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.

Part 2 of our interview with Board Vice-President, Mary Jo Melby; Board Member and Historian, Prince McKenzie; and artist, Dorian Clouser from the El Paso International Museum of Art. 

Board Vice-President, Mary Jo Melby; Board Member and Historian, Prince McKenzie; and artist, Dorian Clouser discuss the past, present and future of the El Paso International Museum of Art. 

Marie Losier, born in France, is a filmmaker and curator whose films are regularly shown at prestigious film festivals and museums. She’s in El Paso and Juarez because she received a Guggenheim Award to work on a film called Cassandro, The Exotico, a portrait of the beloved and celebrated Mexican wrestler. When it’s done, this film will be featured in her retrospective at the MOMA in New York City in October 2017.

This summer the El Paso Museum of Art will offer two exciting exhibitions that provide new insights into the life, relationships, art, and self-marketing of the most celebrated artist of the last century: Celebrating Picasso: Photographs by David Douglas Duncan, touring from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri; and Posting Picasso, organized in-house and featuring works from the Museum of Art’s own outstanding collection. 

El Paso’s EME Design Studio, is marking their fifth anniversary by bringing home national awards and recognition for work done for El Paso businesses. EME Design Studio just won their second national Silver ADDY at the National American Advertising Awards. Here to talk design is Joel Martinez of EME Design Studio.

The Museums & Cultural Affairs Department is building a public collection of artwork created by El Paso Area artists that recognizes the artistic talent and cultural diversity in El Paso.  The artwork becomes a part of the City of El Paso Art Collection and is placed in City buildings for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.  Pat Dalbin of the City of El Paso’s Public Art Program talks about how local artists can become involved.

If you like Country-Western bars you’ll want to check out Boots.  This play features a more or less friendly bunch of characters the likes of which you’re no doubt familiar.  Sure, there’s drinkin’, after all, it’s a bar, but by and large things are fine until greed steps in and threatens to break up our happy patrons and wipe out the bar.   If you enjoy a puzzle you’ll like the twists and turns of this story.  Here to give us the lowdown on Boots, are playwrights Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts.

The Film Salon is a monthly screening series devoted to the celebration of classic and important films. The Film Salon has found a new home at the Alamo Drafthouse. Charles Horak has cultivated a discerning audience of cinephiles and those looking to expand their awareness of cinema history.  Horak will continue to curate The Film Salon’s programs and provide commentary before and after each film.  Here to tell us about the move and how you can get tickets to the next show is Charles Horak.

Rodri Rodriguez CEO and Founder of Rodri Entertainment, a Los Angeles international entertainment production company, is the featured luncheon speaker for the Wise Latina International Summit 2016. This year’s summit,“Tapestry of Evolution: Strength, Power & Influence, will focus on economic empowerment and building wealth through this year’s theme “Redefining the Meaning of Wealth.”  

Papaya Riot is an indie pop rock that composes original music. Named Best Band of El Paso in 2015 by the City Magazine, Papaya Riot is comprised of Moni Alvarado, Jennie Lucero, Estefania Robles-Conde and Bea Cruz. 

Eric Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation and Keith Townsend, Director of the El Paso Community College Theater and Forensics program discuss the revitalization of local outdoor musical extravaganza, Viva El Paso.

Guitarist extraordinaire and Recording Engineer, Buddy Winston and noted visual artist, Pat Olchefski-Winston announce the grand opening of their joint venture, Star City Studio.  

Writer Tom Fremantle walked 1,000 miles from El Paso to San Diego along the U.S./Mexico Border.  His companion was a street dog, Pancho.  Tom has created a fund at El Paso Community Foundation for the benefit of three Ciudad Juarez charities, Vision en Accion, Cruz Verde and Colitas Felices, and has written a book, Pancho’s Journey, that captures elements of his 1,000 mile walk.  

