July 05--The annual Border Legends concert will return Oct. 12 with some pretty high-profile names.
El Paso native Terry Manning, a Bobby Fuller contemporary who went on to produce or work on records by Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, Al Green, Joe Cocker and the Staples Singers (among many others), will headline this year's concert.
Promoter Rick Kern said Manning's backup band will include members of Jerry Lee Lewis' touring band.
Manning left El Paso in the early '60s, landing in Memphis, where he worked as an engineer and producer for Stax Records and Ardent Studios. He coproduced the Staples' smash hit "I'll Take You There" with Stax co-owner Al Bell.
He engineered "Led Zeppelin III" and worked on ZZ Top's records for nearly
20 years, and more recently has worked with Shakira on "Laundry Service" and Lenny Kravitz on "5."
He worked for a few years at London's Abbey Road studios in the 1980s, then began running Chris Blackwell's Compass Point Studios in Nassau, the Bahamas, in 1992. He's been in Nassau ever since.
Also on the bill: Sleepercar, rocker Jim Ward's countryish band, which he's reviving this year (they're playing his club, Tricky Falls, on July 27).
Also scheduled: Jack Nye, Frank Sotelo and Border Heat, PT and the Cruisers, Rod Crosby and the Intruders, Henchmen and Windy City (a Chicago tribute band).
Doors will open at 3 p.m., with the show starting at 4, at the El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Tickets aren't on
sale yet, but will sell for $15 for the show only and $25 with food. They will be available at All That Music & Video and the El Maida Shrine.
A short teaser trailer for Ridley Scott's new thriller "The Counsellor" has been posted. Check it out at youtube.com/watch?v=8FX1bn1U-SYhere.
It's based on a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, a former El Pasoan, and stars Michael Fassbender as a lawyer who gets caught up in the drug trade.
The heavyweight cast includes Brad Pitt; Penelope Cruz; her husband, Javier Bardem; and Cameron Diaz. Much of it is set in El Paso, though only pickup shots were filmed here. Most of it was filmed in England and Spain.
The El Paso Times has a cameo in a scene with Pitt, who's holding a copy of the paper. (By contrast, the newspaper figures more prominently in television's "The Bridge," debuting at 8 p.m. Wednesday on FX. It includes a character based in part on our courts reporter, Adriana M. Chavez.)
Originally set to premiere in mid-November, the movie will now come out Oct. 25 in the United States.
Foreign film art
The El Paso Museum of Art's ongoing World Cinema Series will feature foreign films this month, including the one that put actor Javier Bardem on the map in this country.
The series opens Saturday with "The Snapper" (1993), director Stephen Frears' look at how a pregnancy affects a close-knit Irish working-class family.
It will be followed by "Biutiful" (2010) on July 13. It's a Spanish film (with English subtitles) in which Bardem plays a conflicted man tied up in Barcelona's underworld.
The July 20 offering will be England's "Secrets and Lies," director Mike Leigh's account of a black woman who finds her white mother.
Mira Nair directed "Monsoon Wedding" (2001), an examination of the clash between the contemporary and traditional in Indian culture. It will be screened July 27.
All films will be shown at 2 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Admission is $3, free for members and children 12 and younger. Proceeds go to the purchase of books for the museum's library.
Burt Lancaster, who died in 1994, would have turned 100 this Nov. 2. In honor of his centennial, his "Elmer Gantry" is the next movie offering from Charles Horak's free Film Salon series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity-First United Metho dist Church, 801 N. Mesa. Lancaster won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the title character, a con artist who can't quite escape his past.
Horak, artistic director of the Plaza Classic Film Festival, plans to show four of Lancaster's films at this year's festival as part of a centennial salute to the actor. Two of the films will be preceded by talks with his daughters, Joanna Lancaster and Sighle Lancaster. They'll attend showings of "Sweet Smell of Success" at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 ($8) and "The Swimmer" at 1 p.m. Aug. 11 ($6), both in the Plaza Theatre. The festival also will screen Lucino Visconti's 1963 film "The Leopard" (in Italian with English subtitles) at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Philanthropy Theatre ($4), and the World War II film "The Train" at 1 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Plaza Theatre ($6).
