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...Then the family comes together to end the day, and episode, with prayer. And that's why I'm excited to welcome the Robertsons to East Texas!

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Reality TV often shows an unflattering side of people, from “Jersey Shore” to “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” to “Teen Mom 2.” These are a far cry from familyfriendly shows, so I usually steer Aiden and Aniston away from reality TV. However, “Duck Dynasty” reveals a different side of reality TV: the Robertsons stick to their roots regarding faith and family. This is a show the whole family can watch, and it's entertaining, too! On Sept.15, two of the stars of “Duck Dynasty” will be at the Oil Palace in Tyler as part of East Texas Christian Academy's 35th anniversary event. ETCA and “Duck Dynasty” have more in common than you would think, as both are centered on faith and family. Similar to many East Texans, the Robertsons end each workday with a family meal and prayer. Now that's something I love to see on a reality TV show! Willie Robertson made his name as CEO of Duck Commander. The company, based in West Monroe, Louisiana, produced a best-selling duck call and other duck hunting merchandise. Willie's father, Phil, founded Duck Commander and kept it in the family. The Robertsons are worth millions, but you would never guess it from their camouflage attire and gritty beards, or from their humble attitudes. In each episode of “Duck Dynasty,” the guys get in some type of mischief until dinnertime. There's certainly some hilarious moments on the show, whether it's advice from Willie's mother, Miss Kay, or from his dad, Phil. Then the family comes together to end the day, and episode, with prayer. And that's why I'm excited to welcome the Robertsons to East Texas! My beard may not be as long as theirs, but everyone can learn something from this faith-centered family. It's refreshing to see celebrities who remember their roots. Every other day, you hear about stars who get lost in dangerous lifestyles. On most reality shows, people will throw down and fight quicker than I've ever seen. As a father, it saddens me to think that these so-called “stars” are considered the role models of today. Sure, it's hard to take the Robertsons seriously sometimes with their do-rags and long hair, but there's something to be said about the example they're setting for viewers.

“Duck Dynasty” reminds me of an important lesson: you have to make time for family. This is difficult, especially in August when kids head back to school and schedules fill up, but August is the perfect time to make this a priority. It's important to emember to make time for a family meal once in a while; listen to your grandparents' stories; and appreciate quality time together as a family. If the Robertsons can do it with their family business and endless adventures, then we can all do it too. There's another lesson in this show: that's to have fun as a family. No one does this quite like the Robertsons do, especially "crazy" uncle Si! I'm not saying you have to go to the extreme like they do or make the type of scene they (mostly uncle Si) do on the show. Just put work aside for a while and have some fun as a family. We should always make time to have some fun together, even if that's just telling stories from the day over family dinner. Or for a good laugh, try watching “Duck Dynasty” as a family! This show is not only entertaining, it serves as a reminder to keep your family values. In addition to these reality stars coming to Tyler, there's a ton of exciting events coming up for East Texas. Be sure to check back with us for more great events and activities – all year long. We have even more content, calendars and information online at BSCENEMAG.COM, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and our new Pinterest page. Bring it all together with BSCENE's app, available for all smartphones. Go have some fun together as a family, then share your photos and experiences with us. We'd love to hear about them. You never know where your adventures may BSCENE!

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It's back-to-school time kids! Man, am I glad to be able to say that without having to abide by it. Not that I didn't love school, learning or seeing everyone again on a regular basis; because I did, without a doubt. No, the reason I'm glad not to be living my life in semesters is because the month of August always felt to me a little bit like Sunday afternoon. You're still technically on break, but there's an impending sense of the responsibility that lies ahead. It's not that you're particularly dreading the events in front of you (work, school, whatever), it's that you no longer have the sense of freedom. You're still technically just as much on vacation the day you leave Tahiti as the day you arrived – but it doesn't feel that way. So, why do I bring that up? Because most of us have children heading back to school, or friends going back to college or coworkers picking up their degree where they left off. And if not, we all know the feeling of anxiousness the day before we head back to work. Plus, summer is almost over! Last issue, BSCENE took an active role in helping you spend every one of those remaining summer days adventurously! This issue, while we may not have a list of 54 activities, the spirit remains the same: take advantage of the time you've got – and we're pushing it even further. Take, for example, something simple like working out. This issue we've teamed up with our friends over at APEC (Accelerate Performance Enhancement Center) to introduce you to their Spherical Fitness Program. This approach is miles ahead of the tired weightlifting routines your parents tried. It's fun, practical and pushes past where you thought your limits were – and it's a blast! Then, we've got the story of Dr. Erin and Chris Phillips. We all know someone who has worked in the mission field, whether it's through donations or even

traveling abroad. However, this couple takes it to a new level. Granted, the Phillips aren't more special than the rest of us – and they'd be the first to tell you that. Still, their story is remarkable and we guarantee you haven't heard it before. BSCENE will also introduce you to one of the area's most talented artists, Cassie Edmonds. Her process involves taking a million little pieces, quite literally, and expanding them into a large and wonderful, moving tapestry of color. I've never been one to appreciate glass mosaic art before. That said, I'm starting to change my tune. Then again, we're not going to push you too far. After all we've still got a nice, little back-to-school feature about the daily adventures of the cafeteria. But this is BSCENE, so you know we've got to take it to the next level. We're turning school lunches gourmet! From sushi to vegetarian sandwiches to edible insects your kids will love (trust us), this isn't the same bologna sandwich we grew up with. So sit back, relax and don't worry that summer is almost over! Don't worry that some of us have to head back to school or start work fresh. We've still got plenty of time left this month to enjoy East Texas, and to have a blast while we do it.

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Cork. Food & Drink hosted a wine dinner at its restaurant in Tyler on July 16. Skyler Schrock provided his knowledge and wine expertise, as he is currently studying to be a professional sommelier.

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NEWS / VIEWS / FACES What is “STREET SCENE”: glimpses of glitter, photos of friends, a few lines of life and laughter. Like a school's yearbook, Street Scene chronicles life in East Texas. You'll find businesses and others commemorating anniversaries. Celebrations and charities gloss these pages, accompanied by faces you know. Music, theater and other cultural events also make the scene.

The Better Business Bureau of Tyler hosted a Networking Luncheon on at Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness on June 27. BBB guests lunched and chatted while watching instructors and students practice kung fu.

GymFed CrossFit hosted a party at Cork. Food & Drink in Tyler on June 21, celebrating its expansion to Lindale and, most recently, Athens. This marked a significant step for CrossFit, as there are now three locations in East Texas.

Representing proceeds from the store’s Charity Wine Dinner, FRESH by Brookshire’s presented a check for the amount of $4,568 to the Children’s Miracle Network at the Tyler store on July 8.

East Texas public officials unveiled Tyler’s first-ever public access alternative fueling station, offering compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuels, at a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Downtown Square in Tyler on June 26.

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“Social Media Trends for 2013,” Workshop hosted by the Better Business Bureau of Tyler, was held at TJC West Campus on July 1.

Local, state and federal officials joined CP Homes President Ted Good, and Country Place Senior Living Founder Jack West to celebrate the ground breaking of Country Place Senior Living of Canton by CP Homes on July 10.

Keep Tyler Beautiful presented the Beauty and Business Award to The Genesis Group on June 26.

The Better Business Bureau of Longview hosted its Morning Mixer at Career Personnel on June 25. Guests enjoyed a complimentary breakfast while meeting people and learning about the BBB’s services.


Dr. David Flynn hosted a seminar for the East Texas Doctors of Chiropractic on June 18 in Tyler. Among other helpful tips, the seminar discussed treating arthritis pain.

University of Texas at Tyler presented the scholarship check from the UT Tyler Patriot Suddenlink Million Dollar Hole-in-One contest. The $200,269.69 check was the largest amount raised in the 27-year history of the fundraiser.

Donna Brooks received the BSCENE Cattle Barons' Best Dressed prize of a $250 gift card to Cavender’s at their Tyler store on June 28.

Southwest Alcohol and Drug Testing joined the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting at the chamber on July 9. TMF’s Tyler Family Circle of Care celebrated its 20th Anniversary and commitment to the community at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler on July 16. The Family Circle of Care provides community services for women and children who otherwise could not have afforded healthcare. Total Nutrition in Tyler held a ribbon cutting at their new location on South Broadway on July 1.

