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WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT? We asked attendees of the La Fe Father’s Day 5K and St. Baldrick’s head shaving benefit.

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I actually really just like to stay in my car, My favorite way to beat the heat is a nice To have a refreshing, big, cold cup of water. Probably jump in the pool. Or go outpump up my AC and just start cruising. dip in the pool with an iced tea! side and wet my dogs and let them run around all wet.


FROM THE EDITOR: VICTORIA G. MOLINAR comment: @whatsupweekly

Nearly a year ago, in our Plaza Classic Film Festival issue, I wrote about how I contemplated moving to LA or New York as a kid who aspired to be on the big screen. I went on to say that I became disenchanted by the idea of moving to bigger, “better” cities to pursue my dreams, and I highlighted some creative projects that formed thanks to people who invest in their city. Well, it turns out that someone who wants to bring Hollywood to El Paso read my column, and his name is Joe Renteria. Lately, he’s been acting on the USA Network show “Queen of the South,” and his movie and TV credits go back to the ’70s. He recently reached out to me to let me know that he’s looking for what I was writing about: people willing to put time and money into their hometown – specifically to cultivate a successful film industry in El Paso that especially caters to Latinos in front of and behind the camera. Joe, along with Pepe Serna (who plays Angel in “Scarface”) and Edward James Olmos (think “Selena,” “Blade Runner” and “Stand and Deliver”) are teaming up to start El Paso Entertainment Company, a venture that will create mainstream Lati-

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What’s Up editor Victoria G. Molinar pictured with Joe Renteria (left) and Pepe Serna.

no-themed films with the help of Hollywood talent. (Fun Hollywood connection: Olmos is acting in the “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans MC,” which El Paso actor Vincent “Rocco” Vargas is also acting in. Read more about him on page 10.) An El Paso native who lives in LA, Joe has been talking to potential investors about supporting this endeavor, which he insists in starting here – not LA, not New York, Miami nor Albuquerque. “Hollywood is ready to invest, but I want El Paso behind it. I want El Paso money behind it,” Joe told me when I met up with him and Pepe after a press conference they held at Hotel Indigo in late May. “This should be a community project. People who put in money for films – they dictate what happens to the production. If we can raise the money here, it’s totally in our control. We can decide what the story is, where we film it and

how much money we’re putting in it – who’s acting in it, who’s directing, producing, etcetera. “We’re trying to give the community and the El Paso people who can afford to make this a reality an opportunity to not only make money for themselves, but create these beautiful products that will be distributed worldwide and are basically promoting El Paso worldwide.” While Latinos continue to be a growing population, Joe and other professionals in the industry don’t see that growth reflected in films. They also don’t think Latinos or border cities like El Paso are being portrayed in the positive light they deserve. This is the main drive behind wanting to start a company like this, but it doesn’t mean that the films will exclude other ethnicities. “We don’t want to make the same mistakes that everybody else does,” Pepe said. “We know that people are just people and good people are hard to find.”

Don’t forget to check out Adult Coloring Book Night next Thursday, June 29 at DeadBeach Brewery on 406 Durango St. The fun starts at 5 p.m. We’ll feature the work of local artist Marcos Rey as part of the Last Thursdays art walk. Our new sponsor has a scrumptious line of beer you can sip as you color. Pictured here from left to right is the DeadBeach Go-Suh (blood orange gose), Rye Me a River (rye double IPA), John Lemon (lemongrass saison), DeadBeach IPA, Abuela’s Stout (made with Abuelita chocolate), Brown Bonnie (brown ale), 915 Pale (American pale ale) and Deadbeach Lager. He went on to talk about the kind of career opportunities that can emerge from a mainstream movie company in El Paso. “The camera man, light man, makeup, catering, craft service, drivers, the whole gamut – there are careers that can be made and lives that can be changed,” Pepe said. Regional talent, which includes musicians as well as actors from EP, Juarez and Las Cruces, would get to work alongside Hollywood talent. To emphasize their fervor for this project, the group plans to throw an event called “Bringing Hollywood to El Paso.” They’ll screen the movie “Zoot Suit,” which stars Olmos, and there’ll be live performances, dancers, classic cars and people dressed

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By Denise Nelson-Prieto / comment: @whatsupweekly

It’s that time of year again – school’s out for summer, and StreetFest 2017 is upon us. That means this Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, will bring Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Starset, In This Moment, Dokken and Jackyl to Downtown El Paso. Apart from the dynamic set of headliners, there will be nearly 50 local retail, food and beverage vendors on both days. A fireworks display happens each night at 10 p.m. as well. The fun begins when the gates open at 6 p.m. Here are some other offerings to look forward to at El Paso’s hottest summer party:

Local Talent

The Downtown Street Fest has been a great venue to cultivate and showcase local talent. Three different stages will host a slew of area bands on both days of the festival. You can catch breakout Soul-jazz-funk group Kikimora Photo by Federico Villalba acts like Frontera Bugalu, Kikimora, Javier Martinez and many others on the stages showcasing Latin music, retro jams and indie rock.

Live Art

El Paso has embraced art of all mediums and no local festival is complete without art. Crowds will get an up close and personal experience as they watch the creative process unfold at the festival’s The group Los Visionaries combines several Photo by Victoria G. Molinar Art Park. Los Visionaries, an art forms. artist collective that are key players in El Paso’ art scene, will throw down a mural on the pedestrian pathway by the El Paso Convention Center. The mural is intended to become a permanent fixture of the Downtown landscape. Los Visionaries has been part of the festival’s art showcase for three years. Rick “Enks” Uribe, a recent winner of the national show “Skin Wars,” is one of the collective’s most famous members. Other artists will participate, however, a finalized list is to be announced. The only requirement for participants is to create a StreetFest-themed piece. Through the support of the City of El Paso’s Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, each artist will receive funds for supplies, a wooden canvas and one full-day festival pass.

Custom Rides

The custom car, truck and motorcycle show will whet the community’s voracious appetite for car shows. The area’s biggest car show, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, attracts entrants from all over the region including Arizona, Don’t miss the car show inside the convenPhoto courtesy of KLAQ/KISS FM California and Nevada. The tion center! competition also includes a strong showing of local support, with more than 250 participants. The event is organized by Imperials Car Club, one of the area’s most prolific custom car groups.

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NOT DEAD Read our interview with Cooper on page 7

By Eric Acosta comment: @whatsupweekly

As shock rock progenitor Alice Cooper makes his way to StreetFest this weekend, his musical influence is even evident in the festival’s lineup. Friday’s headliner, Papa Roach, for example, came to fame in the ‘90s with a crap ton of eye makeup and glossy black finger polish – a look that Cooper paved the way for. His first record, “Pretties For You,” was released in 1969. At that time, the name Alice Cooper referred to the band, not the guy. Cooper’s name was originally Vincent Furnier. He was the son of a preacher who grew up in Detroit. Furnier changed his name after his band’s 1973 album “Muscle of Love” in order to avoid lawsuits over his new, soon-to-be released solo material. Cooper’s first solo record was “Welcome To My Nightmare,” released in 1975. It was a concept album depicting the nightmares of a child named Steven. “’Welcome To My Nightmare’ was pretty much it – that and UFO’s ‘Lights Out,” said Ron Cooper, who does bass and vocals for local cover band We B Fore. He also has a cover band called Ron Cooper. “’Welcome To My Nightmare’ came [to me] because I used to delve into record stores pretty heavily. A lot of albums were concept albums, but his was more of a psychotic nature.” While Cooper’s music definitely drew people in, it was the stage show that cemented him into pop culture. Night after night, town after town, the band performed with a giant, theatrical setup and Cooper would “kill” himself by guillotine, electric chair or hanging. His makeup, wardrobe and stage show all turned him into a household name. “[Alice Cooper] used to be on game shows and on TV,” Ron said. “My mom used to point him out.” When Cooper was at the height of his popularity, there were four TV channels, and a band had to be signed to get onto the radio. Led Zeppelin released their album “Physical Graffiti” in 1975. Black Sabbath was still making a name for themselves when their first record dropped in ’70. Cooper was a combination of Zeppelin’s black magic mystique

Friday, June 23 headliners: Papa Roach, Starset, In This Moment Saturday, June 24 headliners: Alice Cooper, Dokken, Jackyl Gates open at 6 p.m., local bands start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $35 general

and loud, raunchy rock. “I really like in the ’70s when he came out with his makeup,” said DJ Lou, a local goth/dark wave DJ. She plays primarily at Monarch, but those interested in getting down can also catch her at Neon Rose (formerly called Boomtown) or the Prickly Elder. “I don’t think Marilyn Manson would have come out without Cooper.” Cooper, Kiss, David Bowie, Black Sabbath and the mystique of Led Zeppelin all combined to form what would later be called “shock rock.” Shock rock was the beginning of heavy metal and Goth rock. “Cooper and his dark ways influenced Goth, corpse paint, etcetera,” said Alex Rodriguez, guitarist for thrash metal band Terrorist as well as punk band Angrist. Corpse paint is a reference to black metal, a subgenre of heavy metal started by Mercyful Fate, whose lead singer King Diamond took Cooper’s stage theatre to the extreme by wearing full-face makeup. Picture a satanic Kiss. “[Alice Cooper] was one of my first ventures into that pre-metal sound,” Jesse Solano said. He plays drums for three local bands: The Stalk, Leptictidium and SH*TBEAR. “It’s like the whole rabbit hole thing. [The album] ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ had ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy.’ I had heard the Megadeth cover, then wanted to check Alice Cooper performs during the out the Cooper al‘An Evening With Alice Cooper bum.” Tour’ at Star Plaza Theatre on in Catch Cooper May of 2016, in Merrillville, Ind. this Saturday, June Photo by Rob Grabowski (Invision/AP) 24 at the Downtown StreetFest.

