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.

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.

The holidays are here and if you’re looking for the best books to give in 2017, we’ve got you covered. Joining us today is Theresa Lopez from Barnes and Noble with some ideas for book lovers of all ages. 

EXIST1981 began as an undergound street-art project in 2000 that has since manifested into fine art, graphic design and a boutique clothing campaign. Whether hanging on a wall or on your body, stuck on a street sign or on a notebok, EXIST 1981 pieces are meant to be accessible to all.

Exist 1981 has recently opened an art venue in downtown El Paso called PDA --a Public Display of Affection for El Paso.

You’ve probably seen the Outpost off of I-10, it’s a black building with a white mural decorated with a bright white cross on the top. The Outpost believes we should use our creative forces to push arts, music and culture across America where we can influence progress. For musicians, it just so happens that they make their livelihood by traversing through the US on tour.

The Outpost is a way to say thank you for the hustle, the blood, the sweat, and the tears that touring bands put in day in and day out. Caroline Vazquez and Marisol McNeil explain the mission of the Outpost.

The annual Las Artistas Art and Fine Crafts Show takes place on November 18 and 19, 2017 at the Epic Railyard Event Center on 2201 East Mills Avenue. 

Las Artistas is the perfect way to kick off to the holiday shopping season, it gives you the opportunity to learn the story behind the art by talking directly to the artists and art students to learn about their techniques and inspiration. Here with us today are John Ruhmann, Jorge Calleja, and Dina Edens.

El Paso Pro-Musica is once again collaborating with Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody School of Music to present the Young Artist Development Series. This is a series that showcases young amazing talent in the Graduate and Doctoral program from the esteemed University.

This year's recipient is Guitarist Nathan Cornelius who is presenting "A World of Guitar." He is a former National Geographic Bee winner, and incorporates Geography with his Music. 

Latinitas is a non-profit organization that enables young Latinas to achieve personal and academic success through media and technology outreach as a means of addressing the critical state of Latina girls today. The solution lies in empowering these young Latinas, strengthening their confidence and expanding their opportunities.

With a variety of enriching experiences, Latinitas discover their voice and develop media skills while building a solid foundation for their future. Here with us today are Itzel Barraza and Veronica Martinez of Latinitas.

Lick It Up is a Mexican Street Food Truck created by two cooks who also happen to be musicians—hence the name that References their favorite rock band KISS.

They can be found in the patio of Monarch bar and café which is located near the corner of Rio Grande and Mesa. These guys are having fun with food and create a rotating menu that includes items such as vegan bollio filled with setian milanesa, gorditas and vegan pastor tacos.

Today my guests are the owners of Lick It Up, Javi Gardea and Edgar Delphin.

Cinco Puntos Press proudly announces the launch of a new reading series in El Paso: Mama Bravo’s Book Club & Social Hour. The reading series will convene once a quarter and will happen at a variety of venues around the city. 

Shakespeare on the Rocks presents Much Ado About Nothing this weekend in the second of three weekend shows of its annual festival which will run through November 12, 2017 at the Chamizal National Memorial.

October 28, 2017 from 3 to 10pm, La Mujer Obrera presents their 20th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at Café Mayapan.

This celebration of the arts features certified fair-trade products workshops and presentations. There will also be live music by Amalia Mondragon, Frontera Bugalu, Ceiba and Carambola Community Music. There will be altars created by several local artists as well as Traditional foods, catrina contest & calavera poetry by Gris Munoz & Celia Aguilar.

Lorena Andrade, director of La Mujer Obrera, and Amalia Mondragon preview the event.

Amalia Mondragon is a fronteriza vocalist born in East Los Angeles and raised in the farmlands of La Union, New Mexico.

She grew up singing and playing the clarinet and trumpet and has been a part of our regional music scene for several years to include a stint as lead vocalist for Grammy nominated group, The Chamanas. She is currently performing as an independent solo artist and is about to release a cumbia song on Halloween Day. 

Marfa Live Arts will present two special events with renowned Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda in Marfa on October 25 and 26, 2017. 

Both events in Marfa are free and are part of fu-rai—a seven-city North American tour.  Aki Onda previews the event.

Shakespeare On The Rocks kicks off their season on October 28, 2017.  Featured performances this year are Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III.

