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Your monthly guide

to community
recreation & culture
This issue of El Paso Scene recaps
the status of events impacted by
the corona-virus crisis.
Our “Here’s the Ticket” listings
includes events scheduled for the
next six months and beyond.
— Pages 8-10
‘Stage Talk’ columnist Carol
Viescas shares how community
theatres responded to the shut-
down of local stages.
— Page 22

Curl up with a good book
Independent bookstores are alive
and well in El Paso.
— Page 15

on the cover
“All At Once”
by Susan Ryde
For more information,
see “Behind the Scene” on Page 4

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Page 2 El Paso Scene April 2020
March Madness fundraiser (April 6), El
Note to all readers APRIL
april 2020 As of press time all events through mid-
Paso Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo (April 18)
Many Easter weekend (April 10-12)
events also have been canceled, includ-
ROUNDUP April had been canceled or postponed.
See separate listings for rescheduled
concerts and other touring shows, sport-
ing hikes up Mt. Cristo Rey. No official
word was available regarding the annual
Northeaster Parade. Roundup 3-7
ing events, community theater and other
Following are events that remain Behind the Scene 4
categories. Updates will be provided at
scheduled for late April and early May; Here’s the Ticket 8-10 and on the El Paso Scene
we’ve included events that have been Dance 10
Facebook page.
rescheduled from April to later dates.
El Paso events canceled or postponed Program Notes 11
Keep in mind that any event listed for
with no new dates scheduled include Music 12
April and early May is subject to cancel-
Kermezaar (April 4-5), the EPCC Spring Sports 13-15
lation or postponement
Arts Festival, the El Paso Symphony’s
Independent Bookstores 15-17
Ladybug Release — Ramirez Pecan time, there was no official word on its sta- Keep on Bookin' 17
Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint, invited tus. Admission is free; immunizations are At the Museum 18
RESCHEDULED: El Paso Comic the public to take part in the interactive $10, Information: 937-2018. Nature 19
Con — The convention has been release of about 50,000 ladybugs through-
Southern New Mexico Earth Gallery Corner 20
rescheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the El Paso out the weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Convention Center. Special guests to be Day Celebration — The City of Las Southwest Art Scene 21
Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 and
announced. Information: (575) 405-0461, Cruces was scheduled to celebrate the Stage Talk 22
April 25-26. As of press time, no final, elpasocomic- 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April with On Stage 23
decision had been made on the status of and on Facebook and Twitter. a month-long “Earth Day, Every Day” cel-
teh event. Call to confirm. Information: Film Scene 24
The convention was originally scheduled ebration of environmentally friendly activi-
851-2003, Liner Notes 25
for April 17-19. ties and events. Check on status of events.
The main event is scheduled for 5 to 8 El Paso FishNet 25
Lower Valley Health Fair — The
RESCHEDULED: La Viña Spring 38th annual health fair was scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the History Lessons 26
Wine Festival — La Viña Winery, a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18, at Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Taking a Look Back 26
4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, Montwood High School, 12000 Main, with plant-based food vendors, fami-
N.M. The annual spring celebration of live ly activities, and entertainment featuring Scene User’s Guide 22
Montwood, with about 100 agencies pro-
music, arts and crafts, food and wine has viding free health screenings, information music by A. Billi Free and Radio La Advertiser Index 34
been postponed until June. Originally booths and Family Fun walk. As of press Subscription Form 34
scheduled for April 18-19. Please see Page 4

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April Roundup admission per day (through March 20);

or El Paso Scene, the impact of the
Cont’d from Page 3 $35 for both days. Designated driver
coronavirus crisis came slowly and
admission; $10 per day. Limited amount of then surged dramatically, parallel-
Chusma. Admission is free. Information: one-day VIP tickets available for $80; avail- ing the path it’s taken everywhere else.
(575) 541-2177 or on Facebook at able at The first cancellations came March 12.
snmearthday. We lost a full-page for an April UTEP
The main event also features a “Circle of
CANCELED: The Lights at event. Meanwhile, events scheduled for
Solutions,” interactive space divided into
EPCC — El Paso Community College mid-March started cancelling. By March
was scheduled to present the annual event 16 we sent our usual Monday email
eight areas highlighting various issues. newsletter, but most of the events listed
highlighting light creations from EPCC and
Full schedule of activities for the month were marked “Canceled” or “Postponed.”
area students, April 25, on the Valle By March 23, there were simply no
at available at or at the
Verde Campus, 911 Hunter, with live per- events at all to report so we simply sent
Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau,
formances, food, family activities and information on closings that we had also
336 S. Main.
more. The event was canceled just as El posted on our Facebook page.
POSTPONED: ‘First Paso Scene was going to press. The tough decision was whether to pub-
lish the April edition of El Paso Scene. of upcoming events, re-openings and
Thanksgiving’ — The 29th annual Information: 831-2402
As a monthly newspaper dedicated to other changes.
reenactment of the First Thanksgiving of upcoming local events, what do you do Special thanks to our news editor, Lisa
the Southwest of Juan de Oñate and his
History Preservation Month — Tate, who had the duty of contacting so
when nearly all events that month have
The National Trust for Historical many of our sources to get what was
expedition of the first Spanish settlers in been cancelled or postponed?
Preservation has designated the month of In the end we decided to publish. After almost always news of another cancella-
this area in April 1598 is presented by El
May as Preservation Month. Full list of El all, newspapers have been described as tion or closing. We hope for much more
Paso Mission Trail Association at the
Paso area events on Facebook at “the first draft of history,” and there is a positive content in the May issue!
Socorro Mission, 328 S. Nevarez (at Also on a positive note, Lisa chose a
Preservation Month EPTX. value to documenting the impact of this
Socorro Road). The April 22 event has crisis on local entertainment and culture. perfect time to write about El Paso’s and
Events subject to change of cancelation:
been postponed and is now planned to be Maybe you won’t find much to do in this Las Cruces’ independent bookstores.
• Guided Tour of the San Elizario Historic issue, but you will at least realize part of Most of them remain open during this
rescheduled in May as part of History
District 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3, starting at the scope of this crisis. Every event that’s crisis. Now more than ever we need some
Preservation Month. Information: 851-
Los Portales Museum, 1521 San Elizario. been cancelled, every concert that’s post- good books to curl up with. Her feature
9997, or on
• Historic Texas Cemeteries: A Cultural poned, every museum or gallery that’s story begins on Page 15.
Facebook at Preservation Month EPTX. closed, represents a loss of time, energy
Tour 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, at Magoffin
and money that people invested to pro- ***
POSTPONED: Rio Grande Home State Historic Site Visitor Center. At least no one canceled the annual crop
vide us with things to do and see.
Festival — San Elizario Genealogy and Furthermore, we don’t know at this time of poppies on the Franklin Mountains this
Historical Society’s 4th annual festival of
Tacos and Rides Fundraiser Car spring. In fact, thanks to our mild winter
how long the crisis will continue. There
art, culture, history and heritage, originally
Show — Ysleta High School Alumni are a number of events scheduled in later with plenty of rain, we’ve had one of our
Association hosts the car show 11 a.m. to April that have not been canceled. We’ve best crops ever of Mexican poppies along
scheduled for April 24-26, in the San
4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Ysleta VFW also tried to provide you with as compre- the slopes of the Franklins. Thankfully
Elizario Historic District, has been
Post 10354, 9170 Cananoa, benefiting its hensive list as possible on the new dates our hiking and mountain bike trails also
rescheduled for Sept. 4-6. Information: remain accessible, so we can still enjoy
scholarship fund. Food and music available; scheduled for various events and con-
851-1682,, or certs. In addition, we’ve listed other them as long as we keep a proper “social
food plates available for $7. Registration at events scheduled for May and beyond — distance” from fellow hikers and bikers.
9 a.m.; $20 early bird; $25 day of event. Thanks go to Susan Ryde for this
just so you can look forward to the day
Las Cruces Showcase of Homes Information: 637-0318 or on Facebook. when we can all leave our homes and month’s cover, which celebrates the annu-
— The Las Cruces Homebuilders start enjoying time together again. al outburst of the golden flowers. Susan
Association presents the Spring Showcase
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — The We also had to cut down our press run. has a fascinating background; she was
Town of Mesilla’s annual celebration is Many of our usual distribution points are born in Puerto Rico and raised in
of Homes April 24-26 and May 1-3 for
noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 closed or experiencing greatly reduced England. To find out more about her art,
anyone in the market for a new home as contact her at 915-781-9011 or email tan-
p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, traffic.
well as looking at design and decorating We will update our website You can also find
May 2-3, at the Mesilla Plaza. The event
ideas. This year’s tour is presented by ( and Facebook page as her art on display at the Magic Bistro and
includes live, music, and around 30 ven- the Art & Framing Gallery.
Metro Verde. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday often as possible with news on the status
dors of arts and crafts, games and food
(4 to 9 p.m. for May 3,) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
booths. No alcohol, smoking or pets
Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
allowed in the plaza. Admission is free. Randy Limbird
Admission is free. Information: (575) 526-
Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116,
April 2020 Editor and Publisher
6126 or on Facebook at Showcase of El Paso Scene is published by Cristo or on Facebook at Old (915) 542-1422 or (915) 328-4110
Homes Las Cruces. Rey Communications as a monthly guide
Mesilla. to entertainment, recreation and culture Albert Martinez
‘Dia de los Niños, Dia de los in the El Paso area. Copies are provided Circulation Director
Libros’ — The 24th annual children’s Fallen Officer Memorial Car free at selected locations. Subscriptions & Ad Director Emeritus
day/book day is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Show — El Paso Fallen Officers are $10 a year, sent by 3rd class mail. (915) 920-7244
Memorial Foundation tentatively hosts its Average monthly circulation: 40,000 copies. Lisa Kay Tate
Saturday, April 25, in San Jacinto Plaza,
4th annual fundraising car show 10 a.m. to News Editor
Downtown. Various activities, food trucks,
4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, (postponed from Deadline for news for the
free books, crafts and more. This year’s
April 4) at Southwest University Diesel May issue is April 20
event is sponsored by the Khalid Editorial Associates:
Shop, 6500 Montana, with live music by The May issue comes out April 29 Yvonne T. Herrera, Will Summers
Foundation. Admission is free.
Red Ruby. Proceeds help in the remodel- Advertising Executive:
Information: 543-5468 or El Paso Scene
ing of the police memorial at Chuck Roman Martinez P. O. Box 13615
Heinrich Park. Registration: $20 outdoor Circulation Associates:
El Paso, Texas 79913
POSTPONED: Sun City Craft spots, $30 indoor in advance; $25 out-
PH: 542-1422
Randy Friedman, Leo Marquez
Beer Festival — The celebration of door, $40 indoor day of show.
E-mail: Contributing Writers:
craft beer was scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. Information: or on Carol Viescas, Brian Chozick,
Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday April Facebook. John McVey Middagh
Jay Duncan
25-26, at the El Paso Convention Center. May 9 is the Saturday before National
At press time it was announced that the Police Week, May 10-16. Subscription Form is on Page 26
event was postponed; no new date yet Visit El Paso Scene Online at
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April Roundup El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Kendra Scott. Twenty percent of all sales or on Facebook.
Cont’d from Page 4 Disease Support Group — The at Kendra Scott go towards Insights during Regular lunch services canceled, but the
support group meets at 6 p.m. the third the event. Information: 534-0000 or cafe is piloting a limited program to distrib-
Tuesday of the month (April 21) at Texas ute free meals to those facing food insecu-
Escape Race 915 – Operation Tech University Health Sciences Center, rity in our community. Up to 50 free,
Outbreak, Escape Room host the citywide
BBB Awards for Excellence — prepackaged “to go” meals will be served
4800 Alberta, Paul Foster Education
The Better Business Bureau’s 65th annual
“race to find Agent 22” scavenger hunt Building, Room 211. Information: Carrie curbside to those in need on a first come,
luncheon meeting and Excellence Awards
that blends the concept of the hit show Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, first served basis. Curbside meals will be
for business ethics is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The Amazing Race” with elements of the offered at the noon to 1:30 p.m. Cafe
Wednesday, May 13. Location to be Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, or
popular escape room craze, 2 to 5 p.m.
Homeschooling Conference — announced. Information: 577-0195 or
Saturday, May 9, Teams will have three until food runs out.
The El Paso Homeschool Association
hours to solve puzzles, search the city, fol-
low the clues, and locate all missing agents. Conference, “Every Child, Every Style,” is Applications for nominations of business- Aging in Texas Conference
After party location will be announced 2 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. es, organizations and employees in the 2020 — El Paso hosts the annual gather-
Saturday, April 24-25, at Horizon Paso del Norte region that are positive ing of individuals who work within the
after 5 p.m. for all participants; location to
Christian Fellowship, 1401 Hawkins, for examples in areas that mirror the core val- aging community Wednesday though
be announced. Registration: $35 per per-
both current and prospective homeschool ues of the BBB and demonstrate the high- Friday, May 20-22, at El Paso Convention
son. VIP registration available. Register at
families. Registration $35. Information: est standards of business ethics and prac- Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. each Information:
373-7941 or tices, are being accepted through March day, with exhibitors, educational sessions,
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at
31. Information at luncheons and guest speakers.
Operation Outbreak, 4530 Montana. All ‘Going Beyond’ — Sun City Christian Registration: $300 at
team members must be present at time of Center, 4000 Hercules, hosts the Mustard Seed Community Café
registration; race officially begins at 2 p.m. Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer, and worship — Westside Community Church, 201
All ages welcome, including family teams. with Anthony Evans 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunset. Information: 440-SEED (7333), Please see Page 6
Silver City Blues Festival — The Saturday, April 25. Doors open at 8:30
25th annual event is tentatively planned for a.m. Registration; $30 (includes box lunch);
May 22-24 at Gough Park, corner of Pope or on
and 12th Streets in Silver City, with per- Facebook at Sun City Christian Center
formances by Sarah Grace and the Soul, AG.
Hector Anchondo Band, Tas Cru, Laurie Doña Ana Arts Council Arts
Morvan Band, Sofie Reed, Roman Barten- Awards Gala — The 33rd annual
Sherman, Connie Brannock Band, Pat Community Arts Awards reception is 4 to
‘Guitar Slim” Chase, and Brandon Perrault 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at The Hood,
Band. Admission is free at all Gough Park 200 West Bell, (corner of Harrelson). The
events; other event prices as listed. No event is free and open to the public; RSVP
dogs or alcohol allowed in park area. appreciated. Information: (575) 523-6403,
Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art, or
Council. Information: (575) 538-2505 or The Arts Council annually honors individ- uals and organizations for leadership, sup-
port and advocacy of the arts.
Something for everyone
Good2Know Classroom Series
Tech Tuesday sessions — Medical — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N
Center of the Americas Foundation hosts Virginia, Suite D, hosts classes selected
its monthly session, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon. Classes are
Tuesday, April 14, at Cardwell free but space is limited; call for reserva-
Collaborative Building, 5130 Gateway East. tions. Information: 562-7660 or
Topic is “Home Health Care in 2020 and Classes postponed through the end of
Beyond: Paradigm shifts and a sea of April.
change” with Zach Zuniga, director of
International Female Ride Day
Grandview Health at Home. Admission is
— The 12th annual riding celebrating and
free and open to the public. Snacks and
encouraging women motorcyclists is 9
refreshments will be provided. RSVP: 613-
a.m. Saturday, May 2, starting at Barnett
2478 or
Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East.
Area Agency on Aging volun- Route will be announced at opening of
teers — Volunteer training for those meetup at Barnett. Riders depart at 11:30
who wish to serve as long-term a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. for lunch
Ombudsmen to residents in nursing homes party and group picture, then depart again
and assisted living facilities, 9 to 11 a.m. at 1:30 to Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200
April 17, at 8037 Lockheed, Suite 100. Doniphan for last stop party and food
Ombudsman services are free and confi- truck. Information on Facebook.
dential. Volunteers must be at least 18
Mother’s Day Circuit Card
years old and complete a free, 36-hour
Workshop — Insights El Paso Science
training course that includes classroom,
Center hosts a free circuit card workshop
self-study, and in-facility training. No prior
and fundraiser noon to 3 p.m. Sunday,
experience is required. Hours are flexible
May 10, at Kendra Scott, 6801 N. Mesa
and determined by each volunteer.
Street #A7. Participants get a chance to
Registration required for the training: Jorge
learn about circuitry while designing and
Soto, 533-0998 or
building their own light-up Mother’s Day
card; followed by free snacks and sips at
El Paso Scene
April 2020 Page 5
April Roundup ket will operate on a limited scale provid- Tickets: $75; $750 table for ten.
Cont’d from Page 5 ing locally grown food, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 877-5002 or
(or until sold out) each Saturday, at Plaza Web:
de Las Cruces in Downtown in El Paso.
Bazaars and markets Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascruces- Lucy Acosta Humanitarian Awards — The annual awards gala,
Mission Trail Art Market — Area “RHISE to The Occasion,” hosted by
artisans and craftspeople display their fine Project Amistad is Friday, May 1, at
arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, For a good cause Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway.
April 19, on the historic Veteran’s Dinner served at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit
Memorial Plaza on Main Street in San
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger vol- the agency’s Client Health and Welfare
Elizario. Includes music, reenactments,
unteers — The food bank is focusing Fund. Reservations and ticket information:
its initial response to the coronavirus crisis
food and more. Pets welcome. Admission Sonia Morales, 532-3406 or
on seniors who impacted by the closing of
is free. Information: 851-0093 or
city and county senior centers, and is dis- or on RHISE stands for “Respect, Honesty,
tributing 600 boxes per week to these
Facebook. Integrity, Service and Excellence.” This
seniors. The organization needs 80 volun-
Native American social dances begin at 2 year’s winners are Dan Olivas, Ed
teers (40 per shift, morning and afternoon)
p.m.; car show is 3 to 7 p.m. Escudero, Cecilia Ochoa Levine and the
per day as quickly as possible. Volunteers Soldier Art Workshops.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s need to be in good health and at least 12
Desert Crossing — The 19th annual years old. Cash donations also encouraged Bowl-A-Thon — El Paso Electric
market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s ($1 pays for 7 meals). Information: sponsors the Pajama Party Bowl-A-Thon
Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Miranda Chapman, 247-0257 or volun- benefiting Junior Achievement of El Paso is
Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, at Bowl-A-
p.m. Local farmers, meat producers, EPFH also plans to begin distributing Thon, 11144 Pellicano. Prizes offered for
honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local arti- drive-through emergency box distribution bowling champs and Best Dressed
One of USA’s Top 100 sans. Well-behaved pets on leash wel- at EPFHFB (9541 Plaza Circle) at Kelly Hawaiian Team. Two-hour bowling spots
Independent Pizzerias come; brunch available for purchase. Center for Hunger Relief, 915 N Florence begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (Sunday’s
— Pizza Today Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farm- as well as other major distribution sites to times to be announced). Registration: $100, be announced. ($20 per bowler five person team); each or on Facebook at team member commits to raising $100 in
SWEC’s Annual Prius Raffle — donations. Information: 772-5566, jaelpa-
The Southwest Environmental Center is
Game Garden offers bocce ball, horse- or on Facebook at JA El Paso.
raffling off a 2020 Toyota Prius Prime plug-
shoes, cornhole and washer toss.
in hybrid to benefit wildlife conservation in TXCPA Fiesta — The El Paso
PIZZA Market will be open on limited scale; all
vendor booths will be six feet apart.
the Southwest at 6:30 p.m. Saturday,
April 18, in the Downtown Las Cruces
Chapter of Texas Society of CPAs hosts its
80th Anniversary Fiesta 6:30 to 11:59 p.m.
Fine Beers & Wines Downtown Artist and Farmers Plaza, 100 N Main. Only 500 tickets will Saturday, May 2, at El Paso Zoo, 4001 E.
KERN PLACE Market — The City of El Paso Museums be sold at $110 each; ticket holders need Paisano, with a taco fest, mariachi enter-
206 Cincinnati • 532-9483 and Cultural Affairs Department’s market not be present to win. Tickets: (575) 522- tainment, member recognition, silent auc-
for area artists and regionally grown agri- 5552,, or Southwest tion, and more. All current, former, and
WEST SIDE cultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Environmental Center, 350 El Molino. prospective TXCPA members, and friends
865 N. Resler • 760-6000 Saturday in the Union Plaza District along and family are invited to attend. Proceeds
Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or
Wed Walk 2020 — Hospitals of benefit the TXCPA El Paso Scholarship
Providence Hospitals of Providence Fund and the Sid Glandon Endowed
1879 N. Zaragosa • 856-9111 Children’s Hospital and Southwest Scholarship in Accounting. Cost: $50
Upper Valley Artists and University’s Walk For Wishes on April 18 through April 1;$65 after; $20 student.
NORTHEAST Farmers Market — Physical market has canceled its physical walk, and is now Information: 833-3616 or
11100 Sean Haggerty (at US 54) is postponed until April 19; Virtual farmers hosting a “Web Walk 2020, benefiting
821-7000 market available for phone orders 11 a.m. Make-A-Wish Foundation. Families and YLM Gala — Ysleta Lutheran Mission
to 6 p.m. Sunday on Facebook. The artist friends encouraged to sign up. Information: Human Care hosts its gala dinner Friday,
UPPER VALLEY and farmers market regularly is 9 a.m. to 1 855-8701 or May 8, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1
145 W. Sunset (at Doniphan) p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Tickets:
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Thur. lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Last Sunday of the Registration: $75. Information: 858-2588 or
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. month is at The Substation, Sunset &
11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Doniphan. Information on Facebook at
Postponed: YWCA Women’s Fur the Core — El Paso Hardcore
Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.
Benefit luncheon — The annual ben- hosts a concert benefiting Muttlove Dog
“... definitely has the best pizza in town.” efit luncheon at El Paso Convention Rescue at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at
— Texas Monthly Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Center, featuring actress Laura Linney, Rockhouse Bar and Grill, 9828 Montana,
FINE PIZZA & Market — Until further notice, the mar- was scheduled for April 23. No new date Suite D, with Face Facts of Coachella,
FINE DINING yet announced. Information: 519-0000, Calif, Sabrewulf, Stay at Home, Signs of or Abnormality, Linter, Akira, Curse, and Video Nasty. Admission is free; donations
of cash or Purina brand dog food accepted
Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner at the door. Information: 591-7625 or on
with Friends’ — Animal Rescue Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
League of El Paso celebrates its 25th
anniversary with their annual fundraising Pro-Musica Spring Soiree — El
Paso Pro-Musica Guild will host its 39th
gala 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at
annual soiree at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9,
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One
at the home of Randy and Janet Wechter.
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with din-
All proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica.
ner, silent auction, live music and dancing
and some special anniversary events. Please see Page 7
Page 6 El Paso Scene April 2020
April Roundup Sunland Park Racetrack & Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open
Cont’d from Page 6 Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lav- noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
Park, N.M. The racetrack and Casino are Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraan-
Individual tickets: $150. Information: 747- closed at least through April 9. Check for
Mesa Vista Wine Tasting Room
8163, or on Facebook at EPPM updates. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
— The tasting room, which includes wine Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy
El Paso Pro Musica.
and craft beer, is at 3200 Hwy 28 (La 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259).
Club news El Paso Streetcars — At press time, Union area at NM 28 and S. Vinton Road). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday
it was just announced that streetcar serv- Open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through through Monday. Information: 877-4544
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — ice will be suspended pending the current Sunday. The room also features the or
The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in crisis. Meanwhile, Sun Metro will be offer- region’s only yarn shop and local alpaca
products, as well as “Craft Cellar” with McDonald Observatory — The
1964, promotes French culture and lan- ing free service. Information: 212-3333,
University of Texas at Austin-run observa-
guage. Information: Josette Shaughnessy, or on Facebook. works by local artisans. Information: (915)
tory is near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor
585-1789, or on Facebook 494-7248.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso. Sombra Antigua Vineyard and (Central Time). Information: (432) 426-
305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of
For information on spring French classes Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 4138. Closed through April 19, or unless
the Ysleta Mission. The center features a
for both children and adults, held based on between markers 8 and 9), in further notice.
museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10
enrollment; call 833-8705 or 346-3810. a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through
• April 25: International Jazz Day at Sunday. Free children’s activities daily.
Sombra Antigua Winery. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700,
• June 21: Fête de la Musique (location
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop
Germania Club — The Germania popular for its homemade asadero cheese
Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is products is at 11951 Glorieta Road in San
11:30 Thursday, April 9, Underwood Golf Elizario, open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
Course 3200 Coe, on Fort Bliss. through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Newcomers welcome. Information, reser- Saturday and Sunday. Petting zoo and
vation: 755-5471. stocked fishing hole. Admission is free,
with a nominal charge for fishing hole use.
Woman’s Department Lunch — Information: 851-2705 or
The Woman’s Department of the Greater
El Paso Chamber of Commerce hosts a San Elizario Historic District —
general meeting 10 a.m. Thursday, April The district at 1500 Main Street in San
16, with lunch served following meeting by Elizario on the Mission Trail features four
EPCC’s Culinary Arts Department at their art galleries, seven artists studio/galleries,
“Club 1309, Building B at the three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario
Chapel, the Portales Museum and the
Administrative Service Center, 9050
Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open
Viscount. The Academic Achievement
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through
Award will be given to a student. Cost:
Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
$25; check payable to WDGEPCC. RSVP
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-
to Betty McDonald, 9601 Edgemere, 0041, 594-8424 or
79925 or 591-0635.
El Paso Christian Women’s Self-guided walking tours and guided tour
Connection — The group hosts its of 17 historical sites also offered. Free
monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, guides available at all galleries and muse-
April 21, at El Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770
Airway (use south entrance). This month’s La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM
theme is “He Is Risen” featuring Grace
Rendall, manager of KSCE Channel 38.
Featured outreach is Mission El Paso.
Special feature is Barbara’s Bread.
Reservations by Friday, April 16. Cost is
$16 (cash only). Reservations 598-0811.