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JUNE 21-28, 2017


Many rock musicians start bands hoping they’ll have enough success to never have to work a typical day job – or in some cases, avoid college and the studying it takes to earn a degree. Dustin Bates, the man behind the band Starset, is not one of those musicians. In fact, he holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Ohio University and was positioned to work on leading edge technology before the opportunity to have a viable music career opened up before him. He had finished his course work and was doing a dissertation while also doing research for the Air Force when music intervened. “I did numerous projects in automated robotics and highly accurate navigation,” Bates said during a recent phone interview. “My goal was to be in the forefront of automated vehicles, and it was timed just right that I really could have done that and been part of that movement.” Instead, the band Bates had during college, Downplay, started making the right kind of noise. Specializing in a mainstream rock sound with a bit of an alternative slant, Downplay released several independent albums, was courted by labels and in 2010 signed to Epic Records, which green lighted a first album for the label. “Almost simultaneously with the completion of the record, the label got a new president and we were dropped instantaneously as they changed the direction of what they wanted to do,” Bates said. “They wanted to focus on pop.” This, obviously, was a major disappointment and a genuine setback for Bates. But looking back, Bates feels seeing the Epic deal end was not such a bad thing. “I didn’t know if I was going to go back into studying. It was a very low point,” he admitted. “But it was good, though. It didn’t feel like it at the time, but it allowed for sort of cleansing of the palate. I was able to (re-connect) with finding a direction in a weird way.” Bates began thinking about a new musical direction and forming a band with a much more substantial message – one that actually tied back into his collegiate and post-graduate studies. He came up with a concept for a fictional science organization known as the Starset Society, led by an equally fictional president, Aston

Wise. The society had received a transmission from outer space that foretold the demise of humanity on earth but also included instructions on how to prevent this catastrophic outcome. This message would be brought to the masses through a very real band called Starset. That group released its second album, “Vessels,” on Jan. 20, and its music and message have connected on a fairly major scale during its brief existence. Starset’s 2014 debut album, “Transmissions,” spawned a single, “My Demons,” which set the record for the longest run of any song to stay in the top five on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart at 41 consecutive weeks. The album’s impact was perhaps even more remarkable online. The band opened two YouTube accounts to host its videos and other content. According to a Nov. 19 Billboard magazine article, those pages generated more than 85 million views. But Starset’s music exploded primarily in the gaming and anime communities on YouTube, where account holders uploaded video content from the band and/or created videos set to Starset music. A whopping 534.8 million views were generated by fan-created content. The music Bates has created fits with the scientific/technology themes of the lyrics. The music brings together elements of electronic music, hard rock and metal while also adding in a good bit of expansive pop and even a touch of progressive rock. Despite its diverse ingredients, Starset’s sound is cohesive, cinematic and impactful. Bates is excited to take the new music to the live stage. Starset’s first tour in support of the new album is taking the band to clubs and small theaters, with some shows as an opening act and festival dates mixed in, including this weekend’s StreetFest. The group is bringing some visual bells and whistles to its show. And with Bates out front on vocals, keyboards and guitar, the other band members – bassist Ron De Chant, guitarist Brock Richards and drummer Adam Gilbert – continue to wear the space suits that have become a

signature of Starset. But there will be differences from previous tours. “We’ve upgraded the suits this time,” Bates said. “We’re calling them the Mach III. They’re a lot different. We’re excited about that. We’re actually going to continue upgrading those as the tour goes on.”


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Catch Starset on the StreetFest main stage with Papa Roach and In This Moment this Friday, June 23. For festival details, see page 5.

JUNE 21-28, 2017



By Dave Gil de Rubio comment: @whatsupweekly

Alice Cooper’s major heyday may have been back in the 1970s when tours behind albums like “Billion Dollar Babies” were breaking Rolling Stones’ concert attendance records, but he’s still creatively vibrant nearly four decades later. July will see the release of the Bob Ezrin-produced “Paranormal,” the duo’s first collaboration since 2011’s “Welcome 2 My Nightmare.” Like its predecessor, the new project is a star-studded affair that features cameos by the likes of U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover. For Cooper, the odd array of unlikely guests played into the notion he and Ezrin had about not wanting these songs to be united by a singular concept. “Bob and I decided we were going to make an album that didn’t necessarily have a story line this time, but an album that got us off,” he explained. “Every song is a song that we would go, ‘Yes, that’s a great song.’ And they don’t necessarily conform to any style. Alice Cooper is always going to do guitar rock. That’s always what I do. But, the styles kind of go all over the place, which is great.” “Using Larry Mullen Jr. from U2 on drums was a great idea,” Cooper said. “When we got to the studio, he asked to see the lyrics. I’ve never ever had a drummer ask me about the lyrics, and he said he plays to the lyrics, and I said that I loved that. It turned it into something totally different and totally not what I was expecting, yet it works all the way. You hear the whole album and it gives it a different punch to it.” Most interesting was a reunion of the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper lineup of bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce (guitarist Glen Buxton died in 1997). Those four musicians played on the albums that made Cooper one of the biggest stars of the 1970s and are widely considered artistic high points of his career -- “Killer,” released in 1971, followed by 1972’s “School’s Out” and 1973’s “Billion Dollar Babies.” By the time Cooper decided that he wanted to make what became 1975’s “Welcome To My Nightmare,” bandmates Buxton, Dunaway, Smith and Bruce had decided the wear and tear from multiple platinum albums, relentless touring and being together nonstop all through high school and college added up to massive

burnout. But while the breakup was mutually agreed upon, Cooper pointed out that the friendship the former bandmates maintained over the years helped facilitate this mini-reunion. The end result was three of 20 songs the reunited bandmates worked on made the cut, which Cooper was elated about. “We never broke up with any bad blood. Dennis, Neal, Mike, Glen and I were all best of friends. There were no lawsuits. Nobody ever threatened anybody,” Cooper said. “I stayed in touch with everybody. Glen passed away. He was our Keith Richards. That was a huge part of the personality of that band. When that happened, that weakened the base even further. But, we always stayed together.” With all this under his belt, the 69-yearold rocker continues to have playing live be one of his current joys. Once his own touring commitments are fulfilled, there’s also a chance Cooper may pop up as part of his celebrated side band, the Hollywood Vampires, a group that also features Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor/guitarist/recording artist Johnny Depp. The group released its first album in 2015. Along with a pair of originals, it includes songs originally done by musicians who have since passed away. Covers on the guest-filled Hollywood Vampires album included “My Generation” (by The Who), as well as tunes by Jimi Hendrix (“Manic Depression”) and

the Doors (“Five To One/Break On Through”). Several guest musicians pop up as well, most notably Paul McCartney who is featured on a version of “Come and Get It” (a song he wrote for Badfinger). Cooper said despite having a name like Hollywood Vampires, that group’s shows will be nothing like his own highly theatrical, horror-themed concerts. “The cool thing about the Vampires is it’s a totally opposite thing than my show, than the Alice Cooper show,” he said. “I don’t think about theatrics when I think about the Vampires. All of us started out as bar bands. We all started out learning The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Chuck Berry and Paul Butterfield – all the stuff we learned from the Beatles. We said that’s basically what we are.”


Alice Cooper

Catch Alice Cooper on the StreetFest main stage with Jackyl and Dokken this Saturday, June 24. For festival details, see page 5.

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JUNE 21-28, 2017


There are two important ingredients in crafting a dance piece. The first is method, and the second is motivation. For Tumbleweed Collective, the most important part of their method is collaboration. Every work is a group project. Tumbleweed’s members are EPCC Professor Christine Mitchell and UTEP graduates Emma Butler, Jazmin Ortega-Garbalena and Mindy Chanson. To make their newest work, “Re-,” which will take the Chamizal stage on June 30 and July 1, the group began with group improvisation. The members used words, imagery and technical concepts to help develop movement themes. “Sometimes we break and create individual [movement] phrases, then we play with the phrases together, or we play with the phrases in close proximity and look for opportunities of connection,” Mitchell said. “This connection can be a physical connection – embodied in holds, lifts and weight-sharing – or it can be more of a spiritual connection, the dancers reacting to the energy of their fellow dancers.” Member Mindy Chanson compared the process of developing movement themes to a musical score, creating variations by manipulating the theme’s order (forward/backward), tempo (timing), or dimensionality

In their latest work, “Re-,” Tumbleweed Collective depicts life along the border through contemporary dance.

Photo by Richard Hill

(the way the shape looks from the audience’s perspective). They also find inspiration from 19th century French musician François Delsarte’s philosophies that explore spiritual, intellectual and physical zones of the body. Beyond the method is the motivation. Why is a dance created? For what purpose? What is driving movement? Motivation is what draws the audience into the bodies and minds of those performing and gives the audience a new perspective on themselves and the world around them. For the members of Tumbleweed Collective, the drive to collaborate and communicate the stories of the Borderland motivate “Re-.” Named after the Latin prefix that means backward motion, “Re-” narrates the lives of

people living on two sides of a man-made border, the tendency for history to repeat itself and the politics of regression. The subject matter is especially important given that some of the collective’s performer/creators work in El Paso is thanks to student visas – visas that will soon expire. For “Re-,” Tumbleweed invited local guest choreographers and dancers Stephanie Rangel, Omaira Minjarez, Alejandra Velazquez, Andrea Padilla, Kristal Nance and Rebecca Vargas into their creative body. Almost all of the collaborators in this project are UTEP graduates, and several were students of Mitchell at EPCC before attending UTEP. “It was kind of, ‘Come in and join us.’

It’s really nice to come into a dance community after graduating,” Nance said. “We’re here to learn and grow together.” Each of the elements of “Re-” has personal meaning for the collaborators. “I would say we’re exploring our identity as Borderland people,” Ortega-Garbalena said. “How we can embrace it and encounter each other...battle with language, or with misunderstandings, the conflicts of interest. Some people want one thing, some people want another, but we’re not picking any sides.” ___ Dance columnist Jennifer Burton is a mother, dancer, writer and printmaker. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at El Paso and will enter the Master of Arts in teaching and dance program at NMSU this fall. Her areas of specialized interest include dance history and anthropology of dance, ballet pedagogy and Middle-Eastern social dance. WHAT’S UP

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By Dylan Taylor-Lehman comment: @whatsupweekly

Most people are familiar with the concept of a credit card; you charge the things you need to your card and pay back those charges at the end of every month. Most people know that prompt repayment of credit debt helps improve your credit score. But the use of a credit card is a little more nuanced than that. The ability to buy things without having the cash on hand should definitely not be considered carte blanche to make whatever purchases you want. Irresponsible credit card spending coupled with interest rates can quickly land the borrower in significant debt. According to a 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances by the U.S. Federal Reserve, the mean credit card debt of U.S. households is around $5,700. However, with careful financial management and responsible use, credit cards can be a helpful way to approach your finances and can help you build good credit, which is almost always necessary for buying a house or a car or securing a loan. The more consistently you demonstrate you can pay off your credit card balance, the more financial options are available to you. As is the case with any financial undertaking, using credit cards is a serious matter. Do your own research and speak with your financial advisor or banker about the card that is best suited to your budget and needs.

