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N Moscow Ballet's Great Russian

UTCRACKER
December 23 ~ 4PM & 8PM

December 7 Dave Koz and Friends:


A Smooth Jazz Christmas
Abraham Chavez Theatre December 9
Plaza Theatre
Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer
December 4
Abraham Chavez Theatre
Showtime Presents Duncan Tuck
with El Paso’s own Springfire
December 18
Abraham Chavez Theatre

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ed. Complimentary tickets available through the second in Texas.
the Seniors Adult Program: 831-7801. • “Arabian Nights Christmas” at the Haddad
DECEMBER
December
may 20002010
The holiday musical and cultural exchange
presented by seniors from El Paso and Juarez,
features “The Real Spirit of Christmas,” the
Nativity, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan
Home, 815 Rim. Open for preview tour only.
Designed by architect Otto H. Thorman and
built in 1929. The architecture is Mediterranean
Revival.
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Diego, traditional songs and dances and an • “An Antique Christmas” at the Kohlhaas
appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves, home, 821 Rim. Built in 1929 and designed by December Roundup 5-19
all showcasing the talent of seniors and com- architect William G. Wuehrmann. The architec- Behind the Scene 6
munity performers. ture is Spanish Colonial Revival and features Scene Spotlight 6
historic tile, teak floors, and walnut doors. Program Notes 20-21
EPSO ‘Symphony of Homes’ — El Paso • “Christmas at the Castle” at the Harper
Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd annual fundraising Dance 22
Home, 939 Rim Road. Open for tour Saturday
Christmas home tour features eight Rim Road Here’s the Ticket 23-25
only. The French Normandy home was built in
houses decked out in holiday cheer Dec. 4-5, Music, Comedy 26-28
1939, designed by Mabel Welch.
sponsored by Pizazz. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5
• “Winter Wonderland” at the Collins Home, Sports 29-31
p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
1621 Rim. Built in 1953 by the owners, Mr. and Viva Juárez 32
Proceeds benefit the El Paso Symphony
Mrs. Phil Harvey. Decorations and design pro-
Orchestra. Tickets: $25 for all homes; $20 for Feature: Santa Causes 33-36
vided by Leslie Mowad McNeil.
active military. Tour of one home is $5. No Becoming Bicultural 37
• “A Texas Christmas” at the Ehler Home,
strollers allowed in homes. Tickets available at Nature 38-40
1673 Rim. The home was completed in 2006.
the symphony office, online at epso.org or at
Architect Javier Alvarez designed the home El Paso Fishnet 40
El Paso Gem and Mineral Show — The any of the homes the days of the tour.
after homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright during At the Museum 41-43
annual show is Dec. 3-5 at El Maida Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
the Prairie school movement.
Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. A “Sip, See and Socialize” preview tour of Racking Up History 44
• “Old Fashioned Christmas” at the
to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 selected homes is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. SW Art Scene 45-52
Radenovich/Germano Home, 1 Mina Perdida.
p.m. Sunday. Admission: $3 ($2 for seniors, mil- Participants can tour the homes before the Gallery Talk 50-51
The Spanish Coastal home was built in 2007
itary; free for children 12 and younger with general public and enjoy holiday treats and bev-
and is 10,265 square feet. History Lessons 53
adult admission). The show features gems, min- erages from participating restaurants.
Reservations required. Cost: $40. Magoffin Holiday Open House — The Keep on Bookin' 54-55
erals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools and
equipment, geode cutting, silent auction, Featured homes and themes: annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Stage Talk 56
demonstrations and door prizes, Information: • “Casita con Patio” at Lorey Garden, 1919 Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 4 to On Stage 56-57
Gem Center USA, 533-7153, 1-877-533-7153 Kansas (open for preview tour only). The 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Enjoy the holiday dec- Film Scene 58-59
or gemcenter@aol.com. Spanish Revival home built in 1929 has the orations, refreshments, piñatas and other activi-
Liner Notes 60
Andalusian vernacular influence of the “court- ties amid the authentic art and furnishings of
‘Navidad on the Border’ — The annual yard house.” this historic home. Music will be provided by January Preview 61
homage to the community’s traditional • “Victorian Pearls and Roses” at the Melby The Riverside Middle School Chamber Choir.
Christmas customs is 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. Home, 711 Rim. Built in 1939 by Melby’s Admission: $4 (free for children). Information: El Paso Scene User’s Guide 40
3, at the Chamizal National Memorial theater. grandfather, H.T. Ponsford, as well as her 533-5147 or 585-4344. Advertiser Index 62
Presented by Que Bonita Familia and the El uncles and father. It was designed by Mabel
Paso Community College Senior Adult Welch, the first woman architect in El Paso and Subscription Form 62
Program. Admission is free, but seating is limit- Please see Page 7

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Christmas Miniature Show — Krystyna eteran photographers are always
Robbins’s annual holiday open house is Dec. looking for the perfect shot.
12 at her home studio. Page 34. Lewis Woodyard suspected one
might be coming up when a late
‘A Christmas Carol’ - The UTEP November snowfall blanketed the
Department of Theatre and Dance presents Franklins a year ago. The weather had
its annual telling of Charles Dickens’ work cleared up, with a few wispy clouds hug-
Dec. 12-19 in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family ging the mountaintops as sunset
Scene Spotlight highlights events Theatre. Page 46. approached. A full moon began to rise
advertised in this issue. Happy Hippie Holidaze — The Hal just behind the highest peak, North
Marcus Gallery’s 40th annual Open House Franklin.
Holiday Movies at Plaza — The El Paso arts and craft fair is Dec. 18. The gallery’s Lewis grabbed his camera, jumped into
Community Foundation will host a weekend “El Paso Post Cards” group show runs his car and raced across West El Paso to
of Christmas and winter-themes movies through Feb. 11. Page 48. Santa Teresa, so he could get a shot from
Dec. 4-5 at The Plaza Theatre. Page 2. the higher elevation of the desert mesa.
Lancer’s Club New Year’s Eve — New I was watching that sunset-painted
‘Navidad de Las Luminarias’- Bruce Year’s Eve galas are Dec. 31 featuring Mike moonrise at that same time, thinking what
Nehring Consort’s annual holiday concerts Francis Quartet at the Westside location and a great photograph it would make. I men- Thursday, Dec. 30 (See page 7 for
are Dec. 3-5 at The Chapel at Loretto. Souled Out at the East Side. Page 59. tioned that the next day to an artist friend, details). The weather has stayed for the
Page 9. who said Lewis had taken some shots of last four years, with 75 to 200 or more
AlFresco! Fridays — Deadline for band people enjoying the easy 5-mile round
Magoffin Holiday Open House — The applications for the 2011 summer music the spectacular view.
Lewis had sent me a note sometime pre- trip to the top. The hike is also a fund-
annual holiday season event at the Magoffin series is January, 2011. Page 30. raiser for the Mt. Cristo Restoration
viously asking about “what does it take to
Home State Historic Site is Dec. 4. Page Committee, which maintains the trail and
LYNX Exhibits — The exhibit “Cracking get on the cover of El Paso Scene?” So I
28. the Code: Human DNA” runs through Jan. monument, and also provides security in
called him and said if he had that shot, he
2 at the downtown exhibit space. Page 48. had a cover. This month’s cover is what the parking lot and along the trail.
EPSO ‘Symphony of Homes’ — El Paso
Lewis captured that afternoon. ***
Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd annual fundrais- Tango Buenos Aires - The Argentinean
*** I normally don’t make any special men-
ing Christmas home tour features eight Rim tango dance troupe performs Jan. 9 at the tion of particular events advertised in the
Road houses Dec. 4-5, with a special pre- UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Page 4.
In years past, El Paso Scene has inserted
the El Paso Community Foundation’s Scene, but I want to give a little extra
view Dec. 3. Page 20. attention to the great job that Lola
Days of Remembrance Bridal & “Spirit of Giving” catalog into the paper
Pena Gallery Christmas Gift Show – Quinceañera Faire — The 20th annual to help publicize the needs of local non- Productions is doing to bring world-class
Amado M. Pena Jr.’s new studio and gallery event is Jan. 16 at the El Paso Convention profit organizations. The catalog is now performances to El Paso. Their early
in San Elizario’s Christmas gift show is Dec. Center. Page 13. an online publication (at www.epcf.org) 2011 lineup includes Tango Buenos Aires
4-5. Page 45. and anyone interested in making a differ- Jan. 9; Ladysmith Black Mambazo Feb.
Rubin Center — Showing Jan. 27-March 6; and Balé Folclorico da Bahía Feb. 25-
ence through giving should check it out.
‘Desert Lights’ — The Alazan Artists annu- 26, 2011 at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald 26, all at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium.
To highlight some of the opportunities
al exhibit and sale is Dec. 4-18 at Tulips Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is “Different All three shows are profiled on Page 24.
to help, this month’s feature story by Lisa
Antiques and Consignments in Peppertree Tempers,” an exhibit by the Center for Craft I’ve worked with Juanita Vasquez, head
Tate asked local charities what they
Square. Page 52. Creativity and Design. Opening reception is of Lola Productions, for many years and
would do with a $100 donation. We did
Jan. 27. Page 21. she has always dedicated herself to bring-
Sasahara Gallery events — “Holiday not have room to interview every worthy
ing individuals and groups to El Paso that
Celebration Small Art and Christmas Ladysmith Black Mambazo - The cele- cause in town, so the story is just a sam-
we otherwise would not have a chance to
Ornament Show” (Dec 4-19) “Digital brated African vocal group performs Feb. 6 pling of the groups that need our help.
enjoy. In years past the city used to subsi-
Dreams” show (through Dec. 19); On-site at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Page 15. ***
The El Paso Convention & Visitors dize such programs (during the days of
portraits with Manny Guerra (Dec. 11); Bale Folclorico Da Bahia – Brazil’s only the Arts Resources Department) but now
Bureau and El Paso Scene for several
Christmas Party and Indoor Art and Crafts professional folk dance company performs these shows must rely entirely on private
years have sponsored a Sun Bowl Week
fair (Dec. 19). Page 45. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 at UTEP’s promoters and ticket sales.
Hike Up Cristo Rey. This is a perfect
Magoffin Auditorium. Page 32. opportunity to share El Paso’s sunny win- So if you’re looking for a last-minute
El Paso Convention and Performing Arts
ter weather with friends and family who Christmas gift that not only is sure to
Center — Yo Gabba Gabba (Dec. 7) at San Elizario galleries — Several galleries
are visiting during the holidays, and also please, but also will help keeps the arts
Abraham Chavez Theatre; Dave Koz and and artist studios are on Main Street and
with football fans here for the big game. strong in El Paso, consider buying tickets
Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas (Dec. 9) and near the San Elizario Plaza on the Mission
This year’s hike will begin at noon, to these shows.
Great Russian Nutcracker (Dec. 23) at the Trail. Page 36.
Plaza Theatre. Page 4. Mission Trail Experience Shuttle — The
‘Happy Holidays on Ice’ — Sun City new shuttle service runs Tuesday through
Blades’ winter skating spectacular is Dec. 10 Sunday from several local hotels. Page 52. December 2010 Randy Limbird
El Paso Scene is published by Cristo Rey Editor and Publisher
at Sierra Providence Event Center. Page 21. Musart Studio-Gallery — Artist Nora (915) 542-1422
Communications as a monthly guide to
Olague Enriquez offers classes in various
A Coffeehouse Christmas — CrossPoint entertainment, recreation and culture in the
media at her studio in Kern Place. Page 44. Albert Martinez
Church’s annual holiday gift to the communi- El Paso area. Copies are provided free
Advertising &
ty is Dec. 10-12, featuring live entertain- at selected locations. Subscriptions are
Southern New Mexico Circulation Director
ment, homemade treats and coffee. Page $10 a year, sent by 3rd class mail.
(915) 920-7244
34. Silver City Mainstreet events — “First Circulation: 40,000 copies.
Fridays” Downtown (Dec. 3); San Vicente Lisa Kay Tate
‘The Wonder of Christmas’ — Coronado Artists Christmas Art Fair (Dec. 11) at Silco Deadline for news for the Associate Editor
Baptist Church’s annual Christmas Cantata Theater; Victorian Christmas Evening (Dec. January issue is Dec. 15 (915) 542-1422 ext. 4
featuring the choir and orchestra is Dec. 10 16) at the Silver City Museum; The Art The January issue comes out Dec. 29
and Dec. 12. Page 18. Market’s annual holiday sale (Dec. 18) at Advertising Assistant: Alma Salinas
Silco Theater. Page 44. El Paso Scene Editorial Associates:
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — The
P. O. Box 13615 Noelle Lantka, Mónica Garza
2010-2011 live horse racing season runs Las Cruces Museum of Art — Showing
El Paso, Texas 79913 Circulation Associates:
Dec. 10-April 19. Page 10. Dec. 3-Jan. 22 is “Looking Ahead” portraits
PH: 542-1422 FAX: 542-4292 Randy Friedman, Gil Garza
from the Mott-Warsh Collection. Page 34. Stephanie Friedman
Ysleta Mission Cultural Arts Market — Office: 316 Arboles, El Paso TX 79932
The Ysleta Mission will host its market fea- Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet Contributing Writers:
E-mail: epscene@epscene.com
turing traditional art works Dec. 11 on the Truth or Consequences traditional holiday Richard Campbell, Brian Chozick,
historic mission’s grounds. Page 19. event is Dec. 10 with the tree lighting at Myrna Zanetell, Carol Viescas,
Evelyn Renfro Park. Page 12. Walter Schaefer, Bill Rakocy
Holiday Art Exhibition — El Paso Art Subscription Form is on Page 62
Exhibition’s annual holiday show and sale Elephant Beachwalk — Elephant Butte
State Park’s 15th annual luminaria walk and Visit El Paso Scene Online at
runs through Dec. 11 at the Crossland www.epscene.com
Gallery. Page 43. parade is Dec. 11. Page 7.
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December Roundup Kwanzaa — Events honoring the values of
ancient African cultures will take place at 7
Cont’d from Page 5 p.m. nightly, Dec. 26-Jan. 1, at the McCall
Neighborhood Center, 3231 E. Wyoming.
North Pole at the Museum — Information: 566-2407.
International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana,
will host its 4th annual afternoon of holiday Mount Cristo Rey Hike — A guided hike
entertainment 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, is at noon Thursday, Dec. 30, at Mount Cristo
featuring Christmas carols, storytelling, pictures Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round
with Santa and Mrs. Claus, entertainment, holi- trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children)
day treats and more. Admission is free. donation requested for the Mt. Cristo
Nominal fee for photos with Santa (proceeds Restoration Committee. Information: 252-
benefit the museum). Information: 543-6747 or 9840. No reservation is required.
internationalmuseumofart.net. A presentation on the history of the monu-
ment will be given at the summit.
Oñate Trail Dog Fanciers Dog Shows The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the
— The AKC licensed club hosts its all-breed
cross was built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici
dog show is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and
Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea
Sunday, Dec. 11-12, at El Paso County
level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction
Coliseum, open to the more than 150 breeds
of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.
and varieties of dogs recognized by the
The hike is sponsored by El Paso Convention
American Kennel Club. This year’s event will
& Visitors Bureau and El Paso Scene. Security is
also feature mixed-breed dogs in obedience
provided along the trail and in the parking lot.
and rally events. Spectator admission is free.
The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is
Information: 626-9975 or otdfa.org.
suitable for all ages. Free bottled water provid-
San Jacinto Plaza Christmas Tree ed for hikers.
Lighting — El Paso Employees Federal Credit Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead
Union hosts the 75th annual “Celebration of to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273).
Lights” holiday tradition of the plaza’s spectacu- Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross
lar Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. the Rio Grande.
11, at San Jacinto Plaza downtown. The cere-
Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 77th annual
mony begins at 5:30 p.m. with live entertain-
football classic begins at noon, Friday, Dec. 31.
ment. The lighting of the 55-foot Christmas
The game features the Pac-10 Conference ver-
tree by Mayor John Cook and a child from
sus the ACC. Teams will be announced Dec 5.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation at
Reserved seats: $20-$60; general admission:
5:50 p.m. followed by the 13th annual lighted
$15. Captain’s Club tickets: $650. Information:
Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Information: 541-
533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
4331 or 544-5436.
(Ticketmaster)
New this year is a fireworks display and laser
This year’s half-time entertainment features
light show following the parade.
recording Grammy-winning artist Lee
International Posada — The 19th annual Greenwood performing his patriotic hit “God
International Posada is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. Bless The USA.” Greenwood is a two-time
16, at San Jacinto Plaza. The event includes the Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the
traditional re-creation of the Holy Couple’s Year. Greenwood will also perform the
search for shelter, along with a piñata, tradi- National Anthem before kickoff.
tional holiday treats and choirs singing “villanci- Pregame activities begin at 11:30 a.m. in the
cos” (Christmas carols). The annual posada is stadium, and the Sun Bowl Fun Zone activity
sponsored by the El Paso Central Business area for children is open 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Association, the City of El Paso, the Mexican outside of the stadium’s east concourse.
Consulate and others. Admission is free. Other Sun Bowl events:
Information: 533-2656. • The Rotary Club Kick Off Luncheon is 11:30
a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Doubletree Hotel
St. Anthony’s Seminary Posada — The Downtown, 600 N. Mesa.
seminary, at Crescent and Hastings in Central • Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational basketball
El Paso, celebrates the traditional custom of tournament is Dec. 28-29 at the Don Haskins
the posada at about 6:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 16- Center, UTEP.
23, with rosary, songs by Los Franciscanos and • Rotary Sun Bowl Football Team Luncheon is
procession, followed by the breaking of piñatas. Thursday, Dec. 30, at the El Paso Convention
The posada is conducted in Spanish. The semi- Center. The starting line-ups from both teams
nary’s famous Nativity scene will be on display are introduced at 11:30 a.m. and the head
through Christmas Day. Information: 566-2261. coaches are highlighted as well. Tickets: $50;
Luminarias Festival/Posadas along the tables for eight $400 (eight guests or 6 guests
Mission Trail — The Mission Trail will glow and two football player from each team).
with traditional Christmas luminarias Saturday, • The 13th annual Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta is 4 to
Dec. 18, for its 16th annual event. Around 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at the El Paso
30,000 luminarias will line Socorro Road from Convention Center, with free activities and
the Ysleta Mission past the Socorro Mission, games for kids 6 and younger, face painting,
then to San Elizario Plaza. Admission is free. balloon animals, magic acts, local bands, Battle
Information: 851-1682. or themissiontrail.net. of University Bands and Cheerleaders, food
The 8-mile route includes all three Mission and drink for purchase, and a fireworks display.
Trail churches. Some shops and restaurants
along the trail will remain open after hours for Our Lady of Guadalupe
open houses or shopping. Each community will Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The
host its own posada and holiday festivities. 13th annual religious festival in Tortugas, N.M.
Special activities will be held at the Tigua is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 10-12. The fes-
Cultural Center. tival is the biggest event of the year in Tortugas,
San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society a small village near Mesilla Park that’s home to
will host free events beginning at 5 p.m. at the the Tortugas Indians. Events are centered at
Los Portales Museum, 1521 San Elizario Road. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Information:
A live nativity pageant will be performed, and (575) 526-8171 or (575) 522-0288.
traditional food and refreshments will be sold.
Information: epcounty.com/sanelizariomuseum.
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Las Cruces, in Las Cruces. Admission is free,
December Roundup and everyone is invited. Information: (575) 524-
and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, 805 Montana, featur-
ing more than 125 participants performing
Church programs
Cont’d from Page 7 0623 or (575) 650-1945. familiar holiday songs, both old and new.
A procession of the virgin is 6 to 7 p.m. Friday A Coffeehouse Christmas — CrossPoint Tickets: $4, available in the church office
Events begin Thursday evening with an all-
and Saturday. Menudo will be served until mid- Church, 11995 Montwood, presents Monday through Friday on a first come, first
night wake and Native American dancers.
night at the hall. A velorio (rosary) and dancing “Christmas Special,” its annual holiday gift to served basis. Doors open one hour prior to
The annual procession, rosary and vigil to the
of Matachines de La Danza del Piro-Manso- the community Dec. 10-12, featuring vignettes each performance. The event usually sells out
Tortugas “A” Mountain begins around 7 a.m.
Tiwa Indian Tribe will be held until 2 a.m. of drama, dance and music, homemade treats early. Free child care available for ages 4 and
Friday followed by Mass on the mountain. A
A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be and specialty coffee. Performances are at 7 younger. Information: 533-1465 or fbcep.com.
rosary is around 4 p.m. At sundown, pilgrims
given at 7 p.m. Sunday, followed by dancing by p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at the 10 a.m. Since 1964, the Tree program features the
will light luminarias along the mountain path.
the matachines (Los Danzantes) and Piro- Sunday service. Admission is free. Information: Quintessential Brass, along with the children’s
A fiesta Mass is 9 a.m. Saturday followed by
Manso-Tiwa Tribe members until 5 p.m. 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com. choir, Grace Notes ensemble, LCT Band, and
Danzante Dances and a traditional free fiesta
the Christmas Chorus of students and adults.
dinner sponsored by La Corporacion de Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ‘The Deliverer’ - The annual large-scale hol-
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. A procession Celebration — A procession begins at 8 a.m. iday pageant of music and drama celebrating ‘A Feast of Carols’ — Western Hills United
around the village, rosary and reception in Saturday, Dec. 11, at Ysleta Elementary School the Christmas season is Dec. 10-12 and Dec. Methodist Church and First Presbyterian
honor of the Corporacion’s mayordomos con- and proceeds to the Ysleta Mission; Mass 17-19 at Cielo Vista Church, 3585 Lee Trevino. Church present a joint concert of Randol Alan
cludes the events Friday afternoon. begins about 10 a.m. in front of the Mission, Tickets available at the church ticket window. Bass’s holiday piece Sunday, Dec. 19, featuring
To get there: Take I-10 to Las Cruces, exit on with an International Youth Peace Rally. Information: 595-0288 or cielovista.org. the combined Chancel Choirs, Orchestra and
University Avenue and go under the freeway; A Cultural Arts Market at the mission is 11:30 Quintessential Brass. Also featured are selec-
turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, a.m. to 5 p.m. with arts, crafts, dancers, music,
‘The Wonder of Christmas’ — Coronado tions from Handel’s Messiah and congregational
Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, will host its
going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas food and beverage vendors. Information: 859- singing. Performances are 2 p.m. at Western
annual Christmas Cantata performance at 6:30
Drive and then turn right on Parroquia. 9848 or ysletamission.org. Hills, 524 Thunderbird, and 5 p.m. at First
p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 12,
Presbyterian, 1340 Murchison. Admission is
St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of featuring the church’s Christmas Choir and
Our Lady of Guadalupe exhibition and free. Information: 584-2133 or
Guadelupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, Orchestra. The cantata-style program com-
mini-festival — An opening art reception westernhillsep.org.
Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will bines music with drama. Nursery provided.
and mini-festival is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec.
10, at La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú, the
host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadelupe Admission is free. Information: 584-3912 or Christmas Celebration — Abundant Living
Dec. 11-12, including pilgrimages, masses and coronadobaptist.org. Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, will host its
Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery at
a bazaar. Information: 566-2261. annual orchestral production and candlelight
8455 Alameda. Winners of the annual art com- A Christmas Family Gathering — First
Saturday’s events include a pilgrimage from communion services celebrating the birth of
petition will be announced. Entertainment Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 901
the seminar to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at Jesus Christ Dec. 19-24, in the center’s audito-
includes Ceiba and Danza Azteca Chichimeca Arizona hosts its Christmas celebration benefit-
2907 Alabama at 4 a.m. followed by a Mariachi rium. The production includes musical comedy,
Omecoatl, plus food, arts and crafts vendors. ing their Christmas basket outreach for area
Mass at the parish at 6 a.m. dance, drama, candlelight communion and live
Admission is free. Information: 434-9711 or fin- families in need 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec.
A live portrayal of “Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Nativity scene. Performances are 7 p.m. Sunday
earts.yisd.net. 11, featuring Christmas crafts for ages 2 to 10,
appearance to St. Juan Diego on Mt. Tepeyac” through Thursday, and 5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The 13th annual “Our Lady of Guadalupe” a story moment, carols and more. Admission is
is 6:45 p.m. Saturday at the seminary, and a Nursery and children’s classes provided.
exhibition runs Dec. 10-Jan. 20. free; canned food item donation requested.
Midnight Mass with matachines and “mañani- Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or
Information: 533-6819, elpasofirstchristian.org.
Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of tas” to Our Lady of Guadalupe is 11 p.m. alfc.com.
Guadalupe Pueblo — Events celebrating A bazaar is 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with a ‘Living Christmas Tree’ — The 46th annu-
the Virgin of Guadalupe are Dec. 10-12 at St. Mass co-celebrated with Bishop Armando al Christmas concerts at First Baptist Church,
Genevieve’s Church, 100 S. Espina and 1025 E. Ochoa at 6:30 p.m. 805 Montana, are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
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December Roundup Christmas in Cloudcroft — The
Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday sea-
Cont’d from Page 8 son events include:
• Santa Land Celebrations are 6:30 p.m.
Let There Be Lights Saturday, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18, in Zenith Park
Holiday Light Show — A brilliant display of behind the Chamber of Commerce.
holiday lights choreographed to music will be Information: (575) 682-2733.
featured Fridays through Sundays, Dec. 3-Jan. • The 28th annual Pet Parade is 2 p.m.
1, at 12001 Paseo de Oro (one block north of Saturday, Dec. 11, on Burro Avenue.
Montwood, off Bob Mitchell). Information: (575) 682-2733.

Luminarias by the Lake — Thousands of Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The moun-


luminarias will line the walking paths at tain village of Ruidoso will host several
Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Christmas and holiday events though the
Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 6 to 9 p.m. Christmas season. Information: 1-888-71-
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, featuring music LIGHTS (714-4448) or RuidosoFOL.org.
and refreshments for sale. Proceeds benefit the Christmas in the Park is 6 p.m. Thursday,
park. Admission: $4 ($3 seniors and military, $1 Dec. 2, at School House Park. Includes lighting
children 12 and younger); $5 to light a special of the Southwest’s largest Christmas tree,
luminaria for a special person or event. music and caroling, sleigh rides and visits with
Information: 584-0563. Santa. Admission is free.
Lincoln County Community Theater presents
Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe the family holiday dinner presentation # "
Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than “Christmas Briefs” evening one acts Dec. 2-5,
4,000 luminarias for its 19th annual event 6 to and 9-11 at Cree Meadows Country Club, 301 $ $ " ! !
10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Admission is free, Country Club Drive. Doors open at 6 p.m.;
but sightseers are invited to donate canned and dinner at 7 followed by show. Tickets: $27.50
dry goods or cash or checks (made to “Centro for dinner and show. Information/reservations "
de Salud Familiar La Fe” to benefit families (575) 258-3133.
The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. $
served by La Fe.
Scenic Drive will be open only to one-way Saturday, Dec. 4, in downtown Ruidoso (from
traffic during the event, accessible from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring
Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Paso. floats packed with seasonal decorations and
lights. Special events are planned all day at $
Cars proceed slowly westward with lights off
to view the luminarias and the city lights of El Wingfield Park in midtown including musicians, $
Paso and Juárez. Drivers will also get to view carolers, children’s rides and more. !
Santa and his elves and a live Nativity scene. The Annual ENMU-Ruidoso Community
Volunteers and sponsors are always needed. Choir Concert is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at
Information: 534-7190. the Spencer Theater. Admission: $5.
Cowboy Christmas Ball at Mountain Annies is
Ascarate Park Winter Wonderland — 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, featuring Jody
The county park and lake is lit for the holidays Nix and The Texas Cowboys. Dinner served at
through early January. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 6 p.m. Ticket information: (575) 257-7982.
p.m. Monday through Thursday and to 11 p.m. Ski Apache’s Torch Light Parade is tentatively
Friday through Sunday. Admission is $1 per 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Ski Apache
vehicle. Information: 772-5605. Resort. Veteran skiers carry lighted torches
Cumberland Circle — Luminarias and while descending the mountain. Food and " (%.( '% ((!%$ " !$ '( $ # ' " - '(
Christmas lights adorn the circle each drinks available for purchase. Indian drumming
Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighbor- begins at 5 p.m. with parade down the moun-
hood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest tain at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but spectators
to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly are encouraged to arrive early.
into the circle. Luminarias will light historic Lincoln at dusk
Friday, Dec. 24, along Hwy 380.
Eastridge Christmas lights — The resi-
dents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge City of Las Cruces Christmas Tree
participates each year in an elaborate neighbor- Lighting Ceremony — The annual ceremo-
hood-wide holiday lights display. Lights are usu- ny is Friday, Dec. 3 in Las Cruces. Location to
ally lit around the first week of December, and be announced. The celebration includes music,
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Information: (575) 541-2000.
The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west
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Christmas on the Pecos — One of plays and more. Information: (575) 541-2288 ),-+.(")- '%,-,
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tours offered Christmas Eve. Tickets: $12.50
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on lap. Half length tours are $7. Tickets should invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio ! " "
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December Roundup Saturday, Dec. 11. The parade begins at 6:30
p.m. The event features more than 3,500 lumi-
Cont’d from Page 9 narias, a boat and RV parade, 25 host camp-
fires, Santa Claus, hayrides, caroling, and lots of
food and arts and crafts shows and a “$49.99”
hot chocolate, cider and posole for everyone.
art sale. Admission is free. Information: (575)
Cost: $5 per car. Information: (575) 740-1777.
895-5797.
Party and awards ceremony follow at the
‘Night of Lights (Noche de Elephant Butte Inn.
Luminarias)’ — Southern New Mexico’s
Fort Selden Luminaria Tours — The
largest luminaria display is 6 to 8:30 p.m.
12th annual event at Fort Selden State
Sunday, Dec. 5, on the New Mexico State
Monument is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.
University Campus, a tradition since 1984.
The trails and ruins of the 19th-century fort will
More than 5,000 luminarias will light up the
be lit by more than 1,000 luminarias. Hot
International Mall and the path from the Pan
chocolate, cookies and living history military re-
American Center to the Corbett Center
enactments. Admission is free during the
Student Union. Free holiday entertainment and
evening. Information: (575) 526-8911 or
activities at Corbett Center. Free trolley rides.
nmmonuments.org. Admission is $3 (age 16
Information: (575) 646-3200 or nmsu.edu.
and under free).
Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting
Victorian Christmas Evening — The
— The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec.
26th annual event is 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
10, in the plaza. Mesilla Mayor Michael Cadena
16, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W.
will switch on the tree at 6 p.m. Christmas
Broadway. The old-fashioned community cele-
music continues until 6:30 p.m. Shops will be
bration features traditional music, decorations,
open late for holiday shopping. Information:
costumed characters, children’s’ stories, hot
(575) 524-3262, ext. 116
mulled cider, plum pudding and other holiday
Luminarias and Christmas music will be fea-
treats. Admission: $3. Children free if accom-
tured Christmas Eve on the Plaza 5:30 to 7:30
panied by adult. Information: (575) 538-5921
p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. The Mesilla Singers choir
or silvercitymuseum.org.
will lead in the singing of Christmas carols, and
luminarias will be lit around dusk. Art Market Holiday Sale — The annual
sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in
Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet
the Silco Theater in Silver City N.M.
Truth or Consequences presents the traditional
Information: (800) 548-9378.
holiday event 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10.
Festivities begin with the tree lighting 6 p.m. at Doña Ana Modular Railroad Display —
Evelyn Renfro Park, followed by carolers and The Doña Ana Modular Railroad Club will pres-
other performers, holiday refreshments and ent a display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10
businesses open late for holiday shopping. a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18-19, at Good
Wagon rides available. Information: (575) 740- Samaritan Village, 3025 Terrace Drive, in Las
3902 or torcmainstreet.org. Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575)
One thousand luminaria will be set up 644-7758 or (575) 532-1751.
throughout downtown to add to the festive
atmosphere. Fire pits will be set up in the mid-
Luminarias and Christmas Carols on
dle of Broadway. The Sierra County Arts
the Plaza — Old Mesilla, N.M., turns into a
wonderland of music and light beginning at
Council will be serving up s’mores for $1 as a
dusk Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, at San
fundraiser for public art in Sierra County.
Albino Church and the surrounding historic
Alamogordo Christmas Parade — The plaza. Around 6,000 luminarias will be set up.
annual lighted parade begins around 5 p.m., The Mesilla Singers will lead singing of
Saturday, Dec. 11, down 10th Street. Hosted Christmas carols from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, Mesilla is southwest of Las Cruces. Take I-10
the parade includes colorful floats, banners, West to the Avenida de Mesilla exit. The plaza
marching bands and a visit from Santa Claus. is off NM Highway 28 (Avenida de Mesilla)
Information: (575) 437-6120. south of I-10. Admission is free. Information:
(575) 524-3262, ext. 116.
Christmas Art Fair — The San Vicente
Artists group hosts the fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
New Year’s Eve
11, in the Silco Theater in Silver City N.M. Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve
Information: (575) 534-4401 or silvercit- Celebration — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing,
yartists.org. One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring
in 2011 Friday, Dec. 31, with a special dinner,
Christmas Celebration at El Camino
glass of champagne, and live music. Champagne
Real — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host a
toast, and party favors. Cost: $100 per person
winter celebration 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
for (optional) dinner. Admission to party alone
Dec. 11, at the Camino Real International
is free. Information/reservations: (575) 589-
Heritage Center featuring activities for all ages.
0653 or ardovinos.com.
Admission: $5 (Free for ages 15 and younger).
Information: (575) 854-3600 or New Year’s Eve Dance — El Paso Parks
elcaminoreal.org. and Recreation will host a senior New Year’s
A presentation of the traditional New Mexico Eve dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at
Christmas play “La Gran Pastorela” is 1 p.m. San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo, and
The city will provide transportation for the play Grandview Senior Center, 3134 Jefferson.
departing at noon from Socorro Plaza and Information: (San Juan) 772-8365 or
returning by 3 p.m. Shuttle fee is $1 each way. (Grandview) 566-1217.
Reservations: (575) 835-1501.
The center is about 30 miles south of
Sunland Park New Year’s Eve — Bosee
will headline the New Year’s Eve celebration in
Socorro, N.M. on I-25. It is a 5-minute drive
the Signature Showroom at Sunland Park
east of I-25 at Exit 115.
Racetrack & Casino Friday, Dec. 31. Dinner
Elephant Beachwalk and Floating offered 7 to 8:30 p.m. with music and dancing
Lights parade — Elephant Butte State Park’s 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
15th annual luminaria walk and parade benefit- Tickets: $35 (includes dinner buffet, entertain-
ing Make-A-Wish Foundation is 6:30 p.m.
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products ranging from decorations, handmade The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be
December Roundup greeting cards, quilts to woodcraft products. celebrated 8 to 11:30 a.m. A procession begins
Cont’d from Page 10 German Bratwurst, German beer and Glühwein at 8 a.m. at Ysleta Elementary School; Mass
will be sold, as well as German coffee, cakes, begins about 10 a.m. in front of Ysleta Mission.
ment, favors and champagne toasting); $250
pastries and cookies.
table for eight. Ages 21 and older welcome.
All proceeds go towards social projects on
St. Thomas Aquinas Craft Fair — St.
Information/reservations: (575) 874-5200. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community Church,
both sides of the border through “Aid for the
A free party featuring music by Inolvidable and 11970 Bywood, will host a crafts fair 9 a.m. to
Needy” and “Helping Hands” Fort Bliss.
party favors is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Franklin 5 pm. Sunday, Dec. 12. Information: 591-2752.
Lounge. No reservations needed, seating avail- ‘It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like
Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House —
able on a first come, first serve basis. Christmas’ Craft Fair — Pebble Hills
The Hal Marcus Gallery, 800 N. Mesa (top
Elementary School, 11145 Edgemere, hosts its
floor), hosts its 40th annual Happy Holidaze
West Texas 14th annual holiday arts and crafts fair Saturday,
Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5
Dec. 4. Sponsored by the Pebble Hills PTO.
Mountain Country Christmas — The Vendors needed. Information: Donna, 434-
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, with 15 booths selling
annual event is all day Friday and Saturday, Dec. items like crocheted “bickie’s bears,” choco-
5613.
4-5, at the Alpine Civic Center, 801 W. lates from Fudge ‘n More, handcrafted jewelry
Holland, in Alpine, Texas. Arts and crafts fair, Kohlberg Winter Bazaar — The Olga by Oscar Moya and Soozen and Cecil Lee,
baked goods, entertainment. Admission is free. Kohlberg PTA will host its annual winter bazaar items from El Paso Knitting Guild, Cactus Mary
Information: (432) 837-2326. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Kohlberg organic soaps and more. Admission is free.
The Christmas Tour of Historic Homes is 1 to Elementary School, 1445 Nardo Goodman, fea- Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Tickets: $10. turing local arts and crafts and photos with Continuous live music and entertainment pro-
Santa (for a small fee). Information: Carrie, vided by Gene Keller, Alfredo Guitierrez,
433-6871. Nienna, The Cowboy Gospel Band, Casa
Bazaars and fairs Flamenco, Kareesha and the Hippy Shakes and
La Union Holiday fundraiser — The more.
Mescalero Apache Arts & Crafts Show Town of La Union will host a fundraising bazaar
— The fall show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m.
and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, at Inn of the Mountain Sunday, Dec. 4-5, at The Nutcracker Suite,
Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. 4855 N. Vinton, off Hwy 28, featuring local arts
Please see Page 11
The show will feature works in all styles and and crafts and a section of gently used items.
mediums by Mescalero Apache artisans. Information: Aggie, (575) 882-9419 or Pat,
Information: 1-877-277-5677. (915) 412-8005.
St. Genevieve’s Holiday show — The Desert Crossing Holiday Market —
parish’s 24th annual antique and craft show and Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Restaurant and
sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. Banquet Facility will host its 6th annual market
to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27-28, at St. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Sunset
Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Hall, featuring more than 50 local artists,
Ave., Las Cruces. More than 40 dealers from craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers
four states. Free appraisals. Food sales. Market. Items include Christmas ornaments,
Admission: $2. Information: (575) 526-8624 or jewelry, handmade soaps, and specialty wares
(575) 524-4203. including baked goods, salsas, jams and jellies.
Mission Trail Harvest Market — The 2nd Brunch served at 10 a.m. Dinner service begins
annual market is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. at 5 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653 or
28, at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, 1500 Main ardovinos.com.
Street in San Elizario, with more several ven- La Casa Holiday Bazaar — The annual
dors selling arts and crafts, fall harvest goods holiday bazaar featuring regional vendors is 9
and food. Live entertainment featured in the a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
park gazebo. San Elizario historian Ben Sanchez Sunday, Dec. 4-5, at Las Cruces Convention
will lead guided tours of the historical district Center, 680 E. University. The bazaar features
throughout the day. Admission is free. varieties of holiday gifts, arts and crafts; along
Information: 594-8424 or with homemade treats and a silent auction.
MissionTrailArtMarket.com. Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for vic-
Christkindl Market — The Community tims of domestic violence. Call for admission.
Center on White Sands Missile Range will host Information: (575) 526-2819.
its traditional German Christmas market 11 The Preview Party is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec.
a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in building 3, with early shopping opportunities and light
460, featuring shop vendors from the surround- refreshments.
ing areas as well as German Bratwurst with UU Christmas Bazaar — Unitarian
Broetchen. Gift-wrapping offered by BOSS for Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron
a donation. Information: (575) 678-4134. St., will host its annual Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m.
Holiday Sparkle Festival — Tierra del Sol to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 and 12. The bazaar
Elementary School, 1832 Tommy Aaron, will features handmade arts and crafts, jewelry and
host its holiday festival with food, games and a Christmas-themed white elephant table.
live entertainment 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Twenty percent of sales goes toward the UU
hosted by the school’s PTA. Vendor tables avail- community. Admission is free. Information:
able. Information: 920-9612 or 309-8696. 562-4001 or uuelpaso.org.

