El Paso Scene Weekly for Oct. 3-9, 2016
Mount Cristo Rey: Hike Through Time — A hike with presentations on Mount Cristo Rey and local history is offered at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
The hike is sponsored by El Paso Scene. Hike leader is Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of El Paso Scene, and is also part of the Celebration of Our Mountains. Security is provided by the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee.
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.
Disney on Ice: ‘Worlds of Enchantment’ — Disney’s magical stories come to life Oct. 5-9, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Thursday’s performance in Spanish. Tickets: $15-$60 (Ticketmaster) Ages 2 and older must have ticket.
Chamizal Festival — The festival celebrating the rich cultural history of this area through storytelling, pottery demonstrations, music, dance and theater performances 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free; native crafts available for sale. Information: 532-7273.
Fall El Paso Home and Garden Show — El Paso Association of Builders, in partnership with Show Technology Productions, hosts the 9th annual show is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9 at the El Paso Convention Center, with special guest Chris Lambton, star of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers.” Hours are 2-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission: $7 ($5 seniors 65 and older; free for age 16 and younger and active duty military with ID). Regular admission is $6 with canned food donation. Information: 778-5387 or ElPasoHomeAndGarden.com.
The event includes a New Product Zone, Master Gardener seminars, Kids Zone, Pet Zone, Go Texan Art, Gift & Gourmet Area, and more.
Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Landmarks — The El Paso County Historical Society will host the 13th annual Tour of Homes noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, with seven locations in the neighborhood between Downtown and UTEP. Residents will give guests a personal walk-through of these properties. Pedi cabs available. Funds go to the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association to improve neighborhood residences.
Tickets: $10 ($5 ages 10 and younger); available in advance at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, and day of tour at the Gallery and the Burges House, 503 W. Yandell. Information: Hal Marcus Gallery, 533-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Moore Home, 600 Prospect
• Wells Home, 1423 Hawthorne
• Kohlberg House, 525 Corto Way
• Guzman Home, 1210 Los Angeles
• John R. Karr Home, 520 Prospect
• Burges House, 603 W. Yandell
• Marcus Home and Gallery, 1308 and 1319 Oregon
• Old Home, 501 Randolph
• Turtle House, 516 Corto Way
Turkish Festival — Raindrop Foundation will host its food and craft fair 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Raindrop Turkish House in El Paso, 10767 Gateway West, Suite 610, featuring authentic Turkish food (gyro, kebab, baklava, ravioli, plus Turkish coffee and tea), kids activities, folk dances and other live performances. Admission is free. Information: 400-7450, email@example.com or raindropturkishhouse.org.
Village Vibes Music Festival — The Village of Vinton and Keep Vinton Beautiful hosts the inaugural music festival noon to midnight Saturday, Oct. 8, at Dr. Applegate Park, 7966 Quejette, in Vinton, in support of the village’s community garden and learning center. The festival will showcase a variety of musicians and artists, along with a selection local food truck and vendor offerings. All ages event. Tickets: $15-$20. Information: 886-5104 or villagevibesmusicfestival.com.
Headliner is Jim Ward. Other performers include the Chamanas, Part Time, Frontera Bugalu, Fixed Idea, Jupiter’s Junkies, Johnny Kage, Dusty Low, Chuco Soul Project, Alabama Deathwalk, L.I.G.R.E., Kikimora, Acid Pie, Memoria, Villain’s Kiss, Stan Z, Somos Elefantes, Polaroids, Viva Las Vegas, Freddy Towers, Sabrina James, Heavy Soul, Trost House, Fuya Radio, Dirty Circuits and Frenzi.
UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday) at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Ticket prices vary; information: 747-7795 or utep.edu/music.
• Choir Concert is Monday, Oct. 3. Tickets: $5 ($3 students, military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).
• Symphonic Winds is Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Online tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• La Gusana Ciega — The Mexican alternative pop band performs at9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, with the Chamanas and Carla Riojas. Tickets: $20-$25.