Republican Women — The West El

Paso Republican Women’s Group general
meeting is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at
120 Paragon Lane Ste 220. Continental
breakfast: $8. Men and women invited.
RSVP: 581-0244 or 373-9220.

Area attractions
Western Playland — 1249 Futurity
Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. Posted hours
subject to change; check ahead at (575)
589-3410, or on
Facebook. April hours are 2 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays, 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, and, plus 2
to 9 p.m. Friday, April 10. May hours are 2
to 7 p.m. Sundays, plus Monday, May 25,
and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays.
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For event tickets sold through sold-out stadiums on five continents.
Ticketmaster, call 1-800-745-3000 or go
to Unless indicated,
Celtic Woman: Celebration — The
15th anniversary tour of the Grammy-nomi-
prices listed do not include service
nated, multi-platinum international music
Information: 231-1111 or County Coliseum Nov. 30. group is 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Plaza
POSTPONED: Nick Cannon Theatre, celebrating Ireland and the Celtic
Presents: MTV Wild ‘N Out Live — Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel
Paw Patrol Live! Race to the heritage through traditional Irish anthems,
Cannon’s improv/competition tour, bringing Schönberg’s musical, set in 19th Century
Rescue — The hit Nickelodeon show’s live pop standards and original music. Tickets:
together comedy, variety and game shows, stage is scheduled for April 10-12 at El Paso $29.25-$150.00 (Ticketmaster). Originally
France, features one of the greatest scores
has been postponed from April 2 at UTEP’s County Coliseum. Showtime is 6 p.m. Friday, scheduled for April 29.
of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs
Don Haskins Center. Check Ticketmaster 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The tour highlights their favorite songs that
including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My
for updates. Tickets: $23-$56. VIP first three row tickets: have made them the most successful all-
Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One
$102. (Ticketmaster). Check to confirm female group in Irish history, with one billion
POSTPONED: Ana Gabriel — The Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing”
show status. online streams, over four million tickets sold,
Latin pop star was scheduled to perform and many more.
12 consecutive Billboard No. 1’s, and 10 mil-
April 4, at El Paso County Coliseum. At POSTPONED: ‘Baby Shark Live!’ Carlos Ballarta — One of Mexico’s most
lion albums sold.
press time there was no information regard- popular comedians performs at 8 p.m.
— Pinkfong and Round Room Live’s new The four members are Tara McNeill on fid-
ing its cancellation or rescheduling, although Thursday, April 16, at UTEP’s Magoffin
concert experience, scheduled for April 9 at dle and Irish harp, with vocalists Mairéad
the Coliseum had announced March 13 that Auditorium. Ballarta’s Netflix specials are
the Abraham Chavez Theatre, has been Carlin, Éabha McMahon and Megan Walsh.
all events would be postponed until further being seen by millions of viewers worldwide
postponed; no new date announced
notice. Information: (Ticketmaster).
and many other presentations with “Comedy Postponed: Joey Diaz — Actor-come- Central Presents.” Tickets: $35-$75 dian Joey “Coco” Diaz was scheduled to per-
POSTPONED: Gilberto Santa Rosa (Ticketmaster). form at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the
POSTPONED: ‘Tejano Legends’ — — The concert scheduled for May 9 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. (Ticketmaster).
Postponed; no new date provided. Ruben Abraham Chavez Theatre has been post-
Luke Combs — The ACM, CMA and
Ramos was scheduled to headline the Tex- poned. Information: or
CMT Award-winning artist brings his “What Shen Yun 2020 — The celebration of
Mex music style tour with the Mexican You See Is What You Get Tour” Tuesday, 5,000 years of Chinese culture through
Revolution and mariachis April 4 at the Plaza April 21, to the NMSU Pan American music and dance returns to the area at 2 and
Theatre (Ticketmaster). Ozuna Nibiru World Tour — The Center in Las Cruces, with special guests 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Plaza
reggaeton and trap singer performs at 8 p.m. Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker. Combs Theatre. Tickets: $80-$150 (Ticketmaster).
‘Les Misérables’ — Broadway in El Paso Thursday, April 9, at UTEP’s Don Haskins was nominated for three awards at the 2019 Information: 1-800-380-8265 or
presents Cameron Mackintosh’s new pro- Center. Tickets: $33-$293; VIP packages are CMA Awards: Male Vocalist of the Year,
duction of the Tony-winning musical based $299-$549 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533- Song of the Year (”Beautiful Crazy”), and The performance features the world’s fore-
on the book by Victor Hugo April 7-12, at 9899. Musical Event of the Year (”Brand New most classically trained dancers, a unique
the Plaza Theatre. To date, “Les Misérables” Ozuna was named Top Latin Artist of the Man” with Brooks & Dunn). Tickets begin at orchestra blending East and West, and daz-
remains the 6th longest-running Broadway Year at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and $29.50 (Ticketmaster). zling animated backdrops together in one
production of all time. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Artist of the Year at the 2018 Billboard Latin The Prequel EP to Combs’s new album, performance “heavenly realms, ancient leg-
Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 Music Awards. Ozuna’s 2017 Odisea Tour debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country ends and modern heroic tales.”
and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. included a sold-out stop at the El Paso Albums chart with all five tracks charting on
Tickets: $47.50-$87.50 (Ticketmaster). Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Top 25. The The 1975 — The UK art-pop quartet
lead single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” brings their North American tour to El Paso
reached No. 1. His new single is “Even at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at UTEP’s Don
Though I’m Leaving.” Haskins Center, with supporting acts.
Tickets: $44.95 to $59.95 (Ticketmaster).
ZZ Top — Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers’ The band’s “Me & You Together Song”
“Celebration with ZZ Top” tour is 8 p.m. debuted as the Hottest Record in the World
Wednesday, April 22, at the Abraham when The 1975 performed it live on BBC
Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $49.75 to $149.75 Radio 1’s “Future Sounds with Annie Mac.”
ZZ Top still maintains the most consistently REO Speedwagon — The rock band
stable lineup in the history of rock music: returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Monday, May 4,
Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets:
Fifteen studio albums, 30 million record sales $47.25-$127.25; VIP packages are $165-
and five decades later, “That Little Ol’ Band $225 (Ticketmaster).
From Texas” is still going strong, playing hits Formed in 1967, and fronted by iconic
like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO
Man” and “Tush.” Speedwagon rode the top of the charts in
the 1980s with 22 million albums sold in the
‘Jersey Boys’ — The Tony and Grammy U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with
Award winning story of Frankie Valli & The hit singles such as “Keep on Loving You” and
Four Seasons is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April “Take It on the Run.”
23, at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las
Cruces. Tickets: $35-$69 (Ticketmaster). Paranormal Cirque — The European-
The true story of how four blue-collar kids style combination of theater, circus and
became one of the greatest successes in pop cabaret runs May 6-17 at Sunland Park Mall
music history. They wrote their own songs, parking lot. Age 17 and older only (the show
invented their own sounds and sold 175 mil- is rated R). Tickets are $10 to $50, plus fees,
lion records worldwide, all before they were available at Information:
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Nitro Circus — The stunt group’s “You
through Friday; 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Got This” tour is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Saturday; 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday; also
Saturday, April 25, at Southwest University
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 11.
Park. Nitro’s daredevils brave the world’s
Originally scheduled for March 18-22.
largest jumps - including one of the largest
action sports ramps in the world, the Giganta Matute: Planeta Retro Tour — The
ramp. Gates open at 6 p.m.; 5 p.m. for VIP Mexican pop group performs at 8:30 p.m.
passholders. Tickets start at $49; southwest- Friday, May 8, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: Mic’d Up VIP packages $55-$150.
available. Information: 242-2000.
Created in 2010, Nitro Circus has played to Please see Page 9
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Ticket Billboard’s chart has reached the Top 5, and UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Son of the leg-
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‘Waitress’ — Broadway in El Paso pres- they hold the record for most Rock Airplay endary Vicente Fernández, Alejandro has
ents the musical “baked from the heart,” Top 10s ever. Their latest album, “Attention sold 30 million albums. Tickets: $48.20-
showcasing the songs of 60-time Grammy Attention,” simultaneously hit No. 1 on $198.20; VIP packages $373-$449
Hard Road Trio — Mimbres Region nominee Sara Bareilles, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Billboard’s Alternative, Top Rock and Hard (Ticketmaster).
Arts Council’s Indie/Folk Series 10th anniver-
and Wednesday, June 9-10, at the Plaza Rock Albums Charts, and debuted Top 5 on
sary season presents the original southwest-
Theatre. Some of Bareilles’ songs featured the Billboard 200.
Los Angeles Azules — The internation-
ern acoustic music at the crossroads of Roots ally popular cumbia sinfoncia group, on its
include “Love Song” and “Brave,” with book TobyMac — The Christian Grammy-win-
and Bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Todos Somos Cumbia Tour, performs at 8
by Jessie Nelson (”I Am Sam”). Tickets: ning rocker headlines the 2020 “Hits Deep
at the Buckhorn Opera House, 32 Main in p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at El Paso County
$32.50-$72.50 (Ticketmaster). Information: Tour” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at
Pinos Altos, near Silver City, N.M. Tickets: Coliseum. Tickets: $36-$196 (Ticketmaster).
231-1111 or UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with Tauren
$25 ($20 MRAC members) Information: Los Ángeles Azules was formed in Mexico
Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker, Wells, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers,
(575) 538-2505 or City by the Mejía Avante family in 1976. The
dreams of a way out of her small town and Ryan Stevenson and Aaron Cole. Presented
The Eliza Gilkyson concert slated for April group, which specializes in grupera music,
rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her by Food for the Hungry. Tickets: $19.75-
4 will be rescheduled. released the album “Inolvidables” in 1996
pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her $89.75 (Ticketmaster). Information: awak-
and have since produced more than 30 hit
Brian Culbertson — The jazz multi- topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Postponed from March 27.
Instrumentalist brings hi “XX Tour” to El Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs
Pie.” A baking contest in a nearby county —
Alejandro Fernandez — The Latin
Paso at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at
superstar presents his Hecho en Mexico
Abraham Chavez Theatre. Culbertson has and a satisfying run-in with someone new —
Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at
crafted a 20-album catalogue and more than show Jenna a chance at a fresh start. Please see Page 10
30 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instru-
NB Ridaz — The hip-hop artist performs
mentalist, songwriter and producer. Tickets:
at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Plaza
$25-$32.50; VIP packages $117-$193
Theatre, with Lil’ Rob, MC Magic and
Karlaaa. Postponed from April 17. Tickets:
Thunder from Down Under — The $30-$125 (Ticketmaster)
male revue from Australia presents their
Mike Salazar — The standup comedian
2020 World Tour at 8 p.m. Monday, May
performs Friday, June 19, at Abraham
18, at the Plaza Theatre, with dance, gym-
Chavez Theatre. Postponed from March.
nastics, break dancing, colorful costumes,
Tickets to be announced. (Ticketmaster)
humor and hard bodies. Must be 18 or older
to attend. (Ticketmaster). December ‘63 — A tribute to the origi-
nal Jersey Boys, Franki Valli & The Four
‘STOMP’ — The international sensation
Seasons, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at
returns to El Paso for two performances at
the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $35-$45
7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26-
27, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. From
its beginnings as a street performance in the Cristian Castro ‘Hits Tour’ — The
UK, STOMP has grown into an international Latin hit vocalist presents a celebration of the
sensation over the past 20 years, having per- music of Juan Gabriel and José José at 8 p.m.
formed in more than 50 countries and in Thursday, June 25, at the Plaza Theatre.
front of more than 24 million people. Tickets: $49.50-$69.50(Ticketmaster).
Tickets; $32.50 to $72.50 (Ticketmaster).
Information: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular — The
STOMP uses unconventional percussion popular laser rock show returns at 8 p.m.
instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator Friday, June 26, at the Plaza Theatre.
hoses, boots, hub caps - to fill the stage. Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a
cult classic. Tickets: $23-$35 (Ticketmaster).
‘Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Postponed from April 3.
Gold’ — The live show based on the hit
cartoon series is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May Intocable — One of the most influential
27, at the Plaza Theatre. Scooby-Doo and Tejano/Norteño groups on the music scene
his meddling, mystery-solving friends try to today performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27,
solve a brand new mystery, brought to life at the Plaza Theatre. Their road to success
with cutting-edge technology, original music, began 20 years ago in Zapata, Texas, when
puppetry, magic, singing, dance, interactive friends Ricky Muñoz and René Martínez
video, aerial arts, acrobatics, and video map- crafted an extraordinary style of music that
ping. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. VIP tickets: fused Tejano conjunto music, Norteño folk
$192 (Ticketmaster). rhythms, pop ballads and rock. Tickets:
Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, and $39.99-$109.99 (Ticketmaster).
Velma travel to a South American town ‘The Office! A Musical Parody’ —
where ghostly sightings of La Dama de Oro The unauthorized parody of the hit TV show
(The Lady In Gold) threaten to scare atten- is 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Abraham
dees away from the annual music festival and Chavez Theatre. It’s a typical morning at
Incan sun god celebration. Scranton’s third largest paper company, until,
Cancelled: Darci Lynne and for no logical reason, a documentary crew
Friends — The singer-ventriloquist, who begins filming the lives of the employees at
won “America’s Got Talent” at age 12, pres- Dunder Mifflin. Tickets: $17.50-$65
ents her “Fresh Out of the Box” Tour at 7 (Ticketmaster). Postponed from March 26.
p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Abraham Chavez Shinedown — The multi-platinum rock
Theatre. Tickets: $27.25-$47.25. VIP pack- band rock band brings their “Deep Dive”
ages: $97.25. (Ticketmaster) tour to El Paso Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the
Plaza Theatre. Originally scheduled for May
JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour — 12. Their recent hits include “Get Up,”
The Nickelodeon singer, dancer, actress and “Monsters,” and “Devil,” bringing them a
YouTube personality performs Tuesday, total of 14 No. 1’s on Billboard’s Mainstream
June 9. at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Rock Songs Chart, the second most in chart
Tickets: $34-$64; VIP packages $175-$349 history Tickets: $39.50-$69.50
(Ticketmaster). Originally scheduled for (Ticketmaster).
March 14. Each of Shinedown’s 25 charting singles on

