El Paso Scene Weekly for June 27-July 4, 2016 Click here for other weekly digests
Celebrating the Fourth
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.
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), email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
Southern New Mexico
‘The Real Thing’ — No Strings Theatre Company closes its season with Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play about love and marriage June 17-July 3 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or riograndetheatre.com.
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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