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This week, What’s Up cherry picked answers from our sister publication El Paso Inc., where writer Cindy Graff Cohen asked:

WHAT MOVIE IS ON YOUR MUST-SEE LIST AT THIS YEAR’S FILM FESTIVAL? MARINA MONSISVAIS OWNER, BARRACUDA PR:

“The Secret of NIMH” – I remember reading “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” in elementary school. The book made such an impression on me; I found the idea of a secret and sophisticated society of rats living parallel lives with us fascinating. It’s what also led me to love cartoons such as “The Littles,” about another society of teeny tiny people living within our homes. To some degree, I still hope this is actually the case because how cool would that be?

U.S. REP. BETO O’ROURKE: “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” – The members of Monty Python are genius.

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VICTORIA G. MOLINAR comment: @whatsupweekly This past weekend, I initially thought that the highlight of my trip to Santa Fe was going to be visiting the increasingly popular Meow Wolf art installation, “House of Eternal Return.” But as I was nestled in a truck of creatives, I quickly realized that it was their wisdom, humility and fun attitude that would make my road trip a blast. My excursion to the Land of Enchantment sparked from a casual conversation with Michelle “Deady Page” Padilla. I first met her several years ago while interviewing her about a Dia de los Muertos event she co-organized. What’s amazed me about her over the years is that all of these events she throws are a side hustle on top of her fulltime job and being a mom. Despite the little sleep she gets to help put these events together, she has the energy of a teenager! A few weeks ago, while we were talking about her first visit to Meow Wolf, she asked if I wanted to join her on her next trip to Santa Fe. Little did I know that joining us would be Angel Cabrales, another artist and UTEP professor I’ve interviewed, painter and teacher Lizzie Ochoa and Bobbie Welch. Bobbie owns Tricky Falls and helped bring some major shows to the region like the Warped Tour and various Sun Bowl Stadium concerts. With so much creative energy surrounding me, the trip to and from Santa Fe practically felt like a trip to Las Cruces. I learned so much about the hard work that goes into organizing major shows and encouraging students to find their uniqueness in a world that’s saturated with art. I won’t pretend that Meow Wolf didn’t blow me away, however. It was hard to believe that the place I explored used to be a bowling alley (other than the ’80s/’90s-looking carpet you see as soon as you walk in). From a giant

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robotic hand that visitors could control to a tumble dryer that leads you into another room, every inch of that place ignited child-like curiosity. We also visited the Shidoni sculpture garden about five miles north of Santa Fe. While its foundry unfortunately closed due to financial struggles, there’s plenty of breathtaking work to marvel at. All in all, my trip with Michelle, Angel, Lizzie and Bobbie was a reminder that with enough enthusiasm, inquisitiveness and integrity, art can be a consistently rewarding – and necessary – practice in this crazy world.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EL PASO PRO-MUSICA: “Enamorada” – This is an incredible love story starring the incomparable Maria Felix in the perfect example of the pride of Mexican cinema. This actress chose her native country and her comfort zone of Mexico. She said no to Louis B. Mayer and no one ever did that!

JAY DUNCAN,

DIRECTOR, SUNSET FILM SOCIETY: “The Day the Earth Stood Still” – As a child, I vividly recall going to a drive-in theater in Fort Worth with my parents in 1951, and seeing this, my first science fiction film. Even at that young age I was deeply moved by the farewell of Klaatu. The image of his spaceship growing smaller in the night sky stayed with me.

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REASONS TO CHECK OUT KALAVERA CULTURE SHOP

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Since the opening of Kalavera Culture Shop in May, locals have found more reasons to spend time at the business nestled in the Roderick Artspace Lofts. “It’s an amazing shop,” said artist Juan Ornelas during the Last Thursdays art crawl. “They’ve really brought in a lot of products that are definitely harder to find unless you’re buying online. I really think it’s going to help the pros and newbies create the work they want to without constraints. Prices are great.” The store is owned by husband and wife Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado and Kata Decker. Alvarado is known for his art projects and murals, some of which are located in Segundo Barrio, where he grew up. You can also find his work in Mexico City, Little Rock, Arkansas and Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work has garnered the attention of publications like The New York Times and Vice. “I really have a great respect for Cimi – for everything he does,” Ornelas said. “He is such an amazing and talented artist. His murals are a blessing for the city.” Alvarado said he and his wife opened the shop because they wanted to give back to the community. They also want to help local artists sell their work. “We collaborate and work together with other local businesses in order to help create the art scene in El Paso,” Alvarado said. “We wanted to start Kalavera to fill in a void for artists – especially Downtown.” Along with its mission to help cultivate El Paso’s art scene, there are several reasons Kalavera Culture Shop might intrigue shoppers:

1. You’ll find unique gifts.

Aside from spray paint and similar art supplies, Kalavera sells locally made paintings, screen printed clothing for both men and women, handmade jewelry, purses, plush dolls, pillows and body products. “We really wanted to gain a sense of community with all types of people,” Decker said. “There is so much possibility with collaborating with folks who are doing good things. We can all benefit together.”

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Kalavera’s Erick Anguiano stands in front of a plethora of spray cans as he talks to customers. photos by Victoria G. Molinar

Picture purses in the shape of burritos and tacos from mom-and-daughter business Snozzberries, a plush of the Franklin Mountains and its iconic star from Lula Squid and homemade essential oil-based fragrances from Inanna’s Delight. There are also T-shirts and CDs from local bands like Frontera Bugalu. It’s not everywhere that you’ll find such products, but Kalavera’s got you covered when it comes to getting your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift.

2. Kalavera encourages consumer-conscious shopping.

As many consumers aim to shop with the environment and people’s welfare in mind, shops like Kalavera take note of such mindsets. Sugar, the brand of spray paint Kalavera offers, replaces petroleum-based solvents with sugar. Sugar contains less toxins than other spray paints, Decker explained. Decker and Alvarado are also well connected with artists from their sister city, selling the artists’ work without taking a percentage of the profit from them. This is especially important for artists who are unable to cross over to El Paso, Alvarado said. “We are really happy to sell products by Juarez artists because there is fewer opportunities for them,” Decker added. The Juarez-made products include much of the

Shopper Stephanie Acosta looks at jewelry made by Juarez artisans.

handmade jewelry (picture earrings made out of melon seeds and intricate, spiral shaped metal pieces) and T-shirts from Resizte, an art collective that uses iconic Mexican figures like TinTan to create strong sociopolitical messages. You’ll also find Segundo Barrio Futbol Club souvenirs, where 100 percent of the proceeds go towards the locally cherished soccer team.

