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APR. ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã AP RI L 2 0 1 2 www. epscene. com Your monthl y gui de to communi ty entertai nment, recreati on & cul ture El Paso Artists Studio Tour The 2012 El Paso Artist Studio Tour is April 14-15 in the West Side, Upper Valley and Downtown, and April 21-22 in the East Side, Northeast and Mission Valley. Participating artists include Bert Saldana (above), Lisa Matta Brown (top left), Corinne Abeyta- Spinnler (center left) and Melind
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  APR. ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã ã  APRIL2012 Your monthly guide to communityentertainment, recreation & culture El Paso Artists Studio Tour The 2012 El Paso Artist Studio Tour is April 14-15 in the West Side,Upper Valley and Downtown, and April 21-22 in the East Side,Northeast and Mission Valley. Participating artists include BertSaldana (above), Lisa Matta Brown (top left), Corinne Abeyta-Spinnler (center left) and Melinda Etzold (bottom left). More sandy than grande The Rio Grande isn’t even a sliver of a river dueto continued Southwest drought — Page 29  Page 2El Paso SceneApril2012  Generation 2000 — Clear ChannelCommunications presents the 25th annual chil-dren’s fair 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday andSunday, March 31-April 1 , at the El PasoConvention Center, consisting of several spe-cialty booths, games and interactive displaysaimed at entertaining and educating children of all ages. Tickets: $4.50 ($3.25 age 12 and younger); available in advance at Gatti Town,1430 Lee Trevino and local Good Time Stores.Information: Franklin Mountain PoppiesPreservation Celebration — The 6thannual free family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, March 31 , at El Paso Museum of  Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in NortheastEl Paso (west of U.S. 54). Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or parking available at the museum during thefest; park free at the El Paso Community College Transmountain Campus on Gateway North between Diana and Transmountain withfree handicapped accessible shuttle 9 a.m. to4:30 p.m.Outdoor activities at the Bandstand includelive entertainment by Tigua Youth Dancers andDrummers, El Paso Youth Symphony, Ceibaand Friends, United Intertribal Nations Dancingand Drumming and Slackabilly.Nature Tours on different aspects of theChihuahuan Desert are given hourly 10 a.m. to1 p.m.Nature Talks on preservation of the localecosystem and personal appearances by aMexican wolf and Takota the Golden Eagle are11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Other outdoor activities are a children’s activi- ty area, vendor with handcrafted local items,educational and informational displays, food vendors with buffalo stew, Indian fry bread andmore.Museum exhibits will be open inside themuseum and Capstone Productions will pres-ent films on local history 1 to 4 p.m. Cesar Chavez Celebration — Centro deSalud Familiar La Fe. 721 S. Ochoa, will cele-brate the accomplishments of the late UnitedFarm Workers of America founder on what would have been his 85th birthday 3 to 8 p.m.Saturday, March 31 , with live entertainmenton two stages, food and a children’s area with apetting zoo, puppet show, horse rides and facepainting. Bring a folding chair. Admission is free.Information: 545-7190 or entertainment by Tejano/norteñoband Exito. Other performers are Brazilian jazzand funk band Oussa Bossa, the Guitarras de LaFe, Froggy the Clown, DJ DFX, and the DanzaTeatro de La Frontera. Marcha Campesina — Sin Fronteras andother community organizations will celebrate the accomplishments of the late United Farm Workers of America founder Cesar Chavezbeginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at theFarm Worker Center, 201 E. Ninth and travels to San Jacinto Plaza and back. An indigenousblessing precedes the march at 9 a.m., and areception follows noon to 3 p.m. at the center. Admission is free. A César Chávez memorial in remembrance of  the 19th anniversary of his death is 6 to 8 p.m.Monday,  April 23 , at the center.Information: 532-0921 or 873-8933. El Paso Sports and Health Expo — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is the spe-cial guest at KROD’s annual family show 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday,  April 1 , at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. The expo features freehealth screenings, consultations, live boxing,sports card and collectors’ tables, and sports-related retailers will exhibit and sell sporting goods, apparel and more. Admission is free.Information: 351-4592 or Great American Cleanup — Keep El PasoBeautiful’s 2012 cleanup, “Green Starts Here,”is 8 a.m. Saturday,  April 14 , citywide. All sup-plies available through the Keep El PasoBeautiful’s Community Tool Sheds located at allEl Paso Fire Departments. All trash and debriscollected will be picked up by EnvironmentalServices (rolloffs available for large sites). Toregister a site, call the Keep El Paso Beautifuloffice: 546-6742 or Las Cruces Cleanup is also 8 a.m. to   may 2000   april 2012 APRILINDEX Roundup 3-15 Behind the Scene 4 Scene Spotlight 4 Here’s the Ticket 16-18 Dance 19 Program Notes 20-21 El Paso FishNet 21 Music, Comedy 22-23 Viva Juárez 23 Sports 24-26 Becoming Bicultural 27 Feature: Rio Grande running dry29-32 At the Museum 33-36 Racking up History 34 Nature 37-39 Liner Notes 40 History Lessons 41 SW Art Scene 42-45 Gallery Talk 46 On Stage 47-48 Stage Talk 48 Keep on Bookin' 49 Film Scene 50-52 May Preview 53-54 El Paso Scene User’s Guide 53 Advertiser Index 54 Subscription Form 54 El Paso ScenePage 3 April2012 Please see Page 5  Page 4April2012 E ach spring, one of the joys of liv-ing in the Upper Valley has beenseeing the first trickle of water rolldown the sandy bottom of the MontoyaCanal. That means the irrigation seasonhas begun, and soon the canal will feednearby fields and yards with their firstallotment from the Rio Grande.In this part of the Southwest, we getApril windstorms instead of April show-ers, but we still manage to grow cropsthanks to the manmade waterways linkedthe river. Even non-farmers like me, for-tunate enough to live on property withwater rights and access to a workingditch, get cheap water for our lawns, treesand bushes. This year, however, the irri-gation district sent us a letter that no irri-gation would be forthcoming until lateMay due to drought-diminished storage atupstream reservoirs. And once irrigationbegins, the allotment will be very limitedcompared to past years.That’s minor inconvenience for me. I’llhave to get out the hose and sprinklermore often, pay a higher water bill andwait a little longer for the VirginiaCreeper to emerge. For farmers, it’s amajor setback — they may have to makedue with a fraction of their usual allot-ment. This month’s feature story by LisaTate tells why this is happening and whatit means for the region.No one knows how long the droughtwill last. All it takes is one good year of heavy snow in the Rio Grande watershedof northern New Mexico and southernColorado to push the water level back upat Elephant Butte and restore full irriga-tion allotments. It will take many moreyears, however, to bring Elephant Butteback to full capacity.Historically, the Rio Grande has gonethrough wet and dry cycles. Long-timeresidents of the area will remember thedrought of the 1950s, which was farworse than now and ruined many farm-ers. When I moved here 26 years ago, wewere nearing the end of a 10-year wetcycle and the river flowed year-roundbecause the reservoirs were full.During my years of watching the river,this has been the driest it’s ever been.When the Country Club bridge wasclosed recently for improvements, thedried-up Rio had a least one advantage —I could walk my bike over the sandyriverbed.* * *This month’s cover is a salute to theupcoming El Paso Artists Studio Tour,which returns this year April 14-15 and21-22 (see Pages 18 and 42 for details).The tour is organized by the Plein AirPainters of El Paso, a group of artistswho set up their easels at various outdoorlocations to capture landscapes and otherpicturesque subjects for their canvases.(“Plein Air” means “full air” or “out inthe open” in French.) Three of thegroup’s artists are represented on thecover: Lisa Matta Brown, CorinneAbeyta-Spinnle and Melinda Etzold.The other artist featured on the cover isBert Saldana, one of dozens of artists onexhibit in the growing San Elizario ArtDistrict, whose galleries and studios willanchor the second weekend of the tour.El Paso Scene has been a sponsor of thetour since its beginning in 2008.More than a dozen of the Plein Airgroup also will show their works April 4-28 at the Sunland Art Gallery. You canmeet them at the artists’ reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13. © 2012 Cristo Rey Communications Randy Limbird Editor and Publisher (915) 542-1422 Albert Martinez Advertising &Circulation Director (915) 920-7244 Lisa Kay Tate Associate Editor (915) 542-1422 ext. 4 Advertising Assistant: Alma Salinas Editorial Associates: Yvonne T. Herrera, Will Summers Circulation Associates: Randy Friedman, Gil Garza Contributing Writers: Richard Campbell, Brian Chozick,Myrna Zanetell, Carol Viescas,Walter Schaefer, Jay Duncan Subscription Form is on Page 54 Visit El Paso Scene Online at  www.epscene.comsponsored by Phidev, Inc. April 2012 El Paso Scene is published by Cristo ReyCommunications as a monthly guide toentertainment, recreation and culture in theEl Paso area. Copies are provided freeat selected locations. Subscriptions are$10 a year, sent by 3rd class mail.Circulation: 41,000 copies. El Paso SceneP. O. Box 13615El Paso, Texas 79913PH: 542-1422 FAX: 542-4292 Office: 316 Arboles, El Paso TX 79932 E-mail: Deadline for news for theMay issue is April 16 The May issue comes out April 25  El Paso Scene First Thanksgiving Conference andCelebration — The Genealogy Society of San