FEBRUARY

2012
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A Geek’s Guide to El Paso
Lovers of comic books, fantasy,
science fiction, costumed role-
playing, zombie movies and
more have plenty of company
in the Borderland — Page 29
FEB.
Your monthl y gui de to communi ty
entertai nment, recreati on & cul ture
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‘The Heart
of El Paso’
Rob Mack won El Paso Scene’s
“Heart of El Paso” award for his
“Chilly Days” entry (above right)
in this year’s “Toma Mi Corazon”
heart/art auction benefit for
Avance, Wednesday, Feb. 8
at the Camino Real Hotel.
Shown at left are hearts by
Alberto Escamilla (top), Robert
Dozal (center) and Candy Mayer.
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Coin Show - The International Coin Club of
El Paso’s 49th annual Coin Show is Feb. 17-19
at El Maida Shrine Center, 6331 Alabama, with
more than 60 tables of coins, paper money,
medals and tokens by dealers from Maine,
Pennsylvania, California, Indiana, Colorado,
Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The
2012 show will commemorate the centennial of
New Mexico’s statehood; limited edition com-
memorative medal for sale. Admission is free;
raffle tickets for more than $1,000 worth of
coins available for purchase. Information: 533-
6001.
The 4th annual kids auction is planned at 2
p.m. Saturday for ages 7 to 14 (limited to the
first 50 who register). Registration requires
answering 10 questions about New Mexico
placed by the club members at educational
exhibits. The kids auction is a no-cost auction;
script provided for the bidding.
The International Coin Club of El Paso, Inc.
meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every
month at the Travelodge Motel-La Hacienda,
6400 Montana. Coin talk and auction follows
business meeting around 7 p.m. Visitors wel-
come.
Senior Love Conference — El Paso
Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s
17th annual conference is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18, at EPCC Administrative
Service Center Auditorium, 9050 Viscount, fea-
turing workshops, exhibitors, volunteer awards,
door prizes and more. Information/registration:
831-7801 or maryy@epcc.edu.
Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering —
The 26th annual gathering is Feb. 24-26 at Sul
Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The sec-
ond oldest of its kind in the country, the event
offers stage shows and individual performances
by nationally known cowboy poets, musicians
and storytellers. Information: (432) 837-2326,
(432) 294-1576 or cowboy-poetry.org.
This year’s headliners include Jerry Brooks,
Craig Carter, Doris Daley, Gillette Brothers,
Don Hedgpeth, Randy and Hannah Huston,
Chris Isaacs, Ross Knox, Jack Sammon and Jim
Wilson.
Recitations of poetry and music are 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Friday and Saturday throughout the Sul
Ross campus, starting with an open session at 9
a.m. each day. Sessions are free.
A fundraising session for a “Poet’s Memorial”
is 1 p.m. Friday in Marshall Auditorium. This
year’s program is “100 Percent Original-
Cowboy Songwriters” hosted by Joel Nelson
and featuring Bob Campbell, Allan Chapman,
Jeff Gore and Andy Wilkinson. Admission: $5
minimum donation.
Showcase performances are 7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, in Marshall Auditorium, Tickets:
$12.50.
A chuckwagon breakfast is 7:30 a.m. each
morning at Poet’s Grove (East side of Kokernot
Field). Cost: $5 per plate.
Love Affair and Bridal Expo - The 15th
annual event presented by KISS-FM begins at
10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Camino Real
Hotel. The expo, features three bridal fashion
shows, and several vendor booths in the hotel’s
grand ballroom, mezzanine, and lobby.
Admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or
534-3000.
Massing of the Colors — More than 80
veterans, school and civic organizations will
participate in the 37th annual event at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, at St. Raphael Church,
2301 Zanzibar, sponsored by the El Paso
Chapter of the Military Order of the World
Wars. Participating units are from Fort Bliss,
JROTC, law enforcement and fire department,
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and more.
Admission is free and the public is welcome.
Information: 821-4423 or 755-4038.
Organizations wishing to participate may pre-
register at elpasomoww.org.
The Massing of the Colors is a non-sectarian
ceremony, dating back to 1922, that recognizes
the sacrifices of all Americans, military and civil-
ian, in both war and peace.
Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Dance and Dinner —
Abundant Living Faith Center will host the din-
ner and dance 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Feb.
10, at Monte Carlo Ballroom, 1781 North
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FEBRUARY
INDEX
Roundup 3-12, 22
Behind the Scene 6
Scene Spotlight 6
Here’s the Ticket 14-16
Dance 17
Program Notes 18-20
Music, Comedy 20-21
History Lessons 23-24
Viva Juárez 24
Sports 25-27
Becoming Bicultural 28
Feature:
It’s all geek to me 29-32
At the Museum 33-35
Racking up History 36
Nature 37-39
El Paso FishNet 39
Gallery Talk 40
SW Art Scene 41-45
On Stage 46-47
Stage Talk 48
Keep on Bookin' 49
Film Scene 50-51
Liner Notes 52
March Preview 53
El Paso Scene User’s Guide 40
Advertiser Index 54
Subscription Form 54
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Zaragoza, featuring dinner, unlimited soft drinks
and dancing. No childcare provided or alcoholic
beverages allowed. Cost: $32; available in
advance at the church office, 1000 Valley Crest.
Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.
EPW Valentine’s Day Dance —
Enterprising and Professional Women, Paso del
Norte, hosts its 2nd annual fundraising
Valentine’s Day dance 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 11, at Lancer’s Club East, 3135 Trawood.
Dinner served 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by
entertainment by Klandestino. Admission: $33
(includes dinner). Information: Gloria Flores,
851-3692 or bpw-international.org.
Valentine Ball —El Paso Friends of Jazz
Society’s 9th annual Valentine’s Day dinner and
dance is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 11,
at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s
Signature Showroom, featuring music by
Azucar. Dress is semi-formal Tickets: $40 ($320
table for eight); available in advance at Olivas
Music Center, 125 Thunderbird, 1320 N.
Zaragosa and 840 Hawkins. Information: 772-
4100 or (575) 874-4700 (casino) elpasofriend-
sofjazz.org.
Space is limited; this event has sold out four
years in a row.
Valentine’s Day Tardeada — The Ysleta
Mission Festival Committee hosts a fundraising
tardeada 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the
mission at 131 S. Zaragosa, with dinner and
dancing to live music by The Starliners.
Admission $10. Information: 859-9848.
Valentines Sweetest Dessert and
Tango Party — Paso del Norte Tango Club’s
Valentine’s Day party is Saturday, Feb. 11, at
Shundo Dance Studio, 2719 N. Stanton. Tango
lessons are 8 to 9 p.m. followed by tango
milonga dance and “best dessert” contest.
Bring a favorite dessert to share. Cost:
$6 per person. Information: 532-2043 or 490-
4956.
‘The Valentine Soiree’ - The Guild of the
Spencer Theater hosts its 11th annual romantic
dinner and dance at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at
the theater at Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M.
(about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso).
The event features a three-course gourmet
meal, and dancing to the Michael Francis Trio.
Tickets: $50. Information: 1-888-818-7872 or
spencertheater.com.
Chocolate Buffet and Cabaret — The
annual Flickinger Center fundraiser is Tuesday,
Feb. 14, at the Flickinger Center for
Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. in
Alamogordo. The Sons of the Pioneers headline
this year’s show. Performance begins at 7:30
p.m. with buffet beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets:
$10, $17, $22 and $35. Information: (575) 437-
2202 or flickingercenter.com.
High Time Quartet Live Valentines —
The women’s barbershop quartet delivers
singing valentines in El Paso and Las Cruces
beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Each
valentine consists for two songs preformed for
the loved one at home or work and a heart-
shaped box of chocolates. Serenades delivered
into the evening. Cost: $35. Information: 565-
2603 or 526-1709.
The quartet consists of working and retired
teachers and has been performing a capella
together since 1996.
Singing Valentines —The El Paso Sungold,
Sweet Adelines and the Border Chorders both
offer live singing Valentines during Valentine’s
Day weekend. Both groups limit their services
to the city of El Paso.
The Sweet Adelines Quartet valentines
include three songs, a red rose and a photo.
Cost: $40. Call to schedule: Jeanette 778-7503.
The El Paso Border Chorders will offer live
singing valentines for its 26th consecutive year
to be delivered by a men’s barbershop quartet.
Allow a two-hour time frame delivery window.
Donation: $40. Information/reservations: 582-
5248.
St. Valentine’s Day Choral Concert —
Sun City Singers, formerly Community Chorus
El Paso, presents an afternoon of love songs
from Broadway musical plays and the tradition-
al repertoire at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at St.
Alban’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1810 Elm.
Admission is free; donations welcome.
Information: Carl Smith, 261-3963 or sunci-
tysingerselp.com
Sun City Singers is in its third year of perform-
ing a wide variety of choral music. The chorus
welcomes singers from age 8 and up to
rehearsals Monday evenings, St. Alban’s
Episcopal Church Parish Hall.
Black History Month
Black History Month at UTEP — The
African-American Studies program, in conjunc-
tion with other UTEP departments, presents a
variety of events in February in recognition of
African American History. All events are free
except as indicated. Information: 747-8650.
Hosted by the Black Student Union:
• “Black Arts in Review” sessions 5:30 to 8:30
p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1-29, in the Student
Union East, on various aspects of African
American arts and culture.
• A “Greek Explosion: Step Show
Competition” is 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10,
celebrating the long time tradition of stepping
and strolling that has become a prevalent cus-
tom in many Greek organizations worldwide.
Monetary prize for first place winner; trophies
for second and third place teams. Admission:
$2-$3; participation fee for teams is $50. Call
for rules/location: 747-5000.
• A “Love the Skin You’re In” Pageant is 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16, in the El Paso Natural Gas
Center, celebrating beauty of all cultures and
ethnicities.
• “Gospel Explosion” is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
28, in Magoffin Auditorium. Admission: $3.
‘Black History Month Celebration of
Arts and Artists’ — A Black History Month
exhibit featuring Las Cruces Artist Georjeanna
Feltha runs Feb. 4-25 at Mikey’s Place, 3100
Harrelson in Las Cruces. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m.
Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
Closed Feb. 17-18. Information: (575) 644-
9561 or mikeysplacenm.com.
Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday,
Feb 4, with a closing reception 5 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, with light refreshments.
There will also be an historical display of
African American artists with information on
each artist.
Ms. Black El Paso Southwest
Scholarship Pageant — The 2012 pageant
is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Chamizal
National Memorial theater. The Miss Black El
Paso Southwest Scholarship pageant for ages 17
to 20 features African American ladies exhibit-
ing poise, grace and erudition. Admission: $10.
Tickets/information: Estine Davis, 546-9212 or
Juliet Hart, 595-3141.
NMSU Black History Month — New
Mexico State University will celebrate Black
History Month during February. Most events
are free. Information: NMSU Office of Black
Programs, (575) 646-4208 or the Black
Students Association, (575)
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• A Diversity workshop is 7:30 a.m. 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4, in Corbett Center.
• The Black Students Association presents a
Soulful Remix 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the
Corbett Center Auditorium. The BSA will bring
in two artists that take popular songs and remix
them into gospel songs.
• The BSA Open Mic Night is 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9, in Corbett Center, with
poetry, storytelling, including slam poetry from
Dana Gilmore.
• Speed Dating — 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb.
13, at the Aggie Underground in Corbett
Center, with music, food, and other things for
the students. Open to all students.
• A screening of the movie “Glory Road” is 7
p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Corbett Center, with
introduction by 1966 Texas Western basketball
team member Nevil Shed.
• The Black Student Association will host an
open forum 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in
the Faculty Senate Chambers.
• Black History Month Banquet is 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23, for all members of the BSA
and NMSU students.
• The Black Students Association presents a
screening of Spike Lee’s film, “Crooklyn” at 7
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Corbett Center.
EPCC Black History Month — El Paso
Community College will host events in
February in celebration of Black History Month.
All events are 7 to 9 p.m. at Transmountain
Campus Forum Theater, Gateway North and
Diana. Admission is free. Information: 831-
6383.
• Monday, Feb. 6: “Choir Night: A Message in
Song,” featuring local church and community
choirs.
• Tuesday, Feb. 7: Jazz Night with Billy Townes
and Mike Hamilton.
• Saturday, Feb. 11: Phil Darius Wallace pres-
ents “An Evening with Frederick Douglass.”
• Monday, Feb. 13: “In the Spotlight” with
speaker Brig. Gen. Stephen Twitty.
A Frederick Douglass student art display runs
through February at the Transmountain
Campus, and various Black History Month
exhibits featured at all EPCC campus libraries.
Museum of History African American
Month — El Paso Museum of History, 510 N.
Santa Fe, hosts two free performances in
honor of February as African American History
Month. Information: 351-3588 or
elpasotexas.gov/history.
• Nancy Lorenza Green presents the interac-
tive “Music from the Heart” at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 11. Green performs on traditional African
percussion instruments, and people will be
invited to engage in playful movement and cre-
ate ensembles as they move to the beat of the
African drums.
• The Young El Paso Singers, conducted by
Cindy Jay, presents “African-Americans: The
Songs that Made them Strong” at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23, with ballads, spirituals and
story songs.
Black History Month Showcase — Fort
Bliss Family and MWR host a showcase of
African American visual and performing arts 5
to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Centennial
Club 11199 Sgt E. Churchill on Fort Bliss, with
an Afro-centric cultural art display and dancers,
inspirational poetry readings, dramatic interpre-
tations, singers and an afro-centric fashion
show. Childcare is available at an hourly rate,
for children registered with CYSS. Admission is
free and the public is invited. Information:
Darline Goyea, 568-6353 or
darline.goyea.naf@mail.mil, or Cathie Garner,
309-8439 or cathie.garner@us.army.mil.
A “Soul Food” dinner buffet offered 5 to 7
p.m. Cost: $9.95.
‘African-American History: A Journey
Through the Music’ — Young El Paso
Singers, conducted by Cindy Jay, will host a
concert in honor of African American History
month 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at
Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524
Thunderbird. The story, featuring music and
brief narrations, begins in Africa, travels across
the ocean to America, traces auctions and slav-
ery of the African, and continues through the
early days of the civil rights movement, culmi-
nating with Martin Luther King, Jr. The singers
will be accompanied on piano by Ruben
Gutierrez. Admission is free. Information: 227-
6002 or
youngelpasosingers.org.
The singers will also present the free per-
formance “African-Americans: The Songs that
Made them Strong” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 23, El Paso Museum of History, 510 N.
Santa Fe.
‘Ancestral Voices’ — A Black History
Month celebration to honor of ancestors
through music, dance, visual arts and spoken
word is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at El
Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N.
Oregon. Sponsored by Imani with support
from the library and local artists. Admission is
free; free parking at El Paso City Hall parking
lot. Information: 543-5433 or 564-9218.
Black History Month Parade and Rally
— The annual Inter-Club Council Black History
Month Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
25, at Montana and Pershing and travels east
on Montana to Copia then south to Missouri
ending at Mary Webb Park. The rally immedi-
ately follows the parade noon to 3 p.m. in Mary
Webb Park, with vendor booths, family activi-
ties and entertainment. Admission is free.
Information: 740-7826 or interclubcouncil.org.
Southern New Mexico
‘Nifty Fifties’ benefit — The fundraiser for
the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown
Mall in Las Cruces is Sunday, Jan. 29, with clas-
sic cars lining Main Street, ‘50s food and fashion
show, and performance by DooWop band
“Remember Then.” Master of Ceremonies is
Jim Shearer. The seven-piece group is in their
fourth year together and specializes in top
favorites of the era. Outdoor events begin at 1
p.m. with concert at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10. The
public is encouraged to come dressed in their
favorite 50s garb. Information: (575) 523-6403
or riograndetheatre.com.
Hot rods line Main Street for an automotive
blast from the past, courtesy of the People’s
Recording Company and the locally produced
feature film “Desert Demonz,” along with
photo ops with Marilyn Monroe, James Dean
and Elvis.
Mikey’s Sheesh-ka-Deesh — Mikey’s
Place, 3100 Harrelson in Las Cruces, hosts an
artistic dance and music celebration 7 to 10
p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, as part of “For The Love
of Art” Month, dessert, coffee, tea and wine.
Admission; $10. Information: (575) 644-9561
or mikeysplacenm.com.
There will also be an historical display of
African American artists with information on
each artist, and works by Las Cruces artist
Georjeanna Feltha in honor of Black History
Month.
Las Colcheras Quilt Show —The 11th
February Roundup
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El Paso Scene Page 6 February 2012
F
ortunately for me, the words
“geek,” “nerd” and “dork” had not
yet gained mass popularity during
my high school days many decades ago.
Our associate editor, Lisa Tate, is almost
a generation younger than me, and by
her high school days these words were
commonplace.
“Geek” has now become a badge of
pride as Lisa’s feature story this month
demonstrates. For Lisa, the term broadly
embraces the fanboy/fangirl culture of
comic books, fantasy, science fiction,
costumed role-playing and even zombie
walks.
My earliest recollection of “geek” was
an insulting term that apparently was a
rhyming cousin of “freak,” both of which
came from the era when some sleazy
traveling shows relied on human oddities
as an audience attraction. A “geek,”
according to Wikipedia, was “a carnival
performer who performs sensationally
morbid or disgusting acts.” The most
common example was the geek who bit
off chicken heads. Pro wrestler Freddie
Blassie immortalized this usage of
“geek” with his comedic ballad, “Pencil
Neck Geek.”
Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein,
in a 1952 short story, is credited with
inventing the modern usage of “geek” as
a science/math/technology enthusiast,
Wikipedia notes. Heinlein apparently had
a knack for coining new vocabulary; the
word “grok” (meaning to understand
someone deeply and intimately) comes
from his famous novel “Stranger in a
Strange Land,” and became a popular
slang term during the 1960s.
“Nerd” is a related term, but this time
the credit goes to Dr. Seuss, who used
the word in 1950 for a creature in an
imaginary zoo. There are other theories
for its origin, but they all led to “nerd”
referring to socially challenged people.
There’s a bit of overlap — geeks often
tend to be nerds, but you can still be a
nerd without being a whiz kid in science.
The “Revenge of the Nerds” movie
series helped give nerds some pride in
the name. I know one young woman who
regularly schedules “Nerd Nights” with
her friends.
“Dorks” and “dweebs” fall into the
same category of disparaging terms asso-
ciated with teens, but they have fewer
redeeming qualities. Nobody has made a
“Revenge of the Dorks” movie or invites
friends to a “Dweeb Night.”
* * *
Ten years ago, Avance, a non-profit
agency that serves disadvantaged chil-
dren and their parents, staged its first
heart auction. Artists created unique
heart-shaped creations that are sold at
silent and live auctions at the gala “Toma
Mi Corazon/Have a Heart” fundraiser.
This year’s will be the 11th annual event,
beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8,
at the Camino Real Hotel.
El Paso Scene has provided advertising
support since the beginning, and along
the way we started the tradition of the
“Heart of El Paso Award.”
This year’s winner is Rob Mack, whose
“Chilly Days” is featured on this month’s
cover. The title of his artistic heart recalls
last year’s auction, which was held on
the coldest day in modern El Paso histo-
ry. The temperature was in the single
digits that night, but plenty of people still
came to bid on the hearts.
My wife and I now have several of the
hearts in our house. It’s a great way to
collect art and at the same time support a
good cause.
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Contributing Writers:
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Walter Schaefer, Bill Rakocy
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Deadline for news for the
March issue is February 20
The March issue comes out February 29
San Elizario Art District — Several gal-
leries and artist studios are located along
Main Street near the San Elizario Plaza on
the Mission Trail. The First Friday ArtWalk is
Feb. 3, and Art Market’s 4th Season begins
March 18. Page 55.
‘Pachuco Zoot: A Tale of Identity’ — The
UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance
presents its spring dance performance Feb.
10-19 in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family
Theatre. Page 13.
El Paso Performing Arts and Convention
Center events — Page 15.
• The Broadway hit “Wicked” is Feb. 1-12
in the Plaza Theatre. Emerald Garden pre-
show dining experience available.
• Night At The Oscars benefiting Insights is
Feb. 26 in the Plaza Theatre.
Applications for bands for Alfresco! Fridays
2012 season are still being taken.
Crossland Gallery — Showing Feb. 3-25 in
the El Paso Art Association’s gallery: EPAA
Member Exhibit; “Pearls of Ice,” works Julie
Caffee-Cruz and Lori Wertz and Artists of
the Month Art Nuñez and Rudi Leidelmeyer.
Page 41.
‘A Magnificent Choral Festival’ — Bruce
Nehring Consort presents a concert of
Massed Choirs featuring guest Dr. Michael
Burkhardt at Feb. 5, at Western Hills United
Methodist Church. Page 19.
EPCC Black History Month — “Choir
Night: A Message in Song” (Feb. 6); Jazz
Night (Feb 7); “An Evening with Frederick
Douglass” (Feb. 11) “In the Spotlight”
speaker Brig. Gen. Stephen Twitty (Feb. 13).
Page 16.
‘La Sirenita’ — The concert featuring
Zulema Villela and Mariachi Real de Jalisco is
Feb. 9 at Club 101. Page 5.
El Paso Zoo — Upcoming Zoo Adventure
activities: “I Love Animals” Sleepover (Feb.
10), Valentine’s Night Prowl (Feb. 11),
Spring Fever Sleepover (March 9); Spring
Break Camps (March 12-16) and Spring
Break Workshops (March 19-23). Page 10.
Raw Foods Workshop — Raw Food Rules
will offer a Next Step Workshop “Learning
to Sprout Living Foods” Feb. 11. Page 44.
Sasahara Gallery — Showing in February is
“Dichotomy Squared” show by Mitzi
Quirarte and Tina Yetter. Second Saturday
artist meet and greet is Feb. 11. Page 42.
La Tierra Café Dinner Shows — La Tierra
Café’s 2011-12 season of dinner concerts
continues through June. Page 23.
• Feb. 11 — Daniel Salazar and Tlaloc Polo
• March 3 — Hamsa-American Tribal Belly
Dance celebrating International Women’s
Day.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
UTEP —Spring 2012 classes begin Feb. 13
for the non-credit classes for people age 50
or older. Page 7.
Coin Show - The International Coin Club of
El Paso’s 49th annual Coin Show is Feb. 17-
19 at El Maida Shrine Center. Page 3
Wine and Cheese Auction Gala — The
Assistance League of El Paso’s 2nd annual
fundraising gala is Feb. 24 at El Maida
Center with wine tasting, assorted cheeses, a
chocolate fountain and silent auction. Page
12.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra - The
Symphony performs with guest conductor
Peter Rubardt and guest violinist Chee-Yun
Feb. 24-25 in the Plaza Theatre. Page 16.
Alpha’ Laugh Jam — Alpha Phi Alpha’s
comedy show is Feb. 25 at El Paso Comic
Strip, with two live comedy shows and an
after party. Page 4.
‘An Evening of Jazz’ — El Paso Pro-
Musica’s presents Grammy nominee Philippe
Quint and the Matt Herskowitz Trio Feb. 28
NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall and
Feb. 29 at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital
Hall. Page 11.
Rockin’ Rolla Downtown — The down-
town music festival is March 17, with the
Ultimate Bon Jovi and Journey tribute bands,
local bands and Golden Gloves boxing.
Pages 3, 28 and 53.
Rubin Center — Showing through March
31 at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin
Center for the Visual Arts: 2012 Biennial
UTEP Faculty Art Exhibition. Page 22.
Spring Bash — The Spring Latin music
dance with DJ Beetz is March 31 at 2608
Fort Boulevard. Page 48.
LYNX Exhibits —Showing through May
28: “The Science of SuperCroc,” with the
world’s largest crocodile, 40-foot-long. Page
14.
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino —
Live racing is Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
and Sundays, and the casino celebrates its
13th Anniversary with special every
Wednesday. Page 21.
Southern New Mexico
Las Cruces Museum of Art —Showing
Feb. 3-April 12: “New Mexico: 100 Years
of Art,” works that focus on New Mexico
artists’ works from the last century. Page
43.
Mimbres Region Arts Council — Coming
events: The Ragbirds Feb. 3 at WNMU Fine
Arts Center Theater; Chocolate Fantasia
gourmet chocolates stroll Feb. 11 in historic
Downtown Silver City and Antje Duvekot as
part of the Folk Series Feb. 24 in the
Buckhorn Opera House. Page 26.
Silver City MainStreet — First Fridays
event are Feb. 3 (Year of the Dragon); and
March 2 (Dr. Seuss’s Birthday). Chocolate
Fantasia is Feb. 11. Page 8.
Mardi Gras in the Clouds — Cloudcroft
Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Mardi
Gras celebration is Feb. 17-19. The official
Mardi Gras Parade is Saturday along Hwy 82
and Burro Street. Page 5.
Scene Spotlight highlights events
advertised in this issue.
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biennial judged quilt show, “A Century of
Enchantment,” is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10-11 at the Las
Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University,
featuring more than 200 quilts, vintage quilt dis-
play, merchant’s mall, gift boutique, raffle quilt,
door prizes, and on-site quilt appraisals.
Admission: $7. Information: (575) 522-5630,
clramsey@zianet.com or lcqg.org.
In conjunction with the show, author and quilt
designer Kimberly Einmo will host workshops
Sunday and Monday, Feb. 12-13. Call for
times.
‘Love of Art’ Show and Sale — ArtForms
Artists Association of New Mexico, hosts its
annual exhibit and sale in honor of “For the
Love of Art Month,” Feb. 10-12, at the Las
Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University.,
with works of various media by ArtForms
members. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Information: (575) 527-0020 or
artformsnm.org.
The exhibit runs in conjunction with Las
Colcheras Quilt Guild’s “A Century of
Enchantment” juried show.
Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta —The
19th annual fiesta brings together some of the
Southwest’s best storytellers, poets and musi-
cians 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the
Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum (Old
Armory), 708 E. 2nd St., Lordsburg, N.M.
Master of Ceremonies is Steve Hill. Proceeds
benefit the museum. Tickets: $10 ($7 students)
and includes both sessions and hamburgers and
soft drinks at intermission. Information/tickets:
(575) 542-9258, (559) 381-1465 or
hookjune@hotmail.com.
Advance tickets available in Lordsburg at
Verla’s Western Wear, 980 E. Motel.
Featured poets and storytellers are Pete and
Dianne Kennedy, Steve Conroy, Neil Abbott,
Hook Hill and Bill Cavaliere, with music by
Veao Peterson Harold Keith, Jon Messenger
and Western band O.T.H.A.G.S.
Chocolate Fantasia – The 12th annual cel-
ebration of arts and sweet delicacies is noon to
4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in historic downtown
Silver City. Local art galleries, shops and other
sites will offer chocolate creations made by
local professional and amateur chocolatiers.
Participants can select 20 chocolate creations
from 30 participating, “Chocolate Stops” at
shops and galleries. Live music offered at sever-
al locations and area restaurants will offer
chocolate specials. Sponsored by the Mimbres
Region Arts Council.
Tickets: $20 (includes 20 chocolate treats and
a map of locations); Valentine chocolate boxes
for collecting chocolates available for $2.
Tickets available in advance the MRAC Office,
1201 Pope. Tickets sell out every year.
Tickets/information: (575) 538-2505 or mim-
bresarts.org.
Chocolate Fantasia Headquarters are at the
Silco Theater on Bullard Street.
New this year is live music, Valentine Roller
Derby girls giving out kisses, and Willy Wonka
characters greeting visitors. The Monsoon
Puppet Theater’s “Running of the Puppets
Parade” continues down Bullard Street and up
Texas Street during the day.
For the Love of Arts Fiesta —The town
of Mesilla will host its 10th annual art show 1 to
5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Old Mesilla
Plaza, as part of For the Love of Art Month.
The show features original works created by
area artists. Admission is free. Information:
(575) 524-3262.
In 1999, February was declared For the Love
of Art Month in Las Cruces in an effort to pro-
mote art and the business of art.
Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The
Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a
little New Orleans to the mountain community
Feb. 17-19 with its 11th annual Mardi Gras
celebration. The family celebration will include
costumes, cake walk, battle of the bands, chil-
dren’s parade, bead throwing, masks, and
Cajun style food, piñata bash, shopping and
more under the big tent on “Burro-Bon”
Street. Admission is free for all events.
Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.
The event opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday with
introduction of 2012 King and Queen and
“crazy hat” walking parade and under the big
tent.
A Cajun Cooking contest is 5:30 p.m. Friday,
featuring main dishes, soups, gumbos and
desserts and more. No entry free.
An adult dance is 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at The
Lodge Resort’s Red Dog Saloon, with music by
Desert DJ.
The official Mardi Gras Parade is 2 p.m.
Saturday along Hwy 82 and Burro Street, with
this year’s theme “It’s Magical.”
The street celebration is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday under
the big tent.
Gathering of Quilts — The Winter
Quilters Guild’s show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at the Ralph
Edwards Civic Center, 400 4th Street, Truth or
Consequences, N.M. featuring vendors and
more than 100 quilts on display by local quil-
ters; and appraisals offered with advance reser-
vation. Admission is free, but donations accept-
ed. Information: Ginger Van Gundy, (575) 744-
5472; Dotty, (575) 744-4669 or winterquil-
ters@yahoo.com.
Apollo 16 40th Anniversary — The
moon mission’s 40th anniversary commemora-
tion is planned for Thursday through Saturday,
March 8-10, in Las Cruces and Alamogordo,
with guests including Gene Kranz and Charlie
Duke. Kranz is White Flight Director remem-
bered for being the director for the Apollo 11
Moon Landing and Apollo 13 Tiger Team Flight
Director. Charlie Duke is the 10th human to
walk on the Moon, Apollo 11 Capsule
Communications and Apollo 16 Lunar Module
Pilot. All main events Friday are free.
Information: (575) 437-2840, 1-877-333-6589
or nmspacemuseum.org.
Thursday includes two showings of the Tom
Hanks movie “Apollo 13” at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at
the Allen Theatres Cineport 10 Theater in Las
Cruces. Kranz and Duke will make a special
appearance after the first showing to discuss
the Apollo program with moderator Mike
Shinabery, Education Specialist with the New
Mexico Museum of Space History. All proceeds
go to Habitat for Humanity. Cost: $20; available
at apollo40.org.
The Apollo 16 40th Anniversary
Commemoration event begins at 9:30 a.m.
Friday at NMSU’s Aggie Memorial Stadium East
Parking Lot and in the Pan American Center.
Activities include launch demonstrations of
scale replicas of some historic White Sands
Rockets as well as vehicles from the NASA
manned space program. Also featured is a cele-
bration of the 50th Anniversary of John Glenn’s
Friendship 7 flight, a launch honoring the Space
Shuttle Program, and a launch reenactment of
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the Apollo 16 Saturn V moon rocket launched
from a working replica of Launch Complex 39.
Indoor activities Friday in the Pan Am Center
include hands-on and static displays from
Spaceport America, the Las Cruces Natural
History Museum, New Mexico Museum of
Space History, White Sands Test Facility, the
National Solar Observatory, and the Fellowship
of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts
(FLARE). Duke and Kranz will present
“Inventing the Future” and focus on the chal-
lenges of getting the Apollo program off the
ground and how today’s students can take the
next giant leap into space.
Gene Kranz will make a guest appearance
Saturday at the New Mexico Museum of Space
History in Alamogordo.
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.
‘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.
Bazaars and fairs
Downtown Artist Market — The City of
El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs
Department new market for area artists are
Saturdays on Anthony Street in the Union Plaza
area. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space
for about 53 artists available each month.
Information: 541-4481.
Booth space costs $2, and artists will be
required to prove they produce their own
work. Artists must obtain a sales permit and
attend one of the monthly orientation sessions
offered 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each
month in the City Hall third floor training
room. Information/guidelines online at elpaso-
texas.gov/mcad at “Cultural/Heritage Tourism
& Initiatives.”
Toy and card show — A trading card and
toy show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4,
at the Ramada Palms, University at I-10 in Las
Cruces, hosted by J & M Sportscards.
Information: 591-5050.
Provost Gun Show — The El Maida
Provost Guard gun, small antique and
Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March
10-11, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331
Alabama. Includes new, used and antique
firearms and accessories, knives, coins,
Southwest jewelry, military surplus and col-
lectibles. Food concessions available.
Admission: $5 ($4 active military and accompa-
nying dependents). Age 18 and younger must
be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Information: 241-1761.
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. Admission
is free. Information: 532-1839.
El Paso Mineral and Gem Society
Rummage Sale — The society’s fundraising
sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the
month (Feb. 6), at Memorial Park Senior
Citizen’s Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose
garden. Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.
For a good cause
‘Toma Mi Corazon/Have a Heart’ —
“Heart Art” by artists and celebrities will be up
for bids at the 11th annual auction at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, Camino Real Hotel, 101 S.
El Paso Street. Proceeds benefit Avance El Paso
Chapter. Tickets: $25. Information: 351-2419.
