Race for the Cure — The 19th annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s 5K Race for the Cure is Sunday, Feb.20, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North. The fundraiser has become one of the region’s biggest races. Races include a 5K timed competitive run at 8:30 a.m. and a 1 mile non-competitive run/walk at 9 a.m. Grounds open at 7 a.m. Registration: $30 competitive; $25 non-competitive (by Feb. 11): $35 competitive; $30 competitive; $10 “Kids for the Cure” ages 5-12 (non-competitive). Race day entry: $30 non-competitive; $35 competitive. Registration/information: 533-4433 or komenelpaso.org.
‘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.
‘Blithe Spirit’ — Noel Coward’s British comedy is Feb. 11-March 5 at El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Directed by Jean Ames. 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.
The play asks the question: “Can dead wives still be jealous?” Yes!
EPCC Black History Month — “Choir Night: A Message in Song,” featuring local church and community choirs, is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.16, at Transmountain Campus Forum Theater, Gateway North and Diana. Admission is free. Information: 831-6359.
Appraisal Fair — El Paso County Historical Society’s 4th annual fair is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Expert appraisers will be on hand to evaluate antiques, collectibles, firearms, jewelry, artwork and personal items. Only items that can be hand-carried will be appraised. Verbal appraisals: $10 per item (refunded if unable to determine value of item). Information: 533-3603, 533-6001 or elpasohistory.com.
Coin Show — The International Coin Club of El Paso’s 48th annual Coin Show is Feb. 18-20 at El Maida Shrine Center, 6331 Alabama, featuring 60 tables of coin dealers from Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Maine to buy and sell coins, banknotes, tokens and medals. Show hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Raffle tickets are $1 for a chance to win more than $1,000 worth of coins. Information: 533-6001 or elpasocoinclub.com.
Tia McGraff — The Canadian singer/songwriter performs a dinner show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana. Cost: $32; reservations required. Tip not included, BYOB. Information: 592-5122.
El Paso Golden Gloves Tournament — The 69th annual showcase for regional amateur pugilists returns to El Paso after a 27-year hiatus Feb. 18-20, at El Paso County Coliseum. Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Competition in Open, Novice and Junior Olympic Classes for males and female ages 8 to 34 years. Champions in the Open Class will represent El Paso at the state tournament. State champions will advance to the national tournament with an opportunity to gain a berth to the 2012 Olympic Trials. Tickets: $10 ($5 military, seniors, children1 0 and younger). Information: Ladislao Vicencio, 203-0493.
Ms. Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship Pageant — The annual pageant is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Chamizal National Memorial theater. The Miss Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship pageant features African American ladies exhibiting poise, grace and erudition. Admission: $10. Information: 546-9212.
Aaron Watson — The Texas country star performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Whiskey Dick’s, 580 George Dieter. Watson’s hit CDs include “Angels & Outlaws” and “The Road & The Rodeo.” Early arrival recommended. Tickets: $10; available at (ticketbully.com). Information: 921-9900.
Joe Bonamassa — The jazz guitarist performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at The Plaza Theatre. Bonamassa’s latest CD “Merchants and Thieves” features the single “This Ol’ World.” Tickets: $37-$67, plus service charge; four-ticket package available (Ticketmaster).
A child prodigy, Bonamassa was finessing Stevie Ray Vaughan licks when he was seven and by the time he was ten, had caught B.B. King’s ear. By age 12, Bonamassa was opening shows for the blues icon and went on to tour with venerable acts including Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman.
Bonamassa’s new album, “Black Rock,” adds an enlivening dose of ‘world’ vibes to Bonamassa’s virtuoso mix of ‘60s-era British blues-rock (à la Beck and Clapton) and roots-influenced Delta sounds.
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.
‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ – UTEP Dinner Theatre presents Terrance McNally’s Tony Award-winning musical based on the Manuel Puig novel “El Beso de la Mujer Arana” Feb. 11-27, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13; non-dinner matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 and 27. Tickets $26-$38 dinner shows; $12-$22 non-dinner matinee. Information: 747-6060.
Woman’s Auxiliary Benefit — The UTEP Woman’s Auxiliary will host its 2011 Scholarship Benefit at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. This year’s event is “Fiesta de UTEP” and includes entertainment by the UTEP Mariachis “Los Mineros” a silent auction, raffles, door prizes and bake sale. Participants can meet scholarship recipients and Miner athletes. Cost: $35 ($350 table for 10). Reservation deadline is Feb. 9. Information/reservations: 373-5110
All money raised from the benefit goes to scholarships for UTEP students and programs. Checks payable to “UTEP Women’s Auxiliary” care of Norma Karam, 4025 Roadside, 79922.
Black History Month at UTEP —All events are free except as indicated. Information: 747-8650.
• A free screening of “Mahogany” is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in UTEP Language Arts Building, Room 323.
• 14th annual El Paso History Day sponsored by UTEP’s Department of History and the College of Liberal Arts, Saturday, Feb. 19, on the UTEP Campus.
