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Tequila and Margarita Event Returns to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino

El Paso and Southern New Mexico area residents have the chance to get out of the cold and “warm up” their taste buds thanks to the return of the Tequila & Margarita at The Park.

“People attending this event will have the chance to taste over 50 different tequilas, including many top-shelf premium brands,” says Ethan Linder, director of marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. “For those that have always wanted to sample some of the pricier tequilas out there, this is your best chance.”

Tequila & Margarita at The Park takes place this Saturday, January 19 from 5 to 10 p.m., inside the Turf Club & Franklin’s Lounge at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. This celebration of tequila and margaritas represents the largest such sampling and tasting event anywhere in the region.

Tequila & Margarita at The Park has grown so successful over the last few years that organizers have increased the floor space to accommodate the expanding influx of visitors. Linder says, “The El Paso area has really gotten behind this event that celebrates Mexican culture with the best tequilas and margaritas available anywhere in the world.”

In addition to the enormous selection of tequilas and frozen margaritas available, attendees will be able to enjoy live music performed by some of El Paso’s favorite local bands, including:

  • Mariachi Los Toritos – Traditional Mariachi Music
  • Jet Set – Classic Rock, ’80s, ’90s, Rock en Español, Top 40
  • Fixed Idea – Ska, Rockabilly, Punk
  • Outcast – Top 40 Classic Rock, Rock en Español, Spanish Pop, ’80s, ’90s
  • Bad Apple – Classic Rock, ’70s, ’80s, Cumbia, Rock en Español, Top 40

Unlike other tasting events in the area, admission is free for adults age 21 and older. Parking is also free, however, guests are also encouraged to please drink responsibly and to use taxi cabs or ride sharing services, or to have a designated driver.

Beverage sampling cost $20 for 10 tickets, which also includes a souvenir shot glass with every 10 tickets purchased. Sample tickets will be sold at the door. Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is located off Interstate 10 near El Paso, at 1200 Futurity Drive, in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

For more information, please visit the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino event page, or the Tequila & Margarita at The Park Facebook event page.

Chalk the Block Announces Line Up and Artists

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) has revealed the line-up for this year’s Chalk the Block Festival.

“Ten years ago, we started with 12 artists and 5,000 people attending. We have steadily grown to include more than 200 artists, vendors and musicians and installations from around the world,” said Assistant Director of Museums Cultural Affairs Department Ben Fyffe. “This year’s festival will bring new and exciting guest artists and continue the high quality entertainment we have come to expect from Chalk the Block.”

Every October, the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at Chalk the Block. This year the festival will be held during the weekend of October 6 through October 8 in the heart of the Downtown Arts District.

This year, CTB will engage attendees with installations created by artists from around the nation.

⦁ Wish Tree: Yoko Ono – New York based Tokyo artist ⦁ Wish Tree is an ongoing interactive art project where visitors are invited to tie wishes on trees. After the festival, all the wishes that were collected will be sent to the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. Imagine Peace Tower is composed of a tall shimmering tower of light that appears every year and is visible from October 9th (John’s birthday) until December 8th (the anniversary of his death).

⦁ Spheres of Influence: Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum – Los Angeles ⦁ Created by Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum for the for the Mextropoli Festival in Mexico City, Spheres of Influence is part installation and part live performance that uses a robotic system from Staubli to paint layers of graphics (abstracted from the city) onto a series of human-scale spheres. The spheres are painted throughout the festival demonstrating how technology can transform a public space.

⦁ Life Cube: Scott Cohen – New York ⦁ The Life Cube Project creates large-scale, engaging, interactive and ephemeral installations connecting art and community, and inspiring the expression of goals, dreams, wishes and aspirations. The project encourages participants to look at their past, engage in the present and set goals for the future.  Over the past five years in multiple venues, the Life Cube has inspired over a hundred thousand people through aesthetic, interactive cultural installations based on the artist’s belief that “if you write down what you want to accomplish in life, the chances of attaining it are much, much higher.”

⦁ Cycle Sonic: Squonk Opera – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⦁ Composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn work with an ensemble of 10-20 artists to create post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging, outside the rules of mass culture, fashion or academia. Giant, animated bikers circle the audience, with backdrops of undulating flags and 20-foot legs pumping with the rhythm of sustainable power. With no carbon footprint, Cycle Sonic combines the thrill of a live concert with the world of everyday transit.

⦁ Sun Metro Bus – Art on the Move: Curated by Kalavera Culture Shop ⦁ For the festival’s 10th anniversary, Chalk the Block and Sun Metro are joining forces to create a piece of movable art. During the festival, local street artists will paint one of Sun Metro’s 35-foot busses. After the festival, the bus will be added to one of Sun Metro’s existing routes for a period. Art on the Move was a featured installation at Chalk the Block 5, and it is returning for the festival’s 10th anniversary.

Festival visitors will also be able to enjoy live music throughout the day on Saturday from some of the area’s best local musicians. DJs will also be spinning throughout the weekend.

  • Brandon Bailey Johnson
  • Gila Monster
  • Sonido Cachimbo
  • Sha’Vonne
  • Fixed Idea
  • Frontera Bugalu

Chalk the Block is a collaborative event organized by the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation and sponsored by the Rudolph family of dealerships.

This year’s festival is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The festival will be open Friday, October 6, from 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. -10 p.m.; and Sunday, October 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Visitors to the festival will be able to access a complete event guide on the Visit El Paso app. The app can be downloaded at www.visitelpaso.com. For more information, click Chalk the Block or call 212-0110.

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