Two of Mexico's enduring stars, singers Gloria Trevi and Ana Barbara, will team up for a free show on March 17 at the Socorro Entertainment Center.
Trevi, the so-called "Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop," and Barbara, the one-time grupero sex kitten-turned-producer, have a lengthy string of hits between them, including Trevi's "Todos Me Miran," "El Recuento de los Danos" and "Pelo Suelto," and Barbara's "La Trampa," "No Llorare" and recent "Alma Perdida."
They've also had their controversies. Trevi was arrested, imprisoned and later cleared of charges of corrupting minors in Brazil. Barbara was involved in a fatal car accident in Cancun, was exonerated and later battled an unspecified illness. She had her third child last year.
The SEC also has added a free show by Texas ranchera singer Pepe Aguilar on Feb. 9.
They join previously announced shows by Spanish rocker Enrique Bunbury on Dec. 9, Blue October on New Year's Eve, Queensryche (minus Geoff Tate) on Jan. 19 and Skillet on Feb. 16.
Sister venue Speaking Rock Entertainment Center has booked a freebie by '70s rocker Eddie Money ("Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise") on Jan. 20.
In other news:
• The Iveys will perform songs from their new Christmas album, "The Iveys Christmas," at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in San Elizario. It's free.
The show is part of the city's second annual ChristKindleMarket from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. that day and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 9 in the downtown arts district.
• Hawaiian alt-reggae band Iration will play Tricky Falls at 8 p.m. Jan. 27.
Passafire and Pacific Dub will open the show.
Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door, on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at holdmyticket.com.
They should go on sale at All That Music & Video, Bowie Feathers, Eloise and Maria's Closet in a day or two.
• Documentaries and public service announcements by students from the UTEP English department's First-Year Composition program will be shown at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at UTEP's Union Cinema.
• A couple more movies sneaking into local theaters this week: "El Milagro de Marcelino Pan y Vino" and "Bad Kids Go to Hell."
The former is a remake of the famous Mexican movie, in Spanish, which was completed three years ago but it just making the rounds.
The latter is a horror comedy by Texas native Matthew Spradlin, based on a comic book that "The Breakfast Club," complete with one of its stars, Judd Nelson, as the one who hands detention to six rich kids at a private school. They die off until one is left.
Both open Dec. 7 at Premiere Cinemas.
• Linda Noack is closing the Sasahara Gallery, 7100 Westwind, to move closer to family in California.
It will have a closing sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8, with "greatly reduced prices" on works by local artists such as Bob Adams, Ben and Salley Avant, Winfrey Hearst, Candy Mayer, Carmen Navar and Mitzi Quirarte.
• El Paso Brass, which includes retired Coronado High School band director Kenneth Capshaw, will headine the high school orchestra's annual "Stringathon."
The fundraiser for the orchestra will start at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the school and run all day.
Orchestras from the high school, Lincoln Middle and Morehead Middle will perform. The Brass will go on at 7 p.m.
The Coronado High School Orchestra is led by Ida Steadman, Capshaw's sister, who retired last year as principal cellist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Her brother plays trumpet with the orchestra.
Admission is $10.