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.

Fresh off the success of The Fall of Wallace Winter as part of last year’s Jewel Box Series, The Border Theatre returns with The Lovely Rain. The story is an exploration of familial relationships and the lengths we will all go to in order to experience love. The Lovely Rain will be performed next weekend from Friday through Sunday. Playwright and founder of the Border Theatre, Austin Savage gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the production.

Aired November 7, 2015

In 10 years, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts has brought thought-provoking international contemporary art to the El Paso border community and has grown to be a nationally and internationally recognized center for contemporary art. The center will celebrate its 10th anniversary in November with a weekend of exhibitions, performances and conversations that will explore art and space at the border. 

There has never been a biennial exhibition like the Biennial 2015 El Paso Cd. Juárez before. The unique border parameters and special international collaborative nature of this particular contemporary biennial make it an unparalleled demonstration of the vitality of the artists of these two countries. 

The Texas Tech School of Architecture presents their first Lecture Series this year titled REPLICA, a lecture by new faculty members Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller and their firm AGENCY.

The lecture will take place in the El Paso Energy Auditorium at the El PasoMuseum of Art on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6pm.  Ersela Kripa of Texas Tech and the architecture firm, AGENCY previews the series.

Aired October 24, 2015

Capstone Productions premieres its latest documentary, Ghost Stories of El Paso Vol. 4, just in time for Halloween. 

In the one-hour documentary shot in 2010, psychic Diana Calamia and her team of ghost trackers search for spirits at the old Asarco smelter.

Screenings are at 7 p.m. Monday, October 26, and 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the Scenic View Ballroom, 1340 Murchison.  Producer Jackson Polk and Psychic Diana Calamia discuss the documentary.

Aired October 24, 2015

Hal Marcus, well-known El Paso artist, and wife, Patricia Medici, layout artist for the new book, Hal Marcus Art & Times, released in conjunction with Hal Marcus/Lyric Modern – a stunning solo exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art – discuss the evolution of the book and the exhibition.

Aired October 17, 2015

  Part 2 of our interview with artist Hal Marcus and his wife, Patricia Medici.

Aired October 17, 2015

Rick Kern, co-producer of Border Legends, previews the 7th Annual Border Legends of El Paso Rock Concert – El Paso’s only Classic Rock Concert featuring the historic El Paso Rock bands of the 60’s & 70’s along with some newer groups.


Aired October 10, 2015

Two of the three directors for the 27th annual Shakespeare on-the-Rocks Theater Festival – Hector Serrano and Carol Roberts-Spence – discuss this year’s three presentations. 


Aired October 10, 2015

Chalk The Block has quickly become one of El Paso’s premiere events. It is also the largest free three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region that draws over 32,000 people annually.

In 2015, Chalk The Block is celebrating 8 years of reimagining downtown El Paso through the power of art while providing an “out of this world” experience for its attendees. Ben Fyffe from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department provides the details.

Aired October 3, 2015

The Chamanas are catching flight. The borderland quintet, which calls itself "a metaphorical bridge between the two cities," has made big leaps toward making a name for itself.

The Chamanas released their debut album "Once Once" (Spanish for "eleven eleven" or "11:11") in September and here to talk about it are bassist Manuel Calderon, vocalist Amalia Mondragón, guitarist Hector Carreon and Drummer Alejandro Bustillos. 

Aired October 3, 2015

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is coming to El Paso and it’s Programming Director Robert Saucedo is looking for people interested in embarking on an apprenticeship designed to train future cinema programmers. 

From working in the kitchens of chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Michel Richard and Paul Qui, Chef Matthew Herrera returns home to bring his knowledge and passion for food to Tabla. Chef Herrera is also the driving force behind Tabla’s Sol Series tasting menu that incorporates native ingredients to provide a culinary experience of the past, present and future of food on the borderland. 

The Whirling Dervishes from Turkey are inspired by Rumi, the13th century Sufi Master and poet whose message of love and service to humanity are relevant and needed in the world we live in today. This Sufi Music Concert and Live Show, performed only by the Whirling Dervishes, has come to symbolize these values in the hearts and minds of millions throughout the world.

The 2nd annual "Tomatoville, A Tasting For Tocando," will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the home of Angel and Rosalia Beltran. “Tomatoville, a Tasting for Tocando,” is a Napa Valley-inspired event designed to delight the senses with simple but gourmet food choices, local wines, beer and live music in a rustic Upper Valley garden. Rosalia Beltran, host of this year’s Tomatoville event and Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra provide the details. 

