El Paso Scene Weekly for June 27-July 4, 2016

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CELEBRATING THE FOURTH

El Paso Ice Cream Festival — El Paso live and Dubow House Creative Services celebrate Independence Day Weekend with the family event 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Cohen Stadium, with Prices Ice Cream Super Sampler area, live music, food trucks, family friendly rides and jumping balloons, the “red, white and boom” fireworks display at 10 p.m. Tickets: $10; free for kids under 12 (up to four free kids admissions with each advance adult ticket purchase). Available at Ticketmaster. Information: icecreamfestep.com.
  The festival will feature a variety of flavors for purchase including local favorites and national favorites such as Prices, Ben & Jerry’s, Good Humor, Breyers and La Michoacana, along with a Homemade Ice Cream Contest, and an Ice Cream Gardens.
  Music and entertainment from a variety of local bands and artists on two stages including an ice cream tribute band, The Scoops.

Independence Day Concert — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation present local bands The Strangers, Elvis is Alive and Fort Bliss 1st Armored Division Band 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, along with various arts and crafts vendors and local non-profit groups with activities for the children. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

Fireworks watching party — Old Glory Memorial, Old Glory Memorial, corner of Diana and Gateway North (Entry on Kenworthy), will host a celebration to watch fireworks from Cohen Stadium starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3, with hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones, popcorn. Parking lot space for cars: $3, limited spaces available. Information: Jimmy Melver, 549-5031.

East Side 4th of July Parade — Anyone can join the annual Independence Day People’s Parade sponsored by El Paso Del Norte Lions Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4. The parade starts at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (at Montwood) and travels to Yarbrough then north on Album to Album Park. with floats, marching units, antique cars, horses and bicycles are among the entries. Sponsorships and donations welcome. Information: 731-1549.

Patriotic Celebration — El Paso Wind Symphony’s annual Independence Day performance of patriotic music is 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial..
  A fireworks show follows the concert. Presented by the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department of the City of El Paso as part of their Music Under the Stars concert series. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110, (Chamizal) 532-7273 or elpasoartsandculture.org or on Facebook at MusicUnderTheStars.
  Free shuttle from El Paso Zoo to the park runs 6 to 10 p.m.

‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, featuring resident conductor Andy Moran, will perform patriotic and Broadway pops music at the 6th annual event 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park. Fireworks display follows. Hosted by Bliss’s MWR. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Food truck court and inflatables for kids also offered. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776, 588-8247 or epso.org.
  Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults.
  A 50-Cannon “Salute to the Union” is 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.
  The program includes music from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens;” selections from “West Side Story” and “This is America,” and “Proud to be an American” performed with the USO Show Troupe; and much more.
  Fort Bliss, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will have vendors selling food, drinks and beer.

West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 20th annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Proud to be an American.” The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: 231-2559 (Parade Chair), westelpasorotary@gmail.com or rotarywestelpaso.org.
  Fee for entries is $45 ($10 non-profits) by June 13. Prizes are $1,000 for Best Entry, $750 Second; $500 Third and $250 Fourth. Judging criteria will include special effects, costume originality, theme and crowd pleasing. Information packets available online at july4parade.com.

La Viña Country Picnic — The winery in La Union, N.M. will host its 17th annual picnic 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 4, featuring entertainment by Live By Request. Bring a picnic or buy a hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbeque.
Croquet, badminton and a water slide. Wine, soda, water and wine margaritas for sale. No coolers and no pets. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

MUSIC & DANCE

Cool Canyon Nights — The summer series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, sponsored by WestStar Bank. June 30: Joe Barron. Admission is free; craft beers and cocktails for sale, with food sold by a variety of food trucks. Information: 534-0600 or elpasolive.com, kisselpaso.com or on Facebook at CoolCanyonNights.
  Star Lounge Pass is $10 online, $15 at the door.

Mariachi Fatigo
— Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo, presents the progressive bordertown mariachi group 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at its Glass Half Full Taproom. Admission is free. Information: drafthouse.com/el-paso. “
Alfresco! Fridays — The 14th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. July 1: The Birdogs (Classic Rock). Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633 or alfrescofridays.com.

