oregon.
Christmas Craft Fair — Park East Club Christmas Craft Fair — Unitarian arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Cost: $20 (free for members).
House, 1725 Mosswood, hosts a craft fair 9 Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron
and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15-16, with Decoration Classes — Event Creators, the
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Admission is St., will host its 49th annual bazaar and craft fair
local vendors, appetizers, and live entertain- new design studio at 12673 Zulema, hosts a
free. Information: 588-2735. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, with crafts
ment. Visitors are encouraged to come in hip- series of design workshops 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
and holiday gifts. Information: 562-4001 or
‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like pie garb. Marcus’s calendars for 2019 are avail- selected Saturdays. Spaces are limited.
Christmas’ Craft Fair — Pebble Hills able for $5. Information: 533-9090 or halmar- Information: Marilu Aleman, 502-0244 or my
Elementary School, 11145 Edgemere, hosts its
St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English
annual fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual arts and Downtown Artist and Farmers Market • Dec. 1: Wreath Decoration Workshop. Cost:
along with a blood drive. Sponsored by the crafts fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural $45.
Pebble Hills PTO. Information: 434-5605. the Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, Affairs Department’s market for area artists • Noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8: Christmas Paper
with jewelry, baked items, and handicrafts. and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 Flowers. Cost: $45.
Silver City Holiday Market — The 5th
annual artisan market is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: Letty, 929-1034. a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza Introductory Meditation Class — Free
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1- The annual Blessing of the Nacimentos District along Anthony Street. Information: introductory meditation classes on The
2, at Grant County Conference Center on Hwy (Nativities) will also be held. 212-1780 or
180 East. Facebook at SilverCityHolidayMarket. Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Please see Page 10
Westside Welcome Club Holiday Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 9
Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show Bazaar — 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday,
— The trading card and toy shows are 10 a.m. a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert
Dec. 12, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park,
to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and 22, at Sunland Country Club Place. Information: westsidewel-
Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards. N.M. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or on Facebook at
Information: 238-4573 or 222-5458.
Krampus Fest — Kaleidoscope Art Space FarmersMarket. Christmas Cookie Decorating
Desert Crossing Holiday Market — hosts its 2nd annual Art Show & Market 6 to 11 for kids is 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8.
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 14th p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the German Pub, 9530
annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market
Viscount, Suite 2K with local artists and arti- — 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and
2, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 100 sans, food, live performances and the Krampus
local artists, craftspersons and vendors from Saturdays along Main Street, Downtown.
Walk with a “Krampus King and Queen” Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarm-
the Farmers Market and guest artists, as well as crowning. Information on Facebook at
cooking demonstrations and live music. Santa
Kaleidoscope Art Space.
will be on hand for pictures. Information: (575) River Run Craft, Farmers and Kids
589-0653, or on Facebook. Winter Festival — The Hernando Middle Market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at River
Arts and Craft Festival — Bethany School PTA presents the 3rd annual event 5:30 Run Shopping Plaza, 1071 Country Club.
Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, hosts its to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the school, 3541 Vendor information: 300-0688.
Rich Beem, with local vendors, live entertain-
annual juried show and sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tierra de Vida Community Farmer’s
ment, food and family activities. Information:
Saturday, Dec. 8, with original works by area Market — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and
artists, as well as a Trash to Treasure sale. 937-9800, or
Saturday, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas.
Information: 592-5977 or Information: Information: 217-1126.
Artisan Fair — Mesilla Valley
Christmas and Yule Log Celebration Artisan/Crafters Guild hosts its inaugural craft Upper Valley Artists and Farmers
—Boardwalk Food and Truck Market, 1773 fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Market — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the
Pali Drive, hosts its celebration 6 to 11 p.m. Cruces Creatives Makerspace, 205 East Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Information
Saturday, Dec. 8, with vendors, seasonal Lohman. Information: (575) 541-5744 or cruce- on Facebook.
music, ugly sweater contest, photos with Santa
and a classic holiday movie. Pets welcome.
Facebook at The Boardwalk Market.
Christmas Extravaganza — Escamilla Fine
Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop hosts the
annual holiday show and sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, with a chil-
dren’s art decorating station, special discounts,
music by Rocio Manriquez and others, guest
vendors, appetizers and refreshments.
Information: 851-0742 or
Christmas Festival & Market — The 2nd
annual festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 8, at the Substation on Doniphan at
Sunset, with music, giveaways, games, pictures
with The Grinch, food, and more. Information: or on Facebook.
OES Craft Fair — Wallace Hughston
Chapter #1100, Order of the Eastern Star
hosts a craft fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 8, at Wallace Hughston Masonic Lodge,
5502 Hondo Pass. All proceeds support local
charities. Information: 740-6174. Vendors
reservations: $20 (must supply own table).
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December Roundup • Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss — 1611 Haan hosts an open mic event 7 to 10 p.m.
Pet Photo Night is 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Road. Santa will be returning for pictures with Thursday, Dec. 27, with poetry, music, dance,
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Dec. 9. guests through the season. See Freedom book reading an more. Free hot chocolate
• Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Drive. Crossing at Fort Bliss for schedule at freedom- offered. Admission is free; donations are wel-
Vajrasattva Purifying Meditation Practice are
Full schedule at or on Facebook. come to support Dr. Kayimbi in DR Congo. To
offered by Eclectic Spiritual Practitioner
Sensitive Santa photos for kids with special • Mesilla Valley Mall — 700 S. Telshor in Las book a spot, call 307-3956. Information on
Eternity Wauls2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at
needs are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 Cruces. Noon to 7 p.m. daily (noon to 6 p.m. Facebook and Instagram.
Doris Van Doren Public Library Family Room,
and 9. Sundays). Breakfast with Santa and “Paws &
551 Redd Road. Information: 490-6440.
Pet Photos with Santa are 10 to 11 a.m. Claus” Night pet photo events are also sched-
Eckankar programs — Eckankar in Texas
hosts free programs at 3 p.m. selected
Latinas in Progress — Latinas in Progress Sunday, Dec. 16. uled. Information:
Saturdays at El Paso Public Library Memorial
College Prep program is recruiting high school • Basset Place Mall — 6101 Gateway West.
Santa will appear daily. Full list of hours at
World AIDS Day — Borderland Rainbow Branch, 3200 Copper. Information: (703) 434-
girls to participate in monthly leadership and
Center free hosts movie screenings of 1196 or
college readiness workshops held at local uni-
“Longtime Companion” at 1 p.m. and “Love! • Dec. 1: ECK Light & Sound Service on “How
versities 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at • Cabela’s at West Towne Marketplace —
Valour! Compassion! at 2:40 p.m. in observance Divine Spirit Works in Our Lives Everyday”
Clardy Fox Library, 5515 Robert Alva. 6450-10 N. Desert. Games, crafts and activities
of Worlds AIDS Day Saturday, Dec. 1, in the • Dec. 15: Spiritual Book Discussion on works
Admission is free. Information: 219-8554, scheduled selected days. Photos are free.
Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Snacks pro- by Harold Klemp, “Spiritual Wisdom on Health, or
vided. Information: 249-0108 or border- and Healting.”
• Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West.
Santa mall appearances — Santa’s annual
Santa’s Workshop, located at Suite 1750, in
An “on the spot” spontaneous fashion show
Mustard Seed Community Café — The
Christmas season mall photo opportunities front of the Christmas tree, is open 11:30 a.m. faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is open 11
available through Dec. 24, unless listed other- by participating organizations is 4 p.m. followed
to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at
wise. by a remembrance at 5 p.m. and closing prayer
to 6 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 23. Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset.
• Cielo Vista Mall, 8401 Gateway West. Guests at 5:50 p.m.
Information: 235-3842 or Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseed-
can make reservations via Full • Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, 7051 S. Desert — ‘Holidazzle’ — One Sisterhood hosts its or on Facebook.
schedule on Facebook. Santa will make mall appearances on selected popular “Girls Night Out” Christmas event is 7
Caring Santa for kids with special needs is 9 to dates through the season. Information: theout- p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Abundant Living Faith
Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners,
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Register at or on Facebook. cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic
Center, 1000 Valley Crest, with, shopping fair,
Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of
fashion show, holiday ideas, munchies, and con-
traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Scenic
cert by Nicole C. Mullen. Shopping begins at 5
Sundays give people the opportunity to walk,
p.m. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543
run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive,
and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico.
Breakfast with Santa — Dave and Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free;
Buster’s, 8101 Gateway West, hosts a morning road closed to car traffic at this time.
of family entertainment 9 a.m. to noon Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpaso-
Saturday, Dec. 8, with breakfast, Christmas
crafts, a present hunt in the Million Dollar
Midway and a chance to take a photo with
Santa. Tickets: $23.36 in advance only at For a good cause Some additional activity
charges may apply. Information: 304-5406 or
Christmas Street Gala — The 45th annual
fundraiser for the Paso Del Norte Children’s
Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
Dinner with Santa — Painted Dunes Golf 4, at El Paso Country Club. Several lavish cus-
Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts the family tom-designed Christmas trees will be on dis-
event 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with dinner, play. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auc-
crafts, and free Santa photo; reservations tion. Dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire.
required. Cost: $25 ($8.50 kids). Information: Live auction of trees, plus silent auction of
821-2122 or other items, will be held. Tickets; $100; RSVP
A Breakfast with Santa Event is 9 a.m. Sunday, by Nov. 28. Information:
Dec. 9; call for cost. or pdnchil-
Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday —
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San AIDS Walk — Border AIDS Partnership’s
Marcial, invites families to explore various inaugural fundraising 5K walk is 9 a.m. to 1:30
world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at the p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Memorial Park, 1701
monthly event, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. N. Copia. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; walk
15. Admission is free, but space is limited. begins at 9 a.m. around the area’s historic
Reservations recommended at: 532-7273 or neighborhoods with health fair at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $25 (includes shirt designed by Diego
“Robot Boy” Martinez) at the walk or in
Wreaths Across America — Area civic advance at Information: 533-
organizations host the National Veteran’s
4020,, or on Facebook at
Remembrance Day ceremony at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Rostrum at the Fort
Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson. ‘Holiday Harmony’ — Zaragoza Rotary
This year’s theme is “Remember, Honor and Club presents pianist Francesco Attesti 7 to
Teach” with laying of wreaths beginning as 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Woman’s Club
soon as the trucks arrive a couple of hours of El Paso. The classical music performance fea-
before the ceremony. The ceremony is free tures by Adrian Salas, an opera vocalist at
and open to the public; arrive by 9:45 a.m. UTEP. Tickets: $100; includes two glasses of
Information wine and hors d’oeuvres (
Information: 474-0113
El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Proceeds benefit RotaCare, a free medical
Disease Support Group — The support clinic in El Paso, as well as other local humani-
group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the
tarian needs.
month (Dec. 18) on the campus of Tech
University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Spirit of Giving campaign — El Paso
Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Community Foundation’s holiday campaign
Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic returns for its 30th year with Spirit of Giving
(on left). Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708- trees adorned with snowflake tags that repre-
2989, sent the stories of people in need, including
children, elderly, and disabled. Pick a tag, buy a
Open Mic at African Fiesta — African
Fiesta Cafe, 1830 George Dieter, Suite 103,
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December Roundup Operation Santa Claus — New donations
for this season taken through Dec. 10 of new
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and gently used toys and bikes for the needy
children of the El Paso/Fort Bliss area.
gift and return the wrapped present. Trees
located at Cielo Vista Mall, Sunland Park Mall,
or on Facebook at OperationSantaFortBliss.
and GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services
locations at Viscount and Airway; Rojas and Winter Giving Project Biblioteca
Zaragoza; Vista del Sol and Yarbrough; Infantil — Warm hats, scarves and gloves are
Transmountain and Dyer; and Resler and Helen being accepted for the children of the
of Troy. Biblioteca Infantil library in Rancho Anapra.
Drop-off deadlines: Toys, school supplies and new jackets and
• Dec. 7: GECU/GECU locations sweaters are also welcomed. Information: Eina
• Dec. 19: Cielo Vista Mall Holder 867-1014.
• Dec. 20: Sunland Park Mall.
Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Fort Bliss
Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, hosts a
drive noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, col- Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid
lecting toiletries to benefit the area’s homeless, driver’s license, car insurance and registration.
veterans, and victims of violence, among other Public access available through Sheridan,
groups in need. Hot dogs for participants, while Chaffee and Buffalo Soldiers gates to West
supplies last. Items also accepted during regular Bliss; Biggs and Old Ironsides gates to East Bliss.
lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Fort Bliss Tree Lighting ceremonies —
Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: The annual holiday tree lighting us 5 p.m.
532-4441 or Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Center Chapel One,
Items needed include toilet paper, tooth- 315 Pershing, with an appearance by Santa
brush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and Claus, music by 1st Armored Division Band,
body wash. choir performance by Bliss Elementary School
Order toiletries online that will ship directly and free refreshments. Information: 568-1519.
to lodge at the TTP “Wish List” at Holiday Festival — The family outdoor
event is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Biggs
Christmas Pajama Party & Market — Park, 1388 Sgt. Major Blvd., on Fort Bliss. This
The City Magazine hosts an event benefitting year’s theme is “A Picture Perfect Holiday,”
Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso and Lee with free photos with train rides, Santa photos
Moor Children’s Home 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday, and selfie photos at different stations. Bring a
Dec. 16, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 blanket and chair to watch a holiday movie in
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with vendors the park. Cocoa and coffee offered. Public
and live performances by Sleepspent, Tribes, invited. Information: 588-8247.
Irie Lee, Table Manners, as well as special per-
formances by “Let There Be Rock School” and Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club — The
“Sound Stage Nine” students. All ages event; club for spouses of retired Commissioned or
admission by cash donation and toys for the Warrant Officers hosts its annual holiday lunch-
Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home. eon noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at
Information: (575) 589-0653 or Centennial Banquet and Conference Center,
on East Fort Bliss, celebrating the 70th anniver-
Ribbons in the Sky Gala — The Melting sary of the club’s founding. A “White Elephant”
Pot, 8889 Gateway West in Fountains at Farah, gift exchange raffle will be held. Wives and wid-
hosts their fundraising gala meal with wine pair- ows of retired officers from any branch of serv-
ing is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, benefit- ice are invited. Cost: $18. Reservations (by
ing St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dec. 14): 472-1979.
Formal attire. Contribution: $125 per person;
RSVP by Dec. 13. Information: 206-4647. Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy
Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting compe-
‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden titions are held almost every weekend. Visitors
Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive can watch for free. Food available at the club-
runs through Dec. 22. New blankets, twin house snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad
size or larger will be collected during “blanket Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-
Saturdays” at the B Strong Office in Placita 2983 or
Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan, #2. Information,
additional drop-off sites: 833-0393 or bstron- Friday at The Fireplace — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featur-
ing local performers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays
Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department at the outdoor fireplace followed by DJ music.
and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingat-
new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in
need through the winter months. New blanket
donations can be dropped off any time at all El New Year’s Eve Bash — Monti Warrior
Paso Fire Stations. Information: 667-0206 or Zone at Fort Bliss hosts the New Year’s party
834-5772. 9 p.m. to midnight, Monday, Dec. 31, with a
Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 champagne toast to the New Year, music and
Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify more. Admission: $5; open to the public, ages
include infants under one year of age, the ill 21 and older. Information: 741-3000.
and disabled and those who qualify for Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of
Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and RSDI. Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The
El Paso Animal Services blankets — El Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are
Paso Animal Service needs blankets and towels relived through replicas of the original adobe
to keep the pets warm in winter weather. The fort buildings and military artifacts,
shelter goes through hundreds of blankets a Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9
day. Gently used blankets, comforters and tow- a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
els may be brought to the shelter at 5001 Fred Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or
Wilson. Information: 212-7297 or 588-8482 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.
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December Roundup Saturday (Dec. 8) of the month, at University
Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program pre-
Cont’d from Page 11
sented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be
announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested
Club news in quilting is welcome; no experience needed.
Westside Welcome Club — Information: Information: Toastmasters clubs — The clubs develop
The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. professional leadership and communications
Friday, Dec. 7, at Ella Blu, 5410 N. Mesa. skills in a supportive setting with colleagues.
The monthly luncheon is 12:30 p.m. Guests always welcome. Information: toast-
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at El Paso Country Club,
with Laurie Koval on piano. Arts and Crafts • Amigo Club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays
Bazaar precedes the luncheon 9:30 a.m. to in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain
noon, with local vendors and artisans. Cost for Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor con-
lunch: $22 (for vegetarian options, indicate ference room.
with reservation). Send check to WWC, PO • Eastside Toastmasters — Weekly meetings
Box 13167, 79913, or bring to monthly coffee. are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Pebble Hills
RSVP: Paty at 261-7819. Regional Command, 10780 Pebble Hills.
The social and charitable nonprofit club was Information: Mike, (469) 426-7120.
established 40 years ago to welcome women
to the El Paso community. Open to both new-
comers and longtime residents. Area attractions
Germania Club — The Germania Club of Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
El Paso’s annual Christmas Party is at noon 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive),
Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Underwood Golf Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1
Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2
welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471. a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday
and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10
Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, a.m. everyday. General admission and parking
founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sun-
things to do and see in and around El Paso.
The “Discover Christmas Party” is noon The 60th season of the live racing runs Dec.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Coronado Country Club. 28-May 5: with post time at 12:30 p.m. every
Bring baby items for the Rainbow Room. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305
El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta
stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Mission. The center features a museum on the
Tuesday of every month (Dec. 11) at St. Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s
(at Montana). Meetings include educational

Hike Up Cristo Rey
activities daily. Admission is free. Information:
presentations and an auction of materials sub- 859-7700,
mitted by club members. Visitors always wel- Native American Dances are on the hour 11
come; admission is free for first-time visitors; a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
$12 annual membership fee. Information: 833- Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center,
5154. made Saturday mornings. Also featured are
family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry,

Sunday, Dec. 30, 11 a.m.
Singles in the Son - The group develops
friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to pottery and other crafts.
50. Bible study held weekly; call days. El Paso Streetcars — The restored street-
Weekend events subject to change. All denom- cars are now running daily. The two connected
inations are welcome. Membership is free. loop routes, covering a total of 4.8 miles, go

Family and friends in town? This easy-to-hike trail,
Information: Andy, 471-1997, from Father Rahm in South El Paso to Glory or on Facebook. Road in Kern Place. Hours of operation are 7

with spectacular panoramas of two countries and
El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, 7

three cities, leads 2.5 miles to the summit to the
Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday
and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

famous statue of Christ on the Cross.
Thursday of the month (Dec. 13) at Grace
Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Fares: $1.50 ($3.50 day pass); $1 military and
Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes ages 6-18; 30 cents for seniors and disabled

The hike begins at 11 a.m.
quilting among interested persons, and brings with Sun Metro ID.
Ride the streetcars for free on weekends

and lasts about 2 1/2 hours.
the beginner, experienced, quilters together
for various events and projects. Social time Fares during El Paso Winterfest through Jan.
6. Information: 212-3333, or

No reservations needed.
begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older wel-
come. Information: on Facebook.

Information: (915) 328-4110 International Coin Club — El Paso’s only Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle

Requested $5 donation ($2 children) to support
coin club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo,
longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and

the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee.
of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist
Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to
and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse.

