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.

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. 

Under the Same Sky … We Dream is a video and sound installation by artist Erika Harrsch. Under the Same Sky focuses on children who cross borders, both with and without their families, and highlights the conditions of immigrant minors both at the border and within the United States.

The installation is accompanied by a soundtrack with phrases extracted directly from the DREAM Act of 2011 sung by internationally acclaimed Mexican singer Magos Herrera. Artist Erika Harrsch and Kerry Doyle from the Rubin Center discuss the installation.

Kundalini Yoga called by practitioners "the yoga of awareness", aims to cultivate the creative and spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.

Until recently, El Paso didn’t have a Kundalini yoga teacher. That all changed when Paramdayal Kaur came to El Paso a year ago. Since then, Kundalini has been growing organically.

Christina and Bobby Estrada were the spark that attracted a resurgence in the Five Points area of El Paso with the opening of Joe Vinny and Bronsons Bohemian Café six years ago. Since then, other entrepreneurs have started creative businesses in the popular central El Paso area.

Here to fill us in on their journey and all that Five Points has to offer is Christina Estrada. 

There is now an official El Paso-Bethel, Alaska, connection.  Native dancers in both communities have established an exchange of cultures through their art—Matachin dancers from El Paso, and Yupik dancers from southwestern Alaska.

It all comes to together at this weekend’s San Lorenzo Fiesta where El Pasoans can see a Yupik dance performance for the first time in our area. 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP, also known as OLLI, is all about providing learning opportunities for senior adults, 50 years of age and older on UTEP's scenic campus. OLLI registration runs August 14 – 25, 2017. 

Ian Wilson, director of the OLLI program and teacher of the upcoming Brazilian music class, Romy Hawkins, master of metal embossing art and painter Rosario Ponte who will be teaching an oil painting class discuss the program and their classes.

Rudy Guttierrez, El Paso Times

Bill and Mary Anna Clark talk about their recently-opened independent bookstore, the Literarity Book Shop located in PepperTree Square on North Mesa.

Part 2 of our interview with Bill and Mary Anna Clark from the Literarity Book Shop.

The Original Great American Rockabilly Riot will take over the El Paso County Coliseum over the Labor Day weekend. The festival will be headlined by seminal psychobilly band Tiger Army. Nick 13, lead singer of Tiger Army talks about the inspiration for their music.

El Paso Pro-Musica presents "Summer Fest '17" a new concept that unites the community and kicks off the EPPM season with concerts and special events.

It all kicks off with a special event at the Alamo Drafthouse to meet the artists on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 and closes with a big kick-off of UTEP's Center for Arts Entrepreneurship on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 7pm at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. 

Transfronteriza is a women-led cultural organizing project aimed to empower and support the development of the border community. 

Transfronteriza is creating public dialogues and workshops in visual art, textiles, sound recording and movement where women (and other community members) are invited to create costumes, scenery, movement, sounds, text, images and objects that will then be orchestrated together into performances done in El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, and Albuquerque, NM. 

Paradox Traveling Art is mobile art installation created by El Paso/Juarez artist Laura Turon. This art piece is also presented as the first mobile art gallery in El Paso, housed within a converted school bus.

The artistic concept portrays a mobile art gallery as an art piece itself, one that travels and moves beyond the gallery’s walls. Paradox Traveling Art, makes it debut on Thursday, July 27th during the Last Thursdays Art Crawl in downtown. It will be located outside of the El Paso Museum of Art with a reception inside the Museum of Art. 

The Downtown Management District is looking for a few good local filmmakers. The Reel Authentico Video Contest is asking entrants to produce a video that captures the spirit of ‘Authentico’ in Downtown El Paso.

Lxs Dos: Pásele, Pásele presents the work of husband and wife duo Christian and Ramon Cardenas who together form the artist collaborative Lxs Dos. Their dynamic, character-driven artwork can be seen in public spaces throughout the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez.

The artists have a close connection to the border and a commitment to creating visual tributes to sometimes invisible aspects of border life – street vendors and immigrants, graffiti, posters and traditional sign-making, musicians and youth culture. You can see Pasele, Pasele at the Rubin center until September 29th, 2017.

The team behind the recent hit book The Tacos of Texas, Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece, have been selected for ITVS funding to develop a pilot episode for a new Online Series. The Digital Series will focus on the people, the places and the taco culture in the Great State of Texas.

