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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.

Kikimora is an experimental jazz band inspired by modern and ancient air. They formed during a chance encounter in Oaxaca and now they are based in El Paso.

Kikimora will be playing a show with Frontera Bugalu and Los Chucanos on Thursday, May 4th at The Lowbrow Palace. Here to share their story are keyboardist Leo Bennato, bass player Jericho Cagle, and drummer Albert Braun.

Cartography: Mapping Contemporary Art at the Border is a didactic exhibition that takes a look at the landscape of institutions and independent projects that shape contemporary art practices in El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces. 

Jay Duncan with Jay’s Pix Presents and the Sunset Film Society proudly present a special movie event in celebration of the 45th Anniversary of The Godfather .

The event takes place on April 23, 2017 at 4pm at Ardovino's Desert Crossing.  Jay Duncan and Marina Ardovino provide the details.

Event founder, Jacob Fourzan previews the 8th annual El BugO in El PasO! V.W. Charity Car show and swap meet at the El Paso County Coliseum.

Chrysalis, El Paso Community College’s bilingual literary journal is about to release it’s latest installment with an event on Friday, April 21 at 6pm at theEPCC Rio Grande campus’ Little Temple.

The event will feature readings by contributors as well as a reading with English Faculty. It is free and open to the public.

Student editors Christpher Thoreson and Kamille Montoya along with their faculty advisor Minerva Laveaga talk about the event and the journal.

Amalia Mondragon is a local singer/songwriter who is currently working on her solo project that will be released on Friday April 21, 2017.  

Her debut solo single features a collaboration with Ela Band who once backed Mexican pop singer Natalia la Fourcades. Here to tell us about her adventures is Amalia Mondragon. 

For over 30 years, KCOS has hosted an annual Art Auction in support of public television. The KCOS Art Auction gives local artists the opportunity to display their best work while giving viewers the chance to bid on their favorite pieces.

Emily Martin Loya, KCOS General Manager, and artist Hal Marcus have the details.

El Paso Pro-Musica has a lot happening! As part of the Young Artists Develmopment Series, Trio Jinx is in town for several performances and a special Young Artist Development Concert will take place on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

There’s also a new Center for Arts Entrepreneurship at UTEP, and El Paso Pro Musica’s final concert of the season is just around the corner. 

Artist Ho Baron has a surreal outdoor sculpture garden at his home at the corner of Aurora and Piedras, that features several of his large-scale works.  Lately, Ho has shifted his focus to dolls and doll parts. Ho Baron talks about the inspiration for his art and how you can tour his home to view his work.

Del Valle is a new play written and preformed by seasoned actor and writer Ned Van Zandt. Del Valle, a true story, is the account of a well-born Texas man who hits bottom in prison.  It’s also a tale of surviving sex, drugs, and rock and roll at the Chelsea Hotel, with Sid and Nancy, and in Hollywood, with Chaka Khan. 

Cirque du Soleil returns to El Paso with multiple performances of Ovo from April 12 through April 16, 2017 at the Don Haskins Center.  

Ovo, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. 

"Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto" is a multi-media traveling exhibit that deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp.

Vedem was their voice, their defiance, and their connection to life before. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in Terezin, the exhibit breaks down the original pages of Vedem then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine. 

On Thursday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 25th, 2017 the El Paso Opera will present Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.

The El Paso Opera production will follow world-renowned director Garnett Bruce’s adaptation of Rossini’s 1816 fairytale Cinderella and will be set in 1930s Hollywood. The opera is sung in Italian with both English and Spanish projected subtitles provided. Here to tell us all about it is Artistic Director David Holloway.

Montoya-Grams is the brainchild of Indie/Latin band ,Fatigo's, frontman, Mike Montoya. The concept is simple, you fill out a questionnaire based on your loved one, and Mike Montoya gets to work on creating a song written and recorded completely from scratch, tailored to the person's taste in music, known as a Montoya-Gram. Here to tell us about writing songs about and for people he’s never met is Mike Montoya.

Southern New Mexico’s Theatre Dojo performs Killing Buddha, an original play with music, as part of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Killing Buddha will be performed at 2:30 pm on Sunday March 12, 2017 in the Philanthropy Theatre. The play is based on a legend in which the historical Buddha encounters a serial killer in search of atonement.  Here to tell us all about it is writer-director Algernon D’Ammassa and musician Randy Grainger.

El Paso’s Fab Lab has a new home in downtown El Paso. Located on the ground level of the new ArtSpace lofts, their core belief is that the tools and resources to actualize creative ideas should be available to as many community members as possible. 

