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.

Born and raised in El Paso Texas, artist Patrick Gabaldon is a product of the beautiful culture and spirit found here in the borderland. He attributes his colorful and vibrant style to the splashes of color often found amongst the earthy tones that cover the Chihuahua desert.

The El Paso Choral Society brings us two holiday concerts in one tonight at the Abraham Chavez Theater. The show will feature performances of The Gift of Christmas and Handel's Messiah . The show begins at 7pm tonight and here to provide us a preview are Artistic Director Prentice Loftin, and saxophonist Mack Goldsbury.

The El Paso Opera presents holiday themed arias and well known holiday songs at the Plaza Theatre on December 3, 2016 at 8pm. The concert features both out of town and local artists as well as singers from the El Paso Youth Opera. David Holloway, Artistic Director of El Paso Opera provides a preview of the program.

It's a familiar story of Christmas - told with an El Paso flavor. Barrio Christmas will be performed on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 at the Plaza Theatre's Philanthropy Theatre. It's part of the El Paso Community Foundation's Jewel Box Series. Los Actores presents the bilingual production based loosely on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Writer-Director Drime Lockhart, Co-Director Hector Serrano, and Producer David Mills preview the production.

Dream Chasers Club is a contemporary art gallery and store that features various local and regional artwork and merchandise. The Dream Chasers Club will be hosting an exhibit that pays tribute to Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michaelangelo - otherwise known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

El Paso is home to several local makers and creators and Small Business Saturday was designed to encourage everyone to support small, local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We’re here today to highlight some of those small businesses that are supporting local artists and makers and to encourage you to shop small and shop local this holiday season. Here with us is Chelsea Evaldie of Chuco Relic and Elena Ruiz of Lalo Elan.

This year's Hunger Benefit for Casa de Peregrinos (Emergency Food Program) features a reading by United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. The event will be held on Saturday November 19th at New Mexico State University. Live music will be provided by Maria McCullough and Yahví Pichardo of Carambola Community Music. Here to tell us about this event, and to update us on the happenings at Carambola are Maria McCullough and Yahvi Pichardo.

Shoppers and art lovers will discover the finest art and crafts made by more than 80 artists and crafts people from El Paso and beyond at the 47th annual Las Artistas Art & Fine Crafts Show. The show takes place November 19 and 20th, 2016 at the Epic Railyard Event Center. Here to tell us more are Jorge Calleja and Helen Dorion from Las Artistas.

Rooted in Mexican tradition and infused with Texas food culture, tacos are some of Texans’ all-time favorite foods. In The Tacos of Texas, taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece take us on a delicious taco tour around the state as they discover the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind Tacos across Texas. These Taco journalists spent a lot of time in El Paso and met and featured over 15 El Pasoans in their book.

Shakespeare on the Rocks is closing its 28th season with Romeo and Julieta, the bilingual adaptation of The Bard’s immortal love story. This year’s production is set in the 19th century along the US-Mexico border. Romeo y Julieta will be performed on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 at the Chamizal Memorial Theater.

The El Paso Museum of Art presents a recent body of work by James Drake, an artist with El Paso connections who has several works in the Museum’s collection, and who has garnered international acclaim. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) is the culmination of two years of active creation revisiting and reinventing imagery from throughout the artist’s forty-year career.

The transformation of downtown El Paso takes another big step when the Artspace El Paso Lofts, an exciting mixed-use development for artists and creative businesses, opens its doors in early 2017. Artspace is currenlty taking resident applications and here to tell us about living in Artspace is Kathleen Decker.

Tom Lea Institute

Tom Lea: Grace Note in a Hard World is a one-act play by Camilla Carr, starring Ray Baker and Morgana Shaw. Based on the book Tom Lea, An Oral History by Adair Margo, the performance focuses on Lea’s early life as the mayor’s son, his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, his marriage to fellow art student Nancy Taylor and later, his marriage to his beloved Sarah Lea.

The El Paso Playhouse will be performing The Diary of Anne Frank, a stage adaptation of the book The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, through November 20th. Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. Actors William Petite and Jessie Erwin talk about the production.

UTEP Creative Writing professor, Jeff Sirkin discusses his debut poetry collection, Travelers Aid Society , released earlier this year by El Paso publishers, Veliz Books.

Painter, Steve Hastings shares his personal passage through the light and shadow of life as an artist.

Artist, illustrator and cartoonist, Nacho L. Garcia, Jr., discusses his career of more than 40 years producing distinctive images, including his popular political “nachotoons”.

Part 2 of Monica Gomez' interview with artist, illustrator and cartoonist, Nacho L. Garcia, Jr.

