VIVA! EL PASO RETURNS
Be a part of history as Viva! El Paso returns to the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, Celebrating 42 Years!
Four hundred years of history will come to life as told through song and dance in El Paso’s own outdoor spectacular musical pageant – it’s an experience not to be missed! The Franklin Mountains provide a naturally beautiful backdrop for Viva! El Paso, performed live in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre every Friday and Saturday at 8 PM night starting June 14. The July 19 and 20 performances will be performed in Spanish.
Through the efforts of the Destination El Paso, El Paso Community Foundation and the University of Texas at El Paso. The show was created in 1978 by Hector Serrano and it would be a shame for this long standing sun city tradition to die out. This year Chuck Gordon who is currently an associate professor of theater at UTEP will serve as Directors duties for VIVA El Paso.
So if you have never been to a show then now is the perfect time to experience an El Paso tradition that takes you through this part of the southwest’s rich history and traditions. Tickets for Viva El Paso can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com Along with tickets for Texas BBQ for those patrons who wish to have a meal with their experience. Admission to Viva El Paso is $18 and $24.
Venue: McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre
Tickets are $20 for adults,
$12 for children
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com,
Contact Phone Number:915-231-1100
Swan Lake is coming June 15th to the Adobe Horseshoe Dinner Theatre. The Classical Ballet Company of the UACJ presents the return of Swan Lake by Artistic Director Maru Becerra. Swan Lake is undoubtedly a favorite among ballet audiences…one of the most physically demanding of its dancers in the classical ballet world. In this production, the everlasting love between Prince Siegfried and the maiden-turned-white-swan Odette is tested by the evil knight Rothbart and his black swan enchantress, Odile.
Saturday June 15 | 7pm
Adobe Horseshoe Dinner Theatre
(Premier Seating): $42.95
No Dinner (Second Seating): $20.95
Contact Name :Al Borrego
Contact E-mail Address:
Contact Phone Number:915-974-7077
Photo Credits:COMPAÑIA DE BALLET CLASICO DE MARU BECERRA
Jewel Box Series season ends with Melusine belly dance show
EL PASO, TEXAS (April 29, 2019) — The fifth season of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre will conclude with its first belly dance show.
The mother-daughter duo of Snake Charmer and the Belly Dancer will present Melusine at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.
Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre box office and ticketmaster.com (service charges apply).
Melusine is a conceptual piece inspired by the mythic, mermaid-like figure of European folklore. The all-new show features choreographic interpretations of muses, water nymphs, a harpy and Melusine’s mother and sisters. Melusine features 16 dancers (but no snakes!) from El Paso, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Roswell and Anthony, N.M., and a dozen original dances in styles ranging from classic Egyptian to tribal fusion.
Original choreography was created by Snake Charmer and the Belly Dancer and fellow dancers Anala Lahada, Prabvi GuaLoa, Lola, Luna, Nancy Hodgins Hayes, Hypatia Ishtar, Roxanna, Patricia, Ginette Novello, Katrina Doolittle, Linda Sanchez-Azadeh, Stacey Ennis, and Na Imah.
Music will be provided by El Paso-raised, San Francisco-based guitarist and violinist Doug Adamz and Light Rain and drummer Omar Limas of El Paso.
El Paso has a long history with belly dance. Snake Charmer (daughter Senee Barraza) and the Belly Dancer (mother Sonia Flores) have been performing together locally and internationally for 18 years. They produce the annual shows Arabesque and Cat’s Meow, teach classes at their Snake Charmer Studios and conduct workshops. Go to snakecharmerandthebellydancer.com to learn more.
The Jewel Box Series was created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the charming Philanthropy Theatre. The series presents diverse, unusual and inventive programs. It is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.
Submissions for the 2019-2020 season will be accepted beginning Monday, May 13 at epcf.org/jewelbox.
Courtesy photo of the mother-daughter duo Snake Charmer (Senee Barraza) and the Belly Dancer (Sonia Flores)
CINCO DE MAYO INTERNATIONAL FEST
The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso will be hosting a Cinco De Mayo
festival on May 4th in downtown El Paso. You will find typical Mexican
food, traditional sweets, exhibition of honeys and species, as well as
jewelry, rarámuri clothes and Mata Ortiz crafts. Great musical repertoire
and folkloric ballets, such as Sonora Skandalo, the traditional Mariachi
Cuauhtémoc and the prestigious performance of Romeyno Gutiérrez, proudly
With this, the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso and the Ministry of
Innovation and Economic Development of the State of Chihuahua aim to
promote local producers, the main traditions and tourist places that the
state of Chihuahua has, creating a space for fun and family entertainment
for the border community.
