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Transmountain Road: Past, Present, Future
The highway that connected El Paso is now a source of division
between traffic planners and preservationists. — Page 33
Photograph by Mark Paulda
Left: Moonrise over
Franklin Mountains
Below: Hawk in Black
and White
Photographs by
Mark Schrier
Right: Juarez — The Cry
Far right: 1st Street
Photographs by Bruce Berman
The Border in Color
and Black & White
Two exhibits opening in August explore different
aspects of the border region.
Mark Schrier’s “Colors and Shades of Gray,” which
includes regional scenes as well as other subjects,
will be on display Aug. 2-30 at the Sunland Art
Gallery, with a reception 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 5.
Bruce Berman’s photographic essay “Border
Stories” will be featured Aug. 5-27 at the Branigan
Cultural Center in Las Cruces, with a gallery talk by
Berman 10-11 a.m. Aug. 20.
Page 2 El Paso Scene August 2011
El Maida Shrine Circus — The 60th
Anniversary presentation of Valentine’s Mighty
American Circus is July 29-31 at the El Paso
County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Showtimes
are noon and 8 p.m. Friday; noon, 4 and 8 p.m.
Saturday and noon, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Proceeds benefit El Maida Temple operations.
Tickets: $13 in advance ($10 children); $15 at
the gate ($12 children) for general admission.
Box seats: $20. Information: 562-1444 or cir-
cus@elmaida.com.
San Ignacio Kermess — St. Ignatius
Church, 408 S. Park, will celebrate its 106th
year July 29-31 with carnival rides, food,
games, music, dancing and the chance to visit
with school alumni, Segundo Barrio neighbors
and current parishioners. Hours are 5 to 11
p.m. Friday, 5 to midnight Saturday and 5 to 10
p.m. Sunday. Raffle tickets available to win cash
prizes. Admission is free. Information: 532-
9534.
A mass celebrating Patron Saint Ignatius of
Loyola (founder of the Society of Jesus/Jesuits)
is noon Saturday, July 30.
The church opened in 1905, and famous El
Paso names appear on its stained-glass window
and altar’s ceiling including late historian
Cleofas Calleros and photographer Alfonso
Casasola. Any past and current parishioners
who would like to donate or lend related pho-
tographs or artifacts or share stories for its
archives and future gallery may call the church
or visit the office 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and
2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
‘Nuestra Belleza El Paso’ Pageant —
The 2nd annual Spanish-language Latina beauty
pageant is Saturday, July 30, at The Plaza
Theatre, with young women age 17-27 from El
Paso, Juárez and Las Cruces competing for the
crown. Participants competed in beauty, style
and cultural appreciation events, emphasizing
on the opportunity for personal development
while serving the community. Participants must
be able to travel and work in the U.S. and
speak Spanish moderately. Tickets to be
announced. Information:
BazaarModels@live.com.
Nuestra Belleza El Paso is part of the prelimi-
naries to the national casting of Nuestra Belleza
Latina.
Mexican Food World Cookoff —The
annual world cook-off is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 31, at Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld in
Anthony, Texas. Information: 886-2222 or
wetwild.com. Sponsored by KLAQ, KROD,
KISS radio stations and El Paso Restaurant
Association. Tickets: $15 in advance at all
Western Beverage locations. Admission at the
gate is $20.99; $18.99 kids.
Area restaurants will compete in the several
Mexican food categories, as well as the annual
Rock N’ Roll Mariachi competition, in which
area mariachis compete with their traditional
sounds plus one mariachi-style rock song.
Socorro Band Chili Cook Off — Socorro
High School Band’s fundraising chili cook-off is
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the
Socorro High School front lawn, 10150
Alameda. Hot dogs, burgers, chips and other
refreshments available for purchase. Live jazz
music by Socorro Honors Band. Hosted by
Socorro High School Band, Band Boosters, and
Pod of The Pass (local chapter for Chili
Appreciation Society International (CASI).
Admission is free; registration for participants is
$20. RVers welcome. Information: Carol
Straughan at 852-3599, 491-2766 or carolep-
tx@aol.com, Thomas Cavazos at 564-1332 or
cavazos.thomas@yahoo.com and Robert Reyes
at 276-7385 or rgreyes5@gmail.com. Web:
chili.org.
Cohesion Family Affair Carshow and
Concert — The 3rd annual car show is noon
to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Firestone at
10780 Pebble Hills, for all types of cars, trucks,
motorcycles and bikes. Food, drinks, live enter-
tainment and children’s activities offered.
Portion of proceeds benefits Center Against
Family Violence/Dame La Mano. Admission is
free. Information: Mario, 820-8562 Mario or
Jesus, 355-2727.
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AUGUST
INDEX
August Roundup 3-15
Behind the Scene 4
Scene Spotlight 6
Here’s the Ticket 17-20
Dance 20
Music, Comedy 21-22
Sports 23-26
Summer Fun Guide 27-30
Viva Juárez 31
Feature:
Transmountain Road 33-35
Becoming Bicultural 36
El Paso FishNet 37
Nature 38-40
Gallery Talk 41-42
SW Art Scene 43-49
At the Museum 50-52
Racking Up History 53
Keep on Bookin' 54
On Stage 55-57
Stage Talk 56
History Lessons 57
Film Scene 58-59
Liner Notes 60
September Preview 60-61
El Paso Scene User’s Guide 42
Advertiser Index 61
Subscription Form 61
Page 4 El Paso Scene August 2011
F
or years, August has been one of
the slowest months on the El Paso
Scene calendar, a time when sum-
mer activities taper off in anticipation of
students going back to school.
That pattern seems to have turned
around, as this issue of El Paso Scene
reflects. In fact, this is largest August
issue we have published in our 18-year
history.
Here are some of the upward trends on
this month’s calendar:
• More outdoor concerts. Led by the suc-
cess of Music under the Stars, we’ve seen
a greater number of outdoor music
events. The leader in this area has been
the City of El Paso, which sponsors not
only the Sunday series at the Chamizal
but also other concerts at city parks. The
El Paso Convention and Performing Arts
Centers also has beefed up the August
calendar with Alfresco Fridays at Arts
Festival Plaza and Cool Canyon Nights at
McKelligon Canyon.
• August is now movie month in El Paso.
The Plaza Film Festival, in its 4th year,
has a schedule jammed with over 80
films during its 11-day run, all thanks to
the vision of the El Paso Community
Foundation. The El Paso Convention and
Performing Arts Centers presents its 3rd
annual Movies in the Canyon at
McKelligon Fridays and Saturdays begin-
ning Aug. 19. The 8th annual White
Sands Film Festival is another cinematic
highlight on the August calendar.
• Runners are more willing to brave the
heat in August, with competitive races
scheduled nearly every weekend.
Credit should also be given to those
organizations that have faithfully stocked
the August event pantry with such tradi-
tions as the Fiesta de San Lorenzo and St.
Nicholas Greek Festival, which draw
thousands every year.
* * *
Call for artists: El Paso Scene is spon-
soring a November show at the Sunland
Art Gallery, titled (not surprisingly) “El
Paso Scenes.” The top winner will be fea-
tured on the January 2012 cover of El
Paso Scene and also used on our annual
promotional calendar. The winner will
receive a $250 prize; any others that are
selected for later 2012 covers will receive
a $100 prize.
The subject matter must clearly relate to
El Paso and suitable for reproduction.
Images that work well on newsprint usu-
ally have strong colors and good contrast;
fine detail and subtle colors often get
swallowed up by the relatively porous
nature of newsprint. Paintings in various
media, as well as photography, will be
considered.
For information on submission dead-
lines, please contact the Sunland Art
Gallery in the Sunland Park Mall, or call
the gallery at 474-0053 or 584-3117.
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A big thank-you goes to Noelle Lantka,
who has helped with El Paso Scene
proofreading for several years. She start-
ed while living in El Paso and continued
after moving to Pennsylvania. Due to her
increasingly busy schedule, this was her
last issue of the Scene.
The Scene is looking for a proofreader
to review our content the weekend before
publication. The job takes a few hours,
and focuses on making sure all our days
and dates agree, plus catching other mis-
takes. The proofreading is on the week-
end before we go to press, so the work
must be done Saturday afternoon/evening
or Sunday morning of that weekend.
Everything can be proofread at home via
computer. If you’re interested, send an
email with your qualifications to me at
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Fiesta de San Lorenzo — The 97th annual
celebration at San Lorenzo Catholic Church in
Clint is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7.
Hours are noon to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday,
and noon to midnight Sunday. Admission is free
to all events. Information: 851-2255.
One of El Paso County’s oldest traditions, the
event includes food, games, rides, matachines,
loteria, raffle tickets and live music. The event
traditionally attracts more than 10,000 people
each day.
The traditional procession from San Elizario
Parish to the church grounds begins around 3
a.m. Wedneday, Aug. 10 with the recitation of
the rosary, hymns, and Matachines at the
church. A Spanish Mass at 5 a.m., and bilingual
Mass at 10 a.m. and evening Mass at 7 p.m.
with matachines and other festivities through-
out the day.
To get there, take the Clint exit from I-10 and
follow the Mission Trail signs.
2011 Soldier Show — The variety show
performed by soldiers to soldiers and the El
Paso and Fort Bliss communities is 7 p.m.
Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12-13, at the
Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso Convention
Center. Two of the cast members, SGT Jeremy
Wesby and SPC Dexter Quismorio, are sta-
tioned at Fort Bliss, when not on loan to the
Soldier Show. SPC Andrea Griffith of Fort
Eustis, Va. also calls El Paso her hometown.
Tickets are free, but must be acquired in
advance. Ticket information: 588-8247 or
blissmwr.com.
The show is also at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16,
at Oñate High School in Las Cruces.
Information: (575) 678-1256.
‘Feria de las Artes’ —Mercado Mayapan,
2101 Myrtle, will host the arts festival and
farmer’s market 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
Local, cultural and urban art will be featured
through exhibits, theater, poetry, workshops
and live music. Traditional Mexican cuisine,
Mexican products and crafts sold. Information:
532-6206 or mercadomayapan.org.
St. Nicholas Greek Festival —The 24th
annual festival of vibrant Greek culture is Aug.
26-28 at the Greek Orthodox Church of St.
Nicholas, 124 S. Festival. Hours are 5 to 10
p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and
noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $1.
Information: 833-0882.
Food is always the star of the show at the
Greek Festival, and baklava and a plethora of
other pastries such as koulourakia and paxima-
dia will be sold. Lamb will be roasted Greek
style on a spit. The famous Greek combination
dinner plate will also be available. The items
can be purchased separately, along with gyros
sandwiches and other items. The Greek
Souvenirs store will have several handmade and
imported items, and live Greek music and
dances are also featured.
Fiesta de las Flores —The Hispanic
Cultural Center presents the festival is Friday
through Sunday, Sept. 2-4 at El Paso County
Coliseum, 4100 Paisano, with food, vendors,
music, dances and more. Military Appreciation
Day is Friday and the Senior Health Screening
and Dance is Saturday. Information: 533-3730
or fiestadelasflores.org.
Friday hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a
Military Appreciation Night theme. A Military
Recognition ceremony is at 8 p.m. on the out-
door stage. Transportation available for military
personnel to and from the Coliseum Friday
night. All active duty and retired military per-
sonnel, their immediate families will be admit-
ted free with ID; food, and beverage voucher
will be provided. Entertainment includes Safo,
Sons of Villa, headliner Chamillionaire and
more.
Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., with a
Senior Citizen Appreciation Day theme.
• 8 a.m. – Huacha Tournament (continues at 9
a.m. Sunday)
• Noon-5 p.m. — Health screening by Texas
Tech
• 3-7 p.m. — Senior Dance with music by
Rhapsody Band
• 6 p.m. — Entertainment, mariachis, food,
beverages, fames, arts & crafts booths open.
• 8 p.m. — Fiesta Queen presentation.
• Headline entertainment is Grupo Pesado
Sunday hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. with enter-
tainment, ballet folklorico, food, games, arts &
crafts. Headliner is Ramon Ayala.
Minerpalooza 2011 — UTEP’s 21st annual
back-to-school bash and pep rally is 6 p.m. to
midnight Friday, Sept. 2, in the center of
UTEP’s campus, corner of University and
Hawthorne. The family-friendly event features
fall sports teams, games, information booths
and appearances by UTEP athletes, along with
live entertainment and family activities.
Admission is free; food and some activities sold
separately. Miner game tickets will be sold.
Information: 747-5670 or utep.edu/miner-
palooza.
Civic-Cultural Organization of Puerto
Ricans — The El Paso group’s traditional
Labor Day weekend family celebration is noon
to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Biggs Park, Biggs
Army Airfield. The event includes salsa music,
traditional dancing troupes, domino tourna-
ment, souvenir sales and jumping balloon for
children. Puerto Rican dishes (arroz con gan-
dures; roasted pork; bacalaitos) will be sold.
Admission is free. Information: 877-2884, (575)
589-2389 or occpr.org.
Taste of El Paso and KLAQ BBQ — The
26th annual El Paso Restaurant Association
event begins at noon Sunday, Sept. 4, at
Western Playland in Sunland Park. The one-day
food fest features the area’s finest restaurants
in one location, offering samples from their
menus for the general public. Ticket informa-
tion: 544-8864, (575) 589-3410 or klaq.com.
Concert headliners are Halestorm (“I Get
Off,” “Familiar Taste of Poison” and Aranda
(“Still in the Dark,”
“Whyyawannabringmedown.”)
Scenic Sundays — El Paso area citizens and
their pets are invited to ride, skate, walk or run
on Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond,
6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays through September,
and 7 a.m. to noon during the fall and winter
months. Safety barrels will line the area and the
El Paso Police Department will provide security
along this popular path. Hosted by the office of
city Rep. Susie Byrd. Admission is free.
Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpaso-
texas.gov.
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Southern New Mexico
Mountain Wellness Experience —
Several wellness-based businesses in Ruidoso,
N.M. will host three days of wellness “experi-
ences” 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday, July 28-30, with lunch at noon daily
at noon. Each day includes speakers, morning
and afternoon sessions. Evening session Friday
at Ruidoso Physical Therapy. Call for details:
(575) 937-0564.
Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs — The
annual arts and craft show is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, at Ruidoso
Downs Racetrack, featuring all-New Mexico
made artworks, handmade items and live
entertainment. Admission is free. Information:
(575) 378-4431 or ruidownsracing.com.
‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’
— The City of Las Cruces will celebrate the
annual event 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the
Downtown Mall. This free, family fun event is
filled with games, entertainment and giveaways.
Members of local law enforcement agencies
and the Las Cruces Fire Department will
attend. National Night Out is designed to
heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,
generate support for and participation in local
anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood
spirit and police-community partnerships.
Information: (575) 541-2200.
Lincoln County Fair — The annual fair is
Aug. 2-6, at the County Fairgrounds at 5th and
Hwy 48 in Capitan, N.M. (north of Ruidoso),
with indoor and outdoor exhibits including art,
flowers, photography, sewing and quilts and
livestock. The 4-H auction is Saturday food and
animals. Admission is free. Information: (575)
648-2311.
Pony Express Trail Ride — Lincoln
County Sheriff’s Posse hosts its annual com-
memorative trail ride in conjunction with Old
Lincoln Days Aug. 4-7. The ride keeps the
Pony Express tradition alive by carrying the
U.S. mail on horseback through Lincoln
County, from their base at Fort Stanton.
Beginner to experienced riders will follow dif-
ferent trails each day, each cowboy cooking,
attend nightly dances and listen to cowboy
poetry. Cost: $175 per rider (10 percent dis-
count for groups of 10 or more).
Registration/information: (575) 354-0196 or lin-
colncountysheriffsposse.org/trailride.
‘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. Free
live music and other special events also planned
each month. Information: 1-800-548-9378 or
silvercitymainstreet.com.
The Aug. 5 event is “Dog Days of Summer”
with a pet parade (7 p.m.) and street dance
with Kaz Nelson Trio on South Bullard by
Home Furniture ( 6-9 p.m.). Hot dogs, ice
cream, kids activities and more.
The Sept. 3 event coincides with Taste of
Downtown. Restaurant tour, street dance and
free family activities. Call 534-1700 for Taste of
Downtown ticket information.
Old Lincoln Days — The annual celebration
of Lincoln’s Wild West heritage is Aug. 5-7 in
Lincoln, N.M., a restored Western town
famous for the bloody Lincoln County Wars of
1878 and the escape of Billy the Kid after he
was sentenced to die by hanging. The town,
maintained by the Lincoln State Monument and
Lincoln County Heritage Trust, is on U.S. 380
about 30 minutes from Ruidoso. The event fea-
tures a parade, vendors, food, a Mountain Man
camp, cavalry reenactors and the “Last Escape
of Billy the Kid” folk pageant. Information:
(575) 653-4372 or billythekidpageant.org.
Silver City Gun Show — The 31st annual
show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13-14, at the Grant
County Business and Conference Center, cor-
ner of Hwy 180 and 32nd. Buy-sell-trade dis-
plays for guns, knives, ammo, turquoise jewel-
ry, coins, reloading equipment, western and
military memorabilia and more. Admission: $4
(children 12 and younger free with adult).
Sponsored by Gila Fish and Gun Club.
Information: (575) 388-2360.
Otero County Fair — The annual fair and
rodeo is Aug. 17-20 at the fairgrounds in
Alamogordo, N.M. The fairgrounds are off U.S.
54 on the north side of town, across from
White Sands Mall. Information: (575) 434-0788.
Run to the Copper Country Car Show
– The 19th annual car show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at Gough Park in Silver City,
N.M. (weather permitting), with vendors,
refreshments, raffles, oldies music and a trophy
winner parade. Sponsored by The Copper
Country Cruizers. Admission is free; registra-
tion is $35 per car. Information/registration:
(575) 388-3468 or coppercountrycruizers.com.
Registration is 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at
Holiday Inn Express, 1103 Superior, with a hot
dog burn at 5:30 p.m. and Oldies dance 6 to 8
p.m.
The Cruizers are a family-oriented auto club,
and booths and other activities will be available
during the show, which is limited to vehicles
from 1973 and earlier.
Great American Duck Race — The
annual running of the ducks is Thursday
through Sunday, Aug. 25-28, in Deming, N.M.
Admission is free for spectators, and anyone
can be a duck racer for just $5. This year’s
theme is “Super Heroes.” The ducks are pro-
vided; don’t bring one. Call for entry forms.
Information: (888) 345-1125, (575) 544-0469
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Plaza Classic Film Festival — The El Paso
Community Foundation’s 4th annual classic
and ”semi-classic” movie in the Plaza’s Main
Theatre, Philanthropy Theatre and outdoor
Festival Plaza Aug. 4-14. Page 62.
San Elizario Art District — The First
Friday Art Walk is Aug. 5 along Main Street
near the San Elizario Plaza on the Mission
Trail. The Mission Trail Art Market with than
50 area artisans and craftspeople is Aug. 21
on the plaza. Page 2.
Cirque de la Symphonie — The El Paso
Symphony Orchestra presents the combined
magic of Cirque and Symphony Aug. 25 at
the Plaza Theatre. Pages 4 and 32.
Minerpalooza 2011 — UTEP’s back-to-
school bash and pep rally is Sept. 2 in the
center of campus. The first home game of
the season is Sept. 3 vs. Stony Brook at the
Sun Bowl. Page 63.
Western Impressions Art Show - El Paso
Art Association’s annual juried show is Aug.
6-26 at the El Paso Public Library Main
Branch. Page 48.
Movies in the Canyon —The 3rd annual
free movie season at McKelligon Canyon
Amphitheater is Friday through Sunday Aug.
19-Oct. 1. Page 61.
El Paso Convention and Performing Arts
Center — Armando Manzanero and
Angelica Maria are Aug. 20 at Abraham
Chavez Theatre; Tejano Legends concert is
Aug. 20 at the Plaza Theatre. Alfresco
Fridays free music events are Fridays
through Sept. 30 at Arts Festival Plaza.
Page 4.
Power of Action —Dream Makers 99’s
Business Motivational Conclave is Aug. 20 at
Radisson Airport. Page 17.
‘Feria de las Artes’ — Mercado Mayapan,
2101 Myrtle, will host the arts festival and
farmer’s market 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
20. Page 35.
Hunks: The Show — The Vegas-style show
is Aug. 26 at Sunland Park Racetrack and
Casino’s Signature Showroom. Page 11.
Singles Game Night — “Goat Game”
inventor Peggy Kligman hosts an evening for
singles age 21 and older Aug. 27 at the
Westside Fuddrucker’s. Page 21.
LYNX Exhibits — Showing through Sept.
4: “Take Flight” and ”Noise.” Summer camps
continue through Aug. 15. Page 14.
The exhibit space also features El Paso
Artisan Gallery with regional artists and
crafts. Page 47.
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The
group’s Fall French classes begin the week of
Sept. 12 for beginner to advanced students.
Page 55.
‘ABBA The Concert’ – The tribute to the
legendary Swedish pop group is Sept. 14-15
at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Page 29.
La Union Maze — The cornfield maze’s U-
Pick garden is open through Sept. 18 on
Highway 28 in La Union. Page 23.
Rubin Center — Showing through Sept.
21 at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin
Center for the Visual Arts is “Light Lines: Jay
Atherton and Cy Keener.” A presentation by
Atherton and Keener is Sept. 21. Page 22.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing — The 10th annual “producers
only” market is Saturdays through mid-
October. Page 30.
El Paso Zoo — The zoo now features foun-
tains, sprinklers and water fun for visitors.
Page 53.
Border AIDS Partnership presents Paula
Poundstone — The observational comic
headlines the “Spotlight 2011” gala Oct. 13
at The Plaza Theatre. Page 5.
Arts International — The 44th annual Arts
International Juried Exhibition is Oct. 15-
Nov. 11 at the new West Side CTI facility. A
workshop with painter and exhibit judge
David Schwindt is Oct. 3-5. Page 44.
Southern New Mexico
Fort Stanton Live! — The fort’s annual cel-
ebration of living history is Aug. 5-7 at Fort
Stanton, 20 miles northeast of Ruidoso. Page
25.
Silver City MainStreet — First Fridays
events are Aug. 5 (Dog Days) and Sept. 3
(Taste of Downtown) and a Western
Welcome street dance for students is Aug.
12 throughout Downtown. Page 55.
Alto Artists Studio Tour — The artists of
Lincoln County’s Alto area open their studios
for the 9th annual free public tour Aug. 6-7.
Page 5.
New Mexico SalsaFest —Main Street Las
Cruces’s 3rd annual SalsaFest Aug. 28 at
the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The
SalsaFest Gala is Aug. 27 at La Placita. Page
12.
Cloudcroft Labor Day Fiesta — The
annual family party is Sept. 2-4 on Burro
Avenue in Cloudcroft. Free melodramas
nightly at the Open Air Pavilion in Zenith
Park. Page 7.
All-American Gun & Western Collectible
Show — The show is Sept. 3-4 at the
Ruidoso Convention Center. Page 37.
Harvest Wine Festival — The New
Mexico Wine Growers Association’s festival
is Sept. 3-5, at the Southern New Mexico
State Fairgrounds in Las Cruces. Page 13.
Cottonwood Festival —The 21st annual
arts and craft festival is Sept. 3-5 in Alameda
Park in Alamogordo. Page 30.
‘Pickamania!’ — Mimbres Region Arts
Council’s celebration of folk, bluegrass and
Americana acoustic musical traditions is
Sept. 9-11 in Gough Park. Page 20.
Ski Run Road Challenge — The annual
race benefiting Ski Apache’s Disabled Skiers
Program is Oct.29 at the Eagle Creek Sports
Complex in Ruidoso. Page 25.
Fountain Theatre — The historic theater
operated by the Mesilla Valley Film Society
features foreign language, art house and
independent films nightly. The CinéMatinee
Film Series screenings are Saturday after-
noons. Page. 58.
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advertised in this issue.
or demingduckrace.com.
The Tournament of Ducks Parade is at 10 a.m.
Saturday in downtown Deming.
Opening ceremonies and invocation are at
noon Saturday at the Deming Elks Lodge, 2799
Chaplin.
Live Duck Races and Water Races are noon to
4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon
Sunday at McKinley Duck Downs. Duck Race
eliminations and finals are 3 p.m. Sunday.
Other events:
• Duck Royalty Pageants are at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday at the DPS Auditorium.
• Duck Mart vendors begin at 6 p.m. Thursday
at Courthouse Park and run all day Friday
through Sunday, with carnival events beginning
4 p.m. Friday and running all day Saturday and
Sunday. Live entertainment from noon to 8
p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
• Duck Race Dance is 9 p.m. Friday and
Saturday. Location to be announced.
Admission: $5.
• The Kickoff Breakfast hosted by Elks Lodge
2799 is 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Courthouse
Park. $5 per plate.
• Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension is 7 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday at the Deming Soccer
Field.
• Barbecue hosted by First United Methodist
Church, corner of Granite and Buckey, is 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
• Slow Pitch Tournament runs all day Saturday
and Sunday at the Hooten Complex.
• The Great American Tortilla Toss is 2 p.m.
Saturday, and the Great American Outhouse
Race is 5:30 p.m. on Silver Street.
New Mexico SalsaFest —Main Street Las
Cruces kicks off the State of New Mexico’s
2012 Centennial Celebration with its 3rd annu-
al SalsaFest 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28,
at the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Salsa
chefs, homemakers and restaurants, will make
salsa on site, and guests may buy a wristband to
taste and vote for their favorite salsa. Cash
prizes for winning salsas. Live music by Son
Como Son. Admission is free; tasting wrist-
bands are $5 ($2 ages 3-12 and younger).
Information: (575) 525-1955.
Salsa music provided by Son Como Son of
Albuquerque, with a salsa dance competition,
zumba demonstration, food and merchandise
booths and children’s activities.
Commercial and “home-style” salsa chefs from
around New Mexico will compete for over
$2,000 in prizes and awards. Cash prizes of
$500, $750 and $1,000 will be awarded to the
home-style winners, as well as the People’s
Choice Award and the Mayor’s Choice Award.
The SalsaFest Gale is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 27, at La Placita (next to La Iguana, 139
N. Main). The gala features music by Animo,
with food catered by Andale’s Restaurant.
Tickets are $35.
Cloudcroft Labor Day Fiesta — The
annual family party is all day Friday through
Sunday, Sept. 2-4, on Burro Avenue in
Cloudcroft. The event includes live music,
games, a sidewalk sale food, street dance, wild
west show and outhouse races. Admission is
free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-
682-8777 or cloudcroft.net.
Free melodramas at the Open Air Pavilion in
Zenith Park are 7:30 p.m. nightly, Sept. 2-4,
featuring “Ratcatcher’s Daughter” by Tim Kelly.
All-American Gun & Western
Collectible Show — The annual show is 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4,
at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Hundreds
of guns, gun-related items, Indian artifacts,
knives, cowboy gear and more will be on dis-
play. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities.
Admission: $5 (free for age 12 & under free).
Information: (575) 257-6171 or
trekwest.com/gunshow.
Cottonwood Festival —The 21st annual
Labor Day Weekend arts and craft festival is
Sept. 3-5 in Alameda Park, alongside White
Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70) in Alamogordo. The
event offers more than 80 booths of arts and
crafts, entertainment, car show, zumba and hip
hop demonstrations, dancers, food, carnival
rides and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday (opening ceremony at 11 a.m.), 9 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
Featured entertainment: Claxton Rocks, 5:30-
7:30 p.m. Saturday; Selmo, 5-7 p.m. Sunday;
and Karaoke Contest Monday. Admission is
free. Information: Alamogordo Chamber of
Commerce, (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294
or alamogordo.com.
An Ambassador Pancake Breakfast is 7 to 10
a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $6.50 per
plate.
Harvest Wine Festival — The New
Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its
2011 Labor Day Weekend festival noon to 6
p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3-5, at
the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds,
Las Cruces. Admission: $15, includes souvenir
wine glass; under 21 free accompanied by par-
ent of legal guardian. Monday is Military Day,
with $3 discount for active duty military with
ID. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of
age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets,
coolers or open containers allowed.
Information: (575) 522-1232, 1-800-494-6366
or wineharvestfestival.com.
The festival features wines produced by New
Mexico’s leading wineries, available for tasting
and for sale by the glass, bottle or case, plus
live entertainment each day, specialty foods,
arts and crafts, grape stomp contests every
hour and more.
Featured entertainers begin at noon and 3
p.m. daily. Saturday’s performers are
Locomotion and Nosotros; Sunday’s are
Captain Radio and The Flyers and Bri Bagwell;
Monday’s performers are Soulshine and Reeling
in the Years.
To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West
toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit
and follow the signs.
Hatch Chile Festival —The “chile capital
of the world’s” 39th annual celebration is
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, at the Hatch
Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of
Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts
and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and paint-
ing demonstrations, live music, beer garden and
fresh roasted Hatch green chile. Admission:
$10 per carload. Information: (575) 267-5483
or hatchchilefest.com.
Opening ceremonies and Queen’s coronation
are noon Saturday; and live music begins at
noon both days.
Contests are 1:15 and 2:45 p.m. Saturday and
2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, including chile eating,
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The Chile Queen’s auction is 2 p.m. Saturday
and the Chile Festival auction is 4 p.m. Sunday.
Hillsboro Harvest Festival — Percha
Creek Traders Artisan’s Cooperative hosts the
3rd annual Labor Day weekend festival
Saturday, Sept. 3, in Hillsboro, N.M.
Information: (575) 895-5797 or perchacreek-
traders.com.
Percha Creek Traders is in downtown
Hillsboro on Highway 152, 17 miles west of I-
25 at exit 63.
‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral
Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem
and Mineral Society’s 28th annual show in
Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 3-5 at the Grant
County Business and Conference Center, 3031
Hwy 180 East, in Silver City, N.M. The show
offers guided field trips, vendors, silent auc-
tions, exhibits and demonstrations. Hours are
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday an Sunday, and 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free.
Information: rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com.
The show, a Labor Day Weekend event in
Grant County for many years, features dealers
from around the Southwest with museum-qual-
ity mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted
from rock and gems. Quantities of “rough”
stones are available for cutting and polishing
work, as well as equipment and supplies.
Rockhounding trips depart at 9 a.m. each day,
with new educational trips at 1 p.m. each day.
Carrizozo Cowboy Day — The communi-
ty of Carrizozo, N.M.’s celebration of cowboy
life and lifestyles on the range past and present
Monday, Sept. 5, featuring a parade, chuck-
wagon dinner, demonstrations, cowboy poetry,
music, vendors and more. Cost: $5 per car.
Information: Verla, (575) 648-2265 or zozoban-
dit@tularosa.net.
This year’s event is held in conjunction with
the Carrizozo Labor Day Street Fair, and
begins at 7 a.m. with a cattle drive at the his-
toric Bar W Ranch, 9 miles north of Carrizozo
on Hwy 54. Free cowboy breakfast and coffee
for first 500 spectators.
The Street Fair is all day at Carrizozo’s
McDonald Park with live music, vendors and
games.
The ranch rodeo is that afternoon at Hemphill
Arena on Hwy 54 with Wild Cow Milking,
Cattle Branding, Cattle Penning, Trailer Loading
and Wild Cow Doctoring.
Downtown Ramble — The City of Las
Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7
p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Las
Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575)
523-2950.
Super Saturdays in Colorful Columbus
— Luna County Economic and Community
Development will host an all-day merchants
event throughout Columbus, N.M. the first
Saturday of every month featuring local mer-
chants and organizations offering special events,
promotions and garage sales. Guests are also
invited to enjoy the community’s Historical
Walking Tour and museums. Admission is free.
Information/directions: Philip Skinner, (915)
526-2307 or columbusnewmexico.com.
West Texas
Big Bend Ranch Rodeo — The annual
WCRA rodeo is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-
13, at the Sul Ross State University Range and
Animal Science Arena, Hwy 90 E, in Alpine.
Area cowboys compete for cash and prizes in
various events. Performances begin at 7 p.m.
both days, with the annual rodeo parade is
Saturday in downtown Alpine. Information:
(432) 364-2696 or (432) 294-1250.
A Big Bend Cowboy Church service is Sunday
in the old Wool and Mohair Building.
Marfa Lights Festival —The 25th annual
festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious
lights is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4 in
Marfa, Texas. Activities over the Labor Day
Weekend include food and crafts booths, a
main street parade, contests, concerts and
street dances in the Presidio Courthouse area.
Information: (432) 729-4942, 1-800-650-9696
or info@marfacc.com. Web: marfacc.com.
Big Bend Balloon Bash — The 2011 hot
air balloon festival in Alpine, Texas, will feature
nearly 30 colorful balloons Saturday through
Monday, Sept. 3-5 at the Sierra La Rana com-
munity 2 miles south of Alpine on State Hwy
118. Gates open at 7 a.m. mass ascension at
7:30 a.m. each day. Admission to the launch
site is free; no pets allowed. Information: (432)
837-7486 or bigbendballoonbash.com.
A Fire Concert is 8 p.m. Sunday, at Alpine
High School’s Buck Stadium.
Bazaars and fairs
Eastern Star Yard Sale — Las Cruces
Chapter #20, Order of the Eastern Star’s
annual yard sale is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and
8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 5-6, at the
Masonic Lodge, 180 E. Boutz in Las Cruces.
Proceeds used to sponsor local charities.
Information: (575) 521-7936.
El Paso Psychic Fair —The fair is 11 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, at
the Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway (at Boeing).
Admission: $5 for both days (private readings
not included with admission). Free admission
with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-
6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
The fair features aura photos, handmade New
Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, spirit writ-
ing, Feng Shui products, aromatherapy and
readings by 14 professional psychic readers and
mediums from across Texas and New Mexico.
Readings offered in English and Spanish.
St. Thomas Aquinas Craft Fair — St.
Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community Church,
11970 Bywood, will host its annual bazaar arts
and crafts festival Friday through Sunday, Aug.
12-14. Information: 591-2752.
Mission Trail Art Market — More than 50
area artisans and craftspeople display their fine
arts and crafts during the monthly open-air
market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, in
the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San
Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario.
Items include pottery, jewelry, painting, sculp-
ture, photography, gourmet treats, seasonal
decorations and home accents. Food and drink
concessions, entertainment and guided tours of
historic San Elizario offered. Admission is free.
Information: 594-8424 or missiontrailartmar-
ket.com.
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Lions Club Antique Show — Ruidoso
Noon Lions Club hosts its fundraising show
Aug. 26-28, at Ruidoso Convention Center,
111 Sierra Blanca Drive in Ruidoso. Hours are
5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $3 in
advance; $4 at the gate. Three-day pass: $5.
Information: (575) 336-7706.
San Luis Rey Church Fiesta — San Luis
Rey Church in Chamberino, N.M. will host its
annual Gran Fiesta noon to 10 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 28, featuring food and refreshments
(gorditas, enchiladas, tripitas, hamburgers,
sodas, aguas frescas, snow cones, beer), loteria,
dart throw and a softball tournament. Live
music provided by Centauro Band as well as
folklorico dancers, danza azteca and mat-
achines. Information: (575) 882-2045.
The fiesta mass is at 10 a.m. followed by a
procession, with dancers, to the fiesta grounds.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing — The 10th annual market is 7:30
a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid-October.
