El Paso Scene Weekly for March 28-April 3, 2016
MUSIC AND DANCE
Matthew Logan Vasquez — The founder of the folk rock band Delta Spirit performs Tuesday, March 29, with Reverend Baron, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. (show time at 10 p.m.). Tickets: $8-$10. Online tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
‘STOMP’ — Jam Theatricals and El Paso Live present the hit musical at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Plaza Theatre. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Tickets; $37.50-$62.50. information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, “Stomp” has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries in front of more than 24 million people.
JackDevil — The Brazilian metal band first North American Tour is 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Mesa Music Hall, 4151 N. Mesa. Tickets: $5. Information: 599-8585 or on Facebook at Mesa Music Hall.
UTEP Orchestra Concert — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, t Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Directed Dr. Lowell E. Graham, with music by Beethoven, Bach, Liadov and Enescu. Featured soloist will be the winner of the UTEP Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Tickets: $3-$5; free with UTEP ID. Information: 747-7795 or utep.edu/music.
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Live music nightly. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com. Free entry. Tribute bands are 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays:
• March 31: Tennessee River (Alabama)
• April 2: Sanctuary (Iron Maiden).
Wind Symphony Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. El Paso Wind Symphony, now in its 20th season, is a professional concert band made primarily of residents of the Greater El Paso Area, most of whom are band directors in public and private schools. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.
Opening Night Gala — El Paso Ballet Theatre (formerly El Paso Youth Ballet) hosts its Opening Night Gala at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2-3, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium, with excerpts from the classical ballets, Swan Lake and Don Quixote. Cost: $20 ($10 children 10 and under). Information 760-6062 or epyouthballet.com.
El Paso Ballet Theatre will open with the new work “Transcendence” by choreographer Rafael Chavez, a piece about overcoming grief, memory, and finding peace after the passing of a loved one. Other pieces include Don Quixote Suite to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’s death, ending with 2nd Act of one of the best known classical works: Swan Lake.
The company will feature Cuban dancer, Yosvani Cortellan former soloist with San Antonio Ballet, and invited guest from Human Nature Contemporary Ballet. Lesley Lopez and Ariela Katz will dance in leading roles.
TobyMac — The Christian rocker headlines the “Hits Deep Tour” is 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with Britt Nicole, Building 429, Colton Dixon, Capital Kings, Finding Flavor and Hollyn. Presented by Food for the Hungry. Tickets: $8.25-$62.75 (Ticketmaster).
ALSO THIS WEEK
First Pitch Luncheon — The Chihuahuas Foundation offers fans the opportunity to dine with players and coaches of the 2016 Chihuahuas and San Diego Padres at the First Pitch Luncheon to benefit YMCA of El Paso and the Chihuahuas Foundation 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the El Paso Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets: $125; nine-person tables are $1,000 to $1,250. A limited number of tables will feature a Chihuahuas or Padres player or coach on a first come first serve basis. Reservations: Nick Seckerson, 242-2008 or EPChihuahuas.com.
This year’s special guests are San Diego Padres field manager Andy Green and legendary Padres closer Trevor Hoffman.
The luncheon will include question and answer segments featuring the El Paso Chihuahuas broadcaster, Tim Hagerty, and an auction.
Sun City Fair — The fair and music festival is April 1-9, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Attractions and entertainment includes a petting zoo, “TopBird,” bird show from Las Vegas, Puppetone Rockers, Rhinestone Roper show, pony and camel rides and Knockerball. Most activities free with admission unless otherwise noted; camel and pony rides and Knockerball are $5 each. Admission: $10 ($5 age 5-12, age 60 and older, and military). Weekend ride wristband pass: $25. Information: 1-866-993-2477.
Headline entertainment is 7 p.m. the April 7-9:
Headliners are classic rock icons Steppenwolf on Friday, country star John Michael Montgomery Saturday and cumbia group Tropicalisimo Apache Sunday.
Attractions and entertainment includes a petting zoo, “TopBird,” bird show from Las Vegas, Puppetone Rockers, Rhinestone Roper show, pony and camel rides and Knockerball.
“An Evening of Art and Fashion” — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild hosts a fundraising event showcasing local artists and artisans 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at EPIC Railyard Event Center 2201 E. Mills, with a cocktail party and no host bar, hors d’oeuvres provided by Mesa Street Bar & Grill, artistic vendors and a fashion show from Starr Western Wear, Armoire and Ella Blu. Silent Auction also held along with a raffle for a dinner for eight with Zuill Bailey. Cost: $100. Interested artists or vendors may call Joann Wardy, 355-0992 or Janis Paul, 373-0080.