Kalavera’s most recent Last Thursdays exhibit featured work from Segundo Barrio artists.

3. There are art shows every month.

Joining a handful of local shops and galleries, Kalavera also showcases different artists every month. Their most recent Last Thursdays art exhibit paid homage to the artists of Segundo Barrio, showcasing paintings and wood pieces. The exhibit was catered by Sacred Heart, a well-known church in the historic neighborhood. Whether you’re looking for creative inspiration, a place to mingle or unique keepsakes, Kalavera Culture Shop doesn’t fall short in contributing to the city’s growing art scene.


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ARTIST EDDIE MARQUEZ Locals in the art community know him as Eddie “Dead Boy” Marquez, but little by little, Marquez’s style has been evolving. His evolution is captured in “Dream Pop,” a collection of his most recent work that will be released in October. “Lately I’ve been more into pop surrealism,” Marquez said about the art movement that calls to mind the eerie and quirky work of artists like Mark Ryden and Manuel Ocampo. The form borrows from religious iconography and pop culture. But Marquez’s new work isn’t a sign of his departure from Dead Boy, his signature series that reminds many of something out of a Tim Burton movie or “The Gashlycrumb Tinies.” After all, Dead Boy reinvigorated his love for art more than 10 years ago. An avid music fan who could play the keys, guitar and cello, Marquez and some longtime friends were in a band until the impending responsibilities of adulthood took over. “Right when everything was getting good and we got into a studio and started recording, it all fell apart,” he said. “Life happened.” Life, meaning some of his friends’ priorities became getting married and starting a family. Marquez decided to go back to college and study art, although having a mundane job wasn’t much help – or so he thought. “I was working at a call center, and I was so bored

that I would just doodle stuff,” Marquez said. “That’s when Dead Boy happened.” Despite the assumption that Dead Boy was inspired by Burtonesque imagery, Marquez’s work was actually inspired by his friends. “My best friend used to wear pig tails in high school, and she was really into the band Hole,” Marquez explained when recalling one of his characters. Today, Marquez holds a master’s in art education from UTEP and teaches at-risk youth the value of self-expression through art. He said El Paso’s growing support for local artists helps fuel his passion to keep going. WHAT’S UP Find Eddie Marquez’s work at DeadboyStore.BigCartel.com and on Instagram @DeadboyElPaso

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PLAZA CLASSIC CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH GREATEST HITS By Denise Nelson-Prieto comment: @whatsupweekly

For the past decade, the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival has been one of the city’s most prized events. With more than 90 films to choose from, celebrity guests and live music, the celebration of movie magic returns Aug. 3-13. Laura Emerick, the former editor for the late film critic Roger Ebert at Chicago Sun-Times, has been a guest at the celebration since its inception. “The festival is very eclectic, with everything from art house to blockbusters like ‘Star Wars’ and Disney,” she said. “It’s the world’s largest classic film festival.” She’s attended some of the country’s foremost film festivals including Sundance, Telluride and the Tu r n e r Classic Movies

Classic Film Festival. She lauds Plaza Classic as a refreshing departure from the hustle and bustle of those events. “The sense of community that a setup like [Plaza Classic] builds is something that’s really hard to replicate,” Emerick said. “The fact the whole city comes together and puts this on for 10 days is such a credit to the foundation and the programmers.

‘Singin’ in the Rain’ will screen at the Kendle Kidd Performance Hall on Monday, Aug. 7 Photo provided by El Paso Community Foundation

World War II drama ‘Casablanca’ will screen at the Kendle Kidd Performance Hall on Saturday, Aug. 5. Photo provided by El Paso Community Foundation

It’s just a wonderful experience and something I definitely look forward to every year.” For Doug Pullen, the festival’s program director, the event explores the magic and mystique of movie making and the beauty of the majestic Plaza Theatre. “I love the communal experience of sitting in a theater like that – a movie palace –

watching a movie the way it was meant to be seen: on an almost 44-foot-wide screen,” he said. “[The El Paso Community Foundation] went to great lengths to restore it to as closely as what it must’ve been like when it opened in 1930.” Pullen stepped into his role a few years ago as the successor to the festival’s co-founder, notable El Paso movie buff Charles Horak. Pullen, a former Detroit music critic and El Paso Times arts and entertainment reporter, admitted Horak left big shoes to fill. However, with the aid of the research skills he’d cultivated, Pullen was able to pull off a brilliant first round. “I knew nothing about the inner workings and nuances of the [festival],” he said. “But Chuck showed me the ropes.” Continued on 9

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An idea Pullen conceived during his interview for his position has come to fruition for the festival’s 10-year anniversary. The greatest hits series is one of this year’s highlights and brings Plaza Classic favorites like “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” “The Graduate” and “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” back to the theater. This Friday, Aug. 4, Golden Globe winning actress Kathleen Turner will talk about her film “Peggy Sue Got Married” before it’s screening and will do the same for her 1984 hit “Romancing the Stone” on Saturday, Aug. 5. (Read our interview with Turner on page 12.) Academy Award winner and screen legend Richard Dreyfuss will appear before “Jaws” on Saturday, Aug. 12 and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” on Sunday, Aug. 13. Another festival highlight is the appearance of preeminent animation duo Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Bluth, an El Paso native, and Goldman are credited with such animated classics as “The Secret of NIMH,” “Anastasia” and “The Land Before Time.” The pair will answer questions before the screening of “The Secret of NIMH.” The festival is again teaming up with the El Paso Museum of Art, which is hosting the exhibit “An American Animator: Don Bluth” and featuring six of Bluth’s and Goldman’s animated classics in the auditorium for free. Bluth’s appearance is a dream come true for Pullen, who said he’s been laying the groundwork since day one on the job. Another first is the screening of one film’s iconic creations, Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” This year will be the fourth Plaza Classic for Scott McGee, director of program production for Turner Classic Movies and its streaming movie service FilmStruck. For him, the event is a unique experience and set apart from other film festivals. “There’s a genteelness to it that I really appreciate and that you don’t find at many other film festivals around the country – and probably even around the world,” he said. “It’s all about soaking up the experience of seeing a film on the big screen. That’s a very rare quality.” McGee will conduct the question and answer sessions with Kathleen Turner and introduce a handful of films, including “Casablanca,” “Citizen Kane” and “Duck Soup.”

