One thing we know about summer in El Paso: It's gonna get hot. Real hot.
Another thing we know: Several traditions -- new and old -- will heat up around here.
Music Under the Stars, the diverse free concert series at the Chamizal National Memorial, turns 30 this year.
El Paso Playhouse, the little community theater that could, turns 50. Heck, that's as old as the Rolling Stones!
Who, by the way, won't be playing here on their "50 & Counting" tour. Sigh.
But one of my favorite events, the Plaza Classic Film Festival, will be back for the sixth year.
Alice Cooper, who played here routinely in his '70s and '80s heyday, is coming to town with one of his shock rock acolytes, Marilyn Manson.
So are Juanes (unplugged), Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen (also unplugged) and Aussie teen hearthrob Cody Simpson (decidedly not unplugged). There's also a rumor that Pitbull's coming back.
There's plenty more ahead for this, our last summer before Triple-A baseball comes to town.
We've rounded up as much of it as we can find, from the 28th annual KLAQ Balloonfest and third Neon Desert Music Festival that launch the summer over Memorial Day weekend to Fiesta de las Flores and electronic music's Sun City Music Festival over Labor Day weekend that wind it down.
Here's our summer arts and entertainment preview, with events (subject to change) in chronological order, and suitable for skimming.
-- Tera Melos --
The genre-bending rockers have drawn comparisons to everyone from the Flaming Lips to the Beach Boys (during Brian Wilson's early flakeouts). Touring in support of new album "X'ed Out," they play the Lowbrow Palace, 111 Robinson, at 9 p.m. Monday. TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns) and Revati open. $10 in advance, $12 at the door ($3 more for those 18 to 20 years old). lowbrowpalace.com.
-- Hands -- The L.A. quartet, touring hypnotic debut album "Synesthesia," headline the Lowbrow at 9 p.m. Tuesday. $8 advance, $10 door ($3 more for 18-20). lowbrowpalace.com.
-- Stoney LaRue -- The great thing about the State Line's free concert series is that it's one of the few local outlets for Texas and Red Dirt country acts. Case in point: Texas-born, Oklahoma-based LaRue, who performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the patio of the beloved Sunland Park restaurant. Take canned food to donate to the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger food bank. 581-3371, countyline.com/statelinemusic.html.
-- Cool Canyon Nights -- Chicago tribute band Windy City opens this free series at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. coolcanyonnights.com.
-- "The Addams Family" -- The two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical comedy features Gomez, Morticia and the rest of the morbid Addams clan singing, dancing and wisecracking at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Plaza Theatre (story, Page 3F). $35, $60; $31.50, $54 for military, seniors and educators. 231-1100, elpasolive.com.
-- "And Then There Were None" -- The El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, closes its 49th season with an audience favorite, an Agatha Christie whodunit. Rachel Mullins directs the comedy drama in which party guests die one by one. It runs Friday through June 15. $10; $8 for seniors; $7 for students and military. 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
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