Hike subject to cancellation because of rain or snow.
and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattle-
Information: 533-6001, 241-6977 or on

To get there: Take Sunland Park Drive past Doniphan to
Facebook. Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular
for its homemade asadero cheese products is
McNutt Road (Highway 273). Go about 11/2 mile and turn
Mesilla Valley Stamp Club — The stamp
club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario

right on road leading to the Mt. Cristo Rey parking lot. the month at the Branigan Memorial Library, and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces. Guests, beginning through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

Security will be provided along trail and in parking lot. and advanced collectors are invited to trade, and Sunday. The dairy also features an exten-
buy, and sell stamps. Information: (575) 202- sive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing
hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge
Sponsored by
for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or
Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The
Destination El Paso and El Paso Scene
guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second
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December Roundup offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the
$10 fee includes tasting.
Cont’d from Page 12
Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in
Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tast-
tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza, ings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through
125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet Monday. Information: 877-4544 or
under the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-
San Elizario Historic District — The dis- Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery
trict at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between
Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M.
artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday
Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349
Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most or
locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and McDonald Observatory — The University
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at
594-8424 or 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas.
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
17 historical sites also offered, including the Information: (432) 426-4138.
Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy The observatory offers daytime tours and
the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.
Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m.
Free guides available at all galleries and muse- Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular
um. stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays
and Saturdays.
La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway Reservations required for all programs. See
28, one mile north of Vinton Road. website for prices, schedule: mcdonaldobser-
Information: (575) 882-7632 or To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from
The tasting room and patio are open for sales El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at
and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The
Thursday through Tuesday (closed observatory and Fort Davis are on Central
Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is Time.

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Contra Dance — The Southern New
Theatre and UTEP’s 9th annual presentation of Mexico Music and Dance Society’s holiday con-
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 tra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.
p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 14, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at UTEP’s de Santiago in Las Cruces. Music by Little
Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $15 to $25, Table Contraband. Caller is Lonnie Ludeman.
( or UTEP Ticket Office, Beginners’ lessons at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 ($4
747-5234). Information: 760-6002 or elpa- youth; $15 family). Information: (575) 522- 1691 or
‘Passages’ — El Paso Community College ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Las
Dance presents its annual fall concert 7 to 8:30 Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 35th annual produc-
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, at EPCC’s tion featuring Oñate High School Choral
Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway Department is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
North, featuring original choreography by fac- 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-16, at the NMSU’s
ulty and students. Admission: $10 ($5 students, Atkinson Music Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe and
seniors, veterans, and kids; free for under 5). Espina. Information: (575) 646-1420. Tickets:
Information: 831-3237 or on Facebook. $22 at
K’AAY Ballet Folklorico — The ballet ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Ballet
celebrates the culture of Mexico through tradi- Company of the Universidad Autonoma de
tional song and dance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. Ciudad Juarez presents the holiday classic at 6
8, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, Dec. 15-16,
Marcial. Admission: $10. Information: 727- at Adobe Horseshoe Theatre, 1500 Main in
7406 or San Elizario. Saturday’s showing is a dinner
show with seating at 5:15 p.m.; doors open at
Christmas Dance - USA Desert Dancers 4 p.m. with cash beer and wine bar available;
Chapter 5017 hosts a dance 1:30 to 5 p.m.
tickets are $45.95. Non-dinner matinee Sunday
Sunday, Dec. 9, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120
is $24.95. Information: 976-7077,
Paragon Lane, with live music of all genres for or on Facebook.
dancing. No partner needed. Admission: $15
($12 members); RSVP by Dec. 2 to Rachel, ‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ —
345-6432 or Georgena, 328-0527. The Moscow Ballet presents its “Dove of
Peace Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and
Christmas dinner and performance — 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza
Olga’s Russian Ballet Schools hosts a perform-
Theatre. Tickets: $28-$89. (Ticketmaster).
ance of the Grand Divertissement from “The
Nutcracker” at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the
Russian folk legends Father Christmas and
Summit Ballroom and Conference Center, 120
Snow Maiden, hand-painted backdrops and a
N. Festival, with Mediterranean food, live
Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan are
music and cash bar. Tickets: $55. Information:
part of the annual touring spectacular.
408-3405 or

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Sesame Street Live ‘Let’s Party’ —
The Sesame Street Live returns with a new
show Dec. 22-23, at Abraham Chavez
Theatre, presented by Feld Entertainment.
Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both
For event tickets sold through Ticketmaster, ‘Finding Neverland’ — Broadway in El days. Tickets start at $20 (Ticketmaster).
call 1-800-745-3000 or go to Paso presents the audience Choice Award for Information: 231-1100 or
Unless indicated, prices listed do not include Best Musical, based on the Academy Award
service charges. winning film, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and ‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The
Wednesday, Dec. 11-12, at the Plaza Theatre.
The Fab Four — The “Ultimate Tribute” of Moscow Ballet presents its “Dove of Peace
It tells the story behind one of the world’s most Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and 1 and 5
the Beatles is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at The
beloved characters: “Peter Pan.” Playwright p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre.
Plaza Theatre. The Emmy Award winning show
J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he Tickets: $28-$89. (Ticketmaster). Group dis-
takes Beatles fans on journey back in time
meets four young brothers and their beautiful counts and VIP packages available. Information:
through three eras of legends John, Paul,
widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’
George and Ringo. Tickets: $25, $35, $45 and
enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets
out to write a play that will astound London Shangela — The star drag queen from
George Lopez — The El Paso favorite bring theatergoers. Tickets: $30-$70. Information: RuPaul’s Drag Race and the movie “A Star is
his “The Wall Tour” to El Paso for two shows, 231-1111, or on Born” performs at 9 p.m. Friday , Dec. 28, at
at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Abraham Facebook at Broadway in El Paso. Touch Bar & Nightclub, 11395 James Watt.
Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $37.50-$89.50 Tickets: $15-$150 (
6ix9ine — The hip-hop artist performs at 8
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at El Paso County Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 — The Emmy-nomi-
‘Christmas Wonderland’ Holiday Coliseum. Tickets: $40-$125 (Ticketmaster). nated PBS Kids series presents its live produc-
Spectacular — Broadway in El Paso present tion, “Activate Creature Power” at 6 p.m.
the special holiday performance at 7 p.m.
Dave Koz ‘A Smooth Jazz Christmas’ Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Plaza Theatre.
Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Plaza Theatre. Santa
— The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El Tickets: $25-$47.50 VIP packages offered
Paso favorite presents his 21st annual (Ticketmaster).
and his merry helpers take audiences on a nos-
Christmas show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13,
talgic journey of holiday favorites like “White
at the Plaza Theatre. This year’s guests include Vocal Trash — Showtime! El Paso presents
Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and more.
pop/blues saxophonist and singer Mindi Abair, the urban-themed Broadway style production
Tickets: $25-$60. Information: 231-1111,
South African guitarist and singer Jonathan that performs on custom instruments made or on Facebook at
Butler, Japanese keyboard sensation Keiko from recycled materials 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25,
Broadway in El Paso.
Matsui, and up and coming vocalist Shelea. at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Individual
Roadshow Christmas Tour — The Tickets: $45-$97 (Ticketmaster). tickets available at the door. Information: 247-
Christian music tour featuring Matthew West, 2726 or
Matt Maher, Building 429, Plumb, John Wilson
2018 K-LOVE Christmas — The national
Christian Music radio service’s Christmas Tour Best of the Second City — The celebrat-
and the John Wilson Orchestra, and Leanna
is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Abraham ed comedy troupe performs at 7 p.m. p.m.
Crawford is 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at NMSU’s
Chavez Theatre featuring Big Daddy Weave, Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211
Pan American Center. Tickets: $20-$160; VIP
Kim Walker Smith (of Jesus Culture), Brandon N. Main in Las Cruces, with some of the best
packages available.
Heath and Sarah Reeves with special guests sketches, songs, and improvisations from their
Becca Bradley and Jonathan Chu. Tickets: $23- 58-year history performed by the Second City
$75 (Ticketmaster). Touring Company. Tickets: $25. Information:
(575) 523-6403 or
Jesús Adrián Romero — The popular Latin
Christian music singer performs at 7:30 p.m. CNCO – The Latin American boy band per-
Saturday, Dec. 15, at El Paso County forms at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at El Paso
Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with special guest County Coliseum. Tickets: $40.50-$130.50
Jon Carlo. Tickets: $25, $40, $55 and $75 (Ticketmaster).
‘Jersey Boys’ — The 2006 Tony, Grammy
Romero has been an author, singer, musician
and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical
and composer for 25 years. He has released 14
Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29-30, at the
albums. He has been nominated for three Latin
Plaza Theatre. Tickets available mid-December
Grammy Awards, and has been a pastor for 16
(Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111 or vis-
years, including a stint as assistant pastor at
Vino Nuevo in Juárez.
Shen Yun 2019 — The celebration of 5,000
A Merry-Achi Christmas — Mariachi Sol
years of Chinese culture through music and
de Mexico presents its holiday show at 7:30
dance returns to the area for three shows Feb.
p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Plaza Theatre,
2-3, at the Plaza Theatre. Performances are 2
with traditional carols played by the 13-piece
and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
ensemble. The show includes a fusion of the
Photo by Scruton Tickets: $80-$150. Information: 1-800-380-
traditional holiday spirit Mexican and American
8265 or
Christmas songs and carols. Tickets: $27-$57
Surreal Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden (Ticketmaster). Los Tucanes de Tijuana — The popular
Sol de México is a three-time Grammy nomi- Mexican band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday,
nated ensemble that has worked onmany Feb. 9, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets:
Hollywood soundtracks. $39.50-$119.50(Ticketmaster).
Trip Advisor comments:
Ho Baron's imagination is fertile and joyous … his Il Divo — The tenor group’s “Timeless Tour” El Mariachi Los Camperos — The two-
pieces take your mind on a trip … offbeat, strange is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Abraham time Grammy-winning mariachi troupe per-
Chavez Theatre. First discovered and men- forms at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Plaza
and fantastical stuff … one of the coolest, most unusual tored by Simon Cowell of American Idol fame Theatre. Tickets; $25-$75 (Ticketmaster).
15 years ago, Il Divo has since sold more than
art destinations we've visited all year … more 30 million albums. Tickets: $47-$107; with VIP
Gabriel Iglesias — The comedian’s “Beyond
the Fluffy” World Tour” is 8 p.m. Friday, Feb.
magnificent than I imagined … great artist in El Paso. packages $292-$593 (Ticketmaster).
22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets:
Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera — The $40-$75 ( and Ticketmaster).
2830 Aurora @ Piedras in Central El Paso Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and alter-
native rock artist and “vocutionist” Toca Rivera
Chicago — The legendary rock band and El
Paso favorite returns at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
present their “Live in Stereo” Tour at 8 p.m.
Gallery open Saturdays noon-5 pm or by appointment
Feb. 26, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49.50-
915-562-7820 or Tuesday, Dec. 18, at The Plaza Theatre, with
$89.50 (Ticketmaster). special guest Gregory Page. Tickets: $39.50 to
$95 (Ticketmaster).
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Ticket • Heinous — The Phoenix grindcore band per-
forms at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, with punk • Mariachi Christmas — The Christmas season
Cont’d from Page 14
band Röntgen. Age 18 and over admitted. performance is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, fea-
Admission: $5. turing traditional mariachi music and folklorico
• Sumac — 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, with dance. Every year they share December tradi-
Metallica — Heavy metal legend bring their Divide Dissolve and Tashi Dorji. Tickets: $10. tions such as the Feast day of Our Lady of
Worldwired tour to El Paso at 7:30 p.m.
• Ensiferum & Septicflesh — The bands’ “Path Guadalupe, Ave Maria, and more. Tickets: $18,
Thursday, Feb. 28, at UTEP’s Don Haskins
to Glory” Tour is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, $28 and $38.
Center (Ticketmaster).
with local guests. Doors open at 7 p.m. • Robin Spielberg — The celebrated pianist
Bill Maher — The “politically incorrect” Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 day of show. performs 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, celebrating
comic returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Saturday, • Masquerade of Souls Tour — 7 p.m. the thrill of romance, or familiar holiday songs.
March 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $59 to Tuesday, Jan. 29, featuring Seven Spires and Tickets: $9, $15 and $20.
$99 (Ticketmaster). AfterTime. • “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” &
Chocolate Buffet is 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.
‘PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Lowbrow Palace — 1101 Texas. Surcharge Call for details.
Adventure’ — The Nickelodeon presents a for ages under 21. Tickets at
live adventure at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday,’ Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and
and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23-24, at • Local band Dulce Mal hosts its EP release Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Most shows limit-
El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets start at $20 party at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. $5. ed to age 21 and older. Tickets through
(Ticketmaster). • Buttertones — LA alternative band, 9 p.m. or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-
Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets: $12-$14. 877-277-5677 or
Ron ‘Tater Salad’ White — The cigar- • Bernhoft — Norwegian singer and multi- • Tracy Lawrence — The county star performs
smoking, scotch-drinking stand-up comic from instrumentalist, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. $18-$20. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $29-$89.
the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon makes • The Garden — The experimental punk duo • Intocable — The Norteño/Tejano band per-
his return to El Paso with his new show at 8 consisting of twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher forms 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Tickets: $25-
p.m. Thursday, April 4, at The Plaza Theatre. Shears performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, $75.
Tickets: $43 to $53 (Ticketmaster). with LE1F and Machine Girl. Tickets: $15. • Chris Lane — The country singer performs 8
Pancho Barraza — The Mexican singer- • Ookay — The American electronic produc- p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets: $29-$79.
songwriter performs at 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, ers “Bat Habits” Tour is 10 p.m. Saturday, The annual “Decades of Fun” New Year’s Eve
at The Plaza Theater. Tickets: $59-$119 Dec. 15, with Bonnie X Clyde and DNMO. Bash with gourmet dinner and concert begin-
(Ticketmaster). Tickets: $20-$30. ning is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with live music
• Spendtime Palace — The California surf-rock from Aquarius and Boombox Heroes playing
New Kids On the Block — The 1980s band performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Dinner
“boy band” legends bring their Mix Tape Tour with Brazen Youth. Tickets: $10. served at 8 p.m. Tickets: $125.
to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at • King Tuff — The lo-fi garage rocker performs
UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with special at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, with Stonefield.
NM Tech Performing Arts Series —
guests hip-hop icons Salt N Pepa, Naughty By Performances are 7:30 p.m. at New Mexico
Tickets: $16.
Nature, and pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Tech’s Macey Center in Socorro, N.M.
• El Ten Eleven — The L.A. rock duo per-
Gibson. Tickets: $33.20-$83.20; VIP seats avail- Information:
forms at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, with Rob
able various prices (Ticketmaster). Mariachi Christmas with mariachi and folklori-
Crow. Tickets: $12.
co dancers is Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $20
Steve Martin and Martin Short — The • Lord Huron, known for hits like “The Night
($18 seniors, $10 youth).
two American comedy legends’ “Now Your We Met,” “Wait By The River,” and “Food for
See Them, Soon You Won’t” show is 8 p.m. Love” performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9,
Friday, May 31, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, with supporting acts to be announced. Tickets:
featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff $30.
Babko. Tickets: $79.75-$299 (Ticketmaster). El Paso Comic Strip — 1201 Airway.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and
Venues & series 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday. Tickets: $6 Thursday, $12 Friday and
Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Saturday; $8 Sunday, except at listed. Closed
Montana, specializing in metal and hard rock. Dec. 2 and 16. Age 17 and older admitted. VIP
For all ages event; all those under 21 charged a Booths $10 more per ticket for all shows; avail-
surcharge. Some tickets available under hold- able at Information: 591-7625 or on Information, reservations: 779-LAFF (5233),
Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen. or on Facebook at El
• War Ensemble (The Premier Slayer Tribute) Paso Comic Strip.
— 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with ArsonKill, La • Dec. 6-9: Nick Guerra
Muerte and Extremity. Admission: $10. • Dec. 13-16: TBA
• Ghoul — The masked death metal band per- • Dec. 21-23: The Greg Wilson
forms at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, with The • Dec. 27-30: SNL and MadTV alumni Jeff
Stalk, Angrist, and SAC. Tickets: $10 in advance Richards.
(limited number available); $15 at the door. Special events:
• A Very Merry Krampus 2018 is 7 p.m. Dave Attell of “Comedy Central Presents,
Saturday, Dec. 8, with El Paso bands Bayan, “Crank Yanners” and more brings his “Road
Signs of Abnormality, La Muerte and Beyond Work Tour to El Paso” Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
Terror, Diosdeira of Juarez, Genocaust of Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30
Arizona and Malicyde of Oklahoma. Admission: and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets:
$5 or a new unopened, unwrapped toy. $27.50 ($32.50 VIP).
• Street Sects — The punk band performs at 8 The annual New Year’s Eve celebration is 10
p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, with Resin Cum, The p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with Jeff Richards head-
Stalk and LUTO. Admission: $5. lining. Tickets: $22.50 ($32.50 VIP).
• Eyes Set Toe Kill 10-Year Anniversary tour is
6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, with Rest, Repose Spencer Theater for Performing Arts
and Avoid. Tickets: $10. — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information:
• Planet Duality 10-Year Anniversary Tour is 7 (575) 336-4800 or
p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, featuring the Faceless Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker’ featuring
performing their album in its entirety, Rings of Ruidoso’s Dalí Ballet Company is 2 and 7 p.m.
Saturn, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22-23.
Interloper and more. Tickets: $20 in advance; Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Dalí Ballet.
$25 at the door. Tickets: $30.
• The Anchor — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 Flickinger Center for Performing Arts
with Apothica, and local support. All ages — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo.
show. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickinger-

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Jim Shearer and the Second Line Downtown Mall, featuring Abby Nayra on
Survivors — The New Orleans style jazz vocals, Orlando Madrid on saxophone, Jesus
band performs a benefit for KRWG radio at 7 Fuentes on piano, Adriel Hernandez on bass,
p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Rio Grande and Derrick Lee on drums. Tickets: $10
Theatre, 211 N. Main, in Las Cruces’ ( Information: (575) 523-6403
Downtown Mall. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 or
at the door. Information: (575) 541-2290 or
Caroling with the 413 Effect — The
national artists host their 6th annual Christmas
Void Vator — The L.A. hard rock band per- Carol tour of assisted-living facilities, hospitals,
forms at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Rockin’ and more throughout the month of December.
Cigar Bar, 6404 N. Mesa, with special guest The public is invited to sing with them at each
Texas Voodoo Stomp. Admission is free. show. Admission is free. For El Paso schedule,
Information: 759-4159, or on call 626-7999 or visit
A Big Band Christmas Concert — Jazz Also
Unlimited Big Band hosts its annual holiday
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Mark’s
— 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Mariachi music featured 1
United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road.
to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m.
The 17-piece band plays seasonal favorites in
Sundays. Check website for schedule of tribute
swing, rock, Latin and jazz styles. Admission is
bands. Admission is usually free. Information:
free, donations welcome. Information on
860-7777, or on Facebook.
Facebook at JazzUnlimited.
Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider
The Art of Guitar Music in El Paso — performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the
The Art of the Arts Society presents the family Spirit Garden Concert Hall. Ages 18 and older
Christmas celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. welcome.
2, at International Museum of Art, 1211 The free New Year’s Even concert and cele-
Montana, featuring music by Shaun Mahoney, bration starts at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, fea-
Austin Jim Murphy, Cliff Seaman, and Mariachi turing performance by Leonard, Colemen &
performing ca variety of music styles such as Blunt (former lead singers of the Temptations,
jazz, blues, rock, folk, country and classical. the Platters and the Drifters), and America’s
Visit from Santa also expected as well as a Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
“best-dressed guitar player” contest. Admission
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
is free; donations welcome. Museum member-
1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive),
ship encouraged. Information: 543-6747.
Sunland Park, N.M. No cover. Information:
La Parada — The monthly grassroots event (575) 874-5200 or
celebrating local culture and lifestyles is 9 p.m. ment.
to 2 a.m. the first Friday of the month (Dec. 7) Free live music is 9 to 11 p.m. Fridays, featur-
at San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Art market ing Latin and regional music; and Saturdays fea-
open all night. Information: 351-6023 or on turing rock and pop variety. Mariachi music is 5
Facebook at laparadaep. p.m. Sundays.
Sunland Park New Year’s Eve is 9 p.m. to 1
Las Cruces Ukes — The non-profit ukulele a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 with entertainment by
group performs their holiday concert at 6:30 Fungi Mungle. Ages 21 and older welcome.
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the auditorium of
Good Samaritan, Las Cruces Village, 3011 Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Age 21 and
Buena Vida Circle. Admission is free. older, unless otherwise listed. Information:
Information: or on 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.
Facebook. The local ska band La Chupaza’s 10th
The performance includes many favorite holi- Anniversary Party is 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8,
day songs as well as some lesser known tunes, with Fixed Idea, Viva Las Vegas, Pilots of
such as the Hanukkah song “Ocho Kandelikas,” Venus, WOAR2 & DJ Surreal. Admission is
and a parody of “All I Want for Christmas” free.
written by two club members. The Las Cruces
Ardovino’s Live Music — Ardovino’s
Ukes Teen Club will also perform.
Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Dr. in Sunland
Fountains at Farah Holiday Park, hosts live music at 7:30 p.m. every Friday
Invitational — Area high school orchestras and Saturday. Information: (575) 589-0653.
will perform at noon Sundays through Dec.
Fandango at Carambola Community
23, on the performance lawn at Fountains at
Music — The monthly gathering is 6 to 9 p.m.
Farah’s Promenade Lower level. Admission is
the first Thursday of the month at Carambola
free. Information: or on
Community Music, 200 N. Ochoa. Guests are
welcome to bring instruments, voices, dancing
• Dec. 2: Andress Choir, Hanks and Coronado
feet and a friend. Instruments and dancing
shoes for folks to try. A zapateado lesson with
• Dec. 9: El Dorado and Andress orchestras
Jazmin Cancio Lucio is 7 p.m. Information:
and Americas choir
(773) 613-9303 or
• Dec. 16: Bowie and Franklin orchestra and
Eastwood choir
• Dec. 23: Burges band, and Chapin mariachi Folk Fury — KTEP, 88.5 FM, features three
and orchestra. hours of acoustic and folk music — with an
emphasis on recordings by local musicians and
Ring in the New Year — Las Cruces Jazz occasional live appearances by them — from 6
Collective performs a night of contemporary
to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Hosts are Dan Alloway
jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Rio Grande
and Gregg Carthy. Requests: 747-5153.
Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces

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2263, 568-7001, or on Facebook at by Messiah soloists, and dancing to Azucar.
1stArmoredDivisionBand. RSVP encouraged by Dec. 1. Cost: $100
The concert features multiple genres and new ($1,000 pr table); available at
takes on holiday classics. Information: 259-4999 or
Horacio Franco — The world renowned
flutist presents a concert at 9 p.m. Thursday, Handel’s Messiah — El Paso Choral
Dec. 6, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium, 500 Society’s Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by
LCSO with Alex Richardson — Las Pro-Musica Progressive Dinner — El
W. University, and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Prentice Loftin, hosts one of the world’s most
Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paso Pro Musica Guild’s 4th annual Holiday
the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, 211 N. beloved musical works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Lonnie Klein, performs with guest tenor Alex Progressive Dinner benefiting Pro-Musica’s
Main, presented by Centro Cultural Mexicano Dec. 8, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, with
Richardson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. education program begins with cocktails 5:30
Paso del Norte. Admission is free. Information: a 100- voice choir, professional orchestra, and
Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Ardovino’s
532-5385 or on Facebook at CCMPDN. professional soloists. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and
Hall. The program includes Neapolitan Art Desert Crossing one Ardovino Drive in Sunland
$40 (Ticketmaster). Information: 259-4999 or
Songs, Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Park. Dinner hour is 7 to 9 p.m., and dessert El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind
Holiday Festival encores. Tickets: $42, $47 and and champagne at 9 p.m. at private homes The symphony directed by Ron Hufstader opens its
$57. Information: (575) 646-3709, public is invited; reservations required. Cost: 2018-2019 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, ‘Ring Those Bells’ — Mesilla Valley or on Facebook. $100. Tickets and reservations: 747-8163 or at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with its Chorale’s holiday concert is 3 p.m. Sunday,
Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. “Tis the Season” holiday concert. Tickets: $10; Dec. 9, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Thursday, Nov. 29, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. $5 students, military, seniors (Ticketmaster). Main in Las Cruces. Directed by Nancy Ritchey,
Cost: $20.
First Armored Division Band Holiday
Information: or on the concert features “What Star is This?,”
Concert — The First Armored Division Band
Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony. “Silent Night” and “New Fallen Snow” featuring
UTEP Department of Music — at Fort Bliss presents its free annual holiday
Carol Eberhart on violin, plus “Medieval Noel,”
Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. show, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Fort Bliss’s Winter Ball on the Border — El Paso “Down in Bethlehem,” “Christmas Bells are
Performance at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise list- Sage Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is Choral Society hosts its 4th annual gala 6 p.m.
Ringing” and more. Tickets: $10. Information:
ed. Tickets prices vary. Information: 747-5606 on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are to midnight Friday, Dec. 7, at Summit Hall, 120
(575) 647-2560 or
or free and the public is invited; available at N. Festival, with cocktails and a silent auction,
• Jazz Concert is Thursday, Nov. 29, featuring Information: 568- followed by a savory dinner and song auction
commercial music, wind and percussion ensem-
• Horn Choir Concert is Friday, Nov. 30.
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs
Tuesday, Dec. 4, under the direction of Dr.
Lowell Graham. Featuring music by Mozart,
Bennett and Dvo ák with Dr. Stephen
Nordstrom, conductor, and Greg Luffey, saxo-
phone. Admission: $5 ($3 students and military
(free for UTEP students, faculty and staff, and
ages 12 and younger).
• Flute Studio Recital is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7,
with Barbara Lambrecht. Admission is free.
‘Sing We Now of Christmas’ — NMSU
Department of Music presents the
MasterWorks Chorus performing John Rutter’s
“Magnificat” and other holiday favorites Friday,
Nov. 30, at St. Paul’s United Methodist
Church, 225 W. Griggs, in Las Cruces. Tickets:
$10 ($5 with donation to the Aggie Cupboard).
Information: (575) 646-2067 or aggiecup-
‘The Beginning of Advent’- Bruce
Nehring Consort hosts its holiday concerts
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at Zion Lutheran Church,
2800 Pershing. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $15 at the door, or in advance at Information:
The annual musical celebration ushers in the
Advent Season with classical choral master-
pieces and holiday favorites, featuring the
Consort Singers, with Bruce Nehring, conduc-
tor and organ, along with Five for Brass and
other instrumentalists. The audience is in invit-
ed to join in singing familiar carols.
‘Holiday Harmony’ — Zaragoza Rotary
Club presents pianist Francesco Attesti 7 to
9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Woman’s Club
of El Paso. The classical music performance fea-
tures by Adrian Salas, an opera vocalist at
UTEP. Tickets: $100; includes two glasses of
wine and hors d’oeuvres (
Information: 474-0113
Proceeds benefit RotaCare, a free medical
clinic in El Paso, as well as other humanitarian
needs in the Community.
Poblano Piano Recital — The students of
Alfredo Poblano perform in recital at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1, at Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free.
Information: 532-7273.

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ing historians to discover what life was like at a San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
frontier fort during the holiday season. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission
Los Portales Museum and Visitor is free. Information: Ann Lara, 345-3741 or Ray
Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. Hours are Borrego, 383-8529.
Lost El Paso Paranormal Tours — The free the first Sunday of each month; and for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday,
group specializes in original historical El Paso seniors with ID each Wednesday. Information: noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Scottish Rite Temple tour — The his-
ghost tours. Tours listed are hosted by “Weird (575) 526-8911 or Information: 851-1682. toric landmark, 301 W. Missouri, is open to the
Texas” author Heather Shade or other cos- The annual Las Noches de Las Luminarias is 6 public for a free walking tour at 9 a.m. Tuesdays
San Elizario Veterans Museum and and Thursdays. Information: 533-4409.
tumed guides. Space is limited for many events. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The trails and
Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in
Information: 503-8960, lostelpasoparanor- ruins of will be lit by 800 luminarias, and visitors or on Facebook. Tickets at will be treated to hot chocolate, a warm camp- fire and decoration making and more.
• Spirit Walk of Old San Elizario is 9 to 11 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30, meeting at Golden Eagle
Gallery, 1501 Main Street. Cost: $15.
Fort Bayard Tours — Fort Bayard Historic
Preservation Society host walking tours of the
Pioneer Parson Tays Taking a Look Back
historic fort beginning at 9:30 a.m. each
• Haunted Holiday Downtown Ghost walk is 9
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at the Gardner
Hotel, 311 E. Franklin. The starting light tour
Saturday at Fort Bayard National Historic
Landmark, six miles east of Silver City, N.M.
left a rich legacy by John McVey Middagh
off U.S. 180. Tour begins at Commanding n Christmas Day 1881, the Rev.
will feature regional ghost stories and legends
while strolling among the holiday lights. Meet at
8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20
• Sunset Heights Ghost Walk is 8 to 10 p.m.
Officer’s Quarter and museum (House 26).
Museum is open 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. each
Saturday. Tour takes about 90 minutes.
O Joseph W. Tays laid the cornerstone
for what is now St. Clement
Episcopal Church in downtown El Paso,
in private
Although a
Friday, Dec. 7, meeting at the gazebo in Mundy
Admission is free, but donations appreciated. which was just the best-known of the
Information, group tours: (575) 956-3294 or many contributions to this city’s early preacher named
Park, 1299 W Yandell. Discover the secrets of Harper had
tunnels hidden beneath the Turtle House,
(575) 574-8779. history by the man best known as
Fort Bayard served as an army post from “Parson Tays.” spent a year in
haunted dolls and ghostly apparitions in the El Paso in
Burges House, and paranormal investigations of
1866 to 1899 and army tuberculosis hospital Born in Novia Scotia in 1827, Joseph
from 1899 to 1920. Wilkin Tays was one of seven children, 1859, and the
the haunted Hixson House and more. Check-in Reverend
at 7:30 p.m. Cost $15. Fort Stanton — The fort was established most of whom ended up in Texas. After
his wife died of yellow fever in Joseph W. Tays,
• Red Light Ghost Tour is 8 to 10 p.m. and built in 1855 by troopers of the 1st an Episcopalian
Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at the Briar Patch, Dragoon Regiment to serve as a base of opera- Indianola, Texas and a brief stint as chap-
lain of the Texas Legislature, Tays arrived minister, had
508 N. Stanton. Learn about the ghosts of the tions against the Mescalero Apache Indians. arrived in 1870 Rev. Joseph W. Tays
area’s brothels and bordellos. Tickets: $15; age Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in El Paso in 1870. El Paso was barely a
spot on the map back then, and there and organized a
21 and older only. through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday congregation, no church buildings had
(Hours may be shorter in winter — call for wasn’t a Protestant Church anywhere
Fort Selden State Monument — The along the Rio Grande. He built a two- been constructed prior to the coming of
schedule). Admission is free. Information: (575) the railroads.
monument, 1280 Fort Selden Road in Radium
354-0341, room adobe in what is now downtown El
Springs, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, is open Paso between Mesa and Oregon streets; “By 1882, the Methodists,
Fort Stanton Garrison Program Holiday Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Baptists
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Edition is Saturday, Dec. 15. Families can cre- he lived in one room and used the larger
Admission is $5; (ages 16 and under free). room as a chapel. Tays only stayed here had organized their congregations. They
ate historic holiday crafts and interact with liv- shared a ‘preachin’ tent that year to con-
Admission for New Mexico residents with ID is for about five years before a worldwide
depression (from 1873 to 1879, 18,000 duct services pending the completion of
businesses in the U.S. went bankrupt) their church buildings. The Catholics
forced him to move elsewhere for a few completed their church, St. Mary’s
years. Chapel, in 1883. Each congregation
During those early years in El Paso, ranged in number from 150 to 300, and
Tays was joined by his younger brothers injected a strong moral and stabilizing
James and John. James joined the State influence into the community. They chal-
Police and was stationed in San Elizario lenged the views of the business interests
until the state force was disbanded short- that the town’s ‘Sin City’ reputation was
ly afterward. Both brothers got involved one of its principal assets.”
in real estate, mining and cattle invest- While conducting his ministerial duties,
ments stretching from El Paso to Silver Tays partnered with Sherman Slade in the
City. John Tays became a lieutenant in operation of the El Paso Times. Slade
the Texas Rangers and was involved in was a pioneer newspaperman who han-
the infamous Salt War of 1877. dled the writing. Tays took care of the
By 1881, the economy in El Paso was business end. Slade fought hard to keep
about to take off thanks to the advent of the El Paso Times going during the diffi-
the railroad, and Parson Tays returned. cult years of 1883-84, finally selling his
Tays got busy and built a new, wooden portion of the Times to J.H. Bates and
church on Mesa. On Feb. 12, 1882 Tays Juan S. Hart. Perhaps the death of his
conducted the first service in what was to close friend and partner, Tays, prompted
become known as “the Little Watch the sale.
Tower on the Rio Grande.” (In 1907, Tays had agreed to officiate at the funer-
work began on the current location of St. al of a man who died of smallpox, and he
Clement on North Campbell.) quickly came down with a fever that
Among other things Tays became a co- turned into the black smallpox. He died
owner of the El Paso Times and one of El Nov. 21, 1884 in the rectory at St.
Paso’s earliest councilmen. He was also a Clement’s. The disease was so feared
surveyor, all while being in the real estate that he was buried almost immediately,
business with Joseph Magoffin. He was his body lowered into a gravesite at
instrumental in donating land for one of Concordia Cemetery at night during a
the first parks in El Paso, Alamo Park. heavy rainstorm, without any religious
My friend Julia McMillie found this in services.
“El Paso: A Borderland History” by W.H. A memorial service was held for the
Timmons: pioneer pastor a week later at the
“Until 1881 El Paso was without a Methodist Church because St. Clements
church building of any kind. Those of the was still closed due to threat of smallpox.
Catholic faith either crossed the river and John McVey Middagh is a former
worshiped in El Paso del Norte or attend- saddle shop owner. You can reach
ed one of the missions in the Lower him at
Valley. The few Protestants held services

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Golf One of USA’s Top 100
First Tee Summer Camps — First Tee of Independent Pizzerias
Greater El Paso host its 2019 Winter Session
classes for all levels of Players Saturdays, Jan.
— Pizza Today
19-March 2. Early registration encouraged.
Information: 252-6511 or info@thefirsttee-
McDonald’s Classic Basketball Harlem Globetrotters — The • Par Class is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Fee: $75.
Tournament — The national high school Globetrotters return to the area with their Fan

• Birdie and Eagle Classes is 8 a.m. to noon for
tournament is Dec. 6-8, at Del Valle High Powered World Tour at 2 p.m. Sunday, March
those who have certified for the Birdie or Eagle
School, with 180 of the country’s best student- 10, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets:
Class. Fee: $75.
athletes in boys’ and girls’ basketball from 13 $20-$100 (Ticketmaster).

Fine Beers & Wines
• Wee One’s Class is 11:30 a.m. to noon for
high schools around the country, including El
ages 3 1/2 to 5. Space is limited. Fee: $60.
College sports
Paso. Information: 373-6708. Full schedule at

• Purcell Special Needs Classes are 1 to 2:30 or on Facebook at
p.m. No age requirements. Fee: $30.
Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey
206 Cincinnati • 532-9483
McDonald’s Classic - El Paso.
• PLAY-er Class is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants
team hosts Dallas Baptist University at 11 a.m.
El Paso Rhinos - El Paso’s Junior League ice
must have gone through at least one session of
Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. classes, age 5-18. Fee: $75.
hockey team hosts the Dallas Snipers at 7 p.m.
1, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center,
865 N. Resler • 760-6000
Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, • Beginner PLAY-er Class for new participants
4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7. Information: 491- is 3 to 4:30 p.m. for new players age 5-18. $75.
Dec. 7-9, at El Paso County Coliseum Events

7879 or Next games: Jan. New Year’s Golf/STEM Links Camp is 1 to 3
Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano.
7-8: Texas A&M. p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 2-5,
Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 cen-
ter line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ for ages 5-18, incorporating STEM elements 1879 N. Zaragosa • 856-9111
admission. Free admission to active military home games are at the Don Haskins Center. into the game. Cost: $65.
with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or Games are 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$28. Information: Christmas Ham Golf Tournament — 747-5234 or The Christmas Shoot-out Tournament is 10 11100 Sean Haggerty (at US 54)
YMCA Dodge Ball Tournament — The
• Saturday, Dec. 1: Northwestern (La.) State a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Fort Bliss’s 821-7000
• Sunday, Dec. 16: UC Riverside, 1 p.m. Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe. Two-
annual tournament is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
• Saturday, Jan. 5: USTA person golf scramble. Entry fee: $50(includes
Dec. 8, at Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood,
benefiting YMCA of El Paso’s Strong Kids UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home green fees, cart fees and a Christmas ham). 145 W. Sunset (at Doniphan)
Campaign. Teams of maximum 8 people, ages games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket Registration, information: 568-1059.
16 and older. Cost: $250 per team; deadline to information: 747-5234 or 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Thur.
Girls Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso’s 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
register is Nov. 21. Information: (915) 590- • Saturday, Dec. 1: Arkansas State, 1 p.m. next LPGA/USGA golf events for girls is 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
9622 or • Sunday, Dec. 9: Portland State, 2 p.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at Ascarate Golf
WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl NMSU Men’s Basketball — Home games Course, 6900 Delta. Participation is free.
Invitational — The 57th annual WestStar Information: “... definitely has the best pizza in town.”
— Texas Monthly
are at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces.
Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Game time is 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Registration: LPGA-USGA Girls
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Season tickets: $210-$400. Individual tickets to Golf is for ages 7-17. FINE PIZZA &
Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts East be announced. information (575) 646-1447 or
Please see Page 20
Tennessee State, Wyoming and Norfolk.
Tickets: (available Dec. 3): $13-$22 for two • Saturday, Dec. 1: Washington State
game package; $22-$44 four game package; • Tuesday, Dec. 4: New Mexico
military, UTEP student discounts offered. infor- The Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic games
mation: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket are 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, against Northern
Center). Website: Colorado, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, against
The tournament is the nation’s oldest colle- CSUN.
giate holiday basketball tournament.
Friday’s games are East Tennessee vs. NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home
Wyoming at 5 p.m. and Norfolk vs. UTEP at 7 games are at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.
p.m. Saturday is Consolation Game at 5 p.m. Game time is 6 p.m., unless listed otherwise.
and Championship Game at 7 p.m. Aggie Country Passes for 2018-2019 season are
$140. Individual tickets to be announced. infor-
Senior All-Star Football Classic — The mation: (575) 646-1447 or
28th annual high school all-star game is 1:05 • Tuesday, Dec. 11: Denver
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl • Saturday, Dec. 15: New Mexico, 2 p.m.
stadium. Pre-game activities begin at 12:30 p.m. • Thursday, Jan. 3: California Baptist
The Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star
Game features El Paso area football athletes
playing on East/West teams. Also featured are Bicycling
cheerleaders, band, dancers, trainers, and El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free
JROTC cadets. Tickets to be announced. and open to the public; helmets required.
Information: Information: Ride
The 26th annual Greater El Paso Football schedule at
Showcase-Combine is noon Friday, Dec. 21, at Repeat riders are encouraged to become a
Socorro Athletic Complex, 1300 Joe Battle. member of the club; dues are $18 a year or
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — $25 per family ($30/$40 for two years). Join at
1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. The 60th
season of the live racing runs Dec. 28-May 5. EP Cyclists — The bicycle group offers rides
Post time is 12:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, for all levels. Weekend rides offer options of
Sunday and Tuesday. General admission and various paces and distances. Starting times and
parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 locations are posted at
or For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-
Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 85th annual 2311 or
football classic begins at noon, Monday, Dec. Ride Your Bicycle El Paso — Chuck
31. Teams will come from the ACC and Pac-12 Lauser hosts easy fun bike rides at 10 a.m.
conferences (to be announced Dec. 2). Tickets: Saturdays. About one hour, beginning at San
$22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: Jacinto Plaza. All types of multispeed bikes wel-
$652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915- come. Information: 791-2006,
BOWL or See “Roundup” listing
for details.

