The Glasbox — The Border Theatre’s performance space is at 1500 Texas (entrance on Langtry). Information: 424-5283 or glasbox.com
The 2nd annual “Exhibitions in Dis/Connection” visual and performing arts event is 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 2, with art, live music and dance centered around centered around Border Theatre’s theatrical productions. Tickets: $10 at the doors; $5 in advance online at bordertheatre.org.
‘Sleeping Beauty’ — Kids-N-Co. opens its season with the much-loved fairy tale Oct. 1-23, at the Kids-N-Co. Performance Center, 1301 Texas. Directed by Jaime Lupercio with mentor Chet Frame. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Ticket information: 351-1455 or kidsnco.org.
‘Too Much Memory’ — El Paso Community College’s Performers Studio presents the “curtain warmer” version of Sophocles’ “Antigone” by Keith Reddin and Meg Gibson at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept 29-Oct. 8, at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum. Directed by Keith Townsend. Tickets: $10 ($5 students/seniors/military). Information: 831-5056 or epcc.edu.
‘Land of the Centaur’ – The historical fantasy is Sept. 9-Oct. 1 at El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, directed by Lynne DuMond. Where was Pancho Villa when his men attacked the town of Columbus, N.M. in March of 1916? This play combines history and fantasy as it explores the limits of faith, the need for love and the desire for revenge. 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.
Catholic Schools Fall Bazaar — Northeast El Paso Catholic Schools Consortium’s 3rd annual bazaar is 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday,Oct. 1-2, at Most Holy Trinity School, 10000 Pheasant, featuring food, games, carnival rides, live music and a raffle. Proceeds go toward financial aid for the schools’ students. Admission is free. Information: 751-2566.
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.
Wine and Tapas — El Paso Villa Maria, transitional housing for women and children in need located in south El Paso, hosts its 3rd annual fundraising gala event 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at El Convento Courtyard, Loretto Academy, 1400 Hardaway, featuring wine from Italian Imports and tapas. A silent auction will feature an opportunity to enjoy dinner for six people with a local celebrity. Tickets: $35. Information 584-5018 or epvillamaria.org.
This year’s personalities include Sister Helen Santamaria, Director of Villa Maria, Fr. Edwin Gros of Sacred Heart Parish, UTEP basketball coach Tim Floyd, El Paso County Attorney Jo Ann Bernal, Harriet May of GECU and local artist Al Borrego.
Movies in the Canyon — The 3rd annual free movie season at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater concludes Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Showtimes are 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Concessions available (no food or beverages may be brought in). Information: 534-0686 or moviesinthecanyon.com.
• Friday, Sept. 30: “Cats & Dogs” (PG) and “Grown Ups” (PG-13)
• Saturday, Oct. 1: “Alpha and Omega” (PG) and “RED” (PG-13).
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. Sept. 30 – Fungi Mungle (70s revival).
‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ — Montwood High School Emerald Players present the musical comedy Oct. 1-2 at Montwood Emerald Theatre, 12000 Montwood. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Directed by Rudolfo Herrera. Admission: $5 ($3 students). Information: 937-2600.
St. Paul’s Arts & Crafts Bazaar — The St. Paul’s Methodist Women’s fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with arts, crafts, bake booth, commercial vendors and more. Proceeds benefit Salvation Army, Rescue Mission, Houchen Community Center and other charities. Information: 593-0374.
‘New and Different’ Bazaar — St. Luke’s United Methodist Women, 9915 Montwood, hosts the fall craft fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with a sweet shop, seasonal crafts, lunch, vendors and flu shots. Information: 591-8126 or stlukemethodist.org.
The bazaar is in conjunction with the annual St. Luke Country Fair and Great Dachshund Stampede.
Holy Spirit Fall Festival — Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 10500 Kenworthy, hosts its fall family event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with arts and crafts, food, jumping balloons, entertainment, gift basket raffle and more. Admission is free. Information: 821-1362 or holyspiritelpaso.org.
