El Paso Scene Weekly for Oct. 5-11, 2015
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Disney on Ice: ‘Frozen’ — Disney’s most successful animated film comes to life Oct. 7-11, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Thursday’s performance in Spanish. Tickets: $15, $25, $30, $60 and $75 (Ticketmaster) Ages 2 and older must have ticket.
‘Chalk The Block’ — The 7th annual outdoor art event is Oct. 9-11, throughout Downtown El Paso. The event includes various art projects, art vendors, live music, performance art, interactive kid’s zone, food and refreshments, pop-up galleries and more than 50 chalk artists. Hours and schedule to be announced. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 or chalktheblock.com.
Featured artists and projects include:
• Hungry Castle’s “Laser Cat,” a gigantic feline-shaped art installation that projects the personal projects of professional creatives through its laser-beam eyes. People can feed laser cat their own artwork at feedlasercat.com.
• “Walk Among Worlds” by Mexican artist Maximo Gonzalez. The installation, originally composed of 7,000 units that represent the 7,000 millions of inhabitants of the planet, is entirely made of inflatable balls.
• Los Dos’s ‘Stargazer,” an MCAD commissioned 16 by 18 foot piece manufactured by the makers of the Macy’s parade inflatables.
• Alice Farley Dance Theatre performance, “Imaginarium.” Performance times to be announced.
• American Institute of Architects Pavilion designed by EPCC and Texas Tech School of Architecture students.
Fall El Paso Home and Garden Show — El Paso Association of Builders, in partnership with Show Technology Productions, hosts the 8th annual show 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9-11 at the El Paso Convention Center.
Celebrity guest is Brian Santos, the “Wall Wizard,” who has conducted workshops for over 25 years and is author of best-selling how-to books. His El Paso seminars will highlight painting tips and wallcovering ideas.
The event features a model home built inside the show, landscapes and gardening, various home improvement specialists, an interior design showcase, “smart home” solutions, New Product Zone, Kids’ Zone, Pet Zone and a GoTexan Art, Gift & Gourmet Center.
Admission: $7 ($5 seniors 65 and older); free for age 16 and younger and active duty military with ID). Get $1 off with coupon from website or bring a canned good for local food bank. Information: 778-5387 or ElPasoHomeAndGarden.com.
La Viña Fall Wine Festival — The annual fall celebration is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. (one mile north or Vinton Road), with more than 20 wines available for tasting and purchase. Admission: $20 ($10 ages 12-20; free for children under 12). Admission for adults includes a commemorative glass and tasting. Everyone under 21 must be accompanied by adult parent, guardian or spouse. No pets or picnic baskets allowed; ATM available on site. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
Saturday’s entertainment: Mosaic at noon, 24/7 Blues Band at 2:15 p.m. and Frank Zona & Urban Edge at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday’s entertainment: Twisted Hams at noon, Twisted Dusty Low at 2:15 p.m. and Austin Jimmy Murphy at 4:30 p.m.
Chris Young — The country singer’s “I’m Comin’ Home” tour is 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, as part of the Stars Scholarship Fund fundraiser. Opening is country duo Haley and Michaels. Tickets: $35, $45 $75 (Ticketmaster).
Young is a Grammy-nominated international songwriter with six Number Ones to his name, including “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow” and “Who I Am With You.”
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. (show time at 10 p.m.) and age 16 and older welcome, unless listed otherwise. Tickets are regularly $3 more for ages 16-20. Tickets: $10-$12, unless otherwise listed. Information on Facebook.
Tickets for most events available from holdmyticket.com, or from All That Music, The Headstand and Happy House.
• Gates: The post rockers perform Monday, Oct. 5.
• Daniel Romano & The Trillums: The Juno-nominated alt country musician and his band performs Tuesday, Oct. 6.
• Superhumanoids: The LA trio plays at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.
• Route 94: The British music producer performs Friday, Oct. 9. Tickets: $15-$20.
• Braids: The Canadian art rock band performs Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets; $12-$14.
