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Super speed because you can go anywhere, any time, and that’s badass. I would travel all around the world. I’d go visit London, New York, California – everywhere.

JESUS LOPEZ: I would have super intelligence, being able to read minds or think ahead or see things that other people don’t have the ability to see. Like in Prison Break. Kind of like telepathy.

KENNEDY RAY: I would have the power to refill things so I could refill my bank account. I would never run out of food. I could refill my closet and get anything that I needed. I could refill my blood so I could never die – free refills for life.

DESTINY GONZALES: I would like to have the ability to fly so I could see the world from a whole new perspective. I also really like birds, so that’s why I’d like to be able to fly.


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FIVE RECORD STORE DAY MUST-HAVES By Andrea Sandoval comment: @whatsupweekly

Saturday, April 22 will mark a decade since Record Store Day first started. A celebration of independent record stores, it recognizes the special role they play in their respective communities. It’s also a day for record junkies to go wild and score sick exclusives. Below is a small list of some records to try and score this Saturday: Avenged Sevenfold – “Waking the Fallen” A reprint of the band’s 2003 album “Waking the Fallen,” this will be the first time that this album is released on LP, and it will come as two 12-inch picture discs. It will be limited to 1,300 copies. The Cure – “Greatest Hits/ Acoustic Hits” This is a two-picture disc set of The Cure’s “Greatest Hits,” which includes tracks like “Lovesong,” “Friday I’m In Love,” and many more. There will be two variations of this set, one with re-mastered recordings of The Cure’s hits and another with the same songs, but performed acoustically. Both of these sets will be limited to 3,250 copies. Prince – “Batdance” This 12-inch single is a reissue of Prince’s single “Batdance,” which was featured in Tim Burton’s “Bat-

man.” It will be limited to 3,000 copies and contains two mixes of “Batdance”. Toto – “Africa” This will be a die-cut, Africa-shaped two-sided picture disc featuring two of Toto’s greatest hits – “Africa” and “Rosanna.” This release is a part of celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary. This special edition picture disc will be limited to 2,500 copies. Trevor Jones – “The Dark Crystal Soundtrack” For your inner child or the Jim Henson lover in your life! This is the first reissue since “The Dark Crystal” release and it’s to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary. This will be a 140-gram Crystal Clear LP limited

to 1500 copies. You can find other Record Store Day exclusives by visiting the RSD website, RecordStoreDay.com WHAT’S UP

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MORGAN HUNT: I would want to be able to read minds and have mind control because I like to know everything.

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ble yes when they asked if she’d like to join them on stage. I really commend Andrea, not only charging forward with the decision on a whim, but for also squeezing in practice between working, interning for us and attending classes at UTEP, where she double majors in creative writing and multimedia journalism. Plus, she performed a

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SVARZBEIN TO HOST BORDER WALL SPEAK-OUT By Victoria G. Molinar Photo by Peter Svarzbein

On Saturday, April 22 at 5 p.m., locals and community leaders will gather at San Jacinto Plaza for the Border Wall SpeakOut Forum. Organized by District 1 City Rep. Peter Svarzbein, the event will be an opportunity for the community to discuss what life in El Paso and Juarez is like compared to the gloomy perceptions resulting from negative news coverage and movies that exaggerate violence along the border. “The speak-out started after I placed an item on the agenda to look at denying city contracts for companies that would be constructing the boarder wall,” Svarzbein said. “The idea of replacing that fence with a giant concrete wall is sort of silly. The item was there to spark a dialogue. “The city attorney let me know that the item was probably also illegal, and so I wanted to do something that could be

proactive that could continue the conversation about what does it mean to be from the border.” Svarzbein said other city representatives and county commissioners will be at the forum, along with members of organizations including the Annunciation

House and the Border Network for Human Rights. “We’ve also had a tremendous amount of interest from citizens – people from different walks of life who recognize the value of being proactive,” Svarzbein said. Part of what prompted Svarzbein to

organize the forum are the remarks he heard from people who live far from the region. “[The movie] ‘Sicario’ does not define what it means to be from the region, but I can tell you from visiting places like Washington D.C. and visiting friends, that’s what people often think of this region,” Svarzbein said. While the aim of the event is to shine a positive spotlight on the border, Svarzbein said he does not intend to push a political agenda. “To go and talk about the border as an opportunity – not a threat – is not a liberal or conservative issue,” Svarzbein said. “Republicans or Democrats from El Paso understand the value and the need to present an accurate portrayal of this region – economically and culturally. “The speak-out is one way to project and promote a realistic and positive vision of what it’s like to grow up in such a great and unique place in this world like the El Paso-Juarez borderplex.”

BALLOON FEST ORGANIZERS DISCUSS 2018 RETURN By Isabel A. Walters comment: @whatsupweekly

Organizers of the KLAQ El Paso Balloon Festival are eyeing a new date and venue after announcing that the annual event will not be held this year, breaking a 31-year tradition. The announcement came after fans asked about the details for the event on social media. To the relief of many, Townsquare Media, the event’s parent company, was also quick to point out that Balloon Fest is not gone forever. “We’re not quitting, but we want to make sure we get it right,” said Brad Dubow, KLAQ general manager. “We need a place with friendly landing areas and friendly skies for the balloons to fly. The El Paso area is not fully cut out for that, like other parts of the country. We have the mountains and Mexico and we’re regulated by the Federal Aviation Administrations. Where ever the balloon goes, you have to be able to recover it.” Organizers have relocated the event several times in the past few years; most recently it was held at Bowen Ranch, which, in the end, was not the best setting for flying balloons. Possibilities for next year include locations around Eastlake as well as the Anthony-El Paso area. One element organizers are hoping to preserve is the free admission. “Community support via sponsors is what helps us make this rally free for everybody, and it would be great if we could keep it like that,” said Veronica Hernandez, live events manager. “We love that it’s family-friendly and we like having the

element of live music. In terms of anything new, that would be determined by the location we end up choosing.” The other reason for postponing until next year was the challenge of competing with so many other events on Memorial Day weekend. There’s still a possibility that the event could return later this year, but Hernandez said Balloon Fest will likely return in 2018, new and improved. “We have heard from the community that they love Balloon Fest and that they don’t want to see it go away permanently,” she said. “There’s people that have been going for years. We’re looking at our options.”



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ZUCKERBERG SEES AUGMENTED REALITY ECOSYSTEM IN FACEBOOK By Mike Isaac (New York Times) comment: @whatsupweekly

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has long rued the day that Apple and Google beat him to building smartphones, which now underpin many people’s digital lives. Ever since, he has searched for modern computing’s next frontier and how to be a part of it from the start. Now, Zuckerberg is betting he has found it: the real world. On Tuesday, April 18, Zuckerberg introduced what he positioned as the first mainstream augmented reality platform, a way for people to view and digitally manipulate the physical world around them through the lens of their smartphone cameras. What that means today is fairly limited. Augmented reality is nascent – people can add simple flourishes on top of their photos or videos, like sticking a pixelated blue beard on a selfie, or adding puppy dog stickers in the front yard of a photo of their house. But in Zuckerberg’s telling, there are few boundaries for how this technology would evolve. He said he envisioned a world in which people can eventually point smartphone cameras at a bowl of cereal and have an app create tiny sharks swimming in the bowl of milk. Friends can leave virtual notes for one another on the walls outside their favorite restaurants, noting which menu item is the most delicious. Apps like Pokemon Go, the breakout augmented reality hit that went viral globally last year, are just the beginning for Zuckerberg. One day, he mused, household objects could perhaps be replaced entirely by software. “Think about how many of the things around us don’t actually need to be physical,” Zuckerberg said in an interview last week. “Instead of a $500 TV sitting in front of us, what’s to keep us from one day having it be a $1 app?” Facebook does not expect to build all of these software experiences itself. At its annual developer conference Tuesday, the social network called for computer

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, presents during the company’s F8 conference in San Jose, Calif. on April 18.

programmers to assist the company by building augmented reality-based apps to work with what Facebook calls its Camera Effects Platform. Facebook announced a new set of tools to help developers and will begin the initiative with a small handful of partners in a closed test. Zuckerberg’s goal is ambitious – perhaps overly so. Many augmented reality efforts have flopped in the past, including Google’s much-hyped attempt around spectacles with the technology, known as Google Glass. Facebook has previously gambled on other futuristic technologies – including virtual reality with a $2 billion purchase of Oculus, the virtual reality goggles maker, in 2014 – but Zuckerberg has acknowledged that it has had difficulty finding traction. The chief executive is also grappling with a wide range of issues that have the potential to distract Facebook. The company is under scrutiny for its position as an

arbiter of mass media, and questions as to what role Facebook should play in policing content across its platform of nearly 2 billion regular users. That issue was thrust to the forefront this week after a man posted on his Facebook page a video of a murder he committed. Still, Zuckerberg said he intended to create the next major app ecosystem that would work with Facebook’s in-app camera. He wants developers to build experiences that entice people to visit its website and apps on a daily – if not hourly – basis. Facebook has been building toward this goal for some time. Zuckerberg has spent the past 18 months reorganizing his company and its suite of consumer apps – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger – around a new interface, focused almost entirely on the camera. Slowly, the company has downplayed the role of text inside its apps, instead encouraging people to take and send photos and vid-

Photo by Jim Wilson (The New York Times)

eos to one another by accessing the in-app camera features. Facebook is not alone in its quest to establish a foothold in augmented reality. Hours before Facebook’s developer conference Tuesday morning, Snapchat — a professed “camera company” and Facebook’s direct competitor for attention — announced its own take on augmented reality, offering new 3-D lenses for use inside of its app. The effect is similar to some of the ideas Zuckerberg has described. Snapchat also offers Spectacles, a pair of glasses that allow users to record video from their face. For the near term, however, Zuckerberg sees the smartphone camera as the first step forward. “We want to get to this world in the future where you eventually have glasses or contact lenses where you can mix digital or physical objects in the digital world,” Zuckerberg said.

