Franklin Mountain High Power NRA Match — Franklin Mountain Gun Club hosts the match 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club. There are two courses of fire, the National match Course, and the Regional Match Course. The National Match Course is fired with 50 record shots, and the Regional Match Course is fired with 80 record shots. Admission: $15. Information: Dale Barry, 772-8927 or Larry Kimpell, 751-0406.
To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology — 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332.
Showing through Jan. 30: “Tradiciones y Simbolos: Traditions and Symbols.” This anthropological and historical exhibit features artwork and altars of the Juntos Art Association of El Paso. The works explore Hispanic-American traditions, including Día de los Muertos, Navidad, Las Posadas and Los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day). Artists featured include Lourdes Aguilar, Socorro Quezada Diamondstein, Gabriel Gaytán, Romy Saenz Hawkins, Lydia Limas, Candy Mayer, Diana Molina, Oscar Moya and Maria Almeida Natividad.
Oscar Moya will teach the family workshop “Desert Weeds Printmaking” 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, for adults and children age 3 and older. Use native Chihuahuan Desert plants pressed and enhanced with colors to create unique designs on paper. Art and natural materials provided. Cost: $5 ($2 museum members). Advance registration required. Information/registration: 755-4332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Unexpected Guest’ — The Agatha Christie mystery is Jan 7-29 at El Paso Playhouse. Directed by Melissa Spalding. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, 16 and 23. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military and students with ID). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
A wife stands over her husband’s dead body with a gun, but did she really kill him … or is she covering for someone else?
El Paso Rhinos — El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team home games are at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Regular game times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 general admission; $10, $15 and $20 reserved. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com. Jan. 7-8 — Fresno Monsters
‘Magic Wonderland’ — Baila Academy hosts its student recital at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8-9, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.
An Evening with the Stars – El Paso Chapter, The Links Inc. hosts its 4th annual elegant evening of dinner, dancing and awards recognizing the commitment of individuals who have made a bright difference in our community Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Silent auction and cocktails is 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner, awards and dancing at 7 p.m. Masters of Ceremony are KTSM meteorologist Chester Lampkin and Sheriff Richard Wiles. Music offered by saxophonist Mike Hamilton and DJ Big Mike Production. All attending will receive a 2011 calendar of “Stars.” Tickets $50 ($25 tax deductible). Proceeds help benefit the youth and elderly in El Paso. Information: Joyce Snead, 598-9499 or Sandra Reid, 877-3647.
The 2011 “Stars” are Mayor John Cook, Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. and Mrs. Pittard of Fort Bliss, Brigadier General Stephen M. and Karen Twitty of Fort Bliss, retired Maj. Gen. Edward and Jewel Greer, City Rep. Carl Robinson, Sue Woo, H.O.P.E. Foundation founders Angel & Patsy Gomez founders, Keith and Richard Johnson of Destiny, Mattie Ward, Sharon Jordan and David Marlin.
Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive — The annual city-wide effort to restock area food pantries is Jan. 6-17, with more than a dozen organizations participating. Canned and other nonperishable food items can be dropped off at various public and private locations throughout town. Information: elpasolibrary.org.
Drop-off locations include all City Hall Basement and first floor, County Courthouse first and third floors, Vista Central Grocery Store, El Paso Juvenile Justice Center, El Paso Electric Company facilities, Sheriff’s Department Downtown Jail, headquarters and annex, Socorro ISD headquarters, Rio Grande Power Plant and all public libraries, Big 8 food stores and Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — The 2010-2011 live horse racing season runs through April 19. Race days are Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. First post is 12:25 p.m. each race day. General admission is free to the track and casino. First post time is 12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating is $7. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com
Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200.
UTEP Men’s Basketball – Home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Individual tickets: $14 to $50, plus service charge. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 — Tulsa
UTEP Women’s Basketball — Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5.50, plus service charge. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 — East Carolina.
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (open until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is free. Information: 351-3588 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
Docent Tiffany DeVazes presents “Teresita Urrea: Saint and Revolutionary” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, as part of the Spotlight on History lecture series. Urrea was an enigmatic figure in the years leading up to the Mexican Revolution, a spiritual healer who lived briefly in El Paso. Admission is free.
