El Paso Scene Weekly for Feb. 3-9, 2014
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Dr. Cornel West The scholar and political activist speaks at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium, in celebration of Black History Month. Presented by Lola Productions. Tickets: $40 (Ticketmaster).
West is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He is best known for his books “Race Matters,” and “Democracy Matters,” and his memoir “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.” He is a prolific TV commentator and is co-host of the popular radio show “Smiley & West” with Tavis Smiley. He made his film debut in The Matrix, and has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films, including “Examined Life,” “Call & Response,” “Sidewalk” and “Stand.”
Raul Di Blasio The Argentinean Latin jazz pianist performs 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49.50, $69.50, $89.50 and $99.50 (Ticketmaster).
In 1983 he released his first album on EMI Chile. Then, a producer from the record company BCS-S in Chile contracted with Di Blasio and his second album was born. This album included Latino-American music.
Gordon Lightfoot The folk/pop legend performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49-$79 (Ticketmaster).
Since the release of his debut album “Lightfoot!” In 1966, tracks such as “For Lovin’ Me,” “Early Mornin’ Rain,” “Steel Rail Blues” and “Ribbon of Darkness” brought him international recognition as a songwriter. As a result, cover versions of his songs were recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, Johnny Cash, and countless others. In 1971 Gordon earned his first Top Ten hit when “If You Could Read My Mind” became an international sensation. In 1974, his classic single, Sundown, went to No.1 on the American charts, followed two years later by “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Lightfoot has won 15 Juno Awards in his native Canada and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001. In 2004 was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2012, the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Lowbrow Palace 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. and age 18 and older welcome, unless listed otherwise. Advance tickets usually available at Happy House, All That Music, Pizza Joint, the Headstand and online at holdmyticket.com. Tickets for some shows may be ticketbully.com. Tickets are regularly $3 more for ages 18-20. Information: 356-0966 or thelowbrowpalace.com.
• Delorean The Barcelona pop rockers perform Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Rescheduled from November. Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
• Ras Cass and Copywrite The rappers’ “Writer’s Block Tour” is 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Tickets: $15.
• Jack Name The modern alternative artists performs Sunday, Feb. 9, in support of his debut album release, The Light Show.” Call for ticket information.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Chili Cookoff Cowtown Boots, 11401 Gateway West, and Pod of the Pass, host a chili cook off is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. CASI rules apply. Cooks meeting is 10 a.m. with showmanship 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and chili tasting beginning at 2 p.m. Cost for participants: $20. Information: 345-4397.
‘Love Is In The Air’ San Elizario artists host a weekend of Valentine’s Day events 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8-9, at 1445 Main. Admission is free and refreshments provided. Information: 851-0742 or albertoescamilla.com.
Featured works include metalsmith Claudia Galindo’s “Love Knots Tied Together” collection, Debra De Santis and Carl De Santis’ “Love Bird” series, and Candy Mayer’s “Images of UTEP.”
Other events in the Placita Madrid:
• Poetry Reading throughout the Day Saturday.
• Painting unveiling at 1 p.m. Saturday, by artist Alberto Escamilla, with talk on the romantic side of Impressionists at 2 p.m.
• Love songs by baritone Adrian Salas, with piano accompaniment, begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Valentine Ball El Paso Friends of Jazz Society’s 11th annual Valentine’s Day dinner and dance is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 8, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s Signature Showroom, with live music by Azucar and a three-course dinner, served 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; drink servers provided throughout the evening. Tickets: $45 in advance; $55 at the door (if space available); $3260 table for eight; free valet parking on a first come, first serve basis. Information/reservations: 204-9915 or elpasofriendsofjazz.org.
Space is limited; this event has sold out five years in a row. Proceeds benefit El Paso Friends of Jazz Society’s Mary & Eddie Davis Scholarship Fund.
Valentine’s Day dinner Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, presents its Valentine’s Day dinner concert 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with special menu and live music by PT & the Cruisers. Tickets: $50 in advance; $55 day of show (includes three-course meal, concert, tax and gratuity. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
Valentine Dance The nonprofit Desert Dancer Chapter of USA Dance hosts a Valentine’s dance 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at El Paso Dance Academy, 7220 N. Mesa, with rumba, waltz, swing, cha-cha, foxtrot, salsa, country, tango, merengue, cumbia dancing and more. Cost: $10 ($7 chapter members; $5 students). Information: Nellie (575) 405-7961 (call or text); Rachel, 345-6432 Georgena, 855-7179 or desertdanceusa.com.
