Topdog/Underdog’ — Green Apple Theatre Collective presents the comic drama and winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama by Suzan-Lori Parks at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 16-31, at the Glass Box Theatre, 1500 Texas. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a game of three-card monte (as featured in the show) and bucket drum performance. Seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets: $12 at the door (cash only). Information: 226-9708 or 740-3087.
“Topdog/Underdog” tells the story of two black brothers in a tumultuous world where the illusion is just as important as the reality, the past has a way of creeping back, power is temporary and ends are barely met. The two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, were abandoned by not only their parents, but eventually their wives and girlfriends as well. Due to adult themes in the play, anyone under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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: Admission: $10 ($5 students, faculty, staff, military and seniors). Ages 7 and older welcome. Information: Forum Box Office, 831-5056 or 831-3205.
• “Rodeo Mongolia: A Children’s Musical” — 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23. 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.
• “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” — The El Paso premiere of the Off-Broadway hit is July 21-22. Personalities and culture collide in this outlandish comedy. Andrew and Anthony are getting married and everyone wants to “help.” The play spins into a hysterical fiasco as everyone tries to have his or her way, from a saboteur ex-boyfriend to a loud, opinionated, outspoken Italian mother. Explicit content; may not be suitable for all audiences.
‘Viva El Paso!’ — The summertime pageant returns to McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre for its 34th season 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through 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 discounts: 231-1165 or viva-ep.org.
National Parks and Recreation Month — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will celebration National Park and Recreation Month with several free events throughout July. Information: 541-4331 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
NASA Flight Director Ginger Kerrick will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center, 901 N. Virginia. Admission is free. Information: 533-1611.
Cool Canyon Nights — The summer series of free outdoor concerts are Thursdays through Aug. 11 at McKelligon Canyon, sponsored by Townsquare Media and the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers. All performances on the theater’s Main Stage, unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-9550, 231-1100 or coolcanyonnights.com. July 21 — Altarmotive (modern alternative). Joe Barron Band will perform on the patio.
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.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Paso will hold its 12th annual Bowl for Kids Sake noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano, featuring bowling, entertainment, prizes and more. Four two-hour bowling sessions scheduled. Cost: $60 ($300 for five-person team); includes bowling, t-shirt and meal. All funds raised stay in El Paso and go toward making matches of mentors to at-risk children. Information: 544-4203 or bbbsofep.org/bowl.
Josh Abbott — The Texas country musician known for his song “She’s Like Texas” and more performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Whiskey Dick’s, 580 George Dieter. Tickets: $12 ages 21 and older; $22 ages 18-20. Available at ticketbully.com. Information: 921-9900.
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 or club101.com.— The Argentine DJ Hernan Cattaneo performs at 9 p.m. Friday, July 22. Tickets: $16.
PRCA Rodeo Trap ‘Chute-Out’ — The 5th annual fundraising trap shoot for the El Paso Ford Dealers Southwest International PRCA Rodeo is 9 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at El Paso Skeet and Trap Club, 9817 Alameda. Doors open at 8 a.m. Refreshments and food available. Cost: $250 (five person team); $50 per team for youth division. Information: Trap Club, 859-7325.
‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ — The Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso celebrates its 42nd season’s with the comic opera July 21-23, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10 ($8 students and seniors) in advance $12 ($10 students, seniors and military) at the door. Information/reservations: 591-6210, 584-9319 or GandSelpaso.org.
“H.M.S. Pinafore” is the cheerful satire on the arrival of the modernity, bureaucracy and democratic ideals to the Royal Navy of Queen Victoria’s era and pokes fun at the Royal Navy, parliamentary politics and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority. The story takes place aboard a British ship, where Captain Corcoran’s daughter, Josephine, has fallen in love with an ordinary sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, yet her father has a more suitable sophisticated suitor in mind.
Additional performances tentatively planned in August at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces; dates to be announced. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
Music Under the Stars — The 28th summer concert series, Music Under the Stars World Festival presents Rupa & the April Fishes (world music) 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 (MCAD), 532-7273 (Chamizal) or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Grills permitted in park, but not within the amphitheater itself. 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.
‘The Tempest’ — Department of Theatre and Dance’s Summer Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare’s fantasy July 22-31, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre, Second Floor Fox Fine Arts Building. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, students, children 4-12 and per ticket for groups of 10 or more). Information: 747-5118 or theatredanceutep.edu.