Left: Actor Robert Wagner was a previous Plaza Classic guest. Right: Audience members dress up for ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ which screens outdoors every year for free. Left photo by Melody Parra / Right photo by Victoria G. Molinar

Events like the PCFF help expand the definition of classic films to include movies from every decade, genre and nationality, McGee said. “What the PCFF does is include a host of films across all spectrums,” he said. “It

doesn’t pigeonhole what a classic film is to any one era.” The festival is also an economic driver for the city; according to Pullen, the estimated economic impact each year from the event hovers right around $1.5 million.

Aug. 3-13 Movies screened at Plaza Theatre, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Community Foundation room, main library, Mills Plaza parking garage and outside near San Jacinto Plaza Tickets: Free-$20, available at Plaza Theatre box office,TicketMaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 Schedule and locations at PlazaClassic.com


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

On Tuesday, an Austin District Court judge with no knowledge of the city of El Paso was supposed to make a final ruling that would have a major impact on a bond project that passed five years ago. Instead, Judge Amy Clark Meachum announced that her final ruling would be ready by the end of this week. Specifically, she will decide whether or not sports can be part of the new multi-purpose entertainment and performing arts center in Downtown El Paso. If she rules against sports, it could be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. However, that could take years and lots of money. At the same time, it will cost the taxpayers precious dollars that should be used to finance the facility that was approved in 2012. Instead of worrying about more delays, historical groups, and wasted dollars, let us focus on two possible solutions to this problem:

1. Renovate the Don Haskins Center.

To me, this is a no-brainer, since it will cause the least amount of head-

aches as well as offer up a cost-effective solution. When it was built in 1976, the Don Haskins Center (then Special Events Center) was considered a stateof-the-art arena for sporting events and concerts. Now 41 years later, few structural improvements have been made to the facility. It is outdated as far as hosting major concert acts and still lacks luxury suites that many of the modern arenas have. The renovation could include retrofitting the DHC for the new acts, plus all the bells and whistles that it currently lacks. There is so much history with the building that most locals would tell you they would rather watch UTEP basketball games there instead of a new multi-purpose entertainment and performing arts center. If the Don gets a much-needed update, our city government and UTEP (along with the Texas Board of Regents) would need to get together and come to an agreement. This is tricky, since UTEP Special Events and El Paso Live compete with each other for concerts, boxing/wrestling shows and other entertainment acts. There would need to be an agreement struck with both parties, where the city would get to operate the DHC for a certain number of dates each year at no charge in exchange for spending our approved tax dollars on the renovation. Even if that was to be-

come a reality, it would have to go back on the ballot and get approved by the voters. However, at this point, I think it is much more realistic for El Pasoans to support a renovation for an existing arena as opposed to a new facility that would exceed the dollars available for construction because of the long delay.

2. Construct an outdoor concert pavilion in the Duranguito area.

This is part two of my master plan for downtown El Paso. Since the city has already acquired most of the land for construction of the $180-million dollar multi-purpose entertainment and performing arts center, why not follow through with this promise and build a massive outdoor amphitheater reminiscent of the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix? If you have ever attended a concert at that venue, you know that it is one of the premier outdoor facilities in the country. If El Paso followed the blueprint and built their own large outdoor pavilion, we would be a logical concert stop either before or after Phoenix. I went on the website for the Ak-Chin Pavilion, and over the next two months, Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, One Republic, Nickelback, Daughtry and Depeche Mode will all be performing. I would love to see El Paso get some of those concerts, and an outdoor venue

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that seats between 8,000-15,000 people could easily attract those acts. Now, I know that these two ideas are long shots at best. However, five years ago, El Pasoans committed over $500 million to the three Quality of Life Bond Issues. Some of these projects, like Southwest University Park have already enhanced our city. We still have a long way to go in order to fulfill the vision that our city reps and mayor had more than five years ago. Instead of arguing in court and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, why not move forward before it is too late? ___ 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-byplay 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.

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She starts out so insecure and so unsure of herself and any power she might have. You can see her gaining that. She’s this wonderful creature in the end that strides down the street, giving sh*t back to the street vendors. It was lovely to be able to plan her.

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TALKS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT By Denise Nelson-Prieto comment: @whatsupweekly

After nailing her acting debut in the 1981 erotic thriller “Body Heat,” ’80s Hollywood sensation and two-time Golden Globe winner Kathleen Turner quickly made a name for herself. She’s starred in such films as “Romancing the Stone,” “The Man with Two Brains” and even garnered an Oscar nom for “Peggy Sue Got Married.” Turner also became a Broadway star after moving to the Big Apple 40 years ago. You can catch Turner on stage before the Plaza Classic Film Festival’s screenings of “Romancing the Stone” and “Peggy Sue Got Married.” She’ll sign autographs on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the El Paso Community Foundation Room.

What’s Up caught up with her to talk about strength and perseverance in her career. One of my favorite films of yours is “Romancing the Stone.” I love your character Joan Wilder. Yeah, she’s a doll. More than anything it was fun; I grew up in Venezuela and South America for five years. I am very fluent in Spanish. It was a real pleasure to go back to Mexico, to that culture. Also Michael [Douglas] really needed me because he had one first assistant director that was bilingual, and that’s all. A lot of the actors didn’t speak English. The thing you have to remember is it wasn’t just Michael and me; it’s always been Michael and Danny DeVito and me. We’re just a terrible team. We terrorize everyone and pull tricks on people. We

Gravitating towards strong characters, Turner earned Golden Globes for her roles in ‘Romancing the Stone’ and ‘Prizzi’s Honor.’ photo by

have so much fun. It was really hard up in the wilds of the mountains, and the rains really were that bad and the roads really did get washed out; we were in landslides. At times it was extremely miserable, but we still had a ball. It seems like you gravitate toward strong characters. Was Joan strong in her own way? Absolutely. She was a lovely character because she had to plot her growth.

