El Paso Scene Weekly for April 18-24, 2016

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UTEP Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Concert — The concert is 7:30 p.m.  Monday, April 18, 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.

State Line Music Series —1222 Sunland Park Drive. Micky and the Motor Cars perform 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. All customers asked to bring non-perishable food donation or monetary donation for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Information: 581-3371, WTxFoodBank.org or countyline.com.

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com and ticketfly.com.• Being As An Ocean — The America post-hardcore band performs at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, with ‘68, Capsize, Listener and Movements. Tickets: $15-$18.
• Ghost — The Swedish metal band perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22 with guest Tribulation. Tickets: $20 ($250 VIP).

UTEP Choralfest 2016 — UTEP Choirs perform and host local high school choirs in a collaborative concert for all ages 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22-23., at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall on the UTEP campus. Admission is free. Information: 747-7795 or utep.edu/music.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. No cover. Information: (575) 874-5200 or Sunland-Park.com.
  Free live music is 9 p.m. Fridays, featuring Latin and regional music and Saturdays featuring rock and pop variety. Mariachi music is 5 p.m. Sundays.
  Free performances by tribute bands featured 9 p.m. Saturdays: April 23: Ultimate Stones (Rolling Stones).

Harry Connick Jr. — Connick will kick off his 2016 Spring Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Recognized for his live and recorded musical performances and for his achievements on screens large and small, as well as on the Broadway stage, Connick, who is also a judge on “American Idol,” has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world. Tickets: $56.50 to $99 (Ticketmaster).
  Connick’s career took off with his self-titled debut album at age 18. His follow-up album, “20,” announced that Connick was equally gifted as a singer. His first multi-platinum success was with the soundtrack for the hit comedy “When Harry Met Sally.” To date, Connick has released 30 albums, won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards, and garnered sales of over 28 million. His most recent CD release “That Would Be Me” features all new songs.
  In addition to his music career, Connick has also appeared on the screen and stage as an actor. Among his feature film credits are “Little Man Tate,” “Copycat,” “Hope Floats,” “Memphis Belle,” “Independence Day,” “Life without Dick,” “Mickey,” “Basic,” “P.S. I Love You,” “New in Town,” “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2.” His voiceover skills were featured in “My Dog Skip” and “The Iron Giant.”

Awadagin Pratt — El Paso Pro-Musica presents the return of the world acclaimed pianist 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, in a concert featuring the works of Beethoven and Bach. The winner of the coveted Naumberg International Piano Competition, Pratt has performed numerous times for President Obama at the White House. He is the artistic director of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and chairman of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Admission: $25 ($20 seniors and military; $5 students). Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.

G-Eazy — The rapper, songwriter and record producer performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $35, $40 (Ticketmaster).


 Earth Day events – The City of El Paso hosts the following events celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 23:
 • Environmental Services Department’s 6th annual Earth Day celebration is noon to 4 p.m. at TI:ME at Montecillo 4935 N. Mesa, with informational and educational booths family activities and more Admission is free. Information: 212-6057 or elpasotexas.gov/environmental-services.
 • MCAD’s 4th annual “Earth Day Every Day,” events are noon to 8 p.m. in the Pedestrian Pathway Downtown, with live entertainment, eco-friendly workshops, gardening demonstrations, recycling mini-projects, fitness workshops, Family Fun Bicycle Ride (Velo Paso) and bike safety/mechanics clinics.
FloraFest 2016 — The annual native plant sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, at the UTEP Centennial Museum, Wiggins and University. Hundreds of nursery-grown native trees, shrubs, flowering perennials and other plants will be sold. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Customers may bring their own wagon carts. Admission is free. Information: 747-5565, 747-8994 or museum.utep.edu.
  “Fun in the Desert” Photo Contest and Children’s coloring contest leading up to the event are April 1-20. See website for details.
  Earth Day Crafts are 1 p.m. Friday, April 22.
  “How to Make Terrarium” workshops with El Paso Rock and Cactus Club are 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24.
  The annual Florafest keynote lecture is 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106 Marcy Plant, author of “Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest,” will present the lecture “Plant a Hummingbird Garden.” Copies of her book can be purchased at the lecture. Light refreshments served. Admission is free.
  The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens displays about 700 different plant species and horticultural varieties of the region.