Each year Chalk the Block brings more than 40,000 people to downtown El Paso to enjoy a sidewalk chalk art competition, temporary art installations, street performances, live music, and local art and food vendors. This year’s Chalk the Block takes place October 14 - 16 and includes a fire breathing dragon, a sad clown lounge singer and a selfie wall. Ben Fyffe from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department of El Paso provides the details.

Hamilton: An American Musical is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. KCOS-TV, our local PBS affiliate, invites you to a preview of a documentary about the making of Hamilton, titled Hamilton's America. The special event takes place on Monday, October 10th at the Alamo Drafthouse and attendees will get to see a 40 minute sneak peak before the full documentary airs on PBS on Friday, October 21st. Emily Martin Loya, General Manager of KCOS-TV tells us about the event.

AGENCY is an active thought leader in social practice, developing award-winning architectural projects and urban strategies at a variety of scales. The practice draws on the partners’ extensive experience in architectural construction, fabrication, education and independently directed research. AGENCY currently has several projects underway, including their upcoming Feral Federation show at the Rubin Center which opens on Wednesday, October 5th and a Selfie Wall installation at Chalk the Block. Here to tell us more are AGENCY partners Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller.

The annual Sunset Heights Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, October 8th. This year, 10 locations are on the tour of beautiful historic homes and landmarks in the historic Sunset Heights neighborhood near downtown El Paso. Residents will open their doors and give guests a personal walk through of these special properties. Here to tell us about this year’s tour are two Sunset Heights residents, Sito Negron and Hal Marcus.

Born and raised in El Paso, Roberto Cortez has been a Private Chef for 18 years. He’s had the honor of being the Personal Chef to Microsoft’s Paul Allen, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and Eddie Murphy, just to name a few. He was also chosen to design and make Lady Gaga’s birthday cake. Currently his attention is focused on his new book that will be out later this year and creating creative food events that explore new dining experiences for El Pasoans. Here to talk food and El Paso, is chef Roberto Cortez.

It’s time for another season of magnificent music by El Paso Pro-Musica. This year’s season kicks-off with a performance by the Grammy Award Winning Ying String Quartet with Zuill Bailey in celebration of their newest CD release, "Re-Imagined: Schumann/Beethoven." Here to tell us about the upcoming season is El Paso Pro Musica’s Executive Director, Felipa Solis.

Luis Safa is an illustrator, artist and muralist who is known for his prolific and sometimes dark illustrations and animations that touch on themes of northern Mexican history and politics from the Revolution to the underbelly of the drug wars. His latest exhibition, Wake me When I’m Dead , curated by the Rubin Center, features Safa’s latest body of work in which he departs from his tight graphic style to create loose, frantic and far-reaching drawings and multi-media installations. The works will be accompanied by sound and media installations featuring the work of Mexico City-based artist Javier Sanchez, and El Paso’s own Jim Ward.

Las Artesanas is a cultural event that will take place at Café Mayapan on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The event will feature Chef Macolina Salvador Hidalgo, recipient of the 2016 Expo Puebla Artesanal Gastronomia “#1 Mole” Award. The Las Artesanas event will also feature local music, mole de Puebla and ancestral food, exhibits and demos. Here to tell us more about the Las Artesanas event are Carolina Franco and Lorena Andrade.

Chopin is credited with originating the modern piano style, and the music of this fine romantic composer is featured in the 22nd season of the El Paso Chopin Festival to provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to to hear the piano played with unsurpassed elegance, power, and expression. The twenty-second season of El Paso’s Chopin Festival promises to be another year of musical excellence, returning once again with several free performances. Here to talk about it are Dr. Lucy Scarborough and Joyce Whiteside.

Get Out The Vote is a civic engagement initiative that encourages designers to use their unique voice to educate the public, and excite them about participating in the electoral process. In the past month, AIGA El Paso has received some very engaging posters that create a dialogue about the importance of voting for our community. You are invited to join them at Proper Printshop on Tuesday, September 13 and see these wonderful submissions along with one poster pre-selected to be screen printed live at the show.

Meet the vecinos of ca lle Mango through the eyes of twelve-year-old Esperanza. Her story tracks the ups and downs we all face during the tricky times of adolescence. We are invited to join the UTEP Department of Theater and Dance as they bring the stories of Sandra Cisneros’ critically acclaimed novel The House on Mango Street to life on stage.

El Paso High School is 100 years old and the fourth installment of their Legacy Series program focuses on “100 Years of Excellence in the Arts”. The program takes place on Thursday, September 8, 2016 with Felipa Solis as the featured speaker.

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