This “producers only” market features quality
farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. No
re-selling permitted. The CoffeeStream will
serve breakfast and coffee on the patio until 11
a.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing is at One
Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M.; from El
Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio
Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273),
continue past the post office and turn left on
Ardovino.
The Animal Rescue League of El Paso and El
Paso Humane Society will be a the market the
first and last Saturday of the month respectively
with pets in need of caring, loving homes.
Outlet Shoppes Farmers Market —
The Outlet Shoppes of El Paso, 7051 S. Desert
in Canutillo, hosts its Farmers Market 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 9, at the north
end (between New Balance and Rue 21), fea-
turing local farmers and artisans. Information:
877-3208.
St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 48th annual
Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3-5, at the St.
Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at
Crescent). The event offers food, games and
live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a
Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is
planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is
free. Information: 566-2261.
Proceeds from the event go directly to the
education, housing and living expenses for the
seminarians.
CDA Vendor and Craft Fair —The
Catholic Daughters of America and TNT will
host their monthly craft fair noon to 4 p.m. the
third Sunday of each month at Catholic
Daughters Hall, 801 Magoffin, featuring crafts,
antojitos and music. The “Fundraising for a
Cause” fair helps local charities and the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. Fairs will
be held monthly through December.
Information: 532-1839.
Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts — Holy
Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in
Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of over
60 area artists celebrating sacred and religious
art 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 3-4. The event includes painting, pottery,
jewelry, stained glass, woodworking and textile
art. Live music by Randy Granger at noon and
Gipsy Gitano at 2 p.m. Admission is free; dona-
tions taken at the door and raffle tickets avail-
able for $2 each. Food, music and a silent auc-
tion also offered. Information: (575) 524-3688
or franciscanfestival.org.
‘Labors of Love’ Art Fair — The San
Vicente Artists group presents its 18th annual
juried arts and crafts show begins at 10 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, in the Silco
Theater in Silver City N.M. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 534-4401 or silvercit-
yartists.org.
Something for everyone
‘Dancing Backwards in High Heels’ —
The Women’s Business Border Center (a joint
project of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce and the U.S. Small Business
Administration) presents the Women’s Business
Symposium 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July
30, at El Paso Community College
Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount.
Cost:
$40 ($25 students, military and seniors). RSVP:
Adriana Trillo, 566-4066
Speakers are: Lt. Col. Karen M. Wrancher of
the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss; Ana
Cablik of Anasteel & Supply Co. (named among
100 Top Hispanic Entrepreneurs of 2009);
Monica Contreras, Vice President and Head of
Hispanic Markets, New York Life Insurance;
Marie Diaz of Pursuit of Excellence.
Latinitas — The nonprofit dedicated to
empowering Latina youth offers regular cre-
ative expression workshops, exhibits and more.
Information: 219-8554,
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or latinitas-
magazine.org.
• Multimedia Art Classes for grades 4-8 are 1-3
p.m. the second Saturday of each month (Aug.
13) at Judge Marquez Public Library; Classes
are also 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the fourth
Saturday of each month (Aug. 27) at the
Westside Pubic Library.
• Chicas Advancing in Media Project: Teens in
grades 8-12 can learn about photography, mag-
azine writing and broadcast journalism in
biweekly media workshops 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday Aug. 6 and 20, at EPCC Valle Verde
(A2158).
• Tiara Tuesday benefit night: 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Mesa Street Bar & Grill,
2525 N. Mesa. $10 donation includes a mani-
cure.
• Alliance for Latinitas Volunteer Information
Session is 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at The
Percolator, 217 N. Stanton.
• Donations for the Latinitas back to school
supply drive accepted at 1359 Lomaland #502.
• Back to School Makeover Contest. Submit an
essay about the importance of higher education
to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com by Aug. 8. The
winner will win a free hair and make-up style
and a photo shoot, as well as having their win-
ning work published in our magazine.
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• Teen Leadership Institute applications due
Sept. 1 for high school girls.
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: rgadelante.org or
rgadelante@gmail.com.
• August events: PFLAG El Paso meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 2; Back to School Pool Party
Sunday, Aug. 14.
• GLISA (Gay and Lesbian International
Sporting Association) gay sports leagues and
events are also available through the organiza-
tion. The LGBT Softball Tournament is planned
for this fall. A sanctioned Volleyball League
(social and competitive) also is being planned.
Information: 525-3435.
La Fe backpack giveaway — Centro de
Salud Familiar La Fe Clinic is offering free back-
pack and school supplies (while supplies last)
for first-time CHIP registrants through Aug.
4, as part of its CHIP outreach program.
Information: 351-6466 or lafe-ep.org.
Registration offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday at the La FE CHIP Assistance
Center, 1225 E. Yandell, and at the following La
Fe locations:
• 9 a.m. to noon Friday, July 29, at Westway
Clinic and Community Center, 1713 Banker in
Canutillo
• 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, and Monday,
Aug. 1, at Child and Adolescent Wellness
Center, 721 S. Ochoa
• 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 1, and
Thursday, Aug. 4, at Lisbon Clinic, 200 Lisbon
• 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Aug. 2, Jose Roman
MD Pediatric Clinic, 815 E. Yandell
• 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at San Elizario
Clinic, 1313 E. San Antonio in San Elizario
• 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Montana
Vista Community and Resource Center, 14618
Gregg
• 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 3, at
Yandell Adult Clinic, 823 Yandell
• Noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the
Central Clinic, 700 S. Ochoa.
Nuestras Familias Parent Support
Group — The Spanish-language group for
mothers of children and adolescents meets at
11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Family Services of El
Paso, 6040 Surety Drive, to share a meal and
ideas and experiences as mothers in a nonjudg-
mental environment. Guest teachers attend
some meetings. Hosted by University of Texas
School of Public Health/Family Services of El
Paso Participation is free. Information: 791-
2114.
August meetings are Friday, Aug. 5 and 19
for mothers of adolescents; Tuesday, Aug. 9
and 23 for mothers of ages 0-5 and Thursday,
Aug. 11 and 25 for mothers of age 6-12.
Smeltertown-Buenavista Reunion —
The historic neighborhoods will host their 27th
reunion 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 6,
at El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama, fea-
turing dinner and dancing to Little Mike and
The Blue Kings. Tickets: $17 in advance; $20 at
the door. Information: 760-6414 or smelter-
town—buenavista@yahoo.com. Web: smelter-
town-buenavistareunion.com.
The annual four-man scramble golf tourna-
ment begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 5, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900
Delta. Prizes given to 1st through 6th places.
Open to the public. Cost: $50 per player, plus
cart and green fees.
Navigating a World of Changes — The
Center for Civic Engagement at
UTEP hosts a series of seminars for nonprofit
leaders, “New Horizons, New Leaders,” in
August in September. All nonprofits in El Paso
or Doña Ana County may bring two board
members and two staff members for free. Cost
for out-of-county organizations is $125 per
person for full day seminar with luncheon; $200
two days; $225 two days, plus board work-
shop. Information: 747-7969 or cce@utep.edu
The workshop “What Every Nonprofit
Executive Director Wished Their Board
Members Knew” is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 10, at Holiday Inn Airport Atrium
Ballroom, 6655 Gateway West, with guest
speaker Stanley Weinstein of Weinstein and Co.
in Albuquerque.
A full-day seminars:
• 8:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the
Holiday Inn Airport, with keynote talks on
“Leadership” by Kathleen McCleskey of the San
Antonio Area Foundation and “Volunteering:
101 Ways You Can Change the World and Your
Life”
by Dr. Douglas Lawson, Lawson Associates in
Dallas and New York.
• 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, as
Hilton Garden Inn, 111 W. University, with
keynote talks on “Nonprofit Boards: Separating
Fact from Fiction” by Rob Mitchell of
Philanthromax in San Antonio and “Best
Practices of the Best Boards” by Jean Block of
Jean Block Consulting in Albuquerque.
Lawyers for the Arts — El Paso Museum
of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza, will host a free
lecture by Sally C. Helppie, Esq. on “Copyright
Basics and Script Clearance: What To Do
Before You Shoot” at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in
the museum’s auditorium as part of El Paso
Lawyers for the Arts. A cocktail reception fol-
lows at 5 p.m. Continuing Legal Education
credit (CLE) will be applied for and provided to
attending lawyers and legal assistants. RSVP
required; space is limited. Information/RSVP:
532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org.
Parent financial workshops — New York
Life Insurance Co., along with the non-profit
organizations Avance and United Way of El
Paso County, are hosting two workshops to
help parents teach financial values to their chil-
dren and plan for their children’s higher educa-
tion. Both workshops are in the Templeton
Room of the UTEP Student Union Building.
• Raising Financially Responsible Children, noon
to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.
• Funding for College, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday,
Aug. 13, followed by optional hour-long UTEP
campus tour.
Space is limited. RSVP to Emily Martin Loya at
541-3310 or Emily_martin@newyorklife.com.
Mass for Peace and Reconciliation —
Pax Christi El Paso will host its annual mass 10
a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at Queen of Peace
Catholic Church, 1551 Belvidere, commemo-
rating the 66th anniversary of the bombing of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan in 1945, killing
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about 140,000 people. The celebrant and
homilist will be Father Bill Morton, a
Colombian missionary who has served in the
inner-city of Chicago, Taiwan, Dallas, and both
Cd. Juarez and El Paso at the US/Mexico bor-
der. Admission is free and individuals of all faiths
are invited. Information: 566-9396 or 740-
3962.
Pax Christi El Paso is affiliated with Pax Christi
USA, a Catholic peace movement. It seeks to
promote the peace of Christ by exploring,
articulating, witnessing and practicing Gospel
nonviolence. Monthly meeting are at 6:45 p.m.
on the first Tuesday of each month at Centro
Mujeres de la Esperanza, 1101 Birch. All are
invited.
Women’s Leadership series — The
monthly lunch series hosted by Positive
Directions is the third Thursday of each month.
Call for location and cost. Information/registra-
tion: 838-1000.
The Aug. 18 session is “WOW: The Wisdom
of Women: A Man’s View, a panel discussion
with Honorable Mayor John Cook, Hector
Gutierrez, and Dr. Ernie Roberts.
Sales Tax Holiday — Most clothes and
shoes prices under $100 can be purchased tax-
free Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19-21, during
Texas’ annual Sales Tax Holiday. Most clothing
and footwear priced under $100 are exempt
from sales taxes. Customers may purchase as
many tax-exempt items as they wish.
Information: 1-800-252-5555.
Back to School Expo — The annual tax-
free weekend expo is Saturday and Sunday,
Aug. 20-21, at Cielo Vista Mall, Admission is
free. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.
Document shredding — Better Business
Bureau will host free paper shredding event 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Sam’s Club
Cielo Vista, 11360 Pellicano. Bring up to three
boxes of documents for shredding. Information:
577-0191.
Shredding will be also be offered 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Westside Sam’s
Club at 7970 N. Mesa.
Power of Action —The Dream Makers 99
Business Motivational Conclave is 10:30 a.m. to
2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Radisson Airport,
1770 Airway. Registration at 10 a.m. The event
is for those looking to start a business or
increase their income potential. Guest speaker
is Cynthia Hughes, owner of FuntastiCo. Pizza
and Games and Firstlight Federal Credit Union
spokesperson. Business casual attire.
Registration (by Aug. 10): $109; includes lunch.
Information/registration: dreammakers99.com.
Tardeada Ranchera — The Golden Bear
Social Club hosts its annual Tardeada Ranchera
5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at First
Presbyterian Church, 1300 Murchison.
Rhapsody will play. Tickets are $15.
Refreshments available; BYOB. Prizes for best
costumes. Advance ticket purchase recom-
mended: 565-9872 or 755-4038.
Kidney Transplant Support Group —
The group for all kidney transplant recipients
and their families meets 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Las Palmas Medical
Center, 1700 N. Oregon, Suite 680. Recipients
learn about post-transplant issues. This month’s
topic is “Dialysis and Me: The Dance I
Survived.” Admission is free. Information: 521-
1828.
Science Cafe — Jane McFarland,
Interpreter/Resource Specialist at Hueco Tanks
State Park & Historic Site, will discuss the histo-
ry of the park and its native art at the UTEP
Chapter of Sigma Xi’s monthly casual science
discussion event 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
25, at the TecH2O Water Resources Learning
Center; 10751 Montana. Admission is free.
RSVP needed as space is limited. Information:
621-2005 or tech2o.org.
Science Cafe, hosted by Sigma Xi and El Paso
Water Utilities, is part the Public Understanding
of Science Program, which allows scientists,
engineers and specialists to discuss their work
in casual settings.
‘Keep On Dancing’ cancer seminar —
Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts the edu-
cation seminar for cancer survivors, patients
and caregivers 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
27, at El Paso Marriot, 1600 Airway. Cancer
survivors can connect with other survivors and
take part in workshops, presentations and dis-
cussions. Guest speaker is osteosarcoma sur-
vivor and spearheader of the Health and
Humor movement Scott Burton. Other speak-
ers include Armando Gonzalez-Stuart, Ph. D.
speaking on healthy eating habits during cancer
treatment. Registration fee: $25.
Information/registration: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.
Singles Game Night — Peggy Kligman,
inventor of “The Goat Game” will host an
evening for singles age 21 and older at 6:30
p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Fuddrucker’s
Restaurant, 5030 N. Desert Blvd. Learn flirting
tips and take part in the game on “goatish” dat-
ing behaviors. Special guest speaker Kimberly
Brenner will talk on “Searching for a Totally
Happy Relationship.” Cost: $10 (cash only).
Information/RSVP: 740-5051 or goatgame.com.
El Paso Night Shift Nights — The weekly
car and motorcycle club showcase is 8 p.m.
Wednesdays, at Fox Plaza (back parking lot),
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5559 Alameda. The family event food, live
music, jumping balloons and cars and motorcy-
cles of many types. offers No alcohol allowed
at event. Admission: $3 per person or car; free
for ages 12 and younger. Information: 779-
8424.
Junior Leadership El Paso – Participants
are sought through Sept. 23 for the ninth
annual program for area high school juniors,
based on the Greater El Paso Chamber of
Commerce’s successful adult program.
Leadership El Paso. Junior Leadership El Paso
offers high school juniors a hands-on education
about El Paso’s issues, history, challenges and
opportunities. Participants tour the region and
meet face-to-face with some of the area’s top
movers and shakers in business, government,
the arts, health care, education, the military and
economic development. Participation is free.
Information: 534-0526 or elpaso.org.
Paso del Norte parenting classes —
Paso Del Norte Children’s Development
Center, 1101 E. Schuster, hosts training classes
for parents of children with disabilities. English
and Spanish courses offered. Information: Delia
Blanco, 544-8484, ext. 195.
Sun Metro museum and zoo special —
Families can ride Sun Metro to the El Paso Zoo,
Insights Museum or Lynx Exhibits and get
admission discounts through Sept. 5. Parents
can show their day or monthly bus pass to the
zoo or museum ticket office, buy an adult pass
and get one child’s admission pass for free.
Information : elpasotexas.gov/sunmetro.
Irvin High Class 45th reunion — The
Irvin High School Class of 1966 will host its
45th reunion Oct. 14-16, at Holiday Inn
Airport, 6655 Gateway West. All Irvin High
graduates and friends are invited. Information:
(830) 935-3278 or glenngon@aol.com.
For a good cause
‘Battle of the Badges’ Blood Drive —
The 3rd annual community blood drive is
Friday through Sunday, July 29-31, at Cielo
Vista Mall. Local firemen and policemen will
recruit blood donors and donate themselves,
competing for votes. Information: 544-5422.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16
years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in
good health. Additional height/weight require-
ments apply to donors 23 and younger, and
donors who are 16 must have signed permis-
sion from a parent or guardian.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
First Class Friday —The Eta Iota Zeta
Chapter will host a First Class Friday 7-11 p.m.
Aug. 5 at the Corner Jazz Cafe, Pebble Hills
and Lee Trevino. Everyone is asked to bring a
newborn baby item
for admission, to restock the nonprofit Stork’s
Nest. Also bring a business card to network
with other patrons over dinner and jazz music.
Information: cornerjazzcafe.com, or Betty
Halliburton, 235-3924.
The Stork’s Nest provides free prenatal educa-
tion to pregnant women to help prevent birth
defects and premature births. Along with the
free education women receive free baby items.
The program is a collaboration of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. and March of Dimes.
Fashion Palooza — Boys and Girls Clubs of
El Paso will host the gala fundraiser 5 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7, at The Garden Restaurant and
Bar, 511 Western, in Union Plaza, with a run-
way “back-to-school” fashion show, buffet and
dancing to live music by Austin blues/soul band
The Resentments. Tickets: $50 in advance; $65
at the door. Information: 532-7410 or bgcelpa-
so.org.
The show features models from the Boys and
Girls Club of El Paso and other local youth
organization kids modeling the latest fashions
from JCPenneys.
‘Stories from the Borderland: Current
Issues in Ciudad Juárez’ —Morgan
Smith, freelance writer and photographer, and
organizers of the Los Ojos de Dios orphanage
in Juárez are the featured speakers at the pro-
gram, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Temple
Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. Admission is a
$10 donation at the door. A silent auction will
raise funds for medical expenses for children at
the orphanage. Light appetizers served.
Information: 532-5959.
Back To School For Child Crisis
Center — The benefit show to raise money
and collect school supplies for the Child Crisis
Center is 3-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at House
of Rock, 8838 Viscount, hosted by Sweetest
Downfall. Entertainment includes six bands and
a youth dance performance by Groove Boppers
between sets. All age event. Admission: $5.
Information: 562-7955, childcrisiselp.org.
Health-a-thon — The first-ever event is 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the El Maida
Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Lessons in
Yoga, Aerobic, Zumba, Pilates, Belly Dancing,
Kickboxing, etc. and a Special Finale. Presented
by Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America El
Minya Court #46. First 200 participants get a
free T shirt; everyone gets a goodie bag
Tickets: $30. Advance tickets: Sylvia, 497-1076.
Vendor booths: 203-8338 or 581-9494.
Proceeds benefit El Minya Court #46 and
Shriners Galveston Children’s Burn Hospital
and Shriners Houston Children’s Orthopedic
Hospital where children are treated without
cost.
Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet
— El Paso Branch of the National Association
of the Advancement of Colored People hosts
its annual awards banquet 6 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at Wyndham El Paso
Airport, 2027 Airway. Scholarships will be
awarded to two El Paso students, and awards
will be given to area residents who have con-
tributed outstanding service to the community.
Cost: $55 per person. Information: 751-6490
or naacpelpaso.org.
The El Paso NAACP branch is the oldest
branch in the State of Texas.
Scholarship Fundraising Dance —
Enterprising and Professional Women Paso del
Norte of the International Business and
Professional Women Organization will host its
4th annual fundraising event 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at Carousel Restaurant and
Tequila Bar, 3800 N. Mesa, featuring music by
Havana Feelings (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata).,
dancing, food, and refreshments. Proceeds go
towards scholarships. Donation: $30.
Information: 851-3692 or bpwi.org.
The fundraiser allows the organization to pro-
vide scholarships to women pursuing a postsec-
ondary education or attend a training/certifica-
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tion program that will lead to becoming self-
sustaining and compete in the workforce.
TREPAC Talent Show — Greater El Paso
Association of Realtors hosts a talent variety
show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Comic
Strip Comedy Club, 1201 Airway. Dinner
served at 6:30 p.m. followed by performance
at 7 p.m. Performances should be no longer
than five minutes. Proceeds benefit TREPAC
(Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee).
Entry fee: $25 per person. Information/registra-
tion: 783-6072.
Encounter Movement — A “Night of
Worship & Justice” is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 28, at Del Sol Church, 11501 Vista Del
Sol. The event is free with a suggested dona-
tion of $3 to benefit the Salvation Army of El
Paso Anti-Human Trafficking program.
Information, facebook.com/theencountermove-
ment or 867-9563. All ages are welcome.
Western Gala — The annual “Cowboy
Dress-Up” dinner-dance benefit for the annual
El Paso Ford Dealers Southwestern
International PRCA Rodeo is Saturday, Aug.
27, at Sunland Park Race Track and Casino’s
Signature Ballroom, with door prizes, silent
auctions, drawings and music by The Clay Mac
Band. Tickets: $75 ($600 table for 8).
Information/reservation: 525-8464 or
elprodeo.com.
The rodeo runs Sept. 15-18 at Cohen
Stadium.
El Paso Humane Society —Regular
adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, at 4991 Fred Wilson. All pets are
spayed/neutered, microchipped, licensed and
vaccinated. Adoption fees: $100 (additional $10
for pets four months age or older for city
rabies certificate). Information: 532-6971 or
hselpaso.org.
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,
Aug. 2, and Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Milam
Youth Activity Center, 10960 Haan Road. The
class is free, but pre-registration is required.
Information/registration: 569-5365, 568-1132
or aisha.ruhland@us.army.mil.
Free child care will be provided for children
registered with Child, Youth and School
Services. Information: 568-1132.
EPISD Pre-registration — El Paso
Independent School District Pre-registration for
new military families arriving to El Paso is 8:30
to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at The Centennial at
Fort Bliss. WBAMC nurses will be available to
administer vaccinations for families who had
immunization card screened at Education Fair.
Packet available for all nine area school dis-
tricts. Information: 569-5064 or episd.org/new-
studentreg.
Speed Dating at Fort Bliss - Fort Bliss
hosts speed dating 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5,
at the Centennial Pub, for singles age 18 and
older. Meet new people through five-minute
“dates.” The exchange of personal information
is completely voluntary, and participants will be
given a card to keep track of their date’s infor-
mation. After-party follows with DJ Clarke
Darrk. Walk-in registration also offered 6 p.m.;
pre-registration encouraged as space is limited.
Information/registration: 744-8427.
Fort Bliss Kids’ Fishing Tournament —
Fort Bliss CYS’s free youth tournament is for
ages 3 to 16, is 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday,
Aug. 6, at Ascarate Lake, 6900 Delta. Open to
the entire Fort Bliss community. A cook out
and awards presentation afterward. with free
hot dogs, chips and drinks for registered chil-
dren. All participating youth receive a free t-
shirt. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at
the Ascarate Fishing Club pavilion. Park admis-
sion: $1 per car. Catch and release policies
enforced with participants. Information: 755-
0983, 751-3891 or blissmwr.com.
Survivor Outreach Services — The sup-
port group for survivors of fallen soldiers meets
6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Building
2494 Ricker Road on post (Army Community
Service Building). Information: 568-1132 or
blissmwr.com/sos.
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. Students
explore poses, breath-work, meditation, and
sound to develop flexibility, calm, enjoyment,
comfort, and confidence during pregnancy and
in preparation for labor and childbirth.
Information: Teia Mack, 744-5785 or
blissmwr.com.
Club news
Woodworkers Club of El Paso —The
club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 2, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building).
Ron Oliver will demonstrate techniques
involved in making mortise and tenon joints.
Information: 760-6536 or 564-5915.
Germania Club —The Germania Club of
El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday,
Aug. 5, at the German Community Center,
Robert E. Lee Road, Building 5095, Fort Bliss.
Information: 595-1108 or 755-5471.
Westside Welcome Club —The group is
open to both newcomers and long-time resi-
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dents. The club’s monthly free newcomers’
coffee is 10 a.m. Friday,
Aug. 5, at SteinMart, 7410 Remcon Circle.
Information: 581-2314.
The club’s August lunch is 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Billy Crews, 1200
Country Club, Santa Teresa. El Paso Times
Reporter Diana Washington Valdez will speak
on “The Women of Juarez.”. Cost: $17.
Reservations deadline is Aug. 5. Reservations:
740-9725.
Singles in the Son - The group develops
friendships among Christian singles ages 25 to
45. All denominations are welcome.
Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-
1997 or SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com.
August events (all on Saturdays):
· Aug. 6 - Dinner & Plaza Classic Film Festival
· Aug. 13 - Dinner & Bowling
· Aug. 20 - Dinner & El Paso Diablos Baseball
· Aug. 27 - St. Nicholas Greek Festival.
Assistance League of El Paso — The
Assistance League’s general meeting is 10 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 11, at 2782 Yandell. All ladies
interested in volunteering are invited to attend.
The league meets the second Thursday of each
month August through May. Information: 478-
0995.
The all-volunteer Assistance League of El Paso
has been serving the El Paso Community for 40
years. Its primary program, Operation School
Bell provides new clothing to the most needy
elementary school children in the El Paso area.
Military Officers Association of
America — The El Paso Chapter of MOAA,
an organization for active and retired Officers
of all services and surviving spouses, hosts its
membership meeting and luncheon at 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Wyndham El
Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. Speaker is Colonel
David A. Krumm, Commander of Holloman Air
Force Base. Cost: $20. Information: 533-5111
or elpasomoaa.org.
Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The
guild’s monthly meeting is 9 a.m. Saturday,
Aug. 13, at University Presbyterian Church,
224 N. Resler. A workshop follows the meeting
at 9:30 a.m. This month’s workshop is on
“Quilting As You Go.” Anyone interested in
quilting is welcome; no experience needed.
Information: Sharon Geddes, 581-0432.
El Paso Paralegal Association — The
association’s general luncheon meeting is noon
to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at El Paso Club
18th Floor Chase Bank Building, 201 Main.
Fred Haiman will speak on Elder Law.
Admission is free and open to the public; lunch
on one’s own ($16 buffet or $10.50 salad bar).
Information: 546-5267 or elppa.org.
Junior Woman’s Club of El Paso — The
club’s general meeting is 10:30 a.m. Saturday,
Aug. 20, at the Woman’s Club clubhouse,
1400 N. Mesa. The group will begin the plan-
ning process for our annual fall family
Spooktacular festival. The club is open to all
women age 21 and older. Information: 532-
6131 or elpasojuniorwomansclub.org.
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, Aug. 20, at the
Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. The
Chapter will honor its Octo/Nonagenarian
members and announce the “Citizen of the
Year.” Members are encouraged to bring a
friend. 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.
L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The
group promotes French culture and offers fran-
cophiles the opportunity to use the French lan-
guage in a variety of activities. Information:
585-1789, 845-6535 or afofelpaso.com.
Fall French classes begin the week of Sept.
12. Information: Christine, 566-8042.
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 (Aug. 6) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
basement, 1000 Montana (enter in alley).
Admission is free for visitors. Information: 566-
2201, 564-5906 or epmug.org.
La Leche League-Westside — The non-
profit group is dedicated to providing education
and support to women who want to breastfeed
meets 10:30 a.m. to noon the first Thursday of
the month beginning Sept. 1 at Las Palmas
Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Pregnant
women and breastfeeding mothers and their
small children are welcome. Admission is free.
Information: 581-9409, texaslll.org.
‘Tuesday’ Knitting Group — The group
for knitters and crocheters meets for knitting
get-togethers 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays (and 1 to 5
p.m. Thursdays) at Mayaluna Yarns in Placita
Sante Fe on Doniphan. Bring a favorite project,
knit or crochet project. Admission is free.
Information: 585-7779.
NAWIC General Membership Meeting
— National Association of Women In
Construction El Paso Chapter #248 has
monthly meetings with guest speakers, semi-
nars other information on the construction
industry 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every
month at the Holiday Inn at Airway and
Gateway West. Cost is $20. RSVP by email to
system10041@sbcglobal.net. Information: 833-
9494 or NAWICElPaso.org.
ADP El Paso Toastmasters Club — The
Club meets 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, at ADP,
1851 Resler Drive. The club is a “learn-by-
doing” workshop in which participants hone
their speaking and leadership skills in a com-
fortable, friendly atmosphere. Small member-
ship fee with enrollment. Information: 541-
2007.
International Coin Club — El Paso’s only
coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first
Monday of the month at Travelodge-La
Hacienda, 6400 Montana. Meetings include
educational presentations and an auction of
materials submitted by members. Visitors
always welcome, and admission free for first-
time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or 526-
3180.
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Area attractions
Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld — The water
park is at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10
at Exit 0). Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. The last day of the season is Monday,
Sept. 5. Tickets: $19,95 ($13.95 seniors;
$17.95 ages 4-12; $2.95 ages 1-3). Information:
886-2222 or wetwild.com.
The annual Mexican Food World Cookoff is 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Area restau-
rants will compete in the several Mexican food
categories, as well as the annual Rock N’ Roll
Mariachi competition. Area mariachis compete
with their traditional sounds plus one mariachi-
style rock song. Tickets: $15 in advance at all
Western Beverage locations.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
The copper-domed casino offers slot machines,
and video-machine versions of poker, keno and
other games. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday and Saturday. Lounge is open, with live
entertainment and dancing, until 2 a.m. week-
ends. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. every-
day. 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.
Western Playland — The amusement park
is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M.
across from the racetrack. Tickets: $16.70, plus
tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission;
free non-rider passes for ages 2 and younger
and age 60 and older, includes train and sky
ride admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.
Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplay-
land.com. Take Sunland Park Exit 13 from I-10.
August hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday
through Friday (through Aug. 19), 3 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
September hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays
and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, and Labor Day,
Monday, Sept. 5.
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, including its relationship to
the Tiwas of northern New Mexico. Admission
is free. Information: 859-7700 or
ysletadelsur.org.
Native American Dances are performed 11:30
a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every weekend.
Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center,
which also offers family-operated gift shops,
feature jewelry, pottery and other crafts.
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
lavinawinery.com.
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.
“Music On the Patio” with “Live by Request” is
12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on selected Saturdays and
Sundays through September. (See music listing
for schedule).
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular
for its homemade asadero cheese products is
located at 11951 Glorietta Road in San Elizario
and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday. The dairy also features an exten-
sive petting zoo and regularly-stocked fishing
hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge
for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or
licondairy.com.
San Elizario Historic District — The dis-
trict at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the
Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven
artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the
Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales
Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most loca-
tions 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 SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of
17 historical sites also offered, including the
Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail, the old Grist
Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free
guides available at all galleries and museum.
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 zinvalle.com.
Free Music Sundays are 1 to 4 p.m. selected
Sundays. Performers include James Springer,
Julio Ortiz, Dan Lambert, Greg Gonzalez,
Carolyne of Liquid Skin and Dusty Low. Bring a
picnic.
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For event tickets sold through Ticketmaster,
call 1-800-745-3000 or go to ticketmaster.com.
The UTEP Ticket Center number is 747-5234.
Pan Am Center Box Office is (575) 646-1420.
Many clubs sell tickets through ticketbully.com.
Unless indicated, prices listed do not include
service charges.
Plaza Classic Film Festival — The El Paso
Community Foundation will host its 4th annual
classic and “semi-classic” movie in The Plaza’s
Main Theatre, Philanthropy Theatre and out-
door Festival Plaza Aug. 4-14. Tickets range
from free showings to $10, depending on
screening. Series passes are $200 ($170 for
Disney’s D23 members). Information: 533-
4020 or plaza-movies.com.
For details, see “Film Scene.”
ACTIVATE MusicFest — Peter Furler, for-
merly of the Newsboys, headlines the two-day
Christian music festival Friday and Saturday,
Aug. 5-6, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Other
performers include Me In Motion, Disciple,
Ivoryline, Stars Go Dim, Grant Norsworthy,
Safe Haven and Sonnus. Tickets: $15 general
admission ($7.50 military; $10 per person for
groups of 35 or more; free for ages 5 and
younger). Available online at tickets.com.
Information/showtime: 626-4849.
Robert Earl Keen — The Texas musician
performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at
Whiskey Dick’s, 580 George Dieter. Tickets:
$20. Available at ticketbully.com. Information:
921-9900.
Marco Antonio Solis and & Ana
Gabriel — The Latin pop stars perform at 8
p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at El Paso County
Coliseum. Tickets: $49.50, $69.50 and $89.50
and $125, plus service charge (Ticketmaster).
Hotter Than Hell Tour — The hard rock
concert begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at
Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North, with
Taproot, Tantric, Days of the New, Kill Devil
Hill (members of Black Sabbath, Pantera, Wasp
and Ratt and P Razors), Scum of the Earth and
local band Years of Cold. Tickets: $35 ($30 mil-
itary and Fort Bliss employees). Information:
755-2000 or diablos.com.
Michael Bublé — The top-selling crooner’s
“Crazy Love Tour” is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16,
at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, in support of
his No. 1 release, “Crazy Love.” Bublé has
been called “one of the most likeable perform-
ers on Earth” and has performed for over half a
million fans this year. Tickets: $49.50 to $85,
plus service charge. (Ticketmaster).
Bublé will perform his hits like “Home,”
“Everything” and his most recent hit single
“Haven’t Met You Yet,” along with his distinc-
tive interpretations of classics like “Cry Me a
River,” “Stardust,” and “You’re Nobody ‘til
Somebody Loves You.”
Angelica Maria y Armando Manzanero
— The Latin music stars perform at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at Abraham Chavez
Theatre. Tickets: $30-$75, plus service charge.
(Ticketmaster).
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and actress
Angelica Maria, has been called “La Novia de
Mexico,” and has appeared in several movies
and telenovelas, as well as recording hit albums
since the early 1960s.
Armando Manzanero is one of Mexico’s most
successful composers, and his music has been
performed by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Il
Divo.
‘Tejano Legends’ — The Tex-Mex music
style tour benefiting the Frontline Faith Project
is 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Plaza
Theatre in downtown El Paso. Featured per-
formers are former Tejano Music Male Vocalist
of the Year Jimmy Edward, Johnny Hernandez,
the Bob Gallarza Orchestra. Opening acts are
local favorite Chuy Flores and Rhapsody.
Tickets: $20 and $55, plus service charge.
(Ticketmaster).
Frontline Faith Project is committed to placing
MP3 players with prayers and testimonials for
military men and women in combat to our sol-
diers that are being deployed from Ft. Bliss to
the combat zones.
Cirque de la Symphonie — The El Paso
Symphony Orchestra presents the combined
magic of Cirque and Symphony at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, 7:30pm at the Plaza
Theatre. High flying aerialists and acrobats exe-
cute amazing feats set to classical masterpieces
such as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Bizet’s
Carmen, Saint-Saëns Samson and Delilah per-
formed by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra
and led by Andy Moran. Tickets are $35, $45,
$60 and $75, $60, $45 and $35 plus applicable
fees, available through EPSO, 532-3776 or
epso.org, or Ticketmaster outlets including the
Plaza Theatre box office.
Cirque de la Symphonie includes aerial flyers,
acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, bal-
ancers, and strongmen, with some of the most
accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque
programs from across the globe. They include
world record holders, gold-medal winners of
international competitions and Olympians and
some of the most original talent ever seen.
Their performances are uniquely adapted to be
staged the symphony, and each artist’s per-
formance is choreographed to the music.
‘Hunks the Show’ — The show, billed as
“America’s Hottest Ladies Night
The Ultimate Vegas Experience,” is 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 26, at Sunland Park Racetrack and
Casino’s Signature Showroom. Tickets: $20.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Must be over 21 to
attend. Information: (575) 874-5200.
