‘Much Ado About Nothing’ — One of the Bard’s funniest comedies is Nov. 12-Dec. 4 at El Paso Playhouse. The William Shakespeare play is complete with evil plots, masquerades, weddings and a happy ending for all. Directed by Chet Frame. 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.
Christmas Bazaar 2010 — Good Samaritan Society of White Acres Retirement Community, 7304 Good Samaritan Court, will host its arts and crafts bazaar 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in the apartments dining room, featuring jewelry, homemade pies, cakes and cookies, paintings, books, white elephant items and more. Admission is free. Information: 549-5464 or good-sam.com.
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, Nov. 13-14, 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 military and accompanying dependents; ages 12 and younger free). Parking is free. Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.
Dance for Kids’ Sake — Big Brother Big Sisters of El Paso will hosts its local take on the show “Dancing with the Stars” 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Scottish Rite Temple Theater, 301 W. Missouri. Local corporate, political and media celebrities star as dancers and judges to money and awareness for the needs of at-risk children and the benefits of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served at 6 p.m. Tickets: $50. Information: 544-4203 or DanceBig.kintera.org.
Race for Hope 5K — The 5K race and 1-mile Fun Walk benefiting Living Hope Christian Counseling Services is 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Restoration Fellowship, 10200 Album (across from Album Park). Registration: $20 for 5K ($15 students); $15 fun walk ($10 students) by Nov. 8 and $25 for 5K ($20 students); $20 fun walk ($15 students) after. Teams of 10 or more $15 per runner. Information: Mike Coulter, 274-5222 or raceadventureslimited.com.
Race day registration and packet pick-up is 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Rio Norte Holiday Craft Fair — Rio Norte Retirement Community, 1941 Saul Kleinfeld, hosts its annual craft fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, with jewelry, glass-making, hand made holiday cards and decor, clothes, fashion decor, candles, crochet items and more. Admission is free. Information: 856-6655.
St. Luke Craft Bazaar — St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 9915 Montwood, hosts its fall bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, featuring arts and craft vendors. Information: 591-8126 or stlukemethodist.org.
St. Timothy Craft Fair — St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 11050 Montwood (at Bobby Jones), will have its annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the church. Information: 852-3858.
Compassionate Thanksgiving — Vegetarian Society of El Paso hosts its annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Lancer’s Club East, 3135 Trawood. Guest speaker is Food Empowerment Project founder and director Lauren Ornelas. Meet and greet is 6 p.m. Cost (by Nov. 9): $20 ($15 VSEP members; $10 children 12 and younger). Cost after deadline (all ages) is $25, if seats available. Reservations: 544-2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: vsep.org.
The Food Empowerment Project is an organization that seeks to create a more just world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices.
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.
• Birthday Massacre — The Canadian synth rock band performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, with Los Angeles glam rock band Black Veil Brides. Tickets: $10.
• Sander Van Doorn — One of the world’s Top 10 DJs performs Friday, Nov 12. Tickets: $16.
• Jeffree Star — The electro diva presents her “Fresh Meat Tour at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, with guests Dev and The IT Boys. All ages show. Tickets: $15.
‘Evoke’ Contemporary Dance — Momentum Dance Company performs Nov. 13-14 at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, showcasing local dancers performing original contemporary works. Showtime is 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $6 ($4 students). Information: 204-1120.
This performance unites local dancers and give them an opportunity to share the art of dance with the El Paso/Juarez community.
TennisFest — Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest hosts its inaugural tennis event for all ages and abilities is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 N. St. Vrain, with support by Greater El Paso Tennis Association. The purpose of the event is to open the doors of tennis to all ages and skill levels, and realize that anyone has the ability play tennis. Admission: $10 donation to Special Populations Tennis Program. Information: 227-2384, 329-4863 or gsdsw.org.
Levels include kid-friendly “QuickStart” tennis and “Up and Down” tennis for disabled and non-disabled players to play side-by-side. UTEP Women’s Tennis Team members will assist games in different levels of play.
