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ell, here we are... one issue in the books, so to speak, and another one on the stands in 2013. I'll tell you what, everyone here at BSCENE Magazine is beyond excited to for the amazing things slated for upcoming issues. Right out of the gate we are bringing something brand new to East Texas, something no one has ever done before. This is our inaugural East Texas Bachelor issue – and we couldn't be more excited. We narrowed it down to our five choices: men who best represented what's amazing about East Texas. They all work hard in their chosen professions. They all serve their community. They all care about East Texas and it shows! Next, we opened up voting to the public on our website and allowed you to choose the cover of our first ever East Texas Bachelor issue! And I've got to say, you guys made a great choice... We're proud to have Nick Pesina Jr. on our cover as the first ever East Texas Bachelor! To be fair, while we've never done a Bachelor issue before, this is not uncommon for BSCENE.

We always say that we want to treat BSCENE as “a mirror for East Texas,” reflecting the best of the area back to the folks that live here, and this month that means a host of things. What I mean is, the readers are constantly helping us shape and change our format. We want to listen to the people of East Texas and find out what you're interested in, what you're looking for and then seek out the best way for us to bring those goods and services, and information to you in a new and exciting way. We always say that we want to treat BSCENE as “a mirror for East Texas,” reflecting the best of the area back to the folks that live here, and this month that means a ton of things. First off, the annual Best Of 2012 Readers' Choice Awards results are in! These are people, places, businesses and events chosen by the readers as the best in their fields in all of East Texas. From the best taco in town, to the consensus on where to

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host your childrens' birthday parties, we've gathered recommendations we know you'll love. We've got love on our minds; this is the month of Valentine’s Day, after all. We know this holiday takes up quite a bit of time and thought for everyone, so we wanted to help out where we can. In the B Well section, that means exploring the real, tangible health benefits of being in love. BSCENE talked to several local experts and found some surprising information about the physical, emotional and psychological effects of being in love. It's interesting stuff you won't want to miss. From food to fitness to fashion, we've got the perfect support for your adventures on Feb. 14. In the Cook Well section, there is a healthy Valentine’s Day recipe from a celebrity chef you may recognize. Our Style section offers everything from gift ideas for guys to impress your ladies, to suggestions on the perfect Valentine’s outfit. The Fitness IQ focuses on workouts and exercises you can do with a partner, as well as the lift having a teammate in the gym with you can bring. On the other hand, this month's Back Page article offers an opposing view to Valentine’s Day, and points out the potential positives of a breakup. We covered a lot of areas for you guys, and I think you'll enjoy it – much more so than our original idea about an issue on Groundhog Day! But don't forget that, even though time is flying by, it's still early in 2013... and that means BSCENE has a few more big ideas we think you'll love headed your way. This issue, in addition to the East Texas Bachelor, we're featuring a literary review by a local expert. There will also be new events and fresh incarnations of your favorite sections. Plus, you'll see a brand new Arts Section that's never been in the pages of BSCENE before. We've got a lot planned for 2013, and we're still just getting warmed up. We're happy you're with us for the journey, and to stay informed. Be sure to check out our website, BSCNENEMAG. com, our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (@BSCENEMAG)!

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ebruary is a wonderful month, but one that gets very little love, if you'll pardon the pun. People tend to think of February as having some of the worst weather of the entire year. It does! They complain that it's shortened, which means less time to earn money or get things accomplished. It is. Even more folks will whine about the fact that February contains Valentine's Day, and that it is a very public and repetitive affront to all those without significant others in their lives. They're right. But that's only half the story. February is awesome, and I'm going to prove it to you.

For folks who like Valentine's Day; good, enjoy it. For those of you who don't, enjoy the extra Russell Stover's and be glad you didn't just spend $100 on a rubbery steak cut in the shape of a heart.

First, the weather. Sure, it's a little dreary outside. The cold rain doesn't make it too much fun to venture outdoors very often, right? Then again, it's perfectly timed. We've got NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl, college basketball is heating up, the NBA is going full steam, and I'm sure there are some other ones in there... World Series of Darts maybe? That stuff is awesome in high definition. The darts go right at your face! Also, you've got the Oscars and the re-release of all the year's best movies. Basically, what I'm saying is that there's no real need to go outside in February. (Unless you're into duck hunting ... and that's just insanity). It's freezing out there.

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February is shorter. Fine, it's true and I'm not going to argue with you. But think of it this way: for every job that it makes tougher, there are others that it improves. Teachers? That's a few less days to have to deal with those “little angels.” Bank employees have President's Day off and all those other pseudo-holidays that I don't understand. It's like they're paying you to work less and you're scamming the system with charm. It's like you're in “Oceans 11!” Now, what about Valentine's Day? This is easy – and parents, you'll be with me on this one, it's like Halloween but without having to buy a ridiculously expensive costume that breaks half an hour into the night. The crown jewel: leftover candy! For folks who like Valentine's Day; good, enjoy it. For those of you who don't, enjoy the extra Russell Stover's and be glad you didn't just spend $100 on a rubbery steak cut in the shape of a heart. Then, of course, you've got BSCENE Magazine. There is so much to look forward to this issue. There is the Texas Rose Festival Winter Gala and other amazing events from all over East Texas. You're going to get a look at some of the new, exciting features we'll be rolling out to our readers in 2013. There's a book review; a new article from East Texas culinary legend, Leigh Vickery, and the continuation of The Must List – and so much more. And to be honest, I don't know why you even stopped on this page, because just a few pages after, you'll find BSCENE's inaugural East Texas Bachelor. We counted your votes and we've narrowed it down to the cover man, and the four other eligible men who some of my female coworkers tell me are quite the catch. So kick back, relax and enjoy this sneaky-great month and catch up with THE Magazine of East Texas.

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t's pretty amazing to think that we are already two months into 2013! February is always fi lled with so many fun and exciting social events, as well as other great functions that only happen once a year. It's a month to honor the ones we love with Valentine's Day, a month to celebrate Black History. There's a slew of other themes including National Candy Month and with the many holidays come exciting events that fi ll up this short month! To ring in 2013, my friends Crystal Hardy, Paige and Rob Guy hosted a masquerade ball at the Courtyard by Marriott in Tyler, with proceeds benefiting Wounded Warriors. There were phantom masks, carnival masks and some of the most amazing ball gowns I have seen in a while. The people involved went all out, and the event was a huge success!

It seems we are always r aving about the fabulous folks here in East Texas, but it's true! The charity-minded individuals here are many and easy to find. January also brought the Annual Business Expo, put on by the Tyler Chamber of Commerce. BSCENE was there in full force to mingle with the public and get photos of the many local businesses that offer services and products to our area. We love our friends at the Chamber, and plugging into that network is a must for any new business! A great thing about working at BSCENE is that we are always meeting new businesses and owners that come to the area. For the February Man About Town, Dr. Sharpe and friends visited the new Pinot's Palette in Tyler. Guests can socialize, paint and bring their favorite bottle of wine to enjoy while they create their very own artwork. Read more on Aubrey's adventure in his column located in the Cook Well section. It seems we are always raving about the fabulous folks here in East Texas, but it's true! The charity-minded individuals here are many and easy to find. Longview Regional Medical Center honors the women of East Texas out making a real difference every year with the Stars Over Longview. These ladies are recognized and honored for their contributions to the community. They serve as a reminder for the next year that one person truly can make a difference. Be sure to check out the photos from the event, you may see someone you know! Until next event,

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Moore supply co. sponsored the Tyler Area builder’s Association luncheon at bruno’s in Tyler on January 17.

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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.

calvary Plumbing held a ribbon cutting at it’s new location in Tyler on December 5. The ribbon cutting symbolizes calvary Plumbing’s induction into the Lindale Area chamber of commerce.

sparkle boutique held a ribbon cutting to commemorate the grand opening of it’s location in nacogdoches, on novemeber 9.

The Holt House, is a mid-century home in the Azalea District of Tyler that was converted into a center for seniors in 1986. on December 21, the Holt House was inducted into the Tyler Area chamber of commerce.

east Texas Doctors of chiropractic held a seminar at it’s location in Tyler on January 15. The meeting covered topics from weights loss to flu prevention.

ALTRA Federal credit Union presented a check for $3,300, to the east Texas Food bank at it’s location in Tyler on December 12.

Longview Lawn & Garden equipment celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at it’s new location on Marshall Ave. in Longview, on January 10.

Hardy Wealth Management Group opened it’s doors with a ribbon cutting at it’s new location in Tyler, on november 13.

on December 12, cIMA Hospice and Jordan Health services held a ribbon cutting event for the opening of the new cIMA Hospice Tyler office.


The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of Galleria Z - Custom Picture Framing & Beyond at it’s location in Nacogdoches on November 6.

Longview Regional Medical Center’s, Healthy Woman’s Wreath Run generated $12,000 to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Gregg and Harrison Counties.

Beverly Abell and Martin Heines were recognized by the Texas Downtown Association at this year’s Texas Downtown Revitalization President’s Awards Gala in Wichita Falls. City Councilman Martin Heines was named the state’s Downtowner of the Year.

East Texas Medical Center unveiled it’s new emergency response helicopter, the Air 1, at the ETMC HeliPad in Tyler on January 7.

Nearly 500 Nacogdoches ISD fifth grade students packed the SFASU’s William R. Johnson Coliseum for “After High School Comes College,” an initiative designed to make post-secondary school an expected step in a child’s educational plan.

Former County Sheriff J.B. Smith cut the red tape on the new Smith County Jail Low-Risk Facility in Tyler on December 21.

Gym Box welcomed eager athletes with a ribbon cutting at it’s new location in Longview on January 11.

The UPS Store of Tyler became accredited by the Better Business Bureau at it’s location in Tyler on December 11.


East Texas is blessed with an abundance that appeals. There are beautiful landscapes of rolling hills and tall pines, lakes and rivers, building and industry and development as far as the eyes can see. But our greatest resource, without any doubt, is the wonderful people. One segment of that population that represents so much about what makes East Texas wonderful, are these men. Generous, successful and, lets face it, just plain dreamy; these are BSCENE Magazine’s inaugural East Texas Bachelor finalists. We sent out a call to our readers and the people of East Texas to nominate men who met a few simple requirements: they must be at least 28, they must be unmarried and they must be gainfully employed. That was all we asked for, but the people came through with so much more! We received an incredible amount of nominations from all across the area, and almost without fail the nominees were deserving of recognition. However, we could only choose five. It was an arduous process involving their photos and a some dice, but we narrowed it down to the dapper gentlemen you see on these pages. Subsequently, we left the rest entirely up to you. For the month of January, we opened the voting to the people of East Texas. Whoever received the most support online would be named the 2013 East Texas Bachelor and grace our February 2013 cover! After posting the photos and bios of the five bachelor contenders on our website, the response was overwhelming – and we couldn’t be happier for Nick Pesina, Jr.

