El Paso Scene Weekly for April 10-16, 2017
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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Ovo’ — The Cirque du Soleil brings its newest touring arena show April 12-16 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35, $95 and $145 (Ticketmaster, UTEP Ticket Center). Information: 747-5234.
Ovo, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a nonstop riot of energy and movement.
When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.
Sesame Street Live ‘Elmo Makes Music’ — The Sesame Street Live annual Easter week shows are April 14-16 at the Plaza Theatre. Presented by VEE Corporation. Showtimes are 2 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$35(Ticketmaster); all children over age 1 must purchase ticket. Information: 1-800-745-3000 or sesamestreetlive.com.
VIP “Sunny Seat” packages available with pre-show activities and photo ops. Meet and Greet activities are one hour before showtime; cameras welcome.
When the music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.
Cristo Rey pilgrimages — Pilgrimages and hikes are planned throughout Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Sunday, April 14-16, by various groups of all denominations. Security and concessions offered throughout most of the weekend.
The Mt. Cristo Rey trailhead is located off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 17th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Hunt begins at noon. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-2800 or westsidecommunity.org.
Easter in the Park — The annual egg hunt is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Alameda Park, 1321 N. White Sands, in Alamogordo. Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore Easter — The Easter event geared towards children age 2 through fifth grade, and their families is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 15, at First Christian Church, 901 Arizona (St. Vrain entrance), with Easter crafts, an Easter story moment and egg hunt. Admission is free. Information: 533-6819 or elpasofirstchristian.org.
New Life Festival — Ascension Lutheran Church, 6520 Loma de Cristo, hosts a family Easter celebration 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15, with an egg hunt, games, music, food and more for children. Admission is free. Registration: 833-1009 or ascension.church-builder.com.
Children should bring an Easter basket to be filled. Preregistration encouraged to ensure there are plenty of supplies.
Northeaster Parade — Thousands of people are expected to watch the 39th annual Transmountain Optimist parade, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, along Dyer Street from Hercules (by Magoffin Middle School) to the former Northpark Mall site. Co-sponsored by Mimbela Contractors. Lineup for participants begins at 8 a.m.
Registration deadline is April 7 Registration fee is $55, plus $10 late fee after April 7. Application information: northeasterparade.wix.com/northeasterparade.
Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunts — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts several Easter egg hunts and carnivals for youth 17 and younger at various recreation centers and parks 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Children divided into different age groups. All events are free. Information, schedule: 544-0753.
Locations are Armijo, 700 E. 7th; Carolina, 563 N. Carolina; Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge; Galatzlan, 650 Wallenberg; Gary del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood; Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri; Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista del Sol; Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount; Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell; Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia; Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda; and Veterans, 5301 Salem.
• 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Chihuahuita Recreation Center, 417 Charles; San Juan, 701 Glenwood; and Seville, 6700 Sambrano.
• 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana
An Easter Celebration is Friday, April 14, at Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg. Call for details: 581-9525.
San Elizario Easter Egg Hunt — The 4th annual hunt featuring 10,000 Easter eggs and prizes for ages 3-12 is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16, on an enclosed field at historic Main Street and Alarcon Road in San Elizario, with food, music, reenactments, arts and crafts and More. Hosted by San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org.
Children must pre-register and be accompanied by parent or guardian. Registration begins at noon.
Community Easter Sunrise Service — The 42nd annual inter-denominational service is 7 a.m. Sunday, April 16, at Oz Glaze Center, 13969 Veny Webb, in Horizon City, with area churches participating. The event includes a presentation of colors, Pledge to the American and Christian flags and a children’s choir. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Horizon City. Continental breakfast follows service. Information: 433-7506.
MUSIC & DANCE
UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday) at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• Faculty Recital Series with Stephen Nordstrom, violin is Monday, April 10. Admission: $3-$8.
• Percussion Ensemble Concert “Not So Heavy Metal” is Wednesday, April 12, featuring vibraphone music by Elliot Cole, Andy Akiho’s “Alloy” for Steel Pans and metallic drumset, and additional works for metallic percussion. Admision: $3-$5 (free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Chicano Batman — The rock band performs Wednesday, April 12, with Sadgirl and The Shacks. Tickets: $17-$20.
• The Wailers — Legendary reggae band, 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, with Radio La Chusma. Tickets: $20-$22. perform
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Ape Machine — 9 p.m. Monday, April 10, with Brother Strange and Protokol. Admission is free.
