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.

The El Paso Mission Trail Association will present their 26th Annual First Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2015. Highlights include a Zarzuela concert featuring Opera UTEP, three historical reenactments of the First Thanksgiving, living history performances by the Camino Real players, and musical performances by Sabor, Exito and Los Allegres del Valle. 

The Holocaust by Bullets is a traveling exhibit on the work of Yahad-in Unum and Father Patrick Desbois to uncover a silenced chapter of history in Eastern Europe - the mass executions of Jews and Roma as witnessed by their neighbors. The exhibit centers around photographs and eyewitness accounts from those villagers who watched these events unfold and have kept their stories to themselves...until now. Lori Shepherd from the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center talks about the exhibit.

Bob Marley’s influence remains unparalleled, irrespective of race, color or creed.  On our border, Marley’s music has influenced local musicians to create a blend of Latin and Caribbean sounds that have now been termed “Chicano Reggae”.  Today, my guests are members from the Chucotown Rockers, a collaboration of musicians and artists from the El Paso/Las Cruces area who are coming together to honor the life of Bob Marley while raising funds for the Child Crisis Center of El Paso. 

Well known El Paso artists, educators and arts advocates, Willie Ray Parish and Becky Hendrick, talk about their time in the border area and their retirement plans.

Part 2 of our interview with artists Willie Ray Parish and Becky Hendrick.

After a nation-wide search, The City of El Paso recently selected Tracey Jerome as the new Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and today, we’ll get to talk to Ms. Jerome about her vision for the El Paso arts community. 

Empty Bowls El Paso is a community art action to help eliminate hunger in the El Paso County that was started by the EPCC Student Art Society 11 years ago. Mary Scott and Violet Urquidez talk about this year's event to benefit El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

The Neon Desert Music Festival,  Creative Kids and MIMA music have come together to create Border Beats, a children’s music program that will launch this spring at Providence Memorial Hospital. Today we’ll learn more about the program and how local musicians can particpate. 

The 8th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza is happening today, March 28, 2015 until 5:00pm in downtown El Paso. This event is an all-day family event organized by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra with the support of their Family Fun Partners. We talk with Pam Kinley From the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Andy Moran from the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra about KidsPalooza.

Mark Paulda is an El Paso based photographer with a passion for capturing bold and vibrant images throughout the world. While the rest of the world is still discovering Bhutan, Paulda is working to make his way back a third time. This time, however, he will be sharing his passion and talent with the Bhutanese and teaching them the art of photography to empower them to tell their own story. 

Mother of Pearl Vinyl is now more than an all vinyl record store, they have just expanded to becoming an indie record label that recently celebrated the release of their first album by a band called Part-Time at an unofficial showcase at the South by Southwest music festival. Back from the celebration is Eddie Cepeda of Mother of Pearl Vinyl.

Former Director of the El Paso Museum of Art, Michael Tomor, talks about the course of his career from El Paso native to sought-after expert in the world of visual art.

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Part 2 of our interview with former Director of the El Paso Museum of Art, Michael Tomor.

The annual South by Southwest Music Festival brings thousands of bands to Austin, TX every year in March. For us in El Paso, it means an upsurge in live music as bands make a stop to play in our town on their way to and from South By Southwest. Today, Bobbie Welch of local venue Tricky Falls and Patrick McNeil from Splendid Sun Productions give you a round up of what March has in store for us when it comes to live music. 

The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies.  This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai. Varekai. Cirque du Soleil's latest arena touring production, will perform in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center from March 18-22, 2015 for seven performances. Today we talk to Vanessa Napoli of Cirque du Soleil about Verikai.

Xochitl Rodriguez with The Caldo Collective announces El Paso’s first ever public Frijol Feast featuring a filmmaker, a dancer and a musician vying for micro-finding.


Playwright, producer and director, 17-year-old Alexandra Dipp, along with her mother, Suzanne Dipp introduce the premier of her dramatic play, Cardboard House Dreams, in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series.  

In conjunction with American painter Don Coen’s Migrant Series, the El Paso Museum of Art is pleased to present Octopus, a recent creation by one of Mexico’s leading video/performance artists, Yoshua Okón.  Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable, Senior Curator at the El Paso Museum of Art talks about the exhibit.

Courage, Resistance, and Women in Ciudad Juárez is a book written by Kathleen Staudt and Zulma Y. Mendez where they examine civil-society activism in the borderlands―what has been called "la Resistencia Juarense" (or the Juarense Resistance)―in the first decade of the twenty-first century.  Kathleen Staudt joins us to discuss the book.

Sound Stage 9 is El Paso's first artist development studio that offers climate controlled rehearsal rooms, recording studio, and music lessons. In  a short time, they’ve made quite the impact on our creative community. Today we welcome Roger Barraza and Jaime Aranda, the force behind this endeavor.


KCOS-TV's annual art auction takes place on May 2nd and 3rd. This year’s event has an interesting twist: for the first time ever, it will become a juried show.  General Manager of KCOS-TV, Emily Martin Loya, provides the details.

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Thursday February 26, 2015 at 6p.m. the Texas Tech College of Architecture El Paso, in partnership with the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department presents: Ingredients of (for) a Prized Place, The Work of Peter “Upe” Flueckiger.  Morris Brown, Instructor and IDP coordinator of the Architechture program at Texas Tech El Paso tells us more.

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.

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.

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.