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entertainment, recreation & culture

Winter wonder
on the Border
Artist Candy Mayer is a
transplanted Midwesterner
whose art fully embraces
the El Paso Southwest.
Left: “El Paso Snow”
Above: “Snow at Our House”
Right: “Christmas Eve”
Her annual Open House is
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 14-15
at 1317 Tierra Roja

Hot Holiday Tickets Hundreds of

From Dave Koz and Trans-Siberian
Orchestra to various productions of The Happenings!
Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, plus
a host of other concerts and plays, D E C E M B E R
area stages are full of holiday cheer. 2 0 1 9
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Tickets online at Information: Thousand Points of Light.” The parade starts at
534-0600,, or on Facebook. Darrington and Ryderwood, heads down

Fiesta Fridays are 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday Horizon to Kenazo, and ends at Carrol T.
december 2019 with live music at the ice rink.
Pictures with Santa are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday
Welch School on McMahon. Information: 581-
2994 or
through Sunday in San Jacinto Plaza. The Horizon City Christmas Tree Lighting is 7
ROUNDUP Streetcar Storytime with Santa is 10:30 a.m.
to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, departing from the
p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Corky Corcoran Park.
Parade float judging will be at 6 p.m. Roundup 3-13
El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N.
Magoffin Holiday Open House — The Behind the Scene 4
The library will host holiday storytimes at 11
annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Scene Spotlight 4
Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 1 to
a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (in Spanish),
6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with live music, per-
Dance 13
and Saturday.
formers, cookies, hot cocoa, and free activities Music 14
Texas Gas, El Paso Community Foundation
and Plaza Classic Film Festival host free movies
for kids. Admission is free. Information: 533- Here’s the Ticket 15-17
in the Plaza Theatre on Sundays in December.
5147, or on Facebook. Program Notes 18
See “Film Scene” for schedule. PBS Kids Fiesta — KCOS, El Paso’s PBS Sports 19-20
El Paso Mineral and Gem Society
station, hosts the 5th annual event for area chil- Feature:
dren noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at El
Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry
Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza,
Holiday shows 21-23
and bead show is Dec. 6-8 at El Maida
with photo ops with PBS Kids favorites like Jet Nature 24-25
Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5
from “Ready Jet Go” and Luna from “Let’s Go At the Museum 25-27
WinterFest — El Paso Live with the
Hospitals of Providence and Providence p.m. Sunday. The show features vendors from
Luna,” live entertainment and many educational Southwest Art Scene 28-30
activities and games. Admission is free.
Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and vari- across the United States and Mexico offering
Information: 590-1313, or on
Viva Juárez 30
ous winter events through Jan. 5 in designer jewelry, crystals, gemstones, equip-
Facebook. Gallery Talk 31
ment, geodes and more. Free door prizes, raf-
Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surround- On Stage 32
ing areas. San Jacinto Plaza and El Paso Street fle and kids spin wheel. Admission is free. Pecan Harvest Festival — The annual
will be decorated with holiday lights, and food Information: 544-2717 or family harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keep on Bookin' 33
trucks and the Holiday Cafe will offer treats for Socorro WinterFest — The City of
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, and Dec. 14- Stage Talk 33
purchase. Socorro’s tree lighting event is 6 to 10 p.m.
15, at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop Liner Notes 34
History Lessons
in Clint, where families can pick pecans from
Regular ice skating hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Rio Vista Community 35
Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m. the orchard ($3 per pound). Country store will
Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday
Center, 901 N. Rio Vista, in Socorro, Texas,
be open with pecans in and out of shell as well Taking a Look Back 35
with a parade and live entertainment. Parade is
and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 6 p.m. followed by tree lighting at 7 p.m.
as pecan candies, gift baskets, and craft ven- Film Scene 36-37
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. Information: 860-8615 on Facebook at City of
dors. Admission is free. Information: 851-2003 El Paso FishNet 37
January preview
or on Facebook at Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC.
24, 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, and 1 to Socorro. 37
9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Santa at the Zoo — Santa will visit El Paso
Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and Horizon City Christmas Parade — The
Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, Santa At the Zoo is 10 Advertiser Index 38
Centennial Lions Club’s Christmas Parade, is 10
younger). Spectator admission is free. Season
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme is “A
Subscription Form 38
passes; $45, good for one session per day.
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y earliest memories of newspa-
pers are sitting on dad’s lap and
Dec. 8. Antique Traders next to the
trying to read along. We sub-
Marketplace will have an open house Dec.
scribed to both the morning and afternoon
12. Pages 14 and 24.
Eckankar events — Eckankar: The Path to papers for most of my childhood. As an
Spiritual Freedom hosts a Light and Sound adult, reading the paper has been as much
Service Dec. 7, and a Spiritual Book discus- a part of my morning routine as my first
sion Dec. 21 at Richard Burges Library. cup of coffee.
Scene Spotlight highlights events Pages 16-17. That era has finally ended. Just a few
minutes before writing this column, I offi-
advertised in this issue. UTEP Basketball Home Games — Page cially cancelled my print subscription to
34. the El Paso Times.
The inspiration for this decision, oddly
‘A Christmas Carol en La Frontera’ — Men’s:
UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance • Dec. 7: Arkansas-Pine Bluff enough, came from El Paso Times busi-
hosts the regional adaptation of the Dickens • Dec. 16-17: Sun Bowl Invitational ness reporter Vic Kolenc. In a response to
classic Dec. 5-15 at Fort Fine Art’s Wise Women’s: a Facebook post of mine regarding the
Family Theatre. Page 2. • Dec. 5: Weber State declining circulation of the El Paso Times, That’s me talking as a publisher. As an
El Paso Live — December events at the • Dec. 7: Arizona Kolenc wrote: editor (who also worked seven years at the
Plaza Theatre. Page 27. • Dec. 29: Tulsa “Don't judge the Times by its print edi- Times), my concern is that the decline of
tion because that, unfortunately, is much the daily newspaper’s print edition means
different than the online product.
• Dec. 6-7: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian
less coverage of local news. The El Paso
Christmas Extravaganza — The art gal-
Journalism is now an electronic venture for
Times newsroom has been decimated by
leries of Placita Madrid in San Elizario host
the most part.”
• Dec. 12: John Leguizamo’s “Latin History
cuts over the years, and fewer reporters
the annual Christmas Extravaganza is Dec. 8
Since the print edition was costing me
of Morons”
means less news, whether it comes out in
with music, guest vendors and refreshments.
$39 a month and the online edition only print or online.
• Dec. 15: Il Divo’s Holiday Song Page 8.
costs me $8 a month, I figured I would In the publishing industry, the adage is
take Kolenc at his word and make the
‘The Beginning of Advent’ — Bruce
that “Digital dimes don’t replace analog
• Dec. 16: Dave Koz & Friends’ Christmas
switch. I’ll let you know how that goes in
Nehring Consort presents the annual musical
dollars.” That means few newspapers will
Tour 2019
future editions of this column.
celebration Dec. 13-16 at Zion Lutheran
make up their loss in print advertising
• Dec. 19: Ken Ludwig’s “Twas The Night
For background, the Facebook post that
Church. Page 16.
through online ad revenue. Although there
Before Christmas”
• Dec. 20: Merri-Achi Christmas with Holiday Art Crawl — Four Upper Valley started all this was one that reported on the is plenty of money to be made from online
Mariachi Sol de Mexico Artist studios will host open house events El Paso Times’ most recent statement of advertising, newspapers’ online products
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl — The game Dec. 14-15, with refreshments and guests circulation. According to that statement fight for those dollars against every other
artists. Page 3. publised in October, the daily distribution form of social media and news found on
of the El Paso Times is 14,285 copies.
featuring ACC vs. PAC 12 teams is Dec. 31
the internet. You don’t need a printing
That’s a drop of 22 percent from one year
at Sun Bowl Stadium, with halftime show by
press to compete with the newspaper, just
Hal Marcus Gallery — Showing through
ago, and more than 53 percent from four
P.O.D. Page 39.
a computer or smartphone.
Feb. 27: 20/20 Visionary Exhibition. Page
‘Pagliacci’ — El Paso Opera presents R. 22. years ago. There’s no evidence that the El Paso
Leoncavallo’s masterpiece Jan. 10-11 at St. “Buenas Noches El Paso,” by Marcus and In my Facebook post, I pointed out that Times’ online focus will succeed. In fact,
Rogers Depot. Page 25. Luke Lowenfield is available at PBS Kids El Paso Scene publishes an average of their paid online subscriptions are going
Fiesta Dec. 7. 40,000 copies each month. Our pickup rate down, not up. The Times reported 1,413
‘The Nutcracker’ — El Paso Ballet The annual Hippie Holidaze Open House is averages about 95 percent, so average total paid electronic copies on its 2019 state-
Theatre, with the Ballet Theatre Dec. 14-15. distribution runs about 38,000 — which is ment, which was down from 1,576 a year
International Orchestra, presents the holiday more than 2½ times the distribution, per earlier. At least they added one more
copy, of the Times.
Cristo Rey Hike — Destination El Paso and
classic Dec. 6-8 at UTEP’s Magoffin online subscriber this month.
Kolenc said it was unfair for me to com- ***
Auditorium. Page 36. El Paso Scene host the annual hike Dec. 30
pare the Scene's free monthly circulation to El Paso Scene once again will host its
up Mt. Cristo Rey in Sunland Park. Page 30.
the Times paid daily circulation. Obviously
‘The Initiative’ — The free Christmas
Sunland Park New Year’s Eve — Sunland winter Hike Up Cristo Rey, beginning at
we are completely different publications,
musical performance is Dec. 6 and 8 at
Park Racetrack and Casino hosts its New noon Monday, Dec. 30, sponsored by
but we compete in a common battle for Destination El Paso. Meet me in the park-
Coronado Baptist Church. Page 11.
Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31, with live
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino — music by Fungi Mungle. Page 3. advertising dollars. For anyone who still ing lot at the Mount Cristo Rey trailhead
December “Park After Dark” live music believes that print can communicate cer- (follow Cristo Rey Road off of NM 273)
events. Page 15. Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve — tain messages better than other media, El for a pleasant 5-mile hike filled with com-
• Dec. 6: Jenni Rivera Tribute featuring Forum Ballroom’s New Year’s Eve dance is Paso Scene represents the maximum value mentary on area history and geography.
Alejandra Herrera Dec. 31, with live music by Azucar. Page 6. available in the El Paso market.
• Dec. 20: Noche de Cumbia y Norteño

December 2019
Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art
with Grupo Majeztad and Proyecto 6.
Randy Limbird
Association gallery hosts a call for artists
Live Racing Returns to the Park Dec. 26 through Jan. 8, for its exhibit “con.FIG-
Editor and Publisher
El Paso Scene is published by Cristo
with the Championship at Sunland Park on URE.ation.six.2020.with.a.twist.” Page 23.
Rey Communications as a monthly guide
Dec. 29. (915) 542-1422 or (915) 328-4110
2020 Chamber Music Festival — El Paso
Los Actores — The Spanish-language the- Pro-Musica’s annual chamber music festival to entertainment, recreation and culture Albert Martinez
atre company presents “El Color de Nuestra runs Jan. 10-Feb. 1, at various locations in in the El Paso area. Copies are provided Circulation Director
Piel” Dec. 6-15 at Loretto Academy. Page El Paso and Las Cruces. Page 39. free at selected locations. Subscriptions & Ad Director Emeritus
38. are $10 a year, sent by 3rd class mail. (915) 920-7244
Circulation: 40,000 copies.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Southern New Mexico Lisa Kay Tate
Deadline for news for the
News Editor
events: Page 9. Flickinger Center for Performing Arts —
January issue is Dec. 16
• Dec. 7: Holiday Open House and Cooking
The performing arts center in Alamogordo’s
Class (bunuelos and champurado) upcoming Premier Series events. Page 5. Editorial Associates:
• Dec. 11: Brain Trust Bag Lunch on “The The January issue comes out Dec. 27 Yvonne T. Herrera, Will Summers
• Dec. 17: A Christmas Carol
Liars Club,” and Victorian Sci-Fi Book and • Jan. 16: Ballet Folklórico National de Advertising Executive:
Tea Club. México de Silvia Lozano. El Paso Scene
Roman Martinez
• Dec. 14: Yoga • Feb. 8: International Guitar Night and P. O. Box 13615
• Dec. 19: Make-A-Thing (gift wrap ideas). Chocolate Buffet. El Paso, Texas 79913 Circulation Associates:
Randy Friedman, Leo Marquez
PH: 542-1422
Krystyna Robbins — The Upper Valley ‘Standing in the Light’ — The exhibit Contributing Writers:
artist’s annual Christmas open house and highlighting “Queer Culture in Art, Literature E-mail:
Carol Viescas, Brian Chozick,
miniature sale is Dec. 7-8. Page 26. and Music” runs through Feb. 22, at Myrna Zanetell, John McVey Middagh
Branigan Cultural Center. Page 26. Jay Duncan
Magic Morning Market — The monthly
market featuring vendors, music and more is Fountain Theatre — Mesilla Valley Film Subscription Form is on Page 38
the first Saturday of the month (Dec. 7 and Society’s theatre on the Plaza in historic Old Visit El Paso Scene Online at
Jan. 8.) at The Marketplace a Placita Santa Mesilla shows independent, art, foreign and
Fe. A Customer Appreciation Open House is other non-mainstream films. Page 33.
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December Roundup “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe”) also taken to Christmas Bazaar begins at noon. Information: 4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or
benefit families served by La Fe. Information: 851-1682, or This year’s half time performers are Christian
Cont’d from Page 3
545-7190. nu metal band P.O.D., whose hits include
Scenic Drive will be open only to one-way The Posadas presentation will be at the “Alive,” “Youth of the Nation,” “Boom,”
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8,
traffic during the event, accessible from Veterans Memorial Plaza in San Elizario fol- “Beautiful” and their No. 1 single, “Lost In
with “snow,” live entertainment, treats for the
Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Paso, lowed by the breaking of the Christmas Star Forever.”
animals, crafts and more, hosted by El Paso
and exit a Rim Road. Vehicles drive slowly Piñata for the children and live entertainment Selection Sunday team announcements is
Winterfest. Activities are free with zoo admis-
westward along Scenic Drive past campfires and the annual bicycle and gift giveaway. around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Sunland
sion: $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and
manned by event volunteers, and toward Santa Park Racetrack and Casino.
older and active duty military (including spouse)
Claus. Old St. Nick will be joined by Mrs. Claus
Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time The 22nd annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m.
with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 — A guided hike is at noon Monday, Dec. 30,
their elves, and a live nativity scene. Santa and Monday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention
and under. Zoo members admitted free. at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M.
Mrs. Claus will collect donations. Center, with live performances, Battle of the
Information: 212-0966,, or on Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5
two University bands, activities for kids and
Facebook at ElPasoZoo. ‘Who Stole Christmas?’ — El Paso ($2 for children) donation requested for the
more. Admission is free. Activity wristbands are
Funeral Museum, 6111 S. Desert (at Perches Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee.
‘He’s Home Alone...Again’ — El Paso Funeral Home), hosts the free family event Information: 542-1422. No reservation is
$5 for unlimited inflatables and interactive
Figure Skating Club presents their holiday ice games.
noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with local required.
skating show 4 t 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at El Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
artists and vendors, hot chocolate and cookies The hike is led by El Paso Scene Editor Randy
Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Tuesday, Dec. 31, with food and drinks, live
with Jack Skellington from “Nightmare Before Limbird, who will provide commentary on area
Paisano. Admission: $3; free for age 2 and music, giveaways and university bands, at the
Christmas,” a meet and greet with the Grinch history and geography. A brief talk on the histo-
younger. Information: 490-6453 elpasohock- corner of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive. VIP
and some of the Whoville Town Characters, ry of the monument will be given at the sum- or on Facebook. Tent party also planned.
and free museum tours. Information: 581-0102, mit.
Other Sun Bowl events:
‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 25th or on Facebook. The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the
YMCA Sun Bowl Basketball Skills Camp is 10
annual musical homage to the community’s cross was built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici
St. Anthony’s Seminary Posada — The Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea
a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at UTEP’s
Mexican and American Christmas traditions is 2 Memorial Gym. Information: Wayne Thornton,
seminary, at Crescent and Hastings in Central
to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at EPCC’s level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction
El Paso, celebrates the traditional custom of the 541-4331.
Administrative Service Center Auditorium, of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.
posada at about 6:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 16-23, The 58th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins
Building A, with song, dance a Nativity and The hike is sponsored by Destination El Paso
with rosary, songs by Los Franciscanos and Sun Bowl Invitational is Monday and Tuesday,
photos with Santa. Presented by El Paso and El Paso Scene. Security is provided along
procession, followed by the breaking of piñatas. Dec. 16-17, at the Don Haskins Center.
Community College Senior Adult Program. the trail and in the parking lot.
The posada is conducted in Spanish. The semi- Tickets: (available Dec. 1): $13-$24 for two
Admission is free, but seating is limited. The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is
nary’s famous Nativity scene will be on display game package; $25-$45 four game package;
Complimentary tickets available through dona- suitable for all ages.
through Christmas Day. Information: 566-2261. military, UTEP student discounts offered
tion of new sports balls, puzzles or winter sets Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead
(scarf, hat and gloves) to the Seniors Adult Posadas Celebration and Luminaria to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273),
Rotary Club of El Paso’s Sun Bowl Fan Golf
Program: 831-7801. Lighting Festival — The San Elizario between Paisano and Racetrack Drive.
Challenge is Thursday, Dec. 26, at Topgolf,
Genealogy & Historical Society hosts the tradi-
Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl — The 86th 365 Vin Rambla. Information at
tional Christmas luminarias and Las Posadas Price’s Give “Em Five Cheer Camp is 2:30 to
Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than annual football classic begins at noon, Tuesday,
celebration 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at El Paso
4,000 luminarias for its 28th annual event 6 to Dec. 31. This is the first year under the new
More than 5,000 luminarias in the San Elizario Convention Center. Information: Wayne
10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Admission is free, sponsorship. Tickets: $22 to $62
Historic District will be lit shortly after sun- Thornton, 541-4331.
but sightseers are invited to donate canned and (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Some
down, and remain lit throughout the evening.
non-perishable goods. Cash or checks (made to military discounts offered. Information: 533-
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December 2019 El Paso Scene Page 5

December Roundup Child,” at 7 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8. Doors
Cont’d from Page 5
open one hour prior to each performance.
TEXAS RESIDENTS – GET YOUR MEDICAL CANNABIS CERTIFICATION IN NM Tickets: $5at the church office; $6 online; avail-
Mindful, Compassionate Patient Care Over 40 Years Experience Our Lady of Guadalupe able at the door if seats available. Information:
We specialize in certification, education, and protocols for Medical Cannabis and HEMP CBD Virgen de Guadalupe art gala — A gala 533-1465 or, or on Facebook at
A RESIDENT OF ANY STATE may qualify for NM certification if opening and awards presentation is 5 to 9 p.m.
The concerts are complete with a live
diagnosed with one of the 29 conditions approved by the NM Dept of Health: Friday, Dec. 13, for the 21st annual juried art
Christmas chorus comprised of over 160 stu-
award exhibit at La Galeria de la Misíon de
CANCER, CHRONIC PAIN, ALS, AUTISM, EPILEPSY, GLAUCOMA, HEP C, HIV, Senecú, the Ysleta ISD gallery at 8455 dents and adults, performing traditional and
ARTHRITIS, NAUSEA, ANOREXIA, SPINAL CORD DAMAGE, PERIPHERAL Alameda. Folklorico dance and mariachi stu- new holiday music. It is one of the longest-run-
NEUROPATHY, PARKINSONS, PTSD, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, IBS, CROHNS, dent groups perform. Admission is free. ning events of its kind in the country.
OPIOID USE DISORDER, TORTICOLIS, MS, SLEEP APNEA, SPINAL MUSCULAR The exhibit is on display Dec. 2-Jan. 16 ‘The Initiative: Come and See What
ATROPHY and others. (Some Texas restrictions may apply) (closed for Christmas break). Gallery hours are God Has Done’ — Coronado Baptist
HILDA LUZ CHAVEZ, ND - TRADITIONAL NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Church, 501 Thunderbird, hosts a musical jour-
Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on ney proclaiming “The Light of the World” from
SE FOR EVALUATION AND CERTIFICATION APPOINTMENT NO Facebook at YISDFineArts. creation to the Birth of Jesus at 7 p.m. Friday
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 and 8. Admission is
ESPAÑOL 432 E. Lucero Ave, Las Cruces, N.M. 88001 NECESSARY!
free and the public is invited. Information:
annual three-day religious festival in Tortugas,
N.M. is held Dec. 10-12. The festival is the Information: 584-3912, or
biggest event of the year in Tortugas, a small ‘O Holy Night’ — Abundant Living Faith
village near Mesilla Park that’s home to the Center, 1000 Valley Crest presents its
Tortugas Indians. Events are centered at Our Christmas Celebration music experience at 9
Lady of Guadalupe Church. Information: (575) and 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
526-8171 or on Facebook at Tortugas Pueblo. 15, at its Westside location. 7100 N. Desert;
The fiesta traditionally begins on its first day and 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 and 10:45 a.m. and
with a procession taking the image of Our Lady 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at its Eastside
of Guadalupe from the little chapel to the com- location, 1000 Valley Crest, with Christmas
munity house rosary and vigil. music and worship songs, communion, candle-
The pilgrimage to the Tortugas “A” Mountain light and message from pastor Charles Neiman.
usually follows on the second day with a pro- Nursery and preschool available. Admission is
cession at 5 a.m. from Casa del Pueblo to the free. Information: 532-8543 or
church. At sundown, pilgrims will light luminar- The annual New Year’s Eve celebration serv-
ias along the mountain path. ices are 5 and 7:30 p.m. at on the Eastside, and
A fiesta Mass will be held followed by dances, 7:30 p.m. on the Westside, Tuesday, Dec. 31.
traditional dinner and afternoon procession. Fireworks follow 7:30 p.m. service at both
Call for schedule. locations.
To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las
Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go Buddy the Elf’s Christmas Celebration
under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood,
and continue on Main, going through two sig- presents its annual Christmas presentation for
nals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn all ages at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
right on Parroquia. 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-14, fea-
turing Buddy as he learns what Christmas is
Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of truly about through dance, drama, music, and
Guadalupe Pueblo — Events celebrating live animals. Admission is free. Information:
the Virgin of Guadalupe are Dec. 10-12 at St. 857-7492 or
Genevieve’s Church and Parish Hall, 100 South
Espina and 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave., in Las
Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) Let there be lights
524-9649. Loya Light Show — The brilliant display of
A procession of the virgin is Tuesday and 450,000 holiday lights choreographed to music
Wednesday from the hall to the church. is featured in the annual display at 6, 7 and 8
A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be p.m. Fridays through Sundays Nov. 29-Dec.
celebrated Thursday followed by dancing by 22, plus Tuesday and Wednesday, Christmas
the matachines (Los Danzantes) and Piro- Eve and Christmas night at 12001 Paseo de
Manso-Tiwa Tribe members. Oro (one block north of Montwood, off Bob
The Virgin de Guadalupe figure is kept in the Mitchell). Please park at Montwood High
church until New Year’s Day, when she will be School, and not in the surrounding neighbor-
taken out at 2 p.m. in a procession accompa- hoods, or church parking lot. Admission is free.
nied by dancing and pageantry. The figure is Information on Facebook at El Paso Christmas
then taken home until next December. Lights.
St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of The 7-minute spectacle is a winner of “The
Guadalupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, Great Christmas Light Fight,” competition,
Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will sponsored by ABC television. The home is the
host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe residence of El Paso businessman Fred Loya.
Dec. 10-12, including pilgrimages, masses and Families are welcome to take photos and self-
a bazaar. The public is welcome. ies with Santa Claus and his elves, and compli-
Information/times: 566-2261. mentary hot chocolate and cookies provided
after every show.