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. All shows are all-ages (16 and older), unless listed otherwise. Listings also cover shows in Bowie Feathers. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Joy Ely — The Texas legend performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Tickets: $21.
• The Border Check concert is 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, with Ribo Flavin and Sense & Change Benz Shelton, Gaddo Spekktakk, OneManJaz and JC Kush. Tickets: $5.
‘World Travelers’ — Join the UTEP Choirs in an eclectic evening of music inspired by the book “Around the World in 80 Days” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Presented Tickets 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.
‘Concierto de las Americas’ — The Juarez-based musicians present “Music from the Decades” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at EPCC Administrative Services Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount. Tickets: $8 Information: 831-7801.
Hozier — The chart-topping artist behind the hit “Take Me To Church” performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $32.50 to $47 (Ticketmaster).
Joe Ely — The Texas singer, songwriter and guitarist performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Bowie Feathers (Tricky Falls), 209 S. El Paso. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets at ticketfly.com.
Ely genre-crossing career has spanned from early work with The Clash to performances with Bruce Springsteen and Lyle Lovett, as well as his own band, The Flatlanders.
El Paso Chopin Piano Festival — The 21st annual series of piano concerts concludes with Lucy Scarbrough performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Chamizal National Memorial. Admission is free, but people are advised to arrive early; concerts are almost always standing room only. Information: 584-1595 or email@example.com. Web: elpaso-chopin.com.
Scarbrough is founder and director of the Chopin Festival. She also founded and is director of the El Paso Civic Orchestra. The New Mexico native, who trained at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and later taught at Chicago Musical College, has served three times on the Chopin Foundation of the United States’ Selection Jury for the National Chopin Competitions, and is winner of the Texas Minnie Stevens Piper Award.
Super Freestyle Explosion — Three of the best known freestyle artists from the 1980s get together for the “Ultimate Old School Jam” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with Stevie B (”Party Your Body”), Lisa Lisa (lead singer of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) and Taylor Dayne. Tickets: $31.50 and $41.50 (Ticketmaster).
Other performers include The Original Cover Girls, Trinere, Cynthia, Lil Suzy, Nu Shooz, Freestyle and J.J. Fad.
The Organ Symposium — The next symposium is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3500 McRae, for those wishing to perform solo organ, or organ duets with trumpet, flute, voice, piano and other instruments. Program is free. Non-players are welcome to attend the performance. Information: 532-5874
Harvest & Halloween
La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open for its 15th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-888-383-6293 or launionmaze.com. This year’s maze is Bee Themed.
Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Also open 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 (Columbus Day).
Cost: $11 ($9 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $5 for ages 2-5 ($4 military) Free for age one and younger, and seniors 76 and older.
Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 16th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Several food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
The 4th annual “Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff” Saturday benefiting the NMSU College of Agriculture is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out for $1 per sample.
Oktoberfest is Sunday, Oct. 11, with polka bands, biergarten, yodeling, German treats and more.
El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. This year’s maze theme is the Amazon Rainforest. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $11.09, free for ages 2 and younger). Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386) or elpasocornmaze.com.
KLAQ Haunted House — The 20th annual haunting, “Haunted Forest-4D,” runs Oct. 1-31 at Ricky’s Paintball, 1773 Pali, off Zaragoza. To celebrate its 20th year, the haunt is moving outdoors and adding a mind-bending 4D experience. Guests will get blood splattered. Haunted House recommended for ages 14 and older. Tickets: $12; $15 fast pass; $50 season pass (unlimited entries); available at the gate or at holdmyticket.com. Information: 880-4955 or klaq.com.
Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
‘Terror Trail’ and ‘Zombie Adventure’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House opens at 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Sundays,. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Tickets: $15 ($28 combo for trail and Zombie Adventure. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or texasterrortrail.com.
Also part of the trail is the Task Force ZERO zombie adventure, allowing participants to help control the zombie population. Tickets for zombie adventure only: $12 (trail/zombie adventure combo tickets available).