Venue: Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso
Admission: Free admission
Contact Name: Marcela Gonzalez Calderon
Contact E-mail Address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone Number: 9154497448
Photo credit: Consulate General of Mexico
Splendors of the Orient
May 19th is an exciting event at the Coronado Country Club. A fun-filled night with fabulous food by Celebrity chefs, entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Followed the next day by one of El Paso’s premier Golf Tournaments held at the beautiful Coronado Country Club. Monies raised from both events benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso.
For over 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso has kept families close by providing a home for seriously-ill children, while they are being treated at local hospitals. Programs like the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a haven of peace and support to help children heal.
The Auction Dinner is on Sunday, May 19th at 6 p.m.
The Golf Tournament is on Monday, May 20th with Shotgun Start at 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
**Registration deadline is Friday, May 10th.
For more information on the Golf Tournament and/or Auction Dinner, please call (915) 542-1522 or email email@example.com.
MARTIN SHORT & STEVE MARTIN
Two of America’s comedy legends, Steve Martin and Martin Short, bring their special show “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” to the Abraham Chavez Theatre, Friday, May 31, 2019, at 8 PM. With a mix of story-telling, song, and comedy, this event showcases the artistry of the two legends, Saturday Night Live alumni, and long-time friends including Steve Martin’s banjo-playing and Martin Short’s singing and celebrity impersonations.
Venue: Abraham Chavez
Admission: Tickets range
from $79.95 plus taxes & fees.
Contact Name: Plaza Theatre Box Office
Contact Phone Number: 915.231.1100
Journey down NM’s last wild river with Hearts on the Gila screening on April 26
El Paso, Texas (April 3, 2019) — Journey down the Gila River with three mothers in search of hope and renewal after the tragic loss of their children in a screening of the work-in-progress documentary Hearts on the Gila at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, across from San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be a cash bar (beer and wine). Parking is available nearby at the Chase/Mills Plaza Parking Garage on Oregon Street.
Admission is $10 at the door or online at epcf.org/gila. Proceeds go to Heart of the Gila (heartofthegila.org).
The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival hosts the screening, the first stop of a six-city tour that includes Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Silver City and Mesilla in New Mexico. The tour is presented by Heart of the Gila, New Mexico Wild (nmwild.org), and the Center for Biological Diversity (biologicaldiversity.org), nonprofit groups dedicated to protecting and promoting wild and scenic protection for New Mexico’s last wild river.
Albuquerque filmmaker David Garcia and some of the film’s subjects will participate in a Q&A after the screening.
Hearts on the Gila takes place four years after three mothers lost their teenage children in a tragic plane crash. The women embarked on a 36-mile kayak journey down the Gila River into the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico. Their children, passionate environmentalists who were inextricably linked to the Gila, were studying the effects of a devastating forest fire when their plane went down in high wind. The mothers look for hope and solace on the waters of one of America’s last wild rivers and one of America’s great natural treasures.
In Garcia’s film, the women learn about themselves, their children’s legacies, and the importance of wild river systems to the spiritual health of humanity in a world where wild places are rapidly disappearing.
The tour of this work-in-progress version of Hearts on the Gila — which will be submitted to major film festivals around the world when completed this year — is designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing the river, which runs through the nation’s first official wilderness area. The screenings will be an opportunity for audience members to engage in a direct way with the filmmaking process and to dialogue in person with the filmmaker and some of the film’s subjects.
YWCA 26th Annual Women’s Luncheon
The speaker at the 26th Annual Women’s Luncheon will be Kendra Scott! The 26th Annual Women’s Luncheon will take place on April 25th, 2019 at 11:30 am at the El Paso Convention Center. Previous Women’s Luncheon speakers include Judy Smith, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Cokie Roberts, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Erin Gruwell, and many other empowering women! The Annual Women’s Luncheon is YWCA’s largest fundraiser in El Paso and has raised more than $10 million for YWCA programs over the past 26 years.
