Loretto Academy Nun Run — The Junior Class of 2012’s Service Learning Project 5K run is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Loretto Academy, 1300 Hardaway. The run goes through the historic Government Hill Neighborhood. Registration: $20 ($15 by Jan. 29); race t-shirts guaranteed for first 323 people who register. Proceeds benefit the Sisters of Loretto in Pakistan. Information: 566-8400.
Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in the academy’s High School foyer (2nd floor) and 7 to 8 a.m. in Hilton Young Hall on race day.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ — Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents its version of the classic fairy tale written and directed by Erik Myers Jan. 29-Feb. 20. 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.
Brundibar’ — Youth Opera of El Paso will perform the children’s opera Feb. 4-6, at La Fe Culture and Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa (rear building). The 40-minute opera is 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5. Information: 449-4069.
The Youth Opera recently presented “Brundibar” at the National Opera Association Convention in San Antonio.
“Brundibar,” by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása, tells the story of a fatherless sister and brother who sing in the marketplace to raise money for their ill mother. The evil organ grinder Brundibár chases them away, but the children succeed with the help of a sparrow, cat, dog and other children.
The opera, written on the eve of World War II, was first performed by Jewish children in a concentration camp.
Willie Cager Retirement Party — The retirement party for El Paso basketball legend and philanthropist Willie Cager is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at El Paso Convention Center, in celebration of Cager’s Learning Center to be built in Fabens. Guest speakers include Nevil Shed and Judge Williams. Dinner and entertainment also offered. Tickets: $75 ($100 per couple); available at the door. Information: 920-4173.
Cager will be signing autographs at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Casa Ford, 5815 Montana.
La Tierra Dinner Show — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, will host a Black History Month celebration Saturday, Feb. 5, with Young El Paso Singers. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner served at 6:45 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $32 for dinner and show. Tickets available at the cafe; seating is limited. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.
Snoop Dogg — The Grammy-nominated rapper brings his “Get Wet Tour” to El Paso Thursday, Feb. 10, at Club 101, 1148 Airway. Ages 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 day of show. (ticketbully.com).
Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, made his rap debut in 1992 on Dre’s debut album “The Chronic,” and then released his debut album, “Doggystyle,” to much critical and public acclaim.
Senior Love Conference — El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s 16th annual conference “Live, Love and Care for Yourself” is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at EPCC Administrative Service Center Auditorium, 9050 Viscount, featuring workshops, exhibitors, volunteer awards, door prizes and special a special appearance by Vikki Carr. Admission is free with donation of a canned good, but participants must register for a conference pass to participate. Information/registration: 831-7801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bassett Place — 6101 Gateway West. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com. The Rock Star Karaoke Challenge is Thursday, Feb. 3 and 10, in front of Café Plaza. Sign up by calling the mall or online.
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 orclub101.com.
• Skrillex — The American electronic musician performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Tickets: $11.
• Machine Gun Kisses Tour — The tour featuring Murder FM is 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 with Cage 9 (members of Powerman 500), and Beta Wolf with other special guests BB Gun Johnny. All ages show. Tickets: $8.
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 games 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. Feb. 4-6 — Texas Junior Brahmas.
Crossland Gallery — El Paso Art Association’s gallery is 500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 351-2811.
Showing Feb. 5-26:
• “Textures of Tuscany and Beyond,” works by Krystyna Robbins in the Bissell Gallery.
• Artists of the Month, featuring Sirac Martinez and Enrique Woo in the Williams Gallery.
• “Drawing: A Way of Seeing” works by Candy Mayer, Julie Caffee-Cruz, Rick Parra, Judy Hampton and Janet Archibald in the Cox Gallery.
Opening reception for all three shows is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.
Los Rieleros del Norte — The Grammy-nominated norteño band performs a concert and dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at El Paso County Coliseum. Also performing are accordionist Ramon Ayala, singer Fidel Rueda and groups Impacto Norteño and Sonora Skandalo. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $37.50, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).
The El Paso-base band has had had several singles on Billboard’s Latin charts, and their album “Ven y Dime” was nominated for a 2010 Grammy.
Guitar Fest — The festival promoting local guitarists and dancers emphasizing the area’s cultural and musical diversity is 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Friday’s event features KDBC’s Robert Bettes as Master of Ceremonies. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s awareness. Cost: $15 ($10 seniors and children 12 and younger). Advance tickets available at Kirk’s Music Store and Olivas Music Store. Information: 383-0487 or 503-3400.
Performers include Glen Leffler, Ysleta del Sur Youth Dancers, Armin Harrison, Dave Hamilton and SAFO.
Collectibles show — A sports card, toy, collectibles show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Hyatt Hotel, 6030 Gateway East (at Geronimo), hosted by J & M Sportscards. Information: 591-5050.