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Ticket Megadeth, fueled by Dave Mustaine’s 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2. The concert is a
Cont’d from Page 9
return to the stage following throat cancer, is Venues & series GCRMC Benefit for the building of the new
on their first North American tour since Cancer Center, and features Las Cruces trib-
2017. Lamb of God released their first new Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. ute artist Chris Waggoner, backed by his 10-
Juanes — The Latin rock icon and multiple Doors usually open one hour prior to show
music in five years recently with the single piece “Play Me” Band. Concert tickets: $45.
Grammy award-winning artist’s “Mas Futuro
“Checkmate,” to be released from the time. All concerts listed are all ages. A private reception with hors d’oeuvres,
Que Pasado” Tour is 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2,
band’s self-titled eighth studio album. Surcharge for ages under 21. Available in cash bar, and live auction begins at 5:30 p.m.
at the Plaza Theatre. The performance is a
advance at The Headstand or Combo reception/concert tickets are $65.
journey through all the greatest hits of his Franco Escamilla — The Mexican come-
past, combined with the guitar interpreta- Information: lowbrow-
dian, musician and radio announcer returns See separate listing for outdoor Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort
tions of Latin America’s most beloved to El Paso for his brand new “Payaso” Tour
rhythms found on his new album. Tickets: at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Plaza venue at 1101 Texas. and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Most
$39-$99; VIP packages are $201-$485 Call for any upcoming shows, postpone- shows begin at 8 p.m. and are limited to age
Theatre. Tickets: $39 to $125
(Ticketmaster). (Ticketmaster). Postponed from March 22. ments and cancelations in April and beyond. 21 and older, unless listed otherwise. Tickets
Juanes has sold millions of albums around After studying at Monterrey College of through or Ticketmaster.
Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthe-
world, while notching 12 No. 1 singles. He is Music and Dance, Escamilla lauiched a career
Montana, specializing in metal and hard rock.
the only artist holding two of Billboard’s all- in comedy, building audiences on YouTube.
Most shows 18 and older admitted; sur- • Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano per-
time Top 5 Latin Pop Songs. His dark, acerbic sense of humor earned him
charge for under 21. Some tickets available form Saturday, April 11. Tickets: $25-$55.
the nickname “El Amo del Sarcasmo” (The
Kane Brown — The contemporary coun- Master of Sarcasm). By 2016, he was hosting under Information: 591- • Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives
try singer and 2018’s CMT’s Artist of the 7625 or on Facebook.
his comedic talk show, “El Show de Franco — The country star performs at 8 p.m.
Year performs at Friday, Oct. 2, at UTEP’s Check for updates, postponements and
Escamilla,” on Estrella TV. Friday, May 1. Tickets: $25-$65.
Don Haskins Center, with guests Chris Lane April cancelations on Facebook. • La Maquinaria Norteña — The norteño
and Russell Dickerson. Tickets: $52-$170 The Texas Tenors — The Woman’s • Damian Isacc — The country rock artist
(Ticketmaster). VIP experiences available. Club of El Paso presents the group’s “10th band performs Saturday, May 2. Tickets:
performs Friday, May 22, with Jake Devine. $25-$55.
Rescheduled from April 30, Anniversary Tour” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, Admission: $5 • Robert Irvine — The celebrity chef
Brown won three American Music Awards at the Plaza Theatre. Texas Tenors have per-
• Piñata Protest — The Tex-Mex punk band appears at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Tickets:
in 2018 including Favorite Male Country formed more than 1,300 concerts, released
performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24. $70.
Artist, Country Album and Country Song. four studio albums, 2 PBS specials, 4 DVDs,
Admission: $10; $18 day of show. • George Lopez — The comic performs
Hits include “Good As You,” “Homesick” multiple singles, and a children’s book, along
“Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” “Thunder in with three Emmy awards. Tickets: $45-$117 • Polyphia — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. Saturday, July 18. Postponed from March.
the Rain” and is popular stand-alone single (Ticketmaster). Postponed from March 23. Tickets: $16.50 in advance; $20 day of show. Tickets: $55-$65.
“Used to Love You Sober.” All ages show. • Chris Janson — The country singer per-
Camila — The Mexican pop-rock band • Hawthorne Heights — Thursday, June 18, forms, Friday, Sept. 4. Rescheduled.
Megadeth and Lamb of God — The show is at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the with Can’t Swim. Tickets: $20 in advance;
heavy metal bands’ 2020 tour presented by Tickets: $39-$79.
Plaza Theatre. Since 2005, Camila, consisting $25 day of show.
SiriusXM is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at of Mario Domm and Pablo Hurtado, has • The JA/CK Ultimate AC/DC tour is Spencer Theater for Performing
UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with special been performing their characteristically Arts — 108 Spencer Road (off Airport Hwy
Saturday, July 11. Tickets: $10; age 18 and
guests Trivium and In Flames. Tickets: romantic ballads. Their latest album is “Hacia 220) in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-
$32.75-$112.75; VIP packages are $169- Adentro.” Tickets: $49.50-$250
• Dawn of Ashes and Midnight Nightmare— 4800 or
$299 (Ticketmaster). (Ticketmaster).
8 p.m. Monday, June 29, with Dementhia, Public buffets ($20) are available before
Dolorem Obscurum and DJ Astra. most shows.
Admission: $10 in advance; $12 day of show. • The Haggard Brothers: Tribute To Merle
Haggard — Sons Ben and Noel Haggard pay
Flickinger Center for Performing homage to their father’s musical legacy
Arts — 1110 New York, in Alamogordo. together with members of Merle’s longtime
Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickinger- band, The Strangers, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Expect renditions of “Mama
• ‘Jungle Book’— The internationally touring Tried,” Silver Wings,” “Sing Me Back Home,”
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, per- “Working Man Blues” and more to fill the
forms the classic tale Saturday, April 11, night with remembrances of the iconic king
with performances by local ballet students. of outlaw country. Tickets: $39-$69.
Tickets: $19, $32, $40. • The Brothers Four — The pioneers in the
• Alamogordo Music Theatre presents “The folk music revival, dubbed “America’s
Wedding Singer” (based on the Adam Musical Ambassadors to the World,” per-
Sandler film) at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, form at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, with clas-
April 17-18 and 24-25, plus a 2 p.m. show sics such as “Greenfields,” “Try To
Sunday, April 19. Tickets: $12. Information: Remember,” “Yellow Bird,” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” and “Shenandoah.”
• ‘Play Me: The Music of Neil Diamond’ is at Tickets: $39-$59.

EPCC Spring Dance Concert — El Paso Lonnie Ludeman. The dance begins with begin-
Community College Dance presents its annual ners’ lessons at 7:30 p.m.; no partner or expe-
spring concert 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May rience needed. Cost: $6 ($4 youth); $15 for
1-2, at EPCC’s Transmountain Forum Theater, families. Information: (575) 522-1691 or snm-
9570 Gateway North. Admission information:
Dance Extravaganza — The Las Cruces
Contra Dance — The Southern New Chamber Ballet’s annual performance is 6 p.m.
Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly Thursday and Friday, May 21-22, at NMSU’s
contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, May Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces.
15, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle Information: (575) 527-1893 or micheles-
de Santiago in Las Cruces. Live music by Little
Table Contraband of Las Cruces. Caller is

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Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 active military, stu- Recital Hall. Applications due by May 1.
dents, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or Audition application, requirements and music available at Positions auditioned for
are concertmaster, section violin, section viola,
Symphony auditions — El Paso Symphony assistant principal cello, section cello, principal
Orchestra will hold auditions 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. oboe, 2nd oboe/EH, principal clarinet, 3rd bas-
Sunday, May 17, at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts soon/contra bassoon, and principal harp.
EPSMF OM/NI applications — El Paso Handel, Hess, Mendelssohn and Bach. The
Society for Musicians of the Future will take Consort Singers will sing spirituals and hymns.
applications online for its 2020 OM/NI (Original The Consort Singers and Chamber players
Music/New Ideas) project call for composers will perform “Love, The Greatest” written by
open to original scores for solo piano. Junior Dominci Dousa of the UTEP music faculty, and
division open to age 9-16; Emerging division conducted by Nehring. Dousa also will perform
open to age 17-25. Cash awards in each divi- on piano with the Chamber Players playing the
sion, plus an “Audience Choice Award.” theme from “Schindler’s List” by John Williams
Application deadline is March 31. Information and a concerto by Bloch.
or OM/NI applicants:
EPSYOs Season Finale — El Paso
Information: 449-0619 or
Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James
EPSO’s ‘Gershwin at the Piano’ — El O. Welsch, perform their spring finale concert
Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Plaza
Bohuslav Rattay, was scheduled to close its sea-
son with guest pianist Kevin Cole 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, in the Plaza
Theatre. Cancellation or postponement was
likely at press time; for information: 532-3776
Program: Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue” and
“Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra,” and
Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor.
Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students
Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are
presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the
Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.
Music Beyond Borders — Consulate
General of Mexico in El Paso presents the con-
cert featuring more than 100 young musicians
ranging from age 12 to their mid-20s, at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 24, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital
Hall in Las Cruces, conducted by NMSU
Philharmonia director, Simon Gollo and
Esperanza Azteca Juarez director, Jove Garcia,
with the special participation of renowned vio-
linist Alexander Kerr. Admission is free.
Information: 747-3227.
“Music Beyond Borders” started as an initia-
tive led by the Consulate General of Mexico;
the director of the New Mexico State
University Philharmonic Orchestra, Simón
Gollo; the director of the Esperanza Azteca
Symphony Orchestra Cd. Juarez, Jové García;
and the association Amigos de la Orquesta
Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez.
The event will also be held at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 23, in Juarez.
LCSO with Alessio Bax — Las Cruces
Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie
Klein, presents a performance with guest
pianist Alessio Bax at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3
p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, at NMSU’s Atkinson
Recital Hall. The program features Gioachino
Rossini’s “Italian in Algiers,” Edvard Grieg’s
Piano Concerto, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s
Symphony No. 5. Tickets: $41-$51.
Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessympho- or on Facebook.
“Lonnie’s Spotlight Luncheon” is 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 30, at Paisano Café in Mesilla.
Cost: $20 (cash or check only).
Bruce Nehring Consort — The consort
concludes its 29th season with a rescheduled
concert set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at
First Baptist Church, 801 Montana. The original
program was scheduled for March 22, featuring
Charles Gray of St. Olaf College, as violinist and
conductor of the Consort Chamber Players.
Bruce Nehring will conduct the Consort
Chamber singers. Ticket: $15 (free for students
with ID). Information: 532-5874 or
The Chamber Players will perform music by

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Border Beats
‘Cello Concerto/Don Quixote, live
recordings by Zuill Bailey’ (Steinway &
Saturday, April 18, in Grapevine Plaza, at Sons). Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey’s
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
Picacho Peak Brewing Company, 3900 W newest CD features live recordings of
1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive),
Picacho, in Las Cruces. Proceeds benefit schol- Richard Strauss’s “Don Quixote,” and the
Sunland Park, N.M. No cover; age 21 and older
arships for NMSU jazz students. Performers William Walton Cello Concerto. Bailey, the
admitted. Information: (575) 874-5200,
include Austin Jimmy Murphy, Pat “Guitar Slim” artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica, is or on
Chase, and Surround Sound Parrots (of joined by North Carolina Symphony, under
Phoenix). Bring a lawn chair or blankets and the direction of Grant Llewellyn, along with
The Racetrack and Casino will be close
sunscreen; no outside food or drink, or pets violist Roberto Diaz.
through April 5; call or check website for
allowed; food and drink available for purchase. The CD has a special El Paso touch: The
updates on reopening.
Tickets: $15 in advance online with credit cover portrait of Bailey, “Music Man,” was
Park After Dark live music is 8:30 p.m.
card or at Picacho Peak Brewing Company created local artist Hal Marcus. Release date
Fridays and Saturdays. Mariachi bands perform
(cash or check); $20 at the door. Information: is April 3. Available through Amazon.
at 5 p.m. Sundays. For full band lineup, see
website. ‘Artificial Happiness’ by Emily Davis
“Si Una Vez,” Selena Tribute band performs and the Murder Police. The El Paso folk
Mariachis for Mom — The Mother’s Day
Friday, April 17, with three different singers punk band’s newest single is being premiered
concert is 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at El Paso
showcasing Selena throughout her career. this month, described as by “an intense jour-
County Coliseum. Tickets: $15-$100
“DSB” Journey Tribute band performs ney—an amalgamation of classic driving punk
Saturday, April 18, capturing the band led by drum and bass, locking in with ripping surf-
Steve Perry in their prime. Folk Fury — KTEP, 88.5 FM, features inspired lead guitar lines, acoustic guitar
acoustic and folk music — emphasizing local strums and Emily’s gorgeously emotive
Red, White and Blues Festival — Mesilla
musicians and occasional live appearances — 6 vocals, singing of escapism through substance
Valley Jazz and Blues Society hosts its 7th annu-
to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Hosts are Dan Alloway abuse.” Davis has performed on tour with
al fundraising blues festival at 3 to 9 p.m.
and Gregg Carthy. Requests: 747-5153. punk legends Bag Religion, and the band will
go on tour with fellow El Paso punk legends
Sparta later this spring.
The band’s debut full-length album, “Same
Old World,” was released in October 2018.
‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me If
You Don’t’ by Forester. The El Paso
electronic/indie artist released his debut
record last week, along with the first single,
“Harps.” Forester’s music brings a unique
approach to melding genres, primarily com-
posed of elements of indie rock, electronica,
R&B and trip-hop with vocoder effects. Tour
dates and upcoming shows can be found on
Instagram and Facebook.

