El Paso Scene Weekly for April 27-May 3, 2015

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UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets for most performances are $5 ($3 seniors, military, non-UTEP students) and free ages 6 and younger, UTEP students, faculty and staff). Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/music.
• UTEP Jazz Bands — Jazz I performance Tuesday, April 28.
• UTEP Concert Band — Wednesday, April 29.
• Symphony Band — Thursday, April 30.

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Four Year Strong — The “easycore” band performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, with among the brave, Trigger Warning and Destroying the Shapes. Tickets: $15.
• Swingin’ Utters — The California punkers perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, with The Bomb Pops. Tickets: $13.
  • Nightwish — The hit Finnish metal band’s 2015 North America Tour is 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, with Sabaton and Delain. Tickets: $35; $175 VIP.

State Line Music Series — The O’s performs 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at State Line Restaurant, 1222 Sunland Park Drive. Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. All customers asked to bring non-perishable food donation or monetary donation for the West Texas Food Bank. Information: 581-3371, WTxFoodBank.org or countyline.com.

ZZ Top — The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. The Texas trio performs hits ranging from “Sharp Dressed Man” to “La Grange” and “Legs” and “Tush” along with “I Gotsta Get Paid” and other new material from “La Futura.” Tickets: $42.50, $57.50 and $72.50 (Ticketmaster).
  ZZ Top, formed in Houston, Texas in 1969, became a huge international touring act in the ‘70s and were darlings of MTV in the ‘80s, going on to sell tens of millions of records. Their unique hybrid of dirty blues and hard rock, incorporating new sounds and technology, earned them induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. This summer the band will release a comprehensive greatest hits collection, “The Baddest of ZZ Top.”

Alfresco! Fridays The 13th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso. Performing May 1 is Azucar (Latin variety). Presented by the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers and the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau, and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0600 or alfrescofridays.com.

‘La Parada’ — The indoor/outdoor monthly music series is 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Admission: $5, ages 18 and older welcome. Information: facebook.com/laparadaep.
  La Parada is an ongoing music, art and social party held the first Friday of the month. This month’s even features Rare Individuals, Stan Z & Idea from Third C.O.A.S.T., Rob Bass, System A, live art and Jam DCC.

Orchestre SubliME — The mystical world fusion performance is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1-3, at El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, with an eclectic mix of jazz, Middle Eastern, Latin, funk and more. Tickets: $20 general admission; available online at brownpapertickets.com.
  The hand-picked group features world-renowned musicians fluent in several genres “united in the cause of perpetrating musical mischief and joy through rhythm, harmony and melody.”

Battle of El Dorado — Sports X host the marching band competition at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl Stadium. Well-known and competitive marching bands will participate in the competition including Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State and Prairie View A&M. Tickets: $30; $20 students and military; $15 age 17 and younger (Ticketmaster).
  The bands are known for their precision performances, musicians, drum majors and dancers

Mesita’s ‘It’s A Spring Thing’ — The Mesita PTA will host its 7th annual spring concert 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, on the Mesita Elementary School lawn, 3307 N. Stanton, with a concert by FM Junkies, games and food for sale. All ages welcome. Admission: $5 ($3 children). Information: 247-7974.

Fronterizmo Vol 2 — The audiovisual festival of music art and dance from artists from El Paso and Juarez is 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas, with music by Sonido Cachimbo, Aitanire, Lunatic, Boruca Sound, Space Captains Collective and Sens, and art by Calavera, ENKS, Carlos Palomares, Entrañas and Arte Callejero Fronterizo. Admission: $3. Information on Facebook at Fronterizmo Vol. 2.

Jazz Unlimited Big Band — The jazz band presents its 11th annual concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road. Featured guest is 2014 Grammy-winning trumpet soloist Steffen Kuehn of San Francisco. Seating is limited. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 637-4569.

EPSYOs Young Artist Piano Competition — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 3rd annual competition is 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Radford School, 2001 Radford. Pianists ages of 7 to 18 living within 100 miles of the El Paso city limits are eligible to compete. Information and complete competition rules available online at epsyos.org. Admission is free. Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.
  Junior, intermediate and advanced divisions offered; with grand prize college funds ranging from $250-$1,000.

Paquita la del Barrio and Maribel Guardia — The Mexican divas perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $25, $35, $49 and $80 (Ticketmaster).
  Grammy nominated singer Paquita la del Barrio is known for her singings of rancheras and other distinct Mexican musical genres. She recently recorded with Ricardo Arjona on “Ni tu, Ni yo” and on her latest hits “Rata de dos Patas.”
  Maribel Guardia was elected Miss Costa Rica in 1978 and began her television career starring in Mexican telenovelas. Her successful singing career followed in 1988.


