El Paso Scene Weekly for July 13-19, 2015
Texas Showdown Festival — The 6th annual tattoo and music festival is noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 17-19, at El Paso County Coliseum, with 300 tattoo artists from around the globe, tattoo competitions, food and beer garden, and live music. Tickets: $49.50-$59.50 per day; $150-$165 three-day pass (Ticketmaster). Age 12 and younger free with adult admission. Information: 626-4799 or texastattooshowdownfestival.com.
Friday’s headliner is Ice Cube with Atmosphere, Yelawolf, Futuristic, Lavell Jones, Rare Individuals and Ramada.
Saturday’s headliner is Limp Bizkit, with Buckcherry, Hollywood Undead, Pop Evil, Otep, Upon a Burning Body and Pissing Razors.
Sunday’s headliner is The Offspring, with Pepper, Iration, DJ Starscream (#0 Sid Wilson of Slipknot) and Bash.
Dancing With The Stars Live! — In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the hit ABC show presents its “Perfect Ten Tour” at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Abraham Chavez Theater. Hosted by Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft, the tour features the pro dancers Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson. Cast subject to change. Tickets: $32.50, $52.50, $62.50 and $72.50 (Ticketmaster).
The dancers are unleashed in the 90-minute action packed live show, produced by Faculty Productions in association with BBC Worldwide. The show presents choreography never before seen on the show as well as some of the most memorable numbers from all ten years of Dancing with the Stars.
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Calabrese — The horror punk band performs 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, with Sluthammer, Extremity and The Lucky Machetes. Tickets: $10.
• Authority Zero — The punk band’s “Summer Sickness Tour is 8 p.m. Sunday, July 19, with Counterpunch and Rubedo. Tickets: $13 in advance; $14 at the door.
El Paso Summer Music Festival — El Paso Summer Music Festival’s 2015 Summer “Full Circle-Bridging Generations” Concert is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Art Festival Plaza. The concert will feature Brian Asawa, countertenor, and Natanya Washer, soprano. Washer, is an El Pasoan and a former finalist in EPSMF’s inaugural competition in 2010. She is currently a student at the Peabody Institute. Tickets: $25 ($10 students), available at the door. Information: 449-0619 or epsmf.org.
Also performing is pianist Samuel Barron as the winner of the 2015 Young Musicians’ Competition. Barron is a sophomore in the IB program at Coronado High School and has been playing the piano for ten years under the instruction of Anna Habicht.
Also presented at the concert is second place winner Orlando Barajas, violist, an 18-year-old from Juárez; and third place winner Leonard Ayala, baritone, a senior at Maxine Silva Magnet High School. Recognition for Achievement will be awarded to Raúl Dominguez, viola, a student at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez; cellist Perla Cardenas, a freshman at UTEP; and violinist Jeeyoon Kim, a sophomore at Coronado High School.
El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music events.
Cool Canyon Nights — Townsquare Media’s summer series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre. This year’s series also offers weekly craft beer specials, a VIP lounge, food trucks, a photo booth, and free rides from the base of the canyon from Casa Nissan. Information: 534-0600 or elpasolive.com, kisselpaso.com or on Facebook at CoolCanyonNights. July 16: Family Night with Toll Booth Willie.
Alfresco! Fridays —The free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. July 17: Tejas Band (Spanish variety). No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633 or alfrescofridays.com.
Music Under the Stars — The 32nd summer concert series, presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial. July 19: Dos Santo Anti Beat Orquestra, Latin Fusion. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110 , 532-7273 (Chamizal), elpasoartsandculture.org or on Facebook at Music Under The Stars.
Concertgoers may park at the El Paso Zoo and take a shuttle to the park for free from 6:30 to 10 p.m. (6 to 10 p.m. July 4).
Grills are allowed at the park except in the inner part known as the bowl. Smoking not allowed in the bowl area. Glass containers, pets, and outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed in park grounds. Food and beverages will be for sale by the food vendors.
also this week
Chihuahuas Play Day at the Park — El Paso Chihuahuas and Graco host a free play day for children age 6 and younger and their parents or guardians 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, a Southwest University Park (enter through Santa Fe Gates only). Play in Chico’s Playground, have water fun in the splash pad, jump around in the bounce houses and more. Chico and Sarah the Cow from Sarah Farms will be available to take pictures, and kids can enjoy the Southwest Dairy Farmers Mobile Dairy Classroom. Story time with Chico is 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Pre-register at bit.ly/GracoPlayDay. Information: EPChihuahuas.com.
Rock the House III — Isaiah House of El Paso hosts its 3rd annual dance benefit 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, July 17, Isaron Hall, River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club Road. Buffet dinner served 7 to 8 p.m., followed by music and dancing. Raffle items include artwork created by prisoners. Tickets: $25; $200 table of 10. Information: 999-2237 or isaiahhouseelp.org.
