‘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.
A young bride orders glassware and gets something else entirely in this fast-paced comedy featuring a hapless husband, crazed bank manager, nosy mother and tipsy police officer.
‘Royal Gambit’ – El Paso Community College’s Performers Studio present the Hermann Gressieker drama 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-6, at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum. Directed by Hector Serrano. Tickets: $10 ($5 students/seniors/military). Information: 637-4029, 831-5056 or epcc.edu.
The play is a metaphysical portrait of Henry VIII and the six women in his life.
Operation Outreach 2010 — Christian bands Elevation of El Paso and Broken of Tucson perform at 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North Blvd. The event also features door prizes, candy for kids, vendor booths and more. Concessions available; no outside food or drink allowed. Gates open at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but guests asked to bring a canned or boxed good for area food pantries. Information: Bob Cossel, 471-4949 or Kelly McCullough, 329-0824.
Dia De Los Muertos Festival — Concordia Heritage Association will host a special Day of the Dead festival 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Concordia Cemetery 3700 E. Yandell (between Stevens and Boone). Concordia Cemetery will feature select graves decorated for the occasion with lit candles and other decorations, and booths will be set up with Dia de Los Muertos, paranormal and Halloween items. Fortune tellers also available. Attendees encouraged to dress up in costume. Live music, guest speakers, and more. Admission is $5 ($2 seniors, military and children under 12). Information: 581-7920, 591-2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
Fort Bliss Halloween — Fort Bliss will host these Halloween events:
• A Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Theater interactive whodunit is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Centennial Club. Guest can help solve the mystery with the help of a super sleuth. Come dresses for the occasion; awards for best costume and for solving the mystery. Tickets: $27; includes dinner and a witches’ brew cocktail. Information: 744-8427.
• The Monster Bash family costume event is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Biggs Park, featuring three levels of haunted houses, games, food and drink vendors, music and dancing and family-friendly Halloween movies on a giant outdoor screen. Haunted house cost: $1 for “barely scary,” $2 for “pretty scary” and $3 for “really scary.” Information: 588-8247.
• A Halloween Party is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Strike Lounge in Fort Bliss’s Desert Strike Lanes, for ages 18 and older. The party includes costume contest, snacks, signature drinks, entertainment and more. Information: 568-6272.
‘Yellow Brick Road’ — The 11th annual presentation of the musical drama for the whole family is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29-31, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543.
The parody of “The Wizard of Oz” features the familiar Oz characters in search of the Throne Room of God, performed by Abundant Living’s Powerhouse Players drama ministry.
‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ 5K — American Cancer Society will host its first annual walk benefiting breast cancer awareness at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in Cielo Vista Mall parking lot. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Walkers may sign up as individuals or teams to help raise funds for the cause. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate. Information/registration: 544-4427 or makingstrides.acsevents.org/elpaso.
World of Wheels car show — The 3rd annual car, truck and bike show is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Cielo Vista Mall’s Westside parking lot, featuring Halloween candy for kids, all-day music, giveaways, and more. Spectator admission is free with a new unwrapped toy for the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. Information: 449-1032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween Party with PHAT Soul — The Halloween dinner dance featuring the Motown and Michael Jackson Tribute is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 30, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s Signature Ballroom. Cash bar available; costumes optional. Tickets: $30 (includes dinner buffet) Information/table reservations: 471-0849.
Tickets available after Oct. 4 at the ballroom, All That Music, 1506 Lee Trevino, Capshaw Olivas Music Stores, 1320 N. Zaragosa Rd. or 125 Thunderbird and Cielo Vista Insurance, 1132 Geronimo. Tickets be purchased by Oct. 27; no tickets sold at the door.
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.
• The Bloody Beetroots “Death Crew 77” — The electronica duo performs Thursday, Oct. 28. Tickets: $26.
• Electonic Voodoo — Friday, Oct. 29, with Riva Star. Tickets: $16.
