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‘The Heart of El Paso’ ‘The Heart of El Paso’
Robert Dozal won El Paso Scene’s “Heart of El Paso” award for his “Dos Culturas
Unidas” entry (center) in this year’s “Toma Mi Corazon” heart/art auction benefit
for Avance, Feb. 3 at the Camino Real Hotel. Shown also are hearts by (clockwise
from top right) Veva Gutierrez, Laura Jasso, Susan Amstater Schwartz, Nicholas
Muñoz, Candy Mayer, Steve Salazar, Kathryn Johnson and Charlie Mayer.
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El Paso Scene Page 3 February 2011
Valentine’s Day
Senior Love Conference — El Paso
Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s
16th annual conference “Live, Love and Care
for Yourself” is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
5, at EPCC Administrative Service Center
Auditorium, 9050 Viscount, featuring work-
shops, exhibitors, volunteer awards, door
prizes and special a special appearance by Vikki
Carr. Admission is free with donation of a
canned good, but participants must register for
a conference pass to participate.
Information/registration: 831-7801 or
‘The Vagina Monologues’ — UTEP’s
annual production of the award-winning Eve
Ensler play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb.
11-12 at Magoffin Auditorium. The production
is part of V-Day at UTEP. Doors open at 6 p.m.
with pre-show by Chrissy Gurrola Friday and
Jayden’s Playground Saturday, as well as other
multimedia entertainment both days. Proceeds
go towards the Reynolds Home. Tickets: $10
general admission; $20 VIP. (Ticketmaster).
V-Day (V for Victory, Valentine and Vagina) is
a global movement to stop violence against
women and girls. Information:
This year’s production is sponsored by
Frontera Women’s Foundation and hosted by
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.,
Other V-Day events:
• A screening of the documentary “Until the
Violence is 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in the
UTEP Union Cinema, Student Union East.
• A production of “A Memory, A Monologue, A
Rant and A Prayer” is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3,
in the Union Cinema, performed by students
from Ysleta High School. Suggested donation:
‘The Valentine Soiree’ - The Guild of the
Spencer Theater hosts its 10th annual romantic
dinner and dance is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11,
at the theater at Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M.
(about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso).
The event features a gourmet meal, and danc-
ing to the Michael Francis Trio. Tickets: $50.
Information: 1-888-818-7872 or spencerthe-
Valentine Ball —El Paso Friends of Jazz
Society’s 7th annual Valentine’s Day dinner and
dance is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 12,
at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s
Signature Showroom, featuring live music by
Azucar. Dinner served 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 (includes dinner buffet). Proceeds
benefit the society’s Mary and Eddie Davis
Scholarship Fund. Information: 584-0977 or
Valentine dinner and dance — Santa
Lucia Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher, will host
its annual Valentine dance 7 p.m., to midnight
Saturday, Feb. 12, at the church’s Centro
Amistad Hall, featuring a dinner and live music
by the Rhapsody Band. Dinner served at 7
p.m.; dance begins at 8 p.m. BYOB. Cost: $25
($50 per couple); reservations recommended.
Information: 592-5245.
Valentine’s Dance and Dinner —
Abundant Living Faith Center will host the din-
ner and dance 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at
Monte Carlo Ballroom, 1781 North Zaragoza,
featuring dinner, unlimited soft drinks and danc-
ing. No childcare provided or alcoholic bever-
ages allowed. Cost: $30; available in advance at
the church office, 1000 Valley Crest.
Information: 532-8543 or
Bob Burns and Mike Caranda
Orchestra — The big-band style orchestra,
named for the late bandleader Mike Caranda
and led by Bob Burns, will host its 2nd annual
Valentine’s Day dinner and dance benefiting
Free Wheelchair Mission Sunday, Feb. 13, at
Ramada Palms Hotel and Conference Center in
Las Cruces. Dinner served at 5 p.m., dance is
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 per person
($400 advanced reserved table for 10).
Information/reservations: (575) 525-2450 or
EPW Valentine’s Day Dance —
Enterprising and Professional Women, Paso del
Norte hosts its fundraising Valentine’s Day
dance 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at Lancer’s
Club East, 3135 Trawood. Buffet dinner served
6 to 7 p.m. Proceeds help raise funds to award
college/training scholarships for women who
are economically disadvantaged, but still do not
F E B R u a r y
R O U N D u p
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Behind the Scene 4
January Roundup 3-13
Scene Spotlight 6
Here’s the Ticket 14-17
Program Notes 18-19
Dance 20
Music, Comedy 21-23
Viva Juárez 22
Sports 25-26
Nature 27-28
Racking Up History 29
Becoming Bicultural 32
The ART of Fundraising 33-37
El Paso FishNet 37
At the Museum 38-40
Gallery Talk 41-42
SW Art Scene 43-48
On Stage 49-51
Stage Talk 50
Keep on Bookin' 52-53
History Lessons 53
Film Scene 54-55
Liner Notes 56
March Preview 57
El Paso Scene User’s Guide 40
Advertiser Index 58
Subscription Form 58
Page 4 El Paso Scene February 2011
ears ago I was on the board of
directors of a performing arts
group when we scheduled an
event without realizing that the date con-
flicted with the holy of holies of unoffi-
cial holidays: Super Bowl Sunday.
Needless to say, attendance sagged at
that concert and afterward we never
failed to check the NFL calendar when
programming our winter concerts.
This year, a few more local cultural
events are taking the field on Super Bowl
Leading the offense against the Feb. 6
pro football championship is Lola
Productions, which booked one of the top
acts in the world to play in El Paso that
Sunday afternoon: Ladysmith Black
Mambazo, the South African vocal group
that inspired Paul Simon’s “Graceland”
album and also earned them a Grammy
on their first U.S. release back in 1988.
Joining the cultural counter-offense are
three community theater productions
offering Sunday matinees, one piano
recital and an art sale in Las Cruces.
Perhaps the growing use of digital video
recorders gives these performing arts
groups more courage to take on the
Packers and Steelers. Back when my
group unintentionally challenged the
Super Bowl, the DVR was unheard of,
and no football fan would rely on a VCR
to capture the whole game.
I actually prefer to watch a football
game on the DVR. Programming your
DVR requires pushing just a couple of
buttons on your remote. Don’t forget to
select the option to record a half-hour or
so after the scheduled end of the game —
more than once I’ve recorded a game and
still missed out on the final deciding
plays because the game ran late.
Once you get the hang of the DVR
remote, you learn exactly how long to
hold the fast forward button to skip from
the end of one play to the next snap. You
also get to pick the replays you want to
watch, and the commercials you don’t
want to watch — or in the case of the
Super Bowl, maybe the commercials you
want to replay.
* * *
Another glitch on the February calendar,
at least as far as the Scene is concerned,
is it being such a short month.
Our production schedule calls for the
Scene to publish on the Wednesday fol-
lowing the fourth Monday of the month.
If we stuck to that, our March 2011 issue
would come March 2. The Scene has
never failed to come out before the first
of the month in its 17-plus years, so we
decided to publish a week earlier. The
March issue will come out Feb. 23. That
means our deadlines are earlier than usual
— the news deadline is Feb. 14 and the
ad deadline is Feb. 16.
Next year is a leap year, so we will go
back to our usual schedule — the
Wednesday following the fourth Monday
in February will be Feb. 29.
I checked my calendar. Fortunately, we
won’t have to make this exception again
until February 2017.
* * *
One tradition we haven’t changed is the
annual “Toma Mi Corazon/Have a Heart”
February cover. The first “Heart” cover
was February 2004, just a couple of years
after Avance first conducted its annual
heart art auction. We’ve noted that the
success of the Avance’s fundraisers has
inspired many others, which is the focus
of this month’s feature story on Page 33.
This year’s El Paso Scene “Heart of El
Paso” award goes to Robert Dozal, who
like many of the other artists featured on
the cover, has been a strong supporter of
the event for many years.
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meet federal guidelines for financial aid.
Admission: $30 (includes dinner).
Information: Gloria Flores, 851-3692 or bpw-
The EPW Paso del Norte Organization is a
local chapter of the worldwide organization
with chapters in more than 90 countries. The
local chapter focuses on helping women
achieve a higher economic status for them-
selves and their family through academic/traini-
ng assistance and mentorship.
Chocolate Buffet and Cabaret — The
annual Flickinger Center fundraiser is Monday,
Feb. 14, at the Flickinger Center for
Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. in
Alamogordo. This year’s cabaret features
“S’Wonderful,” the new Gershwin musical
revue incorporating four “mini-musicals”
inspired by real events in the Gershwin broth-
ers’ lives. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with
buffet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $6, $10,
15 and $25. Information: (575) 437-2202 or
Group Marriage Vow Renewal and
Wedding Ceremony — Couples can renew
their wedding vows or get married legally in a
special Valentine’s Day group ceremony on the
banks of the Rio Grande, Monday, Feb. 14, at
Celestial Wedding Chapel, 220 N. Date, Suite A
in Truth or Consequences, N.M. officiated by
Celeste Rich. Vow renewal ceremony begins at
1:15 p.m. with wedding ceremony at 2 p.m.
Couples receive a photo CD and a $15 gift cer-
tificate to Celestial Creations Enchanted Gifts.
Pre-registration recommended; space is limit-
ed. Cost: $65 and $100 Information: (575) 894-
7591 or
Couples wishing to get married must obtain a
New Mexico Marriage License beforehand at
any County Clerk’s Office. License must be
presented to Rev. Rich after the ceremony for
signing and witnessing.
High Time Quartet Live Valentines —
The women’s barbershop quartet delivers
singing valentines in El Paso and Las Cruces
beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14. Each
valentine consists for two songs preformed for
the loved one at home or work and a heart-
shaped box of chocolates. Cost: $35.
Information: 565-2603 or 526-1709.
The quartet consists of working and retired
teachers and has been performing a capella
together since 1996.
Also this month
Bassett Place — 6101 Gateway West.
Information: 772-7479 or
• Girls Scouts of the Rio Grande will sell 2011
Girl Scout Cookies at the Community Cart
Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day
Saturdays and Sundays through March 13.
Call for hours: 566-9433.
• The Rock Star Karaoke Challenge is
Thursday, Feb. 3 and 10, in front of Café
Plaza. Sign up by calling the mall or online.
• A Valentine Art Fair is Friday through Sunday,
Feb. 11-13, with local artists, jewelry and col-
• KFOX-TV will sign up potential organ donors
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at
Premiere Cinema 18. All participants receive
Premiere Cinema admittance.
• Kids-N-Co.’s Show Choir presents its
Valentine’s show at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 27, featuring love songs of today and yes-
• A Bridal and Quinceañera Fair is noon to 6
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, with the latest bridal
fashions from David’s Brida and La Popular.
There will be outside vendors including cakes,
flowers and event and banquet facilities.
Ardovino’s Super Bowl Sunday —
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino
Drive in Sunland Park, hosts its Super Bowl
event at noon Sunday, Feb. 6, in the Mecca
Lounge, with an $11 buffet, complimentary bar
snacks, giveaways and drink specials.
Information: (575) 589-0653 or
Collectibles show — A sports card, toy, col-
lectibles show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
13, at the Hyatt Hotel, 6030 Gateway East (at
Geronimo), hosted by J & M Sportscards.
Information: 591-5050.
Coin Show — The International Coin Club
of El Paso’s 48th annual Coin Show is Feb. 18-
20 at El Maida Shrine Center, 6331 Alabama,
featuring 60 tables of coin dealers from Texas,
New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Indiana,
Pennsylvania and Maine to buy and sell coins,
banknotes, tokens and medals. Show hours are
1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday,
and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Raffle tickets are $1 for a chance to win more
than $1,000 worth of coins. Information: 533-
6001 or
This year’s show honors the Centennial of the
Mexican Revolution. The club has produced a
medal depicting General Francisco “Pancho”
Villa available for purchase. The club will also
distribute an uncirculated Lincoln cent with the
Union Shield free to each visitor in commemo-
ration of 2011 as the 150th anniversary of the
start of the U.S. Civil War.
Kids auction is planned Saturday at 2 p.m. for
ages 7 to 14 (limited to the first 50 who regis-
ter). Registration requires answering 10 ques-
tions about the Mexican Revolution placed by
the club members at educational exhibits. The
kids auction is a no-cost auction; script provid-
ed for the bidding.
The International Coin Club of El Paso, Inc.
meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every
month at the Travelodge Motel-La Hacienda,
6400 Montana. Business meeting begins at 6
p.m. followed by an auction around 7 p.m.
Appraisal Fair — El Paso County Historical
Society’s 4th annual fair is noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20, at El Maida Shrine Temple,
6331 Alabama. Expert appraisers will evaluate
antiques, collectibles, firearms, jewelry, artwork
and personal items. Only items that can be
hand-carried will be appraised. Verbal
appraisals: $10 per item (refunded if unable to
determine value of item). Information: 533-
3603, 533-6001 or
American Muscle CarShow and
Funfest — Southwest Career College, 1414
Geronimo, will host a car show benefiting
Children Grief Center of El Paso 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, featuring early and late
model muscle cars, classic and racing vehicles.
Live entertainment by Eddie and the Impacts
and food vendors offered. Admission is free.
Information: 449-1032 or
Love Affair and Bridal Expo - The 14th
annual event presented by KISS-FM begins at
10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Camino Real
Hotel. The expo, features three bridal fashion
shows, and several vendor booths in the hotel’s
grand ballroom, mezzanine, and lobby.
Admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or
February Roundup
Cont’d from Page 3
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El Paso Scene Page 6 February 2011
El Paso Convention and Performing Arts
Center — Events include George Jones
(Feb. 25) at the Plaza Theatre. Page 4.
Lancer’s Club — Events include Basketball
Game Nights (Feb. 2 and 19) and Free
Wine Tasting (Feb. 18) on the Westside.
Valentine’s Day buffets are Feb 11 and
Candlelight Dinners are Feb. 12 at both
locations. Page 36.
La Tierra Cave Dinner Shows — The
2011 dinner shows include Black History
Month celebration with Young El Paso
Singers (Feb. 5), Tia McGraff (Feb. 18) and
Texas Independence Day with Applejack
Band (March 5). Page 26.
Crossland Gallery — Showing Feb. 5-26 El
Paso Art Association’s gallery is “Textures of
Tuscany and Beyond; ”Artists of the Month
Sirac Martinez and Enrique Woo and
“Drawing: A Way of Seeing.”. Page 41
Ladysmith Black Mambazo —The cele-
brated African vocal group performs Feb. 6
at the UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Page
Plan El Paso — The hands-on design ses-
sions on community planning begin Feb 10
at various locations. Page 7.
‘Rite of Spring’ and Other Dances -
UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance’s
spring faculty dance performance Feb. 10-
13 in Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre.
Page 47.
Singles Game Night — Peggy Kligman,
inventor of “The Goat Game” hosts an
evening for singles Feb. 11 at Lancer’s Club
West. Page 26.
Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery —
Showing through Feb. 11: “El Paso
Postcards” group show. Showing Feb. 24-
April 11: “The Nine” All-Star Art Exhibit;
new works by nine El Paso artists. Page 28.
Sasahara Gallery — Opening Feb. 12 in
the Main Gallery is the “Art of Love”
Valentine art show. Classes include Pastels
beginning Feb. 18 and Drawing beginning
Feb. 19. Page 43.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
UTEP —The popular UTEP continuing edu-
cation program’s Spring 2011 semester class-
es begin Feb. 14. Page 46.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitan — “El mejor
mariachi del mundo” performs Feb. 18 at
Abraham Chavez Theatre. Page 3.
EPSO with Inon Barnatan - The guest
pianist joins guest conductor Edwin
Outwater and the El Paso Symphony
Orchestra Feb. 18-19 at The Plaza Theatre.
Page 21.
Coin Show — The International Coin Club
of El Paso’s 48th annual Coin Show is Feb.
18-20 at El Maida Shrine Center. Page 28.
Boz Scaggs — The legendary musician per-
forms Feb. 20, Plaza Theatre. Page 6.
‘In the Mood’ — The 1940s musical revue
returns to El Paso at Feb. 21, at The Plaza
Theatre. Page 29.
Joe Bonamassa — The jazz guitarist per-
forms Feb. 24, Plaza Theatre. Page 44.
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate —
Assistance League of El Paso’s fundraising
tasting event is Feb. 25. Page 32.
Steve Smith, Chris Sanders with Anne
Luna —The trio performs with a special
guest Feb. 25 at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
Sunset Hall in Sunland Park. Page 8.
Bale Folclorico Da Bahia – Brazil’s only
professional folk dance company performs
Feb. 25-26, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium.
Page 10.
‘Two Pianists, Two Nine-Footers’ — The
Bruce Nehring Consort presents duo pianists
Richard Steinbach and Howard Helvey with
the Consort Singers Feb. 25 and 27 at First
Baptist Church. Page 37.
Empty Bowls Soup Dinner — EPCC’s Art
Student Society’s world hunger awareness
soup dinner and silent auction is Feb. 26 at
EPCC’s Administrative Service Center. Page
Rubin Gallery — Showing through March
26 is “Lines of Division” works by Enrique
Jezik and “Different Tempers” jewelry and
blacksmithing exhibit. Page 20.
Lynx Exhibits — Showing through May
29: “Treasure!” Pirate birthday parties avail-
able. Page 5.
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino —
Live racing is every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
and Sunday through late April. Page 9.
Southern New Mexico
Silver City — First Fridays featuring live
music, “Red Dot” gallery and studio late
hours at several locations and other events
are Feb. 4 and March 4 throughout historic
Downtown. Page 42 and 48.
Las Cruces Museum of Art — Showing
Feb. 4-April 2 is “Sight Unseen,” the sculp-
ture of Michael Naranjo. Page 18.
Randy Sabien and Mike Dowling — The
jazz musicians perform at Feb. 11, at the Rio
Grande Theatre in Las Cruces. Page 6.
Mimbres Region Arts Council — Events
include the annual Chocolate Fantasia Feb.
12 in historic Downtown Silver city and the
folk series with Caroline Herring Feb. 25 at
Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos Page
Rebecca St. James — The Christian rocker
performs Feb. 26 at First Assembly of God
in Las Cruces. Page 42.
Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The
Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce’s 10th
annual Mardi Gras celebration is March 4-6.
Page 37.
Scene Spotlight highlights events
advertised in this issue.
Black History Month
Black History Month at UTEP — The
African-American Studies program, in conjunc-
tion with other UTEP departments, presents a
variety of events in February in recognition of
African American History. The 2011 theme is
“African Americans and the Civil War.” All
events are free except as indicated.
Information: 747-8650.
Films (all screenings in UTEP Language Arts
Building, Room 323):
• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 — “Glory”
• 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 — ”Mahogany”
• 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 — “54th
• 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 — “The Color
• Philip Tibbs, “Howard Arthur Tibbs: Citizen,
Musician, Air Forces and Tuskegee Airman: A
Part of the “Greatest Generation” at 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 7, UTEP Library Blumberg
• Dr. Maceo Dailey, “Dr. Benjamin Quarles and
African Americans in the Civil War,” 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17, El Paso Museum of History.
• Chef (and author) Pierre Thiam of La Grand
Dakar Restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y., “African
Food, Global Presence” UTEP, 6 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 22, LART Room 203, UTEP.
• Rev. Felicia P. Hopkins, “Strength, Courage
and Wisdom: Looking Back and Looking
Forward,” 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23,
Templeton Suite 313E, Student Union Bldg.
• William Gwaltney of the Denver National
Park Service, “Another Kind of Glory: African
Americans in the Civil War,” 1-3:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 28, UTEP Library, Blumberg
Other events:
• African American Knowledge Bowl is at noon
Saturday, Feb. 5, at Student Union Cinema.
Hosted by El Paso Alumnae, Delta Sigma Theta,
Inc., UTEP African American Studies and Black
Student Union.
• Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the celebrated
African vocal group performs with special guest
Lionel Loueke, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at
UTEP Magoffin Auditorium (Ticketmaster). See
“Here’s the Ticket” for details.
• 14th annual El Paso History Day sponsored
by UTEP’s Department of History and the
College of Liberal Arts, Saturday, Feb. 19, on
the UTEP Campus.
• Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club exhibit and
panel discussion, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Feb.
21, UTEP Student Union Breezeway
• Dr. T. Andre Feagin conducts the UTEP
Symphony Band in “Portrait of an American
Spirit,” a mental, physical and emotional jour-
ney from Africa to El Paso, 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 24, at the Fox Fine Arts Center Recital
Hall. Admission is $5.
• Bale Folclorico da Bahia, the only professional
folk dance company in Brazil, performs at 8
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at
UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium (Ticketmaster).
See “Here’s the Ticket” for details.
• “Gospel Explosion” is 6:30 p.m. Monday,
Feb. 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
This year’s theme is “Putting the GOSPEL back
into the Gospel: A Tribute to Reverend James
Cleveland.” The program will feature El Paso
Choirs and Praise Dance Ministries.
EPCC Black History Month — El Paso
Community College will host events in
February in celebration of Black History Month.
All events are 7 to 9 p.m. at Transmountain
Campus Forum Theater, Gateway North and
Diana. Admission is free. Information: 831-
• Monday, Feb. 7: “In the Spotlight.” Brig,
Gen. Stephen Twitty will speak on ”African
Americans in the U.S. military.”
• Wednesday, Feb.16: “Choir Night: A
Message in Song,” featuring local church and
community choirs .
• Monday, Feb. 21: Black History Month Men’s
Ms. Black El Paso Southwest
Scholarship Pageant — The annual pag-
eant is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the
Chamizal National Memorial theater. The Miss
Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship pageant
features African American ladies exhibiting
poise, grace and erudition. Admission: $10.
Information: 546-9212.
Black History Month Parade and Rally
— The annual Inter-Club Council Black History
Month Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
26, at Montana and Pershing and travels east
on Montana to Copia then south to Missouri
ending at Mary Webb Park. The rally immedi-
ately follows the parade noon to 3 p.m. in Mary
Webb Park, with vendor booths, family activi-
ties and entertainment. Admission is free.
Southern New Mexico
Chocolate Fantasia – The 12th annual cel-
ebration of arts and sweet delicacies is noon to
4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in historic downtown
Silver City. Local art galleries, shops and other
sites will offer chocolate creations made by
local professional and amateur chocolatiers.
Participants can select 20 chocolate creations
from around 30 participating shops and gal-
leries. Live music offered at several locations
and area restaurants will offer chocolate spe-
cials. The Monsoon Puppet Theatre will host a
“Running of the Puppets” down Bullard Street
that afternoon. Sponsored by the Mimbres
Region Arts Council. Tickets: $20 (includes 20
chocolate treats and a map of locations); avail-
able in advance the MRAC Office, 1201 Pope.
Candy gift boxes available for $2. Tickets sell
out every year. Tickets/information: (575) 538-
2505 or
A special reception is set for 4:30 p.m. at
Isaac’s Bar and Grill, 200 N. Bullard, for the top
three award winning chocolatiers immediately
following the event.
Gourmet chef Rob Connoley will debut his
chocolate sculpture 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 5, at the Curious Kumquat, 111 E.
Chocolate Fantasia Headquarters are at Silco
Theatre, 311 N. Bullard, on the day of the
The Curious Kumquat will host a 10-course
chocolate dinner at 6:30 p.m. the day of the
event. Space is limited to 18 guests. Tickets:
$60 for the meal; $75 meal and wine pairings.
Information/reservations (575) 534-0337.
Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta —The
18th annual fiesta brings together some of the
southwest’s best storytellers, poets and musi-
cians 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the
Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum (Old
Armory), 708 E. 2nd St., Lordsburg, N.M.
Proceeds benefit the museum. Tickets: $10 ($7
students) and includes both sessions and ham-
burgers and soft drinks at intermission.
Information/tickets: (575) 542-9258, (559) 381-
1465 or
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Featured poets and storytellers are Bill
Cavaliere, Rusty Tolley, Hook Hill, Sue Jones
and Steve Lindsey, with musician Ken Moore
and the Copper Creek Wranglers Western
Gathering of Quilts — The Winter
Quilters Guild’s show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at the Ralph
Edwards Civic Center, 460 4th Street, Truth or
Consequences, N.M. featuring vendors and
quilts by local quilters; and appraisals offered
with advance reservation. Admission is free,
but donations accepted. Information: Ginger
Van Gundy, (575) 744-5472; Dotty, (575) 744-
4669 or
Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The
Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a
little New Orleans to the mountain community
March 4-6 with its 10th annual Mardi Gras cel-
ebration. The family celebration will include
costumes, children’s parade, bead throwing,
masks, and Cajun style food, piñata bash, shop-
ping and more. Admission is free for all events.
Information: (575) 682-2733 or
‘First Fridays’ in Silver City — Several of
historic Downtown Silver City’s restaurants,
shops and “Red Dot” galleries will stay open
late the first Friday of each month as part of
the monthly “First Friday” shopping event.
Information: 1-800-548-9378 or silvercitymain-
West Texas
Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering —
The 25th annual gathering is Feb. 25-27 at Sul
Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The sec-
ond oldest of its kind in the country, the event
offers stage shows and individual performances
by nationally known cowboy poets, musicians
and storytellers. Information: (432) 837-2326,
(432) 294-1576 or
Special anniversary shows are 7 p.m. Friday
and Saturday at the Marshall Auditorium. Each
night features seven performers who have
headlined with the gathering since it began in
1987. Performers include Apache Adams, Jerry
Brooks, Doris Daley, Elizabeth Ebert, Ray
Fitzgerald, Gillette Brothers, Andy Hedges, Jill
Jones, Ross Knox, Chuck, Hallie and Cody
Milner, Michael and Dawn Moon, Joel Nelson,
Jack Sammon, R.P. Smith and Andy Wilkinson.
Tickets: $12.50.
A “Thanks for the Memories” fundraising per-
formance for the poets is 1 p.m. Friday in
Marshall Auditorium. Donation: $5.
Recitations of poetry and music are 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at various locations
throughout the Sul Ross campus.
A chuckwagon breakfast is 7:30 a.m. Friday
and Saturday, with stage performances at 7
p.m. both nights in Marshall Auditorium. Cost:
$5 per plate.
A Cowboy Church service is 9 to 10 a.m.
Sunday at Morgan University Center.
For a good cause
Benefit silent auction — Ski Apache will
host a silent auction 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
29, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero,
N.M. Proceeds benefit the disabled skier pro-
gram. The event includes free refreshments
and thousands of items to bid on. Information:
(575) 464-3193 or skiapachedisabledskierspro-
Outcry for The Children – Outcry
International will host the free performance of
various local children’s groups 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29, in the El Paso Public
Library’s Main Branch theatre, 501 N. Oregon,
Downtown, featuring dance and choral groups.
The event’s purpose is to raise awareness for a
children’s feeding program in Zacatecas
Mexico. Donations accepted will go toward the
program. Information: 309-0893 or outcryin-
‘Toma Mi Corazon/Have a Heart’ —
“Heart Art” by several hearts by several artists
and celebrities will be up for bids at the 10th
annual auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3,
Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street.
Proceeds benefit Avance El Paso Chapter.
Tickets: $25. Information: 351-2419. Preview
of hearts and on-line ticket purchases at
The contributing artists have created uniquely
designed and decorated hearts in various styles
and materials. Proceeds benefit Avance’s family
support and education program.
St. Jude’s Radiothon — La Qué Buena
97.5 FM and Radio KAMA 750 AM will take
part in Univision Radio’s nationwide “Promesa
y Esperanza (Promise and Hope)” radiothon on
Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3-4, benefiting St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Listeners
can call in or visit online during the two day
event and make a donation of $20 per month
and become an Angel de Esperanza (Partner in
Hope) to help the children of St. Jude.
Information/donations: 1-800-998-VIDA (8432)
ASTC Mardi Gras — American Southwest
Theatre Company will host its annual Mardi
Gras gala 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the
Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E.
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Steve Smith, Chris Sanders & Anne Luna
& Special Guest in Concert
preview of new material!
Friday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Sunset Hall
One Ardovino Dr., Sunland Park
at the door or in
advance at Ardovino`s
Desert Crossing,
All That Music
in El Paso, or
Enchanted Gardens
in Las Cruces
Doors open
at 6:30 p.m.
(575) 589-0653
Tables available;
call for details
Full Bar Service
¨They light up a room like the New Mexico sun.'
- Mike Shirkey, GoodFolk Productions
Modern/retro harmonies and groove in original
and traditional Americana and Bluegrass music
Please see Page 9
University (at El Paseo), Las Cruces. The event
features live music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar,
silent auction and a king and queen costume
contest. Master of Ceremonies is KRWG’s
Carrie Hamblen. All proceeds benefit ASTC
programming. Tickets: $30 (or two for $55;
$275 tables for 10); available at the NMSU’s
Hershel Zohn Theatre main office.
Information/tickets: (575) 646-4515 or the-
Silent auction items include a Brian Fallstead
Mardi Gras blue marble mask sculpture, furni-
ture, jewelry, artworks and more.
Mikey’s Sheesh-Ka-Deesh — Mikey’s
Place, 3100 Harrelson in Las Cruces, hosts the
performing arts scholarship benefit 7:30 to
10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in celebration of
“For the Love of Arts Month” featuring live
music, area dancers, wine and desserts.
Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 640-3869 or
Scouting for Food Program– The Yucca
Council, Boy Scouts of America/Gila Lodge OA
will help restock El Paso and Southern New
Mexico area food banks in February. Scouts
from all packs, troops, teams and crews will
distribute special bags in their unit’s neighbor-
hood Saturday, Feb. 5, that may be filled and
dropped off at several points staffed by local
chapters of Gila Lodge 378, Army Reserve
369th Chem Co. or NM National Guard 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Information: 772-
El Paso drop-off points include Lowe’s Super
Saves at 1025 Carolina, 5300 Doniphan and
9120 Dyer.
Southern New Mexico drop-off points include
Bullocks Shur-Sav in Truth or Consequences,
Lowe’s Fiesta Foods, 2180 N. Main in Las
Cruces, Food Basket 1220 Hudson in Silver
City, Lowe’s 675 E. 10th in Alamogordo or
Snappy Mart, 306 Pine and 1318 Columbus in
Willie Cager Retirement Party — The
retirement party for El Paso basketball legend
and philanthropist Willie Cager is 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 5, at El Paso Convention
Center, in celebration of Cager’s Learning
Center to be built in Fabens. Guest speakers
include Nevil Shed and Judge Williams. Dinner
and entertainment also offered. Tickets: $75
($100 per couple); available at the door.
Information: 920-4173.
Cager will be signing autographs at 9 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 4, at Casa Ford, 5815 Montana.
Milagro Gala — The inaugural benefit gala
event for El Paso Children’s Hospital is 6:30 to
9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Camino Real
Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street. Cocktail attire.
Tickets: $125. Information/reservations: 521-
7229, ext. 2989.
Night of Hope Ball — El Paso Diabetes
Association will host its 3rd annual fundraising
gala 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 12, at
the El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival
Plaza, featuring a romantic Valentines’ day din-
ner and dance. All proceeds from the event
remain in El Paso, and go towards the Diabetes
Association’s various programs. Admission:
$100 (includes reserved seating, dinner and
dance). Space is limited Information: 532-6280
Honoring Heroes with Heart gala —
HEAL (Help End Abuse for Life) will host its
annual dinner gala at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14,
at Ruidoso Convention Center in Ruidoso,
N.M. The event celebrates individuals who
have shown exceptional and unselfish caring for
others. Tickets: $15; available in Ruidoso at
The Nest, Chamber of Commerce offices,
Josie’s Framery and Sweet Resale Boutique.
Information: The Nest, (575) 378-6378 or
Woman’s Auxiliary Benefit — The UTEP
Woman’s Auxiliary will host its 2011
Scholarship Benefit at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
19, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway.
This year’s event is “Fiesta de UTEP” and
includes entertainment by the UTEP Mariachis
“Los Mineros” a silent auction, raffles, door
prizes and bake sale. Participants can meet
scholarship recipients and Miner athletes. Cost:
$35 ($350 table for 10). Reservation deadline is
Feb. 9. Information/reservations: 373-5110
All money raised from the benefit goes to
scholarships for UTEP students and programs.
Checks payable to “UTEP Women’s Auxiliary”
care of Norma Karam, 4025 Roadside, 79922.
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate —
Assistance League of El Paso, 2728 E. Yandell,
will host the fundraising tasting event 5 to 8
p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, offering wine, cheese and
chocolate tastings and a silent auction.
Admission: $20. Information: 772-9410.
