‘A Man Having A Baby’ — The premiere of the new romantic comedy by El Paso playwright Martin R. Cardenas is 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, at the Scottish Rite Theater, 301 W. Missouri. The play is about “the world’s biggest bachelor” dealing with the reality of becoming a parent. Ages 13 and older recommended. Tickets: $12.50; available on ticketbully.com.
‘Crimes of the Heart’ – Beth Henley’s tragic Southern comedy is Sept. 3-25 at El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Directed by Ted Karber. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. The play follows the Magrath sisters as they gather after one shoots her abusive husband. Children of a dysfunctional family, they all have had their share of grief and sorrow.
‘The Fantasticks’ — El Paso Community College’s Performers Studio presents and encore performance of the longest running show in the world at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 2-4, at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theater (take Diana exit off Patriot Freeway). Directed by Keith Townsend. Tickets: $10 ($5 students/seniors/military). Information: 637-4029, 831-3272 or epcc.edu. This much-loved musical is a story about love, growing up, and what is most important in life. Two fathers build a wall between their homes hoping their children will fall in love because children always do as their parents forbid. When the young man and woman grow up, they become aware of the plot and embark on their own adventures to learn about the world.
Movies in the Canyon — Free movies will be shown Friday and Saturday nights at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. Showtimes are 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. and later showings are Fridays and Saturdays. Movies range from G to PG-13-rated features. Concessions available (no food or beverages may be brought in). Information: 534-0665 or moviesinthecanyon.com.• Sept. 3 — “Raiders of The Lost Ark” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”• Sept. 4 — “Madagascar 2” and “Journey To the Center of the Earth 3-D”
Civic-Cultural Organization of Puerto Ricans — The El Paso group’s traditional Labor Day weekend family celebration is noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at Biggs Park, Biggs Army Airfield. The event includes salsa music, traditional dancing troupes, domino tournament, souvenir sales and jumping balloon for children. Puerto Rican dishes (arroz con gandures; roasted pork; bacalaitos) will be sold. Admission is free. Information: Sonia Santiago, (575) 589-2389.
Club 101 — 1148 Airway. Advance tickets for most events available at Club 101, All That Music, Psycha and online at ticketbully.com, unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-2101 or club101.com.• Panteon Rococo — The band celebrates its 15th anniversary during its “USA Summer Tour 2010” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. All ages show. Tickets: $25.
El Paso Chopin Music Festival — The 2010 fall series of piano concerts is sponsored by El Paso Community College and the El Paso Chopin Festival Society. This year’s concerts are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, Oct. 2 and Oct. 23, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free, but people are advised to arrive early because the concerts are almost always standing room only. Information: 584-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: elpaso-chopin.com.• Sept. 4 — Claire Huangci, Winner of the 2010 U. S. Chopin Piano Competition.
Kiwanis Skip Rock Championships — Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso host its annual championship and family fun picnic 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at Ascarate Lake. Judges for the contest are members of the Diablos. Also featured are information booths from groups like Children’s Miracle Network and Candlelighters, kids activities and a special appearance by “Elvis.” Information: 549-4606 or kiwanis.org.
Fiesta de las Flores — The Hispanic Cultural Center presents the festival 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 3-5 at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano, with food, vendors, music, dances and more. Tickets: $12.50 (per day). Information: 533-3730 or fiestadelasflores.org. The presentation of the Queen’s candidates is 7:30 p.m. Friday with the coronation of this year’s Fiesta Queen is 7 p.m. Saturday. A special Military Awards Ceremony is 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Friday’s peformers are Magia Duranguese, Latin Soul, Border Roots, Martha Mendoza Y Su Mariachi, Pepe Rodrigues, Exito, Jorge Amato, Groupo Luz De Luna, Fito y Martin 100% Cadetes and Los Silvers De Juarez. Saturday’s performers are Jaqueline Mata, Zonic Infiniti, Chicago Impression, Sonny Powell and the Night Dreamers, Sonora Dinamita and Group Intocable. Sunday’s performers are Ballet Folklorico Paso Del Norte, Players Band, Sonny Powell, El Paso Band, La Sabrosura De Fito Olivares and Los Rieleros Del Norte.
