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DON’T FORGET! Our free adult coloring book night is this Thursday, June 29 at DeadBeach Brewery on 406 S Durango St. The fun starts at 5 p.m., and we’ll be celebrating the work of artist Marcos Rey, who illustrated this month’s Coloring Corner. We’re excited about our new partnership with DeadBeach and to be a part

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hoa – I can’t believe we’re already in our second Best of the Best round! If you’re wondering why we decided to split our annual BOTB awards into four parts – the answer is simple. Highlighting the winners, which includes over 100 categories, in four sections makes BOTB more digestible for readers. After all, I assign my freelancers to do write-ups on each and every one of the winners, which takes time and naturally costs money. We aim to make them fun and hope readers enjoy them. Highlighting the winners 25-40 at a time makes our BOTB issues way more reader-friendly. Reading my writers’ profiles on each winner deepens my pride in this city. El Paso has long been deemed as Hell Paso by those who constantly proclaim that there’s nothing to do here. Despite the numerous publications in this city that highlight all that there is to do, there are still plenty of people who think that way. The only thing that makes this city hellish is its relentless heat, but its worth it when you think of the cost of living, the friendly people and the countless events that happen throughout the year – many of which are free. In fact, I’m constantly thinking that there’s too much to do in this region. Do I enroll in the Thursday pottery class at the El Paso Museum of Art or for the Coding with Brew class at Fab Lab El Paso? Do I go to Pop Goes the Fort for my July 4th celebration or do I drive over to Las Cruces for the Fourth of July picnic at La Viña Winery? (P.S. see our roundup on page 17!) Should I spend my Labor Day weekend at the Sun City Music Festival or should I drive out to Ruidoso, New Mexico for a peaceful getaway? The possibilities are endless and I wanna do it all, damn it! So the next time I hear that there’s nothing to do here, I’m going to roll up a copy of What’s Up and—hand it to that lovely, misinformed person ;D! (That’s right, I used an emoticon, an editor’s most hated faux pas. Dun dun dunnnnnn!) In all seriousness, I hope this issue inspires you to get out of the house, party and play.

1. Nominate Anyone and everyone in the regional area can nominate. Nominations happen online at whatsuppub.com. What’s Up vets nominees to ensure they qualify for the category. Nominations don’t decide winners. They determine the Top 10 finalists in each category, which will advance to the final ballot for the vote. The Top 10 finalists from the previous year are automatically seeded when nominations open.

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What’s Up’s Best of the Best is a reader’s choice contest to name and celebrate El Paso’s favorite people and places. The categories are grouped into four parts scheduled throughout the year. This week, we are proud to publish Part 2: Party & Play, highlighting some of El Paso’s hottest spots and events that offer an abundance of entertainment. Whether you’re a fashionista, outdoorsy adventurer, cinephile or pub crawler – there’s a little something for everyone. The Best of the Best series is a great community resource for locals and visitors. From planning a short weekend getaway to finding the perfect spot to woo your date, consider this list a local guide for those who are allergic to boredom. Thank you to our readers who took the time to vote and congratulations to the winners. Save the date for Best of the Best Part 3: Around Town. Nominations open July 14. Visit WhatsUpPub.com for more information.

2. Vote The voting ballot is available online. Voters must register to use the system and must provide some information to participate. Only one vote per person and only local participants qualify.

Best Annual Event .............................................................................................................................5 Best Bar ............................................................................................................................................5 Best Cafe Hangout ............................................................................................................................6 Best City Trail ....................................................................................................................................6 Best Day Trip .....................................................................................................................................6 Best Dive Bar ....................................................................................................................................7 Best Event Series ..............................................................................................................................7 Best Family Outing ............................................................................................................................8 Best Gay Bar .....................................................................................................................................8 Best Golf Course ...............................................................................................................................8 Best Happy Hour .............................................................................................................................10 Best Karaoke ...................................................................................................................................10 Best Kids’ Birthday Spot .................................................................................................................11 Best Live Music Venue ....................................................................................................................11 Best Outdoor Patio..........................................................................................................................12 Best Outdoor Recreation ................................................................................................................12 Best Place For Bar Games..............................................................................................................12 Best Place To Get Down ..................................................................................................................12 Best Place To Puff/ Smoke Shop ....................................................................................................13 Best Place To See A Movie ..............................................................................................................13 Best Place To Take A Date ..............................................................................................................14 Best Sporting Event ........................................................................................................................14 Best Sports Bar ...............................................................................................................................14 Best Spot For Day Drinking.............................................................................................................14 Best Wedding Venue .......................................................................................................................14 2017 CONTEST COMPLETE

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3. Results Shortly after the vote we tally the winners and reveal the results online.

4. Congratulate NOW: We celebrate and dedicate a print issue to the winners. Best of the Best contributing writers: Lisa Amaya, Miguel De Santiago, Steve Escajeda, Denise Nelson-Prieto, Andrea Sandoval, Austin Savage, Isabel Walters, Jennifer Burton

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El Paso Fashion Week is the Southwest’s premier haute couture extravaganza, sweeping this year’s Best Annual Event category. This two-year winner combines glitz, glory and glam to create a four-day fashiongasm. The brainchild of brothers Robert and Hector Chavez, EPFW showcases the hottest designs by some of the world’s foremost fashion innovators. “ W e live in a

city where a lot of people believed there was no fashion,” said Robert. “This event takes fashion to a whole new level.” The fashion-forward siblings attended several major fashion week events nationwide, including Miami and New York, before diving headlong into the creation of EPFW seven years ago. Top professional models from around the country grace the runway each year, highlighting the fashion realm’s hottest creations. EPFW seems to one-up itself year after year, and the team works tirelessly to incorporate new energy and innovative themes. “We really do our homework to find fresh faces and new designers and to think of different themes to outdo the previous year,” said Hector. “We work hard and everyone brings something different to the table.” More info: Look for the next El Paso Fashion Week in October, which will culminate at Grace

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Gardens. Follow EPFW at facebook.com/ ElpFashionWeek and on Instagram @ElPasoFashionWeek. Runner-up: Chalk the Block – 400 W San Antonio Ave., 915-212-0110, ChalkTheBlock.com Best Bar

Hope & Anchor

“They have Lone Star!” Such were the words of Texas ex-patriate and Idaho transplant Robert Mangold when asked why Hope & Anchor was voted El Paso’s best bar. From their extensive beer and liquor selection to their sprawling, lush patio and eclectic design — regulars and newbies alike love the atmosphere, service and selection Hope & Anchor has to offer. “The artwork here is unique and hand-designed, constantly revolving and keeping it fresh,” Hope & Anchor owner