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Sports Packet pick up is 5:30 a.m. at race day on the
starting line. Registration: or dead-
Cont’d from Page 19
Registration through Dec. 18: $130 marathon;
Sun Bowl Golf Challenge — The 2018 $110 half marathon; $140 50K; $40 for 10K;
Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Challenge is Friday, and $30 for 5K. (After Dec. 18) $150
Dec. 28, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 marathon; $130 half marathon; $160 50K; $50
Trawood. Shotgun start time to be announced. for 10K; and $40 for 5K.
Cost, information: Terry Jennings, 592-6565 or Winter sports
Representatives from the participating ACC Public Ice Skating — Public skating week-
and Pac-12 universities will be pitted against end hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 3
each other in an 18-hole, 2-person scramble p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays,
matchplay format. and noon to 3 p.m. holidays, at the El Paso
County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 Paisano.
Running events All ages welcome. Times may vary on days of
hockey games. Admission: $10; $8 military
Fiesta Series 2018 — Daily 50K, 10K, 5K, (skate rental included). Skate sharpening, fitting
marathon and half marathon events are 7 a.m. and consultation offered for $5. Spectator
Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 29 admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK
Dec. 2, at La Llorona Park on Picacho, in Las (7825), or on
Cruces. Early start at 6 a.m. optional. Packet Facebook at El Paso Hockey Association.
pick up is 5:30 a.m. at race day on the starting Holidays on Ice sessions are daily beginning
line. Registration: or Dec. 14 through the holiday season at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Events
Elf Dash 5K and Toy Drives — The include Skate with Santa sessions, special
events, sponsored by Firstlight Federal Credit guests, giveaways and themed nights.
Union, are Dec. 1 in Mesilla and Dec. 2 in El WinterFest — El Paso Live with the
Paso. Registration: $25; $35 on race day. Hospitals of Providence and Providence
Registration at Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating through
• Mesilla: 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Old Jan. 6 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza.
Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and
• El Paso: 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at First Light younger). Spectator admission is free. Open
Federal Credit Union, 9983 Kenworthy. seven days a week. Season passes; $35, good
Run For It 5K — Run For It, Inc’s 5K run for one session per day. Tickets online at elpa-
and 1 mile run/walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Information: 534-0600 or winter-
at Golden Key Park (Vista del Valle Park), 1300
Hawkins. Proceeds benefit the Assistance Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sundays (2 to 8
League of El Paso. Registration: $20 for 5K, $15 p.m. Dec. 2 and Jan. 6), 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays
for 1 mile through Nov. 3; $25 for 5K, $20 for through Thursdays Dec. 4-19; noon to 10 p.m.
1 mile Nov. 4-29; $30 on race day for 5K, $20 Wednesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 26-Jan. 3), 4
for 1 mile. Information: Alfredo Arellano at to 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, noon to 11
494-4606, Thomas Chavarria at 867-1740 or p.m. Fridays, Dec. 21-Jan. 4 and Saturdays. Holiday hours are noon to 6 p.m. Christmas
Eve, 4 to 10 p.m. Christmas Day, noon to 1
Lady of the Mountain — The 5th annual a.m. New Year’s Eve and noon to 10 p.m.
Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at New Year’s Day.
Saturday, Dec. 8, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds
Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Half Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and
marathon and relay races begin at 8 a.m. with snowboarding area is opens for its 53rd season
10K and 5K runs at 8:15 a.m. Kids 1-mile fun Dec. 7 (weather permitting) with 11 lifts and
run begins at 10 a.m. Entry fee: (through Nov. 55 trails. The 24-hour Ski Apache Snow Report
30): $40 for the half-marathon; $35 for 10K; number is (575) 257-9011. Information: (575)
$30 for 5K; and $10 for Kids 1-mile run; fees 464-3600 or
rise after Nov. 30. Registration at Lifts are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Information: depending on weather conditions. All-day lift
Proceeds benefit the Lady of the Mountain tickets are $74 ($67 age 60-69; $65 age 13-17;
Scholarship at NMSU-Alamogordo. $54 age 6-12; $63 military and $49 for military
child; free for ages 70 and older and age 5 and
Pearl Harbor Triathlon — White Sands younger. (Prices slightly higher on peak days).
Missile Range Bell Gym presents the 5K
Run/30K Bike/400M Swim is 9 a.m. Saturday, Ski Cloudcroft — Two miles east of
Dec. 8, at White Sands Aquatic Center, Cloudcroft on U.S. 82, with 26 trails with two
Building 462 Flagler Street. Cost: $60 individ- ski lifts, plus a tubing lift, at elevations of 8,350
ual; $70 team ($10 military discount). to 9,050 feet. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
Registration at Information: through Monday, beginning in early December.
(575) 678-3374 or (click on Information, snow conditions: (575) 682-2333,
“Sports & Fitness”). or on Facebook.
Lift tickets: $45 ($35 age 12 and younger for
Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The full day; $35 ($25 age 12 and younger) for half
12th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso day 1 to 4 p.m. Ski, and snowboard rentals
High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, available, and beginner ski school packages
Dec. 15, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa offered. Tubing available for $20 per day; $18
(Rudolph Plaza). Runners encouraged to wear a half day (weekends only).
Santa Hat. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-
5663. Registration: $25 through Dec. 14; $30 Ruidoso Winter Park — 1200 Ski Run
Dec. 14-15. at Road in Alto, N.M. Giant tubes, a kidz korral,
family zip line and other activities. Hours are 10
Holiday Series 2018 — The 12 “Marathons a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. designated nights).
in 12 Days” event with daily 50K, 10K, 5K, Tickets: $26.50 ($21.25 age 4-17; free for age
marathon and half marathon events are 7 a.m. 3 and younger. Zip line rides: $8 ($5 with tub-
Dec. 26-Jan. 6, at La Llorona Park on Picacho, ing); $22 for three rides. Information: (575)
in Las Cruces. Early start at 6 a.m. optional. 336-7079 or

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City sidewalks, In El Paso and throughout

busy sidewalks
neighboring Southern New
Left: San Jacinto Plaza. Top right: Old Mesilla Plaza

dressed in holiday style
Mexico, city plazas and
on Christmas Eve. Bottom right: Plaza de Las Cruces

Story by Lisa Kay Tate

main streets are becoming
Photos by Rick Tate
seasonal attractions

here is something about gathering in a public There is daily ice skating just a block away at the The Lights of Las Cruces…and Mesilla
square, or strolling down Main Street during the Hospitals of Providence Ice Skating Rink. There are also
Christmas season that brings people together dur- discounted nights for military, clothing drives, and live In Las Cruces, the recently restored Main Street area,
ing the holidays. entertainment, depending on the day of the week. with its Plaza de Las Cruces gathering place, also serves
Both El Paso and Las Cruces have organized more “Open seven days a week, the WinterFest rink also as popular attraction for both residents and tourists, said
events in the last few years to take advantage of restored offered a variety of events throughout the season such as Downtown Las Cruces Partnership Executive Director
and renovated historic downtown areas and plazas, with an ‘Ice, Ice, ‘80’s Party’, Skate with Santa, Let it Snow Jennifer Garcia Kozlowski.
both cities staging “WinterFest” events. Day and more,” stated last year’s summary of the event. “We’re always doing a little more all the time to bring
Mesilla’s famed plaza has long been a mecca for holiday Featured attractions included a Winter Market with area people to the area,” she said. “Thanks to the efforts of var-
events, and other historic downtowns in New Mexico vendors, mini donut depo and free movies in The Plaza ious community members, the Plaza gets decked out dur-
communities such as Silver City, Hillsboro, Truth or Theatre on selected days hosted by El Paso Community ing the holiday season for guests to visit any time of day.”
Consquences and Socorro also serve as centers of Foundation and El Paso Live. The official holiday tree lighting festivities are Dec. 1.
Christmas celebrations. This season will also celebrate the return of El Paso WinterFest activities are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Also,
Whether the surroundings are urban or small town, Streetcars, with downtown at the center of the 4.8 mile a “Christmas in Las Cruces” event hosted by Las Cruces
desert or mountain, area residents won’t have far to go to route that extends from South El Paso to UTEP. Main Street and Calvary Baptist Church is 5 to 6 p.m.
find holiday spirit this season. WinterFest visitors can take advantage of free streetcar Christmas Eve, with Christmas music, hot chocolate, and

Downtown to Mission Trail
rides Fridays through Sundays through Jan. 6. a candlelight service.
Sun Metro will also offer the WinterFest Express during After Christmas, the Las Cruces plaza area will also
the weekend, and the city’s new professional soccer team, close out the holiday season with Las Cruces’ annual New
Since its reopening in 2016 after extensive renovations, Year’s Eve ChileDrop.
El Paso Locomotives FC, will help sponsor the new Sun
San Jacinto Plaza has returned to its historic role as the “This is the big New Year’s Eve event in the area, and
City Express children’s train rides.
heart of El Paso and the epicenter of Downtown’s major we’re hoping to make this the premiere New Year’s Eve
WinterFest not only gives El Pasoans a one-stop holiday
outdoor festivals. Those include the six-week-long event in the entire Southwest,” Garcia Kozlowski said.
experience but also provides a magnet for tourists, noted
WinterFest, which spans from San Jacinto Plaza to the ice This year’s event begins at nine with music by Caliente,
Destination El Paso General Manager Bryan Crowe.
skating rink at Arts Festival Plaza. with the dropping at midnight of the lighted “chile.”
“We want to put on our best showcase for those visitors
Winterfest was a huge hit last year, with more than Next door to Las Cruces is the historic Town of Mesilla,
to our beautiful city,” he said at the kickoff for WinterFest.
18,000 skaters at the rink alone. El Paso Live’s Kris whose famed plaza has long been a holiday destination,
Those who want a small-town holiday plaza experience
Kringle Kafé and other venues served about 636 gallons with its shops and restaurants as well as special events.
but stay within El Paso County can head down Socorro
of hot chocolate. Events start with the Christmas tree lighting planned for
Road for the annual Luminarias along the Mission Trail
Now in its third year, WinterFest gives El Paso’s Dec. 7 this year, and culminate Christmas Eve when the
Saturday, Dec. 22. Thousands of luminarias will line his-
Downtown area a holiday makeover from the week of plaza is lined with luminarias. Both events offer caroling,
toric Veterans Memorial Plaza in San Elizario, with carol-
Thanksgiving through the first week of January. refreshments, shopping opportunities and plenty of photo
ing, and posadas adding to the Christmas flavor. The event
The central draw of WinterFest are the lights around San ops of the historic Plaza, San Albino Church and sur-
also features a Christmas bazaar and entertainment.
Jacinto Plaza, with photo ops ranging from the El Paso rounding homes and businesses in full Christmas mode.
Also in San Elizario, the Adobe Horseshoe Theatre has
Electric WinterFest Tree and Providence Children’s “Each Christmas, with the help of the Los Leones de
just reopened its doors and will host a dinner performance
Hospital giant snow globe, to religious and cultural dis- of “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Dec. 15.
plays such as a nativity scene and a menorah. Please see Page 22

December 2018 El Paso Scene Page 21
Southern NM holiday road trips
Christmas IN the Plaza
Cont’d from Page 21 Many of Southern New Mexico’s other
communities offer reasons to take a week-
end winter drive to view historic main Downtown El Paso’s Plaza Theatre for
Mesilla club, the Town unfolds 2,500 Performing Arts, just next to San Jacinto
streets and decorated parks and plazas.
paper bags, puts sand in them and places Plaza, will be one busy place during the
Silver City’s Christmas and holiday sea-
the candle inside prior to the placement of holidays, with holiday films coinciding
son kicks off the weekend after
the bags on Christmas Eve around the with WinterFest activities, to special
Thanksgiving with its annual Christmas
Mesilla plaza and some surrounding Broadway Christmas shows and season-
Lights Parade, and the holiday glow
streets,” Community and Special Events al music and dance performances.
remains for the rest of the season.
Coordinator Irene Parra writes regarding Here’s a look at some of the holiday
Silver City MainStreet and Town of Silver
the Christmas Eve tradition. She added happenings in The Plaza:
City volunteers decorate the light poles of
that “the holiday events entail the involve- • El Paso Community Foundation’s
the historic downtown. This year mer-
ment of the entire community. Even the Plaza Classic Film Festival and El Paso
chants will participate in a window deco-
Christmas tree is decorated by ornaments Live will again show free Holiday
rating contest, giving visitors one more
made from students at Mesilla Elementary Movies on selected Sundays. Local
reason to stroll around.
School.” organists Ken Fedorick, Richard Garven
The Silver City Museum on Broadway
One of the most photographed sites along and Laurie Koval will perform on the
next to downtown has hosted a Victorian-
the plaza during the holidays is Plaza’s restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer
style Christmas event for more than 30
“Josephina’s Old Gate,” now the site of a Organ before each movie. Films include
years, and attracts both residents and visi-
café and inn. Long-time Mesilla resident “Miracle on 34th Street” on Dec. 9, “A
tors. This year’s activities are Dec. 14. Just outside the Plaza Theatre is the
Josephina was a “dynamic and outgoing Christmas Story” and “It’s A Wonderful
Silver City has a “very walkable” WinterFest ice rink.
woman who lived here for nearly 35 years Life” Dec. 16, and “Frozen” and “Ice
Downtown, said Silver City MainStreet
and established the Luminaria Tradition of Age” Jan. 6.
Executive Director Charmeine Wait. “You Butler, Keiko Matsui, and Shelea.
Mesilla,” according to the town’s official • Broadway in El Paso offers a special
can park at the Visitor Center, and shop, • Mariachi Sol de Mexico presents its
information. The home was a common holiday performance of “Christmas
eat and even hike in the area all day long,” vholiday show, “A Merry-Achi
gathering place for the community for sev- Wonderland’ Holiday Spectacular Dec. 8
she said. Downtown Silver City also offers Christmas” Dec. 17 with a fusion of the
eral years, open houses there were a holi- with a nostalgic journey of holiday
two historic hotels, the restored Silco traditional holiday Mexican and
day tradition. The spot is still popular dur- favorites like “White Christmas,”
Theatre and Big Ditch Park. American Christmas songs and carols.
ing Christmas Eve events today. “Winter Wonderland” and more.
A new feature for visitors anytime of year • The Great Russian Nutcracker’s “Dove
The plaza has acquired a national reputa- • Dave Koz’ s “A Smooth Jazz
is the “Stories From Our Streets” online of Peace Tour” returns for three per-
tion as a holiday destination. Christmas” returns to El Paso for his
tour. Guests can take self-guided walking formances Dec. 22 and Dec. 23, as part
“Mesilla Plaza is beautiful on Christmas 21st annual Christmas show Dec. 13.
tours of the area, and log into brief audio of its more than 100-city tour.
Eve when luminarias/farolitos are lighted Guests include Mindi Abair, Jonathan
histories of the various buildings.
after 4 p.m.,” one TripAdvisor contributor
Other Southern New Mexico plazas and
wrote. “These extend out to Highway 28 to
main street areas where people can find
the edge of Mesilla. The Plaza is decorated remains decorated throughout the season. Wonderland” for Christmas Eve.
holiday cheer include the City of Socorro.
to an extent with a tree and lights, but The Socorro Fire Department also hosts Ruidoso’s Festival of Lights Parade at the
The annual Luminarias on the Plaza,
Christmas Eve it becomes ‘the destina- its annual Matanza (barbecue) in the plaza start of the month runs the middle of town.
Christmas Lights Parade and art stroll are
tion!’” Dec. 1, and the Plaza and historic district
Dec. 1 along the historic Plaza, which
will be transformed into a “Winter Please see Page 23