Church programs Luminarias by the Lake — Thousands of

luminarias will line the walking paths at
Sun City Ringers — The community hand- Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert
bell choir presents a Christmas concert at 5 Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 6 to 9 p.m.
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Bethany Christian Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, with holiday
Church, 10453 Springwood. Admission is free. music, and refreshments Proceeds benefit the
Information: 592-5977. park. Admission: $4 ($3 military, $1 children).
‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist Information: 581-7920 or keystone-
Church, 805 Montana, presents the 55th annual
Christmas concerts, “Through the Eyes of a
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December Roundup Jolly Gingerbread Challenge and
Lightshow — Burrell College of Osteopathic
Cont’d from Page 6
Medicine, 3501 Arrowhead in Las Cruces,
hosts its annual holiday event 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Lights of Love — Ronald McDonald House, Thursday, Dec. 5, with a gingerbread house
300 E. California, hosts its annual Christmas
decorating competition ($500 grand prize), pic-
lights celebration 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
tures with Santa, a holiday photo booth, festive
11, elaborately decorated inside and out by
food and drinks, and holiday light show.
volunteers and El Paso Electric. The ceremony
Admission is free and the public is invited.
will also feature McDonald characters, Santa
Information: (575) 674-2266
Claus, photo booth, movie screen, crafts, music
Advanced registration required to participate
and entertainment. This year’s event is spon-
in Gingerbread Challenge at
sored by Dede Rogers. Admission is free, and
the public is invited. Information: 542-1522 or Las Cruces Festival of Trees — The 4th
annual holiday family celebration benefiting
Lights on the Lake — The 5th annual local nonprofits is Dec. 6-7 at Centennial High
Lighting Ceremony is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday,
School, 1950 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las
Nov. 30, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, music,
Cruces. Tour dozens of whimsically decorated
food trucks and entertainment, photos with
trees and vote for favorites, as well as see a
Santa, organizational booths and the Winter
gingerbread village, meet Santa, and enjoy
wonderland Fun Zone. Admission is free.
crafts and live music. Hours 4 to 8 p.m. Friday
Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at
and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Select trees
available for auction and raffle. Admission: $5
The Jingle Bell Jog free walk/run event is 3
($3 students, kids; under age 2 free)
p.m. around the lake. All ages and pets wel-
Information: or on
Facebook at lctreefestival.
Cumberland Circle — Luminarias and Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting
Christmas lights adorn the circle each
— The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec.
Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighbor-
6, in the plaza. The Mesilla Mayor will switch
hood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest
on the tree at 6 p.m. Shops will be open until 8
to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly
p.m. for holiday shopping that day, with
into the circle.
Christmas Caroling, hot chocolate & cookies
Eastridge Christmas lights — The resi- compliments of Salud de Mesilla. Admission is
dents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge free. Information: (575) 524-3262 or mesil-
participates each year in an elaborate neighbor-
hood-wide holiday lights display. Lights are usu- The annual Luminarias and Christmas Carols
ally lit around the first week of December, and on the Plaza begins at dusk, Tuesday, Dec. 24,
run through the holiday season. with thousands of luminarias and caroling.
The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west
Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The
on Eastridge.
festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at
the Pecos River Village Conference Center,
Southern New Mexico 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of
Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). Features
Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade wines from New Mexico wineries, arts and
— The 29th annual Silver City Lighted crafts, holiday entertainment. Tickets available
Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
Nov. 30, in the historic Downtown district. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door
Information: (575) 534-1700, (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Age 21 or silvercitymain- and older only. Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232, carlsbadwin-
The parade starts at the intersection of or on Facebook.
Cooper and Broadway and ends on Bullard at A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.
the intersection of College. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).
Yuletide in Chloride — The historic ghost Christmas in Cruces — The annual Las
town of Chloride’s 14th annual holiday event is Cruces tree lighting festivities are 6 to 8 p.m.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 8, at the Saturday, Dec. 7, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100
Monte Cristo Gift Shop and Gallery on Wall N. Main, with live music by UnLyshed, food
Street in Chloride. Many of the community’s trucks, craft vendors, family activities and pic-
original 1880s buildings will be decorated for tures with Santa. Tree lighting at 7 p.m.
the Christmas season. Chloride is off NM 52, Information: (575) 541-2444 or
40 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences.
Information: (575) 743-0190, montecristo- Calvary Baptist Church will present live or pioneerstoremuse- Christmas music at 4:15 p.m. followed by a message and group candle lighting 5 to 6 p.m.
NMSU’s ‘Noche de Luminarias’ — New Tuesday, Dec. 24, on the Plaza. Information:
Mexico State University’s 35th annual event
with 7,250 luminarias on the campus is 6 to 9 ‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The his-
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Corbett Center toric Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M.
Student Union in Las Cruces, with a trolley invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio
ride, cookie decorating, pictures with Striking walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the
the Wonder Dog, Pistol Pete and Santa. Hillsboro Community Center, with a wide
Entertainment and refreshments available inside array of vendors selling specialty arts and hand-
Corbett Center and Barnes & Noble. crafted gifts. Admission is free. Information:
Admission is free. Information: Campus (575) 894-1698 or
Activities, (575) 646-3200 or on Facebook at The event includes the popular $49.99 Art
NMSUNews. Show and Sale. Proceeds support several area
The luminaria trail begins at Educational nonprofit organizations.
Services Building, along the International Mall, Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants will cele-
around Corbett Center Student Union, and
down to Barnes and Noble, and McFie Circle.
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December Roundup open for shopping, Santa pictures, and a per-
formance by the Cloudcroft High School Choir.
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Bring an ornament to decorate the tree.
• Santa Land, presented by Cloudcroft Light
brate the day with food, music, and special hol-
Opera Company and Kiwanis Club is 4:30 p.m.
iday offerings. Signs, holiday greeters in Santa
Saturday, Dec. 21, in Zenith Park behind the
hats, and village maps will direct visitors to
Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus
Christmas in the Foothills and other village holi-
arrive at the Cloudcroft Pavilion at 5 p.m. with
day events.
and cookies, hot chocolate and cider, bonfire
Hillsboro is on Highway 152 about 17 miles
marshmallow roasting, games including Santa
west of I-25 at exit 63.
Bingo, prizes, holiday lights and vendor.
Dickens’ Tea & Fashion Show — Doña Admission is free.
Ana Arts Council volunteer Sherry White Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-886-874-
(Queen Cherie de la Colletage of the 4447 or
Renaissance Arts Faire) hosts the tea 4 to 6
Elephant Butte Beach Walk and
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the DAAC Arts &
Floating Light Parade — Elephant Butte
Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, in
State Park’s annual luminaria walk is 5 to 8 p.m.
Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza, with food appropriate
Saturday, Dec. 14. The event features about
for Dickens’ time in the 19th century: scones,
3,000 luminarias, a boat and RV parade, host 25
cucumber sandwiches, and tea. There will also
campfires with free refreshments like hot cider,
be a fashion show featuring examples of the
chili and posole, Santa Claus, hayrides, caroling
attire women would have worn from the ante-
and more. Cost: $5 per car. Information: (575)
bellum period, through the Civil War, and up
755-5923, (915) 526-9078, or on Facebook.
to 1912. Tickets: $15 ($5 children under 12).
The Floating Lights Parade and RV Lighting
Space is limited, early registration encouraged.
Contest is 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Sur.
Information: (575) 523-6403 or
The tea will feature food familiar to Dickens’ Victorian Christmas Evening — The
19th century era, and a fashion show of period annual event is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12,
clothing. at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway in
the historic H.B. Ailman House with decora-
Luminarias on the Plaza — The City of tions, costumed characters, activities, and
Socorro, N.M. will host its 14th annual arts
entertainment representative of when the
stroll is 4 to 8 p.m. p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on
Ailman family built the house in 1881.
the historic plaza and several surrounding shops
Admission is free. Information: (575) 538-5921
in Socorro. The event features, live music, art-
work, hay rides food and beverages. Admission
Christmas cookies and warm spiced cider will
is free. Information: (575) 835-8927 or socor-
be served. Children can participate in holiday
activities and visit with Father Christmas.
Parade is 6 p.m. along California Street with
New this year is a puppet show in the Dodge
the theme “Christmas in Toyland.”
Gallery, “The Gingerbread Guy.”
Socorro Fire Department’s 5th annual
Back is Scrooge’s Gift Swap. Visitors are
fundraising Matanza is 4 to 8 p.m. on the plaza
encouraged to bring a small wrapped gift to put
The city’s official Christmas tree lighting is 7
under the tree, and to take one in exchange.
p.m. on the plaza, with appearance by Santa on
Musical guests will perform holiday and other
the gazebo.
traditional music including Joe Neri (5:30 p.m.),
Olde Fashioned Christmas — Danny Cordova (6 p.m.), Moonshine (6:30
Alamogordo MainStreet hosts its Christmas p.m.) Concert Band of the Southwest (7 p.m.)
event 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, along the and Silver Chorale (7:30 p.m.) Emcee for the
800 and 900 blocks of New York Avenue, with evening will be Tiny Tim from ”A Christmas
local dancers, hot cocoa and cider, food ven- Carol.”
dors, Santa’s Village, Horse Drawn Trolley,
Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet
Ugly Sweater Contest Christmas pet costume
Truth or Consequences’ annual Old-Fashioned
contest, Little Miss and Mister Christmas pag-
Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting is 6 to 9
eant, and their fist “12 Challenges of
p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in Evelyn Renfro Park
Christmas” Dash. Shops will be open late.
with an art hop, bonfires, parade, wagon rides,
Information: (575) 446-3612, alamogordomain-
carolers, prize drawings, Santa Claus photos or on Facebook.
and refreshments at downtown Truth or
The City of Alamogordo’s annual public
Consequences businesses. Tree lighting begins
Christmas Tree Lighting is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday,
at 6 p.m. with light parade along Broadway at
Dec. 13, on the Washington Park Stage, 100
6:15 p.m. Information: (575) 740-3902 or torc-
N. Washington.
Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The annual Elephant Butte’s luminaria beach walk and
“Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. parade is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
7, in downtown Ruidoso (from
Deck Your Halls Holiday Blitz - All four
Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring
museums in the Las Cruces Museum system
floats packed with seasonal decorations and
will host holiday activities 9 a.m. to noon
lights. Toys for Tots will have a float for the
Saturday, Dec. 14, with crafts, learning about
event; parade-goers are encouraged to bring a
holiday traditions and more. Each family will be
toy to donate. This year’s theme is “A Disney
given a holiday blitz badge, available at any of
the museums. Get the badge stamped by all
The Parade After Party follows at Wingfield
four museums to receive prizes. Information:
Park, with food and drinks, Santa photos and a or on Facebook.
showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
Participating museums:
Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or
• Branigan Cultural Center, Branigan Building,
501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall):(575) 541-
Christmas in Cloudcroft — The 2154.
Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday sea- • Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science,
son events include: 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown
• The Christmas Tree lighting and parade is Mall: (575) 522-3120.
Saturday, Dec. 7 at dusk (around 5 p.m.) on • Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main
Burro Avenue, in front of High Altitude, with
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December Roundup Roswell Christmas Railway — The holi-
day train rides are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday through
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Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 28, at Spring River Park
& Zoo, 1306 E College Blvd, Roswell N.M.
(Downtown Mall): (575) 541-2137.
Ride the railway to St. Nicholas Station for an
• Las Cruces Railroad Museum in the Santa Fe
evening of Christmas magic with lights, pictures
train depot, 351 N. Mesilla (at Las Cruces
with Santa Claus, entertainment, food, shop-
avenue west of the Downtown Mall): (575)
ping, playing and more. Admission: $12; $8 age
3-14; free for children under 3. Information:
‘Las Noches de Las Luminarias’ — The
annual holiday event is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Train ride no longer stops at the Christmas
Dec. 14, at Fort Selden Historic Site, 1280 Village. Guests encouraged to arrive early and
Fort Selden Road in Radium Springs, 13 miles take the walking path.
north of Las Cruces. The trails and ruins of the
New Year’s Eve
19th-century fort will be lit by more than 800
luminarias. Visitors will be treated to hot
chocolate, a campfire, decoration making and Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve
more. Dress warmly. Admission: $5; free for Dance — Tejas Band headlines the New
age 16 and younger. Information: (575) 202- Year’s Eve dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday,
1638 or Dec. 31, at The Forum, 3800 Mattox (at
From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. Hawkins). Cost: $50; includes party favors,
The monument, which preserves the ruins of beer and set-ups, door prizes and menudo.
the 19th century fort, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 Information: 598-4220.
p.m. daily.
Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash —
Nacimiento Open House — The Taylor- Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino
Mesilla Historic Property Nacimiento Open Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2020 begin-
House with J. Paul Taylor is 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. ning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, with a five-
Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2346 Calle Principal on course dinner, dancing, live and DJ music and
the Old Mesilla Plaza. View more than 190 champagne toast at midnight. Cost per person:
nacimientos (nativity scenes) from Taylor’s col- $100, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations and
lection from all over the world. Admission: $5; festive attire recommended: (575) 589-0653,
free for Friends of the Taylor Family ext. 3, or
Monument. Information: (575) 202-1638 or Inn of the Mountain Gods New Year’s
Eve — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and
Luminarias and Christmas Carols on Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its “Denim
the Plaza — Old Mesilla, N.M., turns into a & Diamonds” New Year’s Eve Bash with gour-
wonderland of music, light and caroling begin- met dinner and concert beginning at 6:30 p.m.
ning at dusk Christmas Eve Tuesday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 31, with tribute performers
at San Albino Church and the surrounding his- including Derek Spence as George Straight,
toric plaza. About 6,000 luminarias will be set John Lilly as Hank Williams Sr. and Kelly Vohn
up. Shops will stay open for last-minute gifts. as Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain
Mesilla is southwest of Las Cruces. Take I-10 or Faith Hill. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner
West to the Avenida de Mesilla exit. The plaza 6 to 9 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight.
is off NM Highway 28 (Avenida de Mesilla) Tickets: $125; minors must be accompanied by
south of I-10. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. an adult. (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-
116. 545-9011.
Luminarias at Lincoln — The streets of New Year’s Eve at Sunland Park
Lincoln, N.M. and Lincoln Historic Site, 1027 Racetrack & Casino — El Paso’s Fungi
Calle de La Placita in Lincoln, N.M. will be Mungle, the “superstars of disco” perform at
adorned with luminarias 4:30 to 8 p.m. the 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, cele-
Tuesday, Dec. 24. Information: (575) 653- bration, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino,
4082 or 1200 Futurity Drive, in Sunland Park, N.M.
Admission is free (includes party favors); age 21
Luminarias in Tularosa — Luminarias line
and older only. Information: (575) 874-5200,
the streets of Tularosa at sunset Christmas or on Facebook.
Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24. Visitors are asked to
slow down to 15 mph, and to watch for Santa, New Year’s Eve Dance — GDP Pool
who will be escorted through town by the Fire Hounds host the New Year’s dance 9 p.m. to 1
Department after dark. Information: (575) 629- a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Gary Del Palacio
0787 or Recreation Center at Album Park, 3001
Parkwood, featuring music by Little Mike and
Christmas on the Pecos — One of
the Blue Kings. Admission: $25. Information:
America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour
along the Pecos River runs Nov. 29-Dec. 31 in
Carlsbad, N.M. The 26th annual event show- Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
cases the winter wonderland of more than 100 — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. A free New Year’s Eve
festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours concert and celebration starts at 8 p.m.
are offered nightly 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; ticket Tuesday, Dec. 31, featuring performance by
office opens at 4:30 p.m. No tours offered rock band P.O.D. Champagne and party favors
Christmas Eve. included. Admission is free; age 18 and older
The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River admitted. Information: 860-7777, speak-
Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The or on Facebook.
village includes a gallery full of Southwestern
gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket Las Cruces Chile Drop — The 6th annual
are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 New Year’s Eve Festival is 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 5-12 Tuesday Dec. 31, in Plaza de Las Cruces, with
(4 and younger free with lap pass). Discounts entertainment, food, beer, dancing, and the
for Eddy County residents. Tickets should be Chile Drop at midnight. Free party favors at 11
purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. p.m. while they last. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Information: (575) 640-8283 or on Facebook at
Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516, Las Cruces Chile Drop. or on Facebook.
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December Roundup arts and crafts, specialty foods, live music, a
free play area for children, an interactive foun-
Cont’d from Page 9
tain and patio bar.
Arts and Craft Festival — Bethany
Bazaars and fairs Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, hosts its
annual juried show and sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
915 Pop-Up markets at Whole Foods Saturday, Dec. 7, with original and homemade
— A Night Market is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and
works by area artists and craftspersons.
3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at Whole
Information: 592-5977 or
Food, 100 Pitt. Information on Facebook at
915PopUpMarket. Christmas Craft Fair — The Rowdy Rose
Society hosts its craft fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Antiques & Collectibles Show — The Saturday, Dec. 7, at Park East Clubhouse,
parish’s annual show and sale is 10 a.m. to 5
1725 Mosswood, featuring handmade
p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,
Christmas crafts. Sales benefit a local charity.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall,
Information: 549-4079.
1025 E. Las Cruces Ave, Las Cruces.
Admission: $2. Information: (575) 522-8003. Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair — Bassett
Place, 6101 Gateway West, hosts the holiday
Elephant Butte Christmas Arts and fair 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with
Crafts Show — The show of works by area handcrafted items from several vendors.
artisans is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30,
Information: 772-7106 or on Facebook.
at Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, 402 Butte
Boulevard in Elephant Butte, N.M., with silver, ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like
jewelry, fine art, candy, kettle corn, pecans, Christmas’ Craft Fair — Pebble Hills
ceramics, mosaics, painted gourds, and more. Elementary School, 11145 Edgemere, hosts its
Portion of proceeds benefit Sierra County annual holiday arts and crafts fair 9 a.m. to 3
Cancer Assistance. Information: Steph Ross, p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, along with a blood
(575) 740-3971 or drive. Sponsored by the Pebble Hills PTO.
Information: 434-5605.
OES Christmas Fair — Wallace Hughston
Chapter #1100, Order of the Eastern Star Magic Morning Market — The
hosts its holiday craft fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, 5034
Saturday, Nov. 30, at Wallace Hughston Doniphan, hosts an indoor and outdoor market
Masonic Lodge, 5502 Hondo Pass. All proceeds 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month
support local charities. Information: 740-6174. (Dec. 7, Jan. 4), with vendors, music, face
painting and yoga. Food and refreshments sold.
Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Information: 585-9296.
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 15th
The Marketplace will also host its Customer
annual market 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and
Appreciation Open House from noon to 4 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, in
Sunday, Dec. 8, with refreshments, sales and
the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 100 local
Santa Claus in attendance.
artists, craftspersons and vendors from the
Antique Traders, next door to The
Farmers Market and guest artists, as well as
Marketplace, hosts its Client Appreciation
cooking demonstrations and live music. Santa
Open House from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday,
will be on hand for pictures noon to 2 p.m.
Dec. 12.
both days. Admission is free. Information: (575)
589-0653, ext.3, or on Robin Hood Mobile Home Park Craft
Facebook at ArdovinosDC. Bazaar — The mobile home park at 9716
Interested vendors may register 10 a.m. to 1 Dyer, hosts its craft bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
p.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the park’s party room,
Saturdays. All items must be handmade or with door prizes, food for sale, and handmade
homegrown by registered vendor. crafts. Information: Mary Doerr, 637-0532.
Jolly Holiday Fair — Unitarian Universalist Silver City Holiday Market — The 6th
Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will annual artisan market is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
host its 50th annual bazaar and fair 10 a.m. to 4 Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
p.m. Sundays, Dec. 1 and 8, with sterling sil- 7-8, at 3031 Silver Heights, in Silver City, fea-
ver and amber jewelry, metaphysical gem- turing shopping from several local artisans.
stones, art clay jewelry, decoupage pottery, Information: or
paparazzi paper art, abstract pencil art works, on Facebook at SilverCityHolidayMarket.
wreaths, wildlife photographs, mosaic glass,
baked goods and a white elephant sale.
Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show
— The trading card and toy shows are 10 a.m.
Admission is free. Information: 219-9279,
to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 21, at Sunland, or on
Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards.
Facebook at
Information: 222-5458 or 238-4573.
Star Wars Christmas — Boardwalk Food
La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The annual
and Truck Market, 1773 Pali Drive, hosts its
bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 6-8
holiday food truck celebration with a Star Wars
at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E.
theme 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with
University Avenue, Las Cruces, with booths of
vendors, and photos with Santa. Information on
homemade arts and crafts, live music, gift
Facebook at BoardwalkMarketElPaso.
wrapping station and cookie cupboard. Hours
are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Extravaganza — Escamilla Fine
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop hosts the
Admission is $5 per day; $12 for a weekend annual holiday show and sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
pass; free for children under 12. Proceeds ben- Sunday, Dec. 8, with an ornament-making sta-
efit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic tion for children, pictures with gallery pets
violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or laca- Monet and Eli, visiting vendors, Christmas car- oling, appetizers and more. Artists Alberto
Escamilla, Robert Dozal and Romy Hawkins on
915 Pop-Up Market — The Outlet
site in their galleries. Admission is free.
Shoppes features the market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Information: 851-0742 or
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December Roundup 212-1780 or Worldwide Candlelight Memorial UTEP Centennial Lecture — Susan M.
Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Service — The Compassionate Friends host Gordon, former Deputy Director of National
Cont’d from Page 10
the service promptly at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. Intelligence who served 27 years in the Central
Market — The artist and farmers market is 9
8, on the third floor of First Baptist Church, Intelligence Agency, will talk on ”How I Joined
St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby
805 Montana. Candles lit at 7 p.m. to honor the the CIA” at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Room
Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual arts and parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free.
memory of all children gone too soon. 116, Undergraduate Learning Center, UTEP.
crafts fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist
Information: 740-5496, 637-0586 or Reception follows. Admission is free and the
St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. & Farmers Market. public is invited. Information: 747-5000.
Clark, with handcrafted items, food and other
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market
wares. Information: Letty, 929-1034.
— More than 230 permanent vendors in arts,
Please see Page 12
Westside Welcome Club Holiday Craft crafts, produce, baked goods and other food
Fair — The club’s bazaar is 9:30 a.m. to noon items are offered at the market 8:30 a.m. to 1
Wednesday, Dec. 11, at El Paso Country Club, p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays along a 7-block
featuring local vendors and artisans. Admission area of Main Street, Downtown. Information:
is free. Information: (575) 541-2288 or

Krampus Fest — Kaleidoscope Art Space

hosts its 3rd annual Art Show & Market 7 to Something for everyone
midnight Friday, Dec. 13, at the German Pub,
Fireside Chat with Rob Tucci — The
9530 Viscount, Suite 2K with local artists and
Medical Center of the Americas Foundation
artisans, food, live performances and more.
hosts its Tech Tuesday event 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Information on Facebook at Kaleidoscope Art
Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Cardwell Collaborative
Building, 5130 Gateway East, featuring Rob
Christmas Market and Festival — Peace Tucci, managing director of the Texas Halo
Lutheran Preschool Learning Center, 595 Fund. Moderated by Emma Schwartz.
Belvidere, hosts its Christmas market 10 a.m. Admission is free and the public is invited;
to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with local ven- refreshments offered. Information: 309-6762 or
dors, food, and music. Information: 581-5525
‘The Beautiful Art of Indian Hand
Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House Block Printed Textiles’ — Branigan
— The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, Library’s First Wednesday Happenings presents
hosts its 49th annual Happy Holidaze Open the free illustrated presentation on hand block
House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. printing 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Thomas
Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec.14- Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho.
15, with local vendors, appetizers, and live Information: (575) 528-4005 or library.refer-
entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to
come in hippie garb. Admission is free. Hand block printing on cotton fabric with
Information: 533-9090 or carved wooden blocks is a traditional textile
decorating process still practiced in India today.
Mustangs Holiday Shopping
Extravaganza — Burges Band Boosters Club El Paso Math Teachers’ Circle — The
hosts its fundraising holiday bazaar 10 a.m. to 4 local math educators monthly meetup is 5 to 7
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Burges High School p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at EPCC’s Administrative
7800 Edgemere, with a variety of booths and Service Center, A601, 9050 Viscount, to dis-
vendor. Admission: $2 donation; included cuss, math concepts and work on math prob-
goodie bag and door prize ticket. Information: lems with fellow math teachers. Open all
383-4400. grades through college. Participation is free.
Information: 831-2457 or
Putnam Christmas Fair — Putnam PTA
hosts the holiday fair 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 14, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Coloring With Santa — Sunny Smiles
Fiesta, with local vendors and more. Dentistry, 1788 N. Zaragoza, hosts a free
Information: 236-3225 or Christmas event for the public 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with photos with Santa,
The Last Minute Christmas Market — coloring, hot chocolate and marshmallows,
The Northwest Market at 7460 Cimmaron cookies, and drawings for prizes. Information
Market, hosts its Christmas market 11 a.m. to 849-9000.
3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, with vendors, and
live Christmas carolers and music. Information: Eckankar programs — Eckankar in Texas
584-8242 or hosts free programs 1:15 to 3 p.m. selected
Saturdays at El Paso Public Library Richard
Burges Branch, 9600 Dyer. Information: (703)
Farmer’s Markets 434-1196 or
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert • Dec. 7: “Dreams — A Source of Truth,”
Crossing — The 19th annual market is open Light & Sound Service.
Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One • Dec. 21: “ECK Wisdom on Dreams,” discus-
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours sion on books by Harold Klemp.
are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers, meat pro- A free workshop for people of all faiths on
ducers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local “Have You Had a Spiritual Experience” is 3:15
artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Burges
brunch available for purchase. Information: library. Attendees will receive a free CD on
(575) 589-0653, ext. 3, exploring dreams and soul travel., ‘Holidazzle’ — One Sisterhood hosts its or on Facebook at popular ladies’ shopping event Saturday, Dec.
FarmersMarket. 7, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley
Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, Crest, with Christmas market opening at 8:30
cornhole and washer toss. a.m.; and service at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market Information: 532-8543, or on
— The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Facebook.
Affairs Department’s market for area artists Pancakes and pajama party for elementary age
and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 kids begins at 9:30 a.m. with crafts, movies
a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza cookie decorating, games and more. Tickets:
District along Anthony Street. Information: $6; available at

