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.

UTEP, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and EPISD are working together to produce a "Dvorak and America" Festival put together by New York writer/producer Joseph Horowitz. This is part of a high-profile initiative involving a host of other nationwide orchestras that form part of Horowitz’s Music Unwound consortium--a project heavily funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents an intoxicating Valentine’s Day spectacular inspired by the Roman Fertility Festival. Lupercalia Uber Alles features dramatic vignettes written by Stella Maria Perry and Mackenzie Cochran, with dance choreography by Mindy Chanson, Artistic Director of the Pasithea Dance Co.

In February, Monica Gomez begins teaching a series of six MCAD/TCA-funded Community Arts Program workshops titled “Yes We Kandinsky!” that will use visual art and music to generate creative writing. 

El Paso is home to one of the world’s most hardcore flea markets of all time—a punk rock flea market. We’re all familiar with traditional flea markets, with organic soaps, home-made t-shirts and strange antiques. Now imagine the same setting but filled with horror and punk themed items ranging from: art, vinyl, rockabilly items, antiques, band shirts, comics and live music. This ain’t your grandma’s market. 

Karl Whitaker, artist and “art agitator” commissioned 30 artists from Tucson, El Paso/Las Cruces and Albuquerque to make large prints, without a set theme.  The project is called the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta and it will be on exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art from January 31st through May 22nd, 2016. 

From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the hit NPR radio program that showcases America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking local talent for its live show recording on June 4, 2016 at Plaza Theatre. 

You are invited to transform the conductivity of the human body into a controller to activate melodies and beats! Fab Lab is presenting a workshop where parents and kids will gain exposure to interactive design by immersion, and young adults will learn about conductivity, circuits, LEDs, coding, electronic music, looping, and physical computing through direct experimentation. 

The Latinas in Progress Education Series aims to familiarize senior high school Latinas with college and equip them with the means to succeed in their personal and professional life. 

The Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society leads ghost tours throughout El Paso.  Guests Henry Flores and Bonnie Juarez preview two of those tours: The downtown El Paso haunted tour, and the haunted brothel tour.

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will present the exhibition, Water! What Is It Good For?, at a timely moment in Southern New Mexico’s climate. Marking three months of post-drought and healthy rainfall in Las Cruces, this show will open on Thursday January 21st and will feature works by Florida-based artist Bethany Taylor and Texas-based artist Brenda Perry. 

The El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival will feature some of the most incredible musical artists in the world performing in a Month-Long festival that has been an artistic triumph in the region for more than 36 years.

The 2016 Chamber Music Festival seeks to accomplish the goal of insuring that the finest artists in the world not only perform in the region but engage with students in the classroom throughout the region. 

Co-founders Editors & Publishers of Veliz Books, Minerva Laveaga Luna and Laura Cesarco Eglin discuss this new independent literary press dedicated to discovering, publishing and promoting work from emerging and established authors.

Hard Road Trio members, Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Anne Luna announce the release of their latest CD, Smoke and Redemption.

With everyone home for the holidays, we thought we’d provide you with a little guide of places to visit. Here to provide us with a list of things to do and see in El Paso during the holidays is Kimber McCarden from Visit El Paso.

Carambola Community Music celebrates people of all ages and walks of life creating, learning, and experiencing together. They are dedicated to preserving and growing the living tradition of Mexican folk music, song, dance, and visual art along the US/Mexico border. 

You are invited to join The Caldo Collective for a guided art walk through the Kern Place Neighborhood. Stand With Me is a free public art exhibition brought to you by the artists at Caldo, Xochitl Rodriguez, Randy Maguire, Angie Reza Tures, Marvin Hill, Laura Corral, Michelle Pacillas, Ross Fleming and YOU! It all happens tonight beginning at 5pm at Madeline Park.

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The holidays are here and finding a gift for the art lover in your family isn’t always at simple as it sounds. Here to provide you with some great ideas are artist Wayne Hilton, Norma Geller from the El Paso Museum of Art’s gift shop and Valeria Venecia of the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market. 