El Dedon Verde Flower Show — El Dedon Verde Garden Club’s 64th annual standard flower show and silent auction, “A Garden Clubber’s Bucket List,” is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at 150 Sunset Garden and Event Center, 150 E. Sunset Road. This year’s event’s different horticultural and floral design categories, from miniatures and table displays to fresh and dried floral arrangements, feature “wish list” themes, such as “Hiking the Redwoods,” “Eating at a Cordon Bleu Restaurant,” and “Finding the Fountain of Youth.” Refreshments will be served. Admission: $10. Information: eldedonverdegardenclub.org.

Ciudad Nueva fundraiser — Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach hosts its 2nd annual fundraising event 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Southwest University Ballpark, with gourmet dinner, ballpark tour and Celebrity Home Run Derby. Tickets: $150 ($1,500 table for ten). Ciudad Nueva serves those in need in the Rio Grande Historic Neighborhood. Information: 996-9671, 539-9505 or ciudadnueva.org.

Veterinary Community Awards Banquet - The 30th annual banquet, “Adopt a Pet — A Promise of Love” hosted by the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, is Friday, May 1, at the Camino Real Hotel in Downtown El Paso, with casino night entertainment, steak dinner and cash bar. Cocktails served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The banquet is held in conjunction with National Pet Week. Tickets: $50. Information: 593-1712 or epvma.org.
  The 2015 Community Award goes to Eleanor Schoenbrun, and the Veterinary Legends of the Southwest Award goes to Jerry Simmons, DNM. Pet Hall of Fame inductee to be announced.

Christ Community Church yard sale —
The Christ Community United Methodist Church, 4447 Loma Clara, hosts its annual yard sale 7 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, at 4447 Loma Clara, off Martin Luther King in North Hills. $10 fee for spaces. Information: 667-0842.

Fort Bliss Spring Bazaar — The NCO Wives’ Club will host the bazaar May 2-3 at the Trading Post on Fort Bliss, Bldg. 1717 Marshall (at Hahn). The bazaar features 80 or more vendors from offering arts, crafts, collectibles and more. The club will sell grilled bratwurst and other German food, plus baked goods. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $1. Information: 590-7202.

Freedom Fest
— Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss and Sunland Park Dodge host the final weekend of its family event noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, with live bands, carnival games, food vendors and beer tents, small carnival rides, inflatables, pedal go-kart racing, chalk artists, magic shows, carnival performers, fortune teller booth, classic car display, kid’s arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists more. Fireworks end the events on Saturday. Admission is free. Information: freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Great American Cleanup — The City of El Paso Environmental Services’ 2015 cleanup is 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2, citywide. All supplies available through city Community Tool Sheds located at all El Paso Fire Departments. Trash and debris collected will be picked up by Environmental Services (rolloffs available for large sites). For information, call 311 (City Information Hotline).
More than 1,000 volunteers will be taking part in litter cleanups, recycling drives, and community improvement projects throughout El Paso.
There will be 30 sites located throughout the City where roll-off containers will be placed enabling citizens to dispose of large and/or bulky items. Citizens interested in disposing of large items at roll-off containers can call 311 - to find out where containers will be placed. d.

Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner with Friends’ — Animal Rescue League of El Paso’s 14th annual fundraising gala, is Saturday, May 2, at the Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street. Yappy Hour silent auction is 6 p.m. with dinner and festivities 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $65 ($650 table for 10). Reservations and payment due by April 24. Information: 821-7283 or info@arlep.org. Web: arlep.org.
  Support levels available are “Top Paw” ($1,500,) “The Cat’s Meow” ($1,000) and “Top Dog” ($800). All support levels include a reserved table for ten and recognition at the dinner.
  This year’s theme is “For Better or Worse,” participants may share a picture or two of their animal doing something naughty or sweet. Email pictures to info@arlep.org or post them on the league’s Facebook page.

Cinco de Mayo Bully Fiesta — American Bully Kennel Club hosts the celebration and dog show for bulldog breeds at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Lower Valley Coliseum, 894 S. Horizon Blvd. General admission: $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Information: 694-0886 or 256-5636.
  Registration for participants is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Show categories include Standard, Pocket, Extreme, XL and Classic. Judges are Nate Deyermond and Susan Fedorasha.

