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.

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. 

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.