Preview of hearts and on-line ticket purchases
at avance-elpaso.org.
The event features hearts created by local and
regional artists, as well as live auction travel
packages to destinations including Horseshoe
Bay Resort and Bali, Indonesia, and a monthly
dinner for four package to Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing, Dane’s Steakhouse, The Greenery,
The Garden and more.
Empty Bowls Soup Dinner — The Art
Student Society at El Paso Community College
will sponsor the soup dinner and silent auction
to raise funds and awareness of world hunger
noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at El Paso
Community College Administrative Service
Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A. All attending
the dinner get to choose a folk art bowl to
keep. Admission: $10; available in advance at
the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, 3727 Shell, or
at the door. Information: 831-2460, 595-1060
or epcc.edu.
The dinner emphasizes international and local
hunger problems. Money goes to the new per-
manent local food bank of El Pasoans Fighting
Hunger (formerly West Texas Food Bank).
Night of Hope Ball — El Paso Diabetes
Association will host its 4th annual fundraising
gala 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 11, at
the El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival
Plaza, featuring a romantic Valentine’s day din-
ner and dance. All proceeds from the event
remain in El Paso, and go towards the Diabetes
Association’s various programs. This year’s
honoree is artist Hal Marcus. Tickets: $100.
Information: 532-6280 or epdiabetes.org.
Entertainment includes performances by the
Shimmy Sisters belly dance duo and live music
by Soul Child.
Sister Nancy Murray — Sister Nancy
Murray, O.P., sister of actor/comedian Bill
Murray, performs her one-woman play
“Rooted In Love: The Life & Martyrdom of
Sister Dorothy Stang” Feb. 12-13, as a
fundraiser for Juarez’s Centro Santa Catalina.
Performances will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
12, at the YISD administration building theater,
9600 Sims; and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at St.
Pius Church Community Parish Hall, 1050 N.
Clark. Tickets are $15, available through cen-
trosantacatalina.org or by mail from Centro
Santa Catalina, 1207 Alabama, El Paso, TX
79930. Information: 564-9003 or centrosanta-
catalina1@gmail.com.
Sister Dorothy was a member of the Ohio
Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de
Namur when she left the United States to
work with peasant farm families in northern
Brazil. Her efforts to form base Christian com-
munities, improve sustainable farming methods,
defend basic human rights and work for social
justice incurred opposition from ranchers and
loggers. On Feb. 12, 2005, she was shot and
killed by two gunmen.
Sister Nancy performed her show on St
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Catherine of Siena at the 2009 Centro Santa
Catalina fundraiser. Centro Santa Catalina is a
faith-based community in Juárez, founded in
1996 by Dominican Sisters for the spiritual,
educational and economic empowerment of
economically poor women and for the welfare
of their families.
ASTC Mardi Gras — American Southwest
Theatre Company will host its annual Mardi
Gras gala 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at New
Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100
Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. The event
features dinner followed by a performance by
classic burlesque company, The Desert Dolls,
cash bar, silent auction and a king and queen
costume contest. All proceeds benefit ASTC
programming. Tickets: $38 ($350 tables for
10); available at the NMSU’s Hershel Zohn
Theatre main office or through Ticketmaster.
Information/tickets: (575) 646-4515 or the-
atre.nmsu.edu/astc.
Wine and Cheese Auction Gala — The
Assistance League of El Paso’s 2nd annual
fundraising gala is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24,
at El Maida Center, 6331 Alabama, with wine
tasting, assorted cheeses, a chocolate fountain
and silent auction. Tickets: $35. Information:
562-8016.
Kiwanis Uncorked — The benefit wine
tasting gala is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at
the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333
N. Oregon. The event includes wine tasting,
food, live music and a children’s art show to
benefit children’s charities and scholarships.
Advance tickets are $30, which includes six
wine tastes and a commemorative glass.
Information on Facebook at Kiwanis Clubs of El
Paso. Tickets available from any Kiwanian or
call Ceci Medina at 855-6864.
Woman’s Auxiliary Benefit — The UTEP
Woman’s Auxiliary will host its 2012
Scholarship Benefit at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
25, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway,
with special raffles, silent auction and entertain-
ment by Pandemonium, UTEP’s Steel Drums.
Lunch served at noon. Participants can meet
scholarship recipients and Miner athletes. Cost:
$35 ($350 table for 10). Reservation deadline is
Feb. 15. Information/reservations: 373-5110
All money raised from the benefit goes to
scholarships for UTEP students and programs.
Checks payable to “UTEP Women’s Auxiliary”
care of Norma Karam, 4025 Roadside, 79922.
Encounter Movement Coffee House —
Encounter Movement at Del Sol Church, 11501
Vista Del Sol, hosts a coffee house fundraiser
benefiting the community’s needy 6 to 8:30
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, with coffee, pastries, and
live music, comedy, drama and other talent. All
ages welcome. Admission: $5 (includes coffee
and pastry). Information: 867-9563 or theen-
countermovement@gmail.com.
Insights Night at the Oscars — A special
viewing of 85th annual Academy Awards bene-
fiting Insights Museum is 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
26, at the Plaza Theatre The Plaza, with food,
drinks and a silent auction. Master of
Ceremonies to be announced. Tickets: $75
($125 for two). Information: 534-0000 or
insightselpaso.org.
Founded in February 1980 and originally locat-
ed in the basement of the old El Paso Natural
Gas Building, Insights has become the most
highly attended museum in El Paso. The muse-
um receives no taxpayer funding.
‘Tablescapes’ — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild’s
15th annual luncheon features designer-deco-
rated tables March 1-2 at the El Paso Country
Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Each table is
individually decorated by El Paso’s leading floral
designers, high-end furniture stores, party plan-
ners, specialty shops and more. Attendees vote
for their favorite table, with designs ranging
from whimsical to sophisticated. Proceeds ben-
efit El Paso Pro-Musica. Ticket information:
833-9400 or eppm.org.
The Ladies’ Nite Out Preview Party is 5:30
p.m. Thursday.
Luncheon and auction is 11:30 a.m. Friday,
with browse time prior to the meal.
Milagro Gala — Actress America Ferrera is
featured guest speaker at El Paso Children’s
Hospital’s 2012 benefit gala 6 to 10 p.m. Friday,
March 2, at El Paso Convention Center.
Proceeds from the event benefit sick and
injured children at El Paso Children’s Hospital
Tickets: $150 ($1,500 table for 10).
Information/reservations: 521-7229, ext. 3083
Ferrera has appeared in such films as “The
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “Lords
of Dogtown,” and landed the starring role in
the hit ABC show “Ugly Betty” in 2006. Her
portrayal of Betty Suarez on the dramatic com-
edy earned Ferrera an Emmy, a Golden Globe,
and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as
ALMA and Imagen Awards.
Ferrera’s starring performance in the Patricia
Cardoso film “Real Women Have Curves”
earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best
Actress, an Independent Spirit Award nomina-
tion for Best Debut Performance, and a Young
Artist Award nomination for Best Performance
for a Leading Young Actress.
She just finished an eight-week run in London
starring as Roxie Hart in the West End produc-
tion of the hit musical “Chicago.” She also
executive-produced and appeared in “The Dry
Land,” which premiered at the 2010 Sundance
Film Festival and won “Best International Film”
at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival.
Honoring Heroes with Heart gala —
HEAL (Help End Abuse for Life) will host its
annual gala 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at
Mountain Annie’s, 2710 Sudderth in Ruidoso,
N.M. The event celebrates individuals who
have shown exceptional caring for others.
Ticket information: The Nest, (575) 378-6378
or helpendabuseforlife.org.
Something for everyone
Architectural Design Lecture Series —
City of El Paso Department of Planning and
Economic Development, in partnership with
Texas Tech College of Architecture, the El Paso
Museum of Art and the city’s Museums and
Cultural Affairs Department presents its 2011-
2012 community series featuring some of the
leading campus building designers.
All lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditori-
um at El Paso Museum of Art,. Admission is
free. Seating limited. Information: 532-1707 or
ElPasoArtMuseum.org.
• Friday, Feb. 3 — Leers Weinzapfel
• Friday, Feb. 24 — Derek Dellekamp
Dentistry from the Heart — Bright Star
Dental, 2001 Lohman in Las Cruces, will offer
free dental care 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3,
administered by Dr. Brian Gilbert, his staff and
professional community volunteers. Patients
taken on a first come, first served basis and
have a choice of free cleaning, filling or an
extraction. Open to anyone aged 18 and over
with a valid, government-issued photo ID.
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Waiting area is outdoors; bring a jacket and be
prepared to wait one’s turn. Information: (575)
526-4334 or
brightstardental.blogspot.com.
Parking is at Young Park on Walnut; free shut-
tle to the dental office begins at 6 a.m. The
parking lot at the dental office will be unavail-
able for parking during the event.
Dentistry From The Heart is a national proj-
ect that has provided free dental care to over
60,000 people since the first event in 2001 at
over 200 annual events nationwide.
Downtown Ghost Tours — El Paso Ghost
Tour and Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society
will host educational guided tours to go on real
life paranormal investigations in the downtown
area at 8 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 3-24, starting at
The Percolator, 217 N. Stanton. Meet at 7:45
p.m. Participants will learn about ghost hunting
equipment and the science behind the practice,
and go inside some of El Paso’s most haunted
hotels with experienced paranormal investiga-
tors. Cost: $15, plus tax. Reservations/informa-
tion: 1-877-GHOST-10 or
elpasoghosttours.com.
Gastroparesis: A patients’ perspective
- The free informative forum for gastroparesis
patients who would like to learn more about
the condition is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb.
4, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center 4800 Alberta. Sponsored by GI Motility
and Neurostimulation Research-Department of
Internal Medicine. Information: 545-6513.
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.
• Chicas Advancing in Media Project free
biweekly workshop for ages 13-18 is 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18, at
Latinitas Headquarters, 1359 Lomaland, #502,
for teen girls to develop their photography,
writing and filmmaking skills.
• Creative Girls Saturday Camp is 1 to 3 p.m.
the second Saturday of the month (Feb. 11) at
Judge Marquez Public Library, 610 N.
Yarbrough, and 10 a.m. to noon the third
Saturday of the month (Feb. 18) at Richard
Burges Public Library, 9600 Dyer. for girls in
grades 4-8 (age 9-14). Girls are encouraged to
learn creative ways to express themselves from
designing fashion to taking photos and making a
movie to creating art projects. Five sessions
planned. Cost: $5 material feel per workshop;
$15 for entire five sessions.
• The Latinitas College Bound workshop is 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the head-
quarters for girls ages 11-17 on college prep,
goal setting, career exploration and leadership.
• Latinitas hosts its Multimedia Spring Break
Camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday,
March 12-16, at the Latinitas Headquarters
for girls in grades 4-8. Pre-registration
required; limited number of scholarships avail-
able.
The organization is seeking volunteer mentors
in various areas including helping organize lead-
ership conference, college field trips and girl
empowerment clubs aimed at helping young
Latinas build confidence. Volunteer information
sessions are 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 and 21, at
the headquarters.
Grant Foundation classes — The Thomas
Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in
Las Cruces, hosts monthly adult classes for
about foundation fundraising in the library’s
computer training room, second floor. Classes
begin at 10 a.m. on selected Tuesdays.
Registration required. Information/registration:
(575) 528-4005 or library.las-cruces.org.
• Feb. 7 — Introduction to Finding Funders
• March 6 — Getting Started with Foundation
Grants to Individuals Online.
Southwest Character Council — The
council’s monthly luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Great American
Land and Cattle Company, 701 S. Mesa Hills.
Cost: $10 (includes lunch, networking and
training). Cash or check only.
Information/RSVP: 779-3551.
Dynamic Women2Women networking
luncheons — The Women’s Business Border
Center of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce hosts an informational series to
provide small business owners with a forum to
network, discuss business challenges, and cele-
brate successes 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first
or second Thursday of each month. Everyone
is invited. Admission: $25; includes lunch and
materials. Information/RSVP: 566-4066 or
ephcc.org.
The Feb. 9 luncheon is at El Paso Club, 201
E. Main, 18th Floor. Guest speaker Romie Ruiz,
Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House
Charities of El Paso, will discuss how to run a
successful business on a shoestring budget.
‘Help for Survivors’ seminar — Cec
Murphey and Sue Cameron will lead a seminar
for male and female survivors of abuse and
those who care about them 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11, at Coronado Baptist
Church, 501 Thunderbird. Child care for age 5
and younger with RSVP by Feb. 7. Cost: $15
(includes lunch and the book “When a Man You
Love Was Abused”); free for seminar alone.
Information: 373-2706 or help4survivors.com.
Murphey is a New York Times’ bestselling
author, international speaker, and survivor, who
has written or co-written more than 120
books, including the runaway bestseller “90
Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper).” To help
shatter the silence of male sexual abuse, he
wrote “When a Man You Love Was Abused: A
Woman’s Guide to Helping Him Overcome
Childhood Sexual Molestation” and has a blog
for male survivors at
menshatteringthesilence.blogspot.com.
Cameron is a local author, speaker, Bible
teacher and survivor. Her work has appeared in
Christian magazines, teen publications and over
a dozen devotional books, and she is a frequent
workshop leader at Christian Writers
Conferences. Her forthcoming book is “Hope,
Healing and Help for Survivors of Sexual
Abuse.”
Raw Foods Workshop — Raw Food Rules
will offer a Next Step Workshop “Learning to
Sprout Living Foods” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 11. Learn the steps in sprouting living
foods from selecting seeds and learning the
nutritional benefits, to soaking and enjoying
sprouts. Cost: $89.99. Information/location:
224-0447, rfr@knyra.com or
rawfoodrules.com.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute —
The popular UTEP program offers non-credit
classes for people age 50 or older. The Spring
2012 classes begin Monday, Feb. 13.
The membership program is part of UTEP’s
College of Liberal Arts and supported in part
by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration:
$60, plus $25 for the one-time CLL member-
ship fee.
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Members may take as many classes as they
want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no
required homework. The fee includes parking
permit, UTEP library card and discounts to
UTEP events. Classes are open to residents of
El Paso, Juarez and southern New Mexico age
50 or older, and meet afternoons Mondays
through Fridays.
The Center’s office is in Miners Hall, Room
209. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday. A catalog of classes is available
at all public library branches. Information: 747-
6280, 747-8848 or olliatutep.org.
Some of this semester’s courses include:
Mexico’s President Election, 300 Years of
American Art, Wine Appreciation,
Shakespeare’s “Othello,” From Text to Film,
Chaucer, La Guerra Civil en España, Heschel
and The Prophets and several computer, arts,
language and wellness classes such as Yoga,
meditation and Tai-Chi.
Community Scholars internship —
Community Scholars, Inc. is accepting applica-
tions from high school students for the 2012
Summer Leadership Program’s paid internship.
Drop off application before 5 p.m. Friday, Feb.
17, at 200 N. Ochoa. High school students
who are currently sophomores or juniors,
demonstrate a commitment to academic excel-
lence, personal integrity and community serv-
ice, are ranked at the top 20 percent of their
class and attend high school in El Paso County,
are encouraged to apply. Information: 533-
6200. Applications available to download at
communityscholars.org/application.
Community Scholars, Inc. is a locally run non-
profit corporation whose mission is to build
young leaders through policy research and
community service.
Chamizal Saturday Morning Crafts —
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial, invites families to explore various
world cultures through arts and crafts for kids
age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The
monthly program offers a different craft con-
cept each month centered on cultural diversity.
Admission is free, but space is limited.
Reservations recommended. Information/reser-
vations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
Free Vision Screenings — Focus on
America, sponsored by Davis Vision and
EyeMasters will host free vision screenings for
uninsured or underinsured children in the area.
Children who require further vision care
receive a voucher for a free follow up eye
exam and eyewear (if deemed necessary) to be
redeemed at El Paso EyeMasters locations.
Information: elpasolibrary.org.
Exams are noon to 4 p.m. on the following
Saturdays:
• Feb. 18 at Judge Marquez Library, 610 N.
Yarbrough.
• March 17 at Clardy Fox Library, 5515
Robert Alva.
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. Friday, Feb. 24, at Fuddrucker’s, 5030 N.
Desert (back dining room). Learn flirting tips
and take part in the game on “goatish” dating
behaviors. Bar service and dinner menus avail-
able. Cost: $10 (cash only). Information/RSVP:
740-5051 or goatgame.com.
Orange and Blue Day — Future Miners
will have the opportunity to learn about the
academic programs and support services
offered at The University of Texas at El Paso
during the University’s 2nd Orange and Blue
Day 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at
UTEP’s Union Building, East. Guests can visit
with representatives from admissions, financial
aid, or from each of our seven academic col-
leges. Guided walking tour from current UTEP
Miners. Admission is free for all high school
students, transfer students and their families.
Information: Mallory Driggers, 747-5890 or
orangeandblue@utep.edu.
‘Rough parts of Life” services — St.
Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love
Road, hosts faith-based, non-denominational
groups designed for those experience grief,
divorce and other hard situations at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, through April 10. Courses include
DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids, Cancer
Care and GriefShare. Admission is free.
Information: Frances Gonzales, 581-4444, ext.
287 or loveroad.org.
GriefShare also offered at 10 a.m. Thursdays,
through April 26.
Single Parenting courses are 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, through April 18.
‘Empower Yourself! Make It Happen’
— The third biennial “Release Your Potential”
El Paso Conference for Women is 6 p.m. Friday
and 7:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2-3, at the
Centennial Club at Biggs Airfield in Fort Bliss,
hosted by El Paso First Lady Tram Cook and
Mayor John Cook. The event features, semi-
nars, trainings and forums for area women.
Cost: $50 (includes Friday banquet, meals and
conference). Student/military/senior tickets:
$30. Information: 566-4066 or elpasoconfer-
enceforwomen.com.
Keynote speaker for Friday evening is Marie
C. Wilson, founder of the White House project
to advance women’s leadership and “Take Your
Daughter to Work Day.”
Marijuana Anonymous – The 12-step sup-
port group for those desiring to quit using mar-
ijuana meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at
Counseling Services of Texas, 10761 Pebble
Hills, Suite D. (Pull into TJ Center Parking Lot).
Information: 594-8685 or
ma_elpaso@yahoo.com.
Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners,
cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic
Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of
traffic 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Safety barrels
will line the area and the El Paso Police
Department will provide security along this
popular path. Dogs on leash permitted. Hosted
by the office of city Rep. Susie Byrd. Admission
is free. Information: 541-4416 or
district2@elpasotexas.gov.
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous — The
SCA (Sexual Compulsives Anonymous) support
group meets 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Las
Cruces GLBTQ Center, 1210 N. Main, in Las
Cruces. The group is a fellowship of men and
women who share their experience, strength,
and hope with each other, that they may solve
their common problem and help others recov-
er from sexual compulsion. Twelve-step meet-
ing. Information: (575) 635-4902 or
info@newmexicoglbtqcenters.org.
Fort Bliss
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid
driver’s license, car insurance and registration.
Check beforehand to see which gates are open
to the public. The Robert E. Lee Gate at
Airport and Airway is usually always open.
Cake decorating class — Jilliane Bounds
will instruct a series of classes to complete a
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Valentine’s Day project 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb.
3 and Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the
Gallery Room of the Old Fort Bliss Replica at
Fort Bliss. Children welcome if accompanied by
an adult. Admission is free, but donations
encouraged; some supplies must be provided
by student. Information/reservations: 588-8482
or wjeverard@hughes.net.
Fort Bliss Post 5K Run — The 2012 post
championships are 6:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at
Fort Bliss’s Soto Gym. Registration begins at
5:30 a.m.; open to active-duty military, family
members, retirees and DoD/DA civilians with
valid ID. Registration is free for active-duty mili-
tary; $10 for all others. Information: 744-5790
or aaron.k.jones.naf@mail.mil.
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.
Club news
PFLAG El Paso — The El Paso chapter of
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and
Gays, PFLAG El Paso, meets three times a
month in various LGBT affirming congregations.
The meetings are designed for both the LGBT
community and straight allies. Admission is
free. Information: 209-AMOR (2667), 525-3435
or pflagelpaso.com.
Germania Club —The Germania Club of
El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday,
Feb. 3, at the Soldatenstube (German Club),
Robert E. Lee Road, Building 5095, Fort Bliss.
The regular monthly luncheons will resume in
January. Information: 595-1108 or 755-5471.
A Mardi Gras (Fashchings Party) is 5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Soldatenstube.
Westside Welcome Club —The group is
open to both newcomers and long-time resi-
dents.
The club’s free New Year newcomers’ coffee
is 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Ella Blue, 5410 N.
Mesa. Information: 581-2314.
The Valentine Luncheon is Wednesday, Feb.
8, at Coronado Country Club, 1044
Broadmoor. Guest speaker Albert Askenazi will
talk on “The World of Don Quixote.” Cost:
$20 (reservation deadline is Feb. 3).
Reservations: 740-9725.
Italian-American Cultural Society of El
Paso — The society’s monthly luncheon is at
noon Saturday, Feb. 4, at Roger Bacon
Seminary, 2400 Radford. Italian lessons offered
at 11:30 a.m. followed by luncheon.
Information: 593-0106 or italianclubs.com.
Macintosh Users Group — The El Paso
Macintosh Users Group is open to anyone
interested in Apple Macintosh computers. The
group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is
9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the
month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement,
1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free
for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or
epmug.org.
The Feb. 4 meeting features an iworld round-
table discussion.
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.
• Sunday, Feb. 5 — Super Bowl party
• Saturday, Feb. 11 — Dinner and UTEP bas-
ketball
• Saturday, Feb. 18 — Dinner and bowling
• Saturday, Feb. 25 — Dinner and Rhinos
hockey.
Woodworkers Club of El Paso —The
club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 7, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building).
Club members will demonstrate techniques in
woodworking. Admission is free. Information:
760-6536 or 564-5915.
Women Uplifting Women Luncheon —
The Christian-based women’s organization’s
monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
the second Friday of each month (Feb. 10) in
Camino Real Hotel’s Pancho Villa Room, 101 S.
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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.
The Deadmeat Tour — Electronica house
musician Steve Aoki and dj/producer Datsik
share the bill at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at El
Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $30-$40.
(Ticketmaster)
Magician Gary Carson — The illusionist
presents his family-friendly, Las Vegas-style
“Reality Magic Show” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 31, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N.
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, as a fundraiser
for Jornada Elementary School Tickets are $12.
Information: (575) 621-3205.
‘Wicked’ — The Broadway blockbuster that
reveals the untold story of the Oz witches
comes to El Paso Feb. 1-12, at the Plaza
Theatre, based on the bestseller by Gregory
McGuire. Group tickets available to purchase in
spring of 2011. Information:
wickedthemusical.com.
Tickets Cost: $57.50-$77.50; $125 premium
(Ticketmaster).
The musical directed by two-time Tony
Award winner Joe Mantello is winner of 35
major awards, including a Grammy Award and
three Tony Awards. Long before Dorothy
drops in, two other girls meet in the land of
Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is
smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is
beautiful, ambitious and very popular. “Wicked”
tells the story of how these two unlikely friends
grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West
and Glinda the Good.
El Buchanan —11540 Pellicano (formerly
Buchanan’s Event Center). Both shows begin at
9 p.m. and are all ages. Tickets: $16, plus serv-
ice fee. (groovetickets.com).
• Friday, Feb. 3 — LA DJ Sebastian Ingrosso.
• Friday, Feb. 10 — DJ Morgan Page’s “In The
Air” Tour.
The club will also host the “Life in Color”
dayglow “World’s Largest Paint Party” Friday,
Feb. 24. Ticket information: dayglowtour.com
The Ragbirds — The contemporary
folk/roots band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 3, at WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre,
Silver City. Presented by Mimbres Region Arts
Council. Led by Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds uti-
lize an arsenal of instruments from around the
world and are a fusion of folk rock and pop that
hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred
with a Celtic fiddler’s bow. Tickets: $20 ($15
members; $5 students/children). Information:
(575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
Conjunto Primavera — The norteño group
performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at El Paso
County Coliseum, with El Paso’s Los Reileros
del Norte. Tickets: $32; BYOB. (Ticketmaster).
Also performing is La Furia del Norte, Grupo
Piramides, El Grupo La Base and El Paso’s Los
Rieleros del Norte.
‘Wanted’ Bon Jovi Tribute — The tribute
featuring the music of Jon Bon Jovi is 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9, at Sunland Park Racetrack
and Casino’s Signature Showroom. Tickets:
$20; available in advance at the casino’s gift
shop and Club Fiesta. Information: (575) 874-
5200.
Gabriel Iglesias — The “fluffy” comedian
and regional favorite “Stand-Up Revolution”
Tour is 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, UTEP’S Don
Haskins Center. Iglesias’ second one-hour spe-
cial and DVD “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy: Live
from El Paso” premiered on Comedy Central in
2009 after being filmed in front of two sold-out
crowds. Tickets: $40. (Ticketmaster).
Franky’s Oldies But Goodies — The din-
ner-dance begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
11, at the Saratoga Room, 1763 E. University,
Las Cruces. Tickets are $25 in advance
(Ticketmaster), $30 at the door. Information:
(575) 496-1415.
Rock and Worship Road Show —
MercyMe headlines the Christian rock tour 6
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at NMSU’s Pan
American Center in Las Cruces, with Tenth
Avenue North, Disciple, Lecrae, Hawk Nelson,
Sidewalk Prophets and Rend Collective
Experiment and a special message from
MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. Tickets: $10
at the door; $50 VIP (include t-shirt, early
entry, prime seating and a tour laminate).
Available online at itickets.com.
Cirque du Soleil: ‘Dralion’ — The leg-
endary performance troupe returns to El Paso
Feb. 15-19, at Don Haskins Center. The
show’s name is a combination of the dragon,
symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing
the West. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
and Thursday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $35-$145; special “front row” tickets
available with souvenir program. Discounts for
ages 2-12, military and seniors; family four
packs also offered. (Ticketmaster) Information:
cirquedusoleil.com/dralion.
Glenn Miller Orchestra — The band
under the direction of trombonist Gary Tole
performs many of the original arrangements of
hits by the legendary Glenn Miller at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Rio Grande Theatre,
211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets:
$30. Information: (575) 523-4760 or
riograndetheatre.com.
New York Voices - The Grammy Award
winning vocal ensemble performs at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music
Recital Hall. Part of NMSU Cultural Series.
Tickets: $15 ($10 NMSU students).
Information: (575) 646-4413 or panam.nmsu-
com.edu.
Brad Paisley —The famed country
singer/guitarist brings his “Camobunga” 2012
tour to the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, along with guests
three-time CMA winners The Band Perry and
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. Tickets
(on sale Dec. 3): $35, $55 and $65.
(Ticketmaster).
Sean Jones — Showtime El Paso presents
the R&B/soul singer at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
19, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ticket
information (all seats general admission): 544-
2022 or ShowtimeElPaso.com.
Jones will perform the memorable classics of
Motown and R&B from artists including Marvin
Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many more. Jones
previously fronted R&B vocal group “In
Essence.”
Flint Blade — The innovative solo musician
from South Florida performs at 7 p.m. Monday,
Feb. 20, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N.
Main in Las Cruces. The multi-instrumentalist
and vocalist with a penchant for improvisation
is most recognized for playing the Chapman
Stick. This guitar-like two-handed tapping
instrument combines bass and melody into a
powerfully versatile sound. Tickets: $10 at the
door. Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223.
Goatwhore and Hate Eternal — The
metal bands perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb.
20, at House of Rock East, 8838 Viscount, with
guests Fallujah and Cerebral Bore. Tickets: $10
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($20 age 18-20). Tickets at ticketbully.com.
Antje Duvekot - The German-American folk
singer/songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 24, at the Buckhorn Opera House in
Pinos Altos, N.M. as part of the Mimbres
Region Arts Council’s Folk Series. Tickets: $20
($15 members/$5 students). Groups of 20 or
more: $10 each. Information: (575) 538-2505
mimbresarts.org.
Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one
of America’s top emerging singer songwriters
with her debut release “Big Dream Boulevard.”
Milton Bullock — The singer known as the
“Golden Platter” performs at 3 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, at Scottish Rite Theater, 301
West Missouri, benefiting Sun City Lions Club.
Bullock performed with The Platters in late 60s
early 70s. Opening acts are Mary Tate and Ladi
Kandhi. Tickets: $20. Information/reservations:
All That Music & Video, 594-9900.
McPeake and Cathie Ryan — The Celtic
music double bill is 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1,
at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Part of
NMSU Cultural Series. Tickets: $10-$15.
Information: (575) 646-4413 or panam.nmsu-
com.edu.
‘Tejano Legends’ — The Tex-Mex music
style tour benefiting the Frontline Faith Project
is Saturday, March 10, at the Plaza Theatre.
Featured headliners are Sunny Ozuna and the
Sunliners and Ruben Ramos and the Mexican
Revolution, with opening band Chuy Flores and
Rhapsody. Tickets: $20-$65. (Ticketmaster).
Ms. Krazie — The Spanish language rapper’s
“Hello Loca” Tour is 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11,
at Frankie’s West, 5850 Onix, with special
guest Duente. All ages show. Tickets: $10 gen-
eral admission; $15 VIP. Information: 694-6067.
Chicago — The classic rock band and El Paso
favorite returns at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March
13, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $46.50-
$76.50. (Ticketmaster).
‘100 Years of Broadway’ — Broadway in
El Paso presents the tribute to a century of
musicals at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, at
the Plaza Theatre. Five performers join com-
poser Neil Berg in hits by Cole Porter, Andrew
Lloyd Weber and many more. (Ticketmaster).
Tickets: $30-$47.50. 231-1111 or theplazathe-
atre.org.
Sesame Street Live ‘Elmo Makes
Music’ —The Sesame Street Live annual
Easter week shows are April 5-8 at the
Abraham Chavez Theatre. Presented by VEE
Corporation. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday,
2 and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30, 2 and 5:30 p.m.
Saturday and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets:
$11 and $28, plus service charge.
(Ticketmaster). Information:
sesamestreetlive.com.
‘Straight No Chaser’ — Broadway in El
Paso presents the 10-man a capella group at
7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Plaza
Theatre. Tickets: $35 and $45 (Ticketmaster).
Information: 231-1111 or theplazatheatre.org.
An Evening with Leo Kottke — The
renowned acoustic guitarist performs at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 11, at Scottish Rite Theater, 301
West Missouri. Tickets: $25; available at tick-
etswest.com or 1-800-992-8499.
Information/reservations: All That Music &
Video, 594-9900.
Venues & series
Tricky Falls —209 S. El Paso. Doors open at
7 p.m.; showtime at 8 p.m. for most shows. All
shows are all-ages, unless listed otherwise.
Information: 351-9909. Tickets for most shows
available at All That Music, Bowie Feathers and
Maria’s Closet, and online at holdmyticket.com.
• Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls — The
British indie artist performs at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 2, with opening act El Paso band The
Lusitania. Tickets: $12.
• Anthony Green — The indie rocker’s
“Beautiful Things Tour” is Saturday, Feb. 4,
with The Dear Hunter. Tickets: $15.
• Children of Bodom — The thrash metal
band’s 15th anniversary tour is Saturday, Feb.
18, in association with Full Metal Jackie. Special
guests include Revocation, Eluvieitie and Threat
Signal. Tickets: $19 in advance; $24 at the door.
• Dance Gavin Dance — 8 p.m. Feb. 22, with
A Lot of Birds, Decoder and Avindale. Tickets:
$15
• VNV Nation — The UK electro duo per-
forms at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, as part of
their “Automatic” Tour, with opening act
Straftanz. Tickets: $15 in advance; $17 at the
door.
• Agent Orange — The punk legends perform
at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, with The
Ironsides, Black Coats, Rusty Bishops and RNA.
Tickets: $10; available at ticketbully.com.
• of Montreal — The indie rock band’s
“Paralytic Stalks” Tour is Sunday, March 18,
with guests Deerhoof and Kishi Bashi. Tickets:
$15 in advance; $17 day of show. Also available
at ticketbully.com.
Low Brow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Age
18 and older welcome ($3 ticket surcharge for
age 18-21), unless listed otherwise. Doors
open at 9 p.m. Tickets available online at tick-
etbully.com. Information: 356-0966 or low-
brow.elpaso@gmail.com.
• Kim & Foxman - Saturday, Jan. 28. Tickets:
$8 in advance; $10 at the door ($3 extra for
ages 18-20).
• Carl Craig (Planet E) — The Grammy-nomi-
nated DJ/producer performs Saturday, Feb. 11.
Ticket information to be announced.
• Cloud Nothings — The Cleveland-based
band performs Sunday, Feb. 26. Tickets: $12 in
advance; $15 at the door ($3 extra for ages 18-
20).
• Cults — The indie pop band performs
Saturday, March 17. Tickets: $10 in advance;
$13 at the door ($3 extra for ages 18-20).
