Battle at the Ballpark — Zeferino Entertainment and Speaking Rock hosts the boxing event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North. Fight card includes local boxer Jennifer Han in the co-main event, flyweight Joel Garcia and the debut of amateur heavyweight Eric Reza vs. Derrill Schoonover. Tickets: $5-$10 ($25 ringside). Information: Cohen Stadium Box Office, 755-2000.
Tour de Tolerance — The 6th annual bicycling and running event, benefiting the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, is Sunday, Oct. 16, at Stout Gym on Fort Bliss, 2930 Cassidy.
100K ride begins at 7:30 a.m., 50K ride at 9 a.m. and 10K ride at 9:30 a.m. The 5K run/walk is 8:30 a.m. No race day registration. Information: 351-0048, ext. 24 or 744-8432. Online registration at tourdetolerance.com.
Cost: $30 for each event ($35 after Oct. 7) with a $10 discount for military personnel, seniors and museum members. Family of five for 10K fee is $60 ($70 after Oct. 7). All participants get a t-shirt, after-race prize giveaways, entertainment and after-ride massages.
Packet pickup is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Holocaust Museum, 715 N. Oregon.
This year’s bike courses have been enhanced to offer participants a first-hand look at the impressive expansion on Fort Bliss.
‘Walk Through Time’ — Scenic Sunday participants can learn about the El Paso/Juarez region 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 16, along Scenic Drive. Scenic Drive will be closed to motor vehicles, so the event is open to walkers, runners, cyclists and rollerbladers.
Experts in geology and history will give talks and be on hand to answer questions. Organizations are invited to participate by setting up information tables/booths and promoting their missions. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Jim Tolbert at 525-7364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is part of the Scenic Sundays walks along Scenic Drive organized the city El Paso Parks and Recreation Department 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. 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.
T-Robo Competition — Western Technical College hosts the robotics competition and Geek Fest 2011 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the WTC Branch Campus, 9451 Diana. Ten high school teams compete to accomplish a “covert mission” in the T-Robo Competition. The Geek Fest includes live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, paintball, U.S. Army climbing wall and various demonstrations. Admission is free. Information: 231-4926 or westerntech.edu.
Concordia Cemetery Walk Through History — The annual “living” history tour is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Admission: $5 ($3 seniors and military, $1 students 12 and older; children under 12 free). Information: 581-7920 or 591-2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
KLAQ Haunted Warehouse — The 2011 haunting runs Sept. 30-Oct. 31 at 1323 N. Lee Trevino. This year’s theme is “Fear Factory.” Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Tickets: $12 ($7 age 12 and younger). Advance tickets with $2 discount available at all 7-11 Fina stories in El Paso and Pic Quiks in Las Cruces. Information: 880-4955 or klaq.com.
Show and Shine Car Show — The show benefiting the Salvation Army is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, north side of Bassett Place parking lot. Set-up and sign-in begins at 9 a.m.; participation limited to first 90 cars and 20 motorcycles. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ October bout “Terror on Wheels” is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Doors open at 6 p.m., Tickets: $5 and $10. (Ticketmaster). Information: suncityrollergirls.com.
El Paso Chopin Music Festival — The 2011 fall series of piano concerts, sponsored by El Paso Community College and the El Paso Chopin Festival Society, continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 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.
Featured pianist is Richard Dowling. Dowling performs regularly throughout the United States and has received nationwide attention for his recital via the PBS program “Debut” and NPR’s “Performance Today,”
Piano Recital — The El Paso Music Teacher’s Association-Student Affiliate presents its students in recital at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.
Beat the Streets Car Show — The 5th annual car show and concert is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with cars, trucks, SUVs and more. Trophies awarded at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $20 day of show (free for ages 10 and younger). Information: 694-3849 or elpasostreetscene.com.
Pre-registration for participants is $25 for cars/trucks/suvs; $20 bikes.
Fiesta of the Nations — Open Arms Community of El Paso presents its annual weekend of ethnic variety, with traditional foods, crafts, folk music and dance, family games and fun Oct. 14-16, at the open field at 8240 North Loop, east of Lomaland. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 3 to midnight Saturday and 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Space is limited, visitors encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is free; parking is $2. Information: 595-0589 or openarmscommunity.org.
The event is produced by Open Arms Catholic Community as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations. Proceeds benefit the Holy Spirit Catholic Retreat and Renewal Center, to be built on the fiesta site.
‘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.
Tickets $28-$40 dinner shows; $14-$24 non-dinner matinee. Information: 747-6060.
Hispanic Chamber Fiesta and Piñata Bash — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates 20 years with its 2011 Fiesta Celebration of the “Jovenes Empresarios” 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso. Dinner served at 7 p.m. The event features a dance with some of El Paso’s best Salsa musicians, tequila toasts, dinner and recognition of groups and individuals who contributed to the city’s success. Tickets: $75 ($60 chamber members); open seating. Reserved tables for ten are $1,000. Information/reservations: 566-4066 or ephcc.org.
