‘The Wise Men of Chelm’ — Kids-N-Co. opens its season with the Sandra Fenichel Asher’s comic stage adaptation of Jewish Folk Tales Oct. 2-24, at Kids-N-Co. Performance Center, 1301 Texas. Directed by Francesca Moore. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, seniors, students and active military); available at the door one hour before show. Advance reservations accepted for groups of 10 or more. Information: 351-1455 or kidsnco.org.
Legend has it that when the earth was created and the time came to fill it with people, two angels were chosen to deposit wise and foolish souls evenly over the land. However, one angel tripped on a mountain peak and the entire sack of foolish souls emptied out over one spot, a tiny town in Poland called Chelm. Tales of the eternally good-natured but misguided Wise Men of Chelm are said to date back to the 1500s.
‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ – The wild British farce by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriot is Oct. 8-30 at El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Directed by Mario Rodriguez. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military and students with ID). information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
Coffee, Beans & Rice benefit — First Christian Church, 901 Arizona, is hosting a fundraising coffee house 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, to raise funds for beans and rice (basic food staples) for families in need in Mexico. The event features live music, with local musician Julio Ortiz, coffee and dessert. The church wants to raise enough for one ton or ride and beans. Admission: $5 (include performance, dessert and “bottomless” cup of coffee). Information: 533-6819 or elpasofirstchristian.org.
Amigo Airsho 2010 — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds precision jet demonstration team will appear at the 29th annual air show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, at Biggs Army Airfield, featuring military and civilian aerial performers, static displays including the Fort Bliss, Holloman and German Air Force, a trade show, children’s play area and more.
General admission: $10 in advance ($5 kids); $17 at the gate ($10 kids). Group rates, and military dependent and senior discounts available. Amigo Chalet: $35 in advance; $40 day of event ($20 ages 6-11). VIP Chalet: $100 (food and beverages included). All soldiers with military ID admitted free. Advance tickets available at area Circle K stores, Albertson’s in El Paso, Aeromundo in Juarez and through Ticketmaster. Information: 562-6446 or amigoairsho.org.
Concordia Cemetery Walk Through History — The annual “living” history tour is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Admission: $5 ($3 seniors and military, $1 students 12 and older; children under 12 free). Information: 581-7920 or 591-2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
Volunteers dress in period costume and share historical vignettes “in character” of many of Concordia Cemetery’s eternal residents. Chat with early leading citizens, pioneers, ranchers, Buffalo Soldiers, an ex-President of Mexico, priests and clergy, gunfighters, “shady ladies” and many others. Also featured is El Paso’s own “Boot Hill” where gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, lawmen, Texas Rangers and many other Wild West figures are buried.
‘1959 Pink Thunderbird’ — The Eastwood Trooper Theatre Troupe presents a night of classic Texas entertainment Oct. 15-17, at Eastwood High School Theater, 2430 McRae. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $3 ($2 students/military). Information: 434-4000 or finearts.yisd.net.
The evening features two one-acts by James McLure, “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star,” that lovingly portray small-town life in the 1970s as Roy Caulder, a Vietnam veteran, tries to sort out his life and begin again with the support of his wife. Contains mature themes.
KLAQ Haunted Warehouse — The 2010 haunting runs Oct. 1-31 at the corner of Lee Trevino and Gateway West. This year’s theme is “Freak Show.” Doors open at 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $10 in advance ($5 children); $15 at the door ($10 children). VIP packages $25 (includes two trips through the warehouse and front-of-the-line access). Advance tickets available at all 7-11 Fina stories in El Paso and Pic Quiks in Las Cruces. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.
Rio Norte Yard Sale — Rio Norte Retirement Community, 1941 Saul Kleinfeld, will host a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, featuring clothes, jewelry, furniture, books and more. Admission is free. Information: 856-6655.
Multiple Sclerosis Walk-A-Thon — The Multiple Sclerosis Association’s first walk, run or ride-a-thon is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Album (Eastwood) Park, 3001 Parkwood. Registration begins at 8 a.m. All donations collected from participants will be used to assist local persons afflicted with multiple sclerosis. Volunteers and sponsors also welcome. Information: Mike Burris, 592-3191 or email@example.com; Sam Silvas Sr., 222-5129 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Toni Lunsford, 759-6408 or email@example.com.