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Sun City Music Festival — The electronic
music festival begins at 6 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 3-4, at Cohen Stadium, 9700
Gateway North, featuring around 30 musical
performers including DJ Armin van Buren and
Wolfgang Gartner. A Dayglow tent is also fea-
tured. Tickets: $36 per day; $63 weekend pass
(general admission). VIP tickets for 21 and
older are $50 per day; $99 for weekend.
Available in advance at All the Music and Video,
The headstand and online at grovetickets.com.
Blue Man Group - Broadway El Paso pres-
ents the eclectic, eccentric musical trio 7:30
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Plaza Theatre,
rescheduled from April 27. Tickets: $35, $60
and $70, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster)
Blue Man Group is best known for multi-
media performances that feature three bald
and blue characters who take the audience on
a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually
stunning. A live band, whose haunting tribal
rhythms help drive the show to its climax,
accompanies the Blue Men.
‘ABBA The Concert’ – Lola Productions
and UTEP presents the tribute to the legendary
pop group 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday,
Sept. 14-15, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium.
The concert celebrates Sweden’s most famous
band in a 90-minute musical extravaganza
showcasing the group that has sold more than
370 million records worldwide. Tickets: $35
and $40, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster).
ABBA was formed in 1970 and achieved inter-
national success as one of the best selling pop
artists in history with hits that include “Mamma
Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The
Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme,
Gimme, Gimme” and “Dancing Queen.” Not
only does ABBA The Concert showcase the
legendary singing group’s music and eccentric
costumes but it also features some of ABBA’s
original band members from the original ABBA
rhythm section.
Disney Live! “Three Classic Fairy
Tales’ — The Disney family brings the time-
less stories of Cinderella, Snow White and The
Seven Dwarfs and Beauty and The Beast to the
stage Sept. 16-18, at Abraham Chavez
Theatre, Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and
4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $18 and
$40, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).
Information: disneylive.com.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy dream with
the princesses, cheer for the heroes as they
conquer evil villains, and marvel as these classic
tales are brought to life.
Santana — Guitar legend Carlos Santana
brings his “Soul of Collective Consciousness
Tour” to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16,
at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with special
guest Michael Franti and Spearhead. Tickets:
$47.50, $57.50 and $67.50 (Ticketmaster).
Carlos and the Santana Band will perform clas-
sics from the group’s four-decades-long career,
and spotlight songs from his latest album,
“Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics
of All Time.” With its release, Santana joined
the Rolling Stones as one of only two music
acts in Billboard chart history to score at least
one Top Ten album in each decade from the
1960s through the present. Among many other
honors Santana has also been cited by “Rolling
Stone Magazine” as No. 15 on its list of the
“100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Michael Franti & Spearhead has built a diverse
and inspiring repertoire of music, including the
most recent release, “The Sound of Sunshine,”
the highest Billboard 200 chart debut of Franti’s
career. His latest single is “I’ll be Waiting,” and
follows up his acclaimed 2008 album “All Rebel
Rockers” and hit single “Say Hey (I Love You).”
KC and the Sunshine Band — The disco-
era legends from Miami perform Friday, Sept.
30, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets:
$25.50, $35.50, $45.50 and $50.50, plus serv-
ice charge. (Ticketmaster).
The group’s hits include “That’s the Way (I
Like It),” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your
Booty,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Get Down
Tonight,” “Give It Up” and more.
B.B. King — The legendary blues guitarist
and El Paso favorite returns to The Plaza
Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Tickets:
$35-$75, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).
Disney on Ice: ‘Toy Story 3’ —
Disney/Pixar’s hit animated film hits the ice
Oct. 5-9, at the El Paso County Coliseum,
4100 Paisano. Performances are 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday and noon, 3:30 and
7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Thursday’s per-
formance in Spanish. Tickets: $10-$43, plus
service charge. Ages 2 and older must have
ticket. (Ticketmaster).
Enrique Iglesias — The Latin superstar
brings his Euphoria Tour to El Paso at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, at UTEP’s Don Haskins
Center, with special guests Pitbull and Prince
Royce. Tickets: $12.75-$92.75, plus service
charge. (Ticketmaster).
Israel Houghton — The Dove Award-win-
ning gospel singer performs Sunday, Oct. 23, at
Harvest Christian Center, 1345 New Harvest
Pl. Information: 585-9934 or harvestchristian-
center.org.
‘Shrek the Musical’ — The Broadway
series opens with the family hit musical based
on the animated film at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.
25, at the Plaza Theatre. (Ticketmaster). Ticket
information: 231-1111 or theplazatheatre.org.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live — DJ Lance Rock
and the cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba” bring their
all new show “It’s Time to Dance” state-of-the-
art production with music, singing, dancing and
animation to El Paso at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.
29, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, with Hip Hop
legend Biz Markie and “Razzle Dazzle Gabba”
favorite Leslie hall. Tickets: $23 and $40, plus
service charge; all children age 1 and older
require ticket (Ticketmaster). VIP packages
available at yogabbagabbalive.com.
Dave Koz ‘A Smooth Jazz Christmas’
—The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El
Paso favorite presents his 14th annual
Christmas show Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Plaza
Theatre, with guests saxophonist Candy Dulfer,
singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler and trumpeter
Rick Braun. Tickets on sale Nov. 5.
(Ticketmaster).
Koz, a multi-million-selling solo recording
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artist, four-time Grammy nominee and com-
poser, is considered one of the most expressive
voices in contemporary music. His past El Paso
appearances have sold out.
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ —
The Moscow Ballet presents the 17th anniver-
sary of this holiday classic at 4 and 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre, premier-
ing critically acclaimed Alexandra Elagina and
Andre Ustimov as Masha and the Nutcracker
Prince in their Western debut. Tickets: $28,
$36 and $88, plus service charge
(Ticketmaster). Group discounts available.
Information: nutcracker.com.
‘Wicked’ — The Broadway blockbuster that
reveals the untold story of the Oz witches
comes to El Paso Feb. 1-12, 2012, at the Plaza
Theatre, based on the bestseller by Gregory
McGuire. Group tickets available to purchase in
spring of 2011. Reservations for groups of 20
or more: 231-1111. Information: wickedthemu-
sical.com.
Venues & series
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
- 122 S. Old Pueblo Road, hosts a series of free
concerts from nationally known touring acts.
Ages 18 and older welcome; 16 and older for
outdoor shows. Information: 860-7777 or
speaking-rock.com.
• USA Tour with Filter and Saliva — Thursday,
Aug. 4.
• Chippendales — Friday and Saturday, Aug.
5-6 (indoors)
• KISS and AC/DC tribute bands — The KISS
tribute “Strutter” and AC/DC tribute Shoot to
Thrill perform Friday, Sept. 2.
• Vince Neil — The Mötley Crüe frontman
performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.
• Thursday, Sept. 15 — Patrulla 81
• 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 — Mariachi
Monumental, Beatriz Adriana and Intocable
(outdoors).
• Saturday, Sept. 17 — Bronco and Bobby
Pulido (outdoors).
Club 101 — 1148 Airway. Advance tickets
for most events available at Club 101, All That
Music, Psycha and online at ticketbully.com,
unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-2101
or club101.com.
• Zoe — The Mexican alternative band per-
forms some of their hits as well as songs from
their “unplugged” CD at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
6. Tickets: $35; $40 day of show. VIP tickets:
$50 per table.
• Hard Summer Tour — The electronic music
tour is 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, with Digitalism
Live, Jack Beats, Caspa and Destructro.
Tickets: $21.
• Darren Emerson — The UK DJ performs at
9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Tickets: $11.
Low Brow Palace — 112 Robinson.
Information: 443-8464
• “Bring Back the Boom Bap; When
Blowedians Unite” — 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6. Bazooka Soundwaves &
Napkin Note Anthologies presents 2Mex’s
Natural Born Killers Tour together with The
Coolin Abstract Rude Tour. Tickets: $10 in
advance ($15 at the door) for ages 21 and
older; $15 in advance ($20 at the door) for
ages 18-20. Available in advance at The
Percolator, 217, N. Stanton. Information: (806)
470-1583.
• S*** Robot Live — The visual show is 9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 12. Tickets: $10.
• Andy Rourke — The former Smiths guitarist
performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Tickets:
$10.
House of Rock East — 8838 Viscount.
Tickets are $10, unless listed otherwise; avail-
able online at ticketbully.com.
• When in Rome U.K. — The British new
wave trio known for the hit “The Promise”
performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24,
with original vocalists Andrew Mann and Clive
Farringon. Guest artist is Christopher Anton,
formerly of Information Society. Tickets: $10.
• U.F.O.’s World Tour 2011 — 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, featuring Phil Moog, Paul
Raymond, Andy Parker and Vinnie Moore.
Tickets: $20 in advance from All that Music and
the Headstand: $25 day of show.
• Cause and Effect — The early 90s synth per-
forms at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, with special
guest L.I.M. and others to be announced. Their
new CD is “Artificial Construct.” Tickets: $10.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino — 11000
Broadway SE, Albuquerque, N.M. The venue
hosts regular live music by regional and national
performers. Ticket information: 1-877-747-
5382.
Headline entertainment at “The Showroom.”
Ticket prices do not include service charge.
• Lucha Libre USA — 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30,
featuring “masked warriors.” Tickets: $10-$30.
• Los Lonely Boys — 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2,
with special guests Los Lobos. Tickets: $15-
$35.
• Rick Springfield — The 80s rock star per-
forms at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Tickets: $15-
$25.
• An Evening with Peter Frampton — 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20. The three-hour show fea-
ture a complete performance of “Frampton
Comes Alive” with highlights from Frampton’s
catalog. Tickets to be announced.
• Queensyrche — The hard rock band per-
forms at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.
Tickets: $15-$25.
Tickets for the Hard Rock Express shuttle to
“Hard Rock Presents” concerts at The Pavilion
are $20 (not including concert ticket prices).
Call for schedule.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts
— Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12
miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Free public
guided tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and
Thursdays (except show dates). Information:
(575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or
spencertheater.com.
• Ronnie Milsap — The country star with more
than 40 No. 1 hits performs two shows at 2
and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Trained in classical
piano, but making his name in country, Milsap
has sold more than 35 million records and won
seven Grammys. Tickets: $76 and $79.
A BBQ brisket buffet precedes the show at 6
p.m. in the lobby. Cost: $20.
• Delbert McClinton — The Texas singer/song-
writer performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
McClinton’s signature blues-rock-country mix
earned him a Grammy for his blues-country
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National Dance Day — The City of El
Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
will celebrate National Dance Day at the
Dancing in the City Summer Concert Series 7-
10 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Arts Festival
Plaza, between the El Paso Museum of Art and
Plaza Theatre.
The community is encouraged to attend and
learn a fun, choreographed dance taught by
Shundo Dance Studio. A video of the dance will
be submitted to “So You Think You Can
Dance.” Dance instructions start at 7 p.m., fol-
lowed by a performance by Havana Son 8-10
p.m.
Admission is $6 ($10 per couple) and includes
the dance lesson at 7 p.m. and the concert.
Tickets can be purchased at the door the day
of the event with cash only. Outside food or
drinks are not allowed. Food and drinks will be
for sale at the event. Information: 541-4481 or
elpasoartsandculture.org.
Buenos Aires Night Dinner and Dance
— Paso del Norte Tango Club will have the
2nd annual dinner dance Saturday, July 30, at
Shundo Dance Studio, 2719 N. Stanton. The
dress will be golden age of Tango 1930s to
1950’s and prizes will be given for the most
authentic looking costumes. Cost is $15 per
person. No lesson, just dinner and dancing.
Information: 532-2043 or 490-4956.
UTEP Summer Dance workshops —
The Department of Theatre and Dance hosts
two sessions of new choreography 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5 and
Aug. 8-12. Cost: $160 for one week; $295 for
both. High school and group rates available.
Information: Lisa Smith, 747-6509 or
lisas@utep.edu.
The Aug. 1-5 session features “Broadway
Favorites and Original Jazz Choreography” with
Rocker Verastique and Danny Herman. The
Aug. 8-12 session is “Improvisation and the
Choreographic Voice” with Sally Doughty.
‘Literacy Through Movement’ — Debra
Knapp and NMSU Dance presents a dance cel-
ebration in honor of the 40th anniversary of Las
Cruces Farmer’s Market at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Rio Grande Theatre,
211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-6403
or riograndetheatre.com.
Seven familiar books are enacted in this 45
minute program: The Very Hungry Caterpillar,
Where The Wild Things Are, Chicka Chicka
Boom Boom, Cactus Poems, Snapshots From A
Wedding, Big Mama’s and The Squiggle.
Wounded Warriors Appreciation Ball
—Desert Dancers Chapter 5017 of USA
Dance will hold their monthly ballroom dance
1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Northgate
Optimist Cub, 4201 Skyline. There will be a
free Swing lesson at 1 p.m., with general ball-
room dancing1:30-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for
USA Dance members, $10 non-members.
Active and retired military admitted free.
Information: desertdanceusa.com, 585-1936 or
487-9396.
Sisters of the Veil — The belly dance
troupe with Kareesha, Ileana, Casey, Farasha,
Sheena, Kahramen and more perform weekly
shows at various restaurants. Information: 474-
2739 or sistersoftheveil.webs.com. Locations:
• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays at The Doner
Kebab Shop, 4028 Dyer
• 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Al-
Zaituna Restaurant, 4172 N Mesa.
• 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Dominic’s Italian
Restaurant, 6901 Montana.
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duet with Bonnie Raitt, “Good Man, Good
Woman.” He also received the Best
Contemporary Blues Grammy for his 2006
album “The Cost of Living.” Tickets: $66 and
$69.
A fried catfish buffet precedes the show at 6
p.m. in the lobby. Cost: $20.
• Andy Lo Russo The Singing Chef — The man
behind the best-selling book “Sing and Cook
Italian” will combine his musical and culinary
talents at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Tickets:
$85.
• A Ride With Bob — Texas swing master Rob
Benson and his band Asleep at The Wheel star
in this tribute to the late Bob Wills Thursday
through Saturday, Aug. 25-27. Showtime is 8
p.m. Thursday through Saturday, plus a 2 p.m.
Saturday matinee. Tickets: $56 and $59.
• Bernie Jessome as Roy Orbison — The sum-
mer series concludes with a tribute concert to
the late rockabilly-pop legend Roy Orbison at 8
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Tickets: $66 and $69.
An enchilada buffet precedes the show at 6
p.m. in the lobby. Cost: $20.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and
Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Shows begin at 8
p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Prices listed
do not include service charge. (Ticketmaster)
Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemoun-
taingods.com.
• Chicago — The classic rock band with more
than 20 Top Ten singles performs at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3. Hits include “Make Me
Smile,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Colour My World,”
“Saturday in the Park” and many more. Tickets:
$40-$150.
• Merle Haggard — The original “Okie from
Muskogee” performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug.
14. Tickets: $25-$100.
• Sawyer Brown — The country group per-
forms a Labor Day weekend show at 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2. Tickets: $25.
• ZZ Top — The “Little Old Band from Texas”
performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Tickets: $40-$150.
• Blondie — The new wave/rock band featur-
ing singer Debbie Harry performs at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2. Tickets: $25-$100.
• Martina McBride — The country artist per-
forms at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Her number
one hits include “Wild Angels,” “Wrong Again,”
“I Love You,” and “Blessed.” Tickets: $40-$200.
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Cool Canyon Nights —The summer
series of free outdoor concerts are Thursdays
through Aug. 11 at McKelligon Canyon, spon-
sored by Townsquare Media and the El Paso
Convention and Performing Arts Centers. All
performances on the theater’s Main Stage,
unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-9550,
231-1100 or coolcanyonnights.com.
• Aug. 4 — Bill Townes (jazz). April Ticket
(jazz) will perform on the patio.
• Aug. 11 — Radio La Chusma (Latin
Reggae/world).
Tom Russell — The internationally renowned
folksinger/songwriter performs at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, at the Fountain Theatre,
2461 Calle de Guadalupe, in Old Mesilla. in
support of his new album “Mesabi.”
Information: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalley-
film.org.
Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival — The
7th annual event is Saturday, July 30, at The
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts on
Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles
north of downtown Ruidoso). Tickets: $49 per
concert ($15 students). Tickets: Spencer
Theater, 1-888-818-7872 or
spencertheater.com.
Information: ruidosochambermusic.com.
This year’s performances are Van Cliburn
International Competition finalist Di Wi at 2
p.m. and The Linden String Quartet, grand
prize winners of the Fischoff National Chamber
Music Competition, at 8 p.m. Pre-concert talks
are 45 minutes prior to each performance with
Dr. Larry Wolz.
Music in the Park —The Las Cruces sum-
mer concert series is 7 p.m. Sundays through
Aug. 28. Admission is free. Information: (575)
541-2200 or las-cruces.org.
The July 31 concert is at Young Park, 1905 E.
Nevada, featuring Sons of the Rio Grande
(country) and Kenny Arroyos (country
poet/singer).
All August concerts at Young Park, 1905 E.
Nevada.
• Aug. 7 — Phat Soul (soul) and Triple Jack
(rock and blues)
• Aug. 14 — Mariachi Los Arrieros
• Aug. 21 — Steve Smith & Hard Road (blue-
grass) and Billy Townes (jazz)
• Aug. 28 — The Liars (classic rock) and
Liquid Skin (variety music).
Sundays Under the Stars — Inn of the
Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts free
concerts and movies on the lawn Sundays.
Bring lawn chair or blanket. Information: 1-800-
545-9011 or innofthemountaingods.com.
Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. (movies
begin afterward at sunset).
• July 31 — Jace N Lee
• Aug. 7 — Sam I Am
• Aug. 14 — The Mixx Band
• Aug. 21 — Suzi Weber & the Lincoln
County Rebels
• Aug. 28 – Ulysses
Howling Coyote — The open mic for musi-
cians, poets, writers, storytellers and perform-
ance artists is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at its new
location at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces, as part of the
monthly Downtown Ramble. Performer sign-up
is 6:30 p.m. Coffee and light snacks provided.
Admission is free, but donations welcome.
Information: Bob Burns, (575) 525-9333 or
(915) 799-5684.
Literary Open Mic is 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rio
Grande Theatre auditorium.
Hawaiian Dinner and Dance — First
Presbyterian Church hosts its dinner and dance
6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the church’s
Community Hall, 1340 Murchison, with music
by Azucar. Admission: $20 per couple.
Information: 533-8005 or fpep.org.
‘Melodies at the Park’ — El Paso Parks
and Recreation’s free outdoor music concerts
are Sundays twice monthly during the summer
months at various city parks. All performances
begin at 7 p.m. Information: Eliseo Duran, 252-
9031 or Sandy Rodriguez, 240-3310.
August’s performers:
• Tocanta (with Jacqueline Mata at intermis-
sion) Aug. 7 at Marty Robbins Park, 11600
Vista del Sol.
• Starliners, Brittney Gamboa and Mariachi
Chuauhtémoc Aug. 21 at Eastwood (Album)
Park, 3001 Parkwood.
Rabbit! — The indie-pop band performs live
at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Yum Bunny, 991
W. Picacho in Las Cruces, in an effort to pro-
mote arts for young people. All ages show;
ticket prices to be announced. Information:
(575) 915-2760 or saverabbit.com.
‘Every Other Tuesday’ — Doña Ana Arts
Council hosts 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 riograndetheatre.com.
• Aug. 9 — Blues Messiah.
• Aug. 23 — Remember Then.
Back To School For Child Crisis
Center — The benefit show to raise money
and collect school supplies for the Child Crisis
Center is 3-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at House
of Rock, 8838 Viscount, hosted by Sweetest
Downfall. Entertainment includes six bands and
a youth dance performance by Groove Boppers
between sets. All age event. Admission: $5.
Information: 562-7955, childcrisiselp.org.
Frank Dove remembrance — A memori-
al jam session for the late El Paso country artist
is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Edge of
Texas Steakhouse, 8690 Edge of Texas Lane,
Dove’s bands included Country Tones and
Sundowners. Information: 822-3343.
Music Under the Stars — The 28th sum-
mer concert series, presented by the City of El
Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs
Department, is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays
through Aug. 14 at the Chamizal National
Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial.
Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 or
elpasoartsandculture.org.
Grills permitted in park, but not within the
amphitheater itself. No alcohol, glass contain-
ers, or pets permitted at park. No smoking
allowed in bowl area.
Free park-and-ride shuttles available from El
Paso Zoo to Chamizal and depart regularly 6:30
to 10 p.m.
• July 31 — Brass Monkey Brass Band
(soul/funk)
• Aug. 7 — The Royalty (pop/rock) and
Desorden No Autorizado aka “DNA” (Spanish
Rock)
• Aug. 14 — The Dave Matthews Tribute
Band.
‘Let Freedom Sing’ concert — Texas
country artist Pat Green performs Saturday,
Aug. 20, at Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing.
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Lydia Bandit and The Comers —The
two Progressive Rock bands perform 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Black Box Theatre,
430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets
are $10 at the door. Reservations: (575) 523-
1223
Lydia Bandit features a rock guitarist, vocalist,
violinist and percussionist. Their first album
revolves around two thieves and their adven-
tures in an old west universe closely resembling
early America.
The Comers — newlyweds Irene and Justin
Comer — are an acoustic duo who cover folk,
jazz, oldies and Beatles tunes.
El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras
auditions — Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-
28, at El Paso Conservatory of Music, 801 N.
Mesa. Open to qualified musicians age 8 to 22
with at least one year of musical experience on
an orchestral instrument. Call for appointment:
525-8978. Audition forms and requirements
online at EPSYOs.org.
Carolyn Wonderland — The blues singer
performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at
The Lodge at Cloudcroft, N.M. 601 Corona
Place. General admission: $10. Information:
(575) 682-2566.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
1249 Futurity Dr. (at and Sunland Park Drive),
Sunland Park, N.M.
Live music is offered 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 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 Rock The
House 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday.
Sizzling Summer Nights Outdoor Concert
Series begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays in August,
with import beer garden and food vendors
• Aug. 4 – Radio La Chusma
• Aug. 11 – The Vibe
• Aug. 18 – Fungi Mungle
• Aug. 25 – The Vibe
Weekly schedule at Franklins Lounge:
• Wednesday, Aug. 3 – Brown Betty
• Friday, Aug. 5 – Tejas
• Saturday, Aug. 6 – Algo Nuevo
• Sunday, Aug. 7– Mariachi El Zacate
• Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Locomotion
• Friday, Aug. 12 – Skarabajo
• Saturday, Aug. 13 – Destiny
• Sunday, Aug. 14 – Mariachi Flores Mexicanas
• Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Brown Betty
• Friday, Aug. 19– Rhapsody
• Saturday, Aug. 20 – Little Mike & The Blue
Kings
• Sunday, Aug. 21 – Mariachi Son de Mexico
• Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Locomotion
• Friday, Aug. 26 – Asi
• Saturday, Aug. 27 – BJ Pando La Mezcla
• Sunday, Aug. 28 – Mariachi Los Toritos
• Wednesday, Aug. 31 – Brown Betty.
State Line Music — West Texas Food Bank
and State Lane BBQ, 1222 Sunland Park Drive
presents the Rudolph Chevrolet-Honda out-
door concert series 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
Admission is free; all customers asked to bring
non-perishable food donation or monetary
donation for the West Texas Food Bank.
Information: 581-3371, WTxFoodBank.org or
countyline.com.
• Aug. 3 — Uncle Lucius.
• Aug. 10 — Pear Ratz
• Aug. 17 — Del Castillo
• Aug. 24 — Jason Boland
• Aug. 31 — Radio La Chusma.
Alfresco! Fridays —The free outdoor con-
certs begin at 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept.
30 at Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso
Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). Presented
by the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts
Centers and the El Paso Convention and
Visitors Bureau. No outside food or beverages,
or pets allowed. Information: 534-0675, or
alfrescofridays.com.
• July 29 - Dusty Low (border country)
• Aug. 19 - Sobredosis del Sabor
(salsa/merengue)
• Aug. 26 - Red City Blue (alternative rock)
• Sept. 2 - Chicago Inspiration (Chicago trib-
ute band)
• Sept. 9 - Mariachi Raices de America
• Sept. 16 - Captain Radio (classic rock)
• Sept. 23 - Aztec Zodiac (Latin funk)
• Sept. 30 - Fungi Mungle (70s revival).
Zin Valle Free Music Sundays — Zin
Valle vineyard, 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4
mile north of FM 259), hosts free live music 1
to 4 p.m. on selected Sundays. Guests may
bring a picnic, and enjoy wine tastings.
Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
• July 31 — Dusty Low
• Aug. 7 and Sept. 18 — Julio Ortiz
• Aug. 21 — Greg Gonzalez
• Sept. 4 — Carolyne of Liquid Skin.
Tailgate 2011 — The annual outdoor jazz
concert series in Alamogordo raises funds for
the Flickinger Center. Concerts begin at 8 p.m.
in the upper parking lot at the NM Museum of
Space History. Patrons bring their own food,
lawn chair and beverages. Gates open 6:45 to
7:45 p.m. Weekly spaces are $45, if available.
Walk-up admission: $10. Information: (575)
437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• Aug. 13 — Chris Beaty and High Winds
Jazztet.
• Aug. 27 – Dirty Mojo Junkies. New Mexico
blues band.
La Viña’s Music On the Patio — La Viña
Winery in La Union, 4201 S. NM Highway 28,
one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts live music
12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on selected Saturdays and
Sundays through Sept. 25, featuring folk,
country and rock ‘n’ roll from “Live By
Request.” Picnics are allowed, but beverages
must be purchased from the winery. Admission
is free. Information: (575) 882-7632.
Upcoming performances are Aug. 21 and 20,
and Sept. 11 and 25.
Comedy
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 ticketweb.com.
Information/reservations: 779-LAFF (5233) or
laff2nite.com.
• July 27-31 — Edwin San Juan. Feature act is
Bill Santiago.
• Aug. 10-14 — Kevin Downey Jr.
• Aug. 24-28 — Claude Stuart
Acts for Aug. 3-7 and Aug. 17-21 to be
announced.
Sun City Comedy — The comedy group
hosts events at various venues. Information:
281-OPEN-MIC or suncitycomedy.com.
The group’s “Traveling Comedy Club” hosts
live nationally touring comedy acts at various
venues. Upcoming shows are 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 and Aug. 27, at House of
Rock East, 8838 Viscount.
Iyengar Yoga classes also offered
6-7:30 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays
at Champion Dance Studio,
12410 Montwood.
Westside Studio, 111 Rio Flor
(off North Mesa 1 block past Thunderbird)
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Iyengar Yoga (levels 1-2)
Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays
9-10:30 a.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
6-7:30 p.m.
Sundays
10-11:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.
Advanced Yoga (levels 2-3)
Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.
Drop-in fee/$10 · 6 classes/$50
12 classes/$100 · 24 classes/$110
Unlimited classes each session/$120
Classes are free to active duty military.
Information
Ursula, 778-3542 or Jean, 591-3634
westtexasyogaforlife.com
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El Paso Diablos Baseball —The
American Association minor league team regu-
lar home game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at
6:05 p.m.) at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El
Paso. Ticket information: 755-2000 or
diablos.com.
• Aug. 2-4 — Shreveport-Bossier Captains
• Aug. 5-7 — Fort Worth Cats
• Aug. 15-17 — Amarillo
• Aug. 19-21 — Grand Prairie AirHogs
• Aug. 27-30 — Wichita Wingnuts
To get there: take the Patriot Freeway to the
Diana exit. From Loop 375, turn south on
Kenworthy.
The 80s Super Saturday night is Aug. 6,
Halloween Super Saturday is Aug. 20, fire-
works are featured Saturday, Aug. 27, Miner
Mania is Monday, Aug. 29 and the end-of-sea-
son Fan Appreciation Night is Tuesday, Aug.
30.
Sun City Regional Classic — The body
building and figure championships are 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at UTEP’s Magoffin
Auditorium. Tickets: $20 and $30, plus service
charge. (Ticketmaster).
Morning preliminaries begin at 9:30 a.m. tick-
ets are $8.
Entry forms/information: 449-7688 or
hfprodonline.com.
El Paso Roller Derby — The new roller
derby league takes on the Randall County
Roller Dames Saturday, Aug. 27, at El Paso
County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $6-
$10, plus service charge. information: 474-1666
or elpasorollerderby.com.
El Paso Roller Derby was established in late
2010 and hopes to become a member league
of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
Pecos League baseball — The New
Mexico and West Texas league’s 2011 season
runs through August with six regional teams.
(Alpine Cowboys, Carlsbad Bats (travel team),
Las Cruces Vaqueros, Roswell Invaders,
Ruidoso Osos,and White Sands Pupfish).
Information/schedules: (575) 680-2212 or
pecosleague.com.
Las Cruces Vaqueros home games are at
Apodaca Baseball Complex, 801 E. Madrid, in
Las Cruces.
Alpine at Kokernot Field, 400 Loop Road in
Alpine, Texas.
Ruidoso Osos home games are at White
Mountain Park, 685 Hull Road in Ruidoso.
White Sands Pupfish home games are at Griggs
Park in Alamogordo, N.M.
Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — Live
racing starts at 1 p.m. Thursday through
Sunday, except on holiday weekends when the
horses run Friday through Monday. The season
runs through Labor Day weekend with the run-
ning of the All American Futurity. Grandstand
admission and parking are free. Turf club admis-
sion: $10. Valet parking is $5. Information:
(575) 378-4140 or raceruidoso.com.
The running of the All American Futurity is
Labor Day, Sept. 5, which marks the end of
the racing season at Ruidoso Downs. From 160
to 180 Quarter Horses compete in the trials,
with the 10 fastest advancing to race for a $2
million purse.
UTEP Football — The Miners’ first home
game of the season is Saturday, Sept. 3 vs.
Stony Brook at Sun Bowl Stadium. Season tick-
ets: $75-$350. Captain’s Club season tickets:
$1,300. Individual ticket prices to be
announced.
Ticket information: 747-5234, 1-800-745-3000
or utepathletics.com.
Pre-game activities begin three hours before
kick-off on Glory Field, across from the Sun
Bowl Parking Lot.
The Miners take on New Mexico State
Saturday, Sept. 17, at NMSU’s Aggie Memorial
Stadium in Las Cruces.
Bicycling
Critical Mass - All bicyclists are invited to
the mass ride beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, July
29, at San Jacinto Plaza in Downtown El Paso.
Riders will choose a route through Downtown.
The “Critical Mass” ride is based on the first
such event that began in San Francisco in 1992
by cyclists and activists who wanted to increase
the visibility of bicyclists and reclaim public
space by making social use of the streets on a
regular basis. Information: deenadelosmuer-
tos@gmail.com.
The ride is the last friday of the month, rain or
shine. Helmets and lights are recommended.
El Paso Bicycle Club - Club events are
open to the public; helmets required.
Information: elpasobicycleclub.com.
Leaderless Wednesday Night Rides leave at 6
p.m. (some riders leave earlier) from River Run
Plaza, 1071 Country Club Rd. 20-24 mile
Upper Valley ride, at various paces. Optional
dinner at Hello Pizza.
Tuesday night rides for beginning and interme-
diate leave at 6 p.m. from Rio Plaza, Upper
Valley Road at Artcraft.
• 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30 — Meet in La
Mesa (parking lot north of Eagle Grocery).
Take the back roads to Mesilla to experience
the standard route in a new way. Intermediate
pace, 25-30 miles. Patty Van Tine, 667-0202.
• 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 31 — Start at Rio
Plaza, climb Transmountain, then McKelligon
Canyon, returning via Scenic. 45 miles, 17-
19mph. Fidel Villalpando, 203-8923.
• 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 — Meet at Rio Plaza
and ride to Columbus Road at intermediate
pace. At Columbus Road, everyone rides 1/2
hour west at various paces (going for maximum
distance) and turns around, then regroup and
ride to Gadsden HS and back to Rio Plaza at
intermediate pace. About 35 miles. Randy
Limbird, 542-1422 or 328-4110 (cell).
• 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 — Leaderless Ride.
Meet at Rio Plaza. Group in attendance will
determine distance/speed/route.
• 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 — B/IG Go for the
Distance. 80-mile ride through the Mesilla
Valley and Fairacres. Stop at the Bean on way
back. Must be able to ride in a paceline. No
one will be allowed to join mid distance.
Moderate pace of 16-17 mph. If you missed the
first qualifying ride for the Century, this is a last
chance to qualify. Margaret O’Kelley, 588-3825
• 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 — More Climbing!
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Meet at Powershots, 965 N. Resler. Climb
Transmountain, then McKelligon Canyon and
return via Transmountain. Intermediate pace,
30 miles. Rick Rivas, 581-9896.
• 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 — Meet at Rio
Plaza to ride around Upper Valley. Perfect for
B/IG riders. Moderate 15-16 mph pace, 25
miles. Jennifer James, 525-5282.
• 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 — Meet at
Chuck Heinrich Park, 11051 Loma Del Norte
Dr. for an exploration of the roads in Northeast
El Paso, Anthony Gap and the road leading
White Sands Missile Range. 25-30 miles, inter-
mediate pace (17-18 mph). Patty Van Tine,
667-0202.
• 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 — Meet at La
Mesa at Severino’s Restaurant (Hwy 28 across
from Eagle Grocery). Ride rollers at Vado and
beyond. Meal option at Severino’s afterward.
40 miles, moderate pace. Linda Price, 433-
4188
• 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 — Over the Hill
Ride. Meet at 7779 Rosedale in Lower Valley
for a ride to celebrate Alfonso’s birthday. 57
miles (route TBA), intermediate pace. Can you
keep up with the “old” man? Alfonso Font,
(915)526-0390.
• 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 — Meet at La
Union Station (NM 28 at Mercantil). Ride north
to Afton road and out to the end (it seems to
never come). Intermediate pace, 42 miles.
Sylvia Mejia, 740-9033.
Beginner/Intermediate Group (B/IG)
Rides - The El Paso Bicycle Club offers a spe-
cial training program for beginning and interme-
diate riders. Weekly rides leave promptly at 6
p.m. Tuesdays (meet at 5:45 p.m. for training
lesson) at Rio Plaza on Upper Valley Road and
Artcraft. Helmets required; no ear buds
allowed. Park cars in spaces marked for
cyclists. Information: Margaret O’Kelley, 588-
3825, or Bob Lynn, 443-4226.
• Aug. 2 - Advanced group riding skills
• Aug. 9 - Intervals
• Aug. 16 - Nutrition and endurance
• Aug. 23 – Fun ride
• Aug. 30 — Fitness Cross Training
The monthly distance ride is Saturday, Aug.
13. See EPBC listing above.
Roll for the Cure — The largest cycling
event in Southest New Mexico is 8 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13, at New Mexico Junior
College, 5317 Lovington, in Hobbs, N.M. in
honor of Ted McVay. Registration begins at 7
a.m. Route options offered for novice to com-
petitive cyclists, including 25K, 50K and 100K
routes. Hydration stations available every 12 to
15 miles. Ride marshals, motorcycle support,
police/sheriff support, SAG van and more.
Proceeds benefit Relay For Life and American
Cancer Society. Registration: $20 ($10 young
adult; $30 family of two; $120 teams of eight).
Information: (575) 492-5232 or
rollforthecure.net.