THE BACHELOR ISSUE But we want you meet them all! These guys are all unique, varying in age, professions, interests and hairstyles. But the one thing they all share is a love for the place they call home. Whether these bachelors have lived here their entire lives or are relatively new to the area, they are proud to call themselves East Texans... Here are the top five!

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uite frankly, we could not have ended up with a more deserving Bachelor if we'd hand-picked him ourselves. Luckily for us, Pesina was nominated by friends and coworkers, and chosen by the people of East Texas. The votes poured in, and though it was close, BSCENE is proud to have him on our cover as the first ever Bachelor of East Texas! Hailing from Royse City, Texas, Pesina works diligently as a lawyer at the firm of Roberts & Roberts, in Tyler. His interests are broad and include Sports, Politics, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Texas history and indigenous cultures. He’s also very fit, and enjoys cooking, poker, CrossFit, reading, good conversation, bars with patios, laughing and mentoring his younger brother. Family is very important to Pesina, who counts his grandmother, Jovita Garcia Cavazos, as his personal hero; and his mother, Christina J. Pesina, as the person he admires most. “She’s my rock,” he professes. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, he attended law school at The University of Texas. Pesina says his greatest accomplishment is graduating from The University of Texas School of Law and passing the Texas Bar Exam. Outside of his hobbies, Nick volunteers his time and energy for National CASA, a non-profit organization that provides trained community volunteers to advocate in court for abused and neglected children; Board of Directors for Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and the Tyler-Smith County Texas Exes Scholarship Committee. Being an East Texas Bachelor, in his own words: “I think a bachelor should be a well-rounded individual with ambition, charisma, a heart and a person that likes to have fun. A bachelor should be a person of strong faith and an individual who is very family-oriented. I think a Bachelor should have at least one woman in his life and that woman is my Mom … I have roots in East Texas and I want to help make my community better than it was the day I arrived. I think being the East Texas Bachelor would give me another platform to help positively impact my community. (I promise this isn’t a campaign speech!) I also don’t take myself too seriously and I enjoy being around positive individuals.”


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ric Sullivan is a considerate guy – and he has to be. Every day he hears a new story and has to break it down thoughtfully on his jobs as a sportscaster for CBS 19 and radio host for ESPN 92.1. In fact, his personal credo is to always stop and take 5 extra seconds to think about and look at both sides of a situation. As you might guess with this Wickes, Arkansas-raised gentleman, sports figures mightily in his life. Along with making it his profession, he played basketball in college at Arkansas State and still enjoys running, playing basketball and softball, and spending time on the water. He’s a history buff for sports and rock-and-roll, and even listens to sports talk radio when he’s not at work! His personal hero is Duke University Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski and, to-date, his greatest accomplishments are all sports-related. He pulled off a sportscaster’s dream by covering the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series and the NBA Finals. But he says, “The only thing missing is covering the Cowboys at the Super Bowl!” He donates time and considerable energy to the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas, to The Salvation Army and to many speaking engagements at area schools. Sully, as his friends call him, has a different take on being an East Texas bachelor: "I simply despise all those reality shows, like 'The Bachelor,' simply because they are fake! It takes more than a television show to really get to know a woman. It takes time and effort. It seems like everybody wants something from someone, and not for [who they are]. I’m probably a little too old school, but that’s what I believe and probably why I’m still single (ha!)”


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oderick Russell can be considered a true Southern gentleman. His favorite food is a secret family pasta recipe from back home in Winona, his favorite book is Harper Lee's “To Kill A Mockingbird” and his personal motto is even “Honesty is the best policy.” Plus, he graduated from LeTourneau University and served in the Marine Corps. When he’s not working as a Sr. System Support Analyst or IBM iSeries Administrator at East Texas Medical Center, you’ll probably find him playing sports with his friends – he’s a huge fan of golfing, running, bowling, billiards, darts, fitness training and even fantasy football. Relationships are important for Russell, and his interests reflect that. He’s intrigued by religion, fitness, current events, sports, technology (of course), architecture, art, foods from other regions and countries, wines and imported beers – all things with a sense of community and that are best enjoyed with others in discussion and participation. He volunteers his time and energy to Toys for Tots. When asked for his favorite or most inspirational quotes, he doesn’t recount something from a general or sports star. He chose Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” To be chosen as the East Texas Bachelor, in his own words: “I feel that I should be chosen as East Texas Bachelor because I encompass what East Texas is about. I work hard and enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Even though I don’t always get it right the first time, instead of quitting I always will continue to strive for excellence."


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t just 29 years old, Hunter Taylor is the youngest of our five finalists. But what he might lack in age he certainly makes up for in character. Taylor is all about excellence – he pursued it during his undergrad at the University of Texas and during grad school at Ole Miss. He requires it every day from his players as the Head Basketball Coach at Spring Hill High School in Longview. It seems to be working so far, as the Panthers continue with another successful season after their District Championship and trip to the postseason in 2012. That pursuit of excellence can be seen in Taylor’s other endeavors, because his interests lie not just in success, but in the positive development toward it. He quotes legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” When asked about his interests, he does jump quickly to basketball but stresses coaching and mentoring the players on his team at Spring Hill and spending time with family and friends. The person he most admires is basketball player Brittany Boyd. He named his father, Bruce Taylor, and his high school basketball coach, Ron Boyett, as his personal heroes. But it’s not all about basketball for Taylor, he also enjoys reading, hitting the lake (when it’s warm) and traveling when he can. He dubbed his induction into the Texas Cowboys organization at the University Of Texas and serving two years on Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s legislative staff in Washington, D.C. as his greatest achievements. On Friday mornings, you can find him taking part in as a Feed & Seed (a community breakfast outreach ministriy) Supporter on at New Beginnings Church. But otherwise, if we’re honest, he’s probably in the gym.


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r. David Flynn is focused on health... his, yours and everyone’s. From leading workshops in his office to volunteering for any number of events focused on healthy-living, like the Susan G. Komen’s Race For The Cure, Flynn can be found encouraging those seeking healthier lifestyles. He also serves as medical director for the Rose City Triathlon and The Tyler Half Ironman. Though not originally from the south (he’s a Pennsylvania transplant that attended chiropractic school in Houston) Flynn takes full advantage of what East Texas has to offer. His hobbies include hiking, camping, travel, kayaking, biking, auto restoration, fourwheeling and working out. And his favorite sport? Football. Now, that's pretty 'East Texan.' Like all our bachelor finalists, Flynn has a strong desire for success in his career. He designated moving to East Texas and opening his own small business as his greatest achievement. However, he always seeks to improve – whether it’s the health and fitness of others through is practice or his regular community involvement. Either way, it’s about pressing forward. Perhaps that’s why Flynn’s favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” However, he’s hesitant to name either a personal motto or someone he most admires, preferring instead to keep the future open and laid out at his feet. To be an East Texas Bachelor, in his own words: “I think being a good bachelor is about representing Tyler and East Texas in the best way possible. It’s about working hard, helping out and making a difference in people’s lives for the better.”


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The Beatles once sang, “All you need is love.” And while that may not be exactly true, once someone has experienced the feelings associated with being in love, nothing quite compares. Medically speaking, love is not only exciting to experience, it also has some health benefits. So next time you are snuggling with your significant other, keep in mind that love does a body good.

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You are in love and notice that, not only do you feel better, you don’t get sick nearly as often. Coincidence? Maybe not...Bobbie Burks, MA, Licensed Professional CounselorSupervisor and Board-Certified Professional Christian Counselor at 4:13 Center for Change in Tyler, explained that studies show that couples in happy relationships have stronger immune systems. “In research, they observed couples who had positive versus negative conflict resolution strategies,” Burks said. The results showed that couples who conveyed loving and positive behaviors had a more effective immune system function. Not only were they happier in their relationships, their ability to fend of disease was strengthened. So why exactly does love boost your ability to fend off disease? Experts say that because the body is the state that being “in love” brings, it helps all body systems “hit on all cylinders,” resulting in a more effective immune system – with a boost to other systems in the body.

Weight Loss

Losing 5 pounds may be just another perk of falling for someone. Wether you are the type that eats more or eats less during the early stages of love, there is a scientific explanation for the lucky ones that actually lose weight. Burks explained the key is hormones. Norepinephrine is released in the brain when someone is in love. It is a precursor for adrenaline – which is an energy booster and an appetite suppressant. “That’s part of the reason why many people who report falling in love lose weight at the beginning of the relationship.” Burks says it has nothing to do with wanting to look one’s best for their partner.

Faster Recovery

Do happy couples rebound faster from illness? Research shows that feelings of being in love positively affect most all of the systems in the body as claimed by, Wilson Renfroe, Psy.D., of Clinical Associates of East Texas. In fact, he says faster recovery is also observed in heart disease and cholesterol levels of people in love. “As a result, the body will recover faster from an injury, sickness or surgery when that feeling of love and support is present,” Renfroe said. “Having the desire to get well to continue to experience life with someone is a strong motivator.” b sceneMAG. co M

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Stressed to the max? Maybe a good dose of love can help ease your nerves. Renfroe says having love in one’s life generally tends to reduce overall stress in the body. Even if it is first a mental benefit, it still has a natural, positive effect on the entire body. “Each individual body system is able to function much more smoothly and run as it was designed,” he explained. Having a supportive significant other can also help ease the burden of daily living, which can lessen stress. Burks reports that in her experience as a counselor, people in loving relationships report lower levels of stress-related illnesses and higher levels of getting and staying healthy. And less stress means a healthier, happier and longer life!

A Powerful Painkiller

Next time you are feeling in pain, the touch of your mate may lessen your discomfort. Endocrinologist for Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Meg Reitmeyer, MD, explains that being in love releases a host of mood-boosting hormones. As social creatures, the need to create meaningful relationships is in our makeup. So, our hormones help promote positive interactions with others by creating feelings of happiness and security when we’re with the ones we love. In fact, Reitmeyer revealed that love can serve as a powerful painkiller. “Being in love releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers and help promote a sensation of happiness,” she explained. “People in happy, healthy relationships also tend to have lower levels of cortisol and other stress hormones.” Even though your significant other may get on your last nerve at times, as long as the relationship is altogether beneficial and supportive, your overall heath is improved. But take heed that relationships gone bad can have the exact opposite effect on one’s health. Couples that reap the positive benefits of a happy longterm relationship are those that have worked to keep it that way. Burks shared a final tip for couples seeking happy, healthy relationships: As we say... “It works if you work it.” by Holly Head, hhead@bscenemag.com

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Get with the program and your significant other. Exercising together is motivating, healthy and can strengthen your relationship. XTC shares some tips for two!