When King Alonso of Naples and his entourage sail home for Italy after attending his daughter’s wedding in Africa, they encounter a violent storm. The passengers are washed ashore on a strange island and find that the magician Prospero deliberately conjured up the storm.
‘Bye Bye Birdie’ — The El Paso Independent School District’s Fine Arts Department presents its 26th annual musical production at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 20-23, at Coronado High School’s Ross Capshaw Theatre, 100 Champions Place. Tickets: $5 ($3 students, seniors and military). Information: 760-8520.
The musical by Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams is the comic satire about a rock & roll singer named Conrad Birdie who is about to enter the army. When Birdie arrives in Sweet Apple, Ohio to present a farewell kiss to one of their teen-aged girls, the town’s excitement accelerates, tempers flare, and the fun begins. Features classic songs like “Kids,” “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Boy” and “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”
The summer theater production is a districtwide collaboration for teachers and students. The students perform as singers, actors, dancers, technicians and instrumentalists, while learning about vocal production, acting, choreography, set design, lighting, costuming and makeup.
‘Urinetown’ – UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution July 8-24, written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10; non-dinner matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17 and 24. Tickets $26-$38 dinner shows; $12-$22 non-dinner matinee. Information: 747-6060.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. A hero decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead the people to freedom.
Kern Place Music in the Park — The Kern Place Association presents The Bird Dogs 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 23, as part of its summer-long music series in Madeline Park, 900 Baltimore. Bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic basket. Admission is
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. Saturdaysthrough 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. No performances July 2 and 16. Admission: $6 ($10 couples); available at the door. Information: 541-4481. July 23 – Hillside Gamblers (rockabilly)
Barney Live “Birthday Bash!” — Barney and Friends bring two performances to El Paso at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $15 and $20, plus service charge. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle Seats and $55 Dino Seats available. (Ticketmaster)
Dino Seats feature VIP seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with Barney. Information: 231-1100.
The loveable, huggable dinosaur’s new interactive concert party tour invites the audience to celebrate with Barney on his birthday with more than 25 sing-along tunes including favorites, such as “Mr. Knickerbocker,” “Dino Dance,” “Baby Bop Hop,” “Rock ‘n Roll Star” and more.
The Emmy-winning television
series “Barney & Friends” has been trusted by parents and adored by children for more than 20 years and is one of the top-rated pre-school shows today, airing on PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS Sprout.
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Ruidoso Art Festival — The 40th annual event is Friday through Sunday, July 22-24, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca, on Highway 48. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 per day; $1 ages 15 and younger. Two-day pass: $8; three-day pass; $12. Military discount of $3. Sponsored by the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Information: (575) 257-7395, 1-877-RUIDOSO (784-3676) or RuidosoNow.com.
Recognized by the Harris Poll as one of the country’s top 100 juried art shows in 2009 and in 2010 from Art Fair Sourcebook, the festival features more than 100 artists displaying works in acrylics, oils, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings of all media, photography, pottery, sculpture and woodwork.
Big Ditch Day — Silver City MainStreet hosts a day of music, educational tours workshops and more is Saturday, July 23, in conjunction with the San Vicente Wetlands Festival. Farmers’ Market, vendors, historical reenactors, and conservation demonstrations also offered in cooperation with the Gila Conservation Education Center, Gila Resources Information Project, Silver City Museum, and Silver City Farmers’ Market. Information: (575) 534-1700 or silvercitymainstreet.com.
White Wave Skate Festival — The skate competition and festival is noon Saturday, July 23, at Las Cruces Skate Park, 1600 E. Hadley. Competitions include skating, Best Trick, Best Retro Dressed and more. Door prizes, rock wall, DJs and food and drinks also offered. Registration is 10 to 11 a.m. Admission: $5 for spectators; $10 for competitors in advance ($15 at the gate). Competitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Early sign up at Shreds Skate Shop in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall or at whitewaveclothing.com.
Steve Smith and Chris Sanders with Hard Road — The bluegrass musicians and his band perform their annual benefit concert for KRWG radio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces, featuring Bill Evans on banjo, Tim May on guitar and Nate Lee on fiddle. Tickets: $15 in advance ($7.50 age 12 and younger); $20 at the door ($10 age 12 and younger). Information: (575) 646-2222 or krwg.org.
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.
“Shine On!” — The benefit show for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lincoln County is 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Under the direction of Steve Duffy (creator of the HEAL benefit series, Survivor), this “musical with a mission” features all local performers through music and dance. Tickets: $38 matinee; $45 evening show.