Chris Lewels said. “It’s a place for all ages and all demographics from suits and ties to college kids. You can come in and have a conversation; the music isn’t blaring.” The fun at Hope & Anchor goes well beyond happy hour specials. “We try to be more than a bar; we participate in charity events and things for the community,” Lewels added. “That’s always been our goal.” Open from 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Wednesday and 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Sunday, Hope & Anchor offers a little something for everyone – even Lone Star. More info: 4012 N. Mesa St., 915-5338010, HopeAndAnchorElPaso.com Runner-up: Touch Bar & Nightclub – 11395 James Watt, facebook.com/TouchBarElPaso Continued on 6

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Joe, Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Café Photo by Jorge Salgado

Best Café Hangout

Joe, Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Café

Local hipster haunt Joe, Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Café is this year’s top taker for Best Café Hangout. The establishment has volleyed the title back and forth with Hillside Donut Co. for the last several years. But once again, JVB has proven they’ve captured the formula for success. For owner Christina Estrada, there is much more to her joint than great coffee, a delectable selection of craft beer and a menu that offers the ever-so-popular 420 fries (topped with tomato, cilantro, mozzarella, feta and salsa). “There is something unique about what we do,” she said. “It’s a synergy of all the elements we’ve put together to create a very welcoming, non-exclusive space.” When the café first opened its doors several years ago, Estrada set out to establish a place with a little something for everyone, where pretension is checked at the door and the fun, fresh vibes flow like wine – which they also offer, by the way. She is a creative visionary whose hard work and elbow grease have turned JVB into a hip, warm and welcoming place! More info: 824 N. Piedras St., 915-8010475, facebook.com/jvnbcafe Runner-up: Eloise – 255 Shadow Mountain Dr., Suite A, 915-581-2441, EloiseElPaso.com

Best City Trail

McKelligon Canyon

With its breathtaking view of the sun setting on the Franklin Mountains and the McKelligon Canyon Challenge 5K run that continues to garner countless participants every fall, it’s no wonder McKelligon Canyon was voted Best City Trail by What’s Up readers. “It is absolutely my favorite place,” said Martha Fernandez, What’s Up’s circulation director who frequents the trail. “I love the hills. I love the climb. I’ve been doing it for about a year, and I probably do it three times a week.” McKelligon Canyon was named after rancher and realtor Maurice J. McKelligon, who lived in El Paso during the 1880s. As many already know, its amphitheater is the home of the 40-year show “Viva! El Paso,” the Cool Canyon Nights music series and the free Movies in the Canyon series, which is scheduled to begin in August of this year. “McKelligon canyon is used by so many, of all shapes, sizes and ages,” Franklin Mountain Wilderness Coalition secretary Judy Ackerman said. “It is a special place that makes you feel that you are transported back hundreds of years while you are still in the middle of our city.” Ackerman’s trail recommendation? “The top of McKelligon canyon road is the start of the Ron Coleman trail,” she said. “Try it. Bring at least two quarts of water.”

More info: 1331 McKelligon Canyon Drive, 915-566-6441, tpwd.texas.gov/ state-parks/franklin-mountains Runner-up: El Paso Museum of Archaeology and Wilderness Park – 4301 Transmountain Rd., 915-755-4332, archaeology.elpasotexas.gov

Best Day Trip

Ruidoso, New Mexico

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compress, Ruidoso truly offers something for everyone. “El Paso loves Ruidoso as its favorite getaway for our cool summer temperatures, our outdoor recreation and our unique shopping,” said Gina Kelley, director of tourism for the Village of Ruidoso. What’s on Kelley’s Ruidoso visitor bucket list? 1) Sit on a deck with friends and family and enjoy the mountain ambiance. 2) Shop and dine in mid-town, where there are no chain stores or restaurants. 3) Fish the Rio Ruidoso, Grindstone or Alto Lakes for trout. 4) Catch a show at the Spencer Theater of the Performing Arts. 5) Zipline on the Wind Rider Zip Tour at Ski Apache or the Apache Eagle Zip Rider at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. More info: Plan your getaway at DiscoverRuidoso.com or call 877-784-3676.

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Ozomatli kicked off the series on June 4. (Photo by Victoria G. Molinar)

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Runner-up (It’s a tie!): White Sands National Monument – 9955 Highway 70, Alamagordo, NM 88310. 575-479-6124, nps. gov/whsa/index.htm; Cattleman’s Steak House – 3450 S Fabens Carlsbad Rd, 915544-3200, CattlemansSteakhouse.com Best Dive Bar

Montrae Lounge

First established in 1961, The Montrae Lounge has been a cozy corner to sip on cocktails and relax with friends. Its name comes from a combination of McRae Boulevard and Montana Avenue, where the bar is located. In 1991, the place began to find its present identity when it was purchased by Ingrid McKee. She ran the bar and raised its reputation until passing on the business recently to Amy Wood, Marisa Monarez and Jody McKinnon. The trio takes tremendous pride in continuing on the tradition of being the friendliest bar in El Paso. “If you don’t already know someone here, it won’t take long to find someone to talk with,” Wood said. There is plenty of kindness to go with your drink and there is no better place to find smiles on faces and time to unwind. With a low price menu and a great amount of drink specials and their doors opening at 7 a.m. daily, the Montrae Lounge is always

Montrae Lounge Photo by Jorge Salgado

down to take care of you all day, everyday. More info: 9606 Montana Ave., 915-5908110, Facebook: @MontraeLounge Runner-up (It’s a tie!): The Tap – 408 E. San Antonio Ave., 915-532-1848, facebook. com/TheTapBarEP; L & J Café – 3622 E. Missouri Ave., 915-566-8418, LandJCafe.com Best Event Series

Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars is no stranger to earning What’s Up’s Best Event Series award. The popular free event is currently in its 34th season, making it one of El Paso’s longest running concert series. MUTS brings in both local and national acts – including Grammy Award winners like Los Lonely Boys – to the Chamizal National Memorial and Cohen Stadium. One highlight of this year’s series was Latin funkrock band Ozomatli’s performance on June 4. This year, concertgoers can expect a variety of other music genres like pop, coun-

try, salsa and the popular Noche Ranchera with local Mariachi group Los Arrieros. “This is El Paso at its finest,” said Erin Ritter, public affairs coordinator of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. “Kids and all ages are welcome. It’s an opportunity to see acts that normally cost $2030 for free.” This coming July 4, El Pasoans can enjoy a changeup for the annual MUTS Independence Day celebration. On Tuesday, expect to see Neon Circus, a Brooks & Dunn tribute band, rather than the El Paso Wind Symphony. As with every July 4 tradition at the Chamizal, the night will culminate with a fireworks spectacular. More info: MUTS continues on Sundays until July 23 at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 San Marcial. Call 915-212-0110 or visit facebook.com/MusicUnderTheStars for the complete lineup and event info. Runner-up: Burlesque on the Rio – facebook.com/BurlesqueOnTheRio Continued on 8