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The TJC Apache Cheerleaders rolled up their sleeves to volunteer at Meals on Wheels at its location in Tyler on July 16.

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To kickoff East Texas Christian Academy's (ETCA) 35th anniversary, celeb-reality stars Willie Robertson (CEO of Duck Commander) and Miss Kay (Willie's mother) of A&E's hit reality show “Duck Dynasty” will headline an afternoon of faith, family and ducks at the Oil Palace. August is a big month for the show as well. After ticket sales for the fundraiser begin Aug. 1, millions of viewers will also be tuning in for the highly anticipated Season 4 premier of “Duck Dynasty” slated for August 14. The show launched in 2012, and is now “cable's No. 1 non-fiction series” according to the network's website. “Duck Dynasty's” Season 3 finale pulled almost 10 million total viewers according to aetv.com, making it “the most watched series telecast in A&E history.” ETCA Chairman of the Board Shellie Arnold predicts a quick sellout due to the show's popularity. She recommends those eager to attend the event purchase tickets early. Over 5,000 tickets will be available through the Oil Palace Box Office and at oilpalace.com (priced at $30, $40 and $50). There will also be a post event meet-and-greet for sponsors. Arnold said the school board decided to reach out to the Robertsons' agency in December of 2012. They decided to pursue them for their annual spring fundraiser to raise proceeds for the school's “Building for the Future” campaign. The event's timing has worked in ETCA's favor. Arnold commented, “Even in December 'Duck Dynasty' wasn't a household name, but now it is. It really has blown up for them in the past six months.” So naturally, ETCA said they were ecstatic to finally get confirmation for the event in May of 2013. Willie and Miss Kay agreed to make appearances and speak at the event, then paperwork made it official in June. A month after the “Duck Dynasty” Season 4 kickoff is a prime time for the stars to visit Tyler, and ETCA is thrilled with how it has panned out. The hit TV reality series and ETCA may not appear to have much in common. Yet, the plethora of loyal fans will attest that the Robertsons' faith is at the heart of the show, and ETCA students will attest faith is at the heart of the school. This was another reason that ETCA latched on to the idea of bringing the show's stars to East Texas. ETCA Director of Public Relations and Marketing Lisa Buchanan explained, “The Robertsons are about 'faith, family and ducks.' We’re about 'faith, family and students.' We teach our students to live for God. Not just now, but later on.” There are all types of denominations at ETCA, but the common tie with “Duck Dynasty” is faith. Another connection: the Robertsons attend a Church of Christ in Monroe, Louisiana and ETCA was chartered by the Tyler Churches of Christ in 1979. The Robertsons' strong Christian principles, which they are quite vocal about, are also the same principles the school strives to equip its students with – from preschoolers to high school seniors. Buchanan suggested perhaps that is part of the show's allure – its “old school” approach to family life. In a matter of several months, Buchanan helped coordinate the advertising and a school committee garnered several private donors and big name sponsors (including Ables-Land, Inc.; Brookshire's; BSCENE Magazine; KNUE 101.5 and the Tyler Morning Telegraph) with sponsorships still available. To plan the event

and market it effectively, the school is in constant communication with the Robertsons' agency. Their next milestone is concentrating on ticket sales and getting “Duck Dynasty” fans pumped for the event. Of course there are many fans of “Duck Dynasty” at ETCA. One 11th grader at the school, Dylan Bickley, is a fan of the show and is enthusiastic about meeting Willie. Bickley said, “It's pretty cool two Christian companies are coming together holding a fundraiser to benefit students like me.” The staff and students are anticipating seeing and meeting the Robertsons – Buchanan included. “I'm thrilled to be able to bring them to Tyler because lots of people want to see them. My family and I are big fans. We watch the show,” she shared. With avid hunters in her family, she was quick to point out they have been fans since before the the reality show came about and her husband has watched the Duck Commander hunting videos since they came out in the mid 1980s." AUGUST 2013

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“My husband is a duck hunter and we have actually met Phil Robertson twice. He spoke in Tyler in August of 2007, at Harvey Hall for a fundraising event to promote Duck Commander. My daughter was 10 months old and I have a picture of her in her in a camo T-shirt and blue jean skirt and Phil is holding her. He's got his camo on and has a beard.” She laughed and commented, “Even back then Phil sported his beard.” “When 'Duck Dynasty' first came on TV I thought, 'this is just another one of my husband's hunting shows,' but after watching it – it is hilarious, of course; and then it became really popular. I think it's because the people watching probably don't even know that they are longing for a TV show that has morals and values,” Buchanan said. “My 2-year-old and 6-year-old (who attends ETCA) watch 'Duck Dynasty' with us and it's nice to watch a family show. The Robertsons are not cussing, drinking or doing other things typically on reality shows. And at the end of each episode, they eat and come together and pray.” It's one of many signature elements in the show including the Robertson men's ZZ Top style beards, do-rags and camouflage clothing. The show centers on the multi-million dollar Duck Commander business, a family-run sporting goods company that manufactures handmade duck calls. Each episode Willie tries to put his employees (aka his brothers Jase and Jep, and uncle Si) to work. However, they have other plans like hunting, fishing and an array of other outdoor activities to distract them from company duties. (For example: flooding the company's loading dock with water to “test” duck decoys and duck calls during business hours without Willie's permission). Whenever a

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massive order of handmade duck calls is filled, the family bands together with a big family feast prepared by Miss Kay. First they pray, then they eat – then they work. Like it or not, there's something about the show's return to faith and family values mixed with their bayou style and burly beards that has public

“It's just refreshing to see a family on TV with real-life morals and values,” Buchanan shared. “This fundraiser is an opportunity for ETCA and the Robertsons to spread our common faith with the people of East Texas. It's also a chance for East Texans to make a difference in students' lives at ETCA.” appeal. The vast majority of fans identify with the show enough to buy anything and everything associated with the series. Products range from Duck Commander eyewear at Walmart's Vision Centers to Duck Commander auto air fresheners available at Bass Pro Shops. Phil Robertson even has a New York Times bestselling book. The show's popularity has exploded so much that they even added a gift shop at the

Duck Commander/Buck Commander Warehouse (the Command Post) in Monroe, Louisiana. The gift store helps appease the masses of fans that travel from all over to see where the show is filmed. It's clear the Roberstons are capitalizing on the public's demand as clever entrepreneurs, still that's not their No. 1 priority. Their motto remains: “Faith, family and ducks.” Come fall, many viewers will tune in to A&E and forego other reality shows with arguably more conflict and drama to watch the Robertsons in action. Why? “Duck Dynasty” is noticeably different than many other reality shows. There's no doubt that the Robertson family stays true to themselves, puts their faith first, supports each other and works their business as a family. That's their appeal to organizations like ETCA, and perhaps that is what captivates viewers and fans across the nation. “It's just refreshing to see a family on TV with real-life morals and values,” Buchanan shared. “This fundraiser is an opportunity for ETCA and the Robertsons to spread our common faith with the people of East Texas. It's also a chance for East Texans to make a difference in students' lives at ETCA.” For that reason, ticket sales are open to the public. Duck fans of all ages are welcome at the event – camo, do-rags and beards encouraged. For sponsorship information contact the ETCA office at (903) 561-8642. Ticket information available at oilpalace.com.