El Paso artist Mitsu Overstreet has the distinction of being El Paso's first public artist and since then, he has gone on to do public artwork in other cities including San Francisco and Atlantic City. His latest work brings him back home, to our airport, with a piece entitled The River / El Rio: Both Sides, No Sides that also features the words of two local poets, Bobby Byrd and Sasha Pimentel.

redmoonwhitemoonbluemoon is a dance piece exploring themes of the divine feminine created by local dancemaker Sandra Paola Lopez in collaboration with poet Naima Yael Woods and photographer and filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jaquez. This piece happens in two parts over the course of two days.

Dancemaker Sandra Paola Lopez tells us about her creation.

The mission of the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series, sponsored by the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance, is to honor and celebrate the rich culture of the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces Borderplex.

Rebecca Rivas is a co-founder, director, and playwright for the Chican@/Latin@ Series and she will also be facilitating an advanced session of the UTEP Theatre and Dance summer camp.

The Father Rahm Segundo Barrio Person of the Year Award recognizes an individual or organization committed to the betterment, works and service to the cultural, historical, economic, educational and social empowerment of the Segundo Barrio, and its inhabitants, values and unique experience. 

This year their recipient is local artist, Gaspar Enriquez.  He joins Gracie Cain from Segundo Barrio's Sacred Heart Church to discuss the award.

Aura is a solo musical recording by Nancy Lorenza Green who plays Indian, Native American, and Ocarina flutes combined with chimes, bells and rain stick.

The music invites us to listen, reflect and relax. Aura was made possible by an MCAD Artist Incubator grant that supports the creation of new work by El Paso artists in all disciplines.  

The Mothership Mandala is a mural that is dedicated to all the beautiful mothers of sister cities, El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The mural was made possible by a grant from the Caldo Collective and was created with the help of the Winchester house and youth from the Pride Center. Muralist Dave “Grave” Herrera talks about the project.

Exodus of Song: Gifts of Love from a Refugee, will feature an evening of Middle Eastern music, poetry, and dance dedicated to the displaced, and those who believe that refugee lives matter.  The event takes place on Sunday May 8, 2016 at 7:30p.m. at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall on the UTEP campus. Members of the Arabic music ensemble, Layali Al-Sham preview the show.

El Paso Kids-N-Co. is looking for a new home. The owners of the building that housed them on Texas Avenue have decided to go in a different direction, so Kids-N-Co. is searching for a new home. Kids-N-Co. needs the community’s help in looking for a new home, and help in funding the youth programs. Here to tell us about their search for a new place and how we can help is Stella Perry of Kids-N-Co.

Borderland favorite, Frontera Bugalu, is celebrating the release of their new album called Alma de Jaguar on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Tricky Falls. El Paso’s own Jim ward will be opening the show and DJ Birth DFX will be playing the finest in new and old latin-american cumbia. This album was written over the course of two years and features original and creative ideas influenced by life on the border.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opens their first El Paso location at Montecillo on Friday, May 6, 2016.  Guests can reserve their seats online and tickets are also on sale for the Alamo Drafthouse's soft opening training days from April 25 through May 4. 

Visitors will be able to meet several El Paso artists and see their work as part of El Paso's ninth annual Artists Studio Tour.  The tour takes place over two consecutive weekends.  The weekend of April 23 and 24 covers Downtown, Westside and Upper Valley studios, and April 30 and May 1 is for studios in Central El Paso and San Elizario.  Artist Candy Mayer talks about the Artists Studio Tour.

Ardovino's Desert Crossing is proud to host Love Lines a solo art exhibition by Jennifer Hill. Love Lines explores graphic possibilities, daydreams and other ruminations. Artwork will feature a series of large sumi ink drawings on paper that explore sleep, love and hieroglyphics. 

The Border Art Residency enables artists to pursue their craft without the worry of immediate sales or an outside job to pay for housing expenses. Artists selected for the program are able to achieve a greater degree of personal growth by concentrating on individual goals. They also share progress with local students, educators and the public and today, we’ll meet this year’s artist in residency, Alejandro Almanza Pereda.

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.