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Ruidoso’s Old West neighbor, Lincoln,
features an annual Christmas Eve
Luminaria event throughout the communi- All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz. Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets: 115 pesos.
ty, including a visit from Santa on a long- Centro de Convenciones Anita — Centro Cultural de la Ciudad - Zona
horn steer. Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or Pronaf, across from the Museo INBA. The
In Cloudcroft, the Santa Land bonfires 6820693. Tickets at Javier Juarez Sinfonia Concertante performs at 7 p.m.
are usually held the Saturday after Rosas, Los Hijos de Varron and El De La Thursday, Dec 6. Featured soloists: Simon
Thanksgiving and in mid-December at Guitarra perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Gollo and Jorge Martinez. Tickets: 200 pesos
Zenith Park, and holiday events at The Tickets: 230-1,490 pesos. (230 pesos in advance at
Lodge resort are also popular. The Proceeds benefit local charities.
Community Christmas tree along Burro Festival Inernacional del Globo — The
Josefina’s Old Gate in Mesilla is a favorite
Avenue (the village’s “Main Street”) will hot air balloon festival is Friday through Cibeles Convention Center — Av.
stop for photographers.
be lit Dec. 1 with a bonfire, visit from Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at Sede Papal El Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle
Santa and refreshments. Other holiday Two of the downtown area’s parks just
Punto, Calle 5 de Mayo, Chamizal. Gates open Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona
events along Burro Avenue include store off Main Street are also sites of holiday
at 6 a.m. Admission is 175 pesos. Camping fee Campestre. Posada Navideña is at 9 p.m.
window decoration competitions. celebrations. Evelyn Renfro Park is home
is 115 pesos. Tickets at Friday, Dec. 14. Admission is free.
Those traveling along NM Highway 54 of the tree lighting, and Healing Waters Centro de Convenciones Cuatro La Rodadora — The interactive children’s
on Christmas Eve will also encounter Park will be adorned for the holidays. Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard 8989 (at museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours
luminarias along the main streets in On Dec. 8, nearby Elephant Butte’s Florida). Tickets at Singer, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays
Tularosa, Carrizozo and Alamogordo. This Luminaria Walk features thousands of songwriter and accordionist Remmy Valenzuela and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
year also marks the 2nd annual Christmas luminarias along the trails and “campsites” performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets: Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information:
Tree lighting for Alamogordo in offering regional or seasonal refreshments 365-2,065 pesos. He was nominated for the 52-656-558-2415 or
Washington Park. hosted by various nonprofits and other “New Artist of the Year” at the 2015 Latin 3D Theater admission: 30 pesos.
One Main Street area that has been groups. American Music Awards oand his album “Mi Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos.
increasing its holiday offerings is Truth of DeMarino said the area’s famed hot Vida en Vida” was nominated for the Best The museum features 120 permanent interac-
Consequences. For more than ten years the springs appeal to holiday visitors as well, Norteño Album at the Latin Grammy Awards tive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to
city has started the season with a who enjoy the combination of winter air that year. explore the origins of life, the formation of the
Downtown celebration with decorations, while soaking in therapeutic pools. planets, how the deserts were formed, paleon-
Santa photos, music and refreshments at “Truth or Consequences is special, Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av.
tology, history and heritage and traditions, with
various businesses and other holiday activ- because along Main Street alone there are Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the
a focus on art and expression.
ities at the Visitor Center. seven hot springs hotels,” she said. Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook:
“On Dec 7, we’ll have our Old-Fashioned Nearby communities of Kingston, CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera
Christmas, that starts with a tree lighting Hillsboro and Monticello all offer events (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona
(just off Main Street) and is followed by or holiday shopping. Hillsboro is best • The Voronesh Russian Ballet production of Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez.
our Parade of Lights,” said MainStreet T known for its Christmas in the Hill “El Cascanueces” (The Nutcracker) is at Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through
or C Executive Director Linda DeMarino. Country events the first Saturday of Tuesday, Dec. 4. Tickets: 405-805 pesos. Sunday. Information:, or
“This is our 12th annual celebration, and December. • Conpania Folklórica Baile y Tradicion of Facebook.
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DinoTracks Tour — Insights Science Park Rangers will share hot cocoa and some of
Center host its monthly DinoTracks tour 1 to the stories that have become a part of the
3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Mt. Cristo Rey in Christmas Season. Campfire building program
Sunland Park. Cost: $15; available at eventbrite. begin at 5 p.m.
Information: 534-0000 or Guided hikes and bike rides are $8 per person
The 3-mile hiking tour promotes learning in ($3 pass holder; $1 age 12 and under); price
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and includes entry. Dogs welcome on leash on
Math. Next tour is 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 6. some hikes. Reservations required: 566-6441
(8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday).
Wyler Aerial Tramway — Hikes are free. • Peak Fitness Hike is 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1,
Information: 562-9899. Meet at Thousand of North Franklin Peak. Meet at West
Steps Trail on N. Stanton and carpool to Cottonwood Springs trailhead. Strenuous trail,
Tramway. 2 1/2 mile strenuous hike. Bring 3.8 miles.
water, sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing. • A Schaeffer Shuffle Hike is 8:30 a.m. Sunday,
• Women’s Hike is 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Dec. 2. Moderate hike, 2.6 miles.
• “Santa Hike” is 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. • Moms + Tots moderate hike geared toward
El Paso Zoo — 4001 E. Paisano. Entrance mothers with young kids is 9 a.m. Friday, Dec.
hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission 14, at Aztec Caves trail (moderate hike).
is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and • Santa Hike is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, on
older and active duty military (including spouse) the Nature Walk Trail. Santa hats required.
with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 Easy hike.
and under. Information: 212-0966, • Tin Mine Tour hike(moderate) is 8 a.m., or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo. Friday, Dec. 28, starting at Chuck Heinrich
Santa at the Zoo is Saturday and Sunday, Dec. Park, 6 miles.
8-9. Rio Bosque Wetlands Park — UTEP’s
The “Wings of the World” Bird Show is 12:30 Center for Environmental Resource
p.m. weekdays and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. week- Management offers free guided walking tours
ends at the new Wildlife Amphitheater. “Meet and other activities at Rio Bosque Wetlands
The Keeper” talks are 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Park, 10176 Socorro Rd. in El Paso’s Mission
at various locations.Asian Elephant Training Valley. Tours last about two hours.
Encounters scheduled at noon daily. Information: 747-8663 or
“African Star” Train ride tickets are $2 plus • Introductory tour is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
tax ($1.50 for children and zoo members). • Birding tour is 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society Meeting place is a bridge crossing Riverside
— The holiday gathering and photo sharing Canal. Take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan
event is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at UTEP’s American Drive, turn left and travel 1.5 miles.
Centennial Museum. Information: Scott, 494- Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso
2193 or Desert Botanical Garden — 4200
The society is planning a birding tour in Costa Doniphan (across from Frontera). Hours are 9
Rica for March 2019. Call Mark Perkins, 637- a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday, and
3521 for details, cost. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed
Mesilla Valley Christmas Bird Count Tuesdays. Admission: $2 (free for members);
— The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society’s 44th $1 children. Information: 584-0563, keystone-
annual Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, Dec.
15. Participation is free. Information: (575) The annual Luminarias by the Lake is 6 to 9
528-8696, or p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, with holi- day music, sweet treats and hot cocoa.
Admission proceeds benefit the park.
Cut down your own Christmas tree — The park’s 2-acre Botanical Garden, funded
Permits are available for people to cut down by the Rotary Club of El Paso and the Junior
their own Christmas tree in designated areas of League, features native plants, amphitheater,
the Lincoln and Gila National Forests in New butterfly garden, wedding garden, children’s
Mexico through Dec. 24. Limit is one tree — maze, and a Butterfly House.
up to 10 feet in height — per household, and Bird watching with the Trans Pecos Audubon
the permit includes a map of areas where cut- Society is 9:30 a.m. to noon the second and last
ting is allowed. Permits available to purchase Saturday of the month.
for $5 per tree; special permits available for Keystone’s Chihuahuan Desert Experience
trees over 10 feet. Applications available at (immediately west of the wetland) is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10
Franklin Mountains State Park — Most a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for walking
hiking and mountain-biking trails begin in the and bird watching.
Tom Mays area, off Transmountain Drive on Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
the west side of the park (east of I-10). Site — Ranch Road 2775 off U.S. 62/180
Entry fee is $5 per person, free for age 12 and (Montana Ave.). The site is famed for many
under (with family). Correct cash or check Native American rock paintings and unique
only. Group rates available. Hours are 8 a.m. to geology. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
5 p.m. daily. Information: 566-6441 or on through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
Facebook at FranklinMountainsSP. Web: through Sunday. Admission: $7 (free for chil- dren 12 and younger). Admission including
Learn how Native Americans in the area used tours or hikes is $9 (13 and over); $2 (ages 5-
native plants and how to make unique 12). Information: 857-1135, ext. 0, or texas-
Christmas ornaments 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the Tom Mays unit.
Campfire and Christmas Stories event is 6
p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the Tom Mays unit. Please see Page 25

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Nature Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State
Park — 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad,
Cont’d from Page 26
N.M. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 7-12; free for 6
and under). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last
A Critters of the Night event is 7 p.m.
entry at 3:30 p.m.). Information: (575) 887-
Thursday, Dec. 13, to learn about the park’s
5516 or
nocturnal critters. Bring flashlights and water
Holiday Bells music with Touch of Joy Ringers
bottles and wear closed-toe shoes.
from First Presbyterian Church is 11 a.m. to
Reservations required. Early arrival encourages;
noon Saturday, Dec. 1.
gates close at 6:30 p.m.
Holidays with the Animals is 1 to 3 p.m.
Junior Ranger program is 10 a.m. Saturday,
Saturday, Dec. 8. Children can make holiday
Dec. 15. Reservations required.
cards and treats for their favorite Living Desert
A Holiday Overnight Family Camp Out is
animals, plus other activities.
begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and ends at noon
Saturday, Dec. 21-22, to learn about life on New Mexico State Parks — Day-use fee
the trail during the old cowboy days, sample is $5. All programs are free with park entrance, Dedicated to the health of all El Paso
Dutch oven cooking, listen to stories, and roast unless otherwise listed. Information: (575) 744-
marshmallows, and try archery. Space is limit- 5998 or
ed; reservations required by Dec. 18. Regular • Leasburg Dam — Radium Springs, two miles
4026 N . M ES A B-1
park fees apply. off I-25 at Exit 19. Day use hours are 8 a.m. to 915.356.4 572
Women’s Hike is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 6 p.m. Information: (575) 524–4068.
Open to all women, youth and adults. Cost: $9 A “Turning Back the Sun” Winter Solstice cel- Come see us for help with ...
($2 age 5-12). Reservation required. ebration is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Reservations are recommended for the self- Jornada to Hot Springs hike is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sleep Happiness
guided area and for camping: (512) 389-8911. Saturday, Dec. 8.
Anxiety Wellness
North Mountain is available for self-guided Discovering the Camino Real ranger-led hikes Depression Pain
day use, for up to 70 people at a time; reserva- are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 Focus & More
tions recommended. There is an annual orien- and 15. Moderate hike, 2.5 miles.
tation program for visitors. Guided access is • Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M.,
offered to the rest of the site. State Roads 11 and 9. Day use hours: 7 a.m. to
9 p.m. Information: (575) 531-2711.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park — The
Luminaria night is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday,
park is about 160 miles east of El Paso, off the
Dec. 8, with lighted walk, cookies and hot
Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information:
chocolate, and raffle for baked hams.
(575) 785-2232 or
Bird ID Walking Tour is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday
“Rock of Ages” living history guided tours are
and Dec. 29.
6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-
• Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. 5000 Calle
Dec 15. Dressed in historic costumes, park
del Norte in Mesilla. Information: (575) 523-
staff will guide visitors on a lantern-lit tour of
4398. Audubon Bird Walks are 7:15 a.m.
the front half of the Big Room. Cost: $10 ($5
Saturdays, led by park volunteers. Ranger-led
ages 5-16); no children under 5 admitted.
Nature Hikes are 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Fitness in
Reservations required; space is limited.
Nature walks with the Second Chance Walker
Reservations, tickets: (575) 236-1375.
Program are 8:30 a.m. every Saturday begin-
Visitor Center winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5
ning at the Visitor Center.
p.m. daily; tours available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Last entry into cave via natural entrance is Gila Cliff Dwellings National
2 p.m. with last entry into cave via elevator Monument — 44 miles north of Silver City
3:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. on NM Highway 15. Entrance fee: $10.
Plan 3-1/2 hours for a walk-in tour and 1-1/2 Information: (575) 536-9461 or
hours for Big Room tour of the Caverns. Cost The trail to the cliff dwellings is open from 9
is $10 (free or ages 15 and younger). The a.m. to 4 p.m. year round. Everyone must be
park’s audio self-guided tour is $3 extra. off the trail by 5 p.m. Visitor center is open 8
Other guided tours are available; call or check a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
website for details. Interpretive Park Ranger-led 45-minute guid-
ed tours of the cliff dwellings are 1 p.m. Friday
White Sands National Monument —
through Sunday.
The glistening gypsum dunes are about 15
Canyon View hike is Saturday, Dec. 8. Wear
miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S.
sturdy outdoor clothing and hiking boots, bring
70. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
water and a snack for the 3- to 4-hour pro-
through Dec. 16; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17-31.
gram. Strenuous hike. Advance reservations
Park hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec.
required (space is limited to 30 participants).
31. Last entrance is one hour before closing.
Call for time.
Entrance fee: $5 age 16 and older. Closed
Christmas Day. Free for children. Information: Alameda Park Zoo — Alameda Park, 1321
(575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70),
ext. 232; or on Facebook. Alamogordo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Sunset strolls offered daily at 4 p.m. through Admission: $2.50 ($1.50 ages 3-11 and 60 and
Jan. 4. “Skins and Skulls” mammal identification older; free for ages 2 and younger).
talks are 3 p.m. Sundays. Information: (575) 439-4290, or on Facebook
Ranger-guided Lake Lucero Tour is 10 a.m. at Alameda Park Zoo-AFOTZ
Saturday, Dec. 29. Program fee is $8 ($4 age
15 and younger). Check website or call for Area hiking websites
details; reservations required, available one • offers a variety of groups for all
month prior to tour. activities, including El Paso hiking
( and Las Cruces
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (
— 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to • Celebrations of Our Mountains offers an
Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the ongoing calendar of hiking and related events at
highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749
feet. Entry fee: $5 for ages 16 and older, good • Elpasonaturally is a blog by Jim Tolbert and
for one week and all trails. Pine Springs Visitor includes Sunrise Hikers morning events.
Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Information: or
Camping is $8 per site per night. Information:
(915) 828-3251 or • The El Paso chapter of the Sierra Club posts
its hikes at

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Centennial Museum — University at • Yoga is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Free.
Wiggins, UTEP. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Monday • A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is
through Saturday. Admission is free. noon Wednesday, Dec. 12. Jeff Harris will dis-
Information: 747-6667 or cuss the “History of Ragtime.”
Showing through Jan. 4: “Rations, Rights and • Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 2 p.m.
Rivets: Experiencing World War II in El Paso,” Saturday, Dec. 15, to discuss “The First Men in
featuring historic pieces such as newspaper the Moon” by H.G. Wells. Tea and pastries
clippings, photographs, ration books and more. provided. $5.
The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the • “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m.
museum grounds have more than 800 species the third Thursday of each month (Dec. 20).
of plants native to the region. This month’s project is Bread Dough Holiday
The Lhakhang Cultural Exhibit is open to the Ornaments. Cost: $10.
public for viewing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every
National Border Patrol Museum and
Wednesday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. the first Sunday
Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain
of the month. A museum representative will be
Drive. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
on hand to answer questions.
through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study major holidays. Admission is free. Information:
Center — 715 N. Oregon. Opening Dec. 1 is 759-6060 or
“Unity: El Paso Youth Exhibit” featuring art,
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305
writing video and multi-media presentation.
Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road. The center fea-
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
tures a museum on the Tigua tribe, offering a
Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
glimpse of five centuries of Pueblo history and
Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or
tradition. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s
El Paso Museum of Archaeology — activities daily. Admission is free. Information:
4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso 859-7700,
(west of U.S. 54). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
War Eagles Air Museum — 8012 Airport
Tuesday through Saturday. Tours are 10:30 to
Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa.
2 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays, Mondays
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
and city holidays. Admission is free.
Sunday. Admission: $5; $4 senior citizens and
Information: 755-4332 or
military; free for children under 12.
Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-
Margaret Berrier will present “Looking at an
Old Dog with New Tricks: Review and
Documentation of Jaguar Cave, a Unique
Painted Shelter in West Texas” at 2 p.m. Las Cruces area
Saturday Dec. 1, as part of the museum’s lec-
ture series. Admission is free.
Branigan Cultural Center — Branigan
Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las
A Wilderness First Aid Class is Thursday
Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
though Saturday, Dec. 6-8, featuring CPR/AED
Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
for pro rescuers. Registration: $250 via
Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Information:
Friday Ramble. Information: (575) 541-2154,
526-1091. or on Facebook.
El Paso Museum of Art — For exhibit Showing through Jan. 5: “World War I” fea-
information, see “Southwest Art Scene.” turing the WWI memorabilia collection of
William Alford.
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Showing through Jan. 19: “Four
Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
Generations, Four Languages,” featuring
through Saturday (open until 9 p.m.
Mexican artists of different generations.
Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed
Showing through Feb. 2: “Passing Through,”
Mondays and city holidays. Museum admission
paintings by artist Jimin Lee on the theme of
is free. Information: 212-0320,
mobility, displacement and labor. or on Facebook.
Showing through Feb. 16: “Lightning Field,”
Magoffin Home State Historic Site — digital imagery by Ken Morgan, depicting his
1120 Magoffin. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. envisioning of a lightning storm at Walter de
Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Maria’s Lightning Field.
Sunday. Visitors can begin their tour at the
Las Cruces Museum of Nature and
Visitor Center across the street (1117
Science — 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces
Magoffin, a restored 1901 home); closed
Downtown Mall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30
Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m.
p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30
Spanish language tours offered Thursday
p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First
through Saturday; call for availability. Cost: $7
Friday Ramble. Information: (575) 522-3120 or
($6 seniors 65 and older; $4 ages 6-18; free
ages 5 and younger). Family and group rates
STEAMpunk lecture is 11:45 Saturday, Dec.
available. Admission is free to Visitor Center.
15 on Isaac Newton (Laws of Motion).
Information: 533-5147,
Night Creatures museum tours are 4:30 to 7
or Facebook.
p.m. the first Friday of the month.
The Holiday Open House is noon to 5 p.m.
Animal Encounters are 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
Saturday, Dec. 1, with music, performers,
Saturday Family Science is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45
cookies, cocoas and free activities for kids.
p.m. Saturdays. All About Engines event is Dec.
Admission is free.
8, for ages 7-17.
• English Fruit Cake Cooking Classes is 10 a.m.
(family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (for adults),
Saturday, Dec. 1. $5. Call to reserve a spot. Please see Page 27

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Museum Also Father Christmas. He embraced contemporary art styles while
New this year is Scrooge’s Gift Swap. Visitors celebrating his Apache heritage in his artwork.
Cont’d from Page 26 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum — 301 are encouraged to bring a small wrapped gift to
S. Silver, Deming, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 put under the tree, and to take one in
Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991
Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is exchange.
N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. An actual
museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. free. Information: (575) 546-2382, 1-800-848- train depot built in 1898, the building now
Showing through Dec. 9: ”Arte Chicano de
Mesilla (at Las Cruces avenue west of the 4955 or houses a gift shop and model shop, with more
San Vicente 2018,” featuring artwork by Silver
Downtown Mall). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 than 1,200 feet of model railroad track and
Geronimo Springs Museum — 211 Main City Chicano artists, including print artist Fred
p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 hundreds of model and toy trains on display.
in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 9 Barraza, ceramicists Patty Countryman and
p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Hours are noon to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon Krissy Ramirez, and digital artist Grecia Rivas
Friday Ramble. Admission is free; donations through Sunday. Admission: $4. Information:
to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 ($2.50 stu- Showing through Jan. 13, 2019: “Allan
encouraged. Information: (575) 528-3444 or (575) 437-2855.
dents 6 to 18; free for ages 5 and younger). Houser: Renowned 20th Century Warm The 1/5 scale train track offers rides around
Family rates: $15. Information: (575) 894-6600 Springs Chiricahua Apache Artist.” Houser
An Old Fashioned Holiday Display is 1 to 4 Alameda Park 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday
or (1914-1994) was one of the most important
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. through Sunday. Cost: $4.
Native American artists of the 20th Century.
Holiday lights, music and specially decorated Hubbard Museum of the American
trains are featured during this month’s West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to
Downtown Ramble 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Hours are
NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday
— 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Hours (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Admission:
are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, $7 ($5 for seniors, military; $2 children 6-16;
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 for free for children 5 and younger and museum
adults, $4 seniors 60 and older; $3 children age members). Information: (575) 378-4142, hub-
4-17; free for members, veterans and children or on Facebook.
age 3 and under. Information: (575) 522-4100 Museum of the Big Bend — Sul Ross
or State University (Entrance 3), Hwy 90 in
Selfies with Santa offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alpine, Texas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays, Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m.
through Dec. 23. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (432)
Showing Dec. 16-March 31 in the Arts 837-8143 or
Corridor: “Around the Farm & Ranch: Showing through Dec. 16: “Erin Hanson:
Watercolors by Penny Thomas Simpson,” with Impressions of Big Bend Country,” featuring
33 paintings of life around the farm and ranch. modern impressionistic oil paintings.
Artist’s reception is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 16. Refreshments served. New Mexico Museum of Space
Showing through March 9: “Dressed for the History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. The
Occasion,” featuring women’s clothing from museum features the International Space Hall
the 1870s to the 1930s. of Fame and the Tombaugh IMAX Dome
Showing through Sept. 13: “Drawn to the Theater and Planetarium. Space center hours
Land: Peter Hurd’s New Mexico.” Peter are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Museum and theatre
Hurd(1904-1984) was known for his realistic closed Dec. 25. Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors
portraits and luminous southwestern land- and military, $4 ages 4-12, children 3 and
scapes. The exhibit features 24 artworks. younger free). Information: (877) 333-6589,
Craft for Kids are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; (575) 437-2840 or
free with museum admission. The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m.
Weaving Demonstrations on a 4-harness floor the first Friday of each month. The Dec. 7 lec-
loom are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 ture is “Houston, There is a Santa Claus: The
and 15, in the Education Classroom. Christmas Mission of Apollo 8,” by Museum
Campfire Christmas Cookies are 9 a.m. to 1 Executive Director Chris Orwoll. Admission is
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, using a vintage Pizzelle free; coffee and donuts provided.
iron from the 1800s. Free with admission. Science Saturday events for kids and their par-
ents are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, with
NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art planetarium programs and more.
Center, 1390 E. University Ave, NMSU. Hours A Warehouse 1402: Behind the Scenes Tour
are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through is 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, inside the
Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (575) Daisy Track Exhibit Building. Topic is “Delta
646-2545 or Clipper: A Successful Failure.”
Showing through December: “Superbloom,”
examining the complicated effects the Cold Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway,
War and nuclear testing have had on the Silver City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Southwest American landscape and the global Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
psyche. Comprised of oil paintings, large-for- Saturday and Sunday. Open until 7 p.m. the
mat watercolors, digital works and a multi- first Friday of the month. Admission: $5.
channel video. Information: (575) 538-5921, silvercitymuse-
In conjunction with the exhibit, the gallery, or on Facebook.
hosts a live Aikido performance 2 to 3 p.m. A “Get Christmas Creative,” drop-in orna-
Saturday, Dec. 1. A panel discussion focusing ment workshop is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday,
on the complex history of nuclear development Dec. 1. All materials free; donations accepted.
in the West and the potential role art can play A presentation on “The True Story of La
as a catalyst of change will be held at the same Capilla, the Team that Recreated it and the
time as the performance. Virgin that Inspired It” the little chapel on the
OutsmART is 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday top of Chihuahua Hill is noon to 1:30 p.m.
of the month. Geared towards age 5 to 15. Thursday, Dec. 6. Admission is free; $5 dona-
tion requested.
NMSU Museum — Kent Hall, University at The 34th annual Victorian Christmas Evening
Solano, Las Cruces. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, with decora-
Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free. tions, costumed characters, activities, and
Information: (575) 646-5161 or entertainment representing the time when the Ailman family built the house in 1881. Musical
Showing through Spring 2019 is ”Live Long & guests will perform holiday and other tradition-
Prosper: Sci-Fi Images in Contemporary al music. Christmas cookies and warm spiced
Indigenous Art,” with more than 40 works of cider will be served in the kitchen. Children can
art by contemporary indigenous artists. participate in holiday activities and visit with