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The primary focus of FLMI is to connect American families with the orphaned children of Zambia through one of three ministries: Camp LIFE, Father's Heart Sponsorship and Tree of Life. The Phillips began by serving as camp counselors in Family Legacy’s Camp LIFE program. This mission enables more than 600 Americans to spend one week in Zambia. Americans come to help at Camp LIFE for seven weeks each summer. Camp LIFE is held in Lusaka, the capitol of Zambia, where 1 million orphans have lost their parents to poverty and AIDS. Counselors are matched to a group of 10 children whose situations and needs have been examined. Throughout the weeklong camp, the counselors continue to assess each child’s situation at home and determines which children need continued care. During the camp, counselors also expose kids to Christianity. “At the end of the week and our [one-on-one] time with the children, they know they have a Father in Heaven who loves them and will never leave them,” Erin said. While at camp, the Phillips met a child who impacted their future with FLMI. “We heard about a girl, who we actually met while at camp, whose story was just so horrific,” Chris recalled. “[It was] about a 9-yearold girl named Selah. Selah’s mom passed away and her dad was physically and sexually abusing her. She was at the point of no hope and no reason to live. So, it was her story that moved us to immediately begin fundraising for ‘Selah’s House.’” The Phillips wanted to help after camp ended and this chance meeting prompted them to take another step in a direction of faith. They returned home from Zambia with a goal to raise $85,000 to build a home for Selah, and children in similar circumstances, in FLMI's Tree of Life Children’s Village. This 130 acre children's village is an orphanage community located just outside Lusaka that provides shelter and care to parentless children with no place else to go. To date, 50 homes have been built at the Tree of Life Children's Village and 300 formerly orphaned and abandoned children now have a place to call home. In the Tree of Life community, each child is fed, clothed and sent to a Christian school. Fueled by Selah's story, the Phillips began fundraising with campaigns including Birdies for Selah (a golf tournament where a certain dollar amount is pledged for each birdie made). By 2010, the couple had raised enough funds to build a house at the Tree of Life orphanage community. In 2011, Selah and 14 other children moved into “Joy's House.” Erin

explained, “We couldn’t officially keep the name 'Selah’s House' because we didn’t want any one child to be singled out … each child needs to feel and know it’s their own home.” The Phillips returned to Zambia to see the fruits of their labor and love at Tree of Life. “It was pretty amazing how tight of a bond we have with these children,” Erin said. “We were able to go back and see how much they had changed, both physically and emotionally, after living in their new home for only a year.” In addition to a place to call home in the orphanage community, each child an opportunity to do what most children in Zambia have never done before: just be kids. Then in the summer of 2012, Erin joined her mom and sister-in-law to share the Camp LIFE experience in Zambia. During this trip they all decided to build another house for orphans in the children's village – this one in memory of Erin’s maternal grandmother, Della. To build a second house at Tree of Life the cost would be $100,000, covering the care of 12 children in Zambia. So with the support of family, friends and successful fundraising campaigns, the Phillips raised $70,000 by May of 2013. With a new fundraiser called “Attics for Africa,” the couple picked up donations across East Texas, and then recruited 10 to 15 moms to sell the items during a giant, one-day rummage sale. “There have been so many generous people who have helped us along the way, and whose hearts God broke for these children ... ” Erin said. “It’s just been incredible to go through this journey.” When sponsors support a child at Tree of Life, they help equip the children of Zambia to become future leaders, and full-time pastors teach each child the gospel to spread in their country. “I think in general, everybody we’re encountering to sponsor, pledge or help has the same heart for kids,” Chris added. “They love hearing the children’s stories of redemption.” The Phillips have now raised $80,000 in their goal of $100,000 to build Della's house. They've just returned from their fourth trip to Zambia. If you would like to help, visit dellashouse.com to make a donation and learn about changing a child's life forever. This would not be a possibility without the generosity of each Tree of Life sponsor.


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MOTION Increase Spinal Flexibility With These How-To Tricks

APEC's Spherical Fitness is an adult fitness program designed with mobility, flexibility and stability in mind. This “prehab” exercise can help alleviate pain and is beneficial for athletes aiming to improve their range of motion. In one program, it blends components of strength training, vertical core stretching and cardio. Plus, the exercises have varying levels of intensity depending on how far you want to push yourself. A big component of training at APEC is “mo-sta-bility” which is a combination of mobility, stability and flexibility. The goal: to mobilize the thoracic spine and increase its

range of motion, then to stabilize that new range of motion because without stability, range of motion is not useful. In an application sense, these exercises benefit golfers, tennis players and runners because it helps decrease pain in the neck and shoulders. However, this workout isn't just for athletes – Spherical Fitness is for everyone who wants to improve mobility, stability and flexibility.

TYPE 1 THORACIC SPINE REACH PURPOSE: Creates range of motion in the thoracic spine and vertebral column and alleviates pain in the upper shoulders, neck and lower back. HOW TO: Raise the left arm overhead and the right arm out at shoulder level. From here, rotate the left arm overhead and the right arm at shoulder level out in front. Begin to rotate the right arm to the left while bending the left arm overhead and to the right (twisting in opposite directions). Repeat to the other side with opposite arms.

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ViPR LUNGE & CHOP PURPOSE: Stabilizes muscles in the upper body, shoulders, upper back and vertical core; also stabilizes muscles in the quads, hamstrings while working the core with the chop motion. HOW TO: Stand in an upright base position, feet shoulder width apart. Start with the ViPR rotated over your right shoulder. While lunging out with the left leg, chop down across the left knee.

ViPR LUNGE PURPOSE: After mobilizing the thoracic spine, begin to stabilize the range of motion in the thoracic spine with this vertical core exercise. This helps train the core for function (versus sit-ups, which are less effective). HOW TO: Start in the base standing position with the ViPR bar in close to your chest. Stretch out into a forward lunge: pressing the ViPR bar out straight from the body, activating the core and stabilizing the trunk. You can also do this exercise with your body weight or available free weights.


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TYLER MUSEUM OF ART HOT PARTY / 1.30.13

The Tyler Museum of Art hosted its HOT party on July 20, giving guests an opportunity to experience the new exhibit, Deco Japan: Shaping Art & Culture, 1920-1945. As part of the full Deco Japan experience sake, shandygaff, wine and Asian hors d’oeuvres were served. Guests also had the opportunity to meet the new TMA Executive Director Christopher M. Leahy.

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Vascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One American dies every 32 seconds of vascular disease and other disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke is the third leading cause of disability and death in the U.S., with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually. Each year, 2 million people in the United States alone develop deep vein thrombosis - blood clots in the veins. This affliction becomes life threatening for 500,000 of those people when the blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs. Early detection of these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of non-invasive vascular testing techniques performed at facilities such as Vascular Specialists’ Vascular Laboratory. Vascular Specialists of East Texas’ (VSET) Vascular Laboratory has been recognized for its commitment to providing high level patient care and quality ultrasound testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. VSET’s Vascular Lab has achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) in four areas of vascular testing: Peripheral Arterial, Peripheral Venous, Cerebrovascular, and Abdominal Vascular. We are proud to be the only vascular lab in East Texas with this accreditation in the area of Abdominal Vascular testing. Obtaining accreditation requires evaluation of every aspect of the lab’s daily operations and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients, is assessed and reviewed.

Radiation is one of three methods used to treat cancer. In radiation therapy, machines called linear accelerators harness energy and convert it into high-intensity beams of radiation directed at cancerous tumors. “Radiation either kills the cancer cells or damages them enough so they can’t reproduce.” said Dr. Smith, an expert radiation oncologist at UT Health Northeast. Radiation is used most effectively to treat cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, esophagus, stomach, head and neck. Until recently, precision has been the challenge in treating these cancers. “Radiation doesn’t discriminate between healthy tissue and cancer,” said Dr. Lewis. “It will kill anything that receives a high enough dose to cause cell damage, so UT Health Northeast’s new technology represents the most significant advancement in radiation oncology in over 30 years.” UT Health is home to two revolutionary linear accelerators made by Varian called the TrueBeam, in operation at the Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center since 2011, and their newest version – the TrueBeam XTS – scheduled to begin treating patients in August 2013. Both are changing radiation technology in our region. “They both can deliver stronger treatment up to four times faster with a precision that is measured in increments of less than a millimeter,” Dr. Smith says. “The most amazing thing about the new TrueBeam XTS is that it will allow us to target tumors in real time even if the tumor or patient moves during treatment, significantly reducing damage to surrounding tissue.”

