‘Wicked' goes local
Oh. My. Oz. Everyone's buzzing about "Wicked" at the Plaza Theatre: incredible singing from the stars fresh from a blockbuster nine-week Los Angeles run, plus imaginative sets, lavish costumes and great orchestra.
But did you know that nine of the 14 musicians are local talent? Contracted through El Paso business owner Jimmy Olivas, the players got their sheet music about a month ago, then rehearsed with the traveling musicians last week.
Everyone, that is, except keyboardist Cody Ritchie, who plays with Fungi Mungle and Laura Tate Goldman Band. A last-last-minute substitute, Cody got a call Wednesday night to take over a piano starting Thursday!
We may be in the wrong business. Alcohol sales in El Paso bars and restaurants jumped 20 percent from 2010 to 2011, from $108 million to almost $130 million.
The university district had the largest one-year increase - 36 percent - when compared with the other districts. This is from an analysis of figures from the Texas Comptroller's Office.
We're No. 3!
Butterfield Trail Golf Club is No. 3 on Links magazine's list of the "Top 10 Munis in the U.S." That's the highest ranking for any course in Texas! Designed by Tom Fazio, Butterfield Trail gets lots of national recognition as a premium public course. It's owned by the El Paso Department of Aviation and managed by KemperSports.
El Paso's Tom Lea Institute is getting a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help promote next year's Tom Lea Month events.
The non-profit, headed up by Adair Margo, is working on an "Art of War" conference to be hosted by Fort Bliss' commanding general. It would feature illustrations and writing created by Lea, the famous El Paso artist, for Life Magazine during World War II, plus African Americans and Native Americans in the warrior tradition, Margo says.
‘Ghosts' gets a plug
A video by El Paso's Capstone Productions, "Ghosts Stories of El Paso, Vol. 3," is getting national attention on the radio show "America This Week with Jim Bohannon."
Movie reviewer Chuck Rich includes the ghostly tales in his DVD suggestions. The program airs several times locally and at 12:05 p.m. Saturday on KTSM 690 AM.