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.

Emergence Health Network is gearing up for its 4th Annual Frances Rodriguez Memorial Wonderland Concert that benefits individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The concert takes place on Friday, July 17th at Tricky Falls and will feature live salsa music by three bands including the Latin beat of Asucar, Sobredosis del Sabor and Marcelo Rodche Y Friends. 

The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future has awarded pianist Samuel Barron as the winner of the 2015 Young Musicians’ Competition. Samuel will receive a $2000.00 cash prize and will perform in their “Full Circle-Bridging Generations” Concert at 7:30 pm on July 16th, at the El Paso Museum of Art. Lynn Provenzano of the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future and Samuel Barron, winner of the 2015 Young Musicians competition talk about the performance.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert celebrating America’s Independence on July 4 at 7:30pm at Biggs Park located at 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd. EPSO Resident Conductor Andy Moran will lead the El Paso Symphony in a patriotic and pops concert featuring El Pasoan, Candice Reyes that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display in salute of the brave men and women of Fort Bliss and all those who served to protect our country. Rosemary Flores of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Andy Moran preview the show.

It’s been 8 years since painter Mauricio Mora has had a one man show, and this week, “Mora Does El Paso,” a show of all new work inspired by downtown El Paso opened at the Hal Marcus Gallery.

The El Paso Museum of Art presents "Amplified Abstraction."  The show opens on July 12 at the museum and is curated by Patrick Shaw Cable from paintings in the museums permanent collection.

The transformation of downtown El Paso takes another big step when the El Paso Community Foundation, the City of El Paso and Artspace Projects break ground on the Artspace El Paso Lofts, an exciting mixed-use development for artists and creative businesses that will be located in the heart of downtown El Paso. 

As a late starter in Ballet, today’s guest took his first class at age nineteen. Alejandro Herrera, from the El Paso Conservatory of Dance, knows firsthand how important it is for boys to be allowed to pursue their love for dance at an early age.  

Seed of Benevolence features new work from local artist Diane Vera. Through the help of El Paso’s Caldo Collective, a non-profit arts grant committee, Vera combed the streets of El Paso to highlight the stories and experiences of local homeless individuals. Seed of Benevolence is now being exhibited at La Galeria De La Mision De Senecu through June 30th, 2015. 

Filmmakers, it’s that time of the year when Ghostlight Creative challenges you to create an 8-minute short film in the span of 48 hours. It works like this: Participants meet at Ghostlight Creative in Downtown El Paso on Friday, June 26th, each director randomly chooses a genre and then you are cut loose to create. This year, Ghostlight is also welcoming graphic designers to be partnered with a team and create a movie poster in 48 hours! Ray Sanchez of Ghostlight Creative provides the details.

We Shall Overcome – A Juneteenth Celebration, happens on Friday, June 19, at the El Paso Public Library. The celebration commemorates the signing of the “Emancipation Proclamation” by President Lincoln in 1863 that ended the Institution of slavery in the United States.  Eternity Wauls and Monica Gomez talk about the event.

Grab your dancing shoes and make plans to head over to Dancing in the City. The Summer series continues most Saturdays at 7pm through July 25th at the Convention Center Plaza. As if that weren’t enough, Music Under The Stars is also back in full swing! Ben Fyffe of Museums and Cultural Affairs, talks about putting these programs together. 

On June 12th & 13th, 2015, Wise Latina International will host its annual summit titled, Tapestry of Evolution: Strength, Power and Influence in Media. The event will feature presentations from screenwriter, Josefina Lopez; author, Sandra Cisneros and The Smithsonian Institute’s Director of The Latino Virtual Museum, Melissa Carrillo. Today my guests are Cemelli De Aztlan, Screenwriter Josefina Lopez, President and Founder of Wise Latina International Liz Chavez and Maria Malooney, Board Member of Wise Latina International.

The Glasbox is a community of artists, thinkers, makers, movers, and creators who share space and make life interesting for themselves and others. Recently, Glasbox took a giant leap forward with the  purchase of, and expansion into, a property in La Union, NM, to facilitate the continuation of The Border Art Residency and the establishment of a Co-creative Permaculture-centric Community Hub. Today, my guest is Chris Bevins, Director of Glasbox.

The El Paso Community Foundation has joined with El Paso Live and the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance to bring Viva El Paso back to the picturesque McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre stage this summer.

The outdoor musical extravaganza, which chronicles 400 years of our history, will be performed each Friday and Saturday night from June 19 to August 8, 2015. Eric Pearson of the El Paso Community Foundation and Creative Director Chuck Gorden give us the details.

