Disney On Ice
It’s almost time! Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is coming to El Paso October 3 – 6, to the El Paso County Coliseum. Believe in what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an epic adventure with Demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness.
Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true. Journey with Mickey and Minnie to uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!
Skater Anna Madorsky who portrays Elsa in Frozen recently spoke to Spotlight about Life on tour and what if means to her being a part of Disney on Ice.
Spotlight: What does your skating background entail?
Anna Madorsky: I have been with Disney for about 2 years and I’ve been show-skating since 2009. Ive been fortunate to have performed all over the world. I started skating at age 3 and most of the skaters grew up skating as well. As a skater, I went to sectionals, nationals then into a performance career
SP: What is it like to portray an iconic role like Elsa?
AM: It’s been such a wonderful experience and this is currently my 2nd season portraying the role. So far we’ve taken the tour to the east coast and Mexico. Touring Mexico was such a special experience. We started in Mexico City at the national auditorium which was incredible every show. We then performed in Guadalajara and Monterrey. Show wise the fans were so outgoing, dressed up in character and sang all the songs. Every performance I’d hear the audience support and sing with me which really was magical. The experience of Mexican culture, the music, trying new food and the customs was very memorable.
SP: How do you train for these roles?
AM: We are tied to portraying characters as close to how they were designed by the great engineers of Disney. We are given the look, makeup and are trained for hand movements. When they are seeing me they are seeing Elsa, I’m almost lost in it.
SP: what else can we expect to see from “Dear to Dream- Finding Your Inner hero”
AM: We open with beauty and the beast and then the audience meets Cinderella. A tango tale with Rapunzel follows and then frozen with a finish with our newest Milan story. We also have a pre-show where Miguel from Coco sings.
SP: Any other big takeaways about the show that we should know about?
AM: One of the big takeaways is we have a modern twist on these stories that we can all be the creators of our own stories. We can all be our own heroes for our own stories. Princesses conquering their own adversary giving it a fresh message. The modern story really makes it relatable.
Wednesday, October 3 7:30pm (Opening Night Only – $15)*
Thursday, October 4 7:30pm (Spanish Performance)
Friday, October 5 7:30pm
Saturday, October 6 Noon, 3:30pm, & 7:30pm
Sunday, October 7 Noon, 3:30pm, & 7:30pm
Photo Credits: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
11TH ANNUAL FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
The 11th annual Fall home and Garden show is right around the corner and this year is looking to be a great one. One October 12-13 The entire El Paso Convention Center will be completely transformed, for one weekend only, into a Home and Garden Extravaganza. From the front door to the backyard you’ll find it all at the Annual El Paso Fall Home & Garden Show. Come take advantage of “Show Only” prices. There will be stunning landscapes, pergolas & outdoor living displays and take a seat at the garden stage to learn tips and tricks from your local Master Gardeners.
This event shows products like home furnishing and gardening products and services including landscaping technologies, outdoor patios, pools and spas, garden design, kitchen cabinetry, renovations, and new construction and so much more from Architecture & Designing industry.
There will be a large variety of Home Improvement Specialists. Tickets will be $5 for adults and children 16 and under are free. Active military is also free. Find everything for your home improvement needs at Show Only Pricing! Kitchen & Bathroom Remodelers • Builders & Contractors • Countertops, Cabinets & Flooring • Patios & Outdoor Living • Discount Building Supplies by Habitat for Humanity ReStore • Pools & Spas
October 13, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
One Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901
Miner Football is Back!
The Miner football season is upon us and there is a lot of excitement in this town right now. Coach Dana Dimel takes over a 0-12 UTEP team that is looking for a big turnaround. Coach Dimel’s son Winston Dimel transferred to UTEP and will be the starting fullback position after having a stellar career at Kansas State.
This year’s Miner team has a lot of great games on its schedule. Big away games against Tennessee and UNLV highlight the Miners schedule but smaller games also look to create some excitement. NMSU is slated to play at the sun bowl on Sept 22nd in what will be a game the miners definitely want to get revenge from last year. Conference play will begin Sept 29th against In-state rival UTSA.