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Photo courtesy of UTEP Meeple Board Game Society

By Eric Acosta comment: @whatsupweekly

A board game renaissance has taken the nerd world by storm, so much so that there’s even International TableTop Day on Saturday, April 29. That day, the Las Cruces Board Gamers and South West Area Gamers will host a game-a-thon at New Mexico State University’s Corbett Center. With several shops catering to tabletop game enthusiasts, El Paso’s board game scene is growing, too. “I started my shop because I wanted to build a community around games and gaming,” said Brandon Sivret, owner of Military Gamer Supply. The store had its grand opening in November 2016 and already has two locations, including one at Fort Bliss. With 1000 square feet of retail space, the venue includes video game rooms, a coffee bar, a custom board game terrain workshop and a tabletop game area. Sivret is currently working on adding a PC game room. Hardcore gamers aren’t necessarily going for the classic Trouble and Clue games of yore. Taking it miles further, enthusiasts are going for games that delve into worlds filled with complex plots and boundless fantasy. Take Scythe, a game where five players compete in a steam punk 1920s Eastern Europe. The game includes coal powered merchandise, battles and stealing food and money from local farmers in an attempt to start a lucrative coal mine. For those undaunted by such detailed games, gathering at places such as Military Gamer Supply have become a routine pastime. “The community and the people we’ve drawn to the store are a diverse group of wonderful gamers who have made the difficulties of starting a small business all very worthwhile,” Sivret said. Other game stores around town include Sun City Games on Yandell Drive, the Northeast’s Comics, Cards and Collectibles and Game Vault. Game Vault, which also opened last year, hosts a board game night every Tuesday, Magic: The Gathering night on Fridays and a “Pokemon” card game night on Thursdays. Owner Lyndi Barnard said she’s seen attendance increase over the past few weeks. “I’ve got people that know nothing about board games except

for the typical Monopoly type of thing, and they’re really enjoying it,” Barnard said. “They’re making new friends. They’re hanging out after the game’s over with, talking and getting to know each other.” One frequenter of Game Vault’s board games night is Rogelio Long. He and a few friends started the Boarder City Game Convention last year. He also started the University of Texas at El Paso’s Meeple Board Game Society. A meeple is a little board game piece that represents a person. Long isn’t content with just playing board games, though. Along with his buddies Willy Enriquez, Matthew Melendez and Georgie Hinojosa, he created a game company called Three Wizards of the Mustache. “It all starts with the idea,” Long said about crafting board games. “I work through the mechanics to balance them to make sure that it is a game that can be fun and not broken in some way.” Long and his buddies plan to debut their latest game, Artisan Jewel Crafters, at this year’s Boarder City Game Con. It’s a card game meant for two-four players that takes 30-45 minutes to play. The point of the game is to gather a limited supply of ore and gems to make jewelry and score points. As more gamers begin to connect throughout the city, the opportunities to create more events and games have also increased. This gave Long and his friends the confidence to continue with the game convention, which happens June 23-25. “We had been going to board game cons outside of El Paso and the nearest one is a five hour drive, which is kind of a pain,” Long said. “I told myself if we got a hundred, it would be a success and we’d do it again next year, and here we are.” Be sure to catch the convention’s fundraiser on May 20 at UTEP’s Union Building.

Participants play rounds of steam punk war game Warmachine at Military Gamer Supply.


University of Texas at El Paso’s Meeple Board Game Society meets every Friday on campus.

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Game Nerdirectory: Military Gamer Supply

Fort Bliss: Global Reach Shopette, Bldg. 13471, Sgt. Major Blvd. East: 1121 Larry Mahan Dr., Ste. A 608-807-6979 MilitaryGamerSupply.com

Game Vault

9828 Montana Ave., Ste. N 915-330-9545 GameVaultElPaso.com

Sun City Games

1716 E. Yandell Dr., Ste. A 915-546-2733 SunCityGames.com

Comics, Cards & Collectibles 9477 Dyer St. 915-755-6877

Rebels Comics

12400 Montwood Dr. 915-594-2977

All Star Comics

4406 Dyer St. 915-562-0443 AllStarComics.net

Three Wizards of the Mustache 3WMoustache.com

Be sure to catch these upcoming events: Int. TableTop Day gathering Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. Corbett Center, Room 106 New Mexico State University – Las Cruces, New Mexico More info at facebook.com/groups/SWAGamers.

Boarder City Game Convention Fundraiser: May 20, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. UTEP Union Building, Templeton Suite (room 313) 500 W. University Ave. Boarder City Game Convention 2017: June 23-25, 2-5 p.m. BoarderCityGameConvention.com


Meeple Board Game Society Meets every Friday UTEP Bell Hall, room 130A. facebook.com/TheMeepleSociety



KAPPY’S CORNER By Steve Kaplowitz comment: @whatsupweekly

In college sports, the unwritten rule is that in-state rivals do not poach each other for head coaches or players. Last week, that rule went out the window in the state of New Mexico. Paul Weir, the 37-year old head coach of the NMSU Aggies, changed addresses and moved from Las Cruces to Albuquerque. Weir signed a six-year deal with UNM that will pay him $625,000 per season. He had been making $250,000 with the Aggies. With the Lobos, he moves to a better basketball league in the Mountain West Conference. If Weir was offered a substantial raise by the Aggies and he still left for the rival Lobos, he would be public enemy #1 in Las Cruces. However, leaving for a better job in a better league when your employer refuses to increase your salary is a no-brainer, even if you break the unwritten rule of moving to your in-state rival. Sadly, we are reminded that NMSU president Garrey Carruthers and his Board of Regents would not commit additional salary to protect

their most prized coaches. The Las Cruces community is so disappointed with the university for their lack of financial commitment to athletics, it makes the job of Athletic Director Mario Moccia one of the toughest in the nation. However, it took Moccia only six days to find Weir’s replacement. On Monday, NMSU named Chris Jans the new men’s basketball head coach. The 48-year old had spent the last two seasons at Wichita State and had just been named associate head coach of the Shockers before becoming the leading candidate to take over the Aggies. However, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall gave his longtime assistant the green light to pursue the job at NMSU. “We want to see our coaches and our players achieve their dreams and aspirations,” Marshall told the Wichita Eagle. “That’s what we preach. When we’re successful, things like this happen.” Since 2007, Jans spent a total of nine years with Marshall at Wichita State. In 2014, he left the program to pursue his first Division 1 head coaching opportunity at Bowling Green. He took a team that had won just 12 games the season before and finished with a 21-12 record. Less than a month after his first season, Jans was fired by Bowling Green after being caught on a cell phone video and admitting to acting inappropriately toward female patrons at a bar near campus. Moccia, who has known Jans for

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the last 10 years, did not hesitate to give the veteran coach another chance at becoming a Division 1 head coach. At the press conference introducing him to NMSU, Jans was grateful. “I made a huge mistake and I have paid for it dearly,” Jans said. “As coaches, we talk all the time about consequences and actions. And I failed that night. It was embarrassing, it was embarrassing for my family, it was embarrassing for the university, it was embarrassing for the students and it was embarrassing for anyone who was a Chris Jans fan. It NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia presents Chris Jans with an offiwas an embarrassment for cial men’s basketball jersey on Monday, April 17 during a press conference announcing Jans as the new NMSU men’s basketball coach. college basketball and I’m Photo by Robin Zielinski (AP) not proud of it. All I ask Pan American Center with his Lobos latis that you let me earn your trust, you let me earn your respect and er this year could be the toughest ticket I think you’ll be very proud of the way I to get in Las Cruces. go about my business. I think you would be very proud how I lead this program Since 1997, Steve Kaplowitz has hosted and I want to be a source of pride for all “Sportstalk” weekday afternoons 4-7 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso. Over the last 17 of you down the road.” Jans will spend the next few weeks as- years, he has also worked for UTEP and sembling his staff and forming his roster NMSU as a play-by-play broadcaster, for for the 2017-18 season. Meanwhile, the UTEP telecasts on Time Warner Cable and Battle of I-25 should be more interesting for KDBC-TV and KTSM-TV as a sports anthan ever, and Weir’s first trip back to the chor/reporter. You can contact Steve by emailing him at skaplowitz@krod.com.