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December Roundup and hors d’oeuvres). Space is limited; RSVP at Breakfast with Santa — Dave and on Tuesday, Dec. 24. No personal camera
Eventbrite. Information: 534-0000 or insightsel- Buster’s, 8101 Gateway West, hosts a morning allowed. Breakfast with Santa and events are
Cont’d from Page 11 of family entertainment 9 a.m. to noon also scheduled. Information:
The night will also include trivia prizes, a silent Saturday, Dec. 14, with breakfast, Christmas
Wine Science — Insights El Paso Science auction and a wine sale fundraiser. crafts, a present hunt in the Million Dollar Paws & Claus pet photos are 5 to 7 p.m.
Center celebrates its second anniversary of its Sunday, Dec. 8. All pets must enter and exit
Midway and a chance to take a photo with
Nerd Night for adults with a wine science Make Your Own Herbal and Hemp
Santa. Tickets: $23.36 in advance only at through Cineport 10 entrance.
event 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Smoking Blends — Blue Tide Organic hosts Some additional activity
Sunland Park Mall. Learn all about wine chem- a hands-on workshop 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fab Lab 3D Drink and Draw — Fab Lab
charges may apply. Information: 304-5406 or
istry, local production, the story behind the Thursday, Dec. 12, at Cactus Flower Bookery, El Paso, 601 N. Oregon St. Suite 2, hosts
price tag and more. A panel of wine experts 5024 Doniphan (Placita Santa Fe), Suite 9. recurring classes 4 to 6 p.m. the last Saturday
share their knowledge, answer wine-related Cost: $35; includes lesson, herbal mix and Wreaths Across America — Area civic of the month (Nov. 30, Dec. 28) where peo-
questions, and guide guests through a series of other supplies. Registration at 543-9119, blue- organizations host the National Veteran’s ple can take their doodling skills to the next
wine tastings. Tickets: $25 (with wine tasting or on Facebook. Remembrance Day ceremony at 10 a.m. level using 3D pens. Age 16 and older wel-
Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Rostrum at the Fort come. Tickets: $20; includes two drinks (alco-
Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson, holic and nonalcoholic options available).
with laying of wreaths beginning as soon as the Information: 209-2656, or on
trucks arrive a couple of hours before the cere- Facebook.
mony. The ceremony is free and open to the Figure Painting Workshops with Ghost Fox
public; arrive by 9:45 a.m. Information wreath- Toys are 4 to 6 p.m. the last Friday of every month (Nov. 29, Dec. 27), for ages 18 and
older. Cost: $25.
Ornament Making at Wyler Tramway
— The Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune
McKinley, hosts an ornament-making event for Disease Support Group — The support
families 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 14, as group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the
part of Arts in the Parks. Event is free with reg- month (Dec. 17) at Texas Tech University
ular park admission of $8 ($1 children under Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, Paul
12). Information: 562-9899. Foster Education Building, Room 211.
Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989,
Santa mall appearances — Santa’s annual
Christmas season mall photo opportunities
available through Dec. 24, unless listed other-
wise. For a good cause
• Cielo Vista Mall, 8401 Gateway West. Guests
can make reservations via Christmas Street Gala — The 46th annual
Holiday music and entertainment featured at fundraiser for the Paso Del Norte Children’s
the mall Dec. 1-24. Full schedule on Facebook. Development Center is Tuesday, Dec. 3, at El
Caring Santa for kids with special needs is 9 to Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place,
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Register at featuring the live auction of several lavish cus- tom-designed Christmas trees, and a silent auc-
• Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Drive. tion of other items. Cocktails and hors d’oeu-
Santa will be set up in the Center Court. Full vres and served at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.
schedule at Cost: $100. Information:544-8484, ext. 189,
• Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. or pdnchil-
Santa’s Workshop, located at Suite 1750, in
front of the Christmas tree next to Posh Bridal,
Guild and Friends Luncheon — El Paso
is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and
Opera Guild and Friends hosts a winter lunch-
Sundays, plus daily Dec. 16-23; noon to 6 p.m.
eon at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Anson 11,
Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
303 N. Oregon (complimentary parking in Mills
24. Information: 235-3842 or
Garage). Cost: $30. RSVP for luncheon by Dec.
3 at
Storytime with Santa is 11:30 a.m. Friday,
Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 14. Coats for Kids — El Paso Top Ladies of
Santa Paws pet pictures are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Distinction, Inc. hosts a drive to collect barely
Friday, Dec. 13 and 20. used or new coats for children attending school
• Bassett Place Mall — 6101 Gateway West. at Chaparral Elementary School 1 to 3 p.m.
Photos with Santa are near Bath & Body works. Saturday, Dec. 14, at El Paso Community
Hours through Dec. 13: are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. College’s Administrative Services Building,
and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 Room 321, 9050 Viscount. Information: elptxt-
a.m. to 3 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and noon
to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Hours
Dec. 14-23: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
Spirit of Giving campaign — El Paso
Community Foundation’s holiday campaign
daily, plus 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
returns for its 31st year with Spirit of Giving
Tuesday, Dec. 24.
trees adorned with snowflake tags that repre-
sent the stories of people in need, including
• Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, 7051 S. Desert —
children, elderly, and disabled. Pick a tag, buy a
Santa will make mall appearances. Hours are 6
gift and return the wrapped present. Call for
to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and noon to 4
locations. Information:
p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus noon to 5
Gifts may be dropped off at the El Paso
p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. Information: theoutlet-
Community Foundation’s office during regular or on Facebook.
business hours, 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through
• Cabela’s at West Towne Marketplace —
Friday, through Dec. 19.
6450-10 N. Desert. Games, crafts and activities
scheduled selected days. Photos are free with a ‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden
Bass Pass (available at the front) Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive
• Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss — 1611 Haan runs through Dec. 20. New blankets, twin
Road. Santa will be returning for pictures with size or larger will be collected during “blanket
guests through the season. See Freedom Saturdays” at the B Strong Office in Placita
Crossing at Fort Bliss for schedule at freedom- Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan, #2. Information, or on Facebook. additional drop-off sites: 833-0393 or bstron-
• Mesilla Valley Mall — 700 S. Telshor in Las
Cruces. Noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. daily
(noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays and
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December Roundup Area attractions
Cont’d from Page 12 Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive),
Fort Bliss Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid
Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and
driver’s license, car insurance and registration.
Saturday. Live racing season begins Thursday,
USA Dance — USA Dance Las Cruces NM Texas band The Muletones, and caller is
Check beforehand to see which gates are open Chapter #5058, hosts a dance 2:45 to 5 p.m. Lonnie Ludeman. Attire is holiday dressy. The
Dec. 26, with post time 12:25 p.m.General
to the public. Public access is available through Sunday, Dec. 1, at Belton Bridge Center, 1214 dance begins with beginners’ lessons at 7:30
admission and parking are free. Information:
the Sheridan, Chaffee and Buffalo Soldiers gates E. Madrid in Las Cruces, with 2-step waltz, p.m.; no partner or experience needed. Cost:
(575) 874-5200 or
to West Bliss, and Biggs and Old Ironsides gates foxtrot, cha cha, salsa, tango, swing, hustle, $6 ($4 youth). Information: (575) 522-1691 or
to East Bliss. Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle cumbia and more. Free West Coast Swing les-
ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, son is 2 to 2:45 p.m. with Lorry Arellano of
Historic Tour of Homes — The Fort Bliss Christmas Dinner Dance — USA Dance
longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio. Admission:
Spouses’ Association hosts its holiday tour of Chapter 5017, hosts its Christmas dance 6:30
the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to $10 ($5 members); free for age 12 and
historic Fort Bliss houses 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Shundo
the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. younger. Information: Jerry, (575) 639-3993 or
Dec. 7. Walking tour includes stairs and Dance Studio, 120 Paragon, with dancing to
Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattle-, or Facebook at
uneven surfaces. Proceeds benefit the associa- fox trot, country western 2 Step, waltz, salsa USADanceLasCruces.
tion’s grand and scholarship programs. Tickets: and more. Dinner is 5 to 6 p.m. BYOB and
$15 in advance (include complimentary Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 ‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — snacks; soft drinks and ice provided. Tickets
Christmas ornament, while supplies last); $18 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta The Moscow Ballet presents its “Gift of (for dinner and dance): $25 ($20 members, or
at the door; age 12 and older admitted. Tickets Mission. The center features a museum on the Christmas Tour” at 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 5 active or retired military with ID). Dance only
available at or Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Plaza Theatre. tickets available at the door for $17 ($15 mem-
Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s Tickets: $29-$99(Ticketmaster). Group dis- bers). RSVP by Dec. 8: 345-6432 or 253-7876
Fort Bliss Tree Lighting ceremonies — activities daily. Admission is free. Information: to obtain tickets.
counts and VIP packages available. Information:
The annual holiday tree lighting is 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5, at Center Chapel One, 315 Dancin’ Holiday Magic — Academy of
Native American Dances are on the hour 11 Moscow Ballet’s latest tour features such
Pershing, with an appearance by Santa Claus, Music & Dance in Las Cruces hosts its recital
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. “gifts of Christmas” such as a life-sized Kissy
music by 1st Armored Division Band, choir per- featuring children of all ages at 3 p.m. Sunday,
Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, Doll, red-eyed Rat King; Russian Troika Sleigh
formances and refreshments. Information: 568- Dec. 15, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main
made Saturday mornings. Also featured are bringing Masha through the Snow Forest to the
1519. in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Admission:
family-operated gift shops. Land of Peace and Harmony populated with
$10-$14; available at (575) 525-2909 or tutu-
Holiday Festival — The family outdoor 10-foot-tall dancing puppets, exotic flying birds
Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly
event is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Biggs and dancing couples.
tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza,
Park, 1388 Sgt. Major Blvd., Fort Bliss. This ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Las
125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet under ‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 36th annual produc-
year’s theme is “Underneath the Northern
the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-0660. Theatre and UTEP’s 11th annual presentation
Lights,” with train rides, free photos with Santa, tion of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, and
of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m.
hot cocoa, sled racing. Bring a blanket and chair La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway Michelle’s Dance Academy’s “Chaos at
Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30
to watch a holiday movie in the park. Cocoa 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: Christmas,” is Dec. 20-22 at the NMSU’s
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8, at UTEP’s Magoffin
and coffee offered. Admission is free, and the (575) 882-7632 or Atkinson Music Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe and
Auditorium. Tickets: $20-$35 (Ticketmaster).
public is invited. Information: 588-8247. The tasting room and patio are open for sales Espina. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and
Information: 760-6002 or
and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. All seats
Club news Thursday through Tuesday (closed
reserved. Tickets: $22. Information: (575) 527-
Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. Munson Center Saturday Night 1893 or
Westside Welcome Club — Information:
Dance — Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite, Tea Dances — Free tea dances to Big Band Mesa Vista Wine Tasting Room — 3200
Las Cruces, hosts its monthly senior dance 4 to
The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Hwy 28 in Anthony, N.M. (La Union area at and Golden Oldies hits spun by DJ Larry are 1
6 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month
Friday, Dec. 6, at Ella Blue, 5410 N. Mesa. No NM 28 and S. Vinton Road). Open noon to 6 to 3 p.m. every Monday, plus Fridays except
(Dec. 7, Jan. 4). Tickets: $3; can be purchased
reservations needed. Information: 587-8641. p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and on the last two Fridays of the month, at Memorial
the week of the dance. Information: (575) 541-
The monthly luncheon is noon Wednesday, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The room also features the Park Senior Center, 1800 Byron (behind El
Dec. 11, at El Paso Country Club, preceded by region’s only yarn shop and local alpaca prod- Paso Rose Garden on Copia). Information:
the annual Holiday Craft Fair 9:30 a.m. to ucts. Live music featured 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contra Dance — The Southern New 212-2115 or
noon. Cost for lunch: $22; reservation deadline Saturdays. Information: (915) 494-7248. Mexico Music and Dance Society’s holiday con- ation/senior-centers.
is Dec. 7. Craft Fair is free and open to the tra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. Dances are also at the Wellington Chew
public. Information: 584-9627,
Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery Center, 4430 Maxwell, the third Friday of the
13, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle
— 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28) in month.
The social and charitable nonprofit club was de Santiago in Las Cruces. Live music by West
Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to
established 40 years ago to welcome women to
6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information:
the El Paso community. Open to both new-
(915) 241-4349 or
comers and longtime residents.
Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — A holi-
Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tast-
day celebration is Saturday, Dec. 7, at
ings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.
University Presbyterian Church. Call for times.
Information: 877-4544 or
Information, registration: 346-3810 or 833-
8705. Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long
zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort is
Public Relations Association of the
open during ski season. Cost is $84 ($77 chil-
Southwest — The annual Holiday Mixer is 6
dren and senior, $71 military). Minimum age is
to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Wallflower,
10. Reservations required. Information: (575)
500 N. Oregon. Guests invited to wear their
464-3633 or
most festive sweater. Cost: $20 (free for mem-
Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M.
bers). RSVP at
offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, lasting about
Germania Club — The Germania Club of El three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13
Paso’s annual Christmas party is noon Sunday, and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.
Dec. 15, at Underwood Golf Course 3200
Coe, on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome.
McDonald Observatory — Fort Davis,
Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30
Information, reservation: 755-5471.
p.m. daily (Central Time). Information: (432)
International Coin Club — El Paso’s only 426-4138. Daytime tours and solar viewing at
coin club meets at 6:45 p.m. the second 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs at
Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with pre- Stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays
sentations and auction to follow. Visitors always and Saturdays. Reservations required for all
welcome, coffee and donuts will be served. programs. See website for prices, schedule:
Information: 241-6977 or on Facebook.

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Anything Box — The new wave band per- Franklin Lounge, 1200 Futurity, featuring Grupo
forms 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. Majeztad and Proyecto 9. Admission is free;
30, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s age 21 and older welcome. Information: (575)
Franklin Lounge, 1200 Futurity, with opening 874-5200 or on Facebook.
act JG and the Robots. Formed in New Jersey
‘Brief History of Christmas Music’ —
in 1986, the band’s hits include “Living in
The Christmas sing-along is at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Oblivion”, “Kiss of Love” and “Dreams.” ing the drumming of Ricky Malichi, the group Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Age 21 and Dec. 21, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. plays a wide array of music from the entire older, unless otherwise listed. Features both Main, Las Cruces. Andy Mason, along with the
Information: (575) 874-5200 or on Facebook. recorded history of jazz. local and touring performers. Most perform- live audience, performs music ranging from
The Monstercat Uncaged Tour — The La Parada — 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. the first Friday ances are free and begin at 9 p.m. Information: 16th Century West Country English carols to
Monstercat Uncaged Tour electronic indie 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915. Christmas music from the new millennium.
of the month at San Carlos Building, 501 Texas.
music label tour featuring Gammer, Riot and • Saturday, Dec. 8: Dirty Circuits and General Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2290
Art market open all night. Cover $5 age 21 and
Tokyo Machine is 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Mojo (psychedelic rock) or
older; $10 age 18 and older. Information: 351-
Green Door, 8750 Gateway East. Age 17 and • Saturday, Jan. 4: The Glitter Tacos, with Mason will present fascinating Christmas his-
6023 or on Facebook at laparadaep.
older admitted. Tickets: $10; Dead Words, Sarchasm, and CounterPlay. tory and trivia through music. Who wrote the
The Dec. 6 event includes live music by Emily
• Part Time returns at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. “12 days of Christmas?” Why is “Rudolph the
Jim Shearer and the Second Line Davis and the Murder Police, MuckRunner Z,
11, with Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates. Red-Nosed Reindeer” so popular? Who “Sang
Survivors — The benefit jazz concert for Zyme Oné, Benny St. Claire, Teej and hand-
Tickets: $10 (Eventbrite). Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree?” What
KRWG radio at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the some Rob (B2B), with live art by Crook.
was the first Christmas song to be performed
Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main, in Las A Big Band Christmas Concert — Jazz FEA — The Chicana feminist punk band from
in outer space? And, Did “Frosty the
Cruces’ Downtown Mall. Tickets: $15 in San Antonio performs Wednesday, Dec. 11, at
Unlimited Big Band hosts its annual holiday con- Snowman” really come to life?
advance; $20 at the door. Information: (575) Neon Rose, 2430 Wyoming, in support of their
cert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at St. Mark’s
541-2290 or United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road.
new bilingual album “No Novelties.” The band Tuba Christmas El Paso — Join local tuba
The Second Line Survivors specialize in the consists of Girl In A Coma’s Phanie Diaz and and euphonium players from throughout the
The 17-piece band plays seasonal favorites in
famous street beat grooves of New Orleans Jenn Alva with Letty Martinez and Sofi Lopez. region in a concert of Christmas Carols 1 to 2
swing, rock, Latin and jazz styles. Admission is
that laid the foundation for modern jazz. Led by Showtime to be announced. Information on p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, as part of Winterfest.
free, donations welcome. Information on
vocalist and tuba player Jim Shearer and featur- Facebook at Neon Rose Bar. The El Paso event is part of the 46th annual
Facebook at JazzUnlimited.
Tuba Christmas with concerts held in over 300
Las Cruces Ukes — The non-profit ukulele
cities throughout the world. Players interested
group performs their holiday concert at 3 p.m.
in performing can find details at
Sunday, Dec. 15, in the Stuckey Auditorium of Information: 940-300-2268
Good Samaritan, Las Cruces Village, 3011
Buena Vida Circle. Admission is free. Fountains at Farah Holiday
Information: or Facebook. Performances — Live entertainment from
The performance includes many favorite holi- local performers and groups is noon to 7 p.m.
day songs such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rudolph,” Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and
“Feliz Navidad,” the “New Mexican Twelve noon to 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22,
Days of Christmas” and more. on the performance lawn at Fountains at
Farah’s Promenade Lower level. Admission is
Noche de Cumbia y Norteño — The

free. Information: or on
Park After Dark event is 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.
20, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s

