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.
A member of the independent Premiere Cinemas circuit, Montwood Movies 7 regales patrons with the cinematic landscapes of the latest block-busters within the cool, dark surroundings of a newly renovated theater. Guests can saunter into the vibrantly colored lobby and eschew old-fashioned deviled eggs and pickled-herring movie snacks in favor of popcorn, Nestlé's candies, and soft drinks. Commodious thrones cushion moviegoers as professional Horizon film projectors emblazon cinema screens with vampire heartthrobs in the upcoming Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 , and stage- and digital-surround speakers project the merry melodies of The Muppets.
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.
Teen prodigies Caroline Goulding and Matthew Allen will play Brahms's Concerto for Violin & Cello, op. 102, A Minor, respectively, as well as Schumann's Symphony no. 2, op. 61 C Major. Brahms wrote his concerto as a means of reigniting his friendship with Joseph Joachim, after a bitter fight over the correct pronunciation of beignet drove them apart, while Schumann inked the masterful Symphony no. 2 in C major as he recovered from a psychological breakdown. The piece features a scherzo second movement, a slow third movement, and an adagio section pitting the double reeds against the horns in a single-elimination battle royale.
At Circus Gatti, exotic animals, hilarious showmen, and thrilling daredevils delight families in an outrageous three-ring spectacle. During the two-hour show, elephants Tika and Patti stomp to Bollywood choreography, and the Liberty Ponies knock their synchronized hooves under the deft direction of Miss Genevieve, who conducts with a baton made of sugar cubes. The Great Oscar soars through the heavens with nothing but an oversize rope and bones infused with helium, with The Queen Bee delivering further aerial thrills while fluttering beside her hive in an atmospheric ballet. Pipin and Poppy elicit laughs with their comedy routine, and Miss Elizabeth induces awe with a contortion and balancing act in which she fires an arrow with her legs and feet while hanging upside down. After the show, those who opted for the meet and greet will brush elbows with the circus stars, snapping photos and asking questions regarding their skill, bravery, and how to construct a Q-tip big enough to clean an elephant's ear.