El Paso Scene Weekly for Nov. 24-30, 2014
FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade — The 77th annual Sun Bowl Parade begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Day), at Montana and Ochoa and proceeds east three miles to Copia. Review stand tickets (near First Baptist Church, 805 Montana): $5; available at all Circle K stores, FirstLight Credit Union branches and the Sun Bowl Office. Information: 533-4416.
This year’s grand marshal is Nolan Richardson, an El Paso native son whose basketball career spanned playing for legendary coach Don Haskins to himself earning a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame for achievements that included an NCAA Championship for the University of Arkansas.
The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935, and was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was changed to Thanksgiving Day. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the region.
PURLING HISS — Monday, Nov. 24. at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Information: 356-0966 or thelowbrowpalace.com.
Holiday Revels — UTEP department’s annual gala holiday, featuring two evening of song and dance in the style of Christmas Revels, is 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $5 ($3 seniors, military non UTEP students, free for children 6 and younger, UTEP staff, student and faculty). Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/music.
La Arrolladora Banda Limón — The Mexican music group performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $36.50 and $50. (Ticketmaster).
Arrolladora Banda Limón was formed by clarinet player René Camacho, who became involved in local traditional Mexican music in the mid-’60s, and was a top-selling act by the 1990s.
‘Life in Color: Unleash’ — “The World’s Largest Paint Party” comes to El Paso at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at El Paso Convention Center. The show fuses high-energy music, art, dance, and paint into one mind blowing combination. All ages show. Tickets: $25.50 general admission (Ticketmaster). Information: LifeInColor.com.
“Life In Color” began in 2006 on college campuses in Florida. Since then, it has quickly taken the Americas by storm positioning itself as a one of a kind experience. The event features top DJ’s The Chainsmokers, Brillz and David Solano, plus aerial acts, stilt walkers, contortionists and fire shows, leading up to famous “Paint Blast.”
NETSKY — The dance artist known for hits like “Running Low” featuring Beth Ditto, brings hit “Stay Up With Me” Tour to El Paso Sunday, Nov. 30, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 or trickyfalls.com.
ALSO THIS WEEK
‘Shrek: The Musical’ — Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents the hit musical based on the animated feature film, Nov. 28-Dec. 21. Directed by Skyler Carreon, musical direction by Laura Sambrano, and choreography by Mia Carreon. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7 ($5 students, seniors, military). Information 351-1455 or on Facebook.
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits.
‘Treasures of the Southwest,” Charity Art Auction — Open Arms Community hosts its charity auction 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at St. Pius X Hall, 1050 North Clark, featuring a live Art Auction, silent auction, music, and delicious refreshments, as well as sale tables of collectibles and gift items. Music provided by The 7th Avenue Band. Admission is free. Information: 595-0589 or openarmscommunity.org.
Funds raised will benefit the Open Arms/Centro Santa Fe Food Bank and Help for the Poor.
Some of the well-known local artists represented include Alberto Escamilla, Bert Saldaña, R.J. Williams, Patricia Renteria, Al Borrego, Manuel Alvarado, Hal Marcus, Candy Meyer and Krystyna Robbins.
Founded in 1972 as a small prayer group, Open Arms includes many different forms of service to individuals and groups in the El Paso area including a food bank, distribution center for clothes, household goods, and emergency help for families in economic crisis, weekly prayer meetings in English and Spanish and more.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.
The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.
Pet adoptions and goodies for dogs every last Saturday of the month.
Art a la Cart — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts and artisans and show noon to 4 p.m. the last Saturday of the month. The Nov. 29 event is a Holiday Craft Show. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.
UU Holiday Bazaar — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will host its annual bazaar and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, with music food, handcrafted items, jewelry, toys, books, Christmas decorations and more. Information: 584-7823 or uuelpaso.org.
Blessing of Nativities — Sacred Earth Ministry of St. Pius X will host its annual blessing of nativity displays 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at St Pius X Community Center, 1050 N. Clark. Information: Mike, 757-9395.
The ministry’s patron saint is Saint Francis of Assisi, who is the originator of the first nativities as well as patron saint of animals and the environment.
Model railroad open house — The Railroad Model and Historical Association of El Paso will sponsor its 65th annual open house 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday in November at 6335 Vaughn Court (between Delta and Alameda, just west of Ascarate), with more than 1,000 square feet of colorful model trains representing American and Mexican railroads from the age of steam to modern diesels. One train is fitted with a cab-mounted video camera to see the journey from the “engineers seat.” Trains include O gauge with smoke and whistles, HO gauge passenger and freight trains, and N scale (postage stamp trains) navigating around mountain peaks and river. Admission is free. Information: 500-9347 or on Facebook at ModelRailroadersofElPaso.
El Paso Rhinos - El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Oklahoma City Blazers Nov. 28-30 at the 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. information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com. Home games
UTEP Football — The Miners host Middle Tennessee for the final regular season game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Regular home game time is 6 p.m. Tickets: $12-$45. Information: 747-5234, 544-8444 or utepathletics.com.
Iron Turkey 5K and ‘Turkey Olympics’ — UTEP’s Phi Delta Theta’s 5th annual 5k Run, 1 Mile Walk and Turkey Olympics is Thanksgiving Day, 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at The Greenery, Sunland Park Mall. Proceeds benefit ALS Association of New Mexico. Cost: $25 for 5K (by Nov. 24); $30 Nov. 25-26. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.
Packet pick-up is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 25-26, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa. No race day registration or packet pick up.
Turkey Olympics cost is $20 for first event, $10 each addition event or first event with run entry fee.
A Turkey Olympic costume contest also planned with Greenery gift cards for first, second and third place.
YMCA Turkey Trot — The 38th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K run, 5K team challenge and 3K fun walk benefiting the YMCA’s Strong Teens Campaign begin at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at YMCA offices, 808 Montana (at Virginia). The Turkey Trot is the oldest road race in El Paso, and follows the Sun Bowl Parade Route. Cost: $25 per event through Nov. 21; $30 Nov. 21-26; $35 on race day. Information: 584-9622. Entry forms available at all YMCA branches; online preregistration at elpasoymca.org.
Team competition is four runners any gender combination. Registration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A free costume contest is also planned.
Southern New Mexico
Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs Nov. 28-Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 22nd annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:15 to 9:30 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m.
The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The village includes a gallery full of Southwestern gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 2-11 (under 4 free with lap pass). Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516 or christmasonthepecos.com.
Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade — The 23rd annual Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the historic Downtown district. Information: (575) 534-1700.
The parade begins at the Grant County Courthouse, travels east on Broadway Street and turns north onto Bullard Street. The parade includes motorized floats, wagons or carts, lighted cars and bicycles, walking and other entries.
Gerardo Ortiz — The regional Mexican singer-songwriter performs Saturday, Nov. 29, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $40-$100. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.