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elationships are hard work, no doubt about it. Some might be a little harder than others – but that just means that the results will be even more worth it in the end. Working out with a partner can offer a much larger chance of success than hitting the gym on your own, from start to finish. Studies show working out with someone else can increase your motivation to even make it to the gym. It can be easy to stay home alone, but it's much tougher to cancel plans with someone else. If you have a standing date, it offers you (and your partner) more of a concrete incentive to be there, ready to go. When you’re with a partner, the actual process of working out will tend to go better for you. The concept is similar to the reasoning behind fitness classes. During your workouts, you’re more like to be motivated to push yourself harder and further. Seeing someone else working hard to improve is a constant reminder of why you decided to take a more active role in your physical fitness in the first place. Working out smarter and harder will probably lead you to better results. On a more basic level, you’re more likely to have a good time when working out with someone else. Trips to the gym in the early morning or after work can feel like a real pain sometimes, so it’s always good to have someone there that feels your pain, and your gain. Pretty much any workout will seem better if it’s shared with someone you like to be around, anyway. Plus, with a partner there, you’ll always have a spotter or someone to give you a high five when it's much-needed. Then, after it’s all said and done, there’s a very obvious upside to working out with someone else: the people you hang around with will be thinner, healthier and happier! You guys will be able to share one another’s goals and successes. And, if things aren’t going so well, there’s a support system in place to help lift one another’s spirits (and barbells). With all that in mind, we went to some of the experts at XTC Fitness & Sports to find out some of the most effective and advantageous partner workouts to be found.

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standing Medicine Ball Woodchop how To: (ToP leFT PhoTo) stand back to back with partner, one person holding medicine ball. Both partners simultaneously twist their upper body to pass ball at waist level. (Top right photo) Twist the opposite direction to pass the ball back to your partner, this time at head level. This completes one rep. continue passing the ball, alternating between waist level and head level. (Top left photo) Next, switch the direction of the ball so that you are passing the ball at waist level and head level on the opposite side. Tips: stand with feet at least hip-width apart, and keep knees slightly bent. 2-3 sets, 15-30 reps

seated Medicine Ball Pass how To: sit back-to-back with your partner, about 6 inches apart, with one person holding the medicine ball. slightly lean back toward each other, and lift your feet off the ground. hold this position as each of you twist your upper body to pass the ball. once the ball has been passed, twist the opposite direction to pass the ball again, completing one rep. continue passing back and forth to complete the set. Tips: Keep your feet on the ground to make the movement easier. Keep your chest up and shoulders back. 2-3 sets, 15-30 reps

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ECONOMIC OUTLOOK / GABC CROSSWALK CENTER / 1.17.13 Guests gathered at the Green Acres CrossWalk Center in Tyler on January 17, for the 29th Annual Economic Outlook by Dr. Ray Perryman. Economists, and financially-minded business professionals enjoyed a hot lunch while listening to guest speakers give their forecast for the upcoming 2013 fiscal year.

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A simple heart scan called coronary calcium screening can detect your risk of cardiovascular disease. The noninvasive computer tomography scan of the heart takes only minutes to perform and is used to determine the presence of calcified plaque in the arteries. Plaque is composed of fat, cholesterol and calcium. Doctors know that calcium in the coronary arteries – the arteries that supply blood to the heart – narrows blood flow. This condition, known as atherosclerosis, increases the likelihood of a future cardiac event like a heart attack or stroke. Early detection helps us to provide aggressive treatment that will hopefully prevent major heart attacks or even cardiac death in the future. The cardiac calcium scoring scan is an easy test done with minimal radiation exposure – one third the radiation that we receive from natural sources annually. There are no injections or dyes involved; the patient simply lies on the table as the CT scanner moves her or him through the “doughnut” shaped opening for a few seconds. Who should have a scan? It is mainly for people at intermediate risk of cardiovascular events. This can be evaluated by your primary care physician. Anyone with a family history of heart attack, high cholesterol or high blood pressure with no known atherosclerotic heart disease (never had heart attack, stent or heart bypass surgery) is a potential candidate for the test. It is worth it, because it can decrease your risk of heart problems in the future. To learn more, please visit tmfheart.org or call (903) 606-7000 to schedule your cardiac calcium scan.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the eyes hold the key to beauty. Your eyes are the first thing people look at when they talk to you and an important aspect of first impressions, because more than any other facial feature, eyes reveal feelings and emotions. Drooping of the upper eyelids, puffiness of the lower eyelids or dark circles around the eyes can make a person appear old, fatigued or unhappy. If you believe that your eyes are making you look tired, sad or older than you feel, then plastic surgery of the eyelid could be your answer. Over 200,000 people per year elect to have plastic surgery of the eyelid, making it one of the top three most common procedures Plastic Surgeons perform each year. Eyelid surgery consists of removing excess skin, muscle and fat from above and/or below the eyes, resulting in a more alert, energized and well-rested appearance. Eyelid surgery can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures such as a face or brow lift. The surgery is performed in an outpatient setting under local or general anesthesia. The duration of the procedure is one to two hours, depending on whether all four lids are done. After surgery, mild discomfort is likely for a few days and bruising and swelling may persist for a couple of weeks. Dryness or excessive tearing, itching and sensitivity to light are common, but disappear within a few weeks. Most people can return to work within a few days, but must refrain from strenuous activity for two weeks. The surgical result usually lasts several years and may be permanent. Dr. Saar, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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BSCENE Magazine proudly unveiled the cover of it’s January 2013 issue at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q in Tyler on January 4. Along with a bevy of delicious Stanley’s Famous BBQ, BSCENE guests enjoyed a bevy of appetizers from Stanley's, BSCENE bestowed a plethora of fresh changes on it’s readers. Mike Gonzalez and Natalie Rose provided the evening's soundtrack and founder of APEC, Bobby Stroupe, made the cover.

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STARS OVER LONGVIEW / MAUDE COBB / 1.8.13 The Longview Regional Medical Center hosted the 13th annual Stars Over Longview at the Maude Cobb Convention Center on January 8. Stars over Longview recognizes local women that make a major impact in the community. This year’s Mistress of Ceremonies was KETK News Anchor Jennifer Kielman; and NPR radio personality, River Jordan, was the keynote speaker.

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RIVER JORDAN, NATALIE RABICOFF

SUE MCGARVEY, KELLY CHAMBLISS REBEKAH ROGERS, DONNA BLALOCK

KELLY HALL, TERRE DUNN, VICKY GREEN

JUDY BURLISON, REV. JENNENE LAURINEC

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cHaiRMan's REcEpTiOn / LOngviEW / 12.19.12 The Longview chamber of commerce and the Longview economic Development council hosted their annual chairman’s Reception at the chamber offices in Longview on December 19. The Reception is an opportunity to say "thank you" to local business and community leaders.

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The Texas Rose Festival held it’s annual Winter Gala at the Rose Garden in Tyler on January 4. before the gala, is a press conference in which the year’s theme, court and queen are announced. "Raindrops on Roses and other Favorite Things," will be this year’s theme and Rachel Vanderpool clyde will preside as the 72nd Rose Queen.

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Adult strabismus is a condition affecting adults with misaligned eyes. Strabismus is known by many other names such as “crossed,” “wall-eyes” or “squint.” It’s usually been present since childhood, but can be caused by trauma, stroke, tumors, neurologic diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, other unknown causes or even aging. About 4 percent of adults has strabismus. Symptoms can be: double vision, eyestrain, difficulty reading or loss of depth perception. It’s common for patients with strabismus to turn their face or tilt their head in order to improve/hide the condition and alleviate double vision. Studies show adult strabismus greatly affects self-confidence and can limit professional opportunities. Adult strabismus is treatable! Eye exercises, prism glasses, Botox and eye muscle surgery are all effective treatments, although each has distinct advantages/ disadvantages. Eye exercises are helpful for certain subtypes of strabismus. Prism glasses are effective for small deviations, but aren’t ideal for every situation. Botox injections are temporary and can be less predictable. The most common treatment with predictable, long-lasting results is surgical repositioning of the eye muscles. Loosening or tightening eye muscles is safe and effective. This is typically a day surgery with relatively low pain, minimal complications and excellent results. Eye muscle surgery is usually covered by health insurance and improves eye function. Patients who undergo this corrective surgery experience invaluable increases to their self-confidence, happiness and personal satisfaction. If you would like more information about adult strabismus and your options go to www.AAPOS.org or call Heaton Eye Associates at 903.526.0444 for a consultation.

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rin Cummings is a Roman slave’s wife. Erin Cummings is a 1960s Stewardess. She’s a nail tech who’s down on her luck with men. She’s a doctor and a thief and space prostitute. Erin Cummings is an actor – and she’s having an absolute blast. Cummings was born in Lafayette, Louisiana into a military family. Before junior high, she lived in Omaha, Nebraska; Korea and Bossier City, Louisiana. Then the family settled in Huntsville. After a friend from the high school dance team joined the Kilgore College Rangerettes, making that squad became Cummings’ target. Two years later, she found herself in East Texas, in the limelight and on the stage, so to speak. She’d always been involved in the theatre locally, acting in plays in junior high and high school; but had never considered pursuing a performance career. In an interview with BSCENE between her weekly cross-country trips (she’s bi-coastal these days), and taking a break from preparing a speech (she’s receiving an award for her charity work in Detroit), Cummings discussed where she came from, where she is now and what it’s like to go to Cannes to screen her movie. “I never really considered pursuing a career as a performer,” said Cummings. “Especially coming from a military family, it just seemed unrealistic.” The transition to acting came comparatively late in the game for Cummings. Many actors are trained seemingly from birth, so when Cummings took a role in community theatre in Lewisville (between Dallas and Fort Worth), she wasn’t prepared for the bug to bite. “I’d gotten my degree in advertising from North Texas, and I was interning with an agency in New York City and I realized... I hated it. I hated the day-to-day; I’m not meant for the 9-to-5 office lifestyle. But what I did love was the pitches, the performance.” All it took after that was that play in Lewisville, and she was off to Los Angeles. “There were a lot of us out there, all my friends, doing ‘the grind,’” Cummings recalled. “We were waiting tables, going to acting classes, workshops and auditions.” As it is for most people without a famous last name, the road was tough. But, thanks to a remarkable drive, will to succeed and work hard – that we’ll call “guts” for the purpose of this article – and a logical approach to the profession, the road is clearing up a bit. “The

