Doug Pullen

It's Black Friday, Day 2 of the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The football games are over. The leftovers are in the fridge. You plan to shop until the debit card melts.

But that's just the beginning. Culture vultures know there's plenty of entertainment to gobble up over a weekend stuffed with things to do, most notably that rarest of all birds around here -- a big-name rap show.

Rick Ross, the man MTV dubbed "the hottest MC in the game," brings his Maybach Music Group entourage to town at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano.

It's the must-see event for rap fans starving to see one of their heroes in the flesh. Talk about giving thanks.

There's plenty of flesh on the hefty Florida rapper, whose newest album, "God Forgives, I Don't," was the country's top-seller when it came out in July. It was the fourth of his five albums to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Not bad for a guy who doesn't get the kind of mainstream exposure that Jay-Z, Kanye West and Eminem do.

His gritty, boastful songs deal in many of rap's conventions -- women, money, drugs, materialism -- and are delivered in the commanding voice of a streetwise hustler, which Rolling Stone described as "a rich, booming baritone that sounds like a steamroller running over a million dollars in slow motion."


The pot-loving MC -- don't worry, his tour bus won't go anywhere near Sierra Blanca -- is bringing emerging rapper Machine Gun Kelly and Wale and Meek Mill from Ross' Maybach Music Group roster.

Tickets range from $37.25 to $67.25 at the box office and through Ticketmaster, and 800-745-3000.

Wanna know some other things you can do this weekend? Let's talk turkey:

  • Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte -- Director Rodolfo Hernandez's troupe offers a colorful travelogue of Mexican regional dances and costumes at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater, 800 S. San Marcial. Tickets: $7. 588-5743, 532-7273,
  • The Greg Wilson -- The Dallas comedian -- and Hanks High School graduate -- could be the antidote for all that tryptophan. Often described as "fearless," Wilson's back for shows at 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. today and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Tickets: $12 today and Saturday, $8 Sunday. 779-5233,,
  • "Lend Me a Tenor" -- This light comedy of errors, about an opera fundraiser that goes off-key, is being performed at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 8. Vanessa Keyser directs. Tickets: $10, $8 for seniors, $7 for students and military. 532-1317,
  • Tricky Falls -- Rootsy El Paso rockers The Lusitania gear up for more touring (and new music) at 8 tonight at the club, 209 S. El Paso St., with the Black Coates and Bitchface. Cover is $5. Tricky Falls also hosts El Paso Sun City Pride's fifth annual toy drive and drag show (kind of a natural combo, no?) at 9 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $5 with a new toy donation, $10 without. The Pinsetters, Mexklan and F Bombs perform at 9 p.m. Sunday; again, cover is $5. 351-9938,
  • Lowbrow Palace -- Gobi, the Austin electronic dance duo originally from El Paso, plays a homecoming show at 9 tonight at the club, 111 Robinson. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door ($3 more for those 18 to 20 years old), at All That Music & Video, the Headstand, Hommework and Former LCD Soundsystem multi-instrumentalist Pat Mahoney performs there at 9 p.m. Saturday ($10 in advance, $15 day of). 356-0966,
  • "Rembrandt, Rubens and Golden Age Painting in Europe 1600-1800" -- With more than 70 paintings, including one each from Rembrandt and Rubens, this touring exhibit from Kentucky's Speed Art Museum may be the most extensive Old Masters show to come here. It's up through Jan. 6 at the El Paso Museum of Art, which is closed today, but reopens at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Tickets: $10; $5 for museum members; free for active military and their families and children 12 and younger. 532-1707,
  • Pop Music Festival 2012 -- Pop music, Mexican style, comes to the Coliseum when synthpop trio Belanova, glam rock parodists Moderatto and electronic group Moenia perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $37.50-$57.50 at the box office and through Ticketmaster, and 800-745-3000. 533-9899.
  • Coats for Kids Benefit -- El Chuco ska band Fixed Idea winds down its 20th anniversary year with this concert at 9 p.m. Saturday at the House of Rock Live, 8838 Viscount. The Pinsetters and Rampant open. Admission: Free with the donation of a coat, blanket or three articles of children's clothing; $5 without. Donations will be distributed by the Ysleta Lutheran Mission. 595-2530,
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