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.

Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend is a photo exhibit based on the 2013 award-winning book by Marcia Hatfield Daudistel of El Paso and photographer Bill Wright of Abilene. The show opened this week at the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP. Maribel Villalva Director of UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens gives us the details.

Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create in New York City’s East Village. EPCC will be presenting their production of the famous musical. Student actor Sean Diaz and Keith Townsend, Director of EPCC’s Drama Department give the details.

Dreamscapes, a mulitmedia dance event that found  inspiration from the work of visual artists such as Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Remedios Varo as well as writings from William Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe is being presented by the UTEP Department of Dance.  Myron Nadel, Kimmy Morris, and Bianca Gomez join us for a preview.

Marina speaks with legendary British crooner Engelbert Humperdinck who will be performing at the Plaza Theatre on Thursday, February 12th. 

February is Black History Month and UTEP has a series of events lined up to recognize the central role of African Americans in United States History. Dr. Maceo Dailey, Director of the African American Studies Program at UTEP gives us the details.

In celebration of Black History Month, EPCC has programs and events scheduled thoughout the month of February. Jaime Chavez and Kathleen Bombach of EPCC’s Black History Committee provide the details.

Kerry Doyle, Executive Director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts talks about their latest exhibition, Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy. The exhibit explores the intersection of art and politics and doubles as a platform for open dialogue and engagement. The exhibit will run from February 5, 2015 through April 25, 2015 with an opening reception to take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5p to 7:30p. Today my guest is Kerry Doyle, Executive Director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.

Greg Taylor, Director of the UTEP Dinner Theatre along with Beverly Kerbs-Ward, group sales coordinator discuss their latest production Carrie, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name.

Information: http://www.academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=www.academics.utep.edu/udt

Friday January 30, 2015, the El Paso City Ballet welcomes New York City’s Ballets With A Twist to the Plaza Theatre for the Texas premiere of Cocktail Hour: The Show. We we speak with Ballets With A Twist Artistic Director Marilyn Klaus, artistic director of the El Paso Ballet Lisa Skaf, and Dancer Michael Dominguez.

Johnny Payne is an author that teaches creative writing in Alaska. He’s recently published two books, a novel in Spanish called La Muerte de Papi, and a book of poems published by El Paso-based Mouthfeel Press. 

Kids N Company Presents The Little Prince, adapted from a script by Ryan Johann Perry and directed by Stella Perry. We talk with Ryan Johann Perry and two actors in The Little Prince.

The City of El Paso recently approved a Public Art Master Plan that will set the pace for public art in our city through 2024. We’ll talk to Pat Dalbin and Ben Fyffe from Museums and Cultural Affairs to lean more about the vision for our city, and if you’re an artist, you can learn about getting involved.

Yvette Yates is an El Paso actress doing big things in Hollywood. Most recently, she plays the role of Luz, not your stereotypical housekeeper, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” where she stars alongside Golden Globe nominee Joaquin Phoenix.

Fragile Balance is an acoustic guitar duo made up of El Pasoans Cruz Lujan and Nico Cooper. Fragile Balance plays a unique blend of musical styles to create their sound. They combine influences from classical to new age to post-rock and they’ve been involved with the community and arts in El Paso for years. We talk to them about their upcoming performance as part of the Jewel Box Series presented by the El Paso Community Foundation in partnership with El Paso Live.

Information:
www.fragile-balance.com

Felipa Solis, Executive Director of El Paso Pro-Musica tells us about the musicians that will be visiting El Paso during the Chamber Music Festival that runs from January 14- January 31. 

Information:
www.eppm.org

El Paso native aerosol artist Dave "Grave" Herrera and internationally recognized aerosol artist Miles "El Mac" MacGregor talk about the binational murals they recently bestowed upon Cd. Juarez and El Paso, TX. 

Kimberly Vanacek, Editor in Chief of the Art Ave Magazine discusses the magazine and her new Art Avenue Gallery. 

Part 2 of our interview with photographer and writer, Richard Baron.

Photographer and writer, Richard Baron – now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico – talks about what first brought him to El Paso and what keeps him connected to the border.

Information:
www.baronrichard.com

Dr. Michael Tomor, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art discusses the exhibit Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, that is currently on display at the Museum of Art.

Information:
http://www.elpasoartmuseum.org/

Metals artists Rachelle Theiwes and Lorena Aguirre join Dr. Michael Tomor, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art to discuss the exhibit Body Art: Contemporary El Paso Jewelry, now on display at the El Paso Museum of Art.

Art Alexakis is the lead singer of 90s multi platinum rock band Everclear. Everclear has announced their new album, Black Is The New Black, set to release in Spring 2015. El Pasoans can catch Art Alexakis, vocalist and guitarist of Everclear tonight when his “Songs & Stories – An Evening with Art Alexakis of Everclear,” tour stops at the Lowbrow Palace. 

Bobby Byrd is a poet and co-founder of Cinco Puntos Press which he established with his wife and author Lee Merril Byrd in 1985. With roots on the U.S./Mexico border, Cinco Puntos publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see the world. Today, we’ll talk about the gift of seeing the world through books with Bobby Byrd as we discuss gift ideas for readers of all ages .

Information:
cincopuntos.com

Ladino rocker Sarah Aroeste talks about blending Judeo-Spanish with rock, pop and jazz.

Eddie Cepeda, Co-Owner of El Paso's all vinyl record store, "Mother of Pearl Vinyl" talks about record collecting.

Information:
Mother of Pearl Vinyl
4936 North Mesa

Sandra Martin, Joann McElroy and Sandy Young, members of the Alazan Artists of El Paso announce “Desert Lights Six” - the upcoming annual art show and sale.

Information: 
(915) 755-7554 

Jon-Michael Blowe, El Paso Vice President and lead instructor of Capoeira Quinto Sol is joined by capoeira student-instructor, Lori Navarrete to talk about the new studio.

Information:
Sol Studio & Capoeira Quinto Sol
4106 Montana
(915) 252-8258
http://www.solstudioep.com

Helen Dorion, Criselda Lopez and Jorge Calleja preview this year’s Las Artistas Show and Sale – one of the area’s premier venues for fine art from throughout the region.

Information:
www.lasartistas.org

EPCC Instructors and Literary Fiesta Committee Members, Lisa Elliott and Roberto Santos, preview the 6th Annual Literary Fiesta.

Information:
http://literaryfiesta.wordpress.com

UTEP Dance Faculty member Professor, Lisa Smith previews the upcoming contemporary dance production, Being Here and Now.

Information:
(915) 747-5118

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