Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. – Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents the live celebration of the Emmy-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs May 7-29. Directed by Fernando Alvarez with musical director Laura Sambrano. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. 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.
The 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21-22, performances are at The Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial.
Tina, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about her first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of her personality emerge from the set and show her how to win her students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as “Just A Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” and “Conjunction Junction.”
Scenic Sundays — El Paso area citizens and their pets are invited to ride, skate, walk or run on Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays through September, and 7 a.m. to noon during the fall and winter months. Safety barrels will line the area and the El Paso Police Department will provide security along this popular path. Hosted by the office of city Rep. Susie Byrd. Admission is free. Information: 541-4416 or email@example.com.
Thunder in the Canyon — The car show, motorcycle run and parade benefiting Miracle League is noon Saturday, May 28, in McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Bike run returns to canyon at 3 p.m. Concerts featuring tribute bands begin at 4 p.m. including Aeromyth (Aerosmith Tribute), Cowboys from Hell Paso (Pantera Tribute) and Alive in Chains (Alice in Chains Tribute). Registration: $20 motorcycles; $25 cars. General admission: $20 Information: 779-4770 or 227-4990.
‘Break Yo’ Self’ Aerosol Art Show — The Silos Aerosol and Public Art Space, 1943 W. Paisano (at Ruhlin, next to the Rescue Mission), and Border Youth host the 3rd annual Run For the Border Tour aerosol art show benefiting the El Paso Rescue Mission, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 27. The event features works by some of the area’s best aerosol and multimedia artists, live painting demonstrations and music by El Paso’s Mexicans@Night. Half of all art purchases from the show go towards the Rescue Mission’s Soup Kitchen. Family-friendly event; no alcohol permitted at show. Admission is free, but donations of dry goods such as coffee, cream, sugar, paper tissue, canned goods and cups encouraged. Information: 731-2791 or Cyder915@yahoo.com.
El Paso Diablos Baseball — The American Association minor league team regular home game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.) at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Ticket information: 755-2000 or diablos.com.
• May 23-26 — Shreveport-Bossier Captains
• May 27-28 — Amarillo.
Memorial Day Pet Adoptions — El Paso Humane Society, 4991 Fred Wilson, will be open for adoptions Memorial Day weekend 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 28-30, featuring special reduced adoption rates of $60 on all adult animals one year or older. Free hot dogs for all customers on Memorial Day while they last. Information: 532-6971 or humanesocietyelpaso.org.
A Tribute to Mike Guerrero — The car show and dance honoring the local D.J. is Sunday, May 29, at El Maida Shrine Center, 6331 Alameda. Car show is noon to 6 p.m. with Fox 92.3 Jukebox live, and a dance featuring live local bands at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza. Registration: $25 in advance (ticketbully.com); $30 day of show. Car show open to all vehicles; space is limited. Information: eptcruising.com.
‘Estampas y Recuerdos 2011’ — Ballet Folkorico Tonatiuh performs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27-29, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $10. Information: 478-0141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockin’ The Rez Pow Wow — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s 2nd annual pow wow is all say Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Road, with Native American dance, food and crafts from tributes throughout the area. All ages welcome. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or speaking-rock.com.
Headline concerts that weekend are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Saturday, and Puddle of Mudd and Rev Theory Sunday (ages 16 and older welcome). Native American musician Keith Secola and The Wild Band of Indians also performs both days.
‘The Sound of Music’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the Rogers and Hammerstein family classic through May 22. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1; non-dinner matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 15 and 22. Tickets $26-$38 dinner shows; $12-$22 non-dinner matinee. Information: 747-6060.
When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis.
Life Teen Craft Fair and Bazaar — St. Luke’s Life Teen Youth Group hosts a craft fair and bazaar 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28-29, at St. Luke Catholic Church, 930 E Redd, with more than 20 tables of crafts, along with food and live entertainment. Drawings held throughout the day. Proceeds go towards sending the group to a Catholic Youth Conference in Tucson this summer. Information: 356-8586.
Creative Kids’ Block Party — Creative Kids will host a family block party with music, food and games 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Kinley’s coffee house, 2231 N. Mesa. Information: 533-9575 or creativekidsart.org.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 9th annual market is 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, beginning May 28, and runs through mid-October. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. No re-selling permitted. The CoffeeStream will serve breakfast and coffee on the patio until 11 a.m. Information: Luis, (575) 589-0653, ext. 6.
Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is next to Sun Bowl Stadium (off Dawson Drive). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Beginning May 23, Friday hours will be 10 a.m. to noon.
Closed Sunday and Monday. Information: 747-6151 or rubincenter.utep.edu.
An opening reception for three news exhibits is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26:
KLAQ International Balloonfest — The 26th annual festival is Saturday through Monday, May 28-30. The event includes colorful mass balloon launches each morning as well as balloon rides, water rides, vendors and live concerts nightly. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.
‘Aging to Perfection’ expo — The Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging’s 12th annual senior expo is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the El Paso Convention Center. The event focuses on increasing awareness of the resources available to enhance quality of life and promote independence for older adults and family caregivers. Admission is free. Information: 533-0998 or riocog.org.