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best thing I’ve done was not give myself a time limit. I set small goals, but with larger goals in mind. I think of it like this: ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.’ You have to realize that getting a part on one show with two lines will lead to the next show with five lines, and so on. And now, as one of the stars of a network television show, I’m in an enviable position. I’ve kept building and building, and I can see all the steps, all the struggles and how hard I worked to get here.” Cummings first professional paying gig as an actor came as a working girl in outer space on the science fiction serial, “Star Trek: Enterprise.” Cummings laughs when she describes the experience, “I was so proud of it. I called my parents when I got it, and my dad said, ‘You know, that Julia Roberts played a prostitute and she’s done just fine.’ I said, ‘You’re absolutely right.’ You know you have great family support when they can cheer you on for that role.” Starting in the final frontier, Cummings moved all across the map with her following roles. Between 2005 and 2009, She appeared on soap operas like “Passions” and “The Bold and The Beautiful,” WB stalwart “Charmed,” FX’s edgy “Nip/Tuck” and many more. But it was the one-two punch (quite literally) of the sendup of ’70s exploitation films “Bitch Slap” in 2009, and her appearance on Starz’ “Spartacus: Vengeance,” the series that brought the network into the mainstream in 2010, that launched her. After a decade as a struggling actor, this combination of tongue-in-cheek camp and historical-ish epic put Cummings on the Hollywood radar and cemented her desire to, “...do this job for life. People sort of snicker at the title, and it was a low-budget, campy movie, but it opened in every region of the world,” Cummings remembered. “We were at the Toronto Film Festival; we went to Cannes; we did press tours of Scandinavia.” Plus, she was able to work all day, every day for months on the same project. It was a revitalization of sorts, reaffirming the idea that committing herself to this dream/job was precisely the right thing to do. “Spartacus” turned people on to her in a more straightforward way: she was seen by millions of people on a popular television show and the following DVDs and online streaming services. After years of building up an impressive resume, Cummings had the name recognition to with it. “I had been anonymous for awhile, which was almost an advantage,” she explained. “People in the business would say, ‘Who is Erin Cummings?’ and then they’d look at my resume and see that I’d actually done a lot of diverse projects.” After that, it was guest spots on “Mad Men” and featured roles on “Pan Am,” “Common Law” and most recently CBS’ “Made in Jersey.” Continued on pg. 50

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t was like I was this shiny new toy,” Cummings described. “While ‘Spartacus’ didn’t necessarily launch my career into super-stardom, it certainly changed the trajectory.” Cummings’ most recent projects include a role as one of the stars on the aforementioned “Made in Jersey,” and a small role in “The Iceman,” with Michael Shannon, James Franco, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder and Ray Liotta, among others. “The Iceman” is due in theaters May 3, but unfortunately “Made In Jersey” only made it a few episodes into the fall, despite excellent reviews for the show, and Cummings’ performance in particular. Going past that, it’s still a bite at a time for Cummings. She’s done film, television and theater, and wants to do more of each – for a variety of reasons. “Television is wonderful, exciting. It’s instant: you film it and it’s onscreen right away. And, it’s accessible to almost anyone, especially with a broadcast network,” she said. “Movies offer a complete character arc ... You can make decisions you hope turn out to be correct. Theatre is the actor’s medium. The exhilaration and incredible nerves and excitement of right before you go onstage ... it’s such a malleable artistic expression, every night is a little bit different. And when you’re there, breathing the same breath as the audience, in rhythm with them, there is no other feeling like that in the world! It’s intoxicating, and I never want to give that up … To be a well-rounded actor with a full skill set, I really believe you need to have experience in all these mediums.” The goal for Cummings, or one of them, is to always keep people guessing, keep surprising them – and to keep surprising herself. She

“The best thing I’ve done was not give myself a time limit. I set small goals, but with larger goals in mind. I think of it like this: ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.’ wants to push past the limits people set for her, and doesn’t want to get bored. “The best way to keep finding the magic in your life is finding new ways of experiencing it and approaching it. And, while I don’t believe in luck when it comes to success – that’s one of the greatest lies people tell themselves – I do believe that I am fortunate to have had the opportunities I’ve had to showcase different aspects of my personality or skills, whether it’s as dancing, singing, playing a pinup girl from the ’50s or a medical examiner who likes to dig up dead bodies and help solve crimes. These are things that make my life interesting. And in an industry that is known for chewing up and spitting people out so fast, I think you have to maintain that level of excitement and enthusiasm.” Cummings’ aim was never to be the most famous person on the planet, she says. Her ambition was to be a working actor. It was to be able to be in projects that allowed people to feel something, that allowed her a creative outlet while also allowing the type of income that would let her live a comfortable life. Humble, bracing and capable, Cummings is poised for very big things or whatever comes next. “Whatever success comes, as long as I can stand on my own feet financially, be fulfilled creatively and as long as I can live my life and be happy; then that is success to me.” by Will Knous, wknous@BSCENEmag.com

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Breakers is now serving dinner until midnight. Thursday through Saturday from 9 to midnight come pick a live lobster from the tank for only $14.95; or grab some buffalo wings, boiled shrimp, burgers, and more.

5106 Old Bullard Road • Tyler, TX 75701 • 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.

CHEZ BAZAN French Bakery & Cafe

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 and truly innovative cake and pastry design to accompany their unparalleled bakery and café. For this Valentines’, enjoy our chocolate covered strawberries for your sweetie. Don’t forget to order one of our fabulous King Cakes for Mardi Gras! 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

CHICK-FIL-A EAT MORE CHICKEN

Looking to eat better in the New Year? Try out the Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken and Fruit Salad! Slices of grilled chicken breast on a fresh blend of Romaine and Iceberg lettuce surrounded by shredded red cabbage, carrots a subtle blend of Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses and a refreshing variety of fruit – fresh strawberry slices red grapes, red and green apple pieces and mandarin orange segments. Chick-fil-A Chargrilled and Fruit salad contains only 220 calories. We support healthy appetites! 5716 South Broadway Tyler, TX • 903-534-4692 3830 Troup Hwy Tyler, TX • 903-561-2324

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HOT, FRESH BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY At The Diner, you spoke up and we listened. Our award-winning breakfast has been recognized by BSCENE Magazine and by Locals Love Us.   So we’re focusing on breakfast and lunch, bringing even better quality to you. Stay hungry, East Texas, because we’re just getting started! NOW OPEN EVERY DAY 6 A.M. - 2 P.M.

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What makes Jersey Mike’s so terrific? The secret’s in the sub! We start with the highest quality meats and cheeses. Add onions, lettuce, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices. Even our bread is baked fresh daily, right in each store. But what really sets us apart is that each and every sandwich is made fresh to order. Meats and cheeses are sliced fresh for each sandwich, and piled high on the in-store baked bread right before the eyes of the customers. Just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike’s almost 50 years ago! Locally Owned and Operated! 1690 S. Beckham • 903-747-3437 4754 S. Broadway • 903-561-4955 3312 N. 4th • 903-663-3362 2199 Gilmer Rd. • 903-297-4962

RIBMASTERS

THE MASTERS OF BARBECUE Ribmasters has some of the finest, award-winning ribs in the country. We’ve got some of the best smoked turkey in all of East Texas, averaging 4 pounds each and are guaranteed to please everyone at the table. Our pulled pork, sausage and smoky, tender brisket are out of this world. And, of course you already know that Ribmasters has amazing barbecue, delicious sides and desserts. Stop in and see us for lunch or supper, you’ll be glad you did.

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Champagne Wishes at the next party or valentine's raise a glass to the one you love with these suCCulent Champagnes from julian's

ultimate champagne this fresh and lively Champagne needs no fillers or frills. perrier - jouet, Champagne, franCe

champagne martini Clean and Crisp, with the perfeCt amount of sweetness. CiroC vodka, Chambord, Champagne with sugar rim.

Frenchman 75 a true ClassiC: a little sweet, a little sour and all deliCious CognaC, simple syrup, fresh lemon, topped with Champagne and garnish with lemon twist.


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!

1714 S. Beckham • Tyler, TX 903.596.8225 7922 S. Broadway • Tyler, TX 903.939.3000 3312 N. 4th St. • Longview, TX 903.663.2940

T. BLANCO’S MExICAN CAFé

Tired of the cold weather? Come out to T. Blanco’s and enjoy a sizzling plate of hot fajitas! Whether you are craving traditional Mexican food, hamburgers, salads or seafood, you are sure to find something to soothe your hunger. Come try our Mojo Seasoned Grilled Shrimp, Margarita Chicken Salad, Sunset Fajitas, or one of our many other delicious Mexican plates. We have an excellent selection of beer, wine, and drinks including frozen Crown® and Coke and Margaritas. Every day we offer a different lunch special and Saturday is Fajita-Rita day. If you are planning a spring wedding, call now, we have a variety of catering packages available as well as a party room for rent. Come out to T. Blanco’s for a dining experience like no other. T. Blanco’s is a private club with memberships available. 1045 Gardiner Mitchell Pkwy, Lakeport, Texas (903)643-0100 • www.tblancos.com Mon – Thu: 11:00 – 8:00 • Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 9:00 • Sun: CLOSED

SHApE Up TYLER THE NUTRITION LOUNGE

Shape Up Tyler is a nutrition Lounge providing the community with an amazing, fun and delicious healthy alternative to any meal of the day! Weight Management, Targeted Nutrition and Energy Make this New Year’s resolution a REALITY with Shape Up Tyler PROUDLY SERVING TYLER At the corner of 5th and Beckham, next to Whataburger.

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ACTRESS DEBI MAZAR AND HER TUSCAN-BORN HUSBAND, GABRIELE CORCOS, INVITE VIEWERS INTO THEIR HOME AND KITCHEN WITH THEIR SERIES “EXTRA VIRGIN” ON THE COOKING CHANNEL.

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he’s a modern girl from Queens and he’s a food purist from the hills of Tuscany and, with their young daughters Evelina and Giulia, they have a home life that blends their two opposite sensibilities, with delicious results.  Mazar is an acclaimed actress who made her feature-film debut in Martin Scorsese’s  “Goodfellas.” A native New Yorker, she’s best known for her portrayals of edgy, sharp-tongued characters on film, television and stage. Her onscreen work includes films with legendary directors Woody Allen, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone and Joel Schumacher. She also starred in her own television sitcom, “Temporarily Yours.” Debi is most recently known for her role as hard-charging publicist Shauna on the HBO series “Entourage,” in addition to appearing on season nine of the hit ABC competition series “Dancing with the Stars.” She has always been interested in cooking and is well-known among her friends for her fabulous dinner parties. Her passion for food and cooking has grown even further since marrying Gabriele and becoming a mother to their two young daughters. Gabriele Corcos is a musician by trade and cook by nature. Born in Florence, Italy, he was raised in the Olive Country of Fiesole, where his grandmother and mother taught him everything about Tuscan food and traditional farmers’ cuisine. He has an insatiable fascination with food, a love for organic ingredients and a determination to feed his family in the healthiest, most natural way – the Tuscan way. As a professional percussionist and musician, Gabriele has worked with Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox (The Eurythmics) and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme). Bossa Toscana is his current band, and he also recently led a 13-piece big band, The Gabop Latin Orchestra. 

“Working together is a blessing.  Together, Gabriele and I have created something fantastic completely out of nothing. We make our relationship work by finding something special to do together whenever we have a moment.” The couple launched the popular online cooking series “Under the Tuscan Gun” in 2007, dedicated to fresh, authentic Tuscan cooking. The online series sparked the idea for their show. They are known to keep things flirtatious in the kitchen and on the camera.  This sweet couple has much to celebrate: a decade-long marriage, two beautiful children, another season of their cooking show and more.  Add a little of their flirtatious character to your Valentine’s Day repertoire by whipping up their favorite Italian-inspired dessert, a decadent Chocolate Tofu Budino.  Debi and Gabriele use their classic chocolate budino recipe and incorporate House Foods Tofu into the mix to keep their sweet Valentine’s Day finale from getting too heavy.  How does this celebrity couple keep up their love life in the midst of career and family?  Debi Mazar says, “Working together is a blessing.  Together, Gabriele and I have created something fantastic completely out of nothing. We make our relationship work by finding something special to do together whenever we have a moment.  Now that the kids are in school, we have our dates during the day!” B SCENEMAG. CO M

Chocolate Tofu Budino Created by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, stars of the Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” INGREDIENTS (4-6): 1 (14 ounce) package House Foods Organic or Premium Soft (silken) Tofu 8 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped 3/4 cup light brown sugar 2/3 cup water 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract   DIRECTIONS: Combine sugar, water, and cocoa water in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and cool slightly.    Melt chocolate in a glass bowl set over a saucepan of lightly simmering water.   Add both mixtures plus Tofu into a blender and puree until completely smooth. Divide the chocolate mixture among ramekins and place in the refrigerator up to 2 hours or overnight. 

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STANLEY’S

FAMOUS pIT BARBECUE Now open for dinner! Full bar, covered patio and live music! OPEN FOR BREAKFAST MON – FRI: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER MON – SAT: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. LIVE MUSIC & LATE NIGHT MENU FRI 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. CLOSED SUNDAY

525 South Beckham Ave, Tyler 903.593.0311 www.stanleysfamous.com

KITCHENS

HARDwARE & DELI & KITCHENS STEAKHOUSE Open daily from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., Kitchens offers award-winning breakfast entrees and a diverse lunch menu featuring daily specials; as well as great burgers, deli and specialty sandwiches, salads and homemade desserts. Whether you choose the muffaletta, French dip, reuben or fried bologna sandwich, be assured that we used only the finest ingredients in all our products. Breakfast served daily from 7-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Kitchens Steakhouse open from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Take a trip back to the good, old days.

119 East Broad Street Mineola, Texas (903) 569-2664

VILLA MONTEZ MExICAN CUISINE

Spend your holidays with Villa Montez! Choose from a menu of the finest, freshest ingredients prepared with care and skill by Executive Chef Carlos Villapudua. Or work with our expert staff to create a catering feast that will ensure your party is a smashing success. We offer multiple venues and innumerable menu options for your private or company gathering this season. Book now and dine in one of Tyler’s most beautiful settings, both indoors and out, mixing the magic and glamour of Old Tyler with a progressive, flavor-filled, adventurous menu and a spectacular wine list.

3324 Old Henderson Highway • Tyler 903.592.9696 • http://villamontez.com Menu starting at $7.99

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AT TCBY, IT’S YOUR LIFE. YOUR YOGURT. YOUR wAY Come try our 16 exciting flavors! We offer four types of yogurt that include 98 percent Fat Free, Non-Fat, No Sugar Added/Non Fat, and a nondairy/nonfat sorbet. We have over 35 different toppings that are sure to please even the most choosy of eaters.  Sprinkle on a few toppings or pile them high – at TCBY, it’s Your life. Your yogurt. Your way. T-Shirts now available at both locations. We have a variety of colors and styles to choose from, so stop by and grab your favorite one! Locally Owned and Operated! tcby.com 4754 S. Broadway • 903-561-4955 1690 S. Beckham • 903-747-3437

ZAZA’S

MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE Craving a taste of Northern Italy? Then Zaza’s is the place for you to satisfy your appetite with a modern twist on fine Italian cuisine. The extensive Northern Italian menu includes steaks, roasted chicken, stuffed quail, salads, a large variety of pastas, and freshly made handtossed pizza. Having more than 5,000 square feet, Zaza’s provides both a small and a large private room for all kinds of parties and gettogethers. With quality food and great service, Zaza’s is sure to make you an offer you shouldn’t refuse!

The Ridge Shopping Center 6899 Oak Hills Boulevard Tyler, TX 75703 903.617.6050

SMASHBURGER SMASH.SIZZLE.SAVOR

smashburger was born to satisfy the modern burger lover by offering the best cooked-to-order burger you have ever tasted and all the good things that go with it. Where smash means we literally smash 100 percent Angus beef at a high temperature to sear in all the juicy burger goodness, and our seasoning blend and fresh toppings take our burgers over the top. Where sizzle means the service is friendly and fast – a place that values your time. Where savor means a place that is modern and cool where you can sit back and enjoy a better burger that doesn’t break the bank. smash.sizzle.savor Locally Owned and Operated! 3314 Troup Hwy Tyler, TX 75701 • 903.526.7982 3080 N. Eastman Rd., Ste. 115 • Longview, TX 75605 • 903.663.2319 7484 S. Broadway Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.534.3719 b sceneMAG. co M

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Super Bowl BaSh Sunday, FeBruary 3

Catch the big game on the 8 flat screen TVs in our upstairs lounge Free Chips & Salsa $2 Domestic Bottles, $3 Drafts, $5 Cocktails Games, Prizes & Lots of Fun! 4:00 p.m. to Close

CeleBrate Valentine’S day at lago del pino thurSday, FeBruary 14

Amazing Three-Course Dinner & Live Music Dinner Seating: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Reservations Required For menu and pricing, visit lagodelpino.com ladieS night eVery wedneSday open MiC night eVery wedneSday at 9:00 p.M.

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hree of the “Man’s” favorite things are rain, Elvis and parties. On the night of January 8, we had all three: pouring rain, Elvis’ birthday and a super-duper party! The “planets aligned” at an unlikely place for a Man About Town. Sixteen of us met at Pinot’s Palette in Tyler and had the time of our lives. At the outset, let me be honest: not being an artist, spending an evening sitting at an easel painting would normally be at the bottom of my “want to-do list.” But I’m a convert! It may have been one of the more fun nights ever! So just what is Pinot’s Palette? It is the simple pairing of beginner art sessions with wine tasting and snacks, accomplished in two or three hour classes. You THE DELICIOUS PARTY TRAYS OF FOOD AND DESSERTS WERE COMPLIMENTS OF CHICK-FIL-A. FOR OUR ���PINOT,” WE TASTED FABULOUS WINE FROM LOS PINOS RANCH VINEYARDS OUT OF PITTSBURG, TEXAS. PINOT’S PALETTE PROVIDED EVERYTHING ELSE AND IT WAS A FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE!

bring your friends, wine and snacks; and they provide the paints, canvases and the perfect environment. Everyone leaves with a complete masterpiece and the memory of an unforgettable evening of fun, friends and fine art. Not an artist? Not a problem! The trained artists Luba Cain and Paul Smith will guide you step-by-step through the featured painting for the session and ensure you stay on track to completing your masterpiece by the end of class. Frames are available for purchase if you feel like a real artist after a couple glasses of wine! Pinot’s Palette-Tyler opened December 7, 2012. Owners Robin and Richard Haynie see to every detail of this delightful place. Being a barrel of fun themselves, ’ya can’t help but have a great time yourself. While not a painting artist, Robin is an accomplished playwright that has won national awards, and Richard is a musician that plays in a rock-n-roll band called “Strange Brew.” So they are, indeed, artistic. It is the perfect environment for a fun, casual event. Located between Tuesday Morning and Plato’s Closet in the Cotton Patch Café Business Center, the place is easy to find. Though plenty large, the studio has a warm and cozy feel. There are tables, stools and easels for up to 48 folks at a time. The kitchen/serving area at the back has all the amenities (wine glasses included), supplies and counter space needed to serve your wine and snacks. Pinot’s Palette provides a unique experience for a girls’ night BS CENEMAG. C O M

out, date night, corporate team building, family fun or a private party. Typically, classes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Other days and times are available for group sessions. The cost for ages 6 to 12 starts at $25 per painter (with a 10 painter minimum), and for ages 13 and up starts at $35 per painter (10 painter minimum). More special events are in the works. A “Family Fun Day” one Saturday a month for families with children, and an “Annual Art Tasting” auction of accumulated art with the proceeds going to charities, are just two new exciting additions. Expect more to come. Get the picture? Well, lets take a look at how it worked for us. Holly Head took care of the operational details for our party, and Nora Reyes recruited most of the participants. The delicious party trays of food and desserts were compliments of Chick-fil-A. For our “pinot,” we tasted fabulous wine from Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards out of Pittsburg, Texas. Pinot’s Palette provided everything else and it was a first class experience! Our group included 15 spectacular young professionals and “the Man.” They were all a hoot and humored this older guy in the party. Holly, Nora and Richard scooted around the lounge area setting up the wine and snacks. The rest of us ate, sipped and mingled till lesson time. Paul and Luba rustled us up to

SO JUST WHAT IS PINOT’S PALETTE? IT IS THE SIMPLE PAIRING OF BEGINNER ART SESSIONS WITH WINE TASTING AND SNACKS, ACCOMPLISHED IN TWO OR THREE HOUR CLASSES. YOU BRING YOUR FRIENDS, WINE AND SNACKS; AND THEY PROVIDE THE PAINTS, CANVASES AND THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT. the easels, which had all of the supplies at each station, including penciled sketches of the Martinis we were to paint. The “Man” chose the Martini! Calling the class to order, Paul laid out the plan for the evening and Luba roamed by each student offering assistance and encouragement for the next hour and a half. We were instructed step by step, and everyone completed a ‘credible painting.’ Many were excellent! In my case the wine made me compliant, so I followed every instruction to the letter. Throughout the evening the Haynies kept great music playing, and we were given enough breaks to continually nibble and sip to our heart’s delight. Before we knew it, the works of art were complete and our fun filled party was over. It was a wonderful experience, and I bet we all do it again. I loved it! Who knew? Being on an “artistic high,” and the evening still young, a large group of us topped the night off with a night cap at BJ’s Brewhouse before heading home. So, if you’re out and about…’ya might find us at Pinot’s Palette. by Dr. Aubrey D. Sharpe

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WING STOP THE WING EXPERTS

Wingstop is not fast food; our wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh when you order it; nothing sits under a heat lamp. In addition to hot fresh wings our sides are homemade. Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries are cut daily in every restaurant from Idaho Potatoes. If you haven’t tried any of our sides you are missing out! Nine Special Wing Sauces Original Hot, Cajun, Mild, Atomic, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Parmesan, Hickory Smoked BBQ, Teriyaki, Louisiana Rub and Hawaiian. Locally owned and operated. Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. – Midnight Phone ahead or order online at wingstop.com. Proudly Serving Tyler and Longview Wingstop. The Wing Experts.

