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C I T Y M A G A Z I N E

NO 17

february • march 2013

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publisher welcome to cream 17. Amazing how time flies, and we are still growing. In this issue we acknowledge Valentine’s Day but instead of focusing on romance, we decided to excel the virtues of friendship through some vignettes featuring three diverse and affectionate groups of friends. We also present a piece on a new, local restaurant full of flavor, style, and great service. Cream spoke with Carolina, the owner and chef of Delicatesse. I invite you to visit so you can also feast on the assortment of crepes, sandwiches, and the already popular teas. The year started strong for us. Thanks to our readership, advertisers, and friends for the continued support. We have the best disposition to stay the course and maintain the avantgarde style that has set us apart. Soon there will be lots of surprises, which will be gradually unveiled in our Facebook page. Visit us online and see why we have almost 7000 fans. All thanks to you!

elyssa canales anna carolina gonzález sandy lugo

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MAUREEN AND SANDRA RENDÓN MADRIGAL Sibling Harmony

MONTE D. ALLEN, D.O. ELSA SALAZAR CANALES, M.D. Medical Colleagues and Associates

MARISA ESTAVILLO MARY CARMEN BORREGO Picture-Perfect Partners


Honoring friendships, we bring you these dynamic achievers who collaboratively contribute to the development of both Laredos. They are flying high on Cream’s radar.

MAUREEN AND SANDRA RENDÓN MADRIGAL Talented Local Musicians

Music definitely brings us closer. Our love for it developed since we were very little. As we grew, we knew performing would be significant to our lives. Maureen started taking piano lessons as a 3-year-old, and she also plays the cello. She has won numerous competitions and hopes to win again so she can play with the LPO and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. I started playing violin at a young age, too, and when I was 10, I joined the TAMIU orchestra. I took voice lessons at that age as I also enjoyed opera music. I was a member of the choir Meced Chimalli, which inaugurated the Festival Cervantino in 2002. In 2010, I sang at Carnegie Hall with the High School Honors Performance Series Choir. That same year, I was chosen to play the lead role in LTGI’s The Sound of Music. Currently, I am preparing to participate in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Texas State University.

We have appeared together in benefit shows and have our share of funny anecdotes, like having to make up new notes to correct impromptu challenges. I remember once, I was invited to perform at the Ten Pianos Extravaganza concert in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. No one told me when I was supposed to come on stage, so my performance with international pianist Jozef Olechowski turned out to be very spontaneous and hilarious. Music opens your mind to appreciate the world in a different way. A musical career, though hard, can be extremely worthwhile. We are inspired by the great musicians from the past and present like Callas, Beethoven, Jacqueline du Pré, and Cecilia Bartoli. Above all, we admire Mom for always being there for us. ELSA SALAZAR CANALES, M.D. AND MONTE D. ALLEN, D.O. Laredo Digestive Health Center

The ability to make a difference in someone’s life is what inspires us. We see patients faced with terrible situations, but they pull together and forge ahead with poise and strength. Our field allows us to do diagnostic and therapeutic work along with acute and long-term care. Dr. Allen: I come from several generations of farmers and ranchers. After some meandering in my life, I became a doctor then drifted toward gastroenterology because my father died of gastric cancer. Today, I get to help patients with the condition and also prevent others from getting it. Success in this line of work requires sacrifice, but your sacrifices are rewarded exponentially.

Next to my wonderful family, Dr. Canales is the most important person in my life. Don’t be deceived by her smile; she doesn’t shy away from a tough case. Dr. Canales: I am driven to be good at what I do. But my career takes a backseat to my loving husband and four beautiful children. I do what I do for them.

Dr. Allen is a man of strong convictions yet very humble and accepting of people and situations. He has been my mentor, and I continue to learn from him every day. He is not quick to react and thinks things through; if it were not for him, I probably would not have moved to Laredo. We get along very well. We have never let work issues interfere. We find solutions for anything that comes up. To have people trust you to take care of them is amazing and humbling. If medicine is your calling, don’t let anyone or anything stop you. MARISA ESTAVILLO AND MARY CARMEN BORREGO Photographers and Owners of BSTUDIO

We always carry our memories in our hearts and sometimes in prints. Actually, the desire to save the precious moments of our kids took us on the adventure of photography. It all started eight years ago when we began attending seminars as a hobby. The first time we went to a Photoshop workshop we really didn’t understand a thing! We would sit there with perplexed faces, but we were delighted to see the many digital possibilities. Eventually, our teachers encouraged us to become professional. Working together has not affected our friendship at all. There are so many things we have in common: We delight in finding the perfect excuse to travel with a friend and turn it into a business trip; we balance the job with our respective families, and we work very well as a team; and, believe it or not, we don’t like to be in pictures, and to bring our husbands to the studio requires a lot of planning and coercing and for our kids some bribing, too.