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Running events
Hearts for Autism — The 5K run and 1-
mile fun/run walk benefiting Hearts for Autism
Gadsden Fund camp New Amigos for children
with autism spectrum disorders is 8 a.m.
Saturday, April 18, at Sunland Park Sports
El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso For more information: Manny Valadez, 861- Complex, 4700 McNutt. Proceeds help send
Parks and Recreation Department’s 38th annual 2311 or children with autism spectrum disorder to
games for those age 50 and older were sched- camp New Amigos. Registration: $20 through
Tour of the Gila Bike Races — The 34th
uled to run through mid-May. Check with your March 31; $24 April 1-15; $30 on race day.
annual stage bicycle races, scheduled for April
local senior center once it reopens to find out Register at
29-May 3 in Silver City, N.M. have been can-
revised schedule. Information, registration:
celed. Information: (575) 388-3222 or JackRabbit Classic — The 20th annual trail
503-6544, 212-0092 or race is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 19, at Franklin
El Paso Locomotive FC — El Paso’s pro- Golf Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Unit. Four-
fessional soccer team’s games suspended and 8-mile trail options available. Registration:
through mid-May. Home games are at US Kids Golf Tour — The local tour $25 through April 16; $30 April 17-18; no race
Southwest University Park. Information: 235- events, held every other Sunday, are open to day registration or at packet pick up. Park
GOAL,, tickets@eploco- all junior golfers 5 to 14 years old. Membership entrance fee: $5. Information: or on Facebook. fee per season is around $40; individual tourna- or Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration:
ment fees vary. Information, registration: foun-
El Paso Chihuahuas — All Minor League
Baseball has delayed its opening, originally Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday and
local-tour/496853/el-paso. Tournaments: Saturday, April 17-18, at Up and Running,
scheduled for the second week of April (the
• April 19: Ascarate Golf Course. Registration 3233 N. Mesa.
Chihuahuas’ first home game was set for April
ends April 14.
14). Check for rescheduled hoe games.
• May 3: Red Hawk Golf Club, Registration
Information: 533-BASE or
ends April 28. Please see Page 14
El Paso Roller Derby — The opening • May 17: Underwood Golf Complex, on Fort
home bout of the season are Saturday, April Bliss, Registration ends May 12.
18, at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831
Railroad, featuring Tex Pistols vs. Mexico City,
• May 31: Red Hawk Golf Club, Registration
ends May 26.
Marie Otero Hair & Art
and Beast Mode vs. Crash Test Dollies. First
Spring Trifecta — The spring golf tourna- & Florence Street Gallery
bout begins at 6 p.m., second at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $5 for
military (active and vet only); free for age 10
ment is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at
Fort Bliss’s Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Wash & Wear Hair!
Coe. The 18-hole tournament includes 6 holes
and younger with paying adult. Information:
of alternate shot, 6 holes scramble, and 6 holes for the Hip, Natural Look
(623) 285-4670,, or on
best ball. Cost: $40 (includes green fee, cart fee
Facebook at eprollerderby.
and lunch); $35 members. Prizes offered. Open 1015 N. Florence at Arizona 2Byblocks north of Montana
Teams are part of the Women’s Flat Track
Roller Derby Association.
to the public, age 18 and older; registration
required by April 10. Information: 568-1059.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — Due to health concerns, open to first 50 partic- Call today for your appointment
1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. The race- ipants only.
track and Casino will close at least through
Junior Woman’s Club Golf
April 9. The live racing season was scheduled
Tournament — The 18th annual “Spring
to run Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and
Swing” tournament benefiting local charities is
Tuesdays through April 21, with post time at
1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Butterfield Trail
1 p.m. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-
Golf Club, 1858 Cottonwoods. Four-person
scramble format. Registration begins at noon.
Tejanas softball — All remaining season Lunch follows tournament. Registration: $125
games for the EPCC Tejanas are canceled. (includes greens fees, golf cart, goody bag,
Information: 831-2275 or drinks, and dinner); $500 four person scramble.
Softball office: 831-2367. registration at
Information: Maria, 260-2381 or
Tejanos baseball — All remaining games for
the Tejanos of El Paso Community College
have been canceled for the season. First Tee Benefit Tournament — First
Information: 831-2275 or Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its 7th annual fundraising golf tournament at 1 p.m. Monday,
April 27, at El Paso Country Club, 5000
Country Club Place. Proceeds from this tour-
Bicycling nament go to the First Tee of Greater El Paso.
El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free Cost: $150 per player; $600 per team.
and open to the public; helmets required. Information: 252-6511 or firstteegreaterelpa-
Information: Ride
schedule on (El Paso Bicycle Spring Swing Golf Tournament — Las
Club). Repeat riders are encouraged to Cruces Home Builders Association is Friday,
become a member of the club; dues are $18 a May 8, at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, 1274
year or $25 per family ($30/$40 for two years). Golf Club Road in Las Cruces. Information:
Join at
Wednesday night rides, a tradition for over 25
years, begin March 11, with leaderless rides of
18-22 miles. The favorite route is a 20-mile Motor sports
loop to Gadsden H.S. Most riders begin about
Vado Speedway Park — 15900 Stern in
5:30-5:45 p.m. leaving from Rio Plaza, 6205
Vado, N.M. Tickets: $15-$18 ($5-$8 age 6-12).
Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft). Park on dirt
Information: (575) 524-7913, vadopeedway-
shoulder across from shopping center. or on Facebook.
EP Cyclists — The bicycle group offers rides Take 1-10 Exit 155, then 1/5 mile north on
for all levels. Weekend rides offer options of Stern (track is on the left).
various paces and distances. Starting times and The World of Outlaws NOS Sprint Cars races
locations are posted at are Friday and Saturday, April 24-25.

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Sports Carrera por un Corazon de Niño —
The 3rd annual 5K competitive run and 1-mile
Cont’d from Page 13
run walk is 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 17, at
Union Plaza Park, 117 Anthony in Downtown
Las Cruces Run/Walk for Autism — El Paso. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $20
Hearts for Autism Fund will host its fundraising by May 15; $25 after. Registration: raceadven-
5K and half-marathon runs and 1 mile fun walk
at Sunday, April 19, at Mayfield High School Proceeds go towards cardiovascular opera-
parking lot, 1955 N Valley in Las Cruces, with a tions and procedures for congenital heart dis-
half marathon at 7:30 a.m. 10 K at 8 a.m., 5K at orders of children in Juárez.
8:10 a.m. and 1 mile fun walk at 8:20 a.m. Lee and Beulah Moor Walk/Run for
Registration at Families in Crisis — The Lee and Beulah
Run/Walk for Autism — The Autism Moor Children’s Home hosts the 18th annual
Society of Texas-El Paso will host its 12th 5K competitive race and 1-mile fun walk at 8
annual awareness and fundraising 5K run and a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Sunland Park
walk and one-mile family fun walk at 8 a.m. Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive in
Saturday, April 25, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Sunland Park. Race-day registration begins at
Campus, 919 Hunter. Registration: $20 before 6:45 a.m. Cost: $20 (through May 17); $15 mil-
April 12; $15 students, military, first respon- itary/student teams of 10 or more ($25 on race
ders; $10 12 and younger and those affected by day). Online registration at raceadventuresun-
autism; $25 after April 12. Information: 525- Information: 544-8777 or
1133 or 4928 Peter John Herrera Memorial
‘Step Out’ EDPA Diabetes Walk — El Run — The inaugural 8K Run/Walk is 8:30
Paso Diabetes Association’s annual fun walk, is a.m. Saturday, June 13 (postponed from April
8 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at The Fountains at 11) at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Check in 7
Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Registration begins a.m.; opening ceremony at 8 a.m. Registration
at 7 a.m. Cost: $25 per person. Registration (through April 8): $25 $25 on race day.
starts at 7 a.m., Registration fee: $25. at epdia- Competitive team group fee (five or more): Information: 532-6280. $150 ($200 on race day). Registration at Information:
#TeamSISD Run for Reading — The 5K Deputy Adrian Gonzales, 342-2409, or Deputy
Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk are 8 a.m. Julian Ochoa, 247-1279.
Saturday, April 25, at SISD Student Activities
Complex, 1300 Joe Battle. For El Paso 5K — The 5K race and 1-mile
Registration: $25; students age 18 and younger; walk are 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Hope City
$10. Team of 10 or more registration: $20 per Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Early registra-
team member. Race day registration: $30. tion: $25; $20 military, age 12 and younger, and
Registration at per person for teams for 5 or more. Late regis-
Packet pick up is 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, tration: $30. Registration: raceadventuresunlim-
April 23, at District Socorro Center; and 3:30
to 7 p.m., Friday, April 24, at Up and Running, ‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-
1475 George Dieter, at 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race female sprint and supersprint events begin 6:30
day at the start line. a.m. Saturday, July 25 (rescheduled from April
Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K — 25). Both distances start with a 300-yard swim
Spartyka Nation Apparel hosts the 8th annual in an indoor pool. The course then takes ath-
USATF-sanctioned 5K run and 1-mile fun walk letes on a challenging and rewarding bike route
at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 26, at El Paso (1 loop for Super Sprint, 2 loops for Sprint).
Community College Transmountain Campus, The race finishes off with a run through the
9570 Gateway North. Registration: $25 per Memorial Park area of Central El Paso (2 loops
event through April 24; $30 April 25 and on for Super Sprint, 3 loops for Sprint).
race day. Discount for teams of 10 or more. Registration: $60-$120. Proceeds benefit the
Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Center Against Sexual and Family Violence.
Registration at Information:
Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Registration at
April 25, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Teams of 2, 3 or 4 women can compete
and race day packet pick up and registration is against others in three separate categories:
7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site. mother/daughter; family; or girlfriends.
Participants must be 12 or older. USAT rules
POSTPONED: Braden Aboud apply.
Memorial Run — The 14th annual 5K run
and 5K/1-mile fun run/walk benefit for the
Running clubs:
Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation was
scheduled for May 3; check for updates. • Run El Paso has training runs every day of the
Information: 833-0393 or, or week from Kern Place to the Upper Valley.
on Facebook at bradenaboud. Information:
• Coffee Posse Run Club is based on the East
Tristan’s Run of 02 — The memorial run Side. Information:
for asthma awareness is 8 a.m. Sunday, May 3,
• Race El Paso offers coaching programs and
El Paso Community College, 9750 Gateway
training groups. Information:
North. Registration through May 1: $25;
Registration May 2-3; $30. Team discounts Hash clubs combine trail running with social
offered. Information: 478-5663 or upandrun- (i.e. beer-drinking) activities. Runs are marked with chalk, and are open to runners of all lev-
els. Clubs have modest dues, and first run is
Cloudcroft Ultra 53K and 9.5-miler — free to newcomers.
The long-distance trail run is Saturday, May 16, • The Border Jumper Hash House Harriers
at Zenith Park Pavilion in Cloudcroft, N.M. The meet at various locations. Information:
53K begins at 7 a.m. and 9.5 miler at 7:30 a.m.
Both races are an out-and-back on the Rim
• The El Paso Hash House Harriers have one
Trail (T105). Proceeds benefit the Cloudcroft
or more runs a week. Information: 252-5646.
Runners and Cloudcroft High School Cross
Meet-up spots listed at
Country Team. Registration:

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he coronavirus crisis has had very Literarity Book Shop Clark said a small, local bookstore can’t books, and trust their recommendations
few silver linings, but maybe at match the prices of large booksellers or and suggestions. Clark said people often
least one is that there’s more time Literarity Book Shop, 5411 N. Mesa in online resources like Amazon. Literarity ask them to locate special, hard-to-find
Peppertree Square, creates its niche by instead focuses on new books that tend to books. “Most importantly, our regulars –
to read. And it’s also a time to show sup- carrying new, used and collectible books be overlooked on Amazon. some of whom have become friends –
port for local independent bookstores, including signed first editions. He added that there’s more to supporting know and appreciate that we are working
which despite the dominance of online “There are places in El Paso that offer local bookstores and other businesses than hard to make a difference in our communi-
book sellers, still manage to carve out a used books, but no other place has our bal- just getting the best deal. “People often ty and improve the quality of life in El
niche for area booklovers. ance of both used and new books and talk about ‘buying local,’ but too few peo- Paso,” he added.
In fact, just this past year has seen the rare/collectible books,” Literarity owner ple actually do it. What people fail to con- Information: Facebook:
emergence of two new independent book- Bill Clark said. “In the case of new books, sider is that probably 90 percent or more @LiterarityBooks. Twitter: @literarity, or
we focus on books by prominent of the money they spend with us stays in call 307-4760
stores in El Paso, with another now in its
local/regional writers as well as a curated the El Paso community.”
third year. Each one offers unique selec-
tions of new and used books, but also seek
selection of books by small, indie publish- As a locally owned bookstore, Clark said Cactus Flower Bookery
ers and university presses –– books not representing local authors is extremely
to serve as community centers with events readily found at large chains or easily dis- important. “One of the things we love Cactus Flower Bookery is owned and
ranging from book signings to a wine and covered online.” operated by the mother and daughter team
most is being advocates for the literary
The store also hosts many author events of Shirleen Roberts and Stephanie Rose
book club, political discussions, children’s works of local writers like Rosa Alcala,
including readings and book signings, Sylvia Zeleny, Daniel Chacon, Tim Z. Roberts, who opened the bookstore nearly
storytimes and more. a year and a half ago in Placita Santa Fe,
along with maintaining a good stock of Hernandez, Mimi Gladstein, Alfredo
These newcomers to the local book scene 5024 Doniphan.
signed editions. Corchado, Philip Connors, Benjamin
have helped offset the loss in recent years Clark said being part of and giving back Stephanie Roberts said the store has
Saenz, Andre Cote, and Andrea Beltran as
of other independent booksellers such as to the El Paso area is an important aspect around 4,000 carefully selected books on
well as the many great books published by
Martin’s Book Store on Montana, The of the of the store’s mission. their shelves. “We hand-select all of our
El Paso’s own Cinco Puntos Press. El Paso
Bookery on the Mission Trail in Socorro, “We have worked to make Literarity a books,” she said. “We also have a great
has not only a great literary legacy, but
The Book Gallery in Five Points, and platform for doing good and giving back antique and vintage collection that we
also a wealth of great current writers. Too
to our community,” he said. “It has came about unexpectedly.”
Copperfield’s on the East Side. The new few people know about the wonderfully
become a gathering place for people; we Roberts said they also offer gifts, acces-
generation of independent booksellers rely talented El Paso writers and UTEP’s
have contributed a significant portion of sories and artwork, many book- or liter-
their individualized approaches and com- world-class creative writing program; so
our revenue to worthy organizations and we love sharing the story of El Paso’s lit- ary-related, to be a more well-rounded
munity followings to become more than causes; we have donated books to teachers shop. Some people who have been drawn
erary community with our guests.”
just bookstores. for their classrooms, and we’ve been a in by non-book items have often rediscov-
Of the many author events they’ve host-
For the immediate present, these inde- part of special initiatives like helping to ered their own love for reading and books.
ed, from readings to discussions, some
pendent bookstores may have to adjust gather Spanish-language books for have been held in conjunction with other “We’ve had people who have come in to
migrants and asylum seekers.” purchase a gift card, and leave with a
hours and programs in light of the crisis. organizations such as the UTEP Creative
Clark said today’s fast-paced world is book,” Roberts said. “Some have become
For example, Jud Burgess, co-owner of Writing Program, PBS/KCOS Great
“plagued by busyness and distractions,” American Read and the Tom Lea Institute. readers again after running across a book
Brave Books, said he is looking at how to or seeing a book cover that interested them.”
and even booklovers often find they are They also sponsor programming on KTEP
continue to make books available in the too busy to visit a bookstore and just They offer special reader events on a reg-
88.5, El Paso’s local NPR station and
community even if his business needs to browse. He said buying a book has maintain a strong presence on various ular basis, including their most popular
limit public browsing at the store itself. become “transactional,” as opposed being “Read Between the Wines” book and wine
social media platforms.
Meanwhile, the City of El Paso just an “experimental” venture. group, as well as hosting author panels,
He said people who have gotten to know
“As a result, people miss out on the joy book signings, writers’ workshops and
announced March 19 that all libraries the shop understand the devotion and
of browsing – perusing bookshelves and other events.
would be shutting down indefinitely. “love and care” they put into curating their
discovering authors, books or subjects that “People follow authors they like, and we
For more information about area inde- collection, especially that of local authors.
they would not have otherwise discov- are always working to create more of these
pendent bookstores, be sure to check their Regulars know they care about the quality
ered,” he said. of the content and the condition of their
websites and/or social media for updates. Please see Page 16
April 2020
El Paso Scene Page 15
environmentally.” Events have ranged from introducing resi-
Roberts added that there is still some- dents to a mayoral candidate to sharing
thing about an actual book that can’t be videotaped personal responses and original
match by an electronic reader. Favorite poetry by students to El Paso’s mass
books can be passed on to friends, and that shooting on social media. Burgess said
same volume can be read by several peo- they have endeavored to make a change in
ple. their community, and the community in
“When you have a book in your hand, it response has been “hungry” for it.
is almost like getting a trophy,” Roberts “This expansive approach allows us to
said. reach a wide cross-section of El Pasoans
Information: #cactusflowerbookery, 203- whose interests go beyond books and read-
Cactus Flower Bookery opened a year ago.
8338 or ing.”
Information: 204-7074 or Facebook at
Bookstores Brave Books BraveBooksEPTX. Instagram: @brave-
Cont’d from Page 15 books.tx
Brave Books, located near Downtown at
1307 Arizona, is owned by Jud and Laurie
events,” Roberts said. Burgess, and offers large collections of
She said they are planning to add a poet- Latino, classic, vintage and Southwest
ry group to their activities, and eventually interest books.
hope to host at least one special event each Jud Burgess said they don’t cater to any
week. specific niche, as they “strive to serve all
“I think we have a good sense of commu- Brave Books also opened last year.
of El Paso from birth to 99,” and the
nity,” Roberts said. “We talk to the cus- unique environment in a house built in
tomers when they come in and find out Being in a low-income mixed-use neigh-
1915 is part of what creates an inviting borhood surrounded by residential homes,
what they want to see, and try to gear our environment for readers of all kinds.
events towards them.” Burgess said they get a lot of neighbors
“Laurie and I have devoted an entire who are “pleasantly shocked” that there is
She said she has been happy to see peo- room for children and their parents com-
ple from both the community and other a quality bookstore within walking dis-
plete with a large collection of affordable tance of their homes. Neighborhood kids
areas find the shops, and has one out-of- books, framed art, learning games and puz-
town couple that makes sure they come by often come by for a visit.
zles designed to challenge and encourage “We want to be that business that makes
every time they are in town. children’s imaginations,” he said. “We also book buying and browsing personal and Books are Gems sells and gives away
“Nothing is better than someone coming stock a quality selection of half-price exciting again,” he said. books. (Courtesy photo)
in the store and telling us how much they young adult fiction books that cater to
love it,” she said. The Burgesses work to keep this experi-
tweeners, teenagers and adults as well.” ence special is by offering extra welcom-
It is especially rewarding, she explained, The store maintains a collection of all
when people who have come into her store genres in “new, like new, and gently used
ing elements such as fresh coffee daily and Books are GEMS
and rekindle their love of books. Some, offering Gussie’s Cookies on most week-
condition,” sold at half price or even less. ends. Books are GEMS, 7744 North Loop
she said, hadn’t been book readers for They also display and sell collectible art, Suite B (behind BBVA Compass bank), is
years until they came in and started brows- “Laurie and I never take our customers
design objects, ceramics, vintage prints for granted and we provide regular events both a used bookstore and a community
ing. It is also a great joy when kids come and music CDs. nonprofit organization that gives away
in get excited about books. and days where we treat visitors to free
Burgess said they don’t worry about com- frozen margaritas, Booker wine, cheese, thousands of books.
“There’s no better sight than to see a kid peting with large sellers like Amazon The organization started as “GEM’s
curled up with a book,” she said. and crackers coupled with live music per-
because the goals of Brave Books go far formances by very talented local musi- Gems” celebrating the life of 16-year-old
One of the ways they work to be compet- beyond selling books. book-lover Gracie Elizabeth Madriles
itive with larger booksellers is by heeding cians, book signings by select local writers
“Amazon has nothing to offer but cheap and art exhibits by local talent as well.” (GEM), who died in a car accident in
a trend among many readers who want to pricing with the inconvenience of ship- 2002. Her mother, a teacher in South El
both save money and be more environmen- Burgess said the bookstore portion is
ping, whereas Brave Books provides a only the foundation of a much larger goal Paso, honored her memory and spirit by
tally conscious. total walk-in experience that unites El starting an organization to donate books
“Most of our books are used and we can he and Laurie have for El Pasoans.
Pasoans through a variety of events and “Our main focus has always been to be a and educational supplies to families and
be really competitive with the prices that activities designed to lift our quality of life teachers lacking resources. This evolved
way,” she said. “So many people nowa- homegrown bookstore impacting local cul-
here in El Paso,” he said. “Our biggest ture and encouraging personal growth by into what is now Books Are GEMS.
days don’t want to purchase a new book rewards are a result of developing personal The organization’s mission is to “inspire
that they feel may be more wasteful, but inspiring the courageous acts of reading,
relationships with regular and new cus- literacy, art, design, music and civic and empower families through literacy,” by
they can feel better about buying a used tomers along with meeting and exceeding making books easily accessible to all fami-
one. It’s not only better economically, but engagement,” he said.
their reading, art and social needs.” lies. Every child who visits gets up to five
gently used and one new book a month, all
of which have been donated. In addition,
teachers who come to the store can receive
free books for their classrooms.
Bookstore manager Rosalie Marez said
the bookstore “supports literacy with sales
and additional income enabling us to pur-
chase new books for the children.”
Those purchasing books or other items
from the store not only keep their money
in the community but also help spread the
gift of books and literacy to their fellow
community members.
“All purchases and/or donations from the
community and generous donors contribute
to the success of accomplishing and exe-
cuting our mission statement,” Marez said.
“We are ‘changing children’s lives, one
book at a time.’”
Due to the coronavirus crisis, Books are
GEMS is temporarily closed, but check
their Facebook page for reopening infor-
Information: 845-5437, or Facebook

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Bookstores elers who are juar coming through. Literarity in El Paso have been doing a
“If you’re traveling from L.A. to southern good job with that. Beckett said for him,
Cont’d from Page 16 Texas, Mesilla is such a great place to just the best part of running the store is the dif-
stop and relax,” she said. ferent people he meets, from out-of-town
Library bookstores “I like seeing all the different people who visitors to regulars who feel like family.
come in from all over the world, who have “People who come into a bookstore are
Another longtime used bookstore in El so many different interests,” Blevins said. generally in a good mood,” he said. “They
Paso is The Bookmark, 7348 Remcon “After all, people who come into a book- aren’t usually anxious or ‘hangry.’ They
Circle on the West Side, operated by the store to look around always have to be are happy to be here and to look around.”
Friends of the Westside Branches of the El interested in something.” Information: (575) 524-8471, coas-
Paso Public Library. Information: 833- Information: (575) 526-6220 or or Facebook
2342 or Facebook. Facebook.
The Friends of the José Cisneros Cielo Casa Camino Real Mural at Casa Camino Real in Las Cruces
Vista Branch Library operate a bookstore Coas Books Casa Camino Real Bookstore and
(Courtesy photo)
at 3025 McRae, as well as at the library at readers on both sides of the border, and
1300 Hawkins. Information: 779-6916. Coas Bookstore has been a part Las Gallery, 314 S. Tornillo in Las Cruces, also
Cruces since 1983 when archaeologist Pat serves as a community resource center and exposing the many talented border writers
The Friends of the Irving Schwartz and artists to readers of all backgrounds.
branch run a bookstore at 1757 George Beckett began his archaeological company showcases literature and arts of the border
with a focus on anthropological books. The region. Owner Denise Chavez, a longtime “We need to change what a bookstore is,”
Dieter, Suite 113. Information: 593-0015 . Chavez said. “The status quo bookstore is
Other branches also offer bookstores name Coas itself originally stood for area author and activist, uses her store as a
“Center of Anthropological Studies.” It way of bringing literature and education to a thing of the past. We need to create the
operated by similar volunteer organizations activist bookstore.”
at the individual branches. For more infor- grew into a paperback exchange, and is people who might otherwise not have
now New Mexico’s largest secondhand access to them. The store also sells books through
mation go to, including several items
bookstore, with more than 500,000 new The store works with Libros para El Viaje
and used books in stock as well as music, (Books for the Journey), a book drive for not found in their physical store.
Mesilla Book Center games and gaming supplies, and movies. refugee and migrant families in the area, Chavez said they also are working
Las Cruces and Mesilla are both home to The store is currently run by Mike and and they have received donations from all towards the creation of an archive and
successful independent bookstores, includ- Veronica Beckett, and has its flagship over to distribute books along the border. community center, “Museo de la Gente,”
ing one of the oldest, Mesilla Book Center storefront at 317 Main and a branch loca- Chavez said the donated books, including to the focus on local history and culture.
on the historic Plaza. Owner Cheryll tion at 1101 S. Solano, both in Las Cruces. a bilingual assortment, have come from a “We have a great legacy of literature that
Blevins said the store, located in a historic Mike Beckett said ebooks and online diverse group of people and in many gen- has emerged from this area,” Chavez said.
structure built in the mid-1800s, has been a book sales have eaten into business, but res. One recent donation was the entire “We just have this incredible culture of lit-
part of Mesilla for decades. there are plenty of people who still want to collection of Albuquerque poet, photogra- erary heritage that more people need to
“My parents purchased the store in 1966, come in and shop a brick-and-mortar store. pher and social activist Margaret Randall. learn about.”
and before that it belonged to a lady who “Kids still love come in and get books at The mural in their children’s area, Chavez said she works to make her book-
owned it since the 1950s, but of course it our children’s section, and it’s amazing depicdting “Flying Books” emerging from store as welcoming to visitors as possible,
was much smaller,” she said. “Back then, how many people still prefer to have actual the bookstore in search of eager readers, including offering Mexican coffee for
Mesilla was just La Posta and a couple of books over eBooks,” Beckett said. represents the center’s mission, she said. guests, and has given free books to some
other stores. The streets were still dirt.” The store’s flagship location on historic Even though she feels there isn’t a lot of children who visit.
As Mesilla grew, so did the bookstore. Main Street is now more visible than ever, local support of independent and local She said all local bookstores and book
Blevins said today they carry books, both thanks to a revitalized Downtown. Beckett bookstores, she knows the books will find lovers need to support each other, to help
fiction and nonfiction of all genres, as well said Coas was part of the Downtown Mall a home. “This has not stopped us,” Chavez bring the valuable resources of education
as maintain a large children’s collection. when it was still practically a “ghost town” said. “It’s part of our idea of the ‘flying and literacy to people from both sides of
Their most prominent offering is their before the restoration and renovations. books.’ We’re going to get the books out the border. This is one way to be able to
local interest section, with local history, “People love to be proud of their historic there, to teachers or whoever loves books open hearts and minds to the needs and
current events, books in issues affecting Downtown, and we’re happy to be able to and reading.” experiences of others. “Books are con-
the border region, and more. be a part of that,” he said. In the eight years of Casa Camino Real’s duits to compassion,” she said. “They edu-
“We have books if you just want a little One way Coas keeps its inventory fluid is existence, Chavez said the bookstore has cate us. They empower us.”
recreational light reading or want to read a from books brought in by loyal customers, in a way reinvented itself to help fulfill a Information: (575) 523-3988 or
heavy-digging history,” she said. either as donations or for trade-in credit. particular need for sharing books with Facebook.
Blevins said although it is easy for some- Beckett said getting books is never a prob-
one who knows exactly what they are lem. The challenge is selling them once
looking for to purchase something online, they arrive. However, he realizes the inde-
for many readers, they want to browse and pendent book trade isn’t for people who
interact with someone who could point want to become rich.
them in the right direction. “People who go into the bookstore busi-
“Often, when you’re looking for a certain ness do it because they love books,” he
type of book, you don’t know exactly what said. “It isn’t a typical business you go into
you want until you see it,” she said. wanting to make a lot of money. It’s a
She said they do maintain some good labor of love.”
local customers, visitors from other areas, He noted that many independent book-
including El Paso, have been a driving stores need to find a niche market, be it
force in bringing business to them and the rare books or regional authors, to bring in
rest of Mesilla. There are also a lot of trav- customers, and he mentioned stores like

Virtual Public Library — While El Paso The event will also include music and an exhibit
library branches closed until further notice, by artists featured in this year’s issue.
24/7 online services for library cardholders are Admission is free. Information: Minerva
still offered. The library is also offering free Laveaga, 831-2724 or
story-time, crafts and tutorials on Facebook,
Twitter and YouTube. Information: elpasopub- Amigos and Flamingos Book Club — The monthly book club for young readers
meets at a different El Paso Public Library
‘Chrysalis’ Release Party — EPCC’s liter- Branch covering a different reading list each
ary and arts journal, “Chrysalis,” will celebrate month. Check for future meets and cancela-
the release of its 2020 issue 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, tions. Information: 201-3040. Updates at
April 24, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas, with a Facebook at AmigosAndFlamingosBookClub.
reading by writers, followed by a reception.
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NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
— 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Museum
is closed until further notice. Check their web-
site for updates. Information: (575) 522-4100
NMSU Museum — Kent Hall, University at
Nearly all museums are closed until National Border Patrol Museum and Solano, Las Cruces. Museum closed until fur-
further notice. Events and exhibits Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain ther notice. Information: (575) 646-5161.
continuing past mid-April are listed. Drive. Closed through March 28; check University Art Museum — The NMSU
Facebook at U.S. Border Patrol Museum for museum is in Devasthali Hall, corner of Solano
Centennial Museum — University at any changes or extensions. Information: 759- and University. Museum closed through March
Wiggins, UTEP. The museum is closed until fur-
6060 or 30; check at for any changes.
ther notice. Normal hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30
Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Rafael García’s Boxing Museum — The Information: (575) 646-2545.
Information: 747-6667 or boxing museum named for “The Legend” Showing through May 28: “Labor:
The Lhakhang it temporarily closed, but the Rafael García is at 1335 Geronimo. The muse- Motherhood & Art in 2020,” expanding conver-
Chihuahuan Desert Gardens remains open as um shows his achievements, as well as those of sations regarding motherhood through video,
long as people maintain a physical distance from boxing and Lucha Libre’s greats, along with art painting, installation, sculpture, film and photo-
other visitors. The museum will post updates and other exhibits. Information: 591-2704 or graphic works by a diverse group of artists.
via Facebook. on Facebook at Boxing Museum Rafael Garcia. Zuhl Museum — NMSU Alumni Visitors’
The 26th annual FloraFest 2020 native plant Center, 775 College Dr. Museum is temporari-
sale and fundraiser, the largest of its kind in the
San Elizario Veterans Museum and
Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in ly closed; call for reopening date. Information:
region, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (575) 646-3616 (visitor center),
San Elizario. Call for information: Ann Lara,
Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. Event is or
345-3741 or Ray Borrego, 383-8529.
pending resolution of the current coronavirus
crisis. Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305
Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Also
El Paso Funeral Museum — 6111 S.
Mission. Check for information: 859-7700, ysle- Deming Luna Mimbres Museum — 301
Desert (at Perches Funeral Home). Hours are S. Silver, Deming, N.M. Information: (575) 546-
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday;
open Sundays on special exhibit weekends. War Eagles Air Museum — 8012 Airport 2382, 1-800-848-4955 or lunacountyhistorical-
Admission is free. Information: 581-0102 or Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa. Museum closed through the end of March; call Geronimo Springs Museum — 211 Main
A free celebration of Victorian Era and the museum after April 1 to check on reopen- in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Information:
Educational Month event is noon to 5 p.m. ing date. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday (575) 894-6600,
Saturday, April 25, with Memento Mori, through Sunday. Admission: $11; $9 seniors and or on Facebook.
Mourning jewelry craft with hair, taught by military; free for children and students.
Michelle Denise Bocanegra from Tooth and Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air- Hubbard Museum of the American
Veil, a Victorian Mourning Tea Party, Hidden West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to
Mother Photography, Saved By The Bell Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Museum
Exhibit, “I Paint That” Social Art Studio, local will remain open during regular hours; all
artists, food trucks and museum tours. Las Cruces area planned events canceled through April 6. Hours
Branigan Cultural Center — 501 N. are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Admission:
Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces. The center
will be closed at least through April 9; call or $7 ($5 for seniors, military; $2 children 6-16;
to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. $1 Ruidoso Downs residents; free for children
Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. check website for reopening information.
Information: (575) 541-2154, or 5 and younger and museum members).
Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmu- Information: (575) 378-4142, hubbardmuse- Facebook.
Showing through June 13: “Lucha Libre: or on Facebook.
Museum closed through May 31; check
Facebook and their website for re-opening Stories From The Ring,” highlighting lucha
libre’s cultural, historical, and social political Museum of the Big Bend — Sul Ross
dates. State University (Entrance 3), Hwy 90 in
importance while showing the fun, unique, cul-
El Paso Museum of Archaeology — tural aspect of it. Lucha libre has a rich history Alpine, Texas. Museum closed until further
4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso that dates back over a century in both Mexico notice. Information: (432) 837-8143, muse-
(west of U.S. 54). The museum is closed until and the United States. It combines athleticism,, or
further notice; and will post pictures, lectures, theater, dance, story, and the visual arts. on Facebook.
and discussions on its Facebook page. New Mexico Museum of Space
Information: 212-0421, archaeology.elpaso- Las Cruces Museum of Nature and
Science — 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo., or on Facebook at EPMArch. Museum and theatre are closed until further
The museum’s 15 acres of nature trails, with Downtown Mall. The museum will be closed at
least through April 9; call or check website for notice. Check website and Facebook for
more than 250 varieties of Chihuahuan Desert reopening updates. Museum/IMAX combo tick-
native plants, outdoor exhibits and an Indian reopening information. Information: (575) 522-
3120, or on Facebook at ets available. Information: (877) 333-6589 or
Garden. (575) 437-2840, or on
Exhibits include “Sun, Earth, Universe,” which Facebook.
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
explores the big questions NASA is trying to Sacramento Mountains Historical
Santa Fe. Museum is closed until further notice,
answer about the earth, sun, and other planets. Museum — 1000 U.S. 82, across from the
but encourages guests to visit the online DIGIE
The 600-square-foot exhibition will connect Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M.
at Information: 212-0320, elpaso-
visitors with current NASA science research Closed until further notice. Information: (575) or on Facebook.
and launch them on a journey to explore the 682-2932 or
Los Portales Museum and Visitor Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway,
Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The Silver City, in the historic H.B. Ailman House.
Information: 851-1682. museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. Museum closed through April 6; programs sus-
Mesilla. The museum will be closed at least pended through April. Information: (575) 538-
Magoffin Home State Historic Site — through April 9; call or check website for 5921,, or on Facebook.
1120 Magoffin. Public programs, group tours, reopening information. Information: (575) 528- Current exhibit is “Ranching in Grant
field trips and theater shows will be suspended 3444, or on Facebook at County,” featuring ranch artifacts, historical
through April 30. Information: 533-5147, ext. LCMuseums. photos, family stories, facts and infographics.
1002, or Facebook.

