El Paso Scene Weekly for Feb. 15-21, 2016

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Two Nations, One Faith — El Paso will observe Pope Francis’s visit to Juárez Wednesday, Feb. 17, with a simultaneous celebration beginning at noon in Sun Bowl Stadium. The “Two Nations, One Faith” event includes live telecast of the Pope’s journey and Papal Mass in Juárez, as well as music and other cultural and religious programming at the Sun Bowl. General admission is $15, with tickets sold at the UTEP Ticket Center ($10 tickets available to local Catholic churches). Information: TwoNationsOneFaith.com.
  Schedule: Gates open at noon. A fun zone for children will be available and commemorative merchandise will be sold. Musical programming begins at 1:30 p.m. Telecast of Papal Mass in Juarez begins at 4 p.m. Event ends at 6 p.m.
  This is the first time a pope has visited the El Paso/Juárez area. Pope Francis will fly into in Juárez that morning for the final leg of his five-day trip to Mexico, then depart that evening for his return to Rome. The pope will visit a local prison, college and seminary before arriving at the Juárez fairgrounds to celebrate Mass before an expected crowd of hundreds of thousands.
  Performers at the Sun Bowl event are expected to include the El Paso diocesan choir, directed by Peter Kolar. Tony Melendez, a musician who was born without arms and plays the guitar with his toes, is scheduled to perform (he played the guitar for Pope John Paul II), along with others to be announced.


Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Decapitated — The Polish death metal band performs at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, with March of Doom and Devour the Unborn. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Candyland and Fight Club — The beatmix and dubstep artists perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, with Hench and APA. Tickets: $13.

Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Live music nightly. Age 18 and older welcome. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com. Free entry. Tribute bands are 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays:
Feb. 18: Bee Gees Gold, Tribute to Bee Gees
Feb. 20: The Atomic Punks, Tribute to Van Halen

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. (show time at 10 p.m.). Tickets are regularly $3 more for ages 16-20. Online tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Ringo Deathstarr — The Austin alt rock band performs Thursday, Feb. 18. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Bag Raiders — The Australian electronic band performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, with Plastic Plates. Tickets: $15.
• Radiation City — The indie rockers performs at 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, with Deep Sea Diver. Tickets: $10-$12.

El Paso Symphony Orchestra ‘Dvorak in America’— The Symphony, under the direction of maestro Bohuslav Rattay, performs Feb. 19-20, in the Plaza Theatre, featuring guest baritone Kevin Deas. Tickets: $15-$40. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  The program includes a multi media presentation, Dvo?ák in Search of America and Melodrama; as well as
Dvo?ák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 (From the New World). “Dvorak and America” is part of the “Music Unwound” consortium supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night by resident conductor Andy Moran in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

Mariachi Festival — 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. Sample tickets: $10 (ten samples). Professional mariachi competition for cash prizes. Additional live entertainment follows at 9 p.m. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com

University choirs — The UTEP choirs perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $5 ($3 seniors, military, non-UTEP students) and free ages 6 and younger, UTEP students, faculty and staff). Information: 747-7795 or utep.edu/music.


Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art Association’s gallery is at 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, office@elpasoartassociation.com or CrosslandArtGallery.com.
  Showing Feb. 19-March 12: “Seeing with the Minds Eye,” EPISD Senior High School Scholarship Exhibit. Judge is Andrea Gates-Ingle, executive director and co-Founder of Creative Kids of El Paso. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

Coin Show - The International Coin Club of El Paso’s 53rdd annual Coin Show is Feb. 19-21 at El Maida Hall, 6331 Alabama, with tables of coins, paper money, medals and tokens by dealers from around the country. 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. Information: 533-6001 or on Facebook at elpasocoinclub.
  The annual kids auction is 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 7 to 14. The kids auction is a no-cost auction; script provided for the bidding.
  This year’s Coin Show commemorative medal will highlight the centennial of El Paso High School.
  This year’s coin show will also feature a display of over 20 different U.S. currency notes that feature the names of eight El Paso banks.
  The U.S. government issued currency from the late 1800s through 1933 with the bank’s name on it. Those with the names of El Paso banks are considered uncommon, if not rare, with only one or two known to exist in some cases.
  Anyone possessing such a note is invited to bring it for appraisal and cataloguing at the coin show; ask for John Grost.
  El Paso banks that have their names on paper money are: The First National Bank, El Paso National Bank, The State National Bank, The City National Bank, The Commercial National Bank, The National Exchange Bank, The Border National Bank, The American National Bank, El Paso National Bank of Texas, Lowdon National Bank and National Bank of Commerce.