Clendenin Christmas Craft Fair — The Ysleta Mission Cultural Arts Market —
Clendenin Elementary School PTA will host its The Ysleta Mission, 131 Zaragosa, will host its
10th anniversary fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, market featuring traditional art works 11:30
Dec. 4, at the school at 2701 Harrison, featur- a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, on the his-
ing performances by student groups, food, and toric mission’s grounds.
holiday items and gifts. Information: 231-2640. The event features Southwest Artists, colchas,
retablos, weaving and Native American pottery
German Advents-Bazaar — The annual and Jewelry. Entertainment includes a perform-
“Christkindlmarket” arts and crafts festival is 11 ance by the Viva El Paso Special Edition
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the German Company, plus Tigua Social Dances, mat-
Community Center (Soldatenstube), Robert E. achines, folklorico dances and mariachis.
Lee Road, Fort Bliss. Information: 568-0259, Traditional foods and beverages will be sold.
568-4824 or betreuunginelpaso.com. Information: 859-9848 or ysletamission.org.
The traditional German Christmas fair fea-
tures numerous vendors selling handmade
Please see Page 12
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native and Coronado High School alumnus, is
December Roundup the founder of “Prayfit,”
Christmas Posada — Darrington Park
Training Facility, 1360 Quail Springs in Clint, will
Cont’d from Page 11 host its traditional posada at 7 p.m. Saturday,
Chamber of Commerce Gala — The
Dec. 4, featuring mariachi, folklorico dancers, a
For a good cause 111th annual Greater El Paso Chamber of
Mexican cultural fashion show, trick roping
Commerce gala is Friday, Dec. 3, at the El Paso
Black Friday Adoption Event — The exhibition, live music, contests, prizes and a
Convention Center. Cocktails being at 6:15
Humane Society of El Paso, 4991 Fred Wilson, piñata and candy for all. Admission: $15 dona-
p.m. with dinner at 7:15 p.m. followed by
will host its annual Black Friday adoptions of tion (includes dinner); free for children under
music and dance by the River City Band.
dogs and cats 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 10. Information: 694-6616.
Tickets: $100-$150. Information: 534-0500.
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26- Dinner includes tamales, pozoles, champurra-
Online registration at elpaso.org.
28 at the society, and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. do, calientitos, bunuelos and more.
Raffle tickets include a grand prize trip to
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27, at El Paso Proceeds benefit the horse assisted therapy
New Zealand for two.
Saddleblanket, 6926 Gateway East. Information: program, which focuses in giving a supportive
532-6971, ext. 15 or hselpaso.org. Christmas for Chihuahuita Motorcycle environment to at-risk youth, foster children,
Run — The 26th annual motorcycle run and victims of abuse and people with learning
Boys and Girls Club wine tasting — parade is Friday, Dec. 3, beginning at El Coco, and/or physical disabilities.
Boys and Girls Club of El Paso hosts its 3rd 7246 North Loop. Decorated bikes and trucks
annual holiday gala 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. will be on display beginning at 10 a.m. followed
Santa Pet Pictures — Both the Humane
2, at El Paso Museum of Art, with wines, food, Society and Animal Rescue League offer pets a
by judging at 11:30 a.m. The parade departs
a silent auction, music, and the premiere chance to visit with Santa this season at area
promptly at noon led by Mr. and Mrs. Santa and
screening of Mind Warp Entertainment’s “Red PetSmarts 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and
their elves on motorcycle. All motorcycle
Sands.” Dress is holiday attire. All proceeds Sundays, Dec. 4-19. Portion of the proceeds
groups and individuals are invited to participate.
benefit the youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of El from photos benefits the hosting organization.
Party follows the run at 1 p.m. at 502 Canal
Paso. Tickets: $75 in advance; $100 at the door. • The Human Society’s “Santa Claws” is fea-
Road with prizes for best-decorated motorcy-
Information/tickets: 532-7410 or bgcelpaso.org. tured at PetSmart at 1836 Joe Battle and 10501
cle and truck awarded. Food, drinks and door
Also featured is author and New York Times Gateway West, at Yarbrough. Information/cost:
prizes also offered.
bestseller Jimmy Pena signing his new book 532-6971 or info@humanesocietyelpaso.org.
The parade goes to participating local schools
“Prayfit: Your Guide to A Healthy Body and A • Animal Rescue League of El Paso’s “Santa
to pick up toys for the annual party to be held
Stronger Faith in 28 Days.” Pena, an El Paso Paws” is at PetSmart at 655 Sunland Park
later in December. This year’s schools are
Drive. Cost (with Pets Perk card): $9.95.
Cielo Vista Elementary, MacArthur
Information: 587-7898 or arlep.org.
Intermediate, Ross Middle School and Hillside
Elementary. Participation is free, and riders are Christmas Street — The 36th annual fund-
welcome to bring candy for the school kids. raiser for the El Paso Rehabilitation Center is
Donations welcome. Information: Mickie Subia, Tuesday, Dec. 7, at El Paso Country Club, 5000
533-1208. Country Club Place. Several lavish custom-
designed Christmas trees will be on display.
EPSYOs poinsettia sale — El Paso
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with the gala
Symphony Youth Orchestras is taking orders
at 6 p.m. Information, ticket prices: 544-8484.
for 6” poinsettias to benefit its youth programs
through Dec. 3. Cost per plant is $12. Orders
online at epsyos.org. Information: 525-8978. Please see Page 13

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serve basis. Information: Sandy Rodriguez, 240-
December Roundup ty Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Wyndham Airport
Hotel, 2027 Airway. Silent auction and cocktails 3310 or Eliseo Duran, 252-9031.
Saturday, Dec. 4, with El Paso Police
Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Office, U.S.
Cont’d from Page 12 is 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner, awards and dancing Entry forms and rules a available at the Parks Border Customs and Border Protection,
at 7 p.m. Music offered by saxophonist Mike and Recreation web site at County Auto Burglary, Theft, Public Authority
‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden Hamilton and DJ Big Mike Production. All elpasotexas.gov/parks. and more.
Aboud Memorial Foundation will host a blanket attending will receive a 2011 calendar of A mandatory meeting for all participants is 6 • A special “Get Johnny Cage Out of the Cage”
drive through Dec. 15. New blankets, twin “Stars.” Tickets $50 ($25 tax deductible). p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, Armijo Recreation fundraiser for El Paso Sheriff’s Office is
size or larger, may be dropped off at Coronado Proceeds help benefit the youth and elderly in Center. One representative from each parade Monday, Dec. 6. Bring a toy for the office’s
High School, El Paso Times, El Paso Sheriff El Paso. Information: Joyce Snead, 598-9499 or group is required to be in attendance. “Santa with a Badge Program” to benefit the
Office facilities, Lincoln Middle School, Zach Sandra Reid, 877-3647. less-privileged in El Paso County. HIT-FM’s
White Elementary, Mitzi Bond Elementary, St. Bassett Place — 6101 Gateway West.
Johnny Cage will be locked-up until the toy
Mark’s School and St. Clements Parish School. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
quota is reached.
Information: 503-0400 or bradenaboud.com. Something for everyone • Photos with Santa Claus offered through
• Hillside Elementary School’s Deaf-Education
Dec. 24. Special pet photos with Santa are
Black Tie Dance Party at the Murray – Holiday Light Parade entries — City of children will visit Santa Claus 8 to 10 a.m.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.
Mimbres Region Arts Council presents its 29th El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and Tuesday, Dec. 14, followed by a performance
Area schools, churches and civic groups will
gala fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 18, at the El Paso Employees Federal Credit Union seek of Hillside’s Singing and Signing Choir.
perform holiday entertainment throughout the
Murray Hotel, Broadway and Texas in Silver floats and other entries for the 13th annual
season at the Main Stage at Santa Centra. Christmas Village display — Hundreds of
City, N.M. Dress is formal attire. Ticket infor- Celebration of the Holiday Light Parade at 5:55
• US Marine Corps, Battery D, 2nd Battalion, figurines make up one of El Paso’s most elabo-
mation to be announced. Information: 1-888- p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in Downtown El Paso
14th Marines, 4th Marine Division will collect rate holiday displays, “Winter Wonderland,” on
758-7289 or mimbresarts.org. following the tree lighting. Parks and Recreation
toys for Toys for Tots in the area between Zales exhibit 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Dec. 1-Jan.
is looking for floats and other entries to partici-
Toys 4 Tats — Sun City/Monsterland Tattoos, and Victoria’s Secret through Dec. 20. 2, in the auditorium of the MacGuire
pate in this parade. All vehicles or persons
6930 Gateway East, will take donations of new • World AIDS Day Awareness Event honor Administration Building of the Lee and Beulah
walking the parade route must have decorative
unwrapped toys, canned food items and blan- those who died of AIDS or live with HIV is Moor Children’s Home, 1100 Cliff Dr. The
lighting on vehicles or on self. Entry deadline is
kets benefiting El Paso Rescue Mission 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in front of and in the lobby exhibit, donated by Dorothea Purvis, consists
7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29. Limited number of
to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 21-22. of Premiere Cinema.
spaces available, taken on a first come, first
Those donating items valued at $20 or more • The 2010 “Season of Safety” event is
Please see Page 14
receive a free tattoo from the “event selection”
or a free t-shirt. Information: 779-7282 or res-
cuemissionep.com.
Operation Santa Claus — For more than
52 years Op Santa has been collecting new and
used toys and bikes for the needy children of
the El Paso/Fort Bliss area. Toys and bicycles
may be dropped off at the Fort Bliss Op Santa
warehouse, Bldg. 1123, Monday through Friday
or at any El Paso Fire Station, 24 hours a day,
365 days a year. For a pickup, call 568-1010.
Donations to “Operation Santa Claus” can be
mailed to Op Santa, Inc. P.O. Box 16270, Fort
Bliss, TX 79906. All funds are for parts and
supplies and no funds are paid to any staff.
Information: 568-8904 or blissmwr.com.
2011 ‘Mighty Mujer’ Calendar —
Center Against Family Violence’s new calendar
featuring the growing female cycling
community in El Paso is now available. Featured
“mighty mujeres” include women from varied
backgrounds including a full-time student and
triathlete to artist and doctor. All proceeds
from sales benefit the center. To find out where
the calendar is available, contact the center
544-0341 or cafv.org.
The 2011 Mighty Mujeres are Crystal
Carbajal, Maritza Dominguez, Gabriela
Gallegos, Blanca Harp, Gretchen
McElroy, Deena Mustin, Shannon Osborne, Mia
Rifai, Grace Tarng, Valerie Topp, Hope Wright
and Michelle Zapanta.
Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department
and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting
new blankets to very young, elderly
and/infirmed in need through the winter
months. The purpose is to helps prevent cold
weather and carbon monoxide emergencies in
the El Paso area. Recommendations for those in
need of blankets are also being taken.
Information/donations: Ray Resendez, 849-4005
or ci.el-paso.tx.us/weather_task_force/.
Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1
Texas for assistance.
Blankets may be dropped off at all El Paso Fire
Department stations and the El Paso County
Sheriff’s offices throughout the cold weather
months. The task force only accepts new blan-
kets and monetary donations.
An Evening with the Stars – El Paso
Chapter, The Links Inc. hosts its 4th annual ele-
gant evening of dinner, dancing and awards rec-
ognizing the commitment of individuals who
have made a bright difference in our communi-

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or rgadelante.org.
December Roundup • The annual “Holigay Party” is 6:30 p.m.
Cont’d from Page 13 Sunday, Dec. 12. Call for details.
• A winter Queen Bowling League runs Dec.
of hundreds of festive figurines and continues
5-Feb. 20, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano,
to grow bigger every year. Admission is free,
hosted by Adelante’s Queer Keglers. Most
but donations are accepted. Information: 544-
games run 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. The league is
8777.
now sanctioned by the International Gay
Prenatal classes — Maternidad La Luz, Bowling Organization. Cost: $65 members; $80
1314 Magoffin, will host free prenatal classes non-members.
for the public in December. Both English and • The “City of Night” Book Club meets the
Spanish classes available, and January classes are first Monday of each month. The Dec. 6 is
also being planned. Information: 532-5895. “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham.
English classes (all 5 to 6 p.m.): • The organization hosts “Queer Cinema” the
• Wednesday, Dec. 1 — Breastfeeding 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of
• Wednesday, Dec. 8 — Postpartum care every month at Fellini Film Cafe, 220
• Tuesday, Dec. 14 — Prenatal yoga. Cincinnati. Screening is free with $7 food pur-
Spanish classes (1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays): chase.
• Dec. 4 — Breastfeeding RGA “OUTdoors” activities include hiking,
• Dec. 11 — Postpartum care camping and other active events. Call 929-9282
• Dec. 18 — Prenatal yoga. to RSVP.
• Nov. 27 — Tramway Trails
‘Holidazzle’ — Abundant Living Faith • Dec. 4 — NE Quarry Hike
Center’s popular annual women’s Christmas • Dec. 11 — Adobe Whale Migration (River
event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Walk)
the Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso. The • Jan. 2 — Lower and Upper Sunset Trail.
event includes a fashion show, a shopping fair
of more than 40 vendors, luncheon and door Walid Shoebot — The Israel-born activist
prizes. Event often sells out well in advance; will speak at Sun Valley Baptist Church, 9901
reservations encouraged. Tickets: $45. McCombs, Dec. 5-6. Shoebot will speak dur-
Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com. ing the 9:45 a.m. service Sunday, as well as at 5
This year’s fashion show features winter fash- p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday. The for-
ions from Ella Blu. The luncheon includes a mer Palestinian Liberation organization mem-
performance by “American Idol” contestant ber has written several books exposing anti-
Lacey Brown. Semitism in Islamic, Christian and secular
worlds. Admission is free. Information: 755-
Latinitas — The non-profit group for the 7232.
empowerment of Latina youth offers regular As a young man, Shoebot participated in acts
media-related workshops, exhibits, camps and of terror and violence against Israel, and was
more. Information: 239-5051, or latinitas- later imprisoned in Russian Compound. In
magazine.org. 1993, he studied the Bible in a challenge to
• Chica Power Fest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. convert his wife to Islam.
Saturday, Dec. 4, at the El Paso Public Library
Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon for girls in grades ‘Together for Autism’ conference —
6 to 8. Hands-on creative expression activities The annual Region 19 ESC training is 8:30 a.m.
include poetry, acting, photography, art and to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec 9-10, at
song. Admission is free; reservations encour- Head Start ESC-Region 19, 11670 Chito
aged. Samaniego. The conference is for educators,
• Writing workshops for teens are 3 to 4 p.m. therapists, administrators, parents and every-
Saturday, Dec. 11, at Judge Marquez Library. one who works with individuals with autism.
• Multimedia Art Classes for grades 4-8 is 1 to Cost: $125 for both days (early registration
3 p.m. are the second Saturday of each month encouraged, as conference sells out every
(Dec. 11) at Judge Marquez Public Library, 610 year). No on-site registration accepted.
N. Yarbrough. Information: Katherine Wellborn-Chacon, 780-
• Latinitas hosts a series of free weekly after- 5350. Online registration at esc19.net (event
school clubs where middle and high school girls #10517).
in grades 4-8th can gather to find creative ways Participants will receive the books “A 5 Could
to express themselves at various public library Make Me Lose Control” by Kari Dunn Buron
branches. Information/times: 239-5051, latini- and “No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies
taselpaso@yahoo.com or latinitasmagazine.org. for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control
Behavior” by Dr. Jed Baker.
Westside Dog Park groundbreaking — Thursday’s keynote session is mother and son
A groundbreaking for the Westside Dog Park Keri Bowers and Taylor Cross with “Transitions
to be built at Westside Community Park is 10 through the Lifespan” and will include a clip
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, inside the park at 7400 from their documentary, “Normal People Scare
High Ridge. The 3-acre park is scheduled to Me.”
open in Spring 2011. Information: Judy Weiss, Friday’s keynote speaker is retired educator
541-4259 or Ann Lilly, 541-4886. Kari Dunn Buron with “When My Autism Gets
Blessing of Nativities — Sacred Earth Too Big.” Buron has been working with stu-
Ministry of St. Pius X will host a blessing of dents with autism for more than 30 years.
nativity displays at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at St Discovery Seminar — Jewish Education El
Pius X Community Center, 1050 N. Clark. Paso (JEEP) hosts a two-park multimedia pres-
Anyone wishing to have a nativity blessed may entation Dec. 11-12, combining philosophy,
bring it to the center at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, psychology, history and computer science to
Dec. 4, or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, for explore intellectual arguments for the plausibili-
setup. Nativities will be on display all day ty of the Torah, scriptures that play an impor-
Sunday. Information: Mike, 757-9395. tant role in Judaism and other religions.
Rio Grande Adelante Inc. — The organi- Presented by Rabbi Tzvi Gluckin. Questions are
zation dedicated to serving all gay, lesbian, invited. Cost: $10 per part in advance; $15 at
bisexual, transgender and supportive people in the door. Information: 585-8895 or
the tri-state, binational border area, hosts sev- JEEPelpaso.org.
eral events each month. Participation is free,
unless listed otherwise. Information: 929-9282 Please see Page 15
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Post/Bookery, Licon Dairy and other shops.
December Roundup The shuttle will head to the Ysleta Mission,
Cont’d from Page 14 after a stop at the Tigua Cultural Center, time
permitting. The round-trip shuttle lasts about 4
Part I is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jewish
1/2 hours, and makes a morning and afternoon
Community Center, 405 Wallenberg, and Part 2
run. Reservations required. Cost: $5-$8.
is 9 a.m. Sunday, at the Lancer’s Club, 6006 N.
Information: 851-6012 or
Mesa (top floor).
MissionTrailExperience.com.
Chamizal Saturday Morning Crafts — La Buena Vida Tours — La Buena Vida
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Alpacas Ranch, 1090 Hwy 28 in La Union, hosts
Marcial, invites families to explore various
free tours 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and
world cultures through arts and crafts. at 10:30
Sundays. Visitors may see the animals, the
a.m. one Saturday each month. Each month is
workings of and alpaca ranch, and see items
based on different craft concept centered on
made of wool. Information: (575) 589-4323 or
cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is
labuenavidaalpacas.com.
limited. Reservations recommended.
Information/reservations: 532-7273 or Life Coaches needed — Community
nps.gov/cham. Solutions is seeking live coaches for citizens
The Dec. 18 craft is Japanese Mixuhiki gift returning to routine life after incarceration. Life
wrapping. coaches, both male and female, are needed to
assist with the re-entry challenges that so often
Mission Trail Experience Shuttle — The discourage and thwart many who genuinely
new shuttle service runs Tuesday through
wish to become productive members of our
Sunday. The shuttle picks up at seven major
community. Interested individuals may call
hotels, then travels down the Mission Trail to
Carolyn Esparza, 861-7733 or visit solutions-
the San Elizario Historic District and Chapel.
forelpaso.org.
The shuttle also visits the original site of the
Socorro Mission, before continuing to its cur- Mind Body Studio — 910 E. Redd Road (at
rent location. Additional stops may include the
El Paso Connection, Mission Trail Trading
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Anyone entering Fort Bliss must obtain a gate
December Roundup pass. Driver’s license, car insurance and regis-
Cont’d from Page 15 tration required. Gate hours are 7:30 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for Jeb Stuart
Westwind). Hot Yoga, Power and Vinyasa Yoga
entrance and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
and Pilates classes offered seven days a week.
Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekends for
Information: 585-6362 or mindbodystudio.com.
Sheridan Gate.
Zumba classes are 9 a.m. Mondays and
Saturdays, 7:40 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:15 p.m. Holiday Open House — The Fort Bliss
Wednesdays and 10 a.m. and 7:40 p.m. OCSA will host a holiday open house 9 a.m. to
Thursdays. Zumba is a dance fitness class that 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
incorporates Latin and international music and Dec. 3-4, at its gift shop “A Little Bit of Bliss,”
dance movements, 2011 Sheridan Road on Fort Bliss (near the
Prenatal Yoga Classes taught by a certified Cassidy gate), featuring hot cider, door prizes,
instructor now are offered at 5 p.m. on vintage items, Americana, dolls, bears, wood
Mondays and Thursdays. Register by phone. crafts, coin and flag holders, yard art and a
Iron Yoga classes are 10 a.m. Fridays. year-round Christmas Corner. The public is
invited. Information: 562-SHOP (7467) or fboc-
PainHELP Support Group — The group sa.com.
for anyone experiencing pain, family and friends
meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ Holiday Festival
every month at 1035 Belvidere, Ste 170. — Team Bliss’s holiday festival is 5:30 to 8:30
Services provided by American Pain Foundation p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park
State Pain Advocates. Participation is free. with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, food and
Information: 383-3297 or painfoundation.org. drink vendors, “train” rides around the park,
movies on the big screen, a live holiday play
and balloon animals. Crafts and games also
Fort Bliss offered as fundraisers for various family readi-
ness groups. No pets, glass containers or cool-
ers allowed in park. Information: 588-8247.
Donations of new or gently used toys taken
on-site for Operation Santa Claus, and alu-
minum can donations taken.
Holiday entertaining class — Fort Bliss
Centennial Club hosts a holiday entertaining
class with Chef Steve 10 a.m. to noon Saturday,
Dec. 4. Learn to assemble gingerbread orna-
ments to hang on a Christmas tree and mix the
perfect holiday eggnog. Cost: $10 per person;
space limited to first 25 participants.
Information: 562-5969.
Army vs. Navy game broadcast — Pre-
game festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec.
11, at the Fort Bliss Centennial Pub and Patio,
with complementary food and beverages dur-
ing the game. Admission is free. Information:
744-8427.
The Army-Navy Game (U.S. Military
Academy’s Black Knights vs. the Midshipmen of
the U.S. Naval Academy) is generally played on
the last weekend of the college football regular
season.
Comedy Show — Fort Bliss MWR hosts a
free comedy show at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11,
at Fort Bliss’s Soto Gym, featuring Spencer
James, Roy Wood Jr. and Jen Kober.
Information: MWR Special Events, 568-2074.
12 Days of Christmas half marathon —
Fort Bliss MWR hosts a half-marathon self-
paced run. Participants may register beginning
Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Soto Physical Fitness
and pick up a worksheet. All ages must com-
plete a total of 10 miles in any daily distance
before Dec. 12. The final 3.1 mile race begins
at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Information: 744-
5778. Worksheets may be downloaded at
blissmwr.com/gyms.
Survivor Outreach Services — The sup-
port group for survivors of fallen soldiers hosts
a holiday family party 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
14, at Building 2494 Ricker Road on post
(Army Community Service Building).
Information: 568-1132 or blissmwr.com.sos.
Fort Bliss Christmas Brunch — Fort
Bliss will host its annual Christmas brunch 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the
Centennial Club with a variety of lunch choices.
Cost: $15.95 (half price for children 7-11, free
for children 6 and younger). Cost: $15.95, half

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December Roundup Westside Welcome Club — The group is
open to both newcomers and long-time resi-
Cont’d from Page 16 dents. The club’s monthly free newcomers’
' $ " (( ( %' *")( $ " ' $ price ages 6 to 11; children under six free.
coffee is 10 a.m. Friday,
Dec. 3, at 6214 Franklin Dove. Information:
&' $ ( # () ' " (( ( $, ! % $* '- ) Reservations required. Information/reserva-
219-9596, 581-2314, westsidewelcomeclub.com.
tions: 744-8427 or 562-5969.
'%# $$ ' )% + $ ()* $)( The holiday luncheon is 11:15 a.m.
" (( ( , !( %' *")( , "" " Soldier sponsor training — Those inter- Wednesday, Dec. 8, at El Paso Country Club,
$ () " (% $ () " (% ested in becoming a mentor for inbound sol- featuring entertainment by musician Julio Ortiz.
" (( ( %' " ' $ , "" " $ () " (% diers and their families may attend monthly Cost: $19. Reservations (by Dec. 3): 740-9725.
training sessions at 6 a.m. the last Thursday of The club will host a Holiday Party Friday,
%() % %*' ) '( ' ' $ $ ) + (
the month (Dec. 30) at the Army Community Dec. 10, at El Paso Club, 18th floor of Chase
%' $ % ' # ) % $ & " ( "" ' () $ %' *
Service ballroom on Fort Bliss. Information: Building, 201 East Main. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
568-1132 or joseph.hess1@us.army.mil. with a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment
provided by Jack Welch and Shadow.
‘Attire for Hire’ business suit drive —
Reservation deadline is Dec. 1. Cost: $30 per
The Employment Readiness Program, in collab-
person. Information/reservations: 581-3616.
oration with Workforce Solutions Upper Rio
Grande, seeks nearly-new business suits to help L’Alliance Française d’El Paso —
military family members gain employment. Information: 585-1789, 845-6535 or afofelpa-
Being taken are pant and skirt suits for women so.com. The Christmas dinner is 6:30 p.m.
and business coats and suits for men or other Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Marriott, 1600 Airway.
professional business attire. Shirts and ties for Information: Maud, 833-8705.
men also accepted. Items can be dropped off at The spring session of French classes for chil-
Army Community Service (Employment dren and adults begins the week of Jan. 17,
Readiness Program), Bldg. 2494, Ricker Road 2011. Information: Christine, 566-8042 or
on Fort Bliss. Information: 569-5873. Maud, 833-8705.
Coffee House Night — Fort Bliss’s new Singles in the Son - The group develops
Milam Youth Activity Center, 10960 Haan friendships between Christian singles from 25
Road, hosts free open mic music sessions the to 45 years old. All denominations are wel-
last Friday of every month, with hot chocolate, come and there are no costs for membership.
tea and coffee drinks and snacks. Event open to Information: Andy, 471-1997 or
all Fort Bliss community members of all ages. SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com.
Information: Susan Goss, 588-2858. • Saturday, Dec. 4 — Dinner and Hockey
• Saturday, Dec. 11 — Christmas party
Fort Bliss New Year’s — Fort Bliss will
• Friday, Dec. 17 — Dinner and a movie.
host the following New Year’s celebrations to
ring in 2011: Woodworkers Club of El Paso — The
• Fort Bliss New Year’s Eve Gala — The club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
Centennial Club at Fort Bliss will host its annu- Dec. 7, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building),
al New Year’s Eve party at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. featuring woodworking demonstrations, and a
31. Information/reservations: 744-8427. show-and-tell segment for items created by
• The base’s Desert Strike Lanes will host members. Information: 760-6536 or 564-5915.
New Year’s celebrations beginning at 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 31. Information: 568-6272.
Discover El Paso — The monthly luncheon
and annual Christmas party is noon Tuesday,
Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — Rifle and Dec. 14, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2201
pistol shooting competitions are held almost Trawood, with holiday treats, door prizes and
every weekend at the Fort Bliss Rod & Gun entertainment. Reservations required: 584-
Club — visitors can watch for free, food avail- 3126 or 584-3858.
able at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there:
Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right.
El Paso Christian Women’s Connection
Information: 568-2983.
— The group hosts its “A Joyful Christmas”
luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
Fort Bliss Sun Bowl Brunch — The 14, at El Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway,
annual Sun Bowl Brunch is 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. with an inspirational mini-drama “Mary and
31, in at Fort Bliss’s Pace Hall. Cost: $11.95, Joseph” and a presentation about Christ Child
$6.95 age 7-11, free for ages 6 and younger). Society with Linda Wancho. Reservation dead-
Shuttle to the game follows brunch. line is Dec. 9. Cost: $13: 598-0811.
Reservations required. Information/reserva-
tions: 744-8427 or 562-5969.
Military Order of the World Wars —
The El Paso Chapter the Military Order of the
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5051, Pershing World Wars will hold its monthly luncheon at
and Pleasanton Roads. The Old West days of 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Wydham
are relived through replicas of the original Airport Hotel. Program includes a Christmas
adobe fort buildings and military artifacts. Sing-along. Information: 755-4038.
Admission: free. Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Information: 568-3137.
Club news
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December Roundup Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305
Yaya Road, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta
Cont’d from Page 18 Mission. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday
through Sunday. The center features a museum
Area attractions on the Tigua tribe. Admission is free.
San Elizario Historic District — The dis- Information: 859-7700 or ysletadelsur.org.
trict at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Native American Dances are performed 11:30
Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every weekend.
artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center,
Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales and family-operated gift shops, feature jewelry,
Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most loca- pottery and other crafts.
tions open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only pub-
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and licly accessible mountain tramway gives passen-
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, gers a view of 7,000 square miles, two coun-
594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com. tries and three states from Ranger Peak, eleva-
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of tion 5,632 feet. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for
the 17 historical sites district also offered, children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop
including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail one hour before closing. Hours of operation
(where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876) are noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and
and more. Free guides available at all galleries Sundays, and noon to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays
and museum. and holidays. The tram is closed Tuesdays and
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — Wednesdays. Information: 566-6622.
The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and
and video-machine versions of poker, keno and turn toward the mountain.
other games. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest
Sunday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. winery is just across the state line from El Paso,
Friday and Saturday. Lounge is open, with live at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of
entertainment and dancing, until 2 a.m. week- Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
ends. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. every- lavinawinery.com.
day. General admission and parking are free. The tasting room and patio are open for sales
Information: (575) 874-5200. and tasting of wines from 12 to 5 p.m.
T he 2010-2011 live horse racing season runs Thursday through Tuesday (closed
Dec. 10-April 19. Race days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. First post is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the
12:25 p.m. each race day. General admission is $10 fee includes tasting.
free to the track and casino. First post time is
12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating is $7. Information: Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in
(575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tast-
To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from ings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.
I-10, go south and follow the signs. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.

tamales, empanadas, bizcochitos and capirota-


Navidad en la Frontera da (Mexican bread pudding) is served. The
From the smell of sweet tamales and pinon evening ends with the attending of a peaceful
firewood and the soft glow of luminarias, the midnight mass, known as “La Misa Del
festive posada processions, the border area Gallo” (Rooster’s Mass).
does the holiday season like nowhere else. The Poinsettia, a native plant of Mexico, if
Here are some of the things that define El often called “Flor de la Noche Buena” or
Paso’s traditional Christmas celebrations: Flower of the Holy Night.
• Luminarias — Luminaria is the most com- • El Dia de Los Reyes Magos — Epiphany is
monly used name for a homemade lantern the traditional end of the Christmas season
made of a brown paper bag and candle. The (Jan. 6), and a time of gift giving time. This
simple glowing lights, also referred to as day celebrates when the Wise Men “Los
“farolitos” (little lanterns), are a common site Reyos Magos” came bearing gifts for the
on walkways, rooftops and curbsides through- Christ child. Also part of this day are King’s
out the Christmas season. cakes, a ring-shaped coffee cake type of
• Posada — Spanish for “inn,” a posada is a dessert with a small toy baby baked into it.
processional reenacting Mary and Joseph’s The person finding the baby in the piece is
search for shelter in Bethlehem. During a the one who will host the next party, either
posada, groups usually travel to three sites next year’s celebration or the upcoming
(often private homes) and singing carols “vil- Candlemass celebration Feb. 2.
lancicos” and praying. After being “turned
away” at the first two locations, they find • Traditional foods — Most people are
shelter at the third, where a celebration with familiar with tamales, bizochitos (sugar cook-
food, music and often a piñata awaits. These ies with anise seasoning) and empanadas
are done by some churches nightly for nine (small fruit or meat-filled pies). Here are
evenings (novena) through Christmas Eve. more regional treats.
• Pastorela — The Shepherd’s Play or “Los • Posole — a hominy or corn-based stew in a
Pastores” is a religious folk drama celebrating pork or chicken broth base spiced with green
the time the shepherds find their way to the or red chile. Popular in northern New Mexico.
stable where the Christ Child is born. • Capirotada — Mexican bread pudding. The
• Our Lady of Guadalupe — The reported name means “a little bit of everything,” and it
appearance of a mestizo Virgin Mary near can include anything from brown sugar,
Mexico City in 1531 is not actually associated raisins, chopped nuts and vanilla to shredded
with Christmas, but her Feast Day of Dec. 12 cheese. A traditional Lenten dessert also pop-
often starts Christmas celebrations for many ular at Christmas.
with parades, festivals, special masses and • Menudo – A stew made of tripe (stomach
candlelit processionals. lining or cow), posole and other ingredients.
• La Noche Buena — “The Holy Night,” is Popular Christmas morning breakfast treat as
what Christmas Eve is referred to in Mexico. well as weekends year round.
Noche Buena is a time for family get-togeth- • Champurrado — Mexican hot chocolate. A
ers, and the celebration of the birth of Christ. rich, chocolate drink seasoned with cinnamon
Often a small gift or treat is given to the chil- and beaten with a rotary beater (molinillo)
dren, and traditional holiday foods such as until frothy.

