El Paso Scene Weekly for October 12-18, 2015 Click here for other weekly digests
Concordia Cemetery Walk Through History — The annual “living” history tour is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Admission: $5 ($3 seniors and military, $1 students and children 12 and older). Information: 581-7920 or 591-2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
Gunfight reenactments and recreations of El Paso’s “wilder days” will be staged throughout the day by Six Guns & Shady Ladies. Visitors can ride and tour the cemetery aboard the Serna Ranch Hayride. Historical souvenirs available.
The cemetery’s new memorials include US Veterans & Camp Concordia early Fort Bliss site and the Buffalo Soldier Memorial.
Volunteers dress in period costume and share historical vignettes “in character” of many of Concordia Cemetery’s eternal residents. Chat with early leading citizens, pioneers, ranchers, Buffalo Soldiers, an ex-President of Mexico, priests and clergy, gunfighters, “shady ladies” and many others. Also featured is El Paso’s own “Boot Hill” where gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, lawmen, Texas Rangers and many other Wild West figures are buried.
Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair — The 21st annual Interpretive Fair begins at 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road. Sponsored by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and co-hosted by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, with Native American dancing and drumming, music, games, guided birding, pictograph and rage plant tours, crafts, environmental, historical and cultural booths. Most activities begin around 10 a.m. Admission is free, but donations welcome. Information: 857-1135 or texasstateparks.gov.
Other events include an Escontrias Family legacy presentation, El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra performance, and folklorico and matachin dancers.
OktobeerFest — Western Techs presents its craft beer fest noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North, with food vendors, a variety of beer gardens with beer for purchase, local artisans, and live music. Tickets: $10; first 2,500 people get a glass stein. VIP tickets: $30; with entry into the VIP area, 5 exclusive beers for tasting, a meal, private bathrooms, and a guaranteed glass stein. Beer available on festival grounds for only $5 each (Ticketmaster).
Sun City SciFi Fan Expo — Sun City SciFi’s 2nd annual fall expo is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street, with special guests Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Verne Troyer (Austin Powers, Harry Potter), Karan Ashley (Yellow Power Ranger, Clive Revill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series), Frank Powers (Avengers, Terminator Salvation), and professional cosplay guests.
Single day tickets: $12.50 ($4 age 11-14; $2 age 7-10; weekend pass $22.50 per person; available online at suncityscifi.com. Information: 873-4294 or on Facebook at Sun City Scifi Fan Expo.
Also this year are two professional face makeup workshops. Space is limited on both workshops, online enrollment at lymamakeupart.com.
• Face Demo with World Make-Up Art Foundation is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a live demonstration of face make application, including teeth and contact lenses. Cost: $30.
• Hands-On Workshop is 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday with Faceoff Season 5 Contestant Lyma Make-Up Art. Participants can work on a model or their own face; materials for practice included. Cost: $70.
SHUFFLE — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank and Congregation B’nai Zion, 805 Cherry Hill Lane, presents the New York-based ensemble 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12. The audience is invited to actively participate in the selection of works to be performed by choosing from a menu of more than 30 works derived from 15 different styles.
Tickets: $25 ($36 reserved; $10 students K through college); available at El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and Congregation B’nai Zion. Information: 833-2222 or visit congregationbnaizion.org.
Chris Kattan and Friends — Saturday Night Live veteran Chris Kattan, star of “The Middle” “Night at the Roxbury” and “Corky Romano” presents a two-night engagement 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 14-15, at El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Information, reservations: 779-LAFF (5233), laff2nite.com or on Facebook at El Paso Comic Strip. Tickets: Tickets: $17.50-$27.50 (ticketweb.com).
Ariana Grande — The pop superstar performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct 15, at El Paso County Coliseum, with special guest Prince Royce. Grande was originally known as part of the Nickelodeon series “Victorious.” Her debut album “Yours Truly,” features the hit single “The Way.” Tickets: $27-$67 (Ticketmaster).
Regular tickets currently sold out, but VIP tickets still available for $292.50, $347.50 and $692.50.
‘Haunted America’ — The UTEP Faculty Recital, featuring music influenced by ghost stories from across the United States, is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with Dr. Dena Kay Jones (piano), with Jim and Celeste Shearer (horn and tuba) is Friday, Oct. 16. UTEP tuba professor Steve Haddad will perform with the trio in addition to Jones performing a select solo repertoire. This performance marks the El Paso CD launch of the trio's latest recording, "Haunted America Suite.” Cost: $12 ($10 military and seniors; $5 students. Information: 747-7795 or utep.edu/music.
