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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Crossland Gallery presents their annual signature event, the Arts International Juried Award Show and Sale. This show is open to members and nonmembers and artists are eligible to win over $4000 in cash prizes. Artists are invited to submit up to three items and All of the Award Winners will be announced at the gala opening on Saturday, October 3rd.  Karla Zanelli, Director of the El Paso Arts Association; Lin Bentley Keeling, artist and winner of the Kistenmacher Award in 2014; and Stephanie Conwell, EPAA Treasurer and Board Member provide the details.

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.

Lee and Bobby Byrd, owners and publishers of Cinco Puntos Press, provide an update on their newest releases and changing trends in the publishing world. 

Part 2 of our interview with Lee and Bobby Byrd, owners and publishers of Cinco Puntos Press.

Peter Svarzbein was born and raised on El Paso’s Westside and like many folks from El Paso, he left to obtain his college education and started his career outside of our city. Upon his return, Peter became a successful advocate for community development via the arts and is now City Representative for District 1.

Every Last Thursday of the month Downtown El Paso comes alive with the vibrant, passionate culture of its residents in an event know as Last Thursdays. Rudy Vasquez of the Downtown Management District, artist Juan Ornelas and Chelsie Melendez-Rivas, owner of downtown boutique Manchot talk about the event. 

The Borders Project is a series of arts events and performances that challenge the histories and effects of borders, how they are constructed, who profits, who suffers and why. The final event for this initial residency will be held on Thursday, July 23rd at Fox Fine Arts at UTEP at 7:30pm. It will be a showing of the dance research in progress involving community members, artists and activists. It will be a sharing of the research that has been done for the past two weeks and a look into what is in the future for the project. 

Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might. Dos Santos comes to El Paso when they headline Music Under The Stars on July 19, 2015.

Agua Frontera continues the exploration of water, migration & our border community. It will be presented at the Juarez Contemporary with support from Amor Por Juárez from July 23rd through September 19, 2015. Creator, Zeke Pena, talks about this on-going transmedia project that explores the symbolic and actual role water plays in our border community.

UTEP President, Dr. Diana Natalicio; Associate Vice President for Business Affairs-Facilities Management, Greg McNicol; and Vice President for Student Affairs, Gary Edens discuss the Lhakhang, a traditional Bhutanese structure and permanent cultural exhibit, which is the centerpiece of the newly opened Centennial Plaza on the UTEP campus.

Part 2 of our interview with UTEP President, Dr. Diana Natalicio; Associate Vice President for Business Affairs-Facilities Management, Greg McNicol; and Vice President for Student Affairs, Gary Edens discussing the Lhakhang and Centennial Plaza on the UTEP campus. 

Emergence Health Network is gearing up for its 4th Annual Frances Rodriguez Memorial Wonderland Concert that benefits individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The concert takes place on Friday, July 17th at Tricky Falls and will feature live salsa music by three bands including the Latin beat of Asucar, Sobredosis del Sabor and Marcelo Rodche Y Friends. 

The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future has awarded pianist Samuel Barron as the winner of the 2015 Young Musicians’ Competition. Samuel will receive a $2000.00 cash prize and will perform in their “Full Circle-Bridging Generations” Concert at 7:30 pm on July 16th, at the El Paso Museum of Art. Lynn Provenzano of the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future and Samuel Barron, winner of the 2015 Young Musicians competition talk about the performance.