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said she loves Touch. “It’s like the hottest club in L.A. dropped in El Paso,” she commented. No matter what spectrum of the rainbow you’re on, Touch has something for you! More info: 11395 James Watt, facebook. com/TouchBarElPaso Runner-up: The Briar at Hyde – 508 N. Stanton St., 915-577-9555, facebook. com/BriaratHyde Best Golf Course

Butterfield Trail

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Best Family Outing

El Paso Chihuahuas baseball game

Maybe it’s the food, maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s Chico – or maybe it’s the antics between innings, fireworks, giveaways and the kids zone. Maybe it’s simply the play on the field. Whatever it is, the El Paso Chihuahuas have been voted the Best Family Outing in the Sun City. From their inception, the goal has always been to be the go-to venue for sports fans and their families. “We always put the family first and are always trying to come up with new ways to entertain the kids and make the experience as fun for them as possible,” said Angela Olivas, director of marketing and communications for the Chihuahuas. With a constant barrage of nightly promotions and quirky themes (think “A

League of Their Own” and Lucha Libre nights), the Chihuahuas are the overwhelming choice for families to enjoy a night out. Laugh, dine, shop, cool off under some dancing fountains, maybe leave with a freebie or two and, oh yeah – enjoy a baseball game. More info: ElPasoChihuahuas.com, facebook.com/epchihuahuas, Twitter: @epchihuahuas Runner-up (It’s a tie!): El Paso Zoo – 4001 E. Paisano, 915-212-0966, ElPasoZoo.org; Cattleman’s Steakhouse – 3450 S Fabens Carlsbad Rd, 915-544-3200, CattlemansSteakHouse.com Best Gay Bar

Touch Bar & Nightclub

The newly relocated Touch Bar has swept up the title for Best Gay Bar. This glitzy, glammy tower of scintillation, sass and sin, nestled at 11395 James Watt, is a sumptuous mecca for El Paso’s LGBTQ

community. The club is equipped with classy furnishings, chandeliers, a fabulous stage, clean, spacious bathrooms and perhaps the crowning jewel of club culture – plenty of parking spaces which are not a mile-long trek away! For club co-owner Carlos Diaz De Leon, Touch’s clientele is what makes it tops. “I feel the customers are what make it the best,” he said. “[I love] just seeing how happy they are when they’re there.” Tight-bodied go-go dancers – clad only in shiny boy shorts – provide more eye candy, as they sway and thump to the beats of the club DJ. The club regularly hosts drag shows, as well as burlesque and other entertainment. Burlesque on the Rio performer (and recent winner for What’s Up’s “Best Stage Performer” category) Bettie Mae Wiggles

Designed by famed golf course architect Tom Fazio, the Butterfield Trail Golf Course has racked up many accolades since opening in 2007. The course features 18 unique holes that make use of the area’s natural topography and even takes the unpredictable El Paso wind into account in its design. Other than lazy days or team-building activities playing on the course, the facility is also available for any special occasion. The golf course takes its name from a mail and passenger trail that used to be active from 1858-1861. Out of the 2,800 miles that it ran, more than 700 of those miles ran through Texas, and part of that old traveling trail runs through the golf course today. “It’s a nice golf course, it has a nice design that provides a little bit more challenge than a regular course and it’s well maintained,” said local golfing regular, Jodi Copley. “The pro shop has a good selection and the restaurant is nice. The historical perspective makes it unique to the region.” Butterfield Trail Golf Course will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary and player development month throughout June. Curious beginners can take advantage of free lessons throughout the month starting at 5 p.m. The course will also feature nightly family nights. Course regContinued on 10

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ulars can bring in a new golfer every day for a dollar fee and every Friday features a driving range social. You can book a tee time online or by calling 915-772-1038. More info:1858 Cottonwoods Drive, 915-772-1031, ButterfieldTrailGolf.com Runner-up: Painted Dunes – 12000 McCombs St. 915-821-2122, PaintedDunes.com Best Happy Hour

Hope & Anchor

You’ve been watching the seconds tick away on your desktop clock. When is this day going to end? You speed-walk to your car. It’s 108ºF outside and you’re wearing heavy office attire, begging for the first chance to rip that tie and blazer off and get into the car and cruise down Mesa home

to –– What? They closed lanes again?!? There’s another %^*$ accident??!! As you sigh, hanging your head into the cushion of your car horn, you see it out of the corner of your eye – an oasis in an asphalt desert. You don’t need to sit, inching towards the light on Executive for 40 minutes. You’ll go wait it out with a beer. Located conveniently between Downtown, UTEP, and the Westside, Hope & Anchor makes the perfect place for a quick cocktail and bite with co-workers and friends. “Our happy hour specials vary,” Hope & Anchor bartender Rodney Harris said. “Like on Thursdays, we have $3 tequilas. Sundays are our Texas nights, so we serve liquor and beer that’s Texas based.” With happy hour and “super happy hour” specials starting from 12-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, signature and classic cocktails and other weekly promotions, it’s no wonder Hope & Anchor won top honors for Happiest of Hours. More info: 4012 N. Mesa St., 915-5338010, HopeAndAnchorElPaso.com Runner-up: Kona Grill – 8889 Gateway West Blvd, STE. 1740, 915-249-3803, KonaGrill.com

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Best Karaoke

Tri Star Karaoke at Special Edition

Special Edition Karaoke is bringing the songs you love sung (occasionally) by the people you may know (all too often) with the date you came with. Mastering the ancient Japanese tradition of karaoke is no easy task, but Sam Pascale has been voted El Paso’s greatest practitioner. Todd Carroll, a Canadian expat who recently moved from El Paso to Los Angeles for his acting career, was a regular at Special Edition’s karaoke nights. Whenever he visits El Paso to see friends and family, he makes sure to schedule in a karaoke night at the ever-so-popular joint. Carroll raves about his karaoke man, Sam. “He is super easy going and treats everyone really well – no egos here at all,” Carroll said. While the recent trend in karaoke circles has been to up the ante a bit with cash prizes and competitive incentives such as entry into “The Voice,” Special Edition specializes in keeping it loose – often playing gag videos and working to find laughter in between the songs. As Todd can attest, “It is such a good time there with the regulars.” More info: 3333 N Yarbrough Dr., 915595-0558, facebook.com/SpecialEditionBar

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Runner-up (It’s a tie!): Coconut’s Bar and Grill – 816 N. Piedras St., 915566-3044, facebook.com/CoconutsBarandGrill; Rubiks Arcade Bar – 4025 N. Mesa (West) & 11395 James Watt STE 16A (East), 915-231-6750, facebook.com/RubiksArcadeBar