Border Legends Concert — The 7th annual concert featuring several of El Paso area’s well-loved and established performers 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 17, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Doors open at 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit El Maida Shrine General Fund. Tickets: $20. Available at the door or in advance at El Maida Shrine or All That Music. Information: 562-1444, 820-8002 or borderlegends.net.
This year’s performers are Full Circle, Route 66, Glenn Leffler & Relic, The Henchmen, Rod Crosby & the Intruders, El Paso Band and Jay Nye Band.
Rock by Faith — Open Arms Community hosts the concert ”for families, youth and the young at heart” benefiting the Holy Spirit Retreat Center. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8240 North Loop, with popular Catholic recording artist Ike Ndolo and Band, on the outdoor stage. Admission: $5; available at Holy Spirit Bookstore, Madonna Shop, Open Arms Community and by phone with credit or debit card. Information: 595-0589 or openarmscommunity.org.
Local talent also performing: Sanctuary Society, Elohim and the 3 Gs, featuring Lupe Carrillo. Macy Dot Neal, award winning teen singer from the Dallas area will perform.
El Paso artist James O’Rourke will create one of his signature paintings on the spot. Concertgoers should bring their own seating.
Zuill Bailey and David Leisner — El Paso Pro-Musica presents a concert with guitarist David Leisner and world renowned cellist and El Paso Pro-Musica Artistic Director Zuill Bailey at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at First Baptist Church in Las Cruces, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
Leisner and Bailey will perform works from their new CD to be released later this year. The program includes the music of Spain by Manuel De Falla, the Schubert Arpeggione, new compositions by Leisner and more. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.
Bailey and Leisner will also perform Monday, Oct. 19, for Carrizozo Music. Information: carrizozomusic.org.
Mesa Music Hall — 4151 N. Mesa. Information: 599-8585 or on Facebook. Jonny Craig, Travis Garland, Kyle Lucas perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Tickets: $15.
Harvest & Halloween
La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open for its 15th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-888-383-6293 or launionmaze.com. This year’s maze is Bee Themed.
Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Also open 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 (Columbus Day).
Cost: $11 ($9 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $5 for ages 2-5 ($4 military) Free for age one and younger, and seniors 76 and older.
Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 16th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Several food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
The 4th annual “Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff” Saturday benefiting the NMSU College of Agriculture is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out for $1 per sample.
Oktoberfest is Sunday, Oct. 11, with polka bands, biergarten, yodeling, German treats and more.
El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. This year’s maze theme is the Amazon Rainforest. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $11.09, free for ages 2 and younger). Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386) or elpasocornmaze.com.
KLAQ Haunted House — The 20th annual haunting, “Haunted Forest-4D,” runs Oct. 1-31 at Ricky’s Paintball, 1773 Pali, off Zaragoza. To celebrate its 20th year, the haunt is moving outdoors and adding a mind-bending 4D experience. Guests will get blood splattered. Haunted House recommended for ages 14 and older. Tickets: $12; $15 fast pass; $50 season pass (unlimited entries); available at the gate or at holdmyticket.com. Information: 880-4955 or klaq.com.
Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Special events include Wicked Wednesdays with after party, Blood Thirsty Thursdays (first 20 guests to donate blood on site get in free), and Freaky Friday outdoor horror films.
‘Terror Trail’ and ‘Zombie Adventure’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House opens at 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 2-Nov. 7. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Tickets: $15 ($28 combo for trail and Zombie Adventure. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or texasterrortrail.com.
Also part of the trail is the Task Force ZERO zombie adventure, allowing participants to help control the zombie population. Tickets for zombie adventure only: $12 (trail/zombie adventure combo tickets available).
Ghost Stories by Moonlight — Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, hosts its Children’s Night for ages 5 and up is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Admission is $15. Attendees are advised to dress warmly in their favorite spook character. Refreshments will be served. Local storytellers present an evening of spine-tingling tales based on legend and folklore. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Information: 533-5147 or visitmagoffinhome.com.
Spooktacular — The Junior Woman’s Club’s 26th annual fall family fiesta is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $5 ($4 children; free for ages 2 and younger). Advance tickets from any club member are $3. Information: 274-1141 or elpasojuniorwomansclub.org.
El Paso’s largest indoor Halloween carnival raises money for local charities. Activities for all ages include live entertainment, a kids game area, pumpkin decorating, a daily costume contest with prizes, Toddler Town area, a Haunted House, vendor and food booths, free hands-on crafting and more.
Bazaars and fairs
El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18 at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, Feng Shui products, and readings by 12 or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.
Mata Ortiz Pottery and Jewelry Expo — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Information: (575) 589-0653.