Saturday Far East Side Ride —The 42-
mile ride for beginning/intermediate riders
leaves at 7 a.m. each Saturday from Atom
Cyclist parking lot, 1886 Joe Battle, Suite 205
(next to Super Target) and turns around at
Hueco Tanks State Park. Average speed is
around 15 mph and the ride takes just under 3
hours. Information: Danny (DRod) Rodriguez,
667-2461.
Golf
H.E.A.L. at the Inn Golf Tournament
— The annual tournament benefitting HEAL
(Help End Abuse for Life) and The Nest begins
with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
13, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course in
Mescalero, N.M. Information: The Nest (575)
378-6378 or helpendabuseforlife.org.
Willie Cager Golf Tournament and
Dinner — The Willie Learning Center’s 5th
annual fundraising tournament is 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13, at Butterfield Trail Golf Club
1858 Cottonwoods. Some of the members of
the 1966 Texas Western (now UTEP) NBA
Championship Team and Hall of Famers will be
present, as well as some of the actors from the
movie “Glory Road.” Cost: $125 per golfer
(four-person scramble format). Hole-in-One
prize is a BMW, plus other prizes.
Information/RSVP: 920-4173 or 251-4724 or
851-2983. Web: cageruniversity.org.
The dinner is 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Cost: $100
per person ($900 tables of 10).
Proceeds from the tournament raise money
for a charter school for kids from 7th though
12th grade, who for various reasons are not
attending another school.
Bel Air Highlander Golf Tournament
— The Bel Air Highlander Alumni scholarship
program tournament begins with a shotgun
start at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Painted
Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs.
Registration starts at 7 a.m. with lunch at noon.
Registration open to alumni, family, friends and
supporters.
Cost: $80 (includes green fees, GPS cart, prac-
tice range, two drink tickets and a meal).
Sponsors/donations welcome. Information:
588-4322 or bigredpride.com.
Golf for Diabetes Awareness — The
annual golf tournament benefiting El Paso
Diabetes Association begins with a shotgun
start at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Painted
Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs.
Registration at noon. Complimentary dinner for
participants follows the tournament. Door
prizes and Mulligans offered; goody bags for all
players. Cost: $150 per person; $500 team of
four. Information: 532-6280 or epdiabetes.org.
‘Scramble for Ethics’ Golf Tournament
— The 12th annual Better Business Bureau
scramble is noon Friday, Aug. 26, at Butterfield
Trail Golf Club, near El Paso International
Airport. All golfers receive lunch, dinner, a door
prize and goody bag. Proceeds benefit the BBB
Foundation Elementary Ethics Program. Cost
to be announced (includes door prize, lunch,
dinner, goodie bag and two drink tickets); hole
signs and sponsorships available. Information:
577-0195 or communications@bbbelpaso.org.
Democratic Party Golf Tournament —
El Paso County Democratic Party’s annual
tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9
a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Painted Dunes Golf
Course, 12000 McCombs. Registration begins
at 8 a.m. Four person scramble format. Cost:
$75 per player; $300 per team. Information:
Dan Duarte, 533-2141 or 549-1637.
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Recreational Sports
Girls Fast-Pitch Softball — City of El Paso
Parks and Recreation Department’s girls league
for ages 8 and 12 runs Sept. 6 through mid-
October Monday through Thursdays with
some Friday and Saturday make-up games, at
Blackie Chesher, Marty Robbins, NE Regional,
Jimmy Ochoa, Memo Villa, Modesto and
Skyline. Nine Game Season, with single elimina-
tion playoffs. Registration is Aug. 11-25.
Coaches meetings are 7 p.m. Thursdays, Aug.
4 11 and 18 at Nations Tobin Park, 8831
Railroad. Cost: $490 per team (includes ref
fees; exact change requested). . Information:
757-2743 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
Special Olympics training — Special
Olympics Texas Area-19 hosts free training in
preparation of the 2011 Fall games. Athletes
must have a current medical form on file at the
Special Olympics office, 4100 Rio Bravo, Suite
311. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.
• Tennis is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, at El
Paso Tennis Club, 2510 St. Vrain. Information:
Linda Cobbs, 329-4863.
• Powerlifing (for ages 16 and older only)
meets 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at
Fred Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood.
Information: David or Maria Lucero, 637-5720
or 637-1686.
• The Northeast Pin Busters meet at 6 p.m.
the second Thursday of the month beginning
Aug. 4, at Bowlero Lanes, 8941 Dyer.
Information: Carmen Dosher, 731-4200.
• Bowling Training for the Blue Angels is 4 p.m.
and 6 p.m. Mondays beginning Aug. 15 at
Bowl El Paso. Second shift begins at 6:15 p.m.
Unified Doubles only. Information: Virgie Shinn,
591-0126.
• Softball training is 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays,
beginning Aug. 20. Call office for location.
Greater El Paso Tennis Association —
Information: 532-5524, gepta@sbcglobal.net or
elpasotennis.org. Advance registration at tour-
naments.usta.com, Call or visit website for
other tennis programs.
• El Paso Tennis Club / Morgan, Smith, Barney
& Stanley Adult & Senior Open is Aug. 10-14.
$7,500 in cash and prizes. ID # 759405711.
Cost: Men’s Open Singles $3, all other events
$30 per player. Deadline is Aug. 15.
Information: Ed Phinney, 532-4373 or ten-
nisep@aol.com.
• Edward Abraham Co Real Estate Investments
Grand Prix at Tennis Wes is Sept. 7-11 (part of
the GEPTA Grand Prix Series). Cost is $20 for
singles, $19 doubles per player. ID #
759402911. Deadline is Sept. 4. Information:
Ross Walker, 581-5471 or rossome2@aol.com.
Youth events:
This month’s 10 and Under “Tennis Nights in
America” and Junior Tennis Tournaments are
noon to 3 p.m Saturday, Aug. 6, at Socorro
High School, 10150 Alameda Cost for the non-
elimination format tournament is $5 per per-
son. Next month is Sept. 11 at El Paso Tennis
Club.
Tennis Playday is 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20,
for ages 10 and under at the Bill Ellis Tennis
Center, 4770 Woodrow Bean, Transmountain
Drive. Racquets and balls provided, carnival
court, prizes and refreshments. Free admission.
Information: Darlene Demory (480) 289-2351
ext.105.
Coronado Junior Tennis Championships are
Sept. 8-11 at the Coronado Country Club.
Level 6 tournament. Cost: $19 singles, $15
doubles per player. Deadline is Sept. 3. ID #
759400611. Information: Vedran Vidovic, 581-
2225.
El Paso Seniors Summer Splash — City
of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department
hosts the water sport event for adults age 50
and older 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at
Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa St.
Registration/information: 544-0753.
NFL Punt, Pass and Kick — The sectional
competition hosted by City of El Paso Parks
and Recreation Department is Aug. 27-Sept.
24, at several area football fields. Boys and girls
ages 6-15 years will compete separately in vari-
ous age divisions in punting, passing, and place
kicking skills. All participants must show birth
certificates; and must be of age by Dec. 31,
2011. Registration is free and held each day of
competition. Information: 757-2743 or elpaso-
texas.gov/parks. Schedule:
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Northeast
Regional Complex, 5951 Redstone Rim
• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
11, at Nations Tobin Park, 8831 Railroad
Las Cruces Ciclovia — The free monthly
public fitness event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 28, at Young Park, intersections of
Walnut and Lohman. Activities include Hula
Hoops, gunny sack races, jump roping, dancing,
volleyball, parachute games and more for all
ages. Bikes and skates welcome. Information:
(575) June Donohue, 522-0289.
Public Ice Skating — Skating offered noon
to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Sierra
Providence Event Center next to the Coliseum,
4100 Paisano. All ages welcome. Admission: $7
(skate rental included). Spectator admission is
free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpa-
soicemonitor.com.
Westside YMCA Fall Sports Leagues
— Registration runs through Sept. 11 at the
YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa, for indoor soccer, vol-
leyball, flag football, hockey and basketball.
Season starts Sept. 26, with games beginning
Oct. 1. Competitive and non-competitive
leagues available. Information: 584-9622 or
elpasoymca.org.
Motor sports
El Paso Speedway Park — 14851 Marina
(off Montana 7 miles east of Loop 375). Racing
is 7:45 p.m Fridays, and include wing sprints,
super stocks, street stocks, modifieds, super
trucks, limited late models, and legends. Season
runs through September. Gates open at 5:30
p.m.
Admission is $10 ($7 seniors/military with
ID/students age 11-15 or with UTEP ID). Free
for children 10 and under. Information: 791-
8749 or epspeedwaypark.com.
The last points race of the season for the
Championship is Friday, Sept. 9.
Speedway of Southern New Mexico —
The track features modifieds, super stocks,
speed stocks and more Saturdays. The
Speedway is 11 miles west of Las Cruces exit
Sports
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Please see Page 26
132, off I-10. Take south frontage road to
Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds. General
admission: $10 ($7 seniors, military, students
age 11-15 or with NMSU ID; ages 10 and
younger free). Prices may vary for special
events. Season passes (20 events): $180 ($126
senior, military with ID, students age 11-15 or
with NMSU ID). Information: 1-800-658-9650
or snmspeedway.com.
Fair Nights are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-
Oct. 1. Gates open at 5:50 p.m.; racing at 7:45
p.m.
El Paso Motorplex — The drag strip is at
13101 Gateway West, (east of El Paso at I-10
off Clint exit #42). Drag races are 6 to 10 p.m.
Sundays. Spectator admission varies.
Information: 588-8119 or southwestdrags.com.
Runs and walks
‘Run Out Bullying’ race — The 2nd annu-
al 8K/5K run and 1 Mile fun walk is 8 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6, at McKelligon Canyon, spon-
sored by El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Registration is $20 in advance; $25 on race day.
Information: 478-5663. Online registration at
raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 5, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and
7 to 7:45 a.m. at the startling line on race day.
Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon — The
USAT-sanctioned 400M swim/20K bike/5K run
begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the
Socorro (N.M.) City Pool. Packet pickup begins
at 5:30 a.m. Registration is $45 ($20 age 23 and
younger) for sprint-distance race; $75 for relay.
Additional $10 for non USAT members, and for
mail-in registration. Registration deadline is
Aug. 2. No race day registration available.
Information: (575) 835-8927 or
socorro.com/ssr/chile. Online registration at
active.com.
Youth race us 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at NM
Tech Swim Center. Packet pick-up is 5 p.m.
F-1 Triathlon — The annual 800m swim,
28K bike ride and 8K run and mix relay event is
8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Bottomless
Lakes State Park, 13 miles east of Roswell,
N.M. (via U.S. Hwy 380 and NM Hwy 409).
Bike and run will consist of two 14 K bike rides
and two 4K runs. Pre-race events begin at 7
a.m. Registration (by Aug. 9): $50 for F-1; $60
for mix relay; no race day registration. Park use
fees waived during event. Information: Steve
Patterson (575) 624-6058.
The F-1 is the second race in the Bottomless
Series.
Packet pick up is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12,
at Holiday Inn Express, 2300 Main in Roswell.
Healthy Heart Walks — The city’s Parks
and Recreation Department’s monthly family
walks begin at 8 a.m. on selected Saturdays
through November at various local park and
recreation centers. Registration starts at 7:30
a.m. Everyone is welcome; registration: $5
one-time fee (includes all walks). Information:
Sandy Rodriguez, 240-3310 or Eliseo Duran,
544-0753, ext. 21 or 23.
The Aug. 13 walk is at the Multi-Purpose
Center, 9031 Viscount. Information: 598-1155.
Santa Teresa run — The inaugural 5-mile
run and 2-mile walk begins at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13, at the new Sunland Park
Sports Complex, 4700 McNutt. First 200 run-
ners receive t-shirts, trophy for overal male and
female winner in run and for largest team.
Medals for two three male and female runners
in each category. Registration: $20 ($10 stu-
dents 17 and younger) in advance; $25 per
event on race day. Teams of 10 or more; $15
each in advance.
Information/registration: raceadventuresunlimit-
ed.com.
Packet pick-up and race day registration is 6:30
to 7:15 a.m.
Stephanie Olivo Memorial 5K — The
2nd annual 5K run and 1-mile fun walk benefit-
ing El Paso Red Cross is 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug.
13, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. First 150 reg-
istrants receive free t-shirt and medals awarded
to top three male and female runners in each
category. Cost: $20 per event; $25 race day.
Information: 274-5222.
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 12, at Up and Running, 10600
Montwood, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the starting
site on race day.
Future Engineers 5K — Texas Society of
Professional Engineers’s fundraising 5K compet-
itive run and 5K and 1 mile fun walks are 8 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at 3233 Up and Running,
Proceeds benefit El Paso Chapter UTEP
Engineering Endowment Scholarship Fund.
Registration (through Aug. 18): $20 per event
($15 students, military and ages 60 and older).
Late registration is $25 for all events.
Information: 274-5222.
Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug.
19, at Up and Running, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on
race day.
Eagle in the Sun Triathlon — El Paso’s
only USA Triathlon-sanctioned multisport race,
with a 400m swim, 20K bike ride, and 5K run
benefiting El Paso Diabetes Association, is
planned for 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, starting
and ending at the Tigua Recreation and
Wellness Center. Participants may race as an
individual or as part of a two- or three-person
relay team. Entry fee: $65 individuals by July 1
($75 after). No race day registration.
Information: 433-3439. Online registration at
raceelpaso.com/events.
Running clubs:
• Run El Paso maintains information on local
races at runelpaso.com. Information: Luis
Zaragosa, 543-2017.
• El Paso Triathlon Club is open to everyone
interested in triathlons and similar events,
including the Southwest Challenge Series.
Information: elpasotriclub.org. Challenge series:
southwestchallengeseries.com.
Hash clubs combine trail running with social (i.e.
beer-drinking) activities. Runs are marked with
chalk, and are open to runners of all levels.
• The Border Jumper Hash House Harrier
meet at at various locations. Information:
bjhash.com.
• The El Paso Hash House Harriers have one
or more runs each week. Information: 252-
5646, elpasohash.com.
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Day camps
JCC Summer Program— The Jewish
Community Center hosts its summer daycare
program for ages eight weeks through
Kindergarten through Aug. 12, 405
Wallenberg. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. Friday. Morning classes 9 a.m. to noon
also offered.
Highlights include structured free play, water
activities, arts and crafts, music, snacks,
Shabbat on Friday, and other activities. Full-
time attendees must provide their own kosher
sack lunch; pizza lunch offered every
Wednesday for $3.50. Fulltime cost: $530
($590 infants) for 5 days a week; $100 per
week for mornings. Three days a week, weekly
and bi-monthly rates also offered. One-time
registration fee is $25. Information: 584-4437,
jcommunitycenter@elp.rr.com or jewishelpa-
so.org.
Summer Science Camps 2011 — The
New Mexico Museum of Space History in
Alamogordo’s week-long science camps run
through Aug. 5 for youth in grades K through
12. The five-day camps and residential camp
programs are offered on select weeks.
Registration/information: (5750 437-2840 ext.
41132, 1-877-333-6589 or nmspaceacade-
my@live.com. Web: nmspacemuseum.org.
The new “Scream Camp” about roller coast-
ers, g-forces and other extreme amusement
park attractions is Aug. 1-5 for grades K
through 9.
History Summer Day Camp — El Paso
Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, offers
summer camps through Aug. 19 for ages 7 to
13. All camps are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays
through Fridays. Cost per camp: $70 ($56
museum members). Registration on a first
come, first serve basis, space limited to 15 stu-
dents per camp. Limited number of scholar-
ships available. Information: Sue Taylor, 351-
3588 or taylorsl@elpasotexas.gov.
Camps:.
• “Pioneer Camp” — Aug. 2-5 for ages 7 to 9.
Make a covered wagon, learn to pack a wagon,
make a toy and more like the pioneers of the
early days.
• “Discover a New World” — Aug. 16-19 for
ages 9 to 12. Learn to make a map, put on
armor and clothing similar to what the original
colonists would have worn, dip candles, churn
butter, learn about colonial money, write with a
quill pen and more.
Kids Camp at the Alpaca Ranch — La
Buena Vida Alpacas host its 2011 camps for 9
a.m. to noon Fridays during the summer
months, for kids 9 and older, featuring educa-
tional talks on alpacas, ranch tours and other
activities. Participants should wear comfortable
clothing and closed-toe shoes (no sandals).
Bring a snack. Cost: $25 per person. Pre-regis-
tration required. Information: (575) 589-4323
or labuenavidaalpacas.com.
• “Show Business” Camp #3 is Aug. 5 and
19.
The ranch is open to the public Saturday
through Monday, Sept. 3-5.
Club Rec — The City of El Paso Parks and
Recreation Department’s 2011 Summer Camp
runs Monday through Friday through Aug. 5.
for ages 6-12. Each two-week camp provides
recreational activities such as sports, arts and
crafts, field trips, dance classes and table
games. Each recreation center offers its own
activities. Camp sites include participating Parks
and Recreation facilities and participating
schools. Cost is $40 per week, per child; some
scholarships available. Teen age mentoring pro-
gram for ages 13-16 also offered. Information:
elpasotexas.gov/parks. Registration at all city
recreation centers.
Summer Archaeology Day Camp — El
Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301
Transmountain Road in Northeast El Paso (west
of U.S. 54), hosts its 2011 interactive youth
summer camps for grades 2-7 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesdays through Fridays, through Aug. 12.
Hands-on courses teach about the science of
archaeology, its tools, and the prehistory of the
Americas. Also includes a field trip to be
announced. Cost per youth: $70 ($55 museum
members). Space is limited, registration taken
on a first come, first serve basis.
Information/registration: 755-4332 or
guidamr@elpasotexas.gov.
The final camp of 2011 is Aug. 9-12 for
grades 5-7 (ages 10-12).
Montessori Summer Camp — Mountain
West Montessori, 403 Frontera, will host its
Summer Camps weekdays through Aug. 12,
for toddlers through age 8. Camps offered full
day, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or half day, 9 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Cost begins at $240 (half-day) and
$350 (full-day) for two weeks; before and after
school care available for additional charge.
Additional family processing fee of $30
required; registration due first day of camp.
Information: 584-5728 or mwmontessori.com.
Toddler and Elementary programs offered.
Camps include age-appropriate content includ-
ing Spanish & English. Toddler program stu-
dents must sign up for at least four weeks.
Summer Zoo Camp — The week-long
camps for ages 6 to 10 are 9 a.m. to noon
Monday through Friday through Aug. 12, at
the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. Campers will
learn about conservation and experience live
education animals, behind-the-scenes tours,
crafts, games and more. Cost: $95 per week
(includes t-shirt and snacks); $85 for zoo mem-
bers. Advance reservations needed.
Information: 532-8156 or elpasozoo.org.
This year’s theme is “Z-Raffes,” and campers
can choose from one of two camps this year:
Zebras or Giraffes.
Wilderness Camp — Ruidoso Parks and
Recreation Department hosts its “Back to
Basics, Back to Nature” five-day camps for ages
6-13 entering grades 1-7, 7:30 to 5 p.m.
Mondays through Friday through Aug. 12, at
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Summer fun for kids
the Parks and Recreation Office, 801 Resort
Drive in Ruidoso, N.M. Activities include horse-
back riding, fishing, canoeing, hiking, biking, disc
golf, nature walks, nature crafts, archery, out-
door sports, golf, tennis, swimming and more.
Cost: $95 per week ($32 per day) for first
child; $85 per week ($30 per day for each addi-
tional child in same family). Space is limited.
Information: (575) 257-5030 or ruidoso-
nm.gov/ParksRecreation.
Lynx Summer Camps — Lynx Exhibits,
300 W San Antonio host its weeklong summer
camps with hands-on activities, games, take-
home craft projects and more through Aug.
19. Each camp, geared to ages 6-12, runs
Monday through Friday. Morning (9 a.m. to
noon) and afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) sessions
offered. Admission: $100 per camp. Multiple
child discounts available. Information: 533-4330
or info@lynxexhibits.com. Register online at
lynxexhibits.com.
Camps (call for dates):
• Art Attack! — Explore a different art medi-
um each day.
• Green Heroes Club — Learn about the
Earth’s environment, pollution prevention,
energy conservation and what it means to “go
green.”
• Treasure Island — Become pirates and
explore basic concepts of geography, history
and oceanography.
• Around the World in Five Days — Explore
five different cultures from around the globe
through the eyes of a child.
• Diva Girlz Party — Girls design and bake
their own shrink plastic rings, bracelets, neck-
laces and earrings along with other creative
items.
• Boys Only Zone — Boys make potato or
marshmallow pop guns, mix up their own silly
putty and design and build custom paper air-
planes and boomerangs among other crafts.
YMCA Summer Program- El Paso
YMCA branches offer summer programs
through Aug. 19 for ages 6-12. Camps run
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration during regular office hours.
Registration: $130 ($100 members). Extra fees
for field trips. Information/costs: 584-9622, ext.
21 or elpasoymca.org.
Camps including swimming, arts and crafts,
field trips, environmental activities, family nights
and other special activities.
This year’s themes are Raiders of the Lost
YMCA, Celebration, Disco Daze, Heroes
Among Us, Party in the USA, Sports
Extravaganza, Fun and Fitness, Deep in the
Heart of Texas, Y Go Green, Back to the
Future and Imaginarium.
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Branches:
• Fred and Maria Loya Branch, 2044 Trawood.
591-3321.
• Westside Family Branch, 7145 N. Mesa. 584-
9622.
• Northeast Family Branch, 5509 Will Ruth.
755-5685.
• W.C Snow Rec Center, 6400 Crawford
(Santa Teresa). (575) 589-4496.
YWCA Summer Camps — YWCA El
Paso Del Norte Region camps are Monday
through Friday through the summer months.
Girls and boys ages 5 to 12 can enjoy indoor
and outdoor sports and recreation, arts and
crafts, swimming and field trips. A healthy
breakfast, lunch and snack offered every day.
Cost: $100 per week; $22 per day. Additional
siblings in same family receive 10 percent dis-
count. Enrollment forms available online at
ywcaelpaso.org and can be brought to the
nearest YWCA branch.
Camp locations/information:
• Mary Ann Dodson Camp, 4400 Boy Scout
Lane, 584-4007.
• Shirley Leavell Branch, 10712 Sam Snead,
593-1289.
• Myrna Deckert Branch, 9135 Stahala, 757-
0306.
• Lower Valley Branch, 115 N. Davis, 859-
0276.
El Paso Museum of Art Summer
Camps — The 2011 summer camps and
classes for all ages are through Aug. 5 at the
museum, downtown El Paso. Most youth
camps run Tuesday through Friday. Morning
camps are 9:30 a.m. to noon and afternoon
camps are 1 to 3:30 p.m. Information and reg-
istration: 532-1707, ext. 27, or elpasoartmuse-
um.org.
Cost per camp/class is $70 ($56 for museum
members); $80 ($64 members) for sculpture
class; includes supplies.
Final week of classes is Aug. 2-5. Morning
classes are Sculpture for ages 6 to 8; and Self-
Portraits for ages 9-12. Afternoon classes are
Oil Pastels and Papier-mâché Tea Pots for ages
6-8 and Zine Machine for ages 9-12.
Sports
Parks and Recreation ‘Learn to Swim’
— The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation
Department is taking registration for its sum-
mer 2011 “Learn to Swim” sessions at all city
aquatic facilities. Two-week sessions are
offered Mondays through Thursdays, through
Aug. 18. Registration starts one week before
classes beginning at 6 a.m. Fee: $25 for eight
classes. Information on nearest facility: 544-
3556.
Lessons available for basic and advanced pre-
school (4-5 years), levels 1 and 2 for age (6-13)
and the move advanced level 3.
Gol 2011 Soccer Camp — 6-8 p.m.
Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-5, at Blackie Chesher
Park, 1100 N. Zaragoza. The free camp is for
all ages of children and all levels of players,
including beginners. Directed by an internation-
al soccer coach. Free refreshments. Hosted by
Primera Iglesia Hispana del Nazareno.
Information: 504-4800 or iglesia-nazareno.com.
Junior Golf Camps — New Mexico State
University hosts summer golf instructions for
youth Mondays through Thursdays at the
NMSU Golf Course, 3000 Herb Wimberly in
Las Cruces, led by Jason White, PGA Head
Golf Professional with the assistance of NMSU
PGA Golf Management Students. Instruction is
age and ability specific and covers all facets of
the game, rules and etiquette. Cost: $50 per
two-hour session; includes instruction, range
balls and prizes. Information: (575) 646-4867
or jaw@nmsu.edu. Web: NMSUgolf.com.
Final session is 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug.
1-5.
Mini-Sports Motor Skills Camp - The
City of El Paso Parks and Recreation
Department offers the camp designed to pro-
vide a good, first time experience for young-
sters, prior to participating in the Mini-Sports
Program. The Mini-Soccer Motor Skills Camp
will be on 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and
Wednesdays starting Aug. 1 at the Pavo Real
Recreation Center, 9301 Alameda. Children
ages of 4-7 will learn basic soccer skills needed
to participate in soccer. No previous soccer
experience is necessary. Registration run-
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through July 29. Fee is $32 per child.
Information 858-1929
UTEP Softball Camps —Information/regis-
tration: 747-5142 or ppp.utep.edu.
• All Skills Camp is 9 a.m. to noon for ages 6-
12 and 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 13-18, Monday and
Tuesday, Aug. 1-2, at Helen of Troy Softball
Complex. Cost: $100 by July 25; $115 after.
• Pitching and Catching Camp is 9 a.m. to
noon for ages 6 to 12 and 1 to 4 p.m. for ages
13-18 Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3-4, at
Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Cost: $100 by
July 27; $115 after.
Elite summer camps — Elite Youth Sports
will host several summer camps for youth at
both its East (12115 Rojas) and West (6910 N.
Mesa) locations. Times and dates same for both
locations. Discount for early sign up on select-
ed camps. Information/cost: 581-3476 (West),
590-9056 (East) or elpasoelite.com.
Aug. 8-12:
• Gymnastics — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boys and
girls age 6 and older
• Tumbling — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boys and
girls age 6 and older
• Jumping Stars — 8 a.m. to noon for boys and
girls ages 3-5.
Aug. 15-19:
• Cheer Camp 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 6 and
older.
• Itty Bitty Cheer Camp — 8 a.m. to noon for
ages 3 to 5.
Also
Summer Reading Club — The El Paso
Public Library’s free Summer Reading Club for
children completing grades 5 through age 12
runs through July 16 at all public library facili-
ties. The theme for this year is “Dig up a Good
Book.” Youth 13 years and older (or younger if
entering 7th grade) may participate in the Teen
Summer Reading Club. Registration forms avail-
able at any public library, and kids can register
anytime through early July. Completed logs
must be turned in by July 17. Information:
Laurel Indalecio, 543-5470 or elpasolibrary.org
“Kids Zone”.
Participating youth are encouraged to read at
least eight books or eight hours depending on
their reading level. At the end of the summer,
each child who meets or exceeds these goals
will receive a certificate of completion. Some
branches offer other reading incentives such as
prizes, goodie bags and toys for those complet-
ing the program.
Carmike Summer Kid Series — Carmike
Cinemas, 9840 Gateway North, hosts summer
family movies at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Admission:
$1; discounted kids’ tray offered during screen-
ings. Information: 751-5613.
• July 28 — Shrek
• Aug. 4 — Shrek 2
• Aug. 11 — The Last Airbender.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading
Program— Kids can earn a free book in the
Summer reading program through Sept. 6, at
area Barnes & Nobles. This year’s program fea-
tures “Imagination’s Destination” Kids entering
grades 1-6 can pick up a reading form to log
their progress. Those who read eight books
during the summer months can receive a free
book from a pre-selected list. Books read dur-
ing the summer do not need to be purchased
from Barnes & Noble, but forms must be com-
pleted to earn free book; limit one per partici-
pating child.
Free reading club forms may be picked up at
Barnes & Noble during the summer months:
• West Side: 705 Sunland Park. Information:
581-5353.
• East Side: 9521 Viscount. Information: 590-
1932.
• Las Cruces: 700 S. Telshor in Mesilla Valley
Mall. Information: (575) 522-4499.
Forms available in both English and Spanish on-
line at barnesandnoble.com/summerreading.
Pan American Dance Institute — The
NMSU Dance Program and DACC will host
dance and fitness classes for children, teens and
adults in July and August at the NMSU Activity
Center (2nd floor), corner of Stewart and
Locust in Las Cruces. Registration: (575) 527-
7527. Information: (575) 646-2070 or
agavit@nmsu.edu.
Teen and adult classes run Aug. 1-12. Classes
are Monday through Friday, unless otherwise
listed.
• Ballet — 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $100.
• Pointe — 11:15 a.m. to noon, Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. Cost: $30.
• Pilates — 11: 15 a.m. to noon Tuesday and
Thursday. Cost: $15.
• Jazz — 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Cost: $62.50.
• Modern Dance — 1:50 to 3 p.m. Cost:
$58.50.
• Hip-hop — 3:05 to 4:15 p.m. Cost: $58.50.
• Improvisation — 4:20 to 5:30 p.m. Cost:
$58.50.
Sacramento Summer Camps —
Sacramento Methodist Assembly, 30 miles
southeast of Cloudcroft, N.M. Information: 1-
800-667-3414. Registration forms available
online at sacramentoassembly.org. Camp
Sunshine for (individuals with disabilities) is
Aug. 1-5.
Summer Movie Clubhouse — Cinemark
El Paso, 7440 Remcon Circle, and Tinseltown,
11885 Gateway West, hosts the annual sum-
merlong movie series for kids during the
through Aug. 17. The “Clubhouse” presents
recent G and PG favorites. All shows begin at
10 a.m. Admission: $1 at the door or $5 for 10
movies. Information: 587-5100, 590-6464 or
cinemark.com.
All shows are Tuesdays at Tinseltown and the
following Tuesday and Wednesday at Cinemark.
• “How To Train your Dragon” — Aug. 2-3
• “Shrek Forever After” — Aug. 2 and Aug.
9-10
• “Cats and Dogs 2” — Aug. 9 and Aug. 16-
17.
UTEP P3 Kidz On Campus — UTEP’s
Professional and Public Programs (formerly
PACE) offers classes and camps geared toward
youth through Aug. 5. Courses offered in
visual and performing arts, language, science,
reading, math, social skills and more. The new
“Kidz on the Move” courses integrate physical
well-being in various topics. Course fees vary.
Information/registration: 747-5142 or
ppp.utep.edu for full schedule.
Summer fun
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All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.
Estadio Carta Blanca —Av. Reforma (at
Sanders, across from Comision Federal de
Electricidad).
• 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30: Conjunto
Primavera, Los Yonics, Los Cadetes de Rosendo
Cantu, La Sonora Xtrema and Banda Reyes .
Tickets are 100 pesos at donboleton.com
• 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20: Gloria Trevi.
Ticket information: donboleton.com
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte —Av.
Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the
Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or
ccpn.com.mx.
• Telos de Arena Theatre presents “The
Enemy” with nationally acclaimed actress Perla
de la Rosa, Thursday through Saturday, July 28-
30. Tickets are 70 pesos (50 pesos students,
teachers and seniors).
• “The Mexican Revolution and its Centennial:
Who Celebrates and Why?,” a conference pre-
sented by the Three Centuries, Three
Celebrations Committee is at 7 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 6.
• Eolic Energy conferences with national and
local experts in the field are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12. Admission is
free.
• “Victoriano Huerta,” a conference presented
by the Three Centuries, Three Celebrations
Committee is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
• “Tiro de Gracia,” a comic play with national
comedian Adal Ramones and Juan Carlos
Colombo, is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.
• Dates have yet to be confirmed for upcoming
performances by Astrid Haddad (female
singer/creator of Nopal Rock) and the Azteca
Hope Concert, featuring singers from the
Azteca television channel.
Indios Soccer — The Mexican pro soccer
team Indios de Juarez host their home games at
Estadio Benito Juárez, Av. Heroico Colegio
Militar and Panama. Information: 6181824 or
clubindios.com.
Next home games are at 7 p.m. Saturday, July
30, against the Dorados of Sinaloa; and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13, against Leon.
Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park,
Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas).
The museum features an exhibit of pre-
Columbian artifacts, as well as paintings and
sculptures from well-known local and interna-
tional artists. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free
except as listed. Information: 611-1048.
• Arte en el Parque is 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday,
July 30 and Aug. 27. Children’s activities, cul-
tural bazaar, foods and drinks and continuous
entertainment. Admission is 40 pesos (30 pesos
for ages 3-11; under 3 free).
July 30 theme is “Spectacular.” Entertainment
includes the Triciclua Circus Band (jazz and
clowns); Jazz and Blues festival with the groups
Bribon, Blues Mess and Antares; Pinponito
Clown; and the classic guitar of Carlos Benitez
in a tribute to Claude Bolling
Aug. 27 theme is “Round the World”.
Entertainment includes Circus Fanelli and the
music of Radaid.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera
— Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave.
Juárez. The history museum in the Old
Customs House is being remodeled extensively
as a national museum documenting the Mexican
Revolution, which began Nov. 20, 1910.
Museo de INBA — Circuito Jose Reyes
Estrada, Zona Pronaf. The museum’s expensive
renovation is nearly finished, with a grand re-
opening to be scheduled. Information: 616-
7414.
“Un dia en el museo (A Day at the Museum)”
is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in the
promenade area. Guided tours, puppets, chil-
dren’s classes and other activities.
Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás
Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and
Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
The National Business Connection is Thursday
and Friday, Aug. 25-26, with business meetings
between suppliers and buyers, business con-
tacts and more. Information: 6113030,
informes@coparmexjuarez.org or sem-
anapymefronteranorte.org.
Paseo Familiar Cibeles 2011 will be Sunday,
Sept. 18. Walk, run or bring your bicycle to
celebrate the 20th anniversary event.
Festival Internacional Chihuahua —
The 7th annual festival of performing arts offers
events Sept. 4-29. The festival is part of the
statewide celebration. Information:
chihuahua.gob.mx/festival.
Cafebreria — Anillo envolvente Prona and
Coyorcan (orange building across from Museo
INBA). The coffee/book shop promotes local
arts and literature. Information: 6116541 or
cafebreria.wordpress.com. A Writers
Symposium is scheduled for Sept. 5-10.
‘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 and Alex Briseño.
Information: 806Noticias.com.mx.
— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
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By Lisa Kay Tate
T
ransmountain Road, the state of
Texas’ highest highway, has been the
connecting passage for east and west
El Pasoans since 1970.
Transmountain (the correct spelling
according to the Texas Department of
Transportation information, as opposed to
the also-used “Trans Mountain” or “Trans-
mountain”), was a feat of engineering
when it was completed in the late 1960s,
and is still an impressive feature today as it
transcends the Franklins at a maximum
elevation of 5,280 feet at the Smuggler’s
Gap trailhead.
In addition to being a convenient route
for many trans-city drivers, it is also a
recreational destination for runners, hikers,
picnickers, nature-lovers and even geolo-
gists who visit the trails and campsites at
Franklin Mountains State Park, public pic-
nic tables near the east and west entrances,
and two museums, El Paso Museum of
Archaeology and El Paso Border Patrol
Museum and Library, at the base of the
northeast entrance.
