El Paso Scene Weekly 02/20/17 - 02/26/17

El Paso Scene Weekly for Feb. 20-26, 2017

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Lowbrow Palace
— 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Moving Units presents the Songs of Joy Division at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, with Viktor Fiction and Soviet. Tickets: $10-12.
• The Growlers — The California rock band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tickets: $20.
• Isaiah Rashad — The hip hop artist’s “Lil Sunny Tour” is 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Ages 16 and older only. Tickets: $15 (VIP meet and greet tickets are $65).

Wind Symphony Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring members of TMEA Region 22 All-State Musicians. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.
   El Paso Wind Symphony, now in its 21st season, is a professional concert band made primarily of residents of the Greater El Paso Area, most of whom are band directors in public and private schools.

Mariachi Festival — The festival and music competition is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. Professional mariachi competition for cash prizes. Additional live entertainment and dancing follow at 9 p.m. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

The Music of Prince — El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents a tribute to the legendary pop artist 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $33.50, $48.50, $63.50 and $78.50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-2776 or epso.org.
   A full rock band and the El Paso Symphony will perform the music of the seven-time Grammy winner, who died April 21, 2016 at age 57.

Jimmy Eat World — The Arizona rock band legend performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso, in support of their new album “Integrity Blues.” All-ages. Tickets: $25-$40. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com and ticketfly.com.
  The band has had four Top 20 Singles in the Modern Rock charts including their No. 1 hit, “The Middle.”

Texas Country Music Fest — Tracy Lawrence, the Josh Abbott Band and Wade Bowen perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the El Paso Country Coliseum, with a Patio Pre-Party offering food trucks, family activities and more live music. Tickets are $29 to $65 (Ticketmaster). Information: TexasCMF.com.
  Lawrence has had 18 No. 1 singles, multiple CMA and ACM awards, selling 13 million albums with hits such as “Time Marches On.”
  The Josh Abbott Band topped the charts with its 2012 album “Small Town Family Dreams.” Bowen has released five independent albums.

Music Forum concert — Chamber Music Consortium of the Southwest presents a piano recital featuring Carmen Quezada and Aina Olonado, both from the class of Dena Jones at UTEP, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Montana. Works by Schubert, Ginastera, and others will be performed Admission is free. Information: 544-3081 or musicforumelpaso.net.

‘Elvis Lives’ — The multi-media live journey across Elvis’ life is 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets:$37.50 and $62.50 (Ticketmaster).
  The touring production features champions and finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises' worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Headline performers include Dean Z (”The Early Years & the Comeback Special”); Jay Dupuis (”The Movie Years”); Bill Cherry (”The Movie Years”) and Carol Maccri (”Ann Margret); backed up by a band and other singer/dancers.


EPCC Black History Month
— El Paso Community College will host Gospel Night Concert and Cuisine at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at EPCC’s Administrative Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount, in celebration of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “The Crisis in Black Education: The Crucial Role of Education in the History of African Americans.” Admission is free. Information: 831-3324 or epcc.edu/diversityprograms.

Last Thursdays — The Downtown monthly evening art walk (Feb. 23) includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries.  Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.

Pet Festival
— El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual event to help pet owners respect and care for their pets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Don Haskins Recreation Center & Westside Dog Park, 7400 High Ridge, with pet and animal related activities. Admission is free. Information: 212-1704 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

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, 3401 E. Missouri. A rally follows the parade 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Mary Webb Park, with vendor booths, family activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 241-6046 or facebook.com/interclubcouncileptx/.

Miss Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship Pageant — The annual pageant is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Tickets: $10; available in advance at Estine East Side Barber Shop, 546-9212, and McCall’s Neighborhood Center, 566-2407. Information: missblackelpaso.com.
  Young ladies ages 17-20 desiring to participate may obtain an application, and additional information by calling Estine Davis, 546-9212 or Juliet Hart 595-3141 as soon as possible.
   Miss Black El Paso 2016 is Brianne Williams of Montwood High School.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.


‘Johnny Belinda’ — Coronado High School’s Drama Club presents the one-act version of Elmer Harris's story of love, loss, and change at 7 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at the school’s Lee Ross Capshaw Auditorium, 100 Champions Place.  Admission: $3 in advance; $5 at the door. Information: 526-3057 on Facebook at Coronado High School Drama Club.
   Set at the turn of the century in Nova Scotia, it follows the heartbreaking story of the deaf Belinda McDonald and the visiting doctor who shows her the wonders of an education and kindness.

‘The Taming of El Paso’ or ‘How El Paso Was Civilized’
— The Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, hosts its annual dinner theatre Saturday, Feb. 25. Dinner served at 6 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m. Cost: $35. Reservations: Jeff Lane at the Clubhouse, 532-6131. Information: wcoep.org.
   The play tells the colorful stories of the origination of the Woman's Club and some of the historic milestones affecting not only El Paso, but all of Texas. All proceeds from this fundraiser are used for the preservation and restoration of the historic clubhouse, built in 1916.