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Bach Cello Suites – Renowned cellist Zuill ‘Navidad de Las Luminarias’- The Chapel
Bailey will perform the complete suites of at Loretto Academy, 1400 Hardaway at
Johann Sebastian Bach in a special fundraising Trowbridge, provides the elegant English cathe-
performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 in the dral setting for the Bruce Nehring Consort’s
Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre annual holiday concerts Dec. 3-5, with the
Annex, hosted by El Paso Pro-Musica. Bailey’s Consort Singers, organist Lester Ackerman and
CD of the suites reached Number One on the Quintessential Brass. Bruce Nehring con-
UTEP Department of Music — UTEP ID). Billboard’s Classical charts this year. Tickets: ducts. The program of sacred Christmas music
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts • UTEP Percussion Studio — Monday, Dec. 6. $100; includes champagne reception at Cafe ranges from Renaissance to contemporary,
Recital Hall, unless listed otherwise. Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children, UTEP ID) Central following the performance. including international carol and melodies.
Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/music. • Song Slam — Thursday, Dec. 9. See separate Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org. Performances are 7:45 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8
• UTEP Wind Symphony — Tuesday Nov. 30. listing below. p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
UTEP Holiday Concert — The UTEP Tickets: $15. Discounts are available with
Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children, UTEP ID).
Aaron Lewis — The Las Cruces native per- Choirs present their holiday season concert at
• Holiday Concert — Thursday, Dec. 2. advance purchase only: $10 senior/military; $5
forms at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Fox Fine Arts
Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children, UTEP ID). students. Information: 534-7664.
Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Recital Hall, featuring selections by Jacob Handl
• UTEP Flute Studio — Friday, Dec. 3. Las Cruces. Lewis will perform compositions and J.S. Bach as well as by new composers such Coronado String-a-thon — The
Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children, UTEP ID).
from his “Gemini” and “Space Travel” albums as as John Tavener and Javier Busto. There will Coronado High School Orchestra’s annual
• John Siqueiros, guitar — Saturday, Dec. 4.
well as premiering pieces from his upcoming also be “lighter” holiday selections including fundraising event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
Faculty Recital Series. Professor Siqueiros will
album “Zodiac Strings.” First 10 people through “Various Themes of Fa-La-La” and “Deck the Dec. 4, at the Lee Ross Capshaw Fine Arts
perform works for solo classical guitar by J.S.
the door receive a free CD of Lewis’ music. Halls in 7/8.” General admission: $5; tickets Building Auditorium at Coronado High School
Bach, UTEP resident composer Dominic
Admission: $10 ($7 students). available in advance at the University Ticket (on Cloudview). The orchestra will perform
Dousa, Agustine Barrios and Cuban composer
Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223. office or at the door. Information: 747-5606. holiday, classical and popular music throughout
Leo Brouwer. Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children,
the day. Guest performances include the
Morehead Middle School Orchestra at 11 a.m.
Lincoln Middle School Orchestra at 2 p.m. and
Coronado Cello Choir with Ida Steadman at 4
p.m. Admission is free, but donations are
sought to benefit the orchestra. Information:
834-2460 or coronadoptsa.org.
LCSO with La Catrina Quartet - Las
Cruces Symphony Orchestra hosts the guest
string quartet Dec. 4-5 at NMSU’s Atkinson
Music Recital Hall, featuring Louis Spohr’s
Concerto for String Orchestra, Op. 131. The
Symphony, directed by Lonnie Klein, will also
perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (Eroica),
and Handel’s Suite from “Water Music.”
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m.
Sunday. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: (575)
646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
A luncheon with Maestro Klein is 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 2, at Ramada Palms Hotel
Conference Center. Cost: $16.
A Friday at the Symphony dress rehearsal is at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Tickets are $15 ($5
students with ID).
NMSU choirs — NMSU Campus and
Gospel Choirs, under the direction of Bobbie
Green and Diane Schutz respectively, perform
their holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 4, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 2111 N.
Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Ticket
information: (575) 646-2067.
‘The Gift of Christmas’ choir concerts
— The musical holiday celebrations, presented
by the El Paso Choral Society returns to the
Union Depot, 700 San Francisco, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4-5, fea-
turing the Prentice Loftin Chamber Choir and
El Paso Brass. Tickets: $15 ($10
military/seniors; $5 students) Available at the
door or ate 479-0156. Information: 833-0263
or elpasoconservatory.org.
Pre-concert music begins 15 minutes before
the show with harpist Vanessa Gong and flutist
Melissa Colgin-Abeln.
Wind Soloists of New York — Las
Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the
celebration of wind instrumentals at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 6, at the Rio Grande Theatre.
Ticket information: (575) 521-4051.
Song Slam - The Music Theatre Company
presents an eclectic mix of songs 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 9, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall,
hosted by the UTEP Department of Music. The
company, directed by Lauren Flanigan and Elisa
Wilson, will perform a culmination of the
semester’s study, staged innovatively according

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Paso Brass, one of the longest continually-per- Previous winners not eligible. Application/infor-
Program Notes forming brass quintets in America, is composed mation: 525-8978 epsyos.org.
801. N. Mesa. This month’s recital is Dec 18.
Call for performance time: 833-0263 or elpaso-
Cont’d from Page 20 of key members of El Paso Symphony Grand Prize winner will perform with the El conservatory.org.
Orchestra. Proceeds benefit KRWG-FM. Ticket Paso Symphony Orchestra March 27 at the
to the Viewpoints Acting Method. Tickets: $3-
information: (575) 646-2222 or krwgfm.org. Plaza Theatre. One EPSYOs Division winner
2011 Young Musicians Competitions —
$5 (free for children, UTEP students, faculty El Paso Summer Music Festival 2011 seeks clas-
will perform with one of the EPSYOs orches-
and staff. Information: 747-5606 or EPSYOs Concerto Competition — El tras at the 2010-2011 Final Concert May 15,
sical musicians age 8 to 19 in all instruments
utep.edu/music. Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras hosts its and voice for its Young Musicians Competitions.
2011 or another predetermined concert.
annual concerto competition Saturday, Dec. Deadline to enter is Jan. 10, 2011. Six finalists
Franklin High Guitar Concert — The 18. The competition is open to all musicians Third Saturday Recital Series — El Paso will be chosen and winner receives $2,000 as
annual winter concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.
from grade 2 to undergraduate college who live Conservatory of Music hosts free recitals show- well as the opportunity to perform in the
10, at the Franklin High School Fine Arts
in the El Paso region (within 60 miles of El casing their students’ and/or faculty’s music Festival. Applications available online at
Theater, 900 N. Resler. Led by instructor Stefan
Paso). Performers must be a EPSYOs member, skills the third Saturday of each month in the epsmf.org. Information: 449-0619.
Schyga, one of El Paso’s best-known guitarists,
or be enrolled in their school music program. parlor at Trinity-First United Methodist Church,
Franklin guitar students perform a variety of
music styles. Proceeds benefit the guitar pro-
gram and its students. Admission: $5.
Information: 832-6600 or franklinguitar.com.
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No Strings Theatre Company present “Why
The Bells Rang,” sponsored by Mesilla Valley
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‘Believe’ — Mesilla Valley Chorale performs
its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 12, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The theme this
year is based on the popular song from “The
Polar Express.” Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10; proceeds benefit the theatre.
Information: (575) 647-2560.
Byron Stripling and NMSU Jazz Band
— Trumpet player and vocalist Byron Stripling
joins NMSU’s Jazz Ensemble in a musical trib-
ute to Louis Armstrong at 7:30 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 12, to kick off the Branigan Cultural
Center’s exhibit “Jam Session.” Ticket informa-
tion: (575) 541-2155 or LCJazz.org.
‘The Message of the Holly’ — El Paso
Youth Choir will host a holiday concert at 2
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church, 1000 Montana. Admission is free; free-
will offering taken. Information: 422-8793.
El Paso Youth Choir at St. Paul’s offers weekly
free training from September through May for
youth singers, ages 6-18.
El Paso Brass — The ensemble performs at
7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Rio Grande
Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. El

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Big Band Dance Club — The club spon- and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $21.50 and
sors dances at Las Cruces Country Club, 2700 $23.50; includes service charge (Ticketmaster)
N. Main, Las Cruces. Age 21 and older wel- Information: Pan Am Center ticket office, (575)
come. Dress code enforced; refreshments 646-1420 or Michelle’s Dance Academy, (575)
served. Information: (575) 526-6504, 522-1438 527-1893.
or bigbanddanceclub.org.
‘Nutcracker’ — El Paso Youth Ballet’s 2nd
Ballroom, swing and Latin dances are 8 to 10
annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic bal-
p.m. Thursdays with beginners dance lessons
let is Dec. 17-19, at UTEP’s Magoffin
with John Giusto at 7 p.m. Cost: $7 members;
Auditorium, featuring the choreography of
$9 non-members.
Erick Campos from the Compañia Nacional de
• Dec. 2 and 16 — High Society Orchestra
Danza in Mexico City and local dancers in lead-
• Dec. 9 and 23 — Sophisticate Swing
ing roles, along with around 60 youth and 20
Combo
adult local and guest dancers and all-new sets
• Dec. 30 — Country Western Holiday Dance
and costumes. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday
with music by Jim Corrons. Refreshments
and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets:
served.
$15, $20 and $25, plus service charge; available
The Argentine Tango Group’s dances are 7 to
at UTEP Ticket Center, 2901 N. Mesa or 747-
9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Lesson included with
5234. Information: Martha Katz, 252-5601 or
admission at 7 p.m. Beginners, single and cou-
elpasoconservatoryofdance.com.
ples over 21 welcome. Dress code enforced.
Cost: $10 ($8 members; $5 students). ‘Desert Winter Wonderland’ — The
Information: (575) 642-1699 or Desert Dancer Chapter of the United States
musbegin@comcast.net. Amateur Ballroom Dancers’ Association hosts a
gala winter dance 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
Contra Dancing — The Southern New 18, at Union Depot Plaza, 700 San Francisco in
Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly
Downtown El Paso. The event includes ama-
contra dance is 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3,
teur, instructor and professional shows, general
at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de
dancing to a live band and optional dinner.
Santiago, Mesilla. Guest band is The Muletones
Tickets: $50 ($35 USA Dance members). Non-
and caller is Lonnie Ludeman. Dance lessons
dinner tickets are $15. Deadline to purchase
start at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5 ($4 age 17 and
dinner tickets is Dec. 10.
younger). Information: (575) 522-1691 or snm-
Reservations/information: Diana, 549-6101,
mds.org.
Michelle, 615-9348 or DesertDanceusa.com.
Danzas Españolas — The dance troupe, Holiday Celebration of Tchaikovsky —
directed by Nina Gomez, performs a dinner
The Ballet Centre School of Classical Dance,
show “Noche Flamenco” Saturday, Dec. 4, at
directed by David Alejandro Duran, presents its
La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana. Doors open at
celebration of Tchaikovsky through dance at 8
6 p.m., dinner served at 6:45 p.m., show at 8
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at El Paso High School
p.m. Seating limited; reservations required.
Auditorium, 800 E. Schuster. More than 15
Tickets: $32 for dinner and show. Information:
intermediate and advance level students will
533-8890 or latierracafe.com.
perform excerpts from “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping
FlamencoFest! — Barbara “La Flamencista” Beauty” and “The Nutcracker,” featuring both
of Tucson hosts a flamenco performance with traditional and original choreography.
Marta on castanets and Admission is free. Information: 544-4348 or
special guests 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the balletcentre.us.
Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard in Silver City,
Winter dance recital — Imagine Dance
N.M. A Flamenco/Gypsy Art Show is part of
Academy will host its 5th winter recital 6 p.m.
the celebration, and non-alcoholic sangria will
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18-19, at the
be served. Admission: $10. Information: (575)
Scottish Rite Temple Theatre, 301 W. Missouri,
534-9005 or silcotheater.com.
featuring dancers age 3 to adult performing bal-
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts let, hip-hop, belly dancing, pre-ballet, Hawaiian,
— 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Tahitian and jazz. Admission: $5 in advance (at
Performances at 7:30 p.m. unless listed other- the studio, 11440 Montwood), $10 at the door.
wise. Ticket information: (575) 437-2202 or Information: 855-0014 or imaginedanceacade-
flickingercenter.com. my.com.
• Classical pianist Dan Franklin Smith performs
Belly dance classes — Kareesha Willow,
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets: $6-$25.
who has more than 10 years’ teaching experi-
• Christmas Benefit Concert for the
ence, hosts belly dance classes for all levels 7 to
Opportunity Center with the Flying J Wranglers
8 p.m. Tuesdays at El Paso Conservatory of
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The Wranglers,
Dance, 4400 N. Mesa. Monthly and drop-in
who perform throughout the summer at the
rates available. Information: 585-6825 or karee-
Flying J Ranch Chuckwagon, are comprised of
shawillow@yahoo.com.
National Champion Yodeler Cindy Hobbs,
James Hobbs, Randy Jones, Roy Black and Zumba class — The Mind Body Studio, 910
Corinna Ripple. Tickets to be announced. E. Redd Road, Suite H, hosts the hour-long
• The Academy of Ballet presents “How the dance fitness class 9 a.m. Mondays, 5 p.m.
Grinch Stole Christmas” 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 Mondays and Wednesdays and 7:40 p.m.
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 and 19. Tickets: $10. Tuesdays and Thursdays, that incorporates
Latin and international music and dance move-
‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Las ments, which creates an easy dynamic and
Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 28th annual produc-
effective fitness system in a non-intimidating,
tion of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic featuring
party-like atmosphere. Suitable for all levels.
more than 70 dancers of all ages is Dec. 16-19
Bring athletic shoes, water and small towel.
at the NMSU Atkinson (Music Center) Music
Cost: $8 per class; monthly fees available.
Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe and Espina.
Information: 585-6362.
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ — Broadway El • Dec. 11 — Applejack band (folk)
Paso opens its season with Disney’s magical • Jan. 8 — Hamsa (American tribal belly
family musical 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 at dance).
The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $37.25, $64.75 and
Upright Citizens Brigade — The touring
$74.75. (Ticketmaster)
company for the long-form improv comedy
Based on the Academy Award-winning ani-
troupe performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at
mated feature film, this smash hit Broadway
Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in
spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million
Las Cruces, presented by Doña Ana Arts
people worldwide. This classic musical love
Council. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15;
story is filled with unforgettable characters, lav-
available online at RioGrandeTheatre.com.
ish sets and costumes, and dazzling production
Information: (575) 523-6403.
numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the
Hand-picked from the best improv comedians
beloved title song.
in New York City and Los Angeles company,
Cirque du Soleil: ‘Alegría’ — The leg- the touring company consists of the “next
endary performance troupe will give eight per- wave” of comedy stars.
formances of its internationally acclaimed pro-
Handel’s ‘Messiah’ — The Foundation for
duction Dec. 1-5, at Don Haskins Center.
the Diocese of El Paso presents Handel’s mas-
“Alegría” is a Cirque du Soleil classic that has
terpiece and evening prayer for Advent for its
entertained more than 10 million people
2010 Catholic Legacy Fund event at 7 p.m.
worldwide since its world premiere in
Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 7 and 9, at St.
Montreal in 1994. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m.
Patrick Cathedral, The event will feature
Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
“Messiah,” performed by the El Paso
Friday and Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Conservatory of Music, and the evening prayer
Tickets: $35-$79 ($28-$64 children 12 and
by the Diocesan Choir. An opening reception
younger; $31.50-$67.50 military, seniors and
precedes the performances at 5:30 p.m.
students), plus service charges.
Tickets: $50. Information: 872-8412 or elpaso-
Premium Tickets: $95-99; $76-$80 children
diocesefoundation.org.
12 and younger; $98.50 military, seniors and
Tuesday’s event will also include “No Room at
students). (Ticketmaster) Information: cirque-
the Inn” opening reception and silent auction of
dusoleil.com/alegria.
Nativity scenes and Christmas wreaths.
“Alegría Spanish for “happiness, joy and jubila-
tion” features a cast of 55 performers showcas- Yo Gabba Gabba Live — DJ Lance Rock
ing acrobats and musicians from 17 countries. and the cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba” bring their
Acts include the synchro trapeze and aerial high “There’s A Party in My City” state-of-the-art
bars. production with music, singing, dancing and ani-
Cirque du Soleil began in 1984 with a group mation to El Paso at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at
of 20 street performers. Abraham Chavez Theatre. One dollar from
each ticket sold benefits the local Habitat for
Jeff Dunham — The comedian/ventriloquist
Humanity Chapter. Tickets on sale beginning
brings his all-new “Identity Crisis” Tour to the
June 4: $38.70-$41.26; under age one admitted
area at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at NMSU’s
free if sitting in parent’s lap (Ticketmaster)
Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Dunham’s
Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a
last appearance in 2009 was sold-out. Tickets:
headlining performance at The White House
$44.50, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster).
and a critically-acclaimed chart-topping album,
Information: (575) 646-1420.
the interactive experience offers audience
Dunham, returns with an all-new show and an
members of all ages the opportunity to witness
all-new character. Joining Achmed, Walter, José
their favorite characters come to life. Joining
Jalapeño, Peanut and Bubba J will be none
the characters on stage are Hop-Hop legend
other than Dunham’s latest creation, Diane. Jeff
Biz Markie to teach kids how to beat box with
and Diane played husband and “wife” in the
“Biz’s Beat of the Day.” Special guests will join
Steve Carrell/Paul Rudd comedy, “Dinner for
the party on stage for the Super Music Friends
Schmucks.”
Show and Dancey Dance segments.
Amanda Miguel y Diego Verdaguer — Yo Gabba Gabba! premiered in the U.S. on
The Argentine husband and wife music stars Nickelodeon in August 2007 and currently
dubbed Latin Americas “Sonny and Cher” per- ranks as one of the most popular children
form at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Abraham series on television. It infuses retro-style and
Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $27.50-$65, plus beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons
service charge. (Ticketmaster). through music and stars DJ Lance Rock (Lance
Married since the late ‘70s, the couple contin- Robertson) and a cast of colorful characters,
ues to lend support to each other’s million-sell- including Brobee, the little green one; Foofa,
ing recordings. Verdaguer has recorded the pink flower bubble; Muno, the red Cyclops;
hits like “Yo Pescador De Amor,” “Volvere,” Toodee, the blue cat-dragon; and Plex, the yel-
“El Secreto Callado,” “La Ladrona,””Coco low robot.
Loco”and “Venecia Sin Ti.” Miguel’s debut
Dave Koz ‘A Smooth Jazz Christmas’
album, “El Sonido” sold more than five million
— The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El
copies.
Paso favorite presents his 13th annual
La Tierra Dinner Shows — La Tierra Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9,
Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts various musical acts at the Plaza Theatre, with guests guitarist Brian
for its 2011 season. Doors open at 6 p.m., din- Bulbert, pianist Jonathan Butler and saxophonist
ner served at 6:45 p.m. and music begins at 8 Candy Dulfer. Tickets: $40-$100.
p.m. All shows on Saturday, unless otherwise (Ticketmaster). Past shows have sold out.
listed. Tickets: $32 for dinner and show. Koz, a multi-million-selling solo recording
Tickets available at the cafe; seating is limited. artist, four-time Grammy nominee and com-
Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com. poser, is considered one of the most expressive
• Dec. 4 — Danzas Españolas’ “Noche voices in contemporary music.
Flamenco.”
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Auditorium. Tickets: $39.15 and $46.80, includ-
Ticket Friday, Jan. 14, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at
the Plaza Theatre. Iglesias’ second one-hour ing service fee. Presented by Lola Productions.
Cont’d from Page 23 special and DVD “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy: Live Information: 747-5234.
from El Paso” premiered on Comedy Central For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith
in 2009 after being filmed in front of two sold- Black Mambazo have married the intricate
Duncan Tuck - Showtime! El Paso presents rhythms and harmonies of their native South
out crowds earlier that year. Tickets: $42.10,
the comic musician at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, at
includes service charge. (Ticketmaster) African musical traditions to the sounds and
Abraham Chavez Theatre. Using song parodies,
Iglesias’ high-octane show is a hilarious mix- sentiments of Christian gospel music.
funny voices and a lot of one-liners, Tuck
ture of storytelling, parodies, characters and Assembled in the early 1960s in Durban, South
carved out a career originally as a road comic.
sound effects that bring all his personal issues Africa, the group so dominated the nation’s
An accomplished musician, vocalist, comedian
to life. His clean, animated comedy style has singing events that they eventually were banned
and composer, he performs with his 12-string
earned national crossover appeal. from competition, although continued to par-
flamenco guitars and back-up band. El Paso’s
ticipate as entertainers.
own comic/musical group Springfire will open Fishtank Ensemble - Mimbres Region Arts The group borrows heavily from a traditional
the concert. Tickets: $25 ($10 students with Council presents the eclectic gypsy jazz band
music called isicathamiya, which developed in
ID; ages 6-25). Information: 544-2022 or Saturday, Jan. 29 at WNMU’s Fine Arts Center
the mines of South Africa. Black Mambazo’s
ShowtimeElPaso.com. Theatre in Silver City, N.M. Tickets: $5-$20.
harmonies inspired some of the music on Paul
Information/showtime: (575) 538-2505, 1-888-
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Simon’s “Graceland” album, and Simon pro-
758-7289 or mimbresarts.org.
Moscow Ballet presents the 16th anniversary of duced their first U.S. release, Shaka Zulu,
this holiday classic at 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, ‘Lord of The Dance’ — Michael Flatley’s which won the Grammy Award in 1988,for
Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $26, international dance sensation is 7 p.m. Sunday, Best Traditional Folk Album. The group has
$36 and $86, plus service charge. Jan. 30, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. received a total of 15 Grammy nominations and
(Ticketmaster). Information: nutcracker.com. Tickets: $29, $45 and $55, plus service charge. three Grammy wins, including one in 2009. A
Featuring spectacular sets and beautifully cos- (Ticketmaster) Information: (575) 646-1420. film documentary titled “On Tip Toe: Gentle
tumed Russian dancers, Moscow Ballet’s Great The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore Steps to Freedom, the story of Ladysmith Black
Russian Nutcracker uses whimsical and imagi- as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges Mambazo,” was nominated for an Academy
native storytelling blended with world-class the ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Award.
choreography and dance. Dance. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite
Joe Bonamassa — The jazz guitarist per-
and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps
Slaid Cleaves - The Austin singer/songwriter forms at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at The
and turns of dancers’ bodies begins to build
performs Jan. 7 at Opera House in Pinos Altos, Plaza Theatre. Bonamassa’s latest CD
against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action
N.M. as part of the Mimbres Region Arts “Merchants and Thieves” features the single
is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of
Council’s Folk Series. Tickets: $5-$20. “This Ol’ World.” Tickets: $37-$67, plus serv-
precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful cos-
Information/showtime: (575) 538-2505, 1-888- ice charge; four-ticket package available
tumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting.
758-7289 or mimbresarts.org. (Ticketmaster).
Junior Mance Quintet - NMSU Cultural Bale Folclorico Da Bahia - Brazil’s only
Tango Buenos Aires - The Argentinean
Series presents the internationally acclaimed
tango dance troupe performs Sunday, Jan. 9, at professional folk dance company performs at 8
performer at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the
the UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at
Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets: $10-$15.
$58.60-$66.80, including service fee. UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Said to be the
Information: (575) 646-1420 or panam.nmsu.
(Ticketmaster). Presented by Lola Productions. most African part of Brazil, the state of Bahia is
Mance is a jazz pianist, composer, author of
Information: 747-5234. a place where otherwise long forgotten gods
“How To Play Blues Piano” and recording artist
Tango Buenos Aires was created in the mid- are still remembered. Balé Folclórico da Bahia
of 30 plus albums as a sideman. Before putting
1980s by renowned composer and tango direc- is a 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians
together his own band, Mance toured with
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and Europe. Ladysmith Black Mambazo - The cele- Folclórico presents the region’s most important
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Gabriel Iglesias — The “fluffy” comedian
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guided tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and
Ticket Thursdays (except show dates). Information:
Cont’d from Page 24 (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or
spencertheater.com.
phy, joyous rhythms, and a feisty, flirtatious
• Lorrie Morgan — A special acoustic perform-
exuberance. Tickets are $47.85 including serv-
ance by the four-time Female Vocalist of the
ice charge (Ticketmaster).
Year is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. The gold and
George Strait and Reba McIntire — platinum singer’s hits include “Five Minutes,”
Two of country music’s biggest stars perform a “Something in Red,” “Watch Me,” and more.
triple bill with fellow country veteran Lee Ann Tickets: $66 and $69.
Womak Saturday, March 26, at NMSU’s Pan • “Plaid Tidings” — The hit Broadway musical
American Center. Details to be announced. “Forever Plaid” presents a nifty package of
(Ticketmaster). swingin’ holiday hits Friday and Saturday, Dec.
3-4. The foursome, who previously died en
‘Wicked’ — The Broadway blockbuster that route to record their first album, receive a
reveals the untold story of the Oz witches phone call from the heavenly Rosemary
comes to El Paso Feb. 1-12, 2012, at the Plaza Clooney letting them know the need for some
Theatre, based on the bestseller by Gregory old-fashioned holiday harmony. Showtime is 7
McGuire. Group tickets available to purchase in p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $56
spring of 2011. Reservations for groups of 20 and $59.
or more: 231-1111. Information: wickedthemu- • “The Nutcracker” — Ruidoso Dance
sical.com. Ensemble annual production of the Tchaikovsky
The musical directed by two-time Tony classic is 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. The
Award winner Joe Mantello is winner of 35 ensemble’s original adaptation of the Christmas
major awards, including a Grammy Award and ballet features student and professional dancer,
three Tony Awards. Long before Dorothy precision choreography and a colorful set.
drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Tickets: $28.
Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is • Flying J Christmas — Alto’s own western
smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is entertainers return for their holiday perform-
beautiful, ance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21. This group of
ambitious and very popular. “Wicked” tells the western swing yodelers, singers, fiddlers and
story of how these two unlikely friends grow to more perform timeless spirituals, cowboy
become the Wicked Witch of the West and Christmas tunes and Flying J originals. Tickets:
Glinda the Good. $26 and $29.
• “Oklahoma” — Rodgers and Hammerstein’s
Venues & series “Great American Musical” is 2 p.m. Sunday,
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center Jan. 2. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, two
— 122 S. Old Pueblo Road, hosts a series of Academy Awards, a Grammy and a special
free concerts from nationally known touring Tony, “Oklahoma” is the classic love story of a
acts. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information: handsome cowboy and winsome farm girl.
860-7777 or speaking-rock.com. Tickets: $66 and $69.
• 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 — Bret Michaels • “Lord of the Dance” — Michael Flatley’s
(formerly of Poison). popular celebration of Irish music and dance
• 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve has just been added to the winter season 7
concert with La Mafia. p.m. Monday, Jan. 31. Tickets: $79.
• 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1 — Brenton Wood
and Sunny Ozuna & The Sunliners. NM Tech Performing Arts Series —
Performances are 7:30 p.m. at New Mexico
Whiskey Dick’s — 580 George Dieter. Tech’s Macey Center, 801 Leroy Place, in
Showtime is 10 p.m.; early arrival recommend- Socorro, N.M. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seats
ed. Tickets available at (ticketbully.com). general admission. Information: (575) 835-5688
Information: 921-9900. or nmtpas.org.
• Reckless Kelly — The country rock band • State Street Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” —
performs Wednesday, Dec. 1. Tickets: $10, Wednesday, Dec. 8. Santa Barbara’s State
• Bart Crow Band — The southern rock band Street Ballet is known for combining the rigors
performs Friday, Jan. 14. Their latest CD is and timeless beauty of classical technique with
“Heartworn Tragedy” and hits include “Driftin’ an updated twist. Tickets: $20 ($18 seniors;
In The Wind” and “Understand.” Tickets: $10. $16 age 17 and younger).
Club 101 — 1148 Airway. Showtime is 9
p.m. for most performances. Advance tickets Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and
for most events available at Club 101, All That Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older
Music, Psycha and online at ticketbully.com, admitted. (Ticketmaster) Information: 1-877-
unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-2101 277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
or club101.com. • George Thorogood and The Destroyers _
• Fear Factory — The metal band performs at The “Bad to the Bone” blues rock legend per-
6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, with special guests forms Thursday, Dec. 9. Tickets: $46.75-
Pinhead, Dead Silence and Divided Inside. All $106.75, includes service charges.
ages show. Tickets: $20. • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — The contempo-
A series of electronic music and/or interna- rary swing band best know for hits like “Big
tional deejays are 9 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $16 per and Bad” and “You and Me (and the Bottle
show. Makes Three)” performs Saturday, Dec. 11.
• Dec. 3 — Wolfgang Gartner (American elec- Tickets: $30-$60, plus service charge.
tro-house dj), with opening acts Blkmth and • The Marshall Tucker Band — The Southern
Whoocares. rock band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14.
• Dec. 10 — B & W minus Affair with Magda Tickets: $20-$60.
& Marc Houle (techno) • The Pointer Sisters — The pop and R&B leg-
• Dec. 17 — Robbie Rivera (progressive ends perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, featur-
house) ing original members Anita Pointer and Ruth
• Jan. 7 — Laidback Luke (Philipino dj). Pointer. Tickets: $25-$60.
• The Judds — Wynona and Naomi Judd’s
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts “The Last Encore Tour” is Wednesday, Feb.
— Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 16. Tickets: $25-$100, plus service charge.
miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Free public

December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 25


Wade Lashley — Desert Crossing Live Clair Winery and Bistro, 1800 Avenida de
presents the country/blues singer at 5 p.m. Mesilla in Mesilla. The group performs every-
Sunday, Nov. 28, at Ardovino’s Desert thing from Glenn Miller and Etta James to The
Crossing, One Ardovino Dr. in Sunland Park. Beatles, Eurythmics, Metallica and Sick Puppies.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653. Information: (575) 649-5135.

A Big Band Christmas Concert — Jazz Christmas Carol Sing-Off — Area high
Unlimited Big Band, with vocalist Judy Day, school singers square off in groups of to sing
hosts its 6th annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Christmas Carols and compete for prizes at 7
Sunday, Dec. 5, at St. Mark’s United Methodist p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at the Rio Grande
Church, 5005 Love Road. The event will revisit Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces
the 1940s swing-era sounds, along with Downtown Mall, Presented by the Madhatters
jazz/pop tunes. Admission is free, donations Optimist Club of Las Cruces. Ticket informa-
welcome. Information: 637-4569. tion: (575) 496-2808.

