El Paso Scene Weekly for June 9-15, 2014

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Cool Canyon Nights —
The summer series of free outdoor summer concerts are 7 p.m. Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre. Patio entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Information: 544-9550 or coolcanyonnights.com. June 12: Red City Blue (Alt/Blues/Rock).

Alfresco! Fridays — The 12th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Friday at the Convention Center Plaza. 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. June 13: Tejas Band (Spanish variety). No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633 or alfrescofridays.com.

Dancing in the City — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs and Destination El Paso (formerly Conventions and Visitors Bureau) hosts its 5th annual outdoor dance concert series 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at Convention Center Plaza, Downtown. Dance lesson is 7 to 8 p.m. June 14: Samba Batucada Alma De Fogo (Samba). Admission is free. Information: 212-1777 or espinozac@elpasotexas.gov.

Barbara Driscoll School of Ballet — The ballet school presents its 53rd annual student recital 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring students from pre-school to adult, in technique performances and a children’s ballet. Admission is free. Information: 584-9903.

Alt. Rock concert — Tonic, Vertical Horizon and Dishwalla perform Saturday, June 14, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez (off Socorro Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Loop 375). Doors usually open at 6 p.m. Admission is free ($10 17 and younger) unless otherwise listed. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.

Bombardiers Local Talent — Bombardiers, 109 Castellano, presents a night of local rock bands 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 14, featuring A Beautiful Rush, Never 2 Late and Last Night’s Circus. Admission: $3, age 21 and older welcome. Information: 274-3192 or on Facebook at ABeautifulRush.

Young Ladies Choir Farewell Concert — El Paso Choral Society Youth Choirs Young Ladies Choir performs just prior to embarking on its Austrian tour 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Trinity-First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, military, disabled; $5 students). Information: 479-0156 or epchoralsociety.org.
  The choir of 13 young ladies age 12-18 has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top” and is directed by Yvonne Marmolejo and accompanied by Dr. Esequiel Meza.

Chamber music concert — Vocalist Kelli Rumba and UTEP Flautistas perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing. Ticket prices to be announced. Information: 747-7798.
  Rumba will perform “Siete canciones populares Españolas,” arranged by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, “Canción en Forma de Poema,” by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, and “Cuatro Canciones Amatorias,” by Joaquín Rodrigo.” She will be accompanied by Margaret Hagedorn on piano.
  UTEP Flautistas, a flute ensemble from the studio of Melissa Colgin Abeln, will perform arrangements of classical works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak as well as the traditional Mexican folk songs “La Bamba” and “La Bruja.” A touch of bossa nova ends that portion of the program with Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Girl from Ipanema.”

Sammy Hagar and the Wabos — Sunday, June 15, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez (off Socorro Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Loop 375). Doors usually open at 6 p.m. Admission is free ($10 17 and younger) unless otherwise listed. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.

Music Under the Stars — The 31st summer concert series, presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial. June 15: The Iveys (Pop). Admission is free. Information: 212-1777 (MCAD), 532-7273 (Chamizal) or espinozac@elpasotexas.gov.


St. Anthony’s Day Celebration
— The annual commemoration of the reservation’s patron saint is Friday, June 13, at Ysleta del Sur Reservation. St. Anthony is patron saint of the Tigua tribe in Ysleta. The celebration, primarily religious in nature, is free and open to the public. Information: 859-8053.
  Preparations begin in early morning, with a Mass at the Ysleta Mission, and a procession bearing St. Anthony’s image immediately following. People with promises to St. Anthony’s can take their vows or display acts of devotion.
  Tribal members return to the tuh-la (ceremonial site similar to a kiva), where dancing continues all day, then back to the tuh-la. The tuh-la is located near the reservation: Take Alameda east to Candelaria, turn left, then right on San Fernando and right on Juno. The reservation is a few blocks from the mission and Ysleta Cultural Center. The public is invited to watch, but photographs of the ceremonies should be taken only with permission. Bring folding chairs.

Flag Day Ceremony — The El Paso Texas “Flags Across America” chapter will host its 6th annual ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Old Glory Memorial, corner of Diana and Gateway North (Entry on Kenworthy). The 50x100- foot flag donated by VFW 8550 will be raised as well as flags from all 50 states and six territory flags. Information: Jimmy Melver, 549-5031.
  In conjunction with the event is the 8th annual chili cook-off 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a car show & shine. Vendors welcome; booths are $25.

Bassett Place — The mall at 6101 Gateway West celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
• Father’s Day Golfing and events are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, with a Sports Medicine Clinic sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Pi Omega Chapter. Chances to win a set of Nike Golf Clubs Grand Prize, Golf Getaway for Two from Nike, and other prizes.
  Driving range events are 2 to 4 p.m. in front of Foot Locker, hosted by KLAQ’s Buzz Adams.
  Putting Green events are 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Front of Finish Line, hosted ESPN’s Steve Kaplowitz.
  Children’s golf fun is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Kohl’s, hosted by AKA Sorority and Kohl’s Cares.