Multiple Sclerosis Walk-A-Thon — The Multiple Sclerosis Association’s 2nd annual walk, run or ride-a-thon is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Album (Eastwood) Park, 3001 Parkwood. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Fee is $10: all donations collected from participants will be used to assist local persons afflicted with multiple sclerosis. Volunteers and sponsors also welcome. Information: 222-5129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Buddy Walk’ 2011 — EPCC Diversity Programs host the walk benefiting disabled student scholarships 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost: $40 family; $20 individual; $10 EPCC students, military and seniors. Event t-shirt for all paid participants. Information: 831-6531.
Sembra Salud 5K — The 5K run and 1-mile Fun Walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Ascarate Park. Information: 478-5663 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
The run/walk promotes fitness and raises funds for the Centro de los Trabajadores Agricoles Fronterizos.
Sun City Battle II — The mixed martial arts fighting event is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $20 general admission; $30 and $45 reserved; $45 ringside. (Ticketmaster).
The fight card features Patrick “Skar” Dixon, Billy Colon, Ricky McCall and Kevin Croom.
‘Shakespeare on the Rocks’ Theater Festival – The 23rd annual Shakespeare festival continues Sept. 30-Oct. 2, the Ysleta ISD Fine Arts Complex, 8455 Alameda.
Performances of “Taming of the Shrew” are at 8 p.m. each Friday through Sunday in the Amphitheater. Tickets: $10 ($8 students, military and seniors). Information: 474-4275 or shakespeareontherocks.com. Presented by Eden Enterprises in cooperation with Ysleta ISD and El Paso Community College.
The 8th annual Ysleta Renaissance Faire is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, with arts and craft vendors, food booths and student performances. Attendees are encouraged to wear period costumes. Admission to the Faire is free. Information: 434-9700.
African Star launch party — El Paso Zoo celebrates its new African Star train ride and Hunt Family Desert Spring Splash Pad with a launch party 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, with train rides, playing in the interactive water feature, food and beverages from area restaurants, jumping balloons and activities, face painting, live music and more. Admission: $50 ($25 children). Family packages are $150 (two adults and up to five youth). Proceeds benefit El Paso Zoological Society; sponsorships available. Information: 532-8156 or email@example.com.
Ysleta Renaissance Faire — The 8th annual festival will be Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at the Ysleta ISD Fine Arts Amphitheater and Plaza, 8455 Alameda. Arts and craft vendors, food booths and student performances are offered 6 to 10 p.m. each evening. Attendees are encouraged to wear period costumes. Admission to the Faire is free. Information: 434-9700.
In partnership with Eden Enterprises, YISD and El Paso Community College, Shakespeare on-the-Rocks will perform Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets: $10 ($8 students, military and seniors). Information: 474-4275 or shakespeareontherocks.com.
EPCC Hispanic Heritage Conference — The 2011 Conference, “100 years of Latino Art and Media,” is Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29-30, at the EPCC Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, with guest lecturers, film screenings and book signings. Events begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. Friday. Registration is free, and the public is welcome. Seating is limited. Information/registration: 831-3322.
Joan Sebastían — The popular ranchero singer known as “El Rey del Jaripeo” performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at El Paso County Coliseum. He has composed hundreds of songs and been a regular on Mexico’s Top 40 charts since 1977. Ticket prices to be announced. (Ticketmaster).
KC and the Sunshine Band — The disco-era legends from Miami perform Friday, Sept. 30, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $25.50, $35.50, $45.50 and $50.50, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster).
The group’s hits include “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Get Down Tonight,” “Give It Up” and more.
El Paso Chopin Music Festival — The 2011 fall series of piano concerts is sponsored by El Paso Community College and the El Paso Chopin Festival Society. Concerts are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 15 and 29, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free, but people are advised to arrive early; concerts are almost always standing room only. Information: 584-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: elpaso-chopin.com.
• Oct. 1 — Ning An. An has won top prizes from the Queen Elizabeth, Cleveland and William Kapell piano competitions and led performances from Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Salle Verdi in Milan to the Great Hall of the People of Beijing in China. He is also a sought-after lecturer and gives master classes throughout the United States and Asia.
