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April 2018

The following events are just some of the events coming up this month. We generally post this list a month in advance, and do not update afterward so we can focus on the print edition instead. We leave the past monthly lists on the website just to give you some idea of what generally happens that month

Alicia Villarreal — The Grammy-nominated Mexican singer performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the Plaza Theatre for her “La Villarreal Tour.” Tickets: $45-$110 (TicketMaster).

March Madness symphony fundraiser — The 20th annual fundraiser benefiting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach programs is Monday, April 2, at the El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals on several wide-screen televisions. Games begin about 7 p.m., pre-game activities and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets to be announced. Information, reservations: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  The annual March Madness Golf Tournament is 1 p.m.; registration at 10:30 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m.

‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical,” now in its 27th year, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $30-$60 (Ticketmaster).

EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 40th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May. Most events are free, some may included nominal admission fee. Information: 831-6479, 831-2220, cwoolf@epcc.edu, epcc.edu/events/artsfestival or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
  The 2018 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens April 3 in the Administrative Service Center Foyer, Building A.
• Fernando P. Racelis presents a talk on “Cross Currents and Mainstreams: Traditions and the Creative Process” 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Northwest Library open area.
• The Spring EPCC Mariachi Real de El Paso and Ballet Folklorico Gala performance is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Administrative Service Center Auditorium.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Piano Recital is noon Sunday, April 8, in the Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex.
• The EPCC Faculty Grand Concert is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Star City Studio, 120 W Castellano.
• Spring Arts Festival Open House if 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Valle Verde Building A, first floor.
• “Radical Self Care: From the Hood to the Reservation” is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Valle Verde Architect Building Breezeway.
• An visiting artist talk and workshop with Eric Galvez is 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, a Northwest Library’s Multipurpose Room.  
• Senior’s Creative Talents in Motion is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex.
• EPCC Poetry Slam is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 27, in the Valle Verde campus Amphitheater.
• Release event for “Chrysalis” literary magazine is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Rio Grande Campus Little Theatre.
• Rio Grande Concert Series presents the Eryilmaz Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center. A Master class is 1 p.m. in Valle Verde Campus Room A1201.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
• “Amazing Grace” — The new Broadway musical based on the true story behind the world’s most beloved song is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Tickets: $39-$79.
• “Bookends: Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years” — 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Tickets: $39-$59.
• “Cinderella” — State Street Ballet presents its light-hearted retelling of the favorite fairy tale at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Tickets: $39-$69.

Senior Softball Championships — The Texas State Championships for Senior Softball USA are Wednesdays through Sunday, April 4-8, at the El Paso County Sports Complex, 1780 Zaragoza.. Information, schedule: seniorsoftball.com.

Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman — The Latin pop-rock divas bring their “Versus World Tour” to El Paso at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets start at $43. VIP packages available (Ticketmaster).

Milagro Gala — Angelica Hale, the 10-year-old singer who finished second in the 12th season of “America's Got Talent,”
is the featured entertainer at the 7th annual benefit gala 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6, at El Paso Convention Center. Proceeds from the event benefit children at El Paso Children’s Hospital. Tickets: $150. Information, reservations: 521-7229, ext. 80524, or elpasochildrensfoundation.org.

Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College play home games at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field, off Hunter. Games begin at noon Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or epcc.edu/athletics.
April 6-7: Midland College
April 13-14: Luna Community College.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Shows start at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets through Yapsody.com or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com. Tickets to all listed shows: $29-$89.
• Mariachi Vargas de Tecatlán — The “greatest mariachi group in the world” performs Friday, April 6.
• Clint Black — The country music star performs Saturday, April 7.
• Eastern Corbin — The country artist performs Friday, April 27.

Trinity Site Tour — White Sands Missile Range. The semiannual tour to the site of the first atom bomb explosion is Saturday, April 7. Admission is free; no reservations required. Information: (575) 678-1134 or wsmr.army.mil.

Empty Bowls Soup Dinner — The Art Student Society at El Paso Community College will sponsor the 14th annual soup dinner and silent auction to raise funds and awareness of world hunger 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A. Admission: $20 ($10 children); $25 after April 5. Information: 298-0353 or elpasoansfightinghunger.org. Proceeds go to the local food bank El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

Groovin’ Loretto Throwback Dance — Loretto Academy Challenge Program hosts its fundraising dance 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 7, in the Loretto Academy High School Gym, 1300 Hardaway with music by Fungi Mungle and a silent auction. Tickets: $15. Information: 566-8400, ext. 1300 or loretto.org.

Special Olympics Texas Tennis Scramble — Special Olympics Texas in El Paso invites individuals to play or partner with one of the athletes in its 3rd annual Tennis Scramble 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, hosted by the El Paso Tennis & Swim Club, 2510 No St. Vrain. Cost: $20 per player (includes lunch); $20 to sponsor a player or Special Olympics Texas athlete; $150 to sponsor an athlete for one year. Information: 533-8229, mbaray@sotx.org or sotx.org.