Credit card basics

In essence, each charge you make to a credit card is like a loan from the bank. The institution fronts you that money with the understanding you’ll pay back what you owe each month. While you are usually not required to pay the total balance each month, you are required to pay off some of the debt. The amount you are required to pay back each month depends on the particulars of your account. And like loans, the bank charges interest on the money they’ve lent you. Other charges associated with the credit card include late fees for not meeting your payment or transferring funds. Lenders may also charge a flat annual fee for use of the card. Elyssa Kirkham of StudentLoanHero.com writes that these fees can range from no charge to $500 depending on the type of card, though the average fee is around $50 to $60 per year. This fee is separate from the interest your balance accrues.


Interest rates are a fact of life when it comes to credit cards. Interest is tacked on by the lender as a fee for lending you the money. Card users generally have a grace period – often 20-25 days, according to Kirkham – before interest starts accruing on their charges. As long as you

pay your full balance before the grace period is over, you won’t have to pay any interest. However, the interest will continue to grow as long as a balance goes unpaid. Interest rates can vary drastically depending on the kind of account you have. Your card’s interest rate is known as its APR, or annual percentage rate. (Some accounts feature different interest rates for different kinds of transactions. You may pay a different interest rate for money lent to make purchases than you would for money lent as a cash advance.) APRs range from the occasional low introductory offers – sometimes you pay no interest at all for a number of months – to the exorbitant interest rates of cards issued by department stores and student loan lenders, for example, which are sometimes as high as 29.99 percent! For every day you do not pay your balance, your interest accrues proportionally. Always pay attention to the interest on your card. As one Yiddish proverb holds, “Interest on debts grow without rain,” which could end up costing you hundreds or thousands of extra dollars.

Payment requirements

When you open a credit card account, you are given a credit limit, or the maximum amount of money you’re able to charge to your card each month. Like interest rates, your credit limit depends on the kind of account you open and your credit score.

Many cards allow users to pay a set minimum each month. Kirkham writes that “a minimum payment is usually two to three percent of your credit card balance, or the outstanding interest you owe plus one percent of the balance.” The flat amount is typically $15 to $35 per month, she said. But most advisers caution against paying only the minimum amount each month. The longer you leave a balance on your card, the more interest that will accumulate, which means the more you’ll pay overall.

Your credit score

If everything is going well and you are consistently on top of your payments, your diligence and responsibility will be rewarded with an increasing credit score. But why do you need to build credit in the first place? A credit score is a way that lenders determine the risk you pose as a borrower. (Landlords and employers may consider your credit score as well.) Among other things, your credit score takes into account your history of paying bills and how many lines of credit you have open. Each of these activities accounts for a percentage of your credit score, and taken together creates a sort of numerical grade of you as a borrower. According to Rob Berger, a financial blogger at Forbes.com, a minimum credit rating between 600 and 720 is required for many car

and home loans. Higher credit scores may be necessary to secure better interest rates or credit card options. Some strategies for improving credit include staying on top of your bills and debts and keeping your purchases well under your credit limit, which demonstrates that you can manage credit while not maxing out your limits. “Credit scoring models consider it a bad sign when you use a large amount of your available credit, since that could signal financial trouble,” writes Melissa Lambarena on NerdWallet.com. “Using less than 30 percent of available credit is preferable, and using less than 10 percent is ideal.” Some general tips for using credit cards include searching for credit cards with low interest rates, making sure you pay your balance on time and paying as much of your balance at a time as you can afford. Although a new Foreman grill, Simpsons car seat covers and a full set of antique encyclopedias may seem like worthwhile purchases, just because you can purchase things on credit doesn’t mean that you should. Make a budget and stick to it, using your credit card wisely and in a way that will help you work toward building credit and making the purchases that really matter. As the revered economist Adam Smith said, “What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?”



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that the documentary is available to the public later this year. He also urged the public to support the project through its website. There, he said, people could sponsor a veteran to attend the premiere as well as network with other veterans and organizations that advocate for veteran services. “You are going to be entertained,” O’Donnell said about “Not a War Story.” “You are going to be laughing. You are going to get some insight. You are going to get to see behind the curtain if you will, of the Hollywood machine and in the process of that, the experience will become a conduit into the insight of the American veteran. “It’s extremely important right now that our country starts to put some effort into understanding the people who protect us.”

By Luis Carlos Lopez comment: @whatsupweekly

At first, the connection between the 2016 independent film “Range 15” and the documentary “Not A War Story,” may be a bit confusing. Like the quote from the 2008 film “Tropic Thunder,” where Sgt. Lincoln Osiris proclaims, “I’m a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude,” the two projects present the experiences of war with a Hollywood twist. The film “Range 15,” produced by military veterans, is described as a Hollywood zombie apocalypse rife with jokes, jargon and inside humor that people who served can appreciate and civilians can get behind. And in a mix bag of Hollywood metaphors, think “Spinal Tap,” when looking at the accompanying documentary, “Not A War Story.” Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tim O’Donnell, the feature-length documentary profiles the making of “Range 15” and shows the aspirations of military veterans who want to venture into acting and show the world that there is life after combat. The movie has a blend of Hollywood actors and military veterans such as William Shatner and “Lone Survivor” writer Marcus Luttrell. In total, the film is comprised of two Medals of Honor, one Navy Cross, two Silver Stars and over 30 Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts. “You don’t need to see ‘Range 15’ in order to see ‘Not a War Story,’” O’Donnell said. “The documentary attracts the military because again, it’s a successful story of what veterans can do. It allows them to say, ‘I want to make a Hollywood film. I want to fund it and I want to have total creative control of how veterans are portrayed.’” The documentary, which premieres on June 30 at Beverly Hills, Calif., has an El Paso connection. One of its actors and military veterans, Vincent “Rocco” Vargas, has lived in the Sun City for the last five years. His mother was born in Canutillo. “I grew up coming every summer

Local actor Vincent ‘Rocco’ Vargas (left) got to act alongside Danny Trejo in the zombie apocalypse comedy ‘Range 15.’ Vargas, who plans to eventually leave El Paso for his career, is currently acting in the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ spinoff, ‘Mayans MC.’ Photo provided by Kelly K Public Relations

here,” Vargas said. “This is our second home. This is the first place I learned how to shoot guns. This is where I celebrated 4th of July.” Vargas also made it a point to talk about when he helped settle a Canutillo elementary school controversy over the use of patriotic colors for a concrete depiction of the U.S. flag in 2015. He was vocal in advocating that Congressman Silvestre and Carolina Reyes Elementary School be allowed to paint its mural red, white and blue despite objections from the developer. “Because I spoke and shared my testimony about the importance of patriotism and the American flag, they listened,” Vargas said. “I helped change their minds,” The father of six is leaving El Paso to pursue an acting career and work on other business ventures. Both the movie and documentary film have opened doors to other acting gigs, said the 35-year-old. Vargas is currently acting in the “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans MC,” which is scheduled to premier next year. Vargas said the documentary was an important project because it represented veterans in a new light. He said that

veterans are traditionally depicted as being “broken” or victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. “This is one of those testaments to the reality of what a veteran can do,” he said. “Eight veterans came together… and they decided to make a movie and they were successful at making that movie.” O’Donnell said the cast and crew are working on a distribution deal to ensure

WHAT’S UP To help a veteran attend the premiere of ‘Not a War Story,” visit usv.academy/not-a-war-story The movie “Range 15” is already available on iTunes and Amazon. Follow local actor Vincent “Rocco” Vargas on Facebook at facebook.com/ VincentRoccoVargas and Instagram @ vincent.rocco.vargas.

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Local game developer Jaycee Salinas has been showcasing his game ‘A Duel The new single-player game ‘A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher’ puts the Hand Disaster: Trackher’ at conventions throughout the U.S., including PAX user in control of two spaceships simultaneously, with the object to shoot Photo by Slightly Original enemies and rack up high scores. Image courtesy of Jaycee Salinas (Penny Arcade Expo) in Boston.

Salinas recently showcased his game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a premier industry event of the gaming world held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Photo courtesy of Jaycee Salinas

and in gamer parlance, it’s a “split screen, single player, twin stick risk ‘em up.” In other words, the game puts the player in control of two spaceships simultaneously, with the object to shoot enemies and rack up high scores. The concept is relatively simple but is designed to get you hooked – a throwback to the games he loved growing up. “It’s like playing Galaga and Pac-Man at the same time,” Salinas said about the game. Salinas will be releasing the game through Ask An Enemy Studios, his own gaming imprint that also serves as a record label. In many ways, the ability to design and self-publish a game is a sign of the times. Salinas, 35, loved playing games like Metal Gear Solid and Mortal

Kombat, whose imaginative characters and gameplay filled him with ideas for games of his own. However, game design technology was such that only professional studios with healthy cash reserves could undertake such a task. Salinas’ childhood dreams were put on hold until a few years ago when game-making technology evolved to the point that one could create complex, graphically-impressive videogames from a home computer. And networks like Steam and Xbox One allow fledgling designers to put their games online for purchase and download, reaching gamers around the world.

By Dylan Taylor-Lehman /comment: @whatsupweekly

For El Paso native Jaycee Salinas, video games, technology and music are “the lifeblood of any creative mind.” This is a maxim Salinas knows very well, as his own creative mind has consistently brimmed with endeavors in each of these fields. But one pursuit in particular has been his obsession for the past two years: Salinas has dedicated most of his free time to developing, designing, programming and marketing his own video game, which he is scheduled to release sometime this year. The game is called “A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher,”

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‘Super Mario Odyssey,’ winner of this year’s Top Games of E3: Best in Show award. Source: PR Newswire via Associated Press

Independent technology publisher Digital Trends recently unveiled the winners of its ninth annual Top Games of E3 Awards, celebrating the most innovative products showcased at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The expo ran last week from June 13-15. E3 is one of the largest annual gaming events in the world, thrown by the Entertainment Software Association every summer in LA. Digital Trends sent reporters and reviewers from Portland and New York City to try out all of this year’s major game and hardware releases from publishers like

Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft and Bethesda, along with countless smaller developers and publishers. “E3 is an amazing event, where the entire gaming industry gathers,” said Digital Trend’s Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Kaplan. “It’s a blast for our editors to attend.” Editors judged award entries on innovation, practicality and design. The following are the official winners of the Top Games of E3 Awards: Winner (Best in show): “Super Mario Odyssey” Best Game, Franchise: “God of War” Best Game, New IP: “Day’s Gone” Best Hardware: “Starlink” Best Visuals: “Dragon Ball FighterZ” Best New Feature or Mechanic: “The Crew 2” Best Future eSport: “The Darwin Project” Editor’s Choice Award: “Hunt: Showdown” Editor’s Choice Award: “A Way Out” Editor’s Choice Award: “The Sword of Ditto” For interviews, hands-on impressions and complete coverage of the games you’ll be craving in the next year, go to digitaltrends. com/e3.