Mission Hills Rummage Sale — Mission Hills Neighborhood Association hosts a citywide Rummage Sale and Craft Fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Mission Hills Park on O’Keefe. Anyone in the city is invited to participate; bring your own table and set-up. Food trucks and live bands also sought. Information on Facebook at Mission Hills Association.
The event will also offer free demonstrations from area experts on dog handling and yoga, as well as a presentation from a local school group.
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (Oct. 18) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.
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.
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. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase on patio 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Tom Lea Month —The Tom Lea Institute, along with other area organizations, celebrates the life and work of the late El Paso art legend with various events throughout October. Admission is free except as noted. For all reservations, registration and RSVPs, call 533-0048. Information: tomleainstitute.org.
• “Tom Lea’s Horses” lecture by Dr. Melissa Warak, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University.
• “Antonio Balderas Bullring Tour with Round Table Discussion” led by Led by Cuauhtémoc Monreal is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Antonio Balderas Bullring, Abraham González esq. Francisco Villa, Col. Centro in Juárez. El Paso guests meet at 9 a.m. at Camino Real Hotel, 101 South El Paso, before crossing to Mexico.
• “Tom Lea and the First Surgery in North America” is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Hospital Angeles Ciudad Juarez, Campos Eliseos No. 9371, Fracc. Campos Eliseos, Juárez.
• “The Story Behind The Turning Point” by William Stevens is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at UTEP’s Larry K. Durham Sports Center. Includes a tour of the Center.
UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Jose M. Acosta, Juan A. Contreras, Enrique “Henry” Irigoyen and Dr. Albert Rosenberg. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
• Panel Discussion on “Love Wins” a Q&A on the recent Supreme Court decision to allow equal marriage rights to all citizens is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Union Building East, Room 312.
• Screening of “The Head of Joaquín Murrieta” a film by John Valadez is 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Chemistry and Computer Science Building, Room G.0208.
EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration — The annual Mentor’s Dinner is 6:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the EPCC ASC Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. EPCC will honor other mentors for their contributions to the community, with Alfredo Corchado, journalist and author of “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.” Call for ticket price. Information: 831-3324 or epcc.edu/hispanicheritage.
For a good cause
‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ walk — YWCA El Paso del Norte Region hosts its 6th annual international men’s march, raising to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, beginning and ending at The Garden, 511 Western in Union Plaza District. Participants will walk a mile in red women’s high heel pumps. Pre-race activities begin at 4:30 p.m., with awards at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25. Information: 533-2311 or walkamileinhershoes.org. Online registration at ywcaelpaso.org.
Empty Bowls — The 23rd annual benefit for El Caldito Soup Kitchen is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, corner of Alameda and Griggs in Las Cruces. The event features soup donated by local restaurants served in soup bowls hand made by Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces. This is the oldest Empty Bowls event in New Mexico. The bowls will be available for purchase. Tickets: $18 in advance; $20 at the door. information: (575) 525-3831 or elcaldito.com.
Howl at the Moon — The benefit for the Humane Society of El Paso is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at 150 Sunset event center, 150 E. Sunset in the Upper Valley, with dinner, live music and live and silent auctions. Master of Ceremonies is Nick Miller. Tickets: $65 ($650 table for ten). Information, RSVP (by Oct. 7): 532-6971 or humanesocietyelpaso.org.
A Wild Night...for Wildlife — The 17th annual fundraiser to benefit the Southwest Environmental Center’s work to protect wildlife and wild places in the Southwest is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, along Main Street (between Las Cruces Ave and Griggs), with food from local restaurants fine wine, and a silent auction and live music by Las Cruces Ukes, Alison Reynolds and the Rockabilly Strangers. Tickets: $50 in advance; $60 day of event ($25 of tickets are tax-deductible). Advance tickets available at the center or online at wildmesquite.org. Information: (575) 522-5552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s theme is “Vintage Hollywood,” and attendees will be treated to a red carpet entrance and have the chance to get their photos taken by the “paparazzi.” Costumes are optional.
For the first time, “Wilde Oscar” awards will be given to a few conservation champions, including: Rep. Bill McCamley and Rep. Jeff Steinborn, Ken Stinnett and Jornada Veterinary.
‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ — American Cancer Society will host its 5th annual walk benefiting breast cancer awareness at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Las Palmas LifeCare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Walkers may sign up as individuals or teams to help raise funds for the cause. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate. Information, registration: 544-4427 or makingstrides.acsevents.org.
NAMI Walks — National Alliance on Mental Illness of El Paso hosts its 5th annual fundraising 5K walk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Memorial Park, 1701 Copia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is free; but walkers are encouraged to raise funds for the cause. Sponsorships available. Information: 778-5726; online registration at namiwalks.org/elpaso.