What we do is something that we really enjoy and makes us feel at peace and happy. We share that joy with whoever comes into the studio. Of course we don’t want to stop here; there will always be something new to achieve. We are techie moms, and our kids love it! cream feb / mar 2013

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CHARACTER STRENGTH From left to right: Alison Garner Hinojosa as Tybalt Casandra Canales as Juliet Karla Garza as Lady Capulet

activity challenge:

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the gallery featured artists // m. roberto “chibbi” orduña marco gonzález telissa lueckenotte molano

when the director and creative staff in the laredo theatre guild international decided to shift this tale into a punk-induced feud, we decided to place the audience in a time capsule, unsure of the day and age they’re in. By doing this, we tied opposing generations together and also spanned centuries of style and prose. A lot of inspiration was fueled by steampunk imagery, M.C. Escher, and conceptual sketches of the Globe Theatre. This is Romeo and Juliet in a timeless universe, and we are in control of the fashion and the culture, creating our own world. To explore the miscommunication and rebellion themes in the story, we use makeup and costume pieces from different eras with accoutrements that should not go together, and we make them work. Pumpkin pants and t-shirts, lace and leather, Elizabethan, Victorian, Edwardian, contemporary, couture—everything and anything. The look is an extension of the characters. It will not be the typical Verona setting, but the spectator will be transported in spirit.


Friendship Street

REPRESENTING ECI From Left to Right: Anna R. Pérez, Area Director of ECI; Laura A. Fernández, Child-Find Coordinator; Adrian García, child of ECI and his mother, Vanezza García BY SANDY LUGO

Gaby, Sara, and Teena are sharing some memorable experiences. Discover what they each told Cream about the uniqueness of their friendships with other vibrant career women, poised high school students, and interesting couples.


"Serving our community is great, but it’s even better with friends." SARA GARCÍA

Sara & Company

The hallways of Alexander High School are perfect as the informal meeting place for the fun-loving and cheerful Sara García, Lili Rodríguez, Fernanda Valdéz, Andrea Garulo, and Alejandra López. Most of them have been friends since kindergarten. Their individual interests include drawing, playing instruments, singing, dancing, and films; the girls enjoy gathering to select the perfect attire to have a nice dinner or dance the night away. They know they can count on the group for everything because of the honesty and the ethical values that bind them.


WHAT DO YOU USUALLY TALK ABOUT? We can talk about anything, whether it’s shoes or our future goals, not having anything to talk about is not a problem. HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN A CHARITY EVENT OR ANY OTHER

There is this club at school called HOSA, which gives us the opportunity to participate in events such as blood drives, conferences, and visits to orphanages. Serving our community is great, but it’s even better with friends.

ACTIVITY AS A GROUP?

AS A GROUP, HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED AN EMBARRASSING

After visiting the Lincoln Memorial during a school trip to Washington D.C., most of the other students were getting on the bus. Lili wanted one last picture and I agreed to photograph her, but as I clicked the shutter, she slipped and she’s literally on the air in the pic. We couldn’t stop laughing; it was too funny.

OR FUNNY MOMENT?

SPEAKING FOR THE WHOLE GROUP, WHAT DOES THIS FRIENDSHIP MEAN TO ALL OF YOU? For me, it simply means having a good time. No matter if I’m in school or a party, if I’m with them, I’m having fun.

reason we enjoy each other's company so much. We are all educated and interested in the same things. We never run out of things to talk about. And when you add Joe's and Doug's wicked senses of humor, well, we never stop laughing either. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP? We are very like-minded individuals, traditionalists in style of our homes, our dress, and in some ways of raising our children, but in other ways progressive and open-minded about many things in life. The fact that we understand these things about each other makes for a great and lasting bond. In our case, it is the similarities that primarily attract, while the differences keep it interesting.

