A Christmas Fair -- "Escape to the Islands" is the theme of the Junior League of El Paso's 2012 A Christmas Fair, which will be today through Sunday at the El Paso convention center. More than 200 merchants will sell arts, crafts, gifts and gourmet treats. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8; $7 for children ages 6-12, military and seniors. 584-3511,

Sister Hazel -- The indie band will give a free concert today at Speaking Rock Casino, 122 S. Old Pueblo. No cover. 860-7777,

"Opera Antics" -- Tenor Wesley Morgan and soprano Jenny Heidtman will perform at 9 p.m. today at Cafe Central, 109 N. Oregon. $10. 581-5534,

Día de los Muertos at Concordia Cemetery -- Music, games and vendors will highlight the festival from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the historic cemetery. Portions of the cemetery will be decorated in the Mexican traditional style with altars, candles and painted skulls. $5; $2 for military and dependents; $2 for children 17 and younger and seniors 60 and older. Proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of Concordia Cemetery. Sponsored by the Concordia Heritage Association and the Paso del Norte Paranormal Society,


Día de los Muertos in Mesilla -- The Calavera Coalition's annual event will be today through Sunday in Mesilla. A fiesta of traditional foods, music, dancing, ofrendas and altars will start at 2 p.m. today, followed by a candlelight ceremony to San Albino Cemetery; festivities will continue at noon Saturday and Sunday with music, dancing, art, food and altar-building. Free; a donation of three canned goods is requested for altar set-up., 575-647-2639.

Día de los Muertos in Buena Vista -- A parade with calaca dancers, matachines and mobile altars will start at 6 p.m. today from the Plaza de las Quarto Culturas (Stones Park) at Vista Hill and Torres, and proceed to 120 Courshesne, the future site of the Centro Artistico y Cultural Buena Vista. A festival with music by Ceiba will continue there until midnight. 886-1892,

Día de los Muertos fashion show -- Mode Magazine's fashion show will start at 9 p.m. today at Lotus NightClub, 201 N. Stanton. $5. Reservations: 541-5724.,

"Monty Python's Spamalot" -- The UTEP Dinner Theatre will stage the musical comedy at 7 p.m. today and Saturday ($45) and 2:30 p.m. Sunday ($26, no meal) at the theater in the UTEP Union Building. Discounts are available for military, children, students, groups, and UTEP faculty, staff and alumni association members. 747-6060,,

"Arsenic & Old Lace" -- The Joseph Kesselring classic, with set, costumes and makeup made to look like a black-and-white movie, will be staged at 8 p.m. today and Saturday by El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Erika Moeller directs. $10; $8 for seniors; $7 students and military., 532-1317.

"Brighton Beach Memoirs" -- The El Paso Community College Theater Ensemble will stage the Neil Simon comedy at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the EPCC Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North. Hector Serrano directs. $15; $10 for military and non-EPCC students; $7 for seniors and EPCC students, faculty and staff. 831-5056,

First Friday Art Walk -- Art galleries in the San Elizario historic district will be open, many with special Day of the Dead altars, from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Free. 841-0093, 851-6012.

Ghost tour -- The Paso del Norte Paranormal Society and Haunted History will sponsor the tour from 10 p.m. to midnight tonight in San Elizario. $10; ages 10 and up. Reservations, information: 353-1513;

Veterans Day Dance -- Little Mike & the Blue Kings will play for the dance, 7 p.m.-midnight today at Sand Dunes Ballroom, 11400 Rojas. $15; BYOB.

Willie Barcena -- The stand-up comic will headline at 8 p.m. today and Saturday ($12) and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday ($8) at El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. 779-5233;

La Union Maze -- The maze, 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., is open from 5 to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. $10; $8 for military; $5 for children; $4 for children of active military. 549-1323,



Renaissance ArtsFaire -- The 41st annual RenFaire will be Saturday and Sunday in Young Park in Las Cruces. More than 150 artists and artisans will sell their wares. Stage entertainment, food and drink, Children's Realm and wine tastings also will be featured. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $6; free for 12 and younger. Free shuttle buses will run every 10 to 15 minutes from the Mesilla Valley Mall beginning at 9 a.m. each day.

Fort Bliss Holiday Bazaar -- The bazaar, with more than 100 vendors, will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Trading Post (old commissary), 1717 Marshall Road on Fort Bliss. $1 admission includes a ticket for a door prize.

Capitol Steps -- The musical political comedy troupe's show, "Take the Money and Run for President," will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Spencer Theater in Alto, N.M., near Ruidoso. $76, $79. An optional meatloaf buffet will be at 5 p.m. in the lobby; $20. 888-818-7872,

UTEP faculty concert -- Pianist Oscar Macchioni and violinist Mark Schuppener will perform Iberian and Latin American duos at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. $8; $5 for seniors, military and non-UTEP students; $3 for UTEP students, faculty and staff and children 6 and younger.

Huachafest -- The fundraiser and family festival will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 812, 2400 Davis-Seamon (near McKelligon Canyon). It includes live music and dance, food, games and more. Proceeds go to scholarships and the Wounded Warriors project. 226-3522.

Día de los Muertos Ball -- "Art Celebrates Life," a costume ball to benefit the Border AIDS Partnership, will be Saturday at Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco. Doors open at 6 p.m.; a silent art auction will be 7-8:30. $50; $15 for students. 533-4020.

Día de los Muertos at Mercado Mayapan -- Pindekuecha, a traditional music group from Michoacán, will perform during the Día de los Muertos festival Saturday and Sunday at Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle. Altars, food, fair-trade artisan goods, and entertainment by Ceiba and Perlitas de Oro also will be featured. 887-1520.