With the rapid population growth of the
city, Transmountain Road is the site for
further Texas Department of Transport -
ation projects, intended to better accom-
modate the rising number of travelers
along the route. It is also a site for contro-
versy, as open-space advocates are con-
cerned that further construction cut into the
mountain range’s open space will interfere
with the area’s ecosystem.
The route is such a prominent part of the
city today, it seems hard to believe it was
less than 45 years ago that El Paso Herald-
Post editor Robert W. Lee was talking
about this soon-to-be completed highway
that would both connect a community and
be the center of recreation, education and
even controversy.
“It will be at least three years before you
can run the family car from Northwest El
Paso to Northeast El Paso without making
the long jaunt around the southern tip of
the Franklins,” Lee wrote in 1967. “But
when it’s done, El Paso will have some-
thing to brag about, a highway that will
provide some scenic views hard to match
anywhere else in Texas.”
Yesterday: An
Achievement in
Construction
Transmountain Road was part of the city
of El Paso’s vision since 1925, but took
over four decades to become a reality.
The road across the mountain was pro-
posed with the city’s first master plan in
1925 (a tunnel through the mountain was
also considered), but it wasn’t until
September 1959 that the City of El Paso
and the El Paso County Commissioners
Court petitioned the loop project, estimat-
ed to cost $8 million, to the Texas
Highway Commission. Highway
Commission Chairman Herbert J. Petry
said later at a 1967 public hearing in El
Paso that the road would be close to $21
million, if all the proper procedures were
followed.
Even though the Franklin Mountains
were, and still remain, a source of pride for
El Paso area residents, it was also an
obstacle for some travelers trying to get
from the east to west ends of the horse-
shoe-shaped city.
This issue was even addressed in “Texas
Highways” in 1967 by writer Carol
Nation.
“The problems the mountain creates are
innumerable … Endless traffic flows into
the heart of the city, creating a bottleneck
of heavy downtown traffic congestion,”
she wrote. “If a man lives on the west side
of the mountain, and works at Fort Bliss
on the east side, it takes him 45 minutes to
an hour to drive from home to work. If a
man lives on the east side of the mountain
and goes to school at Texas Western
University on the west side, he must drive
an hour to get there.”
The solution would be a mountain loop
linking the Upper Valley and northeast El
Paso from I-10 near Canutillo to U.S. 54 at
Dyer Street and onto I-10 once more. This
road would not only ease heavy midtown
traffic, but also save El Pasoans 35 to 40
minutes of drive time.
Challenges facing the project included
how deep to cut the pass and what to use
to do it, making sure the road wasn’t too
steep, how to properly survey the route
and even how to avoid interfering with
Fort Bliss’s Castner Range, in which the
proposed road would run straight through.
“We can’t have our motorists dodging
around with bullets whizzing past their
ears, so obviously the range will have to be
moved before we can get to work,” project
Senior Engineer Leroy Wallen told Nation
in her story. “The military has given per-
mission to move the range to McGregor
Range.”
Wallen estimated that the top of the pass
would be 180 to 200 feet deep, requiring
bulldozers and tons of explosives to create.
In all, more than 19,000 feet of assorted-
size pipe, 4.5 million cubic yards of rock
excavation, and more than 47,000 cubic
yards of channel excavation would be uti-
lized for the four-lane highway that would
peak at 5,280 feet.
El Pasoan Charles Veale worked on the
road as part of a summer job with the
Texas Highway Department in 1966, when
he was a student at Texas Western. He and
two other men served as the preliminary
group setting benchmarks for the future
highway. As most work in El Paso is out in
the flatland areas, he said, the mountain
job was both enjoyable and unusual.
“The three of us spent an entire summer
establishing benchmarks and working out
of a Jeep,” Veale said. He said that one
interesting thing about the road is that
almost none of the mountain’s content was
removed from the area. What was cut out,
or dug up in one place was used to fill in
lower gaps in another area.
“In my recollection, this was one of the
few jobs in El Paso County when actual
quarry trucks like those used in the mining
industry were used,” he said. “There will
always be a little bit of satisfaction when
I’m driving and I can still see some of the
visible trail remnants from our Jeep. It was
really fun work.”
Today: From
Playground to
Classroom
The Transmountain Road of today is not
only a convenient passage for cross-city
commuters, it is also the access to some of
the most well-loved activities in the
Franklin Mountains, from hiking, running
and biking to learning about the area’s nat-
ural and cultural history.
Transmountain Road
Past, Present, Future
Built in the late 1960s to connectthe north-
west and northeast sides of El Paso ,
Transmountain Road was one of the most
expensive Texas highway projects ever,
mile per mile.
Photo by Rick Tate
Plans to expand Transmountain on the
west slope of the Franklins have triggered
controversy. (Below:Transmountain at
Resler).
Photo by Rick Tate
This time-lapse photograph by Mark Paulda of Transmountain Road is one of the
images from Paulda’s book “Celebrating El Paso” (TCU Press).
Please see Page 34
El Paso Scene Page 34 August 2011
Transmountain Road is also the main
access to Franklin Mountains State Park,
which draws thousands of visitors each
year. The park spans 37 square miles and
was created in 1979 as an act of the Texas
State Legislature to protect the rugged
Franklins from future urban development.
It was acquired by The Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department in 1986 and has more
than 124 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Hike destinations include West
Cottonwood Springs, Mundy’s Gap and
Aztec Caves trails, with monthly ranger-
led tours year-round. Also part of the park,
near the midpoint of Transmountain, are
Fussleman Canyon and Smuggler’s Pass
Trails, the latter of which ties into the Ron
Coleman Trail and into McKelligon
Canyon. The entrances to these trails are
separate from the park’s main entry, but
one park fee covers access to all the
Franklin Mountains State Park trails.
Park office manager Erika Rubio said
that the park gets around 25,000 registered
users each year, but she estimates more
than 40,000 people visit the park annually.
Spring and fall months are the busiest
times due to the mild weather.
“Fall is probably the best time, from
September through November,” she said.
She said that the most popular activities
at the park are hiking and mountain biking,
but she also recommends taking the time
to enjoy the park’s abundant wildlife.
“For first-time visitors to the park, I sug-
gest they take a drive through our main
facility (Tom Mays Unit) and check out
our wildlife-viewing area,” she said.
“Personally, my favorite feature of the park
is the diverse wildlife we have, from mule
deer to snakes to spiders and birds, etc.”
In the springtime, the Castner Range area
of Transmountain Road is famous for a
different type of flora, the Mexican gold
poppies.
Although the poppies are not in full
bloom every year, as they depend on opti-
mal weather conditions to thrive, they are
always the center of attention in March as
part of the annual Franklin Mountain
Poppies Preservation Celebration at the
Museum of Archaeology. The event fea-
tures hikes, nature talks, demonstrations,
guest speakers, and, if the somewhat
unpredictable crop of flowers allows, plen-
ty of opportunities to photograph the festi-
val’s main attraction: the poppies.
The poppies rely on the right conditions
of winter rain to flourish, so a full golden
carpet only unfolds upon the eastern slope
of the Franklins every few years. Yet the
poppies have become so famous that Texas
Highways visited the route again in 2009,
naming it one of the state’s best wildflower
drives, especially during the “poppy sea-
son” in March.
“The Northern Chihuahuan Desert vege-
tation here includes lechuguilla, sotol,
ocotillo, several types of yucca and many
cactus species,” writer Melissa Gaskill said
of the drive. “Fields of bright yellow
mountain poppies, one of the park’s most
spectacular sights, can best be seen on the
eastern slope of the Franklins at the El
Paso Museum of Archeology — providing,
of course, the weather cooperates.”
Cutaway surfaces of the road have also
created what UTEP geology professor Phil
Goodell called a “museum in the open,” as
students, archaeologists and geologists use
the mountain to study the area’s geologic
history.
According to Goodell, layers at
Transmountain Road include the Castner
Formation, which shows off lime-rich
muds (later metamorphosed into marble)
deposited along an ancient tropical sea
floor, a thin basalt flow called Mundy
Breccia and quartz sands called Lanoria
quartzite. Caves and mineshafts near the
road cuts can also reveal a kaleidoscope of
colorful mineral deposits, like copper
derivatives such as malachite. The layers
also reveal the mountain’s volcanic past,
with silicon-aluminum-rich magmas pro-
ducing a variety of rocks collectively
known as Red Bluff Granite.
Remnants of past civilizations, or what
Goodell referred to as “apartment houses”
for the ancient Indian tribes in the area,
also can also be seen in some locations.
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology,
located on the east side of Transmountain
Road itself, tells the story of the 12,000-
year-old prehistoric human habitation in
the region and is open to visitors every
Tuesday through Sunday.
Museum visitors can stop next door at the
El Paso Border Patrol Museum and
Memorial Library, also on Transmountain.
One of the biggest events highlighting
Transmountain is the annual
Transmountain Challenge in October.
The run features a half-marathon and 5K
run across the road. The road is closed for
motor traffic that morning to allow for the
thousands of runners and walkers it brings
Transmountain
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Transmountain Road on the northeast side of the Franklins.
Photo by Mark Paulda from his book, “Celebrating El Paso” (TCU Press).
Please see Page 35
in to safely enjoy the race.
Another race, the Spira-sponsored
“World’s Fastest 10K,” begins at the top of
Transmountain.
The 2012 El Paso Michelob Ultra
Marathon in February will take its full-
marathon route over Transmountain before
heading around Fort Bliss, the Austin
Terrace neighborhood and into
Downtown’s Union Plaza.
“(The new) marathon course is sure to
offer runners an opportunity to run a per-
sonal best while enjoying one of the most
spectacular sunrises in the Southwest,”
said Race Director Mike Coulter.
Coulter said that the appeal of
Transmountain for runners is two-fold.
“One reason is because it is such a chal-
lenging run, whether it is up the mountain,
from one side of Transmountain to over
the mountain or just down the mountain,”
he said.
Another reason for Transmountain’s
appeal is it is simply a beautiful run.
“It is just the beauty of the mountain,”
Coulter said, “especially running the
mountain is just breathtaking.”
The mile-high Transmountain pass is also
a popular training ride for bicyclists, and is
part of the area’s top annual road-biking
events, including September’s Chile
Pepper Challenge and October’s Tour de
Tolerance. Mountain bikers also use
Transmountain to access the popular but
very challenging rocky dirt trails, home to
such events as the Coyote Classic and El
Paso Puzzler mountain-bike races.
Tomorrow: Progress
or Preservation
Like much of the city’s outlying areas,
Transmountain Road may have to adjust to
the larger number of commuters in the
city, and the Texas Department of
Transportation has been working on plans
to make the route more accessible to a
larger population.
Tthe department has two current projects
in the works concerning Transmountain:
The Transmountain West project and the
Transmountain Northeast Project.
The Transmountain West project runs
east from I-10 up the mountain to east of
the Franklin Mountains State Park
entrance. Although plans for the project
have not been finalized, past proposals
have mentioned the addition of two traffic
lanes, graded on-ramps and expansion of
hiking/biking trails.
According to TxDOT Public Information
Officer Blanca Del Valle, the final plans
for the road will be announced by the
Federal Highway Administration when
they are ready. The public feedback on the
project made earlier this year should be
taken into consideration.
“TxDOT is currently preparing the
responses to public comment made during
the comment period,” Del Valle said.
“When the work is completed and FHWA
makes its decision on the project, FHWA
will make the new work available to the
public.”
The Northeast Project is getting under-
way sooner. Project engineer Jorge Oreal
said that the $50 million construction proj-
ect consists primarily of a main line
between Alcan Street and the
Transmountain/U.S. 54 interchange..
“The project will take about two years to
complete, and we are looking to start con-
struction in January 2012,” Oreal said.
Oreal said that the project is anticipated
by area commuters, as its completion will
also complete the Northeast El Paso loop,
a project that has been in the works for
some time.
“This marks a construction milestone in
the city,” he said. “It will be a very signifi-
cant project when it is completed.”
The projects have been the topic of con-
troversy, as open-space-preservation advo-
cates such as Rick LoBello of the
Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition
caution any development project on eco-
logically important areas, such as the
mountain space on both sides of
Transmountain Road, to first take into
account the needs of wildlife — both flora
and fauna — as well as those of the human
population.
“The main thing I tell people is we do
need to focus on developing the city to
cater to the needs of the growing popula-
tion, but we need to learn how to share
what we have with the natural wildlife that
is already here,” he said.
He said that the Franklin Mountains, par-
ticularly the lower regions including where
Transmountain passes, are a large concern.
“Here in El Paso, we have lots of natural
open space on the high mountain ridges of
the Franklin Mountains, but little natural
open space in the lower elevations imme-
diately surrounding the mountain range
where most people prefer to hike and
walk,” he said. “Lower-elevation natural
open space is also critical to many species
of plants and animals that live only in
lower-elevation habitats or need both
lower- and higher-elevation areas.”
LoBello said that the current leadership
in the city and county aren’t to blame, as
their job is to reflect the desires and needs
of the community, but he feels that the
community is not sufficiently aware of or
educated on the needs for open-space and
wildlife preservation in the area.
To help inform the public on open-space
issues, similar groups, like Franklin
Mountain Wilderness Coalition, have even
created an online petition where interested
individuals can voice their desire to pre-
serve the Scenic Transmountain Corridor.
LoBello said “mart growth” planning is
when land development creates walkable
neighborhoods in which businesses and
residents are both reachable on foot, with
open spaces factored into the design.
LoBello urged the plans for
Transmountain to not just factor in open
space, but also leave the open space that
has made the route so loved by both those
who travel through it for work and who
make it a destination for play.
“Smart growth (projects) are a step in the
right direction, but it needs to go much
further than that,” LoBello said.
Author’s note: Does some of this story
sound familiar? If so, you have been a
loyal reader of The Scene for a long time,
as I first visited Transmountain in October
of 2004. I was fortunate to still have much
of the information about its construction
when I revisited the route this month. With
all the changes the community has seen
over the past years, it is amazing to know
that Transmountain is still a source of
local pride — and debate — today.
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M
usic of the people, by the peo-
ple, and for the people” was
Woody Guthrie’s definition of
folk music. Significantly, nearly every
nation on earth creates folk tunes from the
life of its common people. Experts can
dispute what folk music is and is not,
likewise how, when and where folk music
originated; meanwhile, people hum and
sing the tunes every day.
American. We begin at home. America’s
treasury of this kind of music is large and
varied. Many will recall Bob Dylan’s
“Blowin’ in the Wind,” also Simon &
Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair” and
“Song of Silence.” Pete Seeger, Elvis
Presley and Joan Baez are other well-
known names from the past. For the
“golden oldies,” their tunes fill songfests,
sing-alongs, barbershop quartet programs,
and Garrison Keeler radio broadcasts. We
enjoy “Down by the Old Mill Stream,” “I
Love You Truly,” “Old McDonald Had a
Farm,” “My Old Kentucky Home,”
“Home on the Range,” “Yankee Doodle,”
“Dixie,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Old
Man River” — and we have to omit nurs-
ery rhymes and black slave spirituals.
Mexico. Every nation in Latin America
cherishes its own collection. But since I
am no musicologist, I will refer only to
Mexico. We hear much of Mexico’s folk
music from mariachis. Outstanding exam-
ples are “Jarabe Tapatio,”
“Guadalajara,” “Jesusita en Chihuahua,”
“El Rancho Grande” and “La
Cucaracha.” But we have space here for
only two selections.
Cielito Lindo. Here’s a popular traditional
song from 1892 composed by Quirino
Mendoza y Cortés. Take your pick on the
title: “beautiful little heavenly sky,” or
“my little dear one” or “dear precious one
(cielito as a term of endearment), my little
darling, my sweet love.” “Contraband” or
“smuggling” could mean “a stolen
glance,” or something to hide. Just the
refrain and a couple of stanzas follow.
Ay, ay, ay, ay, canta y no llores,
Sing and don’t cry,
Porque cantando se alegran.
Because singing hearts are happy.
Cielito lindo, los corazones,
Dear little one,
De la Sierra Morena,
From the Sierra Moreno,
Cielito lindo, vienen bajando,
A pair of dark eyes comes,
Cielito lindo, de contrabando.
A stolen glance for me, from my dear lit-
tle one.
De la casa a la mía,
From your house to mine,
Cielito lindo, no hay más que un paso,
Dear little one, there’s no more than a
step,
Antes que venga tu madre,
Before your mother comes,
Cielito lindo, dame un abrazo.
Lovely one, give me a hug.
Las Mañanitas. One of the loveliest folk
songs from Mexico is “Las mañanitas.” It
began as a ranchera (country music) but
gradually became common for weddings,
birthdays, baptisms and anniversaries.
“Mañanitas” means “in the early morn-
ing.” I recall very fondly one such early
morning in Guadalajara when I awoke to
the lovely sounds of voices and instru-
ments along with the sunshine flowing
through the window. A group was sere-
nading a woman for her Mother’s Day. A
beautiful Mexican custom, but, I believe,
with fading use among American
Hispanics. Once again, only some of the
stanzas follow.
Estas son las mañanitas que cantaba el
rey David a las muchachas bonitas te las
cantamos asi.
These are the morning songs King David
sang to the pretty girls.
Despierta, mi bien, despierta, mira que
almanació,
Wake up, my love, wake up. Look! The
day has dawned,
Ya los pajaritos cantan, la luna se metio.
Already the little birds sing, the moon has
already set.
Que linda esta la mañana en que vengo a
saludarte,
How pretty is the morning in which I
come to greet you.
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felici-
tarte.
We all come with pleasure and joy to con-
gratulate you.
El día en que tú naciste nacieron todas
las flores,
On the day when you were born, all the
flowers were born,
En la pila del bautismo cantaron los rui-
señores.
At the baptismal font, the nightingales
sang.
Con jasmines y flores hoy te vengo a salu-
dar
With jasmine and flowers I come to greet
you
Hoy por ser dia de tu santo te vinimos a
cantar.
Today on your Saint’s day, we came to
sing to you.
One more thought. Now let’s ask the
question, “Why folk music?” These tunes
and words are simple and easy to remem-
ber and ideal for common “folk” who
would have trouble with Handel’s
“Messiah” but want something to sing or
hum during their day, something easier
even than Broadway tunes. In fact, opera
singers themselves sing folk music; The
Three Tenors in concert sang “Cielito
Lindo.” More than that, folk music is a
valuable part of a people’s heritage and
something worthy to pass on to younger
generations. Otherwise, that heritage dis-
appears into the fading memories of the
elderly, and from there, into the dustbins
of music in centuries long forgotten.
Richard Campbell is the
author of “Two Eagles in the Sun:
A Guide to U.S. Hispanic Culture.”
Music of
the people
El Paso Scene Page 37 August 2011
O
ccasionally I hear someone refer
to a certain encounter or other
event as a “God Thing,” as
something that shows God at work in
our lives in a special way. I try to avoid
putting spiritual significance on what
may just be a coincidence, but there is
one story that I always tell as my exam-
ple of a “God Thing.”
It began on a Sunday afternoon in
October 1989. A young blonde sped past
me on her bicycle as I was riding along
Borderland Road in El Paso’s Upper
Valley.
I wondered what her story was — my
guess was she was a competitive cyclist
on a training ride — and to find out, I
tried to catch up to her. A mile or so
later, I finally managed to pull alongside
at her 21-mph pace.
“I wasn’t sure I could catch you,” I
said, gasping for air. She wasn’t strain-
ing at all. In fact, she explained, she was
cooling down in the final miles of a 50-
mile ride. But my suspicions were cor-
rect — she was training for an upcoming
state race with hopes of qualifying for
national competition. Of course, her ref-
erence to “cooling down” removed any
satisfaction my male ego had enjoyed in
catching up to her.
We rode a few miles together (I think
she slowed down a bit out of pity so I
could have enough breath to talk). Her
name was Rebecca and she was finish-
ing up her teaching degree at UTEP.
This semester she was student teaching
and she hoped to get a teaching job in
January. Meanwhile, she also worked
part-time at a local bike shop.
“What’s it like actually being in a
classroom teaching?” I asked. She men-
tioned that she couldn’t get used to kids
calling her “Miss Anderson.”
The name “Rebecca Anderson” sud-
denly pushed a button inside my head. I
had helped start a Christian singles
group called Son City Singles that sum-
mer, and that name was on the top of the
mailing list I maintained for our
newsletter. She explained that a guy at
her church had put her on the mailing
list.
Rebecca said she had been thinking
about coming to our weekly Bible study
that we had just started. I gave her a lit-
tle pep talk about the group and invited
her to join us when she could. She said
she might, then turned off to head home.
Rebecca didn’t show up at any of our
events. I would learn later that she had
just been getting over a relationship. A
singles group, Christian or otherwise,
had no appeal to her.
A few months later, I was having
Sunday lunch with my friend Nick —
the same guy who put Rebecca’s name
on that mailing list — next door to the
bike shop where Rebecca said she
worked part-time. Nick suggested we
stop in to she if was there and give her
another invitation to Son City Singles.
The owner told us that Rebecca no
longer worked at the store since she
started teaching full-time. The three of
us chatted for a while, then the owner
looked toward the entrance and said,
“That’s Rebecca coming in right now.”
Rebecca had been on a 75-mile train-
ing ride that day and had noticed one of
her tires getting worn, so she had
stopped by to get a replacement. Nick
and I told her we had come by to talk to
her, and gave her another invitation to
check out Son City Singles. Rebecca
said she would come.
As Nick and I walked out the door of
the bike show, I told Nick that some-
thing special had just happened there.
God definitely seemed to be at work.
Rebecca did start coming to the Bible
study, which was held on the West Side
at the house of Raymond Jowers. She
had drifted away from her faith during
her college years, but now she embraced
it with intensity. She would be the last
one to leave the Bible study, talking for
hours about faith issues. It didn’t take
long for Raymond and Rebecca to start
dating and a year later they were mar-
ried.
Raymond and Rebecca now live in the
Dallas area and have four daughters. We
still see them at least once a year when
they visit Rebecca’s parents here.
Raymond and Rebecca are loving par-
ents who encourage the unique personal-
ity and talents of each of their children.
A few years ago, Rebecca began work-
ing on her Master’s in Christian
Education at Dallas Theological
Seminary. Her oldest daughter is enter-
ing her senior year of high school and
hopes to go to a Christian college next
year.
I’ve retold this story many times over
the years. It’s the clearest example of a
“God Thing” I’ve experienced. Upon
reflection, I now think of it as a series of
God Things.
It was providential that Rebecca and I
crossed paths on Borderland Road 22
years ago. It was even more clearly an
act of God when she met Nick and me at
that bike shop three months later.
Even those cherished memories dim in
comparison to the ongoing work of God
in Rebecca’s life, her family and friends.
The greatest miracles of God are not
mere moments in time, even something
as great as the parting of the Red Sea.
The greatest miracles are found in His
presence in people’s lives year after
year, the enduring relationship He
desires to have with us and the purposes
He chooses to accomplish through us.
Randy Limbird is editor of
El Paso Scene. Comments?
Send to randy@epscene.com
by Randy Limbird
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 mil-
itary (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 elpasozoo.org.
Bug Appreciation Weekend activities are 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7.
Military, Law Enforcement and Fire
Appreciation Day is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 20.
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: elpa-
sozoo.org/takeaction.
The week-long 2011 Summer Zoo Camp “Z-
Raffes,” for ages 6 to 10 are offered through
Aug. 12, and campers can choose from either
a zebra camp or giraffe camp. Cost: $95 ($85
members).
Bug Appreciation Weekend — The El
Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, hosts its annual
Bugfest expo 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Aug. 6-7. 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 members admitted free. Information: 532-
8156, 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
Children can get up close and personal with
spiders, scorpions, crickets and other creepy
crawlers. Planned activities and arts and crafts
will be available throughout the day.
Chef Miguel Guillen, Culinary Director at
Service Systems Associates, will host a Bug
Cooking Demonstration at the Asia Discovery
Center noon-2 p.m. both days. Zoo visitors will
learn how to make their very own bug stir-fried
rice, chocolate chip cricket cookies, and choco-
late covered crickets and will also have the
opportunity to sample Chef Miguel’s bug treats
(while supplies last).
El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
— The society hosts field trips to various bird-
ing sites in the region. Non-members and
guests welcome on all field trips. Information:
Mark Perkins, 637-3521 or
mperkins@elp.rr.com.
• A Reservoirs Down in the Valley trip meets
at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with stops in
McNary, Fort Hancock and Tornillo to see
grebes, pelicans, gulls, sandpipers, cormorants,
herons and ducks.
• Las Animas Creek, Elephant Butte Lake and
Paseo del Rio Park trip is Saturday, Aug. 20.
Birds to be looked for include Brown-Crested
Flycatchers and riparian land birds. Meet at 7
a.m. at the Shell station/Dairy Queen at I-10
and Transmountain Road to carpool.
• Rattlesnake Springs and Washington Ranch
(Carlsbad Caverns National Park), Saturday,
Sept. 3. Look for Mexican vagrant birds and
other eastern and western species. Meet at 7
a.m. in front of Evergreen Cemetery, 12400 E.
Montana, to carpool.
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park —
5000 Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Summer hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
through Aug. 31. All events free with park
admission. Day use fee: $5 per vehicle ($40
annual pass). Information: (575) 523-4398.
Dress accordingly for all hikes; wear close-
toed shoes and sunscreen. Bring water and
binoculars.
• Birding tours are 7:30 a.m. Saturdays, Aug.
6, 13 and 27, led by park volunteers.
• Native Plant Tour is 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6,
with Ranger LuAnn Tafoya.
• Nature Hike is at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
• Becoming a Birder Series guided hike is at
7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
Garden and bird talks are 10 a.m. on selected
Saturdays in the classroom.
• Aug. 20: Turtles of the Southwest by
Museum of Natural History Naturalist Richard
Quick.
• Aug. 27: Flying Gems in the Land of
Enchantment: Dragonflies and Damselflies in
the Southwestern Environment by David B.
Richman, College Professor Emeritus
Guadalupe Mountains National Park -
The park’s headquarters are 56 miles south-
west of Carlsbad, N.M. in Pine Springs, Texas
on US 62/180.
The park’s headquarters, visitors’ center and
museum are at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180.
Information: 828-3251, ext. 2124, 828-3251 or
nps.gov/gumo.
Summer interpretive programs offered
through Labor Day:
• Patio Talks are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays through Sept. 1
at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. Talks last
around 20 minutes.
Open houses from the Ship on the Desert are
1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 7 and 14.
A ranger-led hike are Sunday, Aug. 28. Call for
times.
A ranger led bird walk is 6:30 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 14, at the Frijole Ranch.
Evening programs on various topics are Fridays
and Saturdays during the summer.
Dog Canyon Ranger Days are 10 a.m. to noon
and 3 t 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 and 27 and
Sept. 3, with a ranger-led hike at 2 p.m. and
evening program at 6:30 p.m.
Prat Cabin in McKittrick Cabin will be open
with a ranger led tour Sept. 3.
Butterfly Release — White Mountain
Meadows Pavilion, off Gavilan Canyon Road in
Ruidoso, will host its 6th annual Monarch but-
terfly release benefiting Ruidoso Home Care
and Hospice Foundation 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13. Butterflies will be distrib-
uted at 11 a.m. and released at 12:15 p.m. Cost
per butterfly is $12. Information: (575) 258-
0028.
Master Gardeners/Master Naturalists
Class - Environmental scientist Rafael D.
Corral, Ph.D. will give a presentation on
“Lessons learned after the 2011 Freeze” 10-
11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the El Paso
Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain.
The class is free and open to the public.
Corral, Botanist and Pest Management
Coordinator at Fort Bliss, will show and discuss
the effects of extreme cold on commonly used
landscaping plants in this region and the conse-
quences of selecting the wrong plants for this
climate.
A Volunteer Transmountain Road Clean Up
before the class is 7:55 to 9:30 a.m. Meet for
the cleanup at the pull-out just past the Adopt a
Highway sign on the right-hand side of west-
bound lane on Transmountain, west of the
Gateway South intersection.
Information: 755-4332 or
elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum.
Trailblazer Program— City of El Paso
Parks and Recreation Department’s program
that connects children age 8-17 and families
with nature through outdoor recreation for
health and fitness is 2 to 4 p.m. through Aug.
18. Planned events are fishing at Ascarate Lake,
hiking in Franklin Mountains State Park, nature
walks, working at Weldon Yearby Senior
Citizen Garden and other events.
Information/schedule: 544-0753.
Butterfly Flutterby – The Asombro
Institute for Science Education at Chihuahuan
Desert Nature Park, 56501 N. Jornada in Las
Cruces, hosts its 9th annual celebration of but-
terflies 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20.
There will be new stations and activities this
year, including kids’ arts and crafts, butterfly
sponge toss and face painting. Guests can make
a butterfly watering plate, stroll along the
Desert Discovery Trail or browses the bucket
auction. Special guest, Steven J Cary, author of
“Butterfly Landscapes of New Mexico” will talk
butterflies and autograph his book.
Admission is $2. Proceeds auction benefit
Institute’s education programs and site devel-
August 2011
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opment. Information: (575) 524-3334 or asom-
bro.org.
To get there: Take I-25 in Las Cruces and head
east on U.S. 70. Take the Mesa Grande Road
exit (at Oñate High School). Make a U-turn
under the highway to head west, and stay in
the right lane. Turn right (north) on Jornada
Road. Follow Jornada Road for 6.5 miles and
turn left at the park sign. Follow the entrance
road to the parking area and trailhead.
Rain Harvesting 101: Introduction to
Rainfall Capture Systems — The class on
the basics of rain capture design and the bene-
fits of rainwater collection is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27, at TecH20 Water Resources
Learning Center, 10751 Montana. Class
includes the basics of the Texas Master
Naturalist Rainwater Steward Program and
watershed ideas for rainwater collection. Cost
is $5. Space is limited. RSVP to Virginia Galarza
at 621-2001 or vgalarza@epwu.org.
Area hiking websites —A variety of
organizations in the El Paso/Las Cruces area
offers hiking opportunities. Hikes typically are
rated as easy, moderate, or strenuous. Solo or
new hikers are welcome.
• Meetup.com offers a variety of groups for all
activities, including the El Paso hiking meetup
club (meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking) and the Las
Cruces hiking meetup club (meetup.com/hik-
ing-261)
• El Paso Ridgewalkers — The group posts its
hikes at elpasoridgewalkers.com. Or contact
Carol Brown at 630-1424.
• Celebrations of Our Mountains now offers an
ongoing calendar of hiking and related events at
celebmtns.org/calendar
• elpasonaturally is a blog by Jim Tolbert on
various environmental topics, with a calendar of
events that also includes the Sunrise Hikers
Tuesday morning group. See
elpasonaturally.blogspot.com or contact tol-
bert@elp.rr.com.
• The El Paso chapter of the Sierra Club posts
its hikes at sierraclub.org/elpaso.
Outdoorelpaso.com— The new eco-
tourism site for outdoor activities in El Paso
County is now up with an interactive map, of
hiking and running trails, calendar of events and
more. Information: 546-2098 or epcounty.com.
Municipal Rose Garden — The garden at
3418 Aurora (at Copia), opens to the public 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 30, except
for official holidays. The Garden, which opened
in 1958, has many types of roses at the sprawl-
ing park area with a waterfall, shade canopy
and many other amenities. Admission is free.
Information/rentals: El Paso Parks and
Recreation, 541-4331.
Feather Lake Wildlife Sanctuary —
9500 North Loop, near Loop 375. The 43.5-
acre site is managed by El Paso’s Audubon
Society. A variety of migratory birds, as well as
some year-round species, can be seen there.
Information: 545-5157 or 747-8663.
Due to drought conditions, the sanctuary is
closed to the public until further notice.
The next public workday session is 8 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6.
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). Group rates available.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information:
566-6441.
Guided hikes are offered at 8:30 a.m. on
selected days. Cost is $3 ($1 ages 5-12; under 5
free), plus $4 park entry fee for ages 13 and
older. Reservations required: 566-6441 ext. 21.
or erika.rubio@tpwd.state.tx.us.
• Aztec Caves, Sunday, Aug. 6.
• West Cottonwood Mine Shaft, Saturday,
Aug. 7
• West Cottonwood Springs, Sunday, Aug. 20.
• Nature Walk, Saturday, Aug. 21.
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-
bosque.org. Upcoming events:
• Bird Tour, 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
• A Community Workday is 8 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20
• Introductory Tour, 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.
• Monthly faunal monitoring is 7 to 10 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27.
Meeting place is a bridge crossing Riverside
Canal. Take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan
American Drive, turn left and travel 1.5 miles.
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
Site — Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
through Sunday. Admission: $5 (free for chil-
dren 12 and younger). Additional activity cost
for tours (including birding tour and morning
hike): $1 for ages 5 and older. Information:
857-1135 or texasstateparks.gov. Reservations
are recommended for the self-guided area and
for camping: . (512) 389-8900.
Pictograph, rock climbing/bouldering and hik-
ing tours are 9 and 11 a.m. during the summer
months. Tours offered Wednesday through
Sunday, by prior arrangement at 849-6684.
Participants must carry at least one bottle of
water per person.
Birding tours is 7 a.m. on the third Saturday of
the month (Aug. 20). Advance sign-up encour-
aged.
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.
North Mountain is available for self-guided day
use, for up to 70 people at a time; reservations
recommended. There is an annual orientation
program for visitors. Guided access is offered
to the rest of the site. Picnicking allowed at ten
tables closest to headquarters. Camping is avail-
able.
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.
Admission: $3 (free for members). Information:
584-0563, keystoneheritagepark.org or elpa-
sobotanicalgardens.org.
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.
The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding)
and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the camp-
ground.
Information, group reservations: (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 asombro.org.
To get there: Take I-25 in Las Cruces and head
east on U.S. 70. Take the Mesa Grande Road
exit (at Oñate High School). Make a U-turn
under the highway to head west, and stay in
the right lane. Turn right (north) on Jornada
Road. Follow Jornada Road for 6.5 miles and
turn left at the park sign. Follow the entrance
road to the parking area and trailhead.
Asombro Institute for Science Education is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing
scientific literacy by fostering an understanding
of the Chihuahuan Desert.
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. The area,
run by the federal Bureau of Land Management
in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy,
includes the A.B. Cox Visitors’ Center, several
hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. Visitor
center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance gate is
open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed
(except for assistance animals). Information:
(575) 522-1219.
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White Sands National Monument —
The glistening gypsum dunes are about 15 miles
southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Monument hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(through Sept. 3). Visitor Center hours are 8
a.m. to 7 p.m.
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
nps.gov/whsa.
The Monument will celebrate a Grand
Opening of its remodeled Visitor Center
Wednesday, Aug. 3. Ribbon cutting is 3 p.m.
The premier of the new orientation film, “A
Land in Motion” is 4 p.m. Crafty Kids and Junior
Ranger programs are 3 to 8 p.m. The center
will stay open to 8 p.m., with special discounts.
A concert by Randy Granger begins at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the dunes evening pro-
gram area.
Sunset strolls are offered beginning at 7 p.m.
through Aug. 5; 6:45 p.m. Aug. 6-21; 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 22-28; and 6:15 p.m. Aug. 29-Sept. 11.