Empty Bowls Soup Dinner — The Art
Student Society at El Paso Community College
will sponsor the soup dinner and silent auction
to raise funds and awareness of world hunger
noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at El Paso
Community College Administrative Service
Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A. All attending
the dinner get to choose a folk art bowl to
keep. Admission: $10. Information: 831-2460,
595-1060 or
The dinner emphasizes international and local
hunger problems. All the money goes to the
West Texas Food Bank for El Paso County.
EPCC Culinary Arts Department with chefs
from the American Chef Federation of Greater
El Paso Chapter provide the food.
‘Tablescapes’ — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild’s
14th annual luncheon features 25 designer-dec-
orated tables March 3-4 at the El Paso
Country Club. Proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-
Musica. Information: 833-9000 (Pro-Musica
Office) or 799-8600 (Judy O’Connor).
The Ladies’ Nite Out Preview Party is
Thursday with a preview of tables, wine, fruit
and cheese. Admission: $25.
Luncheon and auction is Friday, with browse
time prior to the meal. Cost: $40. RSVP dead-
line is Feb. 25. Combo tickets for both pre-
view and luncheon are $60.
YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon —
Leigh Anne Touhy, the inspiration behind the
motion picture “The Blind Side” is speaker for
the 18th annual benefit luncheon at 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 28, at the El Paso Convention
Center. Minimum donation per person: $100
(tables of 10 also available). Information/reser-
vations: 533-2311, ext. 250 or
Something for everyone
‘Beyond the Basics: Lecture Series —
The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study
Center, 715 N. Oregon, presents its Spring
2011 “Beyond the Basics: Lecture Series,” a
continuation of last year’s series for educators,
students and the community, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the
fourth Thursday of the month, Jan. 27-April
28. Local experts provide in-depth looks at key
aspects of the Holocaust. Continuing
Professional Education credit certificates will
also be handed out for each session. Admission
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is free; RSVP encouraged. Information:
Education Director Jamie Williams at 351-0048,
ext. 28 or
• Jan. 27 — International Holocaust
Remembrance Observance and “Discovering
the Holocaust: The Allied Liberation of the
Concentration Camps” with Dr. David Hackett.
• Feb. 24 — “Children in the Holocaust” with
Dr. Corrine Peschka
• March 24 — “Genocide in Srebrenica: The
Largest Mass Murder Since the Holocaust” with
Dr. Cigdem Sirin Villalobos.
• April 28 — “Rwandan Genocide” with Dr.
Sarah Ryan.
Psychological Awareness workshops —
Dr. Al Galves will host free two-part work-
shops on “Understanding Mental Illness: Its
Nature, Causes and Treatment” 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, at El Paso Public
Library’s Main Branch’s Maud Sullivan Gallery,
501 N. Oregon, Wednesday, Feb. 9 and 16, at
the Westside Branch, 125 Belvidere and
Wednesday, Feb. 23 and March 3, at Judge
Marquez Library, 610 N. Yarbrough. The public
is invited. Information: (575) 523-2619 or visit
‘Amazing Magical Musical Adventures’
— Mesilla Valley Musical Arts and No Strings
Theatre Company present a month children’s
program at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N.
Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Material is
aimed at audiences age 3-10, but all ages wel-
come. Admission: $5. Reservations recom-
mended: (575) 523-1223, (575) 7714 or no- A Chinese New Year Celebration
is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, in honor of 2011 as
“Year of the Rabbit.” Festivities include songs,
stories and other traditional Chinese activities.
El Paso Chicano(a) History Project —
Monthly meeting of the community project is
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, and Feb.
26, at Judge Marquez Branch Library, 610 N.
Yarbrough, to revise El Paso’s Chicano(a) histo-
ry through education, publications and more.
Anyone interested is welcome. Admission is
free. Information: 256-0989.
‘Accelerated Networking’ luncheon —
eWomenNetwork presents its networking
luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
3, at El Paso Club, 201 Main (top floor Chase
Bank Building). Speaker Aliana Apodaca pres-
ents “Living Life With A Splash of Salsa.”
Informal networking begins at 11 a.m. Cost is
$45 ($35 for eWN members); $55 after Feb. 1.
Display tables: $75 ($50 members).
Information/registration: 581-7118 or belindalu- On-line registra-
tion at
Plan El Paso —The community-driven
effort to rewrite the City of El Paso’s
Comprehensive Plan will give residents an
opportunity to give their opinions. Information: Upcoming meetings:
• Hands-on Design Session #1: Central
Planning Area, will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 10, at the Bowie High School cafeteria
• Hands-on Design Session #2: Northwest
Planning Area, will be 9 a.m. to noon p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Franklin High School
• Hands-on Design Session #3: Northeast &
Fort Bliss Planning Areas, will be 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Wellington Chew
Senior Center, 4430 Maxwell.
• Work in Progress Presentation will be 6 to 8
p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the El Paso Public
Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon.
• Open Design Studio (to give feedback to the
designers) will be Feb. 14-21 at the Pat
O’Rourke Recreation Center, 701 Montana
(former YMCA). Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 7
p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Friday.
Latinitas — The non-profit group offers
media workshops, exhibits, camps and more
for Latina youth. Information: 239-5051, or
• Photography workshops for teens are 3 to 4
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Judge Marquez
Library, 610 N. Yarbrough.
• Multimedia Art Classes for grades 4-8 is 1 to
3 p.m. are the second Saturday of each month
(Feb. 12) at Judge Marquez Public Library.
• Teen Media Academy is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, March 17-18, at Latinitas
Headquarters, 1359 Lomaland, Suite 502.
Those interested in being mentors on for the
Girl Empowerment Team may attend an orien-
tation 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at
Latinitas Headquarters, 1359 Lomaland, Suite
Singles Game Night — Peggy Kligman,
inventor of “The Goat Game” will host an
evening for singles at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11,
at Lancer’s Club West’s VIP Room, 6006 N.
Mesa, top floor. Food and bar service available.
Seating is limited. Cost: $10 (cash only).
Information/RSVP: 740-5051 or Web:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
UTEP —The popular UTEP continuing edu-
cation program offers non-credit classes for
people age 50 or older. Spring 2011 semester
classes begin Feb. 14.
Formerly Center for Lifelong Learning, the
program is part of UTEP’s Division of
Professional and Continuing Education and sup-
ported in part by the Bernard Osher
Foundation. Enrollment deadline is Feb. 26.
Spring registration: $60, plus $25 for the one-
time CLL membership fee.
Members may take as many classes as they
want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no
required homework. The fee includes parking
permit, UTEP library card and discounts to
UTEP events. Classes are open to residents of
El Paso, Juarez and southern New Mexico age
50 or older.
The Center’s office is in Miners Hall, Room
209. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday. A catalog of classes is available
at all public library branches. Information: 747-
6280, 747-8848 or
Course areas include art, computers, history,
religion, various languages, religion and writing.
A two-semester course understanding the
tenets of Islam and its practices begins this
Chamizal Saturday Morning Crafts —
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial, offer warts and crafts one Saturday
each month for kids age 5 to 11. Each month is
based on different craft concept centered on
cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is
limited. Reservations recommended.
Information/reservations: 532-7273 or This month’s event is 10:30
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19.
Vegetarian Society of El Paso —
Information: 877-3030 or
A Restaurant Hoppers dinner is 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19, at India Palace, 5380 N.
Mesa. Meet-and-greet is 6 p.m. Prices range
from $7 to $12. Reservations (by 5 p.m. Feb.
17; no late reservations taken): Laura White,
494-8936, or vseprestau-
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The society hosts regular “Voyager” activities
focusing on educating others about vegetarian-
ism. This month’s event is a vegan potluck pic-
nic at noon Sunday, Feb. 20, at Tom Lea Park,
Rim Road at N. St. Vrain. Anastacio, 440-4901
Rio Grande Adelante Inc. — The organi-
zation serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender
and supportive people in the El Paso region.
Participation is free, unless listed otherwise.
Information: 929-9282 or
• A Gay Men’s Workshop based on the book
by Dr. Kenneth D. George, “Mr. Right Is Out
There: The Gay Man’s Guide to Finding and
Maintaining Love,” is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
Call for details; on-line registration available.
• Winter Bowling League runs through Feb.
20, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano, hosted by
Adelante’s Queer Kegelers. Most games run 6
to 9 p.m. Sundays. The league is now sanc-
tioned by the International Gay Bowling
Organization. Cost: $65 members; $80 non-
• The “City of Night” Book Club meets the
first Monday of each month.
• The organization hosts “Queer Cinema” the
first Friday of each month at the Unitarian-
Universalist Congregation, 4425 Byron.
RGA “OUTdoors” activities include hiking,
camping and other active events. Call 929-9282
to RSVP.
Providence Memorial Hospital
Reunion — The reunion of employees of
Providence is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at
Lancer’s Club West, Attendees may bring a gift
to be used as door prizes. Reservation deadline
is Feb. 15. Cost: $17. Information: 581-2314.
Kidney Transplant Support Group —
The group for all kidney transplant recipients
and their families meets at 1 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Las Palmas Medical
Center, 1700 N. Oregon, Suite 680. Recipients
learn about post transplant issues. This month’s
topic is “Memory? What Memory?” Admission
is free. Information: 521-1828.
Bridge lessons — Bridge Club of El Paso
hosts free bridge lessons 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursdays through February at 224 Northwind
Drive. Students will also be able to play as
guests of the Decker Bridge Center with
instructors, ACBL-Certified players Jay Woods
and Rex Glimp. Sponsored by Unit 159 of
American Contract Bridge League.
Information/reservations: 684-8401 or 581-
Free Tax preparation — United Way
offers free Income Tax Preparation for anyone
in the community earning $49,000 or less each
year. Taxes prepared by associates from the
United Methodist Church. Anyone interested
may call 533-2434, ext. 226 or visit freetaxesel-
Paso del Norte parenting classes —
Paso Del Norte Children’s Development
Center, 1101 E. Schuster, hosts training classes
for parents of children with disabilities. Topics
cover information on special education, advoca-
cy and more. English and Spanish courses
offered. Information: Delia Blanco, 544-8484,
ext. 195.
Rebuilding Day volunteers — Rebuilding
Together El Paso Inc. seeks volunteers for its
2011 Rebuilding Day event set for Saturday,
April 30. The event features volunteers work-
ing on home repairs for 16-22 elderly, disabled
and/or lone-income homeowners in El Paso
who might not otherwise be able to afford
work on their homes. A volunteer team meet-
ing is planned for March; date to be deter-
mined. Monetary donations are also accepted.
Information/applications: 832-7010 or rebuild-
Girl Scout Cookies — Girl Scouts of the
Desert Southwest - Southern New Mexico and
West Texas will take orders through March
13. All proceeds, after paying the baker, stay in
the city where the cookies are sold and sup-
port programs for girls and training for volun-
teers. Cookie Hotlines: 566-1558 (an area Girl
Scout will return call to take orders).
Information: 566-9433. Cookie booth locations:
Fort Bliss
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must obtain a gate
pass. Driver’s license, car insurance and regis-
tration required.
Dinner on a Dime — Financial Readiness
Program at Army Community Service hosts the
monthly class that helps families make pasta,
sauces, appetizers, desserts and more on a
shoestring budget 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday,
Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Milam
Youth Activity Center, 10960 Haan Road. The
class is free, but pre-registration is required.
Information/registration: 569-5365, 568-1132
Free child care will be provided for children
registered with Child, Youth and School
Services. Information: 568-1132.
‘Fort Bliss’ Got Talent’ — The performing
arts competition for all military units is 6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3-24, at the Centennial
Banquet and Conference Center at Fort Bliss.
The four-week-long competition showcases
some of the installation’s best performers who
will battle for the $500 grand prize. In addition
to guest judges, performers also compete for
audience votes. The unit with the most partici-
pation over all four weeks will win a $250 unit
spirit award. Information: 203-2518.
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Poker at the Pub — The Sam Adams Pub
in the Centennial Club at Fort Bliss hosts poker
night at 6 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 7-March 28.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. on a first-come,
first-served basis. No buy-in to play; pizza buf-
fet and drink specials available to purchase.
Information: 744-8427.
Fort Bliss Hiring Fair — The Employment
Readiness Program at Army Community
Service’s hiring fair is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 8, at the Centennial Banquet and
Conference Center, open to military family
members, retirees and other DoD ID card
holders. Information: 566-8643.
Fort Bliss Valentine’s Day Ball — The
post-wide ball for all active-duty soldiers, family
members, retirees and DoD civilians is 6:30
p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Centennial Club at
Biggs Army Airfield. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. The
formal-dress event features a four-course wine
and dine and dancing to DJ Kay Bee. Tickets:
$40 ($75 couples); reservations required.
Information/reservations: 744-8427.
Survivor Outreach Services — The sup-
port group for survivors of fallen soldiers meets
6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Building 2494
Ricker Road on post (Army Community Service
Building). Information: 568-1132 or
Blissful Stitchers — The group of quilters
who also enjoy knitting, crotcheting, cross
stitching and other needle arts meets 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m. each Thursday at 218 Sheridan Road
on Fort Bliss. Information: 219-8825.
Coffee House Night — Fort Bliss’s new
Milam Youth Activity Center, 10960 Haan
Road, hosts free open mic music sessions the
last Friday of every month, with hot chocolate,
tea and coffee drinks and snacks. Event open to
all Fort Bliss community members of all ages.
Information: Susan Goss, 588-2858.
For Bliss Community Garden — Fort
Bliss MWR provides the Fort Bliss community
with space for a community garden. Fifty raised
beds and planting medium are available at the
Old Fort Bliss Museum for interested garden-
ers. Garden guidelines and agreements available
online at or stop by
the Old Fort Bliss Museum to sign up now.
Information: Wanda Kienzle, 588-8482 or
Elizabeth Maline 568-6078.
Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — Rifle and
pistol shooting competitions are held almost
every weekend at the Fort Bliss Rod & Gun
Club — visitors can watch for free, food avail-
able at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there:
Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right.
Information: 568-2983.
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5051, corner of
Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The
Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are
relived through replicas of the original adobe
fort buildings and military artifacts,
Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Admission:
free. Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information: 568-3137.
Prenatal Yoga classes — Bliss MWR hosts
prenatal yoga classes for women throughout
their pregnancy 1:15 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays
at the Stout Physical Fitness Facility.
Information: Teia Mack, 744-5785 or
Club news
Woodworkers Club of El Paso —The
club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 1, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building),
featuring woodworking demonstrations, and a
show-and-tell segment for items created by
members. This month’s meeting features Jim
Spier demonstrating techniques in turning an
object on the lathe. Information: 760-6536 or
Germania Club —The Germania Club of
El Paso’s monthly luncheon meeting is 11:15
a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the German Community
Center (Soldatenstube), Robert E. Lee Road,
Building 5095, Fort Bliss. Newcomers wel-
come. Information: 595-1108 or 755-5471.
Singles in the Son - The group develops
friendships between Christian singles from 25
to 45 years old. All denominations are wel-
come and there are no costs for membership.
Information: Andy, 471-1997 or
• Friday, Feb. 4 — Rhinos hockey
• Sunday, Feb. 6 — Super Bowl party
• Friday, Feb. 11 — Dinner and dancing
• Friday, Feb. 18 — Dinner
• Saturday, Feb. 26 — Dinner and pool.
Westside Welcome Club —The group is
open to both newcomers and long-time resi-
dents. The club’s monthly free newcomers’
coffee is 10 a.m. Friday,
Feb. 4, at Ella Blue, 5410 N. Mesa.
Information: 581-2314 or westsidewelcome-
The club’s Valentine luncheon is 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, at El Paso Country Club,
5000 Country Club Place, with a dulcimer per-
formance by Judy Robinson. Cost: $19.
Reservations (by Feb. 4): 740-9725.
Italian-American Cultural Society of El
Paso — The society’s monthly luncheon is at
noon Saturday, Feb. 5, at Roger Bacon
Seminary, 2400 Radford. Italian lessons offered
at 11 a.m. followed by luncheon. Officers will
be installed for 2011. Information: 593-0106 or
Macintosh Users Group — The El Paso
Macintosh Users Group is open to anyone
interested in Apple Macintosh computers. The
group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is
9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the
month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement,
1000 Montana (enter in alley). The Feb. 5 fea-
tures a “Turbo Tax” demonstration. Admission
is free for visitors. Information: 566-2201, 564-
5906 or
Project Linus — The charitable group which
has donated thousands blankets and quilts to
seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the
El Paso area meets 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first
Saturday of each month (Feb. 5), at University
Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler. Knitters, cro-
cheters, quilters sewers and non-sewers wel-
come. Donations of yarn, cloth and other sup-
plies welcome. Information: Annette Wooters,
474-2845 or
El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild —
Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second
Thursday of the month, at Trinity Presbyterian
Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The Feb.
10 program features quilting demonstrations.
The non-profit organization promotes quilting
among interested persons, and brings the
beginner, experienced, younger and older quil-
ters together for various events and projects.
Information: 751-2132 (leave message).
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El Paso Paralegal Association — The
association’s general luncheon meeting is noon
to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at El Paso Club
18th Floor Chase Bank Building, 201 Main.
Speaker and topic to be announced; the public
is invited. Admission is free; lunch on one’s
own. Information: 546-5267.
Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The
guild’s monthly meeting is 9:30 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 12, at University Presbyterian Church,
224 N. Resler. A workshop on making a
Bargello landscape scene follows the meeting.
Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no
experience needed. Information: Sharon
Geddes, 581-0432.
El Paso Christian Women’s Connection
— The group hosts its “Follow Your Heart”
luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.
15, at El Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway,
with speaker Martin Yung and a presentation of
this month’s outreach Fellowship of Christian
Athletes. Reservation deadline is Feb. 9. Cost:
$13 (cash or check only). Information/reserva-
tions: 598-0811.
‘ElPasoMommies’ — The new online com-
munity hosts its monthly
meet-n-greet for mothers in the El Paso region
10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 19, at
Kinley’s House Coffee, 2231 N. Mesa. New
members welcome; moms may come with or
without their kids. Admission is free.
Military Order of the World Wars —
The El Paso Chapter the Military Order of the
World Wars will hold its monthly meeting and
luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the
Wyndham Airport Hotel. Members are encour-
aged to bring a friend and wear something with
a St. Valentine’s theme. Information: 755-4038.
Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group,
founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting
things to do and see in and around El Paso.
The monthly luncheon is noon Tuesday, Feb.
22, at Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa.
Reservations required. Information/reserva-
tions: 584-3126 or 584-3858.
L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The
group promotes French culture and language
in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789,
845-6535 or
A Mardi Gras celebration is 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, at University Presbyterian
Church, 244 N. Resler, featuring crepes and
disco, plus activities for youth. The dinner is
part of a nationwide month celebration of
Francophony. Reservation deadline is March 3.
Information: Maud, 833-8705.
The monthly French film showing is at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 25. Information: 585-1789.
French classes for children and adults begins
the week are offered. Information: Christine,
566-8042 or Maud, 833-8705.
Area attractions
San Elizario Historic District — The dis-
trict at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the
Mission Trail features art galleries and artists
studios, gift shops, the historic Chapel, Portales
Museum and Veterans Museum. Most locations
open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through
Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to
4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-
8424 or
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of
the 17 historical sites district also offered,
including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail
(where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in
1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks
and more.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
The copper-domed casino offers slot machines,
and video gaming. The 2010-2011 live horse
racing season runs through April 19. Race days
are Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
First post is 12:25 p.m. each race day. General
admission is free to the track and casino. First
post time is 12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating is $7.
Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday.
General admission and parking are free.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from
I-10, go south (left turn coming from
Downtown) and follow the signs.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305
Yaya Road, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta
Mission. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday
through Sunday. The center features a museum
on the Tigua tribe. Admission is free.
Information: 859-7700 or
Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only pub-
licly accessible mountain tramway gives passen-
gers a view of 7,000 square miles, two coun-
tries and three states from Ranger Peak, eleva-
tion 5,632 feet. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for
children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop
one hour before closing. Hours of operation
are noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and
Sundays, and noon to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays
and holidays. The tram is closed Tuesdays and
Wednesdays. Information: 566-6622.
To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and
turn toward the mountain.
La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest
winery is just across the state line from El Paso,
at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of
Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
The tasting room and patio are open for sales
and tasting of wines from 12 to 5 p.m.
Thursday through Tuesday (closed
Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is
offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the
$10 fee includes tasting.
Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in
Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tast-
ings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.
Information: 877-4544 or
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Fishtank Ensemble - Mimbres Region Arts
Council presents the eclectic gypsy jazz band at
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at WNMU’s Fine
Arts Center Theatre in Silver City, N.M.
Explosive violins, slap bass, musical saw, gypsy
jazz guitar and more make this group pure
musical excitement. Tickets: $20 ($15 MRAC
members; $5 students). Information: (575) 538-
2505, 1-888-758-7289 or
‘Lord of The Dance’ — Michael Flatley’s
international dance sensation is 7 p.m. Sunday,
Jan. 30, at NMSU’s Pan American Center.
Tickets: $29, $45 and $55, plus service charge.
(Ticketmaster) Information: (575) 646-1420.
The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore
as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges
the ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the
Dance. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite
and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps
and turns of dancers’ bodies begins to build
against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action
is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of
precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful cos-
tumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting.
Flatley, Lord of the Dance’s creator and artis-
tic director, was the first guest judge to appear
on ABC’s hit reality television program
“Dancing With The Stars.” More than 100 mil-
lion people worldwide have seen Lord of the
Dance, the international Irish dancing extrava-
ganza that has performed sold out shows at
theaters, arenas and stadiums in over 67 coun-
This touring performance has toured the
country regularly since 1996 and recently
wrapped a successful run of more than 25 per-
formances earlier this year. In April 2009, cast
members Scott Doherty and Michael McHugh
(McHugh for the category of dancers under age
18) were crowned world champions at the
World Irish Dance Championships. Doherty
and McHugh beat out more than 6,000 dancers
representing five continents over the eight-day
Magician Gary Carson — The illusionist
performs his Reality Magic Show at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets are $12.
Information: (575) 621-3205.
Carson and his wife Kelsey Kara present a
return engagement of their Las Vegas-style
fundraiser for Jornada Elementary School PTO
featuring live animals.
Carson and Kara have performed over 8,000
shows during a 2-year period, including many
television shows.
Junior Mance Quintet - NMSU Cultural
Series presents the internationally acclaimed
jazz pianist and band at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
3, at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets: $10-$15.
Information: (575) 646-1420 or panam.nmsu.
Mance is a jazz pianist, composer, author of
“How To Play Blues Piano” and recording artist
of 30 plus albums as a sideman. Before putting
together his own band, Mance toured with
Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley and
Dizzy Gillespie.
Los Rieleros del Norte — The Grammy-
nominated norteño band performs a concert
and dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at El Paso
County Coliseum. Also performing are accor-
dionist Ramon Ayala, singer Fidel Rueda and
groups Impacto Norteño and Sonora Skandalo.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $37.50, plus
service charges. (Ticketmaster).
The El Paso-base band has had had several
singles on Billboard’s Latin charts, and their
album “Ven y Dime” was nominated for a 2010
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - The cele-
brated African vocal group performs 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 6, at the UTEP’s Magoffin
Auditorium. Tickets: $39.15 and $46.80, includ-
ing service fee. Presented by Lola Productions.
Information: 747-5234.
For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith
Black Mambazo have married the intricate
rhythms and harmonies of their native South
African musical traditions to the sounds and
sentiments of Christian gospel music.
Assembled in the early 1960s in Durban, South
Africa, the group so dominated the nation’s
singing events that they eventually were banned
from competition, although continued to partic-
ipate as entertainers.
The group borrows heavily from a traditional
music called isicathamiya, which developed in
the mines of South Africa. Black Mambazo’s
harmonies inspired some of the music on Paul
Simon’s “Graceland” album, and Simon pro-
duced their first U.S. release, Shaka Zulu,
which won the Grammy Award in 1988,for
Best Traditional Folk Album. The group has
received a total of 15 Grammy nominations and
three Grammy wins, including one in 2009. A
film documentary titled “On Tip Toe: Gentle
Steps to Freedom, the story of Ladysmith Black
Mambazo,” was nominated for an Academy
Andy Stein Duo - Grant County
Community Concert Association presents the
violin and piano duo 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at
WNMU’s Fine Arts Center Theater. Pianist
Conal Fowkes and Andy Stein’s polished violin
and raw vocals are presented in an historical
context with an emphasis on the Swing Era of
the 1920’s and ‘30’s. Tickets: $20. Information:
(575) 538-5862 or
Legacy of Floyd Cramer — Showtime! El
Paso presents keyboardist Jason Coleman,
grandson of the legendary Floyd Cramer, at
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Abraham
Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $25 ($10 students
with ID; ages 6-25). Information: 544-2022 or
Coleman has played the piano since he was
barely able to reach the keys. He made his own
Grand Ole Opry debut at age 17, has recorded
and produced three solo instrumental albums,
and recently released a gospel album.
Snoop Dogg — The Grammy-nominated
rapper brings his “Get Wet Tour” to El Paso
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Thursday, Feb. 10, at Club 101, 1148 Airway.
Ages 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $30 in
advance; $35 day of show. (
Snoop Dogg made his rap debut in 1992 on
Dre’s debut album “The Chronic,” and then
released his debut album, “Doggystyle,” to
much critical and public acclaim.
The Chariot — The Christian metal band
performs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at
Open Gate Church of the Nazarene, 9821
McCombs, Haste the Day, My Children My
Bride and A Plea for Purging. All ages show.
The Chariot’s latest CD is “Long Live” released
last year. Admission: $12 in advance; $14 day of
show. Information: 751-2403 or
‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ - UTEP
Dinner Theatre presents Terrance McNally’s
Tony Award-winning musical based on the
Manuel Puig novel “El Beso de la Mujer Arana”
Feb. 11-27, with music by John Kander and
lyrics by Fred Ebb. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday; dinner matinee
performance is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13; non-
dinner matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20
and 27. Tickets $26-$38 dinner shows; $12-$22
non-dinner matinee. Information: 747-6060.
Randy Sabien and Mike Dowling — The
jazz musicians perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 11, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 in
advance; $20 at the door; available in advance
at Hubbard’s Music ‘N More and Enchanted
Gardens. Information: (575) 571-7435.
Jazz violinist Randy Sabien founded and
chaired a new jazz string department at the
prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
After more than 30 years, countless perform-
ances and 10 CDs, he is now the head of the
string department at the McNally Smith Music
School in St. Paul, Minn.
Dowling’s performances ranges from bottle-
neck blues to vintage jazz and more.
Yolanda Martinez — Legends Alive pres-
ents the singer/songwriter at 7 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 12, at The Black Box Theatre, 420
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Martinez
received a 2004 Nammy (Native American
Music Award) winner for “Best Female Artist.”
Her 2008 CD “America” won for “Best
Remake” for the song “Summer Time.” She is
considered to be a Master Drum Maker and
holds workshops and drumming circles all over
the US and Europe. The second half of her per-
formance features a drumming circle.
Admission: $15. Information: (575) 523-1223.
‘All Shook Up’ — Broadway El Paso pres-
ents the musical featuring the songs of Elvis
Presley 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at The Plaza
Theatre. With more than 24 Elvis hits, “All
Shook Up” kick starts a chain reaction of
romances and rebellion through the power of
rock n roll music. Hits include “Jailhouse Rock,”
“That’s All Right, “Don’t Be Cruel,” Burning
Love” and more. Tickets: $25-$48.50, plus
service charges. Information: 544-8444 or tick-
Combining all time favorite Elvis hits with a
whole new story full of hilarious twists and
turns, “All Shook Up” is “Footloose,” “Grease”
and “Happy Days” all rolled into one zany
story. A young mechanic named Natalie dreams
of escaping her quiet Midwestern life. When a
tall, handsome motorcycle riding stranger with
blue suede shoes and a guitar strapped to his
back rides into town in search of a mechanic,
Natalie’s whole life changes. She falls instantly
in love with the new stranger, but he won’t give
her the time of day. So Natalie disguises herself
as “one of the guys” to get closer to him.
Wynonna — Wynonna Judd, part of the leg-
endary Judds duo, performs 8 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 16, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort
and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older
admitted. Tickets: $25-$100, plus service
charge (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-
5677 or
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitan — “El
mejor mariachi del mundo” returns at 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 18, at Abraham Chavez Theatre.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, formed in 1898 in
the town of Tecalitlan by Gaspar Vargas and
others, has appeared in 200 movies, recorded
dozens of albums of pasodobles, valses, bail-
ables, polkas, and danzones. The band has per-
formed continuously through the dedication of
new band members and musical directors.
Tickets: $30-$85, plus service charges.
Tia McGraff — The Canadian singer/song-
writer performs a dinner show at 8 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 18, at La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana.
Cost: $32; reservations required. Tip not
included, BYOB. Information: 592-5122.
Aaron Watson — The Texas country star
performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at
Whiskey Dick’s, 580 George Dieter. Watson’s
hit CDs include “Angels & Outlaws” and “The
Road & The Rodeo.” Early arrival recommend-
ed. Tickets: $10; available at (
Information: 921-9900.
Boz Scaggs — The legendary musician per-
forms at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at the
Plaza Theatre, in promotion of his new
Greatest Hits CD. Tickets: $42.50 and $52.50,
plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).
The multi-dimensional singer, whose 1976
album “Silk Degrees” was one of the landmark
pop titles of the decade, has been recording
with Columbia Records since 1970. “Silk
Degrees” alone spawned the hits “Lowdown,”
“Lido Shuffle,” “Georgia,” “We’re All Alone”
and “It’s Over”, and reached No. 2 on the
Billboard album chart, eventually selling 4 mil-
lion copies. That year, “Lowdown” earned a
Grammy for Best R&B song. He has also ven-
tured into blues and jazz styles, and his 2003
jazz standard “But Beautiful” reached No. 1 on
Billboard’s jazz chart.
Greg Giannascoli - Las Cruces Civic
Concert Association presents the marimba and
percussion artist at 3 p.m. Feb. 20, at the Rio
Grande Theatre, 211 N Main in the Las Cruces
Downtown Mall. Giannascoli was a winner of
the 2001 Artist International New York
Recital/Young Artist Competition as well as top
prizewinner of the 1997 Patrons Of Wisdom
International Young Artist Competition in
Toronto. He has performed as a soloist with
orchestras and in recital throughout North
America, Europe and Asia. Tickets: $20.
Information: (575) 521-4051.
‘In the Mood’ — The 1940s musical revue
returns to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb.
21, at The Plaza Theatre, featuring the music of
Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw,
Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine
Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra
and other greats of the era. The revue’s last El
Paso appearance sold out. Tickets: $33.25 and
$54.75, includes service charge. Group and mil-
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itary rates available. (Ticketmaster).
The show features the String of Pearls singers
and dancers with a 13-piece big band orches-
tra. In the 1940s, the combination of up-tempo
big band instrumentals and intimate, romantic
ballads set the mood for a future filled with
promise, hope and prosperity.
Touring since 1994, the show’s upcoming
17th national and international performances
will continue to portray the spirit of the music
that moved the nation.
Joe Bonamassa — The jazz guitarist per-
forms at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at The
Plaza Theatre. Bonamassa’s latest CD
“Merchants and Thieves” features the single
“This Ol’ World.” Tickets: $37-$67, plus serv-
ice charge; four-ticket package available
A child prodigy, Bonamassa was finessing
Stevie Ray Vaughan licks when he was seven
and by the time he was ten, had caught B.B.
King’s ear. By age 12, Bonamassa was opening
shows for the blues icon and went on to tour
with venerable acts including Buddy Guy,
Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe
Cocker and Gregg Allman.
Bonamassa’s new album, “Black Rock,” adds
an enlivening dose of ‘world’ vibes to
Bonamassa’s virtuoso mix of ‘60s-era British
blues-rock (à la Beck and Clapton) and roots-
influenced Delta sounds.
Bale Folclorico Da Bahia - Brazil’s only
professional folk dance company performs at 8
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at
UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Said to be the
most African part of Brazil, the state of Bahia is
a place where otherwise long forgotten gods
are still remembered. Balé Folclórico da Bahia
is a 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians
and singers that performs a repertory based on
Bahian folklore, including Capoeira (martial
arts), Samba de Roda and Afixire dances. Balé
Folclórico presents the region’s most important
cultural manifestations with thrilling choreogra-
phy, joyous rhythms, and a feisty, flirtatious
exuberance. Presented by Lola Productions.
