With 47 seasons of quality, not-for-profit community theater tucked into its curtain belt, the El Paso Playhouse brings a homegrown local flair to Robert Anderson’s four-part comedy about the farcical perils of interpersonal communication. Directed by stagecraft savant Jonathan Schwind, this uproarious production runs on weekends from May 20 to June 11, with 8 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. show on Sundays. As the play progresses through its seemingly unrelated acts, audience members are treated to fresh revelations on life and relationships that range from the hilarious hurdles of childrearing to the charming complications of love in old age.
The hum of live performances echoes across The Percolator, where guests meet over mugs of organic coffee and plates of gourmet sandwiches and sushi. Chefs usher in the day with eggs, meat, and vegetarian breakfast wraps before moving on to lunch and dinner to assemble chicken pesto or herbed goat–cheese sandwiches along with seven specialty sushi rolls. Lattes, mochas, and creamy coffee frappés start days or cap off meals, and a selection of beer and wine rinses off incisors. As customers sip and dine, they lounge at the cafe's numerous tabletops beneath local artwork and vibrant murals on the crimson walls. A stage hosts a rotating schedule of live music, poetry slams, and theater nearly every day, offering visitors a welcome reprieve from frustrating evenings of teaching a pet tortoise to roll over.
Jamie O'Hara the Magic Guy's child-friendly, interactive performances have entertained jaded children and giddy adults with a balance of magic and comedy for nearly a quarter century. Jamie's balloon-shaping hands, humor-filled hats, in-depth encyclopedia readings, and surprise rabbit showings keep special events entertaining with eye-fooling flimflammery.
From September through March, the El Paso Hockey Association’s rink rumbles with the hard hits of the El Paso Rhinos—El Paso’s Junior A hockey team that netted a Silver Medal at the 2011 National Championship. But when the Rhinos are off the ice, the facility opens the rink to the community for a number of different uses. Public-skating sessions, for instance, invite guests to stop by and experience the thrill of carving a perfect figure eight or the profile of Stone Cold Steve Austin into the ice. Classes and programs, such as Learn to Skate, further sharpen skaters’ skills. And kids’ hockey leagues give youngsters the chance to get a feel for the sport.
Shundo Dance Studio's crackerjack rug cutters, celebrating more than 25 years teaching choreographed struts, transform pairs of left feet into Astaire-esque hooves of rhythm and grace during group lessons. The Foxtrot, Rumba, and Waltz sessions invoke a simpler time when men wore hats and women hunted wooly mammoths, and the Swing class allows for more modern and flashier moves, such as the Lindy Hop and Charleston. Or add a little Latin flair to evenings by learning how to hip swivel through Salsa, Cha Cha, Samba, and Bachata gambols. Class sizes average between 15 and 20 humans to ensure that everyone gets the personal attention they need while providing enough of a crowd to hide missteps and spasmodic break dances.