Hope Brings Change 5K — The 2nd annual 5K run walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Hope City Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Thomas Rhett — ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, Thomas Rhett, brings his “Life Changes Tour” to Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, with Brett Young and Jillian Jacqueline. Tickets: Tickets: $36.25-$80.25 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420.

Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• Selena #1 Tribute featuring Karla Perez is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Tickets are $15, $22, $29 and $38.
• GCRMC Cancer Center Benefit Concert, “Play Me: The Music of Neil Diamond,” is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Tickets are $30. A dinner is at 5:30 p.m.; cost is $15.

JackRabbit Classic — The 18th annual trail race is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Unit. Four and 8-mile trail options available. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Run Together 5K — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts its 2nd annual ”Colors of Cancer-Our Colors Run Together” 5K competitive run and non-competitive run/walk Sunday, April 8, at Cohen Stadium. Registration at 7 a.m. with events beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration at ourcolorsruntogether.com.

El Dedon Verde Flower Show — El Dedon Verde Garden Club’s 66th annual standard flower show and silent auction is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Admission: $15. Information: eldedonverdegardenclub.org.

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team’s 2018 season runs April 10-Sept. 3 at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Regular game time is 7:05 p.m., 6:05 p.m. Sunday (1:05 p.m. in April), unless otherwise listed. Weeknight games in April are 6:35 p.m. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
April 10-12: Salt Lake Bees. Wednesday game 11:05 a.m.
April 13-16: Las Vegas 51s. Sunday game 11:05 a.m.
April 25-29: Salt Lake Bees.
April 30-May 3: Reno Aces. Wednesday game 11:05 a.m.

Marfa Myths — Mexican Summer and Ballroom Marfa hosts the 5th annual music festival and multidisciplinary cultural program April 12-15 at various venues with artists and musicians from within and outside of the label’s roster working creatively and collaboratively across music, film, and visual arts contexts. Early bird all access passes (through April 12) are $180. Tickets: marfamyths.com. Information: (432) 729-3600.

EPSO 2018 Kurt Weill Festival — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, closes its season at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, in the Plaza Theatre, in conjunction with the Kurt Weill Festival held each spring in Germany. Tickets: $16-$45. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

El Paso Comic Con — Actors Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Jason David Frank, the popular Power Ranger will appear at EPCON April 13-15, at the El Paso Convention Center. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 Friday; $30 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Three-day pass: $55. Age 10 and younger free with paid adult ticket. VIP tickets: $100. Information: (575) 405-0461, epcomiccon@gmail.com, elpasocomiccon.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

One-Act Play Festival — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, hosts its one-act showcase Thursday through Sunday, April 13-15. Tickets: $12-$15. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

Arcángel — The popular reggaeton and trap singer Arcángel performs at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, at El Paso County
Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Hit hits include “Chica Virtual,” “Pa’ Que La Pases Bien” and ”Por Amar a Ciegas.” “Sentimiento, Elegancia & Maldad.” Tickets: $40, $50, $80 and $115 (Ticketmaster).

El Paso Studio Tour — The 11th annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour is April 14-15 and April 22-22. The April 14-15 tour includes Eastside, Northeast, Downtown, Central and Mission Valley. The April 21-22 tour includes studios in the West Side and Upper Valley. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.

Chefs & Stars Chef Competition – Rebuilding Together El Paso hosts the culinary experience with eight local chefs and eight local celebrities 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E. Mills. Tickets: $75 ($50 military; $25 students). Information: 342-3882 or chefsandstars.com.

Stuff the Truck — The Salvation Army hosts a housewares and clothing drive 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Information: 565-6532 or salvationarmytexas.org/elpaso.

Massing of the Colors — El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars hosts the 43rd annual ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar, sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. Information: 755-4038 or 449-8994.

Shinedown — The rock band performs at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, with special guest Empire City at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Age 18 and older welcome. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrock.com.

‘Icons’ — Burlesque on the Rio burlesque troupe performs 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 14, at Touch Bar & Nightclub, 800 E San Antonio. Musical opening performers are The Double Clutchers. Tickets: $10; $15 at the door, age 18 and older only. Information: burlesqueontherio.weebly.com.

Texas Country Music Fest — Randy Rogers Band headlines the 2nd annual event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the El Paso Country Coliseum, with special gusts Tracy Byrd and other country artists from Texas. Tickets: $35, $45, $55 and $70 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-9899 or TexasCMF.com.
  A Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Pavilion Pre-Party is 5 to 7 p.m. with food trucks and family-friendly activities.

Soldadera’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents Josefina Niggli’s 1938 one-act English-language drama at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.

ZZ Top — Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $47.25 to $147.25 (Ticketmaster).

CASAblanca – CASA of El Paso hosts its annual fundraiser gala Friday, April 19, at 150 Sunset Event Center 150 Sunset, with live and silent auctions, dinner and a showing of the short film “Emily’s Dragon. Information: 225-5214 or casaofelpaso.com.