Linda and I always sweetly refer about each other as “My Friend.” Joe and Doug feel the very same way. And there can be fewer high compliments given and received than to consider someone a friend sincerely and wholeheartedly.

DO YOU HAVE ANY NICKNAMES FOR ONE ANOTHER?

HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY? It seems like Valentine’s Day always lands on a school day. We like to bring each other things like candy and ridiculously-cheesy cards.

Gaby & Company

Teena & Company Joe and Teena Arciniega and Douglas and Linda Howland are so compatible that they are not only best friends but allies for life. Last year, the two couples observed Valentine’s Day at the country club’s dinner dance. However, it is not just good food and wine that brings them together, but also a common interest in books, the arts, their children, and pets. Almost since high school, these four have discovered the meaning of harmony in each other. HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN A CHARITY EVENT OR ANY

Linda, Joe, and I are on the Board of Directors for Laredo Theater Guild International, and have even appeared on stage together as actors, and Doug is our biggest fan and cheerleader. We attend many charity events together. At the 2011 JDF gala, at request of an auction bidder, we all got up on stage to sing with the Elton John impersonator.

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The energetic friendship of Gaby García-Gibson, Yvonne Herrera-Salazar, Patti Molina-Magnon, Patty GarcíaDíaz, Mónica Larissa Becerra, Blanca Núñez-Ochoa, and Adriana Treviño-Serna brings new experiences every Monday that they meet. Their principles explain why these ladies blend their personalities perfectly. They are open to each other’s different viewpoints and opinions. When asked to evaluate her group, Gaby humorously likens it to a mix of Friends and The Real Housewives with a little bit of Steel Magnolias, and drama from the Mexican telenovelas. She stated that the desire for adventure plus trust, honesty, loyalty, forgiveness, and love has made theirs a lasting, unconditional connection. It is a complicated holiday to go out as a group. However, it is Yvonne’s birthday and we celebrate her on the Monday we get together.

HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY?

HAS YOUR FRIENDSHIP EVER BEEN TESTED? There is no way females can be friends for so many years without having altercations and disagreements. In our earlier years, boys were the biggest


NICHOLE RIOSECO Freddy, 1, es un niĂąo muy alegre y sociable. Se adapta fĂĄcilmente y le encanta jugar al aire libre.

"In our case, it is the similarities that primarily attract, while the differences keep it interesting." TEENA ARCINIEGA


"To us, our friendship means being able to share honest thoughts, opinions, and comments without fear of judgment." GABY GARCĂ?A-GIBSON

conflict. As we got older our differences became more noticeable. But we now understand that having our own point of view made us individuals, and that made us love and respect one another more.

run the opposite way. Although I do have to admit, at some point our husbands have been curious to join our conversation but have walked away confused, with no desire to do it again!

DO YOU HAVE ANY GROUP ANECDOTES TO SHARE WITH THE

SPEAKING FOR THE WHOLE GROUP, WHAT DOES THIS FRIENDSHIP

This group has definitely had wardrobe malfunctions, indecent exposures, censored dialogues, and falls in front of a large group of people more than once, and more than one person at a time.

MEAN TO ALL OF YOU? To us, our friendship means being able to share honest thoughts, opinions, and comments without fear of judgment.

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Every savory morsel is evidence of her romance with the culinary arts.


creambizfood CAROLINA BECERRA Delicatesse’s owner sits with Cream for a cup of tea.

DELICATESSE 107 Calle del Norte, Suite 2A (in the Fountain Centre) Laredo, Texas

956.753.2246

it’s always teatime at delicatesse

BY ELYSSA CANALES

“To some people age is just a number, but to others it’s a gift,” said some anonymous author. Gifted indeed is Carolina Becerra, talented young chef and owner of Delicatesse. Given that it would be impolite to reveal a woman’s rightful age, although I’m fairly certain Ms. Becerra would take no offense, adhering to the ideals of common etiquette, let’s leave it at that. In this moment, I find myself in the quaint French-inspired deli surrounded by a beautiful and sophisticated array of delicacies concocted to perfection by a girl who can be easily described much like this restaurant, sweet, fresh, and oh, so inspiring.

