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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 .