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By Ann Carrns / New York Times comment: @whatsupweekly

More people who trade in their car when buying a new vehicle are “upside down,” meaning that they owe more on their old auto loan than the car is worth, the automobile website Edmunds.com says. Being upside down on a car loan is akin to being underwater on a mortgage, in that the asset securing the debt is worth less than the loan. Say that you owe $20,000 on a car now valued at $18,000. That means you have negative equity of $2,000. If you trade in your vehicle for a new car, you must make up that $2,000 somehow — either by writing a check or rolling the amount into your loan on the new car. It will then take longer to build equity in the new loan, too, meaning you could get stuck in a cycle of loans with negative equity. Several factors are converging to create negative equity, said Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor with Edmunds. New cars have always lost value quickly, as soon as they are driven off the dealer’s lot. But now, as cars have become more expensive, auto loans are several years longer than they once were. The average new-car loan for borrowers with good credit is now 68 months – 5 1/2 years – while the average used-car loan is 63 months, according to data from Experian Automotive. “It’s a symptom of long-term loans,” Montoya said. The estimated average new-car price was nearly $35,000 in 2016, up

more than 2 percent from a year earlier, according to Kelley Blue Book. And the average loan amount for a new car was about $30,000, up from nearly $29,000 a year earlier, second-quarter data from Experian showed. Longer loans help keep monthly payments lower and enable borrowers to afford a more expensive car. But the long-term loans also mean it takes more time to build equity. And since buyers might tire of their cars after a few years, they are more likely to be upside down, should they decide to buy a new car halfway through their loan. “A long-term loan doesn’t necessarily keep the consumer in the car longer,” said Melinda Zabritski, senior director of automotive finance at Experian. Being upside down may not pose a problem, as long as things are going well. But if you had an unforeseen financial setback and had to sell the car, you may have to come up with extra cash at a time when you may not be flush. Or, if your car is wrecked or stolen, you may find your insurer won’t pay out enough to retire the loan, said Tony Giorgianni, associate money editor for Consumer Reports. “That’s a terrible situation to be in,” he said.

“You’re putting yourself in a position where you’re really at risk.” If you find yourself upside down on your car loan, the most financially sound thing to do is to hang on to your old car until you pay down the debt enough to have equity. To do so faster, you can make extra payments toward the loan’s principal. Still determined to get a new car? You could look for incentive offers, like cashback rebates, that could help cancel the effect of the negative equity, Montoya said. Here are some questions and answers about car loans:

than 10 percent of your gross income. If you can’t abide by that rule, Giorgianni said, “then you can’t afford the car.” Montoya of Edmunds also suggests taking more than a single, short test drive before settling on a car to reduce the chance of buying an unsuitable model that you will want to trade in when you’re more likely to be upside down. He recalled a very tall shopper who traded in his small car soon after purchasing it. He was simply too cramped driving it each day. Do your research, Montoya said, and consider how you will need to use the car over time.

Q. How can I minimize the chance of being upside down on a car loan?

Q. How can I calculate the cost of an upside-down trade-in, when taking out a new loan?

When shopping, consider whether you really can afford the model you want to buy. If it’s necessary to take out a sixyear loan to afford the monthly payment, it may be wise to choose a less expensive ride, said Giorgianni of Consumer Reports. A rule of thumb is 20-4-10: Put at least 20 percent down in the form of cash or a trade-in, finance the car with a loan of no more than four years and make sure the monthly expenses, including the car payment and insurance costs, are no more

Bankrate.com offers a negative equity calculator on its website.

Q. How can I be sure I am treated fairly when trading in an upside-down car? The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to be especially careful when trading in a car with negative equity. Some dealerships may advertise that they will pay off your old car loan if you buy a new car from them. But if your trade-in has negative equity, the dealer may quietly roll the shortage into your new loan. Read your purchase contract closely. If you suspect you have been deceived, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or with your state attorney general’s office.



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CATCHING UP WITH CATHY OF FAB LAB EL PASO By Andrea Sandoval and Victoria G. Molinar Photos by Andrea Sandoval

It’s been three years since the opening of Fab Lab El Paso, a fabrication laboratory that offers locals user-friendly machines like 3-D printers and laser cutters to create to their hearts’ desire. Since then, the non-profit has made many strides, including its recent move to the new Roderick Artspace Lofts on 601 N. Oregon St. On top of having more space, owners Cathy Chen and Gustavo Arriaga plan to open Nomu Café, which will sell specialty health drinks, tea, coffee, wine and beer to go. “The reason why we’ll be selling beverages next to our fabrications space is to make it more of a social space,” Chen said. “A lot of the time when people think about maker spaces, they think it’s a lot of nerds who just hide in their garages and not talk to anyone. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I think there’s a need, especially for our community on the border, for a more social tech environment. “I think that people are often too disconnected from each other using technology and I want technology to bring people together and collaborate with one another.” Through workshops, movie socials and open houses, Fab Lab has become a space for artists, scientists, mathematicians and newcomers of all ages to meet and collab-

With Downtown’s increasing frequenters, Fab Lab El Paso’s new location on 601 N. Oregon St. makes the space even more accessible to the community.

orate. Some of these endeavors were made possible through community support, such as sponsorships from the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. Fab Lab’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, either. Last year, energy giant Chevron and the Fab Foundation gave them a STEM Education award. STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and math. “Fab Foundation is kind of like the mother ship or hub that kind of holds the Fab Lab networks together,” Chen ex-

plained. Chen also recently returned from DigiFabCon, a digital fabrication conference hosted by the Fab Foundation and Fab Lab Hub in Boston. The conference included presentations on global trends and education and business segments. “We gave a presentation there, and it was pretty cool,” Chen said. “We got a lot of positive feedback from the attendees.” Fab Lab’s new location also prompted a surge of new and exciting workshops, Continued on 11

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including a programming course called Code Breakers and a free urban farming workshop with the help of the City of El Paso’s Office of Resilience and Stability. “My husband designed these flatpack kits called Arckit where you can just take sheets of plywood and run it through the CNC router to create these press-fit joints to make things like chicken coops, urban composting bins – just all kinds of fun and intuitive things that people can do in their own time,” Chen said. Fab Lab’s upcoming Virtual Reality Earth Day workshop for kids recently sold out. “We’re going to partner up with a local [virtual reality] artist who has designed VR experiences for NASA and Alamo Drafthouse,” Chen said. “He’s going to be showing the kids the different apps they can use to explore the different earth environments. For example, Google has an app that can take you on a virtual tour of our national parks. You can just put on the VR headset and that will give you a chance to explore the different earth environments from where you are instead of having to travel.” Events coming up include a handson youth robotics workshop, a “coding with brew” series where participants will

Fab Lab El Paso patrons can use the lab’s 3-D printers to create everything from models for school projects to board game figures.

learn CSS, HTML and Javascript while sipping on a complimentary beverage from Nomu Café and a two-day class on working with resin and wood to create a pendant necklace. In celebration of May 4 – deemed by many as Star Wars Day thanks to the popular phrase, “May the fourth be with you” – Fab Lab El Paso will host a “Star Wars” themed social in which attendees will learn how to operate R2D2 and BB8 droids with simple modular coding phrases. Whether it’s to learn something cool and new or simply get away from the summer heat, Fab Lab’s new location continues to make inventing a fun pastime. “Our workshop is specifically designed to be an industrial workspace, so it has full air ventilation, air filters and is a very safe space for people to work on their projects,” Chen said.



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Guitar Hero. In addition to those, the classic tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons will have a tournament and for the first time, Warhammer 40K Independent Tournament Circuit will be played. “We’re bringing in people from out of state to play in this,” Stegner said. “It’s a decent-sized tournament for miniature war gaming.” There will also be a costume contest. Registration ends April 20.

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Though it is called El Paso Comic Con – or EPCON for short – owner Troy Stegner considers it less a convention of strictly comic books and nerd culture, but a convention of popular culture as a whole. The three-day celebration will take over the El Paso Convention Center April 21-23. Sure, comic books, sci-fi and video games will be covered, but this year’s convention really has expanded to more of a Barnum & Bailey’s something-for-everybody-type of convention. It not only plays to the crowds who love all things nerdy, but it will also pull at the heart strings of ’90s kids with promises of Power Rangers and Attitude Era WWE. Alamo Drafthouse will even host a lounge for convention goers to relax, charge devices and even get a massage. Here are five things to look forward to at this year’s convention:

1. Celebrity Guests

One of the biggest draws of any convention, the list of celebrity guests this year is pretty diverse. Samoan WWE wrestler Rikishi will be there, along with the 1970s “Incredible Hulk,” Lou Ferrigno, actress Dina Meyer of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and the “Saw” movie franchise, actor Martin Klebba of the “Pirates of the

Welcome to cosplay heaven, where dressing up is not only encouraged, but practically required.

