KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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.

UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance is opening their 2018-2019 season with a stage production of Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed Chicano novel Bless Me, Ultima.

This enchanting tale follows young Antonio Márez as he finds his way through a world filled with vaqueros, witches and corridos. With the guidance and protection of the curandera Ultima, Antonio finds his roots in the traditions of the llano and spreads his wings. 

The El Paso Chopin Music Festival Society presents the Festival each fall as a gift to the community.  This year’s season runs from September 22nd through October 20, 2018 and features several world class musicuans.

The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is all about bringing world-class contemporary art to our border community. They are about to kick off their fall programming with three poignant exhibitions. 

Cindy Gutierrez-Kräpp from Pins & Needles, graduated from FIT in NYC and most recently worked as an Assistant Store Manager, Visual Merchandiser and Display Artist at Purl Soho, also known as a yarn knitting Mecca.

Surrounded by incredible knitters, she quickly learned to create her own knit patterns and fell in love with the craft. 

La Mujer Obrera is currently offering Fronteriza Foods cooking classes at Cafe Mayapan every Thursday evening through September 13th.

We’re invited to join them for an authentic and unique culinary art experience and learn how to cook delicious Fronteriza Foods from scratch. The idea is to create a unique culinary experience, while preserving the traditions that can sometimes slip away from one generation to the next.

Directed by Ethan Hawke, BLAZE stars newcomer Ben Dickey as Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement whose unique artistic contributions gave rise to the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.

The film explores the uniquely American art of storytelling through renditions of the Blaze Foley songbook, and examines the impact of both his art and his untimely death on his fans, friends, and collaborators. 

The Gila River and Wilderness are the heart and soul of A Song for the River. Every summer since 2002, author Philip Connors has been perched in a tower 50 feet above the Gila Wilderness, watching for fire.

Cinco Puntos Press is a small publishing company based in El Paso. Since 1985, when the press was born, every book they publish takes us to a new place and into unexpected intellectual terrains.  

Paulina Rosas is a 1st generation American and a multimedia artist based in El Paso. Her latest project, The Fault in our Love, addresses social issues common to the El Paso community through performance and jewelry. 

El Paso Pro-Musica kicks off its Season with Summer Fest'18 and it’s going to be a CELLO-bration.  Grammy Award Winning Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will be joined by three Outstanding Cello Friends, including Dr. Melissa Kraut of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and young rising Cello stars Cicely Parnas and Jared Blajian. 

Rubi Orozco Santos has been hard at work on a project centered on the practice of nixtamalization in the borderland. Nixtamal is the process of soaking corn kernels in an alkaline solution, which is used for making corn tortillas, tamales and several Latin American dishes.

Miguel Bonilla is an artist from El Paso, TX His drawings and paintings often illustrate scenes from another world-plans, childrenand animals usually plan out scenes of discomfort, horror and vulnerability. He attended the University of Incarnate Word, Art Institute and UTEP where he studied furniture design and studio painting.

Artist Gabriel Gaytan is adding a new mural to Chicano Park, which is host to a collection of several murals painted on the columns of I-10 underneath the Spaghetti Bowl.

He will unveil his latest mural “The Wirikuta Tree of Life” on Sunday August 12, 2018.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival is officially underway and with it comes special guests, films, music and art. Its footprint and programming extend far beyond the walls of the Plaza Theater. It includes outdoor movies and concerts on Oregon Street next to San Jacinto Plaza, exhibitions and programs at the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of History, the El Paso Public Library, what we call Drive-in/Walk-up movies nine stories up atop the Mills Plaza Parking Garage and, new in 2018, an art exhibition at the Roderick Artpsace Lofts.

Francella Salgado is a tattoo artist and owner of Dreadful Things, a tattoo shop and boutiqe where one can find many curiosities from jarred wet specimens to monster-themed gifts. 

Inspired by the power of community, The El Paso Portrait Project is a yearlong photographic series of El Paso and its inhabitants in an effort to share a visual story of the city. This project was created by photographer Nicholas Gialanella and includes photographs of people that represent a distinctly El Paso culture. 