Steve Smith and Chris Sanders — Las ‘Every Other Tuesday’ — Doña Ana Arts
Cruces mandolinist/guitarist Steve Smith and Council hosts a variety of musical performances
vocalist/guitarist Chris Sanders perform with 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at the
vocalist and bassist Anne Luna at 7:30 p.m. historic Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown
Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Black Box Theatre, Mall, Las Cruces. Admission is free.
430 Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Admission: Information: (575) 523-6403 or riograndethe-
$12 in advance; $15 at the door. Advance tick- atre.com.
ets available at Hubbard’s Music, Mountain • Nov. 30 - Johnny Swingo
Music and Enchanted Gardens in Las Cruces. • Dec. 14 - New Horizons Band and Trails
Information: (575) 523-1223. West Good Time Singers
Smith will also perform a solo show at 8 p.m. • Dec. 21 — “Holiday Inn” and “White
Thursday, Jan. 13, at High Desert Brewery, Christmas” film screenings.
1201 W. Hadley, in Las Cruces. Admission is • Dec. 28 - Creole Jazz Band.
free. Information: (575) 525-6752.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
Bob Burns and Mike Caranda Live music is offered 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays
Orchestra — The big-band style orchestra, and Saturdays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays in
named for the late bandleader Mike Caranda the Franklins Lounge. No performance Dec.
and led by Bob Burns will host its afternoon 24. No cover. Information: (575) 874-5200.
Tea Dance 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Disco with local DJs is 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Always and Forever Ballroom, 3333 Yarbrough, Sundays. Karaoke offered with Antonio B 8
Suite B, featuring Judy Day and Bob Burns on p.m. to midnight every Thursday. Weekly win-
vocals. The band has been presenting Sunday ners receive gift bag with prizes.
afternoon “Tea Dances” since 1984 and fea- Live classic rock is featured during “An
tures all ballroom styles, including tango, waltz, Evening With...” 7:30 to 10 p.m. every
jitterbug, swing, cha-cha, mambo, polka, rumba Wednesday. Call for lineup.
and more. Full bar and country club menu • Friday, Nov. 26 — Alex Martinez Band
available for dancers. Admission: $15. • Saturday, Nov. 27 — Asi
Information: 799-5684 or (575) 525-9333. • Sunday, Nov. 28 — Mariachi Flores
Mexicanas
‘Sounds of the Holidays’ — Holiday • Friday Dec. 3 — The Starliners
entertainment is offered 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. • Saturday Dec. 4 — Inolvidable
weekdays, Dec. 13-22, at San Jacinto Plaza in • Sunday Dec. 5 — Mariachi Los Galleros
Downtown El Paso. The annual event includes • Friday, Dec. 10 — Last Minute
various school and community choirs, local • Saturday, Dec. 11 — Little Mike and The
bands and ensembles performing Christmas Blue Kings
and seasonal music. Sponsored by the City of El • Sunday, Dec. 12 — Mariachi Los Toritos
Paso Parks and Recreation Department. • Friday, Dec. 17 — Rhapsody
Admission is free. Information: 252-9031 or • Saturday, Dec. 18 — Bosse
240-3310. • Sunday, Dec. 19 — Mariachi Raices de
• Monday, Dec. 13 — St. Clements Wildcat America
Praise Band • Saturday, Dec. 25 — Skarabajo
• Tuesday, Dec. 14 — Sun Ridge Middle • Sunday, Dec. 26 — Mariachi Flores
School Mexicanas
• Wednesday, Dec. 15 — Carta De Cristo • Friday, Dec. 31 — Special New Year’s Eve
Church Choir entertainment with Bosse at Signature
• Thursday, Dec. 16 — CBA Posada Showroom and Inolvidable at Franklins Lounge
• Friday, Dec. 17 — Jaime Hernandez • Saturday, Jan. 1 — Mystal
• Monday, Dec. 20 — Espinoza’s Academy • Sunday, Jan. 2 — Mariachi Femenil Las
• Tuesday, Dec. 21 — Kristen Moreno Caponeras
• Wednesday, Dec. 22 — Romie Rincon.
Zin Valle Free Music Sundays — Zin
62nd Army Band – The Fort Bliss 62nd Valle vineyard, 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4
Army Band performs a free concert at 7 p.m. mile north of FM 259), hosts free live music 1
Tuesday, Dec. 14, at UTEP’s Magoffin to 4 p.m. on selected Sundays. Guests may
Auditorium. The band will perform a variety of bring a picnic, and enjoy wine tastings.
music, including Spanish and American march Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
vocals, show-tunes and show-band piece. A • Nov. 28 and Dec. 19 — James Springer
guest conductor from UTEP will be featured. • Dec. 5 — Dan Lambert.
Admission is free; seating available on a first
come, first serve basis. Information: 568-4623. Padre’s Marfa — 209 W. El Paso Street in
Marfa, Texas. Performances begin at 8:30 p.m.
La Cella Bella — The rock/pop cello quartet
performs 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at St. Please see Page 27
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Information: 432-729-4425 or Christmas release “Christmasville” and other
padresmarfa.com. hits Friday, Dec. 3 with special guest Danny B.
Friday, Dec. 3 — Blues and soul artist Black Harvey. Tickets: $8.
• Soul Track Mind — The band’s first Far West Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan (Enter through The Marketplace)
Joe Lewis and The Honeybears. Tickets: $10.
Texas Tour is Saturday, Dec. 4, and includes
The Percolator — 217 N. Stanton (between music from their latest CD “Ghost of Soul.”
Texas and Mills). Information, cover charge: Tickets: $7.
351-4377 or myspace.com/thepercolator915. • Jerry Johnson Band — The Canadian
• Pacifico performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, blues/rock guitarist performs Saturday, Dec.
as part of its Acoustic Tour. 11. Tickets: $6.
• Royalty and Lusitania “Christmas Sweater • Max Staling Band — The Texas singer/song- Milk Soaps • Bee Bar Hand Lotion • Pouchee Purse Organizers • Swap Watches
Party” is Friday, Dec. 17. writer performs Saturday, Dec. 18, with spe-
• Tiffany Christopher performs 7 p.m. cial guests The Border Blasters. Tickets: $8.
Wednesday, Dec. 29. • The Damn Torpedoes — The Tom Petty and
Railroad Blues — 504 W. Holland, Alpine, the Heartbreakers tribute band performs dur-
Texas. Performances begin at 10 p.m., unless ing a special New Year’s Eve party Friday, Dec.
listed otherwise. Information: (432) 837-3103
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Information: (575) 523-6403.
Music Hand-picked from the best improv comedians
Cont’d from Page 27 in New York City and Los Angeles company,
the touring company consists of the “next
31. Party favors, balloon drop and champagne
wave” of comedy stars.
at midnight. Tickets: $15.
Sun City Comedy — The comedy group
Folk Fury — KTEP, 88.5 FM, features three hosts events at various venues. Information:
hours of acoustic and folk music — with an
281-OPEN-MIC, or suncitycomedy.com.
emphasis on recordings by local musicians and
• Stand-up Comedy show is 9:30 to 11 p.m.
occasional live appearances by them — from 7
every Sunday at the New Old Plantation, 301
to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Hosts are Dan Alloway
Ochoa. Cover: $3, ages 18 and older welcome,
and Gregg Carthy. Requests: 747-5153.
with ID. Information: 408-2511.
Border Chorders — The El Paso men’s • The Ultimate Comedy Challenge is 8:30 p.m.
barbershop and a cappella group rehearses at Saturday, Dec. 11, at Lean Mean Fitness, 7230
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at University Presbyterian Gateway East, Suite H, featuring Robert C, The
Church, 244 N. Resler. Director is Anthony Wolf, Alex Portillo and S3, with announcer Sam
Bartholomew. Singers in all male vocal ranges Butler and color commentator Sonny G.
welcome. Information: Ron Dettman, 203-2487 Cover: $5 (18 and older welcome; BYOB for
or borderchorders.org. 21 and older).
The Border Chorders are the El Paso chapter • Maverick’s Bar & Grill Comedy Open Mic
of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Contest is 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15,
6999 Montana. Participants can win cash prizes.
Sungold Chorus — The El Paso Sungold
Chorus of the Sweet Adelines, under the direc- ‘Keeping It Riehl’ Comedy Troupe —
tion of Lanny Desautels, rehearses at 7 p.m. The troupe, featuring some of the Southwest’s
Mondays at All Saints Church, 3500 McRae. All hottest amateur stand-up comics, performs at
ladies interested in making good friends and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Black Box Theatre,
good music are invited. Information: Jeanette, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. May
778-7503. contain adult language. Tickets: $10 ($9 sen-
The women’s chorus is dedicated to the per- iors, students and military with valid ID).
formance of four-part barbershop harmony, Information/reservations: Alan Riehl at (575)
musical education, and community involve- 312-8760 or alanriehl@hotmail.com.
ment.
El Paso Comic Strip — 1201 Airway.
Ricardo Valencia — The local guitarist per- Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday,
forms a variety of Latin music styles 7 to 9 p.m. 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
Wednesdays at El Parque Restaurant, 1327 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Military admitted free
George Dieter, Suite E. No cover charge for Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets: $6
performances. Information: 633-1717 or ricar- Wednesday through Thursday; $12 Friday and
dovalencia.net. Saturday, $8 Sunday, unless listed otherwise.
Reserved tickets at ticketweb.com.
Information/reservations: 779-LAFF (5233) or
laff2nite.com.
• Dec. 1-5: A.J. Jamal with Spencer & Cedric
Reed
• Dec. 8-12: TBA
Upright Citizens Brigade — The touring • Dec. 15-19: Ruperto Vanderpool, with Dave
company for the long-form improv comedy Graham
troupe performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at • Dec. 22-26: Closed
Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in • Dec. 29-31: Jason Andors with Samuel
Las Cruces, presented by Doña Ana Arts Comroe and Jorge Jimenez
Council. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15; • Dec. 31: New Year’s Party and Show. Special
available online at RioGrandeTheatre.com. prices.

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King of the Cage — The fighting event is 7 • 7:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 - Texas State
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Inn of the Mountain • 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 - New Mexico
Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. • 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 — East Carolina.
(near Ruidoso). One of the largest mixed mar-
NMSU Men’s Basketball — Home games
tial arts event series in the world, King of the
are 7 p.m. at the Pan American Center in Las
Cage features intense, no-holds-barred fighting
Cruces. Tickets: $7 general admission; $11-$57
competitions. Tickets: $71.75-$106.75. Age 21
reserved (Ticketmaster). Information: (575)
and older welcome. (Ticketmaster). college scholarships for participants. Tickets: $6 4100 Paisano. Tickets: $17.50-$22.50, plus 646-1447.
Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemoun- in advance; $8 at the gate (free for ages 6 and service charge. (Ticketmaster). • Tuesday, Nov. 30 — UTEP
taingods.com. younger). Information: 478-6904 or allstarfoot- • Monday, Dec. 13 — Arkansas-Pine Bluff
McDonald’s Fall Basketball Classic — ballclassic.com. Basketball • Thursday, Dec. 16 — Oklahoma Panhandle
The 3rd annual tournament for area and visiting Pre-game festivities include Senior JROTC State
Cadets presenting colors and recording artist
UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games
high school boys teams is Dec. 2-4 at various are at the Don Haskins Center. Game time is • Saturday, Dec. 18 — Pacific
high schools. Playoff games begin at 9 a.m. and native El Pasoan Tina Aldana singing “The • Tuesday, Dec. 21 — Louisiana
7:05 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $14-
Saturday at Eastwood High School, 2430 National Anthem” with the Socorro High • Thursday, Dec. 23 — Saint Mary’s
$50. Information: 747-5234, utepathletics.com.
McRae, with championship game at 3 p.m. School choir.
• Sunday, Dec. 12 — Arkansas-Pine Bluff NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home
Admission: $5 per day; $10 tournament pass. Halftime performance features an all-star
• Wednesday, Dec. 15 — Louisiana-Monroe games are 7 p.m. at the Pan Am Center in Las
Information: 496-8200, ext. 2114 or imbigon- marching band, flags, dance teams and cheer-
• Saturday, Dec. 18 — Texas Tech Cruces. Tickets: $8.75-$14, including service
sports.com. leaders along with participating bands from
• Monday, Dec. 20 — Stephen F. Austin charges. (Ticketmaster) Information: (575) 646-
Thursday’s games: Montwood, Eastwood, Ysleta, Irvin, Andress,
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2 — Sam Houston State. 1447.
• 1 p.m. Amarillo vs. Trent at Eastwood Austin, and Horizon High Schools.
UTEP Women’s Basketball — Home • Wednesday, Dec. 1 — UNM
• 2:45 p.m. — Eastwood vs. Bowie at Monster Truck Spectacular — The
games are in the Don Haskins Center. • Sunday, Dec. 5 — Cal State Northridge
Eastwood “Thunder Slam “ monster truck show is 7:30
Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com • Wednesday, Dec. 22 — Utah State
• 7:15 p.m. — Houston Humble vs. Andress at p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
• 7:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 - Cal State • Sunday, Jan. 2 — UTEP
Andress and Faith Christian Academy vs. Jan. 14-16, at the El Paso County Coliseum,
Amarillo at Faith Christian. Northridge
Please see Page 30
• 7:45 p.m. Dallas Lincoln vs. Eastwood at
Eastwood and Dallas Lancaster vs. Franklin at
Franklin.
Friday’s games:
• 10 a.m. Faith Christian vs. Lancaster (location
to be determined)
• 2:45 p.m. Dallas Lincoln vs. Andress at
Andress; Houston Humble vs. Bowie at Bowie
and Amarillo vs. Franklin at Franklin
• 7:45 p.m. Dallas Lincoln vs. Bowie at Bowie;
Houston Humble vs. Eastwood at Eastwood;
Lancaster vs. Andress at Andress and Trent vs.
Franklin at Franklin.
El Paso Rhinos — El Paso’s Junior League
ice hockey team takes on the Texas Junior
Brahmas Dec. 3-5 at the Sierra Providence
Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E.
Paisano. Game times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5
general admission; $10, $15 and $20 reserved.
Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhi-
nos.com.
‘Happy Holidays on Ice’ — Sun City
Blades figure skating team host a winter skating
spectacular 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at
Sierra Providence Event Center behind the
County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano, featuring fig-
ure skating from El Paso area skaters.
Admission: $5. Information: 757-0412 or elpa-
soicemonitor.com.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
The 2010-2011 live horse racing season runs
Dec. 10-April 19. Race days are Tuesdays,
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. First post is
12:25 p.m. each race day. General admission is
free to the track and casino. First post time is
12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating is $7. Information:
(575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com
Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday.
General admission and parking are free.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from
I-10, go south (left turn coming from
Downtown) and follow the signs.
Senior All-Star Football Classic — The
19th annual high school all-star football game is
at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at UTEP’s Sun
Bowl stadium. Pre-game festivities begin at
12:35 p.m. featuring cheerleaders, band, flags,
dance teams, choir, and JROTC cadets. The
game features 92 seniors from 33 public and
private high schools throughout El Paso County.
West Head Coach is Mike Jackson and East
Head Coach is Phil Hatch. All proceeds benefit

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time! Patty Van Tine, 915-667-0202 or mifly-
Sports nnsinn@peoplepc.com.
Cont’d from Page 29 • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 — Christmas
Lights Ride. Leave from Marwood Park on
River Bend Road for an easy 10-mile ride to
Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational — see the holiday lights around the Upper Valley,
The 49th holiday classic tournament, now
including the Willows and El Paso Country Club
named for the Texas Western/UTEP coaching
neighborhoods. Front and rear lights required;
legend, is Dec. 28-29 at UTEP’s Don Haskins
Christmas lights on the bike optional. Dinner
Center, UTEP. UTEP plays Western New
and beer/wine at Hello Pizza to follow.
Mexico at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Air Force at 7:30
Margaret O’Kelley, 588-3825, or Wyona Turner,
p.m. Wednesday. Sam Houston State and Air
204-4835.
Force play 9 p.m. Tuesday; Sam Houston State
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 —Gallegos to
and WNMU play 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The
Afton. Leave from Gallegos Park on Bosque
tournament is the nation’s oldest collegiate hol-
Road in Canutillo and take valley roads to Afton
iday basketball tournament.
(Pumphouse) Road. (Afton is a 10-mile road
Tickets for four-game, two-night package are
west of NM 28.) Brunch at La Union Station on
$40 (rows 1-34); $20 (rows 35-39, Sections Y,
the way back. Moderate 45 miles. Linda Price
Z and A and B, and UTEP students) Two-game,
433-4188, lpriceonlake@aol.com
one-night package (on sale day of event only)
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 — Winter Solstice
are $22 (rows 1-34) and $12 (rows 35-39).
Ride. Moderate 20-25 mile ride through Upper
Information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP
Valley, leaving from River Run Plaza, 1071
Ticket Center).
Country Club Road.
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26 — Leaderless ride
Bicycling leaving from River Run Plaza. Pace and distance
El Paso Bicycle Club - Club events are depend on riders.
open to the public; helmets required.
Atom Cyclist Bike Club — The club hosts
Information: elpasobicycleclub.com.
50-100-mile weekly rides every Saturday and
• 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26 - Leaderless ride.
Sunday from the Atom Cyclist Bike Shop, 1886
Meet at River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club.
Joe Battle, Suite 205 (next to Super Target), for
Attendees; attitudes and energy levels will
intermediate and advanced riders only.
determine route/speed.
Information, ride times: 225-0011.
• 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 - Ditch ride. Meet at
River Run for turkey-burning easy ride along
Recreational Sports
the ditches of the Upper Valley. Easy pace, 14
miles. Randy Limbird, 542-1422/328-4110. Greater El Paso Tennis Association —
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 - Sweet Potatoe Information: 532-5524, gepta@sbcglobal.net or
Frahs. Leave from Mesilla Municipal parking lot elpasotennis.org. Advance registration at tour-
on Hwy 28 to ride the back roads to Fort naments.usta.com, Call or visit website for
Selden at a moderate pace, 40 miles. Followed other tennis programs.
by the best sweet potato fries at High Desert • Americas High School Thanksgiving Junior
Brewery. Wyona Turner, 204-4835. Tennis Tournament is Nov. 26-28, at America’s
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 - Scenic Loop. High School, 12101 Pellicano.
Moderate-paced ride starts at Chamizal • El Paso Sun Bowl Juniors Tournament is Dec.
National Memorial parking lot, goes up Scenic, 15-19, at El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. Level
Alabama, Loop 375 and N. Loop. 40-45 miles. 6 open tournament. Registration deadline is
Jim Weaver, 775-9757. Dec. 12 (ID# 759405910). Information: Ed
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 — Little Diner Phinney, 532-4373 or tennisep@aol.com.
Breakfast Ride. Moderate ride leaving from
Turkey Bowl Shootout VII — El Paso Flag
Gallegos Park in Canutillo. Ride Valley roads to
Football’s annual 8-man indoor adult football
La Mesa, return via I-10 frontage rollers. Eat
event is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, at
afterwards at Little Diner in Canutillo. 40 miles.
various city parks. Double elimination format.
Bob Clark, 204-2531, bclark@edgerd.net
Fee: $50, plus $20 ref fee. Participants asked to
• Saturday, Dec. 4 — Radium Springs 200K
bring a canned food item for donation to the
Brevet. Information at nmbrevets.com
Center Against Family Violence.
• 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 — Do The Gap
Information/locations: 227-9947 or elpasoflag-
Ride. Leave from La Union Station on Hwy 28.
football.com.
Ride the rollers, climb to top of Anthony Gap
and return via the valley. Moderate, 30 miles. Adult Basketball Winter League — The
Option for lunch at La Union Station. Wyona City of Las Cruces is taking registration
Turner, 204-4835. through Dec. 15, at Meerscheidt Recreation
• Noon Sunday, Dec. 5 — Winter Workout Center, 600 E. Hadley, for the five-on-five
Ride. Meet at Bagel Shop across from Franklin Adult Basketball League’s winter season. All
High. Ride over Transmountain and return via teams guaranteed at least 10 games, with a sin-
Anthony Gap and rollers. 44 miles. Moderate gle elimination tournament to follow. Various
to fast pace. Randy Limbird, 542-1422/328- age divisions offered. Fee: $420 per team, $150
4110. deposit required. Early registration encouraged;
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Over the River and proof of age required. Information: (575) 541-
Through the Woods. Moderate-pace ride suit- 2563.
able for Beginner/Intermediate Riders. Leave League play tentatively scheduled to begin
from La Mesa (park across from Eagle Grocery Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, with a mandatory man-
on NM 28). Follow the farm roads and over ager’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at
the river to Mesilla, with a coffee stop at the Meerscheidt Recreation Center.
Bean on the way back ... and then through the
woods on 28 back to La Mesa. 38 miles. Rudolph Cup Rugby — Teams for the
Margaret O’Kelley, 588-3825. men’s city league play on the Eastside, Westside
• 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. El Paso Bicycle and Northeast as well as military and Las
Club Christmas Party. See website for details. Cruces teams. No experience needed.
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 — Christmas Information: 833-1322, dougrugby@aol.com or
Delights. Start at Redd Rock Crazy Cat at Redd elpasorugby.com.
and Desert. 25-30 mile moderate ride that will
finish with hot beverages and Christmas good-
ies. Do some last minute shopping at the same Please see Page 31
Page 30 El Paso Scene December 2010
Sports (575) 464-3600 or skiapache.com. www.ptelpaso.com
Lifts are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Cont’d from Page 30 depending on weather conditions. All-day lift
tickets are $51 ($43 age 13-17; $32 12 and
Runs and walks younger; free ages 70 and older.(Prices slightly
Holiday Classic Fun Run/Walk — The higher on peak days). Military discounts avail-
annual walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, able. Season passes: $230-$600. Discounts
at the Family Recreation Center, 1100 Oregon, available for multiple-day or half-day skiing.
Alamogordo. Events include a 1 mile and 1/2 The full rental package starts at $20 a day;

Santa Says:
mile run/walk for ages 12 and under and a 5K $12 for children 12 and under; and $30 for
and 10K for ages 13 and up. Cost: $19 for half- snowboard and boots ($25 for children).
mile and one-mile walk; $20 for %k and 10K.
STAY FIT FOR XMAS
WITH PTEP!
Family registration: $62. Information: (575)
439-4159.

1071 Country Club Rd. Ste T


Jingle Bell Run — Up and Running, 3233 N.

915.584.1018
Mesa, will host its 4th annual holiday 5K
run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11,
JOSIE FIDEL ORLANDO ANDREA VICTOR
departing from the store (Rudolph Plaza). All
runners receive long-sleeved t-shirts and jingle
bells. Refreshments offered at finish line. Race
day registration and packet pick up is 7:30 to
8:15 a.m. Proceeds benefit El Paso High School
Girls Track. Cost: $20 per event. Information:
478-5663 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
$50 Up and Running Gift Card to best-
dressed Santa and elf.
Polar Bear Triathlon — The annual 7K
run, 35K bike and 400M swim begins at 8 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11, at White Sands Missile
Range’s Bell Gymnasium. Participants must be
at security gate by 7 a.m. Registration: $45 for
individuals; $65 for teams. Advance registration
only, no on-site registration. Deadline is Nov.
26. Information: (575) 678-3374 or
wsmrmwr.com (click on “Bell Gym”).
Las Cruces Half Marathon — The URSA
half-marathon, 5K and Fun Run benefiting
Asombro Institute is 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18
in Las Cruces, N.M. Start line for both events is
at the corner of Motel and W. Picacho (Hwy
70). Music featured throughout the route, as
well as at the finish line after-party.
Commemorative shirts and goodie bags for all
runners; medals to all half-marathon finishers.
Cost: $65 through Dec. 16, $70 on race day
for marathon; $40 for 5K; $10 for fun run ($15
after Dec. 16). Information: lascruceshm.com.
Half marathon begins at 8 a.m., 5K run/walk
at 8:15 a.m. and Fun Run at 9:45 a.m. Awards
begin at 10 a.m. for 5 K and 11 a.m. for half
marathon.

Winter sports
Holiday On Ice — Special holiday season
public skating is offered Dec. 18-31 at the
Sierra Providence Event Center next to the
Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome.
Admission: $8 (skate rental included). Skate
sharpening, fitting and consultation offered for
$5. Spectator admission is free. Information:
479-PUCK (7825) or elpasoicemonitor.com.
Ski Cloudcroft — The southernmost ski
area in the United States is two miles east of
Cloudcroft on U.S. 82. Open when conditions
permit. Information/snow conditions: (575)
682-2333 or skicloudcroft.net.
Triple M Snow Play — The Cloudcroft
snow tubing area is about five miles south of
Cloudcroft — take Hwy 130 to Sunspot Hwy
6563. Season dependent on snow conditions.
Tubing hours are usually 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (daily during holidays).
Information/snow conditions: (800) 766-7529,
(575) 682-2205 or triplemsnowplay.com.
Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and
snowboarding area has 11 lifts and 55 trails,
with a base elevation of 9,600. Opening date
depends on conditions. The Ski Apache Snow
Report number is (575) 257-9001. Information:

December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 31


All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz. Brizuela, “El Angel del Roca,” perform in con-
cert. Tickets are 225-400 pesos at the box
Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park, office or donboleton.com, 6134444.
Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas). • 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9: Tenor Mauro
The museum features an exhibit of pre- Calderon performs a concert presented by
Columbian artifacts, as well as paintings and Rotario Americas. Tickets at donboleton.com,
sculptures from well-known local and interna- 6134444.
tional artists. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11: Live broadcast of
Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free the opera “Don Carlos” from the Met in New
except as listed. Information: 611-1048. York. Tickets: 50-150 pesos.
Opening at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3: “Corpus,” Showing all month: “100 Años, 100 Fotos,
exhibit of drawings by Ruben Aguirre. 100 Fotografos” exhibit on the Mexican
Centro Comercial Las Misiones — Blvd. Revolution. Also showing: Photography by
Teofilo Borunda (near the Hilton Garden Inn). Mireia Saielleres de España.
Information: 6137754 or 6111048. Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás
Opening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8: Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and
“Mundos Internos,” oil paintings by Erika Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
Ortegon. A New Year’s Eve celebration begins at 9
p.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Cost is 550 pesos per
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte — Av.
person, include dinner champagne and live
Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the
orchestra music. Information: 6880580/92/93
Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or
or cibeles.com.mx.
ccpn.com.mx.
• 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8: Singer Laureano Indios Soccer — The Mexican pro soccer
team Indios de Juarez host their home games at
Estadio Benito Juárez, Av. Heroico Colegio
Militar and Panama. The team is fighting to get
back in the top division of its league.
Information: 6181824 or clubindios.com.
Museo de la Revolucion Mexicana —
Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave.
Juárez. The history museum in the Old
Customs House has been remodeled exten-
sively as a national museum documenting the
Mexican Revolution, which began Nov. 20,
1910. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Sunday. Free admission.
Showing all month: “¡Conozca el Nuevo
Museo!,” showcasing the nine exhibit rooms of
the new museum.
‘Por Amor al Arte’ — The radio show,
covering all aspects of the arts in Juárez, airs 3
to 5 p.m. Sundays on 860 AM. The show
includes music, interviews, reviews of events,
recommendations of books and movies, con-
ducted by Hogla Lizet Olivas with Lupita Fileto.
Information: 806Noticias.com.mx.
— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
2 022988 (cobracollectionag@hotmail.com)

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From left: Creative Kids, Salvation Army and
Project Vida are some of the local charities
highlighted in the El Paso Community
Foundation’s Spirit of Giving Catalog.

Photos courtesy of
El Paso Community
Foundation

Santa Causes
Choosing charities at Christmas:
How far will your money go for good?
Story by Lisa Kay Tate neglected children, of El Paso provides recre-
from newborns ational opportunities for
through age 21. children and persons with

F
or many people, Christmas giving One of the ways any physical or mental
goes much further than putting gifts $100 will be put to use disabilities, through activi-
under a tree — it includes giving to is in the center’s hous- ties like its special ball
local charities. ing and care manage- league open to all with the
The list of local charities is long enough, ment program for desire to play.
and each charity has its own lengthy list of homeless youths ages Executive Director
needs. How does anyone decide how much 17–20, which places them Sandie Olivar said that Special Olympics seeks funds for
to give and to which organization? in their own apartments $100 would sponsor training facilities and equipment.
“When you give, you not only want to and provides rental and three players in the
give back to your community, but you utilities assistance and sup- league, at $35 per sea-
sports for individuals with intellectual or
want to follow up on that investment,” said portive services for about son.
closely related disabilities. Area Director
Eric Pearson, executive vice president of one year. Program “(This) provides a
Andrea Schiechl said that a donation
the El Paso Community Foundation. Director Jeanne Hosch complete uniform, sup-
would help the athletes in several ways.
The foundation publishes an annual said that the donation plemental insurance,
“We could purchase medals for our ath-
“Spirit of Giving” catalog that serves as a would help purchase and an award at the
letes, sports equipment (we offer 11
one-stop shopping center for holiday (and household items such as end of the season,” she
sports), help pay for facility rental for our
year-round) charitable giving. linens, pillows, blankets, said.
coaches’ training, or pay for facility rental
For this holiday season, El Paso Scene bath towels, washcloths, Also, this amount
for some of the athlete training,” she said.
asked a variety of local nonprofit agencies irons, kitchen appliances and could contribute to
• Candlelighters. Candlelighters of West
what they would do with a donation of utensils, toilet paper, cleaning other league needs,
Texas/Southern New Mexico serves
$100. That might be more than some peo- supplies (like mops or dish soap), including the pur-
around 1,200 families of children with
ple can give, and much less for those with personal-care products (such as chase of five base-
cancer in the El Paso, Southern New
ample resources, but it’s a starting point shampoo, dental care, bodywash ball gloves for
Mexico and Juárez area.
for measuring what one gift can do for and lotion), and lastly, food items left-handed play-
Development Director Beate Burdett said
those in need, from children and families (such as canned goods, cereals, tuna ers (about $20
that $100 would help pay for a holiday gift
to senior citizens and arts groups, and even fish, peanut butter, rice, beans, pasta each) or the pur-
basket for one of its families, as each bas-
animals in shelters. and more). chase of official
ket costs $250 to provide.
“This stability and security pro- safe T-balls for
“The ongoing struggle of childhood can-
For the children vides them an opportunity to con- ten players.
cer drains families not only emotionally
tinue with their schooling, (such “It is (also)
Children’s needs often top the list for but financially as well,” Burdett said, “and
as) high school, GED, vocational one-fifth of a
Christmas charity giving. Nonprofits serv- oftentimes, holiday celebrations are put
training at EPCC or UTEP, (and) sponsorship for a
ing youths range from those taking care of aside because of the many hours spent in
learn basic household manage- team each season,”
basic needs for food and shelter to those the hospital and in treatment.”
ment and other life skills,” Olivar said. “Team
that provide opportunities for kids to learn • Creative Kids. Through hands-on work in
Hosch said. “Our federal grant sponsorships offset all
and play. the visual arts, Creative Kids allows disad-
does not include financial program costs associated
• El Paso Center for Children Inc. The vantaged youths, or youths with disabili-
resources to furnish or supply with the team each season.”
county’s largest provider of treatment serv- ties or battling cancer, to use the arts as
these independent apartments, • Special Olympics. The Special
ices for special-needs children and their “important communication tools for suc-
so we have to rely on communi- Olympics Texas Region 19 chap-
families is available 24 hours a day for cess in modern-day life.”
ty donations to do so.” ter provides year-round sports train-
orphaned, homeless, runaway, abused and • Miracle League. Miracle League ing and competition of Olympic-type Please see Page 34
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Feature
Cont’d from Page 33
$# "$ '# Creative Kids Executive Director and co-
$% ! %# founder Andrea Gates-Ingle said that
monies donated will go, of course, for arts
" #$ # $%" & materials.
% ' “If we were to get a $100 donation, we
% would purchase much-needed art sup-
plies,” she said. “Specifically, paint, brush-
#$# ( % $"' % es and some canvas.”
• Kids Excel El Paso. Kids Excel (KEEP) La Posada Home serves displaced
helps children in disadvantaged-neighbor- families.
hood schools through a special self-confi-
dence- and discipline-building nonprofit he said. “$100 can go a long way.”
dance program. KEEP Artistic/Executive • La Posada Home Inc. The homeless shel-
Director Gemtria St. Clair said that a dona- ter not only provides for displaced fami-
tion of $100 would support program costs lies, it also helps to return them to a life of
Saints & of offering the dance classes to the 26 pub- self-reliance through GED classes, parent-
Sanctuaries lic elementary schools and 2,200 students ing training, job-skill courses and more.
on Slate served this year. Executive Director Monica Martinez said
“This includes providing highly trained that the money would help with any num-
teaching artists and musicians to conduct ber of basic needs.
each class and performance, up to 30 “For $100, we could purchase food for a
& weeks of classes, two to four performances family, jackets for an entire family, shoes
at each school, T-shirts for the children and for five children, underwear for all of the
supplies,” she said. children at the shelter, a new microwave
• Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home. for the shelter, (or) a couple of highchairs
"# The home provides children and families for the babies,” Martinez said.
“experiencing difficulty” in their lives with • Rescue Mission of El Paso Inc. El Paso’s
a nurturing, positive environment. Jim Rescue Mission, a Christian homeless
Thomas serves as the home’s senior shelter for men, women and children, pro-
administrator of development and activi- vides not only food and shelter but also
ties. He said that a donation of $100 could rehabilitation and life-building skills for its
cover everything from nutritional needs to residents. Chief Executive Officer Blake
self-esteem-building experiences. W. Barrow said that a $100 donation could
“(It could buy) 35 meals for a child who simply help feed the hungry.
# #
!
lives at the home because of a family cri- “$100 can buy 285 meals for hungry,
""" # # sis; snacks and movie rental four times for homeless people in El Paso,” he said.
65 children who live at the home; a three- • West Texas Food Bank. The food bank
day Summer Experiential Ropes Course distributes more than 5 million pounds of
trip to Three Rivers, N.M., for nine chil- food through a network of more than 170
dren who live at the home; or school uni- partner agencies in 22 counties. In El Paso
forms for five middle-school children liv- alone, there are more than 2 million
ing at the home,” he said. pounds of food given to more than 40,000
El Paso residents. Money donated will go
Hope for families directly to their cause of easing hunger in
the area, according to Community
Families, including children, as well as Relations Coordinator Celeste Hardts.
homeless adults are the focus of many “$100 donated can buy 600 meals,” she
organizations dealing with everyday needs, said.
such as food and shelter, employment and • FEMAP. The FEMAP Foundation is a
health care. private nonprofit organization that pro-
• The Salvation Army. The Salvation vides support for particular projects of
Army, one of the most familiar charitable FEMAP (Federación Mexicana de
organizations in the world, operates a fam- Asociaciones Privadas) and SADEC
ily shelter in El Paso that regularly houses (Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd.
between 95 and 100 people in crisis. El Juárez).
Paso’s Salvation Army Director John According to Executive Director Anna
Martin said that $100 could aid individuals Aleman, $100 can have several diverse
of all ages served through the organization. uses, including three months of tuition for
“(It could buy) 68 meals for the residents a nursing student, a cervical-cancer exam
of the emergency family shelter and/or for six women, a mammogram for six
participants of the soup kitchen,” Martin women, or 50 percent of the total fee for
said, “school supplies and clothing for two cleft-palate surgery for a child. Any of
children, or over 700 diapers for children. these, Aleman feels, could make a huge
And, the list goes on.” difference, but there are more potential
• Family Service of El Paso. The organiza- uses, she said, adding, “I could go on and
tion provides assistance for families, chil- on.”
dren and adults who need help through life • Project Vida. Project Vida, and its Project
challenges and transitions through in-depth Vida Health Center, provide a wide range
psychotherapy services and counseling. of primary-health-care and family pro-
Executive Director Richard Salcido said grams to those needing support in Central
that $100 would provide ten counseling and Northeast El Paso. Project Manager
sessions to one of the service’s most needy Eric Hutson said that $100 could be used
families. to help in any of Project Vida’s centers or
“Ten counseling sessions could in turn programs.
amount to less human suffering, getting a “At Project Vida Health Center, $100
job, resolving a major issue in their lives, would help ten patients with three months’
adopting a healthier lifestyle, learning to
cope with a seemingly hopeless situation,”
Please see Page 35
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Feature Elderly, special needs
The area’s adult population, including
Cont’d from Page 34 senior citizens, might often be overlooked
supply of diabetes medication or it would by some givers, but there are groups out
help 30 patients per month,” Hutson said. there making sure they are not forgotten,
The same amount could also help the financially, socially, medically and spiritu-
dental clinic by paying for one set of an ally.
exam and X-rays, one ultrasonic teeth • Operation HOPE. Operation HOPE is
cleaning, 150 fillings, 144 toothbrushes, part of the many focuses of LULAC
one case of surgical gloves, eight sealants Project Amistad Inc., which helps provide
each for 80 children or fluoride varnish The Animal Rescue League finds
for the area’s elderly, disabled and at-risk
applications for 80 children. adults. homes for dogs and cats.
At Project Vida’s Roots and Wings “$100 may be used for basic necessities,
Transitional Living Center for homeless such as food, medications, toiletries and worker (and) a pediatric medical advisory
families, the donation will provide one clothing,” explained Project Amistad COO board; (and in) educating financial and
family of four with one month of bus American Red Cross provides emer- billing staff on Medicaid and insurance
Patricia Gomez.
transportation. gency care among other services. plans for children; providing necessary
• La Familia del Paso Inc. Working to help
Hutson concluded that the money could adults with mental illness reenter society, pediatric equipment and supplies; and
also help bring fun and educational sci- other means of paying. obtaining services from a pediatric medical
La Familia serves ages 19 to 75. The club-
ence-based projects to the Project Vida “The organization has grown so much director who’s specialty consists of pedi-
house-like setting utilizes therapeutic and
After School Enrichment Program. that we now require four employed per- atric oncology and pediatric hospice and
social activities to help these individuals.
“$100 will buy supplies for the after- sons,” Poe said, herself a volunteer. “This “If someone were to donate $100 to our palliative care,” Black said. “The team has
school program for children ages 6–12, helps to provide the continuity of organization, we would purchase new pots made it an initiative to help the families
such as four packages of Insta-Snow, four care. Also, there are paid workers and pans and other kitchenware we need,” provide what is essential to make the
packages of ‘Mega,’ eight packages of for cleaning. So, we do need some help Executive Director Lucia Dawson said. child’s life and the family’s life as com-
Extreme Bubble, two large neodymium with salaries.” “La Familia del Paso Inc. serves over fortable and ‘normal’ as possible, to enjoy
magnets or five packages of 15 tornado She said that the donation could also help 2,300 meals each month.” the possible last moments of a precious
tubes.” with finding a larger clinic area, preferably • Hospice El Paso. Providing specialized child’s life. This is our goal and passion.”
• El Paso Baptist Clinic. Formed 37 years in South El Paso, or even for the ongoing professional help and comfort as a person • American Red Cross. The American Red
ago, the clinic is run by physicians, includ- expenses, such as medications. Medical nears the end of life, Hospice El Paso is Cross El Paso is part of the worldwide
ing specialists, some dentists, nurses, phle- equipment (like an EKG machine), dental the city’s oldest hospice-care organization.  organization that provides domestic disas-
botomists, pharmacy techs and many oth- materials, office and cleaning supplies, and Executive Director Linda Black said that ter relief, as well as other community sup-
ers, who have volunteered their time to even additional employees are also needs a $100 donation will go toward the under- port for area needy, aid for military and
help those who are sick but have no way to that $100 could help offset. served demographic of pediatric end-of- families, health and safety services, and
receive the medical care they need. “We spent $60,000 on medicines last life care. international relief and development pro-
Registered nurse Eleanor Poe serves as the year,” Poe explained. “The patients have “Hospice El Paso has made a continuing grams. Executive Director Mark Matthys
clinic’s executive director. sometimes had care but never had a way to investment and initiative to have a special- said that the $100 could go to help those in
“During these years, we have attended pay for ongoing medications. Many are ized pediatric team, including trained pedi- need locally or those serving others else-
diabetic and/or hypertensive, but we see atric nurses, a designated pediatric admis- where.
some 22,000 people,” she said. “We do not
many types of health problems.” sion nurse, a designated pediatric social
see those who have Medicare, Medicaid or Please see Page 36

December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 35


Feature
Cont’d from Page 35 Foundation offers guide for giving
“(It could buy) two military kits for For more than 20 years, the El Paso Community Foundation Pearson said that the foundation refers to the information in
wounded warriors or five phone cards to has been helping to keep potential givers informed through its the catalog year-round, as even after the holidays the need to
help heroes call home,” Matthys listed, “or “Spirit of Giving” catalog, released each year just prior to the be charitable doesn’t fade.
17 emergency blankets, hot meals for ten holiday season. “We use it as a resource to let people know there are those
people, one day of emergency shelter for The catalog allows charitable organizations in need when the frenzy of the holidays is over,” he said.
two people, personal-care kits for 30 peo- and other nonprofits to list their mis- According to Pearson, to save both expense and trees, the
ple or one family emergency kit.” sion, focus and needs. This catalog will primarily be available to view online or as a
year’s publication fea- PDF download through the foundation’s website, epcf.org.
Compassion for pets tures more than 100 A limited number of print catalogs may also be available
groups, including chil- and people can call the foundation at 533-4020 to inquire
The city’s human residents aren’t the dren’s and senior citi- about its availability.
only ones in need, and there are several zens’ charities, food In addition to the catalog, the foundation also spon-
groups formed to help take care of home- banks, health organiza- sors its Spirit of Giving Tree at area malls, which gen-
less or neglected dogs, cats and other ani- tions, performing- and erates tens of thousands of gifts for the area’s less for-
mals. visual-arts nonprofits, and tunate. With each ornament on the tree bearing the
• Humane Society. The Humane Society of school groups. age, gender and specific gift request of the individ-
El Paso bills itself as offering animals “a Eric Pearson, who serves as ual in need, givers can choose the gift to fit their
second chance at a new, loving home.” the foundation’s executive own budget, from clothing items to iPods.
Executive Director Betty Hoover said that vice president, said that there Not everyone, however, can easily part with
what $100 provides is straightforward: is a good cross section of donations of $100 or more, but Pearson said that
“Food, veterinary care and shelter for five groups represented this year. even the smaller donations are still extremely
pets for one day,” she said. “I think the state of this year’s useful. While working with a group of about
• Animal Rescue League of El Paso. (catalog) is very strong,” he said, 900 soldiers at this year’s “A Christmas Fair,”
Animal Rescue League is a no-kill organi- adding that the number of fea- he found that much of the money raised to help
zation that rescues, rehabilitates, spays or tured groups tends to vary as char- fellow troops came from small donations.
neuters, and finds homes for around 1,600 ities form or change leadership. “People gave a dollar here and a dollar there, and (we) were
displaced area dogs and cats each year. One of the reasons for the cata- able to raise a lot of money to help purchase care packages for
Board Vice President LaWanna Lincoln log’s continued popularity among soldiers,” he said. “By and large, it was these single-dollar
said that $100 could help provide veteri- donors is the diversity of its giving choices. The catalog donations that added up and made a difference.”
nary services for the animals. includes groups that help the community through charitable Pearson said that the act of giving for most is more than just
“$100 would cover the cost of two spay acts, but also those whose presence enhances the community giving money, it is forming a bond with that nonprofit or chari-
or neuters for dogs up to 50 pounds,” both culturally and artistically, such as El Paso Pro-Musica or ty. As such, knowing how their money will be used gives them
Lincoln said, “or $100 would cover the the Border Art Residency. an even greater sense of ownership and involvement.
cost of the spay or neuter of a dog over 50 “There are certainly those groups who benefit the needs of “We’re happy for people to take part in taking care of others
pounds and its microchip. Or, $100 would our less fortunate, but there are also those who benefit our soul in the community, and being able to make a conscientious
cover the cost of three cat spays or and our minds,” Pearson said. decision when they do it,” he said.
neuters.”

