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Feb. 11-14, 2016

Valentine’s dinners — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, presents a series of dinners Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 12-14.
• Friday: a la carte menu and a special fixed-price three course dinner. Music by Locomotion Trio.
• Saturday: Fixed-price four-course dinner, with music by Tolstoy & Leo.
• Sunday: Fixed-price four-course dinner, with music by Tolstoy & Leo.
Brunch special for two offered Saturday and Sunday.
Call for prices. Reservations strongly recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or

Valentines from Chico — El Paso Chihuahua’s mascot Chico will deliver special valentine gift packages to loved ones in the El Paso area Feb. 12-14. Call for cost, details. Information, scheduling: Grant Gorham, 242-2049.

Senior Love Conference — El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s 21st annual conference is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at EPCC Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount, featuring speakers, exhibitors, entertainment, and art exhibit and more. Food donations accepted at the door. Information, conference passes: 831-7801 or

Tonantzin Rising: V-Day Revolution — La Mujer Obrera hosts a V-Day brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas, with traditional Indigenous-Mexican cuisine, Danza Azteca Omecoatl, music by Christina Gurrola writing workshops by author/poet: Dolores Dorantes and author Martha Galeana, and fair trade products by Lummetik, a collective of Indigenous Women Artisans. Admission is free. Information: 799-2890 or

Valentine dinner and dance — Santa Lucia Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher, will host its annual Valentine dance 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the church’s Centro Amistad Hall, featuring a dinner and live music by The Starliners. Dinner served 7 to 8 p.m.; dance 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. BYOB; set-ups, sodas and beer available for purchase. No outside beer or coolers allowed. Cost: $30; reservations recommended. No refunds. Tables for 10 available with advance reservation. Information: 592-5245 or

Valentine’s Day Dance — Shundo Ballroom & Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane hosts a Valentine’s dance featuring the music of Azucar 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, with a performance by Shundo Dancers. BYO food and beverages, and ice chest; free ice available. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $25 in advance: $20 at the door. Tickets: Shundo 532-2043 or for delivery at 691-8489 or 867-3848.

Valentine’s Weekend Babysitting — Mount Hope Lutheran Church Preschool and Daycare, 9640 Montwood, hosts a babysitting evening 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Dinner provided for the children. Registration at the church through Feb. 10, or online at Cost: $20 for first child; $10 for each additional child. Information: 598-2141.

Cascada de Flores Chocolate Buffet — The Flickinger Center for Performing Arts’ annual Valentine fundraiser is 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, with live music featuring Cascada de Flores “Radio Flor,” and the famous Flickinger chocolate buffet. Tickets: $20-$40. Information: (575) 437-2202 or
Cascada de Flores-Radio Flor is called a love letter to the early days of Latin American radio, when songs were king and a melody grabbed one’s heart for a lifetime. Whether broadcasting from station XEW in Mexico City, or RHC of Habana, Cuba, the sultry songs of Radio Flor tell the story of a bygone era. Musical vignettes feature heart-wrenching bolero, raucous Cuban guaracha, or earthy Mexican son. Set in an old-time radio show format, the show includes jingles and radio drama, a bit from 1930 and a bit from the musicians’ bicultural imaginations.


‘The Firebird’ and ‘My Mozart’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents it faculty choreographed dance concert Feb. 12-21, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $14 ($11 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military groups of 10 or more, UTEP alumni with valid card, and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students. Information: 747-5118, or on Facebook.
“Firebird” choreographers are Lisa Smith and Myron Howard Nadel. This allegorical story based on a Russian folk tale about the triumph of good over evil marked the first collaboration between Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and the great composer Igor Stravinsky. “The Firebird” will by complemented by “My Mozart,” choreographed by Nadel.

Wine Tasting at the Park — noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. Sample tickets: $10 (ten samples). Live entertainment at 4:30 p.m. and Fleetwood Nicks (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) at 9:30 p.m. Information: (575) 874-5200 or

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase on patio 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or

Black History Month

Black History Month at UTEP — The African-American Studies program, in conjunction with other UTEP departments, presents a variety of events throughout campus in February in recognition of African American History. Most events are free. Information: African American Studies Program, 747-8650.
• John Siqueiros presents “The Death of Jimi Hendrix: Peace, Love and Murder” at noon Thursday, Feb. 11, in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium.
• The annual Gospel Explosion is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Fox Fine Art Recital Hall.

EPCC Black History Month — El Paso Community College will host events in February in celebration of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memories” All events are 7 p.m. Mondays at EPCC’s Administrative Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount. Admission is free. Information: 831-3324 or
• Feb. 8: “Freedom Summer” documentary showing, in conjunction with El Paso Museum of History.
A public student art display will be on exhibit at the Administrative Services Center 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
The 27th annual African-American Read-In, a celebration of African-American writers, students, faculty and community will read selections of prose and poetry by famous authors 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following campus locations:
• Northwest campus, Library Room L-114, Wednesday, Feb. 10


El Paso Rhinos – El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team home games are at Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Feb. 12-14: San Diego Sabers. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets; $20 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $5 general admission. information: 479-PUCK (7825) or

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live racing season runs through April 19. Post time is 12:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through Feb. 16, and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19-April 19. Nine races held each race day. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or

Hueco Tanks Rock Rodeo — The 23rd annual bouldering competition is Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-14, at Hueco Tanks, with cash and prizes offered. Registration and other events are at Hueco Rock Ranch; competition is at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site.
The event begins at 4 p.m. Friday with registration, burger dinner and evening program at 6:30 p.m..
The Rock Rodeo is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the state park (shuttle service from ranch). Vendors booths will be open at the ranch from 7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Awards ceremony, Asana Dyno Competition and party follow.
Sundays events include breakfast and vendors at the ranch 8:30 to 10 a.m. Youth competition and clinics are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the state park, followed by dinner and awards at the ranch.
Registration: $95 adult competition. Non-competition registration, clinic and party tickets available. Spectator passes: $20. Information, registration:
Hueco Rock Ranch., operated by American Alpine Club, is at 17498 Bettina, about 3 miles from the state park.

UTEP Women’s Basketball – Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234 or
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11: Florida Int’l.
• 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13: Florida Atlantic

Race for The Heart — The 2nd annual 8K run and 1 mile run walk benefiting heart disease awareness is 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Las Palmas Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Registration: $25 by Feb. 12; $30 after. Online registration at
Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on race day at the starting line.

Southern New Mexico

‘For the Love of Art month’ — February is For the Love of Arts Month in Las Cruces, celebrating the city’s various performing and visual arts. The month, sponsored by ArtForms, is highlighted by several special studio tours, exhibits and performances. Information:

Downtown Dance Party — Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare, 130 S. Main in Las Cruces, hosts a “Borderland Benefit,” 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, featuring live music from Simeon Beardsley, and DJ RiseOHM Shahid Mustafa. Admission; $5 donation. Information: (575) 312-6569 or
Proceeds benefit Flores de Juarez, a barefoot health project in Mexico & Developing Youth from the Ground Up/Sustain Flores de Juarez or “Flowers of Juarez” a collective of local groups in the borderlands committed to the long-term sustainability and comprehensive advancement of barefoot community health and wellness in Juarez.

Cupid’s Chase 5K — The 5K run benefiting Community Options is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Old Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago in Mesilla. Registration: $30 by Feb. Feb. 12, $40 on race day. Information: (575) 532-9275. Online registration at

Josh Grider — Dona Ana Arts Council presents an intimate, acoustic-based set with Las Cruces’ own country singer/songwriter at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $22 balcony; $33 main floor. “Student rush” tickets available 10 minutes prior to each show for $10; must show valid student ID. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
Grider will perform with his colleague, collaborator and producer Bobby Hamrick, as well as his wife, Kristi Grider. Grider’s recently collaborated with fellow Las Crucen and film director Ross Marks for the soundtrack to an upcoming film based on the Mark Medoff play “The Heart Outright.”

Roy Schneider Duo — The Americana and folk band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 West Hadley in Las Cruces. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Roy Schneider presents original music with partner Kim Mayfield providing instrumental accompaniment and vocal harmony. Admission is free; all ages welcome. Information:(575) 525-6752, or
Schneider’s latest release, “Walls That Talk,” debuted at No. 3 on the Folk DJ charts in September 2012.

Peabo Bryson — The R&B, soul singer performs a romantic Valentine’s dinner show Saturday, Feb. 13, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Dinner served at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Tickets: $50. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or

Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta — The 23rd annual fiesta brings together some of the Southwest’s best storytellers, poets and musicians 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum (Old Armory), 708 E. 2nd St., Lordsburg, N.M. Master of Ceremonies is Steve Hill. Proceeds benefit the museum. Tickets: $12 ($8 students) and includes both sessions and hamburgers and soft drinks at intermission. Information/tickets: (559) 381-1465 or
Advance tickets available in Lordsburg at Verla’s Western Wear, 980 E. Motel, and Gold Hill Outpost, 1000 Birchfield.
Featured performers are Larry Harmer, Leon Pearce, Billy Chadborn, Rusty Tolley, Doc Jordan, Bill Cavaliere, Pete Kennedy and the Outriders.

ArtForms Studio Tour — The Las Cruces-based ArtForms Artist Association of New Mexico presents its annual Studio Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 20-21, in celebration of “For the Love of Art Month.” The tour features area artists at Las Cruces galleries and studios, many not normally available to the public. Maps available at several Las Cruces locations, including some participating studios. Gallery hours may vary. Information:
Featured both weekends:
• El Jardin de Las Cruces Art Gallery, 4010 N. Valley, Southwest Mexican Folk Art by David Jacquez.
• Lundeen Inn of the Arts, 618 Alameda, with paintings and clayboards by Rebecca Courtney and Kathy Morrow.
• Studio of Jeri Desrochers, 3655 Canyon. Oils, acrylics and pastels with Jeri Desrochers, Mary Zawacki, Linda Hagen and C.C. Cunningham. Information:
• Casa De Puertas, 4020 Red Yucca Court, with handwoven garments, petit point and woven bead gift items, “Spirit Minder” Dolls and other folk art with Lynn Unangst.
• Nancy Frost Begin studio, 1982 Avenida de Antigua, with watercolors, woodcuts and oils.
• Jan Severson Fiber Art, 8181 Constitution. Mixed media.
• Bailey Jewelry Design, 8160 Constitution. Fiber arts, weaving and artisan jewelry by Steve Bailey and Richard Johnson.
• Jan Thune Studio, 1204 Verona Court, with fiber art.
Featured Feb. 13-14:
• Beadwork, art jewelry, paintings and pottery by Linda Reeder Sanchez, Rhoda Winters, Beth Landers Chiders,
Margaret Giralte, Ernest Trujillo, Lana Patterson, Sharm McKim, Susy Rossman and Sandra Craddock, at 1324 N. Reymond Street.
• Funky Karma Studio and Galley, 3207 Main. Fractals, paintings, photography, cards and mixed media with Teri Van Huss, Marie Kruse, Alice Ward, Mary Galster and Liz King (Saturday only).
• Art by Rosemary McKeown, 1300 Vista dl Monte. Painting, copper art and jewelry.
• Studio 1490, 1490 Via Norte, watercolor and acrylic painting and cards by Marie Siegrist.
• Marilyn’s Reed Weavings and Metal Creations, 6610 Vista Del Reino. Sculptural basketry and metal jewelry with Marilyn Hansen.
• Cathouse Glass, 10050 Tuscany. Glass, mixed media and gourds with Greta Burger and Joanna Bradley.

‘An Iliad’ and ‘Killing Buddha’ — No Strings Theatre Company in association with Theatre Dojo presents the return of the touring Obie-winning adaptation of Homer’s Iliad, “An Iliad,” written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at The Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Performed by actor Algernon D’Ammassa and musician Randy Granger.
The music and storytelling duo will also present their first original work together, “Killing Buddha,” at 8 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 13 and 20, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.
Admission: $12 ($10 seniors over 65 and students. Reservations: (575) 523-1223. Information on Facebook at algernoniliad.
“An Iliad,” is a modern retelling of the Trojan War, including gods, warriors, their families, and the endless battles of human history with a gripping, contemporary voice. D’Ammassa and Granger play mysterious, homeless storytellers who create the ancient world for an audience using storytelling, a few simple props, and an improvised musical accompaniment on a variety of instruments.
“Killing Buddha” is intended as a unofficial sequel to “The Iliad.”

Harlem Globetrotters — The famed wizards of basketball celebrate their 90th Anniversary World Tour at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at NMSU’s Pan Am Center, Las Cruces. Tickets start at $27 to $247 VIP (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or
A Magic Pass 30-minute interactive event is 12:30 to 1 p.m. before the game, when fans can spend time on the court with the Globetrotters. Separate ticket required: $22.
The Globetrotters’ star-studded roster features Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu.
Fans are encouraged to visit to nominate a worthwhile cause or a deserving family. The team also plans to bring their bullying prevention program to over 400 schools and community centers.


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