Tickets are $47.85 including service charge
Caroline Herring - The indie folk singer
performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at
Opera House in Pinos Altos, N.M. as part of
the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Folk Series.
Tickets: $20 ($15 MRAC members).
Information/showtime: (575) 538-2505, 1-888-
758-7289 or
Herring’s hauntingly personal sound is inspired
by the iconic female folk singers and songwrit-
ers of the 60s and 70s.
George Jones — The country legend per-
forms at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at the Plaza
Theatre. Tickets: $42.60 and $83.85; includes
service charge. (Ticketmaster).
Jones, 76, has been performing for more than
50 years. His No. 1 country hits include “White
Lightning,” “I Always Get Lucky With You,”
“She Thinks I Still Care,” “He Stopped Loving
Her Today” and “Still Doin’ Time.” He was
inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
in 2002, and the Texas Country Music Hall of
Fame in 2010.
Rock & Worship Road Show — Christian
music heavyweights MercyMe perform with
Jars of Clay and Thousand Foot Crutch per-
form at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at the Don
Haskins Center, with Matt Maher, The Afters
and LeCrae. MercyMe frontman Bart Millard
will also provide some spoken word worship.
Admission: $10 at the door. VIP passes are $50
and $100; available at rockandworkshiproad-
American Music Award winners MercyMe’s
latest CD is “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” fea-
turing single “All of Creation.”
Rebecca St. James —The Christian pop
rock singer/songwriter performs 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26, at First Assembly of God,
5605 Bataan Memorial West. Las Cruces.
Tickets are $30, $50 and $75 and $100 ($100
ticket includes meeting the artist), plus service
fees (Ticketmaster). The event is a fundraiser
for Mesilla Valley Christian Schools.
Information: (575) 524-0654.
St. James won a Grammy Award in 1999 for
Best Rock Gospel Album, and has sold 2 million
albums since the 1990s. She also is an author
and actress, with her 9th book due this year,
and three films currently in post-production.
Applejack Band — The band celebrates
Texas Independence Day with a dinner show at
8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at La Tierra Cafe,
1731 Montana. Cost: $32; reservations
required. Tip not included, BYOB. Information:
‘Monster Energy Music as a Weapon V
Tour’ — Korn and Disturbed, headline the
rock tour at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at
NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces,
with special guests Stillwell and In This
Moment. Tickets: $44.50 in advance; $48 day-
of-show. $5 discount for first 1,000 tickets sold.
(Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or
New American Dream Tour — California
bands Musical Charis and Blvd Park perform 9
p.m. to midnight Sunday, March 13, at House
of Rock Live, 8838 Viscount. Musical Charis is
described as “Dr. Seussical Indie Pop” and Blvd
Park performs Americana, folk Western and
more. Ticket information: 595-2530 or the-
Additional performance planned for Las
Cruces Saturday, March 12; details and venue
to be announced.
The World Alive — The punk metal band
performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at
Mikey’s Place 3100 Harrelson in Las Cruces,
with guests Upon a Burning Body, Abandon All
Ships, The Color Morale and For All Those
Sleeping. Tickets: $12 in advance; available
online at Ticket information:
(575) 640-3869.
‘Legally Blonde’ — Broadway El Paso pres-
ents the comic musical 7:30 p.m. Monday,
March 14, at the Plaza Theatre. Based on the
MGM comedy, the hit musical follows sorority
star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde
who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When
her boyfriend dumps her for someone more
“serious,” Elle goes where no Delta Nu has
gone before: Harvard Law. Ticket information:
544-8444 or
George Strait and Reba McIntire —
Two of country music’s biggest stars perform a
triple bill with fellow country veteran Lee Ann
Womak Friday, March 25, at NMSU’s Pan
American Center. Tickets on sale Feb. 11.
Juanes — The Colombian rock singer and gui-
tarist returns to the border at 8 p.m. Saturday,
April 2 at El Paso County Coliseum to pro-
mote his latest CD “P.A.R.C.E.” Tickets: $37-
$77, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).
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Social Distortion — The legendary punka-
billy band performs with Chuck Regan and The
Sharks Wednesday, April 27, at Club 101, 1148
Airway. The band’s new CD, “Hard Times and
Nursery Rhymes” was just released in January
featuring the single “Machine Gun Blues.”
Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 day of show. (tick-
Rush — The rock legends’ “Time Machine
Tour” comes to El Paso Tuesday, June 14, at
UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. The tour’s high-
lights include a live performance of their 1981
classic CD “Moving Pictures” in its entirety.
Tickets: $113.20; includes service charge
Venues & series
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
— 122 S. Old Pueblo Road, hosts a series of
free concerts from nationally known touring
acts. Shows begin at 10 p.m., unless otherwise
listed. Ages 18 and older welcome; 16 and
older for outdoor shows. Information: 860-
7777 or
• Wednesday, Feb. 23 — Stone Temple Pilots
• Friday, Feb. 25 — Slaughter
• Saturday, Feb. 26 — Skid Row
Club 101 — 1148 Airway. Advance tickets for
most events available at Club 101, All That
Music, Psycha and online at,
unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-2101
• Skrillex — The American electronic musician
performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Tickets: $11.
• Machine Gun Kisses Tour — The tour featur-
ing Murder FM is 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 with
Cage 9 (members of Powerman 500), and Beta
Wolf with other special guests BB Gun Johnny.
All ages show. Tickets: $8.
• Snoop Dogg — The Grammy-nominated rap-
per brings his “Get Wet Tour” to El Paso
Thursday, Feb. 10. Ages 21 and older wel-
come. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 day of
• Steve Aoki — The electro house musician
performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Tickets:
• Glassjaw — The alternative hard rock band
performs at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, with
special guests to be announced. All ages show.
Tickets: $20.
• Sharan of Deep Dish — 9 p.m. Friday, Feb.
25. Tickets: $11.
• Emilie Autumn — The violinist, singer/song-
writer, poet and author performs at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 6. All ages show. Tickets: $12.
• Reckless and Resentless Tour — The tour
featuring metalcore band Asking Alexandra is 5
p.m. Monday, March 21, with Emmure,
Chiodos, Miss May I, Evergreen Terrace and
Lower Than Atlanis. All ages show. Tickets:
• Lords of Acid — The European industrial
band, whose latest track “The Crab Louse” is
featured in the upcoming movie “Sucker
Punch,” performs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25,
with opening acts Angelspit and Radical G.
Tickets: $17.
• Psychedelic Furs — The 80s new wave band
performs Thursday, April 21. The band is
known for such iconic 80s hits as “I Ran” and
“Love My Way.” Tickets: $20 in advance; $25
day of show.
• Fear Factory — The metal band performs at
6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, with guest Pinhed.
(postponed from December). Tickets: $20.
• Social Distortion — The legendary punkabilly
band performs Wednesday, April 27, with
Chuck Regan of Hot Water Music and The
Sharks. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 day of
La Tierra Dinner Shows — La Tierra
Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts various musical acts
for its 2011 season. Doors open at 6 p.m., din-
ner served at 6:45 p.m. and music begins at 8
p.m. All shows on Saturday, unless otherwise
listed. Tickets: $32 for dinner and show.
Tickets available at the cafe; seating is limited.
Information: 533-8890 or
• Feb. 5 — Black History Month celebration
with Young El Paso Singers.
• Friday, Feb. 18 — Tia McGraff (acoustic
• March 5 — Texas Independence Day with
Applejack Band.
Lowbrow Palace — 112 Robinson. Tickets
available on line at Information:
• Vanity Theft — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15,
with Hunter Valentine and Sweetest Downfall.
Call for ticket information.
• Nite Jewel — The LA-based synth musician
performs at 8 p.m. Friday, March 11. Tickets:
• Miniature Tigers — 8 p.m. Wednesday,
March 23, with Pepper Rabbit. Tickets: $8.
NM Tech Performing Arts Series —
Performances are 7:30 p.m. at New Mexico
Tech’s Macey Center, Socorro, N.M.
Information: (575) 835-5688 or
• Michael Chapdelaine — Friday, Feb. 11, as
part of Club Macey’s Valentine’s Dinner.
Chapdelaine is the only guitarist to win First
Prize in the world’s top competitions in both
the Classical and Fingerstyle genres. Tickets:
$14 ($12 seniors; $10 age 17 and younger).
• The Lowe Family — Friday, Feb. 25. The
Lowes offer a blend of classical, Broadway,
Irish, jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, dance,
6-part harmony and gospel. Tickets: $18 ($16
seniors; $14 age 17 and younger).
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts
— Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information:
(575) 336-4800 or
• “Lord of the Dance” — 7 p.m. Monday, Jan.
31. Tickets: $79.
• “The Valentine Soiree” — The Guild of the
Spencer Theater hosts its 10th annual romantic
dinner and dance at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 with a
gourmet meal and dancing to the Michael
Francis Trio. Tickets: $50.
• “All Shook Up” — The rockin’ musical that
brings the music of Elvis Presley to life is 7 p.m.
Feb. 14. Tickets: $66 and $69.
• The Ten Tenors — Australia’s most debonair
musical export performs at 7 p.m. March 1.
Their repertoire ranges from opera to jazz,
disco, modern and classic pop, with lots of
comedy. Tickets: $66 and $69.
• “Legally Blonde” — The Tony-nominated
musical based on the hit comedy movie is 7
p.m. March 15. Tickets: $66 and $69.
• The John Conlee Show — The American
country music star performs at 7 p.m. March
26. Conlee’s hits include “Rose Colored
Glasses,” “Lady Lay Down,” “Backside of
Thirty,” “In My Eyes” and more. Tickets: $56
and $59. A buffet precedes the performance at
5 p.m. in the Crystal Lobby. Cost: $20.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts
— 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo.
Performances at 7:30 p.m. unless listed other-
wise. Tickets: $6-$25. information: (575) 437-
2202 or
• “S’Wonderful” — The Gershwin musical
revue is Monday, Feb. 14, incorporating five
mini-musicals inspired by the lives of the
Gershwin brothers.
• Slide — The Irish band performs Monday,
March 21. These traditional musicians with
attitude blend traditional sounds with contem-
porary swagger.
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El Paso Chamber Music Festival – El
Paso Pro-Musica’s 22nd annual festival presents
world-class chamber musicians throughout
January. Concerts, recitals and other special
events will be offered at various venues.
• El Paso Symphony Orchestra in conjunction
with El Paso Pro-Musica 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Jan. 28-29, at the Plaza Theatre. See
details below. Tickets: $11-$38; available
through EPSO.
• International Competition Winners — 2 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 30, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts
Recital Hall. The season finale performances
features an afternoon of talented international
competition winners. Tickets: $5-$25.
Information: 833-9400 or
El Paso Symphony - 18 year-old prodigies
Matthew Allen, cello, and Caroline Goulding,
violin join conductor Sarah Ioannides and the El
Paso Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Jan.
28-29 at The Plaza Theatre. Selections are
Brahms’s Concerto for Violin & Cello, op.102,
A minor and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, op.
61 C major. Tickets: $11, $17, $28, $32 and
$37, plus service charges (Ticketmaster).
Student tickets: $6 and $8. Information: 532-
Allen and Goulding are already establishing
themselves as leading young American artists
performing with orchestras throughout the
world. At age 17, Allen was named the Gold
Medalist in the Gaspar Cassado International
Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan,
where he was also awarded the Audience
Award. He has been featured as a soloist with a
number of orchestras including the Cincinnati
Pops Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, LaGrange
Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony
Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo Symphony
Orchestra. Goulding has performed as a soloist
with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops,
the Cleveland Pops, and the Aspen Concert
Orchestra, to name a few.
The “Opening Notes” discussion with
Andrew Moran is at 6:30 p.m. both nights in
the Philanthropy Theatre. Discussions are free
and open to the public.
Afternoon of Music and Dance — El
Paso chapter of the National Society of Arts
and Letters hosts a performance of classical
and popular songs and dances under direction
of UTEP’s Orit Eylon 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
29, in the International Museum of Art Grand
Ballroom, 1211 Montana, featuring local per-
formers accompanied by music played on a
piano that once belonged to Liberace.
Proceeds benefit the society. Admission: $10
($7.50 students; $5 ages 5 and younger).
Information: Carol Miller, 584-7088, Orit Eylon,
747-5000 or
The National Society of Arts and Letters, El
Paso Chapter, was founded in 1946 to encour-
age young people in the arts.
Afiara String Quartet — Las Cruces Civic
Concert Association presents the innovative
quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Rio
Grande Theatre. The viola, cello and two violin
quartet couples Haydn and hip-hop, complete
with a rapping cellist. Tickets: $20. information:
(575) 521-4051.
EPSYOs Winter Concert —The El Paso
Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by
Andres Moran, presents its winter concert 3
p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Plaza Theatre.
Selections include Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian
Dance No. 6, Aaron Copland’s “Buckaroo
Holiday” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s
“Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.”
Tickets: $12 ($7 seniors, students and military);
available at the door. information: 525-8978 or
The concert will feature all four EPSYOs
orchestras and special guest soloists Nancy Joy,
Professor of Horn and NMSU, violinist
Stephanie Song and violist Mary Moran.
Mesilla Valley Concert Band — The 95-
piece band performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30,
at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, Las
Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575)
LCSO with Elena Armijo and the
Prentice Loftin Chorale — Las Cruces
Symphony Orchestra under the direction of
Lonnie Klein hosts guest mezzo soprano Elena
Armijo and El Paso’s own Prentice Loftin
Chorale Feb. 5-6 at NMSU’s Atkinson Music
Recital Hall, featuring works by Rossini, Saint
Saëns, Borodin and Prokofiev. Showtime is 7:30
p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-
$45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or
A luncheon with Maestro Klein is 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 3, at Ramada Palms Hotel
Conference Center, featuring a preview of the
performance’s music. Cost: $16.
A Friday at the Symphony dress rehearsal is at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $15 ($5
students with ID).
Piano Recital — The Piano Teacher’s
Association presents its students in recital at
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Chamizal
National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial.
Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.
Contemporary Arts Festival —NMSU
Special Event’s inaugural artist festival focusing
on contemporary music with multi-media inter-
action from other disciplines is 7:30 p.m.
Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 7-9, at
NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Pre-concert per-
formances begin at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free,
but donations to the Warner Hutchinson Music
Scholarship Fund appreciated. Information:
(575) 646-2901 or (575) 646-4814
Monday’s show features the works of con-
temporary masters Joan Tower, Louis
Andriessen, Gerard Grisey, and Sam Shepard.
Tuesday’s show features the works of inspira-
tional New Mexico Composers Warner
Hutchison and Scott Wilkinson.
Wednesday’s show features the music of
American composer John Cage.
Performances all three nights feature NMSU
faculty members Rhonda Taylor, Fred Bugbee,
Laura Spitzer, Martha Rowe, and Nancy Joy, as
well as the La Catrina String Quartet, actress
Monika Mojica and choreography by Deb
All shows preceded by Brack Morrow’s instal-
lation piece “Partum Sanus” in which artists
improvise on Morrow’s massive, metallic sculp-
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Las Cruces Symphony Chamber
Orchestra — The orchestra performs at 3
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Rio Grande
Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las
Cruces, with special guest 18-year-old cello vir-
tuoso Julian Schwarz. The performance
includes selections from Mozart, Haydn and
Schubert. Tickets: $15 ($5 students with ID).
Information: (575) 646-3709.
‘Double Feature’ – El Paso Wind Symphony
presents an evening of movie music and mari-
achi at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at UTEP’s
Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. The symphony,
directed by Dr. Ron Hufstader, includes wood-
wind, brass and percussion. Tickets $12.50
($7.50 military, students and seniors).
Information: 760-5599.
EPSO with Inon Barnatan - The guest
pianist joins guest conductor Edwin Outwater
and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at 7:30
p.m. Feb. 18-19 at The Plaza Theatre.
Selections are Berlioz’s “Le Corsaire,” Mozart’s
Piano Concerto No. 22 and Nielson’s
Symphony No. 3. Tickets: $11, $17, $28, $32
and $37, plus service charges (Ticketmaster).
Ten percent discount for active duty military.
Student tickets: $6 and $8. Information: 532-
Outwater leads the Kitchener-Waterloo
Symphony in Ontario, Canada, and was the
Resident Conductor of the San Francisco
Symphony 2001-2006. In 2009, he made his
professional opera debut with the San
Francisco Opera conducting Verdi’s “La
Traviata.” That season, he also conducted the
YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall with
Michael Tilson Thomas and Tan Dun.
Barnatan is rapidly gaining international recog-
nition for his poetic and passionate music mak-
ing, communicative performances and engaging
programming. In 2009 he was awarded an
Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of the most
prestigious prizes in classical music.
The “Opening Notes” discussion with
Andrew Moran, Outwater and Barnatan is at
6:30 p.m. both nights in the Philanthropy
Theatre. Discussions are free and open to the
NMSU Department of Music —
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at NMSU’s
Atkinson (Music Center) Recital Hall, unless
listed otherwise. Ticket information: (575) 646-
2421 or
• NMSU Gospel Choir — Saturday, Feb. 19.
• NMSU Symphonic Band - Tuesday, Feb. 22.
• La Catrina Quartet — Wednesday, Feb. 23,
as part of its faculty recital series.
Third Saturday Recital Series — El Paso
Conservatory of Music hosts free recitals
showcasing their students’ and/or faculty’s
music skills the third Saturday of each month in
the parlor at Trinity-First United Methodist
Church, 801. N. Mesa, accompanied by
Esequiel Meza. This month’s recital is Feb. 19.
Call for performance time: 833-0263 or elpaso-
UTEP Department of Music —
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts
Recital Hall. Tickets: $5 ($3
seniors/military/non-UTEP students; free for
children/UTEP students, faculty and staff).
• Chamber Players — Tuesday, Feb. 22, con-
ducted by T. André Feagin.
• Symphonic Winds — Wednesday, Feb. 23,
conducted by Dr. Ron Hufstader.
• Symphony Band presents “Portraits of an
American Spirit” — Thursday, Feb. 24, con-
ducted by Feagin. The performance is a tribute
to Black History Month.
• University Choirs— Tuesday, March 1.
• UTEP Jazz Ensembles — Wednesday, March
Young People’s Concerts — The El Paso
Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestra Sarah
Ioannides, presents the 71st season of free pro-
grams for area fifth-graders Wednesday
through Friday, Feb. 23-25, at the Abraham
Chavez Theatre. Sponsored by El Paso Electric.
Performances are 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
each day. The public is invited on a space-avail-
able basis; call for availability. Information: 532-
More than 15,000 fifth-grade students from
the El Paso area are treated to the free con-
certs each year.
This year’s event is part of new “Link Up,” a
nationwide interactive orchestra project pre-
sented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
‘Mostly Mozart’ — New Horizons
Symphony, conducted by Shawn Robinson, per-
forms their “For the Love of Art Month” con-
cert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at
NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces,
featuring soloists Gordon Butler and Ross
Palmer. Admission is free. Information: (575)
522-5571 or
Mozart penned more than 600 works before
his death at age 35. Songs include “Symphony
No. 40,” “Concert Rondo,” “Haffner Serenade
in D Major” and a piece by local composer and
NHSO member Jim Gray, “A Mozart Overture
for Phyllis.”
‘Two Pianists, Two Nine-Footers’ —
The Bruce Nehring Consort presents duo
pianists Richard Steinbach and Howard Helvey
with the Consort Singers at 7:30 p.m. Friday
and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 and 27, at First
Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Tickets: $15
($10 senior/military; $5 students). Information:
Steinbach and Helvey perform everything
from early Bach and Mozart to contemporary
pieces by Copland and Corigliano. Steinbach
was top prize winner at the 1995 France Piano
International Competition. Helvey is
organist/choirmaster at the historic Calvary
Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is
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Belly Dance Extravaganza 2011 —
Dance Alive presents an evening of dance and
music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial. Admission: $10. Information: 566-1742
or 544-0364.
Performers include the Dance Alive Dancers,
and guest dancers Anala, Selena Kareena, Judith
Ann and Zahira. Featured music include works
by Doug Adamz & Light Rain, Jitano & the
Desert Prophets, Sadaqah and Dan Lambert.
Rachel Gandara will perform on guitar during
Dance Alive is led by Lorraine Alvarez Portilla,
local performer and dance instructor.
Alvarez Portilla will lead free workshops 10 to
11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30, at
the Chamizal, on “Belly Dance Favorite Moves
& Yoga for Belly Dancers”
Special workshops are Saturday and Sunday at
the Chamizal, led by the guest performers.
Each workshop is $25, or $75 for all four.
Saturday: Anala will present “The
Disappearing Art of the Baladi Progression”
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Selena Kareena will
teach “Old World Style American Cabaret” 1 to
2:30 p.m.
Sunday: Judith Ann, “Free Yourself from
Choreography — Explore Spontaneous
Movement, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Zahira,
“Egyptian Style Precision Movement,” 1 to 2:30
Big Band Dance Club — The club spon-
sors dances at Las Cruces Country Club, 2700
N. Main, Las Cruces. Age 21 and older wel-
come. Dress code enforced; refreshments
served. Information: (575) 526-6504, 522-1438
Ballroom, swing and Latin dances are 8 to 10
p.m. Thursdays (Feb. 3-24) with beginners
dance lessons at 7 p.m. Cost: $7 members; $9
The Argentine Tango Group’s dances are 7 to
9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 1-22. Lesson included
with admission at 7 p.m. Beginners, single and
couples over 21 welcome. Dress code
enforced. Cost: $10 ($8 members; $5 stu-
dents). Information: (575) 642-1699 or musbe-
‘Rite of Spring’ and Other Dances -
The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance
features its spring faculty dance performance
Feb. 10-13 in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family
Theatre, featuring choreography by Emily
Morgan, Myron Nadel and Lisa Smith and per-
formances by dancers from UTEP and the
community. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $12 ($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors,
military, groups of ten or more and non-UTEP
students; $9 UTEP students and children age 4
to 12). Information: 747-5118 or the-
Igor Stravinsky’s powerful score, “The Rite of
Spring,” is the inspiration for this year’s con-
cert, as Morgan tackles the rhythms of this
music, creating an original contemporary dance
work full of dramatic intensity and movement
texture. Nadel and Smith contribute two new
pieces, “Deep Blues from the 10th Avenue
Laundromat,” set to a suite of songs by Peggy
Lee, and a pas de deux that explores the origi-
nal man vs. woman dynamic of Adam and Eve.
The program also features two historic modern
works by Martha Graham.
Flashdance 2011 — The annual dance
spectacular showcasing the city’s best high
school performers, with performances by the
UTEP Golddiggers, is at 5 p.m. Sunday Feb.
13, UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $8.
Dance Choreography competition —
The El Paso chapter of the National Society of
Arts and Letters is taking applications through
Feb. 15 for its 2011 Choreography
Competition set for March 5. This is an open
invitation for Ballet, Modern, and Jazz
Choreographers to perform their work in a 6-
minute solo presentation before a panel of pro-
fessional judges. Contestants must be U.S. citi-
zens and should not yet be under professional
management. Winners receive a chance to go
to the nationals May 18-21 in Birmingham, Ala.
Information: Lisa Smith, 747-6509 or or
Bale Folclorico Da Bahia - Brazil’s only
professional folk dance company performs at 8
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at
UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Said to be the
most African part of Brazil, the state of Bahia is
a place where otherwise long forgotten gods
are still remembered. Balé Folclórico da Bahia
is a 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians
and singers that performs a repertory based on
Bahian folklore, including Capoeira (martial
arts), Samba de Roda and Afixire dances. Balé
Folclórico presents the region’s most important
cultural manifestations with thrilling choreogra-
phy, joyous rhythms, and a feisty, flirtatious
exuberance. Presented by Lola Productions.
Tickets are $47.85 including service charge
Senior Dances— The City of El Paso Parks
and Recreation Departments hosts dances for
area seniors throughout the year at various
senior centers. All dances begin at 1 p.m. and
most feature live music. Information: Joe
Rodriguez, 240-3325.
• Friday, Jan. 28 — Hilos De Plata, 4451
Delta. Admission: $5.
• Sunday, Jan. 30 — Memorial Park, 1800
Byron. Admission: $5.
• Wednesday, Feb. 2 and 9 — Wellington
Chew, 4430 Maxwell. Music by David Cerros
Feb. 2 and Essencia Feb. 9. Admission: $3.
• Sunday, Feb. 6 — Eastside Center, 3200
Fierro, featuring music by the Galaxies.
Admission: $5.
Belly dance classes — Kareesha Willow,
who has more than 10 years’ teaching experi-
ence, hosts belly dance classes for all levels 7 to
8 p.m. Tuesdays at El Paso Conservatory of
Dance, 4400 N. Mesa. Monthly and drop-in
rates available. Information: 585-6825 or karee-
Bollywood workout classes — Workout
classes featuring a fusion of Zumba, Bollywood
and Salsa are 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays at Shundo
Ballroom Dance Studio, 2719 N. Stanton. Cost:
$5 minimum donation. Information: 831-9623,
Belly dance, Yoga classes — Dance Alive
offers classes at 2120 Montana. Instructor is
Lorraine Alvarez Portilla. Yoga classes are 4:30
to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 6
to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Belly dance
classes are 6 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday,
and 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Cost is $50 for eight classes ($10 for drop-ins).
Information: 566-1742.
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‘Indie night at The Hidrant’ — LSM pro-
ductions’ showcase of underground El Paso
bands is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at
The Hidrant (former Fire Fighter’s Hall), 3112
Forney, also featuring local DJs and MCs.
Admission is free; ages 21 and older welcome.
Information: 276-4496.
Bands include SweetWolf, Silk Flamingo and
the Beat, Lava Snake, Jayden’s Playground, The
Aerospace Machine and Analog Mission.
Branigan Cultural Center — Branigan
Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las
Cruces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154
Showing through Feb. 3: “Jam Session:
America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the
World.” The traveling exhibit organized by the
Meridian International Center in Washington,
D.C. tells the story of jazz musicians who trav-
eled as artistic ambassadors from the mid-
1950s through the 1970s. It features photo-
graphs and other historical documents about
how the U.S. Department of State sent jazz
musicians around the world, including Louis
Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and
Dave Brubeck.
Guitar Fest — The festival promoting local
guitarists and dancers emphasizing the area’s
cultural and musical diversity is 7:30 to 8:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial. Friday’s event features KDBC’s Robert
Bettes as Master of Ceremonies. Proceeds
benefit Alzheimer’s awareness. Cost: $15 ($10
seniors and children 12 and younger). Advance
tickets available at Kirk’s Music Store and
Olivas Music Store. Information: 383-0487 or
Performers include Glen Leffler, Ysleta del Sur
Youth Dancers, Armin Harrison, Dave
Hamilton and SAFO.
‘Melodies at the Park’ performers — El
Paso Parks and Recreation is seeking musical
acts for its 2011 free outdoor summer music
concert series held at various area parks.
Applications may be picked up beginning Feb.
7 at Armijo Recreation Center, 700 E. 7th;
application deadline March 18. Information:
Eliseo Duran, 252-9031 or Sandy Rodriguez,
‘Every Other Tuesday’ — Doña Ana Arts
Council hosts a variety of musical performances
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at the
historic Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown
Mall, Las Cruces. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 523-6403 or riograndethe-
• Feb. 8 — La Cella Bella cello quartet
• Feb. 22 — Tombaugh Elementary Players
• March 8 — Creative Students Theatre
Steve Smith, Chris Sanders with Anne
Luna —The trio performs with a special
guest at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Sunset Hall, One
Ardovino Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. Doors
open at 6:30 p.m.; full bar service available
Tickets: $15; available at the door, or in
advance at Ardovino’s, All That Music in El
Paso and Enchanted Gardens in Las Cruces.
Table seating offered; call for details.
Information: (575) 589-0653.
Smith and Sanders have performed through-
out the country, playing modern/retro har-
monies and groove in original and traditional
Americana and Bluegrass music. Luna has
appeared with April Verch, Spring Creek
Bluegrass and recorded with Kenny Maines and
Alan Munde. Their latest CD, “Signs Along the
Road,” has climbed the folk, roots and blue-
grass charts.
Rock Against Autism— The benefit con-
cert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at the House of
Rock East, 8838 Viscount, featuring Jimmy
Newquist of Caroline’s Spine and John Easdale
of Dramarama backed by an “all star” El Paso
band, as well as other local acts. Proceeds ben-
efit the Autism Community Network of El
Paso. Tickets: $10. (
‘Gospel Explosion’ — The annual Black
History Month music event is 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts
Recital Hall. This year’s theme is “Putting the
GOSPEL back into the Gospel: A Tribute to
Reverend James Cleveland.” The program will
feature El Paso Choirs and Praise Dance
Ministries. Admission is free. Information: 747-
Eric Himy - Grant County Community
Concert Association presents the pianist at
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at WNMU’s
Fine Arts Center Theater. Himy plays a wide
range of music, from Gershwin to Ravel and
Chopin. Tickets: $20. Information: (575) 538-
5862 or
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
Live music is offered 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays in
the Franklins Lounge. No cover. Information:
(575) 874-5200.
Disco with local DJs is 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Sundays. Karaoke offered with Antonio B 8
p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday. Weekly winners
receive gift bag with prizes.
Live classic rock is featured during “An
Evening With...” 7:30 to 10 p.m. every
Wednesday. Call for lineup.
• Friday, Jan. 28 — Ekiz
• Saturday, Jan. 29 — Dulce
• Sunday, Jan. 30 — Mariachi Tapatio
• Friday, Feb. 4 — Asi
• Saturday, Feb. 5 — Last Minute
• Friday, Feb. 11 — Algo Nuevo
• Saturday, Feb. 12 — Exito
• Sunday, Feb. 13 — Mariachi Raices de
• Friday, Feb. 18 — Rhapsody
• Saturday, Feb. 19 — Inolvidable
• Sunday, Feb. 20 — Mariachi Flores
• Friday, Feb. 25 — Skarabajo
• Saturday, Feb. 26 — Tejas
• Sunday, Feb. 27 — Mariachi Femenil Las
A Super Bowl party is Sunday, Feb. 6.
Howling Coyote — The open mic for musi-
cians, poets, writers, storytellers and perform-
ance artists is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 and 18, at
First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo, Las
Cruces, across from Las Cruces High School.
Performer sign-up is 6:30 p.m. Coffee and light
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snacks provided. Admission is free, but dona-
tions welcome. Information: Bob Burns, (575)
525-9333 or (915) 799-5684.
Marfa Book Co. — 105 S. Highland in
Marfa, Texas. The book store and art space
hosts a variety events including book readings,
art exhibits and live performances. Events are
free unless otherwise listed. Information: (432)
729-3906 or
• Progressive music artist Ben Butler &
Mousepad presents the Laptop Dance Party at
9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31.
• Jonathan Richman performs at 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 8. The American singer/song-
writer is best known for his folksy pop songs
including “I’m So Confused” and “You Must Ask
Her Heart.” He is also recognized for his trou-
bador-like role in the Farrelly Brothers hit
“There’s Something About Mary.” Tickets: $10.
Railroad Blues — 504 W. Holland, Alpine,
Texas. Performances begin at 10 p.m., unless
listed otherwise. Information: (432) 837-3103
• Guy Forsyth Band — The blues/rock multi-
instrumentalist performs Friday, Feb 4. Tickets:
• Uncle Lucius Band — The Austin Southern
rock band performs Saturday, Feb. 5. Tickets:
• Soul Track Mind — The 8-piece rock band
with “brass and class” perform Friday, March
4. Tickets: $8.
• Igor and the Red Elvises — The Russian rock
and roll band perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday,
June. 15.
A special Cow Dog Hot Dogs One Year
Anniversary Party is 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10,
featuring live music with Donkey Parade and
Rubber Revolver. The Cow Dog Truck will be
in the parking lot until 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Padre’s Marfa — 209 W. El Paso Street in
Marfa, Texas. Admission: $5, unless listed oth-
erwise. Information: 432-729-4425 or padres-
• Bug Girl — The Austin rock band performs
at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.
• Grupo Fantasma — The 10-piece Latin band
returns to Marfa at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8.
Admission: $8.
• The Black — The roots rock and country
band performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18.
• Jonny Burke — A CD release party for the
rock’n’roll singer songwriter is 9 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 26.
• Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze — The
Austin singer songwriters perform at 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 3. Admission: $3.
All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.
Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park,
Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas).
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Admission is free except as listed.
Information: 611-1048.