• Drowning Men — The California indie rock
band performs Tuesday, March 20, with guests
to be announced. Tickets: $8.
Whiskey Dick’s — 580 George Dieter. Early
arrival recommended. Shows begin at 10 p.m.
Tickets available at (ticketbully.com).
Information: 921-9900.
• Josh Abbot Band — Saturday, Jan. 28.
Tickets: $15 ($25 ages 18-20).
• David Nail — The singer behind the hits “Let
It Rain,” “Red Light” and “Turning Home” per-
forms Wednesday, Feb. 8. Tickets: $12 ($22
ages 18-20).
• Casey Donahew Band — Saturday, Feb. 11.
Tickets: $15 ($25 ages 18-20).
• Reckless Kelly — Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Tickets: $10 ($20 ages 18-20).
• The Turnpike Troubadours — Wednesday,
April 4. Tickets: $10 ($20 ages 18-20).
• Eli Young Band — The band behind the No.
1 hit “Crazy Girl” performs Wednesday, April
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11. Tickets: $20 ($30 ages 18-20).
• Bart Crow Band — Friday, May 18. Tickets:
$10 ($20 age 18-20).
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
- 122 S. Old Pueblo Road. Ages 18 and older
welcome. Admission is free. Information: 860-
7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.
• “Let It Be” Beatles Tribute Band and “Still
Surfin’” Beach Boys Tribute Band — Tuesday
and Wednesday, Feb. 14-15
• Terri Clark — The country artist performs
Thursday, Feb. 16
• “Cash and Friends” Johnny Cash Tribute
band — Friday, Feb. 17.
• Kenny Rogers — The country legend per-
forms Thursday, Feb. 23.
• P.O.D. — The hard rock band performs
Saturday, Feb. 25.
• Dokken — The heavy metal band performs
Friday, March 2.
Club 101 — The club’s new location is at
9521 Viscount. 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.
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.
• Stayin’ Alive — The world’s top Bee Gees
tribute band performs 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
28, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in
Alto, N.M. Tickets: $66 and $69. Information:
(575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or
spencertheater.com.
Disco buffet is at 5 p.m. Cost is $20
• Texas Tenors — The Texas-style tenors per-
form at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. First discov-
ered in 2009 on TV’s reality show “America’s
Got Talent,” the Texas Tenors weave effortless-
ly from John Denver to Puccini, Merle Haggard
to Leonard Bernstein. Tickets: $76 and $79.
Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872
or spencertheater.com.
Barbecue buffet is at 5 p.m. Cost is $20.
• Valentine Soiree — The Spencer Guild’s 11th
annual dinner-dance is 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.
The celebration includes a three-course dinner,
complimentary cocktail and dancing to the
Michael Francis Trio. Tickets: $50.
• “Damn Yankees” — The home-run
Broadway musical is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
23. Tickets: $76 and $79.
A pre-show Stadium Dog Buffet is 5 p.m.
Cost: $20.
• Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra — The
orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, performs
at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Tickets: $56 and
$59.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts
— 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo.
Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickinger-
center.com.
• “Strange but True Stories of NM” -
Storyteller Mary Mortensen Dieker presents a
collection of strange tales from the Land of
Enchantment at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, as
part of the Alamogordo Speaker Series.
• “Junie B. Jones” — The musical based on the
famous children’s character is 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 4. The musical follows four volumes of in
Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series: “First
Grader (At Last), “Boss of Lunch,” “One-Man
Band” and Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A
Journal by June B. (and Me).” Tickets: $15 ($9
age 13 and younger).
• Rom Grimes as Pat Garrett — Grimes shares
the story behind the sheriff best known as the
man who killed Billy the Kid at 7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 10, as part of the NM Humanities Council
Chautauqua program.
• Sons of the Pioneers — The Texas Swing
band performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.
The ensemble paints unforgettable images of
horses, cattle, tall timber, and “night herds”
through their musical legacy. The performance
is part of the Flickinger’s annual Chocolate
Buffet, which opens at 6 p.m. Tickets: $10,
$17, $22 and $35.
• “New Mexico’s March to Statehood” —
Historian Jon Hunner talks about New
Mexico’s struggle to become a state in celebra-
tion of the state’s Centennial at 7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 24, as part of the Alamogordo Speaker
Series.
• Andy Gross — The stand up comic, magician
and ventriloquist performs is 7:30 p.m. Friday,
March 2. Gross performs sold-out shows
throughout comedy clubs nationwide as well as
corporate events, colleges and in Las Vegas.
Tickets: $15, $22, $27 and $40.
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.
• Great White and Slaughter — Two of the
‘80s and ‘90s most popular metal bands per-
form at Friday, Feb. 10. The L.A. band Great
White had several hit albums in the ‘80s and
gained popularity with videos for songs like
“Once Bitten, Twice Shy.” Slaughter’s double
platinum album “Stick it to Ya,” contained sev-
eral hits such as “Up All Night” and the power
ballad “Fly to the Angels.” Tickets: $25-$60.
• Joe Nichols — The country artist, , known
for his singles like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes
Fall Off” and “Gimmie That Girl” and “Take it
Off,” performs Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets: $25-
$60.
Tickets also on sale for the following shows:
• Leann Rimes — The country star performs
Wednesday, March 28. Tickets: $25-$100.
• REO Speedwagon — The ’80s rockers per-
form Saturday, March 31. Tickets: $30-$100.
• Engelbert Humperdinck — The legendary
singer performs Thursday, April 19. Tickets:
$25-$100.
NM Tech Performing Arts Series —
Performances are 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise
listed, at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center,
801 Leroy Place, in Socorro, N.M. Information:
(575) 835-5688 or nmtpas.org.
• Glenn Miller Orchestra — The world famous
orchestra headlines a Valentine’s Day dinner
and dance Tuesday, Feb. 14. Tickets: $20 ($18
seniors; $10 youth).
• McPeake & Cathie Ryan — A Celtic Double-
Bill Concert is Friday, Feb. 24. Tickets: $16
($14 seniors; $8 youth).
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Belly Dance Extravaganza 2012 —
Dance Alive and special guests present an
evening of dance and music at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $10.
Information: 566-1742 or 544-0364.
Dance Alive is led by Lorraine Alvarez Portilla,
local performer and dance instructor.
Lorraine will lead free workshops 10-11 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29, at the
Chamizal on “Belly Dance Favorite Moves &
Yoga for Belly Dancers.”
Six other dance workshops will be presented
Jan. 28-29 at the Chamizal by guest instruc-
tors. Cost is $10 each or $50 for all six.
Saturday: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Ginnina,
“Zils”; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Anala, “Ooey-Gooey
Chifti”;1:45 to 2:45 p.m.; Selena Kareena, “Veil
Combinations.”
Sunday: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Nisreen,
“Accents & Rhythms in Drum Solo”; 12:30 to
1:30 p.m., Nancy, “Funky Fusion”; 1:45 to 2:45
p.m., Kareesha, “Total Requests Live.”
El Paso Youth Ballet auditions — The
annual auditions for admission into El Paso
Youth Ballet are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, at 1060
Doniphan Park Circle, Suite H. Students age 11
to 13 should attend the Intermediate class
10:30 to noon and students ages 13-21 should
attend the advanced class noon to 1:30 p.m.
Current company members are required to
audition for renewal of their contracts.
Registration takes place 15 minutes prior to
each audition. Proper ballet attire is expected,
and female dancers must have pointe shoes in
addition to ballet slippers. Information: 760-
6062 (studio) or Director Marta Katz, 252-
5601.
Those selected will be given the opportunity
to work with Ballet Metropolitano of
Monterrey in the Production of “La Fille Mal
Gardée” as well as the production of “Swan
Lake.”
Big Band Dance Club — The club spon-
sors dances at Court Youth Center, 402 W.
Court, in Las Cruces. Dances are 8 to 10 p.m.
on Friday, Feb. 3 and 17, and Thursday, Feb.
9 and 23. Age 21 and older welcome.
Beginners, singles and couples welcome; no
dance partner necessary. Cost: $7 Fridays (CD
music nights); and $9 ($7 members) on live
music Thursdays with High Society Orchestra.
Information: (575) 526-6504 or bigbanddance-
club.org.
Beginner’s group dance lesson at 7 p.m. led
by John Giusto; free with paid admission.
The Feb. 9 dance is a semi-formal Valentine
Dance.
Tango workshops — Paso del Norte Tango
Club hosts tango workshops during February.
Information: Cynthia, 422-3338 or pasodel-
nortetangoclub.com.
• Tango Valz Workshop — Noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5, at Shundo Dance Studio, 2719
N. Stanton. Learn basic tango steps in the
Tango Valz musical style; no partner needed.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes with a
leather sole (preferably); no mules or sling-
backs. Cost: $25.
• Beginners II Tango Workshop Sacadas &
Paradas y Mas — 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb.
17 and 24, at Shundo Dance Studio. Cost: $20
for one workshop; $30 for both. Information:
422-3338 or 532-2043.
• Milonga Tango Workshop — Noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 4. Learn the basics of the
Milonga style of dance and how to create your
own combinations.
The club’s Bella Napoli Tango Night is 6:30 to
9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Bella Napoli
Restaurant, 6331 N. Mesa, with dancing, Italian
food and live music. Information: 584-3321 or
422-3338.
‘Pachuco Zoot: A Tale of Identity’ - The
UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance pres-
ents its spring dance performance Feb. 10-19
in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12
($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military,
groups of 10 or more and non-UTEP students;
$9 UTEP students and children age 4 to 12).
Information: 747-5118 or
theatredance.utep.edu.
The headliner piece for this year’s concert is a
dance theatre work that traces the origination
of the Pachuco culture from its origin in the El
Paso/Juarez region to the creation of the highly
theatrical Zoot Suit culture. To complement
this piece, UTEP faculty and guest artists will
present newly choreographed pieces highlight-
ing various themes and dance forms.
Chinese New Year Celebration -
Century Dance presents its first celebration of
the Chinese New Year at 3 and 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. This celebration
of the Asian culture includes the Chinese Lion,
Mongolian Chopstick, Ribbon, Flower Drum,
Chinese Classical Ballet’s Butterfly Girl,
Chinese Martial Arts and more. Admission is
free. Information: 532-7273.
Contra Dancing —The Southern New
Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly
contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb.
17, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle
de Santiago, Mesilla. This month’s band is the
Bayou Seco & Fiddling Friends from Silver City;
Theme is Mardi Gras. Callers are Lonnie
Ludeman & Lewis Land. The dance begins with
beginners lessons; no partner needed. Cost: $6
($5 age 17 and younger). Information: (575)
522-1691 or snmmds.org.
The contra dances are old-time dances are
done in long lines, accompanied by live,
Appalachian-style music.
Pasion Flamenca — Gallegos y Baile
Flamenco, one of the Southwest’s premiere
Flamenco troupes, performs traditional flamen-
co guitar, song, and dance at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Tickets: $15.
Information/reservations: 755-1414.
Viva Tango Dance Social — The Viva
Tango Club meets 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, at
Mexico Lindo 123 S. Carolina. Everyone who
enjoys tango music and dance with its traditions
is welcome. No partner necessary; club mem-
bers can help show beginners a few basic steps.
Cost: $3 per person. Information: 592-9611.
Belly dance classes — Kareesha Willow,
who has more than 10 years’ teaching experi-
ence, hosts belly dance classes for all levels 7 to
8 p.m. Tuesdays at El Paso Conservatory of
Dance, 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Suite H.
Information: 585-6825 or
kareeshawillow@yahoo.com.
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El Paso Symphony Orchestra - The
Symphony performs with guest conductor
Michael Butterman, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Jan. 27-28, in the Plaza Theatre.
Butterman, conductor of the Boulder
Philharmonic and Shreveport Symphony, is one
of six candidates for EPSO’s new conductor.
Butterman and guest violinists Soovin Kim and
Ik-Hwan Bae, Violin present Bach’s Concerto
for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043, Peck’s
“The Glory and the Grandeur; Concerto for
Percussion Trio” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony
No. 5, op. 64, E minor. Tickets: $15-$40. ($8-
$10 for students). Information: 532-3776 or
epso.org.
The “Opening Notes” discussion with
Butterman and Assistant Conductor Andres
Moran is 6:30 p.m. both nights in the
Philanthropy Theatre. Discussions are free and
open to the public.
EPSYOs Winter Concert - The El Paso
Symphony Youth Orchestras, under the direc-
tion of Andres Moran, presents its winter con-
cert, “Spanish Nights” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan.
29, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets:
$12 ($7 students/seniors/military). Information:
525-8978 or epsyos.org.
All 300 members of the EPSYOs will perform
classics such as Rossini’s “Overture to the
Barber of Seville” and Beethoven’s “Overture
to Egmont.” UTEP professor of piano Dr. Dena
Kay Jones will perform “Nights in the Gardens
of Spain” by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.
UTEP Department of Music —
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts
Recital Hall, except as noted. Tickets for most
performances are $5 ($3 seniors/military/non-
UTEP students; free for children/UTEP stu-
dents/faculty/staff), unless listed otherwise.
Ticket information: 747-5606 or
utep.edu/music.
• Thursday, Feb. 16 — UTEP Wind
Symphony.
• 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 — UTEP
Chambers Players
• Thursday, Feb. 23 — Symphony Band
Concert
• Tuesday, Feb. 28 — UTEP Symphony
Orchestra
Annual Brass Day performances are Friday
and Saturday, March 2-3.
‘Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing’
— El Paso Wind Symphony performs at 7:30
p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts
Recital Hall. Tickets $12.50 ($7.50 military, stu-
dents and seniors). Information: 760-5599 or
elpasowindsymphony.com.
LCSO with Zuill Bailey — Las Cruces
Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein,
welcome renowned cellist Zuill Bailey Feb. 4-
5, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall.
Bailey is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro
Musica and Professor of Cello at UTEP. Bailey
will perform the Cello Concerto No. 1 in A
minor, Op.33 by Camille-Saint-Saëns. The
orchestra completes the program with Claude
Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a
Faun,” Richard Strauss’ “Suite from Der
Rosenkavalier” and the Radetzky March, Op.
228 by Johann Strauss, Sr. Showtime is 7:30
p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-
$45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or
lascrucessymphony.com.
A luncheon with Maestro Klein is 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2, at Ramada Palms Hotel
Conference Center, featuring a preview of con-
cert music. Cost: $16; no reservation needed.
The public is invited to the dress rehearsal
performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the
recital hall. Tickets: $15 ($5 students).
‘A Magnificent Choral Festival’ — Bruce
Nehring Consort presents a concert of Massed
Choirs featuring guest organist, conductor and
composer Dr. Michael Burkhardt at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5, at Western Hills United
Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird. The
Consort Singers conducted by Nehring will
perform “God of Rhythm, God of Sound.”
Guests include the Handbell Choir of Western
Hills United Methodist Church, conducted by
Jim Regin. Tickets: $15 ($10 senior/military; $5
students). Information: 534-7664. Ticket infor-
mation: 532-5874 or brucenehringconsort.org.
Burkhardt is Director of Worship and the Arts
at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia,
Michigan and Artistic Director of the Detroit
Handbell Ensemble.
Burkhardt will conduct and perform this
unique Massed Choir Festival in which the
entire community may participate. Rehearsals
are 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4 and
1:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at Western Hills
UMC. Participation cost is $20 per person,
which includes all music and a complimentary
festival ticket for a guest. Registration is 8 a.m.
Saturday for those who have not registered in
advance.
El Paso Chamber Music Festival - El
Paso Pro-Musica’s 23rd annual festival presents
world-class chamber musicians through Feb.
5. Concerts, recitals and other special events
will be offered at various venues, in addition to
the popular Music Film Series and free Bach’s
lunch performances at El Paso Museum of Art.
This year’s guests include Kim Kashkashian,
Alfredo Oyaguez, Soovin Kim and Lara
Downes.
Individual concert tickets: $30 ($25
seniors/military; $5 students). Information: 833-
9400 or eppm.org.
• The Complete Beethoven Violin sonata in
two parts: Part I features Ik-Hwan Be at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall;
Part II features Soovin Kim at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, at First Baptist Church.
• A “Harlem on My Mind” concert with Lara
Downes is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at El
Adobe Recording Studio, 5301 El Paso Dr.
• Lara Downes presents “13 Ways of Looking
at the Goldbergs” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3,
at Western Hills United Methodist Church.
• Zuill Bailey joins the Las Cruces Symphony
Orchestra as guest cellist at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4-5, at NMSU’s
Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces.
A Bach’s Lunch concert by Lara Downes is
noon Thursday, Feb. 2, at the El Paso Museum
of Art. The Music Film series features “Shine”
at 7 p.m.that night at the museum. Admission is
free to both events.
NMSU Department of Music —
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at NMSU’s
Atkinson (Music Center) Recital Hall, unless
listed otherwise. Ticket information: (575) 646-
2421 or nmsu.edu/~music/.
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festivals, Dr. Michael Burkhardt is an accomplished choral clinician,
composer and organ recitalist. He will conduct and perform this
unique Massed Choir Festival in which the entire community may
participate. The Consort Singers, conducted by Bruce Nehring, will
perform one of Dr. Burkhardt`s own compositions, 'God of Rhythm,
God of Sound.¨ Also joining us will be the Handbell Choir from
Western Hills UMC, conducted by Jim Regin, and guest instrumen-
talists. The audience will be encouraged to participate as well.
Dr. Burkhardt is Director of Worship and the Arts at Holy Cross
Lutheran Church, Livonia, Michigan and Artistic Director of the
Detroit Handbell Ensemble.
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1:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at Western Hills UMC. Participation is open to all choirs
and individuals. Cost is $20 per person, which includes all music and a complimentary
festival ticket for a guest. Registration is at 8 a.m. Saturday for those who have not
registered in advance. For more information, call (915) 532-5874.
• Senior Recital: Eliza Woodyard, voice —
Sunday, Feb. 5.
• La Catrina Quartet — Monday and Tuesday,
Feb. 6-7, as part of the Faculty Recital Series.
• Johannes Möller — The guest guitarist per-
forms Thursday, Feb. 9. The Swedish guitarist
and composer has made more than 500
appearances in Europe, Asia, South and North
America. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in
the GFA Concert Artist Competition, consid-
ered by many as the world’s most prestigious
guitar competition.
• Southwest Honor Band’s NMSU Symphonic
Winds — Saturday, Feb. 11.
• Southwest Honor Band’s Honor Band
Concerts — 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.
• The 2nd annual NMSU/Warner Hutchison
Contemporary Arts Festival performances are
Feb. 13-15, focusing on contemporary music
compositions and their multi-media interaction
with other art disciplines. Admission is free, but
donations welcome.
‘Enchanted Afternoon’ — Mesilla Valley
Musical Arts host romantic music from the
Romantic era at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at St.
Patrick’s Anglican Church, 151 S. Solano in Las
Cruces, with selections by Chopin,
Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann played
by Georgina Lavery, Stephanie Robinson, Nadia
Russell and Barbara Toth. Light refreshments
served. Tickets: $15. Information/reservations:
(575) 523-7714.
Piano Recital — The El Paso Music
Teacher’s Association-Student Affiliate presents
its students in recital at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
12, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S.
San Marcial. Admission is free. Information:
532-7273.
NMSU/Warner Hutchison
Contemporary Arts Festival —NMSU
Special Events’ 2nd annual artist festival focus-
ing on contemporary music with multi-media
interaction from other disciplines is 7:30 p.m.
Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 13-15, at
NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Admission is
free, but donations to the Warner Hutchinson
Music Scholarship Fund appreciated.
Information: (575) 646-2901 or (575) 646-4814
• Monday features the works of John Cage,
Kurt Schwitters, the world premiere of a work
by Tom Smith and a performance by electronic
music duo “Pincushioned.”
• Tuesday offers works by James Grant, Lon
Chafflin and the world premiere of a work by
Warner Hutchison.
• Wednesday features an exploration of the
text of Federico Garcia Lorca in conjunction
with NMSU Music Department, Dance
Department and Creative Media Institute.
Featured performers include Links Transmedia
Ensemble, La Catrina String Quartet,
Pincushioned, Kristen Loree, Monika Mojica,
Fred Bugbee, Rhonda Taylor, Martha Rowe and
Jim Shearer.
Chamber Choir concert — El Paso Choral
Society’s Chamber Choir and Orchestra, con-
ducted by Prentice Loftin, performs Bach’s
“Magnificat,” Daniel Pinkham’s “Wedding
Cantata” and Mozart’s “Violin Concerto #4” at
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Trinity First United
Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa. Tickets: $15
($10 seniors and military; $5 students).
Information/tickets: 479-0156.
Andrey Ponochevny — Las Cruces Civic
Concert Association presents the Russian classi-
cal pianist and Bronze Medal winner of the
2002 International Tchaikovsky piano competi-
tion in Moscow at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at
the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the
Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $20.
Information: (575) 521-4051.
Ponochevny was honored as the featured
pianist at the General Assembly of the World
Federation of International Music Competitions
in Washington, D.C.
‘Die Fledermaus’ — Doña Ana Lyric
Opera presents Johann Strauss’s operetta Feb.
24-26, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and
3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 and $20
(Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1986.
This lively farce is Strauss’s most popular
operetta. The story begins when Gabriel von
Eisenstein is sentenced to eight days in prison
for insulting an official, so his friend Falke tells
him to forget his troubles for an evening and
accompany him to a ball. The fun and confusion
begin when he tells his wife he is going straight
to prison, but instead sneaks off to the ball.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra - The
Symphony performs with guest conductor
Peter Rubardt, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Feb. 24-25, in the Plaza Theatre.
Rubardt, conductor of Pensacola Symphony
Orchestra, is one of six candidates for EPSO’s
new conductor. Peter Rubardt and guest violin-
ists Chee-Yun present a program with Adams’s
“The Chairman Dances” Foxtrot for Orchestra,
Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, op. 47, D minor and
Dvorák Symphony No. 9, op. 95, E minor.
Tickets: $15-$40. ($8-$10 for students).
Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
Chee-Yun performed in the El Paso Pro-
Musica Chamber Music Festival in January.
The “Opening Notes” discussion with Rubardt
and Assistant Conductor Andres Moran is 6:30
p.m. both nights in the Philanthropy Theatre.
Discussions are free and open to the public.
Symphony subscribers can meet the guest
conductor 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
23, at a pre-dress rehearsal reception in the
Plaza Theatre lobby. Subscribers can stay for
the dress rehearsal at 7 p.m.
Anita Chen — Grant County Community
Concert Association presents the classical
musician at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at WNMU
Fine Arts Center Theater in Silver City. Chen
plays both the violin and piano with precision
and style, warmth and imagination. Admission:
$20. Information: (575) 538-5862 or
gcconcerts.org.
‘An Evening of Jazz’ — El Paso Pro-Musica
presents an evening of jazz music with two-
time Grammy nominee Philippe Quint, violin,
and the Matt Herskowitz Trio Feb. 28-29, fea-
turing the works of Claude Bolling.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at
NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall and
Wednesday at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital
Hall. Tickets: $30 ($25 seniors/military; $5 stu-
dents). Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.
Quint has emerged in recent years as one of
the few soloists to combine a remarkable
degree of lyricism, poetry and impeccable vir-
tuosity. He performs on a 1723 “Ex-
Kieseweter,” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan
to him from Clement and Karen Arrison
through the generous efforts of the Stradivari
Society.
Pianist, songwriter, composer and arranger
Herskowitz has performed classical, contempo-
rary, jazz and his own compositions to critical
acclaim. His trio was invited by Barry Manilow
to join him on his Christmas release for
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Tim Thompson — The winner of 2007’s “El
Paso’ Got Talent” contest performs original
music and covers 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28,
at Scottish Rite Temple Theatre, 301 W.
Missouri, accompanied by members of PT and
The Cruisers. Proceeds benefit the Scottish
Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Admission:
$15 ($10 students with valid ID). Information:
(9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday)
533-4409 or elpasoscottishrite.org.
Howling Coyote — The open mic for musi-
cians, poets, writers, storytellers and perform-
ance artists is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 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, (575) 523-6403 or
(915) 799-5684.
Literary Open Mic is 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rio
Grande Theatre auditorium.
Zulema Villela — “La Sirenita” performs at
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Club 101, 9515
Viscount, with Mariachi Real de Jalisco. Doors
open at 7 p.m. Free snacks with dance music
by local band 7-8 p.m. Tickets are $10, avail-
able at door or call 244-8751. Reservations:
544-2101.
Daniel Salazar & Tlaloc Polo — The duo
performs Saturday, Feb. 11, at La Tierra Cafe,
1731 Montana. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner
served at 6:45 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Seating
limited; reservations required. Tickets: $32 for
dinner and show. Information: 533-8890 or
latierracafe.com.
The March dinner show is a performance by
Hamsa-American Tribal Belly Dance Saturday,
March 3, in celebration of International
Women’s Day.
Sun City Singers — The chorus, directed
by Dr. Carl Smith, rehearses at 7 p.m. Mondays
at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1810 Elm. All
voices needed. Next concert is at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19, at the church hall.
Information: 261-3963 or
drcarlwsmith@yahoo.com.
Digital Leather — The synth punk act per-
forms Friday, Feb. 17, at M’s Lips Lounge, 510
N. Stanton, in promotion of the new CD
“Modern Problems” with guest Boring
Boyfriends. Showtime/ticket information: 566-
0376.
The Iveys CD release party — The El
Paso band announces the release of their sec-
ond CD at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at
Scottish Rite Theater, 301 West Missouri.
Tickets: $15 ($10 students with valid ID).
Parking available next door at City Hall and
behind Insights Museum after 5 p.m.
Information/reservations: All That Music &
Video, 594-9900 or the theater at 533-4409.
‘Every Other Tuesday’ — Doña Ana Arts
Council hosts a variety of musical performances
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.
• Feb. 21 — Las Cruces High School Theatre
presents “Waiting For Lefty.”
• March 6 — Alma de Arte Theatre Students
• March 20 — Big Band on the Rio Grande.
‘Gospel Explosion’ — The annual Black
History Month music event is 6 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 25, at UTEP’s Magoffin. The program will
feature El Paso Choirs and Praise Dance
Ministries. Admission: $3. Information: 747-
8650.
Ten Plus One — The percussion group per-
forms 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Azadeh
Arts, 5206 Mescalero Trail in Las Cruces.
Hanks Jazz Festival — The festival runs all
day March 1-3, in the Hanks High School audi-
torium, 2100 Lee Trevino Regional middle and
high school students will perform throughout
the festival, with a final performance on
Saturday. Details to be announced. Information:
434-9700 or hanksband.com.
PT & The Cruisers — The area variety
band performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24,
at Scottish Rite Theater, 301 West Missouri.
Tickets: $15 ($10 students with valid ID).
Parking available next door at City Hall and
behind Insights Museum after 5 p.m.
Information/reservations: All That Music &
Video, 594-9900.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
1249 Futurity Dr. (at and Sunland Park Drive),
Sunland Park, N.M.
Live music is offered 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays in
the Franklins Lounge. No cover. Information:
(575) 874-5200.
Disco with local DJs is 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Sundays. Karaoke offered with Rock The
House 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday.
Weekly winners receive gift bag with prizes.
• Friday, Jan. 27 — Inolvidable
• Sunday, Jan. 29 — Mariachi Los Galleros.
• Friday, Feb. 3 — Alex Martinez Band
• Saturday, Feb. 4 — Inolvidable
• Sunday, Feb. 5 — Mariachi El Zacatecano
• Friday, Feb. 10 — Exito
• Saturday, Feb. 11 — BJ Pando La Mezkla
Show Band
• Sunday, Feb. 12 — Mariachi Raices de
America
• Friday, Feb. 17 — Algo Nuevo
• Saturday, Feb. 18 — River City Band
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release was nominated for a Grammy for Best
Traditional Pop Album. His own composition,
“Jerusalem Trilogy,” was performed at the El
Paso Pro Musica Chamber Music Festival in
2010.
Selections include Herskowitz’s arrangement
of Bach’s Prelude in C minor, Well Tempered
Clavier Book 2. “Bach à la Jazz” from the film
“The Triplets of Belleville,” as well as his
arrangements of Bach’s Preambulum from
Partita no. 5 in G major, Robert Shumann’s
Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 Allegro affettuoso
and Toccata in C major, Op. 7, and Fédéric
Chopin’s Sonata no.2 in Bb minor, Op. 35
Grave – Doppio movimento.
The program’s second half features Claude
Bolling’s Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio.
New Horizons Symphony — The sym-
phony performs “From Russia With Love” at
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at NMSU’s
Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Admission
is free. Information: (575) 522-5571 or
nhsocruces.com.
Young People’s Concerts: ‘The
Orchestra Rocks’ — The El Paso
Symphony Orchestra presents the 72nd season
of free programs for area fifth-graders 10:30
a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through
Friday, Feb. 29-March 2, at the Plaza Theatre.
Sponsored by El Paso Electric. The public is
invited on a space-available basis; call for avail-
ability. Information: 532-3776.
More than 15,000 fifth-grade students from
the El Paso area are treated to the free con-
certs each year.
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• Sunday, Feb. 19 — Mariachi Femenil Las
Caponeras
• Friday, Feb. 24 — The Starliners
• Saturday, Feb. 25 — BJ Pando La Mezkla
Show Band
• Sunday, Feb. 26 — Mariachi Son de Mexico.
Railroad Blues — 504 W. Holland, Alpine,
Texas. Performances begin at 10 p.m.
Information: (432) 837-3103 or
railroadblues.com.
• The O’s — The alternative country/indie
band performs Friday, Feb. 3.
• Soul Track Mind — The 7-piece soul/rock
band performs Friday, March 9.
Padre’s Marfa — 209 W. El Paso Street in
Marfa, Texas. Shows begin at 9 p.m.
Information: 432-729-4425 or
padresmarfa.com.
• Fred Eaglesmith — The Fred Eaglesmith
Traveling Show with the Fabulous Ginn Sisters
is 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. Admission: $8.
• The Tontons — The Houston band performs
Friday, Feb. 10, with guest Laura Gibson.
Admission: $6.
• Adrian and the Sickness — The rock band
returns to Marfa Saturday, Feb. 11. Admission:
$7.
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.
• Jan. 25-29 — Jerrod Carmichael.
Carmichael is a regular around some of Los
Angeles’s favorite standup shows, including
Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and
many alternative rooms. Feature act is Ace
Larson.
• Feb. 1-5 — Tom Rhodes. Rhodes, the
“International Man of Comedy,” is a 20-year
veteran of standup comedy. He starred of the
ill-fated NBC series “Mr. Rhodes” — the failure
of which led him to head overseas where he
enjoyed huge success. Feature act is Mike
James.
• Feb. 8-12 — Steve White. Listed among his
numerous movie credits are roles in “Coming
to America,” “Harlem Nights,” “Clockers,”
“Do the Right Thing,” “Jungle Fever” and “Mo
Better Blues.” Feature act is Danny Keaton.
• Feb. 15-19 —Doug Williams. Williams
landed his first role in a major film “The Nutty
Professor” starring Eddie Murphy. His offbeat
style of stand-up comedy has made him a TV
favorite from Comedy Central, including a spe-
cial on BET. He was a regular on Mike Binder’s
HBO series “The Mind of the Married Man.”
Feature act is Justine Marino.
• Feb. 22-26 — Dwayne Perkins. Perkins,
who appears often on Comedy Central and
Conan, has been getting buzz for his recurring
piece on the Jay Leno Show entitled “Great
White Moments in Black History.” He also is
part of The Bob & Tom Comedy Tour. Feature
act is Eljaye Montenegro.
Gabriel Iglesias — The “fluffy” comedian
and regional favorite “Stand-Up Revolution”
Tour is 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, UTEP’S Don
Haskins Center. Iglesias’ second one-hour spe-
cial and DVD “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy: Live
from El Paso” premiered on Comedy Central
in 2009 after being filmed in front of two sold-
out crowds. Tickets: $40. (Ticketmaster).
Alpha’s Laugh Jam — Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Theta Delta Lambda Chapter, hosts
the comedy night Saturday, Feb. 25, at the El
Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Featured
comics are Dwayne Perkins and Eljaye. Doors
open for first show at 7:06 p.m. ($20 admis-
sion); second show at 9:20 p.m. ($35) and the
After Party is at 11:30 p.m. ($25). Information
on Facebook or call 276-9189, 803-354-6983
or 301-412-6447.
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designed for women to network and come
together to listen and learn from
uplifting/encouraging speakers in various fields
of business and callings. Cost: $20. Information:
329-6733 or thewomenupliftingwomen.com.
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.
The monthly dinner is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
11, at Tabla, 115 Durango. Information/reser-
vations: 833-8705.
The monthly film in French showing is 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24. Information/location: 845-
6535.
Spring 2012 French classes have begun, but
reservations still being taken. Information: Linda
751-9719 or Maud, 833-8705.