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Best Live Music Venue

Don Haskins Center

Home to the UTEP Miners during basketball season, the Don Haskins Center has hosted many of the most popular concerts to come through El Paso, including Juan Gabriel, Shakira, Britney Spears, and most recently, Elton John. With 11,000-plus seating, the auditorium has allowed El Paso audiences to enjoy the entertainment of big-name acts

we might have otherwise not been able to enjoy. One example that comes to mind is Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo” which gave the Sun City nights of awe-inspiring acrobatic fun. “The Don Haskins Center is a truly versatile building that provides great acoustics, unobstructed sightlines and a very intimate feel by design for each and every production that visits our arena,”

said Julian E. Valdes, marketing manager for UTEP’s Office of Special Events. “Our goal, as a venue in this vibrant market, is to sell our arena and region to agents and promoters around the country. “We highlight the many things that El Paso and the region offers and let them know we are committed to making their event a success, so promoters and artists alike can return time and time again.” More info: 151 Glory Rd., 915-747-5481, UTEPSpecialEvents.com

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Paso, PPP offers the best in party packages, great food and lots of family fun. “At Peter Piper Pizza, we pride ourselves on making every occasion a memorable celebration” said VP of marketing for the franchise, Howard Smith. According to him, since the restaurant’s establishment in 1982, a winning formula of fresh, made-from-scratch food and stateof-the-art-entertainment have set Peter Piper Pizza apart. “This combination of great food and great fun makes Peter Piper Pizza the perfect place for any celebration, especially a child’s birthday party,” he said. For under $9 per child, you can throw an unforgettable party. Packages include pizza, drinks, 10 game tokens, cake and ice cream, prize tickets, invitations and a party hostess for an hour and a half. Spacious game rooms, fresh, handmade food and plenty of family entertainment are few of the reasons this longtime El Paso staple is tops for birthday fun!

Runner-up: Plaza Theatre – 125 W Mills Ave., 915-534-0609, elpasolive.com

More info: L5230 E Paisano Dr., 915778-3777; 6640 Montana Ave., 915-7723000; and additional locations, PeterPiperPizza.com

Best Kids’ Birthday Spot

Runner-up: El Paso Zoo – 4001 E. Paisano, 915-212-0966, ElPasoZoo.org

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Best Outdoor Patio

Hope & Anchor

What makes Hope and Anchor an “Epic Patio Bar,” as it’s deemed on its website? Its epic patio, of course! Hope & Anchor’s centerpiece has always been its lushly-appointed patio, which was built with consideration to the building’s former life as a plant nursery. “I designed and built everything that’s out in the patio. I think it’s a huge element of this place,” Hope & Anchor owner Chris Lewels said. “You can go out under the shade, read a book or hang out with friends and just chill out.” Stretch out your liver with Casa de Yoga at their monthly Detox to Retox Yoga on the patio. Enjoy the shade, breeze and the view of the trees and Fralnkin Mountains with one of Hope and Anchor’s signature cocktails. Reflect with a Paloma Old Fashioned by the koi pond. Unwind under rustling leaves with a summer sangria. Don’t be afraid to take a little daycation. More info: 4012 N. Mesa St., 915-5338010, HopeAndAnchorElPaso.com Runner-up: Aceituna’s Beer Garden – 5200 Doniphan, 915-845-2277, AceitunasBeerGarden.com Best Outdoor Recreation

Franklin Mountains State Park

If you’re looking for affordable fun and have a need to reconnect with nature, then you don’t have to travel too far in El Paso thanks to the Franklin Mountains State Park. “Visitors are attracted to the park because the desert provides a sense of solitude and a particular connection with nature,” said park superintendent Cesar Mendez. The park is over 20,000 square acres – making it the largest urban state park in the country. It contains over 100 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, designated areas for rock climbing, opportunities to look for geo caches (hidden “treasure chests”) and campsites for those that want to rough it in the wild. The park also hosts an annual event, the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta, which takes place September 30. Mendez said the festival’s purpose is to educate people about the desert and reconnect them with nature. “The event is co-organized by us and the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition, inviting multiple organizations to come together and have exhibits, activities and presentations about nature and the desert,” Mendez said. Just remember, the park is an active desert ecosystem with plenty of little critters and birds to watch out for. But don’t worry – the park’s website lists mountain lions as elusive animals.

More info: 1331 McKelligon Canyon Road, 915-566-6441, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ franklin-mountains Runner-up: Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld – 8804 S. Desert Blvd., 915-8862222, WetnWildWaterWorld.com Best Place For Bar Games

Rubiks Arcade Bar

Best Place for Bar Games is a new award category that was added this year. Rubiks Arcade Bar has more than 100 old school pinball and arcade games combined at its Eastside and Westside locations. The venue takes you back to the days when playing NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, Pac Man, Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong and many others was the thing to do at a friend’s house or the local arcade. The Eastside location also has a pool table and dart boards. Kids of all ages are welcome to play the video games between noon and 7 p.m. on Sundays and between 3-7 p.m. on all other days. Rubiks also hosts birthday parties and events for all ages. Rubiks plans to host more arcade tournaments in the future. Aside from the games, Cody Stephens, a Rubiks manager, said great customer service and a fun atmosphere sets Rubiks apart. “We have lots of regulars,” Stephens said. “Everyone is welcome.” More info: 4025 North Mesa, 915-2316750; 11395 James Watt, Suite A16, 915261-7327, RubiksArcadeBar.com Runner-up: Dave & Buster’s – 6101 Gateway Blvd West, STE 2006, 915-6045400, daveandbusters.com/el-paso

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Pershing Inn

Best Sports Bar

Pershing Inn has a long and interesting history. The central El Paso bar originally opened its doors in front of a house in 1946. At first, the bar only fit in around 49 people. Today, the hot hangout spot has indoor and outdoor bar areas and offers a fun and relaxing atmosphere. “There’s always live bands to dance to,” said Jose Jimenez, a manager at Pershing Inn, adding that local bands perform at the venue four nights a week. Open Monday-Wednesday from 11a.m. to midnight and Thursday-Sunday from 11a.m. to 2 a.m., Pershing Inn also hosts karaoke nights and other events like arm wrestling, loteria and lip syncing tournaments. Since Pershing Inn sponsors El Paso’s Sun City Roller Girls, they stop by monthly. The Sun City Roller Girls co-founder who goes by Frida Krueger said the group enjoys events like the dunking booth and arm wrestling. “We bring our crowd there and our fans follow us,” Krueger said. “We always have a blast.” The PI is also the official after party spot of Cool Canyon Nights, a free live Continued on 13

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music series that features a local band every Thursday at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Have a grumbling stomach, but don’t want to leave the bar? Fear not, hungry one – that’s where Ray’s Steakhouse comes in! The eatery, which is part of Pershing Inn, serves up green chile cheese sliders, crispy calamari, 8-ounce angus burgers and prime cut steaks. More info: 2909 Pershing Drive, 915566-1331, PershingInn.com Runner-up: Whiskey Dick’s – 1580 George Dieter Dr., 915-921-9900, WhiskeyDicksElPaso.com Best Place To Puff/ Smoke Shop

Up in Vapor

For four years now, this E Cig supply store has held on strong to this category. If you’re breathing out mighty clouds of va-

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por on the regular, then you must always be on the lookout for spots to reload your pen with those multi-flavored cartridges. Up in Vapor has you covered with two locations (East Side and Northeast), tons of flavors to choose from (most popular is ‘Turnt’), kits available from many e-cigarette brands and accessories. Kevin Heinz, manager at Up in Vapor, says it’s the shop’s friendly customer service and its ability to customize e-cig juice that keeps Up in Vapor hanging on to its “best of” title. “We can make whatever flavor a customer wants,” Heinz said. “We make all our juices in house, we have more than 300 bases to choose from and you can mix and match.” Heinz said vaping is a viable alternative to smoking cigarettes and helps people who have been smoking for years kick their cigarette habit. “You’re not going to smell like a cigarette everywhere you go,” Heinz said.

