El Paso Scene Weekly for April 7-13, 2014

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La Bohème’ — El Paso Opera closes its season with the Giacomo Puccini opera at 7:30 p.m. April 10 and 12 at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Based on the novel “Scènes de la vie de bohème” by Henri Murger, the opera centers on young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. Tickets: $20-$90. Information: 581-5534 or epopera.org.
  “La Bohème” centers on a community of artists in Paris. El Paso Opera’s artistic and executive director, David Garbarkewitz, places April’s opera in the 1890s with the bohemian charm of the period. As the story unfolds, the audience will feel the passion, frivolity, and despair within La Bohème’s cast of friends.
  Lyric soprano and Las Cruces native Jessica Medoff will perform the role of Musetta. Medoff was recently awarded first prize in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year competition at Shreveport Opera.
  A pre-show dinner is 5:30 p.m. with Desiree Mays, renowned opera guest speaker and author of “Opera Unveiled,” at the pre-show dinner and Opera Talks. Cost: $39.
  Youth Night at the Opera, the evening of La Bohème’s final dress rehearsal, is Tuesday, April 8.

Progressive Insurance El Paso RV and Travel Show — Hundreds of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, truck campers, and folding campers will be on display April 11-13 at El Paso Convention Center, with camping accessories, information on campgrounds and travel destinations and daily seminars and entertainment. Hours are  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8 ($6 online; $4 Good Sam Club members; free for ages 12 and younger). Information: 1-800-848-6247, ext 2414 or ElPasoRVShow.com.

Lower Valley Health Fair — The 32nd annual health fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Socorro High School, 10150 Alameda, with free preventative education, screenings, and familiarize themselves with local resources, food, entertainment, games for kids and more. Sponsored by University Medical Center, the City of Socorro, the El Paso Department of Public Health, Texas Kids Dental Care, and Molina Health Care. Information: 937-8307.

Massing of the Colors — Veterans, school and civic organizations will participate in the 34th annual event 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar, sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. Participating units are usually featured from Fort Bliss, JROTC, law enforcement and fire department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and more. Participants urged to arrive by 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 755-4038.
  The Massing of the Colors is a non-sectarian ceremony, dating back to 1922, that recognizes the sacrifices of all Americans, military and civilian, in both war and peace.

‘Party for the Planet’ — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host special Earth Day exhibits and activities are Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13. Details to be announced. Information: 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
  The event is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) events making up the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America.


Celtic Woman: The Emerald Tour — The global music phenomenon’s all-new stage tour is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at The Plaza Theatre, celebrating Ireland and the Celtic heritage through traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music. Tickets: $39 and $69 Ticketmaster). Information: celticwoman.com
  Celtic Woman showcases the talent and charisma of four young Irish women, combining Irish traditional music with contemporary pop standards and memorable original compositions. Recently named Billboard magazine’s No. 1 World Music Artist, Celtic Woman incorporates world-class musicians, the Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers.
  Since its inception in 2004, the ensemble has sold more than eight million copies of its releases, all of which have debuted at the top of Billboard’s World Music chart. As a live act, they have performed for nearly three million fans.

Tricky Falls
— 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 or trickyfalls.com.
• Bless The Fall — The metal band performs 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, with Silverstein, The Amity Affliction, Secrets and The Artist. Tickets: $15 in advance.
• Show Ta Product — The Chicana rapper performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Tickets: $14.
• Mad Caddies — The ska punk band 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, with Mrs. Skannotto. Tickets: $18-$20.

Ringworm and Before Dishonor — The metal bands perform Thursday, April 10, at The Spot, 9068 Socorro Road. Information: 859-1500. Tickets online at ticketbully.com.

UTEP World Music Ensemble —
The ensemble presents a night of Middle Eastern music and culture at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall,. Tickets are $5 general ($3 seniors, military, non UTEP students; free for ages 6 and younger, UTEP students, faculty and staff).  Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/music.

A Tribute to Juan Gabriel — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, presents the dinner show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12. 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.

Mobb Deep — The hip-hop duo of Havoc and Prodigy performs Saturday, April 12, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. and age 18 and older welcome. Tickets are regularly $3 more for ages 18-20. Information: 356-0966 or thelowbrowpalace.com. Tickets: $25.


UTEP Campus Open House — University of Texas-El Paso hosts a campuswide open house is all day Thursday, April 10, as part of its Centennial Celebration. Information: Centennial Office, 747-5362 or 2014@utep.edu.
  Activities begin with the Annual Student Art Exhibition at the Rubin Center for Visual Arts, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continues around 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday with exhibitions, demonstrations, and presentations. Laboratories and classroom buildings will be open as well as some athletic facilities. Food will be sold, and transportation will be provided for visitors on campus.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists are Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs year round. Winter hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.
  Yoga with Erin Stroud of Casa de Yoga is 10 a.m. every Saturday in Building A-1.