Free Comic Book Day — The 12th annual nationwide free comic book giveaway encouraging readers to discover the comic book art form is Saturday, May 2. Most area comic book stores and distributors will offer free comics (while supplies last) and other activities. Information: freecomicbookday.com.
• Asylum Comics and Cards 5360 N. Mesa Ste. L-12, has comic giveaways and family activities 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with appearances by select comic book characters 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; hot dogs and soft drinks after 3. p.m. (while supplies last), door prizes and drawings throughout the day. Local Artists Merc Studios will be present and promote artwork, including live sketches. The event will also showcase the talents of young artist Destinie from Franklin High School. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600 or asylumcomicsandcards.com.
• Black Sheep Comics, 1491 N. Lee Trevino, hosts events 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live music, giveaways and more. Information: 235-7872.
• Zia Comics, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1, in Las Cruces, will host special activities noon to 7 p.m. with visits from the Mandelorian Mercs and El Paso Ghostbusters, and artists Brett Booth, John Armbruster, Jorge Baeza, Juan Muro, Ben Jones and Jaime Carrillo. There will also be cosplayers, a costume contest, door prizes and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 405-0461 or ziacomics.com.

‘Go Purple 2015’ APS Health Fair — Adult Protective Services hosts its annual health fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Bassett Place Mall, 6101 Gateway West, with several to help raise awareness of and help prevent abuse and exploitation of elderly Texans, as well as learn about healthy lifestyles for older individuals. Booth space available. Admission is free Information: dfps.state.tx.us.

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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.

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

Art Auction 2015 — KCOS-TV public television’s annual on-air juried art competition and fundraising auction set for noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3. The event will be juried for the first time this year. Information: 594-5345 or kcostv.org/artauction.
  Local artists the opportunity to display their best art work while giving our viewers the chance to bid and win their favorite pieces. The winner of each category has the chance to win a cash prize, including a non-juried category that features Early El Paso artists and other donations.

World Laughter Day — El Paso is invited to celebrate World Laughter Day with people around the world. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Paseo del Este Neighborhood Park, 12300 Paseo del Este, at Ampleforth. Activities will be led by El Paso Teresa Fendi, Norma Valdez, and Susan and Luther Ludwig, area Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers. All ages are welcome; admission is free. Information (913) 373-3100, laughteryogaelpaso.com or laughterworksunlimited.com.
  Since 1998, people in many countries have come together to celebrate the power of laughter to promote global brotherhood and friendship. In the year 2000, 10,000 people gathered to laugh in the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark for World Laughter Day.

Runs4Unity Relay Race — Teens4Unity of El Paso will sponsor the race 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 3, at Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event is one of seven runs across the country as part of the Focolare Movement. The run is open to the public. A potluck will be held at the park following the run. Information: Sandra Castro, 726-1102, teens4Unity.net or focolare.org.

Historic El Paso Old Home Tour — El Paso Preservation Alliance hosts the tour on historic homes on Montana Avenue, East Rio Grande and Kansas Street 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3. See architectural details and learn the history of the historic homes, some of which are now used as offices. Tickets: $10; available day of tour only at International Museum of Art 1211 Montana, 1 to 4 p.m. Map will be provided at time of ticket purchase. Information: 751-3631 or 565-0322.


‘Gravity’ — El Paso Community College Dance Department’s annual Spring Dance Concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, at the Transmountain Forum Theatre. Faculty and students showcase their works in Modern, Contemporary and ballroom. Tickets: $8; available at the door. Information: Rainy Demerson, 831-2364.

‘Our Favorites — For The Love of Dance presents its student performance 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring students from pre-school to adult, in technique performances and a children’s ballet. Admission is free. Information: 276-6522 or 4lovedance.com.


‘Die Zauberflöte’
— Opera UTEP presents its the opera by W.A. Mozart “The Magic Flute” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30-May 3, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Mozart’s last operatic masterpiece offers stunning music, acting, and fun-filled laughs. Tickets: $12 general admission ($8 senior, military, students; free for UTEP faculty and staff). Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/music.

‘Mary Poppins’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, 2nd floor Union Building on the UTEP campus, presents Disney’s hit family musical based on the beloved storybook character April 17-May 17. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday dinner show is 2:30 p.m. April 19; non-dinner shows are 1:30 p.m. Sunday April 26, May 3, 10 and 17). Tickets: $31.50-$46.50 dinner shows; $17.50-$27.50 non-dinner matinees. Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
  Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
  Bart, a jack-of-all-trades, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon.

