MUSIC & DANCE
James Taylor — The multiple Grammy-winning musician performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $65 and $85. (Ticketmaster).
Taylors’ countless singles include “Fire and Rain” “You’ve Got a Friend” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” “Shower The People” “Handy Man,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Only One” and many more.
He was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone’s list of “The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004.
Cool Canyon Nights — The summer series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, sponsored by WestStar Bank. June 23: Prime 80’s Experience. Admission is free; craft beers and cocktails for sale, with food sold by a variety of food trucks. Information: 534-0600 or elpasolive.com, kisselpaso.com or on Facebook at CoolCanyonNights.
Star Lounge Pass is $10 online, $15 at the door.
Conflict — The punk band performs Thursday, June 23, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson, with Total Chaos and Grand Collapse. Tickets: $15-$17. Online tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
Alfresco! Fridays — The 14th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. June 24: Sobredosis del Sabor (Salsa, Cumbia). Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633 or alfrescofridays.com.
Concerts at the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s free summer concert series presents The Dream Merchants Band 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 24, at San Jacinto Plaza, 111 Mills, Downtown. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
Mexican Institute of Sound — The electronic music project created by Mexico City-based DJ and producer Camilo Lara is 9 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso. Tickets: $16. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com and ticketfly.com.
‘La Bayadère’ — Classical Ballet Company of the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez presents the story of the Hindu temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 1-656-273-3295 (Juárez) or 316-3056 (El Paso).
Dancing in the City — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs and Destination El Paso continues its 7th annual weekly outdoor dance concert series with Natajja (Tejano) performing 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Convention Center Plaza, Downtown. Dance lesson is at 7 p.m.; concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110, mcad.elpasotexas.gov or on Facebook at DancingInTheCity.
Music Under the Stars — The 33rd summer concert series sponsored by GECU and presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department presents Smash Mouth (pop rock), 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110 , 532-7273 (Chamizal), elpasoartsandculture.org or on Facebook at Music Under The Stars.
ALSO THIS WEEK
PechaKucha El Paso V.13 — The global PechaKucha sensation returns to kick off the summer downtown at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, for volume 13, in El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Presentations begin at 7:20 p.m. Admission is free; cash bar available. Information: pechakucha-ep.com or on Facebook at pechakuchaep
PechaKucha (pe-chak-cha) is Japanese for “chit cha” or the sound of conversation. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where people get together to share their ideas, creative works, thoughts, manifestos, or just about anything in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. Presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds and talk along.
Creatives or anyone with ideas to share who would like to present at PKN v.13 may contact William Helm at email@example.com or 227-2040.
Miss El Paso USA — The pageants for Miss El Paso USA and the Miss El Paso Teen USA are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Ticket information: Laura’s Productions, 845-2894 or laurasproductions.com.
The competition is divided into three categories: Personal interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. In addition to choosing Miss El Paso and Miss El Paso Teen, awards will be presented to the Most Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit, and Miss Congeniality. Title sponsors are Western Tech College and Pepsi Cola. The pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Texas USA, Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss USA Pageants.
Women’s Club Exhibit and Sale — Woman’s Club Centennial Art Awards Exhibit and Sale opens 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the clubhouse at 1400 N. Mesa. Information: Lois Bourgon, 526-1367; or Jeff 532-6131.
HEALTHY AND WHOLE — The healthy lifestyle fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Magoffin Hall, 801 Magoffin (at Virginia). Workshops on healthy movement, dealing with stress, healthy diet choices and more. Immunizations, blood donation and health screenings, information on community health services. Vendors and presentations on insurance, diet/supplements, essential oils, crafts, etc. Entertainment by La Prima Danza Ballroom Dance Team and others. Admission is free; workshops are $5 each. Doors open at 9 a.m.; workshops begin at 10 a.m., entertainment at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds will help with medical costs for Jill Hunt. Information: 820-3507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon . Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
La Viña Sunday 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 noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.com.
‘Viva El Paso!’ — El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Live and EPCC present the summertime outdoor musical extravaganza with performances at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays June 17-Aug. 7, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Sunday performances also planned July 3 and Aug. 7.
Tickets: $18 and $24 ($14 and $20 for age 2-12, and per person for groups of 10 or more; $16 and $22 for seniors 65 and older and military); available via Ticketmaster. Information: ElPasoLive.com
The show features a refreshed script by Tony-winning El Paso playwright Marty Martin and chronicles the 400-year history and cultural evolution of the El Paso region. This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun. The Native American, the Spanish Conquistador, the Mexican and the Western American cultures and their histories come alive through drama, song and dance by a cast of over 50 performers.