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s i read over the previous line, i realize i failed to mention “unique”; yes… in a town that most certainly carries a permanent hint of mesquite and fajita in the air, Delicatesse is the vehicle to take you on a tasteful journey to some place distant and foreign from here. It’s the kind of space that inspires a good read accompanied by one of its own hot teas, the kind that you might catch yourself sipping while you charmingly pinch the petite handle on your teacup and, for no apparent reason, your pinky finds the urge to automatically extend as your left eyebrow instantly follows. Humorous, I’m sure, but you cant’ help but host a little English chuckle when you witness your very own uncharted behavior. My, my, my, who are we and when did we transcend from “Que Onda” to “Good day, Sir?” (Silent r, of course.) Yes, Delicatesse does this! Instantly I am transformed, inspired, and, moreover, gracious. Ms. Becerra at the age of… c’mon you didn’t actually think I’d break the code of conduct now, did you? Nevertheless, she has greatly contributed to the diversity and growth Laredo is petitioning for. As I sit in good company, I’m impressed. Before me, lies a heartyportioned sandwich—the Marcella—a warm beet soup puree, and a cranberry and chicken salad crepe deliciously drizzled with a sauce beckoning for a dip from my finger. Meanwhile across the table, continuing in the spirit of all things French-inspired, sits Carolina, looking cutesy with her hair tightly spun into a chignon and a very obvious gleam in her eyes. Some might argue she displays any young girl’s hopeful yet nervous energy; nonetheless, to me her glow is a reflection of the inner light that radiates from

individuals who are talented, daring, and passionate. Every savory morsel is evidence of her romance with the culinary arts. This is the first of many interviews to come, I’m sure, but at the moment, here we are, comfortably enveloped by the vintage mint-colored walls while the aroma of each yummy batch of sweets releases a scent conducive to hypnosis. A mere whiff is validation enough to understand why Carolina, who began baking as an adolescent using boxed baking mixes, now has her entire family supporting her aspirations and her business. She takes pride in her work and in making sure her product expresses her signature style including frosting every cupcake. She is the beautiful example of talent turned chef and restaurateur through the process of dedicated cultivation. Young and eager, Carolina Becerra has established her mark in Laredo. She has captivated the taste buds of her patrons almost overnight creating an overwhelming following for all flavors Delicatesse. This success and popularity prove the fulfillment of a void in this town infusing diversity and sophistication at any time, lunch or dinner. We mustn’t forget it’s always teatime at Delicatesse as well! Carolina’s story is one we can all take a page from, one we at Cream love to showcase. This accomplished achiever is contributing range to Laredo. Let her success encourage the rest of us to use our talents and pursue our dreams, no matter how big or small.

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There is a species of ant native to Argentina scientifically named Linepithema humile that roams the earth. Due to human travel, the Argentine ant has been successful in creating what researchers and scientists call a “global mega-colony,” a cluster of genetically related ants that recognizes the benefits of strength in numbers. The social behavior of the Argentine ant allows them to join forces when the borders of two neighboring colonies get too close to one another and, instead of battling for territory, they unite and strengthen their living situation. This growing community is now found on six continents, and yet here we are, unable to remember the name of the person who lives next door.

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ince the dawn of time, humans have been wired to either claim the land they walk on, or put up their guard when a stranger gets too close. Perhaps this is why, within the same country, one can find groups that tend to only help out one of their own. For many years, people have stereotyped the members of the Jewish community for only purchasing goods and services from other Jews, giving themselves an unfair advantage. The same can be said for Latin Americans and Asians in large American cities such as Chicago and San Francisco. This attitude transcends religious faiths and ethnic backgrounds as well. It is common for the general population to complain that members of social circles such as Greek letter fraternities, Rotary International, and the Freemasons give priority, or special treatment, to someone who also belongs to their organization. Some call this elitist. However, in light of how distant we have become to the rest of the world due to personal differences and unfounded hate, is this really a bad thing?

reminds us that the world is a melting pot. I beg to differ. It is more of a garden salad—sundry ingredients thrown together but unwilling to mix. The world is our home. Our ancestors conquered it and it is up to us to come together. I once heard that family businesses are created by one person, strengthened by his or her children, and ultimately destroyed by the third generation. We may be a bit more complex than the Argentine ant, but there is a lesson in their behavior that our race can surely benefit from. We also may differ largely from other fellow humans, but the one thing we all have in common is the desire to live better. So, let’s build on this. Embrace this common goal and do your part.