‘Trestle at Pope Lick Creek’ — UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents the “poignant, brutal, and erotically charged tale of redemption and the search for identity that reveals the fragility and beauty of the human spirit” by Naomi Wallace April 24-May 3 in the Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Directed by Joel Murray. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through 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): 747-5118 or theatredance.utep.edu.
  Set against the backdrop of the Depression, the local bad girl draws in a naïve boy to outrun an oncoming train on a narrow trestle that sits 100 feet up over a dry, rocky creek. The last boy who ran with her did not make it across.

‘Time and Chance’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box series closes its season with a staged reading of the play by Tony Award winner Mark Medoff 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Philanthropy Theatre of the Plaza Annex. Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
  Four women are thrown together on a Thanksgiving weekend; one is a recovering alcoholic and famous painter; another is her dying partner, a gallery owner and former art critic. Another is an abandoned teenager with a gift for preservation, and the fourth is a young music professor who brings her mother’s just-discovered diary from a concentration camp.
  Medoff describes :Time and Chance” as “very dense,” with caustic humor and “a very serious bite.” It alternates between two time periods, modern-day Santa Fe and World War II. The production includes paintings by Robert Carlson, James Tsoodle, Rosemary McLoughlin and Emma Henderson.


El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts the Salt Lake Bees at 6:35 p.m. Monday and 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, April 27-28, at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Individual game tickets: $5 lawn seating; reserved seats begin at $8 in advance; $10 at the gate, plus $1.50 convenience fee. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.

El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame — The Prices Give Em Five Hall of Fame Banquet is 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Silent auction is 4 p.m. with social hour at 5:30 p.m. and banquet and induction at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30. Information: 490-8156 or elpasoathletichalloffame.com.
  This year’s inductees are athletes Ruben Dominguez Jr., Paul Pearson and Edmund Stansbury; Coaches Jerry Pippins and Mike Price; photographer Brian Kanof and official Bob Geske.

2015 USBC Open Championships — El Paso will host the national sports event through July 12, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza, hosted by the U.S. Bowling Congress. Participation open to all USBC members. Last day of team competition is July 11. Information: bowl.com/openchamp/

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing season runs through April. Post time is 12:15 p.m. Fridays through Mondays.

El Paso Bike Month — In celebration of May as National Bike Month, El Paso Bike Month offers events all month. Information: elpasobikemonth.com. The El Paso Bike Month kick-off event begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Proper Printshop, 800 Montana, with ride beginning at 7:30 p.m. Ride around downtown area and return for printing party of the 2015 Bike Month t-shirts. Admission is free. Open to the public
$10 donation for t-shirt. Live music, BYOB.

El Clásico Bicycle Race — The first-ever event offers road, criterium and sprint race Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. Information: elclasicorace.com.
  The 45-mile road race will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in Downtown El Paso. There will be a couple of checkpoints along the route through the valley before arriving in Las Cruces. The race will end at the 3rd Annual Blazin Beerfest in Downtown Las Cruces.
  Sunday’s criterium begins at 4 p.m. in downtown Las Cruces. Sprints begin at 6 p.m. Crit goes through Main and Church Streets. 30 minutes of riding; lapped participants are elimination; then 10 laps after the 30 minutes. Sprints start at Rio Grande Theatre. Event includes music and food trucks.

Special Olympics Spring Games — The Area 19 2015 Spring Games’ main events are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Burges High School, 7800 Edgemere. Events include basketball, track and field, motor activities. The “Athlete Village” will feature different games, music and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.
  Opening Ceremonies are 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Burges High School, featuring recognition of athletes, sponsors, coaches and other volunteers. A Victory Dance follows.

Krispy Kreme Challenge — The 4-mile run is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Krispy Kreme, 9030 Dyer. Runners are challenged to run to the two-mile mark, eat one dozen donuts (optional) and return to the finish line. Refreshments at the finish line. Cost: $25 (whether or not you eat donuts). Late registration (May 1-2): $30. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa or 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line on race day.

Semi-pro football — El Paso’s semi-pro football teams play all games on Saturdays.
• El Paso Armor and the Las Cruces Kings play at 6:30 p.m. May 2, at Oñate High School, 5700 Mesa Grande, Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: facebook.com/lascruces.kings
• El Paso Seminoles host the West Texas Scorpions at 2 p.m. May 2 at Burges High School stadium. Tickets are $10 ($7 military/students; free for age 10 and under). Information: El Paso Seminoles on Facebook.

