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.
The Most Epic Show on Earth!
The All New 2019 Edition of GARDEN BROS CIRCUS is Coming!
Thursday, March 14, 2019
El Paso County Coliseum | Showtimes are 4:30 & 7:30
This year’s show is packed with breathtaking special effects, concert style sound and lighting and 3 RINGS bursting with excitement, laughter and memories that families will always cherish. The very best performers from over 22 countries make up this action jammed, fast paced 100 minute performance in a Theatrical European 3 RING setting, featuring the Crazy Kambarov Horse Riderz, Daring Aerial Artists, Human Pyramid, Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Contortionists, the Funniest Clowns, Jugglers as seen on America’s Got Talent, not enough room to list anymore!!!
KIDS FUN ZONE: ride a camel, a circus pony, a giant slide, or a bouncy house and the whole family can get their face painted like Spiderman. Come hungry cause there’s plenty of food.
Free Children’s Tickets have been distributed to area elementary schools, pre-schools, day care centers, fast food, convenience stores, salons and large employers.
First 100 Adult Tickets sold online are only $12.50 at
“We’ve made it a real affordable family event with the cooperation of participating retail outlets” said Niles Garden, producer of Garden Brothers Circus. In the words of Walt Disney “I want families to have as much fun as they do at the circus”.
THE PINK FLOYD LASERSPECTACULAR
Paramount Entertainment presents,
THE PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR
AT The El Paso Performing Arts Center
—Paramount’s Laser Spectacular, the smash hit multi-media laser and light show featuring the music of Pink Floyd illuminates The Cesar Chavez Theatre at 8:00 on March 1, 2019.
Celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd; Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you’ve never seen before.
The entire show is presented with The Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd!
Surrounded by walls of concert quality sound, Laser Spectacular carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects, high-powered lasers, hi-def., large screen video projection, and special lighting effects. Your senses are confronted with an array of visual displays, choreographed to the soundtrack during this spectacular Laser Light Show.
“Pink Floyd’s music is very dramatic and visual,” says Paramount’s producer Steve Monistere. “You can imagine images when you listen to Pink Floyd’s music. Without any lighting effects at all, there is still a show in your mind. Now imagine using lasers, lighting, video and other special effects to interpret what your mind is ‘seeing’. That is why people love this show so much. It touches on all of their senses.”
“Over the years, the show has changed and so has the audience. Now days, you will see Classic Rockers along with a new generation of Floyd fans! So, parents, score “cool points” with your teenagers and bring ‘em along!”
Every year Paramount incorporates new elements into the show, so expect new features. For details on the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular go to www.pinkfloydlasershow.com.
MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS
An El Paso favorite is coming back to the sun city. Back by popular demand, celebrate Valentine’s with 2-time Grammy Winner Mariachi Los Camperos, Friday, February 15th at the Plaza Theatre. Beloved by audiences all over the world for their spirited music and high-energy performances at notable venues like the Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. Now see them live for a sensational evening of traditional music and dance.
Founded in 1999, Mariachi Divas are continuously making big waves on the Los Angeles music scene. Mariachi Divas is a unique, multi-cultural ensemble, and over the years has been represented by women of: Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Honduran, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, and Anglo descent. Founder and Director Cindy Shea states, “Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds. Our foundation and roots are mariachi, but we have added extra elements to reflect our diversity.”
Mariachi Los Camperos continues to raise the mariachi tradition to new heights. Their contribution to the musical life of Los Angeles and the entire world will remain for generations to come.
Date: February 15
Location:125 Pioneer Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901
Contact Name: Plaza Theatre Box Office
Photo Credits: El Paso Plaza Theatre
County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego Convenes Meeting with Rural Mayors
The newly elected County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego has wasted no time during his first month in office, and first on his agenda was to convene a meeting with all six Rural Mayors whom each represent a unique portion of our border region. Although each municipality resides inside the County line they each have their own culture, history, and way of living which significantly contributes to what makes El Paso County a beautiful place to work, live and play.
These communities include the City of San Elizario, represented by Mayor Antonio Araujo; the City of Socorro, represented by Mayor Elia Garcia; the Town of Anthony represented by Mayor Pro-Tem Benjamin Romero; the Village of Vinton, represented by Mayor Manuel Leos; the Town of Clint, represented by Mayor Dora Aguirre; and the City of Horizon, represented by Mayor Ruben Mendoza. The meeting was a great start to providing the foundation necessary to build a stronger sense of unity, and empowerment among our rural communities who at times may feel isolated from one another.