UTEP Men’s Basketball – Home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Individual tickets: $10-$50, plus service charge. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Pacific, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12
• Mercer (Legends Classic Regional Round), noon, Sunday, Nov. 14
UTEP Women’s Basketball — The team takes on UC Irvine, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com
‘Soldadera’ — Eden Enterprises presents a staged reading of the play by Josefina Niggli at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre Annex. The play views the Mexican revolution from the perspective of women soldiers. A reception with refreshments follows the presentation. Admission: $25. Information: 474-4275.
Jesus Hopped The A Train’ – The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Stephen Adly Guirgis drama Nov. 10-14, in the Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $4.50-$7.50, plus service charge (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5118.
A New York City bike messenger is incarcerated for the “murder” of a religious cult leader to whom he lost his best friend. Through Cruz’s experience, the play examines issues from the meaning of faith to the American prison system.
Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus dinner — The organization’s annual fundraising dinner is 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club. This year’s theme is “LEGOS!”. Cost: $60 ($600 table for 10). Information: 449-5883 or spjinc.org.
Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus, in partnership with Following in the Footsteps of Jesus, is a non-profit organization that assists families in the colonias of Juarez. Proceeds benefit building homes, providing food, clothing; school supplies and paying inscription fees for school for all eligible children and provides medical/dental care.
52 Pickup — El Paso Community Foundation will host a meet-the-artist VIP event benefiting Border Art Residency Saturday, Nov. 13, at Hope and Anchor, 4012 N. Mesa, starting with a meet and greet at Hope and Anchor at 3 p.m. with a 52-passenger bus ride to the residency in La Union at 4 p.m. and returning to Hope and Anchor for an art-lover after party at 6:30 p.m. Age 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $100 for bus ride; after-party free to attend. Information/reservations: El Paso Community Foundation, 533-4020.
‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ walk — YWCA’s international men’s march raising to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at The Garden, 511 Western, in Union Plaza. Participants will walk a mile in red women’s high heel pumps. Start/finish line is on Anthony Street with route following West San Francisco, West San Antonio and Durango. An after hours party in on the patio is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit STARR Rape Crisis Center. Register at any YWCA branch, the YWCA administration building or at Up and Running. Information: 533-2311, ext. 273 or ywcaelpaso.org. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Registration (by Nov. 4): $35; $25 students. Late registration (Nov. 5-11): $40; $30 students and military. All participants receive goodie bag, t-shirt and admission to after hours party.
Queen of Peace Bazaar — Queen of Peace Catholic Church’s annual bazaar is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13-14, at the church, 1551 Belvidere, featuring arts and crafts, a country store, food concessions and raffle drawings. Admission is free. Information: 584-5817.
UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, unless listed otherwise. Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/music.
• UTEP Percussion Ensemble and Drumline — Monday, Nov. 8. Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children, UTEP ID).
• UTEP Wind Symphony — Tuesday, Nov. 9. Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children, UTEP ID).
• University Orchestra — Thursday, Nov. 11. Tickets: $3-$5 (free for children, UTEP ID).
‘An Afternoon of Classical Guitar’ — Music Forum El Paso presents an afternoon with classical guitarist John Siqueiros 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Art Festival Plaza. Admission is free. Information: 755-0724 or elpasoclassical.com.
An assistant professor at UTEP, Siqueiros is head of the guitar program and director of the mariachi program. His program will include works by Augustine Barrios, Leo Brouwer, Isaac Albeniz, J.S. Bach and Dominic Dousa.
Sasahara Gallery — The new gallery is at 7100 Westwind Drive, Suite 135, features fine art paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, prints, cards and portraits. Art classes offered. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 584-4222 or email@example.com. Web: sasaharagallery.com.
Showing Nov. 9-20:
• Digital Dreams,” works by Jose Clemente. Clemente’s unique combination of digital art and mixed media (acrylic, watercolors, pastels) will be featured as well as his contemporary painting style.
• “Reason for the Season: The Autumn
Mack Massey Mopar Car Show — Mack Massey Chrysler Jeep Dodge and the Southwest Mopar Club will host the 7th annual show is 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Mack Massey Dealership, 950 Crockett (across from Sunland Park Mall), featuring classic and new Mopars. Eleven classes of cars include a new class this year for Hudson vehicles and a “builder” class. Other categories include “Best of Show” and “Longest Distance Traveled.” Proceeds go toward the club’s scholarship fund. On-site registration is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to all “Mopar” owners. Registration: $20. Spectator admission is free. Information: 584-9393 or mackmassey.com.