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“The design tools are way more complex, but easier to use,” Salinas said. “A Duel Hand Disaster” has been a labor of love, and Salinas is justifiably proud that he has created the game completely on his own terms. He dropped out of video game design school, where he said many of the classes involved designing games using programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint instead of heavy-duty development tools like the Unreal Engine. “College was a complete waste of time,” he writes bluntly on the game’s website. “I wanted to make video games, not listen to people lecture about pointless b*llsh*t and work on assignments that weren’t teaching me a damn thing about game design. I left before I went insane.” At this point, Salinas has put in two years of solid work on the game. He would come home from his day job and get down to business on the game for the rest of the night, he said, and would work on it all weekend as well. Salinas also takes it upon himself to hype the game. He recently showed the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the premier industry event of the gaming world. Attendees were able to come up and play the game,

after which Salinas solicited their feedback. He’s been showing the game at similar events throughout the U.S. for the past two years and said that such unbiased input is crucial to fine-tuning the game. Well-meaning friends and family tend to avoid saying anything critical about the project, Salinas said. “Events like E3 have helped me mold the game and pay attention to its plusses and minuses,” he said. At the present, the game is about 85-90 percent done, and Salinas plans to release it to the gaming networks for public consumption sometime this year. He has ideas for future games, but for now, “A Duel Hand Disaster” is taking up all of his time. However, his drive and autodidactic approach to doing the thing he loves keeps the creative momentum moving forward. “This goes to show that if you’re willing to take responsibility for your decisions, anything is possible,” Salinas said. “The ability is there – make games, not excuses.” WHAT’S UP Check out “A Duel Hand Disaster” at ADuelHandDisaster.com. To see what else game developer Jaycee Salinas is up to, visit AskAnEnemyStudio.com

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KAPPY’S CORNER By Steve Kaplowitz / Comment: @whatsupweekly

The UTEP Athletic Department launched a new marketing campaign for the 2017-18 season. “We Are Miners” will celebrate the school’s rich history as well as people who are proud to call themselves Miners. Athletic officials, along with head football coach Sean Kugler, were present at the announcement, which included merchandise now available at the UTEP Bookstore. “We Are Miners” will also be part of the branding message for UTEP’s social media, posters and schedule cards. Another big change that fans will see this season is additional food items available on game days for football and basketball. Sodexo, UTEP’s food service, offered a sneak peak at several items, featuring burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and dessert items. Taking a page from the El Paso Chihuahuas, UTEP fans will be able to get supreme brisket nachos in an orange pick. Fans will be allowed on the field after all five football home games. In addition, UTEP’s “Fan Day” scheduled for Saturday, August 26 will include kids activities, meet and greets with coaches and players, as well as autographs. Season tickets start at $55 and are available by calling 915-747-6150. Family packs for the five home games are $190, and include two adult and two youth season tickets. ___ When Jamie Romak left the El Paso Chihuahuas last month to play in Korea, I wondered how much the team would miss his offense. After all, Romak was named Player of the Month for April (.372 avg, 11 HR, 25 RBIs), and he carried the team early this season with his bat. As we approach the midway point of the season, the Chihuahuas have found plenty of offensive weapons to produce

UTEP’s basketball and football game food will include new menu items like brisket nachos served in orange picks and agua fresca popsicles.

Photos by Steve Kaplowitz

at the plate. Christian Villanueva was signed by the Padres to replace Romak, and he has responded with a .347 batting average, 8 home runs, and 32 RBIs in 41 games. Nick Buss is hitting .379 in 49 games, Rafael Ortega is hitting .318 with 33 RBIs, and Jabari Blash has 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. The Chihuahuas are sixth in the PCL with a .281 team average, tied for third in home runs with 86 and third in RBIs. The team’s best offensive weapon, Jose Pirela, was called up by the Padres a few weeks ago. He led El Paso with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs in 48 games and has continued slugging at the big league level. Through his first eight games with San Diego, the 27-year old is hitting .354 with three homers and eight RBIs. The Chihuahuas began the week with a 35-35 record, and the team reached the .500 for the first time since April. They are just three games out of first place in the PCL’s Pacific Southern Division. El Paso will return to Southwest University Park next Monday to begin an eightgame homestand against Sacramento and Reno. ___ Since 1997, Steve Kaplowitz has hosted “Sportstalk” weekday afternoons 4-7 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso. Over the last 17 years, he has also worked for UTEP and NMSU as a play-by-play broadcaster, for UTEP telecasts on Time Warner Cable and for KDBC-TV and KTSM-TV as a sports anchor/ reporter. You can contact Steve by emailing him at skaplowitz@krod.com.

“We Are Miners” is now part of the branding message for UTEP’s merchandise, social media, posters and schedule cards.





El Paso Ghost Tours Real paranormal investigators tour people through real haunted buildings in downtown El Paso. Equipment provided. Not a point and talk tour, no fanciful ghost stories, experiences in the basements of haunted buildings. Age 14+ Nolita Corner Bistro, 420 E San Antonio Ave, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., $20, discount on Facebook, 915-490-6769, elpasoghosttours.com. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘A Quiet Passion’ A film on Emily Dickinson. Event runs June 16-22, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., $7, $6 matinee/senior/military/ student, $5 Wed., mesillavalleyfilm. org. Make Music El Paso EP joins the international celebration that is Make Music Day. A decentralized festival with concerts on streets, sidewalks and parks across the city. 7 a.m.-9 p.m., free, 773-613-9303, makemusicday. org/el-paso. Marina City, Run 2 Cover, At My Mercy Pop rock music performance with openers Above It All, SteelLake, Protokol and The Fallen. All ages. Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 6 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door, facebook.com/m2musicpromo. State Line Music Series: Cameran Nelson Country music performance. Must make food or monetary donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. For ages 21+ The State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Dr., 8 p.m., free, 915-581-3371 or countyline.com/ StateLineMusic.html. The Cherry Tops Indie rock with openers Buckeye and Weird World. Cafe de Tolteca, 602 Magoffin Ave., Ste. 1B, 8 p.m., free, 915-303-7444. Career Art Path Two week immersion program in the visual arts for middle school students. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.575523-6403, daarts.org. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Kedi’ Documentary. There’s oodles of stray cats in Istanbul and this movie focuses on seven strays. Event runs June 1622, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., $7, $6 matinee/senior/military/student, $5 Wed., mesillavalleyfilm.org. Alamo Drafthouse Film Club: ‘I, Olga’ Based on the true story of Olga Hepnarova, the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $5, drafthouse.com/elpaso. Music Theory Camp For students planning to be a music major at UTEP. Open to high school students, too. Runs June 12-23, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. UTEP Fox Fine Arts, 500 W. University Av e., Rm. 101, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $40, facebook.com/ SunCityASTA.

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Wacky Wednesday: Comedy Open Mic Open to all jesters. Age 21+ 5 Points Bistro, 3019 Montana Ave, 9 p.m., free, facebook.com/ epucomedy. Fall2Rise Local alt. rock performance. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 8 p.m.-10 p.m., free, 915-860-7777 or speakingrock.com/ events. Mixology Professional bartender supervised cocktail making class, includes brief history. Gear and glasses provided. One, 500 N. Oregon St., 2nd Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $20, RSVP recommended, 915-308-4695 or eventbrite.com. ‘Chamizal Asks: What do you think?’ A dramatic presentation of the Chamizal National Memorial’s story by Eden Enterprises. The performance is called, “El Chamizal: Wild River, Disputed Land.” Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial St., 7-9 p.m., free, 915-532-7273. 1 Million Cups Community program for entrepreneurs and innovators offers business owners the opportunity to present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Happens every Wed. The Hub of Human Innovation, 500 West Overland, Suite 230, 9-10 a.m., free, 915-321-3123 or 1millioncups. com/elpaso. Elliott Threatt Standup comedy. Event runs June 21-25, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.-Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $6-$12, 915779-5233 or laff2nite.com. PDA Wednesday feat. Nico & the Silent Films Weekly indie dance party with live band performance and resident DJs. Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango St., 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free, 915-307-7736.

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THURS. JUNE 22 National Day of the Cowboy Old West exhibits, demonstrations, gunfight re-enactments, music, hayrides, food and beverages, arts and crafts exhibits, water slide, petting zoo, jumping balloons and more. Anthony Municipal Park, 100 Richard White Dr., 4 p.m.-11 p.m., free, 915-5817920. Cool Canyon Nights Weekly, free outdoor music performance by local bands. McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, 1500 McKelligon Canyon Dr., 6 p.m.-9 p.m., free, $10 VIP, elpasolive.com/ coolcanyonnights. El Paso Ghost Tours Real paranormal investigators tour people through real haunted buildings in downtown El Paso. Equipment provided. Not a point and talk tour, no fanciful ghost stories, experiences in the basements of haunted buildings. Age 14+ For details see Wed., June 21. Tatianna’s Got Talent Talent contest for cash prize. All entertainers welcomed. Sign-up starts at 10:30 p.m. Also happens June 22. Touch Bar & Nightclub, 11395 James Watt Dr., 10 p.m., free, facebook.com/ touchbarelpaso. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘A Quiet Passion’ A film on Emily Dickinson. Event runs June 16-22, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For details see Wed., June 21. Fashen EDM performance. Age 21+ B.A.R, 2106 N. Zaragoza Rd., 9 p.m., $10, ticketfly.com. Business After Hours Networking, food, drinks and door prizes. El Paso Marriott, 1600 Airway Blvd., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., free, elpasotxcoc. wliinc28.com.


ab Lab El Paso, a maker space located on the bottom floor of the Roderick Artspace Lofts at 601 N. Oregon St., will take meditation to the next level with the help of virtual reality headsets. Local yoga instructor Robert Leal will guide participants through each step as they immerse themselves in visuals of calming terrains. The session runs from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at FabLabElPaso.org/events/meditation-vr. For more information, call 915-209-2656. Photo provided by Fab Lab El Paso

Stargazing Star staring, stories and planetary viewings. Binoculars and telescopes not required. Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Rd., 8 p.m., free, reservation required, 915-849-6684. Suffocation Death metal with opener Revocation, Withered and Defleshed and Gutted. 7 p.m. door. Real tickets at 7th Layer, All That Music, Bowie Feathers, and Eloise. Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St, 8 p.m., $17 adv., $20 door, ticketfly.com. Career Art Path Two week immersion program in the visual arts for middle school students. For details see Wed., June 21. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Kedi’ Documentary. There’s oodles of stray cats in Istanbul and this movie focuses on seven strays. Event runs June 1622, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., $7, $6 matinee/senior/military/student, $5 Wed., mesillavalleyfilm.org. Music Theory Camp For students planning to be a music major at UTEP. Open to high school students, too. Runs June 12-23, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For details see Wed., June 21. Mana tribute Performance of Spanish rock hits. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 9-11 p.m., free, 915-8607777 or speakingrock.com/events. Elliott Threatt Standup comedy. Event runs June 21-25, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.-Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ For details see Wed., June 21. Music on the Plaza: Cool Side Collective Weekly, Thursday night music performance. This week’s music is jazz. Plaza de las Cruces, Main St., 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., free, 575-541-2000, las-cruces.org.