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Wyler Tramway Hikes — 1700 McKinley 70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five
(west of Alabama). Monthly hikes canceled for family camping and picnic sites, plus two group
April. Information: 562-9899. areas. Day-use fee is $5 per vehicle; camping
fee is $7. Information, group reservations: (575)
DinoTracks Tour — Insights Science 525-4300.
Center hosts its monthly 3-mile DinoTracks The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding)
tour 9 a.m. to noon on the first Sunday of the and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the camp-
month at Mt. Cristo Rey in Sunland Park. round educational and recreational field trips to April 18. ground.
Check on status of hike at 534-0000 or insight- places throughout the Chihuahuan Desert, as • Birding tour is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Cost: $15 (age 5 and younger well as visits to places of historic, scientific and • Bird Survey begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dripping Springs Natural Area — The
free). technological interest. Information: April 28 (meet at the visitor center) recreational area, part of the Organ Mountain- Meeting place is a bridge crossing Riverside Desert Peaks National Monument, is at the
El Paso Zoo — 4001 E. Paisano. Zoo will be base of the Organ Mountains at the end of
Canal. Take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan
closed until further notice, but during that time Municipal Rose Garden — The garden at Dripping Springs Road (the eastern extension of
American Drive, turn left and travel 1.5 miles.
will host a “Sofa Safari” 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 3418 Aurora (at Copia) is open 8 a.m. to 6 University Avenue), about 10 miles east of Las
every weekdays, on its Facebook page. Guests p.m. daily March through November, except Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Cruces. Gates open 7 a.m. to sunset April
can virtually meet a zoo animal and ask ques- for official holidays. The 4-acre garden has Desert Botanical Garden — 4200 through October and 8 a.m. to sunset
tions to the zookeeper. Information: 212-0966, many types of roses at the sprawling park area Doniphan (across from Frontera). Hours are 9 November through March. Admission: $5 per, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo. with a waterfall, shade canopy and many other a.m. to sunset Tuesday through Sunday (closed vehicle. Leashed pets allowed on some trails.
Still scheduled is Earth Day 10 a.m. to 4 p .m. amenities. Admission is free. Mondays). Dogs must be on leash. Admission: Information: (575) 522-1219.
Saturday, April 25, with live entertainment, Information/rentals: El Paso Parks and $2 (free for members); $1 children.
education resources and fun activities. Recreation, 212-0092 or Information: 584-0563, Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park — or on Facebook. 56501 N Jornada Rd, Las Cruces. The park,
Silver City Trail Days — Continental Franklin Mountains State Park — Most part of Asombro Institute for Science
Restrooms and the drinking fountain are closed
Divide Trail (CDT) Coalition hosts a weekend hiking and mountain bike trails begin in the Education, is northeast of Las Cruces. Park
of festivity that brings together hikers and out- Tom Mays area, off Transmountain Drive on hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
door enthusiasts in southwest New Mexico the west side of the park (east of I-10). Entry White Sands National Park — The park, Saturday. Information: (575) 524-3334 or
during the 6th annual festival Friday through fee is $5 per person, free for age 12 and under 16 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on
Sunday, April 24-26, in Silver City. (with family). Texas State Parks will no longer U.S. 70. is temporarily closed until further Scientist Saturday Morning events are 8 a.m.
Information: (303) 996-2759. Full schedule at accept check or cash payments until further notice. Information: (575) 479-6124, to noon the first Saturday of each month to notice. Card payments accepted, but visitors or on Facebook. learn about the desert through activities for all
are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase and ages. Check on status during current closings.
FloraFest 2020 — The 26th annual native Carlsbad Caverns National Park —
print camping and day-use permits through the To get there: Take I-25 in Las Cruces and
plant sale and fundraiser, the largest of its kind Temporarily closed; park roads, desert trails, before head east on U.S. 70. Take the Mesa Grande
in the region, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and picnic areas will remain open. The park is
traveling to the park. For more information, Road exit (at Oñate High School). Make a U-
Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, at the about 160 miles east of El Paso, off the
visit turn under the highway to head west, and stay
UGLC Plaza Centennial Museum, Wiggins and Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information:
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: in the right lane. Turn right (north) on Jornada
University, at UTEP. Event is pending resolu- (575) 785-2232 or
566-6441 or on Facebook at Road. Follow Jornada Road for 6.4 miles and
tion of the current coronavirus crisis.
FranklinMountainsSP. Web: New Mexico State Parks — Day-use fee turn left at the park sign. Follow the entrance
Shoppers can purchase native plants, and visit is $5 when visiting any state park. All NM state road to the parking area and trailhead.
with local Master Gardeners and other plant
Check website for guided hikes and bike parks closed until April 9; check website or call Asombro Institute for Science Education is a
experts for advice on how to care for their
rides. Cost of guided events are $8 per person to find out updates or extensions Information: nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing
plants at home. Most of the plants sold at this
($3 State Park Pass holder; $1 children 12 and (575) 744-5998 or scientific literacy by fostering an understanding
event are not available at other local nurseries.
under); price includes entry. Dogs welcome on of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Admission is free. Information: (Museum) 747- Gila Cliff Dwellings National
leash on some hikes. Reservations required:
5565; or Claudia Lye, 747-8994, or Monument — 44 miles north of Silver City Area hiking websites — A variety of
566-6441 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Plant list available at on NM Highway 15 in the middle of the majes- organizations in the El Paso/Las Cruces area
Friday). tic Gila Wilderness, the first and one of the offers hiking opportunities. Hikes typically are
Guided events fee applies for the following
The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens display largest wilderness areas. Free admission. rated as easy, moderate, or strenuous. Solo or
events. Call ahead to check for cancellations or
about 700 different plant species and horticul- Information: (575) 536-9461 or new hikers are welcome.
postponements due to the coronavirus crisis.
tural varieties of the region. Proceeds from the The Visitor Center and Gila Cliff Dwellings • offers groups for all activities,
• Saturday, April 4: Peak Challenge Hike to N.
sale benefit the maintenance and operation of Trailhead Museum will be closed until further including the El Paso hiking meetup club (meet-
Franklin, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the West
the gardens. notice. National Park Service Rangers and staff and the Las Cruces hik-
Cottonwood Springs trailhead in the Tom Mays
Audubon Society/Sierra Club — The El Unit. Challenging, 8 mile hike. will be available in the Visitor Center parking ing meetup club (
Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society will host a • Sunday, April 5: Women’s Hike to Nature lot and at the trailhead to answer visitor ques- • Celebrations of Our Mountains now offers an
joint meeting with the El Paso Group of the Walk Trail, 9 a.m. Meet at Tom Mays Unit. tions and give directions for things to see and ongoing calendar of hiking and related events at
Sierra Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Easy hike, .75 miles. do in the area. There will also be small stations
UTEP’s Centennial Museum, 500 W. • Saturday, April 18: Upper Sunset Hike, 9 with park information, brochures, the park • Elpasonaturally is a blog by Jim Tolbert on
University, with a program on the recent a.m. Meet at Tom Mays Unit. Easy to moderate stamp and a model of the dwellings for those various environmental topics and includes infor-
decline in North American birds and how to trail, about 2 miles. unable to visit the dwellings. mation about Sunrise Hikers morning events.
recover those populations, presented by Kevin Tentatively planned at new Visitor Center Aguirre Spring Campground — The Information: or
Floyd, El Paso Audubon conservation. building in the Tom Mays Unit (Call for times, Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the
Information: Scott, 581-6071, trans-pecos- updates): federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S. • The El Paso chapter of the Sierra Club posts or on Facebook. • Friday, April 24: Animal Identification its hikes at
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
• Saturday, April 25: Plant Identification
— 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to
Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the
City Nature Challenge is April 24-27. Cities
highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749
around the world compete to see who can
feet. Entry fee: $5 for ages 16 and older, good
make the most observations of nature, find the
for one week and all trails. Camping is $8 per
most species, and engage the most people in
site per night. Information: (915) 828-3251 or
the 2020 City Nature Challenge. Information:
Visitor Center and all contact stations are
temporarily closed. Park remains open, and Rio Bosque Wetlands Park — UTEP’s
trails are accessible to public day use only. Center for Environmental Resource
Management offers free guided walking tours
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
and other activities at Rio Bosque Wetlands
Site — Ranch Road 2775 off U.S. 62/180
Park, 10176 Socorro Rd. in El Paso’s Mission
(Montana Ave.). The site is closed until further
Valley. Tours last about two hours.
notice. Information: 857-1135, ext. 0, or texas-
Information: 747-8663 or
• Introductory tour is 4:30 p.m. Saturday,
Celebration of Our Mountains — April 11.
Celebration of Our Mountains provides year- • Community workday is 8 a.m. Saturday,

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Two new galleries buck trend of disappearing art venues
n recent years we’ve written about the
declining number of art galleries in El
Paso, so it’s exciting to see new ones
opening up.
Two new art venues in El Paso are Flor
de Barro at 6721 Westwind and Galeria
Lincoln at 3915 Rosa. One recent after-
noon I decided to scout them out. Both are
located in one-time residences, and both
take a little effort to find. And coinciden-
tally, they happen to be alphabetical neigh-
bors in our monthly “Southwest Art
Scene” listings. Yet they represent very
different genres.
I missed Flor de Barro as I was driving
on Westwind and had to double back to
find it, since there’s only a small sign on end of a dirt road near Casas Grandes,
what looks like just another home on one Chihuahua. MacCallum helped create a
of the West Side’s older upscale neighbor- market for Quezada’s work among art col- Andrea Calleros is director of Flor de Barro, which featuring pottery from Mata
hoods. But when I stepped inside I was lectors, which in turn led to the entire vil- Ortiz (left) and art by Jesus Guerrero Santos (right).
blown away by the museum-quality pres- lage of Mata Ortiz becoming a center of
entation of some of the finest Mexican pot- fine art pottery, with dozens and dozens of central El Paso. You’ll probably want to
tery to be found in the Southwest. artists following in Quezada’s footsteps. use your GPS to find Galeria Lincoln on
The one-time home has been totally Flor de Barro gallery director Andrea Rosa Avenue, a section of town near the
redone with scintillating white walls and Calleros explained that her parents, who Spaghetti Bowl where various industrial
tiled floors that allow the exquisitely craft- had been art collectors for years, only businesses abut old homes. The gallery is
ed pottery to grab your full attention. Most recently discovered for themselves the owned by operated by local contemporary
of the work is from the northern marvels of Mata Ortiz pottery. They began artists Tino Ortega and Diego “Robot”
Chihuahuan artisan community of Mata collecting and then one year ago decided Martinez.
Ortiz, home of potter Juan Quezada, famed to open the gallery on Westwind. The The gallery was closed when I stopped
for his reinterpretation of Casa Grandes gallery showcases works by Juan Quezada by, but you can get a good feel for their art
ceramic design. himself, as well as several other leading by going to their Facebook page (look for
Back in the 1970s, anthropologist Spence Mata Ortiz artists. There’s also a room “915GaleriaLincoln”). You can also check
MacCallum discovered Quezada’s work in dedicated to the fascinating, intricate art of out another new venture, Old Sheepdog
a store in Deming, N.M., and was so Jesus Guerrero Santos. Brewery, just across the street.
intrigued by the pottery that he tracked My other stop that afternoon was in an Galeria Lincoln was scheduled to be one
down the artist in his poor village at the entirely different neighborhood in south- of the dozen venues participating April 25-
‘Portait of Mago’ by Manuel Acosta is
26 during the first weekend of the annual
part of the ‘Dead Artists Society’ exhib-
El Paso Artists Studio Tour, which has
been postponed. Among the others sched- it at the Hal Marcus Gallery.
uled to participate is what is now El Paso
senior gallery, the Hal Marcus Gallery,
1308 N. Oregon, which this month is
showcasing its “Dead Artists Society
Exhibit.” The exhibit features over 100
works by premier El Paso artists now
deceased, including Tom Lea, Jose
Cisneros, Manuel Acosta, Eugene Thurston
and Bill Rakocy, among many others.
Another casualty of the coronavirus crisis
was the 4th annual show by El Paso
Sketchers Exhibit, which was to be on dis-
play through April 30 at the El Paso Public
Library Westside Branch, 125 Belvidere.
As of this writing, all public libraries were
closed until further notice. Hopefully the
libraries will reopen in time to enjoy this
The El Paso Sketchers exhibit
— Randy Limbird includes ‘Cowgirl’ by Kathy Brunk.

Galeria Lincoln at 3915 Rosa in south-cenntral El Paso is owned and operated

by Tino Ortega and Diego “Robot” Martinez.

