El Paso Scene Weekly for Dec. 5-11, 2016
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. A Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com, holdmyticket.com or ticketfly.com.
• Sonata Arctica — The Finish power metal band Tuesday, Dec. 6, with Leaves Eyes, Omnium and Gatherum. Tickets: $26-$67.
• The Sounds — The Swedish indie rockers perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, with Zipper Club and My Jerusalem. Tickets: $23-$25.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
Acoustic on The Patio events are 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
• The Soy Love Volume 1 — The performance benefiting Soy Love Projects is 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, with area bands Soul Parade, Trost House, Wise Weapon, DJ Gambol and Juan Ornelas. Tickets: $3; age 18 and older admitted.
• Assuming We Survive — The pop punk band performs 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $8-$10.
Christine D’Clario — The Christian music singer performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at El Paso County Coliseum, with guest Zohet Heler. Tickets: $9-$23 (Ticketmaster).
D'Clario, born in New York but who grew up in Puerto Rico, has released five musical projects in Spanish and one in English).
Winter Ball on the Border — El Paso Choral Society hosts the fundraising event 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with cocktails, silent auction, dinner, song auction by “Messiah” soloists, and Azucar. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 per table). RSVPs requested, as seating is limited. Information: 259-4999 or epchoralsociety.org.
‘Handel’s Messiah’ and ‘The Gift of Christmas’ — El Paso Choral Society, consisting of more than 100 voices, presents the world’s most beloved and performed Christmas work, Handel’s Messiah, with orchestra and professional soloists at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, conducted by Prentice Loftin, with orchestra concertmaster Dr. Stephanie Meyers. Tickets: $10-$40 (Ticketmaster).
The first half of the program will kick off with the Gift of Christmas featuring world-renown saxophonist Mack Goldsbury, with his Trio featuring Eric Unsorth on string bass and Ricky Malichi on drums. There will be a presentation of Christmas favorites and audience sing-a-longs, ending in a powerful rendition of “O Holy Night.”
Soloists are soprano Natanya Washer, soprano; alto Stephanie Sanchez, tenor Francisco Almanza, and bass Ricardo Herrera. All soloists are native El Pasoans with careers as professional singers living in Baltimore, Houston, Germany, and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, respectively.
Kevin Fowler — The country artist performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Whiskey Dick’s, 1580 George Dieter. Ticket information: 921-9900 or whiskeydickselpaso.com.
The Howling Wolfmen — The German psychobilly band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Mesa Music Hall, 4151 N. Mesa, with The Car Bombs and Lucky Machetes. Tickets: $8. Information: 599-8585 or on Facebook at Mesa Music Hall.
ALSO THIS WEEK
‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 22nd annual musical homage to the community’s Mexican Navidad and American Christmas traditions is 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A. Presented by El Paso Community College Senior Adult Program. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Complimentary tickets available through the Seniors Adult Program: 831-7801.
Luminarias by the Lake — More than 2,500 luminarias will line the walking paths at Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, with sounds of the Holidays, sweet treats and Hot Cocoa available. Proceeds benefit the park. Admission: $4 ($3 military; $1 ages 12 and younger). Memorial garden memorial luminarias: $5. Information: 581-7920 or keystoneheritagepark.org.
‘Gifts are Memories’ — It’s Not Over hosts a free festival with 1,000 free toys for elementary children 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Books are GEMS, 7744 N Loop, with a dance showcase, free books and toys for children, family activities, food, antojitos and vendors.
Information: 497-9501, email@example.com, or on Facebook at itsnotoverbyj.
St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of Guadalupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 10-12, including pilgrimages, masses and a bazaar. The public is welcome. Information/times: 566-2261.
Holiday Posadas — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts performances by various local groups performing among the Holiday lights displays at downtown’s San Jacinto Plaza 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17. Local food vendors will be available, along with arts and crafts and other vendors. Admission is free. Information: 252-9031 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
Lights on the Lake — The display of holiday lights at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, runs through early January. Food vendors available on weekends. Park closes at 8 p.m. Car entry fee is $2. Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at epcountyparks.