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hristmas carols come from all Dios ha nacido, pétalo y flor.
over the world — England, Hay silencio y serenidad,
France, Poland, Italy, China, paz a los hombres es Navidad.
Japan, India, Africa — and closer to En el pesebre, mi Redentor,
home — Puerto Rico, Venezuela, es mensajero de paz y amor.
Argentina and Mexico. Spanish-lan- Cuando sonrie se hace la luz,
guage carols are called villancicos (vee- en sus bracitos, se hace una cruz.
yahn-SEE-kohs). Below are some villan- Angeles cantan en el portal,
cicos with English translations. Dios ha nacido. Es Navidad.
Obviously, few translations can be as Esta es la noche que prometió.
smooth as the original poetry, and trans- Dios a los hombres ya nos llegó.
lations will vary widely. Es Nochebuena. No hay que dormir.
Dios ha nacido. Dios está aquí.
Vamos Todos a Belén A night foretold, a night of love.
From New Mexico
Coro/Chorus:
We can sing carols God has been born, like a flower.
Silence, serenity, peace
! !! & Vamos todos a Belén con amor y gozo.
Adoremos al Señor nuestro Redentor.
in Spanish, too! to all people. It’s Christmas!
In the manger lies my Redeemer,
Let’s all go to Bethlehem with love and If you are Joseph,
messenger of peace and love.
joy. and your wife is Mary,
When he smiles, light shines.
Let’s adore the Lord our Redeemer. enter pilgrims.
His tiny arms form a cross.
1. Derramó una estrella divino fulgor, I did not know. I did not know.
% $ & Angels sing at the doorway.
hermosa doncella nos da el Salvador. Coro (Chorus): Entren Santos
God has been born. It’s Christmas!
A star radiates divine sweetness, Peregrinos,
This is the promised night.
a lovely maiden gives us the Savior. reciban este rincón.
God has come to be with us.
2. La noche fue día, un ángel bajó, No de esta pobre morada
It’s Christmas Eve. No one sleeps.
nadando entre luces que así nos habló. sino de mi corazón.
$ "% God has been born. God is here.
Night became day, an angel descended, Enter, Holy Pilgrims,
swimming among the stars, he spoke accept this place. Noche de Paz, Noche de Amor
thus. Not just this poor shelter, “Silent Night”
&" # "! 3. Felices pastores, la dicha triunfó. but the gift of my heart. The whole world sings this carol.
&" # $ & El cielo se rasga la vida nació. Composed in 1818 on a snowy winter
&" # '! ( Nunca Sonaron tan Dulce
Joyous shepherds, joy has triumphed. night in Austria, when a small parish
las Campanas
Heaven parts as life is born. church faced Christmas Eve (la
“The Bells Never Sounded so Sweet.”
Nochebuena) with a broken organ.
Las Posadas Dulce sonar de campanas,
Joseph Mohr, the priest, wrote out words
From Mexico, a dialogue between llenando la inmensidad.
that organist Franz Gruber put to music
Joseph and the innkeeper. “Gloria a Dios en las alturas,”
with guitar accompaniment. The original
1. San José: En nombre del cielo, canta la voz celestial.
German (“Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht”)
os pido posada. “Paz a los hombres hoy vino a traer
has a very familiar English translation,
Pues no puede andar el dulce niño de Jerusalén.
but in Spanish the same tune has differ-
mi esposa amada. Venid, venid a adorar, venid,
ent words.
In the name of heaven, correr a Belén.”
Noche de paz, noche de amor!
I ask you for lodging. Sweetly sound the bells,
Todo duerme en derredor.
My dear wife filling the heavens.
Entre los astros que esparcen su luz,
can no longer go walking. “Glory to God in the Highest,”
Bella anunciado al niñito Jesús,
Casero (Innkeeper): Aquí no es meson. sings the heavenly voice.
Brilla la estrella de paz.
Sigan adelante. “Peace to people I come to bring today,
Brilla la estrella de paz.
Pues, no puedo abrir. the sweet Child of Jerusalem.
Night of peace, night of love.
No sea algún tunante. Come, come and worship,
Everywhere, everything is sleeping.
Here there is no room in the inn. run to Bethlehem.
Among the stars that shine their light,
Keep going on your way. Beautifully announcing the Baby Jesus,
Venid, Pastorcillos.
So, I cannot open. Shines the star of peace.
This carol uses the familiar tune “Away
You might be a rascal. Shines the star of peace.
in a Manger.”
2. San José: Mi nombre es José,
Venid, pastorcillos, venid a adorar
mi esposa María. So, you see, we can sing lovely carols in
al Rey de los cielos que nace en Judá.
Es Reina del Cielo, Spanish too. Just reading only the
Sin ricas ofrendas podemos llegar
y Madre va a ser English translations, and even without
que el Niño prefiere
del Divino Verbo. the ability to follow the Spanish, one can
la fe y bondad.
My name is Joseph, still get the feel of the beauty of the
Come, little shepherds, come and adore
my wife is Mary. Christmas season. In fact, the music of
the King of Heaven born in Judea.
She is Queen of Heaven, the heavenly choir of angels to shep-
Without rich gifts, we still can arrive,
and She will be Mother herds rings out in all the languages of
because the Baby Jesus prefers just
of the Divine Word. the world.
faith and goodwill.
3. Casero: Si eres tu José,
y tu esposa es María, Noche Anunciada Richard Campbell is author
entren, peregrinos. “A Night Foretold,” one of my favorites. of “Two Eagles in the Sun:
No los conocía. Noche anunciada, noche de amor. A Guide to U.S. Hispanic Culture.”

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December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 37
El Paso Zoo — 4001 E. Paisano. Zoo sum- Rio Bosque Wetlands Park — UTEP’s
mer entrance hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Center for Environmental Resource
&-'%&
* daily. Zoo admission is $10 for ages 13 to 61; Management offers free guided walking tours
+)) .'#( $7.50 for ages 62 and older and active duty and other activities at Rio Bosque Wetlands
&,$'#
( military (including spouse) with ID; $6 ages 3 to Park in El Paso’s Mission Valley. Tours last about
12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo mem- two hours. Information: 747-8663 or rio-
bers admitted free. Information: 532-8156, bosque.org. Upcoming events:
521-1850 or elpasozoo.org. • Bird Tour, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.
A Discovery Education Center Grand • Introductory Tour, 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19.
Opening Open House with tours and activities Meeting place is a bridge crossing Riverside
is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 4, hosted by Canal. Take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan
El Paso Water Utilities. The center features American Drive, turn left and travel 1.5 miles.
exhibits for elementary school groups to learn
about the Chihuahuan desert and water con-
El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
— The Society’s annual Holiday Party is 7 p.m.
servation, as well as a research library.
Monday, Dec. 13, at the EPCC Rio Grande
Daily encounters include California Sea Lion
campus. Bring a snack to share while enjoying
Training and Meet the Keeper presentations at
the photo contest. Information: 587-9589 or
! 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
trans-pecos-audubon.org.
Asian Elephant Training Encounters scheduled
! daily. Information: elpasozoo.org/takeaction.
A field trip to the Reservoirs Down in the
Valley including McNary, Tornillo and Fort
/ Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Hancock to look for birds of prey, egrets,
Desert Botanical Garden — 4200 waterbirds and more. Meet at 7 a.m. Saturday,
/ Doniphan (across from Frontera). Hours are 10 Dec. 18, 9500 North Loop. Information: Mary
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays year Perkins, 637-3521 or mperkins@elp.rr.com.
/ round. Admission: $2 ($1 children, seniors and
military). Information: 584-0563, keystone-
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
heritagepark.org or elpasobotanicalgardens.org.
Site — The site is famed for many Native
American rock paintings and unique geology.
/ / The annual Luminarias by the Lake is 6 to 9
Winter hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, featuring
/ musical entertainment and holiday refresh-
Admission: $5 (free for children 12 and
younger). Additional cost for tours (including
/ " ! ments for sale. Admission: $4 ($3 seniors and
birding tour and morning hike): $1 for ages 5
military, $1 children 12 and younger).
and older. Information: 857-1135 or texas-
The site is open for bird watching at dawn on
stateparks.gov. For park campground reserva-
the last Saturday of the month and dusk on the
tions, call (512) 389-8900.
last Sunday of the month. Keystone’s
Tours offered Wednesday through Sunday, by
Chihuahuan Desert Experience (immediately
prior arrangement at 849-6684:
- - - west of the wetland) is open daily from 7 a.m.
to noon for walking and bird watching.
• Pictograph tours — 10:30 and 2 p.m.
• Rock climbing and bouldering tours — 9:30,

+%#' ,(* ()"#) $)(& Feather Lake Wildlife Sanctuary —


9500 North Loop, near Loop 375. The 43.5-
10 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• Hiking tours — 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
acre site is managed by El Paso’s Audubon The monthly birding tour is 8 a.m. on the

. - !! Society. A variety of migratory birds, as well as


some year-round species, can be seen there.
The sanctuary is open to the public 8 a.m. to
third Saturday of the month (Dec. 18).
Advance sign-up encouraged.
To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S.
(7 ".2(%0 (3-2)-' $.5- ! #./7 .& -%62 ,.-2(:1 #%-% noon Saturdays and 2 p.m. to dusk Sundays. Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco
Admission is free. Information: 545-5157 or Mountains then turn left on Ranch Road 2775.
312 .0$%0 ! /)88! &0., !-7 .,)-.:1 )- + !1. 747-8663. North Mountain is available for self-guided
The next public workday session is 2 p.m. day use, for up to 70 people at a time; reserva-
!-$ !1* &.0 2(% #%-% 2. "% $%+)4%0%$ 5)2( 2(% /)88! Saturday, Dec. 4. tions recommended. There is an annual orien-
Volunteers are needed to work at the sanctu- tation program for visitors. Guided access is
2:1 (% #%-% -.2 2(% /)88! ary on weekends through Dec. 19. offered to the rest of the site. Picnicking
()1 .&&%0 '..$ 5()+% 13//+)%1 +!12 allowed at ten tables closest to headquarters.
Franklin Mountains State Park — The Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted.
24,000-acre park extends north from the heart
Camping is available. Bicycles permitted only
of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The
on designated paved areas. Pets allowed only in
highest point is North Mt. Franklin, 7,192 feet
camping or picnic areas. Call for reservations
above sea level.
and other information: 857-1135.
Most hiking and mountain-biking trails begin in
(!$.5 2- 7%0 %$'%5..$ the Tom Mays area, off Transmountain Road on El Paso Zoo Adventure Programs — El
the west side of the park (east of I-10). Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, hosts several
- -
- Entry fees are $4 per person, free for age 12 overnight “Roar and Snore” adventure pro-
- and under (with family). Group rates available. grams during the fall months. Sleepovers
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: include evening and early morning guided
.-25..$ 566-6441. tours, live animal presentations, nighttime visits
.-)/(!- 7%0
Guided hikes are available at 9 a.m. on select- to see some of the animals, animal related
- - - ed days. Cost is $7 ($1 ages 5-12; under 5 free) activities and crafts, evening snack and conti-
includes park entry fee. Reservations required: nental breakfast. Bring pillow, toothbrush and
566-6441 EXT. 21. or sleeping bag. Cost: $20 per person; ages 7 and
%1! %+2! +!,%$! erika.rubio@tpwd.state.tx.us. older welcome. Reservations required at least
• Saturday, Dec. 4 — West Cottonwood three weeks in advance as space is limited;
Springs adult chaperones required for every five chil-
.,)-.:1 .301 9 • Sunday, Dec. 5 — Upper Sunset Loop dren. Information: 532-8156, 521-1850. Online
3-$!7 (301$!7 !, /, • Saturday, Dec. 18 — West Cottonwood registration available at elpasozoo.org.
0)$!7 9 !230$!7 !, !, Mineshaft Packages include “Exploring the African
• Sunday, Dec. 19 — Aztec Caves.
Please see Page 39
Page 38 El Paso Scene December 2010
Nature hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. During
the late fall and winter months, visitor center is
Cont’d from Page 38 open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Access to the main
trail to Dripping Springs is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
Kalahari,” “Asia Nights,” “Adventure in the
the park is closed promptly at 5 p.m.
Americas,” “Keeper Careers” and “Nights
Alive.”
Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed
(except for assistance animals). Information: # "
Cut down your own Christmas tree — (575) 522-1219.
Permits are available for people to cut down
White Sands National Monument —
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their own Christmas tree in the Lincoln and
The glistening gypsum dunes are about 15
Gila National Forests in New Mexico through
miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S.
Dec. 24. Limit is one tree — up to 10 feet in
70. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec.
height — per household. Permits available to
purchase for $5 per household; special permits
30 for the Dunes Drive. Visitor Center hours
are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through February.
! !!
available for trees over 10 feet.
All visitors must exit the park by one hour
Mail-in permit applications are available in El
after sunset. & " "
Paso at the Chamber of Commerce, Chamizal
Entrance fee: $3 age 17 and older. Free for
National Memorial, and most southern New at Arizona, 2 blocks
children. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236
Mexico communities, and other locations. north of Montana
or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to
Lincoln National Forest
nps.gov/whsa.
Offices open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
The 3rd annual Holiday Open House is 5 to 8
• Alamogordo (main office), 3463 Las Palomas,
p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, with live music, children’s
(575) 434-7200.
activities indoors and outdoors, luminarias at
• Cloudcroft, Hwy 82 (575) 682-2551.
the visitor center and New Mexican food.
• Ruidoso, 901 Mechem, (575) 257-4095.
Visitors encouraged to bring canned food dona-
Gila National Forest
tion for area food bank. Admission is free;
Offices open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
entrance fees still apply for Dunes Drive.
• Silver City, 3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Holiday caroling is 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18,
(behind Wal-Mart) (575) 538-2771.
on the center patio.
• Mimbres Ranger Station, NM Hwy 35, (575)
Ranger-guided Sunset Stroll Nature Walks
536-2250.
begin one hour before sunset daily. Experience
• Black Range, 1804 Date St., Truth or
a sunset over the white sands and observe the
Consequences, (575) 894-6677.
plants, animals and geology of the dune field.
Permits can also be obtained by mail through
Walks last about one hour.
Dec. 11; send $5 plus the name of the head of
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last
household.
weekend of each month. This month’s tours
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park — are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26.
5000 Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Winter hours: Participants drive their own vehicles 17 miles
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. All events free with park beginning at the Small Missile Range gate on
admission. Day use fee: $5 per vehicle ($40 U.S. 70, 25 miles west of the White Sands
annual pass). Information: (575) 523-4298 or Visitor Center, then hike 3/4 mile to the source
nmparks.com. of the white sands. Reservations are required.
A “Tamale-Making 101” demonstration taught Cost is $3 per adult; $1.50 age 16 and under.
by Corrine Luchini is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4,
Carlsbad Caverns National Park — The
in the classroom for Centennial Saturday. Class
park is about 160 miles east of El Paso, off the
size limited; registration required. Also that day
Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information:
is a lecture on New Mexico statehood with Dr.
(575) 785-2232 or nps.gov/cave.
Jon Hunner and a visit with “Teddy Roosevelt”
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; tours
portrayed by Randy Milligan) 2 to 4 p.m.
available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last entry into
Friends of the Mesilla Valley Bosque State
cave via natural entrance is 2 p.m. with last
Park meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. All
entry into cave via elevator 3:30 p.m.
interested in supporting the park are invited to
A star party is 6:30 to 10 p.m. the second
attend. Park fee waived for those attending the
Saturday of each month.
meeting. Information: 523-8009.
Plan 3-1/2 hours for a walk-in tour and 1-1/2
The park will host an Anniversary Fiesta 3 to
hours for Big Room tour. Cost is $6 ($3 for
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, with a birding tour at
ages 6-15 or seniors with discount card). The
3 p.m. as well as refreshments, entertainment
park’s audio self-guided tour is $3 extra (also
and luminarias in the park plaza at 4:30 p.m.
available in Spanish).
Birding tours are 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4
For an extra fee ($8 adults, $4 youth and sen-
and 11. A “First Steps in Becoming A Birder”
iors with card), visitors can go on a ranger-
class is offered 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.
guided tour of the King’s Palace, Papoose
Naturalist Richard Quick will host a talk about
Room, Queen’s Chamber and Green Lake
frogs in the park classroom at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Room; reservations are required.
Dec. 18.
Guided tours also are available for Slaughter
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park — Canyon Cave, an undeveloped cave 23 miles
The park, part of Asombro Institute for Science from the main cavern. Call for reservations.
Education, is northeast of Las Cruces, off Cost is $15 ($7.50 ages 6-15, seniors with
Jornada Road. Admission is free; donation box card). The 1-1/4-mile tour lasts about 2-1/2
at trailhead. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours. Flashlight with fresh batteries required.
Tuesday through Saturday. Information: (575) Wear good walking shoes and bring water.
524-3334 or asombro.org. Other special guided tours are available,
A Winter Nature Walk begins at 9 a.m. including “Wild Cave Tours.”
Thursday, Dec. 23.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National
Dripping Springs Natural Area — The Monument — 44 miles north of Silver City
recreational area is at the base of the Organ on NM Highway 15, the dwellings are in the
Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road middle of the majestic Gila Wilderness. The
(the eastern extension of University Avenue), slow, winding mountain road between Silver
about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area, City and the dwellings takes about 1-1/2 hours
run by the federal Bureau of Land Management to drive. Long trailers are advised to come up
in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy, the back way via NM 152 and 35 through the
includes the A.B. Cox Visitors’ Center, several
Please see Page 40
December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 39
" W
hile the first chapter of the
New Testament, launches into
the Christmas story in Matt.
1:18, the birth of Christ likely was not
the first thing early followers learned
" about Jesus.
Most scholars agree that Mark was the
first gospel written, and it does not con-
tain a nativity narrative. Matthew and
Luke both tell the story of Jesus’ birth in
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trumped anything else. The fact that
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It’s hard to imagine an evangelist
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Jesus as the Son of God simply because
quent first chapter: “The Word became
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of the Virgin Birth. A few shepherds
may have believed because of that, but
Paul and the other writers in the New
Testament don’t say anything about the messenger in that case was an angel.
, /#0#/3 1',+0 +##"#" Jesus’ birth. They also don’t say much For the early believers, the story of
Jesus’ birth was something they learned
+$,/* 1',+ about the other events of Jesus’ ministry
about after they had already come to
on earth before the crucifixion and res-
#.2#01#" ",+ 1',+ !&')"/#+ 1, 02--,/1 urrection. My guess is that they figured faith. I even wonder if the original apos-
anyone reading their letters had already tles, including Jesus’ brothers, were
1&# 1 /'01, #01,/ 1',+ ,**'11## somewhat in the dark about the circum-
heard the gospel stories.
/## ,11)#" 1#/ $,/ '(#/0 I wonder how the nativity stories actu- stances of his birth until after Pentecost.
ally made their way to Matthew and This is speculation, of course, but in my
Luke. Jesus’ mother was with the apos- mind I picture Mary sharing the story
tles at the end of Jesus’ ministry, so it after everyone had already realized who
, %#1 1&#/# (# 2+) +" /( /'3# 1, ,+'-& + 12/+ 0,21& seems likely she would have been the Jesus truly was. Only then would they
1&#+ 4#01 ,+ !#1/ !( /'3# /,00 1&# ', / +"# /'"%# 1&#+ source of the story as it got passed into have been able to appreciate the miracu-
oral tradition, then into written form. lous nativity story.
12/+ 0,21& ,+ ! 211 , " '%&4 5 , ,21 *')# +" Without Good Friday and Easter,
I have a hard time believing the story
12/+ /'%&1 ,+ /, " )# "'+% 1, 1&# 1 /'01, #5 - /('+% ),1 of the divine birth was just made up. Christmas is just a sentimental folk tale.
Overall, the gospels seem to understate The pilgrim’s road to Bethlehem begins
their accounts of the miraculous. It at a cross and empty tomb in Jerusalem.
seems odd that the apostles would just
" tack on a mythical prologue. Randy Limbird is editor of

! Regardless, it’s clear that for the early


church, the miracle of the resurrection
El Paso Scene. Comments?
Send to randy@epscene.com

Nature A Winter Solstice presentation is 5 to 6:30

El Paso Scene Cont’d from Page 39 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, at the Group Shelter.
The shelter will remain open for those who
wish to stay up and watch the Lunar Eclipse.
Mimbres Valley. Entrance fee: $3 per person;

USER’S GUIDE $10 per family. Information: (575) 536-9461 or


nps.gov/gicl.
Winter hours: The trail to the cliff dwellings is
Camping space is limited, pre-registration for
camping is required.
• City of Rocks State Park, north of Deming off
U.S. 180. Information: (575) 536-2800. A
Advertising information open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone must be
Publication Schedule off the trail by 5 p.m. Visitor center is open 8
“Rattlesnake Myths” presentation is 3 to 4 p.m.
every Saturday.
& Monthly Deadlines A full media kit on El Paso Scene advertising a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call for schedule of tours.
rates, sizes and specifications is at Alameda Park Zoo — Alameda Park, 1321
El Paso Scene comes out on the Wednesday www.epscene.com/adrates.html. Guadalupe Mountains National Park North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70),
following the fourth Monday of the month. You may also request a media kit by calling — 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to
The deadline is Dec. 15 for the January 2011 Alamogordo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
publisher Randy Limbird at 542-1422, or call Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the
issue, which will be distributed beginning Admission: $2.50 ($1.50 ages 3-11 and 60 and
advertising director, Albert Martinez, at 920- highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749
Dec. 29. The deadline for camera-ready 7244. older; free ages 2 and younger). Information:
feet. Entry fee: $5 for ages 16 and older, good
advertising is Dec. 17. For ads that require (575) 439-4290.
for one week and all trails. Camping is $8 per
design work, please submit requests by Dec. The oldest zoo in the Southwest (established
10. Subscriptions site per night. Information: (915) 828-3251.
in 1898) is part of the park that lines
The park’s headquarters, visitors’ center and
Mail subscriptions to El Paso Scene are $10 a Alamogordo’s main highway. The zoo, covering
year, $18 for two years and $25 for three museum are at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180.
Submitting News years. A subscription form is provided on Camping for tents and RVs, a nature trail, and
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indigenous animals.
El Paso Scene accepts news items by mail Page 62. Subscriptions are sent via 3rd class ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail Station
(P.O. Box 13615, El Paso TX 79913), email mail. Copies sent outside El Paso and Doña are nearby. McKittrick Canyon Visitors’ Center Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State
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There is no charge for news announcements. nature, canyon and geology trails. Winter hours ages 7-12; free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m.
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tact name and phone number. A “fill in the annual calendar listings for each month’s Holidays with the Animals is 1 to 3 p.m.
site (electrical hookup $4 extra). All programs
blanks” online press release form is at scheduled events. The website also provides a Saturday, Dec. 11. Children can make cards for
are free with park entrance, unless otherwise
www.epscene.com/pressrelease.html press release form and a media kit on El Paso their favorite zoo animals as well as other
listed. Information: (575) 744-5998 or
Scene advertising. events. Visitors may bring a new book, toy or
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Circulation & distribution El Paso Scene Weekly non-perishable food item for local charities.
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To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad;
El Paso Scene publishes at least 40,000 Information: (575) 744-5998.
A weekly digest of El Paso Scene events is follow signs to the park.
copies each month, distributed throughout El The Beachwalk and Floating Lights Christmas
available for free by email, and is also posted A large greenhouse is devoted to succulents
Paso and also Las Cruces, including area Parade is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.
on our website. To request our free weekly and cactus from around the world. The head-
Village Inns, Walgreens, EP Fitness, Sun • Oliver Lee State Park, Highway 54 south of
email newsletter, go to quarters building includes exhibits on minerals,
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www.epscene.com//newsletter.php history, archaeology and other subjects.
Information: (575) 437-8284.

