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.

Claudia Ramirez with HerStory Productions, Anahi of Anthurium DarkFusion, and guest headliner Ashley Lopez, invite you to experience Tribal Equinox Bellydance III featuring traditional and tribal style belly dancers.

Tribal Equinox Bellydance III

Life long film fan, historian, archivist, writer and collector…and Director of the Sunset Film Society, Jay Duncan introduces a special presentation of Some Like it Hot – in celebration of the Sunset Film Society’s First Anniversary.


Bassist and composer, Jake aka June Jacobs previews a performance by Orchestre Sublime titled Hope’s Journey featuring some of El Paso’s finest musicians plus guest artists. 

Part 2 of our interview with bassist and composer Jake Jacobs.

Susan Sobin, publicity and community outreach coordinator for UTEP’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, invites El Pasoans age 50 and older to enjoy a rich selection of affordable classes.  

(915) 747-6280 or (915) 747-8848

Jazz vocalist Candice Reyes and Producer, Billy Townes announce the release of Reyes’ debut album - Crossing Over on Shade Records.


Alan Day, author of The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs previews his appearance at Barnes and Noble in El Paso. 


Artist and Las Cruces native George Mendoza, along with author and El Paso native Jessica Powers announce the release of Colors of the Wind – the story of Mendoza’s journey as a blind artist and champion runner.

Part 2 of our interview with artist George Mendoza & author Jessica Powers.

Sculptor, Claude Montes talks about his upcoming participation in the 3rd China Changchun International Ceramics Symposium in China.    

Oscar Navarro, Community Engagement Manager of the International Museum of Art previews the opening of Pascal Pierme’s “Santa Fe to El Paso” – a solo exhibition of works in wood and mixed media.

International Museum of Art
1211 Montana Ave.
(915) 543-6747

Eric Pearson, President and CEO, and Doug Pullen, Programs Director with the El Paso Community Foundation preview the 7th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival - the World's Largest Classic Film Festival.

(915) 533-4020

Part 2 of our interview with Eric Pearson and Doug Pullen with the 7th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Actors, John Cantrell and Alexandra van Sweringen, who play Vanya and Sonia, preview the El Paso Playhouse production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
El Paso Playhouse
2501 Montana
(915) 532-1317

Rebecca Meza Rocha, Owner, Operator and Artistic Director of the bi-national Ballet In Session Academy, previews The Seasons – a special annual children’s performance.

(915) 356-6179

Host of KTEP’s “On Film”, cinophile and collector, Charles Horak invites listeners to visit the El Paso Museum of Art’s free exhibition No Subtitles Required: The Art of the International Film Poster.” 


Singer/songwriter, Tim Thompson is joined by producer, co-writer and bassist, Doug Neal to discuss the release of Thompson’s new CD Glory Someday.

  Part 2 of our interview with singer/songwriter, Tim Thompson.

Artistic Director of The Gilbert & Sullivan Company of El Paso, Stephanie Conwell is joined by actors, Stephanie Lozano and Nathaniel Matkin to introduce the 45th anniversary season’s upcoming production of The Mikado.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Company of El Paso Presents The Mikado or The Town of Titipu
Saturday, July 19 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm & Sunday, July 20 at 2:30 pm at the Black Box Theater, 430 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces
(575) 523-1223 tickets and reservations

Assistant Director of UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center, Melissa Barba is joined by artist and educator, Mauricio Olague to talk about the current exhibitions and summer youth workshops.

UTEP Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
(915) 747-6151

The Hard Road Trio’s Steve Smith and Chris Sanders talk about their upcoming local performances and music projects.


Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News and noted expert on immigration, drug violence, and foreign policy between the U.S. and Mexico, discusses the latest developments regarding his first novel, “Midnight in Mexico” – a revealing personal and journalistic account of life on the border during the height of Mexico’s drug war.

Midnight In Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness

Curatorial Coordinator, Everett Thomas for the El Paso Museum of History, talks about the long-awaited Touch City 3D Digital Wall.

El Paso Museum of History
510 N. Santa Fe St.
(915) 351-3588

David Grabarkewitz, Artistic and General Director of El Paso Opera since 2009, invites contributions to the $21 for 21 Years fundraising campaign and previews season opener, Vidas Perfectas (Perfect Lives).

(915) 581-5534

Dr. Marshall Carter-Tripp, former Director of the UTEP Centennial Museum and former President of the Border Museum Association previews the 6th annual Scavenger Hunt, which encourages participants of all ages to learn more about the area’s history, art, desert and other subjects while exploring the region’s museums.

(915) 533-5147

Mark Pumphrey, Assistant Director of Library Services, and his voice teacher, Maestro Lazzaro Ferrari, along with the Maestro’s son, Angelo Ferrari, discuss an upcoming vocal performance at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater.

UTEP Student, Miguel Chi invites listeners to attend an information meeting to establish an El Paso Go Club where locals can discover an ancient eastern board game.

El Paso Go Club Meeting
Saturday June 21, 2014 at noon
Maud Sullivan Gallery, Main Public Library
501 N. Oregon

Poet and publisher, Bobby Byrd talks about Otherwise My Life is Ordinary – his latest book of poetry from Cinco Puntos Press. 


The El Paso Summer Music Festival made great strides in its first 9 years…and now it’s launching its 10th anniversary year as the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future. President, Lynn Provenzano explains.


Chair of UTEP’s History Department, Chicana historian and writer, Dr. Yolanda Leyva is joined by MA History Student, Gustavo Del Hierro to preview Viva La Causa: Forging UTEP’s 21st Century Demographic, the newest exhibit in the Centennial Exhibit Series chronicling the student Chicano Movement that helped shape today’s UTEP.

Viva La Causa: Forging UTEP’s 21st Century Demographic
Exhibit Continues Through August 2 
UTEP Centennial Museum and Welcome Center
(915) 747-5565