The 2nd annual Lighting Ceremony is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, with food trucks and musical entertainment, followed by a showing of “Elf” at 7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets. Admission is free.
The Jingle Bell Jog precedes the lighting at 5 p.m. for people of all ages and pets, to run, walk or stroll in their craziest holiday outfits around the 1.5 mile path around Ascarate Lake. Krispy Kreme donuts at the finish line for all participants.
Christmas Dance with Azucar — USA Dance Chapter 5017, hosts its Christmas dance 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120 Paragon, with music by Azucar, along with dance performances, door prizes, finger foods, and non alcoholic drinks. Social hour is 2 to 3 p.m., with music beginning at 3 p.m. Admission: $20 ($15 chapter members); available at the studio or from any board member. Information: Raquel, 345-6432, Maria, (575) 415-7349, Georgena, 328-0527, or usadance.org.
‘Venite!’ — Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, will host its annual Christmas music presentation, based on “The Star of Bethlehem” documentary by Rick Larson, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Friday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6,9, and 11. Prelude begins 30 minutes before the presentation. Admission is free. Information: 584-3912 or coronadobaptist.org.
Take a look into the ancient heavens through the lens of Scripture and the Hubble telescope, as the wise men of old follow the Star leading them to the Christ Child.
‘A Storybook Christmas’ — Cielo Vista Church’s 25th annual large-scale holiday pageant of music and drama celebrating the Christmas season programs is Dec. 8-11 at the church, 3585 Lee Treviño. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5, available in advance at the church office or online at cielovista.org. Information: 595-0288.
‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, presents the 52nd annual Christmas concerts, “Perspectives,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 4:40 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9-11. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. The event usually sells out early. Tickets: $5 at the church office; $6 online at FBCep.com. Tickets available at the door, only if seats available. Information: 533-1465 or fbcep.
The concerts are complete with a live Christmas chorus comprised of over 160 students and adults, performing traditional and new holiday music. It is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the country.
‘A Savior is Born’ — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual holiday gift to the community at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-11. Experience the birth of a Savior as told through drama, music and dance. Admission is free. Information: 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com.
‘Elf the Musical’ — The Broadway in El Paso series opens its season with the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7-8, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $47.50 and $75 (Ticketmaster).
Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’ — Kids-N-Co. presents a Dr. Seuss take on the Christmas classic, written by Peter Bloedel Dec. 2-11, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Directed by Mia Carreon. 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.
A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets, has zoot-fruited juices and binka-bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo. This tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with, if he ever had his way with the story.
‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the groundbreaking rock musical Dec. 2-11 for its Side Dish student production. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the theater inside the UTEP Student Union Building West, second floor. The musical is about a fictional punk rock band fronted by a transsexual East German singer named Hedwig. For mature audiences. Tickets: $15 ($12 faculty, staff, alumni association members and non-UTEP students; $10 UTEP student with valid ID). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
This genre-bending fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage: a man who suffered a botched sex change operation transformed into the infamous Hedwig.
Each year in December SDSP provides qualified student producers, designers and directors with funds and mentorship enabling them to mount a fully produced musical. These student productions are staged in a specially configured intimate black box setting inside the Dinner Theatre. There will not be any meals served for these productions.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Christmas classic by James W. Rodgers, based on the Frank Capra film, Dec. 8-18. Directed by Sammantha Franco. 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.
“It's a Wonderful Life” has become the American counterpart of “A Christmas Carol.” George Bailey, the everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, considers suicide when a guardian angel appears on Christmas Eve to show him what the world would have been like had he never been born.
‘Revolucion’ — Ballet Folklorico Paso Del Norte presents a patriotic celebration of the revolutionary spirit of Mexico through vibrant and elaborate folkloric dance routines and pageantry. at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at the Chamizal National Memorial. Admission: $7. Information: 588-5743
‘Barrio Christmas’ — Los Actores presents a bilingual production based loosely on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at the Philanthropy Theatre, as part of El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series. Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
This adaptation by writer-director Drime Lockhart tells the story of a bitter storeowner confronted with his past.