Tango Buenos Aires – The Argentinean tango dance troupe performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at the UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $58.60-$66.80, including service fee. (Ticketmaster). Presented by Lola Productions. Information: 747-5234.
Tango Buenos Aires was created in the mid-1980s by renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena, and its immediate success led to international tours, including North and South America, Australia, Southeast Asia and Europe.
El Paso Chamber Music Festival – El Paso Pro-Musica’s 22nd annual festival presents world-class chamber musicians Jan. 5-31. Concerts, recitals and other special events will be offered at various venues. Guests include Rubens String Quartet, violinist Joseph Silverstein and Harlem String Quartet. Tickets: $25 per performance; $25; $20 seniors; $5 students. Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.
• Opening Celebration — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird, featuring violinists Paul Rosenthal and Agnes Gottschewski, violist Roland Kato and cellist Armen Ksajikian.
• Russian Romantic Tradition — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Rio Grande Theatre in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, with cellist Armen Ksajikian. As a member of the distinguished Armadillo String Quartet since 1982, Ksajikian has been involved in such daring events as a 34-hour marathon performance of the complete quartets of Joseph Haydn, as well as concerts from the top of the Mendenhall Glacier to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He has performed on more than 900 motion picture soundtracks as part of various Hollywood recording orchestras.
• Fifths Falling, Fifths Rising — 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 301 W. Missouri, performed by a variety of world class musicians.
The Music Film series is 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Annex. Admission: $5. Jan. 5 — James Cameron’s “True Lies.” Cello music from the action film was performed by 2011 festival guest artist Armen Ksajikian. Ksajikian was also featured as the Uzi-toting limousine driver in the movie.
Free Bach’s Lunch concerts are noon Thursdays, Jan. 6-27 at the El Paso Museum of Art.
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Flamenco Guitar Concert — Flamenco guitarist Chris Burton Jácome performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Silco Theatre, 311 N. Bullard, Silver City. He recently returned from Seville, Spain, where he studied under leading flamenco performers. His music has been featured on the PBS special “Flamenco,” other TV shows and feature films. Jácome will take the audience on a musical journey through Andalucia with dancers Lena Jácome and Carolyn Holguin. Tickets: $10 ($8 students). Information: (575) 534-9005.
Slaid Cleaves — The Austin singer/songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos, N.M. as part of the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Folk Series. One of the country’s most compelling roots artists, Cleaves has heartfelt lyrics and a tenor voice that’s warm and western. Tickets: $20 ($15 MRAC members). Information/showtime: (575) 538-2505, 1-888-758-7289 or mimbresarts.org.
‘The Music of ABBA’ – The Las Cruces Symphony pays tribute to the Swedish pop band in its 6th annual Pops performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8-9, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, featuring ABBA tribute band Arrival from Sweden. Tickets: $35, $45 and $50. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
The concert features ABBA’s hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s including “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Chiquitita,” “Waterloo,” “Fernando” and more.
‘One-Act Play Festival’ – Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents its annual evening of short plays Jan 7-16. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($9 students/seniors/military, $8 per seat for groups of 10 or more; $7 ages 6 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
This year’s plays:
• “Bake Off” by Sheri Wilner. Directed by Les Boyse. Last year, the largest cash prize in Pillsbury Bake Off history was awarded to a man. This year, one female contestant will make sure that the male entrants get their just desserts.
• “Do You Ever Wonder…?” written and directed by Rebeka Riley. A series of questions, and each question is acted out behind the speaker.
• “First Impressions,” written and directed by Autumn Gieb. Two people meet in a restaurant, one claiming the other has taken her friend’s seat and the other refusing to move. As the night progresses they get to know one another and discover why they’re really there.
• “Sermon” by David Mamet, a 10-minute monologue delivered by Richard Rundell.
• “Trash” by Don Gordon. Directed by Marcus Vickers. In a small bar in Baltimore, a university math and physics professor engages a pedicurist in conversations ranging from horse races to what they find attractive in the opposite sex in an attempt to satisfy their own loneliness
• “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell. Directed by Autumn Gieb. In a remote farmhouse, a man has been discovered murdered. Now as his wife sits in prison under suspicion, the sheriff and county attorney search the house for evidence to keep her there.