The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will be ‘leveling-up’ this weekend as they perform the much-heralded Video Games Live (VGL) show at the Plaza Theatre.
The concert, which – according to the New York Times – “takes the gaming experience light years beyond with a captivating, proudly bombastic show,” is set for April 13, 2019 at 8PM.
The performance includes music from Final Fantasy, Zelda, Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Skyrim, Castlevania, Halo, World of Warcraft, Pokemon and many other games.
VGL was created by industry legend, composer Tommy Tallarico. The multimedia concert introduces new audiences—families, video game enthusiasts and non-gamers—to the symphonic experience with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, well-known Internet solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and interactive segments.
The show spotlights the music that enhances the most gripping video game moments—rescuing the princess, winning the boss fight, saving the galaxy from aliens or defeating the undead—with performances from recent blockbusters and iconic classics.
Praise for the immersive concerts is abundant, with VGL being heralded as a “beautiful performance” (USA Today), “simply breathtaking” (IGN.com), “Thrilling!” (The London Times) and “…a feast for the eyes and ears” (Seattle Times), and “ingenious and fantastic” (Los Angeles Times)
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The El Paso Zoo is offering Pokémon Go enthusiasts opportunities to “catch ‘em all”.With its own Gym, 17 Pokéstops, two locations with water Pokémon and several rare Pokémon, the Zoo is the place to play.
The Zoo’s Pokémon Go Sleepovers for August 12 and 19 are now SOLD OUT.
The Zoo will be hosting a Pokémon Go Safari Night this Friday, August 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets are now available and can be purchased through Friday at the Zoo from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door on event day.
There is a $10 flat rate for all guests ages 3 and up. All regular concessions and snack carts will be open, and beer and wine will be available for sale at this special afterhours event. Advance ticket holders will be able to “skip the lines” with a special advance ticket line.
The Zoo has free Wi-Fi powered by Digital El Paso and El Paso Electric Company will be providing charging stations for players to power up.
The Zoo will drop two lures (which attract and hold Pokémon for 30 minutes) in two locations (four total lures) every 15 minutes from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The lure locations hints will be available in advance on the Zoo’s Twitter profile in English and Spanish. The Zoo will drop an additional 20 lures at secret locations throughout the Zoo.
The Zoo will operate during its normal business hours and close at 5 p.m.August 5. The Zoo will reopen at6 p.m. and animals will begin to go off exhibit at 7:45 p.m. The last entry to the special Pokémon Go Safari Night is at 9 p.m. and the Zoo will close at 10 p.m.
The El Paso Zoo is hosting two Pokémon sleepovers on August 12 and August 19 to give Poké Masters a chance to catch the rare Pokémon that only come to the Zoo after dark.
The El Paso Zoo is home to 17 Pokéstops and a gym, which players will have access to all night. Pokéstops are places in the Pokémon Go game that allow players to collect items, such as eggs and Poké Balls, which are necessary to catch Pokémon. Gyms are where players train and battle with their characters.
“This is a fun way to catch rare Pokémon, and discover even more rare endangered species,” said Education Specialist Stephanie Gonzalez. “We are excited to be able to have an interactive opportunity to host a special Zoo Adventure Program with a themed twist.”
The Zoo will drop lures throughout the night and have special themed animal encounters with real animals that resemble some favorite Pokémon characters. Guests will also get to make their own Poké Balls for the Zoo animals and watch as the animals “catch” some enrichment fun.
This special sleepover includes a box dinner, continental breakfast, two behind the scenes tours, special animal encounters, access to rare Pokémon and all the lures, and more. The sleepover is $57 for adults and $53 for children under age 13.
One adult must accompany every five guests under age 17. Additionally, the sleepover includes a Zoo admission ticket so the sleepover guest may come back and catch the day Pokémon, too!
The deadline to sign up for the August 12 sleepover is Monday, August 1. The deadline to sign up for theAugust 19 sleepover is Friday, August 5.