At first, did you know how you’d make that transformation happen? I don’t think I’m that clinical; I think I go about it more instinctively. You find when you break down in the doing, where the pieces have to fall. When you first arrived in New York, you intended to become a Broadway star rather than an actor? I am! (Laughs.) Absolutely. I only saw my career in terms of theater; I’d never really been exposed to film. I was on Broadway my first year and I thought “Ok, I’m on track.” Then I was asked to audition for films, and suddenly I was doing film and learning very fast. Your first film role was Matty Walker in “Body Heat.” What was it like being thrust into that kind of role your first time on screen? I think I was extremely fortunate in that I really couldn’t imagine – not having done film or being that exposed to film – the impact, either of seeing it or being seen. I was protected very much by my ignorance, my innocence. By the time it came out and I saw the reaction, then I had I a better handle on what was happening. I read a quote about your character Martha in the stage production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and the challenges 20-year-olds face versus those in their 50s. I read the play when I was 20 in college and said, “When I’m 50, that’s my role,” just assuming I’d be wonderful at it. By the time I got to 50, I had been through battling the rheumatoid arthritis, which was still ongoing. I abused alcohol for a while in order to try and control the pain, which was, in hindsight, very foolish, but at the time seemed to work. You learn. When I actually did Martha, I couldn’t have done it without all that. She would’ve been shallow and superfiContinued on 13

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cial if I hadn’t gone through it, but you do wonder how much you have to pay sometimes. What about 20-year-old Kathleen versus 50-year-old Kathleen? The core is the same. I’m still going to take on whatever I feel I have to and the hell with the rest. I’m still going to say “No, that’s not right,” and I will fight for that. I’m a fighter and I don’t have to win, but I have to fight. What was it like being Peggy Sue? I love Peggy Sue; I love Francis. It was magic in so many ways. There was unbelievable difficulty doing that, because Francis [Ford Coppola-director] had signed a contract to finish the film on time. I was in every scene, essentially. It was extremely difficult for me. My last day of shooting was 24 hours to get it under the budget. Being an actor seems like hard work. We work longer days than almost anyone. In film, we can work a minimum of 14 hours. I don’t know many people who work 14, 16 hours in their jobs. Even in theater, doing eight shows a week, which is no small thing either. You have to be a bit of an Olympic athlete to pull it off.

So you’re still doing theater? Oh Lord yes, and I teach! I love teaching. In fact, NYU wants me to do a series of master classes this fall. I’ve decided on a fourth career; I’m going to have a singing career. I’m building a cabaret that I’m going to perform in September. Nobody knows I sing, and I’m really good. I figured, “What the hell; I haven’t done that yet.”

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Friday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.: ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ Saturday, Aug. 5 at 3:30 p.m.: ‘Romancing the Stone’ Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall 1 Civic Center Plaza Screenings are $10; tickets at Plaza Theatre box office, TicketMaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 Autograph signing Saturday, Aug 5., 1 p.m. El Paso Community Foundation room, 333 N Oregon St. Admission is free, but there will be a cash-only charge for autographs (price not listed) More info at PlazaClassic.com Turner will chat about her film ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ before its screening on Friday, Aug. 4 at the Plaza Theatre’s Kendle Kidd Performance Hall. Photo provided by El Paso Community Foundation

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SEGUNDO BARRIO THROUGH THE LENS OF CARLOS GUTIERREZ By Aaron J. Montes comment: @whatsupweekly

A stroll along Segundo Barrio, aka the Second Ward, might give passers-by a glimpse of the art and culture that permeates the historic neighborhood, but locals can get a more intimate look into the area through a new exhibit. “Segundo Barrio – Then and Now,” which opened last Friday, July 28, at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, will be up until Aug. 21. Award-winning photographer Carlos Gutierrez’s exhibit wowed viewers with a variety of photographs of people living in the neighborhood. “There’s so much more to explore in Segundo Barrio,” Gutierrez said. “That’s a beautiful thing – that only after a long time, you discover and you see it.” For a year, Gutierrez would wander from his home in Sunset Heights to explore Segundo Barrio and take photographs. He also collected photos from residents with deep roots in the neighborhood. The community was very welcoming, he said. “I met this boxer that lives in the apartments across from Sacred Heart Church,” Gutierrez said. “Although he was into all kinds of drugs and left home when he was 13, he later left the drugs and started training in boxing in a basement. He later won several Golden Gloves – I think, like, five

Photographer Carlos Gutierrez talks about his exhibit, ‘Segundo Barrio – Then and Now,’ at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, located at 721 S. Ochoa. Photo by Aaron Montes

Gutierrez got to know a lot of Segundo Barrio residents, including Golden Glove-winning boxer Oscar Sanchez. Photo by Carlos Gutierrez

times in a row or something like that. “He then started training kids from the barrio. He saw himself in these kids – not going to school, things not well at home – so he started helping these kids through boxing. Now he is very close to Christ and doesn’t even drink.” Gutierrez said that while Segundo Barrio continues to have a reputation for being a rough neighborhood, it couldn’t be further from the truth. At one point, he was invited into a resident’s home to enjoy a meal and take photos. “I met a lady that has eight kids, and

“Those places look like what they call cookie cutter (homes),” he said. While taking photos, Gutierrez wanted to show that the neighborhood is more than the usual images you’ll see on a Google search. He said his pictures show that a thriving and living community remains, but you will only see it if you walk down the neighborhood and get to know the people. ___ Email El Paso Inc. reporter Aaron Montes at amontes@elpasoinc.com or call 915-5344422, ext. 105. Twitter: aaronmontes91

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all her kids have graduated with honors and also have gotten a college degree,” Gutierrez said. “She wants to show me all the awards and to tell me her story. I can just imagine how many stories are out there in Segundo, and that is what makes me go back again and again.” The neighborhood is changing because many of its residents have gotten older, Gutierrez said. Some developments have also changed the look of some areas. One example is the homes along Tays Street, which he says resemble houses in the East Side of El Paso.


