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Arts digest for Sept. 8

September 10, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 10--The El Paso Chopin Festival will return for its 19th annual edition with three free piano recitals in October and November at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial.

Polish-born, U.S.-educated pianist Krystian Tkaczewski will open the festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. He's the founder of the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, Conn., and artistic director of the Chopin Society of Connecticut.

Shanghai-born pianist Mei-Ting Sun will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 19. He won the seventh National Piano Competition in 2005.

Lucy Scarbrough, the festival's cofounder, will close the series with a concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. She was on the selection jury for the National Chopin Piano Competition in 2005, the year Sun won, and in 2010.

All concerts are free.

Information: elpaso-chopin.com

UTEP's theater and dance department has started selling tickets to its 2013-2014 season productions.

They're using uniform pricing this year. Tickets cost $13; $11 for seniors, military, non-UTEP students, and UTEP faculty, staff and alumni; $9 for children and UTEP students.

The season opens Sept. 25-29 with the immigration-related "Living Out" in the Studio Theatre. "The Scarlet Letter" opens the main

stage season in the Wise Family Theatre Oct. 25-Nov. 3. The annual staging of "A Christmas Carol' will be Dec. 15 and 19-20 in the Wise.

The second half of the season features the dance concert "The Tale of Pobrero El Campesino," Feb. 7-16, and "The Arabian Nights," March 21-30, both in the Wise Family Theatre. The season will close with "Here We Almost Are" from April 25 to May 4 in the Studio Theatre.

Information: theatredance.utep.edu, 747-5118.

The UTEP Dinner Theatre and El Paso Playhouse have auditions coming up.

The UTEP troupe will have tryouts for its first two productions at 7 p.m. Monday in the UTEP Union Building West, room 207. Actors, singers and dancers interested in performing in "Dolly Parton's 9 to 5" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe" will need to prepare a song for piano accompaniment (take sheet music) and read from the shows' scripts.

Roles are open to performers 16 and older. Those cast in the shows will be paid $100 for their expenses. "9 to 5" rehearsals start Sept. 16, with performances Oct. 18-Nov. 3. "Smokey Joe's" rehearsals start Jan. 2, with performances Jan. 31-Feb. 23.

The Playhouse, 2501 Montana, will have auditions for its production of Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy" at 7 p.m. Sept. 15-16. They need two women and three men. It'll be a cold-reading format.

Information: UTEP Dinner Theatre, 747-6060, academics.utep.edu/udt; Playhouse, 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.

Classes in watercolors, acrylics, ceramics and wheel-throwing will be offered this fall at the El Paso Museum of Art.

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The watercolor class will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26.

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The acrylics class will be 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26.

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An advanced ceramics class will be 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 9.

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The wheel-throwing class will be 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 22-Nov. 10.

Fees range from $47 to $95.

The museum also will offer workshops, two for children:

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Art Served Medium Rare, for kids ages 6 to 14, will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5.

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Clay Sculpture, also for ages 6-14, will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 16.

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An Introduction to Encaustics workshop is open to anyone 15 and older. It will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16.

Cost for those workshops range from $30 to $55.

Workshops for children ages 3 to 5, with a caregiver, will be offered from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. They cost $10, free for military with ID.

Information: 532-1707, elpasoartmuseum.org.

The next Art in the Park will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21-22 at Memorial Park, 3100 Copper.

It's free to the public, but the city's Parks and Recreation Department, which organizes it, still has opening for artists and vendors. The cost is $90 for a 10-foot-square space.

Information: 544-0753.

The Sun City Singers, a local community choir, is looking for members.

The group, directed by Carl Smith, rehearses at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at St. Alban's Church, 1810 Elm. Its first practice will be this Monday.

The group will give its main concert in February.

No auditions are required.

Information: 261-3963.

Compiled by Doug Pullen. Send submissions to dpullen@elpasotimes.com.

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