KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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.

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. 

One of the rising stars of the American winemaking industry is making his first visit to El Paso. André Hueston Mack was a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s renowned French Laundry in California’s Napa Valley and has been featured on ABC’s The Taste and CNBC’s Closing Bell on which he was called a “hero in the wine world.” 

Indigo Twilight, the next production in the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre, is a classical-jazz crossover concert that explores that magical time “when the colors of day dissolve into the mysterious hues and rhythms of the night.” 

El Paso A to Z taps into the essence of El Paso letter by letter - "A" for Artist Tom Lea's easel, "Z" for zithers, and every letter in between.  

Discover the heart, the art, the whimsy, and the energy of El Paso's people, places, and moments in this lighthearted and interactive exhibit at the El Paso Museum of History. 

Artist Erica Marin is the gallery director and co-curator for the Purple Gallery, located in downtown El Paso.  The Purple Gallery was founded in the winter of 2011 as a Pop-Up gallery by Peter Svarzbein and friends.  It operated informally as an art space for short-term projects between 2012 and the spring of 2016.  

Beginning in May of 2016, the Purple Gallery has maintained a permanent space and promotes local and regional artists of all disciplines. 

The El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival will feature renowned music artists from around the workd, including Pro-Musica artistic director and cellist Zuill Bailey.  

The festival will take place throughout the month of january at various venues in the El Paso-Las Cruces area.

Felipa Solis, Executive Director of El Paso Pro-Musica provides all of the details.

Part 2 of Marina Monsisvais' interview with Felipa Solis, Executive Director of El Paso Pro-Musica.

Part 2 of Monica Gomez' interview with artist, illustrator and cartoonist, Nacho L. Garcia, Jr.

Artist, illustrator and cartoonist, Nacho L. Garcia, Jr., discusses his career of more than 40 years producing distinctive images, including his popular political “nachotoons”.

The Christmas spirits of hope and giving will come alive tonight from 6 to 10pm when 4,000 luminarias will be aglow on El Paso’s Scenic Drive during the 25th Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias. The event is free and open to the public. Vehicles can enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue (eastside of the mountain) beginning at 6pm. Here to give us the details is La Fe’s Estela Reyes.

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is bringing back the Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre. Part of El Paso Live’s new WinterFest, the community foundation will spread some family-friendly holiday cheer by showing old and not-so-old Christmas favorites. Here to talk Christmas movies is Doug Pullen of the El Paso Community Foundation.

Born and raised in El Paso Texas, artist Patrick Gabaldon is a product of the beautiful culture and spirit found here in the borderland. He attributes his colorful and vibrant style to the splashes of color often found amongst the earthy tones that cover the Chihuahua desert.

The El Paso Choral Society brings us two holiday concerts in one tonight at the Abraham Chavez Theater. The show will feature performances of The Gift of Christmas and Handel's Messiah. The show begins at 7pm tonight and here to provide us a preview are Artistic Director Prentice Loftin, and saxophonist Mack Goldsbury.

The El Paso Opera presents holiday themed arias and well known holiday songs at the Plaza Theatre on December 3, 2016 at 8pm.  

The concert features both out of town and local artists as well as singers from the El Paso Youth Opera.

David Holloway, Artistic Director of El Paso Opera provides a preview of the program.

It's a familiar story of Christmas - told with an El Paso flavor.  Barrio Christmas will be performed on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 at the Plaza Theatre's Philanthropy Theatre.  It's part of the El Paso Community Foundation's Jewel Box Series.

Los Actores presents the bilingual production based loosely on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Writer-Director Drime Lockhart, Co-Director Hector Serrano, and Producer David Mills preview the production.

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