There is a little bit of a quarterback controversy leading up to the first game of the season. Quarterbacks Ryan Metz and Kai Locksley are still in a quarterback battle leading up to the first week of play. Coach Dimel expressed that both quarterbacks will receive a fair amount of playing time this weekend. No clear favorite has been expressed by the staff and both will be ready to shine against Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 1 NORTHERN ARIZONA
Sept. 8 at UNLV
Sept. 15 at Tennessee
Sept. 22 NM STATE
Sept. 29 at UTSA*
Oct. 6 NORTH TEXAS*
Oct. 13 Bye
Oct. 20 at Louisiana Tech*
Oct. 27 UAB*
Nov. 3 at Rice*
Nov. 10 MIDDLE TENNESSEE*
Nov. 17 at WKU*
Nov. 24 SOUTHERN MISS*
*Conference USA Games
Photo Credits: UTEP Athletics
Harvest Happiness at the Harvest Wine Festival
Annual Wine Festival to Celebrate New Mexico’s Best Wineries
Las Cruces – The Harvest Wine Festival is quickly approaching and will occur over Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3 at the Southern New Mexico State Fair Grounds. With over 150 wines, new vendors, fantastic local cuisine and award winning musicians this festival is one you won’t want to miss!
With music ranging from Country to Indie and from Reggae to Jazz there will be sounds for everyone to enjoy!
There are some fun new additions to the festival this year with a lounge tent with high end hors d’oeuvres provided by Dragonfly! There will be a grape stomping competition where a grape king and queen will be crowned and for those who do not wish to compete can stomp grapes at our photo booth/stomping area. There will be on site Salsa dancing lessons and performances along with paint classes and DIY class daily.
There are three tiers of tickets from general admissions tickets, VIP tickets and Taste of Harvest Lounge Tent Access Pass. With your purchased general admission ticket, you receive our newly designed commemorative wine glass and access to wine samples from 17 wineries along with access to all the festival happenings.
VIP tickets come with an early access VIP only hour Saturday only, a commemorative Crystal glass, a $5 off token for any one bottle of wine, $5 off any one item under the New Mexico Wine tent, and a VivaVino gift.
The Taste of Harvest Lounge Tent Access Pass if for Sunday only. It comes with a commemorative festival glass, access to the private lounge tent where from 1pm-3pm Dragonfly, a local restaurant in Las Cruces will provide high end cheeses, meats, tapenades, salmon and more. Upon exiting the tent for the day, you will receive a special lounge tent gift found no-where else in the festival grounds.
Finally, the Harvest Wine Festival has partnered with the new grassroots program Experience Mesilla.
Your festival wristband received upon entering the festival will also get you discounts at participation Mesilla businesses, restaurants, and bars over the weekend! Discounts vary among business but for examples your wristband will get you 1$ off draft beers at Salud! de Mesilla or 10% off at Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria.
Come enjoy the Harvest Wine Festival in Las Cruces where you are sure to find something you love.
Further event details and ticket can be found on New Mexico Wine’s website, www.nmwine.com under the Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival placed on the home page.
New Mexico Wine – Las Cruces Wine Festival, September 1 – 3, 2018
Way Out West Fest
Hang on to your hats, El Paso! LEE BRICE is set to headline the Third Annual Way Out West Country Music Festival (WOW Fest). Happening October 13th, The Way Out West Country Music Fest will also feature a Margarita contest, Chili Challenge, a one-of-a-kind outdoor dance floor, unique retail and craft vendors, plenty border food favorites along with ice cold drinks! Kick back with a frosty beverage and sing along or grab your partner and two-step under the stars! Live Country music, delicious food, and a fabulous climate… Just a few reasons to celebrate WAY OUT WEST – where Texas begins and the party never ends! Tickets are on sale now!
Lee Brice has five number one radio songs: “A Woman Like You”; “Hard To Love”; “I Drive Your Truck”; “I Don’t Dance”; and “Drinking Class”.
When Lee isn’t selling-out arenas on tour, he’s writing and recording songs, working on his new business partnership with whisky brand American Born, or spending time with his family in the great outdoors.