Photo courtesy of EPCON

Caribbean” trilogy, Nicholas Brendon of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series and Alan Tudyk of the TV show “Firefly” and “Stars Wars: Rogue One.” For Tudyk, EPCON is a return to his place of birth, El Paso. Other celebrities include comic book artists and writers like Kevin Eastman (co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Chris Claremont (X-Men comics) and cosplayer Yaya Han.

2. Classes

Maybe after seeing the astounding cosplayer Ms. Han on the convention floor, you’ll want to learn how to play dress up for a living and will need some tips as to

how to take it to the next level. There will be classes on lighting and airbrushing to improve your cosplay game. Maybe you could learn a thing or two for Halloween! Lighting and airbrushing classes will also be held for those into miniature figurines. Power Play Lighting will be there to present their ready-to-use lighting kits to enhance your miniatures.

3. Games

Several tournaments will be held at EPCON. Dave & Buster’s is bringing in three different games for tournament play: Dirty Drivin’ (a monster truck racing video game), Pump It Up (a DanceDance Revolution-like arcade game) and

4. The Society for Creative Anachronism

In lieu of a regular Renaissance Fair being held in the city, EPCON is probably the closest thing you’ll get to a beginner’s look into what this medieval recreation group is truly capable of. As far as “pop culture” goes, this is far from it. In fact, it takes the nostalgia factor seen throughout the convention to the Black Plague extreme. Convention goers will have a look into what they have to offer, from a class on leather making to a demonstration on medieval combat and weaponry. An intro seminar to the group takes place at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

5. Artist Alley/Vendors

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able to call itself a comic con if not for the comics and the kind of memorabilia typically available at one. A wide array of comic book artists, writers and publishers will be there to present and sell their work. EPCON also partnered with DeadBeach to offer a beer specific to the event: Hoptonite, a New England style IPA with citrus. Offering just about everything from art to action figures, there will be so many vendors to sift through that you’re almost guaranteed to walk out the door with something in your hand. Whether you’re new to comic cons or a seasoned geek, the variety of entertainment at this year’s EPCON guarantees a unique experience.

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Eisner award-winning writer Chris Claremont will grace the El Paso Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23 during El Paso Comic Con. He wrote Marvels’ “Uncanny X-Men” for 16 years and created the classic storylines “Days of Future Past” and “Dark Phoenix,” both of which have been folded into the current “X-Men” movies. “I have the ridiculous treat of watching the characters I created and the characters I designed in the X-canon brought to life by some of the finest actors in modern cinema,” Claremont said. “The fact that many of the films incorporate significant elements of the stories I wrote – that is way cool.” Claremont is also responsible for the characters in new FX TV series “Legion.” He helped create classic “X-Men” characters Psylocke, Sabretooth, Gambit and Mister Sinister – to name only a few. “In terms of something like the Marvel catalogue of characters, you sort of focus specifically on the book that’s being written and the story that’s being told,” Claremont said. “If it’s work that’s mine, part of the gestation process is figuring out who the story is about, what they want, how they’re going to try and get it and building the character in a way that the character defines events. “You start by building the character, then turning him or her loose on the event. But in the same process, the events will shape, focus and then define the character that much more.” Claremont wrote the “First Flight” science-fiction trilogy as well as “Chronicles of the Shadow War.” The books were novel adaptations of the Ron Howard scifi flick “Willow.” The idea for the movie came from George Lucas. The novel series takes place fifteen years after the events in the film. Lucas outlined the trilogy and hired Claremont to write the books. He


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Friday-Sunday, April 21-23 Photo courtesy of Chris Claremont

also wrote for the superhero novel series “Wild Cards.” “I grew up reading British weekly comic newspapers,” Claremont said. While he grew up in Long Island, his grandmother had gotten him a subscription to “Eagle,” a British periodical published throughout the ‘50s. “It was a mixture of historical fiction and contemporary, i.e. 1950s, adventures of a sergeant in the Royal Air Force. Dan Dare was my guy until I discovered Dr. Who.” “Unfortunately, the magazine went out of business and I lost interest in comics until I tripped over Stan [Lee] and Jack [Kirby] with the ‘Fantastic Four,’ and that started me down a long and winding – and apparently – not yet ending road.”

Judson F. Williams Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday $15-$30, $60 3-day pass Guest info and schedules at 575-405-0461 or elpasocomiccon.com. Tickets at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Photo by Benny Lee Photography


WHAT’S UP Catch Chris Claremont at the El Paso Comic Con this Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. For tickets and more info, visit ElPasoComicCon.com.

Renowned cosplayer/costume designer Yaya Han








Candidates Night A night to meet Mayorial candidates and those running for District 7. El Paso Community College Boardroom, 9050 Viscount Blvd., 6:30-8:30 p.m., free, escaelpaso.com. ‘Dystopian Worlds in Film & Fiction’ Professors Al Hernandez, Reyna Muñoz and Jeff Brockhoff discuss utopia and dystopia. El Paso Community College, RG A125, 100 W. Rio Grande Ave., 1:304:30 p.m., free, facebook.com/ thepapagayoproject. PRSW April Meeting Public Relations Association of the Southwest business networking event. Theme is “The New Landscape & Integrity in Journalism.” Getting down to business, to get to the business of getting down. El Paso Club, 18th Floor, 201 E. Main St., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., RSVP req., $30 nonmember, $20 member, prswelpaso.org.

1 Million Cups Community program for entrepreneurs and innovators offers business owners the opportunity to present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. Happens every Wed. The Hub of Human Innovation, 500 West Overland, Suite 230, 9-10 a.m., free, 915-321-3123, 1millioncups. com/elpaso.

THURS. APRIL 20 El Paso Comic Con Pre-Party “Speed of Light” and “Mario Kart” game tournaments, trivia contest, open entry costume contest. Tickets include reserved seat in private room, appetizer bar, unlimited soft drinks and a game card with unlimited video game play. Dave & Buster’s, 6101 Gateway Blvd. W., 6 p.m.-10 p.m., $20, 915304-5400, dnb.ticketbud.com.

Yoga Humans pretzel to nirvana. Happens every Wed. 150 Sunset, 150 E. Sunset Rd., 6:30 p.m., 915-5851150, 150sunset.com.

420 Fest Over 30 bands on two stages. Hip-hop/reggae music on Thursday. Stoner rock/punk on Friday. Indie/alternative music Saturday. Event runs April 20-22, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. The Boardwalk, 1773 Pali Dr., $5 every day, free age 13 and under, facebook.com/420festelpasotx.

Jerry Rocha Standup comedy with opener Steve Halasz. Event runs April 19-23, 7:30 p.m. There are two late shows at 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ages 17+ El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $6-$12, laff2nite.com.

Maryblu Single Release Party Local singer-songwriter performance with openers Nico & the Silent Films, Soularae, Flamel, Beija. Doors open at 9 p.m. Ages 18+ The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9:30 p.m., free, ticketfly.com.

El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas chew on Tacoma Rainiers. Event runs April 18-21, 6:35 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 7:05 p.m. Fri. Southwest University Ballpark, 1 Ballpark Plaza, 6:35 p.m., $5-$25, 915-533-BASE, facebook. com/epchihuahuas.

Jerry Rocha Standup comedy with opener Steve Halasz. For details see Wed., April 19.

Entrepreneurs: SHIFT classes Program for local business owners to better understand what customers want. Tues., Feb. 28- March 21, 5-7:30 p.m. The Hub of Human Innovation, 500 West Overland, Suite 230, 5 -7:30 p.m., $75, 915-321-3121, hubep.org. Vision Juvenil Spanish rock. All ages The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 7 p.m., free, ticketfly. com. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Salesman’ While participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman,” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home. Event runs April 14-20, 7 p.m., early showings 1:30 p.m. April 15, 2:30 p.m. April 16. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., $7, $6 matinee/seniors/military/ student, $5 Wed., 575-524-8287, mesillavalleyfilm.org. State Line Music Series (copy) Local country singer-songwriter cowboys down the joint. Hold the sauce, I’m dancing. Donations benefit the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. Ages 21+ The State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Dr., 8 p.m., free with canned food donation, 915-581-3371, countyline.com/ StateLineMusic.html.

TWRKSM Twerk contest with $250 prize. Ages 18+ The Press Bar, 410 E. San Antonio Ave., 11 p.m., free before 11 p.m. Karbach Brewing Co. Tap Takeover Special suds. Meet and greet with brewmaster Eric Warner. Free growler to first 50 people. Tin Man (Montecillo), 4935 Montecillo Dr., 6 p.m., free. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas chew on Tacoma Rainiers. For details see Wed., April 19. Tim Z. Hernandez Lit. Reading UTEP professor and acclaimed writer presents his new book “All They Will Call You.” Book signing and reception, too. Poetry reading by Gabriela Montelongo and music collab. with poet Jeff Sirkin. UTEP Union East, Tomas Rivera Conference Center, Rm. 308, 500 W. University Ave., 7 p.m., free, facebook.com/mfa.creativewriting. utep. Burgers & Bordeaux Fancy burgers paired with some fermented grapes. 6 p.m. reception. 7 p.m. dinner. Cafe Central, 109 N. Oregon St., 6 p.m., $35, RSVP req., cafecentral.com. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Salesman’ While participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman,” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home. For details see Wed., April 19.