El Paso artist Gabriel Gaytan presents his freeway column mural called, “Zenith,” at Lincoln Park. Gaytan talks about the annual Lincoln Park Day celebration and also his inspiration for the mural.

This fall, the El Paso Public Library Foundation, will host renowned authors in a special presentation to benefit the El Paso Public Library’s Teen Hangout Program. The Teen Hangout program seeks to engage teens in after-school activities that are educational and fun. This year’s Stories of El Paso event will be held on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 from 6 PM to 10 PM at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. 

Every year, the American Institute of Architects El Paso chapter organizes a series of events to bring awareness about their profession to the community. They call  this series of events, archTOBER. They have plenty of activities going on during the entire month of October and to give us a preview, are architects Bruno Vasquez, Jim Booher, and Rene Melendez.

President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation, Eric Pearson, and Program Director for Impact: Programs of Excellence, Sally Gilbert preview “The New Discipline of Creativity” – their co-sponsored presentation of Sir Ken Robinson whose TED Talks on rethinking public education have received 300 million views in more than 150 countries. 

Part 2 of our interview with Eric Pearson and Sally Gilbert previewing the upcoming presentation of Sir Ken Robinson. 

Festival founder, Dr. Lucy Scarbrough is joined by long time Committee Member, Joyce Whiteside to preview the 21st El Paso Chopin Music Festival featuring three of the world’s finest pianists performing the music of Frederic Chopin. 

The El Paso Council for International Visitors receives foreign dignitaries invited by the U.S. Department of State to tour the United States.  This program is part of an effort by the US embassies around the world to acquaint emerging leaders of other nations with the United States.

The El Paso Community College presents Jazz at Sunset, an outdoor concert at the Valle Verde Campus Americana Language Village on Friday September 4, 2015 at 6pm.  The concert will feature live jazz by the El Paso Jazz Collective, Ruben Gutierrez and Case Closed, and Billy Townes.  

Make Shift is an ongoing series of public art installations by collaborative artists Los Dos where characters based on everyday people are painted and pasted on walls throughout the city landscape.

The characters are inspired by “gráfica popular”, and are presented in a larger than life format, thus interacting and overcoming their surroundings.

The unveiling of the project will be held at The Station Urban Offices on Thursday, August 27th during the Last Thursdays Downtown Art Walk.  Husband and wife duo known as Los Dos, Ramon and Christian Cardenas preview the project.

Sign Painters is a film that celebrates the hand-painted sign industry, an American tradition. This documentary explores a fascinating insight into a highly specialized underground trade, emphasizing an appreciation for a balance between art and commerce.

SOMOS is a project of the El Paso Community Foundation that funds mentoring and college scholarships for youth that are victims of violence in Ciudad Juarez.  A special fundraiser to benefit SOMOS takes place on August 15, 2015 at 3:30pm at the Foundation Room in downtown El Paso at 333, North Oregon. El Paso based KHOU News Border Bureau Chief Angela Kocherga, reporter Alfredo Corchado, and Eric Pearson of the El Paso Community Foundation talk about the project.

Every October, the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at the Chalk the Block. Chalk the Block takes place from Friday, October 9 through Sunday October 11, 2015. Ben Fyffe of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department previews the event.

Jim Ward, lead singer of Sparta and Sleepercar and founding member of At The Drive In, will be performing his favorite punk rock covers as part of the Left of the Dial Series at Bowie Feathers on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 9:30p.m. Left of the dial is a monthly event at Bowie Feathers where local musicians cover punk rock songs or any songs that have inspired them in any way.

Hector Serrano, the creator of “Viva! El Paso,” will teach two courses on the history of theater this fall. It’s part of the adult education courses in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso. Classes begin Sept. 8 and registration is now open and runs through August. 21st.  Information is available at

The El Paso Exploreum invites the adults of El Paso to come play for an evening and express your inner child. Come play with their exhibits, dress up, be silly, win fabulous certificates, and bid on their widely varied selection of silent auction items. All of the proceeds go directly back into the non-profit Exploreum for exhibit development.  Laurie Paternoster talks about the Young at Heart fundraiser that takes place on August 13, 2015.