Dem Dud3s Hip-hop/rap with openers Young Deluxe, Lil Thrashout, BLVKKHVRT, Miles Angel, Geminii Jay, Joshua Stephfon, Quince, DJ BrainxDamage. Doors open at 8 p.m., all ages. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., $25, lowbrowpalace.com.

FRI. JUNE 23 El Paso Ghost Tours Real paranormal investigators tour people through real haunted buildings in downtown El Paso. Equipment provided. Not a point and talk tour, no fanciful ghost stories, experiences in the basements of haunted buildings. Age 14+ For details see Wed., June 21.-915-4906769. ‘Funny F*ckin Fridays” Comedy Open Mic Music spun by DJ Kasual. Doors open at 9 p.m. Age 21+ Dr. Bombay’s Nice Dreams Hookah Lounge, 9828 Montana Ave., Ste. F, 10 p.m., free, facebook.com/ epucomedy. Blood Incantation, Orixkuor Death metal music performance with Satanik Goat Ritual, Defleshed and Gutted, Soren, Abaddon and more. Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 7 p.m., $8 21+, $11 age under 21. Career Art Path Two week immersion program in the visual arts for middle school students. For details see Wed., June 21. GT Garza Hip-hop/rap performance with openers Throwed Ese, Jay 9 and Ezra Millz. Doors open at 8 p.m., all ages. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., lowbrowpalace.com. ‘Baggage’ Two annoying thirtysomethings accidentally take each other’s bags at JFK airport, then start dating. Event runs June 23-July 9, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. on July 6. Blackbox Theatre, 430 N. Main St., 8 p.m., $15, $12 student/ senior, $10 Thurs., 575-523-1223nostrings.org.

Music Theory Camp For students planning to be a music major at UTEP. Open to high school students, too. Runs June 12-23, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For details see Wed., June 21. Olivier Giacomotto EDM. Dress code enforced, age 18+ 301, 301 S. Ochoa St., 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free w/RSVP before 11 p.m. 21+, $10 gen. admish, eventbrite.com. Boarder City Game Convention Tabletop gaming convention. Event runs June 23-25, 2-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Adventures in Learning, 7230 Gateway Blvd. E., 2 p.m.-8 p.m., prices vary, boardercitygameconvention.com. DJ Lou – With Symphathy Goth, new wave, dark wave, death rock and EBM music. Boomtown, 2430 Wyoming Ave., 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. King Octopus Local cover band. Handelbars Bar & Grill, 1731 N. Lee Trevino Dr., 9:30 p.m., free. Elliott Threatt Standup comedy. Event runs June 21-25, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.-Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ For details see Wed., June 21.915-779-5233. ‘Pippin’ Musical about a young boy searching for meaning. Event runs June 23-July 9, 8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Main St., 8 p.m., $9$12, 575-523-1200lcctnm.org. Sonora Skandalo Juárez cumbia band with opener Mantarraya. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., free, 915-860-7777speakingrock.com/ events. El Paso Streetfest Music concert/ party. Headliners are Fri: Papa Roach, In This Moment and Starset. Sat: Alice Cooper, Jackyl, Dokken. Downtown, 6 p.m.,915-544-9550elpasodowntown streetfestival.com.

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SAT. JUNE 24 Cook the Book Monthly cooking/book club that picks a cook book and then club members cook a recipe from it and then they share their grindage at a pot luck meeting. This meeting there’ll be hot dogs from the Library. Mickelsen Community Library, 2E Sheridan Rd., 4-5:30 p.m., 915-566-1902bliss.armymwr.com. El Paso NORML Discussion on legalization, medical use, local and national political movements. Family friendly. Memorial Park Library, 3200 Copper Ave., 3-5 p.m., free, facebook.com/epnorml. King Octopus Local cover band. The Hidrant Bar, 3112 Forney Ln., 9:30 p.m., free. Garth Brooks tribute Performance of country hits. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., free, 915-860-7777speakingrock.com/events. Archery and Atl-atl Demonstration Demos held every Saturday. Equipment provided. Marshals present. Archers welcome to bring own recurve or longbow. El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Rd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, 915755-4332.archaeology.elpasotexas.gov. Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl Chainsaw playing, lead singer/guitarist for Southern metal band Jackyl kicks it, promotes his whiskey and signs autographs. Reigster to win a signed guitar! Barnett Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway Blvd. East, 2-4 p.m.915-880-4955, klaq.com. Sunset Film Society: ‘Monster’s, Inc.’ Monsters are real, and they use children’s screams to power their city, and it’s pretty dope until a kid gets into their scream factory and twist-turns things upside down. International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave., 2 p.m., free, 915-543-6747 or sunsetfilmsociety.org. Guided Meditation in Virtual Reality Peace finding with a mentor and a virtual reality headset. You can’t hide nirvana. Fab Lab El Paso, 601 N. Oregon St., Ste. 2, 1-3 p.m., $15, 915-209-2656, fablabelpaso.org. ‘Baggage’ Two annoying thirty-somethings accidentally take each other’s bags at JFK airport, then start dating. Event runs June 23-July 9, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. on July 6. For details see Fri., June 23. Theory Room, Damian Wyldes Indie rock music performance. Ages 21+ El Patio, 2171 Calle de Parian, 9 p.m., $5, 575-526-9943. Sunset Film Society: ‘The Big Chill’ Seven former college friends reunite in South Carolina for a dead homie’s funeral. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Dr., 9 p.m., free, 915-5436747 or sunsetfilmsociety.org. Boarder City Game Convention Tabletop gaming convention. Event runs June 23-25, 2-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. For details see Fri., June 23.

WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM ‘Pippin’ Musical about a young boy searching for meaning. Event runs June 23-July 9, 8 p.m. Thur.Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. For details see Fri., June 23.575-523-1200. PT and the Cruisers Americana, bluegrass, oldies and more music performance. BYOB Star City Studios, 120 W. Castellano Dr., 7:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 door, brownpapertickets.com. El Paso Streetfest Music concert/party. Headliners are Fri: Papa Roach, In This Moment and Starset. Sat: Alice Cooper, Jackyl, Dokken. For details see Fri., June 23., 915-544-9550.

SUN. JUNE 25 Sun City Roller Girls: Brawlesque Banked track roller derby double header. Chuco Town Chulas vs. Sexecutioners. Las Viudas Negras vs. Las Diablas. Halftime entertainment by Chuco Soul Project. After party at Pershing Inn. Tickets at All That Music, Golden Goose tattoo or The Pershing inn. Doors open at 5 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Dr., 6 p.m., $7 adv./military, $10 door, free age 10 and under, suncityrollergirls.com. The Morning After Champagne Brunch Pool dance party. A little feather of the dog. Age 21+ B.A.R., 2106 N. Zaragoza Rd., 11 a.m., free, RSVP req., ticketfly.com. ‘Nosferatu’ with live score by The Invincible Czars Classic movie with live music. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 6 p.m.-9 p.m.drafthouse.com. Mariachi Sunday A big ‘ol does of that classical Mexican folk. Happens every Sunday. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 12 p.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-860-7777speakingrockentertainment.com. Music Under the Stars – Ozomatli Outdoor music performance. Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North Blvd., 7:30 p.m., free, elpasoartsandculture.org. ‘Baggage’ Two annoying thirty-somethings accidentally take each other’s bags at JFK airport, then start dating. Event runs June 23-July 9, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. on July 6. For details see Fri., June 23. Boarder City Game Convention Tabletop gaming convention. Event runs June 23-25, 2-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. For details see Fri., June 23. Retro Game Night & Dart Tournament Dart tournament, Jenga, beer pong, and “Connect 4.” Atari, NES and Sega gaming as well. Darts at 8:30 p.m., gaming at 7 p.m. The District Pub & Kitchen, 601 N. Piedras St., 7 p.m., free, 915564-0707. Hot Flash Heat Wave Rock music with openers Inner Wave and Natural Jelly. Doors open at 8 p.m., all ages. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door, lowbrowpalace.com.

‘Meet the Pollinators – The Importance of Pollination by Bees’ El Paso County Master Gardner presentation by Bob Reneau. Bob talks on El Paso’s designation of the “Amazon of the bees” and how one’s garden can benefit from bees. Door prize given away after the talk. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmer’s Market, 1 Ardovino Dr., 9 a.m., free, 915-771-2354txmg.org/elpaso.

Elliott Threatt Standup comedy. Event runs June 21-25, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.-Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ For details see Wed., June 21.

Barbed Wire Open Mic Locals do their thing. Musicians should bring needed cables. All ages, BYOB Rockhouse Cafe & Gallery, 800 W. Overland Ave., 8 p.m., free, 915-235-9145, bwoms.com.

Studio Ghibli Fest: ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Two young girls and their move to a house on the countryside and the little ones soon realize the forest is full of magical creatures. Event runs June 25-26, 12:55 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. Mon. Screenings at Cielo Vista Mall and Tinseltown. 12:55 p.m., fathomevents.com.

Elliott Threatt Standup comedy. Event runs June 21-25, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.-Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ For details see Wed., June 21.-915-779-5233.

‘Pippin’ Musical about a young boy searching for meaning. Event runs June 23-July 9, 8 p.m. Thur.Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. For details see Fri., June 23.

Disney Fan Art Local art. Local music performances and collaborations. “Estar Guars” loteria.Family friendly. All ages. Barmen Kitchen & Patio Bar, 4130 N. Mesa St., 6 p.m.-12 a.m., free.


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The 1922 classic ‘Nosferatu’ is known as the world’s first vampire movie.

