‘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.
‘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.
San Ignacio Kermess — St. Ignatius Church, 408 S. Park, will celebrate its 106th year July 29-31 with carnival rides, food, games, music, dancing and the chance to visit with school alumni, Segundo Barrio neighbors and current parishioners. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 5 to midnight Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Raffle tickets available to win cash prizes. Admission is free. Information: 532-9534.
A mass celebrating Patron Saint Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Society of Jesus/Jesuits) is noon Saturday, July 30.
The church opened in 1905, and famous El Paso names appear on its stained-glass window and altar’s ceiling including late historian Cleofas Calleros and photographer Alfonso Casasola. Any past and current parishioners who would like to donate or lend related photographs or artifacts or share stories for its archives and future gallery may call the church or visit the office 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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 28 — Fungi Mungle (70s funk/rock).
El Paso Museum of Art Summer Camps for Kids and Classes for Adults Offering different studio art classes for adults, youth and families this summer. El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza, now-Aug. 5, prices vary, for info www.elpasoartmuseum.org/classes.asp
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.
• The “Think Green” event is Friday, July 29, at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West, with crafts 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a recycled Fashion Show at 6 p.m.
Dog Adoptions Weekly pet adoption event presented by the El Paso Humane Society and the Great Dane Rescue. El Paso Saddleblanket, 6926 Gateway East, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,Saturday July 30 for info 544-1000.
National Dance Day Social Dance Sponsored by MIMA Dancing, all styles of music will be featured. Sand Dunes Ballroom, 11400 Rojas, 7-11 p.m., $3 per person, all ages, Saturday July 30 for info 491-8143, www.mimdance.com.
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.
Music Under the Stars — The 28th summer concert series, Music Under the Stars World Festival presents Brass Monkey Brass Band (soul/funk) 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 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.
El Maida Shrine Circus — The 60th Anniversary presentation of Valentine’s Mighty American Circus is July 29-31 at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Showtimes are noon and 8 p.m. Friday; noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and noon, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit El Maida Temple operations. Tickets: $13 in advance ($10 children); $15 at the gate ($12 children) for general admission. Box seats: $20. Information: 562-1444 or email@example.com.
‘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.
Improv on the Border — The dinner show of sketches and skits, driven by audience requests, is 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30 and Aug. 27, at Il Posto Italiano Ristorante, 7128 N. Mesa. Reservations required: 585-2221.
‘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.
‘Nuestra Belleza El Paso’ Pageant — The 2nd annual Spanish-language Latina beauty pageant is Saturday, July 30, at The Plaza Theatre, with young women age 17-27 from El Paso, Juárez and Las Cruces competing for the crown. Participants competed in beauty, style and cultural appreciation events, emphasizing on the opportunity for personal development while serving the community. Participants must be able to travel and work in the U.S. and speak Spanish moderately. Tickets to be announced. Information: BazaarModels@live.com.
Nuestra Belleza El Paso is part of the preliminaries to the national casting of Nuestra Belleza Latina.
Mexican Food World Cookoff — The annual world cook-off is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld in Anthony, Texas. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com. Sponsored by KLAQ, KROD, KISS radio stations and El Paso Restaurant Association. Tickets: $15 in advance at all Western Beverage locations. Admission at the gate is $20.99; $18.99 kids.
Area restaurants will compete in the several Mexican food categories, as well as the annual Rock N’ Roll Mariachi competition, in which area mariachis compete with their traditional sounds plus one mariachi-style rock song.
National Dance Day — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department will celebrate National Dance Day at the Dancing in the City Summer Concert Series 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Arts Festival Plaza, between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Plaza Theatre.
The community is encouraged to attend and learn a fun, choreographed dance taught by Shundo Dance Studio. A video of the dance will be submitted to “So You Think You Can Dance.” Dance instructions start at 7 p.m., followed by a performance by Havana Son 8-10 p.m.
Admission is $6 ($10 per couple) and includes the dance lesson at 7 p.m. and the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event with cash only. Cont/next page
An National Dance Day …ATM will be available. Outside food or drinks are not allowed. Food and drinks will be for sale at the event. Information: 541-4481 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
‘Midsummer Music’ — Laura Tate Goldman and Dan Lambert’s Trio perform a dinner concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at The Magic Pan, 5034 Doniphan. Cost: $34.95 (includes dinner, dessert and concert). Information/reservations: 581-2121.
Julio A. Ortiz LIVE!!! From Blues to Bossa Nova all delivered with class. Jul 30 8:00 pm
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
Saturday Nite Jazz Live performance by Ricardo Valencia. Il Posto Italiano, 7130 N. Mesa, 7-9 p.m., Sat July 30 for info 585-2221.
Buenos Aires Dinner and Dance Second annual event hosted by The Paso del Norte Tango Club. The theme of the evening will be Golden Age of Tango, prizes will be given for the most authentic costume. Shundo Dance Studio, 2719 North Stanton, 8 p.m., $15 per person, no lessons, Sat July 30 for info 532-2043.
Southern New Mexico
Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival — The 7th annual event is Saturday, July 30, at The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts on Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Tickets: $49 per concert ($15 students). Tickets available for order via the Spencer Theater, 1-888-818-7872 or spencertheater.com.
This year’s performances are Van Cliburn International Competition finalist Di Wi at 2 p.m. and The Linden String Quartet, grand prize winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, at 8 p.m. Pre-concert talks are 45-minutes prior to each performance with Dr. Larry Wolz.
The “Fabulous Festival Fling” fundraising reception is 5 p.m. Friday before the concert in the theater’s Crystal Lobby, followed by a painted violin auction. Tickets: $30 (auction attendance is free).
Dan Lambert, Ricardo Amaya Live performance. St. Clair Winery and Bistro, 1800 Avenida De Mesilla, Sat July 30 Las Cruces, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Tom Russell — The internationally renowned folksinger/songwriter performs at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Fountain Theatre, 2461 Calle de Guadalupe, in Old Mesilla. in support of his new album “Mesabi.” Information: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs — The annual arts and craft show is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, featuring all-New Mexico made artworks, handmade items and live entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 378-4431 or ruidownsracing.com.
‘Pinocchio’ — Missoula Children’s Theatre will host public performances of the classic fairy tale at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29-30 at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Tickets: $6 ($2 children). Information: (575) 523-6403 or riograndetheatre.com.
The popular weeklong theater experience is open to all children in the community ages 5-18 (must have completed kindergarten). About 60 children will be cast as actors or as assistant directors or technicians.
Auditions are 10 a.m. to noon Monday, July 25, with rehearsals/workshops 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, July 26-28.