State Of The Arts

Saturday 11:30am

State of the Arts is a weekly 30-minute program focusing on the arts community of El Paso. Hosted by dedicated art enthusiast Marina Monsisvais, State of the Arts provides listeners with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how creativity is shaping our community. Marina interviews local visual artists, writers, dancers, singers, actors and directors, as well as regional talent exhibiting or performing in El Paso. The show gets to the heart of what inspires and drives artists to do what they love best.

The 45th annual Las Artistas Art and Fine Craft Show has a new location—The Epic Railyard in downtown El Paso. With a wide variety of one of a kind art and functional crafts, this event is ideal for holiday shopping. Here to give us the scoop on what to expect are Pamela Sullivan and Laura Caballero.

Aired November 21, 2015

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens – a part of The University of Texas at El Paso – and the JUNTOS Art Association present the exhibit “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” an eclectic portrayal of the contemporary border landscape and its culture through the artwork of 22 JUNTOS artists. The exhibit runs through January 16, 2016 and here to talk about it is guest curator Diana Molina and JUNTOS artists Ilana Lapid and Miguel Valenzuela.

Aired November 21, 2015

Under the artistic direction of in2improv founders Sandra Paola and Dr. Chris Reyman, knee-jerk is an improvisation ensemble that brings together musicians/sounders and dancers/movers to explore how to best create together.

El Paso Pro-Musica in conjunction with Johns Hopkins and the Peabody Institute has formed the Young Artists Development Series designed to train and mold a new generation of performing artists through community engagement. Two doctoral students in performance from Peabody will spend five days in El Paso performing in Concerts and Educational Outreach throughout the region. Here to talk about the Young Artists Development Series is El Paso Pro-Musica Executive Director Felipa Solis. 

Aired November 14, 2015

The Caldo Collective is an artist driven curatorial collective based in El Paso that initiates grassroots projects that generate opportunities for artists through direct support from the community. Through community fundraising events, professional development workshops, public discussions and multi-media public art projects, the Caldo Collective sparks critical dialogue that examines how artists can engage and ignite interest in art that shapes a bi-national and bi-cultural community. 

Aired November 7, 2015

Fresh off the success of The Fall of Wallace Winter as part of last year’s Jewel Box Series, The Border Theatre returns with The Lovely Rain. The story is an exploration of familial relationships and the lengths we will all go to in order to experience love. The Lovely Rain will be performed next weekend from Friday through Sunday. Playwright and founder of the Border Theatre, Austin Savage gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the production.

Aired November 7, 2015

The Advanced Animation team from Chapin High School is the only animation team from El Paso that has taken state and has gone on to place third in nationals, beating MIT prep. Advanced animation students Joshua Hernandez, Ivan Contreras, George Rojas and their teacher Craig Viesvart talk about their success. 

There has never been a biennial exhibition like the Biennial 2015 El Paso Cd. Juárez before. The unique border parameters and special international collaborative nature of this particular contemporary biennial make it an unparalleled demonstration of the vitality of the artists of these two countries. 

In 10 years, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts has brought thought-provoking international contemporary art to the El Paso border community and has grown to be a nationally and internationally recognized center for contemporary art. The center will celebrate its 10th anniversary in November with a weekend of exhibitions, performances and conversations that will explore art and space at the border. 

The Texas Tech School of Architecture presents their first Lecture Series this year titled REPLICA, a lecture by new faculty members Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller and their firm AGENCY.

The lecture will take place in the El Paso Energy Auditorium at the El PasoMuseum of Art on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6pm.  Ersela Kripa of Texas Tech and the architecture firm, AGENCY previews the series.

Aired October 24, 2015

Capstone Productions premieres its latest documentary, Ghost Stories of El Paso Vol. 4, just in time for Halloween. 

In the one-hour documentary shot in 2010, psychic Diana Calamia and her team of ghost trackers search for spirits at the old Asarco smelter.

Screenings are at 7 p.m. Monday, October 26, and 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the Scenic View Ballroom, 1340 Murchison.  Producer Jackson Polk and Psychic Diana Calamia discuss the documentary.

Aired October 24, 2015

Hal Marcus, well-known El Paso artist, and wife, Patricia Medici, layout artist for the new book, Hal Marcus Art & Times, released in conjunction with Hal Marcus/Lyric Modern – a stunning solo exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art – discuss the evolution of the book and the exhibition.

Aired October 17, 2015

  Part 2 of our interview with artist Hal Marcus and his wife, Patricia Medici.

Aired October 17, 2015

Rick Kern, co-producer of Border Legends, previews the 7th Annual Border Legends of El Paso Rock Concert – El Paso’s only Classic Rock Concert featuring the historic El Paso Rock bands of the 60’s & 70’s along with some newer groups.