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JULIAN’S ASIAN RESTAURANT FAMILY, FRIENDS, FOOD & COCKTAILS Will you be our Valentine? The perfect spot to PAMPER your someone SPECIAL. Exclusive EXTRAS added just for Valentines Day! Don’t forget we CATER and offer TO GO Call 903-509-8833 / Facebook / Stop By *Find us on FACEBOOK to see our Daily Activities* NEW to Julian’s-Later Kitchen Hours AND Lunch Specials. “Step Out of Tyler and Into Julians” Don’t forget WE CATER!

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM combines the best of the annual wine tasting, casino night and holiday gala into one big 2013 fund-raiser with something for everyone!

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Glorious food buffet with Mongolian barbeque, soup shooters sweet potato bruscetta and much more!!! Chef David Lichty serving sake and rolling sushi ~ Craft beer tasting ~ Gaming Henna tattoos ~ Body painting ~ Silent and live auctions ~ raffles ~ chocolate gifts for order ~ Photography booth in the land of Egypt Magic ~ Mystic fortune teller ~ séance master

Tickets are $100 per person with all proceeds going to the museum. Call 903.753.8103 for reservations or go online at www.LMFA.org

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STYLE

YOANA BARASCHI DRESS, MARY V'S BY SHELBY; KENDRA SCOTT “MAXINE” EARRINGS, COLE & CO. COLLECTION 3-STONE BANGLES, COLE & CO. COLLECTION AMETHYST RING ALL AT COLE & CO.

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HER / Aidan dress, Butter “Chantelle,” heels, Bridgette’s Exclusive necklace, bracelet and earrings all at Bridgette’s and Bridgette’s Shoe Collection. HIM / LBM sports coat, David Smith shirt, Marchesi di Coma pocket square, 7 For All Mankind denim, W. Kleinberg belt, Donald J. Pliner “Embe” Oxfords, all at Harley’s.


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HIM / Corneliani suit, Robert Talbott shirt, Altea pocket square, Robert Talbott Tie, W. Kleinberg belt, Mezlan “Fiano” shoes, all at Harley’s; 41MM Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust with 18k White Gold Fluted bezel at Susan Robinson Jewelry.


HER / Lotus Grace dress, Delman “Aura” heels, all at Bridgette’s and Bridgette’s Shoe Collection; 18k White Gold 37.55 carat diamond necklace, 18k White Gold Circle Link 14.70 carat diamond bracelet, 18k White Gold Dangle 9.19 carat diamond earrings, 18k White Gold Large Pave Diamond Dome Ring, 18k White Gold five row 16.50 carat diamond bracelet, 36MM Stainless Steel and 18k White Gold Rolex Date-just with Diamond Bezel and Black Mother Of Pearl Diamond Dial all at Susan Robinson Jewelry.

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ne of my new Year’s resolutions this year included cleaning up and o clearing out some of the clutter that has crept up in my drawers and closets. the first drawer i tackled was my makeup drawer. Since most of the mess was filled with old crushed eye shadows, makeup that i purchased, but ended up never using or lipsticks and lip glosses that were drier than baked clay or goopier than gorilla glue — there was great relief in just dumping the entire contents right in the trash.

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o, with the old out! It was time to bring in the new and get ready to fill that drawer back up with a fresh, new palette of spring makeup!

Malibu Diaz, Lancôme's resident makeup artist at Dillard’s in Tyler and chanel Manager, Ginger o’Quinn (also at Dillard’s) graciously helped me navigate through the refreshing new colors in their spring lines, with lipsticks being my main focus. What I learned? When updating your color palette this spring, think: clean, crisp, fresh, pretty and simple! For Lancôme and chanel’s spring lines that translates into a color wheel of painted pouts focused in pink, coral and orange hues.

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Lancôme’s line, for instance, includes a series of lip balms called baume In Love reflecting this trend. The “Love” series includes sheer tinted lip balms that offer a gentle kiss of color for the pout. With Malibu’s guidance, Chanel’S Rouge alluRe lipStiCk in 90 Pimpante was the color I chose for my spring look. Usually I stay away from orangey-coral tones simply because they’re out of my comfort zone – but Pimpante was just enough of a peachy, neutral that I felt on-trend, but not out-of-touch.

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Further enhancing the lip color, she used lanCÔme le lipStique (Lipcolouring stick with brush) in Inspire to finish off my pucker. Local drug stores also carry fabulous brands with their spring lines already out. Maybelline new York and Loreal Paris, for instance, are showcasing some of these shades in their 2013 spring collections. Maybelline’s Color Whisper™ by color sensational® weightless gel was introduced for the season and features pretty pinks like Cherry On Top. still can’t bring yourself to try those bright sunset hues, but you would like a bit of drama? no worries. l’oRéal paRiS’ ColouR RiChe wet Shine Stain lip ColoRS has pinks, corals, oranges, as well as more traditional colors like red! Try a peck of Endless Red.

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once you have your lip color selected for the season, Ginger recommended complementing those brighter shades with neutral, soft-brown tones like those found in chanel’s eye shadow quad compact, 39 Raffinement, to keep it simple and clean. she also noted that chanel’s spring tones are being highlighted this season with illuminating powders to give you an overall dewy look.

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BLING IT HOME /

Perhaps you are an empty nester? But not in the sense that your children are grown and away at college. Your nest is literally almost empty and certainly lacking some pizazz. The bones are there, the furniture is clean, well cared for and in decent shape. Yet, when guests visit, you want them to fawn over your accessories adorning the shelves and lamps. You want some conversation pieces and perhaps a little sparkle. After all, a little bit of sparkle goes a long way.

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o, how about jewelry for the home? Why not add little accents throughout the home to add personality and interest. From finials, to doorknobs, to chandeliers; it’s the finishing touches that make a lasting impression. With some creative vision and a little bling, you can take any room of your choice to a new level! There are thousands of options and ideas that can create a unique home. “All the bells and whistles really add to the personality of the room,” says Liz Ballard, company director of Swann’s Furniture. “I think there are so many things that a customer or a client can add. When they pick those things they just love,

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it’s an extension of their personality, especially with special, one-of-a-kind art pieces. It cozies up and comforts the home. It gives it the finishing touches, like a handbag and shoes to a simple dress.” You can take any room and add flare through lighting, hardware and accessories. A great focal point for main rooms is light fixtures. Not only do they create the right ambiance, it can be the final touch. But instead of changing-out a fixture, try adding something different to it. “[We carry] magnetic crystals that can magnetize to any metal chandelier,” says Jion Dietz, owner of Fixture This. “You can change up the look

of a chandelier by adding different, colored crystals of different shapes. They start at $8 a piece and go up. Most people don’t need any more than five to 10. The idea is to add a little bit of sparkle and have it be something affordable.” If you want to move to a more simplistic, modern look; try replacing an iron chandelier with a clean-lined, metal or glass one. You can also change a dark, decorated lamp shade to a light, simple shade that will allow more brightness. The other light sources for a room are the windows. To make a massive statement, change out the drapery. “I think when you put drapes on a window – and not the old, B S CE N E M A G.COM


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Adding a mirror is another way to create the illusion of space in a room. In the living room, place a mirror that has an interesting shape or a frame that matches the décor. It will create new dimensions, work as an art piece and allow your style to reflect more. In the bathroom, think about changing up the placed mirrors the builders put in. “It’s very popular to frame them yourself,” says Dietz. “Or get a framed mirror to hang on top of that to give you a richer look. It adds a little bit to the bathroom.” With new hardware that matches the frame, you can create a whole new look.

bathroom or kitchen. Choose a function and finish that will blend with your lifestyle, especially in the kitchen. Consider a touch faucet if people in the home are prone to get messy – cooking and finger-painting alike.

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The most popular (and easiest) change for any room is updating or swapping out the pulls, knobs and rods. “Hardware is a super easy thing for people to do on their own, because it doesn’t require any electrical change,” says Dietz. It’s best to pick out sets that match the ambiance and color tones of the room. “There are wonderful new finishes that can be found on faucets, knobs and towel bars,”

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Along with an updated bathroom mirror, upgrading sinks and faucets can work wonders. “There [are] all kinds of new bethel sink colors,” says Sandy Abernathy, showroom consultant for Moore Supply Co. “[Moore Supply Co. has] glass bowls in a wide variety of colors and styles. There are also new faucet styles and features. There’s touch and touchless faucets that can be changed out easily.” Updating the sink, or even the finishing of the faucet, can add a refreshing pop to the

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outdated drapes that are too complicated and over done, but the new, clean line, simple, elegant-looking drapes – it frames the window and your view,” expresses Larry Lott, owner of Larry Lott Interiors. “The side panels with beautiful hardware rods [add a lot to the room]. I think when you put drapes in the room it’s like putting jewelry on when you’re finished getting dressed.” Lott also advises switching out heavy materials with lightweight fabric to make the room feel bigger.

A GREAT FOCAL POINT FOR MAIN ROOMS IS LIGHT FIXTURES. NOT ONLY DO THEY CREATE THE RIGHT AMBIANCE, IT CAN BE THE FINAL TOUCH. BUT INSTEAD OF CHANGING OUT A FIXTURE, TRY ADDING SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO IT.