Al fresco film festival
The sixth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, which is presented by the El Paso Community Foundation, also has announced its schedule of outdoor movies, which will be shown on inflatable screens.
At the Arts Festival Plaza, music movies will be highlighted for the third straight year, starting with "This Is Spinal Tap" at 9 p.m. Aug. 2. It will be followed by the fifth annual showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 9 p.m. Aug. 3; "Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live at Budapest '86" at 9 p.m. Aug. 9; and D.A. Pennebaker's "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars," David Bowie's last concert as Ziggy, at 9 p.m. Aug. 10.
They're all free.
Two great comedies will be shown atop the Mills Plaza parking ramp as part of its third annual Mills Drive-In/Walk Up series. "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" ("there's no basement in the Alamo") will show at 9 p.m. Aug. 1 ($5), and Kevin Smith's "Clerks" at 9 p.m. Aug. 8 ($5).
The Plaza Classic Film Festival runs Aug. 1-11.
Metal's Lamb of God, whose singer Randy Blythe was cleared of manslaughter charges this year, will headline a free show at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Socorro Entertainment Center.
Blythe was charged last year by police in the Czech Republic in a 2010 incident that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old at the group's concert there in 2010. Blythe allegedly pushed the audience member off the stage, resulting in his death. He was exonerated on the manslaughter charges this year.
Blythe spent several months in a Czech jail, and the band couldn't work. Drummer Chris Adler told the Virginia Pilot that it bankrupted the group. The singer has said he'll write a book about his experience.
The group has said it plans to cut a new album next year.
Its Socorro show will include sets by Killswitch Engage and Testament, long an El Paso favorite.
In other metal news, the newly revamped Acacia Strain will bring their No Way Out tour to Tricky Falls at 6 p.m. Aug. 24. Within the Ruins, Xibalba, Fit for An Autopsy and American Me will open the show. Tickets go on sale Monday. No prices have been announced.
-- This month's La Parada / First Fridays soiree will feature El Paso rockers The Lusitania on the outside stage, the Kilohertz on the inside stage and live art by Purple Pop Up Gallery owner Peter Svarzbein. It's at 8:30 tonight at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Also performing outside: Rob Bass and System A, Glitterface and the Heavy Heads. Also performing inside: Monsieur M., Dairy Wire and EC Selector. In addition to Svarzbein, live art will be created by Kid Smalls and Francella Salgado. The party is for ages 18 and older. Cover is $5.
-- Bowie Feathers inside Tricky Falls is getting into the movie business. Its new Bowie Feathers Cinema will debut with a free showing of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m. The movie starts at 10:30 p.m. It's open to those 21 and older.
-- Brad Warner has done a little bit of everything -- playing bass for the punk band Dimentia 13, making a documentary film on the Cleveland and Akron punk scenes of the 1980s, writing several books, and acting in various Japanese programs. He's also a Zen Buddhist priest and will speak at 2 p.m. July 13 at Hope and Anchor, 4012 N. Mesa. It's free, but donations will be accepted for Warner and El Paso's Philosophical Systems Institute. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
-- Calibre 50, a relatively new but popular band from Sinaloa, Mexico, will headline the County Coliseum at 8 p.m. July 27. The banda group will top a bill dubbed the Banda Carnaval. Tickets cost $40, plus service charges, and are on sale at the box office and through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000. Tables are $750. Call 533-9899 for those.
-- Tejano accordionist A.J. Castillo headlines this year's 27th Marfa Lights Festival in that funky city to the east. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in Marfa's Vizcaino Park. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and are on sale at several outlets in the Marfa area. Go to ballroommarfa.org or marfacc.com for more info.
-- Remember Expose? The '80s trio, best known for the hit "Seasons Change," is still an ongoing concern. All three original members -- Gioia Bruno, Ann Curless and Jeanette Jurado -- will be on hand when the dance-pop group performs at Tricky Falls at 8 p.m. July 20. Our own disco funkateers, Fungi Mungle, will open the show.
This is a roundup of concert and other event information from Doug Pullen's blog, Pullen My Blog, at elpasotimes.com/blogs. He may be reached at email@example.com; 546-6397. Follow him on Twitter at @dougpullen and Facebook at facebook.com/dougpulleneptimes.
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