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.
• June 21-23 — Amarillo
• July 2-5 — Lincoln Saltdogs
Chivas El Paso Patriots Soccer — The professional soccer team’s home games are 8 p.m. at Gary Del Palacio Field of Dreams, 6941 Industrial. The Patriots are an affiliate team with Chivas de Guadalajara. Information/tickets: 771-6620 or chivaselpaso.com.
• Friday, June 24 — Laredo Heat
• Saturday, June 25 — Rio Grande Valley FC
‘A Few Good Men’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the stage version of the movie (which starred Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore) June 24 through July 16. The stage version was written by Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the original screenplay. Showtimes are Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
The story centers on the death of a soldier and the trial of two Marines accused in the case, and the lawyer who must unravel the secrecy hiding the facts.
The play opens the Playhouse’s 2011-2012 season.
Summer Repertory 2011 — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio presents its 3rd Summer Repertory Season in June and July at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre on Hwy 54 (Diana exit). Showtime at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, unless listed otherwise. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $10 ($5 students, faculty, staff, military and seniors). Ages 7 and older welcome. Information: Forum Box Office, 831-5056 or 831-3205.
• “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” — The Off-Broadway hit is June 23-25. Joyful and unashamedly vulgar, Betsy Kelso’s comic fable about women in a Florida trailer park and their no-account men is more fun than a chair-throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music.
• “Rodeo Mongolia: A Children’s Musical” — 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25. This different and engaging story tackles themes of arrogance, treachery, self-sacrifice, forgiveness and hope. Written by Charles Pascoe, the show has been performed across the world. Box office opens at 1:15 p.m.
‘Viva El Paso!’ — The summertime pageant returns to McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre for its 34th season 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 3-Aug. 13, offering an array of multicolored costumes, electrifying musical production numbers, and legendary characters. The outdoor musical extravaganza highlights the four major cultures of the region, through drama, song and dance, that have called El Paso home: Native American, Spanish Conquistadors, Mexican and Western American. Tickets: $15 general admission, plus service charge. Barbeque dinner with the show offered 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 ($10 ages 12 and younger). (Ticketmaster). Information/group
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barrio Tour — El Paso Chicano(a) History Preservation Project hosts the second in its series of barrio tours, El Paso’s “Old Eastside” 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, starting in front of Lincoln Center, 4002 Durazno (beneath the Spaghetti Bowl). The city’s old eastside was from Piedras Street to Reynolds Street. Bring sun block, walking shoes, hat and water. Participants may also bring a walkie-talkie. Admission is free; please RSVP at 258-0989 or email@example.com.
The tour includes the inner Chamizal, Lincoln barrio, French Addition, as well as a tour of where neighborhoods where Diablo, La Roca, Cordova Gardens, Siapan and Dizzyland used to be.
Crystal Dreams 7 – The electronic “Paint Party” music event is 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North, with DJs, performers, artists, vendor booths, live circus and acrobat acts, firework show and the explosion of the (washable) paint bomb at 11 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to wear white. Tickets: $15 general admission. Information: 755-2000 or diablos.com.
El Paso Roller Derby — The new roller derby league takes on the San Antonio City Derby 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets: $6 to $10, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster). Information: 474-1666 or elpasorollerderby.com.
El Paso Roller Derby was established in late 2010 and hopes to become a member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
Ballet Folklórico Churuhui — The group performs dances from the different regions of Mexico at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $7. Information: 588-5743.
Music Under the Stars — Havana Quintet, and Art Lewis with Fernando Lechuga perform 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 (MCAD), 532-7273 (Chamizal) or elpasoartsandculture.org.
No alcohol, glass containers, or pets permitted at park. No smoking allowed in bowl area. Free park-and-ride shuttles available from El Paso Zoo to Chamizal and depart regularly 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Newsboys — The Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning Christian pop rock band performs at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest. The band, originally from Queensland, Australia, has sold more then 6.5 million units with five Gold albums and 26 No. 1 hits. Tickets: $20; available in advance at the ALFC office. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.
The band features lead vocalist Michael Tait, a former member of the band “dc talk” along with guitarist Jody Davis, keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein and drummer Duncan Phillips. Their latest CD “Born Again” had the 2nd highest debut on Billboard’s Christian album charts and placed at No. 4 on the Billboard overall charts.
The performance is part of Oneeighty Ministries’ 2011 youth conference, “Supernova” June 21-24.