El Paso Artists Studio Tour — The 8th annual tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23-24 at West Side, Upper Valley and Downtown studios, and April 30-May 1 at East Side, Northeast and Mission Valley studios. Look for the bright yellow signs. Sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of El Paso and El Paso Scene. Admission is free; refreshments offered at each studio. Information: 581-4971. Full studio list and directions available online at pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.
  April 23-24:
• Hal Marcus, 1319 Oregon, 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
• Art Junction studios and the Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano, 534-7377 or 345-6582. Featured artists: Rosario Acosta, Glenn Trittenbach, Omar Lopez, Tracy Estes Navar, Cesar Barraza, Gloria Gomez-Kilkenny, Ali Rangel, Adalberto Ley, RK Zamora, Leticia Luevanos, Frechelle Wilson, Chispa (James Sparks,) Maria Branch, Karina Rodriguez, Loretta Lopez, Kristal Rivera Pena, Maritza Pena Porras, Karla Zanelli, Ginny Fischer, Kristin Brice, Gummi Thordarson.
• Melinda Etzold, 4332 Donnybrook,
219-7280, 603-6622 or melindaetzold.com.
• Francisco Romero, 109 Argonaut, Apt. 103, yucaromero@msn.com or romeroart.net.
• Deana Hicks, Sol Goddess Designs, 6421 Cloudview, 241-8808, deanahicks2@elp.rr.com or elpasorealtyplus.com. With guest artist Pam Schuster, fused glass, gold and silver jewelry.
• Phyllis Davis, 5554 Buckley, 525-3931 or hepcdavis@sbcglobal.net.
• Carmen Navar, 6320 Falling Star, 833-4635 or carmelitanavar.com
• Teresa Fernandez, Art Academy by Teresa Fernandez, 300 N. Resler, Suite A, 613-7817 or artacademybyteresafernandez.com
• Candy & Charlie Mayer Studio and Gallery,1317 Tierra Roja, 581-4971 or candymayer.com.
• Krystyna Robbins Studio and Gallery, 5070 Yucca Place; 584-0953 or krystynarobbins.com.
• Rami Scully, 4130 Boy Scout Lane; 584-4773 or pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.
• Nina Eaton, 506 Shadow Willow, 630-3013 or ninaeatonphotography.com

Turkish Festival — Raindrop Foundation will host its food fair 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Raindrop Turkish House in El Paso, 10767 Gateway West, Suite 610, featuring authentic Turkish food, kids activities and live performances. Admission is free. Information: 328-0098, elpaso@turkishhouse.org or raindropturkishhouse.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 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.

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 featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.com.

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.


 K-9 Classic — The Humane Society of El Paso’s 27th annual one-mile pet walk “Walk for Animals” is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society, with music, food, pet contests and vendors and more. All well-behaved leashed pets welcome; clean up bags provided. Registration; $25 for one pet; $5 for each additional pet; free for people without pets. On-site registration: $30 for first pet, $5 each additional pet. Information: 532-6971, Est. 104 or 110, or hselpaso.org.
   Walk begins at 10 a.m. with festivities continuing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake
— Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Paso’s annual Bowl for Kids Sake is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano. Teams choose the two-hour block in which they wish to compete (noon to 2 p.m. 2 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m.). Cost: $60 per team member ($300 per team of five); includes meal ticket and t-shirt. Spots fill up quickly, early arrival encouraged. Information, donations: 544-4203 or bbbsofep.org.
  Team members are encouraged to raise $60 per person through donations from friends and family for Big Brother Big Sisters. Funds help develop volunteer mentors to the 100+ at-risk El Paso children waiting for a mentor.

Women’s Hall of Fame — The El Paso Commission for Women’s annual Hall of Fame induction banquet and ceremonies are 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Proceeds benefit scholarships for women graduating from high school in El Paso. Tickets: $50 ($30 former inductees; $25 students). RSVP (by April 16): Triana O. Olivas at 592-3354, 373-7994 or iolivas1@elp.rr.com.
  Andrea Gates Ingle (Arts), Sister Helen Santamaria, S.L. (Civic Leadership), Reverend Carolyn Redic (Education), Anna M. Harris-Howell (Military), Ilianna Holguin (Professional), Magdalena Morales-Aina (Public Service), Ann M. Rodriguez-McConnell, RN (Science/health), Rita E. Baca (sports/athletics) and Sonya A. Saunders (volunteer).


‘Charley’s Aunt’
— El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the comedy classic by Brandon Thomas April 1-23. Directed by Hector Serrano. 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.
  Jack and Charley are Oxford undergraduates in love with two women. They invite the objects of their affection to meet Charley’s millionaire aunt from Brazil. The aunt cancels her visit, so the boys talk a male classmate into dressing up in drag as the aunt. Chaos ensues when the real aunt actually shows up.

‘Fiddler on the Roof — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents celebrated Joseph Stein musical April 15-May 8. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday dinner show is 1:30 p.m. April 13; non-dinner show Sunday 2:30 p.m. April 24, May 1 and May 8. Tickets: $31.50-$44.50 dinner shows; $17.50-$27.50 non-dinner matinees. Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
  Based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, “Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply rooted in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with his principles and causes a rift in the family. It features iconic and beloved songs such as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”

‘King Lear’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance closes its season with the William Shakespeare tragedy April 22-May 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Directed by Jenny Lord. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $14 ($11 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, alumni and non-UTEP students, $9 for UTEP students. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  Lies and revenge consume the ailing King Lear when he divides his kingdom among his daughters. Lord and guest star Michael Rudko reinvent this classic Shakespearian tragedy. Lord comes to El Paso from the Julliard School in New York City.