SUNS Health Fair — Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Students United Para Nuestra Salud (SUNS) hosts its 6th annual a health fair 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at Dolphin Terrace Elementary School, 9790 Pickerel. Services include free vaccinations for children and adults, free EKG’s and fitness testing, free diabetes screening, and activities for kids and adults. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at SunsHF2016.

Sun City on Tap — Townsquare Media hosts the beer festival and tasting event featuring more than 100 beers from more than 50 craft breweries from throughout the world 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Venue at Southwest University, 6500 Montana. Admission: $25; cost includes eight beer sample tickets; souvenir sampling glass and live music. Additional samples available for purchase. Information americaontap.com.
  Participants must be 21 or older; designated driver admission is $10 at the door.

Fire truck pull rematch — The truck pull benefiting Special Olympics Texas-Area 19 athletes is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Fire Fighters Academy, 6800 Delta (at Ascarate Park). Teams must consist of 10 members, one must be a female and the truck will be pulled 75 feet. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost: $25 per individual; $250 teams of 10. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.

Over the Edge for the El Paso Zoo — Participants will rappel 12 stories down the Anson Mills Building in Downtown El Paso 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, to benefit El Paso Zoo’s wildlife and conservation programs, along with a block party, rock climbing walls, face painting, photo booth, food trucks, animal presentations and more. Information: El Paso Zoological Society Office, 212-0245.
  Limited amount of rappel spaces available; register at EPZooOverTheEdge.

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 on patio 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.

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.

Black History Month

Black History Month at UTEP — The African-American Studies program, in conjunction with other UTEP departments, presents a variety of events throughout campus in February in recognition of African American History. Most events are free. Information: African American Studies Program, 747-8650.
• John Siqueiros presents “The Death of Jimi Hendrix: Peace, Love and Murder” at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium.
• A presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Shepherd is noon to 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Blumberg Auditorium. Title to be announced.
• Dr. William Guzman presents “Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism” 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Liberal Arts Building, Room 319.

EPCC Black History Month — El Paso Community College will host events in February in celebration of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memories” All events are 7 p.m. Mondays at EPCC’s Administrative Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount. Feb. 16: Performing Arts Night. Admission is free. Information: 831-3324 or ochavez30@epcc.edu.

La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 434-9703. Showing Feb. 1-19: Black History Art Show. Awards Presentation is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

‘Created Equal, America's Civil Rights Struggle’ — Capoeira Quinto Sol and Samba Batucada Alma de Fogo perform capoeira, samba, and other related Afro-Brazilian arts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at YWCA Shirley Leavell Branch, 10712 Sam Snead, as part of the El Paso Museum of History's series to inspire conversations about the meaning of freedom and equality. Admission is free. Information: 252-8258 or capoeiraquintosol.com.
  Capoeira is a martial art developed by slaves in Brazil that combines music, defense, attacks, acrobatics, and dance as a form of expression during the slave trade.

ON stage

‘The Firebird’ and ‘My Mozart’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents it faculty choreographed dance concert Feb. 12-21, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $14 ($11 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military groups of 10 or more, UTEP alumni with valid card, and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  “Firebird” choreographers are Lisa Smith and Myron Howard Nadel. This allegorical story based on a Russian folk tale about the triumph of good over evil marked the first collaboration between Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and the great composer Igor Stravinsky. “The Firebird” will by complemented by “My Mozart,” choreographed by Nadel.

‘A Doll’s House’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Henrik Ibsen classic Feb. 19-March 12. Directed by Veronica Frescas. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $11 ($9 seniors 62 and older, $8 military/students and per person for groups of ten or more). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.


Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
— 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live racing season runs through April 19. Post time is 12:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through Feb. 16, and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19-April 19. Nine races held each race day. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

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. Thursday, Feb. 18: Southern Miss.
• 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20: La. Tech

El Paso Michelob Ultra Marathon and TFCU 1/2 Marathon — The annual multi-state marathon and half-marathon and 5K run/walk is 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.
Information: elpasomarathon.org.
  Registration through Feb. 20: $110 full marathon; $75 half-marathon and $40 5K. Military discount of $5 per race.
  Registration during Race Expo on Feb. 20 is $120 full marathon; $85 half marathon; $50 5K.
  The marathon route will begin at the Hospitals of Providence East Campus, 3280 Joe Battle and end at Southwest University Park in Downtown El Paso.
  Half marathon is 7 a.m., starting and finishing at Southwest University Park, looping through historic downtown and Austin Terrace neighborhoods.
  The 5K is 7:15 a.m. and features a scenic route around some of El Paso’s more historic buildings and runs by the historic Magoffin home, before heading back to the finish line.
  The Marathon Expo is 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, with over 30 exhibitors and vendors. The expo is also the location for all runners pickup their race number, timing chip, T-shirt and goodie bag.