Bazaars and fairs
St. Patrick's Autumn Bazaar - St. Patrick's Church of Canutillo, 7065 2nd St., will host its annual fundraising fall bazaar 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10-11, with unique gifts, handcrafted items, games for children and adults, continuous live music, food and more. Admission is free. Information: 877-3997.
Babywearing and Beyond Family Expo — Sun City Babywearers’ family expo is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Drive, in celebration of International Babywearing week. Event includes raffles for baby carriers informational and educational booths, contests and more. Open to all families; bilingual friendly. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at suncitybabywearers.
The Edge Open-Air Craft & Farmer’s Market — The market is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month (Oct. 10) through October, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with local crafters, artists, food trucks and community groups. As the growing season progresses, farmers and growers will sell their produce. The market also offers entertainment, vehicle shows, and informational booths. Admission is free. Information: 772-2734 or stpaulschurchelpaso.org.
Western Hills Autumn Bazaar — The annual fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Western Hills United Methodist Church’s Stewart Family Life Center, 524-A Thunderbird, with vendors, crafts, bake and book sale and a silent auction. Admission is free. Information: 581-3547, 584-7810 or westernhillsep.org.
The bazaar is the main fundraiser for the Western Hills United Methodist Women. Proceeds go towards UMC missions.
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.
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. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. 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.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Theresa Caputo — The popular psychic and star of TLC’s “Long Island Medium” cable show, comes to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, for a show at the Don Haskins Center. Caputo will tells stories about her life and career, and also give readings to audience members. Tickets: $39.75 and $99.75 (Ticketmaster, UTEP Ticket Center).
Bliss, Brews and Que — The 3rd annual Kansas City BBQ Society-Sanctioned Cook-off is 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan, on Fort Bliss. The event includes barbecue, music, beer, arts and crafts. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Information: 564-5311, or blissbrewsandque.com.
Hair Wars — Windy City Media presents the Supreme Salon Competition Sunday, Oct. 11, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso. The top salons in El Paso compete down the runway for the title of "Supreme Salon." Sponsored by The City Magazine. Doors open at 5 p.m. Ticket information: 500-5730.
Pond Tour Extravaganza — The Southwest Koi and Pond Association will sponsor its annual pond tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, showcasing ponds throughout El Paso. Learn about Koi keeping and ponding, Koi habitats, aquatic plants, filtration and other wildlife benefits of ponds. Admission: $5 per day (free for supervised children 12 and younger). Tickets available at each pond site; proceeds benefit Humane Society of El Paso. Information: skapa.org or via Facebook at SouthwestKoiAndPondAssociationskapa.
UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Jose M. Acosta, Juan A. Contreras, Enrique “Henry” Irigoyen and Dr. Albert Rosenberg. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
Most presentations in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium, unless otherwise listed.
• Book discussion of “Coyotes, Crossing and Court Rooms: Mexican and Central American Minors’ Search for Security and Safety” by Dr. Isabel Martinez is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.
• Presentation, “Merienda Saludable” is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 8, at Consulado General de México 910 E. San Antonio.
Crimes Against the Elderly Conference - Adult Protective Services and the El Paso County Attorney will host the 8th annual conference 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Region 19 Head Start Program Education Service Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Free breakfast and lunch, health screenings, living wills, advanced directives, door prizes and goodie bags. Tickets are free with donated fan, blanket or personal hygiene items to restock the APS Silver Star Resource Room. Registration required: 760-5630, 383-3693 or online at eventbrite.com.
Keynote speech is the story of Brooke Astor, the late New York socialite who was left in a state of neglect and squalor and her fortune being exploited until her grandson, Phillip Marshall, intervened as her “Champion for Elder Justice.”
UTEP will have SOWK, LPC and MLFT CEU’s available for $30.
Latina Power Panel — Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas El Paso Chapter host the panel of inspirational speeches highlighting local women leaders and celebrating Hispanic culture 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Kindred Hospital, 1740 Curie. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or hwntelpaso.blogspot.com.