Alfresco! Fridays — The free outdoor concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 10 at Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). Presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0689, 541-4481, or alfrescofridays.com.• Sept. 3 — Marcelo & Friends (salsa/Latin)
Taste of El Paso and KLAQ BBQ — The 25th annual El Paso Restaurant Association event is 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at Western Playland in Sunland Park. The one-day food fest features the area’s finest restaurants in one location, offering samples from their menus for the general public. Tickets: $20 at the gate; advance tickets $15.95 (available at area 7-11, Fina Pic Quik stores. Age 2 and younger free. Information: 544-8864, (575) 589-3410 or klaq.com. Concert headliners are Trapt, Since October and Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights.
St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 47th annual Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, at the St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at Crescent). The event offers food, games and live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 566-2261.
Minerpalooza 2010 — UTEP’s 20th annual back-to-school bash and pep rally is 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 3, in the center of UTEP’s campus, corner of University and Hawthorne. The family-friendly event features fall sports teams, games, information booths and appearances by UTEP athletes. Live music by Sleepercar, Brown Betty, Radio La Chusma and Pan 8. Extended Kids Zone hours are 6 to 10 p.m. during the event. Admission is free; food and some activities sold separately. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5670 or utep.edu/minerpalooza.
UTEP Football — The Miners’ first home game of the season is Saturday, Sept. 4 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Sun Bowl Stadium. Ticket information: 747-5234, 544-8444 or utepathletics.com.
UTEP ROTC to DC 5K — The UTEP ROTC will host a 5K run and 1-mile walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. First 100 participants receive free t-shirt; refreshments for all participants at end of race; raffle prizes offered. Registration: $20 ($15 ages 10 and younger; team members). Late registration after Sept. 2 is $25 ($20 children/team members). Information: raceadventuresunlimited.comPark entry fee is $1 per vehicle.
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‘First Fridays’ in Silver City — Several of historic Downtown Silver City’s restaurants, shops and “Red Dot” galleries will stay open late the first Friday of each month as part of the monthly “First Friday” shopping event. Information: 1-800-548-9378 or silvercitymainstreet.com. The Sept. 3, event features dedication of the Downtown Gateway Arch with live music and entertainment.
All-American Gun & Western Collectible Show — The 1annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Hundreds of guns, gun-related items, Indian artifacts, knives, cowboy gear and more will be on display. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities. Admission: $5 (free for age 12 & under free). Information: (575) 257-6171 or trekwest.com/gunshow.
Cloudcroft Labor Day Fiesta — The annual family party is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft. The event includes live music, games, a sidewalk sale food and the chance to explore and hike in the surrounding mountains. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-682-8777 or cloudcroft.net. Free melodramas at the Open Air Pavilion in Zenith Park are 7:30 p.m. nightly, Sept. 3-5. This season’s feature is “Poultry in Motion.”
Cottonwood Festival — The 20th annual Labor Day Weekend arts and craft festival is Sept. 4-6 in Alameda Park, alongside White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70) in Alamogordo. The event offers more than 80 booths of handmade arts and crafts, entertainment, food, zumba and hip-hop demonstrations, karaoke and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information: Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294 or alamogordo.com. An Ambassador Cook-to-Order Breakfast is 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with sausage, eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee. Cost: $6.50 per plate.
