El Paso Scene Weekly for Feb. 26 - March 4, 2018


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This week's sponsor: Shen Yun 2018

The celebration of 5,000 years of Chinese culture through music and dance returns to the area for three shows March 3-4, at the Plaza Theatre, with an all-new program with live orchestra. Performances are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $80-$120. Information: 1-800-380-8265 or shenyun.com/el-paso
    The performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending east and west, and dazzling animated backdrops together in one performance “heavenly realms, ancient legends and modern heroic tales.”
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Cowboy Days — The 19th annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, with two days of cowboy demonstrations, chuckwagon cooking, children's activities, mounted shooting, the CASI Chili Cook-Off, cowboy music, pony rides, gunfight re-enactments, and more. Admission: $5; some activities (pony rides, mechanical bull, mini-trail, stage coach) include additional charges. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  This year’s event features an indoor concert by country music artist and Las Cruces native Josh Grider at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Tickets:$19.90; age 10 and under free.
  Other featured events:
  Sheep to Shawl begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, inside the museum’s Sheep and Goat Barn.
  Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting group competition at the museum’s Roping Arena is 10:30 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. both days.
  Parade of Breeds is noon and 2 p.m. both days.
  Pat Howard’s working dogs herding demonstrations presented throughout Sunday.
  Enchantment Historical Productions gunfight reenactment is 11 a.m. both days. The group also presents the American Fashion Show and “Daniel F. Beatty: Purveyor of Pump Organs, Clocks, and Sewing” skits both days in the museum’s theater.
  CASI Chili Cook-Off public tastings are 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday. Tasting cups: $5.
  Musical performers include Eddy Harrison, Kenny Arroyos, Voz Vaqueros and Tom Foster Morris.
  Ollie Reed, Stephen Zimmer and Tom Estes of the Western Writers of America also will be on hand to talk about their books and sell and sign copies.

The Heiress’ — El Paso Community College Theater Ensemble presents the play by Ruth and Augustus Goetz March 2-11 at Transmountain Campus Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North, directed by EPCC Theater instructor Ted Karber Jr. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The March 4 matinee will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Tickets: $15 ($10 non-EPCC students and military; $7 EPCC students and staff and senior citizens); available at the door. Information: 831-5056.
  Plain Catherine Sloper, who lives a spinster's life with her unloving father and eccentric aunt, is courted by the dashing Morris Townsend, seemingly for love and not for money, in this adaptation of the Henry James novel “Washington Square.”

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.


Nothing More — The metal band’s “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” Tour is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, , at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso, with The Contortionist and Big Story. Tickets: $17 general admission ($75 and $125 VIP packages). Information: 351-9909 or trickyfalls.com.

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets prices vary; most performances are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff). Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/liberalarts/music/.
• UTEP Symphony performs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.
• UTEP Symphony Band performs Thursday, March 1.
• UTEP Flute Days are March 2-3. See website for details.
• Percussion Ensemble Concert, “Music of Trinidad and Cuba, is 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4.

CLAPTONE — The Berlin DJ and producer performs at 9 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Tricky  Falls,  209 S. El Paso. Tickets: $21. Information: 351-9909, trickyfalls.com, holdmyticket.com or ticketfly.com.

Mirrors for Psychic Warfare — The rock band performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Information: lowbrowpalace.com.

Virlan Garcia — The Mexican singer and guitarist performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $30 general admission (Ticketmaster).

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets for most shows are $10 general admission; $12 day of show, unless otherwise listed. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Mirrors for Psychic Warfare — The rock band performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 3.
• The Schisms — The Austin gypsy post-punk band performs at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with Stangus and Stardust Experiences Obliteration and Crybaby. Tickets: $4-$10.

Duo Baldo
— Showtime! El Paso closes its season with the duo of violinist Brad Repp, and pianist and actor Aldo Gentileschi at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Individual tickets: $30; $10 age 6-25 (Ticketmaster). Information: 544-2022 or showtimeelpaso.com.
  Repp and Gentileschi combine virtuosic musicianship, theatrical humor and pop culture.