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“I THINK THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT A CUSTOMER OR A CLIENT CAN ADD. WHEN THEY PICK THOSE THINGS THEY JUST LOVE, IT’S AN EXTENSION OF THEIR PERSONALITY, ESPECIALLY WITH SPECIAL, ONE-OFA-KIND ART PIECES. IT COZIES UP AND COMFORTS THE HOME. IT GIVES IT THE FINISHING TOUCHES, LIKE A HANDBAG AND SHOES TO A SIMPLE DRESS.”

explains Abernathy. Great colors to consider are champagne bronze, polished or brushed nickle, matte brass, painted gold or the classic silver/chrome. If you are looking for something unique yet timeless, try twisted iron as a handle – it goes perfectly with a rustic or Mediterranean style. Or if you have crystals on the chandelier, replace metal knobs with crystal shaped ones to tie everything together. If you really want to add flair, there are many eclectic hardware pieces on the market. “There is some new hardware with Swarovski crystals in them to make it sparkly,” Lott says. Not only is there crystal-inspired hardware, furniture companies are modeling their lines after fine jewelry. “Some have replicated a David Yurman type-of look or finish,” says Ballard. “Some are using a hand-painted or glass knob that [has] a bit of a vintage flare. It’s painted hardware with heavy distressing to make it look like it’s not fresh, new, out of the box. [Instead it looks like it’s been aged.] As you buy pieces that look like they have character, you’re really buying a new piece but with an old-world or antique look and feel or the one-of-a-kind

type thing. Yes, form and function is going to be to everybody’s liking. It’s not something that you’ve got to fix or level or tighten up.” The final touch to any room are the accessories that add character and interest: pillows, rugs, framed photos, pictures and more. What fills the shelves explains a lot about the home owner. But that doesn’t mean you have to cram personality onto every available space, or load the room up with knick-knacks. How do you achieve a look that’s not overdone? “More people are looking for more of a minimalist [style],” says Ballard. “I’m seeing where they’re not wanting to do as much heavily accessorized [decor], but fewer things that have more pop or more meaning, but with modern function.” To achieve this, use pieces that take up real estate in the room instead of a lot of small objects. One large accent piece makes more of a statement than small clutter. Instead of small framed photos to hang on the wall, why not one big statement piece? Then, with a couple similar pieces, bring in colors from the carpet or accent pillows – this will give the room a uniformed, put-together look. It’s about making a statement, but one that is pleasing to the eye. By adding new pieces of hardware or changing out the drapes, the style of the room can make a 180° turn. It is the perfect way to dress up and try something different without starting from scratch. Not to mention, everyone who enters your humble abode won’t be able to refrain from complimenting your great taste. Isn’t that what the perfect pair of shoes or new earrings do? It’s the little touches that make a big difference. by Margaret Puklicz

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The new year began with political drama as last-minute negotiations attempted to avert sending the nation over the “fiscal cliff.” Technically, we did go over the cliff, however briefly, as a host of tax provisions and automatic spending cuts took effect at the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2012. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) permanently extends a number of major tax provisions and temporarily extends many others. TaX RaTES-For most individuals, the legislation permanently extends the lower federal income tax rates that have existed for the last decade. That means most taxpayers will continue to pay tax according to the same six tax brackets (10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, and 35%) that applied for 2012. The top federal income tax rate, however, will increase to 39.6% beginning in 2013 for individuals with income that exceeds $400,000 ($450,000 for married couples filing joint returns). Generally, lower tax rates that applied to long-term capital gain and qualifying dividends have been permanently extended for most individuals as well. If you’re in the 10% or 15% marginal income tax bracket, a special 0% rate generally applies. If you are in the 25%, 28%, 33%, or 35% tax brackets, a 15% maximum rate will generally apply. Beginning in 2013, however, those who pay tax at the new 39.6% federal income tax rate will be subject to a maximum rate of 20% for long-term capital gain and qualifying dividends. aLTERNaTIVE MINIMuM TaX (aMT)- The AMT is essentially a parallel federal income tax system with its own rates and rules. The last temporary AMT “patch” expired at the end of 2011, threatening to dramatically increase the number of individuals subject to the AMT for 2012. The American Taxpayer Relief Act permanently extends AMT relief, retroactively increasing the AMT exemption amounts for 2012, and providing that the exemption amounts will be indexed for inflation in future years. The Act also permanently extends provisions that allowed nonrefundable personal income tax credits to be used to offset AMT liability. 2012 aMT EXEMpTION aMOuNTS Married filing jointly, Before Act $45,000, After Act $78,750 Unmarried individuals, Before Act $33,750, After Act $50,600 Married filing separately, Before Act $22,500, After Act $39,375 ESTaTE TaX- The Act makes permanent the $5 million exemption amounts (indexed for inflation) for the estate tax, the gift tax, and the generation-skipping transfer tax. The top tax rate, however, is increased to 40% (up from 35%) beginning in 2013. The Act also permanently extends the “portability” provision that allows the executor of a deceased individual’s estate to transfer any unused exemption amount to the individual’s surviving spouse. pHaSE-OuT OR LIMITaTION Of ITEMIzEd dEducTIONS aNd pERSONaL EXEMpTIONS- The new legislation provides that, beginning in 2013, personal and dependency exemptions will be phased out for those with incomes exceeding $250,000 for single individuals or $300,000 for married individuals filing joint federal income tax returns. Similarly, itemized deductions will be limited. For both the personal and dependency exemptions phase-out and the itemized deduction limitation using the same thresholds.

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Welcome

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In these pages, we'll be showcasing some of the immense local talent that can be found all around. There are world-class musicians, painters, photographers, dancers and so many more people who are driven to create – and to share those creations with the world around them. Their dedication is evident in their work: whether that's three years of hard labor on a painting, or 3 minutes of hard rock on the stage. We don't claim to be the experts. Our tastes are varied, just like yours, and we know there's no way we'll hear about every sensational local band or extraordinary new artist. That's where you guys come in...

Help us out! Submit your work, or the work of a friend. Send us your photos, pictures of your sculpture, copies of your demo. Use the post office or e-mail or the pony express. We don't care ... we just want to make sure the people of East Texas are exposed to the truly unbelievable amount of fine art we have at our fingertips. Submissions accepted by e-mail at info@h3-media.com OR by mail at BSCENE Magazine 3650 Old Bullard Ste. 110, Tyler TX 75701

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DAZED ROCK AND ROLL BAND We’ve all heard the phrases “wise beyond his years” or so-and-so is “an old soul.” Most of the time that’s a rather halfhearted attempt to describe a younger person who embodies the worst stereotypical attributes of a crotchety senior citizen. But what do you call teenagers whose brand of funky, searing classic rock sounds like it came off a record straight from 1971? You call them DAZED, that’s what. These kids from Whitehouse will blow you away because they don’t look or sound their age. BSCENE had the chance to see them play during the East Texas Battle of The Bands awhile back (which they won), and it was like a smack to the face, in the best possible way. They destroyed the crowd with an enthusiasm and skill that was as impressive as it was surprising. They don’t look like they should be driving yet, let alone prowling the stage with the energy and edge of a group of seasoned veterans. They play a throwback sound, straight ahead rock-and-roll filtered through blues and funk. The bass and drums thunder and drive without overpowering. The guitars slice through it all with big, muscle car riffs. The vocals have plenty of swagger and attitude and the skill to ensure it’s more than a gimmick. If you pulled up to a stoplight next to a guy in a tricked out 1973 Mach 1 Mustang, you’d hear DAZED blasting out of the speakers before he left you in a cloud of white smoke. DAZED consists of Lance Hampton (18) on guitar and vocals, Caleb Cannon (18) on bass and vocals Drew Theiring on drums and vocals. You can go to facebook.com/dazedtheband for photos and upcoming show info.

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Russell Belue grew up in Tyler. After graduating from Robert E. Lee, he went to art school. Twenty years later he's still making art. One of the biggest influences in his life is his travels. The forests of the Amazon, Buenos Aires, Havana, the mountains and deserts of the Southwest; have all provided him with more than enough artistic inspiration.

Clarissa Hill has had an affinity for artwork since childhood. She attended Kilgore College, earning Associates in Ad Art. Most of Hill's work comes strictly from a desire to create. She will, occasionally, take commissioned work as well. Oils are her medium of choice, but she is happy to work in almost any format. A website showcasing Hill's art is in the works. She can be found on Facebook.

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TWO BOOKS, TWO SMALL PRESSES, TWO AUTHORS WITH TEXAS TIES BY ANDREW BRININSTOOL

Andrew Brininstool’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Five Chapters, Third Coast, the Tin House blog, and Best New American Voices 2010. His stories have also received the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award from Mid-American Review and the Editors’ Prize from /nor. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Houston and an Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, he is now at work on a novel.

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evin Grauke’s debut collection begins thusly: “I peer over my magazine at the other two men in the waiting room of the Gladstone Clinic, wondering, if, like me, they’ve come to see how well their ‘boys can swim.’” These are the thoughts of Fairweather, a man who is trying to conceive with his wife Julie. But his fears can be those of any number of the protagonists in "Shadows of Men." These 13 stories offer a frank and much-needed examination of masculinity and its place in contemporary American culture. What is the role of a man? Does it matter anymore? Perhaps, here, the better question to ask is: What is the role of a man in Texas culture? The characters in Grauke’s collection are often tethered to the suburbs of this state’s metropolitan areas – a unique experience. On one hand, a suburb of Houston is nearly identical to a suburb of St. Louis (and so one would expect a similar Weltanschauung from these protagonists); on the other, Texas is, perhaps more than any other state, heavily invested in the symbolic power of the Tough Guy – be it the Cowboy, the Roughneck, the Hombre. And so the protagonists of "Shadows of Men" do their best to balance between these two worlds. Grauke’s gifts lie in his use of American vernacular, his keen insights into his characters, and his ability to combine suspense with wry humor. This book is a fantastic read, especially for those interested in Texan identity. Take Everett, the main character of “The Woods of Tawakoni,” a story that is as haunting as it is funny. Everett, unemployed and middle-aged, escapes to a summer lake house on Tawakoni. With subtle humor, Grauke describes the setting

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as “…the lake house that was neither on the lake nor a house; instead, it was just a trailer home 15 minutes by foot from the waters of the Pawnee Inlet.” Here Everett hopes to find himself in the pages of the manliest of all American writers, Ernest Hemingway. But a strange disturbance prevents Everett from finding solace (“Enjoying himself also meant cutting himself off”), and the outing ends in disaster. Grauke’s gifts lie in his use of American vernacular, his keen insights into his characters, and his ability to combine suspense with wry humor. This book is a fantastic read, especially for those interested in Texan identity.