“The old cliché reminds us that the world is a melting pot. I beg to differ. It is more of a garden salad—sundry ingredients thrown together but unwilling to mix.”

Cognitive thought is a double-edged sword. Homo sapiens have the ability to rationalize and make decisions, yet it is rarely used collectively. It is safe to say that humans (from all countries) come as one when their nation earns a gold medal at the Summer Olympics, yet part like the Red Sea when it comes to political elections, social issues, and attitudes toward the economy. Of course, people are different. They are the result of an upbringing dissimilar from yours. If variety is the spice of life, then what good does it do us if we don’t respect that variety? The old cliché

I may be only one man, and I’ll probably never steer the world in the direction I want to, but I can start out small. I can live and let live, I can be a better friend, and I can even—gasp—introduce myself to my neighbors. Perhaps the latter is the most challenging choice. So, here I go. Until next time...

BY RUBÉN BAZÁN III THERUBENINDEX@GMAIL.COM


PANACHE FOR STYLE Cárdenas shows us around his new studio.

THE NICOLÁS CÁRDENAS EDDY EDITION Architect and Interior Designer

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ine o. nine is leading the way for a new generation of upscale interior designers. The brainchild of avant-garde architect Nicolás Cárdenas, the recently-opened venue functions both as his store and studio. But don’t be fooled, this Zen-inspired workspace “My favorite thing about this place is that feels more like an art gallery. In here, the young designer gives free rein to his vision. On any I am always surrounded by art, sculptures, given day, we can find him and his brother and fine furniture.” Ricardo immersed in the creative process designing from a simple table to a spectacular living space. Their personalities are reflected in the uniqueness of their production. Nicolás always wanted to be surrounded by art CHATTING WITH NICOLÁS and judging by the paintings, sculptures, and fine furnishings in IN MY STUDIO I FEEL...inspired. THE MOST SPECIAL his inventory, his wish is now a reality.

FEATURE OF THIS PLACE IS...our one-of-a-kind collection inspired by nature. THREE WORDS FOR THIS PLACE... creative, green, authentic.

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Purple Button-Down Cropped Front Blouse, $30; Orange Tweed Shorts, $50, both at Sara.

As a culture we are shaped and tailored by what we find attractive. Love is the one true thing that never goes out of fashion. Sure, we may all fawn over names like Coco, Louis, and Christian, but actually life’s greatest accessory can be found in that little four letter word L-O-V-E.

PHOTOGRAPHY FERCH M O D E L S L U P I TA D E L A T O R R E L E A L ARIADNA GARZA J O R G E O L I VA CARLOS E. SERRANO HAIR + MAKEUP GUILLERMO CASTILLEJA S T Y L I N G E LY S S A C A N A L E S ELISA CORTÉS ANNA CAROLINA GONZÁLEZ MARIANA ORTEGA A N A L E E G . PA Z


Spike Bracelet, $15; Red Fur Jacket, $60, both at Sara.


Stud Hinged Bracelet by CC Skye, $150, at Sara.


Beaded Ring, $15; Yellow Stone Ring, $20; Vintage Green Ring, $40; Wired Rock Ring, $30, all at Sara.


Statement Watch, $30, at Sara.


20 QUESTIONS

guillermo castilleja BY ELYSSA CANALES

Guillermo Castilleja’s energy and enthusiasm fill my senses. This talented makeup artist (emphasis on artist), time and time again reveals total works of art. I struck gold when I met him. He is probably the best in town and with the portfolio to prove it. A selfproclaimed perfectionist and in my personal opinion a makeup extraordinaire who may very well be many women’s bestkept beauty secret. In my recent sit down with Guillermo, I quickly learned he is multi dimensional—humorous, kind, and soulful. He is the mirror Queen Ravenna longed for and the artistic eye that lets every woman know, “You are the fairest of them all.”

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O YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF MORE

Yes. I draw, paint, design, and enjoy photography. I love being creative. THAN A MAKEUP ARTIST?

WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?

Fashion magazines and makeup styles of yesteryear. WHAT DOES ART MEAN TO

“My style icons are a blend of Elvis Presley and Gwen Stefani—clean-cut with an edge.”