• Opening at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11: paintings
by Sergio Miranda
• Opening 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18: paintings by
Gildalorena Martinez, whose work appears in
several Mexican telenovelas.
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte —Av.
Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the
Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or
The children’s play, “La Sirenita,” will be pre-
sented at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.
Tickets: or 6134444.
Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez — Calle
Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio
Ramirez). Information: : 639 11 00/ 01 or ciu-
• Opening 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11: photo-
graphic exhibition by Journalists without Foice,
a protest in favor of freedom of speech
• 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18: Free showing of the
French movie “The Witnesses,” with Spanish
Cafebreria — Anillo envolvente Prona and
Coyorcan (orange building across from Museo
INBA). The coffee/book shop promotes local
arts and literature. Information: 6116541 or
St. Valentine’ Day celebration begins at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12. Friends reunion, open to
the public. Several music bands. Free admis-
Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás
Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and
Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14: Valentines
Day buffet at Jardin Terraza Restaurant
• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Sunday, Feb. 27: Expoboda
and quinceañera fair. More than 50 booths, two
fashion shows and two raffles for wedding and
quinceañera packages (worth 150,000 pesos).
Admission: 35 pesos.
Centro Municipal de las Artes — Old
City Hall, 16 de Septiembre and Mariscal in the
Zona Centro, Juárez. Information: 613-6983.
Performing through February: Cecilia
Briones, “La Catrina,” known as the most pop-
ular artist in town.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera
— Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave.
Juárez. The history museum in the Old
Customs House has been remodeled exten-
sively as a national museum documenting the
Mexican Revolution, which began Nov. 20,
1910. The museum features a main hall with 13
other exhibit spaces. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday. Free admission.
Showing all month: “Testimonios de una
Guerra: Fotografia de la Revolucion Mexicana.”
Indios Soccer — The Mexican pro soccer
team Indios de Juarez host their home games at
Estadio Benito Juárez, Av. Heroico Colegio
Militar and Panama. The team is fighting to get
back in the top division of its league.
Information: 6181824 or Home
• 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12: Durango
• 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19: Lobos UAP.
‘Por Amor al Arte’ —The radio show,
covering all aspects of the arts in Juárez, airs 3
to 5 p.m. Sundays on 860 AM. The show
includes music, interviews, reviews of events,
recommendations of books and movies, con-
ducted by Hogla Lizet Olivas with Alex Briseño
and Eduardo Cruz. Information:
— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
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El Paso Comic Strip —1201 Airway.
Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday,
8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Military admitted free
Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets: $6
Wednesday through Thursday; $12 Friday and
Saturday, $8 Sunday, unless listed otherwise.
Reserved tickets at
Information/reservations: 779-LAFF (5233) or
• Jan. 26-30: Dwayne Perkins. Perkins has
recently gotten much buzz for his recurring
“Great White Moments in Black History” on
The Jay Leno Show. Opening act is Anthony
• Feb. 2-6: Tom Rhodes
• Feb. 18-19: 25th Anniversary event
• Feb. 23-27: Steve White
Sun City Comedy — The comedy group
hosts events at various venues. Information:
281-OPEN-MIC, or
Maverick’s Bar & Grill Comedy Open Mic
Contest is 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16,
6999 Montana. Participants can win cash prizes.
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‘Fight for Pride’ — The Mixed Martial Arts
event is 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the El Paso
Convention Center. Featured fights are MMA
stand out Gerald Lovato against Michael
Casteel plus El Paso natives Hector Ochoa and
Rodrigo Sotelo Jr. in two separate events.
Advance tickets: $20 (general admission); $65
reserved seating; VIP ringside seating $75.
Military discount available on reserved seats.
El Paso Rhinos — El Paso’s Junior League
ice hockey team home games are at the Sierra
Providence Events Center, next to the
Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Regular games
times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 general admis-
sion; $10, $15 and $20 reserved. Information:
479-PUCK (7825) or
• Feb. 4-6 — Texas Junior Brahmas
• Feb. 25-27 — Boulder Bison.
Championship Boxing — El Paso’s David
“El Nino” Rodriguez takes on Ty “The Tiger”
Cobb in a heavyweight fight at 7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 11, at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets:
$73.45 and $105.25; includes service charge
Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull
Riding — Four-time World Champion Bull
Rider and El Paso native Tuff Hedeman pres-
ents the World Championship bull riding event
at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the El Paso
County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. This event
sells out every year. Tickets: $15-$75; military
discounts offered. (Ticketmaster) Information: ,
544-9000, 1-800-745-3000 or
A free tailgate party, with live entertainment,
begins in the parking lot at 5 p.m.
Riders include three-time PRCA World
Champion J.W. Harris, CBR World Champion
from Nueva Leon, Hugo Pedrero, newly
crowned CBR World Champion Luke Kelley,
CBR standings leaders Bonner Bolton and Ardie
Maier and new CBR Tour stars Chandler
Bownds, Wrangler Dunda and Ryan Shanklin.
El Paso Golden Gloves Tournament —
The 69th annual showcase for regional amateur
pugilists returns to El Paso after a 27-year hia-
tus Feb. 18-20, at El Paso County Coliseum.
Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. Competition in Open,
Novice and Junior Olympic Classes for males
and female ages 8 to 34 years. Champions in
the Open Class will represent El Paso at the
state tournament. Tickets: $10 ($5 military,
seniors, children1 0 and younger). Information:
Ladislao Vicencio, 203-0493.
Mescalero Warrior Challenge — Inn of
the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in
Mescalero, N.M. will host the mixed martial
arts fighting event featuring six professional
bouts and five amateur fighting bouts at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26. Main event features New
Mexico’s Coty “Ox” Wheeler vs. Mike Chupa.
Tickets: $35 (Ticketmaster).
Southwest Fitness Throwdown — The
fitness event benefiting March of Dimes is Feb.
26-27, at Crossfit El Paso East, 11444 Rojas.
Check-in time is 7 to 7:45 a.m. Saturday. There
are three divisions this year including RX,
Firebreather and team. All fitness levels wel-
come. Spectator admission is free.
Information/registration: 203-0899 or south-
El Paso Roller Derby — In the first match
of the inaugural season, El Paso Roller Derby’s
Tex Pistols take on the All Stars of Crossroads
City Derby from Las Cruces 4 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 27, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100
E. Paisano. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets are
$8 (Ticketmaster). Children 10 and under are
free with a paying adult. Information: 474-1666
El Paso Roller Derby was established in late
2010 and hopes to become a member league
of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
The 2010-2011 live horse racing season runs
through April 19. Race days are Tuesdays,
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. First post is
12:25 p.m. each race day. General admission is
free to the track and casino. First post time is
12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating is $7. Information:
(575) 874-5200 or
College sports
UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games
are at the Don Haskins Center. Game time is
7:05 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Individual
tickets: $14 to $50, plus service charge.
Information: 747-5234 or
• Wednesday, Feb. 2 — UCF
• Saturday, Feb. 12 — SMU
• Saturday, Feb. 19 — Houston
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 — Memphis
• Wednesday, March 2 – Marshall
UTEP Women’s Basketball —Home
games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets:
$5.50, plus service charge. Information: 747-
5234 or
• 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 — Tulsa
• 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 — UAB
• 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 — Tulane
• 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 — Southern Miss
• 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 — SMU
NMSU Men’s Basketball — Home games
are 7 p.m. (except as listed) at the Pan
American Center in Las Cruces. Tickets: $7
general admission; $11-$57 reserved
(Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1447.
• Saturday, Jan 29 — Idaho
• Monday, Feb. 7 — Louisiana Tech
• Wednesday, March 2 — Utah State 9 p.m.
• Saturday, March 5 — Nevada
The ESPNU Bracketbuster Tournament is
Saturday, Feb. 19. Schedule to be announced.
NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home
games are 7 p.m. at the Pan Am Center in Las
Cruces. Tickets: $8.75-$14 (Ticketmaster).
Information: (575) 646-1447.
• Thursday, Feb. 3 — Fresno State
• Saturday, Feb. 12 — Louisiana Tech
• Tuesday, Feb. 15 — Hawaii
• Thursday, Feb. 17 — San Jose State
• Thursday, March 3 — Idaho State
• Saturday, March 5 — Boise State.
Tejanos baseball - The Tejanos of El Paso
Community College take on Scottsdale
Community College Jan. 28-30 at the Valle
Verde Campus Baseball Field. Game time is 2
p.m. Friday, noon Saturday (doubleheader) and
11 a.m. Sunday. All February home games
begin at noon (doubleheaders). Admission is
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free. Information: 831-2275.
• Feb. 4-5 — Cochise College
• Feb. 8 — Eastern Arizona College
• Feb. 25-26 — Clarenden College.
Tejanas softball — The EPCC Tejanas’
home games are at the Valle Verde Softball
Field. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275.
Softball office: 831-2367.
• Feb. 12-13 — Luna Community College
• Feb. 25-26 — Colorado Northwestern
Community College.
UTEP Softball — Home games are at the
Helen of Troy Complex. Ticket information:
747-5347 or
• Thursday, Feb. 10 — 3 and 5 p.m. vs.
Northern Colorado (doubleheader)
• Feb. 19-20 — 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday vs.
Houston Baptist (doubleheader) and 11 a.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 24 — 5 p.m. vs. New Mexico
State University
The UTEP Invitational is Feb. 25-27 with
game time 2 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.
and 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Teams
include Texas State, North Dakota and Bradley.
El Paso Bicycle Club - Club events are
open to the public; helmets required.
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 — Meet at La Union
Station on NM 28. Ride up Anthony Gap.
Moderate 30 miles. Breakfast at La Union
Station afterwards. Chuck Turner, 204-4831.
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 — Meet at River Run
and drive to Hunt’s Hole for mountain bike
ride. Slimed tires needed. Moderate ride,
mileage TBA. Chuck Turner, 204-4831.
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 — Meet at Crazy
Cat/Starbucks at Redd Road/I-10. Ride the
rollers to the Gap then return via Northeast El
Paso and Transmountain. 40 miles, moderate to
fast. For shorter ride, turn back at Gap. Randy
Limbird, 542-1422 or 328-4110.
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 -Leave from La Mesa
(park across from Eagle Grocery on NM 28)
for a moderate 36-mile ride through the valley
to the Bean in Mesilla. This Beginner
Intermediate Group ride is led by “will train for
coffee” Margaret O’Kelly, 588-3825.
• 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 — This moder-
ate ride leaves from Jaxon’s at Mesa and
Remcon (next to Home Depot) for a 26-mile
loop that returns just in time for a “cyclefest
brew” and pub grub. Patty Van Tine, 667-0202.
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 — Starbucks to
Starbucks via Mesa, Transmountain and Scenic.
Meet at Starbucks on Mesa and Kerby. 40 mod-
erate miles with Bob Lynn, 443-4226.
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 — Monthly Ditch
Ride with Randy. Meet at Gallegos Park on
Bosque Road in Canutillo. Ride the ditches to
La Union and Chamberino. About two hours,
speed and distance depending on riders. Randy
Limbird, 542-1422 or 328-4110.
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 — Meet at Power
Shots across from Franklin High for this 42-mile
moderate ride over Anthony Gap, MLK and
back over Transmountain. Rick Rivas, 581-9896.
• 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 — Ride out
Columbus Highway on Henry Payan’s birthday
ride. Leave from River Run. Sag and cake pro-
vided, 40 or 65 miles, rider’s choice. Henry,
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 — Tour de Bliss.
Explore old and new Fort Bliss on this 30-mile
easy to moderate ride starting at Stout Gym
(Enter through Cassidy Gate off U.S. 54, take
Cassidy Road to gym, 2930 Cassidy). Option
for lunch on post after ride. Need picture ID,
proof of car insurance, registration to enter
post. Rob Ferrara, (401) 954-1064.
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 — Meet at Power
Shots across from Franklin High. Ride rollers at
moderate pace. 40 miles. Carmen, 585-1878.
Rhodes Canyon bike ride — White Sands
National Monument’s Outdoor Recreation will
host a ride to an area of the range not normally
accessible to the general public Saturday, Feb.
12. The ride is about 24 miles over mostly
rocky, mixed terrain with a 1,500-foot elevation
gain. In-processing is 6:30 to 7 a.m. at the Small
Missile Range entrance, between markers 174
and 175 on Hwy 70. Online registration dead-
line is Feb. 6; participation limited to the first
50 people to pre-register; no registration day of
the event. Fee: $40 (includes t-shirt, lunch and
refreshments. Information: (575) 678-1713.
Roughrider Freeride Fest — Roughrider
Canyon Freeride Park, east of Horizon City in
the Hueco Mountains, will host its downhill
bicycle racing event Saturday and Sunday, Feb.
19-20. Information: 637-5698 or roughrider- The park is near Lake El Paso
where the paved road ends. Take the dirt road
2 miles to the park.
Recreational Sports
Greater El Paso Tennis Association —
Information: 532-5524, or Advance registration at tour-, Call or visit website for
other tennis programs.
• Las Cruces Junior Tennis Tournament is Feb.
4-6 at Lions Tennis Park, Picacho and
Melendrez. Deadline is Jan. 30 (ID#
759500711). Information: Judy Harlas, (575)
649-9374 or
• The Rudolph Honda Mixed Doubles
Shootout is Feb. 9-13 at Tennis West Sports
and Racquet Club, 1 Tennis Lane. Deadline is
Feb. 6 (ID# 759406211). Information contact:
581-5471 or
• America’s High School Invitational Tennis
Tournament for Juniors is Feb. 11-12, at
America’s High School, 12101 Pellicano. Non-
Sanctioned. Deadline is Feb. 5 (ID#
759404811). Cost: $175 per team (2 boys and
girls singles, 2 boys and girls doubles 2 mixed
doubles). Information: Robert Tapia, 820-6227
• Sun City Junior Championship is March 5-7,
at El Paso Youth Tennis Center, Level 4
Tournament. Entries open Jan. 3-Feb. 20 (ID #
759402711). Cost: $43.50 per player for 1
event; $46 per event for two events.
Information: 532-5524 or
Sun City Kickball registration —
Registration for the co-ed adult league’s Spring
2011 season is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through
Feb. 5, at Roger Brown Field, 1100 Alabama
and on Feb. 12 at Coconuts Bar & Grill, 816
Piedras. Games are played on Wednesday
evenings at Modesto Gomez Park, beginning
March 9. Seven to 12 week season. All players
must be 18 years of age or older on the first
day of play. Prospective players can sign up as
individuals or form teams. Cost: $35 per player;
$5 late fee after Feb. 12. Information: 217-
3057. Registration forms available on line at
Coed Volleyball Spring League — The
City of El Paso Parks and Rec’s adult league
plays Feb. 7-April 25 at area recreation cen-
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ters including Marty Robbins, Gary Del Palacio,
San Juan, Pavo Real, Westside and Galatzan.
Teams will play 10 games including double
elimination playoffs. Registration deadline is Jan.
31; available at Nations Tobin Recreation
Center, 8831 Railroad. Entry fee: $290 per
team. Information: 757-2743 or
Indoor Soccer League — City of El Paso
Parks and Recreation’s Men’s adult indoor
league plays Saturday afternoons Feb. 26-May
7, at Nations Tobin Center, 8831 Railroad.
Season includes 10 games plus playoffs.
Registration deadline is Feb. 18.Cost: $430 per
team. Information: 757-2743 or
Kickball Clash Tournament — El Paso
Kickball will host its 3rd annual adult coed
tournament benefiting United Way Americorps
HIPPY (Home Instruction Program for
Preschool Youngsters) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26, at Rancho del Sol Park,
1080 Ted Houghton. Cash prizes for first place
winner, rebates for all runner-ups for EP
Kickball’s 2011 Spring season. Registration (by
Feb. 10): $300 per team of 15 players max.
Information: Eric Garcia, 274-7903. Register
online at
School supplies for area students in need will
be taken at the tournament including scissors,
crayons, backpacks, colored pencils, markers,
watercolors and more.
Runs and walks
Loretto Academy Nun Run — The
Junior Class of 2012’s Service Learning Project
5K run is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Loretto
Academy, 1300 Hardaway. The run goes
through the historic Government Hill
Neighborhood. Registration: $20 ($15 by Jan.
29); race t-shirts guaranteed for first 323 peo-
ple who register. Proceeds benefit the Sisters
of Loretto in Pakistan. Information: 566-8400.
Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb.
4, in the high school foyer (2nd floor) and 7 to
8 a.m. in Hilton Young Hall on race day.
Commitment to Fitness Walk/run —
UTEP and the Golden Age Fitness Association’s
2nd annual 5 mile run and 3 mile walk is 8 to
11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, beginning at Kidd Field
on the UTEP campus. Cost: $15 per person;
$10 per person of groups of 10 or more.
Awards for 10 different age groups offered.
Registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m.
Information: 755-4038. Register through Feb. 4
Cupid’s Chase 5K — The 5K run and 1-
mile fun walk benefiting Community Options is
8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Ascarate Park,
6900 Delta. Registration (by Feb. 10): $20 ($15
students, military, seniors) for the run; $15
($10 students, military, seniors) for the walk).
Registration increases by $5 off Feb. 10. Park
entrance fee is $1 per vehicle. Information:
771-7764 or
Packet pick-up is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb.
11, at the Community Options Office, 1420
Geronimo, or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the
starting line.
The Las Cruces Cupid’s Chase 5K run is 9
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Old Mesilla.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Information:
(575) 532-9275 or
Jack Rabbit Classic — The 11th annual
trail and road runs are 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb.
13, at Franklin Mountain State Park, Tom Mays
Unit, off Transmountain Road. Events include
7.5 mile and 3.5 mile trail runs and a 5K paved
road run. Trophies to top 3 overall male and
female in each event; all runners receive a
technical t-shirt. Cost: $20 for 5K and $25 for
trail runs by Feb. 10; $25 for 5K and $30 for
rail runs Feb. 11-12. No race day registration.
Spectator fee is $4 for park entrance.
Information: Chris, 478-5663 or
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Feb. 11-12, at Up and Running, 3233
N. Mesa. All runners must pick up packets and
park entrance permit prior to race day.
Race for the Cure — The 19th annual
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s
5K Race for the Cure is Sunday, Feb.20, at
Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North. Races
include a 5K timed competitive run at 8:30
a.m. and a 1-mile non-competitive run/walk at
9 a.m. Grounds open at 7 a.m. Registration:
$30 competitive; $25 non-competitive (by Feb.
11): $35 competitive; $30 competitive; $10
“Kids for the Cure” ages 5-12 (non-competi-
tive). Race day entry: $30 non-competitive; $35
competitive. Registration/information: 533-
4433 or
“In the Pink” VIP registration: $50 and “Sleep
In for the Cure” for non-participants is $35.
Registration is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at all Matressfirm locations
and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12-13 at Sunland Park Mall.
Late registration and packet pick-up is 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday Feb. 18-19 at Cielo Vista Mall. Race day
registration begins at 6 a.m. at the race site.
Amigo Amblers — The IVV Volksport
walking club hosts monthly 5K and 10K group
walks September through May at one of four
“Year-Round Event” Volksport sites throughout
the city. Group walks begin at 9 a.m. and are
followed by a no-host refreshment or luncheon
gathering a nearby restaurant. This month’s
walk is Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at The Inn at
Fort Bliss, 1744 Victory. Participants do not
need to be a member. Participation is free; $4
for a B award and IVV Credit; $3 for credit
only. Information: 595-2291.
El Paso Michelob Ultra Marathon and
1/2 Marathon — The 5th annual multi-state
marathon and half-marathon sponsored by
Michelob Ultra and 92.3 Fox FM and Jarritos
5K run/walk begins at Lynx Exhibits, 300 W.
San Antonio, at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 6. Early
registration: $70 full marathon; $45 half-
marathon; $35 for 5K. Military receive a $5 dis-
count with ID. No race-day registration
offered. Information:
Race Expo, registration and packet pick-up is
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the
El Paso Convention Center.
‘Irish Run’ —Cathedral High School’s 6th
annual 5K competitive run and 1-mile fun walk
begin at 8 a.m., Sunday, March 13, at Ascarate
Park, 6900 Delta. Cost: $18 pre-registered
($15 students, military and over 60 with ID);
$25 on race day. Information: Mike Coulter,
274-5222, Irene Pistella, 478-6583 or
Historic House run/walk — The 10K and
5K competitive runs and 5K and 1 mile fun run
and walk are 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 20, at
Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, bene-
fiting restoration of the Woman’s Club historic
clubhouse. Registration (by March 12): $15 for
one-mile event; $20 for 5K and $25 for 10K;
late registration after March 14 fee increase by
$5 per event. No race day registration.
Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.
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El Paso Native Plant Society —The
society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10,
at El Paso Garden Center, 3105 Grant. Social
hour precedes the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Free
and open to the public. Information: 240-7414.
Rails-to-Trails — The New Mexico Rails-to-
Trails Association will host its annual meeting at
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in the atrium of the
First National Bank, 414 E. Tenth, in
Alamogordo. Admission is free, and the public
is welcome. Information: (575) 682-3040.
Poppies celebration exhibitors — The
Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition is tak-
ing registration through Feb. 24 for vendors
and exhibitors for the 5th annual Poppies
Preservation Celebration Event. Volunteers for
the event also needed. Information: 541-4481
or Applications avail-
able online at
The free celebration is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 26, at the El Paso Museum of
Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road.
Celebration of Our Mountains - The
volunteer organization offers a schedule of local
and regional hikes and interpretive events avail-
able at its website,
El Paso Zoo — 4001 E. Paisano. Zoo sum-
mer entrance hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
daily. Zoo admission is $10 for ages 13 to 61;
$7.50 for ages 62 and older and active duty
military (including spouse) with ID; $6 ages 3 to
12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo mem-
bers admitted free. Information: 532-8156,
521-1850 or
Daily encounters include California Sea Lion
Training and Meet the Keeper presentations at
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Asian Elephant Training Encounters scheduled
daily. Information:
Franklin Mountains State Park — Most
hiking and mountain-biking trails begin in the
Tom Mays area, off Transmountain Road on the
west side of the park (east of I-10).
Entry fees are $4 per person, free for age 12
and under (with family). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily. Information: 566-6441.
Guided hikes are available at 9 a.m. on select-
ed days. Cost is $7 ($1 ages 5-12; under 5 free)
includes park fee. Reservations required: 566-
6441 ext. 21. or
• Aztec Caves, Saturday, Feb. 5.
• Mundy’s Gap, Sunday, Feb. 6.
• West Cottonwood Mine, Saturday, Feb. 19.
• West Cottonwood Springs, Sunday, Feb. 20.
Sierra Club hikes — The club encourages
donations of per event to help with publicity
and administrative expenses. Web: texas.sierra-
• Forest Trail north of Hillsboro — 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, meeting at the Black
Range Ranger Station in Truth or
Consequences. Easy to moderate pace.
Information: (575) 430-1834.
• Exploratory Hike in the Cuchillo Mountains
— 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, meeting
across from the Winston Store in Winston,
N.M. Moderate kike with some hill climbing.
Bring lunch, hiking poles, camera and hat.
Information: (575) 772-5655.
• Percha Creek Box Hike — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19, meeting at the Black Range
Rangers Station. Moderate pace with some
rock scrambling. Information: (575) 430-1834.
• Nutt Grasslands Hike — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26, meeting from the Forest
Service office in Truth or Consequences.
Information: (575) 744-5860.
Rio Bosque Wetlands Park — UTEP’s
Center for Environmental Resource
Management offers free guided walking tours
and other activities at Rio Bosque Wetlands
Park in El Paso’s Mission Valley. Tours last about
two hours. Information: 747-8663 or rio- Upcoming events:
• Bird Tour, 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6.
• Introductory Tour, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday,
Feb. 12.
• A Community Workday is 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Feb. 19.
Meeting place is a bridge crossing Riverside
Canal. Take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan
American Drive, turn left and travel 1.5 miles.
El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
— The society’s annual Awards Banquet is
Saturday, Feb. 19, at Jaxon’s, 1135 Airway.
Program is “The British Columbia Burrowing
Owl Captive Breeding and Reintroduction
Program” with Texas Parks and Wildlife biolo-
gist Lois Balin. The Conservation Award will be
presented to local activist Judy Ackerman, and
the Meritorious Service Award to Lucretia
Chew, chapter president. Cost: $20.
Information/reservations: Janet Perkins, 637-
5269 or
The society hosts field trips to various birding
sites in the region. Non-members and guests
welcome on all field trips. Information: Mary
Perkins, 637-3521 or
A trip to Sod Farms in the Sunland Park area
is Sunday, Feb. 13, to look for winter birds in
the area. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Keystone
Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan.
A trip to Holloman Lakes, the Alamogordo
Zoo and Dog Canyon departs from the Taco
Bell at Transmountain Road, 7:30 a.m. Saturday,
March 5.
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
Site — The site is famed for many Native
American rock paintings and unique geology.
Winter hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Admission: $5 (free for children 12 and
younger). Additional cost for tours (including
birding tour and morning hike): $1 for ages 5
and older. Information: 857-1135 or texas-
For park campground reservations, call (512)
Pictograph, rock climbing and bouldering, and
hiking tours offered Wednesday through
Sunday, by prior arrangement at 849-6684.
The monthly birding tour is 8 a.m. on the
third Saturday of the month (Feb. 19).
Advance sign-up encouraged.
To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S.
Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco
Mountains then turn left on Ranch Road 2775.
Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso
Desert Botanical Garden — 4200
Doniphan (across from Frontera). Hours are 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays year
round. Admission: $2 ($1 children, seniors and
military). Information: 584-0563, keystone- or
The park’s 2-acre Botanical Garden, funded
by the Rotary Club of El Paso and the Junior
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League, features native plants, amphitheater,
butterfly garden, wedding garden, children’s
maze, and a Butterfly House.
The site is open for bird watching at dawn on
the last Saturday of the month and dusk on the
last Sunday of the month.
MountainFilm World Tour — NMSU
Outdoor Rec hosts a selection of films from the
MountainFilm international film festival at 7
p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Rio Grande Theatre,
211 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces, as part
of its Adventure Art Series. The films’ themes
of adventure include mountaineering, remark-
able personalities and environmental and social
messages. Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the
door. Information: (575) 646-4746.
White Sands National Monument —
The glistening gypsum dunes are about 15
miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S.
70. Hours are for the Dunes Drive, 7 a.m. to
6:30 p.m. through Feb. 10; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Feb. 11-March 12. Visitor Center hours are 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 27; 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. Feb. 28-April 17.
Entrance fee: $3 age 17 and older. Free for
children. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236
or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to
Patio talks are 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and
Sundays at the Visitor Center. Rangers will
answer questions and give tips on enjoying the
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last
weekend of each month. This month’s tour is 2
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Participants drive their
own vehicles 17 miles beginning at the Small
Missile Range gate on U.S. 70, 25 miles west of
the White Sands Visitor Center, then hike 3/4
mile to the source of the white sands.
Reservations required (accepted online only).
Cost is $3 per adult; $1.50 age 16 and under.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park — The
park is about 160 miles east of El Paso, off the
Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information:
(575) 785-2232 or
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; tours
available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last entry into
cave via natural entrance is 2 p.m. with last
entry into cave via elevator 3:30 p.m.
A star party is 6:30 to 10 p.m. the second
Saturday of each month.
Plan 3-1/2 hours for a walk-in tour and 1-1/2
hours for Big Room tour. Cost is $6 ($3 for
ages 6-15 or seniors with discount card). The
park’s audio self-guided tour is $3 extra (also
available in Spanish).
Other special guided tours are available,
including “Wild Cave Tours.”
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to
Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the
highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749
feet. Entry fee: $5 for ages 16 and older, good
for one week and all trails. Camping is $8 per
site per night. Information: (915) 828-3251.
New Mexico State Parks — Day-use fee
is $5 when visiting any state park. Camping
fees: $8 for primitive site; $10 for developed
site (electrical hookup $4 extra). All programs
are free with park entrance, unless otherwise
listed. Information: (575) 744-5998 or
• Oliver Lee State Park, Highway 54 south of
Alamogordo at the Dog Canyon turnoff.
Information: (575) 437-8284.
An evening viewing of Orion is 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 5, beginning at the Group
A tour of Dog Canyon at Sunset is 5 to 6:60
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Visitor Center.
A Ranch House Hike is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19, departing from Visitor
Center. Friendly pets welcome on leash.
An “It’s the Water” riparian nature trail hike is
10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, beginning
at the Visitor Center.
• Mesilla Valley Bosque Park — 5000 Calle del
Norte, Mesilla. Guided bird tours are first
Saturday of every month.
• Elephant Butte Lake State Park —
Information: (575) 744-5998.
• City of Rocks State Park, north of Deming off
U.S. 180. Information: (575) 536-2800. A
“Rattlesnake Myths” presentation is 3 to 4 p.m.
every Saturday.
• Rockhound State Park, five miles south of
Deming on State Road 11 and then east on
Rockhound Road (State Road 141) for nine
miles. Day use hours: 7:30 a.m. to sunset.
Information: (575) 546-6182 or (575) 744-
• Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M.,
State Roads 11 and 9. Information: (575) 531-
2711. Day use hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Alameda Park Zoo — Alameda Park, 1321
North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70),
Alamogordo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Admission: $2.50 ($1.50 ages 3-11 and 60 and
older; free for ages 2 and younger). Annual
memberships available. Information: (575) 439-
The oldest zoo in the Southwest (established
in 1898) is part of the park that lines
Alamogordo’s main highway. The zoo, covering
about 12 acres, features about 250 exotic and
indigenous animals.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State
Park — Carlsbad, N.M. Admission: $5 ($3
ages 7-12; free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. daily (last entry at 3:30 p.m.).
Information: (575) 887-5516.
A Sweetheart Serenade with the Cavernaires
Barbershop Chorus is 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 5.
To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad;
follow signs to the park.
A large greenhouse is devoted to succulents
and cactus from around the world. The head-
quarters building includes exhibits on minerals,
history, archaeology and other subjects.
Aguirre Spring Campground — The
Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the
federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S.
70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five
family camping and picnic sites, plus two group
areas. Day-use fee is $3 per vehicle.
Information: (575) 525-4300.
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park —
The park, part of Asombro Institute for Science
Education, is northeast of Las Cruces, off
Jornada Road. Admission is free; donation box
at trailhead. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. Information: (575)
524-3334 or
Dripping Springs Natural Area — The
recreational area is at the base of the Organ
Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road
(the eastern extension of University Avenue),
about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. During the
late fall and winter months, visitor center is
open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Access to the main
trail to Dripping Springs is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
the park is closed promptly at 5 p.m.
Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed
(except for assistance animals). Information:
(575) 522-1219.
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El Paso Scene Page 29 February 2011
olitics may seem much nastier
now, but nothing in modern
American politics can compare to
1804, when the vice president of the
United States, Aaron Burr, shot and
killed the former U.S. secretary of the
treasury, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel.
Here’s the background, catching up
with last month’s column on Hamilton.
When George Washington became
president, he had pressing, important
offices to fill. There was no treasury, no
mint, no fixed income, no credit. There
were thousands of bills to be paid — $80
million worth!
Washington, knowing of Alexander
Hamilton’s talent for bookkeeping and
organization, appealed to the 32-year-old
lawyer to give up his practice and thus
join the president’s staff.
Hamilton had studied the history of
finance and reality as no one had. He
knew the monetary schemes and guiles
of every country and was aware of soft
money versus hard money. Congress
asked him to give reports and facts on
the costs of trades, shipbuilding, postal
expansion, miscellaneous costs and
international surprises.
Many of Hamilton’s plans in financial
procedures still exist in the U.S. today.
He was a wise thinker and planner, and
would say, “The prosperity of the people
is the prosperity of the nation.”
The U.S. government would borrow
money at 4 percent. He was thought of
as a second Napoleon as a money man-
ager — recalling that at one point
Napoleon had gathered most of the silver
in Europe.
Aaron Burr, also a very successful
attorney with national political aspira-
tions, became an arch competitor.
Thomas Jefferson was also a great rival
of Hamilton, often varying with
Hamilton on policy.
Hamilton and Burr were both passion-
ate and proud as public speakers. They
were lawyers of top renown and could
pick their clients as they wished. They
each charged top fees, and both had a
willful, fiery approach to life.
Historians have often referred to Burr
as a rogue and villain. He was very simi-
lar in mood, intellect and manner to
Hamilton. He was the same size and age,
varying by ten months. Burr’s father was
Reverend Burr, president of Princeton
College. It was also said that he was
unhappily married and was thought to be
a Don Juan.