Total Mud Rush — The Fun Mud Run and Mud Run Challenge is Sunday, May 3, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, with 30 boot camp style obstacles. Waves start every fifteen minutes from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $45; $35 per participant for teams of four or more; $80 per couple. Price increases day of event. Mud run Challenge entry is $50 (race winner receives $1,000). Information: 217-4363 or totalmudrush.com.

Southern New Mexico

‘Twelfth Night’ — American Southwest Theatre Company concludes its season with the William Shakespeare comedy April 17-May 3, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts. Reception follows the opening night performance. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10-$17. Information: (575) 646-4515.
  After surviving a shipwreck, Viola arrives in Illyria and disguises herself as a man. But Lady Olivia falls in love with her and twin brother Sebastian suddenly appears, leading to chaos and laughter.

‘Shoulders’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents the dramatic comedy by Jeffrey Kinghorn April 24-May 10. Directed by David Edwards. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $9-$12. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
  The McClintocks, a family of women in San Francisco, 1942, have come through the great depression thanks to the grit of eldest daughter Lorraine, a shipyard welder, upon whom her mother and younger sister depend to keep the family going.

Los Tucanes de Tijuana — The Tejano band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M.  Tickets: $40-$100. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Smokey Bear Days
— The Village of Capitan will host two days of family fun and fire prevention and conservation exhibits during its 11th annual festival 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1-2, at Smokey Bear Historical Park and throughout the community, about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Events include live music, vendor marketplace, kid’s games, parade, conservation exhibits, firefighters’ and chainsaw carving contests, auction and street dance. The event honors Smokey Bear, the famed bear cub that survived a fire in the Capitan Mountains and became a beloved symbol of fire prevention. All events are free. Information: (575) 354-2748 or smokeybeardays.com
   Smokey Bear Historical Park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with playground and picnic areas. Regular park admission: $2 ($1 children).
  The cutting of the cake in honor of Smokey’s birthday is 1 p.m. Saturday.

T or C Fiesta — The 66th annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include a rodeo, music, carnival, vendors, games in the park, live music, salsa contest, bike show, barbecue, Sunday duck race and more. The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday through Downtown, with this year’s theme “Fiesta.” Also planned are mystic wanderers, belly dance, skateboard competition, carnival, food and merchandise vendors and more. Admission to most events is free. Information: (575) 497-9480, torcfiesta.com or on Facebook at Truth or Consequences Fiesta.
  When Hot Springs, N.M., accepted a game show’s invitation for a town to change its name to Truth or Consequences, part of the reward for doing so was to have the show’s host be the guest of honor at a festival each year. Ralph Edwards fulfilled the promise for 50 years, and the community continues to celebrate every first weekend in May.
  Fiesta Bull Riding and Team Roping events are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, at 601 Rodeo road. Admission: $12 ($6 age 6-12 and seniors; free for age 5 and younger). Dance follows each performance.
  Junk boat races are 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Entry fee: $25. Free for spectators Information: Double Arrow Bar (505) 589-9707.
  A concert and dance with country star Johnny Rodriguez is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Civic Center, with special guest the Yarbrough Band. Tickets: $25 general admission; $50 VIP.
  The T or C Open Golf Tournament is 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, at Truth or Consequences Municipal Golf Course, 685 West Marie. Cost: $100 per player.
  The NMSU 5K Fun Run is 11 a.m. Sunday, May 3, along Healing Waters Trail. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Registration: $40; team discount offered; free for youth 15 and younger with registered adult. Proceed benefit Sierra County youth programs. Non perishable food item donations also taken. Information:(575) 894-2375 or jobyrne@nmsu.edu.

Blazin’ Brewfest — The 3rd annual beer festival is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 2, on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate, age 21 and older welcome. Tickets available online at holdmyticket.com. Information: (575) 660-2951 or nmbeer.org.
  Participating breweries include High Desert, De La Vega’s, Spotted Dog and Bosque Brewing will welcome Ponderosa Brewing, Red Door Brewing, Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, Taos Mesa, Tractor, Marble, Santa Fe, Turtle Mountain, La Cumbre, Second Street, Monks Ale and New Mexico Hard Cider.