By Denise Nelson-Prieto / comment: @whatsupweekly


Photo courtesy of Film Arts Guild

the Czars’ musical backgrounds seemed like a match made in heaven, Henley recalled it took some coaxing for bandleader Robins to finally embrace the project. “He didn’t want to do it for a long time because a lot of people had already done scores for the movie,” she said. “But enough people asked for it, and he finally said okay. With our musical backgrounds, a horror movie was a good match.” Henley recalled the genius of Bartok’s interpretation of the Eastern European music he transcribed. The band capitalized on his efforts in an innovative “re-rearranging” of his songs, which seemed like a logical choice considering the film’s villain, Count Orlok, hails from Romania.

he word “eclectic” barely scratches the surface of defining the music of Austin-based band The Invincible Czars. The quintet, which formed more than a decade ago, has composed scores for six silent films, recreated some of classical music’s most lauded masterpieces and released nearly 10 albums. The Czars’ latest endeavor is an ambitious rendering of famed Hungarian composer Bela Bartok’s arrangement of a collection of Romanian folk songs for the score of the horror classic “Nosferatu.” The band will perform its masterpiece at the Alamo Drafthouse, this Sunday, June 25. “The original intention of the [movie] theme is what we really try to get across in our scores,” said Leila Henley, the band’s winds player and vocalist. “The fact we do a more modern interpretation of the music helps modern audiences grasp the themes.” Back in the ’90s, Czars’ founder and bandleader, Josh Robins, heard some Austin bands playing their original music over silent films. Robins was struck with the notion to take that concept a step further by incor- Austin-based group The Invincible Czars have scored six films so far, including John Barrymore’s Photo by Wyatt Brand porating original scores classic ‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,’ and Lillian Gish’s ‘The Wind.’ into the films. The Invincible Czars have scored six films WHAT’S UP to date, including John Barrymore’s classic “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” and Lillian Gish’s “The Wind.” They are masters of marrying musical genres with their own brand of unique songSunday, June 25, 6 p.m. writing and arranging. They draw from a diAlamo Drafthouse El Paso, 250 E verse batch of influences, including classical Montecillo Blvd. composer Tchaikovsky, Van Halen, Frank Tickets: $16.24, available at Zappa and Ween. drafthouse.com/el-paso Although the theme of “Nosferatu” and

‘Nosferatu’ with live score by Invincible Czars


WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM Chuck Barrett. Proceeds of sales donated to NM Cafe. Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.575-522-7281facebook.com/ tombaughgallery. Ends 6/24/17.

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The Miami-based electro rock ‘n’ rollers will perform at Monarch on 204 E. Rio Grande Ave. Photo by Christian Lopez-Miro

MON. JUNE 26 Art Camp for Kids Fun, indoor drawing and painting classes. Also an outdoor program that includes impressionistic techniques. For ages 8-14. Immanuel Christian School, 1201 Hawkins Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., $150, 915778-6160 or immanuelwarriors.org. Magnum Blue Locals make a classic rock music performance. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 8-10 p.m., free, speakingrock.com/ events. Sean Rowe Folk/alt. rock performance with opener Mosaic Mountains. Doors 8 p.m., all ages. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., $15 adv., $17 door, lowbrowpalace.com. FM Junkies Locals perform ‘80s/’90s hits. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 8-10 p.m., free, 915-860-7777speakingrock.com/ events. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Sacramento River Cats. Event runs June 26-29, 7:05 p.m. Southwest University Ballpark, 1 Ballpark Plaza, 7:05 p.m., $5$25, 915-533-BASEfacebook.com/ epchihuahuas. Studio Ghibli Fest: ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Two young girls and their move to a house on the countryside and the little ones soon realize the forest is full of magical creatures. Event runs June 25-26, 12:55 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. Mon. Screenings at Cielo Vista Mall and Tinseltown. 7 p.m., fathomevents. com.

TUES. JUNE 27 Jacuzzi Boys Rock and roll music performance. Monarch, 204 E. Rio Grande Ave., 9 p.m., facebook.com/ monarchep. Board Game Night Board and tabletop games. Bring your own. There are board games onsite, too. Game Vault, 9828 Montana Ave., 6-10 p.m., free, gamevaultelpaso.com. Art Camp for Kids Fun, indoor drawing and painting classes. Also an outdoor program that includes impressionistic techniques. For ages 8-14. For details see Mon., June 26.

Sam Lao Rap music performance. Doors open at 9 p.m., all ages. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 10 p.m., $3 adv., $5 door, lowbrowpalace.com. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Sacramento River Cats. Event runs June 26-29, 7:05 p.m. For details see Mon., June 26. Comedy Open Mic Doors open at 9 p.m. Age 21+ Coconuts Bar & Grill, 816 N. Piedras St., 10 p.m., free, facebook.com/epucomedy.

WED. JUNE 28 Free Vaccines at Main Library The City of El Paso Department of Public Health offers free vaccines to eligible persons who are uninsured or have Medicaid. Main Library, 501 N. Oregon, 12-4 p.m., free, 915-212-6645elpasolibrary.org. Art Camp for Kids Fun, indoor drawing and painting classes. Also an outdoor program that includes impressionistic techniques. For ages 8-14. For details see Mon., June 26. El Paso Ghost Tours Real paranormal investigators tour people through real haunted buildings in downtown El Paso. Equipment provided. Not a point and talk tour, no fanciful ghost stories, experiences in the basements of haunted buildings. Age 14+ For details see Wed., June 21. State Line Music Series: Ohh La La Music performance. Must make food or monetary donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. For ages 21+ The State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Dr., 8 p.m., free, 915-581-3371 OR countyline.com/StateLineMusic. html. Wacky Wednesday: Comedy Open Mic Open to all jesters. Age 21+ For details see Wed., June 21. Theatre Workshop – ‘Filling the Empty Space’ Information on performance creation from conception to execution. For ages 11-17. Event June 28 and 30. Skyline Youth Optimist Park, 5050 Yvette Ave., 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., freelccorral12@gmail. com. EPCC Diversity Program presents ‘America at a Crossroads’ Content focuses on the Muslim American experience now, before 9-11 and looks at Muslim experiences in Britain and Europe. El Paso Community College

– Rio Grande Campus, 100 W. Rio Grande St., Rm. E100D, 12-2 p.m., 915-831-1372epcc.edu/Calendars. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Sacramento River Cats. Event runs June 26-29, 7:05 p.m. For details see Mon., June 26. Alamo Drafthouse Film Club: ‘Nise: The Heart of Madness’ A lady doctor starts a revolution by treating the mentally ill with love and art. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $5, drafthouse.com/elpaso. Meditation on Twin Hearts Cost: free Meditation to open the heart and crown chakra. Boom, chakra, chakra. Unity Church, 1420 Alabama St., 7 p.m., facebook.com/lightelpaso. 1 Million Cups Community program for entrepreneurs and innovators offers business owners the opportunity to present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Happens every Wed. The Hub of Human Innovation, 500 West Overland, Suite 230, 9 a.m.-10 a.m., free, 915-321-31231millioncups.com/ elpaso.

AUDITIONS, CASTING CALLS AND MORE Dia De Los Muertos 2017 Call for Artists The Calavera Coalition seeks original art for its official t-shirt and poster design for the “Dia de los Muertos on the Mesilla Plaza” event. The winner receives one free booth space for the event, valued at $175. All art must: reflect spirit of Dia de los Muertos, be in black and white format, pen and ink line art, easily converted to screen printing. Entries should be submitted on a CD or through e-mail as JPEG or PDF files. Deadline is Aug. 1 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m.calaveracoalition@gmail.com. Ends 8/1/17. Calling All Musicians and Vendors Need peeps for a two day craft beer and wine fest at Ft. Bliss. facebook. com/BlissTapandCork. Ends 8/1/17.

EXHIBITS Duologue: Conversations between Poetry and Pastels Work by pastel artist Melody Sears and poet

‘Eyes of the Soul’ First solo-show from a Coronado High School senior. Work on exhibit and sale through June 26. Gallery open 2-8:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Dream Chasers Club, 200 S. Santa Fe St., 2 p.m.-8:30 p.m.915-342-6357facebook.com/ dccdreamchasersclub. Ends 6/24/17. OKU / READ Featured work by Beliz Iristay. Features transformed examples of the rahle, an Islamic bookrest traditionally used to display the Quran. Exhibit from the El Paso Museum of Art’s collaboration with the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs., 12-5 p.m. Sun. El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-212-0300elpasomuseumofart. org. Ends 6/25/17. The Pastel Society of El Paso Show Group exhibit of art by local artists. International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Ends 6/28/17

ONGOING EVENTS Adult Basic Education Classes Classes at all EP Libraries, ESL, Citizenship and basic to advanced computer, along with online resources on the GED. Information: 915-5435494. Adult Education for Seniors at UTEP The OLLI adult education program at UTEP offers inexpensive education to all seniors over the age of 50 UTEP, 500 W. University Ave., $35 - $70, ages 50+, register and info at 915747-8848 and www.olliatutep.org. Art en Vivo Everyone is invited to hand print posters by some of the best artists in the world! Free all-ages show. Music, drinks, and local food. Proper Printshop, 601 N. Oregon, Ste 4, 7-9 p.m., Happens the last Thursday of the month 7-9pm during the Downtown Art Walk. Barbed Wire Open Mic Series Local singer/songwriters,poets and comedians perform. A featured artist every month. 806-470-1583, rasantos@miners.utep.edu or www. facebook.com/BWOMS. Comedy Tuesdays Local comedians tickle funny bones. Coconuts Bar & Grill, 816 N. Piedras St., 9 p.m. door, 10 p.m. show, free, 21+, facebook. com/CoconutsBarandGrill. Downtown Artist and Farmers’ Market Arts and crafts, food vending and entertainment from local artists and artisans in El Paso County. Union Plaza Depot, 117 Anthony St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, facebook.com/ EPDowntownArtistMarket. Happens Saturday. Farmers and Crafts Market Growers and vendors selling locally grown produce and homemade arts and crafts. Las Cruces Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, NM, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., free admission, 575 541-2288 or www.lascrucesfarmersmarket.org. Wed. and Sat.