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.
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs year round. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through May 17; summer hours (starting May 24) are 7:30 a.m. to noon. 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.

Agave Rosa Gallery — 905 Noble (next to the International Museum of Art). Information: 533-8011, info@agaverosagallery.com. An opening reception is at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, for an exhibit of black and white art by Eli Morales, artist and owner of El Rincon de Ana Lucia Gallery-Café in Juárez.

‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ — Paso del Norte Foundation host its inaugural fundraiser to see El Paso Chihuahuas take on the Round Rock Express, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Southwestern University Park’s Santa Fe Pavilion. Ticket includes exclusive club-like setting, open-air dining, silent auction and fireworks. Tickets: $75 (sponsorships start at $1,000); available online at pasodelnortefoundation.org. Information: 544-7636 or nfo@pasodelnortefoundation.org.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts during the 5th season for the monthly open-air market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (through Nov. 16) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

‘Oedipus, the Musical Comedy’ — Opus World Bistro, 7128 N. Mesa in Colony Cove II, and Young El Paso Singers host the irreverent, politically-incorrect adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy with a dinner show 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Greek meal prepared by four-star Chef Mike Ross. Reservations required; seating is limited. Cost: $39. Information: 585-2221, 9667-3938, 581-4503, 227-6002 or opusworldbistro.com.
  Oedipus (Eddie) and Jocasta (Jo) shake up West Virginia with clairvoyant midwives, incestuous relationships and idiot children and psychics. Co-written by Young El Paso Singers director Dr. Cindy Jay.


El Paso Chihuahuas
— The city’s new AAA baseball team hosts home games at the new 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.
June 9-12: New Orleans Zephyrs. Games time is 6:35 p.m. nightly. Thunder sticks for first 2,000 guests Thursday.
June 13-16: Round Rock Express. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, and 6:05 p.m. Sunday. Appearance by ZOOperstars Friday and BirdZerk Sunday.

La Fe 5K
— The annual Father’s Day Community Health 5K Run and 5K Walk is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at La Fe Cultural and Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa (rear building) The 3.1-mile course goes through the historic Segundo Barrio neighborhood. Information: 545-7190.

El Paso Boxing/Martial Arts Hall of Fame Banquet — The awards banquet and induction ceremony 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Education Service Center Region XIX, 6611 Boeing, with food, martial arts demonstrations, film screenings and live music. Cost: $20. Information: 591-6089, 213-0812 or convictedartist.com.
  This year’s Boxing Inductees are David Rodriguez, Javier Munoz, Mike Uzeta, Enrique Estrada and Boxing Legends Award Legend Mauricio “Chito” Barragan.
  Martial Arts Inductees are Anthony “Tony’ Sandoval” (posthumously), Ricardo Reyna, Edward Elmer Wilkes, Pablo Gerardo Rodarte Mendoza, Andrea Schmidt, Francisco Jorge.
  Legends Award goes to Mack Boone.

Southern New Mexico

‘Oh, What A Night’ — The “Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons” is 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. The show features non-stop singing and dancing to the iconic ‘Jersey boys’ greatest hits such as “Sherry,” Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Grease” and “Let’s Hang On.” Tickets: $56 and $59. Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.

Full Moon Nights — White Sands National Monument, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts monthly full moon programs during the summer and fall months. Entrance fee: $3 age 17 and older. Free for children. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to nps.gov/whsa.
  The1st Armored Division “Old Ironsides” Band Shock Action performs R&B, Hip Hop, old school rap, classic and alt rock and more 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

BAMM Music Festival — The 5th annual weekend of music and camping Friday through Sunday, June 13-15, in Cloudcroft, N.M. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday with event site closing at 1 p.m. Sunday. No pets, alcohol, glass containers, open flames, or charcoal grills. Propane okay with a metal pan underneath. Tickets: $25 (covers all three days); ages 12 and younger free. Information: (575) 682-1229 or bammfestival.com.
  Friday’s music is 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with Lummox, Happy Gland Band, Jackie Myers Band and Le Chat Lunatique.
  Saturday’s music is 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. with Jim Keaveny, Los Santanicos, Trailer Band, Bourbon Legend, Dusty Low, Nosh, Memphis Strange, Ribo Flavin, firedancers and Decade of the Dead Arcade. Beard contests Saturday during music breaks.

Ruidoso Sprint Triathlon and Youth Splash/Dash — The 8th annual USA Triathlon-sanctioned 400-yard indoor swim, 16.9-mile bike ride and 3.2-mile trail run is 8 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Ruidoso Athletic Club, at Wingfield Park in Ruidoso, N.M. Trophies area locally carved bear. Part of the Southwest Challenge Series Registration (plus one-day USAT day fee): $55 solo; $75 relay teams. No race-day registration. Information/registration: (575) 937-7106, active.com or bicycleruidoso.com.
  The event starts at the Ruidoso Athletic Club, 415 Wingfield with a run toward Grindstone Lake.