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, presents the 35th Anniversary Production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber musical for the whole family April 20-May 6. Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

‘Love From a Stranger’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, closes its season with the Agatha Christie mystery April 20-May 12. Directed by Frieda Voeks. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors 62+,students, military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

Maluma — The popular Colombian reggaeton singer returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at El Paso County Coliseum. His performance earlier this year sold out. Tickets: $50.50, $80.50, $100.50, $120.50 and $150.50 (Ticketmaster).

Career Day Fair — El Paso Chapter, The Links, Inc. hosts its career fair 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at El Paso Community College (EPCC), 9050 Viscount, Building A. Professional presenters who will showcase their careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. This event includes College Prep and scholarship information. Information: 479-1252 or bonita255@aol.com.

‘Party for the Planet’ — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host Earth Day exhibits and activities Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. Information: 212-0966, elpasozoo.org, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo.

Sun City Craft Beer Festival — The Downtown El Paso celebration of craft beer is 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday April 21-22, at the El Paso Convention Center Plaza. The two-day event features more than 150 national, regional, local and newly released craft beers, ciders, wine and mixed drinks, as well as a game zone, food trucks, vendor booths, a liquor lounge, live bands and djs. Age 21 and older only. Early bird tickets: $20 general admission per day; $35 for both days. VIP tickets available, with early access one hour before general admission ticketholders; available at suncitycraftbeerfest.com.

Reuse and Recycle Fashion Show — Keep Las Cruces Beautiful’s 6th annual Reuse & Recycle Fashion Show in honor of Earth Day is noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, on the Main Street Downtown Plaza. Information: (575) 528-4508.

El Paso Roller Derby — The season opening bout is a doubleheader 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad. Cost: $5-$12. Information: (623) 285 4670, eprollerderby.com, or on Facebook at eprollerderby.

‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-female “sprint” and “super sprint” events benefiting the Center Against Family Violence begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Registration at raceelpaso.com/mighty-mujer.

15th Anniversary Freestyle Explosion — The “old school” jam is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with Lisa Lisa, Stevie B, Exposé, Taylor Dayne, Debbie Deb, Trinere, Connie, TKA, K7 and Timmy T. Tickets: $28-$49.50 (Ticketmaster).

Vance Joy — The multi-plantinum Australian singer performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at The Plaza Theatre in support of his new album “Nation of Two.” Tickets: $35-$49.50; “Platinum” tickets: $80-$100.(Ticketmaster).

Zoé - The Latin Grammy-winning alt rock band from Mexico performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49.50 to $89.50 (Ticketmaster).

YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — Crisis management expert Judy Smith, the real life inspiration for the hit television show “Scandal,” is guest speaker for the 25th annual benefit luncheon is Thursday, April 26, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza. Details to be announced. Reservations: 519-0000 or ywcaelpaso.org.

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit — The two-time Grammy Award winner and his band perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Plaza Theatre,. Special guest is Richard Thompson. Tickets: $30-$57.50 (Ticketmaster).

San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society Conference and Dinner — The 27th annual event is Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, at the Adobe Horseshoe Theatre, 1500 Main, San Elizario. Conference dinner is 7 p.m. Friday, and luncheon is 1 p.m. Saturday. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdisttric.org.
  In conjunction with the conference is the inaugural Rio Grande Festival of art, culture, history and heritage, with reenactment of Oñate’s historical arrival, a three-day history conference, guided tours, old west shootouts, heritage booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and more.
  “La Feria Noche Española Mestiza,” a night of flamenco, folklorico and folk faire at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Adobe Horsehoe Dinner Theatre.

‘Rent’ — American Southwest Theatre Company closes its season with Jonathan Larson’s Tony-winning Broadway hit April 27-May 6 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts’ Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high schools students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-41420 or nmsutheatre.com.

David Sedaris — The best-selling comic author and humorist appears at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $24.75 to $52.50 (Ticketmaster).
Whole Hog BBQ — Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), hosts its 3rd annual fundraising barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Keepa's Park-5199 Grove East, Sunland Park. Music by Rod Crosby and the Intruders and Dusty Low. Cost: $100. Information: 478-0908 or dscep.org.

‘Carmina Burana’ — El Paso Choral Society and Orchestra presents the Carl Orff cantata, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Abraham Chavez Theater, accompanied by the society’s children’s choir. Tickets: $9-$40 (Ticketmaster).

La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The annual spring celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. Admission: $20; $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

Texas Hammerfest — The two-day USAC Sanctioned Road Stage Race for cyclists is Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, in Fort Davis, Texas. Registration: $75-$125; closes April 26. Information: texashammerfest.info or usacycling.org.

Run/Walk for Autism — Southwest Chapter of the Autism Society of America will host its 10th annual awareness and fundraising 5K run and walk and one-mile family fun walk at 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday, April 28, at Southwest University Park. Information: 772-9100 or on Facebook at AutismSocietyEP.

‘Walk through Time’ — The walk is 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29, on Scenic Drive, beginning at the intersection of Robinson and Scenic, to learn about the history, geology, and legends of the region. The road will be closed to motor vehicles. Information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu.

Miss Texas Earth and Teen Earth — The ”beauty with a cause” pageants are 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $20-$35. (Ticketmaster). Information: missearthtexas.com.

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