Here’s a fun one for you. What happens when a Spaniard, who has never been to El Paso develops a curiosity and passion for our city and it’s music? Now let’s say this Spaniard decides to create a band called El Paso and a book titled ELPASO - A punk story.  Such is the case with Benjamin Villegas, who at this point has weaved himself and his fictional band, into the real El Paso music scene of the 90s.

The El Paso Syphony Orchestra will be celebrating its 88th anniversary season this year and with it comes a long line of dynamic programming.

Here to give us a preview of what is to come are EPSO Director Bohuslav Rattay and Director of Fund Development Pam Kihnley.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $2 million to UTEP and EPCC to establish The Humanities Collaborative. The goals of this three-year project are to expand collaboration in the humanities between the two institutions and to invigorate humanities coursework and student research at both institutions through paid internships, community involvement, interdisciplinary mentored research and other high-impact experiences. 

The Consulate General of Mexico presents “Raices Raramuris” a concert by raramuri musician Romayno Gutierrez at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall on Thursday, July 26 at 6pm.  This concert will be complimented by a photo exhibition by Heber Nickolath of his ethno-anthropological studies of Mexico and its indigenous people. 

Toronto, Canada native Paul Kortenaar is the founding executive director of the El Paso children’s museum.

He’s tasked with overseeing the vision and construction of the museum, which once built, will be across the street from the El Paso Convention Center and ballpark in the heart of the El Paso Downtown Arts District. 

Aaron Torres is a multi-media creative who studied Digital Filmmaking and has a background working as a tailor and clothing designer for the past decade.

He runs a sustainable clothing brand called Sleep, Never and his band Mind Your Dream is on the verge of releasing their debut EP called SIGNS. 

Ron Stallworth is an El Paso native who is a highly decorated law enforcement veteran. His book, Black Klansman: A Memoir, tells the tale of how he, working in an undercover capacity, was able to penetrate the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Colorado Springs where he infiltrated the 1978 KKK and helped sabotage cross burnings, expose white supremacists in the military, and even befriended David Duke himself.

The book is also the basis for the upcoming major motion picture BlacKkKlansman, written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele, and starring John David Washington and Adam Driver. 

Historically a point of passage, West Texas has fostered a community composed of artists both passing through and making the El Paso region their permanent home.

With El Paso Museum of Art’s rich collection of early Texas art alongside works from local collectors, the Early West Texas exhibition examines the border as waypoint and home. 

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is raising awareness and encouraging all Texans to get involved in conserving the wild things and wild places of our state.

“We Will Not Be Tamed” calls you to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit and why we should be inspired to conserve it. 

The global PechaKucha sensation returns to kick off the summer in downtown El Paso on Thursday, June 28th. PechaKucha is Japanese for "chit chat” or the sound of conversation.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where people get together to share their ideas, creative works, thoughts, manifestos, or just about anything — in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple format where each presenter gets to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds to share their passion.

In Mexican lucha libre there is a subset of wrestlers known as exóticos who compete in drag. It just so happens that one of the most prolific exoticos, Cassandro, was born and raised in Cd. Juarez, and currently makes El Paso his home.

He also happens to be the first exótico to win a world title. Today, we are dedicating our entire show to getting to know our homegrown exiotico, Cassandro.

Part 2 of our interview with lucha libre exotico Cassandro.

El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez present the 5th Transborder Biennial, marking a decade of collaboration in one of the world’s densest metro borderplexes. Jurors Gilbert Vicario, Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum, and Carlos E. Palacios, Curator at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, worked with MACJ staff and EPMA Curator Kate Green to select artists for the exhibition, which is presented simultaneously at EPMA and MACJ. 


El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez present the 5th Transborder Biennial, marking a decade of collaboration in one of the world’s densest metro borderplexes.  Two artists that are part of this year’s biennial, Leon De La Rosa-Carrillo and Abraham Avila, discuss their work.

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