A Full Moon Hike is 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
Hike is free with monument admission. Space is
limited to 40 hikers; reservations required and
must be made on the park website on or after
July 30.
Park rangers from White sands will host,
“Vignettes of White Sands,” a behind-the-
scenes tour of the monument at 8 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 14, at the monument’s amphitheater
(weather permitting) as part of the Summer
Full Moon Nights series. Presentations are free
with regular park entrance fee.
Patio Talks question and answer sessions with
rangers are 1:30 p.m. daily through Sept. 5,
at the Visitor Center.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last
weekend of each month. Upcoming tours are 8
a.m. Saturday, July 30, and 5 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 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.
The free one hour ranger-guided Junior Ranger
Program is 10 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 6-20, for
ages 5 to 12 accompanied by parent. Kids learn
about the white sands and earn a special Junior
Ranger Patch that can only be earned on this
program.
Crafty Kids craft and interpretive programs are
10 a.m. Sundays for ages 6-10. Parents wel-
come to participate.
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 nps.gov/cave.
Summer hours (through Labor Day) are 8 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Last entry via elevator is 4 p.m. and
last via natural entrance is 3:30 p.m. Guided
tours offered 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (call for sched-
ule).
Elevator renovations will continue through the
summer months; visitors taking elevator
entrance should expect longer waits.
Star parties are 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13
(Perseid Meteor Shower) and Sept. 3.
“The “bat season” generally lasts from late
May through mid-October. Daily bat flight talks
(about 15 minutes long) are offered just before
sunset at the amphitheatre outside the natural
entrance. Then — bats willing — visitors are
treated to the sunset spectacle of clouds of
bats flying out of the cave entrance.
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).
For an extra fee ($8 adults, $4 youth and sen-
iors with card), visitors can go on a ranger-
guided tour of the King’s Palace, Papoose
Room, Queen’s Chamber and Green Lake
Room; reservations are required. Other special
guided tours are available.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National
Monument — 44 miles north of Silver City
on NM Highway 15, the dwellings are in the
middle of the majestic Gila Wilderness, the first
and one of the largest wilderness areas.
Entrance fee: $3 per person; $10 per family.
Information: (575) 536-9461 or nps.gov/gicl.
Summer hours (through Labor Day): The trail
to the cliff dwellings is open from 8:30 a.m. to
6 p.m. Everyone must be off the trail by 6 p.m.
Visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily
guided tours are noon; call trailhead station
one-half hour before start time to confirm.
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
nmparks.com.
• Oliver Lee State Park, Highway 54 south of
Alamogordo at the Dog Canyon turnoff.
Information: (575) 437-8284.
A night sky viewing of the Summer Triangle is
8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the
Group Shelter.
A Bat Factor evening program is 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Group Shelter.
• 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-
5998.
The summer Music in the Park concert series
is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, with country
western music by Raised by Wolves, July
McClure and friends.
• 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.
• Caballo Lake State Park, 60 miles north of
Las Cruces on Interstate 25. Information: (575)
527-8386.
• Percha Dam State Park, 60 miles north of Las
Cruces on Interstate 25. Information: (575)
744-5998.
• Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs,
two miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19.
Information: (575) 524–4068. Day use hours: 7
a.m. to sunset.
• Brantley Lake State Park, 12 miles north of
Carlsbad via U.S. 285. Information: (575) 457-
2384.
• Bottomless Lakes State Park — 13 miles east
of Roswell, (via U.S. Hwy 380 and NM Hwy
409). Information: (575) 624-6058 or
nmparks.com.
The 25th annual Paddle Boat Races are 1 to 3
p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with prizes for first
three finishers in various age divisions.
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-
4290.
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 full moon walk is 8 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 13.
A Star Party is 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.
International Vulture Awareness Day activities
are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.
To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad;
follow signs to the park.
Sitting Bull Falls — The scenic area in the
Lincoln National Forest is seven miles south-
west of NM 137 on Forest Route 276. The
130-foot falls is one of the highest in New
Mexico. Features a picnic area and wheelchair-
accessible trails. Entry fee: $5 per car (day use
only). Information: (575) 885-4181.
Davis Mountains Preserve — The Nature
Conservancy’s preserve is open to the public
on designated days, with no admission fee. No
pets allowed. All visitors must sign in at McIvor
Conservation Center near the preserve’s
entrance. Reservations not required for day
use, but strongly encouraged for overnight
stays: (432) 426-2390, ext. 1 or
dsouth@tnc.org.
To get there: Take Hwy 118 from Fort Davis
to the Lawrence E. Wood picnic area. The pre-
serve gate is about one-quarter mile north of
picnic area on left (look for sign). The next
open day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.
Nature
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C
ongratulations to El Paso sculptor
Claude Montes, who was invited to
participate in both the Changchun
International Sculpture Symposium and
the Changchun World Sculpture
Conference in northeastern China July 14
to Sept. 4, 2011.
As a means for promoting culture and
goodwill for the past 12 years, China has
invited sculptors from around the world to
create full-sized works of art scaled up
from the smaller models they submitted
for consideration. This year, the finished
sculptures will be permanently owned by
and displayed in the new High Tech Zone
Sculpture Park in Changchun. Artists
receive roundtrip airfare, accommodations,
and all the necessary materials and tools to
complete their work. An interpreter and
assistant are provided, and they are also
awarded an allowance of $2,000.
The exhibition area of the High Tech
Park, covering more than 100,000 square
feet, is the site for the two-day World
Sculpture conference, Sept. 2–3, as an
exciting and educational end to the six-
week symposium. More than 1,000 indi-
viduals ranging from well-known sculptors
to embassy delegations and directors of
other worldwide sculpture parks are
expected to participate in seminars and
forums centering on the theme “Sculpture
Makes a Better City.”
Montes relates that his sculpture,
“Absolute Infinity,” represents the continu-
um cycle of life, the never-ending circle.
“This is a form designed to create a
momentum that contrasts the speed of
modern technology with the swift calm-
ness of nature: wind, water, solar and earth
energies, revolving in a never-ending spi-
ral. The finished work will be between
nine and 16 feet in height (depending upon
available materials), because I wanted it to
be large enough for people to walk under
and through it in order to get the feeling of
movement.”
He confides that the concept came to him
in a dream in which he pondered the rele-
vance of culture, both locally and globally,
in light of predictions of doom for 2012
based upon the Mayan calendar.
He notes, “Neither the Aztecs nor the
Mayans see 2012 as the end of the world,
but rather the ending of one cycle and the
beginning of another.”
Montes emphasizes that this is a truly
invaluable experience for the participating
artists. Known as “the land of eternal
spring,” Changchun is a beautiful area,
somewhat like the East Coast of the U.S.,
and one that China hopes will soon be
known for its remarkable public sculpture.
“When the sculptors come here, talk
together and live together, one starts to
wonder why the various nations don’t do
more to promote this type of people-to-
people relations. It would go a long way to
promoting understanding and world
peace.”
Those interested in seeing the maquette
that Claude submitted for the symposium
will find it at sculpture.org. You can also
follow his progress at
sculptorclaude.blogspot.com.
Tips I Learned from Visiting
“Antiques Roadshow”
For Collectors:
Keep all receipts or information related
to the purchase of your artwork.
Provenance (history) identifying the artist,
his/her biography, region where painted
and date (if known) are extremely helpful
in determining value of artwork. Stories
related to how you acquired the piece adds
to the interest of appraisers/future buyers.
Keep paintings in original frames. Do not
hang works in direct sunlight. Avoid water
or other damage by storing work in cool,
dry areas. If damaged, take to a profes-
sional to clean or for restoration work.
Restoration by nonprofessionals will defi-
nitely diminish value.
For Artists:
Whatever the medium in which you
choose to work, use the best-quality mate-
rials available, including archival paper,
canvas and paints. Purchase the highest-
quality frame you can afford. Buyers will
value your work more if you value it your-
self.
Make certain your signature is legible. It
is difficult to appraise work years from
now if you can’t identify the artist. The
most desirable locations for your signature
are either the lower left or right corners,
and it should not be so large as to detract
from work. Date painting — even if on the
back. Work produced during an artist’s
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China symposium
“Absolute Infinity” by Claude Montes
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Adobe Patio Gallery
Adobe Patio Gallery is now at 1765
Avenida de Mercado (just east of Avenida
de Mesilla). The new building, designed
specifically as a gallery, was just complet-
ed in 2010. Owners Carolyn and Henry
Bunch notes that it provides wonderful
networking opportunities with the neigh-
boring Preston Contemporary Art Center.
Sept. 9 will be a joint opening with the
Preston. The Adobe Patio will be showcas-
ing the Annual Members Exhibition for the
New Mexico Watercolor Society.
La Mesa Station Gallery
Although the plans to open this beautiful
new art space were delayed a bit due to the
need to comply with Doña Ana County
regulations, La Mesa Station (just north of
Chope’s Restaurant) now has regular
hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Owners
Nelson and Sandra Martin have used such
tasteful remodeling magic on the vintage
building that no one would dream that in
the past, this vibrant adobe was used as a
post office, barber shop, gas station and
even a small grist mill.
Artists currently showing their work on a
co-op basis include painters Phyllis Davis,
David Fickett, Margaret Heath, Virginia
Howell, Sandra Martin, Marilyn
Mendeloff, Anne Spier and Nina Cobb
Walker. Craftwork includes wood turnings
by Jimmy Spier, photography by Mary Lee
Pinkerton, and items woven from Alpaca
yarn by Rose Marie Jones.
A formal gallery opening is scheduled for
the weekend of Oct. 7–9.
Zuhl Collection at NMSU
If you have even the slightest interest in
geodes, fossils and minerals, then it is
worth your time to visit the Zuhl
Collection, housed in the Alumni and
Visitors Center at New Mexico State
University, 775 College Drive (one block
south of University), near the northwest
campus entry.
Part art gallery, part museum of natural
history, the collection showcases more
than 1,000 magnificent specimens. Fossils
include the bones and eggs of dinosaurs.
Among the mineral collection, the huge
geodes encasing sparkling amethyst crys-
tals are a real eye-catcher. However, it is
the cross-sections of petrified wood found
not only in Arizona’s Petrified Forest, but
also as far away as Oregon, Wa., and Utah
that are the true highlight of this collec-
tion. Most are round cross-sections of a
variety of tree species, but some are verti-
cal cuts as tall as three to four feet in
height. The range of colors and details in
these polished samples is nothing short of
spectacular. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. weekdays. For information, call 575-
646-3616.
Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
specializing in the visual arts.
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Arts International call for artists —
Submissions accepted through Aug 31 for the
44th annual Arts International Juried Exhibition,
Texas’s largest international juried art exhibit,
sponsored by Cancer Treatment Institute.
Show is Oct. 15-Nov. 11 at the new West Side
CTI facility, 7825 N. Mesa, Information: 534-
7377 or artsinternat.com.
The exhibition presents artworks from the
finest artists in Texas, New Mexico and the
neighboring State of Chihuahua, Mexico. This
year’s judge is David Schwindt.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Schwindt
will conduct a three-day painting workshop
Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 3-5, at the
Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano. Space is lim-
ited. Registration: $250. Information/registra-
tion: Corinne Spinnler, 833-0636 or cas-
gallery@elp.rr.com.
Avant Studio and Gallery — 101 NW
Farm Road 259 in Canutillo, featuring original
works by Ben L. Avant and Sally Backey-Avant.
Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday,
or by appointment. The studio is open by
appointment. Information: 422-9992, avantstu-
diogallery.com.
Six-week classes in oil and encaustic painting,
basic drawing, portraiture, life drawing and
perspective offered through Sept. 30. Classes
start at $60.
Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio
Street in Marfa. Information: (432) 729-3700 or
ballroommarfa.org.
Showing through Aug. 14: “The World
According to New Orleans,” an examination of
the art and visual culture of New Orleans.
Featured artists are Jules Cahn, Bruce
Davenport, Jr., Dawn Dedeaux, Courtney Egan,
Skylar Fein, Roy G. Ferdinand, Srdjan Loncar,
Deborah Luster, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Noel
Rockmore, Michael P. Smith and Dan Tague.
Chalk-the-Block call for artists — The
City of El Paso’s Public Art Program and the
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
invites eligible digital projection artists, artist
teams and graphic designers to submit propos-
als through Aug. 25 for consideration to par-
ticipate in this October’s Chalk the Block
Public Art Street Festival. Open to artists who
reside in El Paso, Las Cruces, or Juárez.
Information: Alejandra Carrillo, 541-4257
Interested artists may choose to apply in the
following categories: Arts Festival Plaza Artists,
San Jacinto Plaza Artists, or Sheldon Street
Artists. Artists are encouraged to have assis-
tants or teams to ensure their work is complet-
ed on time.
Detailed description of requirements available
at elpasoartsandculture.org. Online applications
at callforentry.org.
The 4th annual Chalk The Block is Oct. 14-
16.
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 through Aug. 2 in the Abrazos
Gallery: “The Exceptional Art of L.B. McKay.”
McKay’s psychological and sentimental work
combines contemporary figurative art with
classic baroque style, displaying women’s
issues.
Charity Art Auction call for artists —
Open Arms Community seeks artists for its
first-ever charity auction Nov. 13, showcasing
original artwork on a handcrafted “Book of
Life” wooden panel. Panels will be supplied by
Open Arms. Artists interested in participating
may call Information: 595-0589 or 355-6114.
Founded in 1972 as a small prayer group,
Open Arms includes many different forms of
service to individuals and groups in the El Paso
area including a food bank, distribution center
for clothes, household goods, and emergency
help for families in economic crisis, weekly
prayer meetings in English and Spanish, retreats
and conferences, a monthly family movie night
and more.
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.
Cross Art Auction submissions - St.
Stephen Deacon & Martyr Catholic Church,
1700 George Dieter, seeks artists for its 4th
annual “Journey with Art” cross art auction
Oct. 16. Deadline to turn in work is Oct. 7.
Information: 855-1661 or
crossart@ststephenelpaso.org.
Panels for professional artists may be picked
up at St. Stephen; Golden Eagle Gallery, 1501
Main in San Elizario; Crossland Gallery, 500 W.
Paisano; and Sunland Art Gallery in the Sunland
Park Mall. No entry fee for professional artists;
$20 fee for amateurs and $10 for students and
youth. There will be an award this year for
Best in Show.
‘Crossing Borders’ — San Elizario Art
District Guild present the collective exhibit by
members of Juarez’s Artistas Unidas Aug. 5-
Sept. 11 at Amado Pena Gallery, Al Borrego
Gallery and Golden Eagle Gallery all on Main
Street in San Elizario. Opening reception is 6 to
9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Information: 851-
6012.
Participating artists: Connie Soto, Miguel Angel
Moreno, Palmira Lopez, Silvia Rueda, Ara
Holguin, Javier Azaeta, Reyes Bravo, Marco
Antonio Salcido, Elizabeth Sagun, Fernando
Rubio, Aureliano Haros, Jose Gonzalez, Edith
Manriquez, Lucy Escobedo, Eric Montañez,
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Erika Ortegon, Guadalupe Gomez, Rosa
Meneses, Ruth E. Arroyo, Josefina Acosta,
Fulgencio Yañez, Lilia Ivonne and Miguel
Hernandez.
Crossland Gallery — El Paso Art
Association’s gallery is 500 W. Paisano (in the
Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free.
Information: 534-7377.
Showing Aug. 3-27:
• “Impressions of a Kind” in the Bissell Gallery,
featuring artists who work in a Impressionistic
style. Featured artists: Kathleen Clair, David
Fickett, Tracy Navar, Patt Robles, Nina Walker
and Lynn Welch.
• “Happening Contemporary” in the Cox
Gallery. Featured Artists: Carmen Navar
Cadenhead, Sirac Martinez and Josefina
Monzon.
• Artists of the Month in the Williams Gallery.
Reggie Watterson and Teri Spicer.
Opening Reception will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 13.
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-
hibits.com
The gallery also features a mini Mexican
Mercado .
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 for most exhibits. “Paul
Strand in Mexico” admission is $5 (free for
members and ages 12 and younger). The muse-
um offers free admission to all paid exhibitions
for active duty military and their families as part
of the Arts Blue Star Museums Program (cur-
rent ID needed). Information: 532-1707 or
elpasoartmuseum.org.
Showing through Aug. 28: “The Ten
Commandments: Treasures from the
Production Archives” with some of the gowns,
jewelry, production drawings, sketches and let-
ters that detail the enormous efforts that went
into the making of this cinema classic. In the
mid-1950s, Cecil B. DeMille set about remaking
a silent classic into a Technicolor and Vista-
Vision epic. For the first time, many of the sur-
viving artifacts of this storied production will be
exhibited together as part of this year’s cele-
bration of Paramount Pictures’ recent film
restoration and its presentation at the Plaza
Classic Film Festival in August.
Showing Aug. 7-Jan. 8, 2012: “Tom Lea
Turning Points,” six drawings and one original
oil painting by the famed El Paso artist as part
of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Showing through July 31: “Humble, Powerful
and Divine: Renaissance and Baroque Prints, in
celebration of the museum’s 50th Anniversary
celebration of the European collections.
Showing through Sept. 4 in the Temporary
Gallery: “Paul Strand in Mexico” from the
Aperture Foundation of New York City, a pho-
tographic “portrait” of Mexico at a critical point
in its history. The exhibition is comprised of the
complete photographic works made by Strand
during both his 1932–34 trip to Mexico and a
second journey in 1966, first editions of
“Photographs of Mexico” and its 1967 reissue,
“The Mexican Portfolio,” a presentation of
Strand’s classic 1936 film, “Redes” and film stills
by Ned Scott taken during the production in
Veracruz. Strand traveled to Mexico City in late
1932 at the invitation of Carlos Chávez, the
eminent Mexican composer and conductor.
A free screening of “Redes” is 2 p.m. Sunday,
July 31, in the auditorium.
Showing through Sept. 25: “Common
Language, Punctuating the Landscape,” by Suzi
Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes The project
consists of large-scale photographs on alu-
minum, video projections and a published
book. A Focus Talk on the exhibit with Suzi
Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes is at 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Showing Aug. 28 through August 2013: ten
artworks from the last ten years by Margarita
Cabrera. Cabrera first became known for her
soft-sculptures of commercial products such as
coffeemakers and blenders manufactured at
US-owned maquiladoras in Mexico to serve as
reminders of the labor involved. She later
began to organize projects that involved the
work of artisans from immigrant communities.
Cabrera’s Arbol de la Vida John Deere Model
790 is the result of a project involving the cre-
ation of a life-size replica of a John Deere trac-
tor in clay, the “tree of life” for many workers
in the agricultural community. Cabrera, born in
Monterrey, Mexico, lives and works in El Paso.
Showing through Oct. 9: “The All Powerful
Hand,” Retablo Niche exhibit.
The Artists on Art program features local artist
Rosario Ponte at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Ponte will discuss her work of art currently on
view at the Museum. Ponte has studied art in
her native Caracas, Venezuela, Louisiana and
Pennsylvania, and also in her current home of
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El Paso, where she has studied under
Aleksander Titovets.
The monthly Reading the Easel Book Club is
4–5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, featuring “The
Victorians: Britain Through the Paintings of the
Age” by Jeremy Paxman. Cost is $10 (free for
museum members) and includes admission all
museum exhibits. Books may be purchased at
the Museum Store.
Museum membership is $15 seniors, $25 indi-
viduals and $50 for families, and includes dis-
counts at the museum Store, free admission to
all exhibitions and programs, and invitations to
private member events. Information: 532-
1707, ext. 66 for more information.
Encaustic International Art Studio
and Gallery — 7100 Westwind, Suite 120.
The gallery is the studio of El Paso encaustic
artist Brigitte von Ahn. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday. Information/appointment: 833-0454,
581-4737 or brigittevonahn.com.
Workshops are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
July 30, and Aug. 13. Cost is $40 each.
Participants must supply their own materials
(some materials available for purchase at stu-
dio). Call for details.
EPAA art classes — El Paso Art Association
offers classes at the Art Junction Gallery, 500
W. Paisano. Cost: $65 ($60 EPAA members
and military) for six sessions.
Registration/information: 534-7377 (11 a.m. to
3 p.m. Monday through Friday).
• Old School Master Techniques in oil by Philip
Howard are 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Acrylic techniques by Many Guerra are 3 to
5 p.m. Thursdays.
• Acrylic classes for children 7-13 yrs old by
Connie Weaver are 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
The Association also offers classes for ages 8-
12 and age 13-18 at the Boys & Girls Club of El
Paso, 801 S. Florence. Each class is 30 students
and five will be chosen to display their art in
the Arts International exhibits. Classes taught
by Georgina Gamez, Many Guerra, Ferni
Fernandez, Jimmie Bemont, Martha Arzabala,
Mariana Rivera, Romy Hawkins in media such
as drawing, pastel, collage, embossing/repuja-
do, henna tattoo and sculpture.
Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and
Gift Shop — Award-winning Impressionist
Alberto Escamilla’s studio is 1500 Main Street
in San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and by
appointment. Information: 474-0752 or alber-
toescamilla.com.
Students are being accepted at both the Main
Street location and the artist’s home gallery at
1457 Amstater Circle (open by appointment).
Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery — The
gallery’s new location is at 1308 N. Oregon.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday. Information: 533-9090 or
halmarcus.com.
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
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Paso Navidad” and “Avenida Juárez.”
Specializing in local art, other featured artists
include Mauricio Mora, Willibald de Cabrera,
Teresa Fernandez, Francisco Romero, Bill
Sullivan, Fr. Vincent Peterson and Mark Paulda
and as well as a room dedicated solely to early
El Paso art with works by Manuel Acosta, Tom
Lea, Jose Cisneros, Bill Rakocy, Eugene
Thurston and others.
A gift shop offers art-related gifts including
chanchitos (little clay pigs), local calendars,
cards, prints, good luck charms, and folk art,
along with copies of his two new book “Hal
Marcus El Paso Arthouse” and “Hal Marcus
Harlequin Artbook.”
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. Admission is
free. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmu-
seumofart.net.
Showing through July 29: “Happy Birthday,
America” patriotic works by El Paso area
artists.
The Heritage Gallery (lower level) features
“The Mexican Revolution Exhibition: 1910-
1920” featuring murals by Bill Rakocy and
Mario Parra depicting various events from the
Mexican Revolution, a collection of rare, mat-
ted photographs and Pancho Villa’s death mask.
Summer art classes are 1 to 3 p.m. Bring char-
coal and rough newspaper size sketch pad.
Cost: $15 per class.
• Portrait sketching with Rodolfo Razo are
Fridays. Live model sketching.
• Pastel Portraits with limited palette taught by
Manny Guerra are Saturdays. Bring charcoal
and rough newspaper
size-sketch pad. Cost: $15 per class.
• Mixed Media classes with Mario Parra are
Sundays.
Mexican Consulate — 910 E. San Antonio.
“Kinetic Dreams,” an exhibit by Mexican
painter Julio Chico runs through Aug. 19 at
the Consulate’s gallery. Reality and dreams con-
verge in Chico’s magical work of intense colors
and abstract forms. A native of Mexico city,
Chico has exhibited his paintings in various
media worldwide, and has received high
awards in international exhibitions. Hours are 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Admission is free. Information: 544-6489.
Prints Charming —7040 N. Mesa Suite 9,
Colony Cove I. Prints Charming features prints
and posters of all kinds, including works by area
artists. Information: 833-1664. On exhibit
through August: Works by El Paso artist/histori-
an Bill Rakocy.
Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is next to Sun
Bowl Stadium (off Dawson Drive). Summer
hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and
Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10
a.m. to noon Friday; and noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Information: 747-6151 or rubincenter.utep.edu.
Showing through Sept. 3 in the Project
Space: “Spatial Constructs: Gifts to UTEP from
Amy and David Niles in Context.” In 2004, sib-
lings Amy and David Niles gifted nine works of
art to the University of Texas at El Paso. The
works were given to their late father, a doctor,
by artists Leo Rabkin and Allan D’Arcangelo as
payment for services rendered. How space is
seen, constructed, manipulated and understood
drives the work of Rabkin’s sculpture and
D’Arcangelo’s serigraphs. Alongside works by
Rabkin and D’Arcangelo are one drawing by
Joseph Kosuth and two prints by Ellsworth
Kelly. All four artists exhibited were involved in
the burgeoning Pop, Conceptual and Minimalist
art movements in New York City in the 1970s.
Showing through Sept. 21:
• In the Rubin Gallery — “Light Lines: Jay
Atherton and Cy Keener.” The gallery will be
transformed from an exhibition space to a ves-
sel of light. This architectural team will create
sculpted walkways that will reflect and refract
light from mirrors strategically placed at various
locations on campus. By revealing several of the
currently concealed windows in the Rubin
Gallery, summer sunlight will be emitted and
shaped during the exhibition. Atherton and
Keener each earned a master’s degree in archi-
tecture from the University of California
Berkeley and are now principals at Atherton
Keener.
A presentation by Atherton and Keener will be
11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the audito-
rium.
• In the L Gallery — Rigoberto A. Gonzalez:
Barocco en la Frontera (Baroque on the
Border).” Gonzalez paints large-scale scenes of
contemporary life in the style of the Italian
baroque. The solo exhibition features 12 paint-
ings and several working drawings. The largest
painting, “Balacera en Cd. Juárez. Federales,
Sicarios de La Linea y Sicarios del Chapo
(Shootout in Cd. Juárez. Federales, Hitmen for
La Linea and Hitmen for El Chapo),” stands 20-
feet wide and 9-feet high and represents the
loved one of a victim in the posture of crucifix-
ion.
A presentation by Gonzalez will be 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the auditorium.
San Elizario Art District — Several gal-
leries and artist studios are located 1445 to
1501 Main Street near the San Elizario Plaza on
the Mission Trail. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through
Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to
5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 474-1800 or 851-
0093.
The First Friday Art Walk is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 5, with live music, refreshments and art
demonstrations.
Galleries include Main Street Gallery, Golden
Eagle Gallery, Pena Gallery and the galleries/stu-
dios of Maria Branch, Al Borrego, Alberto
Escamilla and Alma Rosa Miranda.
Featured artists are Bert Saldana, Rob Mack,
Rosa Maria Burgos, Warren Smart, Manuel
Alvarado, Nasario Olvera, Susan Wester Petez,
Bill Rakocy, Sergio Acosta, Roberto Estrada,
Candy Mayer, Frank Moreno, Margarett Pence,
Alberto Trevizo, Brenda Johnson Roberts, Jaime
Lujan, Sam Rodriguez, Mark Yerrington, Sergio
Acosta and Arturo Avalos.
Sasahara Gallery — 7100 Westwind Drive,
Suite 135. Fine art paintings, jewelry, sculpture,
photography, prints, cards and portraits. Art
classes offered. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Friday,
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and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; other days by
appointment. Information: 584-4222 or sasa-
hara.gallery@live.com. Web:
sasaharagallery.com.
Extended through Aug. 20: “The South of
Spain,” works by Candy and Charlie Mayer.
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 sunlandartgallery.com.
An opening reception is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 5, for “Colors and Shades of Gray,” an
exhibit of photography by Mark Schrier. Half
the show will be color photographs, the rest in
black and white. Attendees at the opening will
receive an El Paso postcard. A drawing will be
held during the entire exhibit for four
panoramic photographs. The exhibit hangs
Aug. 2-30.
Call for artistss:
• Photography exhibition in October.
• “El Paso Scenes” in November, works chosen
by El Paso Scene editor and publisher, Randy
Limbird.
Western Impressions Art Show - The El
Paso Art Association’s annual juried show will
be on display Aug. 6-26 at the El Paso Public
Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon.
Admission is free. Information: 534-7377 or
elpasoartassociation.com.
Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 6.
The show features artwork with a western
theme, including paintings, drawings, mixed
media, sculpture, collage and photography.
Over $600 in prizes will be awarded at the
opening. The judge for the show is Ron Fritsch,
Senior Creative Director for Sanders/Wingo
Advertising.
Las Cruces/Mesilla
‘5,000 Flowers’— The annual 9-11 com-
memorative exhibit is Sept. 2-Oct. 1 at the
Branigan Cultural Center’s Shannon Room, 500
N. Water Street in Las Cruces. The non-politi-
cal exhibit, sponsored by the GFWC Progress
Club, features hundreds of miniature works of
art by artists from the United States and
Canada. This year’s event marks the 10th
anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, and also will be
final show.
An opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. at the cen-
ter Friday, Sept. 2, as part of the First Friday
Ramble. Information: (575) 522-8243 or (575)
541-2155.
Another reception given by the GFWC
Progress Club to honor the artists and those
lost on 9-11 will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
11. The receptions are free and open to the
public.
In this commemoration of 9-11, blocks painted
with 10 flowers each have been attached to
two towers representing the Twin Towers in
New York City. Original works of poetry were
also penned for the towers. The towers will be
donated as works of art for the public.
Adobe Patio Gallery and Studio — The
gallery, owned and operated by artists Carolyn
and Henry Bunch, is now in a new building at
1765 Avenida de Mercado. Hours are 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The new
gallery building is built around a central court-
yard with works by Carolyn Bunch, Anthony
Pennock, Kelley S. Hestir, Cheryl Derrick and
other local and regional artists. Information:
(575) 532-9310.
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
or las-cruces.org/museums.
Showing through Aug. 27: “Views from the
Life of a Photojournalist,” The Work of Alan
Solomon. Soloman sold his first image to
United Press International at age 16, and his
career spanned more than 50 years with works
featured in the New York Times, USA Today,
Life, Newsweek, Time and People.
Showing Aug. 5-27: Border Stories: A
Photographic Essay by Bruce Berman. Berman
has been documenting the U.S.-Mexican bor-
der for three decades; the exhibit features
views of the El Paso/Juarez area. Opening
reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, as part
of the monthly art ramble. A Gallery Talk with
Berman is 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
Showing Sept. 2-Oct. 29: “Reflections of the
Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe,” paintings by
Tonio LeFebre. Opening reception is 5 to 7
p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, as part of the monthly art
ramble.
The monthly “History Notes” program is 1 to
2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. This month’s topic
is “Fabiola Cabeza de Baca with” with Jo Tice
Bloom.
‘Color Las Cruces’ Plein Air
Competition entries — Entries are being
accepted for Doña Ana Arts Council’s 2nd
annual weekend arts event Sept. 9-11. The
first-ever event will be two full days of activities
in Downtown Las Cruces, featuring an artist
workshop, a “Quickdraw” competition, two
Plein Air competitions, a VIP artist reception
and more. All proceeds support the Arts
Council’s Career Art Path (CAP) summer camp
for kids.
Information/registration: (575) 523-6403 or
Las-Cruces-Arts.org.
In conjunction with the event, is a plein air
workshop with noted artist David Schwindt,
Sept. 6-8. Call for cost.
The French expression “plein air” refer to
painting on site, in the “open air.”
La Mesa Station Gallery — 16205
Highway 28 in La Mesa, N.M. (north of
Chope’s). Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, or by
appointment. The gallery occupies an 80-year-
old former gasoline station that has been
restored as an art gallery, representing local
area artists including paintings, photography,
woodturning and weavings. Information: (575)
233-3037 or the gallery manager at (575) 644-
3756.
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 las-cruces.org/museums.
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“Supralingual/Sublinguall: The Tongue is the
Terrain,” a spectacle of performance art by
artist Gary Setzer, is at 2 p.m. Saturday, July
30. The artist re-imagines the landscape
through a contemporary lens, combining elec-
tro nu-wave music and performance art, deliv-
ering a nerdy audiovisual spectacle that recalls
the rock group Devo as much as it does artists
Joseph Beuys and Bruce Nauman. Admission is
free.
Showing Aug. 19-Oct. 15: “From the Ground
Up XXV,” a regional juried exhibition of con-
temporary ceramics. The biannual event is a
collaboration between the Potters’ Guild of Las
Cruces and the Las Cruces Museum of Art. An
artists’ reception and awards presentation will
be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.
The exhibition features ceramic works, both
functional and sculptural, by over 60 artists
from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Utah,
Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Kurt
Weiser, Regents’ Professor of Art at Arizona
State University and a contemporary ceramist,
selected the pieces. Weiser will lecture at 2
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at NMSU, and will
attend the Sept. 2 reception.
Showing through Aug. 6 are three “Summer
in the City” exhibits:
• “lived:living,” collaborative exhibition by Las
Cruces artists Isadora Stowe and Jordon
Schranz. The works incorporate Stowe’s view
of the simple yet special moments in family life
while Schranz’s oil paintings add new dimension
to photographs taken by his late grandfather.
• Monique Jannsen-Belitz’s “Lost
Connections,” paintings and drawings of
swirling color.
• “Clay and Smoke,” an exhibition of Sandria
Hu’s paintings and prints inspired by her travels
both in the United States and abroad.
Family Art Adventures are 10 a.m. Saturdays,
for families with children age 6-12 with proj-
ects and films related to current exhibits.
The Reading Art Book Club meets at 2:30
p.m. the second Wednesday of the month to
discuss art-related books.
Registration being taken for Summer Art
Classes for all ages and skill levels. Classes for
youth and adults include ceramics, drawing,
painting, weaving and other special topics.
The museum’s free “Speaking of Art” lecture
series featuring regional artists discussing their
work is the third Saturday of the month.
Main Street Gallery —311 N. Downtown
Mall, Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment.
Information: (575) 647-0508.
The juried Centennial Chili Art Show is Aug.
27-Sept. 27, with works by area artists all
with a chili theme.
New gallery artists this month include Linda
Gendall, Marie Siegrist and Mel Clarkston and
sculptors Kelley Hestir and Tomi LaPierre.
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery —
2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, across
from the Fountain Theatre. 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
mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
August’s featured artists are Mayanna Howard,
watercolors, and Callie Barker, acrylics.
Pastel Society of New Mexico call for
artists — The Pastel Society of New Mexico
is seeking Las Cruces area entries for its 20th
annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition Nov.
4-27 during Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Judge is Desmond O’Hagan with jurors Kim
Casebeer, Liz Haywood-Sullivan and Kim
Lordier. Original and 80 percent soft pastels
only. Maximum of three digital entries per
artist. Submission fee: $40 ($35 members.
Prospectus available in early May at pastel-
snm.org.
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-
temporaryart.com.
Showing through Aug. 26:
• “The Photographic Experience” International
Photography Exhibition. The juried exhibit fea-
tures 28 prints from 23 photographers in every
style and using every photographic process.
Along with digital technology, the show also
includes a tintype and traditional silver-based
pieces.
• The Third 2011 Exhibit featuring works by
Dan Olfe, textile; Nolan Preece, camera-less
photography; Jeffrey Turner, metal sculpture;
John Westmark, painting; and an outdoor sculp-
tural installation created by the Desert Fish
Collaborative.
Showing through Oct. 29 is the Summer
2011 exhibition in celebration of the gallery’s
third anniversary, with paintings by Brian
O’Connor, and Gary Ruddell, sculptures by
Michael Metcalf, fiber works by Joan Sowada
and digital collages by Maggie Taylor.
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 or
riograndetheatre.com.