Lee is a family man, proud husband, and father of two sons and new daughter Trulee Nanette, born in June. His new single, “Boy,” serves as a tribute to his young boys, Takoda (9 years old) and Ryker (3), both of whom appear in the song’s emotional video. The song delivers another poignant performance from a world-class male vocalist whose string of multi-platinum hits – including “I Don’t Dance,” “Hard To Love,” and “Drinking Class” – have always shone a light on the everyday heroes in our midst. Brice’s fans won’t have to look very hard to see glimpses of their families in “Boy.”
Photo Credits: Way Out West Fest
The El Paso Street Festival
KLAQ, TFCU, and Western Tech present the El Paso Downtown Street Festival 2018. Friday, October 5th will feature Denis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, Jefferson Starship and Mark Farner’s American Band on the Bud Light Stage. Saturday, October 6th features Jonathan Davis of Korn, Through Fire, and Dead Girls Academy rocking the Bud Light Stage. There will be featuring local and regional bands, so if you have a band that would love to play at the people’s party, enter the band competition NOW.
VIP Tickets (Ages 21+) includes access to the entire festival grounds, including the exclusive VIP lounge, a catered meal, 2 hosted beers, and parking. This ticket will also allow access to premium Budweiser Stage views from the San Antonio Street Balcony. Single Day Tickets includes access to the festival grounds featuring four live music stages. Gates open at 4pm. General admission, standing room.
For more details, head over to elpasodowntownstreetfestival.com
Chalk the Block 11
October 12-14, 2018
Chalk the Block (CTB) was not always the big monster that it is now. In 2008 it started as a one-day sidewalk chalk art competition with about twelve artists that took place at Arts Festival Plaza next to the El Paso Museum of Art. Organizers from the City of El Paso- Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation quickly realized after the overwhelming support that the event needed to expand in order to enhance the experience.
Since its inception, CTB has quickly become one of El Paso’s premiere events and the largest FREE three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region drawing over 38,000 people annually. In 2018, CTB is celebrating 11 years of reimagining downtown El Paso through the power of art while providing an “out of this world” experience for its attendees.
Each year, about 200 local, national and international artists from all disciplines participate at CTB creating a fun, quirky and diverse environment for people of all ages to enjoy. The event features: Temporary interactive art installations, live dance and theatrical performances, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live bands, art and food vendors, access to various activities and exhibits at both the El Paso Museum of Art and Museum of History and more!
CHILE PEPPER CHALLENGE
The Chile Pepper Challenge is El Paso’s premier cycling event. Over 900 cyclists line up for an epic ride through the scenic and historic Mesilla Valley over country lanes covered by pecan orchards and lined by New Mexico’s world-renowned chile fields. This September 30 event looks to be the biggest yet.
Each ride is fully supported with rest stops, route markings and SAG vehicles. Snacks, water, and port-a-potties will be provided at all rest stops. All rides start and end at Grace Gardens. After the ride there will be plenty of food, drinks, and vendor booths.
Each year the Chile Pepper Challenge raises thousands of dollars for local charities. This year all proceeds will go to the benefit of The Humane Society of El Paso. The Humane Society of El Paso is a non-profit shelter dedicated to building a better community of all animals through education, adoptions, foster-care, volunteer work and community events. The Humane Society is the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in El Paso, in continuous operation for over 66 years.
The Chile Pepper Challenge offers routes and distances for cyclists of all skill levels and ambition. Five ride alternatives and start times are available: 100 miles — 7:00 a.m. 61 miles — 7:30 a.m. 40 miles — 8:00 a.m. 25 miles — 8:30 a.m. 10 mile — 9:00 a.m.
Children of the Hisatsinom: The Artistic Tradition of the Hopi
Summertime has always been one of the best times of the year to check out new exhibits in El Paso Museums. The El Paso Museum of Archaeology has a new exhibit called the Children of The Children of the Hisatsinom; The Artistic Tradition of the Hopi. This exhibition will be running until September 1st.