at Placita Santa Fe
5034 Doniphan
Saturday, Dec. 7 & Jan. 4
9 am - 2 pm
Enjoy Unique Shops • Delicious Food
Outdoor Vendors
The Market is the 1st Saturday of each month
Customer Appreciation Open House
Sunday, Dec. 8 • Noon - 4 pm
Santa • Refreshments • Discounts
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Chris D’Elia — One of the most in-demand Paulina Rubio — The singer’s Ellas Mandan
performers in comedy presents his “Follow the Tour is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at UTEP’s Don
Leader” show at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Haskins Center, with guest Ivy Queen. Tickets:
Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $37.50- $30-$120 (Ticketmaster).
Steve O — The comic and stuntman who
Kinky Friedman — The Texas legend, per- first gained fame on MTV’s stunt-based reality
forms at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Star show “Jackass” performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
City Studios, 120 W. Castellano. Opening act is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Comic
Cleve Hattersly of Greezy Wheels. Friedman Strip, 1201 Airway. Tickets: $30; $40 VIP; $50
will answer some audience questions before Front 50.Information: 799-LAFF (5233) or
the set. Tickets: $40; age 18 and older wel-
come. Information: 257-4777, starcitystudio-
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The or on Facebook.
Moscow Ballet presents its “Gift of Christmas
The 70s Reunion Party — Grammy Tour” at 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 5 p.m.
Award winner Hazel Payne of A Taste of Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Plaza Theatre.
Honey, and Tyriq Johnson, lead singer of Santa Tickets: $29-$99(Ticketmaster). Group dis-
Fe & The Fat City Horns and Serpentine Fire counts and VIP packages available. Information:
(Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute), headline a dance
party and concert celebrating the 1970s 6:30 to
‘Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel
11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at El Maida Shrine,
Back’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s
6331 Alabama, with disco, soul and Motown
Jewel Box Series presents Border Theatre’s
hits. Also featured is a “Tribute To Motown”
comic performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
with Jerome Gullatt and special guest, “El
8, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the
Paso’s Most Dangerous Band” Hypnosis.
Plaza Theatre). Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster).
Tickets: $29 ($39 VIP), available at El Maida
Information: 533-4020 or
Shrine, or (575) 520-8776. Information:
This irreverent bit of interactive, improv the-
ater debuted last year, and has evolved to
The Temptations and Four Tops — An include more local talent. The audience still
evening with legendary musical groups Dennis gets to order from a menu of 30 short pieces,
Edwards’ The Temptations Revue, the Four which are performed in 60 minutes.
Tops, and Lenny Williams, original lead singer
John Leguizamo’s Latin History for
of Tower Of Power, is 8 p.m. on Saturday,
Morons — Actor/comic Leguizamo brings his
Nov. 30, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets:
Tony-nominated one-man Broadway show to
$35 (Ticketmaster).
El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the
Trans-Siberian Orchestra — Trans- Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $37.50-$67.50
Siberian Orchestra returns at 3 and 7:30 p.m. (Ticketmaster).
Wednesday, Dec. 4, in UTEP’s Don Haskins Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny,
Center, presented by the Hallmark Channel. frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s
The “rock holiday tradition for a new genera- school history project. Leguizamo breaks down
tion” will showcase their unique combination of the 3,000 years between the Mayans and
storytelling, musicianship and spectacular pro- Pitbull into 110 uncensored minutes.
duction effects. Tickets: $38.25-$72.25
Natti Natasha — The rising pop star per-
forms at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at El Paso
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony — The County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets:
Grammy-winning rap group performs at 8 p.m. $40 (Ticketmaster).
Friday, Dec. 6, at El Paso County Coliseum,
4100 E. Paisano, made up of Layzie Bone, Bizzy
‘A Drag Queen Christmas: The
Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone and Flesh-N-
Naughty Tour’ — The show starring con-
testants from RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1 is 8
Bone. Tickets: $29-$49 (Ticketmaster).
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Abraham
Cristela Alonzo — The comedian, actress, Chavez Theatre. The queens perform in their
writer and producer brings “My Affordable biggest holiday costumes with back-up dancers
Care Act” stand-up comedy tour to El Paso at and a full stage production. Tickets start at $35;
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Philanthropy VIP packages are $150 (Ticketmaster).
Theatre, in the Plaza Annex. She will also host Performers include, Lady Bunny, Latrice
a book signing for her new memoir, “Music of Royale, Manila Luzon, Shuga Cain, Shea
My Years.” Tickets: $40 (Ticketmaster). Coulee, Thorgy Thor and William; hosted by
In 2014 when Alonzo became the first Latina Nina West.
to create, produce and star in her own net-
work sitcom, “Cristela,” for ABC.
Il Divo — The tenor group presents “A
Holiday Song Celebration” at 7 p.m. Sunday,
Musical Jams and Jokes — T.K. Kirkland, Dec. 15, at the Plaza Theatre. The group has
the “Underground King of Comedy,” headlines stood out for its mix of opera and pop in songs
the music and comedy show at 9 p.m. Friday, of different genres. Tickets: $49.50-$109.50;
Dec. 6, at Northgate Optimist Club, 4201 with VIP packages $277-$553 (Ticketmaster).
Skyline, hosted by Tommy Black, with comedy
by Mando Man and musical guest Uplift Muzik
Styx — The rock ’n’ roll renegades celebrate
their new album “The Mission” with a special
Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 in
winter tour that comes to El Paso’s Abraham
advance (general admission); $30 at the door.
Chavez Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
VIP table seating is $40. Military discounts also
Tickets: $39.85-$69.75; VIP packages $176-
offered. Available at eventbrite. Information:
$347. (Ticketmaster).
Paul, 241-6457, Mimi, 204-8028, Tommy (505)
730-2413 or Smooth, (832) 921-2788.
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Here’s the Ticket Donnell Rawlings — The stand-up comic and a wacky elf need to save the day. Tickets: Alan Jackson — The country superstar per-
who has frequently toured with Dave $25-$50(Ticketmaster). forms at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at UTEP’s
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Chappelle performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and Don Haskins Center. Tickets:$36.24-$96.24;
A Merry-Achi Christmas — Mariachi Sol
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. VIP packages $169-$619 (Ticketmaster).
de Mexico brings back its holiday show at 7:30
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas — 19-21 at El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway.
p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Plaza Theatre, ‘An American in Paris’ — Broadway in El
The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El Tickets: $20; $25 VIP. Information: 779-LAFF
with traditional carols played by the 13-piece Paso presents Tony Award-winning Musical
Paso favorite presents his 22nd annual “A (5233) or
ensemble, and featuring Ballet Folklorico featuring favorite Gerswhin songs at 7:30 p.m.
Smooth Jazz” Christmas show at 7 p.m. ‘’Twas the Night Before Christmas’ — Quetzales. The show includes a fusion of the Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 25-26, at the
Monday, Dec. 16, at the Plaza Theatre. Guests Ken Ludwig’s modern twist on the classic tale traditional holiday spirit Mexican and American Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $32.50-$72.50
include Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Plaza Christmas songs and carols. Tickets: $26.50- (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111 or vis-
Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker. Theatre. When Santa’s naughty and nice list $62.50 (Ticketmaster).
Tickets: $45-$117 (Ticketmaster). goes missing, a few dancing mice, a little girl,
Kayzo — The DJ brings his “Unleashed” ‘The Bachelor’ Live on Stage — The hit
Tour to El Paso at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at romance reality series comes to El Paso at 7
El Paso County Coliseum. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Abraham Chavez
p.m.; all ages show. Tickets: $20 general admis- Theatre. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50 (VIP meet and
sion; $40 VIP floor (Ticketmaster). greet tickets are $135) (Ticketmaster).
Sesame Street Live ‘Let’s Party’ —
The Sesame Street Live returns with a new ‘Bely y Beto’ — The Spanish language family
show Dec. 21-22, at Abraham Chavez show brings its live tour to El Paso at 7 p.m.
Theatre, presented by Feld Entertainment. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets
Showtimes are 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 sold out at press time (Ticketmaster).
p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $22-$45 (Ticketmaster).
Pre-show experiences begin one hour prior to Itzhak Perlman — El Paso Pro-Musica pres-
each performance; Tickets are $50 (separate ents the “Reigning Virtuoso of the Violin” at
from performance). Information: 231-1100 or 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $50-$150. Information:
747-8163 or
The Fab Four — The “Ultimate Tribute” of
the Beatles returns to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Cher — Cher brings her “Here We Go Again
Thursday, Jan. 23, at The Plaza Theatre. Tour” to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at
Tickets: $25-$55.(Ticketmaster). UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with Nile
Rodgers & CHIC. Tickets: $84-$128.20. VIP
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live - packages: $393-$744. (Ticketmaster).
MST3K’s “Great Cheesy Movie Circus” Tour
featuring original host Joel Hodgson is 7:30 ‘The Music of Selena’ — El Paso
p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Plaza Theatre. Symphony Orchestra presents Isabel Marie
Tickets: $30-$65; VIP meet and greets start at Sanchez performing iconic Selena hits t 8 p.m.
$215 (Ticketmaster). Saturday, March 7, at The Plaza Theatre.
Tickets: $30-$75 (Ticketmaster). Information:
‘Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the 532-3776 or


Chocolate Factory’ — Broadway in El Paso
presents the hit musical based on the original KISS — 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at
film Jan. 29-Feb. 2, at the Plaza Theatre. UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets start at
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and $112.75 (Ticketmaster).

El Paso’s Professional Singers and Chamber Players

Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Cirque du Soleil’s ‘OVO’ — Six perform-
and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30-$70 ances March 12-15 at UTEP’s Don Haskins


(Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111, Center. Tickets start at $35 ($24.50 for chil- or on Facebook at dren); senior, military, student discounts, and
Broadway in El Paso. family packs available. (Ticketmaster).

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH Tom Russell — The internationally Information: 747-5234.

renowned folksinger/songwriter (and former El JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour — 7
2800 PERSHING DRIVE, EL PASO Pasoan) performs at Wednesday, Jan. 29, at p.m. Saturday, March 14, at NMSU’s Pan

Dec. 13 - 14 - 15
Star City Studio, 120 W. Castellano. Tickets: American Center. Tickets: $34-$64; VIP $175-
$22 in advance; $25 at the door; available at All $349 (Ticketmaster).
That Music or at the theatre. SInformation:
7:30 p.m. Friday, or 240-5756. La Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga —
The popular Mexican group performs at 8 p.m.
5 p.m. Saturday Shen Yun 2020 — The celebration of 5,000 Saturday, March 21, at UTEP’s Don Haskins
2:30 p.m. Sunday
years of Chinese culture through music and Center. Tickets: $39-$149. (Ticketmaster).
dance returns to the area at 2 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: The Texas Tenors — Woman’s Club of El
Five For Brass will play 30 minutes $80-$150 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800- Paso presents the group’s “10th Anniversary
before each performance 380-8265 or Tour” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the
Plaza Theatre. $45-$117 (Ticketmaster).
Our annual musical celebration ushers in the A Conversation with Gary Vaynerchuk
Advent Season in El Paso with classical choral — An evening with the bestselling author, ‘The Office! A Musical Parody’ — The
entrepreneur, and internet personality is 7 p.m. unauthorized parody of the hit TV show is 7:30
masterpieces and holiday favorites, featuring The Consort p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Abraham
Wednesday, Feb. 5, at UTEP’s Don Haskins
Singers, with Bruce Nehring, Conductor and Organist, Center. Tickets: $40-$200 (Ticketmaster). Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $17.50-$65.
along with Five for Brass and Instrumentalists. TobyMac — The Christian Grammy-winning
Jo Koy — The comedian Jo Koy brings his
rocker headlines the 2020 “Hits Deep Tour” at
We invite the audience to “Just Kidding” World Tour to El Paso at 7 p.m.
7 p.m. Friday, March 27, at UTEP’s Don
Friday, Feb. 14, at Abraham Chavez Theatre.
join us in singing familiar carols. Tickets: $40-$60; VIP packages available Haskins Center, with Tauren Wells, Jordan
(Ticketmaster).” Feliz, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson and
All tickets are $15, available at the door Aaron Cole. Presented by Food for the
Also may be purchased at Raúl Di Blasio and Barabara Padilla — Hungry. Tickets: $19.75-$89.75 (Ticketmaster).
Information: The singers’ “Concierto Para Enamorados” is 8 Information:
p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Plaza Theatre.
Zion Lutheran Church is on Pershing just north of Montana and two blocks
Tickets: $39-$99 (Ticketmaster).
west of Piedras.Front entrance on Pershing Drive Elevator for handicapped off
Pershing. Alternate entrance on Montana Street side, through the glass doors.
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Here’s the Ticket for under 21. Information: 591-7625 or on Mulligan, WSTR and Lurk. Tickets. $17. • Presidential Chamber Music Series III: Take3
Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen. • Jasper Bones — The Chicano “wavy-soul” trio mixing classical refinement with rock-star
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• Ensiferum and Kalmah Live — 6 p.m. artist performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, style is Friday, Jan. 24. Admission is free.
Monday, Dec. 2, for their Path To Vktory with Royal Jag. Tickets: $13.
Rage Against the Machine — The rock Flickinger Center for Performing Arts
Tour, with Abigail Williams and Aenimus. • Lane 8 — The electronic DJ/Producer per-
band brings its North American reunion to — 1110 New York, in Alamogordo.
• NU-95 — 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. forms at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Tickets: $20.
both El Paso and Las Cruces Las Cruces, with Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickinger-
• Three Bad Jacks — 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. • The Winehouse Experience — The Amy
shows Thursday, March 26, in El Paso, and 7
• 333 Live (Pantera Tribute) — 7 p.m. Winehouse tribute is 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
p.m. Saturday, March 28. Venues to be • ‘A Christmas Carol’ — The popular musical
Saturday, Dec. 14. Admission: $10. Tickets: $18; age 18 and older admitted (tick-
announced at production of the Dickens classic is 7 p.m.
• Nonpoint — The nu metal band performs
Tuesday, Dec. 17. Tickets: $17, $32, $42.
Prince Royce — The Latin pop superstar Friday, Dec. 20. All ages show. • The Adicts — The British punk band per-
• Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia
returns to El Paso for his “Alter Ego” U.S. Tour • Tony Macalpine — The rock guitarist per- forms at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10. Tickets: $25.
Lozano performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at El Paso County forms at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, with • Chastity Belt — The rock band performs at 8
Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $41-$91; Schiermann. All ages event. Tickets: $15. p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, with Loose Tooth. $12. Spencer Theater for Performing Arts
VIP packages $150-$950 (Ticketmaster). • Of Gods and Monsters — The supergroup • Ezra Furman — The alternative rock singer — 108 Spencer Road (off Airport Hwy 220) in
Ana Gabriel —8 p.m. Friday, April 3, at El performs 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, featuring performs at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, with Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or
Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Dean Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne), Kelley Stoltz. Tickets: $13.
Tickets: $51-$181 Ticketmaster. Time Gaines (Stryper), Joey Taffola (Graham Public buffets ($20) are available before most
Club Here I Love You — 115 S. Durango.
Bonnet), and Kevin Goocher (Omen, Phantom shows.
‘Baby Shark Live!’ — Pinkfong and Round X). Tickets: $20.
Steve Lawler performs 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
• “The Nutcracker” — Dalí Ballet Company’s
Room Live’s new concert experience is Tickets: $20-$25. Age 18 and older.
• The Toasters — The ska legends perform at adaptation of the Tchaikovsky Christmas classic
Thursday, April, 9, at Abraham Chavez Information: 307-7736 or on Facebook.
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Tickets: $15 in advance; is 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday,
Theatre, as part of its North American Tour. $20 day of show. Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Dec. 21-22. Tickets: $35.
Tickets: $29.50-$59.50 (Ticketmaster). • Bleed the Sky — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Most shows begin • “Finding Neverland” — The touring
Luke Combs — The ACM, CMA and CMT with Skin Lab, Arise in Chaos, and So This is at 8 p.m. and are limited to age 21 and older. Broadway spectacular is 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Award-winning artist brings his “What You See Suffering. All ages show. Admission: $15. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemoun- Jan. 8. Tickets: $79-$85.
Is What You Get Tour” Tuesday, April 21, to • Ether Coven — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, with
the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces, Outlier and Barishi. • Ramon Ayala — The norteño singer per-
with Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker. Tickets • Infested — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. $15. forms Saturday, Nov. 30. Tickets: $30-$75.
begin at $29.50 (Ticketmaster). • Vale of Pnath — 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, • Chinese Acrobats of Hebei perform at 7:30
with Gorod and Wolf King. Tickets: $15. p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $20-$60.
‘Jersey Boys’ — The Tony and Grammy • Los Huracanes del Norte — The norteño
Award winning story of Frankie Valli & The Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson
band performs Friday, Jan. 10. Tickets: $29-
Four Seasons is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, (indoors). Surcharge for ages under 21.
at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Information:
• Neal McCoy — The country artist performs
Tickets: $35-$69 (Ticketmaster). • Scarlett O’Hara — The Welcome Back to
Saturday, Jan. 25. Tickets: $25-$65.
the Brodeo Tour is 8:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Nitro Circus — The stunt group’s “You Got • Linkin’ Bridge — The award winning R&B
Dec. 4, featuring Sleep Walker and
This” tour is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Group headlines the Valentine’s dinner at
SomewhereToCallHome. Tickets: $15.
Southwest University Park. Tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 14. Dinner served at 6 p.m.; show
• Beach Bums — The rock band performs at 8
Dec. 6 at at 7 p.m. Tickets: $55 general admission.
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets: $10.
Information T • Criss Angel — The popular magician per-
• Motel Radio — The New Orleans rock and
forms Saturday, Feb. 15. Tickets: $45-$95.
Celtic Woman: Celebration — The 15th folk band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
anniversary tour of the Grammy-nominated, 18. Tickets; $12. NM Tech Performing Arts Series —
multi-platinum international music group is 7 • 8Kalacas — The California ska-core band Performances are 7:30 p.m. at New Mexico
p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Plaza performs 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, with Tech’s Macey Center in Socorro, N.M.
Theatre.. Tickets: $29.25-$150.00 Chencha and The River Rats. Tickets: $15. Information:
(Ticketmaster). • AJJ — The American folk punk band per- • “A Christmas Carol” — Charles Dickens’
forms at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, with the classic tale is Thursday, Dec. 12. Tickets: $22
Kane Brown — The contemporary country Exbats and Taco Cat. Tickets: $20. ($20 seniors, $10 youth).
singer and 2018’s CMT’s Artist of the Year per- • “... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of • Mariachi Christmas is Friday, Dec. 20, with
forms at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at UTEP’s the Dead” — The alternative rock band per- mariachi and folkloric dancing representing the
Don Haskins Center, with guests Chris Lane forms at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. $15. traditions of Mexico at Christmastime. Tickets:
and Russel Dickerson. Tickets: $52-$170 • Grayscale — The alternative rock band per- $22 ($20 seniors, $10 youth).
(Ticketmaster). VIP experiences available. forms at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, with Hot
Shinedown — The multi-platinum rock band
rock band brings their “Deep Dive” tour to El
Paso 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Plaza
Theatre. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50
Thunder from Down Under — 8 p.m.
Friday, May 15, at the Plaza Theatre. Must be
18 or older to attend. (Ticketmaster).
‘Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of
Gold’ — The live show is 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27, at the Plaza Theatre.
Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. VIP tickets: $192
Darci Lynne and Friends — The singer-
ventriloquist, who won “America’s Got Talent”
at age 12, presents her “Fresh Out of the Box”
Tour at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the
Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $27.25-
$47.25. VIP packages: $97.25. (Ticketmaster)

Venues & series

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828
Montana, specializing in metal and hard rock.
Most shows 18 and older admitted; surcharge

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with Carol Eberhart on violin, plus “Medieval sion, jealousy and revenge. This Italian master-
Noel,” “Down in Bethlehem,” “Christmas Bells piece by Ruggero Leoncavallo contains one of
are Ringing” and more. the most famous tenor arias in history and cul-
minates in a play-within-a-play performance
El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind that cleverly depicts life imitating art imitating
symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, opens
life at its most violent.
its season with a Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m.
UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine or on Facebook at 1stArmoredDivisionBand. Friday, Dec. 13, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts
Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. The concert features multiple genres and new Recital Hall, featuring winners of the “most
except as listed. For most events, tickets are $5 takes on holiday classics. concert attendance” contest. Tickets: $10; $5
($3 students, military and seniors, free for Thursday’s concert is preceded at 5 p.m. with students, military, seniors. Information: elpa-
UTEP students, faculty, staff and children 12 family activities and the lighting of the Fort Bliss or on Facebook at El
and younger. Information: 747-5606 or Tree in front of Chapel One. Paso Wind Symphony. ‘The Beginning of Advent’- Bruce
First Fridays Series — El Paso Opera’s
• UTEP Horn Choir Concert is Tuesday, Dec. Nehring Consort hosts its holiday concerts
new monthly series of free community out-
3, performing music written for four to 20 Dec. 13-15, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800
reach performances are the first Friday of every
horns. Include new music written for horn Pershing. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
month at a different location. The Dec. 6 per-
ensemble and holiday favorites. Admission is 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets
formance is noon at El Paso International
free. are $15 at the door, or in advance at
Airport featuring Heather Dials and Amy
• Orchestra Concert presents “American Information:
Ramspoth. Information: 581-5534 or
Friends” Thursday, Dec. 5. UTEP’s Dr.
Dominic Dousa will perform George The annual musical celebration ushers in the
Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” as well as music LCSO with Barbara Padilla — Las Advent Season with classical choral master-
he composed for the UTEP Symphony Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by pieces and holiday favorites, featuring the
Orchestra. Lonnie Klein, presents a compilation of great Consort Singers, with Bruce Nehring, conduc-
arias from Italy, Mexico and Venezuela with tor and organ, along with Five for Brass and
NMSU Department of Music — Most
guest soprano Barbara Padilla at 7:30 p.m. other instrumentalists. The audience is invited
performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson
Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at to join in singing familiar carols.
Music Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe.
NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program
Admission is free, unless otherwise listed. ‘Once Upon a Winter’ — The El Paso
features music by Puccini, Bizet, Velazquez,
Information: (575) 646-2304 or Symphony Youth Orchestra’s holiday perform-
Lara, and Rota, along with Holiday Festival ance, directed by Phillip Garcia, is 7 to 8 p.m.
encores. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575)
• Thursday, Dec. 5: NMSU Choirs Concert Saturday, Dec. 21, at San Jacinto Plaza
646-3709, or on
presents “Home for the Holidays,” featuring Downtown, as part of Winterfest 2019 events.
NMSU faculty and NMSU Philharmonic. Admission is free. Information: 820-2952
“Lonnie’s Spotlight Luncheon” is 11:30 a.m.
Admission: $10; free for students., or on Facebook
Thursday, Dec. 5, at Paisano Café in Mesilla,
• Sunday, Dec. 8: Honors Recital at EPYSO.
with presentation by Klein at noon. Cost: $20
• 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14: Tuba Department,
(cash or check only). ‘Pagliacci’ — El Paso Opera, presents R.
Christmas Concert.
• Sunday, Dec. 15: Las Cruces Youth ‘Three Ring Bells” — Mesilla Valley Leoncavallo’s traditional opera about passion,
Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. Chorale’s annual holiday concert is 3 p.m. jealousy and revenge featuring a chamber
Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Rio Grande Theatre, orchestra in an intimate setting at 7:30 p.m.
‘Sounds of the Season’ — The First Friday and Saturday, Jan 10-11, at St. Rogers
211 N. Main in Las Cruces, directed by Nancy
Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss presents Depot, 420 N. Campbell. Tickets: $39 general
Ritchey. Admission: $10 from any chorale
its free annual holiday pops concert show, at 7 admission. information: 581-5534,
member or at the door. Information: (575)
p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-6, Fort, or on
647-2560 or
Bliss’s Soldier Hall. Seating is on a first-come, Facebook.
The performance features “What Star is
first-served basis. Tickets are free and the pub- One Of opera’s most treasured works,
This?,” “Silent Night” and “New Fallen Snow”
lic is invited. Information: 568-2263, 568-7001, “Pagliacci” is a frighteningly timeless tale of pas-

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Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl — The 86th College sports
annual football classic begins at noon, Tuesday,
Dec. 31. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games
Some military discounts offered. Information: are at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $10-
533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or $24. Information: 747-5234,
This year’s halftime performers are Christian • The Miners travel to Las Cruces for a return
nu metal band P.O.D. Selection Sunday team match against NMSU at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.
announcements is around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, • 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
County Coliseum Events Center, next to the The annual Greater El Paso Football
Dec. 8, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. The WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl
Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $5-$30. Showcase-Combine is Friday, Dec. 20, at
The 22nd annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Invitational is Dec. 16-17 at UTEP’s Don
Free admission to active military with ID. Socorro Athletic Complex, 1300 Joe Battle.
Monday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Haskins Center. The 58th annual event is the
Information: 479-7825 or
Center. • Nov. 29-30: Wichita Thunder. Gametime 7
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — nation’s oldest collegiate holiday basketball
Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General tournament. Tickets: $13-$24 for two game
p.m. each night
Tuesday, Dec. 31. admission and parking are free. Information: package; $25-$45 four game package; military,
• Dec. 13-15: Steamboat Wranglers
Other Sun Bowl events: (575) 874-5200 or UTEP student discounts offered
YMCA Sun Bowl Basketball Skills Camp is 10 Gage Schroeder Memorial Wrestling Live Racing season returns Thursday, Dec. (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4416 or 747-
a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at UTEP’s Tournament — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 26, with first post time at 12:25 p.m. Other 5234 (UTEP Ticket Center), or
Memorial Gym. Information: Wayne Thornton, Dec. 7, at El Paso County Coliseum. Donations December race days are Saturday and Sunday, Monday: Kent State vs. UC Irvine at 5 p.m.
541-4331. benefit scholarships. Information on Facebook Dec. 28-29, and Tuesday, Dec. 31. and North Carolina A&T vs. UTEP at 7 p.m.
The 58th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins at The Gage Memorial Wrestling Tournament. The Championship at Sunland Park stakes Consolation Game is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, fol-
Sun Bowl Invitational is Monday and Tuesday, race is Sunday, Dec. 29. lowed by Championship Game at 7 p.m.
Greater El Paso Football Showcase — Beginning in January, race days are Fridays,
Dec. 16-17, at the Don Haskins Center. . The annual high school all-star game is UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home
Rotary Club of El Paso’s Sun Bowl Fan Golf Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. The live rac-
Saturday, Dec. 21, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl stadi- games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets:
Challenge is Thursday, Dec. 26, at Topgolf, ing season runs through April 21.
um. Pre-game activities begin at 12:30 p.m. $5 general admission. Information: 747-5234 or
365 Vin Rambla. Information at The Greater El Paso Football Showcase game Harlem Globetrotters — The
Price’s Give “Em Five Cheer Camp is 2:30 to features El Paso area football athletes playing Globetrotters return to the area at 7 p.m. • 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: Weber State
4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at El Paso on either “Blue Thunder” or “Red Storm” Friday, March 6, at NMSU’s Pan American • 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Arizona
Convention Center. Information: 541-4331. teams. Also featured are cheerleaders, band, Center. Since 1927, the Globetrotters have vis- • 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, Tulsa.
El Paso Rhinos - The Junior League ice dancers, trainers, and JROTC cadets. Tickets ited 115 countries and played before more than • 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2: Florida International
hockey team’s home games are 7 p.m. Friday and game times to be announced. Information: 100 million fans. Tickets: $20-$90 • 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4: Florida Atlantic
and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at El Paso 845-6900 or (Ticketmaster).
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Sports Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge — The High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and
Rotary Club of El Paso’s Sun Bowl Golf Dec. 21, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa snowboarding area offers 11 lifts and 55 trails .
Cont’d from Page 19
Challenge is Thursday, Dec. 26, at Topgolf, (Rudolph Plaza). Runners encouraged to wear a Information: (575) 464-3600 or
365 Vin Rambla. Information: Santa Hat; best dressed Santa and Elf receive Lifts are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
NMSU Men’s Basketball — Pan American $50 gift cards. Hot chocolate and tamales at the depending on weather conditions. All-day lift
Center in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15-$18. Recreational sports finish line. Information: Chris Rowley, 478- tickets are $75 ($65 age 55-69 and age 6-13
Information (575) 646-1447 or 5663. Registration: $25 through Dec. 19; $30 and military; free for ages 70 and older and age
Special Olympics Fall Games — The Dec. 20-21. at 5 and younger. Prices slightly higher on holiday
2019 fall games run through Dec. 7. Spectator peak days (Dec. 22-Jan 4, Jan. 18-20, Feb. 15-
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: UTEP
admission to competitions is free. Information:
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Washington State
533-8229 or Winter sports 17). Rental packages available.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18: Arkansas-Pine The Ski Apache Wind Rider is an hour-long
Flag Football Tournament is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WinterFest — El Paso Live with the zip-line adventure that begins at over 11,000
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 at Hanks High Hospitals of Providence and Providence feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections,
• 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29: Northern New
School, 2001 Lee Treviño. Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating through reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Reservations
Edge of Texas National — The boys’ Jan. 5 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza. required; may close due to weather or other
NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and conditions. Cost: $75; $68 senior or child; $125
youth wrestling event is Saturday, Dec. 14, at
games are at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. younger). Spectator admission is free. Season tandem (guide with child 5-9).
El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano,
General admission: $6-$12. Information: (575) passes; $45, good for one session per day.
hosted by Texas USA Wrestling. Details to be Ski Cloudcroft — The southernmost ski
646-1447 or Tickets at Information: 534-
announced. Information: area in the United States is two miles east of
• 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4: Western NM 0600,, or on Facebook.
Cloudcroft on U.S. 82, with 26 trails with two
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Weber State
• 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18: Arizona State.
Running events Regular ice skating hours are 4 to 9 p.m.
ski lifts, plus a tubing lift. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m.
Pearl Harbor Triathlon — White Sands Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday
daily during Christmas holidays, and Friday
through Monday the rest of the season begin-
Golf Missile Range Bell Gym presents the 5K
Run/30K Bike/400M Swim is 9 a.m. Saturday,
and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Special holiday
ning in early December. Information, snow
hours to be announced.
First Tee Holiday Tournament — First Dec. 7, at White Sands Aquatic Center, conditions: (575) 682-2333,
Tee of Greater El Paso hosts the adult/child 9 Building 462 Flagler Street. Cost: $65 individua. or on Facebook. Lift tickets: $45 ($35 age 12
Public Ice Skating — “Holidays on Ice”
hole golf tournament Saturday, Dec. 14, at Team fee: $75 after ($10 military discount). and younger for full day; $35 ($25 age 12 and
public skating hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays,
Ascarate Golf Course. Tee times begin at 10 Registration at younger) for half day 1 to 4 p.m. Tubing two-
noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and
a.m. Cost: $50 (2 person team, one adult, one hour sessions run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $20.
Lady of the Mountain — The 6th annual Sundays, and noon to 3 p.m., at the El Paso
child); includes green fees, cart, food and County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 Paisano. Ruidoso Winter Park — 1200 Ski Run
Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at
prizes. Registration at 252-6511 or thefirsttee- All ages welcome. Admission: $12; $10 military Road in Alto, N.M. Giant tubes, a kidz korral,
Saturday, Dec. 14, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds (skate rental included). Spectator admission is family zip line and other activities . Hours are
Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Half
Girls Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso’s marathon and relay races begin at 8 a.m. with free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825), elpaso- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. designated nights).
next LPGA/USGA golf event for girls is 12:30 to 10K and 5K runs at 8:15 a.m. Kids 1-mile fun or on Facebook at El Paso Hockey Tickets: $26.50 ($21.25 age 4-17; free for age 3
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Ascarate Golf run begins at 10 a.m. Registration at Association. and younger; include use of tubes; night
Course, 6900 Delta. Participation is free. Information: ladyofthemountain- Additional holiday hours include 7 to 10 p.m. “Twilight Tubing” discounts, and group rates
Information: daily Dec. 15-19; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 on selected days. Zip line rides: $8 ($5 with
Registration: to 10 p.m. Dec. 20-Jan. 6. No evening session tubing); $22 for three rides. Dates and times
Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The Dec. 24; closed Christmas Day. subject to change. Information: (575) 336-7079
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a developmental
13th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso or
junior golf program for ages 7-17.

