El Paso Scene Weekly for December 17-23, 2018

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A Merry-Achi Christmas — Mariachi Sol de Mexico presents its holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Plaza Theatre, with traditional carols played by the 13-piece ensemble. The show includes a fusion of the traditional holiday spirit Mexican and American Christmas songs and carols. Tickets: $27-$57 (Ticketmaster).
  Sol de México is a three-time Grammy nominated ensemble that has worked on Hollywood soundtracks for “Sea Biscuit,” “The Old Gringo,” “American Me,” “Don Juan de Marco,” “Glory Road,” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”


Il Divo — The tenor group’s “Timeless Tour” is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. First discovered and mentored by Simon Cowell of American Idol fame 15 years ago, Il Divo has since sold more than 30 million albums. Tickets: $47-$107; with VIP packages $292-$593 (Ticketmaster).
  The group’s classical crossover brings traditional twists to modern songs such as Adele’s hit “Hello,” with their song “Hola.”

Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera — The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and alternative rock artist and “vocutionist” Toca Rivera present their “Live in Stereo” Tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at The Plaza Theatre, with special guest Gregory Page. Tickets: $39.50 to $95 (Ticketmaster).

Lowbrow Palace —1101 Texas. The California surf-rock band Spendtime Palace performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, with Brazen Youth. Tickets: $10. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.’

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
• Eyes Set Toe Kill 10-Year Anniversary tour is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, with Rest, Repose and Avoid. Tickets: $10.
• Planet Duality 10-Year Anniversary Tour is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, featuring the Faceless performing their album in its entirety, Rings of Saturn, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Interloper and more. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Sesame Street Live ‘Let’s Party’ — The Sesame Street Live returns with a new show Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, presented by Feld Entertainment. Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $20 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1100 or sesamestreetlive.com.
  The all-new, interactive show unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents its “Dove of Peace Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $28-$89. (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.


St. Anthony’s Seminary Posada
— The seminary, at Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, celebrates the traditional custom of the posada at about 6:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 16-23, with rosary, songs by Los Franciscanos and procession, followed by the breaking of piñatas. The posada is conducted in Spanish. The seminary’s famous Nativity scene will be on display through Christmas Day. Information: 566-2261.

Living Christmas Cards — Harvest Christian Center, 1354 Harvest Place, hosts a luminaria-lit drive through of Christmas 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 21-23, with live actors and animals. Admission is free. Information: 585-9934 or hccelpaso.com.

Posadas Celebration and Luminaria Lighting Festival — The San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society hosts the traditional Christmas luminarias, Las Posadas celebration and Christmas bazaar noon to p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, with Christmas music, annual bike giveaway, reenactment, and cultural presentations. The lighting of more than 5,000 luminarias in the San Elizario Historic District will take place shortly after sundown, and they will remain lit throughout the evening. Information: 851-1682 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.org.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 6 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. This year’s ice rink offers interactive features, along with holiday shopping, seasonal food and drinks, lights, décor and more. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Open seven days a week. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com.
  Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Let There Be Lights

Loya Light Show — The brilliant display of 450,000 holiday lights choreographed to music is featured in the 12th annual display at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 23, plus Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas nigh at 12001 Paseo de Oro (one block north of Montwood, off Bob Mitchell). Please park at Montwood High School, and not in the surrounding neighborhoods, or church parking lot. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at El Paso Christmas Lights.
  The 7-minute spectacle, now in its 13th year, is a winner of “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” competition, sponsored by ABC television. The Eastside home is the residence of El Paso businessman Fred Loya.
  Families are welcome to take photos and selfies with Santa Claus and his elves, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies provided after every show.

Cumberland Circle — Luminarias and Christmas lights adorn the circle each Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighborhood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly into the circle.

Eastridge Christmas lights — The residents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge participates each year in an elaborate neighborhood-wide holiday lights display. Lights are usually lit around the first week of December, and run through the holiday season.
  The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge.


Chamizal Asks: ‘What Would Dickens Say?’ — Chamizal invites community members to the bilingual “A Christmas on the Border” version of the holiday classic at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The play tells the story of a bitter curmudgeon who learns the value of goodwill and charity. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.

Dinner Detective Holiday Season Show — The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show presents the Christmas-themed show 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Holiday Inn Sunland Park, 900 Sunland Park Drive. Actors are hidden in the audience in plain sight. Tickets: $59.95 at eventbrite.com. Information: dinnerdetective.com.
  A New Year’s Eve Show is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents its “Dove of Peace Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $28-$89. (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.
  Russian folk legends Father Christmas and Snow Maiden, hand-painted backdrops by Russian masters and a Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan are part of the annual touring spectacular.


WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational —
The 57th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts East Tennessee State, Wyoming and Norfolk. Tickets: (available Dec. 3): $13-$22 for two game package; $22-$44 four game package; military, UTEP student discounts offered. information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center). Website: sunbowl.org.
  The tournament is the nation’s oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament.
  Friday’s games are East Tennessee vs. Wyoming at 5 p.m. and Norfolk vs. UTEP at 7 p.m. Saturday is Consolation Game at 5 p.m. and Championship Game at 7 p.m.

Senior All-Star Football Classic — The 28th annual high school all-star game is 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl stadium. Pre-game activities begin at 12:30 p.m. The Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Game features El Paso area football athletes playing on East/West teams. Also featured are cheerleaders, band, dancers, trainers, and JROTC cadets. Tickets to be announced. Information: gepfs.org.
  The 26th annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase-Combine is noon Friday, Dec. 21, at Socorro Athletic Complex, 1300 Joe Battle.

Southern New Mexico

Las Cruces Winterfest — The holiday celebration is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, on the Plaza de Las Cruces on Main Street, with food trucks, vendors, special pricing for “Kiddo shopping,” free picture opportunity with Santa in exchange for canned goods, gloves, socks or flashlight donations. Information: (575) 541-2444 or visitlascruces.com.

‘Life and Beth’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the play by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Autumn Gieb, Dec. 7-23, at the Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16 and 23. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
It’s Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. When David, the local vicar, says a prayer, he unwittingly summons Gordon's ghost. It soon becomes apparent, however, that his return is not altogether welcome.

‘The Nutcracker’ — Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic featuring Ruidoso’s Dalí Ballet Company is at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22-23, at the Spencer Theater, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $30. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

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