Since ancient times the Hopi people or Hopituh Shi-nu-mu (the peaceful people) have lived in the Southwest, maintaining their sacred covenant with Maasaw, the keeper of the earth, living as peaceful farmers who are respectful of the land and its resources. Descendants of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples, the Hopi continue to live following many of the old traditions that have been passed down for generations. The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase the many arts that the Hopi use to communicate elements of their culture and traditions to a wider audience. From basketry to pottery to the carving of beautiful katsina dolls, the Hopi continue to express their deep, rich history through the creative works of their artisans.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), in collaboration with El Paso Live, a division of Destination El Paso, is excited to announce the line-up for the annual GECU presents Music Under the Stars (MUTS). This season of Music Under The Stars will be an exciting one.
Every summer, thousands enjoy free live music at Music Under the Stars World Music Concert Series. The program is one of El Paso’s leading family events.
The series boasts performances by local, national and international artists in many genres including salsa, bluegrass, rock, tribute bands, and jazz. Don’t miss the 4th of July fireworks spectacular. Selected artists embrace the community one step further by giving free music workshops to under-served youth at local community recreational centers or detention centers the day following their live performances. These workshops help motivate and inspire their audiences.
2018 Chamizal Concert Schedule
June 24 Noche Ranchera featuring Mariachi Flor de Toloache
2018 Cohen Stadium Concert Schedule
July 4 Fireworks Spectacular with Frank Ray
July 8 Gedeon Luke & The People
July 15 Chicano Batman
July 22 Queen Nation
INSIGHTS – ZOOTOPIA STEAM SUMMER CAMP
The Insights Museum is putting on some exciting Summer Camps all summer long. One of those exciting camps is the Zootopia Steam Summer Camp which takes place from August 6th- August 10th. The Insights is hosting multiple science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) summer camps at UTEP throughout the summer of 2018. These camps provide a fun engaging environment for your kids to dive into in hands-on activities designed to review state educational standards (TEKs) for each grade level. They’re a great way to keep your kids engaged this summer and get ready for the start of the school year. All Insights STEAM summer camps are designed and run by certified teachers with the help of UTEP students training to become Math and Science teachers. Students will learn problem-solving skills as they tackle challenges with real-world connections. We offer three great STEAM summer camps:
Jump into the world of animals and zoos through a variety of STEAM lessons and activities! Campers will craft a scale model replicating some of El Paso Zoo’s most popular animal attractions, play BINGO while identifying biomes from around the world, and adapt their own “bird beaks” to eat the most candy. Campers will also explore what makes up the world animals live in by identifying the non-living parts of our environment, role-playing photosynthesis, creating an edible rock cycle, and much more.
Event Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Venue: UTEP’s Centennial M useum and Desert Gardens
Admission:$100Age Group:Ages 9-11
Contact Phone Number:915-534-0000
VIVA EL PASO
Picture Credit: Viva El Paso
Be a part of history as Viva! El Paso returns to the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, Celebrating 41 Years! Enjoy El Paso’s beloved outdoor musical extravaganza. VIVA! EL PASO returns for its 41st season at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays June 15 through July 28 in the picturesque McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the Sun City — Native American, Spanish conquistadors, Mexican and Western American. Their histories come alive through drama, song and dance, performed by a cast of more than 50. VIVA! EL PASO is an experience not to be missed!
Please note dates are subject to change. For information related to inclement weather during events please contact 915-534-0674.
Photo Credit: Yanni Works
Legendary performer and composer Yanni has will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour that will launch this spring in the United States. Yanni has been awarded more than 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide and has sold more than 25 million albums around the world. The maestro will kick off the “Yanni 25 – Live At The Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour” will roll through El Paso to delight audiences at the Abraham Chavez Theatre on June 14, 2018. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event!
His concerts are legendary. Yanni returns with a worldwide tour performing in over 60 concerts through the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico and Panama over the past 10 months.
This is Yanni as you know him best, performing his instrumental hits from shows that have become famous around the world. Fans will witness Yanni and his world-class musicians as they take the stage to perform his greatest instrumental hits made famous in his shows from The Acropolis in Greece, The Taj Mahal in India, The Forbidden City in China and The Royal Albert Hall in England.