UTEP Guitar Music Ensemble Classic guitar music. Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, 500 W. University Ave., 7:30 p.m., $3.50, utep.edu/music. The Woman’s Department Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Meeting Business networking by females and for females. UTEP Library, 500 W. University Ave., 6th floor, 9:30-11 a.m., free, 915755-6193.in the United States. For details see Wed., March 29.

FRI. APRIL 21 El Paso Comic Con Cosplay, card games, comics, how to classes, karaoke and more -- everything a nerd needs! A few of the special guests: Alan Tudyk, Lou Ferrigno, Rikishi, Chris Claremont and Kevin Eastman. Event runs April 21-23, 5-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Judson F. Williams Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, 5 p.m.-11 p.m., $15$60, 575-405-0461, elpasocomiccon. com. New Mexico Press Women 2017 Conference Panel discussions on the theme “Media Literacy in a Post-Truth Society.” Friday is a showing of short films at New Mexico State University. Panels on reporting science, too. Lots of things. Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $12-$95, squareup.com/store/ new-mexico-press-women. UTEP Earth Week Poster Making Party Arts and crafts activity for science. UTEP Honors House, 500 W. University ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free, facebook.com/MarchForScienceEP. King Octopus The sea dwellers rock. C&J’s Sports Bar, 7026 Alameda Ave., 9:30 p.m., free, twitter.com/ kingoctopusband. MALAA Masked dubstep DJ brings the bounce. Real tickets at Happy House. All ages. 301, 301 S. Ochoa St., 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $20, eventbrite.com. The Red Not Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band. All ages. Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $5, holdmyticket.com. Prince – A Celebration of Life Birthday party for the departed Prince. Monarch, 204 E. Rio Grande Ave., 10 p.m., 915-203-7739. ‘The Meatball Chronicles’ Solo show by Santa Fe actor Debrianna Mansini. The story of love finding through meatball. Event runs April 21-23, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St., 8 p.m.. Lyrid Meteor Shower Party Hueco Tanks staff leads stargazing, stories and planetary viewing. Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Rd., 7 p.m., $7, free age 12 and under, 915-849-6684, tpwd.texas.gov.

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420 FEST RETURNS TO THE 915 By Lisa Amaya comment: @whatsupweekly


aking over The Boardwalk April 20-22 is the fifth annual 420 Fest. The three-day event will include performances by more than 30 regional bands, including Los Chucanos, Rosa Sparxx, San Antonio rock duo Lonely Horse and Albuquerque indie-pop band Red Light Cameras. There will also be glass blowing, fire dance performances, food trucks and vendors for attendees to enjoy. Besides offering seemingly endless entertainment, 420 Fest organizers said they want to educate the public on medical cannabis. “We want to stop the stigma that comes with marijuana use,” 420 Fest founder Alex Vargas said. Specifically, Vargas wants to educate attendees about CBD, or cannabidiol, a chemical found in cannabis. He says CBD helps those who suffer from epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, chronic pain and other illnesses. Furthering the discussion of medical marijuana will be Ruben Aguilar, organizer of the New Mexico cannabis festival, CANNAville. Besides organizing the festival, Aguilar works at Buen Salud, an outpatient facility in Sunland Park that prescribes cannabis to patients who suffer from WHAT’S UP chronic pain and other ailments. “It can help those who suffer from inflammation,” Aguilar said. “It can also help patients sleep betThursday, April 20-Saturday, April 22, ter.” El Paso NORML executive di- 6 p.m.-2 a.m. rector Colt DeMorris will also be The Boardwalk, 1773 Pali Drive at the festival to talk about where $5 per person each day, free for kids marijuana bills stand in the Texas under age 13 legislature. More info at facebook.com/420FestElFrom entertaining to educational, the 420 Fest will have a little PasoTX something for each of those who are curious about or supportive of cannabis.

Fifth Annual 420 Fest

‘Chrysalis’ Release Party EPCC’s new literary and arts journal kicks off with readings by contributors, English faculty, music and art. Little Temple Rio Grande Campus, 906 N. El Paso St., 6 p.m., free, facebook.com/ EPCCNews. The 1975 Rock music performance. Abraham Chavez Theatre, 1 Civic Center Plaza, 8 p.m., 915-231-1100, elpasolive.com/calendar. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Red Turtle’ 2016 animated film, co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a deserted island who meets a giant red turtle. Event runs April 21-27, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Wed., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30 p.m. April 27. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., $7, $6 matinee/seniors/military/ student, $5 Wed., 575-524-8287, mesillavalleyfilm.org.

Teacher Job Fair 80 school districts from El Paso, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington state will be in attendance. Chance for networking, interviews and job searching. Dress professional, bring resume. Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Rd., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free. Jerry Rocha Standup comedy with opener Steve Halasz. For details see Wed., April 19. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas chew on Tacoma Rainiers. For details see Wed., April 19. ‘Anything Goes’ Cole Porter musical about the people aboard the S.S. American. Event runs April 21-May 7, 7 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. April 23, 2:30 p.m. no dinner matinee April 30 and May 7. UTEP Dinner Theatre, 500 W. University Ave., 7 p.m., $27.50$46.50, 915-747-5234, ticketmaster. com.

Friday Night Flick – ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ The Galactic Empire develops a planet destroying weapon and the Resistance is like “Oh, hell no.” Doors open 5:30 p.m. UTEP Union Cinema, 500 W. University Ave., 6 p.m., $3, $2 UTEP student/alumni/ faculty/staff, 915-747-5648, sa.utep. edu/osl. Expressions of Love Performances of Schumann and Tchaikovsky classics. Plaza Theater, 125 Pioneer Plaza, 7:30 p.m., $16-$42, 915-231-1100, epso.org. Jupiter’s Junkies Indie music with openers Rawger North, Gemini Jayy, Rob$ta and Mic. Ages 18+ The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., free, ticketfly.com. EPCC Poetry Slam People read literature. EPCC Valle Verde A Building Amphitheater, 919 Hunter Dr., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, epcc.edu/ events.

CALENDAR APRIL 19-26, 2017 P.O.D. Indoor rock music concert. 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 9 p.m.-11 p.m., free, 915-860-7777, speakingrockentertainment.com. Idol Marlon Brando visits Montgomery Clift to save him from an addiction problem following a disfiguring car wreck. Event runs April 14-16,21-23, 8 p.m. Glasbox, 210 Poplar St., 8 p.m., $10, $7 student, eventbrite.com. Mack Goldsbury Trio Blues music performance with a dessert social at 6:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo, 7 p.m., $10 nonmembers, $1 student, $5 member, mvjazzblues.net. New Mexico Press Women 2017 Annual Conference Two-day conference focused on media literacy in today’s society. Event runs April 21-22, 6-9 p.m. Ramada Las Cruces, 201 E. University Ave., 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $95, 575-526-4411, newmexicopresswomen.org.

SAT. APRIL 22 March for Science Physical activity in the love of science, from UTEP to San Jacinto Plaza. UTEP Mundy Park, 500 W. University Ave., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., facebook.com/MarchForScienceEP. Mr. & Miss Gay El Paso US of A At Large Drag show/burlesque competition. Theme: black and white eleganza. $100 cash and prizes, and more. Touch Bar & Nightclub, 11398 James Watt, 11 p.m., $75 comp. signup adv., $100 comp sign-up door. World-cumbia-hipRibo Flavin hop funky jazz music with openers (Vibe)ration ABxAB, Stan Z, DJ OneManJazz. Age 18+ The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., free, lowbrowpalace.com. CJ Ramone, Big Eyes Punk music. Real tickets at 7th Layer, All That Music, Bowie Feathers and Eloise. Doors at 7:30 p.m., all ages. Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St, 8:30 p.m., $15, ticketfly.com. El Paso Burger + Craft Beer Festival Burger eating and strongman competitions, booze, knockerball, giant beer pong, local music, backyard griller battle. Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Dr., 12 p.m.-9 p.m., $5 adv., free military and kids under 12, eventbrite.com. Sunset Film Society: ‘Lost in America’ David and Linda Howard are typical 1980s yuppies in Los Angeles who are fed up with their lifestyle. International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave., 2 p.m., free, 915-5436747, internationalmuseumofart.net. El Paso NORML Discussion on marijuana laws, politics and outreach. Memorial Park Library, 3200 Copper Ave., 3 p.m.-5 p.m., free, eventbrite. com. Olé Flamenco comedy trio performance. Plaza Theater, 125 Pioneer Plaza, 7:30 p.m., $30, showtimeelpaso.com. Vodka Festival Souvenir glass. Music by Frequenzia. Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr., 5-11 p.m., $20, sunlandpark,com.

15 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.

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Foo Fighters Tribute Rock music tribute band. Ages 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m., free, speakingrockentertainment.com.

