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.

Art, science and more meet in Garden of Fluorescent Flowers, the next production in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre. Garden of Fluorescent Flowers will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Philanthropy Theatre, part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre. Here to tell us all about it is writer-director Alexandra Dipp. 

El Paso Comic Con is dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms through their annual convention, EPCON that celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. This year, EPCON takes place April 15 through 17, 2016 and will feature special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Kevin Eastman. Organizer Troy Stegner talks about the event.

National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Today we feature two El Paso poets, Robin Scofield and Gene Keller, to talk about poetry and how they help develop upcoming poets through the Tumblewords Project. 

We are all invited to Join Opera UTEP on April 3, 2016 for a free concert featuring selections from their spring production, Speed Dating Tonight! The concert also includes other "first date" songs, duets and ensembles from popular operas and Broadway shows.  UTEP visiting assistant professor of voice and opera Cherry Duke and student singer Mauricio Perusquia provide the details.

The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival is in its 41st year of celebrating Spanish language dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age. The event runs from Wednesday, March 30, 2016 through Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre. Katherine Brennand and Victor Mireles talk about this year’s Siglo de Oro Drama Festival.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger. The premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople, educators and members of the community collaborate to create beautiful, handcrafted bowls. Guests receive a one-of-a-kind handcrafted empty bowl – a symbol of the many empty bowls in our community, nation and world – and are then invited to sample the wide variety of delicious soups. Here to tell us about this year’s Empty Bowls event are Mary Scott and Marisela Willits. 

El Paso’s True Food Buying Club is dedicated to providing access to local and organically grown produce to the El Paso community. Through this club they aim to bring awareness to the benefits of eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and the environmental food issues that surround us.  

The 9th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza is happening on Saturday March 19, 2016 until 5:00pm. Downtown KidsPalooza is an all-day family event organized by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra with the support of their Family Fun Partners.  Downtown area arts organizations join forces to present a day of fun for families throughout the downtown area. Here to give us the full scoop is Rosemary Flores from the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Barrio Panther is a literary magazine composed of professors, rock-n-rollers, and graffiti artists that’s here to bring the streets to us. Here to talk about it, are its creators Alex "Rocka" Alvarez, Carlos "Chuck" Espinoza and Dave "Grave" Herrera.   

The El Paso Opera Presents Carmen  on March 17 and 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Sishel Claverie, our lead who recently performed as Carmen with New Rochelle Opera, Tenor Cooper Nolan who has been praised by Musical America as a “bright, shining tenor” and artistic Director David Holloway, who has served as the Director of the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Singer's Program since 2005 talk about the production.

Painter Rhonda Dore has been working on painting after painting, exploring her love for color, watching it unfurl in her studio and take on shapes and brushwork we haven't seen from her before. It's been blooming slowly across wood and canvas for months, and soon it will be time to share it when her solo show opens on Thursday, March 10th at the Art Avenue Gallery. 

The Juilliard String Quartet is coming to El Paso on Saturday, March 12. Of note is that the cellist, Joel Krosnick is retiring after this season after 42 years with the Quartet, and this will be one of his final performances. He also happens to be Zuill Bailey's teacher from his days at Juilliard and has been his mentor over Zuill’s career. Here to tell us all about it is Felipa Solis of El Paso Pro Musica.

Executive Director of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, Patty Tiscareño and Board Member, Jeanne Foskett discuss the 20th Anniversary of the organization, which routinely integrates the arts in their ongoing service to the community.

Author and former New Yorker, Michael Haley, previews his newly published novel No More Dancing the Jig – a story of transcendence through special friendships.

The Hal Marcus Gallery is celebrating it’s 20 year anniversary with a show called “20/20 Visionary,” 20 Years, 20+ New artists. The show opens on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 5 to 9 pm and will be on display through Friday, June 3, 2016. Hal Marcus and his daughter Adelaide Marcus talk about the show.

The larger-than-life Pop Art of Reggie Watterson’s Texas Pop Art is currenlty covering the walls at The Art Avenue Gallery, El Paso’s newest contemporary art gallery. Watterson creates multi-level color combinations by using the hues in fruit and vegetables as the main focus of his canvas, some as large as 48” x 48”. The show will be up until February 25, 2016.  Kimberly Vanecek, owner of the Art Avenue Gallery talks about the show. 

The El Paso Museum of Art, the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, and Fundación Sebastian present Knot: The Art of Sebastian/El arte de Sebastian. The recent artworks by renowned Mexican sculptor Sebastian investigate the infinite possibilities in knotted and interlaced structures derived from cosmology and quantum physics. 

Art en Vivo is a live screen-printing project hosted by Proper Printshop. Every Thursday night, they invite a different artist/designer to hand print an edition of 50 posters. All they ask is that the artist pays for the paper and the artwork preparation (if necessary). Then, they sell the prints at the show, and split the profits. Any leftover prints are divided equally between Proper and the artist/designer. 

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.

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