During the meeting led by Judge Samaniego, leaders from each municipality had the opportunity to address their community’s strengths and their challenges regarding issues related to quality of life, transportation, economic development, stormwater, tourism, and emergency management; as well as a conversation on other potential initiatives where we may have an opportunity to collaborate further. Also invited to attend the meeting was Paulina Lopez, Partnership Specialist with the United States Census Bureau, who provided essential information on what to expect and how the community can work together to better prepare for and achieve the goals of the upcoming 2020 Census. Jose Landeros, El Paso County’s Director of Planning and Development, provided an update on rural transit project options that will significantly assist our rural communities who lack access to viable transportation opportunities.
As the meeting came to an end, Judge Samaniego reiterated that, at the end of the day, we all embody one community, and the most critical priority is to care for the quality of life of our residents regardless of whether or not they live inside the city limits, or in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County. To keep the momentum going Judge Samaniego proposed monthly meetings where County and municipal leaders can continue to build upon their discussions, strengthen relationships and provide an opportunity for each Mayor to showcase the great work their community is doing.
The County Judge’s Office is located at the El Paso County Courthouse at 500 E. San Antonio in Suite 301. Judge Samaniego welcomes you to stop by, meet his team, and share any ideas or concerns that you may have. You can also reach the County Judge’s Office at 915-546-2098.
Governor Abbott Sworn In For Second Term
AUSTIN (1/15/19) – Governor Greg Abbott was today sworn in for his second term of office as Governor of the state of Texas.
El Paso Marathon
Celebrating its twelfth year, the Michelob Ultra El Paso Marathon, TFCU half marathon & Up and Running 5K courses will give runners a taste of the city’s different neighborhoods, from upscale new developments in the east sections to the urban Victorian homes on Montana Avenue that date to the 19th century.
All three races will start and finish at Southwest University Park.
Race numbers and timing chips must be picked up at The Hospitals of Providence Expo at the El Paso Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m, Saturday, February 16, 2019.; they cannot be mailed and will not be available for pick-up on race day. You must pick up your own race number and timing chip – no exceptions. You’ll need to show your race number to pick up your T-shirt and goodie bag. If you do not wear your computer chip you will not be timed.
T-SHIRT SIZES NOT GUARANTEED AFTER 12/17/18
COURSE TIME LIMIT
A 6 HOUR TIME LIMIT WILL BE IN FORCE FOR THE MARATHON COURSE. Runners and Joggers are welcomed to participate in the Marathon Race. Although the marathon race is mainly put on for racers, we applaud all those who set out to complete the marathon distance, regardless of the pace. The race is permitted through the city of El Paso and we use officers from the El Paso Police Department to monitor traffic along the route to keep the runners safe. Our City of El Paso Permit requires us to reopen the public streets we run on to vehicular traffic after a certain time period, and thus the need for a time limit.
2019 Registration Fees
January 1 – February 15, 2019
$115 Full Marathon – $80 Half Marathon – $40 5k – Kid’s Dash – $10
Race Expo Registration Fees February 16, 2019
$125 Full marathon – $90 Half marathon – $50 5K Run/Walk- Kid’s Dash – $10
Military Discount $5 for each race.
All marathon and half marathon finishers will receive a finishers medal!
Photo Credits: El Paso Marathon
January 29-30th at the Plaza Theatre, comes an exciting show everyone has been waiting for.“ TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!
JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “THE CROWD GOES WILD!” cheers The New York Times. The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. JERSEY BOYS contains authentic, “profane Jersey language” and is recommended for ages 12+.
Venue: Plaza Theatre
Tickets: Plaza Theatre Box Office
Contact Phone Number: 915.231.1100
Photo credits: The Plaza Theatre
SUNSET YOGA AT THE EL PASO MUSEUM OF HISTORY
Start off the new year with a relaxing yoga class. January 3rd at 6 pm you’ll be sure to experience something special. As the sun sets, why not unwind from your daily routine and take some time to find yourself. Within the Museum galleries, take some time to expand and evolve your mind and body. This is the perfect event for your family, bring your kids, parents and anyone who could use some yoga in their life. All skill levels are welcome. We love beginners! Enjoy this program free of charge. Sign up for your free class at freetheyoga.com/elpaso
Photo Credits: El Paso Museum of History