KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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 It’s Your World group invites artists of all school and age levels to submit entries for their upcoming It’s Your World Art Contest. All entries must have some component of recycled materials used in it. Winning artwork will be displayed at the El Paso Museum of Art.

Photos of entries are due by March 2, 2018, and here to tell us all about It’s Your World are Candace Printz, Angela Alvarez, and Jocellynn Ceballos. 

Rebuilding Trost is a networking and silent auction event that will happen on Friday, January 26th at Power at the Pass located at 1931 Myrtle. The event will feature a presentation by Lane Gaddy, one of El Paso's leading developers and owner of three major historic buildings in the heart of our city.

The event will also feature an auction of four original pieces of art created by Diego Robot and Tino Ortega created exclusively for the Texas Trost Society. Here to tell us all about Rebuilding Trost are artists Tino Ortega and Diego Martinez and Texas Trost Society President Malissa Grossman.

Mark and Fill Everything is currently on display at the Dream Chasers Club. The show is a collaboration between artists Briks and Cask that is about a couple of buddies—Mark the Dog, and Fill, a Snake who take spray cans and markers to everything they come across. The show is up through February 10th. Today, my guest is artist Briks.

Werc is an artist who was born in Ciudad Juarez, and grew up in El Paso, TX. He began his career here on the border.

His love for the U.S./Mexico border can be seen in his mural “El Paso Port-All”, a 90x10 foot acrylic and mosaic piece exhibited at the entry of the Stanton Street International Bridge. His murals can be seen around southern California, and throughout the United States and Mexico. 

Robert Holguin’s day job has him holding down the news desk at KFOX TV and it also has him covering interesting El Pasoans via his Built in the Borderland series where he gives us some deeper dives into El Paso’s culture scene. Today we invited Holguin to compare notes with us and to shed a little more light on our lovely city and it’s creative community.

It’s that time of the year where we preview the upcoming El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Festival. 2018’s festival celebrates incredible musical events, community collaborations, and musical outreach. 

This year's Chamber Music Festival begins on January 4 and here to tell us all about it is Felipa Solis from El Paso Pro-Musica.

Part 2 of our interview with Felipa Solis previewing the 2018 El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Festival.

Michelle Delgado, President of the Events Committee; Loretta Lopez, Public Relations, Ad Manager and Treasurer; Aaron Torres, Business Liason; and Lucas Koski, Asset Manager for Artspace discuss life at El Paso’s Roderick Artspace Lofts and plans for 2018.  

Part 2 of our interview with Michelle Delgado, Loretta Lopez, Aaron Torres, and Lucas Koski of the Roderick Artspace Lofts.

East El Paso music school Sound Stage 9 is set to take over the historic Plaza Theater on December 17, 2017 when they host their biggest event to date, The Future of Music. The young talented musicians from the school will take the stage for a 2 hour show that promises to have you singing along to their renditions of today’s most popular songs. Here to talk about the future of music is Roger Argenis.

Dave Acosta covers entertainment for the El Paso Times. As 2017 comes to an end we figured we’d check in with him to review highlights of this year of which there were many. 

Suzi Davidoff has been intricately engaged in the West Texas landscape she calls home, creating drawings paintings and prints that reflect both soil and sky and often incorporating found materials including cochineal, clay, natural charcoal and lichen.  Mapping has long been central to her understanding of nature.

The UTEP department of Theater and dance Proudly presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol now through December 17th at the Wise Family Theatre on the UTEP campus.

“Scrooge” John Robledo and “Marley” played by Gabe Kull preview the production.

The Tumbleweed Collective returns to the Jewel Box series to present Nocturnal. Nocturnal will explore a wide array of night happenings through dance and recorded and live music.

The night ushers in many ideas such as dreams and fear, refugee and home, romance and heartache, celebration and isolation. Ideas around these themes will be explored in a series of choreographed dances and musical compositions.

Nocturnal will be performed at the Philanthropy Theater on December 9th at 7pm and on December 10th at 2:30pm. Here to tell us about it are Christina Mitchel and Jazmin Ortega.

The holidays are here and if you’re looking for the best books to give in 2017, we’ve got you covered. Joining us today is Theresa Lopez from Barnes and Noble with some ideas for book lovers of all ages. 

EXIST1981 began as an undergound street-art project in 2000 that has since manifested into fine art, graphic design and a boutique clothing campaign. Whether hanging on a wall or on your body, stuck on a street sign or on a notebok, EXIST 1981 pieces are meant to be accessible to all.