All performances are at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater and begin at 7pm on Saturdays and 2:30pm on Sundays. Here to tell us about this year’s season are Daniel Rios and Katie Taylor.

Executive Director of the Tom Lea Institute, Lisa M. Pugh; Education and Curatorial Associate of the El Paso Museum of Art, Kevin Burns; and Director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, Jeff Romney preview activities taking place in the second half of Tom Lea Month. 

Part 2 of our interview on State of the Arts discussing Tom Lea Month activities.

Every October the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at the Chalk the Block. This year marks Chalk the Block’s 10 year anniversary.

To celebrate, the downtown arts festival will feature installations from near and far including Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree. The Chase music stage will be headlined by El Conjunto Nueva Ola who will bring their Cumbia clandestine sounds from el planet Lucha to El Paso. 

Mariachi Craze nonprofit organization in conjunction with Mariachi Alegre and Mariachi Tapatio will present its third annual Border Folk Festival mariachi music workshops and concert series.

The event takes place at Eastlake High School on October 12 and 13. Here to tell us all about it is Hector Rodriguez and Kevin Telles.

The El Paso Museum of Art presents Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights, a rich and exciting exploration of the garden and its fertile connections to art, life, and culture.

The exhibit showcases works selected exclusively from EPMA’s collection of more than 7,000 pieces of European, American, Mexican, and contemporary art. Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights will remain open to the public through January 7, 2018. 

Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest takes to the Wise Family Theatre stage at UTEP through October 8th.

You're invited for a bit of “bunburying”, as heroes, Algernon and Jack endeavor to find idyllic love in spite of their mediocre monikers. 

Individuals interested in what it takes to sustain a career as a professional artist will hear the stories and experiences from professionals at an event presented by Las Artistas called Making Your Mark- Steps to becoming a Professional Artist. 

We're invited to a fun evening of cocktails, food and jewelry shopping with proceeds benefiting the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence's emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Lend us Your Ear takes place on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Epic Railyard Center. Jewelry has been donated by local jewelers, artists, businesses and individuals with something for everyone. 

Friday, September 22, 2017, Marfa Texas will host a performance of Walt Whitman's epic poem Song of Myself by actor, writer, and director, Johnny Stallings. Having connected with the work at an early age, Stallings performs the work from memory. ​

On the following day, Saturday, September 23rd,2017 Marfa Live Arts will hold an educational workshop taught by Johnny Stallings focused on Whitman's Song of Myself. Both events are free and open to the community.  Johnny Stallings talks about the performance and his inspiration.

The El Paso Chopin Music Festival Society presents the Festival each fall as a gift to the community.  Now in it’s 23rd season, the annual series of performances promotes the appreciation of  Chopin's music.  

The festival kicks off on Saturday, September 23, 2017 with a performance by Pianist Ning An.  Dr. Lucy Scarbrough and Joyce Whiteside talk about the festival and the performances.

The Iveys are a group of siblings who were born and raised on the farmlands of the Rio Grande, and have been making music together since childhood. Inspired by classic rock like the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel as well as soulful legends like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, The Iveys music grew into an indie folk style strengthened by stellar harmonies and infused with a signature vibe of indie honesty.

The Iveys will be playing live from studio C at Star City Studios on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 and here to tell us all about their journey are brothers Arlen and Galen Ivey.

For the Love of Earth: A Recycled Art Exhibit features the works of over 30 artists of all levels from the El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez area who use recycled material for their art. A reception takes place on Saturday September 16, 2017 from noon to 3pm at the OM Gallery at Star City. 

Augment El Paso bridges the gap between traditional print media and interactive computer media through the use of Augmented Reality. Through the use of a smartphone or tablet, an augmented image becomes a multi-sensory experience as the viewer gains the ability to interact with 3D models and graphical interfaces, view animations and streaming video, and listen to narration, sound effects, and or music. 

Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Originally developed as a martial art, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. 

Artist Rheo Santana, also known as Spliffington, will be back in El Paso for her second show at the Dream Chasers Club at 200 S. Santa Fe.

We are all invited to view her pop art aesthetic when her show “Sad Girls Club” opens on Thursday, August 31st. Today my guest is artist Spliffington.