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Art and Framing Gallery — 6519-A N. are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through
Mesa (in the Palm Court). Information: 833- Sunday, or by appointment. Information: 777-
5250 or on Facebook. Opening Dec. 8 are 5237 or
works by America Cano, Michelle Zaragoza Dozal’s portraits and landscapes range from
and Maria Savitsky. very realistic to expressionistic in style. He spe-
cializes in oil, watercolor and acrylics.
Bert Saldana Art Gallery — The gallery
featuring Southwestern Art is at 1501 Main El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts
Street in the San Elizario Arts District. Hours Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9
are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and
Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 479-2926 or bert- 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is free unless noted otherwise.
Information: 212-0300 or
Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Showing through Jan. 20: “After Posada:
Paso artist Candy Mayer and photographer Revolution,” works by Mexican printmaker José
Charlie Mayer will host their 4th annual open Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913).
house at her home studio at 1317 Tierra Roja Showing through Feb. 27: Jacob Lawrence’s
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. “Toussaint L’Ouverture Series: The Haitian
8-9. All of Candy Mayer’s work will be avail- Revolution.”
able for purchase, including large pieces not Showing through April 7: “Julie Speed: East
usually displayed at shows. Available will be her of the Sun and West of the Moon.” The exhibi-
game, “Loteria El Paso,” with 50 different El tion features the Marfa artist’s production from
Paso images, along with the new “Día de Los the last five years.
Muertos” loteria. Featured are new landscapes, In collaboration with UTEP’s Rubin Center for
new religious collages and new Día de los the Visual Arts Rainey Knudson, founder of the
Muertos paintings and jigsaw puzzles. Gift items online art magazine “Glasstire” will talk on
include 2019 “Classic Images of El Paso” calen- ”Art, Media, and the Digital Dumpster Fire” at
dars, Día de los Muertos coloring pages, new 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.
porcelain Christmas ornaments & small cards, Luis Carranza of Roger Williams University
mouse pads, coasters, purses and placemats. will host a talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, as
Also on display will be her husband Charlie’s part of the Texas Tech College of
photographs, many from Mexico and Spain. Architecture’s Design Lecture series.
Information: 581-4971, or on An Art Talk on the “Visions of Heaven and
Facebook at Candy Mayer Art. Earth” with art historian Samuel Rodriguez
To get there: Take I-10 to Redd Exit. Take Medina is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
Redd east to Resler, turn left at Franklin High Free family Art Workshops are noon to 3
School, right at Tierra Taos, then left at Tierra p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-28.
Roja. Fifth house on top of hill.
Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and
Celebration of Our Mountains Art Gift Shop — The gallery of impressionist
Exhibit — The 18th annual exhibit is on dis- painter Alberto Escamilla is at 1445 Main Street
play at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One in San Elizario. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, featuring art- Wednesday through Saturday, and 12:30 to
work depicting the region’s mountains by area 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0742 or
artists. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or 474-1800, or The annual Christmas Extravaganza is 11 a.m.
Chinati Foundation — Marfa, Texas. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, with
Created by artist Donald Judd, the Chinati a children’s art decorating station, special dis-
Foundation houses one of the world’s largest counts, music by Rocio Manriquez and other,
collections of permanently installed contempo- guest vendors, appetizers and refreshment.
rary art. Grounds close at 5 p.m. Admission is Golden Eagle Gallery — 1501 Main Street,
$10 ($5 for students, seniors). Full tour is $25 in the San Elizario Historic District. Showing
($10 students). Holiday hours vary through through Dec. 30: “Faces of India,” photo-
December. Information: (432) 729-4362 or chi- graphs by Lance R. Levine. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10
Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m.
Association’s gallery is at 500 W. Paisano (in Sunday. Information: 851-0093.
the Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 The gallery specializes in local and early El Paso
p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: art. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday,
534-7377,, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 7 p.m., or on Facebook. Thursday or by appointment. Information: 533-
Showing through Dec. 14: “Celebration ... 9090 or
Wonderful You,” honoring artists who gave Showing Dec. 6-Feb. 28, 2019: “Latina
works of art to brighten the lives of veterans. Arte,” with works by Latina artists Teresa
Call to artists: Entry deadline is Jan. 9 for Fernandez, Carmen Navar, Romy Hawkins,
“con.FIGURE.ation.five.2019” figure and por- Martha Arzabala, Leticia Luevanos, Lillian
trait award show. Opening reception is 5:30 to Sandoval, Erica Zamora and Isabel Olivares.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. See website for Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday,
prospectus. Dec. 6.
Dozal Art Gallery — The gallery of award- Marcus’s home and studio, located across the
winning artist Robert Dozal is at 1445 Main street, are available for personal tours.
Street in the San Elizario Art District. Hours
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Page 28 El Paso Scene December 2018
Art Scene San Antonio, hosts an exhibition that captures
the essence of the places and the community of
Cont’d from Page 28
the border region Dec. 13-Jan. 2. Consulate
hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The exhi-
The 48th annual Happy Hippie Holidaze
bition consists of the work of 50 photogra-
Open House and Craft Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
phers, who participated in the Eleventh World
Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15-
Edition of the PhotoWalk on Oct. 6, with par-
16, with local arts and crafts vendors, snacks,
ticipants from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua,
and entertainment. Calendars for 2019 avail-
Canutillo, Alamogordo and El Paso. Admission
able for $5. Admission is free.
is free. Information: 533-3644 or
Ho Baron Sculpture Garden and
Studio – Baron’s surreal outdoor sculpture Opening reception is 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
garden at 2830 Aurora (at Piedras) is visible Dec. 13, with jazz flamenco music by Euterpe.
from the street, featuring several of his large-
Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald
scale works. His indoor studio hours are noon
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is off Dawson
to 5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. The
Drive next to the Sun Bowl. Hours are 10 a.m.
indoor studio features his sculpture, drawings,
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (open until 7
and art assemblages as well as access to a sec-
p.m. Thursday) and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
ond private sculpture garden. Information: 915-
Information: 747-6151, or
562-7820 or
on Facebook at RubinCenter.
International Museum of Art — 1211 Showing through Dec. 14:
Montana. The museum is operated by the • “Iconográfika Oaxaca: Contemporary Prints,
International Association for the Visual Arts in Photos and Works on Paper” in the L Gallery.
the historic Turney Home. Hours are 10 a.m. The exhibit takes a look at a new generation of
to 5 p.m. Wednesday Thursday and Friday, 1 artists who blend their indigenous roots with
to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free guided iconic imagery from contemporary life.
tours available on a walk-in basis. Admission is • “Yana Payusova: “Revolutions” in the Project
free. Information: 543-6747, internationalmuse- Space. The exhibit explores the dynamics of or on Facebook. power and gender through vivid imagery paint-
The Art of the Arts Society presents “The Art ed onto large ceramic vessels.
of Guitar Music in El Paso” family Christmas • “Tu Huella es el Camino (Your Footprint is
celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, featuring the Path)” solo exhibition from Mexican artist
music by Shaun Mahoney, Austin Jim Murphy, Betsabeé Romero in the Rubin Gallery. Romero
Cliff Seaman, and Mariachi performing a variety addresses migration and belonging through
of music styles. Admission is free; donations large-scale sculptures, prints and installations.
Terry Wright Mosaic Studio Open
Krystyna Robbins Studio — Krystyna House — Mosaic artist Terry Wright will host
Robbins will host her annual Christmas Open the event at her Upper Valley studio, 630 Gary
House & Miniature Sale noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Lane, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
Dec. 9, at the Robbins Studio, 5070 Yucca Several other artists will also show and sell
(Upper Valley, off Country Club). their work. Information: 731-6730 or terry-
Retablos, slates, miniatures and small paintings
and other works will be for sale, including origi-
nal ornaments and tiles.
Las Cruces/Mesilla
In November, Robbins received one of the
seven awards at the “Pain in the Beach” Plein 10-10 Arts Hop — Doña Ana Arts Council
Air Competition in Fort Myers, Florida. hosts “12 Hours of Art in Las Cruces” with
events 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the second Saturday
La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — of every month (Dec. 8). Participating galleries
The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery
are University Art Gallery, Cutter Gallery,
is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, Rokoko Gallery,
Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
Four Points Perspective and Art Obscura.
Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on
Hours vary per location. Information: (575)
Facebook at YISDFineArts.
523-6403. Schedule:
The 21st annual Virgen de Guadalupe juried
art award exhibit is Dec. 3-Jan. 14 (closed for ArtRageous — Doña Ana Arts Council
Christmas break). Gala opening and awards offers community art classes 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
presentation is 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, with selected Wednesdays at DAAC Arts & Cultural
folklorico dancers, mariachi and other enter- Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de
tainment by student groups. Mercado, Suite D. Classes include materials,
light refreshments and a glass of wine. No
Nina Eaton Photography Open House experience is necessary; all levels welcome.
— Nina East will host her annual holiday open
Wear old clothes or smock. Cost $30 per class
house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.
(includes materials and light refreshments).
to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-9, at her studio at
Class size limited. Registration: (575) 523-6403
506 Shadow Willow Drive in the Upper Valley,
with photos of El Paso’s favorite places on gift
• Dec. 5: Shibori Silk Scarf with Linda Elkins.
items such as Coaster, trivets, magnets, mouse
• Dec. 12: After DeGrazia with Sally Quillin;
pads, note cards, ornaments, prints and canvas.
painting in the style of Ted (Ettore) De Grazia.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres served. Information:
Offered 2 to 4 p.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
630-3013, or
• Jan. 9: Pour Painting with Barbara
Guest artist Catherine Waterhouse will fea-
ture her one-of-a kind gemstone jewelry. Colorful Trails Second Saturday —
Several Las Cruces artists will host studio open
PDA Gallery — The gallery, home of Exist, houses noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
is at 114B Mills, off San Jacinto Plaza.
• Gypsy Sage Artists Marj Leininger, at 4118
Information: Showing through
Calle Belleza (Sonoma Ranch). Watercolors and
Dec. 17 is “Head in the Clouds,” photography
mixed media. Information: (575) 520-9245.
by Nina Titovets.
• Kathleen Deasy, 625 Van Patten (oils and
PhotoWalk 2018 exhibit — The mixed media on canvas). Christmas cookies
Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, 910 E.
Please see Page 30

December 2018 El Paso Scene Page 29
Art Scene impressionistic paintings of people, animals, Opening reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Also
birds, landscapes, florals and historic renderings Dec. 8, as part of the Second Saturday 10–10
Cont’d from Page 29 Art Hop — MainStreet Truth or
by Paula V.O. Voris. Arts Hop.
Second Saturday Arts Hope is Dec. 8, with Consequences sponsors the event 6 to 9 p.m.
and apple cider. Information: (828) 467-9060.
book signing by Kent Jabob 1 to 3 p.m. for his
Downtown Ramble — The City of Las the second Saturday of each month (Dec. 8) in
• Duncklee’s Art Studio, 1201 2nd. Artist Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 the downtown gallery district. The event fea-
mystery “Hopi Tea.
Penny Duncklee, plein air watercolors. Music p.m. the first Friday of the month at art venues tures the monthly art opening of new shows
by Larry Stocker. Information: (575) 523-1889 Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center — of in a seven-block stretch of Las Cruces throughout the galleries of Truth or
or The gallery at the DAAC Arts Council Arts & Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 647-0508. Consequences, including fine arts, pottery, and
• Debra Vance studio at 2200 W. Union Ave, Culture Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado. Hours fabric arts. Many shops and restaurants stay
west of Hwy. 28. Showing her watercolor are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Las Cruces Museum of Art — 491 N.
Main (Downtown Mall). Hours are 10 a.m. to open late for this monthly event, with live
paintings and Christmas cards. Information: Gallery closed Dec. 22-Jan. 1. Information: music in several locations. Information torc-
4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to
970-405-5784 or (575) 523-6403 or
4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the
Showing Dec. 7-21: “Across the Board,”
Cutter Gallery — 2640 El Paseo (at works by Doña Ana Arts Council members
First Friday Ramble. Information: (575) 541- Cloudcroft Art Society Gallery – The
University), Las Cruces. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 2137 or gallery is in the “Red Brick Schoolhouse” at the
Barbara Reasoner, Emmitt Booher, Abby
p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Showing through Jan. 12: The annual “Bird in intersection of Burro Avenue and Swallow
Osborne, Heidi Frohnapfel, and Deret Roberts,
Saturday. Information: (575) 541-0658 or the- Art: Takes Flight and Soars” exhibit with Place in Cloudcroft, N.M. Hours are every 10
and emeritus DAAC board members Ron dynamic and contemplative interpretations of a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday June through
Saltzman, Kathleen Squires, and Eric Rivera.
Showing through Dec. 29: Romantic and avian marvels via original paintings, sculptures, December, featuring paintings of all media,
and graphics created within the last three years. photography, pottery, pine needle baskets,
Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science intarsia (wood designs), prints and cards creat-
interim curator Destry Kissick will explore the ed by various artists.
Get Scene origins of scientific names and the taxonomic
classification of select birds featured in the exhi-
Admission is free. Information: Cloudcroft Art
Society on Facebook.
bition, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
around town! “Artventurous” free art appreciation activities
are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday.
Deming Arts Center — The Deming Arts
Council gallery and gift shop, 100 Gold in
December’s events are holiday-themed. Deming, N.M., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Scene comes out the last week of the month.

Reading Art Book Club meets at 2:30 p.m. the Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Pick up your copy at these and other locations.

second Wednesday in the Museum of Nature Information: (575) 546-3663, or
Or subscribe by mail! See Page 38 for order form.
VILLAGE INN WALGREENS SUNNY SMILES and Science classroom. The Dec. 12 book is on Facebook.
1500 Airway 1788 N. Zaragosa
“Painting Methods of the Impressionist” by The annual Christmas Boutique is Dec. 1-30,
Bernard Dunstan. with gifts by area artisans. Reception is 1 to 3
7144 Gateway East 890 N Resler Dr 10039 Dyer
Open Sketch event is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
4757 Hondo Pass 5900 N Mesa St

Dec. 13.
Grant County Art Guild Gallery - For its
2929 N. Mesa 8050 N Mesa
6440 N. Mesa 2800 N. Mesa
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery — 50th anniversary, the Grant County Art Guild
9757 DYER
7801 N. Mesa
will move its gallery from Pinos Altos to the
2879 Montana
2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, across
2275 Trawood LUCY'S
former Hester House building, corner of
5401 Montana
from the Fountain Theatre. Hours are 10 a.m.
1331 N. Zaragoza
Hester and Buillard in historic downtown Silver
In Las Cruces:
1100 Geronimo
to 5 p.m. daily. Information: (575) 522-2933 or
3464 Joe Battle City. The gallery features paintings, photogra-
8401 Gateway West 10040 DYER

December’s featured artists are Roxana phy, prints, greeting cards, ceramics, fiber arts,
455 S. Telshor 5150 Fairbanks
Quinnell and Rami Scully. Quinnell works in jewelry, home décor, and more. Open 10 a.m.
9428 Dyer
GOLDEN CORRAL 6800 Gateway West
pencil, pen and ink, mixed media and acrylic on to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to
10780 Kenworthy
4610 Transmountain
canvas. Scully’s favorite mediums are pastels, 4 p.m. Sunday; closed holidays. Information:
1460 N Lee Trevino 1210 Wedgewood BARNES & NOBLE
oils, acrylics and watercolors. (575) 538-8216, or on Facebook at
3355 N Yarbrough 705 Sunland Park Dr.
Grant County Art Guild.
Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite,
1831 N. Lee Trevino
11925 Gateway West CAFE EAST
Rio Bravo Fine Art — 110 Broadway in
2950 George Dieter
Las Cruces. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11251 Rojas
Truth or Consequences, N.M. Open noon to 5
11685 Montwood
Thursday and Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Information: (575) 640-3502 or mesquiteart- p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Information:
ALL LOCATIONS 12390 Edgemere
2030 E. Yandell (575) 894-0572 or
1607 N Zaragoza
ALL LOCATIONS 100 N. Americas 7555 Aculpulco
8045 N. Loop

Gallery Talk “Because the Latin culture is an
inescapable reality, it is important to edu-
14300 Horizon
5218 Doniphan GALLERY / EPAA
Cont’d from Page 31 cate ourselves with the question of what it
¡AY CARAMBA! 500 W. Paisano
means to be from Latin America. Latin
installation called “The Close Up Room,”
8001 N Mesa
American art should not necessarily be
River Run Plaza
which includes photos of her working
thought of as a narrative that is entirely
space in Marfa plus completed works and
AVANT-EDGE 9600 Sims

separate from that of the United States, but
5034 Doniphan
works in progress, and even plays the
rather as one that is shared.”
same music she enjoys while working at
14476 Horizon MANDO’S GALLERY
Haydee Alonso, the new director at the
her Marfa studio.
1576 Lomaland
Hal Marcus Gallery and who is also a
5420 Doniphan 1445 Main, San Eizario

