Academy Sports & Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament — The 12th annual youth soccer tournament for boys and girls is June 10-12, featuring teams from under-8 to under-19 years of age, at Westside Sports Complex, next to Canutillo High School and El Paso Community College, on North Desert Blvd. Times to be announced. The tournament features both competitive and non-competitive teams from Mexico and the United States. Entry fee for boys and girls teams for ages 8 and under and 10 and under is $275; teams for ages 11 and under through 19 and under is $325. Information: Joe Daubach, 533-4416, 1-800-915-2695 or firstname.lastname@example.org
El Paso Diablos Baseball — The American Association minor league team regular home game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.) at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Ticket information: 755-2000 or diablos.com.
• June 10-12 — Grand Prairie AirHogs
SpongeBob Squarepants appearance Saturday, June 11, and the annual Bark In The Park “bring your dog” night is Sunday, June 12.
Crossland Gallery — El Paso Art Association’s gallery is 500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377.
Showing June 11-25:
• Honored artists for June in the Williams Gallery are Winfrey Hearst and Susan Wester-Perez.
• “Concerning Abstract Art, Part I,” works by A. Stein in the Bissell Gallery. Stein’s work has become known throughout the region for dynamic movement and courageous color combinations.
• “Wax Up,” encaustic exhibit in the Cox Gallery, with works by Brigitte von Ahn, Melinda Etzold, Holly Cox, Gabi Urias, Jan Dreher and Janet Anderson. Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11.
‘You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running’ – El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents Robert Anderson’s hilarious compilation of one-acts through June 11, directed by Jonathan Schwind. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military and students with ID). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. Plays to be performed are:
• “The Shock of Recognition.” A renowned playwright tries to convince a stubborn producer that a specific scene in his show will change theater forever.
• “The Footsteps of Doves.” George and Harriet, who have been married for 25 years, try to decide what type of mattress they want — twins or a king.
• “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Edith tries to convince her husband Chuck that he needs to have “the talk” with young Timmy.
‘Viva El Paso!’ — The summertime pageant returns to McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre for its 34th season 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 3-Aug. 13, offering an array of multicolored costumes, electrifying musical production numbers, and legendary characters. The outdoor musical extravaganza highlights the four major cultures of the region, through drama, song and dance, that have called El Paso home: Native American, Spanish Conquistadors, Mexican and Western American. Tickets: $15 general admission, plus service charge. Barbeque dinner with the show offered 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 ($10 ages 12 and younger). (Ticketmaster). Information/group discounts: 231-1165 or viva-ep.org.
Opening weekend $5 discount with canned good donation for tickets purchased at McKelligon Canyon box office.
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ — The Hot PAWtooties, group supporting Pets Alive-El Paso, Inc. presents the audience participation screening of the cult movie at midnight Saturday, June 11, at Scottish Rite Temple Theatre, 301 W. Missouri. Proceeds benefit Pets Alive-El Paso’s feral cat sterilization program. Ages 17 and older welcome. Admission: $10 ($8 student/military and seniors 50 and older with ID). Information or toe volunteer: 309-8322 or hotpawtooties.com.
Prop bags are $2; no outside props, large purses, bags or backpacks permitted.
Flag Day Ceremony — The El Paso Texas “Flags Across America” chapter will host its annual ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Old Glory Memorial, corner of Diana and Gateway North (Entry on Kenworthy). The 50×100- foot flag donated by VFW 8550 will be raised as well as flags from all 50 states and six territory flags. Information: Jimmy Melver, 549-5031.
A chile cook-off, car show and rummage sale begin at noon. Hot dogs and drinks for sale.
Cool Canyon Nights — The summer series of free outdoor concerts are Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon, sponsored by Townsquare Media and the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers. Information: 544-9550 or 231-1100.
PrideFest 2011 — The annual parade in honor of National Gay Pride Month is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, starting at Houston Park (Montana and St. Vrain), and concluding at Pride Square (E. Missouri and N. Stanton), for the Gay Pride Street Festival. Information: elppride.org.
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VIP Pride Passes are $40; includes access to all events and party buss shuttle service. Available at the Tool Box.
• The sponsor and volunteer Soiree is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at The Tool Box, 506 N. Stanton. VIP event. Admission: $5.