Dio Disciples -- The band, featuring former members of late rock singer Dio's bands, will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the House of Rock Live, 8838 Viscount. The lineup includes former Judas Priest singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and guitarist Craig Goldy, keyboardist Scott Warren and drummer Simon Wright. $15 at

"Happy Tails n' Happy Trails" -- The adopt-a-dog hike, sponsored by Franklin Mountains State Park, the Animal Rescue League of El Paso and Pet's Barn, will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Tom Mays Unit of the park. Six adoptable dogs will join the hike; leashed pets are also welcome. Free. 566-6441 ext. 224.

Dance for Dreams -- The monthly semiformal dinner-dance will be Saturday at Leo's Mexican Food Restaurant, 9420 Montana. Doors open at 8 p.m. for dinner; Latin dance lessons with DJ Beetz are at 9:30, and the dance starts at 10. $15 at the door; $12 for Dance for Dreams members.;

Milonga dance -- Tango Argentino del Sol will sponsor the dance from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Elena Baker's Dance Studio, 1815 Trawood Suite B-2. Singles are welcome. $5; discount for seniors and military with ID. 630-7607 or 408-3241.

Mesita Fall Carnival -- The carnival, with rides, food and games, will be noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Mesita Elementary, 3307 N. Stanton. Ride and game tickets cost four for $1 (five for $1 if bought by today). Wristbands good for unlimited rides and games cost $25 ($20 if bought by today). Sponsored by the Mesita PTA. 494-1402,

Concordia ghost tour -- The Paso del Norte Paranormal Society and Haunted History will sponsor the tour from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Concordia Cemetery. Children older than 13 welcome. $10. Proceeds go toward restoration and preservation of the cemetery. Reservations, information:, text 408-7461.

Buffalo Soldiers art show and talk -- Artist and historian Bob Snead will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at El Paso Saddleblanket, 6926 Gateway East. An art show by Snead will be all day. at the business. Free., 544-1000.

El Paso Film Salon -- The Gary Cooper film "High Noon" will be screened and discussed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Resler Hall Chapel of Trinity-First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa. Free.

Tumblewords workshop -- Raquel Mejia will lead the writing workshop "Give Me Your Best Dead Space" from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the Memorial Park Branch Library meeting room, 3200 Copper. Workshops are free, but donations are accepted for the presenter. 328-5484, or

A Christmas Fair -- See today.

Día de los Muertos in Mesilla -- See today.

"Monty Python's Spamalot" -- See today.

"Arsenic & Old Lace" -- See today.

"Brighton Beach Memoirs" -- See today.

Willie Barcena -- See today.



Día de los Muertos at Lincoln Park -- The public is invited to set up altars and picnic during the event from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno. A posada and music by Fire Danza will be featured; a new mural, "La Catrina," will be unveiled. Car clubs are welcome. 204-1584.

UTEP faculty concert -- Tuba player Steve Haddad will give a recital, "New American Music for Tuba by Women Composers," at 3 p.m. Sunday at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. $8; $5 for seniors, military and non-UTEP students; $3 for UTEP students, faculty and staff and children 6 and younger.

New Horizons Symphony -- The community orchestra will give a classical concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at NMSU's Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Free. 575-522-5571, 575-523-9101,

Sports Card and Toy Collectibles Show -- Sports cards, figurines, Hot Wheels and other collectibles will be on display and for sale at the show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East. Admission is free. 356-9543.

Piano recital -- Students of the El Paso Music Teachers Association will perform in recital at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater, 800 S. San Marcial. Free. 584-7911.

A Christmas Fair -- See today.

Día de los Muertos in Mesilla -- See today.

"Monty Python's Spamalot" -- See today.

Renaissance ArtsFaire -- See Saturday.

Fort Bliss Holiday Bazaar -- See Saturday.

Día de los Muertos at Mercado Mayapan -- See Saturday.



UTEP Symphony Orchestra -- The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Nancy Taylor will be the featured soloist on Hummel's Concerto for Trumpet. $5; $3 for seniors, military and non-UTEP students; free for UTEP students, faculty and staff and children 6 and younger.



Eddie Vedder -- The Pearl Jam frontman will bring his solo tour to the Plaza Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Glen Hansard opens. $75 through Ticketmaster, and 800-745-3000.

UTEP Symphonic Winds -- The wind symphony will present music by James Barnes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. The composer will be in attendance and will discuss his works with the audience. $5; $3 for seniors, military and non-UTEP students; free for UTEP students, faculty and staff and children 6 and younger.

Thai Rivera -- The stand-up comic will headline Wednesday through Nov. 11 at El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Kris Rubio also will perform. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays ($6 admission); 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays ($12); and 7:30 p.m. Sundays ($8). 779-5233;



Ying Quartet -- El Paso Pro-Musica will present the quartet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at NMSU's Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 301 W. Missouri. $25, $20 for seniors and military, $5 for students., 833-9400.

Wine and Chocolát -- Area restaurants will cater the fundraiser for public television station KCOS from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the El Paso Community College Administrative Services Building, 9050 Viscount. $40. 590-1313.

El Maida Circus -- The 61st annual El Maida Shrine Circus will be Thursday through Nov. 11 at the El Paso County Coliseum. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Nov. 9; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 10; and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11. General admission is $20; $12 for children. Box seats cost $25; VIP floor seats, $30. Additional discounts available through

"Made in New Mexico Westerns: The Last Shootout" -- Jeff Berg's new compilation of film clips from movies shot at least partly in New Mexico will be screened and discussed at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs in Las Cruces. $2 suggested donation. 575-522-4100,

Thai Rivera -- See Wednesday.

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