• Froth — The LA indie band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, with POW! and Sluur. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears — the American blues, funk and soul artist performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Tickets: $13-$15.
• The Love Dimensions and Vanessa Silberman — The San Francisco psychedelic rock band performs with the musician/producer at 9 p.m. Sunday April 16, with Lunas, Strangus and Stardust, Experience Obliteration, Nico and the Silent Films. Tickets: $8-$10.
UTEP Early Music Ensemble — The ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on period instruments. Presented by the UTEP Department of Music. Admission is free; age 21 and older only. Information: 747-6630.
Giada Valenti: From Venice with Love — The Award-winning Italian singer- songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $35-$95 (Ticketmaster).
In 2010, Valenti performed a Broadway show called “An Evening with Giada Valenti,” singing love songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
“From Venice With Live” is a carefully curated celebration of romance that embraces classic and contemporary love of songs by such diverse artists as The Carpenters, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles, The Doors, Christina Perri, The Bee Gees and more.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Sun City Fair — The fair and music festival runs through April 16 at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays. Attractions and entertainment includes pig races, pony rides, a wolf show and tiger display, petting zoo, “marvelous mutts” show performers Rhinestone Roper, Kid Dave and Wade Henry. Admission: $10 ($5 youth) Saturday and Sunday; $5 Wednesday through Friday all ages; $10 Tuesday all ages. Closed Monday Wristband pass: $25 weekend; $20 Wednesday through Friday. Information: 1-866-993-2477.
Groove band Orange Anima performs at 6 p.m. Friday, April 14, followed by Alt rock band Filter at 8 p.m.
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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
A free Easter Egg hunt is 10 a.m. to noon April 15 with kids crafts; brunch specials and more.
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (April 16) 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 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.
‘Idol’ — The Border Theatre in conjunction with Glasbox presents Joel Murray’s play “Idol” at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April 14-16 and 21-23, at the Glasbox, 210 Poplar. The play re-imagines an encounter between Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in 1957, exploring the passions and insecurities of both men and the courage it takes to not only be an artist, but be yourself. Contains strong adult language. Tickets are $10 at the door and online at bordertheatre.org. Student tickets are $7 at the door.
Murray, former chair of the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance, is now chair of the Department of Theatre at Florida International.
‘Roll Call’ — El Paso Community College Theater presents the play by Alfredo Lugo April 7-16 at Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North, directed by Matthew Smith. Ticket sales benefit EPCC student scholarships. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($10 non-EPCC student/military with ID, $7 EPCC students, faculty, staff, seniors with ID). Ages 7 and older only admitted. Information: 831-5056 or forumtheater.wix.com/epcc.
The play focuses on two young Latino veterans returning home from the Vietnam War.
Raymond Orta — The comic brings his “Prende La Vela” Comedy Tour to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the Plaza Theatre. Orta began pursuing a professional career in comedy at 15 with a unique blend of Latin humor, impressions and stories of growing up in the barrio. He has since had the opportunity work with comedians like Kristen Keyes, Juan Villareal, Paul Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias. Tickets: $25; $32 and $42.50. (Ticketmaster).
‘Driving Miss Daisy’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the classic drama by Alfred Uhry through April 16. 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.
The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. A warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. Winner of the 1988
Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
The final week of the live racing is Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday April 11- 18. Post time is 1:30 p.m. with nine races each day.
• Saturday, April 15: West Texas Futurity and West Texas Juvenile Stakes
• Sunday, April 16: Copper Top Futurity.
El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays home games at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. Baseball in Education Day is 11 a.m. Monday, April 10, with the Chihuahuas playing the Las Vegas 51s. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
Southern New Mexico
Taj Express — The Bollywood Musical Revue is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Flickinger Center, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Taj Express captures the vibrant, expressive spirit of the Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Audiences take a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society via a fusion of film, dance, and music. Tickets: $25, $35 and $45. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
‘Greater Tuna’ — The popular Texas spoof on small town life is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Spencer Theater, Alto N.M. Directed by co-creator and Tuna star Jaston Williams. Tickets: $39-$79. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com
Mind Over Mater Music Over Mind — An evening of sonic exploration with MOM² is 8 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces, featuring sound artist, cultural theorist and sonic futurist Thomas Stanley on electronics, experimentalist and one-man hub of the DC jazz scene Luke Stewart on bass, and Bobby Hill on turntables. Admission: $10 (goes to the performers and the non-profit No Strings Theater Company). Information: (575) 523-1223.