The Tacos of Texas team will be in El Paso to film the pilot episode this summer. Today, we’re checking in with native El Pasoan and taco journalist Mando Rayo to fill us in on this new developement.

Players on the Wall is El Paso's newest theatre company, and they intend to make a splash with their first production: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, by John Patrick Shanley.

Players on the Wall seeks to create a stunning contemporary and classical theatre with the best talent El Paso has to offer. They are hoping that Danny and the Deep Blue Sea will be the springboard for their company. Performances take place on July 14th, 15th and 16th and here to talk about the production are Brian Ceely and Austin Savage.

Gallery 3 Kitchen recently opened its doors.  This "Comfort food with a twist" restaurant/art gallery is focused on hosting work by local artists. They don’t charge to host artwork and only ask that artists donate a portion of sales from art they sell at Gallery 3 to a local non-profit organization. Gallery 3 welcomes portfolio submisions from local El Paso artists througout the year. 

The Film Salon has expanded it’s showings of classic and important films at the Alamo Drafthouse. You can now catch these special screenings on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. This month’s Film Salon kicks off on July 1, 2017 with a showing of The Night of the Hunter. 

The Tumbleweed Collective Presents RE-: Stories of the Borderland a dance performance that explores the REality of living on the cusp of two nations.

"RE-" targets present issues and reflects on the importance of the bi-national land where we coexist, the multicultural RElationships which forge "hermanidad" and how we overcome challenges unique to this area.

Art En Vivo is a live screen-printing project where artists and designers are invited to turn a piece of their original art into an edition of hand-printed posters.

The inaugural series of Art En Vivo featured 52 artists from El Paso, Juarez, and Las Cruces over the course of 48 live-printing events.   There were no curatorial guidelines other than the geographic location of the Artists; as a result, the series is very diverse in terms of each Artist’s primary medium, age, skill level, and subject matter.

Miss El Paso, Jessenia Cruz and Abigail Velez, Miss El Paso Teen provide insight to the world of pageants. 

Mike Gaglio, volunteer with Keystone Heritage Park previews the Summer Solstice Party and fundraiser, a perfect way to celebrate the longest day of the year in the middle of El Paso’s natural beauty.

Dr. Victoria Ramirez is the Director of the El Paso Museum of Art. She comes to us from the Bullock Texas State History Museum where she served as Director since 2013. She’s been at her new post since late January of this year.

Visual artists Jessica Hankey and Erin Johnson are working with a group of seniors at three local senior centers, offering three-week workshops in improvisation that are being led by applied theater practitioner Gina Sandi-Diaz.  Cinematographer Chris Dapkins is filming the group’s activities to be exhibited as a multimedia video installation at the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP in 2018.

June is also known internationally as Pride month and El Paso Sun City Pride is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their annual Pride Festival. Known as PrideFest, it has become the largest and most successful LGBTQI festival in the southwest region. To coincide with the celebration of Pride, EPSCP is holding events during the first week of June. Here to tell us all about the celebrations is Alexander Wright.

The El Paso Art Association is a thriving non-profit arts organization composed of artists from a wide variety of artistic disciplines as well as patrons of the arts. Membership is open to all artists at all levels of proficiency and all age groups, races, and artistic expression.

The EPAA has several calls for artists including a call for their Arts International 2017 Regional Juried Art Exhibit which will celebrate the organizations’ 50th Anniversary. Here to tell us all about this call, and their other calls for artists are Dorian Clouser and Karla Zanelli.  

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP, known as OLLI, is all about providing learning opportunities for senior adults, 50 years of age and older. Through the programs offered at OLLI, El Paso area senior adults will find numerous opportunities to become involved, engage their minds, elevate their spirits.

OLLI is currently taking registration for their summer programs that feature art, music and film classes. Here to tell us all about this program and how to participate is Susan Sobin and Ian Wilson. 

The Harley Farley Zombie Book Series began as a way for Donna Munoz to engage her kids in conversation and imagination and to get them away from their electronic devices. Now its evolved into a passion project that has resulted in one published book, one on the way, and a running series in El Paso Kids Inc.

She’s taken the series all over El Paso, spreading the message of unconditional friendship and acceptance using a creature that most people would stereotype and fear- a zombie.  Here to tell us all about her passion project is Donna Munoz.

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