Mexican actor Demian Bichir has been in El Paso the last few days filming exterior scenes for the FX channel pilot "The Bridge."
He received a best actor Academy Award nomination this year for "A Better Life," which will show for free at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mother Teresa Center, 24o0 E. Yandell, part of the Pax Christi film series.
Bichir, who plays a virtuous Mexican cop in "The Bridge," was nominated for his work as an undocumented Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles who struggles to run a business while fighting to keep his son out of a gang.
In other news:
• Got this too late for today's Christmas and holiday entertainment roundup in Tiempo. Fort Bliss' 1st Armored Division Band will present its Sun City Holiday Fiesta, a free concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at UTEP's Magoffin Auditorium.
They'll be joined by Irvin High School's Mighty Rockets band, which will perform alongside the 1AD group.
The concert will feature mostly seasonal music, including some rock and some mariachi.
Tickets are free, and may be picked up on post at the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Dept. on West Bliss, 1AD HQ on East Bliss and the ITR Ticket Office at Freedom Crossing.
Doors will open at 1 for ticketholders, 1:30 for those who don't have tickets.
• Ohio rockers Why?, who cut new album "Mumps, etc.," in Denton, will play the penultimate show of their spring tour at Tricky Falls on March 11.
The new album features a string quartet and choir recruited from the University of North Texas' music school.
No ticket info yet.
• The Free Hole Slam folks are organizing a Holiday Slam and art supply drive at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Network, 317 E. Mills.
It will feature Sphinx, who will give a writing workshop at 7 p.m. and perform between the second and third rounds of the slam.
Suggested donation is $5. Admission is free with the donation of supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, paint and brushes.
The group wants to donate the supplies to at-risk kids in town.
• A couple of music broadcasts worth nothing. Rising young blues singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr.'s "Austin City Limits" taping will stream live on the show's YouTube channel at 7 p.m. today. It will air Feb. 16.
Tom Waits, by the way, will appear on the Dec. 22 episode of the long-running Austin music show, which airs at 9 p.m. Saturdays on KCOS and KRWG (which repeats it at 3 a.m. Sundays).
Also, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Qello will host the digital premiere of the Doors' restored "Live at the Bowl '68" concert film at 6:30 p.m. (El Paso time) Dec. 5 on Facebook.
It includes footage from the Hollywood Bowl concert that never has been released officially.
Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek will do a question-and-answer sessions with viewers at 8 p.m. our time, after the screening.
Cost is $4.99, which includes the movie, the Q&A, access to a Doors box set of "When You're Strange," "The Doors Live in Europe '68" and "The Doors Classic Album" and 30-day access to Qello's HD library of music documentaries (up to five pieces).