‘Xanadu’ – UTEP Dinner Theatre opens its season with the surprise hit musical Sept. 30-Oct. 16. This hilarious musical, which exceeds the expectations from the cheesy 80s motion picture, features the musical made famous by ELO and Olivia Newton John, as well as roller skates and more than 40 disco balls. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Dinner and non-dinner matinee performances on selected Sundays to be announced. Information: 747-6060.
St. Francis Bazaar — St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 5750 Doniphan, will host its annual Fall Bazaar 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Information: 584-7130.
Encores and Overtures Gala — The El Paso Opera Guild’s 12th annual kickoff dinner event for El Paso Opera’s 18th season is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Camino Real Hotel Grand Ballroom, 101 S. El Paso, featuring performers from the Opera’s production of “West Side Story” set for Oct. 7-9 at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $125 ($1,250 per table). Information/reservations: 581-5534 or epopera.org.
Worldwide Photo Walk 2011 — El Paso will take part in the 4th annual worldwide event created by National Association of Photoshop Professionals president Scott Kekly at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Downtown El Paso. Participation is free and open to everyone; participants should have their own camera. Information: Adriana Esparza, 875-4218. Web: worldwidephotowalk.com.
The walk is the world’s largest global social photography event, and the 2010 event had more than 30,000 photographers in over 1,000 locations taking 6 million images in one day.
Tom Lea collection at The Mills — Adair Margo Fine Art will exhibit for the first time paintings by Tom Lea from private collection of Peggy and W.E. Wilcox in the Mills Building Promenade, 123 West Mills, as part of Tom Lea Month. Building hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Opening reception is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Exhibit runs through October. Information: 533-0048.
Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble – El Paso Pro-Musica opens its season with a performance from its own chamber ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Ticket information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.
Southern New Mexico
Trinity Site Tour — White Sands Missile Range. The semi-annual tour to the site of the first atom bomb explosion is Saturday, Oct. 1. Admission is free. Information: (575) 678-1134.
Two options are available for visitors: caravan from Alamogordo through the south end of the range (Tularosa Gate), or enter off U.S. 380 on the north end of the range (Stallion Gate entrance).
The line-up for the car caravan begins at 7:15 at the Otero County Fairgrounds parking lot on U.S. 54/70 in Alamogordo; departure is 8 a.m. Arrive at Trinity site at 10 a.m. and depart by caravan at 1 p.m. The Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce offers bus transportation for $35 a seat. A museum docent will be on board to answer questions. Information: (575) 437-6120.
The Stallion Gate entrance off U.S. 380 is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are allowed to enter and exit unescorted.
Mesilla Jazz Happening — The 10th annual event is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at the old Mesilla Plaza. Hosted by Mesilla Merchants Association and the Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society. Admission is free. Information: Bob Burns, (575) 525-9333 or (915) 799-5684.
• 1 to 2:15 p.m. p.m. — The Butlers
• 2:20-3:45 p.m. — Diffusion Saxophone Quartet
• 4 to 5:15 p.m. — Mack Goldsbury Quartet
• 2 to 3:15 p.m. — Helen Sachs Trio
• 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. — Border Jazz Quartet
• 5 to 6:15 p.m. — Jazz Unlimited Big Band.
Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 12th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 24-Oct. 30, , at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Admission: $10 ($8 children 12 and younger): (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
The farm’s 3rd annual New Mexico Pumpkin festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and live music, storytelling the Pumpkin Glow, and more.
Southern New Mexico State Fair — The 45th annual fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 27-Oct. 2, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment: $10, $8 ages 7-12. Children age 6 and younger free. Information and event times: (575) 524-8602 or snmstatefair.com.
Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 28-Oct. 2, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auction and a barbecue. Admission: $3 per day. Information: (575) 388-4223 or (575) 313-5825.
Cliff is a half hour from Silver City on New Mexico Highway 180.
Aspenfest — The Village of Ruidoso’s celebration of fall colors is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. This year’s theme is “With Heroes Hope Float.” Events include a chili cook-off, arts and crafts fair, street vendors, Aspenfest Parade and vintage car show. Information: (575) 257-7395
The Aspenfest Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sudderth and Mechem. Information: ruidosonow.com/aspenfest.