El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival The 2014 festival runs through Feb. 4. All concerts feature a pre-concert talk 30 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets for most shows are $25 ($20 military; $5 students). Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.
Piers Lane performs the Complete Chopin Nocturnes 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall.
La Parada’ The indoor/outdoor monthly music series is 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Admission: $5, ages 18 and older welcome. Information: facebook/laparadaep.com.
La Parada is an ongoing music, art and social party held the first Friday of the month.
‘Walk on the Red Carpet’ El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets $12.50; $7.50 students (Ticketmaster). Information: 760-5599 or elpasowindsymphony.com.
Julio Ortiz La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, presents the dinner show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, featuring the guitarist. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $34 in advance; $37 at the door. Seating is limited. Information/reservations: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.
The March 8 “Elvis Returns!” tribute show.
Piano Recital The El Paso Music Teachers Association Student Affiliate presents piano and chamber music students in grades K-12 in recital at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 231-9581.
El Paso Museum of Art One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Tickets for “Gaspar Enriquez,” exhibits are $10 (free for EPMA members, ages 12 and younger and active duty military and their family). Information: 532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org.
Showing in the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery: “Gaspar Enriquez: Metaphors of El Barrio.” This exhibit presents artwork from throughout Enriquez’s career, assembled from collections in El Paso and throughout the United States. Enriquez is often identified as “the quintessential Chicano Texas artist.” In addition to more than 50 paintings, prints and sculptures from 1983 to 2013, the exhibit includes a video interview with the artist and a book of the same title with texts by Constance Cortez, Ruben Cordova, Christian Gerstheimer, Benito Huerta and Lucy Lippard.
Gaspar Enriquez will lead a zip tour of his exhibit at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.
San Elizario Art District Several galleries 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.
The First Friday ArtWalk is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, with artist galleries open late, live demonstrations and music. A Ghost Tour begins at 10 p.m.
‘The Tale of Pobrero El Campesino’ The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents its annual dance concert Feb. 7-16, in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, choreographed by Lisa Mith, Myron Nadel and Andrea Vazquez. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $13 ($11 seniors, military, group, UTEP alumni and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students; ages 4-12). Special discount nights include UTEP Alumni Night, UTEP Faculty and Staff Night, Military Night, and El Paso City Employee Night. Call for details. Information: 747-5118 or theatredance.utep.edu.
Stravinsky’s Pestruska, Gershwin’s Three Preludes and the kingdom of Bhutan serve as the inspiration for this year’s annual dance concert. The new ballet of politics and love in revolutionary Mexico is based on ballet’s beloved puppet, Petrushka.
Also featured is George Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Call of the Raven, a new dance based on the principles of the pre-Buddhist religion of Bon still practiced in Bhutan. The performances are part of UTEP’s year-long Centennial Celebration.
‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ UTEP Dinner Theatre, 2nd Floor UTEP’s Union Building West, presents the musical of jukebox classics written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Jan. 31-Feb. 15. The dinner theatre’s 2004 production still holds the record for the most successful revue in its 30-year history. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday shows. Dinner matinee performance is 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2, non-dinner matinees are Feb. 9 and 16. Tickets: $26-$45 dinner shows; $16-$26 non-dinner matinees. Information: 747-6060 of utep.edu/udt.
Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs illuminate a golden age of American culture. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including “Fools Fall In Love,” “On Broadway,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Love Potion #9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Jail House Rock,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City” and “Stand By Me,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” holds the record as Broadway’s longest running revue.
UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5 (Ticketmaster). All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Wednesday, Feb. 5: Louisiana Tech
• Saturday, Feb. 8: Florida International
Harlem Globetrotters The famed wizards of basketball’s “Fans Rule” Tour is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at NMSU’s Pan Am Center, Las Cruces. For the first time ever, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once, to getting double the points for each basket made. Tickets: $25, $35, $45 and $82. (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or PanAmCenter.com
Fans can go online at harlemglobetrotters.com to vote on the rules.
Fire truck pull The 3rd annual truck pull benefiting Special Olympics Texas-Area 19 athletes is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 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. Cost: $25 per individual; $250 teams of 10. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.
Mud Bogs at Maldonado Maze The mud bogging events are noon to sundown Saturday, Feb. 8, at Maldonado Maze, 2855 Hwy 28 in La Union, N.M. with food runs, tug-o-wars, ATV tracks for racing and more. Food and drink concessions. chairs, umbrellas or canopy tents. No glass containers. Gates open at 11 a.m. Admission: $5 ($10 grill fee). Information: Danny Sainz (915) 525-6796, Tommy Maldonado at (915) 603-0899, rubberdown.net or on Facebook at Maldonado Maze LLC.