All proceeds benefit Isaiah House, a faith-based transition home for men returning from incarceration.
Outdoor Expo — Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley, hosts the expo to help the community connect with outdoors and nature noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, with exhibitors, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Information: 562-9899.
Dancing in the City — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs and Destination El Paso hosts the 6th annual outdoor dance concert series 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at Convention Center Plaza, Downtown. July 18: Son Monacras, cumbia. Dance lesson is 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 18-19, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $5 ($4 active duty military; under 12 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.
Days of Remembrance Summer Expo — The 10th annual Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 summer expo is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Socorro Entertainment Center 11200 Santos Sanchez. The event features area experts in weddings, quinceañeras, Sweet 16s and special events, including florists, skin care, gowns, tuxedos, entertainment, choreography and more. Samples will be given, as well as giveaways. Hosted by Elegant Penguin Enterprises. Admission: $5. Information: 927-3648 or elegantpenguinenterprises.com.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
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. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase on patio 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music.
La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sundays with art, crafts, barbecue and other food, wine and live music by Live by Request. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
‘Pippin’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, 2nd floor Union Building on the UTEP campus, closes its season with the popular Stephen Schwartz musical July 10-26. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday dinner shows are 2:30 p.m.; non-dinner show Sunday 1:30 p.m. (non-dinner matinee dates to be announced). Tickets: $31.50-$46.50 dinner shows; $17.50-$27.50 non-dinner matinees. Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.
A mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, tells the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. Pippin and his father Charlemagne are actual characters from the early Middle Ages, but the play does not attempt to tell their actual history.
‘Viva El Paso!’ — El Paso Community Foundation has joined with El Paso Live and the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance to present the return of the summertime outdoor musical extravaganza with performances at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 8, at to McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Tickets: $14-$20; $10-$16 age 2-12; $12-$18 seniors 65 and older (Ticketmaster).
The show chronicles the 400-year history and cultural evolution of the El Paso region, celebrating the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun: Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Western American. A cast of over 50 performers brings these cultures and their history to the stage through drama, song and dance.
EPCC Summer Repertory Season — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio presents its summer repertory season at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre. 9570 Gateway North. Admission: $15 general admission: $10 EPCC staff, non-EPCC students, seniors; $7 EPCC students. Information: 831-5056, 637-4029 or forumtheater.wix.com/epcc.
“Bonnie and Clyde” runs July 16-19. The El Paso premiere of this Tony-nominated musical combines a nontraditional score of blues, gospel, and rockabilly music. At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Directed by EPCC Artistic Director Keith Townsend.
‘Steel Magnolias’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Robert Harling classic, July 17-Aug. 8. Directed by Veronica Frescas. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors; $7 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies “who are anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy.
Southern New Mexico
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.
• Evening in the Round – Three of Nashville’s most revered songwriters, Linda Davis, Lang Scott and Bill Whyte, share their music and tales from the backside of song creation at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. Tickets: $39-$50.
• Johnny Rivers – The nostalgic rocker performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18. With more than 30 million records sold and a slew of top Billboard hits like “Secret Agent Man,” “Baby I Need Your Lovin’,” “The Midnight Special,” this soulful rocker with sharp vocals is a favorite. Tickets: $39-$99.
Daughtry — The popular rock band performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $35-$100. . Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
Silver City Fiber Arts Festival — The SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective hosts its 3rd annual fundraising event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, at Grant County Conference Center, 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City, with fine fiber art vendors, special exhibits, classes, fiber art supplies, and demonstrations. Information: fiberartscollective.org.
Special exhibits include seeds by SAQA (New Mexico Studio Art Quilt Associates), silk painting, Adobe Wool Arts Guild, Vintage and Contemporary Needlework, Colcha Embroidery, Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective, Tres Manos Weaving of New Mexico, Amish and Navajo Connections.
Hummingbird Festival — The annual festival is Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, at Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern, 1122 NM Hwy 35 (Lake Roberts, about 27 miles north of Silver City). The festival highlights the various species of hummingbirds in the area, along with guest speakers and live entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 536-9649 or littletoadcreek.com.
Bluegrass Festival — The 20th annual all-day festival begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Weed Community Center in Weed, N.M. The event offers continuous live music, food, arts and crafts, plus entertainment for kids. Admission: $15 (free for ages 12 and younger). Information: (575) 687-3316, (575) 687-3648, (575) 687-2302, or weednm.org.
Open mic is 8 to 8:45 a.m. with guest bands beginning at 9 a.m. Featured bands include Simple Gifts, Texas Country, Vintage, Bost Family Traditions, From the Heartland Bluegrass, Blue Sky Country and Pecos Valley Bluegrass. Master of Ceremonies is Kim Chesser.
A Bluegrass gospel devotional service is 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 19. Admission is free.
To get there: take Hwy 130, turn right at Cloudcroft, and follow the signs to Weed, which is 23 miles southeast of Cloudcroft.