JUNE 21-28, 2017 Farmers Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing A year long market o’ goods. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Dr., Sunland Park, NM, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Sat. (May-Oct.), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. (Oct.-May), 575-5890653 or ardovinos.com. Fox Plaza Flea Market More than 300 booths and 100 indoor specialty shops. Indoor shops are open 7 days a week. Fox Plaza Mercado, 5559 Alameda at Paisano, outdoor market 9 a.m.3 p.m., for more info 915-779-8424. Happens Sunday. Friday at the Fire Live local music near a giant bonfire. Also includes a DJ set! Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan Rd., Fort Bliss, TX, 6-10 p.m. Happens Friday. Jazzy Tuesday That saxy muzak. Coco Bar, 1515 Lee Trevino Dr., 8 p.m., 915-595-7170 or facebook. com/cocobarep. Happens Tuesday. Karaoke Unrehearsed singing peppered with amateur dance moves. Rubiks Arcade Bar, 4025 N. Mesa St., Ste. A, 7 p.m., free, 915-231-6750. Happens Wednesday. Karaoke The moving glottis! Chance to win a vinyl record. Monarch Bar, 204 E. Rio Grande Ave., Ste. C., 7 p.m. Happens Monday. La Viva Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market Fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. Pets welcome. La Viva Winery, 4201 S. Highway 28-La Union, NM, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 575-8827632. Sundays. Closed Dec. 20-May, 8. Logo Glass Night Craft beer and a brewing company mug. The Hoppy Monk, 414 N. Mesa St., 3 p.m., 915307-3263 or thehoppymonk.com. Every Tuesday. ‘Mario-Kart’ Monday Video game tournament with prizes. Rubiks Arcade Bar, 4025 N. Mesa St., 10 p.m. sign-up, free, 915-231-6750 or rubiksarcadebar.com. Every Monday. Mission Trail Art Market Professional artisans from across the region present paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, jewelry, home accents and seasonal decorations. San Elizario Art District, Main St., San Elizario, TX, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 915-851-0093 or www.MissionTrailArtMarket.com. Happens the third Saturday of every month. Open Mic Comedy, poetry, music, etc. Just do you. The Pizza Joint, 500 N. Stanton St., 8 p.m.-12 a.m., free, all ages, 915-260-5556. Happens Wednesday. Railroad Model & Historical Assoc. Model enthusiasts welcome. Scales available to watch or people can bring their own HO, N or O. (Bring back Memories) 6335 Vaughan Court, 7 p.m., 915-751-6213. Every Thursday. Texas Hold’Em Poker. King’s X, 4119 N. Mesa St., 915-544-4795 or thekingsx.com. Every Thursday and Sunday. Turkish Cooking Class Cuisine from the bridge of the world. Raindrop Turkish House, 10767 Gateway Blvd. W., 11:30 a.m., free, 915-328-0098 or raindropturkishhouse.org. Some Saturdays.

ATTRACTIONS Aguirre Springs Hiking, camping, horseback riding, picnicking, shelters, handicap accessible, restroom and watchable wildlife. Leashed pets welcome. Aguirre Springs Rd. (off US 70), Organ, NM, $5 per vehicle, $7 per campsite, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. April-Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct.-March, reservations required, 575-525-4300 or blm.gov/nm. Burges House Texas Historic Landmark, est. 1993. Richard F. Burges fought organized gambling and wrote one of the city’s charters. Burges House, 603 W. Yandell St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 915-533-3603 or elpasohistory.com. Centennial Museum and Gardens Est. 1936. Native desert plants. Exhibits focus on nat. and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert Region. UTEP Centennial Museum and Gardens, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., free, 915-747-5565 or museum.utep.edu. Concordia Cemetery Texas state historic site established in the 1840s. Famous cadavers include John Wesley Hardin. Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E Yandell Dr., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. summer, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. winter, 915-842-8200 or concordiacemetery.org. Desert Downs BMX Track Dirtjumping trails, automatic starting gate, and lights for night riding. Desert Down BMX, 8801 Railroad, open Wed. and Sun., 5:30-6:30 p.m. practice and registration, 7 p.m. race, $7 on Sat; 3-4 p.m. practice and registration, 4:30 p.m. race, $10 on Sun; free for spectators, 915-373-1747. ‘El Centro’ EP’s original shopping district. Open-air style shops. History, food, clothes and misc. goods. Downtown/El Paso St., 915-400-2294 or downtownelpaso.com. El Paso Mission Trail Three landmarks: Ysleta and Socorro churches, and the presidio Chapel in San Elizario. Nine-mile route represents the historic trail extended from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The oldest and once the longest road in North America. Socorro Rd. (FM 258), 915851-9997 or visitelpasomissiontrail. com. El Paso Zoo 35 acres feat. animals of the Americas, Asia and Africa. 2015 What’s Up Best of Best place to take Out-of-Towners. 4001 E. Paisano, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.-Sat., $12 ages 13-59, $9 military/ 60 and older, $7.50 ages 3-12, free ages under 2, 915-212-0ZOO(0966) or elpasozoo.org. Franklin Mountains State Park Hike, bike, bird, rock climb and overnight camp. Ranger led hikes and rides, arts in the park activities and more. 1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.Sun., $5, free ages 12 and under, 915-566-6441 or facebook.com/ FranklinMountainsSP. Guadalupe Mountains State Park Pets allowed on a few trails. Features over 80 mi. of trails and ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail stage station. 400 Pine Canyon Dr., Salt Flat, TX, open all year, sec. facilities day-use only, $5 16+, $8/night camping, 915828-3251, facebook.com/guadalupe. mountains.

CALENDAR JUNE 21-28, 2017 Hide-A-Way Lakes Picnic/camping areas. Man-made lakes stocked with fish. 20510 Alameda Ave., Tornillo, TX, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. day, $10 per vehicle + $10 per pole/line/hook, closed 9 p.m. Tues.-6 a.m. Thurs., hideawaylakes1977.com. Hueco Tanks State Park Hike, rock climb, bird watching, picnic and camp. Guided and self-guided tours. There’s cave paintings! 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Oct.April); 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.(May-Sept.); $7 age 13+, free under 12, reservations at 512-389-8911, info at 915-857-1135 ext. 0. Keystone Heritage Park 52 acres. Archaeological site, archaic wetlands and botanical garden. 4200 Doniphan Dr., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Sun., $2 nonmembers, 915-584-0563 or keystoneheritagepark.com. La Viña Winery New Mexico’s oldest winery, est. 1977. Picnic and pets welcome. Tour available by appointment. Winetasting and local goods market Sundays. 4201 S. Highway 28, La Union, NM, 12-5 p.m. Thurs.-Tues., 11:30 a.m. tour or by appointment, 575-582-7632 or lavinawinery.com. Closed Dec. 20May 8. Lhakkhang Cultural Exhibit History on people who live in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Only structure of its kind outside of Bhutan. UTEP Centennial Plaza, 500 W. University Ave., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wed., 1-4:30 p.m. first Sun. of the month, free, 915-747-8994, kmullins.utep.edu or parking.utep.edu. Licon Dairy No milk here, but you can buy freshly made asadero cheese with or without jalapeños. Plus plenty of exotic animals to stare at. 11951 Glorietta Rd., San Elizario, TX, 915851-2705. Mt. Cristo Rey 29-foot Christ statue on the peak of an 800 foot mountain. Sunland Park, NM, 915-252-9840 or mtcristorey.com. Old City Hall Built in the late 19th century and reconstructed in 1947. This site was the seat of civil authority for more than 300 years. Calle Mariscal & Avenida 16 de Septiembre, Cd. Juárez. Old Mesilla This small village features a colorful historical background with many shops and restaurants. Take I-10 West to Las Cruces, about 45 miles northwest of El Paso, Exit Avenida de Mesilla, 575-524-3262. Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Established late in the 17th century by Fray García de San Francisco. Calle Vincente Guerreo, Plaza de Armas, Cd. Juárez, juarez-mexico.com. Parque Central Artificial lake, amusement rides, boats, pool and sports. Technology Ave. and Teofilo Borunda, Cd. Juárez, MX San Elizario Historic District 4 art galleries, 7 studios and 3 gift shops. Selfguided and guided tour of 17 historic sites. 1500 Main St., San Elizario, TX, shop/ gallery operating times vary, 915-8510093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org. Scenic Drive Road round the Franks. B*ch*n’ view of Cd. Juárez, New Mexico and El Paso. Rim Rd. (North on Stanton, right on Rim), 915-5340600, info@destinationelpaso.com or visitelpaso.com.

WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM Transborde Yellow buses that travel from downtown El Paso to Juárez. $2, $13 to Juárez airport (res. req.), 915235-8268.

Dream Chasers Club Local art exhibits. 200 S. Santa Fe St., 915-3426357 or DCCDreamChasersClub. com.

War Eagles Air Museum 64,000 sq. ft. full of WWII era warbirds, Korean Conflict jet fighters and much more. Doña Ana County Airport, 8012 Airport Rd., Santa Teresa, NM, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., $5 gen. admin., $4 senior/military, free student/12 and under, 575-589-2000 or war-eagles-air-museum.com.

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center The museum was established to help educate the public about the Nazi Holocaust during WWII. 715 N. Oregon, Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-5 p.m., and by appointment, 915-351-0048.

White Sands National Monument The world’s largest gypsum dunefield. Camping, dried lake tours, full moon bike ride/hike. White Sands National Monument, 19955 W. Hwy. 70, Alamogordo, NM, $5, free age under 15, 575-479-6124 or nps.gov/ whsa. Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park Aerial cable car over a 240 ft. deep canyon. Great spot for birding. 1700 McKinley, 12-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sun. & maj. holidays, free, $8 tram ride, $4 age 4 and under, 915566-6622 or tpwd.texas.gov. Zin Valle Winery Local fermented grapes. The former residence of Mexican singer Juan Gabriel. 7315 Canutillo-La Union Rd., Canutillo, TX, 915-877-4544.