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iLearn Schools Go High-Tech

For students, a heavy class load usually means more textbooks and heavier backpacks. However, students in Smith County have a weight lifted off their shoulders: more schools are gravitating to iPads and leaving heavy textbooks and backpacks behind. Article By: Caitlin Giddens

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Schools across the nation are adopting new technology and adapting to the “smartphone generation.” Meanwhile, students are changing the way they think about technology: from a toy for entertainment to a tool for education. After a trial run last year, Grace High School now issues an iPad to freshmen and sophomores each fall. “Grace started the one-to-one iPad policy because we're trying to prepare students to be successful in the 21st century world where everyone is connected 24/7 through all different [types of ] technology,” said Christina Jontra, Grace's director of instructional technology and the driving force behind its iPad policy. “Now kids carry all of their textbooks and notes in once device, and it's in their hands,” Jontra said. “For student athletes who travel for away games, they still have everything at their fingertips.” In addition to iPads, incorporating the “flipped classroom” method has impacted the way Grace students do homework. With flipped classroom, the typical lecture and homework model has been reversed: students view prerecorded lectures at home, and then complete exercises in class. This way, the homework has been taken out of the home and into an environment that optimizes comprehension. “It works perfectly because some kids start their homework late and can't call their teacher at 11 p.m.,” Jontra said. Flipped classroom has become a buzzword in the educational world, according to Jontra, but it's not all hype. With this model, students can pause and rewind to ensure they understand the lesson. Then students spend class time working on assignments, receiving more one-on-one attention from the teacher, instead of idly sitting and listening to lectures. Unsurprisingly, the flipped classroom has seen the most success in math classes, but has also been incorporated into other subjects like science and foreign languages. The current generation of students has grown up surrounded by gadgets, which is one reason to introduce technology to schools. However, this also presents a new challenge: reteaching kids to use technology for education, instead of texting, social media and other distractions. Jontra explained the importance of teaching students to use technology for education. “What we're trying to be conscious of is that while students are good with technology for entertainment, they don't know how to use it as a tool for learning,” Jontra said. “We try to intentionally teach students how to use this tool well.” Maintaining focus with new technology in the classroom is a constant struggle, but Jontra said keeping students engaged is not a new issue. “Every [former and current] student knows

The current generation of students has grown up surrounded by gadgets, which is one reason to introduce technology to schools.

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Even with classrooms going high-tech, Keeling says there is still a place for “old school” teaching. “I know it's anti-trendy, but I think there is a place for the narrative, the story-telling, if that is your gift.”

that just because the teacher said turn to page 53 doesn't mean every student would turn there and be engaged,” she explained. “When you introduce the iPad, it requires teachers to tweak their classroom management, but the newness wears off quickly. And students realize their grades are dependent on them paying attention.” In addition to weighing down backpacks, textbooks are often outdated or overly confusing. Now, with school programs like Grace's one-to-one iPad policy, students have access to a world of information. “If a question comes up in class that students don't know the answer to, or they don't have the textbook, it's just a few clicks away to get to information,” Jontra said. At Grace, each iPad is the property of the school and monitored to maintain focus and safety while in class. Students must sign a pledge for iPad use in the beginning of the year and are expected to return the iPad in quality condition. Before the advent of iPads in schools, students stressed about returning textbooks in good condition, as books usually cost more than $100 to replace. Now the stakes are higher, as Grace freshmen are responsible for an iPad 2 and sophomores receive an iPad 3. However, the risk of giving kids iPads hasn't prevented schools from adopting new technology across the nation. Some East Texas public schools are also going high-tech: Bullard ISD introduced its students to the one-to-one initiative two years ago. In Bullard, each middle schooler receives a MacBook Pro and each high schooler receives a MacBook Air. This enables all students to have access to laptops, even if they don't have a computer at home. “When we go in the classrooms and ask kids what they're learning, they're able to describe it because they're more engaged,” Bullard ISD Superintendent Keith Bryant said. “They're not just filling out a worksheet, they're creating and they're able to do podcasts. So the level of learning has improved dramatically.” “The Economist,” an international political and literary publication, reported a study saying, “Low-income students at Rocketship, a chain of charter schools in San Jose, California, which also uses the technologies, outperform those living in the wealthiest districts in the state.” So technology may level the playing field and provide more opportunities to lower income schools across the nation. In the beginning of June, President Barack Obama announced a new mission of the “Race to the Top” nationwide initiative: a plan to give 99 percent of American students access to high-speed Internet within five years. In Tyler, the MST (Math/Science/Technology) Magnet Program at Moore Middle School focuses on math, science and technology through integrated technology. Moore math teacher Donna Rhodes regularly uses a tablet laptop linked to a screen and her iPad, provided by the school, while teaching. “It's not just the kids using these things, it's the teachers too,” she said. “Math teachers used to have to sit behind a projector while teaching. Now, I can walk around and still teach while seeing which students are having problems.” In his 17-year teaching career, Grace history teacher John Keeling has seen the progression of technology in school. In

the beginning of his carer, grades were saved on a floppy disk and there was no Internet access in classrooms. To show videos, Keeling had to check out a VCR and TV from the library. “I remember a time when primary communication throughout the department was not e-mail,” Keeling said with a laugh. Now Keeling, after attending an “iPad Palooza” seminar in Austin, assigns homework through the eBackpack app. Then his students submit their homework electronically with a time stamp. “There's never [a student saying] 'the dog ate my homework' or 'I couldn't find the assignment',” Keeling explained. His students have access to two history books on their iPad; one is an e-book featuring interactive images and History Channel videos. This e-book elevates education, meaning students are more likely to do the assigned reading. And while textbooks can cost more than $100, this e-book is less than $20 for each student. Another iPad app new to the education world is Subtext, a literature teacher's dream. With Subtext, teachers can assign an e-book and add assignments and videos throughout the text. Imagine watching a clip of “To Kill a Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck while reading the book, for example. And with Subtext, teachers can monitor each student's reading pace. At home, students can interact with their peers and ask each other questions throughout the assigned reading. Of course, there are drawbacks to classrooms adopting new technology. There's the risk of a digital overload, loss of imagination and dependence on technology among students and teachers. Keeling adheres to teaching his students discipline to overcome these obstacles. As an educator, he stresses the importance of using technology as a tool, not as a crutch. He seems genuinely excited about new technology because it helps engage students. “I just want tools to allow me to do what I've always done [teach] more effectively,” he explained. Even with classrooms going high-tech, Keeling says there is still a place for “old school” teaching. “I know it's anti-trendy, but I think there is a place for the narrative, the story-telling, if that is your gift,” Keeling said regarding lecture-based classroom instruction. “I don't necessarily need a powerpoint [or new technology] to teach. That just requires me and a group of kids.”

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Gourmet ourmet LUNCH BOX

Article By: Zoe Lawhorn • Photos By: Noel Martin

One spoonful of crunchy peanut butter on white bread, usually smashed and damp after resting under a juice box – sound familiar? That was the lunch I tried desperately to trade or simply tossed in the trash from the time I started kindergarten until the blessed year I entered ninth grade. At my high school, cafeteria lunches offered a buffet of fried chicken strips, stadium-style nacho trays and (if you were weird) a “special-of-the-day” line filled with meatloaf, king ranch chicken casserole and other sloppy dishes that the teachers and odd kids gobbled up with delight. Rushed mornings, household budgets and finicky eaters have challenged parents since before the metal lunch pail evolved into the brown bag. Despite the current trendiness of all sorts of special diets and foodie enthusiasm, school lunches seem to remain steadfast in their predictability. As the new school year approaches, parents and children alike are surely beginning to dread the daily grind and tedium that is the school lunch. So why not make 2013 the year of incredible school lunches, the year your child actually eats what you pack? I spoke with several local mothers who admitted to sending their kids to school with the predictable PB&J, but they are eager to try something new (as long as it’s easy to prepare and their kids will eat it). Here are a few ideas to take your child’s school lunch from soggy and uninspired to creative, fresh and delicious. Don’t forget to add something sweet, whether this is a tasty treat or a note from mom or dad. Just a few simple steps and a fresh imagination can transform your child’s lunches for good!

DITCH THE BROWN BAG In addition to creating new and unique recipes, using better containers can make all the difference in the world for a kid who is tired of eating a damp sandwich in a smashed brown bag. One great idea is to look for a Japanese-style Bento Box. These (typically rectangular) boxes have several compartments of various sizes designed to keep foods separate, fresh and visually appealing (available at potterybarnkids.com and target.com). Or, in a pinch you can use colorful muffin papers to separate foods in a tupperware container for the same effect. Instead of just sending your child to school with a Lunchable, why not create your own with healthier versions of the same types of food? Slice up low-fat and low-sodium cheeses, fresh veggies, grilled chicken breast and fresh fruit and arrange the pieces in separate compartments (or use the muffin paper idea). Add some hummus or low-fat dressing, a few crackers or chips and a sweet treat and you have a school lunch that is sure to satisfy.

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BANANA DOGS Smear your favorite peanut butter along the inside of a regular hot dog bun (use 100 percent whole wheat buns for added nutrition). Pop in a banana, and you have a basic banana dog! You can add any number of different toppings to suit your child’s taste and to add nutritional value to this sure-to-please treat. Sliced strawberries, raisins, a drizzle of honey, jelly and jams all add variety to this easy-to-make spin on the traditional PB&J. Substitute Nutella for the peanut butter, and any kid is sure to swoon! Recipe provided by FRESH by Brookshire’s.

APPLE SANDWICHES De-core then slice an apple horizontally, so that you end up with four round slices. Spread peanut butter, cashew, almond or pecan butter on top of one slice. Sprinkle dried fruit, granola or chocolate chips on the spread, then top that with another apple slice to make a sandwich. Pack a piece of string cheese and a drink and you have a complete, nutritionally balanced meal your kid will love. Recipe provided by FRESH by Brookshire’s.

SUSHI Sandwiches Cut off the crust of a piece of white bread and, using a rolling pin, flatten the bread to about 1/16 of an inch. Spread about 2 ounces of simple tuna salad down the center of the sliced bread. Add a few strands of shredded carrots along the tuna salad, and then tightly roll up the bread to form a tube. Slice into four bite-sized pieces, and you have a delicious spin on the tired old tuna sandwich. You can “sneak in” additional veggies like celery, spinach, bean sprouts and cucumber by slicing the veggies into thin strips and placing them on the tuna salad. Don’t like tuna salad? Experiment with a variety of cheeses and thinly sliced deli meats to keep the kids happy!

bugs on a log Cut a few stalks of celery into 3 inch sections. Smear peanut butter or Nutella into the center of the stalk and then let your kids pick out their own “bugs” (raisins, dried cranberries, Cheerios or peanuts) and line the bugs down into the peanut butter. Recipe provided by Tyler mom, Carrie Brantley.

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RUSTY TACO

TACOS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY! We are here for all of your Taco needs! Whether you are craving mouthwatering brisket tacos or looking for a breakfast taco to start your day, we have it all! Rusty Taco offers a simple menu of tasty and authentic tacos prepared fresh every day, using many of the cooking techniques found in Mexican kitchens. The food is served quickly in a unique and fun atmosphere. Also, remember us for all of your catering needs! Locally owned and operated!

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CORK

FOOD & DRINK Enjoy modern Euro-Asian cuisine, from our famous Shrimp Mezcal & Lamb Chops to the market-fresh Sushi & Seafood. Cork. Food & Drink is a unique casual dining restaurant with an extensive wine list, live music, hand-crafted cocktails & fabulous dining! Available for private party/meetings), DINNER (Tue-Fri, 4:30-12 p.m., Sat 4:27 p.m.-1 a.m.) & BRUNCH on Saturday (10 a.m.-2:37 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-4:21 p.m.) We also cater. We are located in the Times Square Shopping Center! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. corktyler.com 5201 S. Broadway Ave. Ste 162 • 903.363.9197

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HAMBURGER GRILL When nothing else will do but a mouthwatering burger, The Rack is the place to be … and not just any burger. Try the venison, buffalo or lamb grilled to perfection! With the largest patio dining available in Tyler and 28 Regional and Domestic Beers on tap, your inner child and your big boy/girl hunger will be not only satisfied, but have you wondering, “When’s my next trip to this place?” Oh, and did we mention live entertainment? What about the daily Happy Hour with $2 margaritas from 4-7 p.m.? … Yahoo! A place that brings it all!

2127 South Broadway • Tyler, TX 75701 • 903.787.8182 • theracktexas.com Monday-Thursday: 11a.m. – 10p.m. • Friday & Saturday: 11a.m. – Midnight •​ Sunday: closed Twitter: @theracktexas • Facebook facebook.com/TheRackTexas

BREAKERS

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Are you looking for something fresh for lunch? Swing by Breakers for an amazing collection of fresh salads; sandwiches; soups; and, of course, our great fish entrees! Also, don’t forget to grab a fresh juice while you’re here. Cucumber apple or orange carrot, your choice! You’ll be glad you decided on Breakers for lunch.

5106 Old Bullard Road • Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.534.0161 www.breakerstyler.com • Hours of Operation: MON – WED 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. THURS – SAT 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., SUN 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

JULIAN’S ASIAN RESTAURANT FAMILY, FRIENDS, FOOD & COCKTAILS “So Fresh, So Lite, and Still SO GOOD” We have something for every style of foodie (Noun 1. Foodie – a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink) “Step Out of Tyler and Into Julian’s”

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CHEZ BAZAN

FRENCH BAKERY & CAFÉ This second generation, family-owned/operated bakery is much more than a great place to share a simply delicious pastry and gourmet coffee. Chez Bazan offers stellar catering services, including Party Trays, Breakfast Trays, Box Lunches, Boxed Salads and Drinks by the Gallon, as well as truly innovative cake and pastry design to accompany their unparalleled bakery and café. Let Chez Bazan satisfy your sweet tooth with signature pies, cookies and homemade breads. Don’t forget to stop in for one of our wonderful, healthy lunch options – and let us bring the party (tray) to your next meeting or function! Remember to “like” us on Facebook! 5930 Old Bullard Rd • Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.561.9644 • chezbazan.com Café Hours: 11a.m. – 2p.m. M-S Bakery Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. M-F, 8a.m. – 4p.m. S, Closed Sundays

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We are excited to announce our Salads Menu will be changing. We have improved our salads and the new ones will be a Grilled Market Salad, Cobb Salad, Asian Salad. Stop in and try the Wonderful New items we have. The Cows will be Happy you did ! We support healthy appetites!

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LAGO DEL PINO TEXAS FOOD, TEXAS FUN

Come for the texas cuisine, spirits & live music…stay for a uniquely southern good time. Come to Lago del Pino to experience Tyler’s oasis in the countryside. In a relaxed, yet refined, atmosphere, you’ll enjoy spectacular private lake views, the Bellagio-style fountain show and eclectic live music. At Lago del Pino, the Smoked Jalapeño Meatloaf, the Chili-Lime Chicken, or the Burger Texicain marry perfectly on a menu that also includes Smoked-Paprika Seared Ahi Tuna, the 18 Ounce “Brooks Cut” Ribeye, and Prime Rib Enchiladas. Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays lagodelpino.com 14706 CR 1134 Tyler, TX 75709• 903.561.LAGO

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MERCADO’S

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Mercado’s has been serving up some of East Texas best Tex-Mex for over 30 years. Come on in and try one of our 25 new items featuring Taco Al Pastor and handmade Gorditas! With all this variety you are certain to find a dish that satisfies. Mercado’s is also equipped with a full bar, so ice cold beer or your favorite cocktail is always on hand. Oh! And, don’t forget about our fresh, made-by-hand tortillas or free chocolate and vanilla soft serve. Bring the family, bring your friends and join us for some great atmosphere and authentic Tex-Mex cuisine.

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More ideas outside the lunch box: Recipes provided by Tyler mom, Nola Chaffin

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This recipe is as easy as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and your kid will love it! Put a thin layer of peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla, add sliced banana then roll up and cut into bite-size pieces. Or for dessert, layer the tortilla with Nutella or honey and add sliced strawberries.

Treat your kids to some lunchtime eye candy by picking a theme each day of the week. One morning, pack an entirely orange lunch with American cheese and crackers, carrots and a peeled orange. The next day, pack a heart-shaped lunch by using cookie-cutters to make sandwiches and baked goodies.

English muffins are not only reserved for breakfast time. To make a healthy mini pizza, split and toast one English muffin, spread marinara sauce on each half, add shredded mozzarella and top off with turkey pepperoni. Or, take a cue from high tea time by adding sliced cucumber and cream cheese between each muffin half.

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This is a great dip for strawberries, bananas, apples, grapes and pretzel sticks. Mix one cup of plain Greek yogurt (consider using nonfat yogurt) with a ½ cup of Nutella or creamy peanut butter. This is a healthy snack that delivers a lot of nutrition and can be easily packed and stored in the fridge overnight.

Take two or three bamboo skewers (cut in half and cut off pointed ends) and stack a bite-size food of your choice on the skewer. Create your own caterpillars with green grapes, or mix up bite-size fruits and cheeses for a fun-to-eat treat that even young children can help prepare. Add a few marshmallows to satisfy your sweet tooth and make the healthy fruit seem like a festive treat to picky eaters.

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Without missing a beat, the sushi rolls landed on the table in all their colorful and radiant glory.