March is the month of the Francophony and
l’Alliance Française d’El Paso is scheduling
numerous events such as crepes dinner/Mardi
Gras, art exhibits, visit to the zoo (en français),
wine degustation, and more. Details to be
announced.
Junior Woman’s Club of El Paso — The
club’s general meeting is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Woman’s Club
clubhouse, 1400 N. Mesa. Local women are
invited to learn about membership opportuni-
ties. Information: 532-6131,
jwcelpaso@yahoo.com or elpasojuniorwoman-
sclub.org.
El Paso Christian Women’s Connection
— The group hosts its “Loving Hearts” lunch-
eon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at
El Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway, with
inspirational speaker Gail Omohundro and a
presentation by this month’s outreach, Mustard
Seed Cafe. Also featured is Michelle Lewis, of
31 Gifts. Reservation deadline is Feb. 15. Cost:
$13 (cash or check only). Information/reserva-
tions: 598-0811 or
elpasotxcwc.ezweb123.com.
La Leche League of East El Paso — The
nonprofit group, dedicated to providing educa-
tion and support to women who want to
breastfeed, meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21,
at Sierra Providence East Medical Center, 3280
Joe Battle (at Edgemere). Pregnant women and
breastfeeding mothers and their babies are
welcome. Admission is free.
Information: (586) 419-1947 or llli.org.
El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild —
Regular monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the
second Thursday of the month, at Trinity
Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at
Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30
p.m. The non-profit organization promotes
quilting among interested persons, and brings
the beginner, experienced, younger and older
quilters together for various events and proj-
ects. Information: 751-2132 (leave message).
Amateur Radio Clubs — Two
amateur/Ham radio clubs meet monthly in El
Paso:
• Sun City Amateur Radio Club (ARC) —
Business meetings for this Ham Radio club are
7 p.m. the first Friday of the month, with “pro-
gram nights” 7 p.m. the third Friday of the
month at 3709 Wickham. Information: 585-
8132, k5wph.org or kd6cub@sbcglobal.net.
• El Paso Amateur Radio Club — Meetings are
8 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of the
month at 2100 San Diego. Information:
w5es.org or k5trw@elp.rr.com.
Individuals interested in earning a Ham Radio
license may contact either club. Morse Code is
no longer required for operators.
Bridge leagues — Duplicate bridge events
are hosted at Decker Bridge Center, Unit 159,
2216 East Yandell. Admission: $5. Information:
544-6565 or elpasobridge.com. Managers:
Peggy Craig, 581-0371 or Steve Nordberg,
833-5915.
Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group,
founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting
things to do and see in and around El Paso.
The monthly luncheon is noon Tuesday, Feb.
28, at Woman’s Club of El Paso. Reservations
required. Information/reservations: 584-3126.
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.
Area attractions
Indian Cliffs Ranch —The working cattle
ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo,
longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and
the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to
the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse.
Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattle-
manssteakhouse.com.
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.
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.
Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only pub-
licly accessible mountain tramway gives passen-
gers a view of 7,000 square miles, two coun-
tries and three states (Texas, New Mexico and
Chihuahua) from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632
feet. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children
12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour
before closing. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday
and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 566-
6622. Closed Monday through Thursday.
Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed
by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of
Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there:
Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the
mountain.
Mount Cristo Rey — The four-story-tall
statue of Christ on the cross tops the moun-
tain, 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland
Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas
and New Mexico. Built in 1938-40 by sculptor
Urbici Soler, the monument is accessible off
McNutt Road (Highway 273) in Sunland Park —
take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross
the Rio Grande.
Because of safety concerns, people are
advised to hike only in groups. The best time to
hike is when volunteers are working on trail
maintenance, usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.
For information on Saturday hiking times, call
252-9840.
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.
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular
for its homemade asadero cheese products is
located at 11951 Glorieta 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.
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.
Sunland Winery — Located at Art & Frame
Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M.
The winery is open 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays for
free wine tasting; wine also sold by the glass.
Monthly tasting and painting classes offered.
Wine making classes also available; call for
schedule. Information: (575) 589-1214.
From I-10, take Sunland Park to Futurity, turn
right, then left of Trifecta and right on Victory.
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Barrio Tour — El Paso Chicano(a) History
Preservation Project and San Juan
Neighborhood Association hosts an hour-long
tour of one of El Paso’s oldest Mexican
American neighborhoods at 9 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 4, starting in plaza next to the San Juan
Recreation Center, 701 N. Glenwood.
Suggested donation: $5. Information/RSVP:
258-0989 or rayerojas@gmail.com.
Tour will include talks on dairies, San Juan
Catholic Church, Hawkins School, coming of I-
10, famous sanjuaneros and more. A round-
table with senior San Juan residents will take
place after the tour.
Concordia ghost tour — Concordia
Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte
Paranormal Society hosts its monthly ghost
tour of the historic Concordia Cemetery 9 to
11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Visit the haunted
sites where people have reported seeing a
Lady in White, and other ghostly apparitions.
Tours start under the big tree near the Yandell
Street entrance. Ages 13 and older welcome.
Cost: $10 per person donation. Reservations
required as space is limited. Information: 373-
1513 or help@ghosts915.com.
Bring recording equipment, cameras, extra
batteries, flashlight, comfortable (closed toe)
walking shoes and jacket in cooler months.
Casas de Antaño (Houses of
Yesteryear) — Mesilla Valley Preservation,
Inc.’s 2012 “Houses of Yesteryear” Tour of
Historic Homes is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
11, with tours of seven buildings in the historic
center of Las Cruces with focus on homes
standing at the time of New Mexico statehood
in 1912. Cost: $15 (includes map and informa-
tional booklet); available the day or the tour ate
any of the featured homes.
Information/addresses of featured homes: (575)
644-0599 or mvpres.org.
Two of the sites, the Armijo House and
Amador Hotel, are currently undergoing
restoration, providing visitors with opportuni-
ties to see ongoing preservation efforts. Two
other properties, the Sam Bean House (broth-
er of Judge Roy Bean) and the Charles W.
Turner House will also be featured.
Downtown Walking Railroad Tour —
The Railroad and Transportation Museum of El
Paso will host the walking tour of sites related
to railroad history at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
18, starting at Cleveland Square, near the
Museum of History and Downtown library
branch. Learn about two stage station sites, the
Transcontinental rail line built by Chinese work-
ers in 1881 for the Southern Pacific, El Paso &
Southwestern Depot in the 1881 train yard,
1880s buildings and a Victorian neighborhood,
Mule Car and Streetcar lines and more. The
tour consists for two hour-long walks with
lunch break in between.
Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. Cost: $5
(discount for students, teachers and military;
free for children). Information: 422-3420, 256-
4409 or elpasorails.org.
El Paso Archaeological Society — The
society’s monthly meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 19, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology,
4301 Transmountain. El Paso archaeologist Javi
Vasquez will report on the first season of inves-
tigations at Sierra Diablo Cave in Hudspeth
County. Vasquez’s work at Sierra Diablo Cave
is part of his master’s program in anthropology
at UTEP. Admission is free. Information: 755-
4332, 433-4130 or epas.com.
Chamizal galleries — Chamizal National
Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Hours are 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday for
Abrazos Gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday for Paisanos Gallery, weekends
by request. Admission is free. Information: 532-
7273.
Showing Jan. 26-Feb. 20 in Los Paisanos
Gallery: “Charreria” photographic exhibition
presented by the Mexican Consulate in El Paso
The exhibition documents the historical and
cultural themes of Mexican Charreria, which is
similar to American rodeo.
Opening Feb. 23 in the Abrazos Gallery:
“Voices of the Chamizal” The exhibit intro-
duces visitors to the human story of the long-
standing Chamizal dispute by showcasing per-
sonal stories of individuals beginning in 1848
and ending in present day.
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Santa Fe. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is free.
Information: 351-3588. For exhibit and special
event information, see “At the Museum” listing.
El Paso-Juarez Historical Museum —
Curator and founder is historian Fred Morales,
who hosts historic exhibits at various locations
and walking tours. Information: 771-6727, fred-
morales7@yahoo.com, or
elpasowalkingtours.com.
Walking tours are at 1 p.m. the last Saturday
of the month. Cost is $5.
Chamizal National Memorial — 800 S.
San Marcial. The National Park Service oper-
ates the memorial on land once claimed by
Mexico as part of a decades-long dispute over
the international boundary. The visitor center
has an exhibit on the history of the Chamizal
dispute, including a video presentation. Park
grounds and picnic area open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
daily; visitors center open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is
free. Information: 532-7273.
Ranger talks are 2 p.m. every Saturday in the
Visitor Center (at the boundary marker
between the flags).
Free ranger guided tours and interpretive
programs are offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and
Thursdays. Storytime with park rangers are 10
to 11:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month.
Saturday Morning Crafts arts and crafts pro-
gram for ages 5 to 11 and their chaperones are
planned one Saturday of the month.
Admission is free to both storytime and crafts,
but space is limited: call for reservations.
Los Portales Museum and Visitor
Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. The muse-
um is operated by the San Elizario Genealogy
and Historical Society, and is housed in an
1850s Territorial-style building across from the
San Elizario church. It offers gifts, family trees,
historical artifacts as well as information on the
“First Thanksgiving” and the Salt War of 1877.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is
free. Information: 851-1682.
Mission Trail — Three historic churches lie
within eight miles of each other in El Paso
County’s Mission Valley.
• Mission Ysleta — Spanish and Tigua Indian
refugees from northern New Mexico founded
the community in the 1680s. The first mission
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Centro Cultural Universitario —
Plutarco Elias Calles and Av. Hermanos
Escobar, Juárez (5 minutes from Bridge of the
Americas).
• Ensamble Coral Universitario presents an
“Around The World Concert” at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28.
• Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil UACJ with
Surprise Symphony perform at 7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 17. Tickets at university library at Centro
Cultural Paso del Norte and at the door.
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.
Opening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2: Paintings
by Tomas Marquez.
Poliforo Juan Gabriel — Av. Heroico
Colegio Militar across from the Benito Juárez
soccer stadium. Tickets available at donbole-
ton.com (6-13-4444).
• Three vs. Stress, a comic play with
Albertano, Margara Francisca and The Macaco,
is performed at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Tickets:
200, 275, 330 and 385 pesos.
• Singing sensation Espinoza Paz and guest
group perform Sunday, Feb. 12. Doors open at
7 p.m. Tickets: 200, 500, 800 and 1,000 pesos.
Auditorio Civico Municipal Benito
Juárez —Calle Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente
Guerrero, across from Parque Borunda.
• The Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb
presents its live show at 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5. Tickets: 110 and 130 pesos,
available at donboleton.com and Hotel Lucerna
ticket booth, 6-29-9900.
• Marisol Garcia headlines a concert of
Christian music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
Tickets: donboleton.com.
Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez — Calle
Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio
Ramirez). Information: : 639 11 00/01 or ciu-
dadjuarez.af.org.mx. Admission is free.
• Cine Club presents “Moliere” at 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10.
• Mardi Gras celebration is at 7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 24.
Matices Culturales - The annual series is
presented by Amigos de la Fundacion
Mascareñas is presented at Auditorio Benito
Juarez, Ignacio Ramirez at Vicente Guerrero Av.
in front of Parque Borunda.
• Javier Nandayapa y Cuarteto de Cuerdas, 8
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
• Sheila Ríos, 8 p.m. Friday, March 2.
Information: 612-31-75 or 612-40-75. In El
Paso: 544-5118. Web: fmascarenas.org.
Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás
Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and
Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• Special Valentines Day meals all day Tuesday,
Feb. 14.
• Lovin the 80’S Dancing 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
18. Dress in ‘80s style. Admission: 295 pesos,
includes soft drinks. BYOB.
Hotel Lucerna —Paseo Triunfa de la
Repubica near Av. Lopez Mateos. The play “Un
mimo en la ciudad” is at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.
Tickets at donboleton.com.
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte —Av.
Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the
Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or
ccpn.com.mx.
• “Un amante sin...verguenza,” a comic play
with Barbara Tarin (Excelsa) ,Tanya Vazquez,
Jorge Aravena, Carlos Ignacio and Raymundo
Capetillo is at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Monday, Feb.
20. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• “El Cavernicola (The Cave Man),” a mono-
logue with Cesar Bono, is at 7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Feb. 24-25. Tickets at
donboleton.com.
Museo de INBA — Circuito Jose Reyes
Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Information: 616-7414.
Showing in February: Works by Annabel
Livermore. Call for dates.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera
— Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave.
Juárez. The history museum in the Old
Customs House documents the Mexican
Revolution. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday. On exhibit:
Revolutionary objects and documents donated
by or on loan from Juárez families.
‘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
2 022988 (cobracollectionag@hotmail.com or
walteraleisterschaefer@gmail.com)
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was built in 1692 and rebuilt completely in both
the 18th and 19th centuries. The current struc-
ture was built in 1851. It’s near Zaragoza and
Alameda on the Tigua Reservation. Information:
851-9997 (El Paso Mission Trail Association).
• Mission Socorro — The first adobe structure
in Socorro was built in 1692, and like nearby
Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later
centuries. The current structure dates back to
1843, with additions completed in 1873. It’s off
Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
• San Elizario Chapel — Established in 1789 as
a Spanish presidio, or fort, to protect the
Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county
seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877,
replacing a church built about 25 years earlier.
Technically, San Elizario Chapel is a presidio
church, not a mission. It’s on the San Elizario
plaza, off Socorro Road, 5.5 miles southeast of
Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail that
Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a
friend. Group tours are available. For San
Elizario tour information, call 851-1682.
San Elizario Veterans Museum and
Memorial Walk — The museum, operated
and managed by the non-profit San Elizario
Veterans Committee of the San Elizario
Genealogy and Historical Society, is at 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.
Fort Bayard Tours — Fort Bayard Historic
Preservation Society hosts guided tours of the
historic fort at 9:30 a.m. the second and fourth
Saturday of the month through April, at Fort
Bayard National Historic Landmark, 6 miles
east of Silver City, N.M. Society members will
tell about the beginnings of Fort Bayard in
1866, the Buffalo Soldiers, and history including
famous and non-famous residents its medical
history. Most tours include entrance to the
Commanding Officer’s home and 1939 New
Deal Theater included. Tours last around two
hours. All ages and leashed dogs welcome.
Wear walking shoes. Cost: $3 suggested dona-
tion; gift shop available. Information: (307) 640-
3012 or (575) 388-4477 or fortbayard.org.
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. Fort Selden was a 19th-century
adobe fort established to protect early settlers
from Indian raids. From Las Cruces, take I-25
north to Exit 19.
Mimbres Culture Heritage Site — The
Mattocks Ruin, a world famous archeological
site in Mimbres, N.M. is now open 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. daily, and is the only Mimbres site open to
the public. Information: (575) 536-9337.
The site is at 14 Sage Rd., Mimbres, N.M. off
NM 35, about 3 miles from the intersection of
NM 152 and NM 35.
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El Paso Scene
Harlem Globetrotters —The famed wiz-
ards of basketball bring the 2012 World Tour to
the area 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Pan
Am Center, Las Cruces. Tickets: $20-$77
stands; $107 courtside. (Ticketmaster).
The outstanding rookies include Paul “Tiny”
Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball play-
er at 7-8, Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest
Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima “TNT”
Maddox of Temple University, the team’s first
female player since 1993 and ninth female in
team history. The new Globetrotters also fea-
ture the top three finishers from the 2011
College Slam Dunk Contest.
Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull
Riding — Four-time World Champion Bull
Rider and El Paso native Tuff Hedeman pres-
ents the World Championship bull riding event
at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the El Paso
County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. This event
sells out every year. Tickets: $10-$75
(Ticketmaster). Military discount available.
Information: 544-9000, 1-800-745-3000 or
CBRbull.com.
El Paso Golden Gloves Tournament —
The 70th annual showcase for regional amateur
boxers is Feb. 17-19, at El Paso County
Coliseum. Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 3
p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Amateur boxers
from throughout the region vie for titles in the
Junior Olympic, Novice and Open Classes.
Champions in the Open Class will represent El
Paso at the state tournament in Fort Worth.
Former regional titlists will be honored Sunday
with a Parade of Champions. Tickets: $10 ($5
military, seniors, students). Information:
Ladislao Vicencio, 203-0493.
El Paso Rhinos - El Paso’s Junior League ice
hockey team home games are at the Sierra
Providence Events Center, next to the
Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. February game
times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and
4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 general admis-
sion; $10, $15 and $20 reserved. Information:
479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.
• Feb. 17-19 - Fort Worth Brahmas
• Feb. 24-26 - Dallas Ice Jets.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
The live horse racing season runs through
April 17. Race days are Tuesdays, Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays. First post is 12:25 p.m.
General admission is free to the track and casi-
no. Turf Club seating is $7. Information: (575)
874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday.
General admission and parking are free.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam –
The U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam is 7 p.m.
Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, at
Sun Bowl Stadium. Tickets: $10 (Ticketmaster).
Information: monsterjam.com.
College sports
UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games
are at the Don Haskins Center. Game time is 7
p.m. Tickets: $14-$50 (Ticketmaster).
Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Saturday, Feb. 4 — UAB
• Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Tulsa
• Saturday, Feb. 11 — Tulane
• Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Southern Miss
• Wednesday, Feb. 29 — Rice.
UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home
games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets:
$5 (Ticketmaster).Information: 747-5234 or
utepathletics.com
• 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 — UCF
• 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 — Marshall
• 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 — Tulane.
• 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 — SMU
• 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 — Rice.
NMSU Men’s Basketball — Home games
are 7 p.m. (except as listed) at the Pan
American Center in Las Cruces. Tickets: $7-
$29. Information: (575) 646-1447.
• 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28 — Fresno State
• Wednesday, Feb. 1 — Cal State Bakersfield
• Saturday, Feb. 4 — Louisiana Tech
• Tuesday, Feb. 14 — Northern New Mexico
• Thursday, Feb. 23 — Hawaii
• Saturday, Feb. 25 — San Jose State
The ESPNU Bracketbuster tournament is
Saturday, Feb. 18.
NMSU Women’s Basketball — The Lady
Aggies’ home games are at Pan Am Center in
Las Cruces. Tickets: $5.(Ticketmaster)
Information: (575) 646-1447.
• 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 — Louisiana
Tech.
• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 — Fresno State
• 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 — Nevada.
• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 — Hawaii
• 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 — San Jose State.
UTEP Tennis — UTEP’s home tennis match-
es are at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 N. St. Vrain
(in Arroyo Park). Matches start at 1 p.m. (9
a.m. Saturday matches), unless otherwise list-
ed. Admission is free. Information: 747-5347 or
utepathletics.com.
• Friday, Feb. 3 — Northern Arizona
• Saturday, Feb. 4 — Air Force
• Friday, Feb. 24 — UT-Permian Basin
• Thursday, March 1 — New Mexico
• Friday, March 2 — Idaho
UTEP Softball — The women Miners soft-
ball team hosts home games at UTEP’s Helen
of Troy Complex. Information: 747-5347 or
utepathletics.com.
• 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 - Santa Clara
• 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 - Indiana (Hotel
Encanto Tournament game)
• Noon, Sunday, Feb. 12 - Santa Clara (Hotel
Encanto Tournament game)
• 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 - New Mexico State
University.
Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso
Community College play home games at the
Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field. Admission
is free. Information: 831-2275. All games are
doubleheaders.
• Jan. 27-29 vs. Scottsdale CC. Game time is
2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday
• Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 7, vs. Eastern Arizona
Tejanas softball — The EPCC Tejanas’
home games are at the Valle Verde Softball
Field. First home games are doubleheaders 11
a.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday March 2-3
against Odessa. Admission is free. Information:
831-2275. Softball office: 831-2367.
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Bicycling
El Paso Bicycle Club - Club events are
open to the public; helmets required.
Information: elpasobicycleclub.com.
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 — Meet at parking
lot across from Eagle Grocery on Hwy 28 in La
Mesa. Interesting loop to Vado, a small scenic
climb up the east mesa and down to the rollers
to Cruces and back on Highway 28. 40 miles,
moderate pace. Linda Price, 433-4188.
• 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 — Meet at Crazy
Cat Cyclery, Redd Road at I-10. Ride out the
rollers and up Anthony Gap and back on the
rollers. 30 miles, moderate pace. Charlie
Gallarzo, 241-3373.
• 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 — Choose your
distance to Hatch, N.M. at a moderate, talk-
friendly pace. Options for round trips of 104,
80, and 43 miles. The 104-milers leave La Mesa
at 8 a.m. and arrive at The Bean at 8:45. The
80-milers depart from The Bean at 9 a.m. and
arrive at Fort Selden at 10:15 a.m. The 43-mil-
ers leave Fort Selden at 10:30 a.m. Destination
is Sparky’s in Hatch for their famous green
chile cheeseburger. Bring a driver’s license or
other ID for Border Patrol station on NM 185.
Those departing from Mesilla should park at
the municipal lot south of The Bean. Jess
Waller, 575-496-1682
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 – Meet at Rio Plaza
(Artcraft and Upper Valley). Ride up Artcraft to
Santa Teresa Border Crossing and on to La
Union via McNutt, Alvarez and Mercantil then
back on 28. Moderate pace, 32 miles. Dan
Cavazos, 422-0172.
• 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 — Meet at Rio
Plaza and ride to Vinton and up to rollers to
Transmountain summit – back down to Tom
Mays Park, then rollers to Vinton and back via
the Valley. 25 miles, moderate to fast pace.
Randy Limbird, 328-4110.
• 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 — Leave from
Crazy Cat on Redd Rd. and ride rollers to
Vado. Take the scenic, short climb from there
up the east mesa and back on rollers. 40 miles,
moderate pace. Rick Rivas, 867-7199.
• 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 — Start at
Starview Coffeehouse in La Union (NM 28 at
Vinton Rd). Take Mercantil, Alvarez and
McNutt to Artcraft and border crossing, return
same route. 30 miles, moderate pace. Sylvia
Mejia, 740-9033.
• 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 — Meet EP Cyclists
at the McDonald’s (Loop 375 and Edgemere)
to ride Montana to Border Patrol checkpoint
and back. Nice climb with a rewarding downhill
return. 45 miles, moderate pace. Manuel
Valadez, 915-861-2311.
Recreational Sports
Spring Volleyball Leagues — City of El
Paso Parks and Recreation Department and
NCAA Rules hosts spring volleyball leagues
Tuesdays and Fridays, Feb. 6-April 13. Ten
games including double elimination playoffs.
Registration deadline is Feb. 3. Co-ed adult
league cost is $275 per team and Youth Club
Volleyball is $220 per team. Information: 757-
2743 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
Indoor Soccer Tournament — The Fort
Bliss indoor tournament Feb. 4-5, at Biggs
Gym, open to both military and from the sur-
rounding community. Each team guaranteed
three games; group play into single elimination
bracket format. Registration (through Jan. 31):
$200 per team. Information/registration: 241-
4382 or hermann.j.groombridge.mil@mail.mil.
Sun City Kickball — Registration has begun
for the co-ed adult league’s spring season.
Games are Thursdays beginning April 19 at
Modesto Gomez Park, 4600 Edna. Cost: $35
per player (age 21 and older). Registration
forms at elpasokickball.com.
Runs and walks
R.J. Toddler Trot — The Montwood High
School Families Battling Cancer hosts its 2nd
annual 5K run and 1 mile walk in honor of the
R.J. Seeburg Family at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan.
29, at Montwood High School, 12000
Montwood. Cost: $20 individuals ($15 per per-
son for teams of 10 or more). Race day regis-
tration: $25. Information: Mike Coulter, 274-
5222 or 881-4590. Online registration at
raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan.
27, at Montwood High, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28, at Up and Running East,
1475 George Dieter, Suite O, and 7 to 8 a.m.
on race day at the starting line.
El Paso Michelob Ultra Marathon and
1/2 Marathon — The 6th annual multi-state
marathon and half-marathon and Jarritos 5K
run/walk is Sunday, Feb. 5. Information: 274-
5222 or elpasomarathon.org.
Registration through Feb. 3 is $80 full
marathon; $55 half-marathon and $40 5K.
Registration during the pre-Race Expo is $65
full marathon; $55 half-marathon and $40 5K.
Military discount of $5 per race.
The marathon route for this Boston Marathon
qualifier starts atop the Franklin Mountains
down Transmountain Road, passes through Fort
Bliss and finishes in Downtown El Paso.
The half marathon route begins and ends in
downtown El Paso and will take runners to the
Austin Terrace neighborhood and back.
The 5K event is through downtown.
Cupid’s Chase 5K — The Las Cruces and
El Paso 5K run and 1-mile fun walk benefiting
Community Options is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
11, at Old Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago
in Mesilla. Registration: $35 ($50 day of race).
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Information: (575)
532-9275 or hector.johnson@comop.org.
Online registration at active.com.
Valentine’s Day Runs — The City of Las
Cruces Parks & Recreation Department ‘s 5K
race and fun run are Saturday, Feb. 11, begin-
ning and ending at the Kohl’s parking lot, 2500
N. Triviz, in Las Cruces. Fun run begins at 8
a.m. with 5K immediately following.
Register at Meerscheidt Recreation Center,
1600 E. Hadley. Cost for 5K: $15 in advance;
$20 day of run. Fun run cost: $10. Information:
(575) 541-2563.
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Race for the Cure — The 19th annual
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s
5K Race for the Cure is Sunday, Feb. 19, at
Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North. The
fundraiser has become one of the region’s
biggest races. Events include a 5K competitive
run at 8 a.m., and a 5K and1-mile noncompeti-
tive run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Grounds open at 6
a.m. Survivors’ Celebration/Awards are 10:30
to 11:30 a.m.
Parking is at Cohen Stadium, EPCC
Transmountain Campus and Northpark Mall
(shuttle service provided from EPCC and
Northpark).
Entry fees: $35 for competitive 5K, $30 for
noncompetitive 5K/1-mile, $10 for Kids for the
Cure (ages 5-12); $35 for Sleep in for the Cure.
Registration/information: 533-4433 or
komenelpaso.org. Online registration available
through noon Feb. 9.
On-site registration is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11-
12, at Sunland Park Mall; and 2-8 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16-18, at Cielo Vista
Mall.
Jack Rabbit Classic — The 12th annual trail
and road runs are 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at
Franklin Mountain State Park, Tom Mays Unit,
off Transmountain Road. Events include 7.5 mile
and 3.5-mile trail runs and a 5K paved road run.
Cost: $20 for 5K and $25 for trail runs by Feb.
23; $25 for 5K and $30 for trail runs Feb. 24-
25. No race day registration. Spectator fee is
$4 for park entrance. Information: Chris, 478-
5663 or tpwd.state.tx.us. Online registration
through 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at raceadventuresunlim-
ited.com.
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Feb. 24-25 at Up and Running, 3233
N. Mesa. All runners must pick up packets and
park entrance permit prior to race day.
50-Plus Walking Group — City of Las
Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts
free walks targeted for ages 50 years and older
at 9 a.m. selected Tuesdays and Thursdays in
December at various locations. Information:
(575) 541-2550.
• Thursday, Jan. 26 — Mesilla Park
Community Center, 304 W. Bell
• Tuesday, Feb. 7 — Desert Trails Community
Park, 3492 Sonora Springs (off Roadrunner
Parkway)
• Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Baylor Canyon (US-70
east to Baylor Canyon Road at trail head)
• Thursday, Feb. 16 — Sam Graft Park, 4230
Sedona Hills Parkway
• Tuesday, Feb. 21 — NMSU campus track
• Thursday, Feb. 23 — Tony Gomez Park,
2010 Espina Street (at Farney)
• Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Chihuahuan Desert
Nature Park on Jornada Road (US-70 east to
Mesa Grande).
Walk For Literacy — Dr. Nixon Elementary
School’s PTA hosts its inaugural 5K race and 1
mile fun run/walk benefiting the school’s litera-
cy development is 8 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at
the school, 11141 Loma Roja. Trophies for top
three male and female runners and for the
largest team and military team. Metals to top
three male and female in age groups 9 and
younger. First 200 runners receive t-shirt. Cost:
$20 after March 2 (team discount for 10 per-
sons or more is $5 per person. Information:
274-5222 Online registration through Feb. 29
at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Pre-race packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, at Up and Running, 1475
George Dieter. Race day registration and pack-
et pickup is 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Winter sports
Ski Cloudcroft —The southernmost ski
area in the United States is two miles east of
Cloudcroft on U.S. 82, has 26 trails with two
ski lifts, plus a tubing lift, rental shop,
“Mustard’s Last Stand” restaurant, vertical drop
700 feet, snowboarding, tubing with elevations
of 8,350 to 9,050 feet. Open late fall through
early spring, pending weather conditions.
Information/snow conditions: (575) 682-2333
or skicloudcroft.net.
Lift tickets: $35 ($25 age 12 and younger for
full day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $28 ($20 age 12 and
younger) for half day 1 to 4 p.m. Ski, and snow-
board rentals available, and beginner ski school
packages offered.
Tubing available for $20 per day; $14 half day
(weekends only).
Ski Apache —Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and
snowboarding area, now in its 50th season, has
11 lifts and 55 trails on the slopes of Sierra
Blanca, with a base elevation of 9,600.
The ski area usually opens Thanksgiving week-
end and remains open through March, depend-
ing on conditions. The 24-hour Ski Apache
Snow Report number is (575) 257-9001.
Information: (575) 464-3600 or skiapache.com.
Lifts are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
depending on weather conditions. All-day lift
tickets are $54 ($45 age 13-17; $34 12 and
younger; free for ages 70 and older. (Prices
slightly higher on peak days). Military discounts
available. Season passes: $200-$600. Discounts
available for multiple-day or half-day skiing.
Gondola ride tickets are $16 ($10 age 6-12;
free age 5 and younger).
The full rental package starts at $20 a day;
$12 for children 12 and under.
Ski Apache offers first-time skiers a free lift
ticket with beginner lessons.
The ski shop is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
daily (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on peak days)
Ski Apache is 130 miles from El Paso, and the
drive takes about 3 hours. From Alamogordo,
take U.S. 70/54 north to Tularosa, then follow
U.S. 70 east to Ruidoso. Turn left on NM 48
and go six miles north. Take NM 532 to the ski
area — it’s a slow, winding 12-mile climb.
Public Ice Skating — Skating offered 7 to
10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10
p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays at
the Sierra Providence Event Center next to the
Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. No public skating
Friday, Feb. 17 and 24, and 7 to 10 Saturday,
Feb. 18, due to Rhinos home games. All ages
welcome. Admission (includes skate rental): $8
($6 military). Spectator admission is free.
Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasohock-
ey.org.
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T
his month’s subject is so huge
that it’s like trying to pour bath-
water into a milk carton. This
article should be a book! Nevertheless,
here we go.
One big word. Think globalization. We
can define this very complicated term
as the network that today comprises a
one-world marketplace, with products
produced anywhere in the world for
export and import. This international
network brings together corporations,
banking, technology, loans, profits,
international finance, governments,
labor, management, environmental con-
cerns, working conditions and cultures.
To illustrate, in my closets and drawers
are items from China (naturally),
Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Mexico, Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Taiwan,
Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia,
Vietnam, Indonesia, and Dominican
Republic. Hardly any are from the U.S.
but I would wager that most or all of
the foreign-made items were once pro-
duced in the U.S. That’s globalization.
Benefits. On nearly any issue, two
sides emerge, especially if the issue is
convoluted. First, the benefits: similari-
ty of economic interests worldwide,
higher production efficiency, more
product variety, lower prices, increased
investments, wider sharing of technolo-
gy and instantaneous movement of
money around the world. Last of all,
healthy corporate profits make happy
CEOs, mostly through cheap labor.
Problems. The disadvantages: unjust
corporate influence over developing
countries, upsets in traditional cultures,
damage to the environment (filthy air in
China pollutes air even in the U.S.),
worker sweatshops (Apple in China,
Nike, clothing industry mostly in Asia
but also in Los Angeles), secret agree-
ments by invisible bureaucrats that can
trump national laws, danger of interna-
tional crises (Greece, the Euro) when
any single national economy collapses,
increased global drug traffic with surge
of crime and violence, and hefty corpo-
rate profits but only a trickle for the
people. Instead of globalization raising
all boats, too often it lifts all yachts
(William Coffin).
A sad story. Consider industrial pro-
duction with wages and benefits that
once made America’s economy the
envy of the world. But now view that
image shrunk to many abandoned, rusty
factory buildings, long unemployment
lines and today’s labor fighting for its
rights. Powerful corporations close fac-
tories, dismiss workers, move abroad
and leave impoverished communities
behind. What about corporations that
avoid collapse with federal bailouts,
then turn around and spend their profits
abroad? What about industrial closures
that increase unemployment while job
losses ripple along the entire chain of
suppliers? What about when unemploy-
ment assistance ends and we see
demoralized families, hungry children,
and sometimes family break-ups? What
about lower tax income that forces gov-
ernments to face huge shortfalls, cut
personnel, and swell unemployment
rolls?