El Dorado High School art teacher, Candie Printz and her students have been on a journey inspired by a book that focuses on positive impacts within your community. In the spirit of this book, teachers were encouraged to submit project ideas to improve their community. Candie proposed that her students adopt a section of desert to clean up and create art with found objects from their clean up site. 

La Mujer Obrera hosts FLOR Y CANTO: Telling Our Stories, on International Women's Day, Wednesday, March 8th at 12pm at Cafe Mayapan.

The community is invited to a dialogue featuring local female innovators in the arts such as historian and writer, Dr. Yolanda Leyva, musician Amalia Mondragón, poet Gris Muñoz, and artist Christian Cardenas.

Desconocida Unknown Ukjent is an international art project by Norwegian artist Lise Bjørne Linnert that utilizes a mass collaboration, the stitching of nametags to protest the murder of women in Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico and in remembrance of similar crimes worldwide.

The bold acrylic abstractions of Ricardo Chavarria emanate and pulse with color, light, and a unique internal energy, which seems to both radiate and move back within itself.

Chavarria uses plastic syringes and squeeze bottles to apply his thick paint. The resulting creations are the product of an interesting tension of processes: improvisation of color and design choices evolving within the strict parameters of an initial center point and grid system, and time-intensive labor producing a uniform surface akin to manufactured rubber.

Ricardo Chavarria talks about his art and technique.

One year ago, The Desert Triangle Carpeta brought together artists from the entire southwest to share their love of printmaking with the region. This year, they will continue to showcase excellent printmakers from Mexico City, Oaxaca, San Antonio and El Paso, during their Postre Prints show at the Purple Gallery in downtown El Paso. 

The annual V-Day El Paso production of the 'Vagina Monologues' by Eve Ensler celebrates 16 years in El Paso on February 24th, 2017 at Touch Bar & Nightclub (800 E. San Antonio Avenue) and February 25th and 26th at the Hyatt Place Hotel (6030 Gateway Blvd East).

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit in El Paso that raise awareness of violence against women and sexual assault. Here to tell us all about this year’s production of the Vagina Monologues is Alexander Wright. 

Angelina Castillo

Jonathan Richman has been writing music, recording and touring for most of his life, gathering the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor and insightful lyrics.

In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major originator of punk music. He and drummer Tommy Larkins have played El Paso on several occasions and they’ll be back to play at Lowbrow on Friday, February 17th, 2017. 

The Tumblewords Project presents Inspirational Voices: Rita Dove, Audrey Lorde, Langston Hughes and Junot Diaz, a series of workshops presented by Nancy Lorenza Green every Saturday in February at the Memorial Park Library at 12:45 p.m.

Here to tell us all about it, is our own inspriational voice, Nancy Lorenza Green.

Part 2 of our interview with Charles Horak about the 89th Academy Awards.

The 89th Academy Awards take place on February 26th, and in the spirit of the Oscars we’re dedicating this edition of State of the Arts, to the movies.

Charles Horak helps you catch up on the nominated films you may have missed to get you ready for the Oscars.

The El Paso Museum of Art will present the touring exhibition The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper from January 28 to April 16, 2017.

Organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, the show features works from the private collection of Harmon and Harriet Kelley of San Antonio. The 70 works in this exhibition represent a fraction of the Kelley Collection, one of the country’s major private collections of African-American art.

Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable of the El Paso Museum of Art provides the details.

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance will host two nights of free events with El Paso native and award-winning playwright Octavio Solis.

On the first night, Feb 2nd, Mr. Solis will talk about life in the theater, El Paso’s influence on his work, and the ‘magic’ in his plays. The second night, Feb 3rd, will consist of a Staged reading of the play Lydia, by Octavio Solis (which UTEP will produce in March of this year), followed a ‘Q and A’ with the playwright.

Assistant Professor of Theatre at UTEP, Kim McKean, previews the events.

The El Paso Spring Home Show returns to the El Paso Convention Center on January 27 – January 29, 2017.

Featuring simple, smart and sustainable living in a gorgeous small space, El Pasoans can walk through a fully furnished and landscaped display to see what the “tiny home” rage is all about. Tiny homes are just a part of the show. 

The Downtown Management District approved the creation of additional grant incentives for downtown property and/or business owners who invest in their properties.

The new incentives consist of an amendment to the current Downtown Commercial Facade Grant Program as well as the addition of three new grant programs that include a Downtown Iconic Signage and Lighting Grant Program as well as a Downtown Mural Grant Program. 

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