Art is the expression of something beautiful, and beauty can be found in everything. IF NOT ART, THEN WHAT ELSE? Nothing else, I would be lost without it. WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON? A blend of Elvis Presley and Gwen Stefani—clean-cut with an edge. WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE MAKEUP STYLE? Runway style—innovative and fresh. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED? About 15. DO YOU HAVE ANY YOU?

colors so you can see what works. BEST BEAUTY ADVICE FOR OUR READERS: Make an effort and know that there are no rules; wear what makes you feel beautiful. IS THERE A COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOU? That I’m stuck-up. Actually, I’m a very friendly and down-to-earth. WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE? I do what’s best for each person and quality is my signature. DO YOU HAVE ANY HIDDEN TALENTS? I’ve been told I do the best impersonations. CAN YOU GIVE

ADVICE FOR ASPIRING MAKEUP ARTISTS?

Practice on all skin types, ages, and

US A TIP FOR MAKEUP THAT LASTS?

Moisturizer, primer (around eyes, too), and translucent powder are essential. Do not overuse products; a little goes a long way. WHICH IS YOUR MUST-HAVE TOOL? The color wheel because it helps me know what colors correct, enhance, and complement each other. YOUR WORK IN THREE WORDS: Beautiful, customized, flawless. DESCRIBE DOWNTIME FOR YOU: It usually consists of late-night watching and over-analyzing documentaries. I know a lot of fun facts. MUSIC THAT GETS YOU GOING DURING A SESSION: Something with a good beat—Jacques Lu Cont remixes, Lana Del Rey, Madonna, Empire of the Sun. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT MAKEUP ARTISTS? We don’t all think alike. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ON-THE-GO SNACK? Apples,Snickers, and Gatorade.WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SELF-ESTEEM? I believe it’s something that develops over time; it can blossom or it can be crushed depending on life experiences.


crème brûlée BY MEMO JIMÉNEZ ILLUSTRATIONS ELISA CORTÉS

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Can we collectively agree that photography is a beautiful art form? A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. And some of the best moments in our own lives will be remembered thanks to these precious paper and digital rectangles. People used to actually purchase film back in the day to take photos. Rumor has it other people were paid to “develop” these films and print them, which just basically means those pictures were looked at by paid strangers. There were also Polaroid cameras at some point. Those were instantaneous. In 2013, the world has Instagram, a free mobile social app that adds super trendy filters to your self-taken cell phone pictures. Television killed movie theater attendance, video killed radio stars, and Instagram killed professional photography. With this magical app, which costs zero dollars to download, everyone can be an instant photog. Instagram is so hip.

Oscar nominations came out feel-good movies The recently, and let me tell you one thing: almost every single title contains a moving, heartbreaking story. Probably for the first time, 95 percent of the noms are not totally unknown movies in my universe. They are sad, believe me. My bet is on Beasts of the Southern Wild or Amour, although Amour will probably win because it is the saddest and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. It’s simple math. People silently enjoy suffering. In these tough (post-holiday) economic times, moviegoers need more feel-good movies, films that will make you walk out of the theater feeling joyous instead of feeling “white-guilt” or resentment towards another country/race, or wondering if your lover really loves you since he/she didn’t delete that horrible Instagram picture of you doing a DIY activity you found on Pinterest. Why can’t Pitch Perfect or The Campaign be nominated? Unfair.

diy fashion blogs

The one thing in this world that will forever be overwhelmingly overpriced is fashion. The word itself carries a lot of value. Fashion is not just something your girlfriend or boyfriend is into; it is the art of looking good at any cost. Once upon a time, haute couture was something reserved for celebrities and the wealthy, but now you can buy a super cute, off-the-runway-ish lace dress at H&M for $20. Who cares if it comes apart after the first wash? You looked great in it on that Instagram photo. A good source of inspiration for hot looks on a budget is a DIY fashion blog. ISpyDIY.com is a great example, but my first reference blog ever was actually lookbook.nu, which looks like a Tumblr dashboard. You’ll be surprised how many looks you can achieve with garments you just don’t know how to style. Memo is a pop culture blogger from Laredo, Texas living in Austin, Texas. Follow his blog at dirtycultblog.com

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Purple Button Down M O D E L S VA L E R I A D E L A C R U Z + Cropped Front Blouse, $30; URIBE R O G E RTweed Orange Shorts, $50, A H A I R + M A K E U P TAT Y G A R Zboth at Sara.