Especially egregious are those corpo-
rations that move businesses and
finances abroad only to
use tricks to evade taxes to their own
country! Now the final irony: Recent
studies have revealed that many such
transferred products often can now be
produced in this country at less or only
slightly more cost, particularly as com-
panies consider moving back to the
U.S. because of rising shipping expens-
es. Where are the socially concerned
corporate stockholders in this tangle?
Hispanics. Now let’s finally but all-too
briefly come to Hispanics. Whirlpool
washers made in Germany. Microwave
ovens in Sweden, China, and
Oklahoma. U.S. refrigerators in Brazil.
Walmart vegetables from Brazil, cus-
tomer service responders from India.
Some cameras designed and developed
in the U.S, made in China, imported
back to the U.S. Supposing those jobs
come back home, how many of those
once-American jobs would be open for
Hispanics and others, both skilled and
unskilled?
Despite the impact of 50 million
Hispanics/Latinos who form the second
largest consumer group in the U.S.,
Hispanic unemployment still hovers at
13.2 million. That means one in four
Hispanics unemployed. In fact, since
the 1980s when globalization began to
spread so rapidly and particularly since
2000, Hispanic family assets have
shrunk 66 percent. Poverty continues
and worsens in barrios across the coun-
ty, and children suffer most.
Wrap-up. If we have tried to pour a
few drops of a humongous, unruly topic
into a milk carton, we hope some of
that water makes its way into the car-
ton. In which case, maybe, just maybe,
enough drops spill inside to make this
complexity a tad clearer. Certainly,
what is clear, we can assume globaliza-
tion is here to stay, whether for better or
worse. As one expert expressed it, you
can’t back up Niagara Falls. In general,
globalization probably is more positive
than negative, or perhaps a toss-up. Yet,
if the global economy comes apart, who
knows what happens to globalization or
anything else! Unfortunately, no one
has a crystal ball into our foggy global
future. We’ll just have to wait to see.
Richard Campbell is the
author of “Two Eagles in the Sun:
A Guide to U.S. Hispanic Culture.”
One world’s
win or woe?
Hello, my name is Lisa.
I’m a 42-year-old wife, mother of two
and responsible, job-holding, church-
going, pet-owning individual.
And I am a geek.
I prefer the term “fangirl” but geek seems
to be the preferred moniker for anyone
with a working knowledge of any number
of electronic gadgets from shortwave to
iPhone Apps, how to beat 50 in Skyrim,
the names of each of the “Robins,” the
Elven language or The Force.
What is a geek? We not only read comics,
but we keep a subscription at our favorite
comic-book shop along with a backup sup-
ply of backboards and protective comic
bags. We love movies, but could care less
about movie stars (unless they are signing
items at a Comic-Con). We aren’t embar-
rassed to wear costumes when it isn’t
Halloween (or football season).
Most of all, however, we aren’t afraid to
laugh at ourselves.
I’ve been out of the “geek closet” as it
were since I was in high school, and
although it didn’t get me a prom date (a
good friend and I actually ordered pizza
and watched “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”
that night) it has made me a more in-tune
(and pretty fun) parent and wife, a more
creative thinker and has helped me feel
(and look, I might add) younger than my
friends who enjoy rolling their eyes at our
childish hobbies.
Luckily, the quest to find other geeks in
El Paso and Las Cruces isn’t hard, as they
are growing in number everyday. My evi-
dence is he successful turnout at events
like comic, sci-fi and anime conventions,
the wave of willing individuals ready to
don their zombie best, entertain visitors of
all ages to fairs and festivals by bringing
the past (or the future) to life
El Paso’s geeks are out there and they
seem to be finally getting some respect. I
consider myself proud to be one of them.
Rise of the ‘Cons’
The nucleus of the geek DNA is the
Comic Book Convention, or Comic-Con, a
place where writers, artists, animators, toy
sellers and collectors can get together and
sell and show off their works to a receptive
sea of fans.
Think these conventions don’t matter to
more than a handful of enthusiasts?
Just look at the Fanboys’ Mecca, the San
Diego Comic-Con International. It debuted
in 1970 with just around 300 attending, but
has drawn more than 100,000 comic, sci-
fi, horror, fantasy movie and pop culture
fans each year since 2005 (2010’s Con
packed in more than 130,000 guest).
Here in El Chuco, the crowds are not
quite so dramatic, but definitely not sparse
either. El Paso Comic-Con (aka EpCon)
founder Julian Lawler, known among local
comic-book fans as editor of the city’s
nationally distributed comic book publish-
er, Broken Tree Comics, was exceptionally
happy with the crowd at the 2011 EpCon.
“I didn’t really expect to have a bad
turnout in the first place,” he said, “but I
really didn’t expect the crowd to be as big
as it was.”
The 2012 El Paso event is already in the
planning stages, and will take over the
entire Convention Center (including the
meeting rooms), with a special separate
area just for music. Guests already booked
for the Sept. 14-16 event include Erin
Gray (“Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”),
Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek; The Next
Generation”), and Michael Bien (“The
Terminator” and “Tombstone.”)
Lawler said one of his intentions with
creating the con was to not just give area
artists and writers a place to shine, but
have an event to bring comic book-fran-
chise icons (from artists to actors) to the
Sun City. He also wanted to keep it true
to its comic book roots, something many
comic fans feel has dampened the spirit of
bigger Cons like San Diego, that includes
more and more non-comic related movie
events each year.
Lawler said his announcement of bring-
ing in a cast member from the “Twilight”
saga (Edi Gathegi) drew some groans from
comic die-hards (although there have been
just as many giddy thanks from “Twilight”
fans). Nevertheless, he said Gathegi still
ties in with the comic book culture, as
Gathegi is also known as the young mutant
Darwin in “X-Men: First Class.” Live
bands are also scheduled, and back by
popular demand is the Alien Comedian, an
attendee favorite from last year.
However, the 2012 EpCon will also fea-
ture well-known comic book writers and
artists including Joe Jusko (Vampirella)
and Brian Pulido, best known for his
Chaos titles such as “Lady Death.”
He did say the celebrity edge does help
draw the crowd, as evidenced with the
enormous turn out to see “Star Wars” leg-
ends Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Billy
Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian, or the
original Harvey Dent for Tim
Burton/Batman fans like me.)
My personal experience at the 2011
EpCon was tremendous fun, not just as a
huge “Star Wars” fan, but also as a parent.
What a blast it was to watch parents get
excited over the characters from comics,
movies and television they grew up with
and share their own child-like enthusiasm
with their own children. Trust me
“Batman” is a great way for generations to
bond. We also supported the local art scene
by purchasing some art by local talent, as
well as from visiting artists.
So far, the result has been very satisfacto-
ry for both the fans and organizers, as
Lawler said El Paso has been primed for a
full-fledged Comic-Con for some time.
“I think it’s long overdue,” Lawler said.
When he first mentioned the possibility of
starting a Comic-Con to a circle of friends,
he recalled, several people jumped at the
chance to rent booth space, before any
concrete plans were even made.
Lawler indicated the Comic-Con atmos-
phere stereotype of the lonely guys’ club is
fading, as more people are leaping out of
the of geek closet, including women.
“The comic book fans about five years
ago were probably about 80 percent male,
but the rising female demographic makes
up about 30 to 40 percent.”
Not all Cons’ have been long-lived. The
Star Trek Convention held a few years
back in El Paso was built on the premise
of “what better place for a Star Trek event
than Gene Roddenberry’s hometown”
(please tell me there’s no one out there
who doesn’t know Roddenberry was the
creator of “Star Trek” and was born in El
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Proud of It
El Paso/Las Cruces offers plenty of opportunities to get your
geek on, from Comic-Cons to Cosplay to Zombie Walks
Left: Star Wars stormtroopers drop
in at the KLAQ Balloon Fiesta.
Right: Amtgard member stage
a mock battle at EpCon.
(Photos by Rick Tate)
Below right: Las Cruces
Zombie Walk was held
on Halloween weekend.
(Photo by Nicolas Banales.
Paso). This event came and went after just
two or three years, despite the fact it fea-
tured nearly every prominent crew mem-
ber aboard the Starship Enterprise. William
Shatner himself gave a pretty funny, self-
deprecating lecture.
Fans of Japanese-style animation (anime)
and its comic book form (manga), on the
other hand, support multiple gatherings
each year in El Paso and Las Cruces. El
Paso Anime conventions last year included
WinterCon in December and FAL-Con
(FAL stands for Fellow Anime Lovers) in
the summer, and the most recent area con-
vention, Las Cruces Anime Days in
January at NMSU. All these events incor-
porate gaming, animation, literature, cos-
play (costume play) and other interactive
happenings.
“Anime and manga have had their own
events since the ‘70s back in Japan,” said
Andy Castellanos of Las Cruces Anime
Days, now in its third year. “Here in the
West, we have been attending anime con-
ventions since the late ‘90s and decided to
host our first event in El Paso in 2005. We
feel they deserve their own event as we
see it as an opportunity for the fans of the
medium to convene and interact with other
fans that share the same interest in anime,
manga and videogames.”
Like other comic or sci-fi cons, anime
fests often rely on celebrity appeal to draw
an audience, as well as gaming opportuni-
ties and cosplay.
“Attendee favorite events and activities
include the Costume Contest on Saturday,
the interactive panels and autograph ses-
sions with both Guests of Honor: voice
actresses Monica Rial and Jamie Marchi
(in 2012),” Castellanos said. “Our Gaming
Room is another very popular activity at
our events.”
Castellanos said anime is an art form that
seems to appeal to both sexes and all ages.
“Based on our own attendee statistics, we
have both genders approximately equally-
represented with ages ranging from young
children attending with their parents, all
the way to grandparents who are both
interested in the mediums, some of them
even partaking in their grandchildren’s
costuming,” he said.
Horror movie buffs can celebrate the
approach of All Hallow’s Eve now with
their own convention — and my personal
pick for Best Con Name — “Frank N’
Con.”
“The inspiration came from being a huge
horror fan,” said Frank N’ Con founder
Salvador Arellano. “I watch three or four
horror movies a day. When l became dis-
satisfied with my job the time seemed per-
fect to turn my hobby into a job.”
His first step was selling horror col-
lectibles on eBay and eventually opening a
store and setting up at conventions around
the country.
The inaugural Halloween weekend fea-
tured vendors, celebrity panels, film show-
ings, artists, live music and a couple of
horror film landmarks: the Texas “Return
of the Living Dead” reunion and the 30th
reunion for werewolf cult classic “The
Howling.” Other celebrity appearances
range from Margot Kidder, best known as
Lois Lane from the “Superman’ moves as
well as the horror classic “Amityville
Horror,” and “Ghostbuster” and “The
Crow” star Ernie Hudson.
Arellano feels the event turned out to be
a pretty profitable use of “down time,” and
the 2nd annual Frank N’ Con is already in
the works.
“For a first year convention we were suc-
cessful as we attracted 1,500 attendees,”
he said. “The panels and movie screenings
were big successes. I plan on making it an
annual event and an announcement for the
2012 event will be made in March.”
War of the Zombie Walks
The popularity of the undead parade
gathering known as the “Zombie Walk”
has emerged from the fog into the main-
stream of civic events like a groaning,
meandering and brain-loving horde.
I don’t know what it is, but I have a nos-
talgic fondness for zombies, mostly the
not-too gory “Fido” style old school ones,
but I can quote most of the “Zombieland”
guidelines (Rule N. 2: “Double Tap.”) as
well as much of “Sean of The Dead.” My
all-too domestically correct SUV even has
a picture of a chainsaw with “In case of
Zombie Apocalypse, Follow Me” on the
back. This is probably why the idea of the
Zombie Walk fascinates me.
The first Zombie Walk on record was, of
course, in California in 2001 as part of a
film festival promotion. The largest one,
according to Guinness Book of World
Records, was held this past November in
Mexico with 9,806 undead participating.
The premise is simple. Dress like a zom-
bie. Join others in walking a set route. Stay
in character ‘til it’s over.
The El Paso/Las Cruces area has had its
fair share of the events in the past year,
from convention tie-ins to appropriate pro-
motions for blood drives. This actually
poses the question of which one is worth
becoming temporarily undead for.
David Salcido of Doña Ana Arts Council
said the council’s latest zombie walk, held
Halloween weekend in Las Cruces’s
downtown, was very family-oriented with
around one third of participating zombies
under age 16.
“Having a live band perform outside in
front of the Rio Grande Theatre, after-
wards, also added to the festivities and
gave our zombies something to do after
the walk,” Salcido said. “We discovered
that the dead really can dance!”
The Southern New Mexico Pride group
upped the zombie ante with its 4th annual
Zombie Disco Ball and costume contest
that weekend.
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Billy Dee Williams was one of the
celebrity guests at the 2011 EPCon.
The 2011 walk had more than 400 zom-
bies signed up to participate.
“Over 1,000 living spectators descended
on the downtown area snapping pictures
and cheering the zombies on, which more
than doubled the amount of spectators
from the year before,” Salcido said.
Salcido said the zombies will continue
next year with more added events. In addi-
tion to the return of a haunted house the
council hopes to add a radio-sponsored
Halloweenie Roast, and perhaps a
Halloween Street Fest to the weekend of
zombie-oriented fun.
El Paso’s zombie walks included a nos-
talgic Zombie Sock Hop at the El Paso
Museum of Art preceded with a ’50s style
Zombie Walk Downtown.
Walks don’t have to be large to be effec-
tive, as the Frank N’ Con event literally
opened the doors of its event with 30 zom-
bies invading the convention site to open
the event.
Arellano said the con’s “Hell Paso”
Zombie Walk had an added attraction —
celebrity zombies.
“The zombie walk had Mike Christopher
from “Dawn of the Dead” leading it,”
Arellano said. “He played the Hare
Krishna Zombie. It also included our Film
Festival horror host, Ghoulie the Kid.”
Attack of Chainmail Warriors
I feel compelled to give a little extra
space to the cosplayers, as what geek event
would be complete without them?
These dedicated freestyle performance
artists, adept at costuming and makeup
skills, are a prominent presence at conven-
tions, renaissance fairs, parade, comic and
game store promotions, and charity events,
some as individuals and others in more
organized groups.
“Cosplay” is geek-speak for “costume
play” and can include everything from his-
toric reenactors from the Old West (yes,
our city’s beloved Six Guns and Shady
Ladies can fit in that category, although I
wouldn’t call John Wesley Hardin a
“geek” to his face), different war eras and
the Middle Ages (sometimes even Middle
Earth), or from a galaxy far, far away.
These groups are not only in it for fun
and games, as many of these groups
donate their time and effort to charity
events, hospital visits, school functions
and more. Amtgard hosts a nationwide
fundraiser and food drive for local food
banks (last year’s event broke a record
with more than $12,000).
Since these groups all contain a detailed
set of membership requirements, rules,
projects and histories, I’ll concentrate on
Amtgard for three reasons: 1) their origins
are local 2) they are one of the familiar
sights at area Renaissance Fair events,
most notably the Renaissance ArtFaire in
Las Cruces and 3) They were the first to
return my calls and/or emails (I may be a
geek, but I do have a day job and mommy
schedule to keep).
Amtgard was founded in El Paso in 1983,
and has expanded nationwide and beyond.
The nonprofit group is devoted to “recreat-
ing elements of the medieval, ancient, and
fantasy genres for both recreational and
educational purposes with major group
efforts devoted to reconstruction of
medieval combat.”
There are a dozen “Kingdom” groups
nationwide, each with several chapters that
meet regularly, often weekly, for recre-
ational battles and camaraderie. El Paso’s
Kingdom is Burning Plain and its
Southwest cohort is Dragonspine (based in
Las Cruces, but with chapters elsewhere in
New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and
California). The Kingdom names them-
selves are often symbolic of the area.
Burning Plain in El Paso should be easy
enough to figure out, and Dragonspine is a
tribute to the dragon-like shape of the
Organ Mountains.
Contrary to popular belief from the “out-
side world,” many of these cosplayers do
have lives.
One notable local is El Paso Amtgard
President Tim Marquitz, who is also
known for his dark fantasy book series
“Demon Squad” book series and other
titles.
Ben Glicker of the Dragonspine
Kingdom said in addition to weekly meet-
ings and the annual Renaissance Artsfaire
appearance, Amtgard members keep busy.
“We do fighting, archery, presentations at
the main stage, and fund-raisers (at the
fair) every year,” he said. “Our group also
holds special events called ‘feasts’ every
three months, where attendance may fluc-
tuate between 30 and 70 people, depending
on who visits from the surrounding chap-
ters.”
There are also Amtgard camping events
each year, with the oldest called “the
Gathering of the Clans” or “Clan,” held in
the mountains near Ruidoso or Cloudcroft.
These camps can last around four days and
bring in 400 plus Amtgard members.
Glicker said Amtgard appeals to a variety
of people for a variety of different reasons.
“The core of the game is the fighting,
where we engage in mock combat with
fake weapons,” he said. “Since everyone
wears medieval or fantasy-themed cos-
tumes, and we make our own equipment,
there is a vital and diverse artisan culture
within the game as well. All groups host
periodic tournaments both in combat and
in the arts, so a seamstress, a tailor, a
singer, a leatherworker, artisans of all
types, could all compete for the top prize.
Anyone age 14 and older can join, partic-
ularly those interested in fighting, making
things, working on things, tournaments,
feasts, participating in a medieval or fanta-
sy-style environment.
Another aspect of Amtgard-style games is
LARP: “Live Action Role Playing.” Think
“Dungeons and Dragons” without the
paper and dice to tie you down, but with
awesome costumes and total emergence
into the character.
“Everybody in the game creates a made-
up persona they pretend to be, whether that
persona is a medieval warrior, a Tolkien-
inspired elf, something from a favorite fan-
tasy comic, a Conan-style barbarian, or
anything in between,” he said.
Similar to Amtgard is Society for
Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit
organization that recreates Middle Age and
early Renaissance lifestyles. The regional
“Kingdom,” Kingdom of the Outlands (the
12th SCA kingdom created) includes all of
New Mexico, parts of Colorado, Wyoming
and Nebraska, and Texas’s far west coun-
ties of El Paso and Hudspeth. SCA has
been around quite a bit longer than
Amtgard, originally founded in Berkeley,
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California as the result of a backyard party
in 1966. The SCA can also be seen at the
Renaissance Artsfaire complementing the
presence of Amtgard and other performers.
Okay, I would be remiss not to mention
my personal favorite costumed group, the
501st Legion, who bill themselves as the
“World’s Definitive Imperial Costuming
Organization.” The name refers to fictional
unit of Imperial Stormtroopers, and since
its creation in 1997, they have spawned
more 5,500 members in their squads, gar-
risons, outposts and detachments in 47
countries worldwide. Mostly consisting of
Stormtroopers (Star Wars, of course, not
Nazi), members also portray bounty
hunters, other Imperial officers, Darth
Vader himself and other assorted Sith
(look it up if you don’t know what a Sith
is).
El Paso and Las Cruces 501st hopefuls
can join the New Mexico-based garrison,
which also includes the El Paso area, the
Dewback Ridge Garrison. They have made
appearances at events such as the KLAQ
Balloon Fiesta, EpCon and the “Star Wars
In Concert” Tour’s El Paso stop.
Even without joining organized groups,
individual cosplayers are everywhere, and
anyone can do it. At the EpCon last year,
my daughters had a blast getting photos
with cosplay folks, some who really went
all out.
This did provoke the recurring comment
from my elder daughter who felt I had
been withholding important information:
“You mean I could have come dressed up,
too?” Of course, we are planning to return
next year, as my daughter is determined to
wear her Ahsoka Tano (Anakin’s Padawan
from “The Clone Wars”) costume.
Comic Book Art Confidential
As to be expected by the non-geek com-
munity (aka the uptight masses), every
fanboy and girl needs a comic book shop
to call their own.
Yes, I do have my own “dealer,” Asylum
Comics and Cards, although I have been
known to venture down to other shops
with fitting names like Rebel and Allstar.
The comic medium is becoming so popu-
lar, mainstream writers like Stephen King,
Brat Meltzer and Clive Barker are now
“dabbling” in the creation of their own
comic books (or “graphic novels” for those
of you still in denial about what you read).
Fernie Lara of Asylum said these are great
comic choices for those who think the
comic book/graphic novel medium only
appeals to the superhero fanatic.
“It’s not all capes and cleavage. There
truly is a comic out there for everyone. It
is just a matter of diving in, asking around
and finding the right book for you,” Lara
said. “Alan Moore’s ‘Watchmen’ was one
of Time magazine’s 100 greatest novels
since 1923. I think that speaks volumes
about the validity and potential of the
medium.”
Lara said El Paso is also well represented
in the talent area. Jaime Portillo (“Hell
Paso”) and Rudy Vasquez (Carnival
Comics titles) are just a pair of names that
come to mind, not to mention Broken
Tree’s titles. Free Comic Book Day
(always the first Saturday in May at comic
stores nationwide), features appearances
by local artists.
Coming to a theater near you:
Movie Geeks
Another indication that geeks are taking
over, at least in the entertainment world is
the predominance of science-fiction/fanta-
sy and comic-inspired movies toping box
office records. The newspaper “USA
Today” even dubbed 2012 “year of the
movie geek” and I personally couldn’t be
happier.
Local movie historian and presenter Jay
Duncan, whose popular Jay’s Pix Presents
film showings returned to the International
Museum of Art this year, said movies that
venture outside the realm of everyday life
have always been popular.
“During the worst economic times,
escapist film fare has always burgeoned,”
Duncan said, noting even films like the
“Busby Berkeley” musicals with lavish
production numbers attracted audiences by
the droves during the 1930s.
Today, that escape is through the world
of superheroes, and storybook fantasies.
Duncan’s personal picks that should be hot
on the fanboy radar include comic book
movies “The Avengers,” “The Amazing
Spider-Man,” and “The Dark Knight
Rises” (finale in the Batman trilogy for
those living under a rock), the return of
James Bond in “Skyfall” and the new sci-
ence fiction from “Alien” director Ridley
Scott, “Prometheus.”
Two of the most anticipated geek-friendly
films, however, are based on books; one
on a timeless classic and another on a con-
temporary popular young adult fiction. The
first movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey” is the first of two films based on
the prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of
the Rings” series, and the second is “The
Hunger Games,” based on the first book in
the Suzanne Collins bestselling series.
“Combatants in a televised fight-to-the-
death isn’t exactly new, see for example
‘Rollerball’ or ‘Death Race 2000,’”
Duncan said of the latter, “but geared to
the demographics of the hugely successful
“Twilight” franchise might prove to be box
office gold.”
Movies and comics both occupy the
hearts of geeks in similar ways, and
Duncan said film festivals that cater do
these genres are always welcome. Duncan
was one of the masterminds behind the
science fiction film fest, “IT! Came from
the ’50s” presented at the Chamizal. Now,
events like the Plaza Classic Film Festival
always features its share of classic sci-fi,
as well as geek-friendly settings including
roof-top “drive-in” screenings, outdoor
films preceded by live music and showings
of cult classics like the interactive (and
original cosplay-friendly film) “Rocky
Horror Picture Show.”
Duncan has reinstituted his own classic
film series, “Jay’s Pix,” showing weekly at
1:30 p.m. Sundays at the International
Museum of Art.
Well, there you have it, some geek cul-
ture right here in the tip of Texas and New
Mexico, the tales of those with a creative
zeal for their hobbies and artistic edge that
hasn’t lost its inner child and most impor-
tantly, a complete lack of the “too cool for
school” inhibition.
So go ahead and call me a geek, but
remember there are more of us out there
than you think … and we’re armed with
light sabers and the Anduril Sword.
Geeky
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Centennial Museum — University at
Wiggins, UTEP. Changing exhibits are on the
second floor, Lea and Discovery Galleries.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Tuesday through
Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-
5565 or museum.utep.edu.
Showing Jan. 31-May 5: “Raramuri, The Foot
Runners of the Sierra Madre,” photography by
local artist Diana Molina. The Raramuri are an
indigenous people of Chihuahua, who have
become world-renown for their prowess as
ultra-distance runners. Based on Molina’s near-
ly three decades of collaboration with the
Raramuri, the exhibition examines their culture
of running and includes 33 examples of Molina’s
photography as well as Raramuri artifacts.
Reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.
Continuing exhibits are on the third floor of
the Centennial and include archaeology, ethnol-
ogy and paleontology of the Southwest. Around
the museum building, the Chihuahuan Desert
Gardens exhibit has more than 600 species of
desert plants emphasizing the beauty and utility
of Southwestern water-conserving native plants
in landscaping. The gardens are open daily from
daylight to dusk.
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study
Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.
Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or
elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
The El Paso museum depicts Jewish life in
Europe before World War II, Hitler’s rise to
power, the expulsion of Jews into ghettoes, life
in concentration camps, prisoner resistance to
the Nazis and liberation of the camps. Also fea-
tured is a local survivors exhibit. Docents avail-
able for guided tours.
Showing Feb. 7-March 30: “A Child
Survivor’s Legacy” sculptural exhibit by
Holocaust survivor Maria Jutasi Coleman.
Coleman, 76, never spoke about her experi-
ences until recently, when she enrolled in an art
class at Cochise College in Arizona and, sud-
denly found decades of repressed memories
and emotions manifested through her art. The
result is a powerful collection of sculptures and
tiles (bas relief), sometimes child-like in nature,
sometimes gruesome, but always truthful and
bold. Opening reception is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 7; the artist will be present.
The EPHM Book Club’s theme for 2012 us
“Life After the Holocaust.” The first discussion
will feature “Day after Night” by Anita Diamant
at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, moderated by Dr.
Ezra Cappell, Associate Professor of English
and Director of the Inter-American Jewish
Studies Program at UTEP. Reservations are
encouraged by Feb. 22; refreshments served.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology —
4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west
of U.S. 54). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Closed Mondays and city holidays. Admission is
free. Information: 755-4332 or
elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum/.
Extended through April 1: “Ancient
Mexico,” collections from early Mesoamerica.
Artifacts representing the Maya, Aztec, and
lesser-known great civilizations from Mexico.
Prints of ancient Maya murals and ruins and a
map of ancient Maya territory will be added to
the gallery to link the artifacts with the great
artistic accomplishments and monumental
architecture of these past civilizations.
Extended through June 3 in the auditorium
gallery: “Watercolor Paintings of Rock Art at
Hueco Tanks,” Forrest Kirkland’s images of
rock art at Hueco Tanks. A zip tour of the
exhibit is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, led by for-
mer Hueco Tanks ranger Alex Mares.
A volunteer Transmountain Road clean-up is
8:55 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, starting at
the pull-out just past the Adopt a Highway sign
on the right-hand side of westbound lane on
Transmountain Rd, west of the Gateway South
intersection. Everyone is welcome.
A “Create a Hummingbird and Butterfly
Habitat” Master Gardener’s and Master
Naturalist’s class is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11,
with Virginia Morris. Morris led the effort of
the Native Plant Society to develop a manual,
specific to El Paso, for creation of habitats for
hummingbirds and butterflies. Participants learn
to restore habitats in their back yards, schools
and other public areas. Admission is free.
A free tour of the museum’s Diorama Gallery
is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, led by Marilyn
Guida. Reservations not needed but RSVP
appreciated.
El Paso archaeologist Javi Vasquez will give an
Interim Report on the Sierra Diablo Cave
Excavation of 2011 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19,
as part of the El Paso Archaeological Society’s
monthly meeting. The public is welcome.
Retired NMSU University Museum Curator
Terry Reynolds will give a free talk about her
archival research on the Historic Guadalupe
Mission Manso and Piro Communities of
Ciudad Juárez at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. She
will illustrate her talk with lithographs, drawings
and maps.
El Paso Museum of Art — For exhibit
information, see “Southwest Art Scene.”
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N.
Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Museum admission is free. Information: 351-
3588 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
Free African American History Month events:
Nancy Lorenza Green presents the interactive
“Music from the Heart” at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 11. Green performs on traditional African
percussion instruments, and people will be
invited to engage in playful movement and cre-
ate ensembles as they move to the beat of the
African drums.
• The Young El Paso Singers, conducted by
Cindy Jay, presents “African-Americans: The
Songs that Made them Strong” at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23, with ballads, spirituals and
story songs.
Now showing:
• “El Paso: The Other Side of the Mexican
Revolution,” an exhibit that looks at this conflict
through the eyes and ears of contemporary
writers and journalists, filmmakers, photogra-
phers, musicians, tourists and businessmen.
• “Man-Made Thunder: The History of Racing
in the Borderland.”
• The third “Awaking Our Giants” year-long
exhibit, “El Paso City Mayors.”
• “Freedom Shrine,” exhibit with reproduc-
tions of historic documents.
Free zip tours are 12:15 to 1 p.m. on selected
Wednesdays.
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Rod Linkous will portray Mayor Solomon
Schutz, who served 1880-1881, at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of the “Awakening
our Giants” lecture series. “Schutz” will answer
questions about El Paso in the early 1880s.
Admission is free.
Free hands-on workshops (early registration
encouraged):
• “Write like a Maya” with El Paso artist
Gabriel Gaytan is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.
Learn how the ancient Maya communicated
their ideas and words.
• “Make beads out of Roses” with artist Sherry
White is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Learn why a
rosary is called a rosary and other rose-related
trivia while using rose petals to make beads. All
materials supplied.
Tai Chi I and II Saturday classes continue 10
a.m. to noon through Feb. 25 and lunch class-
es are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through
Feb. 29. Cost: $20 ($10 members).
Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center
— Building 1735, Marshall Road (old PX build-
ing), Fort Bliss. Exhibits range from Civil War
artifacts to the Patriot Missile System.
Admission is free. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
daily. Information: 568-3390 or 568-5412.
With the relocation of the 1st Armored
Cavalry Division to Fort Bliss, the museum is
adding 35 tanks and 10 other vehicles to its
outdoor displays. The museum is also expand-
ing its exhibit on the post’s history with
Mexico, including the 1916 “Punitive
Expedition” led by Gen. John “Blackjack”
Pershing.
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.
Science Saturday event for parents and chil-
dren are 10 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of
each month (Feb. 11), for ages 6 to 8, spon-
sored by the museum and Junior League of El
Paso. Children learn about telling time by read-
ing a story about time and participate in a
“Veggie Clock” science experiment. Limited to
the first 30 children; must be accompanied by
parent. Cost: $2 per person; $5 family of four.
Now showing is El Paso Fire Department’s
History and Science gallery with hands-on
exhibits featuring safety in the home and in the
environment. Also new are exhibits from
Explora! a children’s museum in Albuquerque,
and the Tornado Machine.
Los Portales Museum and Visitor
Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. The muse-
um is operated by the San Elizario Genealogy
and Historical Society in an 1850s Territorial-
style building across from the San Elizario
church. 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 —The exhibit space is at
300 W. San Antonio (just south of Convention
Center). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Closed Monday. Last admission is one hour
before closing time. Information: 533-4330 or
lynxexhibits.com.
Showing through May 28: “The Science of
SuperCroc,” with the world’s largest crocodile,
40-foot-long. SuperCroc brings together
“Sarcosuchus and Suchomimus,” two of the
fiercest prehistoric predators that lived 110 mil-
lion years ago, in an exciting, hands-on experi-
ence. Included are original fossil specimens, life-
sized skeletons, a flesh reconstruction of
SuperCroc, and field tents mimicking life on a
field expedition. Visitors have opportunities to
“measure up” against the SuperCroc, “weigh
in” as potential bait, mechanically move a
dinosaur and more.
Also with SuperCroc are live animal displays
by Dennis Breyer, of Noah’s Ark Pets and
Supplies, including dwarf caimans and a Nile
crocodile. Other local partners include the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Department, displaying illegal
and counterfeit reptile skins and products, and
the El Paso Public Library and Historic
Preservation Department, providing informa-
tion on San Jacinto Plaza’s famous alligator
pond.
Supercroc admission: $10; $8 for seniors, stu-
dents and military with ID and $6 for children 4
to 11; free for ages 3 and younger.
Motorcycle exhibit artifacts needed —
El Paso Museum of History is seeking unique
motorcycles and artifacts for loan for its
upcoming exhibit “Motorcycles and Museums”
about one of El Paso’s favorite forms of trans-
portation, showing April through August. This
project will reach out to all motorcycle afi-
cionados in the West Texas, New Mexico
region and beyond who would like to loan
unique motorcycles and artifacts to the muse-
um for the six-month exhibition. Information:
Jim Murphy or Barbara Angus, 351-3588.
National Border Patrol Museum and
Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain
Drive. The museum, in Northeast El Paso just
west of U.S. 54, features the history of the
Border Patrol with uniforms, equipment, pho-
tographs, guns, motor vehicles, airplanes, boats
and other items, including hands-on exhibits for
kids. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and major
holidays. Admission is free. Information: 759-
6060 or 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, 256-4409 or elpaso-
rails.org.