In 1800, Jefferson was elected presi-
dent and Burr vice president in a close
election decided by the House of
Representatives, with Hamilton support-
ing Jefferson. Jefferson and Burr did not
get along, and Jefferson decided to run
without Burr in the 1804 election. Burr
aimed his sights on the governorship of
New York instead, with hopes that it
might eventually lead to the presidency
that had been denied him by Jefferson.
Hamilton openly opposed Burr in the
governor’s race, accusing Burr of being
a “dangerous man.” This verbiage set the
fat upon the fire. Other bitter words
were traded.
When fighting men use “fighting talk,”
they invite a challenge — Hamilton
replied to Burr that he must abide the
consequences — meaning a fight.
(Duelists are generally very polite in
A choice of weapons was made. Pistols
at ten paces. The time was seven o’clock
in the morning, July 11, 1804. The site:
Weehawken overlooking New York Bay.
Hamilton’s toss won the right to call
the fire. The men were placed 30 feet
apart. Both were intense and pale. Each
man when questioned had nothing to
Judge Nathaniel Pendleton, Hamilton’s
second, said, “One, two, three, present,
Hamilton reportedly fired first, a shot
some said was intended to miss Burr and
in any case did so. Burr’s shot struck
Hamilton just above the right hip.
Hamilton rose convulsively on his toes
and fell. Burr, dropping his smoking pis-
tol, sprang forward with a look of regret.
The ball had passed through Hamilton’s
body, breaking a rib. Van Ness raised an
umbrella over the fallen man. While
lying on the ground, Hamilton saw his
pistol nearby and said, “Look out for
that pistol; it is loaded. Pendleton knows
I did not intend to fire at him.”
Hamilton died the following day.
Burr said that he very much regretted
the whole affair, and that he knew if he
killed Hamilton it would be political
death for him. Burr had no family.
Hamilton had a wife and seven children,
his oldest son having fallen in a duel
three years before. Burr apparently felt
he would be thought of as a coward if he
did not respond to Hamilton’s words and
Burr’s later life was no less eventful.
After leaving the vice presidency in
1805, he leased large amounts of land in
what is now Louisiana and was accused
of conspiring to invade Florida with a
private army. The Jefferson administra-
tion charged him with treason, but Burr
was acquitted. Burr later lived in Europe
for a few years, returned to New York
and died in 1836.
Bill Rakocy is an El Paso artist and
historian. Information: 584-9716.
Racking Up History
by Bill Rakocy
Burr-Hamilton duel as depicted in an
1884 history textbook.
Politics at its worst?
Go back to 1804!
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he scene is South Texas. The
town is Three Rivers. The year
was 1948. The story features a
soldier, a widow, a funeral director, a
future U.S. president, a physician/civil-
rights activist and another activist
working for Hispanic civil rights. From
an excellent recent PBS documentary
titled “The Longoria Affair” come
many details that follow.
A soldier. Sgt. Felix Longoria entered
the Army at age 25 and saw action in
World War II in the Philippine Islands.
On a dangerous jungle patrol in search
of a Japanese sniper, according to the
film, he died from a mortar shell. Other
sources claim it was a sniper’s bullet.
A town. Three Rivers, Texas, was a
very small town (even by the year
2000, its population was only 1,878).
One main street. Anglos lived on streets
with English names, barrio Mexicans
with Spanish street names, and railroad
tracks between. Most Mexicans were
illiterate and desperately poor, living in
ramshackle shacks. Few whites thought
they were racists. People said,
“Everyone here gets along just fine.”
An Anglo, however, could not sell a
house to a Mexican. And across Texas,
in many a small town, Mexicans could
not enter a barbershop, theater or swim-
ming pool, and when voting they faced
an unaffordable poll tax.
A funeral director. In World War II,
Tom Kennedy fought in the push into
Germany as an Army soldier. A head
wound left him in constant, extreme
pain. After a discharge and mortuary
school, he moved to Three Rivers to
take over the town’s one funeral home.
On a cold February day in 1949, just a
week after Kennedy came to town, the
body of Felix Longoria finally arrived
home in Three Rivers. His widow asked
Kennedy about holding a wake in his
building. His reply? “No, the whites
wouldn’t like it.” We do not know his
heart, but the hapless fellow certainly
faced a terrible dilemma: he knew well
his white town people.
A furor. The distraught woman knew
not where to turn. Fortunately, a
Hispanic civil-rights activist, Dr. Héctor
García, had opened his practice in
Three Rivers. The well-known physi-
cian had treated many of those poor
Mexicans, most unable to pay him. He
saw “hunger in the eyes of children and
pain in their bodies.” García heard what
had happened, exploded and decided to
act. After he called Kennedy and got
the same answer regarding the wake,
García contacted the town newspaper,
which published the story with front-
page headlines. Next, García’s 17
telegrams sped across the country,
including to U.S. Sen. Lyndon Johnson,
the governor of Texas and even
President Truman.
A solution. Among all those telegrams,
the only reply came from Sen. Johnson,
who had once taught Mexican boys in a
small Texas school. The senator ordered
Sgt. Longoria’s burial in Arlington
National Cemetery, with full honors!
Attending the burial were the family,
Sen. and Mrs. Johnson, a congressman
and the medical aide to President
Truman. García’s appeal for donations
from Hispanics brought in more than
$2,000 to cover funeral expenses.
A painful footnote. Newspapers and
theaters across the country spread the
story. Kennedy himself received hate
mail and threats to his family, over time
developed unendurable headaches from
old battlefield wounds, and finally died
in a veterans hospital in Pennsylvania.
The story goes on. Dr. García had
founded the GI Forum and with the
help of Albuquerque’s Vicente Ximenez
organized Hispanic/Latino veterans
across the nation. They prodded
President Johnson to get Congress to
legislate the War on Poverty, the Civil
Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act,
which ended the poll tax. Johnson also
placed many Mexican-Americans in
administration offices, asking Ximenez
to launch national bilingual education
and also to run the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission. Meanwhile,
Mexican Hispanics nationally began
reaching positions as mayors and mem-
bers of school boards and city councils.
Ironically, Three Rivers whites — many
of whom had condemned Johnson for
support of the dead soldier’s cause —
eventually erected a historical monu-
ment to honor Sgt. Felix Longoria!
One further thought. In those not-so-
long-ago days, Mexicans and Mexican-
Americans, along with blacks, faced
hateful prejudice all over Texas and
across the nation. The film asked one
question: “Is the Longoria Affair in
Texas history books?” A fair question.
Today, Mexican Hispanics/Latinos are
leaders in political, diplomatic, educa-
tional, business, medical, military and
all other worlds. Progress has taken
place. Why, then, do many Hispanics
still feel prejudice? What about
American cities where extremists spew
hateful slogans and even stoop to vio-
lence? Why passionate anti-Mexican
letters to editors? Why this universal
flaw/disease/sin in our humanity? What
has happened to “all people are created
equal”? What about the Martin Luther
King dream for his children? Must it
always remain “a dream deferred?” Just
where are we 60 years later?
Richard Campbell is author
of “Two Eagles in the Sun:
A Guide to U.S. Hispanic Culture.”
60 years ago
and now?
Examples of fundraising artworks: 
Hospice of El Paso Chile by Candy Mayer
Azheimer’s Association STAR by Mary Haskins
St. Stephen Cross by Hector Bernal
Avance Heart by Lorenza de la Trinidad
Celebre La Buena Vida House by Bob Adams
El Paso Skatepark Association Skatedeck by Leticia Pena.
February 2011 Page 33
en years ago, the nonprofit organiza-
tion Avance decided to put the “art”
in “heart,” inviting local artists to
create original works on wooden hearts to
be sold at a fundraising auction.
Hundreds of hearts and many thousands
of dollars later, Avance’s success not only
keeps its art auction growing, but has
inspired a host of other art-themed
fundraisers, including artist-created stars,
chile peppers, crosses, houses, soup bowls
and even skate decks.
In nearly all such fundraisers, artists
donate their talent and time to spur others
to donate their money bidding for these
one-of-a-kind creations.
For many of the nonprofit organizations
hosting these events, the art auctions have
become one of their biggest, if not the
biggest, fundraisers of the year.
Although Avance’s may be the oldest and
best-known of these events, others have
taken off and even grown bigger. Hospice
of El Paso has transformed its Painted
Chile Tour from a side attraction at its
Celebrity Waiter Dinner into what will be
called Festival of the Chilies this year.
Organizers credit the success of these
artistic fundraisers to the enthusiastic par-
ticipation of the artists, a theme that fits
well with the organization and its donors,
and year-after-year improvements that
keep artists and buyers coming back.
For Avance, host of the Toma Mi
Corazon/Have a Heart fundraiser, the
enthusiasm hasn’t worn off in the event’s
ten years.
“In just the past year, the number of
hearts and artists participating has grown,”
said Taylor Moreno, interim executive
director of Avance. “This year, we are get-
ting a new group of artists who haven’t
participated before, in addition to some of
the ones who take part every year. Hal
Marcus helped us start the event and has
done a heart for us every year since.”
Artist Candy Mayer, who helps organize
the Celebre La Buena Vida house art auc-
tion, said that although she feels most
artists want to be charitable, they also want
to find new venues for people to see their
“Most people know it is for a good cause,
but most artists like to get a little some-
thing back for their time and effort,” she
said. “Events like these can give them
good publicity.”
Avance led the way
One of the first fundraising events to
match a specific art theme with their cause
was Avance. Moreno said that the Toma
Mi Corazon auction has helped open doors
for spreading the word about Avance and
its mission.
“I have met people who haven’t heard of
Avance but are certainly familiar with the
hearts,” Moreno said. “This gives us a
good opening to talk about who we are and
what we are doing to help the community.”
As Avance’s most prolific fundraiser,
Toma Mi Corazon begins its planning
months in advance, although artists may
submit entries as late as January.
Moreno said that the comparatively low
cost for original works makes it desirable
for people other than just hardcore art col-
“Our highest heart went for $2,200 last
year, but they range from $10 and up and
average around $75,” she said. “That’s
very affordable. Anyone in El Paso can
come and purchase a heart.”
The live auction, she said, draws the
higher bids as people get into the action,
but the silent auction pieces also do well.
The idea behind the one-of-a-kind art
theme isn’t new. One of the best-known
projects in El Paso was the “Art and Sol”
painted-sun public artworks, the brainchild
of Impact: Programs of Excellence that
was taken under the wing of the city’s
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.
The large-scale orbs, or “suns,” akin to the
international Cow Parade sensation or New
Mexico’s Trail of the Painted Ponies, were
unveiled in a Downtown celebration. Most
of the suns, some of which were sponsored
by area nonprofits, can still be seen in pri-
vate and public venues throughout the city.
Smaller painted wooden suns have been
featured in the “Sembra-Sol” exhibit and
auction benefiting Centro de los
Trabajadores Agrícolas Fronterizos.
Over the years, some art-related fundrais-
ers have come and gone as one-time proj-
ects. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Guild has auctioned painted birdhouses
and violins at its summer garden parties.
Children’s Grief Center auctioned purses
bought on eBay and decorated by artists.
El Paso Community College auctioned
painters’ palettes to benefit the Maria A.
Peña Scholarship.
In some art-related fundraisers, the medi-
um may be traditional and varied. KCOS-
TV’s annual Art Days features works by
area artists, and includes antiques, col-
lectibles and celebrity items. Auction items
are shown on the public television station
for more than 20 hours during four differ-
ent days. KCOS is just one of many non-
profits that have raised funds through tra-
ditional art auctions.
The concept also isn’t exclusive to
fundraisers, as area galleries have hosted
their own exhibits and seasonal shows.
In the most recent exhibit at the Hal
Marcus Gallery, for example, area artists
created a visual advertisement for the city
in its “El Paso Postcards” group show. In
addition to the original works done on uni-
form postcard-shaped templates, the fea-
tured creations also were sold as real post-
cards for 50 cents each. One of the area’s
newer galleries, Sasahara, featured a sea-
sonal sale of custom Christmas ornaments
created by local artists.
Moreno believes that one reason for the
continued popularity of the event is that
it’s mutually enjoyable for both the guests
and the artists.
“A lot of people enjoy the art and the
artists enjoy the exposure,” she said.
“We’ve always had great response at both
our auction and preview event.”
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El Paso Scene
From chilies to skatedecks, stars and crosses to heart and houses,
custom-made art is raising thousands of dollars for El Paso non-profit organizations
Story by Lisa Kay Tate
The ART of fundraising
Hot for art
One of the fastest growing of these
fundraisers is Hospice El Paso’s Painted
Chile Tour. The large stand-alone artist-
painted chile sculptures were first intro-
duced two years ago as part of Hospice’s
well-established Celebrity Waiter dinner,
and were so popular that a series of 52
artist-enhanced 12-inch “chilitos” were
added to the 36 large sculptures.
Hospice Development Assistant Christina
Peralta said that last year’s highest-selling
chile went for around $5,000, but many of
the chilitos went for less than $100. In
addition, a painted-chile calendar was
offered for people unable to purchase a
chile or attend the event. The calendar sold
out quickly as well.
“The calendars did extremely well,” she
said. “We are doing them again this year.”
According to Hospice Development
Director Jim Paul, the chilies are so popu-
lar that this fall’s 3rd annual event will be
renamed Festival of Chilies.
“The chilies have really become a focal
point of the Celebrity Waiter Dinner,” Paul
said. “This has been something we can
hang our hats on; it has been so successful
and identifiable for us.”
Paul said that the chilies were picked as a
focus of the art auction because the chile is
such an identifiable part of the El
Paso/Mesilla Valley area, particularly in
the fall months, when the gala takes place.
The event will also add another layer of
chilies to the mix with “chile poppers.”
Paul described the poppers as sized
between the large chilies and chilitos, and
as being “cut in half,” suitable for mount-
ing on a wall.
Paul said that this idea was met with
much appreciation from the artists.
“After the last event, we sat down with
the artists and I threw that idea out there,”
he said. “They really liked that.”
He said that Hospice tries to reward the
artists with as much exposure as possible
in thanks for their hard work. Not only are
the chilies set up in Sunland Park and
Cielo Vista malls in the weeks prior to the
events, but also each artist, with their
chile, is featured in a series of newspaper
“We try to do as much for the artists as
we can,” Paul said, “and we are expecting
around 900 people to attend the event this
He said that the exposure took some of
the artists by surprise the first year of the
event. As with most new endeavors, Paul
explained, some of the artists didn’t know
what to expect when they took on the task
of creating a chile. Once they saw how
much publicity the chilies received, both
before and during the event, they tackled
their work the following year with extra
“The work on the chilies the second year
had greatly improved over the first, even
from artists who turned in chilies the first
year,” Paul said. “I would say this year’s
‘crop’ of chilies was outstanding.”
The response the second year was so
great, Paul said, that volunteer Mitzi
Quiarte works for hours sorting through
and selecting the more than 100 artists
wanting to paint a chile.
Allowing people to see the chilies in a
mall setting has not only allowed people
unable to attend to enjoy these works of
art, but it has also helped raise enthusiasm
from potential buyers. One visitor from
Oklahoma even tried to buy a chile on the
spot after seeing it in the mall.
Paul said that taking the work into a large
public venue like a mall allows for thou-
sands more individuals that might not get
to a traditional gallery setting to see the
“It’s really a great introduction to an
artist’s work,” Paul said. “How many peo-
ple are going to go into a gallery each day
in comparison to how many are going to
go to a mall. Someone might see and want
to purchase an artist’s work on one of the
chilies and maybe they might want to fol-
low up with a painting by that artist later
Giving shelter
Artist Candy Mayer, coordinator of the
Celebre La Buena Vida house art auction,
said that they came up with the home idea
to remind event patrons that the money
raised will go to provide shelter for those
in need by benefiting Lutheran Social
Services’ Buena Vida Adult Day Care
“We always get high bids for houses
painted by artists like Alberto Escamilla,
Bob Adams or Francisco Romero,” Mayer
said, “and sometimes a new or unknown
artist comes up with a beautiful design
everyone loves.”
A local church volunteer creates the sim-
ple, unpainted miniature houses. Notices
are sent to artists before the Christmas sea-
son, giving them plenty of time to think
about and work on their ideas.
Mayer said that these types of events are
appealing to artists, because they aren’t
being asked to donate framed paintings or
original sculptures using costly materials.
“They are not asked to donate a painting
with their own canvas or frame,” she said.
“All this takes basically is their time and a
little bit of paint.”
Mayer said that new artists could take a
lead from what many established artists
already know — being part of a fundrais-
ing event such as Celebre La Buena Vida
or Avance’s Toma Mi Corazon is a sure-
fire way for new people to discover their
“This is a good opportunity for people
starting out as an artist,” Mayer said. “I tell
them to take the time to paint a star or a
house or a heart, because it is a great way
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Art of fundraising
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Buena Vida House by Lisa Matta
for the public to see your work.”
The event offers other non-art items in its
silent auction for those not interested in
the works, but the houses are definitely the
popular draw with patrons.
Mayer said that the competitive nature of
an auction has the capacity to raise more
money than a straightforward sale, as peo-
ple really get into the bidding process.
Even the silent auction resulted in houses
going for up to $200.
“We made over $30,000 for the center,
and have been pleasantly surprised with
the response,” she said.
Art is the STAR
As with the Have a Heart auction, mak-
ing sure the theme is memorable enough to
remind people of the beneficiary has
helped to make events like the Alzheimer’s
Association’s Western Gala and the
Celebre La Buena Vida auction run
smoothly each year.
Alzheimer’s Association Community
Relations Coordinator Susie Gorman said
that the choice for the local STAR chap-
ter’s annual spring Affair to Remember
Western Gala to focus on the star was
obvious. Not only does the theme echo the
chapter’s name, but it also has a distinctly
Western feel, particularly in the Lone Star
“The addition of our ‘STAR’ artists
added a very new and exciting artistic
edge to our Western Gala and silent auc-
tion,” Gorman said. “Our guests were very
excited about the addition of our incredi-
bly talented artists and to see their finished
work. The artists themselves have a fol-
lowing and they are all very gracious and
willing to include those individuals in our
According to Gorman, with the artistic
star theme in place, it has been easy for the
event’s other offerings to follow suit.
“Our STAR Western Gala is unique in
the fact that we are a ‘boots and jeans’
event, complete with a Western theme,
dinner, and country-and-western dancing,”
she said, explaining that they try to keep
the program itself short so guests can take
their time to look at the stars and other
items up for grabs.
“The number of our stars are limited and
all are featured in a silent auction which
also includes wonderful items donated by
local businesses and individuals,” she said.
Gorman said that the response from
artists and attendance to the gala has been
“fabulous,” particularly since many of the
artists have felt a connection to the associ-
ation’s cause.
“Like many of our supporters, several of
our artists have been personally touched
by Alzheimer’s disease, while others are
simply wanting to participate,” she said.
“Prior to the gala, we honor our artists,
champions and donors with a special star
preview party held in a private home. The
artists unveil their work at this party and
the bidding begins. Our association is
humbled by the generosity of our commu-
Last year’s STAR gala raised more than
$86,000 for the association’s programs, a
“significant increase” from past years,
Gorman said. She also said that the event
itself has grown since it began in 2005.
“We have changed venues, increased our
sponsors and guest list, as well as becom-
ing an established and anticipated El Paso
event,” she said. “We hope to see the num-
ber (of money raised) continue to grow by
maintaining existing sponsors as well as
recruiting new ones, adding to our ever-
growing guest list and building on a ‘Table
Captain’ concept.”
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Here’s a glance at some of the charita-
ble fundraising events utilizing themed
art projects for a good cause:
Toma Mi Corazon/Have a Heart
Painted hearts benefiting Avance fami-
ly support and education program
Feb. 3 at Camino Real Hotel
351-2419 or
Empty Bowls Soup Dinner
Folk-art soup bowls benefiting West
Texas Food Bank
Feb. 26 at EPCC Administrative
Service Center
831-2460 or
Celebre La Buena Vida
Painted houses benefiting La Buena
Vida Adult Day Care
March 24 at Camino Real Hotel
581-4971 or
An Affair to Remember
Painted stars benefiting Alzheimer’s
Association STAR Chapter
March 25 at El Paso Country Club
544-1799 or
Skate Deck Art Show
Painted skate decks benefiting El Paso
Skatepark Association
May, date and location to be
351-1515 or
Festival of Chilies
(part of the Celebrity Waiter Dinner)
Painted chile peppers benefiting
Hospice El Paso
September, date and times to be
504-6315 or
Cross Art Auction
Painted crosses benefiting services of
St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Catholic
October, date and location to be
857-1661 or
Down the Painted Path
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Art on wheels
Another factor in establishing a theme is
being in tune to the interests of potential
El Paso Skatepark Association
Spokesperson Paul Zimmerman believes
the idea of the one-of-a-kind painted skate
deck reaches out to a demographic that
might not feel the need to attend a pricier
gala. (A skate deck is the skateboard minus
the wheels or other hardware.)
The association’s Skate Deck Art Show
has not only established a niche, but also
helped show the local skating community
in a different light.
“Instead of a skater keg party with art,
the community now anticipates this color-
ful gathering of artists, skaters, parents and
professionals,” he said. “It’s not the wine-
and-cheese crowd, but they do bring cash
to support public skateparks.”
By combining the relatively low over-
head of simple materials (old decks pur-
chased for around $6), the recruitment of
the area’s underground art scene, and use
of venues such as Olo Gallery and the
Marco Polo and Black Market nightclubs,
the show has caught the eye of artists from
around the country.
“In the synergistic spirit of the event,
there were also welcomed X-factors, like
Hans Drost, a tattoo artist from North
Carolina who FedEx’d a box full of decks
from East Coast artists to help the cause,”
Zimmerman said of the 2010 show. “In the
last event, the quality and creativity of the
decks were better than ever. With intricate
designs, including Allain Angelos’s high-
gloss flaming longboard featuring ’50s
fetish model Betty Page, Theron
Nicholson’s tiki-totem carving, and Danny
Ben’s functional coat/hat rack, a total of 74
distinctive boards were fish-lined onto the
Black Market walls.”
Zimmerman said that he took advantage
of all types of media to get the word out
about the show, from local newspapers to
talk radio and social networking, with
online previews of the decks offered on
both the association’s official site and its
Facebook page.
The 3rd annual show drew around 200
people who took part in a mix of art,
music and skateboarding while raising
both money and awareness for the associa-
“The top-grossing deck was hot pink
with sign language spelling ‘El Chuco,’ a
local nickname for the city,” Zimmerman
said. “This deck was auctioned live for
$400 and, in total, more than $3,400 was
raised in the most successful EPSA
fundraiser to date.”
Zimmerman, who said that the next event
is still in the planning stages but will likely
be held in May again, said that the
fundraising process continues to be a
learning experience.
“We’re not really ‘event producers,’ so
every year we’ve done one, we learn a lit-
tle something about how to do it better,”
he said. “Our fundraiser comes from hum-
ble beginnings and we don’t forget that —
the amount of money raised is not the only
measure of success here. It’s about engag-
ing the community and getting them to
support the best public skateparks in El
“Skateboarding today isn’t at all like it
used to be,” Zimmerman said. “We’re
proud of our outlaw roots, but the reality is
you see families, parents skating with their
kids, and a real cross-section of society out
at a skatepark. No other sport has outpaced
the growth of skateboarding in the past ten
Through fundraising events and support
of some city leaders, Zimmerman said, the
association continues to approach its goal.
“Not long ago, (some skateboarders)
were climbing fences and trespassing ‘just
to skate’ and now we’re advocates, urging
our community to provide enough public
skateparks and skate spots to keep pace
with the growth of the sport,” he said.
A cross to paint
Rachel Escamilla, who helps organize the
Cross Art Auction for St. Stephen Deacon
and Martyr Catholic Church, said that
maintaining a consistent theme makes it
more desirable for both the artists and art-
“We decided to use the same standard
wooden panel shape for our Cross Art
Auction so it will be identified each year
to our annual event,” she said. “The small-
er size allows for an opportunity for
patrons to obtain an original piece of art at
a cost less than larger canvas
originals. Also, using a smaller-shaped
panel that does not require a frame is more
appealing to the artists, as it requires less
time to paint and less painting material
than an original on canvas and a frame.”
With the auction now in its third year,
Escamilla said, some of the artists have
participated at all three events, although
the number of participants continues to
“This year, we had 90 in the auction and
the majority of the artists were present,”
she said. “This last event drew over 200
patrons and many stated they were amazed
at the good quality work.”
Even though works from established
artists are successful draws for the auction,
Escamilla said, it is a chance for all levels
and ages of artists to show off their talent.
“We also encourage children to submit
artwork on a cross panel and have had
family members submit artwork for the
auction,” she said. “This past auction, we
gave out awards to both the adults and
The 2010 auction helped to raise funds
for the Villa Maria Women’s Shelter, and
Escamilla said that the use of artwork has
been a great way to draw awareness to a
“The submission of artwork to fundrais-
ers is a great venue for new artists to
expose their talents,” she said. “The more
they contribute, the more name recognition
they receive, as well as patrons remember-
ing the type of work they do.”
In addition, she said, it has also been a
chance for individuals to become more
familiar with the value of seeing and pur-
chasing original art, and it is a good idea
for events to let people know a little bit
about the artists behind the artwork, by
providing bios or other information.
“My husband, Alberto Escamilla, has
been donating artwork for over 20 years,
and we have noticed that some patrons are
not familiar with the value or importance
of original art,” she said.
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Escamilla agrees with Mayer that being
part of these events is a “win-win” situa-
tion for everyone involved.
“The artists receive exposure and can use
the amount auctioned as a tax donation,”
she said. “The patrons obtain a quality
piece of original artwork, help the non-
profit organization, and in some instances
claim a portion donated as a tax donation,
and the organizations receive additional
funding while conducting an artistic com-
munity event.”
Hungry for art
The Empty Bowls benefit for the West
Texas Food Bank takes the custom-art-
work concept one step further by allowing
supporters of the fight against hunger to
not only take home one-of-a-kind custom
bowls during its annual soup dinner, but
also to contribute their own designs as
El Paso Community College art professor
Mary Scott helps organize the event and
oversees the creation of the bowls them-
selves in a workshop held each January
prior to the event.
“I think it helps that people get to make
the bowls,” Scott said. “People of all ages
come from all over El Paso to attend the
workshop; then come to the dinner and try
to find their own bowl.”
Because the bowls aren’t created exclu-
sively by professional artists, Scott refers
to the finished pottery bowls as “folk
bowls” rather than “fine art,” a title she
said is apt because each bowl represents
the talent and personality of its maker,
whether it be a young child or a seasoned
“They represent our own ‘textures’ inside
of us,” Scott said. “It’s amazing, no one
has ever done the same thing twice.”
A few handmade punch-bowl-size bowls
are also created for a silent auction,
although everyone attending the event will
be able to take home the bowl of their
choosing. In keeping with the homemade
feel of the event, El Paso Community
College Culinary Arts students will serve
their original gourmet soup and bread
recipes in these bowls.
“The students compete against each other
for the best soup recipe,” Scott said. “They
have a great time doing this.”
Scott said that there are often around 500
bowls created each year, and nearly all of
them are taken home. Any bowls leftover
are saved for the following year’s event.
Scott said that even those who aren’t inter-
ested in attending the workshop love the
“There are people who have their own
collection of the bowls,” she said. “They
come every year to get one.”
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ne of the late comedian George
Carlin’s funniest routines was his
riff on “stuff.” Houses are just
our stuff with a cover over it, he said,
and when we run out of room for our
stuff, we just buy a bigger house.
Like the best comedy, Carlin’s had
more than a ring of truth to it.
If your home is like mine, you proba-
bly have way too much stuff. We tell
ourselves that someday we will get rid
of some of this stuff, but we keep accu-
mulating more than we discard.
As anyone who lives in a cluttered
house (such as mine) knows full well,
stuff just gets in the way.
My mom was a stuffaholic. Every
closet, shelf and drawer of her house
were filled. Her car barely fit inside her
garage, nestled amid countless storage
boxes, clothes racks and a canopy of
items hanging from the rafters.
To her credit, she actually had begun
sifting through some of her old files and
cleaning out a couple of the spare rooms
in her house. But the house was still
quite full of stuff when she passed away
last year at age 87.
My wife, my sister and I had the job of
going through all Mom’s stuff. Since we
had our own homes full of stuff and
lived in other parts of the country, there
wasn’t much we could keep except a
few personal items such as scrapbooks
and some sentimental keepsakes. We
had no alternative but to hire an estate
agent to sell as much of the stuff as pos-
sible, and give the rest away.
If we had more time and lived closer to
my mom’s house, we could have dis-
posed of items more thoughtfully. We
did find one organization that accepted
clothing for women in need, but we
wished we could have looked for similar
charities to make the best use of the
remaining household items.
Ever since then, I regard my own stuff
in a different way. I realize that most of
the stuff that means something to me
probably would mean very little to any-
one else. Good stewardship of my stuff
isn’t about hanging onto it, but making
good use of it or giving it to someone
elso who can.
Jesus warned us about storing “up for
yourselves treasures on earth” and
encouraged us instead to invest in “trea-
sures in heaven.” Most of my earthly
stuff hardly counts as treasure, which
makes it even more ridiculous to hold
onto it. My suspicion is that if we let go
of stuff, whether it’s treasure or trash,
we will have more room in our lives for
the things that matter.
Randy Limbird is editor of
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Centennial Museum — University at
Wiggins, UTEP. Changing exhibits are on the
second floor, Lea and Discovery Galleries.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-
5565 or
Showing through Feb. 28:
• “Specimens from North America’s Most
Polluted River,” photography, text, and river
water art installations by California based
Amanda Keller Konya. The exhibit’s focus is
telling the “whole story” of the New River in
California and Mexico, providing an opportunity
for El Pasoans to reflect on the condition of the
Rio Grande.
• “Ben Wittick’s Southwest Photographs,
1880-1903,” from the Centennial’s archives.
Wittick’s black and white photographs focused
on the diverse environment and cultural history
of the Southwestern United States and
Northern Mexico.
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study
Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.
Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or
The El Paso museum depicts Jewish life in
Europe before World War II, Hitler’s rise to
power, the expulsion of Jews into ghettoes, life
in concentration camps, prisoner resistance to
the Nazis and liberation of the camps. Also fea-
tured is a local survivors exhibit. Docents avail-
able for guided tours.
The center’s book club meets at 11 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27, to discuss “The Lioness of
Judah: A Jewish Lion Tamer’s Memoir of
Resistance and Survival” by Holocaust survivor
Sara Hauptman of El Paso.
The center’s Spring 2011 ‘Beyond the Basics”
free lecture series is 5:30 to 7 p.m. the fourth
Thursday of the month. Schedule/RSVP:
Education Director Jamie Williams at 351-0048,
ext. 28 or
El Paso Museum of Archaeology —
4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west
of U.S. 54). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free. Information: 755-4332.
Showing through Jan. 30: “Tradiciones y
Simbolos: Traditions and Symbols.”
Showing Feb. 12-Aug. 14: “Settlement
Legacy: Native Americans of the Pass of the
North.” The exhibit tells the story of the
Manso, Suma, Piro, and Tigua Indians who,
more than four centuries ago, founded the mis-
sions and pueblos that evolved into what are
now the sister cities of El Paso and Juárez. The
exhibit, including historic images and cultural
artifacts, is dedicated to the Tigua Indians of
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.
The opening day will be attended by tribal
members and will honor Tigua tribal elder
Herminia Silvas and tribal attorney Tom
Diamond, who helped restore tribal rights for
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. The exhibit also com-
memorates Tribal Chief Santiago Bustamante,
Tribal Chief who died in December 2010.
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts
Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. For exhibit
information, see “Southwest Art Scene.”
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday (open until 9 p.m.
Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed
Mondays. Admission is $6 for “Thread of
Memory” (free for school-age children).
Information: 351-3588 or
Showing through April 24: “The Threads of
Memory or El Hilo de la Memoria,” with 138
original Spanish documents, maps, and paintings
from Spain’s exploration of these territories
300 years ago. This the first time the docu-
ments have traveled outside of Spain.
Volunteer Training for “The Threads of
Memory” is 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays,
through March 3. Become skilled at historical
interpretation of museum exhibits and artifacts.
Dr. Maceo Dailey of UTEP will lecture on
“Dr. Benjamin Quarles and African Americans
in the Civil War,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.
Also now showing is “Man-Made Thunder:
The History of Racing in the Borderland.”