The non-profit NAMI offers free mental health support and education to the El Paso community.
Royal Tea Party — The fundraiser for ICU Mobile of El Paso is Saturday, Oct. 17, at Caffe Fioretti Coffee and Tea House, 3429 Montana. Times are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Princesses of all ages invited. Dress in Sunday best or favorite Princess attire. A Silent Action with gifts ranging from $30 to $200 (including a TV) will also be held. Cost is $20. RSVP by Oct. 1: Savannah at email@example.com or 591-1343. Information: icumobileep.org.
Brunch, Barks and Bingo — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park’s 6th annual day for people and their (well-behaved) pets on leash benefiting Animal Rescue League of El Paso is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Reservations strongly recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.
The event includes a costume contest, pet-oriented vendors, and a special performance by EPCC’s cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bingo cover charge is $20 (includes five bingo cards and patio seating); brunch sold separately.
Bring a donation of cleaning supplies, new or gently used collars, leashes and/or canned dog or cat food to receive a free dog treat.
‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ — Kids-N-Co. presents Michele L. Vacca’s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel Oct. 2-25 at the Kids-N-Co. Performance Center, 1301 Texas. Directed by Paige Hale. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $5-$7. Information: 351-1455 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-co.
A tornado whisks Dorothy to the land of the Munchkins where she meets a good witch and a bad witch. She finds that to get back home, she must journey to see the Wizard of Oz. Her path takes her past fantastic places, and endears her to the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion along the way.
‘West Side Story’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre opens its 33rd season with the musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim Oct. 9-Nov. 1, based on a concept by Jerome Robbins. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday dinner shows are 2:30 p.m.; non-dinner show Sunday 1:30 p.m. (non-dinner matinees on Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
Friday and Saturday dinner shows: $41.50 ($39.50 UTEP faculty-staff/military/children/groups 20 or more; $34.50 UTEP students). Wednesday, Thursdays and Sunday dinner shows: $46.50 ($44.50 UTEP faculty-staff/military/children/groups 20 or more; $31.50 UTEP students). Sunday non-dinner shows: $27.50 ($25.50 UTEP faculty-staff/military/children/groups 20 or more; $17.50 UTEP students).
“West Side Story” takes Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet and places the star-crossed lovers in the vibrant battleground of 1950s New York City’s West Side. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, and the white gang, the Jets, Maria and Tony discover that ancient grudges are no match for true love.
‘Witness! The Curiosity House Featuring the Tales of Terror’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the original play written and directed by John Estrada, Joseph Martinez III & Nathaniel Long Oct. 9-Nov. 1. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors; $7 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
“Witness” is an ensemble Halloween production of one-act plays consisting of both adapted and original horror-themed works, including adaptations from Edgar Allen Poe and the Brothers Grimm. The Playhouse will also be home to a Curiosity House with various natural oddities and supernatural-themed exhibits.
‘The Labyrinth of Desire’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents Caridad Svich’s modern day adaptation of Lope De Vega’s “La prueba de los ingenios” Oct. 15-25 at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, directed by Rebecca Rivas. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $9-$14. Information: Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
This comedy follows nine fickle hearts looking for love in “The Labyrinth of Desire” and proves that true love is blind to all things including gender. Commissioned by the University of California-San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance, the play received its professional premiere at Miracle Theatre Group in Portland, Oregon.
Trixie Mattel — The drag performer from season 7 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” performs at 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Touch Bar and Nightclub, 800 E San Antonio, with some of El Paso’s premiere local drag queens. A meet and greet will immediately follow the show, along with music all night. Admission: $5, plus $5 for meet and greet. Age 21 and older only. Information on Facebook at
Known for her life-in-plastic aesthetic, Trixie Mattel has been charming audiences for years with her performance style, razor-sharp reads, and off-color comedy as a host and emcee.
Shakespeare on the Rocks — The 27th season runs Oct. 16-25, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Shows include “Hamlet,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and the bilingual adaptation “Romeo and Julieta.” Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 students with valid ID, seniors 65 and older and active duty military). Groups of 10 are more are $6 each with 48 hours advance reservations. Information: 474-4275 or shakespeareontherocks.com.
The Festival is produced by Eden Enterprises in cooperation with the National Park Service and the El Paso Community College. Hector Serrano is the festival’s artistic director.
• “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Carol Roberts Spence is Friday Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 25, in a traditional Renaissance setting.
• “Hamlet” is Saturday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Oct. 23, presented in a contemporary setting and directed by Vanessa Keyser.