Harvest Wine Festival — The New Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its 2010 Labor Day Weekend festival noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Admission: $15, includes souvenir wine glass; under 21 free accompanied by parent of legal guardian. Monday is Military Day, with $3 discount for active duty military with ID. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets, coolers or open containers allowed. Information: (575) 522-1232, 1-800-494-6366 or wineharvestfestival.com. The festival features wines produced by New Mexico’s leading wineries, available for tasting and for sale by the glass, bottle or case, plus live entertainment each day, specialty foods, arts and crafts, and the University of Wine with featured speakers and presentations. Grape stomp contests are held on the hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Featured entertainers begin at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m. daily. Saturday’s performers are Daddy Os (rockabilly) and Nuevo Sol (southwest music); Sunday’s are Terry Bullard (country) and The Liars (80s and 90s music); Monday’s peformers are Remember Then (classic hits) and C.W. Ayon (one-man blues and roadhouse classic). To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs.
Hatch Chile Festival — The “chile capital of the world’s” 38th annual celebration is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, at the Hatch Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and painting demonstrations, live music, beer garden and fresh roasted Hatch green chile. Admission: $10 per carload. Information: (575) 267-5483 or hatchchilefest.com. The Hatch Valley Chile Festival Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Hatch. Live music includes the Simon Balkey 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. Saturday; Queen Priscilla Banuelos at 12:30 p.m., Las Cruces High School Mariachi at 1 p.m. and Clay Mac 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Contests are 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, including chile eating, chile toss and watermelon eating. Horseshoe tournament is 12:30 p.m. Saturday; registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The Chile Festival auction is 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Hillsboro Harvest Festival — Percha Creek Traders Artisan’s Cooperative hosts the 2nd annual Labor Day weekend festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, in Hillsboro, N.M., featuring works by area artists, artist demonstrations, and a farmer’s market with local produce including newly harvest apples from the Mimbres Valley. Guests can visit the Black Range Museum and Ocean Grove Hotel, and see historic adobe homes, churches, and ruins dating from the late 1800s. Information: (575) 895-5797 or perchacreektraders.com. Featured artists include Jane Dobrott (western hat shaping and wire sculpture) and Ray Hamlett (native woodwork). Local, shops, galleries and restaurants will be open. Percha Creek Traders is in downtown Hillsboro on Highway 152, 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63.
River Rendezvous — The outdoor craft fair is Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, at Chartreuse Moose gallery in Ruidoso, N.M., across from the tennis courts on Sudderth Drive., featuring area arts and crafts and food. Information: (505) 990-3550.
‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society’s 27th annual show in Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 4-6 at the Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 Hwy 180 East, in Silver City, N.M. The show offers guided field trips, vendors, silent auctions, exhibits and demonstrations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information: rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com. The show, a Labor Day Weekend event in Grant County for many years, features dealers from around the Southwest with museum-quality mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems. Quantities of “rough” stones are available for cutting and polishing work, as well as equipment and supplies.
Labor Day Parade and Street Fair — Carrizozo, N.M. hosts the Labor Day Fair Monday, Sept. 6, at McDonald Park.Parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. behind the 4 Winds Restaurant on 12th Street. The fair is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with music by Paul Pino & the Tone Daddies and local band No One Cares. Admission is free. Information: (575) 648-2855Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. (Ticketmaster) Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.• The Black Crowes — The Georgia rock and roll band who has sold more than 20 million albums performs at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6. The band has sold over 20 million records and is listed at number 92 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.” Tickets: $25-$100.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Free public guided tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (except show dates). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.• Ray Price — 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. The great western crooner’s hits go back decades, and Price continues to release new recordings of western standards and swinging country. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1952, his early songs include “Crazy Arms,” the 1956 country song of the year. In 2007, Price recorded the Grammy-winning hit CD “Last of the Breed” with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Tickets: $66 and $69.
All American Futurity — The running of the 51st All American Futurity is Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, which marks the end of the racing season at Ruidoso Downs. From 160 to 180 quarterhorses compete in the trials, with the 10 fastest advancing to race for a $2 million purse. Live racing is Thursday through Sunday, except on holiday weekends when the horses run Friday through Monday. First post is noon. General admission and parking are free; reserved seating ranges from $5-$7; Turf Club admission is $10; valet parking is $5. Information: (575) 378-4431 or (575) 378-4140 or raceruidoso.com.