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Last Minute LocalAugust 15, 2014

FRIDAY

The King: FirstLight Federal Credit Union presents Alfresco Fridays featuring Joe King Carrasco (Tex-Mex)
http://www.alfrescofridays.com

Alfresco! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

Joe King Carrasco:
Known as the King of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Joe King Carrasco, creates a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms. His cross-cultural stew blends cumbias, vamp, salsa, surf, reggae, blues, and Latin-tinged polkas. It has been a long road, coming from Dumas,Texas, a dusty little west Texas town where in the 7th grade he started playing in garage bands. In his late teens, he was often lured to the beaches in Southern Mexico and was drawn to the Mexican music he was hearing around him. Back in Texas he joined up with future members of the Texas Tornados and formed a band known as Joe King Carrasco & El Molino and in 1978 released his 1st LP titled “Tex-Mex Rock & Roll”. Somehow this record made its way to England and was re-released by Big Beat Records.

The Flicks: Plaza Classic Film Festival
http://plazaclassic.com/

Tonight’s Movies include:

The Odd way Home

The Towering Inferno

Bottle Rocket

Purple Rain

The Music Continues: Ribo Flavin
As if a film fest weren’t enough Ribo Flavin’ (R&B/hip-hop/Latin/jazz/funk) opens for “Purple Rain” at 7:30 pm on Mills St.

SATURDAY

The 4 B’s: Annual Border Beer & Wing Fling
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Border-Beer-Wing-Fling/189311364440191

Get ready for the 4th Annual Border Beer & Wing Fling combining four El Paso Favorites; Bands, Babes, Buffalo Wings & Beers, by bringing together El Paso’s Favorite Wing restaurants and the best Beers, along with the best live music!

The Paranormal: Haunted Hotel Tour
http://www.ghosts915.com/index.php/en/

There are many haunted hotels throughout Texas, but you can experience some of them in Downtown El Paso! Join this two hour walking excursion and learn about the history, legends, and more, of El Paso’s haunted hotels like the Camino real and The Gardner, which is home to a replica of notorious gangster John Dillinger’s death mask! Meet your tour guide at the Ghosts915 Paranormal Research Center by 8:30pm. The tour will start at 9 sharp!

SUNDAY

The Historic District: Mission Trail Art Market and Billy the Kid Breakout Show
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

The Mission Trail Art Market is in its 6th Season .Discover the Mission Trail Art Market, The Mission Valley’s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and craft. Choose from delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, timeless home accents, and seasonal decorations. Painting, sculpture and photography for the connoisseur. Sweet and savory treats for the gourmet.
Enjoy the food concessions and entertainment. The event is pet friendly. Plenty of parking. Live entertainment at the Bandido Cantina & Restaurant and more. Two Old West Reenactment Shows of the ‘Billy The Kid Breakout’ at 1 & 3pm. Galleries remain open until 7pm. FREE. Make it a Day! Come and Play!


Last Minute LocalAugust 8, 2014

Film Festival Frenzy!
http://plazaclassic.com/

The Plaza Classic Film Festival started in 2008 as a special project of the El Paso Community Foundation to bring movies back to the historic Plaza Theatre. The Community Foundation purchased 35mm and state of the art digital projection equipment for the atmospheric theater, which opened in 1930, closed in the mid-’70s and was restored for $38 million in 2006 in a joint partnership between the City of El Paso and the Community Foundation.

The first Festival was called The Movies Return and was the brainchild of EPCF President/CEO Eric Pearson and local contractor, developer, Film Salon host, “On Film” radio host and walking classic film encyclopedia Charles Horak. It was a smash hit. More than 25,000 people turned out to watch more than 60 movies at the Plaza Theatre and adjacent Philanthropy Theatre.

It returned in 2009 with a new name, the Plaza Classic Film Festival, and a growing popularity in the region and throughout the country. PCFF has drawn major name celebrity guests — including Al Pacino, El Paso native Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren, Michael York and Margaret O’Brien — and audiences that average around 40,000 a year. More than 200,000 people have attended the first six Festivals.

PCFF has expanded its footprint with the addition of free movies and concerts outdoors in the Arts Festival Plaza (due to construction, they’ll move this year to Mills Street) and the Mills Plaza Parking Garage, as well as annual collaborative exhibits with the El Paso Museum of Art that have included costumes designed by Edith Head, costumes and jewelry from The Ten Commandments and production art. This year’s exhibit features movie posters from around the world, culled from Charles Horak’s private collection.

The Festival also has become a showcase for the work of local and area filmmakers through its Local Flavor series, which screens features, shorts, documentaries and other films by area filmmakers or with strong local connections.

The Festival has an economic impact of $1.5 million annually. About 15 percent of its audience comes from outside of the 45-mile El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces radius, a third of them from the Austin area.

This is the Festival’s seventh year. In 2013, PCFF artistic director Charles Horak stepped down and former El Paso Times entertainment writer Doug Pullen was hired as the new program director. He has been working with and an advisory committee that consists of El Paso Community Foundation executives Eric Pearson, Kathrin Berg Pettit and Gary Williams, actor-screenwriter Camilla Carr, UTEP lecturer Jaime Mendez, NMSU graduate student Jack Fields and filmmaker Carlos Corral, who coordinates our Local Flavor entries and event.

For more info on the festival check out the Visit El Paso Podcast where we interview Doug Pullen and Eric Pearson of the El Paso Community Foundation about this amazing annual event.


Last Minute LocalAugust 1, 2014

The Historic Neighborhood: First Friday ArtWalk & Ghost Tour
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

This free event include appetizers, refreshments and music. All of the art galleries are open in the evening for this once a month event. Art patrons are encouraged to come out and enjoy an evening of art and history. Other participating artists are: Amado Pena, Joe Arroyos, Al Borrego, G. Jacquez Calderon, Rob Mack, Alberto Escamilla, Bert Saldana, Sergio Acosta, Manuel Alvarado, Rob Mack, Robert Lichlyter, Sam Gutierrez, Robert Estrada and others.

Enjoy Live Music at the El Bandido Restuarant & Cantina. Don’t miss the “Movie On The Wall” at sundown.
Sign up for the San Elizario Ghost Tour at 10:00 p.m., presented by Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society.

The Festival: San Ignacio Kermess
915-532-9534

St. Ignatius Church will celebrate its 108th year with free entertainment, music, dance, rides and much more. Authentic foods served will include gorditas, enchiladas, mangoes, elote and more.

The Cinema on the Cliff: Movies in the Canyon
http://moviesinthecanyon.com

Movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 pm. No outside food or beverages.

SATURDAY

The Engine: Thomas & Friends Meet & Greet
http://kcostv.org/events/KidsCharacterAppearances.php

Thomas & Friends™ are pulling into the station. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the Really Useful Engine and get your photo taken! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the special day! Presented by KCOS, El Paso’s PBS Station.

The Produce Section: El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market
http://www.elpasotexas.gov/mcad/downtown_market.asp

The El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market is a year round, outdoor artisan market that features original arts and crafts, food vending, regionally grown agricultural products and entertainment from local artists in El Paso County.

Located in the Union Plaza District (On Anthony and San Francisco St) and open every Saturday from 9am-1pm, the market offers residents and visitors the opportunity to shop in a family friendly setting while enjoying great food and free activities for the entire family. FREE Kids arts and craft activity table offered every Saturday!
Help support your local artists and farmers by shopping local at the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market!
Metered Parking is Free on Saturdays Downtown.

The Creepy Crawlers: Bug Awareness Weekend
http://www.elpasozoo.org/event/545-bug-awareness-weekend

Join the El Paso Zoo on August 2 and 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to celebrate Bug Awareness Weekend. The Zoo will feature live bugs from North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Come explore the world of bugs and find a new respect for the six + legged creatures of the land.

And don’t miss out on our most popular activity- bug cooking and tasting with the Zoo’s Executive Chef Miguel Guillen. Zoo guests will be able to enjoy unique food items such as Roasted Leaf Cutter Ants, Cricket Chip Cookies, Thai Grasshopper Stir Fry, Cinnamon Wax Worm Crunch, and Sweet Cricket Popcorn. Learn how you can make these delicacies at home from our very own chef. (Time and location of bug cooking and tasting TBD.)
Live bug displays will be set up throughout the Zoo at the El Paso Water Utilities Discovery Center, El Paso Electric Kalahari Research Station, and Asia Discovery Center for all to see. Check out the new species of bugs this year including Tanzanian Redclawed scorpion, Brazilian black tarantula, a Giant African Millipede and many more.
Other activities include “Amazing Bug Stories” and arts & crafts. Don’t forget to bring a towel to cool off in the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad or monkey around at the Foster Tree House Playground.

SUNDAY

The Patriotic Run: Spartyka Fallen Heroes 5k Race
http://www.spartyka.com/spartyka-fallen-heroes-5k/

In honor of the brave men and women in all branches of the United States Military, Spartyka is excited to host the Spartyka Fallen Heroes 5K to benefit Honor and Remember , a national nonprofit organization that was to create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that would fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. All Military lives lost not only in action but also in service, from our nation’s inception. The goal is to raise awareness and show support for the men and women in the United States Military, raise funds for the Honor and Remember organization and to honor the 31 Americans killed in action in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011 during operation Extortion 17 in Afghanistan. We’re honored to present the Honor and Remember.

Entry fee Includes: T-shirt for the first 250 registered participants, and food and drinks at the finish line.

The New Age Event: El Paso Psychic Fair
http://www.elpasopsychicfair.com/

Visit with 12 Professional Traveling Psychics from all over Texas and New Mexico who specialize in readings. Enjoy new age gifts, crystals & crystal skulls for sale, aura photos, readers from National TV shows and more! Don’t forget to enter the Drawing for $100.00!

The Songs under the Sun: Melodies in the Park
https://home.elpasotexas.gov/parks/

Parks and Recreation will be hosting its first concert in August with Magnum Blue. This type of variety band will entertain you with its upbeat music. Bring your chairs and dancing shoes. Food will be available. Parks and Rec is a dog leash friendly host. No alcohol or glass containers.


Last Minute LocalJuly 25, 2014

FRIDAY

The Pop Star: FirstLight Federal Credit Union presents Alfresco Fridays
http://www.alfrescofridays.com

Alfresco! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

Tonight’s Band: Sha’Vonne (Pop, R&B)

Sha’Vonne’s powerhouse voice is simply Unique and Captivating! One of the most popular and sought after singer/songwriters in the southwest Guaranteeing an EXPERIENCE of a LIFETIME! Sha’Vonne was born and raised in Texas, growing up in a musical family with gospel background, directing choirs and leading worship. Singing in church allowed the roots of her natural effortless talents to flourish. She has flawlessly fused musical genres from R&B/Soul, Pop, Rock, Jazz to name a few, with seamless patchwork.

The Movies on the Mountain: Movies in the Canyon presented by Rudolph Dealerships
http://elpasolive.com/moviesinthecanyon

Join us for FREE Movies in the Canyon every Friday and Saturday night at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 pm and as a special treat, we will feature 2 movies during the month of July. Come enjoy your favorite family movies brought to you by Rudolph! No outside food or beverages brought in.

Tonight’s Movies: The Smurfs 2 & The Lego Movie

SATURDAY

The Awareness Run: HomeRun for the Homeless 5K and Kids Dash
https://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com/Home-Run-For-The-Homeless-5K-And-Kids-Dash/1009/details

All profits from this event will benefit El Paso’s Opportunity Center for the Homeless. Registration will include a ticket to the Saturday Baseball Game where there will be fireworks as well as a T-shirt for the first 600 that register. Race day registration begins at 7 am however there will be no race day registration for the COMPETITIVE 5K run.

The Fun in the Franklins: Arts in the Parks at the Wyler Aerial Tramway
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/arts-in-the-parks-3

Your creativity will soar atop Ranger Peak! Enjoy arts and crafts, inspiration and fun at the Wyler Aerial Tramway.

The Comic Opera: The Mikado
http://www.gandselpaso.org/index.php/el-paso-performances

Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso present its 45th annual community production “The Mikado” at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre. The Mikado is a comic opera in tow acts that opened in 1885 and is set in Japan.

SUNDAY

The View: Tramway Last Sunday Hike
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/tramway-last-sunday-hike

Join the rangers for a hike up to Ranger Peak. Meet at 7 am.

The History Lesson: San Elizario Historic District Tour
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

The San Elizario Historic District will present two free guided walking tours of the nationally recognized Historic District on the 4th Sunday of every month. Tour times are at Noon and 3 PM. Participants are asked to gather at the Main Street Mercantile, 15 minutes prior to the tour. The tour will take approximately one hour and a half. This is a walking tour, at a slow pace. Don’t forget your camera!

The Picnic in the Park: Music Under the Stars
http://www.elpasotexas.gov/mcad/default.asp

Enjoy a free musical performance at the Chamizal National Memorial Amphitheatre. This weeks featured band is ‘Sobredosis del Sabor’(Latin). Park at the El Paso Zoo and take a FREE Shuttle to the Park!


Last Minute LocalJuly 18, 2014

FRIDAY

Good Health: Affordable Dental Associates Health Fair
http://www.915dentist.com/

You’re invited to participate in our New Monthly Health Fair! It’s a festive day of fun dancing under the sun, with great food, exciting raffle prizes and a free music concert for the entire family. Live band performances including fitness/health demonstrations. All vendors/organizations are welcome to join!

The 80’s: FirstLight Federal Credit Union presents Alfresco Fridays
http://elpasolive.com/calendar/820-tool-booth-willie-ska-80-s-pop-rock

Alfresco! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

This Friday’s band: Tool Booth Willie (Ska, 80’s, Pop-Rock)
Toll Booth Willie has been on the southwest music scene for more than a decade. Springing from previous incarnations from the ska scene of the 90s, they have expanded their sound to a full-on party rock band with a powerful horn section. While Toll Booth Willie still holds on to their ska roots, their repertoire includes a range of progressive-pop-rock originals, reworking of 80s/90s rock and pop songs, as well as a variety of other energetic tunes. Toll Booth Willie has evolved from a standard “bar band” to performing primarily for special events. Often referred to as a party band, with their fun, high-energy music and mood-lightening interaction with the crowd and each other, Toll Booth Willie keeps any event lively and moving. If you want your guests to move their bodies with a smile on their faces, Toll Booth Willie is the band for the job.

The Cinema Alfresco Style: UTEP Movies on the Lawn
http://sa.utep.edu/union/moviesonthelawn/

Movies Begin at approximately 8:30pm-start times determined by sunset. All movies are subject to change without prior notice. Weekly giveaways for the first 100 people! $5.00 Movie Combo, includes Hot Dog, Small Soda, and Popcorn.

NO Alcohol, Glass Containers, or Pets Allowed! UTEP is now a tobacco free campus! Thank you for not smoking!

Tonight’s Movie: Harry and the Hendersons
While vacationing in the Pacific Northwest, the Henderson clan’s dad, George (John Lithgow); mom, Nancy (Melinda Dillon); daughter, Sarah (Margaret Langrick); and son, Ernie (Joshua Rudoy), accidently run over a strange animal with their car, and when they get out to see what it is, they find the seemingly dead body of a hairy Bigfoot-type monster (Kevin Peter Hall). Believing that the creature is a grizzly bear, the Hendersons take it home, planning to stuff the beast and put it on display in their living room. Predictably, the hirsute monster revives and is adopted by the family as a pet.

SATURDAY

The Troops: Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday
http://www.nps.gov/cham/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageID=787414

The third Saturday of each month kids ages 5-11 are invited to come have fun and create a cultural or natural craft and learn about nature or cultures with a park ranger. This 45-minute program focuses on underlying themes related to the park such as friendship, diversity, commonalities among different cultures, creative problem solving or the Memorial’s history, plants, and/or animals .

The Tats: Texas Showdown Festival
http://texastattooshowdownfestival.com/

The Country’s largest Tattoo & Music Festival returns to the El Paso’s County Coliseum for 3 days of concerts & tattooing. Get tattooed at the fest by your favorite TV show artist or one of over 300 artists from around the globe. Enjoy local food & ice cold beer under our giant circus tent all overlooking the main concert stage outdoors.
Gates to this indoor and outdoor event open daily 12noon-11pm.

Tickets $30 Daily & $75 Weekend Pass. Save on Service Fess & get At Coliseum Box Office & All Ticket Master Locations.

The Big Screen in the Canyon: Movies in the Canyon presented by Rudolph Dealerships
http://elpasolive.com/moviesinthecanyon

Join us for FREE Movies in the Canyon every Friday and Saturday night at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 pm. As a special treat, we will feature 2 movies during the month of July. Come enjoy your favorite family movies brought to you by Rudolph!

No outside food or beverages brought in.

This Saturdays Movies: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Marvel’s The Avengers

SUNDAY

The Arts & Crafts: Mission Trail Art Market
http://www.missiontrailartmarket.com/

Discover the Mission Trail Art Market, The Mission Valley’s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and craft. Choose from delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, timeless home accents, and seasonal decorations. Painting, sculpture and photography for the connoisseur. Sweet and savory treats for the gourmet.

The Reenactment: Billy the Kid Breakout Show
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

The “Pistoleros De San Elizario” present two monthly reenactment shows in front of the Old El Paso County Jail in the San Elizario Historic District. The shows are during the monthly Mission Trail Art Market. The performances are at 1 & 3 PM.

Pack your Picnic: Music Under the Stars
http://www.elpasotexas.gov/mcad/default.asp

El Paso’s leading FREE concert series held every Sunday in the summer between June-August at Chamizal National Memorial. The series boasts performances by local, national and international musicians.

No pets, No Glass Containers, No Smoking in the Bowl Area
No Outside Alcohol permitted/ Alcohol sold on site of many genres. See you there!


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