El Paso Scene Weekly for May 8-14, 2017
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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ — Broadway in El Paso presents Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical for 15 performances May 3-14, at the Plaza Theatre. Music by Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and book by Webber and Richard Steilgoe. Tickets: $32.50, $47.50, $52.50, $67.50, $75, $82.50, and $90 (Ticketmaster). Information: 10800-745-3000.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, and Tuesday through Thursday, May 9-11; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4; 8 p.m. Fridays, May 5 and 12; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and 13; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7; and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 14.
The original production won seven Tony Awards in 1988, including Outstanding Musical. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Daisyhead — Nashville alternative band, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, with Fossil Youth. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Kilter — Electronic rock group, 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. Tickets: $14-$15.
• Super Tour with Cousin Stizz — The hip-hop tour with Super Duper Kyle and Cousin Stizz is 10 p.m. Friday, May 12. Tickets: $15.
• A Feeding America fundraiser is 10 p.m. Saturday, May 13, featuring local bands Kilo and The Dew, Trost House, Stan Z and The Swell Kids. Admission $5.
Cool Canyon Nights — The 7th annual summer series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, with the opening concert featuring Prime 80’z Experience May 11 at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre, sponsored by WestStar Bank. Patio performances begin at 6 p.m. with headlines at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Weather permitting. Craft beers and food truck, vendors, photo booths and more also offered. Admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or kisselpaso.com.
VIP ”Star Lounge” tickets are $10 at neonticket.com with a special seating area, private bar, plus mini appetizers while supplies last.
Alfresco! Fridays — The 15th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. May 12: Fungi Mungle (’70s funk). Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633, alfrescofridays.com or on Facebook.
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Live music nightly. Age 18 and older welcome. Admission is usually free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.
• Metal band Skid Row performs 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 12, with guests Kix.
• Alternative rock band Fuel’s brings its Rock’N Road Trip to the area at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13, with Marcy Playground.
Rosy Arango — Consulate General of Mexico, in partnership with Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte, City of Las Cruces and the Scottish Rite Theatre, presents Rosy Arango accompanied by the group Zacatecas de Rubén Esparza at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the Scottish Rite Theatre, 301 Missouri, and 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 Horseshoe in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: email@example.com.
Arango, “La Rosa Mexicana,” is a singer from Hermosillo, Sonora, known for her interpretation of Mexican regional music.
Brett Young — The country music star opens the 2017 Let Freedom Sing concert series at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing’s event lawn, 1611 Pleasanton Road, with opening acts Mitchell Tenpenny and El Paso’s own NBC The Voice contestant Valerie Ponzio. Information: 564-5311, freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook at FreedomCrossing.
No coolers or outside food and beverages permitted. Chairs permitted on concrete areas only. The public is welcome; early arrival is encouraged. Valid government-issued ID required to enter Buffalo Soldier gate.
La Oreja de Van Gogh — The Latin pop band’s “Planeta Imaginario Tour” is 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. The group has sold more than 8 million records worldwide with hits like “Rosas,” “Mi vida sin ti,” “La Playa” and more. Tickets: $38-$120 (Ticketmaster).
Yolanda Del Rio — The Mexican actress and ranchera singer performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $30-$60 (Ticketmaster).
ALSO THIS WEEK
Taste of Las Artistas — Las Artistas’ pop-up marketplace for artists and wine tasting event is Saturday, May 13, at Wine Attitude, 6633 N. Mesa, Suite #300. Marketplace runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; with opening reception and wine tasting 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 12, with cash wine bar, live music and food trucks. Admission is free. Information: 319-4541 or lasartistas.org or on Facebook.
The marketplace features a variety of art and craft created by local artisans, including UTEP Metal and Ceramic Program students and emerging artists.
Mother’s Day Gala — The event dedicated to mothers is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Bassett Place, with exhibit tables, painting classes at noon and 3:30 p.m. (no experience needed)’free massages 1 to 5 p.m. and live entertainment from Mariachi Estrella, Trío Los Songuis and Tejas Band beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free; space for painting classes and massages limited. Early arrival recommended. Information: 307-7921, or shopbassettplace.com.
Water Festival — El Paso Water Utilities hosts the 18th annual festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at TecH2O Learning Center at 10751 Montana, featuring interactive educational activities for all ages, but geared to school-aged children. The celebration coincides with Drinking Water Week. Admission is free. Information: 621-2000 or epwu.org.