The museum hosts a Downtown Walking
Tour of sites related to railroad history is 10:30
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, starting at Cleveland
Square, near the Museum of History and
Downtown library branch. Learn about two
stage station sites, the Transcontinental rail line
built by Chinese workers in 1881 for the
Southern Pacific, El Paso & Southwestern
Depot in the 1881 train yard, 1880s buildings
and a Victorian neighborhood, Mule Car and
Streetcar lines and more. The tour consists for
two hour-long walks with lunch break in
between. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m.
Cost: $5 (discounts for students, teachers and
military; free for children).
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.
The warbirds of World War II and Korea, and
other historic military aircraft, are displayed in a
54,000-square-foot building and surrounding
area. The collection of more than 30 aircraft
and 40 automobiles includes the P-51 Mustang,
P-38 Lightning, A-26 Invader and the German
Fieseler-Storch. Among later aircraft are the F-
86 Sabre and MiG-15s.
Las Cruces area
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 Feb. 3-25:
• ArtForms Artists Association annual “For The
Love of Art” month exhibit with paintings,
drawings, sculptures, jewelry, paper, fiber arts
and wood.
• Works from a Doña Ana County Sculpture
Class.
Opening reception for both exhibits is 5 to 7
p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, during the monthly
Ramble. Also featured is a free concert by
American Indian flutist Randy Granger.
In celebration of “For the Love of Art Month,
the museum will host several free programs 1
to 2 p.m. Saturdays in February:
• Feb. 4 — Voz Vaqueros, “The Singing Men
of Las Cruces.”
• Feb. 11 — Local Flamenco dancers and
Lucilene de Geus.
• Feb. 18 — Ten Plus One percussionists.
• Feb. 25 — Sin Fronteras poetry reading.
Las Cruces Museum of Natural
History —Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces
(take Lohman exit east off I-25). Hours: 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and
Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; 1 to 5
p.m. Sundays. Closed Feb. 20. All events are
free unless otherwise noted. Information: (575)
522-3120 or las-cruces.org.
Showing through May 6: “To The Moon:
Snoopy Soars with NASA,” examining the his-
tory of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters’
role in documenting that flight and in the NASA
Manned Flight Awareness safety program, The
Silver Snoopy Award.
On permanent exhibit is the Nature Center,
highlighting the wildlife of Southern New
Mexico with a broad collection of amphibians,
reptiles, fish and arachnids native to the
Chihuahuan Desert.
Upcoming events:
• Sky Safari 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28,
Tombaugh Observatory on the NMSU Campus.
• Saturday Science Class for elementary chil-
dren is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb 4. Registration
required. Topic: Space Travel.
• Share Fair, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
• Dinosaur Train for ages 3-5 is 9-9:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16.
• Museum Lecture is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 21. Paolo Oemig, 8th grade science
teacher at Zia Middle School and a volunteer
for the NASA Solar System Educator Program
in New Mexico, will discuss NASA telescope
programs.
• Science Café is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 23.
• Sky Safari 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25,
Tombaugh Observatory on the NMSU Campus.
The February session will give scouts an oppor-
tunity to earn a merit badge.
Las Cruces Railroad Museum— The
museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N.
Mesilla. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free;
donations encouraged. Information: (575) 647-
4480 or museums.las-
cruces.org//rrmuseum.shtm.
• Dinosaur Train for ages 3-5 is 9-9:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2.
• Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Feb. 11. Families can try out early
20th century games.
Museum
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• The monthly Brown Bag Lecture series is
noon to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each
month. RSVP encouraged. Feb. 14 —
“Sweethearts of the Santa Fe Rails: The Harvey
Girls.”
• Rail Readers Book Club will discuss “The
Railway Viaduct” by Edward Marston at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 15.
• Story Time is 11 a.m. to noon the third
Saturday of each month. Listen to a Thomas
the Tank Engine book, and enjoy a Thomas
video and related free craft activity. Children of
all ages welcome. RSVP requested.
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 ($3 sen-
iors 60 and older, $2 for children 5-17; free for
age 4 and under). Information: (575) 522-4100
or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
Author and historian John Taylor of
Albuquerque will discuss “New Mexico in the
Civil War” 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, as
part of the museum’s lecture series. Taylor is
the author or co-author of “New Mexico:
Bloody Valverde,” “The Battle of Glorieta Pass”
and “Dejad a Los Ninos.” The lecture coincides
with the 150th anniversary of the Confederate
Campaign across New Mexico in February-
March 1862. Suggested donation: $2.
The 13th annual Cowboy Days is 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18.
Showing through April 1: “The World
Around Us: The Artwork of Linda Hagen.”
Showing through Sept. 16: “The Land of
Enchantment: Commemorating the Centennial
of New Mexico Statehood.” The exhibit is an
eclectic look at the last 100 years of New
Mexico through historical photographs and arti-
facts. In conjunction with the exhibit in the
North and Central corridors is “It’s all
Symbolic: The State Symbols of New Mexico.”
A “Be My Cowboy Valentine” craft workshop
for kids age 5 to 12 is 9:30 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Feb. 11. Kids will make Valentines,
play games and learn a little about the history
of the holiday. Space is limited, pre-registration
is required. Cost: $10 ($7 museum members).
NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art
Center, 1390 E. University Ave, (Williams Hall)
on the NMSU campus, Las Cruces (east of
Solano). Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday through Saturday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to
8 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: (575) 646-
2545 or nmsu.edu/artgal.
Showing through Feb. 18: Meow Wolf
Presents “Glitteropolis!” Art collective Meow
Wolf travels south into Las Cruces presents a
magical and visceral art experience filled with
oddity, surreality, glam and glitz. Known for
maximalist, experiential, interactive environ-
ments, Meow Wolf includes all art mediums to
create explorable pieces through which audi-
ence members can walk. The collective recent-
ly presented the most attended 2011 exhibit in
Santa Fe, “Due Return.”
“Luna Vroum’s Room: Super Fun Play Time,”
an interactive variety show-style performance,
is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Luna Vroum
(Chlöe Nicole Mandel) and friends celebrate
creativity, community, diversity, and healthy
habits through short character sketches and
integrated videos. Free and open to all ages.


NMSU Museum —Kent Hall, University at
Solano, Las Cruces. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 646-5161 or
nmsu.edu/museum/.
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. Closed on federal holidays. Free admis-
sion. Information, directions: (575) 678-8824
(local call) or wsmr-history.org.
Also
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum— 301
S. Silver, Deming, N.M. An actual chuckwagon,
gems and minerals, turn-of-the-century fash-
ions, military mementos and Mimbres Indian art
are among the exhibits at the museum. Other
attractions in the former National Guard
Armory include a doll room, transportation
annex and quilt room. 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. Features prehistoric, historic
and military exhibits about the area. Museum
admission: $5 ($2.50 students 6 to 18; free for
ages 5 and younger). Family rates: $15.
Information: (575) 894-6600 or geronimo-
springsmuseum.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.
The 20th annual Fall American Photography
Competition and Exhibition runs through Feb.
12.
Coming in February is “Underground of
Enchantment,” a 3-D photo exhibit of
Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico.
Dates to be announced.
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). Call
for school tours and group ticket arrangements.
Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840
or nmspacemuseum.org.
Showing at the IMAX Dome Theater are the
films “Everest,” and the Planetarium Show,
“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).
Sacramento Mountains Historical
Museum— U.S. 82 across from the
Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M.
Operated by the Sacramento Mountains
Historical Society, the museum features histori-
cal buildings from the turn of the century,
antique farming and ranching tools, other busi-
ness and home antiques, historical exhibits and
other artifacts. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission: $5 ($3
ages 6 to 12). 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. The museum covers the settlement of
southwest New Mexico, the two centuries of
mining in the region and early commerce in
Silver City. 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. An actual train
depot built in 1898, the building houses a gift
shop and model shop. Hours are noon to 4:40
p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission:
$4. Information: (575) 437-2855 or toytrainde-
pot.homestead.com.
The 1/5 scale train track offers rides around
Alameda Park 12:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $4.
Museum
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The recent Costa Concordia cruise liner
disaster recalled one of the greatest ship-
wrecks of all time, the sinking of the
Titanic 100 years ago.
• Sailing from Southampton, England to
New York on its maiden voyage, the
RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on the
night of April 14, 1912, sinking within
three hours in the frigid waters of the
North Atlantic. Of more than 2,200
aboard, only about 700 survived.
• The Titanic carried some of the world’s
leading and wealthiest citizens, such as
John Jacob Astor IV, so the news of the
calamity dominated the press for days,
weeks and months. Here are a few of the
headlines and other bits of news stories
from the disaster carried in newspapers
following the disaster. My sources for
this monumental ship sinking were com-
piled by Eric Caren and Steve Goldman
from their collections, Old News , Inc.
• Her bottom right side ripped open by a
giant “iceberg can opener,” so said
national newspapers of the day.
• A towering gigantic iceberg tore a great
flap in her front and starboard bottom
area below the water line.
• The band played to the end … “Nearer
My God to Thee.”
• She sped westward at a 21-knot clip …
in order to smash a world record for
Atlantic crossings.
• 1,492 souls go down with the wounded
Titanic (later reports increased the total
to 1,517).
• J.J. Astor and other principals were
lost.
• Six or seven international vessels had
heard the distress call.
• Carpathia came to assist Titanic.
• April 14, 1912 indeed was a day of
infamy as the new liner made way to
New York City.
• She was hellbent to break a marine
world speed record.
• She broke records but not of her cap-
tain’s choosing.
• A newspaper sketch on view in one of
the daily papers showed the Titanic con-
taining ten decks and large boiler room
areas. The huge hull was divided into 30
water- tight areas. She had much in
terms of safety and comfort and speed
but lacked profound and ultimate safety
factors. Her lifeboats, for example, were
inadequate and poorly manned.
• She had triple screws (propellers) that
drove her engines of 50,000 horsepower.
Cruising speed was set at 21 knots …
the speed attained when she collided
with the iceberg.
• Noted engineers felt that the impact of
the iceberg was so great that a part of the
bottom of the ship and hull was ripped
off and destroyed, thus letting the seas
inundate much of the hull and hold. The
ship, despite having other watertight
compartments working, began to founder
and sink.
• The iceberg that sank the Titanic was
said to extend seven or eight decks
below sea level, which could easily gut
the bottom of a great vessel – as it did in
the Titanic’s case. Another vessel in the
area had warned of iceberg sightings.
• Mrs. Guggenheim was hysterical over
the loss of her mate.
• Whispers and calls of farewell as
Titanic sinks in farewell plunge.
• Tidings of terror and death are told in
word on wireless.
• Death made no distinction in class for
people “called to death”.
• Great fields of ice surround the grave
of Titanic.
• Titanic disaster tops all horrors of loss-
es at sea.
• Billions of dollars in holdings and cash
of men on Titanic’s list.
• The Carpathia picked up lost vessel
lifeboats.
• Complete passenger list of Titanic
shows that the doomed vessel carried
some of the most prominent citizen of
the U.S. and Europe.
• Women and children were saved first.
• Captain Smith believed the Titanic was
unsinkable.
• Weeping crowds seek news of friends
and relatives in disaster.
• The Titanic struck the iceberg with an
impact of 13,500,000 tons — equal to
the power of 37 express trains.
• The Titanic had sent out messages that
they knew they were in the area of dan-
gerous icebergs … yet sped on to break
a world record.
• Scarcity of lifeboats and mechanics
were blamed for many deaths.
• Insurances losses ranged from
$20,000,000 to $35,000,000.
• Throngs of grief-stricken stormed the
steamship offices
• The Brooklyn Daily Eagle on April 17,
1912 said Bruce Ismay (the owner of the
Titanic ) was the Benedict Arnold of the
sea.
• Ismay, fearing further censure, sneaks
back to Europe.
• The rescue ship Carpathia had many
fascinating stories to tell about the lucky
souls who had been plucked from a
deadly ship and sea. Many great, human-
istic acts prevailed when men gave up
their seats and space on a lifeboat to
save a woman or child. Major Archibald
Butt died like a soldier and gentleman as
many other men did.
Bill Rakocy is an El Paso artist and
historian. Information: 584-9716.
Racking Up History
by Bill Rakocy
Titanic disaster still
news 100 years later
Early headlines, such as this one,
reported that most were saved. The
final numbers for the Titanic disaster
were 1,517 dead and 706 survivors.
El Paso Zoo —4001 E. Paisano. Zoo sum-
mer entrance hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
daily. Zoo admission is $10 for ages 13 to 61;
$7.50 for ages 62 and older and active duty
military (including spouse) with ID; $6 ages 3 to
12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo mem-
bers admitted free. Information: 532-8156,
521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
A Year of the Bat Kickoff Celebration is 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, with a
bathouse building workshop at 11 a.m. Cost:
$10 ($9 members). Register at
elpasozoo.org/adventure.
Daily activities for Year of the Bat in 2012
include bat games, arts and crafts, bat enrich-
ment programs and more.
Other upcoming events (call or visit elpasoz-
zo.org/adventure to register):
• Friday, Feb. 10: I Love Animals Sleepover
• Saturday, Feb. 11: Valentine’s Night Prowl
• Friday, March 9: Spring Fever Sleepover
• March 12-16: Spring Break Camp.
• March 19-23: Spring Break Workshops (10
a.m. and 2 p.m.)
The El Paso Zoo is a 35-acre home to 228
species of animals. About 420 mammals, rep-
tiles, amphibians and birds, 106 fish and 294
invertebrates live in a variety of natural habitat
exhibits including a Reptile House, South
American Pavilion, Americas Aviary, Cisneros
Paraje, Birds of Prey Exhibit, Forest Atrium,
Asian Grasslands and an Elephant Complex,
and the recently added Kalahari Research
Station energy exhibit.
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: elpasozoo.org/takeaction.
Science Cafe — Larry and Jaime Ceballos,
owners of Buzzbee Honey Co. in Fabens, will
discuss “What Would Happen If Bees
Disappeared?” for the monthly casual science
discussion event 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday,
Jan. 28, at the TecH2O Water Resources
Learning Center; 10751 Montana. Admission is
free. RSVP needed as space is limited.
Information: 621-2000 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.
SeedShare — The annual seed-sharing event
is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the
Community Room at Mountain View Market,
1300 El Paseo in Las Cruces. Bring seeds to
share or take seeds home for a garden, as well
as meet local growers, promote biodiversity,
and talk with other gardeners. Participants may
also bring a potluck dish to share. Admission is
free. Information: Jon Simmons, (575) 640-
4288 or jonsimmons@hotmail.com.
First Friday film screenings — Southwest
Environmental Center, 275 N. Main in Las
Cruces, hosts free screenings of environmental-
ly-themed films with popcorn and juice for the
whole family at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of the
month. Admission is free, but space is limited.
Call for schedule. Information: (575) 522-5552
or wildmesquite.org.
The Feb. 3 screening is “Call of Life: Facing
the Mass Extinction.” The film explores the
current crisis in both nature and human nature
and how the decision people choose to make
— or fail to make — will affect the habitability
of Earth for millions of years to come.
Introduction to Wildlife Tracking —
Southwest Environmental Center hosts a free
wildlife tracking workshop 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Mesilla Valley
Bosque State Park, Participants will cover natu-
ral history elements of each species to gain an
appreciation of how wildlife move and live on
the landscape. Class includes a short introduc-
tion on how to properly photograph wildlife
tracks with a field hike after lunch. Participants
should bring a notebook and pencil/pen, digital
camera (if able), hiking gear, water, lunch and
snacks. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and
comfortable hiking shoes. Track identification
cards available for $6 and tracking rulers for $5.
Information: (575) 522-5552,
skypuma2011@wildblue.net or
wildmesquite.org.
Rails-to-Trails — The New Mexico Rails-to-
Trails Association will host its annual meeting at
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the atrium of the
First National Bank, 414 E. Tenth, in
Alamogordo. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dis-
plays and refreshments. Featured presentation
by David Townsend, PhD “Alamogordo As A
Planned Railroad Community.” The public is
welcome. Information: (575) 682-3040.
Rails-to-Trails annual membership is $10 indi-
viduals, $15 families and $20 businesses/organi-
zations. Mail checks to NM Rails-to-Trails, P.O.
Box 44, Cloudcroft, N.M. 88317.
El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
— The society’s annual awards dinner is
Saturday, Feb. 18, at Jaxon’s Restaurant, 1135
Airway. This year’s Conservation Award will go
to local conservation advocate Jim Tolbert.
Tolbert spearheaded the petition drive to save
the Transmountain Scenic Corridor, and pro-
motes environmental causes and outdoor activ-
ities on his blog elpasonaturally. Meritorious
Service Award goes to society board member
and Field Trip Coordinator Mark Perkins. Cost:
$20 per person. Advance reservations
required; Janet Perkins, 637-5269 or jnt-
perk@elp.rr.com.
The society hosts field trips to various birding
sites in the region. Non-members and guests
welcome on all field trips. Information: Mark
Perkins, 637-3521 or mperkins@elp.rr.com.
A Field trip to Mesilla Valley Bosque and
Leasburg State Parks departs via carpool at
7:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, from the Dairy
Queen/Shell parking lot at 1-10 and
Transmountain Road. Possible sightings include
wintering passarines and waterfowl. Park
admission fee; $5 per car (good for both
parks).
Poppies celebration exhibitors — The
Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition is tak-
ing registration through Feb. 24 for vendors
and exhibitors for the 6th annual Poppies
Preservation Celebration Event. All artwork
must be original and hand-made. No additional
items may be sold. All works must be family-
friendly. Vendor fee is $35; $25 for nonprofits
not selling anything. Volunteers for the event
also needed. Information: 621-2008 or
deperez@epwu.org.
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their studios to the
public in this
5th annual event.
To learn more and
get an entry form,
call Corrine at 833-0636
or email casgallery@elp.rr.com
www.pIeinairpaintersofeIpaso.com
Sponsored by the
Plein-Air Painters
of El Paso and
El Paso Scene
The April 14-15 tour includes studios in the Upper Valley, Westside and Downtown. The April
21-22 tour includes studios in the Eastside, Northeast and Mission Valley. Hours will be 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Deadline to enter is March 1, 2012.
Information & Entry Forms available at www.PleinAirPaintersOfElPaso.com
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The free celebration is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, at the El Paso Museum of
Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road.
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.
The park’s 2-acre Botanical Garden, funded
by the Rotary Club of El Paso and the Junior
League, features native plants, amphitheater,
butterfly garden, wedding garden, children’s
maze, and a Butterfly House.
Keystone Heritage Park has 189 species of
migratory and local birds, and a 4,500-year-old
archaeological site.
The site is open for bird watching 9:30 a.m.
to noon the second and last Saturday of the
month.
Keystone’s Chihuahuan Desert Experience
(immediately west of the wetland) is open daily
from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for walking and
bird watching.
Franklin Mountains State Park — The
24,000-acre park extends north from the heart
of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The
highest point is North Mt. Franklin, 7,192 feet
above sea level.
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 9 a.m. selected
weekends. 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.
• Saturday, Feb. 4: Cottonwood Mine Shaft
• Sunday, Feb. 5: Upper Sunset.
• Saturday, Feb. 18: Nature Walk.
• Sunday, Feb. 19: Lower Sunset.
Camping in the Tom Mays Area of the park,
with both traditional tent sites and RV areas
(no hookups). Site fee is $8 (limit of four
campers), plus the park entrance fee.
Picnicking in the Tom Mays Area, with picnic
tables and restrooms that are accessible to the
handicapped.
No ground fires are permitted.
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, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5.
• Introductory Tour, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
• A Community Workday is 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Feb. 18.
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 — The site is famed for many Native
American rock paintings and unique geology.
Winter hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Admission: $5 (free for children 12 and
younger). Additional activity cost for tours
(including birding tour and morning hike): $1
for ages 5 and older. Information: 857-1135 or
texasstateparks.gov. Reservations are recom-
mended for the self-guided area and for camp-
ing, especially during winter months: (512) 389-
8900.
Tours offered Wednesday through Sunday, by
prior arrangement at 849-6684. Participants
must carry at least one bottle of water per per-
son.
• Pictograph tours are 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• Rock climbing/bouldering tours are 9:30, 10
and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• Hiking tours are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m. and 2
p.m.
Birding tours are 8 to 10 a.m. on the third
Saturday of the month (Feb. 18). Advance
sign-up encouraged.
To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S.
Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco
Mountains then turn left on Ranch Road 2775.
North Mountain is available for self-guided
day use, for up to 70 people at a time; reserva-
tions recommended. There is an annual orien-
tation program for visitors. Guided access is
offered to the rest of the site. Picnicking
allowed at ten tables closest to headquarters.
Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted.
Bicycles permitted only on designated paved
areas. Pets allowed only in camping or picnic
areas. Call for reservations and other informa-
tion: 857-1135.
Hueco Tanks’ campground has reopened.
There are sites with water and electric, as well
as water-only tent sites. Call the park for reser-
vations.
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 offers an interactive
map, of El Paso County hiking and running
trails, calendar of events and more.
Information: 546-2098 or epcounty.com.
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park —
5000 Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Winter hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. All events free with
park admission. Day use fee: $5 per vehicle
($40 annual pass). Closed New Year’s Day.
Information: (575) 523-4398.
World Wetlands Day events are 8 a.m. to
noon Saturday, Feb. 4, with guided bird tour a
wetland presentation by Environmental
Specialist Chris Canavan, and the Rolling River
display sponsored by El Paso Water Utilities.
A free Bosque Education Workshop is 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Teachers learn to
use the Bosque Education Guide, an interdisci-
plinary curriculum designed for grades K-12.
Space is limited; call to reserve a seat.
A Hot Chocolate Cache is 8 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Feb. 25, to commemorate the
Centennial of New Mexico’s Statehood, for
both experienced and first time geocachers. In
this three-stage temporary geocache, partici-
pants compile everything needed to create a
hot mug of hot chocolate.
Master Naturalist Sylvia Hacker will present
“Pruning 101,” tips on pruning trees and shrubs
this winter at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the
classroom.
Dress accordingly for all hikes; wear close-
toed shoes and sunscreen. Bring water and
binoculars.
• Ranger-led Nature Hikes are 3 p.m. every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• Birding tours are 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4,
11 and 18, led by park volunteers.
• Becoming a Birder Series guided hike is at
8:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
MountainFilm On Tour — NMSU
Outdoor Rec’s Adventure Art Series host the
outdoor film festival at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10,
at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown
Mall, in Las Cruces, as part of its Adventure Art
Series. Tickets:$8 in advance; $10 at the door.
Information: (575) 646-4252
MountainFilm on Tour is dedicated to educat-
ing and inspiring audiences about issues that
matter, cultures worth exploring, environments
worth preserving, and conversations worth sus-
taining.
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. The visi-
tor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Access
to the main trail to Dripping Springs is 8 a.m. to
3 p.m. and the park is closed promptly at 5
p.m.
Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed
(except for assistance animals). Information:
(575) 522-1219.
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 6:30 p.m.
through Feb. 9; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 10-March
10. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
through Feb. 26; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 27-April
17.
Entrance fee: $3 age 17 and older. Free for
children. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236
or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to
nps.gov/whsa.
Sunset strolls are offered daily beginning at
4:30 p.m. through Feb. 3, 4:45 p.m. Feb. 4-
17 and 5 p.m. Feb. 18-March 2.
A Dunes at Dawn ranger-led morning hike is
7:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Space is limited;
reservations accepted two weeks in advance of
Nature
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the hike online only at nps.gov/whsa.
“Skins and Skulls” mammal identification talks
are 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the Visitor
Center. Rangers will have pelts, skulls, and
other props for an up-close look and feel of the
elusive wildlife of White Sands.
Map Talks are 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and
Sunday.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last
weekend of each month. Upcoming tours are 2
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Feb. 26.
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.
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.
Winter Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily;
tours available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last entry
into cave via natural entrance is 2 p.m. with last
entry into cave via elevator 3:30 p.m.
Elevator renovations will continue through the
summer months; visitors taking elevator
entrance should expect longer waits.
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-guid-
ed tour of the King’s Palace, Papoose Room,
Queen’s Chamber and Green Lake Room;
reservations are required.
Guided tours also are available for Slaughter
Canyon Cave, an undeveloped cave 23 miles
from the main cavern. Call for reservations.
Cost is $15 ($7.50 ages 6-15, seniors with
card). The 1-1/4-mile tour lasts about 2-1/2
hours. Flashlight with fresh batteries required.
Wear good walking shoes and bring water.
Other special guided tours are available,
including “Wild Cave Tours.
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. The
slow, winding mountain road between Silver
City and the dwellings takes about 1-1/2 hours
to drive. Long trailers are advised to come up
the back way via NM 152 and 35 through the
Mimbres Valley. Entrance fee: $3 per person;
$10 per family. Information: (575) 536-9461 or
nps.gov/gicl.
Winter hours (through Memorial Day): The
trail to the cliff dwellings is open from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Everyone must be off the trail by 5 p.m.
Visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visitors for the 1 p.m. guided tour, which
begins at the cliff dwellings, need to arrive at
the trailhead by at least 12:30 p.m. to walk up
the trail to the dwellings.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to
Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the
highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749
feet. Entry fee: $5 for ages 16 and older, good
for one week and all trails. Winter hours are 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Camping is $8 per site per
night. Information: (915) 828-3251.
The park’s headquarters, visitors’ center and
museum are at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180.
Camping for tents and RVs, a nature trail, and
ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail Station
are nearby. McKittrick Canyon Visitor’s Center
is seven miles east of Pine Springs, and offers
nature, canyon and geology trails.
On the north side of the park, accessible by a
110-mile drive around Carlsbad Caverns, is
Dog Canyon Visitor Center and Campground.
One of the best examples of a Permian Period
fossil reef, the national park offers camping and
more than 80 miles of trails. Hikes range from
easy, wheelchair-accessible nature trails to
moderate (level, but rocky) canyon hikes to
strenuous mountain hikes.
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 sunset presentation on Celestial Cycles:
Imbolc (the halfway period between the Winter
Solstice and Vernal Equinox also known as
Groundhog Day) is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 4, at the Group Shelter.
A Dog Canyon at Sunset stroll is 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11, departing from the Visitor
Center.
A Ranch House Hike is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18, departing from the Visitor
Center. Walk is not rigorous, but plan on at
least 4 hours. Bring plenty of water, and snacks,
wear comfortable sturdy shoes and sun protec-
tion. Friendly pets are welcome on leash.
A night sky viewing of Venus and the Crescent
Moon is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at
the Group Shelter.
• Mesilla Valley Bosque Park — 5000 Calle del
Norte, Mesilla. Guided bird tours are first
Saturday of every month. See separate listing
for other events.
• 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.
• Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M.,
State Roads 11 and 9. Day use hours: 7 a.m. to
9 p.m. Information: (575) 531-2711.
• 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.
A Star Party is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 18.
• Bottomless Lakes State Park — 13 miles east
of Roswell, (via U.S. Hwy 380 and NM Hwy
409). Information: (575) 624-6058.
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).
Information: (575) 439-4290.
The oldest zoo in the Southwest (established
in 1898) is part of the park that lines
Alamogordo’s main highway. The zoo covers
about 12 acres, with about 250 exotic and
indigenous animals.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State
Park — Carlsbad, N.M. Admission: $5 ($3
ages 7-12; free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. daily (last entry at 3:30 p.m.).
Information: (575) 887-5516.
To get there: Take U.S. 285 north of Carlsbad.
Sweetheart Serenade is 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 11, with music by the Cavernaires
Barbershop Chorus.
Cavern City Carvers Woodcarving Show is 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.
While most zoos feature exotic animals from
faraway countries, Living Desert offers visitors
an up-close look at the mammals, reptiles and
birds that inhabit the Chihuahuan Desert.
A large greenhouse is devoted to succulents
and cactus from around the world. The head-
quarters building includes exhibits on minerals,
history, archaeology and other subjects.
Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue —
The nonprofit organization that serves West
Texas and Southern New Mexico offers
resources for those who find a wild bird or
mammal in need of help. Information: 772-
6011, (575) 882-2910 or whc.net/cdwr.
Uninjured baby birds may be returned to their
nest; the mother will not reject them if they
have been touched by humans. If the nest can-
not be found, create one with a basket or con-
tainer with good drainage that can be attached
to the tree so the parent bird may find it. If the
bird is injured, contact the rescue immediately.
Community Tool Sheds — Keep El Paso
Beautiful, in partnership with Paso del Norte
Health Foundation, Home Depot and El Paso
Fire Department, offers community tool sheds
available at area fire stations. The sheds will be
stocked with push brooms, shovels, rakes, a gas
weed eater, gloves and trash bags for use for
cleanup or beautification projects. The items
may be borrowed for no charge to the public
for community cleanup projects. Information:
546-6742.
Parks and Rec Memorial Tree Program
— The City Parks and Recreation Department
offers its Memorial Tree Program to honor a
loved one. Trees will be planted in a public park
or other public area. Donation levels begin at
$75 for seedling. Information: 541-4331 or
elpasotexas.gov/parks.
El Paso Scene February 2012 Page 39
Nature
Cont’d from Page 38
I
n a couple of recent conversations
about various world problems, a
scene from the 1991 movie “Grand
Canyon” kept popping into my head.
You may remember the scene. Kevin
Kline plays a lawyer whose luxury car
breaks down after taking the wrong turn
in Los Angeles. A tow truck driver
played by Danny Glover shows up, but
by then a gang of young men has sur-
rounded the car, threatening the lawyer,
and blocking the tow truck driver’s
attempts to help.
“Man, the world ain't supposed to work
like this,” the tow truck driver tells the
gun-wielding gang leader. “I mean,
maybe you don't know that yet. I'm sup-
posed to be able to do my job without
having to ask you if I can. That dude is
supposed to be able to wait with his car
without you ripping him off. Everything
is supposed to be different than it is.”
The Danny Glover character speaks for
most of us. On any given day, we can
easily come face to face with a situation
that merits the same response: “The
world ain’t supposed to work like this.”
If our personal problems don’t trigger
that reaction, all we have to do read the
day’s news.
Our economy, government, schools,
health care, families … how many areas
of our world work they way they are
supposed to? Even if we think we know
what the “supposed to” would look like,
we have a hard figuring out what road
would take us there.
I don’t think is something new.
Imagine the world of Jesus’ day: A
nation under foreign oppression.
Religious leaders who dictated every
detail of people’s lives. The poor and the
lame regarded as pariahs. That doesn’t
sound like the way the world was sup-
posed to work either.
Here are three ways we typically look
at the evil we see in the world:
• This is the best of all possible worlds,
a philosophy popularized by the famous
optimist Pangloss in Moliere’s
“Candide.” This is an approach that
tends to overlook evil or to simply
accept it the inevitable price of exis-
tence.
• The world is broken but I’m not. We
accept that the world around us is a
mess, but somehow we are good and if
the world was filled with people like us,
everything would be OK.
• The world is broken and so am I. We
detect in ourselves some of the same
mutated DNA that accounts for the mess
we see around us. The selfishness,
anger, pride, etc. that influence us are
related to the causes of evil on a world-
wide scale.
I say “mutated” because not only is the
world not supposed to work like this,
but if we’re honest, much of the time we
are not working like we’re supposed to.
Oddly enough, there are people who
admit they cannot fix their own personal
issues and yet think they have the
answers to the world’s problems. Some
of them even run for office!
Trying to fix a broken world and trying
to fix a broken self are not exclusive. In
fact, trying to do one without the other
maintains our self-deception about both.
I believe the third view is the Christian
world view. What’s wrong at the world
level is also tied to what is wrong at the
personal level. And we cannot fix either
on our own.
Randy Limbird is editor of
El Paso Scene. Comments?
Send to randy@epscene.com
V
iewers who take time to immerse
themselves in the 50 images show-
cased in the El Paso Museum of
Art’s “Magnificent Mexico: 20th Century
Modern Masterworks” will not only
acquire a deeper appreciation for the works
of the Mexican Masters, but will no doubt
also come away with an increased interest
in artwork created on this side of the bor-
der by American-born artists of Mexican
extraction.
In this regard, El Paso has the good for-
tune to be the hometown of Gaspar
Enriquez, a Mexican-American painter
whose powerful airbrush portraiture has
become a significant voice depicting the
culture and lifestyle of those who live
along the U.S.-Mexican Border. Born in
1942 and raised in the Segundo Barrio,
Enriquez refers to himself as “the quintes-
sential Chicano Texas artist exemplifying
how focus, hard work and “puro corazon”
can conquer early disadvantages of lan-
guage and economics.”
After graduating from Ysleta High in
1960, Enriquez left for Los Angeles where
he worked as a machinist while attending
East L.A. Junior College. There he met
and married Anne Garcia, now deceased.
Although Enriquez had been blessed with
an innate love for art as a youngster, his
interest had waned in high school because
art classes of this period still focused pri-
marily on European art. During he wai in
L.A., however, the growing Chicano art
movement and the opportunity to visit
museums and galleries encouraged him to
rethink the role art might play in his future.