For a good cause

Fashion Show and luncheon — The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America hosts its annual fundraising luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama, with fashions by Dress Barn and Dillards, designers, silent auction, opportunity drawings and more. Tickets: $30. Information/reservations: 751-6116.

Woman’s Club ‘Over The Rainbow’ Spring Celebration — The shoe fashion show and benefit luncheon is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, El Paso, with silent auction and entertainment. Profits support the upkeep of the historic Woman’s Club Clubhouse. Shoes of various styles modeled from Veriae, Rocketbuster, Tres Mariposas and Steinmart. Tickets: $40, Information: 532-6131, 526-0904 or wcoep.org.
  The Woman’s Club of El Paso is on both the Texas and National Historic Registries. The Club currently supports Wounded Warriors Fund, Avance, Opportunity Center, Kelly Food Bank and Texas Ramp Project.


International Museum of Art
— 1211 Montana. The museum is operated by the International Association for the Visual Arts in the historic Turney Home. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Free guided tours available on a walk-in basis. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmuseumofart.net.
  Showing April 1-30: The 60th Annual EPISD Student Arts Awards. The juried art show is open to EPISD art students in grades 3-12. Categories include drawing, painting, design, print-making, photography, computer graphics/printed media, and sculpture/ceramics, and textile/fiber/jewelry.
  Reception and awards presentation is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

Sunland Art Gallery — The co-op gallery features original paintings and photographs, jewelry, prints and gift items by more than 20 local artists at 5034-D Doniphan, in Placita Santa Fe (behind Tippi Tea Room). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: Cil Abeyta, 584-3117 or 474-0053.
  April’s show is the members only show “Gardens of Mind,” featuring gallery members’ works of gardens, flowers and artists’ fantasies. Opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Agave Rosa Gallery — 905 Noble (next to the International Museum of Art). Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery features paintings, sculpture, jewelry and photography by area emerging artists. Information: 533-8011, info@agaverosagallery.com.
  Showing April 12-May 3: “The Urban Project” works by graffiti and tattoo artists Matthew J. Martinez of JAM, Joey Lee Cabral of Urban Myth, Ruben Archuleta, Luis House, Francella Salgado and Juan Ortiz. Opening reception is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12.


‘Dial ‘M’ For Murder’ - El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents an original play written and directed by Ken Forestal March 28-April 19. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID; $5 students under 18). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
  Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately for him, things don’t exactly go according to plan.

‘Alice in Neverland’ — Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents the Alice/Peter Pan mashup adventure through April 13 Directed by Jim Lupercio, and written by Paige Hale, with Alice Hale and Jim Lupercio. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 students, seniors, military). Information 351-1455 or on Facebook.
  “Alice in Neverland: picks up after Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, but before Peter meets Wendy in Neverland. The tale is filled with pirates, mermaids and lost boys.

‘Butterflies Are Free’ — El Paso Community College’s Theater Ensemble presents the comedy hit by Leonard Gershe April 11-13, at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum. Directed by Hector Serrano. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Children 7 and older welcome. Tickets: $15 ($10 non-EPCC students and military, $7 EPCC students); cash or checks only. Information: 831-5056 or epcc.edu/theater.
  A blind young man seeking independence creates problems with his mother and his new roommate as he struggles to become self-reliant.


Midnight Basketball 20-Year Reunion — The reunion of the nationally awarded program, which started as a collaboration between the Junior League, El Paso Police Department, City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Armijo Center, 700 E. Seventh, with a ceremonial basketball game, testimonials from former players from the 1994-2003 seasons along with recognizing the many volunteer coaches. The Junior League will also recognize five individuals from the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department that were the backbone to the foundation of the program. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: 541-4826.

El Maida ClayBusters Fun Shoot — El Maida Shrine Temple sponsors its annual fundraising trap shoot is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club, east of Railroad Drive and Dyer. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Awards offered for gold, silver and bronze divisions, as well as high man, woman and junior. The public is invited. Entry fee: $250 for five-person ($125 junior teams and active duty military). Information: Jack, 241-1761 or Dave, 588-5884.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — The live horse racing season begins runs through April 15. Racing days are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 12:55 p.m. through April 15.
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

‘Irish Run’ — Cathedral High School’s 8th annual 5K competitive run and 1-mile fun walk begin is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Cathedral High School, 1309 N. Stanton. Cost: $20 per event ($15 military, students and seniors, with ID at packet pickup). Teams: $15 per person by April 4 (trophy for largest team). Raceday registration is $25. Information: Irene, 478-6583 or 724-3642; Rossana, 373-2640 or 532-4142. Online at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Pre-race registration and packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, at Cathedral High School. Race day registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at race site.