The keynote speaker is entrepreneur, real-estate developer and attorney, George Prescott Bush, who has been selected as one of Texas Monthly’s “Rising Stars.”
The Piñata bash features thousands of dollars in prizes.
‘Ghost Stories of El Paso’ premiere — The premiere of El Paso Gold’s “Ghost Stories of El Paso Volume 3” is at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 8-29 and Sunday, Oct. 30, plus an 8 p.m. showing Oct. 22, at the Scottish Rite Theatre, 301 W. Missouri in Downtown. Admission: $6 cash ($6.50 with credit card). Portion of ticket sales benefit the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. Information: 533-4409 or ephistory.com.
“Ghost Stories of El Paso, Volume 3” presents all-new stories and visits some of El Paso’s most haunted and historic locations. Psychic Diana Calamia and her crew of ghost trackers reportedly capture an image of spirits as they begin to take on human form.
Brunch & Barks — All well-behaved and leashed pets are invited to the 2nd annual event 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing patio, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Event includes pet adoption from the Animal Rescue League of El Paso, costume contest and locally-made goods from Farmers Market vendors. Brunch will be served, and other food and beverages will be sold. Twenty percent of all proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. Bring a donation of cleaning supplies, new or gently-used collars, leashes and/or canned dog or cat food and receive a free doggie treat. Reservations recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653.
Arts International — The 44th annual Arts International Juried Exhibition, Texas’s largest international juried art exhibit, runs Oct. 15-Nov. 11, at the new West Side Cancer Treatment Institute facility, 7825 N. Mesa. Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Institute. Information: 534-7377 or artsinternat.com.
The exhibition presents 142 works from 70 of the finest artists in Texas, New Mexico and the neighboring State of Chihuahua, Mexico. This year’s judge is Arizona artist David Schwindt.
Beer, Brats and Jazz at Keystone — Keystone Heritage Park, 4440 Doniphan (across from Frontera), will host its annual fall celebration 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the desert botanical garden, with live jazz music, beer and wine, grilled hot dogs and brats and more. Admission: $5; recommended for adults only. Information: 584-0563 or keystoneheritagepark.org.
Wind Music Serenade — Music Forum El Paso presents the Winds of the Chamber Music Consortium of the Southwest at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at El Paso Museum of Art’s auditorium. Admission is free. Information: 755-0724.
The consortium will perform “Wind Octet Nr.1” by Joseph Myslivecek, “Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and English Horn” by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, “Serenade for Ten Winds” by the American Romantic composer Arthur Hill and “Octet” by Carl Reinecke.
Enrique Iglesias — The Latin superstar brings his Euphoria Tour to El Paso at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with special guests Pitbull and Prince Royce. Tickets: $12.75-$92.75, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster).
Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble — Showtime El Paso presents one of the most in-demand flamenco guitarists in the United States and his ensemble at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ticket information (all seats general admission): 544-2022 or ShowtimeElPaso.com.
With haunting songs and melodies of the flamenco singer, the dancers find movement and rhythm, the guitarist finds harmony and dynamics, and in turn each artist inspires the other.
UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, except as noted. Tickets for most performances are $5 ($3 seniors/military/non-UTEP students; free for children/UTEP students/faculty/staff), unless listed otherwise. Ticket information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/music.
• University Choirs — Tuesday, Oct. 11, directed by William McMillan and Elisa Fraser Wilson. The choirs will perform works by Franz Schubert, Moses Hogan, Randall Thompson, Dolores Keane, Gasperini and Howard Helvey.
• UTEP Jazz Ensembles — Wednesday, Oct. 12.
• Dominic Dousa, piano — The composer/pianist performs his original compositions Friday, Oct. 14, as part of the Faculty Recital Series. He will be joined by UTEP faculty artists Greg Luffey, Melissa Colgin-Abeln, and Mark Schuppener for a program of chamber music. The program will feature the premiere of a new work for violin and piano composed for Schuppener.
Benise: ‘The Spanish Guitar’ — The Nuevo Flamenco world music and dance spectacular returns 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $28-$38, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster)
“The Spanish Guitar” is an epic tale about an enchanted Spanish Guitar that propels Benise into a Troubadour for the Ages. Taking place on an ever-changing stage, The tale transports the audience to a Parisian café, a Flamenco Tapas Bar in Spain, the Arabian desert, a Venetian Masquerade ball and the cobblestone streets of Old Havana.
Benise, along with a full cast of performers, takes the audience on an unprecedented and epic adventure exploring Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Samba, Argentinean Tango, Indian Bollywood, Parisian Waltz, African drumming, and more. This multi-city tour, this performance coincides with a PBS pledge special and follows a critically acclaimed performance on “Dancing With The Stars.”
Border AIDS Partnership presents Paula Poundstone — The observational comedian headlines the “Spotlight 2011” gala at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $32.50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or borderaids.org.
Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Poundstone’s ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend. She was the first woman to win an ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy performance and the first woman to be invited to perform at the distinguished White House Correspondents dinner. She has starred in solo specials on HBO and Bravo, among many other TV appearances, and is also a panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”
Poundstone is also an author and lecturer. Her first book for Random House was “There Is Nothing in This Book That I Meant To Say,” and is currently working on a second.