Following a five-year stint in Denton,
Texas, where Enriquez worked for General
Dynamics, the couple returned to El Paso
where earned a B.A. in Art Education from
UTEP in 1970 and an MA in Metals at
NMSU in 1985.
Drawing upon this diverse background
allows him the flexibility to combine both
mediums in some of his work. At the same
time, he also encountered the technique of
airbrush. “I really liked the effect and val-
ues I could get on faces since people are
my most frequent subject.”
Enriquez spent the next 34 years teaching
art at Bowie High School, while also
building his reputation as a nationally rec-
ognized artist. His work was part of
numerous traveling exhibitions, including
the acclaimed “CARA-Chicano Art:
Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985.”
His private collectors include comedian
and actor Cheech Marin, who owns a num-
ber of works, several of which he shared
with El Pasoans during the exhibition
“Chicano Visions: American Painters on
the Verge” in 2003. Another famous col-
lector is Walmart heiress Alice Walton,
who recently acquired a piece entitled “Mi
Querida Madre” (My Dear Mother) for the
permanent collection of the new Crystal
Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark. (the
same museum that also purchased Luis
Jimenez’s fiberglass sculpture, “Vaquero”).
For Enriquez, the term “Chicano artist”
embraces a broad identity as one born in
the U.S. who draws his influences from his
Hispanic culture. Moving far beyond being
a political movement, the designation of
Chicano artist now encompasses surreal-
ists, conceptualists, impressionists and pop
artists such as Luis Jimenez.
“We are assimilated into the American
culture, and the best work of any artist is
done from subjects with which he is the
most familiar. For instance, I draw inspira-
tion from my students. I was born and
raised in the same environment in which
they now live and even having traveled the
world, when I come back I find very little
has changed.”
One Night of Hope
The El Paso Museum of Art will host the
El Paso Diabetes Association’s Feb. 11
gala, “One Night of Hope.” Henry Brutus,
CEO of the Association, explains that the
annual fundraisers honors those who have
impacted diabetes in our community.
“In the past the “Diabetes Person of
Vision Award” has generally been present-
ed to someone in the medical profession,
however, we felt that Hal Marcus especial-
ly fulfilled the criteria of an honoree. Hal
lives with diabetes and has it well under
control,” Brutus said.
The El Paso Museum of Art will also
honor Hal by displaying his “Four Seasons
of El Paso” in the downstairs Ginger
Frances Gallery Jan. 29-Feb. 29.
EPMA Director of Development Jeff
Romney shares, “The vibrant colors of this
Fauve-inspired, four-panel, acrylic on can-
vas depict the artist’s neighborhood in four
seasons from four directions at four differ-
ent times of the day. Using a similar com-
position, each panel is anchored by the
green spire of the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
and the converging lines of a central street
leading to a distant vanishing point near
the mountainous horizon.”
Hal comments, “I am especially pleased
with this recognition. Although I have long
been involved with the El Paso Museum of
Art, this is the first time my work has been
exhibited there.”
Rak going strong at 87
Bill Rakocy remains proof positive that
doing what you love keeps you vibrant and
young at heart. The 87-year-old “Rak” is
being honored with yet another one-man
exhibition, some 40 original works on dis-
play in the library of Eastern New Mexico
University in Ruidoso.
Bruce DeFoor head of the ENMU-
Ruidoso art department was effusive in his
praise for the seasoned artist: “Bill out-
works artists half his age. Often he is up
before dawn already hard at work in his El
Paso studio.”
Should you happen to be in Ruidoso in
February, take time to visit the campus of
ENMU Ruidoso and stop by to view the
exhibition, which hangs through Feb. 29.
La Mesa Station exhibition
Sam Cueto, 14, is paralyzed from the
neck down. Despite this limitation, the
young artist produces bright and imagina-
tive paintings. If you would like to see this
inspirational young man create his lively
and colorful art, head to La Mesa Station
Gallery, 16205 Hwy 28, La Mesa, N.M.,
from 1 to 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 28, for the open-
ing reception. He will demonstrate his cre-
ative technique at 3 p.m.
“Sam’s art is both imaginative and realis-
tic,” said Sandra Martin, gallery manager.
“His inspiration for painting comes from
pictures or other things he sees, but it also
comes from his unique imagination. Sam’s
style is evolving, but he always selects
vivid and memorable colors.”
Sam paints with a laser light attached to
his glasses, directing a volunteer who fol-
lows his light and applies oil paint to can-
vas, using the colors and even the direction
of brush strokes, as Sam designates. His
work will be on display through February.
Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
specializing in the visual arts.
February 2012 El Paso Scene Page 40
Enriquez a hometown treasure
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Art Sundays at The Caprock — Caprock
Apartments host a free art show featuring
works by local artists 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays
through Feb. 12 at the Caprock Club House,
6032 Caprock. More than 20 local artists will
showcase one-of-a-kind items from jewelry to
paintings, ceramics and other unique works of
art. Information: Angelica Zuniga (Caprock
General Manager), 581-5469, Ricardo Vela,
440-4145 or artbyricardovela.com.
Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio
Street in Marfa. Information: (432) 729-3700 or
ballroommarfa.org.
Showing through Feb. 19: “Autobody,”
showcasing the new installation, “North of
South, East of West,” by emerging film and
video artist Meredith Danluck, and works by
Neville Wakefield, Liz Cohen, Matthew Day
Jackson and Jonathan Schipper that were
inspired by Danluck’s film.
Asif Kapadia’s 2010 documentary “Senna”
about the life and death of legendary Brazilian
motor racing champion, Ayrton Senna is fea-
tured Saturday, Feb. 11, as part of the installa-
tion’s Autobody Film Series. Call for time.
‘Celebre La Buena Vida’ — Artist submis-
sions accepted through Feb. 15. for the 8th
annual art auction benefiting La Buena Vida
Adult Day Centers. The event is planned for
March 29 at Camino Real Hotel. Houses may
picked up Sunland Art Gallery inside Sunland
Park Mall; Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano; The
Art Center, 3101 E. Yandell and Lutheran Social
Services (Buena Vida) 9640 Montwood. All par-
ticipating artists receive a free ticket to the
event. Information: Candy Mayer, 581-4971 or
LSSS.org.
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). Full tour is $25 ($10 stu-
dents). Information: (432) 729-4362 or chi-
nati.org.
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, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 534-
7377.
Showing Feb. 3-25:
• In the Bissell Gallery: EPAA Member Exhibit
featuring works by Jacques Barriac, Paulina
Castillon, Gerardo Chavez, Joseph Patrick
Mitchell, Candy Mayer, Ed Saucedo, Diana
Zampini and more.
• In the Cox Gallery: “Pearls of Ice,” works
Julie Caffee-Cruz and Lori Wertz.
• In the Williams Gallery: Artists of the Month
Art Nuñez and Rudi Leidelmeyer.
Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb.
3. One work from these exhibits will be chosen
for the 2012-2013 EPAA Yearbook cover.
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 through Saturday and noon to 6
p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Gallery admission
is free. Information: 533-4330 or
lynxexhibits.com
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. Admission
to “Magnificent Mexico” is $10 ($5 members;
free for ages 12 and younger, active duty mili-
tary and their families with ID). Information:
532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org.
Showing Jan. 28-May 27: “Magnificent
Mexico: 20th Century Modern Masterworks,”
presented by CommUNITY en Acción. The
program contains three masters’ exhibitions
from Mexico City representing the largest gath-
ering of Modern Mexican Masters ever in El
Paso, with 92 original works of painting and
drawing by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente
Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino
Tamayo, among 46 others.
The three exhibitions:
• “Magnitud Mexicana: Visions of Art from
Mexican Collections.” Creations by different
Mexican artists of the past century. Of varied
theme, mood, and technique, these 40-plus
works include easel paintings by the great
muralists Orozco and Siqueiros, political prints
by famed satirist José Guadalupe Posada and
others, lyrical visions and powerful figures by
painters such as María Izquierda, Rufino
Tamayo and Gilberto Aceves Navarro, as well
as more abstract and contemporary pieces by
Mario Rangel Faz, Helen Escobedo and others.
• “Dibujos Divinos: 20th Century Drawings
from the Museo Nacional de Arte-MUNAL,
Mexico City.” The exhibition spans the 20th
century from 1900 to 1945 in charcoal and
watercolor.
• “Diego Rivera and the Cubist Vision from the
Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City.”
Emphasizing Rivera’s distinctive approach to
synthetic cubism, this exhibition presents eight
portrait paintings by Rivera from the first quar-
ter of the 20th Century.
Zip Tours and Focus Talks of the exhibit are
12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on selected Wednesdays.
This month’s Focus Talks are on Diego Rivera
with docent Ann Gronich (Feb. 1) and museum
volunteer Cindy Harrington (Feb. 22).
This month’s Zip Tours are on “Magnitud
Mexicana” led by Senior Curator Patrick Shaw
Cable (Feb. 8) and on “Diego Rivera” led by
curator Christian Gerstheimer (Feb. 29).
“Magnificent Mexico Seniors’ Day “is 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20; admission is free
for visitors age 60 and up.
Showing through March 4: “Hal Marcus
Four Seasons,” in the Rick and Ginger Francis
Seminar Room.
Showing through March 18: “David Taylor:
Working the Line.”
Showing through April 8 in the Roderick
Gallery’s Retablo Niche: “Our Lady of Refuge
of Sinners” as part of an ongoing rotation of the
retablos in the collection.
An award ceremony is at 6 p.m. Monday,
Feb. 6, for the “Border Innovation Prize.” The
U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and
Innovation binational award is presented by
Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute, the
North American Center for Trans-border
Studies at Arizona State University and El
Colegio de la Frontera Norte. The public is
invited, and all galleries will be open free until
8:30 p.m. for those attending the ceremony.
The monthly Reading the Easel Book Club is 4
to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, featuring
“Strapless” by Deborah Davis. Cost: $10 (free
for museum members) and includes admission
all museum exhibits. RSVP to reserve a seat.
El Paso Studio Tour call for artists —
The 5th annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour is
seeking artists for the tour set for 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday,
April 14-15 Westside, Upper Valley and
Downtown and April 21-22 on the Eastside,
Northeast and Mission Valley. Entry deadline
for artists is March 1. Information: 833-0636,
casgallery@elp.rr.com or pleinairpaintersofelpa-
so.com.
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 — 1308
N. Oregon. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday. Information: 533-9090
or halmarcus.com.
Marcus’s home and studio, located across the
street, is available for personal tours.
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Specializing in local art, other featured artists
include Daniel Padilla, Teresa Fernandez,
Francisco Romero, Mauricio Mora, Mark
Paulda, Willibald de Cabrera, Friar Vincent
Petersen, Bill Sullivan and L.B. Porter, as well as
a room dedicated solely to early El Paso art
with works by Manuel Acosta, Tom Lea, Jose
Cisneros, Bill Rakocy, Eugene and Fern
Thurston and others.
A gift shop offers art-related gifts, books and
calendars featuring art by Marcus and other
local artists.
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..
‘Iron Sharpens Iron’ — Texas historian, art
collector and Gage Hotel owner J.P. Bryan
hosts an exhibit featuring more than 60 original
works by early El Paso artists Tom Lea, Jose
Cisneros and Carl Hertzog, and other western
artists Feb. 23-March 31, at the Gage Hotel,
102 NW 1st Street in Marathon, Texas.
Presented by the Gage Hotel, Tom Lea Institute
and Museum of the Big Bend. Information:
(432) 386-4205, 1-800-884-GAGE or gageho-
tel.com.
The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
23, in the hotel’s Ritchey Building with cash bar,
dinner and presentation by Bryan. Reservations
required. Cost: $65.
Local talent workshop – The Rio Bravo
Watercolorists will host a workshop instructed
by local artists 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and
Wednesday, Feb. 7-8, at Primos Restaurant,
6099 Montana. Cost: $100 (includes lunch); bal-
ance of $50 due on first day. Space is limited to
first 12 members who schedule with the $50
deposit to Jean Holzenthaler, 1936 Preview
Place, 79936. Information: 757-6517 or rio-
bravowatercolists.com.
Tuesday’s instructors are watercolorists
Barbara Brown (morning) and Julie Caffee-Cruz
(afternoon).
Wednesday’s instructors are acrylic painters
Keith Kochenour (morning) and Corinne
Abeyta-Spinnler (afternoon).
Mauricio Mora Studio — One of El Paso’s
best-known artists has returned, with a new
gallery at 606 E. Mills. Hours: noon-3 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. Information:
moraartist.webs.com.
Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s
monthly meeting is 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at
International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.
This month’s program is the popular “Paint
Around,” where each pastelist starts with her
own painting and setup. Then, they move and
work on each other’s work until they return to
their own easel. The program is free and the
open to the public. Information: 581-4971.
Artists are asked to bring a sketchbook, pen-
cils and photo references to participate during
the presentation.
Repujado workshops — El Paso artist
Maria Almeida Natividad leads workshops on
selected Saturdays for adults and children age 6
and older in the ancient technique of metal
embossing (repujado). Sponsored by the city’s
Museum and Cultural Affairs Department and
Texas Commission on the Arts. Aluminum
sheets and other basic materials will be sup-
plied in a take home kit. Parents of young chil-
dren requested to stay with their children dur-
ing the workshop. Admission is free; but space
limited to 24 participants per workshop.
Advance registration required. The Feb. 18
workshop is 3 to 5 p.m. at Ysleta Public Branch
Library, 9321 Alameda. Information: 858-0905.
Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is next to Sun
Bowl Stadium (off Dawson Drive). Hours are
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; by appoint-
ment only Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Information: 747-6151 or
academics.utep.edu/visualarts.
Showing Jan. 26-March 31: 2012 Biennial
UTEP Faculty Art Exhibition, curated by
Denver Art Museum modern and contempo-
rary art curator Gwen Chanzit. The exhibit
showcases recent artwork by 27 distinguished
faculty of the UTEP Department of Art in wide
range of artistic media including ceramics, met-
als, sculpture, painting,
printmaking, drawing, graphic design and more.
Featured artists are Sarelah Aguilar, Kim Bauer,
Therese Bauer, Vincent Burke, Antonio Castro
H., Clive Cochran, Susan Davidoff, Francisco
Delgado, John Dunn, Adrian Esparza, Christine
Foerster, Sam Garcia, Aryk Gardea, Anne
Giangiulio, Manuel Guerra, Becky Hendrick,
Anna Jaquez, Roya Mansourkhani, Dave
McIntyre, Alexandra McGovern, Davinia
Miraval, Jacob Muñoz, Willie Ray Parish, Daniel
Szwaczkowski, Rachelle Thiewes, Jean R.
Wilkey and Albert Wong.
A presentation by Assistant Professor of Art
History Max Grossman is 5 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 9, and a presentation by Stacy Schultz,
Assistant Professor of Art History Stacy Schultz
is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 1 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. 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. Information: 474-1800
or 851-0093.
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.
Owner is artist Linda Noack. Hours are 1 to 7
p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; other
days by appointment. Information: 584-4222 or
sasahara.gallery@live.com. Web: sasahara-
gallery.com.
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Showing in February is “Dichotomy Squared”:
contrasting styles in a square themed show by
Mitzi Quirarte and Tina Yetter. The Second
Saturday artist meet and greet is 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11.
“House” artists are Jose Clemente, Stephanie
Conroy, Kathryn Gelinas, Manny Guerra,
Winfrey Hearst, Candy Mayer, Shirley Morgan,
Carmen Navar, Linda Noack, Mitzi Quirarte,
Rami Scully, Reginald Watterson, Lorena
Williams, T Yetter, Bob Adams, Ben Avant, Sally
Backey-Avant, Gerardo Campos, Jeanne
Campos and Marji Carrasco.
The “Gift Gallery” offers diverse original art
including jewelry, gourds, encaustic boxes,
ceramics and other art.
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.
Artists interested in having a show at the
gallery in 2012 may call Gallery Director Cil
Abeyta.
Showing Feb. 2-27: “Sweetheart Special,” art
with a Valentine’s Day and romance theme and
small items suitable for gift giving. Opening
reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.
The gallery is seeking artists for its March
show, “Figuratively Speaking III,” a popular
show featuring portraits, figures or anything to
do with people.
The are also openings for new artists in all
media: paintings, jewelry, sculptures, wood-
work, repujados, crosses, mosaics and other
items.
Las Cruces/Mesilla
‘For the Love of Art month’ — February
is For the Love of Arts Month in Las Cruces,
celebrating the city’s various performing and
visual arts. The month, sponsored by
ArtForms, is highlighted by several special stu-
dio tours, exhibits and performances.
Information: (575) 527-0002 or artformsn.org.
See various gallery listings for event details.
Adobe Patio Gallery and Studio —
1765 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. The
gallery, owned and operated by artists Carolyn
and Henry Bunch, features works by Carolyn
Bunch, Anthony Pennock, Kelley S. Hestir,
Cheryl Derrick and other local and regional
artists. Information: (575) 532-9310.
‘Art Inspires’ — ‘The exhibit runs through
February at the Thomas Branigan Memorial
Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces as part of
“For the Love of Art” Month, with paintings in
all media and photography by Las Cruces
GFWC Progress Club members. Opening
reception is 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.
Information: (575) 528-4000.
ArtForms Studio Tour — The Las
Cruces-based ArtForms Artist Association of
New Mexico presents its 2012 Studio Tour 10
a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-
19 and Feb. 25-26, in celebration of “For the
Love of Art Month.” The tour features several
area artists at Las Cruces galleries and studios.
Maps available at several Las Cruces locations,
including some of the participating studios.
Some gallery hours may vary. Information:
(575) 527-0200 or artformsnm.org.
Featured both weekends:
• Studio 1490 — 1490 Via Norte. Watercolor,
acrylic, and watercolor jewelry by Marie
Siegrist.
• La Jardin de Las Cruces — 4010 N. Valley.
Southwest crosses and metalworks, wood-
working, ceramics and watercolor by David
Jaquez.
• Nancy Frost Begin — 1982 Avenida de
Antigua. Watercolors, woodcuts and oil paint-
ings.
• Lynn K. Miyake — 2050 Cortabella. Sacred
images in egg tempura with gold leaf.
• Rokoko Gallery — 1785 Avenida de
Mercado. Mixed media and paintings by A.me
and Mitch Alamga.
• Studio 1060 — 1320 Kilmer. Clay sculpture,
pottery by Deborah Moore.
• Gabriella Denton — 403 Court, # B. Folk
art prints and contemporary paintings.
• Studio 308 #1 — 308 N. Mesquite. Digital
imaging, pigment prints and prints on plexiglass
by Yanick D’hooge.
• Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite.
Photography, prints, pastels and paintings by
Mel Stone.
• Lynn Unangst — 4020 Red Yucca Court.
Handwoven garments, petit point, woven gift
items and “Spirit Minders.”
• Ali Keyes Photography — 2001 Desert
Springs Court.
• Western Traders — 1300 El Paseo. Beaded
jewelry and artwork by Las Cruces Bead
Society (Saturdays only).
Featured Feb. 25-26:
• The Village at Northrise Artists — 2880 and
2882 N. Roadrunner Parkway Hallmark and
Morningside Buildings. Various media.
• Azadeh Arts — 5206 Mescalero Trail. Glass,
ceramics, multi-media by Linda Reeder
Sanchez.
• Cally Williams Pottery — 331 Capri Arc.
Pottery, weaving, jewelry, silk painting, photog-
raphy and paintings.
‘Artists of Picacho Hills’ — The group’s
“For The Love of Art Month” exhibit and sale
is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at Picacho
Hills Country Club, 6861 Via Campestre in Las
Cruces. Information: (575) 523-1740 or artist-
sofpicachohills.com.
Cutter Gallery — 2640 El Paseo (at
University), Las Cruces. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday. Information: (575) 541-0658.
Showing in February is an Estate Art Sale.
‘It’s All About Art’ — Works by the City
of Artists Promotional Association are featured
Feb. 1-29 at Lundeen Inn of the Arts, 618 S.
Alameda in Las Cruces. Gallery hours are 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 4. Information: (575) 526-3326 or lun-
deeninn@comcast.net.
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.
Showing through February: Paintings by Sam
Cueto, 14, who is paralyzed from the neck
down. An opening reception is 1 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28. He will demonstrate his cre-
ative technique at 3 p.m. Information: (575)
233-3037 or (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.
Showing Feb. 3-April 12: “New Mexico: 100
Years of Art,” featuring more than 60 works in
a variety of media that focuses on New Mexico
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artists and highlights their artwork from the last
century (1912-2012).
Family Art Adventures are 10 a.m. Saturdays,
for families with children age 6-12 with projects
and films related to current exhibits.
The Reading Art Book Club meets at 2:30
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 to discuss “My Land is
the Southwest: Peter Hurd Letters and
Journals” edited by Robert Metzger.
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.
Showing in February is “My Masterpiece,”
works by various gallery artists. Opening recep-
tion is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
Mountain Gallery and Studios — 138 W.
Mountain. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday. Showing Feb. 2-29
is Las Cruces Art Association’s exhibit
“Celebrating 50 Years of Art in Las Cruces,”
works in various media. Grande opening recep-
tion is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.
Information: lascrucesarts.org.
New Mexico Watercolor Society,
Southern Chapter — The society and its
members are featured in several art exhibits at
Las Cruces venues during February’s For the
Love of Art Month events:
• Blue Gate Gallery, 311 N. Downtown Mall,
hosts the society’s themed show, “For the Love
of Southwest Gates & Doorways” Feb. 3-27
featuring original work by 12 members.
Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb.
3, during the Downtown Ramble. Most of the
artists will be in attendance. Information: (575)
523-2950.
• La Iguana Restaurant, 139 N. Main has invited
NMWS-SC members to show through the end
of March. Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 3, during the Downtown Ramble.
Information: (575) 523-8550.
• Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, 760
West Picacho. Information: (575) 524-1968.
• Local watercolor and collage artist Laurel
Weathersbee will demonstrate her “quilt
block”” collage process 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 11, at Adobe Patio Gallery, 1765 Avenida
de Mercado in Mesilla. Weathersbee, a native
Midwesterner, is fascinated by the interplay of
color and texture, and likes to start her collages
with antique quilt block patterns. Information:
(575) 532-9310 or adobepatiogallery.com.
Preston Contemporary Art Center —
1755 Avenida de Mercado (end of Calle de
Mercado). Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Information: (575) 523-8713
or prestoncontemporaryart.com.
Showing through Feb. 17 is the gallery’s final
exhibition, “The Last Picture Show,” a juried
regional exhibition of the works of 64 artists
from the Southern New Mexico/El Paso region.
Proceeds from the show’s submission fees
raised $2,475 for La Casa Domestic Violence
Shelter of Las Cruces.
In conjunction with the exhibit it a screening
of the 1971 Oscar winning film, ”The Last
Picture Show,” at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11,
in the Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de
Guadalupe in Mesilla. A brief reception will fol-
low at the gallery.
Rio Grande Theatre — 211 Downtown
Mall in Las Cruces. Gallery in theatre lobby.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
riograndetheatre.com.
Showing Feb. 3-29: Paintings by Karla Perry
and Penny Simpson. Perry is a muralist known
for her whimsical work. Simpson, best known
for her watercolors, uses dramatic lighting and
super realism. Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 3.
Terrace Gallery — Thomas Branigan
Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces. Open dur-
ing regular library hours. Information: (575)
496-8834. Showing Feb. 3-26: “For The Love
of Lettering,” works by Southwest Calligraphy
Guild. Opening reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 3.
‘The Fascinating World of Fractals’ —
The Mesilla Valley Fractal Artists exhibit runs
throughout February at Funky Karma Incense
and Tea Shop, 3207 S. Main, Las Cruces.
Opening reception is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18. Information: (575) 933-
9797.
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 Jan. 29-March 2: “Arcs and Echoes”
by contemporary painter Jill Somoza. These
recent paintings are probably more accurately
elaborate sketches of fleeting feelings, drawn in
wood, vinyl, color and line. Opening is 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.
Also
An Evening with the Artist — Mimbres
Region Arts Council presents artist Suk Jun Kim
at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Western
New Mexico University’s Parotti Hall in Silver
City as part of its monthly art lecture series.
Admission is free; light refreshments served.
Information: (575) 538-2505.
Bill Rakocy Art Show — Oils and water-
colors by El Paso artist and curator Bill Rakocy
will be featured through Feb. 29, at the
ENMU-Ruidoso Library, 709 Mecham, 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information:
(575) 257-3006. Information:
enmu.ruidoso.edu.
Community Arts Party — The City of
Socorro, N.M. will host its 16th annual arts
event featuring hands-on workshops hosted by
local artists and organizations for all ages 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in Finley
Gym, 202 McCutcheon. Wear old clothes.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-5688
or nmtpas.org.
Fall American Photography Exhibition
entries —The annual photography show
runs through Feb. 12 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. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. daily. Information: (575) 378-4142 or
hubbardmuseum.org.
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‘Lute’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the
World Premiere of the new version of the
musical comedy (formerly known as “Blondel”)
by Sir Tim Rice Jan. 27-Feb. 12. The original
version’s American Premiere was held at UTEP
in 1984. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday
through Saturday. A dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29, and non-dinner matinee is 2:30
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets $28-$40 dinner
shows; $14-$24 non-dinner matinee.
Information: 747-6060.
The story takes place in England in 1189 and
features a magnificent and murky collection of
medieval characters. The star is the minstrel
Blondel, who plucks his lute all over Europe
while on a desperate quest to locate England’s
missing king, Richard The Lionheart. Also
involved in the tale are Fiona, his long-suffering
girlfriend, the evil Prince John, a confused
Assassin, four be-bopping Monks and even, in a
minor role, Robin Hood.
Rice wrote the original version with music by
the late Stephen Olivier. Lute! also features
music by Matthew Pritchard. Gregory Taylor
directs, with musical direction by Patricia Ann
Provencio and choreography by Lisa Lopez.
See “Stage Talk,” Page 48 for more details.
‘Night Must Fall’ — Lincoln County
Community Theatre presents the 1930s British
mystery/thriller at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Jan. 27-28, at Mountain Annie’s, 2710
Sudderth, in Ruidoso, N.M. Tickets: $20.
Information: (575) 257-7982.
Death Before Dessert — The murder
mystery dinner group performs “Revenge in
Rio” 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan 27, Feb. 24 and
March 30, at Opus World Bistro (formerly Il
Posto Italiano), 7130 N. Mesa, with a Brazilian
dinner. The mystery is written and directed by
Jan H. Wolfe. Characters in the mystery will
serve dinner. Ages 10 and older welcome.
Cost: $29 plus tax for dinner and show.
Information: 585-2221.
‘Shadowlands’ — The Las Cruces
Community Theatre presents the drama by
William Nicholson Feb. 3-19. Directed by
Patrick Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7-
$10. Information: (575) 523-1200 or
lcctnm.org.
The story follows noted author C.S. Lewis as
he meets his American fan, Joy Gresham,
whom he befriends and eventually marries. The
story also deals with his struggle with personal
pain and grief, particularly when Joy suffers
from cancer.
‘The Sisters Rosensweig’ - No Strings
Theatre Company presents the comedy by
Wendy Wasserstein through Feb. 5 at the
Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall,
Las Cruces. Directed by Nikka Zimmer.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, and 7
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Tickets: $7-$10.
Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
The New York Times called this play “a capti-
vating portrait of three disparate sisters reunit-
ing after a lengthy separation and coming to
terms with their differences, respect and love
for one another. The laughter is all but continu-
ous.”
‘Pachuco Zoot: A Tale of Identity’ - The
UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance pres-
ents its spring dance performance Feb. 10-19
in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12
($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups
of 10 or more and non-UTEP students; $9
UTEP students and children age 4 to 12).
Information: 747-5118 or
theatredance.utep.edu.
The headliner piece for this year’s concert is a
dance theatre work that traces the origination
of the Pachuco culture from its origin in the El
Paso/Juarez region to the creation of the highly
theatrical Zoot Suit culture. To complement
this piece, UTEP faculty and guest artists will
present newly choreographed pieces highlight-
ing various themes and dance forms.
‘The Perfect Crime’ — El Paso Playhouse,
2501 Montana, presents the Warren Manzi
thriller Feb. 10-March 3 at El Paso Playhouse.
Directed by Jan H. Wolfe. 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.
Has psychiatrist Margaret Thorne Brent com-
mitted “the perfect crime”? When her husband
turns up dead, she gets caught in a game of cat
of mouse with a deranged patient, and the
inspector that is assigned to the case.
Sister Nancy Murray — Sister Nancy
Murray, O.P., sister of actor/comedian Bill
Murray, performs her one-woman play “Rooted
In Love: The Life & Martyrdom of Sister
Dorothy Stang” Feb. 12-13, as a fundraiser for
Juarez’s Centro Santa Catalina.
Performances will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
12, at the YISD administration building theater,
9600 Sims; and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at St.
Pius Church Community Parish Hall,1050 N.
Clark. Tickets are $15, available through cen-
trosantacatalina.org or by mail from Centro
Santa Catalina, 1207 Alabama, El Paso, TX
79930. Information: 564-9003 or centrosanta-
catalina1@gmail.com.
Sister Dorothy was a member of the Ohio
Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de
Namur when she left the United States to
work with peasant farm families in northern
Brazil. Her efforts to form base Christian com-
munities, improve sustainable farming methods,
defend basic human rights and work for social
justice incurred opposition from ranchers and
loggers. On Feb. 12, 2005, she was shot and
killed by two gunmen.
Sister Nancy performed her show on St
Catherine of Siena at the 2009 Centro Santa
Catalina fundraiser. Centro Santa Catalina is a
faith-based community in Juárez, founded in
1996 by Dominican Sisters for the spiritual,
educational and economic empowerment of
economically poor women and for the welfare
of their families.
‘The Sorcerer’s Other Apprentice’-
Kids-N-Co, 1301 Texas, present fanciful adven-
ture through Feb. 12. Directed by Vanessa
Keyser. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7
($5 students, children, seniors and military).
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Information: 351-1455 or kidsnco.org.
The story revolves around Chip, apprentice
to the great wizard Merwyna the Magnificent,
who, despite years of study, learned no magic.
To stop his complaining, Merwyna sends him
out on a quest to discover what magic really is.
‘Love Letters’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501
Montana, presents its annual presentation of
A.R. Gurney’s sentimental play at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, Directed by Christine Jakuta.
Tickets: $7. Information: 532-1317 or elpaso-
playhouse.com.
‘Love Letters’ — The 12th annual
Valentine’s Day production is 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 14, at the Black Box Theatre at 430 N.
Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. No Strings
Theatre Co. continues its tradition of A.R.
Gurney’s 1988 evocative, touching and fre-
quently funny lifetime exchange of letters
between Andrew Makepiece Ladd III and
Melissa Gardner. Refreshments served after the
show. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors
over 65). Reservations recommended. The
production often sells out. Reservations/infor-
mation: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
This year’s production stars Alan and Karen
Caroe.
‘Hamlet’ — Eden Enterprises presents
Shakespeare-on-the-Rocks winter off-season
production of the Shakespeare tragedy Feb.
16-18, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S.
San Marcial. Directed by Vanessa Keyser.
Performances are 7 p.m. nightly, plus a 3 p.m.
matinee Saturday. Pre-show talk 30 minutes
prior to each performance. Admission: $10 ($8
full-times students with ID, seniors 65 and
older, active-duty military; $6 groups of ten or
more with advance reservations. Information:
502-3406 or shakespeareontherocks.com.
Group reservations: 474-4275.
‘El Pecado de Petra’ — “Vive Mexico”
Theater Ensemble and El Paso Community
College’s Senior Adult Program present the
original bilingual comedy by Rubert Reyes at 7
p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 24-26, at Chamizal National Memorial,
800 S. San Marcial. This hilarious comedy deals
with the timeless themes of pain, love, anger,
and the eternal struggle of good vs. evil.
Admission: $7. Information: 772-3905, 329-
7774, 831-7803 or vivamexicoelpaso.com.
‘The Vagina Monologues’ — UTEP’s
annual production of the award-winning Eve
Ensler play will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at Magoffin
Auditorium. The production is part of V-Day at
UTEP, hosted by Feminist Majority Leadership
Alliance. The play explores women’s sexuality
and experiences. Proceeds from the produc-
tion benefit survivors of violence and relief
efforts in Haiti and the local nonprofit, La
Mujer Obrera that seeks to empower women.
Tickets: $10 (Ticketmaster).
‘Charley’s Aunt’ — EPCC Main Stage
Theater presents the classic British farce 7:30
p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 1-10,
at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum
Theatre. Directed by Hector Serrano.
Siglo de Oro Drama Festival — The
37th annual celebration of Spain’s Golden Age
runs March 7-11 at the Chamizal National
Memorial. Performances begin at 7 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday and 4 p.m.