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WED. AUG. 2

EyeHateGod Sludge metal music performance. Openers: Knowsuffer, Glob and The Stalk. All ages. Doors at 8 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 8:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 door, ticketfly.com. State Line Music Series: Joe Barron Band 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, countyline.com/ StateLineMusic.html. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Hero’ Former Western movie phenom, long out of the spotlight, gets a cancer diagnosis, shacks up with a stand-up comic and tries to reconnect with his daughter. Event runs July 28-Aug. 3, 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 Your Own Doughnut Kids and bigger people make custom doughnuts. Hillside Coffee & Doughnuts, 4935 N. Mesa St., Ste. 1B, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., free, 915-474-3453. Story Time Stories, crafts and activities. All El Paso Libraries, 11 a.m., free, 915-212-READ, elpasolibrary.org. Yarn Addicts Crochet Guild of El Paso Each meeting, a new skill, project or stitch is shared by a member or guest. Happens every first Wednesday of the month. JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store, 10501 Gateway Blvd. W., Bldg. 9, 6-8 p.m., https://facebook.com/ CrochetElPasoYarnAddicts. The Night Game Pop music performance. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The Perch, 209 S. El Paso St., 7:30 p.m., $10, ticketfly.com. Computer Classes Information to become computer literate. All El Paso Libraries, 5:30 p.m., free, 915-212READ, elpasolibrary.org. Rotating Sets: Nalgadas Punk music performance. Event runs Aug. 2-3. BYOB Glasbox, 210 Poplar St., 10 p.m., $5, eventzilla.net. April Ticket Music duo performance. Mesa Street Grill, 3800 N. Mesa St., Ste. D1, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., free, 915-532-1881. 1 Million Cups 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, 915-321-3123, 1millioncups. com/elpaso.

THURS. AUG. 3 Rotating Sets: Nalgadas Punk music performance. Event runs Aug. 2-3. BYOB Glasbox, 210 Poplar St., 10 p.m., $5, eventzilla.net.

Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Hero’ Former Western movie phenom, long out of the spotlight, gets a cancer diagnosis, shacks up with a stand-up comic and tries to reconnect with his daughter. For details see Wed., Aug. 2. Live Jazz Locals perform music. The Tap Bar & Restaurant, 408 E. San Antonio Ave., 10 p.m., 915-532-1848, facebook.com/TheTapBarEP. Plaza Classic Film Festival Fest runs Aug. 3-13. Special guests are Richard Dreyfuss, Kathleen Turner, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Today’s screenings: “Plaza Days,” “The Treasure of Sierra Madre,” “The Graduate” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” Plaza Theater, 125 Pioneer Plaza, 1-9 p.m., free-$20, plazaclassic.com. Fronteriza Food, Cuisine Cooking Class Seasonal cooking class offered every Thursday. This is a reschedule. Today’s lesson is gorditas. Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave., 6 p.m., $35, 915-217-1126, eventbrite.com. Life Drawing Session Art workshop with Gummi Thordarson. Bring your own supplies. Crossland Art Gallery, 500 W. Paisano, 5:30-8 p.m., $10, crosslandartgallery.com. Computer Classes Information to become computer literate. All El Paso Libraries, 10 a.m., free, 915-212READ, elpasolibrary.org. Maija DiGiorgio Stand up with opener Isak Allen. Event runs Aug. 3-6, 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, 915-779-5233, laff2nite.com. Teen Hangout Activities for teenagers. All El Paso Libraries, 4 p.m., free, 915-212-READ, elpasolibrarys.org. April Ticket Music duo performance. Coco Miel, 1515 N. Lee Trevino Dr., 7:30-10:30 p.m., free, 915-595-7170.

FRI. AUG. 4 New Era Wrestling Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight championship matches. Recorded for television. Doors open 6:30 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Dr., 8 p.m., $5-$10, 915-356-5113. ‘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/ epucomed. Plaza Classic Film Festival Fest runs Aug. 3-13. Special guests are Richard Dreyfuss, Kathleen Turner, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Today’s screenings: “The Atomic Cafe,” Disney’s “Robin Hood,” “An Affair to Remember,” “The Rescuers,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Fail Safe,” “Cronos” “The Good, The Bad and The Indie, vol. 13,” “La Bamba” and “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” For details see Thurs., Aug. 3.

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Alfresco Fridays: Mariachi Paso Del Norte Weekly outdoor concert series. This week is mariachi. Judson F. Williams Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, 6 p.m., free, alfrescofridays.com. ‘Yeoman of the Guard’ The Gilbert & Sullivan Company of El Paso presents a comedy about a gentleman imprisoned for sorcery who marries so his jerk cousin doesn’t inherit anything. Event runs July 28-Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial St., 7 p.m., $8-$10 adv., $10-$12 door, 915584-9819, gselpaso.org. Mark Fanciulli DJ musics. Age 18+ Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango St., 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 door, eventbrite.com. ‘Yeoman of the Guard’ The Gilbert & Sullivan Company of El Paso presents a comedy about a gentleman imprisoned for sorcery who marries so his jerk cousin doesn’t inherit anything. Event runs July 28-Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial St., 7 p.m., $8-$10 adv., $10-$12 door, 915584-9819, gselpaso.org.

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he free Alfresco Fridays music series continues this week with Mariachi Paso Del Norte. The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Convention Center Plaza. Drinks and food items like hot dogs and black bean veggie tacos will be available at the Strike Zone Café. Established in 2007 under the direction of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jo Anne Rubio, Mariachi Paso Del Norte is made up of diverse members including students, an education administrator and a healthcare practitioner. The prolific group also performs for charitable events and provides music education for future mariachi musicians. Talk about keeping busy! For more information about Friday’s concert, call 915534-0600 or visit facebook.com/AlfrescoFridays. Find Mariachi Paso Del Norte at facebook.com/Mariachipdn2014.

Maija DiGiorgio Stand up with opener Isak Allen. For details see Thurs., Aug. 3. Cauche Mar Nola, Evers Odd/tripped out New Orleans punk rock burlesque music with local openers S.A.D. Cafe de Tolteca, 602 Magoffin Ave., Ste. 1B, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $5, 915-303-7444. Frances Rodriguez Memorial Wonderland Concert Night of live music by Marcelo Rodche y Friends. 100% of proceeds benefit individuals with special needs. Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St., 7 p.m., $15, $20 balcony, 915-342-2464. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Maudie’ Based on a true story, a Canadian artist becomes a live-in maid for a fishmonger, they fall in love, and then Canada falls in love with her art. Event runs Aug. 4-10, 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. DiscoSucks DJs Joe N, Jason O and Cesar play. Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango Ave., 9 p.m., 915-307-7736, facebook.com/ clubhereiloveyou.

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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, 915-7554332., archaeology.elpasotexas.gov.

Prok & Fitch House music. Dress code enforced. Age 18+ Plum, 500 San Fransisco Ave., 9 p.m., $10, eventbrite.com.

Story Time Stories, crafts and activities. All El Paso Libraries, 11 a.m., free, 915-212-READ, elpasolibrary.org.