‘Double Feature’ – El Paso Wind Symphony presents an evening of movie music and mariachi at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. The symphony, directed by Dr. Ron Hufstader, includes woodwind, brass and percussion. Tickets $12.50 ($7.50 military, students and seniors). Information: 760-5599.
EPSO with Inon Barnatan – The guest pianist joins guest conductor Edwin Outwater and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18-19 at The Plaza Theatre. Selections are Berlioz’s “Le Corsaire,” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 and Nielson’s Symphony No. 3. Tickets: $11, $17, $28, $32 and $37, plus service charges (Ticketmaster). Ten percent discount for active duty military. Student tickets: $6 and $8. Information: 532-3776.
Boz Scaggs — The legendary musician performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Plaza Theatre, in promotion of his new Greatest Hits CD. Tickets: $42.50 and $52.50, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).
The multi-dimensional singer, whose 1976 album “Silk Degrees” was one of the landmark pop titles of the decade, has been recording with Columbia Records since 1970. “Silk Degrees” alone spawned the hits “Lowdown,” “Lido Shuffle,” “Georgia,” “We’re All Alone” and “It’s Over”, and reached No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, eventually selling 4 million copies. That year, “Lowdown” earned a Grammy for Best R&B song. He has also ventured into blues and jazz styles, and his 2003 jazz standard “But Beautiful” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz chart.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitan — “El mejor mariachi del mundo” returns at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, formed in 1898 in the town of Tecalitlan by Gaspar Vargas and others, has appeared in 200 movies, recorded dozens of albums of pasodobles, valses, bailables, polkas, and danzones. The band has performed continuously through the dedication of new band members and musical directors. Tickets: $30-$85, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).
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Chocolate Buffet and Cabaret — The annual Flickinger Center fundraiser is Monday, Feb. 14, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. in Alamogordo. This year’s cabaret features “S’Wonderful,” the new Gershwin musical revue incorporating four “mini-musicals” inspired by real events in the Gershwin brothers’ lives. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with buffet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $6, $10, 15 and $25. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.??Wynonna — Wynonna Judd, part of the legendary Judds duo, performs 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets: $25-$100, plus service charge (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.??Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta — The 18th annual fiesta brings together some of the southwest’s best storytellers, poets and musicians 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum (Old Armory), 708 E. 2nd St., Lordsburg, N.M. Proceeds benefit the museum. Tickets: $10 ($7 students) and includes both sessions and hamburgers and soft drinks at intermission. Information/tickets: (575) 542-9258, (559) 381-1465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.? Featured poets and storytellers are Bill Cavaliere, Rusty Tolley, Hook Hill, Sue Jones and Steve Lindsey, with musician Ken Moore and the Copper Creek Wranglers Western Band.??Greg Giannascoli – Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the marimba and percussion artist at 3 p.m. Feb. 20, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Giannascoli was a winner of the 2001 Artist International New York Recital/Young Artist Competition as well as top prizewinner of the 1997 Patrons Of Wisdom International Young Artist Competition in Toronto. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Tickets: $20. Information: (575) 521-4051.??‘The Prisoner of Second Avenue’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre presents Neil Simon’s Manhattan comedy Feb. 11-27. Directed by James Jensen. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Opening Night Gala is Friday, Feb. 11, with buffet and drinks. Tickets: $10 ($9 students, seniors and military; $8 per seat for groups of 10 or more; $7 ages six and younger). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.? Mel Edison is a well-paid executive of a high-end Manhattan firm who “gets the ax” when it hits the skids. His wife takes a job to tide them over, but she soon gets fired. Compounded by a variety of other problems, he does the only thing left for him to do-he has a nervous breakdown and it’s the best thing that ever happened to him.??‘Love Secrets from Outer Space’ — Local playwright Timothy McAndrews presents the short play Feb. 12-14 at the newly re-opened Tumbleweed Theater, 205 Broadway in Columbus, N.M. The comedic dinner show is preceded by a Valentine’s Day musical variety show featuring local performers. Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday and 2 p.m. Sunday; doors open 90 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets: $20; includes dinner. Reservations required: (575) 531-2542 or (575) 494-0009.??‘Love Letters’ — The 11th annual Valentine’s Day production is 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the Black Box Theatre at 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. No Strings Theatre Co. continues its tradition of A.R. Gurney’s evocative, touching and frequently funny lifetime exchange of letters between Andrew Makepiece Ladd III and Melissa Gardner. Refreshments served after the show. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors over 65). Reservations recommended. The production often sells out. Reservations/information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.? The annual production stars Steve and Meredith Loring.
‘Mostly Mozart’ — New Horizons Symphony, conducted by Shawn Robinson, performs their “For the Love of Art Month” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces, featuring soloists Gordon Butler and Ross Palmer. Admission is free. Information: (575) 522-5571 or nhsocruces.com.? Mozart penned more than 600 works before his death at age 35. Songs include “Symphony No. 40,” “Concert Rondo,” “Haffner Serenade in D Major” and a piece by local composer and NHSO member Jim Gray, “A Mozart Overture for Phyllis.”