Showing through May, 2011: “Awakening Our
Giants: Farah Manufacturing Company.”
Free zip tours are 12:15 to 1 p.m. on selected
In conjunction with the Farah exhibit is a free
“Farah and Latino Entrepreneurship Panel
Discussion” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 29,
moderated by Irma (Loya) Tuder. This panel
will focus on the entrepreneurship of young
Latino adults and other immigrants. Audience
participation invited.
Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center
— Building 1735, Marshall Road (old PX build-
ing), Fort Bliss. Exhibits range from Civil War
artifacts to the Patriot Missile System.
Admission is free. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
daily. Information: 568-3390 or 568-5412.
With the relocation of the 1st Armored
Cavalry Division to Fort Bliss, the museum is
adding 35 tanks and 10 other vehicles to its
outdoor displays. The museum is also expand-
ing its exhibit on the post’s history with
Mexico, including the 1916 “Punitive
Expedition” led by Gen. John “Blackjack”
Also on Fort Bliss is Old Fort Bliss, Building
5051, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton, a
reproduction of the Magoffinsville Post of 1854
to 1868. Information: 568-4518.
Insights El Paso Science Museum—
505 N. Santa Fe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Admission: $6 ($5 seniors, students and
military; $4 ages 4-11). Information: 534-0000
Opening in late February is “Your Spitting
Image,” the National Museum of Dentistry
exhibit sponsored by El Paso District Dental
Society with three sections that explore the sci-
ence of dentistry and oral health.
• “Forensics: Solving Mysteries” shows how
forensic dentists help law enforcement to iden-
tify missing persons and crime victims. Learn
how DNA samples from a toothbrush can help
make an identification and how replica skulls
can determine gender and ethnicity.
• “Saliva: A Remarkable Fluid” teaches proper
brushing and flossing as well as how saliva is
being used as a diagnostic tool in medicine.
• “Bioengineering: Making a New You,” traces
the evolution of tooth replacement since 2,500
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To learn more and
get an entry form,
call Corrine at 833-0636
or email
Sponsored by the
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The April 9-10 tour includes studios in the Eastside, Northeast and Mission Valley. The April
16-17 tour includes studios in the Upper Valley, Westside and Downtown. Hours will be 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Deadline to enter is March 1, 2011.
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Also showing is “To the Ends of the Earth,
UTEP at The Poles.” UTEP biology faculty and
students, joined by high school teachers from El
Paso and students from across the U.S., headed
for Antarctica and the Arctic to carry out
research projects. This exhibit highlights their
work, what they learned about the impact of
climate change, and explains the differences
and similarities between the north and south
poles. Guests can measure themselves against
different types of penguins, create an origami
penguin and learn how actions in El Paso effect
climate change at the poles.
LYNX Exhibits —The exhibit space is at
300 W. San Antonio (just south of Convention
Center). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to
9 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Closed Monday. Last admission is one hour
before closing time.
Admission is $10 for adults; $8 seniors, mili-
tary and students with ID; and $6 ages 4 to 11.
Children 3 and younger are free. Closed Jan. 1
for New Year’s Day. Information: 533-4330 or
Showing through May 30: “Treasure!”
Through nine thematic areas, “Treasure!”
explores the history of discovered valuables,
the art and technology employed in hunting
treasure, and the personalities drawn to the
hunt. Visitors start with a simulator ride
through a gold mine, and then launch into a
treasure hunt. Along the way, they experience
hands-on activities such as driving a remotely
operated vehicle, sweeping a treasure field with
a metal detector, panning for gold and cracking
a real safe.
Special exhibit features include more than
$500,000 in actual artifacts from shipwrecks
and other treasure sites.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site —
1120 Magoffin. The historic building will be
closed beginning Jan. 1 for at least 12 months
for restorations and repairs to ensure the con-
tinued preservation of the building. Staff will
still be available for school outreach programs
and community presentations. During this time,
staff may be reached at 533-5147. Restoration
project updates at
National Border Patrol Museum and
Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain
Drive. The museum, in Northeast El Paso just
west of U.S. 54, features the history of the
Border Patrol with uniforms, equipment, pho-
tographs, guns, motor vehicles, airplanes, boats
and other items, including hands-on exhibits for
kids. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and major
holidays. Admission is free. Information: 759-
6060 or
Railroad and Transportation Museum
of El Paso — More than 150 years of El Paso
railroad history are on display at Union Depot
Transit Terminal, 400 W. San Antonio, at
Durango. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Information: 422-3420 or
The museum is home of El Paso’s “Old No. 1”
engine, the oldest Standard American locomo-
tive in the West built in 1857. Other exhibits
illustrate how railroads were used and
destroyed during the Mexican Revolution, as
well as cover the history or urban transporta-
tion from mule cars through trolleys to stream-
lined streetcars of the mid-20th Century.
War Eagles Air Museum— 8012 Airport
Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Sunday. Admission: $5; $4 senior citizens and
military; free for children under 12.
Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-
The warbirds of World War II and Korea, and
other historic military aircraft, are displayed in a
54,000-square-foot building and surrounding
area. To get there: Take the Artcraft exit off
Interstate 10, head west past the Rio Grande to
Santa Teresa and follow signs to the airport and
Las Cruces area
Las Cruces Museum of Natural
History —Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces
(Lohman exit off I-25). Hours: 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and
Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; 1 to 5
p.m. Sundays. All events are free unless other-
wise noted. Closed Feb. 21 for President’s Day.
Information: (575) 522-3120 or
Showing Feb. 4-June 5: “Disease Detectives.”
Opening reception 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.
A Sea Share Fair is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
12, with exhibitors and hands-on activities.
The monthly Sky Safari program begins at 7
p.m. Saturday, Feb 12, at NMSU’s Tombaugh
Las Cruces Railroad Museum— The
museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N.
Mesilla, (at Las Cruces avenue west of the
Downtown Mall). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is
free. Information: (575) 647-4480 or
Story Time for toddlers is 11 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Feb. 19, featuring a “Thomas the
Tank Engine” book and related activity. RSVP
NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
— 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 for
adults, $3 seniors 60 and older, $2 for children
5-17; free for age 4 and under. Information:
(575) 522-4100 or
Former NMSU Museum Curator Dr. Terry
Reynolds presents the story of Don Jose
Martine Amador (1836-1903) in “Not a Simple
Farmer” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, as part
of the museum’s lecture series. Amador was a
freighter, a merchant, a liveryman, a civic
leader, a hotelkeeper, a farm owner, a producer
of grains, forage and fruits and an inventor of
farm equipment. Suggested donation: $2.
Showing Feb. 11-Aug. 28 in the Legacy
Gallery: “Greetings to You: Historic Postcards,”
more than 500 postcards that date back as
early as the 1880s. Postcards dramatically
changed the way the world stayed in touch.
The majority of the cards are from the collec-
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Showing through April 3 in the Arts
Corridor: “Vintage Views of Rural Women.”
Showing through Aug. 21: “The Dust Bowl:
Dark Times in New Mexico.” The film
“Surviving the Dust Bowl” will be shown at
1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of
the month (Feb. 12 and 26).
Showing in the North Corridor through
Sept. 18: “The Origins and Cultural
Significance of the Chile Pepper in New
Valentine’s Day Crafts for Children is 9 a.m.
to noon Saturday, Feb. 12. Bring in photo-
graphs and/or sentimental charms or beads.
Juice and cookies provided. Cost: $12 per child
($10 members). Preregistration required.
NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art
Center, 1390 E. University Ave, (Williams Hall)
on the NMSU campus, Las Cruces (east of
Solano). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Information: (575) 646-2545
Showing through Feb. 23: 2011 Art Faculty
Biennial Exhibit.
NMSU Museum —Kent Hall, University at
Solano, Las Cruces. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 646-5161 or
Showing Jan.27-March 18: “Fake Clothes for
Imaginary People: Masked Traditions of
Venetian Carnival,” featuring vibrantly colorful
masks and costumes from “il Carnevale di
Venezia.” The fascinating cultural tradition of
Venetian Carnival will be explored through
integration of objects, images, and texts.
Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 27; light refreshments served.
Also showing through March 18:
“Southwest Native American Silver and
Turquoise Jewelry” and “Rock Art of the
Free family workshops are 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Saturdays in the museum courtyard (weather
permitting). Activities are geared towards fami-
lies with young children, although all ages are
welcome to participate. Large groups should
call ahead.
White Sands Missile Range Museum
and Missile Park — Exhibits feature the his-
tory of the Trinity Site (site of the first atomic
bomb test), the V-2 rocket, ranchers on the
range and missile optics. An outdoor Missile
Park displays rockets and missiles tested on the
range. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Free admission.
To get there: take U.S. 54, and after the free-
way ends, keep going north on Martin Luther
King, which leads directly to the range. Or
enter from the north off U.S. 70 east of Las
Cruces. Visitors must provide a current license,
car registration and proof of insurance.
Information: (575) 678-8824 (local call) or
Carlsbad Museum & Art Center — 418
W. Fox Street in Carlsbad, N.M. Hours are 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 887-0276.
Showing through February: “The Clovis
Sound: New Mexico’s Contribution to Rock ‘n
Roll” a tribute to the innovative sounds coming
from Clovis in the 50s and 60s. In 1957, Buddy
Holly recorded his first hit, “That’ll Be the
Day,” in a small Clovis, N.M. recording studio
by producer Norman Petty. Petty recorded
numerous hopeful singers and local bands
including Holly, Roy Orbison, The Fireballs and
others. Included with the exhibit is a documen-
tary about the early days of rock ‘n roll in West
Texas and New Mexico.
Geronimo Springs Museum— 211 Main
in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon
to 4 p.m. Sunday.Admission: $5 ($2.50 students
6 to 18; free for ages 5 and younger). Family
rates: $15. Information: (575) 894-6600 or
The monthly speaker series is 7 p.m. the third
Thursday of the month. The Feb. 17 topic is
“Riders on The Orphan Train.” Admission is
free, but donations welcome.
The Historical Society’s annual fundraising
dinner is Sunday, Feb. 27,. Details and ticket
prices to be announced.
Hubbard Museum of the American
West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to
Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Hours: 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Admission: $6 ($5 for
seniors, military; $2 children 6-16; free for chil-
dren 5 and younger). Information: (575) 378-
4142 or
Showing Feb. 5-May 29 in the Greentree
Room: “New Deal Art from New Mexico,”
images of 40 New Deal paintings and sculp-
tures by New Mexico artists. ”
Videos on a variety of topics are featured at 2
p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the Cope
Center. Showing Feb. 1-28 is “Picturing the
New Mexico Museum of Space
History — Alamogordo off Indian Wells Blvd.
Currently showing: “Space Frontiers,” a look
at space exploration in New Mexico from
ancient Native American observatories at
Chaco Canyon to the Very Large Array astro-
nomical radio observatory.
Space center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors and military, $4
ages 4-12, children 3 and younger free).
Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840
Showing at the IMAX Dome Theater are the
films “Hubble” and “Sea Monsters.” See “Film
Scene” for details.
Sacramento Mountains Historical
Museum— U.S. 82 across from the
Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M.
Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and
Saturday. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6 to 12).
Group rates and tours available with prior
notice. Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloud-
Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway,
Silver City, in the historic H.B. Ailman House.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Admission: $3 suggested donation.
Information: (575) 538-5921, 1-877-777-7947
(out of town), or
Showing through March 27: “From the
Vault,” rarely seen photographs and artifacts
from the museum’s collection.
Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991 N.
White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. An actual train
depot built in 1898, the building now houses a
gift shop and model shop, with more than
1,200 feet of model railroad track and hun-
dreds of model and toy trains on display. Hours
are noon to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through
Sunday. Admission: $4. Information: (575) 437-
2855 or
The 1/5 scale train track offers rides around
Alameda Park 12:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $4.
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hanks to El Paso Scene’s ongoing
commitment to serve all facets of
our community, “Gallery Talk” will
take on a new look, expanding its focus to
include coverage on both the fine arts and
timely topics related to El Paso’s diverse
grouping of museums, both public and pri-
vate. And what better way to start the ball
rolling than by delving into the behind-the-
scenes story surrounding the scintillating
new exhibition “Threads of Memory,”
which opened at the El Paso Museum of
History Jan. 23.
Would you like to view documents so
precious that transporting them from one
location to another required a police
escort? It’s true! High security was only
one part of a plethora of stipulations
agreed to when “El Hilo de la Memoria:
España y los Estados Unidos” (“Threads
of Memory: Spain and the United States”)
made its way in late January from Santa
Fe to the El Paso Museum of History.
(Ironically, this journey traversed a route
paralleling that taken by Spanish colonizer
Don Juan de Oñate in 1598.)
The 138 original documents, maps and
drawings tell the story of Spain’s coloniza-
tion of North America, with bilingual text
explaining each one.
This unique offering was curated by the
staff of Spain’s General Archives of the
Indies in Seville, which created it first to
tour Spain and Europe, and later offered it
to the United States. Michael Tomor is
best-known, director of the El Paso
Museum of Art, was also serving as tem-
porary director of the El Paso Museum of
History (EPMH) when he became aware
of and secured the exhibition for that
museum early in 2009.
Sue Taylor, EPMH’s senior curator of
education, exclaims, “For El Paso, being
chosen as a site for this exhibition was like
winning the lottery!”
The EPMH was selected as one of only
three U.S. venues, the others being Santa
Fe and New Orleans, to host this exhibi-
tion. The museum had a similar elite role
last year in being chosen to host the “Da
Vinci Experience.”
Putting the exhibition into modern-day
perspective, Taylor explains, “‘Threads of
Memory’ could be likened to the movie
version of Spain’s entry into the New
World. However, cameras and sound
equipment didn’t exist in the 1600s, so
everything that transpired had to be con-
veyed through written records, drawings
and paintings. The exciting part is that
what we have here are not replicas but
amazing original documents, including
royal decrees, journals, diaries, letters,
documentation of meetings with indige-
nous groups, and everyday transactions
such as city plans and even paper money.
“It’s hard to conceive that these are the
exact records that the Europeans who
authorized these expeditions saw. The only
difference is rather than experiencing the
excitement of discovery from across a lit-
eral sea, we are experiencing these events
across the sea of time. Some of these doc-
uments have not seen the light of day for
400 years, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to view history books come to
“For instance, you will be able to read
Cabeza de Vaca’s journal telling about his
travels into Arizona; the Royal Decree
authorizing Hernando de Soto to explore
parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and North
Texas; and the Peralta Proclamation, which
named Pedro de Peralta governor of New
Mexico following Juan Oñate’s original
venture into that territory.
“We get the opportunity to view the old-
est-known map of the area where the
Spanish depicted settlements in the same
manner as they did medieval European
cities, showing the location of churches,
buildings, and even the Spanish warring
with the natives, whom they often referred
to with the same distain as their former
enemy, the Moors. There is also a field
drawing of a buffalo, which they chris-
tened ‘cows of Cibola.’”
Taylor notes that once El Paso was
selected as a venue, obtaining financing
was the next major effort.
“A committee headed by Marie Angeles
Gallardo, the honorary Spanish counsel in
El Paso, was formed to handle fundraising
and other details. Fortunately, a group of
Spanish sponsors — including the
Fundación Rafael del Pino, the Archivo
General de Indias (General Archive of the
Indies), and the State Corporation for the
Spanish cultural Action Abroad and the
State Corporation for the Spanish Cultural
Action Abroad (Sociedad Estatal para la
Acción Cultural Exterior, or SEACEX), in
collaboration with Spain’s Ministries for
Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and
Culture — lent their efforts a great deal of
Even with this kind of help, the commit-
tee still struggled to raise sufficient funds
to cover a variety of unusual expenses.
Taylor elaborates, “Shipping was quite
expensive, as it was necessary to build
special cases to protect these fragile docu-
ments. Also, we had to redo the entire cli-
mate-control system within the museum to
meet the specifications laid out in the con-
tract, and of course, the insurance and
security fees to get the exhibition to El
Paso. Given all these factors, I believe the
$6 adult admission fee is extremely rea-
She emphasizes that admission for
school-age children is free and encourages
all teachers to contact the museum to
arrange tour dates for their groups.
El Paso Scene Page 41 February 2011
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Museum hosts
from Spain
El Paso Arts Community 2011
At first glance, it might seem that support
for the arts in El Paso is showing signs of
decline. Only a handful of full-time art
galleries remain in business, several of
which have had to reduce staff and operat-
ing hours. The Arts International show is
struggling to regain the prominence it
enjoyed in the 1990s, and plans for a
Downtown arts community are still on the
drawing board.
Seeking a more positive explanation, per-
haps this is not a period of decline for the
arts but rather one in which each of us is
being called upon to devise new and more
imaginative ways to solve old problems. In
lieu of traditional galleries, restaurants,
coffee houses, antique stores and even hair
salons now offer wall space to artists.
Individual artists are also making their
own contributions to furthering the promi-
nence of El Paso. Finding strength in num-
bers, art students of all genres are forming
groups, such as the Romantic Realists,
Classical Impressionists and the Alazan
Artists to sponsor their own shows. And
each of us can make our own impact by
supporting these efforts. If a tight budget
precludes the actual purchasing of art, at
least give the artists affirmation by attend-
ing as many functions as possible.
El Paso Museum of Art
Speaking of individuals involved in
impacting the regional arts community, El
Paso Museum of Art Director Michael
Tomor, Curator Christian Gerstheimer and
other members of the EPMA staff are to be
commended for commissioning and
obtaining funding for the exquisite, 313-
page (bilingual) coffee-table book
“European Treasures at the El Paso
Museum of Art: International Gothic
through Realism,” which will debut when
a major new exhibition, “Monet to
Matisse: French Masterworks from the
Dixon Gallery and Gardens” opens in
early March 2011 in Memphis, Tenn.
Tomor emphasizes, “It has required a
massive effort over the past three years to
bring this volume into being. A combina-
tion of funding from the Samuel H. Kress
Foundation, the El Paso Museum of Art
Foundation and the National Endowment
for the Arts made it possible for us to
engage national and international scholars
to do extensive new research on the artists
and the period of time represented by these
works. Each of the more than 70 paintings
and sculptures in the collection will be
documented with a full-page color image
and an essay providing details on the artist
and the background of these masterpieces.
“It’s a remarkable book that will be of
major importance to academic and scholar-
ly communities around the world, letting
them know what we have in our collection.
And, because we have not had a book on
our European Collection since the muse-
um’s 1961 publication all done by one
scholar, even more significantly it will
reintroduce our fabulous permanent
European Collection to the local communi-
ty and visitors to the EPMA.”
Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
specializing in the visual arts.
El Paso Scene Page 42 February 2011
Gallery talk
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Adair Margo Fine Art —215 Stanton,
Suite 602 (Martin Building). Hours are 10 a.m.
to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Information: 533-0048 or Showing through Feb. 26:
Big Bend photographs by James Evans and
sculpture by Anna Jacquez. Evans is a photogra-
pher best known for his pictures of Big Bend
National Park, and Jacquez uses the ancient
technique of repousse (metal hammered from
the back) to construct miniature environments
that tell the stories of her childhood, coloring
the metal with prismacolor.
Adair Studio and Gallery —5750 N.
Mesa (at the Summit). Gallery hours are 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Information: 471-2271, 587-8646 or
Avant Studio and Gallery — The gallery’s
new location is 101 NW Farm Road 259 in
Canutillo, featuring original works by Ben L.
Avant and Sally Backey-Avant. The working stu-
dio is open by appointment. Information: 422-
9992 or
Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio
Street in Marfa. Information: (432) 729-3700 or
Showing through Feb. 20: “Immaterial,”
curated by Fairfax Dorn. The exhibit focuses
on the physical and psychic tensions between
form, color and space across varied visual and
structural mediums.
‘Celebre La Buena Vida’ — Artist submis-
sions accepted through Feb. 14. for the 7th
annual art auction benefiting La Buena Vida
Adult Day Centers. The event is planned for
March 24 at Camino Real Hotel. Houses may
picked up Sunland Art Gallery inside Sunland
Park Mall; Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano; The
Art Center, 3101 E. Yandell and Lutheran Social
Services, 9640 Montwood. Information: Candy
Mayer, 581-4971 or
Chamizal galleries - Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Hours are 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for
Abrazos Gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday for Paisanos Gallery. Admission
is free. Information: 532-7273.
Showing Feb. 14-April 15 at Los Paisanos
Gallery: Southwest paintings by 2011 Siglo de
Oro poster artist Carmen Rodriguez.
Rodriguez’s portrait of Don Quixote was cho-
sen to represent the drama festival.
Showing Jan. 29-March 11 in the Abrazos
Gallery: “Siglo de Oro” Poster Collection, fea-
turing posters from the Chamizal’s Siglo de
Oro Drama festival from past years.
Chinati Foundation — Marfa, Texas.
Created by artist Donald Judd, the Chinati
Foundation houses one of the world’s largest
collections of permanently installed contempo-
rary art. The collection is open for guided tours
throughout the year at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $10 ($5
for students, seniors). Information: (915) 729-
4362. Call ahead for group tours.
The collection includes Dan Flavin’s untitled
Marfa project, a monumental work in colored
fluorescent light that occupies six buildings.
Community Exhibit Space — The city’s
“People’s Gallery” is on the first floor of El
Paso City Hall, Two Civic Center Plaza. Hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information: MCAD, 541-4481 or
Showing Feb. 15-March 14: “Through Her
Eyes/A Través de Su Mirada,” photographs by
participants age 10 to 18 in the Latinitas after
school clubs. Latinitas is a local youth program
that uses creative multimedia education to
empower Latina youth. The photos present a
vibrant, expressive and fascinating portrait of
the border community.
CreArte classes —Teresa Fernandez hosts
classes for all ages in drawing, painting, sculp-
ture, cartoons and photography at the CreArte
Art Academy and Studio, 300 N. Resler.
Bilingual Fashion Design Illustration Classes
offered for ages 12-18. Call for schedule: 613-
7817 or
Crossland Gallery — El Paso Art
Association’s gallery is 500 W. Paisano (in the
Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are noon to 4
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is
free. Information: 351-2811.
Showing Feb. 5-26:
• “Textures of Tuscany and Beyond,” works by
Krystyna Robbins in the Bissell Gallery.
• Artists of the Month, featuring Sirac Martinez
and Enrique Woo in the Williams Gallery.
• “Drawing: A Way of Seeing” works by Candy
Mayer, Julie Caffee-Cruz, Rick Parra, Judy
Hampton and Janet Archibald in the Cox
Opening reception for all three shows is 5 to
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.
El Paso Artisan Gallery — Lynx Exhibits,
300 W. San Antonio. The gallery features works
for sale by local painters, jewelers, crafters and
photographers. Lynx hours are 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to
6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Gallery admis-
sion is free. Information: 533-4330 or lynxex-
The space also features a mini Mexican
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts
Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to
9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays.
Admission is free. Information: 532-1707 or
Showing through Feb. 13: The Border Art
Biennial 2010/Bienal Fronteriza de Arte 2010.
The museum and the Museo de Arte de
Ciudad Juarez host the juried exhibition to
examine and highlight the artists from the bor-
der states of the U.S. and Mexico. To empha-
size the notion of collaboration, each museum
will exhibit one of two artworks by every artist
selected. All works included will be reproduced
in the accompanying exhibition catalog, avail-
able for purchase at the Museum store.
A series of 30-minute Focus Talks with select-
ed artists are 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays,
through Feb. 9.
Showing Feb. 13-July 31: “Humble, Powerful
and Divine: Renaissance and Baroque Prints, in
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February 2011
celebration of the museum’s 50th Anniversary
celebration of the European collections. The
exhibit coincides with the release of the book
“European Treasures: International Gothic
through Realism,” and features a selection of
the more than 1,000 prints in the museum’s
permanent collection such as woodcuts,
engravings and etchings that explore the power
and passion of the Renaissance and Baroque
periods. The Museum’s collection of European
prints spans six centuries and includes many
movements and artists not represented by
other media.
A free zip tour of the exhibit led by curator
Christian Gerstheimer is 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Showing through March 20: “Transforming
the Figure: Post WWII Prints.” The figure has
been an important subject for the artist. Since
the inception of Cubism and Expressionism in
the early 20th century the figure is now depict-
ed in less conventional ways. The exhibition of
post-WWII prints by artists such as Romare
Bearden, Arthur Bowen Davies, Ester
Hernandez, Lester Johnson, Alice Neel, Pablo
Picasso, Doel Reed, Ben Shahn and Rufino
Tamayo illustrates some of the various methods
in which the figure can be depicted, either in a
representational or abstract style.
Showing through April 3 in the Margaret
and Peter de Wetter Gallery: “Charles Marion
Russell: Transportation in the West 1895-1921”
featuring seven ink and pencil on paper draw-
ings by American West artist C. M. Russell, as
well as, one 1950 pen and ink drawing on
paper by Tom Lea. The drawings trace the his-
tory and development of transportation in the
American West, portraying incidents and their
effect upon human beings, rather than the
transports themselves. Each of the drawings
was included in the Museum’s 1960 inaugural
A zip tour of the exhibit led by curator
Christian Gerstheimer is 12:15 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 27.
Showing through April 10: “The Holy
Trinity/La Santisima Trinidad.” As part of muse-
um’s ongoing rotation of the retablos in the
collection, this exhibition explores images of
the holy trinity from 18th and 19th century
Mexico. The Holy Trinity, the union of Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit, has been a central dogma
of Christian theology since the 4th century
Free Zip Tours are 12:15 p.m. selected
Wednesdays led by museum staff members.
Admission is free.
The Art Book Bunch meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. on
the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 17) in
the museum’s seminar room to discuss art-
related books. Cost: $10 per session (free for
museum members). Participants must provide
their own books.
El Paso Studio Tour call for artists —
The 3rd annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour is
seeking artists for the tour set for 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday,
April 9-10 on the Eastside, Northeast and
Mission Valley and April 16-17 on the
Westside, Upper Valley and Downtown. Entry
deadline for artists is March 1. Information:
833-0636, or pleinair-
Art lovers browse the private studios, meet
the artists and shop for fine art. Admission is
free and refreshments will be served at each
studio. Sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of
El Paso and El Paso Scene.
Encaustic International Gallery — 7100
Westwind, Suite 120. The gallery is the studio
of El Paso encaustic artist Brigitte von Ahn.
Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Information/appointment: 833-0454, 581-4737
Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and
Gift Shop — Award-winning Impressionist
Alberto Escamilla’s studio is 1500 Main Street
in San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and by
appointment. Information: 474-0752 or alber-
Students are being accepted at both the Main
Street location and the artist’s home gallery at
1457 Amstater Circle (open by appointment).
FORUM Arts and Culture — 1500 Texas
Ave. (at Cotton), second floor. Hours are noon
to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by
appointment. Artist studio spaces available.
Information: 351-6521 or Web:
Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery — 800
N. Mesa, second floor (at Yandell). Hours are
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Information: 533-9090 or
Showing through Feb. 11: “El Paso
Postcards” group show. Area artists were
asked “If you were to make a postcard for El
Paso, what would it look like?” All art priced at
$150, and includes watercolor, acrylic, oil,
porcelain, as well as photography. Actual post-
cards of the show’s work will be available for
50¢ each.
Showing Feb. 24-April 11: “The Nine” All-
Star Art Exhibit featuring new works by nine of
El Paso’s favorite artists.
“The Nine” artists featured are
Francisco Romero, known for his “plump peo-
ple” paintings, bright colors, and reminiscent
themes; Mauricio Mora, known for his oil paint-
ings of porcelain like children, and high fashion
women; Teresa Fernandez, a mixed media
artist of abstract landscapes; Willibald de
Cabrera, known for his realistic paintings and
drawings; Daniel Padilla, whose paintings
include area landscape, still life and portraits;
Mark Paulda, an International award-winning
photographer; Bill Sullivan, master woodcrafts-
man; Fr. Vincent Petersen, a painter of vibrant
“earthscapes”; and Hal Marcus, whose new art
celebrates his love for the performing arts.
The gallery exhibits works by owner Hal
Marcus, a native El Pasoan who has been paint-
ing for over 40 years and is famed for such
locally inspired works as “El Mercado,” “El
Paso Navidad” and “Avenida Juárez.”
Other featured artists include Teresa
Fernandez, Bill Sullivan, Manuel Acosta, Bill
Rakocy, Candy Mayer, Vincent Peterson, Evelyn
Ainsa, Mark Paulda, Francisco Romero and
Mauricio Mora.
A gift shop offers art-related gifts.
International Museum of Art —1211
Montana. The museum is operated by the
International Association for the Visual Arts in
the historic Turney Home. Hours are 1 to 5
p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Closed Jan. 1.
Admission is free. Information: 543-6747 or
Showing Feb. 3-27: “Best of the Border”
juried exhibit, featuring works of various media
by some of the El Paso area’s most talented
artists. This year’s juror is Bill Rakocy.
Classes meet 1 to 3 p.m.:
• The “Sketch Book Club” Black and White
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Drawing class using live models meets Sundays
through April 10, with teacher Mario Parra.
Anyone wishing to improve drawing skills is
welcome (bring pencils, pens, charcoal and a
sketch pad). Cost: $15 per class.
• Portrait Sketching using live models with
Rudolfo Razo are Fridays through April 15.
Bring large newspaper size print sketchpad and
charcoal. Cost: $10 per class.
• Open Studio with Manny Guerra are
Saturdays through April 16. Cost: $10 per
Long Exposure Workshop — El Paso
author and 2010 Travel Photographer of the
Year finalist Mark Paulda presents the “Chasing
Light,” long exposure photography workshop 7
to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 23-
24. Meet at San Jacinto Plaza Downtown on
Wednesday and at Ascarate Lake Thursday.
Cost: $100. Information/meeting location:
The workshop features nighttime practice as
well as discussion on photographing both sta-
tionary and moving objects on long exposure.
Bring a camera with a manual setting and a
tripod (optional). Dress warmly for the out-
door workshop.
‘Our World Through a Lens’ — The sec-
ond grade students of Dr. J. Leighton Green
Elementary will host a photography exhibit of
their work 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the
school. More than 150 photographs will be fea-
tured. Music provided by UTEP students and
refreshments available. Admission is free.
Information: 231-2700.
The photographs, wall calendars and memory
books of the students’ works will be for sale.
Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s
monthly meeting is 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10,
at the International Museum of Art, 1211
Montana, featuring a “Paint Around.” Each par-
ticipant starts with his or her own setup then
moves from easel to easel until all artists have a
chance to work on all others’ works. This pro-
gram is free and the open to the public.
Information: 581-4971.
Rhonda Doré ‘Hearts’ — Original limited-
edition hearts by artist Rhonda Doré will be
featured in February at both East and West
locations of Collectibles, 1530 Lomaland and
4700 N. Mesa. Hearts are prices at $40 each
and have not be been available for public pur-
chase before. Some of the materials
Doré employs are ink, artist’s crayon, acrylic
and a wide selection of papers, labels and tags.
Information: 534-4243 (West), 594-0162 (East)
Rio Bravo Watercolorists – The group
will host a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 16, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210
Trawood. All watercolorists and art lovers invit-
ed. Reservations required: Jeannie, 842-9365.
Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is next to Sun
Bowl Stadium (off Dawson Drive). Hours are
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to
5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 747-6151 or
Showing Jan. 27-March 26:
• In the L Gallery: “Different Tempers,” an
exhibit by the Center for Craft Creativity and
Design. The exhibit explores the distinctions
and commonalities between jewelry and black-
smithing, two realms of metalsmithing that
rarely interact despite their shared medium.
The 40 objects by 14 national artists represent
the full spectrum of metals, including gold, plat-
inum, fine and sterling silver, pewter, iron, and
stainless and mild steel, in combination with
other materials such as optical lenses, nail pol-
ish and hair.
• In the Rubin Gallery: “Enrique Jezik: Lines of
Division.” Multi-media artist Jezik addresses
five political borders of conflict: Mexico/USA,
Argentina/Paraguay/Brazil, Israel/Palestine,
North/South Korea, Afghanistan/Pakistan.
Continuing through March 26 in the Project
Space: Fernando Llanos and Gregorio Rocha’s
“Revolutionary Imaginary: Death of a
Videoman.” Mexican video artist Fernando
Llanos uses mobile video images of contempo-
rary Mexican society projected onto historic
buildings and sites of the Mexican Revolution in
El Paso to explore the theme of the Revolution.
Rocha as worked as an independent film, video
and television director and producer since
1982. This final exhibition of Mexico 2010 will
draw attention to neglected historic buildings
and sites of the revolution, while at the same
time engaging important themes of contempo-
rary politics and society in Mexico.