Centennial Museum — University at Wiggins, UTEP. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-8994, 747-6669 or museum.utep.edu.
Showing Oct. 10-Jan. 16: Juntos Art Association exhibit, “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” featuring familiar icons that include Pancho Villa, La Virgen de Guadalupe, and Cabeza de Vaca; and symbols such as jaguars and monarch butterflies that synthesize and collide in an exhibition rooted in the personal and collective consciousness of border life. The collection combines tradition, culture, history and nature in a variety of subjects and themes ranging from the religious and mythological to the commercial and socio-political uniquely depicted in paintings, photography, sculpture and collage.
JUNTOS Art Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to promote cultural awareness through the arts.
Opening reception is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, with an “Artists on Art” 1:30 to 3 p.m. and formal remarks at 4 p.m.
For a good cause
Special Olympics ‘Double Talk’ Extravaganza — Special Olympics Texas Greater El Paso Area-19 hosts its 10th annual gala fundraiser 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway, with dinner, live entertainment and silent auction. This year’s featured performer is ventriloquist and El Paso native Ronn Lucas and America’s Got Talent Finalist Charles Peacock. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas athletes in El Paso. Tickets: $65 ($600 tables for 10). Sponsorship opportunities available. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org/extravaganza.
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk — La Clinica de Familia’s inaugural noncompetitive walk for a cause is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Gadsden High School, 6301 NM 28 in Anthony, N.M. Walk with a friend or team in honor or in memory of a loved one, or to support awareness and education efforts. Proceeds benefit local and state breast cancer awareness and education efforts. Register at any La Clinica de Familia clinics prior to the day of the event or at walk site one hour prior to start of walk. Entry fee; $25; all walk participants will receive a t-shirt. Information: (575) 649-3385. Online registration at lcdfnm.org.
Dance for Kids’ Sake — Big Brother Big Sisters of El Paso will host its annual local take on the show “Dancing with the Stars 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Plaza Theatre. Local corporate, political and media celebrities star as dancers and judges to money and awareness for the needs of more than 100 at-risk children and the benefits of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring. Admission: $50. Information: 544-4203, bbsep.org.
Special guest and native El Pasoan Mayo Alanen will serve as Host and Showcase performer. He is Pro Ballroom Performer & Choreographer, Featured Pro on “Dancing with the Stars,” World Finalist.
Tapas and Tequila: A Tasting — El Paso Holocaust Museum, 715 N. Oregon, hosts the fundraising event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Glazer’s Distributing will serve tastings of premier tequilas, and local food trucks will provide tapas style eats. Live music, desserts, beer and wine bar, and silent auction also featured. Cost: $50 (includes commemorative shot glass), ages 21 and older welcome. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
All proceeds go directly to support El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center’s Mission to combat prejudice and intolerance through diverse educational and cultural activities.
Compassionate Friends ‘Walk to Remember’ — Compassionate Friends’ 2nd annual walk is 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 11, at Ascarate Lake 6900 Delta. The 1.5-mile walk honors the memory of a deceased child or sibling, and raises funds for an upcoming local conference, with a balloon release and potluck picnic. Vendors welcome and will be present to offer information on services and supports for the community. Registration is free. Information: 740-5496 or elpasotcf.org.
Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization, offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.
Tom Lea Month
The Tom Lea Institute, along with other area organizations, celebrates the life and work of the late El Paso art legend with various events throughout October. Admission is free except as noted. For all reservations, registration and RSVPs, call 533-0048. Information: tomleainstitute.org.
• “Tom Lea, Bullfighting, and Friendship” presentation by José Mario Sánchez Soledad at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Lydia Patterson Institute gymnasium, 517 S. Florence.
• Houston oilman J.P. Bryan, “Is It Worth It? Case Studies for Preserving Historic Buildings in Communities” at noon Friday, Oct. 9, at Anson Eleven, 303 N. Oregon.
• “Tom Lea’s Horses” lecture by Dr. Melissa Warak, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University.