Page 20 El Paso Scene April 2020

Works by the 10 O’Clock Artists. Information:
(575) 526-2808 or Stage Talk
Las Cruces Museum of Art — 491 N. Cont’d from Page 22
Main. The museum will be closed at least
through April 9; call or check website for go for the Las Cruces Community
reopening information: (575) 541-2137, las- Theatre, due to the Covid-19 situation or Facebook at LCMuseums. and the CDC’s guidance to not gather
Showing through Sept. 12: “Dinosaur in groups of more than 50 until at least
CANCELED: El Paso Artists Studio U.S. 54 is owned and operated by Tino Ortega
and Diego Martinez. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas” travel- May 10, we have rescheduled our pro-
Tour — The 13th annual tour has been sus-
Tuesday through Friday. Information: @gale- ing exhibition by the American Museum of duction of ‘Harvey’ by Mary Chase that
pended (scheduled dates were April 25-26
and May 2-3. Information: 533-9090. ria_lincoln on Instagram, Natural History. It showcases the world of was supposed to open on March 20, or call 730-0139. modern paleontology by introducing a dynamic back to June 5-21. We have had to can-
Art Windows of El Paso — The City of El vision of dinosaurs and the scientists who study cel our One Act Play Festival and our
Paso’s art space in El Paso at El Paso Golden Eagle Gallery — 1501 Main Street, them. Through using realistic models and casts, production of ‘Nunsense’ because of
International Airport’s main lobby. Information: in the San Elizario Historic District. Gallery visitors can experience Cretaceous period this health emergency.
780-4781 or Showing through hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday dinosaurs in new and intimate ways. Originally ‘Nunsense’ was supposed
April 30: Works by artists Christin Apodaca through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and to run June 5-21, but since Harvey was
and Steve Hastings. This marks the 57th exhibit noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0093 Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery —
2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, across pretty much ready to open and so much
for Art Windows of El Paso, which showcases or on Facebook.
from the Fountain Theatre. Hours are 10 a.m. hard work has been put into Harvey
local and regional artists.
Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: (575) 522-2933 or already, we decided to push Harvey
Bert Saldana Art Gallery — The gallery The gallery specializes in local and early El Paso into the last show position of the season
featuring Southwestern Art is at 1501 Main art. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through and cancel ‘Nunsense’ all together,
Street in the San Elizario Arts District. Hours Friday, or by appointment. Information: 533- Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite, since ‘Nunsense’ hasn’t even been cast
are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through 9090 or Las Cruces. April’s exhibit is “Art Journey,” yet. We really want to honor the hard
Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Showing through June 26: “Early El Paso celebrating 74 years of art making by Lois
work of our ‘Harvey’ cast, crew, and
Information: 479-2926 or Masters: Dead Artists Society” featuring works Smith. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday
designers by giving them the opportu-
by Tom Lea, Ada Miller, Bill Rakocy, Jose and Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information:
Chinati Foundation — Marfa, Texas. nity to perform.
Cisneros, Dorothy Geyer, Manuel Acosta, Anna (575) 640-3502 or
Created by artist Donald Judd, the Chinati “From a financial point of view, this
Stanback, Eugene Thurston, Kate Ball, Lois Red Dot Studio Tour — Silver Art will certainly be a loss to LCCT, but
Foundation houses one of the world’s largest Denton, Hazel Malone, Lucille Leggett, Fern
collections of permanently installed contempo- Association hosts its 2020 studio tour 9 a.m. to we will get through this all right due to
Thurston, Noel Espinoza, Rudy Montoya and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, fea-
rary art. The museum is open to the public 9 some very successful shows earlier in
Mago Gandara Orona. turing its Red Dot Studios through the area.
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. our season, such as ‘A Christmas Story
Marcus’s home and studio, located across the Information:
Admission is $10 ($5 for students, seniors). street, are available for personal tours.
the Musical’ and ‘Arsenic and Old
Information: (432) 729-4362 or Oil, acrylic and water media painters, encaus- Lace.’
Ho Baron Sculpture Garden and tic artists, metal and clay sculptors, found- “All we can do at this time is focus on
Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art Studio – Baron’s surreal outdoor sculpture object artists, jewelers, photographers, keeping our community and volunteers
Association’s gallery 500 W. Paisano is closed garden is at 2830 Aurora (at Piedras). Indoor weavers, potters, watercolorists, and wood-
until further notice. Information: 534-7377,
safe and healthy by closing our doors
studio hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, or workers will open their private studios in and, or on Facebook. through May and hoping that Covid-19
by appointment. Information: 915-562-7820 or around Silver City. Brochures with maps to all
has run its course by then so that we
Dozal Art Gallery — The gallery of award- the studios are available at Light Art Space, 209
W Broadway in downtown Silver City, and
can open ‘Harvey’ on June 5. We are
winning artist Robert Dozal is at 1445 Main International Museum of Art — 1211 just looking toward the future and
Street in the San Elizario Art District. Hours from the Silver City Visitor Center on Hudson
Montana. Closed through April 7; check to Street. Tour-goers will be guided by Red Dot keeping our proverbial chins up.”
are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through confirm reopening. Information: 543-6747,
Sunday, or by appointment. Information: 777- directional signs to the studios. The Studio or on Facebook. Tour Gala is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Carol Viescas is a veteran of
5237 or Showing May 1-31: “Amanda’s Art with community theater and teaches
Dozal’s portraits and landscapes range from Light Art Space.
(Heart),” works by artist Amanda Rose Cordell. Admission to the tour and gala is free. journalism at Bel Air High School.
very realistic to expressionistic in style. He spe- Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May
cializes in oil, watercolor and acrylics. 1, with music by Billy Townes Duo.
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Artists are sought to create original floral-
Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Museum themed pieces for the ‘Art of Flowers’ exhibit
closed until further notice, but its more than May 3-29. Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m.
7,000 works of American, European, Latin Sunday, May 3. Check website for prospectus.
American, and Modern and Contemporary art Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group’s
can be viewed online at Information: monthly meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday,
212-0300 or April 15, at the International Museum of Art,
Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and 1211 Montana (subject to reopening). Mary O.
Gift Shop — The gallery of impressionist Barnart will talk on Illustration Art.
painter Alberto Escamilla is at 1445 Main Street Information: 490-3978.
in San Elizario. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Romy Hawkins Studio Gallery — The
Wednesday through Saturday, and 12:30 to gallery at 1445 Main in San Elizario features
4:30 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Metal Art, Crosses, Retablos and more. Hours
Information: 851-0742, or are 11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 929-8074.
The gallery will celebrate its 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Rubin Center — The gallery has suspended
Sunday, April 25-26, with live music, appetiz- all extra scheduled programs and events
ers, art specials and the unveiling of Escamilla’s through May 11. Information: 747-6151,
newest painting at 1 p.m. Saturday. or on Facebook at RubinCenter.

Flor De Barro Gallery — 6721 Westwind. Southern New Mexico

The gallery specializes in fine art pottery from
Mata Ortiz, with galleries showcasing works by DAAC Arts & Cultural Center — The
Don Juan Quezada, and Jesus Guerrero Santos. Doña Ana Arts Council Center is at 1740 Calle
Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, de Mercado, Suite D, Las Cruces. Information:
noon to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon to 6 (575) 523-6403 or Call or check
p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. website to see if events are still scheduled.
Information: 259-8059 or Frame and Art Center — 1100 S. Main,
Suite 108, Las Cruces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30
Galeria Lincoln — The new gallery at 3915 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30
Rosa Avenue, close to Lincoln Park at I-10 and p.m. Saturday. Showing through April 30:

April 2020 El Paso Scene Page 21

Local stages scramble
to redo schedules due
to coronavirus crisis
Coronavirus has put a stop to theater in
the area, so I asked each local commu-
nity group how this would affect their
group. Here are the replies I got.

Greg Taylor, UTEP Dinner Theatre:

We have postponed “Titanic” until July
10-26, 2020. It will replace our planned
summer production of “Annie Get Your
Gun,” which has been canceled. theater. To be ready for that, the cast of
“We are still doing ‘Titanic’ since we our next scheduled production, Mark
had already spent a lot of money on Medoff‘s ‘The Majestic Kid,’ will be
scenery, props and costumes. We had rehearsing once a week to be able to
not spent any money on ‘Annie Get perform as soon as we get the go ahead
Your Gun’ as of now, so it was an obvi- to reopen the theatre.”
ous choice to cancel that show and
move Titanic (plus everyone seems to Stella Gutierrez, Kids-N-Co.: “The
be looking forward to Titanic). We are biggest struggle during this pandemic is
very lucky that the entire cast is able to getting theater kids to stop hugging one
still be involved over the summer. another. It’s like telling wolves to stop
“The Dinner Theatre will most likely howling at the moon. They’re a demon-
lose a chunk of money (how much strative bunch, and they can’t help but
depends on how well Titanic sells), enjoy each other’s company. The direct-
which we will probably have to make ing team stressed distance between
up over the next few years. actors, hand washing, and hygiene
“We were lucky in that the University because the KNC Board decided to con-
decided to cancel events last Friday, as tinue with the productions for the final
we were scheduled to go on sale yester- weekend of our “Marvel Spotlight”
day and today (March 16-17). By can- plays, March 14-16.
celing before that we do not have to “The KNC Board struggled with the
deal with refunds since we had not yet decision of cancelling the final weekend
sold any tickets. because we had a couple of kids who
“Our reduced staff will continue to were understudies for lead roles, and it
build the ‘Titanic’ sets, costumes and was their turn to perform. If we can-
props over this time without a show as celled the weekend, they would not get

El Paso Scene long as the University remains open but

we will exercise all precautions put out
by the CDC and the University.
to perform the part they had been work-
ing hard to put on stage. Since there still
wasn’t a confirmed case of COVID19,
we decided to go on.
USER’S GUIDE “Until we hear anything different in
the case of UTEP’s official policies,
‘Titanic’ is planned to set sail at The
“Then on Friday night, March 14, the
first case was confirmed, and we knew
we had to cancel the last two shows. At
Advertising information UTEP Dinner Theatre July 10th!”
Publication Schedule least our understudies got to perform
& Monthly Deadlines A full media kit on El Paso Scene advertising Ceil Herman, No Strings Theatre one show with their new part, and the
rates, sizes and specifications is at Company: “Like the rest of the econo- kids had the opportunity to perform
El Paso Scene comes out on the Wednesday You may together for a final show. While we lost
following the fourth Monday of the month. also request a media kit by calling us at 542- my, the Black Box Theatre and No
Strings Theatre Company are taking a revenue that weekend, we did what was
The deadline for news announcements is the 1422, or call Publisher Randy Limbird on his
third Monday of the month. The deadline is major hit. The financial impact is enor- best to keep the kids and the community
cell at 328-4110.
April 20 for the May 2020 issue, which will mous. Without being able to hold per- safe.
be distributed beginning April 29. The dead- formances, the theater’s income stream “At this point, we are planning to con-
line for camera-ready advertising is April 22. Subscriptions tinue auditions for ‘Hunchback of Notre
has gone to essentially zero. We antici-
For ads that require design work, please sub- Mail subscriptions to El Paso Scene are $10 a Dame’ (La Jolla Playhouse version),
mit requests by April 15. year, $18 for two years and $25 for three pate that we will continue to receive
donations, but expect these to be signifi- under the direction of Rachel Robins,
years. A subscription form is provided on
cantly reduced because many patrons on April 5 and 6. We are rescheduling
Submitting News Page 27. Subscriptions are sent via 3rd class
mail. Copies sent outside El Paso and neigh- have lost their incomes. our acting classes to April 18-May 16
El Paso Scene accepts news items by mail boring counties may be delayed. “The artistic impact is significant as (they were scheduled to start March 28).
(P.O. Box 13615, El Paso TX 79913) and well. We were forced to cancel the final We canceled the Kinder Class for ages
email ( There is no
El Paso Scene Online performances of our current show, 5-8. Our outreach group, the KNC
charge for news announcements. All items Show Choir, has suspended rehearsals
will be edited for brevity and style. News The entire content of each issue is posted on which was a great disappointment to the
cast who had worked so hard and to our until further notice.
items should include an event name, descrip- our website, Besides
monthly listings and columns, the entire issue patrons who had not yet seen it. We are “KNC has had many challenges and
tion, time, date, place, sponsoring organiza-
tion, information phone number and admis- may be downloaded in PDF format. The web- postponing our remaining season rather setbacks during the theater’s 32 years in
sion prices, if any. Please include a contact site contains a digest of events listed by week than cancelling it, however this means El Paso. The company meets those chal-
name and phone number. A “fill in the and annual calendar listings for each month’s
that we cannot know when we will be lenges, overcomes them, and moves for-
blanks” online press release form is at scheduled events. The website also provides a ward. The show must go on, especially
press release form and a media kit on El Paso able to present these productions, or for these kids, who have come to see
Scene advertising. when we will be able to begin our new
season. This uncertainty is causing anxi- theater (wherever it may be) as a second
Circulation & distribution El Paso Scene Weekly ety for everyone involved in our cre- home.”
El Paso Scene publishes about 40,000 copies
A weekly digest of El Paso Scene events is
ative community.
each month, distributed throughout El Paso “On a more positive note, we are all Janet Beatty-Payne, Las Cruces
available for free by email, and is also posted Community Theatre: “As far as things
and also Las Cruces, including area Village looking forward to when we will be
on our website. To request our free weekly
Inns, Walgreens, Wing Stop, Leo’s, The able to have audiences and an active
email newsletter, go to
Cleaners and many more locations. Please see Page 21

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‘Titanic The Musical’ — UTEP Dinner $18 (all tickets $10 April 24). Information: 747-
Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West 5118, or on Facebook.
building presents the Tony Award Winner for Postponed from April 24-May 3.
Best Musical July 10-26. Music and lyrics by Inspired by the movie “The Magnificent
Maury Yeston, and story and book by Peter Seven,” Nayeli leaves Sinaloa, Mexico with her
Stone. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through best friends to sneak into the United States to
Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 bring seven “magnificent men” to fight off the
EPCC students/miliary; $7 EPCC students, fac- p.m. April 26 and May 3; dinner matinee is 1:30 narcos.
Kids-N-Co. classes — Kids-N-Co. offers
acting classes geared for ages 9 and older. ulty and staff. Information: 831-5147 or on p.m. Sunday, April 19. Tickets: $33.50 to
Facebook. $43.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday dis- Postponed
Classes are Saturdays, April 18-May 16.
Pre-audition workshop is 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, count dinner performances; $36.50 to $48.50
Information, location: 274-8797 or on El Paso Nuevo Siglo Drama Festival —
Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co. May 10, with auditions at 7 p.m. Monday, May (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and
The festival was scheduled for April 15-20 at
11, and call backs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. $19.50 to $29.50 no-dinner matinee perform-
the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800
‘Murder on the Orient Express’ — El ances (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or
S. San Marcial. Information: 532-7273,
Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents one of or
Agatha Christie’s most famous stories May 8- Rescheduled events Performances postponed from April 19-May
24. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 3. ‘Classic Campesino’ — El Paso Community
‘Harvey’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre,
and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, The Titanic sank in the early hours of April 15, Foundation’s Jewel Box Series was scheduled
313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall
students, military and teachers; $9 children). 1912. This epic, sweeping musical drama (not to present two Luis Valdez one-act plays, pro-
presents the comedy tentatively June 5-21
Information: 532-1317 or based on the James Cameron film) examines duced by Eden Enterprises April 19 at the
(rescheduled from March 20-April 5).
This intricate mystery follows a group of pas- the causes, the conditions, and the characters Philanthropy Theatre. Information: 533-4020 or
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and
sengers trapped on a luxurious train in a snow involved in the ever-fascinating drama of the
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cake and non-
storm. After a murder is committed, famous RSS Titanic. This is the factual story of that
alcoholic beverages with the cast and crew fol- One-Act Play Festival — Las Cruces
detective Hercule Poirot must summon all his ship, of her officers, crew and passengers,but
low opening night performance. Tickets: $17 Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall,
skills to find the murderer and uncover the true the central character of this adaptation is
($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups Las Cruces, postponed its one-act showcase
identity of the victim. ”Titanic” is the Titanic herself. Mature subject
and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or scheduled for April 24-26. Information: (575)
‘Fun Home’ — Forum Theatre at El Paso 523-1200 or
Community College presents the musical Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims ‘Into the Beautiful North’ — The
adapted by Lusa Kron and Jeanine Tesoro from to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) UTEP Department of Theater & Dance pres-
Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir, directed friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a ents the Karen Zacarias play based on the novel
by Greg Thompson are 8 p.m. Thursdays six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka by Luís Alberto Urrea Oct. 22-Nov. 1, at ‘The Tempest’ — American Southwest
through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, as Theatre Company canceled the production set
18-28, at EPCC’s Forum Theatre on the Check website for LCCT’s 2020-21 season part of the NEA: Big Read El Paso. Showtime is for April 30-May 10 at NMSU’s Center for
Transmountain Campus, 9570 Gateway North. schedule. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, as well the Arts in Las Cruces. Information: nmsuthe-
Tickets available at the door: $15; $10 non- as 2:30 p.m. matinees Sundays. Tickets: $12-

April 2020 El Paso Scene Page 23

Jay’s Pix Presents at the International improvisational style with a cast of non-actors.
Museum — Film historian Jay Duncan and the
Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de
Sunset Film Society host presentations at 2
Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in
p.m. Saturdays at International Museum of Art,
Mesilla. Theatre closed at least through April 3;
1211 Montana (door on Brown opens at 1:30
check website for updates and reopening
p.m.). Admission is free. Snacks available for
purchase; guests encouraged to come early for directed and co-written by Billy Wilder. Two Miami — which also happens to be the destina-
The historic theater, operated by the Mesilla
special attractions. Information: 543-6747 musicians in 1929 Chicago (Jack Lemmon and tion for the mobsters attending a convention.
Valley Film Society, features films at 7:30 p.m.
(museum), and Tony Curtis) accidentally witness the St. • April 18: “Chicago.” The 2002 musical crime
nightly, plus 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day massacre and go on the lam, comedy-drama film, based on the stage musi-
Sunday. Some 7:30 p.m. Sunday night screen-
This month’s films Celebrate the Roarin’ 20s. hiding from the mobsters who saw them. Since cal, explores the themes of celebrity, scandal
ings have an open caption option. Admission:
• April 11 : “Some Like It Hot.” Voted the jobs are scarce during the Great Depression, and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age.
$8 ($7 matinees, seniors, military and students
No. 1 American Comedy Film of All Time in and for added cover, they assume female iden- The film centers on Roxie Hart (Rene
with ID; $6 MVFS members, and $6 on
2000 by the American Film Institute. Produced, tities with an all-girl jazz band traveling to Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Catharine Zeta-
Wednesdays). Information, schedule: (575)
Jones), two murderesses who find themselves
524-8287 or
in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago.
Richard Gere stars as flamboyant lawyer Billy Jay’s Film Forecast — Film historian Jay
Flynn. Duncan prepared this list of top monthly
• April 25: “Midnight in Paris.” Vacationing in “Coming Attractions” for movie fans, listed by
contemporary Paris with his fiancée (Rachel studio and release date (subject to change):
McAdams), an insecure writer (Owen Wilson)
April 10:
is whisked back in time and meets and receives
• Charm City Kings (Sony) — Teyonah Parris,
advice and inspiration from notable people of
Milan Ray, Jahi Di’Allo Winston. Directed by
1920s Paris, such as Cole Porter, Zelda and
Angel Manuel Soto.
Scott Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Ernest
• Saint Maude (A24) — Morfydd Clark,
Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight. Directed by Rose
Pax Christi Film Series — Pax Christi El Glass.
Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the • Trolls World Tour (Universal) — CG
Catholic Diocese of El Paso host a screening of Animation. Voices of Justin Timberlake, Kelly
“Capernaum,” 2018 winner of the Grand Jury Clarkson, Ozzy Osbourne; Directed by Walt
Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, at 3 p.m. Dohrn & David P. Smith. Sequel to 2016 ani-
Sunday, April 19, at St. Joseph School auditori- mated film.
um, 1315 Travis (enter through parking lot
across from rectory). Discussion follows. April 17:
Admission is free, donations accepted. • Green Rush (Lionsgate) — Mike Foy, Kriss
Information: 740-3962 Dozal, Paul Telfer. Directed by Gerard
Nadine Labaki’s film tells the story of a street- Roxburgh.
wise Lebanese boy. The film was made in an • Promising Young Woman (Focus) — Carey
Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox. Directed
by Emerald Fennell.
• The Secret: Dare to Dream (Gravitas) —
Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O’Connell.
Directed by Andy Tennant.
• Y cómo es él? (Pantelion)— Mauricio
Ochmann, Omar Chaparro, Zuria Vega.
Directed by Ariel Winograd.

