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.

Writer Tom Fremantle walked 1,000 miles from El Paso to San Diego along the U.S./Mexico Border.  His companion was a street dog, Pancho.  Tom has created a fund at El Paso Community Foundation for the benefit of three Ciudad Juarez charities, Vision en Accion, Cruz Verde and Colitas Felices, and has written a book, Pancho’s Journey, that captures elements of his 1,000 mile walk.  

El Paso artist Mitsu Overstreet has the distinction of being El Paso's first public artist and since then, he has gone on to do public artwork in other cities including San Francisco and Atlantic City. His latest work brings him back home, to our airport, with a piece entitled The River / El Rio: Both Sides, No Sides that also features the words of two local poets, Bobby Byrd and Sasha Pimentel.

redmoonwhitemoonbluemoon is a dance piece exploring themes of the divine feminine created by local dancemaker Sandra Paola Lopez in collaboration with poet Naima Yael Woods and photographer and filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jaquez. This piece happens in two parts over the course of two days.

Dancemaker Sandra Paola Lopez tells us about her creation.

The mission of the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series, sponsored by the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance, is to honor and celebrate the rich culture of the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces Borderplex.

Rebecca Rivas is a co-founder, director, and playwright for the Chican@/Latin@ Series and she will also be facilitating an advanced session of the UTEP Theatre and Dance summer camp.

Aura is a solo musical recording by Nancy Lorenza Green who plays Indian, Native American, and Ocarina flutes combined with chimes, bells and rain stick.

The music invites us to listen, reflect and relax. Aura was made possible by an MCAD Artist Incubator grant that supports the creation of new work by El Paso artists in all disciplines.  

The Father Rahm Segundo Barrio Person of the Year Award recognizes an individual or organization committed to the betterment, works and service to the cultural, historical, economic, educational and social empowerment of the Segundo Barrio, and its inhabitants, values and unique experience. 

This year their recipient is local artist, Gaspar Enriquez.  He joins Gracie Cain from Segundo Barrio's Sacred Heart Church to discuss the award.

The Mothership Mandala is a mural that is dedicated to all the beautiful mothers of sister cities, El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The mural was made possible by a grant from the Caldo Collective and was created with the help of the Winchester house and youth from the Pride Center. Muralist Dave “Grave” Herrera talks about the project.

Exodus of Song: Gifts of Love from a Refugee, will feature an evening of Middle Eastern music, poetry, and dance dedicated to the displaced, and those who believe that refugee lives matter.  The event takes place on Sunday May 8, 2016 at 7:30p.m. at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall on the UTEP campus. Members of the Arabic music ensemble, Layali Al-Sham preview the show.

El Paso Kids-N-Co. is looking for a new home. The owners of the building that housed them on Texas Avenue have decided to go in a different direction, so Kids-N-Co. is searching for a new home. Kids-N-Co. needs the community’s help in looking for a new home, and help in funding the youth programs. Here to tell us about their search for a new place and how we can help is Stella Perry of Kids-N-Co.

Borderland favorite, Frontera Bugalu, is celebrating the release of their new album called Alma de Jaguar on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Tricky Falls. El Paso’s own Jim ward will be opening the show and DJ Birth DFX will be playing the finest in new and old latin-american cumbia. This album was written over the course of two years and features original and creative ideas influenced by life on the border.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opens their first El Paso location at Montecillo on Friday, May 6, 2016.  Guests can reserve their seats online and tickets are also on sale for the Alamo Drafthouse's soft opening training days from April 25 through May 4. 

Visitors will be able to meet several El Paso artists and see their work as part of El Paso's ninth annual Artists Studio Tour.  The tour takes place over two consecutive weekends.  The weekend of April 23 and 24 covers Downtown, Westside and Upper Valley studios, and April 30 and May 1 is for studios in Central El Paso and San Elizario.  Artist Candy Mayer talks about the Artists Studio Tour.

Ardovino's Desert Crossing is proud to host Love Lines a solo art exhibition by Jennifer Hill. Love Lines explores graphic possibilities, daydreams and other ruminations. Artwork will feature a series of large sumi ink drawings on paper that explore sleep, love and hieroglyphics. 

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. Artists selected for the program are able to achieve a greater degree of personal growth by concentrating on individual goals. They also share progress with local students, educators and the public and today, we’ll meet this year’s artist in residency, Alejandro Almanza Pereda.