• Bogan Via — The indie pop duo performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, with Luna Aura. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Gringo Star — Atlanta indie rock group, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Tickets: $8-$10.
Paul Rodriguez & DJ Kane — Latin Comedy jam presents the stand-up comic, actor and television producer performs with music stylist DJ Kane at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $22.50, $27.50, $35 and $45 (Ticketmaster).
Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh worldwide (in English and Spanish) for nearly 30 years. His career includes roles in more than 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. He was voted one of the most influential Hispanics in American, and awarded the Ruben Salazar Award by the National Council of La Raza.
DJ Kane performs a unique style of Mexican regional music fused with urban styles like R&B, reggae, hip-hop ad techno. The former lead singer of Los Kumbia Kings, he also enjoyed a successful solo career with hits like “La Negra Tomasa,” and “Mia.” He was also nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Album.
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Rocker Bret Michaels performs Saturday, Oct. 8. All ages show. Admission is free,. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.
Festival de trova Coincidir USA — The show featuring performers from the largest gathering of Mexican singer-songwriters in a single weekend is 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring Leonel Soto, Raul Ornelas, Fernando Delgadillo, Mexicanto, Edgar Oceransky, Miguel Luna, Edel Juarez, Rosalida Gliese 229 and Ilse McCarthy. Tickets; $50, $65 and $95 (Ticketmaster). Information: festivalcoindidir.com or on Facebook.
Adam Trent — Showtime! El Paso opens its season with the performer voted small venue entertainer of the year by CA magazine at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $30 ($10 students); open seating. Information: 544-2022 or showtimeelpaso.com.
Trent was one of the stars of the hit Broadway show “The Illusionists.” Described as “Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield,” his fast-paced audience-interactive performances are part magic, part concert and part stand-up comedy. In addition to TV appearances and over 300 live shows each year, Trent has a vast history of philanthropic work for which “US News & World Report Magazine” named him one of the 10 Most Influential Youths in America.
‘American Wake Tour’ — Cult film composers Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman host an intimate gathering of fine spirits, live music, and grave entertainment Sunday, Oct. 9, at Mesa Music Hall, 4151 N. Mesa, as part of their 30-city expedition with their latest work. VIP doors open at 8 p.m.; general admission at 8:45 p.m. Admission $30; $65 VIP; online at americanmurdersong.com/GetTickets.
Information: 599-8585 or Facebook at Mesa Music Hall.
Zdunich’s and Hendelman’s movies include “Repo! The Genetic Opera” and “The Devil's Carnival.” They pioneered a punk rock approach to storytelling and distribution, touring their musical films like rock concerts.
Their “American Murder Song” events welcome audiences back in time to “The Year Without A Summer,” conjuring the ghosts and bloody crimes of 1816 America, singing tales of untimely death ... and murder. Each “service” will be up-close-and-personal, with limited coffin room available.
Schoolboy Q — The hip-hop artist’s “Blank Face Tour” is 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at El Buchanan’s Event Center, 11540 Pellicano, with Joy Bada$$. All ages show Tickets: $35 (VIP Meet and greet packages $165). Available online at Ticketfly.com.
Songs & Stories — K-Love and Show Hope presents an evening of music with three of the hottest Christian artists, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mac Powell of Third Day and Brandon Heath, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Plaza Theatre, presenting their favorite songs and the stories behind them. Tickets: $25 and $35. VIP tickets with preferred seating and post-show meet and greet are $75 (Ticketmaster)
Bazaars and fairs
Western Hills Autumn Bazaar — The annual fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Western Hills United Methodist Church’s Stewart Family Life Center, 524-A Thunderbird, with vendors, crafts, bake and book sale, door prizes, snack bar and a silent auction. Admission is free. Information: 581-3547, 584-7810, or Willywoo45@aol.com. Web: or westernhillsep.org.
The bazaar is the main fundraiser for the Western Hills United Methodist Women. Proceeds go towards UMC missions and charities.
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 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
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.
La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.com.