A night on the town takes on a new meaning when you start early and end late at Cork. Food & Drink in Tyler's Time Square Shopping Center. At Cork you’ll enjoy a first-class nightclub atmosphere, live music, superb food and drinks and see all of the most beautiful and fun folks in Tyler. Plus, this place really rocks on the weekend! The “Man” learned at “ringside” in a one-on-one evening with Cork's owner, Jon Florendo. It was a clear Friday night and Cork was packed. People were everywhere: the bar, the side dining room and the upper entertainment decks! It was “let the good times roll” in high gear! Our table for two was on the upper entertainment deck, which was the perfect place to get this special venue's full experience. Chefs Carl Coulter and Tyler Toombs began rolling out their specialties early in the evening. The taste test started with a charcuterie and cheese plate; handmade Filipino-style

good friends Katherine and Larry Stokes, who were delightful. We shared morsels and the specialty craft cocktails with them. Seasonal cocktails at Cork are like fireworks on the Fourth of July! Our creative bartender whipped up two taste extravaganzas. The first, Grapefruit Fennell, was a concoction of fresh grapefruit juice and fennel simple syrup (made in-house) with Tito’s Vodka. The second was a Red Bell Pepper Smash with clover honey, muddled red bell pepper and fresh mint with Plymouth Gin. Across the way, the “Man’s” two good friends, Dr. Amy Johnson and Mary Beth Petrakian, were seated. They, too, were recipients of Jon Florendo’s benevolence. As the evening passed, freelance photographer Bryan Stewart and I sampled Cork's “legendary” 14 ounce Bulgogi Ribeye Steak – with a caramelized Bulgogi sauce and roasted fingerling potatoes – along with friends Amy and Beth.

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spring rolls; and seared blackened tuna with spring mixed greens, grape tomatoes and a sesame ginger dressing. And this was just the beginning! We still had bar snacks a-comin'. The presentation and flavors were stupendous. Our gastro pub fare was juicy and full of punch: cheese burger sliders. (Or “The Aubrey,” as Jon calls ’em.) They were to die for, and the “Man” requests them regularly. Without missing a beat, the sushi rolls landed on the table in all their colorful and radiant glory. We had two different rolls: the Shaggy, which is a beautiful mix of spicy tuna, cucumbers and tempura shrimp topped with swan crab, spicy mayo and Sriracha sauce. The next was Mr. Phamtastik, a mix of blackened tuna, spicy tuna and grilled asparagus topped with avocado, escolar, garlic chips, ponzu serrano and cilantro. Each roll was a work of art and scrumptious. As you can see, there was more than enough for two people, so we tasted and shared. Seated beside us were our

There’s much to tell and time is short, so let’s mention the small plates and move on to the rest of the story. Small plates, the hallmark of Cork, were the Shrimp Mezcal and Spiced Quail. Both were to die for! Cork's wine list is perfect for the setting. Bottles run from $18 to $71, with more than half under $30. The selection ranges from Texas, California, Argentina, Oregon, Chile, Spain and Washington; so the list has something for everyone. Cork. Food & Drink is a unique casual dining restaurant with fabulously fresh and high quality cuisine. They are open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. This is the “Man’s” new favorite place! From the modern Euro-Asian food to the magical thrill of the bar, live entertainment and super fun atmosphere, it’s a good place to be. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about Town.

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What a great summer we’ve had: mostly warm, beautiful days with a few mild evenings and rain showers to keep the lawns looking great! This month the Must List moves from LIBERTY HALL hot outdoor activities into AUGUST 17 the cool nightlife all around us. Billy Joel said, “No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” This month, I’m happy to share a few options with you that cover a wide spectrum of musical tastes.

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THE STANDARD

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FRIDAYS

With its beautiful views and spacious atmosphere, Lago del Pino has become a favorite spot in the past few years with excellent live entertainment and great holiday events. Now they’ve created something new with The Standard at Lago, each Friday starting around 9 p.m. This upscale party boasts a vibrant decor with VIP bottle service and a variety of top class DJ talent. If you’ve been looking for new place to dance with high-energy music, this is your spot.

DUELING PIANOS THE KEYS

WEEKLY

A unique entertainment spot has sprung up in Tyler at Swann’s Plaza on Old Jacksonville Highway. Delivering nonstop live entertainment all night, this venue merges crowd participation with a broad assortment of musical genres. The Keys also plays host to a stunning array of musical talent for you to enjoy. With special themes during the week and dueling pianos on the weekend, everybody will find their favorite night. Check out TheKeysDuelingPianoBar.com to plan your next visit.

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CORK. FOOD & DRINK SATURDAY (AUG. 10)

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SATURDAY (AUG. 17) Show your support for local musicians at this Battle of the Bands event on Saturday, Aug. 17. Selected from a public Facebook poll, five bands will perform in a live concert beginning at 8 p.m. Judges will choose the winning band who then goes on to perform at the East Texas All-Star Showcase on Sept. 7 in downtown Tyler. Tickets and info can be found at LibertyTyler.com. B SC ENEMAG. COM

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IF “EYES ARE THE WINDOWS TO THE SOUL,” THEN PERHAPS ACTUAL WINDOWS ARE EYES TO YOUR STYLE FROM YOUR HOME'S PERSPECTIVE. HOW YOU DRESS THEM UP IS TOTALLY UP TO YOU AND YOUR TASTE, LERAE MUSSELWHITE, OWNER OF TEXTURE, A FABRIC AND DESIGN STUDIO IN TYLER, EXPLAINED. "ANYTHING GOES RIGHT NOW WITH WINDOW TREATMENTS.” SO TOSS THE RULES ABOUT LENGTHS AND FABRIC CHOICES OUT THE WINDOW! "IT'S REALLY UP TO EACH INDIVIDUAL HOMEOWNER AND WHAT THEIR WANTS ANDS NEEDS ARE FOR THE SPACE," MUSSELWHITE SAID. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN CHOOSING THE BEST WINDOW TREATMENT FOR YOUR STYLE.

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Musselwhite takes three basic things into consideration when designing window treatments: what is the shape of the window; what does this room call for in a window treatment; and (perhaps most importantly) what is the vision of the homeowner? "I like to work closely with the homeowner to give them what they want," she said. "I often ask them to show me pictures of what they like or the concept they're trying to achieve in their room. Then I go from there. It's really about creating what they want.

The only rule Musselwhite adheres to for window treatments is to always use blackout lining. Always. "You need a good, heavy lining on your curtains or they won't stand the test of time," she said. Especially in Texas where the summer heat can be scorching, blackout lining is a must. "It not only keeps your house cooler inside – it protects the fabric itself from rotting," she explained. Blackout lining also helps prevent a common design problem: it keeps light from filtering through panels and distorting the look of window treatments. Musselwhite added, "It costs the same as other lining, so why not?" She also takes light into consideration if the window treatment is for a bedroom. “If they want to sleep late or take naps and light is an issue; that calls for a different kind of treatment," she said. There are myriad variables that play into the process, including the size of the window. "If

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Keep It Simple The trend right now is for simple window treatments in statement fabrics like textured linen. "Linens in solid colors or with really great geometric prints are popular right now," Musselwhite revealed. "People are more into 'cleaning it up,' maybe using a simple, flat braid for decoration...I'm not seeing tassel trims and fringes much any more." Cotton, linen and polyester blends have also replaced silks as the go-to fabrics for window treatments.

it's an older house or mid-century model, they sometimes have smaller windows,” Musselwhite said. “We can do an inside mount Roman shade in something like that because those windows just don't look right with long, heavy drapery." "Bottom line: there's no right or

wrong way when it comes to dressing a window," she said. "It's about the client getting the best for their money. After all, it's an investment." And while it's tempting to throw some curtains up and call it a day, when it comes to interior décor, window treatments always help define your style.

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This art form differs from others, such as drawing and painting, because it's more labor-intensive; there's more to mosaic art than charcoal sketching or mixing paint.

“I know there are mosaic artists that may do better work than I do. It’s because I took the extra effort, through research and marketing, that has helped bring me success.”