Latina Arte exhibition
Latin artist, adds her own perspective on
the exhibition: “There is no better time to
7000 Westwind
3400 N. Mesa LIBRARIES
The Hal Marcus Gallery will shine the showcase Latin American Art, especially
spotlight on artwork created by women from the perspective of women, than dur-
with a Latin American background in ing these times of crisis. It is easy for us to
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“Latina Arte,” the gallery’s first all-Latin try and decode the differences between
9008 Dyer female exhibition. Opening Dec. 6 and American, Latino or Chicano; especially
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8825 N. Loop hanging through Feb. 28, the exhibition from a ‘fronterizo’ perspective. With our
13855 Horizon Blvd. will showcase a diverse offering of paint- Latina Arte exhibition, we hope to culti-
vate an understanding that all of these enti-
ings created by Teresa Fernandez, Carmen
Navar, Romy Hawkins, Martha Arzabala, ties are shared.
9201 Gateway W
JJ’S Leticia Luevanos, Lillian Sandova, Erica “The medium and style used by all nine
Zamora and Isabel Olivares. Latinas vary from mosaics, to watercolor,
“We are defining Latina artists as those 3D artwork and acrylics; yet all the art-
6232 N. Mesa
whose art is influenced by their cultural work is connected through our experiences
backgrounds,” Marcus said. “Some were in the border,” she added.
7520 Remcon PUBLIC
born in Mexico while others are second
Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
865 N. Resler
generation; all speak Spanish and would
specializing in the visual art
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be considered bi-cultural.
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Page 30 El Paso Scene December 2018
Marfa artist has solo
exhibit at EP Museum
This exhibition, which is Speed’s most In her catalog, Speed comments, “The
comprehensive to date, represents works tattoo sleeves of the figure in ‘Deep Water’
produced in the last five years, many of incorporate Dore’s illustrations of the

which have never been exhibited before. Genesis flood narrative. That makes it a
“The exhibition has been organized into painting of a flood, made with images of a
two parts,” Burns noted, “The first, which flood taken from a bible that drowned in a
showcases her paintings in oil and flood. The figure’s internal organs are a
he scintillating El Paso Museum of gouache, focuses on characters that are map of the Middle East and her breasts are
Art exhibition, “East of the Sun and outside of time and place. The second sec- an augmented topographical map of the
West of the Moon,” showcases 48 tion, entitled ‘Worlds Colliding,’ is dedi- grounds of the Leavenworth Penitentiary
works by artist Julie Speed, who is based cated to collages in which the artist melds that I painted together. Finally if you look
in Marfa, Texas. Imaginative and thought eastern and western traditions. One exam- closely at the bottom of the picture you
provoking in content, Speed’s surreal ple of this approach is her piece ‘Deep can see a harbor scene with oil rigs and a
paintings and collages find their source in Water,’ a gouache and collage that focuses refinery in the background of a flooded
her vivid and unusual creative style. The on a figure immersed waist-deep water. city.”
exhibit opened in November and continues The collage features pages from a water As part of the exhibition, Speed has
through April 7, damaged copy of an 1877 bible illustrated designed a three-channel video and sound
Born in Chicago in 1951 and coming by Gustave Dore.”
from a “hands on” creative family, Speed Please see Page 30
had an early inclination to pursue her own
artistic interests. She attended classes at
the Rhode Island School of Design before
dropping out at age 19 to reevaluate her
destiny. She spent the next few years trav-
eling the U. S. before eventually settling in
Nova Scotia, Canada. During this period,
she earned her keep with such diverse jobs
as house painter, horse trainer, writer and
farmworker. Her marriage to Fran
Christina, drummer with the Fabulous
Thunderbirds, eventually brought the cou-
ple to Austin, Texas.
By this time Speed realized that her true
passion was art, so she began to teach her-
self to paint. She was influenced by the
work of Belgian surrealist Rene Francois
Magritte, an artist whose images chal-
lenged observers’ preconditioned defini-
tions of reality. Speed now creates her own
unique imagery, often combining the medi-
ums of oil paint, gouache and collage.
Finding inspiration in the wellspring of
her rich imagination, Speed has become
known for a signature style that often
include faces with a third eye, strangely “The Horse Soldier” by Julie Speed
arranged or detached body parts, and other
departures from reality. Although her Speed’s artistic process than to the land in
paintings could be called figurative, she which her imaginary characters live. The
begins not with drawings, but by intricate- artist shares, “The determination of east
ly arranging geometric shapes. over west is influenced by the colors I use.
“I start with the composition, and more For example colors are much stronger and
than any other element, the composition richer in the east.”
drives the narrative. I may take days and “The Horse Soldier” is a prime example.
even weeks arranging and rearranging var- “The soldier’s vividly patterned uniform in
ious sized shapes until suddenly they fit greens and red is set against a warm gold-
together in just the right pattern.” en background. The uniform is comprised
Many of the paintings featured in the from pieces from Japanese woodblock
exhibition are finely layered oils or prints. For his uniform, I chose military
gouache combined with paper as a collage. illustrations some of which featured hors-
“I have been collecting paper since I was es. These were what inspired the title.”
about 18 and now every drawer in the The story behind the creation of “Eating
house is filled to overflowing,” she said Warhol’s Lunch” is equally fascinating. “In
jokingly. “A good portion of my creative the process of arranging a series of geo-
time is spent in searching for just the right metric shapes, two became heads — one a
pieces.” She notes that they all have differ- man and the other a woman while others
ent weights, colors and textures – qualities reminded me of bowls. This brought to
that often determine the final outcome of mind the painting ‘The Bean Eater’ by
the imagery. Carracci, but the paper I was using was
Speed also uses illustrations from old red, not brown like beans. Thinking of
books as a source. In this regard she has what they could be eating, I recalled the
two hard and fast rules. The first is that the color of Campbell’s tomato soup. In turn
paper must come from already ruined finding the soup caused me to think of
books. She lists floods, fire and children as Warhol’s famous image of a Campbell
her best allies in providing such material. soup can and that inspired the title of the
Worms have become another ally, she painting.”
added. “They simply can’t resist the mul- EPMA Curatorial Assistant Kevin Burns,
berry bark paper of the Japanese wood- in explaining the decision to present this
block prints I use.” exhibition, noted, “One part of the EPMA
Her second rule is never using a comput- mission is to represent the work of Texas
er to enhance her work. Any changes are artists. Speed has resided in Texas since
made by drawing using a very fine brush. the mid 1970s and in Marfa since 2006,
The exhibition title “East of the Sun and and her work truly represents the very best
West of the Moon” actually refers more to of Texas art.”

December 2018 El Paso Scene Page 31
New on the Border Bookshelf: meets at 2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of
“A Fighter’s Will” by Thomas “Tommy” each month in the Museum of Nature and
Dominguez III (Dorrance Publishing Co.). The Science classroom next door. The Dec. 12
16-year-old Faith Christian Academy student book is “Painting Methods of the
has authored his first book, featuring a cover Impressionists” by Bernard Dunstan. Meetings
design by his sister Mia Ilani Dominguez. The are free and open to the public; participants do
coming of age story about a high school student not need to have read the book. Information:
named Bryson, which Dominguez should (575) 541-2217, or las-
appeal to lovers of Shounen Jump stories and
martial arts. Information:
Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club —
The book club devoted to Victorian era science
A book signing with Dominguez is 2 p.m.
fiction meets at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at
Sunday, Dec. 9, at Barnes & Noble, 8889
Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120
Gateway West, Suite 120 Fountains at Farah,).
Magoffin, to discuss “The First Men in the
Cactus Flower Bookery — The new local Moon” by H.G. Wells (1901). Victorian era or
bookstore at 5024 Doniphan (Placita Santa Fe), steampunk dress encouraged, but not required.
Suite 9, will host its Grand Opening 10:30 a.m. Tea and pastries provided Admission is free.
to 7 p.m. Dec. 1-8, offering new, used, rare Information: 533-5147,
and local books, and literary accessories. or Facebook.
Information: 203-8338 or cactusflowerbook-
El Paso Writers’ League — The league
meets 2 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of the
Tumblewords Project — The writing month at the Dorris Van Doren Regional
workshops are 12:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Branch Library, 551 E. Redd Road. Admission is
Saturdays at the Memorial Park Public Library free. Information:
meeting room, 3200 Copper. Workshops are or on
free; donations for the presenter are encour- Facebook at ElPasoWritersLeague.
aged. The group is open to all writers in a non-
Barnes & Noble events — Events are at
critique, non-caustic forum. Information: 566-
both El Paso Barnes & Noble locations, (West
1034 (library), 328-5484, tumblewordspro-
Side) 705 Sunland Park Drive, (East Side) at or on Facebook.
Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West, Suite
• Dec. 1: “Tales of Nature” with Juba the 120; and in Las Cruces at 700 S. Telshor in
Griot (Sarah Addison). Juba uses instruments,
Mesilla Valley Mall.
songs and dance to weave African-American
Information: (West Side) 581-5353; (East
culture and folklore through her stories.
Side) 590-1932; and (Las Cruces) (575) 522-
• Dec. 8: “Outside the Box” with Eternity 4499.
Wauls. Wauls is a Word Expressionist who
Polar Express Pajama Party activities and sto-
knows the power in the spoken word as well
rytime is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.
as the written word.
Stories for children are at 11 a.m. Saturdays at
• Dec. 15: ”The Craft and Business of all locations, and at 10 a.m. at the Westside and
Writing” with Becka Oliver and Michael Noll.
Las Cruces stores.
Noll, program director of the Writers League
of Texas, is author of “The Writer’s Field Books Are Gems — 7744 North Loop Ste
Guide to the Craft of Fiction.” WLT Executive B (behind Compass Bank). The nonprofit
Director Becka Oliver spent more than 16 organization sells and gives away new and used
years working at major publishing houses and books. Children who come to the store may
then as a literary agent. Oliver will talk about receive six free used books. Teachers can also
best practices for querying agents and the pub- receive free books for their classroom. Hours
lishing business in general. are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and
• Dec. 22: “Writing for the Dark Times” with Friday; and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.
Donna Snyder, Tumblewords founder. This Information: 845-5437 or
workshop is her annual presentation scheduled
Black Cat Sunday Poets — Black Cat
near the winter solstice.
Books and Coffee, 128 Broadway in Truth or
‘The Rio Grande Blues & Death and Consequences, N.M., hosts free poetry read-
Mexico’ — Author Earl Rymkus will promote ings at 1 p.m. the second Sunday of the month.
his new book of poems, sketches and short Information: (575) 894-7070.
stories 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at El Paso
Branigan Library 4th Wednesday —
Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon,
The monthly program for adults is 2 p.m. the
Downtown. Admission is free. Information:
fourth Wednesday of each month at Thomas
(503) 224-1944.
Branigan Library’s Roadrunner Room, 200 E.
Reading Art Book Club — The book club Picacho in Las Cruces. Participation is free.
of the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main, Information, registration: (575) 528-4005.

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Dec. 8). Information: 747-5118, Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. or on Facebook. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death,
This holiday ghost story is filled with thrills the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and
and chills, but is also a tale of family, solitude, mirrors quickly turn dangerous.
and redemption, with the unique flavor of the
Dinner Detective Holiday Season
Show — The Dinner Detective Murder
‘Icarus Was a Rookie’ — El Paso Mystery Show presents the Christmas-themed
Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series show 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 22, at
‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ — El Arts, Las Cruces. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. presents the play by the Border Theatre at Holiday Inn Sunland Park, 900 Sunland Park
Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the
Tickets: $17. Information: (575) 646-4515 or 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Philanthropy Drive. Actors are hidden in the audience in
family holiday comedy based on the Barbara Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre) Tickets: plain sight. Tickets: $59.95 at
Robinson book Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Showtimes
$16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or Information:
are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.
‘The 25th Annual Putnam County A New Year’s Eve Show is 7 p.m. Monday,
Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors 62+, stu-
Spelling Bee’ auditions — Kids-N-Co. Director Austin Savage and the Rio Grande Dec. 31.
dents, military; $9 12 and younger).
hosts auditions 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Writers team up to create an interactive expe-
Information: 532-1317 or
Dec. 2-3, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 rience where the audience orders plays from a
Chamizal Asks: ‘What Would Dickens
‘Mary Poppins’ — Las Cruces Community Murchison. The musical has roles for six stu- menu — 30 plays in 60 minutes. No costumes.
Say?’ — Chamizal invites community mem-
dents and three adults. Shows are Jan. 11-Jan. bers to a the bilingual “A Christmas on the
Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces No sets. Just five actors responding to what’s
27. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook. Border” version of the holiday classic at 7 p.m.
Downtown Mall presents the musical based on ordered. And they’ll be on the clock. If it sells
Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Chamizal National
the Disney movie Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Directed out, they’ll order pizza for the audience.
‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’ Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The play tells the
by Janet Beatty-Payne. Performances are 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
— UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student ‘Señora Tortuga’ — El Paso High School story of a bitter curmudgeon who learns the
Union West building, presents a fresh approach Tiger Theatre Troupe presents the value of goodwill and charity. Admission is free.
Tickets: $15 ($12 students, seniors, military,
to the 1967 classic based on the beloved English/Spanish bilingual play using the wisdom Information: 532-7273.
$10 children under 12; $11 per ticket for
Charles M. Schultz comic strip Dec. 4-9 for its tales of Mexican culture to give hope to a fami-
groups of 10 or more). Information: (575) 523-
Side Dish Student Production. No meals ly faced with too much reality at 6 p.m. Friday
1200 or
served. Show time is 7 p.m. Tuesday through and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at El Paso High
Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10; $7 School, This 45-minute play is suitable for all
classic Disney film, Disney and Cameron
UTEP faculty, staff, alumni association mem- ages. General admission: $5. Information: 236-
Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway
bers, non-UTEP students and military; $5 2500
audiences for over 2,500 performances and
UTEP students with valid ID (Ticketmaster). Young Pedro and his family make their home
received nominations for nine Olivier and seven
Information: 747-6060 or in a barn on the Mexican border. One evening,
Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, his mother invites a hungry woman to share the
‘The Snow Queen’ — Kids-N-Co. presents Schroeder and Snoopy in this revue of vignettes family dinner. This señora returns time and
John Robledo’s original adaptation of the Hans and songs, including two new songs again to eat and tell fantastic stories of the
Christian Anderson story Nov. 30-Dec. 16, at “Beethoven Day,” and “My New Philosophy,” enchanted serpent and Cucuy of Mexican leg-
First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison, along with favorites “My Blanket and Me,” end. Pedro is learning from these wisdom tales,
directed by Raul Chavez. Shows are 7:30 p.m. “The Baseball GAme,” “Little Known Facts,” but his mother is suspicious of the señora until
Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “Suppertime” and “Happiness.” it is revealed that Señora Tortuga holds the
Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citi- thread that ties their past dreams to their
‘Life and Beth’ — No Strings Theater
zens, military), available at the door. future.
Company presents the play by Alan Ayckbourn,
Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El
Paso Kids-n-Co.
directed by Autumn Gieb, Dec. 7-23, at the ‘The Game’s Afoot’ — Doña Ana
Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Repertory Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s
Adapted from the classic fairy-tale by Hans
Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, “Holmes for the Holiday” comic whodunnit at
Christian Andersen and narrated by the ever-
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and 2:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
present Aurora Borreal, the story focuses on
Sunday Dec. 16 and 23. Tickets: $15 ($12 stu- 14-15, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main
two best friends: Kai & Gerda. When Kai falls
dents and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Street in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall.
under an evil spell and mysteriously disappears,
Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no- Tickets: $10 ( Information:
just a few days before Christmas, Gerda goes (575) 523-6403 or
on a journey to find her lost friend.
It’s Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning It’s December 1936, and Broadway star
El Paso Playhouse auditions — El Paso the recent death of her health and safety officer William Gillette, admired the world over for his
Playhouse, 2501 Montana, hosts these auditions husband, Gordon. When David, the local vicar, leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has
for upcoming shows. Information, audition says a prayer, he unwittingly summons invited his fellow cast members to his
times: 532-1317 or Gordon’s ghost. It soon becomes apparent,
Upcoming auditions. however, that his return is not altogether wel-
• Dec. 2-3: “And the Winner Is.” Shows run come.
Jan. 18-27.
‘Pick Your Fancy’ — Burlesque on the Rio
• Dec. 9-10: “Always a Bridesmaid.” Shows presents its 8th biannual show at 9 p.m.
run Feb. 8-24.
Saturday, Dec. 8, at Touch Bar & Nightclub,
• Jan. 20-21: “Wait Until Dark.” Shows run 11395 James Watt, featuring Tifa Tittlywinks
March 22-April 7.
from Houston and Miss Mary Jane Green from
‘Inspecting Carol’ — American Southwest Dallas, as well members from Burlesque on the
Theatre Company presents the wicked satire of
Rio’s sister production company in
‘A Christmas Carol” by Daniel Sullivan and the
Albuquerque, Unicorn Productions. Doors
Seattle Repertory Co. through Dec. 2 at
open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10; $15 at the door,
NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces.
age 18 and older only. Limited amount of VIP
Directed by Nichole Hamilton. Performances
tables available for $100 (includes treats, bottle
are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m.
of champagne and four chair); one or two addi-
Saturday. Tickets: $17 ($14 seniors; $10 stu-
tional chairs available for $10 each; space limit-
dents; $5 high schools students with current
ed to six per table. Information:burlesqueon-
I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-41420 or nmsuthe-
Behind the scenes of a struggling theater’s ‘A Christmas Carol en la Frontera’ —
annual slapdash production of “A Christmas The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance
Carol,” rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no presents an original adaptation of Charles
longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Dickens’ holiday season classic by Jay Stratton
Spanish and their funding is on hold pending an & Adriana Dominguez Dec. 8-16, in UTEP’s
inspection. Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Directed
by Stratton, choreographed by Leanne Rinelli.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ — American Showtime is 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
Southwest Theatre Company presents the holi-
8, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16, and 7:30
day play based on the Frank Capra classic
p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Tickets: $12-$18 ($10 on
through Dec. 2 at NMSU’s Center for the

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UTEP adds border

flavor to Dickens
crooge. Saying that word brings
only one image to mind. A miser.
A cheapskate. A tightwad. The
word is in the English language because
of the famous character in Charles
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” whose
miserliness almost costs him his soul.
UTEP theater assistant professor Jay
Stratton, along with assistant professor
Adriana Dominguez, decided to rewrite
the traditional story with a border flair
in “A Christmas Carol, En La Frontera.” as an undergraduate in college and
But Scrooge remains, well, Scrooge. never really looked back,” Stratton said.
It is a bilingual tale that proves that “I spent 17 years in NYC as a profes-
any great literature can be set in a dif- sional actor (including numerous pro-
ferent time and place, but not lose its ductions of ‘Christmas Carol’) Then,
meaning. Ebenezer Scrooge still runs a four years ago, I got an offer to come
counting house. His clerk is Roberto teach theater at UTEP.”
Cratchit whose son Tiny Tim is Jay has directed “Dead Man’s Cell
extremely ill. And his former love is Phone,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Medea”
Bella instead of Belle. Scrooge disdains and “Bloody Shakespeare!” at UTEP
Nochebuena, but the story is the same. Department of Theatre, and “Sister Act”
Jacob Marley visits him and promises at the UTEP Dinner Theatre. He also
visits from three espíritus de Navidad played Bernadette in the dinner theatre’s
who turn the former miser into a giving production of “Priscilla, Queen of the
soul. But the rewritten version adds a Desert.”
little Spanish and a lot of border flavor, Stratton hopes this border version will
said Stratton, who is directing the piece. bring a little holiday spirit to its audi-
“This version is unique to our border ences.
region. It is bilingual and should be fun “’Christmas Carol’ has always been a
and familiar to our audience. The story favorite story of mine, but of course it is
rolls back and forth across the river,” he very British and Euro-centric,” Stratton
said. Stratton has gathered a cast of said. “So, I am delighted to take this
more than 30, with Joseph Fernandez as beloved tale and reshape it to be some-
Ebenezer Scrooge, Jeffrey Quintana as thing that excites our theatre students at
Roberto Cratchit and Larissa Reyes UTEP.”
Arzate as Bella. No one should be deterred from seeing
The biggest challenge, Stratton said, the show by the bicultural elements, he
was gathering a cast who could embrace added. “It’s bilingual, but you don’t
both languages. “Plus, I personally as need to speak Spanish to enjoy it. The
director only know enough Spanish to play is written to be enjoyed by all the
order dinner in Juárez,” he joked. people of our region.”
“Adriana Dominguez and I spent the
summer adapting the script — which Carol Viescas is a veteran of
community theater and teaches
was delightful, but not easy. There’s journalism at Bel Air High School.
also a strong dance element this year
which (assistant professor) Leanne UTEP Department of Theatre and
Rinelli and I are coordinating and trying Dance presents “A Christmas Carol en
to work into the traditional story.” la Frontera” Dec. 8-16 at UTEP’s Fox
But Stratton brings a wealth of experi- Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre.
ence to the show. Information: 747-5118,
“I dove into theatre about 30 years ago or on Facebook.