Southern New Mexico

‘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 studio tours, exhibits and performances. Information: artformsnm.org.

‘An Iliad’ and ‘Killing Buddha’ — No Strings Theatre Company in association with Theatre Dojo presents  “Killing Buddha,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at The Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces.  “Killing Buddha” is intended as a unofficial sequel to “The Iliad,” written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, Written and performed by actor Algernon D'Ammassa and musician Randy Granger.  Admission: $12 ($10 seniors over 65 and students. Reservations: (575) 523-1223. Information on Facebook at algernoniliad.

La Rondella de Albuquerque — Doña Ana Arts Council and Santa Fe’s Spanish Colonial Arts Society present “Viva La Cultura,” an evening of music with La Rondella de Albuquerque, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $10 reserved seating. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
  La Rondella de Albuquerque is a vocal and instrumental ensemble making music from New Mexico, Mexico and Latin America come alive with harp, guitar, guitarrón, vihuela, jarana, mandolin, manjo-uke (mandolin, banjo and ukulele) and voice, under the musical direction of Otilio Ruiz de Xalapa of Veracruz, Mexico.

Hellyeah — The heavy metal supergroup performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $30-$60. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

The Museum Rocks Gem & Mineral Show — The 4th annual gem and mineral show is Feb. 20-21, at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, featuring around 60 vendors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 522-4100 or lcmuseumrocks.com.

ArtForms Studio Tour — The Las Cruces-based ArtForms Artist Association of New Mexico presents its annual Studio Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 20-21, in celebration of “For the Love of Art Month.” The tour features area artists at Las Cruces galleries and studios, many not normally available to the public. Maps available at several Las Cruces locations, including some participating studios. Gallery hours may vary. Information: artformsnm.org.
  Featured both weekends:
• El Jardin de Las Cruces Art Gallery, 4010 N. Valley, Southwest Mexican Folk Art by David Jacquez.
• Lundeen Inn of the Arts, 618 Alameda, with paintings and clayboards by Rebecca Courtney and Kathy Morrow.
• Studio of Jeri Desrochers, 3655 Canyon. Oils, acrylics and pastels with Jeri Desrochers, Mary Zawacki, Linda Hagen and C.C. Cunningham. Information: jerisstudio.com.
• Casa De Puertas, 4020 Red Yucca Court, with handwoven garments, petit point and woven bead gift items, “Spirit Minder” Dolls and other folk art with Lynn Unangst.
• Nancy Frost Begin studio, 1982 Avenida de Antigua, with watercolors, woodcuts and oils.
• Jan Severson Fiber Art, 8181 Constitution. Mixed media.
• Bailey Jewelry Design, 8160 Constitution. Fiber arts, weaving and artisan jewelry by Steve Bailey and Richard Johnson.
• Jan Thune Studio, 1204 Verona Court, with fiber art.
  Featured Feb. 20-21:
• Storm Sermay photography, 3382 Solarridge. Photography by Emmitt Booher and Storm Sermay.
• New Dimensions Art Work, corner of Piñon and Tornillo. Sculpture with John Northcutt and Kris Northcutt.
• Tomi’s Studio, 3421 Doña Ana Road, sculpture by Tomi LaPierre.
• Jean Wilkey Studio, 3370 Solarridge, paintings and drawings by Jean Wilkey and Robin Wiener Labe.
• Audrita Jewelry Designs, 3904 Willow Brook Court, silversmith and lapidary by Audrey Worthen.

Spanish Colonia Art Market — Spanish Colonial Art Society in Santa Fe hosts its first Las Cruces market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20-21, at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, 705 S. Telshor. Around 40 Spanish Colonial artists include exponents of tinwork, colcha, retablos, straw-work, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery, ironwork and carving.
Admission: $5; $8 couples; ages 12 and younger free. Information: (505) 982-2226 or spanishcolonial.org.

Sunrise Lions Gun Show — The semiannual guns and outdoors show opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20-21, 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.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents Derrick Harris Band at its monthly concert series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo in Las Cruces. The music begins after a short business meeting. Admission: $8 ($5 members; $1 students with ID). Coffee and dessert reception precedes the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer. Information: Larry Brooks, (575) 640-8752 or mvjazzblues.net.

Judy Collins — Doña Ana Arts Council presents the multiple Grammy Award-winner at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, as part of its Variety Series. Collins will share five decades of music, including such hits as “Both Sides Now,” “Send In The Clowns” and “Amazing Grace.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets: $42.50 main floor; $32 balcony. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.

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