‘Jailbreak’ mud run — Jeep and Shock Top host bring the Largest Running Series in Texas to El Paso with the 5K mud run Saturday, April 12, at Ascarate Park, for ages 14 and older. The race through muddy, wet, crazy obstacles is followed by a Texas sized party with beer, bands and BBQ. Time slots start every half hour, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $45-$55. Information: TS_Fieldhouse@yahoo.com or runthejailbreak.com.
  Jailbreak Race Events was founded in 2010, and has quickly grown from an individual event in DFW to events in San Antonio, El Paso, South Padre, DFW and Houston.

Mesilla Optimist 5K — The 5K run/walk benefiting Optimist Club of Las Cruces is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, on the historic Plaza in Mesilla, N.M. Cost: $15 runners ($10 LCRC members and walkers; free for age 14 and younger). Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K — Spartyka Nation Apparel hosts the USATF-sanctioned 5K run and 1-mile fun walk at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 13, at La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho in Las Cruces. Registration: $30 per event through April 12; $35 on race day. Discount for teams of 10 or more. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663 or spartykawoundedwarrior.com. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Race day registration and packet pick up is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site.

Southern New Mexico

Annual American Indian Week — ASNMSU hosts the Native American heritage celebration Monday through Saturday, April 7-12, on the NMSU Campus, Las Cruces, presented by NMSU’s American Indian Program. Call for schedule: (575) 646-4207 or mchorse@nmsu.edu.
  Opening ceremony with blessing by Mary Harney is 10:30 a.m. Monday outside Hadley Hall, followed by Parade of Nations at 11 a.m. to the Corbett Center Student Union and a Native American Giveaway at the union rotunda
  Miss Native American NMSU Meet and Greet is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stan Fulton Center Monday, and the Pageant is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Corbett Center Auditorium
  An Evening of American Indian Tradition is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Corbett Center Outdoor Stage.
  An Indian Taco Demonstration is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Corbett Center rotunda
  The “Laugh Your Frybread Off” Native American Comedy Show is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Corbett Center Auditorium
  A dance with DJ Kyle Tom is 8 to 11 p.m. at the Corbett Center ballrooms
  Native American Arts and Craft Expo is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Corbett Center first floor area. A Flute and Drum performance with Randy Granger is Saturday.

Full Moon Bike Ride — White Sands National Monument, 5 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts a Full Moon bike ride at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Reservations begin one month in advance; space limited to 200 riders. Reservations online only via nps.gov/whsa. Fee is $5 per person/$2.50 ages 15 and younger, plus park entrance fee. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232.

Jack Glatzer — Take a “Musical Voyage from Spain to India” with virtuoso violinist Jack Glatzer at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Elenore, in Hillsboro, N.M (next to Union Church). Cost: $5 donation. Information: or 1-800-676-5622 or blackrange.org.

‘Short Stuff’ — Lincoln County Community Theatre presents an evening of monologues and 10-minute plays, performed by theaters across New Mexico at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Ruidoso Schools Performing Arts Center, 125 Warrior Road, in Ruidoso, N.M. The event is part of the annual Theatre New Mexico Festival. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 336-1530 or theatrenm.org.

West Texas

Viva Big Bend Food Festival
— The event celebrating the flavor of the Big Bend is Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, with tastings, tastings, cooking demonstrations and more in at locations in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and Marathon, Texas. Information/tickets: vivabigbend.com or on facebook.
  Featured locations are Blue Mountain Bistro, the Fort Davis Drug Store and the Mountain Trails Lodge in Fort Davis; Gage Hotel in Marathon Big Bend Brewing Company, in Alpine Marfa Maid Goat, Big Bend Coffee Roasters, Ranch 616 in Marfa and more.
  Free events:
  An Opening night party is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Railroad Blues, 504 W. Holland, in Alpine.
• Tito’s Handmade Vodka DIY infusion class is 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Sibley Gallery, 103 W. Holland, in Alpine.
• Dining along Historic Highways presentation is 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Hotel Paisano Ballroom, 207 Highland, in Marfa.
• Fine Whiskey Tasting room open 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Johnson Feed and Western Wear, 2600 Highway 90 in Alpine.
• Cow Dog/Plaine party is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Cowboy and Plaine, 215 E. Holland, in Alpine.

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