Miel San Marcos Spanish pop music performance. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Dr., 7 p.m., $20-$25, ticketmaster.com.

Crafts for Kids: Space Visitors Class focuses on visitors from space. Crafts are free, museum admission ain’t. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free-$5.

La Parada Dance party and art night. The San Carlos Building, 501 Texas Ave., 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5 21+, $10 under 21, 915-351-6023, facebook.com/ LaParadaEP.

El Paso Apple User Group Monthly hands-on workshop. Equipment (Mac, iPad, iPhone, etc.) required. All levels of expertise invited. 1000 Montana Avenue, 9:30-1:30 a.m., facebook. com/groups/epaug. Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic Fundamental rifle marksmanship skills with stories about the important role that marksmanship played during the Revolutionary War. EPCC Law Enforcement Training Academy, 10700 Gateway Blvd. East, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $60, 713-545-9327, appleseedusa.org.

Tap & Cork Craft beer and wine fest. Bar games. Music performances art and craft vendors. Age 18+ Event runs Aug. 5-6, 2-10 p.m. Sat., 12-6 p.m. Sun. Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill St., 2-10 p.m., $15-$18, 915-588-8247, neonticket.com. ‘Yeoman of the Guard’ The Gilbert & Sullivan Company of El Paso presents a comedy about a gentleman imprisoned for sorcery who marries so his jerk cousin doesn’t inherit anything. For details see Fri., Aug. 4. Deeperluv: Kim Ann Foxman DJ performs. Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango Ave., 9 p.m., facebook. com/latenitesocialclub.


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LOCAL ARTIST REMAINS MYSTERIOUS ABOUT UPCOMING EXHIBIT By Miguel De Santiago comment: @whatsupweekly

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orge Alfonso Polanco Aguirre is a local artist on a mission to build up curiosity about his artwork by building up mystique. It took him seven years to produce the art pieces that will be featured in his upcoming exhibit “The Life of J” opening Aug. 5 at the International Museum of Art. “I hope I’m in the beginning stages of it,” Aguirre said. “This should be a much longer project, and it is going to continue.” We met briefly at the museum to discuss his exhibit and his motivations and intentions with his art. Cultivating a peculiar image, his dress shirt, tie, pants and shoes were all shades of blue. His beard was a little scraggly, but shaped in a way that made him look like a medieval sage. He says even his look is all part of the lead up to his exhibit. In the follow-up email to our interview, he didn’t offer a glimpse of his artwork – only two shots of

himself. During the interview, he only revealed that most of the artwork in his exhibit will be oil paintings with most based on moments from his life. “All my artwork is personal; it’s all people around me, situations around me,” Aguirre said. “Everything I’ve felt.” For this exhibit, Aguirre said he is intentionally limiting the amount of his artwork seen on the internet. In the age of instant media, it is hard for an artist to not use free platforms to showcase their work to the world, but Aguirre chose a different direction. “The only thing that you’re able to see right now is a hint towards the upcoming gallery,” Aguirre said. “It’s that experience that I want you to feel. I don’t want it just to be another profile picture or another background picture. We’ve gotten to that level nowadays where it is just that.” His website JPolancoGallery. com hardly has anything, only promoting the upcoming exhibit.

Pranic Healing Clinic Info on how to use energy medicine followed by a meditation to open the heart and crown chakras. Chakra it to me, baby. Unity Church, 1420 Alabama St., 3 p.m., free, facebook.com/lightelpaso.

Sun City Roller Derby season tickets. Contests for: sexiest rider, most like a pro, and best costume. Pershing Inn, 2909 Pershing Dr., 4-7 p.m., free, 915-566-1331, suncityrollergirls. com.

Maija DiGiorgio Stand up with opener Isak Allen. For details see Thurs., Aug. 3.

Maija DiGiorgio Stand up with opener Isak Allen. For details see Thurs., Aug. 3.

Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Maudie’ Based on a true story, a Canadian artist becomes a live-in maid for a fishmonger, they fall in love, and then Canada falls in love with her art. For details see Fri., Aug. 4.

Mariachi Sunday A big ‘ol dose of that classical Mexican folk. Happens every Sunday. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 12-5 p.m., free, 915-8607777, speakingrockentertainment. com.

Plaza Classic Film Festival Fest runs Aug. 3-13. Special guests are Richard Dreyfuss, Kathleen Turner, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Today’s events and screenings: actor Kathleen Turner autograph signing, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” “Rock-a-Doodle,” Duck Soup,” “Lilies of the Field,” “Thumbelina,” “Romancing the Stone,” “Casablanca,” “The Heart Outright,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “The Terminator” and “Paranoid Flux.” For details see Thurs., Aug. 3.

SUN. AUG. 6 Race for the Future 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk Timed sporting event with registration open to the public. Proceeds go to Community Partners of El Paso, Inc. a local nonprofit that works with abused and neglected children, and IREM El Paso, the Institute of Real Estate Management. Western Playland, 1249 Futurity, 7:30-9:30 a.m., $25, 915-760-4533, raceadventuresunlimited.com. Mechanical Bull Riding Competition Teams of four roller derby girls compete in a bracket-style tournament. Also open to patrons, chance to win 2018

Import-Dub Autoshow Classes, awards, cars. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Dr., 12 p.m.-6 p.m., free for spectators, $25 vehicle registration, elpasostreetscene.com. King Octopus Rock covers. Handlebars Bar & Grill, 1731 N. Lee Trevino Dr., 5-9 p.m., free, twitter. com/kingoctopusband. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Maudie’ Based on a true story, a Canadian artist becomes a live-in maid for a fishmonger, they fall in love, and then Canada falls in love with her art. For details see Fri., Aug. 4. Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic Fundamental rifle marksmanship skills with stories about the important role that marksmanship played during the Revolutionary War. EPCC Law Enforcement Training Academy, 10700 Gateway Blvd. East, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $60, 713-545-9327, appleseedusa.org. Tap & Cork Craft beer and wine fest. Bar games. Music performances art and craft vendors. Age 18+ Event

There, he announces that the “full website” will be available once the exhibit opens. Aguirre said taking a vow to take his art seriously and produce work with meaning has fueled the work featured in his exhibit. “The difference between this and my works previous to this is that this all falls under one theme,” Aguirre said. “I don’t want to get that specific simply because I want people to come and see the show and feel it for themselves, not just hear about it or look at it through a photograph. There’s an experience to this as it was an experience to make those seven years.”