• Educational Mural Tours led by Stephanie Bulloch is 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, beginning at the Federal Courthouse, 511 E. San Antonio.
• “Experience the Pass of the North” mural tours is 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, beginning at the Federal Courthouse, 511 E. San Antonio, led by Carolina Franco and Elisa Garrido, and hosted by First Lady of El Paso Lisa Leeser.
• “W.S. Hills Building: Tom Lea’s Studio Tour” led by Dr. Max Grossman is 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at W.S. Hills Building, 110 Texas.
• Sundays with Tom Lea movie screenings are 1 p.m. in El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch: Oct. 11: “Tom Lea’s El Paso with Laura Bush and Adair Margo,” followed by “Luciano Cheles on the Tom Lea Trail.”
‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ — Kids-N-Co. presents Michele L. Vacca’s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel Oct. 2-25 at the Kids-N-Co. Performance Center, 1301 Texas. Directed by Paige Hale. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $5-$7. Information: 351-1455 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-co.
A tornado whisks Dorothy to the land of the Munchkins where she meets a good witch and a bad witch. She finds that to get back home, she must journey to see the Wizard of Oz. Her path takes her past fantastic places, and endears her to the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion along the way.
‘West Side Story’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre opens its 33rd season with the musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim Oct. 9-Nov. 1, based on a concept by Jerome Robbins. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday dinner shows are 2:30 p.m.; non-dinner show Sunday 1:30 p.m. (non-dinner matinees on Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
Friday and Saturday dinner shows: $41.50 ($39.50 UTEP faculty-staff/military/children/groups 20 or more; $34.50 UTEP students). Wednesday, Thursdays and Sunday dinner shows: $46.50 ($44.50 UTEP faculty-staff/military/children/groups 20 or more; $31.50 UTEP students). Sunday non-dinner shows: $27.50 ($25.50 UTEP faculty-staff/military/children/groups 20 or more; $17.50 UTEP students).
“West Side Story” takes Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet and places the star-crossed lovers in the vibrant battleground of 1950s New York City’s West Side. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, and the white gang, the Jets, Maria and Tony discover that ancient grudges are no match for true love.
‘Witness! The Curiosity House Featuring the Tales of Terror’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the original play written and directed by John Estrada, Joseph Martinez III & Nathaniel Long Oct. 9-Nov. 1. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors; $7 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
“Witness” is an ensemble Halloween production of one-act plays consisting of both adapted and original horror-themed works, including adaptations from Edgar Allen Poe and the Brothers Grimm. The Playhouse will also be home to a Curiosity House with various natural oddities and supernatural-themed exhibits.
‘Far Appomattox’ — Frontera Repertory Theatre Company presents the Frank Levering drama about Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant in the last days of the Civil War at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Annex, as part of El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box series. Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
Levering’s powerful, poetic, brutal, heartbreaking and exhilarating account of Lee and Grant as they maneuver their way to the end of the war goes from April 5 to Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865.
Pro Soccer Exhibition Match — The first soccer match at Southwest University Park in Downtown El Paso is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, featuring FC Juarez of the Ascenso MX League and Monarcas Morelia of the Liga MX. Tickets available online at SouthwestUniversityPark.com or at the park’s box office. Information: 533-BASE, 242-2000 or epchihuahuas.com.
UTEP Volleyball — Home games are at Memorial Gym. Tickets: $5. Information: 747-6150 or utepathletics.com. Sunday, Oct. 11: UTSA, 1 p.m.
Groove and Glow 5K — Rave Marketing & Events in conjunction with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), hosts a “Fun-K” night Walk/Run event promoting health and wellness for all ages at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, beginning and ending at Concepcion Street next to the TTUHSC El Paso campus, 5001 El Paso Dr. Pre-run activities begin at 5 p.m. Online registration at grooveandglow.com.
Families, Texas Tech alumni, military, runners, walkers and everyone else are invited. The entire course, which goes through and around the El Paso Zoo, as well as Washington Park, will incorporate dancing, running and walking through glow in the dark move and groove stations booming with music from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and current hits, and will end with a “Groove & Get-Down”party at the finish line.
