El Paso Scene Weekly for March 16-22, 2020

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Due to the Coronavirus emergency, most major events have been cancelled or postponed. We’ve shown all the events that were scheduled, and marked the ones that have been canceled or postponed to our knowledge. You should call ahead or check website/social media to make sure of any other events. Keep in mind that it may be wise to avoid any gathering of people until this emergency subsides.


Franco Escamilla — The Mexican comedian, musician and radio announcer returns to El Paso for his brand new “Payaso” Tour at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $39 to $125 (Ticketmaster).
  After studying at the Monterrey College of Music and Dance, Escamilla embarked on a career in comedy, building an audience with his YouTube channel. His dark, acerbic sense of humor earned him the nickname “El Amo del Sarcasmo,” or The Master of Sarcasm. By 2016, he was hosting his own comedic talk show, “El Show de Franco Escamilla,” on Spanish-language network Estrella TV.

Model Train Open House — Railroad Model & Historical Association, now El Paso Model Railroad, 6335 Vaughn Court (between Delta and Alameda), hosts its first ever Model Train Swap Meet plus Spring Open House noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22. The public is invited to bring their old models to the Swap Meet for an opportunity to Sell, Buy, Swap, or test. Operating with multiple lines are N, HO, and O layouts. Information, or to RSVP a table): 490-1548 (leave a message).
Schedule on Facebook.

POSTPONED: Bruce Nehring Consort — The consort concludes its 29th season at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at First Baptist Church, 801 Montana, with a program featuring Charles Gray of St. Olaf College, who will perform as violinist and also conduct the Consort Chamber Players,. Bruce Nehring will conduct the Consort Chamber singers. Ticket: $15 (free for students with ID). Information: 532-5874 or brucenehringconsort.org.
  The Chamber Players will perform music by Handel, Hess, Mendelssohn and Bach. The Consort Singers will sing spirituals and hymns.
  The Consort Singers and Chamber players will perform “Love, The Greatest” written by Dominci Dousa of the UTEP music faculty, and conducted by Nehring. Dousa also will perform on piano with the Chamber Players playing the theme from “Schindler’s List” by John Williams and a concerto by Bloch.

CANCELLED: Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
— 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com. Race days are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays through April 21, with post time at 1 p.m.  The Sunland Derby is Sunday, March 22. RACETRACK & CASINO CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 5.


Kate Del Castillo — The Mexican actress’s “Estoy Okate” (I’m ‘OKate’)tour discussing her career and life is 9 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at (Ticketmaster).

POSTPONED: La Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga — The popular Mexican group performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $39-$149. (Ticketmaster).

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
• Issues — 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. All ages show. Tickets: $18.
• The Independents — 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.
• Lords of Acid — The band’s “Make Acid Great Again Tour” is Thursday, March 19, with Aesthetic Perfection.
• Emo Night 4 featuring local bands performing as other bands for one night is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21. All ages event. Admission: $7 ($5 age 21 and older).
• The Delta Bombers — 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, with the F-Bombs and Rockin’ Rattlers. Tickets: $10.

Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.
• Esmé Patterson (formerly of folk band Paper Bird) performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Tickets: $5 (eventbrite).
• Ziemba — 8 p.m. Monday, March 23, with Leya and Tooths.


POSTPONED: Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo
— More than 150 tattoo artists from across the nation will be on hand noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 20-22, at El Paso Convention Center, with daily tattoo competitions judged by tattoo collector, world traveler and journalist Yallzee. Tickets: $20 single day; $45 weekend pass; free for age 12 and younger. Information: 534-0609, info@starcityexpo.com, or starcityexpo.com.

CANCELLED: El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military ID. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, and feng shui products and essential oils, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

CANCELLED: Poppies Festival — The 14th annual free family festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54), with art vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, archery, hands-on activities, exhibits and more. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or archaeology.elpasotexas.gov.
  The Poppy Fest is presented by the El Paso Museum of Archaeology in partnership with the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, National Border Patrol Museum, and the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market.
  Free parking at EPCC Transmountain Campus (Diana Exit & US 54), with free shuttle to and from event; no parking at the Archaeology Museum or Border Patrol Museum.

Fish Fry — Holy Royal Arch Masons Chapter #90 and Northgate Optimist Club host a joint fish fry fundraising event noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at 4201 Skyline. Proceeds raise money for scholarships and for the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the community. Cost: $10 donation; includes catfish or fried chicken dinner with drink. Information: Lamont Griffin, 276-9983; Duwan Mason, 588-3560, or Paul Maggitt, 241-6541.

POSTPONED: International Museum of Art — 1211 Montana. A reception is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, for the grand re-opening of the museum’s “African Room.” New to the room are two giant African landscape paintings created by muralist Mario Ulloa, assisted by the museum’s executive director, Mitzi Quirarte. Information: 543-6747, internationalmuseumofart.net or on Facebook.

Bazaars and markets

German Spring Bazaar — The German Air Force Air Defense Center of Fort Bliss hosts its 17th annual spring fair 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the former Oktoberfest Building, Building 747 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss. Hobby craftsmen and women will display various goods, including items for Easter. German specialties like bratwurst, waffles and German cakes and pastries, German beer sold, plus coffee and soft drinks. Admission is free. Information: 201-5939, 201-5910 or betreuung-in-elpaso.com.
  All proceeds help the center’s Centro Communitario del Esperito Santo A.C Centro Santa Catalina projects on both sides of the border.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 19th annual market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers, meat producers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.

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.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.


El Paso Roller Derby — The 3rd annual Skate-A-Thon is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 21, at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad. Favorite derby skaters compete to help raise money for the league. Donations may be made at eprollerderby.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Tournament — Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe, hosts the three-person scramble tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Cost: $50 per person (by noon March 20); includes lunch, cart fees, prizes and green fees. Sing up at the Pro Shop. Open to the public, age 18 and older. Information: 568-1059.

Javier Arana Jr. Memorial — The 8th annual Fallen Trooper 5K run and 1-mile walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration: $20 ($10 kids). Bag pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. on race day. No race day registration; $2 vehicle fee for Ascarate Park. Registration: $20 ($10 children) at raceadventuresunlimited.com.


CANCELED: NMSU Drag Show — New Mexico State University’s LGBT+10 Programs Pride Season host its annual drag show at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms. The spring break party-themed show features the first appearance at NMSU of national queen Amaya Sexton and Albuquerque’s Trey C. Michaels. Returning national stars include Eva Alicia Jane and Sabrina Heartt and Albuquerque’s ViLette Stratton. All Pride season events are free and open to the public. Information: (575) 646-7031 or lgbt@nmsu.edu.

George Lopez — The standup comic and TV star performs at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $45-$75; sold out at press time. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

CANCELED: The Hit Men — The multimedia concert features five top rock musicians at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road (off Airport Hwy 220) in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $39-$69. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

POSTPONED: ‘Harvey’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall presents the comedy March 21-April 5. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cake and non-alcoholic beverages with the cast and crew follow opening night performance. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
  Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit.

CANCELED: ‘Bosoms and Neglect’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the comedy by John Guare, directed by Monte H. Wright, March 6-22, at Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19. This play is a biting study of modern mores. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

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