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‘The Meatball Chronicles’ Solo show by Santa Fe actor Debrianna Mansini. The story of love finding through meatball. For details see Fri., April 21. El Paso Comic Con Cosplay, card games, comics, how to classes, karaoke and more. A few of the special guests: Alan Tudyk, Lou Ferrigno, Rikishi, Chris Claremont and Kevin Eastman. For details see Fri., April 21. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Red Turtle’ 2016 animated film, co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a deserted island who meets a giant red turtle. For details see Fri., April 21. El Paso Artists Studio Tour Thirtyeight artists, eighteen locations. A look at local artists’ studios. Event runs April 22-23 and 29-30, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sat., 12-5 p.m. Sun. Various Locations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.. STUFF the Truck Housewares and clothing drive. For every 20 pounds of donations donors get a raffle ticket good towards over 50 prizes. First 300 donors receive a free meal. All proceeds help provide shelter, clothing, and food for El Paso’s homeless families and individuals. Barnett Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free, 915-5656532.barnettharley.com/localevents-calendar/event/593-stuff-thetruck. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Demain(Tomorrow)’ Filmmakers travel the world investigating concrete solutions to environmental and social challenges. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 1:30 p.m., $6, 575-524-8287, mesillavalleyfilm.org. Jerry Rocha Standup comedy with opener Steve Halasz. For details see Wed., April 19. Sunset Heights Block Party Fundraiser Local bands -- three to be exact. Dirty Circuits, Coyote Blue and Mountain Vibes set the water rolling with rockitude for a free fundraiser for a block party in the near future. Be thee time travelers? Or mortals? Monarch, 204 E. Rio Grande Ave., 10 p.m., free, sunsetheightsblockparty.com. La Piñon’s Silver Anniversary Dinner, TEAL-quila cocktails, casino games and DJ spinning songs. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., 6 p.m., 575-526-3437. Deeperluv: Undercover Agency DJ duo takes form of funky beats. Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango Ave., 9 p.m., free adv., $10 door, eventbrite.com.

EL PASO JOINS THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE “Things we take for granted now, like medicine and technology, came to life because of science, and we need funding to continue these advances,” Wells n April 22, thousands will gather at said. “Science is the only thing that will save the National Mall in Washinghumanity.” ton D.C. to march for science, A self-proclaimed “science nerd,” scientists and evidence-based Wells said it’s important for evpolicymaking. Hundreds of eryone to attend the march, cities will join the national where attendees can meet March for Science, inpeople working towards scicluding El Paso. entific advancements. Angie Lopez, a UTEP “You don’t have to have a researcher who helped degree in science to be a organize the march, scientist,” she said. “If you said although this value facts, use reasoning event has political moand have curiosity about tivations, organizers the world around you, want the march to supyou’re a scientist.” port positive change and Organizers of the local march remain non-partisan. said although they’re excited In March, President Donabout the march, they don’t want ald Trump released “Ameritheir progress to end that day. They ca First: A Budget Blueprint to plan to build a science coalition that Make America Great Again.” The will continue to educate and engage blueprint included large cuts for the border community with science-reagencies like the National Institutes lated activities. of Health and the Environmental “Just having a march doesn’t do much. Image courtesy of March for Science El Paso Protection Agency. It brings awareness for a day or a week “We want to let people know that if budget cuts go as and then people forget about it,” Lopez said. “We don’t planned by the current administration, science will be want to stop at the march. The march is just an introaffected,” Lopez said. “We only want to present the facts duction.” and let people make up their own minds.” The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. where people will WHAT’S UP gather at Mundy Park on 1299 W. Yandell Dr. From there, participants will march to the San Jacinto Plaza, El Paso March for Science where several guest speakers will talk about the imporSaturday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. tance of science. There will also be a community fair with booths from Starts at Mundy Park, 1299 Yandell Dr. Ends at San Jacinto Plaza, science-related organizations. Las Cruces resident Molly Wells plans to drive to El Paso corner of Mills Avenue and Oregon Street for the march. She said advances in science have made More info at facebook.com/MarchForScienceEP this country what it is today.


19th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser. Community member bowling teams compete. Food, bowling, DJ, singing, dancing, prizes. Money supports Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano Dr, 12-6 p.m., free, 915544-4203.bbbsep.org. Mighty Mujer Triathlon All female race with two options: sprint and super sprint. Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper Ave., 7:30-11 a.m., $90-$110, raceelpaso.com/might-mujer. Walk:MS Site opens at 8 a.m. Young Park, 1905 Nevada Ave., 9 a.m., 855372-1331, walkms.org. Champions for Children Golf Tournament Breakfast and lunch included. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes Closest to the pin contest. Raffle items. Butterfield Trail Golf Course, 1858 Cottonwoods, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., $500/team, 915-307-3415, EPCGC. org. Idol Marlon Brando visits Montgomery Clift to save him from an addiction problem following a disfiguring car wreck. For details see Fri., April 21.

Code Breakers: Youth Coding 8-week Program Week 1: Introduction to coding, Week 2: Drawing and colors, Week 3: Variables and animation basics, Week 4: Interactive programming, Week 5: Creating websites, Week 6: Adding CSS and JavaScript to websites, Week 7: Mobile applications/sneak peek to virtual reality, Week 8: The computer. Software provided, bring laptop with WiFi, Ages 10+ Fab Lab El Paso, 601 N. Oregon St., 4 p.m.-6 p.m., $200, 915-209-2656, FabLabElPaso.org. Money Smart Week Kickoff Event The kick off of a series of free financial literacy workshops. Eighteen sessions in both English and Spanish will cover topics from budgeting, saving to identity theft. Free breakfast, and raffles for grand prizes to include cash prizes. ESC Region 19 Head Start, 11670 Chito Samaniego, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free, 915-521-5241. moneysmartweekep.org.

El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas snap down on Reno Aces. Event runs April 22-25, 7:05 p.m. Sat., 1:05 p.m. Sun., 6:35 p.m. Mon.-Tues. Southwest University Ballpark, 1 Ballpark Plaza, 7:05 p.m., $5-$25, 915-533-BASE, facebook.com/epchihuahuas. New Mexico Press Women 2017 Annual Conference Two-day conference focused on media literacy in today’s society. For details see Fri., April 21. Red White and Blues Blues music festival featuring C.W. Ayon, Muddy Hands Blues Band and Friends, Todd Tijerina Trio. Tickets at Hubbard’s Music, White’s Music Box and St. Clair Winery. St. Clair Winery & Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, 4 p.m.-10 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door, mvjazzblues.net. Brass Day Performance by the UTEP Faculty Brass Quintet, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir and Symphonic Winds. Lunch provided. UTEP Department of Music, 500 W. University Ave., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., free, 915-747-5606, music.utep.edu.

SUN. APRIL 23 Sun City Roller Derby Banked track roller skating for points and with punches. Las Catrinas vs. Las Diablas. Doors open at 5 p.m. Real tickets at Blue Panda and The Pershing Inn. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Dr., 6 p.m., $7 adv., $10 door, $7 military, free ages 10 and under, suncityrollergirls.com. ‘The Meatball Chronicles’ Solo show by Santa Fe actor Debrianna Mansini. The story of love finding through meatball. For details see Fri., April 21. El Paso Comic Con Cosplay, card games, comics, how to classes, karaoke and more. A few of the special guests: Alan Tudyk, Lou Ferrigno, Rikishi, Chris Claremont and Kevin Eastman. For details see Fri., April 21. Jerry Rocha Standup comedy with opener Steve Halasz. For details see Wed., April 19.

16 Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Red Turtle’ 2016 animated film, co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a deserted island who meets a giant red turtle. For details see Fri., April 21. El Paso Artists Studio Tour Thirtyeight artists, eighteen locations. A look at local artists’ studios. Event runs April 22-23 and 29-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 12-5 p.m. Sun. Various Locations, 12-5 p.m., free. pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.. Black Pussy Stoner rock music with openers Brother Strange and Faciem. Doors open at 8 p.m. Age 18+ The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., free, lowbrowpalace. com. Southwest Chamber Winds Double reed quintet music performance. El Paso Main Library, 501 N. Oregon St., 3 p.m., free, 915-212-3201. ‘First Thanksgiving 1598’ Celebration of the settlers getting together with native Americans. Living museum, wine tasting, archery club demonstrations, music performance. Socorro Mission, 328 S. Nevarez Rd., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., free, 915-8519997, visitelpasomissiontrail.com. Sunset Film Society: ‘The Godfather’ An Italian gangster tries to make that paper. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Dr., 4 p.m., $39 (includes Italian buffet), sunsetfilmsociety. org.

WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM Playwriting Workshop UTEP Alumn Georgina Leanse-Escobar teaches writing for the stage. Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, 500 W. University Ave., 3:30-5:30 p.m.. UTEP Choralfest UTEP choir performs with local high school choirs. Event runs April 24-25. 6-10 p.m. Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, 500 W. University Ave., 6-10 p.m., free, music.utep. edu. Fixed Idea Local ska band performs. Ages 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 7-9 p.m., free, speakingrockentertainment.com. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Red Turtle’ 2016 animated film, co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a deserted island who meets a giant red turtle. For details see Fri., April 21. Reflection of a Life Lived: Articulating Visual Representations of Memories in Dementia Patients Creative Writing and honor students read stories they wrote from an experience they had with individuals at a retirement home. EPCC Northwest Library Open Area and Gardens, 6701 S. Desert Blvd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, epcc.edu/events. Psychotic Defilement Mcmetal music performance with openers Defleshed and Gutted, Demon of Dark, and Tlabkhal. 18+ Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 8 p.m., $5.