UTEP Professor Anne Giangulio and her Graphic Design 4 students are collaborating with Dr. Ted Curry, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Daniel Carey-Whalen of Museum Studies to design an exhibit in Prospect Hall on the UTEP campus to better showcase the results of Dr. Curry's study Why do Immigrant Neighborhoods Have Low Crime Rates?

El Paso Opera is back with their 22nd season, featuring 'Tis the Season for Opera, El Paso Opera's inaugural holiday concert that will be performed on Friday, December 18th at 7:30 pm at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. 

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance continues the tradition of A Christmas Carol and you are invited to come along for the journey of reflection and redemption as Scrooge learns the true meaning of holiday spirit. 

In collaboration with El Paso Community Foundation, Amor por Juarez host its 5th Annual Art Auction on Friday, December 11th, 2015 at 6pm at the Sotoa Building located at 500 W Overland in Downtown El Paso. Art pieces by local established and emerging artists from Juarez and El Paso will be auctioned. 

Hope Riot is a singer songwriter from El Paso that has recently released her debut CD called Lacuna. She recorded this album at the world-renowned Sonic Ranch Studios and was fortunate to have David Garza serve as her producer.  

Artistic Director Marta Katz formed El Paso Youth Ballet in 2009 with the mission to to help aspiring young dancers refine their technical and artistic skills, develop positive personal values and life skills, and gain valuable stage experience. A group of young performers will be doing just that when they perform in the only local production of the Nutcracker at Magoffin Auditorium on December 5th and 6th, 2015.

The magic of make up is undenaible and El Pasoan Nicole De La Torre, a current student at  Tri-State Cosmetology won 2nd prize in a national Halloween make-up contest presented by HedLux, an ultra premium supplier of beauty products to the industry.   Her make up was so good that reperesentatives thought that her submission was a mask. 

The 45th annual Las Artistas Art and Fine Craft Show has a new location—The Epic Railyard in downtown El Paso. With a wide variety of one of a kind art and functional crafts, this event is ideal for holiday shopping. Here to give us the scoop on what to expect are Pamela Sullivan and Laura Caballero.

Aired November 21, 2015

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens – a part of The University of Texas at El Paso – and the JUNTOS Art Association present the exhibit “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” an eclectic portrayal of the contemporary border landscape and its culture through the artwork of 22 JUNTOS artists. The exhibit runs through January 16, 2016 and here to talk about it is guest curator Diana Molina and JUNTOS artists Ilana Lapid and Miguel Valenzuela.

Aired November 21, 2015

El Paso Pro-Musica in conjunction with Johns Hopkins and the Peabody Institute has formed the Young Artists Development Series designed to train and mold a new generation of performing artists through community engagement. Two doctoral students in performance from Peabody will spend five days in El Paso performing in Concerts and Educational Outreach throughout the region. Here to talk about the Young Artists Development Series is El Paso Pro-Musica Executive Director Felipa Solis. 

Aired November 14, 2015

Under the artistic direction of in2improv founders Sandra Paola and Dr. Chris Reyman, knee-jerk is an improvisation ensemble that brings together musicians/sounders and dancers/movers to explore how to best create together.

The Caldo Collective is an artist driven curatorial collective based in El Paso that initiates grassroots projects that generate opportunities for artists through direct support from the community. Through community fundraising events, professional development workshops, public discussions and multi-media public art projects, the Caldo Collective sparks critical dialogue that examines how artists can engage and ignite interest in art that shapes a bi-national and bi-cultural community. 

Aired November 7, 2015

Fresh off the success of The Fall of Wallace Winter as part of last year’s Jewel Box Series, The Border Theatre returns with The Lovely Rain. The story is an exploration of familial relationships and the lengths we will all go to in order to experience love. The Lovely Rain will be performed next weekend from Friday through Sunday. Playwright and founder of the Border Theatre, Austin Savage gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the production.

Aired November 7, 2015

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