• The Official Kick-Off is 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at Club Alive, 610 N. Mesa.
Summer Repertory 2011 — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio presents its 3rd Summer Repertory Season in June and July at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre on Hwy 54 (Diana exit). Showtime at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, unless listed otherwise. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $10 ($5 students, faculty, staff, military and seniors). Ages 7 and older welcome. Information: Forum Box Office, 831-5056 or 831-3205.
• “Eleven: A New 1930’s Musical Fable” — The new musical comedy by Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts is June 9-11. A new musical comedy written by Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts in the traditional Broadway musical theatre style.
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.
‘Melodies at the Park’ — El Paso Parks and Recreation’s free outdoor music concerts are Sundays twice monthly during the summer months at various city parks. All performances begin at 7 p.m. Information: Eliseo Duran, 252-9031 or Sandy Rodriguez, 240-3310. Azucar performs June 12. at Eastwood Park, 3001 Parkwood,.
Club 101 — 1148 Airway. Advance tickets for most events available at Club 101, All That Music, Psycha and online at ticketbully.com, unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-2101 or club101.com.
• Aiden — The post-hardcore band’s “Horror Nights Tour” is 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, with Eyes Set to Kill, Vampires Everywhere, Get Scared and Dr. Acula. Tickets: $15.
El Paso Roller Derby — The new roller derby league takes on the San Antonio City Derby 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets: $6 to $10, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster). Information: 474-1666 or elpasorollerderby.com.
El Paso Roller Derby was established in late 2010 and hopes to become a member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
Music Under the Stars — Frontera Bugalu and La Sonora Blu kick off the 28th summer concert series, Music Under the Stars World Festival, presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 (MCAD), 532-7273 (Chamizal) or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Young Ladies Choir ‘Bon Voyage’ concert — El Paso Choral Society’s Young Ladies Choir, directed by Yvonne Marmolejo, will perform a preview of their Canadian concert tour at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Trinity-First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa. The program includes French chanson, German opera, Latin motets adn more. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors/military; $5 students). Information: 4790-1056.
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.
• June 10 – New Breed Jazz Alliance
‘The Desert Song’ — El Paso Opera presents an “Opera on the Edge” production of the Sigmund Romberg, environmental operetta at a dinner theatre beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, June 8, June 10 and 12, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. “The Desert Song” is directed by David Grabarkewitz. Musical director is Karl Shymanovitz. The Young Artists Program is directed by Elisa Wilson. Meal for the evening chosen by Marina Ardovino. Tickets: $55-$69. Information/reservations: 581-5534.
North meets South in this retelling of the classic Romberg operetta, reset from World War I Algeria. This version takes a look at El Paso and Juárez during the Mexican Revolution, circa 1914. With new dialogue by El Paso Opera artistic director Grabarkewitz and using musical theater styles from operetta to Zarzuela, this show will feature such songs as “The Desert Song,” “Heatwave,” “Deep In My Heart, Dear,” “Stouthearted Men” and “De España Vengo.” Performers are from El Paso Opera’s Young Artists Program, with special guest soprano Carmen Diaz of the UTEP faculty.
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is free for most exhibits. “Paul Strand in Mexico” admission is $5 (free for members and ages 12 and younger). The museum offers free admission to all paid exhibitions for active duty military Personnel and their families as part of the Arts Blue Star Museums Program (current ID needed). Information: 532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org.
Showing June 12-Sept. 4 in the Temporary Gallery: “Paul Strand in Mexico” from the Aperture Foundation of New York City, a photographic “portrait” of Mexico at a critical point in its history. The exhibition is comprised of the complete photographic works made by Strand during both his 1932–34 trip to Mexico and a second journey in 1966, first editions of “Photographs of Mexico” and its 1967 reissue, “The Mexican Portfolio,” a presentation of Strand’s classic 1936 film, “Redes” and film stills by Ned Scott taken during the production in Veracruz. Strand traveled to Mexico City in late 1932 at the invitation of Carlos Chávez, the eminent Mexican composer and conductor.
Opening is 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in the Temporary Gallery.