El Paso Comic Con is dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms through their annual convention, EPCON that celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. This year, EPCON takes place April 15 through 17, 2016 and will feature special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Kevin Eastman. Organizer Troy Stegner talks about the event.

Art, science and more meet in Garden of Fluorescent Flowers, the next production in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre. Garden of Fluorescent Flowers will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Philanthropy Theatre, part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre. Here to tell us all about it is writer-director Alexandra Dipp. 

National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Today we feature two El Paso poets, Robin Scofield and Gene Keller, to talk about poetry and how they help develop upcoming poets through the Tumblewords Project. 

We are all invited to Join Opera UTEP on April 3, 2016 for a free concert featuring selections from their spring production, Speed Dating Tonight! The concert also includes other "first date" songs, duets and ensembles from popular operas and Broadway shows.  UTEP visiting assistant professor of voice and opera Cherry Duke and student singer Mauricio Perusquia provide the details.

The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival is in its 41st year of celebrating Spanish language dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age. The event runs from Wednesday, March 30, 2016 through Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre. Katherine Brennand and Victor Mireles talk about this year’s Siglo de Oro Drama Festival.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger. The premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople, educators and members of the community collaborate to create beautiful, handcrafted bowls. Guests receive a one-of-a-kind handcrafted empty bowl – a symbol of the many empty bowls in our community, nation and world – and are then invited to sample the wide variety of delicious soups. Here to tell us about this year’s Empty Bowls event are Mary Scott and Marisela Willits. 

El Paso’s True Food Buying Club is dedicated to providing access to local and organically grown produce to the El Paso community. Through this club they aim to bring awareness to the benefits of eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and the environmental food issues that surround us.  

The 9th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza is happening on Saturday March 19, 2016 until 5:00pm. Downtown KidsPalooza is an all-day family event organized by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra with the support of their Family Fun Partners.  Downtown area arts organizations join forces to present a day of fun for families throughout the downtown area. Here to give us the full scoop is Rosemary Flores from the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Barrio Panther is a literary magazine composed of professors, rock-n-rollers, and graffiti artists that’s here to bring the streets to us. Here to talk about it, are its creators Alex "Rocka" Alvarez, Carlos "Chuck" Espinoza and Dave "Grave" Herrera.   

The El Paso Opera Presents Carmen  on March 17 and 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Sishel Claverie, our lead who recently performed as Carmen with New Rochelle Opera, Tenor Cooper Nolan who has been praised by Musical America as a “bright, shining tenor” and artistic Director David Holloway, who has served as the Director of the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Singer's Program since 2005 talk about the production.

Painter Rhonda Dore has been working on painting after painting, exploring her love for color, watching it unfurl in her studio and take on shapes and brushwork we haven't seen from her before. It's been blooming slowly across wood and canvas for months, and soon it will be time to share it when her solo show opens on Thursday, March 10th at the Art Avenue Gallery. 

The Juilliard String Quartet is coming to El Paso on Saturday, March 12. Of note is that the cellist, Joel Krosnick is retiring after this season after 42 years with the Quartet, and this will be one of his final performances. He also happens to be Zuill Bailey's teacher from his days at Juilliard and has been his mentor over Zuill’s career. Here to tell us all about it is Felipa Solis of El Paso Pro Musica.

Executive Director of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, Patty Tiscareño and Board Member, Jeanne Foskett discuss the 20th Anniversary of the organization, which routinely integrates the arts in their ongoing service to the community.

Author and former New Yorker, Michael Haley, previews his newly published novel No More Dancing the Jig – a story of transcendence through special friendships.

The Hal Marcus Gallery is celebrating it’s 20 year anniversary with a show called “20/20 Visionary,” 20 Years, 20+ New artists. The show opens on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 5 to 9 pm and will be on display through Friday, June 3, 2016. Hal Marcus and his daughter Adelaide Marcus talk about the show.

The larger-than-life Pop Art of Reggie Watterson’s Texas Pop Art is currenlty covering the walls at The Art Avenue Gallery, El Paso’s newest contemporary art gallery. Watterson creates multi-level color combinations by using the hues in fruit and vegetables as the main focus of his canvas, some as large as 48” x 48”. The show will be up until February 25, 2016.  Kimberly Vanecek, owner of the Art Avenue Gallery talks about the show. 

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