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Local glass mosaic artist Cassie Edmonds has built her portfolio, featured in The Jerrys in the World Trade Center in Dallas and Kittrell/ Riffkind Art Glass Gallery, abiding by the rules she tells aspiring artists: “Just cut, glue it, grout it. You're done.” Mosaic art, typically comprised of glass or tile pieces, saw a revival in the mid-century modern period and has made another come back in popular decor. Most people associate mosaics with ancient tile work or broken flower pots, which makes Edmonds hesitant of the “mosaic artist” title. “A lot of people haven't seen what I do and most haven't seen a mosaic in a style that I do it,” she said. “They say 'Oh! So you break glass?' I do not break glass, I hand cut almost every single piece.” This art form differs from others, such as drawing and painting, because it's more labor-intensive; there's more to mosaic art than charcoal sketching or mixing paint. Edmond's pieces demand even more work because she doesn't always use grout to fill the space between her materials. “My work is very tight,” Edmonds said. “The process is extremely time consuming, but I love the more refined results.” Edmonds says this passion for mosaics, and precision in her work, borders on obsession. Before her art career, Edmonds received a scholarship to play tennis in college and served as a U.S. Army air traffic controller when she was 31 years old. “I was in the tower working airplanes and helicopters making sure they didn't crash,” Edmonds said. After her stint with the Army, Edmonds moved to Tyler. In her spare time, she did needlework and rug making to keep her hands busy. She comes from an artistic family and textile artwork had always interested her, but it wasn't until she saw one mosaic, stained glass end-table that Edmonds had an epiphany. “I'll never forget the piece I saw, and it wasn't even that good of a piece, but it was good enough,” Edmonds recalled. Edmonds is mostly self-taught; she has only taken one day of “broken china mosaics” class at Tyler Museum of Art. And she sees that as an advantage for her work. “The difference between me and the people that take classes is that I've never been told I couldn't do it,” Edmonds explained. I literally came home and threw out every piece of broken China I had. I didn't really have any proper tools. After many years of reading lots of books, hours of trial and error and boxes of Band-Aids, I’ve finally got a handle on it.” A crucial step in Edmond's art career was matching her aesthetics to a gallery. “You have to

find the right gallery,” Edmonds explained. “If you do pop art or Andy Warhol skull paintings, you're not going to take it to a fine pen-and-ink art gallery.” For Edmonds, that gallery was the Kittrell/ Riffkind in North Dallas. In 2003, she cold-called the gallery and brought them her work. When the Kittrell/Riffkind bought Edmond's mosaics, she didn't realize the gallery's prestige: this is one of the top five galleries in the nation, according to Edmonds.“For the rest of the world, a lot of times it's hard to get into a gallery,” Edmonds said. “Finally I thought, 'This is a big deal.'” Edmonds has received attention for her skull-shaped mosaics made of longhorn skulls. She uses natural stones, stained glass and Swarvoski crystals – along with other materials – continued on pg. 81

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"I literally came home and threw out every piece of broken China I had. I didn't really have any proper tools. After many years of reading lots of books, hours of trial and error and boxes of Band-Aids, I’ve finally got a handle on it.” to make these signature pieces. “I love taking the old and making it new, so I guess I was somewhere when I saw some turquoise skulls, maybe in Santa Fe, and that's when it hit me,” Edmonds said of her signature pieces. Now The Jerrys Gallery, an upscale wholesaler, exclusively sells her skulls. Edmond's portfolio can be found through her website, cassieedmondsmosaics.com. Her work is available at The Jerrys, Kittrell/Riffkind and Blue Moon Art Gallery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has taken on larger installation pieces as her new challenge and currently serves as executive director for Historic Tyler. To aspiring artists, Edmonds advises developing more than raw talent. “Artists that have their work hanging on the wall at any given art gallery are there because they made the calls, did the leg work, got out there and marketed themselves,” Edmonds explained. “I know there are mosaic artists that may do better work than I do. It’s because I took the extra effort, through research and marketing, that has helped bring me success.”

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GEEK by Lindsey Todd Morgan

This August the tech gods have smiled upon us with a plethora of deliciously geeky gadgets and we can't wait to dive in! Read on and keep yourself street smart on the latest from the high-tech super highway with these perfectly Poindexter products.

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Every so often a product comes out that we just can’t wait to talk about, even if we can’t put our hands on it right away and the new Mac Pro Desktop definitely has our heads spinnin’! At first glance, one can’t help but notice the drastic change in the tower design. Mac opted for a cylinder shape replacing the tried and true rectangular case in which most Apple lovers are familiar. At just 9.9 inches tall and 6.6 inches in diameter, the new Mac is much smaller than we anticipated. The unit features one fan that cools the tower from top to bottom and the inside boasts 2 Intel Xeon processors with a maximum configuration of up to 12 cores. The new Mac features a PCI e-based flash storage which can be up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives. Most impressively, the Intel Xeon processor is coupled with two AMD FirePro GPUs that supports up to 6 GB dedicated VRAM allowing duel displays up to 4k! Pricing for the new Mac Pro is not yet released, but initial speculation has the base model starting out around three grand, with the loaded model coming in around five. Sometime this fall we should know if the hype holds.

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BUILDING THE BRIDGE BETWEEN REALITY AND THE IDEAL OF DESIGN Article By: William Knous Architecture Photos By: Craig D Blackmon, FAIA Photos By: Noel Martin

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W H AT T H E Y ’ R E A LW AY S T RY I N G T O D O I S S H O W S O M E O N E T H E R E I S S O M E T H I N G E L S E O U T T H E R E , P U S H I N G T H E S TA N D A R D S O F D E S I G N F U R T H E R A N D E L E VAT I N G T H E P R O J E C T S T O B E E V E N B E T T E R .

Architecture now is not the same as architecture was five, 25 or 250 years ago. This is as true today as in any other era of history, and this is the nature of a truly creative endeavor: it will always move forward. For Steve Fitzpatrick, founding partner of Tyler’s Fitzpatrick Architects, there is no choice but to move forward. He’s always thinking about the enclosure, the space and the environment that surrounds it. What is it? How would he change it? How can he change it? Forgive the double negative, but Fitzpatrick explains things simply: “I am never not [thinking that way] – it’s all the time. I think most people don’t realize that your environment, the space you’re in, really shapes your outlook on things. For me, it’s the house where I live. Every day, 14 years after building it, I still think about it. I walk through and love the way it looks, the way the light comes in, the way it feels ... Space affects the way you feel.” Perhaps the most famous architect of all time, Frank Lloyd Wright, said that an architect “must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” Fitzpatrick and his firm are poised perfectly for East Texas. Fitzpatrick was raised in Tyler, before attending Texas A&M for Environmental Design

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and then earning his Masters of Architecture from Rice. Both highly respected Texas schools offered very different experiences, a mix of traditional and progressive, large and small communities, big and small cities. That blending of ethos has helped Fitzpatrick, and his firm as a whole, to understand and embrace East Texas – a place that holds on dearly to the traditions and history that formed such wonderful communities, while simultaneously seeking inspiration from the possibility of originality and always moving forward. Traditionally, architecture in East Texas leans toward the classical, more traditional styles. And, Fitzpatrick Architects can certainly design in that way. Yet, what they’re always trying to do is show someone there is something else out there, pushing the standards of design further and elevating the projects to be even better. “We find out what a client is interested in, what they want, etc. and go from there,” Fitzpatrick said. “We want to raise the bar whenever and wherever we get the chance, we want to show that there’s more out there.” Take, for example, the new Green Acres Crosswalk Center and Lighthouse. They were interested in a classical, respectful approach regarding the appearance of the building’s exteriors:

stacked windows, arches and so forth. But indoors, the spaces are arranged with the latest technology in a very modern way, with overlooks, open spaces of different volumes and ways for people to connect dynamically. It’s a convergence of seemingly disparate styles to create a new and singular place; an alchemy of space. Architecture is art and science, math and design. It is form and function. It’s inspired and improvisational and, typically, mapped out years in advance of the actual construction. What exists in the mind of the architect is wholly original and generally outstrips the preconceptions of the client who will own it. As such, architects are always trying to bridge the gap between the ideal design of what is possible, and what will actually be accepted for construction in the real world. They exist on this bridge as both the potential and the practical move forward together, moreover, they must build the bridge as they walk it themselves, because they not only conceive the idea, they are the ones who are making it real. Fitzpatrick Architects has that set of plans – for themselves and for what they wish to do for others. Partners Steve Fitzpatrick, Chad Humphries, Brandy Ziegler, Brian Phillips, Trey Greer, Chuck