Tom Lea Month — Several area organizations will celebrate the 102nd birthday of the late El Paso art legend throughout the month of October.
Tom Lea, born July 11, 1907, worked as a muralist, illustrator, novelist, historian, World War II war correspondent and studio painter. Information 533-0048 or tomleainstitute.com.
Keynote event is an evening with former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at The Plaza Theatre, 125 Pioneer Plaza. Bush spent many summer months in El Paso; her grandparents lived in Canutillo. Her mother, Jenna Hawkins Welch, grew up in El Paso, attending El Paso High School and Texas Western College of Mines. The former first lady of the United States will speak about her family ties to El Paso, tell stories of her summer stays, and share what she finds so special about “the dried up, bare, empty country” she loves to visit. Following her remarks is a screening of highlights from Capstone Production’s documentary film “Tom Lea’s El Paso,” with an introduction Laura Bush made from the White House in 2008. Tickets: $25.
‘Chalk The Block’ — The 4th annual outdoor art event is Oct. 14-16, throughout Downtown El Paso. The event includes various art projects, art vendors, live music, performance art, interactive kid’s zone, food and refreshments and more. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 541-4280 or chalktheblock.com.
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Ruidoso Oktoberfest — The 30th annual Lincoln Country version of the German tradition is Oct. 14-15 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. German food, beer, wine, music, games, live music and folk dances will abound 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts booths will be featured as well as a “Kinderhall” with games, prizes and pumpkin painting for kids. Proceeds benefit various Lincoln County charities.
Admission: $8 per day; 14 for both days; $5 for ages 13-17 and free for children 12 and under. Children and teens must be accompanied by adult. Information: (575) 257-6171 or OktoberfestRuidoso.com.
Musical entertainment features Salzburger Echo and other live bands and dance groups.
High Rolls Apple Festival — The 45th annual open-air harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15-16, at the Community Center, 56 Cottage Row, in High Rolls, N.M. The festival features fresh local and other apples, apple pies and apple butter, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. Admission and parking is free. No pets. Information: (575) 682-5591, (575) 682-3260, or highrollsfestivals.com.
The festival is presented by the High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club. Proceeds benefit the community center. High Rolls is on U.S. 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft (east of the tunnel).
Ruidoso High Mountain Fly In and Car Show — The Pine Top Rod and Custom Car Club’s 3rd annual run and car show, held in conjunction with the High Mountain Fly-in, is Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport in Ruidoso, N.M. Gates open at 8 a.m. Admission is free; the public is welcome.
The car show is open to all classic, sports and collectible cars and trucks from 1986 or older. Awards presented at 3 p.m. with live entertainment in the evening. Information: pinetopcarclub.com
The fly-in features glider rides, pancake breakfast, firetruck rides and demonstration, cross country air race and more. Information: ruidosoflyin.com.
Czechoslovakian Klobase Festival — Holy Family Church’s 83rd annual festival and barbecue is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Luna County Courthouse Park in Deming, N.M. Started by area Czechoslovakians, the event offers bingo, homemade Bohemian sausage, cowboy coffee, salad, desserts and barbeque beef slowly cooked in a pit with mesquite wood. Information: (575) 546-9783.
Jay Perez with Gonzalo — The Tejano musicians perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs in Las Cruces. Tickets: $35 (Ticketmaster).
Marina V — The Russian singer/songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Rio Grande Theatre, at 211 Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Marina V moved to America by herself at 15, leaving everything behind to make her music dreams come true. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 day of show. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
Marina V describes herself as a once-shy kid playing her songs on an out-of-tune upright piano in Soviet Moscow with neighbors knocking on the wall because it was too loud, who learned English by translating the Beatles songs and whose soul cried with joy when she heard the beautiful melodies of Russian classical and folk music.
Jack Ward Invitational Choral Festival — The popular concerts that highlight the festival are 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14-15, at the NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Tickets: $12 and $15; $5 students; ages 7 and older welcome. Information: (575) 646-1240.
Highlighting this year’s event is a commissioned piece by David Childs, using works from the poem “Winds of Pentecost” by Las Cruces’s first poet laureate Keith Wilson.
Featured guest choir this year is the Deming High School Choir, directed by Larry Martin, joining NMSU’s Combined Choirs. Other special guests include former NMSU student and performer Bree de Campo Gordon.
The festival is named for the NMSU alumnus who is one of choral music’s most ardent supporters, and includes guest performers and choirs from around the area.
Mesilla Valley Concert Band — The 95-piece band performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-2421.
‘A Thousand Clowns’ – The Las Cruces Community Theatre presents the Herb Gardner comedy Oct. 14-30. Directed by Marcus Vickers. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7-$10. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Unconventional Murray is tired of writing cheap comedy gags for “Chipper the Chipmunk” and finds himself unemployed with plenty of free time. Lectured by his conventional brother and hounded by “the system,” he is paid a visit by bickering, uptight social workers, and finds himself solving their problems as well as most of his own.