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Centennial Museum — University at El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts
Wiggins, UTEP. Changing exhibits are on the Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. For exhibit
second floor, Lea and Discovery Galleries. information, see “Southwest Art Scene.”
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
5565 or museum.utep.edu.
through Saturday (open until 9 p.m.
Extended through Jan. 29, 2011: A pair of
Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed
exhibits intended to remind viewers that there
Mondays. Admission is free. Information: 351-
is more to El Paso’s Sister City than current sad
3588 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
state of affairs making headlines.
Showing through Jan. 10: “The Other Side
• “Fire and Spirit/Fuego y Espíritu,” photogra-
of the Mexican Revolution: Battlegrounds of
phy from El Diario de Juárez. The exhibit
Culture.”
focuses on the spirit of Cd. Juárez that lives in
Also now showing is “Man-Made Thunder”
spite of the violence troubling the city.
The History of Racing in the Borderland. The
• “Chihuahua, Land of Ancient Wonders,” a
exhibit tells the story of the men and women,
photographic exhibition highlighting the natural
tracks, and racecars that have been part of
and archaeological treasures of the state of
automobile racing in El Paso and Juarez. The
Chihuahua, enhances by objects from the
exhibit includes actual racecars, helmets, fire
Centennial’s collections.
suits, signal flags, racetrack programs, photo-
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study graphs, and interactive advertising displays from
Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m. MSD Ignition, an El Paso company that has pro-
to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. duced racecar components for the past forty
Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday. years.
Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or Will DeBusk will lecture on “Historic
elpasoholocaustmuseum.org. Markers: How do they get there and why” at 6
The El Paso museum depicts Jewish life in p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, as part of the muse-
Europe before World War II, Hitler’s rise to um’s Spotlight on History series. DeBusk is
power, the expulsion of Jews into ghettoes, life chairman of the Markers Committee of the El
in concentration camps, prisoner resistance to Paso County Historical Commission.
the Nazis and liberation of the camps. Also fea- A “Night at the History Museum” living histo-
tured is a local survivors exhibit. Docents avail- ry event is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, featuring
able for guided tours. students from El Paso Country Day School por-
traying significant figures of the past.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology — The holiday program, “Traditions as Artifacts
4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west
III: The toys and joys of the holidays” is 2 to 4
of U.S. 54). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, focusing on the various
through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
toys associated with Christmas, Hanukkah and
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Kwanza. Children can furnish a dollhouse,
Admission is free. Information: 755-4332.
make a toy to take home and more. Choirs
Showing through Jan. 30, 2011:
from area schools will also perform.
“Tradiciones y Simbolos: Traditions and
A free Holiday History Film Festival presented
Symbols.” This anthropological and historical
by Capstone Productions is 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
exhibit features artwork and altars of the Juntos
Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28-29, featuring
Art Association of El Paso. The works explore
four new lecture films about the El Paso
Hispanic-American traditions, including Día de
Mission Trail. Tuesday’s films are “Celebration
los Muertos, Navidad, Las Posadas and Los
of Cultures” at 10 a.m. and “Cultural &
Reyes Magos. Artists include Lourdes Aguilar,
Linguistic Make-up of the Conquistadores” at 2
Socorro Quezada Diamondstein, Gabriel
p.m. Wednesday’s films are “El Paso’s Mission
Gaytán, Romy Saenz Hawkins, Lydia Limas,
Trail in the Mexican Period, 1821-1848” at 10
Candy Mayer, Diana Molina, Oscar Moya and
a.m. and “Viticulture (grapes) in the Southwest
Maria Almeida Natividad. Free Zip Tours of the
in the early years at 2 p.m.
exhibit are 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 led by
An “El Paso and the Real Old West” event is 1
Romy Hawkins; 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, led
to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, with reenact-
by Lizzie Ochoa, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, led
ments from Six Guns and Shady Ladies and the
by Maria Almeida Natividad and Candy Mayer
Paso del Norte Pistoleros, as well as tribal
and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, led by Oscar
dances by the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, mariachi
Moya and Lydia Limas.
by students from Bowie High School and El
A family workshop in metal embossing/repoja-
Paso Community College. Hands-on activities
do for ages 6 to adult is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4, taught by Maria Almeida
Natividad. Families learn to create holiday-
include trying on old west clothes, riding a sad-
dle, grinding coffee and more. Mandy the Mule
will also make a surprise appearance.
CREATIVE OFFICE SPACE
AVAILABLE!
themed art in the ancient art of embossing or
Showing through May, 2011: “Awakening Our
pressing shape into metal and highlighting it
Giants: Farah Manufacturing Company.”
with colored markers. Aluminum foil metal and
other materials provided. Pre-registration Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center
required. Cost: $5 ($2 museum members). — Building 1735, Marshall Road (old PX build-
Museum docent-led tours for families with ing), Fort Bliss. Exhibits range from Civil War Near downtown | 204.7074 for special offer!
elementary school-age children are 1 p.m. artifacts to the Patriot Missile System.
Sundays, Dec. 12, 19 and 26; adult tours are Admission is free. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 15, 22 and 29. daily. Information: 568-3390 or 568-5412.
Reservations not required but RSVP encour- Also on Fort Bliss is Old Fort Bliss, Building
aged. 5051, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton, a
For a list of amenities & photos visit
DesignOfSubstance.com
Children’s Winter Archaeology camps are reproduction of the Magoffinsville Post of 1854
Dec. 28-30. Call for details and reservations: to 1868. Information: 568-4518.
755-4332 or guidamr@elpasotexas.gov.
Please see Page 42
December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 41
Code: Human DNA.” The exhibit features a by The Riverside Middle School Chamber The museum is home El Paso’s “Old No. 1”
Museum giant, 8-foot DNA helix model, a hereditary Choir and refreshments. Gift shop will offer an engine, the oldest Standard American locomo-
Cont’d from Page 41 slot machine demonstrating how children end-of-year closeout sale. Admission: $4 (free tive in the West built in 1857 and designated a
inherit characteristics, the animated “cookie” for children). “National Treasure.” Other exhibits illustrate
Insights El Paso Science Museum — factory demonstrating the cell-making process how railroads were used and destroyed during
505 N. Santa Fe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and more.
National Border Patrol Museum and the Mexican Revolution, as well as cover the
Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain history or urban transportation from mule cars
Sunday. Admission: $6 ($5 seniors, students and Magoffin Home State Historic Site — Drive. The museum, in Northeast El Paso just
through trolleys to streamlined streetcars of
military; $4 ages 4-11). Information: 534-0000 1120 Magoffin. The adobe home, built around west of U.S. 54, features the history of the
the mid-20th Century.
or insightselpaso.org. 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, tells the story of a Border Patrol with uniforms, equipment, pho-
Now showing are “Toolville,” a hands-on multicultural family that influenced the develop- tographs, guns, motor vehicles, airplanes, boats War Eagles Air Museum — 8012 Airport
guide through six simple tools for ages 5-12; ment of the Southwest borderlands. It includes and other items, including hands-on exhibits for Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa.
and “Games” an interactive exploration of authentic art and furnishings reflecting the daily kids. The Border Patrol was founded in 1924 in Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
games from around the world and across the lives of the Magoffin family. El Paso. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday Sunday. Admission: $5; $4 senior citizens and
century for all ages. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and military; free for children under 12.
Also showing is “To the Ends of the Earth, Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m. major holidays. Admission is free. Information: Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-
UTEP at The Poles.” Spanish language tours offered Wednesday 759-6060 or borderpatrolmuseum.com. museum.com.
through Sunday. Cost: $4 ($3 ages 6-18). The warbirds of World War II and Korea, and
LYNX Exhibits — The exhibit space is at Group tours available with advance registration.
Railroad and Transportation Museum other historic military aircraft, are displayed in a
300 W. San Antonio (just south of Convention Information: 533-5147 or
of El Paso — More than 150 years of El Paso 54,000-square-foot building and surrounding
Center). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, railroad history are on display at Union Depot
visitmagoffinhome.com. area. The collection of more than 30 aircraft
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to Transit Terminal, 400 W. San Antonio, at
“Spirit Tours” are offered at 10 a.m. the sec- and 40 automobiles includes the P-51 Mustang,
9 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Durango. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
ond Saturday of the month by the Casa P-38 Lightning, A-26 Invader and the German
Closed Monday. Last admission is one hour through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and
Magoffin Compañeros. Cost: $5; proceeds sup- Fieseler-Storch. Among later aircraft are the F-
before closing time. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
port the home’s preservation. Reservations 86 Sabre and MiG-15s.
Admission is $10 for adults; $8 seniors, mili- Information: 422-3420 or elpasorails.org.
required. To get there: Take the Artcraft exit off
tary and students with ID; and $6 ages 4 to 11. A special reading of the “Polar Express” is at
A Holiday Open House is 4 to 7 p.m. Interstate 10, head west past the Rio Grande to
Children 3 and younger are free. Information: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Children can meet
Saturday, Dec. 4, with holiday decorations and Santa Teresa and follow signs to the airport and
533-4330 or lynxexhibits.com. with the conductor and other Victorian-era
lights, entertainment by Music will be provided museum.
Showing through Jan. 2: “Cracking the passengers. Admission: $1 donation per child.
Las Cruces area
Las Cruces Museum of Natural
History — Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through
Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. All events are free
unless otherwise noted. Information: (575)
522-3120 or las-cruces.org.
Showing through Jan. 23: “Bats, Wolves and
Wildflowers.” The 3-part exhibition includes:
• “The Night Shift: A closer look at bats,” fea-
turing the high-speed photography of bat
researcher Scott Altenbach of Albuquerque.
• “Wolf,” featuring facts about wolves with
maps showing the change in wolf distribution
since the arrival of Europeans as well as con-
tains models of modern day and prehistoric
wolf skulls, as well as other canid species.
• “Natural Natives: New Mexico Wildflowers,”
with 23 large-format color photographs by
Leroy and Betty Stradford of Albuquerque.
Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The
museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N.
Mesilla. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free.
5 Information: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-
cruces.org//rrmuseum.shtm.
6 The museum will host its 6th annual Old
Fashioned Holiday Display 5 to 9 p.m. Friday,
0&$. ,,(/ +")1#$ Dec. 3, with refreshments, holiday train lay-
3 * %$/ /, $) ,.0$ outs, visit with Santa, a children’s ornament-
3 ')) '#/ ,)1*!1/ 4 making activity, and music by Vista Vibrations
Bell Choir and the Central Elementary School
3 ,/ /0$. .0'/0/ Choir. Photos with Santa offered through 8
3 . ')/ 0, 1'#,/, p.m. Holiday lights remain lit Dec. 3-Jan. 3.
3 ,%,)),+ ' .2 , NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
3 ')) (,"2 ',%. -&2 — 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 for
$"%%$" % "## ! !& $ adults, $3 seniors 60 and older, $2 for children
% 5-17; free for age 4 and under. Information:
(575) 522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
% Living history performances, “Stories of
Holidays Past,” are 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in
the theater. Historical characters bring to life
%
past holiday traditions in New Mexico.
Admission: $2 suggested donation.
% *
Showing Dec. 17-April 3 in the Arts
Corridor: “Vintage Views of Rural Women,”
"(!&"(! % $' % featuring works from the New Mexico
" # %& ! " # !% %
% %& " %& $
"$) %& Please see Page 43
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Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free. ages 5 and younger). Family rates: $15.
Museum Information: (575) 646-5161 or Information: (575) 894-6600 or geronimo-
Sacramento Mountains Historical
Museum — U.S. 82 across from the
Cont’d from Page 42 nmsu.edu/museum/. springsmuseum.com. Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M.
Showing through Spring, 2011: Operated by the Sacramento Mountains
Watercolor Society. Opening reception is 6 to 8
• “Southwest Native American Silver and
Hubbard Museum of the American
Historical Society, the museum features histori-
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.
Turquoise Jewelry.”
West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to
cal buildings from the turn of the century,
Showing through Dec. 6 in the Arts Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Hours: 9
• “Rock Art of the Southwest.” antique farming and ranching tools, other busi-
Corridor: “Rural Skylines and Byways of New a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Admission: $6 ($5 for
• “Counting Change: Currency of the Mexican ness and home antiques, historical exhibits and
Mexico,” works in various media by the City of seniors, military; $2 children 6-16; free for chil-
Revolution.” other artifacts.
Artists Promotional Association. dren 5 and younger). Information: (575) 378-
Free family workshops are 2 to 3:30 p.m. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and
Showing through Aug. 21, 2011: “The Dust 4142 or hubbardmuseum.org.
Saturdays in the museum courtyard (weather Saturday. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6 to 12).
Bowl: Dark Times in New Mexico.” The 19th annual photography show runs
permitting). Activities are geared towards fami- Group rates and tours available with prior
Showing in the North Corridor through Sept. through Dec. 12, hosted by the Lincoln
lies with young children, although all ages are notice. Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloud-
18, 2011: “The Origins and Cultural County Photographic Society.
welcome to participate. Large groups please croftmuseum.com.
Significance of the Chile Pepper in New
call ahead. New Mexico Museum of Space History
Mexico.” Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway,
— The museum features the International
Classes (registration required): White Sands Missile Range Museum Silver City, in the historic H.B. Ailman House.
Space Hall of Fame and the Tombaugh IMAX
• A Cowboy Holiday Class is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Missile Park — Exhibits feature the his- Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Dome Theater and Planetarium, and is located
Saturday, Dec. 4, for families. Children must be tory of the Trinity Site (site of the first atomic Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
on the northeast side of Alamogordo off Indian
accompanied by adult; space is limited. Cost: bomb test), the V-2 rocket, ranchers on the Sunday. Admission: $3 suggested donation.
Wells Blvd. Currently showing: “Space
$5 per person. range and missile optics. An outdoor Missile Information: (575) 538-5921, 1-877-777-7947
Frontiers,” a look at space exploration in New
• Harvest Cooking Class is 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Park displays rockets and missiles tested on the (out of town), or silvercitymuseum.org.
Mexico from ancient Native American observa-
Dec. 7, with chef Carol Koenig. Cost: $35. range. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through
tories at Chaco Canyon to modern day facilities Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991 N.
The popular “New Mexico History Class” Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and
such as the Very Large Array astronomical White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. An actual train
taught by Dr. Jo Tice Bloom runs January Sunday. Free admission.
radio observatory. depot built in 1898, the building now houses a
through March. Early reservations recommend- To get there: take U.S. 54, and after the free-
Hall of Fame attractions include a simulated gift shop and model shop, with more than
ed, as class fills early. way ends, keep going north on Martin Luther
Mars room, the rocket sled used in early space 1,200 feet of model railroad track and hun-
King, which leads directly to the range. Or
NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art enter from the north off U.S. 70 east of Las
program research, and various other space dreds of model and toy trains on display. Hours
Center, 1390 E. University Ave, (Williams Hall) exhibits. Space center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 are noon to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through
Cruces. Visitors must provide a current license,
on the NMSU campus, Las Cruces (east of p.m. Closed Dec. 25. Admission: $6 ($5 for Sunday. Admission: $4. Information: (575) 437-
car registration and proof of insurance.
Solano). Summer hours are noon to 4 p.m. seniors and military, $4 ages 4-12, children 3 2855 or toytraindepot.homestead.com.
Information: (575) 678-8824 (local call) or
Tuesday through Saturday. Information: (575) and younger free). Information: (877) 333- The 1/5 scale train track offers rides around
wsmr-history.org.
646-2545, (575) 646-5423 or nmsu.edu/artgal. 6589, (575) 437-2840 or nmspacemuseum.org. Alameda Park 12:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $4.
Showing through Dec. 17: “Modern Showing at the IMAX Dome Theater are the
Design/Folk Art.” Drawing on folk art and
Also films “Hubble” and “Sea Monsters.” Showtimes Tularosa Basin Historical Society
modern furniture collections across the West, Geronimo Springs Museum — 211 Main are on the hour, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Museum — TNext door to the Alamogordo
the exhibition examines the interplay of folk art in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 9 Tickets: $6 ($5.50 for seniors and military; Chamber of Commerce, 1301 White Sands
and modernism in 20th century America. a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon $4.50 ages 4-12). Ages 3 and under free for all Blvd. (U.S. 54/70). Open from 10 a.m. to 4
to 4 p.m. Sunday. Features prehistoric, historic shows. Combo tickets available (included p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3
NMSU Museum — Kent Hall, University at museum entrance and one IMAX ticket): $10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Information:
and military exhibits about the area. Museum
Solano, Las Cruces. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. (575) 436-4438.
admission: $5 ($2.50 students 6 to 18; free for ($9 seniors and military, $7 children).

December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 43


Sister Vi worth Racking Up History
3,000-mile trip by Bill Rakocy

W
e younger brothers of older sis-
ters tend to look up “momwise”
at them … indeed, my sister, highways and all autos must be extra
Violet (“Vi”), is special. I recall the year careful when traveling.
1934, when brother Jay and I were play- • Spaghetti bowls are wonderful for
ing ball on Cameron Street in the steel moving traffic but take very perceptive
town of Youngstown, Ohio. Big Johnny, driving skills, observation and planning.
a neighborhood kid, was “funning” the • Double and triple traffic lanes are great
younger ones and began to beat and box — where opposite traffic is widely sepa-
the ears of Jay and myself. Well, Vi rated and controlled.
bounded upon the scene and began to I stopped at every art or history muse-
swat and smack him! Needless to say, Vi um that was available — I even sold
thus grew very high in our regard. some Bravo Press books to dealers.
Seventy or 80 years later, brother Bill On a personal note, I think more rest
(that’s me) felt a personal visit was over- stops are needed — perhaps every 50 or
due to see her. 100 miles; these are lifesavers, allowing
Youngstown, Ohio, lies east and south drivers to take a break and relieve the
of Cleveland and northeast of Columbus. “tedium syndrome.”
I checked on the flights and needed to A nasty accident in Illinois. I was
rent an auto, too. Well, I thought … why rather surprised so see only one tragic
not drive in my nice, clean Dodge accident on my 3,000-mile trip. Traffic
Caravan? In the process, I could load up had been backed up for five or ten miles
on Bravo Press books and market a few on a slow-and-stop basis, obviously for
in the six states I would be traveling time to clear the mess up ahead. A semi-
eastward through. Well, sharing this truck driver had crashed into a great
thought with wife, family and friends, I mud-bank wall. The tractor-truck body
received a lot of “No! No!” “Rak, don’t lay on its side across the highway, spew-
you know how far Ohio is?!!” “Why not ing boxed vegetables. The driver was
fly … you would only have two stops.” killed, perhaps while dozing off.
Well, yes, I had done that a few years Often, on macadam roads, the great
back. weight of passing trucks ruts the road,
So I checked some maps and found that making it dangerous for all drivers. It
a few routes, like I-25 to I-40 and east to appears that concrete-reinforced roads do
St. Louis and then I-70 east to the best job.
Columbus, sounded fetching. But I was Meeting and seeing sister Vi and
still looking at 1,500 miles — and gas is brother Bob. It was great to return to
now at $60 a tankful and lodging begins old Youngstown and the suburb of
at $50 upwards a night … lots of pesos Poland, where my kinfolks live. Brother
for a retired artist visitor to Ohio. Bob and his wife, Marilyn, kindly put
Truckers rule the road? Yes, and me up, and as a result I had a fine
most large towns are interlaced with reunion with them and Vi. Vi was having
spaghetti bowls and routes that have two her hair done when we visited her in the
or three markings, doubling up on route assisted-living home where she now
numbers and names. resides. We hugged and cried a little at
Observations eastward. Often the this emotional reunion.
right lanes are beat up and rutted, since Sister Vi is getting on well in a fine
the great 18-wheelers command road and rest-home atmosphere and is actively
space and set the speed and driving involved in sketching and painting. She
moods. Double semis are extra scary. had given me some of her artworks and
Not many traffic cops were to be seen. decorative pencil holders. We had a long
In the panhandles of Texas and discussion about her art and her need to
Oklahoma, the roads were tar-based and begin to work in watercolors. As a broth-
badly rutted. er, I intend to send her some watercolor
Popular trucking companies were brushes, paper and pigments that will
evident. New Century, J.P. Hunt, Trans help her to enjoy a positive pursuit.
American, Kilm, Hardbeck, Target, Star We cried and hugged and recalled the
Lines, Wal-Mart, Mayflower, Roadway, day in 1934 when she handled Big
Kroger, Tyson Foods, Miller Beer, many Johnny for picking on her two younger
FedEx vans and some private trucks, and brothers. Art is long and life is brief.
most chain-store trucks.
Other observations.
Bill Rakocy is an El Paso artist and
• Truckers seem to be taking over the
historian. Information: 584-9716.

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Adair Margo Fine Art — 215 Stanton, Rosellen Marslender.
Suite 602 (Martin Building). Hours are 10 a.m. Showing through Jan. 30 at Los Paisanos
to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Gallery: “Bittersweet Harvest.” The
Friday. Information: 533-0048 or Smithsonian traveling exhibit featuring the
adairmargo.com. bracero movement is a partnership project
The gallery will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the Oral History Department at UTEP.
during December, co-hosted by Sotoa Gallery.
Chinati Foundation — Marfa, Texas.
Adair Margo opened the gallery Dec. 5, 1985,
Created by artist Donald Judd, the Chinati
in the basement of the Wakefield Building on Classes for adults in drawing, oil and acrylic New items include “Images of El Paso” 2011
Foundation houses one of the world’s largest
Yandell, and it is now in the Martin Building. are 9 to noon and to 4 Monday thru Friday and calendar, Christmas cards and prints.
collections of permanently installed contempo-
Margo has exhibited more than 420 individual Saturday mornings. Children After School Art Refreshments offered. Information: 581-4971
rary art. The collection is open for guided tours
artists from over a dozen countries, mounting Classes are 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and or candymayer.com.
throughout the year at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
over 225 exhibitions of drawing, painting, sculp- Thursday. To get there: Take I-10 to Redd Exit. Take
Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $10 ($5
ture, photography, installation, jewelry, and folk Redd east to Resler, turn left at Franklin High
Border Art Biennial 2010 — El Paso for students, seniors). Information: (915) 729-
art for the public. The Gallery also serves as School, right at Tierra Taos, then left at Tierra
Museum of Art and Museo de Arte de Ciudad 4362. Call ahead for group tours.
the exclusive representative of famed artist Roja.
Juarez runs through Feb. 13, 2011 at both The collection includes Dan Flavin’s untitled
Tom Lea.
museums. The exhibit is the first juried exhibi- Celebration of Our Mountains Art Marfa project, a monumental work in colored
• A reception and book signing featuring Big
tion to examine and highlight the artists from Exhibit — The 10th annual exhibit runs fluorescent light that occupies six buildings.
Bend photographs by James Evans and sculp-
the states on the US/Mexico border: Arizona, through December, at Ardovino’s Desert
ture by Anna Jacquez is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Community Exhibit Space — The city’s
Baja California, California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park.
Thursday, Dec. 9. Evans is a photographer best “People’s Gallery” is on the first floor of El Paso
New Mexico, Nuevo León, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Featured artists include Greg Allen, Susanne
known for his pictures of Big Bend National City Hall, Two Civic Center Plaza. Hours are 8
and Texas. To emphasize the notion of collabo- Baca, Joann Blake, Sandi Casillas, Stephanie
Park, and Jacquez uses the ancient technique of a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
ration, each Museum will exhibit one of two Conroy, Melinda Etzhold, Winfrey Hearst,
repousse (metal hammered from the back) to Information: MCAD, 541-4481 or
artworks by every artist selected. All works Candy Mayer, Maria Socorro Muñoz, Dave
construct miniature environments that tell the elpasotexas.gov/mcad.
included will be reproduced in the accompany- Parker, Marie Rohde, Susan Wester-Perez and
stories of her childhood, coloring the metal Showing through Nov. 30: “Happy
ing exhibition catalog available for purchase at more. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovi-
with prismacolor. Creatures,” works by El Paso artist Jesus
the Museum store. Information/applications: nos.com.
• The Sotoa Gallery, 500 W. Overland, will fea- Arturo Gardea.
532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org. Take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande
ture “25 Years of Adair Margo Gallery” during Showing Dec. 6-30: Works by El Paso painter
This year’s jurors are Rita Gonzalez, Assistant and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue
the month of December featuring works by and UTEP graduate John Rust. Rust specialized
Curator in the Department of Contemporary past the post office and turn left on Ardovino
Susan Davidoff, James Drake, Gaspar Enriquez, in painting and metal arts at UTEP, and now
Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (look for the windmill).
Fermin Gutierrez, Billy Hassell, Annabel focuses primarily on painting.
and Itala Schmelz, Director at the Museo de
Livermore, James Magee, Joel Salcido and Chamizal galleries - Chamizal National
Arte Carrillo Gil. CreArte classes — Teresa Fernandez hosts
Rachelle Thiewes, with a special tribute to Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Hours are 10
classes for all ages in drawing, painting, sculp-
Manuel Acosta, Jose Cisneros, Luis Jimenez and Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for
ture, cartoons and photography at the CreArte
Tom Lea. Public reception is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paso artist Candy Mayer will host her 4th annu- Abrazos Gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
Art Academy and Studio, 300 N. Resler. Call for
Friday, Dec. 10. al open house at her home studio at 1317 through Friday for Paisanos Gallery. Admission
schedule: 613-7817 or artacademybyteresafer-
Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and is free. Information: 532-7273.
Adair Studio and Gallery — 5750 N. nandez.com.
Sunday, Dec. 4-5. Visitors can view recent Showing through Jan. 8 in the Abrazos
Mesa (at the Summit). Gallery hours are 9 a.m. Crossland Gallery — 500 W. Paisano (in the
works and works in progress, as well as pho- Gallery: “Border Reflections,” featuring works
to 3 p.m. Information: 471-2271, 587-8646 or
tography by Mayer’s husband Charlie Mayer. by Marge Gianelli, Jean Helzenthaler and Please see Page 46
adairstudios.com.

December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 45


Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9
Art Scene a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and
Showing through Feb. 13: The Border Art
Biennial 2010/Bienal Fronteriza de Arte 2010.
either in a representational or abstract style.
Showing through April 10, 2011: “The Holy
Cont’d from Page 45 Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to The museum and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Trinity/La Santisima Trinidad.” As part of muse-
9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays. Juarez host the juried exhibition to examine and um’s ongoing rotation of the retablos in the col-
Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are noon to 4
Admission is free, except for “Earth Water Fire highlight the artists from the border states of lection, this exhibition explores images of the
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is
Air” ($5 for ages 12 and over). Information: the U.S. and Mexico. To emphasize the notion holy trinity from 18th and 19th century Mexico.
free. Information: 351-2811.
532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org. of collaboration, each museum will exhibit one The Holy Trinity, the union of Father, Son, and
Showing through Dec. 11: Holiday
The museum celebrates its 50th anniversary of two artworks by every artist selected. All Holy Spirit, has been a central dogma of
Exhibition, featuring original works by several
with a special private dinner for members, hon- works included will be reproduced in the Christian theology since the 4th century B.C.E.
artists suitable for holiday gift giving.
orees and VIP guests Saturday, Dec. 4, at the accompanying exhibition catalog, available for Free Zip Tours are 12:15 p.m. selected
‘Desert Lights’ — The Alazan Artists museum. Cocktail party begins at 6:30 p.m. purchase at the Museum store. Wednesdays led by museum staff members.
impressionistic oil painters’ groups, annual with dinner and program at 7:30 p.m. The A series of 30-minute Focus Talks with select- Admission is free.
exhibit, sale and reception for recent works 4 museum first opened its doors to the public on ed artists are 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, The museum’s permanent collections include
to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Tulips Antiques Dec. 11, 1960. Dec. 1-Feb. 9. the Kress Collection of European works from
and Consignments in Peppertree Square, 5022 A poetry reading and book signing for “Yes, Showing through March 20, 2011: the 14th through the 18th centuries; the
N. Mesa. Artwork featured in a variety of sizes We Are Still Dancing” with Susan Amstater, “Transforming the Figure: Post WWII Prints.” American Collection of art of the 19th and 20th
and styles, and will be featured at the venue Connie Dillman and Jacquelyn Stroud Spier is 1 The figure has been an important subject for centuries; the Spanish Viceroyal Collection and
through Dec. 18. Admission is free. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Reading, book the artist. Since the inception of Cubism and Mexican Folk Retablos, art from the 17th
Information: 584-4639. signing and discussion for adults is 1 p.m. fol- Expressionism in the early 20th century the fig- through the 19th centuries; Works on Paper
The group’s artists include Phyllis Davis, lowed by tea and treats for all ages at 2 p.m. in ure is now depicted in less conventional ways. Collection from the 16th through the 20th cen-
Margaret Heath, Virginia Howell, Trish Lopez, the Museum Store, and children’s poetry read- The exhibition of post-WWII prints by artists turies; Contemporary Collection, emphasizing
Joann McElroy, Sandra Martin, Marilyn ing a collage activity at 3 p.m. for ages 3 and such as Romare Bearden, Arthur Bowen Southwestern and Mexican artists; and the Tom
Mendeloff, Carol Napier, Yvonne Postelle, Lois older. Children should be accompanied by Davies, Ester Hernandez, Lester Johnson, Alice Lea Gallery, featuring works by El Paso’s best-
Rayome, Anne Spier, Ilene Steele, Waynelle adult. Admission to all activities is free, but Neel, Pablo Picasso, Doel Reed, Ben Shahn and known artists and other regional artists.
Strachan, Nina Walker and Sandy Young. advance registration required for collage by Rufino Tamayo illustrates some of the various Museum membership is $15 seniors, $25 indi-
Dec. 8 (limit 2 children per adult). methods in which the figure can be depicted, viduals and $50 for families, and includes dis-
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts counts at the Museum Store, free admission to
all exhibitions and programs, and invitations to
private member events. Information: 532-1707,
ext. 66 for more information.
Encaustic International Gallery — 7100
Westwind, Suite 120. The gallery is the studio
of El Paso encaustic artist Brigitte von Ahn.
Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Information/appointment: 833-0454, 581-4737
or brigittevonahn.com.
Showing through Dec. 11: “After the Trip,”
new works by local artists Brigitte von Ahn,
Lori Wertz and Margarete Luger Cronauer,
who recently returned from a course at
Encaustic Akademie in Germany.
A Christmas Party and Indoor Art and Crafts
fair is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at Encaustic
International Gallery and Sashahara next door
in Suite 135, featuring hand-made gift items, art
and jewelry. The German Military Wives’
Healing Hands will sell Germany cakes whole
or by the slice to benefit local families in need.
Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and
Gift Shop — Award-winning Impressionist
Alberto Escamilla’s studio is 1500 Main Street
in San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and by
appointment. Information: 474-0752 or alber-
toescamilla.com.
Students are being accepted at both the Main
Street location and the artist’s home gallery at
1457 Amstater Circle (open by appointment).
Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery — 800
N. Mesa, second floor (at Yandell). Hours are
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
Showing through Feb. 11, 2011: “El Paso
Postcards” group show. Area artists were asked
“If you were to make a postcard for El Paso,
what would it look like?” All art priced at $150,
and includes watercolor, acrylic, oil, porcelain,
as well as photography. Featured artists are
Corinne Abeyta-Spinnler, Teresa Altschul,
Cheryl Bower, Gerardo Chavez, Pat Foss,
Alejandra Gamez, Barbara Howe, Kathy Ivey,
Joe Lopez, Danielle Lopez, Candy Mayer,
Barbara McLain, Carmen Navar, Maritza Neely,
Tony Padilla, Mark Rojas-Batres, Katie Foss,
Francisco Romero, Mark Schrier, Suki Solis, Teri
Spicer, Enrique Villar, Bob Voight, Jim Ward,
Diana Zampini, Karla Zanelli, Lisa Matta, Kelly