There will be 35 booths available for visitors to engage with experiments, interactive displays and competitive games. Planned exhibits include water harvesting demonstrations, presentations about native bees and Rio Grande flow displays.
The Festival promotes awareness and protection of water resources in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Mother’s Day in the park — El Paso Parks and Recreation host a Mother’s Day performance 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Eastwood (Album) Park, with live music, food booths, games and activities for children. Admission is free. Information: 212-1704 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
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.
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. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ next bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, with Las Viudas Negras vs. Chuco Town Chulas.. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger); available in advance at the Pershing Inn, All That Music, Blue Panda Tattoo, Uptown Cheapskate or any Roller Girl. Information: suncityrollergirls.com.
History Preservation Month: ‘Preserving Our Places’ — May is designated as National Trust for Historical Preservation has designated the month of May as Preservation Month, dozens of events are planned in El Paso County. Information: Ron Leiman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Shelley Sutherland at email@example.com.
• Archivists Claudia Rivers and Abby Weiser will show materials from UTEP’s Special Collection (UTEP Library, 6th Floor) that can be used for research at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. Resources include deed records, city directories, Sanborn’s Fire Insurance Maps, personal papers and photographs. Free parking near the library after 5:30 p.m. Information: Abby Weiser, 747-5697.
• Join Prince McKenzie and members of the Railway and Locomotive Historical talk on the Southern Pacific Railroad at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 11050 Montwood. Dinner and business meeting precede the talk at 6 p.m. Talk is free: dinner $10. Information: Prince McKenzie, 240-8384.
• City of Socorro and National Trust for Historic Preservation will host a community interactive event to showcase the Rio Vista Community Center at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Rio Vista Farm, 800 Rio Vista Road. Walking tour of the Rio Vista Farm Complex follows. Information: Victor Reta, 319-0125.
• Pat Taylor, a national expert on adobe buildings, will share adobe construction techniques and discuss maintenance and preservation of adobe buildings at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Magoffin Home Visitor Center at 1117 Magoffin, followed by a tour of the outside of the Magoffin Home.
Information: Pres Dehrkoop, 751-3631.
• Professor Max Grossman and Margaret Smith, grandniece of Henry C. Trost, host a walking and driving tour of Fire Stations Number 3, 11 and 10, all designed by Henry C. Trost. Meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Fire Station Number 3, 721 E. Rio Grande. Cost: $15 ($10 Trost Society members). Information: Malissa Arras Grossman, 231-5838.
• Anna Fahy, educator and authority on Chinese Culture in the Southwest, will discuss “Construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad Across the Southwest by Chinese Workers 1880-83” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Downtown El Paso Public Library, auditorium, 501 N. Oregon. Information: 240-8384.
• Learn about Keystone Heritage Park through the ages 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 4200 Doniphan. Members of the Keystone board will discuss the desert environment and how to grow drought tolerant plants. Information: Bernie Sargent, 581-7920.
• San Elizario Historic District Walking Tour meets at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Los Portales Museum and Visitors Center on the Plaza in San Elizario. The easy 1 ½ mile walking tour covers 419 years of history. Information: Al Borrego, 851-0093.
• Alberto Escamilla will describe how history has been captured through the visual arts by cave drawings up to the present times through various art forms, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Escamilla’s Fine Art Gallery at 1445 Main, Suites B1-2 in San Elizario. He will show some of his artwork, which captures the Mexican Revolution, Zarzuelas, agriculture and earlier times. Information: 474-1800.
Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches — 5857 N. Mesa, Ste. 19. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 584-0022 or susaneisen.com.
Showing May 11-Sept. 17: First in a series of exhibitions and sales of artwork by El Paso artist Russell Waterhouse. The art represents examples of landscapes showing the El Paso sky, mountains, and colors of the desert so common around El Paso.
Waterhouse was born in El Paso and spent most of his career as the art director at the El Paso Natural Gas Company while painting in his spare time. He left the company to fulfill his dream of being a full-time artist, and soon was offered a position as the art director of Tony Lama boots. After his retirement from there, he dedicated his life to his painting. Many of the canvases on exhibit at the show have never been shown before.
Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11.
Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art Association’s gallery is at 500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso). Showing May 12-June 17: “6X2D•luxe” EPAA Member’s Exhibit, featuring works by Reggie Watterson, Candy Mayer, Allen Sheffield, Mark Yerrington, Andrea Boccacino and Maria Socorro Munoz. Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, firstname.lastname@example.org, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
‘Avastar’ – Santa Fe Opera presents its spring show at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces; and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Admission is free to both performances.
Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com (Las Cruces performance); (915) 212-0300 or elpasoartmuseum.org (El Paso performance).
The 35-minute show is a romp through the lives of two young opera hopefuls who meet through the internet and become rivals in a online singing contest without knowing it.
‘Mulan, Jr.’ — Kids-N-Co. closes its season with a musical based on “Mulan” May 12-28 at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Directed by Skyler Carreon. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citizens, military), available at the door. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.
‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, closes its season with the farce by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriot May 12-June 4. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11 ($9 seniors; $8 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
‘Seussical the Musical’ — Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell Suite C, presents the zany musical adventure based on the works of Dr. Seuss, May 12-28, co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 military; $10 students with valid school ID and children under 12). Information: suncitymusicaltheatre.com or on Facebook.
“Seussical the Musical” is a twist on Dr. Seuss’s tales and follows Horton the Elephant and his quest to keep the Who’s on Who-Ville safe and sound on the clover he has found. Narrated by “Jojo,” and the “Cat in the Hat,” and includes a cast ranging from age 5 to 28.
Artistic Director is Courtney Curtis.
‘The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring’ — Community of Faith Christian School presents the fast-paced madcap mystery at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The family-friendly comedy is full of quirky characters and wild antics. Admission: $5. Information: 584-2561.
Southern New Mexico
‘Tierra Flamenca’ — City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana Arts Council presents a performance of the gypsy dance, guitar and song by Linda Gallegos Flamenco, one of the Southwest's leading flamenco troupes, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N Main in Las Cruces. Presented by MCAD and Texas Commission on the Arts. Admission is free. Information: 755-1414.
The show brings percussive footwork, swirling skirts and the castanets that are synonymous with the passionate and fiery gypsy art form.
Hot Springs Festival — The festival celebrating alternative medicine, healthy lifestyles and sustainable living is May 12-14 in Downtown Truth or Consequences, N.M. featuring hot spring tours, workshops, live music, vendors, classes, and more. Admission is free to most events; tours and other activities may have a nominal ticket fee. All ages welcome. Information: (575) 973-8167 (TorC Main Street) or hotspringsfestival.com.
First known as “Palomas Hot Springs,” in 1914 the town was later known as simply “Hot Springs” until 1950, when the town changed its name in honor of a popular radio show.
Keynote lecture is Saturday, with Sunil Pai, M.D., the author of “An Inflammation Nation: The Definitive 10-Step Guide to Preventing and Treating all Diseases through Diet, Lifestyle, and the Use of Natural Anti-Inflammatories.”
Events begin Friday afternoon and evening with a drumming ceremony, yoga, clothing swap, and a keynote presentation, and a welcome dance,
Saturday features morning hike of Healing Waters Trail, live music, workshops and other presentations and activities. Vendor area open 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday events include a community breakfast, keynote speakers. sustainable building tour, and field trip to Black Range Lodge.
Seagulls in a Cherry Tree’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents a zany new comedy William Missouri Downs, May 12-28, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sundays May 21 and 28; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
The comedy follows the adventures of Boris and Stan, two Hollywood screenwriters who have been hired by Disney to adapt Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” into a new movie for Mel Gibson.
‘You Can't Take it With You’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, presents play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman May 5-21. Directed by larrychandler. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12 ($11 student, senior, military, $9 children under 6; $10 per person for groups of 10 or more; $5 student rush tickets offered 15 before show time. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening.
Academy of Ballet — The Academy performs its spring show, “Billy The Kid,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
Academy of Music and Dance Spring Recital — The Academy will present its spring recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main, Las Cruces. Admission is free, Information: RioGrandeTheatre.com or (575) 523-6403.
The New Mexichords — The a capella chorus performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Art, Alto, N.M. More than 30 men compose the award-winning barbershop chorus and chapter quartets. Tickets: $25-$39. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
‘Dreamin' — Mesilla Valley Chorale’s spring concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Under the direction of Nancy Ritchey, the voices of over 40 experienced choral musicians blend to create a memorable musical experience. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 647-2560 or riograndetheatre.com.
Program includes “You Raise Me Up”, Jackie Evancho’s “Dream With Me” and many favorites such as “Mr. Sandman” and “Get Happy.” Assistant director is Judy Bethman with accompanists Laura Loos and Karen Warren.
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