UNCHECKED SAVAGERY GLENN SHAHEEN GOLD LINE PRESS

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lenn Shaheen follows his award winning collection of poems "Predatory" (University of Pittsburgh Press) with a book of flash-fiction. For those unfamiliar with the term, flash-fiction is a genre of short story in which each piece of prose is no longer than a page. In the hands of the unskilled, such small pieces can fall flat and feel lazy. But Shaheen’s abilities with language turn each page of "Unchecked Savagery" into a feat worth admiring. If it is true what literary critic James Wood has stated about daring prose – that it displays an ability to equalize high and low registers of language (think automobile as opposed to clunker; or, on a cultural level, a nice Cab and the opera v. lite beer and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"), then this collection accomplishes what prose writing should: a class discussion on sword fights breaks its initial container, and reaches the professor on a deep and personal level. Or a discussion in the Smithsonian leads to a question about our ability to create machines that are as gorgeous as they are deadly. The campy, the jokey, the insignificant become, in the twisting of one or two linguistic movements, essential elements of the characters’ lives. BY ANDREW BRININSTOOL

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money for local causes. HotmanPehl is the artistic director and choreographer. The members of the company range in age from 19 to 31, but share in common a true passion for dance. “These are people who now have other professional careers, like nurses, sales people and dance instructors,” HotmanPehl said. “Everyone has a normal career, but dance is their one, true love.” All the members have an extensive background in dance, and have all refused to give it up. So now, they give of themselves. THE Collective is a 100-percent volunteer organization, and the dancers do everything for free. They practice for an average of six hours every Sunday, at HotmanPehl’s studio, Artistic Dance Concepts, and sometimes more than that. “The majority of THE Collective are past students of mine,” she said. “A couple joined after auditioning. Basically, the number of dancers doesn’t matter, but the quality does. The biggest thing is passion. We don’t simply want ‘good dancers,’ we want passionate people. Anyone can be good at something, but The Way You Make Them Feel to have that heart and soul and desire... to want to do it for free, Bonnie Hotman-Pehl loves dance. She loves to dance, sure, but so do many other people. No, she that’s the big deal. What we have is an amazing loves the art of dance and the way it can impact group of people giving up personal time to help you and incite emotions you might not have even make someone else’s life better.” Fully formed and working hard to put on known were there. It’s her job and her hobby and an excellent first solo show, The Collective is now her passion – it’s her life. And she’s not alone. Originally from Tyler, Hotman-Pehl has focused on aiming their benevolent intentions been dancing her whole life. She took a non- toward a great cause. That's the central theme of traditional path than most others through the THE Collective, and what the “T-H-E” stands dance world. She even graduated from high school for: Together Hope Exists. For their first solo show they set a goal of early in order to move to Dallas to teach at several studios through college. Her main mission was to raising $10,000 for a local family struggling with bring a different style and interpretation of dance cancer. In the future with continued growth, they back to East Texas. Upon her return, she wanted want to expand their reach to donate to larger to open people’s eyes to the differences and ideas organizations like the East Texas Crisis Center that dance can be, and opened her studio, Artistic or the Boys & Girls Clubs. Regardless, with Dance Concepts in 2004. After realizing one each performance the group collectively picks a dream of opening her own studio, another sat different local organization that could use a little just over the horizon – a distillation of her desires help – while at the same time putting on real, to bring professional, artistic dance to East Texas. artistic dance shows. “For this first solo show we chose a family Last April, Hotman-Pehl held an audition to find others like her. The group that formed out of that who is going through a rough time,” said audition is called "THE Collective," and there’s Hotman-Pehl. “The father is 46 and has six kids, ranging in age from 1 to 12. In 2011, he nothing else like it around. “After my second child, at the age of 30, was diagnosed with metastic colon cancer. When I learned how incredibly strong I was,” said the company had a meeting to decide for whom Hotman-Pehl. “I thought, ‘If I can handle two we’d be raising money in our first show, there kids and a full time business, I can do anything! were a lot of questions. Would it be a foundation, I’ve always had a dream of having my own an individual? Where could be have a bigger professional dance company. I’m never going to impact? Ultimately, we decided to begin on a more personal level, so we put it out on Facebook be this age again. This is my chance.” She took the chance and formed THE and asked people send us their stories. One of my Collective: a professional, contemporary dance student’s grandfather is an oncologist. He talked company, currently made up of 13 members to a social worker who had information and who work to put on shows in order to raise suggestions on people who are fighting cancer

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and might need some help. Most of us work with kids, so the plight of that family really hit close to home for us. It’s not that there aren’t a million people who deserve help, but we just felt impacted by this one, so we decided to donate the proceeds of our first show to them.” When THE Collective hosts the show on March 2, it will be the first of many; ideally one every six months. The tickets are $40, but that’s a bit of a misnomer. In reality, attendees will be donating $40 to the cause and receiving a free, remarkable performance as thanks. The ultimate goal for THE Collective is to grow into something that’s part of the cultural fabric of East Texas that does real, measurable good for the people here while exposing them to something beautiful. “I want there to be the same type of community around it, people involved with it in the same way as the Symphony Orchestra,” Hotman-Pehl explained. “Tyler has never had a working company like this, and we

“Everyone has a normal career, but dance is their one, true love.”

hope the potential is limitless. For example, at something like the American Heart Association Heart Ball, we could be hired to come and perform, then we could turn around and work with them on our next show. We want to see the people of East Texas involved and caring and exposed to real, true art and something that we don’t always have the chance to be a part of.” THE Collective’s first show will be March 2, and will be a passionate performance about the trials, obstacles and triumph of life. “We’ll be tackling real-life issues,” Hotman-Pehl said. “We’re going for something thought-provoking. There is a piece about reaching the end of your capability and relying on those around you to literally hold you up. There is another about losing a loved one and the struggles that come with it. We want this to be raw, real and to take the audience through a range of emotions … to make you feel. Because isn’t that the point of art in the first place? But beyond all of that, the main theme is hope. Regardless of all else, there is always hope.” Together Hope Exists. For the men and women of THE Collective, their hope is that their passion for dance and the giving spirit of East Texas meet to create something arresting and gorgeous and artistic, and aim it squarely at helping those around them. Turning enthusiasm and zeal toward a common, compassionate goal is something we can all hope for. For more information about donation, involvement or upcoming events, go to artisticdanceconcepts.com or facebook.com/ thecollectivedancecompany. Members: Baylee Brown Jessica Cole Chase Collins Mandy Drager Shelby Goforth Sarah Gohemert Allyson Maranitch Tabitha Mathis

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SING IT WITH ME,“WE ARE NEVER, EVER, EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER!”

hrough all my trials and battles, through exile and redemption, there has been no more potent force or event that shaped my life than when I broke up with my girlfriend that one time.” Gandhi uttered these words moments before his execution by shark tank in 1978, in West Virginia. Two things should be abundantly clear from the above statement. First, I have no real working concept of history. Second, for just a moment, you considered the validity of that made-up quote. Breakups really are one of the most powerful experiences that we’ll ever go through. Some of the greatest art in the history of the world has been created in lamentation of failed relationships. It remains a fresh subject for every genre. Breakups gave birth to Picasso’s Blue Period. Taylor Swift was merely a lesserknown cast member of The Muppets before she dated, pledged her undying devotion to, then subsequently freaked-out 347 different guys in a 14 month span. While reading this, you’re probably thinking about that one guy/girl that stomped on your heart during junior year. Maybe you didn’t come up with a transcendentally genius line like “We are never, ever, ever getting back together,” but I bet that breakup still colors how you approach things to this day. Breakups are bad, right? We all get that. But, it’s also important to be thankful for them from time-to-time, because for every gut-wrenching episode of heartbreak and despair, there’s at least one clean break from a person that actively ruined every moment of your life like it was their job. It’s always good to focus on the positive, anyway. So, here are three of my favorite upsides that offset the downturns in one’s love life. 1. THE SCHEDULE: Sometimes being in a relationship can devolve into nothing more than spending time with a walking, talking, nagging calendar. Instead of hearing someone ask your opinion on what you’d care to do over the weekend, you have a personal assistant that books your time like they’re making money off appearance fees. The girlfriend scheduled you to meet her vet’s niece for coffee and a 5K next Saturday, before noon. Simply challenging these preordained appointments is out of the question. Your willingness to participate in said activities

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is neither sought nor required. However, should you not comply with any and all demands of this schedule in a timely and cooperative fashion; your partner can, and will, act as your immediate supervisor by way of vast array of aggressive texts, phone calls and e-mails in order to ascertain your past, present and future locations. The common term for this is “just checking in.”

BREAKUPS GAVE BIRTH TO PICASSO’S BLUE PERIOD. TAYLOR SWIFT WAS MERELY A LESSERKNOWN CAST MEMBER OF THE MUPPETS BEFORE SHE DATED, PLEDGED HER UNDYING DEVOTION TO, THEN SUBSEQUENTLY FREAKED OUT 347 DIFFERENT GUYS IN A 14-MONTH SPAN. 2. PERSONAL GROOMING: Th ink about what you go through for a first date. Guys, your facial hair is trimmed, your shirt is ironed and you’ve brushed your teeth. Ladies, your nails are done, your heels are on, your legs are shaved and your hair is flat-ironed to perfection. Translation: you’re both liars. At best, you’re wildly exaggerating. Continuing that farce into a relationship, you’re forced to maintain these false pretenses well beyond what you’d normally do. You aren’t trying to be a hobo, but maybe your man demands you to shave your legs daily, even in the winter. They probably don’t say it, but you know they expect it. Who needs those kinds of expectations? 3. BEING VINDICTIVE: You enjoy being mean more than you want to admit, and I’ll prove it. Let’s say you went through a really rough break up. Your (incorrectly) assumed life partner flushed your future together down the toilet and turned your personal life into a raging dumpster fire. A couple of months later, you’re on a date with the most physically attractive person you’ve ever been out with. Who should walk in, but your heartless banshee of an ex. You look up and lock eyes with them, as they stand in the doorway, frozen by your presence and the Greek god/goddess at your table. You wave hello and harbor the sincere – even if you won’t admit it – desire for them to crumble into a heap. In the movies, we all want to see the bad guy get what’s coming to them in the end. This is your life’s movie, and if you happen to ruin your ex’s day just a little bit, well, that’s just how it goes. Is it petty? Of course. Does that matter at the time? Of course not. Do you enjoy it? Probably more than you should. The reasons for your breakup don’t matter any more after it’s done (unless it’s because you have 200 cats in your house, in which case you need to get your life together). No one is telling you that you’re wrong for being mad, sad or confused. However, there are silver linings to be found in even the darkest clouds. I bet those silver linings don’t send me 47 texts the second I get off work asking where I am and who I’m with... Do they? by William Knous wknous@BSCENEmag.com

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