“You smell fruity depending on what you’re vaping on. You get better taste than just tobacco.” More info: 9224 Dyer Suite A, 915-3075397; 11601 Pellicano Suite A12, 915-8415543, up-in-vapor.com Runner-up: The Headstand – 4409 Dyer, 915-566-1561, Facebook: @Headstand

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Alamo Drafthouse

Since the opening of Alamo Drafthouse in May of last year, film buffs who love to geek out over movies ranging from Academy Award winning classics to obscure art-

Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda wows the Alamo Drafthouse crowd during a weekend festival dedicated to the queen of Tejano music.

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run films, but independent films as well.” Going beyond the movie-with-popcorn format, Alamo Drafthouse, which started out in Austin, brings cinephiles an all encompassing movie lovers’ experience. Since the famous theater opened in El Paso, locals have had the chance to meet actors from movies like “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Hook.” A fan of sing-alongs? Alamo’s got that, too, with special screenings that range from musicals to music videos of the ’80s and ’90s – all of which come with prop bags. “Our big Selena event did amazing,” Alamo Drafthouse regional programming director Robert Saucedo said. The weekend extravaganza not only screened “Selena” several times, but included lookalike contests, karaoke and a live concert by tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda. “What’s crazy about that screening is that we made more money for Warner Brothers, which owns “Selena,” that weekend than they made at any point since the movie came out 20 years ago. We want to make it an annual event.” Be sure to join the Alamo Drafthouse Film Club on Facebook, where you can suggest movies and other ideas. More info: 250 E Montecillo Blvd., 915845-7469, drafthouse.com/el-paso Runner-up: Plaza Classic Film Festival – 125 W Mills Ave., 915-534-0609, PlazaClassic.com Best Place To Take A Date

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

Forget dinner and a movie – for a truly romantic date with your significant other, head instead to Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch. It’s the place where you can get one of the best meaty meals in the region, but the legendary steakhouse is more than a restaurant. The 37,000-acre property offers breathtaking sunset views from a veranda, hayrides and a small zoo with donkeys, ostriches and other furry or feathery friends. There are also guided tours and miles of ranch grounds to explore. “What makes Cattleman’s a great place for a date is our unique atmosphere, award-winning steaks and actually having time to talk to your date on the drive out and back,” says Marc Gerzymisch, vice president of Cattleman’s. While you’re there with your sweetheart, don’t forget to take a stroll by the lake and on Sundays, take part in the 45-minute hayride tour that includes stops at the Pioneer House and “Courage Under Fire” movie set. More info: L3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd, Fabens, Texas, 915-544-3200, CattlemansSteakhouse.com Runner-up: Ardovino’s Desert Crossing – 1 Ardovino Drive, 575-5890653, Ardovinos.com

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Best Sporting Event

El Paso Chihuahuas

The El Paso Chihuahuas are only in their fourth year of existence and according to the experts – the fans – they are the Best Sporting Event in the city. The key to the meteoric popularity of the team isn’t just the product they put out on the field. “It’s the whole package,” said Brad Taylor, Chihuahuas’ vice president and general manager. “The idea has always been to put the best team together that we can, as well as making the games as fun and entertaining as possible for the fans who come out.” When you throw in the fact that the Chihuahuas shocked the minor league world by winning the Pacific Coast League title last year, it’s no wonder the fans keep coming out. And the fans have come out in droves. The Chihuahuas, who consistently rank third in attendance in the 16-team league, should be seeing their 2-millionth fan walk across the turnstiles sometime before the month of June is out. More info: ElPasoChihuahuas.com, facebook.com/epchihuahuas, Twitter: @epchihuahuas Runner-up: Hyundai Sun Bowl – 4150 Pinnacle St., 915-533-4416, sunbowl. org Best Sports Bar

Twin Peaks Sunland Park

There’s a few reasons why Twin Peaks on Sunland Park Drive was voted best sports bar by What’s Up readers. General manager Hector Anguiano said he thinks it happened because the place has 60 high definition televisions, the coldest beer and arguably the best service in town. “All beer is kept at 29 degrees Fahrenheit,” Anguiano said. Twin Peaks has a wide variety of beers to choose from, including beer from downtown El Paso’s Deadbeach Brewery. Open Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m.-midnight and Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Twin Peaks offers

happy hour specials throughout the week. And of course, there’s the food! Anguiano highly recommends the grilled and smoked wings. Other local customers on Facebook raved about Twin Peaks entrees like the Billionaire’s Bacon Burger and the BBQ pulled pork nachos. Louis Bender said he enjoyed his first visit to Twin Peaks because of the excellent customer service. “The wings tasted really good, especially with a beer,” Bender said. More info: 955 Sunland Park Drive, 915307-3629, facebook.com/TwinPeaksSunlandPark, TwinPeaksRestaurant.com Runner-up: Border City Ale House – 1506 N. Lee Trevino, Suite G, 915-5992828, BorderCityAleHouse.com Best Spot For Day Drinking

Hope & Anchor

It’s okay. We’ve been there, too, buddy. You finally pried yourself away from your convalescent Netflix marathon. You made it out and ran a couple of errands. You’ve got this. But your head is still pounding. You’re starving. La cruda is especially unforgiving. What you really need is a Bloody Mary and a burger. Luckily for you, Hope & Anchor opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and noon Thursday through Sunday. But day drinking doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. Come for a brunch-time egg and bacon sandwich from the neighboring Sabertooth kitchen with your refreshing mimosa, a satisfying vegetarian portabella burger for lunch paired with a Black Butte porter or just a refreshing Tecate michelada after a long, hot day. “We sell a lot of red beers and Moscow mules – those are pretty popular,” Hope & Anchor bartender Rodney Harris said. “We’re always rotating our selection and always getting new stuff, so we never have anything for too long, but we do keep the staples like Guinness, Dogfish and Deadbeach.” Whatever your tastes or reasons, Hope & Anchor has something to satisfy

your mid-day thirst. More info: 4012 N. Mesa St., 915-5338010, HopeAndAnchorElPaso.com Runner-up: Dave & Buster’s – 6101 Gateway Blvd West, STE 2006, 915-6045400, DaveAndBusters.com/el-paso Best Wedding Venue

