The Plaza & Philanthropy Theatres

125 Pioneer Plaza  •  915 534-0609  •

After Tom Lea left El Paso to attend the Art Institute of Chicago in 1924, he was homesick for the bright sun, clear air and huge space of the southwest. He wrote: I spent long and late nights making myself a star map, with a Right Ascension timetable, of the constellations in the northern heavens, seeing in my mind’s eye the North Star and the Big Dipper over Mount Franklin at home, remembering how the little dots of white I placed and lettered made the shape of old Orion coming up over the Huecos on a fall evening, or the Lyre with bright Vega high overhead in the quietness at Mimbres on a summer night. (A Picture Gallery, Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1968.)


Star Map

Star Map, 1932
Pen and ink, 17 ½" x 17 ¾"
Collection of James Dighton Lea




Sponsored by Evonne & Jack Cardwell
and Judy & Kirk Robison

“Our El Paso: Reaching for the Stars”
Ginger Kerrick and Danny Olivas

Tuesday, October 1 • 6:00 p.m.

Call 915 533-0048 for tickets. $25.00 contribution to the Tom Lea Institute, 201 E. Main #100, El Paso, Texas 79901.

The Mission Operations Manager for the International Space Station at Johnson Space Center and a veteran astronaut of two space shuttle flights join together for this year’s keynote Our El Paso: Reaching for the Stars at the Plaza Theatre downtown. Ginger Kerrick and Danny Olivas have reached for the stars in different ways—one staying on the ground, the other going into space—and both El Paso natives! They will share memories and experiences with personal pictures on the big screen, proving the view that the best stories are real life ones.

This year’s keynote is the culmination of a bi-national youth conference at Lydia Patterson Institute, a Methodist mission school celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Their students are from the poorest colonias of Ciudad Juarez and nearly all of them go to college, graduate, and find ways to “give back” through their life’s work. Guests can attend the conference from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 517 S. Florence, moving to the Exploreum, 300 W. San Antonio Avenue, at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 when an art exhibition opens. El Pasoans Kirk and Judy Robison donated copies of Danny Olivas’ children’s book Endeavor’s Long Journey to school libraries in El Paso.


Danny Olivas Ginger Kerrick



(In Pioneer Plaza, next to the Plaza Theatre)

Sponsored by Betty Ruth Wakefield Haley

Tom Lea: Grace Note in a Hard World

A one-act play by Camilla Carr
Presented by Frontera Repertory Theatre Company;
Kathryn Smith-McGlynn, Executive Producer

Saturday, Oct. 5 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6 • 2:30 p.m. matinee

Admission is $35, $25, & $15 (with student discount. Tickets available at the Plaza Theatre Box Office,, all Ticketmaster outlets, or call (800) 745-3000.

Broadway stage, feature film, and television veteran Ray Baker will star as Tom Lea as he converses with the subjects of his portraits, bringing the paintings to life. Come meet the most important influences in the great artist’s life and travel with Tom as he journeys from El Paso to study at the Art Institute of Chicago where his career as an artist begins.



Preserving the Architectural and Cultural Heritage of El Paso

Panel discussion with Bradford Patterson, Bernie Sargent, J.P. Bryan, Paul Foster, and Dr. Max Grossman.

Sponsored by the El Paso County Historical Commission and The Texas Trost Society. In celebration of Archtober.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 • 5 p.m.

Historic architectural monuments connect people to their cultural origins and beautify the surroundings we inhabit. The El Paso County Historical Commission and Texas Trost Society specialize in protecting and preserving cultural assets and, among other objectives, seek alternatives to razing irreplaceable buildings. A panel of experts, including philanthropists J. P. Bryan and Paul Foster—J. P. having restored the Gage Hotel and Paul the Mills Building downtown—will discuss why they respond “yes” to the question “is it worth it?” There will be discussion of incentives though federal and state tax credits and of opportunities for heritage tourism through revitalized historic districts.




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