Showing in August are the haunting works of
ward-winning conceptual artist Marilyn Sahs.
Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5,
as part of the Downtown Art Ramble and the
theatre’s Literary Open Mic.
Utilizing untraditional media, such as wood,
bed linen, dyes, glues, wax and even food
condiments, Sahs employs a unique technique
of adding and subtracting color values to create
dreamlike images and permanent linen prints.
On permanent display in the
Clute/Muggenburg Gallery are memorabilia and
photos from the Rio Grande Theatre.
Rokoko Art Gallery — 1785 Avenida de
Mercado in Mesilla. The gallery features the
work of Mitch and A.me Alamag. Hours are
noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, or by
appointment. Information: rokokoart.com.
Showing through Aug. 13: “Celebrate
Summer, Salute the Snake.”
Tombaugh Gallery —First Unitarian
Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S.
Solano. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Information:
(575) 522-7281 or uuchurchlc.org.
Showing July 31-Aug. 26: “Storm Sermay -
Shrimp Boats: Lost Days and Landscapes in
Black and White.” An artist’s reception is 11:30
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a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, with an informal
gallery talk at noon.
Sermay began living in New Mexico (Santa Fe)
in 1974 and moved to Las Cruces in 1986. She
has become particularly interested in the
themes of loss and abandonment, photograph-
ing old rusted cars, abandoned buildings, ceme-
teries, and roadside descansos (memorials).
Submissions being taken through Sept. 1 for
the gallery’s 2012 season. Call for details.
Ver’nada Art Studio & Gallery — The
new gallery is at 1910 Calle de Parian #3, in
the Old Tortilla Factory, in Mesilla, N.M. Hours
are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Information: (575) 571-6137 or
vernadagallery.com.
Showing through August: “Journey to Love,”
works by Kurt Van Wagner.
Also
Alto Artists Studio Tour — The artists of
the Alto, N.M., area open their studios for the
9th annual free public tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7. The self-guided
tour features 26 area artists in a variety of
media in studios and galleries in Alto, Ruidoso
and throughout Lincoln County. Information:
Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce, (575) 336-
2356 or altoartists.com.
Alto is 5 miles north of Ruidoso on Highway
48. The tour route takes visitors through pine
forests onto a mesa with views of Sierra Blanca
and the Capitans. A brochure with artists’
names and a map of the studio locations is
available at Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce,
participating studios and all sponsor locations.
Art Hop — MainStreet Truth or
Consequences sponsors the event 6 to 9 p.m.
the second Saturday of each month (Aug. 13)
in the downtown gallery district. The event fea-
tures the monthly art opening of new shows
throughout the galleries of Truth or
Consequences, including fine arts, pottery, and
fabric arts. Many shops and restaurants stay
open late for this monthly event, with live
music in several locations. Information: (575)
740-2794 , torcmainstreet.org.
‘Dia de los Muertos’ art submissions
—The Calavera Coalition seeks original art-
work through Aug. 15 from artists of all ages
for its 2011 Dia de los Muertos on the Mesilla
Plaza official poster and t-shirt design. Work
must reflect the spirit of the celebration, and
be in black and white format. Submissions if
various formats encouraged (on a CD or
through e-mail as JPEG or PDF files) that may
be easily converted for print screening. Files
must be accompanied by: artwork title, size, a
brief description and artist’s name, e-mail
address, mailing address and phone number.
Mail CDs to P.O. Box 1308, Mesilla, NM 88046;
send digital files to: calaveracoalition@q.com.
Winner receives one free booth space during
the event ($175 value).
Fall American Photography Exhibition
entries — Entries are being taken through
Aug. 20 for the photography show that runs
Oct. 15-Feb. 12. 2012 at the Hubbard Museum
of the American West, 841 Highway 70, in
Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Lincoln
County Photographic Society. The juried show
features photos pertaining to the American
West. Entry fee is $15 per photograph; submit
entries as digital files on CD or DVD in JPEG or
TIF format. Information: (575) 378-4142 or
hubbardmuseum.org.
Pinos Altos Church Gallery - The historic
gallery in Hearst Church gallery on Golden Ave.
in Pinos Altos, N.M., operated by the Grant
County Art Guild, is open for the season 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and hol-
idays, through Oct. 2. The gallery features
works by local artists, and highlights a different
“Featured Artist” each week. Information:
(575) 538-8216 or gcag.org.
Rio Bravo Fine Art — 110 Broadway in
Truth or Consequences, N.M. Gallery hours are
noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, or
by appointment. Information: (575) 894-0572
or riobravofineart.net.
Upcoming Oct. 8-Nov. 15: Noël Hudson:
“Abstraction-Paintings and Works on Paper,
1988-91 and 2008-11. Giving up clay for paint-
ing when she moved in 1980 from Southern
California to Taos, Hudson has pursued, alter-
natively, gestural abstraction and abstract rep-
resentation inspired by the natural New Mexico
environment in her paintings and works on
paper for the past 30 years. Opening reception
is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, with and artist
talk at 5 p.m.
Summer Art Workshops — Cloudcroft
Art Workshops hosts fine art workshops at the
“Old Red School House” (Public Library” in
Cloudcroft, N.M. through Aug. 12. Cost
varies depending on workshop, with a $100
deposit per workshop and a $50 registration
fee. Information: Linda Carter, 1-888-682-3601
or CloudcroftArt.com.
The Village of Cloudcroft has hosted the sum-
mer art workshops for more than 50 years.
Workshops offered for all levels, led by accom-
plished area artists.
• Aug. 1-5 — oil with Krystyna Robbins;
watercolor with Barbara Nechis
• Aug. 8-12 — watercolor with Jo Beth
Gilliam
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Museum Scavenger Hunt — The El Paso
museum collective’s 3rd annual scavenger hunt
concludes with a Prize Drawing & Reception
Party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the El
Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301
Transmountain. Completed Scavenger Hunt
forms will be accepted through Aug. 24 at
each of the 14 participating museums.
The hunt encourages participants to learn
more about the area’s history, art, desert, and
other subjects while exploring the region’s
museums. Visit any 10 participating museums,
and have form validated at each site.
Information: 351-8226; 755-4332; 351-0048 .
Centennial Museum — University at
Wiggins, UTEP. Summer hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday.
Closed Friday, Sunday and Monday. Admission
is free. Information: 747-5565 or
museum.utep.edu.
Showing through August: “Ben Wittick’s
Southwest Photographs, 1880-1903,” from the
Centennial’s archives.
Showing through Dec. 22: “A River
Interrupted: Making the Case for Changing our
Management of the Rio Grande.”
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. Admission is free.
Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmu-
seum.org.
The Museum’s Open House / Museum
Appreciation Day is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug.
7. Events will include free ice cream sundaes,
guided tours, hourly prize giveaways, special
prize drawings and discounts for new members
who join at the Open House, and age-appro-
priate storytelling in the Robert and Sara Shiloff
Library and Study Center (books to focus on
tolerance, diversity and heroes of the
Holocaust).
The museum presents the special traveling
exhibit “Janusz Korczak and the Children of the
Warsaw Ghetto” Sept. 9-Oct. 31, on loan from
the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.
Korczak was a Polish pediatrician and champion
for children’s rights. He ran several orphanages
including one inside the walls of the Warsaw
Ghetto.
The quarterly EPHM Book Club will discuss
the “I Forgive Them” by David Kaplan at 11
a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Moderator/
interviewer is Darren Hunt of KVIA Channel 7.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology —
4301 Transmountain (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.
A free guided tour of the museum for families
with elementary school-age children begins at 1
p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Reservations are not
necessary but contact the museum if you plan
to attend: 915-755-4332 or guidamr@elpaso-
texas.gov.
Environmental scientist Rafael D. Corral, Ph.D.
present “Lessons learned after the 2011
Freeze” 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at
the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301
Transmountain. The Master Gardener/Master
Naturalist class is free and open to the public.
A Volunteer Transmountain Road Clean Up
before the class is 7:55 to 9:30 a.m.
A free workshop for families with children age
6 and older with world music group Ceiba is 2
to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, titled “Exploring
the Music of the Americas.” Adults and children
will listen and respond to music and create
together, speaking and writing in small groups
and making art in response to the music.
Fort Bliss Archaeologist Sue Sitton will give a
talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, as part of the El
Paso Archaeological Society’s regular meeting.
The public is welcome.
Extended through Oct. 9: “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. A
Zip Tour of the exhibit with Curator of
Education Marilyn Guida is at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 27.
Summer Archaeology Day camps run through
Aug. 12.
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.
Admission is free. Information: 351-3588 or
elpasotexas.gov/history.
Now showing:
• “El Paso: The Other Side of the Mexican
Revolution.”
• “Man-Made Thunder: The History of Racing
in the Borderland.”
• The third “Awaking Our Giants” year-long
exhibit, “El Paso City Mayors.”
The fall session of Tai Chi classes are 10 to 11
a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Aug. 6-
Oct. 1, taught by Hsio-Ying Hines. Lunchtime
classes are 11 a.m. to noon for Tai Chi II and
noon to 1 p.m. for Tai Chi I level, Wednesdays,
Aug. 3-Sept. 28. Cost: $20 ($20 members)
for ten-week course.
Summer day camps for ages 7-13 are Tuesdays
through Fridays, through Aug 19.
Information: 351-3588.
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.
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
or insightselpaso.org.
Now showing is “Your Spitting Image,” the
National Museum of Dentistry exhibit spon-
sored by El Paso District Dental Society with
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tistry and oral health.
Also showing is “To the Ends of the Earth,
UTEP at The Poles.”
Los Portales Museum and Visitor
Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. The muse-
um is operated by the San Elizario Genealogy
and Historical Society. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 851-
1682.
LYNX Exhibits —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.
Admission is $10 for adults; $8 seniors, military
and students with ID; and $6 ages 4 to 11.
Children 3 and younger are free. Information:
533-4330 or lynxexhibits.com.
Showing through Sept. 4: Two exhibits from
Oregon’s ScienceWorks Museum, “Take Flight”
and “Noise” with nearly two dozen interactive
stations. In “Take Flight,” visitors create air-
planes, helicopters and rockets, and then
launch them to discover the principles that
make flight possible. “Noise!” takes a playful
look at sound waves and demonstrates the
effect of sound on moods. Visitors can measure
screams in a soundproof room, design a sound
track for TV and create visible sound waves in
a tube.
The 2011 Summer Camps for ages 6-13 are
through Aug. 15.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site —
1120 Magoffin. The historic building is closed
for restorations and repairs to ensure the con-
tinued preservation of the building. Staff is
available for school outreach programs and
community presentations. During this time,
staff may be reached at 533-5147. Restoration
project updates at visitmagoffinhome.com.
National Border Patrol Museum and
Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain
Drive. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and major
holidays. Admission is free. Information: 759-
6060 or borderpatrolmuseum.com.
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 elpasorails.org.
San Elizario Veterans Museum and
Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in
San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission
is free. Information: Ann Lara, 345-3741 or Ray
Borrego, 383-8529.
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-
museum.com.
Las Cruces area
Las Cruces Museum of Natural
History —Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through
Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. -8 p.m. Friday;
1-5 p.m. Sunday. Events are free unless other-
wise noted. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-
cruces.org.
Showing through Sept. 11: A Forest Journey,
a hands-on exploration into the forest biome
featuring types of forests, botany, trees as habi-
tat, societal tree usage, deforestation and con-
servation.
The hands-on Saturday Science Class for ele-
mentary children is 11 a.m. Aug. 6 (Recycling
and Papermaking).
Science Cafe round table discussion is 5:30
p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.
The monthly Animal Encounters hands-on
program is 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.
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 muse-
ums.las-cruces.org//rrmuseum.shtm.
The monthly Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to
noon Saturday, Aug. 13, with games like jacks,
cup and ball toss and other classic hand-eye
coordination games.
Story Time for toddlers is 11 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Aug. 20, featuring a “Thomas the
Tank Engine” book and related activity. RSVP
encouraged.
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
nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Showing Aug. 18-Dec. 4 in the Museum’s
Arts Corridor: “Capturing the Spirit,” an exhi-
bition featuring art by renowned animal artist
Kathy Winkler. A free artist’s reception is 6 to 8
p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.
Showing through Aug. 21: “The Dust Bowl:
Dark Times in New Mexico.” The PBS docu-
mentary, “Surviving the Dust Bowl” will be
shown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 and Aug.
20.
The film presentation, “Westerns: Made in
New Mexico Part III” is at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Aug. 11. Film writer Jeff Berg will narrate and
screen clips from approximately 20 westerns,
all of which were filmed entirely or partially in
New Mexico.
The museum will have two living history per-
formances 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
27, as part of the New Mexico Department of
Tourism’s “Catch the Kid” program, a
statewide Billy the Kid scavenger hunt. The
museum also will display Pat Garrett items
from its collections through Sept. 24. The
museum will give a $1 discount for anyone who
visits the museum and mentions “Catch the
Kid.”
Billy the Kid will make a cameo appearance in
“The Reign of the Six-Shooter.” Andrea
Severson will portray 15-year-old Lily Casey,
who found herself near the center of the
Lincoln County War. The 10- to 15-minute per-
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formances begin at 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 27.
Museum visitors Aug. 27 also will get to meet
Pat Garrett in “Deeds of Daring and Blood.”
Garrett is remembered most as the man who
killed Billy the Kid. This 15- to 20-minute per-
formance features Scott Green as Pat Garrett.
Performances are 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 and
2:30 p.m.
NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art
Center, 1390 E. University, (Williams Hall) on
the NMSU campus, Las Cruces. Hours are
noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Information: (575) 646-2545 or nmsu.edu/art-
gal. Showing Sept. 2-Oct. 15 “Looking
Back/Looking Forward: Amanda Jaffe
Retrospective.”
NMSU Museum —Kent Hall, University at
Solano, Las Cruces. The museum’s permanent
exhibit is “Pottery from the Americas.” Hours
are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-5161
or nmsu.edu/museum/.
NMSU Zuhl Museum — NMSU Alumni
Visitors’ Center, 775 College Dr. Hours are 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The
center features a collection of more than 1,000
pieces of petrified wood, fossils and minerals.
Information: (575) 646-1884.
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. Information: (575) 678-
8824 (local call) or wsmr-history.org.
Also
Carlsbad Museum & Art Center — 418
W. Fox Street in Carlsbad, N.M. Hours are 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Closed Sunday and major holidays. Admission is
free. Information: (575) 887-0276.
The museum hosts free “Underground of
Enchantment” programs at 2 p.m. Saturdays
during August.
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum— 301
S. Silver, Deming, N.M. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Saturday, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (575)
546-2382, 1-800-848-4955 or deminglunamim-
bresmuseum.com.
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. Museum admission: $5 ($2.50
students 6 to 18; free for ages 5 and younger).
Family rates: $15. Information: (575) 894-6600
or geronimospringsmuseum.com.
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 4:30 p.m. every day. Docent-led tours
of permanent exhibits are 10 a.m. Fridays.
Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors, military; $2 chil-
dren 6-16; free for children 5 and younger).
Information: (575) 378-4142 or hubbardmuse-
um.org.
Showing through Sept. 25: “Arte en la
Charreria,” The Artisanship of Mexican
Equestrian Culture.
Entries being taken through Aug. 20 for the
20th annual Fall American Photography
Competition and Exhibition which runs Oct.
15-Jan 29, 2012.
Videos on a variety of topics are featured at 2
p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the Cope
Center. Upcoming shows:
• Sept. 3 — “The Noble Horse”
• Sept. 4 — “America’s Lost Mustangs”
• Sept. 17 — “Hispanics and the Medal of
Honor.”
New Mexico Museum of Space History
— The museum features the International
Space Hall of Fame and the Tombaugh IMAX
Dome Theater and Planetarium, and is located
on the northeast side of Alamogordo (two
miles east off Indian Wells and White Sand Blvd.
intersection).
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
or nmspacemuseum.org.
Showing at the IMAX Dome Theater are the
films “Journey Into Amazing Caves” and “Nine
Planets and Counting.” Showtimes are on the
hour, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets: $6 ($5.50
for seniors and military; $4.50 ages 4-12). Ages
3 and under free for all shows.
Combo tickets available (included museum
entrance and one IMAX ticket): $10 ($9 seniors
and military, $7 children).
NM museum free access for military —
New Mexico’s 14 state-run museums and mon-
uments offer free admission for all active mili-
tary personnel and their families through
Sept. 5 as part of the National Endowment for
the Arts “Blue Star Museums” program.
Current military ID is required. Information:
New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs,
(505) 827-4378 or newmexicoculture.org.
Area participating museums include the New
Mexico Museum of Space History in
Alamogordo; New Mexico Farm & Ranch
Heritage Museum in Las Cruces; and historic
monuments statewide.
Sacramento Mountains Historical
Museum— U.S. 82 across from the
Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,
Friday and Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays,
weather permitting. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6
to 12). Group rates and tours available with
prior notice. Information: (575) 682-2932 or
cloudcroftmuseum.com.
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 silvercitymuseum.org.
Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991 N.
White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. Hours are
noon to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Admission: $4. Information: (575) 437-2855 or
toytraindepot.homestead.com. The 1/5 scale
train track offers rides around Alameda Park
12:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $4.
Tularosa Basin Historical Society
Museum— 1301 White Sands Blvd. (U.S.
54/70), Alamogordo. Open from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Information:
(575) 436-4438.
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T
o be sure, assumptions are fasci-
nating parts of speech and life. We
use assumptions a dozen times a
day. We assume the kids will get off to
school. We assume that the weather will
be agreeable to your day plans and work,
and on and on. But wait a moment … is
“to assume” the most overused term in
the USA?
To assume you’ll get to work OK today
… that you will not have an auto acci-
dent … or get ill … or have the boss lay
you off ... or that one of your children
will not come down with a debilitating
illness. Of course, we want to assume a
good day’s work, best of times and
health to everyone.
My point is this, that to assume any-
thing is the most dangerous thing one
can do, yet I’ve done it, as many in my
family have. I’ve tried to not use the
word and attempt to deal with more cold
reality.
But during the three years I served in
the U.S. Navy in the last world war, we
were brainwashed and schooled for
assuming too much! The U.S. Navy
SeaBees had a simple hands-on credo
and logo: WE CAN DO! — an obvious,
understandable goal via training and exe-
cution to complete a given task. Indeed,
they had no room for second-guessing
and assumptions. “We’ll do it later?”
NO! You would be a dead duck to
assume too much … your livelihood,
your ship’s company, and your country’s
life and existence stood upon cold, cal-
culating things you were charged to do.
Wars and service teach us to be ultra-
realists.
All services put recruits through a
series of disciplines, schooling, field-
work and responsibilities. In rigorous
boot-camp training, your life was uti-
lized for 24 hours a day. You were urged
to work and exist under the chain of
command from your chief petty officer
down to the seaman level. Class activity
and training “musts” had to be complet-
ed on a daily basis for a series of three
months. The lean sailor became more
muscled and the portly sailor became
leaner.
As an instructor in boot training, I
would get a kick from the chanting
rhymes they would use as they marched
forward singing: “Now if your head
wouldn’t be so hard, you wouldn’t be on
the slacker squad! Hip hop hip, hip hop
hip!
Every sailor was issued a large copy of
the Blue Jacket’s manual. He was
obliged to read and study and learn to
speak in new naval lingo. The book was
important in that once a sailor is aboard
ship, he’s in a completely unique envi-
ronment and time. It dictated every part
of a sailor’s existence from his flared-
legged pants to his underwear that had
holes punched in the neck area where
lines could be laced through the garment
and then tied fast to a post or stanchion
and not be blown away. The white cap
could be used to bail out water.
Now we get back to our original idea
that assumptions can be overly problem-
atic. All the time spent in basic training
in the Army, Navy and Marines for the
most part involved a tremendous reversal
in lifestyle of the typical American serv-
iceman or woman. The goal being to
assume little and expand upon a new
kind of realism.
American business know-
how vs. service know-how
Indeed, there are similarities and differ-
ences. Good company managers must
know what is going on in their specific
fields, advertising, production, distribu-
tion and product awareness, and whether
the public is germane to the profit-mak-
ing goal in business. The ideal assump-
tion and plan is for a product to fill a
need in the consumer’s life and exis-
tence, and in turn, make a profit and suc-
cess of and for the company in question.
A good company manager must know
his product and know the details and the
existing general marketing conditions.
He must also know the wishes and needs
of the customer.
Walmart and similar marketing organi-
zations have captured a gigantic market
where great consumer need was evident.
Assuming is a lazy, dangerous, slipshod
manner that we too often are a part of.
Henry Ford sold a million Model T
Fords because people needed and wanted
an auto that could be purchased for
$400.
In the case of Walmart and Ford, we
assume their concepts were based on
hard research, valid product, style, value
and availability. Good economic health
implies genuine sales features. Here are
a few principles I believe in:
• Genuine sale or bargain prices rule.
• Value and quality of product absolutely
necessary.
• Puffed-up air-bag packaging a national
rip-off.
• Need and season times are important to
sales.
• Positive political climate needed and
evident.
• More mom-and-pop stores and prod-
ucts needed.
• World free-trade growth a negative fac-
tor for U.S. citizens.
• Political climate must be conducive to
all businesses.
• Our money must have intrinsic value
and worth.
• Barter and trade are one answer to con-
trived money value.
• Economic growth must be valid, actual
and fair.
Bill Rakocy is an El Paso artist and
historian. Information: 584-9716.
Racking Up History
by Bill Rakocy
Assuming you
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Howling Coyote — The open mic for musi-
cians, poets, writers, storytellers and perform-
ance artists is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at its new
location at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Performer sign-
up is 6:30 p.m. Coffee and light snacks provid-
ed. Admission is free, donations welcome.
Information: (575) 525-9333 or (915) 799-
5684.
Literary Open Mic is 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rio
Grande Theatre auditorium.
Book Sale — Friends of the Esperanza
Moreno Branch Library, 12480 Pebble Hills, will
host its “Back to School Book Sale” on 11 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the library.
Information 921-7001.
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. Information: 328-
5484 (Donna Snyder), 566-1034 (Memorial
Park Library) or tumblewordsproject.com.
August workshops will be led by Gene Keller, a
poet, singer, storyteller, seer, and healer who
also teaches English at EPCC.
• Aug. 6 — Atomic Pow: Hiroshima Day. To
crack the carapace of space and time, you must
give up the illusion of control and write like a
comet.
• Aug. 13 — Singularity of Time: My B’day.
Eternalism proposes a fourth dimension where
time is subjective.
• Aug. 20 — Nomads of the Chaos-World:
Polyglots & Polycults. Our age requires writing
that passes beyond languages, cultures, conti-
nents, and times. Find out what it means to
make writing rhizomatic.
• Aug. 27 — How to Gestify: Body Language
of the Word. Over 90 percent of verbal com-
munication is non-verbal.
Holocaust Museum book club — The El
Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center’s
book club meets at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28,
to discuss “I Forgive Them” by David Kaplan.
Kaplan, who turns 83 that day, is a Holocaust
survivor who was 12 when his Lithuanian family
was moved to a ghetto; he later suffered in sev-
eral concentration camps. Moderator/inter-
viewer is Darren Hunt of KVIA Channel 7.
Admission is free, but donations welcome.
Information/RSVP: 351-0048 ext. 24 or mari-
bel@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
Lunchtime Stories in the Park — Local
celebrities and other special guests share their
stories during a brown bag presentation noon
to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 29, in San
Jacinto Plaza, Downtown. Admission is free.
Information: Sandy Rodriguez, 544-5436.
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 bn.com.
Richard Yañez will read from and sign copies of
his debut novel, “Cross Over Water” 2-3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20. The novel is set entirely in
El Paso and celebrates the author’s experiences
and memories of life on the border.
Recurring events:
• Sisters in Crime mystery reading group
meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.
• Third Monday Book Group will meet at 10
a.m. Monday, Aug. 15. The group will discuss
Elizabeth Crook’s novel “The Night Journal.”
• En la Sombra de Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
bilingual reading group meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 16.
Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays.
• Aug. 20 — Cartooning workshop with Jorge
Baeza.
• Aug. 27 — Kids-N-Co. storytelling group.
The Summer Reading Program, “Imagination’s
Destination,” runs through Sept. 6 for grades
1 through 6. Kids who read and record any
eight books may choose from a book from the
in-store book list after the journal is completed.
Barnes & Noble (East Side) —9521
Viscount. Information: 590-1932.
Eastside Sisters in Crime reading club meets at
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, to discuss “Dead Irish”
by John Lescroat. Information: 629-7063.
Little One’s Storytime is 11 a.m. every
Saturday with Miss Bonnie. Themes:
• Aug 6 — “Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse”
and “Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble” by
Judy Schachner
• Aug. 13 — “Cloudy with A Chance of
Meatballs” by Judi and Ron Barrett
• Aug. 20 — “Miss Nelson is Missing” by
Harry Allard and James Marshall
• Aug. 27 — “First Day Jitters” by Julie
Dannelberg
The Summer Reading Program, “Imagination’s
Destination,” runs through Sept. 6 for grades
1 through 6. Kids who read and record any
eight books may choose from a book from the
in-store book list after the journal is completed.
Parents age 18 and older can also enter for a
chance to win a Nook Color.
Barnes & Noble (Las Cruces) — 700 S.
Telshor in Mesilla Valley Mall. Information: (575)
522-4499.
Recurring events:
Yarn Junkies Conversation Group meets at 10
a.m. Mondays.
Children’s storytimes are 10 a.m. Fridays.
• Aug. 5 — Bugs.
• Aug. 12 — Paddywack Lane stories
• Aug. 19 — “Ponyella” by Laura Numeroff.
• Aug. 26 — Dragons and dinosaurs
“Cookie Mouse” from Numeroff’s “If You Give
a Mouse a Cookie” will be at the Sept. 23 sto-
rytime event.
The Summer Reading Program, “Imagination’s
Destination,” runs through Sept. 6 for grades
1 through 6.
Branigan Library book reviews — The
Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
will host a review of Peter Carey’s “The True
History of the Kelly Gang” at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the library’s Roadrunner
Room, 200 E. Picacho. Reviewer is Louise
Forshaw. Refreshments served. Admission is
free. Information: (575) 526-3678.
Reading the Easel Book Club —The
book group meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the third
Thursday of each month in the museum’s semi-
nar room to discuss art-related books. Cost:
$10 per session (free for museum members),
includes admission to select ticketed exhibits.
Participants must provide their own books.
Space is limited; call to hold a seat. Information:
532-1707 ext. 16.
Aug. 18: “The Victorians: Britain Through the
Paintings of the Age” by Jeremy Paxman.
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‘The Tempest’ — Department of Theatre
and Dance’s Summer Shakespeare Festival
presents William Shakespeare’s fantasy through
July 31, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre,
Second Floor Fox Fine Arts Building.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and
2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 UTEP facul-
ty/staff, seniors, military, students, children 4-12
and per ticket for groups of 10 or more).
Information: 747-5118 or
theatredanceutep.edu.
Summer Repertory —El Paso Community
College Performer’s Studio presents its 3rd
Summer Repertory Season at the EPCC
Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre on
Hwy 54 (Diana exit). Admission: Admission:
$10 ($5 students, faculty, staff, military and sen-
iors). Ages 7 and older welcome. Information:
Forum Box Office, 831-5056 or 831-3205.
• “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”
— The Off-Broadway hit is 7:30 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday, July 28-30.
• “Rodeo Mongolia: A Children’s Musical” — 2
p.m. Saturday, July 30.
‘Pinocchio’ — Missoula Children’s Theatre
will host public performances of the classic fairy
tale at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, July
29-30 at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211
Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Tickets: $6 ($2
children). Information: (575) 523-6403 or
riograndetheatre.com.
‘Topdog/Underdog’ — Green Apple
Theatre Collective presents the comic drama
and winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for
drama by Suzan-Lori Parks at 7:30 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays through July 31, at the Glass
Box Theatre, 1500 Texas. Doors open at 6 p.m.
with a game of three-card monte (as featured
in the show) and bucket drum performance.
Seating is limited on a first come, first serve
basis. Tickets: $12 at the door (cash only).
Information: 226-9708 or 740-3087.
Due to adult themes in the play, anyone under
age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ — The Gilbert and
Sullivan Company of El Paso celebrates its 42nd
season with the comic opera July 30-31, at the
Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in
Las Cruces. Showtime is 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10
($9 students and seniors 65 and older).
Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223 or
GandSelpaso.org.
Improv on the Border — The dinner
show of sketches and skits, driven by audience
requests, is 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30 and
Aug. 27, at Il Posto Italiano Ristorante, 7128
N. Mesa. Reservations required: 585-2221.
‘Viva El Paso!’ —The summertime pageant
at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre continues
its 34th season 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays,
through Aug. 13. The outdoor musical
extravaganza highlights the four major cultures
of the region, through drama, song and dance,
that have called El Paso home: Native
American, Spanish Conquistadors, Mexican and
Western American. Tickets: $15 general admis-
sion, plus service charge. Barbeque dinner with
the show offered 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets:
$20 ($10 ages 12 and younger). (Ticketmaster).
Information/group discounts: 231-1165 or viva-
ep.org.
‘Red Velvet Cake War’ — El Paso
Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the riotous
Southern comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas
Hope and Jamie Wooten Aug. 5-27. Directed
by Erika Moeller. Showtimes are Showtimes are
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students
with ID). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplay-
house.com.
The story features three cousins who decide
to hold a family reunion, at the worst possible
time.
A Red-Velvet Cake-Off is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6, prior to the show, with area
bakers, artists and chefs displaying and selling
their best cakes.
Harlequin Awards — El Paso Playhouse
will host its 2011 Harlequin Awards Sunday,
Aug. 7, at Coronado Country Club, 1044
Broadmoor. Cocktails served at 5:30 p.m.; din-
ner and awards at 6 p.m. Open to all volun-
teers and participants. Semi-formal attire; chil-
dren’s plates available. Cost: $30; RSVP by July
29. Information/reservations: 532-1317 or elpa-
soplayhouse@sbcglobal.net.
‘Iris Incident’ — No Strings Theatre
Company presents the premiere of “The Iris
Incident” written by Amy Lanasa and directed
by Mark Medoff Aug. 12-28 at the Black Box
Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.
When her beloved father dies, Iris is left with a
posthumous list of things to do and a strange
group of friends, neighbors, and an estranged
mother to deal with, all of whom have received
their own lists.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Aug. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27; 2:30 Sunday, Aug.
21 and 28; and 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 25.
Tickets are $10 ($9 students and seniors over
65; $7 all seats on Thursday). Reservations:
(575) 523-1223
‘Amazing Magical Musical Adventures’
— Mesilla Valley Musical Arts and No Strings
Theatre Company present the monthly chil-
dren’s program at the Black Box Theatre, 430
N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. The 2 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, performance is “Aloha,
Keiki.” Material is aimed at audiences age 3-10,
but all ages welcome. Admission: $5.
Reservations recommended: (575) 523-1223,
(575) 523-7714 or no-strings.org.
‘DIVAS!’ —American Southwest Theatre
Company presents the fundraising musical
cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at
NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre. The show
brings together five of Las Cruces’ most talent-
ed singers and guest artists belting songs from
the worlds of Broadway, opera, country and
the pop charts. Tickets: $15 ($5 for area high
school students with valid ID); available in
advance noon to 4 p.m. at the Hershel Zohn
Box Office. Information: (575) 646-4515.
Performers are Della Bustamante (Country
Diva), Thea Cordova (Opera Diva), Carrie
Klofach (Comic Diva), Janet Mazdra (Belter
Diva) and Megan McQueen (Sassy Diva). David
Cunniff will accompany on piano.
‘Plaza Suite’ – The Las Cruces Community
Theatre, in the city’s Downtown Mall, kicks off
its 2011-2012 season with the Neil Simon com-
edy Aug. 26-Sept. 11. Directed by Les Boyse.
Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
and 2 p.m. Sundays. Gala opening night is Aug.
26. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors/students/military;
$8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7
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children 6 and younger). Information: (575)
523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
“Plaza Suite” features three short plays telling
the adventures of three couples successively
occupying the same suite at the Plaza Hotel: a
suburban couple using the suite while their
house is being painted; a Hollywood producer
who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh
fields and his now-married childhood sweet-
heart; and a mother and father fighting over the
best way to get their daughter out of the bath-
room and down to the ballroom where guests
are waiting for her wedding.
‘Shakespeare on the Rocks’ Theater
Festival - The annual Shakespeare festival is
Aug. 26-Sept. 11, at Chamizal National
Memorial’s Amphitheatre, 800 S. San Marcial.
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August 2011
L
ook at the theater section in this
month’s Scene and notice one
thing: the audition notices are at
their yearly high. It’s that time of year
when community groups gear up for the
new season, which traditionally starts in
the fall.
But how does one approach an audi-
tion?
First of all, read the audition notice
carefully. Some directors want a pre-
pared monologue, usually two minutes
or less. If that’s the case, make sure to
choose a monologue in the style of the
show — a classical comedy piece for a
classic comedy like “Midsummer
Night’s Dream,” for example.
It should be memorized well. I always
suggest practicing in front of the mirror
(or in front of willing friends) to cri-
tique the performance and get a time (a
rough rule of thumb is 120 words per
minute.) If the director wants cold read-
ings from the script, try to get a hold of
the script and read it thoroughly. Get
some idea in mind of how to create the
characters. Remember, create a charac-
ter. It may not be the character the
director wants, but at least it shows
him/her that you can create a character.
Also be ready to create another charac-
ter if the director asks for another inter-
pretation.
For a musical, most directors ask for a
prepared song. Like the monologue,
choose something in the style of the
musical. Don’t choose a country-west-
ern song for a jazz show like
“Chicago,” for example.
Make sure to get to the audition 10 to
15 minutes early. Paperwork has to be
filled out, and sometimes the director
wants a photo of each person audition-
ing. Bring your own pencil. (Yes, pen-
cil. It’s hard to correct any mistakes
made in ink.) It’s rude to be late. If you
have a résumé and headshot (photo of
your face), bring it. The director may
not require it, but it can impress.
Be honest with any conflicts with the
rehearsal schedule, and remember that
doing a play takes a lot of time. Most
plays require a minimum of two to three
hours, four to five days a week for six
weeks to rehearse before opening. The
week before opening often requires
even longer hours for dress and techni-
cal rehearsals. One or two rehearsals
missed often isn’t a problem unless it’s
a major character. More than that not
only creates a problem for the director,
but also for fellow cast members.
Before the audition, act normally, but
don’t be rude. Don’t chew gum, don’t
talk loudly or be obnoxious in any way.
Think of it as an interview for a job.
Indeed, I’ve told young people who’ve
auditioned for me that they started their
audition the minute they walked in the
door. Keep chatting in the audience
while auditions are going on and
chances are the director will notice and
not remember it positively. Put the cell
phone on silent or vibrate. There is
nothing more annoying to a director
than a cell phone going off in the mid-
dle of an audition.
Dress comfortably, but not like a bum.
The director may ask for movement.
Don’t wear a hat. If it’s a musical, wear
dance clothes, or have them to change
into. Some suggest dressing flashily or
like the character wanted. I’d say not. A
real director looks at the acting, singing
and dancing, not a costume.