Mopars (short for MOtor PARts) include Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto, Imperial, Hudson, Plymouth, Jeep or American Motors emblems. Among the classes offered are “Best of Show,” “Longest Distance Traveled” and new for this year, a “Hudson” class.
Fuerza Bruta — The New York-based Argentinean aerialists perform Nov. 4-20, at the Union Depot as part of Paso del Norte Group’s Amor Por Juarez project. Information: amorporjuarez.com.
Southern New Mexico
Liane Hansen ‘My Life in Radio’ – KWRG presents the host of NPR’s award-winning “Weekend Edition” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Hansen, who hosted the show for two decades, will retire in May 2011. Proceeds benefit KRWG, an NPR affiliate. Tickets: $10 ($7 high school and college students with ID); all seats general admission. Information/tickets: (575) 646-2222.
NPR Hansen has been a regular guest host for newsmagazines, including her work with Fresh Air since 1976. In 2001 she received the National News and Documentary Emmy Award for “She Says/Women in News.”
Gadsden Purchase re-enactment — The historic land purchase will be celebrated with a reenactment and flag-raising ceremony by Friends of Fort Selden at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the historic Mesilla Plaza. Master of ceremonies is Emily Guerra, and music provided by Empyre Pipes and Drums. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.
The Gadsden Purchase, also referred to as “El Tratado de La Mesilla,” included a payment of $10 million by the United States for 45,535 square miles from Mexico in 1853. On Nov. 16, 1854, the Mexican flag was lowered and the U.S. flag was raised at the plaza in Mesilla.
Christmas Jubilee — The 24th annual Ruidoso shopping extravaganza is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 12-14, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, with more than 80 merchants, a food court, holiday music and decor. Storytelling and visits from Santa Saturday and Sunday. Items include fashions, home accessories, crafts and seasonal merchandise. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the Ruidoso Valley Greeters. Admission: $1 (free for ages 12 and younger). Information: (575) 336-8206, (575) 336-7632 christmasjubilee.net.
Festival of Thanks — NMSU Choirs presents their holiday performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12-13, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Tickets: $12 and $15 ($5 for students). Ages 7 and older welcome. (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420.
NMSU music professor and organist Janet Loman will accompany University Singers in the Missa Choralis by Franz Liszt, and works by famed contemporary composer Eric Whitacre will also be performed. The Combined Choirs will present a 2008 carol, “Winter Solstice,” for handbells and two choirs. Other highlights range from “Unto Us A Child Is Born” from Messiah, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and a traditional carol by candlelight.
‘Family Matters’ — NMSU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre presents an evening of nine dance stories of family and community relationships at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13-14, at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10 ($8 students). information: (575) 646-2070.
Guest artists Bill Evans, Elizabeth Shea, Nicole Dean, and Aimee Feuille join dance faculty Debra Knapp, Ann Gavit, and Kirsten Avelar to share their choreography inspired by family issues, memories and conflicts.
Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference 2010 — The 17th annual conference is Nov. 12-14 in Las Cruces. The conference hosts about 750 students each year through workshops, concerts and more. Conference tickets start at $18. Information: (575) 525-1735 or lascrucesmariachi.org.
Events for the public:
• Student Showcase Concert, 7:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Pan American Center featuring more than 750 student mariachi groups, vocalists, folkloric dancers. Showcase gala precedes the performance at 5:45 p.m. Tickets: $10.50, includes service fee. (Ticketmaster).
• “Spectacular Concert,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, featuring Grammy-nominated international recording artist Shaila Durcal, in tribute to her mother, Rocio Durcal. Also appearing will be Las Cruces favorites, Mariachi Cobre from Walt Disney World in Orlando and the popular Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez from Los Angeles. Tickets: $24.50 and $54.50, includes service fee. (Ticketmaster).
• The annual non-denominational Mariachi Mass is 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Pan American Center, led by Bishop Ricardo Ramirez with music by Mariachi Cobre. Admission is free.
• The Mariachi y Mas Festival is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in Old Mesilla Plaza, with mariachi music, folkloric dancing, arts and crafts, New Mexican foods and children’s activities. Special appearance by Susie Garcia and Mariachi Tapatio. Admission is free.