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Page 46 El Paso Scene December 2010
Art Scene La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú —
Cont’d from Page 46 The Ysleta Independent School District’s
gallery is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to
Foss, Robert Dozal, A. Stein and Gabi Urias.
5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Gallery closed
Actual postcards of the show’s work will be
Dec. 20-31 for winter break. Admission is free.
available for 50¢ each.
Information: 434-9711 or yisd.net/finearts.
An ARTalk is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27.
Showing Dec. 10-Jan. 20: The 13th annual
The 40th annual Happy Hippie Holidaze
“Our Lady of Guadalupe” Exhibition and
Open House arts and craft fair is 10 a.m. to 5
Contest, featuring works of various media
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, featuring 15 booths
depicting the regional icon.
selling unique items, all day music and enter-
The opening Festival Party is 5:30 to 9 p.m.
tainment and more.
Friday, Dec. 10, at complex, featuring food,
The gallery exhibits works by owner Hal
arts and crafts vendors, entertainment by
Marcus, a native El Pasoan who has been paint-
Ceiba and Danza Azteca Chichimeca Omecoatl
ing for over 40 years and is famed for such
and more. Winners of this year’s contest will
locally inspired works as “El Mercado,” “El
also be announced.
Paso Navidad” and “Avenida Juárez.”
Other featured artists include Teresa Musart Studio-Gallery — 2701 N.
Fernandez, Bill Sullivan, Manuel Acosta, Bill Kansas. Artist Nora Olague Enriquez offers
Rakocy, Candy Mayer, Vincent Peterson, Evelyn classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, enamel-
Ainsa, Mark Paulda, Francisco Romero and ing and embossing at her studio in Kern Place.
Mauricio Mora. Open to teens and adults. Cost is $30 per 90-
A gift shop offers art-related gifts. minute class. Classes offered mornings, after-
noon and evenings Monday through Thursday,
‘I-10 project’ call for artists — The City and mornings and afternoons Saturday.
of El Paso Public Art Program and the
Information: 241-6583 or musart-
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is
studio.blogspot.com.
taking applications from local artists through
Dec. 9 for an artist apprentice opportunity to Pena Gallery and Studio San Elizario –
work alongside renowned public artist Vicki Renowned artist Amado M. Pena Jr.’s new
Scuri in her commission to develop a menu of gallery is 1456 N. Main in San Elizario (in front
public art opportunities for Interstate 10. Two of the mission). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
artists, who must be residents of El Paso, will daily. Information: 851-8400 or sanelizariope-
be selected. Information: 541-4894 or 541- nagallery.com.
4257, lopezma@elpasotexas.gov. Information A Christmas Gift Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and application available online at elpasoart- Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5. Pena will be
sandculture.org. working in his studio.
Scuri has contributed to over 50 nationally Featured artists include Amado M. Pena Jr.,
recognized projects. The Dreamy Draw Frank Howell, Malcom Furlow, Candy Mayer,
Pedestrian Bridge in Phoenix, one of the first Manuel Franco, Helen Hall, Carla Romero,
engineer/artist design team collaborations, Nina Cobb Walker acclaimed jeweler Richard
received an NEA Design for Transportation Lindsay of Santa Fe and Alice Seely.
National Merit Award.
Public Art Registry — The City of El Paso
International Museum of Art — 1211 Museum and Cultural Affairs Department is
Montana. The museum is operated by the taking submissions from the public for its Local
International Association for the Visual Arts in Artists Registry. All professional artists with a
the historic Turney Home. Hours are 1 to 5 consistent body of work in any visual art media
p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is that have a desire to share their art with the El
free. Information: 543-6747 or international- Paso community, are invited to join the reg-
museumofart.net. istry. The Registry is open only to submittals
The 4th annual North Pole at the Museum is from local and regional artists living within a
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, featuring 300-mile radius of El Paso. Applications may be
Christmas carols, storytelling, pictures with filled out on-line at elpasoartsandculture.org
Santa and Mrs. Claus, entertainment, holiday under the public art tab. Information: Patricial
treats and more. Admission is free. Nominal Dalbin, 541-4894 or dalbinp@elpasotexas.gov
fee for photos with Santa (proceeds benefit the or Marisol Lopez, 541-4257 or lopezma@elpa-
museum). sotexas.gov.
A coloring contest sheet for grades K-2 is
available online or at the museum, and a draw-
Rodolfo Razo exhibit — N’Dulge Day Spa
and Salon, 311 McClintock, features original art
ing contest for grades 3-5 based on the theme
by the Chamizal’s 2010 Siglo de Oro poster
“Christmas Imagination” is also featured.
artist Rodolfo Razo through Dec. 31. Hours
Deadline for both contests is 4:30 p.m.
are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through
Saturday, Dec. 4.
Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The 2010 Sun Bowl Exhibit will be on display
Information: 833-0464.
through Dec. 30. This year’s juror is Oween
Razo received a scholarship to the Fashion
Rath.
Institute of Technology and design in New
Portrait sketching classes with Rodolfo Razo
York, and freelanced for years in commercial
are 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Live model; bring char-
and fashion art in New York.
coal and pastels, and a rough, newspaper-sized
sketchpad. Cost: $10 per class. Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is next to Sun
La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú call
Bowl Stadium (off Dawson Drive). Hours are
for artists — The Ysleta Independent School
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
District’s gallery at 8455 Alameda seeks sub-
Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to
missions of professional artwork through
5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 747-6151 or
Dec. 15 for its upcoming exhibition on
rubincenter.utep.edu.
Juarez/El Paso residents’ reactions to everyday
Showing through Dec. 11 in the Rubin and L
violence. Exhibit dates are March 10-April 20,
Galleries: “Contra Flujo: Independence and
2011. Information: 434-9711.
Revolution” in the L and Rubin galleries. The
Email JPEG images (72 to 100 dpi) to galeri-
exhibition, meaning “Against the Flow,” fea-
aartistcall@gmail.com or bring in CD with the
image to the gallery Each file should be labeled
with the title of the artwork. Please see Page 48
December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 47
Art Scene Tom Lea. Public reception is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cont’d from Page 47 Friday, Dec. 10. Information: 539-2083,
sotoa.com.
tures seven contemporary artists from Mexico
City who use new media to explore the cen- Sun Bowl Art Exhibit 2010 — The annu-
tennial of the Mexican Revolution and the al show is on display through Dec. 30 at the
bicentennial of Mexico’s independence. The International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.
artists create pieces that directly engage and Museum hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday
challenge the discourse of progress. Featured through Sunday. Admission is free. Information:
artists are Marcela Armas, Ivan Abreu, Arcangel 543-6747.
Constantini, Gilberto Esparza, Ivan Puig, The Sun Bowl Art Exhibit is the Southwest’s
Rogelio Sosa and Laura Valencia. longest running art exhibit and brings artists
Showing Jan. 27-March 26, 2011 in the L from throughout the U.S. and beyond to El
Gallery: “Different Tempers,” an exhibit by the Paso every year. This year’s juror is nationally
Center for Craft Creativity and Design. known artist Oween Rath.
Opening reception is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sunland Art Gallery — The El Paso Art
Jan. 27. Association co-op gallery is in Sunland Park
Showing through Feb. 12, 2011 in the Mall, second level across from The Greenery,
Project Space: Fernando Llanos and Gregorio with 30 El Paso artists represented. Hours are
Rocha’s “Revolutionary Imaginary: Death of a 10 a.m. to 8.m. Monday through Saturday,
Videoman.” Mexican video artist Fernando noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 584-3117,
Llanos uses mobile video images of contempo- 474-0053 or sunlandartgallery.com.
rary Mexican society projected onto historic Individuals or groups interested in having a
buildings and sites of the Mexican Revolution in show at the gallery can call 833-0636 or 474-
El Paso to explored the theme of the 0053.
Revolution, linking the past with the present. A Christmas Open House is Saturday and
Gregorio Rocha as worked as an independent Sunday, Dec. 11-12. The gallery will be deco-
film, video and television director and producer rated for Christmas with the central panels
since 1982. His award-winning work has been covered with members’ artwork chosen for
shown in the United States, Mexico and abroad holiday gift-giving. Artist demos featured both
including at the Guggenheim Museum and afternoons and refreshments offered.
Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New
York and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Titovets School of Art Student Art
This final exhibition of Mexico 2010 will draw Show & Sale — The school will host its
attention to neglected historic buildings and 10th anniversary celebration Thursday through
sites of the revolution, while at the same time Saturday, Dec. 9-11, at 5446 N. Mesa (near
engaging important themes of contemporary Sheldon’ Jewelers), featuring works by students
politics and society in Mexico. of both Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets.
A special Opening Reception is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 585-3043.
Thursday, Jan. 20, featuring a screening of Artists Reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Art
Rocha’s short “Death of a Videoman.” lessons are given noon to 3 p.m. Friday, with
critiques 3 to 5 p.m. Artists’ demonstration are
Sasahara Gallery — The new gallery is at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by an art
7100 Westwind Drive, Suite 135, features fine lecture 3 to 4 p.m. The event closes at 5 p.m.
art paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, Saturday.
prints, cards and portraits. Art classes offered. The Titovets graduated with master of fine
Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4 arts degrees in St. Petersburg, Russia and in
p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 584- 1992 immigrated to El Paso. They since have
4222 or sasahara.gallery@live.com. Web: sasa- received numerous regional and national
haragallery.com. awards for their paintings.
Showing Dec. 4-19: “Holiday Celebration
Small Art and Christmas Ornament Show.”
Small seasonal art of Christmas and other Las Cruces/Mesilla
themes, of less than 12” square, is offered as
Branigan Cultural Center — Branigan
well as and hand-painted Christmas ornaments.
Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las
Silver jewelry, greeting cards and prints also
Cruces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
offered. Meet and Greet reception is 4 to 7
through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
Center closed Dec. 23-25 and Dec. 31.
Also showing through Dec. 19: “Digital
Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154
Dreams,” contemporary mixed media works
or las-cruces.org/museums.
by Jose Clemente. Clemente’s work ranges
Showing Dec. 3-Jan. 1: “Encaustic Painting:
from subtle to eye-popping colors/images.
Reviving an Ancient Art” solo show by Carol
Portrait artist Manny Guerra will offer on-site
Lopez. Lopez’s retablos, small religious icons,
pastels portraits 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.
are painted with beeswax on old, weathered
Quick sketch portraits can be made from pho-
wood and are examples of true encaustic art.
tos or live sittings and commissions will be
Encaustic painting dates back two thousand
taken for more complex works. Cost: $20.
years. Works are created by melting wax and
A Christmas Party and Indoor Art and Crafts
then using it as a pigment medium. The melted
fair is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, featuring
wax can be manipulated with brushes like paint
hand-made gift items, art and jewelry. The
but can also be cooled and then carved.
German Military Wives’ Healing Hands will sell
Opening reception is 5 to 7pm on Friday, Dec.
Germany cakes whole or by the slice to benefit
3, with music by pianist Bill Thompson 5 to
local families in need.
6:45 p.m.
Sotoa Gallery — 500 W. Overland. The Lopez will give a gallery talk at 1 p.m.
gallery, part of the Sotoa Office Lofts, will fea- Saturday, Dec. 4.
ture “25 Years of Adair Margo Gallery” during Showing Dec. 12-Feb. 3: “Jam Session:
the month of December featuring works by America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the
Susan Davidoff, James Drake, Gaspar Enriquez, World.” The traveling exhibit organized by the
Fermin Gutierrez, Billy Hassell, Annabel Meridian International Center in Washington,
Livermore, James Magee, Joel Salcido and D.C. tells the story of jazz musicians who trav-
Rachelle Thiewes, with a special tribute to
Manuel Acosta, Jose Cisneros, Luis Jimenez and
Please see Page 49
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and in Klein Park, near Downtown. Most gal-
Art Scene leries are along or off Mesquite Street. Also
Las Cruces Art Fair Call for artists —
Artists are sought for the juried, professional
Cont’d from Page 48 offered are horse-drawn carriage rides. art show March 25-27, 2011, at the Las Cruces
Admission is free. Information: las- Convention Center. More than 70 artists and
eled as artistic ambassadors from the mid-
esperanzas.com. fine artisans will show and sell their work.
1950s through the 1970s. It features photo-
Featured galleries/studios include Gabriella Works taken include acrylics, pastels, pencil,
graphs and other historical documents about
Denton Studio, Unsettled Gallery & Studio, pen and ink, oils, watercolors, fabric, leather,
how the U.S. Department of State sent jazz
Mesquite Street Studios, Mesquite Art Gallery, weaving, glass, jewelry, metals, mixed media,
musicians around the world, including Louis
Studio 308, Nopalito’s Galeria, Joyce T. photography, porcelain, pottery, sculpture and
Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and
Macrorie Studio, New Dimension Artworks, wood. Jury fee is $25. Information/applications
Dave Brubeck.
Tony Pennock Studio and Michael Poncé (575) 526-9674, lcartfair@gmail.org or zappli-
The exhibit’s Gala Opening is 5 to 10 p.m.
Contemporary. cation.org.
Sunday, Dec. 12, at the center, featuring a con-
Artists booths (10 x 10) are available starting
cert by Bryon Stripling and the NMSU Jazz
Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre,
‘From the Ground Up XXV’ call for at $375.
211 Downtown Mall.
artists — The Las Cruces Museum of Art, A VIP Preview Reception will offer artists the
490 N. Water, seeks submissions through opportunity to show and sell their work to col-
!
The center will host several special events in #! " %(
April 8, 2011 for the 2011 Potters’ Guild lectors and art lovers. Artists will not be asked
conjunction with the exhibit: including a gallery &
regional juried ceramic Exhibit. Open to ceram- to donate art for a silent auction.
talk on Louis Armstrong is 1 p.m. Saturday, "
ic artists from the Rocky Mountain region of
Dec. 11. Las Cruces Convention and Visitors’ &
the United States – New Mexico, Texas,
A free Jazz Film Series is 7 p.m. Tuesdays Bureau — 211 N. Water. Hours are 8 a.m. to ! !
Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana,
Dec. 14-Jan. 25, at the Rio Grande Theatre. 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Showing &
and Idaho. Artists may submit up to four
Screenings are preceded by live jazz entertain- through December are works by abstract artist
entries that were completed within the past
ment at 5:30 p.m. Ignacio Canales. Information: (575) 541-2444
three years. Fee: $30 for one to four submis- ' "'#"
Films: or lascrucescvb.org.
sions. Information: (575) 541-2137. Forms #
• Dec. 14 — “High Society,” with perform-
available online at museums.las-cruces.org. " "" '
ance by New Horizons Band and Trails West
Good Time Singers. Please see Page 51 "# # !
• Dec. 21 — Double feature of “Holiday Inn” #" $ "
and “White Christmas.” Jazz performer to be !!
announced. &
• Dec. 28 — “Louis Armstrong: Satchmo”
with performance by Creole Jazz Band. ! !
• Jan. 4 — “Mo’ Better Blues” with perform- ))) # & #! +
ance by MST Jazz Trio. * #) (
• Jan. 11 — “‘Round Midnight” with perform-
ance by Allan Kaplan.
• Jan. 18 — “The Benny Goodman Story”
with performance by Jazz Unlimited Big Band
featuring Ken Neidig.
• Jan. 25 — “Bird” with performance by
Roman Chip.
The monthly “History Notes” program is 1 to
2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. This month’s topic is
“World War II Prisoners.”
The permanent display, “Las Cruces:
Crossroads of History,” features a comprehen-
sive look at the history of Las Cruces and the
Mesilla Valley spanning the past 400 years
through photographs, documents, artifacts and
narrative.
Camino del Arte — The monthly gallery
tour in Las Cruces’s historical Mesquite District
is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of the
month (Dec. 11) featuring special events at
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New Art Assn. leader
has head for business
C
hange will definitely be in the wind
when Martha Arzabala takes over as
the 2011 president of the El Paso
Art Association. Drawing upon three
decades of business experience and a mas-
ter’s in business administration, Arzabala
has several goals she would like to
achieve. The highest priority will be to
create a professional business environment
at Art Junction, which she hopes will
encourage a greater number of members to
take an active role in the decision-making
process of the organization.
Although Arzabala was born in El Paso,
her father’s work required the family to
live in a number of locations in Mexico.
Marriage brought her back to her home- “Tracy will be in charge of the Art
town, where she enjoyed a successful 30- Junction and will also serve as co-chair for
year career as an electrical design engineer the Arts International Exhibition.”
in the automotive industry. Although she To streamline business operations at the
painted as a hobby, it was not until she Art Junction, Arzabala has combined the
retired in 2006 that she was able to devote Art Association office with that of the
full-time attention to her love for the fine Crossland Gallery, moving it downstairs
arts and music. into the office space that adjoins the gal-
She confided, “Friends advised me that leries.
the best way to become part of the local “Joyce Ewald will still be in charge, and
arts community was to join the EPAA, this way visitors wanting information
which I did the following year.” won’t have to climb those stairs. Gallery
Her next step was to rent studio space at hours will be extended from 11 a.m. to 4
the Art Junction and begin studying with p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.”
professionals, such as Mario Parra and Although former EPAA President Don
Manny Guerra. She traveled to Italy to Beene plans to take a less active role in
study at the International School of day-to-day activities in order to commit
Painting and Sculpture at Montecastello in more time to his own art, he has already
Umbria. After completing her training made a major contribution by helping to
there, she came home and said, “OK, “I’m schedule a full slate of exhibitions for
ready to just paint, paint, paint.” 2011 for all three Crossland galleries.
She became further involved with the The main Bissell Gallery will alternate
EPAA by volunteering as a secretary for between invitational one-man exhibitions
Association President Reggie Waterston. showcasing the work of major artists, such
Before she knew it, she had agreed to as Krystyna Robbins, Warren Smart,
accept the second-highest position as pres- A.Stein, Bassell Wolfe and JaNeil
ident-elect, and on Dec. 4, she will be Anderson, and hosting traditional members
installed as the new EPAA president. shows, like “America the Beautiful” and
“I’ve always been involved in trying to the “Christmas Magic Fair.”
do things for the community in general, so The Williams and Cox galleries will host
one of my primary objectives is to pro- smaller invitational shows highlighting a
mote a greater degree of involvement range of mediums, including photography,
among the members of the Art jewelry, encaustic and sculpture.
Association. It was difficult for me to Determined to continue to pursue her
believe that at the October general meet- own artwork in spite of her busy presiden-
ing, the new board of (directors) for 2011 tial schedule, Arzabala will continue to
was voted into office with only 27 ballots turn out her own distinctive oils based
cast from among the 344 active members. upon the Jaqui heritage from her mother’s
“Presently, many of those 344 artists are side of the family. Look for her work not
members in name only. Paying their $30 in only in the EPAA exhibitions, but also in
dues allows them to show their work at the Juntos exhibitions and those of the
our members-only exhibitions, but they Westside Art Guild.
don’t actively participate by coming to the
meetings, voting and helping out with the Limelight shines on Titovets
many duties necessary to keep the associa- Fall has been a very rewarding season for
tion going, such as producing the newslet- both Aleksander (Sasha) and Lyuba
ter, show setups, etc. Titovets, beginning with a joint exhibition
“In the two years that I have been active of their paintings that opened in Las
on the board of directors, I have not seen a Cruces at the Cutter Gallery Oct. 16.
single time that members themselves have Additionally, their work has appeared in
voted on issues; they have just left it up to two national publications; eight drawings
the board to make decisions. Therefore, from both Lyuba and Sasha were included
my desire is to empower the membership among those of 40 other artists featured in
to become fully involved in this wonderful North Light Books’ latest “Sketchbook
organization,” Arzabala said. Confidential,” and Sasha was selected as
Even as president-elect, she still was not one of eight artists to be showcased in the
fully included in the decision-making November/December 2010 issue of “Art of
process, so her plan upon taking office is the West” in an article titled “Color
to delegate two major responsibilities to Magicians.”
incoming president-elect Tracy Navar.
Please see Page 51
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ond session March 8. 2011. Class schedule
Gallery Talk Art available online beginning Dec. 1.
Cont’d from Page 50 Cont’d from Page 49
Main Street Gallery — 311 N. Downtown
While all of this builds an impressive Las Cruces Museum of Art — 491 N. Mall, Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
résumé, one of the most meaningful hon- Main (Downtown Mall). Hours are 9 a.m. to Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30
ors came to Sasha right here in El Paso. 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. Information:
On Oct. 29, he was inducted into the El Sunday and Monday. Information: (575) 541- (575) 647-0508.
Paso Artists Hall of Fame, which hangs at 2137 or las-cruces.org/museums. Showing through December: “Cirque d’
the International Museum of Art. Showing Dec. 3-Jan. 22: “Looking Ahead: Fantastique works by Nancy Frost Begin.
Very pleased to have his name listed Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection,” fea- Begin’s artistic expression encompass several
among an enviable roster of very accom- turing 30 contemporary portraits of people of mediums including wood cut relief prints,
plished artists, Sasha emphasized that he African descent. The artists featured in this award winning watercolors and the whimsical
really could not separate himself from exhibition explore cultural perceptions and hand carved and painted wood sculptures, as
Lyuba in accepting this honor. socio/political concepts in a variety of media. well as Begin’s “Boys in the Band” and Monster
“She inspires my success, since we both Included are works by renowned artists such as Boxes. Also featured is her lap-sized, hand-
support one another and push each other to Romare Bearden, Chuck Close, Robert made pictorial book “Cautionary Tales.”
Sasha and Lyuba Titovets with Ruidoso
reach the top.” Mapplethorpe and Elizabeth Catlett. The col- Begin will host an artist talk noon to 1 p.m.
gallery owner Ann Buell (center)
He added, “The most important thing to lection was created by Maryanne Mott and her Saturday, Dec. 11, and talk about her out-of-
us is that the IAVA (International husband, the late Herman Warsh, with a focus the-box creative process.
Association for the Visual Arts) continues perspective.
on collecting works created by artists of the
to vote in new members each year as it “When I told my mother ‘They want to Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery —
give me a plaque and put me in the El African Diaspora. It includes artworks pro-
shows that the community is still paying 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, across
Paso Artists Hall of Fame,’ her reply was duced in the 20th and 21st centuries, covering
attention to art. Our goal here is to help from the Fountain Theatre. Hours are 10 a.m.
‘How come? You are still alive!’ a wide range of media.
create an art environment in the city of El to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon
“This type of local recognition has Submissions are being taken through April 8,
Paso. If people recognize those efforts, to 5 p.m. Sunday. New works displayed every
always meant the most to us. Who we are 2011, for the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces
then we are both happy. We can’t make an three months. Information: (575) 522-2933 or
right now is due to the enormous support “From the Ground Up XXV” regional juried
art revolution here, but if we make even a mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
we have received from the people of El ceramic exhibit. Open to ceramic artists from
small impact with our art, then that means December’s featured artists are acrylic artist
Paso. I honestly believe that if we had the Rocky Mountain region of New Mexico,
we are moving forward.” Judy Bess and watercolorist Phil Yost. Bess spe-
arrived in another town, the outcome Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming,
Sasha noted, “In whatever form it comes, cializes in capturing the beauty of the desert
would have been different. El Paso made Montana and Idaho. Entry fee: $30.
we can’t deny the importance of publicity, Southwest. Yost is a Signature Artist with New
us who we are. We have so many people Registration for Winter and Spring Art Classes
good things written about you, because Mexico Watercolor Society.
here who like what we do, and it is a lot begins Dec. 14. Classes for adults and older
that is the way more people learn about teens include weaving, ceramics, drawing, Picacho Corridor Fall Studio Tour —
your art. However, the primary role of any like a solid family relationship. Friends are
interested not only in our art, but in who painting, intermediate clay, and an expanded Eight Picacho Avenue galleries and studios in
artist is to make the best paintings they digital photography program. Young artist class- Las Cruces will host their 4th annual fall open
can, because this is what they will be ” we are as people and even our daughters.
We try to do our best, because sharing our es include “Saturday Art Fiesta” for ages 5 to house tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
No matter what honor Sasha has 12, a ceramics class for ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12, Sunday, Nov. 27-28, with art talks, refresh-
received, from being asked to paint the talents is the easiest thing we do.”
and the “Art in the Natural World” mixed- ments and more. Artists featured include Linda
portrait of first lady Laura Bush to being media exploration of art inspired by nature for Gendall, Susan Frary, Claudia Billings, Ouida
honored in the hall of fame, his family Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
specializing in the visual arts. ages 5 to 8. First session begins Jan. 4 and sec-
always has been able to put things into Please see Page 52

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Art Unsettled Gallery and Studio — 905 N.
Mesquite, in Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to
Cont’d from Page 51 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, and by appointment.
Touchon, Bonnie Mandoe, John Northcutt, John
Information: (575) 635-2285 or unset-
and Penny Duncklee and Peggy Sanders. All gal-
tledgallery@aol.com.
leries are located within a 10-minute drive;
look for the yellow “Open Studio” signs along
Picacho Avenue. Admission is free.
Also
Information/maps: Ouida Touchon (575) 635- Art Hop — The Truth or Consequences
7899. Request a map from Downtown Gallery District Association hosts
fallstudiotour@gmail.com. the event 6 to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of
each month (Dec. 11), featuring seven art gal-
Preston Contemporary Art Center —
leries and other venues in the downtown
1755 Avenida de Mercado (end of Calle de
gallery district. Various receptions, refresh-
Mercado). Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday
ments and musical entertainment will be fea-
through Saturday; by appointment only Sunday
tured during these monthly events.
and Monday. Information: (575) 523-8713 or
Information: (575) 894-0528, TorCart.com.
prestoncontemporaryart.com.
Venues include The Living Room, Parisi, Main
The Fall 2010 Exhibition runs through Dec.
Street, M, Art Galore, Bradley Gallery and
18 and features Sara Lee D’Alessandro,
more.
Jonathan Morse, Michael and Misato Mortara,
Mark Pomilio and Karen von Felten. Blue Dome Gallery — 307 N. Texas Street
D’Alessandro will feature selections from her in Silver City, N.M. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
current “Spirit Cases” series, large abstract Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3
forms in clay imbued with richly textured sur- p.m. Sunday. Information (575) 534-8671 or
faces. bluedomegallery.com.
Morse’s “Marble” series started with various
scans and photographic capture, then devel- Celestial Creations — The artspace and
oped subtractively. Marble and glass intertwine specialty shop, 220 N. Date Street in Truth or
in images that reflect the artist’s singular vision. Consequences, N.M. is open seven days a
Michael and Misato Mortara create glass week until Christmas. Information: (575) 894-
pieces from their 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass 7591 or celestial-creations-nm.com.
studio in Hawaii including blown, cast and fused A reception for San Antonio, N.M. painter
glass. Skeeter Leard is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
Pomilio’s current paintings, drawings and bi- Leard was chosen by the National Wildlife
folds embody principles of geometry, fractals, Refuge System to create their Annual Poster in
cloning and single cell manipulation. 2005. The system also chose Leard’s “Wings of
Von Felten bridges that comprise the Morning” for a limited-edition collectors’ plate
“Suspensions” series serve as metaphors for in 2003 to celebrate a the 100th birthday of
persona, as well as more universal changes, the Friends of Bosque del Apache. Her original
past and future, fear and adventure. paintings, cards, stationery and matted prints
will be sold.
Rio Grande Theatre Galleries — 211
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, in the theatre Fall American Photography Exhibition
lobby. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday — The 19th annual photography show runs
through Friday. Information: (575) 523-6403. through Dec. 12 at the Hubbard Museum of
Showing through January in conjunction with the American West, 841 Highway 70, in
Branigan Cultural Center’s “Jam Session” exhib- Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Lincoln
it is the jazz photography of noted County Photographic Society. The juried show
Albuquerque artist Jim Gale. The exhibit fea- features photos pertaining to the American
tures photos of Winton Marsalis Quintet, The West through “People,” “The Natural World,”
Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, “The Built Environment” and “Ranching and
Herbie Mannmore. Farming.” Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition are artifacts in the north gallery daily. Information: (575) 378-4142 or online at
including images of local Jazz artists, photos and hubbardmuseum.org.
other memorabilia from nationally known jazz JW Art Gallery — 99 Cortez Ave. in Hurley,
artists who performed in the area such as Duke N.M., 11 miles southeast of Silver City on U.S.
Ellington, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Fats 180. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
Waller and Jay McShann among others. El Paso through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
artist Gene K. will also feature pen-and-ink and Sunday. Information: (575) 537-0300 or
prints of various jazz subjects. jwartgallery.com.
Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3,
as part of the Downtown Art Ramble. MRAC Gallery — The Mimbres Region Arts
Council Gallery is in Wells Fargo Bank Building,
Tombaugh Gallery — First Unitarian 1201 Pope (at 12th) in Silver City. Open during
Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. regular bank hours. Information: (575) 538-
Solano. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2505 or mimbresarts.org.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Information: Showing through March 10, 2011: MRAC
(575) 522-7281 or uuchurchlc.org. Member Show.
Showing through Dec. 3: Abstract art of Las
Cruces artist Emma Henderson. Percha Creek Traders — NM 152 in
Showing Dec. 5-31: Fine Art Craft juried downtown Hillsboro, N.M. (18 miles west of I-
show featuring contemporary craftwork. 25 at exit 63). Percha Creek Traders are local
Participating artists are Les Fairchild (wood artists who operate a cooperative store. Hours
turnings), Lynn Kelly (doll art), Aubrey de are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through
Cheubell (ceramics), Michael B. Heard (wood- Sunday. Information: (575) 895-5116 or per-
work), Meredith Loring (mixed media), Lois chacreektraders.com.
Wilson (fused glass) Robin L. Baxa (fiber arts) Rio Bravo Fine Art — 110 Broadway in
and Greta Burger (cast glass). Truth or Consequences, N.M. Gallery hours
Opening reception is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Sunday, Dec. 5, with presentation of award Information: (575) 894-0572 or riobravofin-
ribbons, an exhibit talk by the show’s juror, eart.net.
Suzanne Kane, and refreshments.

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History Notes — The monthly program is 1 • 2 p.m. — “Viticulture (grapes) in the
to 2 p.m. one Thursday of each month at the Southwest in the early years.” Zin Valle winery
Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, north owner Vic Poulos describes the history of wine
end of the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. and grapes in the El Paso Southwest. Bill and
Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 Yolie Radcliffe also explain the story of Crypto
or las-cruces.org/museums. Jews in the Southwest.
The programs are informal discussions on
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
local and regional history led by staff and volun-
Santa Fe. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
teers. The Dec. 9 topic is “World War II
Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Prisoners.”
Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is free.
Fort Selden State Monument — The Information: 351-3588. For exhibit and special
monument, in Radium Springs 13 miles north of event information, see “At the Museum” listing.
Las Cruces, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Bayard Weekly Tours — Fort Bayard
Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday).
Historic Preservation Society hosts free guided
Admission is $3; (ages 16 and under free).
tours of the historic fort 9:30 a.m. to noon
Sunday admission for New Mexico residents is
Saturdays through September at Fort Bayard
$1. Information: (575) 526-8911 or nmmonu-
National Historic Landmark, 6 miles east of
ments.org.
Silver City, N.M. Society members will tell
The annual Luminaria Tour is 5 to 9 p.m.
about the beginnings of Fort Bayard in 1866,
Saturday, Dec 11, with living history displays,
the Buffalo Soldiers, and history including
reenactors, more than 1,000 luminarias lighting
famous and non-famous residents its medical
the path of the fort, and holiday treats.
history. Entrance to the Commanding Officer’s
Fort Selden was a 19th-century adobe fort
home and 1939 New Deal Theater included.
established to protect early settlers from Indian
All ages and leashed dogs welcome. Wear
raids. The monument seeks to preserve the
walking shoes. Donations welcome; gift shop
remaining ruins and has a visitors center with
available. Information: fortbayard.org or fortba-
exhibits of military life at the post. From Las
yardhistoricpreservationsociety.org
Cruces, take I-25 north to Exit 19.
Chamizal National Memorial — 800 S.
Museum of History recruits — El Paso San Marcial. The National Park Service oper-
Museum of History seeks youth in grades 10
ates the memorial on land once claimed by
through 12 active in civic or church organiza-
Mexico as part of a decades-long dispute over
tions for its new program “Re-Encuentro:
the international boundary. A similar park in
Seeing El Paso Through New Eyes.” The com-
Juárez lies across the Rio Grande, whose shift-
petitive program aims to increase cultural
ing nature in earlier years triggered the dispute.
awareness and appreciation for El Paso history
The visitor center has an exhibit on the history
among young El Pasoans. Limited to 15 stu-
of the Chamizal dispute, including a video pres-
dents. Application deadline is Dec. 15; applica-
entation. Park grounds and picnic area open 5
tions available at the museum and online at
a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; visitors center open 10
elpasotexas.com/history. Information: Sue
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday;
Taylor, 351-3588 or taylorsl@elpasotexas.gov.
closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.
Session I “Past & Present Downtown El Paso,
Information: 532-7273.
Chihuahuita, and El Segundo Barrio” runs 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 8-May 14 at the Mission Trail — Three historic churches lie
museum, and includes workshops on local his- within eight miles of each other in El Paso
tory, architecture, oral history, and historic County’s Mission Valley.
preservation. • Mission Ysleta — Spanish and Tigua Indian
Information: Sue Taylor, 351-3588 or tay- refugees from northern New Mexico founded
lorsl@elpasotexas.gov. the community in the 1680s. The first mission
was built in 1692 and rebuilt completely in both
Holiday History Film Festival — El Paso the 18th and 19th centuries. The current struc-
Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe and
ture was built in 1851. It’s near Zaragoza and
Capstone Productions will host a free series of
Alameda on the Tigua Reservation. Information:
four new lecture films about the El Paso
851-9997 (El Paso Mission Trail Association).
Mission Trail at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday and
• Mission Socorro — The first adobe structure
Wednesday, Dec. 28-29. The programs were
in Socorro was built in 1692, and like nearby
taped in April at the First Thanksgiving
Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later
Conference at the Adobe Horseshoe in San
centuries. The current structure dates back to
Elizario. Information: 351-3588,
1843, with additions completed in 1873. It’s off
elpasotexas.gov/history or ephistory.com.
Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
Tuesday’s films:
• San Elizario Chapel — Established in 1789 as
• 10 a.m. — “Celebration of Cultures.” Three
a Spanish presidio, or fort, to protect the
El Paso Native American leaders explaining
Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county
their ancestry from the Manso, Piro and Lipan
seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877,
Apache Tribes that once flourished in the El
replacing a church built about 25 years earlier.
Paso/Juarez Valley.
Technically, San Elizario Chapel is a presidio
• 2 p.m. — “Cultural & Linguistic Make-up of
church, not a mission. It’s on the San Elizario
the Conquistadores.” UNM Professor Rick
plaza, off Socorro Road, 5.5 miles southeast of
Hendricks explains the Spanish influence on the
Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail that
Mission Trail during the colonial period of 1598-
Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a
1821.
friend. Group tours are available. For San
Wednesday’s films:
Elizario tour information, call 851-1682.
• 10 a.m. — “El Paso’s Mission Trail in the
The Mission Trail Experience Shuttle makes a
Mexican Period, 1821-1848,” about what hap-
morning and afternoon run Tuesday through
pened on the trail under the early Mexican gov-
Saturday. Reservations required. Cost: $5-$8.
ernment. Dr. George Torok and Professor Leon
Information: 851-6012 or
Blevins also talk about the American Period and
MissionTrailExperience.com.
the Mexican Revolution Period of 1848-1930.

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The Percolator — 217 N. Stanton (between is 1 p.m. followed by tea and treats for all ages
Texas and Mills). Information: 351-4377 or at 2 p.m. in the Museum Store. Children’s
myspace.com/thepercolator915. poetry reading and a collage activity are at 3
• The first-ever All Women-Poetry Slam, “Hear p.m. for ages 3 and older. Children should be
Me Roar” is 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, accompanied by adult. Admission to all activi-
with 12 women (all previous slam winners) century marshal, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. discussion. Information/location: 929-9282 or ties is free, but advance registration required
competing for the title of “El Paso’s Best 4, at All Star Comics, 4406 Dyer. rgadelante.com. for collage by Dec. 8 (limit 2 children per
Female Slam Poet.” The winner of the slam will The Dec. 6 book is “Skipping Christmas” by adult). Information/registration: 532-1707. ext.
Santa Claus library visits — Santa Claus John Grisham, hosted by Joseph Patrick Anaya. 16 or elpasoartmuseum.org.
represent El Paso at the Women of the World
will appear at all El Paso Public Library branch-
Poetry Slam in Columbus, Ohio in March.
es this December. Kids of all ages are invited to Barnes & Noble (West Side) — 705 Children’s Storytime — Chamizal National
• Poetry Slams led by Ray Ramos are at 7 p.m.
meet Santa and give him their special wishes Sunland Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, will host free sto-
Tuesday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 28.
for the holiday season. Parents encouraged to Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 rytimes with Ranger Dora for pre-school and
• Barbed Wire poetry reading by Roberto
bring their cameras. Admission is free. p.m. Sunday. Information: 581-5353 or bn.com. first-grade children 10 a.m. the third Thursday
Santos is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.
Information: Main Branch, 543-5401. • Martin Bencomo will sign his book “Paloma of each month. The 45-minute story session is
Barnes & Noble (Las Cruces) — 700 S. • 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec 4 — EPCC Northwest Padilla” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. followed by a 30-minute activity period.
Telshor in Mesilla Valley Mall. Information: (575) Campus, 6701 S. Desert. • A Polar Express Pajama Party is 7 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations strongly rec-
522-4499. • Saturday, Dec. 11 — 11 a.m. at Richard Saturday, Dec. 11. ommended: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
A special Educator Holiday Shopping event is Burges Library, 9600 Dyer; 11:30 a.m. at José • Jim Murphy will sign his book “El Paso: 1850- The Dec. 16 event features stories on winter
Saturday, Dec. 4, featuring special discounts for Cisneros Cielo Vista Library, 1300 Hawkins; 11 1950” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. holiday celebrations of various cultures.
pre-K through grade 12 educators. A mini- a.m. at Richard Burges Library, 9600 Dyer; 1 Recurring events: Children will also make their own decorative
breakfast available 9 to 10 a.m. p.m. at Dorris Van Doren Library, 551 Redd • Third Monday Book Group will meet at 10 ornaments.
This year’s holiday book drive benefits Big and Ysleta Library, 9321 Alameda; 2 p.m. at a.m. Monday, Dec. 20.
‘Fronterizos In Exile’ — The Chican@
Brothers Big Sisters. Clardy Fox Library, 5515 Robert Alva. • En la Sombra de Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
Poetry Conspiracy hosts a reading of border
Yarn Junkies Conversation Group meets at 10 • Thursday, Dec. 16 — 10 a.m. at Armijo bilingual reading group meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday,
writers and expatriates from El Paso, Juarez
a.m. Mondays. Library, 620 E. 7th and Judge Marquez Library, Dec. 21.
and surrounding areas 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday,
Children’s storytimes are 10 a.m. Fridays (no 610 N. Yarbrough and 11 a.m. at Irving Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays.
Dec. 29, at LoftLight Studio, 315 S. El Paso
storytime Dec. 24). Schwartz Library, 1865 Dean Martin.
‘Yes, We Are Still Dancing’ — A poetry Street. The event is followed by poetry and
• Dec. 3 — Sweet treats • Saturday, Dec. 18 — 11 a.m. at Main Library,
reading and book signing with artists Susan acoustic music open mic. Walk-ons welcome;
• Dec. 10 — Reindeer 501 N. Oregon and 3 p.m. at Memorial Park
Amstater and Connie Dillman and poet 10-minute limit. Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m.
• Dec. 17 — Christmas tree stories and crafts Library, 3200 Copper; Westside Library, 125
Jacquelyn Stroud Spier is 1 to 4:30 p.m. Casual seating; bring a lawn chair, blanket, etc.
• Dec. 31 — Last story of year to be Belvidere and Esperanza Moreno Library,
Saturday, Dec. 11, at El Paso Museum of Art, Admission: $5. Information: 258-0989 or
announced. 12480 Pebble Hills.
One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso.
A special “Polar Express” storytime is 7 p.m. • 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 — Main
Reading, book signing and discussion for adults
Friday, Dec. 10, featuring a reading of Library, 510 N. Oregon. Please see Page 55
Allsburg’s classic story and other holiday tales.
City of Night Book Club — Rio Grande
Comic book signing — Jimmy “Daze” Adelante hosts the book club and social gather-
Portillo, author of “Hell Paso: The Story of ing for LGBT community and friends at 7 p.m.
Dallas Stoudenmire,” will sign copies of the lat- the first Monday of the month. The meetings
est two issues of his comic, based on real 19th- include a social, usually a dinner, as well as book

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New on the Border Bookshelf (including several beautifully-drawn
examples of Lao text), food, traditions
‘Mali Under the Night Sky,’ written and and even through the illustrations’ bor-
illustrated by Youme (Cinco Puntos ders themselves, that celebrate the pat-
Press). - El Paso publisher Cinco Puntos terns and look of the region’s design. The
brings the true tale the childhood experi- book also includes a self-portrait and
ence of Malichansouk “Mali” commentary by Mali herself. This makes
Kouanchao. Mali’s life as a young girl in for a package that is not only gracefully
Laos was surrounded by love, tight fami- done but respectfully and graciously pre-
ly bonds and rich cultural experiences, sented.
but was also filled with the hardship and - Lisa Kay Tate
trials of growing up in country torn by
civil war. Mali not only recalls her fond ‘The Lovesick Skunk’ by Joe Hayes and
memories of special times with friends illustrated by Antonia Castro L. (Cinco
and family, but of her own family’s fate Puntos Press). This children’s book is
as refugees traveling from Laos to about a three-way love affair: a boy, his
Thailand. stinky sneakers and a skunk. Joe Hayes is
Cinco Puntos continues to embrace cul- the Southwest’s best-known storyteller
tures and topics not that are not just lim- and illustrator Antonio Castro makes his
ited to the region. Their stories often stories even more vivid.
come from real-life situations from the ‘Drug Lord’ by Terrence Poppa (Cinco
author that bring a real an authenticity to Puntos Press). This new edition of the
the story that even re-tellings of folk 1990 classic biography of drug smuggler
tales or well-known legends cannot. Pablo Acosta has been released with a
‘Mali’ is prime example. Although not new epilogue that discusses the drug car-
an autobiographical depiction, award- tel wars of the past three years. Poppa
winning Youme made sure to grasp the worked as a reporter for the El Paso
experience of Mali’s story through not Herald-Post in the 1980s and 1990s.
just the events, but also the language

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ — One of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ — El
the Bard’s funniest comedies runs through Paso High School Theatre Department pres-
Dec. 4 at El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. ents the hit musical Dec. 3-5, at El Paso High
The William Shakespeare play is complete with School Auditorium, 800 E. Schuster. Showtime
evil plots, masquerades, weddings and a happy is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.
ending for all. Directed by Chet Frame. Sunday. Based on the Oscar-winning animated
Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 film, this family musical will showcase the his-
p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 mili- toric auditorium. Tickets: $8; $5 students and
tary and students with ID). Information: 532- children. Information: 545-1951.
1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
‘Greetings!’ - Las Cruces Community
‘Celebrations!’ - Kids-N-Co. presents a Theatre presents Tom Dudzick’s holiday come-
musical tribute to the holidays of winter is Nov. dy Dec. 3-19. Directed by Ken Eastlack.
27-Dec. 19, at Kids-N-Co. Performance Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2
Center, 1301 Texas. Hanukkah, the Winter p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7-$10. Dec. 3 opening
Solstice, Christmas, Boxing Day, Three Kings includes buffet and drinks. Information: (575)
Day and Kwanzaa are all included. Showtime is 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour
Sundays. Directed by Kevin P. Mullin. Tickets: father and a severely disabled younger brother
$7 ($5 children, seniors, students and active named Mickey. When he brings his Jewish athe-
military); available at the door one hour before ist fiancé to meet the folks on Christmas Eve,
show. No public performance Dec. 10. his worst fears about family blow-ups are real-
Advance reservations accepted for groups of ized. But an ancient, wise and witty spirit who
10 or more. Information: 351-1455 or kid- is set upon healing the family has borrowed
snco.org. Mickey’s body.
Additional performances are 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11-12, at
‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’
— Montwood High School Emerald Players
the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
presents the musical revue based on Charles
Marcial.
Schultz’s “Peanuts” comic strip Dec. 3-5 and
‘Cockeyed’ — No Strings Theatre Company Dec. 10-12, at Montwood Emerald Theatre,
presents the comedy by William Missouri 12000 Montwood. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.
Downs through Dec. 5 at Black Box Theatre Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Directed by Rudolfo Herrera. Admission: $5
Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, ($3 students). Information: 937-2463.
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, and 7 This story of a day in the life of Charlie Brown
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Tickets: $10 ($9 stu- is made up of little moments from Valentine’s
dents, seniors over 65; $7 all seats on Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism
Thursday). Information/reservations: (575) 523- to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of
1223 or no-strings.org. his friends (both human and non-human).
Phil is madly in love with the beautiful Sophia
who is unaware of his existence. When Phil dis-
“A Christmas Carol” — American
Southwest Theatre Company presents the
covers Sophia has a glass eye, he soon realizes
revival of Charles Dickens’s family classic
that she really can’t see him. Armed only with a
through Dec. 5 at NMSU’s Hershel Zohn
B.A. in philosophy, Phil sets out to prove his
Theatre. Tom Smith’s perennially popular adap-
existence and win Sophia’s heart.
tation of the favorite returns Ebenezer
‘Christmas Briefs’ — Lincoln County Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the Fezziwigs and
Community Theater and ENMU-Ruidoso pres- more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through
ents a dinner theatre of one-act plays as part of Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10-$15.
Ruidoso’s Festival of Lights Dec. 2-11 at Cree Information: 1-800-525-ASTC (2782).
Meadows Country Club, 301 Country Club
‘A Wonderful Christmas Time’—
Drive in Ruidoso, N.M.. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Alamogordo Music Theatre presents its annual
with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by show.
fundraising Christmas show Dec. 10-12 at
Admission: $27.50 for dinner and show.
Coffee & More in the Tularosa Dry Goods
Information/reservations: (575) 258-3133.
Building, 308 Granado, Tularosa, N.M. featuring
One-act plays are:
music from chorus, ensemble and solo per-
• “Halftime,” “Sisters” and “Innkeeper.” Three
formers. Showtime is 6 p.m. Friday and
holiday stories written and directed by Lyn
Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25;
Kidder.
includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts and specialty
• “One Day In The Life of an X*Mas Present,”
coffee or wine drink. Proceeds benefit the the-
humorous look at how a re-gifted Christmas
atre’s Cliff Hall. Reservations required: (575)
present makes multiple exchanges from person
585-4575. Information: (575) 491-5972 or
to person. Written by Randy Galvin, directed
alamogordomusictheatre.org.
by Don Madaris.
• “The Christmas Truce” — Recounts a ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ — The live radio
remarkable incident on the British-German play by Joe Landry is Dec. 10-19 at El Paso
front during World War I when both sides Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Directed by Ron
declared a 24-hour truce in order to celebrate Szatkowski. The beloved American Christmas
Christmas. Written by Aaron Shepherd; direct- classic comes to life as a 1940s radio broadcast.
ed by Don Madar. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2
• “Can’t You See We’re Acting.” Three seniors p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 and 19. Tickets: $10 ($8
on the front row of a little theater continually seniors; $7 students and military): 532-1317,
disrupt the play with their incessant comments, elpasoplayhouse.com.
questions, noisy candy wrappers, and occasion-
al snoring. Written by Carl L. Williams; directed
by Marne Modine and Pam Witte. Please see Page 57
Page 56 El Paso Scene December 2010
Dickens’ story of greed and redemption
On Stage through the overnight change of Ebenezer
Death Before Dessert — El Paso ‘Blithe Spirit’ El Paso Playhouse audi-
Playhouse’s comedy group (formerly “Die tions — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, will
Cont’d from Page 56 Scrooge has become a UTEP holiday favorite Laughing”) performs mysteries the last Saturday host auditions for the Noel Coward comedy 7
for all ages. of the month at Il Posto Italiano Ristorante, p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 5-6. Directed
‘A Christmas Carol’ - The UTEP 7128 N. Mesa. Reservations required: 585- by Jean Ames, the play needs two men and five
Department of Theatre and Dance presents its ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ — No
2221. Information: elpasoplayhouse.com. women ages 18 or older. Performance dates
annual telling of Charles Dickens’ work Dec. Strings Theatre presents its 7th annual dramatic
are Feb. 11-March 5, 2011. Information: 532-
12-18 in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family reading of the Dylan Thomas holiday classic at
Theatre, adapted by Chuck Gordon and direct- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Black Box
Auditions & classes 1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
ed by Ross Fleming. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ auditions — ‘Once Upon A Mattress’ auditions —
and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: read by No Strings donors and volunteers. Kids-N-Co. will host auditions for a new adap- Alamogordo Music Theatre is hosting auditions
$12 ($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors and mili- Refreshments served following the perform- tation of the favorite tale, written and directed for the outrageous musical based on the fairy
tary, non-UTEP students and per ticket for ance. The role of Dylan Thomas will be read by by Erik Myers, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and tale “Princess and the Pea” Jan. 3 and 6, at
groups of 10 or more; $9 UTEP students and Peter Herman. Tickets: $7. Reservations Monday, Nov. 28-29, at Kids-N-Co. Flickinger Center, 1110 N. New York,
ages 4-12). Information: 747-5118 or the- strongly recommended. Information: (575) Performance Center, 1301 Texas. Roles avail- Alamogordo. Directed by Jeremy Patton.
atredance.utep.edu. 523-1223 or no-strings.org. able for age 12 and older. Auditions consist of Information: (575)430-9162 or alamogordomu-
improvisations and readings from the script. sictheatre.org.
The show is not a musical; no singing required. The play runs Thursdays through Sundays
Production dates are weekends Jan. 22-Feb. March 18-26 at Flickinger Center.