Quintessential Brass — The ensemble’s 15th anniversary free outdoor concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Madeline Park in Kern Place, sponsored by Robert H. Cameron and Kern Place Association. Information: 731-9956.
Electric Love Fest — The music festival features music from some of the largest electronic music artists in the world. at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the El Paso Convention Center. DJ superstar Erick Morillo of Spain will take the stage along with several other guests. Tickets are $30 in advance (Ticketmaster).
The show, presented by Tiger Milk, Famous Angels, & Rude Nights, includes dozens of performers, such as fire dancers and fire jugglers and go-go dancers, with earth-shaking sound, visuals, intelligent lighting, led panels, projections and more.
Alfresco! Fridays — The free outdoor concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 30 at Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). Information: 534-0675, or alfrescofridays.com.
• May 27 — Altarmotive (modern alternative rock)
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Dance Extravaganza — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s performance is 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15, plus service charge (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 527-1893.
The ballet is part of Michele’s Dance Academy, and was founded in 1983 to promote classical ballet and dance in the Las Cruces area.
Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — The season begins Friday, May 27, with live racing at 1 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, except on holiday weekends when the horses run Friday through Monday. The season runs through Labor Day weekend with the running of the All American Futurity. Grandstand admission and parking are free. Turf club admission: $10. Valet parking is $5. Information: (575) 378-4140 or raceruidoso.com.
A “Billy the Kid Chute Out” Bullriding event is Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, Tickets: $20 (ages 6 and younger free). Information: (575) 378-7208.
Silver City Blues Festival — The 16th annual event is May 27-29 at Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th Streets in Silver City. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council, with live acoustic and electric blues music, artisan’s alley, food vendors and a beer garden. Performances are noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, unless otherwise listed. No dogs or alcohol allowed in park area. Information: (575) 538-2505 or (888) 758-7289 or mimbresarts.org.
The Friday Kickoff is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Buffalo Dance Hall featuring The Coolers. Tickets: $12.
Saturday’s headliner is Zac Harmon at 7:30 p.m. Other performers are Reba Russell Band, Shri Blues Band, The Continental Blues Band and Kat Crosby Band.
Sunday’s headliner is Harry Manx at 5 p.m. Other performers are Big Jim Adam and John Stilwagen, The Pleasure Pilots and C.W. Ayon.
A Saturday Night Jam Session is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Buffalo Dance Hall. Tickets: $12.
Raffle tickets to win prizes such as custom guitars, iPad2 and roundtrip tickets to Albuquerque are $5.
Mayfair — Cloudcroft’s 34th annual juried arts & crafts show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, at Zenith Park, with new and returning art vendors showcasing sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more as well as music, food, children’s activities and more. Admission is free. Information: 1-888-874-4447 or cloudcroft.net.
Southern New Mexico Wine Festival — The annual festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 28-30, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. The Memorial Day Weekend festival offers sampling of wines produced by New Mexico wineries as well as local food and vendors. Wine may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case. No pets or coolers.
Admission: $15 (includes souvenir glass) Must have valid ID; free for under 21 with parent or legal guardian. Active duty and retired military receive $3 discount on Monday, with valid ID. Information: (575) 522-1232 or snmwinefestival.com.
Live music begins at 12:15 daily with Cadillac Kings and Guitar Slim Saturday, Mixx Band and Josh Grider Sunday and Billy Townes and The Liars Monday.
To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs. Free parking.
The festival is presented by the New Mexico Wine Growers Association.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Free public guided tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (except show dates). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.
• Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder — The bluegrass legend and his band perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28. This 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. After finding success in mainstream country, Skaggs has returned to his roots with his recent spiritual CD “Mosaic.” Tickets: $76 and $79.
A fried chicken buffet precedes the show at 6 p.m. in the lobby. Cost: $20.
‘Boom’ – No Strings Theatre Company presents the provocative play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb May 20-June 5, at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29and June 5, and 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors; $7 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.
A grad student’s online personal ad for “Sex to Change the Course of the World” lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab under the pretense of an evening of “no strings attached” sex. When a major global catastrophic event strikes the planet, their date takes on evolutionary significance and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. Contains adult language.
Fort Bayard Wilderness Run – The 40th annual 8-mile wilderness run and 5K run and walk begins 8 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at the historic parade grounds of Fort Bayard Medical Center (off U.S. 180, 5 miles east of Silver City, N.M.). The challenging and scenic course is on trails and unpaved roads in the Gila National Forest. Awards offered for winners of each age group. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. Entry: $25 by May 26 ($15 without t-shirt). Mail-in registration deadline is May 13; online registration deadline is May 19. Information: (575) 388-2325, zianet.com/ftbayardrun. Online registration (through May 27) at active.com.
Hosted by the Grant County Striders with sanction of Road Runners Club of America. Proceeds benefit the Silver High School Cross Country Team and Aldo Leopold High School. Sponsored by Southwest Bone & Joint Institute of Silver City.