Trick-or-Treat Off the Street — Bassett Place mall, 6101 Gateway West, hosts its annual safe trick or treat event 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at participating merchants throughout the mall. All children welcome to participate, admission is free. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
KLAQ Halloween Parade — The 24th annual parade starts around 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood, and returns there. The parade is 1.9 miles and lasts about one hour. Prizes will be given for “Rock ‘n’ Drive” (combination vehicle/human costume), Best Dressed Pedestrian, Business Costume, and High School Band. No entry fee, but entries must display “KLAQ.” Early arrival strongly encouraged. Preregister at the KLAQ offices. Information: 544-8864.
City Halloween carnivals — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will have Halloween festivities throughout the city at the different Community Centers 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Admission is free. Information: 544-0753.
The carnivals include friendly haunted houses, costume contests, and other types of family fun. Community centers that will be having Halloween activities are Armijo, Carolina, Chihuahuita, Gary Del Palacio, Galatzan, Leona Ford Washington, Marty Robbins, Multi-Purpose, Nolan Richardson, Veterans, Pavo Real, Rae Gilmore, Seville and San Juan Community Centers.
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.
Spooky Halloween Spectacular — Jungle Jaks, 1700 Zaragosa, host a weekend of Halloween events Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31, featuring costume contests at 6 p.m. with prizes. Admission: $10.99 ages 3-12; $3.99 ages 1-2. Adults 13 and older admitted free. Information: 856-3763 junglejaksfun.com.
‘An Evening of Mystery at Chez Woman’s Club’ — The Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, hosts its 3rd annual dinner theater event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. The evening featuring an interactive mystery presentation with a surprise ending. Reservation deadline is Oct. 21. Tickets: $20. Information/reservations: 532-6131.
Death Before Dessert — El Paso Playhouse’s comedy group (formerly “Die Laughing”) performs mysteries the last Saturday of the month at Il Posto Italiano Ristorante, 7128 N. Mesa. Reservations required: 585-2221. Information: elpasoplayhouse.com.
UTEP Men’s Basketball – The Miners first exhibition game will be at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 against Eastern New Mexico at the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
‘Singin’ In The Rain’ – UTEP Dinner Theatre opens its season with one of the best loved musicals of all time, based on the 1952 MGM film Oct. 22-Nov. 7 with music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics and Arthur Freed. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24; non-dinner matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7. Tickets $26-$38 dinner shows; $12-$22 non-dinner matinee. Information: 747-6060.
Hollywood in the 1920s is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star. “Singin’ in the Rain” features some of the best loved comedy routines “Good Morning,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” “You Were Meant For Me” and the most famous song-and-dance number of all time, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Howl at the Moon — The benefit for the Humane Society of El Paso is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Coronado Country Club. The event includes dinner, silent and live auctions and more. Tickets: $65 ($650 table for 10). Information: 532-6971 ext. 15, 497-0882. or humanesocietyelpaso.org.
The live auction includes bidding to have your pet on the next bottle of Zin Valle’s Man’s Best Friend Merlot, with the portrait painted by Robert Carlson and your pet’s story on the back of the label.
The Silent Auction will include the opportunity to put your pet on one of the months in the 2012 Pet Lover’s Calendar.
The Monsters Ball — Community Scholars hosts its 4th annual costume event 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. featuring a silent auction, and disco. This year’s theme is a “Sci-Fi Soiree.” Tickets: $65. Information: 533-6200 or communityscholars.org.
The Great Southwest Book Festival — The annual book event featuring more than 50 local authors, booksellers, publishers and artists, will be on hand 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, with giveaways, sales, free workshops, a “Dia de Los Muertos” kids costume parade at noon and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 543-5466 or visit elpasolibrary.org.
Keynote speaker is David Dorado Romo, who will discuss his book “Ringside Seat to a Revolution” at 2 p.m. Romo will also moderate a panel discussion on the Mexican Revolution following his talk at 3 p.m.
‘The Great American Songbook’ – Showtime! El Paso presents a journey through a century of American music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, featuring a company of eight performers and a sizzling jazz. Tickets: $25 ($10 students with ID; ages 6-25). Information: 544-2022 or ShowtimeElPaso.com.
This innovative potpourri of popular music includes a 1940s-style “live radio,” the entire “Wizard of Oz” recreated in seven minutes and a salute to Motown. The Songbook “chapters” range from Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Gershwins to Michael Jackson.