Arts and crafts booths will be open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Schoolhouse Park on Sudderth. Admission: $2 (free for children under 12). Information: Bonnie Richardson, (575) 378-4661
The Rod Run Car Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Admission is free. Information: Ron Duscha, (915) 598-0621.
The Ruidoso Chili Society’s 31st annual Chili Cook-Off is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Information: Rick Thomas (575) 336-8399.
Cloudcroft Art fest — The annual Octoberfest Juried Art Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, N.M. The show features all-original art, pottery, jewelry and homemade crafts. Live music, food and family activities also featured. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733.
Pinos Altos October Fiesta — The mountain village of Pinos Altos, N.M. will host its 12th annual fall fiesta 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Most events are in the historic Main Street area. The fair offers live entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts, collectibles, gold-panning, antiques and various food vendors. Proceeds benefit the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department. Information: gilarangers.com/octoberfiesta.htm
The Grant County Art Guild (housed near Main Street in the Hearst Church) will have an arts & craft sale/exhibit. The Pinos Altos Museum also will be open.
Old West gunfighters, lawmen and their ladies decked out in 1800s garb can be seen at the various historic sites along Main Street with periodic “shoot ups” and other reenactments.
Pinos Altos, a mining town founded in 1860, is seven miles north of Silver City on NM 15.
‘Play ME’ — The Neil Diamond Tribute and benefit is 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The show features Chris Waggoner singing in the style of Neil Diamond. Backed by a seven-piece band and the “Diamondettes” singers, the show is a high powered tribute to the music and musical stylings of the iconic pop star. Tickets: $20 in advance; $20 at the door. Advance tickets available at White’s Music Box, Hubbard’s Music, Millenium Health and Wellness, La Casa Inc. and the Boba Café & Cabaret or online at holdmyticket.com. Information: riograndetheatre.com.
Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. Domestic Violence Shelter and Services.
In conjunction with the performance, Round and About Tours of El Paso offers an excursion to lunch at the Double Eagle in Mesilla and then on to the afternoon show. Information: 915-833-2650.
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.
• ZZ Top — The “Little Old Band from Texas” performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Tickets: $40-$150.
• Blondie — The new wave/rock band featuring singer Debbie Harry performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. The band’s hits span more than three decades from” “Call Me” and “The Tide Is High” to “Maria.” Their latest CD is “Panic of Girls.” Tickets: $25-$100.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• Richter and Uzur — The acoustic duo performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The duo combines classical, rock and folk on guitar and cello as well as original compositions. Tickets: $10, $17, $22 and $35.
‘Miss Julie’— American Southwest Theatre Company opens its season with the comedy by August Strindberg. Sept. 23-Oct. 9 at NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15, plus service charge. Information: 1-800-525-ASTC (2782).
Miss Julie, mistress of a country manor, struggles against the restlessness of her social station and her burgeoning passions. Opening Night Preview is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
Enchanted Skies Star Party — The 18th annual night sky event is Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at New Mexico Tech’s Etscorn Campus Observatory and other sites around Socorro, N.M. featuring workshops, lectures, tours, door prizes and telescopes. Information/registration: (575) 835-8927 or enchantedskies.org.
LCSO with Adele Anthony — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, opens its Classics series with and All-Orchestra program Oct. 1-2 at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. The orchestra will perform Variations on “America” by Charles Ives, “Peacock” variations by Zoltán Kodály, Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel, and Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
A luncheon with Maestro Klein is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Ramada Palms Hotel Conference Center, featuring a preview of the performance’s music. Cost: $16.
A Friday at the Symphony dress rehearsal is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.30. Tickets are $15 ($5 students with ID).
La Semilla Food Summit — La Semilla Food Center’s regional sustainable food conference is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court in Las Cruces, with gardening and cooking workshops to foster a local food movement. The Summit will highlight regional food system planning efforts, emphasizing the Chihuahuan Desert heritage. Friday sessions also planned; call for details. Admission: $15 both days; $10 for one day (free for ages 18 and younger). Information: (915) 203-9049 or lasemillafoodsummit.com.