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Let It Show,
Story by Lisa Kay Tate
Let It Show,
T Let It Show!
raditions are what the holiday sea-
son is all about, even on the El
Paso area stages, where returning
shows ranging from touring musicians and
ballet companies, local performing arts
groups and community theater, remain the
most popular tickets in town. From touring music & dance spectaculars to local
Concertgoers can choose between jazz
and mariachi, rock and classical, or choral theater productions, holiday shows increasingly are
groups or even ukuleles. If visions of a
Sugar Plum Fairy dance in your head, six a Christmas season tradition in the Borderland
different productions of “The Nutcracker”
are offered in El Paso, Juarez and Southern staging and pyrotechnics, is now presented
New Mexico. Bah humbug, you say? Take by the Hallmark Channel.
your pick of four different versions of “A Mariachi Sol de Mexico, a three-time
Christmas Carol.” Grammy nominee, returns to El Paso with
its Merry-Achi Christmas Dec. 20 at the
Jazz, rock, mariachi & more Plaza Theatre, lending their style to tradi-
tional Christmas songs.
One of the most popular returning shows El Paso Live’s Event Marketing Manager
is Dave Koz’s Gifts of Christmas, which Holly Fields said these shows has become
this year is Dec. 16 at the Plaza Theare. a holiday tradition for many, whether it is a
Koz has brought his Smooth Jazz show to family-friendly event or a show suited for
El Paso for the past 16 years. a “girls night out” or “date night.”
Local promoter Connie Paul first brought In addition to the returning shows, “A
Koz here during one of his summer tours. Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty
She booked a tour for the next four years, Tour” is back for the second time Dec. 14
and attendance kept growing. at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, featuring
After Koz’s fourth summer tour, he contestants from the VH-1 hit RuPaul’s
brought his Christmas concert to El Paso, Drag Race, as well as “A Holiday Song
which has become a sold-out tradition. Celebration” from the world renowned
“With each one of his concerts, the con- tenor group Il Divo. El Paso Ballet Theatre’s local production of “The Nutcracker” is now in its 11th year.
nection with the El Paso audience grew One first-time event in El Paso is a mod- Gisela Estrada Photography
stronger and that’s become very evident,” ern comic twist on “’Twas the Night
Paul said. “It helps that no Koz Christmas Before Christmas” Dec. 19 at the Plaza,
concert is the same. It’s new artists and A Nutcracker for everyone The Moscow Ballet has been touring
created by Olivier Award-winning play- North America or the past 27 years, with
always a new show.” wright Ken Ludwig. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1892
This year’s guests include Jonathan El Paso one of its regular stops. This year,
Another reason that these holiday con- Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker,” has hosting schools include El Paso’s British
Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael certs are so popular, Fields said, is that been not only a holiday and Christmas tra-
Lington and Chris Walker. Ballet Academy and For the Love of
audience-goers can take in the full winter dition for families, but one of the most Dance, who invited local students age 6 to
Paul said Kooz now calls the Sun City wonderland experience of Downtown El beloved ballets appealing to audiences of
“his second home.” 18 to audition, rehearse and perform with
Paso, including San Jacinto Plaza and all all age. The El Paso area is no exception, the Russian company as the Party
“During the tour, (Koz) is constantly the events offered by The Hospitals of with six different productions offered.
telling his artists ‘just wait till you experi- Children, Little Mice, Snowflakes, Snow
Providence & Providence Children’s In the El Paso area, most prominent per- Maidens, and other roles.
ence the responsiveness in El Paso? It’s Hospital Winterfest, now in its fourth year. formances of “The Nutcracker” perform-
like no other experience,’” Paul said. El Paso Ballet Theatre’s annual presenta-
“We have a very active footprint ances are known for making sure local tal- tion of “The Nutcracker” is now in its 11th
Trans-Siberian Orchestra has performed Downtown during Winterfest, with the ent gets their time in the spotlight, includ-
one or two shows in either El Paso or Las year was built from the ground up, as a
skating rink, Holiday Café and all the other ing Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian combination of hard work, talent and com-
Cruces most years, usually selling out activities,” she said. “A lot of people make Nutcracker” Dec. 6-7 at the Plaza Theatre,
quickly. This year they return Dec. 4 for munity support, Artistic Director Marta
an evening out of it, and they like to walk and El Paso Ballet Theatre’s “The Katz said.
two shows at UTEP’s Don Haskins. The around the lights in San Jacinto Plaza after Nutcracker” Dec. 6-8 at UTEP’s Magoffin
popular holiday event, which combines the show, which is beautiful,” Fields said. Auditorium.
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Holiday shows
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“We started literally with $500 in our

pockets and nothing else,” Katz said, “yet
11 years later we get more than 3,000 at
our performances.”
The production showcases local talent
long with some visiting performers.
“El Paso has so much dance talent, and I
think this production has a lot of heart,”
she said, but added the story itself is time-
less and well loved. “People know the
story of ‘The Nutcracker,’” Katz said. “It
is a masterpiece, and it is a very easy to
understand story.”
She said young children can follow along
in the magic and spirit of it, while long-
time ballet and dance lovers can still
appreciate its artistic beauty.
“This year, we will also have a full pro-
fessional orchestra performing,” Katz said,
noting that the musicians come from sym-
phony orchestras in El Paso, Juárez and tinuing and embellishing them this year,”
Las Cruces. he said. “Since the show is annual, each
There are now eight performances of El year is a chance to reach more people and
Paso Ballet Theatres’ “The Nutcracker.” In get it more ‘right.’ The excitement this ver-
addition to three for the public, there are sion of the script brought was the localiza-
four for school groups, complete with a tion of the story. Our version is set on the
teacher’s guide that always bring in around El Paso/Juarez border, and most people
4,000 young fans, and an added fourth have such a positive response to seeing
public performance for non-profit groups. their own hometown and culture presented
Las Cruces Chamber Ballet will present on stage.”
its 35th anniversary production of “The NMSU’s “A Christmas Carol,” a musical
Nutcracker” Dec. 14-16 at NMSU’s adaptation by Tom Smith and music by
Atkinson Music Recital Hall. The non- Roger Butterly, running through Dec. 8.
profit Dalí Ballet Company hosts its annu- Director Xodia Choate said it was impor-
al performances of its “Nutcracker” Dec. tant to her to make sure the traditional
21-22 at the Spencer Theater for aspect was honored, while also “mining”
Performing Arts. In Juárez, the St. what she felt were some overlooked
Petersburg Imperial Russian Ballet will aspects of show.
perform “Las Cascanueces” (The “The character of Mr. Scrooge can easily
Nutcracker) Dec. 3, and a local university become a caricature of a person — some-
production is Dec. 6-8, all at the Centro one who is so mean that we as an audience
Cultural Paso del Norte. cannot relate to him, and yet, it is a story
about redemption, a story that reminds all
Dickens classic told, retold of us, not just the mean old misers, to keep
the Spirit of Christmas alive all-year
Since it was written in 1843, Charles
round,” she said.
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has become
NMSU Theatre department head Wil
one of the most beloved stories of the sea-
Kilroy said NMSU includes “A Christmas
son. Both UTEP and NMSU theater
Carol” in its season every third year now,
departments have their own unique takes
noting that it is a particular favorite for
on this familiar favorite.
UTEP’s production of “A Christmas
“It is a well-known beloved tale for so
Carol, en la Frontera,” running Dec. 5-13,
many and we bring it to life with an elabo-
not only celebrates this classic tale, but
rate set and hand-made Victorian cos-
also the culture of the border region.
Rafa Pérez, who directs this year’s pro-
“The gasps of joy and shock from our
duction, said “A Christmas Carol” is a tale
audience, especially youngsters, is very
that most people know and expect to see
rewarding as you realize how involved
or hear every December.
they get with the story,” Kilroy said.
“I believe it’s special to everyone
“There will be an entirely new cast of
because most people who celebrate
course, and some additional special effects
Christmas have memories or experiences
with our ghost — always a delightful and
related to the viewing or telling of this
mysterious part of the event,” Kilroy said.
story,” Pérez said.
“It’s also exciting that we are able to give
“A Christmas Carol” has been a UTEP
an accomplished undergraduate student a
tradition for at least 13 years, he said.
chance to direct, which does not typically
Productions have ranged from traditional
happen in an undergraduate program.”
adaptations to a one-act version, “Old
Both NM Tech in Socorro, on Dec. 12,
Scrooge,” and also part of the jazzier holi-
and the Flickinger Center for Performing
day theatre and dance performance called
Arts in Alamogordo, on Dec. 17, have
“Humbug & Sugar Plum.” This year’s pro-
included touring productions of the story
duction is the second year for “A
to their season lineup. Last month, the T or
Christmas Carol, en la Frontera,” with a
C Community theatre told the tale from a
script adapted by UTEP’s Jay Stratton and
different perspective with “Jacob Marley’s
Adriana Dominguez that brings regional
Christmas Carol.”
traditions and culture to the tale.
“‘A Christmas Carol, en la
Frontera’ brought so many new elements
’Tis the season for theater
to our tradition last year and we are con-
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Holiday shows heading home for the first time in two cal choral masterpieces and holiday Wind Symphony and Mesilla Valley
years. favorites, featuring the Consort Singers, a Chorale, as well as First Armored Division
Cont’d from Page 22 The show is one of two original plays brass ensemble and other instruments. Band at Fort Bliss. Other performing arts
chosen this season for No Strings. “While “We always do new music along with ones groups presenting Christmas concerts
we normally do not present traditional people expect every year, and there are range from Jazz Unlimited Big Band in El
Holiday and Christmas themed produc- Christmas plays, we have had an ongoing usually about six or seven performers who Paso and Las Cruces Ukes ukulele group.
tions have become anticipated parts of per- relationship with Bill Downs, having pro- have never been with us before,” Nehring UTEP Music Department’s annual gala
forming arts seasons at many other com- duced four of his new plays already,” said said. Performers include the audience, who holiday show began the season in
munity theaters in the area. El Paso No Strings artistic director Ceil Herman. sing along with holiday favorites. November with their Holiday Revels, and
Playhouse, Las Cruces Community Theatre “When he sent his Christmas play to us, This year’s concerts are Dec. 13-15 at El Paso Community College Senior Adult
and No Strings often have one perform- we decided it would be a very good addi- Zion Lutheran Church. Program’s annual musical homage to
ance with a holiday feel when December tion to our 20th season program.” “This is our gift to the community,” said Mexican and American Christmas tradi-
approaches. Downs will be present during the third Nehring, who at age 84 continues to serve tions, “Navidad on the Border,” will host
Two of the productions this year, are weekend of the play’s run. as conductor and organist. “At this stage in its 25th annual performance Dec. 11.
based on celebrated holiday movies. the game, what this is for me is an oppor- Shopping centers and public parks will
El Paso Playhouse will present their And much, much more tunity to bless other people’s lives with also be the sites for several holiday and
adaptation of “Miracle on 34th Street,” and what we do.” Christmas themed music performances
Las Cruces Community theatre will offer Holiday concerts and other special pro-
Other performing arts groups who almost throughout the season, from school and
the stage production based on the holiday grams also fill the Christmas season calen-
always include an annual holiday perform- church choral groups to a community
classic movie, “A Christmas Story,” focus- dar at local churches, schools and commu-
ance to their repertoire include El Paso ensemble of tuba players.
ing on 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his nity orchestras and choirs.
quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine- First Baptist Church’s Living Christmas
action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Tree is by far the oldest of these traditions.
El Paso Playhouse Board President Now in its 55th year, the live Christmas
Minden Dickson said the Playhouse tries choral performance is one of the longest-
to present a show to get audiences of all running events of its kind in the country.
ages into the spirit of the season. Other places of worship who have offered
“Also, we want to present a show that the well-attended Christmas performances for
whole family can enjoy,” she said. “We the public include the Christmas celebra-
love seeing kids coming to experience live tions at Abundant Living Faith Center,
theater for the first time.” CrossPoint Church, and Coronado Baptist,
This year’s performance of Miracle on to name a few.
34th Street, is an ideal choice for this. Sometimes the tradition is transformed
“It’s a funny, heart-warming show that every few years. Coronado Baptist Church
reminds us all of the true meaning of has presented is “Venite!” musical produc-
Christmas,” Dickson said. tion for the past several years, but this
No Strings Theatre Company in Las Dec. 6 and 8 will present a new program,
Cruces will take a different look at the sea- “The Initiative,” which also focuses on the
son with the comedy by William Missouri birth of Jesus and its meaning.
Downs “Surviving Your Family at Another musical tradition is Bruce
Christmas,” about a college student who Nehring Consort’s ‘The Beginning of
Advent,’ the annual performance of classi-

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DinoTracks Tour — Insights Science Stahala)
Center hosts its monthly 3-mile DinoTracks • Eastside, 1034 Pendale, 3510 Confederate
tour 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Mt. Residents are also encouraged to recycle
Cristo Rey in Sunland Park. Cost: $15 (age 5 cardboard gift boxes, wrapping
and younger free); available at eventbrite; early paper and cards. Materials that cannot be recy-
payment requested; guests can specify if they cled include: metallic wrapping paper, bows,
would like to learn more about animal tracking, ribbons, and foam. These items should be
dinosaurs, geology or paleontology. and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, with “snow,” live enter- the permit includes a map of areas where cut- placed in the gray bin.
Information: 534-0000 or tainment, treats for the animals, crafts and ting is allowed. Permits available to purchase
more. for $5 per tree; special permits available for Rio Bosque Wetlands Park — UTEP’s
Wyler Tramway Hikes — 1700 McKinley trees over 10 feet. Applications available at Center for Environmental Resource
(west of Alabama). Meet at Tramway to hike El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society Management offers free guided walking tours
up to observation platform and back down. — The society’s general meeting is 7 p.m. and other activities at Rio Bosque Wetlands
Hikes are free and last 3.5 to 4 hours, depend- Monday, Dec. 9, at UTEP’s Centennial Celebration of Our Mountains — Park, 10176 Socorro Rd. in El Paso’s Mission
ing on trail. Not recommended for first-time Museum, 500 W. University, with the annual Celebration of Our Mountains provides year- Valley. Tours last about two hours.
hikers. Both December hikes depart at 7:30 photo sharing event. Members will share some round educational and recreational field trips to Information: 747-8663 or
a.m. at starting point; meet at least 15 minutes of their favorite images with the group. places throughout the Chihuahuan Desert, as • Introductory tour is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.
before hike. Information: 562-9899. Subjects include birds, other animals, land- well as visits to places of historic, scientific and • Birding tour is 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
• Sunday, Dec. 1: A Women’s Hike scapes, plants, and humor. Information: Scott, technological interest. Information: Meeting place is a bridge crossing Riverside
• Sunday, Dec. 29: Last Sunday Hike. 581-6071, or on Canal. Take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan
Facebook. American Drive, turn left and travel 1.5 miles.
El Paso Zoo — 4001 E. Paisano. Entrance Scientist Saturday Morning — A scientist
The next workday at Feather Lake Wildlife
hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission from the Asombro Institute for Science Franklin Mountains State Park — Most
Sanctuary, 9500 North Loop (at Bordeaux) is 2
is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and Education hosts a day of exploring and learning hiking and mountain bike trails begin in the
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
older and active duty military (including spouse) about the desert through fun activities for all Tom Mays area, off Transmountain Drive on
with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 Mesilla Valley Christmas Bird Count — ages 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each the west side of the park (east of I-10). Entry
and under. Zoo members admitted free. The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society’s 45th month (Dec. 7), at Chihuahuan Desert Nature fee is $5 per person, free for age 12 and under
Information: 212-0966,, or on annual Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, Dec. Park 56501 N. Jornada, in Las Cruces. (with family). Correct cash or check only.
Facebook at ElPasoZoo. 21. Learn the history and methods of the Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3334 Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information:
Now open is the Chihuahuan Desert exhibit count, go through a collection of bird photos of or 566-6441 or Facebook at FranklinMountainsSP.
and Copper Canyon Challenge Ropes Course. likely species, organize CBC teams, distribute Web:
Christmas Tree Recycling — The City of
The new exhibit spans 2.3 acres, recreating the maps, bird lists and prepare for the count. mountains. Check website for guided hikes
El Paso Environmental Services’ Citizen
native habitat for the animal species that once Organizing teams meeting is Wednesday, Dec.
Collections Sites will accept Christmas trees Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
roamed in the desert southwest. The exhibit 18. Participation is free. Information: (575)
Dec. 26 through mid-January. Hours are 8 a.m. Site — Ranch Road 2775 off U.S. 62/180
will serve as the home for Mexican grey 528-8696, or on Facebook.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Trees (Montana Ave.). The site is famed for many
wolves, mountain lions, jaguars, pronghorn, Cut down your own Christmas tree — must be free of decorative items. Information: Native American rock paintings and unique
prairie dogs, thick-billed parrots, coati and Permits are available for people to cut down 311 or geology. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
other smaller species. their own Christmas tree in designated areas of Locations: through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
The Copper Canyon Challenge Ropes Course the Lincoln and Gila National Forests in New • Westside/Upper Valley, 121 Atlantic through Sunday. Admission: $7 (free for chil-
allows guests to climb three stories into the air Mexico through Dec. 24. Limit is one tree — • Central, 2492 Harrison dren 12 and younger). Admission including
and get a hawk’s eye view of the entire zoo. up to 10 feet in height — per household, and • Northeast, 4501 Hondo Pass (entrance off
Santa At the Zoo is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
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The Marketplace

n of the Upper Valley

5034 Doniphan • 5 8 5 - 9 2 9 6
in the
Magic Morning Market Appreciation
Dec. 7 • Jan. 4 • 9am-2pm Open House
Vendors Outdoors & Indoors Sunday, Dec. 8 • noon-4 pm
Food & Refreshments Refreshments • Discounts
Bring the Kids! Music, Face Painting Photo Ops with Santa!
Find us on Facebook: MarketplaceatPlacitaSantaFe
Find us on Instagram: @MarketplaceatPlacita