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The Life of J. Exhibit

International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave. Opening reception Aug. 5, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Free, all ages Exhibit runs through Aug. 31 More info: 915-543-6747, facebook.com/ IMoArtEP, InternationalMuseumOfArt.net.

runs Aug. 5-6, 2-10 p.m. Sat., 12-6 p.m. Sun. Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill St., 12 p.m.-6 p.m., $15$18, 915-588-8247, neonticket.com. ‘Yeoman of the Guard’ The Gilbert & Sullivan Company of El Paso presents a comedy about a gentleman imprisoned for sorcery who marries so his jerk cousin doesn’t inherit anything. For details see Fri., Aug. 4. KISS-FM ‘Summer of Love’ Brunch Series Wine, brunch and a movie screening. Today’s movie: “Bridges of Madison County.” Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 11 a.m., drafthouse.com. Plaza Classic Film Festival Fest runs Aug. 3-13.Special guests are Richard Dreyfuss, Kathleen Turner, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Today’s screenings: “Sabrina,” “El Senor Fotografo,” “A Troll in Central Park,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “The Reluctant Astronaut,” “Citizen Kane” and “Ashes and Diamonds.” For details see Thurs., Aug. 3. Lucha Libre AAA Masked people battle. Gimnasio Municipal Neri Santos, Calle Profesora María Martínez, Cd. Juarez, 5:30 p.m., $5$7, donboleton.com.

MON. AUG. 7 Nite Jewel, Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown DJ sets. Age 18+ Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango St., 8 p.m., $5 adv., $10 door ($4 under 21 surcharge), eventbrite.com. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Maudie’ Based on a true story, a Canadian artist becomes a live-in maid for a fishmonger, they fall in love, and then Canada falls in love with her art. For details see Fri., Aug. 4.

Plaza Classic Film Festival Fest runs Aug. 3-13. Actor Kathleen Turner, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman.Today’s screenings: “The Real American: Joe McCarthy,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “The Muppet Movie,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “An American in Paris,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Once.” Plaza Theater, 125 Pioneer Plaza, 1-7:30 p.m., free-$20, plazaclassic.com.

Based on a true story, a Canadian artist becomes a live-in maid for a fishmonger, they fall in love, and then Canada falls in love with her art. For details see Fri., Aug. 4.

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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.

The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus Melodic death metal music performance with openers Oceaon, Slaughter to prevail. Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages. Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St, 6:30 p.m., $24 adv., $26 door, trickyfalls.com. Plaza Classic Film Festival Fest runs Aug. 3-13. Actor Kathleen Turner, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Today’s screenings: “Bright Lights,” “It Happened One Night,” “Benji,” “In Cold Blood,” “Psycho” and “8 1/2.” For details see Thurs., Aug. 3. Pro-Musica Summer Fest: ‘Meet the Artists’ The four day classic music fest starts with a musician meet and greet, and a screening of “Goldfinger.” Music performance by Zuill Bailey (cello), Awadagin Pratt (piano), Ben Breen (violinist) and Martin Sher (viola). Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 6 p.m., 915-8339400, elpasopromusica.org. Story Time Stories, crafts and activities. All El Paso Libraries, 11 a.m., free, 915-212-READ, elpasolibrary.org. Citizenship Classes Information to pass the United States citizen test. All El Paso Libraries, 5 p.m., free, 915212-READ, elpasolibrary.org. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Maudie’

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. AUG. 9 Mr. Showtime – David Scott Standup comedy. Event runs Aug. 9-13, 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, 915-779-5233, laff2nite.com. State Line Music Series: Chuco Soul Project R&B/soul/funk/hip-hop 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, countyline. com/StateLineMusic.html. Make Your Own Doughnut Kids and bigger people make custom doughnuts. Hillside Coffee & Doughnuts, 4935 N. Mesa St., Ste. 1B, 2-4 p.m., free, 915-474-3453. Story Time Stories, crafts and activities. All El Paso Libraries, 11 a.m., free, 915-212-READ, elpasolibrary.org. Computer Classes Information to become computer literate. All El Paso Libraries, 5:30 p.m., free, 915-212READ, elpasolibrary.org. Plaza Classic Film Festival Fest runs

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Aug. 3-13. Actor Kathleen Turner, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Today’s screenings: “Hollywood on Trial,” “Mildred Pierce,” “The Land Before Time,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Now Voyager,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” For details see Thurs., Aug. 3. Pro-Musica Summer Fest: EPp.m. 100 A fundraiser for the Education and Community Engagement Programs presented by El Paso Pro-Musica. Music performance by Zuill Bailey (cello), Awadagin Pratt (piano), Ben Breen (violinist) and Martin Sher (viola). There’s also food and spirits. El Adobe Recording Studios, 5301 El Paso Dr., 6:30 p.m., $100, 915-8339400, elpasopromusica.org. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Maudie’ Based on a true story, a Canadian artist becomes a live-in maid for a fishmonger, they fall in love, and then Canada falls in love with her art. For details see Fri., Aug. 4. 1 Million Cups Opportunity to present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. Happens every Wed. For details see Wed., Aug. 2.

EXHIBITS ‘My America’ Paintings from various artists depicting their America. Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano Dr., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, 915-534-7377, elpasoartassociation.com. Ends 8/5/17. New Acquisitions New additions to the permanent collection including Joshua Shane Flores, Felice House, Wendy Red Star, Jim Waid and more. NMSU Art Gallery, 1390 E. University Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, 575-6462545, uag.nmsu.edu. Ends 8/18/17.


CALENDAR AUGUST 2-9, 2017 The Red That Colored the World Explores the use of the cochineal bug, used to create a red pigment, throughout history and places and art styles. 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, free, 915-2120300, elpasomuseumofart.org. Ends 8/20/17. ‘Nature’ The New Mexico Watercolor Society’s Southern Chapter’s new exhibit. Southwest Environmental Center’s Cottonwood Gallery, 275 N. Main St., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., free, 575-5225552. Ends 8/31/17. ‘The Life of J’ New paintings from local Jorge Alfonso Polanco Aguirre. International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-543-6747, internationalmuseumofart.net. Ends 8/31/17. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts August Exhibit Dual exhibit. Photographs by Bob Zolto. Paintings by Frank Peacock. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470A Calle de Guadalupe, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 575-522-2933, mesillavalleyfinearts. com. Ends 8/31/17. An American Animator, Don Bluth Celebration of the 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival. An El Paso native animator known for “Anastasia” and “All Dogs Go To Heaven.” 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, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-2120300, elpasomuseumofart.org. Ends 9/7/17.