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

You don’t have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to fall in love with the rustic elegance of Cattleman’s Steakhouse. With several wedding packages available, and a helpful and knowledgeable staff to guide you along, the venue will help you achieve the wedding of your dreams. Say your “I do’s” under a romantic gazebo adjacent by the lakeside Cantina Facility or celebrate your union inside the Horseman’s Club Facility, complete with a private courtyard with a fountain and fire pit. “We host about 72 weddings per year,” says Marc Gerzymisch, Cattleman’s vice president. “We have an esteemed reputation and more than 40 years of experience, as well as very competitive package prices. We don’t charge to rent the venue – only for food.” All wedding packages include a Mesquite-smoked barbecue brisket dinner with beans, coleslaw, potato salad and bread, served on real plates, plus one employee for every 35 guests More info: 3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd., Fabens, Texas, 915-544-3200, RanchStyleWeddings.com Runner-up: Grace Gardens – 6709 Westside Dr., 915-877-2745, ElPasoGraceGardens.com


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The Cry, Dead on the Wire Punk rock music performance with opener Sin Buenos. Age 21+ Boomtown, 2430 Wyoming Ave., 9 p.m., free. 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. 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 p.m.-2 p.m., 915-831-1372, epcc.edu/ Calendars. 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., free, lccorral12@gmail. com.

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Live Jazz Locals perform music. The Tap Bar & Restaurant, 408 E. San Antonio Ave., 10 p.m., 915-532-1848, facebook.com/TheTapBarEP. So Loud Thursdays: Mike Will MadeIt Rap music performance. Age 21+ Born and Raised, 2106 N. Zaragoza Rd., 9 p.m., $15-$25, 915-996-1066, bornandraisedeptx.com. ‘Alter Egos II’ Art exhibit by L.A. artist Diego Mendoza. there’s also music, food, pet/family friendly. Dream Chasers Club, 200 S. Santa Fe St., 7 p.m.-11 p.m., free, 915-342-6357. ‘Will & Grace” Hag-A-Long Watch party – like people watching TV, the watches have not risen, they are not anthropomorphized, so do not call the National Guard. The M Factor, 701 Montana Ave., 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., free, 915-212-6615, facebook.com/ MFactor915. Music on the Plaza: Wait For What!? Weekly, Thursday night music performance. This week’s music is blues and country and rock. Plaza de las Cruces, Main St., 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., free, 575-541-2000, las-cruces. org. Fronteriza Food Cooking: Chile Colorado Info on cooking fronteriza foods from scratch using healthy ingredients. Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave., 6 p.m., $35 , eventbrite. com. Art En Vivo: Atenas JFC Live screen printing by local artist. Free beer from Deadbeach Brewery. Coffee cart by Coffee Bean Type Roasters. DJ set. El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., free, properprintshop.com.

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ike a lot of good music, U.K. house duo Maximono came into existence through the innocent boredom between friends. After years of producing and performing in the electronic music scene, friends and tour mates Nick Hill and Sebastian Wolters longed to create something unique. “It wasn’t really exciting enough for us; we had already been doing it for a long time,” Hill said via phone from South London. “As a result of touring together a lot in the drum and bass scene, we thought, ‘Why don’t we get together and try something different?’” Hill and Wolters came together under the name Maximono and have become known for their “no rules” mixes that toss in a ton of genres. “We drew upon all our influ-

ences and the stuff that we really loved and we came up with this weird brand of house music,” Hill said. The duo recently released a two track EP called “Non Sense.” Both tracks run past five minutes and are a strange journey filled with minimalist beats with samples and synths that add ethereal textures, but retain simplicity and never feel overwhelming or cluttered. “It’s good to keep things simple sometimes,” Hill said. “I think with that EP, we wrote a bunch of tracks and all of them had quite minimal, quite bouncy, kinda seta-smile-on-your-face beats. That’s where we were on ‘Non Sense.’ It’s good vibe music, really. “We wanted a little contrast, but it’s just happy and fun and that’s exactly how we felt writing them, just having a good time, hanging out, writing beats – that’s life, basically.”

With the recent terror attacks in the U.K., Hill said the best thing people can do is stay positive. “It feels like a really bleak time right now worldwide,” Hill said. “I think that music can be such a positive thing in times like this. It can really bring people together and that will always be the case. “As a musician, as a creative, it’s the only thing I can do to try and make things better in the world.” The duo is currently on a North American tour in support of their

EP and showcasing their one-of-akind sound. “We love being in America,” Hill said. “It’s great fun. We’ve always had a good time out there, especially in Texas. Austin is one of my favorite cities.” Maximono’s show at Club Here I love You on Friday, June 30 will be the duo’s first performance in the Sun City. “Never been there before,” Hill said. “Looking forward to coming there for the first time.”

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- Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango St. - Friday, June 30, 9 p.m. - Tickets: $10 plus fees at EventBrite.com

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. Adult Coloring Book Night Part of the Last Thursdays Art Walk. Featuring local artist Marcos Rey. Deadbeach Brewery, 406 Durango St., 5 p.m., free, whatsuppub.com.

FRI. JUNE 30 Maximono House music performance. Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango St., 9 p.m., $10 , eventbrite.com. ‘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. Kaos Rock music performance. CJ’s, 7026 Alameda Ave., 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., free, 915-261-7317. Viva El Paso Musical that celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced El Paso. Event runs June 16-July 29, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, 1500 McKelligon Canyon Dr., 8 p.m., $9 , vivaelpaso.org.

‘A Masterpiece of Comic...Timing’ New comedy. Part of EPCC Summer Theatre program. Dig it hard, like Boris Karloff in “The Body Snatcher.” Event’s going to run Fri.-Sun., June 30-July 9. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. EPCC Forum Theatre, 9570 Gateway Blvd. North, 8 p.m., $15, $10 non-EPCC students and military, $7 EPCC staff/student/senior, 915-831-5056, forumtheater.com.wix.com/epcc. ‘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, 575-523-1200, lcctnm.org. ‘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., 575-523-1223, no-strings.org. Let Freedom Sing: Joe Nichols Country music with opener Tim Hurley. Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan Rd., 7 p.m., free, freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com/ events.

Evander Griiim Local rapper kicks out the jams, pumps it up, closes the bottle and also twists the cap. All ages. Real tickets at All That Music and the Grooming Lounge. Buchanan’s Event Center, 11540 Pellicano Dr, 7 p.m., $10, $30 VIP. Alfresco Fridays: Ooh La La Weekly outdoor concert series. This week is disco covers. Judson F. Williams Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, 6 p.m., free, alfrescofridays. com. Gaymer Night: United II Multiple gaming stations with multi-player, two-player and combat games. The M Factor, 701 Montana Ave., 6 p.m.-9 p.m., free, 915-212-6615, facebook. com/MFactor915. Red, White & Brew Wine and beer festival with live music and vendors. Event runs June 30-July 2, 5-10 p.m. Fri., 12-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., 5 p.m.-10 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door, redwhiteandbrewfestival.com/. 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., free, lccorral12@gmail. com.