Massing of the Colors — Veterans, school and civic organizations will participate the annual event 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar, sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. All civic, veteran, patriotic, Girl and Boy Scout organizations are invited to participate. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 755-4038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Massing of the Colors is a non-sectarian ceremony, dating back to 1922, that recognizes the sacrifices of all Americans, military and civilian, in both war and peace.
Franklin Mountain Poppies Preservation Celebration — The 10th annual free family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). The family fun day often includes nature walks, educational exhibits and demonstrations by local environmental organizations and wildlife displays. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or franklinmountains.org.
Couples & Family Expo — Elegant Penguin Enterprises, in partnership with Candlelighters, hosts its inaugural one-stop-shop expo for kids and families in El Paso and surrounding area 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at El Paso Convention Center. The family event will bring together thousands of buyers eager to experience and discover new products and services, as well as family entertainment, activities, laser tag with an obstacle course, WIPEout inflatable area, face painting, prize walk, video game truck balloon animals, a kid fashion show and firetruck display and demonstrations, reading corner. Admission: $5; free for age 12 and younger. Information: 740-4349 or elegantpenguinelpaso.com.
Creator and illustrator of PBS’ character “Arthur” Marc Brown will be present along with Arthur & DW characters.
El Paso Sports and Get Fit Expo — The 15th annual family show is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Southwest University Park, Downtown. The expo features free health screenings, consultations, sports card and collectors’ tables, and sports-related retailers will exhibit and sell sporting goods, apparel and more. Admission is free. Information: klaq.com.
This year’s special guests are Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, and Travis Frederick.
Rodriguez is known as one of baseball’s greatest catchers. Rodriguez, who played for several MLB teams, including 13 seasons with the Texas Rangers, was a 14-time All-Star selection, 13-time Gold Glove award winner and a seven-time Silver Slugger winner. He was named to the All-Tournament Team in 2009 where he represented Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.
In 1993 Rodriguez founded the Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Foundation to benefit underprivileged families and children with cancer and other life threatening disease in both the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in Puerto Rico.
Frederick became an All-Big 10 and an All-American selection at Wisconsin and was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and started at center as a rookie. He was selected to the NFL’s All-Rookie Team and followed that with selections to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015.
Autographs for featured guests available starting at 11 a.m., on a first come, first served basis. Signatures priced at $25 for flat item (card, calendar, photo, etc.) and $35 for a deluxe item (football, helmet, baseball bat, etc.).
Casino Night Fundraiser — El Paso Wind Symphony hosts its 2nd annual fundraiser event 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Double Tree by Hilton, 600 El Paso Street. Participants receive play money for blackjack, roulette, poker and craps. Winnings at the end of the event can be used at an auction towards the end of the event. Finger foods and cash bar provided. Cost: $30 (includes play money for gaming tables). Information: Annah, (940) 206-5667 or elpasowindsymphony.com.
Last Thursdays — The Downtown monthly evening art walk (March 31) includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries. Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.
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.
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. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.
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.
‘A Company of Wayward Saints’ — Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents the play by Celeste Raspanti April 1-3. Directed by Jim Lupercio. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10. Information: 351-1455 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.
A commedia dell’arte group wanders by mistake into the eye of an allegory. A nobleman may be their salvation if they can put on a good show for him. Surprisingly, the company chooses to present the history of man, from the Garden of Eden through Everyman in birth, adolescence, marriage and death. Along the way they enact other wayward adventures such as the assassination of Julius Caesar and the homecoming of Odysseus.
‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the imaginative Sarah Ruhl play March 30-April 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Directed by Jay Stratton. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $14 ($11 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, alumni and non-UTEP students, $9 for UTEP students. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger a the next table who has had enough, and a dead man — with a lot of loose ends. So begins this work about how people memorialize the dead, and how that remembering changes people, as a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
Siglo de Oro Drama Festival — The 41st anniversary celebration of the Spanish language dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age runs Wednesday through Saturday, March 30-April 2at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Early arrival encouraged, as seating is limited. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis (no reservations). Information: 532-7273 or los-paisanos-chamizal.org.
The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival is the only festival in the world completely dedicated to presenting works drawn from Spain’s Golden Age, generally considered as spanning the late 15th century to the late 17th century. Akin to Shakespearean England, the age was highlighted by the writing by great Spanish authors.
• Wednesday, March 30: “Mujeres y Criados” by Lope de Vega, U.S. debut. Performed by Fundación Siglo de Oro, Spain, directed by Rodrigo Arribas Fontela and Laurence Boswell. A comedy about two sisters in love with men in service and without status while courted by rich men of status.
• Thursday, March 31: “Entremeses Cervantinos” by Miguel de Cervantes. Directed by David Mills and Hector Serrano. Performed by Eden Enterprises, El Paso. Three entremeses (one-act comedies), marking the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ death: two in Spanish, one in English.