Dancing in the City — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and Conventions and Visitors Bureau present the outdoor dance concerts 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, June 11-July 30, at Arts Festival Plaza, featuring local and regional performers. Dance lesson precedes the event at 7 p.m. Beverages and food available for purchase; no outside food or drinks permitted. Admission: $6 ($10 couples); available at the door. Information: 541-4481. June 25 – Grupo Soncache (merengue, bachata)
Cool Canyon Nights — The summer series of free outdoor concerts are Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon, sponsored by Townsquare Media and the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers. Information: 544-9550 or 231-1100.
Bi-national Rally on the River – Rio Grande Safe Communities Coalition’s 7th annual event in observance of “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” is Saturday, June 25, at International Boundary Monument Marker One, where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet. The anti-drug awareness day was established by the United Nations in 1988. Admission is free. Sponsored by Rio Grande Safe Communities Coalition. Information: 775-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get there: Cross the Rio Grande at Ewald-Kipp Road and West Paisano, near the railroad overpass just south of Executive Center. Turn left and follow dirt road to the boundary marker.
Santa Lucia Kermess — Santa Lucia Catholic Church will host its 2011 Gran Kermess 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, at on the church grounds at 518 Gallagher, featuring love music, games and rides and homemade gorditas and churros. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Information: 592-5245.
Willie Cager Retirement Party — The retirement party for El Paso basketball legend and philanthropist Willie Cager is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at El Paso Convention Center, in celebration of Cager’s Learning Center/Kids University to be built in Fabens. Guest speakers include Nevil Shed and Judge Williams. Dinner and entertainment also offered. Tickets: $100 ($125 per couple); available at the door. Information: 920-4173 or cageruniversity.org.
Cager will retire from the Ysleta Independent School District after 20 years of teaching, coaching and helping more than 200,000 kids.
Anime Convention — The Fellow Anime Lovers Convention (FAL-Con) is June 24-26 at 2501 Mesa. The event features competitive gaming, artists and anime product vendors, food tables with pocky and other items, card tournaments, cosplay events, giveaways and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. All ages welcome during the day; ages 18 and older only after 9 p.m. Admission: $30 for all three days (ticketbully.com). VIP badges available at the door for an additional $5. Information: fal-convention.com.
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). Presented by the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers and the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0675, or alfrescofridays.com.
• June 24 – Radio La Chusma (Latin Reggae).
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Petting Zoo at Two Rivers Park — Ruidoso’s Parks and Recreation hosts a petting zoo for kids 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 25, at Two Rivers Park on Sudderth (behind the Visitors Center). Admission is free. Information: (575) 257-5030.??San Juan Fiesta and Turtle Fest — The 23rd annual event is Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas, N.M., near Las Cruces. The celebration dates back to when the present day Tortugas consisted of two separate villages, Guadalupe and San Juan. Information: Parish Office, (575) 526-8171.? The Pre-Derby Tardeada is 8 p.m. Saturday in the covered pavilion with music by Genie and the Starliners. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 526-4003.? Sunday’s fiesta is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday with the annual Turtle Races at 3 p.m. (registration begins at noon), and a dance/tardeada at 4 p.m. with music by Fierro Band. New this year is the first Tortugas Idol Contest at 2 p.m. Traditional foods served both days.? Events conclude at 8 p.m. Sunday with a raffle drawing for Southwest Airline tickets.? The 6th annual Tortugas Open Golf Scramble is Friday, June 24.? To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.???Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.?• Miss New Mexico Pageant — The 2011 prelude to the Miss America Pageant is June 22-25. Preliminaries are 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, with finals at 7 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $29 per night for preliminaries; $39 for finals.? A “Little Miss New Mexico” talent show is 5 p.m. Thursday.? A VIP dinner and show with former Miss America Kellye Cash’s “Tribute to Patsy Cline” is Friday. Cost: $50 dinner and show; $29 show only.? VIP all-event tickets are $175.??Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Prices listed do not include service charge. (Ticketmaster) Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.?• Clint Black — The country music legend performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Black has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide and written and recorded more than 100 songs, including No. 1 hits “Killin’ Time,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “Nothin’ but the Taillights” and more. Tickets: $25-$100.
Music in the Park — The Las Cruces summer concert series is 7 p.m. Sundays June 5-Aug. 28, featuring both local and guest artists. No pets allowed. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2200 or las-cruces.org.
• June 26 — Ekiz (Spanish dance and country) and Echo (old school R&B) at Klein Park.
‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ — No Strings Theatre presents the musical comedy by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin June 24-July 10, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Tom Smith. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday July 3 and 10 and 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors over 65; $7 all seats Thursday). Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.? Set in a middle school gymnasium, the play takes a hilarious and heartwarming look at the pressures of growing up through the eyes of quirky yet lovable characters competing for the title of spelling bee champ. Throughout the Bee, each learns that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique.