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Last Minute LocalAugust 29, 2014

FRIDAY

The 70’s Show: FirstLight Federal Credit Union presents Alfresco Fridays featuring Fungi Mungle
http://elpasolive.com/alfrescofridays

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: Fungi Mungle (70’s)
Fungi Mungle is a 4 Time “Best of the Border”, and 5 Time “Best of the Best” Award Winning Group. The Original Superheroes of Funk straight from Studio 54 have been performing Nationwide since 1996. Playing all your favorite Disco, Funk, Pop, and Rock & Dance Hits. 100% LIVE! Real Musicians – Not faking it to a tape like most bands in Vegas.

Fungi Mungle has Headlined the Six Flags Fiesta, The Whole Enchilada Fiesta, Ysleta and Texas Street Festivals, University of Texas Minerpalooza, That 70’s Party, Mardi Gras El Paso, Fiesta de Las Flores, Gran Fiesta, MCAD Music Under the Stars and Alfresco Friday’s, Plaza Classic Film Festival, Bennigan’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash, Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta, and the Sun Bowl Halftime Show just to name a few. We’ve shared the stage with KC and the Sunshine Band, The Pointer Sisters, Tower of Power, Donna Summer, The Village People, Sister Sledge, Chicago, Kumbia All Stars, mini KISS, Mr. Jefferson – Sherman Hemsley, Malo, Blue Oyster Cult, David Archuleta, and Zuill Bailey just to name a few.

The Race to Save the Kingdom: Disney’s Frozen
http://elpasolive.com/calendar/947-frozen

El Paso Live would like to thank the community for its continued support of our summer concert and film programming by showing three FREE screenings of the popular Disney film, Frozen! Make sure to dress up as your favorite character! Prizes awarded to the best dressed. Seating is first come, first served and parking is available at the Convention Center Parking Garage.

SATURDAY

The Dash: Rail to Trails 8 Mile Run & Kid’s 1 Mile
http://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com/Rail-To-Trails-8-Mile-Run-Kid's-1-Mile-Dash/1059/details

Race begins at the Trestle Recreation Area (across from the Sacramento Mountain Medical Facility And near the intersection of HWY 84 and 130).

Participants will receive a free meal / brunch with their bib number coupon. Spectators may purchase a meal for $5. Food provided by Cloudcroft Schools Culinary Arts program.

Prize to Overall Male & Female
Prize to Fastest Cloudcroft Local Male & Female (must reside in Cloudcroft Full-time)
Medals to Top 3 finishers in male & female age groups 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
Kid’s Dash participants (0- 9) will receive an award and the top 3 will also receive medals

The “Rescue” Market: Ardovino’s Farmers Market and Pet Adoptions
http://www.ardovinos.com/news.html

Start your Saturdays with Farmers’ Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing and shop freshly picked produce, farm fresh eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and hey why not add a new member to the family! Pet adoptions sponsored by the Animal Rescue League of El Paso.

The Race to Save the Kingdom Continues: Disney’s Frozen (1 & 4 pm showings)
http://elpasolive.com/calendar/947-frozen

El Paso Live would like to thank the community for its continued support of our summer concert and film programming by showing three FREE screenings of the popular Disney film, Frozen! Make sure to dress up as your favorite character! Prizes awarded to the best dressed. Seating is first come, first served and parking is available at the Convention Center Parking Garage.

The Traditional Performance: Opera Bhutan
http://bhutan.utep.edu/

Enjoy a magical evening that blends Bhutanese music, dance and other cultural elements with Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” – the first Western opera ever performed in the mountain Kingdom of Bhutan.
Celebrating UTEP’s century of connection with the Land of the Thunder Dragon, this international collaboration includes world-class dancers, vocalists, and talented music students from UTEP who will enchant and delight the audience during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

SUNDAY

The Mountain Climb: Last Sunday Hike
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/last-sunday-hike-1
This strenuous hike to the top of Ranger Peak is hosted by the Franklin Mountains State Park. Water, sturdy shoes, hat and walking sticks are recommended.

The Pre-Labor Day Concert: Dusty Low @ Zin Valle Vineyards
http://www.zinvalle.com/

Come on out and enjoy the sounds Dusty Low from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. Bring a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy the day at Zin Valle Vineyards. Zin Valle Vineyard Hours: Friday through Monday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Salud!

About Dusty Low
Across the sun drawn sands of the southwest, a group of modern day troubadours has formed. By combining alternative country influences with a dash of folk, Americana and jazz, Dusty Low has created a sound that is at once familiar yet surprisingly fresh.Sam, Jesse and Danny Sullivan, after touring for many years, have forged a new direction that incorporates all of their collective influences.

With the addition of Anthony Movsesian whose main influence is jazz, the group is constantly cultivating agile and well-crafted compositions that easily cross back and forth between many of the cherished American music forms. Add to this, superb harmonies and the result is truly exceptional.


Last Minute LocalAugust 20, 2014

FRIDAY

The Organic Musical Stories about Life and Work: FirstLight Federal Credit Union presents Alfresco Fridays featuring the Abe Mac Band (Country)
http://elpasolive.com/alfrescofridays

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.

About the Abe Mac Band (Country)
A native of El Paso, TX. Abe Mac, formerly known as Abiel Macias is an alumni of both the Socorro Bulldogs and the UTEP miners. At both schools he was a football student-athlete. He is a singer-songwriter and a self-taught multi-instrumentalist musician. He understands the values of country music and its organic stories about life and hard work. If anyone knows about hard work it would be Abe. Raised by a single mom, he is the middle child of three brothers. Abe has worked out in the oilfields and currently at El Paso Electric Co. as a helper-apprentice for the Linemen. He has invested his hard work on his country music career providing a 6 song EPK CD titled American Country, a music video for his single “American Country Redneck” and a live Unplugged music video titled “Life”. He is currently looking for the opportunity for sponsorship to fund his full length album and a charity tour for kids with terminal illness. His passion for music and helping others has led him to pursue his music career in Nashville while representing El Paso. He will be featured on CMT’s Texaco Country Showdown on 2014.

The Scare Team: Rudolph presents Movies in the Canyon featuring Monsters Inc.
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. No outside food or beverages brought in.

Tonight’s Movie: Monsters Inc.
John Goodman stars as the lovable James P. Sullivan (Sulley) and Billy Crystal as his wisecracking best friend, Mike Wazowski. Top scarer Sulley and his enthusiastic Scare Assistant Mike work at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. The main power source of the monster world is the collected screams of human children. Monsters believe children are dangerous and toxic, however, and they are scared silly when a little girl wanders into their world. Sulley and Mike do their best to return the girl home, but they face monstrous intrigue and some hilarious misadventures along the way.

SATURDAY

Choose your memorial race this Saturday morning!
http://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com/

Which route will you pick?
The 2ND Annual Vern Johndro Memorial Rhino Run will present the first 400 participants with one free technical t-shirt and trophies to the top three overall male and female runners. This race is part of the El Paso Marathon’s “More Than a Marathon” 5K Challenge.

The Stephanie Olivo Memorial 5K is brought to you by the Red Cross of El Paso and will present medals to the top three male and female overall in various age groups. Choose from a 5k competitive run or a one mile walk.

The Bday Party: EP Zoo celebrates Orangutans birthdays
http://www.elpasozoo.org

El Paso Zoo will be celebrating Ibu’s and Butch’s birthday by giving them delicious birthday treats. Zoo staff will also decorate the Orangutan Exhibit with birthday streamers and wrapped birthday gifts for Ibu and Butch to enjoy. Enrichment activities will be starting at 12:30p.m. and guests will be invited to sing happy birthday to Ibu and Butch. (Ibu, the Zoo’s female Sumatran orangutan, turned 23 years old on August 1 and Butch, the male Sumatran orangutan, turned 29 years old on August 19.)

Ibu

Ibu

Butch

Butch

The Lowriders: Summer Meltdown Sanctioned Car Show & Concert
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C004CEEE2D6CA8Bc=LNSM_FBEvent_SummerMeltdownLowriderSanctionedCarShow_08232014

El Paso’s only sanctioned car show! Enjoy a concert, kids expo, stunt riders and more.

SUNDAY

The Disciplines: Jam El Paso
https://www.facebook.com/JAMElPasoTexas

For the first time in El Paso history, the Jam El Paso event will bring together an entire community to learn about and enjoy the movements known as Parkour and Freerunning. Members of the El Paso Parkour community would like to extend an invitation to come and witness first-hand the powerful new sport that is Parkour and Freerunning. In the past few years, Parkour and Freerunning have blown up all over the globe and in El Paso it is slowly but surely following suit. Jam El Paso is the first event of its kind, where anybody, of any skill level, can come and expand their knowledge about these disciplines as well as add to their arsenal of movements. Please join us for an exciting day of workshops and training and an all-around fun filled day with athletes from all over!

The Vineyard: Free Live Music @ Zin Valle Vineyard: Dan Lambert and the Double Drum Trio
http://www.zinvalle.com

Come on out and enjoy the sounds of Dan Lambert and the Double Drum Trio from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. Bring a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy the day at Zin Valle Vineyards. Salud!


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.


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