Miss El Paso USA — The pageants for Miss El Paso USA and the Miss El Paso Teen USA are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. The pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Texas USA, Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss USA Pageants. Tickets: $20 orchestra; $12.50 tier seating. Information: Laura’s Productions, 845-2894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Billy The Kid Festival — The 2nd annual festival named for the infamous outlaw is Friday through Sunday, June 10-12,in historic San Elizario, Texas. The event celebrates Billy the Kid’s visit to San Elizario in 1876, with re-enactments of the historic breakout of Billy’s friend at the old El Paso County Jail, historic jail and historic sites tours, arts and crafts, concessions and more. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 594-8424 or billythekidfestival.com.
The event features reenactors, ghost tours with Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society, historic talks at the Las Portales Museum, a Billy The Kid Look-A-Like contest, “Western Days” Art Exhibit by the San Elizario Art District Guild at the Golden Eagle Gallery, pony and stagecoach rides, family arts and crafts and more.
Southern New Mexico
Raft the Rio Festival — The Southwest Environmental Center’s 14th annual Raft Race and River Festival is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in Las Cruces. The 3-mile open race at 10:15 a.m. at La Llorona Park on Picacho and ends at the Calle de Norte (Mesilla) Bridge. A kids’ race starts at 10 a.m.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $10 per raft in advance; $20 on race day per vessel and two participants (plus $5 for each additional crew member age 13 and older). At least half of crewmembers in kids’ division must be 13 or older. Teams may pre-register at the Environmental Center. Refreshments served at finish line. Spectator admission is free. Information or registration: (575) 522-5552 or wildmesquite.org.
To be eligible for prizes, vessels must be non-motorized and made mostly or entirely of recycled materials. All participants must wear flotation devices. Prize categories include: best use of recycled materials, least likely to finish (must be floating at race start), first to finish, most spirited, best theme and “Champion of the River.”
Billy the Kid Geofest — The 2nd annual geocaching event is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Fort Stanton Parade Grounds in Ft, Stanton, N.M. Participants need to arrive between 9 and 10 a.m. This year’s event has approximately 30 geocache sites spread throughout Lincoln County, honoring the New Mexico Centennial and focusing on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway. Cookout at the fort follows the event. Participation is free. Information: Mike Bilbo, (575) 420-7121 or email@example.com.
Elephant Butte Chile Challenge — The 21st annual cook-off is Saturday, June 11, in the Desert Cove camping area of Elephant Butte State Park. Several area cooks compete to have the best and hottest red and green chile in the southwest. Tasting begins at 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Park admission fee applies; tasting cups available for a small donation. Information: (575) 894-3264 or (575) 744-5292.
‘Walk in the Woods’ health fair — The annual Lincoln County health and safety fair is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at The Wingfield Park, 415 Wingfield, in Ruidoso, N.M. More than 25 health and safety booths with information, giveaways and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 973-1829 or lincolnhealthcouncil.org.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.
• “The Complete History of America (Abridged)” — Wyland University Theatre Workshop presents a 90-minute roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire of American history at 8 p.m. Friday, June 10. Tickets: $25.
Music in the Park — The Las Cruces summer concert series is 7 p.m. Sundays June 5-Aug. 28, featuring both local and guest artists. No pets allowed. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2200 or las-cruces.org.
• June 12 — Oldies But Goodies and Guitar Slim at Apodaca Park.
‘Avanti! Or a Very Uncomplicated Girl’ – Las Cruces Community Theatre presents the witty comedy by Samuel Taylor for its season finale June 3-19. Directed by Joe Pfeiffer. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Sandy Claiborne is a young American businessman in Rome on a sad errand. Her father was killed in an automobile accident on his annual “sabbatical” in Italy, and she goes there to retrieve his body. She soon meets Alison Ames, a young British woman whose mother was killed in the same accident, and Baldo, an Italian who can provide “anything” for a price.
Desert Dolls — The first burlesque troupe in Southern Mexico under the direction of Camille Adams (Chacha Burnadette) performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 1/2 block south of the plaza in Mesilla, with standup comedy, strip tease, live music, cabaret, skits and more. Ticket information: (575) 524-8287 or mesillavalleyfilm.org.
Following the show is a screening of the documentary film “Behind the Burley Q” at 10:45 p.m. In the days before hardcore pornography attained mainstream accessibility in America, a more docile and suggestive form of adult entertainment proliferated in and around big cities. Amongst those interviewed were former musicians, strippers, novelty acts, club owners, funny men and women, authors and historians.