El Paso Scene Weekly for Dec. 22, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015 Click here for other weekly digests
Hyundai Sun Bowl —The 81st annual football classic begins at noon, Saturday, Dec. 27, with the Arizona State Sun Devils from the Pac 12 and Duke Blue Devils from the ACC both bringing 9-3 records to the game.
Country superstar band Lonestar will provide the halftime entertainment.
Tickets: $22, $32, $42, $52 and $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club tickets: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
The 3rd annual Sun Bowl Sky Party is 9 to 11:30 a.m. that day at UTEP’s South Stadium Parking Garage with food and drinks, live music, games, giveaways and both university bands. Admission is free and the public is invited.
• The Sun Bowl Golf Challenge is 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Check-in 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Open to all golfers. Cost: per person; includes green fee, cart, range balls, prizes, goodie bag, breakfast burrito bar and luncheon. Information: Bill Greenawald, 443-5589; Vista Hills Country Club, 592-6565 or vistahillscc.com.
• Rotary Sun Bowl Football Team Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at the El Paso Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. The starting lineups from both teams are introduced at 11:30 a.m. and the head coaches are highlighted as well. Tickets: $50; tables for eight $450 (eight guests, or six guests plus two football player from each team). Information: 533-4416, ext. 200 or 504-9013.
Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at noon Sunday, Dec. 28, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 541-1422. No reservation is required.
A presentation on the history of the monument will be given at the summit.
The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross was built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.
The hike is sponsored by Destination El Paso and El Paso Scene. Security is provided along the trail and in the parking lot.
The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
New Year’s Eve
Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2014 Wednesday, Dec. 31, with a four-course Dinner, live performance by Jessica Flores & Cross Town, DJ Julio and party favors, with a midnight champagne toast. Festive dinner attire. Tickets: $95. Reservations recommended; space fills quickly. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.
El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosts a New Year’s Eve show celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, with live music by Rhapsody Band. Cost: $30 ($50 couples); includes champagne, party favors and drink set ups. BYOB. Information: 562-1444.
Hilton Garden Inn New Year’s Gala — The hotel, 6650 Gateway East, hosts a Masquerade Ball New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Dinner, Dance and Stay package is $229 for two, and includes a 5-course dinner, champagne toast, party favors, overnight stay (with late checkout at 2 p.m.) and a cook-to-order breakfast for two. Information, reservations: 772-4722.
Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dance — Tejas Band is featured at the Wednesday, Dec. 31 dance, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Forum, 3800 Mattox (at Hawkins). Cost is $75 per couple, which includes party favors, beer and set-ups, door prizes and posole. Information: 598-4220.
‘Rio’ — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner and concert beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, with entertainment by the Pink Flamingo Group. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner served at 8 p.m. Midnight countdown celebration follows entertainment. Tickets: $125 (Ticketmaster). Information: (800) 545-9011 or (575) 464-7090.
Little Anthony — The DooWop legend presents an intimate, one-man show celebrating 56 years in show business and promoting his new book, “Little Anthony: My Journey, My Destiny,” by Arlene Krieger, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211. N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $45.50 and $34.50 (all seats reserved); available at the box office on the 2nd floor of the Rio Grande Theatre or online at RioGrandeTheatre.com. Information: (575) 523-6403.
Jerome Anthony Gourdine, better known as Little Anthony, will regale audiences with a nostalgic look back at the golden age of Rock ‘n’ Roll, then sign copies of his book, which will be on sale either on the website or after the show.
Accompanied by pianist and Imperial Johnny Britt, Anthony will enchant audiences with stories, anecdotes and hit songs from over half a century as a musician. Little Anthony along with his band the Imperials, performed live before millions and sold over 22 million records worldwide in the last 57 years.
Pink Flamingos — 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, as part of New Year’s Eve celebration at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Door open at 7 p.m.; dinner at 8 p.m. ge 21 and older admitted. Tickets: $125, sold through Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
New Year’s at The Lodge — The resort in Cloudcroft will host its New Year’s Eve events, “A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” Wednesday, Dec. 31, with a Children’s New Year’s Eve pizza and slumber party at 7 p.m. the Lodge Trestle, and adult party 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. the Lodge Pavilion, with champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. A special New Year’s Eve buffet and New Year’s Day brunch also offered. Call for reservations/cost. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents the 21st Anniversary of the holiday classic at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $28, $48, $68 and $88. VIP tickets are $122. (Ticketmaster). Group discounts available. Information: nutcracker.com.
The performance features 40 Russian dancers performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The “Great Russian Nutcracker” tells the traditional story of a young girl meeting her prince and includes a tribute to world peace and harmony.
Exclusive to the Great Russian Nutcracker is the Dove of Peace, with a 20-foot wingspan, created by two dancers moving as one; Russian folk legends Father Christmas/Ded Moroz and Snow Maiden/Snegurochka who escort Masha and Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Peace and Harmony; life-sized Matrushka Dolls; and whimsical 10-foot-tall silk puppets.
Also new in 2014 is a Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha’s magical Toy Cabinet.
‘Alfred Jarry Meets Frankenstein Christmas Carol’ — Silent Noir Theatre, presents the midnight production at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 25. The theatre company brings Grand Guignol, Absurdism, and Avant-Garde activism to El Paso with cutting edge performances and showmanship. Location/ticket information: email@example.com.
In Paris on Oct. 31, 1907, Alfred Jarry meets the Frankenstein Monster. This is what happens next.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live racing begins at 12:15 p.m. Fridays through Mondays Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Game time is 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $8-$50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Tuesday, Dec. 30: Sul Ross
UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28: Alcorn State.
• Friday, Jan. 2: North Texas, 7 p.m.
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