Exist 1981 has recently opened an art venue in downtown El Paso called PDA --a Public Display of Affection for El Paso.

You’ve probably seen the Outpost off of I-10, it’s a black building with a white mural decorated with a bright white cross on the top. The Outpost believes we should use our creative forces to push arts, music and culture across America where we can influence progress. For musicians, it just so happens that they make their livelihood by traversing through the US on tour.

The Outpost is a way to say thank you for the hustle, the blood, the sweat, and the tears that touring bands put in day in and day out. Caroline Vazquez and Marisol McNeil explain the mission of the Outpost.

The annual Las Artistas Art and Fine Crafts Show takes place on November 18 and 19, 2017 at the Epic Railyard Event Center on 2201 East Mills Avenue. 

Las Artistas is the perfect way to kick off to the holiday shopping season, it gives you the opportunity to learn the story behind the art by talking directly to the artists and art students to learn about their techniques and inspiration. Here with us today are John Ruhmann, Jorge Calleja, and Dina Edens.

El Paso Pro-Musica is once again collaborating with Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody School of Music to present the Young Artist Development Series. This is a series that showcases young amazing talent in the Graduate and Doctoral program from the esteemed University.

This year's recipient is Guitarist Nathan Cornelius who is presenting "A World of Guitar." He is a former National Geographic Bee winner, and incorporates Geography with his Music. 

Latinitas is a non-profit organization that enables young Latinas to achieve personal and academic success through media and technology outreach as a means of addressing the critical state of Latina girls today. The solution lies in empowering these young Latinas, strengthening their confidence and expanding their opportunities.

With a variety of enriching experiences, Latinitas discover their voice and develop media skills while building a solid foundation for their future. Here with us today are Itzel Barraza and Veronica Martinez of Latinitas.

Lick It Up is a Mexican Street Food Truck created by two cooks who also happen to be musicians—hence the name that References their favorite rock band KISS.

They can be found in the patio of Monarch bar and café which is located near the corner of Rio Grande and Mesa. These guys are having fun with food and create a rotating menu that includes items such as vegan bollio filled with setian milanesa, gorditas and vegan pastor tacos.

Today my guests are the owners of Lick It Up, Javi Gardea and Edgar Delphin.

Cinco Puntos Press proudly announces the launch of a new reading series in El Paso: Mama Bravo’s Book Club & Social Hour. The reading series will convene once a quarter and will happen at a variety of venues around the city. 

Shakespeare on the Rocks presents Much Ado About Nothing this weekend in the second of three weekend shows of its annual festival which will run through November 12, 2017 at the Chamizal National Memorial.

October 28, 2017 from 3 to 10pm, La Mujer Obrera presents their 20th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at Café Mayapan.

This celebration of the arts features certified fair-trade products workshops and presentations. There will also be live music by Amalia Mondragon, Frontera Bugalu, Ceiba and Carambola Community Music. There will be altars created by several local artists as well as Traditional foods, catrina contest & calavera poetry by Gris Munoz & Celia Aguilar.

Lorena Andrade, director of La Mujer Obrera, and Amalia Mondragon preview the event.

Amalia Mondragon is a fronteriza vocalist born in East Los Angeles and raised in the farmlands of La Union, New Mexico.

She grew up singing and playing the clarinet and trumpet and has been a part of our regional music scene for several years to include a stint as lead vocalist for Grammy nominated group, The Chamanas. She is currently performing as an independent solo artist and is about to release a cumbia song on Halloween Day. 

Marfa Live Arts will present two special events with renowned Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda in Marfa on October 25 and 26, 2017. 

Both events in Marfa are free and are part of fu-rai—a seven-city North American tour.  Aki Onda previews the event.

Shakespeare On The Rocks kicks off their season on October 28, 2017.  Featured performances this year are Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III.

All performances are at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater and begin at 7pm on Saturdays and 2:30pm on Sundays. Here to tell us about this year’s season are Daniel Rios and Katie Taylor.

Executive Director of the Tom Lea Institute, Lisa M. Pugh; Education and Curatorial Associate of the El Paso Museum of Art, Kevin Burns; and Director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, Jeff Romney preview activities taking place in the second half of Tom Lea Month. 

Part 2 of our interview on State of the Arts discussing Tom Lea Month activities.

Every October the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at the Chalk the Block. This year marks Chalk the Block’s 10 year anniversary.

To celebrate, the downtown arts festival will feature installations from near and far including Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree. The Chase music stage will be headlined by El Conjunto Nueva Ola who will bring their Cumbia clandestine sounds from el planet Lucha to El Paso. 

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