El Paso Chihuahuas
— The city’s AAA baseball team opens its home season April 15 at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Individual game tickets: $5 lawn seating; reserved seats begin at $12 in advance. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
April 15-18: Reno Aces
  Promotions are rally towels April 15, Tribute to Baseball Classic April 16, and Youth Football Night is April 18.
April 19-22: Tacoma Rainiers
  Bike Night and Volleyball Night is April 19, Youth Baseball Night is April 21, and Boy Scout Sleepover is April 22.

El Paso Roller Derby — El Paso Roller Derby’s Tex Pistols host games at 6 p.m. at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Next bout is Saturday, April 23. Ticket information: elpasorollerderby.com or on Facebook.

Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ next bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano with Chuco Town Chulas taking on the 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.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
— 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live racing season runs through May 3. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, plus Wednesday, April 6 and 13. Ten 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. Handicap and stakes races:
• Saturday, April 16: West Texas Futurity, Band of America Challenge, West Texas Juvenile Stakes
• Sunday, April 17: Sunland Park Handicap.

‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-female “super sprint” benefiting the Center Against Family Violence is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, starting at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Two distances offered this year, 300-yard swim/18 mile bike/3-mile run or 300-yard swim/9.3 mile bike/2-mile run. Registration: $80. Information: 229-5656. Online registration at raceelpaso.com/mighty-mujer.
  Teams of 2, 3 or 4 women can compete against others in three separate categories: mother/daughter; family; girlfriends (must indicate category and team name at time of registration). Participants must be 12 or older. USAT rules apply.

JROTC 5K Anniversary Run
— The run commemorating the 100th anniversary of JROTC is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Chapin High School, 7000 Dyer.
Cost: $24; free for JROTC/ROTC cadets; no race day registration. Information: Mike Coulter, 274-5222 or coultercmike@yahoo.com. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  The 100th Anniversary Fun Run will provide units the opportunity to participate in a “Worldwide” event to commemorate 100 years of JROTC service to America.

‘Let’s Do This!’ EDPA Diabetes Walk/Run — El Paso Diabetes Association’s 5K run/walk and 1 mile walk is 8 a.m. April 24, at The Garden, 511 Western, in Downtown El Paso. No race day registration offered. Cost (through April 17): $25 5K, $15 walk, $10 age 12 and younger. Late registration (April 18-23): $30 5K, $20 walk, $15 age 12 and younger. Group registration deadline is April 5. Information: 532-6280 or epdiabetes.org. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa.

Southern New Mexico

Cirque Zuma Zuma — The Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo, closes its Premier Season with the ultimate African circus Tuesday, April 19. The show is billed as “the ultimate source for all music, dance and ritual for all humanity.” Tickets; $20-$40. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

The Drowsy Chaperone’ — American Southwest Theatre Company closes its season with the Tony-winning musical April 21-May 5 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Thursdays, April 21 and May 5, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $5-$17. Information: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.
  A die-hard musical fan imagines performers coming to life in his shabby apartment whenever he plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 hit called “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Cirque Zuma Zuma — Dona Ana Arts Council presents the African-style Cirque de Soleil at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $42.50 main floor, $32 balcony; $12 children 12 and younger, $22 students with ID. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
  Cirque Zuma Zuma is a high-energy dance act, part Cirque du Soleil, part Harlem Globetrotters, and above all, fast-paced and full of acrobatic ingenuity.

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents the cotton-candy colored, non-stop musical blast from the past April 22-24, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, featuring favorite songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s (”Mr. Sandman,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “Heatwave,” and more).Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24. Tickets: $12 ($10 students and seniors over 65. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
  “The Marvelous Wonderettes” takes the audience to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where they meet the Wonderettes – Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes, dreams and voices as big as their crinoline skirts.

ROTC 100th Anniversary Fun Run - The ROTC anniversary run is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at New Mexico State University’s, Young Hall, 1300 S. Horseshoe Drive, in Las Cruces. Registration: $30; free for JROTC/ROTC cadets. Information: jrotcanniversary.com or active.com.
  The 1Fun Run will provide units the opportunity to participate in a “Worldwide” event to commemorate 100 years of JROTC service to America. Also, units will be able to raise funds or to contribute toward their service learning/community service project.

 West Texas

Mile High Chili Cook Off
— The 2nd annual cook off is Saturday, April 23, at Davis Mountains State Park in Fort Davis, Texas, in cooperation with the Chili Appreciation Society International. Musical entertainment by the Last Call Band is noon with chili tasting begins at 1 p.m. “Throw Down Pack” for samples is $4 per person donation (includes a cup, spoon, bottle of water and a napkin). All donations go directly to benefit the park and its visitors. Park entrance fee is waived for all visitors during the cook-off.
 Information: Jacob Barton at Jacob.barton@tpwd.texas.gov.
   Contests include Best Chili, Best Beans, Best Salsa, and Best In Show.

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