Opening reception for all three shows is 5 to
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, with special guest
master blacksmith Tom Joyce present. A special
screening of Rocha’s short “Death of a
Videoman” will be shown along with Jezek’s
“drawing” of the borders for his installation.
A lecture by Elissa Auther, associate professor
of contemporary art at the University of
Colorado, Colorado Springs is 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2, in the auditorium.
Auther is the author of “String, Felt, Thread
and the Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American
Art,” co-editor of “The Countercultural
Experiment: Consciousness and Encounters at
the Edge of Art, 1965-1975” and co-director of
“Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics.”
San Elizario galleries — Several galleries
and artist studios are now open 1445 to 1501
Main Street near the San Elizario Plaza on the
Mission Trail. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Information. 474-1800 or 345-5945.
Galleries include Main Street Gallery,
Horseshoe Gallery, Faro Gallery and Peña
Gallery and Studio.
Artists featured include Nina Walker, Maria
Branch, Rosa Maria Burgos, Al Borrego,
Stephanie Conroy, Aida Meza-Gallegos, Aaron
Gallegos, Alberto Escamilla, Ricky J. Carrasco
and Amado Pena Jr.
Sasahara Gallery — The new gallery is at
7100 Westwind Drive, Suite 135, features fine
art paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography,
prints, cards and portraits. Art classes offered.
Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4
p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 584-
4222 or Web: sasa-
Showing in February in the Main Gallery is the
“Art of Love” Valentine art show, featuring
works in various styles and media. Opening
reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
Cost for classes beginning in February are $60
for four-week session (materials not included).
Reservation deadline is Feb. 11; space limited.
• Introduction to Pastels — 5 to 7 p.m.
Fridays, beginning Feb. 18, with instructor
Linda Noack.
• Introduction to Drawing — 1 to 3 p.m.
Saturdays, beginning Feb. 19, with instructor
Jose Clement.
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Sotoa Gallery — 500 W. Overland. The
gallery, part of the Sotoa Office Lofts, will fea-
ture “25 Years of Adair Margo Gallery”
through Feb. 25, featuring works by Susan
Davidoff, James Drake, Gaspar Enriquez,
Fermin Gutierrez, Billy Hassell, Annabel
Livermore, James Magee, Joel Salcido and
Rachelle Thiewes, with a special tribute to
Manuel Acosta, Jose Cisneros, Luis Jimenez and
Tom Lea. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Information: 539-2083,
Sunland Art Gallery — The El Paso Art
Association co-op gallery is in Sunland Park
Mall, second level across from The Greenery,
with 30 El Paso artists represented. Hours are
10 a.m. to 8.m. Monday through Saturday,
noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 584-3117,
474-0053 or
Showing Feb. 2-26: “Art From The Heart,”
featuring works by various artists with a
Valentine’s theme and small gift items. Opening
reception is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4.
‘Toma Mi Corazon/Have a Heart’ —
“Heart Art” by artists and celebrities will be up
for bids at the 10th annual auction at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 3, Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El
Paso Street. Proceeds benefit Avance El Paso
Chapter. Tickets: $25. Information: 351-2419.
Preview of hearts and on-line ticket purchases
Proceeds benefit Avance’s family support and
education program.
Las Cruces/Mesilla
‘For the Love of Art month’ — February
is For the Love of Arts Month in Las Cruces,
celebrating the city’s various performing and
visual arts. The month, sponsored by ArtForms,
is highlighted by several special studio tours,
exhibits and performances. Information: (575)
527-0002 or
See various gallery listings for event details.
‘A Celebration of Mandelbrot’ — The
Mesilla Valley Fractal Artists exhibit runs
throughout February at Funky Karma Incense
and Tea Shop, 3207 S. Main. Opening reception
is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
Information: (575) 635-2275.
Adobe Patio Gallery and Studio — The
gallery owned and operated by artists Carolyn
and Henry Bunch’s new location at 1765
Avenida de Mesilla. The historic building once
served as a weigh station for the stagecoach.
Information/hours: (575) 523-0573.
Art at the Amador — ArtForms Artists
Association of New Mexico, hosts the exhibit
and sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
Feb. 19-20, in the historic Amador Hotel, 180
W. Amador, in Las Cruces, featuring several
local artists. Information: (575) 527-0020 or
Art Galaxy — 2521 Avenida de Mesilla, Suite
A, in Caballero Plaza, Mesilla. Hours are noon
to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; closed
Monday. Information: (575) 525-8178 or The gallery’s First Annual
Anniversary Opening event is 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12.
ArtForms Studio Tour — The Las
Cruces-based ArtForms Artist Association of
New Mexico presents its 2011 Studio Tour 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-
13 and Feb. 19-20. The tour features several
area artists at Las Cruces galleries and studios.
Maps available at several Las Cruces locations,
including some of the participating studios.
Information: (575) 527-0200 or
Featured both weekends:
• La Jardin de Las Cruces — 4010 N. Valley.
Southwest crosses and metalworks, wood-
working, ceramics and watercolor by David
• Summers’ Crafts — 865 Trojan Loop. Raku
and stonework pottery by Randy Summers.
• Bonnie Mandoe Studio & Gallery — 825
Quesenberry. Oil painting.
• Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite.
Photography, prints, pastels and paintings by
Mel Stone.
• Studio 1060 — 1320 Kilmer. Clay sculpture,
pottery and drawing by Deborah J. Moore.
• Unsettled Gallery and Studio — 905 N.
Mesquite. Oil, jewelry, and various media by
Donald Brenner, Cherie Gamboa and others.
• Lynn Unangst — 4020 Red Yucca Court.
Hand-woven garments, petit point, woven gift
items and “Spirit Minders.”
Featured Feb. 12-13:
• Roy van der Aa — 2645 Doña Ana Road.
Multi collage.
• Sanity Silversmithing — 2986 Sundance
Circle. Jewelry, photos, watercolor collage by
Margaret K. Berrier.
• Gabriella Denton — 403 Court, # B. Folk art
prints and contemporary paintings.
• Studio 308 #1 — 308 N. Mesquite. Digital
imaging, pigment prints and prints on Plexiglas
by Yanick D’hooge.
• Mesquite Street Studios — 922 N. Mesquite.
New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern
Chapter art show and demonstrations.
• New Dimension Art Works — 615 E. Piñon.
Sculpture and ceramics by John B. Northcutt.
• Nancy Frost Begin — 1982 Avenida de
Antigua. Watercolors, woodcuts and oil paint-
• Cally Williams Pottery — 331 Capri Arc.
Pottery, sculpture, jewelry, weaving, painting
and silk scarves.
Featured Feb. 19-20:
• The Village at Northrise Artists — 2880 and
2882 N. Roadrunner Parkway Hallmark and
Morningside Buildings. Various media.
• Sisters of the Heart — 700 El Prado. Hanging
mobiles, collages, prints and ceramics by Gerie
Muchnikoff and Sherry Doil Carter.
• Lynn K. Miyake — 2050 Cortabella. Sacred
images in egg tempura.
‘Artists of Picacho Hills’ — The group’s
exhibit and sale is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 6, at Picacho Mountain Visitor’s Center,
7038 Calle Estancias in Las Cruces, featuring
works by group members. Information: (575)
523-1740 or
Branigan Cultural Center — Branigan
Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las
Cruces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154
Showing through Feb. 3: “Jam Session:
America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the
Showing Feb. 4-26:
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• Artforms Member Show, featuring works of
all media including paintings, drawings, sculp-
tures, jewelry, paper, fiber arts and wood.
• “By George!” works by Las Colcheras Quilt
Guild. This year’s theme is based on the fabric
patterns of Las Cruces artist George Mendoza.
• “I See Red,” juried exhibit by New Mexico
Watercolor Society Southern Chapter celebrat-
ing the color red. Twelve chapter artists creat-
ed an original painted based on something red
related to a different month of the year.
Reception for all exhibits is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 4 during the monthly Downtown Ramble.
Cutter Gallery — 2640 El Paseo (at
University), Las Cruces. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday. Information: (575) 541-0658.
Showing Jan. 29-March 16: “The Bridge to
Tir Na Nog and other Joys,” amusing paintings
by Rosemary McLoughlin.
Opening reception is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 29.
The gallery hosts “A Night With Cupid” 5 to
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, featuring jewelry
by Joyce Deaso, men’s fashions by Kaya’s
Cottons and Things for the Desert, door
prizes, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
‘For the Love of Toys’ — Las Cruces Art
Association will hosts the exhibit Feb. 12-27 at
Nopalito’s Galeria, 326 S. Mesquite. Opening
reception is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
12. Gallery hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays and
noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: (575)
524-2329 or
‘From the Ground Up XXV’ call for
artists —The Las Cruces Museum of Art,
490 N. Water, seeks submissions through
April 8 for the 2011 Potters’ Guild regional
juried ceramic Exhibit. Open to ceramic artists
from the Rocky Mountain region of the United
States – New Mexico, Texas, Arizona,
Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and
Idaho. Artists may submit up to four entries
that were completed within the past three
years. Fee: $30 for one to four submissions.
Information: (575) 541-2137. Forms available
online at
Las Cruces Art Fair Call for artists —
Artists are sought for the juried, professional
art show March 25-27 at the Las Cruces
Convention Center. More than 70 artists and
fine artisans will show and sell their work.
Jury fee is $25. Information/applications (575)
526-9674, or
Las Cruces Museum of Art —491 N.
Main (Downtown Mall). Hours are 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed
Sunday and Monday. Information: (575) 541-
2137 or
Showing Feb. 4-April 2: “Sight Unseen: the
Sculptures of Michael Naranjo,” a retrospective
exhibition showcasing 30 years of work in
stone, wax and clay. In 1968, Naranjo was
blinded and his right hand was badly injured by
a grenade attack while he was serving in
Vietnam. Many of Naranjo’s sculptures are cast
in bronze with a dark black patina, the color
the artist sees. Works on display include inti-
mate scenes of everyday life, reflections of the
Pueblo culture and an Eagle Dancer. The public
is encouraged to touch the art.
Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4,
and a lecture by Naranjo is 1 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 5, at Branigan Cultural Center.
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery — 2470-
A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla. Hours are 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. New works displayed
every three months. Information: (575) 522-
2933 or
February’s featured artists are Carol Lopez
and Karin Bradshow. Lopez works with a vari-
ety of medias including oils, acrylics, charcoal
and chalks, as well as encaustic. Bradshow’s
work depicts traditional Pueblo Indian designs
burned into symmetrical gourds.
Also showing in February is “My Masterpiece”
in celebration of “For the Love of Art Month.”
Local artists will work in the style of famous
artists such as Charles Russell, R. C. Gorman,
Monet and others. Visitors are invited to enter
a contest and identify the artists to whom the
paintings pay homage.
‘New Endeavors’ — The General
Federation of Women’s Clubs Progress Club of
Las Cruces hosts the exhibit featuring photog-
raphy and paintings Feb. 4-26, at Thomas
Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in
Las Cruces. Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 4. Information: (575) 521-3227.
NM Watercolor Society exhibit — The
Southern Chapter will host an exhibit and
demonstrations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12-13, at
Mesquite Street Studios, 922. N. Mesquite in
Las Cruces. Information: (575)532-0918 or
Nopalito’s Galeria — 326 S. Mesquite in
Las Cruces. Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Friday and
noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575)
The Las Cruces Art Association’s “For the
Love of Toys” with Camino del Arte runs Feb.
11-March 5. Opening reception is 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
Artist reception for “Native Spirit,” Native
American-themed oil paintings by Mary Beagle
is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. She won first
place for oils in the 2009 Las Cruces Arts
Association members’ show.
Artist reception for “Break Down, Through
and Out,” works by Linda Hagan, is 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19. Landscape and equestrian
subjects are her main focus.
Preston Contemporary Art Center —
1755 Avenida de Mercado (end of Calle de
Mercado). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday; or by appointment.
Information: (575) 523-8713 or prestoncon-
Currently showing are works by Craig Cully,
painting; Fernando Delgado, photography; Ed
Freeman, photography; Charlotte Segall, draw-
ing and Leandra Spangler, sculpture.
for her highly detailed ballpoint pen drawings
on translucent vellum.
Rio Grande Theatre Galleries — 211
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, in the theatre
lobby. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Information: (575) 523-6403.
Showing through February in celebration of
“For the Love of Art Month” are works of
expressionist painter Luis Navarro. Navarro’s
mental masterpieces in vibrant color are life-
like portraiture and visions of what he calls “a
dream world just one step removed from our
own.” Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 4, as part of the Downtown Art Ramble.
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Tapestry Weaving Workshop — The
Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild hosts a five-day
tapestry workshop “Color and Design” taught
by NM tapestry artist, James Koehler Feb. 18-
23 for students of all levels. The workshop
explores various color and design principles and
students have the opportunity to weave one or
two miniature tapestries. Looms and tools pro-
vided by the Las Cruces Museum of Art and
materials are included in the workshop fee.
Advance registration required; call for location.
Information/registration: Linda Giesen, (575)
636-4516 or Cost:
$275 ($250 guild members).
Koehler is an internationally recognized tapes-
try artist who lives in Santa Fe. Smithsonian
Museum of American Art.
Membership in the Mesilla Valley Weavers
guild is $10 per year.
Tombaugh Gallery —First Unitarian
Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S.
Solano. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Information:
(575) 522-7281 or
Showing through Feb. 4: Abstract paintings
by J. Carey Crane and Deborah Welch.
Showing Feb. 6-March 4 as part of “For the
Love of Art Month” and Black History Month:
“Colored,” new works by multi-media artist
Georgina Feltha, who uses handmade papers
and natural found objects in large construc-
tions, installations, sculpture and wall mounted
work incorporating African imagery and sensi-
bilities. Opening reception is 11:30 a.m. to 2
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, featuring an artist’s talk.
Unsettled Gallery and Studio —905 N.
Mesquite, in Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, and by appointment.
Information: (575) 635-2285 or unset-
Showing Feb. 5-26 as part of “For the Love
of Art Month”: “A Map of One Journey,” works
by C.C. Cunningham. Opening reception is 4
to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5,
An Evening with the Artist — Mimbres
Region Arts Council presents digital media
artist and painter Peter Bill at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Western New
Mexico University’s Parotti Hall in Silver City as
part of its monthly art lecture series. Admission
is free. Information: (575) 538-2505 or 1-888-
Art Hop — The Truth or Consequences
Downtown Gallery District Association hosts
the event 6 to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of
each month (Feb. 12), featuring seven art gal-
leries and other venues in the downtown
gallery district. Various receptions, refresh-
ments and musical entertainment will be fea-
tured during these monthly events.
Information: (575) 894-0528,
Venues include The Living Room, Parisi, Main
Street, M, Art Galore, Bradley Gallery and
Blue Dome Gallery — The gallery is now
in the Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain
Ranch Road near Silver City, N.M. Hours are
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Information
(575) 534-8671 or
Community Arts Party — The City of
Socorro, N.M. will host its 15th annual arts
event featuring hands-on workshops hosted by
local artists and organizations for all ages, 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in Finley Gym,
202 Mccutcheon. Wear old clothes. Admission
is free. Information: (575) 835-5688 or nmt-
MRAC Gallery — The Mimbres Region Arts
Council Gallery is in Wells Fargo Bank Building,
1201 Pope (at 12th) in Silver City. Open during
regular bank hours. Information: (575) 538-
2505 or
Showing through March 10: MRAC Member
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‘Parallel Lives’ — El Paso Community
College’s Performers Studio present the comic
montage, originally written and performed by
Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy based on the
“Kathy and Mo Show,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-29
and Feb. 4-5, at the EPCC Transmountain
Campus Forum. Directed by Lisa McNiel.
Tickets: $10 ($5 students/seniors/military).
Information: 637-4029, 831-5056 or
‘Beauty and the Beast’ — Kids-N-Co.,
1301 Texas, presents its version of the classic
fairy tale written and directed by Erik Myers
Jan. 29-Feb. 20. Fridays and Saturdays and
2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 children,
seniors, students and active military); available
at the door one hour before show. Advance
reservations accepted for groups of 10 or
more. Information: 351-1455 or
‘Blithe Spirit’ — Noel Coward’s British
comedy is Feb. 11-March 5 at El Paso
Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Directed by Jean
Ames. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7
military and students with ID). Information:
The play asks the question: “Can dead wives
still be jealous?” Yes!
‘Brundibar’ — Youth Opera of El Paso will
perform the children’s opera Feb. 4-6, at La Fe
Culture and Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa
(rear building). The 40-minute opera is 7:30
p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and
2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5. Information:
The Youth Opera recently presented
“Brundibar” at the National Opera Association
Convention in San Antonio. “Brundibar,” by
Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása, tells the
story of a fatherless sister and brother who sing
in the marketplace to raise money for their ill
mother. The evil organ grinder Brundibár chas-
es them away, but the children succeed with
the help of a sparrow, cat, dog and other chil-
dren. The opera, written on the eve of World
War II, was first performed by Jewish children
in a concentration camp.
‘The Dinosaur Musical’ — Ysleta High
School Theatre Club presents the zany family
show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5-6, at El Paso Public Library
Main Branch, Admission is free. Information:
Performances are free of charge. Information:
434-8114 or
At the end of the Cretaceous period, a giant
meteor collides with the earth and wreaks
havoc with the ecosystem. To avoid extinction,
the dinosaurs sign a peace pact called the
“Treaty of Meat.” For a time there is peace
between the Carnivores and the Herbivores,
but when the wise King of the Tyrannosauruses
suddenly dies and his none-too-clever teen son,
Quincy, rises to power, trouble begins.
‘Crime and Punishment’ - No Strings
Theatre Company presents Marilyn Campbell
and Curt Columbus’s adaptation of the Fyodor
Dostoyevsky novel through Feb. 6, at Black
Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Shaun
Hadfield. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6,
and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Tickets: $10 ($9
students and seniors with ID, $7 all seats
Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-
This “conversation on the nature of evil” is set
in the mind of the murderer where he relives
and explores, through the urging of Porfiry and
Sonia, the thoughts, ideas and feelings that
drove him to his horrible crime.
‘Rite of Spring’ and Other Dances -
UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance fea-
tures its spring faculty dance performance Feb.
10-13 in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family
Theatre, featuring choreography by Emily
Morgan, Myron Nadel and Lisa Smith and per-
formances by dancers from UTEP and the
community. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $12 ($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors,
military, groups of ten or more and non-UTEP
students; $9 UTEP students and ages 4 to 12).
Information: 747-5118,
Igor Stravinsky’s powerful score, “The Rite of
Spring,” is the inspiration for this year’s per-
formance, as Morgan tackles the rhythms of
this music, creating an original contemporary
dance work full of dramatic intensity and move-
ment texture. Nadel and Smith contribute two
new pieces, “Deep Blues from the 10th
Avenue Laundromat,” set to a suite of songs by
Peggy Lee, and a pas de deux that explores the
original man vs. woman dynamic of Adam and
Eve. The program also features two historic
modern works by Martha Graham.
‘El Sueño de Petra’ — “Viva Mexico”
Theater Ensemble and El Paso Community
College’s Senior Adult Program present the
original bilingual comedy by Rubert Reyes at
6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11-13, at Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Directed and
translated by Malena Cano. Admission: $6.
Information: 772-3905, 329-7774, 831-7803 or
‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ - UTEP
Dinner Theatre presents Terrance McNally’s
Tony-winning musical based on the Manuel Puig
novel “El Beso de la Mujer Arana” Feb. 11-27,
with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred
Ebb. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through
Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13; non-dinner matinees are
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 and 27. Tickets $26-
$38 dinner shows; $12-$22 non-dinner mati-
nee. Information: 747-6060.
Cellmates in a Latin American prison,
Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing
torture for political information and Molina is
an unabashed homosexual serving eight years
for deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies
about a movie actress named Aurora with
Valentin to help him escape mentally from the
horrors of the prison.
‘The Vagina Monologues’ — UTEP’s
annual production of the award-winning Eve
Ensler play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb.
11-12 at Magoffin Auditorium. The production
is part of V-Day at UTEP. Doors open at 6 p.m.
with pre-show by Chrissy Gurrola Friday and
Jayden’s Playground Saturday, as well as other
multimedia entertainment both days. Proceeds
go towards the Reynolds Home. Tickets: $10
general admission; $20 VIP. (Ticketmaster).
V-Day (V for Victory, Valentine and Vagina) is
a global movement to stop violence against
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women and girls. Information:
This year’s production is sponsored by
Frontera Women’s Foundation and hosted by
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.
‘The Prisoner of Second Avenue’ — Las
Cruces Community Theatre presents Neil
Simon’s Manhattan comedy Feb. 11-27.
Directed by James Jensen. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Opening Night Gala is Friday, Feb. 11, with buf-
fet and drinks. Tickets: $10 ($9 students, sen-
iors and military; $8 per seat for groups of 10
or more; $7 ages six and younger). Information:
(575) 523-1200 or
A well-paid executive loses his job; his wife
takes a job to tide them over, but she soon gets
fired. Compounded by a variety of other prob-
lems, he does the only thing left for him to do-
he has a nervous breakdown and it’s the best
thing that ever happened to him.
‘Love Secrets from Outer Space’ —
Local playwright Timothy McAndrews presents
the short play Feb. 12-14 at the newly re-
opened Tumbleweed Theater, 205 Broadway in
Columbus, N.M. The comedic dinner show is
preceded by a Valentine’s Day musical variety
show featuring local performers. Performances
are 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday and 2 p.m.
Sunday; doors open 90 minutes prior to show-
time. Tickets: $20; includes dinner.
Reservations required: (575) 531-2542 or (575)
‘Love Letters’ — The 11th annual
Valentine’s Day production is 7 p.m. Monday,
Feb. 14, at the Black Box Theatre at 430 N.
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. No Strings
Theatre Co. continues its tradition of A.R.
Gurney’s evocative, touching and frequently
funny lifetime exchange of letters.
Refreshments served afterward. Tickets: $10
($9 students and seniors over 65). Reservations
recommended. Reservations/information: (575)
523-1223 or
The annual production stars Steve and
Meredith Loring.
‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a
Teenage Blockhead’ — American
Southwest Theatre Company presents Bert V.
Royal’s comedic unauthorized parody of the
“Peanuts” comic strip) Feb. 18-March 6 at
NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre. CB and the
gang are back, though now teenagers facing
real problems. A dead dog, drug use, friends
who have been institutionalized, trouble at
school: Good Grief! Contains adult content; not
intended for youth. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $10-$15. Information: 1-800-525-
ASTC (2782).
‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and
A Prayer’ — No Strings Theatre presents
the V-Day event at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19-20, at Black Box Theatre
in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. A large por-
tion of the proceeds goes to local antiviolence
and family crisis centers in Las Cruces and
Juarez. Ticket information: (575) 523-1223.
This production is a series of monologues
written by various writers such as Eve Ensler,
Edward Albee, Howard Zinn, and Alice Walker.
The 12 monologues featured this year explore
different avenues of violence, survival, and the
human capacity to overcome.
‘A Bad Year For Tomatoes’ — Lincoln
County Community Theatre presents the com-
edy at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26,
at the Community Youth Warehouse, 200
Church Rd., Ruidoso (behind the Cornerstone
Bakery). Tickets are $10. The performances
are a fundraiser to take the show to a state
American Association of Community Theatre
competition in March in Artesia. Information:
(575) 336-1530.
‘Freedom Road’ — The play about the
colonial era of England and Spain is 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
25-27, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S.
San Marcial. Admission: $25 ($15 children).
‘The Homecoming’ — The UTEP
Department of Theatre and Dance presents
the Harold Pinter play March 4-13, in the Fox
Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Directed by Joel Murray. Ticket information:
Death Before Dessert — El Paso
Playhouse’s comedy group (formerly “Die
Laughing”) performs mysteries the last
Saturday of the month at Il Posto Italiano
Ristorante, 7128 N. Mesa. Reservations
required: 585-2221. Information: elpasoplay-
Auditions & classes
‘Lost In Yonkers’ auditions — Auditions
for EPCC’s production of Neil Simon’s prize-
winning play are 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31,
and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at El Paso
Community College’s Valle Verde Campus
Room C401 (top floor). Needed are 4 men, 3
women, and auditions consist of cold readings
from the script. Performances are 7:30 p.m.
April 8-9 and April 15-16 at EPCC
Transmountain Campus. Information: Cornelia
Patterson, 831-2228, 203-1718 or corneliap-
‘Spitfire Grill’ auditions — No Strings
Theatre will host auditions for the musical by
James Valcq and Fred Alley, based on the book
by Lee David Zlotoff at 7 p.m. Sunday and
Monday, Feb. 6-7, at the Black Box Theatre,
430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces.
Directed by Nikka Ziemer. Needed are three
men age 20s to 40s and four women age 20s to
70s. Singing skills needed. Audition consists of
cold readings from the script and a prepared
piece of music; a copy of the script is on
reserve at Branigan Library. Performance dates
are April 8-24, possible extension to May 1.
‘Barabbas’ auditions — El Paso Playhouse,
2501 Montana, will host auditions for an origi-
nal musical by Fred Keyser 7 p.m. Sunday and
Monday, Feb. 20-21. Needed are four bari-
tones, two tenors, one alto (includes solo), one
soprano and several chorus members. One boy
age 10 to 14 also needed for non-singing role.
Directed by Kate Keyser. Performances are
April 15-May 7. Information: 532-1317 or elpa-
The Glasbox — The Border Theatre’s new
performance space at 1500 Texas (entrance on
Langtry), offers workshops, performances and
other activities. Information: 424-5283 or
• The Border Theatre “New Work Collective”
workshops — 2 to 5 p.m. the second Saturday
of the month through May 14. The workshops
seek to create production opportunities and a
network for local playwrights or screenwriters
interested in developing one-act, short film or
full-length scripts. Cost: $20 per month:
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• 10-Minute Play Workshops — 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. the first Saturday of the month; instructed
by Austin Savage. Information: Asavage@bor-
• Contemporary Movement Classes with APT
Movement — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Young
adults and older may enroll; no dance back-
ground required. Cost: $40 a month.
• Acting Performance Classes — 5:30 to 8:30
p.m. Saturdays, open to all ages and experience
levels. Courses involve scene study, basic dram-
aturgy and basic film technique. Cost: $100 per
month. Information:
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f ever there were a mother or first
lady of theater in El Paso, it would
have to be the late Joan Quarm. If
not its mother, certainly its nurturer.
The England native was responsible
for founding or helping found the
Festival Theatre (now El Paso
Playhouse), Teatro Los Pobres (which
became SRO and Viva! El Paso!) and,
of course, the Gilbert and Sullivan
Company of El Paso. To her credit,
when she realized that Los Pobres
would get better funding if a Hispanic
name were attached instead of her very
English one, she stepped aside and let
Hector Serrano take their baby forward.
When the Chamizal National
Memorial Theater was being planned,
as an advisory board member, she was
the one who insisted on a full stage
being put into the theater so theater
groups could use it. So, if it were not
for her, the world-famous Siglo de Oro
Festival never could have been born at
As a longtime actor and director in
community theater, I also remember the
many reviews Joan wrote for the El
Paso Herald-Post. I rarely remember
her, ever the supporter of theater, being
scathing in her criticism. Indeed, I could
tell when Joan wasn’t that fond of the
show by the fact that she spent most of
the review giving the plot line of the
show and little on the actual direction or
acting. That was her way of saying it
wasn’t the best. But when she loved a
show, the reader knew it too, by her
bountiful use of descriptive adjectives.
Joan passed away Dec. 28, 2010, at
age 90. At a celebration of her life Jan.
15 at El Paso Scottish Rite Theater,
where her son, Nick, is the technical
director (the apple didn’t fall very far
from the tree), several hundred of her
friends and colleagues from her 55-plus
years in El Paso gathered to give tribute
to the lady who didn’t know the mean-
ing of the word “tired.”
Her eldest daughter, Susanna, who led
the festivities, told the crowd that she,
of all those gathered, knew her mother
the longest.
After family, I probably could claim
the privilege of knowing Joan the
My first memory of her was when I
wasn’t much older than three. Joan had
just moved her family to El Paso to
become an English Lit teacher at then
Texas Western College, now University
of Texas at El Paso. Her family moved
into a house on Portland in Central El
Paso — on the hill just across from
where I grew up. My mother, Eve, who
was also British, Joan and several other
mothers in the neighborhood got this
brilliant idea. They all had children of
prekindergarten age. Wouldn’t it be
great for the moms if each one took us
one afternoon a week and taught us her
So my former-dance-teacher mother
taught us music and dance, Mrs.
Santoscoy (don’t ask me how I remem-
ber that after all these years) taught us
numbers, and Joan taught us our letters
and how to read.
So Joan, along with my mother, helped
instill in me the wonders of reading and
But I was only one of probably thou-
sands of lives that Joan touched over
the years, passing along her enthusiasm
and zest for theater and the written
word. What goes around comes around.
Ironically, Joan’s granddaughter,
Alexandra, became my student, not only
at Kids-N-Co., the children’s theater,
but also at Bel Air High School, where
she became my news magazine editor.
So Joan’s legacy keeps on.
Joan could be summed up in the words
of a tribute written by her family: “Her
countless friends and family will deeply
miss her … Joan Quarm had many
facets in life: mother, professor, director,
actor, writer, animal lover, traveler, and
mentor. With exquisite beauty and an
intriguing British accent, she will be
long remembered for her amazing ener-
gy and intellect.”
Joan also had many favorite sayings,
including her favorite toast, “Long may
we wave.”
Because of her many years of work in
this community and that long legacy she
leaves behind, “Long will she wave.”
Ta, ta, Joan. Ta, ta.
Carol Viescas is a veteran of
community theater and teaches
journalism at Bel Air High School.
Joan Quarm with actor Jack Lemmon
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BPEP Book Club —The club meets 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 27, at Luby’s,
3601 N. Mesa (back room). This month’s fea-
tured authors are Wayne and Linda Calk, who
wrote the mystery “Rails, Robbers and
Wraiths” and Sunnie Bell, RN author of “Weight
Loss — The Marble Method.” Open question
and answer session follows presentations.
Sponsored by Book Publishers of El Paso.
Admission is free; lunch on one’s own.
Information: 472-7480.
Friends of the El Paso Public Library
Membership Meeting — Writer Ramon
Arroyos is guest speaker for the annual meeting
7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the El Paso
Public Library’s Main Branch auditorium, 501
N. Oregon. Admission is free; annual member-
ship dues are $5. Information: 629-7063, 543-
5498 (Friends Bookstore) or
Arroyos is the recipient of the Ruben Salazar
Award as a pioneer in Hispanic Media (2007)
and the Hispanic Music Award in Media (1994).
He is founder and minister of the Native
American Church Tlauizkalpantecuhtli
Marfa Book Co. — 105 S. Highland in
Marfa, Texas. Information: (432) 729-3906 or
Short story writer Deborah Eisenberg will
read from her latest book at 6 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 29. Eisenberg’s critically acclaimed books
include “Collected Stories” and “Twilight of the
Superheroes.” Admission is free.
The Percolator — 217 N. Stanton (between
Texas and Mills). Information: 351-4377 or
• Barbed Wire poetry reading by Roberto
Santos is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29.
• Free Hole Slam hosts a workshop and open
mic 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, to help poets
better construct poems within the slam poem
genre. Open mic begins around 7 p.m.; all art
forms are welcome. Admission is free.
Information: 494-6762 or
• A Poetry Slam hosted by Free Hole Slam is 7
to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. The 12 to 16 poets
competing are judged by randomly picked audi-
ence members and judged based on creativity,
originality and style. At the end of each of three
rounds half the poets are eliminated leaving
only three in the last round. Audience members
encouraged to participate. Admission is free.
Barnes & Noble (East Side) —9521
Viscount. Information: 590-1932.
Little One’s Storytime is 11 a.m. every Friday
with Miss Bonnie.
Eastside Sisters in Crime reading club meets
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. Information: 629-
Barnes & Noble (Las Cruces) — 700 S.
Telshor in Mesilla Valley Mall. Information: (575)
Yarn Junkies Conversation Group meets at 10
a.m. Mondays.
Children’s storytimes are 10 a.m. Fridays.
• Feb. 4 — Groundhog Day stories
• Feb. 11 — Valentine stories and craft
• Feb. 18 — Chinese New Year “Year of the
• Feb. 25 — Appearance by “Biscuit The Dog”
A special Valentine’s Day storytime party is 11
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, featuring stories, crafts
and refreshments.
A “Black History Month” storytime is 11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19, with the true story of
Deputy U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves and other
Esther Chavez Cano presentation — A
commemoration and presentation of the book
“Life of Esther Chavez Cano” and dedication of
the Dr. Kathleen “Kathy” Staudt Special
Collection is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in
the Miner Village Great Room at UTEP, 500 W.
University. Hosted by United in Service Latin
America, Casa Amiga, Center for Civic
Engagement, Chicano Studies, The Department
of Social Work, and The Coalition Against
Violence Toward Women and Families on the
Border. Admission is free. Information: 747-
5196 or
Tumblewords Project — The writing
workshops are 12:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Saturdays at Memorial Park Public Library, 3200
Copper. Workshops are free; donations for the
presenter are encouraged. Now in its 13th
year, the group is open to all writers in a non-
critique, non-caustic forum. Newcomers of all
ages welcome. Information: 328-5484 or tum- Web: tumble-
• Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 — “Two Afternoons
with Shaye St. John: Madness Loves Company,”
hosted by Steve Ogrey. Ogrey is a creative
writing major at the University of Texas El Paso
and a voice actor for The FPlus.
Workshops with Jorge A. Polanco:
• Feb. 19 — “Looking for the Sub-con-
science.” Participants will write in response to
abstract paintings by J. Alfonso.
• Feb. 27 — “Non-sense Makes Sense.”
Participants use Dr. Seuss as a point of take off
for writing their own “non-sense.”
Polanco is an independent scholar born in
Chihuahua who grew up in El Paso. His is cur-
rently working on his debut art exhibition.
City of Night Book Club — Rio Grande
Adelante hosts the book club and social gather-
ing for LGBT community and friends at 7 p.m.
the first Monday of the month. The meetings
include a social, usually a dinner, as well as book
discussion. The Feb. 7 book is “The Lust
Garden” by Billy Jolie, a gay author with local
ties. Information/location: 929-9282 or rgade-
Barnes & Noble (West Side) — 705
Sunland Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10
p.m. Sunday. Information: 581-5353 or
Howard Burnham Elementary School will host
a poetry festival at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
Recurring events:
• Sisters in Crime mystery reading group meets
at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14.
• En la Sombra de Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
bilingual reading group meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 15.
• Third Monday Book Group will meet at 10
a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, to discuss Harper Lee’s
classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays;
Kids-n-Co. will host Feb. 26.
Children’s Storytime — Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, will host free sto-
rytimes with Ranger Dora for pre-school and
first-grade children 10 a.m. the third Thursday
of each month. The 45-minute story session is
followed by a 30-minute activity period.
Admission is free, but reservations strongly rec-
ommended: 532-7273, ext. 128 or
The Feb. 12 storytime theme is Black History
Month. Crafts include making and decorating a
Nigerian Igbo drum, and books include “Bruh
Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl,” “To Be A Drum”
and others.
Jacqueline St. Joan book signing — The
novelist will sign copies of her book “My Sisters
Made of Light” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12,
at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1050 N. Clark
Drive. The novel is about the extraordinary
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society that is contemporary Pakistan.
Admission is free. Information: 772-3226.
El Paso Museum of Art Book Bunch —
The book group meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the
third Thursday of each month in the museum’s
seminar room to discuss art-related books.
Cost: $10 per session (free for museum mem-
bers). Participants must provide their own
books. The Feb. 17 book is “Georges Braque:
A Life” by Alex Panchev. Space is limited; call to
hold a seat. Information: 532-1707 ext. 16.
Chicano(a) Poetic Conspiracy —The
non-collective group of Chicano(a) poets meets
2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Jose
Cisneros Cielo Vista Library, 1300 Hawkins.
The group meets the third Saturday of every
month; new and veteran poets welcome.
Admission is free. Information: 256-0989.
For the Love of Lit — Sin Fronteras will
host a poetry reading in honor of “For the
Love of Art Month” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 19, at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N.
Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 522-1119.
Southwest Book Awards — The annual
Border Regional Library Association Awards
Banquet is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino
Drive in Sunland Park. Cocktail hour begins at
6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. The event
honors the latest works of outstanding area
authors, and also awards scholarships to gradu-
ate and undergraduate students pursuing
degrees in library/media. The BRLA librarian
and library staff member of the year will also
be honored. Reservation deadline is Feb. 21; no
payments accepted at the door. Cost: $30.
Reservations/information: Sebastian Diaz,, Cindy Williams, or
Holocaust Museum book club — The El
Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center’s
book club meets at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, to
discuss “The Lioness of Judah: A Jewish Lion
Tamer’s Memoir of Resistance and Survival” by
El Paso Holocaust survivor Sara Hauptman.
Discussion leader is El Paso Scene publisher
Randy Limbird. Light refreshments served.
Admission is free, but donations welcome.
Information/RSVP: 351-0048 ext. 24 or mari-
The book chronicles the life of Hauptman
who fought in the Belgian Resistance and con-
cealed her true identity by working as a lion
tamer in a circus. Hauptman then found herself
in both Auschwitz and Dachau. Copies of book
may be purchased at the museum’s bookstore.
BPEP School for Authors — Book
Publishers of El Paso hosts “How to Write and
Publish” workshops 2:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Saturdays at 912 Texas, Ste C. Registration
deadline is one week prior to class.
Information/registration: 472-7480.
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El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Santa Fe. For exhibit and special event informa-
tion, see “At the Museum” listing.
Chamizal National Memorial — 800 S.
San Marcial. The National Park Service oper-
ates the memorial on land once claimed by
Mexico as part of a decades-long dispute over
the international boundary. The visitor center
has an exhibit on the history of the Chamizal
dispute. Park grounds and picnic area open 5
a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; visitors center open 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday;
closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.
Information: 532-7273.
Storytime with Ranger Dora is 10 a.m. the
third Thursday of the month.
Saturday Morning Crafts arts and crafts pro-
gram for ages 5 to 11 and their chaperones are
10:30 a.m. one Saturday of the month.
Admission is free to both storytime and crafts,
but space is limited: call for reservations.
Los Portales Museum and Visitor
Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. The muse-
um is operated by the San Elizario Genealogy
and Historical Society, and is housed in an
1850s Territorial-style building across from the
San Elizario church. It offers gifts, family trees,
historical artifacts and the veterans’ room, as
well as information on the “First Thanksgiving”
and the Salt War of 1877. Hours are 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4
p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information:
Mission Trail — Three historic churches lie
within eight miles of each other in El Paso
County’s Mission Valley.
• Mission Ysleta — Spanish and Tigua Indian
refugees from northern New Mexico founded
the community in the 1680s. The first mission
was built in 1692 and rebuilt completely in both
the 18th and 19th centuries. The current struc-
ture was built in 1851. It’s near Zaragoza and
Alameda on the Tigua Reservation. Information:
851-9997 (El Paso Mission Trail Association).
• 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
Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
• San Elizario Chapel — Established in 1789 as
a Spanish presidio, or fort, to protect the
Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county
seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877,
replacing one built about 25 years earlier.
Technically, San Elizario Chapel is a presidio
church, not a mission. It’s on the San Elizario
plaza, off Socorro Road, 5.5 miles southeast of
Socorro Mission. Nearby is the jail that Billy the
Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a friend.
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5051, corner of
Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The
Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are
relived through replicas of the original adobe
fort buildings and military artifacts,
Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Admission:
free. Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information: 568-3137.
El Paso-Juarez Historical Museum —
Curator and founder is historian Fred Morales.
Information: 771-6727, fredmorales7@, or
Fort Selden State Monument —The
monument, in Radium Springs 13 miles north of
Las Cruces, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday).
Admission is $3; (ages 16 and under free).
Sunday admission for New Mexico residents is
$1. Information: (575) 526-8911 or nmmonu-
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UTEP Cinema Novo Art and Foreign
Film Series — Union Cinema, Union
Building East, First Floor. Film showings at 7
p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $2 ($1
with UTEP, student or military ID). Free pop-
corn. Ticket sales at the door begin 30 minutes
before showtime. Information: 747-5481.
• Jan. 28-29 — “The Kids are All Right.” Two
children bring their birth father into their family
life. Rated R.
• Feb. 4-5 — ”City Island.” A family finds their
delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a
young ex-con brought home by the family
patriarch, a corrections officer. Rated PG-13.
• Friday, Feb. 11 — “The Notebook.” A poor
young man falls in love with a rich young
woman. Rated PG-13.
• Saturday, Feb. 12 – “Casablanca.” Love and
intrigue set in WWII Africa. Rated PG.
• Feb. 25-26 — “Waiting for Superman.”
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim’s documentary
on the state of public education. Rated PG.
Holocaust Museum Cinema Sundays
— El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study
Center, 715 Oregon, hosts free film showings
at 2 p.m. the last Sunday of the month. Age 18
and younger not permitted without parent or
guardian. Admission is free, but seating is limit-
ed. Information: 351-0048, ext. 24 or elpaso-
Showing Jan. 30 is “Max and Helen,” based
on the novel by Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal
that chronicles his 1962 prosecution of the
head of a Polish factory who he learns was a
labor camp commandant.
Film Salon — The Film Salon at Trinity First
United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa (at
Yandell) continues its series of uplifting films by
Frank Capra with “You Can’t Take it With You”
at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in Resler Hall.
Admission is free. Nursery available with two-
day advance reservation. Information: 533-
2674 or
James Stewart and Jean Arthur fall hard for
one another but find the task of knitting their
two families together. The film was the highest-
grossing film of 1938 and winner of that year’s
Best Picture Oscar.
African-American Month ‘Film Night’
— A series of films featuring African-American
themes are presented at UTEP Language Arts
Building, Room 323 as part of UTEP’s African-
American History Month events. All screenings
are free. Information: 747-8650.
• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 — “Glory”
• 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 — ”Mahogany”
• 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 — “54th
• 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 — “The Color
‘Night at the Library’ — A screening of
the film directed by El Pasoan Tito Arenal is 7
p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Cinemas at Bassett
Place. The story revolves around a teenage
nerd who has problems relating to people, but
he discovers friends in an unlikely mix of fairy
tale characters when he finds himself trapped
in the library. “Night at the Library” was filmed
at the El Paso Public Library, and it has a cast of
14 kids, two adults and a crew of four. Tickets:
$10 available at 274-8797 or 667-2809.
Pax Christi Film Series —The series
presents the Martin Luther King Jr. documen-
tary “At The River I Stand,” at 3 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 13, at Diocesan Migrant and Refugee
Services’ Mother Teresa Center, 2400 E.
Yandell. Admission is free, donations welcome.
Information: 532-0527.
Movies at Branigan Library — Thomas
Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las
Cruces, shows films at 2 p.m. on the fourth
Sunday of every month in the Dresp Room.
Admission is free. Information: Elise Vidal,
(575) 528-4014 or
The Feb. 27 film is “Coco Before Chanel,” a
portrait of the early life of Gabrielle Bouheur
Chanel, the orphan who would build a fashion
empire and be known universally for her nick-
name “Coco.” Rated PG-13.
Queer Cinema — Frontera Pride Film
Festival and Rio Grande Adelante will host the
film series the first Friday of every month at
Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of El Paso,
4255 Byron. Admission and snacks are free.
Information: 929-9282 or
Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de
Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in
Mesilla. The historic theater, operated by the
Mesilla Valley Film Society, features films at
7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Foreign language films include subtitles.
Admission: $7 ($6 seniors and students with
ID; $5 society members and children); $5 on
Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-
8287 or
• Jan. 28-Feb. 3 — “Nora’s Will.” After Jose
finds his ex-wife Nora has committed suicide.
Before she died, Nora left a mysterious photo-
graph under the bed. Not rated.
• Feb. 4-10: “Nothing Personal.” A flame-
haired hitchhiker wanders into the isolated
Connemara cottage of a quiet widower and
changes both of their lives.
• Feb. 11-17 — “7 Days in Slow Motion.”
When a professional-quality video camera falls
into the hands of work-obsessed students, they
go immediately into production.
• Feb. 18-24 — “Made in Dagenham.” When
the Ford Motor Company refused in 1968 to
pay female machinists equal pay, Rita O’Grady
became the spokesperson for the feminist
movement, paying the consequences at home
but reaping the benefits in public eye.
• Feb. 25-March 3 – “Journey from Zanskar.”
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Marx traces
a trek, led by the amiable Geshe Lobsang
Yonten as part of his holy vow to children.
CinéMatinee Film Series — The Saturday
series showcases various themes. Screening are
at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Fountain Theatre,
2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of
the plaza in Mesilla. Admission: $4 ($1 for
Mesilla Valley Film Society members), unless
otherwise listed. Information: (575) 524-8287
(leave message) or
• Jan 29 —Mystery Movie. The audience
tries to guess the title fo this action-adventure
picture, part;y shot in New Mexico. PG.
• Feb. 5 — ”Hi Lo Country” (1999). Made in
New Mexico. Billy Crudup and Woody
Harrelson are reunited after serving in World
War II in the prairie town of Hi-Lo, N.M.
where Sam Elliott, the largest landowner, is
greedily devouring small-time ranchers. Based
on a 1961 novel by New Mexico author Max
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Evans. Rated R.
• Feb. 12 — Amélie (2001). The French film
directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet presents an
unforgettable portrait of a woman who demon-
strates a remarkable talent for the spiritual
practice of kindness. Rated R.
• Feb. 19 — “The Desert of Forbidden Art,”
shown in celebration of Russian History Day
and “For the Love of Art Month.” Ben Kingsley,
Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and
letters of artists imprisoned in Soviet Russia.
The film is followed at 3:15 p.m. by
“Kravchenko’s Case: The Cold War in Paris”
followed by question and answer time with
author Gary Kern, one of the interviewees in
the film. Soviet defector Victor Kravchenko’s
libel suit against a French communist weekly
became the “trial of the century” in 1949 Paris.
Kern who lives in Las Cruces, helped The
Washington Post expose the Soviet agent
Theodore Hall, a scientist in Los Alamos who in
1945 passed the design of the plutonium bomb
to a Soviet contact in Albuquerque.
Admission to both films is free.
• Feb 26 — “North Country,” partially shot in
New Mexico. A fictionalized account of the
first major successful sexual harassment case in
the United States. Rated R.
New Mexico Museum of Space
History — Alamogordo, N.M. The museum’s
Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater presents:
• “Sea Monsters” (11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5
p.m.). Paleontologists work to solve an 82-mil-
lion-year-old mystery.
• “Hubble” (noon and 2 and 4 p.m.).
Audiences will blast off alongside the Atlantis
STS-125 crew, witness some of the most chal-
lenging spacewalks ever performed, and expe-
rience Hubble’s awe-inspiring imagery.
Tickets: $6 ($5.50 for seniors and military;
$4.50 ages 4-12). Ages 3 and under free for all
shows. Museum/Max combo tickets available.
Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-2840
Jay’s Film Forecast — Film historian Jay
Duncan prepared this list of top monthly
“Coming Attractions” for movie fans, listed by
studio and release date.
Feb. 4:
• Frankie and Alice (Freestyle) — Halle Berry,
Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad. Directed by
Geoffrey Sax.
• The Roommate (Screen Gems) — Minka
Kelly. Directed by Christian E. Christiansen.
• Sanctum (Universal) — Rhys Wakefield.
Directed by Alister Grierson.
Feb. 11:
• Cedar Rapids (Fox Searchlight) — Ed Helms,
Anne Heche, John C. Reilly. Directed by Miguel
• The Eagle (Focus) — Channing Tatum, Jamie
Bell, Donald Sutherland. Directed by Kevin
• Gnomeo and Juliet (Disney Studios) — CG
Animation. Featuring the voices of James
McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith. Directed
by Kelly Asbury.
• Just Go with It (Columbia) — Adam Sandler,
Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker. Directed by
Dennis Dugan.
• Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Paramount)
— A look at Justin Bieber’s early life, rise to
fame and 2010 tour. Featuring Miley Cyrus and
Jaden Smith. Directed by Jon Chu.
Feb. 18:
• Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (20th
Century-Fox) — Martin Lawrence, Jessica
Lucas, Brandon T. Jackson. Directed by John
• Happythankyoumoreplease (Anchor Bay) —
Josh Radnor, Zoe Kazan, Malin Akerman.
Directed by Radnor.
• I Am Number Four (DreamWorks) — Alex
Pettyfer, Dianna Agren, Timothy Olyphant;
Directed by D.J. Caruso.
• Unknown (Warner Bros.) — Liam Neeson,
Diane Kruger, January Jones. Directed by Jaume
Collet-Serra. (Postponed from Jan. 7).
• Vanishing on 7th Street (Magnet) — Hayden
Christensen, Thandie Newton, John
Leguizamo. Directed by Brad Anderson.
Feb. 25:
• Drive Angry 3D (Summit) — Nicholas Cage,
Amber Heard, William Fichtner. Directed by
Patrick Lussier.
• Hall Pass (New Line) — Owen Wilson,
Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis. Directed
by Bobby and Peter Farrelly.
DVD Releases
Feb. 1:
• Let Me In / R
• Never Let Me Go / R
• Conviction / R
• Welcome to the Rileys / R
Feb. 8:
• Life As We Know It / PG-13
• You Again / PG
• My Soul To Take / R
• It’s Kind of A Funny Story / PG-13
Feb. 15:
• You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger/ R
Feb. 22:
• Get Low / PG-13
Feb. 25:
• Megamind / PG
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month with Metal Weekend
Speaking Rock Casino continues its gamble
on its concert series, and once again they’re
coming up all cherries. They are traveling
down the hair-metal road again, but these
bands came around as the hairspray cans
were running low and they had to depend
more on their music than their look. The
weekend begins Feb. 25 with Slaughter, a
band that arose from the ashes of the defunct
Vinnie Vincent Invasion, a band helmed by
the former KISS guitarist. Slaughter’s sound
tended to cross over, edging them onto the
Billboard Hot 100 charts with their anthemic
melodies and lighter, waving ballads. On
Saturday, Feb. 26, it is Skid Row, whose
ringleader, Sebastian Bach, may be better-
known for his offstage antics and most
recently popped up on the VH-1 reality show
“Celebrity Fit Club.” Controversy aside, they
will be the heavier of the two, relying on
thicker guitar assault, and most likely more
recognizable hits. Any way you slice it, the
ground will be rumbling.
National: Buffalo Tom, “Skins,”
Scrawny Records
Buffalo Tom came onto the alternative-music
scene via Massachusetts and hung on as a
collective force for more than 15 years. After
the band’s 1998 “Smitten” record, the world
witnessed the demise of one of rock’s best
bands. Not all was lost, as lead songwriter
and vocalist Bill Janovitz released three stel-
lar solo albums, with the last sparking up
sounds reminiscent of his days with his
beloved trio. This turned into a raging fire by
2007 but they quickly burned out again. Now
in their later years, Buffalo Tom may be
slow-brewing discs to absolute perfection.
Their latest, “Skins,” fits effortlessly into the
band’s groundbreaking catalog, and the dust
of nearly a quarter-century since their debut
has been wiped clean, and they shine
brighter than ever. They come out of the gate
in rock mode, with fuzzed-out guitars, and a
heavy slathering of jangle pop. They even
enlist fellow North Easterner Tanya Donelly
of Belly, Breeders and Throwing Muses to
lend a voice on “Don’t Forget Me.” Buffalo
Tom in 2011 sheds its collective “Skins” and
leaves behind another masterpiece for us to
Keith Richards, “Vintage
Vinos,” Mindless Records
As one half of the Glimmer twins, and
achieving permanent residency status as a
guitar god, Keith Richards is rock ’n’ roll.
Many people believe there are two sides of
the coin when it comes to the lifeblood of the
Rolling Stones, and that simply isn’t true.
The heart, soul and somewhat rancid blood (I
assume) of the band is Keith Richards. Keith
has kept that group together for close to half
a century. It hasn’t always been easy, and the
mid-’80s proved to be one of the most trying
times. Mick Jagger had decided to step out
on his own full-fledged solo career. After
two attempts, and the Stones in disarray,
Keith fired back with a disc of his own,
“Talk is Cheap.” It is hands-down the
absolute best album to come from an individ-
ual member of the Rolling Stones. There
were plenty of jabs at Mick, which perhaps
brought them back together a few years later.
Another break followed and Keith unleashed
“Main Offender,” less directed at his lead
vocalist and day-job partner, but still featur-
ing his blues/reggae/rock sound. The latest is
“Vintage Vinos,” which combines both of
these out-of-print tours de force and adds a
few cuts from his live collection, making it
an unequivocal must-have. Whether you pro-
nounce it Keith or Keef, one thing is guaran-
teed, it’s always magnificent.
The Jayhawks, “Hollywood
Town Hall” & “Tomorrow the
Green Grass,” Legacy
The last couple years have been very produc-
tive for the once-dormant Jayhawks. The
wheels began their slow roll at the start of
last year with the reuniting of frontmen Gary
Louris and Mark Olson on their disc “Ready
for the Flood.” Then the band got the label
respect they deserved with an extensive two-
CD/DVD retrospective in “Music from the
North Country.” This was followed up by an
even more mouthwatering treat with the
unearthing of the “Bunkhouse Tapes,” their
debut originally released in a measly quantity
of 2,000. It is now 2011 and things are just
getting better. The band is touring again as a
unit, there is talk of new material, and
Legacy Records has issued two stellar reis-
sues of seminal catalog recordings. First up
to the plate is “Hollywood Town Hall,”
which adds five previously unreleased bonus
songs and includes the essential country
romp “Keith and Quentin.” The second is
“Tomorrow the Green Grass,” which has
been expanded into a double set with B-sides
and unreleased cuts rounding out the first
CD. The second CD contains 18 tracks of
“Mystery Demos” culled from 46 recordings
that took place in 1992, many later reaching
full maturation in side projects like “Golden
Smog” and solo sets. These are two fantastic
reissues from two alt.-country trailblazers.
Collectibles: Stereophonics,
“Performance and Cocktails” &
“Word Gets Around,” Ume
The Stereophonics last May released one of
their best discs to date in “Keep Calm and
Carry On,” so one can only guess it was a
strike-while-the-iron’s-hot situation when
Universal Music decided to treat U.S. fans to
what Europe had already been enjoying for a
month. It was the middle of last November
that two incredible reissues from the band
were unveiled on this side of the pond. The
first was their debut from more than almost a
decade and a half ago, “Word Gets Around.”
The original album itself showcased grittier
and more guitar-centric sound; the new ver-
sion tacks on 13 bonus tracks, ranging from
B-sides to Radio 1 sessions to live tracks,
and even a demo thrown in for good meas-
ure. At the same time, “Performance and
Cocktails” was overhauled; this was the
band’s second effort. While all that was great
from the first disc was still intact, a new pop
flavor was added and soon more hooks than
one would find on a coatrack appeared. The
extras here clock in at a dozen, with unre-
leased and concert cuts primarily on the
menu, with a brilliant rendition of the
Rolling Stones’ “Angie” icing the cake. We
can only hope this chronological schedule of
updated material will continue, and it should-
n’t be long before we are celebrating the
Stereophonics’ entire career.
Brian Chozick is owner of Tumblin’
Dice Music. Drop him a line at
Siglo de Oro Drama Festival — The
36th annual celebration of the Spanish language
dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age runs 7
p.m. March 2-6 at the Chamizal National
Memorial Theatre. Admission: $3-$5.
Information: 532-7273 or
‘Tablescapes’ — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild’s
14th annual event is March 3-4, El Paso
Country Club. Information: 833-9400.
Hanks High Jazz Festival — March 3-5.
Information: 434-5182 or
Applejack Band — 8 p.m. March 4, at La
Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana. Cost: $32.
Information: 592-5122.
“The Homecoming” — UTEP Department
of Theatre and Dance presents the Harold
Pinter play 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30
p.m. Sunday, March 4-13, in the Fox Fine Arts
Studio Theatre. Ticket information: 747-5118.
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam – 7
p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5-6,
at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tickets: $10
(Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5481.
El Paso Michelob Ultra Marathon and
Spira 1/2 Marathon — 5th annual
marathon, half-marathon and 5K run/walk is
March 6. Information:
Randy Travis — 10 p.m. March 8, at
Speaking Rock Entertainment. Information:
860-7777 or
Conference USA Basketball
Championships —March 9-12, Don
Haskins Center,
Madama Butterfly’ — El Paso Opera pres-
ent Puccini’s romantic tragedy March 10 and
12 at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $18 to $90.
Information: 581-5534 or
‘Juntos Por Mexico’ —Ballet Folklorico
Paso del Norte performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11-
13, Chamizal National Memorial. Tickets: $7.
Segundo Barrio 5K — 5K race/walk is 9
a.m. March 12, at Lydia Patterson Institute,
517 S. Florence, as part of the Celebrate
Segundo Barrio Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Information: 544-5436.
Gadsden Middle School 5K — 5K run
and 1-mile fun walk is 9 a.m. March 12. Cost:
$20 ($10 age 19 and younger). Information:
(575) 882-2372 or
Sun Country Doll Folks — The club’s
37th annual doll show and sale is Saturday,
March 12. Information: 637-3438.
Provost Gun Show — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March
12-13, El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama.
Admission: $4-$5. Information: 241-1761.
Irish Run —Cathedral High School’s 6th
annual 5K run and 1-mile fun walk begin at 8
a.m., March 13 at Ascarate Park. Online regis-
tration at or
New American Dream Tour — Musical
Charis and Blvd Park perform 9 p.m. to mid-
night March 13, at House of Rock Live, 8838
Viscount. Information: 595-2530.
“Legally Blonde” - Broadway El Paso pres-
ents the comic musical 7:30 p.m. March 14 at
The Plaza Theatre (Ticketmaste).
‘Brooklyn Boy’ - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18-April 9, at El
Paso Playhouse. Tickets: $7-$10. Information:
St. Patricks Shamrock 5K — 5K run/walk
at 8 a.m. March 19, at St. Patrick Cathedral,
1118 N. Mesa. Online registration at racead-
German Spring Bazaar — 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. March 19, German Community Centerm
Fort Bliss. Admission is free. Information: 568-
0259, 568-4824 or
‘Vivencias’ — Club de Espana, Paso del
Norte presents flamenco dancers and musicians
at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Chamizal
National Memorial. Tickets: $10 ($5 students).
Women’s Club Historic House
Run/Walk – 10K and 5K competitive run and
5K/1 mile fun run and walk at 7:30 a.m. Sunday,
March 20, at the Woman’s Club, 1400 N.
Mesa. Information: 478-5663. Registration at
“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin
Hood” — Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents a
comic retelling of the famous outlaw March
20-April 11. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets:
$5-$7. Information: 351-1455 or
‘Celebre La Buena Vida’ —The fundrais-
er for Buena Vida Adult Day Center is March
24, Camino Real Hotel. Information: 598-5403.
“From Russian With Love” - 7:30 p.m.
March 25, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital
Hall, presented by the El Paso Wind Symphony.
Tickets $12.50 ($7.50 military, students and
seniors). Information: 760-5599.
The Adicts — The British punk band per-
forms 8 p.m. March 25, at Reyn Theatre, 209
E. El Paso, with Medx and Rusty Bishops.
Tickets: $14. Information: 238-3895.
‘An Affair to Remember’— Alzheimer’s
Association gift basket fundraiser is March 25,
El Paso Country Club. Information: 544-1799.
Springtime Track Invitational — The
annual UTEP spring field and track meet is all
day Saturday, March 26, at Kidd Field.
Information: 747-5812 or
‘Kidspalooza’ — El Paso Symphony presents
4th annual family festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 26, Downtown. Information: 532-3776.
Franklin Mountain Poppies
Celebration — March 26, El Paso Museum
of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain. Free.
Information: 755-4332,
Super Kite Contest — Noon to 3 p.m.
March 26, Francisco Delgado Park. Free. 877-
8000 or
March Madness Show & Sale — 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 26-27, El Maida Shrine
Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Admission: $2-$3.
Information: 443-0824 or 780-9023.
Bruce Nehring Consort — Season finale
is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
March 26-27, at The Chapel at Loretto.
Tickets: $5-$15. Information: 534-7664.
EPSYO and EPSO “Side-by-Side”
Concert — 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, Plaza
Theatre. Information: 525-8978 or
Sunland Park Derby — March 27.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
World’s fastest 10K — Spira shoes’ 10K
run and 2-mile fun-run/walk is March 27, top
of Transmountain Road. Information: 478-5663
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Will Summers and Sarah Henkel
were married New Year`s Day at
Good News Mennonite Church in
San Juan, Texas.
Will is the son of Cindy Limbird
(and stepson of Randy Limbird) of
El Paso and Lennis Summers (and
stepson of Linda Summers) of Dallas.
Sarah is the daughter of Will and
Lorna Henkel of Secaucus, N.J.
Will, a graduate of Franklin High
School and the University of Texas
at Austin, works for the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture; Sarah, a gradu-
ate of Earlham College in Indiana and
Princeton Theological Seminary,
works at the South Texas Civil Rights
Sarah and Will met in Austin and
now live in McAllen, Texas.
Alma Calderon 41
Ann’s Est. & Mov’g Sales 20
Antonio Soegaard-Torres 25
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing 11
Ardovino’s Pizza 19
Around and About Tours 39
Assistance League 32
ATMAS Healing 50
Balé Folclorico 10
Barnett Harley Davidson 56
Baskin Robbins 11
BeadCounter 23
Beauty Solutions 24
La Bella Casita 23
Bill Rakocy 34
Book Publishers of EP 52
The Bookery 52
Boz Scaggs 6
Bruce Nehring Consort 37
Bruce’s Air 36
The Busy Lady 23
Casitas Coronado 57
Cattleman's 24
Cecila Burgos LPC 56
Cert. Training with Danny 22
Cheryl Campos 48
Cloudcroft Mardi Gras 37
Collectibles 16
Domino’s 40
Dowling & Sabien 6
Edible Arrangements 51
El Paso Art Association 41
El Paso Artisan Gallery 43
El Paso Artist Studio Tour 38
El Paso Community College 8
El Paso Conv & Perf Art s Ctr 4
El Paso Saddleblanket 39
El Paso Symphony 21
Elegant Consignments 23
EP Cellulite Center 12
EP Fencing 20
Estate and New Jewelry 16
Etcetera 13
F&J Custom Frames 21
Facial Spa by Susana 22
Familia El Paso 49
Fountain Theatre 53
Furrs Family Dining 42
Geico 35
Glass Goodies 23 26
Hal Marcus Gallery 28
Hans Martial Arts 19
HC Kiwanis Bingo 22
Hospital Angeles 60
In the Mood 29
Inside Out Designs Inc. 39
Int'l Quality Products 45
International Coin Club 28
JeDaLi art 19
Joe Bonamassa 44
Keeble Services 41
L’Alliance Française 16
La Tierra Café 26
Ladysmith Black Mambazo 51
Lancers Club 55
Landmark Mercantile 32
Las Cruces Museum of Art 18
Lynx Exhibits 5
Mariachi Vargas 3
Mark Paulda 45
The Marketplace 23
Martha Garcia 26
Mesa Street Antique 57
Mesilla Book Center 52
Metta Massage 50
Mimbres Region Art Council 27
Mind/Body Studio 5
Mr Motorcycle 14
Nayda’s Gems & Stones 23
New Image Laser 14
New York Life 35
Pat Olchefski-Winston 44
Osher Lifelong Learning 46
Marie Otero 55
Paseo Christian Church 39
Perkins Jewelry Supply 8
PhiDev Inc 38
Phoenix Dawn 57
Pizazz 59
Plan El Paso 7
Precision Prosthetics 38
Prestige Women’s Health 57
Rebecca St. James 42
Reidsan Dog Training 24
Krystyna Robbins 48
Ronda Brown 8
Rubin Gallery 20
Ruidoso River Resort 15
Salon Saleh 27
Salud Y Vida 18
San Elizario artists 59
SF Cosmetics 3,49
Santa Teresa Nat Colon 21
Sasahara Studio 43
Sexy Jeans 17
Shanghai T Spa 19
Shundo Dance Studio 20,36
Silver City Galleries 58
Silver City MainStreet 42
Stahmanns Farms 26
Steve Smith 8
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Sun. Pk Racetrack 9
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Telemates 55
Teresa Fernandez 48
Texas Satsang 13
Touch of Class 21
Tulip’s Antiques 58
UTEP Athletics 50
UTEP Theatre & Dance 47
Vanities 2
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Village Inn 36
Walgreens 27
Western Traders 42
Woman’s Club of El Paso 56
Wyler Aerial Tramway 42
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