Roller Derby Banked track roller derby. Las Catrinas vs. Las Diablas. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Dr., 5-8 p.m., $7 adv., $10 door, free age 10 and under, suncityrollergirls. com.

Pierce the Veil, Sum 41 Rock music with opener Emarosa and Chapel. real tickets at 7th Layer, All That Music, Bowie Feathers and Eloise. Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St, 6:30 p.m., $30.50 adv., $34 door, ticketfly.com.

Retro Game Night & Dart Tournament Dart tournament, Jenga, beer pong and “Connect 4.” Atari, NES and Sega gaming as well. Darts at 8:30 p.m., gaming at 7 p.m. The District Pub & Kitchen, 601 N. Piedras St., 7 p.m., free, 915-564-0707.

Flaw Nu-metal with openers Arcadian and Andromeda Theory. Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10 adv., $15 door, $3 minor fee, holdmyticket.com.

Shen Yun Classical Chinese dance and music performance. Performances at 3 and 8 p.m. Plaza Theater, 125 Pioneer Plaza, 3 p.m., $70-$120, 915231-1100, elpasolive.com. Burlesque on the Rio Meet & Greet Information on local burlesque troupe. Message them for the location. 18+, 3-4 p.m., free.burlesqueontherio. weebly.com. Idol Marlon Brando visits Montgomery Clift to save him from an addiction problem following a disfiguring car wreck. For details see Fri., April 21. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas snap down on Reno Aces. For details see Sat., April 22. Sun City BaconFest Over 30 restaurants and food trucks serve a variety of sample-sized bacon eats, drinks and sweets. Live music and entertainment and contests, too. Downtown Union Plaza District, Durazno St., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission, $2-$16 food, klaq.com.

MON. APRIL 24 El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas snap down on Reno Aces. For details see Sat., April 22.

Steven Isserlis Gramophone Hall of Fame cellist performs. First Baptist Church, 805 Montana Ave., 7:30 p.m., $25, 915-833-9400, elpasopromusica.org.

TUES. APRIL 25 Board Game Night Board and tabletop games. Bring your own. There are board games onsite, too. Game Vault, 9828 Montana Ave., 6 p.m.-10 p.m., free, https://gamevaultelpaso.com. UTEP Choralfest UTEP choir performs with local high school choirs. For details see Mon. April 24. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Red Turtle’ 2016 animated film, co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a deserted island who meets a giant red turtle. For details see Fri., April 21. Entrepreneurs: SHIFT classes Program for local business owners to better understand what customers want. For details see Wed., April 19. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas snap down on Reno Aces. For details see Sat., April 22.

WED. APRIL 26 Twin Peaks Rock music performance with opener Chrome Pony and Post Animal. Doors pop at 8 p.m. All ages. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., $14 adv., $16 door, lowbrowpalace.com. UTEP Symphonic Winds Wind and percussion get down, get down. Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, 500 W. University Ave., 7:30-9 p.m., $5 adult, $3 student/military, free UTEP faculty/student/staff, utep.music. edu. A Lot Like Birds, Hearts Like Lions Post-hardcore music performance. All ages., 7 p.m., $13, holdmyticket.com. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Red Turtle’ 2016 animated film, co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a deserted island who meets a giant red turtle. For details see Fri., April 21. Chris Tomlin Christian music. Openers: Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach Williams, Mosaic MSC and Jason Barton. Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Rd., 5-11 p.m., eventbrite.com. Yoga Humans pretzel to nirvana. Happens every Wed. For details see Wed., April 19. Entrepreneurs: SHIFT classes Program for local business owners to better understand what customers want. For details see Wed., April 19. ‘Anything Goes’ Cole Porter musical about the people aboard the S.S. American. For details see Fri., April 21. 16th Annual Southwest Administrative Professionals Conference Business owners from across the region network. Headstart Multipurpose Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915838-1000, apcsouthwest.com. Sadiki Fuller Standup comedy. Event runs April 26-30, 7:30 p.m. Two late shows at 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ages 17+ El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $6-$12, 915-7795233, laff2nite.com. Business Blend Mixer Music, food and networking. RSVP required. International, 114A Mills Ave., 5:30-8 p.m., $30 nonmembers, $20 members, 915-566-4066. 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. For details see Wed., April 19., 9-10 a.m., 915-321-3123. Chris Tomlin Grammy winning Christian music artist performs with openers Big Daddy Weave, Zach Williams, Mosaic, MSC and Jason Barton. Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Rd., 7 p.m., $15-$70, christomlin.com/tour.

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45 YEARS OF THE GODFATHER By Victoria G. Molinar comment: @whatsupweekly


he Sunset Film Society and Ardovino’s Desert Crossing is going to make you an offer you can’t refuse. This coming Sunday they’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of “The Godfather” with a screening of the movie accompanied by an Italian buffet. “It’s really a triple whammy celebration,” Sunset Film Society founder and host Jay Duncan said, adding that the occasion also celebrates the film society’s third year and the 20th year that brother and sister Robert and Marina Ardovino took over the Actor Al Pacino is seen as Michael Corleone in a scene of the 1972 motion picture “The Godfather.” Associated Press file photo family restaurant’s operation. on Saturdays and at Ardovino’s on The classic 1972 crime film, based on a novel of the same Sundays. Furthering the study of Paciname, centers on a blood-is-thicker- no’s career, Duncan will screen Parathan-water relationship between Vito mount’s 1973 film, “Serpico.” “It’s probably Pacino’s finest along Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his son Michael (Al Pacino). The Godfather with ‘The Godfather.’ He’s just magof mafia movies, the film catapulted nificent in it,” Duncan said. “He’s one the careers of director Francis Ford of the police department’s undercover Coppola and Pacino while revamping guys who fights corruption. As a result of him trying to do the right thing, evBrando’s. Like with many great stories, food eryone turns against him.” Given the fine dining experience at heightens the authenticity of the storyline. Scenes such as the one where Ardovino’s, the upcoming “Godfather” Clemenza (Richard Castellano) schools screening is $39, but money will also Michael on making perfect meatballs go towards continuing Sunset Film Society’s free screenings. With great food, come to mind. “There will be a lot of items that are an iconic movie and Ardovino’s overfeatured in the movie,” Duncan said all unique ambiance, that ain’t a bad deal, Duncan said. when asked about the night’s menu. “I’ve always liked Desert Crossing,” Attendees are also encouraged to Duncan asserted. “It seems like you’ve dress for the occasion. “If you have vintage 1940s or 1950s traveled a great distance without havclothing, wear it, because that’s when ing to even leave town because it has a the first film was set – five or six years different atmosphere, a different feel.” after the bombing of Pearl Harbor through the 1950s,” WHAT’S UP Duncan said. Ardovino’s celebrates 45 Years of The Along with the full American-Italian experience, Godfather Duncan will throw in both 45th-anniversary screening of “The in-front-of and behind-theGodfather” scenes movie trivia. Sunday, April 23, 4-7 p.m. “I find it interesting that Ardovino’s Desert Crossing [Paramount Pictures] felt that Brando was a has-been – he 1 Ardovino Dr., Sunland Park, New was box office poison,” he Mexico said. “And Al Pacino, at that Includes Italian buffet time, he was just starting out $39 and he didn’t have a track For reservations, call 575-589-0653 record, so they were against him.” More info at SunsetFilmSociety.org The Sunset Film Society and facebook.com/ArdovinosDC hosts free movies at the International Museum of Art

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Art en Vivo Local artists create a unique hand-printed poster. Local music and food too. Proper Printshop, 800 Montana Ave., 6-9 p.m., free, BYOB, 915-8878351. Happens every Thursday. Barbed Wire Open Mic Series Local singer/songwriters,poets and comedians perform. A featured artist every month. 806-470-1583, rasantos@miners. utep.edu or facebook.com/BWOMS. Happens on the last Saturday of every month.

‘Baggage’ Auditions Comedy. Needs two women and men in their late 30s and 40s Black Box Rehearsal Hall, 717A N. Mesquite St., 7 p.m., nostrings.org. Ends 5/1/17. Volunteers Needed The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum needs peeps to lead tours. No agriculture experience or any other type of experience needed., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 575-522-4100. Ends 5/1/17. Auditions: ‘Into the Woods’ Musical. A witch’s curse makes a young couple childless which starts them on a course to start getting some of those little ones. Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell St., 7 p.m., suncitymusicaltheatre. com. Ends 5/16/17. Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament Tournament hosts over 150 teams from the Southwest and Mexico. Play for boys’ and girls’ teams in specified age groups. Event happens June 9, 2017. Westside Sports Complex, 201 Isela Rubalcava, registration required, 915-533-4416. Plaza Classic Film Festival Local Flavor Need films for local film showcase. All genres considered. No works-in-progress. Projects must have been complete before Jan. 1. Free, 915-533-4020, plazaclassic.com/ localflavor. Ends 6/9/17.

EXHIBITS Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread Fabrics with embroidered patterns. Fabrics have been in contact with the bodies of men or women who died violent deaths. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 4/21/17. Animal Animas Southern New Mexico artists Dinah Swan and Claudia Dennee display pastel paintings and sculptures. Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 575-4494180. Ends 4/21/17. Tangential Intimacies A generative terrain of intimacy, materializing the untouchable through objects that enable interaction. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-7476151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 4/21/17. El Paso Sketchers 4th Art Show Group of ladies from different backgrounds present art in various mediums. Event runs April 1-30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 1-6 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. El Paso Public Library West, 125 Belvidere, 10 a.m.7 p.m., 915-472-7109. Ends 4/29/17. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts (copy) Art by Kay Susin (pastel & oil) and Meredith (fabric) Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 575-522-2933. mesillavalleyfinearts.com. Ends 4/30/17. Lizzie Ochoa Pop Art Exhibit Colorful art. Main Library, 501 N. Oregon, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-212-3230. elpasolibrary.org. Ends 4/30/17.

Beer Glass Night Craft beer in a unique glass that you can keep. Hope & Anchor, 4012 N. Mesa St., 3 p.m.-2 a.m., 915533-8010. Every Thursday.



aking place at the Glasbox on 210 Poplar Street, the play ‘Idol’ is an intriguing reimagining of an encounter between actors Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in 1957.

Metamorphosis – Trash to Treasure Recycled material art. International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave., 1 p.m.-5 p.m., free, internationalmuseumofart.net. Ends 5/6/17. Colores de Latino America 16 artists’ art in different mediums. Work inspired by “Alebrijes.” Agave Rosa Gallery, 905 Noble St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 915533-8011, info@agaverosagallery. com. Ends 5/8/17. 2017 Juried Student Art Show Work by undergraduate and grad students from New Mexico State University. NMSU Art Gallery, 1390 E. University Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, uag.nmsu. edu. Ends 5/10/17. April Foolishness Local artists in various mediums. Rokoko Art Gallery, 4901 Chippewa Trail, 12-5 p.m., 575522-5553, facebook.com/Rokokoart. Ends 5/13/17. UTEP Summer Theatre & Dance Camps Acting camps teach fundamentals of performance and rehearsal ending with a live performance. Dance class teaches ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz and more. Students create their own choreography. Advanced and beginner courses, age 7-18 acting, age 4-12 dance., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $245, 915-7476213, theatredance.utep.edu. Ends 5/31/17. Southwest Land & Skyscapes Day and night images by local photographer Wayne Suggs. Rokoko Art Gallery, 4901 Chippewa Trail, 12-5 p.m., 575522-5553. Ends 6/10/17. Cartography – Mapping Contemporary Art at the Border A gander at the landscape of institutions and independent projects that shape contemporary art practices in El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 6/16/17.

Preserving Identities Dr. Darius Arya presents an interactive, multimedia exhibit of Roman life, culture and history. UTEP Library Blumberg Auditorium, 500 W. University Ave., 1st floor, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., free, libraryweb.utep.edu. Ends 6/16/17. Desconocida Unknown Ukjent Art by Bjorne Linnert. Name tags with the name of a murdered woman from Cd. Juárez and the word ‘unknown.’ Protests the murder of women in Juárez. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 6/16/17. Weaving in New Mexico: The Ancestral Puebloan and Rio Grande Traditions Showcasing historical and contemporary weaving. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., free, info at NMFarmAndRanchMuseum. org. Ends 7/8/17. 2017 Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition Art and design by UTEP undergrads. All media taught in the departmentrepresented. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 7/28/17. 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.

ONGOING COMMUNITY EVENTS Bike Night Motorcycle enthusiasts and hog riders meet. Mark’s Cantina, 3233 N. Mesa St., 915-539-6200.

Bike Night Gathering for motorcycle owners and enthusiasts. King’s X and Lucy’s, 4119 N. Mesa St., 6:30 p.m., free, 575-589-4980 or admin1@ lcmotorsports.com. First Tuesday of every month. Comedy Tuesdays Open mic for comedian. Coconuts Bar & Grill, 816 N. Piedras Dr., 10 p.m., free, 21+, facebook.com/CoconutsBarandGrill. Every Tuesday. Comedy Night Local comedians try and tickle your funny bone. Jack’s Beach House, 11240 Montwood Dr., 9:30 p.m., free, laughterhourscomedy.com. Every Tuesday. Comedy Open Mic People try and make a group of strangers laugh. Station Urban Offices, 500 W. Overland Ave., 5:15-6:15 p.m., $10, 915-730-3800 or downtownelpaso.com. Every Monday.

Downtown Artist and Farmers’ Market Arts and crafts, food vending and entertainment from local artists and artisans in El Paso County. Union Plaza Depot, Anthony St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Happens every Saturday. Farmers and Crafts Market Growers and vendors selling locally grown produce and homemade arts and crafts. Las Cruces Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, NM, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., free admission, 575 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org. Wed. and Sat.

HIV/AIDS Support Group Support for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Conference Room, 800 Montana, 5-7 p.m., 915-590-2118. Group meets every Tuesday. Jazz Fridays Music called jazz performed by live faces for live faces. Nolita Corner Bistro, 420 E. San Antonio Ave., 8 p.m., free, 915-246-2324 or facebook.com/ epjazzexchange. Every Friday. Jazzy Tuesday That saxy muzak. Coco Bar, 1515 Lee Trevino Dr., 7 p.m., 915-595-7170 or facebook. com/cocobarep. Every Tuesday.

Farmers Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing A year long market o’ goods. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Dr., Sunland Park, NM, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Sat. (May-Oct.), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. (Oct.-May), 575-589-0653.

Karaoke Thursday Unrehearsed performance. Franklin’s Lounge, 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, NM, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., free, 575-874-2000.

Farmers Market Local goods. TI:ME @ Montecillo, 4935 N. Mesa St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 915-201-9880 or malolam. com. Every Sunday.

Karaoke Aural surprise making. Jack’s Beach House, 11240 Montwood Dr., 9 p.m., free, 915-590-2739. Every Wednesday.

Fox Plaza Flea Market More than 300 booths and 100 indoor specialty shops. Indoor shops are open 7 days a week. Fox Plaza Mercado, 5559 Alameda at Paisano, outdoor market 9 a.m.-3 p.m., for more info 915-779-8424. Happens every Sunday.

Unrehearsed singing Karaoke peppered with amateur dance moves. Rubiks Arcade Bar, 4025 N. Mesa St., Ste. A, 7 p.m., free, 915-231-6750. Every Wednesday.

Friday at the Fire Live local music near a giant bonfire. Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan Rd., Fort Bliss, TX, 6-11 p.m. Happens every Friday night. I-10 Flea Market and Fair Vendors, farmers market and more. 11451 Gateway West, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Karaoke The moving glottis! Chance to win a vinyl record. Monarch Bar, 204 E. Rio Grande Ave., Ste. C., 7 p.m. Every Monday. Karaoke An empty orchestra. Handlebars Bar & Grill, 1731 N. Lee Trevino Dr., 9 p.m., 915-633-9351. Every Monday.


CALENDAR APRIL 19-26, 2017



For more information call 915.772.5566

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To be eligible, you need a team of 5 bowlers. The winning team will be announced on June 23rd on the JA El Paso Facebook page.


To be eligible, teams (with all 5 members) must dress like it's the 80s and post a group photo on Facebook, prior to the bowling session. The team with the most likes and shares wins!

Notification to the General Public: Dr Eseovhe Egborge will be leaving Socorro Pediatrics and Autism Center on 5/1/2017 for personal and family reasons. Dr Carol Abalihi will be taking over ownership of Socorro Pediatrics effective May 5/1/2017. Dr Abalihi has accepted to be custodian to your child’s, children or dependents medical records at Socorro Pediatrics and will assist you with transfer of medical records and primary care provider changes. As a legal guardian, Parent or representative, you have a right to choose and accept a primary care provider of your choice. You may either choose to remain in the practice, in which case, you should accept Dr Abalihi as your primary care provider or you may choose a different primary care provider of your choice. If you choose to go with another primary care provider, Please make arrangements to have your child’s or childrens medical records transferred to a pediatrician or primary care provider of your choice. Dr Egborge will assist you in transitioning the care of your child to a new provider of your choice before or on 4/30/17. Dr Abalihi has retained all phone numbers currently at Socorro Pediatrics but declined to keep the website up and running. To reach Socorro Pediatrics, please call (915) 219-9650. The website will no longer function as of 5/1/2017. To reach Dr Egborge directly, please call ((915) 4725552. It’s been a pleasure allowing me to provide care for your family and I will always remain grateful and thankful.

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