• Friday, April 1: “La Celestina”
By Fernando de Rojas (adaptation by Guadalupe de la Mora). Directed by Daniel Miranda, performed by Telón de Arena, Ciudad Juárez. The story tells of a bachelor Calisto who uses the old procuress Celestina to start an affair with Melibea, an unmarried girl kept in seclusion by her parents.
• Saturday, April 2: “El Príncipe Ynocente” by Lope de Vega. Directed by Ana Lilia Herrera and Allan Flores, performed by EFE Tres Teatro, D.F., México. Two convicts who are unjustly imprisoned pass the time by making up stories. This is one of them.
‘Charley’s Aunt’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the comedy classic by Brandon Thomas April 1-23. Directed by Hector Serrano. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $11 ($9 seniors 62 and older, $8 military/students and per person for groups of ten or more). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
Jack and Charley are Oxford undergraduates in love with two women. They invite the objects of their affection to meet Charley’s millionaire aunt from Brazil. The aunt cancels her visit, so the boys talk a male classmate into dressing up in drag as the aunt. Chaos ensues when the real aunt actually shows up.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live racing season runs through April 19. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Nine races held each race day. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual games for those age 50 and older run through May 18 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare and Urgent Care Home Heath Inc. All participants have a chance to qualify for the Texas State Senior Games. Registration: $15 for two events, plus $5 for each additional event; $45 for all events; includes game t-shirt. Information, registration: 544-0753 elpasotexas.gov/parks.
• Basketball is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge.
• Volleyball is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Don Haskins Recreation Center.
Padres vs. Chihuahuas Exhibition Game — The San Diego Padres and the El Paso Chihuahuas will host a Spring Training exhibition game Thursday, March 31, at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Tickets will be available in 2016, initially to season ticket and Paw-tial Plan ticketholders; game time and ticket prices to be announced. Ticket information: 533-BASE or epchihuahuas.com.
The exhibition will be the first visit to El Paso by a Major League team since the Arizona Diamondbacks played a split-squad contest at Cohen Stadium on March 27, 2003.
Coyote Classic XC Mountain Bike Race — The annual race, starting the New Mexico Off Road Series, is 9 a.m. Sunday, April 3, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Round House (Bowen Ranch), off Martin Luther King Jr. Categories for expert, sport, beginner and single speed. All racers must have a USAC License: day license available. Registration starts at $25. No race day registration. Gate fee at Round House is $5. Information: 544-2453 or the-bicycle-company.net.
Mental Health in Motion 5K — The 5K race, 1 mile fun run and kid dash are 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Registration: $25 per event; $20 per runner for teams of four or more in the 1 mile; $10 youth in the 1 mile. Free for age 13 and younger in the 1 mile and kids dash. Information: Family Service, 781-9900; Mike Coulter, 274-5222, or familyserviceofelpaso.org. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Family Service, 6040 Surety.
‘Promise Yourself’ 5K — Cielo Vista Optimist hosts the 5K race and 1-mile fun run at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Ponder Park, 7500 W.H. Burgess. Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Walk/Run For Literacy — EPISD Education Foundation hosts its 5th annual 5K race and 1-mile fun run/walk benefiting the school’s literacy development at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Dr. Nixon Elementary School, 11141 Loma Roja. All proceeds go towards new books and reading materials for students. Cost: $20 ($15 per person for 10 teams of ten or more); $25 after March 31. Information: 274-5222, upandrunning.com or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick-up is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Up and Running, 1475 George Dieter, Suite O.
Southern New Mexico
High Desert Play readings — American Southwest Theatre Company present readings of new plays presented back to back at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts. Feedback welcome for which play should be produced in the 2016-2017 season. Play titles to be announced. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.
‘The Jungle Book’ — A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley presents its spring production based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 571-1413 or achildrenstheatre.wix.com/achildrenstheatre.
Tumbleweed Run — The 5K run and 1 mile fun run is Saturday, April 2, at Mesilla Elementary, 2363 Calle Del Sur in Mesilla. All skill levels and age groups are welcome. 5K begins at 9 a.m. with run at 9:30 a.m. Registration: $25 5K; $10 fun run. Online registration at active.com.
Trinity Site Tour — White Sands Missile Range. The semiannual tour to the site of the first atom bomb explosion is Saturday, April 2. The tour includes the McDonald House, part of the National Historic Landmark, where the plutonium core of the bomb was assembled, and visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero where a small obelisk marks the exact spot where the bomb was exploded. Historical photos mounted on the fence surrounding the area.
Admission is free; no reservations required. Information: (575) 678-1134 or wsmr.army.mil.
Barrage 8 — The re-imagining of the string octet with four violins, two violas, cello and double bass is at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage. Tickets; $20-$40. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
‘Saturday Night Fever’ — The iconic musical returns at 7 p.m. April 3, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $39-$75. Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.