MUSEUMS Aa Studios Various amounts of local art. 2645 Doña Ana Rd., Las Cruces, NM, 575-520-8752 or wysiwyg@ zianet.com. Al Borrego Studio & Gallery Original works, prints and gifts by Al Borrego. 1501C Main Street, San Elizario, Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m., 915-851-0093, www.alborrego.com. Bert Saldana Art Gallery Original Southwestern oil paintings and prints by Bert Saldana. 1501 Main Street, San Elizario, Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m., 915-479-2926, bert_saldana@yahoo. com or www.bertsaldanafineart. com. Branigan Cultural Center Permanent local history exhibit and changing cultural exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, and other special events. 501 N. Main St., Las Cruces, NM, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 575-541-2154 or lascruces.org/museums. Centennial Museum Focusing on the natural history and the indigenous, colonial, pre-urban and folk cultures of the border regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. University at Wiggins, UTEP, Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.4:30 p.m., free, 915-747-5565 or museum@utep.edu. Centro Municipal de las Artes Museum offers poetry readings, art exhibitions, dance performances and art classes. 16 de Septiembre, Mariscal 105, Cd. Juarez, MX, free, every Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., for more info (01152656) 617-2828. Crossland Gallery & Art Junction Home of the El Paso Art Association. 500 W. Paisano, Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 915534-7377 or elpasoartassociation. com.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology Dioramas and displays of ancient times. 4301 Transmountain Rd, Tue.Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun. and Mon., 915-755-4332. El Paso Museum of Art Permanent collections, special exhibits, art classes, film series, lectures, concerts, storytelling sessions and educational programs. 1 Arts Festival Plz, Tues.Sat., 9 a.m-5 p.m.; Thur., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.-5 p.m, free, 915532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org. El Paso Museum of History The past displayed in permanent and temporary exhibitions. 510 N. Santa Fe Street, Tues-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m, closed Mondays and holidays, 915-3513588, or www.elpasotexas.gov/ history. Escamilla’s Fine Art Gallery & Studio Original impressionist paintings, prints and numerous gift items with Escamilla images. 1445 Main St., Ste. B1-2, San Elizario, TX, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sun., 915-851-0742 or 915-474-1800. www. albertoescamilla.com. G. Jacquez Calderon Gallery Original bronze and wood sculpture; handmade kayaks and cajónes. 12715 Alarcon, San Elizario, Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m., 915-851-0093, 915-4781744 or www.jacquezcalderon.com. Golden Eagle Gallery Original art by regional artists. 1501A Main Street, San Elizario, open Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m., 719-846-3931 or www. goldeneaglegallery.com. Heritage House Museum The old house preserves the history of UTEP and is operated by the Heritage Commission. Kerbey and Randolph at UTEP, open Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or by appointment, free, 915747-5700. International Museum of Art Home, exhibiting African and Asian art and artifacts, a collection of Western art, a Mexican Revolution collection, local and national art. 1211 Montana Ave., Thurs.-Sun. 1-5 p.m, free, 915-543-6747 or www. internationalmuseumofart.net. Las Cruces Museum of Art Art exhibits, including national, international, juried, traveling, and invitational exhibits. 491 N. Main St., Las Cruces, NM, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 575-5412137 or las-cruces.org/museums. Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science Museum focused on the natural world. Three permanent exhibits: Desert Life, Permian Trackways and Light & Space exhibits. Exhibits are in Spanish and English. 411 N. Main St, Las Cruces, NM, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 575-522-3120 or las-cruces. org/museums.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum The railroad history of Las Cruces and the impact of the railroad on Southern New Mexico. 351 N. Mesilla St., Las Cruces, NM, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 575-647-4480 or las-cruces.org/museums. Los Portales Museum and Visitor Center Its exhibits focus on the rich and colorful historical legacies of San Elizario. 1521 San Elizario Rd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, all ages, 915-8511682. Maria Branch Gallery Original oil paintings and art lessons. 500 W. Paisano Dr., 915-525-2731 or www. mariabranch.com. McCall Neighborhood Center Contains a museum, gift shop and photographic collection on local and national Black History, and archives. 3231 E. Wyoming, Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.3 p.m., weekends by appointment, free, all ages, 915-566-2407. New Mexico State University Museum University gallery. NMSU, Las Cruces, NM, Tues.-Sat. 12-4 p.m., free, all ages, 575-646-5161 or museum@nmsu.edu. Old El Paso County Jail Museum An in depth look at the history of the El Paso/ San Elizario area. 1551 Main St., San Elizario, TX, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat., 12-4 p.m. on Sun., 915-851-0093 or 915-851-1682. Palmira Lopez Gallery Original oil paintings, prints and gifts. 1501A Main Street, San Elizario, Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m., 915-851-6012.

17 Peña Gallery+Studio San Elizario Local art. 1456 Main Street, San Elizario, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appt., 915-851-8400, www. sanelizariopenagallery.com. San Elizario Art District Galleries and artist studios in the Historic Art District. Main Street, San Elizario, Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m., 915-851-0093 or Info@sanelizariohistoricartdistrict. com. Sasahara Gallery Local art. 21 artists show regularly. 7100 Westwind Drive, Suite 135, 915-584-4222. The Ho Show An outdoor surreal sculpture garden visible from the street. Aurora at Piedras, 915-5627820 or www.hobaron.com. Tigua Indian Cultural Center A museum on the Tigua tribe. 305 Yaya Road, at Socorro Rd., east of the Ysleta Mission, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., free, all ages, 915-859-7700. War Eagles Air Museum World War II and Korean warbirds and other historic military aircraft. Santa Teresa Airport, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $4-$5, free for ages 12 and under, 575-589-2000.

CLUBS & HOBBIES Argentine Tango Nights The Paso Del Norte Tango club hosts a weekly dance class followed by a practice party. Beginners, singles and couples welcome. Partner not necessary. Sunland Dance Studio, 1769 Victory

Lane., Sunland Park, NM, 915-4223338 or pasodelnortetangoclub. com. Border Jumper Hash House Harriers Drinking and running club or as they put it “a drinking club with a running problem.” Location & time on website, free first run, beer provided, bjhash.com. Dance for Dreams Non-prof. org.that develops and supports local athletes. 704-293-4307, dancefordreamsfoundation. org or facebook.com/ dancefordreamsfoundation. El Paso Bicycle Club Typically for road bikes. Training rides, evening rides, beginning, intermediate and leaderless rides. Helmet required, 915-5812912, memberships@elpasobicycleclub. com or elpasobicycleclub.com. El Paso Macintosh Users Group EPMUG is a hands-on club for Apple users to share information and ideas. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Montana Ave., epaug.org. El Paso’s Northeast Quilters Guild Organization formed to promote cooperation and exchange of ideas among persons interested in or engaged in quilting. The goal is to bring the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for fun, fellowship, learning and sharing. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic, epnequilters@gmail.com. El Paso Philatelic Society Stamp club. Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members.

18 St. Clements Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell St., 915-345-7771 or epps. stamps@gmail.com. El Paso Writers’ League Writing workshops and discussions. Dorris Van Doren Library, 551 E. Redd Rd., 915-875-0700 or epwl. blogspot.com. Las Cruces Museum Book Clubs Monthly book discussions from the Museum of Nat. and Sci., Branigan Cultural Center, Museum of Art and Railroad Museum. 575-532-3372; Branigan, 575-541-2154; Art, 575-541-2221; Rail, 575-647-4480. Mesilla Valley Stamp Club The public and stamp collectors are invited to trade, buy or sell stamps. Thomas Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM, 575-2021937. PFLAG El Paso Parents, family and friends for lesbians and gays(PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization designed to provide support, education and advocacy for the LGBT community. 3 meetings a month at different locations, 915-209-2667, pflagelpaso.com or facebook.com/pflagelpaso. Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso A social event with an educational presentation about photography. The Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano Dr., 915-588-3747 or facebook.com/ groups/PEEPofElPaso. PRSW El Paso Public Relations Association of the Southwest is a networking organization for public relations professionals in El Paso, Texas and the border region. The El Paso Club, 201 W. Main Dr., RSVP required, prswelpaso@ gmail.com. Sand Drag Racing Live racing. 1/4 mile test and tune. El Paso Sand Drags & Speedway, 13101 Gateway Blvd. W., at I-10 Exit 42, Clint, southwestdrags.com Society for Creative Anachronisms Nonprofit medieval recreation organization. Has weekly meetings and medieval combat practice. Eastwood Park, 10259 Album Ave., 915-2744947 or www.southernpass.org. Meetings every Sunday.

WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM The School of Etiquette and Enrichment Poise/posture classes, basic etiquette and dining skills for teens and adults. Location varies, information and registration at 915355-0992 or elpasoetiquette.com. UFO Discussion Group El Pasoans discuss extraterrestrials. Cielo Vista Public Library, 915-755-0473 or w717688@yahoo.com.


By Gustavo Arellano comment: @whatsupweekly


Dear Mexican: Waze is launching Waze Carpool throughout California. I think it’s gonna be a hit, especially with tight Latino enclaves throughout the state. But...is there a history of raites within the Mex community? -Uber Wazer Dear Gabacho: Everything that tech bros and their hipster acolytes think they’re creating, Mexicans did first. Ripping off music and movies? We call it piratería, and we know a guy at the Paramount Swap Meet who has Guardians of the Galaxy 3 on VHS. AirBnB? We’ve been renting out the couch to visitors since the days of the Toltecs. Uber? The aforementioned raiteros, what the gabacho media used to call gypsy cabs. Some app that you can use if you need someone to cut your lawn or fix your clogged toilet? Day laborers. Dia de los Muertos everything? BRUH…and all of this caca will continue. Because as I’ve written before, when hipsters do something that’s slightly outside the law yet an innovation over the old guard, they get a Series-C round of funding, Instagram influencers and fawning media coverage. When Mexicans do it? We get code enforcement.


I need to be set straight. I’ve recently dubbed myself, “un loco pocho,” because I’m in the same p*nch* crisis as every other Mexican-American three generations in. I’m an artist,

JUNE 21-28, 2017

so in order to obtain scholarships and grants, I must illustrate what a sell-out I don’t want to become. My abuelita is güera, not white, speaks fluent Spanish (nothing else) and I prefer flour tortillas over corn any day. Sadly, I’ve come to the realization that I will never be Nahuatl, Maya or Chichimecan. Yet, I’m not white; I’m a dark-skinned, non-español, seemingly mojado wannabe. I don’t want to be white; I want to be American. I don’t want to forget the struggles of my grandparents, yet my baby-boomer parents already have. Like so many other children of immigrants from different countries, living off the fat of the land (now in a position to benefit from the Third World countries in which they fled). Can I just use pocho, the pejorative term, for “fake-ass Mexican” (may as well be la malinche in the flesh) as a symbol of hope? Or am I just trying to have my cake and eat it too? -Un Sonso Poco Loco Defecto Asking Who the F*ck They Are, LOL Dear A Dummy but Crazy Defect Preguntando Quien Chingado Son, JAJA: Man, you’re so pocho you think Nahuatl is a people, not a language. You’re so pocho that Donald Trump just appointed you to his cabinet. You’re so pocho that Carlos Mencia accuses you of stealing his jokes. You’re so pocho that you probably think embarazada means “embarrassed” and not “pregnant.” You’re so pocho you drive a Prius instead of a 1979 Ford Ranger Supercab with “CHALINO” stenciled in the camper window. And you know what? It’s perfectly fine. The beauty of America for Mexicans is that we can sell out as much as we want, and it sometimes work — but at the end of the día, gabachos still think you’re just a dirty Mexican. ___ Ask the Mexican at themexican@askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano or follow him on Instagram @gustavo_arellano!







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