SAT. JULY 1 Homenaje a Frida Kahlo Art display and sale. Music performances, Ballet Folklorico performs, too. Speakers and mini-art workshops happening, and a Frida Look-A-Like contest, and a screening of the movie “Frida.” Family friendly. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 12-8 p.m., free, drafthouse.com. Viva El Paso Musical that celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced El Paso. Event runs June 16-July 29, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. For details see Fri., June 30. ‘A Masterpiece of Comic...Timing’ New comedy. Part of EPCC Summer Theatre program. Dig it hard, like Boris Karloff in “The Body Snatcher.” Event’s going to run Fri.-Sun., June 30-July 9. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. For details see Fri., June 30. ‘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 30. ‘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. For details see Fri., June 30.

Music on the Lawn: Trost House Indie rock music with opener Our Friend the Mountain and Coyote Blue. The Fountains at Farrah, 8889Gateway Blvd, West, Ste. 210, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., free, fountainsatfarrah.com. XCW Wrestling Beefed out peeps muscle each other’s faces. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. , 7 p.m., $10, $5 kids. The Film Salon: Robert Mitchum Series Tonight’s flick is “The Night of the Hunter,” directed by Charles Laughton. Reverend-turned-murderer marries a fragile widow to steal $10,000 her husband hid. Pray to me, indeed. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 6:30 p.m., $3 , filmsalon.org. Abortion Access Coalition Several El Paso organizations get together, eat and talk about access to abortion. Game tournaments. Meat burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian burgers. BYOB. Memorial Park, 1701 N. Copia St., 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., free w/RSVP req., 915-213-4525, facebook.com/ URGEUTEP. Independence Day Extravaganza Activities, food and drink vendors and fireworks. Cougar Park, 10664 Socorro Rd., 6 p.m.-12 a.m., free, 915-860-8615, facebook.com/ cityofosocorro.


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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., facebook.com/CrochetElPasoYarnAddicts.

‘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 30. ‘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 30. 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, 915-860-7777, speakingrockentertainment.com. Red, White & Brew Wine and beer festival with live music and vendors. Event runs June 30-July 2, 5-10 p.m. Fri., 12-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. For details see Fri., June 30. El Paso Ice Cream Fest Oodles and oodles of a soft frozen food made with sweetened and flavored milk fat. The festival ends with a “Red, White and Boom” fireworks spectacular. Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North Blvd., 12 p.m., elpasolive. com/calendar.

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Technasia DJ brings the boogy. 18+, dress code enforced. 301, 301 S. Ochoa St., 10 p.m., free w/RSVP 21+, $10 gen. admish, eventbrite.com. Faster Pussycat L.A. glam metal band performs. Age 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 8 p.m., free, speakingrock.com. Mentor on Road: Connecting American Women Businesses to Indian Markets Mentor on Road - USA travels to 30 U.S. cities across 24 states to meet women business empowerment institutions and Women Entrepreneurs and connect them to Indian women business institutions. El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2401 E. Missouri, 9-10:30 a.m., free, 915-566-4066.

TUES. JULY 4 For Independence Day events see page 17. 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. Music Under the Stars: Neon Circus Brooks & Dunn tribute band performs. Evening ends with fireworks. Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial St., 7:30 p.m., free, 915-534-0600, elpasolive.com/musicunderthestars. 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/.

WED. JULY 5 Wacky Wednesday: Comedy Open Mic Open to all jesters. Age 21+ 5 Points Bistro, 3019 Montana Ave, 9 p.m., free, facebook.com/ epucomedy. 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

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. 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, 915-321-3123, 1millioncups.com/elpaso.

AUDITIONS ‘Jewel Box Series’ Applications The Jewel Box Series is designed to foster and showcase community talent in the Philanthropy Theatre. Deadline is July 28, 2017. epcf.org/jewelbox. Due 7/28/17. 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. calaveracoalition@gmail.com. Due 8/1/17.

EXHIBITS 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, 915-212-0300, elpasomuseumofart.org. Ends 7/1/17. Suzi Davidoff: Simplified World Explores humanwrought 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.-7 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. 8/10/17.

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his Saturday, July 1, El Paso art collective The Borderland Fridas will celebrate the 110th birthday of the widely cherished Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Called “Homenaje a Frida Kahlo,” the event will honor her legacy through live music, dance and a plethora of Frida-inspired art outside the Alamo Drafthouse. Motivated by the late painter’s powerful self-portraits and the symbolism in her work, artists Pamela Enriquez-Courts and Michelle Padilla formed The Borderland Fridas six years ago. “We wanted to focus on a lot of women’s issues and women in the arts,” Padilla said. “People don’t see art like Frida’s anymore.” Saturday’s event will begin at 12 p.m. with a ceremonial blessing by Danza Azteca Omecoatl, a local group that continues ancestral and indigenous traditions through dance and prayer. Art workshops focusing on self-expression will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a canvas session for children ages 5-14. The adult workshop, which runs from 2-3 p.m., will have participants ages 15 and up create mini altars. Students in both sessions will create self-portraits – a nod to Kahlo’s most famous pieces. “If you go back, Frida was the original selfie queen,” Padilla said. “She painted herself and expressed everything she was feeling and things she had gone through. A lot of times, today’s selfies are also about self-expression. You take selfies, and you usually want to capture what you’re feeling.” A camera and printer will be available

for participants to use for their self-portraits. Other supplies, including paint, markers, milagros (religious folk charms) and other trinkets will be provided. Both workshops are limited to the first 40 guests who sign up. Alamo Drafthouse will screen the 2002 movie “Frida,” which stars Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina (as Diego Rivera), at 2:30 p.m. The movie will be introduced by UTEP Chicano studies professor Carlos Ortega and will include a Q&A session afterwards. At 4 p.m., there will be a Frida look-alike contest in which participants can win Alamo Drafthouse prizes. Padilla stressed that the contest is also open to children and men. A variety of artists will exhibit their work, which will be available for purchase throughout the event. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit the event’s performers. The event will also include a lecture by Garland Courts, the director of education for four Las Cruces museums, and performances by folklorico groups Valle del Sol and Ballet Folklorico of El Paso. Female duo Luna Y Sol will sing songs from the “Frida” soundtrack. And of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday party without cake. Downtown El Paso’s Blue Seal Bakery will provide a large cake with Kahlo’s famous 1930s Vogue cover portrait. The bakery will also offer pan dulce. Aside from having fun, Padilla said she hopes the event will have a positive impact on attendees. “We want to keep that light nice and bright and keep artists inspired,” Padilla said. “That’s what The Borderland Fridas is all about.”