Sunday. Early arrival encouraged. Information:
532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
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World premiere at UTEP
crafted by world-class
creator SIr Tim Rice
F
ew El Pasoans can say they’ve
been a part of a theater world pre-
miere, but the cast of “Lute!” at
UTEP Dinner Theater can say that.
They can also say they got to work with
one of the preeminent musical theater
creators, Sir Tim Rice.
It all began back in 1977 when a
young Greg Taylor wrote Rice a fan let-
ter after hearing the original “Evita”
album, and Rice wrote back. That began
a long friendship and collaboration that
continues with “Lute!” a rewriting of
the musical “Blondel” that had its
American premiere also at the dinner
theater in 1985.
“When I was in England last year, Tim
was telling me about projects he was
working on then and in the future when
he mentioned that he still wanted to re-
write “Blondel” and put a push on it to
get it into schools and amateur groups
in UK and USA,” said Taylor, director
of the dinner theater and this new pro-
duction. “I told him that we had been
waiting years to do the show again
because he kept saying he was going to
re-write, so I suggested to him that he
actually do the re-write and that we
would do a production so he could see
how it plays. He agreed, and that is
how we got to present the world pre-
miere of “LUTE.”
Rice changed the name because many
people, including himself, kept mispro-
nouncing the original name.
“The lead character’s name, Blondel,
should rhyme with ‘fondle,’ as in caress,
and does not rhyme with ‘Shondell’ as
in a member of Tommy James’ popular
singing combo of the 1960s,” Rice
explained in a letter he wrote to Taylor
to help promote the new production.
Rice said he had long wanted to
rewrite parts of the show he wasn’t sat-
isfied with, but his workload (notably
for Disney), then the death of the origi-
nal music writer, Steven Oliver, in
1992, stymied his efforts until 2006,
when he did some rewriting for a new
professional production at the Pleasance
Theatre, London. He still wasn’t satis-
fied – then Taylor made his offer.
“For this UTEP production, I have
also enlisted the help of the composer
and arranger Mathew Pritchard, who,
for new scenes, has added a melody or
two of his own to the mix, very much in
the style of the late, great Stephen.
Mathew worked on the 2006 version
and achieved wonders with a very small
musical line-up,” Rice said. “Here he
has much more to play with and has
been an enormous help to me in the lat-
est restructuring of the piece.”
“Lute” takes place in 1189 England
and features as its characters, King
Richard the Lionheart (played by Troy
Taylor), the evil Prince John (played
once again by Greg Taylor), a confused
Assassin (Jorge Ollivier), three be-bop-
ping Monks (John Guevara, Taelon
Stonechipher, Allen Thompson), the
put-upon Fiona (Betsey Tinajero), and
of course the minstrel Blondel (Ricardo
Parra), who plucks his lute all over
Europe searching for his king while try-
ing to write the biggest hit song of the
’80s (the 1180s, that is). Oh, and there’s
the backup group, the Blondettes:
Tanisha Lewis, Sylvia Prieto and
Davida Washer.
“The show features witty lyrics,
beautiful music and an extremely funny
story that had our audiences laughing
the whole way through,” Taylor said.
“If you attended our 25th anniversary
concert (in 2008) you may remember
the songs ‘Running Back for More,’
‘The Monks Introduction’ and ‘No
Rhyme for Richard.’
Both Rice and Pritchard have been to
El Paso to see rehearsals and work with
the actors.
“Tim was in … for a few days to see
where we were and to see how the new
stuff played on stage,” Taylor said. “He
was pleased with most of it but rewrote
several things while he was here includ-
ing a whole new song in one day for the
Duke character. Also, Mathew Pritchard
(who is doing the new orchestrations
and vocal arrangements as well as the
music for the new songs) is here
through opening, working on changes
we need and working by phone and
email with new changes Tim sends
every day.”
Of course, any show presents chal-
lenges, but Taylor found out the biggest
challenge was himself.
“I played Prince John in both of our
original productions, so I am constantly
singing old lyrics and saying old lines
that no longer exist,” Taylor said. “The
rest of the cast does not have this prob-
lem because it is all new to them.”
The cast, he said, has responded
extremely well to all the new changes
thrown at them.
“It really is just like working on a new
show as we get rewrites and new songs
and new music daily. This is something
new for all of us. It has been a chal-
lenge but a whole lot of fun. The fact
that we are working with a multi-
Academy, Tony and Grammy award
winning Knight of the Realm makes it
that much more special,” Taylor said.
Carol Viescas is a veteran of
community theater and teaches
journalism at Bel Air High School.
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Book sale — Friends of the Northeast
Library host a book sale 1 to 4 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 3, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4,
at the Richard Burges Library, 9600 Dyer.
Information: 759-2410 or 759-2406.
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 (library) or
tumblewordsproject@yahoo.com.
• Feb. 4 — “Origin of Words: Let’s Make a
Deal” with T.S. Ross. Ross is a lively actor and
writer.
• Feb. 11 — ”Desire” with Lucille Zavala. This
workshop will focus on words of inspiration
and feature tales of inspiration.
• Feb. 18 — “Fringe Artists You May Not
Have Heard Of” with Steve Ogrey. Ogrey is
studying creative writing at UTEP.
• Feb. 25 — “Puzzle Pieces of a Mind with
Yvonne Collins. The “puzzle pieces” in this
workshop are “a poet’s words, an artist’s brush
strokes, the physical manifestations of their
perceived life’s path, on paper or canvas like
pieces to a puzzle.”
Poetry Slam with Joshua Ballard and
Chris Rockwell — Free Hole Slam hosts a
poetry workshop with the poets at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, at The Percolator, 217 N.
Stanton (between Texas and Mills), followed by
an open mic at 7 p.m. Ballard and Rockwell will
be featured at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Information: 494-6762 or freeholeslam.com.
Ballard is the 2011 Grand Slam Champion of
New Jersey’s infamous Loserslam. Rockwell is
2006’s Loserslam’s Champion and in 2010 was
named Poet Laureate of Asbury Park. Together
they are the poetry duo, The Photo Booth and
are touring the United States performing their
own brand of eclectic and powerful poetry that
involves humor and musical accompaniment.
For the Love of Lit — Sin Fronteras will
host a poetry reading in honor of “For the Love
of Art Month” 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at
Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main in the
Las Cruces Downtown Mall, hosted by Las
Cruces poet Joe Somoza. Admission is free.
Information: (575) 522-1119.
Southwest Book Awards — The annual
Border Regional Library Association Awards
Banquet is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino
Drive in Sunland Park. Cocktail hour begins at 6
p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. The event
honors the latest works of outstanding area
authors, and also awards scholarships to gradu-
ate and undergraduate students pursuing
degrees in library/media. The BRLA librarian
and library staff member of the year will also be
honored. Reservation deadline is Feb. 20; no
payments accepted at the door. Cost: $30.
Reservations/information: Sebastian Diaz,
sdiaz@utep.edu, Cindy Williams,
cwilliams36@yahoo.com or brla.info.
Holocaust Museum book club — The El
Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center’s
book club meets for its first 2012 discussion at
11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, to discuss “Day after
Night” by Anita Diamant. Moderator is Sr. Ezra
Cappell, Associate Professor of English and
Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies
Program at UTEP. The EPHM Book Club’s
theme for 2012 is “Life After the Holocaust.”
Admission is free, but donations welcome.
Copies of the book available for purchase in the
museum’s bookstore. Information/RSVP (by
Feb. 22): 351-0048 ext. 24 or maribel@elpaso-
holocaustmuseum.org.
XVII Undécimo Congreso de
Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea
— The 2012 Contemporary Mexican Literature
Conference, organized by the UTEP
Department of Languages and Linguistics, is
March 1-3, in the UTEP Student Union
Building. Information: 747-6511.
Works about literary criticism and anthologies
covering this time frame in Mexican literature
will also be accepted, regardless of the language
in which they were written. Papers can be pre-
sented in English or Spanish. For information,
go to utep.edu/rlmc/.
Barnes & Noble (East Side) —9521
Viscount. Information: 590-1932.
• Savalas Loftin will sign his debut novel “At a
Mirror’s Glance” 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
Sisters in Crime Book Discussion Group meet
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, to discuss “Death at
La Fenice” by Donna Leon.
Little One’s Storytime is 11 a.m. every
Saturday with Miss Bonnie:
• Feb. 4 — Eric Hill’s “Spot”
• Feb. 11 — Valentine’s Day
• Feb. 18 — Black History Month
• Feb. 25 — Chinese New Year.
Barnes & Noble (Las Cruces) — 700 S.
Telshor in Mesilla Valley Mall. Nook tutorials
are 7 p.m. Thursdays. Information: (575) 522-
4499.
Billy Kiser will sign his book on historic events
in the Mesilla Valley, “Turmoil on the Rio
Grande,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
Recurring events:
Children’s storytimes are 10 a.m. Fridays:
A Black History Month storytime is 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11.
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.
• S. Natalie Alonso will sign her first work of
fiction “The Luxury of Details” at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11.
Recurring events:
• Third Monday Book Group will meet at 10
a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, to discuss “The Women’
by T. Coraghessan Boyle.
• En la Sombra de Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
bilingual reading group meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 21.
Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays.
• Feb. 4 – Sun City Center for the Deaf
• Feb. 11 — Cartoonist Jorge Baeza
• Feb. 18 — All Star Readers
• Feb. 25 — Kids-N-Co. Story Troupe
Reading Art Book Club — The book club
of the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main,
will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 to
discuss “My Land is the Southwest: Peter Hurd
Letters and Journals” edited by Robert Metzger.
Information: (575) 541-2322, (575) 541-2322
or museums.las-cruces.org.
Reading the Easel Book Club —The El
Paso Museum of Art’s book group meets 4 to
5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month
in the museum’s seminar room to discuss art-
related books. Cost: $10 per session (free for
museum members), includes admission to all
exhibits. Participants must provide their own
books. Space is limited; call to hold a seat.
Information: 532-1707 ext. 16.
The Feb. 16 book is “Strapless” by Deborah
Davis.
Junior Ranger Storytime — Chamizal
National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, will host
free storytimes with a thematic craft for pre-
school and first-grade children 11 a.m. the first
Saturday of the month (Feb. 4). Admission is
free, but reservations strongly recommended:
532-7272, ext. 131 or nps.gov/cham.
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Film Salon — The Film Salon at Trinity First
United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa (at
Yandell) continues its series of celebrating the
screen talents of Marlene Dietrich with Josef
von Sternberg’s “The Scarlet Empress” at 7:30
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in Resler Hall. Admission
is free. Information: 533-2674 or filmsalon.org.
Upcoming films in the series include the west-
ern/comedy “Destry Rides Again” (March 3)
and Billy Wilder’s courtroom drama “Witness
for the Prosecution” (April 7).
Jay’s Pix —Film historian, educator, writer,
archivist, collector Jay Duncan brings back his
weekly film series after an 8-year absence at
1:30 p.m. Sundays, at International Museum of
Art, 1211 Montana. Each screening includes
commentary, anecdotes and film facts from
Duncan. Admission is free. Information: 532-
6747 or jayspixpresents@yahoo.com.
The series celebrates the 85th anniversary of
the Academy Awards with a series of films
nominated or having won Academy Awards.
• Feb. 5 — Special “Super Bowl Sunday
Widow” Presentation of “King’s Row” (1942).
Nominated for three Oscars, including Best
Picture, it is a multi-generational story of life in
a small Midwestern town at the turn of the
19th century, as seen through the eyes of a
young, idealist doctor who uncovers pettiness,
squalor and madness. Based on the best-selling
novel by Henry Bellamann.
• Feb. 12 — “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962).
Race relations are explored with quiet intelli-
gence in this adaptation of the Harper Lee
novel about a fair-minded southern lawyer who
defends a black man accused of the rape of a
white woman. Nominated for eight Academy
Awards and winner for Best Actor (Gregory
Peck’s fifth nomination and only win), Best
Screenplay and Art Direction-Set Decoration.
• Feb. 19 — “The Picture of Dorian Gray
(1945). Oscar Wilde’s morality story about a
man who sells his soul for eternal youth,
remaining young while his portrait shows the
stigma of age and corruption. Nominated for
three Academy Awards, winning for the cine-
matography by Harry Stradling, which incorpo-
rates Technicolor inserts of the changing por-
trait.
• Feb. 26 — “Gentleman’s Agreement”
(1947). A Hollywood postwar “message” film
focusing on the problems of a magazine jour-
nalist posing as a Jew in order to write a series
of articles about anti-Semitism in the United
States. Screenplay by Moss Hart based on the
novel by Laura Z. Hobson. Nominated for
seven Academy Awards, and winning three
including Best Picture. Directed by Elia Kazan.
Film Las Cruces — The Rio Grande
Theatre and the City of Las Cruces Film Liaison
present the monthly film forum at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, in which trailers for locally
made films are screened alongside short films
by student filmmakers, followed by Q&A ses-
sions with the filmmakers and industry news as
it pertains to the area. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-6403
or Las-Cruces-Film.org.
Pax Christi Film Series —The series
presents the PBS documentary “Freedom
Riders” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Diocesan
Migrant and Refugee Services’ Mother Teresa
Center, 2400 E. Yandell (between Piedras and
Cotton). Hosted by Pax Christi El Paso and the
Peace & Justice Ministry of the Catholic
Diocese of El Paso. Admission is free, dona-
tions welcome. Information: 532-0527.
Fifty years ago, more than 400 Americans—
mostly young people—risked their lives by sim-
ply traveling together through the Deep South
on buses to test and challenge racial segrega-
tion.
UTEP Cinema Novo Art and Foreign
Film Series — Union Cinema, Union
Building East, First Floor. Film showings are at 7
p.m. Admission is $2 ($1 with UTEP, student or
military ID). Free popcorn. Ticket sales at the
door begin 30 minutes before showtime.
Information: 747-5481.
Fountain Theatre — 2469 Calle de
Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in
Mesilla. The historic theater, operated by the
Mesilla Valley Film Society, features films at
7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Foreign language films include subtitles.
Admission: $7 ($6 seniors and students with
ID; $5 society members and children); $5 on
Wednesday. Information, schedule: (575) 524-
8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
• Jan. 27-Feb. 2 — “Le Havre.” The film is
set in the French port city where many of the
cargoes are illegal immigrants arriving from
Africa. The police find a container filled with
them, and a young boy slips under their arms
and runs away. The film’s hero, Marcel Marx, is
fishing near a pier and sees the boy standing
waist-deep in the water, hiding, and mutely
appealing to him. He returns, leaves out some
food and finds the food gone the next day. And
so, with no plan in mind, Marcel becomes in
charge of protecting the boy from arrest.
• Feb 3-9 —”The Skin I Live In.” Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar. Based on Thierry Jonquet’s
novel, ”Mygale,” Antonio Banderas plays Dr.
Robert Ledgard, a widower plastic surgeon
who uses his isolated mansion to hide a suicidal
unknown patient. She’s called Vera (Elena
Anaya), and when Robert is not experimenting
on her with synthetic skin grafts, he’s observing
her behind glass with a voyeuristic perversity.
Rated R.
• Feb 10-16 — “Take Shelter.” Michael
Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) plays Curtis
LaForche, a crew manager for an Ohio sand-
mining company, husband to Samantha (Jessica
Chastain) and father of their six-year-old
daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart), who is deaf.
LaForche has been having visions of an impend-
ing apocalypse, disturbing visions that estrange
him from his family and his co-workers.
• Feb 17-23 — “The Puzzle.” María del
Carmen is living out a dullish life as a house-
wife-drudge. Her husband is kindly but gruff.
She also has two rambunctious, live-at-home
sons. Her newfound expertise at jigsaw puzzles
leads her to a wealthy bachelor who is looking
for a tournament partner. Without letting on to
her family what she is up to, she meets twice a
week with this bachelor in his lavish home and
together they practice their abundant skills in
preparation for a local tournament.
• Feb 24-March 1 — “The Interrupters.”
This documentary is a look at Chicago-based
group called CeaseFire, a group trying at the
ground level to stop street violence in Chicago,
insisting that change is possible one person at a
time. The group believes that violence is both
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learned behavior and akin to an infectious dis-
ease and their goal is to stop violence at the
source.
CinéMatinee Film Series — The Saturday
series showcases various themes, including life
in the West, old and new; notable movies that
have been overlooked; and films with New
Mexico connections. 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), unless otherwise
listed. Information: (575) 524-8287 (leave mes-
sage) or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
• Feb. 4 — “Fargo” (1996) Based on a true
story, The Joel and Ethan Coen film stars
Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson, the
pregnant police chief of Brainerd, Minn. William
H. Macy is the feckless Jerry Lundegaard, a car
salesman in deep debt who as hatched a
scheme to shake down his father-in-law. Rated
R.
• Feb. 11 — “Before Sunrise” (1995). The
one-night love story between Celine (Julie
Delpy), an easy-going Sorbonne student and
Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke), a young
American, who meet on a train. Directed by
Richard Linklater. Rated R.
• Feb 18 — “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,”
written and directed by Werner Herzog. The
Chauvet Cave in southern France was discov-
ered by scientists in 1994 and estimated to be
more than 30,000 years old. Inside they found
hundreds of playful paintings. Herzog tries to
convey the wonder and the beauty of the place
that he calls “a frozen flash in a moment of
time.” Rated G. Admission is free for MVFS
members in honor of “For the Love of Art
Month.”
• Feb. 25 — “All the Pretty Horses,” the film
version of the acclaimed Cormac McCarthy
novel. Directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Soon
after the end of World War II, John Grady (Matt
Damon) is crushed to learn that his mother has
sold off the West Texas family ranch that he had
hoped to work all his life. He sets off on horse-
back for Mexico, encounters a 13-year-old
horse thief and falls in love with Alejandra
(Penelope Cruz), the beautiful daughter of the
Mexican landowner (Ruben Blades) who hires
him to break wild horses. Rated PG-13.
A screening of the 1971 Peter Bogdanovich
film “The Last Picture Show” based on the
Larry McMurtry novel in conjunction with the
Preston Contemporary Art’s final exhibit of the
same name, is 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. A
farewell party for the gallery follows the show-
ing at 6 p.m. at the gallery.
New Mexico Museum of Space
History — Alamogordo, N.M. The museum’s
Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater presents:
• “Everest” (11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m.). The
documentary narrated by Liam Neeson follows
a 1996 Everest expedition as three climbers
train and travel to Katmandu through the
Himalayas and finally reach the Everest summit.
• Planetarium show: “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.
Feb. 3:
• Big Miracle (Universal) — Drew Barrymore,
John Krasinski, Kristen Bell. Directed by Ken
Kwapis.
• Chronicle (20th Century-Fox) — Michael B.
Jordan, Alex Russell, Michael Kelly. Directed by
Josh Trank.
• The Innkeepers (Magnolia) — Sara Paxton,
Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis. Directed by Ti West.
• W.E. (Weinstein Co.) — Abbie Cornish,
James D’Arcy, Andrea Riseborough. Directed
by Madonna.
• The Woman in Black (CBS Films) — Daniel
Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds. Directed
by James Watkins.
Feb. 10:
• Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Warner
Bros.) — In 3D. Dwayne (“The Rock”)
Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine.
Directed by Brad Peyton.
• On the Ice — Frank Qutuk Irelan, Adamina
Kerr, John Miller. Directed by Andrew Okpeaha
MacLean. The first feature-length fiction film
made in Alaska by an Iñupiaq writer/director
with an entirely Inuit cast.
• Rampart (Lightstream) — Woody Harrelson,
Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster. Directed by
Oren Moverman. Postponed from Jan. 27.
• Safe House (Universal) — Denzel
Washington, Vera Farmiga, Ryan Reynolds.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa.
• Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
(20th Century-Fox) — 3D re-release Of 1999
film. Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Liam
Neeson. Directed by George Lucas.
• The Turin Horse (Cinema Guild) — János
Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos. Directed by
Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky.
• Undefeated (Weinstein Co.) — Bill Courtney,
O.C. Brown, Montrail “Money” Brown.
Directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin.
Feb. 14:
• The Vow (Sony Screen Gems) — Rachel
McAdams, Sam Neill, Channing Tatum.
Directed by Michael Sucsy.
Feb. 17:
• Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Sony) —
Nicolas Cage, Idris Elb. Directed by Mark
Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
• The Lady (Cohen Media) — Michelle Yeoh,
David Thewlis. Directed by Luc Besson.
• The Secret World of Arrietty (Disney) —
Cell Animation. Voices of Bridgit Mendler, Will
Arnett, Amy Piehler. Directed by Hiromasa
Yonebayashi and Gary Rydstrom.
• Thin Ice (ATO) — Greg Kinnear, Lea
Thompson, Billy Crudup. Directed by Jill
Sprecher.
• This Means War (20th Century-Fox) —
Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Til Schweiger.
Directed by McG.
Feb. 24:
• Act of Valor (Relativity) — Alex Veadov,
Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano. Directed by
Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh.
• Footnote (Sony Classics) — Shlomo Bar-Aba,
Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen. Directed by Joseph
Cedar.
• Gone (Summit) — Amanda Seyfried, Wes
Bentley, Jennifer Carpenter. Directed by Heitor
Dhalia.
• Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (Lionsgate) —
Tyler Perry, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton.
Directed by Perry.
• Lookout (FilmDistrict) — Guy Pearce,
Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare. Directed by
James Mather.
• Wanderlust (Universal) — Jennifer Aniston,
Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman. Directed by David
Wain.
DVD Releases
Feb. 7:
• Anonymous / PG-13
• A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas / R
Feb. 11;
• The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1/
PG-13
Feb. 14:
• The Rum Diary / R
• Take Shelter/ R
Feb. 21:
• Tower Heist / PG-13
• J. Edgar / R
• Martha Marcy May Marlene / R
Feb. 24:
• Puss in Boots / PG
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Local: Inn of the Mountain
Gods Spreads the Valentine
Love A Little Early
If you love to gamble and are equally pas-
sionate for your ’80s hair metal bands then
casinos are a one-stop shop. More and more
this genre is having a rebirth on the wager
hall circuit. This time it is Inn of the
Mountain Gods that will keep heads banging,
or maybe just rapidly tilting at this age. The
wagers will be on a great performance by
Slaughter, which hasn’t had a new release in
over a decade — but that doesn’t seem to
matter. This band rose from the ashes of the
defunct Vinnie Vincent Invasion, helmed by
the former Kiss guitarist. Slaughter’s sound
tended to cross over, edging themselves on
the Billboard Hot 100 charts with their
anthemic melodies and lighter waving bal-
lads. Next up is your big-dollar bet with
Great White. These guys had a string of hits
in the late ’80s but some know them more
for the 2003 Rhode Island tragedy when 100
people were killed after pyrotechnics ignited
an inferno in the nightclub. They have tried
to move past that disaster, releasing two
albums of original material since. It is all
happening Feb. 10. Nothing helps Cupid’s
arrow fly faster than the beat of hair metal
masterpieces.
National: Matthew Sweet,
“Modern Art,” Missing Piece
He was a critical darling of the ’90s alterna-
tive music scene and bubbled up commer-
cially for a few moments in 1991, but overall
Matthew Sweet’s career has been built on a
devoted cult following. He has shaken off his
musical partnership with The Bangles’
Susanna Hoffs and has said goodbye to his
old friends, fellow singer-songwriters Pete
Droge and Shawn Mullins. The last decade
has seen Sweet following a softer and at
times psychedelic side, with classic har-
monies and the feeling of a warm California
sun throughout his work. His new release
“Modern Art” may not feel all that modern
as he continues to channel the Beach Boys
and the Byrds, but that throwback sound
mixed with his distinct vocals creates an all-
new kind of art. On the disc’s second cut,
“Ivory Tower,” we are treated to Fred
Armisen pounding away on the skins (yes
the same guy who is a Saturday Night Live
alum and Portlandia star). Sweet is the man
who brought us “Girlfriend,” “Sick of
Myself” and “Divine Intervention.” He has
now crafted 12 more guitar-driven, pop-
focused, and dream-like tracks that drift into
your body and fill your soul.
R.E.M., “Part Lies, Part Heart,
Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-
2011,” Warner Bros
In late September of last year the world lost
a pioneer of the college/alternative rock
music scene. It wasn’t a plane crash, drug
overdose or even any inner band squabbling.
R.E.M. just decided to call it a day. The band
had just rounded three decades and released
some of the greatest material ever. It was
perhaps because of this newfound wealth of
brilliant material that it was time to bid a
fond adieu while at the top of their musical
game. So it is no surprise that Warner
Brothers has decided to release a double-disc
collection celebrating their entire career,
including time served with I.R.S. records. It
is a fantastic time capsule starting at the very
beginning and moving swiftly through the
years, ending beyond their last CD with three
brand new cuts. The first of those sounds as
if it could have a nice cozy spot on their
debut. “Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part
Garbage 1982-2011” is unfortunately where
the world has to say goodbye and part with
the one and only R.E.M.
Slash, “Live: Made in Stoke,”
Armoury Records
Just after the recent announcement that Guns
N’ Roses would be inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame came rumors that
Slash was ready to play nice with Axl Rose
again. So what better way to warm up for
this reunion than Slash’s new double-disc
set, “Live: Made in Stoke.” The collection
was recorded last year in Stoke-on-Trent, the
birthplace of Saul Hudson (Slash’s given
name). It features 21 cuts from his entire
career, including his very first venture out of
GNR, Snakepit; continues with numbers
from Velvet Revolver, his union with Stone
Temple Pilots’ frontman Scott Weiland; a
few from his last release; and then the main
reason you probably bought the set, half a
dozen Guns N’ Roses gems. The vocals are
handled by Miles Kennedy of Mayfield Four
and Alter Bridge. Hearing songs like Mr.
Brownstone, Nightrain, Paradise City and
more in 2011 will bring hope that we can all
forget about GNR’s “Chinese Democracy”
and ignite a spark during the April 14 cere-
monies April 14, so we can finally get a
proper follow-up to the “Illusions” of 1991.
Collectibles: The Rolling
Stones, “Live in Texas,” Eagle
Rock Entertainment
As the Rolling Stones back catalogue contin-
ues its slow overhaul at Universal Music,
Eagle Rock Entertainment is accenting those
releases with some phenomenal accompani-
ments. The first came by way of a unique
documentary about the “Exile on Main
Street” years. Now they have unveiled “Live
in Texas” as a companion piece to “Some
Girls,” available as a stand-alone DVD or a
CD/DVD combo. This set captures the band
in fine form in Fort Worth in 1978. The
Stones had already established a reputation
for gargantuan productions, but this time
around it was all about the music. The bulk
of the 17 selections are from the “Some
Girls” LP. It wasn’t a show laden with hits of
the late ’60s, although a few make it in as
encores. An intense high-energy performance
from top to bottom, this is the Stones in all
their glory proving why they are the world’s
greatest rock ’n’ roll band. The video offers a
few nuggets of interest from a very hoarse
vocal performance on Saturday Night Live,
to a time capsule interview on 20/20 and an
updated conversation in 2011. “Live in
Texas” helps heal the wounds for those of us
who weren’t ever fortunate to catch the
Stones in the ’70s.
Keep an eye out for these releases:
Ben Kweller — “Go Fly A Kite”
Mark Lanegan Band — “Blues Funeral”
Paul McCartney — “Kisses On The Bottom”
The Shins — “Port Of Morrow”
Van Halen — “A Different Kind Of Truth”
Paul Welle — “Sonik Kicks”
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events during the first week of March.
‘The Good, The Bad and The
Musician’ — El Paso Wind Symphony per-
forms at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at UTEP’s Fox
Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets $7.50 and
$12.50. Information: 760-5599 or elpa-
sowindsymphony.com.
Home and Garden Expo — March 9-11
at El Paso Convention Center. Admission: $4
and $6. Information: (361) 882-2071 or elpaso-
homeandgarden.com.
‘A Trip to Bountiful’ — The Woman’s Club
of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, hosts its 4th annual
dinner theater event at 6 p.m. March 10.
Information/reservations: 532-6131.
Sun Country Doll Folks — The club’s
38th annual doll show and sale is 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. March 10, Holiday Inn Airport, 6655
Gateway West. Information: 637-3438.
Segundo Barrio 5K — The race/walk is 9
a.m. March 10 at Lydia Patterson Institute, 517
S. Florence. Celebrate Segundo Barrio Fair is
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 544-5436 or
celebrateSegundoBarrio.org.
‘Tejano Legends’ — The Tex-Mex music
style tour benefiting the Frontline Faith Project
is March 10 at the Plaza Theatre. Headliners
are Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliners and Ruben
Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, with open-
ing band Chuy Flores and Rhapsody. Tickets:
$20-$65. (Ticketmaster).
Provost Gun Show — The El Maida
Provost Guard gun, small antique and
Southwest art show is March 10-11,El Maida
Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Admission: $5
($4 military). Information: 241-1761.
Rockin’ Rolla —The “Downtown Music &
Sports Fest” begins at noon March 17.
Headliners are “Livin’ On A Prayer” Bon Jovi
tribute band and “Never Stop Believing’”
Journey tribute band. Sports include Texas vs.
New Mexico Golden Gloves. Admission is $15.
Information: rockinrollaep.com.
Ms. Krazie — The Spanish language rapper’s
“Hello Loca” Tour is 6 p.m. March 1, at
Frankie’s West, 5850 Onix, with special guest
Duente. Tickets: $10; $15 VIP. Information:
694-6067.
Chicago — The classic rock band and El Paso
favorite returns at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the
Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $46.50-$76.50.
(Ticketmaster).
‘The Seagull’ - The UTEP Department of
Theatre and Dance presents Anton Chekov’s
classic 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 14-18, Fox Fine
Arts Studio Theatre. Ticket information: 747-
5118 or theatredance.utep.edu.
‘The Marriage of Figaro’ — El Paso
Opera presents Mozart’s saucy comic tale of
love, marriage, infidelity and the stupidity of
aristocracy 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday
and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 17 and 18,
at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $20-
$90. Information: 581-5534 or epopera.org.
‘Trip to Bountiful’ — March 16-April 7 at
El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. 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, elpasoplayhouse.com.
St. Patricks Shamrock 5K — 8 a.m.
March 17, St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N.
Mesa. Online at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
German Spring Bazaar — 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. March 17, German Community Center,
Fort Bliss. Admission is free. Information: 568-
0259, 568-7522 or betreuunginelpaso.com.
Pasion Flamenco — Gallegos y Baile
Flamenco performs at 7:30 p.m. March 17,
Chamizal National Memorial. Tickets: $15.
Information/reservations: 532-7273.
‘STAR Western Gala’— Gift basket
fundraiser is March 23 at El Paso Country
Club,. Information: 544-1799.
‘Kidspalooza’ — El Paso Symphony
Orchestra hosts the 5th annual family art and
music festival 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24
throughout Downtown. Information: 532-3776.
Springtime Track Invitational — Annual
UTEP spring field and track meet is March 24
at Kidd Field. Information: 747-5812.
Celebrity Waiter Spaghetti Dinner —
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center’s
annual fundraiser is March 24 at St. Pius X,
1050 N. Clark, at Geronimo. Information: 544-
5126, ext. 23 or las-americas.org.
PT & The Cruisers — The area variety
band performs at 7 p.m. March 24, Scottish
Rite Theater, 301 W.t Missouri. Tickets: $10-
$15. Information/reservations: 594-9900.
Sunland Park Derby — Sunland Park
Racetrack & Casino’s 10th annual running of
the Sunland Park Derby and Sunland Park Oaks
is March 25. Information: (575) 874-5200.
The annual Sunland Derby Gala is March 24,
with guest speaker 49ers great Joe Montana.
Ballet Folklórico Churuhui and Paso
del Norte — 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 24-25, Chamizal National
Memorial. Information: 588-5743.
World’s Fastest 10K — March 25. 478-
5663, raceadventuresunlimited.com.
EPSYO and EPSO “Side-by-Side”
Concert — 3 p.m.March 25, Plaza Theatre.
Ticket information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.
‘100 Years of Broadway’ — Broadway in
El Paso presents the tribute to a century of
musicals at 7:30 p.m. March 26, Plaza Theatre
(Ticketmaster).
Franklin Mountain Poppies
Celebration — March 31, El Paso Museum
of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain.
Admission is free. Information: 755-4332.
Ballet Folklorico Aires International —
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30-April 1, at Chamizal
National Memorial. Information: 532-7273.
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Cert. Training with Danny 18
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COAS 49
Collectibles 46
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D. Montanez Latin Dance 33
Dancers Studio 17
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El Paso Art Association 41
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El Paso Artist Studio Tour 37
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Marie Otero 23
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Martha Garcia 41
Mesa Street Antique 38
Mesilla Book Center 49
Meth. Children’s Home 22,41
Metta Massage 38
Mimbres Reg. Arts Council 26
Mind/Body Studio 53
Nayda’s Gems & Stones 24
New Image Laser Cosm. 14
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