This event supports our early childhood education programs, after-school STEM programs, teen leadership, workforce development, affordable housing, and our Transitional Living Center for women and children escaping domestic violence. Your attendance and participation in this event make a difference in the El Paso community.
There are various ways you can be a part of this event. Pay $100 for an individual ticket, become a Table Captain for $100 and commit to recruiting at least nine others to join you, purchase a table for $1000 and be recognized as a Grande Dame or Grand Homme, or join our Benefactress Society by giving a gift of $2,500-$10,000.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact
CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA
The World’s First Mariachi Opera
Where is home? Where we are born? Or where we live most of our lives? Is it with the family we leave behind or with the new ones we create?
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna follows three generations of a single family, divided by countries and cultures. As a Mexican-American man deals with the approaching death of his father, he is forced to face these questions about his own place in the world—straddling two cultures—as well as that of his immigrant father and his American daughter.
As long-buried secrets are revealed, he finds himself dramatically re-evaluating his own understanding of what makes a family. Like the Monarch butterflies that migrate every year to the birthplace of his father, the members of the Velásquez family must travel both physically and spiritually between Michoacán and Texas and look deep into their hearts before they learn where they truly belong.
We invite you to attend Cruzar la Cara de la Luna at the Abraham Chavez Theatre on April 5 & 6. For more info: epopera.org
EL PASO COMIC CON
Mark your calendars! April 12th the El Paso Comic Con returns to the El Paso Convention Center in 2019 with a full schedule of celebrity guests, cosplay, comic books, pop culture, and family fun.
El Paso Comic Con is a pop culture phenomenon that brings the best in entertainment to West Texas. This year’s comic con will be taking place April 12th-14th at the El Paso Convention Center. With celebrity guest panels, autograph signings, photo ops, gaming competitions, cosplay, contests, special events, and KidCon, there is something for everyone. El Paso Comic Con gives fans up-close and personal interaction with their favorite actors, authors, and stars.
EPCON Features: ARTIST ALLEY AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS & PHOTO OPS SHOW OFF YOUR COSPLAY! CRAFTING PANELS / Q&A SHOPPING SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS GAMING AFTER HOURS
El Paso Convention Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
Photo Credits: El Paso Comic Con
SUN CITY CRIT
The Sun City Crit comes to El Paso on March 30th. Now in its 13th year, the USA CRITS Series is the premier cycling series in the United States. USA CRITS was developed to feature criterium riders and to offer venues, teams, and riders the ability to excel in a unique discipline of cycling. Starting in 2018, an effort to build the sport toward greater sustainability was taken on with the USA CRITS.tv project. The events that form the USA CRITS Series showcase the ideals that make criterium racing an American legacy: challenging courses that showcase arts and entertainment districts, a large and growing base of spectators, broad community support, and strong marketing opportunities for partners.
As the country’s leading producer of criterium racing, currently producing over forty criterium events, Swagger has over 50 years of combined experience as a sports marketing and event management organization. Swagger has managed America’s premier criterium, the Twilight Criterium in Athens, GA, for 38 years and the only nationwide criterium series for the past 12 years, USA CRITS.
9:00 am: Onsite Registration Opens
10:00 am: 5k Running Race (entry $ TBD) Awards
10:45 am: Cat 4 & 5 Men ($40 entry) $100 Awards
11:25 am: Masters 45+ & 55+ Bonus ($40 entry) $200 Awards
12:15 pm: JR 15-16 & 17-18 ($40) ($20 entry)
12:40 pm: JR 9-12 & 13-14 ($20 entry)
1:05 pm: Kids Races (free entry)
1:35 pm: Cat 4-5 Women ($40 entry) $100 Awards
3:10 pm: Cat 2-3 Men $40 entry) $400 Awards
4:00 pm: Project Hero Para+ ($20 entry) Awards
5:05 pm: Amateur Finals $1,000 Awards
5:50 pm: Celebrity/Relay Race
6:30 pm: USA CRITS Pro 1-2-3 Women ($55 entry) $7,500 Awards
7:45 pm: 1 Mile Run (entry $ TBD) $1,000 Awards
8:10 pm: USA CRITS Pro 1-2 Men ($55 entry) $7,500 Awards
9:40 pm: USA CRITS Ceremony
Online Registration: https://www.bikereg.com/destination-el-paso-criterium
Photo Credit: USA CRITS Series
SUNLAND DERBY 2019
An exciting event is happening in the region on March 29th. Sunland Park’s most important prep race for the Kentucky Derby is the Sunland Derby, contested on the dirt main track at a distance of 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs). The race gives the top four finishers points toward a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate. The race was first run in 2003 and achieved Grade 3 status for the 2011 edition, shortly after Mine That Bird ran fourth in the 2009 race in preparation for his 50-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby.