Club 101 — 1148 Airway. Showtime is 9 p.m. for most performances. 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.
• Sander Kleinberg — The progressive music DJ performs Friday, Oct. 15. VIP tickets offered for ages 21 and older. Tickets: $21. VIP passes (age 21 and older): $25.
Ysleta Mission 5K Run/Fun Walk & Health Fair – Races begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, 131 S Zaragoza. Information: 859-9848. Races start at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20; $15 for military, students and seniors (60+) with ID. All runners receive a short-sleeve t-shirt. Refreshments provided at end of race. Trophies awarded to top three male and female runners in all age groups and for largest team Information: 274-5222.
‘The Return’ cage match — The live cage fighting event is 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Tigua Recreation Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez in Socorro, featuring seven-time UFC Veteran Pete Spratt and Michael Chupa, along with other bouts. Live music by BB Gun Johnny during intermission. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission: $25 general admission; $35 VIP. Information: 564-3850 or tuffighting.com.
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Old Pueblo Road, hosts a series of free concerts from nationally known touring acts. Showtime is 10 p.m.; ages 18 and older welcome. Information: 860-7777 or speaking-rock.com. L.A. Guns perform Saturday, Oct. 16.
Bel Air Streetfest — The Bel Air High School clubs will host their annual fundraising streetfest 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at 731 N. Venado, featuring food, games, rides, dance teams and more. Concert featuring Radio La Chusma and La Imperial Sonora begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 434-2000.
Native American Festival and Campout — The United Native American Nations’ celebration of the Native American culture is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, at Cougar Park, 10664 Socorro Road, Socorro. The event includes Native American Arts and Crafts, jewelry, dancers, music, Inter-tribal Dance, food booths, and an overnight campout Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. No alcohol allowed in park. Information: Suky Ramos, Eagle Feather, 422-1700.
Cougar Park is on the south side of Socorro Road about 1.5 miles east of Loop 375 (Americas).
UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — Events are planned throughout the fall months. All events on the UTEP campus are free and open to the public. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
A special “40th Anniversary of Chicano Studies/Activistas Reunion” presentation and exhibit is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Student Union Building East, Room 308, with speakers José Medina, Carmen Rodríguez, Juan Contreras, Felipe de Ortego y Gasca and Dennis Bixler-Márquez.
‘Simply the Best’ tribute show — The tribute show saluting divas Tina Turner, Donna Summer, and The Supremes by performer Karen Durrant is 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s Signature Showroom. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $25 ($175 table for 8). Information: (575) 874-5200.
Durrant recreates the excitement, look and performance of the famed Turner flawlessly, but also gives a great interpretation of the Supremes & Donna Summer during this 90-minute show. Detailed costumes, hair and makeup give the perfect illusion of the character Durrant is impersonating.
Human rights commission run — The 8K run and 1 mile fun walk benefiting the Citizens Commission on Human Rights is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive. Trophies awarded to overall male and female runner, and top runners in various age groups. Packet pick-up is 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. day of race at the start line. Registration: $20 per event in advance; $25 day of race. Information: 478-5663 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Candlelight Tours — Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, hosts its annual Candlelight Tours 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, featuring stories from the home’s past told in period costume. Treats offered after the tours. Tickets: $6 in advance; $8 at the door, space is limited. Information/reservations: 533-5147.
Las Esperanzas Fundraiser — Doña Ana Arts Council host a fundraiser for the historic preservation society dedicated to the preservation of the Mesquite Street Historic & Original Town Site District featuring live music by local band Genie & Sonny and the Starliners at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The Memory Car Club will host a special outdoor presentation in the mall. Tickets: $20. Information: (575) 526-9458.
Border Legends Concert — The 3rd annual concert featuring several of El Paso area’s well-loved and established performers from the local music scene of the 1960s and 70s perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Isaron Hall, 1071 Country Club. Performers featured are Randy Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four, Zoomer Roberts, Moonpie Daince Band and Rod Crosby and the Intruders. Tickets: $10. Information: 252-9840 musiciansofelpaso.com.