Monster Mash party — Asylum Comics and Cards, 5360 N. Mesa, Suite L-12, will host its annual Halloween party 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, with free food, drinks and “comic book heroes.” Adversary Comix and 656 Comics will host signings and sketches throughout the day, and a costume contest with prizes begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600.
Ghost hunts at Museum of history — El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, celebrates October as “Ghost Month at the El Paso Museum of History” with interactive ghost hunts conducted by Ghost Hunters of the Southwest and Texas, (G.H.O.S.T.) 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Tours open to all ages. Cost: $10 ($5 members). Early reservation encouraged. Information: 351-3588 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
Funny Face Festival — Scotsdale Baptist Church, 10015 Lockerbie, will host the family carnival 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, featuring games, hayride, prizes, face painting, candy and more. Admission and games are free. Non-scary costumes welcome. Information: 595-2811 or scotsdale-baptist.org.
Southern New Mexico
New Mexico Pecan Festival — The inaugural festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31, at the Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho in Las Cruces. The event features live music, pecan ice cream, cooking, pecan art, carriage and pony rides, children’s activities and more. Admission: $9 ($7 children) Information: (575) 522-1232, (575) 526-1919 or nmpecanfestival.com.
NMSU Homecoming — The New Mexico State University Aggies’ 2010 Homecoming game is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, against San Jose State at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. Tickets: $13-$30. (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420.
This year’s Homecoming Theme is “Viva Las Cruces: Lucky to Be An Aggie.” Several special events including lunches, class reunions, scholarship breakfasts, decorating contests, pep rallies, concerts and more, are planned Oct. 25-30. For a complete listing by department, visit http://alum.nmsu.edu/.
The Bonfire Pep Rally is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the dirt lot north of the NMSU Soccer Field. Entertainment by Jack Ingram.
Crimson Day is all day Friday, Oct. 29, with free giveaways throughout campus, decorated houses, offices and residence halls. Maps available at the ASNMSU Office. The Distinguished Alumni dinner is 6 p.m. in the Corbett Center Ballroom.
Homecoming Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, on University Ave. from the Pan Am Center to Knox Street.
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. Lynard Skynyrd performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. The southern rock band is best known for their rock anthems such as “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” as well as hits like “Gimme Three Steps.” Tickets: $46.75-$156.75.
Tournament of Bands — The 33rd annual New Mexico Tournament of Bands is 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at NMSU Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, presented by the NMSU Music Department. Around 27 area bands will participate. Tickets: $15 for all day ($5 children 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger). Information: (575) 2421.
Preliminaries begin at 8 a.m. with finals at 8 p.m. Winners from Class C and B categories performance exhibitions begin at 7:30 p.m.
LCSO with Xiayan Wang – Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lonnie Klein hosts the guest pianist Oct. 30-31 at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, featuring works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Dvorák. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
A luncheon with Maestro Klein is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Ramada Palms Hotel Conference Center, featuring a preview of the performance’s music. Cost: $16.
A Friday at the Symphony dress rehearsal is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $15 ($5 students with ID).
‘School House Rock’ — Alamogordo Music Theatre brings the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series to life Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-30, at Flickinger Center, 1110 N. New York, Alamogordo. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10. Information: (575)430-9162 or alamogordomusictheatre.org.
The popular 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs. It is making a comeback on the small-screen, instructing a whole new generation to “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do the Circulations.”
‘On Stage for Murder’ — The Spencer Theater, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso) hosts its first Murder Mystery Luncheon 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Cloudcroft Mystery Troupe will unfold an interactive tale about a group of actors rehearsing a murder mystery that goes fatally wrong. The four-part mystery will unfold between lunch courses. Tickets: $39. Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.
‘Rock ‘n Roll Will Never Die’ — Project ‘N Motion, Southern New Mexico’s only aerial dance troupe, performs a Halloween-themed extravaganza with live music by Liquid Cheese at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30-31, in the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The band will perform versions of rock standards by late artists. The interactive performance include aerial and terrestrial dance for the entire family. Audiences encouraged to dress like their favorite dead rock stars. Ticket information: (317) 374-1787 or ProjectInMotion.com.
A free Downtown Zombie Walk! precedes the performance 6:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall.