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WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF COVFEFE? We asked attendees of the El Paso Sun City Pride Parade

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IVAN MORA:

I think that’s the “safe word” he uses between Putin and himself during their alone time, which is quite often I take it.

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FERNANDO MENDEZ:

I don’t think it has a definition. I think it’s more of a feeling. It’s the feeling of Kathy Griffin doing something completely horrific, then apologizing for it two days later.

I think what happened was, he was using autocorrect, or voice-to-text on his phone, and he meant to say “Call Pepe,” and it autocorrected to “Covfefe.”

Editor’s note: Miami lifestyle video blogger Mimi Sanchez recently reached out to me letting me know she’d be a panelist for the 13 Annual “Dancing Backwards in High Heels” Women’s Business Symposium in May. A former writer for What’s Up, I found her journey from a UTEP grad to professional blogger living in Miami one worth sharing. She’ll be giving a free blogging workshop this coming Saturday, June 10, which you can learn more about on page 12. MiMi can be reached at info@MiMiSanchez.com. ___ Mimi Sanchez here, coming to you LIVE from Miami! That’s my usual tagline, but this time I’m in my hometown

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I would say “covfefe” is someone that is co-dependent on someone that’s fabulous. Like, “Oh my gosh. That girl is so covfefe. Her eyebrows are on fleek, only because her man did them.”

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of El Paso. It seems like only yesterday I was the fashion writer for What’s Up, graduating from UTEP and moving to Dallas to start my career. I majored in public relations and marketing, and I was ready to take over the world. I started my career in fashion and event planning since I got my start with Chanel in New York when I had interned for them back in 2001. I made El Paso headlines when I was in New York during 9/11. I’m thankful that nothing happened to me during that tragic event, however, that experience changed my life forever. Since that

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day, I’ve learned never to take a day for granted and that tomorrow is not promised. I became even more of an over achiever, striving tirelessly to accomplish my big dreams. Back in 2005, I was 25 years old and decided to start my own modeling and events agency called MODA Modelos in Dallas. My agency was the first to cater to the Hispanic market in Dallas, so I felt like I had great responsibility to represent. For 10 years, I ran my agency and had major clients like Telemundo, Univision, JC Penny, Tecate, Heineken and many local advertising agencies. I was very proud of what I had accomplished, however, I wanted more. I had visited Miami a couple of times and just fell in love with the city. I loved the combinations of so many Latin cultures, from the food to the music and lifestyle. I knew that Miami is where I belong. So in 2013, I took a big leap of faith and started a new life in Miami. As you can imagine, Miami has so much going on throughout the year – from events to festivals and nightlife – that I just had to find a new niche in this magical city. It took me about two years to really find my place in Miami and build my new career there. After attending an amazing media conference

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called Hispanicize, they introduced me to a whole new world. I was brave enough to start my own lifestyle blog called MiMiSanchez.com and honestly, I just winged it my first year. I started by just getting out there and attending events and started to network with this new title, “blogger.” Quickly, I realized that when I mentioned I was a blogger to brands, the red carpet would be rolled out for me. I thought, “Hey, I could be on to something!” With my background in fashion marketing, music and events, I had found my new calling as a Miami lifestyle blogger. I love every second of it! It is a lot of work, but I get invited to the best events like the Latin Billboards, Miami Swim Week, Miami Boat Show and so much more. What’s crazy is that I’m barely going on my second year as a blogger. I know there’s so much more to come! I haven’t forgotten where I’m from and I definitely want to give back and give other people in El Paso an opportunity to start their career as a blogger. Be sure to follow my Miami adventures on my blog and Snapchat. If you plan to visit Miami, let me know so I can send you off to the best spots in town! Dale!

Correction for May 31-June 7 issue:

From the editor: Oh, the irony! You can imagine how mortified I was when I realized a chunk of my column from our May 24 (Neon Desert) issue ended up in last week’s column. In the column, I raved about former El Paso Inc. editor Wendy Polk and her guidance, and then, bam, it ended with a major error. Apologies to the staff and those who were left feeling perplexed reading about Vogue, twins and Mexico City when my column should have ended at the sentence where I encouraged readers to vote. I’m solely responsible for this mistake, since this was the result of a change I made after our proofreader left. Even after looking over things all day, some mistakes like those manage to slip through the cracks. Sigh. Live and learn.


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A: Dubbed the “Liberace of Lucha Libre,” openly gay luchador Cassandro has received worldwide recognition for his flamboyance and strength in a macho sport. Photo by Michael Wise B: A mural of Cassandro by artist Tino Ortega adorns the Hybrid Fitness building in central El Paso. Photo by Jorge Salgado C: Through her organization Paso del Norte OUT Fund, activist Veronica Garcia hopes to encourage local nonprofits to have LGBTQ-inclusive policies. Photo courtesy of Veronica Garcia D: Longtime transgender advocate Claudia Delfin was the subject of ‘Crossing Over,’ an in-depth day-in-the-life piece written by The New Yorker’s Jonathan Blitzer and published in Oxford American. Photo by Victoria G. Molinar By Denise Nelson-Prieto comment: @whatsupweekly

With LGBTQ Pride Month in full swing, those striving to promote inclusivity and acceptance in the borderland say there’s still much work to be done. The Human Rights Campaign gave El Paso a score of 57 out of 100 for its 2016 Municipal Equality Index report. The report looked at factors like municipal services for the LGBTQ community and non-discrimination policies. “Everybody thinks because gay marriage was passed that everything’s all good for the gays now, but whenever advances are made in any kind of social justice movement, there’s often an overwhelming backlash that actually sets those advances back,” local activist Veronica Garcia said. “That’s what’s happening right now.” Many locals like Garcia are trying to improve the quality of life for the LGBTQ community as well as the region in general, and we’ve highlighted some of them. While this of course isn’t a definitive list, the following are some community members who’ve been regarded as heroes for their courage, activism and benevolence.

ceived as one of the bad guys. His is a quintessential Cinderella story. He is a gay man born into a Mexican family with a domineering, ultra-macho patriarch. His tale is one of adversity and overcoming barriers to create new standards both in the ring and in his personal life. “I was in a machista sport and culture and it was very hard; being born gay in the frontera was one of the toughest things,” he said. “I even experienced discrimination at home and abandonment – even with my father, who was living with us, but wouldn’t even acknowledge me.” His odds were further stacked against him when he became addicted to multiple substances. He sought help to gain sobriety and proclaims the year 2003 as his sobriety date. A tribute of the date is tattooed on his back. “I knew there wasn’t enough sex, drugs, alcohol – whatever – to fill the void,” he said. “Only the love of my higher power, which for me is God, and getting me in contact with something greater than myself, told me I was going to be okay.”

Liberty through lucha libre In the world of Mexican pro-wrestling, or lucha libre, Cassandro is a household name. Born Saul Armendariz, this diminutive dynamo is an El Paso native, splitting his time between here and Juarez when he’s not traveling abroad for matches. He broke into the luchador scene in the 1980s as one of the league’s exoticos, a wrestler who fights in drag and is per-

Going 10 years strong, El Paso Sun City Pride continues to see an increase in their Pridefest turnout, helping the organization raise more funds for scholarships they provide every year. Photo by Nequim Pin-Up & Boudoir Photography Studio

Cassandro said he had to prove himself in the ring among his fellow wrestlers, working three times as hard. He wore the blood and tears like a badge of honor, and withstanding the struggle gave him the mettle to persevere. His career has garnered worldwide attention, with stories on him published in The New Yorker, BBC, Vice and The Guardian, among others. He recently showed Conan O’Brien the lucha libre ropes, helping the comedian develop his own menacing character, El Gallo Loco. “It was fun,” Cassandro said. “I trained him a little to be a luchador, and he wrestled me.” His story is also being captured in a few films. Amazon Prime just wrapped up “The Man Without the Mask” documentary, which was inspired by the article of the same title published in The New Yorker a few years ago. French documentarian Marie Losier is in the editing stages of her documentary on Cassandro, which is scheduled to screen at the Museum of Modern Art in October. Despite his enormous success, Cassandro remains humble. He’s been involved in numerous fundraisers and benefits, including feeding hungry families on Thanksgiving at the Houchen Community Center, donating toys to Juarez orphanages and

bringing smiles and laughs to kids at Providence Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Loudest LGBTQ cheerleaders

The non-profit group El Paso Sun City Pride has championed the LGBTQ cause for the last 10 years, creating a place for members of the community to express their sexual identities and to celebrate the massive strides pioneers in the movement have made. “This is about civil rights and equality,” said the group’s founder, Dave Castillo. “We are still considered second-class citizens and this new administration is putting us back a couple of decades.” The organization recently threw its tenth Pride Parade and Pridefest, the area’s largest LBGTQ event that serves to unite members and celebrate diversity. EPSCP also provides scholarships for higher education every year. “Our goal is to award up to $5,000 annually to our applicants,” Castillo said. “The bigger our events are, the more we can award.” Maintaining their philanthropic mission, EPSCP works throughout the year to provide donations to local non-profit groups. They’ve initiated fundraisers and benefits to support places like the Child Crisis Center, La Posada Home and Dame La Mano. “Last year, we organized a benefit show for La Posada Home and had an Easter basket drive,” Castillo said. “We collected so many that after we dropped them off at La Posada, we had a lot left over, so we took the rest to hand out to kids at Memorial Park.”

OUT and about

Local activist Veronica Garcia has been in the realm of service work for more than a decade. She is currently on staff with Oakland, California-based G.I.F.T. (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training), which teaches non-profits and organizations how to raise funds for their causes. She is using her skills and experience Continued on 7


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The Pride Parade held by El Paso Sun City Pride encourages younger generations to celebrate their LGBTQ community.

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gained on the job to try to alleviate the fundraising woes of many local non-profits. To that end, she helped launch the Paso del Norte OUT Fund, a group that seeks to help organizations secure philanthropic funds. “We’re working to bring money into the region through local fundraising and through government and foundation monies, which are redistributed to organizations that primarily serve the local LGBTQ community and have inclusive policies,” she said. “Our vision is to grow a culture of giving here in El Paso and to also be able to reach the dollar amount the city doesn’t currently have the capacity for.” Across the U.S., Garcia has traveled to cities like Port-

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land, New York, Detroit and Orlando to train non-profits like the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Network for Arab-American Communities, Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Border Network for Human Rights. She hopes her work will help alleviate the disproportionate relationship between the high need for funds by local non-profits and funders, which she says currently only consists of a few major players and a handful of smaller entities that provide minimal amounts. Garcia said there is no shortage of foundation and grant money floating around the country; it’s simply a matter of having the skills to apply for funds.

Transcending boundaries

Claudia Delfin, a transgender woman who’s an outreach

worker at the nonprofit Aliviane, Inc., has made it her mission to speak out against inequality. She’s been on major local news outlets, including KVIA Channel 7, in the last couple years to talk about what it’s like to be a trans woman along the border and to voice her opposition against legislation like SB6, dubbed the Bathroom Bill. She transitioned more than 30 years ago during a time when the idea of being transgender was barely a whisper and widely misunderstood. She had to cross into Juarez regularly to get the necessary hormones for transitioning. Her story was captured by The New Yorker writer Jonathan Blitzer and published in Oxford American. Delfin’s also a supporter of LGBTQ immigrants, pointing out the arrest of Irvin González earlier this year. The transgender woman sought protection against an abusive ex-boyfriend at the county courthouse, where ICE agents detained her, causing a national stir. “A lot of immigrants [who need help] are here illegally, so they’re afraid to get help,” Delfin said. “I try to encourage them to get social services and to let them know there are safe places that will protect them.” In 2015, Delfin was named the Texas DSHS Dan Rawlins Outreach Worker of the Year. The statewide award recognized Delfin for her work in issues like substance abuse and HIV prevention. Most recently, she was invited to be a guest speaker for the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition in Austin in September. Delfin said she plans to talk about issues like unemployment among transgender individuals and challenges Latina transgender women face. As these advocates and philanthropists of the LGBTQ community continue to share their time with those in need, they all agree that such actions create a ripple effect in promoting equality and tolerance in the region. The national recognition many of them have received shows that such goals can reach beyond the borderland.

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What’s Up recently teamed up with a new Coloring Corner sponsor DeadBeach Brewery, and what makes this extra exciting is that our next Adult Coloring Book Night will be held at the brewery on Thursday, June 29 during the Last Thursdays Gallery Crawl & Art Market. Every last Thursday of the month, locals and out-of-towners get to explore several Downtown galleries that highlight the abundance of talent in El Paso through special exhibits. It was fitting to feature artist Marcos Rey for this month’s Coloring Corner considering he was heavily involved in Last Thursdays as a coordinator. “I started creating my own Facebook

events,” Rey said. “I would take people and guide them to the different galleries.” A longtime champion of local artists, Rey’s own journey into painting started in 2013 as a way to cope with stress from the daily grind. “When I’m painting, I kind of go into a trance,” Rey said. “I drift into another world, into another place where it’s just so relaxing for me. When I’m stressed, I just do that and forget about everything else.” It didn’t take long for Rey to become a prolific painter. Participating in countless exhibits, his work has frequented the Rock House Cafe & Gallery on 400 W. Overland Ave. and was recently showcased at the Hal Marcus Gallery on 1308 N Oregon St., where he sold much of his work. Rey also discovered his passion for photography while exploring Downtown and taking photos of its many historic buildings. As an openly gay artist, Rey has also been asked to participate in exhibits during LGBTQ Pride Month, and most recently, he was asked to participate in a summer exhibit for the El Paso Bear Society, a philanthropic gay group that celebrates rugged, often larger men. Rey will also exhibit new pieces at the Hal Marcus Gallery in August for an El Paso-themed exhibit. To get the details on these events and see more of Rey’s work, follow him on Instagram @marcos__rey (note the double underscore).

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ALL ABOARD THE STRANGE TRAIN WITH ACTOR CRISPIN GLOVER By Victoria G. Molinar comment: @whatsupweekly

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it in a room with actor Crispin Glover, and you’ll never be bored. Ask David Letterman, who definitely wasn’t bored –although he was very peeved – when Glover surprised him on “Late Night” by showing up as a very spastic Rubin, a character from the movie “Rubin and Ed.” The film wasn’t promoted and released until years later, so at the time, the audience was left bewildered. Bewildering people is Glover’s forte. Fans of the strange and avant garde might enjoy Glover’s Alamo Drafthouse appearance this Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, which will coincide with the screenings of “What is it?” and the murder-thriller “It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE.” Before the movie screenings, Glover will do a live reading to accompany the backdrop of his “Big Slide Show.” “Back to the Future” fans will recognize Glover as Marty McFly’s dad, but they shouldn’t expect this weekend’s films to be as easy to follow. “What is it?” for example, is a surreal movie Glover directed that follows what he described as the “adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe and how to get home as tormented by an hubristic racist inner psyche.” Most of the characters are played by actors with Down’s Syndrome.

Jukebox Music Series: Daniel Rivera Local saxophonist performs solo. Salt Box, 204 Boston Ave., 7 p.m.-9 p.m., free, RSVP req. , 915-307-3222, saltboxpp.com. Yoga Humans pretzel to nirvana. Happens every Wed. 150 Sunset, 150 E. Sunset Rd., 6:30 p.m., 915-5851150, 150sunset.com. Wacky Wednesday: Comedy Open Mic Open to all jesters. Age 21+ 5 Points Bistro, 3019 Montana Ave, 9 p.m., free, facebook.com/ epucomedy. Crusaders Chess Club Strategy minded folks engage in battles of brains. Meets Wed. Irvin Schwartz Public Library, 1865 Dean Martin Dr., 5-7 p.m., 915-212-7323, elpasolibrary.org. 1 Million Cups 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, 915321-3123, 1millioncups.com/elpaso. BT Standup comedy with opener Richard Reese. Event runs June 7-11, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $6-$12, 915-779-5233, laff2nite. com. 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.

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Naturally, a lot of questions would arise from such a movie, and audience members can ask Glover some of those questions after the film screening. What’s Up sent Glover questions, and it turns out he sent back ready-to-go answers that have been used in other interviews. To see what Glover had to say about his other movies, his fascination with volcanoes and his role in Actor Crispin Glover’s credits include the new TV Series, “American Gods,” ‘Back to the Future,’ 2010’s ‘Alice in see the extended version of this story at Wonderland’ and the current TV series ‘American Gods.’ Photo by Kitty Maer WhatsUpPub.com. On “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show”: The live aspects of the shows are not to be underestimated. This is a large part of how I bring audiences in to the theater. For “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show” I perform a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different books I have made over the years. The books are taken from old books from the 1800s that have been changed into different books from what they originally were. They are heavily illustrated with original drawings and reworked images and photographs. On the movie “What is it?”: I am very careful to make it quite clear that “What is it?” is not a film about Down’s Syndrome, but my psychological reaction to the corporate restraints that have happened in the last 30 or more years in filmmaking. Specifically, anything that can possibly make an audience uncomfortable is necessarily excised or the film will not be corporately funded or distributed. Questions could be asked like “Are you making fun of these people?” Of course I had zero interest in doing any of these things. On acting: I have been able to divorce myself from the content of the films that I act in and look at acting as a craft that I am helping other filmmakers to accomplish what it is that they want to do. If for some reason the director is not truly interested in doing something that I personally find interesting with the character, then I can console myself with the money I am making to be in their production. [The money] can help fund my own films that I am so truly passionate about. Usually though, I feel as though I am able to get something across as an actor that I feel good about. It has worked out well. WHAT’S UP

Crispin Glover Live

In his directorial debut, ‘What is it?,’ Crispin Glover appears in the film as the protagonists’s inner-psyche as well as a “dueling demi-god auteur.” Photo by Rocky Schenck

THURS. JUNE 8 Life Legacy Memoir Workshop Lessons on gathering material and building a memoir. Workshops run June 8-29 on Thurs., 2-3 p.m. Mountain View Market Co-op, 1300 El Paseo Rd., 2 p.m.-3 p.m., $160 , ray.karen@ gmail.com, mountainviewmarket. coop. San Ligre Indie alt rock with openers Dulce Mal and Fallex. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., free, $5 surcharge under 21, lowbrowpalace.com.

Washington and the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Border Featured speakers are Jon Barela, Alfredo Corchado, Alejandra de la Vega, Veronica Escobar and Brian Winter. Registration from 4:30-5 p.m. Foundation Room, 303 N. Oregon St., 5-7 p.m., americasquarterly.org. 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.

With screening of ‘It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE.’ Friday, June 9, 7 p.m. And “What is it?” Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m. Includes Big Slide Show (live narration), Q&A and book sale Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E Montecillo Blvd. $21.65 Find tickets at Alamo Drafthouse and drafthouse.com/el-paso

El Paso Ghost Tours Real paranormal investigators tour people through real haunted buildings in downtown El Paso. Equipment provided. Not a point and talk tour, no fanciful ghost stories, experiences in the basements of haunted buildings. Event runs every Wed.-Fri. until Oct. 27. Age 14+ For details see Wed., June 7. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ War drama about the keeper’s of the Warsaw Zoo, who saved hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. Event runs June 2-8, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For details see Wed., June 7.

Music on the Plaza: Border jazz Quartet Weekly, Thursday night music performance. Plaza de las Cruces, Main St., 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., free, 575541-2000, las-cruces.org. BT Standup comedy with opener Richard Reese. Event runs June 7-11, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ For details see Wed., June 7. Sine Cura Sad pop music with openers Ambivalence, Chris Rogue, Ari Yara and Noderboat. All ages. BYOB Rockhouse Cafe & Gallery, 800 W. Overland Ave., 7 p.m., free, 915-6334754.

Strawberry Girls Experimental rock music performance with opener Comrades, Belle Noire, If We Were Turtles, Of Two Minds. All ages.Doors open at 7 p.m. Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St, 8 p.m., $10 , trickyfalls.com.

FRI. JUNE 9 Kennedy Jones EDM DJ does the robot beats. Dress code enforced. Age 18+ 301, 301 S. Ochoa St., 9 p.m., free w/RSVP before 11 p.m. for 21+, $10 gen. admish, eventbrite.com.


CALENDAR JUNE 7-14, 2017 Crispin Glover Live and Movie Screening Hollywood actor performs one hour dramatic narration of eight of his illustrated project books “Crispin Hellion Glover: Big Slide Show Part 2.” After will be a presentaiton of the film “It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE!” Which is followed by a live Q&A and book signing. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 7-10 p.m., drafthouse. com. Bowl El Paso Live Music Performances by Bosse Band and Red Ruby inside Bowl El Paso’s two bars. Happens every Fri. and Sat. Bowl El Paso, 1114 Pellicano Dr., 9 p.m., free, 915-593-7777, bowl-elpaso.com. El Paso Ghost Tours Real paranormal investigators tour people through real haunted buildings in downtown El Paso. Equipment provided. Not a point and talk tour, no fanciful ghost stories, experiences in the basements of haunted buildings. Event runs every Wed.-Fri. until Oct. 27. Age 14+ For details see Wed., June 7. Hot-T: Relationships Open, sex-positive chat session on topics important to gay, bi and queeridentified men. The M Factor, 701 Montana Ave., 6-9 p.m., free, 915-212-6615, facebook.com/ MFactor915. ‘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. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Fresno Grizzlies. Event runs June 9-11, 7:05 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 6:05 p.m. Sun. Southwest University Ballpark, 1 Ballpark Plaza, 7:05 p.m., $5-$25, 915-533-BASE, facebook.com/epchihuahuas. Alfresco Fridays: Dusty Low Weekly outdoor concert series. This week is alt. rock. Judson F. Williams Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, 6 p.m., free, alfrescofridays.com. BT Standup comedy with opener Richard Reese. Event runs June 7-11, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.-Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ For details see Wed., June 7. Young Deluxe Music performance with openers Frontier, Wildsters, Tusk Airline, Rice Cognac. Doors open at 9 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9:30 p.m., free, lowbrowpalace. com. The Ghetto Blaster Cover band. Age 21+ El Patio Cantina, 2171 Calle de Parian, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $5. King Octopus Rock covers. The District Pub & Kitchen, 601 N. Piedras, 9:30 p.m., free, twitter. com/kingoctopusband. Prince – Under the Cherry Moon Celebration Music by VJ Joe Dorgan. Giveaways by Deady Page Productions. Age 21+ Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St, 9 p.m., free, trickyfalls.com.

WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM Koma Nu metal/90s covers. Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 9:30 p.m., free, facebook.com/rockhouserdivebarkitchen. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Mixer’ A man known for getting people things makes friends with a young politician who becomes the Prime Minister to Israel, which changes Norman’s life completely. Event runs June 9-15, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., $7, $6 matinee/senior/ military/student, $5 Wed., mesillavalleyfilm. org.

SAT. JUNE 10 Crispin Glover Live Hollywood actor does a dramatic narration of eight of his illustrated project books. After is a screening of “What is it?” Followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 7 p.m.-10 p.m., 915845-7469, drafthouse.com. El Muro’s Crawfish & Border Blues Festival Music, arts and crafts, as well as other foods. The Boardwalk at Ricky’s, 1773 Pali Dr., 5 p.m.-1 a.m., $10 adv.(food+entrance), $15 crawfish and $5 admission at the door, facebook. com/915CRAWFEST. Blog Workshop Blogger Mimi Sanchez teaches how she works with brands and agencies. The Station Urban Offices, 500 W. Overland Ave., Ste. 250, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, RSVP req., info@ mimisanchez.com. Rockabilly at the Brewery Music performance by The Speed Kings. Deadbeach Brewery, 406 Durango St., 9:45 p.m., free, deadbeach.com. Tango Music and Dance Workshop Presentation of basic tango steps. Coffee and pastries will be available for sale. Elena Baker Dance Studio and Arts Center, 1815 Trawood Ste B, 9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m., $10 , 915-820-6243. Archery and Atl-atl Demonstration Demos held every Saturday. Equipment provided. Marshals present. Archers welcome to bring own recurve or longbow. El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Rd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, 915755-4332., archaeology.elpasotexas.gov. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Fresno Grizzlies. For details see Fri., June 9. Sushi Class How to prepare sushi rolls, New Age appetizer and Nigiri sushi. All supplies provided. 1/2 off tea, house wine, etc. Age 8+ Dragonfly Wine & Sushi Bistro, 5500 Doniphan Dr., 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 915-478-6667, facebook.com/ dragonflysushi. BT Standup comedy with opener Richard Reese. Event runs June 7-11, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.-Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ For details see Wed., June 7.

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EATS AND BEATS: C R AW F I S H F E S T TA K E S O V E R B O A R D WA L K By Lisa Amaya comment: @whatsupweekly

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he second annual El Muro’s Crawfish and Border Blues Festival will liven up Eastside restaurant The Boardwalk this Saturday, June 10. Aside from 1,200 pounds of Louisiana crawfish, festivalgoers can expect vendors selling art and crafts, food trucks and live music from local blues and rock groups. The lineup includes The Birdogs, Border Heat, Jerry G and the Cold Cash, Black Jack and the Barbecued Blues Band. “This is a good combination for El Paso,” event organizer Mario Muro said about the festival. “It’s been a big hit.” The festival promotes cancer awareness and is held in memory of Muro’s father and others who’ve died of the disease. Some of the festival’s proceeds go towards local non-profit TOCA Foundation. The foundation helps cancer patients and their families pay for medical expenses and funerals. It especially focuses on educating people about pancreatic cancer and kidney disease. “The most exciting part about this festival for me is the awareness that will be available,” said TOCA Foundation representative John Hernandez, who lost both of his parents to cancer. The foundation, which began in 2016, teams up with local nonprofits and raises money through other events like Oktoberfest.

Alex Vargas, owner of Alive Audio, said the festival will be a great community event for El Paso, adding that “this event will bring out the cultures of all types of music.” WHAT’S UP

Second annual El Muro’s Crawfish and Border Blues Festival Saturday, June 10, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. The Boardwalk, 1772 Pali Drive $10 in advance (Includes one pound of crawfish with corn and potatoes.) $5 general admission without crawfish meal, $20 at the door with meal Free admission for military, veterans, law enforcement and fire department More info at facebook.com/915CrawFest


12 Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Mixer’ A man known for getting people things makes friends with a young politician who becomes the Prime Minister to Israel, which changes Norman’s life completely. Event runs June 9-15, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For details see Fri., June 9. Sunset Film Society: ‘Field of Dreams’ Iowa farmer hears a voice in the sky and builds a baseball field on its suggestion. International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave., 2 p.m., free, 915-543-6747, sunsetfilmsociety.org. Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a storytelling session with puppets. There will also be an activity that relates to the story. Other story times are Sat., June 3 and June 17. Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St., 11 a.m., free, 575-647-4480. We B Fore Cover band covers songs. Main Street Stage & Saloon, 1501 Main St., 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., free, 915851-0093. ALOHA Fundraiser Benefit concert with Disney entertainment and Luau themed dinner. Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell Street, Suite C, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $25 , suncitymusicaltheatre.com. Stage Combat Workshop Hands on demonstration/ interactive learning opportunity on stage fighting, particularly with weapons. UTEP School of Nursing, 1101 N. Campbell St., Rm. 234, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., free, RSVP recommended, shakespeareontherocks.com. KOAN Ensemble Improvised music and dance performance. Coronado High School, 100 Champions Pl., 2-3 p.m., free.

WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM Pershing Inn Lip Sync Showdown Take on the Sun City Roller Girls. Costumes, props, dancers, backup singers encouraged. Pershing Inn, 2909 Pershing Dr., 4-7 p.m., free, suncityrollergirls.com. Pax Christi Film Series: “Thunderheart” Drama about a young FBI agent, unaware of his indigenous roots, who is tasked to investigate a murder on a Sioux reservation. St. Joseph School Auditorium, 1315 Travis St., 3 p.m., free, 915-740-3962. ‘A Moving Experience’ Fundraiser The Dona Ana Arts Council is moving to a new building and they need some scratch. Screening two films by local filmmaker: “Hearts of the Arts” and “Holders of Wisdom.” Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 3 p.m., 575-523-6403, riograndetheatre.com.

MON. JUNE 12 Plastic Pinks Punk rock with local openers Stangus and Stardust Experience Obliteration, Natural Jelly. All ages. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door, lowbrowpalace.com. Career Art Path Two week immersion program in the visual arts for middle school students. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 575-523-6403, daarts.org. Music Theory Camp For students planning to be a music major at UTEP. Open to high school students, too. Runs June 12-23, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. UTEP Fox Fine Arts, 500 W. University Ave., Rm. 101, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $40 , facebook.com/SunCityASTA.

Neon Paint Party Music headliner is Mako. “Glow Zone” paintball. Live art park. Bikini beer garden. Real tickets at All That Music, Happy House and The Headstand. Wet ‘n’ Wild Waterworld, 8804 S. Desert Blvd., 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $20 adv., $30 door, neonpaintparty.com.

Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Mixer’ A man known for getting people things makes friends with a young politician who becomes the Prime Minister to Israel, which changes Norman’s life completely. Event runs June 9-15, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For details see Fri., June 9.

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G.A.Y. Kickball Get Active Y’all is a twice monthly fitness event that focuses on body weight exercises for every skill level. The workouts end with a fun sport. This week’s sport is kickball. Next gathering is June 25. Yucca Park, 957 Lafayette Dr., 6 p.m., free, facebook.com/MFactor915.

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.

Pre-Father’s Day Tea Dance Progeny and padres rhythm. Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., $10, $5 student, 915-328-0527, usadance. org. Tea Party Crumpets and dainty cups of hot dry-leaf juice. A classy affair! Cafe Fioretti, 3429 Montana Ave., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, RSVP req., gigisplayhouse.org/elpaso. Buti & Brunch Cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement and conditioning yoga. Sushi brunch and buti drink. Poolside DJ. Hotel Indigo, 325 N. Kansas St., 11:30 a.m., $30 , 915-532-5200, eventbrite.com. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Fresno Grizzlies. For details see Fri., June 9. Music Under the Stars – Ozomatli Outdoor music performance. Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North Blvd., 7:30 p.m., free, elpasoartsandculture.org. Sun City Cruisers Old School Bike Ride Leisure ride through downtown. All bikes welcome. San Jacinto Plaza, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., free, 915-929-3295, facebook.com/ suncitycruiser. BT Standup comedy with opener Richard Reese. Event runs June 7-11, 7:30 p.m., additional late shows Fri.-Sat. at 9:30 p.m. Ages 17+ For details see Wed., June 7. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Mixer’ A man known for getting people things makes friends with a young politician who becomes the Prime Minister to Israel, which changes Norman’s life completely. Event runs June 9-15, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For details see Fri., June 9. 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.

Movie Night: “Pink Flamingo” Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure goes up against a sleazy married couple attempting to seize the tabloid-given title as “The Filthiest Person Alive.” The M Factor, 701 Montana Ave., 6:30 p.m., free. Career Art Path Two week immersion program in the visual arts for middle school students. For details see Mon., June 12. Passafire Reggae rock with openers Bumpin’ Uglies and Vibes Arise. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at 7th Layer, All That Music, Eloise. Virtual tickets at ticketfly.com. Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St, 8 p.m., $16 , trickyfalls.com.

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iami lifestyle video blogger Mimi Sanchez will give a free workshop on starting a blog this Saturday, June 10 at The Station urban offices on 500 W. Overland, Ste. 250. Topics will include blogging platforms, domain names and ways to build a following. The workshop runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and those interested must RSVP at info@ MiMiSanchez.com or 305-707-8035. A UTEP graduate, Sanchez grew up in El Paso before starting the MODA Modelos Events Agency in Dallas and moving to Miami, where she now runs MODA Creative Agency. The company helps clients with branding and social media content. Sanchez was recently a blogging panelist during the 13th Annual “Dancing Backwards in High Heels” Women’s Business Symposium in May. To learn more about Sanchez and her work, visit MiMiSanchez.com.

Carry safe. Carry smart. Texas Concealed Handgun License course taught by NRA certified pistol instructor Couples encouraged. Español tambien.

Have fun in a relaxed atmosphere while learning what you need to know to pass the Texas Concealed Handgun License exam and proficiency demonstration. Course material includes related laws, handgun use and safety, non-violent dispute resolution and proper storage practices. Classes also available for basic pistol instruction.

Flexible course times. (915) 637-5442 and safecarrychl@gmail.com


CALENDAR JUNE 7-14, 2017 El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Tacoma Rainiers. Event runs June 13-16, 7:05 p.m. Southwest University Ballpark, 1 Ballpark Plaza, 7:05 p.m., $5-$25, 915-533-BASE, facebook.com/ epchihuahuas. Music Theory Camp For students planning to be a music major at UTEP. Open to high school students, too. Runs June 12-23, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For details see Mon., June 12. Cocktails with Creatives A mingling night for industry professionals, enthusiasts and students. El Paso Brewing Company, 810-B Texas Ave., 5:30-8 p.m., free, facebook. com/AIGAELP.

WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Mixer’ A man known for getting people things makes friends with a young politician who becomes the Prime Minister to Israel, which changes Norman’s life completely. Event runs June 9-15, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For details see Fri., June 9. Tuesday Talk: Janie Chodosh Reading, discussion and book signing from co-author of “Wild Lives.” Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main St., 7 p.m., free, 575-5225552, wildmesquite.org. 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.

By Gustavo Arellano comment: @whatsupweekly

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Dear Mexican: I’m reading the redneck rhetoric in your most recent column, and I feel retarded to continually be surprised by the hate guised as nationalism that so easily flows from mouths of these degenerates. At least we don’t have to worry about that “nice” stereotype like the Canadians. Isn’t it possible that no one wants to make taxpayers out of all of the illegals because this would entitle them to minimum wage? I agree that if you’re going to enjoy the benefits of this country, you should maintain your culture, but also become a legal American citizen. But can we afford to actually pay full price for the labor foundation that we currently enjoy at such a discount? - Dr. W Dear Gabacho: Interesting punto! Gabachos don’t want undocumented Mexicans to become American citizens because they’re Mexicans, and they really feel that once we become the majority, we’ll rip out their hearts, wrap them in bacon, and serve them as a breakfast burrito. And they also want us to remain perpetual peons, even if making us legal brings more money to the American economy. A 2013 paper by the Center for American Progress found that if undocumented immigrants were granted legal status and the possibility of citizenship that year, the United States’ gross domestic product “would grow by an additional $1.4 trillion cumulatively over the 10 years between 2013 and 2022.” Not only that, but analysts Robert Lynch and Patrick Oakford forecast the creation of 203,000 jobs per year in that time frame with amnesty. On the other hand, if said undocumenteds only got

WED. JUNE 14 State Line Music Series: Sorry About Your Sister Rock music covers. Must make food or monetary donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. For ages 21+ The State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Dr., 8 p.m., free, 915-581-3371, countyline.com/StateLineMusic. html. El Paso Ghost Tours Real paranormal investigators tour people through real haunted buildings in downtown El Paso. Equipment provided. Not a point and talk tour, no fanciful ghost stories, experiences in the basements of haunted buildings. Event runs every Wed.-Fri. until Oct. 27. Age 14+ For details see Wed., June 7.

legal status in 2013 but weren’t eligible for citizenship for a decade, the GDP would grow by a relatively modest $832 billion. That’s more of an economic stimulus package than Trump could ever possibly conjure up—but since gabachos hate truth nowadays, the prospect of amnesty long ago went the way of the Paris climate accords.

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I’ve been to a number of Mexican-sponsored events that include the typical banda, those bands with forty members and every instrument known to man. My question is why do those grupos bring such enormous speakers? For a party taking place in a backyard or a room that fits no more than 50, they’ll bring speakers large enough for a stadium. And since we’re on the subject of bandas, why do they have so many friggin’ people in them anyway? - Split Eardrums, but Happy Dear Gabacho: The more speakers any Mexican band use, the angrier gabachos will get. This isn’t rocket science, p*nd*j*.

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Why is it that if you call anybody from Latin America that’s not from Mexico a Mexican, they get mad? But everybody from Latin America calls any white person a gringo, no matter if they are Canadian, English, German, French, etc. It seems to me that Latin Americans want to be called by their country of origin but don’t give a crap about a white person’s country of origin. Would this be racism or prejudice? - Gringo Greg Dear Gabacho: Because a “gringo” is technically a white foreigner regardless of country. Besides, spare me: you gabachos call us “illegals” even if our families have lived in Aztlán since your ancestors were dying of the Black Death. Ask the Mexican at themexican@askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano or follow him on Instagram @gustavo_ arellano!

Swing at the Movies Screening of “Alive & Kicking,” a movie about swing dancing. Surprise performance, giveaways and an El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy dance after party. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., $12 , 915585-0090, danceelpaso.com. Yoga Humans pretzel to nirvana. Happens every Wed. For details see Wed., June 7. Career Art Path Two week immersion program in the visual arts for middle school students. For details see Mon., June 12. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Tacoma Rainiers. Event runs June 13-16, 7:05 p.m. For details see Tues., June 13. Music Theory Camp For students planning to be a music major at UTEP. Open to high school students, too. Runs June 12-23, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For details see Mon., June 12., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wacky Wednesday: Comedy Open Mic Open to all jesters. Age 21+ For details see Wed., June 7. Mesilla Valley Film Society: ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Mixer’ A man known for getting people things makes friends with a young politician who becomes the Prime Minister to Israel, which changes Norman’s life completely. Event runs June 9-15, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For details see Fri., June 9.

13 Laughterhours Local comedy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Age 17+ El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $10 , laff2nite.com. 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., June 7. Every 2nd Wednesday: Danny Ruley Country, rock and jazz music performance. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, 575-523-6403, riograndetheatre. com.

AUDITIONS, CASTING CALLS AND MORE 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.Deadline is June 9, 2017. free, 915-533-4020, plazaclassic.com/localflavor. Due 6/7/17. 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. Westside Sports Complex , 201 Isela Rubalcava, Registration required, 915-533-4416. Due 6/9/17.

Open Casting Call Background and speaking rolls cast for feature films slated for Summer and Fall release. Borderland media/PRC Productions, 3655 Research Rd., Gensis Bldg., Room 110, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 11 a.n.-3 p.m., 5 75-646-5214. 6/10/17. Call to Artists and Photographers El Paso Art Association needs content for the exhibit “My America! My America at play! My Patriotic America!” Deadline is June 13. 915-534-7377, elpasoartassociation.com. Due 6/13/17. Dia De Los Muertos 2017 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 Deadline 8/1/17.

CLASSIFIEDS HELP WANTED Local company seeking secret shoppers for the El Paso Market. Must have computer skills and bi lingual is a plus.

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SPOTLIGHT ON DANCE:

MOUNTAIN MOVEMENT DANCE COMPANY By Jennifer Burton comment: @whatsupweekly

El Paso has found itself transformed into a nursery for the performing arts. Several new dance companies have been christened over the course of the last three years. Across the city, dance events are being held on a nearly weekly basis. Spotlight on Dance focuses on these new companies, individual artists, their local productions and touring events. Like any other art form, dance requires constant internal and external practice to keep the instrument tuned. For dancers, this includes attending class as often as possible, gym time to keep up strength and stamina, and collaborative opportunities to keep choreographic and improvisational skills honed. The challenges of time, space and proximity loom large. Ultimately, the strongest drive is to share the fruits of this work and collaboration with the community. For local dancer Laura Corral, Mountain Movement Dance Company was born out of necessity. The co-artistic director is a UTEP graduate who moved back to El Paso after training with the José Limón Company in New York. After moving back, Corral found that she needed an outlet for performance. “In December of 2015, sort of out of desperation to perform, I gathered some of the people I had danced with before, and I told them, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s create a reason for us to dance and perform at the level that we’d like to,’” Corral said. The members of Mountain Movement began giving one another classes at Glasbox and invited other contemporary dancers to teach. One of these practitioners was UTEP Assistant Professor Leanne Rinelli. A masters graduate of SUNY Brockport and former member of the Bill Evans Dance Company, Rinelli moved to El Paso in January of 2016 to begin teaching intermediate and advanced contemporary at UTEP. Shortly after, Rinelli was invited to come on board the nascent company,

and Corral invited her to become co-artistic director. Mountain Movement began their performances small, accompanying jazz-funk group Kikimora, and later began work on their first full-length choreographic endeavor, “Unearthing.” “Unearthing” premiered at Star City Studios in November of 2016. “We wanted this concert to be discovering who we were as artists, so it was sort of an uncovering,” Rinelli said. “Each of us [choreographed] a section, but we just found ways of threading them together.” On June 16 and 17, Mountain Movement will perform their second major work, “Strata.” The company has invited established and emerging local choreographers to create work for them including Professor Lisa Smith, head of UTEP’s dance program and choreographers Oliver Dominguez, Emanuel Muñoz and Eva Maria Lopéz. In keeping with the title theme, each individual choreographic vision was carefully layered to create a single, seamless work. Here’s some info on the choreographers: • Lisa Smith is a lifelong dancer and a 29-year veteran of the El Paso dance community. Her credits include Stadttheater St. Gallen (Switzerland), Austin Civic Ballet, Austin Ballet Theatre, Texas National Dance Theatre (Austin) and International Dance Theatre (El Paso). Smith’s contemporary dance vocabulary includes the techniques of Martha Graham, José Limón and the Laban-Bartenieff movement analysis. Her strong classical ballet center shows through in her contemporary choreography. • Oliver Dominguez is a recent UTEP graduate who specializes in contemporary dance and ballroom. He has workshopped with Monica Baroni (Italy), Neta Pulvermacher (New York, Jerusalem) and Bill T. Jones (New York). His inspira-

Mountain Movement Dance Company, which formed in El Paso in 2016, plans to travel to Scotland in August to participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Photo courtesy of Adriana Montenegro

tions include Japanese artwork and fashion designer Alexander McQueen. • Emmanuel Muñoz holds a double BFA in dance and music theater from UTEP and a master’s in dance education from NYU. A teaching artist with Kids Excel and adjunct lecturer at EPCC, Muñoz said his section of Mountain Movement’s upcoming performance relates to “the struggle we face and the walls we build that keep us from getting to that ‘next best level’ of our self, or from being successful – things such as doubt and tough choices we have to make.” • Eva Maria Conlon received a bachelor’s in ballet performance from UTEP under Ingeborg Heuser and a post-graduate diploma in dance studies from Trinity Laban in London. Conlon specializes in contemporary ballet and considers herself as an abstract artist. She described her work in “Strata” as an exploration in “coping with change as an individual.” Mountain Movement has big plans on the horizon. In August, the company will

travel to Scotland to participate in what’s said to be the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Proceeds from performances of “Strata” will go towards financing their tour. Dance columnist Jennifer Burton is a mother, dancer, writer and printmaker. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at El Paso and will enter the Master of Arts in teaching and dance program at NMSU this fall. Her areas of specialized interest include dance history and anthropology of dance, ballet pedagogy and Middle-Eastern social dance. WHAT’S UP Catch Mountain Movment’s upcoming show, “Strata” Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, 7:30 p.m. Star City Studios, 120 W. Castellano Dr. $15 at the door, $10 for students No presale tickets, no late seating More info at facebook.com/MountainMovement

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El Paso Sun City Pride held its 10th pride festival on Saturday, June 3 with the theme “Hear Me Roar.” El Paso Chihuahuas mascot Chico was this year’s grand marshal. City officials, several organizations and other allies joined LGBTQ community members, parading in festive floats from Houston Park to Downtown. To see more photos from the event, visit WhatsUpPub.com.


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