Author Dagoberto Gilb will be celebrating a homecoming when he comes to El Paso with Huizache, a literary magazine he founded in 2010. Gilb returns to El Paso to give a TED Talk at TEDxElPaso and also invites El Pasoans to join him for a pachanga in celebration of Huizache, the country’s premier magazine of Latino literature. The party, which features the release of the magazine’s fourth edition, will also host a live musical performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter David Garza. 

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP presents a new exhibit, Engendering Community, that highlights the LGBTQ community of the El Paso/Juárez region.  The exhibit, done in conjunction with UTEP’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, will be on display through September 19, 2015. Maribel Villalba, director of the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and Josh Lopez, MA student and research assistant preview the exhibit.

Known as the “Bicycle Priest,” Father Rahm made an impact on El Paso’s Segundo Barrrio that will not be forgotten. Recently, the jesuit priest returned to El Paso to be honored as the Segundo Barrio Person of the year. To commemorate this occasion, artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado was commissioned to paint a mural in honor of Father Rahm. You can visit that mural any time at the corner of El Paso and Father Rahm Streets. Today my guests are Paul Dipp, Segundo Barrio Person of the Year committee member, and Artist, Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado.

The Immaculate Conception incorporates Francisco de Zurbarán’s seventeenth century painting of the Immaculate Conception as a center point for discussion. This exhibition considers the various ways the Immaculate Conception has been portrayed in Mexican retablos and the influence that European paintings such as Zurbaran’s had on Mexican painters of the subject. The twenty-seven nineteenth century retablos on exhibut at the El Paso Museum of art all reflect, in terms of color and iconography, the specific devotional concerns mandated by the Catholic Church with a rich diversity of interpretation. The Immaculate Conception retablo exhibit is on display at the El Paso Museum of Art through November 8th, 2015. Christian Gerstheimer of the El Paso Museum of Art talks about the exhibit.

Paola López R. BFA, M.Ed. is a dance-maker and improviser with an active career involving performance, education, and activism.  She recently debuted The Cattleya Project which aims to engage communities in a performative dialogue about the perception and construction of gender.

Carmen Navar is a multi-media artist whose mission is to ‘create peace and beauty’ in a stressed filled world. She’ll be leading a drawing demonstration at the El Paso Art Association’s general meeting. 

The Rubin Center is hosting the 2015 Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition which showcases the works of art and design created by UTEP undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Art. The exhibit will be on exhibit at the Rubin Center through July 18 th. All media taught in the department will be represented, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, metals and graphic design.

The work of artist Jeff Litchfield will be featured in El Paso International Airport’s “Art Windows” exhibition program in collaboration with the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Department of Aviation of the City of El Paso, Texas. The opening reception will be on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at the airport. 

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Florencia Mazza Ramsay will spend three months in the arctic with the Systems Ecology Lab from UTEP to document the work of their crew, laboratories and the natives of the region. Her aim is to create a body of work that speaks and highlights the importance of the scientific community and their value as individuals. When it’s all said and done, this project will culimate in a collection of photos, video, sound, text and mapping. 

El Paso’s Sixth Wall of Giants is dedicated to the community of Fort Bliss.  Marilu Valenzuela from the El Paso Museum of History provides the details.

El Paso Filmmakers, the Plaza Classic Film Festival is looking for you. The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is accepting submissions for the eighth annual festival’s Local Flavor series. The deadline for entering is June 12, 2015. Doug Pullen and Eric Pearson of the El Paso Community Foundation provide the details.

Waldo the Amazing Hypnotist is an original play written by local playwright Ryan Johann Perry. The play is about a professional hypnotist named Waldo, who travels around the country with his hypnotist show. Playwright Ryan Johann Perry talks about the show.

The Border Art Residency enables artists to pursue their craft without the worry of immediate sales or an outside job to pay for housing expenses. The Residency sits on an orchard and sculpture garden in La Union, New Mexico, a former cotton gin re-worked to provide living and studio space. Fausto Fernandez is this year’s Border Art Resident who will be having a show opening on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at The Station Urban Offices located at 500 West Overland in downtown El Paso.

The mission of the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series is to honor and celebrate the rich culture of the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces Borderplex. Through performances, play development, and outreach, the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series celebrates and cultivates our border culture through performance. Rebecca Rivas, Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement at the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance talks about the series.

Opera UTEP will be performing The Magic Flute, by W.A. Mozart sung in German with English dialogue from April 30 through May 3, 2015 at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Dr. Juan Héctor Pereira, Visiting-Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Opera UTEP talks about the production.

The El Paso Mission Trail Association will present their 26th Annual First Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2015. Highlights include a Zarzuela concert featuring Opera UTEP, three historical reenactments of the First Thanksgiving, living history performances by the Camino Real players, and musical performances by Sabor, Exito and Los Allegres del Valle. 

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