‘La Parada’ — The monthly grassroots event celebrating local culture and lifestyles is the first Friday of the month at 501 Bar and Bistro in the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Information: 351-6023 or on Facebook at laparadaep.
  The July 1 event features music by Wake Self & Def-1, Scan Z, Zyme One, Dxrty Bxrd, Three Oh!, Next Level Records, One Man Jazz, System A, DJ Surreal, DJ Bless Me and SXN Back Room  Showcase, with live art by Miguel Ibarra, Masen and Huher.

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. All shows are all-ages, unless listed otherwise. Listings also cover shows in Bowie Feathers. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com and ticketfly.com.
  Advance tickets for some shows available at Tricky Falls or Bowie Feathers, All That Music and Video, Eloise and 7th Layer.
• The Return of ... ’A Thief Named Time’ — The progressive “post whatever” band performs is 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, with Foxy Mojo, Frenzi, Hot Shot Kixxx, Restless Like Me and Birdstone. Tickets: $5.
• Joey Fatts — The rapper, singer, songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Bowie Feathers. Tickets: $12; $20 meet and greet.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. (show time at 10 p.m.). Online tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Bad Suns — The So Cal rock band performs 9 p.m. Friday, July 1, with Groves. Tickets: $18-$20.
• New Madrid — The psych-rock band performs Saturday, July 2. Tickets: $10-$12.

Mesa Music Hall — 4151 N. Mesa. Some concerts are all ages shows, unless listed otherwise, with $3 surcharge for those under age 21. Tickets for some performances available on eventful.com or holdmyticket.com. Information: 599-8585 or on Facebook at Mesa Music Hall.
• The Doom Psychadelic Rock Showcase is 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, with Atala, The Judge and Brother Strange. Admission is free.
• Andromeda Theory — The El Paso rockers perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2, with Element A440, Dream Disorder and Almost Lost. Tickets: $5.

Summer Concerts — El Paso Parks and Recreation’s free outdoor music concerts are 8 p.m. Fridays through the summer months at various city parks. Bring chairs and picnic. No alcohol or glass-bottled beverages permitted. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks. July 1: Noteworks Jazz at Madeline Park, 900 E. Baltimore.

PARK AFTER DARK — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. presents Ramón Ayala at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1. Tickets: $15 general admission; $20 reserved. Information: (575) 874-5200 or Sunland-Park.com.

Craig Morgan — The country music stars opens headlines the summer’s “Let Freedom Sing” concert series, also featuring Lucas Hoge and Carter Winter, at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing’s event lawn. Opening act is the Joe Barron Band.
  No coolers or outside food and beverages permitted. Chairs permitted on concrete areas only. The public is welcome; early arrival is encouraged. Information: 564-5311, ext. 3, freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook at FreedomCrossing.

Dancing in the City — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs and Destination El Paso continues its 7th annual weekly outdoor dance concert series with Chuco Soul Project (reggae fusion) performing 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Convention Center Plaza, Downtown. Dance lesson is at 7 p.m.; concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110, mcad.elpasotexas.gov or on Facebook at DancingInTheCity.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Chamizal 50th Anniversary
— Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a free public program at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, There will be the opportunity to learn how past and present residents can become part of the new Museum exhibits through current and future oral history projects. Birthday cake will follow the program. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

Last Thursdays
— The Downtown monthly evening art walk June 30 includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries. Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.

Joke Telling Open Mic — Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln Street in Anthony, N.M., hosts and event in honor of International Joke Day at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1. The center will provide light snacks. Everyone invited to unleash the comedian in them. Information: womensinterculturalcenter.org.

Veterans Resource Center — El Paso Community College hosts a grand opening for its new Veteran Resource Center 9 a.m. to noon Friday, July 1, in the Valle Verde Campus, Student Services Center, S139, 919 Hunter. The public is invited, refreshments served. Information: 831-2108. Regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fourth of July Family Craft Day — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts morning of crafting for kids and their parents, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 2, at Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge. Admission is free. Information: 587-1623 or cityofelpaso.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 7:30 a.m. to noon . Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.

La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.com.

ON STAGE

‘Viva El Paso!’ — El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Live and EPCC present the summertime outdoor musical extravaganza with performances at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays June 17-Aug. 7, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Sunday performances also planned July 3 and Aug. 7.
  Tickets: $18 and $24 ($14 and $20 for age 2-12, and per person for groups of 10 or more; $16 and $22 for seniors 65 and older and military); available via Ticketmaster. Information: ElPasoLive.com
  The show features a refreshed script by Tony-winning El Paso playwright Marty Martin and chronicles the 400-year history and cultural evolution of the El Paso region. This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun. The Native American, the Spanish Conquistador, the Mexican and the Western American cultures and their histories come alive through drama, song and dance by a cast of over 50 performers.
  Keith Townsend, director of EPCC’s theatre and forensics program, is Artistic Director. New music will be featured by Jim Ward and Gabriel Gonzalez.

‘Boots’ — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio summer repertory presents a new comedy by Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts, June 23-July 3, at EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre, 9570 Gateway North. Directed by Matthew Robert Smith. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds go to scholarships for Performance Studies students at EPCC. Admission: $15 general admission: $10 non-EPCC students, military; $7 EPCC students, faculty, staff and seniors. Information: 831-5056, 637-4029 or forumtheater.wix.com/epcc.
  Some summer productions may contain mature content not suitable for age 13 and younger; under age 7 not admitted.

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, opens its 53rd season with the Tony-winning Edward Albee classic June 24-July 17. 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.
  George, a professor at a small college, and his wife Martha, have just returned home drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amid general profanity, that she has invited a young couple — an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride — to stop by for a nightcap. The drinks flow and inhibitions melt.

SPORTS

El Paso Chihuahuas
— The city’s AAA baseball team hosts home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Game tickets: $5 lawn seating; reserved seats begin at $12 in advance. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
  June 30-July 3: Reno Aces. Basketball Night is June 30, Independence Day weekend events July 2-3.

Independence Day Walk — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts a free fitness walk 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg. Information: 581-5182 or cityofelpaso.gov/parks.

Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run — The 6th annual 5K and 10K runs are at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 3, along the Carrizo Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $15 run, $10 walk. Information: (575) 464-3474 or on Facebook at Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue.

Fourth of July Run — Up and Running, hosts the 10th annual 5K run/walk 7:04 a.m. Monday, July 4, beginning at Up and Running in the Rudolph Shopping Plaza, 3233 N. Mesa. Proceeds benefit Run El Paso Club. Registration: $20 through July 1; $25 July 2-3. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick-up is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. race day at Up and Running.

Southern New Mexico

‘The Real Thing’ — No Strings Theatre Company closes its season with Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play about love and marriage through July 10 at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Tickets: $8-$12 Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
  The play begins with Max and Charlotte, a couple whose marriage seems about to rupture. But nothing one sees on a stage is the real thing, and some things are less real than others. Charlotte is an actress who has been appearing in a play about marriage by her husband, Henry. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. Both marriages are at the point of rupture because Henry and Annie have fallen in love. But is it the real thing?

‘The Jungle Book’ — Missoula Children’s Theatre will host its week-long workshop and performances for the adaptation of Kipling’s classic June 27-July 2, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. About 60 children in grades 1-12 will be cast as actors or as assistant directors or technicians as part of a weeklong theater experience. Ticket information: (575) 523-6403, events@daarts.org or riograndetheatre.com.

Alamogordo Independence Day Parade — The annual Independence Day Parade, “Celebrate the American Dream,” is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, on 10th Street and Oregon, ending at New York Street, in Alamogordo, N.M. Information: (575) 439-4142.
  The annual fireworks display is around 9 p.m. Monday, July 4, shot from the New Mexico Museum of Space History (weather permitting). This year’s fireworks theme honors Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and viewers can tune into KZZX 105.3 FM to hear the choreographed music.

Cloudcroft July 4th — Cloudcroft’s Independence Day weekend activities run Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, with a street dance and other activities. The annual July 4 parade is 4 p.m. Monday. Information: coolcloudcroft.com
  Melodrama Performance of “How the West Was Worn” is 7:30 p.m. July 1-3, performed by the Cloudcroft Opera Company.

Elephant Butte Independence Day — Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Independence Day fireworks are 9 p.m. Saturday, July 2. The display is launched from Rattlesnake Island in the lake, and can be viewed from the beach or on a boat. Admission fees waived 6 to 9 p.m. that day. Rain delay date is Sunday, July 5. Information: (575) 744-0308 or Elephantbutteadventures.com.

Independence Road Rally — Alamogordo Downtown Merchant’s Association hosts a road rally event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, in the Alamogordo Washington Avenue Park. The Road Rally is a road course, scavenger hunt, trivia contest, and social media support. It combines scorable elements of time, mileage, costumes, photos or video, and observation. A parade, costume contest, Little Tykes racer Contest, Award Ceremony, food and music also offered. Cost: $25 per team. Information: (575) 442-6863 or roadrallynm.wix.com/roadrallynm.

Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — The city’s annual Electric Light Parade and 4th of July Celebration are July 3-4, with the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Admission to all events is free. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
  The Electric Light Parade, “Protecting Our Freedom,” is 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, beginning and ending at City Hall, 700 N. Main, down Water Street to North Main and Picacho.
  Las Cruces Running Club’s Electric 5K Fun Run is 7:45 p.m. Friday along the Parade Route. Information: lascrucesrunningclub.com
  The annual festival with youth and family activities, food vendors, live entertainment and more begins at noon Monday, July 4, at Las Cruces Public Schools Sports Complex (Field of Dreams), 2501 Tashiro.
  This year’s headliners are R&B group Tony Toni Toné at 7 p.m. and country singer Jo Dee Messina at 8:30 p.m. A fireworks show begins at about 10:30 p.m.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Fireworks Extravaganza — The Resort and Casino is in Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso), will celebrate Independence Day 3 to 11 p.m. to midnight Monday, July 4, with food, live entertainment 3 to 10 p.m. and family activities, concluding with a fireworks display over Lake Mescalero. Admission is free. Wrist bands for concessions; jumping balloons: $10. No outside food or drink permitted. Information: 1-877-277-4577 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Mesilla Independence Day — The annual fireworks display is at 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the historic old Mesilla Plaza. Bring a lawn chair; no pets or alcohol. Live music by Latin Funkton and food vendors, 7-9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or mesillanm.gov.
  The town’s fireworks display will be launched from the field on Calle de Mercado, accessed from Avenida de Mesilla.

Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “America The Beautiful,” is 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, along Bullard Street in Silver City. The annual Ice Cream Social and cake walk is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver City Museum parking lot with hot and cool treats, free historic games and live entertainment. Information: (575) 538-3785 or silvercity.org.
  Fireworks begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.)

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial & Rodeo — The Mescalero Reservation hosts Indian dances and rodeo performances Thursday through Sunday, July 1-4, on the Mescalero Rodeo Grounds in Mescalero, N.M. Native dances, arts and crafts and food vendors featured daily. Dinner served at 5 p.m. nightly. Main gate opens at 10 a.m. Rodeo performances at 1 p.m. Rodeo admission: $12 ($5 child). Information: (575) 464-4494 or mescaleroapachetribe.com
   The 37th annual parade, “Honoring youth Through Culture and Tradition,” is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, with a dance at dusk at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Information: (575) 937-2307.
  The annual Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run 5K and 10K run is 8 a.m. Sunday, July 3, along the Carrizo Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Information, cost: (575) 464-3473.

Smokey Bear Stampede — The 60th annual celebration is Thursday through Sunday, July 1-4, in Capitan, N.M. about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Rodeos begin at 7 p.m. each night, with nightly dances are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the fairgrounds. Fireworks follow rodeo performance Saturday. Dance admission: $5. Information: (575) 354-2202, smokeybearstampede.com or on Facebook.

Independence Road Rally — Alamogordo Downtown Merchant’s Association hosts a road rally event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, in the Alamogordo Washington Avenue Park. The Road Rally is a road course, scavenger hunt, trivia contest, and social media support. It combines scorable elements of time, mileage, costumes, photos or video, and observation. A parade, costume contest, Little Tykes racer Contest, Award Ceremony, food and music also offered. Cost: $25 per team. Information: (575) 442-6863 or roadrallynm.wix.com/roadrallynm.

The Swing Dolls – The Andrews Sisters and The McGuire Sisters tribute trio performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Spencer Theater, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $39-$89. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

Cloudcroft Independence Day — The Village of Cloudcroft, N.M. celebrates Independence Day weekend July 2-4, with a street dance, annual parade, open-air melodramas and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733, 1-866-874-4447 or cloudcroft.net.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Fireworks Extravaganza — The Resort and Casino is in Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso), will celebrate Independence Day 3 to 11 p.m. to midnight Monday, July 4, with food, live entertainment 3 to 10 p.m. and family activities, concluding with a fireworks display over Lake Mescalero. Admission is free. Wrist bands for concessions; jumping balloons: $10. No outside food or drink permitted. Information: 1-877-277-4577 or innofthemountaingods.com.


 




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