Prizes will be awarded for best costume, most spirited Texas Tech participant and best Groove & Get Down dancer.
Transmountain Half Marathon and 5K — The Spartyka Warrior Runs along Transmountain Road are Sunday, Oct. 11. Half Marathon begins at 7 a.m. on the Westside of the Franklins (Northwestern and Paso del Norte), finishing at Old Glory Memorial flag (Diana and Gateway East). The 5K is 7:15 a.m., starting and finishing at Old Glory Memorial.
This “Last Hurrah” will be the last Transmountain Challenge for four years (due to Loop 375 serving as an alternate route during I-10 construction).
Half Marathon Registration is $65 through Oct. 8; $70 Oct. 9-10; 5K registration: $25 through Oct. 8; $30 Oct. 10-11. No race day registration or packet pick up. Register at raceadventuresunlimited.com
Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205.
“Half and Half” Challenge registration for Transmountain Half Marathon and Flying Horse Half Marathon is $115.
Southern New Mexico
Bandstand Boogie featuring The Diamonds – Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents popular recording artists behind the hit “Little Darlin” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Rio Grande Theater, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $27. Information: (575) 405-7429, or lascrucescca.org.
The Diamonds have sold millions of copies world-wide, including their multi-platinum hit “Little Darlin” in 1957 that has been dubbed “the National Anthem of Rock and Roll.”
Southwestern New Mexico State Fair — The annual fair is Oct. 7-11 at the Luna County fairgrounds in Deming. The event includes livestock shows, arts and crafts exhibits, a fair queen crowning, parade, baked goods and produce sales, other food vendors, rodeo events, livestock auction, entertainment, horse shows, a carnival and dances. Information: (575) 546-5255 or on Facebook at swnmsf.
Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium — Cowboy poets, musicians, craftsmen and chuckwagon cooks meet for the 24th annual symposium 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9-11, at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Admission: $25 Friday or Saturday; free Sunday. Multi-day packages and group rates available. Tickets, information: (575) 378-4431 or cowboysymposium.org.
The Symposium offers continuous music, poetry and storytelling, western demonstrations and more.
Regular activities include blacksmithing, Dutch oven and chuckwagon cooking, Native American beading, western games, tomahawk throwing and pine needle basket weaving, a mountain man camp, leather crafting and a mobile dairy museum. Vendors will sell western art, saddles, tack, hats, boots and western clothing, chaps, Southwestern silver jewelry, iron works, metal art, knives, collectibles, leather items, Western-style furniture and more under the grandstand in the main tent outside the casino.
Non-stop music offered on four stages Friday and Saturday and three stages Sunday. Texas Playboy Tribute is 3:30-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• Kick-off concert with Crystal Gayle is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Opening act is Dave Alexander and his Big Texas Swing Band. Tickets: $65.
• Friday night Super Swing Dance is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, with Jason Roberts Band, Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition and Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys. Admission: $40.
• Saturday night Concert & Dance is 7 p.m. Oct. 10 with the Quebe Sisters, Suzy Bogguss, Bill Anderson and Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys. Admission: $65.
• The World’s Richest Chuckwagon Cook-off is all weekend. Competitors in the $13,000 event are judged not only for their food, but the authenticity of their wagons and attire. Chuckwagon lunch is noon Saturday, and breakfast is 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost per plate: $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday.
Sierra County Fair — The annual county fair is Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 8-11, at Sierra County Fair Barn in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups and family activities. Admission is free. Information: Sierra County Extension Service, (575) 894-2375.
Halestorm — The rock band (”Here’s To Us,” “I Miss The Misery”) performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $35-$85 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
SocorroFest — The City of Socorro, N.M. hosts its 13th annual celebration of central New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley’s rich bounty Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, on and around the historic Socorro Plaza. The event features a day of feasting, dancing, native food dishes, arts and crafts booths, spirits tents, family activities and music and entertainment on multiple stages. Admission is free for most events. Information: (575) 835-8927 or socorrofest.com.