The next Jewel Box series performance is the classical-jazz crossover “Indigo Twilight” performed by El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.
‘Humbug & Sugar Plum’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents its new two-part holiday event featuring “Old Scrooge” and “Jazz Nutcracker” Dec. 11-18, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Directed by Rebecca Rivas and choreographed by Lisa Smith. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18. Tickets: $14 ($11 seniors, military, group, UTEP alumni and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students; ages 4-12). Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
“Old Scrooge” is a one-act version of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” and “Jazz Nutcracker” is a jazzy suite of dances based on the quintessential holiday ballet, set in the Big Band era of the 1940s.
Magic Men Live! — Premier Gentlemen presents the “ladies’ night” dance event at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Plaza Theatre, with choreographic displays and themed acts set to the hit music and original compositions. Age 18 and older admitted. Tickets: $20-$75 (Ticketmaster).
McDonald’s Classic Basketball Tournament — The national high school tournament is Dec. 8-10, with 180 of the country’s best student-athletes in boys’ and girls’ basketball from 13 high schools around the country, including El Paso. Most games played at Eastwood High School, with selected games at Bowie, Coronado and Burges. Admission: $3 ($2 students). Information: 373-6708. Full schedule at elpasoclassic.com or on Facebook at McDonald’s Classic - El Paso.
Fishing and Golf Day — First Tee of Greater El Paso and Ascarate Fishing Club co-host the fun day at Ascarate Park Saturday, Dec. 10.
Kids can fish from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m Fishing supplies provided. Parents must stay with children. Free lunch. Information: 790-3788.
Girls Golf is noon to 1:30 p.m. at the First Tee of Greater El Paso Learning Center at the park.
Golf for kids is 1:30 to 4 p.m. Equipment provided. Information: 252-6511 or firstteegreaterelpaso.org.
At 5 p.m. everyone is invited to enjoy “Lights on the Lake” by running or walking around the lake.
A free screening of the movie “Elf” will be shown following the fun run.
El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team opens its home season against the Valencia Flyers Dec. 9-11, at Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets; $20 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.
El Paso Coyotes — El Paso’s new Major Arena Soccer League team hosts the Sonora Soles at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $5-$30. Information: 229-1416, elpasocoyotes.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
Southern New Mexico
‘A New Brain’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents the musical by William Finn and James Lapine through Dec. 11, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Nora Q. Thomas. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sundays Dec. 4 and 11; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
Created by the Tony-winning authors of “Falsettos,” this energetic, sardonic, often comical musical is about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor and the nurses.
He had been reluctantly composing a song for a children's television show that features a frog, “Mr. Bungee,” and the specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal. What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, presents the musical based on L. Frank Baum’s classic story, Dec. 2-18. Directed by Janet Beatty-Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.Tickets: $14 ($13 student, senior, military, $11 children under 6. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Victorian Christmas Evening — The 32nd annual event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway in the historic H.B. Ailman House with holiday music, Christmas cookies, hot apple cider, children’s craft activities and continuous entertainment. The house will be decorated in Victorian style. Admission is free. Information: (575) 538-5921 or silvercitymuseum.org.
El Paso Brass — KRWG presents one of the longest continually performing brass quintets in America, composed of key members of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and other distinguished artists from across the Southwest, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door (ages 6-18 $7.50 in advance; $10 at the door; free for ages 5 and younger). Advance tickets available at KRWG’s offices (Milton Hall on the NMSU Campus), Cutter Gallery in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 646-2222 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
The El Paso Brass was founded more than 40 years ago. Their three CDs are “Happy Holidays,” “Effervescent Brass” and “Let It Snow!”
Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting — The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec. 9, in the plaza. The Mesilla Mayor will switch on the tree at 6 p.m. Shops will be open late for holiday shopping that day, refreshments and some locations; Christmas music will be performed by Zia Middle School. The tree will be decorated with ornaments created by students from an area school. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116
Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet Truth or Consequences’ annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Evelyn Renfro Park with an art hop, bonfires, parade, wagon rides, carolers, prize drawings, Santa Claus and refreshments at downtown Truth or Consequences businesses. Admission is free. Information: (575) 740-3902 or torcmainstreet.org.
Elephant Butte’s luminaria beach walk and parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
Lady of the Mountain — The 3rd annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at Saturday, Dec. 10, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Half marathon and relay races begin at 8 a.m. with 10K and 5K runs at 8:15 a.m. Entry fee (Dec. 6-11) is $50 for the half-marathon, $90 per relay team; $45 for 10K; $40 for 5K; and $10 for Kids 1-mile run. Discount for registration before Dec. 5. Registration at active.com. Information: ladyofthemountainrun.com.
Proceeds benefit the Lady of the Mountain Scholarship at NMSU-Alamogordo.
Fees: $30 half marathon, $50 relay team, $25 10K, $20 5K (through July 31); $35 half marathon, $60 relay team, $30 10K, $25 5K (Aug. 1-Sept. 30); $40 half marathon, $70 relay team, $35 10K, $30 5K (Oct. 1-Nov. 30); $45 half marathon, $80 relay team, $40 10K, $35 5K (Dec. 1-5); and $50 half marathon, $90 relay team, $45 10K, $40 5K (Dec. 6-9). Kids run: $10.
Packet Pick-Up is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at First National Bank Atrium, 414 10th in Alamogordo, and at 6:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.
Elephant Butte Beach Walk and Floating Light Parade — Elephant Butte State Park’s annual luminaria walk is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The event features about 3,000 luminarias, a boat and RV parade, host campfires with free refreshments, Santa Claus, caroling and more. Cost: $5 per car. Information: (575) 740-1777, (575) 744-5923 (state park), or ebcocnm.com.
The Floating Lights Parade and RV Lighting Contest is 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Sur.
Dailey & Vincent — The bluegrass supergroup performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $39-$69. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
Fort Selden Luminaria Tour — The annual holiday event is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Fort Selden State Monument, 1280 Fort Selden Road in Radium Springs, 13 miles north of Las Cruces. The trails and ruins of the 19th-century fort will be lit by luminarias, and visitors will be treated to hot chocolate and a warm campfire. Admission is free that evening. Information: (575) 526-8911 or nmmonuments.org.
From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. The monument, which preserves the ruins of the 19th century fort, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free).
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The annual three-day religious festival in Tortugas, N.M. is Saturday through Monday, Dec. 10-12. The festival is the biggest event of the year in Tortugas, a small village near Mesilla Park that’s home to the Tortugas Indians. Events are centered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Information: (575) 526-8171.
The fiesta traditionally begins on its first day with a procession taking the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the little chapel to the community house rosary and vigil.
The pilgrimage to the Tortugas “A” Mountain usually follows on the second day with a procession at 5 a.m. from Casa del Pueblo to the church. At sundown, pilgrims will light luminarias along the mountain path.
A fiesta Mass will be held followed by dances, traditional dinner and afternoon procession. Call for schedule.
To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.
Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo — Events celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe are Dec. 10-12 at St. Genevieve’s Church and Parish Hall, 100 South Espina and 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave., in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649.
A procession of the virgin is Saturday and Sunday from the hall to the church.
A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be celebrated Monday, followed by dancing by the matachines (Los Danzantes) and Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe members.
The Virgin de Guadalupe figure is kept in the church until New Year’s Day, when she will be taken out at 2 p.m. in a procession accompanied by dancing and pageantry. The figure is then taken home until next December.
‘Holiday Fanfare’ — Mesilla Valley Chorale’s winter concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Under the direction of Nancy Ritchey, the voices of over 40 experienced choral musicians blend to create a memorable musical experience. The Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 647-2560 or riograndetheatre.com.
The program for this year includes a variety of holiday favorites such as “Gesu Bambino,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Variations on Deck the Halls.”