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‘A Masterpiece of Comic...Timing’ New comedy. Part of EPCC Summer Theatre program. Dig it hard, like Boris Karloff in “The Body Snatcher.” Event’s going to run Fri.-Sun., June 30-July 9. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. For details see Fri., June 30.

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4TH OF JULY ROUNDUP GECU and El Paso Live’s annual outdoor music concert Music Under the Stars celebrates Independence Day at 7:30 p.m. in the Chamizal National Memorial. The night’s music will be provided by Brooks & Dunn tribute band Neon Circus. The evening will end with fireworks. Attendance is free. Information: (915) 534-0600, www.elpasolive.com/musicunderthestars The El Paso Symphony’s 7th annual Pop Goes the Fort concert starts at 9 p.m. in Fort Bliss’ Biggs Park. The concert features a performance by EPSYO with the 1st Armored Division band. There will also be a performance by Mariachi Raices de America and the evening ends with fireworks. Attendance is free and open to the public. Information: (915) 588-8247, epso.org Both El Paso amusement parks will also be popping off for Independence Day. Wet-N-Wild will have fireworks starting at 9 p.m. and Western Playland’s fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Normal park attendance fees apply. Information: El Paso’s Harvest Christian Center Freedom Festival starts at 5 p.m. in the Harvest Christian Center. This outdoor music fest will have food trucks, fireworks and performances by John Mark McMillan and Social Club Misfits. Tickets are $20. Spectators are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Information: (915) 585-9934 The Rotary Club of West El Paso hosts its 21st annual Independence Day Parade at 8 a.m. starting at Western Hills Methodist Church and ending at Coronado High School. Information: (915) 235-7869, july4parade.com

The Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department Independence Day Concert starts at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams. The concert features youth activities, a mayor’s welcome, fireworks and a performance by Blue Oyster Cult. Attendance is free. Information: (575) 541-2000, www.las-cruces.org The Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s Electrical Light Parade starts at 9 p.m. and runs from Apodaca Park to Maag Softball Complex. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Our Freedom, Our Patriots and America.” Information: (575) 541-2000, www.las-cruces.org New Mexico winery La Viña hosts a Fourth of July Picnic at 11 a.m. in the La Viña Winery. The event features hamburgers, hot dogs, music performances, wine margaritas, croquet, badminton and water slides. Tables and chairs are provided. No coolers or pets allowed. All ages. Information: (575) 882-7632, www.lavina.wolfep.com The New Mexico town of Mesilla’s Fourth of July Celebration starts at 7 p.m. in Downtown Mesilla. There will be a music performance by Las Cruces cover band Smokin Mirrors as well as fireworks. Information: (575) 524-3262 Ruidoso’s Inn of the Mountain Gods Star Spangled Celebration starts at 3 p.m. at the casino. There will be concessions, jumping balloons, music performances and barbecue. Information: (800) 545-9011, innofthemountaingods.com

Up and Running hosts its 11th annual Fourth of July 5K Walk/ Run at 7 a.m. starting at the Rudolph Plaza Shopping Center. Registration starts at $20, spectators can gander for free. Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com

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Back in the 1980s when UTEP made regular appearances in the NCAA Tournament, one of the highlights to every season was the Sun Bowl Basketball Tournament. Teams like Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue and Texas would book their flights to El Paso and compete in the prestigious holiday tournament against The Bear. Things began to change in the 1990s with the growth of exempt basketball tournaments, allowing teams to play all over the country without the contests counting against their annual game limit. What made these tournaments even more appealing was the host venues were located in popular tourist destinations like Alaska, Maui and the Bahamas. When the NCAA eliminated the “two in four” rule in 2006, college basketball teams could suddenly play in exempt tournaments every year, as well as host their own. The ripple effect was felt by many of the traditional non-exempt holiday tournaments around the country, including the Sun Bowl Tournament. Power 5 schools no longer felt inclined to travel to El Paso and play the Miners, especially with Don Haskins retired as UTEP’s head coach. The biggest selling point for the Sun Bowl Tourney has always been the hospitality. Each team (including UTEP) receives a host committee that makes the three days very enjoyable for players, coaches and their families. The Sun Bowl host committee has such a strong reputation for hospitality that some coaches have been to El Paso multiple times over the years. Last week, the Sun Bowl Association announced the field for the 2017 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. The big name is North Carolina Wilmington, which has won the Colonial Conference Tournament each of the last

three years and finished the 2016-17 season with an RPI of 27. Their new head coach, C.B. McGrath played for Roy Williams at Kansas and was on the bench with him at Kansas and North Carolina for the last 18 years, including last year’s National Championship. UNC Wilmington is making their first appearance in El Paso. North Dakota State has been to the NCAA Tournament three of the last eight seasons, including 2014 and 2015. The Bison defeated Oklahoma in the NCAA Tourney in 2014. They finished 2016-17 with a 19-11 overall record and an RPI of 110. They played in the WestStar Bank Sun Bowl Invitational in 2014 and lost to Kent State 53-52 in the first round. That team went on to play in the NCAA Tournament. The third team to join UTEP will be the Howard Bison, a team that only won 10 games last season. They had the nation’s leading scorer, but he was injured and missed all but two games last season.

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Teams like Howard are the toughest for the Sun Bowl Basketball Committee to attract, since they are coming to El Paso with the prospect of losing two non-conference games. The last time UTEP won the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational was 2014. The Miners finished third and fourth in the holiday tournament over the last two seasons. Some fans do not recognize the names of the mid-majors that play here every season. However, the goal of the Sun Bowl Tournament committee is to attract the best college basketball teams with Top 100 RPIs. If fans want to watch the basketball powerhouses they saw at the Don Haskins Center in the 1980s, they should tune in to all of the exempt holiday tournaments in November and December. Why would Power 5 schools give up two guaranteed home games to come to El Paso and play in a field possibly against UTEP? Especially when they make an easy six figures for those home games. If you are criticizing North Carolina Wilmington, you are not a fan of quality

college basketball. They have been one of the best teams in the country the last three years and will be the favorites to win the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational in December. Fans just have to stop thinking about the 1980s and instead, look at this tournament as a quality RPI test for UTEP. The Miners do not have to pay for these two tournament games and they don’t have to return a game with a future road trip. That’s music to the ears of Tim Floyd and his coaching staff. Instead of bashing the field, enjoy what will be two solid days of good college basketball at the Don, with teams you may be picking with your brackets in March. ___ 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.

Sun Bowl Association recently announced that for the first time, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington will play the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. The other teams will be North Dakota State, Howard University and UTEP. Pictured here is UNC Wilmington’s C.J. Bryce (right) as he dribbles up court against College of Charleston’s Grant Riller during the first half of an NCAA college championship basketball game in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Photo by Mic Smith (AP)

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