The Friday Street Dance on the historic plaza is 8 to 10 p.m. with Kyle Martin.
Saturday’s performances begin at noon and run through the evening. Headliner is Ernestine Romero.
Columbus Day Festival — The annual festival is Saturday, Oct. 10, in the historic village of Columbus, N.M. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on N. Boundary, followed by all day entertainment, vendors and games in the Columbus Park Plaza. Admission is free. Columbus is 65 miles west of Santa Teresa and 30 miles south of Deming. Information: (575) 494-0009.
Los Leones de Mesilla Car Show — Los Leones de Mesilla (Mesilla Lion’s Club) will host its annual car show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. The show features hot rods, muscle car (pre-1972), trucks, low riders, motorcycles), and classics. Admission is free for spectators. Information: (575) 524-3262 or mesillanm.gov.
Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The 10th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres Valley Health Action League is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at San Lorenzo Elementary School grounds, on NM 35 in the Mimbres Valley, N.M. with live music, community greenhouse tours, farmers’ market, arts and craft fair, storytelling and poetry, kids activities and more. Information: (575) 536-3990, (575) 536-9629 or mimbresharvestfest.com.
OYE Celebrating Visions for the Future — A free Waste-Free Festival runs 1 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10-11, along 7 blocks of Main Street, Downtown Las Cruces. The festival of brings together projects in the arts and sciences designed to promote rewarding and sustainable living. Installations, exhibits, discussions and performances to demonstrate the possibility of environmental balance and rewarding lifestyles for individuals in view of climate change and limited potable water will be featured. Information: (575) 408-4142 or oyecruces.weebly.com.
The goal of OYE is to communicate the actions people are now taking to preserve life on earth, and also spark individual imaginations so that life-changing patterns can be made in our communities with an eye to making Las Cruces New Mexico’s first Eco-city.
Pagan Pride Day — Las Cruces Pagan Pride Day Council hosts its celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Pioneer Women’s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Avenue, with entertainment, networking, story weaving, hand picked vendors and more. Admission is free with a donation to one of the council’s charities. Information on Facebook at Las Cruces Pagan Pride Day.
Charities supported council include Casa De Peregrinos, Camp Hope and/or Animal Rescue. Suggested items include non perishable food, sleeping bags and blankets, gently used clothes including socks, tents, lanterns (battery operated) and other camping items.
Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cook-Off — The 4th annual festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho in Las Cruces. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out. Winners announced at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the NMSU College of Agriculture. Maze admission: $12 ($10 children; free for children under 2). Samples available for $1 per sample. Information: (575) 526-1919 or rootintootinribs.com.
WNMU Parade — The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in downtown Silver City. The annual parade includes floats, bands and other entries. Information: (575) 538-6011.
The Homecoming game is 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Colorado School of Mines on WNMU’s Altamirano Field.
‘Slasher’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, presents the comedy suspense by Allison Moore, Oct. 2-18. Directed by David Edwards. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12 ($11 students, seniors, military, $10 per person for groups of 10 or more; $9 age 6 and younger. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
When she’s cast as the “last girl” in a low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it's the big break she’s been waiting for. But news of the movie unleashes her malingering mother’s thwarted feminist rage, and Mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming...even if it kills her.
‘Sweeney Todd’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents dark and witty tale of love, London, murder and revenge Oct. 9-25, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Nora Thomas. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 22. Tickets: $8-$12 Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
“Sweeney Todd” was awarded eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, for its Broadway premiere. Sondheim and Wheeler crafted a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.
‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds’— American Southwest Theatre Company opens its season with the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Critics Circle Award winning play by Paul Zindel through Oct. 11, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts. Productions are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5-$17. Information: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.
This compassionate and disturbing play is the poignant cry of a mother who, along with her two daughters, searches for meaning and opportunity in a sometimes cruel world.
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