ALSO THIS WEEK
‘La Parada’ — The monthly grassroots event celebrating local culture and lifestyles is 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at 501 Bar and Bistro in the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Cover: $5. Information: 351-6023 or on Facebook at laparadaep.
Performers include Radio La Chusma,
Dirty Circuits, Metafisix, Heavy Heads & Friends, Grooveasaurus, and Valley of Ruin, with live art by Fülish and Puro.
This month is dedicated to the Sunset Heights Block Parity; proceeds benefit the event.
Celebration of Our Mountains — For more than 20 years, the celebration has included hiking, biking, birding, climbing, photographing, geocaching, studying and celebrating the natural wonders of the Borderland. For a full line-up of events, visit celebrationofourmountains.org.
UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Joe Olvera, journalist, writer and community activist; and Jorge Chapa, Professor of Latino/a Studies at University of Illinois. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
• Discussion Panel on “Latina Professionals in Intelligence Careers: A View from the Border,” is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Blumberg Auditorium.
• “El Paso” film screening is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at UTEP Union Cinema. The Artegios/IMCINE documentary, directed by Everardo González, is on the history of journalists who fled Mexico and find themselves in an immigration status limbo. Question and answers, with attorney Carlos Spector after the screening.
• “Finding Sanctuary: An Evening of Readings with Chicana Writer Margarita Cota-Cárdenas,” is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Auditorium. Reception follows.
Bliss, Brews and Que — The 5th annual Kansas City BBQ Society-Sanctioned Cook-off is 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan, on Fort Bliss. The event includes barbecue, music, beer, arts and crafts. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Information: 564-5311, or blissbrewsandque.com.
Live music by Austin Freeman, Double Clutchers and Rockabilly Strangers Friday; Pigeon Rustlers, Sorry About Your Sister, C.W. Ayon and Killer B Flats Saturday.
EPHS Centennial Reunion — El Paso High School, which turns 100 on Sept. 18, 2016, will celebrate with an attempt is planned Guinness World Record for the Largest High School Reunion ever during the Centennial Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 8, with class reunions and school tours. Eve of the “E” is Thursday at the school’s R. R. Jones Stadium; a Centennial Presentation is Friday at the school, and the Homecoming Football game is Saturday. VIP access available for donations of $25 or more.
The record to beat is 3,299 students, faculty and staff members that was set by Stadium High School in Tacoma, Wash. in 2006 also in celebration of their school's centennial.
Check-In for record attempt opens at 9 a.m. Kickoff for the Battle of the Claw is 11 a.m. GWR Attempt is 30 to 45 minutes after the game end (about 3 p.m.) Participants need to gather for 10 minutes on the football field for record to be valid.
There will be volunteers from EPCC, UTEP, GECU and soldiers from Fort Bliss to assist crowd control along with verification. They will assist the adjudicator from GWR to verify all 3,300 Tigers.
Volunteers needed; arrival at 8 a.m. to the speed the rate at which participants check in. For more information or to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a good cause
That ’70s Gala — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger’s fundraising gala is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9541 Plaza Circle, with high-end classic car show, live and silent auction, casino night, and live music from Fungi Mungle. Tickets: $50 ($500 table for 10). Information: 298-0353 or elpasoansfightinghunger.org.
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger is the city’s only food bank. Work supported by the Food Bank includes food distribution to 110 agencies and food pantries in El Paso, mobile pantries, and social services outreach. Money raised stays locally to fight food insecurity in the area.
El Paso Wine and Food Festival — The Rotary Club of El Paso hosts the festival fundraiser noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at El Paso Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan. Wines from over 45 wineries and food from El Paso's top restaurants served. Tickets: $100; $1,000 posse of 12. Information: 833-6616 or elpasowinefest.com.
Reserve tasting is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Coronado Country Club.
Compassionate Friends ‘Walk to Remember’ — Compassionate Friends’ 3rd annual walk is 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood. The 1.5-mile walk honors the memory of a deceased child or sibling, and raises funds for an upcoming local conference, with a balloon release and potluck picnic. Vendors welcome and will be present to offer information on services and supports for the community. Registration is free. Information: 740-5496 or elpasotcf.org.
Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is off Dawson Drive next to the Sun Bowl. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (open until 7 p.m. Thursday) and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 747-6151, rubincenter.utep.edu or on Facebook at RubinCenter.
Showing Oct. 5-Dec. 17: Feral Federation by Agency. Feral Federation reveals emerging geographies of contested urban enclaves governed by non-state actors, operating beyond the control of nation-states. Opening reception is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Arts International 2016 — The El Paso Art Association’s Regional Juried Art Exhibit opens with a reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso).
Emily Martin Loya, general manager of KCOS-TV, is master of ceremonies. This year’s judge is artist Gaspar Enriquez.
The show is El Paso’s largest juried art competition, with 40 artists participating in various media. The show runs through Nov. 12.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
‘Our Lady of the Tortilla’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the comedy by Luis Santeiro through Oct. 9. 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 volatile Cruz family find their life upended when one discovers the “face of the Holy Virgin” in a tortilla.
‘The Fantasticks’ — El Paso Community College Theater presents the musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt through Oct. 9 at Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North, directed by Keith Townsend. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Ages 7 and older admitted. Tickets: $15 ($10 non-EPCC student/military with ID, $7 EPCC students, faculty, staff, seniors with ID). Available at the door, cash or check only. Children under 6 not admitted. Information: 831-5056 or epcc.edu/theater.
Two neighboring fathers trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. When the two children become aware of the deception, they end the arranged match and separate. The rest of the story tells how the two renew their vows with more maturity.
The musical was inspired by the play “Les Romanesques” by Edmund Rostand.
‘The Doctor in Wonderland’ — Kids-N-Co. presents gives Lewis Carroll’s classic a “Doctor Who” touch Oct. 7-23 at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Written by Don Zoldis and directed by Raul Chavez. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citizens, military), available at the door. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.
‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre in the UTEP Student Union opens its 34th season through Oct. 16, with the musical based on the 1994 movie. Two drag queens and a transsexual, along with their colorful bus named Priscilla, cross the Australian outback. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday dinner show is 1:30 p.m. Oct. 2; non-dinner shows are 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16. For mature audiences. Tickets: $34.50 to $46.50 Friday and Saturday; $31.50-$41.50 Wednesdays, Thursdays and first Sunday; $17.50-$27.50 non-dinner matinees; 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
‘As Is ... 2 Painters and 2 Poets’ — Painters Susan Amstater and Connie Dillman join poets Dorothy Ann Leach and Jacquelyn Stroud Spier in the season opener of El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box series at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Philanthropy Theatre. Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org. Presented by Impact: Programs of Excellence.
The performance will include paintings and poetry readings from their third and latest book, “As Is.”
‘Clarence Darrow,” — No Strings Theatre Company presents the play by David Rintels directed by larrychandler and performed by PJ Waggaman at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $12 ($10 students, seniors over 65). Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
Rintels has more than 35 films, screenplays, miniseries, and specials to his credit. His play, “Clarence Darrow” has been produced since 1991.
Darrow was an American lawyer, leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union and prominent advocate for economic reform. Called a “sophisticated country lawyer” he remains notable for his wit. The play is the story of this famous attorney reminiscing over his long and renowned career including the “Scopes Monkey” trial and the sensational Leopold and Loeb case.
Waggaman has acted for more 30 years and worked with Al Pacino in “Scarface,” John Goodman in “The Babe,” and Helen Mirren in “Love Ranch.”
UTEP Volleyball — Ticket information: 747-6150 or utepathletics.com.
• 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7: Charlotte
• Noon, Sunday, Oct. 9: Southern Miss
UTEP Women’s Soccer — Home games are at UTEP’s University Field. Tickets: $5 general admission. Information: 747-6150 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7: North Texas
• Noon, Sunday, Oct. 9: Rice.
UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame — The 14th Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony honoring the best of UTEP athletes and coaches is Friday, Oct. 7, at UTEP’s Larry K. Durham Sports Center. Call for times, cost. Information: 747-8759 or utepathletics.com.
The 2016 inductees are Orsten Artis, Harrington Jackson, Gerina Mendoza, Brian Natkin and Mack Saxon.
UTEP Football — The Miners host Florida International at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tickets: $12-$150. Information: 544-5234 or utepathletics.com.
Carrera Internacional del Migrante 10K — The 10K race and 1 mile fun run is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in San Jacinto Plaza. Cost: $25 through Oct. 6; $30 Oct. 7. No race day registration. Online registration at raceadeventuresunlimited.com.
Run Like A Nut 5K — The 5K benefiting New Mexico Pecan Festival is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Community Center Park on Calle de Santiago in Mesilla, N.M. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 day of race. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Franklin Wrestling 5K — Franklin High School’s wrestling team’s fundraising 5K and 1-mile walk is 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Franklin High School, 900 N. Resler. Register at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Southern New Mexico
Southwestern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Oct. 5-9 at the Luna County fairgrounds in Deming. The event includes livestock shows, arts and crafts exhibits, a fair queen crowning, parade, baked goods and produce sales, other food vendors, rodeo events, livestock auction, entertainment, horse shows, a carnival and dances. Information: (575) 546-5255 or on Facebook at swnmsf.
Sierra County Fair — The annual county fair is Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6-9, at Sierra County Fair Barn in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups and family activities. Admission is free. Information: Sierra County Extension Service, (575) 894-2375 or sierracountynewmexico.info.
Chris Young — The country superstar’s “I’m Comin’ Over” tour is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces, with special guests Dan + Shay, and Cassadee Pope. Tickets: $39.50 and $49.50 (Ticketmaster).
Young is a Grammy-nominated international songwriter with six No. 1 hits, including “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow” and “Who I Am With You.”
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com. Shanghai Acrobats perform choreographed jaw-dropping feats at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Tickets: $39-$79.
Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium — Cowboy poets, musicians, craftsmen and chuckwagon cooks meet for the 27th annual symposium 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7-9, at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Admission: $25. Evening concerts and chuckwagon meal tickets sold separately. Multi-day packages and group rates available. Tickets, information: (575) 378-4140 or cowboysymposium.org.
The Symposium offers continuous music, poetry and storytelling, western demonstrations and more. A variety of children’s activities, including a Kids’ Rodeo, are offered. A Western Expo features 110 vendors selling western art, saddles, tack, hats, boots and western clothing, jewelry, home accessories, books and more.
Evening concerts offered Oct. 6-8:
• Thursday: Dave Alexander Band; The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears & Paul Franklin. Tickets: $75.
• Friday: Janie Fricke and Moe Bandy with Coby Carter and Billy Mata. Tickets: $65.
• Saturday: Johnny Rodriguez and Tawny Reynolds (from “The Voice”) with Jody Nix. Tickets: $40.
The World’s Richest Chuckwagon Cook-off is all weekend. Competitors in the $13,000 event are judged not only for their food, but the authenticity of their wagons and attire. Chuckwagon lunch is noon Saturday, and breakfast is 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost per plate: $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday.
Red Hot ArtFest and Studio Tour — The annual event runs daily Oct. 7-16 at studios and galleries in Silver City, N.M. with art shows, receptions, studio tours, demonstrations, youth activities and workshops. Headquarters are the Seedboat Gallery, 214 W Yankie, with information, brochures, maps and guides, as well as the Independent and Studio Artists’ Exhibit. Information: (575) 313-9631 or silvercitygalleries.com.
The Red Dot Soiree is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Seedboat Gallery, with wine and refreshments. Tickets: $15.
The Art Fest Indie & Studio Exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8-16, featuring work by Silver City Art Association independent artists as well as studio artists.
A grand “Champagne and Chocolates” closing reception with and art-inspired fashion on a canvas of bodies is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Seedboat Gallery. Admission is free.