Brunch and Barks at Ardovino’s — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will host the day for people and their (well-behaved) pets benefiting Animal Rescue League of El Paso 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, on the Del Camino Patio. The event features the League’s 2nd annual pet reunion, pet adoption, grooming service, professional pet photography, dog food fare, and pet-geared vendors. A pet costume contest at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free; bring donations of cleaning supplies, new or gently used collars, leashes and/or canned dog or cat food and receive a free doggie treat. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.
Southern New Mexico
exas Tornados and Rick Trevino — Two of Texas’s best perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Tickets: $35 general admission (Ticketmaster).
Trevino has had several hits on both the country and Latin charts, including his Number One hit “Running Out of Reasons to Run.” He recently recorded a remake of Freddy Fender’s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” with Los Lobos.
Texas Tornados, billed as the “ultimate Tex-Mex super group,” consists of Flaco Jimenez, Augie Myers and Shawn Sahm (son of founding member, the late Doug Sahm). They have become a Texas favorite with hits like “Who Were You Thinking Of” and “Hey Baby (Que Paso).” Their latest album, “Esta Bueno,” included new recordings as well as a lost demo from Doug Sahm and the final work of the late Freddy Fender (also a founding “Tornado”).
Ski Run Road Challenge — The 4th annual race featuring the highest finish in New Mexico is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Eagle Creek Sports Complex, Hwy 532, in Ruidoso. The USA Track & Field sanctioned event includes a 20K high altitude foot race (solo or relay) up Ski Run Road (Hwy 532) in the Sacramento Mountains with and elevation gain of 2,660 feet. Relay buses leave at 7:30 a.m. to drop off runners at mile markers 3.5, 6 and 9.5. Prizes and food offered for finishers. Proceeds benefit Ski Apache’s Disabled Skiers Program.
Early registration (by Sept. 30): $20 solo; $100 relay, Registration costs rise after Sept. 30. Information: (575) 937-7106 or skirunroadchallenge.com.
MAW Heroes Weekend — The weekend event for the troops and their families is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, in Ruidoso, N.M. The idea is to offer as many complimentary rooms as possible, on a first come-first served basis. Information: (575) 336-2828 or ruidosomilitarydiscounts.com.
Ruidoso Oktoberfest — The 29th annual Lincoln Country version of the German tradition is Oct. 15-16 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. German food, beer, wine, music, games, live music and folk dances will abound 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts booths will be featured as well as a “Kinderhall” with games, prizes and pumpkin painting for kids. Proceeds benefit various Lincoln County charities.
Admission: $8 per day; 14 for both days; $5 for ages 13-18 ($8 for both days) and free for children 12 and under. Children and teens must be accompanied by adult. Information: (575) 257-6171 or trekwest.com/oktoberfest.
Musical entertainment includes polka bands Swingshift, Salzburger Echo and Die Polka Schlingel with dance by Fort Bliss Schuhplattler and Hellenic Dancers.
High Rolls Apple Festival — The 44th annual open-air harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16-17, at the Community Center in High Rolls, N.M. High Rolls is on U.S. 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft (east of the tunnel). The festival features local apples, apple cider, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. Admission and parking is free. No pets. Information: (575) 682-4590, (575) 682-3260, or hrmplions.com.
The festival is presented by the High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club. Festival profits go to local, national and international charitable projects.
Ruidoso High Mountain Fly In and Car Show — The Pine Top Rod and Custom Car Club’s run and car show, held in conjunction with the High Mountain Fly-in, is Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport in Ruidoso, N.M. Gates open at 7 a.m. Admission is free; the public is welcome.
The scar show is open to all classic, sports and collectible cars and trucks from 1985 or older. Awards presented at 3:30 p.m. with live entertainment in the evening. Information: pinetopcarclub.com
The fly-in features glider rides, pancake breakfast, P-51 Mustang demonstration, fire truck rides and demonstration, cross country air race and more. Information: ruidosoflyin.com.
Street Legends Car Show and Music Fest — Premiere Entertainment 2nd annual show benefiting Jardin de los Ninos of Las Cruces is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Southern NM State Fair Grounds off I-10 (west of Las Cruces). Continuous live classic rock, hip-hop and R&B music presented on two stages, plus food and other vendors. Admission: $10 at the gate (free for ages 6 and younger). Information: (915) 630-2206 or premiere-e.com.