Southwest Grapplefest XII Combat Sports Club hosts Las Cruces’ grappling tournament is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 University, in Las Cruces, with competitions for kids, youth, teens and adults. Spectator admission is $15. Registration: $43 ($64.50 for two divisions); available at combatsportsclub.com.
The double elimination tournament awards custom medals to all placers 1st through 4th. Gi and NoGi divisions are open to competitors of all ages and skill levels.
Weigh-in is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday or 8 to 9 a.m. day of event.
Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout Four-time World Champion Bull Rider and El Paso native Tuff Hedeman presents the World Championship bull riding event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. This event sells out every year. Tickets: $10, $15, $25 and $75. (Ticketmaster). Information: 544-9000, 1-800-745-3000 or CBRbull.com.
The event features the new “8-Second Format”. Only the top 24 riders in the world will be invited to compete in three rounds of competition.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino The live horse racing season begins Friday, runs through April 15.
Racing days are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 12:15 p.m. through Feb. 16, and 12:55 p.m. Feb. 18-April 15.
Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.
Loretto Academy Nun Run The Junior Class of 2014’s Service Learning Project 5K competitive run and 1 mile fun walk is Saturday, Feb. 8, at Loretto Academy, 1300 Hardaway. Details to be announced. Information: 566-8400 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Southern New Mexico
‘Love of Art’ Exhibit and Fair ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico, hosts its annual exhibit and sale in honor of “For the Love of Art Month,” Feb. 7-8, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University., with works of various media by ArtForms members. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $2. Information: (575) 527-0020 or artformsnm.org.
Performances at the Convention Center Saturday provided by Shape Note Singers, Laurel Humphries Steel Drums, Alma d’ Arte Guitars, Choir and Dancers, AUX Alternative Key Board, Randy Granger and The Overcome Band.
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. 2-March 29: “Gustave Baumann: A Life’s Journey.” Baumann visited New Mexico in 1918 and was mesmerized by the vast grandeur of the Southwest. He soon moved to Santa Fe and lived there until his death in 1971. His observations of the New Mexico landscape and Pueblo life became sources for his colorful woodblock prints. Over the course of his career, Baumann exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and was represented by galleries in Santa Fe, Chicago, and New York. In 1952, he was named as an honorary fellow of the School of American Research in Santa Fe.
Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, during the Downtown Ramble.
RGT Live! The open mic for musicians, singers and songwriters is 7 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month (Feb. 7) 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: (575) 523-6403 or riograndetheatre.com.
LCSO with Amit Peled Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, welcomes guest cellist Amit Peled with narrator Delano Lewis at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8-9, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Selections include Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide and Symphonic dances from “West Side Story,” Victor Herbert’s Concerto No. 2 and Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait. Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
A luncheon with Klein is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Paisano Cafe, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, featuring a preview of concert music. Cost: $20 at the door.
Chocolate Fantasia Mimbres Region Arts Council’s annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in historic downtown Silver City. Tickets: $20 (includes 20 chocolate treats and a map of locations). Tickets sell out every year. Tickets: $20 for 20 individual pieces of chocolate from more than 30 chocolatiers. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Chocolate.” Merchants and galleries will decorate in keeping with the fairy tale theme. The Silver City Museum will host a free children’s activity, and there will be free music, site-specific events, games, and other children’s activities throughout the tasting area.
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 participating, “Chocolate Stops” at shops and galleries.
Maps and empty candy collection boxes ($2 each) available at the Chocolate Fantasia Headquarters (Wellness Coalition), 409 N. Bullard.
10 + One Percussion and Dance ArtForms presents the group performing world rhythms and beats 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Branigan Cultural Center, 500 N. Water, in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, as part of For the Love of Arts Month. Admission is free. Information: (575) 621-4657.
‘The Foreigner’ Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents Larry Shue’s award-winning comic romp Jan. 31-Feb. 16. Directed by Mike Wise. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors, students, military; $8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children under six). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
This comedy by the author of “The Nerd” enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Milwaukee before moving on to a long run off-Broadway. The play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino Mescalero, N.M. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets sold through Ticketmaster; prices listed do not include service charge. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Gary Allan The country star performs Friday, Feb. 7. No. 1 hits include “Man to Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” and “Watching Airplanes.” Tickets: $30-$125.
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