El Paso Scene Weekly for March 2-8, 2015

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UTEP Department of Music
— Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets for most performances 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.
Symphony Band — Tuesday, March 3, under the direction of Ron Hufstader.
UTEP Jazz I performance — Wednesday, March 4.

Hanks Jazz Festival — The 23rd annual festival runs all day Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7, in the Hanks High School auditorium, 2100 Lee Trevino Regional middle and high school students will perform throughout the festival, with guest artists trombonist Bill Watrous and saxophonist Vincent Herring. Audience admission is free. Information: 434-9700 or hanksband.com.
  The final concert is 7 p.m. Saturday.

El Paso Community College concert — The EPCC band, concert choir, chamber singers and orchestra perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at 400 N. Carolina (former Grace United Methodist Church). Information: 747-6630.

Katt Williams — The comic brings his “Born Again...Again” Tour to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at El Paso County Coliseum, hosted by Johnny Cage. Tickets: $45, $55, $75 and $120.
  Williams is a rapper, singer, voice actor and comic known for several movie and television roles, including “Friday After Next,” “My Wife and Kids,” “The Boondocks,” and “Norbit.”

Salt-N-Pepa — The Grammy-winning hip hop trio (“Push It”) performs Saturday, March 7, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez. Admission is free ($10 17 and younger). Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Information: 356-0966.
• A Place to Bury Strangers — The New York noise rock band performs Saturday, March 7. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
• The Sloths — The reborn ’60s garage band (“Makin’ Love”) performs Sunday, March 8. Tickets: $10.

Ry Bradley — LA Music Award win for Country Artist of the Year performs Sunday, March 8, at Tumbleweed Saloon, saloon, 1610 Sioux Street, in support of his latest release “Freedom Like This.” Ticket information: 307-6276.
  In the past year, Bradley has made a splash with the release of his debut single “New Kind of Lonely.”


El Paso Exploreum —
The city’s first “living laboratory” museum for children is at 300 W. San Antonio (south of Convention Center). Opening March 4 is “Science of Bowling,” in celebration the USBC Bowling Championships in El Paso. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 533-4330, elpasoexploreum.org or on the museum’s Facebook page. Admission: $8 ($6 seniors over 60, and military and educators with ID; free for infants).

‘Tablescapes’ — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild’s 18th annual luncheon features about 30 designer-decorated tables March 5-6 at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Each table is individually decorated by El Paso’s leading floral designers, interior decorators, party planners, specialty shops and other creative individuals. Attendees vote for their favorite table, with designs ranging from whimsical to sophisticated. Information, RSVP: 833-9400 or elpasopromusica.org .
  The Tables and Tapas Preview Party is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, with tapas and wine. Dress is “snappy casual” for both women and men. Tickets: $30.
  Luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, with browsing time before the meal. Silent auction is 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets: $40. Combination ticket for both events: $65.

Venture El Paso Expo — Paso Del Norte Venture Competition + Expo (PDNVC+E) expo and competition begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, at El Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso. The event continues Saturday, March 7, at UTEP’s Business Administration Building, with venture capitalists from across the country hearing pitches from around 50 regional start ups. The expo is free and open to the public. Information: 321-3125, hubofhumaninnovation.org
  The PDNVC+E features two competition tracks, one for university students and one for entrepreneurs launching start-ups in the region. Over two days, these teams, competing in either the professional or student track, present their ventures to judges who are successful business people and entrepreneurs.

Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7-8, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $5 ($4 active duty military; under 12 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.

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.


‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare...Abridged’ — El Paso Playhouse presents the comedic treatment of the bard’s plays by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield through March 14. Directed by Vanessa Keyser. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors 62 and older; $7 students and military, as well as per person for groups of 10 or more. Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
  This much-produced, fast-paced, gag-a-second delight deconstructs all 37 of the Bard’s plays-plus the sonnets-into a single two-hour whirlwind.

‘Far Appomattox’ — Frontera Repertory Theatre Company presents the reader’s theatre production of the Frank Levering play at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in the Philanthropy Theatre of the Plaza Annex, as part of El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box series. Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
  An aging Robert E. Lee, portrayed by Broadway veteran Ray Baker, and his faithful lieutenant, James “Old Pete” Longstreet, lead the Confederacy in a desperate retreat from the deadly embrace of a younger and far more vigorous man, Union General Ulysses S. Grant.
  The eight-month Jewel Box series is designed to showcase homegrown talent includes music, multi-media and plays various performing arts groups. It closes May 3, with a reading of “Time and Chance,” a new play by Tony Award-winning Las Cruces playwright Mark Medoff.


UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners wrap up their regular season with two home games at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $8-$50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5: North Texas
• 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7: Rice

Insane Inflatable 5K — The inflatable obstacle challenge run is Saturday, March 7, at Maldonado Maze, 2800 Hwy 28 in La Union, N.M. Waves are every half hour 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adult and kids obstacle courses will be set up. Cost: $64 through March 6; $75 on race day. Spectator admission is free. Information/registration: insaneinflatable5k.com/west-texas.

2015 USBC Open Championships — El Paso will host the national sports event March 7-July 12, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza, hosted by the U.S. Bowling Congress. Participation open to all USBC members. Last day of team competition is July 11. Schedule to be announced. Information: bowl.com/openchamp/
  The USBC Open Championships is recognized as the largest participatory sporting event in the world, and features two divisions based on skill level, The Regular Division, for those who average higher than 180, and the Classified Division, for bowlers who average 180 or below.
  This tournament boasts more than 110 years of tradition and attracts bowlers from across the country each year. The 2015 event will mark the tournament’s first visit to El Paso and first trip to Texas since 2006.