Elizario’s 21st annual conference “ElPaso Del Norte Confluence of Cultures throughout the Centuries” is  April 28 atL.G. Alarcon Elementary, with speakers,parade, entertainment and annual “FirstThanksgiving” reenactment is 5 p.m.Saturday in the plaza. Page 2 . San Elizario Art District — Several gal-leries and artist studios are located alongMain Street near the San Elizario Plaza on the Mission Trail. The First Friday ArtWalk is  April 6  with evening ghost tour and monthly  Art Market’s  April 15  with a Billy the Kidreenactment at the Old Jail. Page 55 . ‘Noises Off’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents the hilariousBritish “back stage” comedy   April 20-29 in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Page28 . El Paso Performing Arts and ConventionCenter events — Page 27 .ã Straight, No Chaser (  April 5 ), “MammaMia” (  April 10-11 ), The Rat Pack is Back!( May 5 ) at The Plaza Theatre.ã “Sesame Street Live! Elma Makes Music”(  April 5-6 ), Surfin’ Safari (  April 22 ) at Abraham Chavez Theatre.ã YMCA Women’s Luncheon with keynotespeaker Elizabeth Smart (  April 25 ) in theConvention Center. Sasahara Gallery  — Sandra Murillo’s Wearable Art is featured  April 7 . The gallery  will be part of the El Paso Artist Studio Tour   April 14-15 , featuring Linda Noack and Winfrey Hearst. Page 41 . UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald RubinCenter for the Visual Arts — Showing  April 12-May 11 is the annual UTEP JuriedStudent Art Exhibition, with a lecture by jurors Andrew Lewis and Cheryl Hartup  April 5 . Page 42 . ‘The Making of Great Music’ — BruceNehring Consort concludes its season with guest Dr. Charles Gray, the Consort Singersand musicians  April 14-15 at The Chapel atLoretto. Page 7 . Hal Marcus Gallery  — Free gallery toursand studio open hour are  April 14-15 aspart of the “El Paso Artist’s Studio Tour.” Page 45 . El Paso Artists Studio Tour — The 5thannual tour featuring two dozen local studiosand galleries is  April 14-15 at Westside,Upper Valley and Downtown studios, and  April 21-22 on the Eastside, Northeast andMission Valley. Page 18 . Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino —Live racing continues Tuesdays and Fridays through Sundays through April 17 . Page 9 . El Paso Symphony Orchestra - TheSymphony performs with guest conductor Mariusz Smolij and guest cellist Zuill Bailey at  April 20-21 in the Plaza Theatre. Page 19 .  Western Impressions Art Show  - The ElPaso Art Association’s annual juried show willbe on display   April 20-May 26 at theCrossland Gallery, with gala reception  April20 . Page 33 . Tom Russell — The internationally renowned singer/songwriter performs  April21 at the Scottish Rite Temple Theater with guests Thad Beckman and Ian Atkins. Page17 . La Tierra Café Dinner Shows — La TierraCafé’s 2011-12 season of dinner concert fea- tures Danzas Espanolas Baile Clasico  April21. Page 21 . Taste of Frontera — Frontera Land Alliance will host its 4th annual meeting andfundraiser   April 26 at Ardovino’s DesertCrossing with live music, buffet, local art anda live auction by Victoria Gutierrez. Page54 . La Viña Spring Wine Festival — Theannual spring celebration of music, arts andcrafts, food and award-winning New Mexico wines is  April 28-29 at La Viña Winery in LaUnion. Page 13 . 2012 Young Musicians Recital — The sixfinalists for this year’s Young MusiciansCompetition will perform in recital  April 2 ,at University Presbyterian Church. Page 7 . Bazaart Show  — Artists are being soughtfor the art market and concert set for thefirst weekend in May at Wet N’ Wild Waterworld. Page 31 . EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 35thannual spring festival of performing, visualand literary arts offers events through May 22 at various venues of El Paso Community College throughout the spring semester. Page 6 . Historic House run/walk — The 2ndannual competitive runs and fun run/walksare May 26 at the Woman’s Club of El Paso. Page 5 . LYNX Exhibits — Showing through May 28 : “The Science of SuperCroc,” with the world’s largest crocodile. Page 16 . Lynx isalso home to El Paso Artisan Gallery with works for sale by local painters, jewelers,crafters and photographers. Page 41 . Zoo Camp — El Paso Zoo is taking registra- tion for its 2012 Zoo Camp June through August for ages 6-10. Page 45 . Southern New Mexico Silver City MainStreet — First Fridaysevents are a Haiku Celebration of Poetry andStreet Dance (  April 6 ) and the Tour of theGila kickoff and Downtown Expo ( May 4 ) inhistoric Downtown Silver City. Page 20 . Barrels and Blues — The wine and musicfestival is  April 20-22 at St. Clair Winery and Bistro in Las Cruces. Page 3 . Smokey Bear Days — The Village of Capitan will host two days of family fun andfire prevention and conservation exhibitsduring its 9th annual festival May 4-5 atSmokey Bear Historical Park. Page 5 .   Scene Spotlight highlights events advertised in this issue.
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