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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 


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.


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.


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.


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 .


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.

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.

(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.

Sol Studio & Capoeira Quinto Sol
4106 Montana
(915) 252-8258

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

(915) 747-5118

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.


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


Dr. Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Head of UTEP African-American Studies and Kathryn Smith-McGlynn, former UTEP Visiting Assistant Professor and Co-Founder of Frontera Repertory Theater discuss their collaboration on the newly published book titled African Americans in El Paso, which covers history as far back as the 1500s, when blacks crossed the Rio Grande with conquistador Juan de Oñate.

Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Head of African-American Studies at UTEP about the newly published book titled African Americans in El Paso.

Stephen Pugh, Director and Advisor with the Chamber Music Consortium of the Southwest announces an upcoming performance of a 1902 composition with unique instrumentation. 

Lori Shepherd, Executive Director of the El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center previews a special collaboration with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the UTEP Chorale to present Verdi’s Requiem.

(915) 351-0048 

 Austin Savage, founder of The Border Theatre previews the company’s performance of The Fall of Wallace Winter at the Philanthropy Theater as part of the Jewel Box Performance Series.

(915) 533-4020

Mari A Gomez, editor and Ryan Johann Perry, head writer, announce the launch of The Rio Grande Rift, a new bilingual alternative magazine featuring writing and visual art.


Event Coordinator, Peggy King and NMSU Social Media contact, Bonny Wells, and Production Manager, Carrie Hultgren preview the Calavera Coalition’s 17th annual Day of the Dead celebration in Mesilla Plaza. 

Mixed-media artist, Wayne Hilton provides an update on his project, Hermosos Huesos – an homage to Jose Guadalupe Posada, originator of La Catrina - the iconic figure of Dia de los Muertos.