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.

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 .

Information:
cincopuntos.com

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.

Information:
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.

Information: 
(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.

Information:
Sol Studio & Capoeira Quinto Sol
4106 Montana
(915) 252-8258
http://www.solstudioep.com

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.

Information:
www.lasartistas.org

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

Information:
http://literaryfiesta.wordpress.com

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

Information:
(915) 747-5118

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.

Information:
elpasoholocaustmuseum.org
(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.

Information:
bordertheatre.org
(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.

Information:
www.theriogranderift.com  

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.

Information:
www.hermososhuesos.com

Co-producer of Border Legends of El Paso concert series, Rick Kern, introduces this year’s line-up of notable local talent.

Information:
www.borderlegends.net

Founders of Shakespeare on the Rocks, David Mills and Hector Serrano are joined by actor Oisin McGillion Hughes who is in all three upcoming shows to preview the 26th season of performances.

Information:
www.shakespeareontherocks.com
(915) 474-4275

Xochitl Rodriguez, cofounder of the Caldo Collective – an innovative microfunding initiative for local artists – is joined by winner of the second Frijol Feast, Diane Vera to invite  listeners to the third and final Frijol Feast of the year to provide micro-funding for local artists.

Information:
www.thecaldocollective.com

International Museum of Art Board Member, Mary Jo Melby is joined by local artists, Alberto Escamilla and Candy Mayer to invite the community to an upcoming fundraising art auction in support of the Museum.

Information:
www.internationalmuseumofart.net
(915) 543-6747

Chief Marketing Officer for KCOS TV, Emily Martin Loya invites the community to the “Wine & Food Classic: A Gourmet Tasting Soirée” - KCOS's 11th annual fall fundraiser featuring delectable wines, dishes and desserts.

Information:
www.kcostv.org
(915) 590-1313

UTEP student and female lead, Katharina in the upcoming production of Taming of the Shrew, Ellen Smith previews this presentation of Shakespeare.

Information:
(915) 747-5118 

Former El Pasoan, singer-songwriter Doug Adamz previews his homecoming performance featuring works from his new National Steel CD.

Information:
www.dougadamz.com

Well-known El Paso artist and gallery owner, Hal Marcus talks about the The 1949 Sun Carnival Artist Reunion – a special celebration coinciding with the 11th annual Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Tom Lea Month.

Information:
Hal Marcus Gallery
1308 N. Oregon
(915) 533-9090

Kathrin Berg Pettit, with the El Paso Community Foundation, joins Playwright and composer, Mark Watts to introduce the new mystery Lacy – the inaugural presentation of the new Jewel Box performance series at the Philanthropy Theater. 

Information:
www.epcf.org
(915) 533-4020

Gallery Manager, Karla Zanelli; artist and long-time member, Nina Walker; and Board Treasurer, Stephanie Conwell with the El Paso Art Association invite the community to attend the annual Arts International exhibition.

Information:
www.elpasoartassociation.com
(915) 534-7377

Grant Collinsworth, Founder/Coordinator of The El Paso Songwriting Contest introduces this year’s competition for area musicians.

Information:
www.epswc.com
(915) 307-2390

Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer and Performer Javier Dzul previews the El Paso performance of his creation Mexico Maya.

Information:
www.dzuldance.com

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