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T H E Y C A N P R O D U C E T H E U LT R A - M O D E R N J U S T A S E X P E R T LY A S T H E C L A S S I C . T H E Y C A N D E S I G N W I T H I N T H E T I G H T E S T C O N S T R A I N T S O F A G O V E R N M E N TA L LY A P P R O V E D B U D G E T, O R T U R N S O M E O N E ’ S D R E A M I N T O B R I C K S A N D M O R TA R

generate ideas. They want to create beautiful spaces that offer a client what they need, as well as what they might not even know they want. Recently, Fitzpatrick has been working with businesses who want to redefine their space, as well as have it suit what it is they do: places like the Genesis Phirst Building, Wood County Electric Cooperative, Southern Surgical Arts and the Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas. And as they’ve recently opened their own new office in Tyler, the parallels are plain to see. Their offices are undergoing the same transformation as so many of their clients, and are excited to be a part of the revitalization of the Times Square Shopping Center. They have come up with the ideas, translated those ideas to the job, and then merged the job and the space. “A lot of people don’t really have a good understanding of what architects do,” Fitzpatrick explained. “A lot of people think that we have things

again. “The exciting thing about doing architecture is that every day it’s exciting to go to work because you never repeat. It’s always something new: clients, needs, designs, coming up with new ideas and new ways of doing something – we hope. Then, we see it through to the end. There are multiple projects going at once. Every day there’s a different experience – it’s never boring. When students come to visit the office, they’ll ask: ‘What do you like most about your job?’ My answer is always ‘the job.’” The 18-person team at Fitzpatrick pushes each project forward. They can design and coordinate everything from the floor plans to the structure to the finishes, on down to the hardware on the cabinets and the fonts on the signage. It is a streamlined process, efficiently reducing unnecessary steps. The team meets with the client, gets a sense of the initial vision and then forms it. From the first meeting until the day the doors open, it’s the purest

tightest constraints of a governmentally approved budget, or turn someone’s dream into bricks and mortar. Their designs and process are empathetic to the wants and needs of the client, knowing that they are putting together a home for someone’s family, business or congregation. Churchill said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Fitzpatrick Architects is that bridge between what we see today, and what East Texas will look like in the future, and they are building it and shaping it as they go. “You know, it took awhile for us to get to the point where we’d have the opportunity to work on a lot of large projects,” Fitzpatrick recalled. “When I started [Fitzpatrick Architects] I remembered being at other firms before and thinking that if I ever got to be the person making the calls I would bring in younger people, give them as much responsibility as they can bite off and let them go. Whatever they can do, they can do. I am going to get as much energy

‘in the drawer,’ or perhaps these days we would say ‘in the computer.’ They believe if they have a project for us to work on we pull out something we’ve already done and use that, and that it’s typical and that’s the easiest way to do things. We don’t ever do that. We start from scratch with every client with their needs and their interests. We go from there.” That unquestionably allows for the most cohesive project possible: one source, as if the songwriter also expertly played every instrument on a record. For the team at Fitzpatrick, it’s a wholly collaborative effort to listen to the clients and then craft a space that accurately fits their needs, while at the same time offering their expertise to optimize that space, literally building an atmosphere conducive to creativity, productivity or any other desired effect. In their own new space, their excitement is contagious and is leading to the generation of ideas, again and

incarnation of the client’s original idea. To be fair, this has always been possible. Today, it is only more likely. Now, more than at any other time in history, the technology exists to allow everyone else to share the visions that have been pouring out of architects’ brains for years. Before, we’d see static set of plans: black and blue lines drawn clinically on enormous pieces of paper to represent the vaulted ceilings and green gardens that could be there. Today, you can sit in the conference room at Fitzpatrick Architects and take a virtual tour of a fully 3-D rendering of a building before the first brick is laid. Architecture has always been a sort of distilled interpretation of the environment and the times, and Fitzpatrick Architects are ready now in this moment. They can produce the ultra-modern just as expertly as the classic. They can design within the

in it as possible in this place. That’s why I made the current partners into partners. It’s each one of their firms too, now. It’s a combined effort from everyone here, and it’s lifted the whole firm. I didn’t want to be an architect where it’s my firm, but then when I am done then the firm is done. I wanted to start this in motion, let people buy into it, then keep it going,” Fitzpatrick finished a bit more quietly. “Almost all the old firms in Tyler are gone now. When the guy quit working, it was over. This won’t be that way. “We are not interested in replication,” Fitzpatrick said. “We are interested in pushing forward. We have challenged ourselves to become idea generators. We are seeing many of those ideas come to life …”

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WHY AMERICA GOES GAGA FOR THE MOST FAMOUS BABY IN BRITAIN Article By: William Knous

It was only a few short days ago that Kate Middleton, whose official title is the Duchess of Cambridge upon Hamstead-shire-heath-borough-glen at Stoke, I think, gave birth to His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Luis of Cambridge. And suddenly, America collectively stopped what they were doing and proceeded to shut down the Internet and all water-cooler banter with talk of the newest member of Great Britain's royal family. I have seen some crazy things in my days, limited though they may be, but I simply do not understand the fascination with lives of royalty – specifically English royals. I don't mean to be uncouth, but didn't Americans once see the rule of a monarchy as unjust? Sure, things have changed quite a bit overseas, and the royal family now holds a largely ceremonial place in the life and culture of Great Britain. Furthermore, the English have been staunch allies of the United States for the last century. So, clearly no one is arguing that the current generation has reason to dislike them on that account. Yet, it does seem a little like taking too much interest in the life of an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend. I mean sure, let's do the whole World War thing and stay friends after the breakup, but we don't need to text all day about “the fam” do we? It's still a bit surprising to see so many people with literally zero connection to these people losing their mind about a kid they'll probably never even see in person. There are people running around this very office who seem to care more about the little Prince than their own flesh and blood. Now, if we were talking about the musical artist Prince, I'm totally on-board. That guy is a genius and he's already roughly the same size as the average English baby, while contributing way more to our culture. Speaking of “culture,” it's possible to make the case that we already live in a society wildly obsessed with celebrity for its own sake. As we all know, most civilians do not possess the kind of talent needed to elevate them to

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the national stage. After all, I gave up my dream of professional gymnastics just a few weeks ago. Still, we all want the fame and fortune that sort of talent can bring. There is no more perfect example of celebrity for its own sake than royalty. They've done absolutely nothing to earn their positions, save be born, but they enjoy the spoils nonetheless. And unsurprisingly, Americans eat that concept up heartily with their affordable KFC Famous Bowls. What was most frightening about this whole affair was the potential for the child to be named something so wildly nonsensical that it could shatter all the records for general ridiculousness (most of which are currently held in the state of Florida), instead of George. The train of celebrity baby names has gone completely of the rails of human decency already, so imagining what could happen with William and Kate boggles the mind. Here's a sampling of real humans who are stuck with names that sound like insults for the least popular pledge of a fraternity: magician Penn Jillette's daughter, Moxie Crimefighter (sounds like she was born in 1932); actor Jason Lee's daughter, Pilot Inspektor (with a K!); actor Rob Morrow's daughter, Tu (yep, it's painfully obvious); actress Shannyn Sossaman's son, Audio Science (sounds like a blowoff class I took freshman year); Kim and Kanye's baby, North West (I give up); and of course, Jermaine Jackson's daughter, Jermajesty. We've come full circle, back to the “royalty.” I think that's the dream, anyway, really. Americans don't want to simply be celebrities or be famous, because that generally requires the cultivation of a talent to carry you to glory. No, what we want

I HAVE SEEN SOME CRAZY THINGS IN MY DAYS, LIMITED THOUGH THEY MAY BE, BUT I SIMPLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE FASCINATION WITH LIVES OF ROYALTY – SPECIFICALLY ENGLISH ROYALS. is to achieve the highest levels of fame and notoriety with no work whatsoever, and that's only possible by being born into a royal family like the Windsors or the Kardashians. People are so interested in this new little Duke as an extension of their own desires to have horses and castles and – as some of my female coworkers believe – an endless hat/shoe collection. It's altogether pointless, really. Everyone knows that no matter what the child was named, what the law says about his succession to the throne or how far back his hairline begins to recede from birth, he will never rule Great Britain. Because, as we all know, Queen Elizabeth is a stone-cold, old-school boss. She's well past 120 years old at this point, and even her mother is still alive. She jumped out of an airplane with James Bond at last summer's London Olympics, remember? At this point, lining up any heirs to the throne is no more than wishful thinking – like thinking the next Kardashian baby will have a normal name, like "George."

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