Elephant Butte Chili Challenge — The annual cook-off is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in the Desert Cove camping area of Elephant Butte State Park. Several area cooks compete to have the best and hottest red and green chile in the southwest. Awards given at 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Park admission fee applies; tasting cups available for small fee. Information: (575) 744-4708.

Fiesta in The Clouds — Sacred Heart Mission’s 2nd annual event in honor of the Sacred Heart Feast Day is Saturday, June 14, at the mission on NM 82 in Cloudcroft, N.M., with enchiladas, games, cakewalk, white elephant sale, and a raffle with multiple prizes. The record making 15-ft, Star Piñata bashing is 5 p.m. with free treats for everyone. Admission is free. Information: (575) 692-6200 or scaredheartcatholiccloudcroft.org.
  Procession begins at 10 a.m. led by Father Christopher Williams followed by mass, then fiesta noon to 6 p.m. Music, dancing and entertainment by DJ Rico.

Kars of Kids — The 14th annual Kiwanis Kars for Kids is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Young Park, Walnut and Nevada in Las Cruces. The event includes vintage, classic, hot rod and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Rock and roll DJ music throughout event. Bicycles welcome. Proceeds go to Jardin de los Niños and other Kiwanis Foundation projects. Admission and parking is free. No alcohol allowed in park. Information: (575) 525-9478 or jimpudd@msn.com.
  Registration for participants is 7 to 10 a.m. Cost: $30 ($25 early registration).
  New this year is a “Junior Division” award for a car entry owned by a high school age driver. Jardin will award its annual $200 “Kids Choice” prize and the best of show.
  Other activities:
• A $5 a plate pancake breakfast is 7 to 11 a.m. at the pavilion; CKI service club of NMSU will sell hotdogs and hamburgers at lunch time.
• New Mexico Department of Fish and Game children’s fishing clinic is 9 a.m. at the pond in Young Park for children 11 and younger. Pond will be stocked for the event.
• Entertainment by the “Magic Guy” Jamie O’Hara is noon to 2 p.m.

Raft the Rio Festival — The Southwest Environmental Center’s 17th annual Raft Race and River Festival is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, beginning at La Llorona Park beneath the Picacho Street bridge, and ending at Calle del Norte (Mesilla) Bridge, in Las Cruces. Information or registration: (575) 522-5552 or wildmesquite.org.
  To be eligible for prizes, vessels must be non-motorized and made mostly or entirely of recycled materials. All participants must wear flotation devices.
  Registration begins at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $15 per raft in advance; $25 on race day per vessel and two participants (plus $5 for each additional crew member age 13 and older). Race begins at Kids division race begins at 10 a.m. (at least half of crew members in kids’ division must be 13 or older). Teams may pre-register at the Environmental Center. Refreshments served at finish line. Spectator admission is free. Information or registration: (575) 522-5552 or wildmesquite.org.
  To be eligible for prizes, vessels must be non-motorized and made mostly or entirely of recycled materials. All participants must wear flotation devices. Prize categories include: best use of recycled materials, least likely to finish (must be floating at race start), first to finish, most spirited, best theme and Best Mascot.

Tailgate 2014 — The annual outdoor concert series in Alamogordo, N.M., opens at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, with Slippery Jack in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Patrons should bring their own food, lawn chair and beverages. Gates open 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Walk-up admission: $15 per couple. Season spaces are $180 (often sellout early) Information: (575) 437-2202. Online reservations at flickingercenter.com.

Music in the Park — The Las Cruces summer concert series is 6 p.m. Sundays at at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada during June. June 15: Mariachi Los Arrieros and Mariachi Flores Femenil Mexicanas. No pets allowed. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.

Jeff Dunham — The comedian/ventriloquist performs at 5 and 9 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $45-$125. (Ticketmaster).
  Dunham popular characters include Achmed, Walter, José Jalapeño, Peanut, Bubba J and Dunham’s latest creation, Diane. Jeff and Diane played husband and “wife” in the Steve Carrell/Paul Rudd comedy, “Dinner for Schmucks.”
  His “Achmed the Dead Terrorist” routine has been one of most-viewed videos on YouTube.

‘House of Blue Leaves’ — No Strings Theatre presents the John Guare farce June 6-22 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A Thursday performance is 7 p.m. June 19. Directed by Tom Smith. Tickets: $12 ($10 students and seniors over 65). Al seats are $8 on June 19. Information, reservations: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
  Set in 1965 on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City, the play features an eclectic cast of characters including a zookeeper (and wannabe Hollywood songwriter) and his schizophrenic wife.

‘Ruthless! The Musical’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, closes its season with the musical comedy by Joel Paley and Marvin Laird June 6-22. Directed by Autumn Gieb. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors, students, military; $8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children under six). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
  Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical — including murdering the leading lady.

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