Film Scene Jon C. Baird. Biographic look at the triumphant
farewell tour of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in
Cont’d from Page 35
post-World War II Britain and Ireland.
action & motion-capture animation. Steve • Vice (Annapurna) — Biography. Christian
Carell, Diane Kruger, Eiza González. Directed Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell. Directed by
by Robert Zemeckis. Based on an inspirational Adam McKay. How a bureaucratic Washington
true story. insider quietly became the most powerful man
• Zero (Red Chillies) — Katrina Kaif, Shah in the world as vice-president to George W.
Rukh Khan, Salman Khan. Directed by Aanand Bush.
L. Rai.
DVD/Blu-ray Releases
Dec. 28:
• Destroyer (Annapurna) — Nicole Kidman, Dec. 4:
Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany. Directed by • Mission: Impossible — Fallout. PG-13
Karyn Kusama. • The Nun. R
• Holmes & Watson (Columbia) — Will • Operation Finale. PG-13
Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, John C. Reilly. Directed Dec. 11:
by Etan Cohen. • The Equalizer 2. R
• On the Basis of Sex (Focus) — Justin • Peppermint. R
Theroux, Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer.
Directed by Mimi Leder. Dec. 18:
• Stan & Ollie (Sony Classics) — John C. Reilly, • The Predator. R
Stephanie Hyam, Steve Coogan. Directed by • The House With a Clock in Its Walls. PG

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New Mexico Museum of Space by David Robert Mitchell.
History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. • Vox Lux (Neon) — Jude Law, Natalie
Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater tickets are $7 Portman, Willem Dafoe. Directed by Brady
($6 seniors and military; $5 ages 4-12). Theatre Corbet.
closed Dec. 25. Planetarium show is $5 ($4
Dec. 14:
seniors, military and children). Ages 3 and
• Mortal Engines (Universal) — Hugo Weaving,
Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande Richard Garven and Laurie Koval will perform under free. Museum/IMAX combo tickets avail-
Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan. Directed by
Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, on the Plaza’s restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer able. Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575)
Christian Rivers.
presents classic films on selected dates. Organ before each movie. Information: plaza- 437-2840, or on
• The Mule (Warner Bros.) — Bradley Cooper,
Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndethe- or Facebook.
Taissa Farmiga, Clint Eastwood. Directed by or on Facebook. • Dec. 9: “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947 ver- Now showing:
• 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1: National Lampoon’s sion), 3:30 p.m. • Australia’s Great Wild North, 11:05 a.m.,
• Second Act (STX) — Milo Ventimiglia,
Christmas Vacation. Admission: $5. • Dec. 16: “A Christmas Story,” (1 p.m.) and 1:10 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Lopez. Directed by
• 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8: Polar Express. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (3:30 p.m.) • “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,”
Peter Segal.
Audience encouraged to come in their robe • Jan. 6: “Frozen” (1 p.m.) and “Ice Age” (3:30 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
• Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
and pjs. Admission: $1 cash. p.m.). • “Mysteries of China,” 10:10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
(Columbia) — CG Animation. Voices of Nicolas
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22: White Christmas. Star Show is 11:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.
Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber. Directed
Admission: $8 (discounts for seniors, children, Jay’s Film Forecast — Film historian Jay by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney
“Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of
military and students). Duncan prepared this list of top monthly Rothman.
Beethoven‘s Final Symphony” is 3 p.m. Sunday,
“Coming Attractions” for movie fans, listed by • The Wedding (ArabQ) — Nikohl Boosheri,
Jay’s Pix Presents at the International Dec. 9, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315
studio and release date (subject to change): Sam Abbas, Harry Aspinwall. Directed by Sam
Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Travis (enter through parking lot across from
rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free, Abbas.
Sunset Film Society host film presentations at 2 Dec. 7:
p.m. Saturdays at International Museum of Art, donations accepted. Information: 740-3962. • Ben Is Back (Roadside) — Julia Roberts, Dec. 21:
1211 Montana (door on Brown opens at 1:30 This film looks at how Beethoven’s Ninth Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton. Directed by • Aquaman (Warner Bros.) — Amber Heard,
p.m.). Admission is free. Snacks available for Symphony — and specifically the “Ode to Joy” Peter Hedges. Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman. Directed by
purchase. Information: 543-6747 (museum), — has served as an anthem for liberation strug- • Capernaum (Sony Classics) — Zain Al James Wan. and sunsetfilmso- gles at Tiananmen Square, at freedom demon- Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife • Bumblebee (Paramount) — Hailee Steinfeld, strations in Pinochet’s Chile, at the fall of the Treasure Bankole. Directed by Nadine Labaki. Justin Theroux, Angela Bassett. Directed by
The month’ celebrates the season with family Berlin Wall, and at other events throughout the • The Invisibles (Greenwich) — Alice Dwyer, Travis Knight.
films. No movie on Dec. 8. world. Max Mauff, Ruby O. Fee. Directed by Claus • Cold War (Amazon) — Joanna Kulig, Tomasz
• Dec. 1: “Elf,” 15th anniversary showing. One Räfle. Kot, Borys Szyc. Directed by Pawel
Flickinger Films — Flickinger Film League
of Santa’s elves (Will Ferrell) learns he is actual- • Mary Queen of Scots (Focus) — Saoirse Pawlikowski.
host movie screenings at Flickinger Center for
ly a human and goes to New York City to meet Ronan, David Tennant, Margot Robbie. • Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios)
Performing Arts, 1110 New York, Alamogordo.
his biological father (James Caan), spreading Directed by Josie Rourke. — Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury.
A screening of “Die Hard” is 7 p.m. Monday,
Christmas cheer in a world of cynics. • The Silence (Global Road) — Kiernan Shipka, Directed by Rob Marshall. Follow-up to 1964
Dec. 17. Membership information: (575) 437-
• Dec. 15: “Polar Express.” Based on the 1985 Miranda Otto, Stanley Tucci. Directed by John film starring Julie Andrews.
2202 or
children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. On R. Leonetti. • Welcome to Marwen (Universal) — Live-
Christmas Eve, a boy grows bitterly skeptical of Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de • Under the Silver Lake (A24) — Andrew
the existence of Santa Claus. As he struggles to Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace. Directed Please see Page 34

Marie Otero Hair & Art
sleep, he is roused by the arrival of a steam Mesilla. The historic theater, operated by the
locomotive outside his home. Outside, the Mesilla Valley Film Society, features films at
train’s conductor (Tom Hanks) introduces the 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 1:30 p.m. Saturday and
train as the Polar Express, bound for the North 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 ($6 seniors,
& Florence Street Gallery
Wash & Wear Hair!
Pole. military and students with ID; $5 children and
• Dec. 22: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare society members); $5 on Wednesday.
Before Christmas,” 25th anniversary showing. Information, schedule: (575) 524-8287 or
Jack Skellington, the king of “Halloween
for the Hip, Natural Look
1015 N. Florence at Arizona 2Byblocks
Town,” stumbles through a portal to Theatre is closed Dec. 24-27.
“Christmas Town” and decides to celebrate the On Sunday nights, the 7:30 screening has

new holiday with some unexpected and comi- open captions when the scheduled film has an
north of Montana

cal consequences. open caption option.

• Dec. 29: “The King’s Speech.” Colin Firth • Nov. 30-Dec. 6: “The Happy Prince.” The Call today for your appointment
plays the future King George VI who, to cope last days of Oscar Wilde — and the ghosts that
with a stammer an Australian speech and lan- haunted them — are vividly evoked in Rupert
guage therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The men Everett’s directorial debut.
become friends as they work together, and
• Dec. 7-13: “Wildlife.” A teenage boy must
after his brother abdicates the throne, the new
deal with his mother’s complicated responses
king relies on Logue to help him make his first
after his father temporarily abandons them to
wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declara-
take a dangerous job – fighting fires along the
tion of war on Germany in 1939.
Canadian border.
Film Salon — The Film Salon presents the • Dec. 14-20: “Colette.” French writer
“The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” at 6:30 Colette is pushed by her husband to write nov-
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Alamo Drafthouse els under his name. She pens semi-autobio-
Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, as part of a series graphical novels about a witty and brazen coun-
on Powell & Pressburger: the 1940s. Tickets: try girl named Claudine. Upon their success,
$5; available at Information: she fights to make her talents known, challeng- or on Facebook. ing gender norms.
Upcoming films in the series are “A Matter of • Dec. 21-23: “Free Solo.” Follow Alex
Life and Death” (Jan. 5) and “Black Narcissus” Honnold as he becomes the first person to
(Feb. 2). ever free-solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El
Capitan Wall.
Holiday Movies at Plaza — El Paso
Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film • Dec. 28-Jan. 3: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Festival and El Paso Live are teaming up to When celebrity biographer Lee Israel falls out
show free Holiday Movies selected Sundays at of step with current tastes, she turns her art
the Plaza Theatre as part of the 3rd annual form to deception.
WinterFest. Local organists Ken Fedorick, No matinee Saturday, Dec. 29.

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Holiday: William Shatner, “Shatner
Claus,” Cleopatra Records
The holidays may never be the same now
that an alum from Star Trek is involved.
William Shatner first threw his hat into the
music ring a half-century ago and since then
he has put out nearly a dozen albums. He
even pulled up a chair at Ben Folds’ table to
guest on his “Fear of Pop” disc. His newest
offering is “Shatner Claus.” If the truly
bizarre is your thing then Santa has left you a
sack full of goodies this year. If not, this
lump of coal might make you wonder if you
were naughty. Either way, this is one that
needs to be heard. This is television’s
Captain Kirk taking us through holiday clas-
sics, as well as an original, as only he can. J Mascis, “Elastic Days,” Sub Pop
Most cuts are primarily done in a spoken- The extinction of Dinosaur Jr. in 1997 was
word style with musical accompaniment all too abrupt, but this species of alternative
from his cast of co-stars, with some even rock somehow rose from the ashes once
dueting on the mic. The lineup includes Iggy again over a decade ago. Their leader, J
Pop serenading on “Silent Night,” Henry Mascis, may appear ancient with his long,
Rollins yelling on “Jingle Bells” and Brad flowing gray locks, but he has never gone
Paisley adding his country charm to “Blue missing. He is taking a break from roaming
Christmas.” Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top pro- the earth and ventured out on his own with
vides a few guitar licks, while Jethro Tull’s the latest, “Elastic Days.” Whenever he loses
Ian Anderson is obviously blowing away on his herd the sound is very different. Gone are
the flute, and of course Rick Wakeman of the pounding drums, there’s no thumbing
Yes tickles the keys. All I can say about bass, and the fuzzy guitar wobble is basically
“Shatner Claus” is this is “highly illogical.” missing in action, but he does manage to
sandwich the album with cuts at the begin-
National: Alejandro Escovedo, “The ning and end that feature that trademarked
Crossing,” Yep Roc Records feedback-laden guitar mastery. The sound is
This man used to be a fixture of the live primarily replaced with acoustic strumming
music landscape of El Paso. In the 1990s and front and center, coupled with his familiar
2000s he visited our city so many times his nasal-tinged impassioned whine. The other
music belonged in the local section (a thing instrumentation is kept to a minimum and he
record stores used to have). Actually that’s quietly morphs into the most sensitive, skull-
not too far off: He was born in San Antonio. crushing, earth-shaking, fear-inducing cuddly
Alejandro Escovedo has been a guitar slinger creature ever with his very gentle serenades.
for close to half a century: in the mid ’70s These are his “Elastic Days” so kick back
with the Nuns, then Rank and File, after that and take it easy with this one for now,
True Believer, and rounding it off with Buick because he is sure to be stretching back to
MacKane. Maybe groups weren’t his thing. his roar soon enough.
He’s made it on his own for 20 years, and
has been very busy playing record label hop- Collectibles: Electric Light Orchestra,
scotch, this year landing on a new square “The UK Singles Volume One 1972-
with “Yep Roc Records.” The new disc is 1978,” Legacy
“The Crossing,” an ambitious collection He was the fifth member of the Traveling
boasting 17 tracks that has all the trappings Wilburys, which prompted many people in
of a classic Escovedo record: Americana the States to ask, “Who’s that guy?” He has
base with a splash of horns, at times a politi- also collaborated with former members of
cal agenda, a few haunting ballads and seri- the Beatles and even produced many of that
ous cow punk. The latter is upped a notch band’s posthumous releases. Before all that
with the help of The Stooges’ James he was the leader of a very successful British
Williamson and MC5’s Wayne Kramer. No band called Electric Light Orchestra, or
need to proceed with caution at this crossing; ELO. The man behind all of these accom-
it’s full steam ahead and a must-get for the plishments is Jeff Lynne and his early work
2018 music season. with his band is celebrated in the new ultra-
limited edition 7-inch singles box set. The
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The collection boasts 16 separate 45 single
Conspirators, “Living the Dream,” records, with over half of them being Top 10
Roadrunner Records hits on the British charts. “U.K. Single
Volume One 1972-1978” features all cuts
Reuniting with a band that dominated the
remastered from the original analog tapes for
world a quarter-century ago must be inspir-
the best sound, with the flip sides being
ing, because Slash has never sounded better.
exactly as experienced back in the day. It is
When Guns N’ Roses took a break from
also visually stunning. Once the lift-top box
being the only thing that matters on the con-
is removed, each individual platter is tucked
cert circuit, lead guitarist Slash got his other
away in a reproduction of the original paper
band back together and got himself on the
sleeve from over almost a half-century ago.
charts again. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy
This set is only available for a very short
& The Conspirators, “Living the Dream,” is
time, and it will definitely be snatched up
his third time around the block with this
quicker than the electric speed of light, so be
gang and they have delivered an amazing
sure to orchestrate your ability to obtain one
collection. Things are really starting to gel
with Myles Kennedy on the mic. They are no
longer a Guns N’ Roses cover band with
Keep an eye out for these new and upcoming
some originals thrown in for good measure,
but a full-fledged rock ’n’ roll machine of
their own. The album kicks off with Slash’s Ian Brown — “Ripples”
signature guitar and some pounding percus- The Claypool Lennon Delirium — “South
sion. Within seconds the vocals begin to soar, Of Reality”
and we are hooked so quickly you would Bob Mould — “Sunshine Rock”
think they were using top-shelf worms as Swervedriver — “Future Ruins”
bait. “Living the Dream” must be exactly
what Slash is doing, because after this bril- Brian Chozick is owner of Tumblin’
liance we all smell a new Guns N’ Roses Dice Music. Drop him a line at
album in the works, right?

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UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ 3 and 10; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Tickets:
home games are at the Don Haskins Center. $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all
seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
Games are 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$28. Information:
747-5234 or
• Saturday, Jan. 5: USTA
January La Pingo’s Orquesta — Amigos de la
Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales
• Thursday, Jan. 10: North Texas
• Saturday, Jan. 12: Rice
• Thursday, Jan. 24: Old Dominion
PREVIEW 2019 performance series opens with the musi-
cal group from Aguascalientes at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26, at Centro Cultural Paso del
• Saturday, Jan. 26: Charlotte. Norte in Juarez. The group plays a fusion of
WinterFest — El Paso Live with the classical, chamber, Argentine tango, Balkan
Hospitals of Providence and Providence music, jazz and more. Ticket information: 544-
Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and vari- 5118 in El Paso; 612-3175 or 612-4075 in
ous winter events through Jan. 6 in Juárez, or
Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surround- Songs of Hope — Singing Out Las Cruces
ing areas. Tickets online at presents its winter concert at 7 p.m. Saturday
Information: 534-0600 or and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26-27, at Peace
El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Lutheran Church, 1702 Missouri, Las Cruces.
Festival — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its Admission is $10; free for ages 12 and younger.
annual festival Jan. 10-Feb. 2 at various venues Information: (608) 772-1262 or singingout-
in El Paso and Las Cruces. Tickets to individual Singing Out Las Cruces is a
performances are $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 mixed voice, LGBTQA non-profit organization
Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey
youth. Free Bach’s Lunch performances are that performs choral works.
team hosts games at 11 a.m. Friday and 3:30
noon each Thursday at El Paso Museum of Art. p.m. Saturday at El Paso County Coliseum EPSYOs Winter Concert — El Paso
Information: 747-8163 or Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7. Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James
This year’s performers include the Vega String Information: 491-7879, O. Welsch, presents its winter concert at 3
Quartet, pianist William Ransom, pianist Yuliya, or p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Plaza Theatre.
Gorenman (performing Bach’s “Well- Ticket information: 525-8978, or on
Tempered Clavier”) and the rock cello ensem- • Jan. 7-8: Texas A&M Facebook.
ble Break the Reality, which has covered such • Jan. 14-15: University of Texas
songs as the theme song from HBO’s hit show The Black Market Trust — The American
“Game of Thrones.” UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home pop/vocal jazz band performs at 7:30 p.m.
• The Vega String Quartet and Ransom per- games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211
form at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Star City information: 747-5234 or N. Main in Las Cruces. Tickets: $20.
Studios, 120 W Castellano, as well as 7:30 p.m. • Jan. 17: UAB, 7 p.m. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
Friday, Jan. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan 13, at • Jan. 19: Middle Tennessee, 1 p.m.
UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 • Jan. 31: Marshall, 7 p.m. The Black Market Trust’s music combines the
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at NMSU’s Atkinson sounds of the great American crooners and
EPSO’s ‘The Romantics’ — El Paso vocal groups with the romantic Eastern
Recital Hall.
Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav European gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django
• An Afternoon with Zuill Bailey is 2 p.m.
Rattay, presents cellist Zuill Bailey, at 7:30 p.m. Reinhardt
Sunday, Jan. 20, at Fox Fine Art Recital Hall.
Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, in the Plaza
• Yulia Gorenman performs at 6 p.m.
Theatre, in collaboration with El Paso Pro-
Thursday, Jan. 24, at Star City Studios, as well
Musica’s Chamber Music Festival. Selections
as 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and 2 p.m.
include Brahams’ Symphony No. 2 in D major,
Sunday, Jan. 27, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall,
op. 73, and Dvo ák’s Cello Concerto in B
and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at NMSU’s
minor, op. 104. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11
Atkinson Recital Hall.
for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-
• “Break of Reality” performs at 7:30 p.m.
3776 or
Friday, Feb. 1, at the Rio Grande Theatre in
Las Cruces, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at Fox Fine El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m.
Arts Recital Hall. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19-20, at
Zuill Bailey will perform the Dvo ák Cello Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing.
Concierto at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 in the Admission: $5 for both days (private readings
annual collaboration with EPSO at the Plaza not included with admission). Free admission
Theatre. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for stu- with active duty military ID. Information: 345-
dents (Ticketmaster). 6245 or
Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute:’ In El Paso Rhinos - El Paso’s Junior League ice
Concert — El Paso Opera presents the semi- hockey team hosts the Ontario Avalanche at 7
staged, concert version of the classic fairy tale p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m.
of love and good versus evil at 7:30 p.m. Friday Sunday, Jan. 25-27, at El Paso County
and Saturday, Jan. 11-12, at El Paso Scottish Coliseum Events Center, next to the Coliseum,
Rite Theatre, directed by El Paso Opera’s new 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass
Artistic Director Justin Lucero. Tickets: $39. seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal
Information: 581-5534, or lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK
The Magic Flute was part of El Paso Opera’s (7825) or
first season, and the concert version celebrates
Robin Spielberg — The celebrated pianist
this year’s 25th anniversary season.
performs Friday, Jan. 25, at the Flickinger
‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York
Spelling Bee’ — Kids-N-Co. presents the Ave. Alamogordo. Tickets: $9, $15 and
musical conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with $20.Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickinger-
additional material by Jay Reiss, music by
William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin Jan.
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in
11-27, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340
the Night-Time’ — No Strings Theatre
Murchison, directed by Anthony Michael
Company presents the Tony, Olivier and
Stokes. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Drama Desk Award-winning play by Simon
Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7 ($5
Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon
children, students, seniors, military), available at
Jan. 25-Feb. 9 at Black Box Theatre, 430 N
the door. Information: 274-8797 or on
Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by
Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.
Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday Feb.

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