Keith Townsend, director of EPCC’s theatre and forensics program, is Artistic Director. New music will be featured by Jim Ward and Gabriel Gonzalez.
‘Boots’ — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio summer repertory presents a new comedy by Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts, June 23-July 3, at EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre, 9570 Gateway North. Directed by Matthew Robert Smith. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds go to scholarships for Performance Studies students at EPCC. Admission: $15 general admission: $10 non-EPCC students, military; $7 EPCC students, faculty, staff and seniors. Information: 831-5056, 637-4029 or forumtheater.wix.com/epcc.
Some summer productions may contain mature content not suitable for age 13 and younger; under age 7 not admitted.
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, opens its 53rd season with the Tony-winning Edward Albee classic June 24-July 17. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11 ($9 seniors; $8 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
George, a professor at a small college, and his wife Martha, have just returned home drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amid general profanity, that she has invited a young couple — an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride — to stop by for a nightcap. The drinks flow and inhibitions melt.
El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Game tickets: $5 lawn seating; reserved seats begin at $12 in advance. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
June 21-24: Salt Lake Bees. Grad Night is June 21, Pride Night is June 22. Military Appreciation night is June 23. Zooperstars appearance June 24.
Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ next bout is a doubleheader 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano with Chuco Town Chulas vs. Las Viudas Negras and Las Diablas vs. Sexecutioners. Tickets: $10 ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger); available in advance at The Pershing Inn, All That Music, Blue Panda Tattoo or any Roller Girl. Information: suncityrollergirls.com.
Southern New Mexico
‘The Real Thing’ — No Strings Theatre Company closes its season with Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play about love and marriage June 17-July 3 at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Tickets: $8-$12 Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
The play begins with Max and Charlotte, a couple whose marriage seems about to rupture. But nothing one sees on a stage is the real thing, and some things are less real than others. Charlotte is an actress who has been appearing in a play about marriage by her husband, Henry. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. Both marriages are at the point of rupture because Henry and Annie have fallen in love. But is it the real thing?
Full Moon Nights — White Sands National Monument, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts its monthly full moon program Monday, June 20, with Dana Falconberry and her three-piece band presenting rusticated chamber music using banjo, cello, and staggered vocal harmonies at 8:30 p.m. Entrance fee: $5 age 16 and older. Free for children. Information: (575) 479-6124 or go to nps.gov/whsa.
‘Almost, Maine’ — Wayland University Theatre presents the highly acclaimed play at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Spencer Theater, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $30. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
Smokin’ On the Pecos NM State BBQ Championship — The annual State BBQ Championship is Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at the Eddy County Fairgrounds in Artesia, N.M. The Kansas City BBQ Society & Rocky Mountain BBQ Association Sanctioned event has more than 40 competitors competing for $12,000 in cash prize money. Admission is free for most events. Information: (575) 513-4290 or smokinonthepecos.us.
‘Adventures on Wild Island’ and ‘The Lost Princess’ — A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley presents two favorite stories at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24-25, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Tickets: $7. Information: (575) 571-1413 or achildrenstheatre.wix.com/achildrenstheatre.
A special children’s performance is 10 a.m. Friday. Seating is limited. Tickets: $3. Information: Pinky, (575) 644-9541 or email@example.com.
Ruidoso Marathon & Half Marathon — The marathon and half marathon events are Sunday, June 26, at White Mountain Recreation Complex, 685 in Ruidoso. Marathon begins at 6 p.m. and half-marathon at 7:30 a.m. A 5K and Kids 1 mile dash are 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
Cost: $65 full marathon; $45 half marathon; $20 5K and $10 kids dash through May 31; $75 full marathon; $55 half marathon; $25 5K and $10 kids dash June 1-24. No race day registration.
Raft the Rio Festival — The Southwest Environmental Center’s Raft Race and River Festival is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, beginning at La Llorona Park beneath the Picacho Street bridge, and ending at Calle del Norte (Mesilla) Bridge, in Las Cruces. Information or registration: (575) 522-5552 or wildmesquite.org.
Tailgate 2016 — Frank Zona & Urban Edge perform R&B inspired contemporary jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Gates open 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Single event tickets available for $45 per vehicle. Walk up tickets are $10 ($15 couples). Proceeds benefit the Flickinger Center. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. on various Saturdays throughout the summer Information: (575) 437-2202. Online reservations at flickingercenter.com.