Monster Jam – The Monster Truck Show is 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7-8, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tickets: $12 (Ticketmaster). Information: monsterjam.com.  Pit passes available for $10.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing season runs through April. Post time is 12:15 p.m. Fridays through Mondays.


— ASNMSU and the NMSU Office of Special events presents the wildly popular cello duo of Sulic and Hauser at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Tickets: $25.50 and $35.50 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420.
  The video for Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” video went viral with over 20 million YouTube views, but it wasn’t the King of Pop performing the song. Two musicians have taken the world by storm with cover versions of AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Iron Maiden, Avicii, and more.

Brad Paisley — The famed country superstar brings his “Country Nation World Tour” tour to the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, with special guests Parmalee & The Swon Brothers. Tickets: $29, $49 and $59 (Ticketmaster).
  Paisley is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year). A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Since 1999, Paisley has had 22 No. 1 singles, writing or co-writing 19 of them. Paisley has recently partnered with Boot Barn and developed an exclusive line of clothes called Moonshine Spirit.

‘Other Desert Cities’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents the comedy by Jon Robin Baitz, through March 8, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5-$17. Information: (575) 646-4515.
  The conservative Wyeth household’s family Christmas erupts when their liberal daughter Brooke arrives bearing a soon-to-be published memoir full of family secrets.

‘Recreational Living ‘— Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, presents Mark Medoff’s directorial debut of the new work by David Spence March 6-22. 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 ten or more; $9 age 6 and younger. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
  Two young men deal with the difficulties of growing up including girls, sex, anxiety, competition, suicide, money, birthday lunches. Nothing is safe and nothing is sacred as they attempt to define themselves and watch out for the ones they love.

‘The Canterbury Tales’ — A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley presents Chaucer’s rollicking travelogue about a group of pilgrims in the Middle Ages, traveling together to the city of Canterbury, who pass the time by each telling a story at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6-7, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Tickets: $7. Information: (575) 571-1413.

Camp Furlong Day and Cabalgata Binacional — The 12th annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pancho Villa State Park, off State Roads 11 and 9, Columbus, N.M. The event features folklorico dancers, music, food and parade led by more than 100 Mexican cabalgata horseback riders and more in the village. Admission is free to Community center complex; state park fee is $5 a carload. Information: Pancho Villa State Park (575) 531-2711, Village of Columbus City Hal (575) 531-2663 or PanchoVillaStateParkFriendsGroup.org.

The Australian Bee Gees Show
— The multimedia tribute concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. The show is a nostalgic trip through the Gibb brothers’ legacy with matching vocals, swirling lights, and impeccable moves. The night will be packed with hits such as “Night Fever,” “ Jive Talkin,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Nights On Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.” Tickets: $39-$75. Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.

The TriFecta Omnium — The Las Cruces/Hillsboro, N.M. cycling event is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, with a time trial and criterium Saturday and road race Sunday. Fees: $15 for time trial, $20 for criterium and $35 for road race ($60 for all three); late fee after March 4. Information, registration newmexicosportsonline.com or ziavelocycling.com. USAC license required; no race day registration.
  Time Trial course is out and back on a frontage road for 20K, and the criterium course is a flat, square 1-mile circuit located close to the time trial course.
  The race course starts in Hillsboro toward Lake Valley and returns to Hillsboro, then finishes with 9 miles uphill to Kingston. Distance is 35 or 53 miles depending on category.

Cowboy Days
— The 16th annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, with children’s activities, cowboy food and music, cowboy mounted shooting, horseback and stagecoach rides, living history and gunfight re-enactments with Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted shooting club, the 19th century fashion show, arts and crafts vendors, roping, horseshoeing and other demonstrations. Working dog demonstrations are Sunday. Admission: $5; four and younger free. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmcowboydays.com.
  New this year will be rides on a mechanical bull, cow bingo fundraiser for Jardin de los Niños, and the Cowboy Dinner and Dance, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with music by The Desperados. Dinner and dance tickets: $30 per person (cash or check only), benefiting Museum programs.
  In conjunction with the event is a greenhouse plant sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Herbs, vegetables, succulents, desert plants, annuals and perennials. Cost of plants ranges from $1.50 to $10.

Las Cruces Home and Garden Show — The Las Cruces Home Builders Association’s annual show is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University. The regional public marketplace showcases home improvement and construction businesses. Exhibitor booths, food concession stands and how-to demonstrations also will be featured. Information/times: (575) 526-6126 or lascruceshomebuildersassociation.com.

LCSO with Antonio di Cristofano —
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, presents guest artist Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica, as part of its Classics series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7-8, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Selections includes Villa-Lobos’s Concerto for Harmonica and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.

NMSU Bel Canto Scholarship Winners? Benefit Concert — The 3rd annual benefit concert is 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Temple Beth El-Las Cruces, 3980 Sonoma Springs, with Doña Ana Lyric Opera director, Dr. John Carlo Pierce, and the winners of the Bel Canto Scholarship of New Mexico State University for an eclectic program of favorites from the world of opera and musical theater. Refreshments will be served, and all donations will benefit DALO?s Bel Canto Scholarship fund. Information: ellenhowerton@comcast.net, mrkimball2245@gmail.com or rabbi@tbelc.org.
  Featured are songs by Kurt Weill and arias by George Friederich Handel. The three winners will join their voices together for the trio from Mozart?s comic masterpiece, “Cosi fan tutte.”

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