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or most El Pasoans, even with 13. Information: 351-1455 or kidsnco.org.
political correctness, the holiday
season seems more Christmas
than not. Certainly for theater groups,
old staples like “A Christmas Carol,”
“’Twas the Night Before Christmas,”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” or
even “The Littlest Angel,” all extol that
holiday season.
But Kids-N-Co. artistic and executive
director Kevin Mullin wanted to do a
show that celebrated all the wonderful
holidays our various cultures bring us in
the winter. So, he decided to write a
show that included music from every
back here from California where he was
culture he could, from Hanukkah to
a director of a children’s theater. Since
Kwanzaa.
then, he has directed an average of two
“I wanted as many kids as possible to
shows a year.
see themselves and their celebrations on
Even with experience, directing still
stage,” Mullin said. “I started by finding
proves a challenge.
out what all the winter holidays were
“I had a very difficult time getting a
and looking for similarities in them. As
truly representative cast,” Mullin said.
it turns out, they all celebrate ‘light’ and
“Kids-N-Co. has been around for over
rebirth or renewal.”
20 years, but people still have the
He also didn’t want to just include old
wrong idea about who we’re looking for
standards in the music.
at auditions. We don’t do shows by chil-
“We do use the ‘Dreidel Song,’ (from
dren for children. We do shows by chil-
Hanukkah) but we also have a song
dren and adults (hence the “Co.” part)
called ‘Hanukkah, Festival of Lights.’
for entire families. I would like to have
For the Nativity scene I found a beauti-
had a much bigger section on Kwanzaa,
ful song called ‘Hope is Born Again.’
but I had no African Americans join the
Of course, we also do things like ‘We
cast.”
Three Kings’ and ‘The Twelve Days of
Funding has been a problem, too.
Christmas,’ but we do them in the con-
KNC, like many people, is experiencing
text of the holiday they actually repre-
a rough spot in its funding.
sent which is El Dia De Los Reyes,
“It’s not always easy staying ‘merry’
Three Kings Day. We end with the
in the current financial environment,”
entire cast singing ‘Love in Any
Mullin said. “We’re all very dedicated
Language’ which pretty much sums up
to keeping Kids-N-Co. a successful and
the show.”
respected center for theatrical education
What makes Mullin happy is that he
and performance. Late and missing pay-
has a good mix of both familiar faces
checks are all part of the arts business
and new in the show.
in El Paso. Our programs pay for them-
“People who have been coming to our
selves … but they don’t always pay for
shows will probably be surprised to see
little things like rent, salaries and emer-
how many of our ‘little kids’ are now
gency plumbing problems. If people are
our ‘big kids’ and how many new ‘little
looking to make year-end donations for
kids’ we have,” he said.
income tax purposes, we would be very,
Indeed, Joseph Quintana, assisted by
very happy to accept them.”
Tori Castillo, is handling musical direc-
Still, with all the problems, Mullin
tion. Both have worked in KNC sum-
said he has a great show. His cast, he
mer camps and Castillo literally has
said, sound amazing when they sing.
grown up with KNC.
“I love the enthusiasm of the kids for
Mullin brings a long theatrical back-
whom this is the first ‘real’ show,” he
ground to his authorship of the play,
said. They really light up the stage.
which he also directs.
And being able to sit back and know
“I started acting when I was 3 years
that our ‘alumni’ are up to the task of
old, doing commercials for Wonder
running rehearsals is great. It means
Bread and 7Up and Band-Aid, among
we’ve been doing our job all this time.”
others, that were mostly played in drive-
in theaters. TV wasn’t that big yet if
Carol Viescas is a veteran of
that’s a clue to my age,” he added with
community theater and teaches
a smile. KIDS-N-CO. hired Mullin in
journalism at Bel Air High School.
September 1999 after he had moved

December 2010 El Paso Scene Page 57


Film Salon — The Film Salon at Trinity First • Jan. 25 — “Bird” with performance by
United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa (at Roman Chip.
Yandell), concludes its series on the career of Holocaust Museum Cinema Sundays
Barbara Stanwyck with Anthony Mann’s 1950 — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study
western-noir “The Furies” at 7:30 p.m. Center, 715 Oregon, hosts free showings of
Saturday, Dec. 4, in Resler Hall. Admission is Holocaust, genocide and racism-related films at
free. Nursery available with two-day advance 2 p.m. the last Sunday of the month. Age 18
reservation. Information: 533-2674 or filmsa- and younger not permitted without parent or

Get Scene lon.org.


Holiday Movies at Plaza — The El Paso
guardian. Admission is free, but seating is limit-
ed. Information: 351-0048, ext. 24 or mari-
bel@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org. Web: elpa-

around town!
The Scene comes out the last week of the month.
Community Foundation will host a weekend of
Christmas and winter-themes movies at The
Plaza Theatre Dec. 4-5. Early arrival to
soholocaustmuseum.org.
Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de
Pick up your copy at these and other locations. Saturday shows strongly encouraged. Tickets: Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in
Or subscribe by mail! See Page 62 for order form. $4.50, per movie, plus service charge; available Mesilla. The historic theater, operated by the
at the Plaza Box Office or through Mesilla Valley Film Society, features films at
Ticketmaster. Information: 533-4020 or 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
VILLAGE INN WALGREENS PETLAND
1331 George Dieter epcf.org. Foreign language films include subtitles.
1500 Airway 890 N Resler Dr Saturday’s movies are “How The Grinch Stole Admission: $7 ($6 seniors and students with
7144 Gateway East 5900 N Mesa St BARNES & NOBLE Christmas” at 3 p.m. and “Gremlins” at 7:30 ID; all seats for matinees; $5 society members
4757 Hondo Pass 8050 N Mesa
705 Sunland Park Dr. p.m. and children); $5 on Wednesday. Closed Dec.
2929 N. Mesa 2800 N. Mesa
9521 Viscount Sunday’s movies are “A Christmas Story” at 2 24, 25 and 31. Information, schedule: (575)
5863 N. Mesa 200 N Mesa
2879 Montana p.m. and “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 5 p.m. 524-8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
7801 N. Mesa EASTSIDE CAFE • Nov. 26-Dec. 2 — “The Extra Man.” Kevin
2275 Trawood 5401 Montana 11251 Rojas Pax Christi Film Series — The series
1100 Geronimo Kline is a dapper and eccentric gentleman nut-
1331 N. Zaragoza presents the film about the legacy of Christ’s case. Lonely oddball Henry meets his rival in
8401 Gateway West VISTA MARKET birth “Advent Conspiracy,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
In Las Cruces: 5150 Fairbanks 2231 Zaragosa both departments in his new young roommate,
5, at Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services’ Louis (Paul Dano), an aspiring writer and clan-
1205 El Paseo 9428 Dyer 121 N. Kenazo, Horizon
10780 Kenworthy Mother Teresa Center, 2400 E. Yandell. Hosted destine cross-dresser. Rated R.
455 S. Telshor 10005 Alameda, Socorro by Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace & Justice
1210 Wedgewood • Dec. 3-9 — “Kings of Pastry.” Contestants
3355 N Yarbrough CARNITAS Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. prep for and then compete in the Meilleur
SUN HARVEST Admission is free, donations welcome.
6100 N. Mesa 1831 N. Lee Trevino QUERETARO Ouvrier de France, a three-day baking
2950 George Dieter 4001 N Mesa Information: 497-0384. marathon that challenges the expertise and cre-
FURR’S FAMILY 11685 Montwood 1451 N Zaragoza What was once a time to celebrate the birth ativity of French pastry chefs as they create fan-
12390 Edgemere 6516 N Mesa of a savior has somehow turned into a season tastical sculptures of sugar, chocolate and
BUFFET 1607 N Zaragoza of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists. When dough. Not rated.
Gateway West at 800 N. Zaragosa YSLETA ISD it’s all over, many are left with presents to • Dec. 10-16 — “Jack Goes Boating.”
Zaragoza 100 N. Americas 9600 Sims return, looming debt that will take months to
8045 N. Loop Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman who also
119 N. Balboa pay off, and this empty feeling of missed pur-
EL PASO plays Jack, a limo driver who rarely ventures
pose. What if Christmas became a world- outside the shell of his job. His friends set him
EP FITNESS AVILA’S INTERNATIONAL changing event again?
145 Paragon up with a Brooklyn funeral parlor worker, and
6232 N. Mesa AIRPORT he takes her on a series of lessons from boating
11330 James Watt FYC Documentary Film Festival —
12145 Montwood ARDOVINO’S UTEP LIBRARY UTEP’s FYC will host its fall 2010 documentary to culinary lessons. Rated R.
981 N. Resler PIZZA EPCC CAMPUSES film festival at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the • Dec. 17-23 — “You Will Meet A Tall Dark
1224 Wedgewood 865 N. Resler at Redd YMCA’s UTEP Union Cinema in the Student Union. Stranger.” Woody Allen’s fifth international fea-
206 Cincinnati The festival showcases work by students in ture. Two couples seek love and personal satis-
DOMINO’S PIZZA EP CONV. CENTER faction in art galleries, pubs and chic restau-
THE First Year Composition. Information: UTEP
ALL EL PASO EP CITY HALL Department of English, 747-5731. rants in London, featuring Josh Brolin, Naomi
LOCATIONS MARKETPLACE EL PASO LIBRARY Watts, Freida Pinto and Anthony Hopkins.
5034 Doniphan Jazz Film and Concert Series — Rated R.
TX TOURISM Branigan Cultural Center hosts a free Jazz Film
RIVIERA MANDO’S • Dec. 26-30 — “A Shine of Rainbows.”
RESTAURANT CENTER and concert series 7 p.m. Tuesdays Dec. 14- Bullied at his orphanage, shy Tomas is rescued
5420 Doniphan Jan. 25, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
5218 Doniphan CTY COURTHOUSE by Maire O’Donnell, who brings him to the
THE BAGEL SHOP THE BOOKERY Downtown Mall, in conjunction with the “Jam lovely seaside cottage she shares with husband,
HELLO PIZZA 3400 N. Mesa Sessions” exhibit running Dec. 12-Feb. 3 at the Alec. Alec seems to dislike him, disappointed
815 N. Resler EL PASO ZOO center. Screenings are preceded by live jazz
River Run Plaza that Maire didn’t bring home a tougher, more
10060 Rushing In Las Cruces entertainment at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. adventurous kid. Maire gradually brings Tomas
ENTERTAINMART COAS Information: (575) 541-2154 or las- out of his shell, but soon grows ill, leaving the
CASA JURADO cruces.org/museums.
Sunland Park Dr 4772 Doniphan Mesilla Book Center orphan bereft. This leaves Alec to develop as a
• Dec. 14 — “High Society” with perform- father figure. Rated PG.
WING STOP In Juárez ance by New Horizons Band and Trails West
RANCHER’S 1757 George Dieter Museo INBA • Museo
Good Time Singers.
CinéMatinee Film Series — The Saturday
Chamizal • • Museo de la series showcases various themes, including life
GRILL 2900 N. Mesa
9530 Viscount
Revolucion de la Frontera • Dec. 21 — Double feature of “Holiday Inn” in the West, old and new; notable movies that
7597 N. Mesa • Plan Estrategico de and “White Christmas.” Jazz performer to be
865 Resler Juárez • Don Boletin • have been overlooked; and films with New
9530 Viscount at I-10 9008 Dyer, 8825 N. Loop announced.
Oficina de Convenciones y Mexico connections. Screening are at 1:30 p.m.
ANDRE’S PIZZA Visitantes • Camara • Dec. 28 — “Louis Armstrong: Satchmo” Saturdays at the Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle
JJ’S Nacional de Comercio • with performance by Creole Jazz Band. de Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in
7000 Westwind 5320 Doniphan Impulsa • Educacion en
• Jan. 4 — “Mo’ Better Blues” with perform- Mesilla. No Dec. 25 screening. Admission: $4
Valores • ICHICULT •
SUNSET LEO’S Academia Municipal • ance by MST Jazz Trio. ($1 for Mesilla Valley Film Society members),
7520 Remcon CEMA • Arte en el Parque unless otherwise listed. Information: (575) 524-
BREWERY • Jan. 11 — “‘Round Midnight” with perform-
• Biblioteca Arturo 8287 (leave message) or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
4176 N. Mesa VALENTINE BAKERY Tolentino • Centro ance by Allan Kaplan.
11930 Picasso • Dec. 4 — “Desert Bloom” (1986) Thirteen-
HAL MARCUS Cultural Paso del Norte • • Jan. 18 — “The Benny Goodman Story”
Centro de Convenciones year-old Rose lives outside Las Vegas with her
GALLERY with performance by Jazz Unlimited Big Band
ALL THAT MUSIC Cibeles • Total Fitness •
featuring Ken Neidig.
800 N. Mesa 1506 Lee Trevino UANE Please see Page 59
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Directed by John Wells.
Film Scene • The Fighter (Paramount) — Mark Wahlberg,
Cont’d from Page 58 Melissa Leo, Christian Bale. Directed by David
two sisters, her cheerful mother Lily, and her O. Russell.
alcoholic and abusive stepfather Jack. While the • The Tempest (Touchstone) — Helen Mirren,
town gets ready for the first of a series of atom Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou. Directed by
bomb tests in the Nevada desert, this family Julie Taymor.
undergoes its own emotionally devastating • The Tourist (Columbia) — Johnny Depp,
explosions. Rated PG. Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany. Directed by Florian
• Dec 11 — “Christmas in the Clouds.” Henckel von Donnersmarck.
(2001) Reminiscent of those great screwball
comedies from the 1930s and 1940s, Christmas Dec. 17:
in the Clouds is set primarily on a ski resort • All Good Things (Magnolia) — Ryan Gosling,
owned by a Native American tribe. Rated PG. Kirsten Dunst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Directed
by Andrew Jarecki.
• Dec 18 — “Scrooge” (1970). Nominated for • Casino Jack (ATO) — Kevin Spacey, Barry
four Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, Pepper, Jon Livitz. Directed by George
“Scrooge” stars Albert Finney in the title role Hickenlooper.
of this classic version of the Dickens Christmas • Frankie and Alice (Checkmark) — Halle
tale. Berry, Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad.
• Jan. 1 — Popcorn Bowl double feature: Directed by Geoffrey Sax.
“Bagdad Café” at 11 a.m. and “Love Ranch” at • How Do You Know (Columbia) — Reese
1:30 p.m. Final films in the CinéMatinee series. Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson.
“Bagdad Café” is about two women brought Directed by James L. Brooks.
together in a run-down truck stop in the • Rabbit Hole (Lionsgate) — Nicole Kidman,
Southwest desert. Rated PG. Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest. Directed by John
“Love Ranch” (2010, rated R) features Helen Cameron Mitchell.
Mirren as a Nevada brothel owner and Joe • TRON: Legacy (Disney) — Live Action/CGI
Pesci as her violent husband, enraged when he Animation. Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Garrett
finds out his wife has a young lover. Shot partly Hedlund. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. (Sequel
in New Mexico. to 1982 Disney film)
• Yogi Bear (Warner Bros.) — Live Action/CG
New Mexico Museum of Space Animation. Anna Faris. Featuring the voices of
History — Alamogordo, N.M. The museum’s Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake. Directed
Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater presents: by Eric Brevig. (Based on the long-running
• “Sea Monsters” (11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 1960s television show)
p.m.). Paleontologists work to solve an 82-mil-
lion-year-old mystery. Follow an adventurous Dec. 24:
dolichorhynchops as she travels through the • Country Strong (Screen Gems) — Garrett
most dangerous oceans in history, as well as Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester.
encounter long-necked plesiosaurs, giant tur- Directed by Shana Feste.
tles, enormous fish, fierce sharks, and the • Gulliver’s Travels (20th Century-Fox) — Jack
mosasaur. Black, Emily Blundt, Jason Segal. Directed by

New Year’s at Lancers!


• “Hubble” (noon and 2 and 4 p.m.). Narrated Rob Letterman. (Remake)
by Leonardo DiCaprio. Audiences will blast off • The Illusionist (Sony Classics) — Jean-Claude
alongside the Atlantis STS-125 crew, witness Donda, Edith Rankin, Didier Gustin. Directed
some of the most challenging spacewalks ever by Sylvain Chomet.
performed, and experience Hubble’s awe- • Little Fockers (Universal) — Ben Stiller, Teri
inspiring imagery. Polo, Robert De Niro. Directed by Paul Weitz.
Tickets: $6 ($5.50 for seniors and military; (3rd film in series)
$4.50 ages 4-12). Ages 3 and under free for all • Somewhere (Focus) — Stephen Dorff, Elle
shows. Museum/Max combo tickets available. Fanning, Chris Pontius. Directed by Sofia
Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-2840 Coppola.
or nmspacemuseum.org. • True Grit (Paramount) — Jeff Bridges, Hailee
Steinfeld, Matt Damon. Directed by Ethan &
Jay’s Film Forecast — Film historian Jay Joel Coen. (Remake)
Duncan prepared this list of top monthly
“Coming Attractions” for movie fans, listed by Dec. 31:
studio and release date. Release dates are sub- • Another Year (Sony Classics) — Jim
ject to change. Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville.
Directed by Mike Leigh.
Dec. 3: • Biutiful (Liddell) — Javier Bardem, Maricel
• Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) — Natalie Alvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib. Directed by
Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis. Directed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
by Darren Aronofsky. • Blue Valentine (Weinstein) — Ryan Gosling,
• I Love You Phillip Morris (Liddell) — Jim Michelle Williams, John Doman. Directed by
Carrey, Leslie Mann, Ewan McGregor. Directed Derek Cianfrance.
by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
• Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
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Christmas Music: Various
Artists, “Gift Wrapped II:
Snowed In,” Warner Brothers
During the years, I have revealed a few of
my musical guilty pleasures, from Enuff
Z’Nuff, to cover versions, to what the fol-
lowing is all about: reworked Christmas
tunes. It first hit me while witnessing a
bizarre video on MTV (when they used to
actually show videos). It wasn’t so much the
song at first (more the odd pairing of David
Bowie and Bing Crosby), but the song itself
slowly crept into my head, making that ver-
sion of “Little Drummer Boy” the beginning
of my sickness. It was followed by The
Kinks’ “Father Christmas,” and the insatiable songbook of Black’s former band. This
thirst for more has never been quenched. The sound fits Pete’s pleading vocals like a
latest is “Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In,” fea- glove, and they are all that much more
turing some brilliant original holiday-themed poignant backed by pounding percussion and
tracks as well as cover versions, and of distorted guitar. Black Francis, Pete Yorn and
course the unexpected. It kicks off with new- a brilliant rendition of Flying Burrito
comer Cavo’s “Home for Christmas,” and Brothers’ “Wheels” — what could be better?
then moves on to more familiar territory,
with Oasis taking on Slade’s masterpiece,
“Merry Xmas Everybody,” and Marvin Collectibles: Various Artists:
Gaye’s “Christmas in the City,” represented “The Apple Box,” Apple/EMI
by Everest. Standards take form by way of In 1968, the Beatles took their star power to
interpretations by The Spill Canvas, Neil
an entirely new level by unveiling their own
Young and David Foster, to name a few.
record label. This wasn’t going to be a com-
Then there are the unusual, with the likes of
pany that they were going to blindly throw
Devo’s “Merry Something to You,” The
money at. They were going to be an integral
Flaming Lips’ crowd-involved “Little
part of its success, not just with their own
Drummer Boy,” and Tegan and Sara’s “The
releases, but with musicians they personally
Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late).”
brought to the label. It was going to feature
This album might be a bit of a hunt, with
new and established talent with a very eclec-
only independent record stores carrying the
physical CD, but what would the season be tic mix in genre, beginning with James
without it? Taylor. Paul McCartney and George Harrison
sat in on a tune, a collaboration that would
National: Old 97’s, “The Grand soon develop into a trend with Beatles mem-
bers dotted into many of their colleagues’
Theatre,” New West Records works. Another early label band, Badfinger,
From the opening Joe Strummer-of-the- delivered four albums, until leader Pete Ham
Clash-like snarl on “The Grand Theatre,” it committed suicide and the band fell apart.
is clear that the Old 97’s have turned the The roster continued to grow, from soul sen-
clock way back to the beginning. It has been sation Billy Preston and the legendary
more than a decade and half and the band Modern Jazz Quartet to the devotional chants
has undoubtedly returned to their roots. This of the Radha Krishna Temple, to name a few.
is their eighth album and they are refusing to This is all being celebrated on “The Apple
ride off quietly into the sunset. The honky- Box,” a new 17-CD collection that cherry-
tonk sound filters through the breakneck- picks 15 key titles from their catalogs along
paced album’s cloud of smoke to maintain with greatest hits. Each platter has been
their unique cow-punk cocktail. They have remastered and most contain bonus tracks,
all but abandoned the polished pop sound so from unreleased, to demos, to rare B-sides.
prominent on their last three discs. The Lone This set is not just for Beatles fans, but then
Star State natives rewrite a new theme song again who isn’t a Beatles fan?
for their territory with the track “A State of
Texas,” complete with a direct call out to El Various Artists, “The Big Four
Paso itself. If you have hitched your wagon
to the Americana or alt. country genre Live from Sofia,” Warner
before, latch onto this disc, because this is Brothers Records
one wild ride you won’t soon forget.
They were billed as the “Big Four.” Three
It should also be noted that they have man-
out of the four absolutely fit into that catego-
aged to sneak out a tour-only EP, titled
ry, with the last hanging on the fringe, but at
“Mimeograph,” which contains four unbe-
one time they too lived up to the same mar-
lievable covers of R.E.M., The Fratellis,
quee status. It was on June 22, 2010, in
David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. It is
Sofia, Bulgaria, that Metallica, Slayer,
well worth the hunt.
Megadeth and Anthrax all converged to see
Pete Yorn, “Pete Yorn,” Vagrant if they could register on the Richter scale.
The event was simulcast to about 1,000
Pete Yorn had a very prolific 2009, with two movie theaters worldwide. Warner Brothers
separate releases, each blossoming in com- has decided to make this historical happening
pletely different ways. “Back & Fourth” had something people will not soon forget. They
a bulky folk weight attached to it. “Break have released a two-DVD package that fea-
Up,” with Yorn sharing the mic with actress tures the complete sets by all the bands, with
Scarlett Johansson, paid off in big dividends plenty of songs not seen or heard at the cine-
with their vocal interplay. He is back this
plexes, and of course customary behind-the-
year, shedding his lighter side and now in
scenes and interview footage. A limited edi-
full rock regalia. This self-titled disc finds
tion hailed as “Super Deluxe” has all five
him in a new home with indie Vagrant
hours of music spread over the five CDs, a
Records, his first time without major-label
24-page booklet, a two-sided poster, photos
backing. A probable reason for this heavy
and a collectible guitar pick. Whether it is
direction is found in his choice of producer.
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth or Anthrax,
Black Francis (aka Frank Black) steps in to
nothing goes better with a big Christmas Day
pull Pete’s rock strings a little harder. At
times, the lines tend to get blurred between celebration than these big four.
the two guitarists. The CD has an overall Brian Chozick is owner of Tumblin’
Pixies feel. In fact, track six, “The Chase,” Dice Music. Drop him a line at
seems as if it were ripped straight out of the tumblindicemusic@netscape.net.

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UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games
are at the Don Haskins Center. Game time is
7:05 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Individual
tickets: $14-$50, plus service charge.
Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
january
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2 — Sam Houston State.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 — Tulsa
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 — Rice
PREVIEW
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 — Tulane.

UTEP Women’s Basketball — Home


games are in the Don Haskins Center.
Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 — East Carolina.
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 — Houston
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 — Rice
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 — Tulsa.

El Paso Chamber Music Festival – El


Paso Pro-Musica’s 22nd annual festival presents
world-class chamber musicians Jan. 5-31.
Concerts, recitals and other special events will
be offered at various venues. Guests include in 2009 after being filmed in front of two sold-
Rubens String Quartet, violinist Joseph out crowds earlier that year. Tickets: $42.10,
Silverstein and Harlem String Quartet. Tickets: includes service charge (Ticketmaster).
$25 per performance; $25; $20 seniors; $5 stu- El Paso Puzzler Mountain Bike Race —
dents; free for Bach’s lunch events and film El Paso’s only endurance mountain bike race is
series. Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org. Jan. 15-16. Information: 845-1097 or
El Paso Rhinos — El Paso’s Junior League bmba.wordpress.com.
ice hockey team home games are at the Sierra El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m.
Providence Events Center, next to the to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15-16, at
Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Regular games the Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway (at Boeing).
times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Admission: $5 for both days (private readings
5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 general admis- not included with admission). Free admission
sion; $10, $15 and $20 reserved. Information: with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-
479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com. 6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
• Jan. 7-8 — Fresno Monsters
• Jan. 21-23 — Tulsa Rampage Days of Remembrance Bridal &
Quinceañera Faire — The 20th annual
‘The Unexpected Guest — The Agatha event is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at
Christie mystery is Jan 7-29 at El Paso the El Paso Convention Center, presented by
Playhouse 2501 Montana. Directed by Melissa Elegant Penguin Productions. The event gathers
Spalding. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and experts in all aspects of weddings and
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket informa- quinceañeras, and features three fashion shows.
tion: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. Grand prizes include two 4-day honeymoons.
Admission: $5 (free for children under age 10).
Binational Independent Film Festival
Information: 592-8897 or eptuxs.com.
— The 11th annual binational festival is Jan. 7-
Admission fees benefit the El Paso Child Crisis
15, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch,
Center.
501 N. Oregon. Movies begin at 5:15 p.m.
Information: binationalfilmfestival.org. Spring Home Show — The El Paso
Independent and documentary screenings also Association of Builders presents the 2011 show
planned at the UTEP Uion Cinema. Other ven- Jan. 21-23 in the El Paso Convention Center.
ues in El Paso and Juarez will be announced. Information: 1-800-756-4788 or
HomeShowElPaso.com.
An Evening with the Stars – El Paso
Chapter, The Links Inc. hosts its 4th annual ele- Beauty and the Beast — Kids-N-Co.
gant evening of dinner, dancing and awards presents its version of the classic fairy tale Jan.
beginning 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the 22-Feb.13, at Kids-N-Co. Performance
Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Tickets Center. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and
$5). Proceeds help benefit the youth and elder- Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Ticket infor-
ly in El Paso. Information: Joyce Snead, 598- mation: 351-1455 or kidsnco.org.
9499 or Sandra Reid, 877-3647.
‘Spamalot’ — Broadway El Paso presents
Tango Buenos Aires — The tango dance the Monty Python musical Jan. 25 at The Plaza
troupe performs Sunday, Jan. 9, at the UTEP’s Theatre. Ticket information: 544-8444 or tick-
Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets available through etmaster.com.
Ticketmaster. Information: 747-5234.
EPSO with Elena Urioste and Carter
Monster Truck Spectacular — The Brey — The guest violinst and cellist joins
“Thunder Slam “ monster truck show is 7:30 conductor Sarah Ioannides and the El Paso
p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-29
Jan. 14-16, at the El Paso County Coliseum, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $11-$37.
4100 Paisano. Tickets: $17.50-$22.50, plus Information: 532-3776.
service charge. (Ticketmaster).
Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso
Gabriel Iglesias — The “fluffy” comedian Community College take on Scottsdale
and El Paso favorite performs at 7:30 p.m. Community College Jan. 28-30, at the Valle
Friday, Jan. 14, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Verde Campus Baseball Field. Game time is 2
the Plaza Theatre. Iglesias’s second one-hour p.m. Friday, noon Saturday (doubleheader) and
special and DVD “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy: Live
from El Paso” premiered on Comedy Central Please see Page 62
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January preview Advertiser Index
Cont’d from Page 61 A & S Fun Tours 23 Executive Singles 26 Pena Gallery+Studio 45
presents its annual evening of short plays Jan Affordable Chiropractic 31 Facial Spa by Susana 22 Perkins Jewelry Supply 28
11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 7-16. Directors and titles to be announced. Alfresco Fridays 4 Familia El Paso 35 PhiDev Inc 55
831-2275. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and All Animals Go to Heaven 57 The Forum Ballroom 12 Phoenix Dawn 9
Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5. Alma Calderon 39 Fountain Theatre 58 Pizazz 51
‘Parallel Lives’ - El Paso Community Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org. Ann’s Est. & Mov’g Sales 57 Furrs Family Dining 55 Plaza Theatre 2
College’s Performers Studio present comic Antonio Soegaard-Torres 8 Geico 39 Postal Annex 37
montage by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy Slaid Cleaves - The Austin singer/songwriter Ardovino’s Desert Crossing 61 Glass Goodies 27 Precision Prosthetics 41
based on the “Kathy and Mo Show” 7:30 p.m. performs Jan. 7 at Opera House in Pinos Altos, Ardovino’s Pizza 37 Hal Marcus Gallery 48 Prestige Women’s Health 47
Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5, at the EPCC N.M. as part of the Mimbres Region Arts Around and About Tours 11 Hans Martial Arts 21 PTEP 31
Transmountain Campus Forum. Directed by Council’s Folk Series. Tickets: $5-$20. ATMAS Healing 62 Happy Holidays on Ice 21 Bill Rakocy 42
Information/showtime: (575) 538-2505, 1-888- Avance 62 HC Kiwanis Bingo 23 Real Estate El Paso 42
Lisa McNiel. Tickets: $10 ($5
758-7289 or mimbresarts.org. Barnett Harley Davidson 53 Hike Up Cristo Rey 40 Reidsan Dog Training 28
students/seniors/military). Information: 637-
Baskin Robbins 15 Hospital Angeles 3 Krystyna Robbins 34
4029, 831-5056 or epcc.edu.
Fishtank Ensemble - Mimbres Region Arts BeadCounter 27 Hotel Ruidoso/Comfort Inn 63 Ronda Brown 25
EPSYOs Winter Concert — The El Paso Council presents the eclectic gypsy jazz band Beauty Solutions 11 Inside Out Designs Inc. 37 Rubin Gallery 21
Saturday, Jan. 29 at WNMU’s Fine Arts Center La Bella Casita 27 Int'l Quality Products 62 Ruidoso River Resort 29
Symphony Youth Orchestras, under the direc-
Book Publishers of EP 54 J & M Sportscards 7 Salud Y Vida 50
tion of Andres Moran, presents its winter con- Theatre in Silver City, N.M. Tickets: $5-$20.
The Book Rack 54 J. Stroh/Cent 21 The Edge 24 San Elizario artists 36
cert 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Plaza Information/showtime: (575) 538-2505, 1-888-
The Bookery 54 Jungle Jaks 16 SF Cosmetics 16
Theatre. Ticket information: 532-3776 or 758-7289 or mimbresarts.org. Bruce Nehring Consort 9 Keeble Services 9 Sasahara Studio 45
epsyos.org. Bruce’s Air 38 KTEP 56 Schaefer Group 55
‘Lord of The Dance’ — Michael Flatley’s
The Busy Lady 27 L’Alliance Française 18 Sexy Jeans 31
international dance sensation is 7 p.m. Sunday,
Southern New Mexico Jan. 30, at NMSU’s Pan American Center.
Casitas Coronado 9 La Tierra Café 22 Shundo Dance Studio 7
Cattleman's 25 La Tierra Café 23 Silver City Galleries 32
‘One-Act Play Festival’ – Las Cruces Tickets: $29, $45 and $55, plus service charge. Cecila Burgos LPC 57 Lancers Club 59 Silver City MainStreet 44
Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, (Ticketmaster) Information: (575) 646-1420. Cert.Training with Danny 22 Landmark Mercantile 50 Stahmanns Farms 12
Cielo Vista & SP Malls 17 Las Cruces Museum of Art 34 Star Western Wear 11
COAS 54 Lola Productions 4 Substance 41
Collectibles 18 Lola Productions 15 SC Women's Health 20
Coronado Baptist Church 18 Lola Productions 32 Sun. Pk Racetrack 10
CrossPoint Church 34 Lucchese Boots 47 SW Liposculpture 31
The Crystal Store 23 Lynx Exhibits 48 T or C Christmas 12
Domino’s 38 Magoffin Home St. Hist Site 28 Telemates 59
Edible Arrangements 61 The Marketplace 27 Teresa Fernandez 12
El Paso Art Association 43 Martha Garcia 55 Texas Satsang 41
El Paso Community College 26 Mesa Street Antique 41 Titovets Student Show 49
EP Conv & Perf Arts Ctr 30 Mesilla Book Center 54 Tulip’s Antiques 52
El Paso Saddleblanket 25 Metta Massage 41 UTEP Athletics 60
El Paso Symphony 5 Mission Trails 52 UTEP Theatre & Dance 46
El Paso Zoo 60 Mr Motorcycle 24 Vanities 64
Elegant Consignments 27 Musart Gallery 44 Village Inn 42
Elegant Penguin 13 Nayda’s Gems & Stones 27 Walgreens 32
Elephant Butte Luminarias 7 New Image Laser 49 Warren M Pulner 57
EP Cellulite Center 14 New York Life 24 Western Traders 18
EP Fencing 22 Pat Olchefski-Winston 49 Wholesome Body 5
Estate & New Jewelry 35 Marie Otero 39 Wyler Aerial Tramway 55
Etcetera 53 Paseo Christian Church 49 Ysleta Mission 19

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