El Paso Scene Weekly for Dec. 15-21, 2014
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Dave Koz ‘A Smooth Jazz Christmas’ — The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El Paso favorite presents his 17th annual Christmas show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, with this year’s guests Christopher Cross, Jonathan Butler and Maysa. Koz’ Christmas shows have sold out for the past five years. Tickets: $45, $57, $67, $77 and $112. (Ticketmaster).
Koz, a multi-million-selling solo recording artist, Grammy nominee and composer, is considered one of the most expressive voices in contemporary music. His past El Paso appearances have sold out. His compilation holiday CD is “Ultimate Christmas.”
Cross has won five Grammies, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his singing and songwriting. The Texas native is best known for his two No. 1 hits: “Sailing” and “Best That You Can Do (theme from Arthur).”
Butler will make his third Christmas appearance with the Koz Christmas tour and has endeared himself to the El Paso audiences with his adaptations of “Drummer Boy” and “Oh Holy Night.” The singer has earned awards in the R & B, contemporary jazz and gospel music fields.
Maysa has 10 solo albums to her credit and has recorded and collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Incognito and Angela Bofill.
Voodoo Glow Skulls — Tricky Falls hosts the ska punk band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Club 101, 201 N. Stanton, with The Car Bombs and Second Class Citizens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of show; available at Maria’s Closet, Bowie Feathers, All That Music, Eloise restaurant or online at ticketfly.com. Information: 248-7575 or club101.com.
All tickets purchased for the show at its original Tricky Falls venue will still be honored.
Ricky Martin — The Latin megastar performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Estadio Carta Blanca , Av. Reforma in Juárez (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets are 750, 1,400, 2,300 and 2,900 pesos. Tickets at donboleton.com.
The one-time member of Menudo achieved worldwide fame with his hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” With over 85 million albums sold and nearly 100 platinum records, 11 No. 1 songs and six Grammys, Martin is considered the catalyst for bringing Latin pop into the U.S. mainstream.
Music at the Museum — International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, will host a fundraising concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the auditorium, featuring area youth musicians, conducted by Daniel Rivera, with original compositions by Rivera. Refreshments follow each performance. Tickets: $12; available at the front desk. Information: 543-6747.
La Tierra Cafe Dinner Shows — The restaurant, 1731 Montana, offers a three-course meal followed by performance. Saturday, Dec. 20: Elvis tribute artist Bud Sanders, Christmas show.. Call for time and ticket information: 533-8890 or on Facebook at latierracafe.
ALSO THIS WEEK
St. Anthony’s Seminary Posada — The seminary, at Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, celebrates the traditional custom of the posada at about 6:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 16-23, with rosary, songs by Los Franciscanos and procession, followed by the breaking of piñatas. The posada is conducted in Spanish. The seminary’s famous Nativity scene will be on display through Christmas Day. Information: 566-2261.
Encaustic International Art Studio and Gallery — 7100 Westwind, Suites 120 and 135. The gallery is the studio of El Paso encaustic artist Brigitte von Ahn. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. Information: 833-0454 or brigittevonahn.com.
The annual Christmas Market at the Gallery is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, with works by artists Sandra Murillo (Magic Stitch), Linda McLain, Linda Noack, Claire Lewis among others. Gary Warner will prepare Feuerzangenbowle, a German seasonal libation. Women of the German military community will offer their cakes. Proceeds from the event benefit “Helping Hands,” a charity that supports local people and organizations in need. Admission is free.
‘Battle of the Bulge’ commemoration — Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association, hosts a World War II/Battle of the Bulge Commemorative Celebration at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Home of the Airborne, 2608 Fort Boulevard, with recognition of “Battle of the Bulge” and World War II veterans, including a posthumous segment. Participants should register by Dec. 12. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: John, 240-8104 or JohCeb@msn.com.
Chamizal galleries — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Franklin G. Smith Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; weekends by request. Abrazos hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham/.
Showing Dec. 20-March 24: in the Franklin G. Smith Gallery are works by local artists Francisco Romero and Daniel Padilla. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.
El Paso Exploreum — The city’s first “living laboratory” museum for children is at 300 W. San Antonio (south of Convention Center). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Last admission is one hour before closing time. Information: 533-4330, elpasoexploreum.org or on the museum’s Facebook page. Admission: $8 ($6 seniors over 60, and military and educators with ID; free for infants).