Aired October 10, 2015

Two of the three directors for the 27th annual Shakespeare on-the-Rocks Theater Festival – Hector Serrano and Carol Roberts-Spence – discuss this year’s three presentations. 


Aired October 10, 2015

Chalk The Block has quickly become one of El Paso’s premiere events. It is also the largest free three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region that draws over 32,000 people annually.

In 2015, Chalk The Block is celebrating 8 years of reimagining downtown El Paso through the power of art while providing an “out of this world” experience for its attendees. Ben Fyffe from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department provides the details.

Aired October 3, 2015

The Chamanas are catching flight. The borderland quintet, which calls itself "a metaphorical bridge between the two cities," has made big leaps toward making a name for itself.

The Chamanas released their debut album "Once Once" (Spanish for "eleven eleven" or "11:11") in September and here to talk about it are bassist Manuel Calderon, vocalist Amalia Mondragón, guitarist Hector Carreon and Drummer Alejandro Bustillos. 

Aired October 3, 2015

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is coming to El Paso and it’s Programming Director Robert Saucedo is looking for people interested in embarking on an apprenticeship designed to train future cinema programmers. 

From working in the kitchens of chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Michel Richard and Paul Qui, Chef Matthew Herrera returns home to bring his knowledge and passion for food to Tabla. Chef Herrera is also the driving force behind Tabla’s Sol Series tasting menu that incorporates native ingredients to provide a culinary experience of the past, present and future of food on the borderland. 

El Paso artist Gabriel Gaytan presents his freeway column mural called, “Zenith,” at Lincoln Park. Gaytan talks about the annual Lincoln Park Day celebration and also his inspiration for the mural.

The Whirling Dervishes from Turkey are inspired by Rumi, the13th century Sufi Master and poet whose message of love and service to humanity are relevant and needed in the world we live in today. This Sufi Music Concert and Live Show, performed only by the Whirling Dervishes, has come to symbolize these values in the hearts and minds of millions throughout the world.

The 2nd annual "Tomatoville, A Tasting For Tocando," will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the home of Angel and Rosalia Beltran. “Tomatoville, a Tasting for Tocando,” is a Napa Valley-inspired event designed to delight the senses with simple but gourmet food choices, local wines, beer and live music in a rustic Upper Valley garden. Rosalia Beltran, host of this year’s Tomatoville event and Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra provide the details. 

This fall, the El Paso Public Library Foundation, will host renowned authors in a special presentation to benefit the El Paso Public Library’s Teen Hangout Program. The Teen Hangout program seeks to engage teens in after-school activities that are educational and fun. This year’s Stories of El Paso event will be held on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 from 6 PM to 10 PM at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. 

Every year, the American Institute of Architects El Paso chapter organizes a series of events to bring awareness about their profession to the community. They call  this series of events, archTOBER. They have plenty of activities going on during the entire month of October and to give us a preview, are architects Bruno Vasquez, Jim Booher, and Rene Melendez.

President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation, Eric Pearson, and Program Director for Impact: Programs of Excellence, Sally Gilbert preview “The New Discipline of Creativity” – their co-sponsored presentation of Sir Ken Robinson whose TED Talks on rethinking public education have received 300 million views in more than 150 countries. 

Part 2 of our interview with Eric Pearson and Sally Gilbert previewing the upcoming presentation of Sir Ken Robinson. 

Festival founder, Dr. Lucy Scarbrough is joined by long time Committee Member, Joyce Whiteside to preview the 21st El Paso Chopin Music Festival featuring three of the world’s finest pianists performing the music of Frederic Chopin. 

The El Paso Council for International Visitors receives foreign dignitaries invited by the U.S. Department of State to tour the United States.  This program is part of an effort by the US embassies around the world to acquaint emerging leaders of other nations with the United States.

The El Paso Community College presents Jazz at Sunset, an outdoor concert at the Valle Verde Campus Americana Language Village on Friday September 4, 2015 at 6pm.  The concert will feature live jazz by the El Paso Jazz Collective, Ruben Gutierrez and Case Closed, and Billy Townes.  

Make Shift is an ongoing series of public art installations by collaborative artists Los Dos where characters based on everyday people are painted and pasted on walls throughout the city landscape.

The characters are inspired by “gráfica popular”, and are presented in a larger than life format, thus interacting and overcoming their surroundings.

The unveiling of the project will be held at The Station Urban Offices on Thursday, August 27th during the Last Thursdays Downtown Art Walk.  Husband and wife duo known as Los Dos, Ramon and Christian Cardenas preview the project.