MAGIC Antique Traders

BISTRO 8 Rooms of Antiques, Collectibles & New
5034 Doniphan (next to The Marketplace)
Indoor/Outdoor Dining
5034 Doniphan Ste B 833-2121 Client Appreciation Open House
Lunch Dinner
Thursday, Dec. 12 11am-8pm
Fri.-Sat. Refreshments • Special Sales
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Nature Camping is $8 per site per night. Closed
Christmas Day. Information: (915) 828-3251 or
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tours or hikes is $9 (13 and over); $2 (ages 5- New Mexico State Parks — Day-use fee
12). Information: 857-1135, ext. 0, or texas- is $5 when visiting any state park. Information: Reservations recommended for (575) 744-5998 or
the self-guided area and for camping: (512) • Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. 5000 Calle
389-8911. del Norte in Mesilla. Information: (575) 523- Centennial Museum — University at Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Wiggins, UTEP. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Monday Saturday. Tours are 10:30 to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
4398. Audubon Bird Walks are 7:15 a.m.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park — The Saturdays, led by park volunteers. Ranger-led through Saturday. Admission is free. Closed Sundays, Mondays and city holidays,
park is about 160 miles east of El Paso, off the Information: 747-6667 or including Dec. 25. Admission is free.
Nature Hikes are 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Fitness in
Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Closed Extended through Dec. 7: “Uncaged Art: Information: 212-0421, archaeology.elpaso-
Nature walks with the Second Chance Walker
Christmas and New Year’s Day. Information: Tornillo Children’s Detention Camp,” a multi-, or on Facebook at EPMArch.
Program are 8:30 a.m. every Saturday begin-
(575) 785-2232 or sensory exhibit based on art that the teenagers Showing through Jan. 11: “An Ageless Craft:
ning at the Visitor Center.
Visitor Center winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 created during their confinement. Historic and Modern Pueblo Pottery,” display-
• Oliver Lee State Park, Highway 54 south of
p.m. daily; tours available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 Showing through Jan. 15: “The Town and ing more than 280 objects representing the
Alamogordo at the Dog Canyon turnoff.
p.m. Last entry into cave via natural entrance is the Smelter.” ASARCO and the community of work of potters from most of the Rio Grande
Information: (575) 437-8284.
2 p.m. with last entry into cave via elevator Smeltertown were symbiotically connected and and Western Pueblo.
Ranch house tours are 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday,
3:30 p.m. (be in line to exit cave by 4:30 p.m.). left a lasting impact on the borderland. Archery for all ages is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dec. 1, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 to 11 a.m.
Cost is $15 (free or ages 15 and younger). Saturday, Dec. 7, 21 and 28.
and 3 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. No tour Christmas El Paso Funeral Museum — 6111 S.
Other guided tours are available; call or check “Coyote Stories” Native American Storytelling
Day; morning tour only Dec. 28. Desert (at Perches Funeral Home). Hours are
website for details. with Alex Mares is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Nov. 30, around the campfire. Hot chocolate
White Sands National Monument — open Sundays on special exhibit weekends.
Park — Carlsbad, N.M. Admission: $5 ($3 will be served. Dress warmly.
The glistening gypsum dunes are about 16 Admission is free. Information: 581-0102 or
ages 7-12; free for 6 and under). Open 9 a.m. A Metal Embossing (Repujado) Art workshop
miles southwest of Alamogordo on U.S. 70. The free family
to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. with Maria Almeida Natividad is 2 to 4 p.m.
Park hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. event, “Who Stole Christmas?” is noon to 5
Information: (575) 887-5516 or livingdesert- Saturday, Dec. 7, for ages 18 and older. Cost:
31. Entrance fees are $20 per vehicle; $10 per p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Holiday Bells Concert is 11 a.m. $40 ($25 members); pre-registration required.
person and $15 per motorcycles. Information:
Saturday, Dec. 7, featuring Touch of Joy El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study The museum’s free Lecture Series presenta-
(575) 479-6124, or on Facebook.
Ringers from First Presbyterian Church. Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m. tions are 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
Sunset strolls are offered daily (4 p.m. Dec. 3-
Holidays with the Animals activities are 1 to 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. • Nov. 30: “Traditional vs. Non-Traditional
31). “Skins and Skulls” mammal identification
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, including making cards Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Hopi Pottery” with Gwen Stella, Master Potter.
talks are 3 p.m. Sundays. Lake Lucero Tour is
and treats for the animal residents. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmu- Meet the artist 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.
10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. Showing through Dec. 31: • Dec. 14: “Subjective Color in Mimbres
Alameda Park Zoo — Alameda Park, 1321
Guadalupe Mountains National Park North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70), “XOXO: Love & Forgiveness,” an interactive Black-on-White Pottery” with Stephanie
— 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to exploration of emotions, thoughts, actions, and Whittlesay, followed by potter demonstration.
Alamogordo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the reactions, created in 2014 by the Pittsburgh She will show how many Mimbres black-on-
Admission: $2.50 ($1.50 ages 3-11 and 60 and
highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 Children’s Museum. white geometric designs produce the illusion of
older; free for ages 2 and younger).
feet. Entry fee: $5 for ages 16 and older, good color when rotated rapidly.
Information: (575) 439-4290, or on Facebook El Paso Museum of Archaeology —
for one week and all trails. Pine Springs Visitor
at Alameda Park Zoo-AFOTZ. 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso.
Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
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Museum National Border Patrol Museum and
Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain
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Drive. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts major holidays. Admission is free. Information:
Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. For exhibit
759-6060 or
information, see “Southwest Art Scene.”
San Elizario Veterans Museum and
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in
Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
through Saturday (open until 9 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed
Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission
Mondays and city holidays. Admission is free.
is free. Information: Ann Lara, 345-3741 or Ray
Information: 212-0320,
Borrego, 383-8529.
or on Facebook.
First Lady of El Paso Adair Margo hosts War Eagles Air Museum — 8012 Airport
Downtown tours of the city aboard the Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa.
Streetcar 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14, Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
as part of the museum’s El Paso Historical Sunday. Admission: $11; $9 seniors and mili-
Tours. Space is limited; reservations at 212- tary; free for children and students.
3161 or Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-
Showing through Jan. 5: “Bases Loaded: El
Paso and Beyond,” celebrating the local and
Las Cruces area
national history of baseball.
Showing through March: “Gifts and Prayers:
The Romanovs and Their Subjects,” a collec- Branigan Cultural Center — 501 N.
tion from the Georgia Museum of Art, including Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces. Hours are
rare historical artifacts and sacred art from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9
across centuries of the imperial family’s rule a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m.
(CE 1613-1917),. during the First Friday Ramble. Closed Dec.
Showing through April 12: ”Pasos Urbanos: 24-25. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-
A Photographic Narrative of the Borderlands or Facebook.
Downtown Culture,” with 57 selected images Showing through Jan. 7: “Bandits & Heroes,
from 41 local photographers. Poets and Saints,” exploring how cultures of
Showing through June: The traveling exhib- Africa blended with indigenous and colonial
it ”Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Portuguese traditions to form the cultural
Desert,” organized by Humanities Texas. The mosaic of modern Brazil.
exhibit explores the topography and natural Tin Greeting Cards making is noon to 2 p.m.
beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the Saturday, Nov. 30.
human impact upon it over a 30-year period, A free retablo-making workshop is 5 to 8
through photographs taken by UTEP professor p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.
Robert H. Schmidt.
Free Yoga for all fitness levels is 6 to 7 p.m. Las Cruces Museum of Nature and
the first Thursday of every month (Dec. 5), led Science — 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces
by Fusion Fitness. Downtown Mall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30
Los Portales Museum and Visitor p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First
Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. Hours are Friday Ramble. Closed Dec. 24-25.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Information: (575) 522-3120, or
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. on Facebook at LCMuseums.
Information: 851-1682. All four museums in the Las Cruces Museum
system will host “Holiday Blitz” activities 9 a.m.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site —
to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with crafts, learn-
1120 Magoffin. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ing about holiday traditions and more. Each
Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m.
family will be given a holiday blitz badge, avail-
Sunday. Visitors can begin their tour at the
able at any of the museums.
Visitor Center across the street (1117
Now featured is the exhibit “Sun, Earth,
Magoffin, a restored 1901 home); closed
Universe,” which explores the big questions
Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m.
NASA is trying to answer about the earth, sun,
Cost: $7 ($6 seniors 65 and older; $4 ages 6-
and other planets. The 600-square-foot exhibi-
18; free ages 5 and younger). Family and group
tion will connect visitors with current NASA
rates available. Admission is free to Visitor
science research and launch them on a journey
Center. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffin-
to explore the universe. or Facebook.
The Science Cafe, hosted by Sigma Xi is 5:30
Spanish-language tours offered Thursday
p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the classroom. Dr.
through Saturday; call for availability.
Willis Fedio will present “New Mexico Farm to
The Holiday Open House is 1 to 6 p.m.
Table Food Safety.”
Saturday, Dec. 7, with live music, performers,
Saturday Family Science hands-on challenges
cookies, hot cocoa, and free activities for kids.
are 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each
• Bunuelos and champurado cooking class is 10
month. Dec. 7: Oil Spill Clean up.
a.m. (family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (for adults)
Super Scientists drop-in activities for all ages
Saturday, Dec. 7. Cost: $5. Call to reserve a
are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 28
spot; tools and ingredients provided.
• A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is
A STEAMPunk presentation to discover the
noon Wednesday, Dec. 11. Guest speaker is
stories behind science’s greatest rebels is 11:30
“The Liars Club.”
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, to discuss physicist
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 6 p.m.
Albert Baez.
Wednesday, Dec. 11, to discuss “Looking
Backward, 2000 to 1887,” by Edward Bellamy. Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The
• Yoga taught by Rebecca Hendricks is 10 museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N.
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Free. Mesilla. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
the third Thursday of each month. Dec. 19: Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First
unique gift wrap ideas. Cost: $10.
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Museum Range: From Ranches to Rockets.” exploring Also era and Low’s contribution at 2 p.m. Saturday,
the transformation of life in the Tularosa Basin Dec. 7. Jurek’s will also host a signing for his
Cont’d from Page 26 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum — 301
in the 1940s and beyond. new book “The Ultimate Engineer: The
Reading Roundup stories in the Museum lobby S. Silver, Deming, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader
Friday Ramble. Closed Dec. 24-25. Admission p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is
is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, for all ages; free with George M. Low” after the talk.
is free; donations encouraged. Information: free. Information: (575) 546-2382, 1-800-848-
museum admission.
(575) 528-3444, or on Facebook
Crafts for Kids is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, 4955 or Sacramento Mountains Historical
at LCMuseums.’
Dec. 21, to make a decorated pine cone tree
Museum — 1000 U.S. 82, across from the
Old Fashioned Holiday Display and Open Geronimo Springs Museum — 211 Main Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M.
or pine cone bird feeder. Free with admission. in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 9
House is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, featur- Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Registration required for all workshops, as a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon
ing special holiday model trains, children’s Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6 to 12); $1 military dis-
space is limited. To register for workshops, or to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 ($2.50 stu-
crafts, holiday music, and old-fashioned decora- count with valid ID. Information: (575) 682-
for more information, contact LuAnn Kilday at dents 6 to 18; free for ages 5 and younger).
tions. 2932 or
575-522-4100 or Family rates: $15. Information: (575) 894-6600,
Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon the sec-
ond Saturday of the month (Dec. 14).
• Felting Workshop is 10 a.m. to noon or on Facebook. Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway,
Saturday, Dec. 7, to create a piece of felted Doc Holliday’s free Frontier Legends Comedy Silver City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum artwork out of wool. The felting process Wild West Show is Saturday, Nov. 30. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Hours includes matting, condensing and pressing fibers Saturday and Sunday. Open until 7 p.m. the
are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, together by using soap, warm water, and agita- Hubbard Museum of the American first Friday of the month. Admission: $5.
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 for tion. Fee: $10; all materials provided and art- West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, Ruidoso Information: (575) 538-5921, silvercitymuse-
adults, $4 seniors 60 and older; $3 children age work can be made into a wall hanging or table Downs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, or on Facebook.
4-17; free for museum members, veterans and placemat. through Monday. Admission: $7 ($5 for seniors, Showing through Dec. 8: “Arte Chicano,”
children age 3 and under. Information: (575) • Colcha Embroidery is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. military; $2 children 6-16 free for children 5 work by local artists Simon Sotelo, Atziri
522-4100 or Saturday, Dec. 14, to make a holiday orna- and younger). Information: (575) 378-4142, Apodaca, and Michelle Candelaria.
“A Christmas to Remember” drama perform- ment. Fee: $35; all materials included. or on Facebook. Showing through Dec. 29: “Ranching in
ance by the Museum’s theater group is 7 p.m. New Mexico Museum of Space Grant County,” an exhibit exploring the history,
White Sands Missile Range Museum
Thursday, Dec. 12. When the play’s main char- History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. art, social organizations, sports, and culture that
and Missile Park — Exhibits feature the his-
acter has no one with whom to share Space center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. surround this rural lifestyle.
tory of the Trinity Site (site of the first atomic
Christmas dinner, some surprising historical Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors and military, $4 The annual Victorian Christmas Evening is 5
bomb test), the V-2 rocket, ranchers on the
guests from New Mexico’s past show up. ages 4-12, children 3 and younger free). to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Admission is free.
range and missile optics. An outdoor Missile
Admission is free.
Campfire Christmas Cookies are 9 a.m. to 1
Park displays rockets and missiles tested on the Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840, Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991
range. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through or on Facebook at N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. An actual
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, using a vintage Pizzelle NMSpaceMuseum.
Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and train depot built in 1898, the building houses a
iron from the 1800s, traditional cookie cutters The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m.
Sunday. Closed on federal holidays. Free admis- gift shop and model shop, with over 1,200 feet
and decorations. Free with museum admission. the first Friday of each month. The Dec. 6
sion. To get there: take U.S. 54, and after the of model railroad track and hundreds of model
Showing Dec. 13-April 5 in the Arts topic is “The Remarkable Life of George M.
freeway ends, keep going north on Martin and toy trains on display. Hours are noon to
Corridor: “Local Color: Landscape and Low: The Ultimate Engineer,” with author
Luther King, which leads directly to the range. 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Architecture,” works from the Mesilla Valley Richard Jurek. Admission is free; coffee and
Or enter from the north off U.S. 70 east of Las Admission: $4. Information: (575) 437-2855.
Weavers Guild, including 27 colorful scarves, donuts offered.
Cruces. Visitors must provide license, car regis- The 1/5 scale train track offers rides around
rugs, shawls, and more. Free opening reception Jurek and Museum Executive Director Chris
tration and proof of insurance. Information: Alameda Park 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday
is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Orwoll will host a discussion about the Apollo
(575) 678-8824 (local call) or through Sunday. Cost: $4
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Agave Rosa Gallery — The gallery and stu- A, 9050 Viscount with works from local school
dio of Manuel Piña is at 905 Noble (next to the districts plus charter, parochial, and home
International Museum of Art). Hours are noon schools. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 Information: Janine Rudnick, 831-4039.
p.m. Saturday. Information: 533-8011.
Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and
Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Gift Shop — The gallery of impressionist
Street (at Hwy 90) in Marfa. Hours are 10 to 6 painter Alberto Escamilla is at 1445 Main Street
p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. in San Elizario. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Franklin G. Smith Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to
to 3 p.m. Sunday. Gallery and “Stone Circle” Wednesday through Saturday, and 12:30 to
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays.
installation located east of Marfa at end of Golf 4:30 p.m. Sunday and by appointment.
through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. week- Admission is free unless noted otherwise.
Course Road. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Information: 851-0742 or 474-1800, or alber-
ends by request. Admission is free. Information: Information: 212-0300 or
Information: (432) 729-3600,
532-7273 or Showing through Dec. 8: “Two Sides of the or Facebook. The annual Christmas Extravaganza is 11 a.m.
Border.” The exhibition presents architectural
Showing through April 19, 2020: “Solange Chinati Foundation — Marfa, Texas. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, along Main Street
design work — models, drawings, digital ren-
Pessoa: Longilonge,” the first solo U.S. museum Created by artist Donald Judd, the Chinati with a Christmas ornament making station for
derings — by more than 100 architects, educa-
exhibition of the noted Brazilian artist. Pessoa’s Foundation houses one of the world’s largest children, pictures with gallery pets Monet and
tors, and students from architecture studios
three decades of work span the mediums of collections of permanently installed contempo- Eli, visiting vendors, Christmas caroling, appe-
and 13 universities in the United States and
painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, and rary art. The museum is open to the public 9 tizers and more. Artists Alberto Escamilla,
Mexico. The works address territorial
video. The exhibition will include new work a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Robert Dozal, and Romy Hawkins will be on
economies, migration, housing, creative indus-
that responds to the cultural and natural land- Admission is $10 ($5 for students, seniors). Full site in their galleries. Admission is free.
try, and local production as they relate to the
scape in West Texas, alongside existing pieces tour is $25 ($10 students). Information: (432) Vendor space available at 777-5241.
made in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where the artist 729-4362 or
Showing through Jan. 5: “Tom Lea and Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon.
lives and works. A Winter Solstice viewing of Robert Irwin’s
World War II.” From 1941 to 1946, El Paso- The gallery specializes in local and early El Paso
untitled work is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday,
Bert Saldana Art Gallery — The gallery native Tom Lea served as a World War II eye- art. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Dec. 21. Admission is free.
featuring Southwestern Art is at 1501 Main witness artist correspondent for Life magazine, Friday, or by appointment. Information: 533-
Street in the San Elizario Arts District. Hours Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art becoming the only painter on the frontlines to 9090 or
are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Association’s gallery is at 500 W. Paisano (in the depict the carnage of the war. This exhibition The annual Hippie Holidaze Open House is
Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 features nearly 30 oil paintings, watercolor illus- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m.
Information: 479-2926 or p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. trations, and original preparatory drawings. Sunday, Dec. 14-15.
Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 534- • “Illuminate: Artworks by EPMA Teaching Showing through Feb. 27: “20/20 Visionary”
Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Artists” (showing in the Art School Hallway). featuring 20 artists: Ho Baron, Jon Gore, Victor
7377,, or on
Paso artist Candy Mayer and photographer Showing through Dec. 31: “Ideas Hugo Soto, Cecil Lee, Adelaide Marcus, Diego
Charlie Mayer will host their annual open house Unwrapped,” 14 artworks from the museum’s “Robot” Martinez, Tino Ortega, Mark Rojas,
Showing through Dec. 13: “Deck The Walls”
at 1317 Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday permanent collection that focus on how ideas Marcos Rey, Carolina H. Villarreal, Stephen El
Small Works Award Show and Sale, featuring
and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-15. transform into art. Rey and more. An ARTalk is 5 to 8 p.m.
both 2D and 3D works.
Featured are new landscapes, religious col- Showing through March 8: “The El Paso Thursday, Jan. 30.
Ron Fritsch Fall Art Classes are Saturdays,
lages and new Día de los Muertos paintings and Museum of Art: 60 Years of Collecting.” with Now available are Marcus’s 2020 calendars,
through Dec. 7.
jigsaw puzzles. Gift items include 2020 “Classic paintings, sculptures, and prints from across and the children’s book “Buenas Noches El
Call to artists: Deadline is Jan. 8 to enter
Images of El Paso” calendars, Día de los EPMA’s significant holdings, and accounts by Paso” written by Luke Lowenfield with illustra-
Muertos coloring pages, porcelain Christmas people key to the museum’s success. tions by Hal Marcus. It will be available at the
Prospectus and entry forms at elpasoartassocia-
ornaments and more. Also on display will be Curator-led tour and lunch of the “60 Years PBS Children’s Festival Dec. 7 and at the
her husband Charlie’s photographs. of Collecting“ exhibit with Kate Green is noon Gallery, and will host a book signing at noon,
Information: 581-4971, or on Dozal Art Gallery — The gallery of award- to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Cost: $15; register Saturday, Jan. 11, at Barnes and Noble; call for
Facebook at Candy Mayer Art. winning artist Robert Dozal is at 1445 Main on museum website. location.
The studio is near Franklin High School, and Street in the San Elizario Art District. Hours are Showing through April 12: “Leo Villareal: Marcus’s home and studio, located across the
the event is part of the Upper Valley/West Side noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, or Early Light.” Border artist Villareal is now street, are available for personal tours.
Holiday Art Crawl. by appointment. Information: 777-5237 or known internationally for activating spaces with Ho Baron Sculpture Garden and
Celebration of Our Mountains Art LED light. He created the Bay Lights, a now-
Studio – Baron’s surreal outdoor sculpture
Dozal’s portraits and landscapes range from
Exhibit — The annual exhibit runs year round permanent artwork of 25,000 LEDs along a
garden at 2830 Aurora (at Piedras) is visible
very realistic to expressionistic in style. He spe- nearly two-mile expanse of the San Francisco-
in Ardovino Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One from the street, featuring several of his large-
cializes in oil, watercolor and acrylics. Oakland Bay Bridge.
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Artwork scale works. His indoor studio hours are noon
changes every September. Information: (575) El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts EPCC K-12 Art Exhibit — The 18th to 5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. The
589-0653 or Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9 annual exhibit runs through Dec. 3, at the indoor studio features his sculpture, drawings,
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and
Chamizal galleries — Chamizal National EPCC Administrative Services Center, Building
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Art Scene La Mesa Gallery — The gallery located on Ane Fabricious Christiansen, Armando Cortez, Westside Art Guild — The guild meets at
Hwy. 28, one block from Chope’s restaurant in Kahlil Irving, Gala Porras, Daniel L Bare, 10 a.m. every second Monday of the month
Cont’d from Page 28
La Mesa, features artists from Hatch, Las Michael Jones McKean, Kristen Morgin and (Dec. 9) at Polly Harris Center, 650
Cruces, La Mesa, Berino and El Paso. Hours Unknown Fields Division. Wallenberg (off Mesa Hills). All artists and non-
and art assemblages as well as access to a sec-
are 11 to 3, Friday and Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. • In the Atrium: “Both Sides of the River: artists welcome to attend; artists demonstra-
ond private sculpture garden. Information: 915-
Sunday 1 to 3 or by appointment. Information: Endangered Species in the Borderlands,” with a tions and professional speakers also welcome.
562-7820 or
(575) 644-3756. cross-border mural collaboration between U.S. Refreshments served. Membership fee: $20 for
Holiday Art Crawl — Upper Valley artists artists Jaque Fragua and Dose, and Mexican September through May. Information: Linda
will open their home studios for holiday shop-
Mata Ortiz Pottery Class — Award-win- artists Juan Carlos Reyes (aka “Waka”) and Parsons, 549-2950 or
ning ceramist Jerardo Tena will teach a hands- Laura Menses.
ping 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to
on pottery class using traditional Mata Ortiz
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-15. Locations:
pottery techniques for all skill levels Dec. 19- San Elizario Art District — Several gal- Xolo Gallery — The contemporary art
• Candy Mayer Studio, 1317 Tierra Roja. El
22 at Flor de Barrio Gallery, 6721 Westwind. leries and artist studios are located 1445 to gallery is at 2812 N. Piedras. Showing through
Paso, Día de los Muertos, and religious art.
Class hours are 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 1501 Main Street near the San Elizario Plaza on Dec. 14: Works by Las Cruces ceramic artist
Information: 581-4971.
Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the Mission Trail. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday Joshua R. Clark. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday or
• Nina Eaton Studio, 506 Shadow Willow. El
Sunday. Cost: $225 (All materials and refresh- through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Information: 264-2777 or
Paso photography and gift items, with guest
ments included; guests may bring their own noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 474-1800
artist Catherine Waterhouse, original gemstone
snack); available at or 851-0093.
jewelry. Information: 630-3013.
To get there, take Loop 375 South from I-10,
Southern New Mexico Information:
• Terry Wright Studio, 630 Gary Lane. Mosaic
259-8059, exit Socorro Rd., then drive 7 miles east to
art, with guest artists Tamara Michalina, hand-
made jewelry, Stephanie Romero, painter and
The class includes shaping, polishing, painting, Main Street. 10-10 Arts Hop — Doña Ana Arts Council
and firing, and guests will be able to take their Artists include Albert Escamilla, Robert Dozal, hosts “12 Hours of Art in Las Cruces” with
imaginer, and Dolores Duenez, “beyond funky”
handmade olla home. Romy Hawkins, Bert Saldaña, and Gaspar events 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the second Saturday
ceramics. Information: 731-6730.
Enriquez. of every month (Dec. 14). Participating gal-
• Pam Schuster Studio, 5536 Westside, jewelry Mata Ortiz pottery presentations —
and fused glass. Information: (432) 208-7957. Street Art Pop Up by Zona Centro — leries are DAAC Arts & Cultural Center (4 to 7
Flor De Barro Gallery, 6721 Westwind, pres-
Zona Centro Mexican Eatery, 218 E. Mills, fea- p.m.), NMSU University Art Gallery (10 a.m. to
ents free presentations by artists Hector
International Museum of Art — 1211 tures monthly pop up street art 7 to 11 p.m. 4 p.m.), Rokoko Gallery (4 to 7 p.m.), and Art
Gallegos and Laura Bugarini noon to 6 p.m.
Montana. The museum is operated by the Obscura (7 to 10 p.m.). Information: (575) 523-
Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30- the last Thursday of each month (Nov. 28,
International Association for the Visual Arts in 6403. Schedule:
Dec. 1. With more than 20 years of experi- Dec. 26). Information: 444-8439 or on
the historic Turney Home.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
ence, Gallegos and Bugarini have become trail- Facebook at ZonaCentroElPaso. Agave Artists — The artist-owned coopera-
blazers and innovators in the Mata Ortiz style tive gallery is at 2250 Calle de San Albino, off
through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sun Bowl Art Exhibition — The 2019
of pottery. Information: 259-8059 or flordebar- the historic plaza in Mesilla, N.M. The gallery
Admission is free; donations appreciated. show and art competition, featuring works by exhibits the work of 20 local and regional
Information: 543-6747, internationalmuseumo- regional artists, runs through Dec. 29, at the
artists in a variety of media, including paintings or on Facebook. Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.
Museum tours for groups of five or more Information: 543-6747 and internationalmuseu- and other wall art, plus 3-D sculpture and
Christmas luncheon and new officer installation
available with advanced notice; contribution of ceramic art, as well as original jewelry. Hours
is 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Little
$1 per person encouraged. The Southwest’s longest running art exhibit, are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through
Bavarian restaurant, 4601 Hondo Pass (at
Opening reception for ”Baroque originally dubbed the Sun Carnival Art Exhibit, Mondays; with extended hours until 7 p.m.
Stahala). Membership is open to all; $35 begin-
Contemporary,“ paintings in the style of the began in 1949. Thursday, Dec. 12.
ning in January. RSVP: Dorian Clouser, 593-
Old Masters and baroque frames by artist 2330 or
Demetrio Paura, is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Please see Page 30
Born in Juarez, Paura is a self-taught artist who Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group’s
received a diploma in Interior Design and monthly meeting is at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Marketing from Manequin Manor Fashion Dec. 18, with a luncheon at Luby’s, 1010
Merchandising School. He worked in several Chelsea (near Trowbridge/Montana). Bring a
Los Angeles art galleries and had previous handmade ornament or other artwork-based
exhibits at the Centennial Museum and the gift. RSVP to Dorian Clouser,
Museo de Arte in Juarez. or 593-2320.
Showing through Dec. 29: The 2019 Sun Romy Hawkins Studio Gallery — The
Bowl Art Exhibition, featuring works by region- gallery at 1445 Main in San Elizario features
al artists. The Southwest’s longest running art Metal Art, Crosses, Retablos and more. Hours
exhibit, originally dubbed the Sun Carnival Art are 11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through
Exhibit, began in 1949. Sunday. Information: 929-8074.
The Iva Turney Society for Arts & Adventure
presents “Dueling Pianos,” Sunday, Jan. 26, Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald
featuring Ruben Gutierrez and Billy Townes. Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is off Dawson
Call for time. Drive next to the Sun Bowl. Hours are 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (open until 7
JR’s Art Gallery & Tea Room — 1445 p.m. Thursday) and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Main at Placita Madrid in San Elizario. Hours Information: 747-6151, or on
are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Facebook at RubinCenter.
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Showing through Dec. 13:
Monday and Tuesday. Information: 820-7261. • In the Rubin Gallery: “Brian Maguire: From
Krystyna Robbins Studio — Krystyna Juárez to Washington, War Changes its
Robbins will host her annual Christmas Open Address.” The exhibition explores both vio-
House & Miniature Sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. lence and the drug trade based in part on
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at the Robbins Maguire’s multiple visits to Juárez over the
Studio, 5070 Yucca (Upper Valley, off Country course of ten years, where he formed relation-
Club), with retablos, slates, miniatures and ships with the families of disappeared women
small paintings and other works will be for sale, and girls, giving art classes to their children and
including original ornaments and tiles. eventually creating a series of portraits of their
Information: 584-0953 or missing relatives.
La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — • In the L Gallery: “Total Collapse: Clay in the
The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery Contemporary Past,” works by artists and col-
is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. laboratives who present diverse and experi-
Monday through Friday. Information: 434-9711. mental developments in contemporary ceram-
Artwork from the Del Valle learning commu- ics. The exhibit features work in sculpture, per-
nity is on display Dec. 2-Jan. 7. formance, and site-specific installation, with the
The 22nd Annual Virgen de Guadalupe juried theme of the ceramic object as an anthropolog-
art award exhibit runs Dec. 2-Jan. 16j. Gala ical device and early human technology.
opening and awards ceremony is 5 to 9 p.m. Curated by Andres Payan-Estrada. Artists are
Friday, Dec. 13.
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One of USA’s Top 100 Art Scene p.m. the first Friday of the month at art venues Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite,
Independent Pizzerias
of in a seven-block stretch of Las Cruces Las Cruces. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cont’d from Page 29