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Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings Twenty-three copper-plate etchings produced in the early 1980s by a Native American artist. 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, 12-5 p.m., free, 915-212-0300, elpasomuseumofart. org. Ends 10/8/17. ‘American Plains Artists’ The 32nd annual juried exhibit and sale features 104 two-and three-dimensional realistic and representational artworks in traditional media that depicts the American Great Plains region. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., 12-5 p.m., nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. Ends 11/5/17. Fauna & Flora of New Mexico 32 photographs of a variety of birds in their natural habitat. Pictures are by the Las Cruces photographer Nirmal Khandan. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., 12-5 p.m., $2-$5, 575-522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. Ends 12/3/17. Suzi Davidoff: Simplified World Explores human-wrought changes in the ecosystem. Drawings on found maps and globes with accompanying hand-drawn animation. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 12/15/17.

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AUDITIONS Midnight Bizarre – Call to Vendors and Artists Local sales peeps needed. Event is Aug. 12 at the Love Buzz. facebook.com/Head-Up-Promotions. Due 8/12/17.

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El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra Auditions Local musicians needed. free, 915-525-5975, epsyos.org. Due 8/19/17.

CLUBS & HOBBIES El Paso Bicycle Club Typically for road bikes. Training rides, evening rides, beginning, intermediate and leaderless rides. Helmet required, 915-581-2912, memberships@elpasobicycleclub. com or elpasobicycleclub.com. El Paso’s Northeast Quilters Guild 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. 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.

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By Gustavo Arellano comment: @whatsupweekly

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Dear Mexican: I’m half Mexican and half white on my conservative, Christian, Republican father’s side. Growing up, I was discouraged from learning Spanish by my father and his family (while mi abuela tried to teach me anyway) and so I never learned. I’m currently having to learn as an adult. My father’s family always tried to impress upon me their specific beliefs on all topics. My grandfather and I have gotten into arguments since I was 8 about his racist attitude toward those of a brown background, and I’m constantly having to remind him that myself and mi prima are both half-Mexican (for her, on her father’s side), even going to the extent of adding Perez to my last name (it’s my mom’s maiden name) and going by Morgan-Perez for the last few years. I know what I had to deal with growing up, and now with the whole immigration fiasco, my grandfather continues on and on. My little 8-year-old prima is stuck in the middle and is really starting to feel bad about herself because of this. She is torn between loving her grandpa and loving her personal background. How can I help her? - Confused Half Breed Dear Pocho: If having you and your little cousin as grandkids hasn’t convinced your abuelito that Mexicans are good people, then que se vaya a la ch*ng*d*. Blood is thicker than water, they say – but it’s not thicker than horchata, so Mexican’s ain’t obliged to genuflect before their elders. There are entire swaths of cousins who didn’t talk to their grandmas for decades because of some perceived slight the abuelas paid on their mom or dad back in the rancho. And, sometimes, the grandma or grandpa in the family was an unrepentant *ssh*l*. Respect and honor is very important for Mexicans, but so is common sense, so I’d tell your primita to tell your grandpa to f*ck off and be proud of her Mexican part – best thing you can do to shape her young mind.

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I’ve read many of the letters people have sent you here at this column, and I must say that it seems a little one-sided. I’m a Welshman, trying to get my green card. I spent nine months in La Habra, and in my experience the friendliest people were the Mexican/ community. I received better service at Gonzalez Northgate Markets than I did in Wal-Mart. The other customers were friendlier too. So, my question is: why do you get so many letters form people who appear to dislike or even hate Mexicans? - Soon-to-Be Immigrant

Dear Taffy: I found your letter behind a nopal in my archives, so I’m not sure what year you sent this letter in. What you describe was once true but ain’t the case anymore. Time was when the Mexican would get cartloads of nasty letters from losers – but since I always get the last word, they got a can of chile powder thrown on their pride again and again, and word got around. Nowadays, straight-out hate letters are as rare in my mailbox as a Mexican FIFA World Cup championship because the haters know better than to write in, even though we live in a historically bad time for Mexicans in el Norte. I think all good people can take a lesson from my experience: when the haters go for you, don’t ignore them—fight back with humor, stats, and DESMADRE, and they’ll scatter away like the cucarachas they are. ___ Ask the Mexican at themexican@askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano or follow him on Instagram @gustavo_arellano!

Society for Creative Anachronisms Non-profit medieval recreation organization. Has weekly meetings and medieval combat practice. Eastwood Park, 10259 Album Ave., 915-274-4947 or southernpass.org. Meetings every Sunday. 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, 575-202-1937. 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., 915588-3747 or facebook.com/groups/ PEEPofElPaso. PRSW El Paso Public Relations Association of the Southwest is a networking organization for public relations professionals. 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. The School of Etiquette and Enrichment Poise/posture classes, basic etiquette and dining skills for teens and adults. Location varies, information and registration at 915-355-0992 or elpasoetiquette.com. UFO Discussion Group El Pasoans discuss extraterrestrials. Cielo Vista Public Library, 915-755-0473 or w717688@yahoo.com. Yarn Addicts Crochet Guild of America The Yarn Addicts learn new techniques and promote crocheting as a fun, useful and fashionable fiber art. JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, 10501 Gateway Blvd. W., facebook.com/ CrochetElPasoYarnAddicts.

ATTRACTIONS 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), 915-851-9997 or visitelpasomissiontrail.com. 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. Mt. Cristo Rey 29-foot Christ statue on the peak of an 800 foot mountain. Sunland Park, NM, 915-252-9840 or mtcristorey. 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 512389-8911, 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.

CALENDAR AUGUST 2-9, 2017 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, Mexico. San Elizario Historic District 4 art galleries, 7 studios and 3 gift shops. Self-guided and guided tour of 17 historic sites. 1500 Main St., San Elizario, TX, shop/gallery operating times vary, 915-851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org. Scenic Drive Road round the Franks. Good 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. Transborde Yellow buses that travel from downtown El Paso to Juárez. $2, $13 to Juárez airport (res. req.), 915235-8268.

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. 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. 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.

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