UTEP Women’s Basketball -
Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday games are 2 p.m.) Tickets: $5. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, Feb. 23: Florida Atlantic
• Saturday, Feb. 25: FIU.

El Paso Coyotes — El Paso’s new Major Arena Soccer League team hosts the Ontario Fury at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $5-$30. Information: 229-1416, elpasocoyotes.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Tulsa Oilers Feb. 24-26 at Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets; $20 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.

El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual games for those age 50 and older run Feb. 25-May 18 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare, UTEP and Urgent Care Home Heath Inc. All participants have a chance to qualify for the Texas State Senior Games. Registration: $15 for three events, plus $3 for each additional event. Includes t-shirt. Information, registration: 544-0753 elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  Opening Ceremony is 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg.
  Basketball Skills is 10 a. Saturday, Feb. 25, Polly Harris Center.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
   To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.
   Live racing runs every Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday through April 18, 2017. Post time is 1 p.m., with nine races each day.

Southern New Mexico

African Guitar Summit — The African music celebration is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Rio Grande Theatre in celebration of Black History Month and For the Love of Art Month. Tickets: $22-$32; available at riograndetheatre.com. Information: (575) 523-6403.
  All performers for the Summit were selected based on their personal interpretations of guitar music of their respective native countries, which included Guinea, Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, and Madagascar. African Guitar Summit proved successful with world music lovers and brought the project the 2005 Juno Award for the World Music Album of the Year.
  Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) presents African Guitar Summit at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at WNMU’s Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets: $20 ($15 members; $5 students, children). Information: (575) 538-2505, or mimbresarts.org.

The Black Market Trust
—  The American pop/vocal jazz band will give a fundraising scholarship concert for the Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces.  Tickets: $15 pre-sale by credit purchase; $20 at the door; all seats general admission. Tickets available online at mvjazzblues.net.
   The Black Market Trust’s music combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Consisting of five musicians who have performed on the world’s biggest stages and most renowned artists, the Black Market Trust performed for the Society last summer at their monthly concert series.

Gathering of Quilts — The Winter Quilters of Sierra County’s annual quilt Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at Ralph Edwards Convention Center, 400 W. Fourth, in Truth of Consequences, N.M., with more than 100 quilts by local quilters, vendors and door prizes. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-2959.
   The Sierra County Woodworkers group will exhibits their carvings  in the hobby room next door that weekend.

Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 24-25, with this year’s theme “Music of America.” The family celebration includes food, music, vendors, games a parade and more. Annual Cajun Cooking Contest is Friday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com, or on Facebook.

Truth Dare...’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents the play by Tori Keenan-Zelt Feb. 24-March 5, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts. Performances are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5-$17. Information: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.
   Thirteen-year-old Urea, Hannah, Linnet and Maeve live in world built on secrets, loves, and backyard ghosts— until a traumatic accident forever changes things. Four years later, questions and accusations fly as the young women try to understand what happened, what they have lost, and how to live now.

Five Irish Tenors — The Irish virtuosos perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. In combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets and quintets these lads fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism and operatic style. Tickets: $39-$89. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

Sunrise Lions Gun Show — The semiannual gun and outdoors show opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25-26, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University in Las Cruces. Vendors from across the state will sell and display their products. Information: lascruceslionsclub.org.

‘Pandora’s Box’ — Mesilla Valley Dance Collective refashions the classic narrative to explore the loss of a loved one and the ensuing stages of grief at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25-26, in the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Admission: $15 ($12 students). Information (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org. Show information:
   In the show, Pandora releases all manner of emotions ranging from anger and reflection to hope and acceptance, which are explored through original choreography featuring jazz, ballet, and modern dance as well as an original script. 
   Ensemble member Miranda Williams was inspired to re-imagine the myth using dance, following the death of a friend from pancreatic cancer in November 2016.

West Texas

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — The 31st annual gathering is Feb. 24-25 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The second 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, 1-800-561-3712 or cowboy-poetry.org.
   Headline concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday featuring Trinity Seely and Kristyn Harris, and 1 p.m. Saturday with Red Steagall and Dan Roberts at Marshall Auditorium. Tickets: $15 Friday, $10 Saturday.
   Other headliners include Doris Daley, Pipp Gillette, Jim Jones, Luke Reed and Gail Steiger Friday; and Dale Burson, Mikki Daniel, Kevin Davis, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Randy Rieman Saturday.
   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 chuckwagon breakfast is 7:30 a.m. each morning at Poet’s Grove (east side of Kokernot Field). Cost: $5.

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