During the audition, if doing a cold
reading, don’t keep the script in front of
the face. Project the voice. Try to keep
the feet planted and apart for balance.
Do move around and gesture if the
character requires, but don’t just wander
or move with no purpose. Don’t rock or
put hands in pockets (unless the charac-
ter requires it).
Lastly, be realistic. If the part requires
a 20-year-old brunette, a 40-year-old
brunette can’t do the part. Sometimes,
the director has his/her own ideas that
might not match what’s in the script.
Just go in and do the best possible. One
shouldn’t worry if he/she doesn’t get the
first, second or even third part he/she
tries out for. Don’t expect a major role,
especially if the director has no prior
experience with one’s work. Audition,
audition, audition. The more experience,
the better the audition.
Thank the director for his/her time
after the audition. Shake his or her hand
if possible. But never, ever apologize or
explain why the audition went well or
badly. Just be confident. It makes a
much better impression.
Good luck!
Carol Viescas is a veteran of
community theater and teaches
journalism at Bel Air High School.
El Paso Scene
This season’s plays are “The Taming of The
Shrew,” “Othello” and “Twelfth Night.”
Showtime is 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults ($8 full-time students
with ID; seniors 65 and older). Group tickets:
$6 each for groups of 10 or more; available at
474-4275. Information: Eden Enterprises, 227-
2397 or shakespeareontherocks.com.
“Taming of the Shrew” is Friday, Aug. 26,
Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 11.
“Othello” is Saturday, Aug. 27, Sunday, Sept.
4 and Friday, Sept. 9.
“Twelfth Night” is Sunday, Aug. 28, Friday,
Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 10.
Cloudcroft melodramas — Cloudcroft
Light Opera Company’s live melodrama sea-
son’s next performances feature “Ratcatcher’s
Daughter” by Tim Kelly Sept. 2-4 and Sept.
16-17 at the Open Air Pavilion at Zenith Park
on Burro Ave. Admission is free, but seating is
limited. Early arrival recommended.
Information/times: (575) 682-2733 or cloud-
crofttheater.com.
Auditions & classes
‘The 39 Steps’ auditions — No Strings
Theatre company’s auditions for the play
adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by
John Buchan, the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
and an original concept by Simon Corbie and
Nobby Dimon, is 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the
Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in
Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Needed
are 3 men (age mid 20s and up) and one
woman (mid 20s to mid 40s). Two of the men
and the woman will play multiple roles.
Auditions are cold readings from the script;
perusal copy on reserve at the Branigan Library.
Information: (575) 523-1223.
The Glasbox — The Border Theatre’s per-
formance space is at 1500 Texas (entrance on
Langtry). Information: 424-5283 or
glasbox.com
Guest director, Raul Valles will teach “The
Organic Action” workshop for experienced
performers on how to use action as a building
block in creating a performance. The workshop
is 6-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5.
Cost is $40.
Valles is a director, playwright and researcher
who has directed several shows in national fes-
tivals throughout Mexico and in the 9th
International Theatre Festival in Tehran, Iran.
‘Rocky Horror’ Shadow Cast auditions
— The “stress-free” auditions are 6:30 to 7:30
p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 9-10, at
the Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center, 701
Montana. The Hot PAWtooties Rocky Horror
Shadow Cast members perform along with the
monthly midnight screening of “The Rocky
Horror Picture Show.” Spot operator also
needed. The screenings benefit the Pets Alive-
El Paso feral cat sterilization program.
Information: 247-5975 or hotpawtooties.com.
Screenings are the second Saturday of every
month except August.
‘The Imaginary Invalid’ auditions – El
Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, announces
auditions for the Moliere comedy at 7 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, Aug. 14-15, directed by
Lynne DuMond. Auditions consist of cold read-
ing from the script. Information: 532-1317,
elpasoplayhouse.com.
ASTC auditions — The American
Southwest Theatre Company at NMSU
Theatre Arts will hold auditions for its Fall 2011
productions 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
20, at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU
campus. Callbacks will be Sunday, Aug. 21.
Interested men and women ages 18-60 can
sign up for an audition slot on the callboard in
the Hershel Zohn Theatre lobby beginning Aug.
8. All actors are asked to prepare one contem-
porary monologue of no more than 60 seconds.
NMSU Theatre Arts majors only are asked to
prepare an additional contrasting contemporary
monologue running no longer than 60 seconds.
Fall season shows are the classic drama, “Miss
Julie,” the Theatre for Young Audiences pro-
duction of “Hard 2 Spel Dad’ and the screwball
comedy, “Once in a Lifetime.” Information:
Mike Wise, Production Coordinator, (575) 646-
5418.
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relaxing tropical music. We will also be offering
snow drinks for kids as well as snow margaritas,
daquiris and piña coladas.
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Fort Stanton Live! — The fort’s annual cel-
ebration of living history, hosted by Fort
Stanton, Inc./Fort Stanton Foundation is Aug.
5-7, at Fort Stanton, 20 miles northeast of
Ruidoso on Hwy 220, with a Wild West Show,
Civil War reenactments, Buffalo Soldiers,
Mountain Men, food, vendors and live enter-
tainment. No pets or alcohol allowed.
Admission: $5 (for ages 16 and younger).
Information: (575) 354-0341 or
fortstanton.com.
The annual Candlelight tour is Friday evening,
Aug. 5; early reservations encouraged as the
event sells out quickly.
Ghost tours — El Paso Ghost Tours host the
following events:
• Ladies Night, 8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning
at The Percolator, 217 N. Stanton. Tour is 9-11
p.m. Women $8, men $10.
• Downtown El Paso Ghost Tour — Every
Friday night. Includes building interiors. Tickets:
$15. Call for details.
• Concordia Cemetery, 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
6 and midnight Saturday, Aug. 20. Cost: $10.
• Amador Hotel Ghost Tours are 9 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13 and 27. Call for details.
Reservations/information: 1-877-GHOST-10 or
elpasoghosttours.com.
History Notes —The monthly program is 1
to 2 p.m. one Thursday of each month at the
Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, north
end of the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The
Aug. 11 topic is “Fabiola Cabeza de Baca”
with Jo Tice Bloom. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 541-2154 or las-
cruces.org/museums.
The programs are informal discussions on local
and regional history led by staff and volunteers.
John Wesley Hardin’s Demise —The
Concordia Heritage Association’s John Wesley
Hardin “Secret Society” annual commemora-
tion is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Concordia
Cemetery. The event marks the infamous gun-
slinger’s 1895 fatal shooting with a special
gravesite ceremony and reenactment by Six
Guns and Shady Ladies and historians. There
will also be the annual “Toast to John Wesley,”
at the hour of his demise 106 years ago. Prize
drawings and silent auction also offered. Gates
open at 6:30 p.m. with prize drawings at 9 p.m.
(must be present to win) Bring folding chair,
flashlight and closed-toe shoes. Admission: $5;
$3 military, students 18 and younger and sen-
iors 60 and older; free for children under 12.
The historic Central El Paso cemetery is
between Yandell and Gateway West east of
Copia. Proceeds from the event benefit the
preservation and restoration of the cemetery.
Information: 581-7920 or
concordiacemetery.org.
Hardin moved to El Paso in 1895 after his
release from prison. He was shot to death in
Aug. 19, 1895, by Constable John Selman.
Hardin was 42, and claimed to have killed 30
men.
Fort Bayard Birthday — Fort Bayard
Historic Preservation Society celebrates the
forts 145th birthday beginning with a walking
tour led by historians from the society at 9:30
a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in historic in Fort
Bayard, N.M. (6 miles east of Silver City off
Highway 180). Birthday cake and refreshments
served at noon; gift shop open until 3 p.m.
Information: (575) 388-4477, (575) 536-3161
or fortbayard.org.
El Paso Archaeological Society — The
society’s monthly meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 21, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology,
4301 Transmountain. Speaker is Fort Bliss
Archaeologist Sue Sitton, who will present the
history of archeological work on Fort Bliss.
Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or
epas.com.
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-
ments.org.
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Plaza Classic Film Festival — The El Paso
Community Foundation will host its 4th annual
classic and “semi-classic” movie in the Plaza’s
Main Theatre, Philanthropy Theatre and out-
door Festival Plaza Aug. 4-14. Additional
screenings will be offered at the El Paso
Museum of Art. Billed as the “world’s largest
classic film festival,” more than 80 movies of all
genres will be presented from the golden age
of cinema to more recent favorites, including
several Disney classics. Individual tickets range
from $4-$10 (Ticketmaster). All seats general
admission. Series passes are $200 ($170 for
Disney’s D23 members); includes films, open-
ing night VIP screening, concerts, talks and
other events. Information: 533-4020 or plaza-
classic.com.
For complete schedule. see Page 61.
Free Plaza Days open house events are 11
a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 9 and 11.
Special guests include “Entertainment Tonight”
movie critic, author and blogger Leonard
Maltin. Other guests include film scholar
Jeanine Basinger, Nick Clooney (father of
George Clooney), former host of cable channel
AMC, Boston Phoenix film critic Gerald Peary
and Dallas Video Festival director Bart Weiss.
The festival begins with a special showing of
“Gentleman Prefer Blondes” and reception at 7
p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Tickets: $20.
The Alloy Orchestra will return to perform
live during the screening of the Joseph von
Sternberg’s 1927 gangster classic,
“Underworld” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
Tickets: $10.
Free movies in Arts Festival Plaza begin at 9
p.m. with live bands before the screenings at
7:30 p.m.
Added new this year is a “drive-in” Walk-Up
movie series at 9 p.m. Thursdays, top of the
Mills Plaza parking ramp:
In conjunction with the festival’s showing of
“The Commandments,” El Paso Museum of Art
will feature the exhibit “The Ten
Commandments: Treasures from the
Production Archives” through Aug. 28.
Film screenings are also scheduled in the
museum’s El Paso Energy Auditorium noon to
5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6; 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 11; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 14. Call 532-1707 for details.
Plaza Days, aimed at children’s groups, are
offered Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Thursday, Aug.
11. The free event includes a tour of the
Kendle Kidd main theater, an organ concert,
the light show Western Skies, and a short film.
Groups should arrive at the Plaza Theater at
10:30 a.m. The program will be over by noon,
but kid-friendly movies are scheduled those
afternoons as well. Reservations: 549-5164.
Sundays Under the Stars — Inn of the
Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts free
concerts and movies on the lawn Sundays dur-
ing the summer months, weather permitting.
Bring lawn chair or blanket. All children must
be accompanied by adult. Information: 1-800-
545-9011 or innofthemountaingods.com. Live
entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Movies begin at
sunset:
• July 31 — Finding Nemo
• Aug. 7 — Aladdin
• Aug. 14 — Young Guns
• Aug. 21 — Pretty Woman
• Aug. 28 – Friday the 13th
Pax Christi Film Series —The series
presents “Countdown to Zero,” a history of
the atomic bomb, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services’
Mother Teresa Center, 2400 E. Yandell. Hosted
by Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace & Justice
Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.
Admission is free, donations welcome.
Information: 532-0527.
Film Las Cruces — The Rio Grande
Theatre and the City of Las Cruces Film Liaison
present a monthly forum on the second
Wednesday of each month, by an organized
group of filmmakers, digital media artists, stu-
dents and interested members of the commu-
nity with the express purpose of showcasing
local talent and, in turn, drawing film and televi-
sion productions to Las Cruces. This month’s
forum is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the
Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main, Las Cruces.
The event is free and open to the public.
Information: Las-Cruces-Film.org,
RioGrandeTheatre.com or (575) 523-6403.
During each month’s meeting, trailers for
locally made films will be screened, alongside
short films by student filmmakers, followed by
Q&A sessions.
‘Westerns: Made in New Mexico Part
III’ —Film writer Jeff Berg will narrate and
screen clips from approximately 20 westerns,
all of which were filmed entirely or partially in
New Mexico, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the
NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100
Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. 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
nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Texas Film Round-Up — The free film and
video digitization program presented by the
Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI),
returns to the El Paso Community Foundation’s
Plaza Classic Film Festival Friday through
Sunday, Aug. 12-14. Area residents can drop off
their Texas-related films and videos at the Plaza
Theatre for free digitization and potential inclu-
sion in the TAMI video library. Materials will be
accepted 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday and 12:30-7 p.m. Sunday. Throughout
the weekend, TAMI will be screening archival
footage of El Paso in the lobby of the Plaza
Theatre, including selections from the over 400
films contributed during last year’s Round-Up.
Information: texasfilmroundup.org or (512)
485-3073.
Kern Place Date Movie Night — The
Kern Place Association’s family movie night
begins at dusk Saturday, Aug. 13, at Madeline
Park, 900 Baltimore. Title to be announced.
Admission is free. Information: kernplace.org.
Ricko Meets Garbo — The silent film pres-
entation of the legendary actress Greta Garbo
in “The Temptress” (1926) begins at 7 p.m.
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211 N. Main, Las Cruces. Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the
door. Information: RioGrandeTheatre.com or
(575) 523-6403.
Multi-instrumentalist Ricko Donovan will pro-
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mered dulcimer with percussion and guitar
looping.
Movies in the Canyon —The 3rd annual
free movie season at the McKelligon Canyon
Amphitheater runs Fridays and Saturdays, Aug.
19-Oct. 1. This year’s schedule includes 28
movies (titles to be announced). Showtimes are
approximately 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Concessions
available (no food or beverages may be brought
in). Information: 534-0665 or
moviesinthecanyon.com.
White Sands Film Festival — The 8th
annual White Sands International Film Festival is
Aug. 25-28 in Las Cruces.
VIP passes are $75 and $150; student film pass-
es are $25. Ticket information/schedule: 1-877-
345-6973 or wsiff.com.
Film showings are Friday and Saturday at Allen
Theatre Cineport 10 in Las Cruces
This year’s festival features more than 40 fea-
ture, short and documentary films, including
this year’s festival award-winners.
The festival opens Thursday with the premiere
of Academy Award-nominated screenwriter
Mark Medoff’s “Refuge,” followed by a VIP
party and conversation with Medoff, Linda
Hamilton, Chris McDonald and other special
guests. Location to be announced.
Awards Ceremony for festival film winners and
Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to
actor Val Kilmer is 6 p.m. Friday at the Rio
Grande Theatre.
Awards gala and after party is Saturday; call for
details.
Student films begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the
Rio Grande Theatre, in conjunction with the
SalsaFest outside the theater.
Workshop schedule:
• “The Exploding One-Liner,” a screenwriting
workshop with Mark Medoff, 9 a.m. to noon,
Friday, Black Box Theater. Cost: $50 ($40 stu-
dents),
• “How To Make a Movie” with David Derks,
Ginger Perkins, Bill Immerman, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Friday, Rio Grande Theater. Learn what it takes
to get an idea from the page to the screen.
Cost: $25 ($18 students).
• Acting Workshop — 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Rio Grande Theater. Cost: $100 ($75
students).
• Cinematography Workshop. Saturday. Call
for time and location. Cost: $25 ($18 students).
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. Admission:
$7 ($6 seniors and students with ID; $5 society
members and children); $5 Wednesday.
Information: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalley-
film.org.
• July 29-Aug. 4 — “Incendies.” After their
mother’s death, twins are stunned to receive a
pair of envelopes — one for the father they
thought was dead and another for a brother
they didn’t know existed. Rated R. Free for
MVFS members.
• Aug. 5-11 — “Queen to Play.” Oscar win-
ner Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire square
off in this French dramedy of newfound pas-
sions and mid-life triumphs, set on the isle of
Corsica. Not rated.
• Aug. 12-18 — “The Over the Hill Band.”
Claire proposes that she and son Sid start a
band together, joined by her two pals with
whom she performed in a pop trio decades
earlier. Rated R.
• Aug. 19-25 — “Midnight in Paris.”
Owen Wilson stars as a Hollywood screen-
writer in Paris with his fiancée. On a midnight
walk, he finds himself back in the Paris of the
1920s. Directed by Woody Allen. Rated PG-13.
• Aug. 26-Sept. 1 — “Bill Cunningham, New
York.” A documentary about the octogenarian
Schwinn-riding New York Times photographer,
who for decades, has been obsessively and
inventively chronicling fashion trends and high
society charity soirées.
CinéMatinee Film Series — The Saturday
series showcases various themes, including life
in the West and films with New Mexico con-
nections. Screenings 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). Information: (575) 524-
8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
• Aug. 6 — “J.W. Coop” (1971). Cliff
Robertson co-wrote, produced and directed
this film. He stars as a onetime rodeo star
released after nine years in prison, determined
to stage a comeback. Rated PG-13.
• Aug. 13 — “Ace in the Hole” (1951). Made
in New Mexico, directed by Billy Wilder.
Inspired by the Floyd Collins cave-in disaster of
the 1920s. Kirk Douglas plays an alcoholic
reporter. Not rated.
• Aug. 20 — “Mary Pickford-The Muse of the
Movies” (2008). The film covers the highlights
of the actress who became the highest paid and
most independent of movie stars in the silent
era. Not rated.
• Aug. 27 — “Shirley Valentine” (1989) A 45-
year-old Liverpool matron leaves her husband
behind and heads off for Greece with a
divorced friend. Rated R.
New Mexico Museum of Space History
— Alamogordo. The museum’s Tombaugh
IMAX Dome Theater presents:
• “Journey Into Amazing Caves” (11 a.m. and
1, 3 and 5 p.m.) Narrated by internationally
acclaimed actor Liam Neeson, the movie and
features new songs and performances by the
Moody Blues.
• “Nine Planets and Counting” a journey
through the solar system (noon and 2 and 4
p.m.).
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
or nmspacemuseum.org.
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. Release dates are sub-
ject to change.
Aug. 5
• Bellflower (Oscilloscope) — Evan Glodell,
Tyler Dawson. Directed by Glodell.
• The Change-Up (Universal) — Jason
Bateman, Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds.
Directed by David Dodkin.
• Magic Trip (Magnolia) — Documentary. A
free-wheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the
“Merry Pranksters” on their fabled 1964 road
trip across America. Directed by Alison
Ellwood and Alex Gibney.
• Rise of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century-
Fox) — James Franco, Friedo Pinto, Andy
Serkis. Directed by Rupert Wyatt. (Re-imagin-
ing and continuation of the film franchise that
began in 1968)
• The Whistleblower (Goldwyn) — Rachel
Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave.
Directed by Larysa Kendracki.
Aug. 12
• Final Destination 5 (Warner Bros.) — In 3D.
Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen
Escarpeta; Steven Quale.
• Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (20th Century-
Fox) — Documentary. Cory Monteith, Dianna
Agron, Lea Michele, Kevin Taucharoen. Filmed
during the “Glee Live! In Concert!” Summer,
2011 tour.
• The Help (Disney) — Emma Stone, Viola
Davis, Octavia Spencer. Directed by Tate
Taylor.
• 30 Minutes or Less (Columbia) — Jesse
Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick
Swardson. Directed by Ruben Fleischer.
Aug. 19
• Conan the Barbarian (Lionsgate) — Jason
Momoa, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman.
Directed by Marcus Nispel. (Remake of 1982
film)
• Fright Night (Disney) — Anton Yelchin, Colin
Farrell, David Tennant. Directed by Craig
Gillespie. (Remake of 1985 film)
• One Day (Focus) — Anne Hathaway, Jim
Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Lone
Scherfig.
• Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
(Dimension) — Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel
McHale; Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
(Continuation of franchise begun in 2001)
Aug. 26
• Circumstance (Participant Media) — Sarah
Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai;
Directed by Matyam Keshavarz.
• Colombiana (Stage 6) — Zoe Saldana,
Michael Vartan, Callum Blue. Directed by
Olivier Megaton.
• Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (FilmDistrict) —
Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison.
Directed by Troy Nixey. (Remake of the 1973
TV movie Starring Kim Darby and Jim Hutton)
• Higher Ground (Sony Classics) — Vera
Farmiga, Joshua Leonard, Dagmara Dominczyk.
Directed by Farmiga.
• Our Idiot Brother (Weinstein) — Paul Rudd,
Elizabeth banks, Zooey Deschanel. Directed by
Jesse Paretz.
DVD Releases
Aug. 2:
• Rio / G
• Exporting Raymond / PG
• Soul Surfer / PG
Aug. 9:
• Paul / R
• Your Highness / R
• Mars Needs Moms / PG
Aug. 16:
• Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil / PG
• Jane Eyre / PG-13
• Meet Monica Velour / R
Aug. 30:
• Tyler Perry’s Big Happy Family / PG-13
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NOTE: Labor Day Weekend events are listed
along with August events in this month’s issue.
Here are additional September events.
German-American Night Run —8K run
and 5K fun walk are 6 p.m., Sept. 10, Kelly
Park on Fort Bliss. Information: 568-0259 or
ganightrun.com.
Woman’s Club Fall Festival — 1400 N.
Mesa. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Sept. 10-11. Admission: $3.
Information: 532-6131.
Fiesta San Elceario — Sept. 9-11 in the
Veterans Memorial Placita in front of San
Elceario Catholic Church. Admission is free.
Information: 851-3105 or 851-2333.
El Paso Comic Con and Guerrila Music
Festival — Sept. 10-11, at El Paso
Convention Center. Tickets: $15. Information:
422-2846 or ep-con.com.
Gun Show — Sept. 10-11, El Maida Shrine
Temple, 6331 Alabama. Information: 598-0935
Blue Man Group - Broadway El Paso pres-
ents the eclectic, eccentric musical trio 7:30
p.m. Sept. 13 at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets:
$35, $60 and $70, plus service charge.
(Ticketmaster)
‘ABBA The Concert’ – Lola Productions
and UTEP presents the tribute to the legendary
pop group 7:30 p.m.Sept. 14-15, at UTEP’s
Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $35 and $40.
(Ticketmaster).
82nd annual El Paso Ford Dealers
Southwestern International PRCA
Rodeo —Sept. 15-18 at Cohen Stadium.
Information: 755-2000 or elprodeo.com.
Mexican Independence Day — The
201st anniversary celebration of Mexican
Independence 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
15, at San Jacinto Plaza, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16, along South El Paso Street.
Sponsored by the Mexican Consulate.
Information: 533-6311.
Intocable — The Latin band performs Friday,
Sept. 16, at Speaking Rock Entertainment
Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Road. Information:
860-7777 or speaking-rock.com.
Santana — Guitar legend Carlos Santana per-
forms 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at UTEP’s
Don Haskins Center, with Michael Franti and
Spearhead. Tickets: $47.50-$67.50.
(Ticketmaster).
Disney Live! “Three Classic Fairy
Tales’ — Sept. 16-18, Abraham Chavez
Theatre, Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and
4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $18 and
$40 (Ticketmaster).
St. Frances Fiesta — Sept. 16-18 at
12200 Vista del Sol. Information: 857-1263.
Oktoberfest — Sept. 16-18 in Building 747,
Carter and Pleasonton roads on Fort Bliss.
Information: 568-8923.
¡Viva México! —7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16-18, at
the Chamizal National Memorial. Admission:
$12. Information: 772-3905.
St. Mark’s Artisan Fair — 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Sept. 17, 5005 Love Road. Information:
581-4444.
Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta — Sept. 17,t
Franklin Mountains State Park. Information:
217-4233, chihuahuandesert.org.
Velton Locklear III Memorial — 5K run
and 1-mile fun run/walk is 8 a.m. Sept. 17, at
SEPTEMBER
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Local: Speaking Rock, Gets
the Rock out this Labor Day
Brett Michaels of Poison did it last winter so
it only seems natural that Vince Neil of
Motley Crüe would do it this year. What is it
they have both done? It has nothing to do
with their current tour together, it isn’t about
both of them trying their hands at reality tel-
evision, and it isn’t about another repackag-
ing of a recycled greatest-cuts disc. This is
all about doing it without the older boys in
the band and playing Speaking Rock
Entertainment Center. On Sept. 3, Neil will
bring his solo act out. There is sure to be a
large helping of Motley Crüe hits, some
nuggets from his previous two albums, and
some of his latest, “Tattoos & Tequila,”
which is laden with cover versions. There
will be Creedence Clearwater Revival,
Aerosmith, Scorpions and even a little Elvis
Presley channeled through Neil. Speaking of
remakes, the weekend will be bookended by
KISS and AC/DC tribute bands Sept. 2 and
Guns N’ Roses impersonators Sept. 4–5. It is
sure to be a Labor Day weekend filled with
familiar sounds.
National: Old 97’s, “The Grand
Theatre Vol. 2,” New West
Records
Just a little less than a year ago, we received
our first ticket to enter the “Grand Theatre,”
and now it’s time for Volume 2. The short
gap between discs has proven beneficial for
the band. As wonderful as it was the first
time around, it is somehow even better now.
The CD’s second track, “I’m a Trainwreck,”
barrels down the tracks and sets up the CD
for one brilliant cut after another. It moves
swiftly through all facets of alt. country and
conjures up the ghost of Jim Carroll’s
“People who Died” on their countrified “The
Actor.” On “White Port,” bassist Murry
Hammond does his best Shane Macgowan of
the Pogues and spouts a drunken Irish tale.
There is plenty of cow punk, some serious
guitar slingin’, and singer Rhett Miller’s
unmistakable Texas drawl throughout. “The
Grand Theatre Vol. 2” may have just been
the dividing up of an original double collec-
tion into two separate releases, so make sure
your set is complete with this one.
Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light,”
RCA
In 2004, his heavy-metal pot started to sim-
mer with the all-star line up in Probot. More
recently, he unveiled Them Crooked
Vultures, which featured Led Zeppelin alum
John Paul Jones, and his hard-rock twitches
rapidly started to boil. So it should come as
no surprise that Dave Grohl would get back
to basics and give his band the Foo Fighters
a swift kick once again — but who knew it
would be even better than going back to the
beginning? This is the band’s seventh album
and there are a few changes. The first is the
return of guitarist Pat Smear, who was on the
bench for more than a decade. It also marks a
double Nirvana reunion with a special
appearance by bassist Krist Novoselic, and in
what is probably the best explanation for the
new aggressive sound, the return of
Nirvana’s “Nevermind” producer, Butch Vig.
Grohl belts out vocals with so much intensity
that he leaves even the listener’s throat in
search of soothing relief. This is the same
guy that was once simply a drummer and
mic-less — thankfully those days are long
gone. The entire disc is pure brilliance. It
jumps out of the pack at a blistering pace and
then injects another level of mastery with the
addition of ex Husker Du, Sugar frontman
Bob Mould on “Dear Rosemary.” The Foo
Fighters have returned and they aren’t wast-
ing light, time or disc space: Play this now.
The Smithereens, “2011,” E-
One Music
More than a decade has passed since we
have had any original music from a band that
spent the middle to late ’80s releasing new
material on a yearly basis, and in the ’90s,
close to every other calendar cycle. The
Smithereens were a staple of college radio
back then and for some reason they chose to
fill the new millennium with four separate
discs covering The Beatles and The Who,
and remaking Christmas classics. These were
all fine collections but thankfully they decid-
ed to get back to doing what they do best,
their own music. The new CD, “2011,” is a
nod to their 1989 LP “11.” With the very first
cut, we are transported back in time. It feels
as if these were cuts left off that original ses-
sion, but it somehow doesn’t sound like a
band struggling to recreate a time that once
was. Most members are still intact, minus
original bassist Mike Mesaros, and they
recruited producer Don Dixon to helm their
ship once again. It appears the Smithereens
have discovered the secrets of time travel …
now if we can only get them to recreate that
magical Mesa Inn show from the ’80s.
Collectibles: Pink Floyd, “Why
Pink Floyd…?,” EMI Records
Fall doesn’t bring much change of scenery to
the Southwest, but thankfully there is one
massive change we can all be a part of no
matter where we live and that is the
onslaught EMI is simply calling “Why Pink
Floyd…?” This is a massive catalogue over-
haul to cater to the casual fan and diehard
alike. The focus will be three-tiered for most
releases, starting with the “Discovery” ver-
sion, which is the original album remastered.
If you are past that, it will be on to the
“Experience” rendition that couples a classic
with a bonus disc of related content. Then
there is the brass ring, the “Immersion”
series, which takes an original and stretches,
turns, twists and digs deeper into the guts
than ever before. The first up will be “The
Dark Side of the Moon,” with five additional
platters, including their legendary 1974 live
performance, DVDs with surround and quad
mixes, a documentary, additional various
concert material, and a special 3-inch CD of
previously unreleased audio material. It will
all be encased in a lavish box containing an
art print, collector cards, replica tour tickets,
backstage passes, a scarf, marbles and unique
coasters. The campaign will continue after
the snow has fallen and we begin to feel the
warmth of the sun once again.
Look for these new and upcoming releases:
Blondie — “Panic of Girls. ” Noel
Gallagher (OASIS) — “High Flying Birds.”
Jane’s Addiction — “The Great Escape
Artist.” Lenny Kravitz — “Black and White
America.” Red Hot Chili Peppers — “I’m
With You.” Wilco — “The Whole Love.”
Brian Chozick is owner of Tumblin’ Dice
Music. Drop him a line at
tumblindicemusic@netscape.net.
El Paso Scene Page 61 August 2011
A & S Fun Tours 10
ABBA The Concert 29
All American Gun Show 37
All That Music! 26
Alma Calderon 43
Alto Artists Studio Tour 5
Ann’s Est. & Mov’g Sales 39
Antonio Soegaard-Torres 34
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing 30
Ardovino’s Pizza 7
Around and About Tours 41
ATMAS Healing 19
Barnett Harley Davidson 35
Baskin Robbins 15
BeadCounter 28
Beauty Solutions 29
La Bella Casita 28
Book Publishers of EP 54
The Bookery 54
Books Are Gems 41
Border Aids Patnership 5
Bruce’s Air 42
Casitas Coronado 31
Cattleman's 23
Cecila Burgos LPC 8
Cheryl Campos 37
Christian Joy Center 17
Cirque de la Symphonie 32
Cloudcroft Labor Day Fiesta 7
COAS 54
Collectibles 12
Stephanie Conroy 57
Cornfield Maze 23
Cosmetic & Hair Surgery 13
Cottonwood Festival 30
Dancers Studio 60
Domino’s 38
Edible Arrangements 53
EFT Workshop 18
El Paso Art Association 44,48
El Paso Artisan Gallery 47
El Paso Conv & Perf Arts Ctr 4
EP Fencing 55
El Paso Saddleblanket 41
El Paso Zoo 53
Elegant Consignments 28
EP Cellulite Center 49
EPCC 43
EPCC Children’s College 27
EPCC Pers. Enrichment 9
Estate and New Jewelry 25
Etcetera 49
Executive Singles 37
Familia El Paso 50
Fort Stanton 25
Fountain Theatre 58
Furrs Family Dining 40
Geico 10
Gelateria Gufu di Milano 40
Geronimo Springs Museum 14
Glass Goodies 28
Goatgames.com 21
Hal Marcus Gallery 18
Hans Martial Arts 24
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 18
Harvest Wine Festival 13
HC Kiwanis Bingo 9
Health Matters 8
Inside Out Designs Inc. 21
Int'l Quality Products 51
KTEP 56
L’Alliance Française 55
La Mujer 35
La Tierra Café 43
Lancers Club 57
Life Steps OBGYN 45
Lynx Exhibits 14
Magoffin Home St. Hist Site 8
The Marketplace 28
Martha Garcia 22
Master Reiki 7
Mesa Street Antique 11
Mesilla Book Center 54
Mimbres Reg’n Art Council 20
Mind/Body Studio 51
Movies in the Canyon 61
Mr Motorcycle 39
Nayda’s Gems & Stones 28
New York Life 6
Pat Olchefski-Winston 20
Marie Otero 51
Paseo Christian Church 38
Perkins Jewelry Supply 41
PhiDev Inc 42
Phoenix Dawn 55
Pilates International 24
Pizazz 46
Plaza Theatre 62
Precision Prosthetics 27
Prestige Women’s Health 47
PTEP 19
Bill Rakocy 52
Raw Food Rules 50
Real Estate El Paso 52
Reidsan Dog Training 12,15,51
Krystyna Robbins 20
Ronda Brown 24
Rubin Gallery 22
Ruidoso River Resort 31
SalsaFest 12
San Elizario artists 2
San Francisco's Cosmetics 15
Santa Teresa Nat Colon 10
Sasahara Studio & Gallery 49
Shundo Dance Studio 10
Silver City MainStreet 55
Ski Apache Dis. Skier Prog. 25
Stahmann Farms 21
Sun City Regionals 19
Sun City Women's Health 17
Sun. Pk Racetrack 11
Telemates 59
Teresa Fernandez 3
Thunderbird Digital 27
Truth or Consequences 36
UTEP Athletics 48,63
UTEP Special Events 23
Vanities 16
Village Inn 52
Walgreens 12
Western Traders 53
Wyler Aerial Tramway 40
Yoga for Life 22
YWCA 64
Advertiser Index
Album (Eastwood) Park, 3110 Parkwood.
Information: 274-5222.
Punks 4 Pups Benefit — The benefit and
adoption show for Animal Rescue League is 3-
10 p.m. Sept. 18, at House of Rock, 8838
Viscount. Admission: $5. Information: 877-
5002, arlep.org.
FEMAP Gala — Sept. 23 at Grace Gardens,
6701 Westside. Tickets: $125. Information:
544-4151 or femap.org.
EPCC Literary Fiesta —Sept. 24, 9050
Viscount. Information: 831-2411. Opening
Fiesta is 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra – Guest
conductor Kenneth Raskin join the symphony’s
season opener at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23-24, Plaza
Theatre. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
Art in the Park — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept.
24-25, at Memorial Park, 1701 N. Copia.
Information: 252-9031 or 240-3310.
Kermezaar — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24-
25 at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, benefit-
ting International Museum of Art. Information:
543-6747.
Elephant Festival — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 24-25, El Paso Zoo. Information: 532-
8156 or 521-1850, or elpasozoo.org.
The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats -
Showtime El Paso begins its season with the
world-famous acrobats at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25,
Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ticket informatio:
544-2022 or ShowtimeElPaso.com.
Chile Pepper Challenge —The El Paso
Bicycle Club’s annual Big Ride is Sept. 25, with
ride distances of 100, 62, 40, 22 and 10 miles.
Rides begin at Santa Teresa High School.
Information: elpasobicycleclub.com.
Human rights commission run — The
8K run and 1 mile fun walk is Sept. 25.
Information: 478-5663 or raceadventuresunlim-
ited.com.
KC and the Sunshine Band — Sept. 30,
El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $25.50,
$35.50, $45.50 and $50.50 (Ticketmaster).
Southern New Mexico
‘Pickamania!’ — Mimbres Region Arts
Council presents its celebration of folk, blue-
grass and Americana acoustic musical traditions
Sept. 9-11, in Gough Park, Silver City, N.M.
Information: (575) 538-2505, 1-888-758-7289
or mimbresarts.org.
Red Dot Studio Tour — The Silver City
art gallery tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17-
18. Information: (575) 313-7197, silvercitygal-
leries.com
‘Miss Julie’— American Southwest Theatre
Company opens its season with the comedy
Sept. 23-Oct. 9 at NMSU’s Hershel Zohn
Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15,
plus service charge. Information: 1-800-525-
ASTC (2782).
Opening Night Preview is 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 22.
September preview
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