— Pizza Today
Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 647-0508. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Information: (575) 640-3502 or mesquiteart-
Information: (575) 339-9870, Las Cruces Museum of Art — 491 N. or Main (Downtown Mall). Hours are 10 a.m. to
The gallery’s inaugural holiday bazaar runs 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to Rio Grande Theatre Gallery — 211 N.
through Dec. 23, with original small works of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the Main in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 541-
art by gallery members available for $100 or First Friday Ramble. Closed Dec. 24-25. 2290, or on Facebook.
less. Also featured is “wearable art,” handcraft- Information: (575) 541-2137, or

ed textiles and jewelry fashioned by our artists. on Facebook at LCMuseums. Rokoko Art Gallery — 1785 Avenida de
All four museums in the Las Cruces Museum Mercado in Mesilla. Hours are noon to 5 p.m.
DAAC Arts & Cultural Center — The Saturdays; most other days by appointment.
Fine Beers & Wines
system will host “Holiday Blitz” activities 9 a.m.
Doña Ana Arts Council Center is at 1740 Calle Information: (505) 690-6915 or
to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with crafts, learning
de Mercado, Suite D, Las Cruces. Information:

(575) 523-6403 or
about holiday traditions and more. Each family The Gallery at Big Picture — 2001 E.
will be given a holiday blitz badge, available at Lohman, Suite 109, in Las Cruces (in Arroyo
206 Cincinnati • 532-9483
The “Art of Italy” series led by Kathleen Key
any of the museums. Plaza). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
continues 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, through

Showing through Jan 4: “Desert Triangle: through Saturday. Information: (575) 647-0508.
Dec. 9. Cost: $20 per seminar; light refresh-
‘Print Carpeta’ and ‘Impress 2 Express.’” “Print Showing through Dec. 31: “Anything Goes,”
ments served, including samples of Italian food
865 N. Resler • 760-6000
Carpeta” features artists from Tucson, Las Cruces Arts Association’s 57th annual
and wine.
Albuquerque, and El Paso. Sixteen Las Cruces- Member Exhibit, with various art styles and
Showing in December is an exhibit by the
based artists are featured in “Impress 2 methodologies. Media include oils, acrylic,
Border Artists, with works by Margaret
Express.” Gallery tour of the exhibit is 1:30
1879 N. Zaragosa • 856-9111 Berrier, David Sorenson, Amanda Jaffe, Jeanne watercolor, mixed media, fiber arts, wood
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. work, sculpture, gourds, pottery, encaustics

Rundell, Jo-an Smith, Storm Sermay, Andrew
Education Station is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. and more.
Nagem, Rosemary McGloughlin, Nolan Winkler
14, for youth and teens, and Saturday, Dec.
11100 Sean Haggerty (at US 54) thetheatregallery — Black Box Theatre
and Emmitt Booher. Reception is 4 to 7 p.m.
28, for adults. December’s theme is
Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the 10-10 Arts lobby, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.
Hop. Open one hour prior to Black Box performanc-
“Artventurous” free art appreciation activities
Deming Arts Center — The Deming Arts are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. Reading es and by appointment. Information: (575) 523-

145 W. Sunset (at Doniphan) Council gallery and gift shop, 100 Gold in Art Book Club meets at 2:30 p.m. the second 1223.
Deming, N.M., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday of every month. The Dec. 11 book Showing in December is “It’s All Relative,”
exhibit by artists and their families, in conjunc-
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Thur. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. is “Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray,
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Information: (575) 546-3663, or John Ruskin and John Everett Millais,” by tion with the play “How To Survive Your
11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday on Facebook. Suzanne F. Cooper. Family at Christmas.” The annual Christmas Boutique is featured Printmaking classes with Noël Sandino are 1 Tombaugh Gallery — First Unitarian
“... definitely has the best pizza in town.” Dec. 1-30, featuring unique gift items. Artists to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7 (Collagraph meth- Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S.
— Texas Monthly and crafters reception 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, ods), and Dec. 21 (monotype). Participants Solano. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dec. 1. may choose one or both sessions; call for Wednesday through Saturday. Gallery closed
FINE DINING Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Dec. 25-26, and Jan. 1. Information: (575) 522-
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery — 7281, or on Facebook at

Hike Up Cristo Rey

Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7
2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, across Tombaugh Gallery.
from the Fountain Theatre. Hours are 10 a.m. Showing in December is “Soul of Silk” the silk
to 5 p.m. daily. Information: (575) 522-2933 or art of Judy Licht. Licht explores the many ways to work with silk, including scarves, eco print-
Featured in December are local artists ing, collaging, quilting and a variety of tech-
Michael Nail and Ray Ponteri. Nail works pri- niques for wall paintings. Opening reception is

Monday, Dec. 30, Noon

marily in pencil, charcoal and ink, focusing on 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, with sec-
Western, Native American and wildlife themes. ond reception and silk painting demonstration 5
Ponteri is a retired executive who began paint- to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
ing in 2014.

Family and friends in town? This easy-to-hike trail,

with spectacular panoramas of two countries and
three cities, leads 2.5 miles to the summit to the
famous statue of Christ on the Cross.
All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz. • “Los Mandamientos de una Mujer Chingona”
is presented at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec.
Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la
The hike begins at 12 noon and lasts about 2 1/2 hours.
2. Tickets: 460-920 pesos.
Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance
• St. Petersburg Imperial Russian Ballet pres-
Historic and geographic commentary provided by Randy
tickets at
ents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
• Lalo Mora performs with Adan Romero at 8
Limbird, El Paso Scene Editor & Publisher.
Dec. 3. Tickets: 460-805 pesos.
p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Tickets: 175 pesos (405
• UACJ presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m.

No reservations needed
and 635 VIP and Diamond).
Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
• Grupo Codiciado performs at 8 p.m. Friday,

Information: (915) 328-4110

6-8. Tickets: 105, 160 and 210 pesos.
Dec. 6. Tickets: 460 pesos (1,375 VIP).
• Comedian César Lozano performs at 8 p.m.

Requested $5 donation ($2 children) to support

• Cuarto de Milla performs at 8 p.m. Friday,
Wednesday, Dec. 18. Tickets: 345-575 pesos.
Dec. 13. Tickets: 115 pesos (290 and 460, VIP

the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee.

and Diamond). Centro de Convenciones Anita —
Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or
Teatro de la Nacion — Panama 477 at 20
Hike subject to cancellation because of rain or snow.
6820693. Advance tickets at
de Noviembre. Singer-songwriter Silvana
• Battle in Ring World Champion Fights (box-
Estrada performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.
ing and MMA) begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
To get there: Take McNutt Road (NM 273) in Sunland Park to
Tickets: 175 and 230 pesos (
30. Tickets: 190-1,565 pesos.

Cristo Rey Road (it’s about halfway between Paisano and

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. • Christian Nodal performs at 8 p.m.

Racetrack Drive). The road leads to the Mt. Cristo Rey parking lot.
Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Thursday, Dec. 12. Admission: 520 to 2,295
Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: pesos.

Security will be provided along trail and in parking lot.

CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos
— Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown.
Sponsored by
• Mexico de Colores, a dance company direct-
“AAA Fronteramania” luche libre wrestling
ed by Carlos Antuñez, performs at 8 p.m.
Destination El Paso and El Paso Scene
begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets:
Saturday, Nov. 30. Tickets: 180 pesos.
105-1,150 pesos (

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Check out museums, galleries cookies and hot chocolate. Artist makes music video

for special holiday adventures

On the same day, the Magoffin Home
offers two cooking classes preparing tradi- Leave it to Pat Olchefski-Winston to do
tional buñuelos and champurrado. The the unusual. Never one to do things in a
family-friendly class for younger partici- small way, the multi-talented artist cele-
pants is at 10 a.m. and an adult class is at brated her 66th birthday Nov. 16 with a
If you are looking for something to do dur- 1p.m. Call -533-5147 for more informa- party attended by friends flying in from as
ing the Christmas holidays, following are a tion. far as Boston, Houston and even Alberta,
variety of options: Canada. Pat chose the event to debut her
PBS Kids Fiesta new music video, “Don’t Fence Me In.”
El Paso Museum of Art “I have chosen about 7 songs which
The annual free event hosted by PBS El express who I am; they speak to what was
A unique variety of exhibitions will hang Paso is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at
through the end of 2019. on my mind at the time,” she said, explain-
the El Paso Convention Center, aimed at ing that working as the personal manager
• “Tom Lea and World War II,” on view in providing a fun environment for families
the Dede Rogers Galley, features the first at Star City Studios she is around a num-
and children. Booths will promote healthy ber of young people who are also making
museum exhibition of Lea’s iconic World child development and early childhood lit-
War II paintings and drawings. Central to music videos. “I decided that if they can
eracy. Families can also watch some amaz- do it so can I. I can act and dance and I
the exhibition are nine eyewitness paint- ing performances by local artists.
ings from the infamous battle of Peleilu. will not actually be singing but rather lip-
Families can meet and take photos with synching the songs. After it has been
Twenty other pieces include mural studies some beloved PBS Kids favorites like
and ink-wash illustrations drawn from the released at the party, the video will be on
Curious George and Buddy from Dinosaur You Tube.”
EPMA permanent collection. Samuel Garcia, the visual arts instructor Train. This year’s special guests are Let’s
• “Sixty Years of Collecting” is on display
in the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family
and curator for the YISD Gallery, shared Go Luna and Ready Jet Go! Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
Gallery. Sharing stories of a museum that
the history of this long-lived exhibition: specializing in the visual arts
“The Virgen de Guadalupe Art Exhibit
has grown through the generosity of fami- and Competition started in 1997 as a way
lies and individuals in the region, the to reach out to the community’s profes-
works on display represent significant sional artists to showcase their artwork to
moments related to the museum history for the students in the district. All types of
the past 60 years. Viewers will enjoy art- mediums are accepted for this competition.
work ranging from religious subject matter The goal was to have the artists create art-
to current paintings by local artists such as work that depicts their interpretation of the
Gaspar Enriquez and Manuel Acosta. and Virgen de Guadalupe in their own style.
photography by Manuel Carrillo. We have had artists who have turned in
• “Early Light” is the first hometown very diverse renditions including paintings,
exhibit for artist Leo Villareal, who has sculpture and drawings. It is amazing to
gained renown for large-scale, site-specific see how many different ways a person can
exhibitions such as the Bay lights, a public recreate this religious icon in their own
endeavor comprised of 25,000 LED lights style. In recent years, we have had up to
illuminating a two-mile expanse of the San 30 artists participating in this special holi-
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The El day exhibition.”
Paso exhibit examines his early work by An awards assembly and mini-festival is
featuring two large-scale sculptures on 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Ysleta
loan from the collection of Jereann and ISD Central Office in the Atrium, with live
Holland Chaney of Houston. “Lightscape, entertainment and refreshments.
2002” is a 10-foot screen programmed to
bathe surrounding space and people in a San Elizario
sequence of changing hues. “Here Comes
the Sun” is from the artist’s most recog- The town of San Elizario and the shop
nized series of wall -bound sculptures, tak- owners in the art center of Placita Madrid
ing the form of a spiral made of LED are preparing to host their annual
lights. Christmas Extravaganza 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8. Participants include the
Sun Bowl Exhibit Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, featuring the
impressionist art of Albert Escamilla. Their
Celebrating its 70th year, the Sun Bowl gallery, run by Albert and Rachel
Art Exhibit is the longest running juried Escamilla, will include a free photo station
exhibition in the Southwest. In keeping where you can have your photo taken with
with its solid tradition, this year’s presenta- your own pet or with the gallery pets,
tion at the International Museum of Art, Monet or Eli. Also participating are Robert
1211 Montana, will feature a bountiful and Olga Dozal at the Robert Dozal Fine
selection of artwork ranging from oil and Art Gallery and the Romy Hawkins
watercolor paintings to sculpture and pho- Gallery, which features metal art and a gift
tography. The exhibition, which opened shop. JR’s Art and Tea Room, a new venue
Nov. 6, hangs through Dec. 29. Director hosted by Juana Romo, will also feature
Mitzi Quirarte said the exhibit typically artists on site, with art demonstrations.
draws up to 150 entries from local and Events include an ornament-making sta-
regional artists, filling the two galleries on tion for children, live music, Christmas
the east end of the building. caroling, guest vendors and free refresh-
Admission to the museum is free, but ments.
donations are always welcome. For muse- If you can make it Dec. 8, be sure to head
um tours of five individuals or more, for San Elizario Saturday, Dec. 21 for the
advanced notice is important, and a $1 Luminaria Festival and La Posada begin-
contribution per person would be appreci- ning at 5 p.m.
Magoffin Home
Virgen de Guadalupe
The annual Holiday Open house is 1 to 6
Celebrating its 22nd year as a juried p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Magoffin
show, the Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibition Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin.
will be on display at Ysleta ISD Central The Magoffin Home comes alive with dec-
Office, 9600 Sims Drive from Dec. 2, to orated trees, family photographs, and holi-
Jan. 17 (but is closed during the holiday day music. The free event features live
break). performances, musicians, and of course

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‘Dogfight’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the ‘A Christmas Story’ — Las Cruces
UTEP Student Union West building, presents Community Theatre, 313 N. Main, presents
the hauntingly beautiful musical as part of its the musical based on the classic holiday movie
Side Dish Student Production at 7 p.m. Dec. 7-22. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday
Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 3-7, and 2:30 and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Reception
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, with music and lyrics by with the cast and crew follows opening night
Academy and Tony Award winning team Benj performance. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student
Pasek and Justin Paul (”Dear Evan Hansen,” and military; $10 groups and children).
“The Greatest Showman,” ”A Christmas Information: (575) 523-1200 or
Story”) and book by Peter Duchan. Tickets:
$5-$10. All seats general admission; no meal
‘A Christmas Carol’ — American
Southwest Theatre Company presents the
served (Ticketmaster). Adult subject matter
musical adaptation of Dickens’ holiday classic
and language; not recommended for children.
with book and lyrics by Tom Smith and music
Age 3 and younger not admitted. Information:
by Roger Butterly through Dec. 8 at NMSU’s
747-6060 or
Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Directed by
The musical won the Lucille Lortel Award for
NMSU student Xodia Choate. Performances
Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner
are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2
Brothers film, ”Dogfight” takes audiences on a
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sundays. Tickets:
romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey
$18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high school
studded with impressive songs, an unexpected
students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-
love affair, and a genuine and charming soul. In
4515 or
1967, Eddie Birdlace returns to San Francisco
where four years earlier he spent his last night Playhouse auditions — El Paso Playhouse,
before shipping out for Vietnam. He and two 2501 Montana, hosts auditions for
friends had made a bet: Who could find the Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” Monday and
ugliest girl in town and bring her to a party Tuesday, Dec. 9-10. Performance dates are
where she will be judged? Feb. 7-23, 2020. Call for audition times: 532-
1317 or
‘A Christmas Carol en la Frontera’ —
The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance Jesters League of America — El Paso’s
presents an original adaptation of Charles improv comedy group, presents a show at 8
Dickens’ holiday season classic by Jay Stratton p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Glasbox, 210
and Adriana Dominguez Dec. 5-13, in UTEP’s Poplar. Tickets: $5 at the door. Information on
Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Showtime Facebook at jestersleagueofamerica.
is 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8 and
Dec. 13; plus 4 p.m. matinees Dec. 7-8 and 6 Dinner Detective — Dinner Detective
p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Student matinees are Murder Mystery Show presents the Christmas-
9:30 a.m. and noon Tuesdays through themed show 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays in December
Thursdays, Dec. 11-12, and Dec. 17-19, and at Holiday Inn Sunland Park, 900 Sunland Park
Monday Dec. 16. Tickets: $12-$18 (All seats Drive. Tickets: $59.95 at New
$10 on Dec. 5). Information: 747-5118, the- Year’s Eve Show is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. or on Facebook. Information:

‘El Color de Nuestra Piel’ — Los Actores El Paso Comic Strip — 1201 Airway.
presents the Spanish-language play by Celestino Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and
Gorostiza, directed by Hector Serrana, at 8 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m.
p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Closed Dec. 5 and 22. Tickets: $6-$12-
Sundays, Dec. 6-15, at Loretto Academy, 1300 . Age 17 and older admitted. VIP Booths $10
Hardaway. Tickets are $10. Information: 540- more. Information, reservations: 779-LAFF
3813. (5233), or on Facebook.
• Nov. 29-Dec. 1: Tre Tutson & Tony B
‘How to Survive Your Family at • Dec. 12-15: J.R. Brow
Christmas’ — No Strings Theater Company • Jan. 2-5: Joey Media
presents Christmas comedy by William Special Events:
Missouri Downs, directed by Ceil Herman, • Steve O — The comic and stuntman who
Dec. 6-22, at Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main gained fame on MTV’s “Jackass” performs at
in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-
Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. 7. Tickets: $30; $40 VIP; $50 Front 50.
Thursday, Dec. 19. Tickets: $15 ($12 students • Laughter Hours Comedy is 7:30 p.m. Sunday,
and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Dec. 8, featuring top regional and local acts.
Information: (575) 523-1223 or Tickets: $15 ($20 VIP).
College student Loretta hasn’t been home in • Donnell Rawlings — The co-creator of the
two years mostly because she has nothing in web series and movie “From Ashy to Classy”
common with her blue-collar parents. When performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and
she left to attend Harvard, she thought she’d 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-21.
never return. Then she fell in love with a culti- Tickets: $20; $25 VIP.
vated Cambridge law student who wants to • New Year’s Eve performances are 7 and 10
meet her parents. p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, featuring Joey Medina.
Tickets for early show are $12.50, and late
‘Miracle on 34th Street’ — El Paso
show is $22.50 ($10 more for VIP booths).
Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents its adapta-
• Steve Treviño — The comic, whose latest
tion of the classic film celebrating the true spirit
Netflix special is “Til Death,” performs 7:30
of Christmas Dec. 6-21. Showtimes are 8 p.m.
p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday,
Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9-11. Tickets:
Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, students, military
$25; $30 VIP.
and teachers; $9 children). Information: 532-
1317 or

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A Pilkeypalooza release party for Dav Pikley’s
New on the Border Bookshelf: “Dog Man: Fetch-22” is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,
“Aaaachooo!” A Story and Dec. 10.
Drawing Book” written by author Books Are Gems — 7744 North Loop Ste
Cristina Casas Palmer and illustrated by B (behind Compass Bank). The nonprofit
‘Poetry Therapy’ — The sessions are 6:30 writer, performer, and educator who uses her Sirac Martinez (aka Sirac). The new chil- organization sells and gives away new and used
to 8 p.m. every third Friday (Dec. 20), at Brew art to give voice to different social issues. In dren’s book, slated for a December books. Children who come to the store may
Lab, 601 N. Oregon, Suite 1, sponsored by 2017, she competed in the Women of the release, is an exaggerated tale about a little receive six free used books. Teachers can also
Literarity Book Shop. Information: 307-4242 or World Poetry Slam in Dallas. girl named Amanda whose great big sneeze receive free books for their classroom. Hours
on Facebook at brewlabep. • Dec. 21: “Writing for the Dark Time” by causes trouble everywhere she goes. Blank are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and
Donna Snyder. Snyder founded the pages are provided for children to draw
Tumblewords Project — The writing Tumblewords Project in 1995.
Friday; and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.
workshops are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Armijo what happens when Amanda sneezes. Information: 845-5437 or
Library, 620 E. 7th (new location). Workshops Reading Art Book Club — The book club
are free; donations for the presenter are of the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main,
1888. Tea and pastries provided. Victorian era
encouraged. No workshop Dec. 28. meets at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 to dis-
or steampunk dress encouraged, but not
Information: 328-5484, 212-3710 (Armijo) or cuss “Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray,
required. Tea and pastries provided. Admission John Ruskin and John Everett Millais,” by
is free. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffin-
• Dec. 7: “Writing that Bites!” with Mark Suzanne F. Cooper. Meetings are free and or Facebook.
Pumphrey. The word “bite” is a Pandora’s box open to the public; participants do not need to
for the imagination. Participants may choose to have read the book. Information: (575) 541- Cactus Flower Bookery — 5024
write in a positive, taking a big bite out of life 2217, or Doniphan (Placita Santa Fe), Suite 9.
kind of way; or in a negative, satiric, slash and Information: 203-8338 or cactusflowerbook-
Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club —
burn, or worst scenario way. Pumphrey’s short Read Between the Wines liter-
The book club devoted to Victorian era science
story, “The History of Kentucky Orphanages,” ary discussion and wine pairing is 6:30 p.m.
fiction meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at
was published as a chapbook by Gene Keller. Thursday, Dec. 5. A first anniversary celebra-
Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120
• Dec. 14: “Embodying the Seven tion is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to
Magoffin. This month’s book is “Looking
Generations” with Celia Aguilar. Aguilar is a 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8.
Backward, 2000 to 1887,” by Edward Bellamy,
Barnes & Noble — Information: barnesand-