The event includes 25 different art venues, concentrated in or near historic downtown Silver City; plus 20 artist studios.
Native Drums with Yolanda Martinez — Doña Ana Arts Council, in association with Heritage Hotels and Resorts, opens its 2016/2017 New Mexico Heritage Series with the three-time Grammy winning musician, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $17 main floor: $12 balcony. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
Gila Monster Gran Fonda — The bicycle rides through the Mimbres Valley and Gila Wilderness are 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Options are 32, 50, 70 and 103 miles. All involve considerable climbing: from 2,832 feet for the 32-mile route to 9,131 feet for the 103-mile route. Information, registration: tourofthegila.com or (575) 590-2612.
Columbus Day Festival — The annual festival is Saturday, Oct.8, in the historic village of Columbus, N.M. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on N. Boundary, followed by all day entertainment, vendors and games in the Columbus Park Plaza. Admission is free. Columbus is 65 miles west of Santa Teresa and 30 miles south of Deming. Information: (575) 494-0009.
Doña Ana Doll Club Show & Sale — The annual doll and accessory show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Scottish Rite Temple, 195 Boutz, Las Cruces. Includes dolls, doll accessories, Teddy bears, fabrics and trims, toys and miniatures by vendors from four states. Silent auction will also be held. Minor repairs available on site. Admission: $2 (free for ages 10 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1413.
Los Leones de Mesilla Car Show — Los Leones de Mesilla (Mesilla Lion’s Club) will host its annual car show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. The show features hot rods, muscle car (pre-1972), trucks, low riders, motorcycles), and classics. Admission is free for spectators. Information: (575) 524-3262 or mesillanm.gov.
Pagan Pride Day — Las Cruces Pagan Pride Council hosts its celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Pioneer Women’s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Avenue, with entertainment, networking, story weaving, hand picked vendors and more. Admission is free with a donation or canned goods or pet food for Camp Hope or Humane Society with animal adoptions. Information: (915) 316-4399
Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cook-Off — The annual festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho in Las Cruces. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out. Winners announced at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the NMSU College of Agriculture. Maze admission: $12 ($10 children; free for children under 2). Samples available for $1 per sample. Information: (575) 526-1919 or rootintootinribs.com.
The Lantern Fest — The all-ages celebration of life, love and memories is Saturday, Oct. 8, at Southern New Mexico Speedway, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Families can roast s’mores, decorate their lanterns, and enjoy entertainment including a stage show, face painters, princesses, inflatables, and live music. After sunset, participants come together to release their lanterns. Gates open at 3 p.m. Information on Facebook at thelanternfest.
Lantern passes required in advance for admission; available online at thelanternfest.com/location/el-paso/ Each pass comes with a lantern, marker, s’mores kit and lighter. Passes are $30 through Aug. 26; $35 Aug. 27-Sept. 30; and $45 Oct. 1-7.
Fort Selden Frontier Day — The annual celebration at Fort Selden State Monument, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Frontier Day features living history demonstrations, a special presentation on the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at the fort after the Civil War, reenactments of frontier living history, entertainment and more.
The monument is in Radium Springs 13 miles north of Las Cruces. Admission is $3; (ages 16 and under free). Information: (575) 526-8911, 1-800-429-9488, nmculture.org or nmmonuments.org.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets sold through Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com. The popular Christian artist Chris Tomlin performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Tickets: $25.
LCSO with Caroline Goulding — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra presents the guest violinist Oct. 8-9 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, performing the music of Daugherty, Beethoven and Prokofiev. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
‘Belles: The Reunion’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, presents Mark Dunn’s play through Oct. 16. Directed by Gail Wheeler. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12 ($11 student, senior, military, $9 children under 6; $10 per person for groups of 10 or more; $5 student rush tickets offered 15 before show time. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
‘Agamemnon’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents the Greek Tragedy by Aeschylus, first performed in 458 B.C., translated by Robert Fagles, Oct. 7-23 at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Algernon D’Ammassa. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sundays Oct. 16 and 23; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.