Eventual Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Thor’s Echo won the 2005 Sunland Derby. Bob Baffert has won the race three times, most recently in 2014 with Chitu, Jockeys Victor Espinoza and Martin Garcia each have a pair of Sunland Derby victories.
Venue: Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Contact Name: Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Contact Phone Number:575-874-5200
Photo Credit: Sunland Park Race Track and Casino
UTEP Women’s Track and Field Team Wins C-USA Title
This past weekend The women’s UTEP track and field team won the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championship on Sunday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala.
The Miners recorded a total of 89.50 points, beating Charlotte (81 points) by 8.5 points. The women’s team last won the indoor team title in 2017, when UTEP earned three consecutive indoor titles (2015, 2016, 2017).
Laaksonen was named the C-USA Coach of the Year.
It all came down to the final event of the day, the women’s team headed into the 4x400m (Dreshanae Rolle, Madison Gibson, Kimisha Chambers, and Annette Bolomboy) race with 81.50 points with Charlotte closely behind with 75 points. UTEP took the track first in the second heat of the relay. The Miners battled it out with North Texas every step of the way but Chambers held on to the lead in the third leg of the relay. Bolomboy sustained the lead and won the heat for the team with a season-best time. The squad would have to sit and wait for the final heat, which featured Middle Tennessee and Charlotte. The 49ers controlled the relay until the Blue Raiders ran away with the lead in the final leg. Middle Tennessee won the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:41.33, while UTEP took second with a time of 3:43.39 and Charlotte finished third at 3:43.43.
The women wasted no time in earning a spot on the top of the leaderboard after finishing first and second in the first track event of the day. Senior Lilian Koech ran a steady race and challenged teammate Carolyne Chepkosgei in the mile. Koech claimed the gold medal crossing the finish line with a time of 4:53.58. Chepkosgei earned a silver finish with a time of 4:53.91. The duo earned the squad a total of 18 points.
The next event for the Miners was the 60m hurdles featuring Chambers, Rebecca Oshinbanjo and Maribel Caicedo. Chambers led the group notching a bronze medal with a personal-best time of 8.46. Oshinbanjo and Caicedo took fifth (8.68) and sixth (8.69), respectively. The trio helped the team earn 13 points.
Sophomore Bolomboy was the lone Miner in the 400m finals. She helped UTEP garner two points, finishing seventh overall with a time of 56.70. Teammate Chambers took the track once more in the 200m. The junior posted a sixth-place finish (24.54) claiming three additional points.
Koech and Chepkosgei took the track once again in the 800m finals. Koech was the top finisher for the Miners taking silver with a time of 2:11.12. Chepkosgei followed closely behind clocking in at 2:11.27 earning a bronze medal. Teammate Karoline Daland also took the track for the second time in her collegiate career in the 800m. She helped the squad earn two points with a seventh-place finish posting a personal-best time of 2:13.34.
In the women’s 3,000m, Linda Cheruiyot ran behind UAB’s Emily Brouin the whole race, but in the final 400m Cheruiyot claimed the lead and won with a time of 9:30.67. Teammates Koech and Chepkosgei finished ninth (10:03.95) and 10th (10:04.64), respectively.
On the field, freshman Chantoba Bright earned a spot on the podium in her first C-USA Championship appearance. She took bronze posting a leap of 13.15m (43-01.75) in her second attempt of the final day of competition.
Carshaylah Harrison secured points in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 1.66m (5-05.25).
The men’s 400m final was split into two heats. The first heat included junior Sean Bailey. He got off to a slow start but a late kick in the final lap put him in a photo-finish situation, which showed Bailey winning the heat with a time of 46.89. Bailey garnered a spot on the podium, finishing third overall in the event.
In the field, duo Iason Machairas and Benjamin Coronado notched a fourth and fifth in the shot put, respectively. Machairas posted his best mark of 17.15m (56-03.25) in his third attempt of the day. Coronado also had his best toss in his third attempt with a mark of 15.75m (51-08.25).
Next up for the Miners is the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.