April 24:
• Antebellum (Lionsgate) — Janelle Monáe,
Eric Lange, Jena Malone. Directed by Gerard
Bush & Christopher Renz.
• Bad Trip (Orion) — Lil Rel Howery, Eric
André, Tiffany Haddish. Directed by Kitao
• Fatima (Picturehouse) — Harvey Keitel,
Sônia Braga, Goran Visnjic. Directed by Marco
Good Food ... Good Feelings Pontecorvo.
• Shirley (Neon) — Elisabeth Moss, Logan
Lerman, Michael Stuhlbarg. Directed by
Josephine Decker.
This Easter don’t go hunting for eggs…
Your delicious eggs are waiting for you DVD/Blu-ray Releases
At your favorite restaurant, Village Inn, of course, April 7:
• Doolittle. PG
Leave the egg hunting for the little girls and boys • Cats. PG
• Little Women. PG
And give them a nice treat afterwards!
Have an Eggstra special Easter!
April 14:
• Just Mercy. PG-13
• Underwater. PG-13

April 21:
El Paso: 1500 Airway •  7144 Gateway East • 4757 Hondo Pass • 2929 N. Mesa • The Turning. PG-13
6440 N. Mesa • 7801 N. Mesa •  2275 Trawood •  1331 N. Zaragoza • 3464 Joe Battle • The Gentlemen. R
Las Cruces: 1435 S. Valley •  445 S. Telshor • IP Man 4: The Finale. NR

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Local: Three guys over 50 he first question that comes out of
years and no sign of stopping us when faced with tragedy and
catastrophe is the last question
The Lone Star State has always had a lot of that ever gets answered: “Why?”
love for that little ol’ band from Texas and El Not since World War II have we expe-
Paso is welcoming them again (assuming
rienced such a widespread calamity as
that concerts are back in business). They’re
scheduled for April 22 at the Abraham the coronavirus pandemic. Not since the
Chavez Theatre. The last time we saw ZZ Great Depression have we suffered such
Top was just four days shy of two years ago, a profound crash in our economic sys-
The traditional stages of grief, which
and that came less than eight months after tem, with the stock market crashing and
apply to any tragedy, are denial, anger,
their appearance at the Sun Bowl as an open- unemployment soaring. Not since the
er for Guns N’ Roses. They will be the well-
bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 have we
oiled machine they are known for. All three That strikes me as incomplete. The
been overwhelmed by skyrocketing
guys are all original members and have been response of faith should go the extra
cases of severe, life-threatening illness
at it for over half a century. Their last official mile, to ask how we should respond
for which we have no vaccine or cure.
disc of new music was “La Futura” close to a Pop stretches things out to three platters on when bad things happen, how we can
And never in the history of the world
decade ago, but they still have plenty of hits “Kiss My Blood (Live in Paris 1991),” all on make a difference.
to keep us happy. They have been known to have so many people been forced to iso-
opaque red and white splatter vinyl, plus a The Biblical image that keeps coming
go deep into their catalogue to fish out some late themselves, with no social outlet
DVD and copy of the original tour poster. to my mind during this crisis is the story
tasty blues and who knows we might hear a beyond their own homes. Restaurants
of the Babylonian exile. In the 6th cen-
few cuts off lead vocalist and guitarist Billy are shuttered, sports arenas remain
7-, 10- & 12-inch singles tury B.C., Nebuchadnezzar, the king of
Gibbons’ dual solo discs that popped up dur- empty and churches sit vacant.
ing the group’s current recording hiatus. Get
Babylon, invaded Israel, destroyed
The single — either in its 7-, 10-, or 12-inch While it’s natural to ask “Why?”, we
your hands on some Miracle Gro and get that Jerusalem. Most of the Jews were
size, and even the 3-inch, sees a return, all are unlikely to find an explanation that
beard working! deported to Babylon. They were finally
taking up a large part of real estate on this satisfies. The world is filled with germs
special day. Picture discs make their presence returned about 50 or 60 years later when
and viruses that can take up residence in
Record Store Day April 18 known on all size configurations, including our bodies with little or no major harm.
Cyrus of Persia conquered Babylon.
Destiny’s Child, Sam Smith, The Cure and, The exile was a pivotal period in
Maybe I am just getting much older, but it One mutation and the world changes
of course, the wax icon, Ronnie James Dio. Jewish history. By some accounts, it rad-
feels like we come full circle much quicker nearly overnight.
The Soft Boys double up with a pair of 7- ically altered the ways Jews practiced
nowadays. April 18 is time once again for It’s tempting to say the Bible has such
Record Store Day. This year’s ambassador is
inchers celebrating their 40th year with “I their religion, the way they identified
Wanna Destroy You / Near The Soft Boys,” answers, but it doesn’t. Even Jesus
an interesting choice. It isn’t a stadium-sell- themselves (losing much of their previ-
featuring the rare, unreleased cover remake preached that God sent the rain to fall on
ing band like Metallica or Pearl Jam, nor a ous tribal identity) and upon their return,
of “Vegetable Man’ by Pink Floyd’s Syd the just and the unjust, and the sun to
legend like Ozzy Osbourne or Iggy Pop they enjoyed a spiritual rebirth that
Barrett. Then there are those who are choos- shine on both the evil and the good.
(although a couple of these are represented included the rebuilding of the temple.
with releases this year); it is singer-song- ing to debut material on these singles: When Job persisted on asking God
What we are experiencing right now is
writer Brandi Carlile. She has a half-dozen Collective Soul takes on R.E.M., Greg Dulli why he suffered the loss of nearly all his
of the Afghan Whigs goes after a Bob Dylan a form of exile. We have been cut off
discs under her belt, a few Grammy awards, family, his possessions and even his
cut, The Drive By Truckers give us a glimpse from our usual way of life, we are sepa-
and her entry this year is her tribute to her health, he never got a direct answer in
into rare session tracks, and Eminem takes it rated physically from people who matter
hometown heroes, Soundgarden. Now on the end. God revealed Himself as the
back to where it all began with “My Name to us, we no longer enjoy much of what
with a list of highlights from the 2020 lot. Creator whose ways and purposes could
Is,” to barely scratch the surface. Country spiced up our lives. No dining out or
never be fully comprehended by mortal
Box sets, multi-disc collections:
gets into the scene with the incredible vault parties, no sports events to participate in,
find of “March of Dimes” by the legendary man. Job does not pursue his case
attend or even watch (except reruns), no
Wearing the crown in the “overdoing it” Hank Williams. This is the complete 1951 against God, but instead repents of his
weekend getaways or vacations. Our
department is Clutch with “The Obelisk,” a performance on 10-inch red, with a new quest for an explanation. In the face of a
rich diet of activity is now a gruel of rel-
16-LP collection with a turntable slipmat and restoration and mastering of the 16-inch God who is both fully good and fully
ative solitude, whether social distancing
signed artist lithograph. The runner-up falls radio transcription disc powerful, Job realized he didn’t need
at least or sheltering in place at worst.
on the complete opposite spectrum: rap pio- God to justify Himself.
neer The Notorious B.I.G and “It Was All A
Exile is a scary word, but the lesson
The wacky, bizarre, questionable I’m not saying that people should not
Dream: The Notorious B.I.G. 1994-1999.” we learn from the Israelites is that it can
seek understanding. But life has taught
This 9-record set features his four proper This is the music industry we are talking precede a new beginning. I hope that is
me that real understanding never comes
albums as double discs bundled together for about, where bizarre is an everyday occur- true for all us.
rence. Paw Patrol should crack open some in the midst of tragedy. That may take
the first time, pressed on clear vinyl and
piggy banks with their official theme song on years, if at all. Faith does not guarantee
housed in a box. Other runners-up are no Randy Limbird is editor and
slouches either, with Widespread Panic, the bone-colored vinyl. Not to be left out is immediate answers, but gives us hope
publisher of El Paso Scene.
late Jerry Garcia, and of course his band the Pinkfong with a “Baby Shark’ picture disc — that there are answers. And that hope
Send comments to him at
Grateful Dead, all offering 5-LP compendi- with four versions of the track, no less. allows us to continue forward.
ums. Rhine Records is ramping up the Soundtracks are back with Austin Powers
Replacements’ “Live Inconcerated,” previ- flooding the field with all three incarnations.
ously available only as a 5-song promo CD, Dune gets re-pressed on “Spice,” colored
into a very expanded 140-gram 3-platter with 24 x 24 full color poster. Cult favorite
compilation. Hackers finally get the wax treatment. Judd
Apatow raises his game with “Warren
Rare live-in-concert vinyl debuts Zevon’s Greatest Hits (According To Judd
Apatow).” What Record Store Day would be
David Bowie once again will have a very complete without a cassette sneaking out?
heavy presence with four separate releases. This time the honor goes to the Strokes mak-
One of the most intriguing is a newly ing their new album available on tape.
unearthed show from 1974 titled “I’m Only
Dancing (The Soul Tour 74).” The set list It is hard to believe that this really doesn’t
was overhauled and included as-yet-to-be- even put a ding in the shiny Record Store
released tracks from the Young Americans Day surface. This is an incredibly small sam-
sessions and also featured a revamped band. pling of what is being offered this year. All
Alice Cooper also digs deep with a live show of these items are being released in extreme-
Feb. 19, 1982 at The Apollo Theatre in ly limited pressing numbers — from a high
Glasgow, Scotland, on his Special Forces of 17,000 (the most ever for a RSD release)
Tour. Out of the concert’s 18 tracks, only to as little as 100, with most hovering at the
three have ever been available before. 3,000 mark. Many are numbered and most
Newcomer Billie Eilish gets into the live will disappear very quickly. So forget about
game with “Live at Third Man Records.” using that tax refund or stimulus check for
This rare acoustic collection from Nashville something sensible. With all those unreleased
is pressed on opaque blue vinyl and includes tracks, demos, and live cuts, this is vinyl you
an exclusive poster. Waylon’s son Shooter may never see again.
Jennings comes back to Record Store Day
with a performance from “Bonnaroo 2006,” Brian Chozick is owner of Tumblin’
with a medley of the hits as well as some Dice Music. Drop him a line at
special versions never before released. Iggy

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Family trips turn Taking a Look Back
into an adventure by John McVey Middagh Trinity Site Tour — White Sands Missile
Range. The semiannual tour to the site of the
Alameda on the Tigua Reservation. Information:
851-9997 (El Paso Mission Trail Association).

B eing partly, and of course perkily, a

man of the saddle, some might
think I would be untutored by
books but I’d hope not counted as igno-
rant. Sodden some others might think,
that summed it all up for the new officers
telling them what they had to look for-
ward to, both rewarding and cautionary.
Then we went to lunch, and afterward
first atom bomb explosion scheduled for April
4 has been canceled. Fall Tour scheduled for
Oct. 3. Information: (575) 678-1134 or
• Mission Socorro — The first adobe structure
in Socorro was built in 1692, and like nearby
Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later
centuries. The current structure dates back to
1843, with additions completed in 1873. It’s off
Kourtine took off to celebrate with her Chamizal National Memorial — 800 S. Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
dull and expressionless — oh, I say not. I
classmates. I found a museum in Abilene, San Marcial. The National Park Service oper- • San Elizario Chapel — Established in 1789 as
have experienced much.
Frontier Texas, that was wonderfully set ates the memorial on land once claimed by a Spanish presidio, or fort, to protect the
This past winter, we traveled to return
up from the first step through the front Mexico as part of a decades-long dispute over Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county
my great-grandchildren to their mother in
door to the exit. A path that took you the international boundary. Cultural Center seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877,
Peacock, Texas, population 16. I experi-
through the building following the devel- including Visitor Center Information Desk, Park replacing a church built about 25 years earlier.
enced a multitude of characters and living
opment of Texas from the beginning of Store, Museum, and Theater closed until fur- Technically, San Elizario Chapel is a presidio
conditions on this round trip of 85 miles.
time. Nine movie screens along the way ther notice. Memorial grounds and comfort sta- church, not a mission. It’s on the San Elizario
I know you’re probably getting tired of
depicted different people that lived dur- tion remain open to the public from 7 a.m. to plaza, off Socorro Road, 5.5 miles southeast of
Middagh’s family stories, but they just
ing the times, telling their story. Very life- 10 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Information: Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail that
keep coming. Like this three-day trip to
like and moving. I must go back alone; it 532-7273 or on Facebook at Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a
Peacock. Maybe not a trip through hell
may not had been the wisest thing to take ChamizalNationalMemorial. friend. Group tours are available. For San
but purgatory for sure. I don’t like to go
the same way twice so I’m always look- two young ones, too. El Paso History Radio Show — The Elizario tour information, call 851-1682.
ing for different routes. This time we We got back to the motel that night, show runs 10:05 a.m. to noon Saturdays on
only to suffer through a meltdown with San Elizario Veterans Museum and
should’ve taken the quickest route. With KTSM AM 690 (and streamed at Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main in San
two youngsters aboard, confined in their the two grandsons — too big of a day, I Documentary filmmaker
guess. Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
car seats, having to make emergency Jackson Polk hosts the show with reenactor Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
potty stops alongside the road, plus We got up the next morning to a slither- and historian Melissa Sargent. Details of each
ing of snow, making me think that maybe Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission
unscheduled eating stops, turned the six- upcoming show, plus podcasts of previous pro- is free. Information: 345-3741 or 383-8529.
hour drive into a long eight hours. I was playing out my current writing grams, are at
We reached Peacock after dark. Their class assignment: “A story about what San Elizario walking tours — The San
home is a former restaurant and church, takes place in a winter cabin.” Mission Trail — Three historic churches lie Elizario Historic District hosts free, guided
Breakfast came around, so we went to within eight miles of each other in El Paso
and their nearest neighbor is three blocks walking tours at noon and 3 p.m. the fourth
the only café in town. Luckily it was on County’s Mission Valley.
away. Rustic comes nowhere near Sunday of the month starting at Main Street
the motel property. As we walked, every- • Mission Ysleta — Spanish and Tigua Indian
describing it. Mercantile, 1501 Main Street. Information:
one turned to see who had entered. I felt refugees from northern New Mexico founded
We wound up only dropping off the car- 851-0093 or
immediately like we’d walked in on a the community in the 1680s. The first mission
load of Christmas toys. We decided it To get there: Take Loop 375 to Socorro Road
scene of the movie “Deliverance.” Of was built in 1692 and rebuilt completely in both
would be easier if we took the boy down then go east seven miles to San Elizario.
about eight tables there, three of them the 18th and 19th centuries. The current struc-
the road 23 more miles to “the” motel in District is on the right. Look for the brown
were full of men wearing camouflage ture was built in 1851. It’s near Zaragoza and
Aspermont, population 539. Grand- signs.
daughter Kourtine had to wake up early pants and jackets.
to get to work, which included her gradu- That surprised me since I didn’t think
ation ceremony. She and 15 others were hunting season was still going on. I asked
getting their badges, after completing my granddaughter; who looked down
four weeks of intensive training to shielding her mouth with her hand,
become correctional officers for the telling me in a low voice they were pig
Texas Department of Criminal Justice. hunters. Then I remembered we were in
This took place in Abilene, another 60 Shackelford County, which is overrun
miles south. But it was worth it. My with feral hogs. I’d heard that people are
granddaughter was chosen to deliver the shooting or trapping these hogs, and sell-
class presentation speech, and she did a ing them for 70 cents a pound on the
supreme job. Two or three times now I hoof. Almost made me want to move
have witnessed her deliver a great talk, there.
seeing firsthand how all the time she After breakfast we said our good-byes.
spent in school in 4-H and FFA paid off. Checked out of the $45-per-night room.
She is now a correctional officer assigned Cecilia and I got in her car, put the home
to a maximum-security prison I do think address on the GPS, pressed “quickest
and hope she has found her calling, being route” and started back. The GPS took us
29 years old with two young ones. a different way, heading out on Farm-to-
After the ceremony I was lucky enough Market Road 610, which passed through
to be able to talk with the prison chap- magnificent ranch country. Then to I-20
lain, Mr. Baldwin, a very nice and smart and I-10, getting home before 5 p.m.
man who is dedicated to the men and John McVey Middagh is a former
women who work a dangerous job. He saddle shop owner. You can reach
delivered an opening and closing prayer him at

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Advertiser Index
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Ardovino’s Des. Cross’g 14 KTEP 27
Ardovino’s Pizza 6 Las Cruces Museums 9,28
ATMAS Healing 9 Leo’s Mexican Food 18
Azar Nut Shop 26 Magoffin Home 14
Baskin Robbins 3 Marie Otero 13
Books Are Gems 7 The Marketplace 28
Bruce’s Air 20 Mesilla Book Center 26
Cattleman's 17 Mission Del Rey 6
CBD Whole Health 12 Moto El Paso 12
Ceci Burgos Counseling 7 Nayda’s Gems & Stones 6
Collectibles 10 NMMCP Consulting 19
Crossroads Botanicals 11 PhiDev Inc 22
El Paso Art Association 2 Precision Prosthetics 21 23 PTEP 25
Escamilla Gallery 2 Radford School 28
EPCC 7 Reidsan 13
Flor de Barro Gallery 13 Rio Grande Cancer Fn. 10
FloraFEST 2 Roman Art Design 18
Fountain Theatre 26 Silver City Art Association 3
Fox Plaza 12 The Talk Shop 6
Furrs Family Dining 16 The Cleaners 24
Galeria Lincoln 21 Village Inn 24
Hal Marcus Gallery 11 Walgreens 26
Hans Martial Arts 8

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