STYLING ANNA CAROLINA GONZÁLEZ

PERFECTLY -MATCHED On Her: Old Gringo Distressed Black Hand Tooled Boots, Wrangler Embroidered Shirt, TParty Faux Suede Fringe Skirt, 3D Turquoise & Black Concho Belt On Him: Tony Lama Burnished Brown Goat Boots, Resistol Straw Hat, Cinch Printed Floral Shirt Wrangler Retro Jeans, all at Casa Raul.


Miss Me Jeans, Ryu Lace Top, both at Casa Raul.


Resistol Straw Hat, Cinch Printed Floral Shirt, Wrangler Retro Jeans, all at Casa Raul.


Corral Turquoise Engraved Lace Boots, Hello Miss Printed Floral Dress, Leatherock Turquoise, Crystal Buckle Leather Cutout Belt, all at Casa Raul.


On Him: Panhandle Slim Plaid Shirt, Wrangler Cowboy Cut Jeans, Ranger Woven Western Belt, Ariat Legend Boots On Her: Miss Me Jeans, Ryu Lace Top Tony Lama Tall Pointed-Toe Boots, all at Casa Raul.


BEHIND THE DRAPES Cream was cordially invited to attend a live HER FATHER showplays in New theMexico Spanish guitar to meet andBianca capture while dances backstage to theimages. beat. "As soon as I hear the guitar I’m in the zone. I become the music. I try to become as sensitive to the guitar and singer so that I absorb their tones and melodies. I make music with my body."

I can paint it" BY ELYSSA CANALES PHOTOGRAPHY FERCH

For most spectators, a performance begins and ends with the draw of the curtains, but concealed behind Cirque du Soleil’s red velvet drapes lies another world—a strong community, a family, composed of members from numerous countries, and Ferch and I were privy to surf this exceedingly eclectic ambit.

in cream’s last issue, i wrote about cirque du soleil’s latest show—quidam. In order to compose an appropriate article that could successfully illustrate the Cirque experience, I played back phone interviews with cast members, streamed their clips on YouTube, and filtered through an endless supply of critics’ amazing reviews. Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued. Fast-forward to today. Ferch and I are catching up with the touring company in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where we have fullaccess to what happens behind-the-scenes at Quidam. We enter a space bustling with costume designers, publicists, management teams, masseuses, and caterers, among so many others, and, in the center of it all, hanging proudly the flags of every nationality represented by the entertainers and the staff. I am in the midst of this frenzy and I am speechless. It’s as if we are engulfed by 44

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an irresistible vortex. Ferch, the consummate professional, quickly starts snapping photos as the thread of this article begins to shape in my mind. Cirque du Soleil has always been characterized by intense acrobatics. Before us are performers, some stretching, some marking their routines, others finishing up last-minute makeup details. All around me there’s chatter and friendly banter plus the clashing of high-fives. These are ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. The sound of chiming instruments slightly echoes as musicians warm up. A feeling of calm excitement is in the air, butterflies maybe. After witnessing the incredible hustle and bustle backstage, we make our way to take our seats and the curtain is swept aside to unveil the now familiar faces. For over two hours our minds eagerly drift into the imaginary world of Zoe, the show’s central


character. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and when the spellbinding action concludes, we return offstage once more. Surprisingly, the artists are still playing their instruments or rehearsing other performers’ acts. Several are engaged in friendly martial arts sparring. Even now, the atmosphere is lively. Just being an observer to their earlier energy and presentation has exhausted me, yet they are still going strong. Don’t they ever get tired? The dedication of the entertainers is fierce. I feel fortunate and grateful to be able to chronicle these privileged and intimate moments that very few get to see.