Santa will pay a visit to the museum Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21, at the top of each hour during regular business hours, to hand out candy canes and pose for photos
Luminarias Festival/Posadas along the Mission Trail — The Mission Trail will glow with traditional Christmas luminarias 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Around 5,000 luminarias will be lit near dusk and line Socorro Road from the Ysleta Mission past the Socorro Mission, then to the San Elizario Plaza. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682 or elpasomissiontrail.com.
The 8-mile route includes all three Mission Trail churches, the oldest continuously active churches in the United States. Some shops and restaurants along the trail will remain open after hours for open houses or shopping. Each community will host its own posada and holiday festivities beginning at dusk. Special activities will be held at the Tigua Cultural Center.
The San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society will host free events beginning at 4:30 p.m. with Las Posadas in front of the San Elceario chapel with Christmas carols and Christmas Fair and luminaria lighting in Veterans Memorial Plaza. Traditional food and refreshments available for a small donation. Information: 851-1682 or epcounty.com/sanelizariomuseum.
Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than 4,000 luminarias for its 23rd annual event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Admission is free, but sightseers are invited to donate canned and dry goods or cash or checks (made to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe” to benefit families served by La Fe.
Scenic Drive will be open only to one-way traffic during the event, accessible from Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Paso. Cars proceed slowly westward with lights off to view the luminarias and the city lights of El Paso and Juárez. Drivers will also get to view Santa and his elves and a live Nativity scene. Volunteers and sponsors are always needed. Information: 545-7190.
Santa at the Tramway — The Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley, will host afternoon visits with Santa noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20-21. Visit Santa Claus and have a photo taken with him on top of Ranger Peak. Tramway tickets: $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour before closing. Information: 562-9899.
Bazaars and fairs
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.
Holiday Lights Celebration is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in collaboration with Parks and Recreation’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, with live music, youth dance and choir performances, healthy holiday baking demonstrations.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.
La Viña Farmer’s Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market — More than 230 permanent vendors in arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and other food items are offered at the market 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays along a 7-block area of Main Street, Downtown. Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org.
‘Shrek: The Musical’ — Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents the hit musical based on the animated feature film, Nov. 28-Dec. 21. Directed by Skyler Carreon, musical direction by Laura Sambrano, and choreography by Mia Carreon. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7 ($5 students, seniors, military). Information 351-1455 or on Facebook.
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits.
‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents Barbara Robinson’s family holiday favorite Dec. 5-21. Directed by Rachel Mullins. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($7 military/students with ID); $1 off ticket price for those who bring baby and children’s clothes donations for the Rainbow Room. Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
The Hermans are a family of rotten children. They lie, steal, swear, fight, light things on fire, and are generally feared in the community. When they get wind of the annual church Christmas pageant, they bully their way into the main roles and generally wreak havoc. What some feared would be the worst pageant in church history turns out to have a special quality that causes the community to rethink the real meaning of the Christmas story.
‘A Christmas Carol’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents their annual adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Adapted by Chuck Gorden and directed by Austin Savage. Tickets: $13 ($11 seniors, military, group, UTEP alumni and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students; ages 4-12): 747-5118 or theatredance.utep.edu.
‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Youth Ballet’s 36th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19-20, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets are $15-$25 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center), 760-6062 (Marta Katz) or elpasoconservatoryofdance.com.
‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ — El Paso Choral Society presents the one-act Christmas opera at 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19-20, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy and his mother are visited by three strangers (the Three Kings) on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child. Cast includes international and regional opera singers, professional chamber choir and instrumentalists are from El Paso, Juarez, and Las Cruces. Admission: $20 (15 seniors, military; $10 students). Information: 479-0156.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live racing begins at 12:15 p.m. Fridays through Mondays. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
Senior All-Star Football Classic — The 23rd annual greater El Paso football showcase game is at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl stadium. The Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Game features El Paso area football athletes playing on East/West teams. Also featured are cheerleaders, band, dancers, trainers, and JROTC cadets. Pre-game events start at 12:35 p.m. All proceeds benefit college scholarships for participants. Tickets; $6 in advance (available at all participating high schools); $8 at the gate. Ages 6 and younger free. Information: 478-6904 or gepfs.com.
Halftime entertainment includes the All Star marching band, flags, dance teams and cheerleaders from area high schools.
The 4th Greater El Paso Football Showcase Combine begins is 3:30to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Socorro Athletic Complex, 1300 Joe Battle, open to high school seniors seeking to play college football.
UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $8-$50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16: Southeastern Louisiana
• 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19: Arizona
UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20: Prairie View A&M
WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational — The 53rd annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Dec. 21-22 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts Kent State, North Dakota and Alcorn State. Tickets: $20-$40 four game/two night package; $12-$22 two-game/one night package. Information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center).
The tournament is the nation’s oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament.
Sunday schedule: North Dakota State vs. Kent at 5 p.m. and UTEP vs. Alcorn at 7 p.m. Monday schedule: Consolation game at 5 p.m., championship game at 7 p.m.
Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 7th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Runners encouraged to wear a Santa Hat. Cost: $25 per event by Dec. 18; $25 Dec. 19-20. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, and 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on race day at Up and Running.
Hot chocolate and tamales at finish line. Best-dressed Santa and elf receive a $50 gift card.
Southern New Mexico
‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main, Las Cruces, presents the family musical for the holiday season Dec. 5-21. Written by Hugh Wheeler, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blained, directed by Janet Mazdra. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $11-$14. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Join the Smith family at the 1904 World’s Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. Memorable musical numbers include “The Boy Next Door,” “A Raving Beauty,” “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Whenever I’m with You” and “A Day in New York.”
‘A Christmas Carol’ — Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s touring production of Charles Jones’ adaptation of the Dickens holiday musical is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Tickets: $14-$36.. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 32nd annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic is Dec. 18-21 at the NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe and Espina. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $24 (Ticketmaster). All seats reserved.
A Christmas Carol — Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) presents Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s touring performance of the Charles Dickens holiday classic at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at WNMU’s Fine Arts Auditorium, as part of its Performance Series. Tickets: $20 ($15 members; $5 students; $12 per person for groups of 10 or more). Information: (575) 538-2505, or mimbresarts.org.
The Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic features ensemble music and is full of color and movement. Woven throughout the holiday tale are new arrangements and renditions of holiday songs.
David Benoit — Doña Ana Arts Council presents the legendary jazz pianist with “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Benoit will perform many of the iconic Peanuts tunes by Vincent Guaraldi. Tickets: $34 balcony; $45 main floor. Ticket prices increase by $5 day of show. “Student rush” tickets available 15 minutes prior to each show for $10; must show valid student ID. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
Benoit’s notable film scores include “The Stars Fell on Henrietta,” produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall; and “The Christmas Tree,” produced by Sally Field, voted Best Score of 1996 by Film Score Magazine.
“Student rush” tickets available 15 minutes prior to each show for $10; must show valid student ID.
Dummy Gelunde and Torchlight Parade — Ski Apache and Inn of the Mountain Gods host the 6th annual dummy ski jump event 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. on Ski Apache in Mescalero, N.M. Participants build their best skiing or snowboarding dummy and send it down the mountain over a giant ski launch. Cash prizes up to $1,500 for winners. Entry fee: $25; deadline to enter is 2 p.m. day of event at main ticket office. Information/rules: (575) 464-3600 or skiapache.com.
The gelunde is followed by the annual Torchlight Parade 6 to 8 p.m. down Capitan Trail and a fireworks show.
Ruidoso Dance Ensemble’s ‘The Nutcracker’ — The ensemble presents their original adaptation of the Tchaikovsky classic Dec. 19-20, , at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $30. Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Chilly Dash and Splash — Las Cruces’ Parks & Recreation Department’s inaugural City of Las Cruces “Chilly Dash and Splash” is Saturday, Dec. 20, at Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview Dr. The 5k run (3.2 miles) around Frenger Park begins around 9 a.m. followed by a polar plunge-style dive into the cold waters of Frenger pool at 11 a.m. Registration through Dec. 19, at Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley during normal operating hours. Cost: $20 ($15 run only; $5 plunge only). Information: Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, (575) 541-2782.
Late entries will be taken 7 to 8 a.m. day of event at Frenger Pool. Cost: $25 ($20 run only; $10 plunge only).
‘The Santaland Diaries’ — Doña Ana Arts Council presents David Sedaris’s holiday comedy performed by Albuquerque’s Fusion Theatre, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20-21, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $17.50 balcony; $23.50 main floor. Ticket prices increase by $5 day of show. “Student rush” tickets available 15 minutes prior to each show for $10; must show valid student ID. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
The life of David Sedaris took an unexpected, and not entirely unwelcome, turn when his “Santaland Diaries” were first broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992. Sedaris recounted his experiences playing Crumpet the elf at Macy’s in New York during the holidays. Almost overnight, he went from obscurity to sought-after talent.
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