Car registration: $30 in advance; $40 day of show (includes admission for three people).
Awards include trophies and cash prizes; $500 Best of Show, as well as $100 winners in each class including tuners, classics, low riders, hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles and custom trucks.
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.
• “Benise: The Spanish Guitar” – The world music and dance spectacular is 7 p.m. Oct. 11. The world music and dance spectacular is described as “The Latin Riverdance,” and stars flamenco guitarist Benise and his Emmy-winning cast of musicians and dancers performing an epic tale. Tickets: $66 and $69.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. (Ticketmaster) Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Vince Gill — The County Music Hall of Fame member performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13. Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, and has won 18 CMA Awards and 19 Grammys. Tickets: $25-$125.
Hillsboro Community Center — 316 Eleanor, in Hillsboro, N.M. Live shows are 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Information: or (575) 895-5797.
• Randy Granger — Oct. 17. Granger blends Native American flute music, Hang Drum and percussion into a unique style of music called “Southwest Americana.” He has performed solo Native American flute music at many festivals, in concerts, at schools, in Hospice and at the Zion Canyon Native American Flute and Art Festival in Utah as well as winning 2nd place at the Musical Echoes Native American flute festival in Florida. His music is used in films, documentaries, for websites and soundtracks.
Mariachi Sundays in Mesilla — The Town of Mesilla, its business community and the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference host the 16th annual fall afternoon series Sundays in the Plaza at historic Old Mesilla. Concerts are 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 24, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. Admission is free. Bring folding chairs or blankets. Pets and alcohol not allowed in plaza. Information: (575) 525-1735.
WNMU Parade — The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in downtown Silver City. The annual parade includes floats, bands and other entries. Information: (575) 538-6011.
The Homecoming game is 1:30 p.m. against Adams State College.
Czechoslovakian Klobase Festival — The 83rd annual festival and barbecue is all day Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Luna County Courthouse Park in Deming, N.M. Started by area Czechoslovakians, the event offers bingo, homemade Bohemian sausage, cowboy coffee, salad, desserts and barbeque beef slowly cooked in a pit with mesquite wood. Information: 1-800-848-4955.
Jack Ward Invitational Choral Festival — The popular concerts that highlight the festival are 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15-16, at the NMSU’s Atkinson (Music Center) Recital Hall. The festival is named for the NMSU alumnus who is one of choral music’s most ardent supporters, and includes guest performers and choirs from around the area. Invited choir is Deming High School Choir, directed by Larry Martin. Tickets: $12 and $15; $5 students; ages 7 and older welcome. Information: (575) 646-1240.
For this year’s event, the University Choirs will perform a commissioned piece by well-known choral composer, David Childs using the words from the poem, “Winds of Pentecost,” by Las Cruces’ first poet laureate, Keith Wilson.
Also performing is former NMSU student and performer Bree del Campo Gordon, joined by Combined Choirs, conducted by Jerry Ann Alt and guest conductors, Martin and Bobbie Green.
‘Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play’ – Las Cruces Community Theatre presents an evening of “radio” adaptations of Alfred Hitchcock classics Oct. 1-17. Directed by Les Boyse. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors/students/military; $8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children 5 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Hitchcock’s early films “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “The 39 Steps” come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast, with five actors playing dozens of characters, live sound effects and musical underscoring.
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ — Las Cruces High School’s Theatre Arts presents the comic musical Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $10. Information: (575) 523-6403, (575) 496-4805 or riograndetheatre.com.
One of the most popular musicals of all time tells the story of the well-meaning flower shop employee Seymour Krelborn and his wisecracking carnivorous plant, Audrey II.
‘Good Lonely People’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents a reading of new original play by Carol Carpenter at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, at NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre, for its annual High Desert Play Program. The program asks audiences to help develop and select a play for full production in the spring. Directed by Michael Wise with dramaturgical support by William Storm. Tickets: $5. Information: 1-800-525-ASTC (2782).
The political family comedy focuses on a New Mexican family on President Obama’s election night. Being the only white Democratic family in Bush oil country, they discover they are split on California’s Proposition 8, an issue that hits close to home and raises questions about their own sense of “family.”
A post-play discussion with Carpenter follows each performance.