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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.

Long-brewing rancor between authors Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy bubbled over when McCarthy called Hellman a liar on The Dick Cavett Show. “Every word (she) writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the,’” McCarthy claimed. Hellman sued. The nasty literary feud is the inspiration for Hellman v. McCarthy, the next presentation in the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre. 

Part 2 of our interview with playwright and actress Camilla Carr.

Photographer, Richard Baron previews The Empire of Texas – the first museum showing of 39 black and white images opening at the El Paso Museum of Art in March. 

Part 2 of our interview with photographer Richard Baron.

EPCC Theatre Ensemble presents The Heiress by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. The production is directed by Ted Karber Jr. and runs from March 2nd through 11, 2018 at the EPCC Forum Theatre at the Transmountain Campus. Here to tell us about it is Director, Ted Karber Jr.

El Paso Mission Trail Association presents Danzas Espanolas, a night of Flamenco music and dance, Zarzuela Arias, poetry and sangria.  The performance takes place at 4pm today, February 24, 2018 at La Cueva Theater at 10180 Socorro road.  Director of Danzas Espanolas, Nina Gomez, details the performance.

Artist Humberto Hernandez known as DECK has tirelessly been working on a unique and distinct style for years.  For his first solo exhibition at Dream Chasers Club, titled DEConstruction, he chose to focus on abstract pieces.

DECstruction is a project created to show the correlation between color, shapes and lines. 

Artist Diego Martinez, best known for his “Robot” paintings, was born and raised on the El Paso/Juarez border.  His work features bright colors and is based on random thoughts and emotions that he’s feeling, or metaphors depicting a personal experience or tribulation he’s gone through.

Oscar Macchioni is a piano professor in UTEP’s Department of Music. He’s also a part of a trio called Piazolla da Camera who will be performing on February 17 at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall to promote their self-titled CD. 

Tino Ortega is an El Paso artists that combines elements of street and fine art to create colorful works of art. It could be said that the self taught artist creates a series of smaller paintings to make up a large image.

Rick Enks Uribe is a tattoo artist, body painter and muralist from the borderland. He gained national attention when he was the season 3 winner of TV body paint competition SkinWars.These days Rick works at El Paso tattoo shop Inklanation and travels the world doing different forms of art. 

Sleeping with Lions is an exhibit of new works by Star City gallery owner Pat Olchefski-Winston. The paintings are inspired by her trip to Africa in October 2017, which included a five-day safari and another five days living on preserve for endangered giraffes. 

The UTEP Dance Program presents, Iconic Pop, a celebration of pop music legends and those breaking new ground in the genre. Choreographed by the dance faculty, the evening promises dynamic dancing to an entertaining mix of old favorites and new hits. 

The Film Salon is an ongoing monthly film series created by Charles Horak that’s devoted to the screening and appreciation of classic and important works of the cinema.

This year, the Film Salon is beginning 2018 with two new series, both topical: one about strong women, the other about political conspiracies. Here to tell us about it is film aficionado and host of KTEP's On Film, Charles Horak. 

Photographer turned City Representative for District 1, Peter Svarzbein discusses life as a working artist turned politician or, how to make your entire city an art project.

Part 2 of our interview with photographer and City Representative Peter Svarzbein.

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.