• Hector Serrano reprises the bilingual adaptation of “Romeo and Julieta” Sunday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 24. In this version, the Capulets speak Spanish among each other while the rest of the play is in the original English.
Serrano created the original festival at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater in 1981
UTEP Volleyball — Home games are at Memorial Gym. Tickets: $5. Information: 747-6150 or utepathletics.com.
• Friday, Oct. 16: Marshall, 6 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 18: Rice, 1 p.m.
Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ Season Finale Championship Bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger); available in advance at The Headstand, All That Music, Tanya’s Gridiron, SIC Fit or from any Roller Girl athlete. Information: suncityrollergirls.com.
‘Cycle for Change’ — The County Attorney’s Office and Villa Maria host the 3rd annual “From Surviving to Thriving” cycling event at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Gallegos Park, 7361 Bosque, in Canutillo. There will be 3 courses available: 50 miles, 25 miles, and 12 miles (family ride). Cost: $35 through Oct. 10 ($20 military,$10 age 14 and younger). Cost increases to $10 after Oct. 11. Information: 546-2016. Online registration at cycle4change.org.
All proceeds fund scholarships for educational opportunities, vocational training and therapeutic services for victims of domestic abuse in El Paso County.
Southern New Mexico
Ruidoso Oktoberfest — The 34th annual Lincoln Country version of the German tradition is Oct. 16-17 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. German food, beer, wine, music, games, live music and folk dances will abound 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts booths will be featured as well as a “Kinderhall” with games, prizes and more for kids. Proceeds benefit various Lincoln County charities.
Admission: $10 per day; $16 for both days; $6 for ages 13-18 ($8 for two days) and free for children 12 and under. Children and teens must be accompanied by adult. Information: (575) 257-6171 or OktoberfestRuidoso.com.
Musical entertainment features Salzburger Echo and other performers.
Citywide Cleanup — Keep Las Cruces Beautiful and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful programs host the 21st annual Toss No Mas citywide cleanup 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17. Hundreds of volunteers will collect litter at parks, schools, streets and business properties. Following the campaign, volunteers will be treated to a free lunch at Young Park. Registration encouraged by Oct. 12. Information: KLCB Coordinator James Woods at (575) 528-4723 or clcpd.com.
High Rolls Apple Festival — The 48th annual open-air harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at the Community Center, 56 Cottage Row, in High Rolls, N.M. The festival features fresh local and other apples, apple pies and apple butter, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. Admission and parking is free. No pets. Information: (575) 682-6044 or highrollsfestivals.com.
The festival is presented by the High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club. Proceeds benefit the community center. High Rolls is on U.S. 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft (east of the tunnel).
Czechoslovakian Klobase Festival — Holy Family Church’s annual festival and barbecue is all day Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Luna County Courthouse Park in Deming, N.M. Started by area Czechoslovakians, the event offers bingo, homemade Bohemian sausage, cowboy coffee, salad, desserts and barbecue beef. Information: (575) 546-9783.
‘Slasher’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, presents the comedy suspense by Allison Moore, Oct. 2-18. Directed by David Edwards. 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 10 or more; $9 age 6 and younger. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
When she’s cast as the “last girl” in a low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it's the big break she’s been waiting for. But news of the movie unleashes her malingering mother’s thwarted feminist rage, and Mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming...even if it kills her.
‘Sweeney Todd’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents dark and witty tale of love, London, murder and revenge Oct. 9-25, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Nora Thomas. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 22. Tickets: $8-$12 Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
“Sweeney Todd” was awarded eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, for its Broadway premiere. Sondheim and Wheeler crafted a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.
‘Marilee and Baby Lamb — The Assassination of an American Goddess’ — The new play by Las Cruces playwright Mark Medoff about the life and death of Marilyn Monroe, will premiere Oct. 13-18 at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. The performance contains adult material, including brief nudity and some strong language. Tickets: $17 balcony, $22 floor; $32 premium floor seating. Information: (575) 523-6403 or riograndetheatre.org.
The play is an adjunct stage rendition of recorded interviews and conversations co-producer Dennis D’Amico had with Lena Pepitone over a three-year period. Lena was Marilyn’s best friend, confidant and seamstress for the last six years of her life. Lena passed away in 2011, and the endearing name “Baby Lamb” was a nickname Marilyn bestowed on her.
With the exception of Lena (Lena Georgas) and Marilyn (Erin Sullivan), everyone in the cast will play several people/voices such as Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Jack Kennedy. A white piano onstage provides the score, along with additional accompaniment for snatches of songs Marilyn and Lena will sing.
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