‘Rite of Spring’ and Other Dances – The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance features its spring faculty dance performance Feb. 10-13 in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, featuring choreography by Emily Morgan, Myron Nadel and Lisa Smith and performances by dancers from UTEP and the community. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12 ($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of ten or more and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students and children age 4 to 12). Information: 747-5118 or theatredance.utep.edu.
Commitment to Fitness Walk/run — UTEP and the Golden Age Fitness Association’s 2nd annual 5 mile run and 3 mile walk is 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, beginning at Kidd Field on the UTEP campus. Cost: $15 per person; $10 per person of groups of 10 or more. Awards for 10 different age groups offered. Registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. Information: 755-4038. Online registration through Feb. 4 at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
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.
UTEP Women’s Basketball — Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5.50, plus service charge. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com
• 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 — UAB
‘The Dinosaur Musical’ — Ysleta High School Theatre Club presents the zany family show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5-6, at El Paso Public Library Main Branch, Admission is free. Information:
Performances are free of charge. Information: 434-8114 or email@example.com
At the end of the Cretaceous period, a giant meteor collides with the earth and wreaks havoc with the ecosystem. To avoid extinction, the dinosaurs sign a peace pact called the “Treaty of Meat.” For a time there is peace between the Carnivores and the Herbivores, but when the wise King of the Tyrannosauruses suddenly dies and his none-too-clever teen son, Quincy, rises to power, trouble begins. Can the power of goodwill win out over the forces of evil?
African American Knowledge Bowl — UTEP’s annual Black History Month event is at noon Saturday, Feb. 5, at Student Union Cinema. Hosted by El Paso Alumnae, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., UTEP African American Studies and Black Student Union.
Ardovino’s Super Bowl Sunday — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, hosts its Super Bowl event at noon Sunday, Feb. 6, in the Mecca Lounge, with an $11 all-you-can-eat buffet, complimentary bar snacks, giveaways and drink specials. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – The celebrated African vocal group performs 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at the UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $39.15 and $46.80, including service fee. Presented by Lola Productions. Information: 747-5234.
For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. Assembled in the early 1960s in Durban, South Africa, the group so dominated the nation’s singing events that they eventually were banned from competition, although continued to participate as entertainers.
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ASTC Mardi Gras — American Southwest Theatre Company will host its annual Mardi Gras gala 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University (at El Paseo), Las Cruces. The event features live music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction and a king and queen costume contest. Master of Ceremonies is KRWG’s Carrie Hamblen. All proceeds benefit ASTC programming. Tickets: $30 (or two for $55; $275 tables for 10); available at the NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre main office. Information/tickets: (575) 646-4515 ortheatre.nmsu.edu/astc.
Silent auction items include a Brian Fallstead Mardi Gras blue marble mask sculpture, furniture, jewelry, artworks and more.
Mikey’s Sheesh-Ka-Deesh — Mikey’s Place, 3100 Harrelson in Las Cruces, hosts the performing arts scholarship benefit 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in celebration of “For the Love of Arts Month” featuring live music, area dancers, wine and desserts. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 640-3869 or mikeysplacenm.com.
LCSO with Elena Armijo and the Prentice Loftin Chorale — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lonnie Klein hosts guest mezzo soprano Elena Armijo and El Paso’s own Prentice Loftin Chorale Feb. 5-6 at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, featuring works by Rossini, Saint Saëns, Borodin and Prokofiev. 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, Feb. 3, 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, Feb. 4. Tickets are $15 ($5 students with ID).
‘Crime and Punishment’ – No Strings Theatre Company presents Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus’s adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel through Feb. 6, at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Shaun Hadfield. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors with ID, $7 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
This “conversation on the nature of evil” is set in the mind of the murderer where he relives and explores, through the urging of Porfiry and Sonia, the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime.
Contemporary Arts Festival — NMSU Special Event’s inaugural artist festival focusing on contemporary music with multi-media interaction from other disciplines is 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 7-9, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Pre-concert performances begin at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, but donations to the Warner Hutchinson Music Scholarship Fund appreciated. Information: (575) 646-2901 or (575) 646-4814
Monday’s show features the works of transformative contemporary masters Joan Tower, Louis Andriessen, Gerard Grisey, and Sam Shepard.
Tuesday’s show features the works of inspirational New Mexico Composers Warner Hutchison and Scott Wilkinson.
Wednesday’s show features the music of American composer John Cage.
Performances all three nights feature NMSU faculty members Rhonda Taylor, Fred Bugbee, Laura Spitzer, Martha Rowe, and Nancy Joy, as well as the La Catrina String Quartet, actress Monika Mojica and choreography by Deb Knapp.
All shows preceded by Brack Morrow’s installation piece “Partum Sanus” in which artists improvise on Morrow’s massive, metallic sculpture.