The Organ Symposium — The symposium celebrating organ music is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3500 McRae. Performers include David Garcia, Russell Gunstream, Lauren Duke (age 10), Bella Leigh Duke (age 13), Vanessa Johnson, Mark Baker, Bruce Nehring, Stephen Helmrich and Sammy Maddox (age 14), presenting music by Bach, Brahms, Handel, Dietrich Buxtehude, Arthur Foote, and other pieces. Refreshments and fellowship follow. Program is free to the public; contributions welcome. Organ players invited to participate. Information: 532-5874.

Steve Aoki — The two-time Grammy nominated producer and DJ performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at El Paso County Coliseum for his “Kolony Tour” with Brooklyn born rapper and producer, Desiigner. Tickets: $25-$36; VIP packages available (Ticketmaster).
  Aoki started his music career by founding his own record label in 1996. He has since collaborated with some of the music genre’s top artists. Some of his biggest hits include “Pursuit of Happiness,” “Warp 1.9.,” “I’m in the House” and the current smash release “Mic Drop,” featuring Desiigner and BTS.
  Aoki was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for Best Dance/Electronica Album for “Wonderland” and won a Billboard Music Award for Best Mix Album of the Year for “Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles” in 2008.
  One dollar from every ticket sold donated to Aoki Foundation, supporting brain science and research.

Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Metal band Fozzy brings their “Judas Rising Tour” to El Paso at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with guests Through Fire, Santa Cruz and Dark Sky Choir. Age 18 and older welcome. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrock.com.


‘On Golden Pond’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Ernest Thompson drama through March 4. Directed by Veronica Flores. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors 62+, students, military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
  Ethel and Norman Thayer return home to Golden Pond for the 48th year, in a love story made famous on film by Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ — Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell Suite C, presents the classic musical, Feb. 24-March 11. Ticket prices and other information: 637-1618, suncitymusicaltheatre.com or on Facebook.

Dancing with The Stars Live! — The hottest dance show on television returns with “Light Up the Night” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Abraham Chavez Theater, with many of the show’s professional dancers performing ballroom and contemporary dances from the ABC hit show. Full cast to be announced. Tickets: $45, $55 and $75. VIP packages: $199 to $599 (Ticketmaster).


XXIII Undécimo Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea
— The 2018 Contemporary Mexican Literature Conference, organized by the UTEP Department of Languages and Linguistics, begins at 9 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3 in the UTEP Student Union Building East. Information: revlitmex@gmail.com. Full schedule at Facebook at Congreso de Literatura Mexicana.
  Featured presenters include:
• A presentation on the book “Algunos poetas de nuestra lengua” by Sergio Mondragón is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Eikins Room, presented by Sergio Mondragón, Gustavo Ogarrio, Cecilia V. Richards and the author.
• Cristina Rivera Garza with “Y los bábaros se quedan a cenar” at 5 p.m. Friday, March 2 in the Tomás Rivera Conference Center (third floor, Union East).

‘Community Encounters: No Ordinary Words’ — El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center presents an evening of dinner and dialogue 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. The community event invites participants to share a meal together, while also sharing their own stories, viewpoints, and perspectives. Admission is free, but reservations are mandatory: Jamie Flores, 351-0048 or jamie@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
  The format will be discussion-based, with a table facilitator to guide the conversation along the theme of “No Ordinary Words.” The table assignments will be lottery-style for each individual participant.

Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile — The “Wheel of Fortune” show’s promotional vehicle will be in El Paso in search of good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Drive. Viewers interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited. Fans can fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game on stage, win prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show. Information: CBS4Local.com or wheeloffortune.com.
  Searches will be held at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m., with each show lasting about an hour.

Monster Jam – The Monster Truck show is 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Celebrating 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. Tickets: $15 ($50 collector’s ticket); ages 2 and older must have tickets (Ticketmaster). Information: monsterjam.com.
  New in 2018 is a Pit Party Early Access pass, which provides early entry to the Pit Party 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and the opportunity to get up close to the trucks and drivers. Regular Pit Party pass is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the general public.


UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, March 1: FIU, 7 p.m.
• Saturday, March 3: WKU.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Wichita Junior Thunder for the final home games at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2-4, at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through April 17. Post time for the season is 12:30 p.m. Nine races will be carded each day. Saturday, March 3: Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap.

El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 36th annual games for those age 50 and older run Feb. 24-May 19 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare, UTEP and Urgent Care Home Heath Inc. All participants have a chance to qualify for the Texas State Senior Games. Registration: $15 for 2 events and t-shirt, plus $5 for each additional event; $45 for all events. Includes t-shirt. Information, registration: 503-6544 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

Monster Jam – The Monster Truck show is 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Celebrating 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. Tickets: $15 ($50 collector’s ticket); ages 2 and older must have tickets (Ticketmaster). Information: monsterjam.com.
  New in 2018 is a Pit Party Early Access pass, which provides early entry to the Pit Party 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and the opportunity to get up close to the trucks and drivers. Regular Pit Party pass is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the general public.

Brain Injury Support Group 5K — El Paso Brain Injury Support Group’s 7th annual 5K run and 1 mile walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Mentis El Paso, 4360 Doniphan, finishing up at El Paso Botanical Garden at Keystone Heritage Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $25; $30 day of race; $20 per person for teams of 10 or more. ($2 gate fee for park) Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com.

4K Chorus Run to Carnegie Hall — The run helping to send Hornedo Choir students to Carnegie Hall is 8 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at Hornedo Middle School, 6101 High Ridge. Cost: $20; $25 on race day. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3. at Up and Running / 3233 N. Mesa, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Southern New Mexico

An Evening with Mark Medoff
— The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, celebrated Mark Medoff’s return to Broadway with a screening of the 1986 film “Children of a Lesser God,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, followed by a questions and answer session with Medoff. Tickets: $10; free for classic film series season pass holders. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.  Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, with a family-oriented blend of circus-styled comedy and juggling, and the amazing talents of more than 30 pets in the show, each one – cats, dogs, birds, and other four-legged friends – were rescued by Greg Popovich from animal shelters. Tickets: $39-$49.

‘Middletown’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents the new play by Will Eno March 2-18 at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Autumn Gieb. This “deeply moving and funny new play” explores the universe of a small American town. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11 and 18; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.

NMSU Department of Music —Atkinson Recital Hall. Information: (575) 646-2304 or music.nmsu.edu. “A Touch of Blue,” faculty and guest artist recital featuring mezzo-soprano Sarah Daughtrey, saxophonist David Box and pianist Justin Badgerow is 730 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with music by Joaquín Nin, Darius Milhaud, Maurice Whitney and William Grant Still, and Afro-Cuban and Guatemalan-influenced works, as well as saxophone-driven selections from the “Negro Lament” song cycle on texts by Langston Hughes. Also featured is the composed song cycle “Blue Diminuendo,” by Music Department Chair Lon W. Chaffin, based on texts by Larry D. Thomas. Call for cost.

West Texas

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — The 32nd annual gathering is March 2-3 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The second oldest of its kind in the country, the event offers stage shows and individual performances by nationally known cowboy poets, musicians and storytellers. Information: (432) 837-2326, 1-800-561-3712 or cowboy-poetry.org.
  Headline events include Celtic Cowboy at 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 2, and Cowboy Humor with Yvonne Hollenbeck, Chris Isaacs and R.P. Smith at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Marshall Auditorium. Tickets: $10 per event.
  A “Life of Charlie Russell” audio/video presentation by Randy Rieman is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, in Marshall Auditorium. Admission: $5 donation to Museum of the Big Bend.
  Other headliners include Doug Figgs, Ryan Fritz, Deanna McCall, Jay Snider and Michael Stevens on Friday, and Gary Allegretto, Ross Knox, Gary Robertson, Trinity Seely and Caitlyn Taussig on Saturday. Showcase events are 7:30 p.m. each night. Cost: $15.
  A chuckwagon breakfast is 7:30 a.m. each morning at Poet’s Grove (east side of Kokernot Field). Cost: $5.


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