UTEP serves up Locations are El Paso’s East Side,
Fountains at Farah; West Side, 705 Sunland

‘Dogfight’ as Side
Park; and Las Cruces Mesilla Valley Mall.
Following events are at all stores:

Dish production
Young Adult Book Club is 7 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 12, to discuss “Scythe” by Neal
Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays,
ecember is a time of giving,
and Baby & Me storytimes caregivers and ages
love and compassion, and this
0-24 are 11 a.m. Sundays.
month’s Side Dish show,
“Polar Express” pajama storytime is 7 p.m.
“Dogfight” has that in spades.
Friday, Dec. 6.
For the fifth year in a row, UTEP
Dinner Theatre presents what it calls its
Side Dish show, a small show that
might not normally be produced at the
dinner theater, and, indeed, is produced
only as a show with no dinner offered. “I like to call myself a Theatre
It is directed by Mariana Baidon, who Human,” she said. I’ve been involved in
is finishing up her BFA in musical the- performance in shows such as ‘Tommy,’
ater at UTEP. ‘In the Next Room,’ ‘Sister Act’, and
“’Dogfight’ tells the story of a group ‘Bless Me, Ultima.’” She also was a
of Marines and their unkind tradition: costume designer for “The Humans”
getting the ugliest girls to a party, to see and will design for the upcoming “Into
who can bring the ugliest,” Baidon said. the Beautiful North.”
“Eddie Birdlace, however, starts to real- The show has presented its challenges,
ize the meaning of his actions, getting she said, particularly “coordinating so
him to see Rose, his date, in a new light.” many people with so little time with so
The musical is based on the 1991 film many set changes.”
of the same name by Nancy Savoca, But it’s been great working with long-
with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek time fellow thespians and the new faces.
and Justin Paul, who also wrote music “It’s been a joy getting to work one-
and lyrics for “A Christmas Story.” It on-one with each one of the actors,
premiered Off-Broadway in 2012. It’s since they’re all people I admire.”
set in 1963, and centers on three young She hopes audience members walk
Marines out for a final night of partying away from the show with a bit of the
before they deploy to Southeast Asia. warmth that comes with the holidays.
The cast has a number of familiar “I want them to rekindle the love for
faces, and a few new ones. UDT regular one another, the value in collaboration,
Jorge Blakely is Birdlace. Hannah and of course, the value of forgiveness.”
Perches, who has appeared in “Tommy,” All these values, she added, are impor-
“Hello, Dolly,” and “Newsies,” plays tant today.
Rose. Other familiar UDT regulars “Dogfight shows that we all have the
include Rachel Robins as Marcy, Zaid ability to change, to be kinder, and that
Zavala as Boland, John Levick as beauty is found from within, and not
Lounge Singer/Ensemble, Alexis otherwise. I believe it’s a needed
Medina as Mama, and Bryant Webb in reminder in our current times.”
the ensemble. Newcomers to the dinner
theatre are Dante Salcido as Bernstein,
Carol Viescas is a veteran of

and Chloe Curtis as part of the ensemble.

community theater and teaches

Baidon has acted as assistant director

journalism at Bel Air High School.
“Dogfight” runs Dec. 3-8 at UTEP
before, but “Dogfight,” marks her pre- Dinner Theatre. Information: 747-6060
miere in the director’s chair. or

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Holiday tunes season has
never sounded so good.
No need to dust off the old classics for holi-
day music because this years there are a pair
of compilations to take care of all our needs.
Bridging the gap between collectible and
essential music library requirements are a
duo of releases from the Netherlands label
Music on Vinyl. “A Very Cool Christmas”
and “The Greatest Xmas Songs” span the
decades, bringing together the very familiar
as well as hidden gems from across genres.
Where else will you find the Jackson 5, Tom
Waits and the comedic Bob Rivers on one
set? Then there is Coldplay, a classic cut
from Band Aid, a Justin Bieber and Mariah
Carey duet, followed by tracks from The Stevie D Featuring Corey
King himself, Elvis Presley. Throw in some
Glover, “Torn from the Pages,”
Mighty Music
Beatles solo material from John Lennon and
Paul McCartney, and there are still almost
two dozen songs to go. The collections of With his multi-colored, braided long hair and
course come pressed on red and green for the fluorescent bicycle shorts, he was a lead
first, white and red for the second, and both singer that could not be missed, and his band
are on 180-gram vinyl. Now for the lump of Living Colour brought an entirely new sound
coal, there are only 1,500 of one and 2,500 to the world of rock in the late ’80s. They
of the other being pressed, so don’t delay or shot out three albums in five years; the last
you will get left out in the cold. was much heavier and darker and had lost
some of its R&B edge. With a cold public
Kevin Griffin, “Anywhere You reception came some breakups and solo proj-
Go,” The End Records
ects, and lead vocalist Corey Glover
bizarrely taking a spot as a VJ on VH-1. That
This time the victim of LSD (Lead Singer’s was close to two decades ago and in that
Disease) is Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin time they have reformed twice, So consisten-
Griffin. He’s been with his band for three cy can’t really be counted on, but when
decades, and has stepped out on his own for something does start to percolate we better
his very first solo album. He swears he will take heed. Stevie D — producer, mixer,
be back with his band soon enough. It really musician, and owner operator of Sound Spa
should come as no surprise as he is extreme- Productions out of New Jersey —invited
ly prolific and has ventured off in the song- Corey Glover to take over the mic on his lat-
writing department before, co-writing tracks est disc “Torn from the Pages,” and it is as if
with hit makers Train, Taylor Swift and we have been transported back in time.
James Blunt, and last year with Beach Boys Corey has recaptured that energetic com-
‘Mike Love. The new disc is “Anywhere You bustible monster with a loud wailing guitar, a
Go” and from the discs’ first cut “Are We constant rattle of the percussion section,
Still here,” it is apparent we are going to be some slivers of funk horns and those enraged
going everywhere, with this track’s psyche- vocals. Father Time has replaced the flowing
delic tendencies and guitar-centric sound locks with a multitude of coverings but that
with soaring solos. Then he takes us into is about all that has changed. Corey has
more familiar Better Than Ezra territory with never sounded better, making us a little less
“When I Metcha.” The record continues to worried of the possibility that Living Colour
zigzag with a few dance cuts, a bit of country might have finally gone dead and colorless.
flavoring added, a couple of stripped down
ballads and a sprinkle of Latin flair. Collectibles: Ozzy Osbourne,
“Anywhere You Go” Kevin Griffin: Be it
“See You On the Other Side,”
Sony Legacy
alone or with Better Than Ezra, we must fol-
low because it is always fantastic.
When a record company does a complete
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy catalogue overhaul for one massive set, it is
and the Conspirators, “Living
usually reserved for legends like Frank
Sinatra, Elvis Presley or Bob Dylan. This
the Dream,” Eagle Vision time an icon of heavy metal, Prince of
After being on the road for over three years Darkness Ozzy Osbourne, receives the royal
performing shows with your band that had colossal reboot collection. There have been
been broken up for over two decades, and sets covering his time with Black Sabbat, but
having to perform better than you ever did but this focuses on his solo career. “See You
before to prove you could still fill stadium on the Other Side” spans his complete jour-
seats, it would seem the last thing you would ney on his own, with his 1980 debut
want to do is get back on the bus (or in his “Blizzard Of Oz” all the way to his most
case plane). But then again we’re not Slash. recent work, “Scream.” The package features
The Guns N Roses lead guitarist has released 16 albums spread across 24 different 150-
his fourth solo album while circling the gram, multi-colored splatter slabs of wax.
globe with his original gang. The “Living the One of the most unique pieces is “Flippin’
Dream Tour” is his document of one of those The B Side,” a new gathering of non-album
incredible nights. This new double CD & tracks that have never been pressed to vinyl
DVD set is Slash with Myles Kennedy and before. Things don’t stop there: There’s also
the Conspirators. The concert runs two a 7-inch flexi disc, ten posters and a vellum
hours’ long and includes tracks from all four certificate of authenticity autographed by the
of his solo records, including a cut that origi- man himself. It doesn’t matter if you choose
nally feature Motorhead’s Lemmy, but vocals the A or B side on this box, “See you on the
are now handled by bassist Todd Kerns. The Other Side” is all great.
only diversion of the night is when they visit
the Guns N Roses catalogue with an incredi- Keep an eye out for these releases:
ble version of “Nightrain.” Myles is in top Green Day — “Father of All”
form as vocalist, Slash seems to be soloing Robert Plant — “Digging Deep”
for days, and the electricity can be felt from Weezer — “Van Weezer”
the sold-out Hammersmith Apollo in
London. “Living the Dream” must be the Brian Chozick is owner of Tumblin’
perfect way to describe life when you are in Dice Music. Drop him a line at
two outstanding groups like this.

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The man behind Taking a Look Back
the 1854 Purchase by John McVey Middagh Holiday Open House — El Paso County
Historical Society hosts its annual open house 5
to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the historic
has a visitor’s center with exhibits of military
life at the post. From Las Cruces, take I-25
north to Exit 19.
found out that I had a lot to learn 1850, at the time the longest railroad in 1912 Richard Burges House, 603 W. Yandell,

I about the man named Gadsden who

negotiated the $10 million to buy
29,142,400 acres from Mexico and whose
the world. In 1846 he and his associates
promoted construction of a southern route
connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific
oceans. But the proposed route would go
with snacks and beverage, including the famous
Burges eggnog. Admission is free, and the pub-
lic is invited. Information: 764-3537 or elpaso-
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of
Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The
Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are
relived through replicas of the original adobe
name is on the 1854 treaty that finalized
fort buildings and military artifacts of the
the southern border along the bottom of through what was then part of Mexico,
which spurred the campaign to acquire Braintrust Bag Lunch — The free monthly Magoffinsville Post, 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9
today’s New Mexico and Arizona. a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; by
the land for the U.S. outdoor mini-lecture series at Magoffin Home
But first I had to learn how to spell his appointment only Saturday. Admission is free.
After the Mexican-American War ended State historic Site, 1120 Magoffin is noon
name. After spelling it “Gadston,” my Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482 or on
with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in Wednesday, Dec. 11. Guest speaker is “The
retired teacher friend Bill King corrected Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.
1848, a dispute continued over the correct Liars Club.” Bring a bagged lunch and some
me, but it didn’t sink in. The next time I
boundary between the two countries. Part friends. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffin-
spelled it “Gadsten.” Then I repeated my Chamizal National Memorial — 800 S.
of the problem was that the Rio Grande or Facebook.
mistake while Bill was in my car, and he San Marcial. The National Park Service oper-
nearly exploded. I figured maybe if I kept changing the boundary in the Golden Spike Celebration — Southwest ates the memorial on land once claimed by
learned more history about the man, I Mesilla Valley north of El Paso. President Chapter of Railway & Locomotive Historical Mexico as part of a decades-long dispute over
might get his name right once and for all. Pierce appointed Gadsden as Envoy Society will hosts a Golden Spike Celebration the international boundary. The visitor center
James Gadsden Extraordinary to Mexico, with instruc- featuring the “Big Boy’s Travel Through The has an exhibit on the history of the Chamizal
was the American tions to purchase land that would settle Southwest” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, dispute, including a video presentation. Park
minister to Mexico the Mesilla controversy and also extend at Lil’ Bit of Heaven on New York Avenue grounds and picnic area open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
appointed by the international boundary southward. Restaurant, 1223 North New York, in daily for both foot traffic and vehicles; visitor’s
President Pierce. In 1856 Gadsden retired as minster to Alamogordo, N.M. Visitors welcome. RSVP to center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays
The United States Mexico and returned to North Carolina, 540-9660 by Dec. 6 for program and dinner through Saturday. Admission is free.
was interested in dying in Charleston two years later. cost. Information: 532-7273 or on Facebook at
obtaining the land The Civil War delayed construction of ChamizalNationalMemorial.
for the railroad, the southern portion of the transcontinen- Fort Selden State Monument — The “Tales, Tails and Tots” stories and visits with
opening a southern tal railroad along the 32nd parallel, which monument, 1280 Fort Selden Road in Radium park mascot Chami are 11 to 11:30 a.m. for
route from the began in 1878. In 1881 the Southern Springs, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, is open ages 3-6 the fourth Saturday of each month.
Mississippi to the Pacific Railroad built the section between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through
Yuma, Arizona and El Paso, using the Sunday. Admission is $5; (ages 16 and under Fort Bayard Tours — Fort Bayard Historic
Pacific Ocean. Gadsden
land Gadsden purchased. During 1880- free). New Mexico residents enter free the first Preservation Society host walking tours of the
Mexico was in des-
1882, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Sunday of each month. Free entry each historic fort 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each Saturday
perate need of money after the Mexican-
Railroad finished a link through the Wednesday for seniors. Information: (575) 526- at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, six
American War that ended in 1848, so
Gadsden Purchase to El Paso and then 8911, (575) 202-1638, or miles east of Silver City, N.M. off U.S. 180.
Gadsden was able to make a deal quickly.
turned southwest, ending at the port of The annual Las Noches de Las Luminarias is 6 Tour begins at Commanding Officer’s Quarter
The “Gadsden Purchase” was finalized
Guaymas, Mexico. Today the railroad to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with more than and museum (House 26). Tour takes about 90
on June 29, 1854.
route through the Gadsden Purchase is 800 glowing candles surrounding the Fort ruins, minutes; call for time. Admission is free, but
Gadsden was born May 15, 1788 in
one of busiest in the Western holiday music, campfire, cocoa, and holiday donations appreciated. Information, group
Charleston, S.C., the grandson of an
Hemisphere. decoration making. Dress warmly. Regular tours: (575) 388-4477 or (575) 574-8779 or
American Revolutionary War hero. He
The land involved in the Gadsden admission applies. (970) 222-2433. Web:
was an 1806 Yale graduate and fought in
Purchase today contains many important Fort Selden was a 19th century adobe fort Fort Bayard served as an army post from
the War of 1812 as a lieutenant in the
towns and cities, including Arizona’s sec- established to protect early settlers. The monu- 1866 to 1899 and army tuberculosis hospital
Army Corps of Engineers. From 1816 to
ond largest city, Tucson. Without the ment seeks to preserve the remaining ruins and from 1899 to 1920.
1821 he was based on the southern bor-
der of Florida and directed to build a fort Gadsden Purchase, Phoenix and Las
at the site of present-day Tampa, and the Cruces would be considered border cities.
fort is now known as Fort Gadsden. John McVey Middagh is a former
Gadsden left the Army to become a saddle shop owner. You can reach
planter in Florida serving in the territorial him at
legislature. In 1823 he helped with the
expulsion of most of the Seminole Indian
Tribe on what became known as the
“Trail of Tears,” the long walk to a reser-
vation in present-day Oklahoma.
Gadsden served as president of the
South Carolina Railroad from 1840 to
Gadsden Purchase (shown in gray)

December 2019 El Paso Scene Page 35

Movie Nite on the Lawn — Fountains at Sci Fi and ArtFilm Nights — Brew Lab,
Farah, 8889 Gateway West, hosts free holiday 601 N. Oregon, Suite 1, hosts science fiction
movies at 7 p.m. Saturdays. Bring blankets or classics 5:30 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of
lawn chairs. Information: every month (Dec. 12) and art films every
• Nov. 30: Polar Express third Thursday (Dec. 19) of the month.
• Dec. 7: Elf Information: 307-4242 or on Facebook at
• Dec. 14: The Santa Clause brewlabep.
• Dec. 21: A Christmas Story. Showing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, is “Elf.” Tickets: $5, available at
Admission: $5. Information: or on Facebook. Plaza Classic Film Festival — El Paso
Texas Gas Holiday Movies at Plaza — Las Cruces International Film Festival and Film Community Foundation’s 13th annual classic
El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Jay’s Pix Presents at the International and ”semi-classic” movie festival is July 30-
Las Cruces film screenings:
Film Festival and El Paso Live present free holi- Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the Aug. 9. Discounted festival passes offered
• The 1965 cult classic ”The Devil’s Mistress”
day movies Sundays at the Plaza Theatre, as Sunset Film Society host presentations at 2 Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Information: 533-4020 or
is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, created and pro-
part of the 4th annual WinterFest. Local organ- p.m. Saturdays at International Museum of Art,
duced in the Las Cruces area and premiered
ists Ken Fedorick, Richard Garven and Laurie 1211 Montana. Admission is free. Information:
nationally at the Rio Grande Theater.
Koval perform on the Plaza’s restored Wyler 543-6747 (museum), internationalmuseumo- Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de
Admission: $5-$12. and Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in
Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before each movie. No • A film on New Mexico’s behavioral health-
• Dec. 7: ”One Magic Christmas” (1985). A Mesilla. Films at 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 1:30
movies Dec. 15. Information: care system, “The Shake-up,” is 7 p.m.
guardian angel (Harry Dean Stanton) helps a p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
or Tuesday, Dec. 17. Admission is free.
poor, weary woman (Mary Steenburgen) Admission: $7 ($6 seniors, military and students
• Dec. 1: National Lampoon’s Christmas
Vacation (1 p.m.), and The Polar Express (3:30 Christmas Movie Nights — The whose family faces eviction at the holidays. with ID; $5 children and society members); $5
Substation at 145 E. Sunset (at Doniphan) hosts Also showing is “The Gift of the Magi” on Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575)
free family holiday movies at 6:30 p.m. Fridays (19520, based on the short story by O. Henry. 524-8287 or
• Dec. 8: Elf (1 p.m.), and A Christmas Story
in Suite F-100. Information: • Dec. 14: “Gremlins” (1985). An inventor • Nov. 29-Dec. 5: “Pain and Glory.” A film
(3:30 p.m.)
or on Facebook. (Hoyt Axton) gives his son (Zach Galligan) an director reflects on the choices he’s made as
• Dec. 22: It’s a Wonderful Life (3:30 p.m.)
• Dec. 6: Frozen odd little creature that multiplies into monsters past and present come crashing down.
• Dec. 29: Toy Story (1 p.m.)
• Dec. 13: Elf who create havoc. Directed by Joe Dante. No Nov. 30 matinee.
Classic Film Series — The Rio Grande • Dec. 20: The Grinch • Dec. 21: Favorite Christmas shorts and spe- • Dec. 6-12: “Frankie.” Three generations
Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, cials, including: struggle with a life-changing experience during
presents the classic film “Miracle on 34th Film Salon — The Film Salon presents “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962). a short vacation in Sintra, Portugal.
Street” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. “Miracle on 34th Street” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, • Dec. 13-22: “Parasite.” An unemployed
Television’s first animated Christmas special,
Admission: $8. Information: (575) 541-2290, Dec. 7, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. young man and his family ingratiate themselves
which became an annual holiday event for the or on Facebook. Montecillo, as part of a series on holiday films. into the lives of wealthy and glamorous family,
next two decades but then vanished from regu-
lar telecasts. but get entangled in an unexpected incident.
“Peace on Earth” (1939). Two young squirrels The theatre will be closed Dec. 23-31, and
ask their grandfather why they say “Good will reopen on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1.
to men” at Christmastime and inquire what
New Mexico Museum of Space
exactly “men” are.
History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo.
“The Snowman” (1982). Based on the word-
Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater tickets are $7
less best-selling children’s book by British
($6 seniors and military; $5 ages 4-12).
author Raymond Briggs. Academy Award nomi-
Planetarium show is $5 ($4 seniors, military and
nee for “Best Animated Short Film.”
children). Ages 3 and under free.
“The Red Balloon” (1956). Filmed in the back
Museum/IMAX combo tickets available.
streets and narrow alleys of Old Montmartre, it
Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-
tells the adventures of a little boy and a big red
2840, or on Facebook.
balloon he rescues from a lamppost.
Now showing:
• Dec. 28: “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972).
• “Apollo 11: First Steps,” 10:10 and 11:05
The SS Poseidon is an aged luxury liner on her
a.m. and 1:10 and 4:05 p.m.
final voyage. On New Year’s Eve, she is over-
• “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,”
turned by a rogue 90-foot wave. Nominated
12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
for nine Academy Awards.
Star Show is 11:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.
Pax Christi Film Series — A screening of
Jay’s Film Forecast — Film historian Jay
“Brother Sun, Sister Moon” is at 3 p.m. Sunday,
Duncan prepared this list of top monthly
Dec. 8, at St. Joseph School auditorium, 1315
“Coming Attractions” for movie fans, listed by
Travis (enter through parking lot across from
studio and release date (subject to change):
rectory). Discussion follows. Admission is free,
Dec. 6:
donations accepted. Information: 740-3962.
• The Aeronauts (Amazon) — Eddie
Franco Zeffirelli’s film captures the joyous and
Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Felicity Jones.
generous spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Directed by Tom Harper.
Backyard Cinema — Sunland Park Mall, • Brahms: The Boy II (STX) — Owain Yeoman
750 Sunland Park Drive, hosts family holiday Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson. Directed by
movies at 6 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 19, William Brent Bell.
just inside the Greenery entrance. Information: • Little Joe (Magnolia) — Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw. Directed by Jessica Jaysner.
• Dec. 5: Elf • Midnight Family (1091 Media) —
• Dec. 12: The Polar Express Documentary. In Mexico City’s wealthiest
• Dec. 19: The Grinch.

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ambulance, competing for patients. Directed by
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Luke Loretzen.
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• Playmobile: The Movie (STX) — CG
• Cats (Universal) — Idris Elba, Ian McKellen,
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• Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Neon) — Noémie
• Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney) —
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Directed by J.J. Abrams. The ninth film in the
Dec. 13:
franchise begun in 1977.
• Black Christmas (Universal) — Imogen
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• Clemency (Neon) — Alfre Woodard,
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Clark film.
Chinonye Chukwu.
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few details about the 30 years between
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Jesus’ tarrying in the temple courts with the
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iting Jerusalem, but that’s it. teaching under Jewish tradition, their food,
Jewish tradition fills in some of the miss- lodging and other needs were covered by
ing details. A Jewish child starting learning their admirers and followers.
Scripture at age 5 or 6, which meant memo- The apostles, by the way, probably looked
rization. Not just memorizing a few verses very different from the Sunday School
here or there, but massive memorization of illustrations some of us carry in our heads.
the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. Most of them were probably in their late
Boys could keep advancing in their studies teens when they began following Jesus
if successful, and as teenagers would be (Peter was married, but still might have
learning (memorizing) the rest of what we been only 19 or 20). They, too, had been
now call the Old Testament and begin stud- raised learning the Scriptures but some-
ies under a recognized teacher to master where along the line they missed the cut for
interpretations of Scripture. At the same advanced studies and dedicated themselves
time they also would be learning and prac- fully to their fishing and other jobs. To be
ticing their father’s trade. Age 30 was the called to be a disciple by a teacher like
recognized milestone for a top student to Jesus would have been considered an honor
become a teacher in his own right. and privilege.
So at age 30, Jesus was not an unknown They probably had no idea that this
tradesman suddenly bursting onto the scene charismatic teacher quickly would become
as a revolutionary religious leader. He Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the reli-
would have been known as a top young gious establishment. What’s amazing is not
Bible scholar and expected by that age to so much that they followed Jesus in the
begin drawing disciples to himself. first place, but that they stuck with him.
What was surprising about Jesus’ emer- Some did not; in John 6:66, “many of his
gence as a teacher, however, was that disciples turned back and no longer fol-
instead of merely carrying on the traditions lowed him.”
of those he had studied under, Jesus inter- But for Peter and the remaining disciples
preted Scripture in a way people had not who stayed with Jesus, following him was
heard before. Furthermore, his teaching was no longer about his popularity, but his
accompanied by signs and wonders that authenticity. “Lord, to whom shall we go?
made this new teacher a sudden superstar. You have the words of eternal life. We have
As hard as it is for us to comprehend in come to believe and to know that you are
this secular, modern age, teachers in early the Holy One of God.”
1st century Palestine were the equivalent of
today’s rock stars. The leading teachers
would travel from town to town drawing Randy Limbird is editor of
crowd and disciples everywhere they went. El Paso Scene. Comments?
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El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music
Festival — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its
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1223 or El Paso Opera 25 Mesilla Book Center 33
‘Pagliacci’ — El Paso Opera, presents R.
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Dallas Stars Learn to Play — The Dallas
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