Las Cruces Tour of Gardens — The 20th annual Las Cruces garden clubs tour is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at six Las Cruces area gardens. Visitors may begin the tour in any garden; signs will identify the gardens.
  This year’s gardens are tiny gems surrounding historic homes in the Alameda and Mesquite Districts. Another highlight is the community garden at the Munson Senior Center. Refreshments will be served at the historic Alameda Hotel, which will be open for the tour. There will be drawings for gate prizes and Dona Ana County Extension Service Master Gardeners will be available in each garden to answer questions.
  Tickets: $7 (free for children 12 and younger). No toilet facilities available at the homes on the tour. Proceeds donated to community gardening projects.
  Available in advance at Ashley Furniture, 3299 Del Rey; Boudreau Jewelers, 2001 E. Lohman; Emerald Isle, 1701 Calle de Mercado; Glen Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo; Guzman’s Garden Center, 540 Telshor and 270 Avenida de Mesilla. Ticket and information available on the day of the tour at the Heske Community Garden, 975 S. Mesquite, and all garden sites. Information: (575) 521-0521 or lctog.org.
  Participating clubs are Mesilla Valley Garden Club, Desert Daubers Garden Club, and Hi Hopes Garden Club of Las Cruces.

Potters’ Guild Spring Sale — Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces hosts its Spring Sale 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1-2, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 Griggs. Members will offer hand made functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, jewelry, pillowcases and prints made by local artists. Admission is free. Information: cwaddell@nmsu.edu or pottersguildlc.com.

Hillsboro BookFest 2015
— The literary festival will feature 12 local authors and poets 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Hillsboro Community Center on Elenora Street in Hillsboro, N.M. Regional writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry will read from their works. In addition, there will be books for sale and book signings by authors. Several authors will provide power-point presentations regarding their publications. Admission is free; bring cash to purchase books. Information: (575) 895-5797, gbills@unm.edu or hillsboronm.com (click on Hillsboro Community Center).

‘The New Electric Ballroom’ — FUSION Theatre of Albuquerque presents the Obie Award and Irish Times Award winning play by Enda Walsh at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets:$32.50 main floor, $22 balcony in advance; $37.50 main floor, $27.50 balcony day of show. Information: (575) 523-6403 or riograndetheatre.com.
  Author of the Tony-Award winning musical “Once,” Walsh brings three sisters and a fishmonger into a stunning play on memory.

Street Legends Custom Car Super Fest — The family show and expo benefiting Animal Service Center of Mesilla Valley is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Southern NM State Fair Grounds off I-10 (west of Las Cruces), featuring hundreds of Custom Cars, a swap meet, car corral, food, various vendors, beer and wine garden, kids zone and more. Live Entertainment on two stages with Windy City, Chicago Tribute, Rockabilly Strangers, Soiled Out, Steppin Up and Unlyshed. RV parking available. Admission: $5 in advance; $10 at the gate; under 10 free. Information: (575) 520-8776 or streetlegendssuperfest.com.
  Advance tickets available at ABC Paint & Body Supply, 1670 W. Picacho in Las Cruces and All That Music, 6800 Gateway East in El Paso.

Tish Hinojosa — The Nashville singer/songwriter and Texas native performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos, N.M. as part of the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Folk Series. Tickets: $20 ($15 members). Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
  Hinojosa is influenced by the traditional Mexican songs she grew up with, along with folk and pop influences from the 1960s to today. She has performed for former President and Mrs. Clinton, and has teamed up with great performers such as Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Pete Seeger, and Los Lobos to name a few.

West Texas

Cinco de Mayo Alpine — Alpine, Texas’s Cinco de Mayo celebration is May 1-3, featuring an enchilada dinner, themed parade, music, dancing, car show and the popular Grand Mercado at Kokernot Park.
Information: (432) 386-3774
  Green Chicken Enchilada Supper is 5 to 7 p.m. at Alpine Elementary Cafeteria
followed by dance 8 p.m. to midnight at Centennial Park.
  The annual parade is 11 a.m. Saturday starting at Porter’s Thriftway on 5th Street, followed by with a Gran Mercado at Kokernot Park and the Gran Baile dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Alpine Civic Center.
   The Gran Mercado continues all day Sunday at Kokernot Park.

Davis Mountains Brigade Spring Rendezvous — The 3rd spring rendezvous celebrating the mountain man culture is Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, at the Evans Mulhern Ranch, off Hwy 118, between Alpine and Fort Davis. Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday. Various black powder shooting competitions include a pistol and blanket shoot, trail walk and more. Also scheduled is a Saturday evening potluck “Council Fire,” raffle, award ceremony and Sunday morning church service. Entry fee for participants: $25 per person; $35 family. Traders welcome; no cost to participate. Information: Charlie, (432) 426-3818, (432) 249-0395, or chbergmann@sbcglobal.net.
  Campers should bring firewood and water. Modern and primitive campsites available; no pets in primitive camps. Blackpowder weapons only permitted.

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