Before us are performers, some stretching, some marking their routines, others finishing up lastminute makeup details. All around me there’s chatter and friendly banter plus the clashing of high-fives. These are ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. This was truly a priceless learning experience. Cirque du Soleil’s mindblowing productions have transcended frontiers thanks to the superior quality of the participants. They are the result of converging vision, physical abilities, diverse talents, boldness, diligence, and commitment to excellence. How lucky for audiences everywhere! cream feb / mar 2013

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Cream Dream had the extraordinary experience of volunteering at the Crime Stoppers Menudo Bowl Cook-off. People from all over Laredo got their fires ready to prepare the best menudo, a typical Mexican dish, in town, and the Cream Dream team was able to help raise funds at this organization’s event. While working in the assigned booth, we danced Tejano, country, and grupera music. Throughout the event, we laughed with the funny shows onstage, saw motorcycle rides, and brush country trail rides; we enjoyed a match from the Laredo Wrestling Alliance, which animated and excited all in attendance. Children were not left behind and the Cream Dream volunteers enjoyed Wii, Xbox, pony rides, and the mechanical bull with them. During our exploration we took photos with the Border Patrol boats, horses, and other car exhibits. As part of this law enforcement presentation, Henry Cuellar announced the donation of $15,000, “[This is] money to help Crime Stoppers [and] reduce crime in our community.” Laredo Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization that helps concerned citizens solve and stop crime. The proceeds are used to pay informants cash rewards. Since its inception, more stolen properties have been recovered and narcotics confiscated. This program is supported by grants, businesses, corporations, and fundraising events like the Menudo Bowl. BY SANDY LUGO

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casasola The Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute of Laredo presented The Mexican Revolution and Beyond at the Laredo Center for the Arts. The opening reception was held in order to exhibit the photographic archives of Agustín Victor Casasola from the beginning of his career until the late ’30s. want to feature your event? contact us for more info at info@creamcitymagazine.com


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he menswear theme has been a recurring one in my blog and style. I have always been mesmerized at how some of the most influential women in fashion carry themselves with such confidence in perfectly tailored suits. Take J. Crew’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, who redeveloped a whole brand around her preppy/nerdy aesthetic or The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, who mixes her tomboy flair with fashion trends not so appealing to men. The taboo of women wearing menswear is fading away. We don’t have to sneak into our boyfriend’s closet for a blazer or his jeans; designers now are handing them to us. Seen everywhere on the runways, this trend is here to stay. And rock it you should, literally, like a rock star. Leather pants are no longer only for the Mick Jagger crew just as leather jackets are not limited to motorcyclists. Rough it up with a pair of wax-coated jeans and a graphic tee layered over a button-down top. For the tomboyish, careless and relaxed never looked so chic. Athletic gear is on their side; sneakers, sweatshirt, and a varsity jacket for example can be bumped up with feminine details like a rhinestone necklace. One of the perks for men is the print playground—make it your own, too. Nothing sums-it-up like the Prada Fall Collection 2012—the Emma Stone editorial for Vogue will be remembered for ages. Emulate it and finish the look with a pair of heels. To some, wearing menswear means empowerment. The suit does not give power but the way it is worn and the fact that we have conquered both genders’ fashions is already enough. No offense to the gents but you won’t see them wearing skirts anytime soon— Kanye did, and we already know how that went. BY MICHELLE COOK GUTIÉRREZ

Michelle is a street fashion blogger living in Laredo, Texas. Follow her blog at nicethingsandstuff.blogspot.com


VERSUS:

Cream met with the J.B. ALEXANDER HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM led by Coach Gilberto Cárdenas during their 2012-2013 season.

MANU VS TONY

ELIZABETH BARRERA “NOTHING SCARES MANU. HE’S WILLING TO DO ANYTHING FOR THE WIN, AND HE GOES HARD EVERY DAY! HE’S A TEAM PLAYER.”

SLAM DUNK VS 3-POINTER PAULINE ARREDONDO

“SLAM DUNK IS MORE EXHILARATING; IT ENERGIZES THE CROWD, WHICH KEEPS THE TEAM GOING.”

“PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL IS MORE EXCITING AND THE PLAYERS ARE BETTER-KNOWN.”

STREET BALL VS GYM KIANA CALLES “PLAYING IN A GYM IS SAFER AND IT IS REFEREED, SO THE GAME IS FAIR.”

COLLEGE BASKETBALL VS PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL

HEADBANDS VS BRAIDS

KATIA ESCAMILLA

“I PREFER HEADBANDS BECAUSE THEY HOLD BACK MY HAIR BETTER.”

ALEXIS CONTRERAS

ROCKETS VS SPURS ALEXIS CUÉLLAR

“SPURS PLAY TOGETHER AS A FAMILY AND A TEAM. THEY HAVE NO SELFISH PLAYERS.”

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